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Old February 9th, 2018, 07:46 AM   #21
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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.
For sure, Colorado is a place to check out. I have known people who have been there and I have heard very good things about the places you mentioned. If I were not happy with where I am, I would surely check it out.
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Old February 9th, 2018, 05:44 PM   #22
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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.



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.
My father will be 86 years old this year, has health problems due to cancer in the late 1990's (the 90's were a shit decade for us). He has lived here since 1960 and this house since 1981 when Memphis was still not a bad city. He is just too old to really "start a new life". He doesn't want to go to an old folks home and I don't blame him. Ironically if he died and my mother alive, she would sell the house and move to a home and would love it.

When you are old and lived a successful life, you accumulate a lot of stuff. My father has stuff on top of stuff. He was a pilot and a mechanic, and has all kinds of stuff, valuables to crap. If he dies, it will take me a year to sort through everything to sell, keep or throw out. I might "gift" the house to a friend for very reasonable rent plus the property tax if I cannot sell it. I don't want to be anchored here trying to sell a house dealing with people.

Seattle and Portland I am not that interested in, but I would not mind living somewhat close to them. I went to Washington with my parents in the late 1990's but not to Oregon since I was a teenager in the mid 1980's (Oregon has a desert, so about a quarter to a half of the state would not be a go.) Eugene, Corvallis, Coos Bay, Ashland oils be great. Have a friend I have not seen in many years who lives somewhere called Selma Oregon. Like I said in my OP, don't need a big city. A place with 50,000-100,000 people would be ideal. Big enough to have a Walmart, some chain restaurants, some local restaurants and places, a nice bar or three. Scenery, a relaxed atmosphere. Again an ideal climate, especially no summer heat. The birthplace of Sarah Palin, Sandpoint, Idaho is also a beautiful and an interesting place perhaps, but Idaho is more conservative. Not into skiing or camping or outside sports really. Would like to Sunday drive the hills. That would be me.

I just can't get into the idea of living in Texas. My parents lived there for a time sixty years ago and loved it. My father wants to live his life through me again, but I am a different person. But again, I might stay in China (believe it or not, not all of China is a polluted, overcrowded shithole, Google 云南丽江 (Yunnan, Lijiang). Gorgeous, lovely climate, cool summers and pot is easy to find. But I would be a foreigner there. If I could live healthy and drop dead at 90, Laos would be an idea, open a guesthouse, teach kids English, putter around. But that is a poor ass country.

We will see.

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https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=fhLvdPY2SDA

This is an episode of Hotel Hell with Gordon Ramsey on Youtube, of some old miserable fart of a man in Chelan (sic?) Washington running a hotel into the ground. I would honestly give my testicles to be able to run a beautiful hotel in a lovely small town (with vineyards and legal pot) with my Asian wife living the dream. If I can spell Chelan, would they take me?
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My father will be 86 years old this year, has health problems due to cancer in the late 1990's (the 90's were a shit decade for us). He has lived here since 1960 and this house since 1981 when Memphis was still not a bad city. He is just too old to really "start a new life". He doesn't want to go to an old folks home and I don't blame him. Ironically if he died and my mother alive, she would sell the house and move to a home and would love it.

When you are old and lived a successful life, you accumulate a lot of stuff. My father has stuff on top of stuff. He was a pilot and a mechanic, and has all kinds of stuff, valuables to crap. If he dies, it will take me a year to sort through everything to sell, keep or throw out. I might "gift" the house to a friend for very reasonable rent plus the property tax if I cannot sell it. I don't want to be anchored here trying to sell a house dealing with people.

Seattle and Portland I am not that interested in, but I would not mind living somewhat close to them. I went to Washington with my parents in the late 1990's but not to Oregon since I was a teenager in the mid 1980's (Oregon has a desert, so about a quarter to a half of the state would not be a go.) Eugene, Corvallis, Coos Bay, Ashland oils be great. Have a friend I have not seen in many years who lives somewhere called Selma Oregon. Like I said in my OP, don't need a big city. A place with 50,000-100,000 people would be ideal. Big enough to have a Walmart, some chain restaurants, some local restaurants and places, a nice bar or three. Scenery, a relaxed atmosphere. Again an ideal climate, especially no summer heat. The birthplace of Sarah Palin, Sandpoint, Idaho is also a beautiful and an interesting place perhaps, but Idaho is more conservative. Not into skiing or camping or outside sports really. Would like to Sunday drive the hills. That would be me.

I just can't get into the idea of living in Texas. My parents lived there for a time sixty years ago and loved it. My father wants to live his life through me again, but I am a different person. But again, I might stay in China (believe it or not, not all of China is a polluted, overcrowded shithole, Google 云南丽江 (Yunnan, Lijiang). Gorgeous, lovely climate, cool summers and pot is easy to find. But I would be a foreigner there. If I could live healthy and drop dead at 90, Laos would be an idea, open a guesthouse, teach kids English, putter around. But that is a poor ass country.

We will see.
Laos may be a very bad choice because of rising sea levels. Even if the rising sea level does not bother Laos, it is becoming a serious problem for Vietnam and those people will have to move somewhere. Being there for a short period of time may be a wonderful experience, but I think you would need to plan on moving elsewhere.

My mother loved Japan and I assume areas of China are also very desirable. I think I would choose China over Laos. However, in China, there could be a political problem for someone who has lived in the US. I am afraid politically things are pretty volatile? Again, it could be a wonderful experience, but perhaps not a long-term one.

With your money and choices, you could choose a life of planned moves, and think of yourself as an ambassador and use social media to share your experiences. You said you like Sunday drives. What could be better than taking Sunday drives through many countries and telling us all how one place compares with another and how the people are the same and different?


You mentioned you would consider teaching English. Have you ever checked out volunteer opportunities around the world? This link is about volunteer opportunities around the world.
https://www.google.com/search?rlz=1C....0.5LAG_T2gj-o

People who can travel and experience different cultures have a much boarder understanding of life and become valuable to all of us.

PS what does it mean to be the life your father wants? There could be something deeply meaningful to that. I am old enough to see life as behind me, and the children as the future.

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I would suggest any place that is NOT in California.
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Old February 10th, 2018, 11:14 AM   #26
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I would suggest America
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Old February 10th, 2018, 11:48 AM   #27
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Here is my take Senor Bugle Boy Of Company B. I live in Ohio and, while it meets your temperature requirements, you would probably be in a nursing home before marijuana is legalized. Ohio will repeat our casino experience. They wouldn’t legalize casinos until all the border states were draining big time disposable income dollars from Ohio residents. This is how marijuana legalization will go.

Anywhere south of Memphis fails both your temperature and marijuana requirements. In addition, the farther south you go, the squarer the shape of the residents heads become and the per capital tooth count really takes a nosedive. Think Rick Perry. Do you really want to battle the heat plus that kind of ignorance ?

The New England states (Maine, New Hampshire, Connecticut and upstate New York) would meet your requirements if not for marijuana access issues.

That leaves Washington, Oregon, The Sierra Nevada area of California and Colorado. The additional selling point of being able to party with the greatest moderator in internets history should not be taken lightly.
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I ask myself this question on a daily basis as retirement for me is not so very far off and I live in Illinois. Illinois is going to go bust very soon so I need to figure out where I want to be. I am tired of the sub zero weather in Winter and the excessive snow shoveling. So south sounds good to me. I have lived in Texas and North Carolina before. Texas beaches are not blue water beaches. North Carolina culture is not my cup of tea. That cup of southern tea is the whole south. Florida is too hot and humid. California is nuts and too expensive to retire in. I am no fan of the desert. I love Italy and France and Austria but living abroad is an issue with entrance visas for permanent residency and for cost of health care as I would be giving up Medicare benefits. So I am perplexed.
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To Justoneman,

Missouri is actually a pretty state, especially southwest Missouri close to Arkansas in the Ozarks. I wouldn't think it is expensive, fairly laid back. Lots of people from the Midwest go there.
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Missouri is actually a pretty state, especially southwest MissourI, close to Arkansas in the Ozarks. I wouldn't think it is expensive, fairly laid back. Lots of people from the Midwest go there.
Yes the Ozarks in Missouri are pretty. It has been a long time since I last vacationed there. Its one of many areas I have considered. I shall have to go on a trip there sometime soon.
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