Moving to Washington DC

  • SoDakGuy

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    Nov 15, 2007 5:37 PM GMT
    Yes kids ... I'm heading East. I'm searching for entry level careers in DC. I'm ready to move on and start with a clean slate.

    And I do know how expensive the city is. Do you know how many people have told me that??? I get it. I may look like a gym rat, but come on! I have a brain!!

    So ... I just need some general advice period. I'll be more detailed on what I'm looking for, but I'm heading to lunch right now.
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    Nov 15, 2007 6:29 PM GMT
    I'll put you in contact with a good friend of mine, she moved up here from DC a couple of years ago....
  • jarhead5536

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    Nov 15, 2007 6:53 PM GMT
    All time favorite city.

    Be sure to develop a very thick skin, though. The gay men can be somewhat pretentious and class conscious, though not always.

    Best thing is that eople tend to be rather idealistic and outward looking. Folks move to our nations Capital in order to save the world in their own way, so they are quite passionate about things besides themselves, which is refreshing...
  • SoDakGuy

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    Nov 15, 2007 8:16 PM GMT
    I met SO MANY PEOPLE who live in DC in Ptown and kept in contact, I think I'll be okay.

    I developed my thick skin, so far, here in the Twin Cities. So ... I know I will be fine. icon_smile.gif
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    Nov 15, 2007 8:37 PM GMT
    I live in Alexandria...across the river from DC. Maybe I can help you with answers to your questions.
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    Nov 16, 2007 2:03 AM GMT
    I try to avoid D.C...Love Northern Virginia, just can't handle the traffic too well.

  • UVaRob9

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    Nov 16, 2007 3:30 AM GMT
    I'm in Springfield, VA. The key to being up here is not to be discouraged about how unfriendly the people are who have been assimilated. A lot of the people who didn't grow up here are actually very nice. E-mail me for the hangouts.
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    Nov 16, 2007 4:37 AM GMT
    UVarobhow unfriendly the people are who have been assimilated.


    What does that mean?
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    Nov 16, 2007 5:33 AM GMT
    DC's a great town to live in and a great town for gay guys. Moved here from LA 42 years ago and never left.
    1. Good place to get a job. Besides govt., there are lots of non-profits, law firms, universities, libraries, and lobbyist groups. And, by the way, the govt. is not filled with soulless, time-killing bureaucrats. Most govt. people really are hard-working and idealistic and choose the work because one really can make a difference.

    2. There is a repeated myth that DC guys are snobbish and unfriendly. Not true in my experience.

    3. You probably have already found the Washington Blade (newspaper) on-line. It's really not as good on local stuff since it was bought by an Atlanta group, but you will still get some of the flavo
  • LoganITGuy

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    Nov 16, 2007 11:46 AM GMT
    I just celebrated one year in DC. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!

    General cost of living stuff is about the same as any other major city. Housing is the only part that sucks. Rentals (1,500 - 2,000 a month) are in-line with San Diego, NYC, Boston.... Buying property...well that's where things get crazy. But hey, it's DC! lol

    Snobbish people? Haven't noticed that. Unless...see when you meet someone it will go like this...
    So what's your name?
    Cool...where do you live?
    Oh neat, when did you move here, from where?
    Cool...what do you do?

    Yes, it's a very status concious city.

    AND - you're in luck! We have a new dance club opening! not much on the website, www.towndc.com but it opens saturday and everyone is excited! (myself included)

    Hope you end up falling in love with the city like I had!
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    Nov 16, 2007 7:49 PM GMT
    And here in DC, we have all these FREE museums and cultural events. A plethora of universities. Libraries: Libray of Congress, Folger's Shakespeare Library, Historical sites. Nature sites from mtns to water.

    We have more royal russian jewels than Russia at Marjorie Merriweather Post's house(the russians send an exhibit around, it was laughable.) The Hope Diamond cut from Louis XIV's giant blue diamond.

    Mount Vernon, Gunston Hall, historic Alexandria, Pohick Church ....Monticello, but thats a ways away

    Great Falls, the Appalachians, Chesapeake Bay, Luray Caverns...also a ways away...on the way to or from Monticello.

    And gay bars of various interests....I like the country-western....I love to 2-step!

    Dupont Circle and Capitol Hill are probably the main gay districts, if you want to be right in the middle of things...have gay life right outside your doorstep.

  • SoDakGuy

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    Nov 19, 2007 10:29 PM GMT
    I haven't even thought about where to live. I've been looking all over DC for places to work!
  • BlackJock79

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    Nov 26, 2007 6:30 PM GMT
    I've been to DC once as an adult and I think I need to go back and get a better tour guide. One of my friends from college had a conference there so I drove up to have lunch with her and I guess because neither of us knew the city it wasn't all that great. We saw crackheads and homeless people all over the place and it just didn't leave me with a good impression of the nations capital. HOWEVER, I would LOVE to go back, I hear it's fun if you know the right places to go, I'm not out so I had to wait for my friend to leave on her flight out that same day until I could try and find the gay bars/clubs that I had written down to visit. DC has the most confusing streets EVER! I drove around for about 2 hours (don't ask me why I didn't stop and ask for directions, I'm a man) but I still couldn't find the gay clubs! I would be on the right street one minute and then the next I was on a totally different street and no where near where I needed to be. It sucked cause I saw TONS of hot guys when me and my friend were driving around the city. I need to make friends with someone there so I can come back to visit and change my impression of DC.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Dec 13, 2007 3:29 PM GMT
    I already have a good group of guys I can hang w/ in DC, so I'm really looking forward on being there.
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    Jan 26, 2008 5:15 PM GMT
    Chuckmeister " try to avoid D.C...Love Northern Virginia, just can't handle the traffic too well." Va drivers will drive you off the road on the beltway/highway, but then I try to run them off the roads in DC; don't understand why they drive so darn slow on DC streets. Or maybe I drive too darn fast on DC streets. Kidding, sort of.


    BlackJock79 "We saw crackheads and homeless people all over the place and it just didn't leave me with a good impression of the nations capital."
    Well, DC is a city with lots of the same major city issues you know. You're not going to find crack heads, hanging out in the better neighborhoods, just like any other major US city. Man, people may think they are hanging around the Capitol steps smoking crack. LOL! icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jan 28, 2008 2:18 AM GMT
    I'm ready to get the hell out of DC. The gays are everywhere. There seems to be two classes of gay in DC: "The power gay/pretentious type" or "the club going meth type". I'm the "average dude with a decent job and ""guy hobbies"" who just so happens to be gay" type, which is very rare here.

    Regarding the whole pricey bit of DC, very true. My apartment costs $3,000 a month, but luckily my boyfriend and I have great jobs. An alternative to housing is living in Northern Virginia, or living off the Red Line(metro) in maryland. Don't live anywhere else in maryland, it has MAJOR crime issues.

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    Mar 19, 2008 2:27 PM GMT
    I've been in DC for a year and half now. Came down from Boston to get my master's and I have to say that I've come to really like DC. It has its faults, but every city has its fault. But that said it's got more upside than downsides.

    Yes, people can be pretentious here, but I found pretention in NY, in Boston, in Seattle and in London. I have had a much easier time making friends and meeting ppl in DC than any other town. I think that's because this is a big networking town.

    In terms of moving to a new city for work, I have found it very difficult to get a job when you live in another city, especially as far away as SD. You probably won't get any bites because there are a lot of ppl who live in DC already looking for work. If you're really serious about moving, save up enough money for a couple of mos and just take the plunge and move. You can always temp or wait tables, etc until you find what you really want.

    Good luck!