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Old February 8th, 2018, 07:52 PM   #1
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Where in America would you live?

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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.
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Texas is actually a lot better than many places... Massachuttes.
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Sorry to hear about your loss.



I was just recently in Honolulu a month or so ago. By far my new favorite city. The people are super chill. You have the city and then on the other side you have the north shore full of real down to earth island people. $35 round of golf for locals w/ cart. Beautiful courses. And the driving is awesome!!! Lots of good pavement and twisty mountain roads. Beaches for miles and the mall in the city was real cool. The only down side is that the unions basicly run the government and there is no checks and balances. I dont even know if there is a single non democratic elected representative.
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I was just recently in Honolulu a month or so ago. By far my new favorite city. The people are super chill. You have the city and then on the other side you have the north shore full of real down to earth island people. $35 round of golf for locals w/ cart. Beautiful courses. And the driving is awesome!!! Lots of good pavement and twisty mountain roads. Beaches for miles and the mall in the city was real cool. The only down side is that the unions basicly run the government and there is no checks and balances. I dont even know if there is a single non democratic elected representative.
The most expensive city to live in in the US though.
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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.
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The most expensive city to live in in the US though.


Yeah, but there are always work arounds and budgeting. Where things are expensive there is wealth and where there is wealth there are ways to extract it.
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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.
Sorry about your loss.


I lived in San Antonio for 5 years. I loved it. Austin is like the sister city. I went there often. Austin is cool. San Marcos is small Texas townish. San Antonio has lots of fiestas all year round. The riverwalk is just wonderful.

But you are asking me where I would live if I had a million dollars and was retired. Well I think I would go with the Italian dolomite mountains. Its the Alps really but not rainy like the Austrian alps. You are centrally located in Europe. You could get most places in one day by car. I have been to a lot of mountains in the world and I would have to say the Dolomites are my fav.
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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.

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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.
Losing Mom isn't easy....

Austin and the Hill Country were cool in the 70s. Then, private property signs popped up everywhere as the population grew and grew.

Are you set on living close to a coast?
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You might look at eastern Oregon or Washington. Weather gets a little hot in summer but there are 4 season and mountains are close, to most of the size towns you want. Small towns near those have the best "buys" on houses and driving 10-15 miles to a Wal Mart is not bad.
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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.
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