Ideas where to live in the US?

Serengeti wrote:
trichy wrote:

You should! The chicken is totally worth the trip alone. I think they marinate it in a mixture of buttermilk, cayenne, and silent judgment, and it is DELICIOUS.

I don't know how authentic this recipe is, but it's absolutely delicious!

Damn it. Now I am hungry

Fedaykin98 wrote:

Are irreligious people experiencing a lot of harassment? I've been completely without religion for coming up on 20 years, and no one has ever said boo to me about it except one relative, which takes geography and the new neighbors out of consideration.

As far as the other stuff, I don't know. I live in a huge city. It's so cold here, it nearly froze recently!

I can't say I've been harassed, but I haven't lived in the bible belt. I'm just not sure how some parts of the country react.

Balthezor wrote:
Serengeti wrote:
trichy wrote:

You should! The chicken is totally worth the trip alone. I think they marinate it in a mixture of buttermilk, cayenne, and silent judgment, and it is DELICIOUS.

I don't know how authentic this recipe is, but it's absolutely delicious!

Damn it. Now I am hungry

How do you eat with the mask? Is it just a gelatinous chicken like paste with more cayenne and fried bits?

robc wrote:
Fedaykin98 wrote:

Are irreligious people experiencing a lot of harassment? I've been completely without religion for coming up on 20 years, and no one has ever said boo to me about it except one relative, which takes geography and the new neighbors out of consideration.

As far as the other stuff, I don't know. I live in a huge city. It's so cold here, it nearly froze recently!

I can't say I've been harassed, but I haven't lived in the bible belt. I'm just not sure how some parts of the country react.

For having lived in the Deep South my entire life I know I haven't ever had any issues about religious-ity and been made to feel uncomfortable about my lack of religiousness.

But I know a client onsite here in Charleston this week got "witnessed to" by an Uber driver this week and was ultimately told there was a special place in Hell for him. Makes for a great story, though!

Fedaykin, in Maryland and Virginia, it's common to hear people say that they just would never trust an atheist. Usually I don't tell people until I know them well; I can pass easily, my father having been a minister. But there are a *lot* of religious people here, of all backgrounds and types, who would never consider, say, voting for an atheist politician, or letting an atheist sit for their small children. It's quite a shock for them to find out that someone they like and respect "does not have a moral basis in their life", as I hear it put (quite incorrectly, but that's the stereotype).

It's worse in the deep South, where you can hear the radio pastors discuss how atheism is actually a symptom of demonic possession. (Seriously. Welcome to Tennessee and Alabama...). But it is definitely a cultural undertone in the Mid-Atlantic.

I just don't think many people in the GWJ demographic (which I'm rapidly becoming an elder member of :lol:) listen to Christian radio shows or anything like that. I'm not saying there aren't Christian jackasses out there; there are, and I'm sure these stories are true. I'm just saying that when I go to work, shopping, out to eat, my neighbors' homes, Magic tournaments, board game meetups, whatever, I basically never hear about religion, even to the point of knowing what someone's religion is.

Maybe this is why Texas isn't considered part of the South; we have a different culture. I also live in a huge and incredibly diverse city, which obviously differs from a small town.

When I lived in Omaha both my wife and I each had religious coworkers who would routinely try to get us to go to church with/for them. Once I fessed up to one of my coworkers that I wasn’t interested due to irreligiousity he hit the roof and would start trying to preach at me whenever we worked together.
He was the assistant manager.
When I complained to the manager the constant proselytizing cooled down to periodic passive-aggressive jabs about me burning in hell. This was probably the most egregious of my encounters but far from the only one.
In rural Iowa where I grew up basically every time you’re introduced to someone the first question you get is about what church or denomination you belong to.

Jonman wrote:
Lenny88 wrote:

I can see here some houses in Florida for sale below 250 000USD. Also there are some options. Weather is good here most of the time, maybe some rains and wind from time to time but it's good as a change. Have you thought about Florida?

Rule #1 of real estate: Don't buy real estate that's about to be literally underwater.

Oh please, everyone here loves being pre-qualified for a FREE pool. Also, we gave birth to the music phenomenon of Bhad Bhabie (Danielle Bregoli*) ; 15.7 million Instagram followers can't be wrong! I'm certain she's a lock for state politics one day.. well, once all our 'blame everyone under 70' politicians die off.

Those that don't sufficiently appreciate Florida can officially "cash me ousside*" the trailer park for a fight. Be warned, I'll be sporting the state bird (pink plastic flamingo -- I call him Burt in honor of one of our state's favorite sons) as a weapon, so don't expect a fair dust up. Just give me a moment to pop on my prosthetic leg and chase these alligators off my front porch.

edit\add: it's not all that bad, robc. You should check it out. The python epidemic has actually started to balance out the gator issues. Also, let's talk about the best selling point: there's a 50/50 chance that neighbor you don't like will get swallowed up by a sinkhole or taken by a hurricane!

Fedaykin, I hear you, and Texas is different because it's a Purple state, but if you live in Austin, that's a bubble. Still, you make a good point. Things get more egregious in the Southeast, and in small towns pretty much across the Midwest. Texas has pockets of tolerance and pockets of intolerance, but if you doubt that religion is pervasive and public in the deep South, you need to take a trip.

Bear in mind that the majority of rural folks in the South *do* listen to religious radio; it reflects their beliefs in a way that is shocking to me, but obviously popular. I keep my mouth shut and code Methodist when I'm down there, it's a lot easier that way.

You must be on mobile (since it doesn't show there), my location has been on my profile for over a decade! I'm in the most ethnically diverse big city in America.

We are also experiencing a food renaissance that has started to get national press. Twenty years ago we were known as a city of chains. We still had some local gems, but exciting new restaurants and bars have absolutely exploded.

Nah, I'm just used to not looking at the Location field lol. The only part of Houston I know is around the Space Flight Center, so I don't think I'm equipped to judge. But the times I've been there it seems like most other big cities, and definitely not like small town Texas, or even North Dallas/Plano. They seem more conservative to me.

Tagging because we've been considering renting an RV and driving around the country to figure out where we'd like to live.

Supposedly the company I work for is going to expand from 13 states remote workers can live in to all 50, but nothing official yet.

This is the kind of thing I wish was a website or service.

My family is a prime example. I work out of our home office, but my role is technically remote. I can live anywhere within an hour or so of an airport.

It'd be great if we could enter our needs, values, etc. and parameters and get real estate listings\town suggestions.

What we want is probably what every child-bearing millennial wants:
- Good schools
- Low cost of living
- Strong sense of community
- Progressive ideals
- Walkable community
- 4 seasons, but not a winter of the Starks

Seems like there is lots of data available, but not aggregated in this way.

This site might be helpful... Teleport.org.