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  • Chayote
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    Originally posted by Sabine View Post
    you should have driven into the city the day before and spend the night and you would have been there on time. Most big medical centers have guest houses and motels close by, at least they do here .
    Not an option for us, Sabine... accommodation is expensive in the Melbourne CBD and we can't afford that. Royal Melbourne is a huge public hospital and teaching hospital. They don't offer accommodation. Fortunately he only needs to be admitted for one day every 12 months.

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  • Bean
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    Originally posted by MudderBear View Post
    kinda like hitch hiking!
    Exactly! It always worried me.

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  • MudderBear
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    kinda like hitch hiking!

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  • Bean
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    Originally posted by Chayote View Post

    Bean, what does "slugged" mean?

    We rarely drive in the city but when we do, it's horrible. I recall one morning when I needed to have John at Royal Melbourne Hospital by 7am. We left home at 3am and we were still late. It's only 48km away! I was amazed that the amount of traffic on the roads... especially large trucks.
    Itís like car pooling but you donít know anyone. They have slug lots, you park your car and wait in line hoping someone picks you up. I thought it was dangerous. He only did it a few times, a few too many in my book. You could be on the other end, and what if you didnít get picked up to be dropped off at your car!

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  • Sabine
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    you should have driven into the city the day before and spend the night and you would have been there on time. Most big medical centers have guest houses and motels close by, at least they do here .

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  • Chayote
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    Originally posted by Bean View Post
    Sometimes he took the train, sometimes slugged (I hated when he did that)!
    Bean, what does "slugged" mean?

    We rarely drive in the city but when we do, it's horrible. I recall one morning when I needed to have John at Royal Melbourne Hospital by 7am. We left home at 3am and we were still late. It's only 48km away! I was amazed that the amount of traffic on the roads... especially large trucks.

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  • Sabine
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    If you were military you could use the commissary to buy your groceries and the base exchange for other non food items. Some things are cheaper ,some are not.

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  • CharleneG
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    Originally posted by Sabine View Post
    you are allowed ( retired military ) to use the naval air base ?
    No, no military for us. Ken was too deaf during Vietnam to get drafted into the Army. He tried enlisting I the Air Force and they wouldnít take him either. He wasnít exactly heartbroken about it.

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  • Bean
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    Vera, yes I know Stafford. We have friends who still live there. I remember going to a party there on a Saturday and the traffic was backed up forever. We were so happy we lived in Fredericksburg. I hear that has really exploded as well. Loved living there. Three years wasnít long enough.

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  • Vera
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    Bean - I am now north of Fredericksburg in Stafford. The VRE train station at Brooke is 4 miles from me and many people do take the train. However, when people ask me where I worked, I tell them I used to work at the Pentagon (Navy Dept) when I lived in Northern Virginia. However, I am still on maternity leave and my son is now 40! People always get a kick out of that. If you have ever been to Aquia Landing Park (formerly Aqua Po Beach), I am next to that on the Potomac River.

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  • Sabine
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    you are allowed ( retired military ) to use the naval air base ?

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  • CharleneG
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    The town we want to move to has everything we use here, including some good restaurants. It also has a Naval air base. Itís an easy drive to the places that arenít there (Costco, Samís) and to other larger towns. Shopping malls arenít important to us, we order online a lot. I donít mind a drive to get somewhere at all, what I hate is being in the car and not moving.

    One of the the big things I miss here is the ability to take the old Sunday Drive. We used to do that all the time. Now it takes hours to go 40 miles, and thereís not much to see but other cars. By the time we get home we feel wiped out. In WA the travel and sightseeing options for day trips are abundant.

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  • Sabine
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    I lived in a small ( 15 000 people ) town several years ago for 3 years. The longest 3 years of my life, I hated every minute of it. 2 grocery stores, 1 small Walmart store, a couple of fast food places. No nice restaurant. 3 doctors , small hospital. No, that is not how I want to live. I take the traffic anytime over a small town that has little to offer. Especially when it comes to medical care. As we are getting older having up to date medical care becomes so much more important and I wouldn't like to have to take a ferry to get there. But everybody thinks differently about how they live or where they want to live.
    Like Vera already posted, it's a choice you make, live with it.

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  • Bean
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    Originally posted by Vera View Post
    Bean - Traffic hasn't gotten any better in Virginia. I live 50 miles outside Washington, DC. Interstate 95 both north and south - well, pack your patience. If we are lucky, we can drive it in 1 hour, 15 minutes. If you have any bump in the road you are looking at 3-3 1/2 hours. There are certain things you give up living in a rural area and also living in the city - it's a choice and you live with it.
    Vera, it was horrible 16 years ago, I can only imagine it now. We lived in Fredericksburg and Scott worked at The Pentagon. His commute every day was terrible. He got flats on the interstate a couple times. Sometimes he took the train, sometimes slugged (I hated when he did that)!

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  • CharleneG
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    Originally posted by smokey View Post
    Oh, but the restaurants!
    There is that Smokey! There are only 2 Iíll really miss when we move...Lazy Dog Restaurant and Grimaldiís, and they might start expansion in WA. The Lazy Dog near us is about 6-1/2 miles, it takes 40 minutes to get there.

    Vera, it used to be just ďrush hourĒ traffic that was bad, but now itís terrible about 20 hours a day. Our surface streets are packed and donít even talk about the freeways! We have a lot of big companies in about a 10 mile radius: SpaceX, Tesla, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Honda, DC Marvel Studios, Lakers and Clippers training facilities, and let us not forget the biggest cluster **** (unprintable word!), Los Angeles International Airport. Weíre about 4 miles from it, and Iíd rather take a beating than drive into that mess. Iíll happily pay a shuttle, Uber, Lyft, whatever to avoid that.

    The area we want to move to is close enough to Seattle that we can get there by ferry easily, but far enough from it that you donít get the nasty traffic. We plan to move to Whidbey Island in WA. You can take the ferry or drive over Deception Pass to get to the mainland. There are some nice towns there and Oak Harbor has everything you need on a daily basis. It really reminds me of the beach town I grew up in years ago near here. It bears no resemblance to it now! As weíve reached our 70ís our need for big city entertainments has pretty much gone away. We live maybe 12-15 miles from downtown Los Angeles and we never go there!

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