Originally Posted By Eazy_E:
Originally Posted By Recusance:
Originally Posted By cyrus-the-virus:
Originally Posted By PancakeOfDoom:
what part of AZ, and what will you be hoping to do for work?
no idea, anything.
sounds like the illegal's plan.
you don't fit the demographic to go on unlimited government assistance, so you better have a plan for work BEFORE you get there.
and, if you get an apartment, you should probably learn some Spanish/Mexican, you'll be surrounded by Mexican only speaking people. it might come in handy when Pedro is parked in your space, and Yolanda is parked behind him ........and they don't even know each other, and certainly don't give a fuck about some gringo and the apartment manager is related to one or both of them.
Yeah, how do I know you never have been to Phoenix?
First off, pick a good neighborhood. That goes without saying. It can go from dodgy, to nice, to dodgy, to great, in only a couple of blocks. That's really anywhere though. You definitely want to do some first hand recon before you commit, and ask around in the HTF about an area. I've met maybe a dozen HTF guys since I've been out here, and everybody is cool.
If you stay the fuck out of Guadalupe and the immediate surrounding area, there's no real need for Spanish. There's a lot of people out here who don't speak English as their born or primary language, but for day to day commerce, you're fine. The guy running the check out at Walmart might not be a native English speaker, but he does know English, so you can talk to him. And I haven't found Mexicans to be overly obnoxious or in your face. Mostly, they're like everybody else, they just blend in, go about their day, and leave you alone. Leave me alone and I'll leave you alone. Again though, I don't live, work, or play in the barrio. I don't speak a lick of Spanish and I've yet to feel hindered.
Jobs. If you're not overly particular to start out, and you just want some cash flow, jobs are a dime a dozen out here. Seriously, I had a job less than a week after I moved out here. It doesn't pay a lot, and it's hard work, but it is work, and I do get a check every week. I've had maybe 6 or so other interviews, I turned down one job, and I'm about to quit one I started two days ago and just focus on the first one I got right after I got out here. Hell, the guy who owns the place won't leave me alone. It's a rare day that I don't get a text asking if I want to put in some work the next day. Financially, it's slow death, but it'll work until I can hook a real job. All I do is just troll Craigslist for a few minutes a day and send out a resume if it looks like a good job. Most weekdays, 2-300 jobs a day pop up on the Phoenix Craigslist. All different kinds. You'll be fine if you're not a total fuck.
But other than that, come your ass down here. I moved from Illinois three weeks ago and I've got no regrets. Arizona is God's land, for sure. If you can watch a sunset out here and not think it's direct evidence that God wants you to be happy, you're just an asshole.