IFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2309 times:
Today I interviewed a prospective new employee who just recently moved to the area. I asked him why he relocated and his answer was quite interesting (his wife suffers from Bipolar and S.A.D., and so they moved for the weather...from Seattle. FFS...if there's anywhere someone suffering S.A.D. shouldn't live, it's Seattle).
I've got another employee who moved to the area years ago as a 'temporary measure' to look after his dying mother. After she passed away, he just decided he liked it enough to stay.
It's an interesting question - why do you live where you live? I know we've got plenty of international immigrants on the board, plus plenty of you who've moved to different parts of your country for various reasons. So, why do you live where you live?
For me, I moved to Orange County, California from Edinburgh, Scotland. There were two reasons behind the move. First was because I wanted to marry my girl, and she's Californian born and bred. It was much easier for me to move here than for her to move there. The second was an invitation from a friend to go in to business with him (a partnership that still exists to this day, although we split the business 6 years ago and now we each run separate entities of what was originally one business entity). I don't think I'll ever move back to the UK.
Queso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2298 times:
Weather is nice, it gets hot but it's not humid. Cost of living is very low. No traffic problems. Low crime rate. Sensible minded people live here that are polite and respect others, and there are very few lefty wackos and environmentalists.
PSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2292 times:
In 1996,I went house hunting for the first time to move out of my mobile home.
I just was so discouraged what the OC and LA had to offer for the outrageous, ridiculous prices.
So, a friend of mine,also a real estate agent who lived in the Inland Empire, turn me on to
the west side of Fontana.Sold! The price couldn't be beat,for that time,and the property
and neighborhood I got.Never looked back.
Springbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2292 times:
I live here because I work here. Also go to University part time. Cost of living is low compared to other cities here, but it is increasing. Low crime rate (but its there).
My parents came here long ago, so I grew up here. Can't think of anywhere else I'd go, maybe I'll move to Seattle one day (my uncle and his family have been after me to come there)..lets see how it goes.
ANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2289 times:
Alaska has always been home. Traveled many many places. Sixty-seven other countries, and while some contain some of the most spectacular beauty I have ever seen, none says "home" like Alaska.
It's really rather difficult to explain. Author Robert Service calls it "The Call of the Wild". Alaska gets into your blood. Really.
I like the travel opportunities in he summer, taking the camper out to just about anywhere, stopping, tossing a line in the water, and grilling a fresh fish. I like the scenery, can't compare to too many other places in the world. I like the job I have.
There is much more. But the most compelling reason: It's the only place I've ever felt like I was "home".
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20394 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2274 times:
I had been looking to move out of Los Angeles, and someone I knew from online had moved to Portland a few months prior. I'd met her in real life while she was staying with her brother in L.A. after leaving her husband in Alabama, and she seemed nice enough. When she let everyone know that she was finally setup and was looking for someone to share the house, since she'd realized she had more room than she really needed, I decided Portland might be an interesting place to check out. I'd at least know someone here, and not have to go looking for a place to live, so I agreed to share the house for a minimum of six months--long enough that it was worthwhile for her to have me as a housemate, and to see if this is where I would want to live. If it didn't work out, I could rent another van and move somewhere else.
Six weeks later, without even seeing a picture of the house, and having never visited Portland, I'd quit my job, loaded up a moving van, and headed 1000 miles north.
As it turned out, a year later my housemate left Portland to move to Florida and marry an old beau once her divorce came through, at the same time a mutual friend who'd been a detective for the New Orleans PD was looking for a new start (a rather long story in itself), and he decided to take over the other half of the house. He stayed for nearly 5 years until he followed his girlfriend back east who was moving to take care of her sick mother.
MainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2097 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2269 times:
I moved about the UK for a few years (Bristol, London and York) before I settled back at home in Manchester, and specifically to where I grew up to the east of the city, near the hills and Pennine moorland. I love the winters in windswept northern Britain, but look forward to summer too. The weather in the UK is interesting in so far you never know what it's going to do next.
I couldn't imagine living in a flat place or at least near the coast. I find it hard to guage distances without hills and valleys as a point of reference.
Kunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2261 times:
Because I was born here...
I was born like half a kilometer from where I live now- when I was about 5, we moved to a different apartment in the same complex, and in 1997, we moved into the house where we (my parents, my brother, the "fur babies" and I) live now...
I'll be moving out soonish though, but most likely, it won't be more than 20 kilometers away for starters. Once I get a hold of everything, I'll probably be moving to Amsterdam.
My lifelong ambition has always been to move to Australia- but due to certain disabilities, immigration would never allow that, as I cannot work full time and support myself completely. But since Amsterdam and Denmark are both part of the European Union, I can move from one to the other as I please. And seeing that I do have a lot of friends there, it'd be perfect...
Plus, I'd have to fly an awful lot to keep in touch with the family (and even if it's bloody 737s all the time, flying is flying)
BMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2257 times:
Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 8): My lifelong ambition has always been to move to Australia- but due to certain disabilities, immigration would never allow that, as I cannot work full time and support myself completely.
Because I had no choice. My parents were determined to move down here and I didn't even get the chance to express my opinion on that, even though I was 15. I still resent my parents for forcing me to move, because it happened at a time, when I was finally getting on track at school and socially, and I was forced to start all over again and had big problems because of cultural clashes (not just cultural in terms of German vs Costa Rican mentality, but also in terms of middle class kid vs rich bastards at school, and arrogant/closed minded hippocrites at work). The transition was way too hard on me and things are still not over.
Personally, I'd still prefer to be in Europe, preferably at my old apartment in Hamburg, sitting on the couch, with a Coke, a Beer and cigarettes nearby, and watching the Bundesliga.
STLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9303 posts, RR: 25
Reply 14, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 2236 times:
I'm under contract to live where I live now ... well not so much "live" but I'm "assigned" here ... otherwise I wouldn't have moved where I am voluntarily. I don't mind it here but when my contract is up, unless they throw me a nice load of money, I'm out of here. I will have worn the resources here dry unless something happens this summer that makes me absolutely fall head over heels for the life here.
I work anywhere from 3 to 4 days a week although this week I'm doing five and next week I'm doing five ... but between the two works I'm doing a stretch of six days in a row but now it might look like I'm going to be working all of those days.
I take advantage of my days off. I've been doing a lot of local & regional traveling and I've been back to St. Louis quite a few times. A nice lady who was on my bowling team who just loved me to death basically told me to inhabit the basement of her condo ... she handed me keys and and assigned me my own bedroom and told me to come back anytime. And I do that a lot but I've made quite a few friends since moving here, so I tend to devote a day or two a week to putzin' around with them. I also still have keys to my parents' houses ... one is the permanent place and they have a cottage on a lake that's accessible from here ... I've already booked plans to make six 3 or 4 day trips there between May and October. I love it there and spend as much time there in the summers.
Eternal darkness we all should dread. It's hard to party when you're dead.
Texan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4274 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2208 times:
Because I wanted to see and experience someplace different and go to law school, and Vermont is about as different from Texas as one can get in the US. We'll see where I end up once it is time to graduate. Vermont is nice, but I am out of here in May 2009.
"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
Melpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1592 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2119 times:
I'm a born & bred Melbournian, I work here and most of my friends & family are here. Besides that, Melbourne isn't a bad place to live, being in the outer suburbs (Bayswater/Wantirna area) I'm conventient to most things & the city is only an hour or less driving time away.
Quoting Springbok747 (Reply 3): Cost of living is low compared to other cities here, but it is increasing. Low crime rate (but its there).
Have to agree there about Adelaide. Much cheaper than here in Melbourne, & especially Sydney. I'd rather live in Adelaide than Sydney. There's been a few interesting postions come up at work that are in ADL.
Aaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8030 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (7 years 4 months 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2107 times:
In short, I was fed up with overwrought taxation, crime, and the rat race in the US. Never been the type to relocate somewhere rural and I need a somewhat fast paced life in some respects, so that ruled out a lot of otherwise attractive parts of the states, particularly the interior, since I've lived on both coasts.
Japan was a welcome choice for a number of reasons. One, my wife is from here. That always helps. Two, I can work and make a great living here without having to participate in the Japanese version of the rat race, owing to not being Japanese myself. However in so doing I'm still able to enjoy a quality of life comparable to, if not better, than any I had in the US. My son was born last September, and I'm looking into buying a house, so it's looking like the next couple decades will be here. Have my sights set on Malaysia, New Zealand or Mexico as possible locales in which to eventually retire.
If you need someone to blame / throw a rock in the air / you'll hit someone guilty
Could explain why you're on a.net, as for the rest of us. We have no excuse
Me, I moved when I was 8 (only movement in my life) from Sydney to Coffs Harbour. My grandparents lived up here and mum found out if we moved up here she could still do the same job from home. So we did, never regretted it, love it up here.
: LOL then can you barrack for an AFL team which actually wins a game or two. Port Adelaide had a good win this afternoon