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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby HURRRR » 04 Dec 2012, 10:14

Not to sound like a crazy fanboy stalker, but Victoria is the only other place in Canada I would live. I shall elaborate:
The rest of Quebec... irritates me.
The maritimes are too rural, I would get cabin fever.
I would not live anywhere between here and the rockies if you paid me to.
Vancouver is gross.
aaand I only just remembered that the territories exist so not them either.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby ex-Lurker » 04 Dec 2012, 11:17

I would probably stay in Ontario and go back Taiwan once in a while.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Master Gunner » 04 Dec 2012, 11:31

Don't make me go Deliverance on your arse, HURRRR.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby nicholasmc1 » 04 Dec 2012, 15:06

HURRRR wrote:Not to sound like a crazy fanboy stalker, but Victoria is the only other place in Canada I would live. I shall elaborate:
The rest of Quebec... irritates me.
The maritimes are too rural, I would get cabin fever.
I would not live anywhere between here and the rockies if you paid me to.
Vancouver is gross.
aaand I only just remembered that the territories exist so not them either.

Why not try the international Lifestyle
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Slack Mesa » 04 Dec 2012, 20:19

San Francisco.
In a parallel universe where SF isn't plagued by crime and homelessness.
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Postby nicholasmc1 » 04 Dec 2012, 20:23

I want to live in SF if only to see Giant Squid play live, cause they'res no way a band like them is ever going to make it to Aus.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby JustAName » 04 Dec 2012, 23:04

Too many hills in SF. I still really love the Bay Area, but there's too much personal history for me there, and I don't think that'll change. I'm probably going to end up in Ireland, and that's not a bad thing.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Metcarfre » 04 Dec 2012, 23:22

You know, I've never been, but I could see living in Scotland. Lots of places, actually. My requirements are;

- Ocean
- Mountains
- Moderate-ish climate, but with actual seasons
- Major-ish city with decent-sized university and biotech industry/gov't town
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby tak197 » 05 Dec 2012, 23:05

Someplace where I could get married to my boyfriend, have a decent job, and have all my student loans paid off. Does this place exist? I figure Canada has two of the three covered...
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Metcarfre » 06 Dec 2012, 07:24

Do you have training in a field that is in demand? The Canadian Gov't pays off loans for many fields like doctors, nurses, etc. if you choose to live up north in the territories, or other under-served communities.

Also, at least in BC, as of a while ago, working in government got your (provincial - about 1/3 total for most people) student loans forgiven after 3 years.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby AdmiralMemo » 06 Dec 2012, 09:34

Maryland just passed same-sex marriage laws. You're screwed on the other two, though, if you come here.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Kthanid » 06 Dec 2012, 12:12

I quite like the city I live in, well aside from our retarded public transit system.
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Postby AdmiralMemo » 06 Dec 2012, 12:51

I wish Baltimore had a retarded public transit system. We currently have a brain-dead public transit system.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Kthanid » 06 Dec 2012, 14:50

Yeah, gotta love when the bus you need to transfer to pulls out of the station right when the bus you're on pulls in. >.<
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Metcarfre » 06 Dec 2012, 15:00

Oh yeah and health care. Gotta have universal health care, so america's right out.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Kthanid » 06 Dec 2012, 15:07

Metcarfre wrote:Oh yeah and health care. Gotta have universal health care, so america's right out.


Truth. On that note I just found out my Dr's office offers a clinic that basically allows me to go an do cardio for an hour or so 3x a week fully covered by OHIP (Ontario Health Insurance Plan). So epic win for me!
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby auberginequeen » 06 Dec 2012, 15:23

I don't really know. I've lived in Southern Ontario my whole life and I haven't really been anywhere else other than upstate New York (a lot like Southern Ontario but with less stuff in it) and Florida (meh).

Southern Ontario is pretty... bland. What little farmland and forest is left looks very picturesque in autumn but that's about it. It's kinda hilly I guess. There's a nice escarpment nearby with some skiing on it but otherwise it's been flattened into farmland and then built on top of. I've never seen that which you call "mountains."

Mississauga (my home town) has become a giant sprawl of cookie-cutter housing and mall complexes. The little parkland by the Credit River is slowly being eaten by housing projects because the gov't is perfectly happy to declare a small strip of grass by a sidewalk as "parkland." I'm really starting to hate it.

Waterloo is pretty okay, it's got some nice parks and a decent transit system. People bemoan the high student population but I think it keeps stuff interesting. Waterloo would be just another bullshit town if it didn't have all these young people going places and doing stupid things. It's got some pretty great restaurants/pubs too. The economy isn't so great though, and it's really hard to find jobs.

Ideally I'd like to stay in Canada, though anywhere with a good gov't health system etc would be nice too. I'd like to live somewhere where I can have some sort of stable job and some nice parkland like maybe with a forest or something. I need to have a route I can walk when I need to step back and think about things. Maybe a moderate population and no stupid cookie-cutter subdivisions. Somewhere with a few quirky shops to it and some decent people.

So basically I want to live in a fairytale.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Jamfalcon » 06 Dec 2012, 15:30

There's certainly no shortage of hills, mountains, and forests over on this end of the country, though I doubt you'd have much luck avoiding cookie-cutter subdivisions.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Valkyrie-Lemons » 06 Dec 2012, 15:33

What do you mean by "Cookie-cutter" subdivision?

Do you mean that idyllic 50' notion of suburban America sort of thing?
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Jamfalcon » 06 Dec 2012, 15:37

The way I'm guessing she meant it is when all of the houses are just slight variations on the same design.

Like this:
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby auberginequeen » 06 Dec 2012, 15:55

That is, indeed, what I meant. Mississauga looks like this, everywhere:

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(That golf course at the top? That's only a golf course because it used to be a landfill. You can't build on it because it's a huge, lumpy mountain of trash covered in grass)
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Master Gunner » 06 Dec 2012, 15:58

We have plenty of hills and forests here, though the "mountains" are more just slightly bigger hills. Plenty of parkland as well. On the downside, outside of the three (fairly small) cities the province gets rural fast, but the economy is still pretty good in those cities. Newer developments reuse the same house designs, but nowhere near as bad as that.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Valkyrie-Lemons » 06 Dec 2012, 15:59

Well if you hate that sort of thing, then somewhere in Cotswold I think you'd like. Very nice countryside, nice village-esque shops, antique places and the like. But some places can be quiet isolated. If you don't drive or the roads are bad then it's hard to get anywhere.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby auberginequeen » 06 Dec 2012, 16:08

I don't mind driving. People think I hate driving but I don't, I just hate driving in cities. There is a high concentration of idiots in cities and when rush hour rolls around in the ol' hometown, good luck.

Maybe I should move out east. West sounds really nice but I hear BC can be quite expensive and I don't really want to be out in the prairies. I need trees.
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Re: If you could live anywhere...

Postby Metcarfre » 06 Dec 2012, 16:10

If you don't mind living away from cities (especially Vancouver) BC can be reasonable.
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