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JohnE

filthy rascist
May 13, 2005
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Front Range, dude...
I have 4 years left until I am in a similiar situation...my requirements are similiar to Dirts, almost identical. I am not a lawyer who pines for art school though, and have a family to watch over, so schools are a plus. Nearby military base is a plus, to have access to medical care...I am thinking seriously about San Diego or Colorado Springs...
 

skibunny24

Enthusiastic Receiver of Reputation
Jun 16, 2010
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I'm thinking I need to marry a Canadian.
That's the answer!!! :D

But, wait, how in the world id you get 86'd from Seattle? It's packed full of peace and love hippies who accept all kinds of strange behavior! You are one talented guy...
 

jimmydean

The Official Meat of Ridemonkey
Sep 10, 2001
35,577
7,830
Portland, OR
I have 4 years left until I am in a similiar situation...my requirements are similiar to Dirts, almost identical. I am not a lawyer who pines for art school though, and have a family to watch over, so schools are a plus. Nearby military base is a plus, to have access to medical care...I am thinking seriously about San Diego or Colorado Springs...
Colorado Springs has a lot to offer (like 9 months of riding weather) but it was bible thumper hell for me. San Diego is nice if you can swing it for sure. I tired to make it there after my active duty was up, but the job market sucked ass. Since you will have an income, it could be a hell of a nice place to land.
 

DirtMcGirk

<b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm
Feb 21, 2008
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That's the answer!!! :D

But, wait, how in the world id you get 86'd from Seattle? It's packed full of peace and love hippies who accept all kinds of strange behavior! You are one talented guy...
If one were to place blame anywhere for my banning in Seattle, I think it would have a lot to do with Prost and my friend Bill. Its a long story, but I think I proved that you can be asked not to come back to the Emerald City.
 

JohnE

filthy rascist
May 13, 2005
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Front Range, dude...
Colorado Springs has a lot to offer (like 9 months of riding weather) but it was bible thumper hell for me. San Diego is nice if you can swing it for sure. I tired to make it there after my active duty was up, but the job market sucked ass. Since you will have an income, it could be a hell of a nice place to land.
What about the C Springs area? Say an hour radius (leaning west...)? Does the thumping spread? Thumping I can handle, its the r wing nitwits that come with it I abhor...
 

DirtMcGirk

<b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm
Feb 21, 2008
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It seemed every time we went into Prost we got into a fight. After four or five times being taken home by the cops the owners, good and nice people, told me not to come back.
 

jimmydean

The Official Meat of Ridemonkey
Sep 10, 2001
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Portland, OR
What about the C Springs area? Say an hour radius (leaning west...)? Does the thumping spread? Thumping I can handle, its the r wing nitwits that come with it I abhor...
I didn't do a ton of investigation. I interviewed with a few software shops years ago. One of them offered me an annual 4 resort ski pass as part of the standard benefits package. I was almost ready to go until I started talking to people there. Seemed (at least then) about 80% right wing Glenn Beck for Prez kinda folk.
 

DirtMcGirk

<b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm
Feb 21, 2008
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I figure the next go-round for a bar exam anywhere is going to be in February. This means while I have some cases still paying me a few bucks here in Reno that I am going to need to have something coming through while I study for the bar wherever I end up.

It'd be nice if there was a "real" airport within an hour or so drive. I still have work pending in New Orleans, Reno and Virginia. Having to travel a whole day there and a whole day back because I am really removed from the real world kinda kills the profit of each trip.
 

chuffer

Turbo Monkey
Sep 2, 2004
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McMinnville, OR
It'd be nice if there was a "real" airport within an hour or so drive. I still have work pending in New Orleans, Reno and Virginia. Having to travel a whole day there and a whole day back because I am really removed from the real world kinda kills the profit of each trip.
Then definitely scratch Orygun off the list. Flying anywhere from here (PDX) takes a full day and costs a minimum of $800. Unless you want to fly red-eye.
 

DirtMcGirk

<b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm
Feb 21, 2008
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I went to school in Eugene. I could get to PDX in 2 hours, so that wasn't too bad.
Work pays for my plane tickets, so that isn't such a thing.
I just hate the TSA and hate having to travel under their rules.

But if I could have snow, kayaking, riding, all my crazy zombie day prep and surf within a couple hours, I think I could do pretty well.
 

Red Rabbit

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Jan 27, 2007
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Colorado Springs is also nice for those activities (except for the surfing of course), but if you think Reno is a soul sucking town its got nothing on the home of Ted Haggard and Focus on the Family. I've been trying to get out for almost 5 years now.
Front Range/Colorado Springs is ghetto. Sure there is some great riding, but only for three months out of the year. The summer is short and windy, filled with hail and thunder storms. Colorado blows unless all you like to do is ski. You can't even swim in the lakes. :rant:

P.S. the concentration of military is far too high.

People are getting shot/robbed around 7 at night.

Santa Cruz, Monterey, Pacifica. Best places ever.

If you feel like it, check out Puerto Rico or a Banana Republic. I'm sure with a law degree you could hook a sweet job at an embassy. How's your spanish?
 
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jimmydean

The Official Meat of Ridemonkey
Sep 10, 2001
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Portland, OR
But if I could have snow, kayaking, riding, all my crazy zombie day prep and surf within a couple hours, I think I could do pretty well.
From my place, I have the Rogue river, many lakes, trails, and some fun twisties (you would want another Duc if you aint got it), and some OK skiing, all in about 20 minutes or less away. It's a short trip on a fun road to the coast, but the surf in Oregon sucks ass.

I miss PDX a lot, but the weather here is awesome.
 

blue

boob hater
Jan 24, 2004
10,160
2
california
How do you figure?
Pretty much cold all the time, nearly always foggy, inaccessible to MUNI/BART (making city visits still at least a half-hour affair), no nightlife, food sucks. IMO you're better off living with roughly the same amount of COL in the Sunset or Oakland.

Another consideration, DMG...Asheville? Dunno how airport access is, there. Sort of kills snowboarding, though.

Also:
-Bozeman
-Aspen
 

Pesqueeb

bicycle in airplane hangar
Feb 2, 2007
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Riding the baggage carousel.
Colorado Springs has a lot to offer (like 9 months of riding weather) but it was bible thumper hell for me. San Diego is nice if you can swing it for sure. I tired to make it there after my active duty was up, but the job market sucked ass. Since you will have an income, it could be a hell of a nice place to land.
What about the C Springs area? Say an hour radius (leaning west...)? Does the thumping spread? Thumping I can handle, its the r wing nitwits that come with it I abhor...
I didn't do a ton of investigation. I interviewed with a few software shops years ago. One of them offered me an annual 4 resort ski pass as part of the standard benefits package. I was almost ready to go until I started talking to people there. Seemed (at least then) about 80% right wing Glenn Beck for Prez kinda folk.
The Job Market here is pretty depressed. If the military ever decides to pull chocks and leave this town it will blow up and disappear like a fart in the wind. I doubt that will happen since there are so many vital institutions here but ya never know. I suppose if your a decent Lawyer there is always work. Jimmydean is right about the thumpers also. Like JohnE says, I've learned to ignore them but its the ultra conservatard Glenn Beck/Sarah Palin for president crowd that drives me nucking futz about this town. And there are a lot of them here. If Jimmydean had come out for the software job I'd venture a guess that he would have moved or been layed off by now. The once burgeoning tech industry this town was trying to develop has gone the way of the dodo. I periodically ride the road bike up to Garden of the Gods right past an almost completely empty gigantic Intel building. Most of the other tech companies are gone too.
The Springs wouldn't be that bad IMHO if it wasn't for the Right wing nut job crowd. There is a ton of out door stuff to do, weather is decent most of the year. World class skiing/snow less that a two hour drive. High class single track everywhere. Cost of living is cheaper than Denver, but close enough to Denver that most major entertainment is only an hour or so drive. Colorado is projected to be the only state with less than double digit obesity rates by 2020. Being a single guy in this town could be rough, not much night life to speak of and for every single woman their has got to be 6 active military guys looking to score. If your concerned about travel, COS has direct flights to LA, San Fran, Denver, Chicago, Huston, and Washington Dulles. There are some others but I can't think of them off the top of my head. DIA is an hour fifteen drive from here if you have to do that. I don't know what any of those flights typically cost, since I'm an airline employee I don't actually pay for tickets.
That being said, I'd move back to Portland in a heart beat if I could make it work/find work.

Front Range/Colorado Springs is ghetto. Sure there is some great riding, but only for three months out of the year. The summer is short and windy, filled with hail and thunder storms. Colorado blows unless all you like to do is ski. You can't even swim in the lakes. :rant:

P.S. the concentration of military is far too high.
Maybe if your a giant pvssy. I ride year round and I know lots of other people who do too.

Your complaining about the military presence? Aren't you with Air Force Space Command? :confused:
 
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jimmydean

The Official Meat of Ridemonkey
Sep 10, 2001
35,577
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Portland, OR
That being said, I'd move back to Portland in a heart beat if I could make it work/find work.
Yes, when I was looking, it was 99/00 time frame and the start ups there died, just like the ones in Bend, OR did when the bubble went.

I am being drawn back to Portland even though it was listed as #2 worst place for salary growth. I made twice as much there and the cost of living was only about 20% more. Plus I had the use of bus and MAX to offset the bike on commutes.

If it wasn't for the weather, I would never have left.
 

woodsguy

gets infinity MPG
Mar 18, 2007
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Sutton, MA
New England meets those requirements. We have tons of biking both xc and lift served, whitewater, lakes, and ocean for kayaking, and great ski resorts all within 3 hours from Boston. The surfing isn't great tho. For $800 rent check out Burlington, VT, southern NH, central MA, RI, western MA,.... pretty much anywhere except metro Boston.
 

DirtMcGirk

<b>WAY</b> Dumber than N8 (to the power of ten alm
Feb 21, 2008
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Oz
I looked into NC, but job market there, even for a lawyer, was pretty thin.

If I could find somewhere that I can do rent for $800 a month I wouldn't really have to work. I have seven or eight cases that are scheduled out for the next three years, so if I can fly here and to a few other spots, that will be enough work to keep me going if I live on the cheap.
 

jimmydean

The Official Meat of Ridemonkey
Sep 10, 2001
35,577
7,830
Portland, OR
I looked into NC, but job market there, even for a lawyer, was pretty thin.

If I could find somewhere that I can do rent for $800 a month I wouldn't really have to work. I have seven or eight cases that are scheduled out for the next three years, so if I can fly here and to a few other spots, that will be enough work to keep me going if I live on the cheap.
You can find some nice pads downtown PDX for $800.
 

Sandwich

Pig my fish!
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And I don't care where to.

Reno sucks a bunch of dicks only like a bad gay porn could. Its a black hole for ambition, style, motivation, intellect and soul. I gotta get the **** outta here.

So I need some suggestions.

I like to ride my bicycles.
I like to kayak.
I like to snowboard.
I like to surf.
I like guns, shooting guns, and being able to own guns without fear of reprisal from the local/state government.
I like rent around $800/mo for a one bedroom one bath that's nice.

I'm an attorney, but I am fried on the business. Souless suck ****s with no real talent or ability beyond sucking money out of people. Tired of waking up thinking I shoulda gone to art school.

Give me some ideas. I'd like to be able to hit five outta six of my likes.
how about new hampshire? no snurfing, but plenty of snowboarding, kayaking, biking, and guns. Pretty cheap in places too.
 

Red Rabbit

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Jan 27, 2007
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Colorado
Maybe if your a giant pvssy. I ride year round and I know lots of other people who do too.

Your complaining about the military presence? Aren't you with Air Force Space Command? :confused:
Riding in the freezing cold is no good, riding in hail is no good, riding in rain is no good, riding in the wind is no good. I have no idea why so many Californians try and make colorado a home.

I was spoiled with year round riding with pleasant temperatures all the time. Redwood park, Joaquin Miller park, Rockville, Napa, Angwin, Pacifica, China Beach, Mt. Tam, etc. The list goes on.

Everyone says Colorado is the ****, I was so stoked to come here. But it's just one giant ****ty conservative hoe down.

Bay Area California is the business. It cost a lot for a reason.

Yes, I'm in the Air Force. Everyday I hope for an assignment to Beale or Travis. Military is fine. But five good size bases in less than 20 square miles? No dice. **** sucks.
 

Red Rabbit

Picky Pooper
Jan 27, 2007
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Colorado
Pretty much cold all the time, nearly always foggy, inaccessible to MUNI/BART (making city visits still at least a half-hour affair), no nightlife, food sucks. IMO you're better off living with roughly the same amount of COL in the Sunset or Oakland.
So how often did you visit. I spent a lot of time there. It wasn't cold it was always between 55 and 70. Yeah, it's foggy. It's called the coast.

Not everyone takes Bart/Muni. 30 minutes isn't bad at all.

How about Bomb riding, decent surf and not over crowed?

Nightlife isn't important to a lot of people.

I would live there.
 

woodsguy

gets infinity MPG
Mar 18, 2007
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Riding in the freezing cold is no good.
Not necessarily. Cold weather riding does have its advantages. No bugs, hard fast trails, no mud, no dust, no poison ivy, no/few jaggers, no humidity, no sun burn, and falling is much less painful in winter gear.