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Old 04-16-2012, 03:36 PM   #15
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FL is a no tax state, is warm, has unlimited water (big water), has military bases all over...that's where I'd go.
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Old 04-16-2012, 03:41 PM   #16
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Lol, my dog hasn't been much help. So far I plan on retiring in 4 years. I own a home in Tucson but, already have a friend interested in renting it out. I also have a rental in Little Rock.
The girls are up in the air about moving. I was looking into possibly a teaching job when I retire and my wife is in the medical field so that really isn't a factor. I like having so many more options of colleges being "closer to home" in Florida. My wife prefers Florida as well. It is closer to her family in Louisiana and she has a lot of friends in the area. I guess happy wife happy life right?
It seems you have some decisions already alluded to, and yes, happy wife is happy life. Also, happy children make happy mom and dad.

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Old 04-16-2012, 03:49 PM   #17
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Now the nice thing about full timing once you are retired is that if you decide you don't really care for the area you are in, you just lower the jacks and take the house elsewhere.
Usually we RAISE the jacks.

Martino78, thank you for your service and either place you choose will be great. Welcome to the forum.
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As others have stated you need to make it a family decision. 25+ years Army moving all the time provided a great out of school experience for the kids and we always asked their opinion when choices were available( sometimes were told where we are going). Both places are good but have to agree I' a westerner and didn't like the humidity any time of year I went TDY to Florida or gulf coast area.
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I grew up in Tucson(4-17, now in Phx). Plenty to do there, but not much for water sports. Love how close the mountains are whenever I visit. 110 during the summer is tolerable with the low huma-dity. I visited FL while in the Army. It was ok, but not where I would want to live. They don't know how to drive when it snows.
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.......... I visited FL while in the Army. It was ok, but not where I would want to live. They don't know how to drive when it snows.
Now that is funny!
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Usually we RAISE the jacks.
There are a few responses to that one Sarah.

1. By lowering the jacks, I can sit in the driver's seat all day, never getting in a traffic situation, or problems with the slinky I didn't unconnect, never have to gas up, etc.

2. I put helium in the tires while I am camped so that the RV floats, giving us a dreamy sleep time, so when leaving I have to lower the jacks, connect them to anchors, and then raise them which winches the RV down so I can let the helium out of the tires.

But the real reason is that after many years of working on things on a jack is that I can't get over thinking that I raise things with a jack and lower the jack to get them off. You got me fair and square

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Martino- Your decision IMHO should be based exclusively on the kids trajectories, which of course is a crapshoot, but one you know more about than anybody. IIWMI'd plan on taking the girls on a number of scout-out-colleges & careers trips. Visit campuses and get them acclimated to the idea of deciding what college to attend (vs whether or not). If that's easier from FL, then so be it. If from Tucson, ditto. Southern California has just about all the career options anybody could possibly consider, both from employment and education standpoints. A similar radius from FWB, FL probably ditto. So in my mind, the journey to getting the kids to decide what they are in life has more to do w/it than anything.

I work on a scholarship program in a small town in lower Baja California, and the hardest thing is to get kids to visualize their future life. Show & tell is the single best learning tool. Take the kids to see what people do, and where they go to learn how.

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Thanks, for your service to our Great Country. You know what the Beach Boys said about southern girls. I'll stick with the south.
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Martino-78,

First, thank you for your service. Second, where in Louisiana does your wife's family reside?

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If I was in your spot I would look into the quality of the school system. Weather, recreation and all that you can find anywhere, but unless you plan to homeschool or put your kids in private schools, their education would be my first concern.
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FYI

At the Good Sam Rally in Phoenix last month they announced that all active duty military could belong to the Good Sam Club FREE!

Thanks for your service from me too!
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@Jim--wife's family is in N.O. And shreveport.
Thanks for the school system suggestion. That is usually our first concern when choosing where to buy a home. Good thing is Santa Rosa County School District ranks #2 in the state.

Active military gets free Good Sam Club membership? I will be calling them first thing in the morning!! . Thanks for the info!
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