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Old 04-04-2007, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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Here in Phoenix we have tons of lizards in our back yard, and I don't mind one bit...mainly because THEY eat the BUGS that I DO mind having in my yard/house.
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:19 AM
 
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I'm writing from LA. I thought I would give you a few tips since you are considering this area. This is an amazing city. I love living here. There is more to do than is possible to imagine. And then if you do get bored you just head for Las Vegas.

This is a city of unlimited opportunity and lots of sunshine. That's the up side. On the other hand. Like NYC, to really enjoy the place you need big $$$$. Oh, you can do it on the cheap, many do, but then why bother putting up with everything that can make living here difficult.

People wise? Well everytime I meet a girl I keep one hand on my wallet. It seems my ability to provide is what most women in West LA (Beverly Hills/ Westwood)seem interested in. Being attractive is expected. This is not a great people place.

First off. No one is actually from here so there's no sense of community. You can meet nice people but its rare. Now, you may be thinking this is just my experience. No, EVERYONE complains about how cold people here are.

I'm from New Orleans originally, so being friendly is in my genes.I think the ethnic breakdown is mostly responsible for this problem. LA is now less than 30% caucasian but more than 50% hispanic... so if your Mexican, you probably see this whole thing very differently.

Good Luck, Frankieagogo
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Old 04-05-2007, 12:48 AM
 
Location: Arizona
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I'm writing from LA. I thought I would give you a few tips since you are considering this area. This is an amazing city. I love living here. There is more to do than is possible to imagine. And then if you do get bored you just head for Las Vegas.

This is a city of unlimited opportunity and lots of sunshine. That's the up side. On the other hand. Like NYC, to really enjoy the place you need big $$$$. Oh, you can do it on the cheap, many do, but then why bother putting up with everything that can make living here difficult.

People wise? Well everytime I meet a girl I keep one hand on my wallet. It seems my ability to provide is what most women in West LA (Beverly Hills/ Westwood)seem interested in. Being attractive is expected. This is not a great people place.

First off. No one is actually from here so there's no sense of community. You can meet nice people but its rare. Now, you may be thinking this is just my experience. No, EVERYONE complains about how cold people here are.

I'm from New Orleans originally, so being friendly is in my genes.I think the ethnic breakdown is mostly responsible for this problem. LA is now less than 30% caucasian but more than 50% hispanic... so if your Mexican, you probably see this whole thing very differently.

Good Luck, Frankieagogo

My husband and I lived in Los Angeles for two years (2002-2004), and the reasons we left include all of the reasons you just mentioned, plus some others (traffic, pollution, safety, etc). I agree about the people being cold and superficial.
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:39 AM
 
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My husband and I lived in Los Angeles for two years (2002-2004), and the reasons we left include all of the reasons you just mentioned, plus some others (traffic, pollution, safety, etc). I agree about the people being cold and superficial.
Speaking of superficial LA, once when I was visiting there, I saw a young woman was riding her bicycle down Santa Monica Blvd wearing sunglasses. I know there's nothing unusual about that except it was about 10:00 at night!
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:41 AM
 
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Speaking of superficial LA, once when I was visiting there, I saw a young woman was riding her bicycle down Santa Monica Blvd wearing sunglasses. I know there's nothing unusual about that except it was about 10:00 at night!
Oh, and I forgot to mention all the guys I saw working out in the gym in LA while wearing sunglasses. I was so tempted to ask them if the sunny ceiling was bothering their eyes.
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Old 04-05-2007, 09:54 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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So, it sounds like Charlotte is a better choice than LA, huh. But the weather is so great in LA!! And I've always wanted to explore the West...In the job search, I am definitely leaning towards Charlotte. I should know in a couple of weeks if I even have an offer.
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:29 PM
 
Location: Arizona
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So, it sounds like Charlotte is a better choice than LA, huh. But the weather is so great in LA!! And I've always wanted to explore the West...In the job search, I am definitely leaning towards Charlotte. I should know in a couple of weeks if I even have an offer.
If you would make approximately the same amount in both cities (salary-wise), your money would go MUCH MUCH further in Charlotte than in LA or The Valley (San Fernando).
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Old 04-05-2007, 01:36 PM
 
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Just left Charlotte yesterday after visiting w/our son. You will not be disappointed. It is a beautiful city with much to do,restaurants galore,nightlife, great transportation-busses,trolleys,etc. Our son lives downtown and loves it-currently renting but will be looking to buy. We are seriously thinking of moving to the area.
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Old 04-06-2007, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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Has anyone been looking into buying a house recently? Is it a buyer's or seller's market in Charlotte right now? How about with new homes, is it easy to negotiate upgrades? Are any home prices coming down?
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