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Title: Where is everybody from?
Post by: jynnan tonnix on December 07, 2013, 10:45:08 PM
I notice, once in a while, people posting things referring to their location.

Interestingly, it strikes me that of the members from the USA, there are probably more from the Bible belt than otherwise. I have not actually checked this out, so I may be mistaken, but it seems I rarely see those who claim to be from New England. Maybe we just feel less put upon in this neck of the woods or something.

I also find it personally hard not to to glom onto things which are more or less irrelevant, like feeling a kinship with someone from England just because I spent the first 9+ years of my life there, or with someone who has some knowledge of Polish life/culture/language because my father made it very clear throughout my formative years that this is who I was GOING to be...It would be kind of cool, though, to have a subforum along these lines...or just a lowly thread.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Emily on December 07, 2013, 11:01:18 PM
I was born and raised in Nashville, smack dab in the middle of the bible belt.....  :( I moved to LA when I was 18 and now I'm living in Western NY.

I miss Nashville. It's a beautiful city. I'm not close with my parents so I really have no desire to go back. I don't miss the religious fanatics running around. Growing up in a very, very religious household (Pentecostal) I was surrounded by them.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 07, 2013, 11:14:59 PM
I was born in Live Oak, Florida, Suwannee County, North Florida; close to the Georgia border. My father was in the US Army, so we moved to the Fort Bragg (North Carolina) area, then he was stationed outside Stuttgard, Germany for 3 years, so we lived there. Then we moved back to Florida in Opa-Locka (South Florida), then Orlando, then Winter Park, then Ocoee, Florida all in Central Florida, in the Orlando metro area. Then last March I moved back to Live Oak, Florida.

I see myself as a Southerner but not a redneck but my dad is originally from Indiana, so, I guess I'm only half Southern. ;)

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: rev45 on December 07, 2013, 11:23:00 PM
I live in central Illinois, south a ways of Springfield, lived in the same general area all of my life.  This may change this coming summer as I might be moving to Wisconsin.  Right now I go to college in Springfield and starting in January I'll be going full time so if anybody needs me look for me there.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Traveler on December 07, 2013, 11:43:18 PM
Eastern USA. Born and raised in Maryland, decades in New England (northern Mass and southern NH), five years traveling, and am now back in Maryland.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: magicmiles on December 07, 2013, 11:46:37 PM
I was born in Adelaide, South Australia. Since then I have lived in Sydney and Tasmania. I have lived in my current location, Brisbane, since 1994.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Chronos on December 07, 2013, 11:56:18 PM
I have lived in Maryland longer than I have lived anywhere else, going on 25 years and counting.

Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Traveler on December 08, 2013, 12:23:49 AM
I have lived in Maryland longer than I have lived anywhere else, going on 25 years and counting.

Howdy neighbor.  :)
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: ParkingPlaces on December 08, 2013, 12:45:57 AM
Western Montana. I was born and raised in Oregon. I've also lived in Massachusetts, Indiana and Colorado, and briefly in Pennsylvania. I spent 3 years in England when I was in the Air Force, after spending close to a year on a base in Mississippi.

I used to travel all over the country working on log homes. I've spent a lot of time working in Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, California, Idaho, New York and Washington. I worked for shorter periods of time in Oregon, New Mexico, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Georgia, North Carolina, South Dakota, Utah, Mississippi, and Colorado.

I found that the south doesn't have all the rednecks. We have plenty here in Montana, and I sure ran into a lot of them in Indiana and Pennsylvania. This 40 or 50 foot tall cross is up near Kalispell, MT, where I used to live. I had to drive by it several times a week.

(http://img.groundspeak.com/waymarking/50edcf9d-1990-4ff8-b95d-ff98bba3a6c5.jpg)

I haven't been to either Hawaii or Alaska, but the only two states in the continental US I haven't been to are Delaware and Florida. The latter is Nam's fault, for sure. Because I've been told over and over that Florida has one too many assholes.  ;D
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 08, 2013, 01:18:17 AM
One can't blame me for Florida. I think Rick Scott, and those who voted for him, are more to blame.

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Traveler on December 08, 2013, 01:27:18 AM
I've been to Florida only twice. I LOVE the Everglades, and perhaps I'd like the keys if I were to go there. You can pretty much keep the rest.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 08, 2013, 01:55:41 AM
I've been to Florida only twice. I LOVE the Everglades, and perhaps I'd like the keys if I were to go there. You can pretty much keep the rest.

Have you been to the rest? Ocala, Tampa Bay, Pensocala, St. Augustine, Clearwater, Okeechobee, Melbourne, Cape Canaveral--ever been to Live Oak? Suwannee County? Have you been to all of Florida? I haven't, and I've been here 30 years.

"Keep the rest" -- fuck people who say shit like that. Imagine if I said that about France, "Well, Paris is the only place to go there, I mean, keep the rest." how asinine I'd be? That's how you sound, and everyone else who says shit like that.

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Willie on December 08, 2013, 01:59:32 AM
I was born in Indiana. My family moved a lot until I was in 5th grade, then I did most of the rest of my growing up in Midland, TX, so that's what I identify as my home town. I lived a few years in Tucson, AZ back in the late 1980's, and now live in a suburb of Dallas, TX.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Traveler on December 08, 2013, 02:05:52 AM
Wow, get a grip man. Its too HOT. That's all. I hate the heat. The Everglades is worth the heat for me to see the wildlife. Actually, I've enjoyed most of what I've seen in Florida. But its still too hot. I suffer in the heat.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Antidote on December 08, 2013, 02:14:17 AM
Pensacola, FL over here, right now I'm living in Washington, it's fraking cold.
If it weren't for the hurricanes and crazies (my mothers family) I'd move back.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: wright on December 08, 2013, 03:14:15 AM
Central California coast boy, pretty much all my life. Born in Santa Barbara, spent a couple of years in Kenya (alas, hardly any memories from that time, though I did get a sister I love dearly), then we moved back to California and slowly moved north: Redlands, Santa Barbara, Lompoc, finally San Luis Obispo.

Moved away for college: Santa Rosa, Santa Cruz. Been back in SLO for the last twenty years and probably won't ever leave. It's sometimes hard to find work here, but I love it. Mom, Sis and her family live just minutes away.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 08, 2013, 04:13:43 AM
Wow, get a grip man. Its too HOT. That's all. I hate the heat. The Everglades is worth the heat for me to see the wildlife. Actually, I've enjoyed most of what I've seen in Florida. But its still too hot. I suffer in the heat.

Well, I guess you shouldn't go to mainly any state in the South, or west because they too are really hot. Actually, most them are hotter than Florida. And it mainly rains here. Non-Floridians believe the propaganda of the year round hot sun but Floridians actually know it mainly rains.

But yeah, you're right, I should forego going to a place because I am used to constant heat and rain because they don't have that.

 I don't like cold weather but that doesn't mean I would go to a place that is cold; and complain about the place based on its weather. "This place sucks, it's cold."

You sound like a whiner, and an idiot when you say shit like that, or imply it.

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: magicmiles on December 08, 2013, 04:32:55 AM
I think it's quite plain who's doing the whining here Nam.

Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 08, 2013, 05:14:15 AM
I think it's quite plain who's doing the whining here Nam.



Perhaps but at least I don't talk shit about other places because of the weather. "Canada sucks because it's so damn cold but I like the name."

Idiotic.

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: magicmiles on December 08, 2013, 05:27:49 AM
Traveler never made any objective claims about Florida. Saying 'you can keep the rest' just means that she personally is not interested or keen on most of Florida. Instead of going off half-cocked you could have asked her to explain it further.

I know you're an asshole, but it would be nice if you took a holiday once in a while.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Jonny-UK on December 08, 2013, 05:54:43 AM
I have lived in England all my life.
I lived in West Sussex until I was 11 years old and have spent the last 30 years in Lancashire.
I currently live in Morecambe and absolutely love it here.
(http://i225.photobucket.com/albums/dd115/jonny998/morecambe_at_low_tide.jpg)


http://www.photoeverywhere.co.uk/britain/morecambe/slides/morecambe_at_low_tide.htm
Some great photos if anyone is interested, just click the above link.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: One Above All on December 08, 2013, 05:58:35 AM
Originally from outside this and every other universe, currently living in a human body in Portugal.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Graybeard on December 08, 2013, 07:09:44 AM
I'm from Derby, UK, home of Rolls Royce Aero Engines. I left in 1969 and went to Hull (note spelling), and then, much later, St Albans.

The photo (following Johnny-UK's example) is of Derby c. 1950 and I'm old enough to remember it like that.

(http://i1088.photobucket.com/albums/i325/PaulQ86/OldDerby_zpsee8f76a0.jpg?t=1386504290)
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 08, 2013, 07:13:48 AM
Traveler never made any objective claims about Florida. Saying 'you can keep the rest' just means that she personally is not interested or keen on most of Florida. Instead of going off half-cocked you could have asked her to explain it further.

I know you're an asshole, but it would be nice if you took a holiday once in a while.

She did explain "it's too hot" -- idiotic. 

To your last point: I don't care. I speak my mind, don't care who you are, if I read or someone say something I find idiotic, I will say something. That's me: live with it, I do.

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: shnozzola on December 08, 2013, 08:12:32 AM
Lancaster County Pennsylvania  (5000 farms)

(http://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/02/58/00/06/the-amish-farms-are-beautifully.jpg)
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: jaimehlers on December 08, 2013, 08:33:18 AM
She did explain "it's too hot" -- idiotic. 

To your last point: I don't care. I speak my mind, don't care who you are, if I read or someone say something I find idiotic, I will say something. That's me: live with it, I do.
Chill out already, Nam.  Most (or at least much) of Florida is subtropical.  I would detest living there, though visiting would be okay, and yes, because it would be too hot during the summer, and a rainy hot to boot.

By the way, I've lived in both Nebraska and Oklahoma, both of which also get quite hot during the summer, but generally are dry overall.  I dislike it when it's too humid or wet, and I dislike it when it's too hot.  Both at the same time are horrid to deal with (both places periodically get heavy rain, which is awful in 100-degree heat, and I hate it).  You are more than welcome to Florida - I have no interest at all in living there, or even visiting (except during the winter, when it the heat is mostly gone).
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: jynnan tonnix on December 08, 2013, 10:08:38 AM
I've been lucky enough to live in a number of places, since we moved from England to the USA when I was young, and I later became a Navy wife, which has meant picking up and moving every 3 years or so on the average. We've lived in Connecticut, Scotland, Virginia, Guam, San Diego, Hawaii, and Georgia, bouncing back and forth between Hawaii and Connecticut a few times. Now we are settled back in Connecticut for what will be my husband's final tour, and we plan to retire here. It's the state I've lived in the longest overall, and I find it very comfortable. Love having real seasons again! Plus, my parents are here, and daughter & son in law just bought a house about 15 minutes away.

Like Traveler, I don't do well with heat, and that was the main reason we didn't actually end up staying where we were for our previous tour in Southern Georgia, because we ended up really loving the community, and found some places we really enjoyed going into Jacksonville and St Augustine. But Summer which starts in March and doesn't even think about leaving until November just wasn't going to work.

I loved Hawaii, as well, but again, the lack of seasons was just something which I couldn't get used to, even though we spent a total of almost 7 years there (3 different tours, including one back-to-back).

Scotland was absolutely wonderful.

We've pretty much enjoyed everywhere we have lived, which has made for a really interesting time. I love being a Navy wife. :)
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 08, 2013, 10:15:04 AM
She did explain "it's too hot" -- idiotic. 

To your last point: I don't care. I speak my mind, don't care who you are, if I read or someone say something I find idiotic, I will say something. That's me: live with it, I do.
Chill out already, Nam.  Most (or at least much) of Florida is subtropical.  I would detest living there, though visiting would be okay, and yes, because it would be too hot during the summer, and a rainy hot to boot.

By the way, I've lived in both Nebraska and Oklahoma, both of which also get quite hot during the summer, but generally are dry overall.  I dislike it when it's too humid or wet, and I dislike it when it's too hot.  Both at the same time are horrid to deal with (both places periodically get heavy rain, which is awful in 100-degree heat, and I hate it).  You are more than welcome to Florida - I have no interest at all in living there, or even visiting (except during the winter, when it the heat is mostly gone).

I talked to my mother this morning and I told her what mm said, and she laughed out loud, and sarcastically said, "That'll be the day." Then she implied that you people should feel lucky: you don't have to deal with me in person.

Think about that for a minute: Nam in person.

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: The Gawd on December 08, 2013, 11:48:19 AM
Chicago/Chicago Suburbs...

More specifically, the town Drew Peterson is from... I guess that shall be our claim to fame.

Personally, outside of the BS thats been going on there lately, I love FL... Orlando, Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Tampa... I loved it all. I love heat whether its humid or not, I love those thunderstorms that come from nowhere and are gone just as soon.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 08, 2013, 12:22:39 PM
Chicago/Chicago Suburbs...

More specifically, the town Drew Peterson is from... I guess that shall be our claim to fame.

Personally, outside of the BS thats been going on there lately, I love FL... Orlando, Miami, Ft Lauderdale, Tampa... I loved it all. I love heat whether its humid or not, I love those thunderstorms that come from nowhere and are gone just as soon.


I love the rain in what appears to be a clear day/night.

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: jynnan tonnix on December 08, 2013, 12:32:34 PM
I used to love the rain showers in Hawaii...sometimes those would come out of what appeared to be a sunny sky, and were barely more than a warm mist. Then there would be the squalls which would blow through, dump all sorts of rain for 5 minutes and disappear again. The rainbows were spectacular :) I do miss the rainbows.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: magicmiles on December 08, 2013, 03:49:49 PM
This is where I lived from age 14-18. (Stanley, Tasmania, Australia). I didn't appreciate the place as much as I would now. I moved there from a suburb of Sydney, so it was quite a big change in my life at the time. When we first arrived I stepped out of the car, waved good bye to my family and climbed straight to the top of the headland before I even went inside our new house. I loved climbing. Still do. The fishing was pretty amazing also.

(http://i785.photobucket.com/albums/yy133/stefanedberg/stanleyNut_zps2e2ab1c5.jpg)
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Emily on December 08, 2013, 08:11:20 PM
When I lived in Los Angeles it was hot. The temperatures were probably as high, or maybe higher, than Florida, but from what I remember about going to Florida is that it's more humid which made it more unbearable for the first couple of days I was in Orlando. In places where the temp is higher than Florida's temp it's just not as humid so a 105 degree day in one place (like LA) is more comfortable than a 105 degree day in Orlando. 

It's not the heat, it's the humidity.  ;)
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: jynnan tonnix on December 08, 2013, 08:53:16 PM
That really is true. I remember when we lived in San Diego (Rancho Bernardo). The kids were still pretty young, then, between 4-10 years old, and we lived only about 10 minutes drive from the Wild Animal Park, so it was a great place to take them, during the Summer, when there was no school. And the temperature was frequently way up into the 90's by the time it even opened in the morning. Might be 105 by noon. But it was still not nearly as draining as days in the mid 90's in St Marys, GA. Those were times that you really couldn't do much except blast the a/c and stay indoors.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Emily on December 08, 2013, 09:43:54 PM
It's basic meteorology. If two places have an air temperature of, say, 100 degrees, but place A has a humidity of 50% and place B has a humidity of 100%, place A will feel cooler than 100 degrees (only by a few degrees) and place B will feel even hotter than 100 degrees (only by a few degrees). It all has to do with our perspiration. Less humidity means our perspiration is more absorbed into the air so we feel cooler, (since sweating is our bodies way of cooling us down) and more humidity means our perspiration is more likely to just stick to our bodies, absorbing more heat making us feel hotter.

Or something like that.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: jynnan tonnix on December 08, 2013, 10:05:52 PM
Reminds me (for some reason) of one of our visits to aforementioned Wild Animal Park. Older son was in the mood to just push everyone's buttons, and it was getting stressful. One of those times where you just feel like whacking them LOL. Which, of course, is not the answer. Anyway, we all had one of those great, big plastic cups of water, and I just dumped a bunch of mine on his head. He was so startled, he forgot to be ornery. Then the younger one piped up with "do that to me, too!". And a water-fight ended everything on a happy note. Even if it cost a few extra refills of water.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Chronos on December 08, 2013, 11:23:36 PM
I have visited Florida a number of times. I just spent 10 days in Florida over Thanksgiving. Maryland can be a rather hot and humid place in its own right, but that is only about 5-6 months of the year unlike Florida where it is 10 months of the year. We do have 4 unique seasons here. We're having an early winter right now: 29F, 10" of snow, 1" of sleet and about 3/4" of freezing rain on top of that. I will gladly take this mess over a hurricane any day. A taste of Sandy showed me that very well.

Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: ThatZenoGuy on December 09, 2013, 02:02:36 AM
I am from Straya.

West Straya to be precise.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Iamrational on December 09, 2013, 02:40:26 AM
Mesa, AZ.

I call it the Mormon capital outside of Utah. There are a lot. Mormon church on every corner seems like.

Ironically I tell people I LOVE! living with mormons. Head scratcher not at all. They are really easy to be around as far as who you would trust living around. They are polite people who raise polite kids that don't pick fights in school and curse around my kids. Besides the crazy religion and pseudo inbreeding, good people.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Add Homonym on December 09, 2013, 03:55:51 AM
I'm still from Australia, but wondering if the forum is working yet.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Mrjason on December 09, 2013, 05:32:49 AM
Born in Leicester and gradually moved south over the years (Bedford, Luton, Tufnell Park, Oval, Mortlake, Beckenham...) and ended up in Wilderness SA.
Got tired of good living and nice weather so like a salmon I came back to my spawing ground.

Here's an old picture of Leicester (http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/storyofleicester/cityheritage/builtheritage/theclocktower/)
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Fiji on December 09, 2013, 05:38:20 AM
Duffel, Belgium ... home of the Duffle coat (except it isn't).
The Duffle coat was named for the fabric it was made from, Duffle's linnen. Duffle's linnen DID originate in my home town.

Duffle is famous for ... fuck all.

The 'valuable buildings' are ... http://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lijst_van_onroerend_erfgoed_in_Duffel
The ones that actually have a picture are (top to bottom),
 - The Chapel of our-dear-lady (if that's the English spelling) which is to be closed and sold off in the 'near' future ... used to be a pilgrimage destination following the 'miraculous' discovery of a statuette of the virgin Mary in a tree (because, you know, no one EVER puts statuettes in trees, it HAD to be divine intervention)
 - City hall, an architectural monstrosity of half a dozen styles.
 - Belle Epoque cinema ... still in pretty good condition, considering ... needs some work though
 - Saint Martin church, biggest church in the village, bombed during WW2, so of little architectural value.
 - Ter Elst castle, used to be situated right in the middle of the river Nete, to collect tariffs from passing ships, but these days that bend in the river has been straightened. So, the castle now sits in a tiny lake. I say 'castle' but it's really more like an oversized medieval villa. Featured in the second movie of the original version of House Anubis.

Most famous Duffeler is Killiaan, who wrote the first ever Dutch dictionary. All previous dictionaries were in Latin only.

Another ... peculiarity of our village is these fellows ... (http://www.duffelinbeeld.be/archive/nieuws1/pics/ballonnekensstoet/IMG_8258.JPG)
Front to back, these are Mieke, Janneke, Mooresse, Moor, Empress and way in the back, over Empress' left shoulder, you can just make out Emperor's head.
The latter four are several centuries old, dating from the Spanish era. The youngest giant, Kinnebaba, not on this picture, was constructed in 1982.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 09, 2013, 07:09:05 AM
I have visited Florida a number of times. I just spent 10 days in Florida over Thanksgiving. Maryland can be a rather hot and humid place in its own right, but that is only about 5-6 months of the year unlike Florida where it is 10 months of the year. We do have 4 unique seasons here. We're having an early winter right now: 29F, 10" of snow, 1" of sleet and about 3/4" of freezing rain on top of that. I will gladly take this mess over a hurricane any day. A taste of Sandy showed me that very well.



Sandy schmandy[1]. 2004, I think, three separate hurricanes hit at once. Even those of us in the Orlando area had to evacuate (because hurricanes usually don't come in so far inland). Sandy was just one hurricane. Trying dealing with three at once.

-Nam
 1. my phone says this is an actual word
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: hickdive on December 09, 2013, 08:40:37 AM
Originally from near here:

(http://www.studenttoursscotland.com/userfiles/images/slideshows/Day_Trips_Dumfries_001.jpg)


But now from near here:

(http://i.telegraph.co.uk/multimedia/archive/02184/glasgow-clyde_2184513k.jpg)


Incidentally, we get less rain than Orlando but it doesn't come down in spectacular storms that can pass and leave the sky blue again in a few hours; more a continual drip, drip, and we can go weeks without seeing the sun (even in summer). I found Florida very hot and sticky and my visits feature dashing from car to air conditioned building and back again. I guess I could get used to it though.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 09, 2013, 10:48:34 AM
I'm sure I'd be the same in cold weather.

I mean, I'm freezing to death at 55 degrees.

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: jdawg70 on December 09, 2013, 11:47:10 AM
I am told that there is more than corn from where I reside.

Apparently, 'more than corn' means Euchre and pork tenderloin sammiches.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Traveler on December 09, 2013, 12:11:09 PM
Mesa, AZ...

Cool beans! I'll be in the area for the Renaissance Festival in February and March. If anyone wants to stop by, drop me a line.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Wasserbuffel on December 09, 2013, 01:13:47 PM
Born and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. I now live in Bellevue, a city that borders Omaha to the South.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: jynnan tonnix on December 09, 2013, 01:58:56 PM
Here is a photo taken across the street from our house earlier this year. We have a really great setting, which gives the impression of being miles from anywhere, but is, in fact, central to a whole hub of highways about 2.5 miles away, from which it's pretty easy to get almost anywhere.

The best thing is that the farmland across the street is part of State trust land, so there will be no development going on there within our lifetimes. And we get some of the most amazing sunsets. Sometimes you will see cars parked up at the top of the hill (about 100 yards from us) just to watch them. We hadn't heard of the area before we bought the house here, but it's amazing how many people, on hearing our address, will tell you how much they love that view. Either that, or they are amazed that this is part of Norwich, as the town itself is a bit run down and definitely not one of the more scenic areas of Connecticut.


(https://scontent-a-lga.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash3/944147_10151640911317778_1050714129_n.jpg)
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Wasserbuffel on December 09, 2013, 03:09:54 PM
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The best thing is that the farmland across the street is part of State trust land, so there will be no development going on there within our lifetimes.

We've got a wooded dry creek bed behind our house that belongs to the power company. The only thing back there is some towers and power lines. Residents all along our street mow out back between our fences and the tree line. We put sheds, gardens, trailers, and woodpiles back there. They don't mind, people have been doing it since the 60s. It's a big reason we chose the house we did. It's rare to find so much privacy! Most of the houses we looked at were so close to the back neighbors that you could practically read the model number on their BBQ grills.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: neopagan on December 09, 2013, 03:12:16 PM
I am in central Oklahoma now - home to tornadoes, an ever-increasing number of earthquakes, lotsa jeezus lovers, and some of the reddest voters known to man (only fitting for the red dirt state).

Prior to my days in OK, I've lived in the south, the midwest, and the east - witness protection requires I give no more details...

Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Emily on December 09, 2013, 03:56:36 PM
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The best thing is that the farmland across the street is part of State trust land, so there will be no development going on there within our lifetimes.
It's rare to find so much privacy! Most of the houses we looked at were so close to the back neighbors that you could practically read the model number on their BBQ grills.

I would love to have privacy, but in my neighborhood there is very little. The houses are pretty close together. There is only a 10 foot patch of grass separating my house from my neighbor's house with only a rusty fence in the middle dividing the property line. Luckily for me everyone in the neighborhood gets along. When it snows outside it's not uncommon for me to go outside and find my drive way shoveled and car cleared off. I can go a mile in any direction and be in the middle of run down factories.

About 7 houses down from me a Super Walmart is being built, so all I hear are the sounds of trucks and heavy machinery. It kind of sucks.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 09, 2013, 07:14:53 PM
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The best thing is that the farmland across the street is part of State trust land, so there will be no development going on there within our lifetimes.
It's rare to find so much privacy! Most of the houses we looked at were so close to the back neighbors that you could practically read the model number on their BBQ grills.

I would love to have privacy, but in my neighborhood there is very little. The houses are pretty close together. There is only a 10 foot patch of grass separating my house from my neighbor's house with only a rusty fence in the middle dividing the property line. Luckily for me everyone in the neighborhood gets along. When it snows outside it's not uncommon for me to go outside and find my drive way shoveled and car cleared off. I can go a mile in any direction and be in the middle of run down factories.

About 7 houses down from me a Super Walmart is being built, so all I hear are the sounds of trucks and heavy machinery. It kind of sucks.

I once mowed a neighbors yard while they went on vacation back in the '90's. But just the front, I was unable to get the lawn mower over their back fence. They were a nice old couple. Lived in the house for over 40 years (back when it was first built). Now, granted I first did it because it looked awful. All the lawns mowed in the neighborhood and this one looking shabby but the other times I did it after that, I guess I did it out of what little kindness I have. And, it's little.

Of course there was the time earlier this year, before I moved, where the old man across the street looked like he was about to fall, and I was outside smoking cigarette and I ran over to catch him before he did. He was standing in the street about to go on his walk looking for discarded cans. And, another neighbor across the street next door to his, she came out screaming because her mother just committed suicide, and I comforted her (and her dog) until the police/ambulance arrived. Another guy ran over, too, he went into the house to see the woman's mother, he came out and looked in shock. I didn't go in.

Perhaps I'm nicer than I think I am.







Nah...

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: naemhni on December 09, 2013, 07:49:25 PM
I was born and raised in Honolulu, but have also lived in Florida (about ten miles from Cape Canaveral, that was fun), Tokyo, Vermont, and the Metro DC area, which is where I live now.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: magicmiles on December 09, 2013, 07:54:35 PM
I was born and raised in Honolulu, but have also lived in Florida (about ten miles from Cape Canaveral, that was fun), Tokyo, Vermont, and the Metro DC area, which is where I live now.

Where are the phtos from your recent Irish trip, you slack bastard? I want to see the giant jugs of guiness you drank.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: magicmiles on December 09, 2013, 08:16:41 PM
This is where I work, my building indicated by red line. About twice a week I do the 6.5km (about 4 miles) run along the pathway which loops around the river over a couple of bridges.

(http://i785.photobucket.com/albums/yy133/stefanedberg/Bris_zpscfafd5c5.jpg)
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: wright on December 09, 2013, 08:24:18 PM
Where are the phtos from your recent Irish trip, you slack bastard? I want to see the giant jugs of guiness you drank.

Seconded! Time to pony up, PD!
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: naemhni on December 09, 2013, 08:24:31 PM
Where are the phtos from your recent Irish trip, you slack bastard? I want to see the giant jugs of guiness you drank.

Many of them, unfortunately, were lost.  When I got back to the States, I discovered my camera was missing.  I'm pretty sure my pocket was picked; there were warning signs about pickpockets in several of the locations that I went to, and I'm always very careful with my belongings.  I can't even remember the last time I actually lost something.

It's unfortunate, but on the bright side, many of my photos were also saved since I transferred some of them to my iPad before the camera went missing, and I also took some with my iPod, which did not get pinched.

I didn't take any photographs of my stouts, because that would be weird.  I've put a number of photos up on my Facebook account, but I haven't added any to my Photobucket account yet, which is what I normally use for sharing here at WWGHA.  I've been a bit busy lately what with looking for a new job and tackling all my schoolwork as well (finals are next week).

In fact, I have to get back to studying right now, but for the moment, just to keep you from releasing the hounds on me: I visited the home of a celebrity whom I greatly admire -- only stayed outside, quietly and respectfully, did not disturb in any way.  Mini contest.  Anyone know whose home this is?  (No fair doing image searches.)

(http://i71.photobucket.com/albums/i138/pianodwarf/photo_zpsf471c0db.jpg) (http://s71.photobucket.com/user/pianodwarf/media/photo_zpsf471c0db.jpg.html)
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Zankuu on December 09, 2013, 08:28:19 PM
Mini contest.  Anyone know whose home this is?  (No fair doing image searches.)

Do I get a hint? Is it someone that has acted/produced/worked in sci-fi? I know how you love your sci-fi.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: magicmiles on December 09, 2013, 08:33:19 PM
Anyone know whose home this is?  (No fair doing image searches.)


Well now, lets see. You're an IT professional. You probably admire Bill Gates. But I think he lives in the USA. So this is probably the home of his less well known brother, Black Gates.

Do I win the Mini? I'd like a Cooper S, any colour.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: naemhni on December 09, 2013, 08:35:53 PM
Logical guesses, but this is actually in a completely different area of my life: music.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: ParkingPlaces on December 09, 2013, 08:42:16 PM
Does the name start with a B, end with an o?
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: wright on December 09, 2013, 08:44:20 PM
Ok, PD: hounds checked by your moving account of camera / image theft. Damn bloodhounds; the hint of a sob story and they turn into big, wrinkled, whimpering puddles of warm fuzz... It's only a temporary reprieve, though.

Haven't a clue as to the mystery domicile.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: magicmiles on December 09, 2013, 08:46:48 PM
Does the name start with a B, end with an o?

You must mean Brian Eno.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: wright on December 09, 2013, 10:47:03 PM
Magic and jynn were kind enough to contribute images of their local landscapes, so here's one of the hills around San Luis Obispo. The image is not mine, just to be clear.

This is looking almost due west towards Morro Bay, on the coast. That line of morros (rocky hills) is also called the Seven Sisters: all that's left of a line of volcanic cores (last active tens of millions of years ago; locals are more worried about the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant).

(http://www.slocity.org/images/slotown/sunsetcerrosanluis.jpg)

Allowing for sunset, that's pretty much how it looks most of the year: brown and yellow. There are two or three months of real green that we locals look forward to; this year we might be still be looking next June. Dry winter so far, and little rain predicted for at least a month. In this, as in most parts of California, so many issues lead back to water.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: ParkingPlaces on December 09, 2013, 11:46:33 PM
Does the name start with a B, end with an o?

You must mean Brian Eno.

Actually, I was thinking of Big Bird and Elmo.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: ParkingPlaces on December 09, 2013, 11:58:00 PM
I live down in the valley, close to the mouth of this canyon, and can see into it when looking due west.

(http://michaelsulock.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/CRW_4201.jpg)
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: wright on December 10, 2013, 01:08:26 AM
^^^Lovely, PP. Have you got up into that high country at all? I've explored quite a few of the hills, canyons, beaches, creeks and groves around SLO. It's nice to be able to know what various places look like at different times of the year, observe how landscapes change over even a human lifetime.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: ThatZenoGuy on December 10, 2013, 02:09:18 AM
Edit: graphic removed by admin

I wish Australia was more like this...

Edit: i noticed i got a - darwin from this.

Please get a sense of humor.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: ParkingPlaces on December 10, 2013, 02:35:03 AM
^^^Lovely, PP. Have you got up into that high country at all? I've explored quite a few of the hills, canyons, beaches, creeks and groves around SLO. It's nice to be able to know what various places look like at different times of the year, observe how landscapes change over even a human lifetime.

I don't get up there as much as I'd like. I am just now getting over a broken bone in my foot that made it painful to walk much. So next summer should be better than last when I put my hiking shoes back on and head back for the hills.

The above photo was taken (sadly, not by me) on the edge of a 600 square mile wilderness, so there are plenty of places in there that I haven't been to. And given that it isn't even the largest wilderness around, there is even more to explore if I'm willing to drive just a few miles.

I'm here because of the wild country. I need to get back into it. Now that my foot is willing, the rest of me will follow come spring.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Traveler on December 10, 2013, 03:01:43 AM
Angus and Alexis, that's extremely offensive language. Please remove. The "c" word is offensive, sexist, and quite frankly, one of the worst cuss words in my opinion. Not at all appropriate for this forum.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 10, 2013, 03:12:39 AM
Does the name start with a B, end with an o?

Body or odor: body odor! I win! Where's my cookie?

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 10, 2013, 03:13:45 AM
Logical guesses, but this is actually in a completely different area of my life: music.

Enya? I know she lives in a castle.

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 10, 2013, 03:20:07 AM
Angus and Alexis, that's extremely offensive language. Please remove. The "c" word is offensive, sexist, and quite frankly, one of the worst cuss words in my opinion. Not at all appropriate for this forum.

A lot worse has been said here by many people. Never complained then. But it's a word you find offensive, therefore it should go.

You're an idiot. <--- I've been told countless times that's an offensive word yet i've never heard anyone tell me not use it unless it was in a certain "G" rated part of the site where it wasn't allowed. Maybe you need to spend more time in the Shelter, you seem too sensitive these days.

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: wright on December 10, 2013, 03:33:28 AM


I don't get up there as much as I'd like. I am just now getting over a broken bone in my foot that made it painful to walk much. So next summer should be better than last when I put my hiking shoes back on and head back for the hills.

The above photo was taken (sadly, not by me) on the edge of a 600 square mile wilderness, so there are plenty of places in there that I haven't been to. And given that it isn't even the largest wilderness around, there is even more to explore if I'm willing to drive just a few miles.

I'm here because of the wild country. I need to get back into it. Now that my foot is willing, the rest of me will follow come spring.

Good for you; I wish you well in your exploration.

There's lots of state- and county-owned parkland in my area too. I think that'll be a New Year's resolution I can stick to: get up into the places I've grown up looking at from afar.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Traveler on December 10, 2013, 04:07:47 AM
Angus and Alexis, that's extremely offensive language. Please remove. The "c" word is offensive, sexist, and quite frankly, one of the worst cuss words in my opinion. Not at all appropriate for this forum.

A lot worse has been said here by many people. Never complained then. But it's a word you find offensive, therefore it should go.

You're an idiot. <--- I've been told countless times that's an offensive word yet i've never heard anyone tell me not use it unless it was in a certain "G" rated part of the site where it wasn't allowed. Maybe you need to spend more time in the Shelter, you seem too sensitive these days.

-Nam

Excessive vulgarity and insults are against the rules. I know you like to come off as an ass, but it really doesn't do anything to further intelligent conversation to post crap that offends those of us who actually are the intended audience for this site. Stop calling me an idiot ... it just makes you out to be even more of an ass.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: ThatZenoGuy on December 10, 2013, 04:10:15 AM
It is a single funny image of a stereotypical Australian saying a surprisingly common Australian phrase...

Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Traveler on December 10, 2013, 04:23:18 AM
Well, that word doesn't fly in the states. Try it on any American woman and see where it gets you. It is EXTREMELY offensive and extremely rare.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 10, 2013, 04:25:59 AM
Angus and Alexis, that's extremely offensive language. Please remove. The "c" word is offensive, sexist, and quite frankly, one of the worst cuss words in my opinion. Not at all appropriate for this forum.

A lot worse has been said here by many people. Never complained then. But it's a word you find offensive, therefore it should go.

You're an idiot. <--- I've been told countless times that's an offensive word yet i've never heard anyone tell me not use it unless it was in a certain "G" rated part of the site where it wasn't allowed. Maybe you need to spend more time in the Shelter, you seem too sensitive these days.

-Nam

Excessive vulgarity and insults are against the rules. I know you like to come off as an ass, but it really doesn't do anything to further intelligent conversation to post crap that offends those of us who actually are the intended audience for this site. Stop calling me an idiot ... it just makes you out to be even more of an ass.

Oh, well I guess Administration, Moderators, and every other member on this website should all be punished because most of all of them have used such language; particularly toward one specific member. However, Angus didn't use it against anyone. And, it seems since YOU find it "excessive" because it offends YOU, and apparently you speak for all women, it is deemed "excessive". How are other words considered profane to certain people not "excessive"? It seems because you say so.

Did you know "cunt" holds a different meaning to English speaking countries around the world? So do many other words. But it's offensive to you therefore it should be removed immediately.

Get a life.

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: ThatZenoGuy on December 10, 2013, 04:28:07 AM
Simply because you do not like it, does not mean you have to right to impose your beliefs on me (see what i did there?).

To show you just what (some) Australians are like, see this: http://www.reddit.com/r/straya/

EDIT: May we please stop bickering over Australian language? Thank you.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 10, 2013, 04:30:16 AM
Well, that word doesn't fly in the states. Try it on any American woman and see where it gets you. It is EXTREMELY offensive and extremely rare.

Now you're speaking for all American women. I have american female friends on and offline who are not offended by that word. Who actually use it. I can point you to one on another website, if you like.

[Nam-like sentence removed GB Mod]. Yes, many women find it offensive but you're not saying that, you're saying they all do because YOU find it offensive.

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: naemhni on December 10, 2013, 07:15:32 AM
Logical guesses, but this is actually in a completely different area of my life: music.

Enya? I know she lives in a castle.

-Nam

We have a winner!  :-)

I took several wrong turns on the way to her home and it took me some two hours to get there as a result.  Which is OK, I could always use the exercise, and getting lost in a foreign country is just another kind of adventure.

When I finally got there, I stayed for only about five minutes… I'm told that part of the Irish "oeuvre" is that they're protective of celebrities who live Ireland (whether they're Irish or not) and they'll take notice of someone hanging around outside of a celebrity's home.  When reporters have gone to the area where she lives and asked around, they are invariably told by anyone they talk to that they have never seen Enya, which strikes me as unlikely, even as reclusive as she is.  I wouldn't be surprised if there's some kind of an unspoken code among the folk in that area to say they've never seen her regardless of whether they have or not because they know how private she is.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: The Gawd on December 10, 2013, 07:29:29 AM
We have a winner!  :-)

I took several wrong turns on the way to her home and it took me some two hours to get there as a result.  Which is OK, I could always use the exercise, and getting lost in a foreign country is just another kind of adventure.

When I finally got there, I stayed for only about five minutes… I'm told that part of the Irish "oeuvre" is that they're protective of celebrities who live Ireland (whether they're Irish or not) and they'll take notice of someone hanging around outside of a celebrity's home.  When reporters have gone to the area where she lives and asked around, they are invariably told by anyone they talk to that they have never seen Enya, which strikes me as unlikely, even as reclusive as she is.  I wouldn't be surprised if there's some kind of an unspoken code among the folk in that area to say they've never seen her regardless of whether they have or not because they know how private she is.
They couldve thought you were a bill collector...
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 10, 2013, 07:37:17 AM
Logical guesses, but this is actually in a completely different area of my life: music.

Enya? I know she lives in a castle.

-Nam

We have a winner!  :-)

I took several wrong turns on the way to her home and it took me some two hours to get there as a result.  Which is OK, I could always use the exercise, and getting lost in a foreign country is just another kind of adventure.

When I finally got there, I stayed for only about five minutes… I'm told that part of the Irish "oeuvre" is that they're protective of celebrities who live Ireland (whether they're Irish or not) and they'll take notice of someone hanging around outside of a celebrity's home.  When reporters have gone to the area where she lives and asked around, they are invariably told by anyone they talk to that they have never seen Enya, which strikes me as unlikely, even as reclusive as she is.  I wouldn't be surprised if there's some kind of an unspoken code among the folk in that area to say they've never seen her regardless of whether they have or not because they know how private she is.

I once saw a documentary on Enya, that's how I knew she had a castle. Where's my cookie?

;)

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: naemhni on December 10, 2013, 08:34:38 AM
I once saw a documentary on Enya, that's how I knew she had a castle.

Yes.  Well, it's called a castle, but it's really more of a mansion that's decorated to look like a castle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manderley_Castle

The photo on the Wikipedia page is older than mine… apparently, Enya likes to allow the ivy to grow on the side of the place.  I think the ivy makes it look nicer.

Quote
Where's my cookie?

Sorry, I'm all out.  I do have frozen yogurt bars, though.
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Nam on December 10, 2013, 08:42:58 AM
I once saw a documentary on Enya, that's how I knew she had a castle.

Yes.  Well, it's called a castle, but it's really more of a mansion that's decorated to look like a castle.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manderley_Castle

The photo on the Wikipedia page is older than mine… apparently, Enya likes to allow the ivy to grow on the side of the place.  I think the ivy makes it look nicer.

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Where's my cookie?

Sorry, I'm all out.  I do have frozen yogurt bars, though.

I'd rather have a +1, at least I'd break 200. ;)

-Nam
Title: Re: Where is everybody from?
Post by: Foxy Freedom on December 10, 2013, 08:51:23 AM
Logical guesses, but this is actually in a completely different area of my life: music.

Enya? I know she lives in a castle.

-Nam

We have a winner!  :-)

I took several wrong turns on the way to her home and it took me some two hours to get there as a result.  Which is OK, I could always use the exercise, and getting lost in a foreign country is just another kind of adventure.

When I finally got there, I stayed for only about five minutes… I'm told that part of the Irish "oeuvre" is that they're protective of celebrities who live Ireland (whether they're Irish or not) and they'll take notice of someone hanging around outside of a celebrity's home.  When reporters have gone to the area where she lives and asked around, they are invariably told by anyone they talk to that they have never seen Enya, which strikes me as unlikely, even as reclusive as she is.  I wouldn't be surprised if there's some kind of an unspoken code among the folk in that area to say they've never seen her regardless of whether they have or not because they know how private she is.

It is not like that in England. You more or less get sign posts to your door, but people in England are usually friendly. I mentioned a while back that one of the scariest things that happened when I was young, was when some religious nuts parked a tow truck with flashing lights and sirens at the end of our drive. They had a video camera to film what my parents did, but we kept out of sight. It was a lot more frightening for me than fans hanging around.