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originally posted by: DAVID64
Drivers License fees : Up by 50% from $30 to $60.
Vehicle registrations fee : from $101 to $150.
Gas tax : up
State tax up
New gun laws : ..........don't get me started on that stupidity. The gangbangers are going to pay attention to the law this time right ?
Of course I'm speaking of that bastion of Freedom known as illinois.
And for what ? to fix the state's financial problems ? HAH!!
My girlfriend and I ....wait... did I mention I have a new girlfriend ? Ok, not new, we've been together since last October and she moved into my house in Feburary, but..new to you guys anyway.
What breaks my heart is that I've been her almost 20 years, raised 3 kids, bought a house that is filled with the happy memories of raising those kids, 3 of my dearest friends are buried in the back yard ( 2 ferrets and 1 cat ) Chirst, I still have the old door frame we marked the kids height on over the years. The Peachtree we planted in the backyard is still there and still reminds me of little dirty hands digging in the dirt and having the time of their lives cause they got to help Dad....and play in the dirt.
The memories of a lifetime echo through this house. Some good..some bad. All of them precious.
My son is in college and will stay till he graduates and will live in the house. My daughter, who is just 18, lives about 20 miles away with her girlfriend, they both have jobs, school and friends and will not be convinced to move with us.
My oldest son, who is 30, is in Texas and doing great.
What do I do if they need me. What if my daughter calls one night and says " Dad I need you " ?
If we go either place we've talked about, I'll be anywhere from 9 to 12 hours away. [ Eastern Ky or Texas ]
How do I walk away ? For my own selfish pride ?
Heart and Pride are in a battle.
I think Heart is goimg to win.
If I had my druthers I'd move back south. Back to Atlanta, maybe TN. Wouldn't mind living in North Carolina.
originally posted by: Justso
Left Atlanta for good but I am a beach nut. Atlanta (born) has a great vibe if you are young and/or building your resume.
After 2 of my 4 family members passed, I knew it was time to make the move. The Tampa/St Pete area has so much going for it including the crazies. The freedom here is so welcome after the oppressive atmosphere of the old south even though Atlanta is supposed to be so pregressive but it has a long way to go.
All the smash of cultures here in St. Pete Beach makes dinnertime exciting and an adventure. The arts are varied and fantastic.
No taxes (yeah!) some cannabis legal (still a long way to go) and lovely weather-but I stay on the beach. Many many lovely nature areas and paths and parks (especially dog parks).
Definitely flori-duh-but I love it. I could write the brochure.
originally posted by: Edumakated
Yeah, Atlanta (inside the perimeter) isn't cheap anymore. To be honest, I'd say it is more expensive than Chicago. Property taxes are about half or less than what you'd pay for a similar house in Chicago though but the property itself will be just as expensive.
Atlanta does have a very materialistic culture though. You also have a lot of people who fake till they make it. A friend of ours calls it the "Land of empty briefcases." A lot of people who are broke but living in over the top houses and driving fancy cars.
The smaller homes near downtown are very expensive. Atlanta is cheap though if you go further out but then you have to deal with the traffic.
My point to moving there really isn't saving money, but better weather and a slower pace of life.