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  1. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    I am not in anyway arguing that CA is a failed state so I am not sure where you are getting that from. Average Lead DevOps Engineer salary in San Francisco: $159,761 Average Lead DevOps Engineer salary in Kansas City (where I live): $119,278 I am using that example because thats what I do...
  2. SouthernDemocrat

    small government vs big government

    Well if it's on twitter... How do you know that isn't a video of a guy getting arrested for DUI or any number of things?
  3. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    Surprisingly, here in Kansas City roses (depending on the variety) typically bloom from May through most of October. This year its been delayed some due to a chilly spring. We had 4 inches of snow in late April. Spring here is often a disappointment with nice warm days interspersed with...
  4. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for the Anti-vaxxers - Where are all the vaccine caused deaths?

    And if the vaccines were expensive, few would get them which would be disastrous for public health.
  5. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    I just gave it as an example city, but there is actually quite a lot to do there.
  6. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    I would live in Mexico City or Puerto Vallarta in a heartbeat. 200k a year would be paycheck to paycheck if you have to pay 900k for a 2 bedroom condo.
  7. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    Nah, it pretty much quits about Central Kansas. The real humidity belt is from Georgia to around Tulsa and south to Houston. The most miserable summers are from Memphis, through Central Arkansas, South to most of Mississippi and most of Louisiana, and west to Dallas. Growing up in...
  8. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    Well I can't stand most of Texas, so it would take a lot to ever get me to move there. Other than around Big Bend, the Hill Country is the only part of the state worth living in if you ask me. Most of Texas is like Western Kansas if you covered it with death and decay. Of the Southern...
  9. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    It works that way a lot. Lets say a 180k a year job in the Bay Area becomes a 140k a year job in Atlanta, you still are coming out way, way, way ahead in terms of disposable income. I personally know people working for tech companies based in California, but working here in KC and getting...
  10. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    I am not bashing California. I am just saying if I knew I could sell my house that I still owed money on, take the equity from the sale and buy a new house somewhere else for cash, and still pocket a ton of money, that would be quite a temptation.
  11. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    Hot and humid usually, though, it has nothing on Memphis, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, and East Texas in that regard.
  12. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    I live in Kansas City, which is just as hot as St. Louis in the summer. If you think St. Louis is hot in the summer, try Memphis or Southern Arkansas.
  13. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    I agree that much of Oklahoma is a shithole, but it is not that representative of most of the South or Midwest. If a person could stand the winters, the North Shore of Superior in MN and Michigan is one of the prettiest places on earth. As to humidity, my wife is originally from Houston...
  14. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    I certainly have not been everywhere in Canada, but of the places I have been, I think Montreal is one of the loveliest cites on earth. The setting is pretty, the neighborhoods with those row homes are beautiful, and the food and culture is great. That said, the winters I know are a real...
  15. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    So far as getting what you pay for goes, this is where I grew up, Hot Springs, AR: A small city surrounded by a national park, nearly 2 million acres of national forest in your backyard, very mild winters, surrounded by lakes including Lake Ouachita one of the most pristine in the country...
  16. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    I totally understand the appeal of California, its just that even at an upper middle class income level, you would just be living paycheck to paycheck. For example, if you like living near the ocean, there are other parts of the country where you could do so for less money. If you like the...
  17. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    St. Louis is very reasonable because the areas population is stagnant. It's cheaper than here in the KC area on the other side of the state, but we are growing much faster. That said, the Ozarks back right up into the metro over in STL. So if a person is real outdoorsy, the forests, rivers...
  18. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    Would you rather have that, or insane wildfires that make it impossible to breath outside every few years?
  19. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    California is a fairly high income state, but everyone there isn't rich. Let's say you are an upper middle class household earning 200k a year and working in the tech industry. Now that you can work remotely, wouldn't you rather live somewhere where you would have a lot of disposable income...
  20. SouthernDemocrat

    Question for California residents, what keeps you there?

    Ok, this big ranch in Wilmington, NC then, https://www.zillow.com/homedetails/4517-Dean-Dr-Wilmington-NC-28405/54293280_zpid/ And there you are near beaches where the water is actually nice and warm to swim in.
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