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    Default Re: Tell us the pros and cons of where you live!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bard
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    Not even a little bit, unfortunately...
    You beat me to it....if I was kidding it would have been funnier ...I hope!

    I know people who don't bathe on purpose ...contests even! YUCK
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    Default Re: Tell us the pros and cons of where you live!

    Quote Originally Posted by blueyecicle
    I know people who don't bathe on purpose ...contests even! YUCK
    I heard a guy on the light rail the other day bragging about how he'd once gone 3 weeks without a bath. He was pretty fragrant when I saw him this time too...

    Well, now that I'm here anyway, Blue pretty much covered the pros and cons of Western Oregon in general. For Portland in particular, I'll have to throw in...

    Pros:
    - Right next to the Columbia River Gorge (awesome!)
    - Fantastic bike support (bike lanes, bike signs with directions, mileage and time, multi-use paths, etc)
    - Fantastic public transit (bus, light rail, street car)
    - Urban Growth Boundary, no superlative sprawl here...
    - Super cool old early 1900s houses

    Cons:
    - Those super cool old houses are PRICEY (though I guess I won't get much sympathy from this crowd but a doctor friend of mine recently bought a modest house for $600K...)
    - 4 months of 45 degrees, gray, rain, and 8-9 hours of "daylight"
    - Large homeless population (pro: we try to take care of them here...)
    - Taxes, taxes, taxes
    - Stuck in the Willamette Valley all winter unless you've got a 4WD and snow chains

    And one that could go either way depending on your perspective:
    - Anything goes in "keep it weird" Portland!

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    Even though I'm new (and kind of young), I figured I'd join in.

    Ewa Beach:
    + OceanPointe, getting pricy, but with fabulous new housing, and soon to be marina, etc. It's opening a new elementary, pre-school, neighborhood park, etc.
    - Terrible traffic getting out in the morning, terrible traffic getting in, in the evening.
    + JCHS, a good high school.
    - Some pretty sketchy areas, needs to be cleaned up a bit.
    + By the beach (of course, it is Ewa 'Beach').
    +/- Never rains!

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    Default Re: Tell us the pros and cons of where you live!

    Pros:
    Highly-educated, multi-cultural, family-oriented community (I lived in East King County)
    Excellent public schools
    Endless walking/biking/hiking trails
    Large sidewalks throughout my community (safer for kids on bikes)
    Low crime
    Most pet owners clean up their dog's poop
    Views of the mountains and lake
    Good stores nearby (Trader Joe's, PCC, Costco; and Uwajimaya is only 20 minutes away)

    Cons:
    It can get extremely depressing in the fall and winter with the endless cloudy days and constant drizzle/rain.
    I can't ride my bike (my primary form of exercise) half of the year due to the weather.
    Ridiculously high property taxes.
    Frozen lau lau from Zippys.com just doesn't do it for me.
    Uwajimaya sells their poi for about $7 a bag--and of course it's never fresh poi.
    No bakery goods to rival what you can get in Hawaii.

    On the other hand, my husband bought a shave ice machine in Japan a few years back. He carried that bugger about 2 miles to the train station! There's nothing like finely-shaved ice on a hot, sunny day--in other words, our Hatsuyuki shave ice machine is only useable (sp?) 4-6 weeks a year.
    Last edited by U'ilani; August 31st, 2006 at 10:26 PM.

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    Default Re: Tell us the pros and cons of where you live!

    Let see , Kahalu'u...

    Pros:
    Its still country
    Beautiful mountain views especially after a storm...
    Valley of the Temples
    Heeia Kea Pier ( only harbor on the windward side)
    Peace and quiet, and a 1/4 acre on either side between me and my nieghbors
    Ocean is less than a mile away

    Cons:
    Da frickin mosquitos can carry away your children if you not careful!
    Ocean is close, but no sand, only mud ( unless you have a boat and got the Sandbar)
    More development every year
    No real stores, gotta go over the mountain, or at least Kaneohe



    No matter what , the Windward side, and especially Kahalu'u, has always meant home to me - I wouldnt trade it for anything! Its where my heart is......
    It doesn't take money to make someone smile for a little bit. All it takes is Aloha. ~ Auntie Lynn

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    Default Re: Tell us the pros and cons of where you live!

    Quote Originally Posted by U'ilani
    I can't ride my bike (my primary form of exercise) half of the year due to the weather.
    I read a quote on a bike web site one time that went something like "there's no such thing as weather too bad to ride, just not having the appropriate clothes for it". This, IIRC, on a web site about biking in the snow. I've actually acquired enough gear at this point that I can usually keep commuting to work on my bike straight through winter. I think the big things I still need are some rain-proof foot covers and gloves, and I was considering getting a motorcycle helmet for the rain shield. Then again maybe I'm just a masochist...

    Quote Originally Posted by Kahalu'u_Chrome
    Beautiful mountain views especially after a storm...
    Valley of the Temples
    We visited Byodo-In when we were there, quite beautiful... especially with said mountain views behind it after rain

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    Pro: it's where my sweetie, the Alpha Female from Kane`ohe, lives.
    Con: it's not where my daughter lives.

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    Default Re: Tell us the pros and cons of where you live!

    Quote Originally Posted by Bard
    We visited Byodo-In when we were there, quite beautiful... especially with said mountain views behind it after rain
    Yes, I often go there to walk around, feed the koi or just sit and relax. Its also a nce place to go if you have wieghty issues on your mind - they tend to melt away.....

    If anyone decides to visit the temple, tell the attendant in the little stand ( about a 1/4 mile or so down the hill from the temple) that you are going to visit a gravesite - then you ccan get in free

    Otherwise even locals gotta pay.....


    By the way Bard, in that picture you posted, your wife looks amazingly like my 17 year old daughter

    Alohas
    It doesn't take money to make someone smile for a little bit. All it takes is Aloha. ~ Auntie Lynn

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    Default Re: Tell us the pros and cons of where you live!

    Quote Originally Posted by Kahalu'u_Chrome
    By the way Bard, in that picture you posted, your wife looks amazingly like my 17 year old daughter
    Heh! Yeah, we're an odd couple. I'm about 6 feet tall and she's about 5. When we've been out with her mom before, she's been mistaken for my daughter before. I'm not sure if that says something good about her youthful looks, or something bad about my not-so-youthful looks

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