Columbia SC What's it like?

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by RocketMan, May 11, 2009.

  1. RocketMan

    RocketMan Out Rocketing

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    OK, so this isn't exactly a rider type question, but WTF at worst I'll get my ass set on fire and I got a flame extinguisher here somewhere...
    so here goes...

    I'm in Northern VA and just about fed up with the congestion, cost of living, constant road work that never seems to improve the overall condition of them blah blah blah.. and now to top it off I'm getting RIFF'D from my job due to a contract screw up by management... and I see this perfect job in Columbia SC and I'm thinking I really liked Greenville when Jeanne and I visited there a few years ago and considered moving south. So now this job pops up...

    So what's Columbia like? Anyone here live there near there that could answer such questions as...
    Low key? good riding (Jeanne and I both ride)? Stuff to do? Friendly folks? Safe? Would taking a few days off to interview be worth it? (if they want me to that is! The job's been posted for a while so I figure they don't have a lot of Sr. HPUX Unix admins banging at their doors!)

    Any input appreciated

    Thanks

    Rocketman
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  2. ruh roh

    ruh roh hey Yall

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    I really liked Greenville too :wink: Thats where the growth is, Upstate.

    But I lived in Columbia for 8 years. Its a college town, and a state govt town. ( I was in state govt.) Other than that not much going on. Fort Jackson, the basic training base is there, but you dont often see many soldiers around as the recruits arent allowed off base. East side of town near the base is more economical. West side of town near the Lake is more high end.
    Its really several small towns strung together, without much city planning. So the small town thing is going on.

    Its hot and sticky. And its hot. Did I mention hot?

    Cant hurt to go interview.
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  3. GMFDBob

    GMFDBob Adventurer

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    Hey, I live in Greenville, have a good friend that grew up in Columbia, well actaully Ballentine, a rural area just west of the city by about 3 exits. Columbia is a good town , Ruh Roh summed it up pretty good, and yes, hot, hot, hot. Another good thing to the location is that your an hour and a half drive from Charleston and equal distance to the mountains above Greenville. In Columbia it only takes a short commute to get out of the city and it opens up to a lot of pine forests and farm land.
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  4. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    If you like sucky football then Columbia rocks.:lol3 :lol3 :lol3

    Sorry, Clemson fan here and could not pass up the chance to get in a Gamecock jab.

    Anyway, it is Freakin' hot in the summer. Big City and state capital and all that goes with that. Major University in the middle of town. Lot's of good SEC football if you are into that.

    Not a bad place to live. If I wanted a decent size City in South Carolina then Columbia would come in 3rd place and we only have 3. Greenville and Charleston would rank ahead of it, but really not a bad place to live.
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  5. PU Skunk

    PU Skunk not quite as noobish

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    Did everyone above mention it's hot? Sticky and muggy too. At least it's not Augusta, where it's hot and smells bad to boot. If I was picking major metro areas in SC to live in, they would rank Greenville, Rock Hill, Charleston, N. Augusta/Aiken, Columbia, Myrtle Beach. So it's ahead of the grand strand, but that's about all it has going for it in my mind.
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  6. Mike in Atlanta

    Mike in Atlanta Oh Noes

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    BTW, it's hot. I mean really hot. You can go south or north and its cooler by as much as 10 degrees on a given summer day. Imagine a line from Valdosta GA to Columbia 50 miles wide, it always seems to be 5-10degrees hotter in that area than the surrounding areas. Huge difference between 95 and 105. I was PM over a construction site which meant lots of outdoor work. We had many 100+ days on the jobsite.

    I lived in Columbia back in 98-99. Fun town and how can you not love a place with a bunch of young hot chicks walking around with T-shirts that say "go cocks" ???

    I too prefer Greenville to Columbia but I could handle Cola given a decent job. Cost of living is surely cheaper too.
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  7. Ridge-Runner

    Ridge-Runner Playing tag like a kid

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    Hey Rocket just so U dont go into this thing blind, from about the middle of Mar the end of Oct it HOT!!!!!!! But on the plus U are only about 2 to 4 hours away from the best riding in the world for a DSer. Columbia has some cool little joints to tho. U know food dancing and the such. Go check it out and come up toward the mtns, when U hit Spartanburg and see the mtns your mind will prolly be made up at that point. Good luck

    RR
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  8. RocketMan

    RocketMan Out Rocketing

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    Hey thanks folks,
    yeah I know its HOT been looking over the temp data for the area. I figured if I did this it would be work in Columbia but live more toward Geenville, hell for me that commute would be a breeze after Washington DC! hell, I travel over an hour now, and have had jobs that meant most of it thru rush hour (though I try to avoid that situation!)
    sit and wait, move 3 inches, wait an hour, move 2 inches, wait an hour, then find some asshat who can't be bothered to maintain his/her car, has broken down in the center lane in a no shoulders section of road! :lol3

    I really liked the feel of Greenville when we visited.

    We shall see....
    Rocketman
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  9. Hughlysses

    Hughlysses Long timer

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    Greenville puts you VERY close to excellent twisties (276, 178, 28) and relatively close to the Dragon and other excellent roads in western NC.
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  10. Land

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    If you're willing to commute "down" I-26 to Cola. and are looking for a smaller town, there are some pretty neat ones along that Interstate corridor. But they are small towns.:lol3

    Oh, yeah, Columbia is hot.:D

    You could own the SC tag-o-rama game for the middle area of SC, BTW.:deal :lol3

    All the best,
    Chris
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  11. cbolling

    cbolling Here...Hold my Beer.

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    Check out Chapin and the lake Murray area.
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  12. IT 400

    IT 400 Junk Collector

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    Lived in Columbia half my life and still have great friends and family down there. Motorcycle riding brings me to the area at least once a month. If you're a DS'r I guess that's okay, but if you woods ride or race, there are several MX practice tracks in the area and 3 or 4 off-road parks with in 45 mins of downtown Columbia. If you are enlightened and know and understand dirttrack racing, there are 2 (supposed to be 3) 1/4 mile flat tracks with in 30 mins to an hour of downtown Columbia. If you are comfortable in modest living accomodations and do some research you can get a lot for your money and possibly end up with a riding area in your backyard. Yeah it can get hot, and they got FIRE ANTS (And I ain't talking about football). Put your knees in the breeze and wheelie over the fire ant hills (or the USC defense if we were talking about football). If the job ain't bad you could have a pleasant experience. If you're gonna come down holler and we'll try and point you in a decent direction if possible. :thumbup


    "live old, ride old...know JESUS, or no PEACE"
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  13. scfrank

    scfrank Old farts riding club.

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    Columbia is HOT.






    Greenville is much nicer.
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  14. IT 400

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    Oh yeah, and if your are a sport bike guy, Carolina Motorsports Park is right up the road in Kershaw, I could get there from Columbia in less than 45 mins (pulling a racecar). Robeling Road near Savannah is only a couple of hours off and Road Atlanta is not a bad drive. You can stop in Greenville and tell all them cats how much fun you're having riding your motorcycle in the midlands area.
    All joking aside, the Griffins up at Fountian Inn put on some great dirt track races, and the Greenville Enduro Riders crowd ain't no joke. Sumter offers some great hare/scramble opportunities and I,m not even going to mention North Georgia...
    If you're about riding motorcycles wet, dry, hot, cold, woods, tracks, dirt or asphalt, come on down...there's plenty, man and I'm from SE North Carolina, check out the Raleigh/fayetteville thread. Bring your junk on down and let's ride. Be safe.

    "ride old, live old...know JESUS, or no PEACE"
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  15. mhaas

    mhaas intrpd travlrwanabe

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    In the Vista at the Art Bar on monday nights they have a Euro bike night
    http://www.artbarsc.com/
    Good bunch to ride and hang with (8 years ago) I used to commute from Sum(p)ter to go hang out.
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