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    Bed bugs terrify me. They seem rare here, thank...

    Bed bugs terrify me. They seem rare here, thank goodness.
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    I use Bona on my wood floors and am very pleased...

    I use Bona on my wood floors and am very pleased with the results. I usually use rags (more thorough, I feel) but will use the bona mop for a real quick clean up.
    Bona also works great on wood...
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    Yacht rock?
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    I sometimes get up to 17 mph on my bike/trike and...

    I sometimes get up to 17 mph on my bike/trike and that feels fast enough to me :)
  5. I would love to have a central vacuum system,...

    I would love to have a central vacuum system, where you just plug the hose into the wall. I have hard floor, so currently use a Eureka canister vacuum. It's worked well, but my dog sheds so much that...
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    Thank you! She gets music from her dad's DNA. I...

    Thank you! She gets music from her dad's DNA. I would love to have that kind of magical gift myself - but I get a lot of vicarious pleasure from it :)
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    I just went to a workshop on this. As the...

    I just went to a workshop on this. As the personal deduction is higher, it no longer makes sense for most people to itemize. I generally avoid financial stuff, so this was a surprise to me. I'm...
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    Those New Jersey taxes are steep!

    Those New Jersey taxes are steep!
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    I like my phone too! Texting is such a gift to...

    I like my phone too!
    Texting is such a gift to those of us who have trouble hearing.
    I like having a camera with me, and a flashlight, and my calendar, and an ebook in a pinch. I use my weather...
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    DD got into the very selective chamber choir she...

    DD got into the very selective chamber choir she had her heart set on. Her voice is an amazing instrument; I'm so happy she's getting back into singing and appreciating and sharing this wonderful...
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    We only have used furniture stores locally, and...

    We only have used furniture stores locally, and that plus Craigslist meets most of my needs.
    I did buy an upholstered storage ottoman/bench from Amazon because I needed something of a particular...
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    I've never added it up before. Monthly comes to...

    I've never added it up before. Monthly comes to around $700, including cell phones.
    We are currently spending a lot on improvements and landscaping (plants and bark and rocks can be surprisingly...
  13. UL, we did move to less costly area when we...

    UL, we did move to less costly area when we 'retired'. We were living in San Francisco, so almost anyplace would have been cheaper.

    Our families are spread all over the country, so that wasn't a...
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    A million isn't that much money nowadays,...

    A million isn't that much money nowadays, especially if you retire a bit early and expect to live another 30-40 years.
  15. I think our parents are such enormous figures in...

    I think our parents are such enormous figures in our childhood that they are necessarily the most influential, for good or bad.

    Aside from my parents, books have had the most influence on my life....
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    There's a thing called The Mandela Effect - is...

    There's a thing called The Mandela Effect - is that what you mean?
    https://www.snopes.com/news/2016/07/24/the-mandela-effect/
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    Riding my bike. It's the closest feeling I know...

    Riding my bike. It's the closest feeling I know to actually flying.

    When I dance I'm totally focussed on the choreography and my form. It's really a joy.

    My daughter has moved out (nearby) and...
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    Wow, I'm really surprised that this is not more...

    Wow, I'm really surprised that this is not more common. There are hundreds coming through every summer here.

    ANM, you are right about the artistic component. Many of the travelers busk and are...
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    That sounds just terrible. The older I get the...

    That sounds just terrible. The older I get the more thankful I am I have been spared the nightmare of depression.
    My heart goes out to all who are living with this heavy burden.
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    Thanks Zoe, that makes sense. The trails...

    Thanks Zoe, that makes sense.

    The trails around my town are a real maze and not well marked at all, so having printed directions makes a huge difference to me (saving miles in heading out dead...
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    We have older homeless and resident homeless too....

    We have older homeless and resident homeless too.
    The travelers are usually around May-September, then they head south, like geese.
    I meet all sorts working at the library.
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    Well, I'm going to now! As soon as I have a...

    Well, I'm going to now!
    As soon as I have a chunk of time without DH in the house...
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    New hippies, vagabonds, travelers

    Whatever you call them, we have loads of them in our town. I find these urban nomads fascinating. They sometimes take on work (daily stuff) but they mostly get by from begging and scavenging. They...
  24. Note: I was in my mid-50s at full retirement, and...

    Note: I was in my mid-50s at full retirement, and fully vested in my pension. So, not such an early retirement - but then, I really enjoyed my work.
  25. DH and I both greatly reduced our work hours when...

    DH and I both greatly reduced our work hours when DD was born (he was in his late thirties, I in my early forties.)

    We officially "retired" several years ago and moved to Oregon.

    Health...
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