Coppermine wrote:You know, I hate it here; I'm just going to up and move within the next year... I'll take suggestions from you guys, where's a cool place to live for a 25-year-old, co-habitating, slightly snooty but reasonable guy who prefers the "reality-based community?"
Dude, it's all about SoCal. It costs an arm and a leg, and there are a bunch of tools, but you also have enough people who just like to kick back and have a good time (while still being productive). It's not as stereotypical as it's made to be.
San Diego is probably a little less LA, with more of a kick back vibe.
I agree. Some parts of SoCal like Hollywood are a little bizarre and match the stereotypes of the area, but for the most part, those stereotypes are overblown. I think LA is a little more high-strung than SF and SD (I say, it's the traffic congestion and overpopulation), but it's still a rather laidback place to live.
Cu, I think LA will fit you to some extent, but ultimately, you'll find out for yourself if you visit here for a few weeks. You just have a wide array of everything, but you can go at it at your own pace (much like the Pacific Northwest).