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  • California

    13 19.70%
  • Texas

    8 12.12%
  • New York

    2 3.03%
  • Illinois

    3 4.55%
  • Virginia

    2 3.03%
  • North Carolina

    7 10.61%
  • Florida

    3 4.55%
  • Colorado

    3 4.55%
  • Massachusetts

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    22 33.33%
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Ive met a lot of people from Austin all over the world, they are the nicest people, but also extraordinarily weird.. What is the phenomenon with people from Austin.?
    The weirdness is mostly cultivated; the town motto is "Keep Austin Weird".
    Beyond that, Austin was hippie mecca back in the 60s and 70s; a lot of people here are probably either burnt-out hippies or the offspring of burnt-out hippies, who were exposed to god-knows-what in utero.

    Lately, though, I don't meet too many native Austinites. Simply by staying put, I've become a rarity: a mid-30s Austinite who was actually born here.
    The metro-area population has more than doubled during my lifetime. There are a lot of people who have moved here from other places, and it's changed the tone quite a bit.
    South Central Austin is still very "pure Austin"- and rather snobby about it; North Austin might be any large southern industrial tract. It's quite generic.
    And a lot of people live in satellite or bedroom communities outside the city limits but commute in for work; there wasn't much of that going on 20 or 30 years ago.

    I think Austin- like everyone and everything- is a legend in its own mind and glamorizes the bygone "glory days"- whether that be the 60s, the 70s, or even the 80s, when we had such a good punk scene here.
    But nobody ever recognizes the "glory days" as such when they're actually living in them.
    In the end, it's just like any other city; maybe a little pricey-er than most. You get a job, get an apartment, and maybe when you're around 30 you get married, buy a house, move out to the 'burbs and commute in.
    A lot of the purported "weirdness" is just a ploy to sell overpriced teeshirts to tourists who come to see the bats.
    Or maybe a ploy to get out-of-state students to come pay outrageously high tuition to attend UT.
    This is, at the heart of it, in many ways still just an oversized university town.
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    I think New Hampshire is the coolest. I love all those Indian trading posts and the lakes are wonderful. Franconia Notch is magical. Echo Lake, The Flume, The Basin

    ....The Old Man of the Mountain.

    They really need to hire Disney to come rebuild the old guy.


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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1069 View Post
    The weirdness is mostly cultivated; the town motto is "Keep Austin Weird".
    Beyond that, Austin was hippie mecca back in the 60s and 70s; a lot of people here are probably either burnt-out hippies or the offspring of burnt-out hippies, who were exposed to god-knows-what in utero.

    Lately, though, I don't meet too many native Austinites. Simply by staying put, I've become a rarity: a mid-30s Austinite who was actually born here.
    The metro-area population has more than doubled during my lifetime. There are a lot of people who have moved here from other places, and it's changed the tone quite a bit.
    South Central Austin is still very "pure Austin"- and rather snobby about it; North Austin might be any large southern industrial tract. It's quite generic.
    And a lot of people live in satellite or bedroom communities outside the city limits but commute in for work; there wasn't much of that going on 20 or 30 years ago.

    I think Austin- like everyone and everything- is a legend in its own mind and glamorizes the bygone "glory days"- whether that be the 60s, the 70s, or even the 80s, when we had such a good punk scene here.
    But nobody ever recognizes the "glory days" as such when they're actually living in them.
    In the end, it's just like any other city; maybe a little pricey-er than most. You get a job, get an apartment, and maybe when you're around 30 you get married, buy a house, move out to the 'burbs and commute in.
    A lot of the purported "weirdness" is just a ploy to sell overpriced teeshirts to tourists who come to see the bats.
    Or maybe a ploy to get out-of-state students to come pay outrageously high tuition to attend UT.
    This is, at the heart of it, in many ways still just an oversized university town.
    Another theory about the natives is that they moved away from Austin to all across the world, more so than Americans in general.
    The people I have met from Austin have in general been very smart people, but still weird.
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Well, Texas of course. We have just about everything you could ever want here. Provided you don't mind driving for it, of course.
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kal'Stang View Post
    I've been to most of the continental US states. Best one I like is Idaho. No other state like it imo.
    Only been to Florida and Georgia.

    I definetely preferred Florida of the two. Actually Florida is probably one of the coolest states, definetely the hottest.
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    New Hampshire

    Low crime. Affluent, well-educated population. 90% forested. Close to ocean beaches, beautiful, pristine freshwater lakes, and world-class ski resorts. No sales tax or income tax. Friendly people. Small towns. First colony to declare independence from England and the state whose ratification of the Constitution officially brought it into effect.

    And most important of all: My birthplace. I am a Granite Stater and am proud of it.
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    [QUOTE=Ethereal;1057692614]Anyone who can't look at a skyscraper and appreciate the intricate mastery of fusing art with science is quite lame.

    Sears Tower, obviously my favorite.

    If you are going to talk about skyscapers, Taipei 101 is both taller and cooler than Sears Tower. Though, since it is in Taiwan and the Taiwan 51st Staters haven't gotten their way, I suppose it doesn't count.
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by sazerac View Post
    I think New Hampshire is the coolest. I love all those Indian trading posts and the lakes are wonderful. Franconia Notch is magical. Echo Lake, The Flume, The Basin

    ....The Old Man of the Mountain.

    They really need to hire Disney to come rebuild the old guy.
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by Kandahar View Post
    [*]Louisiana has the most, err, creative system of government
    Without question. But don't forget we have great food, year round festivals, killer musicians, hospitality, and even with all it's problems......N'Awlins(no place like it).
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    Re: What state is the coolest?

    Quote Originally Posted by LaMidRighter View Post
    Without question. But don't forget we have great food, year round festivals, killer musicians, hospitality, and even with all it's problems......N'Awlins(no place like it).
    Nawlins is cool. No doubt. I love going there. I haven't been since Kat.

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