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  1. 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...
  2. 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.
  5. Thread: Updates...

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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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    There are so many more factors out of your...

    There are so many more factors out of your control if you buy the house and rent it for four years: you may have to carry the mortgage for a few (or several) months in lieu of tenants; you could...
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    Thanks for the tip, rosa! We live within a couple...

    Thanks for the tip, rosa! We live within a couple of miles of three (!) hospitals. I think I'll take a look at the opportunities they have open now...
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    I'm so sorry, jp1.

    I'm so sorry, jp1.
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    @Yppej, do a Web search for bluetooth car adapter...

    @Yppej, do a Web search for bluetooth car adapter . They cost under $20, many plug into the cigarette lighter port and operate wirelessly to the car radio, and add the ability to use your phone...
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    No one ever knows the "perfect" time. But I think...

    No one ever knows the "perfect" time. But I think there's been enough growth to at least rebalance or take some profits and move them wherever you want/need them. We've been pretty aggressive all...
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    On our most recent cruise, we walked through the...

    On our most recent cruise, we walked through the casino as necessary to get to other places; we never visited "on purpose" (though I find that very carefully built environment a fascinating study in...
  12. Thread: Updates...

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    tbh we haven't researched the costs yet. DW does...

    tbh we haven't researched the costs yet. DW does have an HSA that we can tap, which will help considerably, but until we get some realistic numbers (and a better idea of where ACA is going in the...
  13. Thread: Updates...

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    I'm not on here much anymore; so many topics...

    I'm not on here much anymore; so many topics which don't seem to further my journey in simplicity. To everything there is a season, I guess...

    Not much change here. Things will change next spring...
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    We're done for this year: trip to Canada for a...

    We're done for this year: trip to Canada for a wedding in June and a cruise around Britain. The next few years will be long weekends in driving distance and maybe within the U.S. if we find a steal...
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    We have a platform bed -- the mattress rests on a...

    We have a platform bed -- the mattress rests on a set of slats; no boxspring. What we've found works best for us is a futon mattress -- some of which now have innersprings (ours is a Sealy). The one...
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    The way around that is to simply not use the...

    The way around that is to simply not use the characters i, l, and o or the digits 0 or 1. Substitute a less ambiguous letter or digit. Z+0l5q1N becomes Z+9r5q3N . No less "crackable" and less prone...
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    Happy to help, razz. Apple has deprecated...

    Happy to help, razz.

    Apple has deprecated iPhoto in favor of the Photos app (which it "shares" with the iPhone/iPad operating system). Apple will not be updating iPhoto to eliminate its 32-bit...
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    Apple's policy for about forever is to support...

    Apple's policy for about forever is to support both the current version of the OS and the previous version of the OS (in this case, Mojave) with security updates -- provided the older OS can be...
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    razz, do you really need to update to Catalina?...

    razz, do you really need to update to Catalina? This is a big update, largely because Catalina no longer supports any 32-bit application code. Not to mansplain, but to others who may be wondering, it...
  20. I'm unfamiliar with specific laws in California,...

    I'm unfamiliar with specific laws in California, but in most localities, manufactured homes are treated pretty much as mobile homes are. The fact that some manufactured homes are far more grand than...
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    Consider your theory fully-baked: a friend of...

    Consider your theory fully-baked: a friend of mine is a family practitioner at a suburban clinic with a large healthcare group up here and he says he is constantly dinged at reviews for "spending too...
  22. Thread: Labels

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    I don't care about labels. I buy stuff because it...

    I don't care about labels. I buy stuff because it meets my needs. Never had one of those big KitchenAid stand mixers sitting prominently on my kitchen counter because I don't need one. A handheld is...
  23. Thread: How often?

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    Takeout/delivery? Hardly ever. I'm home to cook...

    Takeout/delivery? Hardly ever. I'm home to cook and between wanting to eat ketogenic and what DW prefers to eat, the pickings are either slim or rather expensive (Bite Squad, DoorDash, etc.). The...
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    Ditto -- on both counts. DW's mother was dead set...

    Ditto -- on both counts. DW's mother was dead set against wearing "one of those things". It took one of her kids discovering her on the floor by chance after a couple of hours (unhurt but unable to...
  25. On the contrary, anyone who's attended a meeting...

    On the contrary, anyone who's attended a meeting scheduled shortly after lunch (especially a monotone Powerpoint presentation in a darkened room) can attest to the cognitive abilities of those who do...
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