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Monday, February 06, 2006

"You need a different perspective. Oh, and stop being a pussy."

Those words from words have been rolling through my brain since Drunk Pauly bluntly told me that during the drunkeness that was the WPBT Winter Classic. Coming from anyone else, I might've been offended. That is, if I was offended over the truth. But I'm not, and it is the truth that I am, undoubtedly, a pussy.

I woke up this morning with a Super Bowl sized hangover, only to call in sick to work. Again. I've got the accumulated vacation, so it's not that much of a big deal. The booze made it feel like my eyeballs were being pressed outward, and Pauly's words resonating though my brain didn't help my upset stomach much.

I need a change, and I need it soon. And it's high time I do something about it.

Minneapolis is a great city.

In the summer.

The wintertime only ehances my seasonal affective disorder, and that's no bueno, folks. I realize that while I love living here, there's nothing holding here. I'm single, my job is dispensible for the most part, and I can always pay the 15 child support payments/ month via the internet. I've got no reason to not branch out.

Through this very blog right here, I've met people from all over the country. I've read--or skimmed--all of your blogs for the past 3 years. And right now, I'd like to ask y'all for some advice.

Where should Chad move?

I've been very few places in this country, or outside of it. So, I'd like some suggestions on what cities would be a good fit for a single guy like me. I'm not even going to include my limitations, which are present.



At 5:11 PM, Blogger SetAces said...

Great post. Everyone needs a reality check every now and then, even when it's spouted out a drunk writer's mouth. Good times.

Move to Eugene, Oregon! Can't beat the scenery. Nice people, no smog, no sales tax, and so much live poker you won't know what to do with yourself.

I've lived here on and off for the last 8 years (After spending the first 15 years of my life here) and every time I leave, I'm drawn back. I've been to several different parts of California, and Washington, and had a brief stint in New York. None of it compares to Oregon, in my opinion. And for those who would say it's a bumfuck state (or "redneck"), they've never been here. Eugene has a population of about 250,000, is big enough that it has everything you need out of a city, and is small enough that you don't get all the bullshit of a "real" city like New York, or LA.

Feel free to contact me for more info.

At 5:41 PM, Blogger Dr. Pauly said...

I think Vonnegut once said that at some point in your life you should live in either San Francisco or New York City.

My advice would be to take a year and travel as many places as possible both aborad and domestically and then decide to live in one of the places you liked the most.

At 6:25 PM, Blogger Otis said...

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At 6:28 PM, Blogger Otis said...

A lot of people are going to tell you to move out west. Not a bad choice, especially if you feel like spending everything you have to...well, live.

My wife and I drew a line from Eugene to D.C. when we were looking for a place to live. Anything north of the red line was off limits. Anything south was fair game.

You know where I live now. Despite the lack of a live poker room (within months of being rectified), you can't ask for much better than this part of the country.

If you can handle not living in a HUGE city...I'd suggest Asheville, NC. Cool, good bars, good music, fan-fucking-tastic scenery, and soon to have a card room within a short drive.

Plus, you'd be less than an hour from the G-Vegas games.

At 7:46 PM, Blogger Maigrey said...

Asheville is pretty great, as otis says, if you can handle the hippy outdoorsy types.

Otherwise, I highly recommend Austin. Can't beat the bar scene...

At 7:59 PM, Blogger Donkeypuncher said...

The only city I'd consider moving to is San Francisco - mainly for the consistent weather, great bars/restaurants, and proximity to wine country.

If you want to stay in the midwest, there's always Chicago. It's just a six hour drive back to Minnie if you have anyone to visit.

Out east I'd do Boston. Just dig that city.

Then there's Miami. But you'd end up calling in sick three days a week if you were there...

At 10:22 AM, Blogger Shelly said...

Don't move to Chicago. Great city, but like Minneapolis, sucks balls in the winter. Athens, Georgia is one of my favorite towns. Within an hour of big city Atlanta, but has its own little creative subculture. (Also a college town). I also loved living in Philadelphia for its location location location. 30 minutes to Atlantic City (I lived in the suburbs on the New Jersey side of the Delaware River), an hour up to NYC, 3 hours down to Baltimore and DC, 5 minutes into Philly, a couple hours up into the Poconos (mountains). Lots of options. Fantastic sports city and had a good subculture of freaks. Hang out on South Street and you'll get some of the best people-watching ever.

At 10:31 AM, Blogger April said...

Yes, listen to Heather. Austin is a perfect town for a strapping young lad who enjoys getting his drink on. Plus there is a huge poker scene.

Whats say you come for a visit in March, along with your fellow degenerates, and we show you just how nice it is??

At 10:44 AM, Blogger Drizztdj said...

I liked Arizona (Tempe/Scottsdale) when I lived there. And a BIG plus is the amout of card rooms close by.

Of course you'd probably be a pussy about the summers there :)

At 12:13 PM, Blogger Joe Speaker said...

Costa Rica. Cheap standard of living, miles and miles of beaches, opportunity to locate the perfect taco and I know how you love the Latinas.

I like how everyone is pugging their OWN area. They must like you. Trust me when I say, if you sat for 6 hours at a table at Commerce, you'd never wanna live anywhere else.

At 7:52 PM, Blogger Huge Junk said...

How about Detroit?

It has less letters than Minneas=]poslle yet all of it's fabulous weather!

Actually, I was going to say Arizona. I've never been there, but I've heard great things.

At 9:14 PM, Blogger Falstaff said...

I'll third the vote for Asheville, NC. I spend at least a week there each year voluntarily and love the town.

At 11:59 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Where the hell is Asheville??

Doesn't sound like a real city to me.

Run, don't walk.

At 11:10 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Grew up around DC. Nice weather combo, but it is getting crowded and pricey. Plus, you can fly to LV in the same time you can drive to AC.

I lived in Tucson for a couple of years. Weather is nice, but the living is a little dry.

I love Socal, and if the bloggers there can find you a decent house for less than a half a mil and isn't in Barstow, you're all set.

I'm a big fan of NC, and will probably try to haul the wife down there in a couple of years. If what Otis has to say is true, then I can't think of anything that object to about NC.

At 2:57 PM, Blogger StB said...

I think you should move to St. Paul. Get away from the big city!

At 10:16 PM, Blogger JD said...

My theory is that the country gets nicer as you go west. I lived in San Diego for three years, and it was wonderful.


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