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Old 05-04-2016, 12:50 AM   #1
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Small town living, big city living, and anything in between...?

Without naming locations of course, what do you like/dislike about where you live? I'll start.

What I like:

1. I'm out in the middle of nowhere.

2. It's 3 miles from one end of town to the other. We now have a few more signal lights, though.

3. I went to high school with the same guys who take care of my car, heating and A/C, plumbing, and trust them implicitly.

4. There are many places to explore within an hour's drive...lakes, mountains, and desert.

5. It's BBQ weather all year round.

What I don't care for:

1. See #1 above.

2. It's 100 miles to the nearest city, so Costco and Trader Joe's are a get-up-early-and-get-home-late trip.

3. The heat is brutal in the summer...110 degrees plus in the shade.

4. We only have 2 grocery stores here.

5. I can't get away with a disguise of a baseball cap and sunglasses with sweats and no shower when running into the grocery store real quick...BOUND to see someone I know.

6. The. Freaking. Wind. Gosh, it can get windy here.

I'm sure I can think of more....

Anyone else want to share your likes and dislikes?

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Old 05-04-2016, 01:33 AM   #2
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Meant to mention...a friend came by a couple of days ago and we ended up talking about this random subject....
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Old 05-04-2016, 02:05 AM   #3
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okay

what I like about where we live now:

it's in the middle of the desert

we're pretty centrally located to the major Interstates, we can go 6 hour by car to San Diego, 6 hours by plan to the East Coast and best yet, a 6 hour flight to HAWAII!!!

our handyman (we're not that handy) is a gem, 8 times out of 10, he doesn't charge us

it's SOOOOOOO quiet, peaceful and beautiful

what I'm not a fan of where we live now:

our backyard is a wildlife highway, AAAHHH, yesterday a pack of coyotes hung out in the shade of out big tree ALL AFTERNOON

it's in the middle of the FREAKING desert

the nearest grocery store is 5+ miles away, no dashing out just for a 1/2 gallon of milk, that's for sure

you'd better be prepared, the whether can turn on a dime and you may be stuck, but I've gotten use to that, I knew the job was dangerous when I took it
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Old 05-04-2016, 07:04 AM   #4
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I live in a city of about 144,000 people, like so many cities in the northeast it is down from it's peak of 220,000 people in the 1950's.

For me it is a comfortable place to live, sort of like an old sweater or pair of sneakers with a hole in the toe. I'm located in a "crack" between an old very wealthy section of the city and a poor declining section. The location is handy to everything and yet still quiet. Everything I need is within walking distance. When I use the car I rarely go more than 5 miles from home to find what I'm looking for. We are a university city so we have many of the advantages and disadvantages that come with that. I like the distinct change of seasons, including the long cold winters that come with it. In less than half an hour, by car, I can be out in the country near where I grew up and enjoy the advantages that the country life has to offer.
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:00 AM   #5
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Small town dweller, here..

I love the city. It's a nice place to visit and a nice place to leave.

I use the barter system with numerous service and tradesmen.
I don't mind my neighbors knowing my business. They are handy to have as friends, keep an eye out for your place when you are gone, tell you can borrow anything you want, just go help yourself if they're not home..
Have a burn barrel and can burn brush and other stuff .
Bon fires anytime.
When my kids were young they could go anywhere in the village. Everybody knew them and which house they lived in so we basically all looked out for each other kids
You can let your grass get a bit long and nobody will complain, or one of your neighbors may swing by and cut it for you...you do the same for them..
Head down the the general store and run into some buddies, grab some beer and not go home for a couple of hours(ok, that one can get you in a bit of trouble)
Your dog can run free for a bit and nobody will freak out..
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:07 AM   #6
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Small town dweller, here..

I love the city. It's a nice place to visit and a nice place to leave.

I use the barter system with numerous service and tradesmen.
I don't mind my neighbors knowing my business. They are handy to have as friends, keep an eye out for your place when you are gone, tell you can borrow anything you want, just go help yourself if they're not home..
Have a burn barrel and can burn brush and other stuff .
Bon fires anytime.
When my kids were young they could go anywhere in the village. Everybody knew them and which house they lived in so we basically all looked out for each other kids
You can let your grass get a bit long and nobody will complain, or one of your neighbors may swing by and cut it for you...you do the same for them..
Head down the the general store and run into some buddies, grab some beer and not go home for a couple of hours(ok, that one can get you in a bit of trouble)
Your dog can run free for a bit and nobody will freak out..
You are lucky if you can still have a burn barrel, sure beats a paper shredder!!!

We had one when I was a kid, an old fifty gallon drum with a wire mesh grate on the top. It was a major milestone when you were old enough to be trusted to take the wastebasket out and burn the trash!!!
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:11 AM   #7
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You are lucky if you can still have a burn barrel, sure beats a paper shredder!!!

We had one when I was a kid, an old fifty gallon drum with a wire mesh grate on the top. It was a major milestone when you were old enough to be trusted to take the wastebasket out and burn the trash!!!
For the top of my barrel, I used an old metal round patio table top with a bunch of holes drilled through it...recycle and reuse...They have gotten a bit stricter with backyard fires. Most people have big lots so if they aren't near any buildings or trees and don't get too big nobody will complain..
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Old 05-04-2016, 08:20 AM   #8
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For the top of my barrel, I used an old metal round patio table top with a bunch of holes drilled through it...recycle and reuse...They have gotten a bit stricter with backyard fires. Most people have big lots so if they aren't near any buildings or trees and don't get too big nobody will complain..
Same in this part of the world, when the new people complain that they are illegal you tell them that yours is grandfathered in!
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Old 05-04-2016, 10:00 AM   #9
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I live in a section of Boston that is cut off from the main part of the city. No matter what route you take you have to go over water. At one time this section was originally five separate islands. The land between the islands have been filled in connecting all the islands. There used to be an immigration clearing house down on the waterfront. They finally tore it down a few years back. Just up the street was the ferry to get the new immigrants to the North End where their relatives were waiting for them.

This section was at one time mainly Jews. Then the Irish. John Kennedy's father was born here, and the Italians followed them. No building goes to waste here. The old Jewish Temple has long since been recycled more than one or two times. But the Jewish cemetery is meticulously cared for. Today it is mostly Latino's who reside here. But not for long. You are 10 minutes from downtown Boston via rail transit. We have three full service stations in this section. The Yuppies are discovering this jewel. New condos are going up right on the waterfront. So the prices on real estate are skyrocketing out of the pockets of the middle class. The rents are beginning to come within range of competing with New York City. Fortunately, in Boston, for every new expensive building that goes up, so many apartments have to be for Section 8 or middle income families. And there has to be parking for one car for each unit.

We are in the flux of change. Some for the good and some not. Little by little they are tearing my childhood down.
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I live in the outerskirts of London, i.e. not too congested.

What I like about it:
- where I am is well situated transport wise for easily accessing various nearby towns. I tend to frequent charity shops so an upmarket area reflects in what is donated!
- there are some good/quality shops, e.g. artisan bakery, Waitrose, M & S etc
- quiet, pretty backstreets to either cycle or walk down to get to places, i.e. avoiding traffic.
- low crime area
- some large car boot sales

What I dislike about it:
- not much to do locally for my kinds of interests (e.g. spiritually focused).
- the population locally tends to be a bit on the old side. Although I am in that age group (well, getting there), I tend to have more in common with a younger, more lively age group.

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