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(Daily Mail)   The 20 best places to visit, but god help you if you live there   (dailymail.co.uk) divider line 128
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2012-04-22 10:38:58 AM
Brunswick NJ is a small town like Albany NY is a small town. Princeton NJ has one of the largest hospitals in the state.
 
2012-04-22 10:41:12 AM

SirEattonHogg: They didn't mention Mitchell, South Dakota, home of the CORN PALACE?!!!


Clearly an oversight.
 
2012-04-22 10:42:17 AM

sift: beckley west virginia? i lived there for 5 years and i dont see how anyone would even wanna visit there. I guess if you think the "crafts and cultures of appalachia" was something to value...


Skiing? It's pretty good there.
 
2012-04-22 10:48:08 AM
From Woody Point to Come-By-Chance to good ol' Ferryland
Come take a look at Gander, Blackhead's mighty grand
Don't let the names deceive you, Newfoundland's mighty fine
So spend a night in Dildo if you think you've got the time
So spend a night in Dildo if you think you've got the time
 
2012-04-22 10:48:13 AM
Brattleboro has McNeill's Brewery, which is always worth a stop. The selection is sometimes hit and miss, but when it's good, it's some of the best beer I've ever tasted.
 
2012-04-22 10:49:02 AM
#7 Butler PA

I live and work there.

We have meth, racist rednecks, and more fundy churches than you can shake a stick at.

OTOH, you can buy a house in town for under 20K.
 
2012-04-22 10:51:05 AM
"Next up is Red Bank, New Jersey. A mere 25 miles outside of Manhattan, this riverfront town of roughly 12,000 gave start to music legend Willie Nelson, who played on Mechanic Street."

Willie? In Jersey? Seriously?
 
2012-04-22 10:52:25 AM
Brattleboro is nothing special. There's really not much there.

Great Barrington, on the other hand, even has a Cheese Monger!
 
2012-04-22 10:54:51 AM

unclecrazy99: They didn't mention Pahrump, NV... home of the Bordello Museum .


Give unclecrazy99 a Pahrump!

Watch your ass!
 
2012-04-22 11:04:17 AM
Key West is not a place to take your family. And it's really not worth seeing. The best part is the drive down. Which is worth seeing.
 
2012-04-22 11:07:05 AM
Uhhh, the picture with the chick in front of the water and the part about a "river view" in Marfa aint Marfa. The closest body of water to Marfa aside from a rain puddle or stock tank is the Rio Grande on the border of Presidio and Ojinaga which doesnt have anywhere that looks remotely close to that picture. The other place that is pretty enough to be that picture, but isnt that picture, is Balmorhea.. That picture wasn't taken anywhere near Marfa.

I live out in that area for 3 years. It is nice, but after about 3 months, it begins to wear off of you.
 
2012-04-22 11:11:00 AM
I'm surprised to see Beckley on there. I lived near there (Montgomery) as a child for a handful of years, as my father did scientific research for a coal company. It's a rather drab and dreary area when you really delve into it, much like post-industrial anywhere. West Virginia obviously has a lot of natural beauty, though. I am really, really glad my parents moved us out of that state, not that it doesn't have nice(r) areas.
 
2012-04-22 11:11:49 AM
Staunton? Really? It's nice enough, I suppose, but it's not exactly a small town. Mary Baldwin and the VA School for the Deaf and Blind are located there.

If you're a Civil War buff, Lexington is a great place to check out. The Stonewall Jackson house, his and Robert E. Lee's graves, etc.
 
2012-04-22 11:26:23 AM
Mill Valley is, indeed, lovely.

Unfortunately the people that live there suck and make the place unbearable.
 
2012-04-22 11:27:46 AM
I've heard you can live a cool life in Durango, but I will agree with subby in that I have two friends from Butler, PA and they couldn't get away fast enough.
 
2012-04-22 11:30:14 AM
dryknife

For reasons I can't explain, I expected to see that shot of John Ritter's nut sack hanging out of his shorts.

/off to see shrink
 
2012-04-22 11:30:37 AM
Hm. Before I even opened the link I wondered "Which quaint New England towns will make the list?"

Not sure why Princeton, NJ would be a "god help you if you live there" place - it does have a rather decent university.
 
2012-04-22 11:33:30 AM
Butler is one of those places where, if you're over 25 and still living there, something probably went wrong with your life.
 
2012-04-22 11:37:59 AM

ComicBookGuy: I wonder if subby can explain why it would so universally suck to live in these locations?


Because they're small towns.

/geez, is this that hard?
 
2012-04-22 11:39:09 AM

crab66: Key West is not a place to take your family. And it's really not worth seeing. The best part is the drive down. Which is worth seeing.


This. It's a bad combination of tourist trap, sweaty trailer park and a decrepit navy base.

Hemingway wrote at a house there for awhile in the 1920's. There, I just saved everyone time and money.
 
2012-04-22 11:40:51 AM

GungFu: FTFA: Next on the list is Taos, New Mexico, on the Rio Grande. It is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering hiking and skiing in the area.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm


Yeah, interesting that a couple of the towns on the list are known for strange things. The Taos Hum, Marfa Lights....
 
2012-04-22 11:54:35 AM

McManus_brothers: A population of 17,000 is "large"? I guess, if you're British.


"large town" is the active phrase there. Any bigger and you have a "small city". Capish?


Gig Harbor made the list. Gig Harbor is nice. I'd totally live there if I didn't have to earn a living and I know people that commute 2 hours either way to Metro Seattle to work every day.
 
2012-04-22 12:00:01 PM

had98c: GungFu: FTFA: Next on the list is Taos, New Mexico, on the Rio Grande. It is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, offering hiking and skiing in the area.

Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm

Yeah, interesting that a couple of the towns on the list are known for strange things. The Taos Hum, Marfa Lights....


And just across the Tacoma Narrows Bridge from Gig Harbor, we find the "Tacoma Aroma".
 
2012-04-22 12:01:53 PM
two kids were necking in a car parked in Palos Verdes

the girl moans and whispers: kiss me where it stinks

so, the boy drives to El Segundo

/EL SEGUNDO!
 
2012-04-22 12:01:55 PM

MadameX: Gig Harbor actually is quite nice. Too bad you have to pay $4 (soon to be $5) to get across the Narrows Bridge to drive into Tacoma.


Or just live in north Tacoma and save the $5 :)
 
2012-04-22 12:02:31 PM
memearchive.net
 
2012-04-22 12:05:06 PM

pinktaco4lunch: Durango CO smells like hippies


not a problem

30.media.tumblr.com

/prolly sportin' a garfunkel
 
2012-04-22 12:05:12 PM

She comes in colors everywhere: #7 Butler PA

I live and work there.

We have meth, racist rednecks, and more fundy churches than you can shake a stick at.



So. Lots of glory holes, then?
 
2012-04-22 12:07:31 PM

R.A.Danny: Menominee, do do do do do


www.slate.com
 
2012-04-22 12:21:31 PM
Articles like these are how you know editors of rags and dopey outfits like the Smithsonian hate the good places to live.

Boulder CO used to be a lovely small town (Longmont, Jamestown, Nederland, Lyons). Then hipsters started bragging about it and now it's a hellish pit of demon-spawn witch women and sheriffs who deal coke and a Leftist tilt so far to the Left Hunter Thompson said he'd rather blow the whole thing off the map than pass through there again

Steamboat Springs used to be a lovely cowboy town with a decent ski resort until hipsters from back East began moving in and now it's got big highways and big city problems and it takes beaucoup bucks to live there.

Telluride used to so out of the way it's one street wasn't paved. See above. In triplicate. The double that.

Durango used to be a wonderful out of the way place until, etc etc. Bayfield CO just east of there was home to ... well, nothing .... until Durango overflowed.

Grand Junction CO used to be 38,000 people (now 140,000) until several magazines voted it one of the best retirement places in America and then land at $300 acre exploded into $10,000 an acre and every motherloving Grandpa and Grandma from California moved to Grand Junction and now it rivals Colorado Springs in size and troubles, plus a hellish mix of Mongols and Outlaws maneuvering around each other to control the exploding market for meth.

Let's talk how peaceful Jackson Hole used to be. Or more compelling, Driggs, ID. And my favorite vote for rape, plunder and MF'rs who don't belong there .... Heber, UT Once more picturesquely spectacular than almost anyplace on earth.

Or, hell, let's talk about how peaceful and little Aspen was until national magazines began talking up this mining and hippy town stuck at the end of a thirty mile road. Or, as we say out here about Dillon CO .... it's so busy no one goes there anymore. HOV five lane highways, one hundred fifty miles of bus service, millionaires having to move down-valley because they were run out of town by the billionaires, 10,000 acre horse ranches turned into housing developments indistinguishable from Dallas suburbs ...

I hate articles like these.

Hate Hate Hate
 
2012-04-22 12:34:19 PM

DerekSD: Mill Valley is, indeed, lovely.

Unfortunately the people that live there suck and make the place unbearable.


As a former Marinite, specifically Mill Valley, I take offense sir. I shall have my valet come round to slap you presently.
 
2012-04-22 12:41:00 PM
Siloam Springs, AR? You have got to be kidding me.
 
2012-04-22 12:49:03 PM

She comes in colors everywhere: #7 Butler PA

I live and work there.

We have meth, racist rednecks, and more fundy churches than you can shake a stick at.

OTOH, you can buy a house in town for under 20K.


I pity you. That's my hometown. The place is a cyst.

My grandfather went almost straight from WWII into the Armco steel plant and worked his whole career there.
 
2012-04-22 12:49:34 PM

Crazymuthafarker: DerekSD: Mill Valley is, indeed, lovely.

Unfortunately the people that live there suck and make the place unbearable.

As a former Marinite, specifically Mill Valley, I take offense sir. I shall have my valet come round to slap you presently.


Fairfax > Mill Valley
 
2012-04-22 12:56:07 PM
<b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7063813/76387113#c76387113" target="_blank">Crazymuthafarker</a>:</b> <i>DerekSD: Mill Valley is, indeed, lovely.

Unfortunately the people that live there suck and make the place unbearable.

As a former Marinite, specifically Mill Valley, I take offense sir. I shall have my valet come round to slap you presently.</i>

As a current San Anselmoan, I am repulsed by your adherence to modern day slavery by retaining a valet.
Particularly as it is the weekend and I am in 'hippy-mode.'

There it is! Lattes at dawn, sir!

/i prefer the term 'marinista' myself.
 
2012-04-22 01:00:50 PM
Located across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, the large town has a population of nearly 14,000.

So is Mill Valley in San Francisco or is the bridge in San Francisco?

Why can't the English learn to write?
 
2012-04-22 01:05:45 PM
Marfa boasts relaxing rivers. And avocado cumquat arugula yogurt.
 
2012-04-22 01:07:40 PM

DerekSD: <b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7063813/76387113#c76387113" target="_blank">Crazymuthafarker</a>:</b> <i>DerekSD: Mill Valley is, indeed, lovely.

Unfortunately the people that live there suck and make the place unbearable.

As a former Marinite, specifically Mill Valley, I take offense sir. I shall have my valet come round to slap you presently.</i>

As a current San Anselmoan, I am repulsed by your adherence to modern day slavery by retaining a valet.
Particularly as it is the weekend and I am in 'hippy-mode.'

There it is! Lattes at dawn, sir!

/i prefer the term 'marinista' myself.


San Anselmo? Wow, really? Red Hill is a dump and Matuecci's isn't even a proper dive. The rest is just day spas, bistros and frilly antiques. Only thing remotely cool there is Mel the barber.

Viva La Fairfax!
 
2012-04-22 01:11:00 PM

ChicoEscuela: DerekSD: <b><a href="http://www.fark.com/comments/7063813/76387113#c76387113" target="_blank">Crazymuthafarker</a>:</b> <i>DerekSD: Mill Valley is, indeed, lovely.

Unfortunately the people that live there suck and make the place unbearable.

As a former Marinite, specifically Mill Valley, I take offense sir. I shall have my valet come round to slap you presently.</i>

As a current San Anselmoan, I am repulsed by your adherence to modern day slavery by retaining a valet.
Particularly as it is the weekend and I am in 'hippy-mode.'

There it is! Lattes at dawn, sir!

/i prefer the term 'marinista' myself.

San Anselmo? Wow, really? Red Hill is a dump and Matuecci's isn't even a proper dive. The rest is just day spas, bistros and frilly antiques. Only thing remotely cool there is Mel the barber.

Viva La Fairfax!


posted from an ipad whilst wearing a che guevara t-shirt, right?
 
2012-04-22 01:17:12 PM
Derek and Chico, I shall attend to your heresy when I am at a proper computer. For now, I shall say only this...

Nuh uh!
 
2012-04-22 01:19:49 PM
Can we all at least agree that Sonoma County should start at the Novato city limits?
 
2012-04-22 01:21:57 PM
Great Barrington, #1 on the list, is legitimately my hometown and I agree with everything they said and then some. Seriously one of the best places in the country to grow up, and learn all about everything there is to know. By age 10, I knew things from the ins and outs of farming and food production to fine symphony and art. It's seriously a wicked blender of culture.
 
2012-04-22 01:22:21 PM
As I have just got out of working in that Hell hole that is Mill Valley, I can say it is a shiatty place to live, work, or visit. When selling wine to one particular patron I was asked how it tasted. I said "this is a 500 dollar bottle of wine. It's not something management would open for us". Her response was "well, why haven't you bought it yet?"

I'm not financially hurting by any stretch of the imagination, but the people there are so rich they don't comprehend the idea of NOT BUYING EVERY STUPID THING THAT YOU LAY EYES ON!!!

/end rant.
 
2012-04-22 01:31:21 PM
Butler, PA:

upload.wikimedia.org

Seriously, this has to be a joke.
 
2012-04-22 01:32:53 PM

DerekSD: Can we all at least agree that Sonoma County should start at the Novato city limits?


Went from working in Mill Valley to Novato. I second your motion sir.
 
2012-04-22 01:45:14 PM

mikemoto: The only ones of these places I have ever been is Princeton, NJ, and yeah it is a nice place to live if you have about $5 million in the bank.


=======================

That's the story for the entire State of New Jersey. Jersey has some fantastic places to live.....if you have $5 million in the bank. Any place in Jersey that is affordable by someone who works for a living you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy.
 
2012-04-22 01:48:08 PM
My wife is from Great Barrington, easily one of the worst places I've had to visit.
 
2012-04-22 02:02:21 PM
"20 towns in high tax areas with little to no industry" would be a more accurate headline.
 
2012-04-22 02:05:17 PM

Mr. Coffee Nerves: BUTLER, PENNSYLVANIA?

Butler is a rust-belt pit of shiat that wouldn't be worth visiting if it hosted the World Steak and Blowjob Festival


As someone born in Butler, I agree with this statement. The problem is that my current home (Ocean City, MD) meets the criteria for the headline much, much better.
 
2012-04-22 02:09:41 PM
But they missed Virginia Beach..........
 
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