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Old 06-08-2011, 04:22 PM   #1
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Hi - found this forum while researching retirement locations. Great site! Thanks in advance for all the help and suggestions. I am a homemaker and wear many hats throughout the day/week/month: gardener, housecleaner, financial planner, travel agent, secretary, relocation specialist, artist, interior designer, personal shopper, etc. DH travels extensively for work so I stay flexible - it allows me to go with him when it makes sense. Especially now as we hone in on a retirement home location.

We love the Pacific Northwest (green, lush, cool summers, mild winters) but the grey and drizzle is just too much for me to think of living here forever. However - I can't even imagine living where it is already 95 degrees the first week of June! I am very thankful to have the option to move wherever we want and we are enjoying process of trying to decide. Who knows, we may just stay here and travel during the winters!

We are currently FI but we cannot pull the plug just yet - too many unvested options to leave on the table. Hopefully they will keep their value! DH enjoys his work (except all the travel time away from home - that is a real bummer). Thanks to his job, we have traveled much of the world on the company - for which I am grateful. But now, it is time for us to plan vacations without the laptop and cell phone tether!

I have enjoyed reading through many of the forums - your experiences are making the reality of early retirement come alive for me. Thanks!
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:39 PM   #2
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We are currently FI but we cannot pull the plug just yet - too many unvested options to leave on the table. Hopefully they will keep their value! "
Well now we know your husband doesn't work for microsoft (they haven't done stock option grants in over 5 years so all would be vested, and at any rate very few of them would have any value to keep! )
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:42 PM   #3
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Welcome. There are a number of us who live in Oregon and Washington, a few of us retired already.

My parents were snow-birds, living in the PNW from May through October, then off they went to HI. It worked very well for them for many years. You can have the best of both worlds.
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Old 06-08-2011, 04:57 PM   #4
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quick question - how do I change "Confused about dryer sheets" under my name? :-)
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quick question - how do I change "Confused about dryer sheets" under my name? :-)
You'll get those clever little ditties that change wth the number of posts you make on the forum. The more posts the more little ditties you'll go through.

The dryer sheet thing is an inside joke here that pre-dates me about being a cheapskate living frugally.
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quick question - how do I change "Confused about dryer sheets" under my name? :-)
Quick answer - you don't. It is a long-running joke and a theme of the forum. See here: "What's the deal with the dryer sheets?!?"
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:00 PM   #7
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Got it! I'll have to post like crazy then. thanks!
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:11 PM   #8
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No longer confused about dryer sheets! I cut them in quarters (and am proud of doing so!) I look forward to all your tips and ideas and dreams!
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Old 06-08-2011, 05:44 PM   #9
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Welcome to the forum. I have family and friends in Seattle and I can't understand how you can cope with that type of weather! For me, I need the bright sunny days (I live in Coloardo). But I am told the summers are great there.

I also traveled quite a bit in my w*orking life - most of it domestically. Yes, it was nice to see so many places without having to pay for the travel, but the longer I did the travel the less I saw (except for hotels and offices). I just tried to get there and get back as soon as I could. Now that I am retired, my DW and I can go back to the best spots and see them the way we want to - which will be nice.

Good luck with finding your magic date for ER.
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@packman - we lived in Littleton for 5 years - I loved the sunshine (and miss it). We skiied during the winters and hiked the 14ers during the summers. it was great. It is still on our radar.

For all the traveling he does, DH really never gets to see the sites - just the airports, taxis, and hotels. When I go with, I get to see it all while he is at meetings. However, that's just not the same as seeing it together. That's why we are looking forward to ER so our trip itinerary is not dictated by the customers. The first trip we take will be somewhere without any internet!
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We love the Pacific Northwest (green, lush, cool summers, mild winters) but the grey and drizzle is just too much for me to think of living here forever. However - I can't even imagine living where it is already 95 degrees the first week of June! I am very thankful to have the option to move wherever we want and we are enjoying process of trying to decide. Who knows, we may just stay here and travel during the winters!
I loved the NW too when flying out of Whidbey Island. Always remembered the guys saying, "lets go down to Bellevue for dinner and some fun". Of course we could fly above the clouds and see the sun once in awhile!!
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Old 06-08-2011, 09:34 PM   #12
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Welcome Got2Golf. The young wife and I lived in Bremerton for 8 months in 1984 (Navy). I would gladly live there again if Connecticut did not exist (where I live now).
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Hi - found this forum while researching retirement locations. Great site! Thanks in advance for all the help and suggestions. I am a homemaker and wear many hats throughout the day/week/month: gardener, housecleaner, financial planner, travel agent, secretary, relocation specialist, artist, interior designer, personal shopper, etc. DH travels extensively for work so I stay flexible - it allows me to go with him when it makes sense. Especially now as we hone in on a retirement home location.

We love the Pacific Northwest (green, lush, cool summers, mild winters) but the grey and drizzle is just too much for me to think of living here forever. However - I can't even imagine living where it is already 95 degrees the first week of June! I am very thankful to have the option to move wherever we want and we are enjoying process of trying to decide. Who knows, we may just stay here and travel during the winters!

We are currently FI but we cannot pull the plug just yet - too many unvested options to leave on the table. Hopefully they will keep their value! DH enjoys his work (except all the travel time away from home - that is a real bummer). Thanks to his job, we have traveled much of the world on the company - for which I am grateful. But now, it is time for us to plan vacations without the laptop and cell phone tether!

I have enjoyed reading through many of the forums - your experiences are making the reality of early retirement come alive for me. Thanks!
Hi Got2golf, I'm another forum member from Washington, now living in Seattle but planning to move to Grays Harbor County when I retire. To get green & lush + mild climate, have you ever thought of Sequim or somewhere in the rainshadow of the Olympic range? The annual rainfall there is only about half what it is in Seattle IIRC.

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Old 06-11-2011, 11:17 AM   #14
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No longer confused about dryer sheets! I cut them in quarters (and am proud of doing so!) I look forward to all your tips and ideas and dreams!
I'm also a fellow Puget Sounder, a few miles north of Seattle, and do not in the least mind the weather. There are always things to do in a cozy warm home as the rain pitter-pats outside, keeping it clean and green. (I've visited places where it is forever dusty and brown--not my taste.) Then, when the sun does shine, watch out! There ain't a better place to live than in the beautiful Pacific Northwest!

Although I don't use dryer sheets, I do use envelopes and other odd stuff I get in the mail for scrap paper to write on, which I use quite a bit. I also use empty cereal box plastic bags, empty potato chip bags, and other empty food bags/sacks as kitchen sink-top trash containers, along with empty coffee and coffee creamer plastic tubs (to hold trashed food-stuffs that eventually go into my curb-side yard-waste recycle bin). And so on, and so on.
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Welcome Got2Golf. The young wife and I lived in Bremerton for 8 months in 1984 (Navy). I would gladly live there again if Connecticut did not exist (where I live now).
Gumby, what's life like in Connecticut? Particularly, the people, the climate, things to do? And compared to the PNW as you remember it?
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Welcome to the forum, got2golf. I live in area you would probable hate, being it's in the mid nineties every day lately and will be until October. As they say, it's not the heat, it's the humidity. Well, we have both. But, golf is playable 365 days a year. However, it's also in San Diego. That's where I'd live if I had the money and family wouldn't be so far away.
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Love the NW (actually the SW for us Canadians)... I am actually writing this post from my cottage in the Canadian Gulf Islands, looking across to the U.S. San Juans, sipping my morning coffee. When June rolls around and the sun reappears, there is really nothing quite like the Salish Sea of the west coast....

This is why I work myself to the bone in Vancouver, so that one day I can be here EVERY DAY not one or two weekends per month... FIRE, you will be mine.
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Woo-hoo another North westerner...er.... I live in Port Orchard on the Penisula. Personally love the northwest myself, the rain doesn't bother me..er..too much. Welcome!
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