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    I can't believe this isn't satire.

    This is some of the most smug, tone deaf, "cry me a river for the 1%" bullshit I have read in a long time.

    These people can fuck right off.
    I'm not being dramatic, I just feel like I'm going to throw up my heart and my head is going to fly away like a bird.

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    *sigh*

    My mom has COVID. She’s ok for now, mild symptoms. But she exposed my sister and her family and, well...shit.
    Well, goddamn, wishing for a speedy recovery & no lingering effects

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    That article sort of describes why there's an electoral college in a way, doesn't it?

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    I dunno, I've been to the US, and big chunks of the country feel like a third world country. We stopped at a Burger King off the interstate in some godforsaken part of New England (all the states blur together) and I'm sure at least half the people working there were addicted to heroin. I'd probably react the same way as the people in the article.

    Also, who doesn't love sushi?
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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    I dunno, I've been to the US, and big chunks of the country feel like a third world country. We stopped at a Burger King off the interstate in some godforsaken part of New England (all the states blur together) and I'm sure at least half the people working there were addicted to heroin. I'd probably react the same way as the people in the article.

    Also, who doesn't love sushi?
    I used to make fun of my wife, because she grew up in the burbs and never ventured into the city. I call her a Townie because she was sheltered from all kinds of diverse areas and events of Boston. (Keep in mind I grew up in the town adjacent to hers so there's no excuse). The only difference was my friends and I made a point to leave our town, to venture into Boston in high school regularly. I fell in love with the city and lived there all through college and grad school.

    The point is the reverse can happen to! You can be a city dweller and be sheltered from burbs. I live near the boarder of New Hampshire now and there are four sushi restaurants in my town alone.

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    Not like it was hard to find that guy. https://twitter.com/zthacher

    I'm now annoyed this guy was in the town touching mine. Get out of my state leafer. (oh good, you did).


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    I got sushi months ago. Picked it up at my favorite sushi place and took it home. Maybe it's different in NYC or something? Not that I care...
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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    I used to make fun of my wife, because she grew up in the burbs and never ventured into the city. I call her a Townie because she was sheltered from all kinds of diverse areas and events of Boston. (Keep in mind I grew up in the town adjacent to hers so there's no excuse). The only difference was my friends and I made a point to leave our town, to venture into Boston in high school regularly. I fell in love with the city and lived there all through college and grad school.

    The point is the reverse can happen to! You can be a city dweller and be sheltered from burbs. I live near the boarder of New Hampshire now and there are four sushi restaurants in my town alone.
    I'm not convinced that being "sheltered" from mediocre food and boredom is such a great sin. I can't speak to the quality of sushi restaurants in New England, but comparing Nova Scotia with Toronto, the sushi restaurants in the former are markedly inferior to those in the latter, and neither can compete with the sushi restaurants in Tokyo. If someone can afford to live in a dense, diverse city with great food and lots of movie theatres, why wouldn't they? What's so great about the suburbs? I grew up in a suburb; it wasn't fun. New York City is a great city. It's just obscenely expensive, which is why so many people wind up settling for a mediocre lifestyle in the 'burbs.
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    I like sushi, but only at restaurants with friends, so we can order multiple rolls and share.

    Don't think I've had that since pre-Covid, humph.

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    I'm not convinced that being "sheltered" from mediocre food and boredom is such a great sin. I can't speak to the quality of sushi restaurants in New England, but comparing Nova Scotia with Toronto, the sushi restaurants in the former are markedly inferior to those in the latter, and neither can compete with the sushi restaurants in Tokyo. If someone can afford to live in a dense, diverse city with great food and lots of movie theatres, why wouldn't they? What's so great about the suburbs? I grew up in a suburb; it wasn't fun. New York City is a great city. It's just obscenely expensive, which is why so many people wind up settling for a mediocre lifestyle in the 'burbs.
    And some of us hate being crowded. I’d lose my shit if I had to live down town.
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    I'm one of those guys in the middle. Love being within the city limits with everything so close, but I need some greenery to look at. And especially in the summer, I often need to skip town for a few days and get somewhere where the smell of cedar is all that is floating in the air. That's why I love where I live.
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    Quote Quoting baby doll (view post)
    I'm not convinced that being "sheltered" from mediocre food and boredom is such a great sin. I can't speak to the quality of sushi restaurants in New England, but comparing Nova Scotia with Toronto, the sushi restaurants in the former are markedly inferior to those in the latter, and neither can compete with the sushi restaurants in Tokyo. If someone can afford to live in a dense, diverse city with great food and lots of movie theatres, why wouldn't they? What's so great about the suburbs? I grew up in a suburb; it wasn't fun. New York City is a great city. It's just obscenely expensive, which is why so many people wind up settling for a mediocre lifestyle in the 'burbs.
    Boredom as defined as what? Living in a 600 sqft studio so you're basically forced to leave your "home" to find "adventure" in your life? Pleeease. All it takes is a bit more drive to go out and explore. City living may be convenient because everything is walking distance. But things are not spread out as far as that article makes it out to be. Especially in Carlisle Massachusetts (which btw, is next to the birth place of our country- pretty much the greatest suburban town in the country). You're not going to find the boonies until you're way past Burlington VT.

    Okay I take that back. Burlington VT is pretty boonie.

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    Fuck you Duke, Excelsior MN is the greatest suburban town in the country and everyone here knows it.
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    I live in the county seat. Maybe 6k people in this town. I can't wait to get out of town. I don't want to go too far, just not IN town. I want a couple acres, high speed internet, a finished (or finishable) basement, and non-asshole neighbors. As for city life, its often joked that Ohio is an hour from anywhere...but thats not really too terrible. I can be downtown Cleveland in hour ten, Columbus in hour twenty with good traffic, Canton in about forty-five (NFL HOF, bitches)...

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    Quote Quoting bac0n (view post)
    Fuck you Duke, Excelsior MN is the greatest suburban town in the country and everyone here knows it.
    Heh. Any significant revolutionary battle sites or famous historians / founding fathers live out there?

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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    Heh. Any significant revolutionary battle sites or famous historians / founding fathers live out there?
    I'm curious how this has an effect on where you want to live/improves the community?

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    Boredom as defined as what? Living in a 600 sqft studio so you're basically forced to leave your "home" to find "adventure" in your life? Pleeease. All it takes is a bit more drive to go out and explore. City living may be convenient because everything is walking distance. But things are not spread out as far as that article makes it out to be. Especially in Carlisle Massachusetts (which btw, is next to the birth place of our country- pretty much the greatest suburban town in the country). You're not going to find the boonies until you're way past Burlington VT.

    Okay I take that back. Burlington VT is pretty boonie.
    I guess it's a matter of preference. I grew up surrounded by trees with nothing around but houses for miles, not even a bus stop. It's nice for a day or two, but after that I just want to go to the opera and eat Asian food that tastes like the food they have in Asia.

    Also, I find when I'm in Nova Scotia, I'm constantly on edge about being the victim of a hate crime because I'm the most ethnicky person around, whereas in Toronto, because there's a different economy of difference, my otherness is worth less (people just seem to think I'm Italian or Mexican). I remember one time some of my wife's relatives came to visit from Hong Kong, and we went to a grocery store, and I was fucking panicking. I was like, "We are too visible and we need to get the fuck out of here before these crackers start some shit." So I can understand why a Jewish guy would start to feel antsy living in Trump country.
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    I'm curious how this has an effect on where you want to live/improves the community?
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    This is why a lot of people are moving to Denver. It has city living, but not too big. Suburban areas aplenty around it. Thirty minutes to the front range, sixty minutes to ski areas and fantastic hiking. Farm land to the east.

    Food options have really improved over the last ten years with the growth.

    And we have the Unsinkable Molly Brown house.

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    I'm curious how this has an effect on where you want to live/improves the community?
    Exclusivity. Higher taxes. Better school systems. Better jobs. Better members of society.

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    More interesting ghosts?
    You're aware of the Colonial Inn???

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    I guess it's a matter of preference. I grew up surrounded by trees with nothing around but houses for miles, not even a bus stop. It's nice for a day or two, but after that I just want to go to the opera and eat Asian food that tastes like the food they have in Asia.

    Also, I find when I'm in Nova Scotia, I'm constantly on edge about being the victim of a hate crime because I'm the most ethnicky person around, whereas in Toronto, because there's a different economy of difference, my otherness is worth less (people just seem to think I'm Italian or Mexican). I remember one time some of my wife's relatives came to visit from Hong Kong, and we went to a grocery store, and I was fucking panicking. I was like, "We are too visible and we need to get the fuck out of here before these crackers start some shit." So I can understand why a Jewish guy would start to feel antsy living in Trump country.
    Ah gotcha. I can totally understand the extremes and especially hilly Billy woodsy areas- as you point out, nothing around for miles. I camp up on the boarder of Canada and New Hampshire. There are some not so educated people up there.

    My burbs is nowhere near that. I'm 30 minutes from Boston. 45 to the ocean. 60 to the mountains. I can do anything within a reasonable time.

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    Quote Quoting Dukefrukem (view post)
    Exclusivity. Higher taxes. Better school systems. Better jobs. Better members of society.
    Wait, really? Guess that does go to another reason I hate this county so much...its biggest history story is they lynched a black man on the courthouse lawn.

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    I'm deeply uncomfortable with the idea that "more money = better people"
    I'm not being dramatic, I just feel like I'm going to throw up my heart and my head is going to fly away like a bird.

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