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Old 07-07-2014, 10:26 PM   #101
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Mediterranean Climate, bro. Mediterranean Climate.
As long as you can pipe enough water into your desert it is a Mediterranean Climate... Northern Africa is also on the Mediterranean, and it has the climate you would have in SoCal without all the pumped in water. Lake Mead gets smaller every year.

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Old 07-07-2014, 11:39 PM   #102
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but that they can't live without us and it is infuriating to have states that are dependent on you referring to the majority of the country as "the fly over states".
Yes, but most of the big states pay more into the Fed in taxes than they receive back, thus subsidizing the infrastructure of those us in the middle of the country.
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Old 07-07-2014, 11:53 PM   #103
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Yes, but most of the big states pay more into the Fed in taxes than they receive back, thus subsidizing the infrastructure of those us in the middle of the country.
False. Texas gets most of the shaft.
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Damn snow backs wanting to jump the boarder and take our jobs!!!!

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I personally think you would like the Mid West. Other than having guns very similar culturally to British Canada (no idea how it compares to Quebec, and some of the anti Quebec prejudice from British Canada has made it's way south). City life more run down and violent than Canada, but rural life very similar to Canada. If you want a big city you are better off staying up North.

If I could change anything I would force the East and West coasts to secede from the Union. They don't realize that as long as we have the Mississippi river and the St. Lawrence Seaway we can live just fine without them, but that they can't live without us and it is infuriating to have states that are dependent on you referring to the majority of the country as "the fly over states". Oh, include Chicago on that list.

As far as mechanic jobs, most are paid "book time" If a job is supposed to take 3 hours, but it takes you 5 hours you only get paid for 3 hours and the other 2 hours you are working for free. If a job is supposed to take 3 hours and you can do it in 30 min you still get paid for 3 hours, and move on to another job and make good money that week. As a new guy you get the hard to do but low book time jobs, and the senior guys get the 30 min jobs that pay 3 hours time. If the dealership you work for (or independent shop) doesn't have jobs coming in, you hang out waiting for work and get paid zero while waiting for work to come in. No idea how this compares to how it is done in Canada.

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Old 07-15-2014, 12:33 PM   #105
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I've lived in San Diego/Riverside/Ventura, CA... so I know what I speak. California could practically own the rest of the world if it would get it's **** together. I've seen the ballot initiatives to turn Cali into 6 different states and it's really not necessary. It just needs to be 2 states. Start at the Mexico border and stop 100 miles north of San Fran, extend a line 50 miles east... that's "West California"... everything else is "Awesome California". All the liberal bullshit is centered squarely on the coast. The rest of the state is just as redneck as Alabama.

I've also lived in Virginia Beach, Pensacola, and New Orleans. The Navy has been good to me for duty stations (still trying to get to Key West) but probably going to stay in Virginia Beach for my last 5 years. The wife and I are looking very closely at coastal towns in N/S Carolina and Georgia... she wants an acre of canalfront with deep-water access. I'm all in, but can we afford it in 15 years?

I loved Florida as a flight school student (soooooo drunnnnnk), but I've also been to the Carolinas and they offer just as much coastal fun with the mountains being an hour away. Plus you don't have to deal with all the old ******* and the truly low-class rednecks found in Florida. Coastal Georgia offers the same benefits but you're that much closer to Florida.

New Orleans is the best place I've ever lived... but I I lived just off base in a tiny rural town with no commute. All local owned businesses and friendly people. The city was 20 minutes away and there is more to do there than any other town I've ever been. It's a fantastic place to have a lot of fun. It was awesome for kids. True, I never went outside without a gun, (but I that's no different than anywhere else I've lived since I started carrying) but 99% of the violence is isolated to a few communities that I'd never go to, and even outside those places, mostly isolated to a few distinct types of people.

There is plenty of research you can do on cost-of-living. Things like taxes, power, fuel, insurance, etc... easy research to see how far your dollar goes. You also need to do some serious homework on how medical insurance works in this country. You live in Canada, and so you probably don't know just how fucked up we are in that area... it's s big deal when shopping for a job here.

Oh yeah... what did you say about your legality? Dual citizen? Green card? Work visa? I didn't catch earlier how you were going to actually get here.
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Old 07-15-2014, 02:58 PM   #106
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I grew up in Hawaii. Beautiful state with amazing weather and the most laid back people in the world. However there's not much to do and cost of living is ridiculous. Car community consists of mostly drifting and VIP/Stance douche bags.

I went to school and currently live/ work in Los Angeles are of California (6 years). I like it in California. The weather is nice and not humid like some other places. A lot to do in the area, with a lot of job opportunities. Cost of living has a big range depending on location. The traffic is terrible tho, smog is a big issue both for health and modifying cars.

I spent a lot of time in San Jose area in northern California and would not mind relocating there if I find a good job in the silicone valley area. Also kinda expensive but weather is a little more mild and it seems less crowded and busy compared to LA. Also san diego would but another good choice.
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I like how I drove all over ******* CA and didn't notice any traffic.
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I like how I drove all over ******* CA and didn't notice any traffic.
depends when and where. Pomona to LAX is 45 min with no traffic and 2hr with rush hour work traffic.
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i drove from LAX to the rodeo area, then to hollywood, then up through mollhound and beverly hills and back to century park area.

then headed out to santa barabra, no traffic there.

drove up the coast. nothing.

drove to SF. nothing major.

drove THROUGH SF all day long. nothing.

left SF just before rush hour, a tiny bit of traffic.

up to napa, nothing. and back to SF nothing.
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Old 07-15-2014, 04:41 PM   #110
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i drove from LAX to the rodeo area, then to hollywood, then up through mollhound and beverly hills and back to century park area.

then headed out to santa barabra, no traffic there.

drove up the coast. nothing.

drove to SF. nothing major.

drove THROUGH SF all day long. nothing.

left SF just before rush hour, a tiny bit of traffic.

up to napa, nothing. and back to SF nothing.

driving through a state is much different than a daily rush hour commute.
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Old 07-15-2014, 06:47 PM   #111
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driving through a state is much different than a daily rush hour commute.
While this is definitely true, Brain should have bought a lottery ticket at some point during that trip. It must not have rained...
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:45 PM   #112
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Dont know if you guys in the states ever really appreciate youre living luxury....I have been fortunate enough to visit the states on three occasions even had my 21st there, and the **** you folks take for granted is unreal...simple example is the luxury and abundance of ease in obtaining performance parts for your car as a hobby. just to put **** in perspective. I ordered a set of tein street base coilover which roughly cost me about $800 to purchase there, the final price on this side delivered to my door and after giving my share our dearly loved batardly corrupt government was $2100.00 on estimate...
I'd be willing to donate testacles to live there! I visited in the area of 24 states in total , mostly everything from the midlle to the east and loved every minute of it! I am a lawyer this side and is so badly discriminated against by law because of race, i cant afford a new car after being a partner in a law firm for 4 years now, whilst on the other side our president is illetrate, no degree whatsoever and wasliving in a rural shack till about 15years ago herding cattle, has seven wives 24 children, and built a 200 million $ home with tax money, no seriously not his own money its tax money that was stolen openly, but the rest of the government is too afraid to take him on about it, and those who did got fired from their posts and mysteriously subsided.

South Africa was something special, all that is lost and is corrupt as **** now!

However I saw the states deterior rate in general from my first visit in 07 to the last in 2013 and was very worying to notice...its as if you folks starting to lose the pride and patriotism which was abundantley clear during the first visits.... no offense just sayin...still will donate wife and kids to live there!
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:05 PM   #113
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its as if you folks starting to lose the pride and patriotism which was abundantley clear during the first visits.... no offense just sayin...
None taken. It is disturbing how divided we have become as a nation, and how much some people are willing to change just about everything that makes this country worth living in to be more like "other developed nations".
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Old 07-15-2014, 09:58 PM   #114
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There are several South African ex-pat families living in my area. They mourn the death of their country.
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+4.

California does have a lot of bureaucracy, but it's the most pleasant place in the US to live. Best climate, best roads, best views, best food, best beaches, best wine, second-best beer, lowest ratio of inbred hicks to normal people, fewest Wal-Marts per capita, etc.

The nice parts of the state are expensive to live in, and a lot of people are whiny pussies who can't deal with playing by the rules. That's where most of the hate comes from.
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Not really. He just highlights the futility of arguing with someone from Southern California about how it is not the most magical place outside of Walt Disney's private strip club.
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Before a doodoo fight starts, I don't hate California.
When I lived there this was my house:

This was my backyard:

and I did this for a living:

California is pretty cool, but it is not the end all be all.
In the end, where you (should) wind up is the place you are content.
That place is easy to find in the US.
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The nice parts of the state are expensive to live in, and a lot of people are whiny pussies who can't deal with playing by the rules. That's where most of the hate comes from.
When the states rules make it so there are fines if you water your lawn to much, but then also fines if you don't water the lawn enough is what makes people hate the state.

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When the states rules make it so there are fines if you water your lawn to much, but then also fines if you don't water the lawn enough is what makes people hate the state.

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Yep, you're right. No wonder so few people want to live there that the property values in most of coastal southern and central California are among the lowest in the country.
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When the states rules make it so there are fines if you water your lawn to much, but then also fines if you don't water the lawn enough is what makes people hate the state.

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Yep, you're right. No wonder so few people want to live there that the property values in most of coastal southern and central California are among the lowest in the country.
Until the river runs dry. I certainly never hope for that because food. Also wasteland status of some heavily populated regions. It is undoubtedly a geographically varied and awesome place but some areas are not sustainable (lol). People would have to leave.

I'll never forget flying out to Visalia 'ag country'. I departed LAX, flew east over desert, and then out of nowhere in said desert pops up lush green farm land as far as you can see. It was conveniently located next to a concrete river.

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