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Old 10-20-2007, 02:03 PM   #61
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Want to have some friends, find a guy, play bingo...whatever...and 30 year olds just do not normally want to hang with 60 year olds. Reasoning for going geezer patrol..
Well, how many friends your age do you really need or want? I know some extroverts might need a huge number of friends but, really, most people only enjoy spending time with those like minded close friends and those are usually few in number.

So if you're single and looking for single men then I would focus on the cities that are compatible to your lifestyle, politics, and culture and activities. Then zero in on your research. Look up singles groups. You could even email someone in the group. If you like the outdoors, hiking, mountains, I'd recommend Denver. There are lots of single men and lots of social activities to get involved in.

The problem is that there are lots more single men than women at our age. Also, it takes some effort, ok LOTS of effort, to get out there and meet them. So I understand your reasoning in wanting to live somewhere there are lots of people your age. Good luck!
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Old 10-21-2007, 02:16 PM   #62
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OldBabe, I think you meant there are lots of women compared to men our age, didn't you (kinda bass ackwards).
Yeah...I am an extreme extrovert who likes solitary activities, too.
Good ideas from you, thanks.
Guess I will just have to find a guy by acting my usual noncommittal "I don't care if you want me or not" attitude....seems to attract them more...ha!ha!
(Pssst...don't tell anyone my strategy...)
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Yeah, that is what I meant,although if you go to Alaska, I hear the ratio is more single men than women. But, as they say up there, the odds are good but the goods are odd.
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[quote=Orchidflower;568965]OldBabe, I think you meant there are lots of women compared to men our age, didn't you (kinda bass ackwards).
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Yes at our age there are more women than men but if you are open minded you'll meet someone .
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The "geezers" live just outside the major metropolitan areas in Texas. Austin, Houston, Dallas, San Antonio etc. all have many retirement communities in scenic areas within 50 miles. The "geezers" just like to get out of the major areas a little bit FOR GOOD REASON. If you visit the smaller "nice" towns of Texas, you'll find loads of folks who have retired from the major metropolitan areas.

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I second audreyh1's opinion. I just did a study of DFW, Austin and Houston myself for where the geezers are moving to. Right on...they are moving out for the lower taxes, cheaper housing and where the lakes and golf courses are; although, I did not find so many in the Houston area as the other cities, tho, but I confess to not looking very hard there (22 years was enough of the humidity for me!).
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Right on...they are moving out for the lower taxes, cheaper housing and where the lakes and golf courses are;
Not to mention lower crime rates, significantly less traffic, more easy going pace of life - people actually stop to talk to each other (shock!).

The list of benefits goes on and on.

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Now the only problem I see with Austin is cedar fever...which, I understand, has killed a few people. Man! that must be some allergy!!!!!
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Now the only problem I see with Austin is cedar fever...which, I understand, has killed a few people. Man! that must be some allergy!!!!!
I'm not sure it's actually killed anyone, but I have seen some cedar fever victims who appeared to wish they were dead...
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Now the only problem I see with Austin is cedar fever...which, I understand, has killed a few people. Man! that must be some allergy!!!!!
[30 year Austinite - but got out of there as soon as I could after ER - nice city, but it's way too big and crowded!]

My husband gets everything EXCEPT cedar fever. It's all over Texas. Way up in the panhandle in Palo Duro Canyon, the cedars (ash juniper) were extremely loaded with pollen, just waiting for the right cool fall day to explode. Yes, those trees literally explode their pollen. I remember a cedar choked hillside from my Austin office at the edge of the hill country, and watching one fall day as one tree after another exploded into giant puffs of yellow "smoke". Just amazing.

But not everyone develops the allergy, although plenty do. For DH it's more ragweed (bad, but over much of US), and spring tree pollen.

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[30 year Austinite - but got out of there as soon as I could after ER - nice city, but it's way too big and crowded!]

My husband gets everything EXCEPT cedar fever. It's all over Texas. Way up in the panhandle in Palo Duro Canyon, the cedars (ash juniper) were extremely loaded with pollen, just waiting for the right cool fall day to explode. Yes, those trees literally explode their pollen. I remember a cedar choked hillside from my Austin office at the edge of the hill country, and watching one fall day as one tree after another exploded into giant puffs of yellow "smoke". Just amazing.
Knock on wood, but last year was my first living in the Hill Country (about 60 miles northwest of Austin), and it didn't bug me in the least. I don't think it affected my wife, either.

Now that I say that I'm going to get it bad this year, just watch...
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Knock on wood, but last year was my first living in the Hill Country (about 60 miles northwest of Austin), and it didn't bug me in the least. I don't think it affected my wife, either.

Now that I say that I'm going to get it bad this year, just watch...
Ya never know when your number might come up and you develop a severe allergy to the stuff. Some people never do, some go for years with no problem, then get bushwhacked by it.

For those of you who may not be familiar with the winter pollinating ash juniper (mountain cedar), here's an introduction:

"...cedar fever is not just any allergy. It's a scourge, a plague that smites the just and the unjust who have the misfortune to live anywhere in a broad strip of Central Texas that stretches from the Red River to the Rio Grande. The progenitor of all this misery is a medium-sized, frankly undistinguished tree with sinewy limbs covered in shaggy bark that vaguely resembles orangutan fur. Despite its common name, the mountain cedar is actually a juniper (Juniperus ashei). Every year around December, we blunder into the midst of the cedar's mating ritual. It begins with the appearance of the male cones--embarrassingly small, amber-colored structures no larger than a grain of rice. In good years (or bad, depending on your viewpoint) they blanket the tops of the trees, turning them an aggressive tawny orange. When the wind rises, great gritty clouds of the pollen drift aloft, making the woods look like they are aflame. This airborne milt can waft for miles until it runs into something sticky, like the small green cone of the female tree or the inside of your nose.

Once cedar pollen gets into your system, its evil nature is revealed. Compared with it, ragweed is a wimp. The key is the biochemical structure of cedar pollen's protein coat, which appears to have properties that make it unusually noxious. Then there's the sheer quantity of the grains. In a rainy year the trees produce tons, and the pollen count, the Richter scale of allergy, goes through the roof."
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rainy years, huh? No wonder the cedars are so loaded right now. I don't think I've ever seen them look quite as orange as they do right now.

I have been told that it usually takes several years to develop an allergy. Knock on wood, but DH being a native Texan, and myself having lived in TX > 30 years, we haven't developed it so I'm guessing we're the lucky ones. Double knock on wood!

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If I ever relocate, it will not be in an all geezer community. In fact, I might retire to a small college town. I like the youth aspect along with lots of entertainment associated with a college. I love going to college sporting events and there are cultural activities associated with a nearby University. And you do have people your age there as more retirees are doing the same thing.

Of course nice golf courses are a must.
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income is taxed. The Knoxville area has several golf communities and the Tenn river for boating. Moderate climate which I hope save some of the aircon cost as my father is on oxygen and keeps the place cold.
They say housing is still going ok and several people moving in. I'll probably spend summers there looking after the folks and the rest of the year traveling in other countries like Costa Rica, Equador and any other places that eligible ex-wives are in abundance. I am a bit burnt out on the SE Asian sceen and sold my house before I really ever lived in it. The place is flooded with euro trashand asians with a bad attitude .

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In a rainy year the trees produce tons, and the pollen count, the Richter scale of allergy, goes through the roof."
This is what I'm afraid of. I suspect last year's drought may have resulted in a unusually mild year for the stuff. This year, with all the rain we've had -- 30 miles from here, they had 19 inches overnight in one night in June -- who knows? I know the pecan trees in the back yard are going nuts (unlike last year), I've had to mow the back forty a gazillion times this year, and the bugs (mostly grasshoppers and crickets) have been horrendous this year.

Perhaps this will be the next shoe to drop.
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Yep and 11 months out of the year aircon season in Florida.
The parents had their better condition years in Florida so now
time to get to a better area for more inside living that they do now. The cooler nights and four season will be more enjoyable
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Yep and 11 months out of the year aircon season in Florida...The parents had their better condition years in Florida so now
time to get to a better area for more inside living that they do now.
Julian calendar ?

We use our AC liberally. Generally runs about 5-6 months of the year.

But the oak pollen in the spring is a big-time allergen for some. The stuff just falls from the beautiful Live Oaks by the bucket.
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We use our AC liberally. Generally runs about 5-6 months of the year.

But the oak pollen in the spring is a big-time allergen for some. The stuff just falls from the beautiful Live Oaks by the bucket.
I don't know if it was the huge live oak in my front yard, or mold, or what, but when I lived in College Station (Central Texas) I had awful allergies! They began my second year there and I was miserable. (Probably I am using the term "allergy" for what a doctor might call a "sensitivity", since I never had anything diagnosed). I have no idea whether or not the mountain cedar is common there.

When I moved to Louisiana, I expected to have a similar reaction but after many years here, I have had none and remain allergy free. Much of New Orleans is very moldy since the Katrina disaster, but surpringly, it only bothers me when we drive through the devastated areas. When I get home, I am fine.
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Must of been bad in Texas to make you move to the swamp.
Hope your not sitting below the lake in N.O.
I always imagined the place like living on a river with a raft.
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Must of been bad in Texas to make you move to the swamp.
Hope your not sitting below the lake in N.O.
I always imagined the place like living on a river with a raft.
:confused: I don't know where you got that idea. I liked Texas and Texans are the salt of the earth; great people, and a huge state with low housing prices and lots of room.

I moved to New Orleans because this is where the job was, though I don't think people should have to justify living in the city that my father told me was the "Crown Jewel of the South" when I was a little girl. When I arrived here to report to work, I found that pre-Katrina New Orleans was an amazing place, with history extending back hundreds of years, outstanding original historic architecture, food, music, art, and its own unique Cajun/Creole blend of culture. It had some serious problems too, such as crime and corruption, but it was hardly like "living on a river with a raft". Nor is it like living in the bayou country south of Lafayette or Morgan City.

Unfortunately, much of New Orleans has been destroyed. It is heartbreaking to us. Time for me to move on.
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