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    Dec 23, 2012 1:26 AM GMT
    I'm set on moving there in February or early March. Before that, I'm taking a little trip up there over MLK weekend with a couple friends of mine who used to live there a while back... Going to try to look around and get a feel for the city.

    Any locals want to give me the low down on the city? How do you like it and what do you like? Hows finding work or a living situation? How are the gays?

    I'm basically doing my best to escape the South and move to a place I can spend the rest of my 20s and the majority of my 30s. I miss cities (grew up in Portland and Cincinnati) and the North in general.

    Any advice or commentary I'd be happy to have!
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    Dec 23, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    Are you trying to live in China Town?
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    Dec 23, 2012 1:30 AM GMT
    Perserverance saidAre you trying to live in China Town?


    Ha no, that was my clumsy shorthand because my friend calls the whole city Chi-town ;)
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    Dec 23, 2012 1:37 AM GMT
    http://www.neighborhoodscout.com/il/chicago/crime/
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    Dec 23, 2012 1:38 AM GMT
    I hear the cost of living is ass up there. How much are you looking to spend? I hear in the city rent is between $1000-$1500 a month and in the burbs it gets lower to the $800s. this was also a while back so I am not sure if any of that has changed for the better or worse icon_neutral.gif
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    Dec 23, 2012 1:47 AM GMT
    Well that rent isn't terribly different from rent here in Tallahassee (prices are way outside reality... Property owners here think they're in Miami or something). I'm looking to spend basically whatever it takes me to live for a while haha. I just need to get there and start getting on my feet icon_smile.gif.
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    Dec 23, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    Have got any job leads out there or are you just going to pack up and go?
    Do you have someplace moving all your shiz for you or are you going to use a U-Haul?
    Do you have enough money budgeted in case it takes a while to get on your feet?
    Are you going to put out there?
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    Dec 23, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    I have some tentative job leads, but nothing solid as yet.
    When I move I won't have a lot of crap to move... I'm selling most of my stuff.
    I have a few thousand dollars stashed away so I can survive a couple months I think.
    I don't know how much time I"ll have to put out... a good portion of my focus will be on landing some kind of interim work while I get something more stable.
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    Dec 23, 2012 1:54 AM GMT
    The metro population estimate is 9,461,105 ... so in a place that size, odds are you will grow no larger than a guppie icon_cool.gif
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    Dec 23, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    Transportation? Traffic in big cities is always ass
    Selling your shiz is good, you can get new stuff when you get a stable job.
    I guess the main thing you need to worry about is your budget.
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:11 AM GMT
    I'd like to live near public transit. I've already sold my car: no use for it in a city with public transit, imo.
    I'm trying to get as close to 2 suitcases of crap as I can. Anything momento-ish I can leave with my little brother here in Tally.

    Yeah the budget will be tough. Will have to watch it closely... but I'm optimistic. I've got a good education and some varied experiences, and I'm not hideous-looking. I'd actually be fine, in lieu of some well-paying job, just having some survival job for a while.
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:20 AM GMT
    I'd suggest a new diet when it comes to what you eat. Until you get your stable job of course. You know to save your money. What would be the worst job (in your mind) pay you would settle for if it came down to it?
    I'm only asking these questions because if the worst happens then questions like these will come up. Better to be prepared for the worst than not prepared at all. IMO
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:28 AM GMT
    Haha, I can't think of a job I wouldn't 100% do (unless it sucked up like 16 hours of my day)... because there was a time I was applying to anything and everything.

    The funny thing about the job market in Tallahassee is that I'm too old and too educated to get work. Any work. I applied to hundreds of places, but because it's a college town no restaurant or bar or service industry place hires anybody over 22. Ok fine. But Wal-Mart and Target and K-Mart etc. had positions open, but no desire to hire a guy with a Master's. And there frankly isn't much industry above that unless you worked in State Government.

    I'm hoping that the unique conditions here are less bizarre elsewhere.
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:35 AM GMT
    Those "conditions" are not really bizarre. People with degrees get turned down all the time (depending on the degree) from places like Target etc..unless you are applying for a corporate position. I think it has something to do with, the states not wanting a record showing some person with a Masters Degree in whatever flipping burgers. Makes the the state look bad and all that jazz. Not that having a degree and being unemployed is any better. Who knows what the method behind that madness is. But bigger cities do mean more opportunity but with bigger cities come more competition blah blah blah. You should be fine. Unless your degree is in Archeology or something like that, where it would be useless in a big city.

    EDIT: I think when those places turn down applicants who have degrees the words they use are, "we cant hire you for the position because you are overqualified"
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:41 AM GMT
    I feel like I really just need to nurture some connections... The only way I've ever got work in the past was through friends. I know a small handfull of people in Chicago, I"m just not sure if they're placed in such a way that they can help me haha.
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:44 AM GMT
    That or network your ass off. What kind of job are trying to get into. If you had a choice?
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:46 AM GMT
    I've never seen Clay so coherent....icon_eek.gif
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidI've never seen Clay so coherent....icon_eek.gif


    You shut your slut hole!
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
    Claystation said
    jmusmc85 saidI've never seen Clay so coherent....icon_eek.gif


    You shut your slut hole!


    That's the spirit!!!

    Anywho, I'll let you boys talk. Just don't move to Buffalo. It's a shithole!
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:49 AM GMT
    jmusmc85 saidI've never seen Clay so coherent....icon_eek.gif


    Lol I know right! I almost didn't know who the hell he was. It's kinda sexy.

    *tosses panties in Clay's direction*
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:50 AM GMT
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    Claystation said
    jmusmc85 saidI've never seen Clay so coherent....icon_eek.gif


    You shut your slut hole!


    That's the spirit!!!

    Anywho, I'll let you boys talk. Just don't move to Buffalo. It's a shithole!


    Actually Biffallo has a lot of sexy black thuggish guys although all of them were unemployed icon_cry.gif
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    Claystation saidThat or network your ass off. What kind of job are trying to get into. If you had a choice?


    I can do something corporate. My most recent experience is as a HIPAA regulatory compliance officer at a software developer.

    But I'm also an ISSA certified trainer and would love to work in fitness.
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    Dec 23, 2012 2:51 AM GMT
    Here is a packing technique for you to try icon_biggrin.gif

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    Dec 23, 2012 2:52 AM GMT
    Larkin said
    Claystation saidThat or network your ass off. What kind of job are trying to get into. If you had a choice?


    I can do something corporate. My most recent experience is as a HIPAA regulatory compliance officer at a software developer.

    But I'm also an ISSA certified trainer and would love to work in fitness.


    Love to have a guy like you giving me fitness tips, showing me exactly what body parts to use ;)
  • MidwesternKid

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    Dec 23, 2012 2:52 AM GMT
    I would recommend Bucktown or Lincoln Park area. Or any area that is nearby the schools. the area has a lot to do and has things close by. Lakeview or Boystown is cool but the cost of living is high. I enjoy the Lincoln Park area because there are a lot of interesting places to shop and eat at and everything is in walking distance. If you like trying new things, you will never be out of ideas.