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Old 08-11-2016, 08:51 AM
 
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Most of the people on this site seem to be transplants. You should only be worried if you don't know how to research or travel here to understand what you can get for your money and what jobs pay. Also, don't move here without jobs, especially in an advanced field. My neighborhood has plenty of 30 year olds making good/ enough money for their couple of kids and $400k+ house. Do research, have a job first, and live within your means. that would solve most complaints on here besides traffic.
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Old 08-11-2016, 09:39 AM
 
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Haha. Thank you for some direct common sense! No, that wasn't sarcastic. I mean it! My husband and I both have some non-traditional jobs, which makes research a bit harder. I'm a longtime bartender, and I have found that tipping averages fluctuate drastically throughout the country, which males for a serious gamble anytime you move. My husband is a commercial diver and they rarely find work that lasts longer than 6 months. Every job and job site is different, and there is no such thing as full time employment. For obvious reasons, it's pretty difficult to research to stability or income when it comes to either of those jobs, so at the very least, I figured I would try to research the experience of others just to gain some insight about economic patterns, overall happiness etc....but, the truth is there is just no way to tell without more visiting and more researching!
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:20 AM
 
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Quick points: I drive Uber and have noted Northerners tip much better. If your spouse is a commercial driver, could he haul containers around Charleston? There seems to be a lot of demand.
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Old 08-11-2016, 11:47 AM
 
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Haha. Thank you for some direct common sense! No, that wasn't sarcastic. I mean it! My husband and I both have some non-traditional jobs, which makes research a bit harder. I'm a longtime bartender, and I have found that tipping averages fluctuate drastically throughout the country, which males for a serious gamble anytime you move. My husband is a commercial diver and they rarely find work that lasts longer than 6 months. Every job and job site is different, and there is no such thing as full time employment. For obvious reasons, it's pretty difficult to research to stability or income when it comes to either of those jobs, so at the very least, I figured I would try to research the experience of others just to gain some insight about economic patterns, overall happiness etc....but, the truth is there is just no way to tell without more visiting and more researching!
The job situation for commercial drivers in ct is different from sc. Especially now with alot of business leaving ct. Also for bartender. If you bartend Downtown charleston it would be like bartending in newhaven but its slighty more money in downtown charleston due to the locals that have money and tourists.
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Old 08-11-2016, 02:10 PM
 
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Haha, sorry guys- but he's a commercial diver, not driver.....the confusion is extremely common, and makes it next to impossible to google things like "commercial diver jobs SC", because inevitably it will tell you all about commercial DRIVER jobs instead...He's in underwater construction, and the work is best where there are a lot of bridges, ports, seawalls, highways built over water etc....Right now he primarily works in Manhattan, but that's a 90 mile commute each way....We were hoping to enhance our quality of life by trying some port cities in the south, where the commute might be less, but of course the pay and stability are also probably going to be less....That's interesting that Northerners tip more. I think we feel we are required to tip 20% minimum on everything. When I lived in Western, PA, it was very different, and the tipping average fell below 10%. Curious what the norm down south is.
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Old 08-12-2016, 06:21 AM
 
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a D I V E R is very different from a driver. I read driver every time until you clarified it. Wow I'm old.
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Old 08-12-2016, 06:28 AM
 
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a D I V E R is very different from a driver. I read driver every time until you clarified it. Wow I'm old.
Me too.
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Old 08-12-2016, 10:24 AM
 
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Haha, sorry guys- but he's a commercial diver, not driver....
Hehe, I just assumed it was a typo on your part
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Old 08-13-2016, 05:12 AM
 
Location: James Island, SC
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Haha. Thank you for some direct common sense! No, that wasn't sarcastic. I mean it! My husband and I both have some non-traditional jobs, which makes research a bit harder. I'm a longtime bartender, and I have found that tipping averages fluctuate drastically throughout the country, which males for a serious gamble anytime you move. My husband is a commercial diver and they rarely find work that lasts longer than 6 months. Every job and job site is different, and there is no such thing as full time employment. For obvious reasons, it's pretty difficult to research to stability or income when it comes to either of those jobs, so at the very least, I figured I would try to research the experience of others just to gain some insight about economic patterns, overall happiness etc....but, the truth is there is just no way to tell without more visiting and more researching!
I read diver correctly the first time but don't have any answers on that score. Basically you will be balancing your decision between job availability and housing costs. Charleston is your best bet for better paying jobs in this area but it's also the highest priced real estate. If you don't mind driving a bit to get to work, then somewhere outside of Charleston might work. Going north up the coastline, you really don't have beaches after the Isle of Palms until you get to Pawley's Island area. Going south, Johns Island might have less expensive properties and you would be able to access Kiawah's Beachwalker park fairly easily. Traffic on Johns Isl is bad during rush hr but a bartender and a diver might not have to deal with rush hr...
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Old 08-15-2016, 08:01 PM
 
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Don't hate the place - actually like it - but some things are just odd. For example, on the first day of school - not having enough buses to take all the kids home. So they take one load of kids, drop them off at the entrance to their neighborhood and go back for the rest. These are 6-8 graders. Some of the houses are 1.5-2 miles back from the entrance. I get that the school system is 19 million in debt and can't raises taxes to fix the problem but something has to be done. And this is a state with 6% income tax and a sales tax. Not to mention an incredibly high number of smokers who pay a crap load of tax.

But getting back to the school issue, how difficult is it to determine how many buses you need? You have a specified number of kids and a bus that can hold a certain number of kids. Simple math. I do think the dumb are a lot dumber here then in the NE-USA. And the desire to be friendly and polite keeps things from being dealt with.
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