Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013, 11:59 am
Lewis Black Messes With Texas
Must-see video at dKos
. The point here is not how much of a doof Gov. Rick Perry is, so much as it's the awesome pro-New York video Lewis Black and the Daily Show staff put together.
If you could move, right now, for free, to any city in America, where would you go? I'm torn between staying in the Ann Arbor area, Kissimmee, FL, or Chattanooga, TN (very important perqs: access to I-75 and the fastest internet in the country).This entry was originally posted at http://filkertom.dreamwidth.org/1633268.html. You may comment there or here, although LJ tends to have a livelier conversation at this time.
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 04:28 pm (UTC)
Somewhere in Hawaii for me [technically it's part of America]. Satellite internet still gets you faster speeds than most places not connected by fibre.
Not that I want to move to America. I don't like where it's heading.
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 04:35 pm (UTC)
Seatle. Not too hot, not too cold. Surrounded by mountains and easy access to Canada. Sure, it's rainy and cloudy there, but otherwise, it's really nice. And it has a good gaming community, at least if the number of Seatlites at GenCon is any indication.
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 07:46 pm (UTC)
Only north of Seattle has a good gaming community. South of Seattle it's practically non-existant.
Also, it's not _that_ rainy and cloudy. A bit more than usual but not any near as much as people think.
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 05:44 pm (UTC)
capemike: Chattanooga! :D
I'd insist on you staying in Chattanooga; it indeed is effectively straddled by I-75, which has nearby links to I-24 and Hwy-153, and yep, we boast the fastest internet in the country, -and- one of the 2 largest shopping malls in the state! :)
Plus, a number of Dementia fans live around here, myself included, so we'd LOVE to have you here to visit...or stay! :D
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 06:14 pm (UTC)
I have a bias towards Kissimmee. I'll admit it, the other two might be very nice...although everyone from Michigan keeps saying the only thing good about it is no sales tax.
However, Kissimmee is nice because it's closer to Disney than Downtown...don't let the Holy Land Experience fool you, people are more liberal near Disney whereas the downtown area; Orlando Sentinel, Amway Center, etc. are conservative. I-75 isn't too far away...about an hour or two since you have to take I-4 down to Hillsborough to get on it...like my area has to go to Lakeland in order to get on I-4. I'm very pleased with my internet speed; I have FIOS. It's a little slower than it used to be but they tell me for twenty dollars more, I could have it 2 or 3 times faster but I'm good for now. I do love FIOS though because there are very little problems with it and although it can need to be reset after close lightning strikes, you can do that on your own. Plus, you can download a movie in 2-5 minutes.
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 06:35 pm (UTC)
I'd stay away from any city in Florida, not just because of the heat but because of the politics. Ditto for Texas and the south. Honestly, I like where I am. If you include a house, I may move a burb or two east for easier interstate access. Given the current heat wave, I think a place in a high priority zone for the electric company would be nice. I don't know many city names, but maybe a place in Maryland. I don't want to be in a state run by some right-wing nut.
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
If you moved to Chattanooga you'd only be 2 1/2 hours drive away, which would be kind of cool.
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 06:37 pm (UTC)
Note that Tennessee's governor and state legislature are not significantly better than Texas'. That was the original source of the "It's okay to be Takei" meme, after all.
I think I'd be looking at Portland, OR (or possibly Eugene). Better climate and fewer crazies.
Mon, Jul. 29th, 2013 01:13 pm (UTC)
I don't think Bill will be around much longer. His brother's stupidity in re
Pilot / Flying J is starting to drag him under. As for the legislature... My only defense there is they're not quite as bat shit insane as Kansas' (disclosure: I was born in Chattanooga, TN and have lived here off and on for 29 years. I lived in Kansas for 12 years.)
Mon, Jul. 29th, 2013 05:10 pm (UTC)
What's with the Pilot/Flying J thing? My partner and I do a lot of traveling, and I haven't heard anything about this, and it would be good to know.
Mon, Jul. 29th, 2013 07:38 pm (UTC)
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 07:12 pm (UTC)
I already live in NYC, and therefore I can't see living anywhere else. :)
Boston. That is the other place I would be. Just as much culture, a center of fannish life, and more snow!
Lewis Black sounds like a caffeinated Stan Lee, btw.
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 07:41 pm (UTC)
Right, that about says what I would say :)
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 11:31 pm (UTC)
If Massachusetts had a more sane governor, I'd be with you in Boston. I've been there once and saw the National Aquarium (awesome). I've been to NYC twice and felt crowded. But that's just me.
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 08:12 pm (UTC)
Lexington, MA. Nice town, but not so rich my neighbors would have their servants beat me up.
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 08:38 pm (UTC)
OMG, I'd be back in Ann Arbor in a hot minute if I could be sure of a job that would let me support my DH & MiL! I miss my sisters & my old stomping grounds & friends & Winter so much
Second choice, somewhere in northern New England to put us as close to the Ottawa area as feasible. My MiL is getting too old to travel much & she really needs to be closer to her
Third choice, mid-New England (to be near my BFFs & bipolykinkypaganfannishgeeks [tho' they're in A2
too]), or the Pacific Northwest (because it sounds cool & beautiful). Or Elkins, West Virginia, because I've felt drawn there since the DH & I first saw it on a map & visited.
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 08:50 pm (UTC)
Probably stay where I am. Under some circumstances, I'd consider SF Bay (if "for free" meant that the living expenses could magically be no higher than rural Oregon), Portland or Seattle (have to be a house as nice as what I have now, and be near musical friends who aren't going to move somewhere else on me). Vancouver if the USA went full-out fascist.
Thu, Jul. 18th, 2013 09:03 pm (UTC)
Oh wait, I *did*. *glee*
Fri, Jul. 19th, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
Las Vegas. Wonderful bargains available in housing, no more GODDAMN snow, within a few hours of my brother's place in CA, but much less expensive. Yes, it gets hot in summer---but I'm a lifelong Midwesterner, and dry heat sounds heavenly next to the humid heat I'm used to.
Fri, Jul. 19th, 2013 03:43 am (UTC)
If you moved to Troy, OH, you'd have access to I-75, and would be in prime position to vote against John Boehner in 2014!
Fri, Jul. 19th, 2013 04:24 am (UTC)
If I could afford it, I'd move 30 miles west to live in San Francisco. Being travelling-distance will have to do for me.
That video was an education. Who knew New Yorkers could say "Fuck you, Texas" in so many languages?
Fri, Jul. 19th, 2013 06:12 am (UTC)
The Tacoma, WA area. It's where we were coming back from when the van went 'urk', and we *really* didn't want to leave.
Fri, Jul. 19th, 2013 01:26 pm (UTC)
Honestly, I adore where I live, and if I had the power of moving people right now, I'd snag about two dozen of The Cluegirl Chosen and blip them to my neighborhood, where they'd be out of reach of Governor Goodhair's Galloping Asscactus Rodeo and Proctology Demonstration.
There might also be a couple of Michiganders in the crowd too though. I'm jus' sayin...
(Oh, and on an unrelated point, the Florida Justice department is soliciting public feedback on the Zimmerman case, and how it should have been handled. Here's the link: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-politics/wp/2013/07/17/justice-dept-seeks-public-feedback-on-zimmerman-case/
Just thought you might be interested in knowing that.)Edited at 2013-07-19 01:39 pm (UTC)
Fri, Jul. 19th, 2013 01:40 pm (UTC)
Dunno where I'd move. I'm reasonably happy in Boston, all things told. OTOH, I'm visiting Seattle for the first time in a few weeks...
But mostly I'm replying to note that watching the Daily Show "pro-NY" video is even more fun the way I did, while visiting NYC.
Sun, Jul. 21st, 2013 01:23 pm (UTC)
Alaska. For the pleasant summers. Or else Kauai Island, part of the state of Hawaii. I am trying to remember the name of the small town next to the resort my parents owned a time share in, but it was gorgeous, and tolerable in November when te Trade Winds make it almost chilly at times. If I have to name a city, Ill go with Lihue, a little more "big city" than I am really comfortable with, but still only a short drive from everything else.
Mon, Jul. 29th, 2013 01:10 pm (UTC)
I'll admit bias right now: I was born and raised in Chattanooga.
We've got several cons within a two hour drive of Chattanooga, a bunch of people who love ya to death, easy access to Nashville and Atlanta, great food and mild winters (compared to what you have in Ann Arbor). We do have the fastest internet in the country (Fiber to the Home as opposed to Fiber to the Pole like some places do), staffed by people who were born and raised here in Chattanooga Metro area.
Also, should you need to get to one of the major airports (Nashville or Atlanta), we have a great shuttle service (Grooms) who doesn't charge an arm and a leg to get you there. To be honest, using them is cheaper than the gas you would use to get to either airport at current gas prices.
I could go on for hours on end. :)