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    My experience with men of that age (including...

    My experience with men of that age (including myself) is that they've been brought up in a world that values them largely in terms of the work they do. Sure, parenthood is revered, too, but not as...
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    Maybe it was too many years of doing telephone...

    Maybe it was too many years of doing telephone tech support but I loathe having to call people. If you're lucky, they're there and you can discuss the topic(s) at hand. If you're not, you get...
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    DW#1 and I visited Tokyo maybe 30 years ago (so...

    DW#1 and I visited Tokyo maybe 30 years ago (so no GPS and not even my current very rudimentary knowledge of Japanese) and managed to get lost walking late at night. Before we left, someone had...
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    I thought you got DH down to two jars of food and...

    I thought you got DH down to two jars of food and that he was finishing up that project??
  5. I was going to write that a "flip" phone...

    I was going to write that a "flip" phone (euphemized as a "feature" phone or "simple" phone, depending on the seller) might be the ticket for Jemima. The only issue might be the size of the screen...
  6. I suspect that notification is a sales tactic,...

    I suspect that notification is a sales tactic, kind of like the postcards you get from car dealers promising an unusually large trade in value on the car you bought from them 2-3 years earlier. They...
  7. When I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be an...

    When I was a kid, I knew I wanted to be an engineer (or something like it). Even when I fell into the computer field as a career, I could not have envisioned my last Corporate America job,...
  8. The $100 Walmart laptop does not hold a candle to...

    The $100 Walmart laptop does not hold a candle to the capabiity and quality of even a ten-year-old MacBook Pro. On the other hand, pcooley could buy a newer MacBook Pro for a few hundred dollars...
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    Me, too. Thank you, Alan, for all you do for this...

    Me, too. Thank you, Alan, for all you do for this site and for us.
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    I figure there are skills people used to have...

    I figure there are skills people used to have which are no longer necessary for everyone to have and common skills people have today about which folks from a couple of centuries ago would be...
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    Umm, yes? That's why I took the carcass. I need...

    Steve, don't you?[/QUOTE]
    Umm, yes? That's why I took the carcass. I need to check my freezer; I may have enough chicken bones in there to make soup today, though I'm a little short on anything to...
  12. People think Idiocracy...

    People think Idiocracy was fiction...
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    Happy Thanksgiving, all! DW and I enjoyed the...

    Happy Thanksgiving, all!

    DW and I enjoyed the Thanksgiving meal with her SiLs and mother and I enjoyed not being part of my family's observation of the event (long story; not getting into it...
  14. Thread: The Holidays

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    I appreciate that, starting toward the end of...

    I appreciate that, starting toward the end of December -- just another four weeks from now -- the days will start getting longer. The environment here goes from Technicolor in late September or early...
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    'twas. Plenty of food, very little football, good...

    'twas. Plenty of food, very little football, good conversation, laughs. They should all be like this...


    I was offered the turkey carcass because people know I make soup from poultry bones. I...
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    Off to sister-in-law's house for a fairly typical...

    Off to sister-in-law's house for a fairly typical celebration. Our kids and grandkids will be with son-in-law's family elsewhere in the state but we will have DW's godchild and husband and their...
  17. You should be able to except for some fairly rare...

    You should be able to except for some fairly rare technical reasons. It's called "number portability" or "porting your number" and it should not be an issue for most carriers.
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    Alcohol (a few beers too many or something...

    Alcohol (a few beers too many or something stronger) helps. (Or hinders, depending on your point of view.) There's a reason Bobby Moynihan's Saturday Night Live representation of the obnoxious uncle...
  19. If you are not already aware, Boost is a Sprint...

    If you are not already aware, Boost is a Sprint brand, will require a phone on Sprint's approved list, and will offer service only where Sprint prepaid offers service. That may be excellent where you...
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    I keep promising to do one of these but I can't...

    I keep promising to do one of these but I can't find enough wall space to pull it off:

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    And some years I'm just up to this:

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  21. Thread: Itasca boots

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    The Itasca brand name was new to me. Itasca is...

    The Itasca brand name was new to me. Itasca is the headwaters of the Mississippi River. (There's a state park there there at which you can actually walk over the nascent river). So I was interested...
  22. Thread: Updates...

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    I've heard people say -- and we're starting to...

    I've heard people say -- and we're starting to experience -- that, in retirement, your thinking about money changes from your working days. You're (typically) no longer on a career track, so just...
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    Not an unreasonable expectation at all. DW has...

    Not an unreasonable expectation at all. DW has one retirement account (I forget who runs that one -- or I try to forget) that pretty much requires clients to adjust future allocations to reallocate....
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    Still do; we know a couple who do exactly that...

    Still do; we know a couple who do exactly that for HI.
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    Thanks, IL; that's sound advice. One of the...

    Thanks, IL; that's sound advice.

    One of the biggest challenges we've found in dealing with financial planners is finding people who know enough to be able to advise on that entire concept of...
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