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Old 04-29-2022, 09:43 AM
 
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Hello Wisconsinites (and possible future Wisconsinites!),



I'm originally from northern VA (the DC area), but have lived in Dubuque, IA the past five years. I visited Eau Claire back in late March and absolutely loved it. Yes, I know. There's a difference between visiting a city on vacation and actually living there. But I can picture myself living there for the indefinite future. I have school lined up at CVTC for software development. As for an actual job to pay rent and bills, I've tried applying for some jobs, and they said to get in touch when I'm actually IN Eau Claire. Everyone on Citydata says, "Don't move anywhere without a job" but I think it's a catch-22: You can't move without a job, but you can't get a job unless you move there.



I'm fluent in German almost like a native (in fact, look at my screen name: Eau Claire -> French for "Clear Water" -> "Clear Water" in German is "Klares Wasser". The numbers are just an anagram of my birth year, 1984). I know that UWEC has a good German department, and I certainly plan to be a part of it in some way or another, and there's also the Minneapolis German Meetup (is it safe to go to Minneapolis yet? I wonder if it's "calmed down" over the past two years after all that 2020 civil unrest).



I've had just about all I can take of Iowa. It's not just me - MANY people who move to Iowa from out-of-state end up moving back out in a few years or less. It's so lonely here. I've had a few friends here and there, but they've always been other transplants from elsewhere. And they too move out the first chance they get, so it never lasts long. What's the nicest thing a Wisconsinite has ever done for me? New Year's in Madison, I was at a bar by myself, and a guy invited me to join me at his table with his friends to share a bottle of champagne. Talk about Wisconsin nice! What's the nicest thing an Iowan has ever done for me?.....I'll have to get back to you on that .



One of my main issues with Iowa is all the lifted trucks. Some of them have bumper stickers that convey the message of "Lifted truck and proud of it!" While there's no denying that some Wisconsinites own large, lifted trucks, I'd say for the most part, Wisconsinites use their pickup trucks to actually HAUL stuff, or work/farming/construction. Don't get me wrong - plenty of Iowans use their trucks for work and hauling stuff, but I'd say more often than not, owning/driving a pickup truck in Iowa has very little to do with whether you "need" it or not. Especially a lifted truck (which everyone says they're not ideal for hauling stuff anyway). Oh and yeah...turn signals simply do not exist on lifted trucks in Iowa; maybe one time out of 50. Being from DC, I thought Maryland had the worst drivers until I encountered Iowa pickup drivers (many drivers of smaller pickups are fairly decent, it's mainly larger/lifted trucks that make me "miss" Maryland drivers). Driving in Eau Claire = much less stressful than IA (though I would never say the same about driving in Madison and Milwaukee).



Enough with the rant. Just some questions about Eau Claire:


1) As mentioned, I'll be studying software development. I'm a little disappointed that the job market in Eau Claire is almost the same as Dubuque: food service, retail, and manufacturing/production. Do you or anyone you know actually work a "white-collared" office job, particularly in IT/Web Design? Or will I be working remotely/from home once I get my degree? I don't really want to go that route. I feel I need an office to go to a few days a week (I'm fine with telecommuting 2-3 days a week).


2) I once heard on the radio in Milwaukee that "Wisconsin is one of the best states for singles." What is the radio station's basis for that claim? I'm getting old quick (see birth year above) and I really do want a girlfriend/wife. Not desperate, but I know I have to put myself out there. I'm NOT a big fan of tinder and bumble either. I'd rather meet women in the real world.


3) I'm hoping I can find my own apartment. None of my roommate situations since graduating college have worked out. I've had one roommate threaten to knock me out if I keep up my disrespectful behavior, I've had the opposite problem where I act out and the roommate feels like he's the victim, I always seem to get roommates who bring over their "girlfriend of the week" for you-know-what....I just can't do roommates anymore. I almost feel like I'd rather be homeless than get roommates (I'm way too old to be living with other college students anyway). Unfortunately, it will be more expensive to rent in Eau Claire than Dubuque (but all that means is that I'm paying for a higher quality of life in Eau Claire ). So, there's no guarantee I'll be able to get my own apartment right off the bat, even with student loans and a part-time job as income. Now, obviously, you do not want to be homeless in northern WI in the middle of winter, so does Eau Claire open up "winter shelters," from say, November-April? I know they do in Dubuque (I've never been homeless in Dubuque, but I talked to one homeless person to get his perspective). I know that some years (including this year, 2022), April isn't any warmer than March, so if the shelter closes on April 1st and it's still freezing cold, then what? I shudder to think.


I know that no one will ever have "all the answers," but I just wanted to see if any locals have any opinion on the above three questions. Thank you!
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Old 05-02-2022, 08:44 AM
 
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I presume from the lack of response to this thread that everybody is happy living in Eau Claire and that I'm making the right decision? Otherwise, I'd be getting a lot of naysayers (we human beings are very much "addicted" to negativity and criticism - why do you think the news is always negative?), saying things like:


"No! Don't do it! You're making a mistake. My spouse and I absolutely hate it here!"
"What you're describing is a recipe for disaster."
"Trust me, you'd much rather have roommates than live in a shelter full of unstable, unpredictable, possibly psychotic homeless people. Suck it up and get a roommate if you can't afford an apartment right away."
"You're not going to be able to find a job here, in Web Design or any field. Better hope you get a scholarship or grant to cover your expenses."


But since nobody has butted in to say those things, I'm going to act on the assumption that "no news is good news."
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Old 05-02-2022, 10:21 PM
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Well, the Wisconsin forum is generally pretty quiet for some reason, and Eau Claire isn't all that big.
I don't recall any posters on here that are from there, but there might be one or two lurking.

My opinion: it seems like a nice enough place.
Not sure how drastically different it would be from Dubuque. Maybe it is.
We find WI to be lonely at times (we live in the eastern part) and a tough nut to crack, but the quality of life is quite high.
You speaking German and going to bars gives you a leg up that we don't have.
They're all about ethnic backgrounds here. And beer. It's something I've never given much thought to growing up in the south, where we all just considered ourselves 'muricans or more accurately, southerners. I'm not fully certain where all my ancestors come from anyway.
Up here, it's all about the German, Polish, Dutch, ect., whatever, and they all have their little festivals to celebrate that.
It's interesting for sure, but after a while I realize that doesn't resonate at all.

Can't speak to the singles scene. If it truly is one of the best states for singles, I'd be surprised, especially for a thirty-something. Good place to go to college perhaps.
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Old 05-05-2022, 12:51 PM
 
Location: Kronenwetter Wisconsin
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Eau Claire is home to UW Eau Claire so quite a few places that cater to the younger crowd. I live about 2 hours east of Eau Claire. We do go there to shop as they have Woodmans and Farm and Fleet.
I do like the area. They have some nice parks. It is also not that far from the Twin Cities.
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Old 05-05-2022, 07:03 PM
 
Location: Rural Wisconsin
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I presume from the lack of response to this thread that everybody is happy living in Eau Claire and that I'm making the right decision? Otherwise, I'd be getting a lot of naysayers (we human beings are very much "addicted" to negativity and criticism - why do you think the news is always negative?), saying things like:


"No! Don't do it! You're making a mistake. My spouse and I absolutely hate it here!"
"What you're describing is a recipe for disaster."
"Trust me, you'd much rather have roommates than live in a shelter full of unstable, unpredictable, possibly psychotic homeless people. Suck it up and get a roommate if you can't afford an apartment right away."
"You're not going to be able to find a job here, in Web Design or any field. Better hope you get a scholarship or grant to cover your expenses."


But since nobody has butted in to say those things, I'm going to act on the assumption that "no news is good news."
One thing you will learn if you continue to monitor the Wisconsin forum is that this is one of the "deadest" forums on City-Data, I think. Wisconsinites, for whatever reason, just don't post much here.

But FWIW, my husband and I moved from metro Denver to another part of Wisconsin two years ago, and we could not be happier. (Sorry, I don't know anything about Eau Claire, though.)
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Old 05-05-2022, 10:39 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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Exactly!

I think you should consider Illinois, or border of Illinois/Wisconsin.

WHAT is with the apathy of the entire State of Wisconsites to contribute on these forums? Maybe that's a sign that this is a YAWN kind of State.

But, maybe that's what you're looking for?!?

As for me, I'm fortunate enough as a Milwaukeean to be close enough to Illinois. Heck, I just got back from going there for dinner tonight.... Go to The Shanty, in Wadsworth, Illinois..... Fabulous!
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Old 05-06-2022, 02:47 AM
 
Location: The Driftless Area, WI
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I'm way too old now to know or worry about the singles scene in WI (although I was a regular John Revolta back in the Disco Days) but my impression is that the news article proclaiming WI to be great for singles really meant to say it's great if you intend to stay single.

You're pushin' 40 now. Most people your age are either raising families, single by choice or single by default for good reason. It'll be difficult to find commonality with others in your age group wherever you go-- but chances are better with a larger population to select from. No small town will offer your best chances.


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One thing you will learn if you continue to monitor the Wisconsin forum is that this is one of the "deadest" forums on City-Data, I think. Wisconsinites, for whatever reason, just don't post much here.
Perhaps this anecdote from my own early childhood explains it--

When I was born, I didn't cry when the doctor slapped me. In fact, I didn't vocalize at all in my early childhood. My parents worried. They took me to doctors & specialists. They could find nothing wrong, so everyone just assumed I was mute...Until one cold winter morning when I was five....

My mother made Farina for breakfast. I took one spoonful, made a face, and spit it back in the bowl. I shoved the bowl across the table and said "This farina has LUMPS in it!..I'm NOT eating it!"

!!! "You can talk!" my mother cried...."Of course I can talk," I answered...."Then why haven't you said anything for these five years?"..."Because up until now, everything has been OK."
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Old 05-06-2022, 04:52 AM
 
Location: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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guidoLaMoto, thank you for the bits of humor you throw into your comments! Helped me get ready to start this last day of the work week!

Sorry for my comment last night that went off Eau Claire topic.... But I had read a comment that there's not much commentary on the Wisconsin forums... Which sadly kind of is true.

Plus, I was off topic from my Cinco de Mayo celebrating.... Happy Mexican, hiccup, Independence Day!!.... Let's celebrate again on September 16th, right?!?

Any good Mexican restaurants in Eau Claire??
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Old 05-06-2022, 08:37 AM
 
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One thing you will learn if you continue to monitor the Wisconsin forum is that this is one of the "deadest" forums on City-Data, I think. Wisconsinites, for whatever reason, just don't post much here.
I have found that they are far more active on Skyscrapercity. The Milwaukee local forum there has had 99,000 posts and 20 million views, by far the most activity of any Midwest city on Skyscrapercity, while the Madison forum has had 5,000 posts/887k views and Green Bay has had 22,000 posts/2 million views well ahead of cities like Cleveland, Columbus, Kansas City, St Louis, and Cincinnati by sheer number of posts and views. For some reason Wisconsinites are very active on Skyscrapercity, but not here. I usually post questions to Skyscrapercity when I want a quick and detailed response on places in Wisconsin. It is a fantastic state.

For Milwaukee they even have subforums on local politics, transportation, non-development related news and off-topic stuff, retail, the Hop Streetcar, and parks and greenways. The passion for the folks over there actually helped convinced me to take a trip to Milwaukee last year and definitely plan to go back! Btw, I am in Virginia so glad to hear about another Virginian with interest in Wisconsin. I too speak German and have family in Germany I visit every year. I have a couple books on Milwaukee in particular and it's fascinating the history of German immigration there and how it was once known as das Deutsch-Athen Amerikas. Eau Claire is definitely a place I would like to visit someday as well. Good luck!

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Old 05-06-2022, 10:52 AM
 
Location: Kronenwetter Wisconsin
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We always go to this place for Mexican.....it is in Chippewa Falls but that is close. Casa Mexicana. Very good food.
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