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Old 11-08-2010, 03:14 PM   #6021
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Dawn patrol-- Kammies at Sunset Beach.

It was pretty dark as I was going down the sand into the water, and I saw a foot-long rock sticking out of the sand that looked like a good stepping stone. As I got closer to stepping on it I saw that it was actually a foot-long dead puffer fish that had washed ashore. From now on I think I'll stick to the smooth sandy parts of the beach.

Once I got out to the break, I got trashed & thrashed. I'm going to have to do this again on Wednesday or Thursday.

Had an interesting conversation today with the title company handling our mortgage refinance. PenFed e-mailed me Friday night that they wanted to close on Saturday 20 Nov, not Mon 29 Nov. The title company's response was along the lines of "Oh, really, now." Apparently PenFed still owes the title company a bunch of paperwork and a payoff statement. I helpfully provided the name & phone number of the PenFed employee who thinks this can happen so fast, and now I'm just going to hope that I don't get trampled by the dancing elephants...
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Old 11-08-2010, 05:33 PM   #6022
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Spent the day in the French Quarter. Had beignets at Cafe du Mond this morning and a big bowl of gumbo for a late lunch. Spent some time watching the HBO series "Treme" being shot on Frenchman Street - complete with three takes and a lot of gunfire. The only actor I recognized was Miguel Ferrer.

The weather was absolutely beautiful.
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I went for an early run with my dog Skye. Ms. Grasshopper went for a longer run with our dog Cooper. I was back early so I was priming some lumber for a pergola at the front door. I finished that and while in the painting mood went up to our 2nd story deck to do some touch up. I heard Ms. G talking loudly and assumed she was playing with the dogs. My mistake a 4 ft Diamondback rattlesnake was stretched in the sun in front of the gate into the yard. Nice I figured they had all hibernated by now. More painting, lunch, a snooze, coffee and cookies. More painting, dinner and a netflick. Northern Exposure. I was living in the Snoqualmie Pass around the time NE was being shot in Roslyn. I always get a little homesick for the emerald county, but I am a true Desertrat.
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This morning reminded me of a Monday morning work day. Got up at 5:30, fed the mutt and I ate a bowl of cereal. Took the mutt on a short walk and back home for a shower and shave. Left off the other S. Then got dressed for jury duty. Made it to the courthouse by 8:00am. Lord, I'm glad I don't have to go through that routine on a daily basis anymore. It was horrible. But, while the jurors were being interviewed the judge announced the case had been settled.(civil case) So my court day is over at 11:30 and just found out all other cases for the week have been settled.

So it's back to the golf course. Going to be a pretty week too.
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I was back early so I was priming some lumber for a pergola at the front door.
My mistake a 4 ft Diamondback rattlesnake was stretched in the sun in front of the gate into the yard.
He must be waiting for you to finish the pergola.

I'm looking for a good set of pergola plans myself-- will you be posting pictures?
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Florida, then this. Now that's a real trip! I am getting envious.
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Balanced the checkbook for the past two months.
Made some phone calls for the consulting gig.
Gin for a couple of hours at the CC.
Closed for golf today, but weather will be nice for the rest of the week
Picked up medications for the dogs.
Found ground chuck on sale and make a big pot of chili.

Man I have been sleeping well since the nights are cooler.
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Don't get envious, get in your RV and go!
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Today is road trip day - back to East Nowhere we go, tra la la la la...

My 4 legged kids will be glad to see me after almost a week at "doggie camp". I have a really nice kennel to board them at. The owner takes very good care of her charges.

This is fun getting away on short trips. Holidays will be spent in MA also. I feel a good lifestyle change coming on. Holidays with a family.

I have a new little friend, the 12 year old daughter of Mr Boston's cousins's daughter. She's at the right age to have a mentor. I volunteer!
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Have you been my Unclemick's old fish camp?
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If it would be so simple. Sigh...

My wife has commitment in family matters again. So, I also made some committment in my part-time w*rk. I guess I can do the work while on the road, but I always have problems mixing work and leisure. So, no RV'ing for a couple of months.
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Close. We stayed at a LA state park on the shores of Lake Pontchartrain, 10 miles from Slidell.
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He must be waiting for you to finish the pergola.

I'm looking for a good set of pergola plans myself-- will you be posting pictures?
I'm not starting construction until spring, but I am planning to build this one. It's in the July issue of Wood magazine. Just in case it strikes your fancy. Nice looking (IMO) and not too difficult.

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Today was the one year anniversary of my retirement. It's hard to believe! This year has sped by so quickly.

All in all, I did not want to post a separate thread about my retirement experiences thus far because I think everyone knows how happy I have been (I do post a lot about it). The market has moved upwards during the year, which is sure encouraging for a new retiree. My nest egg is bigger now than the day I retired, by about two years' living expenses. Even better, I have had 365 wonderful long days of retirement so far, and I know tomorrow will be the 366th. All this and it has cost less than nothing.

Thanks to all of you for your advice and reflections on retirement, which have guided me around any potential rough patches and helped me towards my present existence - - enjoying a retirement that is full of joy, wonder, and bliss.
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Wow, time flies when one is having fun!
But doesn't that also mean we are getting older quicker.

By the way, I like your new avatar, the real young W2R I believe. Right?

You took away the posting of a recent photo, but I think I can recall some resemblance.
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But doesn't that also mean we are getting older quicker.

By the way, I like your new avatar, the real young W2R I believe. Right?
Yes, it does. How did I suddenly get to be 62? I was only 61 when I retired.

Thank you. Yes, it is a 1965 photo of me.
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Dropped spouse off at the airport for a six-day Mainland volunteering trip. I have the run of the house all to myself! So now I can get all that surfing dusting & floor-cleaning done whenever I feel like it...

USAA claims to be doing phone verification of policy-holder details. The poor guy at the call center had to spend the first five minutes of our conversation convincing me that this is not a phishing scam. Then he had to plead no contest to the charge of wasting our premiums by not letting me type in my answers to his website directly. And then he struck out when he offered to transfer me to their USAA financial-advisory service.

I think it's time to see what the GEICO Gecko can do for us. Or maybe I'm getting exactly the level of "servicing" that I'm paying for.

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I'm not starting construction until spring, but I am planning to build this one. It's in the July issue of Wood magazine. Just in case it strikes your fancy. Nice looking (IMO) and not too difficult.
Thanks, that looks perfect! We'd be putting it along our house's south wall and anchoring one side of the overhead beams to our roof. I like the way it can be roofed with photovoltaic panels, too.

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Imagine if we all had to change our avatars to our high-school yearbook photos... it'd be like Jennifer day all over again.
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The Art Museum in City Park is free on Wednesdays. What fun! Sure beats w*rk.
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