homesick for a new locale to call home

We have been driven to the conclusion that our long-term needs and interests are not served by living any longer in our current home town of San Francisco.  The reasons for this are many and diverse.  We will merely say that the continuance of, and doubling down on failed “progressive” policies means that this city, and the state it is located in as well, lacks the know-how and the will to solve its many social problems.  The continuing diktats emanating from Sacramento (the location of much of the state government) are becoming more than just tiresome or irksome to endure.  We choose not to suffer the control freaks of the Left micromanaging our lives for the long term.



Thus, we are beginning to research possible locations to move to in the next couple of years.  As you all no doubt know, moving is a major chore, really a large set of tedious tasks that take much effort.  Yet, if we do not make the sacrifice now in the near term, we will never achieve a more satisfactory situation for ourselves for the longer term.  Many factors are being weighed and considered in a prospective location to call home in the future.  Several key factors for us are: cost of living (mainly the cost of real estate, of houses and the land on which these sit), climate/weather, elevation (we wish to avoid too high an elevation with its thin air), size of city, level of state taxation, mindset or political climate of the state (avoidance of hard Left politics and social engineering). 

The one advantage we have, my wife and I, is that we will be retiring so that procuring suitable employment will not be necessary as part of this relocation.

We are looking into and considering the central portion of the US, within Central Time Zone (GMT minus 6 hours).  This means that we would be trading living with the threat of major earthquakes for the possibility of tornadoes.  No place is perfect.

Of course, there is some anxiety for us considering the enormity of the task ahead of us.  We will look at it as a challenge.  And, as we do not feel very comfortable in the city wherein we now reside, one might say we are feeling a little homesick for a place to call home and be comfortable with.  Change of location can be an opportunity for new experiences and meeting new people.  We look forward to the transition when the time comes, and are hopeful for the future.  Yet, there are no guarantees in this life as to happiness and success.  The best researched plans may not lead us to success.  But, we are optimistic.  When confronted with a situation that cannot be changed and is on balance quite negative relative to other possible situations, one needs to seek to move from the negative to the positive if at all possible.

We feel badly for the young children here in California.  As they grow into adulthood, they will be facing more serious challenges than their parents did.  Those that can and desire to will likely consider leaving the state for better prospects elsewhere.  The Golden State is not the way it was a few decades back.  The bloom is definitely off the rose, but the thorns remain.

Now, on to other topics.

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  1. I felt much the same way back in 2006, when I felt compelled to move away from my hometown of Birmingham, Alabama, because it has become TOO LIBERAL for my tastes! I moved 100 miles away to small-town Fort Payne, Alabama, and don’t regret that at all. I have Lookout Mountain (elevation 2,500 feet) out my living-room window, but I’m living in the valley separating it from Sand Mountain, so I’m not exactly gasping for air. The mountains help to shield us (somewhat) from tornadoes, which can be deadly here. My love for the Old South and its Christian traditions only continues to get stronger here. Just being out of big cities is a tremendous plus.

    I would recommend that you consider a move like I made, Larry.

    1. Thanks Stephen for your helpful thoughts. It sounds like you found a good place to live and are happy there.

      “Just being out of big cities is a tremendous plus.” Amen to that.

      I never did get used to the thinner air at 4,400+ feet above sea level in the Reno area (was there for 13 1/2 years). Thus, we are not looking at the mountain states in the West. And, as the entire state is impacted by the diktats coming out of Sacramento on a regular basis, even more rural locales in CA are not workable for us.

      There is some appeal to the Old South, even for a person who has spent most of his life in the West. However, the potential for hurricanes and the humidity in the summers dampen the interest in both the Gulf Coast and the East Coast of the country.

      There are 4 phases in the moving process, it seems. 1. Facing up to the reality of the need to relocate to something better. 2. The selection process, i.e. determining which location offers the best likelihood of being a good place to make home. 3. The actual pain in the neck of packking and loading and actually moving. This is a pain even when you pay others to do the bulk of the work for you. 4. Settling in and becoming accustomed or acclimated to your new home and neighborhood/community. We are in phase 2 having already decided we cannot stay where we presently are for too much longer. We are looking at small cities, rather than towns so that we still have some of the conveniences of cities without too many of the problems that large cities have. Of course, we are not considering liberal areas. Right now, Texas is of much interest. No state income tax for Texans is a plus. We’ll have to take a trip there and see for ourselves after more research.

      1. Thanks Stephen for the suggestion. We now are considering living in a small town within a 15 or 20 mile distance from a mid-size city (of more than 100,000 population). This would give us the small town or country like living and still allow us the conveniences of a mid-size city within a reasonable drive time. That may just work out well for us. The home prices are lower in the small towns and that means a better value for retirement age folks. As well, some of these homes in more rural areas are on 2 or 3 acre parcels. That may be nice, too. Although, we would probably have to hire a landscape firm to tend to it at least a few times each year.

      2. I live in a town of only 14,000 people, at least 50 miles from the nearest city with 100,000 population, and I have yet to be unable to find anything in a big city that I couldn’t also find here. We have a Super Walmart, a Lowe’s, cheap gas prices ($2.29 a gallon), many restaurants and fast-food places, furniture stores, clothing stores, you name it. I’ve been very pleasantly surprised at how much is available in a small town, all without the hustle and bustle of a big city. And quite a few people here are older than me (I’m 68)! The only real drawback to it is the large percentage of Hispanics, most of whom I believe are illegal. They are at least 20% of the population here.

      3. Thanks Stephen for your reply.

        It is good that your town offers everything and is not lacking in any of the stores city folks take for granted. An alternative possibility is to live say about 20 miles out from a mid size city and drive in for the large shopping centers. Some of the locations we are researching are quite small in population (like between 1,200 and 5,000 residents) but are within a 20 minute drive by highway to a city that has all the types of shopping, restaurants, health care, etc. that many of us are used to and need. We will see how it plays out over the next 18-20 months as we really want to achieve this move before the end of next year.

        As to demographics, yes, with the ongoing polarization of the country because of the aggressive Left (which we see almost daily out here on the Left coast), we do not want to live in a community that has too high an immigrant population, or we ought say has too high a percentage of immigrants. These statistics giving the ethnic breakdown of cities and towns are online.

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