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Old 08-10-2017, 10:56 PM
 
Location: SW US
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Thanks to the various questions, comments, opinions etc. I will try and explain, elaborate, answer and be more specific in some areas., taking each post in turn.....(Please forgive errors etc,...... I am typing this on my Smartphone

Health care etc: local doctors and a wonderful small hospital are 15 miles away in town of about 5000. (I had a severe gall stone attack 3 yrs ago in Dec......drove my self to local hosp at 6a.m., and had surgery within 24 hrs, all went well.) .
In April 2002 I was diagnosed with cancer ( prostate and bladder), had major surgery and follow up treatments in large and excellent Hospital in city of 65,000 , 50 miles away. All went well and I live with some inconvenient, but manageable aftereffects. Have had 2 other surgeries in same hospital and all went well. I also have received a great many (approx100) Physical therapy treatments over the years for problems associated with the aftermath of having survived as a front seat passenger an auto/tree accident (out of state and many,many yrs.ago) which killed the two people on my left. 17 fractures, almost 4 monthe in hosp & many other complications have been a factor in my life's journey and choices.....
How do you get to and from the hospitals and PT? That is one of the things that worries me about staying rural in old age.
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:46 PM
 
Location: Approximately 50 miles from Missoula MT/38 yrs full time after 4 yrs part time
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How do you get to and from the hospitals and PT? That is one of the things that worries me about staying rural in old age.
I guess I am blessed.............i drive my self to any place I have to go in my GMA YUKON. So far I have not had a problem passing the various tests required for renewal of my license every 3 years.
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Old 08-11-2017, 12:31 AM
 
Location: Silicon Valley
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I'm really happy for you OP. I'm glad you had a job where you could leave for a year and come back. You must have been worth your weight in gold to that company to get a deal like that. That must feel good, and rightly so.

I'm also really happy for you that your relationship with your daughter is so close. Thank you for sharing.
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Old 08-11-2017, 04:28 AM
 
Location: Future Expat of California
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Great thread. I look forward to the responses.
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Old 08-11-2017, 05:21 AM
 
Location: Future Expat of California
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[quote=Montana Griz;49136682]
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I'm very happy for you. You planned things out and they have worked for you.

I think some of your ability to live out your dream can be connected to your high earning capability and the timing of when your dreams were implemented.
I can't imagine an employer today giving someone a year off to build their dream home and then hiring them back at the same position.
Most people would need to work that year to make ends meet and save for retirement.[/QUOTE,

A few details for clarification:
We sold our home in Colorado; we moved our house hold belongings into long term storage in MT.; I rented a 40 foot long park model house trailer and had it set up on our property (next to the well I had previously drilled and set up to service the trailer) to live in for the next 12 months; my wife found a job as a medical receptionist in the town 12 miles away; 30 days after we arrived in MT, I was starting to work on the house. I hired a seasoned and very skilled carpenter , subed out the excavation, plumbing , electrical, all dry wall ceilings and walls In the bedrooms and utility room, concrete work and blown-In attic insulation...........the carpenter and I did ALL the rest, which included hundreds of pieces of random length/random width Aspen and Walnut paneling throughout virtually the rest of the house; he and I did the Shake roof; the complete Septic System exceeding the county's requirements by 20%, installation of all Windows and doors; all the Cedar Siding and all other categories of wood work. Also installed all the cabinetry and most importantly, I bought ALL the other lraw materials needed to build the house and garage, scheduled ALL deliveries and was in effect, The Logistics Manager, and the general construction manager.
11 months later, I had my (2150 sq ft dream home and 780 sq foot garage completed)... (I designed it with in-put from my wife), i had an open-end construction loan from the local bank to augment the funds that resulted from the sale of our Colorado home, what debt remained I handled by converting the construction loan into a relatively short term mortgage.
In round figures I saved approx $51,000 ( I had gone out to bid to 3 local home builders), also got a finished home EXACTLY the way I wanted it done with numerous extras.
So the end result was my plan worked out for me.........for someone else, it may not. I was back to my former job within a week, and I also had gone from 189 pounds to 161 !!!!!! And my wife liked her job so much, she worked for the 3 doctors for 13 years.
And you are correct: the timing of the R.E. market in Boulder, Colo when we sold our home was by dumb luck, was perfect!!!!!!and the savings in acting as my own general contractor and putting in approx 2800 to 3000 hours in actual labor time my self , was well worth the effort, planning certainly my loss of 28 pounds
Great story.
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Old 08-11-2017, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Blue Ridge Mountains
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I'm guessing you're in a minority for those deciding where to retire.
Actually IMO you can be in the best hospital in the world, if it's your time to go , you're going. Not an issue for me either!
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Old 08-13-2017, 08:58 AM
 
Location: Lakewood OH
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It's good to hear of someone's plan working out in every way. Plan intricate planning does not always guarantee this will always happen. There are things unforeseen that can occur.

Life happens, sometimes more to some than others and a plan can fail. Still, it's always good to have one and just hope for the best.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:24 AM
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Location: North Monterey County
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I'd rather be happy than old. Being old and happy is fine, but I have no fear of death. When it's my time to die it's my time by God's will

And quite frankly, no one is "100s of miles" from the closest ER. Not for the Op or me. Not even in Africa.. And you must have a lot of unhealthy friends. I'm 67 and the only person I know who had a cardiac issue was Mrs5150. She is alive and well and we live in our version of paradise, miles from the nearest ER.
There are MANY areas of the intermountain west that are 100 miles away from an ER. Add a snowstorm and you're cooked. You might be in a NON-life threatening accident/health situation.... which could turn that way thanks to the lack of access.
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Old 08-13-2017, 10:51 AM
 
Location: Florida -
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The OP is doing something to get where he/she wants to be ... AFTER one retires. Others who buy a second home/condo do likewise.

The question this raises is, "Why stay and work throughout the 40-prime years of one's life in a place one really doesn't like and wants to get away from?"

Here's a different slant. Move to where one wants to live and spend the next 30-40-years working there ... and then retire there. That's what we did in 1973 and where we lived until we retired in 2008 ... and still live.
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Old 08-13-2017, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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There are MANY areas of the intermountain west that are 100 miles away from an ER. Add a snowstorm and you're cooked. You might be in a NON-life threatening accident/health situation.... which could turn that way thanks to the lack of access.
As you age, the dependency on health care facilities increases, obviously, and is irresponsible to place yourself in a situation where you need a helicopter to save your ass.
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