RE: Searching users by geographical area
Not that it'll help because I'm a bit to the west of you, as far as get togethers, but I made a signature that at least shows my rough geographic location. It was in the avatar info which my cat guards fiercely.
I agree that it would help sometimes just to fill in at least a rough geographical location as some info has merit based on location.
This will also serve as a test to see how well I goofed up the change.