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Old 08-17-2009, 05:07 PM   #41
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Where is that dentures in the tank story!
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Old 08-17-2009, 05:09 PM   #42
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About septic tanks and a well, I have lived in the suburb all my life and only recently learned about rural living when I bought my 2nd place in the high country. It is actually worry-free so far. There is nothing to fear.
Until you remove the cover....

Did I ever tell you about the 6 inch s**t snakes that are native to the Adirondacks?
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Don't worry about me! Interactions that may seem like a problem to you, are simply a non-problem for us.
Cool. Just wondering, since you are the couple who want separate houses. I, on the other hand, am not so confident after reading about how people act in the tight confine of an RV or boat. Time will tell, I guess.

Hmm... Just wondering if that could be one of the reasons for the abundance of second-hand RVs.
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When it comes to septic systems, there are no DIY projects.
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I, on the other hand, am not so confident after reading about how people act in the tight confine of an RV or boat. Time will tell, I guess.

Hmm... Just wondering if that could be one of the reasons for the abundance of second-hand RVs.
Can't speak for boats, but when it comes to an RV the idea is to be able to get to a location where you can get out and enjoy/sightsee/explore, not sit around inside the RV and irritate each other.
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Cool. Just wondering, since you are the couple who want separate houses. I, on the other hand, am not so confident after reading about how people act in the tight confine of an RV or boat. Time will tell, I guess.

Hmm... Just wondering if that could be one of the reasons for the abundance of second-hand RVs.
Probably is. I think that people who feel a little smothered already, or who have control issues or slightly combative interactions, might have a problem with RV's, boats, etc. Not to say that anyone here fits that description.

On the other hand, people who are kind and considerate to one another, who are intelligent, creative, and patient, and who do not fit the above descriptions, can probably manage to figure out their own happy resolutions to situations as they come up, or foresee and prevent them from coming up at all, pretty easily.
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Can't speak for boats, but when it comes to an RV the idea is to be able to get to a location where you can get out and enjoy/sightsee/explore, not sit around inside the RV and irritate each other.
Good point! But then, each to his own.....
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On the other hand, people who are kind and considerate to one another, who are intelligent, creative, and patient, and who do not fit the above descriptions, can probably manage to figure out their own happy resolutions to situations as they come up, or foresee and prevent them from coming up at all, pretty easily.
Umm... Perhaps an RV with two beds would be a good preventive measure. Just a personal precaution...
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Umm... Perhaps an RV with two beds would be a good preventive measure. Just a personal precaution...
Whether you choose to sleep in two beds or one seems pretty trivial. But hey, whatever floats your boat.... I think that probably you and your honey would need to talk about what you need. You know - - introspect, communicate. Listen. Be willing to go on your RV trip alone, or to begin with short RV trips to destinations you *both* like, for example.

But then, I can say that. Frank is one of the few men who truly loves browsing through antique shops! (Yes, I am SO lucky!).
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Whether you choose to sleep in two beds or one seems pretty trivial. But hey, whatever floats your boat....
Two beds or two separate houses... The more the merrier?

Actually, I cannot remember the last time I slept in the guest bedroom. Not that it didn't happen in the past, but didn't I post that I have aged mellowed more than my true age?
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...particularly if you have someone to do the driving and handling the drain hose. Oh, you still need to be the flagwoman with a walkie talkie to direct the backing operation.

Since I spent several years assisting with colonoscopies I might do better handling the drain hose !
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I just love the red and white awning ! Help ! I think I am turning into a Stepford SO that likes small spaces .
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I paid $2,200 for 6 months worth of dance lessons at Arthur Murray when I could easily have paid $400 for 6 months worth of group dance lessons at another school, but the Arthur Murray school has many more hot female instructors and a younger crowd. Discretionary spending! :0
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Since I spent several years assisting with colonoscopies I might do better handling the drain hose !
Gosh, what was I thinking?
I salute all people in the medical profession for what they do.
Just visiting relatives in hospitals and nursing homes took the joy of living out of me. It is too depressing for me.
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I paid $2,200 for 6 months worth of dance lessons at Arthur Murray when I could easily have paid $400 for 6 months worth of group dance lessons at another school, but the Arthur Murray school has many more hot female instructors and a younger crowd. Discretionary spending! :0
That sounds like a great way to handle your discretionary spending! After all, the point is to have fun!
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I paid $2,200 for 6 months worth of dance lessons at Arthur Murray when I could easily have paid $400 for 6 months worth of group dance lessons at another school, but the Arthur Murray school has many more hot female instructors and a younger crowd. Discretionary spending! :0
That may lead to even more discretionary expenses like dinners, theaters, etc... But while having fun, who's counting?
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Even the words discretionary spending mean different things to different people. For example, for us, travel is not discretionary...its mandatory. Otherwise both of us would go nuts, and we may never get to see our kids. That's part of living in an overseas, overcrowded, uncomfortable city (my opinion, not everyone will agree).

Our FIRE budget spreadsheet also contains two categories of "mad money": one that we call pocket money (his and hers) and one that we call hobby money (his and hers). We also have a travel budget, but like I said, that is not discretionary now, and likely won't be in FIRE either, due to our two kids being likely to live in disparate places.

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That may lead to even more discretionary expenses like dinners, theaters, etc... But while having fun, who's counting?
Yeah, thanks for reminding me. Before the said dinner, theater, etc., I first need to upgrade my car from an 8-year-old minivan because I don't think any of these dainty dancer types are going to want to be seen in a porky minivan.
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Gee! Though yours is still newer than my 95 minivan that I bought to haul the kids when they were little (they are 20 and 23 now), it may prevent you from having to worry about expanding your discretionary expenses, if that is a worry.

What's a single guy doing with a minivan, for god's sake?
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I rule this roost of one(other than Lucky the dog who dines as well as I do and sleeps on the same high thread count bedding). I spend money on whatever I want, no questions asked. This sounds rational to me.
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