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Anybody live near Macon I am considering accepting a position there We formerly lived in Pa but recently moved to Phoenix but the wife doesn't like the heat and being to far from the kids Any info appreciated
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The rule seems to be if you can’t say anything good, don’t say anything at all. But I’m a Gemini and seem to break most rules and speak my mind. (trouble is my middle name.) Macon is one of the top ten towns on my most boring list. Since it is a large town, I’ll put it at the top of my list. I had a terrifying experience in Macon last year. I thought I was going to be stranded there in the city overnight because my riding buddy’s cycle wouldn’t crank. Terror filled me until we finally got it cranked up and we were outta there pronto. Macon seemed so much like a Ghost Town on the Saturday I was there it was spooky. When we got back home to Marietta, I told my buddy the best thing about Macon was the ride there and especially the ride back! Seems the further North you go from Macon the better it gets. North of Atlanta is great for jobs and for riding the North Georgia Mountain areas and it’s not far from great states of NC and TN!
 

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My wife was from a small town just a little south of Macon

The northern side is more upper scale than the south.

South side is all non Caucasian.

Kids will almost have to be in private school.

Its south of the gnat line. Means you will have to deal with the gnats.
You learn to blow and talk at the same time.

Duane Allman is buried in the Rose Hill cemetery there. His grave is a big attraction to the x hippie group.

it ain't near as hot as Pheonix

Its striking distance of Atlanta, about 1 hour drive.

Interstate 75 busts it wide open.

Nu Way hot dogs are excellent.

"that's about as much as I know about all that" --- Forrest Gump


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I have never spent much much time there, but I do have friends who live nearby (Bonaire, Warner Robbins) and they seem pretty normal. :D I would have to say, however, that if your wife doesn't like the heat in PHX then she isn't likely to be too pleased with Macon either. It is basically in South GA and it gets into the mid to high 90's regularly in the Summer. The big difference, though, is the humidity. It is miserable when the temp is 95 and so is the humidity. I have been to Phoenix on vacation several times, even when it was about 110, and prefer the heat there to the humidity here.

Macon is a medium sized city and there are several attractions in the area, such as the GA Music Hall of Fame, and the Air Museum at Robbins Air Base. I would suggest a PM to MarindasDad. He lives in Bonaire and could probably give you a better local take on things. He doesn't post much.
 

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DDBianco said:
Anybody live near Macon I am considering accepting a position there We formerly lived in Pa but recently moved to Phoenix but the wife doesn't like the heat and being to far from the kids Any info appreciated
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Dom
Dom-

I'm originally from South Florida - so I am kinda used to the "southern heat." If you have a choice, pick anywhere in Houston (pronounced house - ton) County, just south of Macon. The school system is one of the best in the state and is a big draw. The number one financial draw in the area is Robins AFB. As others have said, you can ride year round. The wife and I just did a 300 mile ride yesterday (4 July). Lots of Yankees live in the area - so y'all are more than welcome!! LOL

Good luck in your decision making! Let me know of any specific questions.

Mike
 

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Ill pony up my $.02. Ive been stationed at Robins AFB in Warner Robins for a little over 3 long years now. Warner Robins is about 15 minutes south of Macon.

You can do and see everything of value in Macon and Warner Robins in the span of about two weekends. Like they said above, North Macon is where to live. South is "less desireable". Schools in Macon SUCK. Definitely recommend private. There are some little historical areas in Macon such as Vineville and Ingleside with some really nice older homes, but they are super close to the ghetto and it is slowly encroaching.

Customer service in the Middle GA area is non existent. Quality of the restaurants are horrible. I grew up in Houston, TX, which we pronounce the correct way of Hews-ton. We have a lot of the same chain restaurants in Warner Robins/Macon that we had there, but the wife and I both agree that the quality is not there. We have stopped going out to eat because of the constant disappointment.

Like the above said, Houston Co school district in Warner Robins is the best for public schools. Dont know what your housing budget is, but for the $100k-$200k range, be prepared to see endless neighborhoods of homes that look identical to the ones on either side, and where the dominating feature is the forward facing garage door. We decided to live on base based on the lack of unique homes in our range.

I will say one positive thing. If you like watersports, Lake Tobesofkee in Macon is pretty nice, but small. Its good for skiing and fishing and such.

However, if you desire a mulitude of activities to take up your time, and like me, cannot stand it when everything is closed on Sundays and you cant get anything done (including you cant buy alcohol on Sundays, not even in restaurants), I would seriously reconsider moving somewhere else. Everyone says Atlanta is close, but driving 1.5 hours every weekend just to get stuck in traffic gets old.

Just my opinions, of course.
 

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I never said the riding wasnt good!! :D

There are some good rides down here, like Andersonville National Cemetary and such. I just cant stand LIVING here.
 
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