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PERSONAL: Company wants me to move to Huntsville, AL. Any words of advice?
10/11/11 | me

Posted on 10/11/2011 10:13:07 AM PDT by kosciusko51

I work for an engineering company that would like me to relocate to Huntsville AL from the Pittsburgh PA area. It is a big decision for my wife and I. I grew up near where I currently live and my extended family is nearby. Other than one co-worker and a few business acquaintances, I know no one in the Huntsville area.

Are there any locals that can give me advice on the area? Schools, churches, neighborhoods, activities, places to avoid, etc?

Thanks,
K51


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1 posted on 10/11/2011 10:13:11 AM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: kosciusko51

Abandon hope all ye who enter there.


2 posted on 10/11/2011 10:15:46 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: kosciusko51

It’s warm there in the winter. That helps.


3 posted on 10/11/2011 10:17:03 AM PDT by flaglady47 (When the gov't fears the people, liberty; When the people fear the gov't, tyranny.)
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To: kosciusko51

Actually, if you are a professional engineer , you are going to feel right at home. Some of the best in the country are within 20 miles.


4 posted on 10/11/2011 10:17:45 AM PDT by MARTIAL MONK (I'm waiting for the POP!)
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To: kosciusko51
Go! Go immediately if not sooner!

North Central Alabama is a great place. I grew up about 45 minutes or so south of there.

Good, hardworking, conservative folks who would do anything in the world for you. Agricultural area all around. Smith Lake (can you say bass fishing???)

5 posted on 10/11/2011 10:20:02 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: kosciusko51
Great winter weather, and well within a short drive to get to a larger city for entertainment, both Nashville and Birmingham.

Did I mention SEC football?????

6 posted on 10/11/2011 10:22:18 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: kosciusko51

http://www.huntsvilleal.gov/news/Huntsville_Community_Information.pdf


7 posted on 10/11/2011 10:22:32 AM PDT by houeto
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To: kosciusko51

http://www.hsvcity.org/


8 posted on 10/11/2011 10:23:07 AM PDT by houeto
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To: kosciusko51

You’re gonna love it!


9 posted on 10/11/2011 10:24:22 AM PDT by houeto
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To: kosciusko51

My best friend just moved from there a couple of years ago. She loved it and it is a beautiful place to live. I’ll contact her and see if she’s alright with me giving you her email. (she’s very kind)


10 posted on 10/11/2011 10:24:29 AM PDT by Marie (Cain 9s Have Teeth)
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To: houeto

Thanks for the links. The wife and I have been looking at the Huntsville sites, but I was looking for a more personal perspective.


11 posted on 10/11/2011 10:24:58 AM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: kosciusko51

Know problem, but don’t get run over by all the illegals fleeing. You are legal, right?


12 posted on 10/11/2011 10:25:27 AM PDT by umgud
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To: kosciusko51

Never try to break up a fight between Bama and Auburn supporters.


13 posted on 10/11/2011 10:25:38 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kosciusko51

We checked it out when our company was bidding on a job at MSFC. I think you will be very happy there.


14 posted on 10/11/2011 10:25:53 AM PDT by NonValueAdded (So much stress was put on Bush's Fault that it finally let go, magnitude 6)
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To: kosciusko51

They built much of the Space Shuttle in Huntsville.


15 posted on 10/11/2011 10:26:26 AM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: kosciusko51
Since you won't have any family in the area, you can borrow mine! LOL ... they'll drive you batcrap crazy, but they'll feed you good!

Good thing with the Huntsville area is that it is large enough to have great medical facilities and such. If you enjoy city life, it will probably be big enough, but if you think you would like a little bit more of the country, you don't have to go far to find it.

16 posted on 10/11/2011 10:27:17 AM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde (Don't wish doom on your enemies. Plan it.)
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To: kosciusko51
The Huntsville Area -- "Rocket City"

A very pleasant place to live -- more sophisticated than you might expect at first blush.

Friendly... hospitable... lots of recreation nearby.

ENJOY!

17 posted on 10/11/2011 10:31:40 AM PDT by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
LOL about the family. I may have to take you up on it...

If you enjoy city life, it will probably be big enough, but if you think you would like a little bit more of the country, you don't have to go far to find it.

This is good to know, and sounds a lot like where I live now in the 'burbs of Pittsburgh. I go 15 miles one way and I am in the center of the city. I go 5 miles in the other direction, and it is farmland.

18 posted on 10/11/2011 10:32:45 AM PDT by kosciusko51
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To: kosciusko51

Culture Shock 101

I don’t know you or your wife, but try not to be too judgmental and just go with it. Don’t sink so much in your house you cannot go on vacations.


19 posted on 10/11/2011 10:35:05 AM PDT by ImJustAnotherOkie (zerogottago)
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To: JustaDumbBlonde
Good, hardworking, conservative folks who would do anything in the world for you

I had to spend a Christmas, working, in Monroeville AL, one year. I had to fend off people (people I worked with, who I literally had just met) who kept inviting me into their homes for the holidays.

I wound up making the rounds to several places, and frankly, eating more than if I had been home for Christmas. I couldn't ask for a bunch of kinder or more generous folks than those in Monroeville.

20 posted on 10/11/2011 10:36:20 AM PDT by wbill
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To: kosciusko51

Don’t beleive the hype from the “Hrelp” you’re getting here.

Huntsville is the finest city in the state. They have the best schools, highest average income and a real estate market that has at least wethered the storm hit nation-wide so, if you move again, your odds of selling your home are very high.

I would recommend the Madison County School district. Bob Jones High School is consistently one of the highest rated high schools in the state.

Also, homes west of town in the Harvest and County Line areas are very nice.

RLTW


21 posted on 10/11/2011 10:38:17 AM PDT by military cop (I carry a .45....cause they don't make a .46....)
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To: kosciusko51
I have good friends who live in Alabama, near Birmingham, and I have visited them a couple of time. Although i can't tell you about Huntsville, I'd like to make a plug for Catholic schools in Alabama, which I learned a bit about when I visited. Although only about 7% of Alabama residents are Catholic, the Catholics have done a good job in the past couple of decades of building and sustaining solid Catholic schools — and many of the kids who attend the schools are Protestants whose parents want the Christian values and solid education. One of the negatives I've heard and read about Alabama is that the public schools are weak. So, even if you are not Catholic, I encourage you to consider Catholic school for your kids if you move there.
22 posted on 10/11/2011 10:41:33 AM PDT by utahagen
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To: kosciusko51
I am an engineer who moved to Alabama 5 years ago from Detroit.

Best move I ever made (other than my wife of course.

23 posted on 10/11/2011 10:43:45 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: kosciusko51
I am an engineer who moved to Alabama 5 years ago from Detroit.

Best move I ever made (other than my wife of course.

24 posted on 10/11/2011 10:43:57 AM PDT by Mikey_1962 (Obama: The Affirmative Action President.)
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To: kosciusko51

Here’s my best advice: Learn to say Roll Tide Roll early and often! Roll Tide! and welcome to the Heart of Dixie!


25 posted on 10/11/2011 10:45:06 AM PDT by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: kosciusko51

Go for it.


26 posted on 10/11/2011 10:45:19 AM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: wbill

I’ll pass on your comments to my family who live in Monroeville - they’ll appreciate the thoughts!


27 posted on 10/11/2011 10:47:57 AM PDT by BamaDi ("The definition of a racist today is anyone who is winning an argument with a liberal.")
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To: kosciusko51

Yankees come to visit, Damn Yankees come to Live.

Welcome from another Damn Yankee (moved here in 1983). A lot of great areas to live around here. Madison (kind of a HSV suburb) has really exploded and is still building.


28 posted on 10/11/2011 10:49:19 AM PDT by where's_the_Outrage?
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To: kosciusko51

Have the local newspaper mailed to you. This will give you insight as the the neighborhoods to avoid, the local political climate, things to do, as well as the flavor of the area.

Make sure that you purchase or rent a house with a storm cellar.


29 posted on 10/11/2011 10:49:48 AM PDT by notpoliticallycorewrecked (According to the MSM, I'm a fringe sitting, pajama wearing, Freeper)
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To: kosciusko51

A lot depends on your expectations and your age. If you are in your 30s (or younger), you may be able to adapt to the cultural change and Huntsville will become more like home to you over time (as long as you keep an open mind and embrace the differences!). If you are older, Huntsville could be a place where you live and work, but it won’t be home and you will probably move back to PA within a decade (probably sooner; ESPECIALLY if you make mental comparisons to PA and decide that NOTHING in AL is as good as it is in PA).

Alabama has a lot to offer. It’s NOT (as the liberal media and SNL would have you believe) home to rednecks and idiots. The Goddard Space Center has been there since the 40s and is a foremost space R & D lab. It also has easy access to to the Gulf of Mexico, Georgia, northern Florida and, oh yeah, did I mention the University of Alabama?

I haven’t lived in Alabama for many. many years, but I have traveled the US extensively. You could do much, MUCH worse than Huntsville.

Finally, if your company is paying for the move, jump on it!! You’re getting to keep your job. That’s HUGH, today!!


30 posted on 10/11/2011 10:50:02 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: kosciusko51

A lot depends on your expectations and your age. If you are in your 30s (or younger), you may be able to adapt to the cultural change and Huntsville will become more like home to you over time (as long as you keep an open mind and embrace the differences!). If you are older, Huntsville could be a place where you live and work, but it won’t be home and you will probably move back to PA within a decade (probably sooner; ESPECIALLY if you make mental comparisons to PA and decide that NOTHING in AL is as good as it is in PA).

Alabama has a lot to offer. It’s NOT (as the liberal media and SNL would have you believe) home to rednecks and idiots. The Goddard Space Center has been there since the 40s and is a foremost space R & D lab. It also has easy access to to the Gulf of Mexico, Georgia, northern Florida and, oh yeah, did I mention the University of Alabama?

I haven’t lived in Alabama for many. many years, but I have traveled the US extensively. You could do much, MUCH worse than Huntsville.

Finally, if your company is paying for the move, jump on it!! You’re getting to keep your job. That’s HUGH, today!!


31 posted on 10/11/2011 10:50:37 AM PDT by DustyMoment (Congress - Another name for white collar criminals!!)
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To: wbill

That is such a heart warming story, wbill. I think a good judge of an area is how they treat people. It is obvious from your story that they demanded you come to dinner and not be alone on Christmas. You must have felt very blessed that year.


32 posted on 10/11/2011 10:50:37 AM PDT by momtothree
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To: kosciusko51

Huntsville is a nice place, especially if you’re an engineer. Very affordable real estate, reasonable traffic, not too far from several larger cities. Madison is a nice area (west side, surrounded by Huntsville) and has good schools. Easy hop to the airport, too.


33 posted on 10/11/2011 10:51:38 AM PDT by GlenRoss
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To: kosciusko51

You are trading UP...big time. Take a moment to thank G-d; then go for it.


34 posted on 10/11/2011 10:51:58 AM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: kosciusko51
When I left the service I wanted to move to San Diego. I have traveled all over the world and most of the country, and this was my favorite spot. Before I moved here I found this: http://www.greatschools.org/

I spent literally days using that tool and rent finders to find an area with the best schools in an area I could afford. I found the absolute best fit and moved right to that neighborhood. It was a perfect match. I can tell you now that I have lived here almost 2 years that EVERY area where the school scores were highest are the NICEST areas that you would want to live in and EVERY area where the scores are miserable are the EXACT areas you want to avoid like the plague.

I have been in several places in Georgia and some are downright awful while others are both extremely beautiful with wonderful people. I have not been specifically to Huntsville so I can't give you specific advice, except that if you do move, check out that school finder. Even if you send your kids to private school or homeschool, that tool will find the neighborhood you want to live in.

35 posted on 10/11/2011 10:53:29 AM PDT by douginthearmy
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The Chuck Wagon BBQ, just NE of the airport is a great little hole in the wall place for lunch.


36 posted on 10/11/2011 10:54:36 AM PDT by PhiloBedo (You gotta roll with the punches and get with what's real.)
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To: kosciusko51

I’ve never lived there, but have friends who do...they love it.


37 posted on 10/11/2011 10:57:33 AM PDT by ScottinVA (With "successes" like the Libya adventure, who needs failure?)
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To: kosciusko51

Do you have a son? If so, he wants to help pack!!!


38 posted on 10/11/2011 11:00:04 AM PDT by The Toll
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I grew up there and vist frequently. It is a great town and I can’t recommend it highly enough. You will suffer culture shock if you are coming from the North because in Huntsville people actually speak to each other in friendly tones and like each other’s company. It is about as cuturally diverse as you can get but still retains a Southern feel to it, especially once you enter the countryside. It takes about six months to get used to it, then you wonder why more people don’t know about it. Again, pack up never look back.


39 posted on 10/11/2011 11:01:23 AM PDT by Kolar308 (You're Gonna Love It!)
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To: kosciusko51

Learn to shoot, hunt, and fish, then get an Alabama to English dictionary.


40 posted on 10/11/2011 11:01:51 AM PDT by Real Cynic No More (OBAMA!!'s name is all caps as sarcasm to indicate a lack of respect, as he does not deserve it)
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To: kosciusko51

If you are a shooter I can probably hook you up with range info and contacts with other shooters. I have a friend who lives there and another friend who used to run matches up there. I’m in Hoover myself.


41 posted on 10/11/2011 11:04:33 AM PDT by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: kosciusko51

Not specific advice, as I’ve never been to Alabama: our family made a similar move for a job 10 years ago (10+hour driving distance) away from all our family.

Start sinking roots in right away! We played the outsider far too long, busy with kids and work, spending every time we had two days free trying to get back “home”, Christmases, baptisms, etc.

It took us this long to accept that where we live now is home, and trust me, it’s much easier trying to integrate into a community when you can preface conversations with “Yeah, I’m new here” rather than “Well, we’ve been here a decade, we just couldn’t be bothered”.

Whatever you do, make sure you make your new “home” home.


42 posted on 10/11/2011 11:05:40 AM PDT by Eepsy
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To: MamaB; kosciusko51

I’ve only been to Huntsville a couple of times, but it’s a lovely area. Freeper MamaB lives there, so I’m pinging her to the thread.


43 posted on 10/11/2011 11:05:51 AM PDT by SuziQ
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To: momtothree
Yep. I was afraid that it was going to be a terrible Christmas, and it turned out pretty darn well.

I spent most of Christmas (left the 23rd, returned the 26th) the following year in New York City. I spent most nights either at work, or in the hotel room. Quite a contrast.

One redeeming feature was a small all-night diner that was right close to where I worked in the City. Guy who owned it was a prince of a fellow, never got his name (and wish I had) once I figured out how to get around his thick Greek accent. Anyway, I'd schlep through there after work at around 3am. He'd either ask for help cleaning out the prior days' leftovers ("Here! Try This! Is Good!!" and it always was) ... or he'd experiment on me for the next day ("Here! Try this! Is good????? and it usually was).

If I was living life right, I'd get there just as he was taking the baklava out of the oven. I can still taste it, man that was good. A bright spot in an otherwise unpleasant experience.

I'm glad I don't have that job anymore. Nice to be home at night with the family.

44 posted on 10/11/2011 11:06:39 AM PDT by wbill
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To: kosciusko51

Visit the EWTN complex that Mother Angelica founded.


45 posted on 10/11/2011 11:08:40 AM PDT by Citizen Soldier ("You care far too much what is written and said about you." Axelrod to Obama 2006)
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To: dfwgator

War Eagle!!


46 posted on 10/11/2011 11:09:07 AM PDT by Hoffer Rand (There ARE two Americas: "God's children" and the tax payers)
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To: Hoffer Rand

Go Gators!!! (Although I’m not optimistic)


47 posted on 10/11/2011 11:11:11 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kosciusko51
Look up Travis, Rog, and Pete when you get there.
48 posted on 10/11/2011 11:11:29 AM PDT by ShadowAce (Linux -- The Ultimate Windows Service Pack)
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To: BamaDi
they’ll appreciate the thoughts!

I'm sure that they'll appreciate it, but doubt they'll be surprised. "Well, why wouldn't we?" :-)

49 posted on 10/11/2011 11:12:24 AM PDT by wbill
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To: MARTIAL MONK

My fiancee’s nephew lives in Huntsville. he is a high level NASA consultant. Huntsville is a very concentrated area of highly paid professionals. Its pretty and has a good climate. You will probably love it.


50 posted on 10/11/2011 11:12:35 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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