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K4
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Being defenseless

does not make you more safe
Mar 1st, 2018 11:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

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.

Please stay out of KY

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Mar 1st, 2018 11:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Not California. I'm too dug in to leave."

Pretty much this ^ in a nutshell for me as well. If I hadn't entered the real estate market early, rents/house prices would've forced me to leave here as soon as I retired. As it is, I could live a more opulent lifestyle elsewhere, but all our friends and family are here and my life-long love affair with the ocean precludes my moving very far inland (for mental health reasons).

I notice that a recent Newsweek survey places CA dead last among the states for quality of life (not that their version of reality is my gold standard). But what is quite obvious is that things have deteriorated here drastically since the 1950s.

Best of luck, HD.

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Mass., Amerika

CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Mar 1st, 2018 01:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Look at the bright side HD. Even if Springfield shoves all the crap that's on the table right now up your collective balloon knots, you will still be in better shape than those of us in my commie craphole.

I work remotely and can do it almost anywhere but I'm going to hang on a few more years until I retire. Then I'm off to New Hamster.

I wouldn't fit in in Idaho -- they dress too fancy out there.

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

Not very bright but does lack ambition
Mar 1st, 2018 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

The sad part is that I love this state’s physical characteristics. Even the quiet solitude of farm fields has a stunning beauty.

“Please stay out of KY”

Ouch, dude - I’m not one of *them*!

K4
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Being defenseless

does not make you more safe
Mar 1st, 2018 04:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

That wasn't directed at you.

You know who I mean.

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ARIZONA U.S.A.

I'm playing it in a different key
Mar 1st, 2018 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I left Illinois in 1991 for the sunny environment of Arizona. We are a fairly conservative state with decent politics and and reasonable policies coming from the Capitol. Voted DOWN recreational pot, but we do have medical mj. California liberal attitudes have not taken over. If I had to leave, I would never go back to Illinois.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Mar 1st, 2018 07:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

There are lots of fruits and nuts in every state.
I live 10 miles from Oklahoma and it sounds like a pretty good state. The people I know who live there love it.
I'm in Texas. You could just about hide yourself down in the piney woods of East Texas.


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Santee CA

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Mar 1st, 2018 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I keep thinking the same thing about California, but I've lived in this general local all my life. Like others have noted it's hard to leave after you've been dug in for so long.

If I did leave this State I would not vote nor be involved politically in my new place of residence. I'd leave that to the true locals.

reverendrob
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We all want

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

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).

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Idaho, USA

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

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  

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  

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

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Who's we sucka?

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

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.

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Bogue Falaya River

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

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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Mar 2nd, 2018 08:05 AM   Edit   Profile  

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  

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

HeavyDuty
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Northeast IL

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

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  

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  

"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  

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.

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