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Old 05-01-2011, 01:04 AM
 
Location: Tennessee/Michigan
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Life in the country is cheaper and has fewer distractions.

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Old 05-01-2011, 09:05 AM
 
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I need distractions. Otherwise the voices start taking over.
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Old 05-01-2011, 11:56 AM
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Location: Bel Air, California
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I need distractions. Otherwise the voices start taking over.
I recently got a new burn barrel.
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Old 05-01-2011, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Somewhere in northern Alabama
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He leaves out jobs and worker pay. Pollyanna would be proud.
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Old 05-01-2011, 03:56 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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The country is a bad place to need a conventional "job." Better to work for yourself and be more self-reliant.
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Old 05-01-2011, 04:30 PM
 
Location: Boonies
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John1960. Living in the country is great, however, it can be a pain in the butt to get to the stores, and the commute to work. Unfortunately gas isn't cheap.
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Old 05-02-2011, 07:08 AM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I like it rural.

Property taxes are much lower, no HOAs, few zoning restrictions, and we see a lot of wildlife [eagle, deer, turkey, moose, bear, etc].
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:30 PM
 
Location: Nebraska
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Gotta say my life is healthier since we really went rural.
The whole county has less than 25,000 people... and the town on whose edge we live has a population of 149. They changed the sign when we moved in. There are hundreds of thousands of cattle here, which means I can buy a whole processed steer at 92 cents a pound and put him in the freezer. I buy a whole processed pig at a little higher, but I also have to wait for them to smoke the hams for a minimum of two weeks. We eat locally grown foods, and our own chickens and eggs, and sell the extra eggs for $1 a dozen. The Turkeys are wild and free to shoot, and there are so many of them they are considered nuisances. (The nieghbors get irritated when they roost in the trees and crap on their cars and roofs, or chase their small children.) We have antelope and nice big deer, too. The best things are - no WalMart in 150 miles, endlessly dead-silent nights, busy days of hard work (they just cut down a bunch of trees in the local park and didn't have anywhere to put them - free firewood for the next two years, and they were so glad to get rid of them that they delivered!) gardening, feeding up, haying, etc. It is healthy hard work, but it is so cheap to live that I am often surprised when I go into the 'big' towns and look at the prices on things! Hear, hear on the no HOAs and property restrictions, beekeeper! I'm working on putting in an orchard right now... next I may have to get those bees!
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Old 05-03-2011, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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SCGranny, you make Nebraska sound like heaven! My family comes from Nebraska, but we've been in California for the last 110 years - but you make me want to go check out the land my family came from! And maybe stay a little while...
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Old 05-04-2011, 07:39 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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I grew up rurally and loved it...unfortunately, jobs for the educated were hard to come by. I worked in print journalism in the area for about seven years, but when I was ready to move on, there was really nothing else to do and nowhere else to go. Apart from banking and health care, neither of which are my fields, the only other work available outside of agriculture was minimum wage cashiering.
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