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Forum topic by MedicKen posted 05-07-2013 02:38 AM 2138 views 0 times favorited 62 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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05-07-2013 02:38 AM

My wife and I have decided that we have had enough of California. The state is finally running people out and we will be running as well. The cost of living here is getting to the point for us that we can no longer make ends meet with a good 6 figure income. Gas is ridiculous, property taxes are increasing, sales tax has increased locally and the anti 2nd amendment legislature was the final straw. The new gun laws these morons are proposing will do nothing but hurt me, a legal gun owner, concealed carry licensee and avid hunter. If they have their way in the next few weeks I will not be able to buy conventional lead ammo. If that happens it will out law ALL ammo in the state because the federal government sees copper and other alloys as “piercing” ammo and all ammo will be illegal. Way to go liberals.
We have settled on Texas as our new destination. The actual move is about a year out and we are really looking forward to a change of scenery. California is beautiful and diverse but you just cant afford to live here. We are looking in the McKinney, Plano areas. We should be able to find something affordable fairly easily. We have planned a trip to scope out the job market and housing possibilities in late summer or early fall of this year. Hopefully we can get it all taken care of before the next school year begins.
My biggest obstacle will be moving my shop, which is comprised of ALL old arn, and some lumber. There is probably close to 10k pound or cast iron out there. It will probably take a couple of trips to get it all. I am NOT going to chance the machines to a moving company because if they break something it will be hell to find parts and fix. I will load it all on a flatbed trailer and head east. The house will be packed by us and then a moving company called in to load and move it.
I cant wait for the day I get to see California in my rear view mirror and never come back.

-- My job is to give my kids things to discuss with their [email protected]

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#1 posted 05-07-2013 03:01 AM

That sounds good about the gun laws.. about time.

Texas has a lot of rednecks and they do not care about westeners. Be warned. :)

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 05-07-2013 03:12 AM

good luck in Texas…Cali is expensive our son goes to college there-graduates in two weeks…i agree on your comments on gun laws-there are plenty of gun laws on the books they just need to be enforced…maybe the politicians should go without armed protection if they really believe this would benefit society…

-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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Cliff De Witt

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#3 posted 05-07-2013 01:14 PM

Just what Texas needs, another Californian.

Believe me it is a little less expensive in Texas but not that much different. When you visit come in August to get the full effect of Texas living.

Just leave your guns at home.

-- Trying to find an answer to my son’s question: “…and forming organic cellulose by spinning it on its axis is interesting, why?”

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#4 posted 05-07-2013 01:40 PM

Californians have already been buying up the Texas Hill Country and driving inflation up. This has been going on roughly for the past 10yr or so, even much more so up north in the DFW area.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#5 posted 05-07-2013 01:49 PM

I can understand your dislike of California, my wife was born in LA, a nice place to visit, but do not want to
live there either. Take a detour through Arizona, Flagstaff and other areas on you way to Texas. We have
quite a few California people up here in Montana, but our wage bracket is not as high as most of them would
like, so quite a few have went back. Good luck with your plans.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#6 posted 05-07-2013 02:19 PM

I for one, a PROUD TEXAN, say welcome. Bring your guns. It won’t be long until you’ll be a proud Texan yourself. It’s a wonderful place to live. We have our share of jerks as evidenced above but, overall you will be welcomed. While I would not elect the metro area for myself, you’ll be much happier here in a state that respects and protects your rights.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Don W

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#7 posted 05-07-2013 02:24 PM

good luck on the move. New York is getting pretty close to the same…....

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 05-07-2013 02:40 PM

You’re making the right move. Texas is going to be great. Thank your lucky stars you didn’t make the same mistake that many of your fellow Californians have made in the past and picked Washington. It’s terrible. Nobody in their right mind should consider moving here. You’d hate it. Take my word for it, it’s awful.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#9 posted 05-07-2013 02:57 PM

Hey Ken, it has been quite a few years since we have “talked” (well, posted). You may or may not remember me. I live in the area that you are looking (Wylie, TX), just outside of Plano. I would really like to offer any help I can with your transition.

If you would like, lets exchange contact info (somewhere other than a forum board) and try to hook up on your recon trip out here. I am a flight paramedic and paramedic instructor and may be able to help with the job search. You can find me on Facebook (Mike Ziem).

I look forward to hearing from you and maybe doing some woodworking in the future.

-- We are what we repeatedly do. Excellance, therefore, is not an act but a habit. ~Aristotle~

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#10 posted 05-07-2013 03:00 PM

I’m told, the best place to be in Texas, is Brownwood. That way, no matter which way you travel, you are leaving Texas.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#11 posted 05-07-2013 03:03 PM

As a native Texan and DFW resident, congratulations, Ken! I live in Grapevine and am routinely in that area of the metroplex.

McKinney is booming, as much of the population growth has expanded north of Dallas into the Frisco, Allen, McKinney, and Prosper areas. You can get a lot of bang for the buck in those areas in terms of property. Lots of good highway choices too (three of them are tollways though) so the area is quite accessible.

Dealing with the heat is the biggest adjustment to make. Definitely make sure your new property is well insulated for your comfort. You will love the liberties here…as well as the lack of a state income tax.

-- jay,

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#12 posted 05-07-2013 03:18 PM

muleskinner – ditto Oregon!

-- When I was a kid I wanted to be older . . . . . this CRAP is not what I expected ! RIP 09/08/2018

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#13 posted 05-07-2013 03:22 PM

You’re making the right move. Texas is going to be great. Thank your lucky stars you didn’t make the same mistake that many of your fellow Californians have made in the past and picked Washington. It’s terrible. Nobody in their right mind should consider moving here. You’d hate it. Take my word for it, it’s awful.

Very subtle :)

-- John, BC, Canada

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#14 posted 05-07-2013 03:28 PM

Let me tell you we have had a steady flow of people coming here from Cali, which is fine as long as they don’t try and turn Texas into Cali 2.0. A bunch of the people from California have found Rockwall it seems, which is an awesome town you might want to look into..

-- J. Palmer Woodworks - Rockwall TX -I woke up this morning thinking “man, I really hope someone posted some soul scarring sh*t on LJs today.” -- - Billy

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#15 posted 05-07-2013 03:59 PM

You are making a mistake!

You should have picked Wisconsin … better climate and better in the laws/regulations are making you sick.

I lived there for my school years and loved it.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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