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01:03 PM on 11/13/12 
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fishguts182
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That sounds really familiar! Is it between Taos and Las Vegas?

yeah it is, its kinda cool someone from AP has actually heard of the place where I grew up
01:07 PM on 11/13/12 
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yeah it is, its kinda cool someone from AP has actually heard of the place where I grew up

Yeah man. I worked as a backpacking guide near Cimarron (Colfax County) for the last two summers, and spent a lot of time in Taos, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Trinidad, Raton, and everywhere in between haha.

I'm actually almost positive that we stopped in your town to ask for directions at a gas station one night when we got lost as fuck trying to find a friend of a friend's house way out in the country haha. Also our driver was blazed so that didn't help...
01:10 PM on 11/13/12 
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Yeah man. I worked as a backpacking guide near Cimarron (Colfax County) for the last two summers, and spent a lot of time in Taos, Santa Fe, Las Vegas, Trinidad, Raton, and everywhere in between haha.

I'm actually almost positive that we stopped in your town to ask for directions at a gas station one night when we got lost as fuck trying to find a friend of a friend's house way out in the country haha. Also our driver was blazed so that didn't help...

thats awesome. Did you ever star at the haunted hotel up in Cimarron ?
01:14 PM on 11/13/12 
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thats awesome. Did you ever star at the haunted hotel up in Cimarron ?

The St. James? Yeah dude, one night! Went to the bar and restaurant there at least a couple of times a month too. They charge extra for the "haunted" rooms though, which sucks haha.
01:21 PM on 11/13/12 
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The St. James? Yeah dude, one night! Went to the bar and restaurant there at least a couple of times a month too. They charge extra for the "haunted" rooms though, which sucks haha.

yeah the St. James. I always wanted to take a trip there to stay in a haunted room but my friends are to scared to stay there. Sounds like you enjoyed your time around that part of New Mexico, alot of people I know that spend some time in the area hate it
02:20 PM on 11/13/12 
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Wow I guess I've always just believed what people told me about Seattle's suicide rate. Apparently it doesn't even make the top 15 list.

Yeah, there are a ton of misconceptions about the place. Rad music scene though, very vibrant and different from anything I've experienced.
04:38 PM on 11/13/12 
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Denver because there are more mountains in a smaller vicinity and you aren't close to the ocean, says the guy who hasn't been to any of these cities.
05:57 PM on 11/13/12 
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08:44 AM on 11/14/12 
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i lived in Denver for 3 years and currently live in Austin (about 2 years now). I personally liked Denver more. Its cleaner. Its more walkable/bikeable. The weather is better. There are tons of outdoor activities you can do (I personally got into mountain biking, but hiking, skiing/snowboarding, rock climbing, kayaking, whatever are all within an hour or two of the city if not less). Tons of nice parks in the city (I lived close to both Wash Park and Cheesman Park). Lots of neat neighborhood bars and coffee shops.

Austin probably has a better music scene and it definitely has better food. On the other hand, its really hot and humid. There are a good amount of outdoor activities in Austin as well, but its just not as fun/epic/beautiful as the freakin Rocky Mountains. The hill country out west is nice for Texas, but there is really no comparison. You really have to have a car here whereas in Denver, you can fairly easily get by without a car.

Rent is probably fairly comparable in Denver and Austin with Denver probably being a bit more expensive but not a ton. Yuo can probably get a decent one bedroom apartment in Congress Park/Capitol Hill area for $8-900/month (maybe 1-3 miles from downtown). If you want closer to downtown (where a lot of young 20s professional douchebags live), youre looking at uptown or Lodo which is probably more $1500 a month but those are more updated condos or lofts. My first apartment in Denver was a 2 bedroom/1 bath in Cheeseman Park in an old building that was pretty nice that cost I think $900 a month, but that was 6 years ago. I also lived in a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath house in Wash Park for I think $1500/month that we split between 3 roommates. I also lived in Highlands (which is kind of the up and coming neighborhood, although I preferred Congress Park/Capitol Hill/Wash Park area more) in a house for $700/month, but it was a weird situation with the landlord living there occasionally so I got a super cheap deal.

I dunno about Austin rent because my wife and I bought a house here.

All that said, I like Austin a lot (compared to Fort Worth where I lived before here), but I really loved Denver because of what I mentioned above. World class mountain biking. Beautiful mountain views. Rockies games are super cheap. Great weather 10 months out of the year (300+days of sunshine per year on average and in winterits really not THAT cold, and it is rarely windy+cold) and zero humidity. Lots of neighborhood bars/restaurants/coffeeshops.
09:41 AM on 11/14/12 
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Absolutely. I would choose Portland over Seattle, Denver, and Austin any day. Hoping to move back out there in a couple years.

i loved it there. only prob was it was 2000 miles away from any family, and with having a son 4 mo. ago we had to set priorities
i sure do miss the scenery though, dont get me wrong, corn and cows are fantastic but seeing mt hood on the drive back home was magical in itself. ya, hopefully ill go back to atleast visit someday
01:16 PM on 11/14/12 
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Yeah I was surprised at how warm Denver was in the summer. Granted I think it still gets pretty cold, but I live in Florida so my opinion on cold doesn't mean anything.

Edit: Although this guy does currently live in Dallas.

Lol, my life last year. 30 days straight over 105.
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01:18 PM on 11/14/12 
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i lived in Denver for 3 years and currently live in Austin (about 2 years now). I personally liked Denver more. Its cleaner. Its more walkable/bikeable. The weather is better. There are tons of outdoor activities you can do (I personally got into mountain biking, but hiking, skiing/snowboarding, rock climbing, kayaking, whatever are all within an hour or two of the city if not less). Tons of nice parks in the city (I lived close to both Wash Park and Cheesman Park). Lots of neat neighborhood bars and coffee shops.

Austin probably has a better music scene and it definitely has better food. On the other hand, its really hot and humid. There are a good amount of outdoor activities in Austin as well, but its just not as fun/epic/beautiful as the freakin Rocky Mountains. The hill country out west is nice for Texas, but there is really no comparison. You really have to have a car here whereas in Denver, you can fairly easily get by without a car.

Rent is probably fairly comparable in Denver and Austin with Denver probably being a bit more expensive but not a ton. Yuo can probably get a decent one bedroom apartment in Congress Park/Capitol Hill area for $8-900/month (maybe 1-3 miles from downtown). If you want closer to downtown (where a lot of young 20s professional douchebags live), youre looking at uptown or Lodo which is probably more $1500 a month but those are more updated condos or lofts. My first apartment in Denver was a 2 bedroom/1 bath in Cheeseman Park in an old building that was pretty nice that cost I think $900 a month, but that was 6 years ago. I also lived in a 4 bedroom 2.5 bath house in Wash Park for I think $1500/month that we split between 3 roommates. I also lived in Highlands (which is kind of the up and coming neighborhood, although I preferred Congress Park/Capitol Hill/Wash Park area more) in a house for $700/month, but it was a weird situation with the landlord living there occasionally so I got a super cheap deal.

I dunno about Austin rent because my wife and I bought a house here.

All that said, I like Austin a lot (compared to Fort Worth where I lived before here), but I really loved Denver because of what I mentioned above. World class mountain biking. Beautiful mountain views. Rockies games are super cheap. Great weather 10 months out of the year (300+days of sunshine per year on average and in winterits really not THAT cold, and it is rarely windy+cold) and zero humidity. Lots of neighborhood bars/restaurants/coffeeshops.

Most helpful post yet, thank you so much. I think I have sealed the deal on Denver... going to make one more trip to Seattle in the spring though just to make sure.
01:43 PM on 11/14/12 
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If you're considering Denver and Seattle purely for the weed prospect, I would put a little more thought into it. As it stands, Seattle recreational use law mandates a 25% MANDATORY tax on all rec weed sold, for which, a store won't even open up for another 6-12 months, as recreational users can't use medical dispensaries for their shit, because the 2 are separated. That'll put the price of grams up somewhere around $18. Not only that, DUI laws are going into place in which if you've smoked within the last 1-2 days, you will fail the saliva tests and be charged with a DUI-D. I believe Denver has like an 18% tax too.

just saw this post... I assume you know what you are talking about since you live in Seattle and speak like you know... could you elaborate at all on this saliva test? Where have you heard about this? Is there anything I can read on this? I can't imagine that they would be able to bust you with a DUI if you'd smoked in the last couple days... that seems absurd... but the pots laws in most of the world are absurd so...
02:46 PM on 11/14/12 
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Most helpful post yet, thank you so much. I think I have sealed the deal on Denver... going to make one more trip to Seattle in the spring though just to make sure.

no problem man. Feel free to PM if you have any more questions about either city. (Ive only visited Seattle and I thought it was really beautiful as well. You really cant go wrong with all 3 of these cities). I definitely miss Denver (wife is from Texas and doesnt like being far away from her parents, and cold weather) and would move back there if she was into it.

Also, FYI - the first apartment I lived in Denver was through this company: http://www.classicpropertiesofdenver.com/ . All those buildings are fairly old (1920s), but well kept and the company was a very good rental company. I think most of the buildings are within a mile or two of downtown.

If you look for neighborhoods, decent neighborhoods are: Congress Park, Capitol Hill, Washington Park, South Peal, Baker, Platt Park, Denver U area (gettin kinda far from downtown there), Cherry Creek (ritzy shopping area), Highlands (specifically Lo-Hi. Highlands is a really broad area and some of the western parts of it are kinda shady)

Avoid Five Points and Whitter neighborhoods if I were you.
03:08 PM on 11/14/12 
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no problem man. Feel free to PM if you have any more questions about either city. (Ive only visited Seattle and I thought it was really beautiful as well. You really cant go wrong with all 3 of these cities). I definitely miss Denver (wife is from Texas and doesnt like being far away from her parents, and cold weather) and would move back there if she was into it.

Also, FYI - the first apartment I lived in Denver was through this company: http://www.classicpropertiesofdenver.com/ . All those buildings are fairly old (1920s), but well kept and the company was a very good rental company. I think most of the buildings are within a mile or two of downtown.

If you look for neighborhoods, decent neighborhoods are: Congress Park, Capitol Hill, Washington Park, South Peal, Baker, Platt Park, Denver U area (gettin kinda far from downtown there), Cherry Creek (ritzy shopping area), Highlands (specifically Lo-Hi. Highlands is a really broad area and some of the western parts of it are kinda shady)

Avoid Five Points and Whitter neighborhoods if I were you.

Again, thank you so much, very good things to know. Will definitely check out those apartments.



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