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Forum: Travel Information 09-20-2014, 09:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 1,307
Posted By JakeBrake
Take US 287 to Amarillo. I40 is a the shortest...

Take US 287 to Amarillo. I40 is a the shortest way to Albuquerque from Amarillo. Lots of things to see on that route. Most of the main streets in the towns are on Historic US 66.

We like to...
Forum: Other topics 09-19-2014, 08:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 972
Posted By JakeBrake
My A/C compressors work year 'round, So, covering...

My A/C compressors work year 'round, So, covering the compressors is not an option.

The thermostats switch from heat to cool automatically and may switch from heat to cool and back within a within...
Forum: Other topics 09-16-2014, 08:57 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 2,034
Posted By JakeBrake
We changed out a drop-in stove for a black...

We changed out a drop-in stove for a black free-standing Maytag electric range a couple of years ago. We bought the stove from a large independent dealer that is very competitive with Lowe's, Sears,...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 09-16-2014, 03:25 PM
Replies: 109
Views: 10,593
Posted By JakeBrake
I've been on 20 mg pravastatin for probably 20...

I've been on 20 mg pravastatin for probably 20 years. No side effects that I know of.

Recently I had a stress test which revealed that I had one artery 40% blocked. The other arteries are clear....
Forum: Other topics 09-13-2014, 11:46 AM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,803
Posted By JakeBrake
I've been reading "Theodore Roosevelt; an...

I've been reading "Theodore Roosevelt; an Autobiography" This is a free Kindle book on Amazon.

The sections on his life as a cowboy in North Dakota, African safaris, The Spanish War, the national...
Forum: FIRE and Money 09-11-2014, 07:40 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 2,912
Posted By JakeBrake
As a last resort, I followed the instructions:)....

As a last resort, I followed the instructions:). Initially, I did not notice that they had changed from zzz-vanguard to Vanguard. This appears to me to be the only change.
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 09-10-2014, 09:30 PM
Replies: 46
Views: 4,528
Posted By JakeBrake
I'm fortunate in that I sleep very well. My...

I'm fortunate in that I sleep very well. My problem is that I wake up at first light. This was not a problem when I was working because I had to get up way before first light.

I've tried keeping...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 09-08-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 92
Views: 8,885
Posted By JakeBrake
My MegaCorp (a Fortune 50 company) is getting out...

My MegaCorp (a Fortune 50 company) is getting out of retiree health insurance for Medicare eligible retirees as of 2015.

We do get a MegaCorp furnished HSA account. The retiree gets a set $ amount...
Forum: Other topics 08-27-2014, 06:56 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 1,266
Posted By JakeBrake
I live in an unincorporated area, so I don't pay...

I live in an unincorporated area, so I don't pay city property tax. I do pay county property tax and a state forest fire protection tax ($.09 per acre classified as forest).
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 08-16-2014, 12:19 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,577
Posted By JakeBrake
I've had two mini-strokes. In both cases the...

I've had two mini-strokes. In both cases the symptoms were rather atypical. The first occurred a year ago. I ignored that one and pretty much forgot about it. The second stroke was about a month ago....
Forum: Other topics 08-11-2014, 06:57 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 2,463
Posted By JakeBrake
You could use some surplus AN/TRC-75 radios. The...

You could use some surplus AN/TRC-75 radios. The AN/TRC-75 was the work horse for heavy ground communications for the Army and Marines during the Vietnam era. The military may have some stashed away....
Forum: Other topics 08-05-2014, 08:51 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 3,416
Posted By JakeBrake
It's 150 miles to the nearest Costco from my...

It's 150 miles to the nearest Costco from my house. So far, I've been able to survive without Costco.

We have two Sam's Clubs within 10 miles.
Forum: Other topics 07-31-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 311
Views: 19,869
Posted By JakeBrake
$4.39 for 93 octane no-ethanol gas. $3.29...

$4.39 for 93 octane no-ethanol gas.

$3.29 for 87 octane 10% ethanol gas.
Forum: Other topics 07-23-2014, 08:36 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,423
Posted By JakeBrake
DW does not have pierced ears. Our DD, who is...

DW does not have pierced ears. Our DD, who is over 30, does not have pierced ears.

DW does wear clip-on ear rings. DD does not wear ear rings. Period.
Forum: Other topics 07-23-2014, 08:13 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,196
Posted By JakeBrake
Who pays for checks? I have Old Timers accounts...

Who pays for checks? I have Old Timers accounts at two different regional banks. Both banks offer free checks.

DW writes a check for cash every week and takes it to the drive-through. My job is to...
Forum: Other topics 07-21-2014, 07:04 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,330
Posted By JakeBrake
I hate serrated knives. The less said about them,...

I hate serrated knives. The less said about them, the better.:)
Forum: Life after FIRE 07-20-2014, 07:05 PM
Replies: 53
Views: 4,819
Posted By JakeBrake
When DW and I are on a road trip we stay away...

When DW and I are on a road trip we stay away from the interstates and the big cities. This often puts into "dives". I prefer to call them "mom and pop motels". Usually you can park on the first...
Forum: Other topics 07-14-2014, 02:31 PM
Replies: 3,724
Views: 301,999
Posted By JakeBrake
A replacement motor for my 30 year old bathroom...

A replacement motor for my 30 year old bathroom vent. The replacement is a perfect fit and I only had to remove one screw. The replacement has a regular AC plug.

Also bought a Dell print cartridge...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-05-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,196
Posted By JakeBrake
DW and I had an estate attorney do ours. He made...

DW and I had an estate attorney do ours. He made health directives, power of attorneys, revocable trust agreements, deeds associated with revocable trusts and pour over wills. He recorded the...
Forum: FIRE and Money 07-01-2014, 08:26 PM
Replies: 45
Views: 5,697
Posted By JakeBrake
In my Mega Corp there was a school of sharks...

In my Mega Corp there was a school of sharks (financial advisers that followed Mega Corp and appeared to know all the rules and who was close to retirement) that aggressively sold in-service 401K...
Forum: Other topics 06-30-2014, 06:53 PM
Replies: 73
Views: 4,797
Posted By JakeBrake
I lost 5 pounds this morning after 2.5 hours...

I lost 5 pounds this morning after 2.5 hours behind my walk-behind mower in 90 degree heat. That would be about 2.5% body weight for me.

My mower mows at 4.5 MPH, so that should be about 9 miles...
Forum: Other topics 06-24-2014, 08:31 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,952
Posted By JakeBrake
I have been called for both county and federal...

I have been called for both county and federal juries.

IMHO jurors are treated better on county juries where all officials are elected by the jury pool, rather than on federal juries where all...
Forum: Other topics 06-24-2014, 08:01 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,884
Posted By JakeBrake
I discovered recently that an exhaust manifold...

I discovered recently that an exhaust manifold leak sounds almost like an engine knock.

I discovered that when I took my 1995 GMC to an independent muffler shop to replace the muffler which...
Forum: Other topics 06-23-2014, 06:48 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 2,884
Posted By JakeBrake
Non-ethanol gas in 87, 89, and 93 octane is...

Non-ethanol gas in 87, 89, and 93 octane is fairly common around here sold by independent dealers. The big companies like Exxon, Chevron, Texaco, etc don't have it.

I use 93 octane non-ethanol...
Forum: Other topics 06-21-2014, 10:46 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 2,952
Posted By JakeBrake
I have been called for both county and federal...

I have been called for both county and federal grand jury duty. In both cases I got the impression that the courts had already researched the jury pool and knew who they wanted to be on the jury.
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