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Old 02-03-2011, 05:06 PM
 
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i am facing having to have to run back home after 6 years in this place. and i have good contacts, great references and marketable skills. do not underestimate how bad it is here job wise. i would wait til at least summer. it isn't like NYC in terms of unforgiving, scowling locals and rudeness. even the traffic isn't as bad as some other places- LA seems to be peculiarly proud of how bad the traffic is. there was a study done recently and LA was sixth on the list. atlanta was way worse. but that won't matter if you don't have a car, and it can be done but it isn't easy. most if not all the people i know who get by without cars have friends that can take them to the grocery store or pick them up at odd hours when the buses stop running. if you don't have that and are depending on public transport its gonna be very very tough. factor in also registration fees, and whether or not your car will pass smog. if it doesn't there is a program for poor people that will pay up to 500 bucks for repairs so it will pass. i don't know if that applies if you are coming from out of state tho. good luck.
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Old 02-04-2011, 08:14 PM
 
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Why not Omaha? Too much like where you are now? At least there, you can use your network for employment opportunities, to help you move, etc.

What are your circumstances? I mean age an occupation. If you're young, unskilled and your earning power is low enough- sorry to be blunt - Omaha may be a better, smaller step for you right now and you may benefit from being in a less absurdly expensive, unforgiving city than LA.

Then you can use Omaha as your springboard.
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