pyrrhiccomedy: (America)
[personal profile] pyrrhiccomedy
Hey guys. You're the most geographically diverse group of people I know, so I was hoping to get some feedback about something.

The reasons I need to move are a little complicated, but ideally it would be within the next three to six months. So! I'd like some opinions. If you roll a critical success, I might for real come and live in your town. And anyway, I'd be awfully grateful for the feedback.

Here's my criteria.

1) Cold. As in, there is snow every winter at some point. The more snow the better.
2) No bugs. Obviously all reasonably cold places have no bugs during the winter months, but preferably somewhere without a daunting spring insect bloom, or a constant plague of giant spiders or something in the summer. My phobia of bugs is pretty debilitating.
3) A decent to low cost of living. This cuts out most of New England, which is sad, because most of New England fills criteria 1 and 2 admirably.

Things that are NOT required:

1) A red or blue state. I do not care if my neighbors do not agree with my political or religious views. We're all just folks.
2) A particularly dazzling town to live in. Are there a couple decent restaurants? A video game store? Someplace that sells cute shoes? Then I'm sure we can make it work until we've had time to save up some money. COROLLARY: the bigger the town, the less bugs it's likely to have. Fucking wilderness, it is the bane of my existence.

Although I do prefer cities. People are fun and interesting, and if you put enough of them together they come up with things like liquid grass. I enjoy being a part of that.

Places in America I have already lived, and what I think of them: Maine (too many bugs), Boston (excellent! But too expensive now), Pittsburgh (okay), Alabama (UNACCEPTABLE IN ALL RESPECTS), California (too many bugs, and too hot, and the people were so talky), and upstate New York (lots of bugs in summer, but fine otherwise. I liked the snow).

NOW TELL ME ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE. Or have lived. Or whatever. Why is it awesome and I should seriously start checking its apartment listings, like right now?

THANKS YOU GUYS, I LOVE YOU. NO I SWEAR I'M NOT WANTED BY THE POLICE.

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Date: 2009-11-11 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shadow-chimera.livejournal.com
I could give you an ode to New York city. I'm actually coming out of lurking because I like living in it so much. It's a bustling, energetic place to live. It gets damn cold, has minimal bugs (I have at least not experienced many), and though some areas are VERY expensive there are others that are at a much lower cost of living. Though I know that you don't HAVE to live in a particularly dazzling town, why not do so anyway? New York is diverse, bustling, and full of energy, all things I see as important for a place to feel like home.

So yeah...New York city...I'm gonna run back into hiding again...

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Date: 2009-11-11 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
BS. There are affordable parts of NYC? Where? Are they affordable because that's where the shankings come from?

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Date: 2009-11-11 09:34 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tanya-tsuki.livejournal.com
All of the places I've lived...don't fit your criteria. Georgia and North Carolina? No snow. New Jersey? Majorly corrupt High cost of living. I would recommend Pennsylvania, though. I don't really have a specific region to request, but it's of a similar climate to NJ, meaning it does get cold and in various parts, you get a decent amount of snow. The cost of living is much lower than in some states, like Jersey. And if you stay towards the east, you're within easy access of many of the cities in BoWash.

I really have no concrete reasoning, though. No real personal experience. I wish you the best of luck in finding somewhere <3

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Date: 2009-11-11 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
I've thought about living in Philly! It seems like a nice town. I don't know anyone who's personally lived there, though.

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Date: 2009-11-11 09:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mithrigil.livejournal.com
You've already lived in Pittsburgh, but that would have been my initial suggestion. On the other hand, have you considered Kalamazoo, Michigan? It's a city in the same way that Pittsburgh is a city, with suburbs everpresent. I have some friends who live there and love it, and I stayed over for a little bit last spring. It's cold, it's inexpensive (my friends have a lovely walkup apartment with five pets and are able to afford it, and cosplay, at two lower-paying jobs), and I've never heard them complain about bugs. Kalamazoo is also home to medievalist conferences and geek hijinks.

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Date: 2009-11-11 09:51 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
Also it has an excellent name. I'll check it out!

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Date: 2009-11-11 09:50 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] twistedsheets10.livejournal.com
D:

/hugs

Well, I don't live in the US, but perhaps you'd like to take a look at this list of Best Places to Live (http://money.cnn.com/magazines/moneymag/bplive/2009/) in the US according to CNN.

Hope you find a place soon.

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Date: 2009-11-11 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
Worth taking a look at! Thanks for the well-wishes, hon. ♥

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Date: 2009-11-11 09:57 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] x-haphazard-x.livejournal.com
I'd have to recommend Minneapolis/St. Paul. My brother lived there for a while and he loved it. It's very, very cold in the winter, so cold that a lot of places are connected by underground tunnels. I'm not sure about the bug situation, though, because y'know, land of a thousand lakes, and lakes breed mosquitoes in the summer, etc. It's a big metropolitan area without being like, I dunno. Too much. And because it's the midwest, cost of living is likely to be pretty low compared to the east and stuff.

At the moment I live in St. Louis, which, looking at your criteria, you probably do not want to live in. We do get snow, but the weather is FUCKING CRAZY -- for the last few years, we've had snow on Christmas, but it was warm enough to wear shorts by New Year's. Also, the mosquitoes are horrible. However, the cost of living is not bad.

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Date: 2009-11-11 10:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
Mosquitoes don't really bother me; it's all the crawly things that tend to spring up after them.

If I moved to St. Louis I would have to start wearing spats all the time, and I don't own any spats.

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Date: 2009-11-11 10:02 pm (UTC)
ext_200955: (i play for team darwin)
From: [identity profile] windmilltilter.livejournal.com
None of the places I've lived fit your criteria at all. Atlanta on occasion gets snow, but I wouldn't wish that traffic on anyone. And there's a reason all the snowbirds and tourists flee to Florida. Right now. I live in Southern Georgia, about one exit away from Florida. It's pretty much the boondocks, as the only claim to fame in this area is the nearby navy base and the high school football team.

So yeah, sorry I'm unable to help. ^.^;;

Still, I wish you best of luck finding a place, and to keep one step ahead of the CIA aliens whatever is forcing you out.

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Date: 2009-11-11 10:04 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
Thanks, I'll do my best. *grins*

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Date: 2009-11-11 10:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] fallenxembers17.livejournal.com
Okay, this doesn't *quite* fit requirement one, but Austin, Texas is amazing. I mean, they get snow occasionally, and it can get a bit on the warm side, but it is like the coolest place in Texas and it isn't plagued by the state menace. (Mosquitoes, of course.) I think. I can't remember. OTL

The people are cool and laid back, they have all sorts of awesome places and festivals (SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST) and the Tex-Mex is beaten only by the border cities.

It's really nice, if a bit warm! (And, dude, it's freaking Texas. Best state ever. And we're on Alfred's face!)

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Date: 2009-11-11 10:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
Oh yeah, I've lived in Texas, too. Out west, in Lubbock.

THERE WERE BUGS EVERYWHERE. GIANT FUCKING CRAWLING SPIDERS AND OH GOD THE TRAUMA. ;_;

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Date: 2009-11-11 10:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nittle-grasper.livejournal.com
So I recently read an article listing Minneapolis/St. Paul as the top big city to live in that people don't really think about. Also, have heard great things about Ann Arbor, Michigan :)

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Date: 2009-11-12 07:11 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
I think Minneapolis/St.Paul is like, borrowing some of Canada's invisibility powder, because every time I think about it I go "hey, I've been there! I liked it there! It seems like a nice town!" and then I instantly forget it exists again.

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Date: 2009-11-11 11:02 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jinsai.livejournal.com
New York state. You already know upstate but to continue:

It gets COLD. Housing in Western New York is cheap, especially in the rural areas. My neighbor's house went for $40,000. Cities will cost more no matter where you go, but in NY it's pretty easy to live near to one. I'm not talking just NYC but also Albany, Saratoga Springs, Rochester, Buffalo, Syracuse, Schenectady, etc. Cold, long winters with LOTS of snow.

Not many bugs, considering the cold. The mosquitoes in summer are a pain, but that's true anywhere.

I'm from western NY, and lived there all my life. Well, 'cept for when I've lived here in Japan! And I LOVE Saratoga (though the CoL is high there.)

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Date: 2009-11-11 11:03 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] jinsai.livejournal.com
Boston, Mass is pretty awesome too, but the CoL is HIGH. Pennsylvania is a cheaper alternative to that. Got relatives there, and it's pretty nice. King of Prussia is a good sized city too.

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Date: 2009-11-11 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tauruschick12.livejournal.com
From what I've seen, and from what my relatives tell me, Washington D.C is as cold as hell all year long. It's a very interesting place to go, and aside from all the awesome historical stuff, it has the museums and lots of cute old-ish stores, along with newer ones, like Banana Republic and all that. Also, the theatres are having a lot of awesome new plays lately.

I don't about pricing for visiting or living there, though, sorry! ;^_^ I do know, however, that the costs of souvenirs is waaay over-priced. I'm thinking that's where Obama is getting the Stimulus package money from: not from taxes, but from souvenirs..

Also, there's always Pennslyvania, which is also cold and a great place to visit.

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Date: 2009-11-12 07:09 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
Man, I'd love to live in DC in spite of the crime, just for the museums, but I've always understood it to be pretty expensive and car-required. I'll see what else I can learn about it, though. Thank you!

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Date: 2009-11-11 11:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] isakana.livejournal.com
Well, this is absolutely irrelevant to where you should move and I can only wish you good luck because I'm not in the US and never have been.
However, on the giant spiders, as a family who has a near phobic, two very much dislikers and dad who gets rid of them, I think I can suggest putting out conkers. We put a pot of them on the bathroom window sill - we had had three huge ones (for England) within several weeks, (and some were in seriously weird places), but since we put a basket of conkers there, we haven't had any. Thankfully. It's really scary finding one of those things.
We also put some on the doorbell and just outside the door, and I haven't seen any there either. So, maybe that's a solution.

As to say we call Horse Chesnuts conkers, if you didn't know. I'm sorry if you did, but you never know.

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Date: 2009-11-12 07:03 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
Horse chestnuts scare away spiders? o.o I've never heard this! Do they...have a smell the spiders don't like, or something...?

In Perth, we get these things called wolf spiders, which as a name I find totally fucking unnecessary in the "making me want to cry" category, and last summer I think we found one every 2-3 weeks. They're like the size of a woman's fist, and oh God. ;_; Something that might reduce the spider problem for as long as we're still in Australia would be so nice.

As to say we call Horse Chesnuts conkers, if you didn't know. I'm sorry if you did, but you never know.

I totally didn't know, so thank you. XD

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Date: 2009-11-11 11:53 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] miss-chella.livejournal.com
Well, I would say Jersey all the friggin way, except for that little cost problem... Ah, well. I live in Georgia, a not so small town called Lawrenceville, but I don't think you'd like it much. No snow, and all that. Well, not much. But no-go on the big city life you would want. And a surprising number of deaths, that frighten me every time I think about it. I can't really give any more suggestions by first hand knowledge. I hope you find a place that suits your fancy!

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Date: 2009-11-12 07:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
Thank you, I hope so too! ♥

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Date: 2009-11-11 11:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lady-oneiros.livejournal.com
You want cold with reasonable summers, decent cities? I gotta go with my home state of Michigan. But, you gotta watch it here. AVOID DETROIT and surrounding areas. Let me put it this way: If Detroit were the anus of America, Flint (a nearby area) would be 60 miles up it. XD The west side of Michigan, such as Holland and Grand Rapids are absolutely gorgeous and has a city feel while still maintaining the good old Midwest/Heartland personality. Everyone in Michigan has security lights but leaves their doors unlocked. <3 If you go north or into the upper peninsula, be wary of turning half-Canadian. Case in point: everyone in Michigan has change in their pocket that is half Canadian money and is considered legal tender (when I moved to South Carolina, everyone was flabbergasted when I tried to use Canadian money).

Here's a picture of Grand Rapids as seen from the shore of the Grand River:
http://golfiscool.deviantart.com/art/Grand-Rapids-109505361

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Date: 2009-11-12 06:59 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
Here's a picture of Grand Rapids as seen from the shore of the Grand River:

... =o

I'd never thought about Grand Rapids, but I'll check it out! Thank you! ♥

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Date: 2009-11-11 11:58 pm (UTC)
byzantienne: (new york city)
From: [personal profile] byzantienne
Mith and Puel have already mentioned this, but I live in NYC and can (almost) afford to do so, on the salary of a graduate student. Admittedly I live in as upper as Upper Manhattan gets. I love it here; it is my favorite city in the world and I had to move back when I could, even though it means I commute out to New Jersey for work!

You will likely need a roommate/significant other to share costs with, to make it truly affordable -- but this city is not as expensive as you might think. Food, for instance, is relatively cheap. And so is public transport. You won't ever need to buy and maintain a car. And it's properly cold in the winter, and there are not many bugs (if your apartment is afflicted with roaches, buy a kitten! My kittens eat anything that moves!) and it's -- it's NYC. I love it so much.

-- as for other places I'd recommend, there's Chicago (I loved living there) and, oddly enough, Bangor, Maine. Which is just a very nice small city. I am usually a big-cities person but I actually enjoyed the time I spent there.

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Date: 2009-11-12 06:51 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
I'd really never even considered NYC, but I do come with a husband and God knows it's an amazing town. I suppose I was thinking of it from a Bostonian's point of view? Where the affordable bits are so far out of the city that it takes an hour subway ride to get anywhere that doesn't smell like urine. I had three roommates at the time, and I went to a very snooty school that provided a lot of aid to prevent students from living in undesirable areas, so I got to live in Cambridge, but obviously those circumstances can no longer be replicated.

Can you recommend any particular neighborhoods in Chicago to look at? Everything I know about the city makes it sound amazing (POLISH COMMUNITY YES).

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Date: 2009-11-12 02:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] digiphantom.livejournal.com
I think my little New Mexican town meets this criteria pretty nicely, but blows numero uno out of the water completely. ;______;

No snow. But if there is, it's a pretty big deal. Like, the chillins get sent home and everything. But we do kinda have freakazoid weather sometimes, we've gotten hail for no apparent reason in July several times. But for the most part no danger, no hurricanes to worry about, no tornadoes at all, not tidal waves (no ocean), and no monstrous bugs. You might get a small snake in your veggie garden, that's about it. The state is pretty poor overall, the cost of living is low, you get get a decent house for a good price. The food's great, lots of little hole-in-the-wall places that make some of the best mexican. The towns are all fairly small... I suspect the reason people you move here don't like it is because of the people and the lack of green...

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Date: 2009-11-12 06:47 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
Actually, New Mexico kinda intrigues me. It's hot as hell, yeah, but during the couple weeks I spent there, it was a dry heat? So, tolerable. And I FUCKING LOVE MEXICAN, OH GOD, so that offsets the no-cold. Are there seriously few bugs? West Texas had way too many bugs for me. The lack of green is not a problem. Green = bugs, and I thought the whole state had a, I don't know, kind of an austere beauty. Are there any particular towns you might recommend?

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Date: 2009-11-12 02:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gisho.livejournal.com
Iowa City, Iowa. A pleasant, middling-sized college town smack in the middle of the Midwest. No bugs. World's best noodle restaurant, and some fine little bookstores. Chicago is distant but driveable.

There is snow. Oh god is there snow. Four winters there were enough to convince me that 'snows once per winter, TOPS' was one of my hardline living criterea, and I am now much, much happier in the Pacific Northwest, where when it snows, everyone stays home.

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Date: 2009-11-12 06:39 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
IOWA! My husband is convinced that Iowa is one long corn field littered with corpses, so I'd love to pitch Iowa to him just to see the look on his face. XD

I'll look into it; thank you!

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Date: 2009-11-12 03:08 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lilichen.livejournal.com
Everywhere I've lived cuts out one or more of your criteria 8( Sorry. But good luck!! Though,

California (too many bugs, and too hot, and the people were so talky)

WHAT'S WRONG WITH BEING FRIENDLY 8(((((

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Date: 2009-11-12 06:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
FRIENDLINESS IS CREEPY TO ME, I GREW UP IN NEW ENGLAND. D=

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Date: 2009-11-12 03:35 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sadlygrove.livejournal.com
I live in Philly right now. Used to live in the NE part where you have a one in five chance of being victim to a violent crime. Not going to recommend that area, but now I'm in East Falls--about 15 min train ride outside of Center City. I've lived here for almost four years for college, and can attest to snow and few bugs. There's plenty to do and see, and it's fairly well connected. Public transit isn't as good as NYC or Tokyo IMHO, but it gets the job done. Especially now that the strike is over. It's not a bad place to live; I like that there's a lot of history and museums because I am a huge nerd. Granted, I don't think I'll live here after I graduate--four years has been good enough for me. Right now we're paying $1400 a month for rent for a 3 br/1 bath house, if that gives you an idea of prices. There are smaller places available for less, too.

Hell, you can have my house when we move out in May >_>;;

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Date: 2009-11-12 06:37 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
I have to admit, a lot of the appeal of Philly for me comes from the history, and the Quakers. I'd like to live in a place where I can tell people I'm a Quaker and it won't be confused for the Amish.

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Date: 2009-11-12 04:06 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] bridgetsmidge18.livejournal.com
When you mentioned upstate, do you mean all of New York aside from the city itself? Because people tend to get confused on that matter.

Anyway, I live in Central New York State (specifically by Syracuse), and I'm attending school in Rochester. It gets really cold and we have a ton of snow that just keeps comin' down until April, maybe even later, idk. But if that is your thing? Also, the COL doesn't seem terribly out of reach.

I'm probably not the best rep for these kinds of places, I'm drawn to the more "dazzling towns", though I have no clue if and when I'll ever get to live near one of them (*sigh* someday...).

But don't get me wrong, Rochester and Syracuse are decent places. And if I come off as being perturbed by all the snow, I really don't mind it. I actually quite enjoy snow, and I could probably never live in a place that has no winter. Or fall. Our falls are generally very nice, just rainy sometimes. Our summers are kind of sporadic, but they don't get terribly hot. And spring is pretty dang awesome up here. Also, I don't recall us having many bugs, even over the summer, so this may be something worth looking into (though I know at least one other person brought up NYS before me, so sorry for being kinda repetitive 8D).

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Date: 2009-11-12 06:34 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
When you mentioned upstate, do you mean all of New York aside from the city itself?

It's kind of a dismissive way of referring to the rest of the state, it does occur to me. XD I've lived in Rochester and Syracuse, and I've spent a fair bit of time in Uttica. Uti...I don't remember how to spell it. I really didn't like Rochester, but that was mostly by osmosis; I was going to school at the University of Rochester for a few months before I transferred elsewhere, and I think I described the campus isolation as "on three sides you're surrounded by a river, and on the fourth side, a graveyard. Try and ford the river, and you'll get shanked."

So, maybe not the best exposure to the city. XD It was gorgeous in autumn, though, and I liked the snowy winter; unfortunately I didn't stay long enough to see spring.
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Date: 2009-11-12 04:13 am (UTC)
vivi: (Default)
From: [personal profile] vivi
Rhode Island is much less expensive to live in that many other places in New England, and isn't out in the middle of the boonies so you do have cities nearby. It is, however, also kind of, uh, small town-y on a statewide basis, and doesn't get as much snow as you'd like since it is coastal.

You might also consider Minnesota or Wisconsin. My dad grew up in South Dakota and those areas might suit you if you're not scared off by the Mid-West vibes.

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Date: 2009-11-12 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
Midwesterners are nice! Well. They are creepy, but in that kind of fun "ha ha, no but seriously o.o" way that New Englanders are creepy, only New Englanders are all Lovecraftian fish-people and Midwesterners are robots masquerading as humans. But it's the same vibe. I enjoy that.

I hadn't thought of Rhode Island, I'll check that out too! Thank you! ♥

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Date: 2009-11-12 04:53 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] djsoliloquy.livejournal.com
I-I'm glad you're not running from the police and stuff ._.

Don't live in Alaska, full stop. The rest of the west coast is pretty much out (the only parts of Washington/Oregon that traditionally get snow in the winter are on the east side of the mountain range, where the climate is more mid-west-y, and summers quite hellish). The mid-west proper tends towards extremes as far as weather, with a lot of snow in the winter. It can get hot/humid in the summer, but is quite pleasant and there are some very lovely cities in the Great Lakes region, especially. Minnesota or Michigan could be your thing--all the glowing, wonderful bonuses of living in Illinois or Wisconsin without the hype and accompanying price-tags. Just don't live in Alaska, for god's sake.

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Date: 2009-11-12 06:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
I-I'm glad you're not running from the police and stuff ._.

This time.


Just don't live in Alaska, for god's sake.

BUT THEN I COULD WAVE AT RUSSIANS

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Date: 2009-11-12 04:57 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mintbonnet.livejournal.com
I am a lurker, but I figured I would give my two cents, if you don't mind? I live in Minnesota in a suburb of Saint Paul, and I love it. The winters feel like they last a long time, so if you like snow, well hello there! There is snow from somewhere around November until March or so, and the have the stores you mentioned needing are readily available. As for price, we are cheaper than Chicago and New York and the bigger cities and what have you, but as far as I know we are about mid-range for expense. I believe North or South Dakota are cheaper, but as I have never lived there, please take it with a grain of salt (or several).
As for the bug situation, I am also quite terrified of creepy crawlies, but I don't see many where I live. There are mosquitos, so if you don't want to be constantly scratching, find a place NOT right next to a little pond, because the big lakes don't breed them like those stale little nesting grounds. I see little spiders sometimes, but if you don't go looking for them, they stay out of sight pretty well, I only see one or two every once in a while. My bug rant seems to have gone on longer than I expected, but in any case, they aren't horrific masses of 6-8 legged terrors.
And while you say it isn't necessary, I think Minnesota is beautiful. So that is about it, I hope it was helpful (even though many people mentioned Minnesota, I figured I would add in some, sorry if it was repetetive?)

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Date: 2009-11-12 06:18 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
A lot of people have been recommending the Twin Cities, and I'm really seriously considering them. I've had the opportunity to visit them before, and they really are lovely--and I spent a summer in Minnesota a few years ago, and it was...a lot of fun, actually, because of the constant fucking electrical storms, I don't know if those are in the Cities as well? XD They kept things interesting out on the college campus I was staying at (...wish I could remember which one). My impression was that the Twin Cities were clean and safe and awfully white (XD), but so long as there's enough diversity that you can get some decent food, that's all right, too.

Do you have any neighborhoods you can recommend I look into?

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Date: 2009-11-12 05:00 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] lynn-pryderi.livejournal.com
Florida fails all three of the criteria you've got, at least in most places. Don't move here.

I like it here, honestly, though I've had to listen to my transplant-northerner friends bitch and moan about the heat. My personal heat index is skewed, though...long jeans are acceptable until it hits a hundred degrees F and once it gets below about 70 I'm putting on a jacket. I like the long rains. I love the wildlife everywhere. I like the fact that even big cities in this state don't crunch together like northern cities, but sprawl out instead. I love having a breeze off the river or ocean. I love how fucking weird this state gets sometimes, between illegal immigrants, old farts, transplanted New Yorkers (you all are obnoxious and drive terribly btw), weird-ass rednecks, and the natives. The natives are usually pretty laid back. Like. I'm a native and I can't be fussed to live in a big city. Too much rushing about, too many people.

Also, we have the only local, live, unscripted, unsyndicated radio station left in the nation. Which I boast about mercilessly.

Though it's definitely not for everyone. I'm probably biased because I was born and (mostly) raised here. This place is way better than Dothan, Alabama, and wherever-the-fuck-I-was, Texas.

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Date: 2009-11-12 06:12 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
This place is way better than Dothan, Alabama, and wherever-the-fuck-I-was, Texas.

Pffhahaha. Yes, that is pretty much how I feel about my stints in Alabama and (West) Texas.

Like, I have nothing against the South, aside from that it is hot and there are bugs in it. I think it's beautiful, and some of the nicest people I've met in my life come from Georgia and Virginia and Mississippi. But good God, Alabama-and-west-Texas. What are you doing.

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Date: 2009-11-12 05:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nym-aulth.livejournal.com
Well, I can tell you straight off that you don't want to live in Hawaii (we have bugs, like, big time, and no snow)

That said, you might actually really like Denver, Colorado, my hometown (or Colorado in general, actually). It's cold in winter and we get snow. Denver's snows are typically a couple of feet, enough to play in and have fun with, but they usually melt off within a week and the weather can be quite temperate for a spell. We have mountains *right there*, though, if you need a bigger snow fix. We have very few bugs, really. Or maybe I just notice a drastic difference because I live in Hawaii now and CO seems like *nothing* in comparison. We get a few moths in summer, the occasional mosquito when you go camping, sometimes a house fly or a little tiny spider in the corner of a garage or basement....honestly not a lot, though. It's getting more expensive than it used to be to live in the upscale parts of the Denver metro area (ie: Highland's Ranch, etc), but places like Lakewood are very nice and sort of mix of city/suburban and are still pretty affordable. There's lots of neat stuff going on locally, once you get into the swing of things and most people are generally pleasant.

Good luck with your move!

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Date: 2009-11-12 06:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
Oh, Denver! Denver does sound nice! I think I checked Denver out, like, six months ago, and the housing I saw was all ultra-pricey? But I didn't know what neighborhoods to look for.

My husband was very excited about the idea of Denver, because he comes from Australia, the flattest place on Earth, and mountains are a complete novelty to him. Is the scenery as beautiful as I hear? And is public transport okay? I am cool with suburbs so long as it's possible to get out of them to where I need to go in a reasonably timely fashion.

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Date: 2009-11-12 05:45 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] paperclipchains.livejournal.com
No reccomendations, but best of luck finding something stat. I haven't seen you around, is everything cool?

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Date: 2009-11-12 06:05 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] pyrrhiccomedy.livejournal.com
Things have been a little weird lately, but me and James can handle it because we are boss like that. I'll try and get on AIM soon. ♥
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