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Old 10-08-2020, 01:22 AM   #29
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Fun fact, there are parts or CA where you can go surfing and snowboarding in the same day. When I say it's a variety of geography, I mean you can go from tropical paradise to desert in 1 hour, and in the next hour be in the middle of the woods climbing some mountain.

But yes, that's why I personally picked the northeastern US. I like my seasons. And Fall foliage...
Same in OR. I've skied on Mt. Hood in the AM, drove 30 miles to Hood River to windsurf in the early PM then drove to Seaside for a sunset and dinner at Norma's (the best oyster stew and Dungeness crab cakes on Earth) all on the same day.

I agree, Fall colors in New England are unique in all the world. And Winters are special too. I have fond memories of driving my FJ-40 through blizzards of "impassable" Rte. 100 to my cabin, windows down, enjoying the silence and isolation of it all. I might have felt differently if the Cruiser broke down but of course you can't kill those things on proper tires.
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Right where I am.

Why? Because, just the thoughts of moving wears me out.
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Hi Jacky,

I've lived and worked in 24 countries on 4 Continents and my answer to your question is "it depends".

In the recent past I'd say Oz, particularly Noosa Heads with its tropical environs, great sports car roads, friendly locals and women who find some weird attraction to Yanks.

Since then, like so many other nations, #1 demographics, #2 politics, and #3 taxes determine lifestyle. Not so long ago #1 was topless beaches but strangely pocketbook issues overcame lust, call it long term planning.

With that in mind, ask again November 4th. There are still a few US states on my list or the alternative, Cayman Islands since I don't speak Portuguese.
And, so, why, were you thrown out of 23 of them?

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Visiting a place and living in a place are two very different things. There was (pre bushfires and covid) supposedly a high turnover of property down on the south coast of NSW. People would holiday there on a regular basis and decide that living there would be great based on their holiday experience. Many/most? don't stay because it's not the same as holidaying there.
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Right where I am.

Why? Because, just the thoughts of moving wears me out.
I'm with you there, but the recent wake up call with the wildfires is the main motivator to once again pack up and move out of a National Forest area. This was the second time in three years we've had to evac. Not that I can complain compared to losses experienced by others living nearby.
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Id like not to live in the same place more than 10 years. Ive been in Sacramento for 15 and like most everything about politics, culture, and location. 100 miles to the ocean or the mountains.

Sunny days all the time arent my thing anymore. Id to wake up to snow. Or Eureka, lots of rain, fog, and redwoods.
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I'm with you there, but the recent wake up call with the wildfires is the main motivator to once again pack up and move out of a National Forest area. This was the second time in three years we've had to evac. Not that I can complain compared to losses experienced by others living nearby.
Well, that's too bad you had to evacuate twice in three years. That's got to be scary. The closest I've come to something like that was to evacuating to the basements in Ohio and Missouri to duck tornadoes. Oh yes, the time in Weinheim Germany, when a big wind blew the roof off of our apartment (yep, the whole damn roof)! The earthquakes I experienced in California weren't too bad, just had to pick up things that shook off the shelves.

Here in the PNW, the only things I have to worry about are forest fires, earthquakes and a lahar coming off of Mt Rainier. -
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I'd like a small but very nice house in the woods on a hill by an ocean beach with surf and excellent snorkeling, with a paved runway, hangar, and four car garage, with lots of land, no neighbors visible in any direction, with a wide selection of brewpubs and excellent varied restaurants in walking distance, a vibrant live jazz scene, a great well-stocked grocery store with extensive ingredients for off-the-beaten-path culinary exploration.. all in a remote area. Climate should be mostly winter, temps from well below 0F to high 20s, with a brief two-month summer for enjoying the ocean, with highs no higher than 90F provided there's a good breeze. No mud and insect-filled spring at all. Fall for about two weeks.
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I'd like a small but very nice house in the woods on a hill by an ocean beach with surf and excellent snorkeling, with a paved runway, hangar, and four car garage, with lots of land, no neighbors visible in any direction, with a wide selection of brewpubs and excellent varied restaurants in walking distance, a vibrant live jazz scene, a great well-stocked grocery store with extensive ingredients for off-the-beaten-path culinary exploration.. all in a remote area. Climate should be mostly winter, temps from well below 0F to high 20s, with a brief two-month summer for enjoying the ocean, with highs no higher than 90F provided there's a good breeze. No mud and insect-filled spring at all. Fall for about two weeks.
So... Alaska?
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So... Alaska?
Sure would punch most of the buttons. Not so sure about the thriving jazz scene or snorkeling, but obviously there is no perfect place that will do it all. Alaska is definitely on my short list. Unfortunately, it's not ANYWHERE on my wife's list ... soo.... will probably have to be happy with an extended visit there in the near future, or being single. I've been single, and I've been married. Married, at least to the wife I have, is much better.

Still... the dream was fun. Still working on getting that impossible list prioritized. The more I think things through, the more having personal ACCESS to all of those things within a few hours, using private transportation rather than commercial airlines (shudder), is really the key. Nice house, quiet peaceful private area, small plane in hangar w/in 20 minute drive (or on property if possible), with comfortable temps (meaning NOT hot and humid... I have no issues with snow or cold) and limited bugs (I HATE mosquitos and black flies.. they look at me like I look at a fresh wood-fired pizza)... that's probably the main thing. Other issues would veer off into politics.... let's just say I'd probably fit better in South Dakota or Montana than my current NYS residence.
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Sure would punch most of the buttons. Not so sure about the thriving jazz scene or snorkeling, but obviously there is no perfect place that will do it all. Alaska is definitely on my short list. Unfortunately, it's not ANYWHERE on my wife's list ... soo.... will probably have to be happy with an extended visit there in the near future, or being single. I've been single, and I've been married. Married, at least to the wife I have, is much better.

Still... the dream was fun. Still working on getting that impossible list prioritized. The more I think things through, the more having personal ACCESS to all of those things within a few hours, using private transportation rather than commercial airlines (shudder), is really the key. Nice house, quiet peaceful private area, small plane in hangar w/in 20 minute drive (or on property if possible), with comfortable temps (meaning NOT hot and humid... I have no issues with snow or cold) and limited bugs (I HATE mosquitos and black flies.. they look at me like I look at a fresh wood-fired pizza)... that's probably the main thing. Other issues would veer off into politics.... let's just say I'd probably fit better in South Dakota or Montana than my current NYS residence.
Well Alaska is a certain no go then! You will DIE.
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