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If you redid your mid 20s (1 Viewer)

rockaction

Footballguy
Depends on affordability, really. 

NY or San Diego if you could afford it. 

Philly or D.C. if you couldn't.

But I'm an ignoramus about D.C. these days. It might be in the upper stratosphere as non-affordable.   

 

5-ish Finkle

Footballguy
Seattle, for career(and it was still relatively affordable then).  "Southern California That Isn't Los Angeles" for weather/chicks/proximity to a bunch of cool stuff.

Probably wouldn't have considered living abroad back then.  If I did?  Perth.  Or Vienna.

But I'm an ignoramus about D.C. these days. It might be in the upper stratosphere as non-affordable.   
Inside the Beltway is expensive (Hell, a lot of "outside the Beltway" isn't exactly cheap either, as far as that goes).  Not 100% sure what it was like when I was in my mid-20s, but I expect it was still pretty costly.

 
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pantherclub

Footballguy
At 25 I was working for Duke Energy working in Charlotte making $75000.  I should have accepted that job in DC making slightly less but I chose the money.   Bad mistake.  In hindsight I should have gone to DC or at the very least instead of partying my ### off bought a ton of rentals in the area and be set for life right now.  Live and learn

 

skol asylum

Footballguy
Interviewed with the CIA right before graduating college as they were hiring accountants and logistics people at the time.  Would have been an interesting life having moved to Langley around 1997 or so and being part of that organization during 9-11, even in a small role.

 

Ilov80s

Footballguy
Depends on affordability, really. 

NY or San Diego if you could afford it. 

Philly or D.C. if you couldn't.

But I'm an ignoramus about D.C. these days. It might be in the upper stratosphere as non-affordable.   
Right. I would love to have lived in San Diego but I couldn't have afforded it.

 

kevzilla

Footballguy
If I lived somewhere else in my mid-20s, I wouldn't have been able to see Stevie Ray Vaughan at Antone's every Saturday night he wasn't touring. Hard pass.

 

eoMMan

Footballguy
Agreed. I didn’t make my first trip to NYC until I was in my 40’s. I was a bartender back then - I would have moved to Manhattan and tended bar there.
But as a 20 somethinger, what could he/she afford there?  Maybe a 200 sq foot apartment....with 2 other roommates?

 

wikkidpissah

Footballguy
Reno.

Small town which, because of the casinos, is open 24/7 for trouble. Perfect climate for an easterner cuz you got all four seasons but none of em too severe (you can visit 14 ft of snow in literally 15 minutes while getting less than a foot total each year in town). Job market so-so, but cheap living. And it is the best town in America to get out of. Burning man desert stuff, Pyramid Lake (a tiny leftover sea with its own monster), top-notch flyfishing in the E Walker River and other runoff cricks, Tahoe (Emerald Bay, nude beaches, Shakespeare on the Lake, night life, great closer for dates that begin in Reno), Yosemite and tremendous find your own slices o' heaven an hour away in the Sierras, 4 hrs over the hump to San Francisco, and $40 Vegas flights running day & night.

 

eoMMan

Footballguy
Reno.

Small town which, because of the casinos, is open 24/7 for trouble. Perfect climate for an easterner cuz you got all four seasons but none of em too severe (you can visit 14 ft of snow in literally 15 minutes while getting less than a foot total each year in town). Job market so-so, but cheap living. And it is the best town in America to get out of. Burning man desert stuff, Pyramid Lake (a tiny leftover sea with its own monster), top-notch flyfishing in the E Walker River and other runoff cricks, Tahoe (Emerald Bay, nude beaches, Shakespeare on the Lake, night life, great closer for dates that begin in Reno), Yosemite and tremendous find your own slices o' heaven an hour away in the Sierras, 4 hrs over the hump to San Francisco, and $40 Vegas flights running day & night.
Solid choice here.

 

MAC_32

Footballguy
Oh, also would have started drinking before my mid 20s & also banged more women & had less relationships since they didn't pan out anyway.
This is really it - lots of different places this can be accomplished.  Start drinking early, so the bad decisions are hopefully over and done with by this age.  And don't get tied down with anyone unless it's of the literal sense because at this stage in life the options are limitless.  Then just navigate these few years without anyone dying before considering settling down.

 

tjnc09

Footballguy
You could have at my age until everyone figured out the beaches and weather. Then it was over.  
I've lived in California all my life.  I'm currently about 20 minutes from the beach.  The taxes are outrageous and congestion is getting worse (the magnitude of recent wildfires is also quite troubling).  

It's funny how so many people want to move to California for the weather and beaches, but a quiet ranch somewhere sounds good to me.  

 

Jayrod

Footballguy
The only thing I would change about that time would be my career path. I would have started officiating basketball and football then and gotten into general construction. 

I don't regret any part of marrying my wife at 22 or living in St Louis and then moving back to Springfield, MO.

 

fightingillini

Footballguy
Would have lived in actual city of CHI as opposed to the suburbs.  I was pretty centrally located to so many friends being in Arlington Hts IL, but I always had so much fun going to the city that I should have lived there for a few years.

If I can go back and live in any city in the US.....it would be San Diego. 

 

fightingillini

Footballguy
At 25 I was working for Duke Energy working in Charlotte making $75000.  I should have accepted that job in DC making slightly less but I chose the money.   Bad mistake.  In hindsight I should have gone to DC or at the very least instead of partying my ### off bought a ton of rentals in the area and be set for life right now.  Live and learn
I first moved to CLT in 2005 when I was 35.  At that time, I would never recommend CLT to a 25 year old.  Good place for me to work, go back to Fort Mill SC and raise my family.

Times have changed there, now Charlotte is a great place for a young person to work and have a great time.  Weather is solid year round (except it does get really hot and humid in the summer), and the COL is much lower than other major cities in the east.

 

General Malaise

Poop Lord
At 23, I packed everything I owned into a '91 Acura Integra and drove to Portland, Oregon.  I didn't know a single person who lived there.  It wasn't easy at first, but I've now lived here longer than I've lived anywhere else - 22 years and counting.  There other cities I really like, but for me, this is my home now.  Relatively safe, gorgeous and lots of fun to be had.  

 
The Twin Cities was pretty sweet.  Good music scene back in the 80's, and I am not talking Prince although I have no problem with him its just that the blues scene was better.  The demographics for the 20 to 30 year old aqe cohort were 65% female or a 2 to 1 ratio.  These woman were college educated, fitness freaks and mostly tall Nordic blondes.  It was a paradise for a guy.

 

General Malaise

Poop Lord
The Twin Cities was pretty sweet.  Good music scene back in the 80's, and I am not talking Prince although I have no problem with him its just that the blues scene was better.  The demographics for the 20 to 30 year old aqe cohort were 65% female or a 2 to 1 ratio.  These woman were college educated, fitness freaks and mostly tall Nordic blondes.  It was a paradise for a guy.
Replacements!

 

GoBirds

Footballguy
Charleston, SC

Female talent level and ratio is something seen nowhere else. 

 
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Sullie

Footballguy
I wouldn't do anything different, I moved to Cincinnati from a really tiny town.  For me, Cincinnati seemed big at that time, looking back on it, it's not a big city but that's fine.  Honestly, I was 4.5 hours from home, no-one knew me and I had fun there.  I'll be honest, I was in college, I was broke so (to me) I was so focused on getting my degree and getting a job, it wouldn't have mattered where I lived at that time.

Even after I graduated and got my first job I was saddled with student loan debt, car loan, apartment, etc.  I don't know that a change of cities would have made a hell of a lot of difference to me.  I was just happy to get out of that dead end, one horse town I grew up in to be quite honest.  It wasn't that it was horrible or anything, it's just that I hated that everyone knew everyone's business in a town of 2,500 or 3,000 people.

 
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