Now That I've Left California...

Posted by $ Abaco 1 week, 6 days ago to Culture
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A sense of peace has come over me...like a weight being lifted off my shoulders (shrug...). The examples, after a month, are numerous. People here are friendlier. I've only seen two self-indulgent, dangerous drivers. No crime seems to occur in my area. None. The air is so clean that the only thing blocking one's view is the mountain ranges. It's crystal clear. People speak their minds here. For years I remember being involved in conversations back in Cali where we would literally look over our shoulders before we spoke (vaccines, transgender...whatever topic...).

Yesterday I took my son to watch his first high school basketball game. His old high school had no sports. This was amazing. These kids are tough...this was the most physical basketball game I've ever seen. Lots of testosterone. These boys remind me of the boys I played football with back in the day. Totally different than the school we left. The mothers are beautiful and have a glow - just an observation from this red-blooded guy, haha. The kids were all smiling all the time. Before the game we all stood in silence during the national anthem. I'm not a very patriotic guy but I haven't done that at a high school event in years. I did give me son a heads-up before we arrived - there will be athletes in this school, and athletes are different. He gets all that now. This is good for him. Boys grow into men outside of California.

This area seems very Libertarian IMO. There is a strong marijuana industry right in town. Huge dispensaries. I don't touch the stuff - trying to keep whatever brain cells survived football. I've met several people who own a lot of guns and go shooting nearby in the open lands often. Nearby is the greatest trout fishery in the U.S. It happens to be run by the Indians, on their land. It's amazing. Trout as big as salmon. In short...I see very little government and a lot of personal freedom and the joy that comes with that.

The final straw for my departure from Cali was the schools. My son endured lectures that were right out of antifa's playbook. Then, his last history lecture was about how Lincoln and Washington were racists. In his first several days here the English teacher is covering why censorship is bad. The history teacher is talking about how capitalism is superior than socialism in terms of the human condition. I'm thrilled about that.

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    Posted by 25n56il4 1 week, 6 days ago
    Congratulations. Sounds like you have found your spot! I just met a next door neighbor yesterday. Fragile little woman, lonely, ill. Invited me to visit her (she never leaves her condo). Said she likes to listen. When I can move around a bit better, I will stick my head in.
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  • Posted by $ Radio_Randy 1 week, 5 days ago
    Sounds like Idaho.

    I was pleasantly surprised that our local ham radio club does the pledge of allegiance before every meeting.
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    • Posted by $ blarman 1 week, 5 days ago
      Idaho excepting three major cities: Boise, Coeur D'Alene, and Moscow. Boise has the worst home market in the nation right now and an ultra-liberal mayor who hired Portland's ex-Police Chief. Moscow's mayor used a peaceful protest as an excuse to jail his political opponent and keep him off the ballot. Coeur D'Alene has always been a get-away for elitists. Stay away from those three cities and you'll find good, decent people all around.
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      • Posted by $ Radio_Randy 1 week, 5 days ago
        You make a good point, but even CDA would've been an improvement over most Washington cities.

        As it turns out, we ended up 30 minutes from there, in Rathdrum. CDA also has a major medical center which I've already been a resident of.
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  • Posted by $ Dobrien 1 week, 6 days ago
    First time you mentioned leaving, I said skedaddle.
    The safety of your family is now 1000% improved. Your boys cognitive abilities will flourish with your excellent guidance , love , and devotion.
    I love to hook “pike bait” in a crystal clear river , have fun.
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  • Posted by Misanthropic-Shrugger 1 week, 5 days ago
    Amen brother. I left NYS on 27NOV21 and never looked back. Now live in sunny, FREE Florida. No masks, no mandates, no closures... and guess what, the only people clogging ER's are the panicked lefties. Nobody is sick and dying. Oh yes, a handful of people will perish and that's not to be understated. The vast majority of people, including this chubby 50-something, have moved beyond the mass formation psychosis (actaully, I never had that. That's a mental disease of the left) and life is much better.

    Glad to hear your success story. I'll add my story of success in the hope that it will encourage our fellow shruggers to get the heck out of blue states NOW! There's nothing in blue states but higher crime, higher taxes, and big government (with you on their leash, like some kind of dumb pet).
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  • Posted by DrZarkov99 1 week, 5 days ago
    The free state you're now enjoying, along with a lot of other not-so-blue states are being targeted by our lovely wannabe totalitarian leadership. Illegal border crossers, who aren't being tested for any disease they might carry, are being shipped into those states without notification to the governors. Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID is strangely extremely limited in those states.

    Now is not the time to sit back and relax, because the power hungry are still going to come after people like you. Watch local elections very carefully, as some well meaning idiots are your compatriots in your escape, and are clueless as to why California turned into a shithole because of their stupidity in electing people who promised fairy dust and unicorns if they were elected.
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    • Posted by $ gharkness 1 week, 5 days ago
      "Monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID is strangely extremely limited in those states." This is very concerning to me, as my daughter was able to access this treatment back before they figured out it worked and decided to limit it to blue states and people of color. I believe strongly that it did save her life. Since neither my husband nor I has had C-19, I want that option there if possible. I do have a stash of other treatment, but one cannot be too careful!
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  • Posted by LibertyBelle 1 week, 5 days ago
    Is this a public school? (The one your son now goes to, I mean.)
    I don't actually think that public schools should exist in the first place (except for technical training in the military, and some police academies). In cases where they do, I have reservations about their teaching any ideology whatever, true, false, good, bad, or indifferent; because any position in either direction is going to lead to government thought control

    On the other hand, if it is a private school, privately funded, it sounds all right..
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  • Posted by $ gharkness 1 week, 5 days ago
    This is excellent! So glad to hear that this is happening for you! Without any snark at all, I'd like to say: testosterone is completely underrated. Young men are being fed soy crap, which literally tears their testosterone down, and I don't think this is accidental for one second. Probably not noticeable unless you compare places like California with a place like you are in now. The birth rate is declining steadily. Also, no one wants to defend - basically, anything. "No one" being, of course, young people. I expect that if something doesn't change fairly soon, we will eventually not have an army to defend us.

    Anyway, I got off on a tangent. I am so glad to hear that you are doing well and are happy! Please tell us more good news as it unfolds because I think we ALL need to hear good news these days!
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  • Posted by capnbitleg 1 week, 5 days ago
    I finally fled Commiefornia 3 years ago likewise, particularly from that infamous Mecca of authoritarian socialism, Santa Cruz.

    Fled to a red state, expecting a similar renaissance of experience.

    And some of those came true. The land is vastly cheaper here, smog laws are non-existent (yet the air is perfectly clear), I can freely shoot in my large rural backyard, and I can carry without fear of the gestapo.

    But people ARENT friendly here, it turns out. They're every bit as small-minded, xenophobic, willfully ignorant and spiteful as back home.

    The state is awash in over-regulation - and an ounce of cannabis will get you 20 years in one of the worst prisons in America.

    There's a church on every corner, and if you dont attend one of them they figure there must be something wrong with you. Racism - I mean old real southern racism, the kind from movies - is alive and well. Crony capitalism runs everything, and these people are in love with any socialism that brings home the bacon to their town and their state. They just wont call it that.

    I wish it were all peaches and cream outside of Blue Hell. But Red Hell can be just as real.

    But I am glad to read your story, and to hear that at least some are finding greener pastures.

    And at least Im a homeowner now! Paid for and done in just 3 years! Never would have happened back in Silicon Valley. But I sold my stock, took my money, and ran.
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  • Posted by RonC 1 week, 2 days ago
    There is a bit of noise on media about people taking there politics with them when they flee California or New York. My opinion is that new residents of Texas, Florida, Tennessee, Arizona...they left because of there world view and will never support the progressive push in their new home state. Just an opinion. But if you were in agreement with the dogma, taxes, and opportunity in California, New York, or Illinois, why would you leave?
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    • Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 5 days, 21 hours ago
      Not trying to be argumentative....but you’re attributing logic and reason to creatures that demonstrably lack both. I’ve talked with leftists that are pissed off at inflation, high gas prices, etc... But they don’t seem to make the connection that their ideology is driving this decline. Complete disconnect. A result of never having to suffer the consequences of their actions. They don’t even acknowledge that there are any. It’s ALWAYS someone else’s fault.
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  • Posted by $ katrinam41 1 week, 5 days ago
    What a quandary. My daughter wants us to move to Texas, my sister wants us to move to Florida, I like the looks of Wyoming, and now you say Reno is a good place. Decisions, decisions. More study needed :)
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    • Posted by $ 1 week, 5 days ago
      I was looking at real estate in Melbourne FL. It would have been great for us then my wife said she didn't want to go so far from California. So, I went back to look at homes in the Reno area. I know Nevada fairly well. Florida is nice. I have always enjoyed my times in Florida. My wife has lived her whole life in a few square miles and that has really hindered her ability to move. She's still there, listening to gunfire each night. As America continues to turn left I may end up in Wyoming. Laramie area. Then, Panama. I do think America is close to totalitarianism. I won't fight. I'll just head out.
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      • Posted by $ Markus_Katabri 1 week, 4 days ago
        Florida can go bad in just an election or two. And Texas has enough Californication going on to be a major concern.
        The key to living a life of freedom anymore is found by figuring out where lazy people don’t want to live. Then figure out how to live there. The Redoubt is a good example.

        I have come to the conclusion that leftists add absolutely NOTHING to my quality of life. So I strive to interact with them as little as possible.

        To strategically relocate, my plan is to find the 3 deepest red states that border eachother and live as close to where their borders converge as possible. That way if one of them gets a little too “COVIDY” with tyrannical restrictions, I’m just a stones throw away from freedom. Lots of “free state” border towns saw literal Covid Refugees from tyrannical states come enjoy life again.

        My own state was one of those imprisoned states. But where I live we had lots of restaurants and businesses defy the orders of “The Crown”. Even our sheriffs said “Nope”. The State Police that live around here just went through the motions. A DNR officer decided to get a little tyrannical for a bit....until some locals knocked on his front door and reminded him that it’s a long dark winter and sometimes things happen where you need your neighbors. He calmed down after that.

        The local tradesmen took note of who had Biden signs on their lawn. A few of them made some choice Facebook posts just to draw the leftists out of the woodwork. Guess who’s pushed to the bottom of the list when Heating and Cooling/ Plumbing/Electrical work needs to be done. Are there lists? Oh yeah...there are lists. That works both ways.
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