Who's lived in Minneapolis during winter?

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    Sep 26, 2011 2:56 AM GMT
    So I just added 3 states to my traveled to list (the map on my profile). One, I think I may consider moving there at some point if I do end up getting out of Denver.

    Let me say, I think Minneapolis was really cool. I stayed for 5 days. I like how it's business-like and has lots of things going on.

    I didn't go out clubbing while I was there, almost did but then got sleepy and had to leave the next day. The Mall of America is AHHHHHHHHH MAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZING!!!!!!!!!! Unfortunately, I didn't come here for a shopping vacation so was only able to hit a couple stores as only thing I needed was running shoes LOL. However, I still didn't think the stores were better than Miami. For the size of the mall it was great, but to me seemed like a lot of the merchandise I could find stuff there in Denver. But it was better, I just I still didn't really see anything that I just HAD to get because I've never seen it before. In Miami, and in New York (and guess where I'm going next month LOL) there's STORES that I will never see anywhere else in the country.

    I was a bit taken aback by the Bally Total Fitness there. I went to like 2 of them and they had old rusty equipment and not many machines. If I end up moving there, I would seriously consider cancelling my membership with them. I don't know what it is about Bally in the midwest states. The ones in Denver are so much nicer.

    Anyway, for the question. Been hearing it gets brutal in winter. Does the city shutdown and nobody goes out when it gets like that? Anyone been there during those times?

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    Sep 26, 2011 4:24 AM GMT
    MochaMuscle saidSo I just added 3 states to my traveled to list (the map on my profile). One, I think I may consider moving there at some point if I do end up getting out of Denver.


    If there are electrical outlets on the parking meters, its a sign of 20 below for extended periods. You're further north than I was in Chicago.

    Did not enjoy that one bit.

    Bally's is an entertainment conglomerate run by managers with detailed profit/loss spreadsheets. I'm not surprised.

    It sucks you don't have any "24hr fitness" gyms there.




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    Sep 28, 2011 2:11 AM GMT
    RobertF64 said
    It sucks you don't have any "24hr fitness" gyms there.


    Oh well we have plenty of 24 hours here. But for crying out loud, I'm afraid if I join I will have 0 privacy. I've met probably hundreds of guys here...and 99% of them who go to gyms say they go to 24 hour. Of course there is one closer to my area which may not be as popular.

    I remember I was about to sign up with one in Dallas. They wanted like $79 and then I think $50 1st month payment or something. Meanwhile, Bally signed me up for $5 so I just stuck with that LOL.
  • NorthStar15

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    Sep 28, 2011 2:15 AM GMT
    Couple of things: If you want to get a gym membership, I suggest getting one with Lifetime Fitness. They are very professional and the facilities are real nice.

    Also, regarding the winters here... well they are cold, but its part of the fun. Streets are usually plowed fairly quick and the highways are typically pretty safe. The only time when it's a little scary is when its sleeting or something. Just gotta watch out for that black ice.

    Otherwise, winter in the Minneapolis is still fun, you'll still see a lot of people walking around outside but most people will be in the skyways.
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    Sep 28, 2011 2:19 AM GMT
    Gee, we are Minnesnowtans for a reason!

    It doesn't shut down. You just kick and scream "why the hell do we live here?!" until you get inside.

    I'd say conditions have to be really bad to stop folks from doing what they want to do.

    edit: see MarchinOn's post
  • dancedancekj

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    Sep 28, 2011 2:20 AM GMT
    Grew up in the Minnesota winters, so perhaps I'm a bit biased, but despite it being cold, the city has a lot to offer.

    Living in a different Midwest city now, I appreciate the efficient snowplowing system of the Twin Cities.

    The only real negative of the winter for me was that it cuts the growing season short. Everything blooms in Minnesota a month later than in where I'm at now (Nebraska) and it is impossible to try growing things like sweet potatoes and watermelon. That being said, it isn't as stinking hot as Nebraska either in the summer.
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  • ohioguy12

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    Sep 28, 2011 2:41 AM GMT
    I've never been there during the winter, but I fell in love with Minny when I was there last June.
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    Sep 28, 2011 2:55 AM GMT
    Well, I be telling people...hell, I live in Denver and I spent 20 years in Florida where it never snows LOL.

    Earlier this year it was down to -14, but stayed around 0 for most of the day. It'd just be going from the deep freezer to the freezer. Either way it's still cold LOL.

    But, I met a guy there and he was saying the bars in Minne suck. I didn't go clubbing while I was there, I wonder if that would put me off moving there.

    One thing I did appreciate was the fact that I actually seen Black people on a regular basis LOL. Some of these cities I've visited...I be like the only one. Not that I base my decisions or feel uncomfortable with that...but still.
  • ryno

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    Sep 28, 2011 3:23 AM GMT
    Winter is fun and cute up until New Years, then it starts to get real old, real fast; right around when the temps start to get bitterly cold. But it doesn't get as cold as the northern part of the state.
    As far as bars/clubs, there is always Uptown...just make sure to bring a jacket.
  • rnch

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    Sep 28, 2011 10:39 AM GMT
    reading this thread makes me realize why my parents got the hell outta the mid west 50 years ago and moves to balmy (compared to kanas city, anyway!) New Orleans, LA.

    my birthday parties in december were always outside. dad's old "super 8" movies revealed green grass and flowers in the background.


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    Sep 28, 2011 11:12 AM GMT
    I lived in the midwest and now in FL for 10 years. I get back to MSP quite a bit since my son and his family (including my 2 yr old grandson) live there. It has a different feel... and I found this 10 min YouTube video that explains why people in colder climates seem to be more productive and well...intelligent. (I've lived in FL so I know that for a fact) evidently researchers found that in colder climates people have a different perspective of time.

    It's about the GEOGRAPHY of TIME

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    Sep 28, 2011 11:58 AM GMT
    I couldn't imagine Christmas without snow..

    Yeah it gets cold as hell and every year I wonder why I'm still around but the other three seasons make up for it. Everyone is used to the snow for the most part so you just have to be smart when driving in it. You'll be fine as long as you find a parking garage and learn to navigate the skyways. The snow will just make you late for work and more prone for an accident if you drive like an idiot.. When it gets 30 below is when you'll start freaking out.. (But that's when the mall really brings out the stuff you don't find many other places! Parkas, snowshoes, and hats and gloves made out of any and every animal skin known to man! haha)

    There's a reason Minnesota is known for the land of lakes and it's awesome having a number of lakes so close to the city. I live three blocks away from Lake Calhoun so it's perfect for biking, running, or any lake activity.

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    Sep 28, 2011 10:59 PM GMT
    MochaMuscle saidWell, I be telling people...hell, I live in Denver and I spent 20 years in Florida where it never snows LOL.

    Earlier this year it was down to -14, but stayed around 0 for most of the day. It'd just be going from the deep freezer to the freezer. Either way it's still cold LOL.

    But, I met a guy there and he was saying the bars in Minne suck. I didn't go clubbing while I was there, I wonder if that would put me off moving there.

    One thing I did appreciate was the fact that I actually seen Black people on a regular basis LOL. Some of these cities I've visited...I be like the only one. Not that I base my decisions or feel uncomfortable with that...but still.


    Yea when I was there, I was surprised by how many black people are in Minneapolis, I think a lot of people think that it's 99% white, but I was wrong. Also, I loved the bars there, especially the saloon, one of the best gay bars I've been to.
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    Oct 01, 2011 8:22 AM GMT
    ohioguy12 said Also, I loved the bars there, especially the saloon, one of the best gay bars I've been to.


    REALLY?

    The guys I were talking to (mostly middle aged and White) told me the bars in Minneapolis weren't all that. One guy from Chicago blatantly told me they suck. I was trying to get him to take me out there but he just wanted to chill.

    I didn't go for myself because I didn't want to leave with a sour taste in my mouth LOL.
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    Oct 01, 2011 10:54 AM GMT
    MochaMuscle saidAnyway, for the question. Been hearing it gets brutal in winter. Does the city shutdown and nobody goes out when it gets like that? Anyone been there during those times?

    I lived in neighboring North Dakota for 11 years, even further north and colder. Spent lots of time in Mpls in every month of the year.

    - The Mpls downtown core does not usually totally shut down, but does get quiet when the surrounding bedroom suburbs lose their transportation into town. You rarely see ground blizzards (aka white-outs) from blowing snow within the city itself, but shortly after you get outside the I-694 & 494 beltway you encounter open farmland where driving simply stops.

    Did you notice the overhead covered skywalks between the downtown buildings? In winter you can walk for blocks and blocks without a heavy coat, from building to building, those glassed-in pedestrian footbridges heated, an entire elevated network at 2nd & 3rd story level with through-hallways the public can use. It's reputedly the largest system of its kind in the world, over 60 square blocks.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Minneapolis_Skyway_System

    - Twin Cities Gay Pride in June is one of the largest in the US, some claiming it's the 3rd after SF and NYC. I actually led the damn thing for a couple years on my motorcycle (with help from about 60 lesbians), and we'd have around 170 individual march units, took over 2 hours.

    - The gay community is quite active year-round, especially the leather and drag scenes. Tell me your interests and I'll give you places to check-out. It's not quite as edgy as some other US cities, this is the Upper Midwest and still very White northern European, Lutheran-reserved, but the guys are generally friendly.

    - Surprisingly Mpls is the home of Naked Minnesota, a gay naturist (nudist) group to which I belonged. In the winter they have indoor activities (DUH), but outdoors in summer, if you're into that. Nice guys.

    http://nakedmn.org/

    - Mpls also has a strong MCC (Metropolitan Community Church) to which I belonged, locally called AGC (All God's Children) on Park Avenue. Lovely people there, too, a good way to meet the community, especially if you're looking for a Christian congregation to join.

    http://www.agcmcc.org/
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    Feb 16, 2013 3:58 AM GMT
    I was born and raised in Des Plaines, IL but moved to Michigan when I was 14!

    Just can't stand the winter's up here! UGH
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    Feb 16, 2013 5:09 PM GMT
    Writer22 saidI was born and raised in Des Plaines, IL but moved to Michigan when I was 14!

    Just can't stand the winter's up here! UGH
    Nothing wrong withthe winter. It is how you prepare for it. The only thing I hate about winter is the wind and the freezing rain. Otherwise winter is a beautiful season.

    As for Minneapolis, I would love to visit that great city. I have heard so many positive things about it. I have seen photos of it as well. However, I would love to visit that city regardless of the season.
  • rnch

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    Feb 16, 2013 5:11 PM GMT
    What little winter we have here in New Orleans depresses the hale outta me...IDK how I could take a mid-west long winter.

    Yeesshhhhhh!!!!


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    Feb 16, 2013 5:31 PM GMT

    I lived just south of downtown near Loring Park from 02-05. Winter is....brutal...but even my southern fried ass got used to it. I love how natives and long time residents just accept it and even embrace the cold. One year they had to shorten the Winter Carnival Ice Festival because temps 'soared' into the mid-30s....people were pissed. The downtown area is connected with a series of sky walks and tunnels to minimize exposure. I only had to walk about a block to pick up the tunnel/skywalk system.

    On the flip side, the eight weeks of summer are humid af...but no one lets the warm months go to waste. The parks, lakes, biking and jogging paths are well used. Being so far north...light lingers from 5:30am till nearly 10pm. Oh....the accent is contagious; took me 6 months before I started saying cAndo or bOUts.
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    Feb 20, 2013 8:40 AM GMT
    LOL, I forgot I was the original poster to this thread. I was reading like, wow...this guy sounds just like what I was gonna do.

    The ultimate decision was this: After 5 visits over the course of a year I decided not to move to Minneapolis. It wasn't so much the weather but what they use to get thru it...which is salt to melt the ice. And seeing 5 year old cars with wheel well and under-carriage rust is a bit unsettling. A person who likes to work around engines of older cars, rust is a BITCH. My 1st car was a 87 Buick from Pennsyvania. It was a great car, but rust was causing it to fall apart.

    Also, I thought it was too similiar to Denver in some ways. I did notice my race wasn't as hard to come by, but I didn't find them all that friendly so wouldn't of mattered a bit. All the times I went there, I didn't meet a single Black person. And it's just like Denver in the way the interracial Black/White scene is too and not enough Latino influence for my taste. I don't want to live in another city where I'm competing with other Black males (or equally worse, other White guys) for a limited selection of White men that are into Black guys.

    I'm starting to find cities that have a more proportionate number of the major race groups suit me a little better when it comes down to dating and finding love and eventually relationship. Places like Denver and Minneapolis and Phoenix have majorities and minorities. Cities like NYC, Tampa, and Oakland tend to be a bit more evened out. -city-data.com


    art deco Twin Cities Gay Pride in June is one of the largest in the US, some claiming it's the 3rd after SF and NYC.


    I have to say I keep hearing this in every city that has a gay pride. The largest gay pride in (fill in blank) lol.
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    Feb 22, 2013 10:34 PM GMT
    I grew up in the heart of the Snowbelt in NE Ohio (east suburbs of Cleveland)...so Snow and COLD shit weather was expected.....The Lake Effect turns on, and buries the area in many feet of snow and LOTS of wind and COLD.....I thought I was used to winter.....
    I spent 2 years (winters) in Fairbanks, Alaska.....OMFG! SHIT! I have NEVER been that cold before....and Snow....and DARK.....and an ICE FOG.....but not the windy nasty storms of the Great Lakes.....Even in Fairbanks, they made fun of Cleveland winters......"with comments, like You get some SHITTY winters!"....I moved back to Ohio, to the relative mildness of Columbus.....Minneapolis, I feel your pain....LOL!
  • akraemer84

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    Feb 22, 2013 10:37 PM GMT
    I current live in Minneapolis and grew up in Wisconsin... so maybe I am not the best to judge this as I only know cold winters. But the winter can suck at times, but really the key of it is just dressing in layers. A little layering goes a long ways. Also a lot of the clubs / bars have coat checks. The only added bonus of the cold is that on the coldest days it is often VERY sunny, which helps me with seasonal affective disorder.

    If you are afraid of the winter may I suggest a visit next January or February, also summer more than makes up for it.