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Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area Today, 03:31 PM
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Views: 94,200
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DW and I used to ride our bikes to the grocery...

DW and I used to ride our bikes to the grocery store almost daily. Neither of us has been inside a grocery in 9 months (though DW has shopped in Home Depot a couple of times, against my advice). ...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area Today, 10:53 AM
Replies: 212
Views: 13,194
Posted By stepford
You were being responsible - and helping the...

You were being responsible - and helping the employee and her colleagues by shielding them from the incremental risk of infection by you if you had shopped in the store. Don't feel guilty for doing...
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-02-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 246
Views: 16,292
Posted By stepford
And there are plenty of countries which, while...

And there are plenty of countries which, while not hostile to capitalism, have somewhat more aggressive income redistribution in place. UHNWIs exist there, but the bottom 20% avoid some of the...
Forum: Young Dreamers 12-02-2020, 10:05 AM
Replies: 59
Views: 1,471
Posted By stepford
I very much agree with this. Being FI is great,...

I very much agree with this. Being FI is great, but you'll never have your youth back. I did a bunch of crazy things in my 20s and 30s, some of which undoubtedly set my career and savings back. ...
Forum: Other topics 11-29-2020, 01:46 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 4,612
Posted By stepford
All papers have editors and there's always going...

All papers have editors and there's always going to be some editorial bias. This shows most clearly in editorials and commentary which can be ignored. That said, better newspapers on both the left...
Forum: Other topics 11-28-2020, 05:16 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 4,612
Posted By stepford
I just subscribed to the local big city paper -...

I just subscribed to the local big city paper - and it was because of this thread. So ER.org just made a tiny contribution to the survival of print journalism.
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 11-28-2020, 12:35 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 1,057
Posted By stepford
Agreed. I had a friend who had lap band surgery....

Agreed. I had a friend who had lap band surgery. They lost weight, but had nasty digestive complications and ultimately had to have the surgery reversed. Not worth it (at least for them) in the...
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-27-2020, 11:24 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,321
Posted By stepford
Day to day life wouldn't be different at all. I...

Day to day life wouldn't be different at all. I have a significant reluctance to "blowing that dough" and have been mostly living off a small pension and pulling less than 1%/yr out of the nest egg...
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-26-2020, 11:02 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,321
Posted By stepford
That was actually what was behind this post. ...

That was actually what was behind this post. When I was working I was the only one among my colleagues expressing a desire to ER. When they questioned the financial prudence of such a move my stock...
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-26-2020, 11:48 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 4,321
Posted By stepford
5 Year Review - How to Lose a Million Bucks

I ER'd just about 5 years ago, and by most standards I've done OK. Started with around $2M at the end of 2015 and now have a bit over 3. But, I've done that with a conservative AA of around 50/50. ...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 11-25-2020, 06:54 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 2,423
Posted By stepford
Only 92 for me. It apparently doesn't like my...

Only 92 for me. It apparently doesn't like my turkey and swiss sandwich addiction...
Forum: Other topics 11-22-2020, 11:23 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,893
Posted By stepford
Always kinda liked this one from when I was a...

Always kinda liked this one from when I was a kid...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_tPE3o5NWk
Forum: Other topics 11-22-2020, 01:59 PM
Replies: 159
Views: 4,612
Posted By stepford
I use to mostly scam my way past paywalls to get...

I use to mostly scam my way past paywalls to get my news for free. About 4 years ago I realized that conventional news was in danger of being supplanted by new "curated" news feeds and decided to...
Forum: Other topics 11-22-2020, 12:21 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 602
Posted By stepford
I've never held a squalling brat, nor climbed...

I've never held a squalling brat,
nor climbed the slopes of Ararat,
but should I make my FIRE fat
I'd like to build a shop like that.
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-19-2020, 05:31 PM
Replies: 246
Views: 16,292
Posted By stepford
This is a bit of a shift from the UHNWI thread...

This is a bit of a shift from the UHNWI thread into the area of Megacorp privilege, but Koolau's tale of the Mcorp jet reminded me of the grand old days of the executive helicopter. From the 60s...
Forum: Other topics 11-19-2020, 04:31 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,026
Posted By stepford
It's no surprise that people usually vote for...

It's no surprise that people usually vote for their economic interest, whether or not it's "fair" in any larger sense. Prop 13 clearly created winners and losers in California, with some of the...
Forum: Other topics 11-19-2020, 02:54 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,026
Posted By stepford
Not to be too harsh, but maybe you should...

Not to be too harsh, but maybe you should consider actually reading the proposition you're voting on rather than basing your vote on TV spots placed by advocacy groups. FWIW I suspect that's also...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 11-17-2020, 06:26 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,265
Posted By stepford
Yet more TMI: Metamucil. When I had my "H...

Yet more TMI: Metamucil. When I had my "H episode" I ended up seeing a good colorectal doc. He swears by Metamucil wafers and recommends eating 3 packs per day. He referred to them as...
Forum: Hi, I am... 11-17-2020, 05:34 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,401
Posted By stepford
I often see this recommendation to bail out of...

I often see this recommendation to bail out of California to state avoid income tax. This is a much bigger issue during one's working years than in retirement. Even with a net worth as large as the...
Forum: Other topics 11-15-2020, 01:50 PM
Replies: 85
Views: 4,473
Posted By stepford
I orbit my way through various forums as my...

I orbit my way through various forums as my hobbies evolve. 10-15 years ago I posted on DPReview all the time (photography). For a few years after that I was on Machinist Web a lot. These days I...
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-15-2020, 12:32 PM
Replies: 121
Views: 7,941
Posted By stepford
We're on the other side of this. I get a...

We're on the other side of this. I get a non-COLA'd pension and had the option of 0, 50 and 100% survivor benefits. I discussed it at length with my wife and she preferred that I go for the zero...
Forum: FIRE and Money 11-14-2020, 05:06 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 5,658
Posted By stepford
I thought I'd hit a million someday ever since I...

I thought I'd hit a million someday ever since I started out in my 20s, but had some financial reversals early on: bought a house just before the crash of the early '90s and was laid off in the...
Forum: Hi, I am... 11-11-2020, 12:04 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 3,401
Posted By stepford
As someone looking at a (smaller) forever home in...

As someone looking at a (smaller) forever home in WA I have to say that $2M doesn't seem all that ridiculous in the higher COL parts of the state. Just to get a nice (~2000 sqft) place with a yard...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 11-11-2020, 08:52 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 1,097
Posted By stepford
Retiree medical insurance from my Megacorp is...

Retiree medical insurance from my Megacorp is pretty reasonable: $65/mo for a High Deductible BCBS plan (1400/yr deductible, HSA eligible). This is for me individually - double it if I include a...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 11-09-2020, 04:08 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,805
Posted By stepford
We had a lady come by twice a month for the last...

We had a lady come by twice a month for the last 10 years or so. Stopped in March. Since I'm around the house all the time now it's become my job...
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