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Old 01-20-2004, 06:12 AM   #41
 
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Hello Doug! I recognized the DFW .

I used to tell people the same thing, i.e. I was
semiretired and looking forward to dropping the "semi".
Where are you in North Texas? In the Metroplex?
In my "captain of industry" period, we lived in Las
Colinas (Irving). Very pricey neighborhood. We liked
it but no way we could ever live there now. That's okay
though as my wife and I are country people at heart.
Our future digs are about 10 minutes south of Lake
Texoma.

John Galt
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Re: What do you tell people you do?
Old 01-20-2004, 08:46 AM   #42
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Hey John, I worked in Las Colinas for last 10 years, and we live just west of D/FW airport. I am a country person wantabee and would love a log cabin out in the woods and to be able to rachet costs down like you have done, but the school system here is a pretty good one, and I want my daughter to benefit from this strong school system thru HS, 5 more years. My son is off to college in the Fall, so no issue with him, although I hope he ends up at a school within driving distance.

I have been thinking about the pinney woods or maybe hill country for a final retirement spot, provided I can desuade my wife from wanting to return to CT.

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Old 01-20-2004, 11:56 AM   #43
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One area we never made in our 'camper' days was the general Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend res. areas - the boonie quotient was too high for her.
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Old 01-20-2004, 01:29 PM   #44
 
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Hello unclemick! Re. Sam Rayburn and Toledo Bend,
that's some pretty country. Reminds me of Michigan
without the snow. I know what you mean about the
"boonie" factor though. We looked there for a spot
to relocate after we settled on Texas. I always said
you could not get too far out to suit me. However, even though real estate was much lower than around Dallas,
it was a bit too rustic even for me.

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Old 01-21-2004, 03:46 AM   #45
 
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And another thing.................I've been all over Texas
except for the Brownsville/Corpus area. At first blush
I thought east Texas was the answer
for us. Reminded me
of Michigan. Plenty of lakes for fishing and boating.
Away from the city, lower real estate prices, etc etc.
I recall on my last trip there (when I ruled it out), I was
looking for a marina to park my boat. I confess I was heavily
influenced by the upscale marinas I was used to in
Michigan, Florida and outside of the Dallas metroplex.
Anyway, I stopped by one marina (big lake) in east
Texas and thought it was just awful. So, I asked someone where I could find the nicest marina on the lake. They told me I had just seen it. I was shocked.
Of course, you have to pay for all those nice facilities ,
but truly I could not imagine keeping my boat in such a place. Sometimes my old (high consumption) lifestyle comes back to haunt me, imposing limits on how far I am able
to cut back.

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Old 01-22-2004, 05:31 AM   #46
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Our ex neighbor and telephone man bought a mountain plot in a vacation area of No. Georgia. Plans to keep his apt. in Slidell and put up a Vacation cabin. Divorced, kids grown. Driving from Key West to Alaska this year for his 'Vacation'

Took 55 and out 3 yrs ago - still works as temp on occasion (he passed on Iraq). His 'boonie quotient' is still high after growing up in the city of New Orleans - second trip to Alaska.

And I figured him for a 'city guy' - amazing what you can do in ER.
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Hello unclemick! Yeah, it is amazing what you can do in
ER. Even with our financial restrictions, we kind of feel like the
world is our oyster. We can do about anything we
want. We just can't do everything.

Re. "city guy - country guy", I was raised in the country
but while I was working I spent a lot of time in big cities.
Some of this was enjoyable, but now that I am retired
I avoid big cities like the plague.

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Old 02-27-2004, 02:09 PM   #48
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When asked what I do, I reply " what ever I feel like".
My wife is still working untill she gets the nerve to pull the plug says I am "pretending to be retired"
So much of what is covered here rings true.
We are targeting 33% of our former income but have been cutting back since I pulled the plug and are currently spending 15%. The 24K is also my goal which will allow me to spend twice what I am doing now. I would also like to put in a plug for the Southern Black Hills. Record high is 100F average low is above freezing year round. Its dry so the heat and cold never feel as bad as it does in Minnesota. And did I say, It is pretty out here.
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Old 03-11-2004, 10:14 AM   #49
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I get this question often. In my case my spouse still has a job she enjoys... Therefore... I just tell everyone I am a gigolo. I have yet to have anyone ask to tell them more!
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Good one. My sweetie kicks in $500 a month for food and whatnot. Last month when she gave me the cash I looked at her and said "Gee, I thought the sex was better than that!". She said she'd head back to the ATM machine again.

I'm still waiting...
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