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Old 07-15-2009, 10:22 AM   #21
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I don't feel that the interesting aspects of upheaval and moving to location after location is more important than having a hometown and roots.
When we were stationed in San Diego, our next-door neighbors had been living in their house for 38 years. She had grown up around the corner, where her mother still lived. His parents & siblings had stayed in the area and he had also been there his entire life.

We were both very quick to bring up the drawbacks of our relative lifestyles, and we each thought the other's was a very good deal.

Next month we'll have lived in this house for nine years. It's the longest I've ever lived continuously at one address since high school. Second-longest was five years...
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:50 AM   #22
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When we were stationed in San Diego, our next-door neighbors had been living in their house for 38 years. She had grown up around the corner, where her mother still lived. His parents & siblings had stayed in the area and he had also been there his entire life.

We were both very quick to bring up the drawbacks of our relative lifestyles, and we each thought the other's was a very good deal.
Yeah, the grass is always greener over there.

No really, it IS greener!! Just look at all that green grass over there.

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Next month we'll have lived in this house for nine years. It's the longest I've ever lived continuously at one address since high school. Second-longest was five years...
When I was a young thing like you (what, 40-45 or so?) the longest I had done the same was 2-3 years.

Now that I am 61, it's almost 7 years. I bought my present house on August 23, 2002.
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Old 07-15-2009, 10:59 AM   #23
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Coastal AL is not very far from where you are. At some point your responsibilities to your aunt will become less, and when they do why not drive to coastal Alabama and visit him? Since you are retired, you can have your cake and eat it too, as they say. You could enjoy his interesting life and yet still return home when you tire of it.
Oh I plan to. Great food and plenty of golf courses near by. But his new wife would like to have a baby soon(she's older and doesn't want to wait too long), so that might have an impact on how often I want to go visit.
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Oh I plan to. Great food and plenty of golf courses near by. But his new wife would like to have a baby soon(she's older and doesn't want to wait too long), so that might have an impact on how often I want to go visit.
You could stay in a motel (I know, $$$ but it would make it easier on her). Then you could drop by, admire the baby for ten minutes or so, and you and he could quickly leave to go hang out together and do interesting guy stuff. If he is like my ex, he will need a "break" now and then anyway. You could eat and play golf but also you could do whateveritis that the gulf coast of Alabama has to offer, that Dawg54stown Mississippi doesn't. Consider it a rescue mission.
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