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Old 08-09-2009, 04:58 PM   #15
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Rodney, sorry to hear about your brother. I understood it was only a matter of time, but that doesn't make it any easier.

I guess I made Glenwood sound not so good. Lots to do there, costs a lot. Interesting area, beautiful sights, interesting people for sure, some good restaurants, cultural opportunities. In other words, just like any town near a resort area.

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so what do you figure?

What should I use as a rule of thumb for cost of living, half again as much again as what it cost me to live in Oklahoma? More?
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:38 PM   #17
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Hi Rodney- so sorry about your brother.
Colorado Mt. College is down valley, towards Aspen, several miles out of town, but I know nothing else about it. You might research rents on Craigslist, or a chamber of commerce site. Good luck! -tim
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Old 08-09-2009, 05:39 PM   #18
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Check the classifieds in the Glenwood Springs Post Independent:

Glenwood Springs Colorado | PostIndependent.com News

Of course, newspapers are for old people, so you may use Craig's List (try and wrap your fish in that!).

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Old 08-09-2009, 05:54 PM   #19
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You know, while you're checking for jobs, check out Grand Junction. Prices are significantly lower there. It's a larger town, can be quite warm in the summer and cold in the winter (temperature inversions happen there), but life on the outskirts can be decent. And they've got a pretty fair-sized college.

Personally, having been stung by very low temperatures and frozen precipitation up here too many times, I'd be wary of places at high elevation. It's no place for the getting-older.


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Old 08-09-2009, 06:03 PM   #20
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Don't listen to Lynn about winter. He's just deteriorating quickly. When we were in Angel Fire he was complaining about a mere 5' of snow that fell in a week. What a wimp! Too bad there's no college in Angel Fire where real men could teach.

Grand Junction has Mesa State College. It's hot in the summer, mild in the winter. Just the place for old men. Actually Glenwood is pretty mild, but GJ is quite a drive. In between are the gas fields which should be avoided.

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Unfortunately, in academics you don't really get to pick your town. You watch for jobs to open up and hope they are in a place you would like to live. Other than refusing to move to major urban centers, I am pretty open.

Ideally, I would like to be somewhere with things to do, neighbors who can and do occasionally read (maybe even ones who don't confuse their beliefs with a mandate that everyone else must have the same beliefs that they do). Maybe even somewhere I can afford to live in some amount of comfort. We will have to see how this all works out I suppose.
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Unfortunately, in academics you don't really get to pick your town. You watch for jobs to open up and hope they are in a place you would like to live. Other than refusing to move to major urban centers, I am pretty open. ...
Double that if you're looking for two positions in academia. Maria and I were fortunate enough to locate two of them at the same university, different departments. We've had good friends in academia who wound up with "weekend marriages" and others who wound up with one spouse leaving academia outright. It's a heck-of-a racket.

Keep your eyes open, though. You never know when something will pop up.


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