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Old 05-19-2011, 08:39 PM
 
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Just remember that the grass is ALWAYS greener.

I moved out here in Nov 2003 (I was 23) from Louisville, Kentucky. The first year was great; the excitement of Vegas hadn't worn off. I then spent about two years being incredibly homesick, mostly for the same reasons you are (Vegas didn't feel like home, missing friends/family, etc.). I flew back to Kentucky once every couple months on average, and just *knew* I wanted to go back, but for whatever reason, could never ultimately pull the trigger.

As I visited the Bluegrass State more frequently, and the novelty of "going back to visit" wore off, all the things that led me to make the change to move west in the first place began to creep back into the picture. A year or so later, almost all of the desire I had to move back had gone away.

Six years later, Vegas *is* home. I've built a life here that would never have been possible in Kentucky. As far as family/friends from home go, I still get back to KY 3x a year or so, and have family/friends in town visiting me probably once a month. You'll find (at least I did) that, living in Vegas, those family/friends you couldn't wait to move back and see more frequently ultimately wind up coming to visit more often than you'd sometimes like them to!

Are there things I miss? Absolutely! Rolling green hills, spring showers, etc. etc. But looking objectively, there are also many things I *don't* miss, which in hindsight I had totally disregarded when I was considering moving back.

I know I am where I need to be, and the ultimate challenge for you will be finding out just where that is for yourself. You won't be happy or fulfilled until you do.

Good luck!
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Old 05-19-2011, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Macao
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I'll add another thing Davie..... You really need to see this, in this light: That you are in the prime position to explore areas of the country till you find what you want. You are young, single, childless, and not locked into a career or working for the county/state and vested waiting for a pension. I only wish I had done this at your age, which is try another city on for size. Do it now while you are free to bounce back and forth with relative ease. There's nothing worse than realizing you want to leave but you have to wait darn near till retirement. Take a few trips to places that sound interesting.
100% agree!!

Now is certainly the time.
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Old 05-20-2011, 04:52 AM
 
Location: NJ
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I suppose that the grass is always greener. The moment I move from NJ to LV I'm sure that I'll have a few regrets. Being able to save $22k/yr in expenses buys a lot of tickets back home, though.
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Old 05-20-2011, 04:53 AM
 
Location: NJ
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Default Green Grass

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Just remember that the grass is ALWAYS greener.

I moved out here in Nov 2003 (I was 23) from Louisville, Kentucky. The first year was great; the excitement of Vegas hadn't worn off. I then spent about two years being incredibly homesick, mostly for the same reasons you are (Vegas didn't feel like home, missing friends/family, etc.). I flew back to Kentucky once every couple months on average, and just *knew* I wanted to go back, but for whatever reason, could never ultimately pull the trigger.
Good luck!
Well said, Chris.
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Old 05-20-2011, 05:07 AM
 
Location: Vegas, baby, Vegas!
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"wherever you go, there you are"
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Jonathan
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Old 05-20-2011, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Kingman AZ
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I suppose that the grass is always greener. The moment I move from NJ to LV I'm sure that I'll have a few regrets. Being able to save $22k/yr in expenses buys a lot of tickets back home, though.
Happiness was Atlantic City in the rear view mirror
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Old 05-20-2011, 12:21 PM
 
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A dark side of me was waiting to read about his temporary job loss then the GF leaving. Sorta like a car wreck you can not stop watching. Sorry about that. I need to work on it some more.
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:17 PM
 
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Its not the home thing, its just Vegas in general. Half the population feels like Davie, some will act on it, some won't. There are plenty of people waiting to take his spot and the city just runs off the math of replacement residents. Its no big deal, thousands come, maybe half stick it out for 3 years, half don't. But I have heard the it doesn't feel like home comment from people born and raised in the city who eventually found the reason to leave.
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Old 05-20-2011, 01:47 PM
 
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But I have heard the it doesn't feel like home comment from people born and raised in the city who eventually found the reason to leave.
That's me. And we are moving......so we are acting on it.

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Half the population feels like Davie, some will act on it, some won't.
We were going to leave 15 years ago, but got too wrapped up in careers we liked.....then two kids later, family that lives here, and next thing you know we have teenagers, and we were STILL talking every single year about leaving. We were just afraid to pull the trigger. So the last several years have been planning and putting that into motion. Since we announced our move to everyone, we've been bombarded by co-workers, family and friends coming out of the woodwork, stating that they want to move also......
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Old 05-20-2011, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
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It's true. Everyone that moves here feels homesick. I had only had it for the first 40 years, but I got over it. I don't think I've ever seriously considered moving back to Clarksburg, WV, but it's still in my blood. For us Mountaineers, it's like "once a Marine always a Marine". Or is it, "once a hillbilly always a hillbilly?" You know what they say, you can't keep em down on the farm after they've seen Las Vegas ...not that I ever lived on a farm, but ...you know...

Most of my email address list consists of West Virginia relatives (Larry, Darrell & Darrell), or people formerly from, or still living in, Clarksburg. Even some I don't even know. We just all have that love of hometown (or maybe it's the pepperoni rolls and hot dogs) in common.

GO EERS!!!

BEAT PITT!!!
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