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Naz / February 5, 2007 9:08 AM

Somewhere warmer.

In the US: SF or Key West.

Otherwise, Southeast Asia, Japan or New Zealand sound real good right now.

Chris / February 5, 2007 9:10 AM

In a new job. Preferably in the dream job I'm applying for this week!

Marilyn / February 5, 2007 9:11 AM

Back at home with my husband.

paul / February 5, 2007 9:12 AM

Yea, New Zealand would be ideal. But hell, I'd take Biloxi or even Mobile.

ken / February 5, 2007 9:21 AM

Back Home in -

F L O R I D A!!!!

Shasta MacNasty / February 5, 2007 9:29 AM

I second Key West. Particularly at Blue Heaven having the Rooster Special.

carrie / February 5, 2007 9:36 AM

Right now? In bed. Guess who had a little too much sangria last night... oooh yeah, this cat. I am so tired.

d / February 5, 2007 9:40 AM

On a beach in Mexico, sipping beer.

jennifer / February 5, 2007 9:41 AM

At home, in bed after a long night of celebrating a Bears Super Bowl win, instead of at work, unable to escape the talk of the Bears Super Bowl loss.

spook / February 5, 2007 9:45 AM

The French Quarter, ever so slightly hunger over, hungry, standing in front of the Jazz Brunch Buffet at The Court of Two Sisters restaurant, cause, well that’s how I like to roll

Mikey / February 5, 2007 9:46 AM

1. Back in bed. Too many Jack & cokes yesterday...

2. Italy. Always a good choice...

3. Any place warmer. Orlando is only one (long) month away...

Tobermory / February 5, 2007 10:10 AM

I'll repeat the request to go to a warmer locale - I'd wish for somewhere in the British Virgin Islands. I've never been but all the postcards I've received make it look serene and warm.

Instead, I'm going to Boston later this week where all the cold we have now will have settled. Brrrr. No Freedom Trail for me.

anne / February 5, 2007 10:11 AM

On the massage table. (I've got a real bad knot in my neck.)

Marilyn / February 5, 2007 10:12 AM

I've been to the BVI. It is a wonderful place, with great snorkeling and scuba diving, the Pusser's Rum store in Roadtown, and nice restaurants, both up and downscale. The first night I spent there, I was treated to a meteor shower in extremely clear skies.

Michele / February 5, 2007 10:24 AM

Grand Cayman, on Seven Mile beach with a really good book, toes in the sand and the sun on my face.

vit / February 5, 2007 10:24 AM

somewhere warm.

Emerson Dameron / February 5, 2007 10:26 AM

In a cottage on a Hawaiian mountain, with a cat in my lap and a strong drink in my hand, cursing our damned postal service for holding up my royalty checks.

Chilly Willy / February 5, 2007 10:26 AM

Antartica. It's too damn warm here!

skafiend / February 5, 2007 10:50 AM

In L.A. preparing my possible Oscar acceptance speech...

eep / February 5, 2007 10:54 AM

In Florida already. I have a vacation scheduled to begin in a few weeks, and I wish it was happening now.

Either that, or at a job where the dress code goes out the window as soon as it drops below 0°. It's too cold to be dressy. I want thermals and sweats and jeans and big furry boots. I don't mind the cold, as long as I can dress appropriately, you know?

leah / February 5, 2007 11:05 AM

Isla Mujeres, Mexico. At Bujo's on my favorite hammock with a Sol.


kimmieg / February 5, 2007 11:09 AM

My brother and his girlfriend are poolside in Hawaii. That doesn't sound too bad.

Eamon / February 5, 2007 11:12 AM

Back in time a day so I could warn myself not to watch the game.

Chicago Bears Fan / February 5, 2007 11:19 AM

Wherever Rex Grossman is right now so I could choke him...

spook / February 5, 2007 11:47 AM

Levitating above any one whoever complained about a Chicago summer day being too hot, so I could toss a bucket of ice water on them! No such thing as it being too hot! It can only be too cold, ya heard!

Baldeesh / February 5, 2007 11:50 AM

At home, in bed, with some hot chocolate, curled up in bed with the cat, and a stack of books.

Or at home, on the couch, under a pile of blankets, with the cat, drinking some hot chocolate and watching some Pee-Wee's Playhouse.

Or at home, in the tub (cat will be in the room, 'cause it's warm, but not in the tub. Though he'll think about it), with a stack of books, drinking iced tea.

avant/chicago / February 5, 2007 12:20 PM

i hear Jessica Alba has a very nice pool at her Bev. Hills mansion.

TaJ / February 5, 2007 12:42 PM


....anywhere but in sub zero!!!

charlie / February 5, 2007 12:50 PM


Rick / February 5, 2007 12:59 PM

Off the coast of Cozumel having a Bohemia and a dozen oysters.

Y A J / February 5, 2007 1:10 PM

New Orleans, sitting outside at Cafe DuMonde, eating beignets (no chicory coffee for me, thanks).

Lody / February 5, 2007 1:25 PM

Back on the beach in Maui... Iowa's too damn cold.

Your Mom / February 5, 2007 1:30 PM

Fishing in the Florida Everglades.

Bill V / February 5, 2007 1:45 PM

In Miami celebrating the Bears' Superbowl victory! Of course that didn't happen so I'll take Mexico just celebrating some weather in the 80's.

Red / February 5, 2007 1:59 PM

On the beach at the end of the road just north of Karamea on the South Island of New Zealand. I spent an entire day reading, staring off into the horizon, napping and dreaming under the warm sun and soft breezes.

It was a little piece of paradise and I kick myself on a regular basis for having left it all behind.

kelly / February 5, 2007 2:01 PM

anywhere warm. this is ridiculous.

ken / February 5, 2007 2:02 PM

The British Virgin Islands are spectacular -

The USVI are just as spectacular and you don't need a passport. While on St. Thomas - check out the Grateful Deli

d. / February 5, 2007 2:24 PM

i want to be on a small beach in mexico in a tiny town called progreso. it's on the yucatan peninsula -- it's a gorgeous place but it's been some years since i was there and i'm sure things have changed quite a bit.

i don't even need an alcoholic beverage -- just some sun, wind, water, and maybe if you're nice, you.

r / February 5, 2007 2:39 PM

on this date in 2003

fluffy / February 5, 2007 3:16 PM

Either Nagoya, Japan visiting my Mom or Mexico - preferrably the Yucatan peninsula, like d., or Mexico City.
Mr. M couldn't come along, though - he'd either end up in a taco or he'd be recognized and become a stuck-up celebrity, adored by all.

dave / February 5, 2007 3:33 PM

Hm. I'd say LaPaz/El Alto, Bolivia; San Fransisco; or somewhere in northern India. Which is not like the others?

dave / February 5, 2007 3:35 PM

One day I'll learn how to spell San Francisco.

Rob / February 5, 2007 4:24 PM

Anywhere in Texas

Rob / February 5, 2007 4:25 PM

Where I currently am, four months from now.

mike-ts / February 5, 2007 4:26 PM

I'd like to be wherever Rex Grossman is, so I can let him know that one person on Earth knows that he's not to blame for Manning's ability to advance the ball at will, or the play calling, which came from the coaching staff that asked him to air it out in a monsoon against a team known to not stop the run too well. I'm normally no Grossman fan, but from what I've heard today (not here on GB, in regular life), man, did these people actually watch the game?

This was the sloppiest post season game I ever saw, both sides. Neither team deserved to be there. The Colts didn't win, they just played a bit less hideous than the Bears.

printdude / February 5, 2007 4:37 PM

I'd rather be in a cottage on a river in France, drinking my coffee while my dog sleeps at my feet, both of us tired from fishing all day...

Brandy / February 5, 2007 6:04 PM

Curled up in my bed under a stack of blankets without this mild post-work headache and with my newly adopted cat over his cold (poor thing).

sBabi / February 5, 2007 6:11 PM

well, I just got back from Oaxaca (Mexico). I would love to be still there!

Leelah / February 5, 2007 6:32 PM

If it involves leaving the house and venturing out into the arctic air, I'm just fine here, thanks.

I'd rather that pipe in my basement didn't have a giant icicle on it, though....

Carlotta / February 5, 2007 8:54 PM

In the arms of a man in post-coital bliss, under toasty down comforters!

michael / February 5, 2007 10:52 PM


Faded from Sangiovese, deaf from secadas, tanned like the countryside....

mike / February 5, 2007 11:35 PM

Purgatory, you know, just to see if it exists. It's probably 72 degrees there too.

Thurston / February 6, 2007 8:09 AM

Nowhere. I am in Rio de Janeiro right now. Muito quente y legal!

miss casual / February 6, 2007 9:27 AM


or my bed

or on my bike in the summertime although thats more of a time than a place

michelle / February 6, 2007 9:42 AM

realistically: home, in bed or sitting on the couch, wrapped in a blanket watching daytime tv.

ideally: st. barts, on the beach, drinking a rum drink, enjoying the 80 degree weather with my best friends.

Appleby / February 6, 2007 9:43 AM

In the Hammam de la Mosquée de Paris. It's a classic hammam, and after you've spent three hours soaking and steaming and being massaged, you can go two steps to the café in the same building. There you can sit in a corner and drink very hot mint tea for as long as you like.

jaye / February 6, 2007 9:56 AM

on a quiet island anywhere, warm where i can meditate, sleep, eat, drink sweet drinks, do the do with my honey and push repeat over and over.

peaches / February 6, 2007 10:07 AM

I'd rather be somewhere I have never been before, preferably warmer, with no cubicles to be found.

ken / February 6, 2007 10:58 AM

Home in Sunny FL or St Thomas.

acityscape / February 6, 2007 12:31 PM

I’d be in a big budget Hollywood Movie! Spook as the evil archvillain, Dr. Doom. The Rza and MF Doom ( no relations)
would join forces to do
the sound track!!!!
And at the end of the movie I’d cold take out both Spidy and Superman right before I fly off into the sunset.

Then I’d be sitting on a curb in the French Market in the Quarter drinking a Heineken, eating spiced crawdads out a plastic bag, cause tiss the crawdad season and, thats how I do!

spook / February 6, 2007 12:33 PM

Opps,I got so excited that my mask came off!

Matthwe / February 6, 2007 1:22 PM

Someplace with honest-to-god mountains so I could take advantage of this snow.

neither here nor there / February 6, 2007 1:25 PM

i would rather be somewhere where i can't hear my roommate having sex right now. but i'll just turn up my music.
anyone else see this mention of gb book club in savage love? yay, gbbc! yet i think the info is off a bit:

"...In less than five minutes of Internet searching, I found the Steel City Skiers, a group for gay skiers and snowboarders in Pittsburgh; Gapers Block, a Chicago book club for gays and lesbians who read books about the Windy City or by authors from that area; Bottom Dwellers, a gay-and-lesbian scuba-diving club in Seattle..."

Erica / February 6, 2007 2:00 PM

I'm trying really hard to be a good sport about this wave of coldness. I try to insist that it's "refreshing" or "cleansing" somehow. That this is what's being a Chicagoan is all about and I should suck it up. Wow, though, it's never gets easier. But I'm dreaming about the first warm weekend in ... March? April?
I just envision myself on my stoop with a beer listening to the sounds of summertime and that keeps me going. Oh paleta man, I miss your honking horns and ringing bells.

Erica / February 6, 2007 2:02 PM

I'm trying really hard to be a good sport about this wave of coldness. I try to insist that it's "refreshing" or "cleansing" somehow. That this is what's being a Chicagoan is all about and I should suck it up. Wow, though, it's never gets easier. Lately I've been dreaming of the first warm-ish weekend in ... March? April?
Right now I'd rather be on my stoop with a beer listening to the sounds of summertime. But it's that far-away vision that keeps me going during these cold times. Oh paleta man! I miss you so.

ataraxy / February 6, 2007 4:58 PM

Austin, Texas. Even though they had winter a few weeks ago, it's back up to the low 70s by now. By this time next year I'll be back in Texas. No more Januaries or Februaries in the midwest for me!

skafiend / February 6, 2007 5:25 PM

I'd rather be driving down the highway wearing adult diapers and trying to kill the alleged paramour of my astronaut lover...

Astronaut arrested...

Good times... good times...

skafiend / February 6, 2007 5:26 PM


Astronaut arrested...

Mikey / February 6, 2007 6:06 PM

Adult diapers indeed! The perfect woman for Allan?

spook aka Dr. Doom / February 6, 2007 9:04 PM

Mikey Come on (in between laughter) grow (giggle) up( more laughter)!

Good one! I'm sorry!

flips / February 6, 2007 10:36 PM

Maybe Dan Savage thought it was
"Gaypers Block"?

(sorry, had to be done)

yeah, me? anywhere but here. fastforward to a month from now and I'll be in San Diego and Phoenix for defrosting. That's getting me through this. Not terribly tropical but it's going to be good times.

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