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auntblabby
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23 Jan 2020, 10:45 pm

something about having boatloads of $$$$$$$ seems to amplify narcissism, IMHO.



karathedragon
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24 Jan 2020, 12:31 am

I may be biased but I agree that the pacific northwest is a great place for aspies. I would avoid the bigger cities like Seattle and Portland. Because of an extremely high level of gentrification they are ridiculously expensive places to live. So unless you land a really high-paying job in one of those places, they can be quite inaccessable. Slightly more rural (they're still cities, just not metropolises) college towns in the pacific northwest are absolutely the best. I recommend Salem and Eugene in Oregon, and Ellensburg in Washington. Ellensburg can be kind of a mixed bag because it is small and tends to be surrounded by small-minded conservatives but if you stick to the Central Washington University area it can be aspien paradise. I went to college there and dream of moving back someday. You can get anywhere in town by foot or bike, but there are also totally free buses paid for by the university (but still free to townies). The stores are quiet and less overstimulating than most I've been to. Housing is affordable. The only downside I can really see for Ellensburg is the career options. You're pretty much limited to working for the university, but Yakima is a relaxing 35 minute interstate, or 45 minute scenic canyon drive away and they have more industry there (I just wouldn't choose to live IN Yakima... High crime rate, mostly conservative population, tons of prejudice, too many gun nuts...). In Salem and Eugene, the weather is mild year-round; rainy season, vs. dry season. But in Ellensburg you get extreme weather because it is part of a dessert canyon; cold snowy winters, hot sunny summers, very little rain for the pacific northwest. Man, I miss it!



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24 Jan 2020, 12:34 am

living in the middle of mason county, is not that bad a place for this aspie. hardly any people. just trees and wild critters.