I'm not in a rush, but I think my days in California are numbered. I have loved this place immensely. In my youth it was the most amazing, cosmopolitan city in the world. It was full of people who were full of aspirations. People came here to remake themselves and start again. It had it's dark side, but I was at peace with that. I understood it. Now things have changed ... or I've just gotten old. So now I'm looking to do what so many did when they came here, to go somewhere else and find a better life. I won't do it without careful planning and I won't move permanently so long as certain family members are still alive but I'm thinking about managing my exit in stages, the first of which is to pick a new location. High on the list is a state with lower taxes but, with the exception of our property taxes, we pay so much in CA that nearly anywhere is better. My goals is to find a place that is a bit more "old fashioned," but still has the conveniences of a small to mid sized city: some home grown culture, a good hospital, a decent sized airport. I have spent a fair amount of my life in a town of around 10,000. If I was looking to move smewhere that small, I'd go back there. That said a smaller town within a hour (a short LA commute!) of the center of a bigger city might give me the best of both worlds. On the larger side I am considering Dallas or Ft Worth or somewhere nearby. On the smaller, and more remote, side possibly Coeur d'Alene ... I'm not sure it qualifies in the airport and good hospital categories, though Spokane is right near by. I'm not very familiar with the South East and Mid West. I still want to live a life full of interesting people and retain the sort of freedom that we had for so long here in CA. It's not just Covid that is pushing me into this, it's been coming for ten years or more. Now it's time to start figuring out what to do. It's time to start thinking about the next adventure. Who has ideas? I'd love to hear about the places that people here have liked and why they might recommend them!