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Old 06-17-2007, 11:23 PM   #21
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Does the Michigan Ocean count? If so, then 'yes'. And add plenty of people in Chicago and Milwaukee, too.
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Old 06-18-2007, 01:19 AM   #22
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Early population centers were built at Ocean harbors and along rivers which provided transport, fresh water, and less extreme temperatures. These factors are less important with modern technology like water transport, irrigation systems, air conditioning, and communication systems. For instance, without the invention of cheap air conditioning, Arizona would be a fundamentally different place than it is today.

I live in the San Francisco Bay Area although I am about to move. It is too cold on the beach here to really use it much and the water is freezing. For the vast majority of people who live here, the primary benefit of the ocean here is the moderate climate.

I am moving to a place in southern California that claims to have the best climate in the US. It is around 10 miles inland and has around 12 inches annual rainfall with no adverse stuff like tornadoes, hurricanes, dust storms, etc. So they actually have a pretty good claim -- being close enough to the ocean that the average highs and lows are in a nice moderate range year round. If you live right on the ocean it is often cloudy, cold (and windy if you are real close) so being a few miles inland (at least in that part of the country) can make for really nice weather. By the time you get 50 miles inland, it is getting close to desert.

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Old 06-18-2007, 07:37 AM   #23
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Not near the ocean, but I have a view of the Mississippi River.
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Old 06-18-2007, 07:51 AM   #24
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Old 06-18-2007, 08:50 AM   #25
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I'm about 6 blocks from Puget Sound which is more or less the ocean. I grew up landlocked in Ohio, except for a three-year stint on Lake Erie. After 20 years here, I can't imagine going back to a land-locked locale. Visiting in Ohio last week, I didn't see a single car with kayaks on top, or boats in tow... seemed strange.
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Old 06-18-2007, 10:47 AM   #26
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I am about 120mi from the ocean - but only 30mi from Lake Tahoe and very close to loads of lakes, creeks, ponds etc -- I love fresh water lakes -- esp Tahoe - it seems like a small ocean w/ lots of places to visit and beaches to camp on.
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Old 06-18-2007, 11:38 AM   #27
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I'm 300 miles from Pudget Sound. 75 feet from the deck to the river. Always loved the ocean and may well spend winters in Mexico on the beach.
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Old 06-18-2007, 11:49 AM   #28
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Old 06-18-2007, 01:42 PM   #29
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I am completely landlocked in the middle of the US. No wonder I like cruises.
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Old 06-18-2007, 04:17 PM   #30
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One childhood dream was to "see" an ocean. That dream was fulfilled at age 28 and I have lived within five miles of an ocean ever since. So if I do the numbers, I've spent 46.66666% of my life away from the ocean but always near the water including lakes (both large and small).
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Old 06-19-2007, 12:39 AM   #31
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80% of the world's population lives on the ocean
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Old 06-19-2007, 02:14 AM   #32
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I have always lived within a body of mostly water.
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Old 06-19-2007, 08:00 AM   #33
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I answered "No" because we are not within 50 miles of the open ocean but we are closer than that to Chesapeake Bay.

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Old 06-20-2007, 08:25 AM   #34
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I answered "No" because we are not within 50 miles of the open ocean but we are closer than that to Chesapeake Bay.

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Quick change your answer to yes. I live on Burrard Inlet and it is also salty.
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:20 AM   #35
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I'm in the Dayton Ohio area.

Many of my relatives are within 50 miles of salt water: Coastal Maine, DC area, Gulf Coast, San Diego.

150 miles: Many relatives: Upstate NY(South of Albany).
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Old 06-21-2007, 10:57 PM   #37
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My family lives in Kansas. My dad saw the ocean once, said it wasn't nearly as big, as he thought it would be. Guess he only say the top!

Besides that, salt water sucks!
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Old 06-22-2007, 12:28 AM   #38
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I'm 150 miles from Gitche Gumee (Lake Superior) I swear its really an ocean! Ask Martha & Greg what they think..

The Edmund Fitzgerald went down in it in 1975....


by Gordon Lightfoot
The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
The lake, it is said, never gives up her dead
When the skies of November turn gloomy.

With a load of iron ore - 26,000 tons more
Than the Edmund Fitzgerald weighed empty
That good ship and true was a bone to be chewed
When the gales of November came early

The ship was the pride of the American side
Coming back from some mill in Wisconson
As the big freighters go it was bigger than most
With a crew and the Captain well seasoned.

Concluding some terms with a couple of steel firms
When they left fully loaded for Cleveland
And later that night when the ships bell rang
Could it be the North Wind they'd been feeling.

The wind in the wires made a tattletale sound
And a wave broke over the railing
And every man knew, as the Captain did, too,
T'was the witch of November come stealing.

The dawn came late and the breakfast had to wait
When the gales of November came slashing
When afternoon came it was freezing rain
In the face of a hurricane West Wind

When supper time came the old cook came on deck
Saying fellows it's too rough to feed ya
At 7PM a main hatchway caved in
He said fellas it's been good to know ya.

The Captain wired in he had water coming in
And the good ship and crew was in peril
And later that night when his lights went out of sight
Came the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald.

Does anyone know where the love of God goes
When the words turn the minutes to hours
The searchers all say they'd have made Whitefish Bay
If they'd fifteen more miles behind her.

They might have split up or they might have capsized
They may have broke deep and took water
And all that remains is the faces and the names
Of the wives and the sons and the daughters.

Lake Huron rolls, Superior sings
In the ruins of her ice water mansion
Old Michigan steams like a young man's dreams,
The islands and bays are for sportsmen.

And farther below Lake Ontario
Takes in what Lake Erie can send her
And the iron boats go as the mariners all know
With the gales of November remembered.

In a musty old hall in Detroit they prayed
In the Maritime Sailors' Cathedral
The church bell chimed, 'til it rang 29 times
For each man on the Edmund Fitzgerald.

The legend lives on from the Chippewa on down
Of the big lake they call Gitche Gumee
Superior, they say, never gives up her dead
When the gales of November come early
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