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Old 07-07-2010, 08:46 PM   #21
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I get a kick out of it all unless the weather has been the same for so long as to be tedious, as the long, hot summers can become in the South, or as the long, cold winters can be up North.
Sounds like you just made a case for an RV.
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Old 07-07-2010, 08:57 PM   #22
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Sounds like you just made a case for an RV.
But then, would we Southerners be as deleriously happy with the weather in October if we hadn't just emerged from a long, hot summer? And would Northerners be as gleeful when spotting the first crocuses of springtime if they hadn't just experienced a long, cold winter?

And yes, I do get your point. I just decline to deal with a black water tank (eww!), or to drive and maintain one of those behemoths an RV, just to escape a few weeks per year of "weather tedium". Maybe for us, the solution is just a lazy trip north by car for a couple of weeks in the late summer. Or, just engaging in some activity of such interest as to distract us from the weather at that time.
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I dream of the day that I wake up in the morning, look out the window, see a blizzard.....and not give a damn if it snows for 3 days. I think for that reason alone I will not move after I retire.

Well, that and you can't find anyplace better than New England in the fall.
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And would Northerners be as gleeful when spotting the first crocuses of springtime if they hadn't just experienced a long, cold winter?

Nope. My first reaction every spring is - OMG, I feel so "alive" - I survived another winter. It actually is kind of a great feeling.
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But then, would we Southerners be as deleriously happy with the weather in October if we hadn't just emerged from a long, hot summer? And would Northerners be as gleeful when spotting the first crocuses of springtime if they hadn't just experienced a long, cold winter?
Why, after 35 years of this AZ "dry heat", why don't I just tough out this 115-deg summer once more, so that when winter comes I will be able to laugh at these people shoveling snow?

Why don't I just keep banging my head against the wall , so that when I stop, I would feel soooo great ?

Why don't people just keep working another year, then another year, and another year, so that when retirement finally comes, they would enjoy and appreciate it more?

Aren't we all a bunch of patient, gratification-delaying LBYM'ers?

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And yes, I do get your point. I just deline to deal with a black water tank, or to drive and maintain one of those behemoths an RV, just to escape a few weeks per year of "weather tedium".
Seriously, I had reservations about that scary black tank, but after our maiden short trip (and only one so far), found it to be no "big deal", just like other RV'ers have said.

And I thought we are talking months, not weeks of "weather tedium" here. How about also escaping hurricanes and tornadoes?
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Why, after 35 years of this AZ "dry heat", why don't I just tough out this 115-deg summer once more, so that when winter comes I will be able to laugh at these people shoveling snow?
You should move to New Orleans! It almost never gets over 100 degrees F, and it never snows enough to worry about shoveling the snow.* See? Your weather problems would be solved. You could sell the RV and settle down.

* Full disclosure: it does get humid here (almost all year long), and then there are the hurricanes... ... and 60"/year rainfall.
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I would be very happy with weather like that in April, May, October, and November all year round. No snow or ice, no heat waves, you can keep your windows open a lot, little or no A/C, little or no heat needed (low electric and fuel bills, too). Wear a jacket or sweater outside, light or heavy, no gloves, can cook and bake and be able to vent the heat easily.

My kind of climate. I'd never get bored with daily temps between 45F and 70F.
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100 deg F with 100% humidity? And I would not sell my RV then. I would need it to escape from hurricanes and flood, no?

No thanks. I would just stay here, and either escape the "dry heat" by going to my other place in AZ, or get "NW-bound" with my RV.

Note: The reason I am not up in my cool place is the repair going on with my main house now, plus I also need to do a bit of w*rk. I have spent a bit of money to "buy, buy, buy" into this market (up to 75% equities now), and need to refill the cash bucket with some earned income.
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Well, that and you can't find anyplace better than New England in the fall.

Absolutely , Nothing is prettier than New England towns in the fall .
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My kind of climate. I'd never get bored with daily temps between 45F and 70F.
That is my kind of climate also. Here in northern Il, we range from -20 to 100. But it's very seldom between 45 and 70 with low humidity.
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I miss thunderstorms. We have one every two years or so, but it's kind of wussy.
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I miss thunderstorms. We have one every two years or so, but it's kind of wussy.
I don't miss them but thunderstorms are wonderful nostalgia. Such memories of being put to bed at grandma's in two overstuffed chairs in a room with windows on three sides; her house was on top of a hill above a lake. In places like Phoenix t-storms are practically a tourist draw; I enjoy them as entertainment.
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Rich, I like different weather conditions too. Variety is the spice of life, after all. How sad it would be to never experience again the gusts of wind and darkness just before a storm, or to never experience again the perfect sunny day?
But you haven't experienced it all. Get up to got to work for a week (or a month) when the temperature stays at 40 below (or more) and rethink you position.

That's why retirees, up here, have discovered airlines.
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But you haven't experienced it all. Get up to got to work for a week (or a month) when the temperature stays at 40 below (or more) and rethink you position.

That's why retirees, up here, have discovered airlines.

After five or six months of constant 90+ degree days I am ready to hop on an airline and feel the crispness of fall or even see snow .
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I miss thunderstorms. We have one every two years or so, but it's kind of wussy.
Don't you get some pretty good winter storms? I guess they just don't have thunder and lightning?

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After five or six months of constant 90+ degree days I am ready to hop on an airline and feel the crispness of fall or even see snow .
WADR, that's a bit different from what I described. The keyword was "below". We have a spare room, come for a visit in January.
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I dream of the day that I wake up in the morning, look out the window, see a blizzard.....and not give a damn if it snows for 3 days. I think for that reason alone I will not move after I retire.

Well, that and you can't find anyplace better than New England in the fall.
Winter used to bother me before I retired. Now I just don't care what the weather does. I have a well stocked pantry and it can snow for days if it wants.
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In places like Phoenix t-storms are practically a tourist draw; I enjoy them as entertainment.
... until your house gets hit by one of those thunderbolts, as what happened to my former boss.
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WADR, that's a bit different from what I described. The keyword was "below". We have a spare room, come for a visit in January.

Now if you only lived near my daughter ( upstate New York ) we could do a home exchange and both enjoy the change . I would even leave wine chilling in the fridge .
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Now if you only lived near my daughter ( upstate New York ) we could do a home exchange and both enjoy the change . I would even leave wine chilling in the fridge .
Indeed it's too bad. Most years we'd love a January tropical vacation in upstate New York. I hear it freezes there sometimes.
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