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  •  I wish you luck (11+ / 0-)

    Mostly that you can sell your property before others who think they want to live in Kansas wise up.

    And a heavy heart for those who see the light like you but can't relocate. The desperation must (or will be) horrible.

    "If men were angels, no government would be necessary." James Madison, Federalist #51

    by history first on Thu Jul 25, 2013 at 05:44:09 PM PDT

    •  I'm one of these... (8+ / 0-)
      And a heavy heart for those who see the light like you but can't relocate. The desperation must (or will be) horrible.
      The growing feeling of unease and the fear of near (and the not-so-near future around here) IS horrible.  

      Like the diarist, I've been doing research on where to move to, if and when it becomes possible.... but right now, I'm caretaking my getting-to-be very elderly mother.  For her sake, I stay.  I'm also terrified of not being able to find another job anywhere now at my age.  I'm 58, and DH turned 60, just had a heart attack 2 weeks ago, and hasn't worked since being laid off 5 years ago. I've given up hoping he'll ever work again.  I work on an Army Post, and while we're getting pinched bad by sequestration, at least it means I'm bringing in some money every two weeks.  We are, tho, down to the point of basically crossing our fingers we can hang on to our house.

      zamrzla... can I ask where your research led you?  I'm thinking of northwestern Oregon, but I'm nowhere near finished with my research.   Congrats on getting out of here, and best of luck with your new environs.

      •  yes, you can ask (2+ / 0-)
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        Aunt Pat, freerad

        I love the Portland area and it was a finalist. My choice is Las Cruces New Mexico. I have no family in the Pacific NW, but several in New Mexico. The support network we all need is built there, not so in the Pac. NW for me. Las cruces is a desert town of 94,000 less than an hour away from El Paso Texas. The economy of the Mesilla Valley is agrarian, Education, tourism, and a mix of STEM related industries because of the White Sands Testing range. The area has an average of 350 days of sunshine per year and while the ecosystem is threatened there, it seems there are people concerned about it enough to act.

        "He that will not reason is a bigot; he that cannot reason is a fool; he that dares not reason is a slave." — William Drummond of Hawthornedenne (13 December 1585 – 4 December 1649), Scottish poet.

        by zamrzla on Fri Jul 26, 2013 at 07:04:27 AM PDT

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        •  Thanks for replying... (1+ / 0-)
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          and apologies for the tardy response.   Hubby had a heart attack, so my attention has been elsewhere lately.

          I agree with you about New Mexico.  I was stationed in Albuquerque in the mid-late '70's and really enjoyed that area... other than getting badly windburned while standing gate guard at Kirtland AFB!  In fact, my first and last tram ride was up the Sandia Mountains.   ;)

          I've been drawn towards Taos, but the cost of living is so expensive around there and Santa Fe, due to the tourist trade, no doubt.  Hadn't thought about Las Cruces, although two of my very best friends... both passed away for many years now... called Las Cruces home and absolutely loved it.

          I think I'd "lumped" New Mexico in with Arizona as far as the political climate went, for no good reason, except for just making assumptions.  

          Thank you for jogging my memory.  I'm putting NM on my list to check it out further.  Might be such a thing I could even move from fed job here to a comparable position at a base there, even.   Awck!  My gypsy feet are getting really itchy again (gryn)

          Good luck on your move!  Wishing you bright skies and fair days all the way!

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