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Old 07-07-2019, 12:23 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Oh, please don't mention Tulsa. This probably has nothing to do with Tulsa and everything to do with me, but my dad was a car dealer and we moved to Tulsa before my senior year of high school. I spoke French, played the violin and had my head in a book most of the time. And I was 6'3". I might as well have been from Mars. I had *one* friend in high school, this AFS exchange student from Italy.

I was always miserable when I visited. Just the thought of Tulsa makes me unhappy.
It's kind of weird you said that. When I was a kid I had some cousins and an uncle and aunt who lived in Tulsa. The uncle was mentally ill and was dangerous. Credit to my folks for taking care of my aunt and cousins.

I too have some really bad memories of Tulsa and I think I might have a hard time living there due to that. I like Tulsa and think it's a nice place but yeah, it's hard to block that out sometimes.

You seem to be kind of artsy so in OKC you might do well in the Paseo or Mesta Park or Plaza areas. And Norman has some really nice neighborhoods for adults surrounding campus.
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Old 07-07-2019, 01:12 PM
 
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It's kind of weird you said that. When I was a kid I had some cousins and an uncle and aunt who lived in Tulsa. The uncle was mentally ill and was dangerous. Credit to my folks for taking care of my aunt and cousins.

I too have some really bad memories of Tulsa and I think I might have a hard time living there due to that. I like Tulsa and think it's a nice place but yeah, it's hard to block that out sometimes.

You seem to be kind of artsy so in OKC you might do well in the Paseo or Mesta Park or Plaza areas. And Norman has some really nice neighborhoods for adults surrounding campus.
Sorry you went through that, exposure to a dangerous, mentally ill person. Not easy, especially for a child.

Not all of my memories of Tulsa are bad. I enjoyed playing in the Tulsa Philharmonic, Opera and Ballet orchestras--my first professional gigs, along with some freelancing through the AFM. Philbrook Art Museum was a favorite hangout, and the town hippies frequented a park near there. I was a little young for that, but sympathetic.

Don't know how to take the "artsy" comment, but sense you don't mean any harm.
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Old 07-07-2019, 08:47 PM
 
Location: USA
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My son finished school and I'm looking for a place to retire. My parents met in Guthrie and both sets of grandparents were there; I spent many happy hours there as a child. So it's definitely on the list, especially since there's now a medical marijuana dispensary there.

What is it like living there? Cost of living, crime, medical care? Anything you could tell me would be helpful.
What’s the old saying? “You can’t go home again?” Hopefully, you can spend time there before making a commitment and determine if you’ll like it.

Maybe I should listen to my own advice. I was beyond miserable in college. I was broke and struggled with every class. No one ever accused me of being “smart” but I am blessed with tons of common sense!

I also didn’t fit in well being surrounded by kids who were on average, 4 years younger than me. I was a vet having done 4 years in the service and while I served during peacetime, my job exposed me to more death and injury than the average service member or college student was exposed to during the same period (‘76-‘80). That messed with me.

Still, we’ve decided to retire near the same town where I went to college where I was so unhappy . Yes, I’ve taken my wife to the area and she loved it. We already have friends who live there and are anxious to join a local church and help others. While “it’ll be different” this time, I know my personality and my wife’s. We’ll go all-in to make it successful. If that’s your personality also, go for it....you’ll do just fine! Good luck!
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Old 07-07-2019, 09:19 PM
 
Location: Oklahoma
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Don't know how to take the "artsy" comment, but sense you don't mean any harm.
LOL. Certainly don't mean "artsy" to be a put down. Just my limited vocabulary.
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