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Old 10-22-2012, 12:47   #26
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Are you looking for employment or retirement?
What kind of salt life are you looking for? Sportsman or sandbeach?
Maybe check out the Ms gulf coast. Pm me and I can give you more info.
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:55   #27
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I'd suggest Abbeville, LA. You'll be close to the coast, and of course Louisiana has more water than any other state in the country, so you'll be able to do some awesome freshwater fishing/trapping as well. Next September hook up with me and do some alligator huntin'.

The first of my family to come to the USA entered through New Orleans during the Civil War and eventually set up a Sugar Cane operation in Vermillion Parrish near Abbeville.

I've always wanted to go see the area.
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Old 10-22-2012, 13:03   #28
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The first of my family to come to the USA entered through New Orleans during the Civil War and eventually set up a Sugar Cane operation in Vermillion Parrish near Abbeville.

I've always wanted to go see the area.
It's pretty historic around there. Also, Erath LA (where I'm from) is where the Acadian museum is.




Oh, and learn the Mardi Gras Song...an absolute necessity if you live in South Louisiana.

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Old 10-22-2012, 13:23   #29
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This thread is making me home sick. My wife and I have been talking about moving back for a few weeks now. She's waiting to hear back on a lead with some good friends who own a chain of markets - you can guess which one.

As soon as we can nail something down, or I can find something, we are moving in a heart beat. We love Texas, but it aint Louisiana.
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Old 10-22-2012, 13:34   #30
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If this thread is doing it, wait. Its now white shrimp season. And in a few short months crawfish will start being harvested. And its always crab season!
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Old 10-22-2012, 13:44   #31
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If this thread is doing it, wait. Its now white shrimp season. And in a few short months crawfish will start being harvested. And its always crab season!
Whoa buddy...it's oyster time!! I have about 5lbs ready to go...some fried, the rest going into a seafood gumbo.
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Old 10-22-2012, 14:52   #32
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Some crawfish etouffee I fired up last night...enough reason to never leave here. (The peas are just for decoration...)

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That stuff looks like canine regurgitation.
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That stuff looks like canine regurgitation.
How 'bout you shut up?



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Old 10-22-2012, 15:10   #34
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Nope.

That looks like the pot pies my mom used to make me eat when I was a kid.
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Old 10-22-2012, 15:20   #35
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That stuff looks like canine regurgitation.
People come from all over the world to eat that very dish in my pic. It's not for the culinary-challenged...it's for people who want flavor.

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Old 10-22-2012, 15:21   #36
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Actually crawfish season is November to July so we are getting close to the official start of that season. Fresh Gulf oysters are REALLY good right now! I had some last week that were spectacular!
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People come from all over the world to eat that very dish in my pic. It's not for the culinary-challenged...it's for people who want flavor.
I'm glad you dig it. Enjoy.
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Old 10-22-2012, 15:23   #38
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I'm glad you dig it. Enjoy.
I was at Randol's in Lafayette about a month ago havin a beer and listening to the live band, and there was a table of about 10 people that came all the way from Russia eating gumbo and etouffee.



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Actually crawfish season is November to July so we are getting close to the official start of that season. Fresh Gulf oysters are REALLY good right now! I had some last week that were spectacular!
That's the 2nd season. Crawfish peaks in March. And yes, the oysters right now are awesome.

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Old 10-22-2012, 15:38   #39
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start in the new orleans french quarter for a couple weeks then gtfo, bypass baton rouge, then to lafayette...stop there..haha

no need to go north of i-10

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start in the new orleans french quarter, bypass baton rouge, then to lafayette...stop there..haha

no need to go north of i-10

Pretty much what he said. Go South about 20 miles to Abbeville and you'll be living in a nice little town that will be cheaper, but close to the best city in the state (Lafayette) and also close to the gulf.
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Whoa buddy...it's oyster time!! I have about 5lbs ready to go...some fried, the rest going into a seafood gumbo.
My brother, my brother, the best oysters come from Ms. We open in a couple of weeks.
Go ahead and jump start yourself on those sad La oysters. The real deal will be harvested soon.
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Old 10-22-2012, 15:55   #42
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My brother, my brother, the best oysters come from Ms. We open in a couple of weeks.
Go ahead and jump start yourself on those sad La oysters. The real deal will be harvested soon.
Hahahahahhhhjah


Please, as if MS knows how to cook them properly!

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Please, as if MS knows how to cook them properly!
Hah!!!!
Good natured fun!!!!
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Old 10-22-2012, 16:52   #44
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Hah!!!!
Good natured fun!!!!
Hey, at least their Gulf oysters...none better in the world.
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Old 10-22-2012, 18:54   #45
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Guys guys! Easy!
I Don't want to be competing with every glocktalker that reads this and decides to move to the state!

Thanks for all the input!

What a great sounding state, that you hear so little of(up here anyway)!!


Employment search commencing. TX,AL,LA,MS,FL...decisions decisions!
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I live right outside of New Orleans. Come on down. Before you buy here check out Houston or Katy TX. Stayed in that area after Katrina and loved it.
I have distant relatives in Houston.. it's on my list to look in to.

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1) Cost of living - Almost non-existent unless you want to live right in the center of a city.

2) Friendly to outsiders - As friendly as anywhere else I'd suppose...as long as you don't have something like a Boston accent, you'll be fine.

3) Taxes - Not bad at all. In line with the pay scale here so I can't complain.

4) Best kept secrets - Nothing is a secret here...but I'd say the food will pretty much hook you for life.

5) Gun laws - Almost none. Shall-issue. Open carry. Any number of firearms, anywhere in the vehicle, loaded or unloaded, with no permit required.

We also have a strong castle doctrine which means if anybody forces entry into your home, feel free to make some extra breathing holes in their chest.

Oh, and I'll have to mention the food one more time.
SOLD! Sounds amazing.

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The Florida panhandle and the southern tip of Alabama (Gulf Shores/Orange Beach) are worth a look. WARNING: There are a lot of liberals in Baldwin county, but Alabama has a local-firearm-law preemption law.
Loved orange beach when I was there this spring, but spent most of my day there on the beach fishing so I didn't see any of the surrounding area.
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Wait, so Tantrix.. would you say the food is acceptable?
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Louisiana born ( Caddo parish ) and raised outside of Kinder, LA before moving to Texas. The western part of the state is great. Much cleaner and laid back than let's say the NOLA/METAIRE area.

I myself would reccommend anything from Baton Rouge west. North Louisiana is more like Texas or Arkansas, but still it's great place to live.

Overall taxes for common items are cheaper than most other places and gas prices are always cheaper than any think MidWest or NE states.

if you get bored of LA, you can escaped to the North, West or East and enter any of the border states with in 3-5 hours of driving time depending on where your at.
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Everything pretty much spot on.

I'll elaborate some. West of Baton Rouge (like noway mentioned) is Acadiana (Cajun) territory. Not the same thing thing as New Orleans. The food will be different, the music will be different, and the culture will be different. Not that there's anything wrong with New Orleans, but Acadiana is where it's at.

And noway is spot on with the North Louisiana assessment. I'd suggest living at least as South as the Lafayette area, or you'll miss ALL of the state's cultural background. There's a reason we call anyone North of I-10 Yankees. The Northern part of the state is nothing like the South/Southwestern part. But, it still shares the same freedom as the rest of the state.
Very interesting breakdown.

I laughed when I saw how far north I-10 is..


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Some crawfish etouffee I fired up last night...enough reason to never leave here. (The peas are just for decoration...)

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That looks amazing!
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Old 10-22-2012, 19:39   #49
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SOLD! Sounds amazing.

*Vehicular long guns would be a new freedom for me!
Like I said...any number of firearms, any type of firearms (handgun and long gun), in any condition (loaded or unloaded), in any location (concealed or sitting on your dash while you drive around) is legal in LA.


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Wait, so Tantrix.. would you say the food is acceptable?
The food is...well...out of this world. It will probably take you some time to learn what you prefer as far as Louisiana cuisine, but you'll be blown away. If there's one thing you don't have to worry about here, it's finding good food.


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Very interesting breakdown.

I laughed when I saw how far north I-10 is..



Yeah, it's not very far up...but that's the line you want to live under if you want the best the state has to offer.


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That looks amazing!
One of our many signature dishes. First make a light roux with various vegetables/herbs/spices, then simmered for about 20 minutes with fresh crawfish tail meat. Let's just say, if I had to pick my last meal...this would likely be it.

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Old 10-22-2012, 19:42   #50
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Houston? Big city prices big city problems.
If youre into that, drive on. If you want the gulf coast laid back living and lower cost of living, look at the Ms gulf coast. Or....
......arghhhh, ok Tantrix even La.
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