Hampton Roads Chatter

Discussion in 'Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge' started by roger123, Dec 25, 2008.

  1. BlakKrauStudios

    BlakKrauStudios I'm cool... right?

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    Oh... a vampire joke. Clever. :lol3
  2. screamin injin

    screamin injin FUBAR

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    The sun is out.... she passed the test.

    Your all bad ass until they notice your gun is not loaded :evil
    No mag in the last pic, I do like that digital camo thing going on.
  3. roger123

    roger123 Long timer

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    If those are 223 rounds, she's got a $100 belt on!
  4. MooseKiller

    MooseKiller Tripod

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    Greetings everyone!

    So, the wife and I are getting tired of the long, dark, cold winters, and are looking to head back to the 'real world'... We had been looking at the Spokane, WA area, but just aren't seeing the job prospects we hoped for. So, we are giving some consideration to the greater Norfolk area and thought I would troll around here for some advice and suggestions. Pros/cons, good/bad/ugly, jobs/housing/traffic, etc... Just anything anyone might care to share.

    Thread has been subscribed to, and I appreciate the comments!
  5. HeadShrinker

    HeadShrinker www.good-adv.com

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  6. jdrocks

    jdrocks Gravel Runner

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    in contrast to AK, we got 1/64" of snow last night...so they closed the schools.

    i think the criteria is something like one snowflake per SF, then it's not safe to run the buses.

    mild winter here, daffodils popping up already.
  7. Falcon86

    Falcon86 I just work here.

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    VA isn't all bad, but this area is not the best. Lots and lots of heavy traffic, expensive housing (relative to other areas IMO), decent amount of jobs but keep in mind this area is very military heavy, etc.

    I'd look out toward Charlottesville maybe, somewhere out that way heading toward the mtns.

    Good luck either way!
  8. B.E. Coyote

    B.E. Coyote (Super-Genius)

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    I wouldn't be here if I had a real choice, but I guess it depends on what you are looking for. Good riding is 3-4 hours West. Not much hunting unless you want to join a private club and run deer with dogs. Fishing is great and can be year round.

    Mild winters, August can be pretty ugly with the heat and humidity.

    If you have kids, Va. Beach has some pretty decent schools depending on where you live.

    I'd say housing is on the high side.

    The economy around here is pretty good considering what is going on in the rest of the country, but that could change if the fiscal cliff is ever dealt with as the military is a huge employer around here.

    What kind of work are you looking for?
  9. MooseKiller

    MooseKiller Tripod

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    Don't hunt, but the only thing stopping me from fishing here in Alaska are the 'combat' fishermen... Riding for me has been put on indefinite hold due to an accident a few years back.

    Mild winters are exactly what we're looking for. The extreme cold is really starting to bug my injured leg, so a little heat and humidity is what the doctor ordered.

    Kid is heading off to college this fall, so we are no longer too concerned about local schools, but I have read good things about what is available.

    Cost of living in Anchorage is really quite high, housing included... I checked the cost of living calculators between Anchorage and Norfolk, and most seem to indicate we could take some cut in pay and still maintain our standard of living. Military is also a big employer here, and I appreciate the insight.

    Wife is a licensed counselor. I am currently a customer service supervisor at a major telecom company, but looking to step out of the customer service roll...
  10. biker128pedal

    biker128pedal Super Lurker

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    For a counselor I saw the VA in the Richmond. Roanoke and in WVA somewhere were looking for social worker medical type. This was on USAjobs. if she would take a job with Uncle. WVA and Roanoke are colder in the winter. But not as hot and humid as Tidewater.

  11. BlakKrauStudios

    BlakKrauStudios I'm cool... right?

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    I did my best to shoot around that. Still have some editting to do before I send them off to the band though.

    The gun was unloaded on purpose though. Some people have issues working around loaded weapons. And in that part of Hampton, I wasn't willing to take a chance with it, in case someone happened to see the shoot going on. :D
  12. MooseKiller

    MooseKiller Tripod

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    Neither of us are opposed to finding federal work. I used to work for DPRO Pratt & Whitney way back in the day as an intern, and I love being around the technology. Wife is looking to move more into a research roll... She did find an open research position and is considering putting in for it.
  13. screamin injin

    screamin injin FUBAR

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    I figured, wouldn't want her to point it at you while you were "shooting" her :rofl
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    Could have shot the picture with an unloaded magazine. :D:evil
    Cool pic, btw! :D
  15. BlakKrauStudios

    BlakKrauStudios I'm cool... right?

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    Ah yes, but then think of the explaining I'd have to do to convince everyone it wasn't loaded. :D

    Damned if you do... :lol3
  16. APJ757

    APJ757 Been here awhile

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    Ill jump in on housing,, Only because I'm in the Middle of Moving from Virginia Beach to Chesapeake, the Housing market is really good for Buyers at the Moment, I had a List of things I wouldn't go without in a house, and then a list of things that would be "Nice" to have, now let it be known it wasn't easy,, literally went and saw about 50 houses and of course went through about 1000 on the net, but at the end of the day, I found one that had every box checked,(Ratified the contract today), and the negotiations went pretty smooth, (Although I did THANKFULLY lose out on two places in the interim)

    if you want to look at houses use zillow.com, and williamewood.com the tough part about doing it remote is you have to go see the neighborhood, to see if its any good,, every town here (Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, VaBeach, Chesapeake, has great places to live, and places not so great a few blocks over.) and knowing where your going to be working is extremely important to try to avoid the constant daily traffic problems,, (tunnels, bridge openings ect)

    hey its Snowing :)
  17. APJ757

    APJ757 Been here awhile

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    Nice Job Man,, this is My fav
  18. APJ757

    APJ757 Been here awhile

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    Funny thing about va beach,, an inch of snow inspires everyone with a 4x4 to hit the road to see if they will spin out if they gun the gas,,, literally I've had 3 guys go buy doing it (early yet)
  19. MooseKiller

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    Good info! I will take a look at those sites... We have been using Trulia.com and it seems to be pretty thorough, but information and options are always a good thing. Good to hear it is a buyers market as well.

    We have been pretty lucky up here in that the housing crisis really hasn't affected us much. Our property values flattened, but never really went down. We will most likely put the house on the market this spring (early summer by VA standards).

    The jobs part is where we start to panic a bit. Wife is applying for one she found, but obviously we have no idea WHERE the jobs will be located. Ah, the joys of moving... :deal Are there tolls/toll roads in the area to be wary of? Or is it just congestion in general...


    18 degrees and sunny-ish up here. Snowed last night... Just another day in AK!
  20. roger123

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    Guilty! Grew up in Northern MI and lived in upstate NY and CT. Gotta strike while the irons hot!!! Had the Pilot in a few 4 wheel drifts this evening.