Go here for my original (long) post.
Mystery commenter “erin” (not my wife):
my theory is that i live in columbus because it’s cheaper than any of those cities and therefore i can afford to go to those cities whenever i want and not have to commit to one. plus i moved back to take a job and have to stay for 2 years or replay my relocation.
one city that wasn’t on your list is atlanta, where i moved back from. it’s a good place, at least worth a visit. good venues, lots of bands come through because it’s almost the only major city in the south. cheaper than most big cities, def. young. the city itself is progressive but its still the south.
I understand your point. I guess for me, though, it’s more about wanting to experience living somewhere else. I don’t want to have been born in Ohio, lived my whole life in Ohio, and died in Ohio. And I think if I don’t get out soon, I probably never will. Is that understandable?
As for Atlanta, I briefly considered adding it to my list, but I couldn’t really think of a compelling reason to do so (being the biggest city in that region just wasn’t enough). I’ve never been there either, and I’m sure it’s a fine city. But I feel like the cities that I listed as my ideas each have something unique to offer, and I’m not sure what that would be for Atlanta. Maybe I just don’t know enough about it (everything I know about Atlanta, I learned from OutKast and Ludacris). Plus I’m not sure if I could handle heading that deep into the South. Before deciding on Columbus, Erin (my wife) and I seriously considered moving to the Raleigh/Durham/Chapel Hill area after we graduated college, and I think that’s about as far as I could go.