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  • 26mi235
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    Some really crude measures are used in these sorts of things. One year Madison was tops in the Best Places to live. A couple years later they did not do as well. They made a couple of changes. They measured the educational resources at college and grad school by the number of universities within 50 (or 30) miles; sudden Madison got a very low score because their 45,000 student university counted 1. In general, this version of measuring whatever they think they are measuring is biased to the east, where there are a lot of smallish private schools rather than the west/midwest with fewer large universities.

    Another time, they have Middleton (essentially a Madison suberb) ranked much higher than Madison. I looked at the scores and they were almost identical except that the growth rate of house prices (yes, this is a great measure?) was much higher for Middleton because they misplaced a decimal place int he calculation for Madison, which would have been in the top 3, I think.

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  • gh
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    Originally posted by Marlow
    Originally posted by gh
    Heard some pro football talkign heads on the radio the other day and they said the franchise is so desparate there is talk they'll burn their No. 1 choice on Tebow and use him as a running back as a "marketing tool" to get butts in the seats. Wow, talk about desparation.
    It would totally work. Be it'd have to be as a tight end - he just doesn't have the speed to be anything but a blocking back (perhaps a power Fullback, for short yardage situations) or a TE.
    Tebow WILL have some success in the pros before he becomes a coach or missionary.
    If they're drafting somebody as a draw for putting butts in the seats, it won't be a position where he spends half his plays from scrimmage pickiing up blitzing linebacker and d-backs.

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  • richxx87
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    If find it fascinating that the SF Bay Area (#2) and Fresno (#dead last) are almost in spitting distance of each other.

    It makes one wonder how such things can develop in such wildly divergent directions, despite the proximity.

    By the way, I've spent time in both places and I fully agree with where they are ranked.

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  • DrJay
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    My gosh, my hometown, Louisville, is 52nd. Now, if we could just consider the part east of Bardstown Road, it would be about 15th.

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  • bad hammy
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    Local (SF Bay Area) pundit cracks wise about this area coming in second to Raleigh-Durham because of a perceived lack of political engagement in the Bay Area: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/cit ... y_id=49139

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  • Bruce Kritzler
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    For the lower end of this thread check out "peopleofwalmart" site.

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  • Marlow
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    Originally posted by gh
    Heard some pro football talkign heads on the radio the other day and they said the franchise is so desparate there is talk they'll burn their No. 1 choice on Tebow and use him as a running back as a "marketing tool" to get butts in the seats. Wow, talk about desparation.
    It would totally work. Be it'd have to be as a tight end - he just doesn't have the speed to be anything but a blocking back (perhaps a power Fullback, for short yardage situations) or a TE.
    Tebow WILL have some success in the pros before he becomes a coach or missionary.

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  • gh
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    Originally posted by Marlow
    Jacksonville #37? A tad high I suspect. We have Pockets of Perspicacity, but, by and large, we're talking Redneck Central. Even I look smart here!

    Apropos of nothing, we can't fill our NFL stadium and ALL home games will be blacked out. It we lose the Jaguars, we will become a city of tumbleweeds and crickets.
    Heard some pro football talkign heads on the radio the other day and they said the franchise is so desparate there is talk they'll burn their No. 1 choice on Tebow and use him as a running back as a "marketing tool" to get butts in the seats. Wow, talk about desparation.

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  • bambam
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    Originally posted by dukehjsteve
    Raleigh-Durham ? But of course. With people such as bam bam, Dr. Jay and myself it can be no other way. ( but I don't live there ! )
    Having grown up around Boston, and coming to Duke in 1969, I will tell you the transformation of this area has been amazing. In 1969, as a New Englander/Northeasterner, I thought North Carolina was truly hicksville. But it really has become a great place to live. Lots to do, enlightened people (even in Chapel Hill), good weather, 3 hrs from beaches, 3 hrs from mountains/lakes, Durham has also become known for its restaurants. And so many people have migrated into the area its not really the south at all, but more just an all-around American city. We even have traffic now - the metropolitan population of the area is about 1.2 million.

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  • Pego
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    Originally posted by gh
    yeah, but on the list of causes of death I'd like to have in my funeral notice, that would be very near the top! (the others aren't suitable for a family message board)
    ...of the kind "at the age of 98 to be shot by a jealous husband?"

    I suppose, this still isn't worse than a PG rating :-).

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  • gh
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    yeah, but on the list of causes of death I'd like to have in my funeral notice, that would be very near the top! (the others aren't suitable for a family message board)

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  • dukehjsteve
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    Originally posted by DrJay
    In the early 1980s, the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area claimed to have the highest concentration of PhDs in the country.


    At the same time, many claimed that Chapel Hill had the highest per capita beer consumption in the country.
    In 1964 I was standing at the bottom of a fraternity house stairwell in Chapel Hill, at about midnight on a Saturday night. All of a sudden someone yelled "Watch It ! " and as I turned my head to the right and slightly backwards, a FULL Beer Keg whizzed by my nose, and through the wall like tissue paper. Two guys had heaved it down the stairs ! Almost the end for me right there .....

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  • IanS_Liv
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    Originally posted by DrJay
    In the early 1980s, the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill area claimed to have the highest concentration of PhDs in the country. At the same time, many claimed that Chapel Hill had the highest per capita beer consumption in the country.
    Anyone who's spent any time around academics would know that high alcohol consumption is not exactly a rare thing ...

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  • Marlow
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    Jacksonville #37? A tad high I suspect. We have Pockets of Perspicacity, but, by and large, we're talking Redneck Central. Even I look smart here!

    Apropos of nothing, we can't fill our NFL stadium and ALL home games will be blacked out. It we lose the Jaguars, we will become a city of tumbleweeds and crickets.

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  • gm
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    Hay cud sum1 from 1 uv da top 45 citeez hep me finich mah culurin buk? Itz reel hard n stuf.

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