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Old 06-10-2010, 11:45 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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To SoCal35: Good point in your post, but I will go further and point out to you that the names of languages should be capitalized, as in English and Spanish.

Yes...you are correct. I was just being lazy...or informal as we often are here on C-D.
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Old 06-10-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Outside of Los Angeles
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$300,000 to live the good life in LA? I think you could live well in LA on a lot less than that.You don't need that high of a salary to live well, that's the first point. And second, yes the cost of housing and taxes are high here but there are reasons for that. I used to be like the OP, almost always looking at all the negatives of LA and guess what happened? I wasn't a happy man. But I changed my attitude and started looking at all the good that I had in my life and that was what made the difference in me becoming a better person.
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Old 06-10-2010, 04:15 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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I lived quite well on $55K/year. What's all this about having to make over $100K/year to live well? I don't get it!

I drove a normal car and wore clothes I bought at The Gap and places like that. My rent was $1300/mo. Travelled to Mexico & Costa Rica once or twice a year. Visited Boston twice a year. Ate out, met friends for drinks, got haircuts, etc...

Sooooo... I don't get it when people go on and on about how expensive LA is. I guess it depends on where you're coming from and what kind of lifestyle you expect to have.
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Old 06-10-2010, 08:04 PM
 
Location: California
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I lived quite well on $55K/year. What's all this about having to make over $100K/year to live well? I don't get it!

I drove a normal car and wore clothes I bought at The Gap and places like that. My rent was $1300/mo. Traveled to Mexico & Costa Rica once or twice a year. Visited Boston twice a year. Ate out, met friends for drinks, got haircuts, etc...

Sooooo... I don't get it when people go on and on about how expensive LA is. I guess it depends on where you're coming from and what kind of lifestyle you expect to have.

I agree. My area is just as expensive, if not more, than LA and people do fine on without making >$100K. It really is all about expectations and what you want out of life. I have friends who constantly complaining about their finances and the high COL but they also take large trips every year, sometimes more than one, and usually have to drag along kids and their bf/gf's as well. That's fine if that's what they really want to do but I haven't taken a vacation like that in years, and haven't taken my kids on a trip with me since they were youngsters. I'm really NOT a "go away on vacation" kind of person anyway I would rather have a house.
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:16 PM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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I lived quite well on $55K/year. What's all this about having to make over $100K/year to live well? I don't get it!

I drove a normal car and wore clothes I bought at The Gap and places like that. My rent was $1300/mo. Travelled to Mexico & Costa Rica once or twice a year. Visited Boston twice a year. Ate out, met friends for drinks, got haircuts, etc...

Sooooo... I don't get it when people go on and on about how expensive LA is. I guess it depends on where you're coming from and what kind of lifestyle you expect to have.
If you have a family and want to buy a house you will need more $ than a single person, obviously.
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Old 06-10-2010, 10:48 PM
 
Location: SoCal
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If you have a family and want to buy a house you will need more $ than a single person, obviously.
Absolutely! Which is pretty much why I moved away. I wanted to buy a house. And, I came to regret it. I'd rather live in LA in an apartment than anywhere else in a house.

Luckily, the prices have come down so much that now I CAN afford a house in LA!
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Old 06-10-2010, 11:25 PM
 
Location: Mt Washington: NELA
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I beg to differ...

I make well under 130k/year, live 5 miles from work (don't have to drive because I bought a home near the train station), and I don't struggle at all. I'm sure there are alot of Angelenos who fit your stereotype, but I'm not one of them.

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Yeah the cheaper neighborhoods are further away from the jobs so you spend more time, money on gas and wear and tear on you're car, ok $300,000 might be high, but you still struggle a bit at 130K, it just costs a lot to live here and I would move if I could.
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Old 06-11-2010, 12:03 AM
 
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I don't know much about it, but I have some interviews there in a few weeks. I think the individual has to decide for themselves what a city is, and should be... And for some reason, people from NorCal, Seattle, and Portland, all share your sentiments, so maybe you should explore those areas? As for the OP's comment about men being men.... this is so ridiculous. Why are you stereotyping us? Why do we have to have beards, cut down trees, and chew tobacco to be men? Not all of us want to be Burt Reynolds. I think you should go to Europe and realize that there is more to individuality than you think.
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Old 06-12-2010, 01:33 AM
 
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Life is full of lessons.Gods plan is perfect and was perfect for this girl.Im sure she learned alot about herself.etc..etc...
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Old 06-12-2010, 09:58 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default This is not the religion forum.

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Life is full of lessons.Gods plan is perfect and was perfect for this girl.Im sure she learned alot about herself.etc..etc...
First, this is off-topic because it belongs in the religion forum. Second, I wouldn't call any plan perfect if it involves the horrible suffering of large numbers of innocent children, as in the Holocaust.
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