Up and gone

Deep in the middle of last week’s article on staffing shortages in Durango was what I think is the answer to your question on where did all the workers go.

“(Joe) Lloyd said throughout Durango Joe’s five locations in New Mexico – where housing prices and rent are far lower – staffing is not an issue.”

Maybe some have gone to Indiana, too. ;-)

I’ve lived in places where this has happened, especially in California beach towns. If you can’t afford to live in a certain town, you move to some place less expensive, simple as that. After all, we can’t all afford to buy Porsches, so some of us buy used Toyotas and Hondas.

And good luck going from a job as a barista to a white collar job. Why not just become a CEO and make billions?

I’ve only recently moved to Durango, and while I like it and can afford it, I am worried about the future here. I have found through experience that once most of the infrastructure people leave, the town is just not the same. I’m not sure if I want to live in a town composed of mostly older retirees exhibiting rampant Karenism. The working 30- and 40-something crowd is an essential part of every community.

I’ve met people in town that have moved to Bayfield and other outlying areas. My hunch is that many have left town or perhaps moved in with parents until they can figure out what to do next.

It’s not surprising to see so many standing at intersections holding signs for donations. I’m not sure what kind of income these people make, but it is tax-free and you don’t have to answer to some pushy boss.

I don’t think you’ll hear much from the mystery people (workers who left town), as people love to tell you about the “if you can make it here, you can make it anywhere” stories. But not so much the leave-and-drag-your-tail-between-your-legs-and-live-someplace-less-desirable ones.

– Eric Orton, Durango