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Old 03-11-2011, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC missing home Reno NV
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"I am looking forward to Reno but of course I am as nervous as a teenage girl meeting Ben Roethlisberger."

Okay, the only people here who know who Ben Roethlisberger is are the ones who read about his sexual harassment case against a Lake Tahoe Harrahs hotel employee here.
come on! hope you were kidding about that as well. Some of us watch football too you know.
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Old 03-12-2011, 10:54 PM
 
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I recently took an employment offer which has me in Reno as well. Like anywhere else, this town is going to be what you make of it. Compared to other places I'm familiar with, this whole area is rather bland and the only cultural feeling to me that stands out is how the community is like a giant high school despite the sparse native born population. I'm from the rural midwest so I know boring cities and people, and this makes me sort of feel like home after I've gotten over the culture-shock. There is some diversity amongst the people here, especially surrounding downtown and where Reno meets with Sparks. It seems many people have invested a lot of money to locating on the outskirts of town and now they are complaining about how downtown has been hijacked and traffic jams. There are gated communities on golf courses and you might feel like your in a different city from one block to the next in many areas of town.

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People think I have lost my mind by deciding to move to Reno, but the job is too good to pass up.
You can always move back.

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What is the dating scene like?
Should be plenty of fish around your age. There is a very noticeable lack of people in their 20's.

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Is it hard to make friends?
Shouldn't be if your religious and/or don't want to befriend people associated with work.

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How do I handle the dry air?
Drink more water if your getting nose bleeds and headaches.


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I'll occasionally see a Bentley or a mid level Porsche, but its rare. I'm not sure where you're seeing all these high end cars, but I certainly haven't seen anything worth noting in Reno. Lots of 1 and 3 series BMWs, Land Rovers and the ilk on the south end. Again, nothing to write home about.
Spanish Springs has a rather wealthy population with new cars to suite their new houses. Used vehicles here seem expensive and many must think the brief periods of winter weather here require a need for a luxury SUV. Many people probably came from California and just don't know how to drive. And in light of the foreclosures here, don't know how to spend money either.
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Old 03-13-2011, 05:10 PM
 
Location: Charleston, SC missing home Reno NV
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Like anywhere else, this town is going to be what you make of it.
I agree with this, but to the OP I think you should be fine. I am in the same situation, but I will be moving OUT of Reno, to South Carolina, for a good job. I'm not handling it well. I love Reno. After visiting Charleston and seeing the traffic jams THERE downtown, Reno has NONE. I never thought Reno had bad traffic to begin with, but this makes me even more annoyed seeing it elsewhere and knowing what I have here at home. i love the mountains, I live in the North Valleys and when I drive to work downtown, I love that backdrop coming into the city. Gorgeous. Reno has everything you ever need shopping wise, restaurant wise, etc. I think. In 20 minutes you can be anywhere, in Reno or Sparks. This is my favorite part that the sprawl of the city is not outrageous.

Dating scene who knows. I was with the same guy for 9 years, but I never had trouble meeting people. My sister seems to not have good luck though. She is 31 and a professional, owns her home, and has tried online dating and such. It depends on the places you hang out. Once you get to our age, going to clubs and bars certainly isn't high on the list, and it wasn't the best place in the first place to meet a suitable match. That being said, there are some really cool night spots. Mostly centered around downtown and the best part is the free parking garages in the casinos. another thing I am going to miss tremendously. Yes, free parking and the casinos. People outside the casinos are the same as inside. what people were you seeing? there are some ragamuffins as well as some normal every day locals, and lots of tourists. not sure really if this was a real question...

the dry air is so much better than the humidity! at least IMo. YES THe dry skin on your hands in the winter sucks, but keep lots of lotion, and use it.

no you wont be the only one without tattoos. seriously, where were you hanging out??

Reno has a ton of outdoor stuff to do, the summers are amazing here. Hiking, biking, river walk, TAHOE.

The south area is nice. south meadows and damonte ranch have the newer subdivisions and nice areas I think.

Don't be discouraged. (i'll try to take my own advice)...

Good luck
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Old 04-13-2011, 12:47 PM
 
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First let me say congrats on the job, the fact that you found one here says a lot. Our unemployment has been hovering around the 15% mark but with all of the out of work self-employed it feels a lot closer to 20%. i think you will find that Reno is a hard place to get used to but once you do you will find it a hard place to leave when you compare it to everywhere else. I have three main complaints about it but they aren't that bad. The rest I think is pretty great. It's just that the things that are bad can be kind of deal breakers for some people so I will list those first. If after reading you are still intrigued you might see as I have that it's a pretty cool little Western city with a lot to offer.
First, and this isn't necessarily a bad thing but Reno is isolated. It's surrounded by beautiful mountains and is really close (15 minutes) from the California line but the closest big city is Sacramento(West)-about 2.5 hours away-San Francisco is about 4 to 4.5 hours away. It will take you the better part of the day to get to Boise (North), Salt Lake City (East), and Las Vegas (South). There is little, to nothing in between Reno and the cities I just mentioned so your day trips can be a little boring.
Second, the schools. We have continuously ranked in last place when it comes to things like amount spent per student and it shows. We have some really high achieving students but the facts are that we don't graduate that many kids percentage wise. And even fewer of the ones that do graduate go on and actually finish college. We don't have state income tax. What revenue we do have is limited and it seems that every politician wants to cut the school budget first. Unfortunately, with education, you get what you pay for. There is only one private high school and several charter schools but still the options for decent education are very slim. It really depends on which neighborhood you live in and even then you only get mediocre at best. If any Nevada politicians are reading this-you need to know that the best way to rescue this state is to have top achieving schools to attract more businesses and families to the Silver State!
Third, the economy. Nevada, currently is very depressed. This is the one that would make me most likely to leave. Although I am working and taking care of my family I have the sense that, metaphorically, I shot the last deer and there's nothing left but rabbits. As a provider, I need to know that I have a few more options available to me in order to relax and not feel like if I lose my job we will be forced to move. We have around 15% unemployment (and this doesn't count the formerly self-employed who aren't working and/or the underemployed-those numbers bring the percentage a lot closer to 25%!), we lead the nation in foreclosures, there are a lot of empty stores and failed businesses. What jobs there are, you are hard pressed to find companies that have quality benefits and retirement. For a while Reno was booming and we all know what happened (Bush administration, housing bust, banking failures, etc,) so we are in transition-it's just that the transition feels like we are going back to being a tourist town (barely) with little to no industry, no construction, no future other than becoming a retirement community for California-I hope that's not the case but we don't see much coming from our elected officials to make us believe otherwise. We see advertisements for Michigan on TV here! Michigan?!! Do any of you out there in City-Data land see any advertisements touting the wonders of Reno? I didn't think so. But I digress. I will keep it simple and say again, congrats on the job.
Now, your questions...
1. What are the people outside the casinos like?
The people you see in the casinos are NOT a good representation of Reno, or Northern Nevada. The casinos cater to the downtrodden and desperate. The casinos are hurting bad now because of the recession (losing money has never been so passe) You don't see classy people at casinos unless it is in a commercial on TV. The people in Reno, who have been here a while, are stand-offish and rightly so. Reno is a very transient town. There are a lot of rentals here! Before you buy any real estate, I advise you to check the stats on the street and see how many are rented and how many are owned. We have very small lots with 6 foot high fences in between the neighbors. We have, for the newer areas, community mailboxes. You might not know your neighbors the whole time you live here-typical scenario...garage door goes up, car goes in, garage door goes down while you are standing out on your front lawn trying to make eye contact and give a little wave. There are nice people here, but it will take a while for you to find them. One note-very, very few people you meet are actually from Reno, or Nevada for that matter. I can't say much about the condition of peoples teeth, I actually don't know too many people who are missing theirs, or so you'd notice. As for culture, there is a large Mormon influence here but nowhere near what it is in Utah. Most people you meet are not religious, there are some that are very religious, but not most, like in the South. Oddly, there are very, very few Black people that live here-there are actually more Asian people here than Black people, go figure. Like most states in the West we have a large number of Hispanics (predominantly Mexican). We have a large percentage of Basque people here and that is probably the most authentic cuisine you will find here. There are some older Italian families that owned many of the ranches that used to be all around the outlying areas. People that say there is no culture here just like saying that because they can't find traces of New York or LA here. We have culture, it's just different from what they think passes as culture.

2. What is the dating scene like?
I would like to find females with all their teeth and a job and possibly attractive.
Me-32 single, no kids, good ol' white boy from the midwest with a great sense of humor, love the outdoors, sports and going out drinking here and there but clubs and me don't mingle well.
The girls out west are just beautiful. Flat out gorgeous, compared to other places I have lived. I think so anyway. I met my wife very quickly after arriving here 20 something years ago-still married, best thing that happened to me here. If you aren't a neanderthal and you can actually talk to the opposite sex without embarrassing yourself, you will probably do just fine. As far as teeth and tattoos? Depends on if you're into dating cocktail waitresses and party girls or if you want a more family oriented girl. I would think your job and the University would be the best places to meet women but I met mine at a hair salon-you just can't predict it.

3. Is it hard to make friends?
That is one only you can answer. If it's hard for you to make friends then it will be hard for you to make friends. People are people, after all.

4. How do I handle the dry air?
My body was destroyed after a 4 day visit. I can only put on so much lotion.
Your hair, skin, and sinuses will be dry. But, the really good part about that is that we have very, very few bugs here! You can be outside and not feel like you need to be behind a screen. If you go to a restaurant and see a roach, you know they are filthy because roaches just don't grow here, nor do fleas or ticks. You might find a stray mosquito around the wetlands or up in the mountains but not swarming about. The joke is that you know you're a Nevadan if you get off of a plane pretty much anywhere else in the world and say, "Man, it's humid here!".

5. Will I be the only one without tattoos?
It seemed like I was the minority in the tatted up department. No problem with them, just no desire to have my body stabbed with needles.
I have no tattoos but that's because I think they make you look uneducated and that's something I never wanted to project about myself-an ideal lost on the younger generation to be sure-but that's not just Reno-it's everywhere in America. Face it, the internet and cable TV have ruined many, many places that were once quaint little havens.

6. Besides the "local" casinos, where do the locals hang out at when they are not out enjoying all the recreational activities available?
Possibly the new Reno Aces ballpark, or downtown Reno by the river. Or the malls. It's hard to not include the outdoor recreational activities because there are just so many. We have so many golf courses I can't list them all. Because the Sierras are our backdrop there are just so many options for you from skiing, to water skiing, fishing (lake and stream), hang gliding, parachuting, flying, ballooning, etc. We have festivals too like Hot August Nights were they parade all the classic American cars, we have the Nugget Rib Cook Off in Sparks (live Music and lots of Barbecue!) We have the National Championship Air Races up in Stead, NV. We have the Great Reno Balloon Race in the early fall. We have Street Vibrations each year also-great if you are into motorcycles. We have a week long street fair called Art Town that has numerous outdoor concerts and artistic events. Speaking of, we have the Nevada Museum of Art that has quite a few events throughout the month. We also have the Reno Philharmonic. We have the National Bowling Stadium. We have the University of NV, Reno football, basketball, and baseball games. There are excellent Mountain Biking trails, rollerblading trails, hiking, backpacking, dirt biking, 4 wheeling, we have several dog parks, movie theaters, I mean the list goes on and on...Where do you hang out where you are from? You will probably hang out in places like that here.

Northern Nevada is much closer to the "real" Nevada of old than Southern Nevada. It leans to the conservative side of the political fence. You can go to Virginia City (about a half hour from Reno) and tour the Comstock lode to get a feel for how the state was founded. The first settlement in the state was in Northern Nevada (Mormon Station or Genoa-just south of Carson City). People still prospect for gold and silver and crystals here. Guns are very legal here-no restrictions other than the Brady bill and whether or not you're a felon. It doesn't have much to offer as far as jobs go but I feel that will turn around. I would hope that more and more companies will start looking at how friendly our tax structure is and relocate here (Nevada has no state income tax, no inventory tax either). The problems we do have would be remedied by more companies relocating here. We have wide open spaces that go on forever, we have beautiful mountains, we have amazingly large blue skies, crystal clear mountain lakes, and the sun shines for about 300 days out of the year. We have four seasons (in Northern Nevada especially). The only natural disasters we are subject to are earthquakes and forest fires. The earthquakes are minimal-I have lived here for 22 years and I have personally felt 4 tremors that lasted approximately a few seconds each. We do not get tornadoes or hurricanes. Do I love it? I am used to it and have learned to appreciate the natural beauty. The only thing that would keep me from staying is the economy because the good far outweigh the bad.

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Old 04-21-2011, 12:56 AM
 
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1. What are the people outside the casinos like?
There are a decent mix of people- just like anywhere else. However, if you are looking for "cultural" diversity, you're moving to the wrong place. Any town with a major University like UNR will have a little more than what meets the eye. Normal people hang out in casinos.. they are just an added place people can go and hang out. If you travel off the strip a little bit, you'd see some awesome casinos with endless entertainment outside of gambling in them.

2. What is the dating scene like?
Stick to mingling with the university school kids... there are plenty of young, attractive elementary school teachers out there. Craigslist and Plenty of Fish are stuffed full of interesting people to at least get your feet wet with.. there are also social clubs like 20-30 somethings and meet up groups that you can hang out with as well. It really depends on what you're into... if the bar scene is your thing, you'll probably just run into a lot of coke/meth whores, but isn't that common anywhere?
3. Is it hard to make friends?
]I won't lie. It is. I've lived here all my life, and people are just a little more snooty than other areas I've traveled to... It seems the first people you "meet" will end up being your best friends, but it's definitely hard for a 30 something to start over here.
4. How do I handle the dry air?
Buy a humidifier? Some people complain of bloody noses the first few weeks. It does snow and rain here, so it's really a bit different than say a move to Phoenix.
5. Will I be the only one without tattoos?
No, I don't have any tattoos. We can be in a no tattoos club together.
6. Besides the "local" casinos, where do the locals hang out at when they are not out enjoying all the recreational activities available?
]hmm Good question. Sports bars like "Bully's" are quite popular. But honestly... casino food is way cheaper and way tastier, so just take the advice of locals and give the casinos a chance. Can you really resist a 5 dollar buffet? Seriously. I think most people here sit at home and play video or role play games. I love going to the Grand Sierra Resort. They have a driving range... a $3.00 movie theater.. a hilarious country bar and an 80's themed bar... go carts.. you can walk around there for hours and never be bored!

good luck on your move!
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Old 04-23-2011, 06:52 AM
 
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"I am looking forward to Reno but of course I am as nervous as a teenage girl meeting Ben Roethlisberger."

Okay, the only people here who know who Ben Roethlisberger is are the ones who read about his sexual harassment case against a Lake Tahoe Harrahs hotel employee here. Are you implying you're worried about getting sexually molested here in Reno? Just kidding. Welcome to Reno. I have a few friends from the Midwest and they love it here and I think they're swell.

YOUR WRONG..........N.NV have a LOT of Stiller fans and Several STILLER Bars that cater to them. And Ben is a great guy........INNOCENT and never proven guilty
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