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Old 09-04-2015, 11:26 PM   #41
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You guys are awesome!
Since many of you had/have kids... I'm happy my daughter is peeing by herself as of a couple days ago . I'd take a 5% drop in NW in exchange for that all day long

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Old 09-05-2015, 12:02 AM   #42
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I'm happy that I'm down to a year and 8 months until ER. Happy I'm still in love with DH. Happy we have already bought our next home and that we are both excited over the transition and eager to move on to our new town and our new more carefree lives. Grateful for friends and family. Relieved that fall is coming and that it has started to rain. Really happy that the wildfires are starting to settle down.

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Old 09-05-2015, 01:03 AM   #43
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A couple of weeks ago I moved 3 yrs expenses from portfolio to cash. Had a small twinge of clicker's remorse upon submitting the trade at Vanguard, thinking perhaps I'd overdone it a bit. Fast forward and here I am just grinning in the mirror at my fortunate timing! (Receiving negative results on a prostate biopsy didn't hurt my feelings much either.) Feeling pretty darned content amidst all the market angst.

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I'm quite happy to be done with a routine colonoscopy this morning where they found nothing at all!

Good news! On the other hand I once went in for a brain scan and they also found nothing. DW was not at all surprised... ;-D

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Old 09-05-2015, 05:03 AM   #44
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I'm happy that I'm still working at a job I like very much, is intellectually stimulating, and pays me well for virtually no stress. I don't worry about market drops because of it right now.
All things in perspective: like many of you I have so much. . .especially when considering, for example, the horrible plight of the Syrian refuges across Europe.
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Old 09-05-2015, 06:13 AM   #45
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I'm happy that my son will finish college with two degrees this fall and has decided to look for work in our state. I'm happy my garden did so well this year. I'm happy I don't have to spend down some of my taxable portfolio until next year, even though I spent about $60K on remodeling and new flute and music stuff in the last 12 months. I'm happy that it's almost fall, and the night are cooler. I'm happy to be alive without major illness so far.

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Old 09-05-2015, 07:42 AM   #46
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I am happy that our new house in Scottsdale is done (a month early!), that I signed the papers for the sale of the old house in Denver (closing next week) and that I cancelled the auto pay for my mortgage! That's more house payments ever!

Possessions are on a truck winging there way southward. Now need to sell the old Scottsdale house and we are set. Think I'll play golf this morning.
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Old 09-06-2015, 11:41 PM   #47
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i'm happy that I'm ahead of the s/p 500 indes and I'm happy that I'm playing senior softball tuesday morning!
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Old 09-07-2015, 05:11 PM   #48
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I'm happy to see another birthday come and go. My late husband only made it to age 50 years and 8 months. Even after almost 11 years since he passed suddenly, it all still seems so damn unfair that he did not get to retire and turn grey.
I am grateful that his pension and medical benefits allowed me to FIRE at age 48 before my health deteriorated from the w*rk stress. I have done a lot of good things in his memory with some of the money.

Fast forward to present...I am grateful that Mr B and I found each other for our "second" lives. We are truly compatible. I joke around and call us "Ma and Pa Kettle" when we hang around the house and watch baseball together. I'm a retired engineer, he's a retired accountant. It gets pretty damn funny.

I am grateful for my gardening buddy and my lady friend up north. We are all single without local family, so we are kind of on our own. I'm the center post in the tent. It's nice to know that 4 single people have each other to call upon no matter what.

Market ? What market ?
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Old 09-07-2015, 05:19 PM   #49
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I'm happy about my new kitten, Roscoe! He's very rowdy, and does all the cute things that kittens do! ImageUploadedByEarly Retirement Forum1441667971.563266.jpg
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Old 09-07-2015, 05:30 PM   #50
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Good argument for skipping the survivor benefit, i dont want Mr B enjoying my pension...

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Old 09-07-2015, 07:42 PM   #51
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The things that really count--family, friends, and health are all great, but given that this thread is tied to the falling stock market, I'm happy to have enjoyed the tumble through my holding of VIXY. Yes, in time it will fall, but that's where options come in.
Oh yeah, then there's those other stocks
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Old 09-08-2015, 05:18 AM   #52
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Sorry, but after reading all of these Sarah's new kitten tops the list for me. Happiness is indeed a new kitten in my book!! Enjoy, Sarah!
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:34 AM   #53
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I always say I'm the luckiest person in the world for 3 reasons...they are: 1. Health, if I don't have it nothing else matters. three friends started their business life together years couldn't give up sugar, died a diabetic, the 2nd couldn't stop smoking, he died of lung cancer. I'm still here and have my health. have a great family, we love and support each other. 3. I have enough assets to put food on the table, a roof over my head and not worry about money....even with a severe market turndown.

NOW.......if YOU have these same 3 things, YOU are also the luckiest person in the world.......and, I wish all of you the same luck I'm enjoying.
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Old 09-08-2015, 06:41 PM   #54
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I am grateful for the wisdom of Warren Buffet (in 1994):

We will continue to ignore political and economic forecasts, which are an expensive distraction for many investors and businessmen. Thirty years ago no one could have foreseen the huge expansion of the Vietnam War, wage and price controls, two oil shocks, the resignation of a president, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, a one-day drop in the Dow of 508 points, or treasury bill yields fluctuating between 28% and 17.4%.

But, surprise--none of these blockbuster events made the slightest dent in Ben Graham's investment principles. Nor did they render unsound the negotiated purchases of fine businesses at reasonable prices. Imagine the costs to us, then, if we had let a fear of unknowns cause us to defer or alter the deployment of capital. Indeed, we have usually made our best purchases when apprehensions about some macro event were at a peak. Fear is the foe of the faddist, but the friend of the fundamentalist.

A different set of major shocks is sure to occur in the next 30 years. We will neither predict these nor to profit from them. If we can identify businesses similar to those we have purchased in the past, external surprises will have little effect on our long-term results.

Stock prices will continue to fluctuate--sometimes sharply-and the economy will have its ups and owns. Over time however, we believe it is highly probable that the sort of businesses we own will continue to increase in value at a satisfactory rate.
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