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Old 12-25-2011, 12:01 AM
 
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At least the Cards don't disappoint on big expectations like my favorite team, Virginia Tech.
VT plays in a tougher conference and plays more away games. The Cards struggle with Ohio U, WKU, and College of Charleston :P Be glad that VT actually faces real competition
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Old 12-25-2011, 02:08 AM
 
Location: Back in Melbourne.....home of road rage and aggression
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It is just a few angry people...Louisville is a hidden gem based on my travels and living in many cities.
I agree Styx. Louisville, like any place, has it's good and bad points. I do in general try to see the positives, but that's just me. Of course, people who are blasting Louisville because of it's weather are being a little unfair--it's not like Louisville picks it's weather, any more than AZ, CA, or TX do. It's a regional weather pattern, and if those patterns don't work for you then you do have the option of looking elsewhere for a more satisfying place to call home. In this trying economic time, I think having ones options reduced due to means beyond their control can have a negative impact on outlook, and if you are already a little disgusted with certain aspects....well, let's just say that disgust is easily leeched out into other areas that never really bothered you before.

I do agree that Louisville public school system is an abysmal excuse for education, and that infrastructure and roads need a drastic overhaul. 3 crumbling bridges anyone? I know you can't squeeze blood from a stone but really, what the h do taxes go for if not to fund these,kinds of things. Government (mis)spending of course but what does the average tax payer do about it? I am at a loss.

Regarding quality customer service--I have had my fair share of customer service all over the world. I have had poor service in Louisville, no doubt, but honestly in comparison to other places, it's really not bad at all. In particular in restaurants. I do not usually like to generalize an entire group of people, but i am sorry, the French simply take the gold when it comes to overall, generalized rudeness. They just are, it's a fact. Now pi$$ poor customer service? I nominate Australia's customer service personnel, in particular food service. Honestly, you want to see someone who doesn't care if you live or die? Go to any restaurant In Australia that doesn't involve a drive thru window (although they're bad too). I guarantee if you go in thinking you have an kind of presence, you'll walk out feeling like you haven't got a friend in the world. I am of the opinion that this is due to the fact that there is no tipping required or expected, and they get paid pretty well, good service or not. I figure I can be dismissed as worthless in a million other ways for free, so I'm for dang sure not going to pay for it! My husband raves to all and sundry about how great he's found customer service in Louisville. He can not get over it.

Making lasting friends has always been something I've struggled with, so I can not really give an unbiased comment on that, but I haven't found Louisvillians to be any more or less unfriendly than people from all over. like rednecks, white trash, pompous asses and know it alls, unfriendly people come in all shapes, sizes, races, religions, nationalities, and genders.

The thing that disappoints me about my hometown is the suburban decay that has/is taking over my old stomping ground (PRP/south end) and it's become(ing) an area that I'm less and less proud to admit being from. Every time i come home its more and more run down. Growing up and in my young adult years it was a relatively nice and safe area with some small areas that were trashy. Now it's a rather trashy area with a few areas that are still nice. The homicide that took place on Terry Road on Tuesday is just walking distance from my mom and my sister and and IMO makes the area officially a dangerous area to live in. I mean for the love of God, someone gets murdered on a heavily travelled road during morning peak hour on a week day? At Christmas?? And they still haven't caught the killer??? C'mon........
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Old 02-04-2012, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Paradise Lost
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Default We Are The Champions

If you think it's insufficient sunshine or urban decay that makes people sad then check this out:

America's Saddest Cities: Why Florida Dominates List From Men's Health Magazine | NewsFeed | TIME.com

Here in the Bay Area we got No. 1 (St. Petersburg) and No. 4 (Tampa) on the list. We got the glitzy cityscapes, we got the sun in the morning and the moon and night, we got rhythm, we got Shamu The Whale (I think we still got that old homicidal rascal) over in Orlando (No. 19). So what's to be sad about?

I would say it's the lack of representative government and social justice - but then maybe I only think that because I'm sad.

I'm about to retire from Florida. Louisville is definitely on my list of potential retirement destinations.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:39 AM
 
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The landscape of Louisville is sad. To paint the city one needs only one color; gray. It's drab and lifeless. Many streets are drab, abandoned commercial buildings, vacant lots with gravel or mud puddles and trash, sidewalks (if any) cracked, overgrown with weeds, pavement that needs repair. Many inhabited houses look one step above a trailer and some are only missing a sign out front that says Scheduled For Demolition. Cheap discount stores with parking lots full of trash. All these are signs of economic decline and lack of pride in the city. The better off streets are lined with commercial enterprises, boring structures merely built cheaply for business efficiency. The only walkable area is the Highlands, which is an exception to the drab and gray.
Just looking at the city makes one feel sad and feel blue.
What I've noticed among residents is a lack of enthusiasm for being alive. No gusto, no excitement...except for the Cards or Cats. Most existence is in daily routines, the same thing day after day. Finding an interesting stimulating conversation is rare.
The city is gray, the people are blue.
It didn't used to be like this. Just 12 years ago it was much more optimistic. We gave Bush and McConnell a lot of rope, and they hung us with it.
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Old 02-07-2012, 10:48 AM
 
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I think these kind of polls are just ridiculous to be honest. Some of the happiest times of my life
have been spent in Louisville, Happiness or sadness is more a state of mind, than a set of circumstances or statistics.
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Old 02-07-2012, 11:09 AM
 
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I think these kind of polls are just ridiculous to be honest. Some of the happiest times of my life
have been spent in Louisville, Happiness or sadness is more a state of mind, than a set of circumstances or statistics.
To be honest, I've lived here nearly my entire life, and it is a bit depressed now compared to before, say, 9/11, but I'm always optimistic that things will get better. They usually do.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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Gotta disagree. Customer service isn't great here but Northern Virginia has the absolute worst customer service. If you are lucky to get someone who understands English and speak it to where you can understand half of what they are saying they don't really care much.

Worst store for customer service here is Walmart (no surprise huh?) half of the employees don't even talk to you. Target isn't hot either.
I was driving through a rural part of Virginia (can't recall the exact locale) a number of years ago and stopped for gas at a convenience store. The gas pumps weren't calibrated to stop at the amount of gas that you paid for, for some reason, and I consequently pumped more than the amount I pre-paid for without being aware of what was happening. The employee who "assisted" me with this was so hostile that he slammed the door of the store on my finger. I'm sure it didn't help that I had a Yankee accent. Horrible experience.
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Old 02-19-2012, 10:48 AM
 
Location: Nashville, TN
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I think these kind of polls are just ridiculous to be honest. Some of the happiest times of my life
have been spent in Louisville, Happiness or sadness is more a state of mind, than a set of circumstances or statistics.
For my money, if people rebuff my attempts at friendship for 6+ years to the point where I give up on trying to make friends, that is a set of circumstances that is going to put me in a "not-happy" state of mind. I have never had this problem before, in any of the other cities I have lived in.

I'm glad you like it here.
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Old 02-21-2012, 01:21 PM
 
Location: Back in Melbourne.....home of road rage and aggression
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For my money, if people rebuff my attempts at friendship for 6+ years to the point where I give up on trying to make friends, that is a set of circumstances that is going to put me in a "not-happy" state of mind. I have never had this problem before, in any of the other cities I have lived in.

I'm glad you like it here.
So basically what you're saying is that for the past 6 years every single person you've met and subsequently tried to make friends with has rebuffed you.

I can understand how that would make a person feel pretty poorly, but even in the most closed off society, that would have to suggest that you give them a reason to rebuff. Not finger pointing or saying anything against you, because I do not know you. I am merely going on what you've posted. Maybe you're just recapping what someone else has commented and you don't even currently live in Louisville. I don't know. I'm going to respond as though you are and that you do, though. Also please note this is merely a response to a post and not a personal attack, and offered in the spirit of concern.

My feelings on it are that you regret moving away from the place you came from (sorry, I don't recall where that was), which puts you automatically in the position of regretting moving to Louisville. Regret turns to annoyance, which morphs into anger and/or hostility and that is something someone need not even mention for it to be evident. Sadness, depression, happiness, joy......they're all the same in that people can see that without an exchanged word. In short people can tell from a mile away that your unhappy and just generally Pi$$Ed off, and nobody wants to be friends with an endlessly miserable person.

The only other thing I can advise is perhaps you're too busy trying to make friends with the true snobs, and not giving others a chance, which could put you into the snob category yourself. Again not saying you are, just thinking aloud here.

After 6 years and repeatedly getting rebuffed (your words, not mine), I can only assume that it's not just the people of Louisville that are the problem. You're there, you're unhappy. You're there because you chose to move there, and I suspect that is part of what eats you alive: that you chose to move there and you regret it to the core. You're angry with yourself for putting yourself in this position but it's easier to project that anger onto your surroundings and others than onto yourself. But you also choose to stay. To say you have no choices is incorrect. There are always choices, it's just that not all of them are going to be desirable. But choices there are. You have to decide what is more important: your happiness and all the things it can affect long term, or money/possessions/lifestyle.

Look, I know what it's like to live in a place you just aren't happy in no matter how much anyone else loves it, no matter what it has to offer. Believe me, I KNOW, and I feel for you. But Life's too short to live unhappily. If youre unable to leave because youre in debt up to your eyeballs, then maybe you should look at liquidating some "stuff" if possible, to facilitate relocating. If debt and lack of funds isn't the thing keeping you there, say it's job security (such a huge thing for most people at the moment) then the only thing I can advise is to keep looking for a secure position elsewhere and in the meantime find one thing in each season you DO like about Louisville and focus on that until you're able to leave.

I really hope you find a solution. Good luck!

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Old 02-22-2012, 07:24 AM
 
Location: Not Moving
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For my money, if people rebuff my attempts at friendship for 6+ years to the point where I give up on trying to make friends, that is a set of circumstances that is going to put me in a "not-happy" state of mind. I have never had this problem before, in any of the other cities I have lived in.

I'm glad you like it here.
Yes, these polls are "ridiculous," but this is the 2nd or 3rd I've seen listing L,Ky as "sad."

With louisville being as insular as it is, it's not easy making friends. I heard this time and time again from many people who had lived there for years. I experienced it myself even though I belonged to numerous groups,volunteered, etc.

To some degree, I think it's naivete. And comfort in the "known"........not the "unknown"........just my opinion.
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