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Old 07-09-2016, 11:42 AM
 
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Sorry for rambling...but back to the topic - if I can get a full-time job then I would love to rent a condo or home. What's Philadelphia like? Have never been there.
It would be a good match if you're budget was about 30% higher as it's no longer the "bargain" it was 10 years ago. Philadelphia also has the unique situation where around 7 out of 10 jobs are located in the suburbs, so many of those relying on transit have a rough go of it getting to/from perspective employers.
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Old 07-09-2016, 12:07 PM
 
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Well, the monthly rent price will of course be one I hope will increase once I find a job. In doing research it seems some states' employment offices have some good training programs available, some at no cost. I'm verNy interested in good, supportive offices like these. The other day on Craig's List I noticed one in Minneapolis for a Community Health Advocate training program they're offering at no cost to the enrolled. Their website had another program to train one to work in a medical office setting. The employment office here in Durham has a few such programs including getting a CDL license, something in dialysis, and one in the hospitality industry. The first two don't appeal to me at all and the last one does but realistically I don't see there being tremendous opportunities there for a 55+ person like myself.

I probably mentioned that I've applied to a Medical Office Specialist certificate here in NC online...so it is a portable program but the cost will be roughly $1,000 for 9 credits, plus books. The certificate is 18 credits. I've grown tired of teaching ESL two nights a week to adults, having to scrounge more and more for employment here where I am. I've tried getting back into my own field of editorial research but people here don't know me and that experience was from over 20 years ago. So, that's why I'm eager to retrain. For the past 14 years I've taught ESL two nights a week to adults and the temp work (which has become less and less). I'm currently working part-time (18 hours) at a library, with no prospects of more hours, even moving up to library assistant will only give about 4 hours more! So, I'm working at library, typing for an old gent trying to write a book, and doing sporadic tutoring.

Sorry for rambling...but back to the topic - if I can get a full-time job then I would love to rent a condo or home. What's Philadelphia like? Have never been there. I loved Cleveland's West Side Market and being able to pick up Hungarian sausage there from time to time or else the poppyseed/nut rolls at the local supermarket. This is something I miss here in Raleigh - nothing like that here. Here, outside of the Southern cuisine it's Mexican, Salvadorean, Honduran, Indian, Chinese for the most part. In Cleveland, I belonged to a great choir too (Catholic Church) and here I've tried two choirs but miss the family feeling in the other choir; we used to go out for breakfast, etc. and it's just not like that here.
If you considered Buffalo, you may like this market on its East Side: The Broadway Market Buffalo's Public Market


Its West Side has a seen some revitalization and is very diverse due to a mix of some old/long time Italians, Hispanics(mainly Puerto Ricans), Black(including recent African arrivals) and recent Asian arrivals to the area. That area is also pretty close to popular urban neighborhoods like Allentown and Elmwood Village. Neighborhoods - Buffalo Place


https://en.wikivoyage.org/wiki/Buffalo/West_Side

Here is a similar market in Detroit: https://www.easternmarket.com

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Old 07-09-2016, 12:55 PM
 
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Thanks for the links, ckhthankgod. Buffalo certainly sounds like it has a lot of wonderful shops and eateries too. I enjoyed reading about it. It sure gets slammed with snow though every year and very dreary days too. Would have to buy a sun lamp to live there. It'd be nice to visit one summer though, that's for sure.

Having a subway isn't critical. It was nice to have it as an option now and then in Cleveland. The suburbs of a place can work too; if there's a job there and one of those nice pedestrian type malls or indoor malls nearby there are places to go.
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Old 07-09-2016, 01:04 PM
 
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Thanks for the links, ckhthankgod. Buffalo certainly sounds like it has a lot of wonderful shops and eateries too. I enjoyed reading about it. It sure gets slammed with snow though every year and very dreary days too. Would have to buy a sun lamp to live there. It'd be nice to visit one summer though, that's for sure.

Having a subway isn't critical. It was nice to have it as an option now and then in Cleveland. The suburbs of a place can work too; if there's a job there and one of those nice pedestrian type malls or indoor malls nearby there are places to go.
Buffalo sees its higher average snowfall totals south of the city and it isn't even the metro with the highest average snowfall in NY State. Syracuse has a higher average and its highest totals are north of that city. So, when people mention that, it isn't something that is uniform across that metro.

Its subway is along Main Street from Downtown to the University of Buffalo south campus. Kenmore is a nice, walkable and dense suburb to the north of the city.

Anyway, Pittsburgh may be another option.
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Old 07-09-2016, 03:56 PM
 
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And I guess the media too show Buffalo when they show the highest amounts of snow. I had a friend once who hailed from there and I still remember her stories of the weather there. I have yet to go to Pennsylvania but would like to. The hard part is trying to pick another place without going there, combined with the expense it would take to go there. Within driving distance of a day are Virginia and Maryland, or going further south, of course. But golly, how does one relocate to somewhere new without everything laid out - job in hand, place to stay temporarily while looking for a place to live, etc. Ideally, it's obvious to get the job first, but it's not that easy when you're trying to find a job and don't have a livable one you're in, as is my case. Even if I registered with temp agencies, they want you there so you're available to work.
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