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  • DesertRat
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    Originally posted by Mitzi1:
    You sound so happy, DR! How is your wife doing? The pictures, especially of the mountains, were so beautiful! It's hot here right now, almost 80 nd very humid. I sure would like to move a little further north!

    She is doing much better. Far from "normal" but I do not have to nurse her hardly at all any more. She can take care of most of the problems herself and has even made a couple of runs into town with me for shopping and things the last couple of weeks. That wears her out of course and she sleeps for the entire next day but at least for a little while I get to feel like I'm married again anyway. Hopefully, she will just keep improving. At least, until the next big surgery.

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  • Mitzi1
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    You sound so happy, DR! How is your wife doing? The pictures, especially of the mountains, were so beautiful! It's hot here right now, almost 80 nd very humid. I sure would like to move a little further north!

    [ 03-05-2003, 02:11 PM: Message edited by: Mitzi1 ]

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  • DesertRat
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    Originally posted by Pintobean:
    I hope you can make it with the commuting, I would hate to see you leave for another agency....

    Hi Sarge:

    Didn't know you were still lurking around here. I'm not too worried about it. I still have my Dad down here and tons of friends so it's not like I'll be bored. I already work swings anyway so not seeing the kids during the week will be no different than it is now. Besides, even though they pay decent up there, it's not what we make here and the almighty $$$$$$$$$$$ can sure be an incentive.

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  • jellybean40
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    Originally posted by Pigskin:
    Change in routine is hard to take but maybe things will work out well for you without a whole lot of trouble. Good luck!

    Actually, i thrive on it. I cant wait to move. I'm just not sure where yet. it was going to be Maine, but after this NJ winter i'm not sure!

    DR, i'm excited for you. yes it does take courage, but it sounds like you have mostly everything figured out, and that you picked a spot that you'll love. it will be good for your relaxing hobbies too. good luck and have fun!

    (and the pictures are gorgeous!)

    [ 03-03-2003, 09:18 PM: Message edited by: jellybean40 ]

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  • 3/4s
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    Thanks for the overview. I did a lot of research and travel trying to figure out where to retire. The only reason I wound up in Pa. is it was close to my NY doctors.

    Many people who talk about moving don`t have the courage. Other factors are family. I hope you do well.

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    Hey Rat, I admire your courage to move. I duck hunt at Key Pittman, and I love that area. My family was considering moving to overton to get away from this crazy city. I hope all works out for you, I hope you can make it with the commuting, I would hate to see you leave for another agency...take care brother....

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  • DesertRat
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    Here's what the road atlas doesn't show you. As you take 319 East out of our little town you immediately begin climbing into the Pine Valley Mountains of Utah. In 10 minutes, you are over 7000 ft and it looks more like this.

    Mountains east of town

    Tha actual village of Pine Valley:
    Pine Valley
    is almost exactly one hour from the house and it is gorgeous there. In the healthy days, that is where the wife and I used to go on the motorcycles for anniversaries and things. Now it's a day trip

    These are a couple of the fishing holes on the Nevada side.

    State Park

    another state park

    I don't know why they picked the picture they did for this one. It doesn't begin to show what it actually looks like. This place is really cool to hike and climb in. It is a long canyon with tons of narrows and litle caves:

    This one's only about two miles from the house

    And here's the county Chamber of Commerce propaganda site.

    Lincoln County Nevada

    I guess that's enough show and tell for now.

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  • Don
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    Your dry lake bed has some beautiful views though!

    I'm glad things are working out for you. And it's nice to have the "built in help" (kids) to help with the lawn and garden! [Wink]

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  • DesertRat
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    Originally posted by 3/4s:
    For fun I did look it up. How far time and mileage wise is it to Vegas? It looks pretty desolate on the map. I guess you hadda be there.


    It's about 2 1/2 hours to the substation I plan on working out of. I'll leave home about 11:00 AM on my first work day. I'll get off at 0100 on my 4th day and be back home about 0330. Not a whole lot different than I do now with the call outs and what not.

    It's is very desolate by PA standards, but I've been living in the middle of a dry lake bed in the desert for 8 years. I would consider 2 potted plants a forest at this point. I'll try to find a couple links to some of the stuff around there and post them.

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  • 3/4s
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    For fun I did look it up. How far time and mileage wise is it to Vegas? It looks pretty desolate on the map. I guess you hadda be there.

    I`ve been to Nevada a couple of times. Laughlin, Elko, Reno, L.V. but I drove so I saw a lot of the area. In Vegas I met a bunch of casino people who were into Harleys and told me about the riding there.

    I used to take 4-5 weeks off at a time. Nature of the detail I was on. I`d drive out west and look around trying to figure out where to retire. This was before I got sick. I figured either casino security or a small P.D.

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  • Xanthorius
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    That sounds really, really nice. My parents moved out of town to some really nice, scenic farm country while I was in college. I lived with them for a short while right before I got married, and I got too used to having land around me! Now we're in a condo and it's drivin' me crazy [Wink]

    If I could get used to the heat, I could move down there, or if my wife could get used to the cold, we'd move to Wyoming, where land and houses are somewhat cheaper. Heh, I'm sure we'll figure it out when the time comes to move.

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  • DesertRat
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    Originally posted by Steve in PA:
    So whenever I get my *** back out west to LV can I get a free room at Stateline????

    If you do it before I move, I got the hookups at Primm. I can get you the room, the rides, a concert if there is one that weekend and probably a meal or two. All they ask in return is you feed their machines or lose your first born at the tables.

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  • DesertRat
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    Originally posted by Xanthorius:
    Did you say your house would cost $80,000?? [Eek!]

    Yes, and we bought the most expensive house on the market in that town right now. It is 50 years old, but that is what we wanted. There is a neighborhood of new homes that have sold in the $120,000 range. They would be in the $200,000-$300,000 range in Vegas. We met a guy up there selling a gorgeous custom built with a courtyard and three car garage on two city lots for $160,000 last summer. The thing looked like it should have been in Miami Beach, not the mountains of Nevada.

    This area is the best kept secret for commuters to Vegas. We discovered the area going up there fishing. There are four "real" towns in the county and the one closest to Vegas, Alamo, is about 50% commuting cops and fireman from Vegas. It was wild. We'd look at a house and when the people found out what I did, they would point at half the houses in sight going, "That guys a Clark county fireman, and that one's a North Las Vegas Detective, ..."

    Panaca is about another hour away but when my wife saw it, that was the place and nothing else would do. The house is about 1500 sq ft upstairs with 4 bedroom 2 baths and then there is a half basement with 2 small bedrooms and a pantry. What sold us on this one though was two things.

    1: WOOD everywhere. The guy we're buying it from was the wood shop teacher at the high school for 30 years. He completely remodeled the upstairs and there is oak everywhere. The kitchen has 1 year old solid oak cabinets. No plywood or veneer on the faces anywhere. Both baths are remodeled. Most rooms have wood floors. It's kind of small compared to what we have now, but with the basement rooms, everybody gets their own room except two of them that don't mind so everybody is happy.

    2: Water rights. In the summer, this place looks like a park. I just hope we can keep it up. The front yard has 5 flower beds and the entire West end of the property is a garden. It's all on irrigation (read FREE) water. He does the garden, she does the flowers. They let anybody come in and pick from the garden so I guess we will have to keep up that tradition.

    I guess there's a three also. When we were up there last summer, it was about 95 degrees. These people thought they were all going to die from the heat wave. It was in the 100teens back home at the same time. Should be a nice break for the wife as the heat kills her.

    Pack up the wife, your stuff, and come on out. Our mountains don't quite compare to those colorado ones, but the price is right.

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  • Steve in PA
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    So whenever I get my *** back out west to LV can I get a free room at Stateline????

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  • Xanthorius
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    Did you say your house would cost $80,000?? [Eek!] I gotta pack up the little lady! A small condo (like, say, ours) runs around $125,000 up here. Plus land, and trees, and...and....sounds like you got a good deal going on there!

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