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I might be moving to Vancouver-BC area(?)

I saw a management job for a medical systems place in van.
I think I might go for it!

They are looking for 7 years of technical skills too, of which I have 9; so it's nearly a perfect match.

The air quality and commute will suck something bad (not looking forward to that), but I need something that pays decent.

The job at the local University didn't pan out.

Moving to Van will mean abandoning my theater, which I hate doing, but what can ya do right? (Nothing!)

It would be a big shift in gears for me!!! I'm not accustomed to this much change.
Moving + New Job + abandoning my theater? wow, that's asking a lot!

I've been scoping out places to stay, likely this one.
Check out the backyard, quite possibly the sexiest backyard I've ever seen!







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You'd be a lot closer to me. Be prepared for 6 bucks a gallon gas, lots of rain, and a bad hockey team
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Have you looked at some of the high tech companies in Oregon or Washington?

Vancouver is nice, but not sure if I'd want to live there.
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Very nice looking place! I've never really thought about it before, but now I want to visit Vancouver some day, if that's any indication of the beauty of the place.

Leaving your home theater behind just means you get to build a new one. What's not to like?

I hope it works out for you.
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Have you looked at some of the high tech companies in Oregon or Washington?

Vancouver is nice, but not sure if I'd want to live there.
If you can afford it which is a big if, tough to beat. There are some serious differences living in Canada as well.
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If you can afford it which is a big if, tough to beat. There are some serious differences living in Canada as well.
I'm not disagreeing that it's a nice place. We have family in Vancouver and visit every year (I'll actually be up there in September). The cost of living is really high up there and the wage isn't any higher than the nearby US states to the South. Our relatives from Vancouver come down to do their shopping 3-4 times a year.
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You should move someplace warmer.. not colder !

I thought I had it bad in New England with crazy weather and monster noreaster storms dumping feet of snow quickly...

You should check out FL or TX. Low cost of living, good land availability, modern homes and designs and great weather. Job markets are better on the east coast too I think.

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I'm not disagreeing that it's a nice place. We have family in Vancouver and visit every year (I'll actually be up there in September). The cost of living is really high up there and the wage isn't any higher than the nearby US states to the South. Our relatives from Vancouver come down to do their shopping 3-4 times a year.
I come down 3-4 times a month
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If you can afford it which is a big if, tough to beat. There are some serious differences living in Canada as well.
I don't plan on moving there--your winters are serious!
But, you got me curious about the differences.
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I don't plan on moving there--your winters are serious!
But, you got me curious about the differences.
Winters here are no different then Seattle.
Se differences are big and some subtle. Healthcare and taxes are hugely different. More cultural diversity and are politicians lie a lot too.

Some subtle things are Canadians are generally (not always)more subtle, less patriotic, a bit more reserved. Canadians more as peace keepers. These are just general statements. Canadians are.a little different, not worse or better. U should definitely come for a visit pi.
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I definitely will visit, but it might be about 2 years from now.
The Canadians I have known have been really decent and very genuine people.
Plus, you have a really cool national anthem.
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I don't plan on moving there--your winters are serious!
But, you got me curious about the differences.
You obviously don't know anything about Vancouver winters, we hardly get any snow. The winters are basically exactly like Seattle's.
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Well I applied for it... let's see how this one goes.

They don't say how much I'd make, I'm hoping 75 to 100k.

As for the weather, Vancouver is actually warmer in the winters. I am use to temperatures dipping near the freezing point of mercury and driving in 2ft of snow, been doing it my whole life.

If I land this one in the next two weeks I will be coming to the Van GTG for sure!

I'll have to become a headphone-nut though... no boom-boom.
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I saw a management job for a medical systems place in van.
I think I might go for it!

They are looking for 7 years of technical skills too, of which I have 9; so it's nearly a perfect match.

The air quality and commute will suck something bad (not looking forward to that), but I need something that pays decent.

The job at the local University didn't pan out.

Moving to Van will mean abandoning my theater, which I hate doing, but what can ya do right? (Nothing!)

It would be a big shift in gears for me!!! I'm not accustomed to this much change.
Moving + New Job + abandoning my theater? wow, that's asking a lot!

I've been scoping out places to stay, likely this one.
Check out the backyard, quite possibly the sexiest backyard I've ever seen!







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My daughter graduated from UBC and liked it there but decided to come home to Calgary.
One main reason, couldn't afford housing in a decent neighborhood plus sales tax, plus you said it, traffic
congestion. Now she is a teaching staff doc. at FMC. Lives in Sunnyside which she loves and owns a second
house in Canmore. Climbing is her passion.
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Not sure if you've been following along. But there are clearly a lot of nutcases in Vancouver which should make you a bit wary. Tux. Chal. JBrown. Nathan (Funk)... Oh wait. Nevermind. You'll fit right in Bass. :P

Actually, do check out the real estate prices. 75-100k won't be easy to support the high cost of living there. I think it is the one city crazier than here (Toronto).

 

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You'd be a lot closer to me. Be prepared for 6 bucks a gallon gas, lots of rain, and a bad hockey team

and the numerous bad drivers, high insurance costs, etc...
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I have friends in Vancouver, and my take is that if I had to leave Los Angeles, and could afford to live in Vancouver, it would be mighty tempting. I have really enjoyed my time up there.
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I come down 3-4 times a month

lol me too....
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Doesn't look like there's room for a bunker in that back yard.

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What taxes are so high? Like state, property, sales,etc...? I could never live anywhere up north but could have second home in many northern places that have a shoreline near by.
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Don't listen to all the BS. Vancouver is rated in the top 3 most beautiful cities in the world. It has among the most neutral weather in the world. You have an infinite amount of things to do. 1 hours drive and you're in the mountains skiing or camping, or shopping in the states. You're on the ocean so fishing is big time.

Vancouver is home to the Canucks, a perenial powerhouse in hockey although they stumbled somewhat last year. We have awesome cultural diversity and the best Chinese food in the world. Gastown, Chinatown, Little India, Stanley Park and the Planetarium....the list of places to visit is endless.

Housing is expensive but it's no more expensive than many other Canadian cities, including Victoria, Toronto, Kelowna and dozens of others. Taxes are no big deal. Gas costs no more than almost every other city in Canada.

I was raised in Vancouver and although I'm now in Kelowna, I appreciate growing up on the coast. When you add up the pluses and subtract the negatives....you're in the same spot you'd be in regardless of where you live.
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As a Vancouverite it's actually crazy how much I take things for granted, I've lived here all of my life and have also travelled all over Canada and the US and there's no where else I'd rather live. If you love the great outdoors Vancouver is the place to be, some of the best skiing/snowboarding/snowmobiling in the world is less then two hours away and some of the best mountain biking in the world is right in our backyard with the North shore mountains. Winters aren't bad at all, hell I've personally gone golfing on Christmas day! how bad can that be!....lol In the summertime you can find me ripping on my dirt bike or out wakeboarding on the lake!


I love to travel but I'm always glad to come home to Vancouver
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Stop stealing my milk dammit!

Donny, I was thinking about this the other day but you guys who order stuff and pick up in B'Ham, could have it shipped to my place. I work from home and then you don't have to pay for a po box or shipping to Canada.
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Stop stealing my milk dammit!

Donny, I was thinking about this the other day but you guys who order stuff and pick up in B'Ham, could have it shipped to my place. I work from home and then you don't have to pay for a po box or shipping to Canada.
Thanks for the offer but its only three bucks to pick it up at the border. Gas and time would make it a wash. But do you golf ? Coming down to shuksan next week to play. If you can sneak away that be cool.
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Thanks for the offer but its only three bucks to pick it up at the border. Gas and time would make it a wash. But do you golf ? Coming down to shuksan next week to play. If you can sneak away that be cool.
Play golf? aren't you on strike!
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Donny, I was thinking about this the other day but you guys who order stuff and pick up in B'Ham, could have it shipped to my place. I work from home and then you don't have to pay for a po box or shipping to Canada.
Aaron, did you ever get your passport sorted out so you could come up to the GTG I'm hosting in July?
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Play golf? aren't you on strike!
Not in my summer. I'm going to work hard on sub's and hit the links.
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Not in my summer. I'm going to work hard on sub's and hit the links.

I played in a tournament down in Point Roberts last Saturday, it was pretty good. My team won, we were one under for the round. The course was in beautiful shape.
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Thanks for the offer but its only three bucks to pick it up at the border. Gas and time would make it a wash. But do you golf ? Coming down to shuksan next week to play. If you can sneak away that be cool.
Not really. I play a few time in college but I was really just there to drink. Plus I have company coming up for the 4th.


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Aaron, did you ever get your passport sorted out so you could come up to the GTG I'm hosting in July?
Havent had the time. Between work, vacations, and trying to get into the VA for my knee I'm about pissed off enough lol. No need to add stress of another government red tape fiasco.
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I left the Vancouver area for two reasons - it's too expensive and there are too many people. Worst traffic congestion in North America. If you like living in a metropolis and make a six figure salary, Vancouver is great.

My parents live about 30-45 minutes outside of Vancouver in a small single level house built in the 60s with a one-car detached garage on a fairly sized piece of property. The area was nice when I was young, but you could not pay me to live there now. Their house and property was assessed at just under $500,000 and assessments are almost always lower than selling prices.

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