Registered nurse ‘yo-yos’ back to ToledoWritten by David Steffen | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Even when she lived far from the city, Toledo had always been in Tamara Bumpus’ yearly itinerary during her odyssey to the coasts.
“Whenever I needed to get my hair done, I’d fly back to Toledo to my hairdresser,” Bumpus said.
A 42-year-old registered nurse with a Master of Science in Nursing, Bumpus works at the UT Health Center in the post-anesthesia care unit.
Bumpus said she loves Toledo, but said the city also has its downsides. Local politics are a negative point of living in Toledo, Bumpus said.
“I get tired of all the infighting in local politics,” Bumpus said. “It appears if they worked together instead of airing their dirty laundry, they could get something accomplished.”
Bumpus is a Toledo native. She first left the city in the 1980s to pursue a modeling career in Chicago. She returned to Toledo and worked at General Mills and later Chrysler until 2000. During that time, she lived in Monterey, Calif., for 11 months during the First Gulf War to learn Russian for the U.S. Air Force as a cryptologic linguist specialist.
“[Monterey] reminded me of Toledo, just without the snow,” Bumpus said. “They have a lot of summer festivals and they’ve got a lot of art, a lot of music and a lot of different groups of cultures.”
A self-described “yo-yo” traveler, she lived in Portland, Maine, in 2002. She said the city had an open drug abuse condition.
“We have drug problems here, but I don’t see people laying on the stoop in the main street,” Bumpus said.
She said Portland had a higher cost of living and less to do than Toledo.
“They have a way better marketing manager, because I think Toledo has way more to offer,” Bumpus said.
Toledo has a wide range of opportunities, she said.
“There’s a lot of amenities here, we’ve got restaurants from A to Z, cultures from A to Z and festivals from A to Z,” Bumpus said.
The city has a good cost of living and location as well, she said.
“It’s inexpensive,” Bumpus said. “You get a lot of house for your money, and if you really have to travel somewhere, I’ve got Toledo Express Airport and I’ve got Detroit Metro Airport.”
Bumpus said even outside career offers cannot lure her from her hometown.
“At this point in my life, I could go anywhere in the U.S., I get offers all the time,” Bumpus said. “It’s a good place for me and my daughter.”
She said she does not believe a brain drain exists. A desire to try someplace new tempts young Toledoans out of the city, Bumpus said.
“I went away, but I came back,” Bumpus said. “I guess you just want to try something different — how do you appreciate what you have unless you try something else?”