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By on April 22, 2019 in Columnist with 0 Comments
Mike Cassidy

By Mike Cassidy


I was in a waiting room — in an age before iPhones and the games you can play on them — when looking around for something to occupy the next few minutes I spotted a magazine titled something like: Gold Panning Gazette.

Thumbing through it, it was fat with ads… pages and pages of ads. Since all of my various businesses have depended on advertising to some degree, I was immediately envious. 

“Really,” I thought, “how many gold panners can there be, and what can they buy from these advertisers beyond, well, a gold pan?”

But I also quickly remembered the truth of one of my favorite songs from the Eurythmics:

Sweet dreams are made of this
Who am I to disagree?
I travel the world and the seven seas
Everybody’s looking for something

It’s the selling of dreams that powers so many endeavors, from the thought of making it rich panning for gold along a secluded stream, to buying a lottery ticket to checking out websites for where you could be if you were not where you are now.

Here at The Good Life, we post all of our stories on our website (www.ncwgoodlife.com) and then track which stories are the most popular. 

The first and second most popular stories are about building a home near Coles Corner from used shipping containers, and the third is the good and bad experiences a local family had in moving to Costa Rica.

Now, honestly, almost none of us will build a house from slightly dented metal shipping containers, and equally, almost none of us will move our family to anywhere in Central America. 

It’s the dream though: “What am I doing living in an average house when I’m not an average person?” and “Wouldn’t it be cool to walk a new path?”

Which is all a long introduction to why we are running a story this month about a local couple’s making a winter trip to explore moving to Florida when they retire.

Everybody knows the greater Wenatchee area is the epicenter of retirement. A website called MoneyWise (moneywise.com) recently ranked Wenatchee as Number 1 in “Beautiful and Inexpensive Places to Retire in the U.S.” And, they were just one of many national publications to likewise applaud Wenatchee.

 Yet, this Florida story appeals to me, as a few years ago, my wife and I took a similar trip to the diagonally opposite corner of the U.S. — and what’s not to like, with beaches all around yet no snow in the winter. (Well, the drivers, that’s one thing: We were zipping down the freeway at 10 miles an hour above the speed limit when cars were weaving past us as if they were listening to salsa music and we were driving to the polka.)

It’s not that Florida is the answer, or indeed, anywhere else is the perfect answer about where to live. It’s the difference, it’s the dream, it’s the saying “what if?”

No matter where you are in life, the future is still in front of you. Keep dreaming and enjoy The Good Life.

— Mike

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