How is Orlando FL?

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    Jun 25, 2012 10:26 PM GMT
    So my current job is shipping out from MN to NY (unfortunately an area that doesn't have much going on for it). I don't want to move to an area that isn't near a big city or absent a gay culture. I'm considering staying with my company but relocating to a different division.

    So how is Orlando? What can I expect if I end up moving there? How big is the gay scene?

    Thanks!

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    Jun 25, 2012 11:12 PM GMT
    I like it here. Very nice people, very nice gays.
    O is an island of relative liberalism in very conservative FL. But the city just opened their partner registry for some basic human rights.
    11 of the 12 months you can walk in t-shirt and shorts, but 3-4 of those are really hot and humid.
    FL is totally flat, so no mountains to go to. Beaches are a 45 min drive. Tourism is the most important industry here and during your first year here, all your friends and family will want to visit to go to Disney-world, Universal etc.
    It is difficult to make good friends here, but easy to meet people. UCF is one of the biggest universities in the country, so there's lots of young people here. The 'scene' is pretty big as Orlando is only about 250k people, but what's called Metro-Orlando 2.5 M. and there is nothing gay, except Tampa, within a 4 hr drive (to Ft. Lauderdale). Last time I checked O had the highest number of RJ members.
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    Sep 20, 2012 4:55 AM GMT
    Thanks bhp91126 for the reply. Looks like there's a higher possibility I could get a job out here. Anyone else care to comment?
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    Sep 20, 2012 4:57 AM GMT
    I was just in Orlando and I seriously did not want to leave it! Amazing weather, people, bars, and food...and the amusement parks are also fun icon_biggrin.gif
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    Sep 26, 2012 3:46 AM GMT
    Lived there for 2 years and hated it! You spend a small fortune on toll roads every month and traffic is horrible and I mean it makes LA driving look enjoyable.! It'll cost you $490 just to get a tag for your car. The gay community is very clickish and divided. Get ready for screened in backyards as Mosquitos are bad. Crime rate is thru the roof, alarm system is mandatory on your home. Car insurance rates for the city are some of the worst due to theft and accidents.. Other than that its a pretty city... I'd recommend you visit for week and explore the area
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    Sep 26, 2012 4:14 AM GMT
    bhp91126 saidI like it here. Very nice people, very nice gays.
    O is an island of relative liberalism in very conservative FL. But the city just opened their partner registry for some basic human rights.
    11 of the 12 months you can walk in t-shirt and shorts, but 3-4 of those are really hot and humid.
    FL is totally flat, so no mountains to go to. Beaches are a 45 min drive. Tourism is the most important industry here and during your first year here, all your friends and family will want to visit to go to Disney-world, Universal etc.
    It is difficult to make good friends here, but easy to meet people. UCF is one of the biggest universities in the country, so there's lots of young people here. The 'scene' is pretty big as Orlando is only about 250k people, but what's called Metro-Orlando 2.5 M. and there is nothing gay, except Tampa, within a 4 hr drive (to Ft. Lauderdale). Last time I checked O had the highest number of RJ members.


    When I lived there (five months in winter 2005), I found:
    * a pretty good set of roommates -- who moved from Chicago,
    * a loyal fun sexy friend I'm still in touch with -- who moved from Pennsylvania,
    * thoughtful colleagues -- who moved from Michigan,
    * a strict Christian boss -- who moved from Indiana, and
    * a very crazy party boy or two from Florida.

    It was seriously one of the most entertaining, thrilling times of my life. The people, the weather, the newcomers, the clubs.

    I struggled with not making enough income to enjoy Disney/Universal, and.... except for that one good friend... I found that most other people (even the roommates) didn't go out of their way to make me feel cared about.

    Florida didn't quite live up to expectations and I always seemed to miss the "big party" or big event that everyone else seemed to have gone to or known about -- which happened LAST weekend. A lot of the parties seemed to happen in Daytona -- 60 to 90 minutes away.

    Disney boys -- you will find them at the clubs, but they work a lot of hours and don't have much time for friendships/relationships. They're kind of walled off in their own little world. I met a couple UCF guys and they were alright.

    Also, it gets VERY hot -- melting your car dashboard kind of hot -- starting in early May. If your apartment complex pool doesn't have trees and shade, you're really not going to be able to use it without nasty, nasty sunburn. Not fun.

    I didn't face any serious conservative nasty people in Orlando metro, but as we all know Florida on the whole, has them.

    You do have to watch out for crime, but there are better resources to research that today than there were in 2005. If you need a list of websites to check, just send me a direct message.

    Gainesville would be another good place to try to settle, in Florida.

    I don't blame you for not wanting to move to small town NY state, but if you did choose NY and had some discretionary income, you would be able to spend every weekend in NYC, and that might make up for the weekday boringness.

    I would do it again -- but I wouldn't do it without:
    * a great salary
    * work/life balance so I could travel to the Midwest to see my close family more often than every 3 months
    * really shopping around for the best city/suburban location to live.