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Old 10-23-2014, 07:14 AM   #21
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I'd like to be lucky enough to limit out on squirrels for the day within the next few weeks.
I've eaten squirrel but I have trouble eating something that looks like a skinned rat. The amount of meat is also pretty meager. Rabbit is the way to go IMHO. You get more meat and I think tastier meat than squirrel.

We've started seeing black squirrels in our back yard. I've not seen those before.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:18 AM   #22
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I'd eat a squirrel if brewer12345 prepared it.

He'd shoot me otherwise, and I don't want that.
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Old 10-23-2014, 07:48 AM   #23
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Yup, most people on this blog are lucky. I recently went to a HS re-union, 10% didn't come because the invitations went out on the internet......this 10% wasn't even hooked up. And, SS if you've made a good living and waited until you receive full benefits work out to over $22.00 hr, when compared to full time employment, for DW and I. .....not all bad! Today, some jobs start out around $10.00 hr so many of us on SS have it pretty good. But.....I'm most thankful for health and family......mine are great! Finally, most make their own luck......I wasn't the smartest bulb at school or in my family......I did, however, work as hard or harder than others and to some degree made my own luck......just got off the treamill watching CNBC......excercise, I hope, will help keep me lucky!
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Yup, most people on this blog are lucky. I recently went to a HS re-union, 10% didn't come because the invitations went out on the internet......this 10% wasn't even hooked up. And, SS if you've made a good living and waited until you receive full benefits work out to over $22.00 hr, when compared to full time employment, for DW and I. .....not all bad! Today, some jobs start out around $10.00 hr so many of us on SS have it pretty good. But.....I'm most thankful for health and family......mine are great! Finally, most make their own luck......I wasn't the smartest bulb at school or in my family......I did, however, work as hard or harder than others and to some degree made my own luck......just got off the treamill watching CNBC......excercise, I hope, will help keep me lucky!
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I've eaten squirrel but I have trouble eating something that looks like a skinned rat. The amount of meat is also pretty meager. Rabbit is the way to go IMHO. You get more meat and I think tastier meat than squirrel.

We've started seeing black squirrels in our back yard. I've not seen those before.
Or step it up to pheasant .... delicacy IMO
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I've eaten squirrel but I have trouble eating something that looks like a skinned rat. The amount of meat is also pretty meager. Rabbit is the way to go IMHO. You get more meat and I think tastier meat than squirrel.

We've started seeing black squirrels in our back yard. I've not seen those before.
I like rabbit, too, although the biggest Fox squirrels approach the size of mountain cottontails. More to the point, I am a mixed bag hunter. If it is legal game and looks tasty, I will try to bag it. I draw the line at skunks, coyotes and weasels, but the raccoon I saw last week was lucky he was not in season til November.
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Eesh, Brewer, our local vet informed us that all raccoons in the U.S. carry rabies. But he is on the East Coast, so maybe it's not true in your area?

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I'd say the people on this Board made their own luck.
I would agree if they are FIREd. Hard work, good planning and taking advantage of opportunities...
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I've had acquaintances tell me (always in front of others) that I am "just" lucky to have ERed. I usually just smile and say....you have no idea how lucky I am! But in reality my luck was fear. I was afraid my employer at my career job would figure out I was unworthy and started saving as much as i could right away (just in case) and the habit stuck.
But, I also always worked hard and watched my back carefully...in mega pharma management you better watch your back - there is always a line of stabbers behind you! It's not paranoia if it's true !
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Eesh, Brewer, our local vet informed us that all raccoons in the U.S. carry rabies. But he is on the East Coast, so maybe it's not true in your area?

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They cannot all have rabies or there would be no raccoons left. They are carriers in general, though, as are skunks, coyotes, dogs, foxes, etc. If I get a raccoon, the meat would just be a bonus to the hat I would have made.

Then again, supermarket chicken is loaded with salmonella and campylobacter, pork carries trichinosis and a virus wiped out enough piglets to impact pork supply, and Gawd knows what is in feedlot beef (I can imagine). I will take my chance with raccoons, squirrels, rabbits, etc. If I am lucky enough to bag a deer this winter there is a chance that it could have CWD, but at least I can get it tested before I eat it. Try that with whatever you get at your local supermarket.
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I've had acquaintances tell me (always in front of others) that I am "just" lucky to have ERed. I usually just smile and say....you have no idea how lucky I am! But in reality my luck was fear. I was afraid my employer at my career job would figure out I was unworthy and started saving as much as i could right away (just in case) and the habit stuck.
But, I also always worked hard and watched my back carefully...in mega pharma management you better watch your back - there is always a line of stabbers behind you! It's not paranoia if it's true !
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I do consider myself lucky!

I am lucky my middle-class parents taught us LBYM and staying out of debt.
I am lucky to have my parents and aunt as examples of how to retire early.
I am lucky that my parents, with help from grandma, were able to put my through college without any debt.

But then:

I started investing the max in my 401(k) the minute I got a job, and have been doing that for 23+ years (not to mention other savings)
I have never had a car that cost me more than $25K
Although we travel and enjoy eating out nicely once in a while, everything we do is under the LBYM mantra.

I am lucky that we are able to do all of these things, but discipline and a plan are necessary too!
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Fear has lot to do with it....we may be ashamed to admit it....
I was hungry once and don't intend to be again. I also came close to losing my house in foreclosure. I don't intend to go there again. I've not had anything really bad actually happen. My financial difficulties all were cleared up relatively quickly but they definitely scared better financial behavior into me. I describe the house forclosure that I avoided as my "Scarlett O'hara Moment." After that, I vowed to never be poor again. That was safely over 30 years ago and I haven't been since. I'm not afraid to admit I was scared. I haven't been since then despite losing several jobs unexpectedly.
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Fear has lot to do with it....we may be ashamed to admit it....
In my case, a lot of the motivation was simply an acknowledgement that as we age our stock of human capital depletes over time. If you do not efficiently convert some of your human capital into financial capital as that happens, you are potentially up the proverbial creek.
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You don't need to retire at 80. Statistically you are dead.
You stole the words right out of my mouth.

But many posters here plan on living until 100.
This re-statement of what 'many posters' say is a pet-peeve of mine.

Please note, there is a BIG difference between 'plan on living until 100', and 'having a plan in case we live to 100'.

What you are saying is akin to saying that wearing your seat belt means you plan to get in a crash on that trip, rather than you wear it in case you get in a crash on that trip.

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Yes. According to this LE tool:

https://personal.vanguard.com/us/ins...etirement-tool

an 80 YO couple has a 7% chance of having one live to 100 (and 6% for the female alone). A much higher chance than getting into a crash on an individual trip, yet you don't laugh at people who wear seat belts, do you?

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There is nothing wrong with having financial plans to live till 100.

But don't wait till 80 to retire unless you love your work.

I have few things in my life I want to try out before I am 80 and they don't include working......
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Please note, there is a BIG difference between 'plan on living until 100', and 'having a plan in case we live to 100'.
The solution is obvious. When one reaches 80, stop using seat belts. Between the diminished driving skills and the unfastened seat belt, the chances of reaching 100 are greatly diminished, so no planning needs to be done.
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