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fiddlionist
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January 15, 2014 - 10:52 pm
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Hey everyone, just figure I would take the time to ask everyone's two cents on this matter. It kind of made sense to ask on here since the point of a forum is speaking to others who I would presumably value an opinion from.

 

I never posted anything in the background related topics on here so a little about me I suppose ( skip this part if youre not interested haha)

I was born and raised in West Virginia close to the capitol. I'm not the typical person that lives here but I would still say conservative in nature and I do enjoy the occasion red neck indulgence (of beer, fishing, and whatever else us mountain people do). I joined the U.S. Air Force right out of high school do to the undying need to get the heck out of town. I trained in tech school to become a Crew Chief on C 130 cargo planes. From there I went briefly (months to days) to Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Mississippi, Germany, Puerto Rico, New Foundland and Labrador, Scotland, Ireland, England, Germany, Afghanistan, Romania (all for work) and then traveled on personal business to Japan twice. I did my 6 term and separated over a year ago.

I also lived in Morgantown for some time and managed to graduate after separation. After that I lucked out and landed a 6 figure job that I was way out of my league on as a Landman for an energy company. That lasted until September of 2013 and I was let go for budgetary reasons. (Fortunately I bought my GCV just before getting laid off. Probably would have never bought it after).

 

Now I'm the cliche' single unemployed veteran in his 20's with no real responsibilities or prospects and I am eager to at least make a change of scenery. I might as well enjoy being unemployed and being stuck in a town of 2,000 is driving me stir crazy.

As I said before I am conservative in nature more along the lines of old fashioned, I don't really care to get involved in politics anymore. I had thought about Texas, I was a baby just out of highschool when I first went there and never did anything really. Possibly San Diego, not my kind of people but perfect weather. Louisana might be nice?

The funny thing is that I have a standing job offer in Japan but after a recent break up I'm not sure If I'm ready to deal with all THAT craziness again.

So what do you guys think? If you were 25 no debt, responsibilities, or anything holding you back where would you move?

Texas is sounding good due to jobs alone so anyone who lives there been there that has anything negative or positive to say speak up!

Pierre chime in about Florida if you want haha, I like to medal detect so its not out of the question.

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Oh and I suppose I should have mentioned I mostly would like the opinion of those currently residing in the U.S. but feel free to join in if you've visited.

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@fiddlionist: This is really a very interesting thread / topic.

There are nearly 2000 member's here are Fiddlerman.com  so I'm sure you're going to get plenty of folks who would like you to relocate to their general area or State / Province / Country, etc.

I live in Michigan, USA and at time's wished I lived in a warmer climate, Florida, San Diego, CA, Texas, Arizona, but I guess I'm happy living in a state that has four season's. 

Boating and fishing, if you like playing golf, there are hundred's and hundred's of course's. In Michigan you are never farther than 84 mile's from any Great Lake no matter where you are. There are winter sports like snow skiing, ice fishing, ski-dooing. But here's the catch about trying to choose a new place to live. It's not so much where you live as what you make of it after you're there and settled down. In my 70+ years on earth I've heard so many people say that after they moved they wish they hadn't, they were just as happy where they moved from, but then again some say they'd never move back, LOL.

Personally I think it's more attitude rather than location.

Just my opinion and do hope you make the right decision on locality.

Good luck.

 

Ken.

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I'm a bit biased living here in Alaska but I sure wish I had the opportunity to be in your shoes and live here.  That would be a super sweet deal for some of us!  

 

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It sounds like you already have a pretty good idea of what to look for in a next place to live.

The only thing I'd suggest adding as a criteria is to pick a place where the sort of music you love is well supported.  A good local music scene means shows to go see, people you can jam with and learn from, and eventually places and events where you can play. 

 

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January 16, 2014 - 8:18 am
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I would naturally want to say "MOVE TO FLORIDA" but I won't.
Here is the thing. You need to find a place that has resources that suit you.
Florida is great for its weather, especially if you are like me and dislike extreme cold climates. :-) The people here are different though.... Not always so positive.
Since you are currently unemployed you should consider finding a location with a large population and lot's of work opportunities. Possibly even where starting your own business of any kind could be a consideration. What would you consider working with? What would your dream job be?
If I were in your shoes and had an opportunity to work in Japan I would grab it in a second. "You only live once" <---- Not looking for a debate, just my opinion. Japan is an amazing place in so many ways. The people are incredibly polite and well mannered... I have only been there once, on a tour with the Malaysian Symphony Orchestra, but I was super impressed. I have also read a lot of great things about Japan. If you are not happy there you could always move back to the US.
Are you interested in living in a small town, large city? There are so many factors to consider (obviously why you are having this discussion) .....

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I would be happier with any small town north of I-80 and east of I-15 in Utah, but that's me.

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Thanks for all the awesome replies everyone... good stuff.

@Fiddlestix I doubt I could live that far north but I think I would like to go there. A lot of people gold pan on the lake shores there right?

@1stimestar Alaska seems cool, almost had a chance to go there in the service but someone else's name got picked. Maybe I'll have to ride there one day when I get a new adventure bike ( I hope).

@DanielB Yeah music culture is a big one for me. Unfortunately not much up here unless you like music about how a train drivin dog rain over your momma and your trailer burned down... or something like that?

@Fiddlerman  I have unfortunately heard about some of the Floridians which is a shame :/

I will consider what you said about Japan though. It is definitely a great place to visit just not sure about living there.. I've got a little bit of history with the place and I'm hoping to not repeat any mistakes. The hard thing about moving to Japan is the person offering me the job is polite to put up with me this long and I want to be able to give him my word that I can dedicate a year. I appreciate the clear cut response though. Good advice.

As far as what I would like to do I had thought about trying out drone photography but was disappointed to hear that it was technically illegal until FAA and congress rules on it :/

@Schaick Indiana has always been in the back of my mind for the race history alone :)

@HDuaneaz Why is that is the heat getting to you ? :)

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 Another unfortunate part about Japan is the massive expense to bring my bike with me :/

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If i had to pull up stakes and set up a new camp in a new place i would be headed to the missouri ozarks, lots of family in those hills, lots of good music, lots of fishing, beautiful scenery..

 

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This is a great, thought provoking question. I love New England and being a New Englander, so of course I highly recommend this part of the country.

But, if I had to move somewhere else and didn't have family responsibilities here -- I'd move to...wait for it...West Virginia.

Yep, the very state that you want to move away from. Except, I'd move to the eastern panhandle.  Here's why:

1. I came to love that area during a period when I had to travel to Shepherdstown, WV a lot for work. My husband and I have also traveled there multiple times for vacation and we both love the scenery and the nearby civil war historical sites like Antietam, Harper's Ferry and Gettysburg.

2. It's a long story, but my visits to that area have everything to do with why I took up the fiddle. And I think fiddle music is more a part of the culture of that area than it is here.

3. It's commuting distance to Washington, DC. Since I work for the federal government, maybe I could get a position in DC and work there until it's time to retire.

I think that area would be a nice place to live in retirement, in part because the weather would be milder than in New England.

Of course those are all my considerations. You have to find a place that's right for you. Since you're young and have few responsibilities, you have the flexibility to move around and see which place is best for you and feels like home when you're ready to settle down.

Hope you find that place. Good luck!

-- Diane

 

 

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@fishnrodds ....ahhh fishinggggg... drooling. thats all I have to say about that haha.

 

@KindaScratchy I think I'll always see myself coming back to WV so I might look into that area when the time comes. Apart from the meth labs, and pills WV is still a decent place to raise a family. That probably doesn't go on so much in that area of WV but I dunno. I think moving to eastern WV might seem more strange than me moving to somewhere out west. If that makes any sense. Good suggestion though, larger music scene would be nice.

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