June 22, 2011

Calling All Southwest Nerdcore...

by Chris Randall

I don't believe there are enough 'core types in the Pho-Sco / Tucson area to warrant a true AH-type meet-up, and also, I find that format to be somewhat stifling. "THOU SHALT HAVE PATCH CORDS!" But I thought it might be fun to have a Hard Core Gear Porn Get-Together type thing for the folks here on the surface of the sun in the Valley Of The Sun.

To that end, I'm attempting to gauge interest in same. If it's just, like, 6 people or whatever and nobody is bringing a GX-1 or a full stack Plexi we can just do it here at my house, as I have plenty of room. However, if it's more than that, some other plan would need to be come up with, and that plan would depend on the number of people attending, and what gear they would like to pimp.

So, if you'd like to attend a get-together tentatively scheduled for the 2nd Saturday in August (8/13/11) drop me a line and let me know what, if anything, you'd like to show off, and any what infrastructure you'd need for same. I'll attempt to make some sort of spreadsheet or some shit and determine whether an external locale would be needed.

Also too, if you just post something in the comments but don't write me, then you're not counted. Email me so I can take advantage of the wonderful filtering technology of today's advanced e-mail apps.


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Jun.24.2011 @ 8:00 AM
Not that D.C. wasn't a fantastic place to live; I had a great time there and only moved because I had a chance to move to NYC. It's just wasn't that radically different weather-wise, at least in the when I was there, than what I was used to.

Jun.24.2011 @ 9:39 AM
I'd trade hot & humid for HOT and dry any day. So why do I still live in the midwest (I ask not for the last time)?

Jun.24.2011 @ 9:53 AM
D' MacKinnon
AZ is a pretty place...reminds me of a warmer version SoCal without the ocean, douchebags and smog.

Jun.24.2011 @ 11:10 AM
Chris Randall
I think everywhere has its ups and downs. I've lived for at least a year in Washington DC, Buffalo NY, Eastern Oregon (high desert, where I was 1/2 raised), Northern Idaho (up in the Bitteroot Mountains), New York City (where I was other 1/2 raised), Philadelphia, Boston, Tulsa, Chicago, the Willamette Valley, and here. So I have a pretty good slice of experience with pretty much all the environments this great nation can provide, other than the deep South's subtropical jungle vibe.

In my experience, both the winters and summers in the big NE cities (and Chicago) can be pretty rough, but spring in SoHo is the best place in the world, and fall in Central Park is the other best place in the world. In the Willamette Valley, the summers are so fucking gorgeous it's almost possible to believe in God, but the rest of the time is really tedious with the pissing rain and all. Tulsa's weather just fucking blows, as does Northern Idaho's.

Here, there's a couple months where you know you're fucking tough, because most people look at the numbers and weep, and the rest of the time it is just... nice, which is nice.

I think, only having visited San Diego, it has the nicest weather in America consistently, but I don't know if their mono-season would appeal to me. Couldn't say until I've lived there. At the rate we're going, it'll happen eventually.

But ideally, to get the best weather this nation has to offer, one would live here in the winter, NYC in the spring and fall, and PDX in the summer. Then you'd just have fucking awesome year round. All that moving would be a pain, though.


Jun.24.2011 @ 11:28 AM
I'm a hater when it comes to L.A. but I always have to point out that smog counts as weather when people talk about how great it is. It really gets to you when you live there a while. People would say "it's beautiful outside" when they meant "it's not raining".

It also tends to be forgotten that it may be in the 80's at the beach in late summer, but it can quite often be over 100 in the Valley and surrounding areas, and air conditioning is not at all mandatory there like it is in AZ (they refuse to admit it gets hot, or cold, so I never lived in a house with a decent heater either). There's actually a weird form of denial that takes place there. I would have people tell me they could never live in AZ because of the heat, and how great the weather is in L.A. while we're sitting in 105 degrees with stifling smog.

After living most of my life in AZ and SoCal it was a bit of an adjustment to move to the deep south subtropical jungle, one thing being the idea that you'd have to make or change plans according to the weather. It just never occurred to me. My wife still can't get over it and watches the weather reports like a soap opera.


Jun.24.2011 @ 2:03 PM
Adam Schabtach
@ungeheier: no offense intended regarding your locale, how you got there, and the habits the weather imposes. I came to Boulder to go to college and took up residence mostly because a job presented itself, and, like you, I didn't particularly want to return to the area in which I grew up. I will say, though, that after living in Boulder's usually-sunny climate for a couple of years, I don't think I could happily return to the PNW's often-cloudy weather.


Jun.24.2011 @ 2:47 PM
Jesus, what was I writing up there? Note to self: do not post before coffee. Also, stop being an idiot.

Jun.24.2011 @ 4:43 PM

None taken. Just explaining that I didn't really pick AZ as much as it picked me. I dread every time I go back to So Cal. Hell, I think next weekend my wife and I are heading back there for a few days. I'll take the heat over the crappy traffic any day. Plus we got a house for a steal just a year and a half ago. Couldnt afford a house that size in So Cal to save my life.

Jun.25.2011 @ 12:56 PM
@bongo x_ Spot the fuck on on SoCal- I'm one of those unfortunate San Fernando Valley dwellers. With an apt full of loud and ineffective window A/C. I've spent a lot of time in Phoenix and Vegas (where I'm soon moving) and EVERYTHING is air conditioned here.

Jun.29.2011 @ 1:22 PM

Did anyone bite on this? It seems all the comments just turned into a weather discussion.

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