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Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Yes
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So-so
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No
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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby monroe » Oct 15th, 2017, 10:03 am

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monroe wrote:I woke up the other morning and found -35 just sitting there, staring at me, like; I'm coming for you. Very soon.


OH NO, Monroe! Have you lost your mind yet? :135:

Nope, all good. But its out there, waiting ...

Took the caveman for a bike around the block this morn at a frigid -8 and that was enough.


Other than that, sanity still intact. For now :132:
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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby Queen K » Oct 15th, 2017, 10:07 am

We're here if you need us for therapy Monroe, hang in there k? Find any good hang outs or restaurants or find an on-line forum yet?
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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby monroe » Oct 15th, 2017, 11:18 am

Nope. No community oriented forum here to speak of. There are the odd Stoon based topics posted on a variety of other unrelated sites but nothing consolidated like Castanet.
It might pay to start one here. Call it Silo. :)

Lots of good eateries here. Much more access to everything else as well just given the size of the place. ...even some boutique shoe shops for Bman
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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby 7600736 » Oct 15th, 2017, 9:12 pm

The Okanagan is fine, but Kelowna is horrible. I find the lack of law enforcement at all levels, and general lawlessness of Kelowna, very frustrating. People here just do as they please, with a total lack of concern as to whether or not they are breaking the law. People running red lights constantly, distracted driving everywhere, people with their dogs running around loose in designated dog-free parks, public drug and alcohol use, it goes on and on, with the police and by-laws doing very little about it. Queensway bus exchange is an absolute disgrace, right in city hall's back yard, ironically enough.

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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby Fancy » Oct 15th, 2017, 9:33 pm

7600736 wrote:The Okanagan is fine, but Kelowna is horrible. I find the lack of law enforcement at all levels, and general lawlessness of Kelowna, very frustrating. People here just do as they please, with a total lack of concern as to whether or not they are breaking the law. People running red lights constantly, distracted driving everywhere, people with their dogs running around loose in designated dog-free parks, public drug and alcohol use, it goes on and on, with the police and by-laws doing very little about it. Queensway bus exchange is an absolute disgrace, right in city hall's back yard, ironically enough.
You've described every other place across the continent.

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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby JLives » Oct 15th, 2017, 10:37 pm

I can camp, fish, hunt, go to the beach, hike, fish, paddle my kayak within a short a short trek from my house. While still living in walking distance of downtown which has 2 boat launches close by.

We're a short trip to Vancouver for larger events but still have plenty of good shows here. I attended a rock opera at the Rotary Centre a couple of weeks ago that was really good.

I have found employment in positions that are satisfying and have been able to expand my skillset and further my career. Wages do still need improvement though.

Housing is the biggest downside for me. It is quite expensive especially if you are looking to up size. Not even necessarily in newness, just bedrooms and square footage. But we'll make do.

Overall I love it here. If I was to move anywhere else it would be the Island or the Yukon/Northern BC.
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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby lightspeed » Oct 16th, 2017, 6:55 am

Fancy wrote:
7600736 wrote:The Okanagan is fine, but Kelowna is horrible. I find the lack of law enforcement at all levels, and general lawlessness of Kelowna, very frustrating. People here just do as they please, with a total lack of concern as to whether or not they are breaking the law. People running red lights constantly, distracted driving everywhere, people with their dogs running around loose in designated dog-free parks, public drug and alcohol use, it goes on and on, with the police and by-laws doing very little about it. Queensway bus exchange is an absolute disgrace, right in city hall's back yard, ironically enough.
You've described every other place across the continent.


Then society is a mess. People are a mess. Law and order is a mess..

I don't for one minute think everywhere else of a similar size is as vacuous, materialistic, shallow, and "lost" as Kelowna.
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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby Fancy » Oct 16th, 2017, 7:06 am

I've been to a lot of places that are exactly what was described (bigger and smaller):
People running red lights constantly, distracted driving everywhere, people with their dogs running around loose in designated dog-free parks, public drug and alcohol use,


I love the Okanagan for the easy access to camping, boating, fishing, hiking, hunting (as noted by JLives) and all the different activities and shopping. Not too many places one can golf and do a winter sport all in one day. I've lived and visited both large metropolitan cities and small towns. There's nothing boring about the Okanagan.
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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby LiteraryEmporium » Oct 17th, 2017, 10:28 pm

There are so many more reasons to dislike this place than like it. The bottom line is that Kelowna doesn't have a soul.

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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby Fancy » Oct 18th, 2017, 5:13 am

This is the question:
Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Does not say Kelowna. There are many places in the Okanagan that have a great community spirit.
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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby Queen K » Oct 18th, 2017, 5:39 am

LiteraryEmporium wrote:There are so many more reasons to dislike this place than like it. The bottom line is that Kelowna doesn't have a soul.


Kelowna's soul is money.
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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby lightspeed » Oct 18th, 2017, 5:55 am

Queen K wrote:
LiteraryEmporium wrote:There are so many more reasons to dislike this place than like it. The bottom line is that Kelowna doesn't have a soul.


Kelowna's soul is money.


Me, Me, ME!!!!
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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby lesliepaul » Oct 18th, 2017, 10:38 am

I can be happy almost anywhere..........but being happy to me also includes health, security in life, family, job. Spent my working years elsewhere then came back here........it was the smartest thing to do. Weather and scenery are the Okanagan's attraction for many and it is for us. Younger people here with spending money like the activities that are available (for a price of course) but how many will have a "paid off" future and a retirement that is secure. The "bad" things said about Kelowna are all true, I do my best to block them out but at times it is impossible. A ton of phony people here that portray money and are truly living a day at a time..........its been like that for a long time. If you are struggling financially here and do not want to leave for a MUCH better financial reward almost anywhere else, more than likely you will always be struggling........and into retirement and beyond.........its sad.
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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby MAPearce » Oct 18th, 2017, 4:21 pm

I just want to go home .... It's calling me even more today than ever ...

Being told that " Hey, It's a Kelowna wage" just doesn't cut it anymore ....

It's all horse :swear:
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Re: Do you feel happy living in the Okanagan?

Postby monroe » Oct 18th, 2017, 6:25 pm

We left kelowna, not becuase we had to but i was in a position to try out something new. Ive had an office in Saskatoon for years so we thought eff it, lets try it on.
After being out here i can honestly say that the Ok lifestyle and reputation is somewhat oversold.

That said, i loved my 24yrs in kelowna and did so up to the day we left. It will always be home - but raising a family now, we need to be in a more family oriented place with regards to surroundings, amenities and even sociability to some degree.

We kept our property there and will most likely end up back home but for now its saskatoon.
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