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I think it's just the laid back atmosphere and Caribbean weather. It's also very scenic and has a lot of outdoor activities going on all the time.
I'm from Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. http://ts2.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4541074391108133&pid=1.7 It's an alright city, I plan on moving when I graduate since I've lived here almost my whole life. The city is the VERY definition of suburbia.. Want to go to a decent bar? 30 minute drive. Basketball game? 40 minute drive. Chill with a friend? 10-40 minute drive. I was shocked when I visited other cities and found it wasn't this way, it really really makes me appreciate the chances I get to walk places and ride my bike. Memphis is somewhat known for Elvis, he is probably the main attraction for people who aren't from the city. Here is his house "Graceland." http://ts4.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4958399146626071&pid=1.7
While we don't have the vocational structure that other countries have, we have a pretty decent one. I have a couple of friends who decided to become aircraft mechanics after highschool and they are doing pretty well. They attended a 2ish year program and almost all of them had jobs right after graduating. I think the issue is that people often look down on these programs and think that they aren't as good as going to college, which sucks because my friends are making really good money and they really enjoy working in that industry.
Yea, I have a group of friends who are all relatively ambitious and wanting to do something special before they get older. It seems like people who share similar goals tend to attract to each other. I have a hard time understanding people who want to stay in their suburb hometowns and never go anywhere else. I live in a suburb of a relatively major city that most people would say has been on the decline since the 40's and it sucks pretty bad.. While the suburbs are still pretty good there is almost nothing to do here. It gets annoying when people ask you what local company you are going to work at when you graduate and you tell them you're planning on moving away. This causes them questions how it is even feasible to move away, "how can you move away?? don't you have family here??". I usually just say yea and then people call me selfish haha. I just don't understand how someone could be content with lives knowing that they haven't experienced more than one or two towns in their whole life.
Yep.. I'll check occasionally and a lot of the people I went to high school with have no ambition or plans for the future, it's depressing to log on and see nothing but pictures from trashy parties and trucks that people just took out a fat loan for. I doubt I'll go to my high school reunion because of this, it's pretty sad to see old friends talking about how they went from 12 to 17 dollars and hour and now "they're making that big money". It is actually decent money if your'e 18 or 20 but when you work in an industry with no room for advancement and no hope to gain any useful skills you're going to regret that in about 5 years. Sorry for the rant, this just hit close to home so I figured I'd share my thoughts.