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Old 12-22-2008, 11:49 PM
 
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where's your capitalistic spirit!!!!!
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Old 12-23-2008, 04:27 AM
 
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where's your capitalistic spirit!!!!!
It is in a recession along with the economy apparently.
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Old 12-23-2008, 09:54 AM
 
Location: NJ
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funky - best of luck to you - you sound like a very level headed, practical person. If i were in your shoes, I'd either move back to Cali or back overseas.

I would love it if though you could start another thread (maybe not on this particular subforum) about your experiences living overseas how it's changed/shaped your views on America (good, bad and ugly). I'm always fascinated by people's perceptions about the country by those who've experienced life outside of it.
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:08 AM
 
Location: roaming gnome
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That's good advice. I should definantly just relax

What you suggested is exactly what I did when I came back to the US. I moved to a city I wanted to try out, got a roommate and got a crappy job to get me by. I did a ton of research on different cities and picked one that seemed to be a good bet.

But now it's not really working out. I took the gamble, and lost my chips. I am broke, my job doesn't even cover my bills, all the resumes i've turned in have lead nowhere. So I need to do something else.

As for moving to another city with a good economy. Well, at this point I am totaly busted, totally broke. So if I do that, i'll be doing it bum style. I don't know if i'm ready to do that again. I did that a long time ago actually...... job hunting by day and living in the forest by night. It's an adventure, but it's not easy. But it did work out for me pretty well really.

Every time you move it's a gamble. Maybe you'll win, maybe you'll lose.

I'm starting to realize what I need to do. Dig out the passport and get back on that plane.

If I could live a decent quality of life here in the US that would be great. But the life I live here is that of a wage slave, with no health insurance.
nothing wrong with that...

you should check out couchsurfing and wwoof if you want to travel on the cheap for awhile.

right now seasonal jobs in resort towns in the west will also hold u by
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Old 12-23-2008, 10:14 AM
 
Location: Denver, CO
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Funky, did it ever occur to you the problem might not be with your "cowtown" (Denver)-- it might be with your unrealistic expectations and attitudes? I don't blame you for not liking Denver. It's not for everybody. From your posts, I can sense that you are indeed a good writer, but not so great at geography. Sav858 called you out a few weeks ago: Advice on moving to San Diego with just the clothes on my back.... Denver is not even true "middle America." Well, sort of. Cities further east into the plains, the REAL middle America, like Omaha, Des Moines, Sioux Falls might be a lot easier to make it than Denver, since they aren't "hot spots," they don't have the mountains, and thus they don't have the same level of demand. Or possibly Texas; San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston are routinely listed as the fastest job growth cities in the US as well as some of the cheapest to live in.

If I were you I would cut your losses, move back in with your parents in San Diego, and then possibly use that as a springboard to go overseas again to whatever "enlightened" country you said you enjoyed.
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Old 12-23-2008, 11:39 AM
 
Location: metro ATL
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I'm thinking either move back to Cali and live with the parental unit(s) for a while, or move to Houston or Dallas or another city that's doing relatively well with the economy in the state it's in right now.
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:00 PM
 
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Living with your parents rocks. Sleep in till 10, play some video games, eat their food, don't have to work, and stay up partying every night!

Having your mom nagging you to clean your basement every day though gets annoying.
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Old 12-23-2008, 12:57 PM
 
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Yeah, technically Denver is a "Rocky Mountain" city. But in my opinion, this is Middle America. Not an ocean for hours and hours, a very landlocked place. It's right on the very far eastern edge of the mountains, a short drive to Nebraska, which is considered the center of the US.

Looking at a map, Denver is almost in the middle of the US. Also, to me, it has a very Middle America feel, combined with a western feel. Some people call this a western city, but it's right on the edge.

It's not a bad place really. I actually like it a lot in some ways. But it feels like a cowtown to me. If I give details it might sound really insulting, so I won't. But i'll just say that the mindset of a lot of people here isn't that cool. I feel like a lot of the negative stereotypes about Americans are very alive here.

But California has it's own big problems too, I had to escape out of there. No place is perfect in the US. Some places are pretty close though.
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:03 PM
 
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Funky, did it ever occur to you the problem might not be with your "cowtown" (Denver)-- it might be with your unrealistic expectations and attitudes? I don't blame you for not liking Denver. It's not for everybody. From your posts, I can sense that you are indeed a good writer, but not so great at geography. Sav858 called you out a few weeks ago: Advice on moving to San Diego with just the clothes on my back.... Denver is not even true "middle America." Well, sort of. Cities further east into the plains, the REAL middle America, like Omaha, Des Moines, Sioux Falls might be a lot easier to make it than Denver, since they aren't "hot spots," they don't have the mountains, and thus they don't have the same level of demand. Or possibly Texas; San Antonio, Dallas, and Houston are routinely listed as the fastest job growth cities in the US as well as some of the cheapest to live in.

If I were you I would cut your losses, move back in with your parents in San Diego, and then possibly use that as a springboard to go overseas again to whatever "enlightened" country you said you enjoyed.
Sav858 just doesn't like me because I said bad things about his precious city of San Diego a looooong time ago. And ever since then, he attacks me every time. He's one of those people who feels like he must defend San Diego from all critisism.

And what I was saying in that thread is that overall, I like Denver and Colorado, but I don't like this specific neighborhood, Cherry Creek. He was trying to call that as a contradiction, but it's not.

And I do like Denver overall, even though it is not perfect and not paradise. But still, I might be moving along and I won't miss it too much.
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Old 12-23-2008, 01:06 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee and Atlanta
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I suggest you join the Peace Corps, or go to Africa/Asia and volunteer, and/or work for little-to-nothing and just have your room/board paid. Use this time in your life as a learning experience.

Sure, you've already been overseas, but now it's time to go back--maybe this will be your life's calling.

I'd do this in a second if I were still single and responsibility-less!!

Maybe now is your time to give back to the world. Learn and experience the world. If you can't swing going overseas again, do something here in the US: join Habitat for Humanity or volunteer in other organizations in cities across the US. Only problem with that would be cost of living. At least overseas in poor countries, cost of living would be dirt cheap.
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