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Old 05-19-2015, 06:18 PM
 
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Viking Fan, I have experienced the exact same phenomena. I used to yearn for the first snow. Not that long ago, a first snow in the Black Hills meant the first snow angels and snow men of the season.
Now, I am just cold! The snow is still beautiful. However, I no longer enjoy the feel of snowflakes on my nose. Instead, when I see snow I begin to dread the chores that snow brings, especially shoveling.

Quite honestly, I liked me better the other way. However, that doesn't change the reality that snow no longer feels magical to me.

TJ
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Old 05-19-2015, 07:46 PM
 
Location: Cochise County, AZ
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My top 13 spots were in either Arizona or New Mexico.

Have you looked around the Prescott Valley area?
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Old 05-19-2015, 08:41 PM
 
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My top 13 spots were in either Arizona or New Mexico.

Have you looked around the Prescott Valley area?

I retired two years ago and have relocated to Arizona in December. I must admit that there were NO cities in Arizona that made my short or long list that we had been working on for the past 10 years.

And, there is only one or two places that would make the list now.
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Old 05-21-2015, 10:53 PM
 
Location: NYC
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I got a lot in Oregon, CA & the Southwest taking that quiz. I do like the parts of the southwest that I have seen & am considering them but one issue I also think about: I am a fair skinned northern european descent type & my concern is the direct sun yearlong in the southwest may not be advisable for my skin type as regards skin cancer. A few of my relatives that spent time in the navy have gotten this & I know it is a problem in FL. I would think that could be a big problem if one is trying to keep active outside.
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Old 05-21-2015, 11:29 PM
 
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I got a lot in Oregon, CA & the Southwest taking that quiz. I do like the parts of the southwest that I have seen & am considering them but one issue I also think about: I am a fair skinned northern european descent type & my concern is the direct sun yearlong in the southwest may not be advisable for my skin type as regards skin cancer. A few of my relatives that spent time in the navy have gotten this & I know it is a problem in FL. I would think that could be a big problem if one is trying to keep active outside.

Sunblock, hats, and long sleeves go a long way to reduce the risk.
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Old 05-23-2015, 10:02 AM
 
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My top 13 spots were in either Arizona or New Mexico.

Have you looked around the Prescott Valley area?
I visited Prescott Valley and Cottonwood, Arizona, last weekend. While both felt like friendly places, Prescott Valley seemed to offer more as far as easy access to shopping and outdoor opportunities. I also felt if I wanted to secure some part-time work, it might be easier in the Prescott Valley area.

Both were more expensive than I had been hoping...got to do a bit of reflection on that.
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Old 05-23-2015, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Try and figure out what type of lining arrangements you want. Apartment, Condo, over 55 community etc.Then start on location. I think a large - several thousand - over 55 community will offer the best opportunity to find friends. It should also be financial stable due to the large number of residents.
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