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Old 02-09-2008, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Oregon Coast
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I have seen a couple of these chat threads in the state forums. I think it's time we have one here for all those topics that don't fit. It should still be about this forum or retirement stuff.
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:58 PM
 
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Default I'll play...

My wife and I are about 1 1/2 years away from the magic retirement date, and very eager. Our biggest concern right now is deciding where to retire. We have several places we're considering and without going into detail, our biggest fears are weather and attitudes. We're in the San Diego area right now and the weather can't be beat... the area's we're considering have rain and snow galore. The people of the states we're considering also have a reputation on this forum for not liking Californians... also a concern. We're fairly liberal, but don't force our views on others... however, we do wonder how hard it might be to live somewhere with a very conservative reputation. Anyone have advice about these issues?

Anyway... those are our fears, the rest is all good. Time to do all the things we love... hiking, reading, gardening... photography, college classes, volunteering... I could go on and on. Money should be ok although we won't be wealthy. And did I mention time?

So for those who have retired already, and had plans to finally get into their hobbies... is it as good as we working stiffs imagine? Or did that get old eventually just like work?

And one last question... tell us the one thing you didn't think about before retirement that turned out to be wonderful? And the one thing you didn't expect, that turned out to be really disappointing?

Thanks!
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Old 02-10-2008, 12:03 AM
 
Location: southern california
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i recently retired. my friends say its changed me.
i am much more relaxed and not so parinoid.
cats like me a lot more too.
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:10 AM
 
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My wife and I are about 1 1/2 years away from the magic retirement date, and very eager. Our biggest concern right now is deciding where to retire. We have several places we're considering and without going into detail, our biggest fears are weather and attitudes. We're in the San Diego area right now and the weather can't be beat... the area's we're considering have rain and snow galore. The people of the states we're considering also have a reputation on this forum for not liking Californians... also a concern. We're fairly liberal, but don't force our views on others... however, we do wonder how hard it might be to live somewhere with a very conservative reputation. Anyone have advice about these issues?

Anyway... those are our fears, the rest is all good. Time to do all the things we love... hiking, reading, gardening... photography, college classes, volunteering... I could go on and on. Money should be ok although we won't be wealthy. And did I mention time?

So for those who have retired already, and had plans to finally get into their hobbies... is it as good as we working stiffs imagine? Or did that get old eventually just like work?

And one last question... tell us the one thing you didn't think about before retirement that turned out to be wonderful? And the one thing you didn't expect, that turned out to be really disappointing?

Thanks!
Wife and I retired and relocated two months ago. We are having a great time decorating the house and anxiously await outdoor gardening season. We are exploring some hobbies (creative). The biggest thing for me is accepting that its not going to end. So use to vacations and having to go back. Another big thing is that other then Sunday (church) every day has the same opportunities. Plan to do something one day and have a change of circumstance of well then bring it on tomorrow. There is so much more freedom and so much less stress. The big challenge is just the opposite and that is the challenge of change.
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Old 02-10-2008, 04:24 AM
 
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been retired since 99, heres my experience so far, i'm 70
lived in the houston area, moved 75 miles north to a lake area(small town). lots of retires here, took a while to get used to the lack of stores, didnt miss the traffic. hate going back to the "big city"
staying busy is probably the key to retirement, we did some traveling, the wife still does the grey line tours w/ lady friends, i think men get tired of it after a while. we been to all the national parks, look ats etc. tried christmas in mich & colarado, too cold & nasty. did the travel trailer thing, dont worry about political stuff, there are plenty of like mindede folks to go around.
the biggest enlightment was discovering that as we get older, we are so busy doing nothing that there is no time to do anything.
retire is good, it just takes time to get used to.
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Old 02-10-2008, 06:24 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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i recently retired. my friends say its changed me.
i am much more relaxed and not so parinoid.
cats like me a lot more too.
Paranoid in what way? At work?
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:38 AM
 
Location: Want to be in Branson
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Hi all,
I just joined this forum and thought this was as good as any thread to post first! We are planning to retire at the end of the year. We are really looking forward to it but it is a little frightning. It is such a big change to think about. We have purchased a place in SW MO and will be moving there probably March of next year.
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Old 02-10-2008, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Oxygen Ln. AZ
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Can you stay in SanDiego? I think that would be my first choice as far as ideal climates and entertainment.
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Old 02-10-2008, 09:08 AM
 
Location: Prospect, KY
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We are retiring in 5 months - we can hardly wait....hoping to sell and relocate to KY or stay where we are. So. California has wonderful weather and beautiful beaches but we are ready for less traffic and a cheaper cost of living and a new adventure.
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Old 02-10-2008, 10:43 AM
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Location: The beautiful Rogue Valley, Oregon
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The people of the states we're considering also have a reputation on this forum for not liking Californians... also a concern. We're fairly liberal, but don't force our views on others... however, we do wonder how hard it might be to live somewhere with a very conservative reputation. Anyone have advice about these issues?
Having lived in both Washington and Oregon, two of the states with a reputation for not liking Californians: there is a perceived difference between Californians in general and the people who are your next door neighbors who moved here from California. The stereotype of "The Californian" here is: someone who likes to talk about how dirt cheap houses are here, and how they can live on what they sold the other house for; someone who thinks things are "more backward" here than California; someone who thinks the area would be better if it were more like California; someone who thinks the weather should be more California-like and complains about the rain and gray. That's the perception anyway, with maybe a slight grounding in reality.

Obviously this perception fits very few people who move to the state, but most people have run across someone like this and it makes the stereotype fit.

So the upshot it: swap out your plates quickly, talk to your neighbors, focus on what's good in the area you now live in, and you won't have any problems.
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