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Why Do You Live Where You Live?  
User currently offlineIFEMaster From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2377 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.

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User currently offlineQueso From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2366 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.

User currently offlinePSA53 From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 3072 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2360 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.



Tuesday's Off! Do not disturb.
User currently offlineSpringbok747 From Australia, joined Nov 2004, 4387 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2360 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.



אני תומך בישראל
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 2357 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".


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20751 posts, RR: 62
Reply 5, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2342 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.

I've been here 11-1/2 years now.



International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 6, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2342 times:

Well, personally, I think I'd rather live in Canada, Oz or the US, than the UK.

Such an unbelievable high cost of living here now  Sad



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineMainMAN From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2005, 2098 posts, RR: 5
Reply 7, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2337 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.


User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 8, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2329 times:

Because I was born here...  Silly

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... Big grin

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...  Smile

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) Big grin



"Do you speak fluent Canadian?"
User currently offlineVHVXB From Australia, joined Apr 2006, 5525 posts, RR: 18
Reply 9, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2325 times:

Quoting ANCFlyer (Reply 4):
It's the only place I've ever felt like I was "home".

So true. I think thats they way many feel here

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 6):
Oz

hey you would fit right in  Smile. So many people from UK living here it would be just like home


User currently offlineBMIFlyer From UK - England, joined Feb 2004, 8810 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2325 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.

Marry an Australian  Wink





Lee



Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 11, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2319 times:

Quoting VHVXB (Reply 9):

So true. I think thats they way many feel here

 checkmark 

I miss Australia so much... they can't show bloody clips from the outback on tv without it bringing tears to my eyes.  Sad



"Do you speak fluent Canadian?"
User currently offlineLTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13864 posts, RR: 50
Reply 12, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2318 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Thread starter):
Why Do You Live Where You Live?

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.


User currently offlineKunoichi From Denmark, joined Jan 2007, 796 posts, RR: 16
Reply 13, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2316 times:

Quoting BMIFlyer (Reply 10):
Marry an Australian Wink

Who'd then have to support me? Not really fair on him, I'd say...

Even if I did marry an aussie, I really doubt immigration would let me in with Asperger Syndrome- any kind of psych. ailment is a big no-no.

[Edited 2007-03-31 02:47:07]


"Do you speak fluent Canadian?"
User currently offlineSTLGph From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 9429 posts, RR: 26
Reply 14, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2304 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.



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User currently offlineN231YE From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 2288 times:

...because my university makes it mandatory for underclassmen who live more than 50 miles (~80.5km) from the school to live in a dorm. Dorms Suck  frown 

User currently offlineTexan From New Zealand, joined Dec 2003, 4280 posts, RR: 52
Reply 16, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2276 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.

Texan



"I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library."
User currently offlineTSS From United States of America, joined Dec 2006, 3070 posts, RR: 5
Reply 17, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2260 times:

I was born and raised here, so there's the comfort of familiar surroundings. Also, the cost of living here is dirt cheap.


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User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 31
Reply 18, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2255 times:

Quoting TSS (Reply 17):
I was born and raised here, so there's the comfort of familiar surroundings. Also, the cost of living here is dirt cheap.

Wow!! barely anything I need to add to that. Harrisburg is one of the cheaper places to live in the mid-Atlantic; Northeast region of the USA



too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineDuff44 From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 1723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 2252 times:

Bristol, CT (about 2mi from ESPN's World headquarters)


Got out of college, and moved in with mom... flat broke and burnt out.

Mom's no longer here (she moved out), so the place is mine now... still flat broke and burnt out.



I'll rassle ya for a bowl of bacon!
User currently offlineANCFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2246 times:

Quoting Texan (Reply 16):
and Vermont is about as different from Texas as one can get in the US.

 no  no  no 

Here's an news flash my Longhorn friend. Alaska and Hawaii are also in the US. As is Guam, Yap, American Samoa, blah, blah, blah . . . . of course those islands don't have the mountains and the trees.  wink  laughing 

You guys always leave Alaska out too. Embarrased at being the second largest state are ya?  wink  duck 


User currently offlineShyFlyer From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (7 years 7 months 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2234 times:

Quoting IFEMaster (Thread starter):
why do you live where you live?

I still live in the town I was raised in because I haven't yet found employment that would take me out of here. Hopefully this will change.


User currently offlineMelpax From Australia, joined Apr 2005, 1637 posts, RR: 1
Reply 22, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2187 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.



Essendon - Whatever it takes......
User currently offlineAaron747 From Japan, joined Aug 2003, 8188 posts, RR: 26
Reply 23, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2175 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.



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User currently offlineQFA380 From Australia, joined Jul 2005, 2081 posts, RR: 1
Reply 24, posted (7 years 7 months 5 days 18 hours ago) and read 2174 times:

Quoting Kunoichi (Reply 13):
Asperger Syndrome-

I didn't know what that was, looked it up on Wikipedia. One of the little Categories,

Quoting http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asperger_Syndrome:


Narrow, intense interests

Could explain why you're on a.net, as for the rest of us. We have no excuse  boxedin 

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.


25 Post contains images VHVXB : LOL then can you barrack for an AFL team which actually wins a game or two. Port Adelaide had a good win this afternoon
26 Melpax : Come on, it was only Fremantle!
27 MD11Engineer : Me, for the last ten years or so I have been following work. I moved from Berlin to Shannon, Ireland, from there to Moenchengladbach, Germany, then Co
28 HUYguy : I live in Lincoln, England, because its roughly half-way between Leicester and Bradford (where my parent's families are). It also has a low crime rate
29 Captaink : I live in Aguascalientes, Mexico. Why? I study here. Can't think of any other reason. It is a nice city though, quiet, modern organized and clean. No
30 Post contains images SA7700 : I was born and raised here. According to a February 2007 survey in Mens Health (South Africa), Bloemfontein is the best city to live in at present. Ca
31 Post contains images Disruptivehair : You thought it was easier to immigrate to the US than for her to immigrate to the UK? I gotta say from my own personal experience that I disagree. My
32 Post contains images FXramper : Austin is consistently one of the top cities in the US to live in. The people are all so pleasant and laid back. We've been getting a lot of Californi
33 CastleIsland : Four seasons Red Sox Patriots Within a 5-minute walk of my place: Wine and Cheese Cask - gourmet foods, cheese and good booze at fair prices Savenor's
34 British767 : I'm a Londoner born and bred. I was born in South-East London (Orpington) but currently like in West London (Egham, 4 miles from LHR), due to moving h
35 Disruptivehair : Why? People ask me why we're moving all the time and I give the diplomatic answer "it's just not home to me," which they accept with no further argum
36 BA757 : I agree 100% Are you working in Munich or studying? I'd love to live in Germany. The cost of living, the government, crime and the weather will all b
37 Disruptivehair : Well, yes...the grass is greener but having lived in the UK and the US, in my opinion the US is better. The cost of living (at least where I come fro
38 Post contains links British767 : I hate the capitalist attitude that many Brits have adopted. People have become selfish, pompous, and arrogant, and do not appear to appreciate what
39 Post contains images Disruptivehair : Oh wow...that's not what I was expecting to hear! I see the UK through different eyes; to me, a capitalist, they don't seem materialistic or nose-to-
40 British767 : Now you see, the thing about the US is, despite capitalism, the facilities for someone to enjoy their life seems easier. The quality of life always s
41 Post contains images Kunoichi : I suspect that too. No SANE person would spend time here, after all. same goes for my other interest, anime... not exactly a normal obsession either.
42 Avianca : well currently I am living in Venzuela but I am an german with 50% colombian blood.... well I am living here due my job, the company offered some time
43 Post contains images Yellowstone : I live here because I go to school out here in Cambridge. Of course, the proximity of Boston was one factor in my choosing to go here. I like urban ar
44 Post contains images CastleIsland : We do have a good number of bridges here, you know.
45 767Lover : I have heard that from good friend of mine (American) who lived in Amsterdam for 6 years before returning to the US. She said she had no idea how eas
46 Yellowstone : Well, yeah, but I'm still pretty sure that Cambridge has a lower crime rate than Boston, and it is right across from downtown. Funny story with the b
47 Egmcman : My family moved here in Southend because of my Dad's work at the time, also job prospects for my brother and I as we were still at school and Manchest
48 Disruptivehair : Well...I agree with you there, though Americans work longer hours and (in my opinion) are overall more materialistic than the British. I don't think
49 Kmh1956 : I live in Bermuda because I was born in Bermuda. As a Bernudian it's not easy for me to relocate anywhere because it takes forever to get work visas a
50 MCOflyer : In the US they would. Right now Rockledge, FL is my home. I'm a born Floridian and am living here until I get a decent job. Then its out of Florida.
51 Adopim88 : Well, I have lived my whole life within 35 miles of where I was born and raised. I'm working on finishing my degree now (one year to go!) so I stay. F
52 Jetjack74 : I moved to Seattle, because I was stationed at NAS Whidbey Island when I got out. Didn't like Oak Harbor too much but liked Seattle alot. The jobs I h
53 Post contains images Cadet57 : Cuz im broke, 19, in school and my parents let me live in the basement But seriously. I've lived in the same city for all 19 of my years and while at
54 Post contains images LH423 : There's a reason it's the "People's Republic of Cambridge" As for me, I decided that Canada was more my speed when I was 18 and took a trip to visit
55 Senorcarnival : Because I needed to finish my degree and this school in San Antonio was the cheapest place that would take me so here I am. San Antonio is ok but I al
56 AsstChiefMark : PLEASE GET ME THE HELL OUT OF HERE
57 IFEMaster : Much easier. Procedure aside, circumstances dictated it would be easier. I didn't go the fiance visa route; I was H1-B, then Green Card AOS.
58 AsstChiefMark : I lived in the UK 20 years ago. I taught primary school north of Walsall. Now that I'm burned out after holding down two health care careers at the sa
59 Post contains images HAWK21M : I live at BOM because Its the Place I've always been staying at.I like the Atmosphere,The pace of life & the various Communities & Religons out here.T
60 B747-437B : I've lived on 5 continents at various times during the past 3 decades. Most of this has been because of work responsibilities - my dad's when I was gr
61 Itsonlyme : I consider myself a Londoner too, although I was born in Birmingham! Can't see myself leaving London anytime soon, although can definately see myself
62 ALIPIO : i was born in a small town called Richards Bay in the Natal about 1hr30mins from Durban in south africa and lived there 11 years, i now live in brackn
63 Pilotdude09 : It looks nice on TV but try living here in the outback!! Well i llive where i live because my parents moved up here to have a better lifestyle, as th
64 ALIPIO : dont worry everytime i watch something to do with south africa on TV also makes me feel sad, what really makes me sad is when sout africa play rugby
65 Post contains images Texan : Oh, I'm not saying that those places aren't different, especially climate-wise! But when looking at the whole picture, politics, activities, etc, Ver
66 MCOflyer : Same here. Born and raised in Melbourne,FL. Moved to Rockledge when I was in Middle school and moved back to Melbourne in my last year of high school
67 Post contains images TPAnx : I was bored with what I was doing in Massachusetts..and was locked into a managerial job with little hope of advancing...so when a Florida job offer c
68 Helvknight : I'm a native of Manchester UK but I moved to Switzerland (Baden, AG) in 2000 from London. I was working for a Swiss multinational and they rationalise
69 Post contains images MidEx216 : Well, really, I don't have a choice right now. It's where both of my parents have lived their whole lives, and...I still live with them, because it wo
70 Post contains images SK601 : Sounds like heaven, where do you live? I live where I live now, because it's close to where I work (20 min by car). It's OK, but crowded. The Netherl
71 Post contains links and images NoUFO : Because Prenzlauer Berg in Berlin is ... ... slow paced ... ... vibrant .... ... conservative in a good sense ... ... tolerant ... ... great for shopp
72 Post contains images Sabena332 : I live here because the Ruhr-Area is the coolest part of Germany. Patrick
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