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Discussion in 'All Discussions' started by DawnPatrol321, Sep 30, 2016.
Happy to assist, buoyz
And, yah, try to 'Pump' that annual # up a bit, is good
ST. A: 7/11 - 7/15. Wifie-poo annual getaway (geographical viagra).
Chucktown/IOP: 8/20 - 8/23. Visiting one of the below mentioned Knucks n wife.
Hatteras: 10/17 - 10/24. Annual trip w/ college surf KnuckleHeads. Been doing this one annually since late 80's.
CR: 2/26 - 3/7/18. Semi-regular junket w/ several of the Knucks since '93.
Rinse n Repeat...
Oh, tomorrow early run south boot 23 miles w/ elder son. Regular routine, swell dependent of course...
Sao Miguel. It's amazing how relatively easy and cheap it is to get there and how so many people overlook or don't even know about them.
I always enjoy reading surf trip stories on here and seeing pictures. Despite being very envious of it, I do get off on the stoke of others. I also love the stories about picking up and relocating.
So I guess it's time to talk more about how ''I need to summer on Oahu'' because I basically am off work for almost all of May-early September, with the exception of a couple weeks. Every few months I kick around the idea. I don't have to be in Jersey during those months, save for a couple weeks in July. I make up for it by working 80-ish hour weeks from September-April.
My best friend also is in the same line of work and has time off. He lives/works out of California and then he comes to Jersey to visit me for the Summer and his 19 year old son who lives up here. His house is paid for, but he's made a deal with his brother that once he saves up $100K-$120K for a down payment, he will sell him his house and his brother will put that down for the down payment and the bank will loan him the rest. Since the house is paid off, he lets his brother live there rent free and it allows him to save money for the down payment. When he sells it to him, he should have over $500K in cash and I know he has a little more saved up in the bank, he makes quite a bit more than I do. He also had money from stocks in the past.
His new idea is to buy a condo on Oahu for us to spend our down time. That was my idea for the longest time, but I wouldn't be able to do it unless I sold my house here and then I'd still need some place to live in Jersey when I'm working in September-April. Whether it be renting or whatever. His idea is to maybe use the condo as a rental during the months we will be working and not using it, which should pay for the HOA feeds and taxes, etc. He'll obviously buy it in cash. I'm hoping to live that dream pretty soon. Been talking about it ever since my fiance and I split, but it looks like he might swoop in during the next year or two and get something. Just talking about it on here gets me stoked about it. I really love Oahu, but we've also thought that maybe we can find something cheaper in PR or CR or something? We'd like to stay in America or an American territory (PR).
Slater just purchased a pad on the North Shore for almost $ 8 mln.....perma-surf trekkin'......
Must be nice. I'd take a shack and be happy.
Kinda ironic considering Slater had his boarts & gear stolen x3 when he was staying at North Shore for Pipe Masters
He was jacked 3 times??? Didn't know that.
Probably Eddie Rothman's crew lol
Dang, that's some sh*t.
North shore is great place but drugs are a huge issue. Where there are drugs there is crime. You cannot leave a GD thing in your car. Flip flops (aka slippas), shoes, shirts, change - all will be gone. The parking lot for Pearl Harbor is Disney for thieves. So many tourists go there either to or from the airport with all their luggage only to come back to empty car!
With that being said I love the place. Just gotta be smart.
Eatswell - you can find semi affordable housing in the country on Oahu. couple of local hoods are affordable as well. You will be tested but once you pass all is well. Even though it's no secret spot I find the waves in and around the south shore to be fantastic. Not huge but fun as chit. Good luck
I actually wouldn't mind a condo near Waikiki. If he's gonna buy, the budget is probably $500k-$750k and maybe $800k in the high range. I actually wouldn't mind somewhere around Waikiki or Diamond Head. I don't really wanna get a place on the North Shore, although I'm sure we'd be open to it if the right place came along. Somewhere in decent driving distance to the North Shore would be great. Most of Oahu is pretty much just a couple hour drive from one side of the island to the other.
As far as cars once we get there, I'll probably leave all my stuff back in Jersey, where I'll need it during working months. I have a bike that I could have shipped over and get around on that, but I like to ride my bike in the Fall in Jersey sometimes. And I can't exactly transport surfborts on a street bike haha. I'd probably buy some POS beater, like a little Isuzu mini truck or something. It's definitely an idea that's been intriguing to me for years. With no wife or kids keeping me in Jersey for the months I don't work and no real commitment to having to be there during my offseason (except the two weeks in July), I don't know why the hell I haven't already done something like that. Mostly because I don't have the money for a place out there, without selling off my sh!t in Jersey. I'm pretty optimistic that it will happen one day!
I figure if worst comes to worse, in 8 years from now my house will be paid off and in 9 years from now I'll be 55. I always joke about moving to Leisure Village or one of the 55+ communities. Where the houses right now are anywhere from $100k-$150k. Then I can use the profit for a place out there for when I have my months off!
Ah yes, the dreams of young men!! Hawaii!! Panama!! Azores!! PR!! CR!!! DR!!
Face it boys - the vast majority of youz will remain right where you are for a variety of reasons (family, money, sickness) by the time you retire. And maybe, just maybe, some of you will develop "common sense" (aint too common, you know) and realize that even if you are healthy, the reasons you now want to move to those isles you romanticize, will have vanished. When I retired, I too thought of returning to my first home, PR. Money was there, wife was willing, daughter loved the idea to come there to visit, etc. But why go there--been there, done that. Waves get very big in PR (Tres Palmas , etc) and I really love large wave surfing,......but...........how often does the place break at that size?? At what age will it be forbidding?
Decided to travel there (if I feel up to it) when it breaks big--view on computer, catch flight, surf, return home. I live 2 hrs away from granddaughter and daughter, wives family, etc. Bought a nice home near beach here in NH, surf is here also, with the additional challenge of cold water surfing (which I personally like).
And I don't have to move BACK to the USA when I get tired of it. Which all humans do. Those that remain away as expats, simply cannot afford the trip back--they bought a "one-way" ticket. Unknowingly, for the most part......
Advise--be more realistic in your dreams--living in a vacation spot, and going on vacation to that same spot, are horses of a different color. Been there, done that. Caveat Emptor.
There are some grains of truth to this but I will say this to those who have dreams... If it's pulling at you and it's all you can think about, keeps you awake night, day dream about it throughout the day, every day... then it's probably a real dream and is really something you should go for.
If it's just something that sounds nice but doesn't keep you up at night, and is nothing more then a passing thought or feeling, then it's not a big enough dream and you should be sure that's what you want. Crystallize that dream, you may change your path slightly but you end up with a driving force of a dream that motivates you to the point of doing it and being successful in your pursuit of happiness. Dream big and pursue your passion.
Interesting insights, Barry. Very. Curious as to why you chose NH....?
I owned a place in Nica. Before it was even a hole in the ground. One of the units at Hacienda Iguana, that condo bldg directly behind Playa Colorado. Spent 4+ yrs watching the Dutch developer di!ck around building my lovely 3 br, 3 ba 2nd floor condo. Nutbag Dale Dagger was my neighbor two doors down, btw.
Sold it less than a year after receiving the keys. One of the better days was when I was finally rid of that gig.
I will never own a place afar again, in the sense of a second home, whether it is in the USA or abroad.
Number one reason, Yankee = family.
Number 2 reasons = no income tax (financial)
Number 3 reason = surf can be real nice when we get a good swell. Surf crowds aint too bad other than summer, but even then, this ain't no surfing mecca (although Massholes think it is).
Other reasons -friends are mostly here; most NH people are assholes like myself, and last but not least, NH is my adopted home--I came here to go to College, met my bride and settled here. Quality of life here is excellent, even during the depths of winter.
I cannot complain; I have had a great life, from the start to present. I have been very lucky, very very lucky.
Why change it? ( Idid look into moving to Florida (Melbourne, Port St Lucie etc), but decide it is not for me.
Yes to all of that, if you are young and have funds to do so. Always leaving a door open to get home, a "return ticket" to home on the shelf ready to be grabbed and gone.
As you age, following dreams of grandeur are a fools game, especially if you leave too much behind (family, friends, wealth, etc). Were I single and no family, I would be living in a tree house, on the island I know where surf breaks and to date, is unknown. Just me and the bong, and my bimbo, of course.....
I like the tree house idea, and the bong / bimbo of course.
Hell I'm young and agree with Barry. The idea of living someplace like that seems great. But realistically I'd never do it. Maybe if my life took a turn for the worse and i had nothing to live for here at home. One of my best friends scored his dream job working for the UFC. Moved to Las Vegas about a year ago. Now he isnt a surfer so he wasn't losing surfing by moving. But he hates it. No family out there, some friends but not like the friends he has here. On paper it sounded great, dream job working in the same building as dana white and meeting all these fighters he grew up watching. But in reality, there's no place like home.
Iv played with the idea of living in the OBX ever since i first went as a 15 year old. I still think about it. And i do love it down there, but it's not NY. It's just diffrent. I don't think ill ever move off this long and beautiful island.
I'm originally from NY state, not 'lawn guyland.' I've always felt that it's kinda tough to live elsewhere if you grew up in NY. Reason being, there's just so much of everything that you're exposed to & you get used to, good & bad but mostly good stuff. You go elsewhere & it's a step down in nearly everything: food aspects, choices, diversity, cultural exposure, IQ.....
Not being arrogant. Have lived in London, Malibu, Connecticut, Manhattan, Brooklyn, Rochester & other places. Once a NYer always so in your soul. I don't miss it, but it is indelible.