A pivotal week.. We put her on the plane- I file for SS.
She was away most of the summer at an internship, then she had about 10 days to get it all together. Pack, buy the needed converters and learn to use her new Go Pro. To the DW and I she seemed to be moving in slow motion. The last couple of days have been stressful to say the least. I secretly was worried she would bail on this semester studying abroad; it is about as far away as you can get. Worse yet there is limited internet (simply barbaric eh?). We deposited her at the departing terminal, said the tearful goodbyes then circled the airport in case there was a last minute call -None came. The wife stayed up late so she could get the last text "I'm on the plane" in a distant US city for the long flight to a new experience. The Mrs asked me if I worry, I said what good would it do? (But yeah who wouldn't - thanks Liam Neeson) Over the years I've traveled the world with the job. I learned You have to be on your game and just be careful... I gave the advice that's all I can do.
I'm filing for SS in the next few days; yes it will be early. There's a number of reasons probably not the same as the average person but I'm not into being a conformist.
1) I suspect that at some not to distant time means based testing for SS will be implemented. I don't need to tell anyone there are those selling the hate the rich credo. I'm not by any means rich but when push comes to shove anyone making or having more then your average Kansas City bus driver is for them rich. If you've ever experienced the alternative minimum tax you know what I mean. It's bad enough SS is taxable but it will never be enough for the haters.
2) when I finally pull the pin on the job my SS will offset my health insurance premiums. The numbers are staggering and growing... $20k annually for health insurance for the 4 of us. DD graduates in May hopefully will land a job unless she goes to graduate school. I've read Aetna is bailing on the Obama care exchange business ... It can't be good
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