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Where do you live? And why?

Discussion in 'Rallying Point and Range Discussions' started by jim in Anchorage, Jul 27, 2012.

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  1. aka108

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    Born in SoCal. Loved being there in my teens and early 20's during the 1950's. All formal eduction in that State. Navy sent me to Florida in 1960 and the place sort of took hold of me. Transferred back to CA and the place was in the process of changing for the worse. From CA I went to Seattle on a promotion and hated the place. Drizzled all the time and the sun only came out in the middle of the work week. So, returned to Florida and never left however I had some great experiences in North NV while young and built a retirement home outside of Elko which we used for 15 years. Sold it last year since just getting too old to maintain two places.
    In Tallahassee we are only 4 miles from a regional med center, 1 mile from major shopping yet the house still seems out in the country where it was when we built it. Would not move for anything.
     
  2. cleardiddion

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    Born in Pucheon, ROK moved to Bakersfield, CA when I was seven.

    From there we went East(a bit different) to Longmont, CO a year and a half later.
    Was there for 14 years with the exception of 4 years of FL for my education (ERAU more specifically).

    Folks' place went under and I moved up with them here to Cheyenne, WY.
    Folks moved on, I stayed.
    Why?

    A lot had to do with my job (wandering all up and down WY and into CO) but it also had a lot do with the fact that I really like it here. Centrally located to where I want (and need) to be, less people and a higher proportion of good ones, good climate (mostly), lots of open spaces, and the gun laws are damned good.

    Oh and the tax rates, they help quite a bit to keep me rooted here.
     
  3. archigos

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    Sorry this is long, but I really want to explain my roots here and hopefully dispel some thoughts about us Upstate New York RKBA supporters.

    I've been here my whole life so far (I'm in my late twenties, for those who must know). I was born here and raised here. I was stupid and stayed local for college for a girl (though that college wound up being great for me). I've kept stumbling into decent jobs around here since, and now that I'm finally more mobile and could find a job elsewhere, my wife (not the aforementioned girl) is finally in a job that is great for her.

    Make no mistake about it. I want to escape NY in the worst way, and escape really is the only term for it. I love the climate and the landscape, but the politics are horrific. I do some behind-the-scenes politically-related work and the additional exposure is even more disheartening - some of the more disgusting things never make their way to the news. The thought of living here and paying taxes to this corrupt machine causes me such emotional pain that it sometimes manifests itself as physical discomfort. My wife and I have arguments because she wants to buy a house, but I refuse to do so in this state. We're living in a cramped apartment for the sole reason that we're still in NY.
    Yet, I'm still stuck here (for now). I'll make my escape someday, but family comes first, and this is the happiest I have ever seen my wife. When she gets some time in this role on her resume we'll find a better place for us, and I really cannot wait.

    I often see people post on this forum that its NY residents' fault for living in NY, and that's pretty hard for me to read on The High Road. I didn't choose to live here, I was born here, and I've been kept here originally by my need for a job and now by my commitment to my wife - and I have no shame for this.
    While I've been here, I've worked diligently to change things as best as I can. I grew up in an anti-gun family and have, through about 15 years of work, managed to persuade my entire [local] family to support RKBA. My uncle now is a skeet instructor at his gun club, my brother works for a very pro-gun federal politician, my father has permits in multiple states, and even my mother (who previously wouldn't even allow a gun her home) has finally gotten her permit of her own accord, though she doesn't really use it. As I said, I do some behind-the-scenes political work and am highly motivated to work to make things better. My business has discounted more than we've taken in so far this year for the sake of helping the good guys. I've slaved away for pennies on the dollar, and didn't have any need to do so.
    Don't think less of me because I'm from NYS, and don't tell me its my fault. I am every bit as committed to RKBA as most anyone on THR. I am dying to escape this state, but have reasons that I can't just yet. While I'm stuck here, I am doing everything in my power to fight for our rights. I have no shame for continuously facing oppression, and I'm proud of how I handle it.
     
  4. boomhower1820

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    I'm originally from a cow town in Ohio. I graduated from college and didn't want to move back home. My sister have got married and bought a house in Charlotte, NC. She offered to let me come down and stay with her. Eventually got my own place. GF at the tome(now wife) got pregnant. We got broke. Her family was from a small town not to far away so we went there. Six years later we're living in another small town not far away and I couldn't be happier. Big cities are great when your single, smaller towns much better to raise a family.
     
  5. erkman

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    I live right at the bottom of a mountain range in a sleepy little valley in a rural county in NE Alabama on land my family has owned and lived on since the Civil War Ended. I have ancestors who lived in this valley before Alabama even became a state. Currently I am living in a house my grandfather built with his own hands in 1955 that sits in front of the house he was raised in and built by his father around 1890.

    My dad has a house ¼ mile down the road that is next to our own private 200 yard rifle range along with several hundred acres of mountain land literally out my back door than I can hunt and wander around on. Don’t really have much reason to move anywhere else at the current place in time.
     
  6. DammitBoy

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    You're making me jealous erkman!
     
  7. Shinbone

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    No kidding. Some of these guys are so fortunate.
     
  8. bigtubby

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    Really enjoyed all the stories and how proud people are of where they live and rightfully so.

    I was born in Northern Calif. parents moved to Vegas in 1963 and I have been here since. I have thought about leaving but I don't like to shovel snow or swat bugs flying or crawling. Wouldn't mind a place with a little less sun although the winters here are nice. My wife's family and mine are all here and my brother and I have a business so I can't really bail on him. Maybe another 10 years and we can look around for a retirement place.
     
  9. talldragon

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    Thanks go to bergman for the Northern California comments and archigos (post #108) for the sentiments about his home in NYS. It closely mirrors how I feel about my home here in the Sierra Nevada foothills. I couldn't have said it better :D .

    After my Dad finished his tour during Vietnam, he moved us out of the Sacramento Valley where I was born and to much better climes in the hills; away from the smog, congestion and city attitudes that are so pervasive there. Cool, fresh pine and fir scented air....gotta have it :) .
    Taught my brother and I to shoot at around ten. Hunting and fishing a few years later.
    I am 43 now; I love where I live and after all, someone has to stay here and fight for what rights we have left.
    There are some great places here to hunt, fish, camp and go four-wheelin' as well as some good ranges (indoor and outdoor). Most are a little drive, but that's fine by me.
    Rural areas here are predominantly pro-2a. I know very few people who do not own a firearm of some type and know how to use it.
    My job will keep me here for the foreseeable future. I will be reevaluating that further down the line; as in the next 5 yrs or so.
    Entire family is here as well as my MIL, who is starting to need us around a lot more as time goes on.
     
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  10. 4v50 Gary

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    I am where I am because I am in school. Professional student is I. :)
     
  11. AZ PAUL

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    Iv lived in Arizona for the last 21 years, born and raised. While I enjoy the gun laws, there are many things I really dislike. I do not enjoy the heat, the crime, and could do without the big city (maybe).

    I would love to move somewhere cooler such as San Diego, Iowa (family), Alaska (think I would really like it), and maybe Seattle WA. Leads???
     
  12. sammass

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    California boy

    Born in Oakland, visited Idaho and Utah for 8 years while Dad's territory got 'consolidated'. Back to NorCal and graduated HS in '64. Moved again to the Bay Area; USN in San Diego, RVN, and Camp Pendleton. Back to the Bay Area; Moved to Sacramento; Retired. Wife has business here so not going anywhere soon. Kids having kids; so probably not going anywhere anytime.

    All that being said with tall mountains and blue ocean, the warm winds and cool breezes, the urban and the rural all within 2 hours, I would just as soon leave California for less roof line and way more elbow room. The brats in the sandbox under the dome downtown and in DC seem to make ill concieved changes on a whim and the rest of us suffer. PITA to deal with. Not much difference between a 'hider' and 'break' in my mind but that is another story. I will expire in California down the road, but it is not the state I remember as a child or now want.

    Be Well.
     
  13. esheato

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    Born in the suburbs of Cleveland but ended up in central CA for high school. College wasn't quite in the plans so the USAF took me all over the world. Finally separated and ended up in socal working for CBP....great job, crappy location. Means to an end and all. I'm busting my hump to get a permanent govt. position up in North Dakota with CBP. I've got my fingers crossed....
     
  14. dc.fireman

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    Born and raised behind the Orange Curtain in SoCal, back when they only had 1 area code, and 2 Marine Corps bases. Dad dragged me kicking and screaming to NoVa. in 1986. I left after HS in 1988, for all of 3 mos. I returned home, jobless, penniless, and a little less idealistic than I had been when I left. Aside from 10 months in OKC, and 3 mos. in Detroit, I've been here ever since - it's getting more crowded by the minute, and when retirement comes along, I'm considering NC, CO, WY, ID, and MT...
     
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  15. MoreIsLess

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    Apparently you haven't been to Atlanta, GA. I've lived in numerous states and I haven't lived anywhere that has as many good looking women as here in ATL.

    Oops, I forgot, this is a gun forum
     
  16. MoreIsLess

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    Ditto to that. I'm from Indiana originally but have lived in the South (NC, FL, GA) for the last 28 years. People from up north just don't get it when it comes to all the fuss about being from the South (I know I used to be one of them). It's more than a place to live, it's a way of life. I love the south and hope it will always be my home.

    We have pretty good gun laws here in GA, lots of pretty women, mild winters, the beaches aren't too far away nor are the mountains. What more need say I.
     
  17. Deltaboy1984

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    TX <removed>. Great weather , good jobs and Freedom.
     
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  18. Kynoch

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    I live on the Coast of California in one of the most beautiful places on Earth. There simply is no better weather on Earth. Outstanding jobs and plenty of freedom that's never talked about. I am here originally because my family goes back many generations in this location. I came back after college because of family and because it's simply a gorgeous place to live. I cannot imagine expending my earthly existance in a hellhole (on many levels) like TX. Now that would truly be miserable on a daily, often hourly basis.

    I'm also not about to flee. This is my home and I'm here for the duration.
     
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  19. bikerdoc

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    True words.

    I got here as soon as I could because of my 2nd wife. After 22 yrs as a northern cop, we came here when I retired I had to be reeducated and assimilated. I learned the values of her people, guns, god, guts, family first, helping others, talking polite, and working hard.
    I can shoot every day on our properties, open carry, crime is low, and the air is clean.
    Ya, it is a way of life.
     
  20. Ramone

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    I've found, as a New Yorker living in the south (Being a New Yorker is like being a Marine- there is no "ex"), that somewhere between Kynoch and Bikerdoc (ahoy neighbor!).

    Just as I have found my Euro friends to assume that all of the USA is the same as what they visited (or have seen on TV), 'The South', to those of us that have traveled it, is a Damn Big Place, with a great deal of variation in the local culture.

    There *are* places in the south (as there are in 'the North') that I would would be happy to not have to claim as part of My Nation- and there are others that I just love to pieces...

    For me, having grown up in the shadow of the Greatest City (516, Represent!), and being of a Marine Corps family, I find the south in the vicinity of a large Naval Base suits me to a 'T' (which, for me, explains my orbit between Jacksonville FL and Norfolk VA). I find that the cultural impact of Americas True Mixing Pot (the Military) bringing service personal and dependents to the otherwise insular South makes for a vibrant, cosmopolitan populace.

    Though, to be fair, there are equal bits of what my old Dad always refered to as 'Northern Hospitality and Southern Efficiency'.
     
  21. ottohund

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    I have lived most of my life in the South of the USA (whenever I was not overseas). I have lived in PA & MD for about 2 years total. I currently live in San Marcos TX, and I very much enjoy being here. I am fine with people having a negative view of the South. You are absolutely correct, stay where you are. It is much better there.
     
  22. Rexster

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    I am in SE Texas, living about 30 miles from where I grew up. My mother has ancestors that settled in the Huffman area during the land grant period, before the Republic of Texas. Huffman is not an incorporated city, and part has been annexed by the city of Houston. My father's parents were from Crowley, Louisiana, and moved to Texas during the Great Depression, to look for work. My parents met at First Baptist Church in Highlands, and that is where I lived, mostly, from 1961 until 1998. Huffman and Highlands, as well as most of Houston, are in Harris County, which is quite large, about 1800 square miles.

    I doubt I will move very far from my present location, unless perhaps my wife retires from public service, and gets a private sector job that would require relocating. I would certainly not mind relocating to a rural area, or smaller town that is not surrounded by urban sprawl. My wife likes the idea of moving to San Antonio, near her brother, though I would rather not live IN San Antonio; I would rather be in a more conservative county, and away from the urban sprawl growing along I-35.

    Texas may not be the most handgun-friendly state in the union, but we have it pretty good here, and while still an active peace officer, I have it VERY good, being able to legally carry just about anything, anywhere. Life is good! :)

    Edited to add: BTW, Texas is not the South! ;)

    I grew up Southern Baptist, but my wife is Catholic. I tease her about about being an idol worshipper, and she teases me about being a snake handler. As for prejudice, well, I am blue-eyed, Scot-Irish on one side, and mostly German on the other, but blessed with a French surname. My first wife was an olive-tan-complexioned Hispanic, which is where my son got his permanent suntan. We presently live near one of the largest synogogues in the USA, and we love our Jewish neighbors. Life is good!
     
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  23. Dixiejack

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    I was born and raised in South Georgia and North Florida. Twelve of those years on the Georgia/Florida East coast. That was back when one could ride or walk for miles and see nothing but pristine beaches. Now you can't see the ocean for the houses.
    Why would I want to retire in the South when I was raised here? My wife and I have our hopes set on moving to SE Indiana around Madison. It is beautiful there and the people are friendly and it is clean.
    You don't see garbage on the side of roads or Walmart bags fluttering in the breeze along with gnats and love bugs like you do in South Georgia.
    Where I live now, the parking lot at Walmart is 1/2 full of privately owned surplus school busses that have brought Mexican farm workers to town on the weekends. The drug industry has gone out of sight. Ten years ago the county I live in would maybe have 5 or 6 killings a year, now we have 2 to 3 drug related killings a week and all related to gangs of Mexicans. A town of 50,000 that is 18 miles from me is in the FBI top ten of unsolved murders--most drug related.
    If you want to retire to the South for good Ole' (pronounced O-lay) South of the Border hospitality, I got two houses for sale on adjoining lots and we got liberal gun laws for even the criminal population.
     
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    Dixiejack, I feel your pain. South Ga. in general has changed alot in the last few years. My wife's family is here and we are settled. My intention was to be further north, so, we'll ride it out. Lots of shooting buddies and good hunting nearby, takes the edge off. At least Al, Tn and the Carolinas are close, good motorcycle riding..
     
  25. MoreIsLess

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    Ha ha, that's a pretty good one. I totally agree, stay put!
     
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