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Old 06-09-2008, 06:09 PM   #1
 
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It's Albuquerque for us

We just returned from visiting Reno, Las Cruces, El Paso and Albuquerque. It was a combination vacating and search for the city we want to retire to. For us it was Alb hands down. We loved the laid back atmosphere, variety of choices for shopping and the friendliness of the people.

To cap it off we got off of the plane Saturday night to be welcomed by 98 degrees of heat & humidity. I sweated more in the time it took to walk from the terminal to my son's car then in the two weeks in the desert.

We can't wait until the end of next year when we will make the move.
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I love ABQ! I will be moving in October from San Diego to Clovis NM, so I will be frequenting ABQ quite a bit.

Good Luck!
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Its on the visit list for retirement. I remember driving cross country and fell in love with the sunset. Congratulations on your fit
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...experiencing one hell of a shock.
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DW and I have spent the last 2 winters in Albuquerque (son is stationed at Kirtland AFB). We also found the people laid back and friendly. However, watch out for the drivers. Few driver use turn signals and DUIs (even the middle of the day) are extremely high.
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Are you with Bugs Bunny "should have made a left toin at Albukoykee"?
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I love ABQ! I will be moving in October from San Diego to Clovis NM, so I will be frequenting ABQ quite a bit.

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Moving to Clovis? Not the end of the world, but you can see it from there.

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I live on Long Island (in a NYC suburb). Here stop signs are considered optional. We found the drivers to be much worse in El Paso.
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I live on Long Island (in a NYC suburb). Here stop signs are considered optional. We found the drivers to be much worse in El Paso.
Yep. Damn Texans...
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Tiger,

You will survive just fine.

Driving in Albuquerque reminds me of some lyrics in an old Kingston Trio song - "Don't drink and drive - you are liable to hit a bump and spill the whole thing".
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...experiencing one hell of a shock.
I grew up in a small town (about 7,500) people, so I am ready to get back to the slow pace life.

Not worried!
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Yep. Damn Texans...
Is it due to those who do not read/understand english, or another version of Montezuma's revenge? :confused:
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We liked NM in general and did enjoy ABQ, but it is HOT there in the summer. Personally, I preferred the bits of the state north of Sante Fe - much cooler. But NM in general is real nice. And ABQ is cheap...
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I vote c) both of the above.
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We just returned from visiting Reno, Las Cruces, El Paso and Albuquerque. It was a combination vacating and search for the city we want to retire to. For us it was Alb hands down. We loved the laid back atmosphere, variety of choices for shopping and the friendliness of the people.

To cap it off we got off of the plane Saturday night to be welcomed by 98 degrees of heat & humidity. I sweated more in the time it took to walk from the terminal to my son's car then in the two weeks in the desert.

We can't wait until the end of next year when we will make the move.
Tell us more about Albuquerque!!! Sounds like you really love the place.
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Did you condider Sante Fe?
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Did you condider Sante Fe?
I believe that's spelled "$anta Fee". A very expensive place to live.
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We visited Albuquerque (the visit helped me finally learn to spell it) Las Cruces and Santa Fe in April to scout for a winter home
Las Cruces - Nice place! Too Small & Remote for us....
ALB - lot more to do..a possibility...close to the pueblos and great pottery...mellow people
Santa Fe nice place for a day visit from ALB too high falootin for us.

Thinking Austin now ...what ya think wahoo?
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Thinking Austin now ...what ya think wahoo?
Since the city's official motto is "Keep Austin Weird", sounds like a perfect fit!

Seriously, you don't want to move to TX, even to live in Austin. 25 years ago Austin was a great place to live and it probably still is if you are under 35. Unfortunately it has become a victim of it's own success. Rapid population growth has created a traffic nightmare. And I'd describe city politics as a mixture of SF, Chicago, Boston...and Guadalajara.
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