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Forum: Life after FIRE Yesterday, 03:29 PM
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We haven't been to that one. Last week we went to...

We haven't been to that one. Last week we went to Taylor Park COE on Grainger Lake. Nicely run campground but no views of the lake, so we probably won't go back.
Forum: Life after FIRE Yesterday, 03:21 PM
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Views: 83,227
Posted By MBAustin
The color is called Supersonic Red and it's only...

The color is called Supersonic Red and it's only available (at extra cost) on some Toyota models. It really is stunning. My first (and most likely only) red car. My response to Koolau and my DH is...
Forum: Life after FIRE Yesterday, 10:07 AM
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Picked up my new Prius Prime (plug-in hybrid)...

Picked up my new Prius Prime (plug-in hybrid) yesterday:

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I decided to BTD by getting the top-of-the-line Limited model with all the bells and whistles. I downloaded the 6 owners manuals...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-16-2021, 10:01 AM
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Views: 84,204
Posted By MBAustin
Cleaned out the garage ... you'll see why in the...

Cleaned out the garage ... you'll see why in the Blow That Dough thread next week. Hadn't done it in several years and it showed. Took a load to Goodwill and will take another load to a high end...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-14-2021, 10:28 AM
Replies: 1,362
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Posted By MBAustin
The little dog and I are back into our summer...

The little dog and I are back into our summer routine of getting our daily 2.5-3 mile walk in immediately after waking up in the morning - too hot to do it any other time. After that I cleaned the...
Forum: Hi, I am... 06-10-2021, 09:23 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,422
Posted By MBAustin
Welcome! If you haven't found them already, we...

Welcome! If you haven't found them already, we have a helpful list of things to think about as you plan for ER:

Some Important Questions to Answer...
Forum: Hi, I am... 06-07-2021, 09:25 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 586
Posted By MBAustin
Welcome Tibbets! If you haven't found them...

Welcome Tibbets! If you haven't found them already, we have a helpful list of things to think about during your planning:

Some Important Questions to Answer...
Forum: Hi, I am... 06-01-2021, 07:40 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 614
Posted By MBAustin
Welcome, vakil! You're ahead of the game by...

Welcome, vakil!

You're ahead of the game by starting to plan and obviously you've done well at saving.

For college, you first need to decide your "rules" - how much will you provide and how...
Forum: Hi, I am... 06-01-2021, 07:36 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 891
Posted By MBAustin
Welcome Countdown - great user name! If you...

Welcome Countdown - great user name! If you haven't found them already, we have a helpful list of things to think about before you make the leap:

Some Important Questions to Answer...
Forum: Other topics 05-27-2021, 07:57 AM
Replies: 147
Views: 6,146
Posted By MBAustin
Other. We both plan to be cremated and have our...

Other. We both plan to be cremated and have our ashes buried in our church's memorial garden (names on a wall plaque in the garden). I have asked that a small amount of my ashes be reserved and...
Forum: Other topics 05-25-2021, 08:37 AM
Replies: 104
Views: 3,906
Posted By MBAustin
Nice to hear Bob James still doing good stuff! ...

Nice to hear Bob James still doing good stuff!

I'm partial to Sara Bareilles also, Midpack. This is my favorite laundry-folding song:
Armor (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6Uj2QyBJVc)
Forum: Life after FIRE 05-14-2021, 12:41 PM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 84,204
Posted By MBAustin
Watched DD's law school graduation by ZOOM today....

Watched DD's law school graduation by ZOOM today. I won't embarrass the school by naming them, but it was a sorry excuse for a commencement - many technical issues (including a limit of 500 attendees...
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-12-2021, 03:23 PM
Replies: 286
Views: 23,997
Posted By MBAustin
I didn't answer because I took a buyout of my...

I didn't answer because I took a buyout of my pension before I started drawing it.
Forum: Life after FIRE 05-11-2021, 09:12 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,070
Posted By MBAustin
A friend of mine who is a CPA has done this for a...

A friend of mine who is a CPA has done this for a few of her clients. if you have a long-term relationship with your CPA, you might ask if they would consider it, or if they have suggestions.
Forum: Hi, I am... 05-10-2021, 09:29 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 662
Posted By MBAustin
Welcome mailbagman! Sounds like you are doing...

Welcome mailbagman! Sounds like you are doing well, although most of us here wouldn't call investment ideas looking for 8-11% yields safe.
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 05-07-2021, 09:13 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,215
Posted By MBAustin
I went back to the gym last week for the first...

I went back to the gym last week for the first time. It's a Fitness Connection (most locations are in TX) and they are still requiring masks at all times. There weren't a lot of people there, but...
Forum: Hi, I am... 05-06-2021, 03:01 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,600
Posted By MBAustin
Welcome, Bob, glad to have you here! How do your...

Welcome, Bob, glad to have you here! How do your numbers look in FireCALC (links on every page here)? Do you have health care figured out (regardless of the date)?

Can't agree more with getting...
Forum: Other topics 05-02-2021, 01:41 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 509
Posted By MBAustin
Cash is always welcome, but I would add a small...

Cash is always welcome, but I would add a small personal item such as an engraved pen, picture frame with a favorite picture of you with him, or a book you think is inspiring/helpful with an...
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-30-2021, 04:25 PM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 84,204
Posted By MBAustin
Went back to the gym for the first time since...

Went back to the gym for the first time since early March last year. Surprised that I hadn't lost all of the strength I had built up in the year+ I'd been going to the gym (had never been a gym...
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-30-2021, 04:23 PM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 84,204
Posted By MBAustin
You must have been at Mother Neff State Park. We...

You must have been at Mother Neff State Park. We spent a night there on our way back from Arkansas two weeks ago. Heard about 4 tests, 2 long and loud, 2 shorter, in the 18 hours we were in the...
Forum: Other topics 04-27-2021, 09:27 AM
Replies: 98
Views: 3,726
Posted By MBAustin
Cold - leftover meatloaf with a bit of ketchup ...

Cold - leftover meatloaf with a bit of ketchup

Hot - Philly cheesesteak with melted provolone (not the Cheez Wiz of south Philly), grilled onions & mushrooms, hot and sweet peppers
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-23-2021, 08:23 AM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 84,204
Posted By MBAustin
Yesterday I spent an hour collecting a yard bag...

Yesterday I spent an hour collecting a yard bag full of weeds and dead branches from the backyard, all accumulated during our two-week RV trip to Arkansas. Barely made a dent in the mess.

Then I...
Forum: Life after FIRE 04-14-2021, 04:51 PM
Replies: 1,362
Views: 84,204
Posted By MBAustin
Finished something we started almost 2 years ago....

Finished something we started almost 2 years ago. On our way to Niagara Falls in our RV, we stopped in Bentonville AR to visit the Crystal Bridges museum which we had heard was good. What we hadnít...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 04-14-2021, 07:09 AM
Replies: 523
Views: 34,285
Posted By MBAustin
So happy to hear the very positive progress...

So happy to hear the very positive progress report, Alan. Iím sure you, Irene, your daughter, and all your family are very relieved that heís on the mend.
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 04-11-2021, 09:58 AM
Replies: 523
Views: 34,285
Posted By MBAustin
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