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Old 04-18-2018, 07:13 AM
 
Location: In the hot spot!
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Yeah I probably do. I’ve had my “fill” of desert living, been here for almost 10 years now & the honeymoon is definitely over. I like the laid back, somewhat “west coast” vibe & most of the people I’ve met are cool, although the ones who think this is paradise are crazy to me, I think the heat warps your brain after a while.

I’m a pretty big weather buff so for someone like me this is pretty much the most boring place you could be. Everyday is the same, it’s like the movie Groundhog Day.
If you enjoy dramatic changes in the weather then I see why you would consider it boring. Our weather does change, but it is nothing like the weather back east or midwest. Monsoon season is when our weather is most active. (If we get a good rainy season.) Otherwise, you are pretty much gonna get sunny days for most of the year, which I enjoy! I do miss fall, though.
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Old 04-19-2018, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Peoria, AZ
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Yeah I probably do. I’ve had my “fill” of desert living, been here for almost 10 years now & the honeymoon is definitely over. I like the laid back, somewhat “west coast” vibe & most of the people I’ve met are cool, although the ones who think this is paradise are crazy to me, I think the heat warps your brain after a while.

I’m a pretty big weather buff so for someone like me this is pretty much the most boring place you could be. Everyday is the same, it’s like the movie Groundhog Day.
That's pretty much the same for me except I've lived in Arizona for 16 years (Phoenix for 10).

Phoenix is a good place for those who like outdoor recreation, dining, clubbing, golf, and high end shopping. It's also a place for those who don't like frigid winters and show and ice.

However, in my opinion, if you don't live in Scottsdale or Paradise Valley and make more than $120,000 - $140,000/year most of Phoenix is analogous to every other sunbelt metropolitan area.

I also say the income part because the traditional public schools here are bad (except for maybe 2 - 3 districts) (and the funding situation / teacher pay situation has finally come to the spotlight after my 16 years here although it doesn't appear that anything productive will be done about it).

I'm ready to move somewhere else (although I'll keep Phoenix in mind as a place I may relocate back to in the future).
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Old 04-24-2018, 04:28 PM
 
Location: NC
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She is right. As one who moved from Charlotte (Loved it so much I thought I would never leave) to Phoenix many years ago, I began longing for what I remembered about living back east. I started talking with my family about moving back to Charlotte and planned a visit. During our visit, we drove around the city and noticed all the new developments and the light rail. We visited friends we hadn't seen in yearz and drove through our old neighborhood to see who was living in our former house. The growth of the city was impressive, but, long story short, we decided Arizona was a better fit for our family at this time.
Westcoastbabe, your feedback to me was spot on during that time. (Even though I struggled to hear it!)

NC is a beautiful state with mountains, a coast and friendly people. We hope to visit...often.
Goolsbyjazz & Westcoastbabe: Awesome. Just more confirmation for me regarding this move, and I am sure I will not regret it. I've been to Charlotte several times (more so as a young teenager, but I was hanging out with my older sister in her apt) ... and as an adult I never knew anyone who lived there (b/c my sister got married & moved to Cary, NC). Charlotte has always scared me.. lol. Maybe it was traffic stories that kept me away. =) ..... Nonetheless, NC IS a great state!

Several keep mentioning Tucson though, so that's definitely on the list to visit either late this year or early next year. My ex neighbor actually mentioned driving through Tucson some years ago (she moved here from CA) and told me to consider visiting it b/c she said it grew quite a bit . .. And my old office manager told me her dad is retired, lives in Scottsdale & loves it. ------ these 2 women are the ones to pointed me to AZ in the first place. =)
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Old 04-24-2018, 06:49 PM
 
Location: NC
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Yeah I probably do. I’ve had my “fill” of desert living, been here for almost 10 years now & the honeymoon is definitely over. I like the laid back, somewhat “west coast” vibe & most of the people I’ve met are cool, although the ones who think this is paradise are crazy to me, I think the heat warps your brain after a while.

I’m a pretty big weather buff so for someone like me this is pretty much the most boring place you could be. Everyday is the same, it’s like the movie Groundhog Day.
LOL!!!! Dude.... You sound depressed! ... Well, maybe NC will bring you back to life... the ice/wind/rain will bring your brain back to life if it's gotten fried by the sun in AZ... hahaha! *Nudge* Take a trip out here, maybe to the Outer Banks (if you like the coast), or any section of Blue Ridge Parkway (especially in the fall). It's a beautiful site to see and you may never grow tired of those beautiful fall leaves. Now that is something I'm definitely going to miss.....
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Old 04-24-2018, 07:02 PM
 
Location: NC
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If you enjoy dramatic changes in the weather then I see why you would consider it boring. Our weather does change, but it is nothing like the weather back east or midwest. Monsoon season is when our weather is most active. (If we get a good rainy season.) Otherwise, you are pretty much gonna get sunny days for most of the year, which I enjoy! I do miss fall, though.
Goolsbyjazz: I know, I LOVE sunny days. For the past 3 months, we've had so many cloudy/dreary/rainy days, it's not even funny. Seems like we've only had 20 sunny days out of 90? ... Beautiful this past weekend, but more rain & clouds all day today. Ohhh, but one cool thing I did get to experience about 6 or 7 yrs ago was thundersnow!!!! Now THAT was cool. ... How long have you been in AZ now? I was just realizing that I'm going to miss the Fall leaves of NC. =( .... It's ok though.
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Old 04-25-2018, 12:39 AM
 
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Goolsbyjazz: I know, I LOVE sunny days. For the past 3 months, we've had so many cloudy/dreary/rainy days, it's not even funny. Seems like we've only had 20 sunny days out of 90? ... Beautiful this past weekend, but more rain & clouds all day today. Ohhh, but one cool thing I did get to experience about 6 or 7 yrs ago was thundersnow!!!! Now THAT was cool. ... How long have you been in AZ now? I was just realizing that I'm going to miss the Fall leaves of NC. =( .... It's ok though.
Been here nearly 20 years.
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