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kari

Chicopee, MA

#1 Jul 8, 2007
we're looking to move to kentucky from the northeast- waaay too expensive to live up here anymore. can anyone tell me about Larue, Green or Casey counties? those are areas where homes that look good anyway are coming up. We're visiting the area this month and wanted to get a feel before we get there where it would be better. How do Mount Sherman or Liberty compare?
Maggie

AOL

#2 Jul 9, 2007
If you are looking to move to a small county in Kentucky as Green County, and also will need or want employment, check for employment first. Housing and
property are affordable. But, you may have to drive some distance for employment. I know people living in Green county, Ky. and they have to drive to Hardin & Jeffeson county for their jobs. Living out in a small county has advantages, but the commute may not be one of them.
Rocky Top Supreme

Lawrenceburg, KY

#3 Jul 9, 2007
I love cities. OK, I've lived in all three of KY's metro areas. Louisville and Northern Kentucky are the ONLY places in this statea civilized person would even consider living in; Lexington just sucks.

I've been to 96 of 120 KY counties. I've been to 19 other states, as well as 16 other metro areas with 1,000,000+ people. So, for age 21, I'm already pretty well traveled.

I don't think Kentuckians are very amiable and polite, and I'm a native! Also, any state that puts its horse racing and "bourbon trail" on such a high pedestal is truly a boring state.

Am I just a city boy not cut out for this state? Because if I am (and I like to think so,) I am better suited for the Seattles, Atlantas, Dallas', Houstons, or Denvers of the world.

I also notice SO MANY natives who leave KY actually come back. Why do you suppose that is?

“Magnus frater spectat te”

Since: Dec 06

Lickskillet, KY

#4 Jul 10, 2007
Rocky Top Supreme....you have posted this on three different forums....(at least) So please pardon the fact that I am giving you the same reply on each one...the answer doesn't change.
Rocky Top Supreme wrote:
I love cities. OK, I've lived in all three of KY's metro areas. Louisville and Northern Kentucky are the ONLY places in this statea civilized person would even consider living in; Lexington just sucks.
I've been to 96 of 120 KY counties. I've been to 19 other states, as well as 16 other metro areas with 1,000,000+ people. So, for age 21, I'm already pretty well traveled.
I don't think Kentuckians are very amiable and polite, and I'm a native! Also, any state that puts its horse racing and "bourbon trail" on such a high pedestal is truly a boring state.
Am I just a city boy not cut out for this state? Because if I am (and I like to think so,) I am better suited for the Seattles, Atlantas, Dallas', Houstons, or Denvers of the world.
I also notice SO MANY natives who leave KY actually come back. Why do you suppose that is?
Supreme... It is hard to tell from your statements, so I don't know much about your past...your heritage...your ancestory. Perhaps that makes a difference.

My grandfather (many greats back) came through Cumberland Gap from Fredricksburg and settled in the south central part of the state about the time Kentucky became a state. Their blood runs through it as they fought to make a home, a living and raise a family there. They fought to resolve conflicts of a nation and to defend their way of life against all enemies domestic and foreign. At 21 years of age, that may not seem like much to you. Maybe living in the city leaves too much room for non Kentucky influences, as opposed to the small towns I was raised in. But it was important to me. When I moved from Kentucky, the one thing I took with me was a love and respect for what those that came before me did to make my life there worthwhile.

You ask why people come back to Kentucky, the truth is that they never really left. Like me, Kentucky stayed in their heart and soul. And even though I haven't lived there in quite a few years, I visit as often as I can. But even while I am physically absent, I am always there in my heart.

I understand the perspective of someone your age, and it may seem boring and things woefully inadequate. The first time I left I was 22 years old. I have lived in bigger places, but through the perspective of years, never better places.

I encourage you to leave and travel and see all that you can. Look deep into what you do and where you are. Really get to know those you come into contact with. You will find as I have that there are Kentuckians everywhere you go, still wanting to know if the sun is still shining bright on their old Kentucky home. They still claim it as home no matter how long they have been away. So will you in time.

Since: May 07

Louisville

#5 Jul 10, 2007
Please do not judge all Kentuckians by those in the larger cities. Those of us who live in the southern part of the state are very friendly and are willing to lend a hand to anybody needing it. There are good and bad people everywhere and the majority of the time how you see people depends on what type of people you welcome into your life and how you are taken by those you meet. Smaller towns are a lot friendlier but we are very skeptical of newcomers, if you come into our town with a chip on your shoulders expecting everyone to be "butts" them more than likely that is what you will find. Not saying that is what you may be doing but you are only 21 you haven't really found yourself or your "place" yet keep an open mind. I travel ALOT but I still seem to find good people where ever I go.
Rocky Top Supreme

Lawrenceburg, KY

#6 Jul 10, 2007
Big sissy wrote:
Please do not judge all Kentuckians by those in the larger cities. Those of us who live in the southern part of the state are very friendly and are willing to lend a hand to anybody needing it. There are good and bad people everywhere and the majority of the time how you see people depends on what type of people you welcome into your life and how you are taken by those you meet. Smaller towns are a lot friendlier but we are very skeptical of newcomers, if you come into our town with a chip on your shoulders expecting everyone to be "butts" them more than likely that is what you will find. Not saying that is what you may be doing but you are only 21 you haven't really found yourself or your "place" yet keep an open mind. I travel ALOT but I still seem to find good people where ever I go.
Until I was 16, I thought Kentucky was the only place I'd ever live. Kentucky born, Kentucky bred, Kentucky dead (when I die) was my motto. Then, I began traveling to New York, Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana, Alabama, Atlanta, and Cincinnati, among other places. I started making great friends from throughout. I love the wonderful hospitality and great cuisine that is trademarked by Texas. I love the swampland of Louisiana and its mystic beauty. I love the fast-paced, no-time-to-slack-off urban environment of Atlanta, which is fused with great Southern charm and hospitality once you get to talking to the locals. Do I love the South? Yes. But I don't like Kentucky at all!

Interestingly enough, I've found Kentucky's friendliest people to be in Louisville. The only I've ever flipped the bird in traffic (and only because some woman driver was being a COMPLETE butt hole to me for NO reason) was not in Atlanta, New York, Nashville, or Cincy, but in none other than a small western Kentucky town. Whenever I approach a clerk in a convenience store or retail establishment, smile and ask them how they're doing, I don't receive a like response. And I seldom get a "thank you." I thought Kentucky was "that friendly." It disappoints me, really, considering that I'm a native. The best girls I've dated? The ones that know how to have fun, laugh, and just carry an intelligent conversation have been from Dallas, Atlanta, Cincinnati, and Houston. The meanest ones--the ones who have a snotty attitude or who never say "thank you" or smile--have all been from Kentucky, sadly.

If we're "friendly," then other places in this country must simply be worse than I thought!

Since: May 07

Louisville

#7 Jul 11, 2007
Apparently you have not visited my town, but I must say I was born in Louisville but my family chose to raise my sister and I here in south central KY.

“Magnus frater spectat te”

Since: Dec 06

Lickskillet, KY

#8 Jul 11, 2007
Big sissy wrote:
Apparently you have not visited my town, but I must say I was born in Louisville but my family chose to raise my sister and I here in south central KY.
The thing that bothers me about all of this is....If he is 21... and if he lived in three metropolitan areas, traveled to all those counties...been all those places.....in such a short life span... no wonder he isn't happy here. I got a feeling there may be some BS here. He hasn't had a chance to acclimate(sp?) to any one area at all. With all that flitting around sounds like he might have ADD.

He may be getting above his raising.... or my grandma would say.... don't be gittin' above your raisin'

Since: May 07

Louisville

#9 Jul 11, 2007
AMEN on that. You have to be a person that lets others know by their actions that they are a good person. The way times are now, not everyone is going to jump right in with a conversation with someone who seems to have a chip on their shoulder. My mother (rest her sole) would talk to the president and it didn't matter where she was at, I am a lot like her but I am the type to really look at a persons facial expressions before you even speak to them. Generally, I will smile at them first, if the smile back I will speak - if not- piss on them (sorry for the expression) but I don't give them the time of day, why waste my breathe. Maybe that is the way some of the others are that he has crossed paths with.

“Howdy”

Since: Dec 06

United States

#10 Jul 11, 2007
Big sissy wrote:
AMEN on that. You have to be a person that lets others know by their actions that they are a good person. The way times are now, not everyone is going to jump right in with a conversation with someone who seems to have a chip on their shoulder. My mother (rest her sole) would talk to the president and it didn't matter where she was at, I am a lot like her but I am the type to really look at a persons facial expressions before you even speak to them. Generally, I will smile at them first, if the smile back I will speak - if not- piss on them (sorry for the expression) but I don't give them the time of day, why waste my breathe. Maybe that is the way some of the others are that he has crossed paths with.
I'm always accused of being unfriendly because of the frown I have on face.(facial expressions).
I would be following my wife in store and people all the time smile at her and then they see me and they stop.
I dunno, I have a suspicious nature on anybody smiling at me from living in the cities whereas my wife is a small town girl.
Now, you get me on the dance floor and I am more relaxed and tend to get people laughing on my chicken dance.

Since: May 07

Louisville

#11 Jul 11, 2007
But if I smiled at you wouldn't you smile back??? Because I would smile at you anyway just to get your reaction.
Gotta say...I am a dancer myself (not professionally of course)
Rocky Top Supreme

Lawrenceburg, KY

#12 Jul 12, 2007
expatriated kentuckian wrote:
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The thing that bothers me about all of this is....If he is 21... and if he lived in three metropolitan areas, traveled to all those counties...been all those places.....in such a short life span... no wonder he isn't happy here. I got a feeling there may be some BS here. He hasn't had a chance to acclimate(sp?) to any one area at all. With all that flitting around sounds like he might have ADD.
He may be getting above his raising.... or my grandma would say.... don't be gittin' above your raisin'
Well, I am well traveled and have sampled my fair share of new experiences. BUT, I have had a chance to settle. I've lived in a small town just west of Lexington for 16 years (minus the small stints I had in Louisville and Cincinnati.)(The first five years of my life were spent near Henderson in west KY.) I've never felt comfortable living in this town and Kentucky, but I do have a very good relationship with my parents, so that helps quite a bit.

The thing is I don't want to settle in this town for good. But nothing I've said is questionable or BS.
madee in tn

AOL

#13 Jul 13, 2007
RTS, ever think you ought to stop and read your own posts? You are stating the same sentiments again and again. Maybe you need to just go with your gut and travel on, since you do seem to enjoy traveling! If other folks love ky, so be it. If you do not enjoy ky, why justify your feelings to anyone, just go where you want, live your life, and don't worry about 'explaining' yourself to anyone.
madee in tn

AOL

#14 Jul 13, 2007
Big sissy wrote:
........ The way times are now, not everyone is going to jump right in with a conversation with someone who seems to have a chip on their shoulders.... I am the type to really look at a persons facial expressions before you even speak to them. Generally, I will smile at them first....
Big sissy, I was thinking at work last night, that some people, well, actually My Co-worker, can talk the talk, but her facial expressions and actions contradict what she is saying....She sees herself as open-minded and nonjudgemental, yet if she walks in to work and we don't stop what we are doing and greet her, we have been talking about her or are in cahoots against her. She is the most paranoid person I have ever met who doesn't (at least not that I know) have a dx....

Since: May 07

Louisville

#15 Jul 13, 2007
madee in tn wrote:
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Big sissy, I was thinking at work last night, that some people, well, actually My Co-worker, can talk the talk, but her facial expressions and actions contradict what she is saying....She sees herself as open-minded and nonjudgemental, yet if she walks in to work and we don't stop what we are doing and greet her, we have been talking about her or are in cahoots against her. She is the most paranoid person I have ever met who doesn't (at least not that I know) have a dx....
OMG - you must work at the same place I do...lol We have a person her who is the same way! And she always thinks everything that happens is against her. If we send out an email joke about having a big butt or whatever she automatically takes it personal! It can really get on your nerves! Then we have another one here who thinks everyone is jealous of her because she has gotten a new home and she comes in telling everyone she has just bought this and that but we all know the only reason she was able to do that was because her financial slate was wiped clean when she filed bankrupcy - I am sorry but no jealousy here cause I have everything I have because I worked for it and actually had to PAY for it. I get along with EVERYBODY unless you really get on my nerves at some point but I usually give you a chance but I am to the point that I HATE TO HEAR HER EVEN SPEAK! ANd I feel bad about that. LOL

“Magnus frater spectat te”

Since: Dec 06

Lickskillet, KY

#16 Jul 16, 2007
Big sissy wrote:
But if I smiled at you wouldn't you smile back??? Because I would smile at you anyway just to get your reaction.
Gotta say...I am a dancer myself (not professionally of course)
What dance do you do.....?????
Hey...had a great time in Bowling Green this week end. Had some great BarBQ at the Smokey Pig....Monroe County Style.... supposed to be the best in BG. I'd have to spend more time there to be sure... The guy that prepped the food said he live in Gamaliel... Near the school.... do you know them?

Since: May 07

Louisville

#17 Jul 17, 2007
HMMM, not sure. You didn't get his name? I am sure I would know him but I am not sure I know anyone who prepares the BBQ @ Smokey Pig.
Well, dancing- mostly freestyle but I can do a little of the other. I just do it for enjoyment not really "professional" like.lol
I love all types of music so if I can learn a dance to it that makes it even better.

“Magnus frater spectat te”

Since: Dec 06

Lickskillet, KY

#18 Jul 17, 2007
Big sissy wrote:
HMMM, not sure. You didn't get his name? I am sure I would know him but I am not sure I know anyone who prepares the BBQ @ Smokey Pig.
Well, dancing- mostly freestyle but I can do a little of the other. I just do it for enjoyment not really "professional" like.lol
I love all types of music so if I can learn a dance to it that makes it even better.
He just said it real quicklyand it went in one ear and out the other, but he said his parents live next to or across from the school there.

Since: May 07

Louisville

#19 Jul 17, 2007
I don't really know, there aren't a lot of places to live around there but I just can't picture them just yet.
And surely someone from Monroe County did not talk fast!! LOL

“Magnus frater spectat te”

Since: Dec 06

Lickskillet, KY

#20 Jul 17, 2007
Big sissy wrote:
I don't really know, there aren't a lot of places to live around there but I just can't picture them just yet.
And surely someone from Monroe County did not talk fast!! LOL
I think you have a point there. Maybe I should have told the truth. I heard it slower than he spoke it... I stand corrected.....

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