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Chris has lived all his life in the Commonwealth of Virginia, leaving only to visit other parts of the United States on a few brief occasions. However, for a number of reasons, he's lived in different homes at different times, in two parts of the state.
Chris was born and currently lives in Ruckersville, a bumfuck town in the middle of nowhere on the outskirts of Charlottesville, inhabited by people similar to the late Bob Chandler. For most of his teenage years, he lived in a nearly identical suburb outside the city of Richmond, 77 miles (125 km) away, Chesterfield County. His family decided to return to Ruckersville after Chris finished high school.
Richmond is the capital city of Virginia, and former capital of the Confederate States of America. Chesterfield County is just southwest of Richmond. Chris and his parents lived in this area from 1992 to 2000. During his life here, Chris attended Providence Middle School and Manchester High School. He attended a Korean church with his father, and occasionally went swimming at the local YMCA. By 2000 he was regularly playing Pokémon at Books-A-Million.
The Chandler family moved back to Ruckersville at the end of Chris's senior year, meaning that his transition from childhood to adulthood was marked by a physical relocation across the state. This move has therefore acquired enormous symbolic significance for Chris. His complete failure to become a successful adult since then, coupled with his rose-tinted view of high school and his gal-pals, have caused him to romanticize Chesterfield County. He continues to believe that had his family not moved back to "lame Ruckersville," he would currently be drowning in china and everything would be perfect and uncomplicated.
Cloverleaf Lakes Apartments
Chris claimed to have "often" seen "whooping cranes" in the duck pond behind their domicile. Whooping cranes are nearly extinct and are not found in Virginia, so he was obviously referring to the common sandhill crane.
Newberry Towne Subdivision
The Newberry Towne Subdivision is an area in 500-odd homes in Chesterfield County. The Chandlers lived at 6008 Partingdale Circle from 1996 to 2000, Chris's important high school years. It is a three-bedroom, three-bathroom condo built in 1978.
According to Chris, the neighbors spread rumors about his family. Chris has never discussed these rumors in any great detail, or mentioned whether they were a factor in the family's decision to move away from the Richmond area. He has, however, speculated that dark forces on the Greene County School Board, back in Ruckersville, conspired to force the relocation.
Chris spent his first years in Ruckersville, VA, where the Chandlers resided at 14 Branchland Court. He and his father moved to the Richmond area after Chris left the fourth grade due to a dispute with the local school system. According to a video address Chris released on 8 May 2010, the Chandlers tried to sell 14 Branchland Court at some point during their time living outside Richmond, but were unable to do so. As a consequence, Chris says, they were forced to move back to Ruckersville after he graduated high school.
Chris and other states
Chris has rarely left Virginia, save for a trip to California for his half-brother's birthday,, his ill-fated road trip to Ohio to visit Julie, and a 2012 journey to D.C. to see a MythBusters show.
- DVD Slideshow Transcripts#CWC Note 2
- "newberry+towne" Chesterfield.gov
- A Week With Christian Chandler, page 1
- DVD, note 2
- Mumble 1
|The places of Chris's life|
Chris's education: Greene County Primary School | James Madison University | Providence Middle School | Nathanael Greene Elementary School | Manchester High School | Piedmont Virginia Community College (not to be confused with Private Villa of Corrupted Citizens)
Attraction locations: Piedmont Virginia Community College | University of Virginia | Charlottesville Fashion Square (Abercrombie & Fitch) (Chick-fil-A) (Pac Sun) (Starbucks) | Wal-Mart (McDonald's) | Target | The GAMe PLACe | Chris's room | Impulse Gay Social-Club
Other places Chris visited: Anime Mid-Atlantic | Best Buy | Country Cookin | "Create-a-Crear Workshop" | Fridays After Five | GameStop | Golden Corral | McIntire Park | Taco Bell | Burger King | Snooky's Pawn Shop