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Old 06-15-2011, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Edison, NJ
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Check out Knoxville. The cost of living is really great. And find a job. You haven't mentioned what you do, yet.
Sorry, but it's hard to keep up with all these posts and do my job :-)

I'm an internal technical support engineer supporting a world wide fortune 100 electronics corporation. So basically, I do remote desktop support and network administration from my computer at either my home or office depending on where I feel like working that day.
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Old 06-15-2011, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Edison, NJ
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I should have added a smiley face to the "I really am done now" statement. It sounded like I was ticked off and I'm not.

Okay, I really am done now.

Gawd, I'm strange.
No problem, I never assume someone is mad unless they say they are. And life is too short to be normal, where's the fun in that?
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Old 06-15-2011, 08:14 PM
 
Location: East Tennessee
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[quote=scrshaw;19604582]I'm sorry to hear of your situation and I hope things turn around for you soon. But can ask you, while you were employed, where you happier in knox or in boondoggle?

Interesting question. I loved living in Knoxville (12 years) and I can't really think of anything about it that I didn't like when I lived there. I wasn't too fond of the last house I had, but it was a great location. And, I was always able to find work there. And, I like the Boondoggle where I live now. It's just an entirely different lifestyle and I love it here too. We have 2.35 acres and, although we technically are in the city limits, it feels like living in the country. My hub wanted a little land and a place where he could target practice both his bow and arrow and muzzle loader. He can shoot his gun and no one cares. It's quiet, everyone minds their own business, and people are friendly and accepting, and we have great neighbors. I also lived in Sevier County and loved living there - with the exception of the tourists and traffic In fact, the only place in TN I have disliked was Newport. And I REALLY disliked living there...NEVER found work in Cocke County, and so I left

My hub retired three months after we moved here in Sept 2007. We knew that financially I needed to continue working if we were to meet our bills and still have money to maintain our lifestyle. I drove 62 miles (one-way) to continue working where I was until found a job close by. I found a job seven months after we moved - but in fairness, I only looked for about three months prior to that. The jolting factor was the economic downturn which began in late 2008. I could see the real estate bubble was ready to burst, but I was caught totally off guard by the crash of the entire economy. As it did nearly everywhere, it tremendously affected this county. Even so, in late Feb 2010 I quit a well-paying job because I had grown to hate it and simply dreaded going to work. I had unsuccessfully looked for other work locally for nine months prior to quitting. During that time I did not accept two job offers that paid the same as what I was making TWENTY years ago So, since quitting my "real" job I've worked "fee lance" merchandising. I enjoy it, but it's inconsistent pay and my overall income is greatly reduced. We are scraping by, but barely. And we would not have survived if we couldn't depend on his retirement. I probably could find work in Knoxville, but that would mean minimally 10 hr days and I just don't think I want to do that - yet. I love where we live, love our house, and we have a beautiful place overall. But it's difficult to enjoy all of that when finances are an issue. It's not a situation I thought I would be in at this stage of my life...but it will work out.

As Hik said, it's very likely we will sell this place and move to Knoxville. While employment is the major factor, there are other considerations in that decision. My hub has (justifiably) decided that this house is bigger than he cares to maintain. In fact, it's really bigger than we need. But, as I advised you regarding location - sales in Boondoggles now are not quick. Although we have not been terribly affected by loss of property value, the overall real estate market is not great. I also realize that in order to clear what we need, I'll have to sell it myself. Not sure when we'll actually put it on the market. Keep in mind this was to be our "last" home we bought...so I'm not eager to begin the process again Thank you for your interest - you merely asked me what time it is and I fear I told you how to build the clock...

Because what if I don't lose my job? I should spend the rest of my days living somewhere I hate on a "what if"?

Now, obviously, since you know that I quit a good job because I was unhappy, I would never suggest that you stay anywhere - work or home location - if you hate being there. You need to find that "middle of the ground" place where you will be happy if your work situation remains the same and, if not, you are positioned to be close to employment opportunity. As in most of life, you hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and live each day "in the moment."

I understand what your saying, that anything can happen and one should always be prepared just in case something like that should happen.

Nobody knows what the future holds for any of us. But living life miserable is no life, and right now my wife and I are miserable living here.[/quote]

So far, from what you have told us, I discern that you want to live somewhere that's quiet and peaceful, slower pace, be reasonably near a drag strip, have room for your dog(s), have room to work on your car. Those are extremely reasonable requirements and you should easily be able to find someplace that you'll love. You haven't given an age range, but my guess would be mid 30s early 40s - maybe younger You can reduce your expectation of long-term happiness the further you get from the Knoxville area - JUST MY OPINION. There are oddball situations that might make that unapplicable to you, but I'm guessing not.

My suggestion is that you decide how far you would be willing to drive/commute if ever you needed to look for other employment. Decide how far your wife wants to drive to work on a daily basis. Then, make a radius from downtown Knoxville and maybe add 5-10 miles to the mileage you decide upon. For example, if you're willing to drive an hour to work, make your radius 60 - 70 miles. If you don't want to drive more than 30 min, make your radius 30 - 40 miles. Now, that's probably overly simplistic, but you see what I mean. You'll have to allow for traffic, etc. But that will tremendously narrow your choices and STILL give you a wide area of selection. And, again, my opinion, you would be wiser to make your choice of location based on proximity to work opportunity (Knoxville) rather than racetrack. It's a lot easier to drive a little further occasionally (and for fun) than daily for work

I just believe that someone moving from your area of the country would be happier within the rural areas of Knox County. And that's for multiple reasons, but particularly true since you've never spent any real time in our area. I really DO think that you would love the areas within what I've suggested.

Although it may appear otherwise, we truly are not trying to burst your bubble, sound discouraging, or try to tell you what to do. We want people to make informed decisions and that includes considering the good, bad, and the ugly. Think of us as herd dogs. We're just trying to protect you
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Old 06-16-2011, 06:52 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Lakes & Mountains of East TN
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Yep, Hik's strange!

lol

I don't have time to read the whole thread right now; will later after I get to work haha.

BUT, I hope it's been pointed out that just because you don't like Edison (I'm in Rockaway, Morris County), I'd recommend against swinging the pendulum TOO far in the other direction.

When we wanted to move to TN we were sick of NJ and wanted rural. Super rural.

When we went down to seek a community, we drove around for a week or so just traipsing around through one town, then another...

We realized that "Super Rural" is overkill. We didn't really want to be an hour from the grocery store; we just wanted to be away from the NJ way of life.

And I can tell you that, although NJ seems to have come to TN in some areas (what's that ritzy mall by Knoxville, Turkey Creek or something?) and yeah, you see Panera and Starbucks here and there, that's the exception and not the rule.

We decided a good benchmark for us was a Walmart within a half hour. That way, chances are, there's groceries, gas, etc. close enough that it's not a huge trip to take care of business, but still far enough away that people aren't driving past our house to take care of their business!

We settled on the outskirts of Rockwood. A half hour from all that stuff, less than an hour from Knoxville center. Rural, but not completely isolated.

And if you're sick of NJ you're gonna love TN - just don't bring any of NJ down with ya!
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Old 06-16-2011, 10:03 AM
 
Location: Edison, NJ
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Well..... Thanks again for everyones input, but it would appear as if I've inadvertently been waisting your time.

While we were here discussing the pros and cons of moving to TN, the company my wife has been temping for made her a permanent offer!
While we we still want to get out of here, it looks like we're not going to be able to move that far.

I guess I'll be shifting my research to the Eastern Pennsylvania area.

Again thank you all for your help. After chatting with you, I'm even more depressed that we'll not be coming out that way. You're all a great representation of what makes TN such a great place!
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Location: Knoxville,Tn.
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Well..... Thanks again for everyones input, but it would appear as if I've inadvertently been waisting your time.

While we were here discussing the pros and cons of moving to TN, the company my wife has been temping for made her a permanent offer!
While we we still want to get out of here, it looks like we're not going to be able to move that far.

I guess I'll be shifting my research to the Eastern Pennsylvania area.

Again thank you all for your help. After chatting with you, I'm even more depressed that we'll not be coming out that way. You're all a great representation of what makes TN such a great place!

Good luck to you. Don't give up the dream of Tn. yet, there is always the future.
Pam
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Old 06-16-2011, 02:26 PM
 
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Well..... Thanks again for everyones input, but it would appear as if I've inadvertently been waisting your time.

While we were here discussing the pros and cons of moving to TN, the company my wife has been temping for made her a permanent offer!
While we we still want to get out of here, it looks like we're not going to be able to move that far.

I guess I'll be shifting my research to the Eastern Pennsylvania area.

Again thank you all for your help. After chatting with you, I'm even more depressed that we'll not be coming out that way. You're all a great representation of what makes TN such a great place!
I spent quite a bit of time in Bucks County, PA...not sure how far of a commute, but towns like Perkasie and Sellersville are quite charming and close to major routes (turnpike, rt 309, rt 78) - close enough to tons of shopping, but still a semi rural/suburb feel.

Good luck and congrats to your wife.

Last edited by SimplyDeb; 06-16-2011 at 02:27 PM.. Reason: added another major roadway
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Old 06-16-2011, 03:22 PM
Status: "You've grown up really crazy! - Eisley" (set 4 days ago)
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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SCRShaw: Best of luck to you. You seem like a great guy and the good guys always win in the end.

bbkaren: You are too silly! Although I'm sure it will be great I do want to let people know that you have not actually moved to the area, yet.
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:12 PM
 
Location: Edison, NJ
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Is'int life funny, my wife just tested me that she had to turn down the Perm offer, so we're back to looking in TN again (Just no Jellico ok?, lol)!

Turns out the position they wanted her for pays $6.00 and hour LESS then she makes temping!

While getting a foot in the door, so to speak, is never a bad thing, we would go broke in no time here with her bringing in that little. (another good reason to leave, much easier to make

So since we're going to go back to square one, I'm going to let this thread die out. I'll start a new one soon as the hunt is far from over, besides I like it here!
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Old 06-16-2011, 04:47 PM
Status: "You've grown up really crazy! - Eisley" (set 4 days ago)
 
Location: Deane Hill, Knoxville, Tennessee
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Things always work out.

Take a look around the forum. TNGalNow just started a good thread with stories about moving to Tennessee.

Btw, I would not recommend looking 60 minutes away from Knoxville. I think it is very affordable to live in Knoxville and you'll quickly see that there is no rat race here. The farther you get from Knoxville the worse it can often be. I think she said that, though.

My suggestion is to erase the typical picture of what you think a city is like. That's not Knoxville. Start looking here and if you don't like it you can expand out. Remember, I'm a country gal and I wouldn't move out of Knox County if you paid me.

I forget if you said you had kids but that's a huge consideration, too. Knoxville, Oak Ridge and Maryville have decent schools. After that, all bets are off. As I said, Knoxville is really more like suburbia and gets rural fast.
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