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Old 12-30-2011, 02:47 AM   #91
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I'm also "blooming where I was planted". I live 3.6 miles from the hospital I was born in, in Duluth, MN. I moved to California for a couple years, but I came back to be close to my family, even though it meant braving the winters. I met my wonderful boyfriend shortly after I got back, and have been with him ever since. Now, his company wants to make him district manager, so he might be uprooting me and moving us to Minneapolis. On the plus side, since it's a couple hours south, it stays a few degrees warmer in the winter. The downside is that I can't handle heat very well, and it gets hotter down there in the summer.
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:53 AM   #92
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St. Augustine is a tourist town, but the tourists are only a tiny fraction of the people here. St. Augustine has a wide business base also, it supports the multitude of locals in the area.

One of my favorite things to do is to go walk St. George Street and enjoy the tourist side of town. I know some of the people who work down there.

I'll take it you've visited our little town before then, Claire?
When I worked in Downtown Boston, I used to go sit on a bench during my lunch hour and just watch the tourists. You could always spot them. They were the ones who had their maps upsidedown.
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:03 AM   #93
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I ended up in the Grand Rapids area after a fairly fruitless job search. Had friends here who allowed me to stay with them while I looked for a job. At the time any job any where would have done. Now I am so thankful that this is where I landed. The area is clean and the people friendly and of course this is Michigan's Bible belt. The older I get the more I appreciate living where folks care about everything around them, clean fresh yards, friendly neighbors, quiet neighborhoods. If I really wanted to party, well, like most other places I could find lots to do. But these days I prefer the quiet life.
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Old 12-30-2011, 07:14 AM   #94
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There is something to be said for relly good friends, and the quiet life. It doesn't have to be boring.
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:38 AM   #95
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Hey Katie, I've traveled around the USA quite a bit and with no hesitation, I can say that Kentucky is the most beautiful state I've seen. Streams, hills, valleys, all beautiful. Florida is beautiful also, but you can't walk in the woods here. You might get eaten.Some of those old gators have never seen a human and if they did, it would just look like supper to them.
Yes, Timothy, Kentucky IS a beautiful place. I recall when I was about 13, my father loaded us up in the car and we spent a couple of weeks touring the state. We lived in the far western part (near where I am now) and made a loop from the southernmost part of the state toward the far easternmost part, then up and over to the top of the state and traveling back home. We essentially visited any and everything to see on our route around the perimeter (and sometimes into) the state. I'll never forget it.

After that trip, my siblings and I always refer to the bronze historical markers as "hysterical" markers because Daddy would all but screech the car to a halt to "educate" us as to what the marker was telling us about its area.

My husband and I live in a beautiful area that is quite near a twin lake resort that offers all manner of water fun. And, yes, we have hills, valleys, streams, woods...you name it. Kentucky is rolling, lush and green. Er...blue. It IS the bluegrass state after all. Come visit sometime. You won't be disappointed.
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When I worked in Downtown Boston, I used to go sit on a bench during my lunch hour and just watch the tourists. You could always spot them. They were the ones who had their maps upsidedown.

I used to spend quite a bit of time in Boston during my working years. I used to sit and people watch around the Government Center area and Faneuil Hall. The thing that always struck me was the expensive neck ties that all of the men wore. Those guys must spend a couple thousand a year just on ties!
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Yes, Timothy, Kentucky IS a beautiful place. I recall when I was about 13, my father loaded us up in the car and we spent a couple of weeks touring the state. We lived in the far western part (near where I am now) and made a loop from the southernmost part of the state toward the far easternmost part, then up and over to the top of the state and traveling back home. We essentially visited any and everything to see on our route around the perimeter (and sometimes into) the state. I'll never forget it.

After that trip, my siblings and I always refer to the bronze historical markers as "hysterical" markers because Daddy would all but screech the car to a halt to "educate" us as to what the marker was telling us about its area.

My husband and I live in a beautiful area that is quite near a twin lake resort that offers all manner of water fun. And, yes, we have hills, valleys, streams, woods...you name it. Kentucky is rolling, lush and green. Er...blue. It IS the bluegrass state after all. Come visit sometime. You won't be disappointed.
Hi Katie, I'm shopping for a pop-up camper so I can start touring the USA. When I find one, Kentucky is one place for sure that I want to see again. The last time I went through Kentucky was in the spring. The streams were all flowing briskly and lots of animals to see along the highway, in the adjacent fields. What a beautiful state you live in!
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I used to spend quite a bit of time in Boston during my working years. I used to sit and people watch around the Government Center area and Faneuil Hall. The thing that always struck me was the expensive neck ties that all of the men wore. Those guys must spend a couple thousand a year just on ties!
Very conservative city. Men still wear jackets in the summer, and casual Friday is not allowed in a lot of firms. Specially law firms.
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Very conservative city. Men still wear jackets in the summer, and casual Friday is not allowed in a lot of firms. Specially law firms.
That's another thing I like about California: Business Casual means you wear shoes. Business Professional means you wear shoes, and socks!
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That's another thing I like about California: Business Casual means you wear shoes. Business Professional means you wear shoes, and socks!
For us, Casual Friday means jeans and sneakers. But no holes in the jeans, and sneakers have to be reasonably clean and not tattered.
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