What you love about your city ...

  • SoDakGuy

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    May 31, 2008 5:55 AM GMT
    Since I was told by some "jock" on here that I whine a lot about how much I don't like Minneapolis ... I want to tell you a few things I do love about this city. Maybe it's the five vodka tonics I had tonight, but screw it! I'm telling you what I feel anyway. icon_evil.gif

    First off ... this sounds lame, but I really do love my gym. I will never find another gym like this one. I've grown leaps and bounds from being a member of Los Campeones Gym since I started there in 2003. I do not look nor feel like the same guy that started working out there. I've made friends there I never thought I ever would. Hell, my best friend is a straight guy - a he whore like yours truly. Well, he's picky about the girls he messes around w/ like I am w/ the guys I screw around w/. I left the gay gym, The Firm, unhappy w/ my results and I never liked hearing from other peeps to accept how I am. I always strive to be better and never settle.

    Second ... I love Lake Calhoun in the summer. There are so many gorgeous bodies (men and women) there running, biking, tanning, blading ... it's insane! Now ... kids younger than me (less than 31), the starvin Marvin look (the twink) is not a good look. Try the corn fed muscly farm boy. It's healthier and you get to eat!

    Third ... the Minnesota State Fair. Yes. I said it. The Minnesota State Fair is SO MUCH FUN! I have not missed a state fair since I moved here in 1999. Tons of fun rides, great eye candy, great FOOD on a stick (it's a MN thing) ... and you can make a drinking game about how many fat ladies in tube tops you can find. You will be HAMMERED in 15 minutes or less. Drink double if you see a bit of her aerola. icon_twisted.gif

    So, this is what I love about Minneapolis.

    Now ... it's your turn ...

    What do you LOVE about the city you live in?
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    May 31, 2008 7:24 AM GMT
    And I thought the best part about Minnesota was the accent! Yeah, sure...

    The best part about Seattle is the mountains and the water. There's a 10,000 foot tall mountain range west of Seattle that buffers us from the cold Pacific Ocean breezes that make San Francisco so cold in July. It also makes for pretty sunsets:
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    And then there's the Cascade mountains with 14,410 ft tall Mt. Rainier
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    The winter temperatures are around 40F in Seattle, but there's plenty of skiing and snow hiking available 60 minutes away in the mountains. And the summers are usually very sunny, with very little rain, low humidity, and temperatures in the 70s.

    Dan Savage, syndicated columnist of Savage Love and author of a bunch of books, said if he left Seattle that thing he would miss most would be the mountains. I agree; most cities have rivers, lakes, or a bay, but how many combine all of that water with two major mountain ranges on either side?
  • rexinfx

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    May 31, 2008 7:35 AM GMT
    How weird.. I live in Minnesota now, and I'll be living 3 hours from Seattle in two months..

    I agree with both of you!
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    May 31, 2008 9:37 AM GMT
    Everyday in Dubai can be a holiday, if you want it (for a price, of course). It's sunny and I think it makes the people quite relaxed with their over-all attitude.
  • GQjock

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    May 31, 2008 10:30 AM GMT
    What's not to love?

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    May 31, 2008 11:27 AM GMT
    Patriots, Red Sox and Celtics. Enough said!
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    May 31, 2008 1:09 PM GMT
    Cincinnati...hmmm...I love some of our more distinct neighborhoods - Hyde Park, Clifton, Mt Adams, Northside, Montgomery, schizophrenic Walnut Hills, etc.

    I like our abundance of beautiful city parks that are well maintained - Ault Park, Alms Park, Eden Park, Burnet Woods (despite the rampant cruising,) Mt Echo, Mt Storm, Winton and Sharon Woods, etc.

    I like all the ice cream shops, even as I dislike Graeter's Ice Cream.

    I like that we have a little bit of all the fine, creative, and performaning arts, including everything from our several museums and galleries to InkTank to the currently running Fringe Festival to Enjoy the Arts and the incredible work of the Fine Arts Fund...not to
    mention the Aronoff, the Ballet, the School for Creative and Performing Arts, the Pendleton, the Playhouse, etc.

    We have a lot of fine dining in addition to the rampant sports bar culture.

    Wow, I came up with more than I thought I would.

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    May 31, 2008 1:14 PM GMT
    I would have to say the parks here in Atlanta are great.

    There's always something to do and the gay sports teams here are awesome.

    Ive only been here a year so Im still learning about the city.
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    May 31, 2008 1:27 PM GMT
    I love the general feel of the city. I love walking around the city after dinner when everyone's out. The north end alone is very quaint (Little Italy) with amazing food.

    Shopping's great, food's great, everything for the most part is in walking distance.
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    May 31, 2008 1:48 PM GMT
    Cleveland was once a rich city, and has fallen but not ungracefully. There are many parts that have a wonderful post-apocalyptic dystopian feel.... there is a (closed) road that is subsiding into the Cuyahoga river along which if you walk you can imagine what would happen to civilization if humanity was removed and nature had reclaimed our places. The post-industrial parts (also by the river) have left many curious objects that are now almost pure geometric abstractionism. There are many superb buildings from the time of excess and they often are to be found in unexpected places.

    There are so many trees, and many wonderful parks. We have a superb orchestra, great (and inexpensive) restaurants, sports, really good museums...

    I really like Cleveland. I am less enamored with the people.
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    May 31, 2008 2:02 PM GMT
    There's a reason that Baltimore is called "Charm City." When you get to know the place, you can easily see why.

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    May 31, 2008 3:03 PM GMT
    Columbus =

    --An infrastructure of bikepaths that in 3 years will mirror the highway system. Specifically, the Olentangy River Path

    --My amazing suburb Grandview that's 5 minutes from downtown.

    --Neighborhoods: Grandview, Short North, Victorian Village, German Village, Arena District, Easton, ect...

    --Amazing restaurants: Haiku, Lemongrass, Schmidt's, Barcelonal, Rigsby's Kitchen, Figlio, Spagio, Dragonfly, Basi are a few examples.

    --Easton Town Center. Nuff said.

    --Even if the gay bars are somewhat cliché, there are tons of bars that are very gay friendly and mixed crowds, which I honestly prefer.

    --Bristol Bar. Hands down, favorite bar in the city.

    --Gallery Hop.

    --Ballet Met, the ballet company of Columbus.

    --An eclectic and diverse mix of people.

    --A central location.... 6 hour (or less) drive to Chicago, St Louis, Toronto, Washington DC.

    --An airport that's big enough to easily reach most of the country, either directly or with one layover, yet small enough for me to show up 45 minutes before my flight leaves and still make it to the gate in plenty of time.

    There's more stuff, and if I think of it, I'll add on.
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    May 31, 2008 3:08 PM GMT
    Jacksonville's got some fun things to do. The Museum of Contemporary Art, the Jazz Festival, boat shows, movies at the park.

    There are some excellent restaurants--Chew, bb's, 1171, Corner Brasserie, Mezza Luna.

    And I like being able to go to the beach 10 months out of the year.
  • CuriousJockAZ

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    May 31, 2008 3:13 PM GMT
    The fact that 9 months out of the year you feel like you're living in Paradise. Nothing like floating on a raft in the pool on Christmas Day. Though, even the warm balmy nights of summer can be wonderful. Also, Phoenix has a great combination of big city feel and small town mentality. We are a thriving metropolis (5th biggest in the U.S.) yet managed to hold onto it's charm. Then there are those nightly sunsets that remind us of why we live here.
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    May 31, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    Toledo has two redeeming attributes. We have a world class Zoo and a world Class Art Museum. That's the city, there are a lot of wonderful people here, and a lot of low lifes, and most fall somewhere in between, like me.

    I'm very fond of my Gaybar too. It's a lot of fun and the wonderful people I mentioned, lots of them hang out there.

    I grew up in the Hills of Kentucky but when I wanted some culture I went to Cincinnati. The most fantastic attribute about Cincinnati is, the Chili and Coney Dogs.
    I've been all over the world when I was in the Army and there is no place on planet earth with better Chili and Coneys than Cincinnati, Ohio.
    If you're ever in Cincinnati, check out either "Gold Star", "Dixie", or "Skyline" Chili. In the Natti, a threeway means a Chili dish.

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    May 31, 2008 4:29 PM GMT
    Clean, homely, has everything you need without having to leave really and it has a historical vibe about it a little bit.. and no homeless people!
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    May 31, 2008 4:42 PM GMT
    Anything goes in Austin!
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    May 31, 2008 4:43 PM GMT
    John43620 said
    If you're ever in Cincinnati, check out either "Gold Star", "Dixie", or "Skyline" Chili. In the Natti, a threeway means a Chili dish.



    LOL
    I've lived here 9 years and only set foot in a Skyline - the old one in Clifton's Gaslight District - once. The odor offended me so badly I almost barfed. I simply don't see the appeal of putting runny chili on hot dogs! But they are a huge regional draw.
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    May 31, 2008 4:45 PM GMT
    Cincinnati Chili is disgusting. Leave it to the northern gringos to f*ck that shit up and serve it with pasta.

    Texans know the real deal. :-P
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    May 31, 2008 5:30 PM GMT
    Ah, New Orleans....
    the old world charm
    the food
    the music
    Mardi Gras
    Jazzfest
    French Quarter Fest
    Saints
    Hornets
    VooDoo
    French Quarter
    River Front
    Audubon Zoo
    Aquarium of the Americas
    Swamp Tours
    Street Cars
    Southern Decadence

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    May 31, 2008 5:34 PM GMT
    New York City has to be the only city I know where you don't need to drive a car to take you to where you need to be. Long live the NYC MTA icon_cool.gif
  • DCEric

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    May 31, 2008 7:04 PM GMT
    Baltimore:
    Well there are three things certain in Baltimore life. Death, Taxes and Cal Ripken Jr. Besides that, a virgin can get crabs, it's ok to call your mother 'hon', and 3 hours to the mountains, 3 hours to the beach, an hour to Washington and 5 minutes to the bay!

    Now I live in DC though... so sad.
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    May 31, 2008 7:10 PM GMT
    cincinnati: its small enough that im never overwhelmed; never intimidated by driving downtown- if i take a wrong turn, and i drive around enough, i'll eventually find what i want. seriously, its REALLY small. not something i usually consider a virtue ;) but its a plus in terms of my irrational fear of being lost.

    also, it has a sort of 'underdog' feel to it, being such a failure on so many levels, so one finds oneself loving it despite its faults- or because of them- kind of like the runt lame puppy in a litter.

    and it has one of only 3 William Sonoma Home stores in the country, which inspires me every season, and which i can't wait to be able to afford.

    honestly though, i can't wait to graduate and move to a real city :p
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    May 31, 2008 7:15 PM GMT
    now Annapolis, MD, where i'm from: THAT'S a lovable area.

    the culture of the bay area, the crab feasts in the summer, the herons and ospreys, the boats and harbors and the soothing wind-chime-like clanging of rigging in yacht masts, the naval academy, the historical district with its brick streets and sidewalks and buildings dating back to the time of George Washington and before, the dining and the shopping, the centrality/locality of it to other cities and mountains and the ocean, the laid back night life.... i absolutely love it and miss it horribly when i'm landlocked away here at school in the midwest.
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    May 31, 2008 7:18 PM GMT
    RunintheCity said[quote][cite]John43620 said[/cite]
    If you're ever in Cincinnati, check out either "Gold Star", "Dixie", or "Skyline" Chili. In the Natti, a threeway means a Chili dish.



    LOL
    I've lived here 9 years and only set foot in a Skyline - the old one in Clifton's Gaslight District - once. The odor offended me so badly I almost barfed. I simply don't see the appeal of putting runny chili on hot dogs! But they are a huge regional draw.[/quote]

    lmao yeah, that's the only skyline i've been in- down on Ludlow- and the food was of such poor quality that i ended up ordering a salad. i will never understand the cult following it has in this city- people swear by it- and the way they crave it, i'm led to think there's some addictive chemical added to the nasty soupy meat paste they call chili. equally disturbing is the local love of whitecastle

    i will admit though, the city has good food if you know where to look- graters ice cream being an example. mmmmm