Bottom line: Anywhere but California will do.
how about anywhere but southern
California will do
i really want a Bay Area start, and as far as I know, we haven't been affected by the H1N1 virus too badly (but, i am slightly oblivious to local news...)
other possible starting locations (that haven't been used yet):
New Orleans, GA
St. Louis, MO
Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN
San Diego, CA
San Jose/San Francisco, CA
there are many other possible places, but I'm getting tired trying to list them all...
and again, I really don't think they'll want to stray too far from L.A. due to budget so we might see a start in Arizona, Nevada, or NorCal.