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    Moving to Boise

    My wife and I finally made our decision and we are moving to Boise. We are just going and will find a place to live and jobs when we get there. Any advice from natives? Good/bad neighborhoods (we will be renting)? Good/bad bike shops? Good/bad restaurants? Thanks for any help.

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    Welcome

    If you like rocks try to live near Table Rock. We need more people that ride frankien bikes in Columbia Village. You should be able to rent a place in Columbia Village for about $1,000 or up, an apartment in this area would be less.
    I prefer Gambril but Patapsco is fun also.
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    So Boise beat out UT and CO then, I think it's a good choice. If you need me to send some more links for housing, etc. I'd be happy to. boise.craigslist.org is a great place to start for rentals and employment, then the www.idahostatesman.com has some links for food, etc. also. Bike shops - I've never really had a bad experience with any of them. I tend to favor George's in Meridian or downtown but have shopped at IMT, Bob's and Ken's. Never been to Reed's in Eagle but know it must be a good shop based on the folks that work(ed) there.

    You still shooting for an early OCt arrival?

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    Good luck! Sounds like you are doing exactly what I did almost ten years ago, and I haven't regretted it. Boise is a great place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romirider
    My wife and I finally made our decision and we are moving to Boise. We are just going and will find a place to live and jobs when we get there. Any advice from natives? Good/bad neighborhoods (we will be renting)? Good/bad bike shops? Good/bad restaurants? Thanks for any help.
    Welcome, and I'd be happy to visit with you about your questions in more detail, so give me an email if you wanna talk. We moved here 17yrs ago, and didn't know much about the place, except everybody I'd talked to prior to moving said it was a great place to live, but nobody explained that very well. They were right.

    There are only a couple rental areas I'd avoid, like off of Overland east of Orchard, or off of Franklin, north east of Cole, and the north side of Myrtle downtown, east of Capitol. But I don't know what you're coming from, so all that may not matter. There are really decent 3-4 bedroom homes renting for a grand, and nice apts for a couple hundred less.

    I like Bob's bike shop on Fairview, and Dirt Dart Mobile bike shop, but have used lots of others for diff things.

    Boise is King of decent, cookie cutter chain restaurants, like Mac Grill, Tony Roma's, Outback, etc., ad nauseum, but has a few local independents still around. I love the proliferation of Thai restaurants, and they're all good, with some "better" than others.

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    Welcome...

    Most importantly, you'll want to align yourself with a church. There are thousands here to choose from. Some mega-churches with thousands of believers to your garden variety small member cults.

    I prefer the larger, big-money houses of worship. They are very active politically and are devoted to ensuring the continuity of the Idaho lifestyle. Liberals need not apply.

    I would stay away from renting in the North End. It is very hard to find parking for the many vehicles one needs to survive our harsh enviornment. Where is one to park their Ford F-550 loaded with four-wheelers and snomobiles in a crude, dirt alley? (If you even have an alley). This neighborhood is also crime(arson) ridden and very bohemian. I saw a tall dude with long hair and a beard swerving down the street on a razor scooter the other day. That hippie was DRUNK!

    You also may want to join a club. My favorite local organization is RESOTI (Republicans Ensuring The Survival of the Inversion) They have a big parking lot.

    Have a Great Day,

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    Quote Originally Posted by toiletsnake
    This neighborhood is also crime(arson) ridden and very bohemian. I saw a tall dude with long hair and a beard swerving down the street on a razor scooter the other day. That hippie was DRUNK!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Romirider
    My wife and I finally made our decision and we are moving to Boise. We are just going and will find a place to live and jobs when we get there. Any advice from natives? Good/bad neighborhoods (we will be renting)? Good/bad bike shops? Good/bad restaurants? Thanks for any help.
    Things you'll miss from Baltimore:
    1. Seafood
    2. Trees, roots, logs and handlebar width singletrack
    3. Fells Point after a Ravens game
    4. Real bagels
    5. Mud
    6. Bo Brooks crab house


    Things you won't miss (depends on where you move to in Boise):
    1. 95 and 695 traffic
    2. 400 homicides a year
    3. Driving to the trails
    4. Cleaning the bike after every ride
    5. Rain

    You'll dig Boise but the riding here takes a bit getting used to as it is more wide open (and a lot faster) than the singletrack back East but also a LOT less technical. On the other hand, the trail systems in and around Boise will seem endless compared to the pockets of trails within State Parks in B-more.

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    Or - you may want to create an anonymous alias to post your politcoreligiouspseudotolerant fomenting flame-baiting posts to rile the board up if someone is gullible enough to take the bacon and create a big battle on the board, which is the biggest waste of time in the world. What I love most about the characters here is no one's ever ridden with the anonymous aliases but they love to hang around and grind their little social axe now and then. We still love them though, because that's the right thing to do.



    Last minute EDIT of brilliance: Make sure you generalize and stereotype folks based on their religious and political affiliation, to do otherwise would violate the strict code of pseduotolerance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by flipnidaho
    Things you won't miss (depends on where you move to in Boise):
    1. 95 and 695 traffic
    2. 400 homicides a year
    3. Driving to the trails
    4. Cleaning the bike after every ride
    5. Rain
    And don't forget assorted STDs!!!


    I had to take a dump really bad and we were somewhere in the Inner Harbor and I eventually found a restroom, but holy crap was it BAD. And to top it off there was some little black kid trying to open the stall door and I told him it was occupied and he just stood there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bombin4X
    We still love them though, because that's the right thing to do.

    Right or righteous - take your pick.
    Nobody cares what kind of bike you ride.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TwistedCrank
    Right or righteous - take your pick.
    Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law - Cite This Source
    Main Entry: right
    Pronunciation: 'rIt
    Function: noun
    Etymology: Old English riht, from riht righteous

    One's the source of the other, right on Twisted!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romirider
    Good/bad neighborhoods (we will be renting)?
    The choice of neighborhoods can be so dang subjective no matter where you live. What kind of place are you coming from? Aparment? House? Acerage? Suburbs? City? Do you have pets? Need alot of room for toys?

    Good/bad bike shops?
    My choice's are Reed Cycles in Eagle and Custom Cycles (www.CustomMtnCycles.com) off of State Street. I've received great service from both shops.

    Good/bad restaurants?
    Like CBro said...lot of cookie cutter chains around here...especially along major retail corridors like the mall area and Eagle Road. There are a number of local restaurants around, but it all depends on what you are looking for.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Romirider
    My wife and I finally made our decision and we are moving to Boise. We are just going and will find a place to live and jobs when we get there. Any advice from natives? Good/bad neighborhoods (we will be renting)? Good/bad bike shops? Good/bad restaurants? Thanks for any help.
    Rent downtown, in the north end, or east end, and you will rarely need to drive your car - there's plenty of jobs, restaurants, trails, and shopping close enough to these neighborhoods that your bike or tennis shoes will get you around. That's my recommendation.

    The mexican food here is pretty horrible, but otherwise Boise is anice place to live. And like Flip said, eat all of the blue crab you can before you move - you'll never see it again.
    Each bicycle owned exponentially increases the probability that none is working correctly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Like CBro said...lot of cookie cutter chains around here...especially along major retail corridors like the mall area and Eagle Road. There are a number of local restaurants around, but it all depends on what you are looking for.
    Downtown is still relatively free of national chains, which makes downtown Boise different from most cities. The suburbs are same 'ol same 'ol - might as well be Anywhere, USA, or Blandville.

    One of the major attractions (for me) is that Boise does have a lot of local businesses. It's still possible for anyone to open up a shop and make it here. Most cities that you go to look identical, but Boise has been pretty good about not falling into the homogeneity--trap - we'll see if PF Changs in downtown is a trend or anomaly (hopefully it's not the begining of the end).

    Downtown character:

    Bagels - River City
    Coffee - Flying M
    Restaurants - most on 8th Street are locally owned
    Ethnic - where else is there a Basque block?
    Movies - the Flicks and Egyptian
    Art - lots of local garlleries

    I like Boise because it's not cookie-cutter. But I rarely venture past Veterans Parkway. Hopefully it stays that way.
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    Let's hear it for Gino's, Asiago's, Bitter Creek, Cazba, Chiang Mai, Pad Thai, and all the other locally owned joints!

    CDB
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    And I forgot to even mention Hyde Park, Lucky 13, the Co-Op...

    Even if you don't go to these places, they set Boise apart form the "norm."

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    For an alternate POV, if you do decide to go to the subs, look at Kuna. It is still a small town and the prices are a little lower but you avoid the crime and slime in Canyon county (Nampa and Caldwell) However, you'll have to drive for good riding.

    If you can, the northend is a good place to go. North East Boise is turning from the trash of Garden City into the next piece of the glorious north end. It could be good investment and still have close riding etc.

    What kind of work are you looking for? What kind of skills do you have?
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    Where is the love for Chilango's!!?!?!?

    I've been working downtown since January 1997 and the best things to happen IMNSHO is the opening of the Mongolian BBQ Grill across from my office and the rebirth of two Chilango's locations after being forced from downtown several years ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    The mexican food here is pretty horrible
    I really have had a great experience with Corona Village Mexican Restaurant and I heard there's an awesome place in Kuna for Mexican food. I grew up in Northern Mexico so I have had some experience with the native comidas.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BelaySlave
    Where is the love for Chilango's!!?!?!?
    Okay, they likely have the best Mexican food in Boise, but for a city of this size it's really bad IMO. (maybe because I lived near San Jose for 10 years, and I'm spoiled by having an excellent and cheap Mexican restaurant on every corner).

    The best Mexican food that I've had in the area is in Nyssa, OR, which is way too far to drive on a regular basis.

    P.S. Is the Mex rest. in Kuna next to the Arctic Circle? I've been there a few times and it's certainly better than average.
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    I too grew up in the barrios of northern Mexico, and I like Cancun's buffet. They have it down, with a big blind Mexican mamma makin tortillas at the end of the buffet line. They're on Overland just east of the big gawdy casino-Edwards....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bombin4X
    I really have had a great experience with Corona Village Mexican Restaurant and I heard there's an awesome place in Kuna for Mexican food. I grew up in Northern Mexico so I have had some experience with the native comidas.

    hmmmm... Corona Village... I took RRB there for the first time this weekend.... yummy!

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    For Mexican food I usually pat down a couple of chipates then go out back and slaughter one of the sheep. I'll roll it around on the parilla for a couple of hours, salt and pepper to taste and chow down. Yum.
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    the term to use for the kid is Turd Burglar....and you should have done the Astaire (toe tap) while on the spackle receptacle. At the least, you should have left him with a high water mark to deal with for his insolence.

    "I was accosted by a turd burglar even though I was doing the Astaire." is a more informative, and colorful, way of describing your situation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    Okay, they likely have the best Mexican food in Boise, but for a city of this size it's really bad IMO. (maybe because I lived near San Jose for 10 years, and I'm spoiled by having an excellent and cheap Mexican restaurant on every corner).
    my girlfriend is from boise, and we're planning on moving there in the next 2 years. we're living just north of san jose (near palo alto) and i'm already starting to miss crab season and taquerias and pho and chaat... but looking forward to all the riding!!! who needs food when you can ride?

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    Quote Originally Posted by laffeaux
    Okay, they likely have the best Mexican food in Boise, but for a city of this size it's really bad IMO. (maybe because I lived near San Jose for 10 years, and I'm spoiled by having an excellent and cheap Mexican restaurant on every corner).

    The best Mexican food that I've had in the area is in Nyssa, OR, which is way too far to drive on a regular basis.

    P.S. Is the Mex rest. in Kuna next to the Arctic Circle? I've been there a few times and it's certainly better than average.
    The mexican next to Artic Circle is Fiesta Guadalahara. Lots of people rave about El Gallo Giro in the middle of Kuna. The owner lives down the street from me and I can attest they throw pretty wild parties.
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    It should be obvious where to move.......

    Canyon County is the only way to go.

    Caldwell for gunslingers

    Nampa for suburban gunslingers

    2C all the way baby.........

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    Idafornia SUCKS! Move to California!

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    luvin - I know a good relo specialist if you're looking to move down south, you just let me know....

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    Good job!

    Welcome
    Check out Southeast Boise. Easy access to freeway, downtown and the great outdoors.
    PM me if you're looking for a house.

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