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Postby paulevans76 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 11:56 am

The Carolinas are great. If you need a lot to do or nothing to do, we got you covered! Mountains for hiking or snow stuff, many lakes and rivers, 4x4 trails, and some of the best beaches in the entire dang world. Depending on how close to the cities you need to be will determine your cost of living, but aside from center city living, it's very affordable. You get a good mix of conservatives, progressives, centrists and complete outsiders. Good food, art, music, nature. Lots of car culture because of the racing history. The price you pay for it is humidity in the summers, but there aren't many places that have as much to offer for the cost without some sort of weather trade off.
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Re: Where you live.

Postby Red » Thu Jul 26, 2018 12:10 pm

wmorrisiii wrote:
Interesting thoughts,
especially since I'm getting to that
retirement thinking and planning stage too .

An interesting place to be as it is hard to imagine getting old(er) .

Nothing pretty about that and surprising how quickly all that crap sneaks up on you .

I am an East Coast and a southern guy so my sympathies to you Oleg,
I like visiting the left coast but CA is way too intrusive to consider living there .

Willie .



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Re: Where you live.

Postby itsmehb » Sun Jul 29, 2018 7:41 am

I'll probably rile up a few coasters here, but calling a spade when it is a spade etc. I can say, been there and done that. I'm already 82 and counting. I've lived in California (Inglewood) and New York (The Rockaways). Now retired in Texas. Yes, as Von says, it's not very pretty and it's hot in the summer, but it's middle America. We even vacation in middle america. If political leanings are also important, I'd stay away from both coasts, at least the big cities for sure.
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Re: Where you live.

Postby shaggydoink » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:51 am

Paul's summary of the Carolinas is spot on, overall it's got a lot of very positive things that make it a great place to live including the food... boy if you like to eat, the Southern cuisine is amazing and you can even pick from multiple BBQ styles! :drunken:

Each year at this time I try to determine if the summers are getting worse or if I'm just getting less tolerant, but it's definitely one factor to consider. Because of this, and the fact that the population in the Raleigh area where I am has exploded over the past several years, my wife and I are actually considering a move as it's starting to feel like Atlanta and will only get more populous if corporations like Apple and Amazon plant headquarters here. I have never lived anywhere other than the East coast so have a personal interest in relocating to somewhere out West, although my wife really loves NC so I suspect when I can figure out how to make it work with my job that we'll land in one of the many sleepy, old towns that never evolved beyond the 1950s. :)

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Re: Where you live.

Postby DSUZU » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:45 am

shaggydoink wrote: you can even pick from multiple BBQ styles! :drunken: when I can figure out how to make it work with my job that we'll land in one of the many sleepy, old towns that never evolved beyond the 1950s. :)Good luck with your search!Jonathan

Ha! I currently have 3lbs of "North Carolina BBQ in my freezer. :D
The "sleepy town" idea sounds fine to me. North Carolina (where my dad and paternal part of the family are from) is tempting. I have 3 issues though:
First: as I've said. My old neighbor is there, but wives are an issue (HIS drives MINE crazy :roll: )
Second: Currently, the issue is that my inlaws are moving down here full time. They are already "snow-birding" in a park across the bay from us, but that is about a 45 minute drive. M.I.L. loves the beach and her easy access there.
Third: "Toy issue". I have the boat - so being near water would be nice. I have the (as yet to get back to) Coot ATV, so woods / trails would be nice. Reality is that probably one of the two will have to go.
I was looking at a piece of property about 45 miles north of here near Dade City (not yet fully infested). It had 265 feet of river frontage. Best part: it was at the end of a little road called "Tarzan Street" - yes TARZAN STREET. How cool would that be for a mailing address. We went up to see the place. Run down mobile homes, a neighboring stilt house with a couple of guys sitting under it drinking what my wife swears was moonshine. She says "GET ME OUTTA HERE - I DON'T FEEL SAFE". The lost episode: Tarzan meets Deliverance.
Oh, BTW. My local "governing authorities" are looking into a 'stormwater fee" (TAX) that will be based on how much of your property is "non permeable" (cement / house slab / pavers. And I just put pavers down the entire lenght of the driveway side of my house :roll:. In Russia, St Petersburg became Lenningrad. Lenningrad went back to being St Petersbuurg. looks like it will be time for us to become Lenningrad.
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Re: Where you live.

Postby N law » Sun Jul 29, 2018 6:02 pm

Don’t think you’ll go to North Carolina or Tennessee and avoid moonshine; I’ve even seen a still in my basement once! Those things are everywhere!

As for storm water taxes, we have that here. It was a federally required thing because our original sewer system was combined storm and sanitary. It’s $115/year per residential unit. They figured all single family home were 1 residential unit and commercial properties were measured via the GIS mapping to determine how much impermeal area they had. It didn’t really affect homeowners as much as business owners.

Dade City is near one of the largest VW shows in the east. The Pasco County Bug Jam is held at the fairgrounds. I’ve been trying to get my wife to put it on the schedule this November but she doesn’t want to take a 3 week old baby with us...
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Re: Where you live.

Postby DSUZU » Sun Jul 29, 2018 9:34 pm

N law wrote: but she doesn’t want to take a 3 week old baby with us...

Congratulations! Your first? My oldest (27) graduates from UF next week (already has 2-2 year degrees - RN). My younger (20) still has a couple of years to go. They get big so fast.
Biggest issue was the Tarzan neighborhood wasn't up for the amount we want to invest in a retirement home.
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Re: Where you live.

Postby N law » Sun Jul 29, 2018 10:01 pm

Not the first. This’ll be number 2. Our first will be 3 Labor Day weekend. He has already grown up so fast. We just took him to Disney and I feel like he grew a year over that week.

Nursing is a killer career. My wife went to 2 year RN school and went back to get her BSN. She worked as an RN full time while getting the Bachelors degree and the hospital paid for a lot of it. Through some arm twisting, I talked her into applying for nurse practitioner school (I went to elementary school with the directors daughter) and, surprise, she got in! It was tough and she had to go part time to get through, but she made it and now her salary has tripled. Did I mention that she worked the whole time she was in school and the hospital paid for most of her degrees? And she got grants? I was so amazed at the opportunity for advancement that I considered going to nursing school!
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Re: Where you live.

Postby DSUZU » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:30 am

Much like my daughter. She originally wanted to become a practitioner, but they placed so many restrictions on them that she decided otherwise. She's been with a local hospital for about 5 years now and is considering some change after graduation, but that is still up in the air. A great career, it has it's drawbacks, but the pay and benefits are great and one can truly go anywhere and find a job (she started talking out of her butt about Alaska and I said "let me know how that one works out").
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Postby DSUZU » Mon Jul 30, 2018 9:30 am

Much like my daughter. She originally wanted to become a practitioner, but they placed so many restrictions on them that she decided otherwise. She's been with a local hospital for about 5 years now and is considering some change after graduation, but that is still up in the air. A great career, it has it's drawbacks, but the pay and benefits are great and one can truly go anywhere and find a job (she started talking out of her butt about Alaska and I said "let me know how that one works out").
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Re: Where you live.

Postby N law » Mon Jul 30, 2018 10:12 am

Yes, the restrictions on practitioners varies by state. Some practitioners want to have the same autonomy as doctors with significantly less schooling. In Tennessee, practitioners are primary providers, but there is a requirement that a certain percentage of their charts get reviewed by an MD, so there is a little bit of oversight. My sister (TrooperChris's wife) is an MD and she is not a big fan of what she calls "mid-level providers" having cart blanche because of the less in depth education that comes with them. There was a push to have pharmacists be able to write prescriptions recently and if the conflict of interest isn't enough, she pointed out how they would have to do a complete work up on everyone and get family history, etc. So, yeah, the restrictions and such can be pretty tough depending on where you live, but it has been a nice improvement for my wife.

Speaking of Alaska, an old coworker of mine, his mom used to to travel nurse up in northern Alaska in an 8 bed hospital. She was like 1/3 of the nursing staff. It was decent enough that she supported their family in Hunstville while his dad was unemployed. I think travel nursing would be a great way to see the country. Maybe you should do that in order to figure out where to live! I hear Florida is always needing travel nurses! :lol:
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Re: Where you live.

Postby DSUZU » Mon Aug 20, 2018 6:04 am

Had to add this: So Saturday it was my turn to work. After I came home, I was "chilling out" and just sat down to watch TV with my wife. My dog starts raising a fuss, and there is someone at my front door. The lady says "we live down the street, and go by here all the time. I know you have a small dog, so I thought you should know that a small alligator just went into your yard". That got my attention real fast, "small" reptiles often turn out to be larger than anticipated. It had gone into a small fern thicket that runs between my house and my neighbor's house. I've seen snakes in there before, and I know that my neighbor is terrified of snakes. Between that and my small dog, I figured the gator really shouldn't be here (for it's own good too). Finally found it, about 3 - 4 feet long . I got a 5 foot long piece of PVC drain pipe and after about a half hour, finally got the gator back across the road and headed across the golf course to the ditch and woods where he belongs. Pleasures of living in Florida. I'll still take the gators over the crowds. Dennis
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Re: Where you live.

Postby wmorrisiii » Mon Aug 20, 2018 7:11 am

Laughing, that’s a big lizard, Dennis! You let a pair of shoes and a nice handbag for the wife get away.

I’m guessing that there is a reason why you can’t kill them in FL even if they are in your yard and eyeing your dog as a nice snack.

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Re: Where you live.

Postby N law » Mon Aug 20, 2018 9:32 am

CHOOT ‘EM JACOB!

Up here in Tennessee, we are Gator Haters!
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Re: Where you live.

Postby Von » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:07 pm

Yup, gator'd be a goner here too. And on the grill.... I'm not happy about wasting good squirrel meat, but the Wife says...

Some gator tail? I'd put my foot down on that one.
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Re: Where you live.

Postby itsmehb » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:25 pm

Yep, and then we have this Texan! I wouldn't trust a gator, period. Dennis, I see what you mean about crowds. Visited Daytona last week. Flew into Orlando and drove I4 to Daytona. It was a sunday around 1 PM. It was a big parking lot. Took 2.5 hours to get to the coast. It was the last week of vacation for the kids. Next time I'll go another time.
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Re: Where you live.

Postby gruff54 » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:13 pm

itsmehb wrote:Yep, and then we have this Texan! I wouldn't trust a gator, period.


I've seen that pic floating around lately. There's book smarts and then there's plain old common sense. Obvious which one she has.

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Re: Where you live.

Postby N law » Mon Aug 20, 2018 1:17 pm

we only get these kind of local graduation photos...
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Re: Where you live.

Postby DSUZU » Mon Aug 20, 2018 4:22 pm

Seen both of those pictures. Yeah, the packin chick is the better of the two choices. I gotta hope there's more to the gator picture than they're showing. Actually, in Florida, Gator hunting season just started (Sunday I think). You have to apply for and have "gator tags" (a guy @ work has one). First day, a guy in the panhandle got a 12' 3" one yes TWELVE FEET. Hunting requires, spearing, grappling, or hooking the gator, pulling it to the boat, and "dispatching" it (gun, bang stick or other). This seems cruel, but if you simply shot a gator, they immediately sink to the bottom. Sad thing, the season allows harvesting as small as 3 feet (my little guy). While my "swamp activity" often puts ME on the gators food plan, I still appreciate them, and I am saddened to hear about really large ones being harvested as these are the ones with the best genes for the continuation of the species.
I didn't mention that I was also concerned for my neighbor. He's Haitian. They don't even have snakes down there. He's terrified of snakes. imagine if even a small 3 foot gator stuck it's head out of the bushes at him. Dennis
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Re: Where you live.

Postby Pluffmud » Thu Sep 06, 2018 7:56 pm

I live in Charleston, S.C. - my home town - highly recommend it. Left after college, been back for 20 years. I keep trying to retire, doesn't take.
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Re: Where you live.

Postby Red » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:40 pm

Pluffmud wrote:
I live in Charleston, S.C.
- my home town -
highly recommend it .

Left after college,
been back for 20 years .

I keep trying to retire,
does not take .



Hope you are safe ~ from Hurricane Florence *

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Re: Where you live.

Postby Von » Wed Sep 12, 2018 7:46 pm

Red wrote:
Pluffmud wrote:
I live in Charleston, S.C.
- my home town -
highly recommend it .

Left after college,
been back for 20 years .

I keep trying to retire,
does not take .



Hope you are safe ~ from Hurricane Florence *


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Re: Where you live.

Postby Pluffmud » Fri Sep 14, 2018 7:13 pm

Von wrote:
Red wrote:
Pluffmud wrote:
I live in Charleston, S.C.
- my home town -
highly recommend it .

Left after college,
been back for 20 years .

I keep trying to retire,
does not take .



Hope you are safe ~ from Hurricane Florence *



For reals.

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All good, fizzling out - might get a little rain. Dodged a bullet this time.
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Re: Where you live.

Postby Red » Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:29 pm

Pluffmud wrote:

All good, fizzling out - might get a little rain .

Dodged a bullet this time .



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Re: Where you live.

Postby Pluffmud » Sun Sep 16, 2018 9:28 am

Red wrote:
Pluffmud wrote:

All good, fizzling out - might get a little rain .

Dodged a bullet this time .



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Our neighbors to the north in NC took the brunt of this one - glad it did not hit them as a cat. 4, been through a couple of those. SC National Guard and other agencies up there to help where they can - we try to work together when this crap hits; half the time we both get nailed by the same storm. :? We barely got drizzle and a breeze here in Charleston.

At least with a hurricane we have time to prepare - have some friends out in Oklahoma, tornado alley - sometimes they only get 5 minutes to run for cover. :(
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