Folks like WH just like to stir the pot. It's best just to laugh at them and move on or else ignore them all together.

Some people are geared for a little faster paced life and they will not be happy here, no matter their age.

The majority of folks out grow the "there's nothing to do here" mentality of youth and realize there are very few places in this country that are a better place to live and raise a family.

Many folks I have worked with have moved here from other areas and all have fallen in love with this area and do not wish to leave.
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Originally posted by WH:

Ahhh...you left out exposing false people. You should have a severe dislike for me. Wink


Im beginning to develop one. From what I hear, though, I am in great company. I dont think there are many people here at all that dont have a severe dislike for you.....
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Originally posted by Sam:
The majority of folks out grow the "there's nothing to do here" mentality of youth and realize there are very few places in this country that are a better place to live and raise a family.

Many folks I have worked with have moved here from other areas and all have fallen in love with this area and do not wish to leave.


Let me be clear: I'm not putting down the Shoals! I grew up there. I know it's a great place to raise a family, etc. I'm just curious about where everyone works, considering the number of $200K+ homes in the area and teenagers in brand new cars I saw last weekend.
HA! I'm with you, Javier.

You see how she did me?...living vicariously through the woman & she just takes off. Retired poeple! Gah! Just kidding of course! It's just nice to see someone who worked hard all their life get to enjoy the fruits of their labor.
Having lived in sheffield my whole life I have found ways to entertain myself. here are just a few.

1. stand at the front door and scream here spot here
2. see how many time I can flush the commode in 10 minutes.
3. see how far I can run before the screen door slams shut.
4. watch the neighbors move out.
5. go job hunting
6. count the empty buildings downtown
7. go out in public wearing one red sock and one green sock, then tell people I have another pair just like them.
8. Go to the back door and scream here spot here (thats my favorite)
and people think theres nothing to do here. pffft..........
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Originally posted by leo:
Having lived in sheffield my whole life I have found ways to entertain myself. here are just a few.

1. stand at the front door and scream here spot here
2. see how many time I can flush the commode in 10 minutes.
3. see how far I can run before the screen door slams shut.
4. watch the neighbors move out.
5. go job hunting
6. count the empty buildings downtown
7. go out in public wearing one red sock and one green sock, then tell people I have another pair just like them.
8. Go to the back door and scream here spot here (thats my favorite)
and people think theres nothing to do here. pffft..........


Sounds exciting!

If only that hotel was still there (the Grant I think?), you'd have 9 through at least 12 ways to be entertained. (According to rumors I heard about the place when I was a bit younger.)
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Originally posted by b50m:
Not a rumor. The Hotel Grant in Sheffield.
Or commonly referred to as the Hotel Grunt!
Hired college girls at one time in its history. Also had mics in the rooms for the perverted owner.

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!


Really? If the rumors are true why hasn't someone started a thread just about "The Hotel Grant" at some point? I want stories!

All I remember is being at a sleepover with my girlfriends in about 7th grade, calling up The Hotel Grant and asking if they were hiring, then giggling like the girls we were and hanging up.

Roll Eyes Big Grin
quote:
Originally posted by b50m:
Not a rumor. The Hotel Grant in Sheffield.
Or commonly referred to as the Hotel Grunt!
Hired college girls at one time in its history. Also had mics in the rooms for the perverted owner.

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!


Mics? They had mics? Oh no...I mean ewwwwwwwwww
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Originally posted by leo:
Having lived in sheffield my whole life I have found ways to entertain myself. here are just a few.

1. stand at the front door and scream here spot here
2. see how many time I can flush the commode in 10 minutes.
3. see how far I can run before the screen door slams shut.
4. watch the neighbors move out.
5. go job hunting
6. count the empty buildings downtown
7. go out in public wearing one red sock and one green sock, then tell people I have another pair just like them.
8. Go to the back door and scream here spot here (thats my favorite)
and people think theres nothing to do here. pffft..........


Heh. I was doing some work for a guy on S. Raleigh Ave. a couple months ago and I think I heard you calling for spot.

I remember thinking to myself, "Self? Why is that person yelling "deer snot" like that?
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Originally posted by Road Puppy:
quote:
Originally posted by leo:
Having lived in sheffield my whole life I have found ways to entertain myself. here are just a few.

1. stand at the front door and scream here spot here
2. see how many time I can flush the commode in 10 minutes.
3. see how far I can run before the screen door slams shut.
4. watch the neighbors move out.
5. go job hunting
6. count the empty buildings downtown
7. go out in public wearing one red sock and one green sock, then tell people I have another pair just like them.
8. Go to the back door and scream here spot here (thats my favorite)
and people think theres nothing to do here. pffft..........


Heh. I was doing some work for a guy on S. Raleigh Ave. a couple months ago and I think I heard you calling for spot.

I remember thinking to myself, "Self? Why is that person yelling "deer snot" like that?


Naa, that was my neighbor. He wanted me to write down some suggestions and he's dyslexic
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Originally posted by Buttercup:
quote:
Originally posted by b50m:
Not a rumor. The Hotel Grant in Sheffield.
Or commonly referred to as the Hotel Grunt!
Hired college girls at one time in its history. Also had mics in the rooms for the perverted owner.

EWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW!


Really? If the rumors are true why hasn't someone started a thread just about "The Hotel Grant" at some point? I want stories!

All I remember is being at a sleepover with my girlfriends in about 7th grade, calling up The Hotel Grant and asking if they were hiring, then giggling like the girls we were and hanging up.

Roll Eyes Big Grin

Happened too long ago Butter. If we could see the old forum, I'm sure it was there. Big Grin
As for the local outlook on jobs I am not 100% certain but it seems a bit grim over the past year and a half or so. I know that when we have put in help wanted ads that for the past several years might have brought in 8 or 10 applicants to choose from (if we were lucky) are now bringing in 500+ applicants so I take that as a bad sign but I do hear that problem is not unique to our area.
As for things to do here, for young people there are a lot of Church sponsored events where the Bible will not be shoved down your throat while you're there. There are also a few bars and even some clubs that do not serve alcohol. Then there are the obvious things for young and old alike. Our area has a lively music scene if you know where to look. There is not a day that goes by that there are not at least a couple local places to go for decent live music. Our greatest asset for things to do is the river, swimming, fishing, skiing, sailing, etc. If you like water sports, this is the place! For the golf fanatics we have more golf courses than cotton fields, take your pick. Then we have other sports, plenty of places to shoot basketball, play tennis, racquet ball, baseball, etc. Plenty of places for camping, muddin, hiking, or hunting. We can always go to the movies, usually I choose the drive-in at Russellville instead of going to the theater at the mall. Fairly often you can catch a play at UNA or the Ritz.
For an area our size we have some decent shopping and places to eat (not just chains either, a lot of local favorites here). We have parks, playgrounds, the waterslide, putt-putt- golf, bowling, skating, indoor places for kids to play on inflatable’s, batting cages, and of course Chuck-E-Cheese (a place I despise going but the kids love it). We have a few small museums and galleries. This by all means not an exhaustive list of things to do in the Shoals but there is a little something for almost everyone at just about any given time.
One of my favorite things about living in the area is the small town atmosphere but having plenty to do at the same time. If at any point there is something I want to do in Huntsville or Tupelo both are only about 60 miles away which is an easy trip for an afternoon or evening outing. Another good thing is that we are more or less centrally located between Nashville, Birmingham, and Memphis (& Tunica) all easy places for a day trip or overnight. If I just want to get away for the weekend I can always look for weekend getaway specials on Travelocity, the Huntsville airport is less than a one hour drive. Then of course there is Joe Wheeler park and the State Park (TN) at Pickwick which s only a stone’s throw from here.
Definitely not a boring place to live, maybe everything is not in walking distance or a cab ride away but at the same time we are not far from anything.
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Originally posted by BFred07:
I almost forgot, if you still find it boring here just take a short trip down to the main hanger at Folsom Field early on any Saturday morning for a few hours of jump school. NOTHING cures boredom better than exiting a plane at 14,000'


Do they mind if we just bring folks down and throw them out?

I have a few in mind and it sounds like it could turn into a lovely afternoon...
LOL...this thread just gets more and more funny...thank you all for your great sense of humor! Big Grin

Basically, no town or home is perfectly suited to fulfill all you might want or need. I've many times wished I could have one home city center somewhere where the streets are lined with shopping, restaurants, coffee shops, entertainment, etc. while having one home way out in the country where the nearest neighbor is miles away. Not being fabulously wealthy, the closest I've found so far to being an all around great place to live is Florence.

I imagine jobs are scarce everywhere. It's tough to make ends meet right now for my family as well. We don't even have expensive taste...just want to be able to pay the bills. However, since there are folks with much bigger problems, I'll be thankful for what I do have. Plus, it always gets better eventually. Smiler
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Originally posted by _Joy_:
We do the same things that people in cities all over the country do for fun.

I swim, ski, skate, bowl, play ball, see a movie, go see a play, go see a band live, host a party or go to a party, read a great book, write, play card games or boardgames, watch TV, LOTRO or WOW or the like, photography, do something goofy to laugh at other people's reaction who laugh with you when they see it's in jest, shop, picnic in the park, sunbathe, golf, arts & crafts projects (not for me, blech, but perhaps for you), facebook (it's the devil - run away - lol), look up things of interest via computer or library, go swing on a swingset at the park - you never outgrow this! - it's fun!, manicure/pedicure, put new songs on your ipod or computer, watch animals in their natural habitat, sing at the top of my lungs, turn up the music & dance!...

I could keep going, but I'll stop. Honey, if you want to have fun, there is ALWAYS fun to be had. HA!


Joy... I just love, love, love your attitude!!!
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Originally posted by WesternOne:
quote:
Originally posted by _Joy_:
We do the same things that people in cities all over the country do for fun.

I swim, ski, skate, bowl, play ball, see a movie, go see a play, go see a band live, host a party or go to a party, read a great book, write, play card games or boardgames, watch TV, LOTRO or WOW or the like, photography, do something goofy to laugh at other people's reaction who laugh with you when they see it's in jest, shop, picnic in the park, sunbathe, golf, arts & crafts projects (not for me, blech, but perhaps for you), facebook (it's the devil - run away - lol), look up things of interest via computer or library, go swing on a swingset at the park - you never outgrow this! - it's fun!, manicure/pedicure, put new songs on your ipod or computer, watch animals in their natural habitat, sing at the top of my lungs, turn up the music & dance!...

I could keep going, but I'll stop. Honey, if you want to have fun, there is ALWAYS fun to be had. HA!


Joy... I just love, love, love your attitude!!!


. Big Grin
quote:
Originally posted by BFred07:
As for the local outlook on jobs I am not 100% certain but it seems a bit grim over the past year and a half or so. I know that when we have put in help wanted ads that for the past several years might have brought in 8 or 10 applicants to choose from (if we were lucky) are now bringing in 500+ applicants so I take that as a bad sign but I do hear that problem is not unique to our area.
As for things to do here, for young people there are a lot of Church sponsored events where the Bible will not be shoved down your throat while you're there. There are also a few bars and even some clubs that do not serve alcohol. Then there are the obvious things for young and old alike. Our area has a lively music scene if you know where to look. There is not a day that goes by that there are not at least a couple local places to go for decent live music. Our greatest asset for things to do is the river, swimming, fishing, skiing, sailing, etc. If you like water sports, this is the place! For the golf fanatics we have more golf courses than cotton fields, take your pick. Then we have other sports, plenty of places to shoot basketball, play tennis, racquet ball, baseball, etc. Plenty of places for camping, muddin, hiking, or hunting. We can always go to the movies, usually I choose the drive-in at Russellville instead of going to the theater at the mall. Fairly often you can catch a play at UNA or the Ritz.
For an area our size we have some decent shopping and places to eat (not just chains either, a lot of local favorites here). We have parks, playgrounds, the waterslide, putt-putt- golf, bowling, skating, indoor places for kids to play on inflatable’s, batting cages, and of course Chuck-E-Cheese (a place I despise going but the kids love it). We have a few small museums and galleries. This by all means not an exhaustive list of things to do in the Shoals but there is a little something for almost everyone at just about any given time.
One of my favorite things about living in the area is the small town atmosphere but having plenty to do at the same time. If at any point there is something I want to do in Huntsville or Tupelo both are only about 60 miles away which is an easy trip for an afternoon or evening outing. Another good thing is that we are more or less centrally located between Nashville, Birmingham, and Memphis (& Tunica) all easy places for a day trip or overnight. If I just want to get away for the weekend I can always look for weekend getaway specials on Travelocity, the Huntsville airport is less than a one hour drive. Then of course there is Joe Wheeler park and the State Park (TN) at Pickwick which s only a stone’s throw from here.
Definitely not a boring place to live, maybe everything is not in walking distance or a cab ride away but at the same time we are not far from anything.


500+ applicants is bad. I really don't see it getting better any time soon, but one can hope.

On a lighter note, I love the King Drive-In in Russellville and am so glad they've been able to keep it going. I grew up watching movies there. It's just such a treat - and a truly American experience - to go to the King Drive-In.

When we're in town in the spring or summer, we'll go from time to time. My son loves it! He thinks it's so cool to sit in the back of the truck and watch a movie outside.

The last time I was there and was in the concession stand, I made sure to tell the owner how much I appreciated that they hadn't changed hardly anything about the drive-in since I was a kid. It has aged, but it hasn't changed - even the counter and the benches outside are exactly how they were years ago. She told me that customers tell her that all the time, and that they plan to keep it going as long as they're able to operate the place.

And speaking of the concession stand...I also noticed several cars and trucks parked behind the concession stand (there was plenty of parking) where the concession stand was an obvious obstruction. Now, I know there's nothing new about making out at the drive-in, but is there no where else for the kids to "go parking" up there than to pay $11.00 for two? Big Grin
Why do you feel like you need to be entertained? If you are really concerned, start some kind of business that focuses on entertainment.
quote:
Originally posted by AtticFeline:
quote:
Originally posted by _Joy_:
My husband and I have a small business (distributorship) that would allow us to live anywhere in AL, MS or TN. We choose to live in Florence because we love it here.

The Shoals area is beautiful, culturally rich and one of the safest in the country. We have plenty to do for fun/leisure, but are within driving distance to larger cities if we need/want something extra.

I have no desire to live in a large city that quite literally stinks, fight horrid traffic conditions and pay a fortune to live in a tiny space. I sincerely hope I am never forced to for financial reasons. JMHO


I'm not trying to be contrary, but could you please tell me what there is to do around here besides eat? Especially for young people? I mean something that's not sports or church related and that's cheap/free. How many times can you go to the river, Ivy Green, the Indian Mound, etc.? Unless you have family here, I see nothing that would make someone ever want to move here except maybe the mild winters and lower cost of housing. That's fine, but what the heck do you do when you GET here?
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Originally posted by rramlimnn:
Man like; it’s the nature thing, hiking and exploring.

One would not live long enough to set foot on every square foot of awesome in this area.

Try it.


rram,

Your posts are so informative. Really, you need your own newsletter.
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Originally posted by Buttercup:
quote:
Originally posted by rramlimnn:
Man like; it’s the nature thing, hiking and exploring.

One would not live long enough to set foot on every square foot of awesome in this area.

Try it.


rram,

Your posts are so informative. Really, you need your own newsletter.


Ramm ain't kidding! I LOVE LOVE LOVE nature trails. I have been trying to work my way around to all the great places here in the area for almost 20 years now and I still have a long way to go.

Key caves is my next adventure...if I can sneak in there. Wink
There is a back entrance to Key Cave. A very small opening on the side of the hill It is the way I go in. It’s been a while and I wouldn’t fit in the hole. It is a neat cave.

Have you been to Lacefield? Google it if you haven’t. Bankhead is one of my favorites.

You must join in some time. We usually take a gang when we go.
Im 27 and a life long resident of Florence, AL and have been looking for a job for over 7 months. I finally got into CDL school this week and am going to drive an 18 wheeler. There IS NO work here. I am way overqualified but I finally found a job delivering pizzas and will do that till I get my CDL. Florence, Al is a joke when it comes to opportunities. A person here is happy to be making 10 dollars an hour. 10 an hour! Think about it, $10 dollars an hour, 40 hours a week, 400$ a week Before Taxes! What can a person do on 1600 dollars a month besides pay bills and stay at home. The first priority should be to get some industry here so people can work and make a DECENT LIVING. The reason Im not at Wise is because they have over 5000 current applications on file and with Wise and TVA your mom or dad has to work there pretty much for you to get a job. Dont get me wrong Florence is a gorgeous place to live and I feel safe here and my family is here. It will always be my home. But if you work here and are honest you will be scraping the bottom of the barrel like all the low paid, well trained people here as well as the 10% unemployed which is one of the highest in the state! And PS we do not NEED another freaking place to eat around here (except Hooters lol)Smiler
Right on, Doogie. I just moved back to Florence after 34 years in New England and I am amazed at the employment situation around here. Nothing but minimum wage-and yer lucky to get THAT!

(I'm a CDL driver, too.)

Wow. What with the old folks the mayor courted to come here-They're gonna be dying off (SOON!) and THEN what's gonna make up the tax base?

Kinda like bettin' on a dying horse if ya ask me...

Beautiful place. Just like I remembered, though.

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