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Old 12-19-2007, 09:52 AM   #41
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If it isn't too personal, would you mind updating us on your story above? Did your relationship with your friends become strained, or did everything turn out fine?

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Old 12-19-2007, 12:16 PM   #42
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It is best not to feed trolls...


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Old 12-19-2007, 02:10 PM   #43
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Originally Posted by NotSoonEnough View Post
It is best not to feed trolls...
What kind of food do trolls eat?? I must be careful not to buy any.......
Consult with your own advisor or representative. My thoughts should not be construed as investment advice. Past performance is no guarantee of future results (love that one).......:)

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Old 12-19-2007, 02:23 PM   #44
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Al introduced his friends to the Beaver and they all lived happily ever after....THE END
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Old 12-19-2007, 03:01 PM   #45
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No, it didn't affect our relationship with our friends, and I've never detected any kind of jealousy or envy. Everything turned out fine.
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Old 12-19-2007, 03:22 PM   #46
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What's to feel guilty about? I worked in law enforcement for 29 years, worked weekly rotating shifts for 18 of them. Worked in fraud section, later morphed into computer crime/computer forensics which was a lot of fun - straight out of science fiction at the time. Got beat up a couple of times, stabbed with a knife, shot at once. 20-25% go out on permanent disability, 8 were killed. I feel lucky that I can still walk across the room and get myself a glass of water - I know some who can't.

Watched my pennies after divorce from spendthrift ex and in 14 years had a paid-for house, zero debt, and enough in deferred compensation savings. Married a bookkeeper who is more frugal than I am.

I'll admit I didn't pay attention to the agency's retirement benefits (at age 22 who does?) so that part was pure luck.

Hell, I EARNED it!
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Old 12-19-2007, 04:19 PM   #47
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Thanks, when I was looking up old threads for my train-wreck last week I remembered this one as a cautionary tale of lost friendship. When I saw that the reality was much more ambiguous it started bugging me. Glad to hear that I was just projecting my own fears.
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Old 12-19-2007, 11:45 PM   #48
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i have a friend who is comfortably ER-ed who just says "i'm unemployed".

according to him, at that point , people don't usually ask too many more questions :-)

If they get to know him better they eventually figure out
he's not interested in finding a new job (and is FIRE-ed)
but by then they don't seem to care much.

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