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Old 05-29-2004, 05:57 PM   #1
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Tell Us About Where You Live!

I love hearing about where people live. The Cicada thread below got me thinking about this more, and so thought maybe a cool thread could result, and maybe inspire some road trips this summer! So, let's all talk about where we live and what we about our cities/towns.

I'll go first!

I live in Tampa, Florida. I've lived in Florida all my life, so I don't really know anything different from hot hot hot weather, beaches and the whole tropical thing. I love hot weather, so this is all fine with me. I think today it was in the mid 90s.

Anyway, Tampa is pretty much famous for our nightlife in Ybor City with its many crazy bars and pubs. We also have Busch Gardens, which is a loved tourist attraction (since I live here, I don't ever go). Recently, our sports teams like the Lightning and Devil Rays have gotten more national coverage (even though I don't really keep up!)

I love my city and take pride in it. Which is novel for me since I moved here from Tallahassee two years ago where nothing happens! Another reason why I'm so fond of it other than so many fun things to do, is that we are so close to St Pete, Clearwater and Orlando; so it's really hard to be bored around here. If you feel like driving, you can be in South Beach with a martini in your hand in 5 hours (which I just did - and plan to do again with U2 come to town!)

Now you go!!

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Old 05-29-2004, 06:27 PM   #2
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I live in Atlanta, Georgia. Born and raised in this fine city, which is a rare thing to say these days because most of the people who now call Atlanta home are from all over the country and around the world. It is a great city, I love it. It has lots to offer in terms of entertainment, a big and busy airport, professional sports, higher education (i.e. Universities) and of course recreation (provided the air quality is bearable) . Today has not been very pretty. It has been raining off and on which ruined my plans to go to the pool.

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Old 05-29-2004, 06:34 PM   #3
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I live in Roosendaal

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Old 05-29-2004, 07:11 PM   #4
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St. Louis - we have cows, baseball, some more cows, baseball, some world fair history, baseball, a root in jazz music, more cows, did I mention baseball? Of course this is a loaded statement but some of the best pizza (thin with provel chesse) in the world. We also have this big metal thingy downdown shaped like the popmart arch. All kidding aside some of the most decent people you will find - just realize that in St. Louis where you went to college is nice but where you went to high school is most important- don't ask it just is. Did I mention the baseball and cows? there is alot of support for both
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Old 05-29-2004, 07:43 PM   #5
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i live in memphis, tennessee. it's not too bad here really, except it sucks because most of the good acts don't come here. like U2, who last played here in popmart. it became infamous because it was one of the several cities where they fucked up sats and the attendance was crappy, supposedly. i still got nosebleed seats.

the 'burbs really suck because they're overcrowded, but i'm about to move to the downtown/uptown area which is a lot better. they're improving the public transportations and there's trolleys to get you to most of downtown. there's also peabody place, memphis redbirds (minor league baseball, but a huge stadium and it's always packed), memphis grizzlies , beale street, the orpheum (for plays, and some music acts play there too). there's more too but i just can't think of anything right now.

as for the weather, it's hot and humid. in the summer it doesn't rain too much, but in the winter/spring it rains every weekend, virtually guaranteed. it'll start friday and be done sunday night. did i mention it's hot? it's almost 8 pm but it's 82 degrees. it helps to have a pool at your house or apartment, since there are NO waterparks around here or any public pools. however, one casino (that's right, i forgot to mention we're half an hour away from tunica, mississippi - the third largest gambling town in america) in tunica is building a waterpark, which is due to open in 2006, i think.
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Old 05-29-2004, 09:32 PM   #6
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I've been living in Melbourne for the last 8.5 years and I love it here. Beaches, trams, gazillion great places for eating out or listening to live music, plenty choices for shopping, entertainment and recreation in general. Although inner-city Melbourne has a pretty boring-looking coastline compared to Sydney, there are still plenty of naturally beautiful spots around it. The weather... well if you like nice dull steady weather Melbourne is not for you, but if like me you enjoy having four seasons in one day/week it's great, Going to tennis Australian Open is a must every year; and Melborne is pretty much obsessed with sports in general although I still do not get either footy or cricket.
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Old 05-29-2004, 09:51 PM   #7
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I live in Nottingham. There are foxes....foxes who steal from the rich to give to the poor. Sometimes it rains here, sometimes it doesn't.
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Old 05-29-2004, 09:54 PM   #8
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I live in Perth, Australia ie not the Scottish one.

Umm its hot and dry in summer, hot and dry in spring, hot and dry in Autumn. We get our annual rain allotment in winter, on July 7th, my birthday. Usually when Im getting out of the car trying to get into the restaurant.

The seafood and fruit are good here. Lots of grapes, olives, wines, crayfish, prawns, etc. Its a meditterean climate here.

Its reasonably clean and safe and very suburban. Theres are 2 million people in the state and most of them are in Perth. But it doesnt seem like it. Not a lot to see though.

We have one of those really big aquarium thingies. And a zoo with an award winning primate breeding section.

and ummm. Did I mention the food is good.
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i also forgot about memphis in may! how could i forget about that? and the 60 mins is up so i couldn't edit.
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Old 05-29-2004, 10:18 PM   #10
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I live in Riverside County, California also known to some as the Inland Empire. It is basically in between Orange County and San Diego, but a little further inland. I have lived in Southern California my whole life and specifically here since i was 7. I go to school at the University of California Riverside.

It is really lame and boring here. It is ugly and smoggy. It's a conservative suburban area, which is very not my thing. My city has about 70,000 people. The only things to do are to go to the movies or bowling alley (which are expensive) or to the mall, unless you want to drive to san diego or anaheim which take about at hour to get to. I LOVE southern california, but not here. I am going to move after I graduate next year.
The vegitation here is basically scrub brush and some grass which is dead because of the heat most of the year, it's really not attractive. There used to be Oak Trees here but they cut most all of them down. There are some imported Palm Trees and Eucalyptus in the built up areas which grow well. I'm about 30 minutes away from the beach which i really love going to.
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Old 05-29-2004, 10:51 PM   #11
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unless you want to drive to san diego
Which you do, when three online acquaintences who could be a band of psychokillers want to meet you and get you stuck in the parking lot for an hour or so.

I live in Rhode Island, the "Biggest Little State in the Union," as the old ad campaign sang, and it's a different world from the rest of the country. Our government is totally corrupt (Plunderdome, anyone?). Three degrees of separation is a way of life around here...everyone you know knows someone you know, even when you don't know a lot of people.

We have our own language. When you're thirsty at the mall, you get a drink from the bubber (pronounced bubbluh). When you're hungry, you can go down to the New York System (not found in New York, much like Rhode Island) and get some hot dogs loaded with stuff, which have a weird name that has completely slipped my mind...bellybusters or gaggers (bellybustiz and gaggiz) or something. Then you can have some coffee milk and debate which is better- Autocrat or Eclipse (Autocrat, definitely). Don't forget your chowda and clamcakes at Iggy's, or your Del's lemonade (NEVER drink your Del's with a straw or eat it with a spoon!!!)!

We also have the WORST regional accent in the entire English language. The letter R? Nevah heud ovvit, unless it's on the end of a word that doesn't actually have an R (pizzer, soder, Thereser...). Our O's? Atrocious. Example: Hot dog is pronounced hawt doowg. There's actually a whole book a local columnist wrote about the Rhode Island dialect; it's hilarious.

The best part is that there's about 80 miles of coastline and the beach is never far away. Newport is a fun place to go on a daytrip and visit some ridiculous mansions and eat at some of the best restaurants.
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Old 05-29-2004, 11:28 PM   #12
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I'm from Minnesota. Born and raised. I live in the Minneapolis side of the Twin Cities but I probably spend just as much time cruising around St Paul as I do Minneapolis. I live in the land of 10,000 lakes. Seriously. There's lakes everywhere you go and everyone jumps at the chance to get to one as often as possible. In the summer everyone goes "up north" or to "the lake." No one ever really specifies where they are going other than north or which lake.

It's unbelievably cold in the winters and 6 months later it hotter than hell. Some of our winters are really light with decent temps and the snow isn't too bad. The weather does not get in the way of anything around here and hardly anything ever closes, at least in the cities, due to cold weather or heavy snow.

We have winter festivals where a gigantic ice castle is built out of blocks of ice from the Mississippi river and summer fairs where people compete to sell the strangest food item they can think of to be eaten on a stick. We drink pop around here, not soda. Our sports teams rarely come in first but some of them go pretty far (go Wolves!). We still take pride in them anyways. We also have the country's biggest shopping mall, the Mall of America. It has an amusement park in the middle of the mall, a huge movie theater, the top floor is all night clubs, and then there's the hundreds of stores to shop in.

Minnesota is a beautiful place to be in all seasons. It's white half the year and then it's a beautiful rich green with tons of gorgeous trees and flowers everywhere in the spring and summer and then that turns to orange in the fall. We live by the seasons and there's always somthing going on in each season that's a big deal and something to look forward to.
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^I'm looking forward to going there in August.
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Old 05-29-2004, 11:49 PM   #14
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Me too.

I'm from smack in the middle of Ohio right outside of Columbus. It's basically your average American city...nothing really too exciting but it has come a long way in the past few years. There isnt much to make it stand out really. I find it's best in the spring and summer when you can go to the various festivals and do the gallery hop in the Short North. We do have some good restaurants. The Columbus Zoo is pretty nice...Jack Hanna if anyone has seen him on TV is the director.

Most everyone around here lives and breathes Ohio State Buckeye Football. I am considered an oddity because I could care less. It is insane on Saturday's in the Fall. I have only been to the Horseshoe as they call it once and that was for Popmart.

Columbus is also host to the Memorial Golf Tournament which is going and it always rains at some point...that is a running joke around here.

Can't really think of anything else right now.
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Old 05-29-2004, 11:53 PM   #15
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i live in a small town outside of las vegas, nevada, near the colorado river.

on clear nights i can see the glow of the lights from the strip.

it's the middle of the desert, and temperatures have gone as high as 125. the only time we see rain is during monsoon season when we get sudden and violent electrical storms.

i'm sure you can imagine what we do here. we drink, we gamble and we enjoy water sports. canoeing, boating, jet skiing - that kind of thing.

seriously, i can't imagine living anywhere else in the world.

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