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Old 10-10-2014, 08:04 AM
 
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Is it a shock for you with how green the midwest is and how dry Phoenix is?
I actually found the dry, brown climate attractive. I was taken by the weather, the mountains, and the terrain which was so different. What's funny is that those charms (as well as other things that attracted me) were still there when I visited last spring apartment hunting, but they seem to be lost to me now. Wish I understood why that is.
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Old 10-10-2014, 12:44 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I actually found the dry, brown climate attractive. I was taken by the weather, the mountains, and the terrain which was so different. What's funny is that those charms (as well as other things that attracted me) were still there when I visited last spring apartment hunting, but they seem to be lost to me now. Wish I understood why that is.
This was pretty much my experience as well. I think that as a tourist or recent transplant to Phoenix, the desert climate seems exotic. This is especially true if you come from a place without any mountains. Over time, it becomes less exotic and more normal, to where it just loses its appeal.

When I first moved there, my cousin and uncle were visiting from South Carolina, and my cousin was complaining about how brown Arizona was, saying how he didn't understand why anyone would actually choose to live there. I disagreed, stating that the desert had a beauty of its own. However, after living there awhile, it wore on me and I needed to be somewhere with more greenery.

By the end, I wasn't noticing the majestic sunsets or the mountains. I was noticing how everything was brown, with ugly cinder block fences. I didn't appreciate how all the streets were linear and spaced one mile apart, on a grid. I felt like there was nothing but tract homes until you hit an intersection at the end of each mile, where there would be a grocery store. Just felt so generic to me.
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Old 10-10-2014, 02:56 PM
 
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My husband & I moved to the Olympic Peninsula of Washington 4 years ago from Southern California. I was a SoCal native. We didn't know anyone when we moved here. We had visited here on vacation. We wanted to retire here. We left SoCal because it had become too expensive to retire there, because our family & friends had left or died off, our only child had left, and it was not the same California that we had lived in & loved. However, we are very isolated here & neither of us have made friends, although we have tried hard. I was outright shunned at work and in the neighborhood. I stay in the house now. It is very lonely. Have never felt like this before. So I guess that I do regret this move, although we really had no choice, economically. I looked into meetup.com and all groups were very far away so that was not feasible.

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Old 10-10-2014, 06:11 PM
 
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This was pretty much my experience as well. I think that as a tourist or recent transplant to Phoenix, the desert climate seems exotic. This is especially true if you come from a place without any mountains. Over time, it becomes less exotic and more normal, to where it just loses its appeal.

When I first moved there, my cousin and uncle were visiting from South Carolina, and my cousin was complaining about how brown Arizona was, saying how he didn't understand why anyone would actually choose to live there. I disagreed, stating that the desert had a beauty of its own. However, after living there awhile, it wore on me and I needed to be somewhere with more greenery.

By the end, I wasn't noticing the majestic sunsets or the mountains. I was noticing how everything was brown, with ugly cinder block fences. I didn't appreciate how all the streets were linear and spaced one mile apart, on a grid. I felt like there was nothing but tract homes until you hit an intersection at the end of each mile, where there would be a grocery store. Just felt so generic to me.
Gee....I can relate to everything you're saying. However, I've only been here a month and a half.
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Old 10-10-2014, 06:24 PM
 
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Well, I wish someone...anyone...would speak to me directly on the forum here. because this is just as bad as living in Washington & having no friends.
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Old 10-10-2014, 07:39 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Moved from Northern California to the Ozarks a bit over five years ago. No complaints. My wife and I were both military brats and I spent 12 years in the military myself before we married. We knew what we were getting into. No complaints and nary a second thought. Lots of moves under both our belts.
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Old 10-11-2014, 06:39 AM
 
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Definitely second guessing the move from Hawaii to Atlanta. do I get the prize for dumbest move ever?
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Old 10-11-2014, 09:24 AM
 
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Well, I wish someone...anyone...would speak to me directly on the forum here. because this is just as bad as living in Washington & having no friends.
I can sympathize with you. I think it is just hard to find ways to drum up new friends. While I don't discount your situation, think what it would be like without a spouse. That's my situation.
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Old 10-11-2014, 09:25 AM
 
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Definitely second guessing the move from Hawaii to Atlanta. do I get the prize for dumbest move ever?
If you had friends and activities when you were in Hawaii, then I'd guess "yes"?

I always thought I would LOVE to live in Hawaii, but after my current experience, I don't think I would EVER try that move without a partner.
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Old 10-11-2014, 06:49 PM
 
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I recently moved from Ohio to Arizona....mainly for the weather. However, after a few weeks here, I'm really having second thoughts. I moved on my own, and I know no one here. Anyone else ever move and then wonder if they made the right decision?
Yep. I moved from the Twin Cities, MN to El Paso, TX. I think I realized El Paso wasn't right for me the second or third day after moving! And and all these years later I'm still here and still don't want to be!
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