The Old Hippies' Home
As long as I've been a Dead Head, which is coming up on 30 years now, it's been a running joke with my friends that we would all eventually go off together and retire to the old hippies' home. Now, of course, we're about ready for the old hippies' home, for real.
So, where should people like us (which encompasses a pretty diverse demographic!) retire to?
goats, chickens, etc. and it has its advantages. I live in a valley where when I look out my window on one side I have the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Massanutten Mountain on the other side. Its very beautiful. I've lived here most of my life. However, the local politics almost make me "want to commit suicide"! Ironically, my dream is to retire to the Bay area.I visited there once, before I became a Deadhead, and felt as though I had come home. It had its own kind of natural beauty and the vibe was so open and relaxed. Maybe we could discuss an exchange program for retirement!
that this is an actual business opportunity, because there is no way in hell most of us would survive two days in a conventional retirement community setting.
And, as we have seen, there are Heads coming along 50 years younger than us. In significant numbers.
If I was american , i would have prefered retiring on Lake Atitlan , Guatemala . Why ? I spent severeal winters there , and really like Quetchuas indians (courtious and honests ) . It's extremely affordable for daily living there and the site of volcanos around this lake is stunningly beautiful . When it's winter up north , it's a balmy summer there and you can swim in the lake each day . However , while americans can easily get 5 years renewable residency permits and make money there , europeans are discriminated against to the point of making it impossible to stay there but for a few months which is why i couldn't settle at Atitlan among friendly Indians , good fruits , balmy jasmin and roses , handmade clothes andcolorful marketplaces . I retire in France nowadays because it's the most simple solution for me , and I gave up on the country grove because i can't afford a car here , and grateful meadows was a youth dream not ever going to be during my time left on earth , for me .
I mean, my friends are here, etc. And it has certainly spoiled me for living in parts of the country given over to whitebread culture and conventional thinking. And also, as I have learned from the occasional freakout in Colorado, I don't need to be right on the ocean but I need to know it's right over there and I can get there pretty quick. Being able to see the Bay from my street, it's a good thing.
But that said, the older I get the more determined I am to be someplace that's country enough and affordable enough that I can have like 2-5 acres and a little house, and chickens and horses and goats. And that's not happening in Oakland, that's for sure.
I ponder the places that might offer those qualities while not making me want to commit suicide due to the local culture. One of the things that would make me suicidal fast would be lack of care and respect for animals.
A complete lack of politics would be a real plus, but I'm dreaming.
So far Eugene's at the top of the short list. I read the real estate listings every day. It has the advantage of friends who have moved there and love it.
I would want to spontaneous combust, bam, all over, just a pile of ashes and my shoes left!!
I'm to young to retire. The journey goes FURTHUR. I do rest my bones in a hose I just finished near Akumal Mexico. I call it la buena vida.The mayan people are kind.The ocean is warm.Gotta love the Mexican food.Soon we will be building a larger house to rent. Good luck with Grateful Meadows. I'll visit.
we need this right now for real!where do i sign up?
the only place where the inmates would look forward to their daily 'medication'.....
Tigerlilly, I like your option, or same setting, just facing a mountain, as long as there's room for my victory garden, I'm there.
I want to spend them in a tiny house by the sea, with an olive and a lemon tree. Umpteen dogs, several cats that come and go of their own free will. I shall have a rocking chair on my porch that is facing seaward. Will be very eccentric,have ultra kind neighbors, high quality speakers and internet connection. I will be healthy, of course; until the day comes when I fall asleep in my rocking chair and don't wake up.
********************************** By trying we can easily learn to endure adversity -- another man's I mean. Mark Twain