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Forum: Other topics Today, 06:10 AM
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We've had a Thule system for 21 years now and...

We've had a Thule system for 21 years now and used it on 3 different cars to haul a kayak and sometimes also a large telescope back and forth to Maine. I also take the upper attachments off and use...
Forum: Life after FIRE Yesterday, 03:15 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 807
Posted By Gumby
I would skimp on virtually anything else before...

I would skimp on virtually anything else before I'd skimp on groceries. The things we could most easily cut back on in a crunch would be restaurant meals, wine and vacations. In an normal year,...
Forum: Travel Information 06-23-2021, 06:59 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,600
Posted By Gumby
If I had to pick the most breathtakingly...

If I had to pick the most breathtakingly beautiful spot in Italy, it would probably be a three-way tie: a) the Villa Balbianello in Lenno on Lake Como; b) the Villa San Michele on Capri; c) the...
Forum: Other topics 06-23-2021, 04:02 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 191
Posted By Gumby
I filed my paper return by certified mail on...

I filed my paper return by certified mail on 2/19/21. I finally received the refund check on 6/21/21, over 17 weeks later. They paid me interest at 3% simple from April 15th.
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-23-2021, 11:55 AM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 84,184
Posted By Gumby
A sad day today. This morning, I had to take one...

A sad day today. This morning, I had to take one of our cats on her final trip to the vet. Her name was Madeline and she was a sweet girl who made us happy every day of her life.
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-23-2021, 04:53 AM
Replies: 39
Views: 2,388
Posted By Gumby
As Solon allegedly advised Croesus in Herodotus'...

As Solon allegedly advised Croesus in Herodotus' Histories, "count no man happy until the end is known." None of us can be certain that we have sufficient funds to retire, because the end is not yet...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-22-2021, 07:02 PM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 84,184
Posted By Gumby
Lumber futures have been on a pretty steady...

Lumber futures have been on a pretty steady decline for the past two months. https://www.nasdaq.com/market-activity/commodities/lbs I don't know if that is showing up yet at the retail level.
Forum: Other topics 06-21-2021, 08:48 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 7,461
Posted By Gumby
Will there be a parade? I think all victories...

Will there be a parade? I think all victories deserve a parade.
Forum: Travel Information 06-21-2021, 08:20 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,600
Posted By Gumby
Now that we are retired, I certainly would. I...

Now that we are retired, I certainly would. I don't think it is possible to spend too much time in Italy.
Forum: Travel Information 06-21-2021, 07:50 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,600
Posted By Gumby
It is indeed a beautiful place; we stayed on the...

It is indeed a beautiful place; we stayed on the Isola dei Pescatori and loved it. I would also suggest Orta San Julio on Lago d'Orta and Bellagio on Lago di Como, which are similarly beautiful. ...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-21-2021, 04:39 PM
Replies: 139
Views: 8,904
Posted By Gumby
I finally received my refund check today. The...

I finally received my refund check today. The extra 0.46% was indeed interest. I initially mailed my return in on 2/19.

Even more good news now that they have finally processed our return is...
Forum: Travel Information 06-21-2021, 05:27 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,600
Posted By Gumby
Sorrento is a good choice. You can fly to Naples...

Sorrento is a good choice. You can fly to Naples from Sicily and take the train or a ferry to Sorrento. While you are there, you should take a day to drive the Amalfi coast and see Amalfi, Positano...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-19-2021, 07:38 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,564
Posted By Gumby
New Hampshire may be perfect for you, for a...

New Hampshire may be perfect for you, for a variety of reasons. I certainly have always enjoyed it there, and I most certainly do not intend to dissuade you from choosing it.

But this raises a...
Forum: Other topics 06-19-2021, 04:18 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 7,461
Posted By Gumby
The Connecticut General Assembly has passed a...

The Connecticut General Assembly has passed a bill legalizing recreational marijuana in our state. Governor Lamont is expected to sign it into law this coming week. I read through the bill and it...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-19-2021, 07:26 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,564
Posted By Gumby
This is not a commentary on New Hampshire, as I...

This is not a commentary on New Hampshire, as I have only been there to climb in the White Mountains and driving through to get to Maine. It's more of a general life observation. --- I wouldn't...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-18-2021, 08:35 PM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 84,184
Posted By Gumby
I'm glad your wife got a good report, street. ...

I'm glad your wife got a good report, street. Enjoy your day tomorrow.
Forum: Other topics 06-18-2021, 07:48 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 9,223
Posted By Gumby
Long, long ago, I was a junior officer in the US...

Long, long ago, I was a junior officer in the US Navy aboard a ballistic missile submarine. One day, my senior chief - the senior enlisted man in the division that I headed; far more experienced...
Forum: Other topics 06-18-2021, 06:40 PM
Replies: 113
Views: 8,085
Posted By Gumby
When the young wife and I got married (at 23 and...

When the young wife and I got married (at 23 and 25, respectively), we had virtually nothing. She was living at home with her parents after recently graduating from college and I was living aboard...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 06-17-2021, 03:40 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,841
Posted By Gumby
Threads are often taken off line while the...

Threads are often taken off line while the moderators discuss what to do about problematic posts. It keeps problems from getting worse.
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-16-2021, 01:08 PM
Replies: 106
Views: 5,711
Posted By Gumby
I would. If money were no object, I'd have a...

I would. If money were no object, I'd have a home on the Maine mid-coast and another in the Florida Keys. I would change station in April and October.
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 06-16-2021, 10:11 AM
Replies: 1,033
Views: 53,903
Posted By Gumby
When I say all eligible people, I mean everyone...

When I say all eligible people, I mean everyone 12+. Children 11 and under total about 13% of the population of Connecticut, so I take the figures from here...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 06-15-2021, 06:51 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 6,841
Posted By Gumby
As I mentioned sometime last year, I've done way...

As I mentioned sometime last year, I've done way more dangerous stuff than that in my life.
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-15-2021, 01:20 PM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 84,184
Posted By Gumby
We harvested the first of our slicing cucumbers...

We harvested the first of our slicing cucumbers from the garden today. The little picklers were ready two days earlier.
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 06-15-2021, 12:28 PM
Replies: 1,033
Views: 53,903
Posted By Gumby
Come to Connecticut. 75% of all eligible people...

Come to Connecticut. 75% of all eligible people have received at least one shot and 71% are fully vaccinated. And it's more tolerable here in the winter.
Forum: Other topics 06-15-2021, 06:47 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,262
Posted By Gumby
I hear you. Back when I was a Navy submariner,...

I hear you. Back when I was a Navy submariner, we scattered the ashes of the boat's first navigator before we submerged. I was the Protestant lay leader (subs don't have chaplains), so it fell to...
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