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Where you live

Postby Goat Boy » 07 Apr 2017, 10:51

Do you like it? What do you like about it? What pisses you off? Would you love to live somewhere else?

Living in a place you enjoy is pretty fundamental, no?
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Re: Where you live

Postby PresMuffley » 07 Apr 2017, 17:03

There's a hell of a lot I hate about where I live: rednecks, Trump buffoons, Fox news fanatics, climate change deniers, litterers, junkies, religious fundamentalists, people with no real hope, people with no desire to become a citizen of the world, people who constantly vote in their disinterest, people who think unions are some evil liberal scheme to shake them down. In short, a socialist utopia it is not.

However, the land is beautiful, my friends are wonderful people whom I dearly love, my dog is the best, and this is probably the last place on Earth a terror attack will occur.

If I could move anywhere it would be northern Spain. I guess if I really wanted to I would move there now. I've never been married, I have no kids and my passport is valid. Problem is, I'm still attached to this place. I have roots here, and what would I do with my dog? One thing I've learned is that no matter where you are, there you are. You can't run from yourself. All you can do is make the best with what you have. My life is considerably better than a lot of people on this planet. For that I am truly grateful
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Re: Where you live

Postby The Great Defector » 07 Apr 2017, 17:16

Bit stuffy to be honest, hot in the summer and cold in the winter, wardrobe size room that could do with a clean. Can be a bit noisy too, and would it kill you to go around with a bottle of ferbreeze now and again dougie. :?

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Re: Where you live

Postby Goat Boy » 07 Apr 2017, 17:27

PresMuffley wrote:There's a hell of a lot I hate about where I live: rednecks, Trump buffoons, Fox news fanatics, climate change deniers, litterers, junkies, religious fundamentalists, people with no real hope, people with no desire to become a citizen of the world, people who constantly vote in their disinterest, people who think unions are some evil liberal scheme to shake them down. In short, a socialist utopia it is not.

However, the land is beautiful, my friends are wonderful people whom I dearly love, my dog is the best, and this is probably the last place on Earth a terror attack will occur.

If I could move anywhere it would be northern Spain. I guess if I really wanted to I would move there now. I've never been married, I have no kids and my passport is valid. Problem is, I'm still attached to this place. I have roots here, and what would I do with my dog? One thing I've learned is that no matter where you are, there you are. You can't run from yourself. All you can do is make the best with what you have. My life is considerably better than a lot of people on this planet. For that I am truly grateful


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Re: Where you live

Postby Goat Boy » 07 Apr 2017, 17:28

The Great Defector wrote:Bit stuffy to be honest, hot in the summer and cold in the winter, wardrobe size room that could do with a clean. Can be a bit noisy too, and would it kill you to go around with a bottle of ferbreeze now and again dougie. :?

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Re: Where you live

Postby sloopjohnc » 07 Apr 2017, 17:38

I grew up and have lived in the San Francisco Bay Area almost all my life and it's a great place to live, although it's too crowded these days. This week, the Economic Policy Institute came out with a budget calculator to show how much it takes to modestly, yet comfortably, live in different cities in the Bay Area.

$100,000 annually for family of four for San Francisco, yet I also read around $200,000, which sounds closer to the truth. Fremont, where I lived came out to around $78,000. I would say it's much higher.

Our unemployment rate in the region is around 3% and the region does really well economically. Lots of people want to come here because of weather and economy so the freeways are filled and mass transit is packed.

There are differences between the west side of the bay where I grew up, halfway between San Francisco and San Jose, and where I live now, between Oakland and San Jose. It's very diverse, ethnically, and always comes up high as one of the most livable cities in the country and one of the best cities in the U.S. to start a family. I hated moving across the Bay, but it has a very good school system for the kids, but it's kinda boring, which most people like in a suburb. It's the fourth largest city in Bay Area after San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland.

Fremont has the largest Afghani population in the US, has the largest Indian festival in the US, and if you like Indian food, over 45 Indian restaurants and counting. The same thing could be said of my hometown, but swap out Mexican for Indian and you'd be about right.

Here's the apartment complex where I live on third floor, one bedroom.

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That building in background is gym

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But, here are a couple view that I take on my three mile hike in the park outside my apartment each day after work.

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Tomorrow, as I cross the Dumbarton Bridge to guitar lessons, you can look up to San Francisco. Views are like that all over the Bay Area.
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Re: Where you live

Postby Diamond Dog » 07 Apr 2017, 17:47

Goat Boy wrote:Do you like it? What do you like about it? What pisses you off? Would you love to live somewhere else?

Living in a place you enjoy is pretty fundamental, no?


Yes I very much do.
It's a leafy south Oxfordshire town..... I live about 150 yards from the Bridge that goes over The Thames (the ford where William The Conqueror crossed over on his advance to London)....
It can be very very un-cosmopolitan....
I'd love to live in Cornwall. It's becoming a bit of an obsession with me.
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Re: Where you live

Postby toomanyhatz » 07 Apr 2017, 18:23

I live in Camarillo, CA, a town of about 60,000, roughly 50 miles from downtown Los Angeles. I am here for a lot of reasons, mostly because a half-century in the smog and traffic of LA was enough for me.

That said, I still work in LA, most of my social activities are there, and my mother lives there. so I still have a lot of ties there. It's just nice to get the good things that it has to offer without the taking an hour to drive a few miles part (usually, anyway - sometimes it's unavoidable).

When I come back home, I live in a house that I could never afford in LA, can walk around safely at any time of day (we have a lot of petty theft - my bicycle was stolen within 6 months after moving here - but there is almost no violent crime), can see all the major constellations in the sky, and it's peaceful and quiet. And best of all, I can go out Saturday morning, run three errands and be home by noon.

We do have, for a small town, a lot of nice restaurants. Our Old Town section is quaint, is lovely to walk around in, and has preserved some of the first structures from when the town was originally settled in the late 19th Century (though not incorporated until 1964). Here you're looking at the back of the statue of actor Joel McCrea, who lived here for most of his life:

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But our favorite spot in town is the Camarillo Ranch - a mile from our house, with lovely grounds and tours of the house, owned by our founding family for years:

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Sadly, we're most famous for our outlet malls, but I never go there. It is close to a local airport, which is fun, and has an attached diner that's actually reasonably priced and the food is decent.

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I have some complaints - it's pretty evenly split politically between suburbanite liberals and Trumpies, and there is a pretty strong "douchebags in giant trucks" element, and I do wish it was a TOUCH closer to LA - but on balance I'll take it. My favorite thing about it is not having to be surrounded by hordes of people constantly. We have a lot of quiet, relaxing moments here.
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Re: Where you live

Postby PENK » 07 Apr 2017, 18:39

Goat Boy wrote:
PresMuffley wrote:There's a hell of a lot I hate about where I live: rednecks, Trump buffoons, Fox news fanatics, climate change deniers, litterers, junkies, religious fundamentalists, people with no real hope, people with no desire to become a citizen of the world, people who constantly vote in their disinterest, people who think unions are some evil liberal scheme to shake them down. In short, a socialist utopia it is not.


Where do you live man?


Wigan.
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Re: Where you live

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Re: Where you live

Postby Samoan » 07 Apr 2017, 19:00

I'm in a leafy, very quiet avenue in the SW of Inner London. I like it a lot, especially the birdsong at this time of year.
Here's a few views from the back balcony of my ground floor, one bed flat taken in high summer 2013. I've a front balcony also and a shared communal back garden with a huge lawn and very large trees. It's a mile to the tube and 3/4 of a mile to the over ground.

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Postby Dr. B. Eef » 07 Apr 2017, 19:13

I've lived in eight countries and something like 40 different flats/houses - since last September I've been in this place in Budapest.

It's a nice old flat on the top (fourth) floor of a lovely 100-year-old building in the eighth district, which is 'notorious' among locals - but I'm in the quieter part. It has high ceilings, it's long rather than square, and it's easily big enough for two people. I like it but the kitchen is a bit pokey and the fridge and cooker are small and basic. And there's intermittent dull thudding/booming noises every weekday morning 'cos there's building work going on down the street. I swear I've had noise problems everywhere I've lived, this isn't especially bad but sometimes it gets me up in the morning.

Budapest has disappointed me. It's nothing like Prague (and I'd assumed it was - I've always regarded them as sort of brother and sister cities). It's dirty and old-fashioned and there's not a great deal of beauty in the architecture. The shops are shit, and you get lots of homeless fellas knocking about. The Metro passages are full of them, their mattresses and possessions take up lots of room on the concourse and it's kind of shocking when you first see it. I mean, it's a common urban problem but I've never seen it so obvious.

I'll be out of here in mid June, then back to Sheffield to live in student accommodation while I do some summer teaching, and then from September I'm moving back to the UK for good. I'm looking for something in a city in the north of England, or Glasgow or Edinburgh. The 'adventure' has to end there!
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Re: Where you live

Postby PENK » 07 Apr 2017, 19:16

I live in Årsta, just across the water from the southern part of Stockholm (ie the part with a Stockholm postcode). See the bottom of the map below:

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It's nice here. It's quiet and friendly, with a nice mixture of people: a lot of pensioners and middle-class professionals with young children who have moved out from Södermalm or Midsommarkransen, but also some areas with more immigrants and mixed backgrounds. It's pretty green - you can see the forest on the waterfront on the map, and I live right on the edge of that forest - and convenient for getting into town, a 10-minute bus ride or even shorter to the major transport terminus at Gullmarsplan.
The area could do with a bit more life in the centre: there are a couple of bars but one is a tacky sports bar and the other is mainly for older men with beer bellies and stubble, but there are a couple of very good cafes and one good, if small restaurant with Scandinavian food and central European drink. And it's just across the train track from possible Stockholm's best bakery in Enskede, and very close to Södermalm, which has the best nightlife and shopping in Stockholm.

Stockholm itself is quite similar to, say, Manchester: a big city (2 million) with a small centre. This being Sweden, it's maybe less lively than Manchester, but there are still plenty of places to go and plenty of things to do, as you'd expect in a western capital with a high quality of life.

And the quality of life here is very high: it might be expensive, but wages are high. Everything is modern and reliable, and the people are educated and cultured. As a foreigner it can be difficult to connect with Swedes, but they tend to be pleasant if distant, and younger generations are much more open and curious. The winters are hard going, but they appreciate the summer a lot more than we do back home.
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Re: Where you live

Postby sloopjohnc » 07 Apr 2017, 19:22

PENK wrote: there are a couple of bars but one is a tacky sports bar and the other is mainly for older men with beer bellies and stubble


Sounds like I'd fit in at both places.

Do they allow sleeveless t-shirts and flip flops?
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Re: Where you live

Postby Diamond Dog » 07 Apr 2017, 19:29

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Yes I very much do.
It's a leafy south Oxfordshire town..... I live about 150 yards from the Bridge that goes over The Thames (the ford where William The Conqueror crossed over on his advance to London)....
It can be very very un-cosmopolitan....
I'd love to live in Cornwall. It's becoming a bit of an obsession with me.


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Re: Where you live

Postby sloopjohnc » 07 Apr 2017, 19:31

Diamond Dog wrote:
Diamond Dog wrote:
Yes I very much do.
It's a leafy south Oxfordshire town..... I live about 150 yards from the Bridge that goes over The Thames (the ford where William The Conqueror crossed over on his advance to London)....
It can be very very un-cosmopolitan....
I'd love to live in Cornwall. It's becoming a bit of an obsession with me.


http://www.wallingfordmuseum.org.uk/wal ... story.html


As a marketing guy, I think I'd ditch the little scroll with spectacles reading a book for a photo of the place.
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Postby PENK » 07 Apr 2017, 19:33

sloopjohnc wrote:
PENK wrote: there are a couple of bars but one is a tacky sports bar and the other is mainly for older men with beer bellies and stubble


Sounds like I'd fit in at both places.

Do they allow sleeveless t-shirts and flip flops?


It reaches -10 in winter.
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Re: Where you live

Postby Darkness_Fish » 07 Apr 2017, 20:44

PENK wrote:
Goat Boy wrote:
PresMuffley wrote:There's a hell of a lot I hate about where I live: rednecks, Trump buffoons, Fox news fanatics, climate change deniers, litterers, junkies, religious fundamentalists, people with no real hope, people with no desire to become a citizen of the world, people who constantly vote in their disinterest, people who think unions are some evil liberal scheme to shake them down. In short, a socialist utopia it is not.


Where do you live man?


Wigan.

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Postby Darkness_Fish » 07 Apr 2017, 21:02

So, onto that fair town. Yes, I do like Wigan a hell of a lot. I live in a detached house in a nice semi-rural location, which cost me under £200k, which would probably buy me a hollowed-out pumpkin in a sewer in the south east. It's within easy reach of Manchester, Liverpool, the seaside, the lake district, and has direct train routes to London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. There's absolutely gorgeous scenery all around, with the pennines and various canal/riverside walks within minutes of my house, and my local pub is one of the oldest in the country. The town itself has one proper record shop, a nice central area, and a proud industrial heritage, with Trencherfield Mill still dominating the south side of town.

On the downside, there are quite a few poor areas around, and there's a definite feeling that career prospects aren't great. The vast majority of jobs here are blue collar, the average weekly wage being £60 below the national average, there's certainly little in the way of tech or financial industry work here, and there are quite a few fairly poor areas. It's one of the safest labour seats in the country, having had a Labour MP since 1918, which is one of the reasons I don't vote, and this feeling that there is no political representation is probably one of the reasons the town voted strongly in favour of leaving the EU. There is a statue of fucking Dave Whelan outside our sinking football team's ground, but we've also given the likes of John Foxx, Ian McKellan, Robert Shaw, Roy Kinnear, Georgie Fame and even Limahl to the world. No need to even mention cleaning windows or leaning on lamposts.
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Re: Where you live

Postby souphound » 07 Apr 2017, 21:08

I live in an area of Montreal called the Plateau Mont-Royal. People there tend to be young and arty. Lots of independent little shops, restaurants, uppity bars... I can walk to work - about 40 minutes - or ride the subway for 6 stations.

There are cyclists and bike paths EVERYWHERE.

The buildings tend to be about 100 years old. The great majority feature exterior staircases for the upper floors. They did this in order to save on heating costs during the harsh winters.

I personally live across the street from a great park with lots of old trees, a large exterior swimming pool, baseball diamonds which home the ice rinks in winter. There's a dog run, exterior ping pong tables, a kiddy playground area, lots of benches and picnic tables. Gorgeous.

You hear a multitude of languages being spoken in the area.

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