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Old 09-06-2005, 06:40 PM   #21
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I plan to keep my homebase in WA but travel a lot or become a snowbird. I've heard Arizona is great for that.
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Old 09-06-2005, 09:30 PM   #22
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Minnesota ! - Mostly because the Rif-Raf don't want to be here and it still is a Liberal Bastion! 8)

I'm not gonna pull any punches on the Winter, however. December, January and February are no Picnic, but far better than a hurricane in the south!
I only want to live in a state that has a Democratic-Farmer-Labor party...I think you left about 3.5 months off your list there CT...life is getting better all the time-the local Dairy Queen has a drive-up window now, so I can get my blizzard all through winter without risking a slip on the ice.
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Hard to say where specifically for me but I know I like towns that have a little life in them. I have been to quite a few places that have seen better days and I just can't imagine retiring there despite the low cost of living factor. So give me a safe university town of about 75,000+, a med school for healthcare and an airport for travel.
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Hard to say where specifically for me but I know I like towns that have a little life in them.* I have been to quite a few places that have seen better days and I just can't imagine retiring there despite the low cost of living factor.* So give me a safe university town of about 75,000+, a med school for healthcare and an airport for travel.*
That sounds like a good set of criteria. Since you have lived in Lexington a lot more recently than I (the Baron was still around when I was there), would you consider it? What other towns?

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Soundside in Kill Devil Hills (OBX). ~30ft from the water . Need to feed the sailing-boating addiction. Just need to run away when the hurricanes come.
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I had a nice island all picked out in the bahamas, one of the less populated ones, even tried to purchase a few homes there over the years but never did manage to get any takers on the bids I put in...(healthcare would defintely be a problem, though I am relatively young and don't need it often excepts for emergencies)...well for a lot of reasons, that plan is seeming less and less likely to me (in the interest of domestic tranquility if you know what I mean)...so I just may have to continue my retirement here in rural New England on my 175 acre sheep farm...guess things could be worse
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How do you guys seriously evaluate an alternate location if you haven't already lived there in the recent past? Make several trips? Just take a chance based on what you've read? Rent for a year or two to make sure? Something else?

I liked northern NM when we visited and I have more than a passing familiarity with (and interest in) some parts of CO, but I've never lived in NM and it has been many years since I spent several months in CO.
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Old 09-07-2005, 08:27 AM   #28
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That sounds like a good set of criteria. Since you have lived in Lexington a lot morre recently than I (the Baron was still around when I was there), would you consider it? What other towns?
It has grown to about 230,000 people. Still nice but I think it lacks an outdoor scene. But for retirement I think it is a good place. Healthcare is good. It has just about the right amount of entertainment. The airport is great. You can still get there 20-30 min before a flight with no problems. Flight prices are reasonable. I like to visit, especially during the fall when Keeneland is open (ony 2 months out of the yr).

A lot places are nice but never get any recognition b/c of stereotypes + location. National Geographic Explorer Travel had a big spread on Lawrence, KS. Pics were very nice. Talked about the history (I guess it was settled by New Englanders), art scene, cultural amenities, sits right on a lake, home of Kansas U, but who the hell would have thought about that place?

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How do you guys seriously evaluate an alternate location if you haven't already lived there in the recent past? Make several trips? Just take a chance based on what you've read? Rent for a year or two to make sure? Something else?
I would rent for 6 months or so and try to stay during the time of year I think I would least like to be there. If you want to retire in Florida why not stay over the summer to see if you melt. Winter in Florida is easy to like.
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Like Wildcat, I would consider a college town. My old college town is very small so that would not suit most people, but I like the small town and college atmosphere. Plenty of sporting events to keep you entertained along with all the many college/educational programs to choose from. On second thought, the way my college performs in sports........I'm not sure that would be considered "entertainment".*
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I can get my blizzard all through winter without risking a slip on the ice.
Wisconsin and Minnesota arent "liberal", they are "progressive", ya, that's it. I actually would miss the snow so I plan to stay put. I might consider the UP latter if taxes are a better deal along with lower property prices. Folks from the twin cities are moving in here and the lexus (plural is lexi?) are taking over.
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Old 09-07-2005, 10:36 AM   #31
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Obviously I choose Texas.* I wasn't born there but I got there as
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I was born in Texas and lived here most of my life, but have read about Panama, Costa Rica etc... but I know some people from New Zealand and Australia and they sound great...

I am looking for two places to stay, maybe 6 months at a time and stay away from WINTER!!
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Hey Nords:* More out of curiosity than for any practical reason, but I've wondered about the "golf" situation for locals in Hawaii.

The folks I know that go to Hawaii during the Dec. and Jan. time frame, and are golfers usually stay in resorts, and don't object (they're only there for a week or two), paying $100.00 and higher green fees.

How about the locals that live there?* Do they have enough "public" golf courses that are inexpensive enough not to derail a retirement for an individual that is golf obsessed? Jarhead
I haven't golfed in nearly 20 years but I looked up [urlhttp://www.hawaiiweb.com/html/leilehua_golf_course.html]this website[/url]. Prices on local public courses seem to range from $32-$50 depending on whether you're a resident, playing on a weekday, or sponsored by someone. Even the courses on military bases seem to be open to Hawaii resident civilians.

Dec/Jan are Hawaii's high-high season. It's not unusual for prices (especially airfare & hotels) to double for those months. That's ironic because Dec/Jan are usually wet & windy, but I guess the demand is from snowbirds (both Mainland & Japan). So anyone coming for golf in those months will pay top retail dollar. There's also airfare/lodging competition from non-golfers-- surfers wanting a North Shore vacation will pay as much as $2000/week for a 10x10 concrete-block bare-bones room. (I can understand why they tend to be a little aggressive on the waves.) So coming to Hawaii for those months is like trying to vacation at a city hosting the SuperBowl or the Olympics.

I don't know if it's still true, but I've been told that the Navy-Marine course is the world's most heavily played. Other "local" courses include Leilehua, Ko'olau, Barbers Point, Ewa Villages, Hickam, Mililani, Olomana, & West Loch. My neighbor the golf fanatic seems to play them all with no particular preference.

It looks like all the courses stick it heavily to visitors at double or even triple the resident's price. And if you want to golf near Waikiki you'll pay for the privilege, just like Pebble Beach. But the Ko'olou & Olomana courses have the same stunning scenery & challenging holes at a fraction of the price.

I bet that each of those courses have memberships or season rates that are even lower than what's on the website. I think that kama'aina are at least as golf-crazy as anyone I've met on the East Coast or in CA, and there's always a local scandal about someone hacking the tee-time telephone system or bribing their buddy to get a good time.

But I'm not sure how good the average local golfer is-- you could make a real killing here as a golf shark and let your opponents pay all your greens fees. And Michelle Wie's dad can't caddy for her much longer!

If you're really motivated to dig up the inside info, try Tom's Golf Shop. Tom Hrdlicka is a nice guy and a retired Army sergeant major who might not mind talking to a Marine. His customers are mostly the 25th Light Infantry and, at his own expense, he's shipped driving ranges to Afghanistan & Iraq to keep the soldiers proficient during deployments. He knows everything about local golf and he'll be able to tell you precisely when/where to go. Even if you tell him that you got his name from that pony-tailed submariner at Sean & Katy's Christmas party...
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...well for a lot of reasons, that plan is seeming less and less likely to me (in the interest of domestic tranquility if you know what I mean)...so I just may have to continue my retirement here in rural New England on my 175 acre sheep farm...guess things could be worse
That is sure right. You could have a 200 acre sheep farm.*

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That is sure right. You could have a 200 acre sheep farm.*

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Actually, I've READ and HEARD that there are a fair number of folks who would love to be around that many sheep.
Probably those dudes from the left coast. Nobody I know
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Ah all this talk of Hawaii makes me think about it again. I've often pondered what it would be like to live on the big island (the wet local side not the dry touristy side). It does have a great vibe. A little isolated to be on an island is an issue though. And while real estate ain't outrageous there, a lot of other things do cost more in Hawaii.

I'm still looking at Latin America but I don't want to be so far away that I can't come back for visits/friends won't visit me. As such, South America is a hard sell. But perhaps Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama...
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If you're really motivated to dig up the inside info, try Tom's Golf Shop.* Tom Hrdlicka is a nice guy and a retired Army sergeant major who might not mind talking to a Marine.* His customers are mostly the 25th Light Infantry and, at his own expense, he's shipped driving ranges to Afghanistan & Iraq to keep the soldiers proficient during deployments.* He knows everything about local golf and he'll be able to tell you precisely when/where to go.* Even if you tell him that you got his name from that pony-tailed submariner at Sean & Katy's Christmas party...
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I know a litle about living in Mexico. I have been to Aijic (largest exptriate area in Mexico.) Weather is excellent most all year round. Everyone I met there that lived there loved it.
I am now however, considering buying a place around Ensenada. Again the weather is great, and cost of living low. I need to be in close proximity to my store in Bakersfield, so this location will provide that for me.

If you are interested in learning more about living in Mexico you should visit Mexico Connect board. However, you have to join ($25 a yr.) and they you will have full access. They have lots of good information there on what it's like and cost of living.
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I'm still looking at Latin America but I don't want to be so far away that I can't come back for visits/friends won't visit me. As such, South America is a hard sell. But perhaps Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama...
HONDURAS! I'm heading down there again at the end of the month.
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HONDURAS!* *I'm heading down there again at the end of the month.
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I've been to Honduras and had a great stay in the Bay Islands - Guanaja. Tegucigulpa although looked a bit dicey to me!

What part do you like?
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Yeah, Teguc is a place to fly in and out of quickly.

The only bay island I visited was Utila. I really liked it. I have also spent time in Danli, La Ceiba, and Trujillo. Trujillo really wants to be a resort town, it's just so isolated that the tourists don't find their way there. This trip we'll be mostly in La Ceiba, and a very small village called Chacalapa.

No time for scuba diving this time.
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