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Forum: Other topics 08-17-2014, 10:29 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 15,530
Posted By gardenfun
Highly recommend "The Lunchbox", a 2013 movie...

Highly recommend "The Lunchbox", a 2013 movie from India. Only available on DVD from Netflix at this time, not on streaming yet.

Very sweet, funny, and an interesting look into everyday...
Forum: Hi, I am... 08-13-2014, 12:18 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 604
Posted By gardenfun
Welcome! Would love to see a photo of your...

Welcome! Would love to see a photo of your bulldog. :)

and of your fused glass sculptures too!
Forum: Life after FIRE 08-12-2014, 10:37 AM
Replies: 64
Views: 3,708
Posted By gardenfun
I'm with you, Miranda! I've lived in the...

I'm with you, Miranda!

I've lived in the suburbs for most of my life: midwest, east coast, west coast. And in a couple of Big 10 towns: Madison and Iowa City, which I loved.

I have never...
Forum: Life after FIRE 08-04-2014, 08:20 PM
Replies: 15,035
Views: 691,617
Posted By gardenfun
+1 I've remodeled a few bathrooms since they...

+1 I've remodeled a few bathrooms since they first became available in the late 90's and have always used Totos. They're great--check out the "one-piece" (???) design where the bowl goes to the...
Forum: FIRE and Money 08-04-2014, 11:35 AM
Replies: 26
Views: 2,144
Posted By gardenfun
Hi Nico, I, too, lost my job unexpectedly 4...

Hi Nico,
I, too, lost my job unexpectedly 4 years ago at age 56. Unlike most of the folks on the forum, I hadn't run any retirement calculators previously or made any other plans for retirement. I...
Forum: Life after FIRE 08-01-2014, 11:04 AM
Replies: 112
Views: 5,927
Posted By gardenfun
thanks, Chuckanut! Haven't seen that skit in...

thanks, Chuckanut! Haven't seen that skit in forever.
Made my day

:laugh:
Forum: Other topics 07-31-2014, 10:44 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,070
Posted By gardenfun
Thanks, aja! It's just that over the years...

Thanks, aja!

It's just that over the years we in the east bay have been given somewhat lame justifications as to why our gas prices are so much higher than those in Sacramento or LA or even the...
Forum: Other topics 07-31-2014, 08:22 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,070
Posted By gardenfun
Yeah, I guess we should be used to it by now....

Yeah, I guess we should be used to it by now. :rolleyes:
Forum: Other topics 07-31-2014, 08:04 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 1,070
Posted By gardenfun
you guys are killing me: $4.19 Just...

you guys are killing me:

$4.19

Just down the road from all the Richmond refineries. and Chevron headquarters.
Forum: Travel Information 07-31-2014, 09:50 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,385
Posted By gardenfun
My ex and I took the boys (then 9 and 12) on...

My ex and I took the boys (then 9 and 12) on Amtrak from Martinez, CA to Galesburg, IL (SW of Chicago) about 15 years ago. We had side by side sleepers = facing seats by day, bunk beds by night. It...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-27-2014, 10:18 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 1,785
Posted By gardenfun
+3 I had a little part time job at a bookstore...

+3
I had a little part time job at a bookstore in San Francisco (sounds nice, right?) for 3 years as I was trying to decide if I really could retire early (at 58+-2 years). I finally quit, but I was...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-23-2014, 10:43 PM
Replies: 70
Views: 3,030
Posted By gardenfun
First house in second year of marriage in 1981: ...

First house in second year of marriage in 1981: $62,500 in a suburb of Milwaukee. Mortgage interest rate on a VA loan: 13.5%. Remember those days?

Second home, relocation for job in 1982: ...
Forum: Other topics 07-21-2014, 09:34 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 285
Posted By gardenfun
+1 on both!

+1 on both!
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-17-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,053
Posted By gardenfun
Thanks, rodi and NW-Bound! I'll look into the...

Thanks, rodi and NW-Bound! I'll look into the 529's for my grandson (and granddaughter on the way!). I had one for my son.
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-16-2014, 10:34 AM
Replies: 53
Views: 3,053
Posted By gardenfun
I feel the same way, NW. :) Just curious, is...

I feel the same way, NW. :)

Just curious, is there a "special" way to fund a child's Roth or a grandchild's 529 directly yourself? IOW, can you open either account yourself in their names? Or are...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-05-2014, 03:36 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 7,818
Posted By gardenfun
Have >$1 million but not sure if I qualify? ...

Have >$1 million but not sure if I qualify?

married for 21 years, in which we both worked fulltime and saved in 401K/IRA's. Had 2 kids now in their 20's.
Divorced 13 years ago and split all...
Forum: Other topics 07-03-2014, 02:13 PM
Replies: 369
Views: 11,288
Posted By gardenfun
Hey Birdie--that chair in the clip was, as they...

Hey Birdie--that chair in the clip was, as they said, the "Rolls Royce"--wow! Loved the little shelf.

the one I ordered is from Coleman and has just a little insulated bag hanging off the side:
...
Forum: Other topics 07-03-2014, 10:28 AM
Replies: 369
Views: 11,288
Posted By gardenfun
One of those folding camp chairs with a cooler...

One of those folding camp chairs with a cooler bag hanging off of it. Made a resolution to myself to get to the beach more often this summer. Need more than a beach towel to sit on. :)
Forum: Young Dreamers 06-28-2014, 09:28 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,321
Posted By gardenfun
yes, the homeless are back (did they ever really...

yes, the homeless are back (did they ever really leave?) in the Civic Center area. Going to the ballet at the Opera House, coming from the CC BART station, one must hold one's nose. The urine stench...
Forum: Other topics 06-24-2014, 11:37 AM
Replies: 279
Views: 15,530
Posted By gardenfun
ohoh thanks for reminding me, GalaxyBoy! I don't...

ohoh thanks for reminding me, GalaxyBoy! I don't have a TV but can watch the episodes the next day on pbs.org.

Endeavour season 2 also premieres this Sunday on Masterpiece. :dance:
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-16-2014, 08:35 PM
Replies: 102
Views: 6,242
Posted By gardenfun
Lucent made me laugh out loud, too, future!...

Lucent made me laugh out loud, too, future! :laugh:
Forum: Other topics 06-13-2014, 09:59 AM
Replies: 60
Views: 2,928
Posted By gardenfun
For me, through multiple purgings in my life, it...

For me, through multiple purgings in my life, it helped me to think of it as:

"I am going to keep 20% of my things. Which ones mean the most to me/are most useful/beautiful?"

instead of:
...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-09-2014, 05:12 PM
Replies: 15,035
Views: 691,617
Posted By gardenfun
Couldn't take another 100 degree day here in the...

Couldn't take another 100 degree day here in the east bay in my non-AC flat, so decided to go to the beach. :)
Weather in Half Moon Bay (south of SF) said foggy and 60--too cold!
Decided to drive...
Forum: Young Dreamers 06-02-2014, 08:36 AM
Replies: 67
Views: 4,371
Posted By gardenfun
+1 :)

+1 :)
Forum: Other topics 05-29-2014, 10:17 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 1,250
Posted By gardenfun
Here is my cautionary tale about relying on the...

Here is my cautionary tale about relying on the old telco email addresses:

I have had a pacbell.net email address for 18 years. It was the first email address I had aside from Prodigy--remember...
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