Single In 2009? Move To Atlanta

Buzz, Self

Atlanta is, per word on the street, the best city to be single. I'm skeptical.

2009 is upon us (yes, all up on us) and with a new year comes change. I understand there is some desire to make 2009 all about the 'new' you. This temptation will last weeks or even months until you realize that the old you wasn't so bad. There are, however, a few things that can't be undone. These double stamps cannot be triple stamped. These things include drastic haircuts (it's cool, it'll grow back), tattoos (it's cool, a butterfly tat will still be significant to you after you've metamorphosized into full-blown womanhood) and moves (it's cool, there are plenty of jobs out there).

Provided that your affairs are in order, making a New Year resolution move feels really good. The new year is a great time to say so long to suck town (whichever suck town you happen to live in) and bounce to greener pastures. But where should you move? I had a roommate in college who perpetually threatened to move to Athens (Georgia not Greece) when things weren't going his way. No one really bought into his posturing but we all realized it's nice to have options. Again, where do you move when you've had it up to here (the neck, I believe, is the breaking point)?

My homies at Lemondrop want you to consider Atlanta. I know the capital of the New South may sound like a risky proposition but surveys (the irresponsible little brother of science) say that Atlanta is the spot to be single in the US. Seriously, those Real Housewives Of Atlanta seem like they're having a ball and one or more of them may be legally retarded. You, a perfectly reasonable young person who looks 29 and is 29, should have a good time in the Dirty Dirty, right? Unfortunately, it's not that easy. I'm from the Atlanta suburbs and was somewhat shocked (I wouldn't say nonplused because no one says that any more, nor does anyone say vexed) that the Phoenix City (so named after that mutha ucka Sherman burned it to the ground) was named a great place to be single. But, Lemondrop says that the ATL (that's what the kids and TI call it) is the spot to be single. I took an informal survey of everyone lady I know and they find this finding highly dubious. Which made me wonder, what if Atlanta is just an awesome city to be a single dude? And if so, what am I doing in NYC?

ESPN's Sports Guy (Bill Simmons) has been harping lately on the idea that Atlanta is a sweet city to be a single dude (he says something about purchasing a plane ticket and a 50 rack of condoms, little does he know that a Southern gentleman would never use them, relying instead on the good virtue of the young lady he is on top of). Evidently, there's some combination of Southern, blonde, boozy and nice weather that makes Atlanta a great place to pick up ladies. Outside of the Southern, blonde and nice weather parts, isn't every city kind of an awesome place to be a single dude? Since I've lived in New York, I've constantly heard that it's hard out there for a single gal but I haven't heard much complaining from the menfolk. Is it possible that we're just living in an unprecedented time of easy tail and empty promises? I've spent a lot of time in Miami and it seems like every woman down there (in addition to being really, really ridiculously good–looking) seems to think that there is a shortage of good men. The men, for their part, must think likewise because being an OK guy seems to get the job done. Per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the city may soon be way less fun as laws are knocking the wind out of the sails of the beverage industry.

I've no doubt there are some totally dateable people in Atlanta (like my buddies PJ and Jason), but I'm starting to think that the phrase "it's a good city to be single in," only really applies to the dudes. Thoughts? Any Atlantans out there feel strongly one way or the other? Check out the Lemondrop article if you get a sec. Their choice for international city to be single in may surprise you. Plus they throw in a nice Top Gun-era joke.