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Old 04-09-2012, 06:50 PM   #21
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Bugs, reptiles and snakes seem to be more prevalent in warmer climates.
That's one of the reasons I prefer areas that have average temperature ranges of > -15F and < +80F. I'm not a fan of sweating, high summertime humidity, nor air conditioning.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:02 PM   #22
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Interesting. I have family that live in WA at various locations along the coast and I asked them specifically about spiders. None of them have ever had problems with them. My parents, the older of my brothers, and I lived there when I was really young and as far as I know we never had problems with them. When my husband and I were researching places to live, everything we looked at mentioned that there were a couple of varieties of poisonous spiders but that they were not numerous and relatively easy to avoid and several places mentioned that spiders in general were not usually a problem. And when the hubby and I went out to visit for my sister's wedding we saw nothing of them.

Where in WA were you at? Is it maybe something isolated to a specific region? I wonder if it's something related to climate change. How long ago were you there? I ask because the hubby and I would still like to move there eventually and if the spider problem is as bad as you say, I'm definitely going to need to get past this phobia before we get there.
I lived in Tacoma for about five years. There were spiders on bushes, in the house, in the grass, everywhere. All my in-laws were terrified of them. Not me. I just would kill them or destroy their webs. My husband, when we lived in Texas, I would say,"Phil there is a spider on the wall, " and he would be out he door before I could finish speaking. Yet if one of the huge roaches got in the house, he would smack it with his hand. YUK! At my sister-in-laws house, she would leave. She was so afraid of one getting away from me. Even on her patio I would hunt them down and kill them. Then there would be a new bunch the next week. There were three houses and each one paid me ten dollars every week to get rid of their spiders. I thought it was all ridiculous. In the 70's, that was a lot of money to me. Thirty dollars extra each week.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:03 PM   #23
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Bugs, reptiles and snakes seem to be more prevalent in warmer climates.
That's one of the reasons I prefer areas that have average temperature ranges of > -15F and < +80F. I'm not a fan of sweating, high summertime humidity, nor air conditioning.
When we lived in Texas, Son #2 would go hunting for poisonous snakes and turn them in for the bounty money. He always had money in his pocket.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:11 PM   #24
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boy, addie, you and i have the same dreams.

vermont, florida, the pacific northwest, and ireland/scotland.
Vermont is absolutly beautiful. And there are no really big cities. When someone needs something unusual or special, they come to Boston. And where I lived in Tacoma, in the morning, I would go out my back door and there were the snow capped Olympic Mountains. Go out my front door and there is snow capped Mount Rainier. Yet I was only about 15 minutes away from Puget Sound. I have to live near the ocean.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:20 PM   #25
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Vermont is absolutly beautiful. And there are no really big cities. When someone needs something unusual or special, they come to Boston. And where I lived in Tacoma, in the morning, I would go out my back door and there were the snow capped Olympic Mountains. Go out my front door and there is snow capped Mount Rainier. Yet I was only about 15 minutes away from Puget Sound. I have to live near the ocean.
Glad to see we see agree about something even though you're not a fan of egg custard. We regard most spiders as an aid for the control of other bugs.
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Glad to see we see agree about something even though you're not a fan of egg custard. We regard most spiders as an aid for the control of other bugs.
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Old 04-09-2012, 07:58 PM   #27
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Glad to see we see agree about something even though you're not a fan of egg custard. We regard most spiders as an aid for the control of other bugs.
I love egg custard. In fact, it is always the one food I ask for after surgery and I am allowed to eat. I know my stomoch can handle it.

I am not afraid of most bugs. Including spiders. They are so much smaller than me. So what is there to be afraid of?
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Old 04-09-2012, 08:30 PM   #28
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I was asked just last week, ( did a survey over the phone )

" Where do you see yourself living in the next 10 years?"

My off the cuff answer.. " If I see 10 years from now, I'll be hopefully living at some KOA Campground anywhere! I'm going to make damn sure that when my kids move out their isn't a chance in h..., that they can never ever move back home with me! " That would definitely do the trick.

To answer your question. Were moving out of Cali. Most likely to a drier climate for my health. As far as moving to a Foreign country goes. I'd never think of leaving the States. It's home.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:24 PM   #29
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I was asked just last week, ( did a survey over the phone )

" Where do you see yourself living in the next 10 years?"

My off the cuff answer.. " If I see 10 years from now, I'll be hopefully living at some KOA Campground anywhere! I'm going to make damn sure that when my kids move out their isn't a chance in h..., that they can never ever move back home with me! " That would definitely do the trick.

To answer your question. Were moving out of Cali. Most likely to a drier climate for my health. As far as moving to a Foreign country goes. I'd never think of leaving the States. It's home.
I swore that when the last kid moved out I was going to set up a cot in the basement next to the furnace so they couldn't come back. Up to a year ago, I still had a kid that moved back home. He was with me this time for three years. Then he got thrown out and finally got the message. My door was closed to kids. I not only had to raise my own kids mostly alone, but also a grandchild when my youngest daughter died and left five kids. It is a never ending job. I am now 73 and I have my total freedom. The answer to all requests is "No." No money, no borrowing anything, no, no, no.
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Someplace warmer further south, such as Santa Cruz but inland enough to be out of the fog belt...or Owens Valley...or the Southern Mother Lode (Mariposa, Jamestown, or Sonora...

Internationally: Ireland, Spain, or Italy...

If I could afford it, I'd have a house in each of these 6 locations...otherwise Home Sweet Home remains the mountains of Mendocino County...
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