dont ever move to a small town!!!!!

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I think raggie could have his own reality TV show, and get rich. I bet his life is more interesting than Kim Kardashion. Raggie, if you do get a TV show, I want a percentage for the idea! :triumphant:
 

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I think raggie could have his own reality TV show, and get rich. I bet his life is more interesting than Kim Kardashion. Raggie, if you do get a TV show, I want a percentage for the idea! :triumphant:
Raggie comes up with the most interesting and offbeat stories. If he doesn't do a reality show, he should at least write a book about his adventures.
 

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I agree with the title of this thread. NYC is the only place in the US I'd probably want to live, warts and all. Just something about living in a megacity you just won't get in a small town.
 

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I agree with the title of this thread. NYC is the only place in the US I'd probably want to live, warts and all. Just something about living in a megacity you just won't get in a small town.
I'll take moments like this walking through the woods (my yard) over anything your mega city can give me. : D
 

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I think raggie could have his own reality TV show, and get rich. I bet his life is more interesting than Kim Kardashion. Raggie, if you do get a TV show, I want a percentage for the idea! :triumphant:
I doubt it, but you never know.
The Seinfeld tv show. Was a show about nothing.

His "I'm so poor" and "Stupid" schtick is not as good as Rodney Dangerfield's schtick "I'm so Ugly" that my mother had to tie a steak around my neck for the dog to play with me.

But one never knows.
 

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If you want a new one, buy online from a reputable company for just over $200 for a Queen-sized one. Wait, and it'll cost you more later.

I feel like you maybe missed a whole thread or three. Or even the post I responded to. 😁. You've missed a few episodes of the raggie show. Haha

I tried to order one of those wool blankets but I got 100,000 pounds of potato salad instead.
 

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I'll take moments like this walking through the woods (my yard) over anything your mega city can give me. : D
Big cities seem to get a bad rap around here but there are lots of pluses:

1) No need to own a car, or even have a driver's license. I can't think how much money that saved me over decades, not to mention aggravation and hassle.

2) Top quality medical care is much closer, should you need it. When my mother went to the hospital last May, she was in septic shock. If this had been a rural area where the hospitals were more than a few minutes away, she might not have made it. Or even if she did get to the hospital in time, they may have lacked the expertise to save her.

3) Your neighbors aren't into your business. I know all about "we look out for each other" in these small towns. To me that translates into minding everyone's business. Not sure I'd like neighbors asking me why my lights are on most of the night. Nor would I take kindly to a "friendly" visit at 8 AM, regardless of the reason. My response would probably be a series of expletives, followed by "I don't do mornings.", and "Never, ever, bother me at this hour again. Stick to mid-afternoons or later." I did this once to a former friend who thought it was a good idea to call me (about something totally unimportant) at 8AM. Just because he might like to get up with the chickens doesn't mean everyone else does. If I'm up before about noon, I'd better be getting paid for it.

4) Pretty much anything you buy on a regular basis is sold within easy walking distance. I have four grocery stores, a few dollar stores, a MicroCenter, a bunch of takeout/pizza places, other types of eateries, all within about 15 blocks of my place.

5) Easy access to major CBDs. Downtown Flushing is a 15-20 minute bus ride, or 10 minute bike ride, away. Manhattan is about 40 minutes away by subway/bus.

6) Diversity. Some like this, others don't. I'm in a ~50% Asian neighborhood, with the balance being mostly white, but with pretty much every group being represented in significant numbers. When I visited my aunt in upstate NY, my first reaction was this place is too white. I don't like living in a place which is mostly one thing.

Negatives? It depends on what you want. Some say houses are too close to each other. I'm fine with 1/10th acre or smaller lots. Don't care much about grass or huge lawns. What we have is enough to function as a private retreat for those who live in the house, without being overly difficult to maintain.

Others might say people aren't as friendly. Well, it often doesn't help when a good portion might not be comfortable conversing in the same language as you. Plus even without that, people here might seem abrupt, or just indifferent. In the end though you just have to break through the shell people put up here as a survival mechanism. Nice thing about most NYers is you get what you see, without a lot of phony stuff in the way, once you get through that shell.

Lack of nature. Not a big problem in my particular area, but I understand that a bit when I go to Manhattan. The buildings are so tall most trees won't grow along the curbside. And there's way too much car traffic, with all the noise and pollution that entails.

Best of both worlds might be where I am. Enough nature and relative lack of crowding for my tastes, but close enough to reach major cultural and commercial centers in well under an hour.
 

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Big cities seem to get a bad rap around here but there are lots of pluses:

1) No need to own a car, or even have a driver's license. I can't think how much money that saved me over decades, not to mention aggravation and hassle.

2) Top quality medical care is much closer, should you need it. When my mother went to the hospital last May, she was in septic shock. If this had been a rural area where the hospitals were more than a few minutes away, she might not have made it. Or even if she did get to the hospital in time, they may have lacked the expertise to save her.

3) Your neighbors aren't into your business. I know all about "we look out for each other" in these small towns. To me that translates into minding everyone's business. Not sure I'd like neighbors asking me why my lights are on most of the night. Nor would I take kindly to a "friendly" visit at 8 AM, regardless of the reason. My response would probably be a series of expletives, followed by "I don't do mornings.", and "Never, ever, bother me at this hour again. Stick to mid-afternoons or later." I did this once to a former friend who thought it was a good idea to call me (about something totally unimportant) at 8AM. Just because he might like to get up with the chickens doesn't mean everyone else does. If I'm up before about noon, I'd better be getting paid for it.

4) Pretty much anything you buy on a regular basis is sold within easy walking distance. I have four grocery stores, a few dollar stores, a MicroCenter, a bunch of takeout/pizza places, other types of eateries, all within about 15 blocks of my place.

5) Easy access to major CBDs. Downtown Flushing is a 15-20 minute bus ride, or 10 minute bike ride, away. Manhattan is about 40 minutes away by subway/bus.

6) Diversity. Some like this, others don't. I'm in a ~50% Asian neighborhood, with the balance being mostly white, but with pretty much every group being represented in significant numbers. When I visited my aunt in upstate NY, my first reaction was this place is too white. I don't like living in a place which is mostly one thing.

Negatives? It depends on what you want. Some say houses are too close to each other. I'm fine with 1/10th acre or smaller lots. Don't care much about grass or huge lawns. What we have is enough to function as a private retreat for those who live in the house, without being overly difficult to maintain.

Others might say people aren't as friendly. Well, it often doesn't help when a good portion might not be comfortable conversing in the same language as you. Plus even without that, people here might seem abrupt, or just indifferent. In the end though you just have to break through the shell people put up here as a survival mechanism. Nice thing about most NYers is you get what you see, without a lot of phony stuff in the way, once you get through that shell.

Lack of nature. Not a big problem in my particular area, but I understand that a bit when I go to Manhattan. The buildings are so tall most trees won't grow along the curbside. And there's way too much car traffic, with all the noise and pollution that entails.

Best of both worlds might be where I am. Enough nature and relative lack of crowding for my tastes, but close enough to reach major cultural and commercial centers in well under an hour.
I live in NYC as well.
It's a poop hole.

1) You NEED a car because if you take public transportation you are very likely going to have to deal with homeless and people swinging on the bars for money like its some sort of circus. Or get into a fight with somebody because you might have looked in their direction.
2) Top quality medical care? - The doctors and nurses are SUPER overworked here they aren't as personable/caring as a doctor or nurse in a smaller town who actually in invested in the patients and sees them as a human being. In NYC people are like sheep, being herded not seen as names but as numbers... not saying the doctors and nurses are bad, but they have a super high work load they don't have time to breath.
3) You neighbors are CERTAINLY in your business LMAO. The walls are paper thin in many buildings and if you get into a fight with a significant other, they will hear the whole argument. New Yorkers lack any sense of community, hence why when somebody is getting robbed or assaulted on the street or bus or train, NOBODY steps in and people just pull their cameras out and yell "WORLD STAR" like absolute SAVAGES.
4) Easy access to downtown flushing or manhattan? -- Yeah, good luck - say a prayer your train or bus is on time and not PACKED when it finally does arrive, also pray the AC is working and that the smell of homeless isn't in your area (which is almost impossible) considering the current state of NYC (which is HORRENDOUS)
5) Diversity? Ah yes, lets pretend a diverse neighborhood is all peaches and sunshine. Lets overlook the fact that a diverse neighborhood has nothing but arguments about racism, inequality, and hatred for one another on a daily basis. Its actually SICKENING and I am at my wits end hearing about race every single day.
6) New Yorkers are some of the most unfriendly people there are, and everybody is caught up in a rat race. --- Your rent is $3,000 / month for a 1 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment. You want a burger and fries? That'll be $25 ... You want to send your kids to public school? GOODLUCK, they'll come home and tell you that they want to be the opposite sex, at 8 years of age because they are shoving it down your kids throat in school in 3rd grade. Its disgusting.

I could continue, but I wont.

I am finishing up working here and then I am GONE. My folks have sold their apartment last year and fled the city, which is what I intend to do shortly. This place is a dump and has been getting worse and worse ever since DE BOZO took office all those years ago, that guy was an absolute clown.

The city really messed up the moment they allowed policing to become political. That is when this city really shot themselves in the foot.
Police should be able to do their jobs without worrying about the nonsense they need to worry about today. Once the police no longer had freedom to ACTUALLY police the people of NY ... that is when all hell broke loose here.

Last week 2,000 ATV's and quads and dirt bikes took over the city. For HOURS all bridges into manhattan were shut down. They caused mayhem, stole items...broke city property...destroyed commercial properties... Hit MANY vehicles out on the road, now the owner of the vehicles need to pay to fix the damages... Of course the bikers kept on going though. But god forbid an officer touches one of these criminals. They'll give the criminal a large settlement in court and throw the cop in jail. What a failed city. Can't wait to leave this place behind and never look back.

I'm headed to a nice small town.
 

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Wow, sounds like you don't live in the same NYC I do. I know some things have gotten worse over the last few years, but most parts aren't the dystopia you're making it out to be.

1) You NEED a car because if you take public transportation you are very likely going to have to deal with homeless and people swinging on the bars for money like its some sort of circus. Or get into a fight with somebody because you might have looked in their direction.
Driving here is worse than taking public transit. Two hours to get from my place to Manhattan (unless it's 3AM)? No thanks. Not to mention where the heck do you park when you get there? That could kill another hour. Then you have constant road rage incidents, plus 90% of the people here can't drive (although that seems to be a problem nationally, not just in NYC).
2) Top quality medical care? - The doctors and nurses are SUPER overworked here they aren't as personable/caring as a doctor or nurse in a smaller town who actually in invested in the patients and sees them as a human being. In NYC people are like sheep, being herded not seen as names but as numbers... not saying the doctors and nurses are bad, but they have a super high work load they don't have time to breath.
Blame our for-profit medical system for that one. We pay twice as much for inferior outcomes compared to other first world countries. It's not a unique problem to big cities, either. I've known people who travel all over the country, and tell me hospitals in many rural areas are positively third world. You might have some great general practitioners who are vested in their patients, but better hope you never get anything serious enough to land you in a hospital. And maybe if you didn't incur six figures of debt to go to medical school more people would become doctors to help relieve the work load.
3) You neighbors are CERTAINLY in your business LMAO. The walls are paper thin in many buildings and if you get into a fight with a significant other, they will hear the whole argument. New Yorkers lack any sense of community, hence why when somebody is getting robbed or assaulted on the street or bus or train, NOBODY steps in and people just pull their cameras out and yell "WORLD STAR" like absolute SAVAGES.
This is why I won't live in an apartment. Anywhere, not just in NYC. We're in a paid for house in eastern Queens. Thankfully we left the housing projects back in 1978.
4) Easy access to downtown flushing or manhattan? -- Yeah, good luck - say a prayer your train or bus is on time and not PACKED when it finally does arrive, also pray the AC is working and that the smell of homeless isn't in your area (which is almost impossible) considering the current state of NYC (which is HORRENDOUS)
If you think things are bad now, I guess you missed the 1970s through mid-1980s. I used to take the subway to high school. Every third train got taken out of service. The ones that did run were all covered in graffiti, plus half the doors and lights didn't work. Yet I made it. I'll admit the subways have been backsliding the last few years but they're not even close to what they were at their worst. Getting the mentally ill homeless out would help a lot.
5) Diversity? Ah yes, lets pretend a diverse neighborhood is all peaches and sunshine. Lets overlook the fact that a diverse neighborhood has nothing but arguments about racism, inequality, and hatred for one another on a daily basis. Its actually SICKENING and I am at my wits end hearing about race every single day.
Maybe because people love to emphasize their differences instead of seeing what they have in common? I've noticed this has gotten a lot worse over the last 6 or 7 years, and especially since the pandemic.
6) New Yorkers are some of the most unfriendly people there are, and everybody is caught up in a rat race. --- Your rent is $3,000 / month for a 1 bedroom 1 bathroom apartment. You want a burger and fries? That'll be $25 ... You want to send your kids to public school? GOODLUCK, they'll come home and tell you that they want to be the opposite sex, at 8 years of age because they are shoving it down your kids throat in school in 3rd grade. Its disgusting.
You're right about the ridiculous rents. IMO this is really the biggest problem in city right now. That's the city's fault for not upzoning areas, along with speculation driving housing prices through the roof (actually that's a national problem).

I have a lot of issues with what both schools and parents shove down their kids' throats. A lot of the hatred you mentioned earlier is learned at home.
This place is a dump and has been getting worse and worse ever since DE BOZO took office all those years ago, that guy was an absolute clown.
We thankfully got rid of that clown. Not that Adams is much better but at least he's not super far left like the moron before him.
The city really messed up the moment they allowed policing to become political. That is when this city really shot themselves in the foot.
Police should be able to do their jobs without worrying about the nonsense they need to worry about today. Once the police no longer had freedom to ACTUALLY police the people of NY ... that is when all hell broke loose here.
I've lived here my entire life. The biggest mistake we made with the police was getting rid of beat cops. They walked the neighborhoods, knew people, and their presence helped deter crime. Then someone got the bright idea to stick most of them in patrol cars. They also removed the residency requirement, which was another huge mistake. 9/11 made things worse as police forces nationally militarized. End result of all these things is the NYPD became more like an occupation force than a police force. That's why policing became political. The police had to be reigned in. Even my late father, who was a LEO, told me the current crop of cops are a bunch of thugs. Not all of them, but enough to give the entire force a bad name.
Last week 2,000 ATV's and quads and dirt bikes took over the city. For HOURS all bridges into manhattan were shut down. They caused mayhem, stole items...broke city property...destroyed commercial properties... Hit MANY vehicles out on the road, now the owner of the vehicles need to pay to fix the damages... Of course the bikers kept on going though. But god forbid an officer touches one of these criminals. They'll give the criminal a large settlement in court and throw the cop in jail. What a failed city. Can't wait to leave this place behind and never look back.
Who keeps selling these dirt bikes and ATVs to unruly youths? That's who the city needs to go after. Shut down any store that sells them. And do the same with any gas station that sells them gas. These vehicles are 100% illegal to own or use in NYC. Stop them at the source. Cops aren't going after them on the streets for the simple reason chasing them down is going to cause more problems than it solves. What happens if bystanders get killed in the middle of a chase? Big lawsuit for the city.
I'm headed to a nice small town.
Which is your right. Obviously this city isn't for you. Doesn't mean lots of people don't like it, despite its faults. You couldn't pay me to live in a small town, or a suburb, but that's me.
 

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Who keeps selling these dirt bikes and ATVs to unruly youths? That's who the city needs to go after. Shut down any store that sells them. And do the same with any gas station that sells them gas. These vehicles are 100% illegal to own or use in NYC. Stop them at the source. Cops aren't going after them on the streets for the simple reason chasing them down is going to cause more problems than it solves. What happens if bystanders get killed in the middle of a chase? Big lawsuit for the city.
No…. This is the problem. You go after the idiots committing the crimes not the device they use to commit them.

I'm glad you love your city though. The healthcare isn't a concern where I am. 3 hospitals within 15 minutes of my house. Ambulance to one of the premiere heart centers on the east coast within 45 minutes.

Everything else is moot.
 
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