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Eglin AFB

Eglin AFB

My husband and I came here as part of EOD training. I can say that all and all it's not an awful place to live, I just feel that it doesn't have as much to offer as I'd hoped. Since coming here I have made only a handful of friends. I tried to join as many Mom's groups as possible and got mixed results. I know this isn't technically the South but I have heard this area referred to as lower Alabama, however the whole "Southern Hospitality" ideology doesn't exist, at least for me. We got little notice before we were sent here and we don't generally like living on base, the townhome we chose in Ft. Walton Beach is on a bad street and we got tires stolen out of our backyard. The housing on base is okay but I've heard it's not that great. If I were to do this all over I'd move to Niceville or Valiparasio. It seems that every other business here is closed because of the economy crisis, there are hardly any jobs unless you have a specialty degree (i.e. nursing) otherwise there's Khols or Starbucks. Destin has a lot to offer, in the summer, but personally I kinda see it as the poorman's disneyworld. I apologize if that offends the locals. Pensacola is about an hr away and really not that interesting, it would be a shorter drive if the two lane strip of highway going there weren't 45 miles and hour, there are not a lot of freeways unless you go towards Crestview. There isn't alot of internet information as far as parks and rec go, you have to dig a lot on the internet to find local area info that the people who've lived here their whole lives already know. In general I think if you had friends or family living here it probably wouldn't be so bad but bottom line it's exspensive because of the tourists, not very friendly, and limited in it's activies (that includes price and distance). The beach is of course lovely but that about it, for me at least. It seems that the goo

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