Choc Full of UConn
- Aug 26, 2011
damn 3 grand... *
When you look at mortality rates, obesity rates, smoking, etc., southern states are also unhealthier than the rest of the country. So, cheaper than the rest of the country - but also not as educated, and unhealthier.
When you retire to a Southern State, is it a requirement that you have to start smoking and eating beignets and bacon wrapped meatloaf ? Also, I don't think less expensive equates to uneducated no more than expensive equals educated.
My sons live in Orange County and NYC, both of which are too expensive for me. Prices in Irvine (OC) start at over $500K for a bungalow. Prices in NYC are "something point something," as in $1.4 (million).I am here helping him get settled, flying home on Tuesday 5/21. Once he gets the internets tomorrow he will have just about everything he needs...an apartment, furniture, new bank accounts, a California driver's license and a job - which, of course he had before he got here. Yeah, the prices are ridiculous - he is paying a little under $3,000 a month for a 685 square foot apartment. It is a new construction in an area with just about everything within a couple blocks including a Cal train station so he doesn't really need a car . It is a very nice apartment in a great area, but I have a hard time with knowing he is paying over three times what our mortgage is for less than half the size of our house.
He doesn't want one. He is making the choice to pay higher rent for a nice place and have less discretionary income. Ah, to be young and naieve again. One of his Georgia Tech roommates is living in the same complex - coincidental, not planned at all, so if they decide they can't afford to go it alone they won't have to look far for a compatible roommate.Needs a roommate. Fast.
Love the Sonoran desert. Tucson is a great place.As said above, it is all about what each person wants. Here in AZ, I do miss the shore, but was perfectly happy avoiding hurricane Sandy and the aftermath. I also don't miss the high cost of living.
We spent many a happy 4 to seven day vacation in Chester, Vermont (usually during leaf peeping season) - quiet, relaxing, charming - but never had the desire to deal with the snow. OTH, there were lots of folks up there who would have been devestated without snow to deal with.
So far, we are quite happy here in Tucson, and have been here just over 2 years. If that changes, so be it, but I don't think it will.
Hawaii has seasons, but the variation is rather minimal. The highs in the winter are about 78; in the summer, about 88. December-February or so is the rainy season and also whale-watching season.One thing about living in Southwestern Connecticut is that wherever you go to retire, it seems inexpensive. Having spent time in lots of different places, I've learned that I like a climate that has 4 equal seasons. Connecticut fits that bill. A big disadvantage of living in an expensive area is your kids can't afford to live in the town they grew up in. When the average house price is well over $1 million, most starting salaries will mean moving away. But, many of these kids make contacts and eventually land jobs that provide big salaries that allow them to boomerang back after 10 or more years.
I loved San Diego and Hawaii is heaven on earth, but the lack of change, just one beautiful day after another, gets boring to me, but boring in a good way I suppose. I'd rather get exercise chopping wood for a stove than joining a health club.
You list pretty women with long legs and easy smiles second to last? He'll with the wildlife, go for the wild life!Oh well, here goes: Sold the pricey suburban hacienda in F'field CTY over a decade ago and landed in SW Montana.
Miss: Good bagels. Good Italian. Even fair oriental of any nationality. Cheap air travel. Social/ethnic diversity.
Don't miss: Needing an interpreter to get a cup of coffee (yeah, I know how that sounds).
Like: Walking out on the deck and seeing 5 mountain ranges. Big Browns. Big Rainbows. Big skies. Big trails. Big waters. Wild life not pests - part of the scenery. Having 147 antelope bunk in your backyard in a snow storm is a hoot. Pretty women with long legs and easy smiles. Polite children!
Come to the Bay area of California if you want vast selections of wonderful Asian cuisine. By the hotel I am staying at there is Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Indian, and Vietnamese. Second most prevalent is Mexican. Real, authentic Mexican...not the americanized On The Border stuff. Bagels, sadly, are hard to find. But I don't need them anyway. Seafood, especially crab, is also plentiful. And forget about donuts. Dunkin Donuts shops are non-existent, and haven"t seen any other chains for that matter. Starbucks, though, are everywhereOne thing that Rocky mentions above is missing good bagels, italian and oriental.
This is a common complaint if you leave the NY area, I don't think there is any area quite like it.
- Bagels are a lost cause, although the Breugger's chain is decent. Some flavors are actually good.
- Bread is often an issue in some areas - my in-laws in Tucson complain endlessly. We are fortunate in Tucson to have "Beyond Bread" which is a bread bakery / restaurant that does some wonderful breads.
- Some of the Italian is fine, it is PIZZA that is impossible. Have found 3 restaurants (so far) with edible Pizza, but none of them - even the one run by transplanted Long Islanders - duplicate New York area pizza.
- Asian is difficult - my wife was astounded to find that "duck sauce", a condiment she likes to use, just doesn't exist out here. In NJ, you always got packets with take out. PF Chang's is a very tasty chain Asian restaurant, but it isn't NY / NJ Chinese.
Come to the Bay area of California if you want vast selections of wonderful Asian cuisine. By the hotel I am staying at there is Chinese, Japanese, Thai, Korean, Indian, and Vietnamese. Second most prevalent is Mexican. Real, authentic Mexican...not the americanized On The Border stuff. Bagels, sadly, are hard to find. But I don't need them anyway. Seafood, especially crab, is also plentiful. And forget about donuts. Dunkin Donuts shops are non-existent, and haven"t seen any other chains for that matter. Starbucks, though, are everywhere