I live in the Portland, OR area, and I agree with you whole heartedly, Martin. I've only been on A|N a short time, and it's already very apparent that this group is far more open, accepting, ethical, inquisitive, interesting and fun than any religious group I can even imagine.
It'll probably be the East Coast and the West Coast too if the Republicans take over the senate.
Halifax is the most awesome place I've ever been. Stayed in hotel next to where Blue Nose II is docked. Sang with everyone else in the pub next door (burgers & beer--or in my case, diet drink)! Best time I ever had in my life. Ok. Don't let my husband read that! ;-o