― Downey Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia) ∙ I was given a choice between Downey and Chicago. The pay and benefits would be the same job-wise. I'd lived in the Chicagoland area before and knew the weather could be much less pleasant than Southern California. The job site in Chicago was not in an area where there was good housing so that would mean a commute and traffic hassles. In the end, the decision was easy. I chose Downey, California as the location of my new job, my new home. [...].