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Re: Where we be (first post is updated summary)
« on: November 03, 2004, 10:42:10 pm »

Who's Where    (updated to June 11, 2016)

Note: We don't put people here who have identified their whereabouts in other threads. They may want that info to remain obscure.  All of this information is voluntary and furnished by the individual named.
Additions or Changes can be requested by PM if OpSec is, or becomes, a concern.

Separated into regions [and sub divisions of regions] we have:

SOUTH:

Upper: VA, KY, TN, NC, SC

1. -D (The Dan in Black) - in VA... trips to IN... trips to UT
2. Dare2BFree - NC foothills
3. Doug_Carlton - Virginia
4. Ghost - Woodbridge, VA
5. GREEN5ACRES - North Caroilina. from the Jersy Shore
6. Lightning - Virginia
7. Melbo - East TN
8. Morrigan - South central Kentucky
9. Nalgene - VA
10. Pagan - I'm from the South also (VA)
11. gloryroad  - mtns of KY/VA border
12. freewoman - TN
13. RN/MEDIC - I live in West Tennessee
14. rocknbronco  - Flat Top Mtn,Tn here
15. Shawnee - northern Virginia.
16. Suijurisfreeman - (KY)
17. Thistle - Viriginia. WIll be in a Wyoming gulch one day.
18. Thunder - Virginia
19. Typhon - memphis tn
20. Old Tired RN - TN, Jackson
21. Kit - VA Beach, VA
22. tarheel - from NC, currently based out of Tidewater, VA
23. Mr. Dare - NC
24. barkingowl - Charlotte, NC
25. kzchopper - Northern VA
26. Myrkul - upstate SC
27. EwB - NC, RTP area
28. crepemyrtle357 - Blue Ridge Mountains of NW NC
29. thranduil29 - Central Kentucky
30. Jeffersoniantoo - Central Kentucky
31. Bank Walker - West Tennessee, about half way between here and there.
32. knittyhorse - Virginia
33. supernova - Virginia
34. DirtyLowDown - Gastonia, NC
35. SoundTheBell - Hampton Roads/Tidewater Virginia
36. Bluelinegirl - sometimes im in FL, sometimes in KY
37. ;ohnboy - Northern south carolina
38. NUCKINGFUTS - West "By God" Virginia, Chiming In
39. defenestrate - I am in the Piedmont in North Carolina, S of the Uwharries, not far from SC.
40. Wild Bill - Kentucky.... rolling hills west of the Appalacians

Lower: FL, GA, AL, LA, MS, AR

1. Asbestosman - north west arkansas just a little ways from the missouri border
2. Hermit - Mississippi
3. hotaru  - I live in central Arkansas, about 20 minutes southwest of Little Rock
4. Jebur27 - We are from the Lower South - specifically, N.E. FL.
5. Neoteny - Central Alabama
6. NortonRyder - NorthWest Arkansas
7. Ozarkrambler - NW Arkansas
8. Plinker-MS - Deep South: Hardlyburg, Mississippi -- somewhere between Vicksburg & Hattiesburg
9. H. Rearden - FL
10.Velojym - Central AR
11. BeenAround - north east central Arkansas
12. Eric the Red - upper FL
13. nightshift - Gulf Coast, MS
14. gardenguy - 45 min. east of Fayetteville, AR
15. browncoat427 - central MS; triangle of Jackson, Meridian, and H'Burg
16. florida_troll - NE Florida - West Nassau County
17. blade - central FL
18. Arial - Mississippi, about an hour from Ole Miss
19. username - NE Florida
20. hangman - Hot Springs, Arkansas
21. Defuz - Louisiana
22. wolfie - hills of Mississippi
23. gebbeth - southern Louisiana (NOLAish)
24. timbergstt - West Central GA in Heard County
25. Leaflock - I'm in the Piney Woods region of south Mis'sippi.
26. socco - Very rural Mississippi
27. Sundance - Baton Rouge
28. liken3 - The great state of Georgia, the CSRS area !
29. iam13013 - Northeast Alabama
30. jimoutside - I'm in the southeast 1/6 of the lower 48
31. DebbieOzarks - we live in the ozarks. is there any other place to live??

NORTHEAST:

New England: VT, NH, ME, CT, RI, MA

1. Amy - southern NH.
2. Bill St. Clair - I'm about 30 miles from where MA, VT, & NY come together: Northeast: the Berkshires of upstate NY. I grew up Wyoming, near the Rockies.
3. Carl Bussjaeger - Lyndeborough, NH
4. H.M. WoggleBug, T.E. - NH
5. Hunter - NH
6. JoeCrow - Born and raised in Haverhill, Mass. Right on the NH border.
7. Keiser - Leominster Massachusetts
8. Mostly Harmless - Massachusetts, MetroBoston area
9. Penguinsscareme - NH
10. Sailgersor - we will both end up in New Hampshire soon
11. ShortyDawkins - Seacoast NH
12. Snokrash257 - Central/Downeast Maine area
13. eukreign - Grafton, NH
14. gulcherville - Downeast Maine,  Mt.Desert Island
15. Quackenstein -Central Massachusetts
16. casca-503 - way up northeast coast...in the woods ... Maine

Mid Atlantic: NY, PA, MD, DE, NJ, WV

1. Awysh - Ugh, South Jersey
2. Dancing Barefoot - NYC here, at least for now!
3. manatee - NE New Jersey
4. Giddytrace - Mid-Atlantic: NY
5. Jack21221 - Baltimore, Maryland here.
6. Ms daisy - NY, Broome County
7. NotMe  - central West Virginia
8. Roy J. Tellason - I'm in south central PA
9. ScrantonBabe34 - Scranton Pa
10. PintofStout - PA/OH area
11. Iconoclast - Southeast PA
12. demonslaer - north part of WV
13. Klapton - Currently in PA [2008]
14. armedanddangerous - Southern West Virginia on Corridor G
15. thinkprepared.net - Eastern PA
16. welder - Upstate New York
17. Steven Mallory - upstate NY, in the Adirondacks
18. TheSurvivalist - in lovely Upstate, NY
19. Fred911 - Peoples Republik of New Jersey
20. stainzblue - Was "About 45 clicks north of Manhattan Island"
21. icbkr - Main hole is North of Allentown, PA
22. Marcus Aurelius - Eastern PA here......
23. magneticanomaly - Holed up on a mountain in the People's Republic of West Virginia
24. DiabloLoco - Unfortunately, I am on the East Coast in the Finger Lakes region

MIDWEST:

1. EDDE - Midwest

East Side: OH, IN, IL, WI, MI

1. Alton Speers - Midwest-East
2. A Nonny Mouse - Grew up in MI, been in central IN since '85.
3. AnotherArmchair - Northeast Ohio
4. Cowardly lion -- southern indiana
5. Danl - Western IL. --- West of Springfield, IL in Pike County
6. Docliberty - Western IL - Pike County
7. jack frake - east central Indiana, ~70mi from INDY along I69 corridor. Maybe halfway between Indy and Fort Wayne
8. FlyingDevildog - Midwest: IL north of Chicago; lokkin to move to MO or KS
9. FreedomMonkey  - Central Indiana here
10. Liberty-MMMM! - Chicago is my base, but spend a good part of my time around Detroit, Michigan
11. Mos2 - I'm in MI
12. NMC_EXP -- I am located in central Illinois
13. Purple Kitty - central Indiana
14. RagnarDanneskjold - Midwest, East side Oh-hee-oh
15. rayray - Michigan
16. Sagas4 -- East Central Illinois (I also frequent Kentucky)
17. SFriesth - Center of Illinois, Peoria Heights.
18. Unstructuredreality - the midwest-MI, and IL with frequent travel to left coast
19. ZooT_aLLures - ZooT_aLLures - the most retarded state in the country "ILL-NOISE" (Western Illinois)
20. joesmoe - South East Michigan
21. edahand - started in NJ, now in Wisconsin.  Still looking to head further west.
22. RVM45 - Evansville, Indiana
23. powderfinger - Western Ohio, born and raised.
24. archer - southern Ohio
25. Peregrin - SE Michigan
26. peacefulrevolt - The Sidewalks of Detroit
27. Native American - I be in the farm country west of Fort Wayne, Indiana
28. Hillbilly123069 - Springfield, ILL
29. break24 - Michigan
30. jpheonix - NE Ohio
31. Josiah - South East Ohio
32. OOSpool - Michigan
33. ohtomt - Ohio now Montana someday
34. Yuki - "Near a river in the Appalachian foothills."


West Side: MN, OK, KS, NE, IA, MO

1. Carguym14 - West central Iowa here (soutwest of Fort Dodge) from upstate NY
2. A Cell of One--Nebraska
3. Elk - east ia
4. godscarp - Twin Cities, MN
5. Hillbilly D - Se. Kansas for now, Ne. Wyoming in the future
6. Matsje - From Washington,D.C. to northern minnesota
7. Securitysix - West side of the Midwest, outside of Woolaroc
8. Seditious_nick - Kansas? Stuck In Wichita (wishing I was in Northern Minnesota)
9. Ultralongrunner - Davenport, Iowa
10. xterminator - in the Missouri Ozarks
11. Molly - Missouri Ozarks
12. GreenArrow - northern MN
13. ColtSAA45 - Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN - looking for land in ND
14. Candlewick - Minnesota
15. Captain_Marvel - Currently [2008] residing in the suburbs of St. Louis
16. tinman - From up in the frozen reaches of Minnesota - International Falls
17. Semper Fi - southcentral Nebraska
18. Cache Creek - North Central Nebraska on the east edge of the Sandhills
19. Mad Wet Hen - Oklahoma
20. jessme - I'm an Okie too
21. ajoe - Missouri born and Missouri bred and when I die I'll be Missouri dead
22. lepper_king - Central MN, a little ways north of the twin cities
23. stutzcattle - live in the middle of Nebraska
24. stlsurvivor - about 30 miles west of St. Louis
25. MNotch - I'm a minnesotan, my yurt is in the woods ~30 miles N.E. of duluth
26. bbs428 - SW Missouri
27. ScottyK - Oklahoma City
28. knobster - a few klicks north east of Cedar Rapids, IA
29. Aristos54 - central Missouri

WEST:

Southwest: TX, NM, AZ, NV, UT

1. Ballistic_ken - Northwest New Mexico
2. Byron - Northwest Texas
3. Desertrat - Terlingua, SW Texas. High desert, mountain country. 7" rainfall. Rarely above 118 degrees in summer.
4. DullHawk  - Farwell TX, a small town on the NM line
5. ff42 - God's Country (Utah)
6. filadog451 - Northern Nevada
7. freebird  - relocated from So-Cal to Phoenix.
8. jacksfire  - Arizona, 10 minutes California & 10 to Nevada (across the Colorado)
9. Malloy - Texas Hill Country
10. Misfit - I'm currently in Vegas
11. Motherbatherick - Southwest- TX (see profile)
12. Nedda of the Hill - North East Texas (I call it B.F.E. Texas). I grew up (central MO).
13. pauline - western utah
14. Quiet - now between Houston and Austin: Brenham, Texas; was Jacksonville, FL; NW of Atlanta, GA
15. Sin419 - South Texas. and lovin it!
16. Starvin - North central Texas. About 10 mi. South of the Okla. border.
17. texasbrat54 - SW Texas New Braunfels
18. Wjkovacs - Albuquerque NM. grew up in SW MI.
19. CountryBoy - Waco, TX
20. gooch - South Central TX, 'tween San Antonio & Corpus Cristi
21. preparanoid - Funkytown, TX
22. sojourner - North Central TX
23. John DeWitt - somewhere in the Southwest
24. cdlumbey - North Central TX
25. Cybergeld - NE of Austin
26. Magus - Phoenix, AZ
27. Armageddon2012 - Las Vegas, NV
28. Rawbee - Fort Worth, Texas area
29. Billybob Cornfed - Navajo Reservation - Arizona
30. Jamie - Humbolt Co. -  Nevada
31. Arizona Highlander - Yavapai County, Arizona
32. dlvrme - Leaving Las Vegas
33. CorbinKale - Northeast Texas
34. joe621 - I live in Northwestern AZ
35. bennie - Texas
36. peaeye - North Central Texas
37. desert rose - the chihuahuan desert near Terlingua, TX
38. rasmith442 - I'm in Central West Texas
39. AustinTexan - Austin Texas
40. Cathryn - Tucson Metro
41. Red Dog - I'm on the Gulf coast of Texas
42. YellowStoneQ - Nevada, Clark County
43. Bear - Left the left coast

High Country: CO, SD, ND, MT, WY, ID

1. Absaraka - I am a Montanan living in Idaho
2. Annie - Colorado
3. Basil Fishbone - Montana
4. Clarence - MT
5. Coloradohermit - central Colorado, Lake George
6. Dubber308 - Northwest Montana
7. Gus - Northern Colorado
8. Hasher - Colorado here. Beats the hell out of Kansas.
9. Junker - Montana
10. kel  - N.W. Montana on 10 remote acres
11. Ladylearning - Big Sky country---> MONTANA!!! ?(woop woop :P ?)
12. Lotus Jack - Big Wonderful Western Wyoming
13. Merlin419 - Montana
14. Prometheus (was iceweasel) - the bumpy part of Montana
15. Survivalmama  - NW Wyoming
16. TANSTAAFL - After leaving Texas we wound up in north central Wyoming
17. TryingToBeUseful - Wyoming
18. Wyomiles - Born in Colorado, 27 ys in WY, back in CO, will retire in WY
19. Ducttape - Coaldale, CO
20. feralfae - Montana, sometimes WY, some in Fairbanks, AK beginning 2007
21. slidemansailor - "lower left Idaho" lower left Montana
22. SouthernPatriot - Montana
23. smokestone52 - Idaho
24. synchro - S/W Colorado
25. vonu - Gillette, Wyoming
26. jjs72 - Northern Colorado, Firestone
27. offgridmontana - Blue Cloud, Helena, Montana
28. Byte - Montana
29. Basil Fishbone - Gallatin Valley, MT
30. Fiddlers Green - remote North Dakota
31. MamaLiberty - No secret that I'm in NE Wyoming.
32. MommaHen - From Idaho currently a military gypsy's
33. tech_hunter - Montana !!!
34. DeniseCharleson - We are in western Colorado
35. scorpio - I'm on the Front Range
36. raptor - central North Dakota
37. sharp_shepherd - Southeastern Colorado - accepting visitors
38. ssevans - I live in the Black Hills
39. Julio - Wyoming

LEFT COAST: CA, OR, WA, AK, HI

Continental: CA, OR, WA

1. Alauchlan - Southern Kalifronia
2. Astra - I'm near Salem, Oregon
3. BigNug45 - south of Olympia Washington
4. Bucctoo - Orange County, CA
5. B. Hill, Buckbirddog13 - Spokane, WA
6. c_inac  - Southern Kalifornia (for now)... hopefully headed to a  small town in central Michigan
7. sp-train-77 - Sacramento, CA
8. enemyofthestate - South Kalifornia
9. Erin - Washington
10. Fjolnirsson - Oregon
11. Julian - N.E. Washington, almost in Idaho
12. KBarrett - US West coast ..... Oregon.
13. linuxfan  - I'm a South Louisiana coonass that got relocated to California
14. Max - (San Francisco Bay Area) Washington
15. MicroftXXX - Seattle, WA, unfortunately
16. Nurseflo - San Bernardino County, Southern Kalifornia
17. Packrat - west coast- Oregon
18. Prepareordie - Salem, Oregon
19. Ragnar The Testy  - in Oregroan, west side of the cascades--  The Peoples Republic of Portland
20. Shadow Hammer - Washington State
21. Tim Osman - Left Coast: San Diego, CA
22. TrueLiberal - Oregon, vicinity of the Peoples Republic of Portland
23. solitudedancing - LA County, CA - hope to move to NC
24. Jguy101 - Oregon, mid-Willamette Valley - Salem area
25. wyvernfist - PRK, SF Bay area
26. oldzoot - Kalifornia, near SF Bay area
27. Vagabond - vicinity of Eugene, OR
28. socalserf - LA, CA
29. anvil - washington state
30. Zookeeper - Northern California, by two dormant volcano's
31. Howard - Central Valley, Southern California
32. El Topo - LA, CA
33. feralman - Olympic Peninsula, WA
34. ForeverBlue - Portland Oregon
35. PondPatriot - Wacked-out west...California, Near Bakersfield
36. Faydra6 - North East Washington
37. Erudite Hillbilly - Sierra Nevada Foothills in Northern California, in view of the Sutter Buttes
38. bandwidth - so cal
39. American - Ontario, Oregon
40. boet - North East Washington, arrived and finally settled at our homestead.
41. Adam Ruff - So Cal - a graphic designer, photographer, and videographer


Outback: AK, HI

1. Jack Boone - Eagle, Alaska
2. AKBarratt - Alaska, on the Kenai Peninsula

OUTSIDE:

1. Comber - Norway
2. Freethinker - central Canada
3. Habcan - East Central Alberta, Kanuckistan
4. Tribeless - New Zealand
5. Mike_McD - Sydney, Australia
6. vargthewanderer - Japan; native of Oshkosh, WA
7. Canadian Mamma - Eastern Ontario, Canada
8. freethinker - Alberta, Canada
9. BGolem - Vancouver Island, BC, Canada
10. McClarinJ - Nashua, NH --> Ecuador
11. IndianBellRanch - India originally from Colorado
12. bighiller - SW British Columbia, Canada

OTHER:

1. DTOM - I live in Hell...

MOBILE:

1. Stymie37771 - I am MOBILE, part of the yr one place and so forth...
2. Henshawe - mobile
3. Traveler - Occupation long-haul trucker - I live in the truck.

Also Note: The original thread "Where we are" was started by Jebur27 with helpful design by Pat T.  Junker who brought it to this new thread so the summary post could be at the top - easy to find.
Dare2BeFree was the next Thread Owner and then in 2008 she had to stop. The thread sat nearly dormant until in January 2013 gooch volunteered ... er .. to shut up his whining ... uhm was invited to give it a try at updating the front page.   We'll see ...  :ph34r:

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« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2004, 07:53:51 am »

I'm in deep dark Southern Illinois.  To paraphrase Luke Skywalker:  "If there is a bright, shining center of the universe, I'm at the farthest point away from it."
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« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2004, 08:52:44 am »

I'm in MI, not the end of the world, but you can see it from there.
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« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2004, 09:15:06 am »

I'm going to defy Junker's classification scheme, since I'm about 30 miles from where MA, VT, & NY come together:

Northeast: the Berkshires of upstate NY

Not realmountains like they have where I grew up (Wyoming, near the Rockies), but very pretty hills.
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2004, 10:06:05 am »

Grew up in MI, been in central IN since '85.
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« Reply #5 on: November 04, 2004, 05:40:28 pm »

A couple of things...

It's interesting that this thread got started and continues to thrive,  as I was thinking about starting just such a thread around the time this one took off.  There was also another thought in my mind back then,  as well.  Not just "whereabouts are you?",  but "what's it like there?" -- with attention given not just to the local scenery (which is by all means interesting in a lot of places) but also with regard to what the culture is like around there.

As far as the culture around here is concerned,  I'm not sure where to start!  :-)

And the other thing -- what the heck does "pinned" mean?
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« Reply #6 on: November 04, 2004, 06:08:52 pm »

Roy,
It's kind of hard to know sometimes what makes a region unique while living there.  I was fully grown before I realized that coffee ice cream and coffee milk are all but unheard of outside New England.  And Moxie.  Oh, and also clambakes, baked beans and brown bread, and the word "wicked" as an intensifying adverb roughly equivalent in meaning to "very."  I'm sure there are numerous other things that I wouldn't know to tell you about because I don't realize they're unique.
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« Reply #7 on: November 04, 2004, 10:10:14 pm »

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Not just "whereabouts are you?",  but "what's it like there?" -- with attention given not just to the local scenery (which is by all means interesting in a lot of places) but also with regard to what the culture is like around there.

North East Texas (I call it B.F.E. Texas):
Culture around here is typical southern, Bible-belt, and redneck with a little cajun thrown in here and there.  "Shit" is a two syllable word, as is "damn."  We frequently hear gunshots in our neighborhood, but nobody thinks twice about it.  Just the neighbors out plinking.  There have been reports of wildcats in the woods, and I've seen wild pigs in our yard.  Some people like to hunt pigs with Catahoula "hog dogs."  You'll see lots of horses, poultry farms, and logging trucks hauling pine trees.  Politics are traditionally run by the Democrats, though Republicans are making inroads in local government.  Gardens most often grow greens, squash, purple-hulled & cream peas, sweet potatoes and watermelon.  After you've made some friends you might even get invited to a crawfish boil.  On Friday night, high school football is the main attraction in every town & city.

All in all, not a bad place to live.  A lot different than where I grew up (central MO).  A LOT more friendly.
   
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« Reply #8 on: November 04, 2004, 10:41:50 pm »

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It's kind of hard to know sometimes what makes a region unique while living there.  I was fully grown before I realized that coffee ice cream and coffee milk are all but unheard of outside New England.  And Moxie.  Oh, and also clambakes, baked beans and brown bread, and the word "wicked" as an intensifying adverb roughly equivalent in meaning to "very."  I'm sure there are numerous other things that I wouldn't know to tell you about because I don't realize they're unique.
Funny you should mention coffee ice cream...

I (very occasionally) like to get into iced coffee,  the way some people get into iced tea,  and one time I recall wanting to do this was in a diner somewhere up there in MA,  where the waitress had *no* clue what I was all about.

I could probably point out some of the culinary oddities around here if I could think straight and wasn't so darn tired at the moment.  There sure are some.  But then I'm not from around here originally,  though I've been living in PA since 1978...

I don't know other parts of the state real well,  but there seem to be a couple or three distinclty different cultures.  The one I encountered first was pretty nifty,  good folk,  mostly what you could describe as "conservative" though I don't necessarily mean that in the usual political sense. There's a somewhat different culture once you start getting into more urbanized areas, one that I think looks down on the other one or something.  And then there's Philly and Pittsburgh.  Both are a little strange.  We only got to Pittsburgh this year,  and didn't spend a whole lot of time there. I wasn't impressed.  Philly is another story.  It's the tail that wags the dog as far as the rest of the state is concerned,  and the reason we still have Arlen Specter,  and why PA went "blue" this election instead of "red".  And we also unfortunately have a jerk of a governor who'd previously been mayor of Philly.  I listened to him on some tv show a while back,  and when he was talking about property tax relief,  which was a big campaign issue,  he kept going on about how some other source had to be found for the money,  with never a thought crossing his mind that possibley the legislature could figure on spending less!  This state government is so messed up it ain't funny. They had a couple of hundred million in surplus and now it's gone,  and there's a deficit.

Positive Philly experience:  Some years back,  we were coming up from NJ pulling a camper behind our station wagon when it blew a tire.  No spare,  as that had blown somewhat earlier,  so I took one in the car,  left the trailer sitting on the side of the expressway,  and we went looking.  I had *no* idea where we were,  what was where,  or anything else,  and $10 only in my pocket.  Some dude starts talking to us on the street,  finds out what's what,  and _gets me a tire in that size_ from some neighbor of his,  for $10.  Got us out of there and home...

Politicians looking to sell businesses on coming to PA go on about the "work ethic",  and there's a lot of that -- people don't tend to screw off when possible like I've seen in other places,  and will often go out of their way for you,  when there's no apparent good reason for them to.

This state also has more damn nuisance taxes than anyplace that I've ever seen.  Besides the usual payroll stuff there's a county tax (1%) and a local municipality tax,  and then the town where you're working gets to charge you an "occupation privilege tax" (usually around $10 or so) each year, and you have to be able to prove you paid it in any given year or you get hit with it on changing jobs.  Then there's "head taxes" for both the municipality and the school distruct,  which are separate and distinct from those that a property owner would pay (also to both agencies).  Those are a little weird,  because they decide how much based on job title,  and no regard for what you make.  So "unemployed" still gets hit because they figure you got unemployment,  at one time I was a "housewife" for a couple of years to not have to be bothered with that crap.  While I'm no fan at all of pushing things in government to higher levels,  I also think that there's something to be said for it in terms of this mess, or at least take the damn taxing authority away from the school boards (also not bloody likely).

Um,  what else?  This state has some of the worst roads I've ever seen.  Something over 100,000 miles of it,  I hear.  And that's confirmed by what some trucker's magazine was saying,  so I guess it must be true.  Things are slowly getting better in that regard but it always lags way behind the need.

If I think of more stuff I'll add it in later...
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« Reply #9 on: November 05, 2004, 03:35:33 am »

I added two notes to the top post:
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Note: The original thread  "Where we are" was started by Jebur27 with helpful design by Pat T. I brought it to this new thread so my summary post could be at the top - easy to find - and I "pinned" it at the top of the forum - again, easy to find.

And note: I don't put people here who have identified their whereabouts in other threads. They may want that info to remain obscure.
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I thank Jebur27 and Pat T for a good idea. I hope they don't mind my reposting of it.

Also, I think the adding of place descriptions is a good trend. That let's people better know where they might be heading or might want to try heading. Thanks to all.
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« Reply #10 on: November 05, 2004, 08:53:08 am »

Southern California - oh, let's see.  Where to begin?  The closest thing to a freedom-loving politician is an Austrian actor who's actively in favor of gun confiscation.  The legislature is dominated by Berkeley ex-hippies who are actually getting a chance to put their ideals into action.  Businesses are leaving in droves, or going bust in droves, and unemployment is a constant danger.  And try being unemployed and broke in a housing market where cheap studio apartments rent for nearly 1,000/mo.  There's a mandatory 10-day waiting period on RIFLES.

Actors impose their own taxes.  I'm not making this up.  A couple of years ago we got what is known among smokers as the "meathead tax."  Rob Reiner decided he disapproved of smoking, so he spent a lot of money on a massive ad campaign for a ballot initiative (we have those here, and they make politics very, very relevant at times) that slapped a confiscatory tax on every pack of cigarettes.  Since the majority doesn't smoke, the measure passed easily.  So natch, now cigarette smuggling from Nevada and indian reservations is a growth industry.

Then there's the earthquakes.  Don't get me started on the earthquakes.  For personal reasons I'm trying to stick around here for another couple of years, but it turns out that failure to send in certain forms can get you banned from necessary activities like, er, driving.  So I may not be able to stay, and part of me says, "Gee, what a shame.  Can we pack now?"

The weather's nice, though.
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« Reply #11 on: November 05, 2004, 05:24:55 pm »

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Southern California - oh, let's see.  Where to begin?  The closest thing to a freedom-loving politician is an Austrian actor who's actively in favor of gun confiscation.  The legislature is dominated by Berkeley ex-hippies who are actually getting a chance to put their ideals into action.  Businesses are leaving in droves, or going bust in droves, and unemployment is a constant danger.  And try being unemployed and broke in a housing market where cheap studio apartments rent for nearly 1,000/mo.  There's a mandatory 10-day waiting period on RIFLES.

Actors impose their own taxes.  I'm not making this up.  A couple of years ago we got what is known among smokers as the "meathead tax."  Rob Reiner decided he disapproved of smoking, so he spent a lot of money on a massive ad campaign for a ballot initiative (we have those here, and they make politics very, very relevant at times) that slapped a confiscatory tax on every pack of cigarettes.  Since the majority doesn't smoke, the measure passed easily.  So natch, now cigarette smuggling from Nevada and indian reservations is a growth industry.

Then there's the earthquakes.  Don't get me started on the earthquakes.  For personal reasons I'm trying to stick around here for another couple of years, but it turns out that failure to send in certain forms can get you banned from necessary activities like, er, driving.  So I may not be able to stay, and part of me says, "Gee, what a shame.  Can we pack now?"

The weather's nice, though.
"Where to begin" is right!  :-)

I was there in the late sixties,  and that was one thing.  Was told back then that they'd actually give you a ticket if you crossed against the light or outside of a crosswalk,  and actually ended up getting one at one point (do they still do that?).  Big, wonderful highway system compared to what I was used to "back east" in the NYC area,  but as a friend of mine pointed out to me,  you build roads like that and they _will_ saturate and then some,  as I found out later.

I was there again in 1981,  on the first (and only so far) trip across country that I've taken with my other half,  and things had changed a bunch.  I was there after that in 1986 and 1988 and things had changed even more.  I remember a place in Huntington Beach where the first time there was a low concrete wall and there was the beach on the other side.  Last time around there was a 10 foot chain-link fence and they wanted to charge you ten bucks to park!  Lots more people,  and lots more of them hispanic,  it seemed.  My rides to and from the airport on those last two trips were enlightening,  and I now understand better what they're talking about with people getting bugged and sometimes flipping out about the road conditions there.  I don't think that this is something that could be explained well,  and it sure doesn't come across when I've seen it on the small screen.  You have to be there.  :-)

On Berkeley,  I do have some fond memories of that town,  excepting the "riots" (when it was mostly the "law enforcement" that was getting out of hand),  but then I normally tended to stay away from the political activists anyhow,  most of those folks had ideas that even to my younger and much more naive self sounded less than practical.

I never did experience much in the way of earthquakes the times I was there.  Maybe I was just lucky? I do remember one time taking a shower at somebody's house and when I came downstairs there was lots of conversation going on about it -- only I hadn't noticed.  <shrug>

Some pretty coastline that I could stand to see again,  but it's not worth the rest of the crap I'd have to put up with to go there and stay a while.  They probably wouldn't like me carrying a gun, either,  I'll bet.
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« Reply #12 on: November 06, 2004, 08:36:38 am »

Hey Junker, Caveman here, thought i'd throw out my general location for you all.  Chicago is my base, but spend a good part of my time around Detroit, Michigan- they are close.

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« Reply #13 on: November 06, 2004, 05:16:57 pm »

I am in North-Eastern PA.  Until further notice, anyway.

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« Reply #14 on: November 07, 2004, 10:28:13 am »

Terlingua is probably more a State Of Mind, moreso than a place. :D  "Enter at own risk; we don't care how you did it, back there."

SW Texas.  High desert, mountain country.  7" rainfall.  Rarely above 118 degrees in summer.  I note that bureaucrats don't like heat, dust or unpaved roads (jeep trails = roads)  Winter is the 3rd weekend in January, and then we're done with it.  I like that, since I believe that the best source for hard water is that big, white box in the kitchen.

How do you find it?  "Well, you go down south, where rainbows wait for rain.  They got the river locked up in a big stone box, and the water runs uphill.  The mountains float on clouds, except at night when they run away to play with other mountains."

Local attitudes?  I popped some dynamite, breaking rocks on the road to my homesite.  Neighbors griped.  Seems I hadn't let them know what I wuz gonna do, so they could watch...

"A great place to live, but I wouldn't want to visit there."

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