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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-01-2018, 03:58 PM Thread Starter
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Big Country or Big City?

I had to drive into the city (Chicago) last Friday to check on a job. It got me thinking how much I hate going into the city. I spent the better part of 15 years working there, Downtown, North and South. When I was younger it was exciting to go into the city, but now there is zero there for me. In fact I avoid it like the plague.

So, I'm curious to know how you guys feel. Where are you from, where are you now, where do you want to be?

I was born and raised in the suburbs. Married and lived in a small town for 15 years. 4 years ago, my wife and I were lucky enough to buy a small farm surrounded by a million acres of corn. A 100+ year old farm house and buildings. It's across the road from the farm she grew up on, and someday she'll get a piece of. It's a lot of work to maintain an old house, all the buildings and land. I love it and I'm happy as a pig in shit.

So are you Big Country or Big City?
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The town I grew up in has grown to less than 1000 folks , when I was there it was less than 1000 .. In 1976 , four years or more after I was gone , the 4 way intersection got a flashing red light , upgraded from four stop signs .. Lived in the city last two years of school and hated it , many years in the Navy , lived in cities and hated it .. In the country now on five acres , go to the city for work and thats it , town we live outside of has about 20,000 peeps ..

Only wish dad and his brothers had not sold the farm , or I'd still be there ..At one time it was over three thousand acres .. I hate the city ..

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I have lived within 80 miles of Nashville for 25 years and have been in the city twice. I try to avoid driving within the outer loop around the city. I don't like crowds. I don't like traffic. I don't like to hurry. When I lived in Daytona Beach and then Orlando I would hear the northerners complain about how slow everyone moves in Florida. I said it is too hot to move any faster.

Even here in Tennessee in the summer the smart ones do outside activities before 10 AM and then go back out around 7 PM. Yesterday I rode 60 miles before 9 AM and today 50 miles before 830 AM and am done riding for the rest of the day.
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Grew up 3 miles up a dirt road, 7 miles out of town. Graduated with 40 kids in 2002. Classes since have been much smaller.

I’ve lived in San Antonio, Albuquerque, Tucson, Philadelphia...hate the city. Too many people.

Bought a house in the country with a few acres and neighbors that are all 70+. People that help each other out and mind their own business. My g/f thinks it’s funny that I complain about being able to see my neighbors house.

Fortunately I work from home now and don’t have to go anywhere near the city.

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post #5 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-01-2018, 06:16 PM
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I was born and raised in Lamesa Texas. We lived in Patrica Texas. My school in 86 graduate 20 people. Wish I could have stayed. No jobs so I moved to Midland. I bought a house out of town. No big city living for this guy.
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I grew up in Jersey City, NJ, just outside of New York City. I left when I was 17, joining the Marine Corps and getting the hell out of there. Throughout my career its been all military towns, as you can imagine, but after retiring in 2004 I've been looking for the quiet life! Right now, I work at Cecil field in Jacksonville, Florida, but live south of there in a fairly small town... small section of that town anyway! If I were to find myself in a big city I'm not overwhelmed or uncomfortable at all.

To be honest, I don't even like going into Jacksonville unless I absolutely have to. I've traveled back to NJ/NY quite a few times to see family, and while I have a blast when I'm there, I'm all too happy to get back home to the more quiet settings! A few years ago I took my fiancé back home to meet family... and I arranged a tour of New York City and a Met game. While she said she enjoyed it she said that it was a check in the block and didn't see the need to revisit! LMAO

Love traveling though. I prefer the back roads and sleepy towns, but all trips are good!
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Lived all over Downton Chicago for 19 years and never once considered leaving - Met the OL, got tired of storing my bikes in buddies garages in the burbs so I traded my 26th floor high rise condo with a view for a 3 bdrm 3 bath pad in the burbs with a HUGE ass garage and could not be happier - I still have friends in the City and have to go down there for work - Discovered that my love for the City is still there......but my love to get out and back home is greater - I would never trade my time down there for anything and even though I only live 15 miles from my last seems a world away
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Born and raised on the south side of Chicago. 63rd & Spalding, left in time for high school to the south suburbs. missed the city and moved back for a time when was in my early 20's, Printers row, New Town and gold coast briefly. Now I'm 35 miles south west of the city in the far south burbs and I have to admit every time I visit the city for pleasure I miss it. Every time I return for work I freaking hate it. Clear as mud right.
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I don't mind the city but I much prefer the country life.

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post #10 of 24 (permalink) Old 07-02-2018, 09:36 AM
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born & raised in what used to be country, now it's all "little boxes on the hillside ...made of ticky tacky"

yearn for the country living again but appreciate city water, gas & electric more with age, so i remain torn.

i own a small business in cincinnati and hate every minute i have to deal with the city and it's socialism.

boogie down to a camp in the rolling hills of KY whenever i need a refresh.
reminds me of my youth with all the fields and woods. there's just something about the fresh air in the woods that calls me.
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