Episode 161 Weather
Be it a funeral or a football game; a party or a class on cooking; weather is the safe topic to start a conversation. Everyone has an opinion. And as a matter of fact, one is as good as the other. It is a topic I try to avoid, but it isn’t easy.
This is Retirement Talk. I’m Del Lowery.
“You never want to let the weather dictate what you do with
your life”. That is a line I use to recite to the kids whenever we wanted to go
hiking or skiing. We were living in
Listening or watching weather forecasts are not part of our
life habits. I always like to just look out the window or walk outdoors to
check it personally. We grew up in
Retirement grants us an opportunity to take a close look at weather and how it might affect our daily lives. Many are the retired people who move miles from where they have worked to live a more comfortable life in their later years. They want to live where the sun always shines. They want to live where they don’t have to shovel snow. They want to live where they can enjoy outdoor recreational activities year round; thus the flight of snowbirds to the south.
The southern edge of American from
Weather was one of the considerations when we look around for a possible move during our retirement years. We wanted a place that did not get too hot – like over 90 degrees, nor too cold – like below freezing. We wanted the Goldlocks type of thing – something “just right”. Well, I’m not sure it exists. We settled in a place where it rarely gets to 90 degrees and only very rarely gets below freezing. It does reach those temperatures but not often; most of the time it is temperate. The complaint concerning weather in this part of the country is the rain; that and the cloudy days. We’ve learned to adjust and for the most part like our weather.
I have a sister that lives in
I recall driving down town in
Our son went to school in
I still think the idea of not letting the weather dictate what you do with your life is valid. A person can’t do a lot about it; other than move. Then you get into many other factors that can influence your life. When we looked around for our retirement place we considered: size of community, proximity to large cities, and the presence of salt water and mountains. We also wanted to live in a University town just for the cultural contribution and the addition of young people to our town. Weather isn’t everything.
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