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Forum: Health and Early Retirement 07-28-2020, 07:54 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 906
Posted By hankster
In the absence of good hiking trails, I will seek...

In the absence of good hiking trails, I will seek out an area with a set of stairs that are not too heavily used. Some parks have stairways that are good for a workout. I donít run them anymore, but...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 07-23-2020, 04:20 PM
Replies: 163
Views: 9,284
Posted By hankster
Iíve started taking long walks daily and plan to...

Iíve started taking long walks daily and plan to continue for as long as I can. Aside from the physical exercise, itís just good for my mental outlook. Iím more optimistic when I get away from the...
Forum: Hi, I am... 07-23-2020, 03:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 801
Posted By hankster
Thank you. The only thing I miss: getting paid to...

Thank you. The only thing I miss: getting paid to surf the web :laugh:
Forum: Hi, I am... 07-22-2020, 04:59 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 801
Posted By hankster
Reintroduction time

Hi All,
Iíve been a member for quite some time, but havenít posted for awhile. The reason for this is: I retired October 2017 and have been running around doing all sorts of cool retirement stuff...
Forum: Other topics 09-16-2017, 10:23 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 2,472
Posted By hankster
I like this little clip from BTO's classic Takin'...

I like this little clip from BTO's classic Takin' Care of Business:

People see you having fun just a-lying in the sun
Tell them that you like it this way
It's the work that we avoid, and we're...
Forum: Other topics 09-13-2017, 11:56 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 10,971
Posted By hankster
If you pulled the wings off a fly, would you call...

If you pulled the wings off a fly, would you call it a walk?
Forum: FIRE and Money 08-08-2017, 02:05 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 3,507
Posted By hankster
Agreed. Even my limited Excel skills enabled me...

Agreed. Even my limited Excel skills enabled me to build some awesome retirement planning spreadsheets. It's fun to plug in different variables,hit enter and watch all the numbers change.
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 07-11-2017, 12:43 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 7,237
Posted By hankster
My go to breakfast is a cheese omelet with...

My go to breakfast is a cheese omelet with uncured ham or uncured :baconflag:
and coffee with some splenda and heavy cream.

Sometimes I plop a fried egg on top of the omelet (I know...I'm kinda...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-10-2017, 12:14 PM
Replies: 129
Views: 10,892
Posted By hankster
I like the practice (learned on this forum) of...

I like the practice (learned on this forum) of having 3 versions of a retirement budget, which goes something like this:
1. Optimal
2. Reduced
3. Austerity

We could live with the 25% haircut...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-10-2017, 11:34 AM
Replies: 51
Views: 5,697
Posted By hankster
I've always been an outdoor person. I'll sit...

I've always been an outdoor person. I'll sit outside in very hot weather and let a sprinkler spray my legs while I sit in the shade. I also go out in very cold weather and hike to stay warm or sit by...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-10-2017, 11:20 AM
Replies: 80
Views: 5,651
Posted By hankster
As a long time shift worker, napping has been a...

As a long time shift worker, napping has been a coping mechanism to make up for the almost constant state of sleep deprivation.

Lately I've found that I really hit a wall in the evening, even when...
Forum: Life after FIRE 06-10-2017, 11:10 AM
Replies: 398
Views: 76,807
Posted By hankster
I really did it! Signed the papers for October...

I really did it! Signed the papers for October 1st.
(and added myself to the happy list) :dance:

Class of 2017

January
- Pedidiva 1/1/17 age 58
- doneat54 Ė 1/4/2017 age 54
- rrufus Ė...
Forum: Life after FIRE 05-07-2017, 08:50 AM
Replies: 92
Views: 7,690
Posted By hankster
I second the suggestion of Spokane, WA/Coeur d'...

I second the suggestion of Spokane, WA/Coeur d' Alene ID area.
Forum: FIRE and Money 05-06-2017, 09:55 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 7,485
Posted By hankster
Our planned after tax spending for retirement...

Our planned after tax spending for retirement will be about $5700/month which includes retiree medical premiums. These premiums should decrease at age 65 when Medicare becomes primary and retiree...
Forum: Other topics 05-02-2017, 05:00 PM
Replies: 117
Views: 7,376
Posted By hankster
Hankster - Sporting the same silly avatar since...

Hankster - Sporting the same silly avatar since 2008
Forum: Travel Information 04-22-2017, 08:19 AM
Replies: 101
Views: 8,100
Posted By hankster
We lost interest in air travel around age 57 but...

We lost interest in air travel around age 57 but have a renewed interest in RV travel after I retire this fall. We're looking forward to exploring the western U.S. without the limitations of job...
Forum: Other topics 04-13-2017, 09:02 AM
Replies: 125
Views: 10,139
Posted By hankster
I learned that OMY is a common struggle with many...

I learned that OMY is a common struggle with many people and that it is possible to overcome it by focusing on the priceless commodity called "time". So many folks on this forum testify to freedom of...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-05-2017, 04:15 PM
Replies: 255
Views: 22,995
Posted By hankster
A couple more money saving tips: Go bald....

A couple more money saving tips:

Go bald. Saves tons on haircuts and hair products.

Save those little gobs of toothpaste on the bathroom sink. They make great after dinner mints. ;D
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 04-04-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 299
Views: 17,419
Posted By hankster
I experienced the same thing. A big ham and...

I experienced the same thing. A big ham and cheese omelet for breakfast often has me skipping lunch or just having a few carrot sticks, cheese and some sliced chicken because I'm simply not very...
Forum: Life after FIRE 02-26-2017, 02:55 PM
Replies: 156
Views: 13,533
Posted By hankster
DW and I have spent most of our lives in small...

DW and I have spent most of our lives in small towns (<1000 people) or in a rural setting miles from the nearest town.

We bought a home for our retirement in a development near a large lake with...
Forum: Other topics 02-26-2017, 01:22 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,867
Posted By hankster
That's about the amount of time off I have. I...

That's about the amount of time off I have. I used to enjoy the job and its challenges and found myself quite content with this fairly generous amount of vacation time.

Now that my interest in...
Forum: FIRE and Money 02-23-2017, 03:28 PM
Replies: 246
Views: 22,803
Posted By hankster
I'm fortunate to have a pension (non COLA) that...

I'm fortunate to have a pension (non COLA) that will cover our non-discretionary spending. DW will have a small pension at age 65.
401k, Roth IRAs and taxable for discretionary spending and...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-28-2017, 12:22 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 12,382
Posted By hankster
Well said! It has become increasingly clear to me...

Well said! It has become increasingly clear to me that further savings accumulation for the sake of luxury doesn't make sense. I could easily fill my days with simple activities and enjoyment of the...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 01-28-2017, 11:40 AM
Replies: 205
Views: 21,509
Posted By hankster
I'm experiencing this now. Too much time in front...

I'm experiencing this now. Too much time in front of a computer certainly isn't helping. I'm otherwise healthy and active.

These back and neck issues are front and center in my decision to ER this...
Forum: Other topics 01-25-2017, 04:30 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 2,103
Posted By hankster
Congrats! I've dealt with shift work for most of...

Congrats! I've dealt with shift work for most of the last 40 years and am looking forward to leaving it behind later this year.
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