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Re: Where you live

Postby PresMuffley » 07 Apr 2017, 21:11

Goat Boy wrote:Where do you live man?


Deep South, U.S.A.

Sorry about being vague, but I've had some odd experiences with people online. And I sure don't want Jimbo popping in.
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Re: Where you live

Postby Rayge » 07 Apr 2017, 21:20

I live in a rented 17th-century cob house at the end of a lane in a village in Devon, just over a mile away from the nearest small town, and 9 from the nearest city (Exeter). There's half-a-dozen buses a day into Ex from the other end of my lane.
I love it here, mainly because it's home, but also because it's a pleasant village with a real community spirit and because its assimilated me in a way no other place has – I actually feel part of it – and because there's loads of walks and ever-changing scenes - currently it's all lambs, celandine, dandelions and the wonderful acid greens of opening leaves. It's a playground for me and the Dawg.
Nothing really pisses me off, although being a little closer to the friends of my youth (nearest one is in Cardiff) would be nice, as woulda decent phone and broadcast TV signal.
I've no desire to live anywhere else, but in my life I've had several different homes and environments, from innner citiy to outer boondocks, and always loved any I spent at least a year in. Living in a place you enjoy is fundamental, definitely, but I have a talent for finding the best of a place – or, more accurately, for adapting my vision to my circumstances – that means I can live more or less anywhere, at least for a while.
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Re: Where you live

Postby sloopjohnc » 07 Apr 2017, 21:43

Rayge wrote:I live in a rented 17th-century cob house at the end of a lane in a village in Devon, just over a mile away from the nearest small town, and 9 from the nearest city (Exeter). There's half-a-dozen buses a day into Ex from the other end of my lane.
I love it here, mainly because it's home, but also because it's a pleasant village with a real community spirit and because its assimilated me in a way no other place has – I actually feel part of it – and because there's loads of walks and ever-changing scenes - currently it's all lambs, celandine, dandelions and the wonderful acid greens of opening leaves. It's a playground for me and the Dawg.
Nothing really pisses me off, although being a little closer to the friends of my youth (nearest one is in Cardiff) would be nice, as woulda decent phone and broadcast TV signal.
I've no desire to live anywhere else, but in my life I've had several different homes and environments, from innner citiy to outer boondocks, and always loved any I spent at least a year in. Living in a place you enjoy is fundamental, definitely, but I have a talent for finding the best of a place – or, more accurately, for adapting my vision to my circumstances – that means I can live more or less anywhere, at least for a while.


Are sleeveless t-shirts and flip flops out of place there?

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Re: Where you live

Postby Harvey K-Tel » 07 Apr 2017, 21:48

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Which park is that, Soupy?
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Re: Where you live

Postby Rayge » 07 Apr 2017, 21:56

sloopjohnc wrote:
Rayge wrote:I live in a rented 17th-century cob house at the end of a lane in a village in Devon, just over a mile away from the nearest small town, and 9 from the nearest city (Exeter). There's half-a-dozen buses a day into Ex from the other end of my lane.
I love it here, mainly because it's home, but also because it's a pleasant village with a real community spirit and because its assimilated me in a way no other place has – I actually feel part of it – and because there's loads of walks and ever-changing scenes - currently it's all lambs, celandine, dandelions and the wonderful acid greens of opening leaves. It's a playground for me and the Dawg.
Nothing really pisses me off, although being a little closer to the friends of my youth (nearest one is in Cardiff) would be nice, as woulda decent phone and broadcast TV signal.
I've no desire to live anywhere else, but in my life I've had several different homes and environments, from innner citiy to outer boondocks, and always loved any I spent at least a year in. Living in a place you enjoy is fundamental, definitely, but I have a talent for finding the best of a place – or, more accurately, for adapting my vision to my circumstances – that means I can live more or less anywhere, at least for a while.


Are sleeveless t-shirts and flip flops out of place there?

I was kicked out of Sweden.


The tops would be OK, but the flip flops are a no-no unless you relish the feel of mud, or worse, squidging between your toes. On the West Coast here it rains. A lot.
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Re: Where you live

Postby never/ever » 07 Apr 2017, 22:18

I live in a suburb which essentially is one street curving across a little hill, just south of Campbelltown, 60 kilometers to the south-west of Sydney. It is located just outside a massive shopping mall (MacArthur Square, where I work) and en route to the area what is called the Scenic Hills- an area which has got beautiful little slopes, is a wonderful area to cycle in and very green. It is currently one of the areas which is drawing many families to live as there's been lots of houses being built here. There's scores of young families moving here, finding this an area where housing affordability is still reasonable even if the median price for a house has skyrocketed from about 400.000 Aussie dollar (when I moved here first, about 6 years ago) to close to three-quarters of a million now.

The south-west-area of Sydney has always been regarded as one of the high-crime and drug-infested areas in the past with a bad reputation but the influx of new families has reduced that a lot. There's some gang-related crime still here, bikie gangs and Middle-Eastern-type gangs that for the last few years have been popping bullets in houses of their opponents (though that is more towards the Bankstown-Auburn-areas where more of these gangs operate). Campbelltown itself, the main town has about 65.000 inhabitants and is a shitheap with a main street that looks so old and dilapidated, overrun by dollar shops and bargain centers, a nice park where junkies mostly hang out before going in to the local court of justice. Nightlife itself is mainly the pub which are filled with bogans and boofheads and young 'uns, often dressed in shorts and flip-flops- there's people also walking barefoot if they can!- There's a lot of people here who are doing it rough- unemployment is high, a lot of people that do work, work in the city and they deal with gnarling traffic all the way to there. The worst road is Narellan Road which is now under development which leads all the way from the Hills to the motorway and it is a bitch. Fortunately, I don't have/own a car and public transport is very good here. Everything I need is at walking distance.

My house is in a cul-de-sac, is spacious and has a wonderful look from my kitchen to Appin Road two kilometers away, encompassing Ambarvale which lies in a valley below. Sunrises are a dream here and the clear night skies with the many stars are fabulous. It's a ten minute walk to work which is ideal. Outside of a cinema, some shops and restaurants and a gym I go to here I don't have much in the form of connection with the area- I go to Sydney once a week to play volleyball and hang out for gigs and views there.
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Re: Where you live

Postby PresMuffley » 08 Apr 2017, 00:46

Harvey K-Tel wrote:
souphound wrote:Image


Which park is that, Soupy?


The one for the upper-middle class breeding white folks, is my guess.
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Re: Where you live

Postby Minnie the Minx » 08 Apr 2017, 00:53

PresMuffley wrote:
Harvey K-Tel wrote:
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Which park is that, Soupy?


The one for the upper-middle class breeding white folks, is my guess.


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Re: Where you live

Postby PresMuffley » 08 Apr 2017, 03:32

Comments such as that are why you were ousted from my fan club.

Would 'child-rearing bourgeois crackers' have worked better for you?
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Re: Where you live

Postby martha » 08 Apr 2017, 04:26

Where:
Flathead County, Montana, USofA.

Do I like it?
Yes, for the most part I do. We have a better quality of life here in many ways than we have ever enjoyed before. If 200,000 progressives moved to the state it would go Blue and I'd love it here. I've lived all over the place and that's shown me that despite differences, one place is much like another everywhere I've been. Goods and bads. Nice people and pricks. We've met a lot of pricks, but I also have a friend group here that is larger than any I've enjoyed since college.

What do you like about it?

6. It's remote but not isolated. There's an international airport here. It's a small airstrip but it serves Canada as well so "international". It's a 2.5 hour drive (120 miles) to Missoula, a 4 hour drive to Spokane, Washington and in 8 hours you can be enjoying a nine course meal at Canlis in Seattle and basking in civilization again.

5. I enjoy small town rural life. Here my child has a free-range roaming area and community and crime stats that are very similar to those I experienced as a kid in the 70's and early 80's. She can ride her bike to the library here with her friends for Anime Club each week and I don't have to worry about her bike being stolen, pedophiles, gangs, drugs etc... to the same degree I did in California. When she had trouble with bullying in the larger Whitefish schools, I just drove her out a bit to a one room schoolroom in a rural community and she got placed in the 4-6 grade classroom where she enjoyed the personalized acceleration and diversification she needed as a gifted kid. She could take 8th grade math in 4th grade, read Canterbury Tales rather than Rainbow Faeries etc... there. It was great!

4. There is a decent sized theatre/Performing arts scene, especially considering the population size so there are plays, concerts, symphony and a fair amount of arts activities here. I've worked for most of the arts agencies in the valley in some capacity and that's been fun if not particularly beneficial financially.

3. There are reasonably decent shopping amenities nearby. Aside from mom and pop shops downtown, we have a small shopping mall a mile or two away from my home, and a commercial stretch with a Costco, Walmart, Target, TJ Maxx, Ross, Best Buy, Home Depot, Cabella's and Lowes.

2. Fantastic cost of living. I rent a 1700sq foot duplex with 3bds/2.5 baths, 1 car garage and an attached laundry room for under $1000. I could buy a lovely home with acreage here for under $300K.

1. Obviously there's the geological beauty of the place. We are in a beautiful valley nestled in the Glacier area, near Glacier National Park/Jewel Basin/Crown of the Continent. We are surrounded by mountains -- the Rockies to the east and north, smaller ranges to the west. I can bicycle to Flathead Lake from my home, and it's a short drive into Whitefish, Bigfork, Columbia Falls and Kalispell from my home at the base of Lone Pine State Park. I have two ski resorts in easy drive -- Blacktail Mountain is 28 miles southwest of me, and the very popular Whitefish Mountain resort is 22 miles north. I have a state park with extensive hiking trails walking distance from my home, which is on a quiet cul-de-sac off a meadow with deer, a winding stream and a bike trail.

This is what it ACTUALLY looks like here.
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What pisses you off?
7. Drugs. The income disparity, lack of jobs and industry and depressive state of the economy here means that there''s a big Meth issue. Not as big as in urban areas, but it's still a blight on the community.

6. Hunting and guns. Ugh. Hunting season is the fucking pits. I can't stand that hunting is considered a "sport" and the fact that the first question I have to ask here is "Do you have a gun safe? Are the weapons in your home properly locked and away from the kids?" before playdates makes me miserable. I've never lived somewhere where anyone but wacky paranoids, members of the military, cops and baddies had guns before. Here it's everyone. Seriously everyone we know -- even liberals from California -- seem to have guns here.

5. Terrible healthcare. I drive to Vancouver, Washington and Seattle for my doctors now because the folks here suck. I only use the urgent care here now. And services here are 3x the cost of stuff on the west coast.

4. Lack of civilization. No proper children's and youth activities. For all conservatives talk of family values, none of them give two fucks about kids or community in general -- they don't support community works or tax based bonds or initiatives for schools/libraries or youth centers here. We don't have a community egg hunt for instance, or town based fireworks or festivals aside from ALCOHOL and tourism based ones. Aside from a 4th of july parade there's nothing for kids really. And there's SFA for low-income kids. We have no real Parks and Rec department offerings. No YMCA. No Youth Centers. Summer camps and classes are prohibitively expensive for most people here. Kids here have very few options outside of their homes for things. There are no all ages venues. No punk shows. No manga in bookstores. Nothing COOL to do for kids and for that matter nothing UNCOOL either -- there's not even a Kohls for cheap kid clothes or a Hot Topic for my anime crazed kid to find tee-shirts at. The water slide park charges $20 for entrance and it sucks! A season pass is $100 per person. Jeez... in San Diego you can get a Family Pass (4 or more) for a proper water slide park for $64 each. It's ridiculous. But for folks like me who can afford the pass for their kids it's not crowded at least...

For the grown ups there's no good places to eat. The Valley has really bad restaurants -- we spent most of our disposable income when we moved here eating out at every place in the valley to find the five or six places worth eating and only one of them would have passed muster in California, Portland or Seattle. There's no Asian grocers. The used book stores suck. There's no record shops aside from a hole in the wall selling one dudes collection that he restocks by picking up scratched shit at the Salvation Army. There are no decent thrift stores. It's podunky here.

3. Racism. Sexism. Homophobia. Transphobia. It's rampant. A lot of it is just down to lack of exposure to diversity. My daughter at 11 realized it was a big problem and said "We need to move before high school, or I'll probably end up dating and maybe marrying one of these assholes mom..."

2. Religion. Everyone is assumed to be a Christian, the first question from neighbors was "what church do you go to?" Being non-religious (me), Atheist (Veronica) and theological noncognitivist (jeff) here was awkward initially, especially for my kid who got "outed" as an atheist at school by her school counselor at some diversity discussion with kids and was then told she would go to hell if she didn't believe in Jesus by bullies.

1. Conservative politics. Trump voters and alt-right wingnuts surround me. I've had people shun us at my kids school over our "equal sign" bumper sticker. Even my kid has had some major verbal battles with kids over politics. I used to bite my tongue and try to smile and get along, but some of the shit people say here makes my blood boil. So I don't anymore. I engage. Jeff worries I'll be killed sometime over being an uppity woman.

Would you love to live somewhere else?
Yes. If money were no object, my ideal in the USA would be Seattle. I love it there and I adore the Pacific Northwest in terms of demographics, politics, geology and climate. I miss the San Francisco bay area a lot. I was really happy in Oakland and Berkeley and the East Bay too. I miss San Diego and could happily return there if money wasn't an issue. Veronica wants to move to Japan. I think that would do my head in. But I'd love to live in Canada -- Vancouver, Toronto or, really any country with decent nationalized health and dental care. Amsterdam and Berlin always appealed to me too because I like kinky people and they are kink friendly communities. But if we had the exact same financial and health issues, this is a pretty good choice...it's just hard to put up with during a trump presidency. If I were in a socially progressive community surrounded by people who think and feel about social issues the same way I do it would be easier and less depressing.
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Re: Where you live

Postby Jimbo » 08 Apr 2017, 05:41

I live on the fourth floor in a spacious for Tokyo "mansion" (condominium) in the center of Tokyo, which is a city/county/ state, not just a big city. That means that where we live is a little greener, a little less crowded than what you may imagine when you think of Tokyo. We don't have or need a car living about eight minutes walk from the train station. Our son thinks our town is a little "dasai" (square) not having hip clubs or eateries, but I like it just fine. There is a hipper and more lively town just four stops (15 minutes) down the line. There is a discount supermarket five minutes away, more markets, bakeries, fast food (McDonald's, KFC and Starbucks) and department stores bunched around the station and small funky restaurants, coffee shops and drinking dives scattered in alleyways all about us. My sports club, MEGALOS, is next door. My dentist is on the first floor of my building, a doctor two doors down and a hospital about ten minutes away. All medical services (minus 30% co-pay) are covered under the national health plan. A half hour train ride east will take me to the most bustling part of Tokyo and a half hour west will take me to the mountains where there are miles and miles of hiking paths. It is cherry blossom time now and 10 or so minutes away the trees are in full bloom in a very large park nationally recognized for its beauty at just this time of year.

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There is no crime to speak of. In 30 years here no one has ever hassled me or ripped me off. A neighbor lady once asked me to turn down my stereo. (Yikes!) The drawback for me is that there is no weed, none. Nonetheless, I have no itching desire to live elsewhere.
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Re: Where you live

Postby sloopjohnc » 08 Apr 2017, 16:04

PresMuffley wrote:Comments such as that are why you were ousted from my fan club.

Would 'child-rearing bourgeois crackers' have worked better for you?


I only see one guy with a stroller.
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Re: Where you live

Postby Still Baron » 08 Apr 2017, 16:08

sloopjohnc wrote:
PresMuffley wrote:Comments such as that are why you were ousted from my fan club.

Would 'child-rearing bourgeois crackers' have worked better for you?


I only see one guy with a stroller.


And I don't think Canadians technically count as "crackers." Could be wrong, of course.
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Re: Where you live

Postby PresMuffley » 08 Apr 2017, 16:39

sloopjohnc wrote:
PresMuffley wrote:Comments such as that are why you were ousted from my fan club.

Would 'child-rearing bourgeois crackers' have worked better for you?


I only see one guy with a stroller.


There's a lady in the back with a child in a blue shirt - also a pink kid's scooter thing off to the right.
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Re: Where you live

Postby PresMuffley » 08 Apr 2017, 16:40

Still Baron wrote:
sloopjohnc wrote:
PresMuffley wrote:Comments such as that are why you were ousted from my fan club.

Would 'child-rearing bourgeois crackers' have worked better for you?


I only see one guy with a stroller.


And I don't think Canadians technically count as "crackers." Could be wrong, of course.


Who cares about technicalities when tossing around racial epithets?
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Re: Where you live

Postby sloopjohnc » 08 Apr 2017, 16:45

martha wrote:2. Religion. Everyone is assumed to be a Christian, the first question from neighbors was "what church do you go to?" Being non-religious (me), Atheist (Veronica) and theological noncognitivist (jeff) here was awkward initially, especially for my kid who got "outed" as an atheist at school by her school counselor at some diversity discussion with kids and was then told she would go to hell if she didn't believe in Jesus by bullies.


Man, that's terrible. On all our years on here together, I know you and your family have never lacked for courage of your conviction, which helps, but that's shitty.
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Re: Where you live

Postby zoomboogity » 08 Apr 2017, 17:52

Still Baron wrote:And I don't think Canadians technically count as "crackers." Could be wrong, of course.


That may just be the American term. I think they''re called "saltines" or "biscuits" in other countries.
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Re: Where you live

Postby PresMuffley » 08 Apr 2017, 18:04

Cranuckers...?
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Re: Where you live

Postby K » 08 Apr 2017, 18:20

I love in Hale, Altrincham. A town 12 or so miles south of Manchester city centre.

Do you like it? What do you like about it?

Yes, I like it here. It's in a great location for things like the motorway and the tram into town. Although with two young kids we don't get out much but there are a lot of decent bars and places to eat and a struggling but family friendly football team too. We moved here in 2993 to be near the school I taught at. Although we didn't plan on making money from our move or anything like that out little terraced house is now worth upwards of £250,000. If we move to a bigger house we'll have to move to a different area - we cannot afford the next step up on the ladder. There's not a bad primary school in Trafford, I don't think, but I wouldn't put this down to the council who have been mostly incompetent in my time. It's more a result of the parents who live in the area (but see below) and it adds an interesting compilation to the idea of schools affecting who moves in to the area - I think the parents have had an effect on the schools too. Sadly, around 80% of secondary school kids are privately tutored - this could well be my retirement fund if I wished to go down that route.

What pisses you off?

Toby will love the fact that I live in a Tory stronghold. Graham Brady got over 50% of the vote last time. I meet a lot of short sighted Tories in the area and there are a lot of sharp elbows around. At every opportunity someone will be trying to ease their kid to the front of the queue, wherever the queue. You can't imagine the outcry when the local grammar school put plans in place to allow more pupils from low income families to attend.

Would you love to live somewhere else?

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Re: Where you live

Postby Jimbo » 08 Apr 2017, 19:28

zoomboogity wrote:
Still Baron wrote:And I don't think Canadians technically count as "crackers." Could be wrong, of course.


That may just be the American term. I think they''re called "saltines" or "biscuits" in other countries.


Honkies, the snappier cracker! :D
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