Fun southern Cities

  • Chainers

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    Mar 13, 2014 6:03 PM GMT
    Hey guys,

    I wanted to see what people's experiences were like living in the south. I really enjoy the Raleigh area, and wanted to see what else is out there.

    Thanks!
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    Mar 13, 2014 6:17 PM GMT
    Well, I think Lexington, KY is a fun place, mostly because I'm here. But I've only been here a couple of weeks and so far only part time, so that means it's only fun part of the time. icon_biggrin.gif
  • ohioguy12

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    Mar 13, 2014 6:42 PM GMT
    I like Louisville a lot.
  • Import

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    Mar 13, 2014 7:00 PM GMT
    I really enjoyed Charleston, SC.
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    Mar 13, 2014 7:02 PM GMT
    Wilmington's great; as is Charleston, SC, and Florence, SC. Each has its own special charm and all have great places to eat.
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    Mar 13, 2014 7:30 PM GMT
    Have to vote for my hometown. It has its own unique culture you will not find anywhere else in the USA. Has its own unique cuisine, its own unique music, vibrante social and night lives, out and proud gay life Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, many other festivals, art, architechture, etc. Many bars are open 24/7 and you can walk the streets with an alcoholic beverage in your hands. Marijuana could very well be next.

    Tennessee Williams said, "America has only three cities: New York, San Fransico, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland."
  • Destinharbor

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    Mar 13, 2014 7:50 PM GMT
    I like living here at the beach, Destin, in the panhandle of Florida though there is no gay community. Still, my partner and I are open and move about without a problem. Boat, beach, sun, pool, tennis. Love the outdoor life. When we need a gay nightlife fix, we run over to New Orleans. Love that city but prefer to live in bright sunshine.
  • rdberg1957

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    Mar 13, 2014 10:16 PM GMT
    As a northerner, I am curious about life in other cities. I know about restaurants throughout the South because of sites like Yelp. But I don't know about social life for gay men and what people do for fun.

    Tennis is my #1 sporting activity. In Minnesota, I play indoors seven months out of the year. What's happening in your towns in the South? I just reconnected with my first love. He is living in Atlanta now, but has some similar complaints about gay social life. Like there isn't enough.

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    Mar 13, 2014 10:28 PM GMT
    We say sir and mame a lot - that is if you got any class. Life in Atlanta is the same everywhere else - they have an Eagle - but I still haven't gone
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 14, 2014 12:02 AM GMT
    Nashville, TN is a very nice city with a lot to offer.
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    Mar 14, 2014 12:04 AM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidHave to vote for my hometown. It has its own unique culture you will not find anywhere else in the USA. Has its own unique cuisine, its own unique music, vibrante social and night lives, out and proud gay life Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, many other festivals, art, architechture, etc. Many bars are open 24/7 and you can walk the streets with an alcoholic beverage in your hands. Marijuana could very well be next.

    Tennessee Williams said, "America has only three cities: New York, San Fransico, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland."


    Spot on UCM!icon_biggrin.gif
    You also forgot go-cups and drive thru daquiri stores.icon_lol.gif
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    Mar 14, 2014 12:07 AM GMT
    Destinharbor saidI like living here at the beach, Destin, in the panhandle of Florida though there is no gay community. Still, my partner and I are open and move about without a problem. Boat, beach, sun, pool, tennis. Love the outdoor life. When we need a gay nightlife fix, we run over to New Orleans. Love that city but prefer to live in bright sunshine.

    Destin, if coastal erosion dosn't stop, N.O. will be a beach city in the not so distant future. That sucks!icon_sad.gif You are always welcome to my city!
  • LJay

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    Mar 14, 2014 12:13 AM GMT
    Interestingquestion,r eally. I even got out a map trying to come up with an answer.

    I think that you need to try to get away fromt he cities to get a grip on the South, or really anywhere else int he country.

    Of course you are welcome to come to Richmond, VA where the confederacy lingers, but so does the shadow of Patrick Henry and a very current scrap over whether and where to build a ballpark. Fun city? Well...

    Ever been to Natchez? Or the Ozarks? Or Savannah? Or Nags Head? Or the springs in Central Florida? There is so much.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 14, 2014 12:13 AM GMT
    Just stay away from Texas. That place is virulently homophobic. Most Texans don't like being considered Southerners in the first place. They consider themselves the Southwest. That is perfectly fine, the South is better off without that hot, flat shithole. Texas cities are very suburban in character anyways so you are not missing anything. Stick to real cities like Atlanta, Memphis, Nashville, Jacksonville, and New Orleans. Check out the smaller southern cities like Charleston and Asheville as well.
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    Mar 14, 2014 12:22 AM GMT
    What's in Louisville I'm here now haha with my dad though. So I need more of the heavy drinking and live music bars rather than the half naked go go boy ones. Any suggestions?
  • gymlocker

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    Mar 14, 2014 12:56 AM GMT
    Just my impressions
    North Carolina- hotter than hell in the daytime from may to November and it rained every night-not just rain-but monsoon downpours/you are either a Yankee or a hillbilly

    South Carolina- Unless you're a Nascar guy be prepared to lower your IQ by 30 points to fit in

    Georgia-Outside of Atlanta the place is overrun with crackers- Atlanta is dirty/ unsafe/ and has the worst traffic in the US

    Florida-Worst drivers in the US- no zoning laws so you get a mansion right next to some house with a refrigerator on the front porch- Nice to visit but 2 weeks is enough to see everything

    Louisiana/mississippi/Alabama/Arkansas- They could never film CSI in any of these states because 1)everyone's DNA is the same and 2)there are no dental records

    Tennessee/Kentucky/West Virginia- They should have left this as one state/ everyone looks like mitch mcconnell-even the women/or they're coughing up lungs from working in the coal mines/ if they ever worked
    Are there shoe stores? dentists?

    Texas-People are actually proud to be from here although I can't see why/ the place is basically a dry desert with no natural trees/ hotter than hell and they keep hammering up the same tired mcmansions over and over again with no real zoning laws either

    Not saying these places don't have some nice areas to visit-but if you want to live there be forewarned that the natives are still fighting the Civil War/ People will be all smarmy nice to your face and call you "hon" but they are not genuine and are very clanish/ so seek out the outsiders like yourself
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    Mar 14, 2014 12:59 AM GMT
    Savannah, GA
    Asheville, NC
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    Mar 14, 2014 1:17 AM GMT
    New Orleans!
    Wonderful food, nightlife of course, unique local culture, lovely architecture, lots of quirky creative people.
    And there is a special aura of sensuality that hangs over the city like a miasma from the swamps. It's for good reason that New Orleans has been celebrated for centuries in song and story as the place people go to shed their innocence, if they ever had any.
    Just ask Blanche DuBois.
  • roadbikeRob

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    Mar 15, 2014 2:39 PM GMT
    gymlocker saidJust my impressions
    North Carolina- hotter than hell in the daytime from may to November and it rained every night-not just rain-but monsoon downpours/you are either a Yankee or a hillbilly

    South Carolina- Unless you're a Nascar guy be prepared to lower your IQ by 30 points to fit in

    Georgia-Outside of Atlanta the place is overrun with crackers- Atlanta is dirty/ unsafe/ and has the worst traffic in the US

    Florida-Worst drivers in the US- no zoning laws so you get a mansion right next to some house with a refrigerator on the front porch- Nice to visit but 2 weeks is enough to see everything

    Louisiana/mississippi/Alabama/Arkansas- They could never film CSI in any of these states because 1)everyone's DNA is the same and 2)there are no dental records

    Tennessee/Kentucky/West Virginia- They should have left this as one state/ everyone looks like mitch mcconnell-even the women/or they're coughing up lungs from working in the coal mines/ if they ever worked
    Are there shoe stores? dentists?

    Texas-People are actually proud to be from here although I can't see why/ the place is basically a dry desert with no natural trees/ hotter than hell and they keep hammering up the same tired mcmansions over and over again with no real zoning laws either

    Not saying these places don't have some nice areas to visit-but if you want to live there be forewarned that the natives are still fighting the Civil War/ People will be all smarmy nice to your face and call you "hon" but they are not genuine and are very clanish/ so seek out the outsiders like yourself
    Bubba lives but he's not that smart


    No zoning laws, that sounds exactly like Texas, especially Houston and its surrounding suburbs. I didn't know that Florida had no zoning laws, I thought that was only a Texas thang.
    In regards to West Virginia, be very careful about considering it a southern state. Most West Virginians that I have encountered get very angry when you call them southerners, most of them consider West Virginia part of the northeast or the Mid Atlantic area. However I at one time questioned some of these enlightened West Virginians about their state becoming more southern politically over the years because of their voting for religious, right wing candidates which is a very southern thing. How can they consider themselves northeasterners when they don't even vote like most northeasternersicon_question.gif Whats the difference if West Virginia is considered either a northeastern state or a southern stateicon_question.gif The response to my questions from West Virginians, silence. Go figure.
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    Mar 15, 2014 4:27 PM GMT
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    UndercoverMan saidHave to vote for my hometown. It has its own unique culture you will not find anywhere else in the USA. Has its own unique cuisine, its own unique music, vibrante social and night lives, out and proud gay life Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, many other festivals, art, architechture, etc. Many bars are open 24/7 and you can walk the streets with an alcoholic beverage in your hands. Marijuana could very well be next.

    Tennessee Williams said, "America has only three cities: New York, San Fransico, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland."


    Spot on UCM!icon_biggrin.gif
    You also forgot go-cups and drive thru daquiri stores.icon_lol.gif


    I pulled into the parking lot of Popeye's Fried Chicken one day to make a phone call. The entire time I was on the phone, there was a car full of old ladies outside their car taking photos of the building. I kept trying to figure out what they saw so damn interesting about a fried chicken fast food joint. Since I was parked right beside them, I rolled down my window and jokingly said "you don't have fried chicken where you're from?" One of the ladies laughed and said "yes we do, but it's the neon sign under it that says '....and margaritas' that our friends will never believe!" There are so many things I take for granted living here. icon_smile.gif
  • Chainers

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    Mar 15, 2014 9:54 PM GMT
    Scruffypup said
    Luckydog76 said
    UndercoverMan saidHave to vote for my hometown. It has its own unique culture you will not find anywhere else in the USA. Has its own unique cuisine, its own unique music, vibrante social and night lives, out and proud gay life Mardi Gras, Jazz Fest, French Quarter Fest, many other festivals, art, architechture, etc. Many bars are open 24/7 and you can walk the streets with an alcoholic beverage in your hands. Marijuana could very well be next.

    Tennessee Williams said, "America has only three cities: New York, San Fransico, and New Orleans. Everywhere else is Cleveland."


    Spot on UCM!icon_biggrin.gif
    You also forgot go-cups and drive thru daquiri stores.icon_lol.gif


    I pulled into the parking lot of Popeye's Fried Chicken one day to make a phone call. The entire time I was on the phone, there was a car full of old ladies outside their car taking photos of the building. I kept trying to figure out what they saw so damn interesting about a fried chicken fast food joint. Since I was parked right beside them, I rolled down my window and jokingly said "you don't have fried chicken where you're from?" One of the ladies laughed and said "yes we do, but it's the neon sign under it that says '....and margaritas' that our friends will never believe!" There are so many things I take for granted living here. icon_smile.gif


    Its so true, New Orleans is actually on my list of places to move too if I get a remote job. Here's to hoping!
  • IgnatiusReill...

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    Nov 16, 2014 6:05 PM GMT
    gymlocker saidJust my impressions
    North Carolina- hotter than hell in the daytime from may to November and it rained every night-not just rain-but monsoon downpours/you are either a Yankee or a hillbilly

    South Carolina- Unless you're a Nascar guy be prepared to lower your IQ by 30 points to fit in

    Georgia-Outside of Atlanta the place is overrun with crackers- Atlanta is dirty/ unsafe/ and has the worst traffic in the US

    Florida-Worst drivers in the US- no zoning laws so you get a mansion right next to some house with a refrigerator on the front porch- Nice to visit but 2 weeks is enough to see everything

    Louisiana/mississippi/Alabama/Arkansas- They could never film CSI in any of these states because 1)everyone's DNA is the same and 2)there are no dental records

    Tennessee/Kentucky/West Virginia- They should have left this as one state/ everyone looks like mitch mcconnell-even the women/or they're coughing up lungs from working in the coal mines/ if they ever worked
    Are there shoe stores? dentists?

    Texas-People are actually proud to be from here although I can't see why/ the place is basically a dry desert with no natural trees/ hotter than hell and they keep hammering up the same tired mcmansions over and over again with no real zoning laws either

    Not saying these places don't have some nice areas to visit-but if you want to live there be forewarned that the natives are still fighting the Civil War/ People will be all smarmy nice to your face and call you "hon" but they are not genuine and are very clanish/ so seek out the outsiders like yourself
    Bubba lives but he's not that smart


    You forgot to begin your diatribe with "I'm not a prejudiced person, but..."