Where to Live for new job, career, life?

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    Apr 15, 2012 1:05 AM GMT
    I am looking to move to a larger southern USA city that has a stable gay community (i.e. one that is not closeted, drug/alcohol/tobacco addicted and interested only in DL hookups). I am currently in southern Tennessee where that is the norm. (And it's not much better among the str8 world: TN is among the top three in the nation for number of drugs consumed per person, opiod drug consumption, meth, and tobacco, while it comes in at 43rd place for overall health).

    I hold a Dr. of Pharmacy degree and NASM Personal Training certification. I have experience providing training and instruction as well. As pharmacy (esp. community chain) is more focused on slinging pills like French fries and providing an illusion of health care, I am looking to move into preventative medicine: perhaps as a health/wellness coach or maybe start my own business providing diet and exercise training and disease state management services.

    Anyone have any suggestions on a good city that is reasonably warm most of the year (I grew up in Florida, which has since transformed itself into an oven, presumably from overbuilding) and one that has a stable gay community you can socialize with for dinner, movies, etc. without having to resort to a bar/nightclub.

    Help on all this is GREATLY appreciated. You can reply here or email me privately. Thanks!!!
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    Apr 15, 2012 1:06 AM GMT
    MuscledHorse saidI am looking to move to a larger southern USA city that has a stable gay community (i.e. one that is not closeted, drug/alcohol/tobacco addicted and interested only in DL hookups).
    Good luck with that. icon_lol.gif
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    Apr 15, 2012 3:23 AM GMT
    Atlanta, perhaps????
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    Apr 15, 2012 3:27 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock saidAtlanta, perhaps????
    He said "one that is not closeted, drug/alcohol/tobacco addicted and interested only in DL hookups."
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    Apr 15, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    IDK about southern states but Massachusetts has plenty of gay guys that are drug free and discreet.
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    Apr 15, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    Austin, TX
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    Apr 15, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    paulflexes said
    turtleneckjock saidAtlanta, perhaps????
    He said "one that is not closeted, drug/alcohol/tobacco addicted and interested only in DL hookups."


    You are right.....the ATL meets all of the above!!

    Orlando is out. He doesn't want Florida and he'll die of boredom (or be crushed from the weight of "legal" stories....)
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    Apr 15, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    turtleneckjock said
    paulflexes said
    turtleneckjock saidAtlanta, perhaps????
    He said "one that is not closeted, drug/alcohol/tobacco addicted and interested only in DL hookups."


    You are right.....the ATL meets all of the above!!

    Orlando is out. He doesn't want Florida and he'll die of boredom (or be crushed from the weight of "legal" stories....)
    I've never been any place that fits his idea. He'd probably be better off just ditching the whole fairytale dream and start smoking/drinking/drugging and be a total slut whore like the rest of the normal people in the world. icon_biggrin.gif
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    Apr 15, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    How about Southern California. icon_wink.gif

    Palm Springs, maybe? Mostly older/established/retired gays living there. I think both your pharmacy and NASM background will help you build a steady clientele for your business.
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    Apr 15, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
    What you're trying to avoid is everywhere, people are people. It's just certain aspects are more prevalent than others give or take where you go.

    I like Austin Texas but then others may think it's too much of a college party town.

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    Apr 15, 2012 4:27 AM GMT
    xrichx saidHow about Southern California. icon_wink.gif

    Palm Springs, maybe? Mostly older/established/retired gays living there. I think both your pharmacy and NASM background will help you build a steady clientele for your business.


    That seems like good advice, even though its not what you were thinking off. You an rent or buy a condo in PS for about 200K... and then if you feel like being in a big fat city...you can drive to LA.
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    Apr 15, 2012 4:28 AM GMT
    It's not a matter of avoiding, I know that no matter wehre I go a good portin of the gay population is going to drink heavily, smoke and/or use recreational drugs. But I know there have to be some places where ther are some stable guys who are able to be social without that stuff. As for the sex part: I have no problem with sex (I don't really buy the monogamy thing anyways, in my experience), and have no porlbems with sex clubs or the like, but something more than just DL hookups by closet cases has to exist somewhere. I can't believe that the whole of the gay community is that soically stunted. Don't people go to dinner and movies and shows and stuff or hang out and watch a football game or the like anymore?

    Atlanta is one of the cities I am looking at seriously and will be spenidng two or three days there exploring it and talking to soem of the people there. I've also heard Austin recommended.


    Thanks for the input guys and keep them coming icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 15, 2012 4:34 AM GMT
    Atlanta is the obvious choice. Pay no attention to the ragging above... they know not what they speak of about Atlanta. It's approaching 6 million people, one of the largest gay populations in the country (an estimated 1 of 7 people in the city proper), very liberal and open, affordable housing. Atlanta's GDP is estimated at the 15th largest of all world cities and 6th largest in the US. if you need a job, you should have no problem finding one as a pharmacist. i lived there for 22 years and will spend Winters in retirement there. take the plunge!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Atlanta
    http://www.atlanta.net/50fun/

    btw, i live in palm springs right now. don't come here if you value hustle, bustle and stuff to do. it's sleepy, small and ahem.... mature.
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    Apr 15, 2012 5:29 AM GMT
    Like everyone else has said: Atlanta!

    Dallas has a growing population as well...so I hear
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    Apr 15, 2012 6:37 AM GMT
    xrichx saidHow about Southern California. icon_wink.gif

    Palm Springs, maybe? Mostly older/established/retired gays living there. I think both your pharmacy and NASM background will help you build a steady clientele for your business.



    And, it's only 120 degrees, for 6 months out of the year !
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    Apr 15, 2012 7:10 AM GMT
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    xrichx saidHow about Southern California. icon_wink.gif

    Palm Springs, maybe? Mostly older/established/retired gays living there. I think both your pharmacy and NASM background will help you build a steady clientele for your business.



    And, it's only 120 degrees, for 6 months out of the year !


    Ummm... no. The average annual (mean) temp is 74.5ish. Highest temp on record is 123 (on multiple occasions). It's commonly between 100-115 June-September... but not '120 degrees six months of the year'. Hyperbole is not fact.
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    Apr 15, 2012 9:10 AM GMT
    i love rightasrain. 74.5 ish, nobody else would come up that.
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    Apr 16, 2012 6:02 AM GMT
    Atlanta is cool but insular - once you leave outside of I-285 perimeter it's regular old Georgia. It's a liberal bastion encased in a conservative wrapper.

    Same goes for Austin. Cool little city but once you leave it, you're in, well - Texas.
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    Apr 16, 2012 6:07 AM GMT
    sundayswim saidi love rightasrain. 74.5 ish, nobody else would come up that.


    Looked it up! :-)
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    May 05, 2012 6:05 AM GMT
    ssguy69 saidAtlanta is cool but insular - once you leave outside of I-285 perimeter it's regular old Georgia. It's a liberal bastion encased in a conservative wrapper.

    Same goes for Austin. Cool little city but once you leave it, you're in, well - Texas.


    Guess you haven't been to Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio or Corpus. The most consertive of the above is Fort Worth.
    I
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    May 05, 2012 6:09 AM GMT
    The Best Big Cities in USA for jobs...are..


    1. Washington DC Metro area
    2. Houston, Texas
    3. Atlanta, Georgia
    4. Dallas, Texas
    5. Austin, Texas


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