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Old 11-19-2018, 10:01 AM
 
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My stint in jail was in 1961. Eads, Co. I was 15 and had stolen a car and run away. They shuffled me around to various reform schools for a few weeks and finally sent me home to Alabama where the town agreed to supervise me. They knew my mother was not up to the task, and I had no father. I was required to attend church.

I did manage to graduate from high school. 1963.
Navy. East coast; West coast, riverine patrol Vietnam; got out in '71 to pursue a sales career.
I did well in sales. Changed companies a few times. Got a chance to drive an 18-wheeler for 5 years (I always wanted to) at the end of my working life.

Married in 1990; age 45.
Accumulated real estate.
Today: Retired. All real estate paid for; cash flow is excellent. I have visited 49 states and 20 foreign countries. I never smoked, drank very little, and still work out almost every day.


And I never went to jail again.
Aren't you itching to visit that last one?
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Old 11-19-2018, 10:36 AM
 
Location: NE Mississippi
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........... I have visited 49 states and 20 foreign countries. I never smoked, drank very little, and still work out almost every day.
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Aren't you itching to visit that last one?
Yeah. Alaska.
I'll probably make it next year. The plan is for me to drive to Dawson City, Yukon Territory, and bop across the border just so that I can say "all 50".
It's 4400 miles up there for me. I have been working up my old 90 GMC for the trip, and it's almost ready.

Here's the plan:
Driving to Dawson


Evidently the road trip I started in that stolen car in 1961 has never ended. Like I said, I drove 18 wheelers for 5 years - 750,000 miles - so living on the road is not new to me.
As the link mentions, it is possible to drive all the way to the arctic circle from Dawson. The Dempster Highway will take you right to it.
Soul of a tumbleweed, I guess.
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Old 11-19-2018, 11:40 AM
 
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Yeah. Alaska.
I'll probably make it next year. The plan is for me to drive to Dawson City, Yukon Territory, and bop across the border just so that I can say "all 50".
It's 4400 miles up there for me. I have been working up my old 90 GMC for the trip, and it's almost ready.

Here's the plan:
Driving to Dawson


Evidently the road trip I started in that stolen car in 1961 has never ended. Like I said, I drove 18 wheelers for 5 years - 750,000 miles - so living on the road is not new to me.
As the link mentions, it is possible to drive all the way to the arctic circle from Dawson. The Dempster Highway will take you right to it.
Soul of a tumbleweed, I guess.
Sounds lovely. That road trip is on my list for sure.

I have been to Alaska twice, but only via cruise ship. I want to spend a couple weeks RVing in Denali.
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Old 11-19-2018, 01:16 PM
 
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Just curious in a friendly sort of way. Share what you want. Past life, where you live and how it is. Why did you pick your locale? Hobbies, interests, stuff you do, that sort of thing.

I guess Iíll start since, well, I started this thread.

Retired ( 2.5 years) Social Worker. Seen a lot of negative stuff. I know what dead people smell like, but what bothered me the most was the smell of cat pee and poop. It seems that having 12 cats (never dogs) is a requirement for mentally ill people. Give me skunk any day.

We live in an area popular with retirees-the mountains of eastern CA. We moved here 16 years ago planning to stay here after retirement. We love it here! Near a town of 5000 with friendly people and many events. Two excellent live theater venues and a National Forest a mile away. Mrs5150 is an attorney and is looking to retire next year. Two grown kids and two grandkids.

We both ski and hike. I bike and she reads. I volunteer 3 half days a week. We camp in our area in a money pit of a class B camper van. Itís in the shop as I type needing $1200 worth of front end work. Iím a musician -Sax, flute and Mandolin. I will be playing this Sunday at the Lutheran church we attend.
Soon to be legal immigrant ( hopefully before retirement in 30 years ), secular , conservative, don't question authority much but doesnt believe them completely either , not a 100% capitalist but realize money can help achieve a true sense of community/socialism and want to work/retire somewhere in the New Hampshire/Vermont region.

But for now enjoyin the debt
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Old 11-19-2018, 01:44 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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Just curious in a friendly sort of way. Share what you want. Past life, where you live and how it is.

We live in an area popular with retirees-the mountains of eastern CA. We moved here 16 years ago planning to stay here after retirement. We love it here! Near a town of 5000 with friendly people and many events. Two excellent live theater venues and a National Forest a mile away. Mrs5150 is an attorney and is looking to retire next year. Two grown kids and two grandkids.
When we were looking for a retirement place - I LOVED that area (Minden, Gardnerville, etc.) just because it was a hop, skip and a jump from Lake Tahoe. The only thing that killed it was SNOW. And that wind.

Still will visit it tho -we will be not far....
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Old 11-19-2018, 02:00 PM
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Location: North Monterey County
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65 here - and retired one month ago yesterday. Husband is 62.5.

We are currently packing up our house here in Utah - we've been here 28 years - for California. Husband was born in So Cal - and I left Wisconsin when I was 22 for California where I lived in both the Bay Area and So Cal where I met him - in a bar in Marina del Rey.

I love Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!) and still have family there - but I have a large family so we're spread out all over the world. I just can't live in snow anymore. I have worked since I was 15 - so do that math - 50 years is enough. Started off in medical records, hospital administration, acute care administration, home health and then when we moved to Utah worked in academic nursing administration and finally became my city's city recorder/city clerk where I have served for 18 years.

Husband was adamant we live in a moderate temperature.... we actually looked all over the West for a retirement place - Oregon, AZ, NM, Colorado - but I put my foot down after almost 30 years living out in the middle of the desert/nowhere near family that I wanted to be close to family. I have a sister down the SF Peninsula and a nephew and his family in Santa Cruz. I still have very close dear friends from my 15 years in California - living all over the state. My husband has cousins in Palo Alto and Palm Springs....as well as many clients who became friends.

I am so looking forward to going "home". Home will be in Prunedale, CA - affordable California - 10 miles as the crow flies from the Pacific Ocean. It's just rural enough - America's Salad Bowl - to not be a crazy busy place to live - but there still are amenities close by if not just up or down the 101.
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Old 11-19-2018, 02:15 PM
 
Location: Clinton, MD
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Grew up in central NY in the 1960's. We retired a few months ago and really, really like it! I was an RN, he was an engineer. We met in college. We have four kids, from their mid-thirties to age 20. One grandchild so far. Just celebrated 40th anniversary.

We have spent too much of the last couple of months having procedures done (me) for relatively minor cancer removal and testing, testing, testing. Seeing another Dr. on Monday. Please cross your fingers for me. I feel fine.

After we are done with that stuff, we want to volunteer, babysit, travel, do artwork and have FUN! Well, I do. I can talk him into these things and he enjoys some of them as well. We want to play more instruments and improve in the ones we already play. And we want to dance!

Husband loves his projects in the garage, and he's delighted that he can finally get to 'em. Fixed two tractors and a snowblower, now working on another old snowblower to sell. The garage is much cleaner.
Hope all went well today. God bless!
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Old 11-19-2018, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Central NY
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Hmmmm. Good question. Who am I??

I'm 76, long divorced, retired woman. Live in central NY (near Syracuse) in a low-income one-bedroom apartment.

Last of family of origin. Have two kids, one about 20 miles away from me, the other one lives in OK. The three of us are not close. Long, sad, stupid story. Gave up trying to make it all work about a year ago.
I was married 21 years. Divorced since 1983. Have had some relationships but decided going it alone was better for me. Though there are times when I wish I had someone in my life.


Retired since 2010. Eye surgery made that decision. Long time getting vision back to some kind of normal. It's OK, I drive and read (not at the same time!!) but close up stuff is difficult. Prefer large print.

Nothing interesting going on in my life now. Just day to day stuff, but I'm OK with that. I have had way more excitement in my life than I ever wanted. I like peace and quiet. I like mother nature, the outdoors, animals, etc. I have two cats who are often my comedy relief. So funny at times.

I do believe in God but do not go to church. I've tried a few and none of them are what they claim to be.

I decided to not worry about anything. I found out a long time ago it doesn't help. What will be, will be.
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Old 11-19-2018, 03:42 PM
 
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65 here - and retired one month ago yesterday. Husband is 62.5.

We are currently packing up our house here in Utah - we've been here 28 years - for California. Husband was born in So Cal - and I left Wisconsin when I was 22 for California where I lived in both the Bay Area and So Cal where I met him - in a bar in Marina del Rey.

I love Wisconsin (Go Pack Go!) and still have family there - but I have a large family so we're spread out all over the world. I just can't live in snow anymore. I have worked since I was 15 - so do that math - 50 years is enough. Started off in medical records, hospital administration, acute care administration, home health and then when we moved to Utah worked in academic nursing administration and finally became my city's city recorder/city clerk where I have served for 18 years.

Husband was adamant we live in a moderate temperature.... we actually looked all over the West for a retirement place - Oregon, AZ, NM, Colorado - but I put my foot down after almost 30 years living out in the middle of the desert/nowhere near family that I wanted to be close to family. I have a sister down the SF Peninsula and a nephew and his family in Santa Cruz. I still have very close dear friends from my 15 years in California - living all over the state. My husband has cousins in Palo Alto and Palm Springs....as well as many clients who became friends.

I am so looking forward to going "home". Home will be in Prunedale, CA - affordable California - 10 miles as the crow flies from the Pacific Ocean. It's just rural enough - America's Salad Bowl - to not be a crazy busy place to live - but there still are amenities close by if not just up or down the 101.
Congrats on your move back to CA. Affordability is relative though. Many seniors could not afford to move even to Prunedale though you consider that affordable but compared to Santa Cruz, it's a bargain.

From CD - Prunedale, CA
Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $636,126; Detached houses: $669,972; Townhouses or other attached units: $562,659; In 2-unit structures: $499,321; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $457,348; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $330,443; Mobile homes: $132,884
Median gross rent in 2016: $1,426.



Read more: http://www.city-data.com/city/Pruned...#ixzz5XLJmPEKP
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Old 11-19-2018, 04:03 PM
 
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I do believe in God but do not go to church. I've tried a few and none of them are what they claim to be.

I decided to not worry about anything. I found out a long time ago it doesn't help. What will be, will be.
i would think it is a bit hard to be an atheist .. who does one talk to during sex ? ha ha ha
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