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Old 05-25-2006, 12:12 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by GreatPumpkin
You must be a transplant

Nope, 5th generation Oregonian. You have never had tartar sauce on your fries? Odd....

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Old 05-25-2006, 05:58 AM   #30
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I read this post with interest knowing that my dear wife of 36 years will not move an inch from our present address which is located close to our children and grandchild. I think you get the idea.
What does Wisconsin have to offer a retiree? We are one of the highest taxed states in the nation. We are one of the last states which still tax social security benefits. We have the highest cost of health care outside of of New York City. We have a corrupt state government. Our winters can be real character builders. Our summers are hot, humid and tornado laden. On the plus side is our wonderful natural beauty. However, the state charges you an arm and a leg to get into the parks and if you are from out of state it is even higher. Good roads which are being put everywhere as part of the corruption in state government. And let me not forget about the cheese, we have the best cheese in the nation.

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Old 05-25-2006, 06:36 AM   #31
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I will not be so cruel as to recommend Minnesota - too cold, although global warming seems to have eased that a bit. Also, taxes are high here. Some of the suburban schools are very, very good though.

Where would I live if I was given the opportunity...
  • Aspen CO - One of the three most beautiful natural areas I have ever seen, but crazy expensive.
  • Carmel, CA - One of the three most beautiful areas I have ever seen, but crazy expensive.
  • Garmisch, Germany - One of the three most beautiful areas I have ever seen, but crazy expensive.
  • Vienna, Austria - A beautiful and safe city, good schools, but crazy expensive.
These all seem to have one thing in common... I can't afford any of them.

Back to reality... check out:
  • Portland, OR - Nice city, beautiful coastline nearby
  • Ft. Collins, CO - Nice city, away from Denver, college town liveliness
  • Savannah, GA - I have not spent much time there, but from what I saw it was beautiful and worth a look.
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Old 05-25-2006, 06:42 AM   #32
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I'll Ditto the Oxford, Miss. post. While we've only visited on one occasion, we found the town to be absolutely charming. It's a college town with the best gameday experience you could ever imagine! In fact, I believe it was ranked at one time as the very best in the nation by Tom Brokow. WOW! We saw our team, Texas Tech play Eli and the Runnin' Rebs a few years back and it was a blast. Of course, our team won and that may have had something to do with it (sorry Rebel Beck). What a wonderful small town environment.

We're leaving the Texas heat as soon as we can sell our place and have opted for another small college town, Blacksburg, VA. Four seasons and being close to the Grandchildren is what we long for and the highlands of VA will suit our needs just fine. We'll be at 2,500 ft elevation in the hills and living in a slow moving, small town environment surrounded with the love of two small grandchildren. What could be better?
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Old 05-25-2006, 07:38 AM   #33
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I was born and raised in the surburbs of New York City. I was moved to Arizona by my Uncle Sam. Phoenix was a small very nice city 35 years ago. Now it has gotten way too big. I will be looking for a quieter place to retire in a few yerars. In the words of that great American, Yogi Berra:
"Nobody goes there anymore; it's too crowded."


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Old 05-25-2006, 08:01 AM   #34
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As transplants from the East Coast (NY and Boston), we have to put 2 cents in for Louisville, KY.

Four seasons with very mild winters
Good economy with large (UPS, Ford, Humana) employers but known for small business
Excellent quality of life for families
Great schools (both private and public)
Great restaurants and stores
Nice balanced mix of urban culture and country (horse farms begin about 20 minutes outside of downtown)
You can still afford to live in the city in a nice neighborhood in a nice house for not a lot of money
Your on 3 major highways (64, 65, 71) and are within 500 miles of most of the population of the country
2 hours to Indy, 3 hours to Nashville, 6 to Chicago, 8 to Atlanta, 13 to NYC.
An amazing urban park system, waterfront, baseball, museum district
Great state parks & camping within two hours of downtown.
Great hiking, mtn biking, boating (rivers and lakes)
That Mid Western work ethic mixed with Southern hospitality
Some of the nicest people we've even met

And oh yeah...there is a little horse race here every year.

When we moved here we had to find it on a map. Now we’ll never leave. Interestingly, my parents in law and sister in law are both working hard to move here from NY now. Every time they visit they they ask “now why don’t we live here?”

We're never leaving.
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Old 05-25-2006, 10:29 AM   #35
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I'm so glad you enjoyed our southern hospitality. Yes we are ranked also the #1 party school what can I say we love our Bourbon and cokes. I remember the game you are talking about. Yes we love our Eli and Archie but it will never be the same without them. Let's just all get a rally here so everyone can enjoy our town
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Old 05-25-2006, 01:36 PM   #36
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Sign us up for a rally in Oxford, especially during a home game! The Grove is a sight not to be missed by anyone during a Ole Miss game. Even though we were wearing the wrong colors, we were treated like one of the family. We will never forget it. "Let's rally", and we don't do rallys. Maybe this will get us started.
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Old 05-25-2006, 02:04 PM   #37
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I like this string. I've lived in Florida all my life - but was born in Tenn, have relatives in VA, went to college in NC, so the Southeast is generally "home" to me. I left Florida once for 3 years, and was so homesick for the gators and swamps I came back and know I'll never leave again. BUT, I love the mountains in the west - we've been to Colorado many times. SO, here's the plan, get a condo in Colorado (maybe Keystone or Breckenridge) and a condo in Florida (Sanibel or Naples) and use the A/S to travel between the two. That's my perfect retirement.

If I had to pick one place to be old and avoid the Florida heat, though, I'd go back to Chapel Hill, NC.
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Old 05-25-2006, 02:09 PM   #38
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Tyler area (east Texas)

I'd vote for the area around Tyler, TX.
Better climate than the gulf coast... gets hot but not as humid. Gets the occasional freeze in the winter, but almost never gets snow. Far enough away from the coast that hurricanes are an unlikely threat (occasional tornado, tho').

Nice topography... hilly with a lot of lakes. Near interstate 20 so you're on the road quickly.

Near Dallas (less than 2 hours) so you've got major metropolis access. But still close enough to New Orleans so you can see family when you want (or not!)

Great medical center (hey, we're all gettin' older!) that services a big part of east Texas.

Very friendly, down-to-earth people. Tyler's a nice, growing town.
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Old 05-25-2006, 02:23 PM   #39
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... Now being a Limey... & only a visitor 2 Yr Wonderful land, I rate Florida, big style, Luv Boston ( Mass: ), but All our Family realy like SWAMPSCOTT, Nr Salem, Mass :, words can not express the place, We r comin over next March 2 Boston, & agn will B visitin S/S... There is jus something abt the place, it's kinda enchantin, mysterious, quaint & cute, all in one, but a lttl chilly when it touched -14... Brrr... LOL... & the train journey out there fron Revere is so charmin, so clear, quiet... & I think U get the idea, BRILL...Chris.....
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Old 05-25-2006, 04:55 PM   #40
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Originally Posted by dmac
I will not be so cruel as to recommend Minnesota - too cold,
yeah, but its a dry cold.....

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