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Old 10-17-2009, 01:37 PM   #41
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How Forums work - this is the first forum I ever joined (4+ years ago)

How FireCalc works - I found the forum through using FireCalc - can't remember how I found FireCalc

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How Annuities work and their problems

There are LOT's of LBYM'ers out there ready to share, and some of them are really nice folks, miserly with money but not so with advice, humor and friendliness.

A good place to share health issues, including Health Insurance and costs. This particular forum was not around originally but it is a great forum - thanks very much to Rich for agreeing to moderate this.

And finally, thank you to all the moderators, they devote much time and effort to keeping the forums well regulated.
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I learned that despite what mainstream media likes to say, there are real people who retire successfully without having a millions of dollars.

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I like having a place where people talk openly about money and personal finances. I appreciate all the cost cutting tips. And the travel blogs and the photography posts.
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Old 10-17-2009, 02:31 PM   #43
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... older people are no different from younger people, they like food, they like diversions, and they like sex...
How true! One would be lying if he said otherwise. Or he has some other problems. Ahem.

I still have not frequented nor even lurked at any other forum. However, I have recently spent some time scanning full-time RV'er blogs. Initially, it was for their travel experience, but some also have interesting philosophical viewpoints. Two years ago, I surfed the Web mainly for technical info in my field of work, and to read articles published by "established" media sources.

I am glad to see that many members here are still avid readers of books, either in printed or electronic forms. For in-depth discussions and reflections, books cannot be beat and will be with us for a while.
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Old 10-17-2009, 03:15 PM   #45
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Wow, that was amazingly out of context, RonBoyd, from my post which follows:
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Oh, sure! Well, as a group we might be here forever.Like anywhere, individual members do come and go - - but as much as I miss those who have left us, I really do appreciate some of the articulate, intelligent, insightful, and even funny "new" folks who have shown up during the time I have spent here.

I think the Bogleheads board is a fantastic resource and I read there a lot. In fact, I discovered this board from a mention on the M* Vanguard Diehards board, from which Bogleheads branched off like a Phoenix when the need arose. So these forums seem like brothers, sisters, and offspring in a sense.
In over a quarter century of reading message boards and usenet posts, I believe that is the most out of context quote I have ever seen!
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...But what I found most astonishing was that 50-yr old and up to 70-yr old men, and women too, still think obsessively about sex like a bunch of teenagers. Well, at least they talk like they do.

It took me a while to get used to it, but I initially thought "What a bunch of horny geezers!".
Hey, I resemble that remark!

Oh the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees...
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Some are talkers and some are doers. Oops, wrong saying.
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Hey, I resemble that remark!

Oh the birds and the bees and the flowers and the trees...
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I'm still trying to shake the fact that I am considered a horny geezer at the age of 51....
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Another thing this forum does for yours truly is it triggers me to go research terminology I've never heard of and financial subjects I had previously encountered in my investment books but just kinda skipped over.
I've always been an avid life long learner type, and this site has motivated me to rekindle that natural curiosity.
I was stuck in a bureaucratic j*b for way too long and really felt my mind idling from not being challenged anymore. Not so here!
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I've learned how to cook perfect wings ( thanks Connie ) and Brewer , I have been listening every time you speak about bonds so thank you for some great hints . I 've also got to look at travel outside the box and I really can see the RV draw . Thank you everyone !
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Could be an interesting poll there, but there would be too many choices and someone deserving would get left out no doubt...
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....that DW and I are not weird because we think it is shortsighted and foolish to finance every "I wanna..." with credit cards and home equity loans, and we think Zero Debt is a good place to be, not an opportunity to take out more loans.

....many others are dealing with what to do about elderly parents who refuse to recognize that what worked last year isn't going to work anymore.

....no one else has an economic crystal ball either.

....watch what amounts to debates over what's the most cost-effective and efficient way to have fun.
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I wish my non cyber friends were as entertaining as all of you folks....!
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I learned I have nothing to say on this forum if I don't get out there in the real world. Or is it that I have nothing to say. Where to edit that first sentence? Less is more?
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I learned I have nothing to say on this forum if I don't get out there in the real world. Or is it that I have nothing to say. Where to edit that first sentence? Less is more?
True! I also realized I have less to say since I stopped reading the WSJ and Business Week. Business Week is now crap, but maybe it is time to look at the journal again.
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True! I also realized I have less to say since I stopped reading the WSJ and Business Week. Business Week is now crap, but maybe it is time to look at the journal again.
Oh! That's interesting. I wasn't paying attention and didn't notice that I, too, have found, since ending up here, that almost (if not all) the magazines I previously found worthwhile are now in the "crap" file -- and the list is extensive. I have, during that same time, placed the online equivalents (MarketWatch, Morningstar, etc) into that same bin. The quality (and, I might add, the diversity) of the discussions here put everything found elsewhere in the 101 category.
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I wish my non cyber friends were as entertaining as all of you folks....!
Well, we have members from all walks of life, different life experiences, and even different cultures, like yourself.

Sometimes, in trying to be entertaining, we may accidentally offend, like I might have just done with the term "horny geezers".

Don't know about horny, but I have said that though I look young in person, I mentally age before my time. I wonder about my body too. I drive like a geezer (55 mph on the freeway that allows 65), and actually dislike talks about speed, fast cars, motorcycles, bicycles, etc... You didn't see me participate in any of those threads. I don't like loud music. Rock music upsets me.

I AM a geezer before my time. Not proud of it or anything, just stating the fact.
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I'm still trying to shake the fact that I am considered a horny geezer at the age of 51....
I just ignored it.

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Cuppa: What do you mean? I donīt see the connection between your post and mine?
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