I come to you tonight to confess that I have not been contributing much as of late. The reason for this lack of activity is due largley to the fact
that my internet connection is out of service as we plan and execute an eight hour drive from Florida to North Carolina. This is an important move for
me as I have been separated from my children for over four years now, only occasionally talking to them on the phone. This move allows me to be much
closer to them and, for the first time in several years, I will get to hold my daughters and son again.
On top of my reuniting with my children the benefits if this move will be numerous. The rent differences are astronomical. For what I can rent in
Florida, say a 3 bedroom house, I can rent the same in North Carolina for a couple hundred dollars less. We have been looking at places and it really
just boggles the mind. For a 3 bedroom house here we pay 750 a month. Up there we found a four bedroom with well water for 500! This house is twice as
nice as the one in which we currently live.
Groceries are another advantage of making the move. Simply put, the cost of living in general is much lower in NC than that of Florida.
The crime is lower, the people are nicer, there are mountains and snow and the drivers don't all take to the roads under the assumption that every
commute, no matter how brief should be a proverbial death race. I want to live in a state that has season beyond summer. I can't wait to look back on
my time spent here and think to myself how lucky I am to have finally escaped... again.
I have often said that I fully believe that if there is ever a zombie apocalypse that it will begin in Florida. I still stand by this fact.
So here I go once again, rolling the d20 of life. Here's hoping for a critical hit and if I am not here much in the coming weeks and months, I
apologize. I have gone to Carolina.
I can almost spit and hit the Carolina line. Living is a lot cheaper here, but so is the average pay (that's an understatement).
I'm glad to hear that you will be with your kids again. That is so important. It's worth anything you might have to give up in return. People
underestimate the father's role in a child's life far too often.
It looks as if you don't and are taking steps to make it right.
Sounds like moving from Florida is a good thing. The image it has here is not the greatest, it seems sort of brash, I have some relatives there that
like it but it has never appealed to me as a potential place to move to in the USA.
Here in the UK we have seasons and whilst I like summer I doubt I would like it all the time.
Also consider that here, (London /Oxford commuting zone) renting an average 3 bed house costs around $1300, and in London / Oxford about 3 times that.
I guess the cost of living here is higher.
The greatest thing about the USA IMO is that there is great scenery and such diversity, more choice than there is in the UK.
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Just don't move near the coast. $500 gets you a 2br roach infested single-wide in the middle of the swamp miles away from civilization or even
neighbors and milk is $5/gallon.
I really need to move inland...
At least I'm out of the roaches...
Good luck on the move, and congrats on being able to get close to your kids. That's more important than any cost of living.
I have a friend about to make the opposite move and go down to Florida, and I'm gonna miss him. He's getting a 3br house much better and cheaper than
the tiny thing he's renting here. I hate the OBX sometimes...
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I can't wait to see my kids again, its going to be awesome being back in an active father role. I never knew what my purpose was on this planet until
I held my first daughter. Its truly hell not having your children near you.
So you live in NC? I honestly can't see myself becoming disenchanted. Ever since I first set foot in North Carolina I felt like I was truly home. I
still feel that way. I question my decision to leave in the first place on a daily basis.
'Grew up in the NC Piedmont and later lived in Florida for a few years, so I can totally relate. Enjoy the BBQ, the deep blue starlit nights and the
fact that all the radio stations seem to be in a time warp centered around 70's-80's rock music (mostly Styx). Ask somebody what kind of round
rubberized black devices they have on their vehicle and see if the answer rhymes with "bars." My sister and I rent a big old house on the OBX every
year. It says something that I travel all the way from California for my vacation each year when I could go anywhere.
I love western NC. I've only been to the mountains once but I love it there. My goal in life is to eventually move around the black mountain area. The
coast will always be "home " but I could make the trip by car in a day. Really the problem with the coast is a combination of the ever increasing
tourism industry here and more and more people making this place their retirement home, especially those old doctors and such with loads of money.
They buy big houses on the waterfront and meanwhile the working class can barely get by thanks to the higher prices we pay for literally everything,
because the businesses try to squeeze every last some out of the tourists and retirees, and thus you have this weird mix of wealthy people and poor
citizens barely getting by.
It almost looks strange at times to ride through town and see all these nice two story houses with brand new Mustangs and Buicks on the paved
driveway, then suddenly in the middle of it all, there's a little old patched up house or a trailer with a rusty old pickup in the muddy driveway and
you know that person has lived here their whole life, probably an old independent fisherman who got financially strangled by the ever-increasing
restrictions on the fishing industry and the higher tax rate on their property that is now supposedly valued at several thousand times the amount that
person makes in a year.
Sorry, I had to rant. I once heard someone say "That's the OBX for you; can't afford to live here, can't afford to leave." Of course, I also heard "We
don't have family trees around here, we have family vines".....
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originally posted by: Aldakoopa
Really the problem with the coast is a combination of the ever increasing tourism industry here and more and more people making this place their
retirement home, especially those old doctors and such with loads of money. They buy big houses on the waterfront and meanwhile the working class can
barely get by thanks to the higher prices we pay for literally everything, because the businesses try to squeeze every last some out of the tourists
and retirees, and thus you have this weird mix of wealthy people and poor citizens barely getting by.
What you just described is not limited to the OBX. It's society today -- everywhere. Believe me, I see it in San Francisco on a daily basis, with
ever-increasing numbers of panhandlers juxtaposed with cash-drenched hipsters.
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