Update: Where Has Daniel Been?

Daniel Gonzales

July 25th, 2007

I’m sure a couple of you have been wondering what I’ve been up to since the recent flurry of activity at the Survivor’s Conference and Survivor’s Initiative.  The answer; moving to Denver.

Why? Because despite having zero debt, zero dependants and working full time as an architect I can’t afford so much as a 600 SF studio condo here in LA, and that’s unacceptable.

Denver was selected because it’s the intellectual, financial and cultural capital of the west with beautiful historic urban fabric, excellent mass transit, and laws which protect me from discrimination.  Oh and the job market is booming, I spent a week hunting for jobs there recently and had TWELVE interviews.

Some of you may complain Denver is sooooo expensive — Go tell that to someone who’s not coming from a place where the median home price is 234% higher than Denver.  In case you’re curious here’s what $190,000 will buy you in Compton, a 582 SF house that’s been gutted by a fire.

My last day of work is Friday and I begin at one of Denver’s largest, oldest and most prestigious firms on August 13th. 

Lastly, it didn’t exactly factor into my decision but I have to add it’ll be nice to be an hour’s drive from Focus On The Family.

Michael Ditto

July 25th, 2007

Welcome to D-town! We should hang out!


July 25th, 2007

Yeah, but who am I going to go get random Pho with now?

Besides, there aren’t any good burrito shacks in Denver and I’m not mailing any Mexican food to you.


Emily K

July 25th, 2007

In a conservative state like CO and a city like Denver under the Religious Right’s thumb, can you be hired even though you’re gay? Are there discrimination laws there to protect you?

David Roberts

July 25th, 2007

Congrats! You make it sound almost inviting, I may have to visit one day. Enjoy your new stomping grounds ;)


July 25th, 2007

Welcome to Colorado. We have had an influx of Californians as of late. You are just the type of new resident we’re looking for. We need talented, outspoken, writers who are able to thoughtfully dispel the ignorance which dominates Colorado politics. In particular the fount of bigotry which comes from that multimillion dollar eyesore known as Focus on the Family. I moved to Colorado Springs for precisely that reason. I of course wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m sure you’ll enjoy living here. :-)

Michael Ditto

July 26th, 2007


I think you have a skewed view of both Colorado and Denver.

Denver is one of the most liberal cities in the nation. We have had a non-discrimination ordinance in Denver for nearly two decades. And we now have a statewide employment nondiscrimination law which was signed this year by our newly-elected Democratic governor.

Democrats control both houses of the assembly, we have a Democratic governor, 4 of our 7 congresspeople are Democrats, and one of two Senators.

Colorado is not Massachusetts by any means, but it is not Mississippi either.

Emily K

July 26th, 2007

I love nothing better than when someone corrects me with good news. thank goodness CO and Denver are as enlightened as they are.


July 29th, 2007

I’m wondering if Daniel had to cover his HRC bumper sticker with duct tape when he was traveling through Utah on his way to Denver? He’s lucky he didn’t get pulled over on I-70 if the UHP knew he was from L.A. Those rural highway patrollers have a keen eye in this part of Utah.

Oh…I’m kidding! I’m just a little hurt Daniel didn’t consider Salt Lake City. We take the freshest snow and give the leftovers to Colorado.

Hint/Suggestion to Mr. Gonzales: consider buying FLANNEL. Everything from long underwear as well as flannel sheets and duvet covers. Trust me. Down parkas are absolutely necessary. You might look like the Michelin mascot but it prevents you from losing your fillings when your teeth start chattering from the cold.

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