Where to move?

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    Nov 22, 2008 11:11 PM GMT
    Hey Guys!

    I am definitely getting out of Cincinnati in the summer of 09'. I am a registered nurse, so it won't be hard getting a job. So...i've narrowed it down to three cities. Portland, OR, Chicago, or DC. Need opinions and advice please!

    1). Portland...my sister lives there, but not the reason why I would move there. Super nice city, clean, liberal, green-friendly, good gay-scene (or at least i've heard), public transportation and outdoor activities.

    2). Chicago....fun times! lots of friends live there, not as expensive as DC, bad winters icon_sad.gif, but I think I would enjoy the city.

    3). DC.....loved it when I visited my cousin there. Could live with his ex-BF for a discounted price in Dupont (but still expensive). Liked the gay scene and people. Overall not bad except for high cost of living.

    OPINIONS Please! THANKS icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 22, 2008 11:52 PM GMT
    Never lived in any of those places, so dont take my opinion too seriously, however, ive heard a lot of great things about Portland. It, to me, just seems very green oriented, its close to California for vacations to the beach, and close to Vancouver/Whistler area for winter getaways. Personally, i found Chicago to be a nice city, but not close to other cities and very cold in the winter. DC, well, i've been there just briefly, so i don't have much to tell ya.

    wherever you choose, good luck and have fun!
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    Nov 22, 2008 11:54 PM GMT
    why do you have two threads about your move?
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    Nov 22, 2008 11:57 PM GMT
    Thanks! Because I realized one was under sex and relationships and one in general discussion...oh well not a big deal.
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    Nov 23, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    CINCYMSN08 saidThanks! Because I realized one was under sex and relationships and one in general discussion...oh well not a big deal.


    So, you are moving for sex icon_question.gificon_razz.gif
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    Nov 23, 2008 12:13 AM GMT
    What type of outdoor sports do you like. Portland is ideal for outdoor sports. Do you like to travel to Europe frequently? Portland is too far if you like to go to Europe a lot. If you are a skier and don't make frequent trips to Europe than Portland is by far the best choice. Portland is also great for surfing if you don't mind the icy waters.

    Chicago is a great city but you don't have the geographic variety of Portland or DC. From DC you can get to some nice mountains and oceans with water that is far warmer than Portland or Lake Michigan. You're not too far to the NC outerbanks which have some of the best beaches and surfing in the East.

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    Nov 23, 2008 2:44 AM GMT
    Is there a reason you are moving....


    job op?

    guy?

    new life?



    As for me, I might be moving to MN.
    I was going to move there a long while ago. I met a guy on here and things were slowly coming together. Because his job and drama my friends caused, we stayed friends instead. I haven't heard from him for quit some time. Its weird, out of the blue he calls when I was at gym today, talked to my mom for an hour (wtf, I hate it when a friend or someone you like talks to your parents) I love colorado but I've been here all my life. I think it's time for a new life and if an old crush is there, that just makes it better.
    came right when I needed him, a night in shinning armor.

    So buddy, why are you planning on moving and why just those two places?
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    Nov 23, 2008 3:21 AM GMT
    Don't know much about Chicago other than R. Kelly is from there, a lot of talk shows film there, and the Cubs just can't win.

    Never been to Oregon. I would assume though it is awesome if you are into the great outdoors.

    I have been to the DMV (DC, Maryland, Virginia) area. I'm originally from Hawaii and I think the people in the DMV suck ass. Especially in NOVA (North VA) Tyson's Corner and the surrounding towns. The people who can afford to live in the Tysons Corner, Falls Church, McLean area are loaded with money and overly pretentious attitudes. I visited that area for almost 2 months. The people in that area really do look down on others. Obviously I'm speaking in generalities but there is no sense of Aloha out there. I guess you'd have to be from Hawaii to understand what I mean. Southern hospitality is prob a good comparison. As lovely as the area is the people are not at all welcoming and like you already said the cost of living in the DMV is up there.

    Good luck with your decision.
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    Nov 23, 2008 4:42 AM GMT
    Portland. Ocean, mountains, easily escape-able city, lots of green, public transit, unique.
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    Nov 23, 2008 5:09 AM GMT
    don't come to LA, we don't need more traffic. icon_twisted.gif
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    Nov 23, 2008 5:18 AM GMT
    onejock saiddon't come to LA, we don't need more traffic. icon_twisted.gif


    HAHAHA! I visited family in LA 2 years ago. I love the traffic in LA. If you don't speed you will kill yourself and everybody around you. It was so awesome. On the east coast people cut you off just cuz they are pricks. In LA they cut you off cuz you need to get the F out of the way cuz you are holding everybody up. It's like the closest thing we have in America to the German Autobahn.
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    Nov 23, 2008 5:48 AM GMT
    Three good cities - here are my observations:

    Portland - - green; interesting; not far from Eugene (university town) but also cloudy and rainy a lot.

    Chicago - - great city - lots to do - terrific people - but windy and lots of winter. How about north shore suburbs that are beautiful? Winnetka, Kennilworth, Lake Forrest and Wilmette are full of trees and greenery - so beautiful.

    D.C. - - a good city - energy - tons of stuff to do. How about areas close by like Georgetown, Alexandria (VA) and Chevy Chase - Maryland?

    Seems like you're concentrating on just these areas. Any thoughts about San Francisco, the Bay Area, Napa Valley, CA? How about Phoenix and the surrounding suburbs? Lots of great gay people in these areas as well as the three cities you're focusing on! You're probably in a good place as far as your career. You can live wherever you want and you'll be in demand!
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    Jan 05, 2009 8:36 AM GMT
    I live in the DC area and let me just say that there are some good things about it, but in a few months I'm moving to the bay area for grad school because overall I can't stand the DC area.

    Good Things about DC:
    1. Lots of cultural things to do such as so many museums (many are free), many musicians perform here since it's the nation's capital, etc.
    2. It is cheaper than the Bay Area or NYC (but not by much)
    3. There's a decent amount of LGBT people here
    4. Good public transportation here (but the red line is a pain)

    Bad things about DC:
    1. The weather! It gets extremely humid during the Summer (literally less than a minute walking out of the house, you'd feel like you need a shower again). The Fall and Spring seasons are short as it will feel like Spring for a month, then feel like Summer for the rest of the time and it will feel like Fall for a month then Winter temperatures. The wind chill during the Winters is just plain awful. However, even with this said, sometimes in the Winter months, we'll have sporadic heat waves for a week, then temps near 0 degrees and the other way around during the Summer.
    2. To live in the fashionable areas in the city is extremely, extremely expensive
    3. The metro system is quite annoying since many of the stations in the suburbs of MD & VA are nowhere near the name of the station and there is always, always track work, so plan to leave out of your destination a little earlier than what it says on the metro website!
    4. Traffic is really annoying to deal with, there's a reason why the DC area is always in the top 5 for the worst traffic.


    Hope this helps any. I've lived in the DC area my whole life so maybe I'm a little jaded, but I've been to Chicago and I loved it but the 'L' was really, really annoying and I could appreciate metro so much more when I got home. The best of luck!
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    Jan 06, 2009 1:42 AM GMT
    I lived in Portland for a while and really liked it. But, it rained way too much for me. Plus, the cost of living may even be higher than that in Chicago. But, for all the reasons you mentioned, the city is awesome. Don't forget close proximity to the ocean and mountains with amazing nature areas all over the place.

    I've never even visited DC, so I can't really comment on that choice.

    If it were me, I'd pick Chicago, especially if you have lots of friends there. It's like a cheaper, cleaner version of NYC. You can't really beat the architecure. The city has a great connection to nature with the lake and jogging paths. The people are awesome for the most part. Winters make the spring and summer that much better. icon_smile.gif

    Why is it you're "getting out" of Cincinnati? I lived there for six years and actually really liked it. It's a pretty diverse city and is really creative which I loved. I was just visiting again over New Years and had an awesome time. Just curious really.
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    Jan 06, 2009 1:48 AM GMT
    Hands down Chicago! Great city, great guys, beautiful lakefront and fun as hell.
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    Jan 06, 2009 2:07 AM GMT
    The good thing about Cincinnati is that now you can live anywhere and still feel that you have improved your life.

    D.C. has the highest living standard and its close enuf to all kinds of outdoors recreation and you are now savy enuf to deal with the crime. D.C. is hot and muggy in the summer but you are used to that too. But since you won't miss an ocean or international culture i think Chicago is your best bet.
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    Jan 06, 2009 2:08 AM GMT
    The good thing about Cincinnati is that now you can live anywhere and still feel that you have improved your life.

    D.C. has the highest living standard and its close enuf to all kinds of outdoors recreation and you are now savy enuf to deal with the crime. D.C. is hot and muggy in the summer but you are used to that too. But since you won't miss an ocean or international culture i think Chicago is your best bet.
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    Jan 06, 2009 2:27 AM GMT
    i live in chicago, just recently moved here from DC. both are great places.

    In DC you will meet a lot of people who work for the gov't in some sense or another. The metro there is extremely nice, but it isn't open very late. the places to go out are not in the best part of town anymore since many of the places in dupont have been moving up to U st. The people there are a little more 'upstanding' and the mean income is much greater there. on the other hand it's a great place for elitists! Arlington is a really fun area for younger people as there are many 20-somethings. DC is close to quite a few big cities (Baltimore, Philly, NYC). If you do end up here, go play flaming football on the mall. it's great fun.

    Chicago is great too. A little more of a relaxed atmosphere but the pace is just as hectic. There's no such thing as a reverse commute here - you will be stuck in traffic if youre in your car. Snow messes things up quite often. It has the old city feel in many neighborhoods. Boystown is a really nice area. Also, the beaches on the lake are pretty fun. O'hare gives you great travel options. Plus you can't beat the skyline, something DC lacks.

    anyway, good luck with your decision!