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Forum: Travel Information Yesterday, 06:52 PM
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When I visit family in Oregon, we usually spend a...

When I visit family in Oregon, we usually spend a few days at the Central Coast (Yachats, Newport, Depoe Bay) which seems less crowded than the North Coast closer to Portland. Depoe Bay is good for...
Forum: Travel Information 06-13-2021, 05:06 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,181
Posted By ABQ2015
Yes, Pie-O-Neer Pies closed and the other pie...

Yes, Pie-O-Neer Pies closed and the other pie place is Pie Town Pies which is also part of a cafe that is called "The Gatherin' Place" or used to be called that before it was renamed Pie Town Pies, I...
Forum: Travel Information 06-13-2021, 03:27 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,181
Posted By ABQ2015
Glad someone else mentioned Walnut Canyon. I...

Glad someone else mentioned Walnut Canyon. I suggested Wupatki NM in my post but meant Walnut Canyon which is much closer to Flagstaff.
Forum: Travel Information 06-12-2021, 10:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 1,181
Posted By ABQ2015
My suggestion would be to try to spend about 2...

My suggestion would be to try to spend about 2 days each at Arches, Zion, Bryce, and Grand Canyon South Rim; and time permitting, 1 day at Capitol Reef and day at Canyonlands and Escalante Grand...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 06-10-2021, 02:33 PM
Replies: 2,182
Views: 120,459
Posted By ABQ2015
Went to a grocery store, Sprouts, for first time...

Went to a grocery store, Sprouts, for first time since my state revised the mask mandate two weeks ago to follow the new CDC guidelines. About 70% of the shoppers were wearing masks, including me. I...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-13-2021, 01:09 AM
Replies: 286
Views: 23,162
Posted By ABQ2015
I have a FERS pension that is 36% of my final...

I have a FERS pension that is 36% of my final salary with a diet COLA but it took me 32 years of service and age 62 to earn it. Missed CSRS by a year. Even with FERS and SS, I would have $20K/yr more...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 05-09-2021, 08:31 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,102
Posted By ABQ2015
Is the $3600 based on salary before retirement?...

Is the $3600 based on salary before retirement? If your income is significantly lower today, my understanding is that you can file an appeal based on this life changing event.
...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 05-07-2021, 09:20 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,102
Posted By ABQ2015
This is an article from the Consumers' Checkbook...

This is an article from the Consumers' Checkbook site that Osprey mentioned that discusses pros and cons of enrolling in Part B:
...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 05-07-2021, 03:10 PM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,102
Posted By ABQ2015
Finding out what exactly Medicare pays for that...

Finding out what exactly Medicare pays for that is not paid by FEHB is not an easy task. From the OPM website:

"Generally, plans under the FEHB Program help pay for the same kind of expenses as...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 04-23-2021, 07:16 PM
Replies: 3,398
Views: 167,468
Posted By ABQ2015
See post #3096 in this thread where Chuckanut...

See post #3096 in this thread where Chuckanut provides explanation of what is meant by 95% efficacy. It is not what most of us think it means.
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 04-23-2021, 12:02 PM
Replies: 3,398
Views: 167,468
Posted By ABQ2015
40% of my state's 16+ population are fully...

40% of my state's 16+ population are fully vaccinated. We have a central registration system and about 55% of registrants are fully vaccinated. I assume this means that there is still a good demand...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 04-17-2021, 02:37 PM
Replies: 206
Views: 9,637
Posted By ABQ2015
I ate inside at a couple of restaurants in June...

I ate inside at a couple of restaurants in June 2020 but regretted it as did not enjoy the experience. It was a small Colorado town but with lots of tourists although these restaurants were not...
Forum: Travel Information 04-09-2021, 02:09 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,617
Posted By ABQ2015
By late October, the Grand Canyon may not be too...

By late October, the Grand Canyon may not be too crowded. A little National Park Disneyland-ish but definitely a must see.
Forum: Travel Information 04-07-2021, 04:12 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 4,617
Posted By ABQ2015
Sounds like a lot of fun! I took my last road...

Sounds like a lot of fun! I took my last road trip in October 2020 (with lots of precautions) and am now fully vaccinated and itching to get out of town. The last five months were hard so cannot...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 04-05-2021, 04:09 PM
Replies: 3,398
Views: 167,468
Posted By ABQ2015
My first vaccine dose at Walgreens was similar to...

My first vaccine dose at Walgreens was similar to explanade. Took about 60 minutes to get vaccine and 15 minute wait. Had to fill out long form at Walgreens as not available online. The second...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 03-24-2021, 08:02 PM
Replies: 3,398
Views: 167,468
Posted By ABQ2015
True, but 4 hours is a reasonable amount of time...

True, but 4 hours is a reasonable amount of time to respond while a few minutes is not, particularly for seniors. Those who miss the text or do not log on in time are put back in the system and...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 03-24-2021, 07:34 PM
Replies: 3,398
Views: 167,468
Posted By ABQ2015
This is similar to the frustration with my...

This is similar to the frustration with my state's centralized registration system. The state randomly selects registered, eligible persons as appointments become available in their area. To snag the...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 03-21-2021, 02:32 PM
Replies: 338
Views: 22,660
Posted By ABQ2015
I had my second Pfizer vaccine two days ago and...

I had my second Pfizer vaccine two days ago and had some mild side effects: a slight headache for about 24 hours and a little fatigue the next day that required a nap. After the nap, some minor...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 03-19-2021, 07:44 PM
Replies: 3,398
Views: 167,468
Posted By ABQ2015
New Mexico made a similar announcement today as...

New Mexico made a similar announcement today as 60% of those currently eligible in 1A and 1B have their first shot and therefore the state opened up vaccines to the 1C group of healthy 60-74 age...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 02-28-2021, 03:48 PM
Replies: 225
Views: 12,775
Posted By ABQ2015
My state is one of only four states that...

My state is one of only four states that currently limits eligibility based solely on age to 75+. The age 60-74 subgroup is not until Phase 1C. But I was able to get my first shot (Pfizer) last week...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 02-26-2021, 02:20 PM
Replies: 3,398
Views: 167,468
Posted By ABQ2015
You were correct. I was pleased to receive the...

You were correct. I was pleased to receive the Pfizer vaccine. It was a small operation that went until noon and only about 60 doses were given. We were warned previously that most of the February...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 02-25-2021, 08:22 PM
Replies: 3,398
Views: 167,468
Posted By ABQ2015
So excited that I have an appointment for my...

So excited that I have an appointment for my first vaccine tomorrow! I am in the massive 1B pool of ages 16-74 with chronic conditions, about 40% of the state population. I signed up at the state...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 02-20-2021, 12:05 AM
Replies: 3,398
Views: 167,468
Posted By ABQ2015
The Civic Center in Amarillo/Potter County is...

The Civic Center in Amarillo/Potter County is providing vaccines regardless of state or county residency:
...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 02-18-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 2,182
Views: 120,459
Posted By ABQ2015
I went to Costco yesterday, my once every 3 month...

I went to Costco yesterday, my once every 3 month trip to stock up on meats, seafood, supplements, etc. We are at the tail end of a week long winter storm and it was starting to snow once again as I...
Forum: Other topics 02-17-2021, 12:50 PM
Replies: 5,624
Views: 371,604
Posted By ABQ2015
Family in three different west Texas cities are...

Family in three different west Texas cities are still without electricity (hence no central heating) and water. They are reporting on FB how much warmer and easier it is to sleep at night when the...
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