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Old 10-27-2011, 08:17 AM   #11
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Any ideas on where in the U.S.A. would be good for an old person without a beach body to live?
Southeast Florida. Anywhere on the Gulf Coast south of St. Pete, all the way to Naples.

Most of us are old and and at least somewhat overweight. There are lots of communities and activities geared for us. Many people here have no local families, and therefore form new circles of other friends to fill the gap. There are lots of reasons that the southern Gulf Coast attracts so many retirees.

We leave the beaches to the tourists!
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:53 AM   #12
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I started out in Pittsburgh PA, moved to Chicago burbs as a small child, and left for college in Southern Illinois at 18.

I was married for 25 years to a US Forest Service employee. He was very ambitious, and told me over and over again that he had to move in order to get a promotion. So--my older son lived in 3 states before he was a year old--born in Washington State, 8 months in south Alabama, and celebrated his first birthday in Morehead, in Eastern Kentucky.

We also spent time in Louisa Virginia, London and Berea Kentucky, Manila Utah, Brownstown Indiana, and Ely Minnesota. (I always say I will never have to go to hell, because I spent my time in northern Minnesota freezing for 5 years.)

When we divorced, I decided to move closer to family, so I looked for work in Missouri, Illinois and Indiana. I am now in Ironton, MO, and I hope to heaven that I never have to move again. I am an hour from my mom, and two or three from my siblings, aunts and uncles and cousins.

I am a gardener, and MO has seasons and rain. I garden from March til October, and plan my next year's work the rest of the year. For the first time, I have planted fruit trees and seen them fruit, and have divided my perennials!

I plan on being buried up here on this hill--I ain't leaving!!
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Old 10-27-2011, 10:56 AM   #13
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Because I don't do snow.
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Old 10-27-2011, 11:30 AM   #14
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Where I live is a nice, small town where everybody knows everybody. Most of my family is here and it's a pleasant place to be.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:43 PM   #15
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I guess I'm a big believer in "bloom where you are planted". My parents planted me here in Ventura County, Ca. as a baby, and I have never had any good reason to leave. For me, this is the ideal place to live and although I've visited all over the world, I've never found anyplace more appealing to call home. This area is known for our Mediterranean climate, and our beaches are lovely and not crowded. The most important thing is everyone I love lives here, so this is my little piece of paradise.
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Old 10-27-2011, 02:51 PM   #16
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Sparrow -- I was born in Wash, DC. Lived in NH and France before I started school in northern CA. part of 2nd, 3rd, 4th and part of 5th outside of Reno, NV. The rest of 5th in Clearwater FL. 6th in Ramstein W. Germany. 7th and part of 8th in Wiesbaden, W. Germany. Part of 8th in one school in Utah, 9th in another Utah school, 10th and part of 11th in another school in Utah, then the rest of my high school years in central CA.

Then, are you ready for this? I turned around and enlisted in the Air Force. It gets more and more. I married an Army officer.

I've lived here for ten years, but .... who knows what will be next?
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:14 PM   #17
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I'm a bit like Kayelle, "bloom where you're planted" is a great way to put it. My basic philosophy of life is to leave things better than how I found them, be happy and bring happiness to others. For me to be happy, I need to be near those I love, and most of them are close by. I love to travel and visit all over the world, but I'm going to keep working on making my corner of the world a little better than when I got here.

I like the seasons. I can even find good things to say about the long winter. (usually in the summer though!)
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:41 PM   #18
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When the house I live in now was on the market, it was next door to my wife's best friend. It was also only 1.5 miles from my work place.

I live in this part of the country because of finding work here, but it's really the perfect place in the world for me. It has everything I love.

Great salt-water fishing, great fresh-water fishing, beautiful weather, very friendly people, a small-town feeling in a fairly large town, great hunting, good land and house prices, and the town has about a thousand restaurants in it.
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Old 10-27-2011, 03:57 PM   #19
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Sparrow, I really had to laugh over this:
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We also spent time in Louisa Virginia, London and Berea Kentucky, Manila Utah, Brownstown Indiana, and Ely Minnesota. (I always say I will never have to go to hell, because I spent my time in northern Minnesota freezing for 5 years.)
My Mom, always said the same thing! She was a native California girl, and when my dad moved her to his big family farm in Minnesota she was miserable for five long winters. The fifth winter, I was born and she had enough. She convinced Dad to return to California that spring and I thanked them the rest of their lives!!
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Old 10-29-2011, 08:10 AM   #20
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Oh, Kayelle, I know that Hell is cold. Or at least my version of Hell is cold. I could happily bask next to the eternal fires, so that wouldn't be much punishment for my evil deeds.

Ely is a big tourist town, because of the Boundary Waters Canoe Area, and I don't know how many tourists claimed to be so envious of me. They were there in August, when temps were pleasant, and not in February or March or during the agony of April, when the hunger for green was so deep and the snow kept coming.

Even now, 10 years later, I still have bad dreams where I am somehow married to the Evil One again, and in the dream he is telling me that I have to leave my little paradise here on Sparrowgrass Hill and move back to Ely.

'Scuse me, I have to go think about something pleasant for a while, before I start sobbing.
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