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Old 02-24-2014, 07:13 AM
 
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I just want to say that I come from a family of electricians and jobs can be tough - yes, there is always work, but sometimes to get it you have to leave your family and travel to another part of the country for months at a time, or you have to work night shifts for months, or on Sundays or on Christmas to make ends meet. And sometimes you do have to sit on the books, especially when you get older - there's little loyalty for the guys who put in 30 years - when you're usefulness is up, it is up. When the market is up, it is a good living right at home, but in a typical career that would be maybe half of it if past trends continue.
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Old 02-24-2014, 10:16 AM
 
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Thanks for your input! We are definitely accustomed to this trend of employment as it basically goes along with any trade here in Va, especially within the past 7-8 years due to the downfall of the economy. To my fiance's benefit, he has put himself through trade school and is currently state licensed in VA so I can't forsee him getting licensed in CO being to difficult. Also, he is a service electrician, so we are already used to the crazy hours, travel time, etc. and his company is already established out there in CO, so we are hoping that he will be able to transfer and keep his same job! Fingers crossed!



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I just want to say that I come from a family of electricians and jobs can be tough - yes, there is always work, but sometimes to get it you have to leave your family and travel to another part of the country for months at a time, or you have to work night shifts for months, or on Sundays or on Christmas to make ends meet. And sometimes you do have to sit on the books, especially when you get older - there's little loyalty for the guys who put in 30 years - when you're usefulness is up, it is up. When the market is up, it is a good living right at home, but in a typical career that would be maybe half of it if past trends continue.
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Old 02-24-2014, 02:25 PM
 
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near or in the mountains preferrably so we will be gauranteed to get lots of snow!
Since virtually all of CO has a semi-arid climate, there are no guarantees of that anywhere, even if you lived at the top of Wolf Creek Pass. But, generally the higher the elevation, the more likely regular and heavy snowfall is. COS averages around 6k in elevation. Monument Hill to its north is close to 7500 feet. Woodland Park averages closer to 8500. None of those places get anything close to the high-country-ski-resort levels of snowfall that you're probably thinking of when you say 'gauranteed to get lots of snow!'.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:47 AM
 
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I suppose it all becomes definitions of "lots". @ 7000 feet in Northern CS and I feel like we get lots, even though we can easily go 2-3 weeks in between snowfalls sometimes.
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Old 02-25-2014, 08:58 AM
 
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Again, with respect to the snow, it depends on what part of VA.

Here in CO Springs we get snow more often than in VA - in Northern VA, Richmond, and Tidewater, at least. If you're comparing Springs to out near Front Royal and places near Shenandoah, we're not going to compare favorably.

This winter, VA is getting socked. But there are other winters when they get a 1-2" storm only once or twice. The one thing about VA weather is that sometimes a snowstorm means 2 feet at once. I grew up in the upper Midwest, where the snow that fell in October stuck around until April. But I never saw that much snow at once.

So... "lots of snow"... needs some qualification. I've gotta say, I LOVE Colorado Springs winters. We get snow on a fairly regular basis, but then we get 50 and 60 degree days in between as a bit of relief. It's great for people who like some winter, but just can't handle it all season long.
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Old 02-25-2014, 10:14 AM
 
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I completely agree. I remember some doozies when it comes to snowstorms even in northern VA, but they were not the norm. This year is a bad year for that part of the country with regard to snow...unless you really like snow...then I guess it's a "good" year... You're not going to see that kind of snow here for the most part.

I really love the CO winter weather patterns so far, too. When I lived in Iowa, it felt like a grueling survival challenge to get through the winter. The snow and ice started and just did not let up until it was really and truly spring, and it was commonly well below zero in temperature. Ohio had some nasty, icy winters, too. Washington state usually doesn't get much snow but it's so wet that the cold creeps under your skin...a wet cold really is much more physically uncomfortable than a dry cold. Here at least winter isn't a grey season that drags on forever. You get loads of bright sun and blue skies that go on forever in between weather systems.

One thing you learn quick is to always dress in layers...

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Again, with respect to the snow, it depends on what part of VA.

Here in CO Springs we get snow more often than in VA - in Northern VA, Richmond, and Tidewater, at least. If you're comparing Springs to out near Front Royal and places near Shenandoah, we're not going to compare favorably.

This winter, VA is getting socked. But there are other winters when they get a 1-2" storm only once or twice. The one thing about VA weather is that sometimes a snowstorm means 2 feet at once. I grew up in the upper Midwest, where the snow that fell in October stuck around until April. But I never saw that much snow at once.

So... "lots of snow"... needs some qualification. I've gotta say, I LOVE Colorado Springs winters. We get snow on a fairly regular basis, but then we get 50 and 60 degree days in between as a bit of relief. It's great for people who like some winter, but just can't handle it all season long.
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Old 02-26-2014, 12:38 PM
 
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I'd like to add something about the snow as well. It's good not to have snow all the time. The drivers would start to get used to it and get more brazen. I love the snow and wish we got more of it. I also love the fact that it can snow one day, you enjoy it with the kids, then it melts and you have a nice 60 degree day to enjoy other aspects. It's always changing so you never get bored with any one season.
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