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Old 05-20-2015, 11:21 AM   #21
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pull the chute and get out of Houston - you won't regret it


life is short - take that oil money and move somewhere nice, I did


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Let me tell you, after 23 years in The Woodlands, I would move north in a heartbeat. But the resistance to my suggestions to do make that move seems to come from DW, who finds it necessary to be living within earshot of the kids and grandkids. We keep taking vacations to the north and visiting family in Wisconsin (love the state) and Connecticut (wouldn't move back).

So, I still declare myself as a "Connecticut Yankee Stuck in Texas"!
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:26 AM   #22
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Let me tell you, after 23 years in The Woodlands, I would move north in a heartbeat. But the resistance to my suggestions to do make that move seems to come from DW, who finds it necessary to be living within earshot of the kids and grandkids. We keep taking vacations to the north and visiting family in Wisconsin (love the state) and Connecticut (wouldn't move back).

So, I still declare myself as a "Connecticut Yankee Stuck in Texas"!
not trying to bash Houston - both of my parents still live in Garden Oaks (they are in their late 80s) but like your situation, it's a kids/grandkids thing that keeps them there. I was actually in town last week for the monsoons - reminded me why I moved. Took me an hour and 20 minutes to go 9 miles after work on Tuesday.

Houston is a great place to be young, hard working and make/save money.


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Old 05-20-2015, 12:13 PM   #23
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We actually like Houston pretty well, and have no immediate plans to move. (I'm in the far southwest suburbs.) If there are ever grandkids, maybe we would want to be near where they live, I guess, but for now, we plan to stay put.
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Old 05-20-2015, 12:24 PM   #24
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1 hour from Houston, eh? Do you work near Freeport?
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1 hour from Houston, eh? Do you work near Freeport?
Actually, I live in Sugar Land, and work in La Porte. MY EZ Tag gets a good workout from all the Beltane 8 miles I drive.
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With every other Friday off plus 5 weeks vac & holidays I guess you have had chances to "pretend" you are retired. If you still want to keep working with even with all the "practice" that's cool.

I'm 58.5yrs, and a self employed consultant. Great hourly rate, steady client for most of 20+ yrs , but no 5 week vac / any holidays sick PTO etc. I pay for all Health Ins & semi-double Social / FICA. But the hourly rate & low ovhd seems to keep me way ahead of most folks. I've taken only 7 - 10 days vac per yr, + holidays at no pay. Not sick much luckily.

So my "practice " ER days are not very often.

I drive ~ 2 hrs round trip commute but only 25- 30 miles one way in north Atlanta's world class traffic. I can understand your frustration with the commute.

I'm trying to do some tele work (w*rk from home most Friday's) and trying shorter days at my clients office...but still very itchy to pull the trigger.

Thank goodness the local schools are out as of today. This make a huge difference over here. In late Aug they all start back and I already dread it...and I have not yet begun to enjoy the lighter summer traffic!

Good luck working through your decision.
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Old 05-25-2015, 10:28 AM   #27
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I also live west of Houston grew up 45 min from Galveston went to work for mega Amoco until it was bought out.
29 years of service 6 weeks of vacation great 401k. Have 2 more years until I am eligible for retirement.
Then omy, should be good to go at 56. But I agree working on myself to be ready, huge change !!


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