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Old 09-07-2008, 08:32 AM   #61
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After seemingly igniting a carfuffle (Scottish version), I'm taken aback by the discussions hereto pertaining. All kidding with REWahoo aside, I love Texas and especially San Antonio.

And being the one actually in beautiful "downtown" San Antone until heading for N'Awlins yesterday, I shall endeavor once more to set the record aright. San Antonio is very walkable and I did the entire summation of the various "districts" in one easy stroll on Friday.

Nice city, nice people, nice dry heat, great parks, fine food, and lots of hospitality. I found the cost of consumables to be amazingly low.

If you want an affordable RE in a nice city, San Antonio fits that nicely.

I wrote this while consuming a Po' Boy with oysters and shrimp. For breakfast.
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Old 09-07-2008, 11:31 AM   #62
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...I retired at 48 from the foreign service (and from the Air Force Reserve), living since on savings and investments which, as I turn 60 this year, are fast running out.
Hey Nomad, many of us have a fear of not dying broke. Could you give us some pointers?

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What is the fear of dying broke? I recall the bounced hooker check that my grandpa wrote the day he died. It was for $1000 and in those days that must have bought a nice last day on Earth.

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I wrote this while consuming a Po' Boy with oysters and shrimp. For breakfast.
No, no. We New Orleanians would forgo such decadence, and in order to pig out later, we would choose a much "healthier" breakfast... like beignets and cafe au lait.
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No, no. We New Orleanians would forgo such decadence, and in order to pig out later, we would choose a much "healthier" breakfast... like beignets and cafe au lait.
I thought you could only get that between 2 and 4 am.
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I thought you could only get that between 2 and 4 am.


Actually, despite my attempts above to be cute, I usually drink my own fake cafe au lait (coffee with skim milk and SF sweetener, ugh!!!) and eat an apple for breakfast.

But I COULD get beignets and cafe au lait, if I wasn't at work by 6 AM and if I was naturally skinny.
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Hey, as a true Creole dude (mother and father in NO before 1800), I can eat gumbo for every meal as long as the stock has shrimp heads and a file finish (no okra). I'm going to Gumbo Shop on St. Peters for late lunch and then blackened shrimp etoufee for dinner.

Got my shoes shined by Augie on the corner of St. P and Chartres and his comment to passers by is, "don't act like a white person." To funny. $5, nice shine-up.

Damned hot and humid but otherwise, nice day. Room overlooks the creek so I'm watching barges right now.
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Hey, as a true Creole dude (mother and father in NO before 1800), I can eat gumbo for every meal as long as the stock has shrimp heads and a file finish (no okra). I'm going to Gumbo Shop on St. Peters for late lunch and then blackened shrimp etoufee for dinner.
My waistline says: seafood gumbo yes (5 Weight Watcher points per cup), but po'boys no (18 WW points per 6" shrimp po'boy, which is more like half a po'boy). Sounds like you plan to enjoy your visit to La Nouvelle Orleans.

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Damned hot and humid but otherwise, nice day. Room overlooks the creek so I'm watching barges right now.
Frank and I were out doing yardwork an hour ago. Too hot and humid for me! I had to come in.
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My waistline says: seafood gumbo yes (5 Weight Watcher points per cup), but po'boys no (18 WW points per 6" shrimp po'boy, which is more like half a po'boy). Sounds like you plan to enjoy your visit to La Nouvelle Orleans.


Frank and I were out doing yardwork an hour ago. Too hot and humid for me! I had to come in.

Yeah, gonna eat all I can, Creole cuisine is a fave but not done nearly right 'cept here. I got driven into town by a 20ish Bangladeshi cab driver and he showed me a few holes in the wall. I'm out to find them.

But, wow, walking along Rampart and getting a feel for what happened is an awakening for me.
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...still rolling on the floor over "maraschino band." Good one...and I needed that.
From reading City-Data, there seems to be more than one person who was highly educated that left San Antonio because they found the inhabitants undereducated; however, to me, it's a great, friendly/warmhearted city, with a good hospital system and low, low cost of living. SURELY there are some intellectuals there: college profs, bankers, lawyers, medical people, etc. etc. etc. And REWahoo, of course, too!
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... SURELY there are some intellectuals there: ... And REWahoo, of course, too!
Orchidflower, you are welcome for the "maraschino band" laugh and a big thanks for the return.

I'm eating shrimp, sausage and chicken gumbo. File' style.

Since I only have a few days and want to experince it all, it appears that I will have to rent a pirogue and pretend the Mississippi is a bayou. The renter said all I'll need is a longer pole than normal. Got it.
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As a former professor who has chosen to retire in San Antonio (close to where my wife and I were born so we're prewired), I can attest that this is a great city in which to retire - but it too has its faults (but what place doesn't?).

Summers are miserable; prices are low vis-a-vis most other places; people are nice; restaurants are good; airplanes go wherever you want to go; and there are lots of varmits (REWahoo didn't warn me about feral pigs!).
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I was actually thinking about moving to Texas for a while to finish college because of the incredibly low cost of living. Following this thread has been...interesting. I think I'll still make a trip around some of the cities and see how well I would like it. The drive I took across I-10 did it no justice, and the layovers in DFW only piqued my curiosity.
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Alot of negatives regarding Texas but the two positives I read are:

A. The low cost of living (any specifics)?

B. The fine Mexican ladies (more specifics)?
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Alot of negatives regarding Texas but the two positives I read are:

A. The low cost of living (any specifics)?

B. The fine Mexican ladies (more specifics)?
I keep seeing Mexican food mentioned. Am I missing a deeper meaning?

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Summers are miserable; prices are low vis-a-vis most other places; people are nice; restaurants are good; airplanes go wherever you want to go; and there are lots of varmits (REWahoo didn't warn me about feral pigs!).
You failed to read the fine print:

"Texas is infested with scorpions, rattlesnakes, fire ants, crazy raspberry ants, cockroaches on steroids, killer bees, mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, tarantulas, brown recluse spiders, love bugs, swarming crickets, copperheads, cottonmouths, rabid skunks, wild hogs, alligators, oppressive heat & humidity...
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You failed to read the fine print:

"Texas is infested with scorpions, rattlesnakes, fire ants, crazy raspberry ants, cockroaches on steroids, killer bees, mosquitoes, ticks, chiggers, tarantulas, brown recluse spiders, love bugs, swarming crickets, copperheads, cottonmouths, rabid skunks, wild hogs, alligators, oppressive heat & humidity...
...and wildly greedy property tax assessor-collectors...
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Is Mothers restaurant on Poydras near the river still open? Great poboys and gumbo. How about Parkway Bakery?

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Is Mothers restaurant on Poydras near the river still open? Great poboys and gumbo. How about Parkway Bakery?

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Yes, and yes. There are SO many great restaurants here - - many are well known, but many are just hole-in-the-wall type places, too.
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Yes, and yes. There are SO many great restaurants here - - many are well known, but many are just hole-in-the-wall type places, too.
Is Pascal's on Napoleon still around?
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