If you could live ANYWHERE, where would you live? And why?
Either where I'm living now, in Songkhla, Thailand, or in Sydney Australia, because I LOVE it there.
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Right there! because from there I can go visit all the other places. No mortgage, no living out of suitcases, no neighbors, guest quarters, 5 dogs, willing women visit and are soon topless on the deck, favorite foods and drinks, safety security, equity, hilltop and soon to be very valuable beachfront property if the oceans keep rising. Also I built it.
Probably Japan, Kanagawa prefecture. I have family there. The culture isn't perfect, but where is it ever? City infrastructure and public transportation is something to behold. The food is amazing. I would miss the selection of beer here in the Pacific Northwest though. And Seahawks games.
Seattle seems like it would be amazing, but I actually love living in San Antonio. Austin might be perfect for me, or maybe San Diego. Did somebody say Hawaii? That sounds like a blast! Thailand. Definitely Thailand. The food.... Speaking of food, I might go for Italy or France.
Are we restricted to real places? If so, and excluding the answer 'anywhere but the South,' I'd say somewhere in northern California or southern Oregon. And not just for the legal marijuana. Most of the few friends I have are on the west coast, the proximity to progressive civilization and people, relative to the toxically traditionalist environment in North Carolina and the south in general, is immensely attractive.
If we're not restricting to reality, then...I'm going to be a huge geek and say Arkham, Massachusetts, for access to the libraries at Miskatonic University. I might go crazy or get killed by fish-people, but such is the price of cosmic understanding.
I tend to fantasize about the Nordic countries because of their high levels of happiness (or really, contentment) and great social safety nets. Although I'm half Swedish, for some reason Norway appeals most to me. On the other hand they are too close for comfort to the USSR and I'd have to learn a relatively alien new language to thrive there, so sometimes I think more in terms of New Zealand. More progressive overall than Australia, speaks English, wants IT people like myself (although would prefer them younger). Or maybe Canada, for the same reasons, and proximity.
At the end of the day though I'm too old and not vulnerable enough (I'm a heterosexual male WASP after all) to make shaking the dust of the US off my feet that great of a strategy, in a purely pragmatic sense. I half half a mind to ship my daughter and grandchildren off someplace like that as a final act of mercy though.
I use to think somewhere peaceful with an ocean nearby. But why stop with that limit. Why not think outside the box & say something like.... wanting to live in & out of multiple realities or between parallel dimensions; to see the best of both. Why not live outside of- beyond the known dimensions of space & time; to be able to see, experience, & feel your life.
Exactly where I'm living now. Nowhere else I'd rather be. I have an idyllic life and I know it. I'm not sure where else I might like to choose - I guess I'd need to travel more to find a better place.
I think from time to time about moving back to Seattle to be near my grown kids and grandchildren, but I'm not quite ready to do that. Visiting often is working for now.