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Last month I had to go to both Las Vegas and Salt Lake City. Two big cities. I used to live in a big city and gave it up almost 5 years ago. If I think real hard I can remember how frustrating it was to stand in a long line or be stuck in a never ending traffic jam. 9 miles to work used to take me 45 minutes.

Going to both of the big cities brought back all of my worst nightmares about big city living. Lines everywhere. Ridiculous amounts of traffic. Stupid little cars with their big subwoofers and their bolted on spoilers. Graffiti on every wall and sign. Retail workers with their don't bother me attitude. Men wearing womens clothing. Panhandlers bugging people for money. The list of negatives goes on and on.

Life is short. Spending time standing in lines is a waste of that life. Spending time having to look at those cars or listen to their subwoofers is a waste of life. Is all of that worth it for the money that big city jobs pay? Is all of the big cities supposed culture, arts, and entertainment worth the time wasted in lines and dealing with rude people?

Remember rugged individualism? That is how people used to make it happen. They did not have to live right on top of their neighbor. During the Depression, the city folk starved while the country folk just went on with life. Grow your own food, be your own boss, and live your own life. There is something to be said for that lifestyle and attitude.



Comment balloon 9 commentsKevin Robinson • June 24 2009 09:11AM


Attitude is everything in my book!


Posted by Alice Linahan (Voices Empower ) almost 10 years ago

I know exactly what you mean!  When I went to a convention in Boston I was ready to be gone after 1 day!  Our national company prides itself on having it's meetings in upscale urban settings.  We'd all rather go to Jackpot Nevada!! My youngest sister lives happily in London -when I visited her watching the hordes of people streaming out of the subway tunnel gave me the serious willies!  Even Boise is sometimes bigger than I want to deal with.

Posted by Kathy Judy (Tri-Cities Real Estate retired) almost 10 years ago

I'm in the big city of metro Orlando - the place has gotten huge over the last few decades no doubt.  Made it a point when I started the realty company to establish the office within walking distance of my house (not that I ever walk there).  I commuted for years and hated it.  Now the commute is 5 minutes and I can get home for lunch. 

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) almost 10 years ago


I spend a lot of time in my garden. I was in it this morning chopping weeds. I did enjoy visiting Salt Lake earlier this year but I will stay where I am outside of town watching the deer and turkey and just enjoying my garden.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) almost 10 years ago

"Grow your own food, be your own boss, and live your own life. There is something to be said for that lifestyle and attitude."

Indeed.  Although I'm not sure if we are growing too much of our own food in the desert. :)

Posted by Mark MacKenzie almost 10 years ago


Tell me about those weeds! It is 100 degrees today at 10AM. 

 Everything but the Cornish Hen in this photo is from our potatoes, corn , bell pepper , yellow and Mexican squash, parsley , green beans , red and white onions, and more. And the best part is it tastes like food , not mushy and bland like the stores sell. Way more fun than boom boxes!

Think I'll go shoot something for dinner tonight. :O)

Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) almost 10 years ago

Kathy- Now you're talking. Jackpot Nevada.

Alice- You are correct. Obviously I do not have a good attitude about big city living.

Rob- Same here. 5 minute commute.

Mike- This year we put down some landscape fabric that we got at Costco. Not a single weed in our garden.

Mark- Yeah it might be tough in your part of the desert.

Trey- We have some wild pheasants and ducks in our backyard.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer almost 10 years ago


You are making me hungry . Duck gumbo? ;o)

Posted by Trey Thurmond, College Station , Texas Homes (BCR Realtors) almost 10 years ago


I made it a point to locate to a smaller place; 10 minutes to anywhere.

Posted by Terry Chenier (Homelife Glenayre Realty) almost 10 years ago