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Forum: Life after FIRE 04-19-2022, 12:55 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 5,248
Posted By shortstop14
I really never felt much competition in my...

I really never felt much competition in my career, especially after trying and abandoning the management path. As a technical contributor, it was just a job to try to get done efficiently and...
Forum: FIRE and Money 02-02-2022, 03:11 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 11,834
Posted By shortstop14
I determined that the ACA subsidy was worth...

I determined that the ACA subsidy was worth keeping our income low for the last ten years, and I had enough low capital gains equities and bond funds to do that while still providing adequate cash to...
Forum: FIRE and Money 02-02-2022, 01:58 AM
Replies: 96
Views: 11,834
Posted By shortstop14
From retirement at age 56 to current age of 65,...

From retirement at age 56 to current age of 65, we've lived off our taxable brokerage account. I've generally kept a years worth of expenses in cash from dividends and by selling equities...
Forum: Technology, Media & e-Gadgets 11-10-2021, 09:51 PM
Replies: 54
Views: 5,029
Posted By shortstop14
That's why we run our system on CIRC all the...

That's why we run our system on CIRC all the time. We've installed an electrostatic air filter to help combat my wife's allergies, and circulating the air more frequently seems to keep the air...
Forum: Life after FIRE 09-19-2021, 03:26 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,862
Posted By shortstop14
I've lived in the Portland area over 40 years. In...

I've lived in the Portland area over 40 years. In that period downtown evolved into much more of a residential area, with more grocery stores, restaurants and shops. It's always been a very walkable...
Forum: Travel Information 08-13-2021, 02:42 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,960
Posted By shortstop14
Thanks. You'd hate the price on my fully rigged...

Thanks. You'd hate the price on my fully rigged out Hawk. But the resale value is pretty good, and I didn't want to spend the time and effort it would take to build it out myself. Not to mention the...
Forum: Travel Information 08-12-2021, 12:48 PM
Replies: 69
Views: 7,960
Posted By shortstop14
After 40 years of tent camping, we've been pretty...

After 40 years of tent camping, we've been pretty happy with our Four Wheel Camper. Just returned home to Washington state after a three month trip as far east as the Adirondacks and Thousand Islands...
Forum: Travel Information 06-05-2021, 09:28 AM
Replies: 982
Views: 75,800
Posted By shortstop14
We've pretty much decided that domestic camping...

We've pretty much decided that domestic camping trips will be our travel mode for the next year or so - or until the viral situation stabilizes. Right now we're in the middle of a cross-country...
Forum: Travel Information 06-05-2021, 09:16 AM
Replies: 55
Views: 3,846
Posted By shortstop14
Nice writeup ... We just traveled through Idaho...

Nice writeup ... We just traveled through Idaho on a leisurely cross-country camping trip, and Highway 21 and 75 were great scenic drives. I mostly learned that there's a lot more to see in Idaho....
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 02-18-2021, 01:46 PM
Replies: 3,398
Views: 211,311
Posted By shortstop14
I've worked a few volunteer shifts at one of the...

I've worked a few volunteer shifts at one of the local Oregon Health Sciences University mass vaccinations sites; they're using Red Cross volunteers to help run the site along with hospital...
Forum: Life after FIRE 01-17-2021, 12:51 AM
Replies: 103
Views: 6,881
Posted By shortstop14
I've also found my Concept 2 rower to be useful...

I've also found my Concept 2 rower to be useful during COVID. It's providing me some base cardio work as well as some interval training. We keep in the living room behind the couch, so it's always...
Forum: Travel Information 09-10-2020, 02:11 AM
Replies: 41
Views: 2,658
Posted By shortstop14
Really enjoyed the Palio, in Siena, Italy. It's a...

Really enjoyed the Palio, in Siena, Italy. It's a horse race held in the central plaza of the small city. The racers represent the various wards (contrade) of the city, with lots of pageantry and...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 06-30-2020, 02:58 PM
Replies: 141
Views: 13,645
Posted By shortstop14
We usually go to Arizona for a couple of months -...

We usually go to Arizona for a couple of months - October and November - to play baseball and mountain bike. While the baseball tournaments are still scheduled at this point, most of the teams that...
Forum: Travel Information 06-21-2020, 09:07 PM
Replies: 77
Views: 7,336
Posted By shortstop14
We've been tent camping forever, but now I'm...

We've been tent camping forever, but now I'm looking to do longer trips and farther off the beaten path. So I'm leaning towards a drop in camper that can go on my Tacoma. I don't want another vehicle...
Forum: Other topics 06-04-2020, 11:43 PM
Replies: 78
Views: 2,899
Posted By shortstop14
First car was a 1962 Chevy Impala, bought for...

First car was a 1962 Chevy Impala, bought for $150 in 1972. Small block 327ci, nice and simple to work on. I drove it to college in upstate New York (replacing the generator along the way) where the...
Forum: COVID-19 | Containment Area 04-15-2020, 12:08 PM
Replies: 2,182
Views: 145,144
Posted By shortstop14
So far so good with using Instacart for delivery...

So far so good with using Instacart for delivery here in SW Washington. We've done it three times in the last month, with New Seasons, Fred Meyer (Kroger), and Costco. On the Fred Meyer order, only...
Forum: Life after FIRE 01-20-2020, 10:36 PM
Replies: 34
Views: 2,482
Posted By shortstop14
Phoenix is one area where March tends to be a...

Phoenix is one area where March tends to be a tough rental month - or at least, more expensive. Baseball spring training has become quite a draw during March.
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-08-2020, 09:43 PM
Replies: 81
Views: 5,179
Posted By shortstop14
My first car in high school and into college was...

My first car in high school and into college was a '62 Impala. Bought for $150 and sold for $150. Wish I'd have kept it, but it was pretty beat up by 1976.
Forum: Other topics 01-08-2020, 06:19 PM
Replies: 98
Views: 6,869
Posted By shortstop14
I still enjoy long driving trips, but we're...

I still enjoy long driving trips, but we're tending to go for shorter days and stopping to see more things along the way rather than just a banzai straight through. My wife doesn't care for the long...
Forum: Life after FIRE 12-22-2019, 06:56 PM
Replies: 67
Views: 6,409
Posted By shortstop14
We've done quite a bit of traveling around the US...

We've done quite a bit of traveling around the US and Canada, months at a time but still maintaining a home base. We do a mixture of Airbnb, hotels and camping. But our camping is tent camping, so no...
Forum: Other topics 11-22-2019, 12:52 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 4,470
Posted By shortstop14
Useful thread, given the age of our appliances....

Useful thread, given the age of our appliances. Most were bought in 1984 when we bought our house, and still functioning well. The dishwasher was added later, and may actually be the first to fail.
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Forum: Health and Early Retirement 11-07-2019, 07:54 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,905
Posted By shortstop14
At this point in my life, I know that 'use it or...

At this point in my life, I know that 'use it or lose it' is true, but also 'use it too hard and you'll break it' is also true. Finding the middle ground is important.


I have to focus more now...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 11-05-2019, 11:31 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 1,905
Posted By shortstop14
Full effort sprinting or jumping (or throwing or...

Full effort sprinting or jumping (or throwing or lifting, for that matter) is something you need to build up to over time. I was full out sprinting in baseball games the last couple of weeks in...
Forum: FIRE and Money 08-03-2019, 12:13 PM
Replies: 195
Views: 15,822
Posted By shortstop14
I was traveling in SE Asia for a couple of...

I was traveling in SE Asia for a couple of months, and it took a while to remember and get used to a predominately cash economy. I brought a few hundred in small US bills to Cambodia, where they...
Forum: FIRE and Money 06-14-2019, 08:39 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 10,675
Posted By shortstop14
Pretty similar here. I don't think I've ever been...

Pretty similar here. I don't think I've ever been in first class. Right now, I figure that flying coach gives us the opportunity for more trips every year rather than splurging on fewer. But I'm...
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