California was at the top of our list but the economic problems there are just as bad if not worse than here in Michigan.
July 2, 2009 | The world’s eighth-largest economy has just gone belly-up. When midnight tolled on Tuesday night with legislators and Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger still deadlocked over how to resolve the state’s staggering $24 billion budget shortfall, California became unable to pay its bills. The state will have to begin issuing IOUs to its creditors as early as Thursday. It is the worst budget crisis in the state’s modern history.
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So now Austin, Texas is looking better and better all the time. US News and World Report recently touted it as one of the top 10 cities to live in, along with Boise, Idaho and Albuquerque, NM:
If you’re a free spirit, music junkie, or barbecue lover—or if you simply have what it takes to “keep Austin weird”—Texas’s state capital is for you.
Sounds pretty damn cool to me. Although I understand it gets quite hot there. And there is the issue of possible hurricanes. But perhaps some high winds, uprooted trees, and major flooding would be a nice change of pace from the snow and cold. I’ve pretty much had it with shoveling snow that’s for sure.
Then there is the Research Triangle in North Carolina, which is attractive b/c of the field C works in. And, I hear it’s nice. Plus I know a few people who already live down there. Would have to do more research, though.
Portland, OR has come up at times, but not sure C would like the rain. I don’t mind rain, but I don’t want to be wet all the time either. Big on bicycling there, though, and that’s a plus for me. But really I’m an amateur bicyclist at best, which reminds me I need to take my bike into the shop to get the rear wheel trued.
Colorado would be nice. Sure it gets cold and plenty of snow, but it’s sunny. And we could always get a snowblower. I’ve never owned one.
C mentioned Boston the other week. I was surprised, b/c of the cold factor. But it’s a big city, and very cool one at that so she’d be willing to at least try to live with the trade off.
NYC? We’ve never really discussed that as on option. Probably too expensive. And seems a bit too daunting to me.
Nowhere else in the south other than NC holds much interest. And neither of us are interested in living in Florida — nice place to vacation for maybe a week but don’t want to take up permanent residence there. If Michigan is too cold in winter, Florida is too hot an balmy in summer. Ick!
Of course, we’re open to suggesions.