Nathan, who often said in the past that he hates memes1, has actually created a meme of his own, listing the places that he resided in during his eventful life. I put together my own similar list and realized that I actually did not move around that much in my life. (Nathan’s rules are, basically, any place of primary residence or a temporary secondary residence for longer than 30 days counts. Temporary stays are sub-numbered.)
Here is where I lived:
1. Проспект Ленина (Lenin Avenue), Rostov-na-Donu, Russia – 11 years.
2. Улица Казахская (Kazakh Street), Rostov-na-Donu, Russia – 2 years, fully overlapping with #1, as I stayed with my grandparents на Ленина during the school week, but spent weekends in a rented apartment in another part of the city with Mom, Dad and Little Brother.
3. Таганрогское Шоссе (Taganrog Road), Rostov-na-Donu, Russia – 2 years, similarly to #2 fully overlapping with #1; I continued to attend the same school near my grandparents’ place of residence, while as a family we lived on the outskirts of the city in a newly-built apartment complex.
4. Проспект Коммунистический (Communism Avenue), Rostov-na-Donu, Russia – about 10 years.
1a,2a,3a,4a. Yedintsy, Moldova – annually or even semi-annually during my childhood and youth, often for several weeks in a row; two different addresses, neither of which I recall (my Dad should).
1b. Village of Yurkovtsy, Ukraine – my only ever summer in the countryside.
4b. Crimea Peninsula, near Yalta, Ukraine – two months at a youth sanatorium for children with respiratory diseases.
5. 15th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY – I am pretty sure that it was only for a couple of weeks, but it should count as our sole residence upon arrival in the States, with my Uncle’s family.
6. Ocean Parkway, Brooklyn, NY – three different apartments at two neighboring buildings over the course of 8 years.
7. Ortley Court, Old Bridge, NJ – 8 years.
8. Present address in London – going on 3 years.
And that’s it. Generous counting will yield less than 15 locations. The not-very-impressive list is unlikely to acquire more than a couple of new entries in the next 15 years, I suppose.
I judge that I stayed at the Westin in Charlotte, NC, for more than 30 days cumulatively, but I recall just once being on a business trip that was longer than a week (and that one was to London, as it were). I also went on a number of multi-week holidays to the Black Sea coast with or without my family as a child, but #4b aside, none probably exceeded the 30-day threshold. I might have stayed in a hospital or two for prolonged periods of times when I was a kid, but counting that takes some fun out of the exercise, even if it adds a location or other.
I always did find it rather amusing that my life in Russia started on the street named after Lenin and ended on the street called Communism Avenue (which actually belonged to the municipal district with the moniker of Soviet). The latter made for fun completion of various application forms with “previous address if less than 2 years at the current one” on them the first couple of years after emigrating to the US.
1 I would find evidence of that in his prior writings, but Nathan does not have a search facility on his blog, – and I am not that dedicated to making documented claims anyway. (Updated: This statement is erroneous, the search facility is hidden in plain sight on the Blogger screen. Brainlock by yours truly.)