San diego or orlando????

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    Sep 20, 2007 12:33 AM GMT
    hey guys,

    i am currently in college and about to graduate in may. I have limited the cities i would like to move to after to san diego and orlando. I have already lived in orlando for 8 months and i think its great there, but i also hear san diego is great and it would be a new experience. i know it has to do a lot with my final decision, but i was wondering if anyone else had any input on the topic or prefered one place from the other and why???thanks for the help!
  • jmanorlando

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    Sep 20, 2007 3:01 AM GMT
    I really enjoy Orlando, but I would consider a few things.

    What are your career goals and what do you do?
    Orlando has tourism, growing medical and biotech is coming, EA Sports, simulation companies, NASA, decent tech base.

    San Diego has navy, biotech, and I am not sure what else as I live in Orlando.

    If all is equal, I would try San Diego if you don't like it then move to Orlando as a back up. Your young live somewhere new.

    Jman
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    Sep 20, 2007 3:07 AM GMT
    Looking at it differently -

    San Diego puts you in California. Progressive. Domestic Partnerships. Large gay communities, strong anti-discrimination laws.

    Orlando puts you in Florida. Jeb Bush. Anita Bryant. Hurricanes.

    Hmmmmmm.
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    Sep 20, 2007 3:10 AM GMT
    San Diego by far
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    Sep 20, 2007 3:13 AM GMT
    screw both.... rock the Bay Area.
  • GQjock

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    Sep 20, 2007 3:28 AM GMT
    No choice in the matter SD... Hands down
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    Sep 20, 2007 4:39 AM GMT
    San Diego for sure
  • OutOfEden

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    Sep 20, 2007 4:58 AM GMT
    Definitely San Diego, can't wait until I leave Orlando!
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    Sep 20, 2007 6:10 AM GMT
    Well having been here on and off since 2001 and moved here a little over a year ago, I have to say the weather and outdoors are awesome, but the cost of nice housing is a little up there compared to the southeast.

    If you want to know about jobs just look on something like dice or monster in the area.

    Its probably nice at least to try it at least for a while, but everyone is different if you want to know any specifics let me know and I will tell you what I know.


    If you need adopting or to make some west coast friends, let us know that too!
  • MarvelClimber

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    Sep 20, 2007 7:02 AM GMT
    I went to the University of Florida. There's no better university in the state to go to besides there. So if you're not considering UF (or to a much lesser degree, FSU) you should not be compelled to come here.

    Orlando sucks. Tourists everywhere. Horrible traffic. Bad drivers. Old people. There's no downtown. It's a city made by grouping subdivisions together. There's tolls e-v-e-r-y-where! No public transportation. Hurricanes. The only reason I ever go to Orland is to catch a plane. I can't tell you about San Diego, but the things I've heard from a friend that moved there from Florida makes me believe it's a lot more interesting than O-town.
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    Sep 20, 2007 12:18 PM GMT
    Ive spent a lot of time in both cities....If you can handle the HIGH cost of living...and I mean HIGH (Dont underestimate the HUGE difference), San Diego Hands down. SD is a gorgeous place with lots and lots to do....Id live there in a heartbeat if I could!!! But its not perfect by any means!!

    One thing...California has Earthquakes, which unlike a Hurricane where you have warning, with an EarthQuake, you have NONE. I lived in San Fran for the "Big One" of 89....pretty scary shit!!

    btw: PSJoey, Jeb Bush is no longer Governor of FL. Hasnt been for over a year!!!
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    Sep 20, 2007 1:52 PM GMT
    right ATL - and Anita Bryant is history, too.
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    Sep 20, 2007 2:05 PM GMT
    PS Joey...when was the last time you heard ANYTHING about Anita Bryant? Its been decades!!! We've come a long way baby!! Get with the times!!!
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    Sep 20, 2007 2:10 PM GMT
    San Diego hands down.

    R
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    Sep 20, 2007 3:42 PM GMT
    Nothing beats Florida - It's a lifestyle state - whatever it is that you choose. Active, wonderful weather, sports, shopping, food, the list goes on and on... and from O-town, you can get to just about EVERYwhere and do just about ANYthing in the state on a tank of gas. Every city has it's ups and downs... Where ever you end up, be prepared to take the good with the bad, and enjoy yourself. Whether O-town or SD, it is only going to be as good as you make it. Have fun!
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    Sep 20, 2007 3:48 PM GMT
    Tri Guy makes some good points...BUT...the pop up thunderstorms in Central Florida though are a REAL DRAG...and the gay nightlife (if thats important to you) is far better in SD.

    Knowing now youre in the Hospitality industry, you will never be without a job in Orlando!!!
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    Sep 20, 2007 4:30 PM GMT
    earthquakes are no big deal. I've lived in LA my whole life, they are very mellow. You get one about every three years usually at night and no one usually wakes up for them since they are not that strong. In fact the San Andreas fault doesn't even cross through San Diego so you'd be lucky to feel it at all.
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    Sep 20, 2007 4:33 PM GMT
    San Diego
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    Sep 20, 2007 10:13 PM GMT
    Atl - I'm picking up what you're throwing down with respect to the thunderstorms, but do you really want to be outside at 4:30 in July anyway? haha Besides, where else in the world can you live -affordably- and be on one beach to surf with the sunrise, only to go to another and play vollyball, have some killer food & drinks while watching some of the most amazing sunsets ever...?
  • kjwolf78

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    Sep 20, 2007 10:29 PM GMT
    LA
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    Sep 20, 2007 10:40 PM GMT
    triguy...have you been to San Diego????

    Orlando is OK...its getting better....but its NO SD....only thing going for Orlando in comparison is its still cheap to live...
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    Sep 20, 2007 11:07 PM GMT
    San Diego ALL THE WAY!
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    Sep 21, 2007 1:33 AM GMT
    ATL - I am with the times. Florida is still bible-belt, with all the attendant bigotry. Yes, inroads have been made in some of the larger cities, but the base of the state is about as intolerant as you can get.

    Of course, no state is exactly embracing of GLBT people. But some are notably worse than others. Florida is still behind the curve.

    From the perspective of Atlanta, I'm sure Orlando seems normal enough. You're surrounded by Georgia, just as they are by Florida. But from the perspective of living in California, a state that is a bit more progressive (albeit not so much as a few others), the South is still frought with problems.

    Just for the record, I've lived or spent significant time (vacation homes) in Tennessee, Kentucky, Florida, Texas, South Carolina, Connecticut, Illinois, Washington (state), and California. There is a palpable difference when you live somewhere that you feel welcome.
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    Sep 21, 2007 1:44 AM GMT
    PSJoey....I guess you hadnt been to the OC lately...LOL!!!! Ive lived in Cali...it aint what you describe...certain pockets are...jsut like any other state...Fkorida has its pockets of acceptance...South Beach, Key West....Atlanta...midtown...ive walked hand in hand down the street in mid town with my bf at the time and felt totally safe, comfortable and accepted...

    My comments were specifically directed at the individuals you mentioned...who are no longer outspoken on gay issues that Im aware of...Isnt Anita Bryant dead? She mine as well be...never hear from her thank goodness!!

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    Sep 21, 2007 2:23 AM GMT
    awright, I hear some stuff goin' on between California and the South, so I just have to give my opinion on both since I have lived in both places.

    Atlanta is probably more progressive than a lot of people think and I think one of the coolest places in the south to live in the south. Funny, once I saw a former Atlanta mayor shaking peoples hands in a gay bar (there heretic) once. Of course Palm Springs has a Black Gay mayor (He spoke at an SLDN event I went to there). I think people from the west coast sometimes have a bad 50's image of places in the south like Atlanta. Its pretty, inexpensive, and lots to do. They have more extreme weather there.

    I also lived on the east coast and have been in two hurricanes. Earthquakes are overrated and pretty restricted to certain areas. San Diego is not a high risk area with regard to that. The last one felt like someone ran into a garage door. Ironically it was about the same as one that was near Atlanta my last few years there .. It was like a thunder rumble. I actually have felt more shaking living in Savannah, Ga from an army artillery range 45 miles away.

    But besides all that stuff, I would compare California cities and Eastern cities by saying that the west has a more casual relaxed feel while the east is more tense and business like.