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View Poll Results: Will you return to your hometown to settle?
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:45 AM   #1
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Default Did you, or will you 'settle down' where you grew up?

I grew up in NZ and have lived in the US for the last four years. We have a nice house in CO now and are pretty happy. But, in the back of my mind I know that its likely we'll move back to NZ and settle for good.

Question - If you left the area where you grew up, will you head back there to settle down?


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Old 09-12-2007, 11:47 AM   #2
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been in the dc area all my life.

must... get... out.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:48 AM   #3
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been in the dc area all my life.

must... get... out.
... yeah. I just did, and I couldn't be happier.

I grew up in northwest Jersey and then closer to the city, and I'd live there again... I'm not sure about raising a family there.

I like Phoenix... I've got a feeling I'm going to be here for a loooong time
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:51 AM   #4
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I grew up in Bakersfield California. I moved outta there when I was 10 to live in Las Vegas. I went back to Bakersfield in Feb of this year and I must tell you, that place is a **** hole. I wouldn't go back.

I even talked my best friend (who still lives there) last night into moving out of Bakersfield, that the town has absolutely nothing to offer her.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:51 AM   #5
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I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. It's a beautiful town with great weather, but I don't really dig the California vibe so there's no way in hell I'd live there full time. Summer home? Sure. But I'd much rather live in NC.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:52 AM   #6
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After 7 years away - I moved back to NC (but not my hometown of Gastonia).

I imagine we'll probably eventually settle in southwest Virginia (where my wife grew up). I like it there a lot.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:54 AM   #7
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Define "grew up"! As a kid I never lived any place longer than 7 years. As a grup I'm just now getting ready to break that record and yes, I'm in one of those many places that I lived as a punk.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:55 AM   #8
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I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. It's a beautiful town with great weather, but I don't really dig the California vibe so there's no way in hell I'd live there full time. Summer home? Sure. But I'd much rather live in NC.
Give me the CA vibe and a summer home in Asheville.

I grew up in OR, it rains way, way, way too much for me to ever consider living there again. Unfortunately, every time that we've gone there to visit my folks the weather has been on it's best behaviour, so my wife keeps talking about how "beautiful it is", not understanding the reason why it's so green.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:57 AM   #9
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I was born in Santa Barbara too and, as a family, we've moved slowly up the coast eventually settling in Lafayette, CA for my "formative" years (elementary through high school).

I moved to Tucson, AZ for college and came back for a couple months...then down to San Diego for a couple years...then back again to Lafayette...then an apartment in Walnut Creek for a couple years...then Switzerland for 6 months...and back again.

Now I'm living in my parents old house in Lafayette with my girlfriend. It's much more "mine" now as far as appearances go (but not in title...working on that).

I really like living in the Bay Area and in Lafayette specifically. I used to be a crazy party guy who'd go out every night and drink etc etc. And I've done enough traveling around to realize that I've got a pretty good thing going here...albiet quiet, old and somewhat dull. But I'm in a good location in Nor Cal to be able to go all over the place.

So I suppose I have settled in my hometown. I just hope I can make it last.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:58 AM   #10
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I grew up in OR, it rains way, way, way too much for me to ever consider living there again. Unfortunately, every time that we've gone there to visit my folks the weather has been on it's best behaviour, so my wife keeps talking about how "beautiful it is", not understanding the reason why it's so green.
Yah me too. Though I didnt mind the rain. It was no sun, and the complete lack of jobs and stuff to do that got me to leave. (If you're not the outdoorsy type anyways) I still like to go back and visit. Dont think I could live there again. Maybe portland, but not Eugene.
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:58 AM   #11
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I moved here when I was 13, been here since besides some times in college. My wife was born and raised here, actually she is like a 5th generation from this town. She always says that she does not want her obiturary to read "Life long resident of Nashua, NH"

But this is a great area, not many other places in this country I would want to live in.

But I would love to spend my later years in life living some place tropical...
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:58 AM   #12
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... yeah. I just did, and I couldn't be happier.

I grew up in northwest Jersey and then closer to the city, and I'd live there again... I'm not sure about raising a family there.

I like Phoenix... I've got a feeling I'm going to be here for a loooong time
Serious? We just got the hell out of Phoenix!
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Old 09-12-2007, 11:59 AM   #13
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I was born and raised in Santa Barbara, California. It's a beautiful town with great weather, but I don't really dig the California vibe so there's no way in hell I'd live there full time. Summer home? Sure. But I'd much rather live in NC.
s'funny, i too live in Raleigh. i've been here for just over 3 1/2 years and it is a great place to live. but alas, i am moving back home to MA in april. i miss my family and friends (and don't get me wrong, i've got some great people here too)... lately it seems that i'm just spinning my wheels down south. but, i will never speak ill of NC. the way i look at it, i can always move back (and forth, and back and forth, lol).

so yes, i will settle in my home state, if not hometown.

Idjiit, whereabouts to you live in raleighwood. i live downtown...
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:01 PM   #14
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The longest I've lived in any house my whole life was 2 years max. So I don't have a spot where I 'grew up'
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:01 PM   #15
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Yah me too. Though I didnt mind the rain. It was no sun, and the complete lack of jobs and stuff to do that got me to leave. (If you're not the outdoorsy type anyways) I still like to go back and visit. Dont think I could live there again. Maybe portland, but not Eugene.
That's more what I'm talking about, but it's easier to just say "rain".

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Old 09-12-2007, 12:01 PM   #16
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Give me the CA vibe and a summer home in Asheville.

I grew up in OR, it rains way, way, way too much for me to ever consider living there again. Unfortunately, every time that we've gone there to visit my folks the weather has been on it's best behaviour, so my wife keeps talking about how "beautiful it is", not understanding the reason why it's so green.
Send her with me, every time I visit the Northwest it rains. Including Seattle for an entire week in July when the temp never hit 70.

I no longer have any ties to my "hometown," so no, there will be no return. Not that it wasn't a nice place, just not much reason to go back.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:02 PM   #17
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Idjiit, whereabouts to you live in raleighwood. i live downtown...
I'm in Caraleigh - just south of Downtown.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:04 PM   #18
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I've decided that I'll never get within 30 miles of my hometown but I'll stay within 50 miles. It works because:
-No one from my hometown will venture more than 10 miles from home in their pickup truck. They have all the bars they need in close proximity.
-When I need to return home for a death, birthday party, etc it's less than an hour away.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:04 PM   #19
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i've lived in a 30mi radius of where i'm at now since the age of 2. i've tried like hell to get out of here since i graduated HS, but now that i have a family of my own, unfortunate as it may be. i'll be here for the next 10yrs at least i'm sure.

**** i hate this state.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:04 PM   #20
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I grew up in OR, it rains way, way, way too much for me to ever consider living there again. Unfortunately, every time that we've gone there to visit my folks the weather has been on it's best behaviour, so my wife keeps talking about how "beautiful it is", not understanding the reason why it's so green.
that's the only thing stopping me from moving to portland
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:05 PM   #21
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Serious? We just got the hell out of Phoenix!
Well, I live and work out in the West Valley, so I don't have to deal w/ the traffic, etc very much. I've got a lot of family in Awatukee, and I don't know if I could handle living there and dealing w/ the congestion. I don't see myself retiring here, but it'd be a good place for a family. Retirement? Verde Valley God I love it up there.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:07 PM   #22
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I'm in Caraleigh - just south of Downtown.
my friend zack lives in caraleigh! you have some nice rides in your parking lot.

red M5 being one of them iirc.

i bartend @ the flying saucer. swing by and i'll buy ya a beeah (/MA accent). i'm the blonde skinny guy.

oh yeah, thats one thing i wont miss....every freaking southerner trying to get me to say bar and car all the time.

typical raleigh chick: "oooh, i love the way you talk" me: "don't worry sweetie, it gets old" southern chicks are afraid of northeast guys...i think its the brutal honesty that just can't be turned off. its sad, but i kinda miss mean new england girls....
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:10 PM   #23
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I grew up in a small town in central Minnesota. After I was done with college, I got the hell out of town. I moved to Houston, TX, which is about as far away as you could get. It was OK for a while, then I went home for Christmas after living in TX for a couple years. I quit my job shortly after that, and tried finding a job somewhere in the Midwest. I missed having 4 real seasons. It just so happened that I found a good job in Minneapolis. Close to home geographically, but much different than living in a small town. After about a year of living down there, I got a job in a small town in northern Minnesota. I've been here ever since, other than a short 8 month stint back in Minneapolis to chase $$$. I didn't actually move back to my hometown, but it's pretty much the same deal.
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:11 PM   #24
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I think I want to settle down in the same area, but not necessarily the same town.

Minnesota is alright, atmosphere says so, so its gotta be true...
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Old 09-12-2007, 12:11 PM   #25
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It's kind of complicated when you live in California and don't have parents to stake you. Eventually I'd like to "settle down" here. There isn't anywhere else I'd like to live, but the housing costs here are so incredibly expensive, it's really difficult for people to afford their own home without a lot of help or an amazing job.
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