Should a SoCal Guy Move to the East Coast?

Old Jun 5th, 2005, 05:32 PM
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Travel outside the country? People do that? Do you need a passport for that?

Is travel outside the country one of those California trends? Wow, perhaps it will catch on here.

I have no doubt that if I ever am SO fortunate that I will find all the U.S. from Santa Barbara, Calif. to Cape May, N.J. boring.

OK, lowering sarcasm filter: I've owned property abroad and I spent more than a month in Europe last fall. I'll planning several trips, including five weeks in Italy soon.

Can't recall the last time I've been to either a Burger King or a Wal-Mart, but I don't turn up my nose at those who do.

And, BTW, if laguna lives in Laguna or Laguna Nigel, he/she is much closer to a Wal-Mart than I am in suburban DC.
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Old Jun 5th, 2005, 08:12 PM
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I am in Laguna Beach and I wouldn't even know the closest Walmart. If you are in Suburban DC I do know of several that I could recommend, because lets face it, there really isn't much else to do in DC. I lived there for 5 years and the place 100% sucks.
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Old Jun 6th, 2005, 05:06 AM
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``Nothing to do in DC''?

Laguna is either a troll or suffers a severe lack of imagination.

Meanwile, from Wal-Mart site:

Three closest stores near Laguna Beach, CA :
1. Laguna Niguel, CA 92677 -- 4.16 miles
2. Foothill Ranch, CA 92610 -- 11.59 miles
3. San Clemente, CA 92673 -- 11.86

Three closest stores near Kensington, MD:
1. Germantown, MD 20876 -- 15.08 miles
2. Laurel, MD 20724 --15.46
3. Alexandria, VA 22315 -- 17.29
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Old Jun 6th, 2005, 07:41 AM
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Repete-
I think you totally prove my point that the only thing you have to do in DC is search for the closest WalMart stores on the web.
How's the humidity by the way? Kicking in yet?
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Old Jun 6th, 2005, 07:46 AM
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Things to do in DC:
1. the Shenandoahs (everyone always talks about these as if they are breathtaking. they are not)
2.Baltimore Inner Harbor. About the most boring city in the country.
4. Atlantic City. Makes even Vegas look pleasant.
5. Philadelphia. As above.
6. Adams/Morgan. Nothing great. Pretty boring in fact and you'll probably get stabbed in the process.
7. The monuments/museums. In fact about all there is to do in downtown DC, but again nothing special and pretty boring after visiting more than a couple of times.
Now from here I can get to LA in an hour, San Diego in an hour, the desert in an hour and a half, and "real" mountains in just over an hour. Or I can simply stay put enjoying the consistent mild temperatures and the beautiful beaches.

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Old Jun 6th, 2005, 07:59 AM
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>Or I can simply stay put enjoying the consistent mild temperatures and the beautiful beaches. <

Or run for your life when your house slides down the hillside.



(Apologies to anyone adversely impacted by the mudslides.)
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Old Jun 6th, 2005, 08:41 AM
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Well I can remember the tornadoes that hit Maryland about 4 years ago that literally destroyed the city of La Plata. So there are natural disasters everywhere.
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Old Jun 6th, 2005, 12:31 PM
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Why are y'all even bothering to reply?

Obviously schools out and Laguna was born September 26, 1988 which would make him/her/it 16 years old.
 
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<Set Troll detector to ON?>
Yikes, laguna, take a breath, will ya? Why are you so angry?

I have lived half my life in England, and half in New England. Love both places. Daughter moved to DC for grad school and has now been there for 10 years: she loves it there. A chacun, son gout. 'Twould be a very boring world if we all liked the same thing, no? Not to mention VERY crowded...
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Old Jun 6th, 2005, 01:31 PM
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Since my 15-second internet search ``totally'' proved my point, I can say: Dude, no need to worry about that quick little web search, the 'net moves much faster when you aren't dodging brownouts.

But then I wouldn't want to insult Calif., which I enjoy on regular visits and where I might someday live again -- just after my son is beyond the age of the Calif. public education system -- if the right situation arises.

It didn't really take too much of my time during a weekend when options for ``doing nothing'' included sailing on the Chesapeake on a 36-footer, lounging by the pool with a light honeysuckle-soaked breeze at about 80 or chilling in the air-conditioned Kennedy Center.

So, the humidity -- which wasn;t bad to begin with -- wasn't much of a problem.

But thanks for your concern.
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Old Jun 6th, 2005, 02:26 PM
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"Vittrad-
What exactly do you like about the northeast? The cold, the damp, the people, the "history""

All of the above, thanks for asking you bizarre little troll .. oh and those 'people' you refer to are my family.

Carry on.
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Old Jun 6th, 2005, 03:15 PM
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LOL Vittrad, some of my family also!

 
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Let me shed some of my own experience...I was raised in Fairfax, Virginia, went to college in southern Virginia--graduated, worked on Capitol hill for two years and for a law firm for one year....i've been to beaches from the jersey shore down to the outerbanks....and have traveled EXTENSIVELY on I-95 (hehe)....I now live in San Diego, California, having only lived here for a year...there is no comparison. The weather here is mostly sunny with gloomy may and june...and gives us time to recoop for the warm july weather. The east coast has beaches with bugs..whereas San Diego you can lay out without sweating from humidity....the people are generous and laidback and don't ask "What do you do" to get an answer for employment....they want to know what types of activities you're into...I like that the focus is on people and not "things" (LA excluded)...Politics is to DC what Wall Street is to NY....San Diego is just a feel good place where people can be who they want.....i'll step off my soapbox...but, i'm confident that i've lived in enough places (including Pensacola florida for 7 months and my whole family is from Queens, NY and now lives in Colorado)....if I ever leave San Diego, i'm going to Denver...but you'll never catch me in DC if I can help it!
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The idea was to help sb_fool.....check out Broomfield, CO...my sister and her husband live there in a neighborhood called Aspen Creek, it's awesome. Broomfield is 30 minutes outside of Denver and 10 miles from Boulder. My sister is an attorney who works downtown, she takes the bus..not a problem...the outdoor activities are amazing there!
Let us know what you decide!!
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Old Jun 11th, 2005, 08:43 PM
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impossible to go outside? oh, you're killing me there
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Old Jun 11th, 2005, 09:41 PM
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Maybe not impossible, but unpleasant unless you dont mind being attacked by mosquitis
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Old Jul 21st, 2005, 05:11 PM
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I have heard of transplants from the West Coast to the East Coast who had to move back because of the mosquitos. Some people are more affected than others. I get eaten alive when outside for a very short time while my husband doesn't sustain any bites at all.

It is not a small issue. Also the humidity in the summertime can be a killer (not to mention the very long and cold winters).
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Old Jul 24th, 2005, 05:00 PM
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I moved out east from the Midwest (Minneapolis) about four years ago. I lived in the D.C. area (northern Virgina) for two years after college and have lived in central NJ for the past two years.
Moving out east has taken much longer adjustment & acclimation than I ever imagined. In general, people seemed ruder, less willing to talk w/ strangers, and always in a rush to get some where. It was pure culture shock for me and frankly, it stressed me out a lot the first few years.
Now that I've lived here a few years, I'm used to it (and it's probably had some bad influences on me too...) But I still yearn to someday return to a place where the pace of life is a little slower and the people are overall a little friendlier.
I've met many wonderful, very generous people here, too, but overall it's still a very different environment.
I prefer Northern Virginia to NJ however. The landscape is beautiful when you head out 66 toward the Shenandoah Valley. My fiancee and I loved to go hiking there. He actually worked in Manassas. It's a very cute town and the people, he said, were very nice. It has a small town feel despite the fact that you're only 45 minutes away from D.C. It's a 3.5 hour drive from Virginia Beach or Ocean City, M.D. There's a lot to do in that area.
Good luck with your decision. Let us know what you ultimately decide.
Best,
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Old Jul 25th, 2005, 01:33 AM
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Yes. Then post a trip report. Get on with it, already. Let us know about the non-boring weather you encounter after leaving 70F and sunny.
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