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Old 10-12-2008, 05:15 AM   #21
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Good things keep rolling along.

Dex is typing along well, even in a good mood!

I missed most of the hoopla, been off camping sans radio, tv.
Got in lots of Kayaking.
The house is paid for.
Fall colors are splendid in the Laurel Highlands of PA.
DW and I are still retired and will remain retired.
No debts.
Hoping for more camping weather before winter sets in.
This mess too, will pass.

Cheers.
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Old 10-12-2008, 06:24 AM   #22
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I, too, have much to be thankful about.

DH and I have three wonderful grown children whom we are immensely proud of.
Our house is paid for and we have money in the bank.
DH receives a COLA'd pension and guaranteed access to health insurance for us both.
I find pleasure in many frugal pursuits.
I believe in God and derive much comfort from that belief.
I am content with what I have.
I appreciate all the new things I learn here and also hearing the opinions of others. Many of the topics are thought provoking. Including this one! Thanks OP!
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Old 10-12-2008, 09:23 AM   #23
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Boats, sportscars, planes.. Frank is looking at all of these "toys", which he expects may become available for a song as people desperately try to sell them in this shaky economy. I don't want any of those but it seems like antiques and art (my particular weakness) are already coming down in price a little.

Market volatility is how people make money (rebalancing).

Gas is getting cheaper.

Frank and I each have a completely paid off house, no credit card debt, and in fact are debt free. This has lowered our stress levels a lot since no matter what I know I have a place to live, and so does he.

The faltering economy has not had even 1/1,000,000th of the economic impact of Katrina, locally - - we have already been through h*ll and half way back. In fact by now, due to the rebuilding we have been a little insulated from job loss.

A small silver lining to the present economic difficulties is that sharing the experience may bond people together. Part of the reason that Frank and I are as close as we are, is because we went through the utterly indescribable nightmare of Katrina together. Nobody else could ever truly understand.

Life goes on, and this is another interesting and unexpected twist in how the future is unfolding. We have unique challenges and opportunities right now and so far, our plans are still intact.
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I'm spending less time traveling and more time working on my house so it's looking realy good . I have the world's cutest grandson . I have lots of friends and a long time SO . Watching my daughter as she grew up and now as a mother is a joy I could not have imagined . I really like my SIL. My SO's four grandson's love to spend time with me .My stress and burn out has evaporated the longer I'm retired . All in all it's a nice day in Florida so I'm going to spend the afternoon by the pool with a good book .
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I'm mindful that half of the people on Earth would kill for a chance to go through the dumpster behind the average American restaurant.
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Dex, great post. We can't control the market and economy - only how we react to it. Today's challenges present an excellent opportunity to get back to basics. Reflect on what is really important (many have chimed in on that already).
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Good thoughts?? Hold on, let me go get a couple of beers first.
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I'm mindful that half of the people on Earth would kill for a chance to go through the dumpster behind the average American restaurant.
Half? Really? Could you please attribute that to a reputable source?

When I was in Tanzania the safari driver said that 30% of the people wake up not knowing where they were going to get their meals that day. Tanzania is a very poor country and 30% is high.
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Dex, great post. We can't control the market and economy - only how we react to it. Today's challenges present an excellent opportunity to get back to basics. Reflect on what is really important (many have chimed in on that already).
But we can control our own personal economy and we can make investment choices, even right now. That freedom is worth a lot.

Also, what does "back to basics" mean? Are you referring to living like it's the 70s? Not so bad, I was happy without many material things, no restaurant meals, no travel, beat up VW, thrift store clothes. Is that it?
I have to say that at age 59 I had hoped for a life with a little more luxury, more international travel in particular.

But it is what it is.
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Half? Really? Could you please attribute that to a reputable source?

When I was in Tanzania the safari driver said that 30% of the people wake up not knowing where they were going to get their meals that day. Tanzania is a very poor country and 30% is high.
Half might be good for government work.

Poverty - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The World Bank defines extreme poverty as living on less than US$ (PPP) 1 per day, and moderate poverty as less than $2 a day, estimating that "in 2001, 1.1 billion people had consumption levels below $1 a day and 2.7 billion lived on less than $2 a day."[3]
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Dex,

What I love about yours posts is how you challenge me to think outside the box. When I reflect back on my life, the happiest times were often when DH and I didn't have two nickles to rub together. We are both 53 like you and while our paths may have been quite different, we have shared the same events at the same stage in life. Hope you're feeling better.
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When I reflect back on my life, the happiest times were often when DH and I didn't have two nickles to rub together.
Is that because you didn't have any money, or because you were young?
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Old 10-13-2008, 08:19 AM   #33
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I'm thankful every single day that I live in the USA. I'm not worried about "losing it all" as I think opportunities exist for me to go out and earn it all back. It's only money after all...

I have my health, family is healthy.
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Happy Thanksgiving!

No, I haven't lost my marbles. Today is Canadian Thanksgiving (it's already snowing in Saskatchewan), and we do have a lot to be thankful for.
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Half? Really? Could you please attribute that to a reputable source?

When I was in Tanzania the safari driver said that 30% of the people wake up not knowing where they were going to get their meals that day. Tanzania is a very poor country and 30% is high.
No I can't. Probably should have said MANY people on Earth would kill to dumpster dive behind an American restaurant. The hankster can sometimes be melodramatic

I just think about the way average Americans throw away things that would be treasures to people living in poverty. It makes me want to be less wasteful and more grateful for what I have.
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Old 10-13-2008, 09:37 AM   #36
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it's already snowing in Saskatchewan
Cummon, this is supposed to be an upbeat thread.

Greatings from snowy Saskatchewan.
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Is that because you didn't have any money, or because you were young?
Good point. I remember the 70s well. I was a single mother putting myself through college and graduate school. I loved my life and what I was doing. But I had literally no money at the end of the month. I remember feeding my son and going hungry for a few days. Restaurants? I can count on one hand the number of times I ate in a restaurant during four years of college.

I had a wardrobe that I could pack in one suitcase. When I moved to CO for grad school I had no winter clothes or shoes. Went to the thrift store. But I never felt deprived! Amazing to me now. I am so spoiled.
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Oldbabe, I went to college in a suitcase and 2 cardboard boxes.

Not having all the modern electronic stuff did keep the accumulation down - I was never a clothing collector.

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Saint's won - in the dome yet.

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