As many of you probably already know, I'm now in a position to go for job openings in many different locations. I'm having a lot of trouble narrowing this down without narrowing it down so much that I only end up going for a couple of openings. I want to tell you what's important to me and get some input on states that might be a good place to live based on that, if you wouldn't mind providing some opinions. First, I want warm weather in the winter- ok maybe not warm but I'd like to live in a coastal state that usually (not always) doesn't get below 45 degrees even in the winter. I love WA but it is too gray and rainy for me. Next, it has to be a coastal state. Then, ideally I'd move to a state where courts don't make my life harder due to difficult child's issues- he's 16yo old now. He'll probably be released from Department of Juvenile Justice sometime around his 17th b-day. I don't want to be treated like I'm the one on parole or get threatened with loss of custody or contempt of court if I can't make him meet his parole requirements- and they really do that in the state I'm currently in. Suggestions?? There are many openings in California but honestly, I'm not so sure that with their major budget issues, things for difficult child and me wouldn't be horrible out there, given his need for a "real" transition into the free world. Opinions?? Thoughts??