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Old 09-09-2011, 03:30 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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You are of course right - this is a dream thread, a "what if" thread. No one should call you out for dreaming whatever you want to dream.

cur·mud·geon
noun \(ˌ)kər-ˈmə-jən\
1

archaic: miser

2

: a crusty, ill-tempered, and usually old man
Nor should anyone be called out for having a different definition of materialism, Hmmm.

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What is a Curmudgeon anyway?

A curmudgeon's reputation for malevolence is undeserved. They're neither warped nor evil at heart. They don't hate mankind, just mankind's absurdities. They're just as sensitive and soft-hearted as the next guy, but they hide their vulnerability beneath a crust of misanthropy. They ease the pain by turning hurt into humor. . . . . . They attack maudlinism because it devalues genuine sentiment. . . . . . Nature, having failed to equip them with a serviceable denial mechanism, has endowed them with astute perception and sly wit.
Curmudgeons are mockers and debunkers whose bitterness is a symptom rather than a disease. They can't compromise their standards and can't manage the suspension of disbelief necessary for feigned cheerfulness. Their awareness is a curse.
Perhaps curmudgeons have gotten a bad rap in the same way that the messenger is blamed for the message: They have the temerity to comment on the human condition without apology. They not only refuse to applaud mediocrity, they howl it down with morose glee. Their versions of the truth unsettle us, and we hold it against them, even though they soften it with humor.
- JON WINOKUR
Isn't cherry-picking to try to insult another fun?
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:45 PM
 
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If money were no object:
July - September in Michigan (to be near family and some of the best freshwater inland lakes in the world)
October - March in Maui
April - June traveling to Barcelona, Florence, Venice, Lake Como or Lake Garda, Paris, Prague, Budapest, UK, St. Lucia, Fiji, Tahiti, etc., etc. (I think you get the idea....)
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:52 PM
 
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Here's where I'd divide my time....

Gorgeous townhouse in Boston (city)

Carmel by the Sea (ocean)

Coeur d'Alene (lakes and mountains)


ah yes....
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Old 09-09-2011, 03:52 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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Which City and State would you retire in USA if........Financials was not an issue at all?
Unlimited money wouldn't make any difference to me. First town to pop into my head was the one I'm planning to retire to anyway. So I guess I chose my place correctly.

White Mountains/Rim Country in Arizona.
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:07 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Here's where I'd divide my time....

Gorgeous townhouse in Boston (city)

Carmel by the Sea (ocean)

Coeur d'Alene (lakes and mountains)


ah yes....
Monterey and Carmel, where my wife and I went on our first date, would decidedly be on the vacation itinerary. I fell in love with the area when stationed at Fort Ord back in the mid-60s.
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Old 09-09-2011, 04:16 PM
 
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Monterey and Carmel, where my wife and I went on our first date, would decidedly be on the vacation itinerary. I fell in love with the area when stationed at Fort Ord back in the mid-60s.
Monterey and Carmel in California?
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Old 09-09-2011, 05:25 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Monterey and Carmel in California?
Indeed! I don't believe Fort Ord was ever situated in Mexico, but I suppose I could be wrong.
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:01 PM
 
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Monterey and Carmel, where my wife and I went on our first date, would decidedly be on the vacation itinerary. I fell in love with the area when stationed at Fort Ord back in the mid-60s.
I also fell in love with the area. I was stationed at the Presidio of Monterey for the Defense Language School, many decades ago. I was stunned by the beauty and the Presidio was in the perfect location over Monterey Bay, Cannery Row and the Wharf. I could easily walk down the Franklin Street hill to these places and Pacific Grove.

I have been back a few times and it still has the same beauty but it is much more crowded and expensive. Cannery Row, when I was in the Army, was still abandoned, and has some real characters living in the area--exactly like the ones in John Steinbeck's novels, Cannery Row and Tortilla Flat
This was well before the Aquarium and it is very nice but it took away some of the peace, quiet and simplicity of the past.

Livecontent
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Old 09-09-2011, 07:25 PM
 
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Central Colorado in summer and florida keys in winter. Otherwise I'd stay in Texas.
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Old 09-09-2011, 08:17 PM
 
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Indeed! I don't believe Fort Ord was ever situated in Mexico, but I suppose I could be wrong.
Good choice. I like Monterry Bay Acquarium. What about Napa Valley?

Have you ever lived in CA?
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