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Old 05-06-2012, 11:41 AM   #1
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Update on our retirement in the villages FL

After 6 months here life has settled into a more normal routine. I gained the freshman 15, now I have cut back some on the booze. I play golf 3-4 times a week got my handicap index down to 5.7. We have made some new friends and go out to eat about three dinners per week. Prices at the restaurants are quite reasonable. If you are looking for fine dinning there are not too many choices though. Bonefish grill is about the best you get. We have traveled to Orlando ( about fifty minutes) several times for dinner.
We love our home here it is very comfortable and conducive for guests.
At fifty seven years old we are on the young side, but it certainly does not feel like an old age home.
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You look and sound very happy. That's excellent, congrats and laissez les bons temps rouler...
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You look and sound very happy. That's excellent, congrats and laissez les bons temps rouler...
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I am so glad to hear that your retirement at The Villages is working out this well! Sounds like your adjustment to your new home is going perfectly.

We just got our first Bonefish Grill here, but haven't dined there yet due to procrastination. Plus, somehow I got the impression that they may be a little expensive for what they offer.
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After 6 months here life has settled into a more normal routine. I gained the freshman 15, now I have cut back some on the booze. I play golf 3-4 times a week got my handicap index down to 5.7. We have made some new friends and go out to eat about three dinners per week. Prices at the restaurants are quite reasonable. If you are looking for fine dinning there are not too many choices though. Bonefish grill is about the best you get. We have traveled to Orlando ( about fifty minutes) several times for dinner.
We love our home here it is very comfortable and conducive for guests.
At fifty seven years old we are on the young side, but it certainly does not feel like an old age home.
I here great things about the Villages. Nothing wrong with a few drinks to settle into a new place! Are the golf courses crowded? Do you drive around the community in a golf course? I would like to settle into a 55 community, but probably out west for low humidity, skiing, and less bugs.
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Old 05-06-2012, 05:26 PM   #5
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Thanks for updating your Villages retirement. I have been curious about them for quite some time. I agree with the others that you look and sound happy! That is what retirement is all about in my book.
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Crispus,

Good to hear you like The Villages. DH and i are coming for the Lifestyle visit in September. I read Leisureville and check The Villages forum daily; i find the whole concept quite intriguing.

Please post more when you can.
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We are also visiting soon. Do you find the clubhouses and pools crowded? Did you find some groups that you like to attends (ie. card playing, hobby etc.). How's the weather? (that might be a better question in August.)

So glad to hear you are happy. We have visited several retirement communities as we make our decision and they seem to be full of happy people which is what draws us.

Are there a lot of vacant houses in the Villages with all the Florida housing crisis?
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Thank you for the update.
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After 6 months here life has settled into a more normal routine. I gained the freshman 15, now I have cut back some on the booze. I play golf 3-4 times a week got my handicap index down to 5.7. We have made some new friends and go out to eat about three dinners per week. Prices at the restaurants are quite reasonable. If you are looking for fine dinning there are not too many choices though. Bonefish grill is about the best you get. We have traveled to Orlando ( about fifty minutes) several times for dinner..
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After 6 months here life has settled into a more normal routine. I gained the freshman 15, now I have cut back some on the booze. I play golf 3-4 times a week got my handicap index down to 5.7. We have made some new friends and go out to eat about three dinners per week. Prices at the restaurants are quite reasonable. If you are looking for fine dinning there are not too many choices though. Bonefish grill is about the best you get. We have traveled to Orlando ( about fifty minutes) several times for dinner.
We love our home here it is very comfortable and conducive for guests.
At fifty seven years old we are on the young side, but it certainly does not feel like an old age home.
Sounds good. Nice to hear what people decide to do and how it works out.
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Old 05-13-2012, 10:55 PM   #10
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We did the lifestyle visit back in Feb/March and we plan to visit this summer to get a feel for the weather. We were happy to leave the Texas summer heat so I'm not sure how this is going to play.
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Bonefish Grill isn't that bad, but there are some very nice restaurants in Orlando and a 50 minute drive isn't that bad considering. Good to know things are working out.
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I here great things about the Villages. Nothing wrong with a few drinks to settle into a new place! Are the golf courses crowded? Do you drive around the community in a golf course? I would like to settle into a 55 community, but probably out west for low humidity, skiing, and less bugs.
When we first bought a place in southern AZ we were amazed by the number of people who had moved to AZ from FL or the gulf of TX. When asked why, their common response was humidity.
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DW, who lived in AZ at one time, always thought it was funny when people would mention that the extreme heat wasn't too bad because it was a "dry" heat. "So is my oven" said DW. "Hop in".
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DW, who lived in AZ at one time, always thought it was funny when people would mention that the extreme heat wasn't too bad because it was a "dry" heat. "So is my oven" said DW. "Hop in".
I know its a personal preference thing, but humidity just saps my enthusiasm to do anything. Just got back from Vegas and walked all over the strip at 90 degrees and it felt like 75. Now I know when it hits 115 there is nowhere to hide outside, but when the sun goes down and its 100 out in AZ/NV I thought it to be very comfortable. I like sitting outside in evening and you don't sweat at 100 and the sun down, and just as important I never had to smack at bugs. Too me anyways, its hard to enjoy being outside on the porch in the evening when sweating and fighting the bugs off.
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I know its a personal preference thing, but humidity just saps my enthusiasm to do anything. Just got back from Vegas and walked all over the strip at 90 degrees and it felt like 75. Now I know when it hits 115 there is nowhere to hide outside, but when the sun goes down and its 100 out in AZ/NV I thought it to be very comfortable. I like sitting outside in evening and you don't sweat at 100 and the sun down, and just as important I never had to smack at bugs. Too me anyways, its hard to enjoy being outside on the porch in the evening when sweating and fighting the bugs off.
I understand completely. And, I want to experience it myself someday. I have never been to AZ, NM or NV.
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Having grown up in Florida, I've always told people it's great.... for retirees. As someone in his early-40s, there are times that I wish I could spend a couple of weeks at such a retirement community to decompress.

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DW, who lived in AZ at one time, always thought it was funny when people would mention that the extreme heat wasn't too bad because it was a "dry" heat. "So is my oven" said DW. "Hop in".
Lived there myself back in the early 70s. Fun times when you want to leave town and the planes can't take off due to the heat (115+)
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While everyone has their own climate preferences, I realized I like humid climates much more than dry climates.

In dry climates you get large daily temperature variations. I personally would not like the climate in Phoenix because it is too *cold* for much of the year outside of mid-day (not to mention too hot during the summer days). Also, many seem to get sinus problems in dry climates.

I was seeking a more humid climate that is in my temperature range and then it is easier to enjoy both the day and the evening. I always see people focusing on the daily high temperature whereas I am more focused on the average temperature.
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While everyone has their own climate preferences, I realized I like humid climates much more than dry climates.

In dry climates you get large daily temperature variations. I personally would not like the climate in Phoenix because it is too *cold* for much of the year outside of mid-day (not to mention too hot during the summer days). Also, many seem to get sinus problems in dry climates.

I was seeking a more humid climate that is in my temperature range and then it is easier to enjoy both the day and the evening. I always see people focusing on the daily high temperature whereas I am more focused on the average temperature.
Hi Kramer. I guess your preference for more humidity and less variation in temp is what led you to stay closer to the equator.
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110 in Vegas I can handle. I don't like it, but its tolerable. 95 in Anaheim and I'm done. I don't do humidity but then again, I was born and still live in Nevada. It doesn't even get muggy when it rains.
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