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Old 02-22-2015, 12:40 PM
 
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Hello Avalon, so good to see you back here again...miss your input on things! So glad to hear you are now settled and enjoying where you are living. I've thought of moving to that area myself so any information/words of wisdom you would like to share are more than welcome.

 
Old 02-22-2015, 01:00 PM
 
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Avalon, I'm glad you're enjoying Bradenton. We have friends who visit there every year for spring training games and love the place.
 
Old 02-22-2015, 02:33 PM
 
Location: Baltimore, MD
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Hi Avalon. IIRC, you had spent a significant amount of time in your mother's community before taking the leap to full time residency. I would love to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly. Have you made friends who are close to your age and if yes, are they members of your community?
 
Old 02-22-2015, 11:58 PM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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Hi Avalon. IIRC, you had spent a significant amount of time in your mother's community before taking the leap to full time residency. I would love to hear the good, the bad, and the ugly. Have you made friends who are close to your age and if yes, are they members of your community?
EscortRider, thanks, tried to rep you but can't for some reason. Yes, so far so good....but I am notorious for moving somewhere and then thinking the grass is always greener somewhere else. In the past 20 years, I've moved seven times. However, I'm retired now and my Mom's condo is paid-for, so this must absolutely be my last move.

Lenora, yes, I've been coming here since 1997 when Mom moved here. In the last 5-7 years, a significant number of boomers have moved into this over-55 community, so there are lots of folks my age. I didn't know any of them until I came down as a snowbird after she died in 2012, and then full-time as of 11/2013. So I've met people on my noodle at the community pool (the social hub), and also attending most of the functions in our clubhouse (dances, dinners, card games, etc.). I try not to sit with the same people all the time, so I can get to know as many folks as possible and not be identified with any specific clique. I also became very involved in helping with the HOA committees, so I met people that way. So I feel I have a wide variety of friends here in the community.

I also have made some new outside friends by going to a sports bar to watch my Eagles -- met folks from Philly who are now living here. That's nice for me, because the Gulf coast has many more Midwesterners than East Coasters, so it's nice to meet people from my hometown. I also made a new friend while swimming in the Gulf one summer day -- we were just chatting about how wonderful it was to be in this island paradise and I recognized her Philly accent. Oh, I forgot, I also go country line-dancing so I've met other friends that way.

So things are good on the social life front. The bad is that it's a condo community, so you've got your typical condo stuff, gossip, cliquishness, worrying every time my dog barks, jerky Board members, etc. But it's a huge weight off my shoulders not having to worry about a house. I'm also in a one-story unit so I don't have the typical problems of noisy neighbors upstairs. And this community is located very close to Anna Maria Island, which is absolutely beautiful, so I feel like I'm in the best location possible without actually living on the island.

Hope that helps. I am lucky that I am an outgoing person, which makes it easier when I up and move to a place where I don't know many people. Let me know if you have other questions.
 
Old 02-23-2015, 09:03 AM
 
Location: Prescott AZ
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Avalon: So great to hear you have conquered retirement in a new place and it's been good for you ! Your condo community sounds absolutely wonderful and all those great activities ! I am happy for you and thanks for updating us too !
 
Old 02-24-2015, 11:25 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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Hi Everybody,

I just wanted you to know I recently moved to Sarasota, Florida (about 10 weeks ago.) I have been divorced for some time now. I moved from outside of Philadelphia, PA. This was after researching the area, visiting the area, and trying to figure out if it would be the right move. It was hard and it is taking some time to transition to the area, but so far, I am really pleased and happy to be here. I do have some relatives here so it is not like I didn't know anyone. That can be important especially if you are single.

The apartment complex is nice, and the neighbors are very friendly. I think it makes more sense to rent until you become more familiar with an area. I started doing some volunteer work just on a small scale, not every day. I think it will take awhile to get more involved with activities.

The move was a risk; it is hard to move away from familiar people and things. However, sometimes I think you just have to make that decision. Sarasota is a beautiful area with a lot of things to do, and so far, I am enjoying life here very much.
 
Old 02-24-2015, 03:23 PM
 
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Well I may be a new unfamiliar name, having joined C-D about two and a half years after you, but let me say it is really nice to read a story such as yours in which people are satisfied with their new location. Moving is a lot of work and I always feel sad for those who moved and then discovered that they need to move again because things are not working out.
I feel sad for them too...and I've known several who found that out the hard way. It definitely starts me spinning the wheels again, and before I know it I feel like I'm back at square one. When I first started researching it, I thought I had a lot of time to decide. Here I am eight years later, that much closer to retirement... and still nothing concrete yet. So yes, it's good to hear the positive!!
 
Old 02-24-2015, 03:26 PM
 
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Excellent posts Avalon08 & SUSMUSIC, thx for the updates!
 
Old 02-24-2015, 04:08 PM
 
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Well, I'm putting together plans for an epic road trip through Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky up to north central Indiana this spring. Now that I am retired, I am on a search for my next home. I am returning to where I spent my first 22 years - Indiana. Once I am out of Florida, I will be avoiding the interstates and driving on lesser traveled roads through the small towns and countryside of the abovementioned states.

This is a bit off-topic but I really enjoyed the book: Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon. It is the story of his travels on state and county roads for months....after his divorce. I will be sure to keep a journal on my trip.

his book: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Highways-.../dp/0316353299
 
Old 02-24-2015, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Florida Gulf Coast
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Well, I'm putting together plans for an epic road trip through Florida, Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky up to north central Indiana this spring. Now that I am retired, I am on a search for my next home. I am returning to where I spent my first 22 years - Indiana. Once I am out of Florida, I will be avoiding the interstates and driving on lesser traveled roads through the small towns and countryside of the abovementioned states.

This is a bit off-topic but I really enjoyed the book: Blue Highways by William Least Heat-Moon. It is the story of his travels on state and county roads for months....after his divorce. I will be sure to keep a journal on my trip.

his book: http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Highways-.../dp/0316353299
Love it! I always wanted to do that on a road trip to California. Love your adventurous spirit and can't wait to hear about your journey....
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