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Old 12-03-2016, 04:19 AM
 
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Colorado is beautiful!! DW and I lived there for 10 years- the other side of the Rockies, between Boulder and Estes Park. You won't have to worry about humidity (nosebleeds due to LACK of humidity are another thing though!) We didn't even own a snow shovel for the first 5 years; only needed a broom. Some winters, you couldn't pack snow together to make a snowball if your life depended on it...it was too dry. After moving from Co to Maine, everything changed. Needed an ice-pick to make it to the garage! The area you are going to is absolutely beautiful. Have driven the 4x4 trail from Ouray to Lake City, across some of the most beautiful country in the US. You are in for a beautiful retirement.
Good Luck!!
Wow, so you know Ridgway. I have vacationed there almost every year since 1988 and always felt drawn to it. Funny how different Ouray and Ridgway are, but the San Juans are still always magnificently there!

I do think half the reason I want to go is I loathe humidity and Eastern summers are just getting stickier all along. I feel housebound in the summer like other people do in the winter. And I am bringing a snow shovel, just in case. Thanks so much for reminding me that I will have a beautiful retirement. I hope we all can in our own ways.
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Old 12-03-2016, 06:02 AM
 
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If all goes as planned, I will be working for another 13 months, taking a couple of months off to rest up and pack, and then moving from the Boston area to a small Western town. I have been working third shift in a psychiatric hospital for many years and am worn out.

But my co-workers (and often patients, too) are from all over the world. There is time and space for conversation at night. I have met and conversed with people from all over, from so many countries and am so much richer for it. It makes the world seem less lonely.

I will not miss the actual work and stressors involved, nor the physical stress of night shifts.

I am making good money (for me) and wonder if I'm crazy to give it up to become a pensioner and move somewhere where there is no work.

I feel finished with this work and with East Coast life.

I fear waking up in my little house in Colorado with the same furniture and dogs and books and wondering what the hell have I gone and done.

I feel like this is my last hurrah at taking a chance with my life.

Thank you for listening.

-- from the manic-depressive acute unit at 1a EST
You don't sound like you want to retire.
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Old 12-03-2016, 06:45 AM
 
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I am ready to not work a job. I worry that it's too soon financially, that I am being I'm prudent, that I will miss the things about working that work for me (conversations and money).

After the night I had last night and the morning cluster**** of scheduling and sick calls and forced overtime, I counted up the days again. In one year, I'll be looking at four more weeks. I've got this!
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Old 12-03-2016, 06:57 AM
 
Location: Western Colorado
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Where you are moving to is paradise. You'll discover a very diverse group of people there, from an astronaut, to retired secret service agents, to celebrities, to hard working ranchers, old and young hippies, and everything in between. Including Planet Janet and Cowboy Bob. Lots going on, and lots to do and see. I envy you.
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Old 12-03-2016, 07:16 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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This is not in line with the OP's subject, just want to comment that any of us moving somewhere at age 65+ and thinking it's permanent should/could think of what's there for facilities when we can no longer live alone due to frailty or declining health. (I'll bet you'll live longer there, though!)

The other thing, OP, is that when you stop working overnight shifts you may well find a boost in energy from more daylight and being on a more "normal" daily rhythm. It's a different world psychologically.

I think what you're doing is courageous and just wonderful. Please keep on posting all along the way. Do you have a blog?
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Old 12-03-2016, 07:28 AM
 
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No blog, but thank you for your interest. I'm ahead here- have already worried about frail old age, and where to go and how to pay for it. I certainly hope for some mood improvement without the stressors of my job and the awful hours. Maybe that's why I supposedly don't look my age- no sun for years!

And Jim951, I think I've known CowboyBob since my guest ranch days. He used to come up to the overnight camp and sing for us. I also saw him relatively recently at the True Grit.
I can't get enough of your recommendations for Ridgway and the area. I had no idea it was so different where you are currently perched. You'll have to visit, yes?
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Old 12-03-2016, 07:40 AM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I wish when I had made a life changing move back when I was younger and that I had chosen to go to Colorado rather than New York. But I had family in New York then. Now I'm back in Florida since 1999 and doubt I could deal with the cold anymore.


BrightDogLover I'm not sure where you are going to be in Colorado but near Colorado Springs is a placed called National Mill Dog Rescue. They rescue former puppy mill breeders, rehabilitate them and then find them good homes. If I lived there I would love to volunteer with them. Facebook them, it might be something you, as a fellow dog lover, would enjoy.


Good Luck - I'm jealous. :-)
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Old 12-03-2016, 08:07 AM
 
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I got to spend about half my adult life in Colorado over two different occasions. Both our children were born there. Wife and I would love to retire back there if we could. Head to the mountains, and love life in the high west.
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Old 12-03-2016, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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No move is ever irreversable. You move out there, and find out there's things you hate that you never considered. Well, so what? Do some more research, and find somewhere else to go. Not back to Boston, but maybe somewhere warmer/less arid/bigger, whatever. Sounds like you've thought this out pretty well. Best of luck.
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Old 12-03-2016, 09:22 AM
 
Location: equator
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No blog, but thank you for your interest. I'm ahead here- have already worried about frail old age, and where to go and how to pay for it. I certainly hope for some mood improvement without the stressors of my job and the awful hours. Maybe that's why I supposedly don't look my age- no sun for years!

And Jim951, I think I've known CowboyBob since my guest ranch days. He used to come up to the overnight camp and sing for us. I also saw him relatively recently at the True Grit.
I can't get enough of your recommendations for Ridgway and the area. I had no idea it was so different where you are currently perched. You'll have to visit, yes?

"True Grit"---I've been there! I love Ridgway; been there many times. Maybe it was on one of your posts I listed a link to Dennis Weaver's tire house. I'm sure you've seen it. The view of the San Juans is just breath-taking. Especially from that development on the ridge above. This is sure the place for you if you love horses. It doesn't sound like you can keep one at your new place though?


I applaud you for living your horse life while you still can. I'm "only" 61 but got bad knees over time and could no longer get on/off. That killed me, being a horse person my entire life. Looking out at the empty corral and barn we labored to construct. I could ride right out my gate into John Wayne country. So I envy what you are doing.


I get what you mean about work. I couldn't wait to retire, but find on some level, I miss interacting with people from all over the world. Unlike your work, everyone was happy (mostly) since it was a vacation resort. And the daily money-haul was rewarding. The camaraderie of fellow workers. I find myself thinking about it more than I should!


Ah Telluride! ("To hell you ride"!) And Ouray was our favorite place to visit---soak in hot springs!
You picked a wonderful place....bet you can't wait!
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