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Jarlaxle

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Posted: 02/09/14 05:35pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Family. That is the one and only reason I haven't moved to Texas.


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I was born & raised in Detroit and suburbs. When our youngest went to Hope College in Holland, MI we decided we should move from our large lot and home for a condo in Holland. It was the closest we could come to where we had sent all our money. We have family in MI. and a couple of Granddaughters in GA. The MH lets us visit where we want in warmer weather. The paper today said we have had 113.5" of snow yesterday morning and we got another 4" overnight. Our snow is never dirty because ir never stops snowing long enough to get dirty.


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I think your reasons for staying where you currently live are the most compelling I could ever come up with. I feel for those who don't like where they reside for whatever reasons they may have. My and my wife's families are all from this area (within a couple hundred miles) and for that reason alone the connections with the land are so strong (generations of both families are buried here) I don't think we could ever leave. We actually thought about buying a place on the ocean once we retired but soon dismissed the idea after realizing we could visit the ocean anytime or for that matter anywhere in America or Canada we wanted to see in our MH. So why would anyone want to leave their roots?





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I like North Carolina the best. Just about the time I am sick of winter and threaten to move to Florida its spring time. Once summer gets here I know why Florida would be a bad idea. Its far enough south to have warm summers and mild winters. Life moves at a much slower pace here, people are friendly and help each other. I am 15 miles from the nearest town. My keys are in my truck and we sleep with the doors unlocked. Plenty of wild game and fishing is great if you are into it. Golf courses are abundant and there is a lot to do if you feel like doing it. There are a lot of days that I wake up and have nothing to do and still cant seem to get it all done. A lot of people do not like NC and I think that is great, don't come here it is a terrible place to live. We have large cities like Raleigh and Charlotte and a lot of small towns too. We have mountains on one end of the state and beautiful beaches on the other. Our roads are in good shape, and we have a pretty good economy. Our sweet tea is the best in the world, and we hand out "Bless your Hearts" on a regular basis. Men open doors for ladies, and I have even seen a few ladies holding doors open too. When you drive down our two lane roads people wave at you whether they know you or not. There are several different versions of our native southern language and if you listen closely you can almost tell which part of the State someone is from just by the way they talk. The sunshine is great and the Moonshine is even better. You can see all the stars at night, and on a clear night you can walk around in the dark and don't even need a flashlight. You can tell just by the way that the dogs bark if the person who is coming to see you is a friend or a stranger, and we don't have too many strangers. The lady that brings the mail will stop and say hello and ask how you have been. And if you are not home she will even pull up in the yard and leave your package on the porch for you. If your animals get out, your neighbor will put them back in for you and shut the gate, and tell you days later that she did it. When it does snow, the whole world shuts down. The kids don't have school, most places of work cancel and people stay home. They do salt/brine the roads, that's for the people that have to go out and work. And the other folk that like to get out and look at it. [emoticon] We do have our share of crime I guess, but then I guess you have that too. But for the most part I cant think of any other place that I would rather be than right here in NC!
I am very happy that yall like it where you are, just stay right there and I will stay here.

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I came here for work 36 years ago, and decided to stay. It's convenient for my work, travels, and the home I bought 28 years ago is long since paid for, and it's cheap to just stay right here. Texas is a great place to live and work if you can handle the heat in the Summer. The Winters are a lot more mild on average than Omaha, Nebraska, where I was born and raised.


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I agree with southernkilowatt. I was born and raised in NC. We are only 2 hours from the Outer Banks, 2 hours from Raleigh and 1 hour from larger cities when we need to go. Health care is fantastic and I can't think of a better area to be retired in. Our mail lady brings packages up to the house when needed and life is really laid back. I tried another state for 3 yrs but was miserable. We built on family land and we will never have to worry about IF we can park our fiver in the backyard.


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We live here because, when we first moved there I could walk down the road to hunt or fish. We still live here because of family. Mom and Dad are gone and once son has moved on we may. Taxes are relatively cheap, Neighbors are great and plenty of wildlife. I want a place another place on the coast. Maybe just for winter or weekends. There is some great open territory around Big Bend. Dry though and not sure I'm now able to take advantage of the wide open spaces.
Been thinking about a place around Superior. Missed out on a good place on the northernmost Lake Michigan.
I guess home, here, is as good as anywhere. Somewhere else for a week end or season and maybe....

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I was born here, luckily. My ancestors arrived in the Puget Sound area before Washington became a state. My dad was born in New York, my mom in Seabeck (Bremerton) and they met at the Whidbey isalnd Naval Air Station where my dad was stationed after WWII. The marriage didn't last long and my dad moved back east. I visit there occasionally but am glad I was born and stayed in the west.

Scenic Beach State Park was a property of one of the Emels (maiden name of maternal grandmother) properties that he sold to the state for a state park. And, 2 more Emels owned a hotel they built on 5th and Columbia in downtown Seattle after the fire. They all lost their money so we are very middle class but I do have a very solid foundation here.

Washington state has snow clad mountains, lakes, rivers, BIG trees, islands, deserts, a temperate rainforest, rolling farm land and did I mention ocean front on the Pacific and a huge semi-inland sea surrounding more islands. You can be snow skiing and in less than 2 hours be kayaking on salt water or water skiing on a fresh water lake. The only bad thing is that too many people live here so it gets crowded. The weather isn't dramatic but can get boringly grey but then without the rain, we would have the green. At our home it has been from -8 to 100 degrees but either extreme happens infrequently. If you do want a big city, Vancouver, BC is world class or Seattle just 90 minutes south.

I guess home is wherever the heart is.


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Posted: 02/13/14 02:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I love my state [emoticon] I was born and raised in Washington and even though I've lived in 3 other states I've always known Washington was my home.

I love how green and fresh it is. I love the mountains and the people. Well most of the people [emoticon] The weather doesn't bother me, you just get used to the clouds.

I've lived in Northern and Southern California, Illinois and Iowa.


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Born here. To busy camping to have time to move!


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