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Old 05-09-2013, 08:39 AM
 
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I think there is something missing from the discussion. mindy mentioned it as one of her most important aspects of a cross-country move - friends. Leaving old friends behind can be heart-wrenching and making new, good friends can be difficult. That gap between old and new friends adds the element of loneliness that can make all the other adjustments in climate and scenery and culture seem insurmountable. Long distance phone calls or Skype video calls may not be enough to fill that gap. Sometimes a few visits with a therapist or minister can be enough to overcome the problem, but even then the advice given may or may not be in the best interests of the person. There is a lot of serious introspection needed, not to mention advanced social skills, and those are not easy skills to learn at an advanced age.
You have put my feelings into words so perfectly. Colorado is a beautiful state. But, the most important part of my life has been my relationships with people that I love. Moving to Colorado has changed those relationships. It has taken away the important aspects of those relationships---in my opinion----the time spent together. It is a very serious decision that should not be taken lightly. I feel like I'm "in jail" here. I have to do "my time" and I'm saving money like never before-- just to be able to move back home to my beloved "Arizona". I'm missing out on so many things back home. Once I get back ---I'll never move again!
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Old 05-10-2013, 11:48 AM
 
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My heart is racing so fast! My husband has an interview next week! I know it's just an interview at this point but at least it's a "maybe".

Wishing the best for you mindymadison, but I am totally in love with CO and all it has to offer, especially Fort Collins!
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Old 05-13-2013, 08:19 AM
 
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My heart is racing so fast! My husband has an interview next week! I know it's just an interview at this point but at least it's a "maybe".

Wishing the best for you mindymadison, but I am totally in love with CO and all it has to offer, especially Fort Collins!
I wish the best for you too! I hope your move here to CO will be all that you are wanting it to be!
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:28 AM
 
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So, just an update on the interview. Yes, my husband did get the interview. From the interview he was offered two jobs within the company!This is the same company that he works for in AZ with a same job transfer. BUT he would be paid much less for same job working for the same company and the health insurance (same health ins.) would cost us significantly more in CO! At this point, it is not going to be a good deal for us financially, considering that housing will costs more in addition.

So hard to believe, being it's the same company. I guess they could counter offer when my husband tells them that it's not going to workout, but I doubt it.

Jobs are tight in Northern CO and from what I have been reading on the forum, people are over qualified for the jobs they have taken in Northern CO and are willing to take less to be there. I have kids to think about and just don't think we will be able to swing the pay differential.

Maybe, we will just save our money and have a summer get away there someday.

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:02 PM
 
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Hi, I am long time lurker and just recently joined but I wanted share my thoughts on this topic. Having lived in Arizona for six years and now living in Colorado, there are at times where I miss Arizona. I moved up for a job because I was unable to find work in the Phoenix area after completing my college degree. Also I was sick of the heat and I remind myself when I miss AZ how hot it currently is there. It is very hot in the Phoenix metro area where I lived. I know there are other parts of the state that are not as bad. I got to visit Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott and really appreciated the beauty of those small towns. It was a major shock to me moving from the Phoenix area to Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs is significantly smaller. I have come to appreciate Colorado Springs and how many people in the world can say they wake and from their living rooms perfect views of Pikes Peak. Another adjustment was having a true winter season again, I grew up in Michigan. The winters in Colorado are no where near as bad as Michigan because you still get sunshine here in Colorado. One big thing that I really do miss from Arizona is the no time change. Standard time year round is wonderful. No need to worry about changing all your clocks. After I moved here last summer and went through the end of daylight saving time it wasn't so bad because you fall back. What threw me off was the spring forward and my body clock being messed up. I say keep one time all year round, but that is another topic and forum. I miss my friends down in Arizona. I think long term now I probably want to end up near family when I am finally in my desired career with my college degree. Thanks for letting me share and rant on this topic. Good luck to you on wherever you end up.

Charlie.
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Old 05-27-2013, 10:05 PM
 
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Hi, I am long time lurker and just recently joined but I wanted share my thoughts on this topic. Having lived in Arizona for six years and now living in Colorado, there are at times where I miss Arizona. I moved up for a job because I was unable to find work in the Phoenix area after completing my college degree. Also I was sick of the heat and I remind myself when I miss AZ how hot it currently is there. It is very hot in the Phoenix metro area where I lived. I know there are other parts of the state that are not as bad. I got to visit Flagstaff, Sedona, Prescott and really appreciated the beauty of those small towns. It was a major shock to me moving from the Phoenix area to Colorado Springs. Colorado Springs is significantly smaller. I have come to appreciate Colorado Springs and how many people in the world can say they wake and from their living rooms perfect views of Pikes Peak. Another adjustment was having a true winter season again, I grew up in Michigan. The winters in Colorado are no where near as bad as Michigan because you still get sunshine here in Colorado. One big thing that I really do miss from Arizona is the no time change. Standard time year round is wonderful. No need to worry about changing all your clocks. After I moved here last summer and went through the end of daylight saving time it wasn't so bad because you fall back. What threw me off was the spring forward and my body clock being messed up. I say keep one time all year round, but that is another topic and forum. I miss my friends down in Arizona. I think long term now I probably want to end up near family when I am finally in my desired career with my college degree. Thanks for letting me share and rant on this topic. Good luck to you on wherever you end up.

Charlie.
Thank you Charlie for sharing your thoughts and congratulations on your accomplishments and also having the opportunity to live in such a beautiful place. You are young, so have fun and enjoy your Colorado experience while you can, so much to do there year around.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:26 AM
 
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Sorry about the pay. It's a major downside to some moves, and it seems to be worse in the private sector since they don't have a more standard COL adjustment. I'm surprised they aren't having more competition in Arizona. It just doesn't smell right to me. Yes, people want to be in CO, but Arizona is also a destination state, and if they have a lower COL I would expect the wages to be lower there.

I would expect a long and poorly conceived "explanation" about how your hubby has such an incredible deal in Arizona and there is just no way they could keep passing that along when moving to another place. If he gets such a story, it's a sign that management believes they can *** on people and claim it is raining. If he chooses to keep looking for options in Colorado, he may find something. I think you'd make a good addition to our state, so I hope he does
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:31 PM
 
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Lurtsman, I have some thoughts on the job offer and will post again soon. I just have been busy lately.

This week AZ temps will average between 115 and 121. We are taking are family vacation to Breckenridge next month and as you probably have guessed, I am excited to get to spend our vacation in CO and escape this unbelievable heat. There is hot and then there is ......
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:02 AM
 
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Hi! I just happened upon this thread. We moved from Phoenix to Pueblo West, CO one year ago and I am so very homesick.
I told my husband that I can't stay here forever. I've agreed to maybe 2 more years then I'm going home. Colorado is beautiful but it's not home for me and never will be. I've never been so unhappy in my entire life. I literally hate it here. Everyday, I'm thinking about how much longer I have to live here. Hope you will feel differently after you are here. I thought I would too but I'm totally miserable.
I'm getting ready to leave AZ, the area I'm in has been overrun with meth-hoes and their addicts, even the suburbs are being taken over. They must be successful because there's a meth-lab in every RV (remember the old slogan "a chicken in every pot?"). When an 80 year old granndma and grandpa starts making meth and having ther kids sell it, while they are out selling themselves as well, it time to admit they have owned the area. I hope to find a completely different type of culture and subculture in CO, not one that raises their girls to be prostitutes at age 15, auctioning them off on their birthdays, etc. I think the Front Range might be good, and I'm planning a trip to check it out. What areas should I avoid, anyone heard?
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Old 06-27-2013, 03:55 AM
 
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I'm getting ready to leave AZ, the area I'm in has been overrun with meth-hoes and their addicts,
This seems to be a trend almost everywhere. COS has a significant Christian and military presence that discourages some of that activity, or at least that is our hope as we also move there seeking a good retirement location.
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