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Old 07-17-2017, 09:59 AM
 
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The thing is, you've got to deal with natural forces. It basically comes down to picking snow and ice or bugs and snakes. I'll take snow and ice.


See, that's one thing texas has an advantage one, they have good snakes and lizards, and pronghorn, pronghorn are so cool.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:36 PM
 
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I dont see what the big deal is in that the OP doesnt want to live in boston based on COL and doesn't think it's worth it. Just because you think it's worth it doesn't mean everyone else does. Just because there are expert cancer researchers in a place does not mean everyone should want to pay an arm and a leg to live there.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:51 PM
 
Location: Boston, MA
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I dont see what the big deal is in that the OP doesnt want to live in boston based on COL and doesn't think it's worth it. Just because you think it's worth it doesn't mean everyone else does. Just because there are expert cancer researchers in a place does not mean everyone should want to pay an arm and a leg to live there.
Agreed.

Hard to imagine for a lot of city data people, but people do actually consider things aside from population density, number of craft breweries, walk score ratings, and light rail systems before moving somewhere.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Denver CO
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I dont see what the big deal is in that the OP doesnt want to live in boston based on COL and doesn't think it's worth it. Just because you think it's worth it doesn't mean everyone else does. Just because there are expert cancer researchers in a place does not mean everyone should want to pay an arm and a leg to live there.
Not at all what I said - I support the OP's choice to not move to Boston. I was saying that his comment that implied there were NOT cancer researchers with hands-on success in Boston was what was odd. There are lots of areas of the country with excellent research happening.
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Old 07-17-2017, 02:56 PM
 
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If you get cancer like many people do...being surrounded by top cancer researchers isnt going to help you. Sorry to sound cold but it's the truth.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:01 PM
 
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If you get cancer like many people do...being surrounded by top cancer researchers isnt going to help you. Sorry to sound cold but it's the truth.

It's also completely irrelevant to anything being discussed.

But yeah, if the OP left it at I don't think it seems worth that COL for me to make the move, no one would have an issue. It was the digs he sprinkled in that became the issue.

It seems with the people here that generally dislike the Boston area didn't, or didn't want to, see those comments for what they clearly were.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:05 PM
 
Location: Behind You!
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If anyone cares, I declined the position even when offered a much higher salary than expected. I find the COL in your area simply outrageous and not worth it by most measures. The supposed gains of an intellectual or liberal area to be had if any I found are minimal (I am pretty liberal) and I found myself completely unimpressed in the week I spent there. In Houston, I am already surrounded by top Cancer researchers in the country with actual hands-on evidence of success. I felt that I was being talked up by unhappy snake oil salesman the entire time I was there. I strongly suspect that these costs make people generally unhappy there.


To each their own.
Sounds about right. People have done a very good job convincing themselves that the area is much better than it is in reality. As a whole, the math doesn't lie.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:07 PM
 
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Well sometimes high costs of living for no apparent reason to someone might make them kind of angry. The OP got a job here, looked into moving here and just couldn't fathom why it is so expensive to live here.

I dont understand why a pinkberry yogurt costs what it does. It irritates me that it's a lot, i kind of like it but I just won't buy it often because in the end it seems overpriced and it's not worth it to me.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:16 PM
 
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If you get cancer like many people do...being surrounded by top cancer researchers isnt going to help you. Sorry to sound cold but it's the truth.
Actually if you are surrounded by top cancer researchers that typically means that the are affiliated with a top cancer center. Lots of top researchers are funded by Brigham/Dana Farber. In Houston, it's MD Anderson, Minneapolis - Mayo, NYC - Sloan Kettering, LA - UCLA.

The thing about medical research and Boston is the number of private firms and universities working on medical research.
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Old 07-17-2017, 03:26 PM
 
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It still won't cure cancer though just by living near a good cancer center. Chemo is chemo...and the research ideas are obviously passed along and not just kept secret in boston.

I get the convenience of living near a good cancer center if you get cancer. But boston is not the only place to have a good cancer center.
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