Palm Springs was a significant center for older gay men years ago, but I guess that's changed. (We used to visit the rather more downscale but nearby Desert Hot Springs, which during the winter seemed to be a significant center for old Jewish people who'd emigrated from Europe during and after WWII.)
Palm Springs initially grew as a retirement center for snowbirds from the east coast and midwest (more the midwest, actually, since east coast residents often went to Florida). It had a very large Jewish and Italian population, and had winter residences for a lot of celebrities. In the late 1980s-1990s, the city began to die. People with families moved to other surrounding areas and many of the original retirees began to pass away.
On top of that ,the city also became a spring break mecca for college and high school students, which offended the relatively conservative residents. To get rid of the spring break problem, someone on the City Council came up with the idea to actively court members of the LGBT to come to Palm Springs. No, you're not misreading that. They figured if the gays were in the city, drunk students would not come. So now you know one group that Republican conservatives like less than gays.
In any event, the plan worked. Palm Springs is no longer spring break central. However, it now has one of the highest gay-to-straight ratios in the country.
Interesting facts reckless...
Can someone correct me if I'm wrong but i was always of the opinion that Frank was married? Not that he comes across as the straightest guy on the block at all, but I thought I remember him missing a competition in the 1990s and the commentators mentioning that his wife was ill or something....??
Phil Hersh's latest blog describes a conversation with Carroll concerning Mirai:
'"From where she lives, it takes about the same time to get to Cathedral City as it does to (Toyota),'' Carroll said.'
The blog also contains a quote from Evan indicating that if he does continue, Carroll's move is not a problem.
Of course, if you live in LA, your mind is already in question
DH - and that's just my opinion
"I miss footwork that has any kind of a discernible pattern. The goal of a step sequence should not be for a skater to show the same ice coverage as a Zamboni and take about as much time as an ice resurface. " ~ Zemgirl, reflecting on a pre-IJS straight line sequence
And my mind is perfectly unquestionable. I love the weather.
I know they've lived there quite a while, but I wouldn't feel like skating, schooling, or doing anything else that required effort after sitting in LA traffic breathing that air for hours.
I always see weird advertisements about sex resorts and stuff like that coming out of Palm Springs. I always think of people looking like lobsters covered in leather prancing around pools.