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El Paso: car insurance, employment background check, affordability, traffic, cost of living.

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Old 07-19-2008, 01:37 AM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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Went to Las Vegas for a couple days.. I had a job offer there, I needed to check out. Wynn Resort & Casino.. is a really nice place. I was interviewing for a Plain Clothes Security position.. the pay is excellent... so are the benefits. Problem is.. I have to find a place to live there, and get all kinds of background stuff done.. and they have some funny laws for car insurance in NV. Not that there is a problem insurance wise.. just kinda silly how they do things there... guess they have had some issues in the past. So I have the job, if the background stuff comes back ok, which it will. Just don't know if I want to live in Las Vegas. For me its a nice place to visit, just don't know if I want to live there. Did I mention they flew me out there.. I hate to fly.. and even more so on them small little planes.. but I so felt like a celebrity.

So anything new happen while I was gone?

We were talking on here about that Fountain Mall thing on the East side.. if they do it like the one in Vegas, Man El Paso will be mainstream. They have this community that is shops and residential, all rapped into one area.. its huge, but very cool.. most of the people who live there, also work there, so no driving. Would be cool to see a couple things like that here. Work. Play, Live all in one area..

Heard a rumor, that a new Theme park was heading to El Paso soon.. Not like Disney or Six Flags, but some private investor.. heard he was looking at the North East and East side as potential places to put this park. We sure could use more attractions on the N.E. Side of town.. hope its true.

I see they got the back gate open to Biggs. And more houses built on Dyer. Saw lots of changes coming back into El Paso.. was like I had been gone a year and was only a few days.

But its funny its good to be back.. weird how you want to get way so bad, and when you do, you miss some things.. and then you get back and your glad to be home.
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Old 07-19-2008, 06:49 AM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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Went to Las Vegas for a couple days.. I had a job offer there, I needed to check out. Wynn Resort & Casino.. is a really nice place. I was interviewing for a Plain Clothes Security position.. the pay is excellent... so are the benefits. Problem is.. I have to find a place to live there, and get all kinds of background stuff done.. and they have some funny laws for car insurance in NV. Not that there is a problem insurance wise.. just kinda silly how they do things there... guess they have had some issues in the past. So I have the job, if the background stuff comes back ok, which it will. Just don't know if I want to live in Las Vegas. For me its a nice place to visit, just don't know if I want to live there. Did I mention they flew me out there.. I hate to fly.. and even more so on them small little planes.. but I so felt like a celebrity.

So anything new happen while I was gone?



We were talking on here about that Fountain Mall thing on the East side.. if they do it like the one in Vegas, Man El Paso will be mainstream. They have this community that is shops and residential, all rapped into one area.. its huge, but very cool.. most of the people who live there, also work there, so no driving. Would be cool to see a couple things like that here. Work. Play, Live all in one area..

Heard a rumor, that a new Theme park was heading to El Paso soon.. Not like Disney or Six Flags, but some private investor.. heard he was looking at the North East and East side as potential places to put this park. We sure could use more attractions on the N.E. Side of town.. hope its true.

I see they got the back gate open to Biggs. And more houses built on Dyer. Saw lots of changes coming back into El Paso.. was like I had been gone a year and was only a few days.

But its funny its good to be back.. weird how you want to get way so bad, and when you do, you miss some things.. and then you get back and your glad to be home.
Welcome back. I was curious about that rumor you heard. Can you tell us more about this private investor?
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Old 07-19-2008, 07:41 AM
 
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I'd pay attention to that feeling of it being good to be home. Some places are nice to visit, have tons of things to do but aren't calm and relaxed enough to live in.
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Old 07-19-2008, 10:22 AM
 
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Muhnay, if I may... I'm the opposite, I'd say that if you have mouths to feed and a family to support, then that should be your number one priority and your feelings should be secondary. Don't think with your heart in these matters, it is your responsibility to provide, and people are depending on you for this.

I don't know what you currently do for a living, but if you have a good relationship with your employer, I'd speak to him/her, explain that you are doing this out of the need to provide for your family, and nothing else, and ask if it would be possible to return after breif period should things not work out in Las Vegas.

This would give you a chance to live there, work and see if it is viable for you and your family.

On a lighter note, ponder this... Just as the age old argument about lack of equality for African Americans would be shattered if Obama wins the presidency, so will your credibility about complaining about the lack of opportunity in El Paso should you not accept the offer. Then what would you do?!

You know the old cliche, 'when opportunity knocks....'

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Old 07-19-2008, 10:23 AM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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The only similarity with El Paso is the desert.
Also, just like El Paso there is a love and hate relationship with Las Vegas.
I know the area inside and out if you need info on neighborhoods, affordability and transportation.
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Old 07-19-2008, 11:39 AM
 
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Muhnay, if I may... I'm the opposite, I'd say that if you have mouths to feed and a family to support, then that should be your number one priority and your feelings should be secondary. Don't think with your heart in these matters, it is your responsibility to provide, and people are depending on you for this.

I don't know what you currently do for a living, but if you have a good relationship with your employer, I'd speak to him/her, explain that you are doing this out of the need to provide for your family, and nothing else, and ask if it would be possible to return after breif period should things not work out in Las Vegas.

This would give you a chance to live there, work and see if it is viable for you and your family.

On a lighter note, ponder this... Just as the age old argument about lack of equality for African Americans would be shattered if Obama wins the presidency, so will your credibility about complaining about the lack of opportunity in El Paso should you not accept the offer. Then what would you do?!

You know the old cliche, 'when opportunity knocks....'
I think if you're unemployed here and could find work somewhere else, it's obvious that you'd have to go for it.

I'm referring more to the idea of just going for more money and then having to put up with a rat race or the increased pressure to compete with the Jones' that you see in other places.

All of us that live here could earn more somewhere else -- however money isn't the only motive. We could live in a place with ice and snow half the year, spending our extra money on trips to warm places in February. Or we could put up with horrible traffic and congestion, 4 hour round trip commutes when we have it pretty good here.

People here sometimes annoy me, but I think people everywhere would annoy me so it's just what annoys me less or the weather that keeps me here. And I'm not making minimum wage so that of course helps.

I never understand the talk for high end-stores but then I'm not a shopaholic, and I don't like skyscrapers -- they make me nervous. I like the wide open spaces here, the big sky, the more laid back way of life, and of course the desert, mountain and scenery.

I could leave -- if I left it would be to have a lake close by, more things like canoing or river rafting except I don't like humidity much so for now I'm staying. I'm not sure why we can't do any of that in the one river we have. I guess it's what each of us looks to get out of life though that influences such decisions.

I tried to leave once but came back. It was the weather mainly. Also the missing of 105 degree scorching hot days and how a cold beer and plate of red enchiladas taste, and sitting inside a diner eating watching dust devils march by. Or just the cycle here, the short winters that are barely winter, followed by dust storms and winds, then a short but hot summer followed by rains. And of course having a mountain smack in the middle of town. It's kind of unique.
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Old 07-19-2008, 11:40 AM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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The only similarity with El Paso is the desert.
Also, just like El Paso there is a love and hate relationship with Las Vegas.
I know the area inside and out if you need info on neighborhoods, affordability and transportation.
I currently work for myself, and drive a limo part time. Money is not an issue. I am not rich, but we have enough. - Hook

Wild, Yeah I am just boggled by the over regulation of everything there. The State seems so MOB scared they use a flood light to do the anal probe. Holy cow man, they have so many laws and regulations there it almost feels like a prison with no walls. Also the cost of living there seems to be a lot higher there than El Paso, even though the job is offering 45k a year, plus benefits... I just don't know if it is worth it. I also worry about education, as I have 2 kids with special needs.. one is Dyslexic. And the other well lets just say he lacks focus.

The whole idea of Opportunity Knocking has crossed my mind... I recently had a door close, and I am wondering if this is another opening. Lots to think about.. thanks for all the support and thoughts.
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Old 07-19-2008, 12:11 PM
 
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I can empathize, it is a tough decision to make. My industry went through some awful cyclic downturns in the 80s and 90s, and I can recall co-workers who were faced with a somewhat similar decision. The company offered voluntary severance packages, very nice ones at that. One good and close friend of mine was offered that package, and he toiled with it for some time. He was not being forced to accept, or reject.

But here was the crux... if he did not accept, the company still had the right to come back and just lay him off, without a severance package. So to my friend, it seemed easier just to let the company make the decision for him than he making one and regretting it later.

Fortunately he chose to accept the offer. It was a nice monetary package with three weeks pay for every year worked. Not only that, they would pay 2 years tuition if you went to get training in another field, or college. My friend chose college, finished his undergraduate in Computer Science and has a great job today.

Moral of the story, it's tough to decide, but making the right choice can yield many rewards. I'd also suggest that your family have a say, including your sons. This way everyone has a stake in making it a successful endeavour.

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Old 07-19-2008, 12:56 PM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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"If you can't beat them join them"

Our eastside which is mostly hispanic, is full of transplants from El Paso and Juarez many of those being illegal.

Locals and tourists alike talk about the good old days when the mob ruled. They took better care of the people is what is said.
The current corporate mafia seems much worse than the Italian mafia. They will suck your blood before you know it.
Its all about the bottom line, nothing else.

That said this city is not for everyone.
If somebody likes gambling, womanizing and drinking too much, they get themselves in trouble. Consenquently, we have lots of pawn shops and the highest personal debt rate in the nation.

This is the best time to buy house if you don't want to rent. This experts say should last for about a year or so before it starts back up again.
Vegas is #1 in foreclosures.

wwdude
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Old 07-19-2008, 01:51 PM
 
Location: El Paso, TX
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I worked in a Casino in Biloxi MS in the security field. No problems with gambling, I don't drink, and my wife is too damn sexy to go out and womanize. So no worries there. A friend from my childhood works for a drafting firm that is building that new bridge over the Hoover dam... and I visited with him and his family for a couple days while there.. and they said they enjoy living there... but also had some negative stuff to tell me.. so like I said.. its an option I am looking into.

The kids like it here in El Paso.. they are getting the help they need in school.. we own the house were in, and the job I have and my wife has gives us enough to get by. So who knows... thanks again for the advice.
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