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dianetavegia
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Wondering which parts of the country and world we are from.

I'm Diane from Villa Rica, Georgia. That's about 35 miles due west of Atlanta and 24 miles to the Alabama border. Villa Rica is a tiny town and site of the first real gold discovery in the U.S. We sit on one of the largest remaining veins of gold but because the vein is so scattered, it would cost more to mine than the gold is worth. You can pan for gold and find gold quite easily here. :o) Hence, Villa Rica.... City of Gold.

Share your region or actual city if you'd like. You could also just say midwest, etc. or 'mind your own business, you southern NUT!'

Have a GREAT day! Smile! It tricks your brain!

Diane

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PhillieG
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That's interesting Diane, GOLD!!!

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impactzone
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Buellton, Calif. about 45 min. north of Santa Barbara. The town was named after a pea farmer Richrad Buell...therefore "Buells town"
Chip

mkaz
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Hey Chip,
I've actually been to Buellton. I have a sister and other family that live in Solvang and surrounding towns.

I love California.

Mary

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Diane- thanks for posting this thread. I remember we had this same question asked a while back, but we have so many new people on here since then that it will be interesting again to hear where everyone's from, including all the newer people.

I live in Fallbrook, CA, which is in northeast San Diego. It's a semi rural area and very lush and green compared to most places around here, due to several creeks running through it and the many "live oaks" scattered about.
Prior to living in Fallbrook, I lived in Oceanside, CA. Both are close to Camp Pendleton Marine Corps base, so we often hear the "sounds of freedom" with houserattling "booms".

During my childhood, I grew up a few miles north of here in Orange County, CA. I never knew there was an Orange Co, NY- I had just heard of Orange County, Florida.

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Zanesville Ohio. I live outside of town on the old national trail. Zane Grey was from Zanesville, hence the name. Famous for the Y bridge that is downtown also. Our area is mostly rural, the towns small, very little industry or work available for that matter. The state capital is about an hour away.
Pam

jenben59
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I'm from Ohio, Bay Village, but have been in Texas for a long time now. I live/worked in League city, Kemah and San Leon. There're all by the Gulf on the Coast. I'm quite aware of Zanesville. When we were children, my mother was a avid reader of everything she could get her hands on. She had a whole set of hardcover book by Zane Grey. I still have 1 sister and 2 brothers in Ohio.

TLG320
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My grandma lives in Zanesville (Frazeysburg, actually). My parents live east of Columbus in Newark.

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When I was a child, my family lived for a time in Dillon Falls, and my father worked in Zanesville as a radio newsman. Probably around 1946. We used an outhouse and had an icebox. Seems like another world. It was beautiful in the winter.

--Greg

TLG320
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My parents lived in Dillon Hills just above the state park before I was born - just about 5 minutes down the road from your old home. It really is a beautiful area. It's still very rural. When was the last time you were there, Greg? My parents are still in Newark and I drive through Zanesville and Dillon every time I go home :-)

Tashina

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I never went back, so 1946 was the last.

--Greg

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I live in Fort Lupton, CO, about 25 miles NE of Denver. Here is our history:

"Fur Trade Brings Traders and Forts to The South Platte Valley
On May 29, 1835, Colonel Henry Dodge and his Dragoons, guided by Captain John Gantt, left Ft. Leavenworth. His mission was to create peace and harmony among the different Indian tribes in the South Platte River Valley. Lieutenant Lancaster Lupton, a young officer accompanying Dodge who graduated from West Point, was highly impressed with the valley and saw the advantage of a fort being located in this area.
After returning to Ft. Leavenworth, Lieutenant Lupton was having a few drinks with his friends when he made several derogatory remarks about President Andrew Jackson. Faced with a possibility of a court martial, Lieutenant Lupton resigned his commission and returned to the South Platte Valley. Early in the spring of 1836, he came up the South Platte River to a particular site he had visited the year before. With a crew of Indians and Mexicans he built Ft. Lancaster, which was made of adobe. Later he changed the name to Ft. Lupton. (The South Platte Valley Historical Society is raising money to rebuild the fort on the original location, near the South Platte River.)"

Every year in Sept. we have a "Trappers Days" festival, with reenactments, parade, craft booths, etc. We are also known as the Corvette Capital of Colorado - the local Chevy Dealership runs the largest Corvette action around - amazing for a town of 7000! There is a Corvette Run as part of the parade each year also - great fun!

This is a fun post! Vicki

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"The Town of Hudson, incorporated in 1905, is within Caldwell County and is nestled in the scenic Appalachian foothills of Western North Carolina. Hudson is located along N.C. Hwy 321 in the southern part of Caldwell County approximately 15 miles north of I-40. Hudson is approximately 70 miles northwest of Charlotte, 85 miles southwest of Winston-Salem and 90 miles northeast of Asheville. The North Carolina ski lodges are located a mere 18 miles north of Hudson in Boone, NC. Hudson has a land area of approximately four square miles and a population of 3,116. North Carolina is blessed with a fine network of interstate and state highways. This makes many of the major cities and resort areas of the Southeast easily accessible to our area.

In an article published in the Reader’s Digest, the metropolitan four county service area that includes Hudson was identified as one of the best 10 areas of the Country to raise a family. Also, the late Charles Kuralt of CBS Broadcasting identified the 10 most picturesque places in America. Of these ten places, two are within easy access of Hudson. One, Grandfather Mountain, is only minutes from Hudson and the other, The North Carolina Outer Banks, can be reached is less than a day by car."

I stole this from the official website and there's a typo!!! you gotta love small towns! My oldest daughter attended a high school with more students than Hudson has! :)

mary

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ldot123
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Yes I am a Canuk. Toronto is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario. We are celebrating our 175th year, home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, Blue Jays, FC and Raptors. It is a very multicultural city with folks from all around the world who tend to retain their heritage which makes for a wonderful selection of interesting restaurants - Italian, Greek, Chinese, Vietnamese, Ethiopian, French, English, Korean, Persian, Moroccan, Russian and many others. Nice post.
Cheers, Lance

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Lance I love Toronto I went there for my honeymoon and loved it. I'm from Jamestown NY the corner of New York State where we are known for lake effect snow. It is also the hometown of Lucille Ball and the 10,000 Maniacs. We are actully pretty close to Cleveland,Buffalo and Pittsburgh and you can't forget Niagara Falls.Michelle

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Thanks for starting this topic, Diane! Although I love the support and information that everyone in this forum gives to each other... I have to admit it's a lot of fun to just get away from what we all have in common and the topics where religion seems to take over... and just have some fun topics where we share information about each other like we would if we all were in the same room having a get-together!! :D

Hahaha... ok, I hail from Vancouver, BC (yep, western Canada... a good hop, skip and jump away from Lance in Toronto). Toronto and Vancouver always have this rivalry (in fun) with each other... so we are constantly teasing each other from across the country ;)

I wasn't sure what to write about the history of Vancouver so I cheated .. I've stoplen this from Wikipedia online :)

Vancouver (pronounced /vænˈkuːvɚ/) is a coastal city and major seaport located in the Lower Mainland of southwestern British Columbia, Canada. It is the largest city in both British Columbia and Western Canada and the second largest after Seattle in Cascadia.

Vancouver is bounded by the Strait of Georgia, Burrard Inlet, the Fraser River, the city of Burnaby, and the University Endowment Lands. Vancouver is named after Captain George Vancouver, a British explorer. The name Vancouver itself originates from the Dutch "van Coevorden", denoting somebody from (in Dutch: "van") Coevorden, an old city in The Netherlands.

The population of the city of Vancouver is 578,041 and the population of Metro Vancouver is 2,116,581 (2006 Census). Vancouver is also part of the slightly larger Lower Mainland metropolitan area which comprises a total population of 2,547,479, making it the largest metropolitan area in Western Canada and the third largest in the country. Vancouver is ethnically diverse, with 52% of city residents and 43% of residents of Metro Vancouver (the regional district focused on Vancouver) having a first language other than English.

Vancouver was first settled in the 1860s as a result of immigration caused by the Fraser Canyon Gold Rush, particularly from the United States, although many immigrants did not remain after the rush. The city developed rapidly from a small lumber mill town into a metropolitan centre following the arrival of the transcontinental railway in 1887. The Port of Vancouver became internationally significant after the completion of the Panama Canal, which reduced freight rates in the 1920s and made it viable to ship export-bound prairie grain west through Vancouver.[ It has since become the busiest seaport in Canada, and exports more cargo than any other port in North America.

The economy of Vancouver has traditionally relied on British Columbia's resource sectors: forestry, mining, fishing and agriculture. It has diversified over time, however, and Vancouver today has a large service industry, a growing tourism industry, and it has become the third-largest film production centre in North America after Los Angeles and New York City, earning it the nickname Hollywood North.

Vancouver is consistently ranked one of the three most livable cities in the world. According to a 2008 report by Mercer Human Resource Consulting for example, Vancouver has the fourth highest quality of living in the world, after Zürich, Vienna and Geneva and ranked first in a survey by magazine The Economist. In 2007, according to Forbes, Vancouver had the 6th most overpriced real estate market in the world and second in North America after Los Angeles. In 2007, Vancouver was ranked Canada's second most expensive city to live after Toronto and the 89th most expensive globally, and, in 2006, the 56th most expensive city in which to live among 143 major cities in the world. In 2007, Vancouver was ranked as the 10th cleanest city in the world by Forbes. In October 2008, the City of Vancouver was named one of "Canada's Top 100 Employers" by Mediacorp Canada Inc., and was featured in Maclean's newsmagazine.

The 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics will be held in Vancouver and nearby Whistler, a mountain town 125 km north of the city.

As for where I live in the city... I'm in the heart of Vancouver in the West End and live right across the street from the beach (English Bay). Here is a picture across the street, taken by my neighbour, Nathan, at sunset.

This rock formation is called an Inuksuk (pronounced inuksuit), which is a Inuit formation that means "Someone was here" or "You are on the right path". It has become an icon of Canada, almost as familiar as the red maple leaf... in many thanks to the 2010 Olympics, which uses the inuksuk in their logo.

Glv49
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Hi,

What a good topic, its nice to see where everyone is from. I am from Pittsburgh, PA. A steel town, with the Six Time Super Bowl Champs The Pittsburgh Steelers.

Gail

jenben59
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My fathers side of the family are all from PA. There last name is Benson. I still have 2 aunts that live in PA. Although I've been in Texas for quite some time now.

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more precise, he grew up in Monesson. I spent a summer in the area back in 74 during a family move, went to the horse races somewhere close by but I can't remember where that was.
mary

Glv49
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Wow what a small world... I only live about 20 min. from Monesson. There is harness racing at the Meadows in Washington, PA. Maybe that is where you went.

Gail

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It was full on horse racing, I think, but we only went the once and I know it was quite a long drive to get there. My uncle would place our bets and give us any money if we won, which we didn't!
mary

dmdwins
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I live in Pittsburgh,Pa also. Close to the Airport

Dawn

FAPMom47
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I was born in Cleveland,Ohio, and now I live in Shelby N.C. in Cleveland County. Love the country better then the city, anyday.

jenben59
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Cleveland. When we were kids it was a booming place to live. The Cleveland zoo, museums, it was safe to ride the Rapid transit downtown. I remember Ford motor Co. was open and running 24/7. The steel industry was booming...just about everything is gone down hill. I've got 2 brothers that still live outside Cleveland in Rocky River. They have their own businesses and are doing quite well considering the economic mess up North. I was born at Deaconess Hospital...I don't know if that place is still open.

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I grew-up in Cleveland; west side; North Olmsted - about 10 minutes down Dover Center Road from Bay Village. I love my Cleveland Browns. Of course, since they're always in a "rebuilding year" (read as "losing season"), I always root for the Steelers in the playoffs (unless they're playing Indianapolis - my hometown.).

Lived all over the place since Cleveland: Johnston Atoll, Hawaii - about 700 miles west south west of Honolulu (looking for Mary Ann, of course); Orlando, Florida; St. Petersburg, Florida; San Juan, Puerto Rico; St Louis, Missouri (don't ask - call it temporary insanity); Yorktown, Virginia; Key West, Florida; Panama City, Florida; Washington, DC; Biloxi, Mississippi; Charleston, South Carolina; and soon to be back in Key West. I don't do spring cleaning, I just move!

mom_2_3
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I live in Morris County, NJ.

No jokes about New Jersey, ok? I have heard them all!

And yes, I do love the Sopranos!!

Here's a bit of history...(cut and paste)

"During the Revolutionary War, Morris County was known as The Military Capital of the American Revolution , because of its strategic location, which prompted Gen. George Washington and his Continental Army to make their winter encampments near Morristown on two different winters. Much of the historic lore of these encampments is preserved today in Morristown National Historical Park."

I love the history here, the old houses and being 25 miles from NYC. It's the best of all worlds (if you forget about our Governor, property taxes and industrial smells...). :)

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I grew up in Northern NJ, Bergen County. It's really a beautiful state. too bad most people's experience is the NJ Turnpike. There is ton's of Revolutionary War history in that area and in the Fort Lee area too.
NJ - Right On!

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Hey! I grew up there! It's beautiful, but nobody believes it unless they've been there. Maybe I'll PM you and we can talk in more detail. I love it there and go back at least once a year. My folks are still in the house I grew up in and my sister and her family are nearby in Boonton. Ha! Small world!

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Fun to see where everyone is from. Lisa, I grew up in Orange County, CA too. We have lived in Kailua, Hawaii for the past 10 years. It is on the Windward side of Oahu. We feel blessed every day to live in such a beautiful place. Here's a bit of info.

Historians and researchers believe that it is possible that Kailua was home to Hawaiian families at least 1,500 years ago. The earliest settlers are thought to have lived fished and played on the slopes surrounding Kawainui Marsh.

In the 16th century, Kailua attracted the ali'i giving birth to many rich Hawaiian legends, some of which may be found in written and oral reminiscences in Hawaii State Libraries. Many legends were born here including the menehune who were known for working at night in Kaiwainui Marsh and mo'o who took the shape of a large lizard that attracted fish. Kailua was densely populated before the arrival of Captain Cook and was the ancient capital of O'ahu's kings. The biggest event in Kailua and the entire Windward side was in 1795 when King Kamehameha I conquered O'ahu in his quest to unite the Hawaiian Islands. The King granted Kaiwainui Marsh and old Kailua, which included large freshwater fish ponds and saltwater ponds at Mokapu, to the warriors and chiefs that had helped him. The land was used in various forms for agriculture from sugarcane to rice to taro and eventually was used primarily for cattle raising.

Just a bit of Hawaiian history.
Aloha,
Kathleen

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I am a Virginia native and will always love my home state so much. However, we now live in Reidsville, North Carolina. Very close to Greensboro. ACC country, people! Hey all you hoops fans, stand up and clap your hands!

*hugs*
Gail

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colon2
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I also live in Ga. In Hampton, home of the Atlanta Motor Speedway. I am not really into Nascar racing, but twice a year it takes over our town. We are about 30 miles south of Atlanta.
Diane we also have 2 more things in common. I am also 58 and I had my surgery on Jan 7th also.
This is an interesting post. I agree that it is good to find out more info. It helps us feel closer to one another.
Carletta

jenben59
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Toosie1, I've been to Virginia and it is a wonderful place. The "Visitors" areas were always clean...I loved the beach and especially the history of Virginia.

kmygil
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Hey Diane!

We're practically neighbors! I live in laid-back Buford, GA--at least it was country when we moved there, but now it is the 'burbs. I love Georgia.

Originally I am from Liberia, West Africa, born of an American mother and a Danish father. Grew up in Liberia, went to high school in Denmark, went to college in Liberia, came to the U.S. for my Masters spending time in Tennessee and Wisconsin, married a Canadian whom I later divorced and arrived in North Georgia & married a local guy. Had triple citizenship, but opted finally for American. My parents came here in '92 and enjoyed Georgia, as well. Unfortunately, my father passed in '95 and my mother in '04.

I travelled a lot while growing up, but I've only felt really at home in Liberia and Georgia. It must be the red clay!

Kirsten

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angelsbaby
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Well been in phx az for 13 yrs It is very hot here but its a dry heat they say. beautiful day todat high 78 many interestings things in az like the grand canyon and the best thing is everything is pretty close to phx.We are from ca originaly simi valley ca to be exact. we love the beach.

michelle

mkaz
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Great idea Diane,

Being a newcomer its really nice to see where your all from.

I live in New Tripoli, PA. Never heard of it? Well its 15 minutes north of Allentown,Pa. Does anyone remember the Bill Joel song about Allentown? I am also located about 1 hour north of Philadelphia and 30 to 45 minutes south of the Pocono Mts. The appalachian trail is about 10 minutes from my house. I live in the country nestled amongst the beautiful farmland of Pennsylvania Dutch country. We are avid hikers.

Have a great day,
Mary Kaz

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I am from a small city called Owen sound about 100 miles north of Toronto, Ontario. We are on Georgian Bay which is part of Lake Huron and one of the three snowiest cities in Canada.

Not all of our cancer care is delievered here and we often have to travel to larger cities like Toronto and London Ontario. This is ok in summer but during the winter it presents a whole new set of stresses. Fortunately my chemo is being given at my local hospital. Lots of hockey and fishing here.

~Mags~

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Bumping this topic up for FAPMom.

As you can see, there's already a topic started on where everyone is from. There is also another topic with over 100 posts in it describing everyone's diagnosis, treatments, and where they are at now.

Cheryl

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angelsbaby
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You are right

Julie 44
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I live in a small town called Westbrookville. We have about 1500 people here.. Its very country and I live in Orange county New York...Lower Catskill region about 90 min from New York City..I love it here..Was born and raised here too..We have alot of great fishing here..The Neversink and Delaware River plus the Basha Kill which is a natural made swamp..Great for bird watching..People come from everywhere for the bird watching...Very quiet and peaceful.....

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My wife and I just bought a house in Sugar Hill, GA a few months ago. I live off of GA20 about 3mi from the dam at Lake Lanier. There seems to be a fair number of Georgians on here. I do own some California roots. Grew up a Navy brat. Born in Oakland, CA and spent good amount of my formative years in Lancaster, CA. GO DODGERS!!! Have lived in Florida, Virginia, and Mississippi as well. I've lived here long enough to adopt the thick southern drawl though and "Ya'll" is definately part of my vocabulary. I used to live in Snellville as did someone esle on here. I also saw someone from Hampton. My parents live on the southside of town and my father works for Henry Co. Sherriffs Department. What a small world!

DJ

Great post Diane!

tiny one
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I'm from Illinois. I live just a short distance from Peoria, Illinois.

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Tiny One, My hubby is from Good Hope (Macomb) and I used to live in East Peoria, then Deer Creek. When we were married, we bought a farm halfway between the two - outside Maquon. My best friend (who flew out to take care of me post surgery) lives in Washington! We may have been neighbors!

Vicki

dasspears
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I live in Allen, about 20 miles north of Dallas. I am fortunate to live near an affiliate of the UT Southwest Cancer Center that utiltizes the Lance Armstrong Foundation Shaped Beam radiation. I am 14 months out of treatment and NED so far. I plan to stay that way too!

Happy Easter to all!

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We live about 80 miles south of Chicago. Rensselaer and surrounding area is mostly a Dutch community. We live on the same property that my husband's grandparents brought Tulip bulbs over from Holland and grew them here. Believe it or not, we still have a few of the tulips..still coming up!

Claudia

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My town, Waimanalo Beach on Oahu, doesn't seem to have much of a recorded history, but here are some highlights:

Thomas Jefferson Cummins Jr., whose mother was a cousin of King Kamehameha I, developed the area as a horse and cattle ranch in the 1840s, and his son John Cummins turned to sugar cane later in the 19th century. In 1875, Queen Emma toured the island of Oahu, and John showed her around Waimanalo.

Also, according to Wikipedia:

Waimanalo Beach was the site where the first Japanese prisoner of war, Kazuo Sakamaki was captured during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in World War Two on December 7, 1941.

The "Robin's Nest" estate from the TV series Magnum, P.I. is located in Waimanalo.

Greg

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Boiling Springs, SC. 2 hrs from ATL, 1.5 hrs from Charlotte, 3.5 hrs from pretty much any beach in SC. My house is about 7 minutes from two large lakes in either direction. I have a spring fed pond in my front yard and a creek that borders the western edge of my property. There are about 10 springs in the area that gives the village its name Boiling Springs, 4 of them are on my little 3 acre lot. We villagers of boiling springs like to consider ourselves country, but we have experienced a population boom in the last decade. Residents refuse to incorporate and form a city. If we incorporated and went just by our Boiling Springs Fire District we would be the 5th largest city in SC. There is an MD Anderson affiliated Cancer Center 10 minutes from my front door. We have the Steadman-Hawkings sports medicine complex, where athletes from all over the nation come to get fixed up. My family and I really like living here.

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dianetavegia
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Share if you'd like!

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velo8162
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I live in Sugar Land, Tx, about 15 miles south west of Houston. Prior to that I lived in New Hampshire and Arizona. Was born and raised in Georgia.

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Patteee
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and glad to-
I have lived all over the world
not from Minneapolis
but have been here 27 years
and it is home :)

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I'm from Minnesota - bet you couldn't guess that! :) I live in kind of in the boonies, right on the edge of civilization - a south suburb of the Twin Cities. It is a nice balance - out on 10 acres with a big garden, fruit trees, and lots of wildlife, but yet an easy drive to as much culture, medical care, sporting events, or shopping you could ever want - including the Mall of America.

Much of my year is also spent in my house on Isla Mujeres, a little island across from Cancun. It is my "Mexico office." I just returned late August after a month there with my youngest son. I work out of both locations - US and Mexico. Unfortunately life threw me a little curveball and I will not be spending Halloween, New Year's, or the month of February in Mexico as originally planned. But I am still hoping to spend 7-10 days in February for our anniversary like we always do (we were married on the island). And one great big party is already in the works in April for my birthday after I finish chemo. I have friends from all over the US, Canada and Mexico planning to attend on the island. Now if I can just get this chemo train rolling, so I can reach the end and keep those plans... My oncologist says if I do well enough with chemo, after monitoring me for the first two treatments, he'll let me go in between other treatments.

I can't afford the airfare more than a couple times right now for the upcoming months (medical bills piling up) - and I prefer to go a minimum of 2 weeks at a shot once I do pay for air. But, hey - I'll take what I can get at this point. It is my second "home" and a big part of my recovery and remission from RSD/CRPS. I know if I can get there it will also help me with my cancer fight. The sunshine and ocean recharge me like nothing else can. And it is so much easier to get exercise in the winter in the warmth than in the freezing cold here. The ocean, and that special island with my extended family, hold healing powers for me - heart, body and soul.

jscho
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Hi, I spent a few days on Isla Mujeres about 15 years ago and remember it fondly. We enjoyed the beautiful beaches and good snorkeling. Much nicer than Cancun, in my book. We also took a boat ride to a nearby island that is a bird sanctuary, though I don't remember its name.

I'm sure you'll enjoy your recuperation time down there.

Best,
Jeremy

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