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Old 07-27-2008, 03:46 PM
 
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So here's the deal.. went to work with Audi about 10 months ago after forgoing 2 and a half years of school (with my a.a.s. degree in auto technology).. Anyways, after 10 months I've decided that being a grease monkey isn't my gig.. I don't like the place I live (NYC), and would like to find a permenant home.. Here's my criteria..

*Mild weather.. Would like to find something close to the Eureka/Arcata area climate (mild, 45ish in winter, 75ish in summer, barely any humidity), but more towards east coast..
*Liberal mountain town,, somewhere with small coffee shops, low law enforcement, and somewhere where I can ride my longboard, play guitar in the park
*Music/artsy community.. I'd really like to immerse myself in a community of the arts.. its a huge part of my life, and long island doesn't provide this for me...
*Decent sized city, just in case I have to take a job with audi again.. BUT i'd like to get back in school for environmental engineering..
*Local fresh markets,, somewhere with organic foods that I could pick up on the weekends, and maybe night time after work?
*Nice people
*Low cost of living
*Low taxes
*Low crime rate

Ideally I'd like to find a place where I can wake up in the morning, go outside and take a nice deep breath of fresh cool air in the summer.. Have a cup of coffee on my porch, and go to work,, come home, drink a beer or smoke a joint and relax without any trouble.. I don't want anywhere with a huge population, but I don't mind a few people.. I've lived in SD, and that was NOT it for me,, not enough people my age...
I hope someone can offer me some insight.. I've been looking at places like Knoxville, TN,, Asheville, NC,, Huntington, SC... And of course Eureka/Arcata, CA, but I'd really like to be somewhat near my family in Maryland...

Thank you to all who took the time to read this and help me!
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Old 07-27-2008, 06:33 PM
 
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Mild winters + mild summers are hard to find...

I'd have to say either Oregon or Washington state.

Appalachia is nice, and the climate is mostly mild, but you still won't be free from humidity there.
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:03 PM
 
Location: Kalamazoo, MI
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Im in the same position as you, 20 years old and have worked 4 years in a bodyshop and figuring its not for me. Im looking for about the same criteria. So many places.
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:42 PM
 
Location: Sacramento, CA
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It definitely sounds like you want the northwest. Eugene, Arcata, Ashland, even Portland or Seattle.
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Old 07-27-2008, 11:54 PM
 
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Eugene, OR ... no question.
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:23 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC (in my mind)
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Boulder, CO.
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Old 07-28-2008, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Lake Country, Wisconsin
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Somewhere on the west coast depending on how sunny or rainy you like it.
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