How Much Do Stores, Amenities Mean To You?

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  1. Kitty Carmel

    Kitty Carmel Well-Known Member
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    I'll be interested to know what area you decide to settle on. It's a hard decision with advantages and not to both rural and more urban. I think these decisions can be hard. Internet shopping is certainly popular no matter where someone lives it seems.
     
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    Well, I'm REALLY afraid of snakes, Frank. When my ex- husband, my son and I moved to this house 27 years ago, it was kind of wild. There were fewer houses here then, and we would find long snakes, big black hairy spiders and scorpions. I had a Dalmatian who killed a snake once, and a German Shepperd who also killed another one a couple of years ago. However, last year I killed two scorpions inside the house. It was summer time and they look for cooler places. So, which is the best place? Clare's home, of course. Anyway, we just have to be extra careful about many things here, including reptiles, insects, and spiders. Always check the shoes inside and always wear gloves in the garden.
    I tried to find the meaning of 'copperhead' in the dictionary, but they only exist in North America (as there are specific ones just in Brazil).
     
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    Frank Sanoica Very Well-Known Member
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    @Clare Smith
    This is most interesting to me! I never imagined Brazil as having the arid climate anywhere conducive to scorpions and such. Is it quite dry in your location? We receive about 4-5 inches of precip., all rain of course, per year. Our Monsoon season is about to begin, and while temps. may moderate some, the humidity will be on the rise. We have a natural population of several kinds of birds, and knowing the degree of difficulty of life in the Desert, we think their presence accounts for how few scorpions we've seen (2 in 5 years now), or other objectionable denisons, even though we live on the edge of untold miles of natural, undeveloped Desert. We often see a Roadrunner moving about with some tidbit in it's beak, often a lizard. Below, this one was intent on following me into the garage!
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    We should be seeing Tarantulas for example, but so far not a single one. We do see an occasional big spider, here commonly called a "Wind Scorpion", misnomer though, as they are not Scorpions but rather a kind of spider. Their leg-span is about that of a Silver Dollar. Not venomous, but fearsome-jawed, they can inflict a painful bite. Second pic shows one devouring what appears to be a grasshopper. Note the jaws! We spray our doorsteps only with Raid, but still I spotted one in the kitchen, acting rather groggy, which I dispatched with the flyswatter. Frank

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    @Kitty Carmel
    How nice of you to say that! There is an amazing (to me, especially!) story behind why I endeavored to build the locomotive, and why it took over 40 years of my life to finally undertake it. I hate to think of boring others with a story I've told before, but very much would enjoy telling it again, if you are interested. I would use a different thread though, as it does not "fit" here.
    Frank
     
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    @Frank Sanoica There are always new people on the board. I haven't heard the story behind the train. Would love to hear it if you would like to post.
     
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    Well, @Frank Sanoica I live in a subtropical area, which means, very hot and dry summers, humid, cold winters, a spring full of birds and flowers and a fall with yellow leaves and plenty of fruit. Actually the south of the country is considered an area with the most distinct seasons, and that's why we received many settlers from Germany and Italy around 200 years ago. They compared the region to Europe, and helped to develop the country. Anyway, the black scorpion we have here is kind of a 'domestic' one (not sure if they can be named like that).
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    IMG_3251.JPG IMG_3252.JPG oh dear @Frank Sanoica you have some scary looking wildlife where you are ...however in Australia we have the deadliest snakes in the world ....luckily we don't see many , I've seen a couple out here ..in the middle of farming land ,where we have exclusive use of a otherwise abandoned hall to do a little dancing practice with another couple .We have to be careful going to,the toilet as it's not unusual to see a brown or a red belly black snake in the loo ...

    Photo of hall built in 1945 inside of hall it has a beautiful,jarrah floor ideal for dancing..that's hubby setting up our mini stereo



    http://www.australiangeographic.com.../2012/07/australias-10-most-dangerous-snakes/
     
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    @Kitty Carmel @Ina I. Wonder @Clare Smith @Yvonne Smith
    Done deal, then! Will do it in "Diaries". Be ready for my long, drawn-out reminiscing, but unusual life-long adventure-desire!
    Frank
     
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    @Kitty Carmel We do enjoy living near a large city.
    At this point in our lives, we really don't mind the 'hustle and bustle' of city life.

    I enjoy stopping at the coffee shop near the Vanderbilt campus
    and listening to the 'young folks' interact.

    I figure there's plenty of time to settle down in a quieter
    setting around others our age.

    Just not right now.

    The City seems to keep us feeling younger.:)
     
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    I'd like to live 'across the street from, or next door to' a grocery store, because obtaining necessities is difficult when the weather's bad. But as far as entertainment stuff, I don't care, never bothered much with that kinda thing anyway.
     
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    I stay away from stores the don't have clean public restrooms or no restroom at all or restrooms that are male/female designated they should be separate. When I walk into a restroom that looks and smells clean someone cares.
     
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    We've lived in small towns for the last 25 years and two years ago moved back to another city. I prefer to be close to amenities because I don't want to drive too far to do errands, plus I like the option of taking public transit if necessary. I also like being able to have more choices re comparision shopping. There are some nice wooded areas and parks close by so our pooch is happy too. :)
     
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