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    Jun 14, 2012 5:04 AM GMT
    Adonis_001 saidIm getting transferred out of Michigan soon to attend a specially school for my job. The school is short and located in northern CA, but while im there I pick a location off a list of where I want to spend at least the next 3 years.

    Right now Im trying to weigh the pros and cons of these 5 areas...

    1) Seattle, WA
    2) Alameda, CA
    3) Clearwater, FL
    4) Cape Cod, MA
    5) Atlantic City, NJ
    All of those places have harsh cold winters (way below 70 degrees F).

    Nobody can afford to pay me enough to handle that cold bullshit.
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:17 AM GMT
    xrichx said3830008831_69ca5a0e86.jpg

    ^Wow. Where's that park? That's an awesome view.


    That's Dolores Park. It's right smack dab in the middle of the citty. Just walking distance from the Castro, and there is a "J" Muni Metro (light rail) stop right there at the park. It's such a glorious place to just hang, picnic, and meet people.
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:18 AM GMT
    GAMRican saidAlameda, CA.

    The location is situated ideally for most of the activities which you seek to enjoy AND you're just a ferry ride away from

    FAGULOUS!

    SAN FRANCISCO!!!

    Fabulous urban hiking!
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    Just a ferry hop away from John Muir Woods National Monument!
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    Cyclists RULE The City by the Bay!
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    Spectacular Kiteboarding!
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    Lake Tahoe and "big air" are just a short drive away!
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    Gay Soccer? Meet the San Francisco Spikes!
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    Let your Freak Flag Fly! San Francisco is THE GAY CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE!!!!
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    The Northern California / San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most diverse populations in the world! It all gets mixed up here and it all comes out fabulous!
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    Come! Come to San Francisco!!! You won't regret it if you do! You may never get this chance again! And, you just may leave your heart here as well!


    youd be a great tour guide icon_smile.gif lived here 28 years and havent even been to alcatraz
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:22 AM GMT
    sanjose470 said
    GAMRican saidAlameda, CA.

    The location is situated ideally for most of the activities which you seek to enjoy AND you're just a ferry ride away from

    FAGULOUS!

    SAN FRANCISCO!!!

    Fabulous urban hiking!
    san-francisco-hiking-lombar.jpg

    Just a ferry hop away from John Muir Woods National Monument!
    redwoods.jpg

    Cyclists RULE The City by the Bay!
    bike_sharing_san_francisco.jpg

    Spectacular Kiteboarding!
    August8-Kiteboard-Reuters.jpg

    Lake Tahoe and "big air" are just a short drive away!
    snowboarding_lake_tahoe0d.jpg

    Gay Soccer? Meet the San Francisco Spikes!
    2012%20Spikes%201%20v%20small.jpg

    Let your Freak Flag Fly! San Francisco is THE GAY CENTER OF THE UNIVERSE!!!!
    GayPrideSF97.jpg
    scooter.jpg
    3830008831_69ca5a0e86.jpg
    thats+gay.jpg

    The Northern California / San Francisco Bay Area is one of the most diverse populations in the world! It all gets mixed up here and it all comes out fabulous!
    hp-image006.jpg

    Come! Come to San Francisco!!! You won't regret it if you do! You may never get this chance again! And, you just may leave your heart here as well!


    youd be a great tour guide icon_smile.gif lived here 28 years and havent even been to alcatraz


    I LOVE to play "tour guide"! I just had several friends in from Munich, Fort Lauderdale, Ottawa, and Honolulu and just love to take them around and show them The City from a local eye.

    Alcatraz is phenomenal! The whole tour is worth it.
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:25 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    xrichx said3830008831_69ca5a0e86.jpg

    ^Wow. Where's that park? That's an awesome view.


    That's Dolores Park. It's right smack dab in the middle of the citty. Just walking distance from the Castro, and there is a "J" Muni Metro (light rail) stop right there at the park. It's such a glorious place to just hang, picnic, and meet people.


    Also, Dolores Park is immediately adjacent to Mission Dolores...the oldest Spanish Mission in the United States established in 1776.
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:28 AM GMT
    GAMRican said
    GAMRican said
    xrichx said3830008831_69ca5a0e86.jpg

    ^Wow. Where's that park? That's an awesome view.


    That's Dolores Park. It's right smack dab in the middle of the citty. Just walking distance from the Castro, and there is a "J" Muni Metro (light rail) stop right there at the park. It's such a glorious place to just hang, picnic, and meet people.


    Also, Dolores Park is immediately adjacent to Mission Dolores...the oldest Spanish Mission in the United States established in 1776.
    Awesome. I was there for work a while back and didn't have any free time to explore. I'll have to check it out when/if I go back up there.
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:32 AM GMT
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:36 AM GMT
    I vote Seattle
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:37 AM GMT
    Adonis_001 saidIm kinda surprised nobody said Alameda CA


    No real beach scene. It's been 49 degrees at night recently.
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:45 AM GMT
    Adonis_001 said

    1) Seattle, WA

    Very livable; outdoors is close by; gaylife; skiing not too far; no state income tax; but rural Washington (like its neighbor, Oregon) is rather anti-gay (they really got religion).

    2) Alameda, CA

    Like someone said, close to gay San Francisco (45 minutes away); mild winters (lows in the 40's); good for outdoor activities, but the skiing (most crowded in the country) is 4 hours away; definitely need a car if you do not live in San Francisco; California living is very expensive, and the state is in an economic death spiral - very high income and sales taxes - high unemployment; terrible, underfunded schools (you probably don't have kids - at least yet) and also very expensive and limited enrollment in state Universities;

    4) Cape Cod, MA
    Not at all urban - but Boston probably 1-1/2 hours away, depending where on the cape (it's over 60 miles long). Car necessary. Great beaches; cold winters; hot summers.

    If you're going to be there for at least 3 years, it would be smart to make a quick trip to visit before making such a decision.
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    Jun 14, 2012 5:53 AM GMT
    California, hands down. Yeah it's expensive but SO worth it!
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    Jun 14, 2012 6:01 AM GMT
    I live currently in norther california, near Alemeda. Nor Cal has most of what you are looking for and Cali weather. Seatle is the second choice. I just don't like humidity.
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    Jun 14, 2012 11:01 PM GMT
    xrichx saidJust noticed the OP is a Coastie. Why not pick Hawaii, LA, or San Diego?


    Hawaii would be a nice place to visit but im not sure about living there and im not a big fan of south CA
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    Jun 14, 2012 11:06 PM GMT
    Cape Cod gets my vote.

    Nothing like some hot jocks at Nantucket icon_lol.gif
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    Jun 15, 2012 12:00 AM GMT
    thanks for all the input guy