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Old 12-19-2009, 07:01 PM
 
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Isn't it weird how many threads pop where people base a lot of their move-decisions based upon the more general politics, or social vibe of the people? It makes sense in cases like gun laws, for example, where the politics of the locals might actually impact the day-to-day life of a prospective mover. But most of the threads I see aren't about that. It's questions like "Is XYZ materialistic?" "Is XYZ anti-bush?" "IS XYZ green-friendly?" And so on. Who cares? I'm a pretty liberal guy and I had the time of my life in Virginia Beach, the heart of Republican-ish social conservatism. If you're hell-bent on saving the world one plastic cup at a time, why blend in with everybody else in Portland? Be a trailblazer in The South.

What am I missing here? It all just seems strange to me. Half this country doesn't even make eye-contact with their neighbors, yet our instinct is to be concerned with our neighbors politics?

Weird.
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Old 12-19-2009, 07:13 PM
 
Location: Las Flores, Orange County, CA
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Isn't it weird how many threads pop where people base a lot of their move-decisions based upon the more general politics, or social vibe of the people? It makes sense in cases like gun laws, for example, where the politics of the locals might actually impact the day-to-day life of a prospective mover. But most of the threads I see aren't about that. It's questions like "Is XYZ materialistic?" "Is XYZ anti-bush?" "IS XYZ green-friendly?" And so on. Who cares? I'm a pretty liberal guy and I had the time of my life in Virginia Beach, the heart of Republican-ish social conservatism. If you're hell-bent on saving the world one plastic cup at a time, why blend in with everybody else in Portland? Be a trailblazer in The South.

What am I missing here? It all just seems strange to me. Half this country doesn't even make eye-contact with their neighbors, yet our instinct is to be concerned with our neighbors politics?

Weird.
I think I understand what you wrote and I think I agree in the sense that people may weigh too heavily things like politics or liberal vs. conservative when choosing a place to live. I couldn't imagine those things are even in the top ten factors which determine how satisfied a person is in their community. Things like the job situation, schools, traffic, house prices, taxes, weather, ethnic similarities, age similarities, and retail and restaurant diversity would seem to make a much bigger difference.

And if politics or liberal/conservative does make a difference, how much difference does it make when taking Charles's next door neighbor and brother in law tests? Meaning, would I want this guy as my next door neighbor or would I want this guy for my sister's husband? Liberal or conservative is pretty much irrelevant.
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Old 12-20-2009, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Orlando, Florida
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A whole lot of people just look for excuses to be rude or judgmental. Putting other people down is their way of feeling better about themselves.

I'm a white conservative Christian and my next door neighbor is a liberal black cross dresser. He brought me over some cookies/candies he baked yesterday to thank me for letting him use my carpet cleaner. It's all good. We consider ourselves friends.

He came over wearing his best frilly apron too..........
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Old 12-23-2009, 11:07 PM
 
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He brought me over some cookies/candies he baked yesterday to thank me for letting him use my carpet cleaner. It's all good. We consider ourselves friends.
My God. Baking cakes and cookies for the next door neighbor? I'd look at he/she...black/white like they had 3 heads. What is this, 1940? I didnt know Orlando was located in the state of Alabamba

But that was very nice of s/he....I'd find it a bit awkward though regardless of who it was coming from. "Thankyou"---------------------->Trash
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Old 12-24-2009, 04:27 PM
 
Location: southwest TN
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My God. Baking cakes and cookies for the next door neighbor? I'd look at he/she...black/white like they had 3 heads. What is this, 1940? I didnt know Orlando was located in the state of Alabamba

But that was very nice of s/he....I'd find it a bit awkward though regardless of who it was coming from. "Thankyou"---------------------->Trash
What a truly ignorant thing to do.
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Old 12-24-2009, 11:52 PM
 
Location: Fairfax
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My God. Baking cakes and cookies for the next door neighbor? I'd look at he/she...black/white like they had 3 heads. What is this, 1940? I didnt know Orlando was located in the state of Alabamba

But that was very nice of s/he....I'd find it a bit awkward though regardless of who it was coming from. "Thankyou"---------------------->Trash
I hope no one wastes their resources, time, or even thoughtfulness on neighbors like you!! Oh, and Merry Christmas
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Old 12-25-2009, 12:13 AM
 
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My God. Baking cakes and cookies for the next door neighbor? I'd look at he/she...black/white like they had 3 heads. What is this, 1940? I didnt know Orlando was located in the state of Alabamba

But that was very nice of s/he....I'd find it a bit awkward though regardless of who it was coming from. "Thankyou"---------------------->Trash

LOL, I'd probably trash it to, only because there's too many creeps out there, AND because I've never had friendly neighbors
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Old 12-25-2009, 12:23 AM
 
Location: southern california
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we make eye contact every day on CDF, from a distance.
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Old 12-25-2009, 07:06 AM
 
Location: Central Fl
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A whole lot of people just look for excuses to be rude or judgmental. Putting other people down is their way of feeling better about themselves.

I'm a white conservative Christian and my next door neighbor is a liberal black cross dresser. He brought me over some cookies/candies he baked yesterday to thank me for letting him use my carpet cleaner. It's all good. We consider ourselves friends.

He came over wearing his best frilly apron too..........
That is awesome. I too am a white conservative Christian. Some of my best friends are totally the opposite. I am secure enough in my beliefs not to be threatened. We have great talks, and we agree to disagree agreeably....always respecting each others viewpoints, etc. Always valuing the friendship above any one issue. The key is walking it, not just talking it, and earning the right to be heard by listening to others way more then talking.

But anyway, getting back to the topic......

Yes, I believe to much weight is put on demographics.....

Frank
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Old 12-25-2009, 07:21 AM
 
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If someone brought me some homemade cookies I wouldn't care how they were dressed..
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