How to deal with small town living.

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    Sep 19, 2012 12:21 AM GMT
    I moved from a city, population 1 000 000, to a town, population 100 000, a month ago and I am already going a bit shack wacky.

    I can deal with the dating pool being limited and interbred (I am only here for 8 months), but I am finding the lack of services and entertainment very unnerving.

    Has anyone dealt with this situation? Any advice?
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    Sep 19, 2012 12:24 AM GMT
    LOL! 100,000 people is not a small town. Well, I'm sure to you it is, but as a small town boy myself, that's no small town.
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    Sep 19, 2012 12:31 AM GMT
    My current city is slightly under 90,000. I don't think it's small at all.
    The town I'm moving to has a population of roughly 50,000, half of which are college students. Yeah. THAT is a small town.
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    Sep 19, 2012 12:57 AM GMT
    Carry a machete and an AK47.

    That's how to handle small town folks.
  • Bunjamon

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    Sep 19, 2012 1:43 AM GMT
    I grew up in a town of 1,800 people. Granted it was an anomaly because it had a large tourist population in the summer and since its year-round economy is centered around a teaching hospital, but still.... the closest movie theater was 30 minutes away by car, the closest airport was 1.5 hours away by car, and to this day, even the bars close by midnight. You get the idea.

    A city of 100,000 people probably has more to offer than you think. You just need to find stuff that interests you. That's where google can come in very handy.

    Do you mind saying what city you find yourself in?
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    Sep 19, 2012 1:53 AM GMT
    My town = 4,000.
    San Francisco = 70 miles north.

    Do what you need to do. Take a long weekend. Volunteer. Craigslist, etc. (but beware of the world of STDs!).

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    Sep 19, 2012 2:05 AM GMT
    BTW, I just finished an 8 month "tour of duty" (err, job assignment) in a town of 50K people...40 minute drive to the nearest "big" city (Phoenix AZ). It was total hell. I'm used to the Miami metroplex, overall population >5mil, and awesome beaches. Arizona only has dust and a few shopping malls. And the Grand Canyon, which was quite fun.

    I was also raised in a town of <3000 people. Hated it since before kindergarten because there was never anything to do. 4-wheeling, hunting, and fishing are only fun for a few days, then it's time to go do something else.

    I feel your pain. Just deal with your situation and be glad your company trusts you enough to send you away for 8 months unsupervised. After your "tour of duty" you'll be back to normal and have lots of stories to tell. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
    smudgetool saidCraigslist


    NO! STOP THAT! Craigslist is never a good idea! Shame on you
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:07 AM GMT
    SkittleGangsta said
    smudgetool saidCraigslist


    NO! STOP THAT! Craigslist is never a good idea! Shame on you
    I actually had better luck with a4a.

    In fact, that's the ONLY reason I keep an a4a account. It comes in handy when the company sends me to BFE. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:08 AM GMT
    move...
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:13 AM GMT
    If you are only there for 8 months just hang it out and enjoy whatever the town has to offer - landscape, outdoors and peace & quiet. Maybe having more free time you might be able to invest in a hobby you hadn't had time previously? I have done the same and am not a small town person but I did survive one year in one so just think about the good it will you do in the long-term. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:17 AM GMT
    I moved from Kansas City 1,000,000+ in the greater metro area to a town of about 380. I love the simple, quiet life. Though my bar going days are mostly behind me, if I need some gayness, I head to Omaha for the weekend or up to Minneapolis to be with my bf.
  • FireDoor211

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    Sep 19, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    I went from a population of 74,000 to a population of 6,000. I'm pretty creative, and I tend to make my own good times. I also have alot of hobbies, and I'm self absorbed, so it works out nice for me. However, I say make your own fun. It's really not hard to find something to do if you want to.
  • camfer

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    Sep 19, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    Hmm, 100K people would be the 2nd largest "city" in my state. But I'll pretend you're in a small town for the sake of discussion. I live in a village of 600 people.

    To make it in a small town, you get a gym membership and work out a LOT. You spend a lot of time in the out of doors: hiking, skiing, rock climbing, biking, kayaking, running, etc. Social life much more revolves around hanging out in people's houses than going out. Make friends quickly and invite them over, and you'll find your cabin fever will quickly go down. Also some type of solo hobby helps.

    It can be harder as an extrovert, where you get your energy from others, but as an introvert, small town living can be ideal. Just don't be a hermit!
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:30 AM GMT
    Disappeared already?
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:33 AM GMT
    well try living in a "city" that has around 2 million people and is the attitude of the worlds smallest town.
    Sure Perth is the most isolated city in the world, but serious issues here.

    Like straight people in general arent homophobic.
    The gays are homophobic
    The gays are hugely into depraved sex, unprotected sex and chem sex. Yet if you dare say anything in public, like at an all gay dinner party etc, they all deny that it goes on and refuse to talk about it.

    Strange strange place, sexually makes Berlin look tame, yet to look at it on the surface you dont see anything.

    I found on my little island of 2500 people I get more and have a more "regular" gay life.

    try not to stay too long would be my advice, dont let it get to you and work on other aspects of your life.
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:38 AM GMT
    jprichva said
    nicodegallo saidDisappeared already?

    Apparently.


    The town yeti must've gotten him.
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:39 AM GMT
    nicodegallo said
    jprichva said
    nicodegallo saidDisappeared already?

    Apparently.


    The town yeti must've gotten him.
    Pfft...that just shows how much of a pussy he is...hiding his profile cause he's in a small town.

    Fuck that. I came out in a small town. All it takes is balls and a good shotgun. icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:43 AM GMT
    I am from a town of 350!!!

    I spent 18 years of my life living in a town of 350 people.....and I actually lived out in the country 16 miles away in the middle of NOWHERE!! The town was so small that my high school was in a different town in which we all drove or got bussed too. My total commute to school everyday.....64 miles!! Closest grocery store....20 miles. Closest movie theatre and mall....45 miles.

    In college I went to a University in a town that was around 10,000 (17,000 while school was in session).

    After college I moved to the nearby "City/Metropolis" that I currently reside. It is about 300,000. Having come from such small and humble beginning in tiny towns, I find that there is plenty to do and find cuz I don't need much to keep me entertained.
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    that is no small town, i lived in a city my whole entire life up to last year that had a population of 8000 MAXIMUM- you just gotta travel to the nearest city, and then you get to come back to your quaint estate- its quite nice, like a small sanctuary
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:45 AM GMT
    joelryn saidI am from a town of 350!!!

    I spent 18 years of my life living in a town of 350 people.....and I actually lived out in the country 16 miles away in the middle of NOWHERE!! The town was so small that my high school was in a different town in which we all drove or got bussed too. My total commute to school everyday.....64 miles!! Closest grocery store....20 miles. Closest movie theatre and mall....45 miles.

    In college I went to a University in a town that was around 10,000 (17,000 while school was in session).

    After college I moved to the nearby "City/Metropolis" that I currently reside. It is about 300,000. Having come from such small and humble beginning in tiny towns, I find that there is plenty to do and find cuz I don't need much to keep me entertained.
    300K people is a neighborhood for what I'm used to now. icon_lol.gif
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    Get everything You own and put it in a box. Then take all of the clothes you wear in said small town. Burn them.

    Reserve a good t-shirt and a well-fitting pair of jeans.

    While wearing good t-shirt and well-fitting pair of jeans take box and move far away to a place where the life will not be sucked out of You.

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    Sep 19, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
    Let's see, I was born in a town of 30,000 in Spain and grew up in a town of 24,000 when my family moved to the US. Then I went to college/uni in a town of 55,000, more than half of which comprised of students from the university. After that, I spent a year in San Antonio, TX, which to date has been the largest city I've lived in. Now I've been living near DC for the past couple of years.

    I honestly have no complaints from living in small towns. Even then, I still go back to my hometown to visit my parents and old friends. I had a good life there, and it greatly made the person I am today.
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
    A "small" town of 100,000???

    I went to college in a town of 5,000 and was 40 miles from civilization (which was a town of 100,000 come to think of it...). Talk about going bat shit!!
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    Sep 19, 2012 2:54 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidA "small" town of 100,000???

    I went to college in a town of 5,000 and was 40 miles from civilization (which was a town of 100,000 come to think of it...). Talk about going bat shit!!


    Where did you go to college?

    The Jed Clampett Institute of Tobacci and Hay-Seedin'????