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Old 12-11-2012, 12:16 AM   #42726
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You go to Ann Arbor you gotta hit up SKEEPS bro.
go on thursday and grind on every piece of pussy in there
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:08 AM   #42727
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Gets gray, dark, and depressing in the winter time
says the hibernator
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:32 AM   #42728
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skeeps is like the worst bar in AA. The draft beer smells like ass but still smells better than the bar. Good for drinking underage though!
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:50 AM   #42729
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big to Ann Arbor

tons to do, great place to live even if you're not a student... really good school system too, if that's a factor
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:51 AM   #42730
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Madison is nice too.. I'd definitely prefer living there over Columbus, allegiances aside
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:58 AM   #42731
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Dear SE,

So in less than 6 months my wife is graduating from her Ph.D program and we will be moving out of Austin, TX. The list of potential jobs for her has been narrowed down to 10 choices.

Athens, GA
Columbus, OH
Seattle, WA
Madison, WI
Iowa City, Iowa
Urbana-Champaign, IL
Ann Arbor, MI
Gainesville, FL
Houston, TX
East Lansing, MI

Aside from Gainesville, FL, if you have ever lived in or spent significant time in one of those cities, some information would be awesome. Please tell me why it is awesome or sucks to live in one of those cities. Information about restaurants and food is especially appreciated, but any info is great.

Thanks!
Houston:

Awesome: Very low cost of living (especially housing, if you're willing to commute a little); a selection of restaurants whose quality and variety of cuisine are among the best in the world; diversity, if that's your thing; art galleries

Sucks: Air quality, traffic, lack of useful mass transit, no bands worth seeing ever come here, general lack of nature
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:00 AM   #42732
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nothing in the northeast?
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:03 AM   #42733
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oh yeah after living in the Midwest (Central Indiana and Ann Arbor area) my whole life and recently moving to the gulf, the south is the way to go. Michigan winters are pretty bad if you're not into hunting or cold weather outdoor activities. Michigan summers are the best though. But for someone who doesn't mind heat or humidity and has no problem playing 18 holes in 95* weather, I'll take the south and no winter.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:04 AM   #42734
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def curious what her program is now too
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:05 AM   #42735
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oh i forgot to add Houston summers are horrible, but if she's a professor maybe y'all can spend them somewhere else
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:30 AM   #42736
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Isn't Houston consistently the fattest city in the US? Not that there's anything wrong with that (there is).
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:36 AM   #42737
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Yeah, I would steer clear of Walmarts in Houston. Believe they have a restaurant for every two people.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:36 AM   #42738
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Yes, which is a combination of all the great restaurants and the lack of outdoor things to do and the infeasibility of any form of transportation that isn't a car. Oh, and that most of the jobs are sitting in an office servicing the energy industry somehow.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:01 AM   #42739
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skeeps is like the worst bar in AA. The draft beer smells like ass but still smells better than the bar. Good for drinking underage though!
Looks like we got a SKEEPS hater up in here, please exit the premises
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:49 AM   #42740
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def curious what her program is now too
major college football
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:56 AM   #42741
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Houston:

Awesome: Very low cost of living (especially housing, if you're willing to commute a little); a selection of restaurants whose quality and variety of cuisine are among the best in the world; diversity, if that's your thing; art galleries

Sucks: Air quality, traffic, lack of useful mass transit, no bands worth seeing ever come here, general lack of nature
This basically sounds like Phoenix, where I lived for 7 years. I don't have a desire to go back, the sprawl just got to me after a while.

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nothing in the northeast?
Not really. No schools of interest were hiring in her field this year. NYU is looking for someone, but there's this weird political thing between NYU and her school that I won't bore you with.

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oh i forgot to add Houston summers are horrible, but if she's a professor maybe y'all can spend them somewhere else
Not for the first few years. Most schools demand the new professors to teach summers, Rice is no exception.
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Old 12-11-2012, 10:57 AM   #42742
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Why all the Big Ten schools then?
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:00 AM   #42743
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Why all the Big Ten schools then?
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:02 AM   #42744
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Just for the love of god avoid Orlando
Will do. Grew up in Florida, I know how much Orlando sucks outside of Disney World.
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Old 12-11-2012, 11:06 AM   #42745
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Why all the Big Ten schools then?
Nice.
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Old 12-11-2012, 12:43 PM   #42746
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where has diddy been?
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:14 PM   #42747
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Not for the first few years. Most schools demand the new professors to teach summers, Rice is no exception.
Rice is in a nice part of town, if you had to live in Houston. It's near all the museums/parks and just a few minutes from midtown and downtown (though it's nestled in an old upscale residential neighborhood). And Rice village is kind of a walkable mixed-use community.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:31 PM   #42748
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:33 PM   #42749
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This basically sounds like Phoenix, where I lived for 7 years. I don't have a desire to go back.
You are dead to me.
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Old 12-11-2012, 02:00 PM   #42750
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You are dead to me.
I still nub you Tuq. I liked a lot about Phoenix, but the sheer amount of driving, especially the work commute, just got to me after a while. At one point, my wife and I were commuting 20+ hours/week. That's a too much!
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