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Old 08-05-2009, 06:40 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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Curmudgeon, you sound like so many others who have come here because they visited once or twice before and thought it beautiful and quaint, slow-paced and laid-back, cheap and easy. Then life got hard and they began complaining and then went away. Remember our friend Nexxie who couldn't find happiness in a beautiful home on 120 acres next to the Gasconade? Here are a couple of her posts to refresh your memory and to slow down others who are reading your posts and thinking about doing what you are preparing to do.


After the leaves fall and this place browns up for the winter, don't come crying to me or any other Missourian that the place is ugly. If we get ice this winter, don't whine that the weather isn't what you expected. When tornadoes strike throughout southern Missouri next spring--and they will--don't get all scaredy cat on us.

You think you've done sufficient research and I hope you have. Welcome and good luck.
There are those of us who fell completely and totally in love with Missouri. I'm just sayin...... It can happen.
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:42 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Glad to hear you have arrived in the Show-Me State!

Missouri may be green, green, green now, but come mid-November it will be brown, brown, brown [see attached picture]

I love how the seasons change here though, and can't wait for fall and winter after spending two years in Texas with only two seasons! I'm always amazed at just how different the landscapes look during every season...it is almost like living in 4 totally different areas.
I think that's the key - four distinct seasons. There are only two in most of CA as well. Looking forward to doubling our pleasure; doubling our fun!
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Old 08-05-2009, 07:49 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Curmudgeon, you sound like so many others who have come here because they visited once or twice before and thought it beautiful and quaint, slow-paced and laid-back, cheap and easy. Then life got hard and they began complaining and then went away. Remember our friend Nexxie who couldn't find happiness in a beautiful home on 120 acres next to the Gasconade? Here are a couple of her posts to refresh your memory and to slow down others who are reading your posts and thinking about doing what you are preparing to do.

After the leaves fall and this place browns up for the winter, don't come crying to me or any other Missourian that the place is ugly. If we get ice this winter, don't whine that the weather isn't what you expected. When tornadoes strike throughout southern Missouri next spring--and they will--don't get all scaredy cat on us.

You think you've done sufficient research and I hope you have. Welcome and good luck.
Thank you OB, on all counts - your concerns, the welcome and the luck.

You needn't be concerned for me. Used to winter drab, been through ice storms many times and survived a tornado that came within a couple of feet of our house. I think we can handle it!

But if not, you'll be the first to know.
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Old 08-05-2009, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Near West Plains, MO
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The first time after moving there was a huge tornado outbreak in the Ozarks I was petrified for months and months, and nothing ever came close to our area. It can scare the crap out of you for sure!! Those storms just keep rolling through, all tornadic. Oh the ice storm was a
joy too - not. But know what? We ain't moving - LOL!
Welcome to Missouri, hope you find the house you love!
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:34 AM
 
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What...do you have a file folder labeled..."unhappy posts"?

What a life you lead....
No, OB brings some much needed balance to these discussions. Just because someone isn't all rah-rah cheerleading, doesn't mean their posts aren't useful. People contemplating a big change in their lives need to hear all the aspects - not just pretty pictures.
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Old 08-06-2009, 07:43 AM
 
Location: Branson-Hollister-Kimberling City
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No, OB brings some much needed balance to these discussions. Just because someone isn't all rah-rah cheerleading, doesn't mean their posts aren't useful. People contemplating a big change in their lives need to hear all the aspects - not just pretty pictures.
I absolutely agree, Silvermouse. If you read my posts, and the posts of many others, you'll find both positive and negative feedback about the area. No place is perfect, I think we can all agree!

The Rolla resident in question, however, appears to post ONLY negative and appears (to me) to lie in wait for some optimistic adventurer to show themselves to pounce on the pixie dust with a fire hose of negativity and sarcasm! I've been around long enough to see other nay-sayers take all the fun out of this kind of discussion before. We've lost some of the most wonderful CD regulars because of one person with an axe to grind and too much time on their hands.

Forgive my frustration, please? OB has many wonderful qualities and is a great addition to this board! (Love ya, man...)

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Old 08-06-2009, 08:53 AM
 
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I absolutely agree, Silvermouse. If you read my posts, and the posts of many others, you'll find both positive and negative feedback about the area. No place is perfect, I think we can all agree!

The Rolla resident in question, however, appears to post ONLY negative and appears (to me) to lie in wait for some optimistic adventurer to show themselves to pounce on the pixie dust with a fire hose of negativity and sarcasm! I've been around long enough to see other nay-sayers take all the fun out of this kind of discussion before. We've lost some of the most wonderful CD regulars because of one person with an axe to grind and too much time on their hands.

Forgive my frustration, please? OB has many wonderful qualities and is a great addition to this board! (Love ya, man...)
Perhaps, but when I first signed on city data, anyone that strayed from the cheerleaders party line were chastised pretty quickly. I'm sure many wonderful people were run off from that attitude too.

I like the balance of both ways because it is a wonderful state but it's not the Mayberry a person from another state sometimes expect. Also, as OB points out, Missourians are not standing out in their yards with open arms anxious for all these transplants to move here. Frankly I if I were to move to another state, I would appreciate hearing negatives too.
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Old 08-06-2009, 09:55 AM
 
Location: MO Ozarkian in NE Hoosierana
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As in all things, there are different perspectives. As seen in other threads, as in life, one person's dream (paradise) is another's Hades... if not immediately, potentially eventually it could be.

Likewise, there are also different desires. One person may want the rural feel of an area, but still want fast commuting to bigger city for shopping, entertainment, sports, etc., while another wants nothing to do with ticks & chiggers & such.

And yes, indeed, balance is great AND necessary - it helps those requesting knowledge to hear more flavours, more thoughts, more replies, from all sides of the potential new place. However, what I for one [speaking here as a mod, but even as a person/member] do not appreciate is when a reply is stereotyping others, or when the reply is more than just a tad rude. Being negative and sharing the pitfalls of an area is one thing, and welcomed, but in an honest non-defamatory non-insulting manner, esp. against others.

For those that may not remember or haven't read it at all, I refer you to the following material from the ToS for this forum:

Be civil, no personal attacks, flaming, or insults. We may attack ideas (politely) but we do not attack the speaker of the idea. Be careful with your words, there is a point where being direct crosses a line into blunt, in-your-face hostility. Please, report bad posts instead of engaging in flame wars on the boards. Insulting another member or a moderator will not be tolerated anywhere on this website. This includes Direct Messages and Reputation Comments.

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Hate speech, racism or bashing of ANY sort will NOT be tolerated. Rude posts will be removed and infractions issued. Do not quote or talk to trolls or your posts will also be deleted. Use the report feature instead.


And yes, it is a mod's duty to uphold the above, while still allowing FRIENDLY and HELPFUL bantering... we are all human, and it is enjoyable and entertaining and fun to partake in such - but not at expense of others or via insults, direct or shaded they may be.
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Old 08-06-2009, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Missouri (southwest Mo.)
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We finally made it after cancelling two earlier trips due to my wife's surgeries. We arrived in Branson late last night and are ready to go look at houses!

First impressions from a Californian: It's green, green, green here; grass, trees, crops, people's lawns, you name it. The highways we traveled are just two lanes in every direction, most have a speed limit of 70 and most people observe it. Traffic doesn't seem to exist and the roadsides are clean, clean, clean. Trucks can also drive the full speed limit and truckers here love to dress-up their rigs with lots of exra lights in amber and red. They used to do that in California but naturally, there's now a law against it.

It was fairly flat until we headed south from Springfield and hit the hills of the Ozarks. Then it was like a roller coaster ride up and down the hills. Shortly we were in lake country -- Table Rock, Bull Shoals and Taneycomo, and then Branson. The entire way from Kansas City there was water; rivers, streams, branches, Truman Lake, Stockton Lake, ponds, etc.

A couple of things we noticed: They take seriously and preserve history here with museums of all sorts, halls of fame, historical parks and preservation; it's nice to see, as were all the tall flagpoles in front of houses proudly flying our country's flag; people thanking me for my service (noticed my cap), et al.

I think we're going to like it here A LOT! Lunch with Lake Junkie and the adventure begins!

So why did you choose to move to Mo from Ca? My boyfriend is from Texas and is ALWAYS trying to get me to move to Texas but I have no desire to leave Missouri!
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Old 08-06-2009, 12:39 PM
 
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So why did you choose to move to Mo from Ca? My boyfriend is from Texas and is ALWAYS trying to get me to move to Texas but I have no desire to leave Missouri!
Despite having lived in CA for a while, Curmudgeon is at heart, a good ole boy. Add to that fact he already has a toga - it makes him really hard to beat.
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