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sunna
11-16-2007, 05:37 PM
My husband just got offered a job there for - well, for enough money to make us think about it instead of laughing it off. I lived in Charlottesville, VA for a bit, but never any farther south than that.

What's it like? Good place to live, bad place to live, is it boring, or what?

gerrydodge
11-16-2007, 06:03 PM
I only know that some of Faulkner's fiction took place there and I've heard it is a great town. Great food and great blues. Also, it is about an hour and a half away from Oxford, the home of Faulkner which is well worth the drive down there.

Perks
11-16-2007, 06:07 PM
All I know of Memphis is that it has a green glass pyramid and that if you cross over the Mississippi there into Arkansas, you'll encounter the most pock-marked tarmac and the weirdest roadkill between Washington, DC and Ft. Worth, TX.

I doubt that's very helpful, but that's what happens when I think of Memphis.

Tennessee is a beautiful State, from what I've seen of it.

sunna
11-16-2007, 06:23 PM
I doubt that's very helpful, but that's what happens when I think of Memphis.

All insights are welcome. :D I'm a little put off by the crime rate there and the size of the place (but, being a Mainer, I would be put off by any city with over 200K people). Plus I hate spiders, my husband hates snakes, neither of us likes country music, and while I enjoy interesting weather, I'm not really sure I want to see a tornado from the living room window.

So I dunno. But Faulkner is a definite attraction...

So is my husband making well over what we both make up here, so I can get some enjoyable part time job outside, pretend to be a kept woman for a few years, and write write write.

gerrydodge
11-16-2007, 06:28 PM
All insights are welcome. :D I'm a little put off by the crime rate there and the size of the place (but, being a Mainer, I would be put off by any city with over 200K people). Plus I hate spiders, my husband hates snakes, neither of us likes country music, and while I enjoy interesting weather, I'm not really sure I want to see a tornado from the living room window.

So I dunno. But Faulkner is a definite attraction...

So is my husband making well over what we both make up here, so I can get some enjoyable part time job outside, pretend to be a kept woman for a few years, and write write write.

Where in Maine, if I may ask. I have property in Blue Hill and in Houlton. I love Maine!

sunna
11-16-2007, 06:38 PM
Where in Maine, if I may ask. I have property in Blue Hill and in Houlton. I love Maine!

Damned pretty areas to have property! I love Acadia, and we go camping a little south & west of that every year, at Chesuncook.

I'm well south of you, in the Brunswick area. I grew up a bit north of that, but my stomping ground is pretty much central & midcoast these days.

I love Maine too. *sigh* I don't really want to leave it...

johnnysannie
11-16-2007, 06:39 PM
Memphis is a cool, trippy town. I love to visit - it's about six hours away from me - but I don't know if I would want to live there. Memphis is home to Beale Street, birthplace of the blues and a radically cool place, the Peabody Hotel where the ducks parade through the lobby several times a day, and Graceland, home of Elvis Presley.

Memphis is a big barbecue town - in fact, there is an ongoing "war" between Memphis style, Texas style, and KC barbecue so there are many BBQ joints, some cool hamburger places, and a lot, lot more. Fried catfish - and fried anything - are also popular foods in Memphis.

Country music isn't as big - not by a long way - in Memphis as it is in Nashville. Blues, rock, rockabilly and other styles are as common.

The Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King was killed is a civil rights museum; the Pink Palace (home of the Piggly Wiggly grocery guy) can be toured, and of course there is the Mississippi (and the whole Delta culture)

Just south of Memphis and into Mississippi are a number of gambling casinos. Tunica has become a prime destination for gamblers.

It's a large, sprawling city, many parts are old and decaying, and the crime rates are pretty high. I will stay in Memphis - in a nice, reasonably upscale hotel but my cousin who is a top law enforcement career officer from the KC area will not so that may tell you something about the crime rates there (his reason for not staying OR stopping long in Memphis with his family)

If you're not familiar with Southern culture, Memphis would be a real eye-opener but then it is also different, has the Delta and the blues influence too.

There are some pretty good guide books to Memphis that might help give you a taste of the real flavor of Memphis and you might visit their city tourism site too.

Tornadoes are a fact of life throughout the South and there can be rugged thunder storms too that can be almost as damaging at times. Snakes within the city probably would not be much of a problem - excepting around the river area - but spiders could be. Not much winter weather but on occasion some including the truly dreadful ice storms.

When you cross over into West Memphis AR, the roads do get rough - that is consistent with anywhere you cross into the great state of Arkansas. Road maintenance is not apparently a high priority for Arkies.

sunna
11-16-2007, 07:08 PM
Wow, lots of info! Thanks!

I'm veg, so the BBQ isn't much of an attraction for me, but I'm sure my husband would love it. The culture...well, I do wonder how well I'd blend, as I didn't fit in so well in Charlottesville, but cities have folks of all sorts. Half the people where I worked in VA wouldn't even talk to me because I didn't go to church - and they were good people: they just, I think, didn't know what to do with me. First time that ever happened to me, and it was definitely an eye-opener of a sort; but I got used to it.

Road maintenance - heh. Western Maine is awful: at least frost heaves are less likely down there. But spiders would be a problem: our place would have to be hermetically sealed for me to get any sleep.

Hmmm. Lot to think about. Maybe we'll visit this winter and see what we think.

truelyana
11-16-2007, 07:10 PM
I don't know much, except for the song...

RLB
11-16-2007, 08:16 PM
They have an awesome zoo. My parents are from Jackson, about 60 miles to the east. Western TN is defintely not as pretty as the eastern part (which is hilly or mountainous). I don't think it's much more than an hour to Oxford (I was just there in Sept. visiting my brother at Ole Miss) if you want to see Faulkner's home. The Southern culture is definitely its own thing though. And the barbeque is good stuff (my family makes their own).

Shadow_Ferret
11-16-2007, 08:25 PM
Memphis is too far south for me. Those southerners scare me.

Although they do make great whisky.

Southern_girl29
11-16-2007, 09:02 PM
I wouldn't live in Memphis for any amount of money. It's a great place to visit, but the crime rate is way too high for me. My husband is from there originally, and he wouldn't even want to live there.

There are some good areas around Memphis, though. Millington isn't too bad (which is where my husband's parents had a house until a few years ago), Germantown is very nice (the richest area around there, I believe) and I think another good area is Collierville. They are all suburbs of Memphis.

The casinos in Tunica are nice. My husband used to be a dealer down there until we met.

sunna
11-16-2007, 09:11 PM
There are some good areas around Memphis, though. Millington isn't too bad (which is where my husband's parents had a house until a few years ago), Germantown is very nice (the richest area around there, I believe) and I think another good area is Collierville. They are all suburbs of Memphis.

Thanks; I'll check those out!