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    You do beautiful work, SQ!

    You do beautiful work, SQ!
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    The "Polar Vortex" here this winter (overnight...

    The "Polar Vortex" here this winter (overnight lows in the -20s and -30s F) killed off a bunch of them. But not enough to eradicate the pest.
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    EAB took six of the seven trees on the boulevard...

    EAB took six of the seven trees on the boulevard of our block -- all removed in one day. Taken at the proper angle to focus on the older houses on the block, the neighborhood would have looked much...
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    ^^^ This. I don't know if it differs by state,...

    ^^^ This. I don't know if it differs by state, but in Minnesota if all of the guardians "leave" (death, their own incapacity, abandonment, etc.), the county appoints a (county social services...
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    Years back, my first wife and I helped another...

    Years back, my first wife and I helped another couple move. Talk about expectations: when we arrived (along with other couples we knew), the rented van already had in it (most of) a small car. It was...
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    Sometimes simple is good enough. Glad that's...

    Sometimes simple is good enough. Glad that's working for you, IL!
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    Last year DW and I moved away from an insurance...

    Last year DW and I moved away from an insurance company and agent with which we had no complaints (aside from the ever-increasing premiums) to a different insurance company. When I called our old...
  8. Thread: Hi from Iowa

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    I didn't. Largely an engineering class load.

    I didn't. Largely an engineering class load.
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    There's alcohol and there's alcohol. Beer and...

    There's alcohol and there's alcohol. Beer and wine have lots of sugars (dry reds a little less so); distilled spirits less so (the body handles alcohol differently from carbs). You'd pull fewer carbs...
  10. Long ago I gave my 45s to a guy who does an...

    Long ago I gave my 45s to a guy who does an all-request pop-music show on a local radio station. Some were new to him; he made the redundant ones prizes in trivia contests among his music-addled...
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    My suggestion is to exchange some carbohydrates...

    My suggestion is to exchange some carbohydrates for protein and good fats. The oatmeal, the apple, the raisins, salad vegetables,... "some" walnuts aside, I don't see any protein or fat. Pickles and...
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    Thanks, Geila! I'm so glad to hear things are...

    Thanks, Geila! I'm so glad to hear things are moving in a very positive direction for you! :D
  13. Thread: Hi from Iowa

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    Welcome! I live in the state above yours but I...

    Welcome! I live in the state above yours but I went to university in Iowa. Go Cyclones!
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    I know people with nice homes and nice cars --...

    I know people with nice homes and nice cars -- and debt up to their eyeballs while they try to keep up with the Joneses. Maybe law enforcement officers get really nice pensions. Maybe they're just...
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    Huh. When I look at government-worker DW's W-2s...

    Huh. When I look at government-worker DW's W-2s for the last years, i see four- and five-digit subtractions for Social Security.

    One of us must be wrong.
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    Sounds like it was just about the perfect...

    Sounds like it was just about the perfect getaway... A little jealous, I have to admit. :)
  17. Welcome! Looking forward to more posts about your...

    Welcome! Looking forward to more posts about your simple living experience!
  18. I did not technically retire when I left my day...

    I did not technically retire when I left my day job almost 7 years ago, but I've found my experience then had much in common with other retirees from there: retirement felt like a loooooong vacation...
  19. Not to derail this thread, but it's awfully...

    Not to derail this thread, but it's awfully expensive to be poor in America.
  20. Living simply enough to not have to get even a...

    Living simply enough to not have to get even a McJob when I closed my business. Pretty happy to be outside of the grind.
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    Here I thought the board software had a...

    Here I thought the board software had a problem... (no offense, Alan!).

    Guess no one's life is very simple atm. Mine certainly isn't.
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    We'll see if this is frugal but I'm thinking it...

    We'll see if this is frugal but I'm thinking it will be. I think I posted (in this thread?) that I got my new eyeglasses from Warby Parker at a cost almost half of what I last paid for eyeglasses...
  23. I just got back in from tackling the stuff the...

    I just got back in from tackling the stuff the city plow left. It was not as bad as I thought. This snow was so much warmer (!) than the previous two feet or so that it was dense to start with and...
  24. True on the above-ground parts, though my...

    True on the above-ground parts, though my experience is that plants that have a root system and some path to sunlight will find a way regarless of how much is sticking up above the surface! :(
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    Well, there are these Lunchbots...

    Well, there are these Lunchbots, which claim to be responsibly manufactured in China (policy here). Same deal for PlanetBox . And KleanKanteen . And ECOLunchbox . And the OmieBox .

    If you really...
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