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Old 01-14-2010, 06:44 PM
 
Location: Clovis NM, who knows where next?
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After learning that no place would be perfect, I got my CDL and drove trucks off and on between '04 and '08.
My longest stint with Swift being only 13 months due to a side-swipe accident that got me on the blacklist until November of this year with other companies.

Anywho, I found this job to be the perfect lifestyle for myself.
I was born in Illinois, but raised in the CA desert since four.
Never really liked it here, but then that feeling just became compounded after the massive exodus of persons from the OC and LA areas in search of cheaper cookie cutters.
So, in my quest for betterness, I thought of the old saying "Wherever you go, there you are."
After looking into driving a truck and staying out on the road for extended periods, I became generally happy and satisfied with everywhere I went.
And if I happened to return to a previously visited location after being away from it for a few weeks time, I felt a sense of renewal, sort of like I hit the proverbial "reset" button on the joy of the given area.

Anywho, the point I'm getting at is if you don't like a particular area of the state or country your living in, find some time to get away for a few days or weeks.
Go some place relatively different in terrain or cultural features and observe.
Then go back home and notice the fact that you're glad to be back for whatever reason.
Rinse, repeat, or do like I did and get a commercial drivers license(the whole college-to-desk jockey thing was unappealing).

PS., if there's any reason I don't like CA right now, it's that schools and colleges are a tad overcrowded, and very few areas(not driving a rig right now) are actually truck friendly(simple things like parking w/o police harrassment).
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Old 01-15-2010, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I worked with a bunch of *******
City-Data quote of the week.
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:28 PM
 
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A. I won't go to city data for any statistics. I live in the real world, not the statistic world. All the little fees and taxes you mention, only apply to those who need to pay those fees and taxes, if the cumulative total reflects particular cost of living index, yet, I do not pay all those fees and taxes the statistic is meaningless to me.

As I mentioned, I do not find the cost of living in CA high, or higher than other states. What one may spend in one area, one does not have to spend in another. Here, a home built of two by fours rather than 2x6 works fine, heating costs for us, is nearly non existent, cooling costs are non existent. Most of the country requires substantial percent of income allocated for both heating and cooling.

Groceries? a little work can save substantially, you can garden year round in most of the state.

When we moved to the Central Coast we found property taxes lower, and hay higher than where we came from.

Again, exactly what, in your life, costs more in CA, than in another state, or better, and average, or median, or mode of say, 15 other states.
You don't have a clue about what you are talking about and you must live in a different CA than I do. I just sent the DMV a check for $546 to license my four year old chevy silverado pick-up for one year. That is extortion, my relatives in the midwest pay $20. They can't believe the cost of living out here. But then I guess I have to do my part to educate the one million illegal mexican kids in CA school systems, among all the other thousands of social programs the liberals insist we can't do without. Oh yeah they just bumped up the state income tax another 10 percent so I get to help some more...whether I want to or not.

CA is a pretty state and the weather is great, other than that I don't have much good to say about it. The liberals in SF, LA and San Diego control the state politically and they have driven the state into bankruptcy. It is going to get really bad and the chickens are going to come home to roost.

I have lived in CA for 28 years and I think it is slowly turning into a socialist state that would make Stalin proud. The legislature spends the whole year churning out laws that do one of two things, telling citizens and business what they cannot do, and figuring out new ways to raise taxes.

I think CA sucks and I am counting down the days until I can retire from my job and move to the REAL United States. 31 months and counting and then all you liberal la la land lovers can have this place.
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:43 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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I think CA sucks and I am counting down the days until I can retire from my job and move to the REAL United States. 31 months and counting and then all you liberal la la land lovers can have this place.
Sounds like it'll be a win-win.
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Old 01-16-2010, 06:57 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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I think CA sucks and I am counting down the days until I can retire from my job and move to the REAL United States. 31 months and counting and then all you liberal la la land lovers can have this place.
Sounds like we've read this somewhere else:

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In Sacramento especially, the most diverse city in the country. I live in Sacto now and don't hate it or my native state but I can't wait to leave and move back to America.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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I have lived in CA for 28 years and I think it is slowly turning into a socialist state that would make Stalin proud.
My guess is that the poster has no idea what Stalin did or didn't do.

But I think Arkansaw will be glad to get him. Ya know how you can tell the tooth brush was invented in Arkansaw? Anywhere else it would have been called the Teethbrush.
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Old 01-16-2010, 07:58 PM
 
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My guess is that the poster has no idea what Stalin did or didn't do.

But I think Arkansaw will be glad to get him. Ya know how you can tell the tooth brush was invented in Arkansaw? Anywhere else it would have been called the Teethbrush.
Wow, how did you know I was from Arkansaw? Is that really true about the toothbrush?
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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Excuse me, you already said you were Californian, but wanted to leave for the real US. Please do try to keep your talkstory straight.
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Old 01-16-2010, 08:42 PM
 
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City-Data quote of the week.
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I worked with a bunch of *******
Maybe in a Spay Clinic?
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Old 01-16-2010, 09:20 PM
 
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Excuse me, you already said you were Californian, but wanted to leave for the real US. Please do try to keep your talkstory straight.
I said in an earlier post (that you responded to) that I am a transplant and have lived in Cali for 28 years. I'm sorry you got confused!
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