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What keep you living in your town, your job, your roots, family or friends?

What keep you living in your town, your job, your roots, family or friends?

Old Jul 30th, 2002, 01:46 PM
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What keep you living in your town, your job, your roots, family or friends?

As I travel around the country I marvel at how plain and boring most places are. I wonder why people choose to live their lives in these towns when they could relocate to a place so much nicer.

What is the number one reason you live in the town you do, if you really don't like where you live? Roots (where your family and friends are), economics (because that is where you can make a living), fear (you are afraid to try something new), or ?
Old Jul 30th, 2002, 01:53 PM
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A 10' by 12' cell.
Old Jul 30th, 2002, 02:09 PM
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Jessica: First, what is "plain" and "boring?" And, where do YOU live, that's apparently so wonderful?

Like millions of others, I'm stuck in a job. Too close to retirement to just get up and start over.

No, I wouldn't live where I live if I didn't have to, and I don't intend to once my personal situation changes.

Old Jul 30th, 2002, 02:37 PM
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Natural beauty.
Old Jul 30th, 2002, 02:50 PM
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This thread has been done very recently. Let's not revisit it.
Old Jul 30th, 2002, 05:16 PM
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None of the above. I like NYC because of the food, interesting people, beauty, history, and because so much goes on here! (LOL - notice I put "food" first - I'm pretty hungry at the moment...) I have no family left here, I have friends all over the US, and can probably get a job in any city, I just choose to live here because I'll NEVER be bored here. Plus I like the weather (ok, yesterday's sucked, but that was a rare day). I'd consider living in Europe for awhile though...if the opportunity ever arose.
Old Jul 31st, 2002, 09:40 AM
Love It
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Great jobs, close to family and friends, love the area... that's why we live here. Is there anywhere else?
Old Jul 31st, 2002, 09:44 AM
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The heavy electronic bracelet around my ankle.
Old Jul 31st, 2002, 10:12 AM
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The sheer fact that I'm not as cool and sophisticated as you, Jessica, keeps me from moving to your town.
Since where you live is so much cooler than where everyone else lives, I just couldn't survive there.
Old Jul 31st, 2002, 10:21 AM
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My town is pretty average and boring also. To amswer my own question: With 14 family members and a life stime of friends in town, I decide to stay.

If I could move the job, friends and family, I would move tommorrow.
Old Jul 31st, 2002, 11:03 AM
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We are here by choice. We chose to move to a warm climate and to live on the beach. The family, friends, and great jobs just sort of came next.
Old Jul 31st, 2002, 01:47 PM
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Jessica, if, in your opinion, most places in America are plain and boring, then there really aren't many places to which people could relocate.

As I travel around the country, I marvel at how little towns keep the heart of this country alive, and how interesting and diverse they are if you take 5 seconds to look beneath the surface.
Old Jul 31st, 2002, 03:35 PM
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Somebody did a survey recently of the states that provide a friendly for small businesses. Interesting results. I'll see if I can find the top ranked states.
Old Jul 31st, 2002, 05:04 PM
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I'm here because of my husband's job. I hate it here in the midwest. What a narrow minded bunch of people. Funny thing is they think they are SO friendly. What a joke. I'm hoping for another transfer..and soon!
Old Jul 31st, 2002, 05:12 PM
inertia hater
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Inertia, ignorance, laziness and fear keep most people close to their "hometown." But mediocrity reigns supreme in this world, so it shouldn't come as a surprise.

Ah, ignorance is bliss!

Old Jul 31st, 2002, 09:02 PM
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I'm here because I love it. I think it's the most beautiful place in the U.S. (and I've lived in several).

The natural beauty, mild climate, good art scene, and fairly liberal minded people add to the pleasure.

The only downside is that the flight to Europe is so long and I like to go to Europe for all the art and culture I can't get anywhere other than NYC in this country.

I grew up in the midwest and can't understand how people stay there, but if we all liked the same thing and same place, well, that would really be a problem, not to mention boring, wouldn't it?
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