Jeff is getting homesick for a place with some culture. I tend to say that these sorts of cities feel like places rather than generic bits of Americana. Austin didn’t feel like much of a place (sorry, Alan) but that could be because I didn’t spend more than a year there. In fact, come to think of it, Austin has some nice things: I suspect that it was the rapid growth (and accompanying sprawl) that threw me. Still, I would disagree with Jeff that New Orleans is a nice place to visit, but not to live. Perhaps it is because of my more limited experience (I’ve not lived in Seattle), but I really enjoyed my life, house, and friends there. And, from his description, I suspect that Fischers is a lot like Akron. Well, except that Fischers is much more of a suburban bedroom community than Akron. But over the past year, I’ve gotten acclimated to living here. I’ve really begun to appreciate that Pennsylvania has a lot to offer the free-software, perl-loving zealot like myself. We’ve got esr, after all! Er… bad example. Let’s go with mjd. We’ve got mjd. We’ve got pobox.com, and rjbs (the guy behind rubric, the software behind de.lirio.us, a clone of del.ico.us that caused such a stir a few months back.) Ok… so the point is, we’ve got some people doing interesting things with Free Software in Pennsylvania. That’s more than I could say of New Orleans.