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Old October 22nd, 2013, 12:03 PM
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I've become more and more burnt out with my current area and the lifestyle around here (Greenville, SC)... I've got a couple of friends that have packed up and moved to California, and they seem to love it there... I've got a contract on my house and hope to have it sold on November 22nd... I'm using the profits to become 95% debt free, and I'm thinking about packing up my D90 and treking across the country to the Santa Ana / Tustin Ca. area... Are any of you guys close to that area? Some new friends with a common interest in Defenders would be great!
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 01:55 PM
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Nope but cheers on the life change. Been there done that.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 02:18 PM
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I would check out a few surrounding states, that aren't in the "Death Spiral State" category. Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado or Utah.

Change is fun... Try something new, if you don't like it... move again.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 02:26 PM
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I live in laguna hills, about 15 minutes from that area
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 03:09 PM
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There's a girl in that area that I may have some interest in... If I move, it will be completely life changing... I'll be looking for a job, etc, etc... I know the cost of living there is much higher than what I'm used to here as well. I'm going to liquidate whatever I can't fit into my Defender.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 03:48 PM
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My advice, move to Colorado, it's where I spent the first 42 years of my life and is a great place to live.

Good luck,

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Old October 22nd, 2013, 03:49 PM
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Don't pick a place to live based on a girl who you might be interested in. There are interesting girls everywhere..
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 03:55 PM
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NM is like a desert for girls; you will need to import..............and maybe export!
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 04:41 PM
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Don't pick a place to live based on a girl who you might be interested in. There are interesting girls everywhere..
You're right, but I've been considering California for quite a while now... she's just a little extra credit if I decide to test the waters.

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NM is like a desert for girls; you will need to import..............and maybe export!
I'd like some darker skies, and NM would definitely offer that, but like you said, a desert for girls may not be satisfactory...
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 04:41 PM
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don't pick a place to live based on a girl who you might be interested in. There are interesting girls everywhere..
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 05:00 PM
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I went through a similar situation a few years ago and found that moving away truly made me appreciate where I was from. I moved back "home" after a year. I wouldnt trade the experience for anything but it sure was expensive.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 05:11 PM
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Depends on what your into.. CA is great.. has everything but is expensive. I am in Newport not too far from Santa Ana and Tustin. Both cities are about 15-30min from beach depending on traffic, but I wouldn't pick them as my destination to live.

NorCal Bay Area/SF is awesome. A lot to do, plenty close to great wheeling/skiing/snowboarding/ocean etc.

San Diego is an awesome city with plenty to do.

LA too...

I suggest you go out and visit. Check the areas out, spend some time and get a feel for it. Traffic sucks, homes are expensive but if you can get over it.. not bad.

I spent a good portion of my life in the Southeast and still have a home in Wilmington, NC... It can get boring.. but the grass is never greener.

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Old October 22nd, 2013, 05:22 PM
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I appreciate the advice guys, and I promise that the girl really has nothing to do with the move and my situation. I went through a divorce (nasty divorce) a few of years ago, and bought a nice cheap house that need work... I just finished the work and I can make a nice little profit from the deal.... enough to pay off the debt from the divorce, student loans, and the little bit of other debt I accrued over the past few years.

I do love where I grew up (Greenville, SC), but it's honestly all I have experienced except for the three years I spent in Beaufort/Hilton Head, SC... which was mostly work related. I love the coast, and I would really like to do some traveling while I'm still young (only 36)... the girl and the friends in my opinion will make the transistion a little easier.

I do plan to make a trip out to see what it's like before making any decisions, but I've got to do something!

Please keep the advice coming!
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 05:32 PM
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Don't move for a woman, move for yourself. As Art said try Colorado. Beautiful ladies, mountains, skiing, snowboarding, hiking ,biking ,rafting , trail riding....many more and last but not least,Colorado's music scene is unbelievable. The people are friendly, smart , educated and out going. The weather is stellar. Denver's housing market has rebounded well and there is work available. You should at least spend a week-10 days checking it out on the way to go see the girl in California. Just remember in times like these think with your head and heart, not your Dick. Just my 2 cents.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 05:37 PM
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I had better find a hardtop for my D90 if I plan on visiting Colorado on the way to Cali... Growing up here in the mild/hot South East, my blood may not be thick enough.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 05:52 PM
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You might be pleasantly surprised as the lack of humidity allows people to deal with the weather better. I grew up in Florida and I adapted well.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 05:56 PM
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If you want to stop by New Mexico, let me know. I grew up in Easley SC and also chose a change of scenery, so I know what you are dealing with.
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:01 PM
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If you want to stop by New Mexico, let me know. I grew up in Easley SC and also chose a change of scenery, so I know what you are dealing with.
I would love to! I think a cross country trek in the Defender would be great... I can only imagine the fuel bill though
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:24 PM
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Let me know when you get closer to making the trip. It would be nice to talk defender and carolina at the same time.

I will be making the trek in my new/old defender around february. I think it would be cheaper to ship it, but the memories should be better driving
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Old October 22nd, 2013, 06:33 PM
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Move to Wyoming or Montana! Cold as hell in the winter, but there are outdoor activities all year round! If I could figure out how to make a living in Jackson, Wyoming, I would have moved there a long time ago!
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