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Old 02-14-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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Hey, I have a brother and sister on food stamps. And both are college educated too. Of course one has a degree in philosophy, the other in English.
There's a lot one can do with an English degree. It opens plenty of doors.

Philosophy, on the other hand...
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Old 02-25-2012, 10:58 PM
 
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You're right, the Moreno Valley does have the look I like. But now that I think about it, it could feel a little isolated out there. I kind of liked all that noise, hustle and bustle of LA proper, especially in Hollywood. I know I'm all over the place, I just like so many areas of greater Los Angeles. Probably a good overall balance for me would be the San Fernando Valley, maybe North Hollywood or Van Nuys. Like Fontucky said, it's all going to feel much browner and drier when you're from the southeast US, especially in the summer.

I can't wait for my trip to Arizona though. Phoenix definitely has the look I like, but I'm just curious if it's a big enough city to make you feel content there. I'll know soon enough. I know one thing, I flew over PHX at night on my way to LA, and it looked huge.
The good thing about So, CA is a lot is just a short drive away.
Say you live in Riverside... You could be at the beach, LA area, the mountains or the dessert in a couple of hours.

But I agree with others... SanBernardino is probably not what you've imagined on the big screen.
Some parts of Highland might be ok.
If you go back to wanting the desert... I'd recommend Palm Desert/Palm Springs area (at least Spring Break if nothing else).
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ
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The good thing about So, CA is a lot is just a short drive away.
Say you live in Riverside... You could be at the beach, LA area, the mountains or the dessert in a couple of hours.

But I agree with others... SanBernardino is probably not what you've imagined on the big screen.
Some parts of Highland might be ok.
If you go back to wanting the desert... I'd recommend Palm Desert/Palm Springs area (at least Spring Break if nothing else).
I need to think big and quit this business of cheap living in the middle of nowhere. I'm studying accounting in college, but I took a break this semester to recalibrate my head. But I could easily be done within 2 years, I need to switch it into high gear again.

I wish I could get my parents out of Florida too. My mom, who I actually room with, sold her condo and is sitting on about $50K. But she doesn't want to buy another place in FL, she likes the idea of living out west where it's dry and she can breath easier. She said she's just waiting for me to finish college, I feel like the ball is in my court.
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Old 02-26-2012, 10:44 AM
 
Location: GLAMA
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It's certainly dry. Especially this season. Spend one Summer on our bone-dry heat, and you'll never be able to stand Fla humidity again.
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Old 02-27-2012, 06:02 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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San Bernardino is a toilet.....PERIOD.
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Old 02-27-2012, 09:16 PM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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San Bernardino is a toilet.....PERIOD.
Having grown up in San Bernardino, I can say there was a time 50 years ago when it was a nice place to live.

Now... well, I'm not sure it is a toilet, but I do think if God decided Earth needed an enema, He might choose San Bernardino for the point of application.
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:30 PM
 
Location: state of enlightenment
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Just looking at maps and numbers Hesperia looks like a good value tho a bit out of the way. There's an interesting alternative housing community: Cal-Earth - The California Institute of Earth Art and Architecture
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Old 02-29-2012, 03:57 PM
 
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Does San Bernardino have a brown and dry look to it in the summer? Do the summers feel hot and dry? As you can tell by my dumb user name I quickly came up with, I'm in search of a brown and dry place in the western US. 38 years of living in the swamps of Florida haven driven me to the polar opposite. My other requirement is that I want to be near LA. It's not that I would drive to Hollywood every night, but it sure is nice to know it's an hours drive away (is that about right?). I'm actually leaving for Phoenix, AZ next month to check it out. I like the looks of PHX a lot.
PHX has a lot of hardcore industrial areas that look like this:
auto salvage - Google Maps
I know it's an ugly scene but for some reason I find it appealing. It looks like the final scene in that movie Death Race. I just wish I could find this kind of look closer to LA. Maybe San Berdoo would have the look I want? In google maps it still looks a little green for me but those images were taken in the winter time, you can see snow on the mountains. I thought about Lancaster and the Coachella Valley but they're so isolated and there probably aren't any jobs there. And I don't plan on having kids so I'm not overly concerned about gangs and schools. I can handle myself fine.
AZ is a good thought-tucson, as well as phoenix-and it's 2 hours south of phx, so you can check it out while you're there! otherwise, palmsprings, as others said.....

It's not quite desert, but you could try temecula and murrieta, in south riverside county. the location is suitable for 60 min drives to san diego proper and less than that to north SD county beaches. Desert and mountains are close by, as well. Better than san bernardino, decent air quality, dry enough but not parched dry. I mean, I know FLA is super humid; i come from the east coast originally, but you don't need to go the complete opposite end of the spectrum to enjoy drier temps. I was just in AZ last week, and I love it, but man is it DRY. However, if you are looking for less green, then near palm springs, so you will have the job opportunities. Heck, what about Fresno, for that matter? Bakersfield? All pretty brown, dry and industrial!
Good luck to you-sounds like you are heading in the right direction!

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Old 02-29-2012, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Yucaipa, California
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Redlands & loma linda are nice cities. Just avoid east redlands & the area around walmart.
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Old 03-01-2012, 02:36 AM
 
Location: IE CA.
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I moved here from Florida and my asthma and allergies are sooo much better. I am not sick as much and don't have to live with my emergency inhaler at all times. The stuff about SB is correct. I would not assume because you can take care of yourself you will be fine anywhere; I have seen that get people into trouble. Moreno Valley and Riverside County might be right. SD is not so far. Definitely a different vibe then LA. Sounds like Phoenix is a good fit though.
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