For the past several months i have been unemployed, normally this would be very hard on people especially my age. When one works for the railroad industry you can purchase job insurance from an outside company, which i did many years ago. It helps but is nothing like a full paycheck. the only reason I have brought this up, was because I have made a few trips to MS to visit a person i met on this site, unfortunately that did not work out and back in Mi again for awhile. While i was there I have met very friendly people for all walks of life and they also found me very friendly. i also drove around too look at various sites with no real set agenda and I found the state to be very beautiful to live. So that is my plan to move to MS hopefully in about 7 months. Making a major move at 56 scares me a lot. Financially speaking living in MS would be very cost effective. Should I not get my job back (union) because of all my injuries throughout my railroad career I can get full disability from them and with my VA disability should be able live alright.
When I was there, I went to 3 different catholic churches to meet people just to find out how life is in MS. What I found is that to get anywhere or get anything in MS, you must belong to a church. The people there treat family values as sacred, and family the same way. Even though i was from MI, once I started to meet some of people and attend some church functions i was also considered family which for me was very surprising and refreshing. i guess it gave me some hope for the human race after all, MS is part of the "bible belt" but i learned so much from the people there. i guess that's one of the reasons why I have chose to moved there. Another one is i have family in AL and FL which for me is not a far drive. i enjoy driving because it gives one the time to relax and reflect on life. i f possible I will try to find a job there also, there are many jobs available on the coast, you just have to be determined.
I welcome any and all comments from the forum. A small comment from a previous subject, i have currently lost about 70lbs since Jan by going gluten free and exercising.