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No. I live in Denton, Caroline County. Just finished a job yesterday on the Island. I'm originally from the Annapolis/Severna Park area.
You guys live in a great area of the country. Couple of years ago, we visited an NGPP member who lived on Magothy Circle - that's right near Severna Park, right?

"the Land Of Pleasant Living" as she was oft to quote

Last time down there, on the way north, we drove across the bridge and up 301 to Wilmington.

Wish I had enough bank rolled to retire on the Delmarva. I fell in love. And there was actually a Howard Johnson's still standing - orange roof and all.
 

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I went to Delmarva every summer when I was in my teens, Had relatives near Easton.. All my other relatives from Pittsburgh would go to Ocean City, MD and there I went as well.. I have some real good memories from that area...
 

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Arch....dont no how to break this to ya Hojo's shut down. Think there might be a WaWa there or something.

I enjoy living here has alot to offer people places and things to do. I lived in Keys for a year and could not wait to get home. We have seasons here with temps in the winter hitting minus and summers over 100.

Earlier this year painted a house on the Magothy river in severna park, very nice area. The pace gets slower when ya get across the bridge and its little more relaxed.
 

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All my other relatives from Pittsburgh would go to Ocean City, MD and there I went as well.. I have some real good memories from that area...
I got a good friend who is a traveling bartender. Has a house here in Pgh, one in OC MD, and another in Lake Tahoe, CA. Works the summers at OC though (Secrets). We're gonna crash at his place for a week this summer some time. :thumbup:
 

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I met my wife at the beach in Ocean City.

It's not a bad area to live in, but there is more work across the bridge.

Although the Easton area is now becoming a playground for New York and New Jersey's wealthy.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jul/23/eastern-shores-boom/

They want to expand the airport to handle more traffic and larger private jets.
 

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I met my wife at the beach in Ocean City.

It's not a bad area to live in, but there is more work across the bridge.

Although the Easton area is now becoming a playground for New York and New Jersey's wealthy.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2008/jul/23/eastern-shores-boom/

They want to expand the airport to handle more traffic and larger private jets.
I would of never imagined that for Easton, I remember being in the 80's coming from the south side of the Chicago and thinking I was in the middle of nowhere.. No my Aunt and Uncle at the time live in a small town east of Easton. Would have to look it up don't rememebr the name.

Looks like the article is talking about west of Easton towards the bay itself, not sure if I ever wondered over that way.
 

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There are so many large tract's of land and so many offer long expanses of waterfront that you just can't get in New York/New Jersey.

True story:

About 20 years ago we were painting a remodle of the Scott estate. (Scott Paper towel, toilet paper) A Broker from Manhatten had bought it for a "weekend retreat".

It's a Saturday, him and his buddies came down to do some goose hunting.

They are in the blind on the shore with all the decoys out in front of them.

Here come the geese. Flared out, and ready to land on the water.

They wait until the geese land, and promptly blow the hell out of the geese, decoys and anything else in the way.
 

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Don't tell me these types of farms are disappearing ! :cry:


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No. I live in Denton, Caroline County. Just finished a job yesterday on the Island. I'm originally from the Annapolis/Severna Park area.
Hey Biker and Rocket, you are bringing back old memories, I lived in Annapolis (dad worked on academy), and I went to high school in Severn, Martin Spalding class 1980. Thanks for the flash backs, Petes pool hall, the Maryland inn, harbor market (Annapolis), and of course Phillips crab house O.C. !
 

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Glad we could bring back some good ones Cy.

Its still a nice area over all, but its changing. Arch there are so many stretches of land here farms like that wont ever disappear. Well I hope alot of them stay. One good thing about the shore is there are still alot of " good ol boys" who own there familys land.My grandfather had a chance to by waterfront in this area in the early 70's for 500 a acher. Same area you cant even get close to getting into the community for less than 4 or 5 million.

And biker I no what ya mean about "outsiders" buying up land for a second home. I just did a house for two lawyers from DC, I mean a hotel size house and its just a weekend get away from the city. Hey Most of them are nice people and if they want to give me high end work I'll take care of them, but I do miss something about the way the shore was before the surge of people.
 

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Getting up Rt. 8 can be a killer in the morning.


I have a crazy idea:

Offset work hours so they don't land us smack in the middle of rush hour both directions.

I refuse to sit in traffic. There are jobs where it will take me an extra hour each way simply so I can show up 8:00 A.M and leave at 3:30 just like all tradesmen have always done since the beginning of time.

Forget about it. Dont be a machine.

If I am working far away with a lot of congestion in between me and the jobsite. I tell them I would like to start at 10:00 and leave at 6:30.

I preclude the statement by saying that if there is any reason at all, that they would like me to start and stop working at a different time, that I will be more than happy to work their preferred hours.

95% of the time people have zero problem with it.

Just so long as you do an excellent job, and finish on schedule, what difference does it make?

I refuse to do anything a certain way simply because thats the way it's always been done.
 

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I was being sarcastic in that post. I live on Rt 8 and the job is about 5 mins the aposite direction as what little traffic there is here on the island.

I get what your saying tho, when working in DC we change our times drasticly. The beltway around DC is about the worse traffic I have seen. Somedays I got tied up for 6 hours in traffic for a hour and a half drive. We would leave at 4 am to beat the morning rush and take a 2 hour or so lunch. Then after lunch we would go back at it till 6 or so to beat the traffic home.
 

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There's a nice affluent community about 35 minutes (at 3:00 AM ) to the north of me - the town in which "The Shot Heard Around The World" was fired. I tell my customers up there, "if I'm not at your house by 7:00, I have no idea what time I'll be there"

They all understand the traffic on our local circumvential highway (128) and agree to that schedule.

If it is really a hardship for them, I will arrive in town around 6:55 and park by the town green and read or walk around and take pictures for the half hour.

too often, leaving my house 10 minutes later can mean a 30 minute delay in traffic.

The other day, I scheduled an estimate at 10 AM in a town a little further north. I allowed an hour and 20 minutes "after" rush hour to travel the 50 minute trip . I just made it - well, one minute late.

It's just insane. And this ain't even LA
 

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Well I am glad to see we all face these hardships. Probley wouldnt be that bad, but there are alot of aggressive drivers! Agressive drivers just seem to make the traffic worse and give my middle finger a cramp.
 

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Don't tell me these types of farms are disappearing ! :cry:


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No, they aren't going anywhere. If you farm 2/3rds of the land you still get classified as agricultural and receive the tax breaks. Most just lease part of the land to a local farmer.
 
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