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I finally arrived at the central coast of California after pulling my 5th wheel here from Michigan, and will spend the next 5 months here with my family after fleeing the horrors of Michigan winters.

The area we are in is horse country with cowboys, cowgirls, rednecks, and dippers and chewers. Oh yes, and NASCAR fans.

Upon occasion I will have to venture out of this sanctuary of sanity and go out and mix and mingle with the Illegals and libtards but at least I know I’ll be safe from the insanity when I return.  

There is a sort of a fringe benefit thrown in; there’s an American Legion hall a couple of miles away where I can go and hang out with other veterans and have a cool one or two, tell war stories and complain about 0bama.

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Enjoy your winter. Hopefully the libtards arn't too maddening.
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Jeez, that is a long trip. Enjoy your time away from the winter in Michigan. I had a friend that grew up there and she said she loved both weeks of Summer in Michigan.
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I grew up in Michigan and winter was my favorite season with autumn a close second. I hated the summers.  They were hot and muggy, and the air was filled with mosquitos the size of Buicks. The more snow a winter had, the better I liked it.

As everyone probably knows, I was brought to Arizona as a teenager...and I hated everything about it. I hated the cactus, I hated the desert, and I even hated the mountains.  I vowed that I would move back to West Michigan the first chance I got.

I got my chance when I married my ex-wife. In September, right after the wedding, we rented a trailer, filled it with most of our worldly possessions, and headed out on the way to Michigan.

We had a lot of adventures en route and once we got to Michigan.  But I'll cut this short by saying that in February we were hit with what they called "The Storm of the Century" or a "100-Year Snow Storm."  We got 36" of snow in three days.  The cities came to a stand still. No one could get to work, so all the businesses were closed...including the supermarkets.  People were stranded in their cars on the freeways and some actually died.  Even Chicago's O'Hare airport was closed for several days.

After a week of being prisoners in our apartment, the city started using big Caterpillar earth-moving equipment to start clearing the streets.

I realized that if the power should go out in Arizona, we'd be hot and might have to spend more time in the pool.  But if the power went out in the winter in Michigan, we would DIE.

When a thaw came in late March, we again packed our belongings into a trailer and headed back to Phoenix.  It's different when you're a kid:  you don't need to drive to work in the snow and you never worry about freezing to death.

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I understand. I loved snow when I was a kid and like you, the more snow, the better I liked it. I guess it's not the snow I dislike so much as the extreme cold we've been getting lately. Three years ago it got below zero and stayed there for 9 days, warmed up to mid teens, then back below zero. I hated it, stuff froze up and stayed that way for days before I could get it thawed.

When I was a small boy I remember someone telling me there was a place called Florida where it never snowed, and I remember thinking those poor kids, they never have snow to play in!
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When I was a kid, the winter temps usually hovered around 5 to 10 degrees.  But when I was there as an adult and that "100 Year" winter storm hit, it brought sub-zero temps with it.

When that storm had just started, my car blew an upper radiator hose.  In Arizona, changing it would have been a simple 5 minute operation.  But that day it was 8 below zero.  I couldn't manipulate the tools with heavy gloves on....and when I took the gloves off, the flesh on my hands would immediately begin to freeze and I'd lose all the feeling in them.

I ended up having to take the car to a shop and paying to have the work done.

Too bad you weren't headed to San Diego and could have passed through Phoenix. But I'm glad you had a safe trip.  The People's Republic of California is a beautiful state...and if you can avoid the libtards, you should have a very enjoyable vacation,
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I just read this thread for the first time. It reminds me of several conversations w/ a few folks. The things I  read about in this post are some of things I've read elsewhere.
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