Which is: Where to live to make “the most of it.”
As you may remember, I wrote a book 10+years ago titled “How to Live on $10,000 a Year – or Less.” It has been hopeless copied and ripped off – my welcome to digital publishing.
It has always been a cornerstone in our thinking that living below our means makes sense for people of all ages. Tomorrow I will be doing and update on our Peoplenomics.com site about how our plans for living well on Social Security for the two of us are doing. Short summary: Quite well.
But, to the point:
Our recent jog half-across America, hitting Dallas, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Amarillo, and so forth has brought something to light: It was like a trip to another planet.
Around here, the people up the road are nice, the people over on 404 are great, and it’s a rare day to see more than three cars on the way to town. People still confab at the meat department at Kroger’s and everyone stops and says “Howdy…” and expects an answer to “How are you doing today…” People will wait for an answer, I kid you not.
That’s what rural America is. It’s what Big Cities used to be. But that has all changed and just in the past three years, or so. Whether it’s the crookedness of D.C. Common Core kicking-in, or the general disgust that precedes people just walking away from faux civilization, I don’t know.
What we DO KNOW is that we are living in an increasingly hostile world. People seem to be much more self-absorbed and it’s almost like they resent people for the slightest small infraction of good social graces, whether intended or not. Couples go to dinner and text others instead of being in the moment.
That’s not healthy.
Out here at Uretopia Ranch, we cling to personal face-time. We enjoy plenty of space, lots of elbow room, a resident deer population that cowers this time of year behind the No Hunting signs, ham radio antennas enough to give a nice copper and aluminum overcast, gardening plots, greenhouse, decks, solar power and a well…
In theory, it should be perfect.
Except for one thing: Emergency medical out here is just a tad on the slow side.
Even though we do not plan on being sick, once you hit Social Security age, you begin to think about items like “Drop-to-shock” times and so forth. Walking to the store would be nice, too, but now we’re back into the kinds of issues that are making us a little more nuts than usual.
Take that “Walking to the store” bit.
We can’t to that here – a round trip “walk to the store is 26-miles.
We understand that walking in healthy, get there have been a lot of pit bulls showing up in small packs (3-4 animals) and we don’t wish to make enemies locally.
The fact is (and this is seriously wrong) we can’t really plan on walking to the store in most cities, it seems. Papers are full of gang drive-bys and initiation shootings, beat-downs, and what have you.
We think we want to move, but we’re not sure how to pick where our next adventure will be. Having the perfectly prepped place, the question is how to improve on things? Other than build a fire station next door.
The metrics themselves are easy enough to list:
- Cost of Living
- Speed of emergency response
- Quality of local medical care
- Cost of property taxes
- Cost of state sales and/or income taxes
- Quality of government services
- Low priced water and sewer
- Cost of electricity
- Lack of idiotic government power-grabbing schemes (like Oregon telling homeowners what they can do with rainwater that falls on their land.
- State reputation and quality of voters
- Liberal marijuana laws
- Responsible police (not the asset forfeiture-crazed agencies than now take more from The People than burglars do… (A true and amazing fact, but noted by a kind reader.)
- Enough rainfall for minimal gardening (30” per year is a good number)
- Not too cold for too long (Elaine hates cold, touch of Renaud’s Syndrome)
- Not too hot for too long – George has eczema and sweat doesn’t help things.
- Moderate political values
- States and cities which are still American (not getting excessive invasion dumping and where the city hasn’t signed into the Sanctuary City leftist agenda – a collectivist plot to turn a Great Melting Pot into Quebec!).
We don’t have to go through the whole list this morning. But a recent report from the Institute for Justice notes, for example, which states have a business interest in police taking as much property as they can via civil asset forfeitures.
The problem is that even when a state isn’t giving ill-gotten gains of government (e.g. those where due process is disregarded) even THAT isn’t a good indicator of whether that’s a good place to live.
Detail example: Civil asset forfeiture is still going on in Albuquerque, NM where the city seizes and sells over $1-million in cars per year simply for being suspected of being involved in a crime. The owner’s involvement (and lack of knowledge) is not even considered. Yet, as the IJ noted on one of its pages, the fact that New Mexico (in theory) doesn’t have civil asset forfeiture, doesn’t mean cities have actually given up what are now illegal practices.
Hell no. They are still doing it in spite of a new state law last year.
Government, you see, doesn’t give up corruption easily. The stuff’s addictive, you see.
Government, as we are becoming acutely aware, will lie, cheat, and steal as much it can.
Problem is: This all-pervasive corruption is infiltrating everything. And with computer horsepower on the rise, not to mention the castle and moat up in Provo, a kind of Digital Dark Age is descending over the world.
And you wonder why people are depressed and hostile? People feel it as an increase in pressure and that, if you hadn’t noticed, makes people generally crazy.
We’re having discussions about which of these search criteria to put first (we know we can make anywhere look great, depending on the ordering of criteria) but when comes down to it, there’s something to be said for the simple approach: Money, rainfall and sovereignty sounds like a reasonable start.
New Mexico is off the list, already, though. As much as we like some of the physical beauty of NM, the reality is it’s another porous border state and anything within 100 miles of a border is essentially a “Constitution-Free” zone per the ACLU.
Ideologically, we were hoping the next closest state to Texas (further from the border, no state income tax) would be Nevada…We both like the vibe of Las Vegas. We I pay attention, I can actually make money gambling.
However, it fails on rainfall, and when we drove back on I-93, we noted that Lake Mead was still far down from historical water levels.
Not that you can see jack sh*t anymore from I-93: That is all concrete enclosed…I like to thank all the Muslim jihadists for wrecking the sightseeing. (Note to Leftie Nutters: No, that is not a discriminatory statement…that’s a fact your alleged president can’t articulate because he’s a state sponsor of invaders.)
Truth makes people gag.
To me, figuring out which states are being disproportionately dumped on the Obamanizer is high on my list of retirement criteria.
We have people who are waiting on legal entry lists (and have been for years) while the leftist coup in the District of Corruption slams us with invaders who hate us.
So that, tentatively takes Nevada off our shopping list since it was reported a year and a half back that anyone who wanders into Nevada can get a drivers license. See http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/01/03/nevada-driver-authorization-card_n_4535905.html.
We haven’t learned shit from 9/11, have we?
Got to wonder how I’d be treated if we did move to Nevada and I wanted an undocumented license?
One way to solve the problem: Require drivers to have insurance before getting a license. Take this one to the bank: Insurance companies would not be so sloppy as our government, no sir.
(ggrrr….growl…) It seems obvious the Obama administration is orchestrating the take-down of America. People not from here end up with more rights than the people who are writing the checks for this Pelosi’ed and Boehner’ed clusterf*ck. Paul Ryan will do well heading up the Obama wing of the GOP. I expect Ryan will top $11-million in fundraising for next cycle. He raised $9.4 million in 2014. And yes, office is bought as much as elected, no matter what anyone claims.
Elaine, being practical, wonders why I don’t just move to a partying town, have fun, and kick back and let the world slide by. Why bother now?
Truth is: I am flawed.
I believe if you talk the talk, you should walk the walk. (This disqualifies me from holding office, naturally.)
If we are going to vote with our wallet to the tune of $300K worth of home, pay sales taxes, and live by the rules of local government, then it really does matter, who runs the local nest of vipers.
We’re kicking it around almost daily. Tough question: Do we try to get in one last lick for Liberty on behalf of our kids and grandkids, or so we swallow the corporate-government swill and do things the easy way? Take the money and look t’other way?
Reader input is welcome, except from brother Bruce who we already know will extoll the virtues of Ecuador…
Where’s My Damn Savings? Healthcare BS
Obamacare will save us all money!!!…another media-circus lie. I have first-hand experience.
Fact is: My Medicare Part D prescriptions are going up 39% in 2016. So is Elaine’s.
How Government would spin it: George’s Part A & B is level at $104.90. In the current year his total Medicare is $131.90.
In 2016 his cost will be $142.50.
Therefore is TOTAL INCREASE is “only” 8.03% and that isn’t so bad is it?
It’s actually more since my annual deductible is going from $320 to $360 (up 12.5%).
Crock of crap. Next year the ankle grab will likely include an increase for Part A, B, and D as well. Care to bet the benefit change – if any – won’t keep up? This year it didn’t.
And this is what corruption looks like: Not increase in benefits,. hike the costs…and the Unitary Party wonders why people have such a bad case of “Throw the Bastards Out”?
Be amazed, but not surprised.
If you’re under 50 your eyes may be glazing over, but this is how gramma and grandpa are being gang-banged by government and with luck, you’ll get your turn as a sub, too. Human dumping, notwithstanding. Your turn will come…
No, I will not curl up and die, as one reader proposed (as a way to remove some of the planet’s hot air) but there were many more thoughtful comments including this one from warhammer who long-memory readers will remember was involved in the Air Force’s Owning the Weather: 2025 project…
Yeah, I know you remember those old Comet cleaning commercials. But to your point on cometary induced global climate change.
NatGeo says Egypt is the first ‘real evidence’ of a comet strike on our 3rd rock via Saharan glass and one of King Tut’s brooches:
SciAm details how a comet strike might have formed Canada’s huge Sudbury Basin:
More recently, around 13,000 BP, a comet is hypothesized to have fragmented over N. America and triggered the onset of the Younger Dryas after the end of the last glacial period, wiping out much of the pre-Clovis culture along with it (Solutrean/European migrants on the E. Coast included?)
Space.com asks a question in line with your article: “Are Comets a Bigger Danger Than Asteroids?”
If, like the Younger Dryas comet, the projectile approaches from the polar zones instead of equatorially, there’s a decent chance of not seeing it due to the lack of telescopes and space platforms aimed in those directions.
Good article, sir.
And given his level of expertise in this, I’ll take that with a smile. Thank you…and what is a very sloppy salute. (My equivalent rank expired 47-years ago about the same time that the white Polaroid Swinger camera and the UFO pictures disappeared. But that’s another story for another day. We have more pressing on-planet issues to deal with right now…)
Write when you break-even (or when NYC sinks into the sea…)