First things first. What state could I bear to live in for 4 years?
Alabama (No way!); AZ x3; San Diego, CA (nope); U of Northern Colorado; FL x3; IL (fuck that); IN (never); KS; Kentucky (no); Louisiana (nope); Maryland (no); Michigan x3; MS (H-E-L-L NO, NO, NO!); SW MO U and Washington, MO; NE; NY (no); U of NC; OH x4; U of OK; PA (no); TN x4; TX x3; UT st. U; Seattle, WA (not unless I win the lottery); WV (no); DC (nope); U of Wisconsin
What does that leave me?
AZ x3; U of Northern CO; FL x3; KS; MI x3; SW MO U and Washington MO; NE; U of NC; OH x4; U of OK; TN x4; TX x3; UT st. U; U of WI.
All right. I know some of those still suck. Many are conservative (TN and TX) and I would have to work pretty hard to convince Cool to go there. Forget TX, I just looked and none of those 3 are anywhere near the liberal oasis of Austin. So TX is out. Some are cold. I looked up MI and one of those is right by Detroit–so that’s out. Others are in the boonies, but I kept them because cost of living is certainly cheap.
AZ x3; U of Northern CO; FL x3; KS; Central MI U and Western MI U; SW MO U and Washington MO; NE; U of NC; OH St U and U of Akron in OH; U of OK; TN x4; UT st. U; U of WI.
Gainesville, FL is in the middle of the state, so it loses those ocean points. I took it off the list for expense and crazy-person factor. Akron, OH seems awfully close to PE, but I don’t know enough about the area to cross it off the list. O of NC is half hour away from Durham and 2.5 hours from NASCAR’s capital, Charlotte. UT st U is about 2 hours away from Salt Lake City and 5 hours away from Boise, ID. U of WI is RIGHT near the water, pretty close to Chicago so it’s bound to be COLD.
So in order of preference based on location:
U of Northern CO
I really like Tuscan when we visted even though U of AZ is even CLOSER to Mexico.
U of NC (though Cool wouldn’t love being so far away)
U of TN in Knoxville, TN that I absolutely fell in love with.
SW MO U and Washington MO, toward the top just b/c I know MO.
Arizona School of Health Sciences and AZ st U, down b/c the kidnapping in Phoenix scares me
UT st. U
E TN St near the Cherokee Reserve
U of S FL gets gay points for being less than an hour away from St. Petersburg. Also warm/ocean.
Nova SE U in FL, it would be expensive, but warm and near the ocean.
U of WI
Central MI U and Western MI U
Wichita, KS, which SUCKS, but it would be really cheap. Probably the cheapest place.
Vanderbilt U in Nashville TN might be too conservative for Cool.
Memphis TN, near some substancial water, but down on the list b/c I don’t know if I could convince Cool.
NE desolate, but relatively close to KC and Des Moines and cheap.
U of OK, also super-sucks but would be just a little more expensive than KS.
OH St U and U of Akron in OH
Next, to find out which of the above options would accept me. Must do the dirty work of looking up admissions requirements. . .
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