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  1. 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.
  3. 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...
  12. 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.
  13. 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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    Does the app work where there is no cell service?...

    Does the app work where there is no cell service? Do you download the maps? I'm wondering how much space that uses on your phone, and if the maps are PDF - are they fairly easy to read and updated?
    ...
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    My dog was also recently attacked by a pit bull....

    My dog was also recently attacked by a pit bull. She is okay, but needed stitches and antibiotics.

    I really dislike pit bulls. Any dog can do something unpredictable - it's usually only with pit...
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    Sounds good to me! Of course I'd probably want a...

    Sounds good to me! Of course I'd probably want a Dos Equis to go with that.
    Adding non-fat refried beans (Rosarita organic are awesome) would make it a bit healthier.
    I use Greek yogurt instead of...
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    Cider co-op

    Some people posted about their fruit going to waste. We have lots of apples and pears and we are able to donate the yucky ones to our local food co-op. They are made into cider, and our local food...
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    CBD doesn't help for my problem; I did try it. ...

    CBD doesn't help for my problem; I did try it.
    Also have tried acupuncture, craniosacral massage, and everything else imaginable.

    I'm hoping the neurologist can find a medication with fewer...
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    Maybe in the near future they will have a website...

    Maybe in the near future they will have a website where you can easily join or leave.
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    I think the bedrock of a good society would be...

    I think the bedrock of a good society would be education, health care, and the encouragement for all to become autonomous, fully-functioning adults.

    Our society infantilizes children and teenagers...
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    Thanks for asking, CathyA. The surgery is...

    Thanks for asking, CathyA.
    The surgery is experimental and dangerous - no thanks!

    I've tried alpha lipoic acid, which has helped with neuropathy, but no supplements seem to touch this.

    The...
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    The deer here are a bit scary! They will cross...

    The deer here are a bit scary! They will cross busy streets to come after me and my dog, and stalk us down the alleys. Well, the does just dawned, so are being protective.

    Still, they are adorable.
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    I haven't been feeling well and have been working...

    I haven't been feeling well and have been working my way through Ann Cleeves' "Vera" series. Vera is a great character!
    Good light reading.
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    I am also very grateful for my oak tree! Thanks...

    I am also very grateful for my oak tree!
    Thanks for sharing the lovely thoughts.
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    I agree, TT. I think the thing is not to look...

    I agree, TT.

    I think the thing is not to look for someone who is completely compatible with you, but to seek out people who are flexible, open-minded, and caring. (It helps if you are these things...
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