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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 12:06 PM


Remember the one thing that can affect a joyous retirement more than almost anything is you and your wife's health. Things can change fast in a short period of time. That said, I wish you the best of health and a very happy retirement. As they say, with retirement everyday is like Saturday.
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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 12:56 PM


Retiring while you're still young minimizes (but by no means eliminates) the need to be close to the border for health emergencies. My wife and I are in reasonably good health in our late 50s, but as we get older we do worry about things like proximity to a hospital.



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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 01:16 PM


The health issue.
Please don't retire to baja because it's a cheap place to smoke and drink yourself into a slow pitiful death.
I always see at least one of these people on every trip.
It disgusts me.
Live the cleanest heathiest life you can find there.
If life has been tough on you try and use Baja as a way to heal and recover.
Think holistic. Think spiritual.
There are a few places on this planet that can do this for you.
Baja is one of them... if you do it right.




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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 01:18 PM


Quote: Originally posted by TMW  
Remember the one thing that can affect a joyous retirement more than almost anything is you and your wife's health. Things can change fast in a short period of time. That said, I wish you the best of health and a very happy retirement. As they say, with retirement everyday is like Saturday.


What's a Saturday?
And I've only be retired for 2 months.




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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 04:29 PM


Quote: Originally posted by fishbuck  
The health issue.
Please don't retire to baja because it's a cheap place to smoke and drink yourself into a slow pitiful death.
I always see at least one of these people on every trip.
It disgusts me.
Live the cleanest heathiest life you can find there.
If life has been tough on you try and use Baja as a way to heal and recover.
Think holistic. Think spiritual.
There are a few places on this planet that can do this for you.
Baja is one of them... if you do it right.


I can't agree with this more. The sound of the ocean alone can lower my blood pressure significantly. Eating fresh produce and fish and listening to one's body when it comes to sleep and waking up are the recipe for a fulfilled life.




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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 05:06 PM


Quote: Originally posted by drzura  
What have you done right and/or what might have you done differently?

You have already done it right, retiring at 42. Can't beat that.

The rest depends largely on your personal preferences. You'll figure out as you go. There are people trying to figure everything out before they go, panicking and asking hundreds questions, - and in the end the reality will be different anyway. Your interests now are not what they will be in 20 years.

Cabo has nearly optimal weather all year round, if you can afford, and if you like CSL and/or your particular location there.
Pacific side farther North is cooler - in winter it gets way too cold for some.
Cortez side can get too hot and humid in summer.

There are more choices if you don't need to be on the coast, or don't care about having other gringos around, or don't care about the weather.

If you buy something, you'll have things to do - sometimes more than you'd like to. If you rent, there will still be chores.
Painting is nice, should give you something to fill the time when the weather screws up.

I would not work hard another 2 years if I had enough pension and/or money at 42 for the lifestyle I'm planning, but again this is up to you. Aging process accelerates from 40s and up. It's not just downhill, it's getting faster, more changes every year.

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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 05:20 PM


Quote: Originally posted by fishbuck  

Please don't retire to baja because it's a cheap place to smoke and drink yourself into a slow pitiful death.










Was a guy who wrote a book after a solo kayak paddle top of the
Cortez to East Cape, 'Wind, Sun, Water', yes, Baja does seem to bring out the alcoholic in some. He called them 'alcoholic desert trash',
harsh, not the words I would use. Don't think there are many
here that fit that, but I certainly would not judge, plenty of that in the US, for me, seeing
a sunrise over the Cortez is reason enough not to imbibe
excessively







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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 05:40 PM


Smoking is gross! Just saying....



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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 05:40 PM


im an "excessive imbiber" always have been and don't care what some kayaker calls me.....its happy hour, I gotta go:coolup:
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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 07:03 PM


"Make sure you do it right!" is coming from all different directions

what is "right"?

this is almost as bad as the guys with the "right" religion knocking on my door.
If I need directions - I'll ask.

Drink guys! Dance! Do silly things. Eat whatever makes you happy. Smoke if you need to. It is your life! Most of us don't have that many years left anyway. Celebrate them any which way you like.




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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 07:25 PM


If you think the "right" way is to be a "chronic messy drunk chain smoker living in a squalid trailer and die a miserable ugly death leaving a disgusting mess for the Mexicans to clean up at their expense..."
Go for it...





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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 07:28 PM


Quote: Originally posted by fishbuck  
If you think the "right" way is to be a "chronic messy drunk chain smoker living in a squalid trailer and die a miserable ugly death leaving a disgusting mess for the Mexicans to clean up at their expense..."
Go for it...



its called CHOICE
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[*] posted on 3-26-2018 at 07:32 PM


Of course it is.
As in "correct" choice and "incorrect" choice.
Pick ur poison...




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[*] posted on 3-28-2018 at 04:48 PM


Quote: Originally posted by fishbuck  
If you think the "right" way is to be a "chronic messy drunk chain smoker living in a squalid trailer and die a miserable ugly death leaving a disgusting mess for the Mexicans to clean up at their expense..."
Go for it...


When you stop asking stupid questions over and over again, and start answering some for other people, we will know you finally moved to Mexico. You stopped drinking, great, and now you are going to live in a squalid $100 house and spend your cash at the hoarhouse, classy, very classy.
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[*] posted on 3-28-2018 at 07:02 PM


I'm sure it's still better than your life dumbflock.
Let's meet and you can tell me the right way to live.;)

[Edited on 3-29-2018 by fishbuck]




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[*] posted on 3-28-2018 at 07:34 PM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
"Make sure you do it right!" is coming from all different directions

what is "right"?

this is almost as bad as the guys with the "right" religion knocking on my door.
If I need directions - I'll ask

Drink guys! Dance! Do silly things. Eat whatever makes you happy. Smoke if you need to. It is your life! Most of us don't have that many years left anyway. Celebrate them any which way you like.


My sentiments exactly!!!!! That simple phrase sums it all up.

John



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[*] posted on 3-28-2018 at 07:50 PM


Yep,
What's "right" for you is not necessarily "right" for others.

That guy you see drinking and smokin his ass off might just be having the time of his life.

No more work, wife, raising children , taxes and life responsibilities that he had to deal with for most of his existence. And NOW he is able to say F-it all and do whatever and whenever the flock he wants.

Who are we to judge what's right and wrong ?????
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[*] posted on 3-28-2018 at 08:02 PM


I was just passing along what I have seen. You know who I am talking about.
It's a cautionary tail not an instruction, direction or otherwise.
I like to eat health food, exercise like a fanatic, stick my ding-aling into easy but beautiful women... and it ain't bad... kinda fun.
But maybe your way IS better...

A b-day card joke I got from my dad. Many moons ago when I was a young buck.

Son,

I see that you over-indulge in wine, women, and song.
You'll never last that way my boy!
My advice to you is to consentrate your efforts soley on women!

You can always sing and drink when you get old!!!


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[*] posted on 3-28-2018 at 08:10 PM


Thanks for all the info and perspective everyone. Gave me and the wife to chew on for a bit; lots to consider.
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[*] posted on 3-28-2018 at 08:13 PM


Call me as *sshole if you want. You may be right, but you are the dumbflock here.You kicked one of your bad habits and now think you are better than others. Prove us wrong. Build the big house, buy a plane, and a boat, post fotos.
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