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       Andrew, well said.

       Joel, ... [see my comments below, interspersed within Andrew's]

From: Andrew Douglas Pitonyak <>
Date: Wed, Jan 29, 2014 at 4:15 PM
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Re: North America Touching Basis

On 01/29/2014 04:35 PM, Joel Madero wrote:

 On 01/29/2014 11:38 AM, anne-ology wrote:

        Pacific coast then Atlantic coast then Pacific coast -
            yet there's a couple thousand miles in between;
        seems to me, if you really wanted our participation - and help,
financial & otherwise - you'd meet somewhere in between ... ... ...  ;-)

 Well the reality is the population density is on the coasts (for the
most part) so events happen on the coasts.


But the Largest US Cities are generally not on the coast (which does not
make your statement wrong).

1. New York City   [is on the verge of bankruptcy; prices are sky-high]
2. Los Angeles   [is on the verge of bankruptcy; prices are sky-high -
crime is rampant]
3. Chicago   [crime is rampant]
4 Houston  [this area is continually growing; now population exceeds other
5 Philadelphia  [or Pittsburgh, or Indianapolis, Indiana, or Columbus,
Ohio, or Nashville, Tennessee, or St. Louis, Missouri, or the Gulf of
Mexico coastline - Texas to Florida would be good choices - have
institutions of learning nearby, scenic areas for tours, good, wholesome
food reasonably priced, good,quality lodging reasonably priced, easy access
to airports & public transportation systems]
6, Phoenix  [somewhat similar to #5 above yet climate better but more
elderly citizenry]
7. San Antonio [somewhat similar to Houston & Phoenix]

In fact, if I list the top 20, there is a very small number on the coast.

There is a large "tech" population in California, I will give you that
much.  [ditto in those I've listed in #5 - in fact, south Mississippi has
more technological training than nearly anywhere.]

If you want to hit the largest population (east coast) with the smallest
average travel distance, you pick the middle of Ohio (Columbus, Ohio).

I think that what you really want is:

1. Easy / cheap air fare to the location  [then you don't want to go to the
coastal areas when the mid-section rates are far more economical]
2. Affordable lodging and food    [then you don't want to go to the coastal
areas when the mid-section rates are far more economical with better

What I have not bothered to figure out if (1) means you want to choose an
airline's hub city, which increases the odds that you will have a direct
flight, or, if you want a city that is not a hub since the airline often
charges more for direct flights. I remember considering leaving from
Detroit Michigan to fly to Florida, but, it was cheaper for me to use a
connector into Detroit before getting on that same flight to Florida.

Andrew Pitonyak
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