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Smokeblue
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Icon 10 posted July 31, 2006 21:31      Profile for Smokeblue     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
First, an apology. Despite the inherent mysterious and perhaps exiting tones of my subject line, there's neither mystery nor excitement in what follows. The other side does not refer to either an exotic local opposite of your own (which would be a hard claim to make, anyway, unless I was hailing from the moon), nor does it refer to a communique from beyond the grave. Sadly, it merely refers to my first post from the eastern coast of the United States (which is the 'other side' only in relation to the western coast of the United States, where I hitherto posted from.

So, with that said, it should be halfway clear what the meaning of this thread is--I have moved cross-country and am now seeking guidance in this strange and troubling land of New England. Specifically, words of wisdom that relate to or around Rochester, NY, would be particularly appreciated. It may also seem odd that I would make this sort of announcement in a forum devoted to romantic woe and wonder, but being as how I never got around to posting in the other forums here, and since I'm still as single as ever, I figured here was as appropriate a place as any. But just so there's no cries of rules-transgressing, I'll narrow my request to those concerning geeky hot-spots where I might chance upon a fellow nerd in waiting.

At any rate, as there are likely few present who even remember me (as I've made all of five or so posts), I'm officially designating this my return to the Geek Culture forums, and simultaneously making a promise to extend my ramblings to the other realms of this (web) domain. Huzzah!

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ahiru no kokoro

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GrumpySteen

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Icon 1 posted August 01, 2006 05:47      Profile for GrumpySteen     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
10 posts, actually, and you should change your location in your profile so it doesn't say Seattle.

There's only one place you're guaranteed to find geek/nerd women and that's in the womens' bathroom. Good luck with that. [Smile]

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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted August 01, 2006 10:47      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Rochester is fscking cold in the winter and fscking humid in the summer. Spring and fall are very nice. So is frozen custard. Downtown was pretty sketchy once you get more than a block or so from the Eastman School of Music and the bus station is not for unescorted men, women, or children. But Monroe Street is kinda funky.

Kodak, Xerox, or one of the universities?

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And it's one, two, three / On the wrong side of the lee / What were you meant for? / What were you meant for?
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Smokeblue
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Icon 1 posted August 01, 2006 16:21      Profile for Smokeblue     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Xanthine:
Kodak, Xerox, or one of the universities?

Erm,none of the above ^_^. Actually, my brother and I are starting up a game development studio, and he had me move out to faciliate the project. More than likely, we'll move back to Seattle in a few years once the business is stable (provided all goes well, naturally). In the meantime, though, it's miserable winters and humid summers spent in further toil for the wonderous retail outfit that is OfficeMax.

God, you'd think if I was going to move cross-county, I could find a better job :-P.

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ahiru no kokoro

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Ugh, MightyClub
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Icon 1 posted August 02, 2006 09:57      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
<rant>Rochester, NY is not New England</rant>

Anyhoo, I went to school at the U of Rochester and failed miserably to locate any geeky hotspots. Unless you count IRC, considering this was the age from just before to just after HTML stormed onto the scene.

If nothing else, be sure to check out the Lilac Festival in the spring. You might not find clusters of geekiness, but the lilacs are beautiful, they smell nice, and the music is free.

By the way, are you looking to compete with Ambrosia? [Wink] (They were headquartered in Rochester last I knew.)

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Ugh!

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Xanthine

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Icon 1 posted August 02, 2006 10:06      Profile for Xanthine     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The Lilac Festival also features fried dough and funnel cakes. Funnel cakes...mmmm....

What year, Ugh? I was class of '03...

The geeks congregated on campus (Computer Interest Floor anyone...). A DDR set-up appeared in the student union and suddenly there were lots of sweaty nerds all over the arcade area. The really hard core computer/engineering types went to RIT though. There were lots of jokes about the somewhat skewed gender ratio at RIT, yet, amazingly enough, my cousin met the woman he ended up marrying while he was there.

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Ugh, MightyClub
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Icon 1 posted August 02, 2006 10:38      Profile for Ugh, MightyClub     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Mmmm... Fried dough....

Cool, Xanth, I didn't know you went to U of R. I was there from 1992 - 1995. I was kind of a lost soul and never really made any friendships outside my suitemates from my first year. Also, not quite geeky enough for CIF, by my reckoning. I did work for Computer Sales though.

The one exception to my limited friendship circle is that, thanks to my "m4d h4xor sk1llz", I met Mrs. Club on the campus network. If I remember right (this is crossing the temporal internet boundry after all) she sent me the UR equivalent of an IM because she liked my "Ugh_MightyClub" handle. I had recently discovered that some combination of greps, pipes, and mores against the server's top-secret (but not encrypted) users file could get you any user's real name. My zero-relationship-experience self was fairly excited to have a female talking to me out of the blue, and I couldn't resist replying with her real name. For better or worse that trick had her hooked.

Ahem. Sorry, done rambling now [Smile]

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Ugh!

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David Rogers
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Icon 1 posted August 02, 2006 11:23      Profile for David Rogers     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
First off, I want to point out that New York is not part of New England. New England is the oldest clearly defined region of the United States and consists of Massachussetes, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine. I learned this as a kid going to school there and I just reconfirmed it through the internet to ensure that I am not talking completely out of my hind end. That said, upstate New York does have a definate feel similar to New England and I have heard other transplants to upstate New York claim that they had moved to New England so I can see how you got confused.

Now, since you are so close to New England I suggest that you try to find the nearest Newport Creamery and get yourself an Awful-Awful. You won't regret it. [Smile]

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Icon 1 posted August 02, 2006 11:31      Profile for David Rogers     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Well I guess that you would have to go to Rhode Island to find a Newport Creamery. There are a couple of locations in Mass but the one in Seekonk is litteraly right on the boarder with RI and Fall river is not very far from RI. Here is a listing of Newport Creamery restaurant locations. I really have to go back for a visit again, it's been a few years since my last visit.
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Thorned0Fortress
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Icon 1 posted August 07, 2006 11:17      Profile for Thorned0Fortress   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Heeeeey you're cute.
Too far away, though.

Good luck on the store.

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Smokeblue
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Icon 1 posted August 07, 2006 11:51      Profile for Smokeblue     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Whoops. Looked liked I stayed a way from the thread a bit too long. Thanks for the geographic lesson on the official and cultural boundaries of New England (no sarcasm intended). I sort of knew New York wasn't technically part the region, but compared to Denver and Seattle, it's far closer (both in distance and attitude), so I took some liberties with applying the label XP.

On an unrelated note, I just found out the a former coworker from Seattle went to school with Xanthine, and apparently frequents these threads as well. It's sometimes truly amazing how small of a place the world can be. Thanks again for the re-welcoming, guys. Always nice to find a group of like minded folk to share a chat with.

And Fortress, thanks for the compliment ^_^. To be fair, though, I think the camera just caught a decent angle :-P.

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ahiru no kokoro

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Ugh: Life is odd that way. Sometimes, what seem like quite normal, even innocent gestures leave people thinking you're a stalker, and very stalkish practices leave them in love with you or just deeply impressed. If only it was easier to tell which women are impressed with cunnynge trickes.
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Icon 1 posted August 07, 2006 16:48      Profile for Serenak     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
or whych gentlemen wyth the cunnyng stunts my liege?

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