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Old 08-31-2010, 05:06 PM
 
Location: Lake Arlington Heights, IL
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Madison compared to Austin. Both are vibrant, lean more liberal, are State capitols and home to large State university. Austin has "Hill Country", west of Madison is Blue Mound, many scenic, hilly areas, numerous state parks and north is even more. WI is ranked a top 5 state for bicyclists and is great for both roadies and mountain bikers. WI has a ton of state bike trails as well. Very outdoor activity oriented state with friendly people and many wonderful small towns. Being a runner, I agree with PP that it can be easier to do outdoor activities during winter than during brutally hot weather. Unless it is one of the handful of brutal cold days, I find it easier to run when it's 20's/30's then when it's 90's/100's. Austin is a good town for cyclists, but Madison is as good, if not better.
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Old 11-25-2010, 08:16 AM
 
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Well, get ready to live with a lot less jing in your wallet too. If you like seasons, you'll get by, but you will eventually get tired of 6 months where you can't do anything outside. Property taxes are going to blow your mind, especially coming from the south. Get ready to add $400 a month to your house payment for a decent house or live in a cracker box. Unfortunately the bad outweighed the good for us. High cost of living and harsh winters turned us into 'damn yankees' and we are lovin it!
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Old 11-30-2010, 06:25 PM
 
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The people in Austin are sooo friendly. what do you want to leave it for? It's not that way here at all. People here think their poop don't stink. When we lived in southern Texas, we knew all our neighbors and we're invited to all their homes. We've been here in Wi. for 5 years and have not seeing the inside of anyone's house! This is after invited two of them to our home. They tend to stick with relatives and old friends. In Texas, noone is a stranger and everyone talks to you in the stores, You won't find that here!!! The weather is awful unless you like freezing your butt off and shoveling, yuk. We find it a very unpleasant bore. Thankfully we have a vacation home in the South to retreat to.
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Old 11-30-2010, 07:17 PM
 
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The people in Austin are sooo friendly. what do you want to leave it for? It's not that way here at all. People here think their poop don't stink. When we lived in southern Texas, we knew all our neighbors and we're invited to all their homes. We've been here in Wi. for 5 years and have not seeing the inside of anyone's house! This is after invited two of them to our home. They tend to stick with relatives and old friends. In Texas, noone is a stranger and everyone talks to you in the stores, You won't find that here!!! The weather is awful unless you like freezing your butt off and shoveling, yuk. We find it a very unpleasant bore. Thankfully we have a vacation home in the South to retreat to.
Couldn't agree more!
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Old 11-30-2010, 10:25 PM
 
Location: houston, tx
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I've been following Txpackerbacker's blogs with interest. I'm a native Texan but spent my happiest years growing up in Evanston, Ill. Now after 31 years of practicing law in Houston I'm considering purchasing property in Gays Mills. I hope to "semi-retire" and take pro bono cases as my way of paying for a pretty good ride through life.

Houston is a hot, crowded and hostile environment. Also becoming more dangerous. I don't know a soul in Crawford Co. but look forward to the adventure and change of pace. Any suggestions or comments about this rather audacious leap of faith?
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Old 12-01-2010, 09:33 PM
 
Location: Two Rivers, Wisconsin
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Different strokes for different folks, I guess. I moved to Wisc. after living in NE Illinois all my life. People are friendly, helpful, everyone talks while waiting in line in stores and I have great neighbors. I haven't found anyone unfriendly, or rude because I'm from Illinois (people scared me about that)!

We don't all socialize but I don't want people stopping by my house to visit all the time either. I do things regularly with my one neighbor and others come by to chit chat when I'm out in the yard. I have no regrets about small town living, 12,000, but the quiet, safety, cleanliness, and good hearted people just can't be beat.

To the previous poster, go for it! I moved 3 yrs. ago, cold turkey, and I love it! I have no family in the area, didn't know a soul and it has been fine. My sister is 180 miles from me, and I did not want to go that far north. She left Illinois in 2000 for Michigan and I did not want her weather! We do not get 6 months of bad weather (4 maybe). People love to exagerate, I mowed my lawn in November. I consider bad weather to be Dec.-March but not enough reason to be indoors all the time. Kids around here play outside, I see folks taking kids up town in wagons in the dead of winter, bundled up but everyone out walking, doing things together. I had 125 kids for Halloween most times both parents with the kids, not just one, something to be said about small town living.

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Old 12-03-2010, 02:34 PM
 
Location: The house on the hill
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We moved to Wisconsin from Houston, TX this summer and have been here five months now. I am happier than I have ever been. WI has been wonderful. The summer was awesome and so far we are embracing the cooler weather and taking up some winter sports. I have never spent so much time outdoors. We have invested in snow pants, heavy coats, boots, wool socks and warm gloves. The people here are also very friendly.
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Old 12-03-2010, 02:40 PM
 
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They are friendly to outsiders. They know you're from "Texas", but if you were a fellow Wisconsite and weren't up to their "image', forget it.
This is what I mean by Wisconsinites. Someone on here reported me as having duplicate accounts. NASTY person that they are, but like I said, Wisconsinites are not happy people and love conflict and PUNISHMENT is their forte! They need something called "A LIFE". I'm beginning to wonder if it's the nationality of the people here, Goiman or Polish? Ya think? NOW watch this same person get "offended" with their thin skin. LOL. What a joke. CHILL OUT guy/girl, life is too short, sweetie pie.
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Old 12-03-2010, 03:27 PM
 
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I've been following Txpackerbacker's blogs with interest. I'm a native Texan but spent my happiest years growing up in Evanston, Ill. Now after 31 years of practicing law in Houston I'm considering purchasing property in Gays Mills. I hope to "semi-retire" and take pro bono cases as my way of paying for a pretty good ride through life.

Houston is a hot, crowded and hostile environment. Also becoming more dangerous. I don't know a soul in Crawford Co. but look forward to the adventure and change of pace. Any suggestions or comments about this rather audacious leap of faith?
Gays Mills had some major flooding on different occasions.

Gays Mills Hit Hard By Flooding | Today's TMJ4 - Milwaukee, Wisconsin News, Weather, Sports, WTMJ | Local News
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Old 12-03-2010, 04:11 PM
 
Location: houston, tx
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i have been following the flooding. the property i want has remained high and dry, fortunately. the area is so beautiful. but yes, i should be concerned about the flooding.
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