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Forum: Other topics 10-12-2020, 07:12 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,901
Posted By whitet
I intermittently toy with the idea of adding a...

I intermittently toy with the idea of adding a greenhouse, mainly to get an early start on things like dahlias, tomatoes and other late/slow bloomers that have short windows here in the Northeast...
Forum: Other topics 10-11-2020, 07:24 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,901
Posted By whitet
So how did the begonias and impatiens work out? ...

So how did the begonias and impatiens work out? I bought some tuberous begonias in the spring and they were absolutely gorgeous. Hope I can get them back again next year.
Forum: Other topics 10-11-2020, 11:36 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,901
Posted By whitet
This process of overwintering of geraniums worked...

This process of overwintering of geraniums worked well for me, so am getting ready to repeat it this winter. The one thing I learned (or at least I think I learned) is that the plants need a gradual...
Forum: Other topics 05-29-2020, 05:55 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 6,062
Posted By whitet
Warning: Not wacky so skip if only interested in...

Warning: Not wacky so skip if only interested in genuinely wacky jobs...

Just a few years ago, during a down time in my contract programming career, I decided to apply for a job at the Charlotte...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 03-28-2020, 03:27 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 389
Posted By whitet
Agree, I think Simon is an equal to Dylan when it...

Agree, I think Simon is an equal to Dylan when it comes to poetry, but IMO Simon is by far the better singer. My impression is that Paul is not the most humble of performers, but his exquisite...
Forum: Other topics 03-28-2020, 02:49 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 1,901
Posted By whitet
Geraniums are out of hibernation, denuded and...

Geraniums are out of hibernation, denuded and back in dirt. Was surprised to see that new shoots had begun even while they were hanging upside down in the dark.
Forum: Other topics 03-17-2020, 06:01 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 880
Posted By whitet
Maybe this is common knowledge...but in the nine...

Maybe this is common knowledge...but in the nine years that my first heat pump system lasted (a Rheem unit in condo in NC), I had two parts fail while still under warranty, the inside coil and the...
Forum: Other topics 03-13-2020, 05:55 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 880
Posted By whitet
This matches our experience in southern North...

This matches our experience in southern North Carolina. The heat delivered by a heat pump is typically just barely warmer than the current temperature in your home. When you place your hand in front...
Forum: Other topics 02-13-2020, 09:17 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 8,436
Posted By whitet
Did David Bowie have special eyes? Along the...

Did David Bowie have special eyes? Along the same lines as Bette Davis maybe? I did not know this.
Forum: Other topics 02-13-2020, 09:12 PM
Replies: 188
Views: 8,436
Posted By whitet
At my first job (computer operator), all printed...

At my first job (computer operator), all printed output started with a banner page made up of the first 5 characters of the employee's last name followed by the first letter of their first name...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 02-07-2020, 10:41 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By whitet
Very interesting that you mention neuroma. Back...

Very interesting that you mention neuroma. Back in my high-mileage days, I saw an orthopedist who was also a runner for pain near the base of my 'index' toe. Naturally he counseled rest. With...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 02-07-2020, 09:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By whitet
Yes, the day is coming for me, and I worry about...

Yes, the day is coming for me, and I worry about what will happen to my weight when it does. Running is the only way I have ever successfully kept my waist in check.

Congrats to Mrs B! ...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 02-07-2020, 07:18 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By whitet
Good luck with the surgery - saw your bunion...

Good luck with the surgery - saw your bunion thread. Keep us updated on the outcome. Hope you can get back to it in relatively quick order.
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 02-07-2020, 07:08 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By whitet
This is a great goal! To be honest, I find it...

This is a great goal! To be honest, I find it very hard to envision myself still running 20 years from now. There are days when it is all I can do to run through the standard foot pain I experience...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 02-06-2020, 09:05 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By whitet
Agreed! Of course distinguishing between your...

Agreed! Of course distinguishing between your body's ordinary muscle and joint complaints (particularly with the added aches and pains that advancing age brings) and genuine warnings of overuse is...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 02-05-2020, 07:26 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 791
Posted By whitet
Any 60+ road racers out there?

I have been running and doing road races (5k to marathon) since my early 30s. Of course, there were times when I was more serious than others. I also had some breaks where I did no running and no...
Forum: Technology, Media & e-Gadgets 01-23-2020, 12:51 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 340
Posted By whitet
Thank you. I haven't used a Wii much, and not...

Thank you. I haven't used a Wii much, and not for many years now, but I do remember being underwhelmed by the 'action' games like tennis, bowling, golf, boxing, etc... Of course this may be...
Forum: Technology, Media & e-Gadgets 01-22-2020, 03:36 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 340
Posted By whitet
Multi-player family game system

When we were younger parents, my wife and I loved to play video games with our kids. We had some hand held controllers that plugged into our big tower of a PC and we would compete in racing games,...
Forum: Other topics 12-11-2019, 07:22 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 22,325
Posted By whitet
Haha!, 'Do it' is definitely a throwback to my...

Haha!, 'Do it' is definitely a throwback to my teenage years (am currently 62). I doubt it is still a thing, other than in my cob-webby brain.

As for your hypothesis that a younger partner...
Forum: Other topics 12-10-2019, 03:48 PM
Replies: 123
Views: 22,325
Posted By whitet
Don't quite qualify for this poll, but it has got...

Don't quite qualify for this poll, but it has got me thinking...I'm curious if there is a correlation between the number of years married to/living with the same partner and the frequency of sex. I...
Forum: Technology, Media & e-Gadgets 12-06-2019, 08:57 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 922
Posted By whitet
We rafted the canyon a few years ago and I bought...

We rafted the canyon a few years ago and I bought a waterproof case for my P&S, rather than a w/p camera. Can't recommend it. Though the camera stayed dry while taking some very cool whitewater...
Forum: Technology, Media & e-Gadgets 12-05-2019, 04:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 922
Posted By whitet
Thank you for all the great input. Have I...

Thank you for all the great input. Have I mentioned that I really love early-retirement.org?
To prioritize my needs:

1. 25X optical zoom or better. My old Powershot had 12X, which was good, but...
Forum: Technology, Media & e-Gadgets 12-05-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 21
Views: 922
Posted By whitet
digital camera recommendations?

I'm not a photography enthusiast, nor am I particularly knowledgeable about cameras, but I do like to take pictures of wildlife when hiking, visiting parks and even looking out from the back patio or...
Forum: Other topics 12-04-2019, 09:15 AM
Replies: 5,705
Views: 418,852
Posted By whitet
+1 I am retiring from big finance...

+1

I am retiring from big finance (including some time at WF) in a few weeks and although I earned a nice living, I will not in any manner miss the bureaucracy, arrogance and pig-headedness I...
Forum: Other topics 11-18-2019, 10:37 AM
Replies: 5,705
Views: 418,852
Posted By whitet
What makes this board great is the diversity of...

What makes this board great is the diversity of opinion - please don't stop posting because of something I wrote. I meant no disrespect to you or your opinion. If I worded it poorly, or if I came...
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