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LIVING IN TERLINGUA

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Offline DC6080

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LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« on: October 07, 2009, 07:57:59 PM »
There was a portion of the "Ghost Town: 24 Hours in Terlingua" that recently attracted my attention. One of the residents sitting on the Starlight "porch" was talking about someone poorer being as happy as someone that is rich. He then mentions that he and his wife Sherry "live in the ruins over there" as he points to the north and the camera shows the restored ruins of La Posada Milagro, "...for $75 a month." I thought that these were for short-term and vacation stays only. Are there any "ruins" that are actually for sale in Terlingua???

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Offline rgibson

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Re: LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« Reply #1 on: October 08, 2009, 07:24:17 AM »
None for sale.  Bill Ivey, who owns the Ghostown, rents the buildings and folks who live there or have business fix them up.  If they move, all improvements remain.

Wife overheard this conservation in Ghostown from a Turon, "I do not think I have ever seen as many partially started homes in my life."

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Re: LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« Reply #2 on: October 08, 2009, 02:16:35 PM »
I swear, if I could get a decent job in Terlingua or BB, I'd move out there in a HEARTBEAT and never look  back.

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Re: LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2009, 02:29:05 PM »
The key is to not care if you have a "decent" job.  Just be happy and forget the money crap.  It takes so little to live.  We fall into what everyone else thinks is correct.

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Offline Casa Grande

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« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2009, 03:17:49 PM »
The key is to not care if you have a "decent" job.  Just be happy and forget the money crap.  It takes so little to live.  We fall into what everyone else thinks is correct.

isn't that the truth?

However, "so little to live" is very relative.

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Re: LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2009, 03:48:46 PM »
The key is to not care if you have a "decent" job.  Just be happy and forget the money crap.  It takes so little to live.  We fall into what everyone else thinks is correct.

A job that pays the bills is what I meant by decent. I'd be a very happy camper living in that area.

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Offline Frogdown

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Re: LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2009, 04:40:04 PM »
To be honest - I think taking a family there could be pretty rough.  A couple or a single person could make it far more easily.

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Offline Dinohunter

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Re: LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2009, 05:13:44 PM »
Very Very true. Thankfully it would just be me.

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Re: LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2009, 08:51:10 PM »
The key is to not care if you have a "decent" job.  Just be happy and forget the money crap.  It takes so little to live.  We fall into what everyone else thinks is correct.

Indeed.  As the great philosopher Mick Jagger once said:

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You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
You can't always get what you want
But if you try sometimes you might find
You get what you need

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Offline DC6080

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Re: LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2009, 12:01:49 PM »
I agree with what everyone is saying, especially moving "out there in a heartbeat". I feel the same way, but I'm stuck in the "big city" for now. I have 5 acres, but can't build on it right now. The "ruins" got my attention because of the cheap price, but I don't see much sense in fixing something up that you can never own!

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Offline Mama Crow

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Re: LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« Reply #10 on: January 16, 2010, 02:03:53 AM »

To be honest - I think taking a family there could be pretty rough.  A couple or a single person could make it far more easily.



I am responding to another old thread, but this really piqued my interest. 

Seeing how I am already thinking of making the move ... I need to know more of the realities before I take the leap.  I have weighed the pros and cons in my own mind, and I don't have rose-colored glasses on, but I am open to hear what others have to say.

I think in order for a person to make a good decision they need to be aware of all the alternatives and circumstances.

So in your opinion, what would be the downside of moving a family there? 





 
"The world breaks everyone and, afterward, some are strong at the broken places." - Ernest Hemingway

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Re: LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« Reply #11 on: January 17, 2010, 09:29:51 PM »
Before you do anything else you need to talk with Chisos Muse from this group. She and her fella Jon moved out there a few years back.  She is one tough cookie and independant  and her lesson is reality is the same where ever you are.
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Re: LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« Reply #12 on: January 17, 2010, 09:48:56 PM »
Some of the locals will have to weigh in, but areas of concern for families as I see them are education, health care, food availabilty, jobs, etc. The school system does the best they can with the limited resources they have. Except for a clinic in Lajitas run by a P.A. and a clinic where a doctor and nurse come down once or maybe twice a month, there is not much in the way of health care in the area. The closest hospital is in Alpine. Presidio may have a doctor or two, but that's about it. The local food stores have more food now than in the past, but they are still limited. Again, gotta drive up to Alpine or Fort Stockton for "big city" style grocery and department stores. There are not a lot of good paying jobs out there, so it helps if you already have a source of income lined up. If the kids (or parents) are not used to the geographic (and sometimes social) isolation out there, they could be in for a difficult transition.

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Re: LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« Reply #13 on: January 18, 2010, 09:46:31 AM »
If the kids (or parents) are not used to the geographic (and sometimes social) isolation out there, they could be in for a difficult transition.

 To say the least. If you are lined to do the move, what basic consideration would dicitate is to ponder your daughters interests, it will be very tough on them if they come from a very sociable,crowded,easy access to many amenities that you take for granted. Just let them know where you are heading,visit the area...thuroughly and make your call.

  Most of us here love the isolation, but i will be honest too, i for one still like to come back to some civilization of some sort. Chisos Muse can give you a hands on experience of the way of living in the area, and it's hardships.
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Offline Mama Crow

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Re: LIVING IN TERLINGUA
« Reply #14 on: January 18, 2010, 09:00:52 PM »
Mr. Frogdown ... I enjoyed our visit yesterday ... thank you.

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"The world breaks everyone and, afterward, some are strong at the broken places." - Ernest Hemingway

 


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