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A little back story first. I am 22 years old, didn't go to college, been in construction for 3 years, and my girlfriend may be going to PA school in Memphis. I currently live in DC and have a great job. I am working closely with a superintendent as a laborer with one of the top contractors in the area and is teaching me everything that he knows. Obviously, I am thankful for this opportunity but don't really want to have a long distance relationship with a girl I am serious with. I guess my biggest concern is moving to Memphis for only 3 years and having it slow down my advancement in construction. In the future, I would like to be a superintendent with a company like Turner but in the mean time, I am unsure of what exactly I am getting myself into. If I can borrow your $.02, it would be appreciated.

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Whenever I went to enroll in college I went to check out the college my girlfriend was going to. We'd been together for 1.5 years so I thought I might as well.. I liked the college so I enrolled. Found myself an apt and moved up a month or 2 later. Literally 2 days after moving up we broke up. So just make sure you know what you're doing before making any life altering decisions.
 

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I live in Memphis but I'm in residential. Been tough here for 6 years but slowly coming back. Commercial did not get hit quite as hard but did get hit. You could probably find something here but the wages are not great. Probably in the neighborhood of 30 to 40K a year. The cost of living is probably a little less however. A basic 1800 sq ft house for rent in a good suburban neighborhood is between $1000 to $1500. $700 in the inter city hood. My daughter is at the University of Memphis and lives near campus for around $600 mo, her part, sharing a house with 3 other girls. I live 45 minutes away in Collierville a suburb. If you decide to visit hit me up and I can tell you where the good areas are.
 

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I'm sure you're right. I know after spending 3 or 4 days there I'm usually plenty tired of it. But I'm looking forward to it again this year.
 

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What is the deal with those places? lol
Beale street is where all the old Blues singers used to sing and still do. Its right off the Banks of the Mississippr River and was a strip where the Merchants traded good when the boats came in. Goes back to the
1840's. around 1900 it turned to bars and clubs. Now its kinda the same with some restraunts like Hard Rock Cafe. Just a party spot.
Memphis in May is a festival on the banks of the river where bands play and we have the infamous BBQ festival. We also have the Casinos 1 hour away in Tunica,MS like a mini Las Vegas in the middle of nowhere again on the Mississippi River banks. I rarely go down there anymore...to much crap goes on but I did in my younger days.
 

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Irish - liability is required, but it's a ghetto city - lots of people just don't have it.

Drivers here suck. Get uninsured motorist.

Construction business here is relatively dead. Serious slowdowns in winter too - at least in residential.

There is next to nothing to do here for fun. It's a backyard bbq town. Beale Street gets really old really fast. It's nothing but trouble. Rent is low, crime is high. My truck has been cleaned out twice in the last 5 years, once in my driveway. about 10 years ago, my van was torched by some punk kid. He didn't even have the decency to steal the tools first.

Why is she going to school in Memphis of all places?

Do yourself a favor, and don't move here.
 
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