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Old 03-03-2013, 12:56 PM
 
Location: Greater NYC
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Soul Searcher, I commend you for your strength to handle all what you've been through as well as your enthusiam and determination for finding a new place to call home.

(I am originally from CA (Bay Area and LA)and, until recently, lived in the Denver-metro for 13 years.)

As for CA compared with CO -- leaving the political stuff to other posters -- they are similar, sometimes, in feeling and occasionally in their people, in contrast to other parts of this country, but not as simiar as many (and the media) make it out to be. People in CO are friendly, in general, friendlier than Californians (not southern-type over-the-top friendliness of course) but can sometimes also be categorized as a smidge standoffish. If you search the forums you will see this discussed from time to time. I don't place a lot of stock in this as it was not really my experience since once I made friends it really didn't matter because I had built meaningful relationships.

After learning a bit about you, four areas jump out to me, all of which have hit various "best places to live" lists:

Fort Collins, CO
Boise, ID
Kallispell, MT (or maybe Missoula or Bozeman)
Portland, OR or other parts of OR (if you can stand the rain)

I second what another poster said -- take a road trip and try on a few towns for size.

Good luck to you. You deserve it.
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Old 03-05-2013, 01:28 AM
 
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I'm curious as to how the recent changes to Colorado laws will affect the states image as a place to live. Most people are not directly impacted by same sex marriage or recreational marijuana use unless they want to be, but the alimony law and gun control laws (if passed as expected) can't be avoided. I, for example, own guns that will be illegal to bring into Colorado under the proposed laws. That is causing me to re-consider my plan of retiring in Colorado, and I wonder how many others are having second thoughts?
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Old 11-06-2013, 01:32 PM
 
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I am from the west coast and currently reside in Grand Junction...all I can say.is I can't wait to.escape this place. It's an economically depressed town and there is very little to do. High cost of living and low wages make it even worse. Think long and hard before moving here.
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Old 11-07-2013, 07:18 AM
 
Location: Western, Colorado
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I am from the west coast and currently reside in Grand Junction...all I can say.is I can't wait to.escape this place. It's an economically depressed town and there is very little to do. High cost of living and low wages make it even worse. Think long and hard before moving here.
I'd gladly pay for a one way bus ticket out of here for you.
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Old 11-07-2013, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Wherabouts Unknown!
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motoracer51 wrote: I'd gladly pay for a one way bus ticket out of here for you.

Yeah, that'll give him something to DO for a few hours!
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Old 11-07-2013, 04:21 PM
 
Location: high plains
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soul, i would echo the sentiment that you seem to be coping pretty well, given the psychic and physical blows you've weathered. whatever you're doing is working. in fact, you might consider contacting vet groups or trauma groups just to help others, which could be beneficial to you too. you might fit right into the so-called colorado attitude with your military background. i don't know the percentage of vets here, but it's probably high (take it as a pun if you wish).
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