Moving?

If you were to pick a location out of these three, what would it be?

Rancho Mirage, Bakersfield, or Ventura, California?

**Edit:  The purpose of a move is for a job.  The above mentioned are three locations the state offered me.  If it were to happen at all, it won’t be for another 18 months – assuming I pass all of their requirements.  To me, any location will suffice.  The input helped a lot, though.  Thanks fellas.

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5 Comments on “Moving?”

  1. R
    September 8, 2008 at 11:06 pm #

    You’re taking off???

  2. September 8, 2008 at 11:20 pm #

    Hmm. I haven’t checked in a while but IIRC Bakersfield is in an area in which it’s pretty easy to get a CCW permit.

    Of course, the tradeoff is that you have to live in or around Bakersfield. I have always had the option to relocate to the Tulare-Visalia area (where my wife’s from) but even if they were handing out CCWs like candy I couldn’t stand to live there.

    If you don’t mind a bit of a commute there are some nice semi-rural places in the hills to the east of B-town.

    Also — buying or renting? Prices are a LOT cheaper in the Central Valley, I believe.

    And Bakersfield’s closer to the Sierras, obviously.

  3. September 9, 2008 at 4:50 am #

    based off of name alone- Rancho. Thats an effin sweet name.

  4. September 9, 2008 at 11:43 pm #

    Depends, of course, on your goals. Bakersfield is in Kern County, where self defense is good cause for a CCW (at least with the current sheriff), and you ARE close to the Sierras, Sequoia, and Yosemite and lots of open spaces (read: potential shooting spots) are within easy reach. But, if I were going to live in the boondocks I’d choose somewhere probably out of state. You just have to put up with too much to live in California, so if you’re gonna do that make it somewhere worthwhile.

    Rancho Mirage is nice and close to lots of deserty shooting spots, but I sure hope you like your heat. It’s right next to Palm Springs. Probably good if you’re wealthy and an avid golfer.

    Ventura, I’ve never been to (just through) but it’s got a nice coastal climate and small-town feel. The downsides I’d consider would be sky-high cost, population density and a very liberal, anti-gun mentality.

    What are you looking to do? You should come to Orange County. 🙂 Where I live I’m 5 minutes from the Cleveland National Forest and I have a fantastic view of the mountains from my house. I can be hiking in Silverado Canyon in 10 minutes or at Laguna Beach in 20…

  5. Donald Fong
    October 1, 2008 at 10:07 am #

    My preference would be Bakersfield. My favorite kind of music is retro (meaning mainly 1960’s country & western music). Buckersfield—not a misspelling—back in the day used to be a hotbed of country music. Let me be even more specific by narrowing it down to Oildale, a “suburb” of Bakersfield. Bakersfield proper is probably now devoid of country music nightspots. Oildale, from what I gather, has 1 famous country music joint that is still standing. A popular recording artist, from back when truck driver songs were the rage, is part of the house band, if I’m not mistaken. My taste in music is in a very narrow range.
    Range? Did I say range? I do not know what kind of politics prevails in Kern County. Used to be a lot of rednecks there. Their progeny could be of any political persuasion, I suppose. But, some of them have got to be 2nd amendment supporters, by virtue of the redneck (hunting) heritage. I’d like to think so, anyway.
       It was great meeting up with you and having you mentor me through the ropes of shotgunning a few weeks ago, Sunday.  Thank you very much.  I also appreciate the pointers on range etiquette, particularly the admonition to display an open chamber, when setting the shotgun aside.
        I need to remember to not point the gun at what I don’t want to shoot and to keep my finger off the trigger unless I intend to shoot.
         It was a great learning experience, Derek.  For that reason, I’d recommend a shooting session with you instructing to anyone.

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