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What's Wichita, Kansas Like?

Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:26 am

I'm exploring a job opportunity in Wichita. As I value things such as mountainous/rolling terrain, water, and interesting cities, I suspect I would hate it there...but have heard it's more than just a giant cornfield.

So what's the deal? Is there anything even remotely cool about the place, or is it in fact just a big field with little to do?

Thanks in advance for any info.


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RE: What's Wichita, Kansas Like?

Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:33 am

The worlds premier, privately held, collection of manned spaceflight items (including a lot of Russian stuff) is in Hutchinson, KS. about 45 mins from Wichita.

Wichita is also the home for most of Cessnas production and a fair bit of Boeings, of course Boeing just sold those plants..
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RE: What's Wichita, Kansas Like?

Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:38 am

Wichita is known for it's importance in aviation. I've been to that aviation museum in Hutchinson a few times. It's really a spectacular museum.

Other than that, Kansas is rather lame. There is nothing of any cultural value, and downtown resembles that of a ghost town if you ask me.

I'd avoid it, personally.
 
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RE: What's Wichita, Kansas Like?

Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:49 am

Unless you're into aviation or bowling, ICT doesn't offer a whole lot. There are bowling alleys all over that town.


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RE: What's Wichita, Kansas Like?

Fri Mar 04, 2005 11:52 am

Quoting TheCoz (reply 2):
There is nothing of any cultural value, and downtown resembles that of a ghost town if you ask me.



Funny you mention that...I was kind of picturing tumbleweeds all along.

Thanks for the info!


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RE: What's Wichita, Kansas Like?

Fri Mar 04, 2005 1:24 pm

2H4,

I went back to Wichita last year for Boeing. When I wasn't working, I drove around to see what it was like. I had been thinking of moving back there from Seattle because it was closer to where I really wanted to be. But I couldn't do it. I would definately go look for yourself before I took a job there. Especially if you have one now.
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RE: What's Wichita, Kansas Like?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 10:16 am

Well, dude, first off it's in Kansas. Dorothy's famous line immediately comes to mind, "There's no place like home." My friend, Jim, lives there and loves it, but then he is very easily pleased.

You will have to get used to the accent, but it's easier to understand Kansans than Oklahomans or Texans. I know, I used to live in Oklahoma City. The farther north you go the less there is of an accent; the farther south, the more it sounds like they have marbles in their mouths. Think Marlon Brando in Godfather, only with a twang. By the way, Kansans don't think they have an accent. Compared to Okies, maybe they don't.

When referring to Arkansas City, Kansas, remember it is pronounced Ar-KAN-sas City, not AR-kin-saw City. The same goes for the river. LOL!

The locals go to Oklahoma City (metro pop. 1,132,652) or Kansas City (metro pop. 1,904,908)* as the nearest big cities to shop, play, escape and otherwise enjoy themselves. The wealthy go to Denver, Dallas, Chicago or New York. The really loaded head for Europe.

Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska -- they're all the same -- wheat, corn and cattle. The highways are straight, long and boring. Take along coffee or they will put you to sleep. Just keep telling yourself, "At least I'm not in West Texas doing battle with tumbleweeds!"

In summer it's hotter than hell. There are lots of tornadoes in spring and summer, but then Oklahoma is worse.

Winds and cold fronts from Canada have nothing to stop them in winter, so you may be in shirtsleeves one day and a polar snow suit the next. Granted, it's warmer than Kalamazoo.

Real estate is a steal -- not much demand.

You will have to change planes somewhere no matter where you go. Figure on DFW, ORD, STL, MCI, DEN, etc.

It's bigger than Kalamazoo (metro pop. 320,320).

As with any potential move, check out the city first. Spend at least a weekend there and look over the town. Talk to the locals. Remember, there are far worse places. All in all ICT is okay and halfway to either coast.

Be sure to tell us how you liked ICT when you get back.

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RE: What's Wichita, Kansas Like?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 10:50 am

Quoting StarCruiser (reply 6):
The highways are straight, long and boring.



Honestly, as a cyclist and motorcyclist, that alone negates the $50K salary I'm looking at.

Thanks for the info...it's greatly appreciated.


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RE: What's Wichita, Kansas Like?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 10:54 am

Quoting StarCruiser (reply 6):
You will have to change planes somewhere no matter where you go. Figure on DFW, ORD, STL, MCI, DEN, etc.


StarCruiser,

Not quite correct. Allegiant operated nonstop ICT-LAS 5 times a week.

FYI.

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RE: What's Wichita, Kansas Like?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:10 pm

Not quite correct. Allegiant operated nonstop ICT-LAS 5 times a week


Okay, Rick, but LAS is not a high priority on my list of places to go. I would prefer nonstops to LAX, DEN, SFO, LGA and DCA. Nonstops to PIA, DSM and MSN just don't help me at all.
 
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RE: What's Wichita, Kansas Like?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:31 pm

I had an interview with an aerospace company in Wichita back in 2003. Seem to be a really slow and dull town. If you're single i hear really sucks. Let's just say I'm glad things didn't work out. I'm in the Seattle area now. Much better here.  Smile
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RE: What's Wichita, Kansas Like?

Sat Mar 05, 2005 6:52 pm

I dare you to go up to a motel person and ask "What's the number for the Braidwood Inn?"

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RE: What's Wichita, Kansas Like?

Sun Mar 06, 2005 6:44 am

Quoting StarCruiser (reply 9):
Not quite correct. Allegiant operated nonstop ICT-LAS 5 times a week


Okay, Rick, but LAS is not a high priority on my list of places to go. I would prefer nonstops to LAX, DEN, SFO, LGA and DCA. Nonstops to PIA, DSM and MSN just don't help me at all


Starcruiser,

I'm afraid I don't get your meaning. Allegiant DOES OPERATE ICT-LAS 5 times a week. And what difference does it make whats high on YOUR priority list? You stated that you had to connect somewhere regardless of where you were going. I simply corrected you. And those nonstops you mentioned(which are out of LAS so again has nothing to do with flights out of ICT) are important to about 150 people per flight according to our load factor.

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