Clovis is a HORRIBLE place to live

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Derp

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Nov 19, 2012
 

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Durr there's nothing for our kids to do! There's a bowling alley, multiple parks, a movie theatre, a castle land, a paintball course. What the hell else do you need? Instead of blaming outside influences on your kids becoming pregnant meth heads maybe you should stop being lazy and raise your kids right. The reason Clovis sucks is because the majority of its population is either ignorant or uneducated or both. A majority of the people who complain about this town are cannon base apes, well this place is not much better with you idiots in town. All you guys do is get drunk at the bars trying and failing to get laid so you end up driving your overpriced vehicles drunk in the street. You idiots all wear the same clothes you bought at pacsun at the mall, and try to act like tough guys. Heres a hint: real men join the army or the marines. Unless your a pilot, you joined the air force because you fail at everything else in life and you are too scared to join a real branch of the military. Yeah, Clovis does suck, and part of the reason is because it's infested with air force losers.
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@DERP,

You are obviously a bitter human being. I am from a very small and conservative town (Lodi, CA) and I can honestly say Clovis is plagued with ignorant residents and leaders. My Grandfather was raised in Portales and even though his parents are buried there he absolutely refuses to return.

The fact that you have 80% of the permanent residents making minimum wage or below is an excellent sign that Clovis is a failure! You have a small amount of people who are only looking out for their own personal interests rather than the entire community. When you have that, you lose everything that is nice about a small town and instead you get one of the worst places to live in America.
Dee

Clovis, NM

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Apr 23, 2013
 

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NOT exaggerating. This is a TRUE statement.
All of my coworkers view a deployment to Afghanistan as a vacation. I'm sorry, but that's just f**king sad. People would rather be getting shot at in the middle east than be here in Clovis. Everyone who came back from the desert, immediately wants to go back once they get another good look at the town again. It's absolutely appalling to witness. And I wrote this with large words in it so people who are going to try and defend the honor of clovis won't actually be able to read any of it.
AND.. I was at walgreens buying medicine for my husband, when some lady came up to me to ask me if I could tell her what a product was. I looked at the product in her hand, and said, "I'm sorry ma'am, I don't work here." She said, "I know, I just don't know how to read."
She was in her mid 30s.
Quiet Transplant

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Apr 29, 2013
 

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Life is basically what one makes of it. In every community, one can find bad as well as good.

Our children participated in Play, Incorporated, a service run by the city that provided organized sports. My children participated in sports. I attended a martial arts class held there. They had friends over to the house. They were recognized for their academic achievements.

What the small city doesn't have, one can find 2 hours away in Lubbock or Amarillo. We were able to make do, heading out of town may be every several months for shopping beyond the local stores.

Overall, the cost of living is lower. We lived in the Southern California area for about 10 years. There were gun shots nightly two streets over; police helicopter was flying over our neighborhood regularly, a crack house was down the street. One would pick up the paper, ocassionally there was a slip in the paper about 20 or 30 people dying that weekend due to criminal violence. Police apprehended a suspect behind our neighbor's house. Parents were afraid to let their kids play in the yard. There were discussions about nearby school needing the 6 feet tall block wall that separated the school from a low income housing area, to be raised to 8 feet tall, to protect the school children from gun shots.

So, in relative comparison, I'd say Clovis is certainly not the worst place to live. We were able to afford a home in better location in the town with considerably less cost than in California. Sometimes the wind blows in the right direction to catch the dairy stench of cow manure, but at least I don't see the sun set in a purple brown polluted overcast haze, nor do I hear the birds coughing in the morning or gunshots every night.

My son earned more than minimum wage when working at a Clovis dairy after school. It was dirty work, but the farmer treated him well and he learned work ethics. With a New Mexico scholarship, He went to earn his degree from ENMU, is now married and a home owner, works a decent wage with a large company. My daughter is a straight "A" student in college.

Again, life is what you make of it.
DoctorK

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Ignorance and organized crime. Why would the locals in Clovis and Portales want to change if they all did not have a meth lab or stash house on their large patch of cow turd ranch? Think I'm stretching the truth? I feel the most sorry for the USAF who have their own large patch of dirt near Clovis. That is why I see them driving to Texas and ABQ all the time.
Quiet Transplant

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You make it sound as though the people of Clovis and Portales are drug lords and ranchers. People are people. Being a reservist, I use the Air Force gym on weekends and weekdays, shop on and off the base. The airmen go about as they wish. Some do travel out of the area for various reasons or another to shop, attend entertainment, vacation, etc.

If you have such a dim view of the community, you are free to leave. No one is forcing you to stay here. I'd suggest finding a place that you are happy with. However I think such a place would be truly a myth. Contentment is a heart attitude.
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Quiet Transplant wrote:
You make it sound as though the people of Clovis and Portales are drug lords and ranchers. People are people. Being a reservist, I use the Air Force gym on weekends and weekdays, shop on and off the base. The airmen go about as they wish. Some do travel out of the area for various reasons or another to shop, attend entertainment, vacation, etc.
If you have such a dim view of the community, you are free to leave. No one is forcing you to stay here. I'd suggest finding a place that you are happy with. However I think such a place would be truly a myth. Contentment is a heart attitude.
Sure, us military people would love to leave just at the drop of a hat.......oh, wait.....

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Waterbaby wrote:
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Sure, us military people would love to leave just at the drop of a hat.......oh, wait.....
You decided to join the military, suck it up, do your time, and move on to your next base.
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Well, I've been searching and searching and searching for some kind of activity, any kind of activity for my 20 month old to do in Clovis. What to know what I found?

Nothing. Nada, Nunca, Zilch. Zero.
Quiet Transplant

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Well, it seems then you need to crawl out of your shell and mingle a little. If military, there are the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars. There are also the local churches. I'm not sure what type activities you intend to do with your child. With my wife we made friends wherever we went. Through those friends we had activities for our toddlers.

Have you checked with the Clovis or Portales Chamber of Commerce?
Lobo

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Quiet Transplant wrote:
Well, it seems then you need to crawl out of your shell and mingle a little. If military, there are the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars. There are also the local churches. I'm not sure what type activities you intend to do with your child. With my wife we made friends wherever we went. Through those friends we had activities for our toddlers.
Have you checked with the Clovis or Portales Chamber of Commerce?
Yes, I have. There is nothing. No swim lessons, no dance lessons, no gymnastics, no story time, no anything. The best thing about Clovis will be seen in my rearview mirror.

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Lobo wrote:
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Yes, I have. There is nothing. No swim lessons, no dance lessons, no gymnastics, no story time, no anything. The best thing about Clovis will be seen in my rearview mirror.
Dance lessons and gymnastics for a 20 month old? Have you checked the library and CCC for story time? Or how about YOU do story time with your child, or take them to the zoo, or for a walk about Green Acers, or the trail across from Bahama Bucks, or Hillcrest park, or the little water park located at Hillcrest...or, or, or,.....

“Hola amigos. lol. ^.^”

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I feel safe in Clovis. It's not so bad. But will be moving pretty soon. (:
Lobo

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Yes, believe it or not other cities and towns offer these activities for toddlers. There are no story times at the library or CCC. The city of Clovis offers no activities for toddlers. I called.
Reading to your child is not story time. I read to my child all day long because she brings me books all day long ... but like adults, she likes to get out and socialize and engage her mind and body in structured activities. Clovis is deficient in anything like this.
Well, just heard, 2 more months and we are out of here and will leave Clovis, its lack of activities and its infestation of allergies and other disease behind.(We are always sick here, too.) Bye-bye!

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Lobo wrote:
Yes, believe it or not other cities and towns offer these activities for toddlers. There are no story times at the library or CCC. The city of Clovis offers no activities for toddlers. I called.
Reading to your child is not story time. I read to my child all day long because she brings me books all day long ... but like adults, she likes to get out and socialize and engage her mind and body in structured activities. Clovis is deficient in anything like this.
Well, just heard, 2 more months and we are out of here and will leave Clovis, its lack of activities and its infestation of allergies and other disease behind.(We are always sick here, too.) Bye-bye!
Well I lived in Clovis for 42 years, and my children may not have had gymnastics or story time at 20 months, but they were very active in volleyball, basketball and slow/fast pitch, all before Middle School. My kids, and myself, along with other family members who still live there, are allergy and disease free!

Good luck to you and your family at your next location, may there be an abundance of activities for all to enjoy! If not suck it up!:)
Screw this place

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Clovis sucks period. They need to burn it to the ground
Quiet Transplant

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Jul 26, 2013
 
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Clovis sucks period. They need to burn it to the ground
Good luck finding a place you are happy with. Hope the door doesn't hit you in the a** on the way out!
Lobo

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At new base assignment in Europe. There are so many activities for children here and most of it's free. Lots of pretty parks with grass and trees, play groups abound. Free dance lessons begin at age 2! Couldn't be happier and no sucking up required. Absolutely thrilled to be putting Clovis behind us and God willing we will never see it again. Best to all of you at Cannon. It will soon be over for you as well though it probably seems like forever right now.
Misplaced Clovisite

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Aug 16, 2013
 
Lobo wrote:
At new base assignment in Europe. There are so many activities for children here and most of it's free. Lots of pretty parks with grass and trees, play groups abound. Free dance lessons begin at age 2! Couldn't be happier and no sucking up required. Absolutely thrilled to be putting Clovis behind us and God willing we will never see it again. Best to all of you at Cannon. It will soon be over for you as well though it probably seems like forever right now.
DO you think ANYONE that cares about Clovis and or Cannon gives a rats ankle bone that you think life in Europe is so wonderful? My best guess is no. I was born and raised in Clovis, married military and left. We have lived in and visited some of the major hubs of "culture" and other activities. We saw some places that had dance classes and some of the other things you whined about, but the only people taking their toddlers there were rich, spoiled mothers that thought their little darlings would be the next Miss America or a brain surgeon at 22. Given enough time you will complain and moan about Europe as well, BTW when my husband retires next year we will move back to the dusty, dry place I am proud to be from.
Lobo

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Ha ha, well I don't whether Europe will be
wonderful. It is full of socialism, everyone is taxed like crazy and I prefer to be in United States. We were not given a choice, we go where told that's how we ended up in Clovis. However, while there we will not run short of activities for our toddler and our new baby daughter.

I am sorry that you think dance lessons are something that are only for financial elites or beauty queens. I had them as a child 2 overcome my clumsiness. My family was not rich. I remember a time when we had food stamps. You shouldn't be so close minded. All children can benefit from these types of activities, even poor children

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