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Old 05-01-2014, 08:13 PM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Sometimes it seems that all of NYC is coming to MA. For them, it's cheaper. It's getting crowded here though and the prices are going through the roof.
Now how can they be going there when I know for certain they are all coming to AZ? Every other person I meet at the dog park is from NY.

 
Old 05-01-2014, 09:29 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Default "Know thyself"

I am attempting to follow the dictum "Know thyself", so I am reading "Neanderthal Man" by Pvante Paabo (2014).
 
Old 05-02-2014, 02:33 AM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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Sometimes it seems that all of NYC is coming to MA. For them, it's cheaper. It's getting crowded here though and the prices are going through the roof.
Same thing here in Philly and the Philly suburbs like Bucks, Montgomery and Delaware counties.

The joke is going around that Philadelphia is becoming the sixth borough of NYC.

A lot of it has to do with economics. When a place becomes too expensive to live in, people move. Younger, wealthier people replace them.

Mentioned was made of two states: Connecticut and Illinois. I'll say something nice about those states: I used to, many years ago, take drives up the western edge of CT along the Housatonic River passing little towns like Kent and Cornwall Bridge. The scenery, especially in autumn, was gorgeous! A few years ago I was in Chicago and a friend from Rockford drove me to a town called Woodstock that was really charming. It was where they filmed the movie Groundhog Day (which is supposed to be in Punxsutawney, PA).

I prefer the east coast. Just my opinion. Not criticizing the West, but I feel comfortable with the historical patina and intellectual character of the cities of the east from Boston down to Washington ... or even Richmond. So much of the West strikes me (San Francisco excluded) as so ... Suburban ... and so dependent on automobiles.
 
Old 05-02-2014, 04:22 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I am attempting to follow the dictum "Know thyself", so I am reading "Neanderthal Man" by Pvante Paabo (2014).
Trying to resist the obvious comment.
 
Old 05-02-2014, 04:30 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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I prefer the east coast. Just my opinion. Not criticizing the West, but I feel comfortable with the historical patina and intellectual character of the cities of the east from Boston down to Washington ... or even Richmond. So much of the West strikes me (San Francisco excluded) as so ... Suburban ... and so dependent on automobiles.
I agree with this. The "close" geography on the East Coast enlivens me. I love being in Boston and NYC. Never been to Philly, but I know I'd love it. Another side of me appreciated the many qualities I found living in the Midwest, though it wasn't naturally in my genetic/psychological makeup. Everyone I think has that bottom-line comfort zone as to place; we write about "place" a lot in my writing groups. When thinking of a screen name, newengland came spontaneously. (So did "girl," but that's a stretch.)
 
Old 05-02-2014, 08:51 AM
 
Location: too far from the sea
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I echo the preference for the East coast. Same reasons as Clark. On a long ago trip out west, I decided they had the superior spectacular scenery: Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, that drive along the CA coast, but the East Coast was more subtle and homey--to me. In CA I saw little boxes on the hillside. In New England I see village greens, antique homes, old white church steeples, green hills. Home.

Interesting about the New Yorkers not just coming here, they're just plain up and leaving NYC due to the expense. I probably couldn't even afford a cup of coffee in NYC anymore.
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Old 05-02-2014, 10:11 AM
 
Location: Floyd Co, VA
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Default Dining in town this evening

While I'm not a big fan of chili I guess I'll go have some this evening at the benefit cook off competition between the volunteer fire department guys and the volunteer rescue squad folks. I hope that I'll never need either of their services but I do like to support them. I'll have to make an effort to come out of my shell and try to meet and greet some new people, widen my circle of friends beyond just humane society members.

Since it's Friday night and the weather is finally pleasant there should be a good crowd out in the street for the Friday Night Jamboree at the Floyd Country Store and plenty of musicians playing in the street to enjoy for free. The seasonal farmers market starts tomorrow too so I'll go back in to town and see what's available in the way of local produce and meat, maybe pick up some buffalo for a stew.
 
Old 05-02-2014, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Edina, MN, USA
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While I'm not a big fan of chili I guess I'll go have some this evening at the benefit cook off competition between the volunteer fire department guys and the volunteer rescue squad folks. I hope that I'll never need either of their services but I do like to support them. I'll have to make an effort to come out of my shell and try to meet and greet some new people, widen my circle of friends beyond just humane society members.
Good plan. I remembered how much I enjoy meeting new people when I recently had an opportunity to meet several new people. Everyone has a story.
 
Old 05-02-2014, 03:43 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC dreaming of other places
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This thread is very entertaining. It jumps from one topic to the other just like my mind.

on the topic of the coasts, I live in CA for 10 years and enjoyed every minute of it but after I moved to NC I felt that I am connected to the US. CA is great but it feels like another country with it's own problems and issues that hearing about rain in the summer and floods and hurricanes is very foreign. I used to say "why do people want to live in these other states?" Well, now I know.
 
Old 05-02-2014, 06:16 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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If I lived in Illinois or Connecticut I'd want to get the hell out too. In fact, if I lived anywhere east of the Mississippi River I'd want to get the hell out.
Somebody sent me an unsigned rep comment about my post above stating, "Finally we agree on something". Was that you, Happy in Wyoming?
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