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Forum: FIRE and Money 04-17-2012, 03:42 PM
Replies: 74
Views: 6,463
Posted By Caroline
Rethinking this since Papa's gone

My father-in-law (85) died 5 years back, my own father died last year (80), and my husband's uncle (83) died this month.

Each of these gentlemen left their wives with enough money to survive and...
Forum: FIRE and Money 04-05-2012, 03:51 PM
Replies: 56
Views: 7,340
Posted By Caroline
My husband is the caretaker for a camp in the...

My husband is the caretaker for a camp in the middle of a VERY nice neighborhood, and is required to live on the property. So we're living in a double-wide trailer in the midst of grillion-dollar...
Forum: Young Dreamers 04-05-2012, 03:42 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 3,257
Posted By Caroline
I've been thinking about the same thing, but have...

I've been thinking about the same thing, but have decided to wait for perhaps a year or so, and educate myself about the area I'm interested in in the meantime.

Every housing article I read (that...
Forum: FIRE and Money 03-11-2012, 03:04 PM
Replies: 83
Views: 9,220
Posted By Caroline
leaving numbers aside for the moment...

This is a difficult place to be -- I know from a similar experience.

One way to try to think your way out of the problem is to play with the scenarios and the numbers -- this will work...that...
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-29-2009, 02:06 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 2,090
Posted By Caroline
I have a friend who travels back and forth to...

I have a friend who travels back and forth to visit family in Japan -- he says he finds homeless people at the train station, etc. -- something he'd never have dreamed possible for that society 20...
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 12-29-2009, 04:22 AM
Replies: 102
Views: 10,685
Posted By Caroline
It seems counterintuitive, but sometimes I can...

It seems counterintuitive, but sometimes I can get to sleep by trying to stay awake. I pick a spot in the room and try to keep my eyes on it and not close them (apart from blinking, that is!). I...
Forum: Other topics 12-12-2009, 06:35 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,930
Posted By Caroline
Got a big enamel cooking pot with lid from the...

Got a big enamel cooking pot with lid from the thrift store. Three bucks, doesn't absorb smells, and is "camoflaged" in the kitchen -- looks like it belongs there.
Forum: Life after FIRE 12-12-2009, 05:03 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,869
Posted By Caroline
"When I die I'm donating my body to science...

"When I die I'm donating my body to science fiction."

Rodney Dangerfield
Forum: Life after FIRE 12-11-2009, 09:02 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 2,869
Posted By Caroline
LOL. What Bum said. That reminds me of a...

LOL. What Bum said.

That reminds me of a poem I love...

Wallace McRae, Cowboy Curmudgeon* "Reincarnation"***** Cowboy Poetry at the BAR-D Ranch******** www.CowboyPoetry.com...
Forum: Life after FIRE 12-11-2009, 06:56 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 8,086
Posted By Caroline
I'm not a lawyer but I seem to remember hearing,...

I'm not a lawyer but I seem to remember hearing, somewhere, somehow, that if you're a public company in the above situation you have a DUTY to your shareholders to get the cheaper asset. If a...
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-07-2009, 02:18 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 19,231
Posted By Caroline
As creative and as "out there" as the idea of a...

As creative and as "out there" as the idea of a "strategic divorce" may be, it was presented in none other than the New York Times a while back, which is where I got the idea:
...
Forum: FIRE and Money 12-07-2009, 12:33 PM
Replies: 145
Views: 19,231
Posted By Caroline
I'm late to this thread because up until...

I'm late to this thread because up until yesterday this type of insurance was not at the top of my list of concerns.

Yesterday, DH brings home an offer from employer (through UNUM) of LTC...
Forum: Travel Information 03-19-2009, 05:53 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 3,733
Posted By Caroline
Rick Steves' Europe: Packing Light and Right...

Rick Steves' Europe: Packing Light and Right (https://www.ricksteves.com/plan/tips/packlight.htm)
Forum: FIRE and Money 02-09-2009, 06:54 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 5,474
Posted By Caroline
I was two years ago. For about eight and a half...

I was two years ago. For about eight and a half minutes.

oh well.
Forum: Young Dreamers 02-09-2009, 06:46 PM
Replies: 189
Views: 28,957
Posted By Caroline
My smart, able-bodied, well-educated sister just...

My smart, able-bodied, well-educated sister just tried to put the arm on my parents for $35K, and me for $50K, to buy a house. She's calling it a loan, but she has no wage-earning partner, no job,...
Forum: Young Dreamers 02-02-2009, 03:32 PM
Replies: 32
Views: 4,101
Posted By Caroline
Invest your first couple of bucks in "Dress for...

Invest your first couple of bucks in "Dress for Success." The author took a very scientific approach to figuring out what clothing sends the right message.

I read the women's version when i got...
Forum: Other topics 01-15-2009, 12:19 PM
Replies: 100
Views: 8,529
Posted By Caroline
I'll be 52 next month but wierdly enough, I've...

I'll be 52 next month but wierdly enough, I've been feeling younger lately.

I'm coming to the end of my current job and career in software and, if I'm lucky and keep myself fit, I've got 30 good...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-12-2009, 01:37 AM
Replies: 37
Views: 3,558
Posted By Caroline
I'm betting 60/40 that this is about to happen to...

I'm betting 60/40 that this is about to happen to me. Megacorp is rumored to be planning a massive layoff, and having just moved to a new, small department, I am not as secure as some others.
...
Forum: FIRE and Money 01-11-2009, 11:42 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,092
Posted By Caroline
In 2005 I sold a few paltry shares from my...

In 2005 I sold a few paltry shares from my employee stock purchase plan. The plan inadvertently sent TWO copies of the report of sale to IRS.

In late 2007, they got around to asking me why I...
Forum: Life after FIRE 01-07-2009, 03:40 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,167
Posted By Caroline
huh? Where am I going to get enough furniture to...

huh? Where am I going to get enough furniture to fill a house like that?
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 01-06-2009, 07:34 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 3,546
Posted By Caroline
I spent 4 days with my Aunt in November. She...

I spent 4 days with my Aunt in November. She smokes like a chimney (but she's 86, so whaddya gonna do?)

After 4 days I was wheezy, lightheaded, sick to my stomach, and headachy. Had the sore...
Forum: Other topics 12-16-2008, 02:42 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 3,307
Posted By Caroline
Something akin to his happened at a company I...

Something akin to his happened at a company I worked at once. Happened after a new CEO came on board - the guy was all about building morale on the surface, but underneath, a total sociopath.
...
Forum: Other topics 12-16-2008, 02:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 1,299
Posted By Caroline
I climbed Kilimanjaro a few years back -- it...

I climbed Kilimanjaro a few years back -- it nearly killed me.

Met an 82-year-old at the summit who said the trip was easy. "Just put one foot in front of the other, and fall forward."

If...
Forum: Other topics 11-30-2008, 12:39 AM
Replies: 22
Views: 2,927
Posted By Caroline
Seen on a tee shirt: Retired. This is as...

Seen on a tee shirt: Retired. This is as dressed up as I get.

Another tee shirt: Retired. Know everything, and have all day to tell it to you.
Forum: Health and Early Retirement 11-20-2008, 01:26 PM
Replies: 21
Views: 3,047
Posted By Caroline
I've been with Kaiser for about a grillion years...

I've been with Kaiser for about a grillion years through my employers. (over 20 now, I think). Couldn't be more satisfied.

The main benefit in my mind is one-stop-shopping, as mentioned...
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