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And I Hate Va

  Fortunately for me I wasn't born and raised in VA since I really hate this state and want to leave. Unfortunately I can't leave since of the Danville/Triad area that I live around so I am caught and force to live within a state of broken dreams, poverty and ticks. It's a sad, sad world to be in....

  I am from Chatham, which of course doesn't have enough jobs thus you have to drive an hour or two to get to Martinsville and/Danville to find decent work. Sadly decent work just means two dollars over minimum pay since they closed off all the "true" jobs in this area to send overseas so those that now employ you, know they can treat you bad and pay you less than you would in any other state while you cannot do anything about it since you have at least another three hundred people wanting your job.

  Although the place is beautiful, especially in the springtime, it hides its charm of ground spiders, ticks, chiggars and other little parasites that seem to flourish without restraint. And so with the arrival of Spring there is picking of ticks from the dogs since Frontline doesn't seem to ward off the pesky problem unless you want them creeping on you to cover their blood-sucking mouths into your flesh until you are covered with bumps.

  And to top it off the neighbors are just mean in the part where I live while those of my in-laws now hate me for whatever reason after my VA-bred husband left me after two months. It just seems this state is just begging to break me of my dreams, to isolate me just like my homestate of KS although with a coldness that only a non-stater can face and keep me floundering in the middle of nowhere as I don't have enough money to scrape by the bills or to escape.

  So Dorothy of KS stepped out of the bus, never knowing that she made it to the Twilight Zone. A dusky zone of blood-sucking parasites, poverty and loneliness that not even the Munchkins could erase. And as she peered nervously down 29S, she would wonder repeatedly how to get back home....

Dormantdrakon Dormantdrakon 22-25, F 6 Responses Apr 18, 2009

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I know how you feel. I truly do. I'm not from Virginia though I have a lot of family that lives here. I'm really free spirited, light footed, and always dreaming. I made a split decision to come here for the experience and work. Virginia is really beautiful, probably one of the most beautiful states that i've been to. <br />
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I had worked and was getting some good experience, but I was going into debt. It's really hard to find a job that pays more than eight dollars an hour. I then felt suddenly stuck and trying to make ends meet that never would. I would go to bed with an aching in my heart because I was having the feeling that I was being robbed of my dreams. <br />
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I enjoy traveling and most places that I go It's easy to find people accepting, but this place is different. People are nice... yes, but if they found out that I came here on choice they begin to judge me and question my life making me question my own. I feel that a normal topic among friends here is how to get out of this state and start somewhere new.<br />
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I have learned a lot about myself here and learned to be happy when lonely and even completed college because I was bored and wanted to do something... Oh yeah i forgot to add if you live here you will get random county taxes that you have to pay annually... for things like cars, property, and owning a pet... they usually range anywhere from 10-90 dollars and skyrocket if you don't pay them on time. Gotta love commonwealth! <br />
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At the start of last summer I took the little money I had and left. I drove west and lived in a tent for the entire summer to escape, and it was one of the best experiences of my life.<br />
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In my advice to anyone thinking about coming here I would say come to visit. There is really a lot to see... the blue ridge mountains, historical sites, quaint towns, swimming holes, rivers, battlegrounds, and changing colors among the seasons. Just don't come here to stay if you can help it.

Thanks Danae I hope so too or that I can leave if I cannot :D.

You are right about that but then again Momi (and not trying to be rude), you did mention that you had time to get used to the place. I can see potential for Danville but with the way this economy is running, it won't be anytime soon.

You are actually correct on that Dorothy because my trailer-mate has lived in various other parts of VA but he hates this part the most. If it hadn't been for the one job and me showing up at his door, he would have left a long time ago.<br />
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So if you don't mind what part of KS is your dh from? And it's alright, I am used to the Dorothies now LOL.

RD it is all about WHERE you live in any state I think - and my brother lived in Danville (after growing up in the Richmond area and living in the Shenandoah Valley and in Northern Virginia) and he and his wife hated it there too! I remember going to an interview with the school system - it was depressing in the town and I thought I don't care what great things this job may offer - no way!! I have lived in Waynesboro (The Valley), Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Richmond, Fairfax - loved them all - miss the Valley the most and Roanoke had to be the friendliest city I have ever lived in. I hope that you eventually get to see a prettier happier part of the state! On a side note - your Dorothy Analogy - I thought was so funny given my ID! (and I am not from Kansas but only coincidentally but not why I have the ID - my dh was born in Kansas).

It's all right Changingtheface.... From what I hear the state is suppose to get better once you leave this tick-infested Triad of poverty. *Shrugs* I am trying to keep my head up but the jobs seem to vanish just as fast as they come.