Moving to Rochester, NY? Maybe.

Myhairygrundle

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A job opportunity has come up with the possibility of moving to the Rochester area. Yea, I'm from Texas and all I know about upstate NY is it's fucking cold.

I would be working in the Rochester, Syracuse, and Buffalo areas.

Since some of you assholes are in the general area, maybe you can tell me if it's a decent place to live and raise kids.

Houston, and most of Texas for that matter has gone in the wrong demographic direction and there is no coming back from it...at least not in my lifetime.

So if anyone has lived in the Rochester, Syracuse area, any feedback would be appreciated. I did see some nice fall color.

 

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You wont see many nig nogs in that area, at least during the winter months, which is between late September and mid April. Do you even know how to drive in snow/inclement weather? I am talking about a foot of snow, not that freak quarter inch you might get there every 20 years. Probably not, just learn to turn into the spin, you might save your life.
 

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You are so lucky. I would kill to be that close to a legend like Brother Wease.
 

Myhairygrundle

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You wont see many nig nogs in that area, at least during the winter months, which is between late September and mid April. Do you even know how to drive in snow/inclement weather? I am talking about a foot of snow, not that freak quarter inch you might get there every 20 years. Probably not, just learn to turn into the spin, you might save your life.

I'll just buy a Subaru?

But I do know how to drive in snow, ice, etc. I know it's not the same, but I have driven in snowy Colorado many times. But being a Texan, there is no comparison to the snow in that area. Even the Long Island trash wouldn't be able to do it.
 

Myhairygrundle

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Subaru, Volvo, whatever?

Shit, I drive a truck! What the fuck do people drive up there?

A prowler?
 

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Subaru, Volvo, whatever?

Shit, I drive a truck! What the fuck do people drive up there?

A prowler?
Priuses and Mini Coopers. Anything else and you'll look like a hillbilly.
 

fletcher

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I hear they have a "buy one, get four free" deal going on.
Only if you are in an accident and end up in a life threatening coma. Its the easy way to not pay out the impending lawsuit judgement.

(Side note, that story still makes not a lick of sense.)
 

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Born & bred in Odessa, TX. In 2006 was transfered from Dallas,TX to Detroit, MI . Yeah I know... Lasted 3 years. Wierd gun laws. Have to purchase a Pistol permit from the Police to purchase a gun, and it expired in like 5 days. I did pick up my concealed Pistol license there and made a few good friends but the majority of people were lazy ass, union mentality, hand out for the Gov't Democrat a-holes everywhere in my opinion. Driving..No service roads, tons of jug handles. Get 4x4. STATE TAXES UP THE ASS!!!! 10 cent TAX on every aluminum can or soda or beer sold. ( i think they have that tax in NY also) Beautiful country up North Michigan & Lake Michigan, people were nicer in the upper part of MI as well. Detroit was awful.

Saw the O&A Virus tour went it came through Michigan. Met a lot of very cool Michigan Wackbaggers at the tailgate.

Visited NY, VT a couple times very pretty. Freakin' cold in the winter. Get a snow blower . Buffalo, not much there anymore it seemed. Used to be a big industrial city now it all gone from what I could tell. kinda sad. People were nice from what I could tell in up state NY, nothing like Detroit for sure. Just saying things/people are different up there and there is NO place like TEXAS. It is just a different part of the world. I never felt right being that far away from my home state. People just didn't get it there. Dude visit before you make a life changing decision. I was counting the days to leave when I got to Michigan.

That being said I am in NW Arkansas, 5 hours from Dallas, feels good to be back south, but it is still not TEXAS. Sometimes ya gotta go where thre $$$ is, but dude you're in TEXAS. It has the the GDP of Russia. There are jobs there. Good Luck on whatever you choose. Personally I wouldn't drag my family up there. But if you are single hell it will be an adventure for sure and have good storied to tell. godspeed

P.S. - Oh yeah the BBQ & Mexican food blows up North. No Tex Mex anywhere. Good pizza and Italian. Best Italian food I ever had was inProvidence, RI.
 
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JoeyDVDZ

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Buddy of mine lives in Rochester; nice area, pretty removed from the dirtiness and depravity that is NYC.
 
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First off - that picture you posted is of Sam's Point in New Paltz, not Rochester. It may be taken from the Town or Rochester, NY which is completely different (and about 250mi away from the Rochester you are thinking of moving to).

With that said, taxes are fucking horrendous, the school districts all suck and are under water thanks to the omnipresent and all powerful NYSUT teachers union (they think nothing of raising property taxes 10+% in a year just to pay for free medical and the rubes keep voting for it), there are naggers in the Rochester/Buffalo/Syracuse area (a lot of them), and you just wait for epic amounts of fucking snow... I think Rochester trails Syracuse by just a few inches for most snow.. they get like 8+ feet per year, it's insane, and Kodak has gone bankrupt.. not sure what industry is left up there to support a tax base.

otherwise, welcome to NY hope you like things run by Democrats.
 

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I'll just buy a Subaru?

But I do know how to drive in snow, ice, etc. I know it's not the same, but I have driven in snowy Colorado many times. But being a Texan, there is no comparison to the snow in that area. Even the Long Island trash wouldn't be able to do it.
all kidding aside.... Subarus are great in the snow. I have had 3.


Lots of good fishing up there too. take a look at my posts in the fishing thread from October. That was all 45 min from Rochester
 

Myhairygrundle

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Born & bred in Odessa, TX. In 2006 was transfered from Dallas,TX to Detroit, MI . Yeah I know... Lasted 3 years. Wierd gun laws. Have to purchase a Pistol permit from the Police to purchase a gun, and it expired in like 5 days. I did pick up my concealed Pistol license there and made a few good friends but the majority of people were lazy ass, union mentality, hand out for the Gov't Democrat a-holes everywhere in my opinion. Driving..No service roads, tons of jug handles. Get 4x4. STATE TAXES UP THE ASS!!!! 10 cent TAX on every aluminum can or soda or beer sold. ( i think they have that tax in NY also) Beautiful country up North Michigan & Lake Michigan, people were nicer in the upper part of MI as well. Detroit was awful.

Saw the O&A Virus tour went it came through Michigan. Met a lot of very cool Michigan Wackbaggers at the tailgate.

Visited NY, VT a couple times very pretty. Freakin' cold in the winter. Get a snow blower . Buffalo, not much there anymore it seemed. Used to be a big industrial city now it all gone from what I could tell. kinda sad. People were nice from what I could tell in up state NY, nothing like Detroit for sure. Just saying things/people are different up there and there is NO place like TEXAS. It is just a different part of the world. I never felt right being that far away from my home state. People just didn't get it there. Dude visit before you make a life changing decision. I was counting the days to leave when I got to Michigan.

That being said I am in NW Arkansas, 5 hours from Dallas, feels good to be back south, but it is still not TEXAS. Sometimes ya gotta go where thre $$$ is, but dude you're in TEXAS. It has the the GDP of Russia. There are jobs there. Good Luck on whatever you choose. Personally I wouldn't drag my family up there. But if you are single hell it will be an adventure for sure and have good storied to tell. godspeed

P.S. - Oh yeah the BBQ & Mexican food blows up North. No Tex Mex anywhere. Good pizza and Italian. Best Italian food I ever had was inProvidence, RI.

I agree Texas is tits right now. However, with all the Mexicans, I believe the next gov will be a democrat elected by Mexicans.

I just want to get my kids away from here and somewhere with seasons and snow.

I would definitely visit somewhere before moving.

New Hampshire is our first choice but this job came up so we are just checking it out.
 

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All 3 cities are the similar in that the city centers are an abandoned nest of n persons, and there is massive suburban sprawl. There are over 1.1 million people in the metro area, but only 250,000 in the city of Buffalo.

Of course, there's a penalty of sprawl, as you pay out the nose in property taxes to insulate yourself from undesirables. My property taxes are $6,500 a year. Of course, my 4 bedroom 2,000 sq ft home with a half acre of land only cost me $155,000, so it's all relative. The suburb I live in (Amherst) is routinely listed as one of safest cities in the country.

Western New York is more red state than blue, but not for the right reason. We have a high percentage of catholic nut jobs.

The snowfall is mostly not as bad as gets reported. It's kind of like judging NYC weather by Sandy. We haven't had a crippling snow storm in 6 years now. All 3 cities border lakes, so when the jet stream hits just right you get dumped on and make the national news.

The people are nice for the most part, and the better school districts are among the best in the state and the country.

If the gig involves traveling between cities, you'll be pleased at the travel. It is 2.5 hours from downtown Buffalo to Syracuse, with Rochester halfway in between. Traffic is almost never an issue except in the snow, obviously.

In my opinion Rochester is the worst of the three cities because there's the least to do. Buffalo has proximity to Niagara Falla and Toronto on its side, and of course the Bills and Sabres. If you prefer college sports, Syracuse is obviously the better choice.
 

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Rochester is an absolute pit. One of the Thruway "rust belt" cities... Utica, Rome, Schenectady, Buffalo, etc...

I feel like I need a tetanus shot just driving through those towns... and I grew up in one of them. My wife says she feels like she needs to take Prozac when we go to visit my parents because the landscape of decrepit and crumbling factories is so depressing.

Rochester... yeesh.

Good luck, bro.


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I will say this in Rochester's favor though... it's not on Long Island.
 

Myhairygrundle

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Rochester is an absolute pit. One of the Thruway "rust belt" cities... Utica, Rome, Schenectady, Buffalo, etc...

I feel like I need a tetanus shot just driving through those towns... and I grew up in one of them. My wife says she feels like she needs to take Prozac when we go to visit my parents because the landscape of decrepit and crumbling factories is so depressing.

Rochester... yeesh.

Good luck, bro.


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I will say this in Rochester's favor though... it's not on Long Island.

Wow. I had no idea it was that bad. Even the Bills are depressing.

We just want to get away from all the young persons and illegals that are taking over.
 

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Wow. I had no idea it was that bad. Even the Bills are depressing.

We just want to get away from all the young persons and illegals that are taking over.
Syracuse is actually not too bad... and there are okay areas around Buffalo... likes Jamestown, but Rochester is just blech.

Being from Texas... the winters will probably kill you... they are brutal. Not just the cold and snow(although they're awful enough)... it's the "greyness" that's so hard to endure. It's hard to explain what "the greyness" means, but anybody who is familiar with the area will know exactly what I'm talking about.
 

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I found some pictures of Rochester during "the grey times" that explain "the greyness" better than words ever could...





Months... it goes on for months.
 

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I found some pictures of Rochester during "the grey times" that explain "the greyness" better than words ever could...





Months... it goes on for months.
I lived two hours away from there and that grey shit is no joke. I learned that the sads are realer than fuck too.

Btw the rate of snowfall will scare him more so than the quantity. When you look out and see nothing on the street then give it an hour and it's accumulated like crazy that is a life changing moment.