Exactly. I don’t think people on the coasts realize how cheap and pleasant it can be out here in…
James Ardis

Local versus newbie can be a problem, sometimes, where jobs are concerned. I’m originally from the Midwest, and my parents tried early retirement in southwest Florida. Who you know matters a LOT more once you get outside the largest cities. And getting to know people can take time and a lot of patience in smaller communities. My parents were all but called Yankees to their face in the stretch of southwestern Florida they tried to make a new home. They stuck it out for around five years, then called it a day and went back to Indiana.

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