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Old August 1, 2012, 01:48 AM   #51
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The great state of Texas
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Old August 1, 2012, 04:05 AM   #52
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Born in Palm Springs, California. Alive in Anchorage, Alaska
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Old August 1, 2012, 04:17 AM   #53
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Born in the UP of Michigan, moved with my family to New York State when I was eight -- my father got a new job and off we went. I've been here ever since, except for eight years spent abroad and three spent in New York City.

Why do I stay? I live in the Hudson Valley and Catskill Mountains area, which is one of the most beautiful places I've ever been.


I grew up here. I have a job that I like. I know a lot of people here. My aged parents are here: they won't be around forever, and they aren't about to up and move.

Sure, New York has some crappy laws, but I have learned to live with them. I have a full carry permit -- I live in a "will probably issue" county. I shoot two or three times a week. If I want large-capacity magazines, I have to pay extra for pre-bans. I can cope. I even appreciate a trip to NY City every once in a while. I go about twice a year, which is enough, IMO.

No, I think I'm staying put. If I ever did leave, I would probably go to Vermont. Been there; liked it. It's a lot like here, except colder and with better laws.

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Old August 1, 2012, 10:56 AM   #54
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In the central part of a central county in North Carolina, in middle of a private dirt and gravel road...one of three houses on it...that dead-ends into a pasture. 100 yards from the main road, the dogs let me know that somebody is coming before their rear wheels leave the pavement.

Why? Because I like it.

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Old August 1, 2012, 11:19 AM   #55
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I grew up here in the People's Republic of Maryland, though I was born in California..., I am here because it was home..., I am still here because I can't afford to escape to Virginia or West Virginia, or maybe Pennsylvania ...., yet.

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Old August 1, 2012, 11:48 AM   #56
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Moving to Eastern TN, in 4 years, 10 Months and 19 days for good. Bought a house, and am leaving the Peoples Republic of MA. Letting the kids graduate High School, then moving. Will be visiting my home next week.

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Old August 1, 2012, 11:51 AM   #57
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Utah, except for 4-5 years I spent in Europe, a year in Iraq, and 15 months on orders in Monterey.

I don't have any plans or desire to live anywhere else. I've lived from one end of this state to the other, it's everything I need and want.
"I'm not saying we should kill all the stupid people. I'm just saying that we should remove all the warning labels and let the problem work itself out."
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Old August 1, 2012, 01:00 PM   #58
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moved to sc from ct in 12/11. everything is cheaper here and weather is better (yes it's hot in the summer-the air conditioning works great). more liberal attitudes about gun ownership and many have concealed permits. got my sc permit and am awaiting fl. permit.
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Old August 1, 2012, 01:06 PM   #59
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I was born in Wake County, North Carolina and I still live there. Things
have changed a lot since my childhood that was mostly spent on a
small farm in my home county. Small farms and the rural enviroment
that once surrounded Raleigh are things of the past and so many new
people have moved here. I work in Wake County so I'll probably hang
on here for the next few years. Wake County is still a decent place
to live for the most part, but the increased traffic and congestion is
starting to wear on my nerves a bit. I have been looking at land in
more rural areas in neighboring counties, areas where the people still
speak with a Southern accent and the pace of life is slower. North
Carolina is a great state to have been raised and to live in but I might
have to think about another Southern state when I retire if people
keep pouring in. I have nothing against the transplants who have moved
here but some people just need more elbow room and less excitement
than others. With all of the people moving South from the Northeast,
I'm surprised there is anyone still left up there. Of course with the
draconian gun laws and insane taxes state governments want to impose
up there, I don't blame the public for fleeing to better enviroments.
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Old August 1, 2012, 06:14 PM   #60
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Where? & Why?

Raised in South Jersey and moved to Florida because my NJ job went away.
In retrospect leaving NJ was the single best thing I ever did.
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Old August 2, 2012, 03:38 AM   #61
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In the central part of a central county in North Carolina, in middle of a private dirt and gravel road...one of three houses on it...that dead-ends into a pasture. 100 yards from the main road, the dogs let me know that somebody is coming before their rear wheels leave the pavement.

Why? Because I like it.

Don't think the why is necessary. I think it sounds very cool.
"I've now been in 57 states, I think one left to go"
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Old August 2, 2012, 10:27 AM   #62
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Met my wife while I was in Texas and she moved me to Maine.
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Old August 2, 2012, 10:39 AM   #63
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Born and raised in Connecticut. Spent my first 22 years there and on a whim one day packed up my car and headed for Colorado;ending up in Boulder. I’ve been in Colorado for 18 years.

It was the mountains and great outdoors that attracted me to Colorado and they didn't disappoint. For work I ended up moving out of Boulder to a suburb of Denver, which is my only regret about living here. I dislike Denver.

I have a 5 year plan to get out of Denver but unfortunately, it’s going to take about that long unless I get lucky.
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Old August 2, 2012, 12:42 PM   #64
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I was born in a log cabin which I helped my father build!

Born in 1950 at the Adelphia Hospital in Brooklyn NY and actually delivered by my grandfather an old Brooklyn NY doctor. Grew up in the Park Slope (Prospect Park West) section and later on LI in Uniondale.

Eventually ended up in the Marines facing the draft. Came out of Nam in '72 and was assigned recruiting duty in Cleveland, Ohio. Every time I left Cleveland I ended up back here, go figure.

Will retire in a few years and have yet to figure out what we want to do. I still get back to NY every year for a party on the beach with friends and yes, the food is great!

Clueless in Cleveland
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Old August 2, 2012, 12:58 PM   #65
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Air Force brat. Born at Casablanca Morrocco moved to U.S. at 2 &lived in about 12-14 states before dad retired & moved to Tennessee. I went into USAF &did some traveling with them. After discharge went back to Tennessee, then to Oregon because of climate & MT.s It was a nice state when I moved here, but things are getting dangerous here now! Hoping to ride it out! This is still a great state.
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Old August 2, 2012, 01:58 PM   #66
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Lived in Washington state, then liberal Oregon, now in northern Wyoming. Every place has value, this is a good place to shoot and not be taxed to death or crowded.
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Old August 20, 2012, 05:23 PM   #67
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Originally Posted by Snag View Post
I could of course do without the ridiculous gun laws California has chosen to employ, but I could absolutely not do without California.
Those are my feelings exactly.

Born in southern California in 1949 and lived there until 1958 when my Dad (in a stroke of genius) moved all six of us to Japan for four years (worked for Lockheed). None of us in the family liked SoCal (smog, congestion, people, etc.) and my Dad was able to have us settle in northern California upon our return (Santa Clara Valley) since he landed a job at Lockheed Missles and Space Company in Sunnyvale.

At that time, Santa Clara Valley was utopia. Small towns seperated by huge orchards of apricots, peaches, cherries and plums. Perfect weather, great location (1 hour south of San Francisco). A great place to grow up before they paved it all over with shopping malls, freeways and home tracts on every square foot of available land. I escaped in 1988 to the Central Valley for 8 years and commuted to the Bay Area.

I ended up in Ukiah in 2001 on a small farm just on the outskirts of town. It is hot here in the summer but we love it. Clear air, no street lights or anything to dim the billions of stars seen everynight. My three adult kids are leasing a house in town about 15 minutes away and we are constantly planning and doing things together. We are blessed by many unscheduled drop-in visits and they make our day. Anywhere north or west from here is sparsely populated beautiful country + the coast is to die for.

We live in a "shall issue" county and we have probably the best county sheriff's office in the state. Tom Allman is a personal friend of mine and a great person as well as top notch LEO. We have the huge Mendocino National Forest just north of us, lakes and rivers all around us, large BLM land just east of us. Great place to be an outdoorsman. The motorcycling doesn't get any better than this.

The rest of the world just doesn't realize that the best of California (95%) is NOT in San Francisco, Los Angeles or Sacramento. I wouldn't live anywhere else on earth.

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Old August 20, 2012, 07:03 PM   #68
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I am in the Big Sky Country, Montana. My Grandparents homesteaded in the eastern part of Montana in the early 1900's. I was born and raised in Montana, it isn't called the Big Sky Country for nothing. If any of you ever get the chance take a trip up Beartooth pass or visit Glacier National Park or even Yellowstone park and you will see why I love living, working, hunting, fishing and raising my kids in Montana. We still have problems but the farther from the flag pole you are the better life is. Just my thoughts, keep your head down and your powder dry.
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Old August 20, 2012, 08:03 PM   #69
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I am originally from WA. In the past, I have lived in OR, TX, MS, MD, and OH, and I have spent a fair amount of time in at least a dozen other states. I have traveled as far north as Seattle and as far south as Miami.

I currently live in SC, partially because I was offered a good job here, but mostly because I like the weather.

In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice; In practice, there is.
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Old August 20, 2012, 10:35 PM   #70
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Born and raised in Northern Colorado, and I doubt seriously that I will ever leave here again. In the USMC I lived in SoCal and Japan among other places, and while I like going different places, the fact is that this is home for me. I miss it when I am not here, and I feel a connection to this area.
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Old August 21, 2012, 12:24 AM   #71
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Houston of course, it's where the money is, and a really cheap place to live.
Houston, TX
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Old August 21, 2012, 01:36 AM   #72
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Born in Upstate NY moved to Florida in my senior year of high school because my mom wanted more vitamin D. Luckily I can own guns here or else there would be absolutely nothing good about this place.
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Old August 21, 2012, 09:02 AM   #73
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With out bragging since I started it, this is a great thread. Love your stories.
"I've now been in 57 states, I think one left to go"

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Old August 21, 2012, 12:33 PM   #74
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Lived between Windsor and Chatham, Ontario till I was about 3 or 4. Mum got remarried to an American, so we hopped on over to the States. Been living in the Metro Detroit area ever since, but spent plenty of summers back up in Canada with my dad.

I'd like to move, maybe to Texas, Florida, or SC, but my wife's pretty strongly rooted here, and has no desire to move more than 5 miles away from her folks.
If gun owners are as violent as anti-gunners said we are, there wouldn't be any anti's left.
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Old August 21, 2012, 04:35 PM   #75
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Originally Posted by cyclopsshooter View Post
PNW, good weather, good gun laws, fewer people, it is home
^^^This, but I'd personally replace "good weather" with "good people and places".

I'm typing within 100 miles of where I was born and raised, but that has a whole lot more to do with my dad's excellent reasons for settling here than any missing sense of adventure on my part. He had good taste in places to live, IMO.
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