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post #121 of 131
Originally Posted by newfydog
Actually the like minded people are not too bad, they have done some good things here. It's the city types Gonz refers to who are getting to me. Like my neighbor who drives a Hummer. Doesn't he know the Subaru is standard equipment here? I'm starting to see people in costumes downtown. Guys in floor length coats wearing sunglasses at night. Women in spike heels. Hey, come'on if you can't ski or hike in it don't wear it in Bend.

This was a town of 25,000 when I moved here, now it's a city of 65,000, and our entire town seems driven to make it to 100k ASAP. Most of the newcomers aren't really into Bend as a small town with boundless recreation, they just wanted to escape the crowds they left.

On the bright side, we have a ludicrous all cash offer on our house and think we have found the perfect town in Canada. I'll keep the location to myself until we actually close on the place in Bend and find a place to live up there. Then I'll personally be happy to see a few more real skiers come join us, though until I earn my maple leaf it won't really be my business.

When I first went to Bend in 1982, it was still a kind of agricultural town of about 10,000 residents with Mt. Bachelor staying open until July 4th and four or five ski shops in town. It has changed quite a bit since then. At least there are no condos on the mountain though.

P.S. You can PM me on the perfect ski town in Canada. I promise not to tell.
post #122 of 131
Not that anyone noticed my prolonged absence, but I'm back. My first retirement will probably come to an end sometime late this year (I may have to change my name), but as part of taking some time off, we have successfully completed our move to Anchorage. Anchorage has everything we wanted recreationally, hiking, skiing, mountain biking, and real wilderness within a short drive. It has a real economy, not one based solely on tourism. It was the perfect choice for us.

It has an interestingly diverse culture. We bought a handgun and went to see Dennis Kuccinich speak in the same week. I'm so conservative that I'm a liberal or vice versa. I'm not sure, but I just might fit in around here. We came out of a restaurant on the day we arrived and noticed that our truck wasn't the only one with an expedition rack with gas cans on it. There are a few Hummers with shiny 20" wheels running around, but mostly everything is the real deal here.

We have also now skied at Alyeska and it is one of the most beautiful locations I have seen with nice terrain and an awesome season.

Summer is unbelievable. It is midnight as I am typing this and it is still light outside. This time of year it doesn't actually get dark, which is nice when you need to pee in the middle of the night. Sure, the daylight will be short in winter, but I never saw much of the daylight in Ohio in winter when I was working so I think I can adapt. Anchorage has some of the best weather I could find. We have been here for 3 weeks and it has been over 70 only once. I hate that hot sticky weather I left behind in Ohio. And I bet it is colder almost anywhere in Montana in the winter than in Anchorage, for those of you who are a little afraid of the cold.

I will close with the cost of living issues. Real estate is not horrible, but climbing rapidly. My food budget hasn't changed from Ohio. Gasoline is expensive everywhere right now, but it doesn't seem any worse up here. The real deal maker is the lack of taxes (other than property taxes which are high, but not unbearable). Once you survive a full calendar year, they actually pay you to live here.

Who knows how long we will stay here, but I am damn glad to finally be here.
post #123 of 131
well, let's hope your ability to rationalize what you dislike about Anchorage grows stronger, and your self-delusions prevail RATHER THAN you insisiting that Anchorage become more "comfortable."
post #124 of 131
We were in Ashland last week getting bids for our project (a three car garage with a studio above that we can stay in and live while we build our dream home).
One of the contractors we talked to was Jack "Brady" Westmorland. Said he went to school with you. That's the first person I've met out there that knew you. Everyone else must be too old (like me )
post #125 of 131
Jack was in my high school class. You'll meet some of my old cronies on Mt. Ashland & the surrounding area but few remain in Ashland proper. Most have moved due to housing prices and the lack of professional job opportunities.
post #126 of 131
Already did retire. Not telling where.

Fortunately have a hardworking husband to support me and just as we moved in DSL became available so he could work from home.

We're in a small town, the ski hill is 16 minutes from my garage, nearest interstate is 2.5 hours or more away, and the population is growing by leaps and bounds. Naturally, I want to "close the door behind me".
post #127 of 131
You mean you're pulling up the ladder to the tree fort? :
post #128 of 131
Already did retire. Not telling where.
post #129 of 131
We're up here in Fernie, scraping wallpaper off 99 year old walls. The original name for Bend was Farewell Bend. I'll miss the place, but for what it was, not for where it is headed.
post #130 of 131
I hear Bozeman's a great place, maybe lots of people will go there, and with any luck, they'll be leaving Colorado's Western Slope when they go.
post #131 of 131
Originally Posted by SLATZ
You mean you're pulling up the ladder to the tree fort? :
You got it.
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