OT - would you do this?
I ran into an old friend this weekend and we got to talking about some of the old gang and what they're up to now. He was telling me about one gal (let's call her "Penny"), who has been posting all over FakeBook about her misery. Because FB is a diary, ya know... Anyhoo, here is the scenario...
Penny's husband is 12 years older. HIs dream was to retire to Arizona. Upon his retirement (at 65), they sold their house, packed up their shizzit, and hit the road. They've been there over a year now and Penny has been b!tchng since about 5 minutes after they arrived in Arizona.
Here's the thing(s)...
- Neither of them had ever been to Arizona. The hubby saw pictures and "fell in love".
- They did not research housing costs and were appalled at the $$$ prices of the area they chose. The only places they could afford (move-in ready; no repairs needed) were trailers (after having lived in a 4 bedroom house). Definitely multiple steps down, in Penny's opinion.
- Penny did not job hunt before moving. While her husband was able to retire, she cannot and needs a job. The only jobs she could find in the area pay about half what she was making (this doesn't make much sense to me since she can do remote work, but it may be that she can no longer afford to travel).
- Penny has health issues and HEAT is detrimental to her health. Obviously, it's bloody HOT where they are and she's freakin' miserable.
So my question is... would you retire somewhere because you fell in love with some "breathtaking" pictures? Without doing any research about the area, housing, cost of living, entertainment?
I, personally, think that's nukkin futz.