Meandering about thread

Discussion in 'Spamalot - nsfw' started by Grandasaur Egg, Jan 9, 2021.

  1. Utumno

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    This.

    The thought of living in some remote near-water location is most appealing to me but I want the ability to drive an hr or two to get to civilization, good restaurants, well-connected airports, museums and shit.
     
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  2. Bailon

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    Ut gets it - which means Red gets it. Maybe I am just old.
     
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  3. BanedenHR

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    why drive an hour when you can walk five minutes
     
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  4. Utumno

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    because you have to live by all those people all the time. fuck that.
     
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  5. Red

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    This. Fuck neighbors and the constant madness of the big city. Get twice the house for half the price and a quick 30-45 min drive for all the city perks.
     
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  6. Red

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    Once I get a self driving meme truck I will really be living the life
     
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  7. Bailon

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    fuck yeah - self driving meme truck is on my list. carry my wood for me and I can read tzt on the trip.
     
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  8. Jackpanel

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    Living in the city is awesome. Within a 5 minute walk I have groceries, liquor stores, live music, every restaurant type imaginable, constant festivals, parks, museums, touristy shit, etc. My city just went live with a new light rail/subway system last year, and I have yet to use it for anything, because I'm already where absolutely everything is.
     
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  9. TuccTZ

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    You live in the GTA Jack?
     
  10. Jackpanel

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    Ottawa. Much smaller than Toronto, so a much more compact downtown. I'm right in the touristy market area though, which is where all the bars, restaurants, museums, river, etc are
     
  11. AgelessDrifter

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    Love the city. Loved it more before COVID made walking outside feel like navigating a mine field, but still love it

    Depends on the city, though. In some ways I preferred Denver to LA, and Portland beats both handily. NYC is probably too exhausting for me to muster the energy anymore but I love it enough that I’d probably give it a shot if an opportunity fell in my lap.

    Also LA had pretty much no redeeming value until I moved out to Venice from the inner city (all the neighbors, none of the perks).
     
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  12. Utumno

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    If I had to pick a city to live in (of the ones I've visited in the US anyway) it would probably be Portland. Not too big, does not feel as oppressively crowded as a NY or SF type place. And you could get out to somewhere quiet pretty easily.

    Or maybe San Diego just because their weather is actually ridiculously perfect, bit of a cheat code.

    I still would prefer rural daily life.
     
  13. AgelessDrifter

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    M’lady and I spent a weekend in Encinitas a month or two ago and we did a lap through San Diego just because I’d never been before and wanted to see it. It didn’t impress me much on visual inspection, although to be fair we never got out of the car because plague

    Encinitas was nice for a weekend, though—nice beach. Main strip was way too fucking crowded for the circumstances when we drove by, though; motherfuckers waiting in line for ice cream like it’s Splash Mountain in 1995 or something
     
  14. Utumno

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    I'm not a huge fan of San Diego itself, but the weather is basically perfect always and the fishing there is amazing.
     
  15. Sear

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    What's appealing about Portland? Every "where you should live" test tells me I should live there, and the northwest is the one part of the country I've never visited.

    I liked living in Venice too - much moreso than Santa Monica or Beverly Hills. That said... just too many fucking people in LA. I think it would have been awesome to live there 40-50 years ago.
     
  16. AgelessDrifter

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    I could see living in Santa Monica like just over the border from Venice in some of those nice apartments on like 4th overlooking the water. Inland SM is too sterile, though, yeah. LA with half the people would definitely be an improvement; I don't do much driving these years because of the pandemic but since even before that I never want to move my car because traffic + parking. And then wherever you're going is too crowded and expensive and shitty anyway. I kind of hate LA generally, tbh.

    I think it's probably not for everybody, and I always struggle to give people compelling-sounding tips for things to do while visiting, but for me it was the perfect balance of city convenience without city claustrophobia. Great public transportation, lots of mainstreet-like pockets in neighborhoods all over the place, most of which still have some great local restaurants (lots of veg food, which is a perk for me although obviously that's getting less uncommon in lots of other places). Downtown is just big enough to feel like you're in a city, but you can basically walk a lap around it in an afternoon, which I did often. Reasonable people can disagree but I think the views along the Willamette through the center of town are really nice.

    Great bars, *dirt* cheap compared to LA prices. And people are just mostly nice there, in a way that doesn't feel backhanded like in the south or patronizing like in the NE--it doesn't feel weird to just have a conversation with someone you pass on the sidewalk, etc. The older people you meet are usually just as hip as the younger crowd and you basically don't encounter Kenneths and Karens. Etc etc. Man I miss Portland.
     
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  17. Sanaleb

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    Seconded, been here about 12 years and agree with this summary.
     
  18. Sear

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    That does sound pretty quaint and idyllic for a big city. Are there not that many stuck-up yuppies? Not to stereotype San Francisco but my one visit there left kind of a sour taste in my mouth and I always kind of vaguely assumed Portland was similar.

    Bars have no appeal for me. Can't hear anything in them so I just don't go, but I do prefer dive bars over the god awful shit in LA (i.e., every bar having some stupid gimmick and being absurdly expensive). Local food joints are huge tho. It's one of my favorite things about Austin.

    Portland seems to have one of the biggest retro gaming communities in the US too, which is cool. I know they do an expo there every year and have a lot of indie shops. We'll have to find an excuse to take a vacation up there and check it out, maybe hit Seattle on the same trip.
     
  19. Grandasaur Egg

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    where all da pics at. i wanna see your kroger's and shit
     
  20. Grandasaur Egg

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    Are you guys getting weird fancy pants chips like these too?