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Old 06-26-2014, 11:07 AM   #41
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Oh yeah that part I'd agree with you on: my wife lived in VA and NE most of her life and the houses yall have out there and how low they cost definitely make me jealous.

Also VA is beautiful if you like greenery.
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And with good reason; it's the best state in the union IF you have a job that pays well and can afford to live the good life.

For someone just starting out in the auto tech field, southern CA would be nearly as bad as Texas in terms of finding good-paying work. Tons of competition from immigrants willing to work for low-wages. Northern CA would be better in this regard, though it's not as nice a place to live.
THIS..... sooooooo true.... they will work TWICE as hard, for less than HALF the money... making us Murricans look like lazy ********.... lmao

They Make some good *** tacos though...

OOPS..... didnt mean to expose WHICH immigrants you were speaking of... hahaha
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:10 AM   #43
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They Make some good *** tacos though...

OOPS..... didnt mean to expose WHICH immigrants you were speaking of... hahaha
what does an *** taco taste like?
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:14 AM   #44
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what does an *** taco taste like?
Tastes like ***.... lol If you like the taste of ***, i definitely suggest you try one. Again, all about preference.... :P
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:16 AM   #45
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Yeah I forgot to mention : I'm not a very urban-y type of guy. I like peace and quiet. Lots of room and I'd like to try those guns things you americans are so crazy about. sounds like fun.
So big cities are not very attractive to me. I hate traffic, I hate people but I love my cars.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:28 AM   #46
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Probably doesnt sound like much to you Californians, but you can buy a Crazy nice house out here for Sub $150,000..... $150,000 house in CA would probably be 1 bedroom, with a livingroom/kitchen Combo. lol :P
all relative. You still need a job to pay for it and out in WV you can easily become house poor with that

and don't knock CA, you live in a blue state too.

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So big cities are not very attractive to me. I hate traffic, I hate people but I love my cars.
VA is great for this, just not northern va, but then there's no jobs.
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Old 06-26-2014, 11:35 AM   #47
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$150,000 house in CA would probably be 1 bedroom, with a livingroom/kitchen Combo. lol :P
In the parts of CA you'd want to live in, $150k is a downpayment on a 1br condo.

I'm serious.
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Yeah I forgot to mention : I'm not a very urban-y type of guy. I like peace and quiet. Lots of room and I'd like to try those guns things you americans are so crazy about. sounds like fun.
So big cities are not very attractive to me. I hate traffic, I hate people but I love my cars.
Dude... i bear hunt in Canadi-ya every year... my first year, i brought my 300 WIN MAG, a bow, and my .357 (in case a bear got pissed off) and at the border they saw that i had a pistol and went Berzerk on my ***. haha
I sat in the office with a Cop being questioned for about 5 hours.... they let me go back home.... another 5 hour drive.... then i came back, without the handgun, and they gave me so much ****. Searched the hell out of my vehicle, and gave me a hard time about my 300 (registered in my name) and even my bow.... just because they knew i had tried to enter with a pistol. lmao

Funny thing is...... On the way back to Murrica, i pulled up, dead bear in the bed of the truck (usually border needs to see the tag), and the guy saw my Liscense (didnt ask for passport) and said "Bear huntin huh???" I said, "yep, went for about a week"
He said "have any guns with you?" I said "yeah, just my 300 and i have my bow as well, and a knife set for field dressing"

He said, "Welcome back, pull through"

I said "you mean Pull over? I have my passport"

He said "No, i said pull through.... Welcome back to America"

HAHAHA... no joke... it was like a movie. I loved it. Probably my most prominent memory of any of my hunts up there. lmao
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yeah we don't **** with guns. I have a 30-06 and a 30-30 for moose hunting but that's about it. oh and I have a crossbow. Never even dared to bring em to the border though. customs to get into america as a canadian is a bitch.
Once, as a young 18 year old I took the bus to see my friend who was performing in new york some music ****.
I walked in the customs thing, waited and got questioned.

''Where you headed?''
''New york''
''Well you're already there, where you headed?'' (We were in champlain, NY)
''New york''
''Are you hard of hearing boy I'm asking you where you're headed''

at this point I lost my ****.
I ******* hate customs. He ******* knew I meant new york city. Douchebag.
It's not like I was gonna smoke the weed I brought along with me in the USA at all. Who does he think I am? syke i kid
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In the parts of CA you'd want to live in, $150k is a downpayment on a 1br condo.

I'm serious.
WAT?!?!?

Damn....

Probably explains why my mom and i lived in a trailer in Santa Clara... hahaha

My grandparents lived in Northern-ish CA, in some mountainy area... Tehachepi i think? Not sure... only visited them there once...

Anywho, they sold their 1 bedroom house there for about $750,000, and moved to missouri, and had a bouse built on the lakeside, with 6 bedrooms, 3 1/2 baths, amazing kitchen, and had the Bass Pro Artist come and paint the whole HUGE basement to look like a wildlife scene that you would see in a Bass Pro or Cabelas exhibit.... all for just over $300,000. Still had a shitload of money left over after everything was said and done too. lol

I had very much jealous of their situation... hahaha
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My 10 year old 2000 sq. ft. 3 bedroom house with a 2 car garage and a fenced in backyard in a decent area was $126k. 15 minutes from work.
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Old 06-26-2014, 12:39 PM   #52
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I don't do snow anymore. It was a choice.

I like sunshine because it makes me happy, so the Pacific Northwest was out. Many overcast days there and many cool, rainy days.

Central and Southern Pacific coast has a nice climate but restrictive laws and more expensive to live.

Utah is naturally very beautiful and they have a disproportionately high number of good looking blonde girls in Salt Lake City. Most are Mormon background but many are not religiously active so it doesn't matter. They get some snow there, so it's off my list.

Arizona, Nevada, and New Mexico are dry and hot or dry and cool depending upon elevation and time of year. Some areas are desolate and some are quite beautiful. Much of New Mexico operates with the same sense of urgency as old Mexico which is less than hectic.

Colorado is really nice three months out of the year unless you like to snow ski. It it great for hiking and camping during that brief window of time.

The great plains are wide open spaces punctuated by the occasional town or city. Each has its own flair. Be forewarned, in my travels I have found no other state with a lower percentage of attractive women than Oklahoma. The vast majority of women there could best be described as rugged.

Texas. Texas is huge and diverse. Hilly desert, flat desert, lush green rolling hills, fertile green plains, beautiful beaches with palm trees, swamps with alligators and with Spanish moss hanging from cypress trees, big cities and rural towns.

The Great Lakes and Northeast States are too cold for me. Dozens of people froze to death at Valley Forge, PA. Virginia is big on ice and freezing rain, been there, done that.

North Carolina has some nice features and a more temperate climate, pretty beaches, nice mountains. South Carolina has generally a bit more of a gap between the haves and have nots. And there are more have nots. Much of it is low country (swampy) near the coast.

Mississippi is poor and poor. Alabama has some nice hills up north as it borders Tennessee. Central and southern Alabama are a bit depressed. Tennessee is really pretty nice if you avoid Memphis and Chattanooga. Nashville is a pretty cosmopolitan city with good money and lots to do.

Louisiana is Louisiana. Nothing much there for me to be interested in. I have family in Shreveport and, meh.

I like Georgia if you stay out of Atlanta and the immediate suburbs. It is too dense and overrun with growth. Lots of big cities in the south have become the new homes for businesses escaping the high taxes and oppressive labor laws of the northern states and the infrastructure hasn't caught up (See also Charlotte). Traffic issues ensue. I prefer medium size cities to megacities anyway. Georgia has hills and mountains as well as large recreational lakes and a temperate climate.

Florida never gets snow to shovel and has almost as many Canadians as Canada in the wintertime, haha. The last time I saw a hurricane was 10 years ago. The wind blew 45 MPH for a day. So what. I live 30 miles from the coast at 128 feet above sea level. It isn't an issue. Hurricanes can be seen coming for days. Tornadoes come without warning in a matter of minutes. We don't get tornadoes. Our cost of living is pretty low, there are no state income taxes, and the weather is not cold, hence everybody retires here. Downsides are we don't have mountains and we get a lot of humidity in the summer.

Life is a series of trade-offs.
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What did you trade to live in florida?
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Ive never LIVED in florida, but ive spent alot of time there with famiry... I like it, just too many old people, and i like having all 4 seasons. lol Definitely nice though!
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I don't like most of the rest of Florida, just the Tampa Bay Area.

FWIW, I live in a pretty new 3/2 home with vaulted ceilings, a garage, and an additional detached garage situated in an older neighborhood that was purchased for a five figure sum. I'm not exactly on a golf course but I'm doing a nice job of saving for retirement.

My friend bought 23 wooded acres, a 3200sq foot house, a HUGE 2000+sq foot workshop with in-ground hydraulic lift, a paint booth, etc, for $63,000 in central Georgia. Some of the people here have been there.
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Isnt that the 9 second all motor guy?
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This thread just highlights how incredibly diverse this country is. I've lived in Southern California, Northern Florida and lots places beyond and in between. For several reasons I ended up back in Indiana where I began.
OP, do some soul searching and do a big road trip. There's no way not to find some place that fits in the US.
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did you know WVU is the biggest company by revenue in that state?

I'll change my rule: southern coastal state or bust. Need to excluded the northeast...
There are lots of technical jobs in the area, especially with the rise of the natural gas industry. Every hotel/motel in WV is filled Monday through Thursday with Halliburton employees. They have to leave by Thursday because every single citizen of WV goes to the WVU football games on Saturday, tailgating starts on Friday...
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