Should I move to Memphis?
May 25, 2011 4:44 AM Subscribe
What is life likely to be like in Memphis for a left-wing, geeky Limey?
posted by metaBugs to Society & Culture (27 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I (a Brit) have spent the last few years in London (UK) and have been spoiled by the things that the high population density makes possible: quirky bars and cafes, unusual theatre and music events, thriving clubs for obscure hobbies/interests and, above all, a decently-sized community of geeks and oddballs to call my friends.
I'm being asked to consider a job in Memphis, TN. The job itself sounds fantastic. My only worry is committing myself to moving halfway around the globe to live for two or three years in a tiny city (10x smaller!) whose culture I know nothing about.
How does Memphis compare with London, Cardiff or other British and European cities?
Am I -- left-wing, geeky, non-religious -- likely to be able find a welcoming community there?
What resources (craigslist? meetup.com?) would you recommend for finding out about hobby groups/clubs, community events, etc?
Don't be afraid of appearing to insult my intelligence: I've never been to the US except for a 4 day stay in a conference centre and know literally nothing about the city or state beyond what's in their wikipedia articles. So the bar here is really, really low.
Bonus question: Do you know of a juggling / circus club or community in Memphis? IJDB doesn't list one, but maybe MeFi knows better?