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Old 05-27-2016, 08:56 PM
 
Location: Chicago IL
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But it's Buffalo?


We just hired a guy from the Buffalo area. His wife will join him soon here. He's not living in NOVA but out near Front Royal so the COL is lower for housing. I wonder if come February you'll still enjoy living in Buffalo.
People from colder climates actually enjoy winter to some degree. People in NOVA are completely spoiled when it comes to a 1/4 inch of snow = days of no school or government offices being open.
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Old 05-28-2016, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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Evidently, Buffalo is having a little boom of its own right now. Appearently, younger people find affordable cities appealing.

Understandable.
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Old 05-28-2016, 01:59 AM
 
Location: Virginia-Shenandoah Valley
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People from colder climates actually enjoy winter to some degree. People in NOVA are completely spoiled when it comes to a 1/4 inch of snow = days of no school or government offices being open.

Little bit of an exaggeration on the government part but I agree when it comes to the schools. But considering how the drivers here, transplants, are terrible drivers in the snow so I say protect the kids and keep them home.
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Old 05-28-2016, 05:48 PM
 
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People from colder climates actually enjoy winter to some degree. People in NOVA are completely spoiled when it comes to a 1/4 inch of snow = days of no school or government offices being open.
It's not being spoiled, it's a practical consideration when already overloaded roads are hit with multiple accidents due to snow (and yes many here cannot dive in the snow)

Try sitting in traffic for 5 hours to go 3 miles you will understand.
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Old 05-29-2016, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Chicago IL
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It's not being spoiled, it's a practical consideration when already overloaded roads are hit with multiple accidents due to snow (and yes many here cannot dive in the snow)

Try sitting in traffic for 5 hours to go 3 miles you will understand.
Every year, NOVA has a winter and it snows. Sometimes, lots of snow, sometimes a little. So, the fact that people are caught totally off guard by routine snow fall is rather absurd. It's just my opinion that they are overly liberal about calling snow days for school and government. VDOT needs to step up their game and treat roads, and people have to be better prepared for winter driving. I mean, this is technically "the south", but we don't exactly have mild winters compared to say, Charlotte NC.
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Old 05-29-2016, 01:38 PM
 
Location: West Springfield, VA
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I see your point; however, one thing to take into consideration is how transient this area is. I suspect that when every winter rolls around, there are several thousand new residents who haven't experienced snow in this area. Some know how to handle themselves in snow. Some don't. I think the school jurisdictions in NoVa are smartly conservative and practical when making judgment calls about canceling school or not. I also think VDOT does a decent job pre-treating roads and clearing the major roads after a storm. Subpar work done by snow removal contractors on secondary roads and residential streets remains a problem.

Schools and VDOT aren't going to make perfect calls everytime, but I prefer that they err on the side of caution.
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Old 05-30-2016, 07:42 AM
 
Location: Metro Washington DC
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Every year, NOVA has a winter and it snows. Sometimes, lots of snow, sometimes a little. So, the fact that people are caught totally off guard by routine snow fall is rather absurd. It's just my opinion that they are overly liberal about calling snow days for school and government. VDOT needs to step up their game and treat roads, and people have to be better prepared for winter driving. I mean, this is technically "the south", but we don't exactly have mild winters compared to say, Charlotte NC.
I learned this past winter that it all depends on the road treatment. It took me many hours to get out of Arlington last January because they did not pretreat the roads. It was a breeze driving in Fairfax and Loudoun once I crossed the county line. I had to find untreated back roads, passing by all the drivers who got stuck, to finally find a road out of Arlington that night. It's not really the drivers fault that whoever is responsible for treating roads failed to do their duty.
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Old 05-30-2016, 10:17 AM
 
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The "government shutdowns" only apply to "non-essential workers," so there are usually 5-10 that actually work on those days.
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Old 06-03-2016, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Northern VA
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I'm in a situation where I've been in NoVA since '86. My then-spouse just had to live near Mommy and Daddy, who were insufferable twits. We finally found a neighborhood in the Falls Church area that we loved, with wonderful neighbors who were there for the long haul - a real community. Unfortunately, I got royally shafted in our divorce, and have not been able to afford to get my own house in that neighborhood.

In 2010, I was hired by the feds, and the job pays pretty well, but NoVA is more fun when you have two incomes. I'm appalled by the high rent I have to pay to live within reasonable commuting distance to my job in Bethesda. Also, as an amateur guitar player, I have found that this is a totally dead area of the country for playing rock music.

I'm not going any further south in the future (I came here from NYS), but would love to go somewhere with cooler weather where I can buy a house. Beaches are not important to me, but having an international airport nearby would be nice. Wish me luck in my own escape.
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Old 06-06-2016, 02:57 PM
 
Location: Manassas, VA
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Well, you sure told us, didn't you?

Anyway, I first moved to the DC area out of school in 1986 and I love it here. We've left twice, one to Hawaii (mid-life crisis) and Kentucky (work transfer) and came back both times. We've moved progressively further out as we've aged - started out in Dupont Circle/Adams Morgan, lived in Arlington during the second stint, now we live on 50 acres about as far out as one can somewhat reasonably commute a few days a week. The area has changed a lot, but it still offers a very urbane experience combined with a reasonable quality of life compared to NY/LA.

I'm not leaving again.

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It's a shame because it's a such a beautiful metro region with so much history and gorgeous architecture. I love the look of some of the NoVa suburbs. Lots of book-smart folks and academically high achievers, but beyond that there is no substance or soul to the transplants that tend to move there for high paying or prestigious jobs. They are there to be smug and feed their egos. Perhaps compensating for something? Every time I visit DC to see my friends (who also hate living there), I smell Napoleon complexes all around me. Great place to visit as a tourist, but better to leave after a week or so and try not to interact with the transplants.
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