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    I didn't ask him about the details, for the...

    I didn't ask him about the details, for the reason you mentioned....I did suggest that both the 3M and the monthly fee seemed excessive, but told him I wasn't there to second-guess his decisions. He...
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    I wouldn't have either, if I had no debt. I got...

    I wouldn't have either, if I had no debt. I got just enough to cover all outstanding debt.

    Do you feel life insurance is "the poor man's savings account"? If your net worth is such that your...
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    Life insurance

    [I feel like I've already posted this information, but maybe not. Apologies if I'm repeating myself.]

    A couple of months ago I did some focus groups with women who had breast cancer. It was a...
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    To me, the issue at hand is not how many gun...

    To me, the issue at hand is not how many gun deaths overall (which may include accidents, suicides, homocides by someone the assailant knew), but how many mass shooting events which resulted in at...
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    Interesting post on FB by Derrick Jensen. I'm not...

    Interesting post on FB by Derrick Jensen. I'm not an apologist for what's happening in this country, but he makes a lot of sense here.


    I keep seeing lots of posts about how there is something...
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    I've heard it said that the benefit of seeking...

    I've heard it said that the benefit of seeking Ivy League degrees is the contacts you make. It's all about the connections.

    I personally relate to the idea that course of study is the most...
  7. Thread: Roe v Wade

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    Yup. Next they'll outlaw contraception.

    Yup. Next they'll outlaw contraception.
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    Wow!!! Well, you showed us! Congratulations!!!! ...

    Wow!!! Well, you showed us! Congratulations!!!! Isn't there something about a bumble bee--they're not supposed to be able to fly but they do anyway? I guess you're a bee!
  9. Thread: May frugals

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    We just accepted a quote for purchase and...

    We just accepted a quote for purchase and installation of a mini split. Unfortunately they're booked until September, so we won't get the benefit of the air conditioning for most of the hot season. I...
  10. Wow. You have a low threshold for entertainment...

    Wow. You have a low threshold for entertainment if you consider going to city meetings fun. :)

    But DH is like you--no matter where we've lived he always watches council meetings on the local...
  11. What frugal thing do you do that makes you an "extreme cheapskate"?

    Not too many people are frugal ALL of the time. Everyone has their "gazingus pins." But I think most of us have that one thing that has their family and friends shaking their heads. My mother's...
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    Wow!! Congrats to your wife--I hope you add a...

    Wow!! Congrats to your wife--I hope you add a glass of champagne to the dinner menu tonight!!
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    DH and I have a new favorite once-a-week meal. It...

    DH and I have a new favorite once-a-week meal. It started with a box of Costco's Lentil Madras packets. We tried a packet and liked it. We made basmati rice to go with it. The next week we decided...
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    I agree with you. S'mores hold no appeal for...

    I agree with you. S'mores hold no appeal for me--I'm a bit of a stickyphobe, but if someone brings them to one of our weekend firepits, they go over really big. And everyone that hangs out with us...
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    Just saw this poem. A bit cynical and maybe not...

    Just saw this poem. A bit cynical and maybe not altogether true, but it links to my earlier post.

    America is a Gun

    England is a cup of tea.
    France, a wheel of ripened brie.
    Greece, a short,...
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    I certainly don't think they're irrelevant. I...

    I certainly don't think they're irrelevant. I think easy access to certain firearms is ridiculous. But it is a complex issue, given our culture. We came to this country guns a'blazin. The whole...
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    That's my thinking as well. There is no one...

    That's my thinking as well. There is no one solution. Is it guns? Lack of gun control? Bad parenting? Cultural disenfranchisement? Community disenfranchisement? Social media? Anger and hate directed...
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    My DH used to hire voice-over people, and yes,...

    My DH used to hire voice-over people, and yes, jobs all went through agents. Anything in performing arts (which this is considered) is highly competitive. It sounds like you have a really good voice...
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    DH picked out two interesting movies last week: ...

    DH picked out two interesting movies last week:

    Georgetown with Christophe Waltz (I love him!!) and Vanessa Redgrave. Fun.

    The Innocents: A beautiful French movie with English subtitles. Just...
  20. Thread: Hello

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    Nice to "meet" you, Eric! I"m very much on the...

    Nice to "meet" you, Eric! I"m very much on the same wavelength in terms of the environmental impact of consumerism and trying to do what we can.

    I love your characterization of this forum as...
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    Yeah, I do have part of that--mainly to do with...

    Yeah, I do have part of that--mainly to do with missing the size of the place. Again, I'm happy I downsized but every now and then I look back on having 4 bedrooms (well, one was an office with a...
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    Yeah, that "sense of place" does call. I left...

    Yeah, that "sense of place" does call. I left Connecticut in my early 20s and never went back, but all my relatives are still there, and if I were hard pressed, I would definitely consider going...
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    Do you know, as much as I'm happy here, sometimes...

    Do you know, as much as I'm happy here, sometimes I still get waves of nostalgia for that old 70s "Brady Bunch" house I lived in for 35 years, but I'm sure it was just about the memories and not the...
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    Wow!!! That's wonderful. I'm wondering if you're...

    Wow!!! That's wonderful. I'm wondering if you're finding it bittersweet--all those memories! Or are you past it?

    In any case, on to your wonderful life in Hermann--and to your wonderfully simple...
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    My son and I were talking about this just...

    My son and I were talking about this just yesterday--that no one will do anything until we become the punch line of Don't Look Now. But the changes necessary go beyond cars and vacations.. we need...
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