Not to over do the vids, but here is one later after they had ironed everything out, so to speak:
Blogged a little about our discussion on my community issues and questions blog.
I love living here (22 years) and couldn't think of any other US city that I could live in.
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The whole aspect of moving to NY seems an amazing opportunity, there are so many positives and advantages which NY would have over many different cities but the only thing which would hold me back is the health scheme. To go from free health care and only paying £3 prescription drugs to a country where it is unavailable would be a large factor. The only thing the US is missing is a national health service. Why should you pay for a health service?
Yet, answering your question "why?" isn't that difficult. Why should someone else pay for your health services? I mean, even with a public health option as we have in European countries, medicine and treatment doesn't magically become free, it's just paid by tax payers instead of the people actually needing it. So I can certainly understand the arguments against it.
I cant see the argument against it at all. At some point during all our lives we are all going to need some kind of medical attention whether it be big or small. People who are financially secure or comfortable are perhaps believe its ok to have the mind set of "why should I pay for everyone else's health care" but put yourself in the position of someone who isn't cash rich and falls ill and cannot see a doctor because they cannot afford it. I like the fact that if I am ill I can phone the doctor surgery and have an appointment within a few days. Americans deserve a decent system which is fair to all backgrounds and doesn't leave people in situations where health care isn't an option.
The idea is that, as long as you give the individual person as much freedom to control his (or hers!) life, they can make their own decisions, and figure out what is the best use of their own resources. Whereas we, as Europeans, expect the government to "take care of stuff", instead of expecting people to take care of themselves.
Anyway, I don't intend to lecture on this, the general point is just that in America, focus is on the individual, in Europe it tends to be on "everyone".
New York is a shithole. I never moved there but regretted visiting. 9/11 was too light. They should've destroyed the entire city and bring down the USA. You Yanks are really the worst in the world.
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1st place prize, One week in Philly
2nd place prize, TWO weeks in Philly!
Actually, I like Philly.
Except for Eagle fans (gotta be the worst in the NFL).
I grew up on LI, lived upstate for a while (mostly for school), did the Jersey thing for a couple of years. I've been living in Manhattan now for 20 years.
If you want to live in NYC, you have to buy into a certail lifestyle (living in a human ant colony, and you have to have an appreciation for certain (mainly cultural). If you want your own space, at least more than a few hundred square feet of it, it isn't for you. My folks always lived on the Island (my mother is still there), so i could do the suburban thing if I wanted and still live in the city. I think it would be very confining if I couldn't do that. Also NYC has a very female vibe to it. A lot of the cultural/entertainment/shopping options are female oriented.
NYC is a great place to build a career, especially if your in the fields that are big here. I venture to think that the majority of the people who move here do it for that reason. It's the main reason I ended up here, and it's worked well for that.
I don't have or want kids, but if that ever changed, I'd never even consider raising kids in NYC. I'd probably leave the entire NY metro area if had kids to raise. Too many other places are much more kid friendly.
At some point I'll likely leave, if for no other reason than I feel the need for a change or scenery/activites.
I'd move for a few years and then return. Being things change so fast here, it'll probably feel like a totally different place upon my return...
I just hope different does not equal worse.