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Old 08-18-2013, 09:03 AM
 
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I learned about it after moving here. Then I started to do some searching on my own

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Old 08-18-2013, 09:04 AM
 
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Having lived both in MT and the Los Angeles area, and driven in SF as well... Los Angeles drivers have the whole rest of the world beat, hands down. Everyone learns to be an expert driver, and you almost never see incompetent driving, probably out of sheer self-defense. LA traffic is much denser than in SF (about 5x as many drivers) and speeds are much higher as well (longer stretches where you can really get going). People who've never driven there find it impossible to believe that LA traffic routinely goes bumper-to-bumper at 70mph with accidents being a rarity, considering there are up to 2 million cars on the roads at any given moment.

That said... having driven all over the west and western plains, Montana drivers are on average much better than most in the rural states. I don't see people regularly driving smack down the middle of two-lane roads (with oncoming traffic!), like I did in Nebraska!! MT probably has the most highly variable conditions across the seasons, and just as in CA, driving adversity teaches skills you can't otherwise develop.
I'll have to take your word for it, since I've never been to LA I would feel very intimidated driving in LA for sure!
 
Old 08-18-2013, 11:32 AM
 
Location: Spots Wyoming
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Having lived both in MT and the Los Angeles area, and driven in SF as well... Los Angeles drivers have the whole rest of the world beat, hands down. Everyone learns to be an expert driver, and you almost never see incompetent driving, probably out of sheer self-defense. LA traffic is much denser than in SF (about 5x as many drivers) and speeds are much higher as well (longer stretches where you can really get going). People who've never driven there find it impossible to believe that LA traffic routinely goes bumper-to-bumper at 70mph with accidents being a rarity, considering there are up to 2 million cars on the roads at any given moment.

That said... having driven all over the west and western plains, Montana drivers are on average much better than most in the rural states. I don't see people regularly driving smack down the middle of two-lane roads (with oncoming traffic!), like I did in Nebraska!! MT probably has the most highly variable conditions across the seasons, and just as in CA, driving adversity teaches skills you can't otherwise develop.
What you been smokin Willis?

LA, the only place I have ever seen that can grid lock a 6 lane freeway when two cars have a fender bender and immediately pull to the side. Nothing in the lane, the lookyloons will gridlock that freeway at midnight Sunday night when you'd think there would be no traffic.

California, brilliantly made it a law to have motorcycles lane share. Split traffic and drive right down the line, between cars.

Having spent over 20 years in Southern California, I'm going to have to disagree with LA being expert drivers.
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Old 08-18-2013, 12:13 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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What you been smokin Willis?

LA, the only place I have ever seen that can grid lock a 6 lane freeway when two cars have a fender bender and immediately pull to the side. Nothing in the lane, the lookyloons will gridlock that freeway at midnight Sunday night when you'd think there would be no traffic.
No traffic?? What you been smokin'?? There ain't been a freeway in L.A. with no traffic at any hour in goin' on years!! further back, tho, you could drive clear across town between midnight and 6am and never see another car. I'd come back from my friends in Anaheim at 2am and see not another vehicle all the way to Santa Clarita. Or drive to a 6am movie call in Long Beach and have the 405 entirely to myself, even by LAX. It was weird. Now, the 405 is packed solid 24 hours a day.

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California, brilliantly made it a law to have motorcycles lane share. Split traffic and drive right down the line, between cars.

Having spent over 20 years in Southern California, I'm going to have to disagree with LA being expert drivers.
Having spent 24 years in SoCal, and some of that occasionally commuting... well, your drivers may differ. If you're out by Riverside, yeah, they smoke somethin' different out that way. But -- in most of L.A., they can all drive crazy and hardly ever hit each other, which is what's remarkable about it.

The motorcycle thing was stupid, yeah... it's an invitation for 'em to get creamed when a lane goes away or a car changes lanes or comes up faster than expected. But it was intended to get the bikes OUT of gridlock areas faster, and it does that.
 
Old 08-18-2013, 06:58 PM
 
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To be honest, if you are here asking this question or researching about a city that does not have many black folks, something is stirring within you that is saying "this may not be right."

Honor what your gut is telling you.
 
Old 08-19-2013, 12:49 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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To be honest, if you are here asking this question or researching about a city that does not have many black folks, something is stirring within you that is saying "this may not be right."

Honor what your gut is telling you.
More generally, it's another form of the "will I be accepted?" question -- but sometimes I think it's really asking "Are there folks like me living there?" because that's their comfort zone (whatever sort of people, it could be anyone).

Well, if you move there, now there are folks like you there!
 
Old 08-20-2013, 07:32 PM
 
Location: Detroit, MI
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so are there SuperCuts and similar chain hair-care places? To put it another way, are some of the grooming professionals in the metro area familiar/competent in dealing with non-Euro ethnic hair (for men in particular)?
 
Old 08-20-2013, 08:31 PM
 
Location: Brendansport, Sagitta IV
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A couple links recommended in another thread:

Tangles Hairstyling | An Award Winning Salon that focuses on HAIR | Missoula, Montana

Beauty & Spas Missoula, MT

And ... why is it black folks are so much more creative with their hair? I think I'm jealous.
 
Old 09-06-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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Hi L.A. CityGirl,

I am also thinking of making the move to Montana. If you could please post your experience on the how the culture shock is on the relocation it would help me make a decision. I am not afraid of the winters, and I love the seasonal aspect of Montana.
I live in the LA area as well, so I can relate to how things are here and the daily struggles we all go through.

If you don't mind, I am very curious to hear about your adventures..

 
Old 09-11-2013, 11:54 AM
 
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Hello, I've been reading over each post. I'm considering relocating to Missoula. My son will be entering college and his field of study is being offered at the College in Montana. We have always lived in an Urban area and this will be a change for us. I'm not sure what to expect, however, I hope this will be a great experience. What's the best mode of transportation there? We are used to having the train, bus or other means of getting around.

Also, relocating means finding employment for me. I work for the government full-time, and Parks and Recreation part-time. We love the outdoors, a great view and good healthy food!
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