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    There are two of us here in Vermont, unless we have some lurkers. Some say that Vermont is not a place but a state of mind and I have to agree with that. It is immediately different no matter which border you cross. Go too far North and you are in Canada - too far west and you run into Lake Champlain- too far East is the Connecticut River. You can, however, accidently slip into Massachusetts but you would soon turn back. I have been here 18 years. I live on the lake and watch the sun set over the Adirondacks every night. It was one of the best decisions of my life. I am a visual person and the vision is perfection wherever you look.

    I'm interested in where the rest of you are and what makes that place special to you. I'll hope you'll join in.
    • CommentAuthorBeBop
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2010 edited
    I'm right here in The Old Home Town, so to speak.
    • CommentAuthorBobbySox
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2010
    Cory---Moon to be precise. Never left.
    • CommentAuthorPonytail
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd 2010
    Florida. I miss the snows and Fall leaves, but it's nice not to have to deal with the ice and cold, and the beaches are wonderful.
    Moon. Hard to believe we grew up disliking Moon and now we've lived out here 45 years.
    Texas and California. I spend about equal time in both. The company is headquartered in California but nobody in their right mind lives in California. So since we're in Texas half the time for work anyway, I just have residence there and maintain a condo in California for when I'm at the home office.
    Hi - I'm the other Vermonter! After living and working in five different states, my husband and I built a house on a mountain side and retired here in '05. We just love living and playing here. In the winter, we are on the slopes (about 5 minutes away) every day - today the skiing was glorious. Snowshoeing is another of our very favorite winter pursuits and our four mile trail is right outside our door. Spring comes a little later in the year than in PA, but summer is a real treat because I am an avid perennial gardener and fall is so colorful that leaf-peepers come from all over the US to witness the magic. We had a condo at the ski area for many years, so we were well acquainted with the state before we made our decision to retire here permanently.
    Virginia. Sometimes the weather can get a little worrisome here --- steamy in Summer and a hurricane or two every year. But the fishing and beaches are there when we want them and we avoid the worst of the Winters. I do miss snow, however. Growing up, sledriding was my favorite sport. If Cory had had a sledriding team, I would have been on it for sure. I really really miss snow.
    Autumn is phantasmagorical, exciting - but spring is almost heartbreakingly gentle and beautiful. That special spring green over miles and miles of forest, with ground fog coming up among the mountains is a sight to behold. But it is only spring for about 3-4 days so you gotta catch it fast.

    Oh - I lived in Ohio for a number of years. That's all I have to say about that.

    And I think a sledriding team would have been awesome. Can't you just picture it? East End, West End, and Central putting up teams.
    New Jersey. Living between New York City, Philadelphia, Washington and the ocean has its advantages. But if you think Pennsylvania or national politics are cutthroat, you ought to see New Jersey politics. Taxes are sky high here. They pay teachers a lot more than Pennsylvania, and in some ways the schools are much better financed. But that doesn't necessarily make the schools here any better. Some of them are better. Some of them are awful. Newark, Trenton and Atlantic City are what everyone thinks of when they think of New Jersey, but elsewhere in the state there are some really nice small towns and beach resorts. Coming out of high school, I would never have predicted I would have ended up here, but all in all it's not that bad. I still fantasize about Taos or Santa Fe but it's getting kind of late in the game for a major relocation.
    Never too late, especially if you are living in New Jersey, no offense. Now is a great time to do something adventurous. Taos, Los Alamos and the Kit Carson Forest area is spectacular. And the light there is like the light in Southern France, Which explains why the artists live in those places. Those mesas and rock formations are glorious. Go For IT!!
    • CommentAuthorDago
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th 2010
    Moon Township.
    Edinboro on the Lake. We have been here for 40 years and just love this place. Up North in this Pennsylvania region the four seasons and the changes that place in nature are just beautiful. My wife and I both enjoy the many outdoor activites that take place all year long. Being retired every night is Friday night and everyday is Saturday.
    If I didn't have my vitamin pill box that tells me the days of the week, a retired person like myself would never know whether today was Monday or Friday. Then too, I was never this busy when I worked, and smiled when Friday came along! Today was full of play and fun things with my friends, but jam-packed with activity at the ski area ever since 8:00am - what day was it?!!. All I can say is what a wonderful life I am fortunate enough to have here in Vermont. We live in the woods on a mountain-side with no curtains on the windows because each window is a exquisite view of white, sparkling snow on the pines and maples, coyotes, moose, deer, fishers and little critters running around our property.
    • CommentAuthorBeBop
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th 2010
    You didn't need to go to Vermont for that. We got 20 inches overnight and it's still snowing hard. We should end up with more than two feet and maybe three before it stops sometime tonight or tomorrow. Block off those streets and get out the Flexible Flyers.
    Right here in good old Coraopolis. Which as everyone is saying is right now in the middle of a good old fashioned snowstorm just like we all remember.
    We would love to have your snowstorm here in Vermont. The slopes can always use the "real" fluffy stuff rather than the manmade stuff! Unfortunately cold Canadian air pushing down through New England is preventing storms from coming up here this winter. We have been getting anywhere from one to three inches of snow almost every night but we would really love to have a few really big storms. By November our grass is covered with snow and it isn't until May that we see that green stuff again. Perhaps the climate is in a new cycle and you are back to good old fashioned winter snows for years to come. Up here we use Mad River Rockets which are molded plastic sleds with an inverted keel instead of runners. I'm not saying that those Flexible Flyers weren't wonderful, but Rockets are something new and different that were invented right here in Vermont and they are awesome in the snow.
    • CommentAuthorHot Rod
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th 2010
    Last year they tried selling those Mad River Rockets here. Turns out they're not suited for the kind of snow we get here. They're apparently designed specifically for New England, and I guess they'd work out in the Rockies, too. But they're designed for deep powder snow. They're not designed for ice, or snows of only a few inches which tends to be wet and dense. They carry a specific warning that tells people not to even try to use them on ice, on snow less than five inches, or on packed snow. I'm guessing you take them out on hillsides or woodsy areas where you're steering them down through light fluffy snow previously untracked by anyone else. Down here, riding them down Vine Street, or even down Omlors Hill or PumpHouse Hill, where 300 people before you have already gone down and packed the snow into a hard surface, the Mad Rockets don't work. For instance, to steer them, you lean left or right into the snow as you carve through it. But down here, riding down Vine Street or School Street or wherever, you try to lean right or left and there's no snow there to lean into, so you just tip over. Ironically, I'm writing this on a day when we do indeed have two and a half feet of snow, so they almost would work this one time. But that's almost. This particular snow is real wet and heavy ("heart attack snow" for old guys trying to shovel it). So again the Mad River Rockets aren't real well suited. So enjoy your Mad River Rockets up there, but they're uniquely suited to your area.
    • CommentAuthorPilgrim
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th 2010
    Chicagoland. Close to home, about all we have is the Lake, which is nice for sailing. But we're only several hours from Michigan, Wisconsin and a little further to Minnesota, where there is great canoeing, camping, fishing, hunting, and skiing. The big ski resort out here is Devils Head, up in Wisconsin. We can either drive or take Amtrak. I envy you Vermonters with your playground right out the back door, like we had back in Coraopolis. But a guy has to make a living, and Chicago does allow that.
    Yea, welll I have a friend coming from So. Calif. in a few weeks and I promised him feet of snow. I said there is is always snow in February. Rats. I may have to tell him to reroute through DC and he might have better luck. This is just terrible. I love blizzards and the blue and white days following a big snow when the sky is crystal clear blue and the world is white. It could be 10 degrees or less and unless the wind is blowing, everyone is out talking about what a beautiful day it is.

    Yes - both of us Vermonters have playgrounds in our back yards - either ski slopes and forests with amazing wildlife or I have the lake right out back with the bike path that goes through several towns and down to the waterfront - always a fun place to be. I came here for the lake, but it is the mountains I miss when I go away.

    There are many beautiful and fun places in this country, and this one is not for a lot of people, but C. and I got it right and it turned out to be heaven for both of us. Visitors are always welcome!
    • CommentAuthorVermonters
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2010
    There you are all are in Western by God Pennsylvania with snow covering you all over. This is getting humiliating. We've got a weak snow shower. The paper says we have had 62" but that came in one big 33" snow and the rest in 1" snow showers from time to time. Just pitiful. At least the fall was spectacular this year. Best I've seen in a while.
    • CommentAuthorKitten
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th 2010
    I just found this wonderful place. Was born and raised in Coraopolis but moved to Ohio 33 years ago. Come back to Cory every once in awhile. I
    • CommentAuthorGrits
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th 2010
    I thought this was a great idea that C & J started. Maybe we can get it started again. Left the Pittsburgh area in 1967 to move to Chattahoochie, FL as an intern in the state mental hospital. (BeBop will love that!) Then to WPB,FL where will still reside in the same home with a small cabin in Hiawassee, GA in the Northeast GA mountains that we enjoy 3-5 mo. of the year to get our seasonal fix. Catch a few trout, cook someores for the grandkids to bring back memories of Thorn Run Hollow. Only thing missing is Isaly's chpped ham!
    • CommentAuthorDuckpin
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2010
    California. When I moved out here the place was Paradise. Now we're in a state of collapse. My little corner of it is still like it used to be, but I don't know how much longer that can last.
    • CommentAuthorjitterbug
    • CommentTimeMar 10th 2010
    Grits - did you mean intern or inpatient? LOL I managed to stay away from crazy people. Even therapy people after awhile. I don't tolerate whiners well. Get over it, get on with it. Now I just work in the legal community where I don't have to fix anyone and sometimes don't even have to talk to anyone except a jury. :-)
    • CommentAuthorbobbydean
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2010 edited
    chicago.........and hate it............miss cory
    • CommentAuthorIslander
    • CommentTimeApr 15th 2010
    Southwest Florida along with one of your infamous classmates. Spent April 1st with him at the Palm Beach Barrett Jackson Auto Auction. We made TV two years ago, but had no fame this year. Hurricane Charlie hit hard in '04, but no snow, salt, ashes, and shoveling make up for it. For Grits, there is a deli here that advertises Isaly's chipped ham.
    • CommentAuthormike
    • CommentTimeAug 30th 2010
    I'm in McLean, Virginia right outside DC, with a beach house in Bethany Beach, DE. There's a family named Mahood from Wilmington in our beach house subdivision, so when I found out a few years ago that was Maggie's married name and she lived in Wilmington, I really got excited. But unfortunately the name and home town were just a coincidence and reunion was the first time I'd seen here since graduation. I was really disappointed that it wasn't her in Bethany. I love living in suburban DC and close to the beach. My eldest son has recently moved to London, so I think we'll be spending a lot of time there in the future, too. We've been there about 6 or 7 times over the past 40 years, but never as "insiders" like this.
    • CommentAuthorFLU
    • CommentTimeDec 7th 2011
    Currently living in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Moved here from Moon in 1989. I come up to visit every few years or so -- my next trip is scheduled for June 2012.