San Diego, Tucson, SLC,??

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    Apr 18, 2008 8:35 PM GMT
    Hey guys I am relocating prior to November 1st, mainly for school, weather, and a more progressive/open community. I am hoping someone can give me an insiders view on these three places to help me narrow down the decision. Looking for things like quality of life, size and quality of the "gay community", nightlife, things to do, quality of outdoor opportunities, and in general how you like living there or visiting there

    Current choices are San Diego, CA; Tucson, AZ, or Salt Lake City, Utah.

    Thank you greatly in advance for your thoughts.

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    Apr 18, 2008 11:25 PM GMT
    ynghung...I live in tucson, and I spend most of my summer in San Diego. I can't speak to SLC, though, sorry.

    Tucson...great school...UofA was fun as hell. No night life...very little gay scene, the whole town has a laid back atmosphere that is great. Lots of outdoors stuff to do, like rock climbing, hiking, biking, tennis, golf, swimming...u can basically be outside year round (unless you are averse to the heat in the summer.) Tons of hot guys, though not so many hot gay guys, lol. All in all, tucson has a very relaxed vibe.

    San Diego...I LOVE SAN DIEGO...I lived in SD when I was a kid for a while. It's a lot like Tucson, except its on the ocean. Its very laid back and casual. Much more nightlife than Tucson, and much bigger gay scene. There's also a lot more drugs going on in SD than Tucson. More outdoor stuff to do in SD than Tucson since you have the ocean. San Diego is much busier than Tucson, but they have a pretty good highway system to get you around parts of the city and all the little cities around it. Tucson has NO highway system, so if you want to go someplace, it's all surface streets...which SUCK!

    I don't mind living in Tucson, but only because SD is only an hour plane ride away. I surf and spend a lot of time in the ocean so thats a big draw for me.

    If you choose Tucson, you can always be in SD whenever you want...San Diego is actually a suburb of Tucson, lol.

    Hope that helps...email me if you have any specific questions.

    oh ya...SDSU is full of hot guys...
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    Apr 19, 2008 12:01 AM GMT
    u should move to SLC icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 19, 2008 12:18 AM GMT
    tommysguns2000 saidynghung...I live in tucson, and I spend most of my summer in San Diego. I can't speak to SLC, though, sorry.

    Tucson...great school...UofA was fun as hell. No night life...very little gay scene, the whole town has a laid back atmosphere that is great. Lots of outdoors stuff to do, like rock climbing, hiking, biking, tennis, golf, swimming...u can basically be outside year round (unless you are averse to the heat in the summer.) Tons of hot guys, though not so many hot gay guys, lol. All in all, tucson has a very relaxed vibe.

    San Diego...I LOVE SAN DIEGO...I lived in SD when I was a kid for a while. It's a lot like Tucson, except its on the ocean. Its very laid back and casual. Much more nightlife than Tucson, and much bigger gay scene. There's also a lot more drugs going on in SD than Tucson. More outdoor stuff to do in SD than Tucson since you have the ocean. San Diego is much busier than Tucson, but they have a pretty good highway system to get you around parts of the city and all the little cities around it. Tucson has NO highway system, so if you want to go someplace, it's all surface streets...which SUCK!

    I don't mind living in Tucson, but only because SD is only an hour plane ride away. I surf and spend a lot of time in the ocean so thats a big draw for me.

    If you choose Tucson, you can always be in SD whenever you want...San Diego is actually a suburb of Tucson, lol.

    Hope that helps...email me if you have any specific questions.

    oh ya...SDSU is full of hot guys...


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    Apr 19, 2008 12:43 AM GMT
    I'm from SD, so I will say this. SD is BEAUTIFUL! There is QUITE a bit to do. The weather is relatively great, although I am not a fan of May or June; May Grey, June Gloom. There is a strong Gay population, however Gay Nightlife can get REAL boring REAL quick, I hope you're open to other aspects of nightlife. Gaslamp Quarter, which is Downtown SD, has the bulk of the Nightlife, however the area can be very specific to the clientèle they want down there; dress code for most of the bars/clubs down there. Petco Park is also down there for Baseball. SD Padres ROCK! Pacific Beach, aka PB, is a younger, beach community with more bars along the main drag Garnet, no dress code and what not; flip flops are good there!
    SD is basically a Large City with small town ideas/concepts within each sub-city, which is cool because each will have it's own vibe. I'm a Grad of SDSU and it's a great school and the College Area can be fun as well! The Gay hood is called Hillcrest and GREAT surrounding hoods are Bankers Hill, Mission Hills, South Park, Little Italy (right outside Downtown SD), Mission Terrace, Golden Hill, Balboa Park, North Park...
    Anyways, Tucson's cool and all a little slow vs. SD, I've gone several times and besides the UofA not much there, my thoughts.
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    Apr 19, 2008 1:35 AM GMT
    I've lived in both Tucson and San Diego. Tucson is a nice quiet little city tucked away in the Arizona desert. You've really got to love the desert and hot temps in the summer if you plan to live there. It's great for people who don't want a big city atmosphere or more for those into natural surroundings.

    San Diego, I live there currently. As the previous posters said its a big city with a small community feel. It's next to the ocean and aside from maybe 12 weeks out of the year the weather is picture postcard perfect. There is a sizable gay community and that's a big consideration for moving here. It's also made up of some of the fittest people in America--also the vainest. The youth factor is high here and anyone over 30 better be prepared to stay in shape if you expect eyes to keep looking in your direction. Another factor is that it is not very economical to live here unless you have a great paying job or know how to economize. Housing and gas prices are some of the highest in the country. But most people happily pay the price to live here.
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    Apr 19, 2008 2:18 AM GMT
    I agree with PhxAriz08, I really enjoyed living in Phoenix better than Tucson. There's more to do and a lot of hot men too...and I don't mean because of the temperature...LOL
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    Apr 19, 2008 2:53 AM GMT
    I never lived in Tuscon, so I cannot give you any advice on that city. All I remember from a trip there was the heat and the desert. Salt Lake is great when it comes to outdoors - any time of the year. The proximity of the mountains and National Parks is a big plus. Winter can be long, the summer hot and dry. At least you can buy beer on weekends in a grocery store, but forget about getting hard liquor on Sundays and holidays, unless you go to Idaho or Wyoming. It is the most liberal city in Utah, but the gay scene is almost non-existent. And you need a membership to go to any night club/bar that sells hard liquor. San Diego has the best of them all - great nightlife, great school, and great outdoors. And the ocean. And Blacks Beach (nude beach). If you go into sciences, SD is the best place of the three UCSD is consistently ranked as one of the top universities in the nation. That said, it's probably the most expensive of the three
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    Apr 19, 2008 2:07 PM GMT
    This is great stuff guys, thank you all for the responses so far.
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    Apr 19, 2008 3:14 PM GMT
    Oh yeah, another factor weighing for San Diego, I am a big martial arts enthusiast. I wanna compete seriously in Muay Thai, and learning some other forms in addition to the Muay Thai would be very helpful. Although it has no use in competition it would also be fun to learn Krav Maga. Oh yeah and I have thing for military boys...haha
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    Apr 19, 2008 7:08 PM GMT
    Then you'll love SD! Military guys are EVERYWHERE icon_lol.gif