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Forum: Life after FIRE 07-13-2015, 10:50 PM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,354
Posted By Helen
I've had great success with meetup groups. Not...

I've had great success with meetup groups. Not only have I met some really great people, I've gone on some excellent backpacking, hiking and kayak trips with them.


OP, I love your choice...
Forum: Travel Information 06-24-2015, 09:00 AM
Replies: 2,164
Views: 117,321
Posted By Helen
We are leaving Friday for a 2 day kayak/camping...

We are leaving Friday for a 2 day kayak/camping trip in the San Juan Islands. After that we will head West to the Olympic Peninsula to backpack on some of the coastal beaches. Then we'll head back...
Forum: Travel Information 06-19-2015, 07:26 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 1,231
Posted By Helen
We just stayed at the Calistoga Inn a few weeks...

We just stayed at the Calistoga Inn a few weeks ago. It's European style in that the bathrooms/showers are not in the room but down the hall. It was reasonably priced for the area and right in the...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-17-2015, 08:27 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,626
Posted By Helen
I totally get that! Congratulations!

I totally get that! Congratulations!
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-18-2015, 11:41 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 975
Posted By Helen
I so agree with you. Another option would be for...

I so agree with you. Another option would be for them to open up the TSP (Federal employee's 457 plan) to everyone.
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-17-2015, 09:42 AM
Replies: 152
Views: 13,011
Posted By Helen
1. Portland, OR 2. We usually get snow,...

1. Portland, OR

2. We usually get snow, but it doesn't stick around long. I don't own a snow shovel. We get a lot of overcast days in the winter and drizzle/rain.

3. It is absolutely...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-17-2015, 07:24 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 1,476
Posted By Helen
Congratulations! I'm guessing you already feel a...

Congratulations! I'm guessing you already feel a bit of relief. What are your plans in retirement?
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-11-2015, 02:43 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,692
Posted By Helen
I love the Wellseley fund, but I really don't...

I love the Wellseley fund, but I really don't like Vanguard's website.

We have accounts at Fidelity and Vanguard. Today I linked a new checking account to my Fidelity account. I had to do a...
Forum: Travel Information 05-10-2015, 12:17 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 8,356
Posted By Helen
Alan, I am enjoying your posts here. I hope you...

Alan, I am enjoying your posts here. I hope you continue to update so we can all follow along on your adventures.
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-08-2015, 09:49 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 4,576
Posted By Helen
I just want to compliment you on the excellent...

I just want to compliment you on the excellent job of tracking and organizing your spending patterns.
Forum: Hi, I am... 05-08-2015, 09:46 AM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,409
Posted By Helen
How much vacation time do you have? I think...

How much vacation time do you have? I think travelling to prospective places to live would be a great/exciting way to spend vacation time.

I live in Portland, OR and absolutely love it here. ...
Forum: Travel Information 05-05-2015, 10:19 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 8,356
Posted By Helen
Hearst Castle is our next destination. We'll...

Hearst Castle is our next destination. We'll probably pass Mr. and Mrs. Alan on 101.
Forum: Travel Information 05-01-2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 186
Views: 8,356
Posted By Helen
Good ice cream too! +1 on Canon Beach and...

Good ice cream too!

+1 on Canon Beach and Hug Point.
Forum: Travel Information 04-29-2015, 07:53 PM
Replies: 186
Views: 8,356
Posted By Helen
Safe travels, Alan and Mrs. Alan!!!

Safe travels, Alan and Mrs. Alan!!!
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 04-29-2015, 05:22 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,915
Posted By Helen
That's fantastic news, Alan! Thank you for...

That's fantastic news, Alan! Thank you for sharing.
Forum: Other topics 04-25-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 1,911
Posted By Helen
I'm flossing at least four times a day now. It...

I'm flossing at least four times a day now. It has become an obsession. I don't like the feeling of having food between my teeth.
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 04-22-2015, 09:46 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 2,915
Posted By Helen
I lost the monitor to my Polar FT7 on Saturday. ...

I lost the monitor to my Polar FT7 on Saturday. Today I bought a Polar H7. I was pleased to learn that the new H7 monitor is backward compatible with my Polar FT7 watch. I can use both the watch...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 04-22-2015, 05:14 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,198
Posted By Helen
Yup. Anxiety and insomnia hit me hard starting a...

Yup. Anxiety and insomnia hit me hard starting a few years before going into menopause. Only in hindsight did I realize that it was hormone related. I went to my (female) primary care physician...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 04-15-2015, 06:30 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,513
Posted By Helen
I think there are plenty of poor people who don't...

I think there are plenty of poor people who don't have access to a car. There is no way someone making minimum wage or a little above could afford a car, even if the car was given to them.

...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 04-10-2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,198
Posted By Helen
I just finished a bottle of 250 tablets of 5-HTP...

I just finished a bottle of 250 tablets of 5-HTP last night. I don't think I'll buy another bottle as I don't think it helped to keep me asleep.

I've been using melatonin and I do think that...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-08-2015, 10:12 AM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,838
Posted By Helen
WSJ article on Fidelity

Here is a link to an article about Abigail Johnson. Abigail took over as CEO of Fidelity in October, a position formerly held by her father. The article talks about her strengths and weaknesses. It...
Forum: FIRE Related Political Topics 04-07-2015, 09:45 PM
Replies: 182
Views: 13,952
Posted By Helen
It's a good way to lose a lot of weight in your...

It's a good way to lose a lot of weight in your wallet too! :laugh:
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-05-2015, 11:52 AM
Replies: 227
Views: 11,280
Posted By Helen
Great topic! I started working in IT in...

Great topic!

I started working in IT in 1982. We had dumb terminals by then. The pager I had had about a 20 mile radius. If I was on call I had to stay within that range. If the pager...
Forum: Other topics 03-30-2015, 09:16 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 1,261
Posted By Helen
Francis, I will bet money that after you quit you...

Francis, I will bet money that after you quit you will kick yourself for not quitting sooner.

The water is great, come on it!:dance:
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 03-26-2015, 11:43 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,611
Posted By Helen
I think that's the way it should be. Part of a...

I think that's the way it should be. Part of a physical should include giving your primary a status on your health and any changes from the prior year.

From what I've seen, I can get a more...
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