Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Bikes: 84 Trek 660 Suntour Superbe; 87 Giant Rincon Shimano XT; 07 Mercian Vincitore Campy Veloce
We were neighbors-more or less! I use to go to Sandusky all the time and we had to go there to get to CedarPoint. I have relatives that live in Bellevue (not at the famous hospital!), Clyde and Greensprings. I did attend Fremont Ross high by the way.
I had to move because I was only 16 ( I figured out I moved on 70 not 72 as I earlier said) and was still in school and my parents dragged me to California. Do I like California? thats a million dollar question. The weather is better here, no snow, (same as you, the older I get the less I can endure the cold) not much rain, no tornados thus very good for biking all year round. In Bakersfield the summer heat reaches over 100 degrees so I try not to ride my bike on those days which usually last about 3 weeks. Earthquakes and forest fires are the big thing in California; but I;m not in a fire risk, and I've been through many quakes including the Northridge one that it doesn't bother me anymore!! Quakes are so infrequent and happen without warning so you don't have to time to prepare to be scared!! BUT the cost of living is very high here. Bakersfield has the most reasonable home price in the state, but an average 1500 square foot home is $155,000 on a 2,000 square foot lot. But the average income here is lower than most other places in the state at around 24,000 a year.
But right now California is having a severe financial crisis because our current governor screwed up the finances badly; so bad there is a emergency meeting planned for Bakersfield June 3rd, the city mayor and counsel are asking the citizens of Bakersfield to gather in a 25,000 seat sports arena to explain the situation and who know what else: I do know this is unprecedented for a city as large as we are (350,000) to do something like this so I have to go; and my understanding is all the major networks will be there! If things get too bad maybe I'll move back to Ohio-NOT!