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Old 02-18-2015, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Central Massachusetts
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This is my first snowbird winter, it's been fun so far. 75-80 everyday is wonderful ! We did not leave until Dec. 3rd and there was a big storm in November, I had sold my tractor thinking I would not need it ! We had to be creative, good thing I have a friend , but that one month was very expensive ! Now I am looking for another tractor in April when we get home. I hate not being in control ........that's the down side of growing old.,

My lawn tractor with 42 inch snow thrower attachment will go to the happy new home owners of my house. My Toro will be coming with me if I move to most places in TN even though I might not get much use I am a mechanic by trade and I know how to keep it running even under light use. If I go any further south then the TN/GA NC/SC borders I will sell it out. But I am not staying here.
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Old 02-18-2015, 04:53 PM
 
Location: State of Superior
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My lawn tractor with 42 inch snow thrower attachment will go to the happy new home owners of my house. My Toro will be coming with me if I move to most places in TN even though I might not get much use I am a mechanic by trade and I know how to keep it running even under light use. If I go any further south then the TN/GA NC/SC borders I will sell it out. But I am not staying here.
We really lucked out,temps here in Tucson are in the 80s , almost too hot ! It's great to break out the shorts and all the Tommy Bahama flowered shirts plus my new straw hat! I wish now I had a sports car with no top to tool around in......it's good here, I am not going back north until I know all snow is gone and that could be May......No lawn Mowers needed down here, we are in the middle of a Desert, and that's alright by me.......I never owned a lawn mower.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Quite true, but the cost of that chopper ride is going to be astronomical.
You are so right about that! My nephew's daughter was transported 50 miles in a helicopter and they charge $25,000!!!
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Old 02-19-2015, 08:00 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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We really lucked out,temps here in Tucson are in the 80s , almost too hot ! It's great to break out the shorts and all the Tommy Bahama flowered shirts plus my new straw hat! I wish now I had a sports car with no top to tool around in......it's good here, I am not going back north until I know all snow is gone and that could be May......No lawn Mowers needed down here, we are in the middle of a Desert, and that's alright by me.......I never owned a lawn mower.
Have you made it up to northern AZ yet? You really should if you haven't.

I want a little sports car too. The Mazda Miata convertible is a cutie!! One of the girls at work has one. I hate her. LOL
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Old 02-19-2015, 09:25 AM
 
Location: State of Superior
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Have you made it up to northern AZ yet? You really should if you haven't.

I want a little sports car too. The Mazda Miata convertible is a cutie!! One of the girls at work has one. I hate her. LOL
Yes , have done all the high spots before, Scottsdale (FLW Taliesen), Sedona , Grand Canyon,Mesa Verda, Hoover Dam and all Day cruse on Lake Mead, Flagstaff, all in 70 year old cars w/100 of my closest friends ( A few , moved forever and built in the desert). The thing is , as much as all those years were priceless, best times of my life , this is different, not better, not worse , just an adventure with a purpose , getting away from the Arctic conditions that have settled in the upper Midwest every winter now,.......and I am finding Tucson much better than I had expected.

Ya, not sure what's got into me, but now I want a sports car with no top, to enhance my winter experience.... And this coming from a Guy who was an Automotive writer,who had owned or driven , over the last 50 years, almost every car ever made ! Good luck with your quest finding that perfect open air ride .
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Old 02-19-2015, 10:30 AM
 
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I'm 67 and haven't a clue where to go in retirement. Mother lives in Sun City Center, FL and I certainly don't want to live there (even if I could afford to). I'd like to have a nice, small trailer somewhere where there are no hurricanes, tornados; no snow, close to 1st class medical care, car is unnecessary; grocery within walking distance, near a lake, etc.

I'm going to work until I'm 70 (unless I die before then). Is there anywhere out there for me?

Oh, I forgot...reasonable cost of living (I am quite frugal).
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:03 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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Yes , have done all the high spots before, Scottsdale (FLW Taliesen), Sedona , Grand Canyon,Mesa Verda, Hoover Dam and all Day cruse on Lake Mead, Flagstaff, all in 70 year old cars w/100 of my closest friends ( A few , moved forever and built in the desert). The thing is , as much as all those years were priceless, best times of my life , this is different, not better, not worse , just an adventure with a purpose , getting away from the Arctic conditions that have settled in the upper Midwest every winter now,.......and I am finding Tucson much better than I had expected.

Ya, not sure what's got into me, but now I want a sports car with no top, to enhance my winter experience.... And this coming from a Guy who was an Automotive writer,who had owned or driven , over the last 50 years, almost every car ever made ! Good luck with your quest finding that perfect open air ride .
Oh good, then you know what's 'up here'. I guess you were part of those groups who drive restored cars. We see them regularly here.

I've lived in Tucson but I was just a kid and it was a lot smaller back then. I always liked it and spent quite a bit of time in the early 80s there and even moved for a short time. I still like Tucson, and visit when I can, but don't really want to live there anymore. Winters only might be okay except I've got nearly the same weather here as there so why? lol

I once heard that middle aged men, and older, tend to drive sporty cars because they can finally afford the insurance. It'll be a good long while before I start looking for another car but I can always dream, right?
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Old 02-19-2015, 04:48 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I'm 67 and haven't a clue where to go in retirement. Mother lives in Sun City Center, FL and I certainly don't want to live there (even if I could afford to). I'd like to have a nice, small trailer somewhere where there are no hurricanes, tornados; no snow, close to 1st class medical care, car is unnecessary; grocery within walking distance, near a lake, etc.

I'm going to work until I'm 70 (unless I die before then). Is there anywhere out there for me?

Oh, I forgot...reasonable cost of living (I am quite frugal).
The combination of conditions you specified will be a tall order to fulfill - perhaps impossible - it seems to me. You might have to compromise on a couple of the parameters. It doesn't seem realistic to wish for paradise and have it be affordable at the same time.
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Old 02-19-2015, 06:33 PM
 
Location: Murrieta California
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I retired in 2002 and we moved to the Temecula Valley in Southern California. We bought a new home here and put in a swimming pool. We have lived in Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, Florida, Phoenix, Northern and Southern California.

I did a lot of research in picking where we wanted to retire. We just love it here and would not want to live anywhere else.
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Old 02-19-2015, 09:13 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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I retired in 2002 and we moved to the Temecula Valley in Southern California. We bought a new home here and put in a swimming pool. We have lived in Mexico, Canada, Venezuela, Florida, Phoenix, Northern and Southern California.

I did a lot of research in picking where we wanted to retire. We just love it here and would not want to live anywhere else.
I always liked the Temecula area the six or eight times I was down there in connection with bicycle racing. Haven't been in several years and probably will not be again.

There are major attractions in San Diego that one can make a day trip out of, or alternatively, spend perhaps one night in San Diego, as you probably know better than I. Since you moved to the Temecula area in 2002, the World War II Battleship USS Iowa arrived in Los Angeles (San Pedro) and is permanently moored there as a public museum. That could also be a nice day trip, as it's at the southern edge of L.A.
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