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Old February 10th, 2018, 04:49 PM   #31
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Hello.

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.
There is some really cheap land in the Florida Keys right now................

You could also go to Arizona and let the rest of your brain fry on a 110 degree day
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Old February 11th, 2018, 07:05 AM   #32
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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.
One of my sons lived for a few years in Springfield, Mo. It's a decent sized town, about 160,000, in south-west Missouri big enough for decent basic services such as health care, hospitals, etc.
Cost of living is very low and it's just minutes to drive to some really nice lakes and hunting. Just don't count on being able to get a decent Italian dinner or pretty much anything edible that is not deep fried. I should think a good place for retirement for some, far enough south to have mild winters and has a cheap cost of living.
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There is some really cheap land in the Florida Keys right now................

You could also go to Arizona and let the rest of your brain fry on a 110 degree day
Florida is too sunny and hot. No mountains, while the ocean is cool, once you live by it, the lure of it is gone. I would also be concerned about hurricanes and wild weather. The sunshine and heat turns people's brains tan and goofy. Keep it.
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Also, not all of Arizona is scrubland desert. I went to a part of northern Arizona as a kid which was full of trees in the mountains, looked a lot of what I would think Oregon and Washington would look like.

Sometimes we think of a place and think that the whole place has a certain landscape. A large part of Oregon is desert and scrubland. I went to Vietnam and went to a town called Dalat which because of the elevation had hard wood and pine trees and looked more like Tennessee than Southeast Asia.
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It does sound like you're a northwestern type guy.

Personally, I can't imagine living anywhere but on the east coast - at least in the United States. And, preferably not more than 90 minutes from New York City.

Being too far away from New York - even being in Europe or U.K. - makes me itchy after a couple weeks.
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It does sound like you're a northwestern type guy.

Personally, I can't imagine living anywhere but on the east coast - at least in the United States. And, preferably not more than 90 minutes from New York City.

Being too far away from New York - even being in Europe or U.K. - makes me itchy after a couple weeks.
My goodness, I think our preferences are polar opposites! I can not imagine anyone thinking heaven would be like L.A., Chicago, or New York. For me, heaven is certainly the beauty of nature, a mountain, river, and valley. It can be even better if there is a long beach by the ocean. I would perhaps choose to live by the ocean, but I did and the wind, clouds, and fog were too much. I love being on the beach, but that is on days when there less wind and more sunshine.

But I grew up in LA and it took me a good 10 years to adjust to a simpler life with nature.
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There is some really cheap land in the Florida Keys right now................

You could also go to Arizona and let the rest of your brain fry on a 110 degree day
Florida, no way! Far too much of that land is likely to have sinkholes and this is a carefully kept secret because no one wants the property values to drop. Having all one's assets blow away in a hurricane is not my idea of a good investment either.

Now if one could make sure the land is stable and wanted to live in a pyramid, perhaps that could work. I have read the pyramid of Gisa could be used for surviving extreme conditions.
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Also, not all of Arizona is scrubland desert. I went to a part of northern Arizona as a kid which was full of trees in the mountains, looked a lot of what I would think Oregon and Washington would look like.

Sometimes we think of a place and think that the whole place has a certain landscape. A large part of Oregon is desert and scrubland. I went to Vietnam and went to a town called Dalat which because of the elevation had hard wood and pine trees and looked more like Tennessee than Southeast Asia.

Flagstaff is a great place. Mountains and wooded areas/pine forests--a little snow in the winter but usually great weather--high and dry.
Northern AZ University is there. Pop is about 70,000 and growing.
It's a little over an hour to the Grand Canyon from Flag. The Navajo Nation surrounds Flagstaff. Canyon de Chelly and other gorgeous monument areas are also easy drives.
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My goodness, I think our preferences are polar opposites! I can not imagine anyone thinking heaven would be like L.A., Chicago, or New York. For me, heaven is certainly the beauty of nature, a mountain, river, and valley. It can be even better if there is a long beach by the ocean. I would perhaps choose to live by the ocean, but I did and the wind, clouds, and fog were too much. I love being on the beach, but that is on days when there less wind and more sunshine.

But I grew up in LA and it took me a good 10 years to adjust to a simpler life with nature.
A good compromise for you might be Asheville North Carolina. Its small mountains. Pretty. Mild winter weather but a real change of season with some modest snow fall. Not so hot in the summer because of the elevation. You are about 4 hours or so away from nice Carolina beaches on the ocean. Ashville is a big enough town to have some culture. Cost of living is modest.
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A good compromise for you might be Asheville North Carolina. Its small mountains. Pretty. Mild winter weather but a real change of season with some modest snow fall. Not so hot in the summer because of the elevation. You are about 4 hours or so away from nice Carolina beaches on the ocean. Ashville is a big enough town to have some culture. Cost of living is modest.
Yes, that does sound nice. This link makes Asheville appear very attractive, not just because they have interesting things to see, but the people care about preserving their past. That is important to me. https://www.google.com/destination/m...pm%3D/m/03d2gy

I would like to check it out, but I think my traveling days are in the past.
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