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Old 02-17-2011, 08:32 AM
 
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Hello everyone! Finally decided to say hi, now that my soon to be wife and I's move is official. We are moving to Bangor in June.

We currently live in Texas (booming economy) and hate it. Not only does DFW have approx 6 million residents, it is being taken over by people from Mexico, Phoenix, and Cali. The schools are bad, and getting worse. There is a strip mall on every corner. And the billboards are slowly being changed to Spanish. We are both from San Antonio and fled there right after college. It was odd living in a town that had over 1 million people and only 25 to 30% were white.

Some say I am a contrarian. I do root for the underdog, and typically flee the masses. We just held the superbowl, I left town to get away from the stupidity. So when most people look at me crazy and ask why We choose Maine, I think to my self, "Well, for one because not many are thinking of moving there."

My fiancée has lined up her job, so now I search for living arrangements, and a job for me. Lawmom, if you read this I would be interested in knowing more about the house you are putting on the market.

Anyways, glad to be aboard and looking forward to seasons rather than warm and HOT! Glad to be rid of 40+ days over 100.
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Old 02-17-2011, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Well, you certainly will have a change in the weather! Bangor is a nice "small city". Coming from the population in DFW it may seem more of a "town" to you. There is just about every store you could want in Bangor and the "traffic" will most likely seem non-existent to you. There is little racial diversity in Bangor as compaired to DFW. The schools (imo) are good andthe people are great.
Good luck on the big move. I hope all works out well for you.
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:05 AM
 
Location: Maine
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Welcome to the Maine forum!

Bangor will seem so tiny to you! But it is a nice small city, and I enjoyed living there. I will PM you about the house...
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:07 AM
 
Location: Teton Valley Idaho
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We lived in the Bangor area for 15 years, and I loved it. It's a great area for families too. Keep us updated and congratulations!
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Old 02-17-2011, 09:30 AM
 
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I went to college in a town of about 30,000 so it will kinda similar in size. Everyone would flee on the weekend for "something" to do in Dallas. It was only an hour from Dallas so not truly comparable, but at least some similarity.

We visited back in October. The air was so crisp. I have been to the Jackson hole area of Wyoming many times and I would compare the temps and air quality to be about the same. Jackson has a much higher cost of living though!

We went to a trivia night at a local pub in downtown bangor, and it was alot of fun, and everyone we met was very friendly. Considering Texas is supposed to be the friendly state, that does say something. But with all the growth Texas has experienced it has changed. While Maine barely grows, and therefore remains fairly unchanged. "the way life should be" struck a chord.
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Old 02-17-2011, 10:17 AM
 
Location: Northern Maine
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We are putting up a new sign as you come into Maine:

"Maine is Open For Business."

Most of us live here because we think this is indeed the way life should be, but we need reliable jobs. Maine is now far more job friendly than it was just three months ago.
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Old 02-17-2011, 11:59 AM
 
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There is healthy balance between no development, and let the builders/developers do whatever they want like in Texas. Here the state will even side with a "business interest" and use eminent domain to seize property, then sell it to developers. If that is not disrespecting private property rights, I don't know what is.

I am more libertarian than Republican, especially after gov Perry wanted the "transtexascorridor." his plan was to eminent domain streches of ranch land that had been in families generations, then allow a foreign company, from Spain, which donated to his campaign to build a toll road, that the company kept over 50% of the toll rather than the state, and had no sunset clause as to when it would no longer be tolled. Oh yea, the taxpayers were going to pay for most of the road too. That sure was a raw deal. It was killed, but still left a bad taste in your mouth, how a limited government/limited interference politician could not only support, but propose such a ridiculous plan.

/rant off

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Old 02-17-2011, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Maine
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Well, I'm keeping my mouth shut about our new gov. Here, at least. So far, anyway, I've been a good girl, lol.
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Welcome!

I hope that you have a job lined up?
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Old 02-17-2011, 03:27 PM
 
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The soon to be Mrs. does. She is the breadwinner, lol. I now start my search for a 2nd income. Her new employment will bring in enough to support us, until I find something if I have not found anything between now and then.
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