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live in a place you don't like if you could have more money 2 5.26%
live in a place you love even if it means having less money 22 57.89%
I already do live in a place I love and have enough money 11 28.95%
never think about stuff like that, it makes life too depressing 3 7.89%
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Old 06-29-2004, 09:35 PM   #16
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option 1 without question.

I have made good money in the past and been miserable. Money alone has never made me happy or been a focus for me. I know that many things have been put in perspective for me in the last year. If you do what makes you happy you can't lose. If you stay somewhere or take some job just to make some cash you might be miserable.

I also agree with what Megan said, when you are not happy you can try to buy yourself crap that you think will make you happy and its not a way to true happiness.

I also think that with the right attitude one can be happy in many situations.
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I liked living in West Bumbanana Massachusetts, you don't make as much money out there unless you're an Amherst College professor or summat, but you don't NEED it either!!!
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That's not really the name of your town is it?
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DiGi, I see you live in Arlington Can you please advise a way to get south out of DC without using the hell trap that is I-95 or I-395? My car and I both overheat in 30 miles of nearly motionless traffic

Would it be better to take I-66 a little west and then go south on 234 or 17? If you head east on US 50, how far before you can hit the eastern shore (where I can take 13 back down to the bay bridge tunnel and back over?) I am totally serious. If you have any advice please tell me!
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That's not really the name of your town is it?
ROFL... No...
not technically anyway...
Warwick MA, pop. 750 (give or take...)

(The next town over is worse... the locals are forever putting an R on the beginning and an E on the end of the township signs welcoming one to ATHOL MASSACHUSETTS....)

Warwick was endlessly, affectionately referred to by my Bostonian friends and family as The Sticks, The Boonies, Outer Siberia, West Bumblefuck, etc... We lived in a little cabin on a pond, on a dirt road that doesn't exist on maps.... We lived there when I was finishing my degree and after we got married in 1997, until after our little one was born in '99.


These days I live north of Boston, in a slightly bigger town of 11,000 or so, still "rural" to the Boston folk but not rural ENOUGH for me!!!
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I would rather live somewhere I love an be happier with my surroundings. Where I am now is ok and I guess I am content here but at the same time it's not the envioronment or setting that I've had myself pictured living in. I'm working toward my goal to make that happen since I've always wanted to move on from the typical Midwest America.
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I would rather live in a place I love and not have the extra money. I would hope the other things such as my surroundings would make up for the lack of money that I would not have.

I am actually moving back with my parents this fall so I can save up my $$$ to buy a home soon. *crosses fingers* I would have to move north of Atlanta to find a place that I could afford, but if I am going to spend the money for a home, I would want it to be worth every penny I invest in it.
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DiGi, I see you live in Arlington Can you please advise a way to get south out of DC without using the hell trap that is I-95 or I-395? My car and I both overheat in 30 miles of nearly motionless traffic

Would it be better to take I-66 a little west and then go south on 234 or 17? If you head east on US 50, how far before you can hit the eastern shore (where I can take 13 back down to the bay bridge tunnel and back over?) I am totally serious. If you have any advice please tell me!
U2Kitten where do you live and where do you need to go?
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I definitely prefer to have less money, but living in a place I love. My husband & I both gave up good paying jobs to move from Houston to Connecticut and it was worth it. We just could'nt deal with the Texas heat, and the traffic, and the overpopulation any longer. Now we're in a smaller town, making less money, but the benefits of being someplace that's nice makes it well worth it.
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Definitely no money, but a place I love. I've never really had a situation other than that, actually... London has to be the prime example. I've never been so poor (err...except now), yet never had so much fun. I"m really liking my housing situation now, and while I'm near-broke, it's worth it.

megan, silver spring is TOTALLY different now! Well, parts of it...I went this past weekend. Some parts are good - a new coffee shop that's still not trendy or too bethesda-y...still have the exchange shop.
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U2Kitten where do you live and where do you need to go?
I live in the unfortunate southeastern corner of VA, so I need to head south. I usually take 95 south, but it's so crowded! I have heard if you go up the eastern shore over the bay bridge tunnel from Norfolk you can cross over on US 50 but how far is that? Once I get out of the DC area I can find a way back. I HATE I-64 from Richmond to the I-664 turnoff in Hampton- parts of that near Busch Gardens are backed up for miles too

But anyway, back to NO-VA. These are the ideas I had:

Take I-66 a little west to US 17 (I actually live off of US 17 many many miles to the southeast!) But I would take 17 to 95 coming out of Fredricksburg and that should avoid the NO-VA traffic.

or

Take I-66 to VA 234 down through the Manassas area where I can hit US 1 or even 95 at a less crowded place

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take 50 out of DC to hit US 13 on the eastern shore down to the bay bridge tunnel over to Norfolk.

I've also heard 301 will get you out but you have to get to MD first?

Which of these, or another alternative, sounds best to you? I only want to get out of the DC area, I can work my way home fine the rest of the way. Thanks.
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ROFL... No...
not technically anyway...
Warwick MA, pop. 750 (give or take...)

(The next town over is worse... the locals are forever putting an R on the beginning and an E on the end of the township signs welcoming one to ATHOL MASSACHUSETTS....)

Warwick was endlessly, affectionately referred to by my Bostonian friends and family as The Sticks, The Boonies, Outer Siberia, West Bumblefuck, etc... We lived in a little cabin on a pond, on a dirt road that doesn't exist on maps.... We lived there when I was finishing my degree and after we got married in 1997, until after our little one was born in '99.


These days I live north of Boston, in a slightly bigger town of 11,000 or so, still "rural" to the Boston folk but not rural ENOUGH for me!!!

Sounds like the little town I grew up in. When the family moved there when I was about 3, the population was around 1,500, but 19 years later when I moved out, progress and development had absolutely exploded and it was up to about 3,000 people. We called it The Boondocks or The Sticks too. And it literally was. Smack in the middle of thick bush. We lived on the end of the only tarred 100 or so metres of road which was my street, and the council would kindly come along once a year and 'grade' the dirt section. Naturally as soon as they'd finish this it would piss down raining for about 3 weeks and our street would flood. Thankfully our house was built into the side of a massive rock so only the garage and all it's contents would be destroyed.

My mum would often stamp around the house grumbliing irreverently that she hoped one day to go to hell as "at least it will be bloody warm down there!"

I lived, I swear, in SUCH a shithole of a town

Your post made me laugh.
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Less money in a place I love, NO question.

There was a point in our lives where we were having trouble making ends meet and despite the fact that were living in our dream house, we decided to sell it and move to something smaller to save money.

We put our house up for sale and moved into a rental house, thinking it would be fine because we were saving more than $1000 per month, but I was SO miserable in that house, we broke the lease and moved back to our old house...we weren't even in the new house for 2 months but at that point, having more money wasn't worth how unhappy I was. Our family thought we were insane but the second we started planning to move back, my depression lifted and I felt happy again for the first time in months!

Money doesn't mean much if you hate where you live.
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wanna live in some place nice...
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I'd say less money more happiness. Though happiness and money would be better...

I live in a particularly lifeless part of suburbia (I despise suburbia)and have absolutely no money, my dear father having contributed it all to the alcoholic beverages industry before he moved on to pastures new...I'd love to live in Japan though even if it meant I would have nothing, I love everything about the place (except the americanisation...bloody mcdonalds )
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