Join Early Retirement Today
Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 01-09-2011, 06:13 PM   #6601
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
ls99's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 4,792
Moved global warming, wasted time, read the forum, went for coffee.

Tomorrow MOTS +ice skating.
__________________

__________________
There must be moderation in everything, including moderation.
ls99 is offline  
Join the #1 Early Retirement and Financial Independence Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

Are you planning to be financially independent as early as possible so you can live life on your own terms? Discuss successful investing strategies, asset allocation models, tax strategies and other related topics in our online forum community. Our members range from young folks just starting their journey to financial independence, military retirees and even multimillionaires. No matter where you fit in you'll find that Early-Retirement.org is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with our members, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create a retirement blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 01-09-2011, 06:51 PM   #6602
Moderator Emeritus
Nords's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2002
Location: Oahu
Posts: 26,620
Worked out with spouse, gobbled ibuprofen, spent a couple hours loading up the blog posts for this coming week, cleaned up some of the clutter left over from our daughter's visit, took a nap, and now (that I've done just about everything else I possibly could to avoid it) I'm going to answer our holiday cards & letters... apparently there's some types of writing that I enjoy more than others.

BTW, thanks to those of you who've been reading the blog. This weekend is the biggest one yet-- 57 hits yesterday and 74 so far today (with over nine hours left). Today's hits will be among the top five, and best ever for a Sunday.

I'm reading the search terms that people use to find the blog, and tailoring future topics accordingly... except for tomorrow's post. Monday's post is a sea story. Tomorrow's the first day of my daughter's next semester, so I wrote a post for her to read and discuss with the submariner NROTC lieutenant.

Is it just me, or does this discussion board seem to be filling up with new posters like New Year's resolutions at a fitness center? Mods, do you guys have stats showing how many new posters have been signing up each week or running FIRECalc?

Quote:
Originally Posted by REWahoo View Post
Lunch at our favorite mom & pop Chinese restaurant. They had the KC/Baltimore game on their new 55" wall-mounted HDTV. DW asked, "Why don't we get one of those and mount it over the fireplace?"
Heck, take down the mantle, rock over the fireplace, and go for 60"...
__________________

__________________
*
*

The book written on E-R.org, "The Military Guide to Financial Independence and Retirement", on sale now! For more info see "About Me" in my profile.
I don't spend much time here anymore, so please send me a PM. Thanks.
Nords is offline  
Old 01-09-2011, 07:08 PM   #6603
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
RonBoyd's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Denver, Colorado
Posts: 5,280
Quote:
Originally Posted by Nords View Post
Is it just me, or does this discussion board seem to be filling up with new posters...
Yeah, ain't it great!
__________________
"It's tough to make predictions, especially when it involves the future." ~Attributed to many
"In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. But, in practice, there is." ~(perhaps by) Yogi Berra
"Those who have knowledge, don't predict. Those who predict, don't have knowledge."~ Lau tzu
RonBoyd is offline  
Old 01-09-2011, 07:23 PM   #6604
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
NW-Bound's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Posts: 19,449
Stock market going up, more people looking to retire...

We went for another hike today, like yesterday. With us being within a walking distance from a mountain preserve that is claimed as the world's largest municipal park with 53 miles of trails, it is a shame that I do not make use of it more often.

Then, I got a call from my mother needing help to look at her rear car door; the external door handle stopped working. After going to her home and taking the inside door panel off to take a look, I scratched my head for a while trying to understand what went wrong.

Then, it became clear to me. OMG! Some guy has tried to break into the car by jamming a screwdriver under the door handle, and ended up breaking part of the latch mechanism without being able to open the door itself. I will have to remove more parts to take to a dealer to buy replacements.
__________________
"Old age is the most unexpected of all things that can happen to a man" -- Leon Trotsky
NW-Bound is offline  
Old 01-09-2011, 08:46 PM   #6605
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
We started our day at the monthly $7 All You Can Eat breakfast at the local Legion. I behaved and took only small portions. I volunteered to help out with the spaghetti dinner to be hosted by the Auxiliary next weekend. I would have helped today but I still have some minor traces of the flu bug from h*ll. It's not nice to cough in the kitchen during food service ops.

We then proceeded to our 2nd fave Legion 10 miles away and played cribbage and sort of watched football. Lots of folks stopped in all throughout the day, so we talked and caught up on the latest and greatest. There are always lots of interesting characters of all ages to talk to versus sitting home staring at each other and 4 walls. It is really important to get out when the winter weather permits, else cabin fever is a given.

Dinner was slices of roast beef cooked all day long in mushroom gravy and sandwiched between 2 slices of bread. Yummy!
__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline  
Old 01-10-2011, 05:48 PM   #6606
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
bbbamI's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2006
Location: Dallas 'burb
Posts: 9,039
Washed a couple of loads of clothes, made the bed, fed the kitties, made sure DH stuck to his 'menu' and took his pills on time. Went to my dentist appt....my hygienist could tell something was bothering me. So I talked a bit about what was going on in my life. I told her I needed the good gas today and to fill my tank....boy did she ever deliver.

For a while everything was so peaceful and serene. I didn't have a care in the world.

Not too much planned tonight as DH is continuing his prep and we have to be at the medical center tomorrow at 8 a.m.

Man...sure wish I had some of that good gas here at home.
__________________
There's no need to complicate, our time is short..
bbbamI is offline  
Old 01-10-2011, 08:40 PM   #6607
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
Spent the day at home, doing laundry, surfing, making homemade chocolate & Reese's PB chip cookies for Mr B, cooking pork fried rice for dinner, and watching a DVD of a past Lewis Black HBO special.
Mr B suggested I put one of his shows on DVD in the Netflix queue a few weeks ago. We were supposed to get "Bad Santa" but it was unavailable locally.
I never heard of Lewis Black and now I can't get enough. He is beyond bad.
__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline  
Old 01-11-2011, 08:48 AM   #6608
Thinks s/he gets paid by the post
happy2bretired's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Nebraska
Posts: 1,340
Well, my morning started off great this morning. Woke up at 5:00 ate breakfast and watched a movie. Then started to smell something hot and smelly. Sniffed out all over the house and couldn't find where the smell was coming from, getting more scared by the minute.

Turned off the TV thinking maybe it was burning up. Smell went away. Moved the cable box to another TV and attempted to hook it up. Twenty minutes later smelled the smell again. Went back to previous TV location...smell coming from furness vents. Turned off furness and called furness guy.

He's here now...needs new motor - $250 with my maintenance contract discount. Oh how I hate home maintenance.
__________________
happy2bretired is offline  
Old 01-11-2011, 09:52 AM   #6609
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,201
Quote:
Originally Posted by NW-Bound View Post
Some guy has tried to break into the car by jamming a screwdriver under the door handle, and ended up breaking part of the latch mechanism without being able to open the door itself. I will have to remove more parts to take to a dealer to buy replacements.
Sometimes thieves walk down a street, trying to open each car with a screwdriver in the keyhole. It works sometimes, but in their wake they leave a trail of cars needing expensive repairs. This happened to us once in Oakland.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline  
Old 01-11-2011, 09:56 AM   #6610
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,201
I tried a trick to make any meat thermometer an instant read thermometer: Before measuring the steak temperature, put the thermometer in a glass of hot water, with the water temperature close to what you want to measure (e.g. 140 degrees). Stick it in the steak, and you'll then know in an instant if the steak is ready: the reading either goes up or down.
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline  
Old 01-11-2011, 10:12 AM   #6611
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,212
Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
I tried a trick to make any meat thermometer an instant read thermometer: Before measuring the steak temperature, put the thermometer in a glass of hot water, with the water temperature close to what you want to measure (e.g. 140 degrees). Stick it in the steak, and you'll then know in an instant if the steak is ready: the reading either goes up or down.
I learned a steak trick. Put the raw steak in water of about 140 degrees for about a half hour. This brings up the inside temperature of he meat and makes cooking fast and easy. I like rare so I just sear on both sides for a minute or so and the steak is good to go.
__________________
.


No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline  
Old 01-11-2011, 10:15 AM   #6612
Moderator Emeritus
Martha's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: minnesota
Posts: 13,212
I am visiting in southern Iowa and they got a snow storm last night--maybe 4 or 5 inches of snow. I spent two hours this morning shoveling out the little old ladies in the townhome development where I am staying. It was fun, good exercise if you take some care and don't push it too hard, and the ladies provided cookies.
__________________
.


No more lawyer stuff, no more political stuff, so no more CYA

Martha is offline  
Old 01-11-2011, 10:24 AM   #6613
Moderator Emeritus
Khan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Pine Island, Florida
Posts: 6,868
Send a message via AIM to Khan
Quote:
Originally Posted by freebird5825 View Post
Spent the day at home, doing laundry, surfing, making homemade chocolate & Reese's PB chip cookies for Mr B, cooking pork fried rice for dinner, and watching a DVD of a past Lewis Black HBO special.
Mr B suggested I put one of his shows on DVD in the Netflix queue a few weeks ago. We were supposed to get "Bad Santa" but it was unavailable locally.
I never heard of Lewis Black and now I can't get enough. He is beyond bad.
He is fantastic. Lots of his stuff on youtube.
__________________
"Knowin' no one nowhere's gonna miss us when we're gone..."
Khan is offline  
Old 01-11-2011, 10:49 AM   #6614
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
TromboneAl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Posts: 11,201
Quote:
Originally Posted by Martha View Post
I learned a steak trick. Put the raw steak in water of about 140 degrees for about a half hour. This brings up the inside temperature of he meat and makes cooking fast and easy. I like rare so I just sear on both sides for a minute or so and the steak is good to go.
Wow, that's neat, I can't wait to try it. The rarer the better for me, so this solves the safety issue.

Here's another trick:

The Finger Test to Check the Doneness of Meat | Simply Recipes
__________________
Al
TromboneAl is offline  
Old 01-11-2011, 10:51 AM   #6615
Full time employment: Posting here.
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Southern California
Posts: 916
Maybe it's to create more business for the auto body repair shops? ;-)

Quote:
Originally Posted by TromboneAl View Post
Sometimes thieves walk down a street, trying to open each car with a screwdriver in the keyhole. It works sometimes, but in their wake they leave a trail of cars needing expensive repairs. This happened to us once in Oakland.
__________________
Aiming_4_55 is offline  
Old 01-11-2011, 11:53 AM   #6616
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
travelover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2007
Posts: 9,906
I'm still working on my Peru trip itinerary. I like to set up the whole deal myself and hire locals to execute the pieces. Right now I'm dealing with the trade offs between getting as far away from civilization as possible - to see more wildlife in the Amazon - and still being able to schedule transportation. I think 4 hours upriver in a canoe is about my limit.
__________________
Yes, I have achieved work / life balance.
travelover is offline  
Old 01-11-2011, 08:45 PM   #6617
Full time employment: Posting here.
BTravlin's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Posts: 994
Shoveled the driveway, twice, and its still coming down! Screw it, I'm not doing it again, not today anyway.
__________________
Wherever you go, there you are.
(In other words, no whining!)
BTravlin is offline  
Old 01-12-2011, 09:30 AM   #6618
Give me a museum and I'll fill it. (Picasso)
Give me a forum ...
freebird5825's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: East Nowhere, 43N Latitude, NY
Posts: 9,017
Woke up to 5" of fresh snow on the ground. The snowplowing guy already took care of the driveway. I'm watching the Weather Channel reports on the winter storm in the Northeast. We will get some snow today, maybe another 4 inches. Or more...wind is NW and that always means lake effect from Lake Ontario.

I will motivate myself at some point to get going for the day. Soon...
__________________
"All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them." - Walt Disney
freebird5825 is offline  
Old 01-12-2011, 10:34 AM   #6619
Full time employment: Posting here.
sailor's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Atlanta suburbs
Posts: 881
Trying to decide how many days we want to spent in Norway and Sweden in May.
We booked most of our summer vacations flights, except for short OSL->GDN hop.
Kids are already excited to see new countries and DW is happy that after 13 years of promises I'll finally show her the Malbork Castle.
If all the stars align right, I might even take little sailors to Russia for a day trip ( Kaliningrad Oblast ), although I'm little weary of the "Duty Free" cruises (a lot of drunkards on board).
__________________
sailor is offline  
Old 01-12-2011, 02:06 PM   #6620
Full time employment: Posting here.
bruce1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Hagersville
Posts: 793
Snow seems to be over. Cleared 500 feet of driveway with tractor. Took two and a half hours. Now I have hooked the computer up to my amp and am listening to youtube music videos through that. May vibrate the snow off the roof with Once Bitten Twice Shy and Paranoid. In a Heavy rock mood.
__________________

__________________
I wish I was half as good as my dog thinks I am!
bruce1 is offline  
Closed Thread


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 4 (0 members and 4 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Did 2008-09 Results Help You Now? Idnar7 FIRE and Money 42 10-27-2015 10:10 AM
California Munis Closed End Funds tanked today, why? Disappointed FIRE and Money 10 01-20-2008 07:15 PM
Did you retire or Did you quit GTM Life after FIRE 19 03-09-2006 02:06 PM

 

 
All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:11 AM.
 
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.