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Forum: Other topics 07-15-2014, 06:42 PM
Replies: 144
Views: 9,340
Posted By califdreamer
When I was registering I was dreaming of...

When I was registering I was dreaming of retirement and the song popped into my head.
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-15-2014, 06:38 PM
Replies: 76
Views: 9,182
Posted By califdreamer
When flying out of SAN to go to Europe, the...

When flying out of SAN to go to Europe, the connection can be LAX, SFO, JFK, Newark, Atlanta, etc. depending on the carrier. If you are in North County you can fly out of Carlsbad and connect to LAX...
Forum: Other topics 01-03-2014, 01:08 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,904
Posted By califdreamer
Three albums came to mind quickly when I read the...

Three albums came to mind quickly when I read the title of the thread - Tea for the Tillerman (Cat Stevens), Lightfoot (really old folkie Gordon Lightfoot) and Stardust (Willie Nelson). Haven't...
Forum: Other topics 06-25-2013, 11:22 PM
Replies: 136
Views: 9,554
Posted By califdreamer
I was called to jury duty in Santa Monica back in...

I was called to jury duty in Santa Monica back in the 90s during the second OJ Simpson trial. I would regularly see the media characters and lawyers from that trial in the elevator and also in the...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-18-2013, 11:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,739
Posted By califdreamer
So our recovery has been much stronger than our...

So our recovery has been much stronger than our European partners, as Obama said. Any argument there?
Forum: Other topics 03-29-2013, 01:15 AM
Replies: 91
Views: 6,578
Posted By califdreamer
Al, I'm very sorry to hear about Lena's accident...

Al, I'm very sorry to hear about Lena's accident but glad to hear she's recovering quickly. Best wishes to you both!
Forum: Life after FIRE 02-09-2013, 12:40 AM
Replies: 100
Views: 8,529
Posted By califdreamer
Great to have you back Rich! Any one of the three...

Great to have you back Rich! Any one of the three choices would be great, just depends on which strong points appeal to you most. I have an inkling it might be Tampa.

Sending good wishes your way!
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-04-2012, 11:41 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 20,712
Posted By califdreamer
I did build a budget with fairly generous amounts...

I did build a budget with fairly generous amounts for discretionary expenses including $9,000 per year for vacations/travel, $7,200 for dining out and $4,800 for hobbies. Could probably pare this...
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-04-2012, 08:15 PM
Replies: 161
Views: 20,712
Posted By califdreamer
I was very interested to see this thread since...

I was very interested to see this thread since the title is a question I've asked myself over the last several years regarding projected retirement income needs. I voted that I'd be disappointed...
Forum: Life after FIRE 11-12-2012, 08:27 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 4,367
Posted By califdreamer
Congratulations Rambler! Always encouraging to...

Congratulations Rambler! Always encouraging to hear success stories. :)
Forum: Hi, I am... 08-30-2012, 08:47 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 3,896
Posted By califdreamer
Jeff, like others have said, nicely done and...

Jeff, like others have said, nicely done and welcome!

I'm not sure I've read something that so accurately reflects what I'm feeling at my core.

I've got more slouching ahead of me...
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-01-2012, 09:55 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,589
Posted By califdreamer
"I was born to be idle." Are we related or...

"I was born to be idle." Are we related or something?

Thanks for the post and congratulations on ER. I am envious and hope I'm not too far behind!
Forum: Other topics 06-20-2012, 12:06 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 4,324
Posted By califdreamer
T-Al, you can come down to the SD area anytime...

T-Al, you can come down to the SD area anytime for more fish :)
Forum: Life after FIRE 05-30-2012, 04:49 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 9,226
Posted By califdreamer
I'm one of the 99% that love San Diego and I...

I'm one of the 99% that love San Diego and I would agree with previous poster that it sounds like a great choice for you.

Another place to consider is San Luis Obispo, halfway between LA and SF...
Forum: Life after FIRE 05-30-2012, 04:19 PM
Replies: 461
Views: 43,668
Posted By califdreamer
Rented "Nowhere Boy" from Netflix, biopic of John...

Rented "Nowhere Boy" from Netflix, biopic of John Lennon. Focuses on his adolescence in Liverpool. I enjoyed the movie because it humanizes its subject warts and all and avoids the usual cliches. ...
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-31-2011, 03:27 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,622
Posted By califdreamer
I'll second "Investor's Manifesto" by Bernstein...

I'll second "Investor's Manifesto" by Bernstein and "Bogleheads' Guide." Also Ferri's "All About Asset Allocation."
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-30-2011, 06:34 PM
Replies: 58
Views: 5,486
Posted By califdreamer
1. Refinanced home twice. Closing now on 3.875%...

1. Refinanced home twice. Closing now on 3.875% 30 yr fixed. Never would've believed a few years ago payment would be so low.

2. Company bought out ESOP shares. Moved into IRA with a low cost...
Forum: Young Dreamers 07-25-2011, 06:12 PM
Replies: 64
Views: 8,164
Posted By califdreamer
Best quote of the thread :)

Best quote of the thread :)
Forum: Other topics 06-08-2011, 01:23 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 5,808
Posted By califdreamer
Funny you should ask as two housekeepers are...

Funny you should ask as two housekeepers are cleaning my home right now. I pay them $100 per visit, which usually takes 2.5 - 3 hours for 2600 sf home. Usually a cleaning once every three weeks is...
Forum: Travel Information 04-19-2011, 07:45 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,892
Posted By califdreamer
one word: go

one word: go
Forum: Other topics 03-20-2011, 04:18 PM
Replies: 50
Views: 3,969
Posted By califdreamer
All kinds of wine... Cabernet and Cabernet...

All kinds of wine... Cabernet and Cabernet blends, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blancs from CA and France (Sancerre especially), Petite Sirah, Rhone reds, CA sparkling and French Champagne, etc....
Forum: Other topics 01-31-2011, 08:38 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,092
Posted By califdreamer
I'm not sure I follow this. My understanding is...

I'm not sure I follow this. My understanding is the pension agreements in place are untouchable. Best hope on pensions is to alter the program for new government employees. If that's not the case...
Forum: Other topics 01-29-2011, 06:32 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,092
Posted By califdreamer
I missed this while I was posting but seems...

I missed this while I was posting but seems consistent with CA Dept of Finance's finding that CA ranks 15th among states in taxes and fees collected per $100 of income at $17.22.

I don't deny that...
Forum: Other topics 01-29-2011, 06:26 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,092
Posted By califdreamer
Los Angeles Times: California budget balancer -...

Los Angeles Times: California budget balancer - latimes.com (https://www.latimes.com/news/local/budget/)

I fiddled around with the budget calculator today. It sure paints a grim picture.
...
Forum: Other topics 01-29-2011, 12:47 PM
Replies: 128
Views: 10,092
Posted By califdreamer
Try your hand at solving the CA budget crisis...

Try your hand at solving the CA budget crisis here:

Los Angeles Times: California budget balancer - latimes.com (https://www.latimes.com/news/local/budget/)
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