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Old 08-09-2012, 07:33 PM   #21
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I know zip about SS since I won't qualify for it, but I loved the highly original thread title.

If you wait a few years, your wine is usually better - maybe that's the key; wait a few years and your SS benefit will be higher?

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Old 08-09-2012, 08:35 PM   #22
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DW wants me to hold off on taking SS as long as possible. Here's her logic. When we retired I convinced her to drink Woodbridge instead of Kendall Jackson or Poully fusse. She has been going back to Kendall Jackson but said that once I drop dead and she gets the higher SS she is going right back to Poully Fusse. Hmmmm!
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Old 08-09-2012, 09:12 PM   #23
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I suggested the use of bacon instead of wine as bait because there was no bite for 3 hours after the OP cast her line, and I could not really answer her question. Then, suddenly wine drinkers came out of the closet. Good, good... Not all of us are teetotalers. I like it!

Talk about wine budget, it helps that my wife does not drink, let alone choosing between Pouilly-Fuissé and Trader Joe's Special. She only drinks water, not even soft drink. I drink more of the cheap wines myself. I save the money to indulge in the stronger stuff of 80-proof once in a while, you know?
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If you wait a few years, your wine is usually better - maybe that's the key; wait a few years and your SS benefit will be higher?

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Aged wine and aged SS. Sounds like a good combination ...
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I dunno about SS, but some wine bottles just turn into vinegar if you age them. I dunno...
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I dunno about SS, but some wine bottles just turn into vinegar if you age them. I dunno...
Only if you don't expose them to heat (streaks on the cork), light (use dark bottles, if red wine), and "impurities" (like the government using SS funds for things other than SS ).

And if it turns to vinegar? If it's from Modena (Italy), the vinegar is valued more than the wine it came from (assuming it has been aged properly) ...
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Modena balsamic vinegar may be aged for longer than 25 years and sold in little fancy bottles, and costs as much as perfume. I just priced one such bottle of 0.1L or 3.4-fl.oz. on the Internet at $190. I don't know about trying something like that, but I need to remind myself that before I croak, I have to step up a bit from the imitation industrially produced balsamic vinegar that I use for routine cooking.

Talk about aging wine and vinegar for enhancement like the above might just induce the extreme delayed-gratification types to want to age their SS even beyond the age of 70 if the benefit would keep increasing. Yes, delay it until you are 90, and you will get a whole lot more. Why doesn't the SS administration allow that?
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