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Old 08-15-2018, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Many, many thanks to Nita, Trex2, and Hollynla.
I am quite familiar with you all, especialy with Nita, because I spend plenty of time on City Data, mostly California, Arkansas, North Carolina, and on the dogs and cars forums.

You see, I'm 72 years old. If our house burns it could take 4-6 years before we get it rebuilt. I'd hate to spend my very last years in a motel or in a studio apartment , even if the insurance pays for that. After spending my entire life working hard I'd like to enjoy the last bit of it remaining.
I sincerely love our home and the town of Paradise, but I just can't wait 4-6 years to get back on my feet. In Northern California we have a shortage of good contractors. It took me 2 months to find someone to do minor repairs on our deck.

The other lure to me in Arkansas is the lakes. I love to be in or near water, even though I'm not a good swimmer any more.
Our Paradise Lake here is a bit smaller than Loch Lomond, bur we can't swim there, it's the town's water supply. Nita would know, she lived here. So we can fish or kayak, but no swimming or motorized boats allowed.

If we ever make it to Bella Vista I'd love to take you all to dinner, our treat, your choice.
We will take you to dinner. As you know the lakes here can be used for lots of things.And, of course the cost of property is very inexpensive compared to Ca. I can't even imagine what our old house in Altadena would be valued at or even the little house in Eagle Rock where we lived until I was about 8. BTW, if you happen to be golfers there is an organization here in BV called the ambassadors. They are couples that have at least one golfer in the family and they spend time with people thinking of relocating here. Sometimes the visitors will actually stay with the host family. Other times just meet with them, maybe have a meal, maybe get a tour or two of the city: it is up to the visiting couple. Just thought you would like to know about that. And please stay safe. How well I can remember a few fires in the hills above Monrovia, as well as others.
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Old 08-15-2018, 02:10 PM
 
Location: Paradise CA, where else, Zip 95969
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Thanks, Nita. Very kind words.
What I'd love to do is find someone willing to take me out on the nicest lake for a few hours of fishing. I'm willing to spend for a fishing license and will cover dinner, beer, and any other expenses for a party of four, or more.

I was browsing accomodations and supposedly there are furnished condos near the lakes for $ 100-120, daily rates. Here it would be much higher and probably not as nice.

Something I forgot to ask. We have Medicare and we pay another $ 380 monthly for the two of us for AARP-United Health Care supplemental insurance.
Is it difficult to find doctors who accept newcomers like us?
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Old 08-15-2018, 06:55 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Thanks, Nita. Very kind words.
What I'd love to do is find someone willing to take me out on the nicest lake for a few hours of fishing. I'm willing to spend for a fishing license and will cover dinner, beer, and any other expenses for a party of four, or more.

I was browsing accomodations and supposedly there are furnished condos near the lakes for $ 100-120, daily rates. Here it would be much higher and probably not as nice.

Something I forgot to ask. We have Medicare and we pay another $ 380 monthly for the two of us for AARP-United Health Care supplemental insurance.
Is it difficult to find doctors who accept newcomers like us?
not at all. We happen to have humana. We have yet to find a doctor who doesn't accept our insurance combined with medicare. A lot of our friends have United Health care.

As for rentals on the lake, we have friends and relatives coming in the end of next week to help us celebrate our 60th anniversary. Of course some are staying with out daughter but others are using vacation rentals and are thrilled with the price they are paying. We did this when we came to house hunt and when we were in transition We closed in our NM home almost a week before could get into our house here, so we used them . We loved the idea of staying in a house. We could choose to eat out or cook in. We had more space and it just worked so well for us.
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Old 08-16-2018, 10:19 AM
 
Location: Paradise CA, where else, Zip 95969
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Congratulations on your 60th anniversary, and thanks again. We are only married for 34 years, and I admire my wife for not kicking me out yet. Second marriage for both of us.
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Old 08-17-2018, 07:16 AM
 
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Actually in our exact neighborhood it is relatively flat but some neighborhoods around us are hilly enough that it is not easy to drive them in the really bad weather without 4 wheel drive. As for the ice and snow, the only really bad ice storm we had was the year after we moved here, so it must have been early 2009. It was about 3 days before it melted enough for us to leave the house for about 3 days. We also have had one or two years where the snow has been bad enough to keep us pretty home bound for a few days.
It should also be noted that when we have an ice storm, that schools and government offices close down, as well as many businesses and churches. So the need to get out on the bad streets is not as pressing.
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Old 08-17-2018, 01:52 PM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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It should also be noted that when we have an ice storm, that schools and government offices close down, as well as many businesses and churches. So the need to get out on the bad streets is not as pressing.
you are right. it was the same when we lived in NO. VA. the biggest problem is trying to do shopping the day before or day of storm: everyone is hurrying to the store. You would think we were going to be shut in for weeks at a time. One time, years ago, in VA I stopped on the way home from work one day for a few items. The store was packed and the lines were clear to the back of the store, near the meat dept. In my basket I had a 1.5 liter bottle of wine. About the time we reached the check out counter, the guy behind me said. "gee,we could have finished that entire bottle by the time we got here to check out. Too bad we didn't have a cork screw." I will remember that forever.
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Old 08-17-2018, 02:19 PM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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you are right. it was the same when we lived in NO. VA. the biggest problem is trying to do shopping the day before or day of storm: everyone is hurrying to the store. You would think we were going to be shut in for weeks at a time. One time, years ago, in VA I stopped on the way home from work one day for a few items. The store was packed and the lines were clear to the back of the store, near the meat dept. In my basket I had a 1.5 liter bottle of wine. About the time we reached the check out counter, the guy behind me said. "gee,we could have finished that entire bottle by the time we got here to check out. Too bad we didn't have a cork screw." I will remember that forever.
Most people have two modes for dealing with impending disaster:
Complacency, accompanied by denial.
Panic, accompanied by stupidity.

I have seen people stock up on frozen microwavable dinners,
in preparation for a power outage.

(BTW: next month is national preparedness month)
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Old 08-18-2018, 06:01 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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Most people have two modes for dealing with impending disaster:
Complacency, accompanied by denial.
Panic, accompanied by stupidity.

I have seen people stock up on frozen microwavable dinners,
in preparation for a power outage.

(BTW: next month is national preparedness month)
couldn't help but get a smile out of that one: stock up on microwavable TV dinners. Oh and there are those who, every time they hear the word ice or snow, even 100 miles away they start preparing. No, being in denial is stupid, but panicing is as stupid.
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Old 08-18-2018, 08:27 AM
 
Location: SE corner of the Ozark Redoubt
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A couple questions come to mind when I look at this.
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Thanks, Nita. Very kind words.
What I'd love to do is find someone willing to take me out on the nicest lake for a few hours of fishing. I'm willing to spend for a fishing license and will cover dinner, beer, and any other expenses for a party of four, or more.

I was browsing accomodations and supposedly there are furnished condos near the lakes for $ 100-120, daily rates. Here it would be much higher and probably not as nice.
I read it and assumed Bull Shoals lake, since it is significantly closer to me than any other.
From where you are, would Table Rock lake be the place to go?

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Something I forgot to ask. We have Medicare and we pay another $ 380 monthly for the two of us for AARP-United Health Care supplemental insurance.
Is it difficult to find doctors who accept newcomers like us?
My wife is on medicare, and we both have Humana also. I checked around Mt Home first, for a doctor, and many of them weren't taking any more patients, but a few of them were (I found at least three).

The Baxter County Regional Hospital runs a "doctor finder" service, supposedly, but it is nearly worthless. Basically, they give you a list of the doctors in the area and tell you to go find one

? I wonder how that goes in other places, like Bella Vista. ?
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Old 08-18-2018, 08:59 AM
 
Location: Bella Vista, Ark
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A couple questions come to mind when I look at this.
I read it and assumed Bull Shoals lake, since it is significantly closer to me than any other.
From where you are, would Table Rock lake be the place to go?


My wife is on medicare, and we both have Humana also. I checked around Mt Home first, for a doctor, and many of them weren't taking any more patients, but a few of them were (I found at least three).

The Baxter County Regional Hospital runs a "doctor finder" service, supposedly, but it is nearly worthless. Basically, they give you a list of the doctors in the area and tell you to go find one

? I wonder how that goes in other places, like Bella Vista. ?
Most of the doctors here are taking Humana and I am thinking they take all insurances or most anyway. The doctors that are hard to find are ones that take various dental plans. We have the dental supplement wiht Humana and the dentists that accept it are not our favorites. Actually our dentist will take it for 1 cleaning a year but it doesn't cover much else. I think Bella Vista being in a little larger metro area is why; we have very little trouble finding doctors. All of our hospitals accept medi care and supplements. Our surgeon does, our ortho doctor does as well as all other specialists we see from time to time.
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