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Old 12-20-2004, 01:01 PM   #21
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I'm a country kid. We live on 22 acres in the woods and you cannot see our house from the road. My "town" has 697 people in it, but I work 23 miles away in a university town of 139,000. It's sort of a best of both worlds for my husband and I, although most would agree that we live in the boonies....Walmart & groceries are 20 mins from our house. *Gas and pizza are 2 miles.
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That sounds absolutely ideal to me...
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Old 12-20-2004, 02:26 PM   #22
 
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Sure sounds good to me.

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Old 12-20-2004, 03:21 PM   #23
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Country ...

Lived in surban D.C. (Maryland) first 26 years, moved to Austin in '72 (see my past posts for my take on Austin) now live on small acreage on hill top 60 miles west of Austin. Nearest town 10 miles away has pop. 1250

27 miles to nearest wallmart
40 miles to nearest international airport (San Antonio)
8 miles to nearest decent entertainment (Luckenbach)

Love it. Hate traffic and standing in a line.

Cost of living much cheaper. Big views, longhorns, llama, buffalo, deer, horses, emus, antelope all pass by my porch ... neighbor uses exotics for Agricultural tax exemption and I lease him grazing rights for the same.

See my web site link for pictures.
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Old 12-20-2004, 03:25 PM   #24
 
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Hello Ol_Rancher! I may have asked before, but are
you near Fredricksburg? I spent some very pleasant
times there in my former life.

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Old 12-20-2004, 03:37 PM   #25
 
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Country ...

Lived in surban D.C. (Maryland) first 26 years, moved to Austin in '72 (see my past posts for my take on Austin) now live on small acreage on hill top 60 miles west of Austin. Nearest town 10 miles away has pop. 1250

27 miles to nearest wallmart
40 miles to nearest international airport (San Antonio)
8 miles to nearest decent entertainment (Luckenbach)

Love it. Hate traffic and standing in a line.

Cost of living much cheaper. Big views, longhorns, llama, buffalo, deer, horses, emus, antelope all pass by my porch ... neighbor uses exotics for Agricultural tax exemption and I lease him grazing rights for the same.

See my web site link for pictures.
Sounds great for the wildlife, but how long is the ambulance ride to a good hospital? Probably more important than a 'safe SWR'.
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Old 12-20-2004, 03:40 PM   #26
 
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Hello Ol_Rancher! *I may have asked before, but are
you near Fredricksburg? *I spent some very pleasant
times there in my former life.

JG
As usual, John we are at opposites here. My Ex was from Silver Spring. Actually spent the Wedding night in Fredricksburg. That was over 30 years ago and I'm still trying to forget.

There are too many politicians there for my tastes!
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Old 12-20-2004, 04:08 PM   #27
 
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Ol_Rancher..............I'm confused. Are you trying to forget Fredricksburg or your wedding night?
Actually, I should have said the Fredricksburg "area".
Not too familiar with the town, just the hill country
generally. BTW, I always wanted to take the bike and
just meander in your area. Doesn't appear that will happen now.

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Old 12-20-2004, 04:32 PM   #28
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JG & Cut-Throat

Think you guys are talking about different states (MD & TX), & different brides!!!!!!!

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Old 12-20-2004, 04:40 PM   #29
 
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What a hoot! REW, you are right. Cut-Throat and I are both messed up. (CHP?) We've got the states, towns and brides all confused. Honestly folks, where
else can you get entertainment like this?

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Old 12-20-2004, 05:06 PM   #30
 
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Different States - probably! - Different Ex's - For Sure
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Old 12-21-2004, 05:47 AM   #31
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I prefer to live in the suburban area. We enjoy the lakes and parks in the twin cities (Minnesota). Summer is great but winter is jsut too long. Cold weather starts from December and may end in April.

I have no plan to live here after retirement. I am comtemplating on places in the west coasts and rocky mountains.

I like the quietness (or solitude) in rural area but do not want to give up the conveniences of a metropolitan area (e.g., hospital/clinic access, public transporation, theaters, shopping malls). Thurs, living in a suburban area is a nice compromise.

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Old 12-21-2004, 07:50 AM   #32
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Will be surburban area for us too for the same reasons indicated by Spanky. Some elbow room and relative quiet and the conveniences of the city. Besides, I could never get my spouse to agree to travel more than about 20 minutes to the mall, art classes, nail salon, etc.
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Old 12-21-2004, 11:45 AM   #33
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Besides, I could never get my spouse to agree to travel more than about 20 minutes to the mall, art classes, nail salon, etc.
She shows excellent judgment; way better than I ever did. Sometimes it seems like once I had a family half my life was spent driving somewhere.

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The university town is rated #9 in Forbes best small places to live.
That's been one heck of an improvement in the last 25 years!
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From where I am sitting there is no sign of another human being (other than DW) . The bird feeders
are busy. Must be 20 different birds out there. My faithful lab is dosing on the floor. Outside, I can see
upstream and across the river (maybe 300 yards).
On the opposite shore is a large state forest.
Mostly pine and oak.
No people there either. Very peaceful and idyllic.
Oh, did I mention it is +3 degrees (-15 wind chill)?
Bah humbug!

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Old 12-22-2004, 06:18 AM   #36
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I live in a small town...population less than 800 and hasn't changed much in 10 or more years. Only about 250 households.

My own place is just under 200 acres...to the south of me is another 100 acres with no house on it, west of me is 250 acres with one house on it, directly across the street is a 1500 acre state park, across the street and to the left is a 100+acre christian camp and across the street to the right is 100+ acre 4H camp....

Needless to say although my town may grow in the years to come, my own house/farm will remain pretty isolated.

As rural as this is, if it wasn't for family concerns (i.e. kids in good schools and a wife resistant to change) I'd pick up in a second a move someplace more remote....I am perfectly happy putting around my place for weeks at a time never seeing another soul besides family...just the way I like it.

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From where I am sitting there is no sign of another human being (other than DW) . The bird feeders
are busy. Must be 20 different birds out there. My faithful lab is dosing on the floor. Outside, I can see
upstream and across the river (maybe 300 yards).
On the opposite shore is a large state forest.
Mostly pine and oak.
No people there either. Very peaceful and idyllic.
Oh, did I mention it is +3 degrees (-15 wind chill)?
Bah humbug!

JG

From where I am sitting I can hear the soft clicking of keyboards outside my office door. There must be 50 people out there. My files are lying on my floor, ever ready for me to work on them. Outside, I can see the sun reflecting off the office building to the west of me and hear the gentle rumble of diesel engines of trucks offloading their wares.

It is 13 below zero.
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I am in central Indiana, where we are getting hit with 2 snowstorms today. Fortunately, I have nowhere in particular I need to go.
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....I am perfectly happy putting around my place for weeks at a time never seeing another soul besides family...just the way I like it.
Sounds like Heaven

I'm hoping to find someplace like this in a few years...
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I am in central Indiana, where we are getting hit with 2 snowstorms today. *Fortunately, I have nowhere in particular I need to go. *
Did you have to send the storms to us? (S Ontario) :

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