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Old February 9th, 2018, 05:19 AM   #11
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My mother died last week. She has been ill and in a nursing home for about a year so this was not unexpected, but still a sad event. My father is alone and I am the only son. You may or may not know, but I live in China with a Chinese wife to whom I may stay married too or possibly get divorced. I love her very much but tired of her bullshit (gambling, get rich quick schemes etc.) but that is another story.

Since I am an only child, my inheritance will be about $1.5 million dollars before taxes and whatever. My father is 85 and is of fair health and not worried that much about death and has been asking me where I would want to live after he dies. He (and me part time) live outside of Memphis, which frankly is a shithole for the most part and I have no interest in living there, and my father concurs. If he were 65 instead of 85, he would leave also.

I want to live in either Washington State or Oregon. Pretty much the only area in the United States I want to live, which includes Hawaii. Why do I want to live there? To me, I would love the climate, mostly cool, not cold, rainy, cloudy days would not bother me in the least. I don't want to live in summer heat months out of the year. I have lived literally my whole life in places of shitty heat and am sick of it. Don't much care for sunny days for the most part.

Second, Demographics, I am white, I want to live around mostly white people. I do not wish to live in an area with a large African American or Hispanic population. I am married again to a Chinese woman and Asian and Pacific rim folks would be fine by me. If this makes me racist, so what. I cannot completely escape them, and I don't expect to, but I don't want to live in a place where they are in sizable numbers.

Third, marijuana is (for now) legal. I like marijuana. Actually I love marijuana. Maybe the Feds will be dicks (and under Trump/Sessions this might happen) and force the legal states back to criminalizing the weed, but the legal states would probably impose very slight penalties. Marijuana lifts my mood, relieves depression and boredom, is fun and makes my life so much more enjoyable.

Fourth and last, I want to live among mountains and forests. My parents and I travelled around western Washington State from Seattle to Mt. St. Helens and all that and I absolutely loved it. I would move my fatass there faster than you could say "Seahawks". I even did an online survey of general questions of where I would like to live. The winner, Washington State of course......

I would like to live in a town of maybe 10,000-50,000 people, with basic stuff like a Walmart, fast food places, bars and whatnot. Doesn't have to be a land of excitement. I don't need a big house either. Two bedrooms, a living room, a kitchen and a bathroom (a hot tub would be a bonus too). Have a truck. I would live fairly simply without extravagance, except I would like to see Europe and South America.

My father wants me to look at TEXAS , and the Austin Texas area. He lived there in the 1950's south of Austin in San Marcos which is between Austin and San Antonio. He tells me that Washington and Oregon are expensive high tax states. Well, I don't want to live in Texas. Sorry Texas. I would hate the summers, too many Hispanics. Not into music at all (hate live music so Austin would be of no draw whatsoever). Marijuana is illegal and probably a felony. The landscape I heard is pretty and possibly is, but pales in comparison to the Pacific Northwest. Plus, it is in the conservative South. Yes, I know that Austin is much more cosmopolitan and forward thinking than Texas, but Texas? Blech to me. Texas is nothing but Arkansas on steroids, and I would rather live in Arkansas (medical pot, small mountains, laid back).

However, my father wants me to go there, because he wants me to move back home and again, I and my Chinese wife may or may not be on the outs, plus China under Xi Jinping sucks now (Xi Jinping is an asshole and so is his asshole government). I probably have another year of China left in me. My father says I am narrow minded about Texas, considered San Marcos a heaven (all my life I have heard about this Valhalla). Texas just doesn't interest me whatsoever. I mean, Willie Nelson doesn't even live there anymore. But we are going to make the trek to Texas. Since Mom died, I need to humor the old man a bit.....

So, if you had about a million from an inheritance and about twenty to twenty five years of life left, where would you live? Texas is actually a lot better than many places, Illinois, the Midwest in general, Massachuttes, New Jersey, Florida (yuck). California was a paradise until Californians ruined it. Alaska is too cold and expensive. Hawaii would be fun I guess, but then you are stuck on an island where somewhere else is far ass away.

I guess I am going to catch shit about my demographics choice, but where would be a good place for me? Flint Michigan might be an option.
I suggest Brown Township, Ohio. No apartments or churches in Brown Township. No retail or wholesale stores in Brown Township. No Muslims in Brown Township but farming and hunting is allowed. You have to buy a five acre lot in Brown Township to build a house. Price per acre is 50k and has to be approved by the Brown Township Trustee's and I am friends with the top Brown Township Trustee, Gary Deaver. Brown Township has a new and giant High School, new middle school and new elementary school. No police in Brown Township but we have a six million dollar firehouse. Web search Brown Township, Ohio and you can see what we are about
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Old February 9th, 2018, 05:33 AM   #12
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Have you looked at east Tennessee or western North Carolina. From Crossville TN to Ashville ? MJ not legal but prop prices not terrible, no income tax in Tn. Ashvillle is pretty hip but still with a small town feel. East TN has quite a few retirees. Mountains, golf courses, lakes, take your pic. I live in middle TN. Winters aren't too harsh and the summers aren't too brutal. Memphis just feels hotter for some reason.
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Have you looked at east Tennessee or western North Carolina. From Crossville TN to Ashville ? MJ not legal but prop prices not terrible, no income tax in Tn. Ashvillle is pretty hip but still with a small town feel. East TN has quite a few retirees. Mountains, golf courses, lakes, take your pic. I live in middle TN. Winters aren't too harsh and the summers aren't too brutal. Memphis just feels hotter for some reason.
I've been to every State in the Union and no matter where I roam there is no place like home. If you were born in Texas you have Texas on your mind.
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I have a cousin and his wife who live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa who want to move to Asheville, NC. Andy Griffith country. I would like the mountains, and for him, a better climate. Don't know his wife except on Facebook, but she is into New Age, Buddhist, Yoga, fartsy artsy bullshit and I think Asheville lends to that a bit. I don't hate the South (in many ways like it and embrace it) but would like something different.

I might have mentioned it in my OP, but I have an acquaintance I went to high school with who is a banker (a VP who makes good money) and her fifty something year old husband and they are counting the days to get out of Mempho and going to Colorado. Colorado would be decent. Marijuana aside, it is a beautiful place. My deal is that it is COLD there. They like outdoors stuff more than myself, off-roading and whatnot. But Colorado is a lure.

I am from Memphis but also consider Mississippi my home state (more than Tennessee actually) because I went to college there, had a home there briefly and worked there, and there are some nice towns. One is called Water Valley south of Oxford which is basically Mayberry. Town square, big church, no fast food joints, Walmarts and bullshit. Actually know a girl and her girlfriend (might be wife now) who own a cafe' there. Would be cheap as chips there and get to live among the home folks. While pot is illegal, it is actually decriminalized. But it is a small, Mayberry like community where everybody knows everybody else's business, and Otis Campbell is a methhead.

If someone wants to suggest Las Vegas, don't. I lived there and you can keep it. I didn't like the transient nature of the place, plus the in your face gambling, and other unhealthy vices which gets me into trouble (hookers, bad dope etc.). Las Vegas is either a place people love or hate, no middle ground in my opinion.

Vermont and New Hampshire would kick ass if it weren't so freezing and the provincial people. Mountains, landscape, positive demographics. But COLD and foreign sounding people!
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I have a cousin and his wife who live in Cedar Rapids, Iowa who want to move to Asheville, NC. Andy Griffith country. I would like the mountains, and for him, a better climate. Don't know his wife except on Facebook, but she is into New Age, Buddhist, Yoga, fartsy artsy bullshit and I think Asheville lends to that a bit. I don't hate the South (in many ways like it and embrace it) but would like something different.

I might have mentioned it in my OP, but I have an acquaintance I went to high school with who is a banker (a VP who makes good money) and her fifty something year old husband and they are counting the days to get out of Mempho and going to Colorado. Colorado would be decent. Marijuana aside, it is a beautiful place. My deal is that it is COLD there. They like outdoors stuff more than myself, off-roading and whatnot. But Colorado is a lure.

I am from Memphis but also consider Mississippi my home state (more than Tennessee actually) because I went to college there, had a home there briefly and worked there, and there are some nice towns. One is called Water Valley south of Oxford which is basically Mayberry. Town square, big church, no fast food joints, Walmarts and bullshit. Actually know a girl and her girlfriend (might be wife now) who own a cafe' there. Would be cheap as chips there and get to live among the home folks. While pot is illegal, it is actually decriminalized. But it is a small, Mayberry like community where everybody knows everybody else's business, and Otis Campbell is a methhead.

If someone wants to suggest Las Vegas, don't. I lived there and you can keep it. I didn't like the transient nature of the place, plus the in your face gambling, and other unhealthy vices which gets me into trouble (hookers, bad dope etc.). Las Vegas is either a place people love or hate, no middle ground in my opinion.

Vermont and New Hampshire would kick ass if it weren't so freezing and the provincial people. Mountains, landscape, positive demographics. But COLD and foreign sounding people!
Each to his/her own I say, live where and do what makes you happy.
Personally I can't stand little Mayberry-like little towns where everyone knows everyone else. Unless you were born there you will never be really accepted.
My younger brother moved to one of those little hick towns over 20 years ago. His family is still referred to as "the folks that bought the Jones place when they passed."
The only way they are livable is if they are within easy commune distance from a real city. For me that would be an hour's drive or less.
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Each to his/her own I say, live where and do what makes you happy.
Personally I can't stand little Mayberry-like little towns where everyone knows everyone else. Unless you were born there you will never be really accepted.
My younger brother moved to one of those little hick towns over 20 years ago. His family is still referred to as "the folks that bought the Jones place when they passed."
The only way they are livable is if they are within easy commune distance from a real city. For me that would be an hour's drive or less.
IMHO of course.
I dated a woman from Texas and she was as big as Dallas and spread out like Ft. Worth. I had a good friend in the Navy from Ashville, NC and he bragged on Ashville. North Carolina is cool but avoid South Carolina.
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IT and I are probably going to recommend Colorado. There's a little town (25,000) near Ft. Collins--lovely place--called Windsor--lake/beach. MJ is legal. Mountains are beautiful--weather mostly cool but warm summer days. Very friendly people---a quaint Main St. with antique shops--ice cream parlor, chamber of commerce--small town feel, but close to Ft. and Loveland.

Northern Colorado is a big booming place. Boulder is awesome....and there are small towns all over the area. Housing is pricey. You might want to check it out.

IT, what do you think?? Suggestions??

Sorry for your loss, Boogie. Sounds like you are turning a page in your life? New chapter beginning. Hope it's a good one.
Maybe Delta, Hotchkiss or Paonia. Delta would probably be the one you like Seņor. It get hot in the summer, but it's dry heat. Not too cold in the winter, but again, it's dry and dry cold is WAY more tolerable.

Lots of sunshine which might be a drawback for ya.

Look at South Fork, or Monte Vista, or Del Norte. Not too cold there either.
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I dated a woman from Texas and she was as big as Dallas and spread out like Ft. Worth. I had a good friend in the Navy from Ashville, NC and he bragged on Ashville. North Carolina is cool but avoid South Carolina.
Oh, don't misunderstand me. I love to VISIT the country, I just don't want to live there.
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What size city do you want to live in? What kind of culture is desirable?

Oregon is more influenced by pioneers who traveled the Oregon Trail than the east coast where the American Revolution has a stronger impact on the culture. Ashland, Oregon is relatively very small because it is built in a small mountain pass. It has a history built on crafts and trade with cities to the north and south, when timber, farming, and mining were the important industries.

Portland is a large city but you may prefer Seattle. A person with money should surely check out Seattle and San Francisco. Both have larger Asian populations and more culture. I think a person with money would be happier in either of those cities, or if a smaller city is desired try Carmel close to San Francisco but scenically more beautiful.

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Eugene, Oregon is good if you like small cities and a simple life in a pleasant valley with easy access to the coast in the west or the ski resorts in the east. But our population is growing very fast, and that is sad for those us who want our small city to stay small. We have a wonderful Annual Asian Festival that is coming in a week and many Asians attend the University of Oregon, but we could do better in developing a place for Asian culture. I think we should have an Asian garden in the long park along the river. Perhaps in the area where a path connects the park with the university. Compared to Seattle and San Francisco we have not done as well as we could to embarrass the Asians. I think our past of white supremacy and the colloquial mentality of timber and farm folks is still hanging on. Some effort has been made to be more inclusive, but we seem reluctant to change. I am saying, Eugene, just is not as cosmopolitan as Seattle or San Francisco.

What reason does your father have for not moving if he would like to be in a different environment? I am prejudiced. I think we have a little piece of heaven here. If you have money, why not travel and check things out? We have some very nice assisted living facilities and also excellent in-home services. I think this is a very nice place to be in our later years. Someone accustom to money may not like our senior center, but it is a very friendly place.
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you won't be happy anywhere, just my opinion
Your opinion is based on what goes on in your head. Perhaps you want to check that?
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