So what do you see frequently in your area that you take for granted?

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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:26:22 PM
For example around here we often see the fighter jets flying in formation as they practice. Another, bonus is we see bald eagles on a regular basis.

I know somepea mentioned living near moose. That is pretty cool.


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Definitely the ocean. We have a path that is paved along the sand called "The Strand" and I love it! If I want to be at the beach, I'm there in under 5 minutes!

I also take advantage of living in Los Angeles - I have access to everything from Disneyland to the Getty Museum! I always talk to my mom about how I cannot imagine that the people standing next to us in line at Disneyland probably had to save, and planned for a year or so to get there. We just drop in for a couple hours, ride a few rides, and go back. I'd say that's a pretty cool perk!


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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:30:48 PM
Mountains. I see them everyday. I swore when I moved here I would always notice them...so beautiful.. but now unless it's a beautiful clear day.. I forget....



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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:33:38 PM
The mountain and national forests -Grand Canyon, Escalante National Monument, Moab National Park, Lake Powell all within 3 hours of here yet I have only been a few times and some I have never seen at all.


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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:34:14 PM
I take NYC for granted. Except for work, I hardly go into Manhattan. There's so much we could do but don't take advantage of it. We're also pretty close to the beach and rarely go there either. We're kind of homebodies.



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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:43:25 PM
I live in an ocean city also.. but don't ever use it.. I did when I was younger...

I also live adjacent to Boston and hardly ever go into the city.

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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:43:47 PM
Green...lots and lots of green.


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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:44:12 PM
Cows


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Disney World. Sea World, Legoland

Really easy access to inexpensive quickie cruises to the Bahamas.


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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:45:25 PM
Tornadoes? Wide open spaces?

I think the fact that cows graze across the street from my neighborhood, and there are a lot of people with horses nearby. Most people don't get to see that part of the world very often (hence the reason Pioneer Woman is so popular).

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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:45:31 PM
We see wild deer in many places around here. In fact in some places they are considered pests and it is illegal to feed them or doctor them from accidents.

funny side story to this. My son in law would feed his family from the deer around their home and not have to pay for a hunting lease. Except my daughter is very sentimental and loves the deer. So, her hubby told her that any deer she named and could remember the name would be safe from him. So she would name every deer she saw and would make their names from distinguishing markings they might have. So every night she would point out the deer and tell hubby their names.

The story continues several years later with the addition of a son. When he was old enough to understand things, about four, he and dad were standing at the door watching the deer in the back yard. Grandson runs to his toy box, pulls out his toy rifle, gives it to daddy and says shoot them daddy! Dad was proud son knew what rifles did and made the connection with the deer and supper. Daughter did not know whether to be sad or proud.


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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:47:05 PM
About 2 blocks from where I work there are 8 bald eagles that have made their home in trees along the river. When the weather is nice and I'm out walking, I see them flying or roosting all the time.

I also see horses, cows and pigs on my driving commute to work AND the most beautiful farms.





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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:48:35 PM
Green
Friendly people
Clean roadsides (seriously, I am grossed out so often when I travel and see the level of garbage on roadsides)
Mountains
Ocean
General awesomeness

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Super-crowded highways? Dirt? Targets? Pick-up trucks? Scraggly/trashy cedar trees? (not even real cedar---they're some kind of juniper).

Yeah...I got nothin'. Can you tell I hate where I live?



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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:53:28 PM

We see wild deer in many places around here. In fact in some places they are considered pests and it is illegal to feed them or doctor them from accidents.


Oh yes...I live in Central Tx, too. Lots of deer. Mostly because we're destroying any remaining habitat they have left with crappy subdivisons and strip malls. So, although when I moved here a few years ago, we had a lot of Ranch Land, now we have a lot of Mattress Firms.



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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:57:34 PM
the golden gate bridge, the ocean...and all the beaches are public free beaches.

I have an expansive ocean view...great food and great museums. I'm planning to go to a dutch masters exhibit, an exhibit from versailles, and the chinese clay warriors within the next two weeks.

though we curse at it all the time...good public transportation.

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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:57:48 PM
Ginormous redwood trees
The Ocean
Gorgeous sunsets over the ocean

I do try to not take these things for granted though. I try to enjoy them, but I see them everyday so it is hard to always be appreciative.


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Posted: 3/15/2013 1:58:44 PM
I think I have lived here so long that it is hard to answer!

Maybe all the museums that we have and amazing shopping. We also have so many great options for families and homeschooling families. We don't homeschool any longer but when we did I realized from connecting with other homeschool families across the US that we had amazing options educationally here for our kids that many area's didn't have.

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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:01:17 PM
The ocean for us too. 16 yo DD has even said she wants to raise her kids farther from the ocean so that it's special. Ugh! She's a very lucky kid to live this close. She's also the one that got sick of Disneyland though when we had passes so she doesn't really realize how special that was either.



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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:04:36 PM
I don't think we take it for granted but we don't go to the beach much anymore. I know it sounds bad but it kind of gets old after a while. We have been saying we are going to hike Diamond Head but we haven't yet.
Hawaii is a great place to vacation. To live..not so much!




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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:08:15 PM
oceans
turkeys. Talk about pests! I had to honk at a flock to get in my driveway this morning.

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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:08:25 PM

I live across the river from Washington, DC. So all of that is stuff I see every day. Last year I commuted right through downtown DC early in the morning. The sunrise over the monuments and the Potomac River was so lovely that I reminded myself I had been taking it all for granted.

Also the things on this side of the river -- Arlington National Cemetery, the Pentagon, Iwo Jima Memorial, the Air Force Memorial, Arlington House, Mt. Vernon, some Civil War stuff... we could spend every day not taking things for granted. lol...

(I love living here.)



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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:08:47 PM
Mountains, definitely.

Here's a pretty photo I took (through the windshield!) as we were driving on the freeway a couple of weeks ago.


ETA: I thought of something else... Not really a "see" but an opportunity I take for granted. I live about 15 minutes from Park City, and people travel from all over the world to vacation and ski here. I've never been skiing, and have no desire to.



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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:10:45 PM
The San Francisco skyline. We have about a 200 degree view from the South Bay to San Francisco to Marin to Richmond. I hardly ever pay attention to it. I sometimes notice it first thing in the morning when the sun is coming up because all of the windows in the City sparkle from the reflection, and sometimes at sunset, but it really does become like wallpaper. People come over and ooh and aah, and then I wake up to how lucky I am.



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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:11:17 PM
Well, there is pasture behind me so I guess like Erica Lynn - I would have to say cows, but also around here there are buffalo. Since I live in a tourist town on the lake, I guess I would also say I take the lake for granted.


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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:11:24 PM
We live near the University of Notre Dame...the campus is beautiful! Other then that Indiana is pretty boring lol!


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Niagara Falls. We never go. We could but we just don't.


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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:22:09 PM
absolutely nothing... i live in the middle of west texas and its windy and dirty and the towns are all run down and ugly looking with absolutely nothing to do... and there's tons of money out here and the lowest unemployment in the country, but apparently no one spends it on nice buildings or festivals or museums... so we drive and drive and drive just to get to the store much less actually DO something



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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:23:52 PM
Mountains, trees, acres upon acres of undeveloped land, unmarked country roads that are basically travelling through a tunnel made of towering trees.

Wildlife...many different kinds.

I love that I have a mountain for my backyard.




My son in law would feed his family from the deer around their home and not have to pay for a hunting lease. Except my daughter is very sentimental and loves the deer. So, her hubby told her that any deer she named and could remember the name would be safe from him. So she would name every deer she saw and would make their names from distinguishing markings they might have. So every night she would point out the deer and tell hubby their names.



I'm the same. I don't have to name the critters. But, dh knows that we will not be eating our deer. He has to go elsewhere to hunt.

Same for the squirrels, though I won't eat them.

The only thing he's allowed to kill are the ground hogs that like to raid the garden in the summer. Those are fair game.

We've had the priviledge of seeing newborn fawns (twins) that mama dear birthed on my in-law's property, right behind our house. It is a memory I will always cherish.

Plus, we had a mama deer that was lame. She had gotten into a fence or something and one of her rear legs drug the ground. I would watch for her and signs of her. The leg would leave drag marks on the driveway. She survived for a few years.

I always worried myself through hunting season. It was always a relief to see that telltale drag.

It's been a number of years and I miss her.

I living rural!




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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:27:48 PM
Gennifer-that pic. is absolutely beautiful! Being from Southern CA, my 16 yo DD has already said she's going to college where it snows. I will be showing her your pic. So breathtaking!



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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:28:28 PM

I live about 15 minutes from Park City, and people travel from all over the world to vacation and ski here. I've never been skiing, and have no desire to.


Gennifer, I've lived 40 minutes from a ski resort my whole life. It wasn't until a few years ago that my son & I went tubing there.

Just not something that I ever had interest in.




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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:29:45 PM
Moose, bald eagles, and mountains!


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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:34:03 PM
Mountains, lakes, rivers, lots of evergreen trees and the occasional deer, coyote or turkey that walks thru our development. I do not take any of it for granted. I once lived where there was nothing but flat land and corn fields...boring.

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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:35:16 PM
Panhandlers.

Taxis and buses and trains.

The river.

A few I can think of. Though I love the Chicago River. They will be dying it green tomorrow!



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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:36:21 PM
I don't take it for granted because we're only living in the area temporarily, but we have such nice views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco skyline in our area. My kids are immune to it now though. I still point out spectacular sunsets or views on clear days and finally my 7yo asked me to stop because she's seen it "literally a million times, Mom."
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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:37:39 PM
Definitely the ocean, sad as it is to admit.

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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:41:41 PM
The Sears Tower (I don't care what they are calling it this week).

I don't really think anything of how you can see it from all over but then when there is an out of town guest they are often very struck by it.

There are also deer, fox, beaver and coyotes all over the place where I live. It's kind of cool when you realize how much nature is so close to the city.




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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:43:10 PM
Road side peddlers- We can buy anything from wreaths to clams, sea lavender to Lobsters on the side of the road here. And it didn't fall of the back of a truck! I forget that doesn't happen most other places!

We are 40 minutes from the ocean and we don't go nearly enough. Same with an abundance of Lakes.

We see wildlife all of the time- turkey, deer, coyotes, rabbits etc. It is the norm for us.

I am sure there are a ton more!

Alison



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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:48:15 PM
I thought "take for granted" meant negatively. That's how I take it.

I don't take for granted the gorgeous historic architecture I see everyday, or the beautiful lakefront, the museums, restaurants, shops, music venues, and a zillion cultural opportunities I see every day. I don't have enough time in my life to take advantage.

But I am so happy to be surrounded by the architecture all day at work, and now I live in a neighborhood with amazing architecture. I love it.



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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:48:31 PM
Well I don't think I take it for granted but maybe I don't appreciate it enough until I get back from someplace unlike here. Our town fiercely guards its historical character and buildings dating back as far as Colonial times. It protects open space and closely monitors development, so we have no fast food restaurants, few shopping areas and those that are here are done in a low-key way--no garish signs or tacky displays. Purchases of open space are part of the long-range plan to prevent over development and to preserve its rural character. I love living in the country, but having quick access to major metro areas like NYC and Boston.

We love it until tax time.


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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:49:30 PM
Musicians...saw Sheryl Crow at the airport last week. Lots of local churches have really outstanding musical teams because musicians are so numerous here.






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Posted: 3/15/2013 2:50:00 PM
Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, kind people and a family friendly community.

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The Rocky Mountains. I only take them for granted until I start heading west out of the city. Then within minutes I'm feeling a warm rush of awe at how beautiful they are, and how lucky we are to be so close.





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Posted: 3/15/2013 3:01:39 PM
Lakes, trees and wildlife. I work adjacent to a preserve so I see bald eagles, deer, wild turkeys and coyotes almost every day.


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Posted: 3/15/2013 3:13:11 PM
The fields of corn and soy beans and other foodstuffs. It may not be exciting, but without the amazing fertile ground around me a lot of people would go hungry.




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Posted: 3/15/2013 3:13:28 PM
If I knew then I wouldn't be taking it for granted, right?


I don't know. I've lived here (N.E. PA) my entire life. I don't know what we have that other people would find special.





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Posted: 3/15/2013 3:18:27 PM
Greenery for me too, together with the many varieties of garden birds (and squirrels) which frequent our garden daily.

As for a local place that people travel from all over to visit but we rarely do, Chatsworth House is just over half an hour away from us.

"Chatsworth House appeared in the 2005 film adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. It represented Pemberley, Mr Darcy's home.[21] The house itself is named in the novel as one of the estates Elizabeth Bennet visits before arriving at Pemberley. The house was also used in The Duchess (2008), featuring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes, and The Wolfman (2010), with Benicio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins."





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Posted: 3/15/2013 3:20:12 PM
Having been here in MI all my life sometimes I forget that I may live somewhere that people may actually board a plane to come see. I am surrounded on three sides of beautiful lakes. Many boating activities. Lots and lots of awesome camping sights with gorgeous trees and hills. I do enjoy these quite a bit. The four seasons you can set your watch to. My favorite being summertime which is BEAUTIFUL!

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Posted: 3/15/2013 3:23:10 PM
That's it's pretty much green year around here. I don't think about it until I post a pic on FB during the winter and my northern friends comment on it.


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Posted: 3/15/2013 3:28:57 PM
strip clubs and adult video stores. When I first moved here, I noticed them on every single corner, everywhere. Now, they just blend in.
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