I drove away from 20 years of living and working in NW Colorado. The whole time was probably a 9.5 out of a possible 10. What a fantastic place to live - Colorado in general and that area with so much diversity and I participated in very little winter activity. Always disliked that season.
This last year has overall been pretty damn good. Can't stress enough how fortunate I feel. Understood for me to live on less than a third of what I made when working changes were mandatory. Hit a triple easy with this. Basically comes down to not spending money and never was a big spender anyway. There was one huge error and that occurred last weekend when I gave away my bestest friend Stretch but got her back in a day. Huge screw up.
This one shot experience in life continues to evolve. Use an analogy to the Peace Corps in that it's how I'm living now but with a bit more. Understanding too that the more will not always be there. The Costa Rica trip is the same. I do not consider myself a tourist because the intent primarily was to live in the tropics again not visit plus can't afford much of that and American tourists bother me sometimes and they probably think the same of me in some way. CR was chosen because of the number of very cool inexpensive places to live with consideration of climate and local transport too but primarily it was housing.
As the second year begins I feel richer than both of the Koch brothers. To be in this position compared to over 90% of the rest of the worlds population that is one of true poverty I find astonishing.
I will take the lucky for as long as it wants to give me a ride and do my best to prepare when the time comes I get thrown off the bus.