If you don't like where you live - move or shut up about it

United States
October 30, 2015 7:45am CST
About 15 years ago we moved to a 'tourist' area in Tennessee. We moved from there after two years since the tourist traffic was a pain and we just didn't want to put up with it one day longer. So instead of complaining about it, we moved. I know a couple who moved to that same area two years prior to us and they still live there. So about 16 years later they are still complaining about traffic and those 'horrid' tourists. They don't want to move so they continue blasting the masses who invade their lifestyle and their freedom of travel! Here's where the problem lies - first off, when we go there we are two of those horrid tourists they complain about. Secondly, they both have part time jobs working in the tourist industry. The husband works for one of the major entertainment groups, as a ticket taker. They work as a team cleaning rental cabins. Both of those jobs only exist because of tourists. If it weren't for tourists there would be no jobs at all. So since they are never going to move - I sure as heck wish they would just shut up about it! Photo belongs to AbbyG
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@LadyDuck (141407)
• Switzerland
30 Oct 15
I have lived in a tourist area in south of France for years and people complained every day about tourists, but they complained even more when tourists did not come... well we also moved to a non tourist area.
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• United States
30 Oct 15
See, you can't have it both ways, if you depend on tourists and they don't come that's as bad. Where they are it calms down from Dec. to spring - no tourists then, or just a few!
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@Hatley (164777)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Jan 16
aro und here with the obscene cost of housing ify ou are in the tourist business you had b eer no bite thehands that pay you so you can afford to live i n Southern California r ia
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@sugartoes (38308)
• Greencastle, Indiana
30 Oct 15
I always say if you don't like where you are then MOVE but it's not as easy as you would think. like us we have moved like 3-4 times since 08 & STILL have not got the place we would like to live yet & from the way things are don't look we are either
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• United States
30 Oct 15
We left NJ in 2001 - bougt a house sold it 2 years later, moved to another county lived there 5 years, sold it moved to another county stayed 5 years, and now we're in another county for the last 2 years and a few months and I'm already ready to move - I love moving. My husband loves this house, me not so much. We can move if we want, nothing holding us here.
@PainsOnSlate (19902)
• Canada
30 Oct 15
We live in a tourist area too, we often moan about the traffic on the highways but we love the area. Its close to my husband work and his job sends a limo to take and and bring him home form the airport or the train - bonus! My art sells like crazy because of the tourists and the local wineries and shops love my art because it makes them money too. Its a win win. I do live in a small town off the edge of the tourist places so our life at home is quiet. The traffic has always been bad because there is no more room on the spit of land we live on for more highways. I live between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie - not much land between those two lakes.
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• United States
30 Oct 15
You are level headed - you understand the good and the bad and you aren't complaing - wish my friends could be like that!
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@Raelove (16820)
• Saco, Maine
30 Oct 15
I lived in a touristy town not far from here when I was first married years ago and loved it. Of course, I was much younger then and thought it great fun to hear the noises from the carnival rides and the night clubs going on at night. Now, I doubt I'd enjoy it as much. I have always migrated to areas that I know will suit my own needs. Some people aren't happy, though, unless they are complaining. So your two "friends" are probably in that category.
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• United States
30 Oct 15
That's very true, especially her -she does complain about a lot of things. Food, weather, stores, restaurants, her dog...it goes on and on!
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@Raelove (16820)
• Saco, Maine
30 Oct 15
@AbbyGreenhill I have a friend like that who complains about everything under the sun. Gets so tiresome after awhile.
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• United States
30 Oct 15
@Raelove Yes, its quite annoying because she has a very nice and comfortable life but still finds things to complain about.
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@1creekgirl (9807)
• United States
30 Oct 15
Some people, if you gave them a million dollars would complain about paying taxes on it. It's all how we look at things, whether we're thankful or gripeful. (Is that a word? If not, it should be.)
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• United States
1 Nov 15
I think gripeful is a good word, is it in the dictionary - I don't know!
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@Hatley (164777)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Jan 16
@AbbyGreenhill mabe we can make it into a mylot dictionary lol
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• United States
7 Jan 16
@Hatley Ha ha, I wonder how that would fit into the guidelines?
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• United States
25 Feb 16
'n they call such progress. yepperz, those folks seem to be bitin' the hand that feeds 'em. 'course jobs're scarce'n many parts'f tennessee so i reckon ya take what'cha can get. perhaps they can't afford to move 'way from there? that bein' said, i agree that they ought'a jest keep their disgruntlement to 'emselves.
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• United States
25 Feb 16
They can afford to move - they sold their company and I'm sure they have a nice bank account, but they act poor.
• United States
25 Feb 16
@AbbyGreenhill well then, i reckon they jest enjoy gripin' 'n hope that others'll join in'n be co-dependent:)
@poehere (17756)
• French Polynesia
30 Oct 15
You are so right. If they hate it this much it is better to leave the area and move to a quieter place. Then they can commute back and forth to work. Sounds like they just want to complain so others feel sorry for them. Sad
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• United States
30 Oct 15
I gave up feeling sorry for her long ago. She seems to have everything but she isn't happy with anything. Oh well....I'm done letting her drag me down.
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@poehere (17756)
• French Polynesia
30 Oct 15
@AbbyGreenhill Good for you. I find some people are never happy. I once heard a person tell another who was like this. wow if I served your dinner on a gold platter it still wouldn't make you happy. I had a good laugh on this one and think of it often when I meet people like this.
• United States
30 Oct 15
I have a friend who moved to a tourist beach area and I can never go visit during the summer months as the traffic is horrendous. She loves it there but I never would.
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• United States
30 Oct 15
It's up to each of us to live where we are happy...I would love to live by the ocean, but I couldn't deal with the traffic either, that's why we live in the mountains.
@boiboing (12219)
• Northampton, England
30 Oct 15
But it is so much more fun to moan than to change.
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• United States
30 Oct 15
You got that right! That's what my husband says about them too.
@Hatley (164777)
• Garden Grove, California
7 Jan 16
go t te perfect answer " shud up about it al eady" and laugh
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@Jessicalynnt (47798)
• Centralia, Missouri
30 Oct 15
there are tourists and there are tourists, I try to leave a tip, be polite, be clean, etc etc etc
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@japneet20 (254)
• New Delhi, India
31 Oct 15
Their jobs exist due to the fact! This was ridiculous. You should move away from such people
• United States
31 Oct 15
I have finished my contact with them don't worry!
• New Delhi, India
31 Oct 15
@AbbyGreenhill that's good then. :)
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• United States
31 Oct 15
@japneet20 Yes, and I don't miss her.
@allknowing (60259)
• India
30 Oct 15
The place I shifted from is terribly polluted and everyone who lives there keeps saying that living there has become impossible but they will not shift.
• United States
30 Oct 15
Sometimes it is not possible or affordable to move so people learn to deal with the situation.
@allknowing (60259)
• India
30 Oct 15
@AbbyGreenhill That could have been the same situation with your friends too.
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• United States
30 Oct 15
@allknowing No, they could move if they wanted to.
@MALUSE (36946)
• Germany
30 Oct 15
I hope you've told them your opinion in just these clear words.
• United States
30 Oct 15
Several times, but in a nice way - without success!
@MALUSE (36946)
• Germany
30 Oct 15
@AbbyGreenhill Well, then the only way I can see is to tell them not to mention this topic when you're present because you're sick of it. In written form this doesn't look polite but with a nice smile you may get away with it.
• United States
30 Oct 15
@MALUSE I actually stopped talking to her two weeks ago. She still e-mails once or twice a week.
• United States
30 Oct 15
So i think we have really bad traffic and alot of northerners comet his way during the cold season. Well ya i live in South Florida where the sun shines and the weather is nice out. So the traffic here is unberable at times. Fridays going home from work are the worst but i deal with because i enjoy where i live and my family is here. NO need to complain and alot of people that have lives here most of there lives still all complain. I think i just get used to the complaining and deal with it from others. I hope i dont come across any accidents on the way home though, thats the biggest problem then it even gets worse.
• United States
30 Oct 15
Maybe there are just a lot of people who only know how to complain - no matter what the situation is. The funny thing with this couple, they were both realtors, they owned their own business...so they are well versed on selling a home if they really wanted to move.
@marlina (69916)
• Canada
30 Oct 15
Maybe you should "drop" those 2 friends.
• United States
30 Oct 15
Already did, I just still refer to them as friend, should say x-friends!