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   Posted 6/28/2009 1:34 AM (GMT -6)   
Today's topic is easy but interesting, I think. Where did you grow up? What part of the world, rural or city, cold or hot climate, rainy or sunny, relaxed and laid back or busy and fast paced???

I grew up right near where I live now...about 12 miles east as the crow flies. ;-) We lived on the very edge of a small community and it was perfect. Being that I live in Washington state I probably don't need to tell you much about the weather but it's a coastal marine type of climate. Hard to predict the weather because of the influence of Olympic mountain range and the Cascade range on the marine air that is usually flowing in from the coastline. We lived a very laid back lifestyle yet were involved with school and community events...just enough fo make life fun but not wildly busy. Just right for me.

And you???
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   Posted 6/28/2009 10:34 AM (GMT -6)   
I also grew up in Washington State. In a very small community next to a indian reservation. I had my horse and 50 acres to ride daily. My father had rented a bulldozer to cut out the property line and also created a shooting range for my sister and I. I found the only apple tree on the property while riding my horse ok well my horse found it. Our closest neighbors were miles away. We raised cows, pigs and of course my horse. I remember falling asleep listening to the rain. Picking strawberries and blueberry as my summer jobs.

What memories....

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Chronic Kidney Stones, PKD (Polycystic Kidney Disease), Chronic Kidney Failure, Severe Hypertension, Urological RSD
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   Posted 6/28/2009 12:47 PM (GMT -6)   

I was born in Trenton, NJ lived there for 6 weeks while waiting for our House in Levittown, PA to be completed.  My Dad was working for Levitt (the builder) and actually was part of the crew that built our house!  Levittown was a suburb about 25 miles North of Philly and closer to the NJ border, we were 1 hour from the Atlantic City, we went there frequently in the summers.  Levittown was identified by sections, since it was a new development everyone knew everyone, no one locked their doors, we could walk 2 miles to the nearest shopping center and be safe.

The winters were cold, the summers HOT AND VERY VERY HUMID 98 temp with 98 Humidity at age 14 I decided I would move West, I hated the Cold but loved the Snow, loved the Heat but the HUMIDITY couldn't tolerate it!  Finally headed West at age 24, Levittown is still my Home though!


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   Posted 6/28/2009 1:19 PM (GMT -6)   
    Where did you grow up? What part of the world, rural or city, cold or hot climate, rainy or sunny, relaxed and laid back or busy and fast paced???


     Dear Chutz,

      :-) Thats a loaded question :-) I have lived many many places. By the time I was 7yrs old I had literally lived all over. Here in US and in England. All these moves were due to my biological parents being military at that time.

        :-) Where I grew up :-)   First was an area in rural desert low lands. I remember being quite offended when our potty was referred to as an "out house". It was a privy. With a hole that had to be re dugg once a month. Nothing "house" like about it atall. My sister and I stole (don't worry we didnt know) water from the house being build down the road... only problem was she would try to hurry back and would always slosh and spill 1/4 the water, which ment extra buket at the end. I did'nt like trailers because the floor had a coldness that made my body hurt at night.

         :-) We eventually moved to high desert mountians :-)   This part is nice as we get electricity, water & eventually natural gas. Not central heating but really I didnt mind clearing / chopping / store inside/outside for the woodstove. Still don't to this day.. thou closes I come to hauling wood is already pre cut / stacked stuff at the lodge my family and I frequent. The endless national forrest is where I will end up doing most of my "growing up". There were many, just like me. We all had same things we had to do kinda...... we would always meet up in the woods once our parents were taken care of/ satisfied /etc.

         :-) Then I spent many months moving from place to place to avoid being taken into custudy. Oklahoma to texas, tenn.. I was caught a few times, but as any child of the street I learned from my mistakes and went deeper and deeper under the raidar in heavily populated cities. I experienced many many things. I met many many people.

       yeah   Then I got to be me! Finally! I then began to live in rural areas outside of dallas for a very long time. Always a "humm" of never ending life out there. Everything is so alive and vibrant and ever growing. But the size of the buggs? *shiver*

       yeah Then I moved back to my beloved New Mexico. And that is where I am to this day. I love it here. Desert life has it own ways... its own passing of time. I have built here, everything I was too afraid to dream of. Everything I wanted in my heart but never spoke aloud of it. My family. My slice of heaven. This is where my heart belongs blush



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And sorry I could not travel both  
And be one traveler, long I stood

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   Posted 6/28/2009 1:28 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh, Dani, what a life you have lead! But with such a happy ending! You really should write a book!


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   Posted 6/28/2009 3:59 PM (GMT -6)   
I was born in Ft. Wayne Indiana, and still have a few realtives that live over in that area. When I was 7 we moved to La Crosse, Wisconsin.  My father worked for the Government, Social Security, and back in those days if you wanted a promotion you usually had to move to a office that had an opening for that position. We spent close to 2 years there, and then we moved to Madison, Wisconsin, a couple of years later we moved down to Bradley, Illinois. I went to Junior High and High School there, and then joined the Air Force from there. Shortly after joining the Air Force my parents moved up to Rockford, Illinois. Their move up there made it very tough on me, because when I would come home on leave, they  of course would want me to come and see them, but Rockford was never my home, and I would always want to go and visit all my friends from school, down in Bradley!
That always did cause problems for me, especially my first few years in the service, when I didn't have a car. Back then a young Airman just could not aford a car on the salary we were paid.  I believe  that in my first year in the Air Force my monthly salary was around $127.00 a month before taxes, after taxes and my allotment, I took home around 45 dollars every two weeks! That was enough to by buy a couple pitchers of beer once a week,  at the Beer lounge on base, and  to go to  the base theater a couple of times  a week to see a movie, then pay for my hair cuts, and laundry for my cloths and uniforms, and  a carton or two of cigarettes and what ever other expenses I had. I didn't have to pay any thing to live in the dorm, and most places after Basic training had only two or three people  to a room! After I made E-5 (Staff Sargent I got a private room in the dorm)  I had 4 years in the AF by that time and I had been in the AF over 5 1/2 years when I got married, back in Feb of 1975! It was Good Bye to Dorm life  after that!  yeah   Of course things are allot different  now in the Air Force!
 Anyway I moved even more when I was in the Air Force! In the 22 1/2 years I was in I lived in about 13 or 14 different  places! I started off my career in the Air Force down in southern Texas. I lived in 3 different places in California, north, south, and in the middle of the state.  and I live in three different  place in the midwest, and a couple of different places on the East Coast. I spent 10 of my 22 + years in the AF overseas, Taiwan, Germany and twice in Alaska, once in Anchorage and once just outside Fairbanks.  My oldest daughter was born in New Jersey, and my youngest was born in Germany. I retired back in the midwest, where I am now!
 Gosh I now look at how much I have written,  I guess I just can't write a short answer!  smilewinkgrin   I don't know maybe I just need the company or something,  I do hope you don't mind as your my family and  it is nice to talk to someone now and then!
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