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  1. #21  
    Yes, really considering it. My youngest will be a senior this fall so I'll probably start looking after he graduates next spring. From what I could find out so far, it'll take all the money I use for my house payment, car payment and a couple extra bills just to rent a studio apartment. How do you guys afford it?
  2. #22  
    Here are some facts about the beautiful island of Puerto Rico (home sweet home)...

    ...Oldest governor’s mansion still used as such in the Western Hemisphere (La Fortaleza / built 1533 – 1540)

    Largest fortification ever built by the Spanish in the New World (San Cristobal Castle – built 1765-1783)

    Second-oldest church in the Western Hemisphere (San José Church - 1523)

    One of the oldest theaters in the Western Hemisphere (Tapia Theater – 1832)

    Best-preserved colonial city in the world (Old San Juan - 1521)

    Second oldest city in the Western Hemisphere (Old San Juan - 1521)

    Oldest city under U.S. jurisdiction (Old San Juan - 1521)

    Oldest forest reserve in the Western Hemisphere (El Yunque Rain Forest – 1876 by the Spanish Crown)

    Rainiest of all U.S. forests (El Yunque – avg. 240 inches of rain a year. Just 90 miles away you can find Guanica’s Dry Forest.)

    World's largest radio telescope (Arecibo Observatory)

    Deepest underground river and third largest underground river in the world (Camuy River)

    Deepest point in the Atlantic Ocean (Puerto Rico Trench – Milwaukee Depth, 27,493 feet (8,380 m))

    Best thoroughbred racing of the Caribbean (El Comandante)

    Largest shopping mall in the Caribbean (Plaza Las Americas)

    Largest rum distillery in the world (Bacardi Rum Plant)

    Only building in Puerto Rico with heating system (The U.S Federal Building - inaugurated July 4, 1914. Average temperature in PRPRPR $is$ $82F$/$27C$)
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  3. #23  
    One of the biggest Puerto Rican Parades is also in NYC!
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    I lived in Puerto Rico for a while - and loved it. On your list, I visited San Cristobal Castle, Old San Juan (which used to be called Puerto Rico, the Island was called San Juan. A mapmaker apparently mixed up the names), El Yunque, Aricebo, Plaza de Las Americas, and Bacardi. I also loved exploring the mountain towns, waterfalls, and beaches.

    While it felt like a different country a world away from the USA, it was comforting to see the occasional US fighter jet streaking across the sky overhead.
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    Just came across this:
    http://www.finfacts.com/qualityoflife.htm
    (Survey by Mercer Human Resources Consuling, an international company headquartered in the US)

    It doesn't tell you what happened first in Zurich, but it gives you an objective outsider's view of what we have always known and been proud of anyway: Zurich has the highest quality of life worldwide, followed by another Swiss city, Geneva (rank 2), and e.g. Bern (5). I am sure San Francisco (24), Honolulu (24), New York (38) and Boston (41) are not too bad either, but you can't really compare it to Switzerland or other European, Canadian or Australian cities when in comes to quality of life.
  6. #26  
    Quote Originally Posted by clulup
    Just came across this:
    http://www.finfacts.com/qualityoflife.htm
    (Survey by Mercer Human Resources Consuling, an international company headquartered in the US)

    It doesn't tell you what happened first in Zurich, but it gives you an objective outsider's view of what we have always known and been proud of anyway: Zurich has the highest quality of life worldwide, followed by another Swiss city, Geneva (rank 2), and e.g. Bern (5). I am sure San Francisco (24), Honolulu (24), New York (38) and Boston (41) are not too bad either, but you can't really compare it to Switzerland or other European, Canadian or Australian cities when in comes to quality of life.
    No offense to you or anyone in any of the other cities, but it's a matter of perspective. I could move to Zurich and think my quality of life sucks, but be thrilled with my life in Boston.
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  7. #27  
    Quote Originally Posted by Woof
    No offense to you or anyone in any of the other cities, but it's a matter of perspective. I could move to Zurich and think my quality of life sucks, but be thrilled with my life in Boston.
    well, I've been to Zurich and thought it was wonderful, expensive though..on the other hand I've also been lucky enough to visit Boston and was very impressed by it too..both lovely, friendly, clean places..I was surprised not to see Aberdeen in the top 10 however..ahem..
  8. #28  
    Quote Originally Posted by lb505
    Some national and world firsts from the Cleveland area:

    Didnt the lake like catch on fire there or something??
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  9. #29  
    The Cuyahoga River caught on fire in 1969 from industrial pollutants. (also in the 1800's, 20's, 30's 40's and 50's but environmental cleanup was not in the nation's limelight during those fires.) The fire led to the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972. Also FYI, during the industrial era, Baltimore Harbor, the Buffalo River and the Rouge River also caught fire.
    Last edited by lb505; 07/20/2004 at 09:36 AM.
  10. #30  
    Quote Originally Posted by Woof
    No offense to you or anyone in any of the other cities, but it's a matter of perspective. I could move to Zurich and think my quality of life sucks, but be thrilled with my life in Boston.
    Yes of course. The survey was based on the assessment of basics like quality of education, economy, environment, culture, social aspects, etc., it wasn't a poll on "how happy are you". I don't know where the happiest people on earth live, would be interesting to know (but difficult to assess, since different people define "happyness" differently).
  11. #31  
    Quote Originally Posted by lb505
    The Cuyahoga River caught on fire in 1969 from industrial pollutants. (also in the 1800's, 20's, 30's 40's and 50's but environmental cleanup was not in the nation's limelight during those fires.) The fire led to the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972. Also FYI, during the industrial era, Baltimore Harbor, the Buffalo River and the Rouge River also caught fire.

    That was all before my time, so Im sorry that I didnt have the details straight
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  12. #32  
    My hometown is a quiet little town in the middle of the Netherlands... nothing special...

    I live in Sydney, Australia now and that is a pretty nice city..
    http://www.cityofsydney.nsw.gov.au/
    http://www.sydney.com.au/sights.htm

    Sydney named world's best city:
    http://news.ninemsn.com.au/article.aspx?id=12440
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  13.    #33  
    If we're talking about where we're actually from then Stockport isn't exactly distinguished. Although we do have the largest brick structure in Europe in the shape of our four-track railway viaduct. How boring is that?
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  14. #34  
    Quote Originally Posted by PeterBrown
    How boring is that?
    I think you already know the answer
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  15. #35  
    Quote Originally Posted by Chick-Dance
    So "nothing special" equates with small towns? You can do better than that. Tell about that small town in the middle of the Netherlands.
    Basically a small commuter town surrounded by farmland but not too far from the veluwe National park (Holands only NP)

    It was names after the new church, the old church burnt down centuries ago


    Probably the most interesting part would be that part of the county is below sea level.

    And it still has a working steam engine run water pump to control water levels
    (an electric one does the day to day stuff, but this one can be used as a backup)

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  16. #36  
    My hometown (Royal Oak, Michigan) is famous for
    a) Dr. Jack Kevorkian - Dr. Death
    b) Thomas McIlvane - went on shooting rampage at the Post Office

    Makes you want to come visit, doesn't it?
  17.    #37  
    Chick-Dance, as your location is given as AFLAC's limo, shouldn't you tell us why you're proud of that?
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  18. #38  
    Quote Originally Posted by Chick-Dance
    Proud is such a tricky word, PB. I'd rather use the term fulfilled. Chicken are like that.
    Ful-filled chicken? Sounds a bit like stuffed chicken in this context. Lucky ACD is on vacation, I guess this would drive him mad.
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  19. #39  
    Quote Originally Posted by Chick-Dance
    ToolkiT, it looks a peaceful little place. Thanks for sharing
    Peacefull, exept for the weekend nights... bored kids drinking too much, you know the drill...
    Boring? yeah a bit..
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  20. #40  
    My idea of a fulfilled Chicken is one that is packed tight with stuffing, legs trussed up, a few garlic cloves slid under the skin (not to many dambit Emeril it's a spice not a fruit!), a very light coating extra virgin olive oil on the skin to make it brown and crackly, cooked very very slowly, then broiled a bit to brown her up....then some fresh yellow squash, quickly boiled to heat but not mush them, a bottle of very cold Chardennoy (i don't care what they say the colder the better and let it warm in the glass), good friends, a fire, a lively topic and lots of laughs....now that's a fulfilled Chicken!!
    "Do the Chickens have large talons?" Napoleon Dynamite
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