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Forum: Life after FIRE 08-17-2017, 03:15 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,280
Posted By GRambler
Do you close it up completely or do you go down...

Do you close it up completely or do you go down even not during the Winter to work on it?

Allegiant flies direct and cheap, so weekend visits are simple. I've already acquired some tools from...
Forum: Life after FIRE 08-17-2017, 02:23 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 3,818
Posted By GRambler
I agree with Nash on the housing market, we...

I agree with Nash on the housing market, we bought our second home when the market was bottomed out. We spent 25+ years going to a certain area and thought we'd like to retire there, but after 5...
Forum: Life after FIRE 08-17-2017, 01:51 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,280
Posted By GRambler
We would do some minor upgrades to sell, like...

We would do some minor upgrades to sell, like carpet and paint, but new kitchens and baths wouldn't gain much if any more than we'd put into it. Those would be for our own snow birding and eventual...
Forum: Life after FIRE 08-17-2017, 01:37 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,280
Posted By GRambler
A fat fingered ER :facepalm:

A fat fingered ER :facepalm:
Forum: Life after FIRE 08-17-2017, 12:47 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,280
Posted By GRambler
Maintaining two homes

I haven't been on here in awhile. We both got our work hours reduced to have more 3 and 4 day weekends, which has kept us both in the work place longer.
Fine I guess, since we're spending someone...
Forum: Other topics 12-10-2013, 12:37 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,603
Posted By GRambler
We have a huge house and estate we've built, at...

We have a huge house and estate we've built, at least by our standards, and done most all the work ourselves. Somehow we found time to build it between our 30's and 50's and enjoyed it, but now we...
Forum: Other topics 12-10-2013, 11:42 AM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,603
Posted By GRambler
Thanks for the replies. Without getting into a...

Thanks for the replies.
Without getting into a lot of details let's just say that we lost a lot of core family in a short period of time. Lot of depression, denial, anger, the usual phases of grief....
Forum: Other topics 12-09-2013, 01:22 PM
Replies: 33
Views: 2,603
Posted By GRambler
Ready, or just forgot how to have fun?

SO and myself have about everything we could want, except family. Most have died off, rest of our families fragmented after the patriarchs died.
Anyway, we have a snowbird house in Florida, rent it...
Forum: Other topics 03-07-2012, 03:19 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 4,579
Posted By GRambler
Professionals built the Titanic. Amateurs built...

Professionals built the Titanic.
Amateurs built the Ark.
:)
Forum: Other topics 03-07-2012, 10:54 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,412
Posted By GRambler
We have a minor league Hockey team. I've wondered...

We have a minor league Hockey team. I've wondered why they didn't have dollar day for High School and College students, or even seniors to fill the seats. With 8000 seats and only about 1000 fans on...
Forum: Other topics 03-06-2012, 01:21 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 9,070
Posted By GRambler
Started working on cars as my passion at a young...

Started working on cars as my passion at a young age, took 3 years auto mechanics in HS, never went to college other than a few Tech classes, took a job in a textile mill as a mechanic, went to work...
Forum: FIRE and Money 02-17-2012, 02:39 PM
Replies: 164
Views: 14,869
Posted By GRambler
Not paying off your mortage when it's at a...

Not paying off your mortage when it's at a comfortable doable level is like taking a mortgage out on a paid for house at 3.5% in the hopes you can invest it and make 5%

I'll take my paid off...
Forum: FIRE and Money 02-17-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,099
Posted By GRambler
We paid off all our debt as soon as we could....

We paid off all our debt as soon as we could. Mortgage, cars, everything. Now we're able to spend what we make if we choose to any given month, the next month or so we might not spend anything and...
Forum: Other topics 02-17-2012, 02:03 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 16,610
Posted By GRambler
Our Masterbath counter is 5' and we opted for the...

Our Masterbath counter is 5' and we opted for the single sink in the middle even though the plans called for a double.
If a buyer turned down our house because it had a single, and that's the only...
Forum: Other topics 02-17-2012, 09:36 AM
Replies: 337
Views: 27,185
Posted By GRambler
I'm not a dancer but anytime this comes on radio...

I'm not a dancer but anytime this comes on radio in the garage I can't help but stop what I'm doing, crank it up and start dancing and jumping around like I used to back in my 1970's arena concert...
Forum: Other topics 02-17-2012, 09:02 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,632
Posted By GRambler
The reverse mom strategy.

The reverse mom strategy.
Forum: Other topics 02-16-2012, 11:08 AM
Replies: 50
Views: 8,632
Posted By GRambler
I'm in a similar situation with my brother. Got...

I'm in a similar situation with my brother. Got that call the other day, needed money to get his power turned back on.
I gave it without question or comment, other than maybe he needs to rethink his...
Forum: Life after FIRE 02-16-2012, 10:25 AM
Replies: 81
Views: 9,726
Posted By GRambler
Very similar but without the child. Our two...

Very similar but without the child.

Our two biggest issues are:
Insurance and self doubt that we've actually achieved FI.

At 52 and 50 we're taking more time off now, still not enough off...
Forum: Other topics 02-16-2012, 09:34 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 16,610
Posted By GRambler
The plans for our house had a double sink. We...

The plans for our house had a double sink. We deleted it and went with a nice size single and more counter space.
It's rare to share the bathroom.
Forum: Other topics 02-15-2012, 11:51 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,312
Posted By GRambler
Kats, What we've done for more time off is we...

Kats,
What we've done for more time off is we now have many more days to take whenever we like, We still work the 8 hr day. We usually take 3-4 day weekends along with the normal one week vacation,...
Forum: FIRE and Money 02-10-2012, 02:40 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 8,496
Posted By GRambler
I have quite a few AAA bonds and 3 Blue Chips. ...

I have quite a few AAA bonds and 3 Blue Chips.
The blue chips showed more losses than the Bonds this past year.
Forum: Other topics 02-10-2012, 02:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,312
Posted By GRambler
Chores range from maintaining the cars, painting...

Chores range from maintaining the cars, painting the hallway, re-docorate a bedroom, fix this, that, etc... boring mundane stuff to me that I used to jump on and enjoy the finished results of DYI....
Forum: Other topics 02-10-2012, 12:02 PM
Replies: 57
Views: 3,128
Posted By GRambler
I cook 95% of the time. DW does the clean up. I...

I cook 95% of the time. DW does the clean up. I honestly wanted to enter her in that new reality show Worst Cook in America. I've seen her blow up water in the Microwave. Myth Busters couldn't even...
Forum: Other topics 02-10-2012, 11:47 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,312
Posted By GRambler
Mind set

SO and I reached a point a couple of years ago where we could retire early. Instead, we've both gotten our companies to let us have more time off. We're early 50's.
Problem is, something overall has...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-24-2011, 02:15 PM
Replies: 93
Views: 10,373
Posted By GRambler
We just bought a second house where we think we'd...

We just bought a second house where we think we'd like to retire. Been going to the area over 25 years. With the down market it was foolish to wait, deals are abound.

Already have a renter in it....
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