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Folks, can you give me a bit of guidance here ? I have a chance of taking a job in Atlanta but some info I,ve been getting is a bit confusing as its from people over here who probably dont know
firstly is $85000 per annum salary a lot of money, some say by the time you take out medical insurance for the family and schooling fees its not, sounds like hellava lot to me
though i dont think private schools neccessary ?

Most importantly whats the roads like for twistys and knee down riding , i have been to Florida and the roads I went on are like our motorways , best avoided.

Generally will my life style be better, I,m pissed off with Britains taxes, speed cameras and generally living in a serveilance state where personal freedom and common sense is frowned upon.

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*Slips into asbestos tuxedo*

*Rant on!*

Don't come...that is if common sense and personal freedom is looked highly upon. Seriously, if common sense is a quality that is a must-have, then one would be hard-pressed to make a poorer choice than the good ol' U.S. I mean, c'mon, like George Carlin said, we waste television time informing our citizens of the age of an imaginary rodent (Mickey Mouse)!!! And about the surveillance-state...it's no different on this side of the pond, my friend. Cameras are EVERY-FUCKING-WHERE, the only thing worse is the freakin' quick-draw cell phones. Post 9/11, America has quickly devolved into an Orweillian nightmare. I like my country, yeah, but this shit is ridiculous.

You can't open your mouth without offending at minimum five special-interest groups and lawsuit-hungry lawyers/victims irregardless of the nature of your comment. Thanks to the PATRIOT Act, personal freedoms and rights such as privacy have vanished. And about the taxes...have you looked at our national debt? How do you think Uncle Sam is going to pay for all that? Charm? Good looks? I mean, c'mon, we give talk shows to complete idiots (surprised I haven't been given one yet) and "reality TV" is broadcast with the fervor of a shuttle launch and we expect other countries to take us seriously? Common sense, in America? Are you fucking kidding me?

*Rant off!*

Aside from that rant, taxes in Georgia aren't too bad, methinks. There are some decent roads around there and I believe there are a few tracks around to slake the closed-circuit thirst.

Best of luck with the job and the twisties!!
 

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Riding in Atlanta is bad news. The traffic is unbelievable. However riding in the mountains is outstanding and is about 45 minutes north if you can get past the traffic. Atlanta is a great city. I really enjoyed living there. Quality of life is very good (except for the god awful traffic).
 

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Private school would probably be a good idea. Try looking around the Canton area north of town for a place out of the city limits toward the mountains. You might have Aaron Yates for a neighbor so be careful not to get him mad.
 

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Ok I live in Savannah and I can say the roads are mostly straight. But up in ATL you can go riden on HWY 60 in Helena (SP). Do yourself a favor and go to http://www.georgiasportbike.com And post the same thread. You will also be very close to Road ATL and Deals Gap! I would move there if I was not in the Army. Also the riding season is almost year round!
 

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Georgia's not too bad. I'm heading to Kennesaw next weekend as I always top off Labor Day with a visit to the relatives.

Atlanta is okay, but my impression of the city was that it was kind of cramped, but some folks might like that. If I lived there, I'd prefer the 'burbs. The housing is waaaay affordable compared to Los Angeles and the traffic is easy....again compared to Los Angeles. From what I saw, there were some decent public schools in the 'burbs...didn't really investigate the ones in the city.

The roads are open (away from the city), albeit I think perhaps GA has too many trees and bushes for the fuzz to hide in and jump out at you. Lots of souped up Mustangs and kids driving them....but I saw plenty of bikers there too.

Anyway, if you take the job, you can find what you're looking for in the suburbs....good luck!
 

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thanks

Maybe I'll rent the house out here and give it a go for a year, just goes to show the grass is not all greener the other side, only in some respects, main thing is I get to ride my bike year round.
 

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I lived in Atlanta for 15 years. If you are into a corporate/party atmosphere, then this is the town for you.
If you want a nice place to raise a family, go elsewhere.
The roads to the north are excellent once you hit the mountains. That is one of the great aspects of living there. Just ride straight up 400.
The city life is hell though. Way too much traffic and crime. I finally had to move away because of those two reasons. Good luck.
 

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Just like the simple things in life, I'm not focused in my worklife enough to socialise out of work, not interested in company politics or that kind of crap, (used to work for IBM at one time), just do my job (mercedes Benz technician) get home and forget about it.
I dont like cities or towns, I live in a small rural village here and would like to keep it that way, do the best for the wife and kids and think they deserve better standards of living, and I want a pool and an MV Agusta F4 and new R1 or ZX10 , is this too much to ask(only kidding but would be nice)
 

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Again, you can do like some friends of mine and live in one of the northern towns like Ellijay. Cartersville used to be the end of the line but somehow the city is creeping up there. 85 K will buy you a comfortable home in one of these areas but if you have to commute to anywhere near 285, the traffic will kill you. Literally.
 

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Dude, you realize that you are only going to be about 3 hours away from Deals Gap not to mention some of the best roads in the country are in the North GA, SC, TN area. I lived in South GA for three years and always thought the North Side towards Marietta was nice however, I did have a friend from South Atlanta and went to visit a few times. Seemed like a nice area, but then again I was just visiting.
 

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If I were you I would jump at the deal. I have friends in the UK that want so bad to get over here. My Mom lives up north of Atlanta and hopefully in two years I will be moving up there. If you don't mind a drive and traffic don't live in the city, someone mentioned Canton, that place is nice and Woodstock. It is a lovely place to live and they got great roads to ride. Just going to the corner store you get to ride a few twisties and sweepers.
 

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85k is pretty good but atlanta is expensive. private school is almost a must. traffic in the city sucks. it is a fun town with lots of stuff to do from art to sports. there is a lot of money as well as a lot of poor people there.
 

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85K for a house, you kidding

If my calculations are right that means :-
the average house price here is $313,500 (£175'000) and these really are rabbit hutch size.
The average wage is $36,000 (£20,000) of which taxes are say 20% duducted out of this.
I see know why there is mass exodus from here.
get that MV F4 ordered
 
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