When my dad (God rest his soul) died last year I had an option to buy the family home, and I could have left Virginia and gone back to whence I sprang; the people are good hearted folks and I miss it so. There were employment opportunities there for me, among them the Dayton PD and several PI gigs (I would have to be outta my effin' mind to drive a cab in Dayton). How I would love to be able to picnic at Taylorsville Dam agsin, sit around listening to the bands at ******* Flats.
But there is that whole Southwest Ohio mindset to deal with. Somewhere along the way we lost the idea that "profit is not a dirty word in Ohio". Dayton has a freaking screwball of a mayor who wears glasses with one round lens and one square lens and she says it is to symbolize that "Dayton is well-rounded and you always get a square deal" OMG the woman is NUTSO. Ohio now taxes the living hell out of EVERYTHING, and even cab drivers have to collect sales taxes for fares. I cannot imagine with all the other hassles a cabbie has how they manage to put up- with that.
And they wonder why employers are fleeing the state.
And just like everywhere else, the most dangerous places are the ones where an armed LAC is not particularly welcome.
The Ohio Revised Code is one of the most opaque mind-numbing collectons of statutes I have ever tried to read. And case law convolutes it even more. Grand jury indictments for misdemeanors??
I think I'll stay in Virginia.