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Old 12-07-2005, 02:15 PM   #21
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Moving on to more unpleasant subjects:
So - leaving dreams of Club Med off the table for the moment - what the heck does a New Orleans' transplant do up here on 'da Plains' in winter
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How about sell out and go back to Houston, San Antonio, Corpus Christi, or Baton Rouge or Lafayette? Even College Station, or Shreveport. Socially it isn't NO for sure,* but that may be good all things considered.

The North is not just cold and dark, it is dangerous too. Traffic is hazardous enough in good weather, ice and snow make it worse.

These guys are right, you do adjust. I think many people on this board could adjust to The Gulag.

The question is, do you really want to? You are pretty close to social security. Consider doing what feels good. My 2 cents.



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Re: Winter in Yankee Land?
Old 12-07-2005, 03:12 PM   #22
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Well I disagree with Ha. Too many changes in one year. Stay put. Check out winter life. The world slows down. And start a project in the basement.
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This will be my 1st and hopefully last winter in my northeast home since I retired. When I went off to work in past winters, I set my thermostat to 63F unless my tenant was at home sick. Now that I am at home during the day, I still haven't changed the thermostat setting so right now in the LR is 60F. Heck, if it will save me $10 to $15 a day, I'll wear a hat and jacket when I start to feel cold.

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DW and I are at odds on the thermostat most of the time. *She is a warm blooded California girl and likes it warm, I am a midwesterner who likes it cooler. *We keep it around 65 most of the time but raise it if company comes over.
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I have to agree with Martha stay put unless you are really miserable. But then I live in Ontario, Canada and am a few years younger than you UM. If you like music build yourself a high quality tube amp or two to put in the basement and add in some exercise equipment.

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Old 12-07-2005, 04:09 PM   #25
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I agree. I wear a full face balaclava

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although I did see a guy pass out in a pile of it after consuming too much ouzo.

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Old 12-07-2005, 04:14 PM   #26
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Winter is the time for projects.* UM wants a project.

Build a workshop in the basement and create an overly complicated device to accomplish some meaningless task.
Enter the Rube-Goldberg contest?* http://www.rube-goldberg.com/

Cover all the walls with pegboard and gather items to hang on the pegs.

Paint the basement floor with interesting colors.*

Me--I am doing "mission organization" in our overcrowded basement.* I like working on stain glass windows.* I am thinking about building a radio controlled boat.* I am going to repaint the bedroom walls.*

And I like to play outside too--if above 0.

EDIT:* I had another thought. You could take Christmas lights and poke them through the holes in pegboard to make an interesting design.* Use as a lighting source for the basement.* *

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I'm going to Texas to fish, boat, drink bourbon and think deep
thoughts. All the stuff I would do here if it was warmer.
Texas.............I wasn't born there but I got there as quick as I could
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Old 12-07-2005, 04:19 PM   #27
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MJ, I agree about resiliency. Body can definitely adjust - I remember when I started bicycle commuting first year I was drawing the line at 40F, next year it was down to 30F and now I have no set limit.
The key for me was a good full face balaclava and a lot of layers.

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In my "biker days" (long lamented) I drew the line around 50
degrees. I could ride colder but it just was not comfortable.
Of course, we're talking 60 MPH. You know what is worse
though? Wind! I used to hate that.

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Old 12-07-2005, 04:30 PM   #28
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I'm going to Texas to fish, boat, drink bourbon and think deep
thoughts. All the stuff I would do here if it was warmer.
Of your four planned Texas activites, only bourbon drinking and theep dinking make any sense at the moment. It's 32 in deep South Texas and pardner, that's mighty cold in these parts.


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Of your four planned Texas activites, only boubon drinking and theep dinking make any sense at the moment.* It's 32 in deep South Texas and pardner, that's mighty cold in these parts.


Maybe ............but it's balmy compared to here.

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Well I disagree with Ha.* Too many changes in one year.* Stay put.* Check out winter life.* The world slows down.* *And start a project in the basement.*
Martha, you are probably right. I wasn't thinking about the whole picture.

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3 to 4 inches of snow so far - googling - looking a sauna kits for the basement - I plan to skip the part where you run out naked and roll in the snow.

heh heh heh heh

Then again a plain old workshop might be more the ticket.
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3 to 4 inches of snow so far - googling - looking a sauna kits for the basement - I plan to skip the part where you run out naked and roll in the snow.

heh heh heh heh
Where I am from, everone has a sauna in the basement or a separate free standing sauna (pronouced sowna, never sahna). I skip the naked in the snow part too. And swatting with switches. Or jumping into the lake. Community nakedness is fine though.

[img width=750 height=453]http://www.whitehouseclub.demon.co.uk/jpgs/sauna.jpg[/img]
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Where I am from, everone has a sauna in the basement or a separate free standing sauna (pronouced sowna, never sahna). I skip the naked in the snow part too. Or jumping into the lake.
When I was in Copenhagen over 30 years ago, I remember going to a local sauna. After 10 minutes, I went out to a pool of ice cold water and jumped in. It was refreshing to say the least.
When I had a country house and land upstate NY about 7 years ago. In the beginning of May when the outside climate became warm and sunny, I used to sun myself on my pond's diving platform. When I got nice and hot from the sun, I would dive in to my pond for a swim. The pond was being fed by a stream with freezing cold water. That swim lasted no more than a few minutes as I was afraid that parts of me would shrivel up and drop off.

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In 1995 we moved to Iowa after 14 years in Phoenix. One of our first purchases was a hot tub for those winter months. It was money well spent.
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Which one of those 4 gents is Greg?
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Which one of those 4 gents is Greg?
I think the lead 2 are females. Bigger hips, no bald spot on the back of the head.
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I think the lead 2 are females. Bigger hips, no bald spot on the back of the head.
Yeah but I had to look twice to come to the same conclusion.* :P
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Duh?

I forgot the hot tub part - need to add that to my wish list. Pool table and perhaps some exercise equipment has been mentioned also. My lack of handyman skills has been mentioned relative to the workshop - but I have established a local volunteer for home theater/computer/electronic help/tutoring.

A boat in the basement is out of the question - due to door layout - a kayak perhaps?

heh heh heh

As for outdoors - so far I haven't seen one snowmoble - trailered or otherwise. Perhaps I'm to far south in MO.

Took the old GMC Sonoma out for practice - I haven't driven on snow and ice in thirty years - that was er ah fun - looks like a couple sandbags in back near the tailgate might be in order. It's nice to be in ER and drive out of curiousity rather than necessity.

So far - the Golden Retriever loves the snow - even he doesn't what to make of it.

P.S. - if I put a pin in Kansas City, MO and draw a 1-2 driving circle around it - what's out there Winter sports/entertainment wise?
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As for outdoors - so far I haven't seen one snowmoble - trailered or otherwise. Perhaps I'm to far south in MO.

If you only have 3-4 inches of snow, there isn't enough yet for snowmobiles. I think you are really too far south for snowmobile country.

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Which one of those 4 gents is Greg?
At least you didn't ask which "gent" was me.

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