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Old 04-23-2008, 07:38 PM   #71
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I actually like New Mexico quite well, especially up around Taos, yes indeed,... great country. And, there are a great many places to fall in love with scattered around the U.S. I suppose that a place is what we make it, in many ways.
Oh, by the way, forget my last post, we don't need any more people up here. As our ex-Gov. Tom McCall used to say, " Keep Oregon green, spend your money here, then go home". We have plenty of water, for next to nothing in cost, and lots of cheap electricity.
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Old 04-23-2008, 08:08 PM   #72
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Well, we are about 20 years from retirement and living in an Atlanta suburb. One thing I can tell you is...we are ready to move from Atlanta!

It has been profitable living here for the last 20+ years, but the traffic is horrendous and the City can't keep up with the infrastructure necessary to maintain growth.
I Agree!! Atlanta and the stressed out drivers are quite an experience now. I moved here in 1993 and my husband grew up in a suburb (used to be the country). It is very different now than it was when I got here and a world of difference from his childhood.

We have looked at South Central KY (a little snow, a little warm, near lakes and lots of nature) for when we retire...unfortunately that is 15 years away (if investments do us well). We keep toying with possibly moving to the Nashville area in the interim but finding work that is comparable to here is intimidating.

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Old 04-23-2008, 09:10 PM   #73
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I actually like New Mexico quite well, especially up around Taos, yes indeed,... great country. And, there are a great many places to fall in love with scattered around the U.S. I suppose that a place is what we make it, in many ways.
Oh, by the way, forget my last post, we don't need any more people up here. As our ex-Gov. Tom McCall used to say, " Keep Oregon green, spend your money here, then go home". We have plenty of water, for next to nothing in cost, and lots of cheap electricity.
If you look at my first post (#66) you'll see that I said I could only live in 3 states. Obviously New Mexico is one of them. The other two are Oregon and Washington. I really love the Pacific Northwest.

Since I've been in all 50 states (airport layovers don't count) I've been able to make a judgment about which ones I could live in or not. My favorites for visiting are New York - New England, Mid-Atlantic, Pacific Coast and the Southwest (which is comprised only of NM, AZ and Southern CO & UT). AK and HI are right up there too!

I should also add - even though not every state is high on my favorites list, there was something that I liked about every one of them and I've spent some time in ALL of them!
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:34 AM   #74
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Wow!! Lucky you JimandRod
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:42 AM   #75
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Ok I've been waiting to hear from someone talk about Idaho. Since it hasn't come up I'll try to bait it a little.. We spent some time in southeastern Idaho when were in Yellowstone 3 years ago and it was gorgeous!! It was just a short look and I know the state is huge but everytime we start seriously looking and discussing this Idaho keeps coming up. The Boise area is where we keep checking on so what do you think???? Idaho anyone????????
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Old 04-24-2008, 09:46 AM   #76
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:39 AM   #77
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Ok I've been waiting to hear from someone talk about Idaho. Since it hasn't come up I'll try to bait it a little.. We spent some time in southeastern Idaho when were in Yellowstone 3 years ago and it was gorgeous!! It was just a short look and I know the state is huge but everytime we start seriously looking and discussing this Idaho keeps coming up. The Boise area is where we keep checking on so what do you think???? Idaho anyone????????
I spent a lot of time in Moscow, Idaho while studying 8 miles away at WSU. Moscow is also a university town and was a lot of fun. Beautiful country to the North with some good trout streams. Too far away from the ocean though.
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Old 04-24-2008, 10:43 AM   #78
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Idaho anyone????????
I agree - it's a gorgeous state - so is Montana. The thought of living there in the winter makes me shivver just thinking about it! Burrrrrrrrrr!

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Thanks - we do feel fortunate that we've been able to see all of the USA. However, the trips weren't always a lot of fun. Rod is retired from the US Army Band and they were on tour quite a bit - I retired from the US Dept of Justice and my job took me all over the country. It sounds glamourous but in 1998 I spent 26 weeks on the road (generally out every other week). It got tiring. But... in between all of that we've made some pretty cool multi-state road trips that were a lot of fun. We call it "splorin."

One thing I can say is that this is a beautiful country! It's a real privilege to be able to choose to live wherever you want!
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Hey Brian and Donna, this is a great thread...most every seems to like where they live, whether they moved there intentionaly of just by circumstance, and I don't want to rain on your parade, but...if what you are looking for is more sense of community, you can just move down to our area...the East Bay is great; nice towns with real down towns and lots of community activities, closer to the beaches, great access to the bay, the bike path, Colt Park, etc...this would allow you to stay with your business (unless you don't want/need to in a few years) and still be close by to family (unless you don't want/need to).

You guys are young...are you planning to retire soon?
What about the family business?

We love where we live, I ride my bike to work 10 months out of the year (EB Bike path!) and our downtown area is awesome (pubs, restaurants, library, harbor,etc) and there is always something going on;the country's oldest and largest July 4th celebration, XMAS celebration, art shows, concerts,.....
You should take a drive down some time and we'll take a walk/bike ride around town,
Just thought I'd offer one more option that would allow you to stay fairly close by...

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Interesting idea Bill!! No we're not going to retire but 12-15 hour days are getting old after 22 years. There's more to life than the family business and work. I'll still need to work just not like this. There's a difference between a job that you do for income and a job that's all consuming. I also want more open space, more mountains, less east coast attitude etc. I still have some work to do here for a couple of years but we are going to do this so we wanted to start getting ideas etc..
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Yes, it is critical to not let "what we do" become confused with "who we are"...

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Old 04-24-2008, 01:09 PM   #82
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Well said Bill...well said
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Old 04-24-2008, 01:42 PM   #83
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I also want more open space, more mountains, less east coast attitude etc.
Disclaimer...Anyone who reads this post please note that this is not intended to be a slam on east coast people.

Brian and Donna - We know exactly what you mean. The people on the western side of the country look at things differently and are much more laid back than back east. The pace is slower and the people are friendlier.

When we first got here I would catch Rod getting a little impatient in some situations (like in the grocery line etc) I'd look at him and tell him he was being "too eastern." He knew what I meant and he's chill a bit.

In DC if you as much as smiled at someone in the grocery line they looked at you like you were on something. Out here it's very common to strike up a conversation with the person in front of you at the store!

Yup - it's different in the west!
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In DC if you as much as smiled at someone in the grocery line they looked at you like you were on something. Out here it's very common to strike up a conversation with the person in front of you at the store!

Yup - it's different in the west!
I agree it is different out west, however you have never me. I strike up conversation everywhere I go. Especially in the grocery store. The less willing they are to interact the more I try. This is my sick sense of sport. This is my way of being a counter culture revolutionary. I could care less if they think I am on something, sometimes I am, so what. Kill them with kindness, the expression is priceless. Have you ever paid someone's toll? People do not know how to handle that out here, it seriously freaks them out. I do realize an attitude difference, though. Here when some says how are you, it is a formality. Out west the same question is said with intent for detail on how you are.
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