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Old 09-10-2011, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Coast of Somewhere Beautiful
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....Financials was not an issue at all?
Easy question - Key West. The cruise ships have destroyed a lot of the charm, but it's still the funnest city I know. We tried hard to make it work a few years ago, but the financials just didn't click. In fact, anywhere in FL from Marathon Southward would work.
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:28 PM
 
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I'm a native Californian, born and mostly raised (military family) in Southern CA, spent three years in the Central Valley and finished out my CA time in Sacramento, not far from the Napa Valley which we visited many times. My wife is a Sacramento native.
Sacramento is boring except the historic town halls in Downtown and Stockton is worse.
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:30 PM
 
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What about Santa Cruz or Capitola?
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:42 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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Sacramento is boring except the historic town halls in Downtown and Stockton is worse.
Funny, we were never bored. Boring people get bored. There's a lot to do in town, a decent night life, plenty of history and lots of interesting places within easy reach.

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What about Santa Cruz or Capitola?
Santa Cruz is getting a bit down-trodden, is full of college students and tourists, is a bit expensive, being a coastal town, and is an enclave of old hippies who never grew up. If you like hemp, tie dye, drum circles, vegetarians, PETA, Earth First, Greenpeace, the ACLU, etc. you'll love it.

Capitola is cute, quaint and also touristy.
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Old 09-10-2011, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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I'm a native Californian, born and mostly raised (military family) in Southern CA, spent three years in the Central Valley and finished out my CA time in Sacramento, not far from the Napa Valley which we visited many times. My wife is a Sacramento native.
My siblings are in all around Sac, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno; they love it. None of them have ever lived anywhere else, and they have no desire to move anywhere else.

After growing up in the valley [and foothills] I left at 18. After a few years I returned, attended college and even owned an apartment complex for a while; but we left again.

I have also visited many times, but I can not see living there.
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Old 09-10-2011, 02:03 PM
 
Location: SW MO
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My siblings are in all around Sac, Stockton, Modesto, Fresno; they love it. None of them have ever lived anywhere else, and they have no desire to move anywhere else.

After growing up in the valley [and foothills] I left at 18. After a few years I returned, attended college and even owned an apartment complex for a while; but we left again.

I have also visited many times, but I can not see living there.
Obviously, neither can we. But for a couple of state publicy policy, legislative and political analysts/"experts" it was a great career move.
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Old 09-10-2011, 02:40 PM
 
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I have lived in Scotland and I loved it.

I lived in Naples Italy, where it was really nice to be able to leisurely explore Rome, Sicily, and all that Italy has to offer.

I choose to retire to Maine, largely due to economics. I had never been to Maine prior to making that choice. I made many trips to Maine to verify what we expected to see here. I am on a very limited pension, so it does matter where I live. I can not afford, today, to live in many of the places where I have previously lived.

If I had more money? I would fix-up where I am. I would complete our shift to being off-grid; making our own electricity and fuel, our own food and fiber.

For us this is a great place to be.


Forest.... what was Scotland like? Where did you live? I love the idea of it.
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Old 09-10-2011, 03:16 PM
 
Location: Wisconsin
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I am planning to retire in Alaska. I will move in 10 months (God willing) to my Alaskan job, work for the next 10 years there first and enjoy every hike and trip that i take when I can. During the summer, I will have plenty of daylight hours to enjoy its beauty.

I love cooler weather and the south central and south east is actually, on average, warmer then it is in Wisconsin where I live now... Alaska or bust!!
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Old 09-10-2011, 03:44 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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Forest .... what was Scotland like? Where did you live? I love the idea of it.
It was very nice. They have a strong sense of their heritage. Still a bit mad at the English. You can not kick a stone without disturbing a historical artifact.

We lived in Dunoon which is in Argyleshire across the Clyde from Gourock [which is 25 miles West of Glasgow].

The people are friendly, the customs are fun. Lots of castles [both ruins and maintained], museums, grassy hills with lots of sheep, tiny pubs where everyone knows everyone else going back for many generations.

Local TV was a hoot. A community would broadcast a debate. The town council, a minister and a couple concerned citizens all sitting in a semi-circle of couches. Between each couch would be a low table with 2 or 3 bottles of local whiskeys. As the conversation moves around the semi-circle sometimes a council member would get up and walk behind the camera to readjust it. The BBC is low budget. They would argue and yell at each other while slowly getting drunk all about potholes or Mr. Murphy's sheep. We thought it was funny.

They have a number of bus tours of whiskey stills, you can tour and sample ten different distilleries in a day.

We had many misunderstandings due to different uses of English phrases, but nobody ever took insult.

A rubber is what you use to rub-out pencil mistakes off paper.
A cooker is the counter-top device you cook with it is not a stove.
A boot verses a trunk.
A lady of good reputation does not use a razor [or if she does she asks for her 'special order' and the chemist hands it to her in a brown paper bag].
There were many of those kinds of goofs
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Old 09-10-2011, 03:52 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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Key West Florida in the Winter
My house (rural Missouri) Spring and Fall
Someplace cool in the summer. British Columbia maybe.

20yrsinBranson
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