You Could Do Better...
I was born in 1967 and have lived all over these wonderful United States. From Queen Anne in Seattle to Coconut Grove in Miami...I mean I've lived all over the place. Vermont, Chicago, California and Kansas City. And the list goes on and on.
I mainly grew up in Seattle and have lived in Bellingham, Raymond and Issaquah Washington as well. Unfortunately it's not as great as the brochure would tell you. Yes, there are parts that don't even see crime and yes, cannabis is legal. I have run on every trail you can think of in Western Washington...I'm still waiting to see Bigfoot, that bastard owes me money.
But I digress.
I started a business here in Seattle in 1992 and sold it last year (2014)...The business was successful and I am lucky because of it. Got a great wife and a 6 year old daughter who is more of a smart aleck than Jim Carrey. Not sure if that's a good thing. What were we talking about?
Oh yes, you could do better than Washington. Sure, there are the islands and the towns near Olympia National Park. But that's about it...if you can afford it.
Unfortunately Seattle has been rampaged by the disgust that is West Coast.....all over the place. It's become what is north of the bay of San Francisco is today. Just a wash of cedar shingles and poorly built town homes. It's a shame because Seattle used to have its own personality, it's own 'emotional' status. But alas, no more. Now it's just San Francisco without the history. And Alcatraz is hiding as West Seattle.
Spokane is about as good as you're going to get for comparison to the rest of the country...But unfortunate for them they're morons over there.
And therein lies the rub. Like everywhere and everything you get what you pay for. Spokane a great place to live? Yes, except for the people who aren't all there. And there is a lot of them. Seattle, oh yes, a great place to live...if you're either well off or a confused and gay man in his twenties from Ohio. (Jeff just didn't fit in now did he?)
I prefer having 'Quality' of life over Quantity....Give me the methodic hum of death in the midwest and their cold wintery winters over the melodic dance of everyone who knows everything yet doesn't want to talk about it and I'm happy.
Minneapolis sounds good, maybe somewhere in Iowa... I'll turn boring into meditation and create my own mountains in the midwest.