Life in Maine - Split From Other Thread

Life in Maine - Split From Other Thread

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sat Jan 31, 2015 4:13 pm

strykerlover wrote:.............................. Now I'm going snowmobiling! Lol!


You were doing so good........now I hate you !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'll be up there in another month. God willing and the rain don't come down.

And it looks like you will be getting more in the next several days. Again I hate you......... :D ;)

Rick
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Re: Life in Maine - Split From Other Thread

PostBy: strykerlover On: Wed Feb 04, 2015 4:22 pm

HAHA Rick! Snowmobiling is good, but I would much rather take off on my motorcycle and cruise the streets of New Hampshire. If I lived in a place with summer year round, I would be okay with that. Winter = $$$$$, WORK, and mental anguish. Our little town is so severely depressed, people choose disability and welfare income rather than working, and those of us who do work make $13.00 per hour. This is with a Bachelor's and an Associates degree and 20 years as a Licensed Social Worker. Gas, Oil, and Coal are all more expensive here and when Canadians shop due to $$$$$ exchange rates all the prices go up. To be honest as soon as my kids are grown and my parents are gone I'm moving where it's not so hard to live.
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Re: Life in Maine - Split From Other Thread

PostBy: KLook On: Wed Feb 04, 2015 10:03 pm

. Our little town is so severely depressed, people choose disability and welfare income rather than working, and those of us who do work make $13.00 per hour. This is with a Bachelor's and an Associates degree and 20 years as a Licensed Social Worker. Gas, Oil, and Coal are all more expensive here and when Canadians shop due to $$$$$ exchange rates all the prices go up. To be honest as soon as my kids are grown and my parents are gone I'm moving where it's not so hard to live.


Interesting.....do you have such a paradise in mind? I did, and visited for years before making the move. But the economy collapsed nationwide you know. There are tons of jobs here, and with your degree's and such, you will be offered........wait for it........ $13/hr. if you are lucky. But hey, the weather is good, no bugs in the summer like Maine, and a snow storm means someone saw a flake. Gas is cheaper, electricity is cheaper, but that is about it. Food maybe......crime is higher, by a lot.
I will be back in Maine come summer to liquidate some assets and probably will be there for a few more years before moving elsewhere again. Maybe Texas next???? A friend tells me Thailand is awesome, and the Philippines are easy on your wallet to. But those are places you TAKE your money not go earn it. Look hard before you leap.

Kevin
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Re: Life in Maine - Split From Other Thread

PostBy: strykerlover On: Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:49 am

My wife is a Nurse, I'm a Social/Worker/Manager/Ex-Police Officer with 15 years upper management experience. I think I could find something better than $13 an hour. I was thinking Prescott Arizona, or somewhere out west where this is few people. Maybe in the woods in a little wooden shack. Winters are way too long and cold here! I've been here 40 years and I'm just tired of it. I totally understand that there is no paradise, but there must be a place where people get up every morning and go to work instead of standing in their front windows watching the buses go buy in their underwear. LOL!!! As far as economy goes, it didn't crash here in Northern Maine, because ever since our president closed Loring Air Force Base in 1998 there has been no economy. Everybody is struggling and elderly people are freezing to death in their homes. Happened once this year again. My sister lives in Glen Cove New York, her neighborhood is a little rougher than mine, since I have no neighbors. HAHA! She makes a great living. My extended family live in Orlando Florida, many of them work for Disney, wages are great, but surrounded with pedophiles and child abusers, another cousin lives in Jacksonville FL and that's a portal to hell, and one of my favorite aunts live in Woodbine GA. That's a beautiful place, however too hot in the summer. No easy answers.
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Re: Life in Maine - Split From Other Thread

PostBy: freetown fred On: Thu Feb 05, 2015 1:36 pm

Just remember S, no matter where ya go---there ya are:)Everyplace has it's pro's & con's!!!!!!!!!
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Re: Life in Maine - Split From Other Thread

PostBy: KLook On: Thu Feb 05, 2015 9:58 pm

Well as you laid out the options, I will respond. I am fully aware of Maine's issues as I lived them as well and have many friends up in the "County". I have relatives in Fla.(doesn't everyone?) and my younger bro lives in Saratoga, NY. 2 sisters were in the S. Maine/N.Mass(;))area until one moved to Bangor recently. I have relatives in many states and I chose Tenn. to move to. Specifically, the Chattanooga area. I do not find it to hot here, many do. You mention finding a place where there are no people........stay in Maine. You would think the E. Tenn and N. Ga area is "country" by watching tv. But someone lives on every inch of it anywhere near a job market. And the influence of Atlanta is far and wide. Crime, death is a daily occurrence. You mention police work, the pay here is horrible. One of my neighbors is a cop. I work in a correctional facility, the pay is horrible, and the morale/conditions are even worse. Nurses are in demand everywhere, and I "thought I would make more money also". My wife lost 40% of her income (Hospital accountant) and I lost about 60%(building contractor/finish man/jack of all trades).
VW recently announced they were in the market for "maintenance workers" of which I am one. They said there were not enough candidates in this region and they would be taking the search nationwide. Let me decipher this for you. They know there is a glut of "engineers" and other types out there that cannot get a job, anywhere. 15 years ago everyone was screaming from the roof tops that we "didnt have enough educated workers, engineers, etc, etc". SO, fast forward 15 years and "engineers" are doing maintenance work in plants. For $11 to $13 or so an hour. They have to learn just like everyone else to plunge a toilet, run a power snake, fix a flushometer, grease a bearing, with their big degree. I work with an engineer and he makes the same thing I do with my life degree. I should back up and say the VW jobs will be higher paying, but they are like jewels to get and they will hold out for the most overqualified candidates. I cannot even get an interview to work at an apartment complex or nursing home, to old I guess, but that is how you get knowledge and experience in a variety of fields. Unless you are some wonder kid. Those are very few and far between these days

Just remember S, no matter where ya go---there ya are:)Everyplace has it's pro's & con's!!!!!!!!!

Last but not least is Freetown Fred's commentary. Accurate, and concise. A man of few words and he has been many places......
He gave me the same advice 3 years ago.

As I said before, look hard before you leap. I did but other factors changed the game.

Kevin
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Re: Life in Maine - Split From Other Thread

PostBy: johnjoseph On: Fri Feb 06, 2015 10:01 am

I have to say...I'm happy here in Aroostook county and take all the negatives in stride. I live in a small town called Easton and I thoroughly enjoy the small town atmosphere. I have a great job and don't want for anything. ..I lived in a lot of places while in the military and I came home to my hometown for the positives that I experienced growing up. I too was a social worker for 4 years. ..rewarding work. ..but the pay was just not up to par...so federal law enforcement is the route I chose after 911...my point is the same as freetown fred and K LOOK has shared. ..:)
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