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August 29, 2017

Geography Lessons for Retirees

You can retire to Phoenix, Arizona where

  1. You are willing to park three blocks away because you found shade.
  2. You can drive for four hours in one direction and never leave town.
  3. You have over 100 recipes for Mexican food.
  4. You know that "dry heat" is comparable to what hits you in the face when you open your oven door.
  5. The four seasons are: tolerable, hot, really hot and are you freaking kidding me?

You can retire to California where

  1. You make over $250,000 and you still can't afford to buy a house.
  2. The fastest part of your commute is going down your driveway.
  3. You know how to eat an artichoke.
  4. You drive your rented Mercedes to your neighborhood block party.
  5. When someone asks you how far something is, you tell them how long it will take to get there rather than how many miles away it is.
  6. The four seasons are: Fire, Flood, Mud and Drought.

You can retire to New York City where

  1. You say "the city" and expect everyone to know you mean Manhattan.
  2. You can get into a four-hour argument about how to get from Columbus Circle to Battery Park, but can't find Wisconsin on a map.
  3. You think Central Park is "nature."
  4. You believe that being able to swear at people in their own language makes you multi-lingual.
  5. You've worn out a car horn.
  6. You think eye contact is an act of aggression.

You can retire to Maine where

  1. You only have four spices: salt, pepper, ketchup and Tabasco.
  2. Halloween costumes fit over parkas.
  3. You have more than one recipe for moose.
  4. Sexy lingerie is anything flannel with less than eight buttons.
  5. The four seasons are: winter, still winter, almost winter and construction.

You can retire to the Deep South where

  1. You can rent a movie and buy bait in the same store.
  2. "Y'all" is singular and "all y'all" is plural.
  3. "He needed killin'" is a valid defense.
  4. Everyone has two first names: Billy Bob, Jimmy Bob, Mary Sue, Betty Jean, Mary Beth, etc.
  5. Everything is either "in yonder," "over yonder" or "out yonder." It's important to know the difference, too.

You can retire to Colorado where

  1. You carry your $3,000 mountain bike atop your $500 car.
  2. You tell your husband to pick up Granola on his way home and so he stops at the day care center.
  3. A pass does not involve a football or dating.
  4. The top of your head is bald, but you still have a ponytail.

You can retire to the Midwest where

  1. You've never met any celebrities, but the mayor knows your name.
  2. Your idea of a traffic jam is ten cars waiting to pass a tractor.
  3. You have had to switch from "heat" to "A/C" on the same day.
  4. You end sentences with a preposition: "Where's my coat at?"
  5. When asked how your trip was to any exotic place, you say, "It was different!"

You can retire to Florida where

  1. You eat dinner at 3:15 in the afternoon.
  2. All purchases include a coupon of some kindeven houses and cars.
  3. Everyone can recommend an excellent dermatologist.
  4. Road construction never ends anywhere in the state.
  5. Cars in front of you often appear to be driven by headless people.


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