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FDP Forum / Moe's Tavern (_8^(I) / I think it’s time for me to leave Illinois

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reverendrob
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We all want

our time in hell
Mar 1st, 2018 09:47 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I left a couple months shy of twenty years ago.

No desire to return.

Get out while you can.

It's gotten no better (and objectively, many times worse).

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 1st, 2018 10:27 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Viera, if I hadn't left California when I did, I'm not sure I would have escaped after another 5-10 years there. I was 43 when we left and we weren't too overloaded with stuff as we had, just two years earlier, sold the lion's share of our belongings and hit the road on a journey to find a new place to live. In our case, it all worked out. However, some of the thoughts I've had over the past years of relocating one more time to another state become less frequent as I become more and more established in the community. Who knows, maybe we'll move to Boise as about half the rest of the country seem to be doing.

reverendrob
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We all want

our time in hell
Mar 1st, 2018 11:45 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

You'll go to Boise and become a proto-hipster.

Get your freshly straight razored sideburns and man-bun ready!

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Whitehorse Canada

I don't get out much
Mar 2nd, 2018 02:45 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"and maybe North Dakota - but winter is extreme."

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MJB
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Who's we sucka?

Smith, Wesson and me.
Mar 2nd, 2018 06:14 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Except for a year in California, I lived in IL all my life until almost 2 years ago. We moved to FL when I retired at age 66 and I have absolutely no regrets.

I don't miss the snow, cold, politics or the crazy taxes. It takes moving out of IL to really appreciate how screwed up the place has become.

Like any other place, FL is not for everybody but we love it here.

HenryJ
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Bogue Falaya River

is STILL dark and cold.
Mar 2nd, 2018 06:51 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

According to the US News and World Report rankings of best states, my state, Louisiana, is ranked the 50th best state in the union.

For our international lurkers on the world wide web, there are 50 states in the US.

Brain drain notwithstanding (the brightest and best tend to graduate from La. colleges and move to Texas), a lot of us actually like living here. I bet Stratcat_4760 isn't planning to move out of state.


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Methuen, MA, USA

Mar 2nd, 2018 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

K4 absolutely nails it - NH I am looking at you...

"...Unfortunately people get fed up with the politics of where they live and move.
'...The unfortunate part is they bring the same politics with them and then after some years wonder why the new place is looking like the old place..."

I am a bit surprised not to see folks discuss TX as a more sane pace to live...has that changed, or was it never okay?

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Nashville,USA

Clawhammer Rules!
Mar 2nd, 2018 08:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Seems to me that Alaska is, and has been, about the ideal on many levels. Other than the weather and the isolation and such.

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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Mar 2nd, 2018 10:59 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I’ve always wanted to check out the Juneau area. I even talked to a potential employer there a few years back.

Gato
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Southern Calif

Mar 2nd, 2018 02:48 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I've lived in New Jersey, Connecticut, New York, Florida, Oklahoma, Washington and California.

For me, it's gotta be California.

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Tennessee

Too Much GAS
Mar 2nd, 2018 03:21 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"Not WA,
We lived in Kirkland for three long years and were extremely happy to watch the Space Needle disappear in our rear view mirror for the last time. Western WA is California."

Must be something about that Pacific Coast Breeze that makes them that way.

I was born and raised in Phoenix AZ. It was getting to the "Need to get outa here" stage. Moved to Tennessee in 2015 and love it here. So far.

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Maplewood, MN

Mar 5th, 2018 09:27 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Although I often do not agree with the politics here, there are just to many things I like about the people and the land of MN to want to live anywhere else. Although I like the freedom of the western states you mention, I would be just too bored living there. The Twin Cities and the North Shore have too much to offer. And the cold keeps a lot of the riff raff out.

Chris Greene
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Idaho, USA

Nine mile skid on a ten mile ride
Mar 5th, 2018 09:38 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

If one gets "bored" living in the west, one is bored with life.

johnny1111
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Maplewood, MN

Mar 5th, 2018 10:10 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Guilty as charged!

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Central Florida

Trust in God and the Mauser.
Mar 5th, 2018 06:50 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was born and raised in Chicago, I lived either in the city or just west in Berwyn for the first 35 years of my life. We moved to Orlando in 1984 so soon I will have lived here in Florida as long as I was in the Chicago area. I do miss Chicago but, when I've been back, it was not as I remembered: it changed and not for the better. I miss what it was, not what it is. My kids were 5 and 3 when we moved here, Chicago is but a dim memory. We have to endure the occasional hurricane here and the heat and humidity but, no more shoveling snow, scraping ice from windshields, and Orlando is not a shooting gallery as Chicago has become. As for politics, I have some harsh opinions about Illinois in general and Chicago in particular, but this is an apolitical forum so I shall forbear.

K4
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Being defenseless

does not make you more safe
Mar 5th, 2018 11:09 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I was planning on a move to FL. I'm afraid that is now out of the question.

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The older the violin

the sweeter the music.
Mar 6th, 2018 05:42 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

"If one gets "bored" living in the west, one is bored with life."

Never really thought about it, but you might be right, Chris.

Lately I've driven Hwy. 24 between Colorado Springs and Salida several times, back and forth. The scenery there is so damn spectacular that I swear I feel like pulling over, getting out of the car, and singing "America the Beautiful" at the top of my lungs while standing in the middle of the road. I could too, since there is rarely another soul in sight.

It is the space, the sheer magnitude of the empty space, that I love about the West. Not just the land, but the sky as well. It takes my breath away.

I have to go down to Denver once in a while, but can't stand it and can't wait to get back in the car and head west.

No more cities for me.

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Chicago-ish

Live clean, let your works be seen.
Mar 7th, 2018 08:31 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

I live roughly 40 miles northwest of downtown Chicago. I've lived in state my whole life including going to school in Champaign. The proimary reasons have been worka and family as I suppose it is for most people. No one comes here(or stays)for the weather or the dysfunctional politics or the kick-the-can-down-the-road mentatlity when it comes to our State budget.

However, Chicago is great and very liveable. It's affordable in comparison to NY, LA, SF, Boston, Seattle. The people by and large are nice.

When our youngest is off to college in a couple years, we will start devising our exit. On the short list are NC, FL, central CO and Sonoma County, CA as our older kids are out there and half my family lives in the state. If we move to CA, I don't relish living in a small house fifteen feet away from my neighbor, but at least we'd be closer to family.

MJB
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Who's we sucka?

Smith, Wesson and me.
Mar 7th, 2018 11:13 AM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

Quite honestly when I retired there was no way I could afford to live in suburban Chicago. The already high taxes just keep getting higher.





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usa

All I need is one more guitar
Mar 7th, 2018 12:40 PM   Edit   Profile   Print Topic   Search Topic

This post must have been reading my mind.
Been thinking a lot about retirement lately and it seems many of the people i grew up with here in Connecticut have retired South.
I love New England, it's far enough away from New York, even the winters don't really bother me, but the taxes are INSANE and state government is Dysfunctional.

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