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Old 11-30-2015, 09:56 AM
 
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I have an opportunity to work at the federal prison in Doyle, CA (FCI Herlong). I'm looking at moving to Reno and making the commute (45 minutes or so). I'm 27 years old, single, with no kids. I lived in NYC for 5 years and Atlantic City (NJ) for over 20 years. Im a right wing conservative republican with a bachelors degree. I've bartended on and off for several years and I'm wondering how easy it is to get a bartending job (part time) in Reno? Also, are there a lot of single women my age out there? How's the nightlife? Are there bars/clubs open in the Casinos every night or is it just a "weekend" town? All advice is appreciated, and all feedback is welcomed. Thank you.
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Old 11-30-2015, 01:00 PM
 
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I don't want to sound rude or snobby, but after browsing a few online dating sites, it seems like 90% of the females have no car, 2+ kids, and are chain smokers. Is this the norm out there for women?
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Old 11-30-2015, 08:27 PM
 
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It's definitely not NYC! We moved here from another major city and it took us a while to appreciate what this area has to offer. You will find that the pace of life is slower here, there is less emphasis on who you know/ what you know/ what you have, people are just different here. And I seriously don't know how you can beat the outdoor life here, no matter the season. Nevada consistently ranks in the bottom 2 or 3 nationally in education so I believe that holds many people back here if they have never left the area.

If you need big city amenities there is always Sacramento (a couple of hours away as long as I-80 is open, no heavy snow) and San Francisco with all the major sports teams, museums, shopping, fine dining is only about 3-4 hours away.

I wouldn't say there is a large single population here. Everyone our daughter went to college with has moved on. They either go away to college and never come back, or they go to college here and get recruited for a job out of the area. Unless you have a tie to a hobby, church, etc it might be difficult to find your group here.

It's definitely not a weekend town. Everything here is 365/24/7, all day every day, all the time. I don't think it's too difficult to get a bartending job as I know a lot of the 20/30-somethings at work bartend part time for extra money. There are plenty of sports bars here like BJ's and a local one Bullys. There are always casinos but once you've been here a while you tend to stay out of casinos. Locals tend not to mingle with the tourists. There are some nicer bars in the casinos but they tend to be pretty pricey and most locals find their niche in places closer to home than downtown.
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Old 11-30-2015, 11:18 PM
 
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I don't want to sound rude or snobby, but after browsing a few online dating sites, it seems like 90% of the females have no car, 2+ kids, and are chain smokers. Is this the norm out there for women?
pretty much, yeah. Reno is not a hot spot for dating. I think your drive from Herlong is going to be an hour or a bit more each way. Cold Springs would be about 40 minutes, and there's nothing wrong with Cold Springs, I'm just not sure how many rentals there are in that area. Is Herlong your only choice?
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Old 12-01-2015, 08:31 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies. Herlong is probably my quickest option but I could probably snag USP Atwater or FCI Mendota (Cali) relatively soon too. Those areas seem extemely dull though. Fresno isn't far from Mendota, but I keep reading how it's a pretty bad place to live.
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Old 12-01-2015, 08:58 AM
 
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Thanks for the replies. Herlong is probably my quickest option but I could probably snag USP Atwater or FCI Mendota (Cali) relatively soon too. Those areas seem extemely dull though. Fresno isn't far from Mendota, but I keep reading how it's a pretty bad place to live.
There are parts of Fresno that are nice, but I don't know anything about the 'singles' scene. Given those choices I would just go with Herlong. Maybe you can take a class at UNR or the community college and get to know some ladies that way?

Is this your first job as a Federal C.O.? If so, if you end up in/near California I would immediately apply for work with CDCR, work for DOC until you get hired; it takes about 18 months. The salary is much higher and the benefits are amazing. There are 32,000 state correctional officers in California who work in 33 prisons across the state.
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Old 12-01-2015, 05:43 PM
 
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There are parts of Fresno that are nice, but I don't know anything about the 'singles' scene. Given those choices I would just go with Herlong. Maybe you can take a class at UNR or the community college and get to know some ladies that way?

Is this your first job as a Federal C.O.? If so, if you end up in/near California I would immediately apply for work with CDCR, work for DOC until you get hired; it takes about 18 months. The salary is much higher and the benefits are amazing. There are 32,000 state correctional officers in California who work in 33 prisons across the state.
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This will be my first CO job, but I'm looking to stay federal and eventually move up to a different agency. I have a BA degree in Criminal Justice. Worst case scenario - I'll do my year in Herlong then transfer wherever I want (Brooklyn, San Diego, LA). The sky is the limit. Northern Reno is looking like a 40 minute commute. The part of Jersey that I'm in is 100% dead for jobs. I need to get out. Single and no kids. No excuse to stay.
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Old 12-01-2015, 05:46 PM
 
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This will be my first CO job, but I'm looking to stay federal and eventually move up to a different agency. I have a BA degree in Criminal Justice. Worst case scenario - I'll do my year in Herlong then transfer wherever I want (Brooklyn, San Diego, LA). The sky is the limit. Northern Reno is looking like a 40 minute commute. The part of Jersey that I'm in is 100% dead for jobs. I need to get out. Single and no kids. No excuse to stay.
sounds like a decent plan, best of luck to you!
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Old 12-01-2015, 07:21 PM
 
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Thanks. If anyone else wants to chime in about Reno or offer advice- it's much appreciated.
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Old 12-02-2015, 12:04 AM
 
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Thanks. If anyone else wants to chime in about Reno or offer advice- it's much appreciated.
Have you thought about calling the facility, maybe ask to talk to a Sgt or a C.O. and see if you can get more info from someone who works there, ask where they live and how they like the area? Usually people are very helpful when they get calls like that
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