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26 Ways to Know You're Living in Paradise...

Saturday, December 22, 2012

26 Ways to Know You're Living in Paradise...

During the recent Powerball hype, a friend asked me if I won the lottery, would I move somewhere else? Sure I would! I would move anywhere...but only if you can find me a place that has...

1. Good weather, the kind that doesnít require a furnace or A/C to copeójust casual clothesa and a sweatshirt. or light jacket
2. Beautiful scenery...because lifeís too short to live someplace ugly.
3. Access to plenty of clean water all year round for cooking, cleaning, and drinkingóbecause I tend to do all three year round...
4. The proper mix of sun and rain so flowers, plants, and trees donít just grow, but flourish. (I lived in the desert as well as the snow and cold for far too many years.)
5. Internet access where I can read, watch, or download whatever I want or need.
6. Decent roads (Iíve traveled in the outback of Kenya...)
7. Fresh fruits and vegetables available year roundófull of flavor, not chemicalsó because I tend to eat year round.
8. Airports, so I can leave when I need to and, more importantly, come back when I want to.
9. A healthy environment because I donít want to live in a place where Iíll need the most expensive health care in the world.
10. Friendly people who view their life as a privilege, not a rightóand live accordingly.
11. A government that minds its I can get on with mine.
12. Decent public transportation, even in rural areas, because sometimes the burro (donkey) is in the shop.
13. A teeny-tiny police force because thatís all thatís required.
14. Peace and quiet.
15. A news media that doesnít think the Kardashians are news.
16. Clean, crisp air so the sky really is blue during the day, and at night, I can see all the stars I remember as a kid.
17. Good food... because I like to cook and bake.
18. Good restaurants... because I donít always like to cook and bake.
19. Lots of holidaysóbecause, well, why not?
20. An appalling lack of mosquitos because Iíve lived in Wisconsin.
21. A low-stress environment. Iím a firm believer that stress causes bridges, buildings, and especially people to fail at their weakest point.
22. Airports where I can go through security with a full bottle of water and my dignity.
23. Adequate health care because you just never know, somebody I care about might need it one day.
24. Low property taxes because I donít like paying for my house...twice.
25. A lot of chickens because when you have chickens around, youíre already halfway to a laugh.
26. People with a "you only go around once" attitude to life. "I wish I had spent more time at work" were never anyoneís dying words.

So, show me a place where I can have all that and I am there.
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