Tips for living in the North East

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by bassestkkm, May 31, 2019.

  1. Hey people,
    I'm moving to Erie, Pa for school soon. It is going to be my first time living in the Northeast. I've been in Seattle for the last couple years and am from sunny southern California. I won't have a car up there for at least a couple years and am womdering on tips for surviving Winter, grocery stores, cautions, debunking myths, and anything that is worth seeing and experiencing in the time I do have to myself.

    Don't worry, I will be arming myself with a bass.
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  2. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    Certainly colder than Seattle, let alone CA.

    Are you living downtown or the outskirts?
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  3. I'm not from East coast USA, but one thing I learned from taking a day trip to Boston was that not everywhere deals with debit very readily. Just how it is in some parts I suppose. Couldn't tell you about PA, but Maine is gorgeous and I intend to do some backpacking out there in the future, and Massachusetts was quaint as all get out. Just expect a bit of culture shock I guess.
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  4. I see sweaters in your future.
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  5. mikeoso

    mikeoso Acoustic Curmudgeon

    Feb 14, 2014
    eastern Iowa
    Erie is a seaport, firstly....I know, inland...but it is anyway. Very blue collar. Lot of manufacturing. Secondly, it typically competes with Buffalo for the biggest snowfalls in the US...get boots and a serious parka. Scarf. Mittens. Really, think -15 F, snow 3 feet deep. Good art museum, lots of summer tourist stuff to mess with. Much authentic ethnic food, very diverse, not stylish. You'll find much kluski, scarce brioche. Great regional beer!
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  6. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2005
    Never been there ,but Google lake effect snow.
    Enjoy adapt and overcome.
    Awesome opportunity
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  7. biguglyman


    Jul 27, 2017
    Pownal, ME
    You will definitely see LOTS of this. My wife and I drive through Erie all the time travelling back and forth between Rochester, NY and Pittsburgh. (Grandkids) If you do plan on driving a lot, consider an all wheel drive vehicle and/or snow tires in the winter. PA does not salt their roads like NY does. On a lighter note, you'll be a day trip away from Niagara Falls.
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  8. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 12, 2001
    Olympia, WA
    We lived in New Hampshire for two years, then came back to Washington.
    The cold is colder, but it's drier than Puget Sound cold.
    Learn to dress in layers to stay warm. Invest in quality base layers.

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  9. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Gold Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Don't Eat Yellow Snow
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  10. foal30


    Dec 3, 2007
    New Zealand
    Avoid Sunderland fans
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  11. Oddly


    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    I checked my TB map ... @jaketheviking and @Uncle K both live there and might have helpful advice...unless they don't fancy having another bassplayer to compete with for gigs!

    P.S. Good luck with the move and the future!
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  12. neo 7

    neo 7 The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    May I be the first to welcome you to Erie. It will be cold.

    Any questions fire away.

    Which school are you going to?
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  13. Biffa

    Biffa Inactive

    Apr 16, 2019
    County Durham, UK
  14. JimK


    Dec 12, 1999
    Home to The Oneders!
  15. I'll be in the outskirts. Most likely very close to LECOM and the Millcreek neighborhood.
  16. What's the connection with soccer?
    I'm starting a master's a LECOM so there's potential I'll be there for medical school after as well.

    I had a feeling someone might pipe in with an objection haha
  17. I haven't seen this movie before haha but maybe I will now.
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  18. rickster4003


    Feb 15, 2013
    Upstate NY
    Better learn to drive in snow! Living here in Syracuse it is a requisite, other than that you should be fine.
  19. Picton

    Picton Supporting Member

    Aug 16, 2017
    Reading, MA
    HA! Northeasterners (New Englanders) don't really think of Erie as "the Northeast." There's not a lot of similarity between here and there, in culture, politics, climate, or lifestyle.

    I believe the Erie winters are far, far worse than ours on average. That's probably not what you want to hear. I'd tell you to buy a shovel, but instead you should buy three or four. Plus a snowblower.
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  20. neo 7

    neo 7 The bass player doesn't get a sandwich Supporting Member

    Aug 22, 2011
    Erie, PA
    This is a cool rollercoaster. The wood makes it all sketchy like it's gonna fall apart.

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