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  1. bocopro says:

    Actually . . . none. Thought about a few – Ireland, Wales, Switzerland, New Zealand – but rejected ‘em for various reasons, primarily population density and climate.

    Of course there are the fantasy lands, such as Oz, Narnia, Never-Never-Land, Middle Earth, Vril, Westworld . . . and I have my own, that marvelous place I often visit while cocooned in a nice warm bed on a cold winter day with a belly full of hot mami chicken soup or baked ziti with some chilled sangria.

    Bottom line, tho, except for a medium-sized tropical island, about the size of Lanai or Maui with no other people, a permanent flowing spring, jungle fowl, wild peccaries, plenty of firewood, a sheltered cove, a good knife, an axe, some flint and steel, and some heavy rubberized tarps, I b’lieve I’ll just do my remaining years right here where I am, with reliable power, running water, and a Navy hospital within walking distance.

    I’ve seen Spain, Italy, southern France, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Korea, VietNam, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Taiwan, Thailand . . . and have set foot on land in every state in the Union, including Alaska (although often only in passing through) . . . and I gotta say noplace is better than Murka.

    I’d be comfortable in the Philippines given my retirement incomes because I like the people, but the place isn’t exactly safe. Japan is perhaps the cleanest and most organized place I’ve spent any time in, but the people, although gracious and well-mannered, are xenophobes who consider anyone not 100% Nihon to be less than fully human; they’re almost as bad as the Koreans in that regard.

    Were I MUCH younger, I might consider Australia or New Zealand as reasonable substitute for what I’m accustomed to, but in the past few years their politics have become pretty damned flaky. Naw, with only a couple more trips around the sun, I reckon runnin off into the sunset on some romantic adventure is best left up to younger dudes with better tools.


  2. geeez2014 says:

    BOCOPRO…as usual, terrific answer! Ya, there’s a difference of what we CAN do now, considering, like you said, a Navy hospital nearby…that does make a difference when we’re getting older…..And I like that you also hypothesized your “were I MUCH YOUNGER” choices and yes, while fabulous places (Haven’t been to NZ but have been to Melbourne and Sydney and they’re marvelous), their politics and their ‘government knows all’ thing is hard to take; that was REALLY revealed during COVID. This, in a country pretty much designed for ‘free thinkers’ (and ex cons!!!) 🙂 A friend of mine lives in Melbourne and the sort of socialized medicine there stinks, too, by the way…they were suggesting euthanizing her father, which is done fairly often!!

    THanks BOCOPRO….I could DEFINITELY without a doubt live in France or Germany (the 2 countries I know personally better) but “…I gotta say noplace is better than Murka” too! (Also, having lived there, I believe their healthcare pretty weird, too)

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  3. MAL says:

    Well, although I’ve become so critical of our once great country, I’m not ready to give up on it yet. If only we could make more folks realize the direction our country is going is a disaster in the making. As I mentioned earlier, our friends found Panama a haven for what they desired, with a welcome attitude from the people, and all the services we might need, like food and other supplies. Medical? The doctor will make a house call for $5! Unbelievable, yet thats what they found. Never having been there I can’t say, but it does sound intriguing, doesn’t it?
    Like Boo, at our age we’re stayin’ put!


  4. MAL says:

    Oh! And Panama, being near the equator, enjoys good weather year round.


  5. geeez2014 says:

    MAL ….Panama…I don’t know; I’m glad your friends found it a haven… I wonder what they pay in taxes for that $5 housecall…Canada, too, gives much longer care like for physical therapy, etc., and it’s all paid for…but the taxes are horrendous and, if it’s LONG waits for surgeries, etc….
    I’m sure the weather is great…I wonder why more people don’t move to Panama!!!

    I’m not sure where I’d go.. Medical care surely gets to be an issue once we’re past sixty and our ‘check engine light’ goes on more often!
    But, with all practicality aside, I think somewhere in the UK…I am NOT a heat lover, so Ireland’s temps would agree with me.
    Still, I LOVE Munich and the people….and so many French villages are so amazingly charming…and the fooood 🙂 I’m not a beach gal, except for a rare holiday now and again! I DO love it, but I have it 3 miles down the road, really good beaches.


  6. geeez2014 says:

    MAL, I just searched for PANAMA IMAGES and I was surprised at how built up it is…..Not sure why, but I always kind of thought of it as more rural, and it ISN’T!! Looks nice, though.


  7. geeez2014 says:

    Only 8% of Panamanians speak English, too….which surprised me, because they teach English in schools.. Some form of Spanish is the national language.


  8. MAL says:

    Z, our friends said their home is about a 2 hour drive from the airport and is not that built up. They said most speak English and welcome Americans. This is the one who lost her husband last year to COVID after being admitted to the hospital for something else, but caught it during his hospital stay. She just moved down to Florida to be with the rest of her family, but is keeping the home and rental condo in Panama because she loves it.


  9. geeez2014 says:

    I don’t know, MAL…got the 8% stat from the internet….seemed odd to me that they teach English in schools and not that many speak it….Your friend’s probably right!
    Yes, I remember your friend and yes, I’m sure living outside the big city is very rural and so nice, though I AM a big city girl!

    COVID is really big again, sadly….My MD nephew said every doctor at the hospital he’s associated with suddenly has covid and he’s stepped in to help with the load!!!


  10. kidme37 says:

    I can’t think of no place Senorita.


  11. MAL says:

    I’m with you, Kid…….also Z, ’cause I’d still love to stay here providing we get our S— together!


  12. geeez2014 says:

    KID! Hola, Senor! you can’t think of ONE place you would move to? Total “pie in the sky’ choice? Not based on anything but I LOVED IT and could LIVE THERE? 🙂
    OK, mi amigo 🙂

    MAL: I REALLY think this is a fun subject and BOCOPRO confirmed it….Even your answer is a fun one…to know you may not love what’s happening here, but YOU PICK HERE!


  13. Baysider says:

    I would have said New Zealand at one time, but they have gone stone nuts. Jacinda We-Are-The_Truth Ardern? Noooo way. Clean food, water, climate, safety, the great outdoors. I’d have to go to Costa Rica first to see. But I know several who’ve gone. I really hate humidity. Or I might move to the country of Florida. 🙂 I do love, crave the sea. I already feel like I’ve “gone” to a foreign country living under the thumb of the extreme left here.


  14. kidme37 says:

    No way Z.

    From Randy Newmann’s Political Science

    No one likes us-I don’t know why
    We may not be perfect, but heaven knows we try
    But all around, even our old friends put us down
    Let’s drop the big one and see what happens

    We give them money-but are they grateful?
    No, they’re spiteful and they’re hateful
    They don’t respect us-so let’s surprise them
    We’ll drop the big one and pulverize them

    Asia’s crowded and Europe’s too old
    Africa is far too hot
    And Canada’s too cold
    And South America stole our name
    Let’s drop the big one
    There’ll be no one left to blame us

    We’ll save Australia
    Don’t wanna hurt no kangaroo
    We’ll build an All American amusement park there
    They got surfin’, too
    Now Australia is even out with their communist politics.


  15. geeez2014 says:

    BAYSIDER, you’re right…everyone I know who’s been to Costa Rica LOVES it…Madelaine K (from CBS) just had a trip there….my sis, etc….LOVE it.
    “I already feel like I’ve “gone” to a foreign country living under the thumb of the extreme left here.”
    WELL PUT!! 😦

    KID…I’ve never known those lyrics! Really clever..!!
    Ya, I wish more people realized perfection is not achieved by any country, but somehow, we’re supposed to do it or we were NEVER a good country … amazing!
    THanks for posting that…REALLY clever. We’ve only dropped exactly one ‘big one,’ which probably saved millions of lives, haven’t we?


  16. kidme37 says:

    There’s more to the lyrics. As Randy says at the end, it’s odd that people don’t laugh at the lyrics anymore 🙂

    Yea, I believe the bomb has saved us from world wars with guns knives and other mutilation tools.


  17. geeez2014 says:

    KID, first, I can’t believe how old he’s gotten…good thing WE haven’t, right? 🙂

    I REALLY want to ask you something……the lyrics CAN be taken as kind of anti-American, as if we’ve gone around nuking anybody who didn’t like us. On the other hand, it’s pro-American because he catches how much we give other countries and they still hate us, making us seem giving and naive… …he’s singing words like “If we don’t like something, we’ll DO YOU IN”…and that bugs me a little…..mostly cuz it’s not really true.

    THOUGHTS?! WHy do you think he asks why few people laugh at those lyrics…? It’s clear he’s suggesting audiences believe they’re true……..kinda bugs me, frankly.


  18. kidme37 says:

    We are still very young Z.

    My opinion of the tune, when it was written, was that other countries didn’t do much for us while we did lots for them. They did not respect us or what we did for them with all the humanitarian stuff and military defensive actions, disaster relief, etc that we were doing for everyone.

    Definitely tongue in cheek as most of his tunes are. Nuking them is just a joke.

    So, back when it was written it was very funny, but now countries seem to hate us so much more, maybe not so funny? It is not hard to get the impression that other countries think America is what’s wrong with the world. Pretty typical really imo.


  19. geeez2014 says:

    KID, I absolutely love your explanation…….
    Other countries, as I’ve said here many times before, are JEALOUS of America and it’s easier for them to condemn us, to ‘hate’ us than admit that. I can’t even count how many times I’ve had that feeling. I have even had Germans TELL me that “we don’t hate you, we’re envious deep down”.

    YES, I’m really glad you said nuking them is just a joke; it seemed a tad like we WERE doing that….

    And yes, young…not VERY young, but yougISH! 🙂

    I have a friend who’s 2 months younger than I am…she has been really healthy her whole life, too, and suddenly has Afib! And some ‘up there’ problem 🙂 She asked me today on the phone “What HAPPENED!? I was healthy, happy!” Ya, what dope calls these the GOLDEN YEARS? !! 🙂


  20. kidme37 says:

    Mad and I have been saying lately, We never knew old was going to have all this stuff with it. 🙂

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  21. geeez2014 says:

    A favorite phrase I heard was “I thought getting old took LONGER than this!” 🙂

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