What's it like where you live?

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    Jan 16, 2008 3:52 AM GMT
    I would be interested in hearing what it is like where others on here live. I hope others find it interesting, too.

    I'll start.

    I live in Alexandria, Virginia. It is directly across from Washington, DC. In fact, where my house is used to be part of the District of Columbia. I live so close to the Pentagon that my house was shaken by the plane crash on 9/11. But I am getting ahead.

    Alexandria was founded in 1749 as a port to ship produce from the Ohio territories to England. The land belonged to John Alexander. To convince him to sell, he was promised to have the town named for him.

    In the 1750s, the colonial governors met with General Braddock to plan the French and Indian War (called the Seven Year War in Europe) in the Carlyle House in Alexandria. This is the war that took Canada from France. This is also the war that accumulated the debt and compelled England to tax the American colonies...and we all know what that led to. Braddock even wrote back to England after his meetings in Alexandria that americans would fight in the war but were not interested in paying any taxes to pay for it.

    carlyle_house.gif ... Carlyle House

    Alexandria is also the hometown of George Washington. His estate, Mount Vernon, is 8 miles south of Alexandria.

    mountvernon_l.jpg ... Mount Vernon

    He had a house in the city and when he was in town, he went to church in our historic Christ Church. (When he was a Mt. Vernon, he went to church at Pohick Church. Of interest to us here only because Pohick is one of the Episcopalian parish that has split off and join some church in Africa)

    Another famous citizen of Alexandria was Robert E. Lee. He grew up in Alexandria. Took has first communion in Christ Church.

    When the District of Columbia was formed to be the seat of the United States government, a portion of land was donated by Maryland and a piece by Virginia. The City of Washington was established on the Maryland side of the Potomac. In the 1840s, it was decided that the Virginia portion would never be needed by the City of Washington and was returned to Virginia.

    Alexandria strives to maintain its colonial appearance in the historic old town Alexandria. But Alexandria is connected to Washington by the subway system that unites the whole metropolitan area. Alexandria is a rich, liberal, and Democratic city. We have a sexual orientation anti-discrimination ordinance here, in defiance of the state government. Government employment is our chief employer.

    Altho Alexandria can get snow in the winter, it is only every several years that we get any significant snow, thank the lord. The summers here are brutal. Hot and humid.

    This area has numerous universities. And of course access to the Library of Congress, the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Art and many other art museums for free.

    I cant imagine what life is like elsewhere without all the amenities of life in Alexandria.

    So tell me...
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    Jan 16, 2008 5:26 AM GMT
    Hmm not that the whole description wasn't... lets say... interesting, I'm not gonna list the whole history, mainly because I don't know it icon_rolleyes.gif .

    Hampton, hampton, hampton. What to say about Hampton, VA aside from the dubbed name of GHETOLAND. Basicly this is suburbia without all the princeton, yale and harvard graduates. Not everyone has the typical white picket, middle america homes. I'm lucky enough to live in an average two story house with a decent backyard in a fenced community. There's not much at all around here aside from a small beach a mile from my house, the coffe shop down the street and everything else such as the pool hall and the tattoo parlor that arn't in decent walking distance. Theres really no mode of public transport. Schools are over crowded and people are set in their ways, unwilling to change and unaccepting of anything abstract or new. Wanna be gangsters run in idiotic rampant packs, bleach-blond preppy teenage girls all knocked up, beach bums causing trouble at the beach while under intoxication. Anywhere that looks nice is offset by subsidized housing and run down shacks within a 1 mile area. I advise if your coming here pick VA beach instead !

    This place is just an average american city, ailed with time, corruption and filth I swear it's run by some form of redneck mafia who somehow have the intelligence to drag the areas down.
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    Jan 16, 2008 6:37 AM GMT
    I live in a small town out in the boonies of Nebraska. Very simple life, very nice and down to earth people. I love it out here, though the gay guys are pretty slim pickings. Omaha is about 2 hours away so I can always drive there for a night out if I really need to immerse myself in a gay night out at the Max. I like the peace and quiet and the fact that I can go out in my back yard and see the arm of the milky way at night. Only drawback is "that fresh country air" from time to time.
    Where I live is no where near as exciting as Alexandria, but did I mention cows?
  • GQjock

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    Jan 16, 2008 11:56 AM GMT
    Some local scenes here in Miami Beach
  • duglyduckling

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    Jan 16, 2008 4:22 PM GMT
    Toronto... more specifically Town of York - the oldest part of Toronto.

    not my building, but within a few minutes walk away.
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:42 PM GMT
    as per our webpage: http://www.mcphersonks.org/community/index.php
    "McPherson, Kansas is one of the best places to live in rural America. We are proud of the safe family atmosphere that is promoted in our community, "where children actually walk to school, thanks to the low crime rate and small-town feel." The almost 14,000 residents enjoy living with the convenience of large city amenities less than an hour away.

    McPherson History

    The City of McPherson (pronounced Mc-fur-son) was founded in 1872, and named after General James Birdseye McPherson, a Union General in the Civil War, mortally wounded in the Battle of Atlanta in 1864. A life-size bronze likeness of General McPherson, located in Memorial Park, was dedicated July 4, 1917.

    There were 25 houses on the townsite in 1873, and the town seemed destined to grow and become the hub of the county. In 1879 the Santa Fe and Union Pacific Railroads extended branches to McPherson. The Missouri Pacific and Rock Island Railroads reached McPherson with their lines in 1888.

    A reminder of the 1880's is the Opera House Building which was one of the finest of its type in the Midwest. The courthouse was constructed in 1894 and refurbished in 1980. Both the Opera House and Court House are on the National Register of Historic Places.

    They struck oil in McPherson County in the late 1920's, just in time to keep the local economy out of the "Great Depression". After World War II, as farm consolidation began, McPherson had the foresight to develop an industrial base, well before many other towns caught the drift.

    Twelve magnificently maintained public parks are scattered throughout the city. A Country Club, two public golf courses, a municipal water park, and a host of recreational and athletic sites provide activities for all ages.
    McPherson has a K-12 public school district and 2 private 4-year colleges. There is a total of 7, 4-year colleges, 1 state university, and 3 junior/community colleges within 60 miles of McPherson.
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:50 PM GMT
    I live on the Kansas side of the Kansas City metro area. Pretty standard suburban fare really. I'm not far from a Starbucks (with drive a drive through), Borders, and Bed, Bath and Beyond. It's hot here in the summer, cold in the winter, but the fall colors are under-appreciated here and are as good as any of the fall color tourist traps. We have Arrowhead Stadium, which used to be tough for visitors, our share of soccer moms, some decent bbq, some hot chicks on the Plaza for those inclined in that direction. Downtown is finally coming alive with lofts and a new arena. So things are good, even though I can't list out a detailed history, but I suspect early settlers liked the proximity of the Missouri river, but we continue to have clean water and electricity, so life is groovy here in the Heart of America.
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    Jan 16, 2008 4:56 PM GMT
    a peek at Louisville, Kentucky

    and of course, 4th Street Live!

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    Jan 16, 2008 5:06 PM GMT
    Tropical paradise. (look at my profile where I live). Conservertive but modern. I wish it more gay friendly but gay stuff is abundance if you know where to look.
    Cost of living is reasonable, but to the higher side for an Asian country. Currently politically stable. Land of eternal summer according to tourist brochure. I have never meet any Westerner who come to my country that do not like it. Life is great .And yes, plenty of good looking guys.
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    Jan 16, 2008 5:06 PM GMT
    Everyone has their own perspective on what make Austin their home. The thing that ties these views together is the attidute we wake up with every morning. Loving the city we live in and feeling a part of something different, distinctive and "weird".

    The best way to understand Austin is to experience it. Here is a video that just scratches the surface.

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    Jan 16, 2008 5:07 PM GMT
    I used to live in Richmond, Virginia (jp RICH VA) and that was one wonderful, deeply nutty place. The capital of the Confederutsy, and they're still fighting the Recent Unpleasantness down there. All my Richmond friends thought that the Midnight In The Garden Of Good And Evil book could just as easily have been written about Richmond, and they're right.

    Now I'm in Wilton Manors, the gayest part of the Fort Lauderdale area. There is no deep history here, most of South Florida has only really been built up in the last 25 years. But other than that, this is like living in West Hollywood or Chelsea: lots of good looking, well-maintained men wearing as little as the law allows, a typical gay ghetto. We have sunshine and very hot summers; our milder winters average 75 degrees. The coldest we ever get, typically two days a year or so, is the high 40s.

    Life is easy, but you do tend to forget the passing of time, since the seasons really don't differ much; we're always surprised when Thanksgiving or Christmas arrives so soon, since there are no seasonal weather changes to herald their coming. The only weather drawback here is hurricanes; two and three years ago we really got hammered badly. But the last two seasons (knock wood) came and went without any.
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    Jan 16, 2008 5:08 PM GMT
    It's the bible belt here in South Carolina. There are a lot of nice places though, but the people make it ugly. Granted, it's not the worst place in the world...but I could see myself moving and never coming back. Only thing that keeps me here is my family.
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    Jan 16, 2008 7:40 PM GMT
    Very intereting, Gents. Thank you for the responses.

    I saw a comment above about crime. I am gonna presume that most figure that since I live near Washington, I must be ever vigilant against crime. Nay, nay, at least in my section of the city crime is not a problem.
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    Jan 16, 2008 7:45 PM GMT
    It's like a ghost village .. only houses and some lame cofee shops .. you can barely see someone in the street..
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    Jan 16, 2008 8:10 PM GMT
    ..in Tel Aviv?
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    Jan 16, 2008 8:16 PM GMT
    no it's not in tel aviv .. in some tiny village in the south.. lol, tel aviv a ghost village! icon_eek.gificon_lol.gif
  • art_smass

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    Jan 16, 2008 8:18 PM GMT
    I live in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. It's the northernmost major city on the continent with a population of about 3/4 million and a metro population of around a million. It's a young city with very few buildings built before the 1920s. Despite having 60,000 full-time post-secondary students and a large percentage of visible minorities and recent immigrants, many Canadians mistakenly believe that Edmonton is Canada's cultural armpit. However, it's a nice place to live with a high standard of living.

    Unlike many places I've visited, people don't tend to form ethnic neighborhoods here. I live in a typical, middle-class subdivision where my nearest neighbors are from India, Jamaica, Poland, Germany, Hong Kong and Poland again. The people who share my back fence are Canadian-born, and the people who live next to them are Metis. It's a real melting pot.

    The worst thing about the city is the weather. It's cold here. The best thing about the city is how safe I feel here. I walk or bike nearly everywhere I go, and I never feel as if I'm going to get mugged. Also, this is a couple of minutes away from my house:

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    Jan 16, 2008 8:34 PM GMT
    Hello, I live in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Many people outside Canada think the capital of Canada is Toronto but it is actually Ottawa. This city just celebrated its 150 th birthday. We have a growing gay community and it is a gay friendly city. Ottawa is between Toronto and Montreal. It was chosen for its political and military placement. I was born here and think its a great city. Ask me more if you'd like. Bye for now.
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    Jan 16, 2008 8:37 PM GMT
    I lived in Ottawa for 5 years, and I miss it terribly. Recently it was named the best city in Canada to live. I could talk non-stop about how great Ottawa is. It's big enough that you have everything you would want in a city, yet small enough that it's not a bitch to get around and the cost of living is reasonable.
  • HndsmKansan

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    Jan 16, 2008 8:53 PM GMT
    Welcome to Kansas...

    I'm a big advocate of the state, its a large state
    about 83,000 square miles, lots of wheat, ranching, farming and the largest city is Wichita, about 350,000 people.

    Very diverse state, the northeast has many trees, the west, which increases in elevation is largely flat. We have alot of hills and some very pretty areas. The state is also very progressive in some measures, but behind the times in others. We rank in the top 10 states in the country in terms of infrastructure with our highways, etc, but we have a State Board of Education (no longer right wing) that challenged the teaching of evolution.

    Kansas is also a merge of north and south. I've always liked Wichita and except for graduate school, I was raised here. Huge KU fan (yeah Jayhawks).
    Our governor, Kathleen Seibelius will be making the democratic response after Bush's "Disaster of the Union" speech. While Kansas is, unfortunately, a red state, we feature a "blue" governor.
  • SoDakGuy

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    Jan 16, 2008 9:00 PM GMT
    I'm originally from South Dakota. Obviously, you can tell by my handle.

    I've lived in Mpls since 1999. Actually, I take that back. Actually, I take that back. I moved here in May 1999 ... for a boy! That was a big ol' mistake! So, I moved back to South Dakota to finish up school and do my internship and I moved back in late 2000 and I've been here ever since.

    This really is a gorgeous city. I will not deny you that.

    However ... the men here can be as cold as the weather outside right now. It's really hard to make friends here. If you didn't grow up around here or already have a circle of friends, you are screwed.

    I still struggle and I find it funny that the friends I have are from online & my straight male buds at my gym.

    I'm looking forward to the East Coast and experiencing life in DC. I already have a group of friends there, so I'm not worried right now.
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    Jan 16, 2008 9:03 PM GMT

    I live across the street from Peidmont Park in ATL.

    I go to the dog park alot!icon_biggrin.gif

    One of the few reason why I still live here!

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    Jan 16, 2008 9:32 PM GMT
    Who was that boy you had on a leash last week, Ducky?

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    Jan 16, 2008 9:37 PM GMT
    I'm staying at my brother's flat in Russell Square in London. It's very basic as he's going to have it renovated and when it's done it'll be worth a fortune. It's a great place to be, you can walk anywhere in the centre of London - to all the West End theatres and gay bars of Soho to the Thames. Makes you realise that London is a truly beautiful city. And there are lots of gay boys as well. Big bonus.
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    Jan 16, 2008 9:41 PM GMT
    I'm from Colorado home of Focus on the Family, Ted Haggart, Jon Benet and Columbine High School. We have beautiful mountains and great skiing. Denver will host the Democratic convention this summer where hopefully Hillary will be nominated.