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Old 04-02-2009, 07:44 PM   #1161
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Usually up at 6 AM for send-off duty (coffee, snacks, H&K). Broke the mold and slept in until 9:30. Felt guilty for 1.5 nanoseconds.
Attacked the screened-in porch, cleaning, re-arranging, analyzing the easiest way to stain the PT plywood floor. I'll have to move everything to one side, vacuum, stain, let dry for 2 days, then move everything over to the other side. Next week's project...rain is forecasted thru Sunday.
Made beef and mushrooms in cream of mushroom soup in the crockpot.
Started reading Yeager's Ultimate Cheapskate book.
Isn't it awesome to do things on your own time table. Rather than feel rushed.
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Old 04-02-2009, 09:44 PM   #1162
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Today is the day I start the one year countdown to retirement.
Yes, April 2, 2010 will be the last day.
will stay through that day to get vested for four more weeks of vacation and get paid for it. I will have a bunch of taxes to pay since several optiions will vest at the time of retirement.
Oh, well. As my former and now deceased accountant once asked: Would you rather not have the money and have no taxes to pay or have the money and taxes to pay?
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Another day, another bike ride, another set of photos...





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Al , reading your posts I think you are a lucky guy . You found the perfect mate for your slightly strange ways . She always seems to go along happily and never says " Why are we biking ten miles for a free breakfast ? Have you lost your mind ?"
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Al , reading your posts I think you are a lucky guy . You found the perfect mate for your slightly strange ways . She always seems to go along happily and never says " Why are we biking ten miles for a free breakfast ? Have you lost your mind ?"
And, Al, you live in such a great area of the country for these outdoor activities. I can hardly wait to be FIREd, out of the city, and back to my country home in No Cal so I can enjoy acticities like this.

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Old 04-03-2009, 10:59 PM   #1166
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Drove a van 250+ miles, loaded ond unloaded about a ton of boxes. Filled out forms. Drank coffee (the best part of my day.) IOW, I was at work.
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She knows I'm a good egg even though I'm a little cracked.
...and tell bad yolks.
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Saw a flock of more than 20 wild turkeys walking through the woods behind my property yesterday.
Watched "The Aviator" (Howard Hughes story) last night - excellent excellent excellent. DeCaprio has a very nice firm tush.
I bragged a little too soon about no snow. Woke up to 2" on the ground. It's still coming down, but only sticking to the lawn and open fields across the street. A forecast of wind gusts between 40-50 mph delayed our outing for new shoes and a steakhouse in the Adirondacks until tomorrow.
Doing laundry, dh2b is in "chill out and do whatever he wants" mode,
I'm surfing...
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This thread depresses me. By the time I am able to enjoy these activities I will be dead of overwork.
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Not me. Last day at work, June 12, 2009. :w00t: I turned in my initial paperwork yesterday. (Retirement date is July 31; I have 7 weeks of vacation to burn so...June 12.) And the countdown begins....
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Me either, assuming I am not dead of overstress/overwork by November 9th (which is touch and go, believe me). I have already started the process too, at the suggestion of our human resources folks. Nothing happens quickly in government.

Sunny and gorgeous out today. Went to Weight Watchers, and stopped by my precinct to vote for our new Parish Council member on the way home. Frank took me out to lunch. What a great day.
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This thread depresses me. By the time I am able to enjoy these activities I will be dead of overwork.
What she said! But i love reading it, and enjoying the activities vicariously....then I go sulk for a while.

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Al, why didn't you tell me you were in town?
Put a few more hardwood trees in the fields, add some dairy cows, lower the mountains a little bit, and you could be riding right by my house.
What beautiful scenery you have! Is this close by or do you have to go far ?
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Got up this morning and had a sudden spurt of energy to do something different. Drove 80 miles up the road to watch spring football practice at my alma mater, Miss State University. Pulling for MSU is similar to being a New Orleans Saints fan. Every 10 years or so, you might have a decent team. But a new coach brings optimism. Got to meet a couple of coaches and a few Dad's of the players. God, I'm older than most of the Dad's.

But a pretty day it was. Walked the campus, bringing back memories of my college days. Also drove around the small college town. I can see why people retire to areas like this.
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Wife and I rode our bicycles as we so most Sundays with the Chiang Mai Bicycle club. Always a interesting ride with some wonderful people.

Then came home and ate fresh coconut.

Now it's evening and we are watching a movie called Joe Black.

HAAAAAA another day of retirement.)
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It was about 20 miles away. It does look like upstate NY. I went to school in Ithaca. Sis lives part time in West Valley.
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Hit some balls at the range with my 11 year old (who is just learning). That was fun. Going to an historic air show with vintage WWII planes this morning with both kids.

Tomorrow while kids are at school and DW is at w*rk I plan to go do some work on my little fishing shack out on our local Gulf of Mexico barrier island. I've been neglecting the little shack the last couple of years while I frantically w*orked, but now I'm going to fix it back up. I'll try to remember to post some pictures.

Here's a picture of a potato gun we built and took to the island last weekend, and a picture of the fishing shack. I need to work on lowering my pier-- the last hurricane that got close washed out a bunch of beach and now my little pier is sticking way out of the sand and looks crazy. Pictures were taken with a cell phone so they are bad, and tiny.



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Watched 2" of snow fall from the sky.
Surfed here and elsewhere ALL day.
Making chicken noodle soup in the crockpot. The smell is tremendous.
Annual springtime ritual - I'm finishing up all sorts of small amounts of meats and veggies and saved broth in my freezer
and that means soup.
One of these, Sfogliatella a.k.a lobster tail pastry, and hopefully chocolate filled, is on its way home from the Italian restaurant dh2b had a w*rk lunch at today. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sfogliatella
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Watched 2" of snow fall from the sky.
Surfed here and elsewhere ALL day.
Making chicken noodle soup in the crockpot. The smell is tremendous.
Annual springtime ritual - I'm finishing up all sorts of small amounts of meats and veggies and saved broth in my freezer
and that means soup.
One of these, Sfogliatella a.k.a lobster tail pastry, and hopefully chocolate filled, is on its way home from the Italian restaurant dh2b had a w*rk lunch at today. Sfogliatelle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Hey, PM your chicken noodle soup recipe, if ya can........
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