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    Copy/paste from another forum..
    I'm not entirely sure why I typed all this out...perhaps it'll help me to make a decision if I try to explain everything to someone else. Thoughts, comments, suggestions and the like are all greatly appreciated.

    Prequel:
    Life-to-date, I've followed my family around - my parents were divorced about 18mo back, and I moved north with my mother & the kids..helped them out, etc. They're settled in over in Maine now. I'm ready to do my own thing. I'm currently renting from my uncle, I help him out with work around the house, computer work, etc...talk with him about stuff (the whole family/emotional situation here isn't exactly awesome..he's also looking for another job, and occasionally really needs someone to talk to)...so I'm glad I've been able to help him out, and that he's been able to help me out with an excellent deal on rent -- but it's time for me start living my own life...
    /Prequel

    I'm thinking about moving to Arizona for several reasons:

    * It's completely different. Sometimes different is good.
    * Cost of living is comparable to (appears to be lower than) here
    * The pay scale is higher
    * There are more people over there
    * Awesome 4wheeling
    * Major airsoft activity
    * No ****ing road salt! The thought of near-immortal vehicles is alluring...
    * More job opportunities - I have retail banking experience...there are tons of banks hiring out that way. Would be an excellent 'treading water' job while I get Lasik & figure out which department I want to work for.
    * More job opportunities 2.0 - multiple police departments are hiring, and several have mounted units, which is what I want to do.
    * It would give me an opportunity to take a road trip from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific coast - possibly a once-in-a-lifetime chance.


    There are a few challenges - I don't personally know anyone there, it's rather far away, and I'm not sure I could afford to visit before I moved (flight + a week's car rental comes to over 700 bucks). And oh, yeah...I've never been there before. My parents have, though, and they loved it.

    ----So, here's my current situation.

    I'm renting a room from my uncle now - I love my family...but I really need to move out. Housing is too expensive up here...eh, or my paycheck is too small...either way, I can't afford it with my current employers.

    ----Speaking of employers...

    I recently went through a hiring process with a local police department - it was down to only two of us at the end, and the conditional offer was given to the other applicant. The Chief did say that they were very impressed with my performance through the testing, oral boards, etc., but the other individual was chosen due to prior military experience. I was given an offer to go through this city's field training program, which is an awesome opportunity - they're modifying our mutual aid agreement so I can have full authority & medical/liability coverage when I'm working in this town...but as I'm not actually employed there, I won't get paid. That's an excellent offer...I'm the first to ever receive it. However, no money? Major downside...

    This Chief is willing to give me a reference 'without reservation' for any agency I apply for. I can also provide a Lieutenant from New Hampshire Police Standards and Training as a reference -- after I 'fix' my vision (Arizona's uncorrected requirements are significantly stiffer than New Hampshire's), I shouldn't have much difficulty securing a full-time position. Key word being 'shouldn't'...

    ----So, no immediate help here. Possible help in the future, though...other options?

    Maine! Affordable housing, and jobs are available - but I have no interest in moving to there...which is a rather major downside. I've applied for jobs here in NH, one in CT, one in FL and several in AZ, and AZ is the only place that has provided favorable responses so far. I have also decided I don't want to move back to FL (family issues - long story). Utilizing a simple process of elimination, it's easy to see where this is going.

    ----Yep. No go on Maine, no go on FL, and NH isn't too hot either. Next?

    Sometimes, things just have a way of working out if you're in the right place...example, my mother moved out to Maine - found a job and a place to live in about a week - after trying for a long time to make it work in NH, she decided to move. It worked out beautifully for her. I've been back in NH for about 18 months - doesn't look like my full-time employer is going to do anything about my substandard salary; even though I recently received an excellent annual review, my hourly wage is over 30% less than what one of our (unfortunately not hiring at this time) competitors pays for an almost identical position. I don't have much of a future here at all. My police department has me scheduled every fourth weekend, so I don't have much going on with that either...and being scheduled for one weekend a month, it doesn't help a whole lot financially.

    ----And now,

    ...here we go, back to Arizona again. I'm tempted to contact a temp agency and move out there and work for them while looking for full-time employment; I'm not sure if I'll be able to find a job without a physical face-to-face interview...which is difficult being 2750 miles away.

    I briefly thought about selling off whatever I don't need, packing the truck and just heading out, and finding a job when I get there. However, that's a bit risky for me - seeing how I'd need a place to live, and I'd have to explain to a prospective employer why I left a steady job/etc and moved across the country without having anything lined up ahead of time. So, that's probably out.

    So...I guess I've almost made my decision...but I'm not really sure how it's all going to work out. Do I spend the money to visit beforehand, or do I just do my best to find a job, then move to a place I've never been? It is tempting to just 'do it'...but logic says it may be risky. It looks like an awesome place to live...but - again - I've never been there myself.

    But hey, life's an adventure, right?

    Cliffs:
    I don't know what to do.

    Aaaand on the other hand, I can move anywhere I want to, really. I'm looking for decent weather, no road salt, gun-friendly laws (not a big fan of Cali, NJ, NY, etc) 4wheeling...I'm starting to rethink Phoenix a little due to the heat, but I'm sure I could handle it. Looking for decent pay, reasonable cost of living - basically, an awesome place to live overall. Any other suggestions, thoughts, etc would be most welcome!
    summer - winter - work

  • #2
    I've been to Flagstaff. Nice little city. Snow skiing in the winter!

    That's really all I have to offer. Sorry.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by JLee View Post
      Copy/paste from another forum..



      Aaaand on the other hand, I can move anywhere I want to, really. I'm looking for decent weather, no road salt, gun-friendly laws (not a big fan of Cali, NJ, NY, etc) 4wheeling...I'm starting to rethink Phoenix a little due to the heat, but I'm sure I could handle it. Looking for decent pay, reasonable cost of living - basically, an awesome place to live overall. Any other suggestions, thoughts, etc would be most welcome!
      You sound a lot like me! I am planning on moving as well but I feel like my mind is going in a million different directions. I suggest sitting down and writing out a list of all the pros and cons, something you can really take a look at. Also I think maybe you might want to visit AZ first. That's a state I was thinking of as well. Even just for a few days, I think it's probably better to go see the place first. Maybe you could set up some interviews out there and go out for a few days, do your interviews, get a feel for the place. Sure it will cost you some money, but it's definitely worth it. You might just need to save up a little more money when you get back, that's all.

      I went to college in FL without knowing anyone in the state and it was the best four years of my life. I met some wonderful people. Now I'm back in MA and ready to start over again someplace else myself. I've only been to AZ once, and it was July, and I felt like the heat was pretty brutal. But like my Dad always says "you can get used to anything." There's plenty of people who love it out there, it may take some time to get used to the heat but I'm sure you'll be able to do that. If all of those people can deal with the heat, there's no reason you won't be able to do the same. Just like it takes people a while to get used to the cold when they move to the northeast. At least you won't have to deal with snow/ice/road salt anymore. Anyways, best of luck! Hope it all works out for you.
      "When people show you who they are, believe them." - Maya Angelou

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      • #4
        Because I am experience a a major lull in energy I just copied and pasted something that I had posted elsewhere on this site:

        Phoenix really isn't that bad. You just have to learn which streets to take and which streets to avoid between 0550 - 0800 and 1650 and 1800. Just so you know what to expect your first year here.

        During July and August you will learn:
        1 - Oven mitts are useful for starting the car.
        2 - A "good parking spot" is determined not by proximity to the entrance but by the amount of shade.
        3 - 90 degrees at 2200 is actually a relief.
        4 - Grills can be used to cook a pork roast, sliced potatoes, carrots, corn on the cob and baked beans simultaneously.
        5 - Leather seats and shorts - two things that don't go together.
        6 - Cold water only happens when you add ice to the glass.
        7 - It is possible to consume 120 ounces of water and never stop once to pee.
        8 - There is a MAJOR difference between 90 degrees and 101 degrees.
        9 - The sun doesn't set at 2200 rather it sets at 1800.
        10 - Shoes are to be worn at all times, even just to the end of your driveway.
        11 - Those cute little bugs with curly tails (better known as scorpions) glow under a blacklight. If you don't want to get stung follow rule 10.
        12 - Don't leave anything in your car you don't want to have melted into an unidentifiable blob.
        13 - Remember the three "S"'s: Sunblock, Sunglasses, Sunshades (for the windshield of your car)


        In October you learn:

        1 - Trick or treating does not require a snow suit.
        2 - You won't be changing your clocks (we don't observe daylight savings)
        3 - There is a major run on prune juice, blue hair dye and depends due to our snow birds returning to roost.

        During December and January you will learn:

        1 - How to string christmas lights around a cactus without shedding blood
        2 - Friends and family from "back home" really don't want to hear about how it was a chilly 63 degrees on Christmas day.
        3 - Steak and baked potatoes are a perfectly acceptable meal for christmas dinner.
        4 - You can tell the newbies from the long time residents by who's wearing shorts while they're out shopping for christmas presents.
        R.I.P. Sgt. 1st Class Raymond J. Munden

        You're service and sacrifice will not be forgotten.

        Kieth M.
        I once knew a guy who said, "I'll step over any nine to get to three threes!"

        I knew at that precise moment that he and I would never get into a fistfight over a woman.

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        • #5
          I dont like the heat, so i cant help either, i guess.

          I like four seasons of different temps.

          I like coastal Maine...that's my choice of where to live.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Jellybean400 View Post
            I dont like the heat, so i cant help either, i guess.

            I like four seasons of different temps.

            I like coastal Maine...that's my choice of where to live.
            My family lives in Maine...too many taxes for me, though. If I'm going to freeze, I'd rather freeze in NH.
            summer - winter - work

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            • #7
              Originally posted by JLee View Post
              My family lives in Maine...too many taxes for me, though. If I'm going to freeze, I'd rather freeze in NH.
              I love NH too

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              • #8
                I would definitely contact a temp agency. Who knows, they might be able to set you up with something good...And, save money to visit. Look for last minute flight ideas.. Or, try to set up interviews and then visit at that time.

                The heat is brutal. My brother lived in AZ for a while, and he had an AMAZING house for an unbelievable price, but again, it depends what you are lookng for in a town. ready to trade salt on the road for oven mitts in your car? Katzeyes has some excellent words of wisdom up there.

                Finally, anything's got to be better than what you are doing right now, right? take the plunge. If you hate it out there you can always move back to your uncles house, or even choose another city somewhere else, right?

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