Getting away from things

El-Jaro El-Jaro
Where would you go if you could get away from where you live now?
MI is really the worst state ever for getting a non-service industry job. I really wanna get away from the state and start in another state. Any ideas/suggestions/comm ents/snarky responses?
11/23/2009
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Saraid Saraid
Well, I am getting away from my state, but am not sure where to as of yet. My partner has applied for about 35 professor jobs ranging from Maine to California, so we'll see where we end up.

I can't really help you on getting jobs as I don't even know how my state (Indiana) is on that. Good luck!
11/23/2009
Victoria Victoria
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Originally posted by El-Jaro
Where would you go if you could get away from where you live now?
MI is really the worst state ever for getting a non-service industry job. I really wanna get away from the state and start in another state. Any ideas/suggestions/comm ents/snarky ... More
I personally love Philadelphia - not just bc I live here. It's navigable, has so much to offer regarding arts and culture, you get all 4 distinct seasons, it's close to NYC, DC, and AC. It's big enough but not too big. There are such varying neighborhoods, from very urban to semi-suburban. I've been here 15 years and still love it. Like any city, it has the normal annoyances: parking, noise, trash - but not everywhere, and not all the time.
11/23/2009
Victoria Victoria
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Originally posted by Saraid
Well, I am getting away from my state, but am not sure where to as of yet. My partner has applied for about 35 professor jobs ranging from Maine to California, so we'll see where we end up.

I can't really help you on getting jobs as ... More
Any apps for a PA university? We could start a reviewer meetup
11/23/2009
Envy Envy
I'm in Cali and I really don't like it. Sure it has good weather but most of the time the people suck. They're rude, there's a lot of gangs around (I live near LA and Compton), and even though there's the ocean nearby, I've never been an ocean person. I prefer forests and seclusion, and California is too expensive to really live in unless you have a really good job or quiet a few roomates.

My boyfriend lives in Alabama which I visited and loved. It's woodsy, it's hot which I don't mind, it rains a lot which I love, and the people are generally way nicer. I just worry about how I'd be accepted since I have a different religion and would basically be in the middle of the bible belt. But it's cheaper there and I'd have a much better time trying to make it on my own since Cali doesn't have much in jobs at all now, and if it does, you need experience for the good paying ones, something I do not have, or just don't qualify for. Due to that I can't even afford to get a car to get around to get a better job.

Karma is such a b***h isn't it? Biggest problem too is my dad doesn't want me moving away.
11/23/2009
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by Envy
I'm in Cali and I really don't like it. Sure it has good weather but most of the time the people suck. They're rude, there's a lot of gangs around (I live near LA and Compton), and even though there's the ocean nearby, I've ... More
I'm having car issues too. You need a car to get a decent job, but you need a job to get a decent car...
11/23/2009
Sir Sir
Up north, like Maine or New York. I'm not fond of living in Florida (Flor-i-"duh").
11/23/2009
deceased deceased
Hawaii is the WORST state I have ever lived in. Picture the hottest, most miserable, humid day you have in the summer on the Mainland USA. Now imagine that everyday. Imagine gridlock and construction cranes and jackhammers 24/7. Imagine a filthy strip of beach that is a tent city for the homeless. Imagine a place where everyone hates each other for their nationality or the color of their skin. Imagine a place without gay bars , open roads for motor cycles or a place where humans compete for minimum wage jobs like they were going to be CEOs for Donald Trump. You practically have to be trilingual to work anywhere. (Ilocano, Japanese, English) Imagine a food that costs four times what you pay on the mailand, rent four times what you pay now, and your paycheck 20 percent less. The cost of" paradise". I devote days off to looking for Mainland jobs that don't suck.
11/23/2009
deceased deceased
I'd been trying to get to PA, but you have to fly in or already have a residence there before a hospital will accept you. Someday I will probabley do the travel thing and look for an apartment while I am there. Give all my possessions here to friends and the salvation Army and Tsu Qi.
11/23/2009
El-Jaro El-Jaro
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Originally posted by deceased
Hawaii is the WORST state I have ever lived in. Picture the hottest, most miserable, humid day you have in the summer on the Mainland USA. Now imagine that everyday. Imagine gridlock and construction cranes and jackhammers 24/7. Imagine a filthy ... More
don't hold back now, tell us how you really feel!

that sucks MA. Good Luck!
11/23/2009
Fun Lover Fun Lover
Don't move to California unles you are very rich and have a vast supply of water and wear a bullet proof vest. We are broke and being taxed to death, have no water to drink or grow food, and have to say indoors for fear of being shot at, and then even the drive bys may get you. Will be in Oregon soon.
11/23/2009
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
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Originally posted by Sir
Up north, like Maine or New York. I'm not fond of living in Florida (Flor-i-"duh").
Amen! Florida is probably my least favorite state in the union. Hot, humid beyond description, buggy, crappy economy, crappier services, and unless you've got a lot of cash... boring! I can't wait to get back up north.
11/23/2009
Sir Sir
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Originally posted by Alan & Michele
Amen! Florida is probably my least favorite state in the union. Hot, humid beyond description, buggy, crappy economy, crappier services, and unless you've got a lot of cash... boring! I can't wait to get back up north.
Indeed. Some people here enjoy the hot weather, but I do not like it at all. I love the cold, and I actually was born in Brooklyn, New York. I'd love to go back, take my little girl there someday.
11/23/2009
Sammi Sammi
I'd like to live somewhere warmer, where there were actually 4 seasons instead of 2 (summer & winter), and a little larger. I always thought Arizona, New Mexico, or California would be nice. Even Las Vegas
11/23/2009
LicentiouslyYours LicentiouslyYours
I like Kansas City. It's urban enough that I don't much notice that I live in Kansas. We have tons of arts and culture, good food, good schools and a decent cost of living. We have four seasons, the most pleasant being Spring and Fall. Summer gets a bit too humid for me, but winter is pretty mild, so it's a trade off. A 60 degree day with sunshine in January is not unheard of and it makes for a nice break from the bleak weather.

That said, if money and family were not factors, I'd be in San Francisco tomorrow. The only thing KC doesn't have, that I need, is the ocean (including the fresh seafood).
11/23/2009
deceased deceased
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Originally posted by Fun Lover
Don't move to California unles you are very rich and have a vast supply of water and wear a bullet proof vest. We are broke and being taxed to death, have no water to drink or grow food, and have to say indoors for fear of being shot at, and then ... More
I got shot three times right near Magee with an automatic weopon by 2 guys trying to rob a carpark booth. The guy in the booth I was talking too took all the rest of the hits and died. That was in Philly. I carried a gun most places. They still haven't caught the guys. But the two other shootings I witness earlier that year, I had to go to court as a witness. Its a great city, but its a violent city.
11/23/2009
deceased deceased
After reading this forum, Russia is starting to look like a good place to go back to.
11/23/2009
Heather Heather
Good lord people. Yes Florida is hot and like all states there are some really stupid people there but you do have sun, sand and the west coast like Captiva has sunsets that make you forget about some of the stupid people. Money, didn't cost me a thing to sit on the beach and watch the sun go down. I'm with Victoria though as far as a city in the U.S I love Philly. Yes like all major cities there is some crazy crime but they also have so much more to offer including Misha, some of the best hospitals in the country. I understand some of the teaching hospitals pay some big money and it's a short drive to some great little towns outside the city. And don't forget it is the home of "Spanksgiving Day" parade.
11/24/2009
Nashville Nashville
I live in Virginia thanks to the military and I hate it.

It's disgusting here, the people are rude, I have experienced my fair share of racism (I'm Caucasian), all jobs I've applied for I've been asked if I know or if I could learn Spanish and not offered the position when I said I didn't or couldn't.

It's filthy, overcrowded, and everything is overpriced. We went looking for a home and our price range included run down, dirty shanties in horrible neighborhoods whereas where my sister lives in Tennessee we could get a brand new home with a lot of land and a nice community. There are traffic jams every day because people drive like idiots, speed too much or drink and drive, or they have no comprehension of "zipper effect".

The military base here is awful and civilians hate us, almost every car on the road has an "I hate Jet Noise" bumper sticker and people are quite vocal about how much they hate sailors. Our first day we moved here we got a speeding ticket for going 3 over because we had military stickers- we learned our lesson.

We've had people attempt to break into our car in our own cul-de-sac whereas where I come from you never have to lock your doors because no one harasses you in the country. In our old apartment the maintenance guys walked into our home when they thought we werent home to steal shit. An apartment advertised as 1000 sq feet that was actually only 800 and cost more than BHA.

It's muggy, humid, and one day it's 80 the next it will be 40. The air constantly smells like garbage and the ocean is trash, it's not beautiful in the least.

Super ranty post but I really, REALLY hate Virginia. If I had my way I'd go back home or we'd go live by my sister in TN, the mountains there are beautiful and the people are a whole helluva lot nicer.
11/24/2009
Alan & Michele Alan & Michele
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Originally posted by Heather
Good lord people. Yes Florida is hot and like all states there are some really stupid people there but you do have sun, sand and the west coast like Captiva has sunsets that make you forget about some of the stupid people. Money, didn't cost me a ... More
Ahh... but you have to remember that only the richest can afford to live anywhere near the beach, so for the rest it is about an hour drive to even see it thus you have the expenses of gas, parking, and food. It's more like a planned day trip, and it does cost money. And most of inland Florida is small-town living (unless you're in Orlando), which is about as boring as life gets. It's a heckuva lot different to live here than to vacation here, which is something we found out too late.

Philly is awesome! We were there some years back and it's just such a vibrant city I doubt anyone could get bored there. There was so much to see and do downtown that we just parked the car and enjoyed the walking.
11/24/2009
NuMe NuMe
Well I'm not much help because I want to move away from where we live now. I want to move to a warmer climate. I hate winter!
12/03/2009
giggled giggled
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Originally posted by Victoria
I personally love Philadelphia - not just bc I live here. It's navigable, has so much to offer regarding arts and culture, you get all 4 distinct seasons, it's close to NYC, DC, and AC. It's big enough but not too big. There are such ... More
Ahh! Philly represent. I LOVE this city. We've talked less and less often about moving away and trying out a different city, because the longer we live here, the more we love it. Now it's all about affording a house in the neighborhood(s) we like best.

As for the OP, it really depends on the type of skills you have and the kind of job you want to do. I definitely recommend checking out specialty job sites to see what's available and where. Enjoyment of the state/city usually has more to do with the opportunities available and the luxuries afforded by those opportunities and less to do with the place by itself.

Being a techy/creative nerd right now in Philadelphia is a lot like being a start up website in the early nineties - right place, right time.
12/03/2009
Cinnamon Cinnamon
While there are a ton of places I'd love to visit, I could never live anywhere but Texas! Of course, I never leave the house, so I don't really guess it matters where I live. Although, I do go check my mail occasionally. Lol. Go on, laugh, you know it's funny.
12/03/2009
Jen&Clint Jen&Clint
All I can say is don't move to NC unless you move to the mountains (really nice) The job situation sucks here. Hubby has been out of a job since March due to the layoff's and everything that is hiring is over an hours drive with low pay, we just can't afford to take that hit. So we are stuck living on unemployment for now, but are in luck with finding out that the state will pay for him to go back to school (I hope). TN is nice I really love it there and it is very doable on just about any pay.

We have the chance to move to NY hubby has a friend that lives there and said he can get him a great job but we would have to live with him, his wife and their 2 kids, til we find a house. With that up side comes the really big down side his wife would get on our last nerve with in a week she already bugs the crap out of her hubby.
12/04/2009
Dragon Dragon
I'd agree that the cost of living in CA is out of sight. About the rest of it, maybe not. It's a good place.

NY / NJ - absolutely hated it. People were the rudest that I've ever met in my life.

TX - Loved it.
OR - Fantastic. Can I go back?
12/04/2009
JEM JEM
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Originally posted by Sir
Up north, like Maine or New York. I'm not fond of living in Florida (Flor-i-"duh").
Maine is like a northern Flor-i-duh! Trust me! I grew up in Flor-i-duh and now live in Boston....Maine is good for outlet shopping and.....hmmmmmm lobster maybe! That's about it!
12/08/2009
JEM JEM
I do like living in Taxachusettes....besid es the obvious! I kid with my husband about wanting to move to Alaska but I secretly would like to experience it! May be an interesting experience.
12/08/2009
Airen Wolf Airen Wolf
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Originally posted by LicentiouslyYours
I like Kansas City. It's urban enough that I don't much notice that I live in Kansas. We have tons of arts and culture, good food, good schools and a decent cost of living. We have four seasons, the most pleasant being Spring and Fall. Summer ... More
Heh we're in misery (Mo.) just about 45 minutes from KC. It's not so bad but we're trying to go back East or farther North.
01/21/2010
El-Jaro El-Jaro
What about Canada?

I've actually tossed this around my noggin a few times lately. I'm really sick of the two party system in America and the pundits telling the treefrogs what to think.

I've even looked into what it takes to become Canadian...then realized how unrealistic it would be w/o a job in Canada...so, we'll see.

Can I work for Leatherbeaten and deal with the Menonites?
01/21/2010
Chilipepper Chilipepper
Sir, I agree with you completely - FL is terrible. (I see you live in Orlando, my sympathies - I'm 45 minutes east of you.) Hot, humid, buggy, full of old people who vote for themselves and can afford it, jobs only in service industries and hospitals, boring as hell, no culture. I moved to Montana to get away from it ... at least where we lived in Montana, we were able to get public health, public mental health, and assistance without a thousand pieces of red tape, mininum waiting times, and employees who gave a shit and treated us like humans instead of 'the undeserving poor'. Montana's job situation sucked (unless you worked for GSK or Rocky Mountain Lab) big time and the pay was near non-existent, but you got treated like a human being. I was simply not a 'small town' type of person, despite how cozy it was.

Menonites are pretty cool people, Sir, they lived around the same area we were in MT - certainly more open-minded than the other Christians around there. You might still go to Canada yet!

I thought about moving back to my childhood town of Kansas City (MO side) - pluses would be all the cultural and historical stuff and seeing everything through an adult's eyes (beer, blues, and barbecue!) but my father's only complaint was that the state, county, city, etc taxes ate up to 60% of his paycheck. (Right to work tax, residency tax, travel tax, home owners tax, work tax - no, I'm not kidding, KC is proud to bear the title of 'Fat Cat Brother-in-Law Government'.) Seems almost worth having the mafia back in and running the place, at least you got better insurance rates.

I'm heading up to Boston in a few years. My best friend lives there; she was originally a KC girl who met her husband at college, visited his family in MA, and she never left (her kids are my age). It has it's share of crap, but it's crap I can deal with (crazyass drivers, etc). Oceans, mountains, big city, old towns, history, culture, creativity, seafood, seasons, public trans ... Perfect for me.

Besides, after 10+ years of visiting the place, I already have the Bostonian drawl ('We dwon' pahk th' cah in Ha'vid Yahd, the' no place t' pahk a cah. Teek th' T, ya' chow'da'hed!'), so I have to move there ... they're the only place that could understand me!
01/22/2010
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