This question is directed at anyone who lives somewhere. So as not to discriminate, those who do not live somewhere, but perhaps live somewhen instead, are also invited to participate, but only if they can explain how that works.
It's pretty open-ended really, but a few things to consider:
Even if you frequently move, or do not live most of any given year at a fixed address, I'm still looking for the same basic things: what keeps you in a state of moving around so much?
N.B. Don't feel obligated to answer those subquestions I asked. Photos, words, videos... whatever; answer however you damn well please. I'm mostly just curious about where other TA members are coming from, figuratively and literaly.
Yes. I am originally from one of the most secular countries in the world and currently live in a former communist republic where atheism permeates society to a substantial degree.
Not really. I moved here quite randomly due to a job offer.
Cheap country to live in. By far the best beer in the world. Excellent public transport system. The heart of Europe. Decriminalized drugs. Negative aspects include no comprehension of service, limited selection, completely different language group, no concept of efficiency.
I think the quest in my life, coming from the dark and cold North, is to live somewhere which never sees snow and palm trees grow naturally. I don't mind religiousity around me, I have a tendency to find atheist/agnostic/secular friends no matter where I am. As I know a some religious people take offense, I 'come out' quickly and accept that it causes some people to be unable to be my friends.
I live in the liberal part of Las Vegas, NV. In general though, we have lots of mormons and catholics in this city. I meet more jackasses than open-minded religious folk.
I stay because I can't afford out of state College tuition.
1) I have not been hassled about it. I live in Utah and, so far, the reaction seems to be more of along the lines of when your kid tells you they are going to kill a monster in the closet. "Well, that's really something! You just take care in there. Anyway..."
2) No, I live here because this is where my wife and I can afford and have our careers - well, she has a career. I have a job. Fucking economy.
3) Not really. I am often amazed at how secular this state is, but perhaps I shouldn't be. They are fresher off the religious persecution bus than most other states, so they tend to tread lightly. Yes, they make some fucked up laws, but anyone who wants to get around them knows how without much fuss. And, though sort of plastic, they are generally good folks these days.
4) see above
5) Just as stated. It's not a bad place to live and raise kids. I can't know, of course, but it seems far better here than in some Southern or Midwestern communities I have read about recently. I think a lot of it has to do with how you find the people you actually associate with, but there seem to be a lot a easy going types here, contrary to what you might think about LDS culture.