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Ericw
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I’ve seen plenty of threads on what the pros and cons are on island, but what about the pros and cons on why you decided to move from the mainland? Please share yours here. I’m going to preface that mine might be jaded! :-X

From Chicago:
Pros:
Autumn
Near family
Ample amenities
Good job
Current friends
Love our home

Cons:
Public transportation
The weather
6 months of WINTER
SNOW turns into black slush
Only 46 days a year of 100% sunny skys
Trash and exhaust smell everywhere
Rude/ignorant people
High taxes
Public service budget cuts (despite high taxes)
People have a sense of entitlement
Lack of outdoor activities (also only when weather permits)
Hustle and bustle of the “rat race”

Plus there is a jar full of personal reasons, but I won't get into those now. *-) I’m sure I can add to the list, but this is what I thought up this morning. Looking forward to the move…
Eric

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Topic starter Posted : October 12, 2010 2:37 pm
STXBob
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I'll list my pros and cons for New Jersey:

Pro:
I can find my state in the "State" field of any web form, and there is at least one cheap shipping option.
I can drive almost anywhere, as an alternative to flying.
Many things are inexpensive, compared to USVI.
Everything is available.
Everything works.
Laws are enforced.
Good schools.
Family and friends are near by (but we travel to each other now, so not a big deal).
The seasons. I can tell what time of year it is without thinking.

Con:
High property taxes.
It's too hot or too cold, and there are only 10 best days of the year (USVI has 350).
Snow, shoveling snow, ice.
Rude people.
Driving is a competitive sport.
I might have to drive more than 30 minutes to get somewhere.
Traffic.

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Posted : October 12, 2010 5:45 pm
Bombi
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Maine
pros
beautiful coastline
shopping and access to anything
no litter
lobster, clams, fresh veggies
lots of healthy places to eat
excellent medical care
dependable utilities
govt workers actually work
honest politicians
medical marijuana and civil penalties for possession

cons
summer is a long weekend in July
heating costs
gestapo police
sales and income tax
snooty, introverted people
tourists/traffic

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Posted : October 12, 2010 5:58 pm
Edward
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From Tbilisi:

Pros:
Low cost of living ($2 haircuts)
Hospitable people
My students
My host family
Delicious food
Spectacular views of the Caucasus
Rewarding work
Contributing to building of a new nation
Moderate Mediterranean climate
...and many others.

Cons:
Little or no English television
Cold winters
Horrible drivers
Smokers
Litterers
A yearning to return to America
Russia

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Posted : October 12, 2010 9:10 pm
Robob
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From Rhode Island (yes, it is a state, not a place on Long Island, NY)

Pros:
Our nickname isn't " The Ocean State" for nothing!
BEST Italian restaurants outside of Italy
Beautiful historic architecture
Thriving arts community
You could drive from the beach to secluded woods in a matter of 40 minutes
Clam Cakes & Chowder
Born and raised there....roots go deep.
Spring and Fall are truly spectacular.

Cons:
Paulie D. from "Jersey Shore" actually comes from RI, Enough said.
Dirty politics
Spring and Fall....sometimes they only last a week.
Winter drags on forever
Most Rhode Islanders are born and raised there...they will pack a lunch for the 30 minute trip over the border to CT or MA.
Suburban sprawl is killing it.
Too many people still call me "Bobby". ( actually that one makes me smile now)

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Posted : October 13, 2010 3:37 pm
glynnswife
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Minnesota
Pros
Exceptional Customer Service Everywhere
Convenience
Beautiful Lakes
Four Seasons are beautiful
So much cheaper to live (housing, groceries, gas, and more
Close to family is great
Don't get glared at by cashiers in stores
Don't worry as much about getting robbed
Roads and driving is soooo much easier
Insurance costs are much lower
Schools are great and free and have so much more to offer

Cons:

Winter

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Posted : October 14, 2010 12:01 am
Ericw
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Seems like the pros are longer, from where they came, from those already on island. 😉

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Topic starter Posted : October 14, 2010 12:10 am
roadrunner
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Seems like the pros are longer, from where they came, from those already on island. 😉

I guess the grass is always greener. Nothing a quick January trip to the upper midwest won't fix, though!

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Posted : October 14, 2010 12:53 am
Bombi
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Tonight I heard St. Croix described as, pleasantly dysfunctional. I laughed.

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Posted : October 14, 2010 1:28 am
Ericw
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Nothing a quick January trip to the upper midwest won't fix, though!

Haha, exactly! get me out of here!

Tonight I heard St. Croix described as, pleasantly dysfunctional. I laughed.

Exactly what I'm looking for, ha!

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Topic starter Posted : October 14, 2010 2:30 am
speee1dy
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robob, i loved your first con

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Posted : October 14, 2010 11:41 am
Juanita
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Been a while since I lived somewhere else, so I'll just go with the place I visit the most.

Oregon

Pros
Clean/no litter
Major recycling/Very "green"
Progressive health care
Gorgeous seasons
Festivals and Country Markets
Shopping / Inexpensive food
Quaint villages
Wineries
Beautiful coastline
Mountains/Rivers/Waterfalls
Courteous drivers using common sense
MY GRANDDAUGHTER

Cons
Long winters
Public schools could be better, I think.
Economy still suffering
Long way from family on the east coast

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Posted : October 14, 2010 2:50 pm
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