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Cliffg37
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Here is a serious answer if your question was a serious one. California has several high ranking Universities; both in teaching and in research. Contact them in writing and ask if they have a position available suitable to your needs. Many places now do interviews by skype or other such long range processes. This may profit you nothing, but it will cost very little too. If one in interested, you can often haggle for status. (You wouldn't walk in the door full tenured, but you might achieve it soon than normal based on your present position.)

Good luck.
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I hate to be a downer but it is really hard to reinvent yourself after 50. In your early 40's, you can still change careers and be somewhat successful at it, but after 50, your chances are much less likely. Plus California is *** expensive, especially in the San Diego area. A new wife, a new career, a new place to live....all tough by themselves. Add them together, and I wouldn't want to be the person doing it. And giving up tenure to do it? almost insane. Plus, I know it doesn't feel like it now, but after 60, you are physically on the decline and you will not have the drive or energy that you once had. There comes a point where you yearn for less in your life: less stress, less stuff, less work, less aggravation. If California is in your future, plan for retirement there. But you only have a few short years to sock away money for your retirement. This is a time when you should be nurturing what you've built so far, not starting over from scratch.
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"I never should have followed my dreams - I quit my steady gig to fulfill my potential. Instead I went broke, and got fired from a job in doggie daycare."

http://www.salon.com/2014/09/01/i_never_......_dreams/
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Yikes, balducci, that is a depressing story but one that is all too common. key to reinvention is having a strong network you can rely on. And key to reinvention is to not go too far from where you are. You work in baby steps from where you are to where you want to be. You also don't leap unless forced to do so. The best way is to have the next thing lined up before leaping. Plus you REALLY need to be a hustler
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The question was indeed serious, but sobriety kicked in.

As I said: I myself would take risks. I have before. (There is a reason I left Pennsylvania.) But there are four children involved. And yes, I'm over 50. A restart isn't really in the cards.
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Just curious, but how many years do people generally work at your institution in order to earn a good pension? The little in English I could find at the site seemed to indicate that faculty are civil servants and get a government pension? Is that right?
Make America Great Again! - Trump in 2020 ... "We're a capitalistic society. I go into business, I don't make it, I go bankrupt. They're not going to bail me out. I've been on welfare and food stamps. Did anyone help me? No." - Craig T. Nelson, actor.
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It's complicated. I get a government pension, but I didn't get this particular job until five years ago. So when I retire--which currently means at 67--I will have paid less into the system than most people. I'll get money, but not enough to live on.
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I heard people in Europe get good vacation time.

You might consider a house trade with someone in California.

San Diego is lovely and offers many choices in driving distance, (very expensive to really live there).

I'm glad you aren't breaking up your family but it is fun and healthy to dream.

Congratulations on your new Marriage.

-Mary Mowder
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Mary,

it's a good idea to swap houses for a while. The problem is that while we get long vacation times, my son lives in Lower Saxony and my step-chldren live in Hamburg, and the vacation times are not simultaneous.

But we'll get along without moving. It was a beautiful dream for a couple of days.
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I've traveled to few places where I didn't get a passing "I could be very happy living here" running through me.
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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But while we're thinking of California

The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.--Yeats
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On Sep 13, 2014, Salguod Nairb wrote:

I have never liked that song.
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I've traveled to few places where I didn't get a passing "I could be very happy living here" running through me.


That is EXACTLY what happened to us. We are not only happy, but freaking out with happiness. So the fantasy began with the question: what would you do if you won the lottery and could do anything. And the answer was that we would live in Sebastopol California,

But we didn't win the lottery.
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If *I* win the lottery, I'll hire you to live in Southern California and philosophize with me one night each month at 150% of your current salary.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Lobo, you rock.
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Http://youtu.be/YlUKcNNmywk
The title track to possibly the best rock album ever, top to bottom.
"Torture doesn't work" lol
Guess they forgot to tell Bill Buckley.

"...as we reason and love, we are able to hope. And hope enables us to resist those things that would enslave us."
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Yay, 'cuz we don't need another outsider coming here calling it Cali!


Yay, let's get rid of the "White Latinos" whilst we are at it as well!
Basically, Stoney stay out and Devious Get out!
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I was born in California. I also like visiting California. I just got married in Californa. Now my new wife also likes California. A lot.

We've spent the last three days fantasizing about moving to California.


I have it worse than you stone, I don't even HAVE a tenured position to worry about but I also don't have a degree in anything that might be usable in California.

But one more New England winter and by God I am seriously thinking about it.
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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On Sep 13, 2014, Salguod Nairb wrote:

I have never liked that song.


Rightfully so. Especially when you realize that it's pretty much true to life.
I like the song. But I don't like the character singing it.
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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On Sep 15, 2014, Devious wrote:
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On Sep 14, 2014, Tom Cutts wrote:
Yay, 'cuz we don't need another outsider coming here calling it Cali!


Yay, let's get rid of the "White Latinos" whilst we are at it as well!
Basically, Stoney stay out and Devious Get out!


I remember doing a musical in New York. At one point, we were rehearsing at Columbia University, way uptown. In the men's room, the stalls were covered in graffiti from "light" Latinos and "dark" Latinos ragging on each other!
"There's no time to lose," I heard her say.
"Catch your dreams before they slip away."
"Dying all the time, lose your dreams and you could lose your mind.
Ain't life unkind?"
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