I'll have a final tally of State/Countries Friday AM, however...

38 states represented at X4. The 12 states not represented thus far: (If I missed someone already listing, lemme know!)

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri (Most surprising to me!)
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia
The Heckler posted:  

We have a while before we retire but when that day comes it will be somewhere close to Nashville or anywhere in Tennessee.  Tennessee is paradise compared to the hell hole I live in (SW Ohio).

Hear, hear!

I picked East TN because Tennessee is 'friendly' for retirees (low cost of living, personal and property taxes, etc., etc.), the tri-state areas of TN, VA, and NC are immediate, and there's breath-taking beauty in every direction.

The fact that some of the tastiest motorcycling roads in America run all that area doesn't hurt anything either... 

I went to grad school in Vermillion SD.  Best buffalo wings I've ever eaten were Yings Wings at the Buckaroo Bar and Grill in Hudson SD.  

Instead of going "around the world" at the bar, we would go "around the trailer park" and drink Hamms, Natty, and Grain Belt.  It was as bad as it sounds.  

Pretty sure that counts.  

Timpranillo posted:

I'll have a final tally of State/Countries Friday AM, however...

38 states represented at X4. The 12 states not represented thus far: (If I missed someone already listing, lemme know!)

  • Alaska
  • Arkansas
  • Delaware
  • Maine
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri (Most surprising to me!)
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Vermont
  • West Virginia

"Been" to every state here except for West Virginia and Alaska. Alaska is on the visit list. West Virginia... I'm busy that week. 

Floridarob posted:

Lake Charles, La -S La food is best in the world

Sulphur La-same as Lake Charles, just across the bridge

Lakeland, FL-Kiel is right. Drivers around here are horrible. They all think they drive for Nascar. Quality of life in Lakeland is better by far than La but the food can not compare. I have learned that grits wtih fried fish is a great combination since I moved to Florida. Kids and grandkids are within an hours drive. We will be staying for the duration. 

Holy dogsnot.

I lived near Lake Hollingsworth for 5 years. Used to have to go to Beef O'Brady's to watch the Vikings games.  I really miss the minor league baseball games.

MN, then CA, NC, back to CA, Okinawa, back to CA, Kuwait, CA again, then Rockport Maine, Lakeland FL, Cranberry Township PA, then back to MN.

My parents grew up in Milwaukee.  Dad joined the army and was stationed in Alabama.

1958 - year I was born.  Athens, Alabama

1959 - Fort Sill Oklahoma

~1959 (or 1960?) - Milwaukee.  2223 West Villard Avenue (Northlawn).

1966-1976 - Still Milwaukee, but parents got a house.  Then dad took a voluntary job transfer to sales, his region was New England, and so family moved January of 1976.  I got to stay with an aunt and uncle so I could finish HS where I had gone.

1976-2003 - Massachusetts.  Milford save when in college (Amherst) and the last 8 years or so Uxbridge.  What a crappy time to move.  The day after I graduated HS.

2003-2008 - Dallas area, mainly Plano.  Was laid off and moved to take a job.

2008-present - Bowdle, South Dakota.  I won't bother to explain that one.  Middle of no where.  The big city, Aberdeen is 55m east (population ~25k).  My house costed 26,000 (paid off) and my property taxes are 360/year so that is a whopping 30/month for the place.

So now you can scratch off South Dakota.

Best places - The house in Milwaukee for that time (kid growing up) tied with Uxbridge, MA which is a real nice town and the area has some proximity to Boston, Cape Cod, Martha's Vineyard and my favorite, the White Mountains in New Hampshire.  Massachusetts is incredibly green with four seasons and awesome foliage.  Of course, Wisconsin lakes blow MA away (in that regard)!

Worst - didn't care much for Dallas.  Great place if you are big into consumerism.  But, tennis almost year long just make sure to hold it to morning or evening during the hot days.  Where I am at now isn't so hot, but at my age I don't know how I would financially handle my retirement years living in a more typical locale.

 

Pakrz posted:

I’m just impressed that you can get Internet access in Bowdle, SD. 

LOL

It's actually quite good.  It's all fiber optic.

Good luck meeting a woman here.  (I'm divorced.)  That concerns me.

Weather can be intense.  I've done cold elsewhere, of course, but, man, is this area windy.  Tack on 30 mph winds to single digits and forget it.  You cannot be exposed.  No way.  Not that well below zero is not an occurrence.

Pakrz posted:

I spent many years in Grand Forks, North Dakota. You don’t have a clue what a cold winter feels like unless you’ve experienced it in the Dakotas. Un****ingbelievable. 

And for extreme masochism, how the heck does someone run a livestock farm in the Dakotas?  I think calving is generally in March.  Ya gotta be kidding me!  Having to tend to livestock in a Dakota winter?

This one old farmer told me about a winter storm in 1966.  He had a rope tied from his front door to his barn.  He said he couldn't see 5 feet in front of him.  That's how he got to his livestock.

I saw an article on coldest US cities (obviously have to be of a certain population size).

1. Fairbanks, Alaska
2. Grand Forks, ND
3. Bismarck, ND
4. Fargo, ND
5. Aberdeen, SD

I saw the signs for Grand Forks once when I visited my then girl friend who lived in Fargo.  That's getting up there.

I've been to Reno, Chicago, Fargo, Minnesota
Buffalo, Toronto, Winslow, Sarasota
Wichita, Tulsa, Ottawa, Oklahoma
Tampa, Panama, Mattawa, La Paloma
Bangor, Baltimore, Salvador, Amarillo
Tocopilla, Barranquilla, and Padilla, I'm a killer
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the desert's bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I've a'had my share, man
I've been everywhere
I've been to Boston, Charleston, Dayton, Louisiana
Washington, Houston, Kingston, Texarkana
Monterey, Faraday, Santa Fe, Tallapoosa
Glen Rock, Black Rock, Little Rock, Oskaloosa
Tennessee to Hennessey, Chicopee, Spirit Lake
Grand Lake, Devil's Lake, Crater Lake, for Pete's sake
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the desert's bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I've a'had my share, man
I've been everywhere
I've been to Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, Ombabika
Schefferville, Jacksonville, Waterville, Costa Rica
Pittsfield, Springfield, Bakersfield, Shreveport
Hackensack, Cadillac, Fond du Lac, Davenport
Idaho, Jellico, Argentina, Diamantina
Pasadena, Catalina, see what I mean'a
I've been everywhere, man
I've been everywhere, man
Crossed the desert's bare, man
I've breathed the mountain air, man
Of travel I've a'had my share, man
I've been everywhere
I've been to Pittsburgh, Parkersburg, Gravelbourg, Colorado
Ellensburg, Rexburg, Vicksburg, El Dorado
Larimore, Admore, Haverstraw, Chatanika
Chaska, Nebraska, Alaska, Opelaka
Baraboo, Waterloo, Kalamazoo, Kansas City
Sioux City, Cedar City, Dodge City, what a pity.

 

1958-1979  Stockton, IL - Hometown in NW IL just south of WI.  Lived there through HS and then 2 years of commuting to community college for Associates degree.  Picturesque early 20th century midwest small town with downtown buildings built 1890-1910.  Huge HS football tradition dating back to before the NFL existed (at least 1913).

1979-1981  Normal, IL - Illinois State University for Bachelors degree.  Smaller twin city of Bloomington.  Population 30K, 20K of that was ISU.  Town was college employees and/or burb for people woho worked in Bloomington.

1981-1984  Rockford, IL - First jobs out of college just in time for early 80s recession (ugh).   Industrial city with nice neigthborhoods, low housing cost, good family atmosphere.  City blossomed in 40s and 50s with companies that supported Aerospace and Automotive industries.  Later that decade to get hit with decline of the US auto industry and the breakup of the big Chicago housing projects that would scatter gang kuckleheads all over Chicago, some of the burbs and as far away as Rockford.

1984-1987  Freeport, IL - Changed jobs (actualy commuted to Monroe, WI). Met my wife and got married.  Smaller city with a nice mix of manufacturing and insurance companies for a prosperous friendly midwestern small city.  Has not fared well in the 2000s due to substantial loss of manufacturing jobs and almost total loss of the insurance companies.  Some would say just a shell of its former self. 

1987-present  Rockford, IL - After marriage took a job for a promotion and moved back bought a home.  Raised 2 kids through HS and 1 through college (as an athlete).  Wife became disabled 10 years ago, then cancer a few years later  and passed away about 1.5 years ago.  KIds have moved on (Milwaukee & Chicago), just me and my son's left behind pitbull now.  City's older neighborhoods struggled with influx of gang/drug idiocy from Chitown.  Caused decline in those areas and the downtown and generated enough per capita crime stats to land it on just about every worst 10 cities list you read.  Except about 2/3 of the city stll as it was decades earlier.  Recently big redevolpement projects are restoring downtown to a nice entertainment/shopping area.  Some of the lost blue-collar jobs are returning and anti-blight and housing initiatives underway in older areas.  

Final Results

  • Respondents - 43
  • States represented - 41
  • States not represented - 9: AK, AR, DE, MS, MO, NV, RI, VT, WV + DC
  • Top 5 States - WI, IL, FL, MN, CA
  • People that have never lived in WI - 10
  • States with only 1 person - CT, HI, KS, LA, ME, ND, NE, NH, OH, OR, SD, WY
  • Most locations by one person - 10
  • People that have lived in only 1 state - 6 (4 WI, 1IL, 1 NY)
  • Average number of locations per respondent - 3.8
  • Countries represented - England, South Korea, Thailand, Italy, Germany,  Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, France, Japan, Venezuela, Vietnam, "Middle East", Kuwait
Timpranillo posted:

Final Results

  • Respondents - 43
  • States represented - 41
  • States not represented - 9: AK, AR, DE, MS, MO, NV, RI, VT, WV  
  • Top 5 States - WI, IL, FL, MN, CA
  • People that have never lived in WI - 10
  • States with only 1 person - CT, HI, KS, LA, ME, ND, NE, NH, OH, OR, SD, WY
  • Most locations by one person - 10
  • People that have lived in only 1 state - 6 (4 WI, 1IL, 1 NY)
  • Average number of locations per respondent - 3.8
  • Countries represented - England, South Korea, Thailand, Italy, Germany,  Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, France, Japan, Venezuela, Vietnam, "Middle East", Kuwait

OOPS.  33 people HAVE lived in WI. Only 10 that responded haven't. I'll edit. 

skully posted:

We were fortunate to  sell our house in Wis. Rapids only one month after it hit the market.  Moved into a 55+ retirement community,  a rental, smaller 3 bedroom duplex, attached 2 stall garage.  I have always been happy with antenna TV, and going to the public library for internet,  here we have a 10% senior discount on Cable and internet.  Just the other night, I saw my first BREWER game in High Definition,  sure is nice to join the 21st century  

Are you still in Rapids? I hear they have a good library. 

Late to the game but:

Boscobel
Chilton
Boscobel (again)
Prairie du Chien (Campion)
Madison (some college)
La Crosse (more college)
Madison (grad school)
Sheboygan (ain'tso)
Iron Mountain (I lived on the iron mountain and could see Wisconsin)
Stevens Point for the last 30 years, though I have worked in Rapids for 25 of that.

Rochester, NY.    Born 1959

Syracuse, NY.     65-77

Morrisville, NY.    College 1 semester

Syracuse, NY.     78-79

Lake Havasu, AZ.   1980-82    Home of the (London Bridge)

Syracuse,  1983-2014   (Retired sheriffs office)

Lake Havasu, AZ.    2014-present.     Would take 110 & sunny vs. snow/rain for 6 months.  Hey it’s a dry heat, low humidity in AZ

    

Yeah sorry I’m late but here it goes. 

Delphos OH till (birth to 4)

Marshfield WI (4-sophomore years high school)

Holmen WU (junior/senior year)

Columbus OH (undergraduate)

Des Moines IA (Med school)

Dublin OH (residency)

Suffolk VA (Private Practice 2008-2015)

Galesburg IL 

 

Columbus/Dublin years by far my favorite strangely followed by my time in Galesburg. 

GBPnut posted:

Rochester, NY.    Born 1959

Syracuse, NY.     65-77

Morrisville, NY.    College 1 semester

Syracuse, NY.     78-79

Lake Havasu, AZ.   1980-82    Home of the (London Bridge)

Syracuse,  1983-2014   (Retired sheriffs office)

Lake Havasu, AZ.    2014-present.     Would take 110 & sunny vs. snow/rain for 6 months.  Hey it’s a dry heat, low humidity in AZ

    

I was born in Lyons N.Y  in 1959 and attended SUNY Morrisville. from 77-79 Automotive Technology

hof1991 posted:

Late to the game but:

Boscobel

Boscobel (again)
Prairie du Chien (Campion)

Drive thru Boscobel everyday on my way to work in Muscoda.   Also graduated from high school in Prairie du Chien, but it was the public school.   Were you at Campion when Reo Speedwagon played there in 1972 or '73?  

Packiderm posted:
GBPnut posted:

Rochester, NY.    Born 1959

Syracuse, NY.     65-77

Morrisville, NY.    College 1 semester

Syracuse, NY.     78-79

Lake Havasu, AZ.   1980-82    Home of the (London Bridge)

Syracuse,  1983-2014   (Retired sheriffs office)

Lake Havasu, AZ.    2014-present.     Would take 110 & sunny vs. snow/rain for 6 months.  Hey it’s a dry heat, low humidity in AZ

    

I was born in Lyons N.Y  in 1959 and attended SUNY Morrisville. from 77-79 Automotive Technology

Born and raised in Rochester, went to St. Bonaventure University in Olean, NY, where I met my wife (a Utica, NY girl).

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