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JAFO
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Hemet, SoCal

I detect the El Supremo
Feb 28th, 2018 10:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

I think that most states, depending where you live and where your interests lie, could be ideal.

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The older the violin

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Mar 1st, 2018 04:15 AM   Edit   Profile  

Go West, young man! Just be sure to stop before you get to the coast!

Colorado is great as long as you stay away from the Front Range.

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San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Mar 1st, 2018 05:40 AM   Edit   Profile  

Not California. I'm too dug in to leave. I've lived my life here except for four military service, and have watched the golden state become tarnished. There are better choices.

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Not very bright but does lack ambition
Mar 1st, 2018 06:07 AM   Edit   Profile  

I’m a CA child. Not there.

I very much enjoyed CO on our recent honeymoon, but I think politically it would be more of the same of what I’m dealing with in IL.

IN and WI still make the most sense.

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Mar 1st, 2018 06:35 AM   Edit   Profile  

Sadly, Nevada dropped off my list.
If Reno and Las Vegas were deeded to neighboring states, perhaps.

My daughter chose Utah.


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St Peters, MO USA

May I be excused? My brain is full.
Mar 1st, 2018 08:04 AM   Edit   Profile  

I grew up in downstate Illinois, but left in 1980. After spending most of the 80s and 90s in Louisiana and Texas, I've been about half an hour away from Illinois and once thought I would retire on my portion of the family farm. That is now unlikely for the reasons mentioned in the OP.

One of my band mates owns property in Montana. The summer pics look great, but the winter pics don't. I liked Wyoming, the only state Chris mentioned that I have visited, but Missouri has too much winter for us these days. If we were to move again, north would be an unlikely direction.

(This message was last edited by Rick Knight at 10:05 AM, Mar 1st, 2018)

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stl80
Mar 1st, 2018 08:19 AM   Edit   Profile  

NOT WA.
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San Francisco, CA

Mar 1st, 2018 08:44 AM   Edit   Profile  

Reno is a fast growing city that is still affordable. Lots to do if you're in inside or outside person.

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USA

Mar 1st, 2018 08:53 AM   Edit   Profile  

I've lived in Colorado for 45 years, moved here with family in 1973.My wife and children are natives.
It's become California #2 here.

We're out, moving to the Carolina's this spring. Wife has been offered a position with a company outside of Charlotte so we are looking at either northern South Carolina or outside Charlotte area.

I know Charlotte is probably no different than Denver, but we feel there are more options there.

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San Clemente, CA

Happy Sunsets, tahitijack
Mar 1st, 2018 09:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

Not WA,
We lived in Kirkland for three long years and were extremely happy to watch the Space Needle disappear in our rear view mirror for the last time. Western WA is California.

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Hemet, SoCal

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Mar 1st, 2018 09:59 AM   Edit   Profile  

We lived in MO for several years. Springfield to be exact. We really enjoyed the life there but, if we were to return, we'd live further away from the city.

There is plenty to do and the outdoor life is outstanding (camping, fishing, etc.).

Plus, it is the only state to have Lambert's "Home of the throwed rolls".

It's far enough from "tornado alley" not to getslammed as bad as the neighboring states but they do get a few. The winters usually aren't that severe, except this brutal winter wave that's been burying the US nationwide.

I'm bound and determined never to relocate, but if the circumstances were right I just might consider it.

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Wichita, KS USA

It's all gravy from here on...
Mar 1st, 2018 11:01 AM   Edit   Profile  

My wife left Illinois 30 years ago and the only time we go back is to visit. She has zero desire to return.

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Mar 1st, 2018 11:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Unfortunately people get fed up with the politics of where they live and move.

The unfortunate part is they bring the same politics with them and then after some years wonder why the new place is looking like the old place.

Please stay out of KY

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an acquired taste some may never acquire
Mar 1st, 2018 11:30 AM   Edit   Profile  

"Not California. I'm too dug in to leave."

Pretty much this ^ in a nutshell for me as well. If I hadn't entered the real estate market early, rents/house prices would've forced me to leave here as soon as I retired. As it is, I could live a more opulent lifestyle elsewhere, but all our friends and family are here and my life-long love affair with the ocean precludes my moving very far inland (for mental health reasons).

I notice that a recent Newsweek survey places CA dead last among the states for quality of life (not that their version of reality is my gold standard). But what is quite obvious is that things have deteriorated here drastically since the 1950s.

Best of luck, HD.

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CO2 ... is there anything it can't do?
Mar 1st, 2018 01:10 PM   Edit   Profile  

Look at the bright side HD. Even if Springfield shoves all the crap that's on the table right now up your collective balloon knots, you will still be in better shape than those of us in my commie craphole.

I work remotely and can do it almost anywhere but I'm going to hang on a few more years until I retire. Then I'm off to New Hamster.

I wouldn't fit in in Idaho -- they dress too fancy out there.

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Not very bright but does lack ambition
Mar 1st, 2018 03:04 PM   Edit   Profile  

The sad part is that I love this state’s physical characteristics. Even the quiet solitude of farm fields has a stunning beauty.

“Please stay out of KY”

Ouch, dude - I’m not one of *them*!

K4
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Being defenseless

does not make you more safe
Mar 1st, 2018 04:56 PM   Edit   Profile  

That wasn't directed at you.

You know who I mean.

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ARIZONA U.S.A.

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Mar 1st, 2018 06:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I left Illinois in 1991 for the sunny environment of Arizona. We are a fairly conservative state with decent politics and and reasonable policies coming from the Capitol. Voted DOWN recreational pot, but we do have medical mj. California liberal attitudes have not taken over. If I had to leave, I would never go back to Illinois.

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American Patriot

About as ordinary as you can get.
Mar 1st, 2018 07:07 PM   Edit   Profile  

There are lots of fruits and nuts in every state.
I live 10 miles from Oklahoma and it sounds like a pretty good state. The people I know who live there love it.
I'm in Texas. You could just about hide yourself down in the piney woods of East Texas.


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Santee CA

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Mar 1st, 2018 07:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

I keep thinking the same thing about California, but I've lived in this general local all my life. Like others have noted it's hard to leave after you've been dug in for so long.

If I did leave this State I would not vote nor be involved politically in my new place of residence. I'd leave that to the true locals.

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