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Old 04-03-2012, 07:43 PM   #141
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I think New Orleans would be a great place to retire, for all the reasons you mention plus your music is in a class all by itself and there are small places with great bands all over.

But for me in particular, it would be too hot too often, as I start getting pretty warm once the thermometer climbs over the low 50s. And I think I am more comfortable with the small annual chance of a giant earthquake burying me, than I would be with the more frequent hassle of trying to avoid being blown or floated away.

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How warm does it get where you live Ha? You sound as you would hate the heat and humidity we have in the deep south. I do not think anyone likes it but its what we are used to. Having put up with this weather for many years I guess this is where I will die. I would love some of those 50 something days here in July though. oldtrig
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How warm does it get where you live Ha? You sound as you would hate the heat and humidity we have in the deep south. I do not think anyone likes it but its what we are used to. Having put up with this weather for many years I guess this is where I will die. I would love some of those 50 something days here in July though. oldtrig
It can get downright hot for maybe a week in summer, but mostly one always wants a sweater or jacket on summer nights. A day like today in early April we never got to 50. Here is a chart that shows monthly average highs and lows and means. Our greatest humidity is in winter, on warm days and in summer it tends to be dry. Winters are rainy, summers dry.
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I was born in the upper sourth, and kids like anything. But once I came west I knew I could never go back, more for weather than any other reason. No more prickly heat rash!

It is way more fun to swim at night in the East though.

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New Orleans is my hometown and I've never really thought about retiring there, though I'm starting to miss the place more and more the longer I've lived away. I think the city's changed a lot since Katrina. But of course, that's what cities do. My most nostalgic memories are the New Orleans of the 1960s and 70s. I still enjoy going back to visit, though.

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I think New Orleans would be a great place to retire, for all the reasons you mention plus your music is in a class all by itself and there are small places with great bands all over.

But for me in particular, it would be too hot too often, as I start getting pretty wwarm once teh thermometer climbs over the low 50s. And I think I am more comfortable with the small annual chance of a giant earthquake burying me, than I would be with the more frequent hassle of trying to avoid being blown or floated away.

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Exactly! For me, the heat and humidity seem bearable for some reason. Air conditioning and becoming acclimated after living here for so many years both seem to help. The chance of another Katrina is pretty scary, and we still might move some day. But meanwhile the horrific memories of that time are receding and we are having a lot of fun here.
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But for me in particular, it would be too hot too often, as I start getting pretty wwarm once teh thermometer climbs over the low 50s.
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+2 Retirement is a marvelous adventure. What will make one person/couple happy, may not be the same for another person/couple. Some locations that others choose do not sound like places that a red-white-and-blue cheapskate like me would like at all, especially the foreign locations or those domestic coastal places with high cost of living.

As an aside, I am surprised and pleased with how well our home, New Orleans, has been working out as a retirement location for us so far. This is not supposed to be a popular retirement location at all! But there's always a parade, city-wide party, or something else to do or go to if we want. We love the restaurants here, antique shops, and our gym and other local establishments. The people our age here are beyond compatible, and I think many are almost national treasures. We have not had any hurricanes since retirement either although that aspect is a gamble. We may still move to Springfield one day, but meanwhile we are very happy here.
You need to stay right where you are. IMHO it doesn't get any better than you describe. Having good friends / neighbors might be a once in a lifetime thing.
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You need to stay right where you are. IMHO it doesn't get any better than you describe. Having good friends / neighbors might be a once in a lifetime thing.
A hurricane is just a mixed drink?
I wish! But then, there might not be any more hurricanes here in my lifetime. It's all such a gamble, but so is life and we only go around once.

We are having such fun here, and do tentatively plan to stay. Two of our main concerns were crime and hurricanes. Lately local law enforcement has stepped up their efforts in response to community outrage, so it will be interesting to see if that helps at all.
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We are having such fun here, and do tentatively plan to stay. Two of our main concerns were crime and hurricanes. Lately local law enforcement has stepped up their efforts in response to community outrage, so it will be interesting to see if that helps at all.
So, for how many centuries has New Orleans been cleaning up its police force? Since Jean Lafitte?
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So, for how many centuries has New Orleans been cleaning up its police force? Since Jean Lafitte?
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I certainly admire people who are bold and free spirits to move and retire out of the country. However, I know no foriegn languages and have no desire to learn a new language and culture. What I dont understand are the expats who would bother to move out of country only to live in a clustered compound of fellow expats, unless their healthcare is unaffordable here. Might as well stay in the US as we have every type of climate somewhere in the 50 states or territories.
Lot of expats are living overseas because of work and may not plan to stay in a country permanently. It's probably natural that people would lean on others who've gone through or are going through the same experience of adapting to life in a new country.

Wonder though if the web and social networks enable people to live in foreign countries without fully integrating. Certainly makes it easy to keep in touch with family back home.

The other thing is that older people seem less apt to assimilate with a new culture. Certainly see it in a lot of immigrant communities in the US, where older immigrants often don't speak English and have to rely on their children or grandchildren for anything requiring communicating and dealing with English-speakers.

Even as early retirees, we may have a similar mindset.

For me, living overseas would be a way to enhance travel. Live somewhere in Europe and you can get to anywhere with cheap flights or trains easily. You might choose in that case based on housing prices, access to transportation links and weather more than culture.
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This is an interesting piece on retirement in Ireland in the WSJ.
Piping up an old thread topic to post it. Never thought about it, but the costs don't seem all that bad. And there's beer!

Best Places to Retire Abroad: Ireland - WSJ.com
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This is an interesting piece on retirement in Ireland in the WSJ.
Piping up an old thread topic to post it. Never thought about it, but the costs don't seem all that bad. And there's beer!

Best Places to Retire Abroad: Ireland - WSJ.com
Ireland sounds interesting on first brush, but the visa requirement, and housing ( other sources do not put that as cheaply as the WSJ article) and taxation of retirement income put a damper into the interest in further researching the possibility.
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Visited Ireland once, about 15 years ago. Was pretty expensive, at least the restaurants.

It was booming them but may have tapered off now.

Weather has to be a very difficult adjustment. But I guess it's pretty close to sunnier places (frankly more interesting places) via cheap and short flights?
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We'll be spending the month of May in NW Ireland, Donegal, so should be able to sample the local life.
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Piping up an old thread topic to post it. Never thought about it, but the costs don't seem all that bad. And there's beer!

Best Places to Retire Abroad: Ireland - WSJ.com

But now we are back to that other thread about humidity. Ireland is not for people who prefer a dry climate. All that green didn't magically appear (or did it
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Um, no. Irish weather is like Seattle. Right now there is major flooding in many areas as there has been copious rainfall and snow of late.

Don't worry Alan: May is usually much nicer.
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You know they just have to write this article every year and yes i think there's a dart board involved. It's interesting reading and all, but our desires are so varied, it's practically worthless. I know it may spur you to consider a new area and that's good. I can imagine the time the local visitor bureau/camber of commerce spends 'politicking' 'the magazines for their town.
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At least Ireland isn't hot and humid, like here in the SE. But the nice thing about SE USA (aside from far south Florida) is we get a break in the winter with dry, cool winds from the interior.
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Um, no. Irish weather is like Seattle. Right now there is major flooding in many areas as there has been copious rainfall and snow of late.

Don't worry Alan: May is usually much nicer.
Thanks - we can only hope.

We have had 2 vacations in Ireland, May one year and June in another year, 3 weeks in total. We never saw more than a little rain on either vacation so we are due for some bad weather.

We've been packing this weekend and have plenty of rain gear going with us. We did a Skype session with our friends from Yorkshire yesterday. They are joining us for the first week and were saying that they are bringing a selection of DVD's of stuff they haven't yet seen and are hoping the photos we expect to take while there will show more than cloud and rain.

They have a holiday home in Cumbria and were scheduled to go there today but say they've cancelled the trip due to the weather this weekend.

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Gary Parsons, Bay Search and Rescue's station officer, said: "They were all a little bit chilly and shaken. The snow came down so fast and it was driven by the wind - that was the big factor. It got up to 14 or 15 feet around hedges.
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Yep....my wife is from N Yorkshire.....places in Bradford and out towards Manchester are getting a foot or more of snow right now. They have really had crap weather the last few years
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