...more about Bumfuck, Tennessee!
What's it like? Why do you live there?
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...more about Bumfuck, Tennessee!
What's it like? Why do you live there?
Thanks for the question. I'm not going to be participating on the board due to the serious threats. If you see people claiming to be me going on it's generally not going to be me. This happened a lot in the past, there are people who impersonate here. Sometimes impersonation is for humorous effect or mocking their style and I think that can be funny as long as it's obvious. However some impersonation the impersonator is using it to abuse others and damage the rep of the name he's using. Not just with my nick this has happened to nearly everyone here. There's the "snif dooky" person which is usually obvious and always annoying and pointless but there's another person who does it who is a lot more malicious and deliberate in his work.
I am aware this malicious person will post just to try to elicit a response of "not me" to see if the person is around. So I may post that from time to time if I notice something but I've not been able to follow this board like I used to.
As far as why do I live where I live, wherever that is, the area I live in has inexpensive property, low taxes, the environment is not as polluted as in cities, and the government stays out of your business, so you can build and paint a fence without getting a permit or a fine for not doing so. With the internet its possible to stay in touch with cultural things and people from throughout the world, and with inexpensive airfare and travel its very easy to go wherever you like.
There's also a need for qualified tech people everywhere, and much of this work can be done remotely. When you are in an area with low taxes and cost of living, you are able to compete with the guys overseas. You can't if you live in an expensive area and have to work for a big corporation instead, and you generally will have less savings and lower standard of living as a result.
As far as the culture and neighbors of low cost areas, yeah there's a lot of people who are fundamentalists who I can't relate to. So I listen to them talk about things they are interested in, like gardening, off-roading, nascar, and football. And they know nothing about me or my real interests. This is the same as living in the big city where the people were fundamentalists who I can't relate to at all. So I listen to them talk about things they are interested in, like LGBTW rights, SJWism, wiccan, veganism, their hate for cars, television and the patriarchy, etc. I don't get along with either side of the divide, or rather they don't get along with me if they find out about my actual interests, but I'm able to just say nothing and nod to them when they tell me about the stuff their group has a reality consensus regarding. The point is no matter where I live, as a freethinking geek, everyone is going to absolutely hate my guts if I tell them what my actual interests and thoughts are. So I say nothing. But I did discuss things more freely places on the net where I had anonymity here, in the past. It's no longer safe to express myself though, so I'm going back into hiding.
Some more notes that might be helpful.
I do socialize locally. Most socialization is around churches. I'm reputed to not have a church I attend regularly, which is a big negative. No one here though has any idea what I really believe, or even what my actual ethnicity and religious background is, which is totally different from theirs. I have revealed it here in the past to a certain other member of my group, though it's clear he refuses to accept it. In any case locally people know me and that I have tech skills. Thus I often have a day job of some sort to fix problems with local businesses. This ranges from fixing web site database errors, setting up payroll, to reprogramming and adjusting industrial control systems in factories where they make various sorts of widgets like ball bearings, truck parts and chemicals. These jobs tend to not pay a lot and are irregular, so I continue to freelance. Also if I stay too long at a place or accept full time permanent employment it leads to too much familiarity, I eventually say too much, and then I end up being hounded out of town, or rumors started about me.
I moved where I am not when I was over 50. I had enough savings to just buy a place, and fix it up to living conditions. I have quite a bit of property, enough that I don't have adjacent neighbors who can see me when I walk around naked or do other weird things.
I do learn things from various people. One thing I learned here for example is to like deer hunting. Free venison is one of my main sources of meat during the year. I also hunt wild turkey and sometimes trap rabbits, the rabbits as more of an engineering exercise in snares. Turkeys I like but take too much patience. Deer you can just basically go out and grab them a couple times a year, and you're completely set for meat. Not very time intensive, the time spent is going on a walk, and a lot of pay off value, so I find it a beneficial skill.
That isn't too bad a place to live.
Johnson City is an economic hub largely fueled by East Tennessee State University and the medical "Med-Tech" corridor, anchored by the Johnson City Medical Center, Franklin Woods Community Hospital, ETSU's Gatton College of Pharmacy and ETSU's Quillen College of Medicine.
Johnson City is ranked #35 "Best Small Place for Business and Careers" in the USA. Due to its climate, high quality health care and affordable housing, it is ranked #8 "Best Place for African Americans to Retire" by Black Enterprise magazine. Kiplinger ranked Johnson City #5 in "The 10 Least-Expensive Cities For Living in the U.S.A.", stating the low cost of living is attributed to affordable homes and below-average utility, transportation and health-care costs.
The popular citrus soda, Mountain Dew, traces its origins to Johnson City. In July 2012, PepsiCo announced that a new, malt-flavored version of the drink will be named Mountain Dew Johnson City Gold, in honor of the city. The drink will be test marketed in the Chicago metropolitan area, Denver, and Charlotte, beginning in late August.
Major companies headquartered in Johnson City
American Water Heater Company (owned by A.O. Smith Corp.)
Advanced Call Center Technologies
General Shale Brick LLC
Moody Dunbar, Inc.
WR's post can stand. Without admitting to any location, the soda Dr Enuf also comes from the area you mention. That soda is very interesting since it is a very old energy soda that includes amino acids. Doing so was exceptionally progressive given the time it was introduced. The man that invented that soda and founded that company had a son who wrote a pre-Linux version of Unix capable of running on home computers in the early 1980s, and had a grandson who was murdered by the Obama administration whose name was Aaron Schwartz.
There is one progressive coffee house in my tiny town, and we often have pretty good music there on some weekends.
If you're in the area stop by. I drink an ale that is known to taste like dirty ashtrays. Ask about that at the counter, then look to see if anyone here is drinking it. It's me. Buy me a round and I might even reciprocate.
I don't need to name the ale or the coffee house. It's unique enough that if you're in the city you'll be able to figure it out.
"you have me all interested in Tennessee now"
I am not admitting to living in any specific place, but Dollywood is hands down the best amusement park in the WORLD. This year they opened the fastest wooden roller coaster in the world. They also since before they were opened were one of the only places in the world where you can go on a very nice rail trip on a 100% original authentic coal train run on actual coal.
I'm not saying I get season tickets every year... that wouldn't make sense given that you don't even really know where I live, it's probably not even the state you keep mentioning. I probably only know about how awesome Dollywood is from hearsay.
But it's awesome.
Also you can buy actual corn meal ground on site in a 17th century water powered grist mill that was completely reproduced using original 17th century techniques and no electricity or modern things at all. They even have hand blown window panes. If you don't want to cook it yourself you can try it in corn bread at a fried chicken place nearby with a highly entertaining proprietor named Miss Lillian. Prices of everything are low because Miss Dolly, the one, wants everything to be accessible and a good experience and that is more important than excessive profit. The main reason she founded the place though is to provide really good nice unstressful jobs forever to the people of her hometown and a place that represents the culture she grew up with. If I was the pope I would canonize Miss Dolly.
Oh yeah! TN is even better than TX.
That is true, but their gun laws are still not anywhere liberal enough in my opinion.
WR, people here play characters and things are not always real. If you have a chance to though I hope you will someday give Dollywood a try. Not just the coasters. Check out the music shows, the stage shows, check out the valley where they have blacksmiths and knifemakers and soap and apple butter making. It's all so very wonderful.
I don't relate to the people where I live and they are not like me.
However, don't we often speak of assimilation or at least respect for the culture if you move to a place you are not from? Often we hear about that.
If we move to an area that clearly has a lot of sense and good values and is doing ok, does it really make sense we should go around and say how terrible we think everyone is and how they should all change to match the values of wherever the hell it is we came from, a place we obviously left because we didn't like it in some way? And if so, what the hell?
When anyone moves as an immigrant to a new area, they should assimilate, or if they don't want to do that, shut the fuck up. I do not want to change my nature, but I can not refute that where I am people have a lifestyle with many advantages that I respect. Therefore I lay low. I do not criticize what many, possibly including myself, see as their ignorant beliefs, lack of education, and so forth. What right do I have to do so given that by moving here I clearly see this place is doing things more correctly than other places I lived in.
However, please don't date this girl, bro! I want you to be safe.
There are psychotic insane people in the world and although they are all psychotically insane they tend to differ in ways specific to their specific regional cultures which are idiomatic.
It's hard not to just come down on the whole society.
But the universality of madness is the key. There's dangerous crazy lunatics in all of our home cultures. Thus, although tempting to do so, it is ignorant to single out the lunatics in our transplanted cultures as worse or fundamentally different than any other.
"Where did you move from?"
Grew up in the bay area actually, thus it never had any mystique. I knew the real deal. Junkies, hippies, newagers, con artists, and overpriced real estate!
WR, what do you think of this case?
WR, if you are a real person and you visit me someday, you should ask about my pets.
"If we move to an area that clearly has a lot of sense and good values and is doing ok, does it really make sense we should go around and say how terrible we think everyone is and how they should all change to match the values of wherever the hell it is we came from, a place we obviously left because we didn't like it in some way?"
No, that would be a douche thing to do. This is like the Californians moving to Austin and complaining about how it's not as good as what they left behind and trying to make it the same.
Do they have darkies doing the labor at the 17th century mill, like they did in those days?
August 10th, 2017 6:51pm
"Do they have darkies doing the labor at the 17th century mill, like they did in those days?"
No darkies or lightees were in TN in the 17th century, it was exclusively Injun Country then. Hernando de Soto crossed the area and documented its cultures in the early 16th century and his notes are quite fascinating, such as the fact that there was a highly sophisticated and well developed and maintained interstate highway system back then which he used to travel by.
The next development for outside cultures was the late 18th century when the very first english settlers arrived, around 1790 or so, and only in the far east part of the area, and back then it was actually part of the state of North Carolina.
That area did not have chattel slavery as the land was totally unsuitable for cotton plantations. That industry never developed. It was mostly destitute Scottish migrants eking out a living and trying to earn supplementary income by distilling an odd lot of hard liquor to sell to northern markets. This led to the Whiskey Rebellion.
Please let me know the extent to which you are aware of this American history.
I could have sworn the Whiskey Rebellion was in Pennsylvania, on George Washington's land.
August 10th, 2017 7:00pm
That is not correct.
Please share with us what was the primary source of income was for George Washington's main corporate venture at that time. Then please share with us in what specific way his primary corporate venture was taxed in a dramatically different way from competitors in the general populace.
August 10th, 2017 7:45pm
Eastern Tennessee, like northern Alabama and western Virginia, was a hotbed of loyalty in a sea of treason. However, then as today, Confederates were hypocrites and didn't allow secession for their own people.