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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #30 on: September 21, 2017, 09:21:55 AM »
No reason to lock or remove it. If you don't wish to read it, don't click on it  ;)

FWIW we don't have 'threads' here, and haven't since 2005; Replies are made to a topic, not to individual messages and posters. It took folks a while to adjust to the change from the prior 12 years.

Okay. Not locked or removed. I was born and raised in Florida and I was stationed at Eglin AFB in Ft. Walton Beach while serving in the AF. Florida has some great attributes like the University of Florida. There are also some down sides to Florida such as Florida State University (THAT WAS A JOKE).Florida has some beautiful beaches and great fishing plus Disney World (the RV park is great). California has the Redwood zforest and Fern Valley plus San Francisco and San Diego. My son lived in Monterey for a few years. He said it was the most beautiful place he had ever lived (and he traveled the world with the AF). Having lived in 13 States and traveled through most all 50 States I would be pressed to say which state is my favorite. Just don't ask me which state, out of all we have lived in or visited, I dislike the most. That might start a real argument on this thread.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #31 on: September 21, 2017, 09:28:02 AM »
No reason to lock or remove it. If you don't wish to read it, don't click on it  ;)

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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #32 on: September 21, 2017, 09:36:08 AM »
Just don't ask me which state, out of all we have lived in or visited, I dislike the most. That might start a real argument on this thread.

Probably the one you're in now. Can't say it's the worst, but close!
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #33 on: September 21, 2017, 09:36:27 AM »
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I would be pressed to say which state is my favorite

We've lived on 2 continents and traveled extensively on a third. We've also traveled in/through most of our states. I often think that it would be difficult to pick a single 'ideal' place to live the rest of our days; Every place we've been has pros and cons.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #34 on: September 21, 2017, 09:55:01 AM »
There's only two places people live; where they are born or where they land. I overheard a conversation once, don't remember where or who but someone asked a guy "You lived here all your life?" The old guy said "Not yet."
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #35 on: September 21, 2017, 10:07:21 AM »
We've lived on 2 continents and traveled extensively on a third. We've also traveled in/through most of our states. I often think that it would be difficult to pick a single 'ideal' place to live the rest of our days; Every place we've been has pros and cons.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #36 on: September 21, 2017, 10:12:41 AM »
Probably the one you're in now. Can't say it's the worst, but close!

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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #37 on: September 21, 2017, 10:14:54 AM »
No argument from me! :))
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #38 on: September 21, 2017, 10:34:39 AM »
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Another reason to have the RV if you don't like it where you are it's on wheels and easy to move.

True, although my prior comment was in the context of a 'fixed' place to live out our days; We don't plan to do that in an RV. But, to your point, we can leave Dodge in the RV whenever we want.

FWIW the last several years we've adopted a retirement lifestyle involving 3 fixed bases:
  • Our primary residence in CA  (spend up to 6 months a year, but not necessarily consecutive).
  • A town house in OH near two families of kids and grandkids (spend 1-2 months twice a year)
  • An RV lot in WY (spend 3 months a year with a break for a trip to OH).
When we bought the CA house in 2000, it was planned as our "future retirement home", with the ability to lock it up and leave for several months at a time, either by boat or by RV. We've done both, but the RV gets more use than the boat nowadays.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #39 on: September 21, 2017, 11:33:29 AM »
The thing I've noticed about Florida is their roads are the smoothest in the country. 
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #40 on: September 21, 2017, 11:56:30 AM »
The thing I've noticed about Florida is their roads are the smoothest in the country.
You know when I moved here I hated the fact there are toll roads everywhere since I had lived in California most of my life where toll roads are as rare as alligators. Then my BIL visited and drove me around. He used the toll roads and I was shocked at how smooth and nice they were. They actually use the money to keep the roads in great repair. I got a SunPass immediately. I have been back to California twice since then and I was shocked at how bad some of the roads are. I-40 is like driving off road. In fact when Lou S. took me out to the Race Track in Death Valley it was smoother.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #41 on: September 21, 2017, 12:33:03 PM »
I'd like to trade governors with Florida.

our gas is going up 20 cents per gallon in Nov. (the first of several increases) and the registration fees are going way up too.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #42 on: September 21, 2017, 12:38:45 PM »
I'd like to trade governors with Florida.

I wondered how long it would take to get to this.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #43 on: September 21, 2017, 12:58:29 PM »
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our gas is going up 20 cents per gallon in Nov. (the first of several increases) and the registration fees are going way up too.

I don't look forward to the increases, but hopefully we'll get some of those roads fixed.

When we go to the MidWest (twice a year), we use several toll roads, and I always remark how well maintained they are. But, they're usually freeways, and some secondary roads make CA roads seem smooth.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #44 on: September 21, 2017, 01:02:09 PM »
Born in California, lived in California, moved away from California never to return,except when required by travel. Never had a desire to see Florida. Maybe someday we'll make the trek east, although it is not even on the radar.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #45 on: September 21, 2017, 01:06:18 PM »
I don't look forward to the increases, but hopefully we'll get some of those roads fixed.

When we go to the MidWest (twice a year), we use several toll roads, and I always remark how well maintained they are. But, they're usually freeways, and some secondary roads make CA roads seem smooth.

Back in the 70's our roads here in California were the pride of the nation.  They're are at the point of being dangerous now.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #46 on: September 21, 2017, 01:11:22 PM »
I was stationed in San Diego for the summer of 1980 and enjoyed it as much as a sailor could on $211 a month. It rained once when I was there, poured about 40 drops to the acre! I also lived in Florida for a while. I enjoyed both places. The biggest drawback I would have living in California would be the cost of living. I have a few friends and a bunch of family in Florida.

...What ...Everyone was paid $211 per month as a Private E1 for involuntary servitude in 1971 !....     10 years later and you guys never even got a pay raise ?

Yes the worst part of CA is the cost of living....and the roads.   ;)
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #47 on: September 21, 2017, 01:20:01 PM »
I often think that it would be difficult to pick a single 'ideal' place to live the rest of our days; Every place we've been has pros and cons.
I totally get that. Every place I have been has some good things about it. Every place also has some negatives. We intend on eventually buying a condo in the Midwest near kids and grandkids while continuing to travel. Is the Midwest my favorite part of the country? No, but family makes it seem just fine. It will be a lot more relaxing to pay family to watch the place and handle anything that comes up rather than a management company. I guess when we can't travel any more I will put up a wall sized mural of the Rockies and live on memories.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #48 on: September 21, 2017, 01:39:20 PM »
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Is the Midwest my favorite part of the country? No, but family makes it seem just fine.

Same here. I don't like the humidity (it's 80 degrees and 94% RH this week and I'm glad we're not there), and I'm not a big fan of the winter snow. But Chris has to have her Grandma fix. We could stay with either family, but having the town home gives us the ability to have our own time.

Several years ago, while Chris was staying with one of the families (I was at home), I asked her to look around for an apartment we could rent, to see if we liked the idea of our own place there. She found a nice place, but they wouldn't give any discount for paying a year's rent in advance, and they wanted to go through all kinds of 'qualifying' stuff. Had I been there, I would have grabbed a suitcase, gone to the bank and picked up $12,000 (a year's rent) in $1 bills, and dumped it on the counter asking "does this qualify?" Instead, I told Chris to go buy a place, which she did.

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It will be a lot more relaxing to pay family to watch the place and handle anything that comes up rather than a management company.

I figure 'the bank of Dad' has paid forward somewhat  ;D but we obviously repay the kids for stuff they need to buy for us.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #49 on: September 21, 2017, 02:00:40 PM »
...What ...Everyone was paid $211 per month as a Private E1 for involuntary servitude in 1971 !....     10 years later and you guys never even got a pay raise ?

My bad, $211 per pay period, twice a month.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #50 on: September 21, 2017, 02:43:28 PM »
interesting thread.
I was born in CA but left as a little tike...
Military bratt but most of my upbringing happened midwest and east coast
have lived in FL since mid 1994 except for a 10 month stretch
as an adult I have traveled a lot for work all over the 48 and a good bit to Canada too...but never to CA, except a short ski / work visit to Tahoe
but for some reason I am drawn to CA. 
Everything I see.... Yosemite is a prime example... is right on up there with the most beautiful place in the world IMHO.
but
I can never imagine myself living there.  A shame really
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #51 on: September 21, 2017, 02:50:52 PM »
I was stationed in San Diego for the summer of 1980 and enjoyed it as much as a sailor could on $211 a month. It rained once when I was there, poured about 40 drops to the acre! I also lived in Florida for a while. I enjoyed both places. The biggest drawback I would have living in California would be the cost of living. I have a few friends and a bunch of family in Florida.
I was stationed there in feb-june of 82 2 months before i went anywhere with the raincoat, bet they would like that weather for a little while now.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #52 on: September 21, 2017, 04:09:25 PM »
I grew up in the Pacific Northwest but the Navy brought me to San Diego in the late 70s, and I've lived here ever since. In the Navy, I was fortunate enough to be stationed Pensacola, Fl for awhile, and thought it was a real nice place.

The San Diego area is, IMO, one of the most beautiful parts of our country, with arguably some of the best year-around weather in the world. With tall mountains to the east, an international border to the south, beautiful beaches to the west and (thankfully) a barrier between us and LA to the north (Camp Pendleton) what's not to like?

Well... how about the largest budget deficit in the country, the highest overall tax rates in the country, some of the highest vehicle registration fees in the country, the highest electrical rates in the country (our electrical bill was $985.00 last month) the highest water rates in the country, the highest gasoline prices in the country (typically), the highest population in the country, the highest homeless population in the country, (would mentioning the highest illegal alien population in the country be too political?) some of the worst roads in the country... but hey, it's sure nice weather out here.

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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #53 on: September 21, 2017, 04:17:26 PM »
My bad, $211 per pay period, twice a month.
Hmmm... E2 in the early '60s was $85/month.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #54 on: September 21, 2017, 04:23:40 PM »
Born in 1944 in Tillamook, OR.  When I was 15 we moved to Fillmore, CA.  One year later (1960) moved to Santa Cruz, CA. In 1999 moved to Oregon City, OR near Portland.  In 2009 moved to Ocala, FL.  Love it here.
I agree with Arch, Florida roads are great.  California's roads are horrible, especially I-5.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #55 on: September 21, 2017, 04:27:32 PM »
Born in 1944 in Tillamook, OR.  When I was 15 we moved to Fillmore, CA.  One year later (1960) moved to Santa Cruz, CA. In 1999 moved to Oregon City, OR near Portland.  In 2009 moved to Ocala, FL.  Love it here.
I agree with Arch, Florida roads are great.  California's roads are horrible, especially I-5.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #56 on: September 21, 2017, 07:01:15 PM »
I've been to both.  It's clearly better in
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #57 on: September 21, 2017, 07:53:54 PM »
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #58 on: September 21, 2017, 08:53:13 PM »
I like both, but I wouldn't want to be a permanent resident of either.
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Re: California vs Florida
« Reply #59 on: September 21, 2017, 11:49:37 PM »
Paradise is transient,   you need a house on wheels to live there. 
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