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Old 01-10-2010, 03:12 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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You realize you're the first person to ever say that.
aw shucks.

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I understand your position, but with 40 M people in Cal and 300M in the USA, the notion of a ranch for all is not too feasible.
Thank gawd most people like living in flocks, like sheep. There is plenty of room out there, you don't need a ranch, just five acres in the sticks will do you.

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Or as Edward Abbey used to say "if you can't p*** in your own front yard, you're livin' too close to town".
My main rule of life, and most of my secondaries and tertiaries etc come from Ed also.

My wife accepts the theory, but not the practice, for herself that is....
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Old 01-10-2010, 03:49 PM
 
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This should be titled "Favorite and Least Favorite".

Favorite three...
-Monterey (this will include PG and Carmel)
-Chico...love that it's secluded and self-contained, has a pretty campus and Bidwell Park.
-Capitola. Grew up going to that beach and it hasn't changed much.

I must add one more...Santa Barbara.

Least Favorite...
Oroville
San Jose
Barstow
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:05 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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Poor Barstow, if you have ever been to Baker, or Needles, or Trona, or Palmdale, or Lancaster, Barstow looks pretty good. Look at the Map, it has a nice river running through it, in ten blocks any direction you are out of it. I found a liquor store, and a market, seems like a nice place, beats Fullerton, or Los Angeles, or really, any place south of the Grapevine.
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:32 PM
 
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Best - San Luis Obispo, Paso Robles, Monterrey

Worst - Anything south (LA, etc.,) Fresno really isn't so bad. The North part is very nice and affordable. Also some nice small towns in the foothills and north to Yosemite.
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Old 01-10-2010, 04:37 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Poor Barstow, if you have ever been to Baker, or Needles, or Trona, or Palmdale, or Lancaster, Barstow looks pretty good. Look at the Map, it has a nice river running through it, in ten blocks any direction you are out of it. I found a liquor store, and a market, seems like a nice place, beats Fullerton, or Los Angeles, or really, any place south of the Grapevine.
Well it does have a cool old Santa Fe depot with a Harvey House.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/thumb/0/00/Harveyhouse3.JPG/300px-Harveyhouse3.JPG (broken link)
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:12 PM
 
Location: Central Coast
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See, it is a grand place. They could have bumper stickers that say; "Barstow, better than Baker"
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:29 PM
 
Location: Everywhere and Nowhere
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Okay, you sold me. I'll go with Baker in lieu of Barstow. I'm sticking with Trona though.
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Old 01-10-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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Barstow isn't really that awful and I have to admit I lived there for almost two years. Never want to go back but there are worse places, many are the little towns surrounding it. Barstow is fun in that it's so odd it's entertaining. Went to a bar/restaurant called "The Chili Bowl" one evening with three friends and ordered chili (of course). We were told we couldn't have any because they didn't have enough bowls. Just one little example of the complete strangeness that is Barstow.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:13 PM
 
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I don't think anyone in their right mind would even consider Wasco, Compton, Barstow or Los Banos as an option for living.
I know a lot of people that are in their right mind and live in Los Banos, I don't really think Newark is all that great, but I guess we all have our opinions huh.
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Old 01-10-2010, 07:14 PM
 
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This should be titled "Favorite and Least Favorite".

Favorite three...
-Monterey (this will include PG and Carmel)
-Chico...love that it's secluded and self-contained, has a pretty campus and Bidwell Park.
-Capitola. Grew up going to that beach and it hasn't changed much.

I must add one more...Santa Barbara.

Least Favorite...
Oroville
San Jose
Barstow
Not quite sure if SB, and Carmel fall into the "reasonably priced" range the thread maker was talking about.
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