WOW! Great replies so far! I've always found Aussies to be nice and friendly, but I think I would really have to spend some time there before deciding to relocate there--it just seems so far away.
Montreal, as I mentioned earlier would be my first Canadian choice as Montrealers have always been friendly and outgoing. It has a very European flair and I think that may have something to do with their positive attitudes. Here in Toronto people are rather cold and unfriendly. Not many people take care of themselves physically and they spend most of their time tearing others down and worrying about what others think of them. It truly is a very sad city. There is a joke that goes "how can you spot the Canadian lobster in the pot of boiling water? He's the one pulling the escaping lobster back into the pot".
I've actually met quite a few nice people from Detroit and have been there a few times as I have relatives in Bloomfield Hills. The economy and crime in the city is another story--and don't get me started on Quaami!
The southwestern and southeastern US has always had my eye. I love the heat, the desert and the water. Palm Springs, Palm Desert--YES!!! Marina Del Ray---YES!!! Los Angeles--on the fence with this place. San Fran----YES!!!!
I love cajun food, jazz, blues and zydeco so Louisiana is a definate possibility.
I've really only been thinking about Florida as of late and that is primarily due to the folks I've had the opportunity to interact with on this forum who are from there. The more I think about it, though, the more I really want to go there. Perhaps I'll make Florida my first travel destination post surgery and experience it. Also, scanning through their want ads I've seen quite a few openings for my field.
I've often thought about New York in the past but that place is turning into God knows what! One can only imagine what one more terrorist attack will do to that city. Besides, at the rate that city is growing, I think it will eventually fall into the East River.
Still a lot of time to contemplate and dream