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cigalechanta



Joined: 27 Dec 2004
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Location: cambridge, ma.

PostPosted: Mon Nov 14, 2005 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The people's republic of Cambridge, MA. (Boston)
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dbd



Joined: 04 Nov 2005
Posts: 26
Location: Sénas, France (Provence)

PostPosted: Wed Nov 30, 2005 1:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sénas, France via Los Angeles

PROS:
beautiful countryside,
clean air! what a concept!
good schools that don't cost an arm and a leg,
public health care
NO traffic
lower cost of living than LA (much higher than Alabama though!),
our AMAP (association pour le maintien de l'agriculture paysanne), which is a group of people who get together to buy produce directly from a small farmer. We pay an annual fee, and each week we pick up a crate of vegetables at the farm - our farmer runs an organic farm and grows a wide variety of produce. I think this is a great deal for everyone, our farmer can eliminate the middle man and sell direct to consumers, and we get high quality produce at a reasonable cost. And we are culinarily challenged when we receive things we are not sure what to do with, like tons of rhubarb!!
Good cheap wine!
great variety of cheese!
all the necessary commerces even though there are only 6000 people (supermarket, doctors, vet, 5 bakeries!, two good butcher shops, cafés, pizzaria, mechanic, optician, library (no English books though)) There is even a theater, which is really strange for such a small village (don't expect to see Madonna play there though)
We rarely see George Bush on TV, and when we do, he's dubbed in French
No NASCAR!


CONS:

Ethnic restaurants? what? you mean pizza? we do have a Vietnamese snack bar where we can buy egg rolls...Aix and Marseille are close though when we have a craving for sushi
Utter lack of Tex Mex ingredients, unless you count Old El Paso which is not much better than Taco Bell
Gas at $4.75/gallon (but we make up the difference in the lower wine costs!)
Long way from family in the US
no NPR, luckily I listen on the internet at work
Everything is closed Sunday afternoon
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Tongue in Cheek Antiques



Joined: 28 Dec 2005
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Location: South of France

PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 12:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

the south of france
blue sky and perfect light
the seaside closeby
brocantes every weekend
olive oil
colors of provence
simple life
church bells
puff pastry
stone walls
lavender, red poppies, sunflowers, olive trees grapevines, bakeries on every corner, fougasse, melons, wine and people who celebrate food!
it is close to heaven.
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Sarape



Joined: 15 Dec 2004
Posts: 583
Location: Anniston Alabama USA

PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

O'kay Tongue in Cheek, you've described heaven, now tell us what it is really like.
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Chicago Bear



Joined: 02 May 2005
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Location: Chicago

PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 9:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

tongue in cheek has not described heaven. this is heaven:
I am walking through the streets of Paris. It is raining, but my LLBean jacket efficiently repels the rain, and my shoes are both comfortable and waterproof. My mouth is no longer connected to my stomach, so I can eat at every restaurant that I see without getting full. Due to a banking quirk, my credit card company never bills me...nor does it cancel my card. This is also an advantage when ordering first-class airline or train tickets for my next destination: Octoberfest in Munich, or perhaps the street foods of Bangkok. As a result of an odd extra gene, alcohol has no adverse impact on my brain. Indeed, like a hybrid car, my brain processes alcohol and the result is increased intellectual energy. Naturally, I excel at drinking games, and it is a treat to see arrogant young university students collapse to the floor while their gorgeous female companions stare at me with undisguised admiration. As a result of another odd extra gene....well, that's for a different post.
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Tongue in Cheek Antiques



Joined: 28 Dec 2005
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Location: South of France

PostPosted: Thu Dec 29, 2005 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh What is my corner of French heaven REALLY like?

Negatives:
No good Mexican food!
Expensive underclothes.
Twice a year sales.
Crazy young moped riders!
Alot of dyed hair.
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David



Joined: 30 Sep 2004
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Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

PostPosted: Fri Dec 30, 2005 4:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well personally I like BOTH visions of heaven! Thanks for the dreams.
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MJBodell



Joined: 07 Nov 2005
Posts: 47

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Santa Fe, New Mexico

Pros: Beautiful, Sunny, 4 Seasons, Great Art, Amazing Food, Great Skiing, Great Shopping. Diverse, Low Cost of Living.

Cons: Culture Clashes, Poverty, Terrible Public Education, Low Wages. Misogynistic local culture.
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Donna



Joined: 14 Oct 2005
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Location: Oakland, CA

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 6:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Northern California -

Pros - beautiful rugged beachesand stunning coastline, fresh oysters!, Left/Liberal political leaning in general, amazing fresh food, brilliant resaurants - from inexpensive to off-the-charts costly, fabulous theater and wonderful music venues, world class museums,

Cons - Cost of Living, home prices, traffic, terrible public schools (in my town - Oakland, but NOT the town where I teach!), Can feel the slightest bit "Brigadoon-y" politically.
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Debbie



Joined: 21 Feb 2005
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Location: Paris

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

C Bear... if I can ever stop laughing it will be good Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Now, what does the nearest and dearest think of your idea of heaven? Hmmm? Wink
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Chicago Bear



Joined: 02 May 2005
Posts: 240
Location: Chicago

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chicago Bear wrote:
tongue in cheek has not described heaven. this is heaven:
I am walking through the streets of Paris. It is raining, but my LLBean jacket efficiently repels the rain, and my shoes are both comfortable and waterproof. My mouth is no longer connected to my stomach, so I can eat at every restaurant that I see without getting full. Due to a banking quirk, my credit card company never bills me...nor does it cancel my card. This is also an advantage when ordering first-class airline or train tickets for my next destination: Octoberfest in Munich, or perhaps the street foods of Bangkok. As a result of an odd extra gene, alcohol has no adverse impact on my brain. Indeed, like a hybrid car, my brain processes alcohol and the result is increased intellectual energy. Naturally, I excel at drinking games, and it is a treat to see arrogant young university students collapse to the floor while their gorgeous female companions stare at me with undisguised admiration. As a result of another odd extra gene....well, that's for a different post.

My wife's idea of heaven: Instead of my mouth no longer connected to my stomach, my male member is no longer connected to my brain. Instead, my brain responds only to stimulations sent by my wife. She's not just the most attractive female in the world; she's the only attractive female in the world. If she has an idea or a suggestion, it's not just brilliant; it's the only idea or suggestion my brain can consider. Several other normal male brain functions are disabled: sarcasm, love of televised sports, bathroom humor, impatience, fear of excessive spending on female wardrobes or the house, abhorrence of chores. Some functions that are not normally standard equipment on a male brain are enabled: thoughtfulness, being tidy, being interested in gossip about neighbors or celebrities, loving and bonding with in-laws, and insisting on vacationing with wife's parents.
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silmarien



Joined: 18 Jan 2006
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 8:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Prague, Czech Republic, Central Europe ...

The pros:

beautiful historical city
amazing cultural heritage
hot sunny summers, cold snowy winters
cheap (by European standards)

The cons:

tons of tourists
a communist past
attempts to "go west" at all costs
attempts to hold on to the "old ways" at all costs
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Debbie



Joined: 21 Feb 2005
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Location: Paris

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

C Bear, you are fabulous! I am sitting here laughing myself silly and have just read your original and revised (wife's) versions of heaven to my husband..... he is with you on all points.... myself, I am laughing too hard to slap him Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Thank you for that laugh. We have had a really tough 2 weeks with my husband very ill. His idea of hell is visiting rural China and being stricken by a gastroenteritis bug while miles from hospital facilities..... his idea of heaven was arriving back in France.... I am just glad he is starting to recover and felt like laughing! .... although the insurance money was looking pretty good last week... Wink (just joking)
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Euridice



Joined: 07 Nov 2005
Posts: 19
Location: Italy

PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 2006 9:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well.. I live in Northern Italy, more precisely Turin, the town that's hosting this years' winter games..
The things I like about living here are
the chocolate (hehe, my town's known for being the first one in Italy to have gourmet chocolates in the past century)
the rather elegant and at the same time cozy atmoshpere
the historical and cultural background (it was the capital during Italy's formation and had great interaction with France, as shown by its architecture)
good local and typical food
quite a bit of nice restaurants, bars, clubs, night life
pretty decent museums
pretty cheap by European standards. Also by Italian standards, if compared to Milan, Rome, Venice and Florence!

Things I dislike:
the cold winters
the BAD University system (yeah, I know there's this sterotype about Italy giving a good classical educaton, but that's only true until high school. The University pretty much sucks, and I'm experiencing it myself)
the rather snobby and stuck up people (not as much as in Milan, but here they have this irritating attitude.. right-minded people who never want to have "too much" fun, who never show a "wilder" side, who're too easily scandalized by what is commonly judged "not convenient", and such)
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Joined: 08 Dec 2005
Posts: 224
Location: kingston, ny

PostPosted: Sat Jan 21, 2006 1:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Saugerties, NY

Pros: fairly good schools (lots of advanced placement classes), GREAT homemade chocolate shop, convient grocery store, Dallas Hot Weiners and cheese fries, located in the mid-upper Hudson Valley so there's access to just about every north american fruit known to mankind Wink 2 hours north of NYC, so its a good day trip, but maybe not for a run-of-the-mill dinner (although you never know). the actual site of Woodstock '94, garlic fest and the best garlic hamburger ever, lots of history.

Cons: the great migration of city folk up to "the country," sky-rocketing real estate (although its calming a little bit), the highest tax base in the county aided by the charm of living in a quaint little town. too far away from Edinburgh to get me my fix of hot dog sauce.
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