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Old 01-24-2013, 11:08 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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I hope she makes a million bucks a year to put up with that crap! I'd go insane...
She usually works from home, but with a new project she will be going in 4-5 days a week. It could last a few years.
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:21 AM
 
Location: The South
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Loved reading your 6-month report! Very generous in detail and spirit.

Welcome to the land of grinders, too. Wonder if you ever called them that anywhere else you lived.
Loved reading the report as well. I miss living back where I grew up very, very much. Connecticut is pretty incredible.

"Grinder" is popping up in North Carolina (especially Charlotte) and in southern and central VA (Richmond).
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Old 01-24-2013, 11:23 AM
 
Location: The South
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Even DC is worse.
NOTHING as bad as the traffic in suburban Virginia or Atlanta, GA. N O T H I N G.


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Old 01-24-2013, 06:58 PM
 
Location: chepachet
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[quote=KeninWA;27853506]Hi Again Everyone!


• Driving: Its different here than anywhere else. People tail gate nonstop here, people drive on lane lines, and there are hundreds of highways and tons of ways to get anywhere in this state. There are rumors of traffic, but I have yet to see it anywhere except maybe a little slowdown during rush hour (if you come from a true metro-area you will snicker at the complains, however I don’t spend any time in FFC so it could be bad down there because of NYC).

I was stopped on I-5 south of Seattle by Washington State Police. They had their invisible white SUV. I was stopped for following too closely. Since I had a rental with Oregon plates, I think he thought he had a local who knew better. I showed him my Rhode island license and he checked it out. He came back and told me to allow up to 4-5 car lengths on I-5 between me and the car in front. I told him I could do that, but I just wasn't used to it. He gave me a warning. If we followed those rules we would need at least two more lanes on all the interstates in New England. But, they do have low insurance rates in Washington.
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Old 01-24-2013, 09:57 PM
 
Location: East coast USA
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• Food: Is freakin awesome here. No doubt about it. We are so happy with every restaurant experience we have had, except some bad Asian places once in a while. Italian, Spanish, seafood, all of it is good. Stunning lack of cart/truck/etc culture though, but its supplemented by the restaurants. Although, pizza/grinder places can be somewhat spotty.
Hehe I agree. Haven't been to a bad Asian place yet though.... hmm... It is true that there are carts/trucks around Yale hospital though. And near Long Wharf in New Haven. I'd recommend Grand Apizza in New Haven, awesome pizza. Also, Modern Pizza which is in New Haven too. Oh, and a place called Bar which is in New Haven as well lol. You'll thank me later ^_^ lol

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• People: Connecticutters for the most part seem to be nice. I think the rumor is that they are a bit rude or stuck up but that has not been my experience. A lot of people do seem very much stuck in their ways (steady habit state maybe?), taking the same routes everyday to work, going to the same bakery for cakes as their parents, eating at the same restaurants, etc. Not used to that, but that isn’t a critique, just an observation.
The rumor I personally believe is true, just give it time Of course not everyone is the same however and you will find good people. I can't exactly speak for my parents as they themselves didn't grow up in CT, just moved here later on lol.

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• Rents/Apartments/Locations: DO YOUR RESEARCH. Holy geeze this place is spottier than anywhere I have ever been. One street will be beautiful and safe, then the next will be abandoned old colonials with people wandering around at 1 pm on a Wednesday. You cannot just ‘pick a town’ and live there, it doesn’t work, and the best deals cannot be found on Craigslist. The best thing to do is decided a place you like to be and then drive around looking for signs, old school. We just moved into a great place in Collinsville from the 1800’s that we love. Prices are comparable to west coast cities, if you want something nice 1 bedroom you’ll be spending 700-1000.
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• Location: Connecticut is great if you love to travel around. It is a beautiful state and gives you access to some of the most fantastic places I’ve ever been to. Vermont is awesome and an hour and a half away (although some CTers say its like 3 hours), Maine is beautiful, Boston, RI, New York, D.C., Philly, QUEBEC (I love Quebec City so much), I mean damn, you can go anywhere from here and its all driveable.
That's one thing I absolutely love about CT

I'm glad you both are enjoying your experiences here
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:46 AM
 
Location: Coastal Connecticut
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I've definitely had a lot of bad Asian in CT. All these new "fusion" places do Japanese, Chinese and Thai equally bad.

That said, I've had some amazing Asian too. Any of the Tengda's, Momo Sushi in Milford, Miso in New Haven, Miya's in New Haven, Rice Pot in New Haven, Lao Sze Chuan in Milford, Little Tokyo in Norwalk, York Street Noodle House in New Haven, Pho Boston in West Hartford, Thai Awesome in Hamden, just to name a few.

As a rule, the places that focus on ONE cuisine are usually the best.
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Old 01-25-2013, 07:51 AM
 
Location: Coastal Northeast
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NOTHING as bad as the traffic in suburban Virginia or Atlanta, GA. N O T H I N G.
The Cross Bronx Expy. Hands down.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:09 AM
 
Location: Ubique
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Although my own perception, but no stat, after living in the CT and NY, is that CT drivers are probably the most gentile ones in the tri-state. Of course, as a NYer, we think that Jersey drivers are the worst, and no toll however high is sufficient punishment for them. I think Merritt is the worst to drive when jammed.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:59 AM
 
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The Cross Bronx Expy. Hands down.
The Van Wyck and Belt Parkway are equally bad, if not worse.
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Old 01-25-2013, 09:22 AM
 
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You are right. The Belt is TERRIBLE!
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