As I type this, my Vespa '50 Special', my grill, my smoker, all of my lawn implements, some tools, and a couple of mannequins are stuffed in a trailer and heading back to the heartland. All of my outdoor accouterments are gone from DC for good.
Ergo, now I'm (officially) committed to moving back to IL, unless I want to go through life with raw bratwurst, unsmoked meats, and an unruly lawn (amongst other things). That's not a life worth living.
Sometime within the next 15 days, I'm gonna be heading back to Chicagoland in a big-ass U-Haul containing roughly half of my indoor-crap. Then I plan on moving the rest out of DC sometime mid-December. My path is set - destiny be damned.
Coincidentally, now I'm in the market for gainful employment and housing (in that order). If anyone has any hot leads, be sure to drop me a line.