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    At what age do you plan to retire/have already retired?

    Sounds good! We live right by the east end of the park, by Marcos de Niza parking lot. Tons of different trails weave around that area -- just yesterday I walked along the golf course from what you may know as the Pointe (now called Arizona Grand). Have to go west a little to get the higher, 1000+ foot climbs, but there is enough up and down nearby to stay in shape. Also I sometimes ruck with a 45 pound plate to make it harder. Wife and I like to travel as well, and we like to explore different places, which is another negative for getting a second place. To your Horseman comment, I am like you. I have always lived within my means, which has gone through wide ranges over my life, without spending much effort to budget -- I just have an internal radar about it.
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    Wood?

    sawdust
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    At what age do you plan to retire/have already retired?

    I live next to South Mountain park; I've thought about becoming a park ranger, walking around with an awesome day-glo green shirt and flirting with errrr... helping young ladies find the right trail (to my house).
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    At what age do you plan to retire/have already retired?

    I already live in a retirement destination (Phoenix), and two of my kids still live here, so I can't imagine us moving. We dabble with getting some property up north to escape the summer heat, but to date we have lived by the credo "rent your toys," so we just occasionally get a VRBO/AirBnB for a weekend. My son's (pretty serious) girlfriend's family has some property in Williams, about 30 minutes west of Flagstaff. If they end up married, I could see some momentum to getting some land there. So to answer your question in a round-about way: proximity to family would be the main driver for us to get a second home. Now that I say that, with my third kid in Manhattan, a nice beach house on Long Island or the Jersey shore sounds good. I'm sure they are cheap!
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    Going To My First Spring Training GameTomorrow

    Cool. Shouldn't need much notice to swing by somewhere for a drink. My MIL is here from 3/14-24 or so, and we are in Cottonwood that first weekend. Let me know.
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    BC I love youse guys...

    One of my favs, as he was dying of cancer, I think:
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    Timmy’s thread for serious discussion and debate

    That would disturb me. What are the threats?
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    At what age do you plan to retire/have already retired?

    In a weird bit of timing, I just got an email that the company I retired from just hired a new VP of sales. I read through the press release and... meh. That would have been me, I was hired in to do that role, when they were ready to have it. The first time they were ready, I helped interview the guy they hired. I didn't think he was a good fit, because he never seemed to last two years at any one company (basically the @edjr of sales management), and his personality seemed off. But I was sick and hadn't been there long, so I didn't push too hard. Sure enough, he left before two years. The press release on this guy basically says: he's the most qualified guy we could find. It was maybe the least glowing press release I've ever seen for an executive hire. Anyway, I'm salty because this thread got me thinking about my retirement.
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    Rookie Goon ( Matt Rempe)

    Ahh, thanks. I always thought they just had shoulder pads, which is what we had in rec league hockey, where no checking was (allegedly) allowed.
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    At what age do you plan to retire/have already retired?

    Thanks! The post-op nurse (blond, 32 C, super cute I think, although I was a little groggy, but my wife said she was super cute as well) said that she thought she had the wrong patient, because I didn't look 56. Later she said something about me looking fit and clearly working out... maybe she has a fetish for young-looking old guys with laryngectomies? At least in my dreams she does.
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    Rookie Goon ( Matt Rempe)

    I'm not an expert in hockey fights, so I'll ask... why don't they throw body blows? Is it some sort of "warrior creed" or something that says you need to keep punching a hard helmet?
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    At what age do you plan to retire/have already retired?

    True, I have... actually, yesterday I had a procedure that I had hoped would improve my speech. Basically, dilating my throat to make it wider. Unfortunately, while that was successful, it identified the root cause of my problem, which is a sizeable ridge from reconstruction which traps food and liquid, and inhibits my prosthetic. Dilation does not resolve that. The (possibly) good news is that my ENT PA, who is a focking great guy (like, I would give money to Mayo in his name, he's been so supportive) saw the results and instantly told me he's setting up an appointment for me with the head of ENT (who also did my lary) to discuss surgical options to eliminate the ridge. I don't know yet if there are any such solutions, but I'm keeping up hope that there are.
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    At what age do you plan to retire/have already retired?

    Also, I just went back and re-read parts of this thread I missed while on and off typing my post. Good to see people put political crap aside and have a supportive discussion.
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    At what age do you plan to retire/have already retired?

    Retired in 2021 at 54 because my throat cancer was supposed to kill me. 2.5 years later I'm still doing well, knock on wood... but because of the bleak diagnosis, SSDI approved me right away, and I make a pretty nice monthly income from it. Wife is still working; she enjoys her job (and enjoys biotching about it). Plus we get Mayo health coverage, which has been... quite useful! Someday she'll maybe get tired of doing it full-time -- she is pretty Salesforce knowledgeable so can easily consult for as many hours as she wants. Combine those with a good savings, and we are doing fine. Not "FU money" fine, but able to live comfortably and enjoy nice things. Answering perhaps an unasked question: I never really had a target date to retire. When I was young I had a stretch savings goal, which we may actually have achieved based on my income, but we had two major investments go belly up in our life (one resulted in an SEC indictment and large class action settlement, and both were attempts to diversify / be more conservative in our investing strategy, LOL). I've probably mentioned, by my cancer diagnosis happened 6 weeks after I had joined a new, smaller, local company. I had spent most of my career in large Fortune 500 companies with Phoenix more of a base from which I traveled; this was finally an opportunity to focus more closer to home and help a small but growing company with my industry knowledge and connections. I was so into it that after they darn near cut my haid clear off in the laryngectomy, and bombarded me with radiation, I still went back to work and intended to do continue doing so. What can I say -- I come from blue collar stock that expects to work. But then I got the metastasis news, and with it chemo and the likelihood that I'd be dead in the not too distant future. My wife had to say "dood, you worked your whole life for this family and we saved all this money, retire already and enjoy what time you have left." So I did. But like I said, through Keytruda, other treatments, and the grace of God, I'm still here.
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    Ten worst songs of the 70s

    I like that song.
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    Ten worst songs of the 70s

    And the techno/synth stuff started before the 80s, but became mainstream in the 80s. I've seen the music you post, it is obscure shiot. I just looked it up: Nirvana had some obscure album (Bleach) in 89; Nevermind was in 91, as was Pearl Jam 10. Jane's Addiction maybe? Spotify has one playlist for 80's grunge, and it is a combo of mostly obscure stuff and Spin Doctors?! For hip hop, again going by the one Spotify playlist: Beastie Boys? Tone-Loc, Run DMC, Rob Base? Maybe Public Enemy, but earlier stuff near the end of the decade. To summarize: no new sound just appears and instantly becomes mainstream. The 90s were the decade of grunge and hip hop. YWIA
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    Lithium Mining & Disposal vs Gasoline

    Also... Her boss said it costs $6 to charge at home, and she would need two charges per week, so $24 for two weeks. My wife puts maybe $50 for two weeks. So compared with charging at home, it is $50/month cheaper, or $600/year. But obviously, instead of the convenience of charging at home, she chooses to deal with the hassle at the company charger. I think this is also part of the cult; virtue signaling about your EV. Anyway, best case, if she never charges at home, she pays $1200/year less than my wife does for gas. Problem is... she had a perfectly good car, relatively new, that she traded in or sold to get the Volt. She'll never recoup that initial outlay on $1200/year savings. My wife's Explorer is a 2017, fairly low mileage, runs great, tons of options they threw into the Limiteds that year (massaging seats, heated/cooled seats, heated steering, good sized touch console, etc.). She typically keeps a car until it starts to fall apart, so we should get at least 5 more years out of it. Boss claims that her main motivation is cutting down on commute traffic, and I get that. Traffic on the freeway by that office kinda sucks, and as a person of convenience, I would pay good money to shorten the commute. But that seems contradictory to paying a paltry sum to charge at home and not waste a bunch of time at work moving your car around and jockeying for charging position.
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    Ten worst songs of the 70s

    I disagree. The 90s brought in grunge and hip hop to the mainstream. The aughts and beyond have been more blah IMO, differentiated more by the changes in distribution models than unique musical styles.
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    Media Bias

    I would have hoped that somebody who writes would understand the power of framing the story. With the MSM, it's never "Dem does bad stuff," it's "Republicans pounce/seize on [Dem bad stuff.]" Then again you probably knew that and are just trolling.
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    Lithium Mining & Disposal vs Gasoline

    My wife drives an Explorer. At a work dinner the other night her boss and a coworker were talking about their Chevy Volts. Apparently there are some chargers at work, but time is limited. So and so is the head of supply chain and notoriously overstays his time, but nobody will send him a nastygram because he is the CFO's son... on and on they were complaining about the inconveniences. Finally my wife turned to another coworker and said, "they aren't exactly selling me about electric cars." Boss, overhearing: "Well, the great thing about it is I don't even know what the price of gas is!" Wife: "Mkay." My perception is that electric cars are still a cult, with some amount of enjoyment from self-flagellation.
  21. Thanks. I just checked out Total Wine -- $18 for a fifth (I was hoping for a smaller bottle to try, but...) and gets a 4.8 in the reviews. I think I'll give it a whirl, after Lent since I gave up whiskey.
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    Timmy’s thread for serious discussion and debate

    Oh, OK, only part of the time... also, if only we had four years of experience under Trump's dictatorial regime to realize that, other than mean tweets and making Euros mad for pointing out their being second-handers in NATO, that's not going to happen. But feel free to put VOA on repeat and cuddle into your safe space.
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    Ten worst songs of the 70s

    Great description. The 70s into early 80s were my formative years in music. I was into musicality, which meant a lot of 70s prog rock and immense musical talents like Billy Joel. Being into musicality, you might imagine that I hated the 80s music in general (synth pop over musical complexity), which was a shame because that decade comprised my HS and college years. Interestingly, in hindsight, I actually love a lot of the music from the 80s. And not the hair metal. One of my favorite Sirius channels is 33 (First Wave) which is, basically, 80s emo music. Seems like every fourth song is Depeche Mode. But it is hella fun. What can I say, I partied a lot and banged a lot of chicks while that music was playing.
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    Ten worst songs of the 70s

    That was super popular. I read somewhere that they picked their band name by throwing a dart at a map of the US and it hit Bay City, Michigan. I should probably google it to find out, but I like the story and don't want to learn I'm wrong.
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    Trump wants to track you

    You keep saying this, but you never offer an alternative. And don't say Jesus, that's non-responsive.
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