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Old 11-06-2009, 08:30 AM
 
Location: Where there is too much snow!
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29 Palms, CA. Went there for Mojave Viper, granted it's only 35 days long but that was a very, very, very long 35 days.
We use to call it 29 stumps
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Old 11-07-2009, 05:33 AM
 
Location: Northern VA (for now)
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29 Palms, CA. Went there for Mojave Viper, granted it's only 35 days long but that was a very, very, very long 35 days.
Yep, I have a former childhood friend whose husband is at 29 palms and she is MISERABLE there.
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:22 AM
 
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Naval Weapons Station Earle,New Jersey.......The Garden Spot of the Garden State,nuf said!!!!!!

Unamed AOE out of Earle , New Jersey. Underway replenishment for months on end is an awful experience.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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Fort Poke, LA. what a back water...
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:09 PM
 
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Yep, I have a former childhood friend whose husband is at 29 palms and she is MISERABLE there.

AKA 29 stumps. It's called 29 palms b/c that's exactly how many trees are there. Not too too far from LA and Las Vegas, but definitely not a drive you'd want to do regularly. I think Yuma, AZ has it beat, though. Nothing there and nothing close.
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Old 02-22-2010, 10:56 PM
 
Location: VA
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*cough*Fort Lost in the Woods*Cough*
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Old 02-25-2010, 04:32 PM
 
Location: Northern VA (for now)
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AKA 29 stumps. It's called 29 palms b/c that's exactly how many trees are there. Not too too far from LA and Las Vegas, but definitely not a drive you'd want to do regularly. I think Yuma, AZ has it beat, though. Nothing there and nothing close.
My co-worker is from Yuma and with the stories she tells me about Yuma I don't doubt it.
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Old 03-04-2010, 12:44 AM
 
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Something from the Navy Wifes point of view... I lived in Whidbey Island for 2 years and I along with ALL of my Navy wife girlfriends were ABSOLUTELY MISERABLE!!! Granted it is beautiful and if you are a real outdoorsman you will never run out of things to do in the summer, but now for the downside...
If you are a working military spouse be prepared to NOT find a decent job no matter what your qualifications, there just arent enough of them to go around. (It is an island)
If you have children be prepared to explain what drugs are because a large chunk of the local population youth are on them.
If you like the nightlife of anykind, all you will find in town are tons of dive bars, a SMALL movie theatre that shows 3 movies and not always the most popular, and a Drive-Inn Theatre. (which is probably the coolest thing in town, but its not on paved ground and gets REALLY muddy)
The closest "civilization" is a town called Burlington which still doesnt boast much of the city life atmosphere and is 45+ minutes away.
Also, many of the fellow Navy folk there are SO very rude. TWO YEARS in military housing and NEVER NOT once, did any of our neighbors speak to us. And don't tell me its b/c we were weird or different b/c we were the model citizens- no disturbances, always kept our lawn neat and clean, friendly even though no one returned on it. Personally I think its b/c they were miserable too.
Another point on them being miserable- I was a manager at a local retail store that I have worked for in other areas around the country and the military community here would absolutely destroy our store on a daily basis. I have never had a group be so rude and disrespectful.
One note on the weather, personally I love rain so this wasn't a problem for me, but it rains like 200 days out of the year also. So if you don't like to be cold and wet, this isn't the place for you.

Im sure there are people out there that disagree but I could not stand it! And yes I'm an experienced Navy wife with, 5 duty stations and still going...
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Old 03-04-2010, 08:12 AM
 
Location: The Great State of Texas, Finally!
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I think Whidbey, although beautiful, was miserable duty because the weather makes the people miserable. There is just something about not seeing the sun for weeks, sometimes months on end, and the constant stream of mizzle (mist + drizzle) that drains the life out of people and makes them very insular. I just left WA two weeks ago and am back in the sunbelt. You wouldn't believe how wonderful life looks to me now, even though I'm unemployed.
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Old 03-11-2010, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Mississippi
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American Embassy Djibouti. The hell hole of the world.
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