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Old 03-07-2015, 04:39 PM   #21
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I am often surprised at the very complicated lives that ERs often choose-winter in Florida, summer is Wyoming or some such. Two houses, complex equipment- heavy hobbies, involved cooking and complicated drink judgments, cattle, on and on. It seems like having uncommitted time can be frightening.

I think my Dad's generation had a better idea. Sometimes get together, sing, drink, picnic, dance. Other times spend Saturday afternoon listening to the ballgame lying in your hammock, walk to church Sunday morning and do some visiting afterward. When you can't get someplace walking, use street cars or subway. Support law enforcement so your kids can range freely around without you worrying about them.

I've done what I can to clone that lifestyle for myself. No car, simple but pretty good food, no interest in becoming a wine or booze expert. Avoid photography; if I want images commence drawing again. Keep love interests local, best no more than a few miles by bus or rapid transit. It is hard to imagine any lover who could make up for the disutility of a long distance love relationship. So don't let one happen to you. Use the library, have some favorite bars or bistros and coffee houses where you are known and liked. Be nice to people, so your contacts are usually pleasant, not stressful.

Avoid making foreign commitments. It's not that I think America is so great, or that some other places may not be better, or that I am so patriotic, but I am local and I mostly understand the cultural milieu in which I live. I look and talk and act pretty much how someone of my age and class would be expected to look and act and talk in my location. All this helps keep the cortisol down. Also, if another place is clearly better than the part of the US where I live, it is likely 5-10x more expensive and thus unavailable to me anyway.


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Old 03-11-2015, 12:54 AM   #22
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