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Old 07-31-2016, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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Winona, Minnesota and La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Driftless Area is almost unknown in the rest of the country but it is beautiful, and the bigger river towns actually have half decent urban bones. They were the first parts of the upper Midwest to be settled and still have intact 19th century downtowns. Both Winona and La Crosse are college towns which makes them more worldly than typical Midwestern towns of their size. Also, the region they are the hubs of is one of the few liberal rural areas in the country.
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Old 08-03-2016, 08:44 AM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
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Philadelphia def doesn't count, being the 6th biggest city in the country and on the 95 corridor, plus teams in all 4 major sports (Phillies, 76ers, Eagles, Flyers).
Philadelphia absolutely does count. It gets **** on more than any other metropolitan area with at least 5,000,000 population. At least Atlanta, Dallas, Houston and Miami have some combination of Southerners, Texans and Latinos vouching for it.


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San Antonio is hard to peg. 8th biggest city in the country, but not a big metro due to almost no suburbs, and only one pro sports team (Spurs)
I had a lot of fun for the brief time I spent in San Antonio.
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:03 AM
 
Location: The Windy City
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Pretty much all of the Midwest. Nice people, decent selection of jobs, cheap housing, and overall inexpensive.
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:24 AM
 
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San Antonio, Fort Worth, El Paso, Albuquerque..
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Old 08-03-2016, 09:56 AM
 
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Columbus OH, Fort Worth, TX, Dover, DE, Wilmington DE, Savannah GA, Virginia Beach, VA.

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Old 08-03-2016, 10:06 AM
 
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Philadelphia def doesn't count, being the 6th biggest city in the country and on the 95 corridor, plus teams in all 4 major sports (Phillies, 76ers, Eagles, Flyers).

San Antonio is hard to peg. 8th biggest city in the country, but not a big metro due to almost no suburbs, and only one pro sports team (Spurs)
No way does Philly count, many people love Philly, myself included
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Old 08-03-2016, 10:08 AM
 
Location: The Springs
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I love Salt Lake City (I'm non-Mormon). I think it gets a bad rep due to the LDS perception, although it is far less a factor today than at anytime previous. Salt Lake has a Democrat, female lesbian as its mayor. But the perception continues. On the forum, when asked to name the first thing that comes to mind about a particular state, replies for CO are always "mountains" or "marijuana". UT it's always "Mormons". Anyway, my other non-trendy favorites are:

- Boise, ID
- Little Rock, AR
- Pittsburgh, PA
- Portland, ME
- Rapid City, SD
- Colorado Springs
- Kansas City
- Omaha
- Des Moines
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Old 08-03-2016, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Jacksonville, FL
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Metro areas: Cleveland, Rochester, Detroit, Buffalo, Syracuse, Hartford, Albany, Binghamton, Utica, Glens Falls, Elmira, Kingston, Dayton, Richmond, Lewiston, Bangor, Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Bismarck, Cheyenne, Casper, Jackson, Gulfport, ugh...so many places.

Honestly, the popular, trendy places are kind of a turn off to me. It's the popularity that ruins them IMO.
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Old 08-03-2016, 02:32 PM
 
Location: Rochester NY
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Metro areas: Cleveland, Rochester, Detroit, Buffalo, Syracuse, Hartford, Albany, Binghamton, Utica, Glens Falls, Elmira, Kingston, Dayton, Richmond, Lewiston, Bangor, Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Bismarck, Cheyenne, Casper, Jackson, Gulfport, ugh...so many places.

Honestly, the popular, trendy places are kind of a turn off to me. It's the popularity that ruins them IMO.
I feel EXACTLY the same way. The less trendy the better IMO
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Old 08-03-2016, 02:50 PM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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I lived in Nebraska for nearly a year (back in 2000) and loved it.

A job in Virginia, at which I had been working as an independent contractor for just over two years, suddenly imploded With only minimal prospects there, I laded the car and headed for a place where I knew my skills and background (transportation and distribution) were likely to be in demand.

I drove into Omaha on a Sunday morning, with absolutely no contacts or advance preparation. I went to work for Labor Ready on Thursday evening, and secured a temp job in my won field (dispatching road service) wihin two weeks.

Three months later, my well-worn Ford Tempo gave up the ghost; I went shopping for a replacement -- ended up with a Nissan light-duty pickup truck, and a better-paying job as a courier to go with it; 280 miles every weekday to Norfolk and back, plus local work as time permitted.

After another eight months, improved prospects permitted me to return to my Pennsylvania home base; and the primary targets (Union Pacific and Burlington Northern Santa Fe) proved unreachable: a blood donation at that time also revealed a hepatitis 'C' infection that I wasn't able to shake for another fifteen years, but was finally able to shake due to medical advances.

I worked hard and long during those times, but in a community where a work ethic and an atmosphere of trust in a person's word still counted for something. Those options probably have diminished somewhat, but I doubt they were ever as strong in (pseudo-) sophisticated "bi-coastal" America.

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