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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. :grin:

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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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 Condo......it 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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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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I was born and raised in Wyoming. Moved about 45 miles northwest of Chicago for work. I have been here for 23 years now and only been to Chicago twice. If I never get there again it will be too soon. Too congested and stressful, and you never know when you might catch a stray bullet. As soon as retirement comes I will be escaping back west.
 

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I prefer the country, but I don't have a clue about big city living and guess I never will. Luckily I do get to visit the big city of Chicago once a year and it's all that I need to convince me that I should stay out in the country. But I will say that Chicago offers some of the best food choices I've had. I strongly recommend Chicago Pizza and Grinder Co....their pizza pot pie is amazing!
 

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I would have to come across this today; one of those days when I'm missing the house on 135 acres of virgin forest in North Georgia so bad I could almost cry, and in all honesty guys, some days I do! Grew up on the east side of Indianapolis before it became the war zone that it now is; between junior and senior year of high school my parents bought a place in what was then a tiny town 20 miles SE of downtown Indy in the first sub-division the town had. Now they are everywhere, cracker-box houses eating up the cornfields. Progress? I'm only here now because of momma; 82 w/ Alzheimers; if my wife and I weren't here she would be in a nursing home because my "silly siblings", who so rarely come and see her that they might as well just not, wouldn't let us take her to GA to care for her; not gonna happen until I just CAN'T do it anymore. I realize I'm venting guys;please forgive me. There have been positives that as I look back I realize God had His hand all in this; around that same time my step-daughter found her uncle who had been missing in CA. and homeless, and beaten in the head so bad that he couldn't care for himself. She brought him back to Indy, we were here to help her with him also; she couldn't have done it by herself.
Lived SE of Nashville,TN. for 2 yrs., then just across the river from downtown Nashville for approx 1.5 then on to Georgia. Best 3.5? years of my life were in GA. I guess you've figured out that I want to be in the country again but I'll count my blessings and be thankful that I'm not actually "in" Indianapolis. Thanks for reading my novel. When my wife gets home I think I'll have to go spend some time with my therapist; Dr. Harley is her name.
 

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Preference Big Country, reality Big City...............for now
 

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was born in south oak cliff area of dallas, at 6 parents did the white flight to the suburbs in '59, grew up in mesquite tx. when it was still just a little farming and rodeo town. was 8 mi. from home to the high school, so when i started 10th grade dad bought me a motorcycle cause there were no buses. started my life on two wheels. after navy spent a few yrs in n. dallas in college, moved to south bay area of los angeles for a decade in the mid 70s loved the beach bum life, moved to n. arizona silver minning town in 90 found my heaven in the country, population 200 no law, 20mi. to kingman az. nearest town. in 96 moved back to tex and found a little corner of galveston county where there is no infrastructure for subdivisions and everyone lives on 3-10 acres got me a little corner full of trees and can do as i please, shoot in the yard, build bonfires, blow shit up, no one bat's an eye. now you can play the tune from "green acres" https://video.search.yahoo.com/search/video?fr=tightropetb&p=green+acres+theme+song#id=3&vid=d2537e37a033bc88a6e610339d6c6338&action=click
 

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I grew up a farm boy in Georgia and we still own the farm, but no one lives there, I just rent the acreage to a local farmer. Spent 20 years in the Army in several countries in huge cities and small ones. I love the country but I like the city. You can find great things about both. Riding is different, I don't like riding in the larger cities on a regular basis but occasionally it is fun. I've been cross country twice on my RGS and once on my Softail. I've ridden in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. The point is to ride wherever you like, whenever you like.
 

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I grew up in central Michigan on a farm with dirt roads all around us. It was the only life I knew until I moved to the DC area and got a culture shock of my life. At first we lived in the city where it would take about 6 months and I'd start feeling closed in, I didn't like the feeling of being that close to that many people. Eventually we bought a house just north of the Maryland suburbs on 1.25 acres, which is a lot of land in these areas. I don't have to venture into the city often and avoid it as much as possible. Recently, we bought our old family farm in Michigan and plan on moving there within the next 5 years. When that time comes I am tossing out all technology and only keeping a transistor radio so I can listen to Tiger baseball games on cool summer nights while relaxing along side my pond and planning my next ride in to northern Michigan.
 
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