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  • Wisconsin to see snow 16 votes
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#301 84 days ago
Quoted from uncivil_engineer:

I kinda like my little corner of California. It’s high desert so we get enough snow every year to keep it interesting.[quoted image]

Tehachapi is awesome... Love the area and have looked at moving there several times from NorCal...

Jeff

#302 84 days ago

I live in the Bay Area which sucks. I hate it here. Here for the kids and job.

Goal is to move to our vacation home eventually. It is in California but is relatively inexpensive, homes can be had for 300k, no traffic and on a lake. Get all the joys of California (weather, scenery, etc) without the insane prices.

I have tried to find some place better (visit a different state every year) but nothing compares for our life style.

Only 14 more years to go!!

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#303 84 days ago
Quoted from hool10:

I have lived in MA for 30 years and NH for 2 years. I will just lump New England in 1 big pro/con thing.
Pro's
1) Pinball scene is pretty good.
2) You can travel to NYC in 4 hours, can travel to Maine, CT, etc, etc within a day.
3) Boston is a pretty cool city. I would say around '10'ish it started to become less of a ghetto and actual fun stuff to do. However around '16 it has started going downhill. Very confident when Trump gets re-elected the second Civil War will start here.
4) Electronic stores are DA BOMB here!
5) Some great food is here with breweries everywhere.
6) The Fall sometimes is nice.
7) Our kickass sport teams and sports in general.
8 ) History here is pretty great like Paul Revere house, etc.
Con's
1) People here are pure garbage. This stands for all of New England. They will steal, lie, just try and fuck you over and your family. Not every person here but most. Striking up a conversation here is pretty much impossible as people mainly hang out with their family, play with their dog, watch tv, work. It's VERY cliquey. I will give you a tip actually about the competitive pinball scene here. If you are not good at pinball or not show up to a lot to events, people will not talk to you because you are not good or "commited". Not all of them are like this but some of the real hardcore people are and you know some of them already.
2) The taxes are insanely bad here. NH has a no seat belt law or income tax so they don't have federal funding for their roads. They have to pay for it somehow so property values rival NJ. ME has $5+ toll roads every mile.
3) Crime is REALLY bad here.
4) I cannot underestimate this enough but the amount of racism here is truly insane and this goes for all of New England. You will find a few African Americans in Boston and that is it. No Asians in VT, ME, NH or RI just Boston.
5) The winters and really the weather controls your life. Often Winter will start mid October and end around mid-late May. Summer is usually super hot and humid. Usually a tornado will touch down in western MA and insurance companies get away with not covering it because the weatherman called it a "Supercell". Northern parts of NH, ME, VT have mudslides. We have nor'easters which is essentially a snowstorm and hurricane. Sometimes we have snowstorms with thunder and lightning called "thunder snow" in fact.
6) Back to the people/sports thing. We are super proud of our sports teams but our fans are terrible. Not the worst but pretty bad.
7) Our fashion here sucks. All we wear is sport team shirts, flannel, and bargain clothing from Bob Stores.
8 ) Drug use here is pretty hardcore and prevalent (depressed from the people, high taxes, and weather). Parents will hook their children onto pot at a very young age often and smoke with them well into adulthood. They will supply the alcohol. Often this leads to harder drugs like cocaine. Donald Trump said that NH is a "drug infested den" and it's very much true. Manchester, NH is SO BAD with drugs. Recently MA legalized pot and now you will be driving or walking in the city of Boston and just smell the shit. It doesn't smell like cologne or perfume! No it smells like Jesse Pinkman shit hole house! The ME residents are just constantly on pot. We constantly have to tell them to smoke their shit outside in their car and they will often just get baked on the lawn in between rounds.
9) A lot of Democrats here but it feels like they are the minority. TONS of Trumpers in NH like TONS. Really all of New England but NH loves him.
10) History here is great but you can't mess with it. It's Paul Revere house and it ain't moving! Not much space so what you are left with is struggling to work around the history rather than building.
11) VT, RI, CT people don't venture out of their state. ME not often either but sometimes they do. This causes issues with the NEPL finals and trying to prod them with a stick so they leave their house.
Next year I am planning on moving to TX. I went to my first TPF this year and I didn't see any Trumpers, incredibly easy to talk to people, the food OMG, the weather, stuff to do. I wanna work for Lockheed Martin. I'm only 32 and single. Where in TX should I go? I heard Austin is where all the hippies go and east Texas is where all the rednecks are.

If i was 32 and single. Id move to Scottsdale, AZ. I lived there for 3 years before moving back to CA. Best time of my young adult life! The women there are epic, model like status.
Scottsdale, AZ is the best place to be if your single. And the whole area has a great job market. I miss it.

#304 84 days ago
Quoted from hool10:

I have lived in MA for 30 years and NH for 2 years. I will just lump New England in 1 big pro/con thing.
Pro's
1) Pinball scene is pretty good.
2) You can travel to NYC in 4 hours, can travel to Maine, CT, etc, etc within a day.
3) Boston is a pretty cool city. I would say around '10'ish it started to become less of a ghetto and actual fun stuff to do. However around '16 it has started going downhill. Very confident when Trump gets re-elected the second Civil War will start here.
4) Electronic stores are DA BOMB here!
5) Some great food is here with breweries everywhere.
6) The Fall sometimes is nice.
7) Our kickass sport teams and sports in general.
8 ) History here is pretty great like Paul Revere house, etc.
Con's
1) People here are pure garbage. This stands for all of New England. They will steal, lie, just try and fuck you over and your family. Not every person here but most. Striking up a conversation here is pretty much impossible as people mainly hang out with their family, play with their dog, watch tv, work. It's VERY cliquey. I will give you a tip actually about the competitive pinball scene here. If you are not good at pinball or not show up to a lot to events, people will not talk to you because you are not good or "commited". Not all of them are like this but some of the real hardcore people are and you know some of them already.
2) The taxes are insanely bad here. NH has a no seat belt law or income tax so they don't have federal funding for their roads. They have to pay for it somehow so property values rival NJ. ME has $5+ toll roads every mile.
3) Crime is REALLY bad here.
4) I cannot underestimate this enough but the amount of racism here is truly insane and this goes for all of New England. You will find a few African Americans in Boston and that is it. No Asians in VT, ME, NH or RI just Boston.
5) The winters and really the weather controls your life. Often Winter will start mid October and end around mid-late May. Summer is usually super hot and humid. Usually a tornado will touch down in western MA and insurance companies get away with not covering it because the weatherman called it a "Supercell". Northern parts of NH, ME, VT have mudslides. We have nor'easters which is essentially a snowstorm and hurricane. Sometimes we have snowstorms with thunder and lightning called "thunder snow" in fact.
6) Back to the people/sports thing. We are super proud of our sports teams but our fans are terrible. Not the worst but pretty bad.
7) Our fashion here sucks. All we wear is sport team shirts, flannel, and bargain clothing from Bob Stores.
8 ) Drug use here is pretty hardcore and prevalent (depressed from the people, high taxes, and weather). Parents will hook their children onto pot at a very young age often and smoke with them well into adulthood. They will supply the alcohol. Often this leads to harder drugs like cocaine. Donald Trump said that NH is a "drug infested den" and it's very much true. Manchester, NH is SO BAD with drugs. Recently MA legalized pot and now you will be driving or walking in the city of Boston and just smell the shit. It doesn't smell like cologne or perfume! No it smells like Jesse Pinkman shit hole house! The ME residents are just constantly on pot. We constantly have to tell them to smoke their shit outside in their car and they will often just get baked on the lawn in between rounds.
9) A lot of Democrats here but it feels like they are the minority. TONS of Trumpers in NH like TONS. Really all of New England but NH loves him.
10) History here is great but you can't mess with it. It's Paul Revere house and it ain't moving! Not much space so what you are left with is struggling to work around the history rather than building.
11) VT, RI, CT people don't venture out of their state. ME not often either but sometimes they do. This causes issues with the NEPL finals and trying to prod them with a stick so they leave their house.
Next year I am planning on moving to TX. I went to my first TPF this year and I didn't see any Trumpers, incredibly easy to talk to people, the food OMG, the weather, stuff to do. I wanna work for Lockheed Martin. I'm only 32 and single. Where in TX should I go? I heard Austin is where all the hippies go and east Texas is where all the rednecks are.

If you hate it so much just move now. Why wait? You make it out to be a hell hole and it’s really not.

#305 84 days ago
Quoted from cjchand:

Austin, is definitely the most Liberal-leaning city in the state. I'm a proud UT Longhorn graduate and would choose Austin, hands down, over any other city in the state... except the Californians really trashed the housing market there, plus the town just isn't the same since SXSW became a thing. Tons of transplants moving there because of its unique vibe, only to dilute that vibe by encouraging chains and other things counter to the "Keep Austin Weird" movement. In short, the Austin we all knew and loved is - sadly - dying.

I lived in Austin in the 90's (loved it there) and people were saying stuff like that even then, that transplants were ruining the city, etc, etc. It's a never ending thing, people who have lived long in any location will start to say that. It's part of getting old in the same location I guess.

Quoted from PtownPin:

I will say this that many are starting to realize that we are getting taxed to death and its getting out of hand.

Taxation is all relative. Being originally from Canada with lots of family there, we actually find the taxes here in California to be low and quite the bargain for the lifestyle the state allow us to live compared to back home.

Quoted from Wickerman2:

Bah, that’s just interweb venting by folks. I have big time GOP die hards on almost every side of my house and I’m basically a Democratic Socialist. I think the people they want running things are laughable but they themselves are fine as neighbors. We don’t throw stuff at each other or yell shit. Although if this one dude lets his dog shit in my yard again....

It can be done for sure! A friend who runs websites just like mine (he's my main competitor) leans right and I lean left yet we are good friends, hang out, get drinks, etc. We'll mock each others side sometimes but it's all in good fun. Unfortunately that's not always the case though and some people will just not let others be if their views aren't The Correct View (tm), something that most definitely happens on both sides. The powers that be have indeed successfully got us all fighting against each other so they can all profit of us with their websites, book tours, donations, etc. It's really weird because Canada is not at all like that. For the most part it's two parties there as well yet people don't get so polarized based on their political party. It's a bit of a different world down here in the USA when it comes to that, with some folk anyways.

#306 84 days ago
Quoted from iceman44:

The only thing Cali has going for it is Odin, NorCalrealtor, Robt and my buddy Nimblepin

Ah no...

The other Robert.

#307 84 days ago
Quoted from NY2Colorado:

There is no bad weather... Only bad gear.

I like the sentiment, but there's no gearing your way out of intense heat and humidity, other than hiding inside under cover of air conditioning until fall rolls around. Culture and politics aside, that alone makes much of Texas seem uninhabitable to me for a good third of the year.

#308 84 days ago
Quoted from PiperPinball:

If i was 32 and single. Id move to Scottsdale, AZ. I lived there for 3 years before moving back to CA. Best time of my young adult life! The women there are epic, model like status.
Scottsdale, AZ is the best place to be if your single. And the whole area has a great job market. I miss it.

Wish I could afford a decent place in Scottsdale when I was 32 - but agree that it would probably be worth the sacrifice if you're single.

#309 84 days ago
Quoted from jorge5240:

I live in the Bay Area which sucks. I hate it here. Here for the kids and job.
Goal is to move to our vacation home eventually. It is in California but is relatively inexpensive, homes can be had for 300k, no traffic and on a lake. Get all the joys of California (weather, scenery, etc) without the insane prices.
I have tried to find some place better (visit a different state every year) but nothing compares for our life style.
Only 14 more years to go!!

Awww... Come on... The Bay Area is the best place in the world...

Okay so now on to my serious question, what lake? We've been looking at property around Clear Lake as a second/vacation/retirement home/place... Would love suggestions on other places to look.

Jeff

#310 84 days ago
Quoted from pascal-pinball:

and Monaco?
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#311 84 days ago
Quoted from Damagio:

SW Missouri NW Arkansas. Can’t wait to leave California.

That's where I'm from and where I'm going back to when I'm done working. My old neighborhood down there is a gated community with a semi-private golf course and you can still get a few golf course frontage lots for about $5000/acre. There's a 3 acre lot bordering the 18th fairway I'm looking at for about $25k.

#312 84 days ago
Quoted from o-din:

Carolinas are beautiful. They have cool city names like Winston Salem and Hickory.

There's a whole "cigarette" subdivision in Sterling Heights, Michigan. Street names I recall are: Newport, Winston, Parliment, Pall Mall, Viceroy and Camel. I worked with a guy who lived on Viceroy. He didn't smoke.

#313 84 days ago
Quoted from cmack750:

And don't forget the Gem States OTHER gem....[quoted image]

She's gonna be on the market soon....

#314 84 days ago
Quoted from Murphdom:

If you hate it so much just move now. Why wait? You make it out to be a hell hole and it’s really not.

Virgilio's Scali bread is the best reason I can think of to live in Massachusetts

#315 84 days ago
Quoted from boscokid:

Virgilio's Scali bread is the best reason I can think of to live in Massachusetts

Lol. You really missed out on their lobster claw pastry then.

#316 84 days ago
Quoted from Chisox:

I know the OP will not pick Illinois because of the weather but I implore the rest of you readers, do NOT move here. It SUCKS and most of us are leaving.

Bally was first to move some of their manufacturing operations out of Illinois in 1991.

#317 84 days ago
Quoted from o-din:

I take it you've never seen the roads of Compton.[quoted image]

Compton, Paramount and El Monte are all shitholes.

#318 84 days ago
Quoted from JodyG:

I was actually thinking hard about Del Boca Vista, but I am not old enough yet.

Quoted from JodyG:

Love it out there, just not sure I could ever make the move to CA. I spent 10 days chasing and photographing trains up the mountain from San Bernardino and out into the desert by you a few years ago before the big fire. Beautiful part of the country![quoted image][quoted image]

That first picture is pretty cool. Kinda the same reason Horseshoe Curve was built near Altoona. But yours has a Train instead of automobile tunnel in the mix.

#319 84 days ago

The only two things I will ever agree with Hilton, pinball and Madison.

Chicago and the state Illinois have been ruined. It needs a nuclear enema to rid itself of corruption and obtuse politicians. Until it changes, visit and never move here.

Texas, Tennessee, Kentucky, Colorado or Arizona. Best choices.

#320 84 days ago

Good with living here

A cold beer and nice sunset. What else do you need!

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#321 84 days ago
Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

Seeing lots of votes for NC.

Sitting in Charlotte at this moment. As I’ve driven around I’m quite sure this town is not equipped for any kind of population influx. Roads are small, commute can only get worse. Sorry have to go, this bar closes at 11pm. It’s still Friday, right?

#322 84 days ago
Quoted from uncivil_engineer:

I kinda like my little corner of California. It’s high desert so we get enough snow every year to keep it interesting.[quoted image]

What's the elevation there? Similar climate to Reno-Carson?

#323 84 days ago
Quoted from jorge5240:

I live in the Bay Area which sucks. I hate it here. Here for the kids and job.
Goal is to move to our vacation home eventually. It is in California but is relatively inexpensive, homes can be had for 300k, no traffic and on a lake. Get all the joys of California (weather, scenery, etc) without the insane prices.
I have tried to find some place better (visit a different state every year) but nothing compares for our life style.
Only 14 more years to go!![quoted image][quoted image][quoted image]

Other than the cost of housing its relatively cheap to live in the Bay Area....that being said a shit box by my kids school just sold for $1.4M....it was 1900 sq ft, built in the 70's, needed work, and on a busy street...its ridiculous ..

#324 84 days ago
Quoted from PtownPin:

Other than the cost of housing its relatively cheap to live in the Bay Area....that being said a shit box by my kids school just sold for $1.4M....it was 1900 sq ft, built in the 70's, needed work, and on a busy street...its ridiculous ..

I dont know about that. High sales tax. High state income tax. High fuel costs. High utility cost. Day care and private school outrageous. Wages for contractors and all types of service people are high. Permit fees and trafic fines outrageous. Insurance costs high. Vehicle registration is a small fortune; $600 for my Silverado this year. Seems to me we get bent over on just about everything.

#325 84 days ago

utility costs, and property taxes are low here....private school is expensive anywhere u live....not sure about the other stuff, but yes I agree were taxed to death in this state....blame the left wing liberals .... gas is the worst by the way...we pay almost a $1 more a gallon than Idaho/Utah....for what?

#326 84 days ago
Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

I dont know about that. High sales tax. High state income tax. High fuel costs. High utility cost. Day care and private school outrageous. Wages for contractors and all types of service people are high. Permit fees and trafic fines outrageous. Insurance costs high. Vehicle registration is a small fortune; $600 for my Silverado this year. Seems to me we get bent over on just about everything.

All of this plus the insane traffic anywhere you go, are exactly why I left the Bay Area last month. Born and raised, but I had enough.

#327 83 days ago
Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

TN sounds nice. How bad is the humidity there?

Last week was very nice weather. This weekend 90's and humid, get the yard chores done before noon weather.

#328 83 days ago

Yeah, we are at record highs. Not very fun nor is it usual for this time of year. Of course, that weather pattern in pretty wide spread and not just us.

#329 83 days ago
Quoted from japespin:

All of this plus the insane traffic anywhere you go

There are lots of great cities to live in but the biggest problem is the influx in population growth and the lack of infrastructure that can support such growth. Living in Denver I have seen this city change more in the last five years than the last thirty years. Many cities are experiencing the same level of explosive population growth. Some cities have the infrastructure to handle the population growth and some do not. Our highways are no where near the level they need to be for the amount of cars on our roads, and they are getting worse everyday. Colorado feels like it is quickly becoming the next California. Lots of great places to live, but unfortunately population growth ruins a lot of those places as they become burdensome and not enjoyable. I always have had the thought of having another home in a smaller town just to escape the madness, a town with a population of 250,000 or less. A town with good amenities like a decent hospital, theatres, and restaurants. Been looking in Palm Springs recently for a winter getaway and there are some deals on some really nice Condos there, maybe all the baby-boomers are selling off? Look at Realtor.com for different towns/cities you may be interested in checking out.

#330 83 days ago

Find your city.... find yourself a city to live in.

#331 83 days ago
Quoted from PtownPin:

Other than the cost of housing its relatively cheap to live in the Bay Area....that being said a shit box by my kids school just sold for $1.4M....it was 1900 sq ft, built in the 70's, needed work, and on a busy street...its ridiculous ..

I do believe California has good qualities. Where I want to eventually live is more conservative than anywhere I went in Texas or Tennessee plus no humidity. You can find one stop light towns in California, you just have to look.

Sure some things are still more expensive (gas) but the trade off of scenery, weather are are worth the added costs for me and I have built that in to my retirement. If I find somewhere better I may jump ship but I don’t see it happening.

#332 83 days ago
Quoted from pinmister:

Find your city.... find yourself a city to live in.

First thing I thought of when I saw this thread. And I’m not even a Phish fan.

#333 83 days ago

Not to sound too corny, but the best place to live is near family if you’re fortunate to have them around. If they happen to live in a desirable place, that’s a bonus. If you live in paradise, but you’re lonely, what’s the point?

#334 83 days ago
Quoted from usandthem:

Not to sound too corny, but the best place to live is near family if you’re fortunate to have them around. If they happen to live in a desirable place, that’s a bonus. If you live in paradise, but you’re lonely, what’s the point?

One guy I know, the whole family all packed up together and went to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Parents, siblings, etc, they each bought their own houses but all right near each other. They love it I hear.

#335 83 days ago
Quoted from jorge5240:

I do believe California has good qualities. Where I want to eventually live is more conservative than anywhere I went in Texas or Tennessee plus no humidity. You can find one stop light towns in California, you just have to look.
Sure some things are still more expensive (gas) but the trade off of scenery, weather are are worth the added costs for me and I have built that in to my retirement. If I find somewhere better I may jump ship but I don’t see it happening.

I've lived in the Bay Area my entire life, and for all its problems i.e. taxes, crowds, traffic, liberals, etc....the Pros still far outweigh the cons for me although I've been blessed to live a nice area with great schools, jobs, etc....what many people don't realize is the cost of housing is directly related to quality of schools, and jobs.....the other driver is its very difficult to obtain approvals for housing in the Bay Area...activists, and City governments (entitlement programs) fees paid to build a house are off the charts. Its not uncommon that a developer has to pay $250K+ per lot just to get approvals (this is before starting to develop infrastructure and build). So as much as they complain they are their own worst enemies. I'd love to move to Idaho, Utah, Colorado but all those places come with their own set of challenges.

#336 83 days ago

This place is for me truly heaven!

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#337 83 days ago
Quoted from usandthem:

Not to sound too corny, but the best place to live is near family if you’re fortunate to have them around.

And fortunate enough to have family worth living near. I’m lucky in that regard, but think of all the assholes out there — if you have relatives like that you might not view proximity as a plus.

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#338 83 days ago
Quoted from xsvtoys:

One guy I know, the whole family all packed up together and went to Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Parents, siblings, etc, they each bought their own houses but all right near each other. They love it I hear.

That's neat if you can do it. Move to a dream location with all your loved ones. It's probably highly impractical or near impossible for most to pick up roots like that. What about established careers, churches that you attend, doctors, etc.?

Quoted from PtownPin:

I've lived in the Bay Area my entire life, and for all its problems i.e. taxes, crowds, traffic, liberals, etc....the Pros still far outweigh the cons for me although I've been blessed to live a nice area with great schools, jobs, etc....what many people don't realize is the cost of housing is directly related to quality of schools, and jobs.....the other driver is its very difficult to obtain approvals for housing in the Bay Area...activists, and City governments (entitlement programs) fees paid to build a house are off the charts. Its not uncommon that a developer has to pay $250K+ per lot just to get approvals (this is before starting to develop infrastructure and build). So as much as they complain they are their own worst enemies. I'd love to move to Idaho, Utah, Colorado but all those places come with their own set of challenges.

There seems to be a lot of cognitive dissonance on this thread. I see a lot of people saying that they love a particular place (except for the liberals) or except for the diversity and all sorts of nonsense like that. The desirability of a location is the sum of many factors. Did you ever stop to think that much of the success of the Bay Area and the fact that a 1000 sq. ft. home costs more than a million bucks is largely because of those awful liberals and their terrible tech companies that pay a median salary of 250K a year? You know those liberals who value education, parks and rec services, a clean environment (well, the best that you can make it with so many people packed into such a small area)? Be careful what you wish for. If the Bay Area were more conservative, it might look more Mississippi instead.

#339 83 days ago

Pittsburgh is a decent option. The pinball community there is growing, and they also have Pinburgh every year!

#340 83 days ago
Quoted from usandthem:

Not to sound too corny, but the best place to live is near family if you’re fortunate to have them around. If they happen to live in a desirable place, that’s a bonus. If you live in paradise, but you’re lonely, what’s the point?

That's not corny. It is great to have family and friends nearby. A beach doesn't hurt either.

#341 83 days ago
Quoted from usandthem:

That's neat if you can do it. Move to a dream location with all your loved ones. It's probably highly impractical or near impossible for most to pick up roots like that. What about established careers, churches that you attend, doctors, etc.?

There seems to be a lot of cognitive dissonance on this thread. I see a lot of people saying that they love a particular place (except for the liberals) or except for the diversity and all sorts of nonsense like that. The desirability of a location is the sum of many factors. Did you ever stop to think that much of the success of the Bay Area and the fact that a 1000 sq. ft. home costs more than a million bucks is largely because of those awful liberals and their terrible tech companies that pay a median salary of 250K a year? You know those liberals who value education, parks and rec services, a clean environment (well, the best that you can make it with so many people packed into such a small area)? Be careful what you wish for. If the Bay Area were more conservative, it might look more Mississippi instead.

conservatives care just as much about quality education, diversity, parks, and the environment..your rhetoric is typical liberal propaganda...

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#342 83 days ago
Quoted from PtownPin:

conservatives care just as much about quality education, diversity, parks, and the environment..your rhetoric is typical liberal propaganda...

The only thing I've seen on this entire thread is unfettered conservative propaganda. That's typical of many people on this site though. Given everything in the world by daddy and then wondering why everyone can't do it.

#343 83 days ago
Quoted from usandthem:The only thing I've seen on this entire thread is unfettered conservative propaganda.

Maybe your state is different but you should visit California and maybe you would feel differently.

#344 83 days ago
Quoted from usandthem:

Given everything in the world by daddy and then wondering why everyone can't do it.

I’ve enjoyed this thread, nice conversation all around ..even the large assumptions.

#345 83 days ago
Quoted from jorge5240:

This place is for me truly heaven![quoted image]

what town is this?

#346 83 days ago
Quoted from usandthem:

The only thing I've seen on this entire thread is unfettered conservative propaganda. That's typical of many people on this site though. Given everything in the world by daddy and then wondering why everyone can't do it.

The rich/highly educated demographic in the US now leans solidly democratic. Pinside’s userbase leans conservative and probably has higher than average income given it’s an expensive hobby, so maybe that’s throwing you off. But your stereotype doesn’t match up with reality anymore.

Quoted from PtownPin:

conservatives care just as much about quality education, diversity, parks, and the environment...

I would guess polling would bear you out on some of these issues (education) but not on others (diversity, the environment). Unless you meant that some individual conservatives care deeply about all of these issues even if conservatives as a whole rank them below other issues, in which case fair enough.

#347 83 days ago
Quoted from usandthem:

The only thing I've seen on this entire thread is unfettered conservative propaganda. That's typical of many people on this site though. Given everything in the world by daddy and then wondering why everyone can't do it.

You have to get some new material. At least you live up to your screen name.

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#348 83 days ago
Quoted from fosaisu:

The rich/highly educated demographic in the US now leans solidly democratic. Pinside’s userbase leans conservative and probably has higher than average income given it’s an expensive hobby, so maybe that’s throwing you off. But your stereotype doesn’t match up with reality anymore.

I would guess polling would bear you out on some of these issues (education) but not on others (diversity, the environment). Unless you meant that some individual conservatives care deeply about all of these issues even if conservatives as a whole rank them below other issues, in which case fair enough.

we all care deeply about the environment, and to say we don't is ignorant......I live possibly the most liberal area in the world, and trust me most of the radical liberals love to paint conservatives with a broad brush...we don't care about the environment, poor people, education, etc...its total BS

#349 83 days ago

Ok, last post here because yeah the constant liberal bashing is beyond tiresome. I get it, liberals have ruined everything in the country and they are horrible, cool got it. Man and you wonder why ladies rarely post on Pinside, good lord, y'all make me uncomfortable to be here I can't imagine how they feel. Now to make one more post then run from the hate:

Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

I dont know about that. High sales tax. High state income tax. High fuel costs. High utility cost. Day care and private school outrageous. Wages for contractors and all types of service people are high. Permit fees and trafic fines outrageous. Insurance costs high. Vehicle registration is a small fortune; $600 for my Silverado this year. Seems to me we get bent over on just about everything.

So this is not all directed at you, but I'll speak generally. What we did is leverage the one thing California has more of that just about any other state, sunshine. Eight years ago we got solar panels for a total cost of $0. Yup, free and they do all maintenance and repair on them free for the life of the panels. Panel breaks? They fix it free. Someone throws axes and smashes all our panels? They fix it free. They simply took our monthly average power bill over the course of a year and installed us a solar panel setup free of charge for less than what our average bill was. Net result? $0 down, instant savings from day one, and for the next 20 years after the install (12 years left) we pay that same flat monthly rate. California has long been ahead of the game on solar power and holy cow have we benefited from it. Our utility bills are nothing, I work from home and run the air conditioner all day without worry because the solar panels fuel it. Every year that goes buy that flat monthly fee we setup eight years ago looks better and better while everyone else just pays more and more. Power prices go up? Great! That means more money to us for excess power our solar panels make because the power company buys it from us (we're a registered power station). We're one of the *best* states to take advantage of this both because of the endless sunshine and because of policies here that made getting solar power simple. Other states fight stuff like this, we embraced it, now my utility bills now cheaper than anywhere else, utility bill problem solved thanks to California.

Fuel? Well turns out we have a local car company that sources local talent, sources local resources, pays local taxes, local local local called Tesla. So I got a Model 3 and let me tell you once you drive one you realize why everyone is trying kill that American company. For one it's because it's a ~$36k car is stupid cheap to operate. Fuel? Don't care, that same California sun I leveraged above also fuels my car. No fuel, no maintenance, no brake changes, no fluid changes, nothing. Being in California means a billion places to charge it although 99% of the time you just let the sun charge it at home. End result? Fuel and vehicle costs are nothing. The reason that company even happened is again because California embraced it while other states fight it, heck I think you can only legally buy them in 17 so states, utter madness. So fuel and vehicle costs are solved thanks to California.

I say all this because people seem to thing we're all millionaires. Instead we leveraged what this state in many cases uniquely offers and/or has things setup to where it's just so cheap to do them here because of state policies. No we're not rich, but thanks to the state we personally pay little for utility and cars. And that's just the top of the iceberg, I could go on and on on all kinds of other stuff where we have the advantage. Again this is not all directed at the person I replied to, it's more generally speaking. Don't believe internet vitriol, do the research and see what's what for yourself.

Ok now you can resume your liberal bashing, don't worry this liberal won't post here anymore. I'm gonna go read about Elvira 3.

#350 83 days ago

Raising my hand to ask that this not devolve into a political thread. Pretty please

Lots of good info here and would like to keep the momentum going.

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