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Hammer67
05-26-2006, 12:29 PM
I was born in Pittsburgh, spent some of my formative years in Atlanta & Florida, and went to High school back in Pittsburgh and lived there from 94 to last year (not counting 4 years in State College, PA). I met my wife while visiting my little brother in Chicago. She actually lived in Detroit so we did the long distance thing for a year before i quit my job and moved to Michigan. She hates to hear this but I absolutely HATE it here. Ugly city, terrible drivers, it's flat, endless strip malls, it's flat, UofM fans, red brick ranch homes everywhere!, and, it's flat.

I do have a place in my heart for Pittsburgh but I am open to go anywhere. I will just never want to be a long term resident of the Tri state (Ohio, southern Michigan, Indiana) area. Just the ugliest stretch of country in the US, in MHO. Don't mean to offend current residents and natives of these areas but...oh well. My parents moved to Kentucky and it is very nice there (I was suprised).

The catch will be convincing my wife to move someday!

Lyn
05-26-2006, 12:36 PM
I bet it would be hard to get used to the landscape of Michigan after being in Pittsburgh. I have always wondered how people can climb. It is everywhere you go and directions from a native in Pittsburgh are, "It is down the hill to the left then up the hill to the right, go through 3 stop lights and down the hill it is right there on your left."

But to answer your question, when I was in college in Tampa, Florida. It rained everyday in August for about 5 minutes and just enough to wet the asphalt, not enough to cool it off or anything. It was so hot there, to this day that is a state I have no desire to ever visit.

Hammer67
05-26-2006, 01:00 PM
I bet it would be hard to get used to the landscape of Michigan after being in Pittsburgh. I have always wondered how people can climb. It is everywhere you go and directions from a native in Pittsburgh are, "It is down the hill to the left then up the hill to the right, go through 3 stop lights and down the hill it is right there on your left."

But to answer your question, when I was in college in Tampa, Florida. It rained everyday in August for about 5 minutes and just enough to wet the asphalt, not enough to cool it off or anything. It was so hot there, to this day that is a state I have no desire to ever visit.

Those 5 minute torrential downpours were ridiculous! I remember those! I lived about 1 1/2 hours south of Tampa along the coast. It was nice living close to the beach but that wore off. At least we had the winds coming in off the gulf.

Atlanta was just humid hot. And bad!


Michigan has grown on me a bit, but the southern part and central to northern Ohio are just not very aesthetically pleasing areas to me. Of course, if you have lived here your whole life, you will disagree. My wife does. I try not to sound like I am ripping on the area, just that it isn't my favorite place to live.

One thing I liked about Pittsburgh is feeling relatively safe in most parts of town at any given time. I definitely can't say that about Detroit.

83-Steelers-43
05-26-2006, 01:24 PM
I've always lived in Pittsburgh, but one place I would not live in is California.

Lyn
05-26-2006, 01:25 PM
I live in Lansing (about 1.25 miles from Detriot) and had not actually been in downtown Detriot in heck it must have been 10 years...until the superbowl and I was really impressed with the city, it looked clean, the people who were working the NFL experience were all from Detriot and were awesome, they were so nice. It was not at all the Detriot I remembered. I have been in all the surrounding towns, Auburn Hills for Piston games but not IN Detriot. I had not been in the Joe in years. I am not a big hockey fan and had never been to Ford Field. Michigan is hilly.......I do agree on Ohio being flat flat flat. Ohio is an extremely resourceful state, I do not live in Ohio but go there often to the various things they offer because they do offer so much. I have always wanted to get back to the Football Hall Of Fame in Canton. Awesome place.

Hammer67
05-26-2006, 01:33 PM
I live in Lansing (about 1.25 miles from Detriot) and had not actually been in downtown Detriot in heck it must have been 10 years...until the superbowl and I was really impressed with the city, it looked clean, the people who were working the NFL experience were all from Detriot and were awesome, they were so nice. It was not at all the Detriot I remembered. I have been in all the surrounding towns, Auburn Hills for Piston games but not IN Detriot. I had not been in the Joe in years. I am not a big hockey fan and had never been to Ford Field. Michigan is hilly.......I do agree on Ohio being flat flat flat. Ohio is an extremely resourceful state, I do not live in Ohio but go there often to the various things they offer because they do offer so much. I have always wanted to get back to the Football Hall Of Fame in Canton. Awesome place.

Yes...I had some people come in for the Super Bowl and we had a great time downtown. We drove in via Michigan Avenue so all they saw was plight and whatnot until we got downtown and it was really nice around the stadiums. But, my wife and some coworkers still contend that this was NOT the norm. The area just around the new stadiums is nice and there are a couple of cool bars.

I like Auburn Hills and certain areas like that. One problem i have found is that there are few areas with a decent night life. Pittsburgh has the South Side, the Strip and now the Waterfront & Station Square. Detroit has Royal Oak...and that's about it according to most people around here.

Although i have found the quaint town of Plymouth very nice.

Not to keep harping on Detroit...it defenitely wasn't as bad as I was expecting when I first moved here. Just not my cup of tea.

SteelCityMan786
05-26-2006, 01:52 PM
Worst place I have lived in was Black Hills South Dakota. (On Vacation never Lived Their as a permanant citizen but as a tourist I'm a native Pennsylvanian). Nothing to do. My hometown here in PA is a good fit for me.

83-Steelers-43
05-26-2006, 02:09 PM
Home of Deadwood. Very interesting.

Hammer67
05-26-2006, 02:29 PM
Home of Deadwood. Very interesting.

Yeah...if you were into the outdoors (hunting/fishing, etc.) or into history that would be a great place to live...been through there, beautiful country.

83-Steelers-43
05-26-2006, 02:34 PM
I love history, enjoy fishing from time to time but not much of a hunter. Would enjoy visiting the town of Deadwood though.

tony hipchest
05-26-2006, 02:37 PM
ive lived on vandenberg afb, calif. tucson az. and in southern new mexico for the better part of my life. i love the desert and wouldnt trade it for nothing (its about 100 degrees out right now). however i went to college in albuquerque. that has to be the worst, cause it its WAY too cold that far up north, in the wintertime.

(4 summers in pittsburgh and 2 in colorado springs were awesome though)

Hammer67
05-26-2006, 02:39 PM
I love history, enjoy fishing from time to time but not much of a hunter. Would enjoy visiting the town of Deadwood though.

Only a few more weeks till the new season....I love the promos for it they show before the Sopranos.

83-Steelers-43
05-26-2006, 02:55 PM
Only a few more weeks till the new season....I love the promos for it they show before the Sopranos.

Yeah I'm pretty pumped for the new season. Swearengen is the man. :whatnow:

Another show I enjoyed watching on HBO is "Carnivale". The first time I watched it I wasn't all that crazy about it and then I got sucked in. I'm hoping they do another season.

Mosca
05-26-2006, 05:51 PM
Worst place ever was South Bend, IN, when I worked for Bendix in the late '70s. Flat and unimaginative.

Now I live in the Poconos, and it is a lot like Pittsburgh-East. Nice place. Too far to drive to a game, though.


Tom

3 to be 4
05-26-2006, 06:06 PM
can you guess? Florence,SC!!!!!!

shimmysteelerfan
05-26-2006, 06:58 PM
whicita falls, tx.........tx in generall has to be the shitty place ever. I grew up in Tucson, AZ and I love it....im in vegas now......it was fun for about 5 months but it sucks now. No vegitation like in Tucson. any one from the northwest???? im thinking about moving soon.

SteelCityMan786
05-26-2006, 07:13 PM
Yeah...if you were into the outdoors (hunting/fishing, etc.) or into history that would be a great place to live...been through there, beautiful country.

But I have nothing against a little history. Considering I have gotten A's each marking period this year. My Old man was a historian. Just it's amazing how kids can get into the casinos that have restaraunts connected. I can remember I was on vacation and I ate at restaraunt that had a casino it. Pretty much part of the modern day Vegas.

beSteelmyheart
05-26-2006, 07:35 PM
I've always lived in Pittsburgh, but one place I would not live in is California.
I spent what I call 6 years of purgatory in the Bay Area, Calif. Fairfield & Vacaville, near Travis Air Force Base. I moved out there cuz it seemed like a good idea at the time, my Mom was there..
Don't get me wrong, it's a beautiful state, but I couldn't deal with the anal attitude out there. Not to mention that real estate is just unbelieveable. Average working people really have to struggle to make it. I refuse to pay 200, ooo dollars for a starter home in some crappy neighborhood with bars on the windows. I had a new Ford ranger out there that cost 300. something dollars to register. They don't have inspections out there, you take your car in to get "smogged', an emission test, & it has to pass before you can register or sell an older car.
For a state full of anal people that freak out over everything being so sanitary, they have the dirtiest highways I've ever seen, except for the New york City area, the pigs just throw their garbage anywhere they please.
We hiked in one of the less famous Redwood areas outside of San Francisco & you could see where people had used the hollowed out trees as a latrine, they just left the toilet paper wads there. Just a bunch of whining hypocrites as far as the environment is concerned. Another time, during a pot luck lunch where I worked, I overheard someone complain that one of the co-workers who was helping serve the food actually...GASP..touched her hair!!
They friggin just made me sick, I literally went for broke to get the hell out of that state, I couldn't take it anymore.
East Coast rules, baby. I'll never go back there, unless it's to a funeral.

3 to be 4
05-26-2006, 09:54 PM
I knew Florence,SC would be bad when people talked about how pretty the cotton fields were.

MattsMe
05-26-2006, 10:08 PM
I knew Florence,SC would be bad when people talked about how pretty the cotton fields were.

:sofunny: There's a cotton field outside the window above my computer. No cotton right now though, just dirt.

3 to be 4
05-26-2006, 10:15 PM
on the long winding road leading up to our neighborhood there were cotton fields on either side. on one side there was a long long skinny driveway leading up to a little shack. there lived a little black guy in wheelchair who was on the registered sex offenders list.

i sometimes wondered how that even happened. couldnt the kids have just, you know, run for it?

tony hipchest
05-26-2006, 10:19 PM
on the long winding road leading up to our neighborhood there were cotton fields on either side. on one side there was a long long skinny driveway leading up to a little shack. there lived a little black guy in wheelchair who was on the registered sex offenders list.

i sometimes wondered how that even happened. couldnt the kids have just, you know, run for it? im really tempted to reel off a few jokes, but im just gonna leave this one alone.

MattsMe
05-26-2006, 10:22 PM
im really tempted to reel off a few jokes, but im just gonna leave this one alone.

Hehe..my thoughts exactly.

3 to be 4
05-26-2006, 10:25 PM
im really tempted to reel off a few jokes, but im just gonna leave this one alone.


yeah, we got real potential for a PC shitstorm there.

tony hipchest
05-26-2006, 10:56 PM
cooler heads prevail

3 to be 4
05-26-2006, 11:02 PM
yup. no jokes about wheelchairs here. nope. not going to do it.

no black pedophile in a wheelchair wisecrack coming from THIS guy.

tony hipchest
05-26-2006, 11:54 PM
yup. no jokes about wheelchairs here. nope. not going to do it.

no black pedophile in a wheelchair wisecrack coming from THIS guy.


c'mon. i dont have to be the one to do it.

Ohio Steeler
05-27-2006, 05:27 AM
Columbus, Ohio God I hate it here to many Bungals and Clowns fans walking around here

Hammer67
05-27-2006, 08:43 AM
Yeah I'm pretty pumped for the new season. Swearengen is the man. :whatnow:

Another show I enjoyed watching on HBO is "Carnivale". The first time I watched it I wasn't all that crazy about it and then I got sucked in. I'm hoping they do another season.

My wife & father in law loved Carnivale but I read that it was cancelled.

clevestinks
05-27-2006, 08:45 AM
I live 40 miles east of cleve, I love my neighborhood, and neighbors, hell I love my house also. But I am looking forward to living in the Farmington area of PA again someday soon

Hammer67
05-27-2006, 08:49 AM
AFter viewing these posts...it just goes to show that people like different things. Thank god this country is so diverse that no matter what you like, it exists somewhere.

tony hipchest
05-27-2006, 09:58 AM
AFter viewing these posts...it just goes to show that people like different things. Thank god this country is so diverse that no matter what you like, it exists somewhere.

definitely. what i do hate is earthquakes, hurricanes, tornados, volcanos, freezing cold that hurts, snowdrifts, wind chill, and humidity. BUT i dont mind 115 degrees and possible skin cancer.

3 to be 4
05-27-2006, 10:10 AM
AFter viewing these posts...it just goes to show that people like different things. Thank god this country is so diverse that no matter what you like, it exists somewhere.


except in Florence,SC :bouncy:


i guess the barbeque isnt bad. but even that, its MUCH better in Kansas City.