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    Jun 13, 2012 4:34 PM GMT
    Im getting transferred out of Michigan soon to attend a specially school for my job. The school is short and located in northern CA, but while im there I pick a location off a list of where I want to spend at least the next 3 years.

    Right now Im trying to weigh the pros and cons of these 5 areas...

    1) Seattle, WA
    2) Alameda, CA
    3) Clearwater, FL
    4) Cape Cod, MA
    5) Atlantic City, NJ

    Im originally from Maryland, so Iv got an Idea of what Atlantic City has to offer, but as far as the rest of them I have no clue. Im trying to make sure I go somewhere that will fit my lifestyle the best. I really like outdoors activities like hiking, swimming, beach V ball, biking, kayaking, wake-boarding, snowboarding, exc... but I love night life too so there would have to be a good balance of the two. Being gay is apart of who I am and I completely accept that so I would like to be in a place with a decent gay population (always wanted to join one of those all gay sports teams, especially Soccer)... So If you have any input it would be appreciated. Thanks guys
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    Jun 14, 2012 1:44 AM GMT
    Given your criteria for outdoor activities, I'd say Seattle.
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    Jun 14, 2012 1:48 AM GMT
    Easy decision, Cope Cod. Massachusett's awesomeness is beyond my capacity to articulate, DFKJGNHKSdfkhjdah
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    Jun 14, 2012 1:49 AM GMT
    Seattle, WA.... without comparison on that list.
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    Jun 14, 2012 1:49 AM GMT
    You have a chance to live in Cape Cod MA? That place is beautiful, though of course draws an older crowd. I think you'd be like 1:30 hours from beantown if you;d wanna visit.
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    Jun 14, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    Profile saidEasy decision, Cape Cod, Massachusetts awesomeness is beyond my capacity to articulate,


    (above edited because I just can't help myself)

    Of those choices, I would pick Cape Cod for sure. You've got the proximity to Boston and Provincetown, which are both very gay friendly. It fits the bill for all of your other interests (close enough to NH, ME, VT for snowboarding) and, despite being in New England and subject to long, cold winters, the weather is actually mild due to the proximity to the ocean. Don't know that I would agree with the above post about drawing an older crowd, except possibly for the winters when only the locals are left.
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    Jun 14, 2012 1:56 AM GMT
    seattle seattle seattle
  • jock8873

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    Jun 14, 2012 2:02 AM GMT
    wow, I'm gonna go against the grain and say Clearwater, Florida...... I live in Florida.... there are plenty of outdoor activities in Tampa (Clearwater's a big sister city suburb - if you want to call it that), and plenty of gay places too........ actually, I'm extremely well traveled, been to all the other places on your list, and would say some of the places are bigger, some are smaller, but would definitely pick Clearwater over the rest.......... um, j/s
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    Jun 14, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    Im kinda surprised nobody said Alameda CA
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    Jun 14, 2012 3:23 AM GMT
    scratch AC it's disgusting

    Clearwater sounds good.

    Alameda...sure it's close to Berkeley and SF but a crappy town
  • great_scott

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    Jun 14, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    I would just generally stay out of FL.
    Save Cape Cod and Seattle for your retirement years.

    So I guess CA or NJ, but I'd say NJ. Jersey is VERY different from Maryland.
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    Jun 14, 2012 3:24 AM GMT
    terra22 saidCome to where I am. Cape Cod. It's beautiful and right near Provincetown, the city in the country where gays all live and party and club. You'll love it.


    Not from September to march
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    Jun 14, 2012 3:28 AM GMT
    Adonis_001 saidIm kinda surprised nobody said Alameda CA
    Alameda might be a good choice if you don't actually live there. If you don't mind commuting from Oakland, Berkeley, or SF.. I say go for it. CA has the best weather out of all the cities you listed. icon_cool.gif
  • Lanter

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    Jun 14, 2012 3:29 AM GMT
    I would pick Seattle or Cape Cod. Atlantic City has gone downhill and the main attraction there for me is the beach. I would steer clear of Florida and California, their great to visit, but I don't like spending more than a few weeks in either.
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    Jun 14, 2012 3:48 AM GMT
    terra22 saidI would say Cape Cod. I mean I haven't casted my vote yet!


    does the town really die from September to march
  • ohioguy12

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    Jun 14, 2012 4:00 AM GMT
    I don't know much about Alameda, CA, but I'd choose Seattle easily. Cape Cod, Clearwater, and Atlantic City all seem like nice vacation spots, but I wouldn't want to live there.
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:08 AM GMT
    Here is the thing about Alameda (grew up in the bay area.)

    Yes, it is close to SF, but SF is still very far away. Its about a 20 min drive to get into the city, and an hour of traffic. So you never ever go to SF. So dont go to Alameda.

    Just sayin.
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:10 AM GMT
    I'd say Seatle icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:21 AM GMT
    If you dont mind rain and lots of gloomy days then Seattle is perfect. Lots of hiking and kayaking spots and few mountains close by for snowboarding. Decent nightlife and the city is gay friendly in general.
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:26 AM GMT
    Adonis_001 saidIm kinda surprised nobody said Alameda CA


    the only reason i know where Alameda is is thanks to the classic Star Trek films. that might have something to do with it.
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:37 AM GMT
    Just noticed the OP is a Coastie. Why not pick Hawaii, LA, or San Diego?
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:42 AM GMT
    Whenever I hear "Cape Cod", I visualize a fish in a super hero costume.
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    Jun 14, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:00 AM GMT
    Alameda, CA.

    The location is situated ideally for most of the activities which you seek to enjoy AND you're just a ferry ride away from

    FAGULOUS!

    SAN FRANCISCO!!!

    Fabulous urban hiking!
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    Just a ferry hop away from John Muir Woods National Monument!
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    Cyclists RULE The City by the Bay!
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    Spectacular Kiteboarding!
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    Lake Tahoe and "big air" are just a short drive away!
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    Gay Soccer? Meet the San Francisco Spikes!
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    Let your Freak Flag Fly! San Francisco is THE GAY CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE!!!!
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    The Northern California / San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most diverse populations in the world! It all gets mixed up here and it all comes out fabulous!
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    Come! Come to San Francisco!!! You won't regret it if you do! You may never get this chance again! And, you just may leave your heart here as well!
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:02 AM GMT
    http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2482/3830008831_69ca5a0e86.jpg

    ^Wow. Where's that park? That's an awesome view.