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Old 04-12-2004, 03:03 PM   #21
 
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Hello Ray! Well, it was the last time I saw it!

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Old 04-13-2004, 10:15 AM   #22
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Well now, John, you haven't seen Pittsburgh in over 30 years. The steel mills are long gone, the air quality is excellent and the city is beautiful. Watch a Pirate or Steeler game sometime and you'll see what I mean when the cameras pan the city.
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Old 04-13-2004, 10:32 AM   #23
 
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It's true I have not seen Pittsburgh in a long time.
I have a bias against big cities in general, and northern
big cities in particular. People sometimes say to me
"Isn't it nice to live so near Chicago?" What nice?
The only plus I see is it makes my property worth more
as the urban tide heads my way. I NEVER go into Chicago and have no desire to do so. Some smaller
northern cities I can tolerate. Milwaukee for example.

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Old 04-13-2004, 11:17 AM   #24
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northern cities I can tolerate. * Milwaukee for example.
Milwaukee. Really? That was one of the most depressing cities I've been in and that includes third world countries. Now, I was there over 15 years ago so perhaps it has changed. At that time it was dirty, dangerous (bars over most windows), and ugly. If I was to chose a US city to retire in (and I won't be) then there are plenty of others that would come before it.
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Just to set the record straight, I am not a big
booster for MIlwaukee. I said I could tolerate it.
I'm just not a "city guy". In the past, I used to tell
people "You can't get too far out to suit me!"
Still pretty true. I like good weather, attractive surroundings, good company and "semi--upscale"
ambiance, as long as it can be found outside of
the city limits.

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Old 04-14-2004, 08:19 PM   #26
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Probably Stillwater, OK - college town with sports and theatre, 1 hour to Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Two lakes within 20 minutes of my mobile home. Low crime, decent bars. The used mobile home, land, car, and kid's college all pays off in 5 years, so costs should start to fall.

I joke, but its true, my retirement home is next door - its my father-in-laws new mobile home. Unfortunately according to an online life expectancy calculator, he should live to 106. He's 80 now and in perfect health, so I may have to work until 70 just to outwait him.
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Probably Stillwater, OK -
I joke, but its true, my retirement home is next door - its my father-in-laws new mobile home. Unfortunately according to an online life expectancy calculator, he should live to 106. He's 80 now and in perfect health, so I may have to work until 70 just to outwait him.
The only problem I see is that in OK mobile homes act as Tornado magnets. You'll be lucky if it is still around when you retire.
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John,
take a tour of Pittsburgh.
http://www.virtourist.com/america/pittsburgh/index.html
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Old 04-19-2004, 01:21 PM   #29
 
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The msn list is somewhat misleading. For example, Santa Barbara has little in common with Santa Maria or Lompoc, except they're all in Santa Barbara County. Median housing costs are around a million in SB; $2 to 300 K in SM or L. SB is on the coast and the climate is mild; SM is inland and the climate more exreme. SB is a tourist center; SM and L are not.

Same with San Luis Obispo and Paso Robles. SLO is a college town that gets some distant off-shore breeze; PR is shielded by mountains and gets hotter than hell. It's a short drive from SLO to Pismo Beach.

Bottom line: msn seems to lump apples and oranges

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