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I would have said that too, Murray, but I've been ... had the sense of humour, mannerisms.. everything but the religion.

Do I detect a pondian difference? How do you mean "ticked off"? Left Pondians use it to replace "*** off" in polite company.

To be ticked off means to be rebuked, hauled over the coals, put on the carpet.
At least that's what it means here.

Steve Hayes from Tshwane, South Africa
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Do I detect a pondian difference? How do you mean "ticked off"? Left Pondians use it to replace "*** off" in polite company.

To be ticked off means to be rebuked, hauled over the coals, put on the carpet. At least that's what it means here.

Here, too. Also 'told off'.

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Robin Bignall
Quiet part of Hertfordshire
England
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Briefly, Reform Jews supposedly believe in God and an afterlife,

I don't think I've ever heard of belief (or at least any particular belief) in an afterlife as a tenet ... to be no mention of this, nor does there appear to be in the current (1999) "Statement of Principles" http://www.us-israel.org/jsource/Judaism/refprin99.html ...

The last point under the heading "God" is "We trust in our tradition's promise that, although God created us as finite beings, the spirit within us is eternal."
When I regularly went to Reform services and religious school, that is, till 1979, this point was almost never mentioned, so maybe it was a red herring for me to bring it up.

Jerry Friedman
Even if we assume that only half are retirees (hey, Florida's a nice place to live)

It is one of life's mysteries why so many people choose a hot, humid climate to retire to.

One word, Rob. Golf.
Yes, you can play golf in Arizona (though it should be illegal there), but I assume it's a lot harder to get a time and more expensive than in Florida.
Here in Australia, many old people choose to retire to Queensland. Later, many of them regret it when they realise ... choose, I'm sure I'd opt for somewhere like Southern California. I like warm, but it's got to be dry warm.

How do you feel about overwhelmingly expensive? Not that South Florida is all that cheap or anything.

Jerry Friedman
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It is one of life's mysteries why so many people choose a hot, humid climate to retire to.

One word, Rob. Golf. Yes, you can play golf in Arizona (though it should be illegal there), but I assume it's a lot harder to get a time and more expensive than in Florida.

Not at all, from what I hear...in the summer, any time between 9am and 4pm is pretty much yours for the asking..r
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It is one of life's mysteries why so many people choose a hot, humid climate to retire to.

One word, Rob. Golf. Yes, you can play golf in Arizona (though it should be illegal there),

Because of the water shortage, I assume.
but I assume it's a lot harder to get a time and more expensive than in Florida.

But a better place to live in, for about 100 reasons. Florida is a dump, not worth living in regardless of the prices charged.
Here in Australia, many old people choose to retire to ... I like warm, but it's got to be dry warm.

How do you feel about overwhelmingly expensive?

I don't find San Diego overwhelmingly expensive. San Francisco, New York, London, and Dublin impress me that way, but not San Diego. I could rent a house in the best part of the city, La Jolla, for less than a thousand a month I was told when I visited there recently. Try to do that in any part, let alone the best part, of the others.
Charles Riggs
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