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    Well, I am so delighted with my March frugal....

    Well, I am so delighted with my March frugal. With one short phone call, I saved $1500/year by switching my car insurance. It took me forever to switch from NJ to VT but I finally did it, and my...
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    This is a cool post. So glad you have been able...

    This is a cool post. So glad you have been able to find a "middle way" to dealing with the stressors in your life, and I'm glad that you have identified those stressors! COVID has had some benefit.
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  3. I love that space... there is a guy in the...

    I love that space... there is a guy in the Princeton area in NJ who had a Zen space above his garage that was so cool he would open it up for a week every year for people to see, and it was similar...
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    I read Wim Hof's (The IceMan) book, The Wim Hof...

    I read Wim Hof's (The IceMan) book, The Wim Hof Method, and one of the key components is cold exposure. He believes it has numerous health benefits, in conjunction with the other components of his...
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    Holy cr*p. A whole other level of diving there. ...

    Holy cr*p. A whole other level of diving there. Did you have to slowly acclimate to the colder temperatures? Does your wet suit keep you at a stable temperature? Are you afraid of not being able...
  6. As a market researcher, I LOVE that scene. I find...

    As a market researcher, I LOVE that scene. I find clothes and clothing choices so fascinating. You can't NOT make a statement about yourself with your clothing choices. If you wear couture, that's a...
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    Well, one of the reasons I've adopted the...

    Well, one of the reasons I've adopted the practice of listening to a book/podcast at bedtime is because of this one author who has the most serene, gentle speech pattern I've ever heard. He puts me...
  8. There have been a couple of people in my life who...

    There have been a couple of people in my life who could look like a million bucks on very little money, and I always admired them. One was a college friend/roommate of mine who always had such...
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    I feel the same way. I feel claustrophobic when...

    I feel the same way. I feel claustrophobic when listening to an audiobook sometimes, but I have three exceptions:

    In a car in a long trip I enjoy podcasts or audiobooks.

    At night, I've gotten...
  10. ROFLMAO!!! Good one, IL!!

    ROFLMAO!!! Good one, IL!!
  11. hahaha!! Maybe a Freudian slip... I've struggled...

    hahaha!! Maybe a Freudian slip... I've struggled with my own FI path...
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    This is interesting! I didn't know there was a...

    This is interesting! I didn't know there was a 3/4 size bed, but it does address the issue I've had with the futon I bought when we moved into this house. It's bigger than a twin but apparently...
  13. I'm surprised that GeorgeParker was attacked for...

    I'm surprised that GeorgeParker was attacked for simply saying that some people can be accused of lack of ambition if they they don't work to pursue goals that are worthy of them. Our own raison...
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    Oh, I'm not going to be picky, that's for sure.

    Oh, I'm not going to be picky, that's for sure.
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    March 1 DH and I can make our appointment. I am...

    March 1 DH and I can make our appointment. I am kind of hoping that we get the J&J one, but OTOH, did I hear that it's slightly less effective than the Pfizer/Moderna? 72% v 98%?
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    That is so cool!! It will be a stunner.

    That is so cool!! It will be a stunner.
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    I agree with rosa. I think grey would be really...

    I agree with rosa. I think grey would be really nice. IL suggested lacquer, which I could see, but also, have you considered chalk paint? I have an old mission-style desk that is bringing too much...
  18. Thank you for that, rosa. It was just a case of...

    Thank you for that, rosa. It was just a case of "necessity is the mother of invention." It's amazing how "ambitious" you can be when you've had a few years of shaking out the sofa cushions for the...
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    I think COVID, which is a present reality being...

    I think COVID, which is a present reality being conjoined with potential hardships due to the future implications of climate change have forced me to really think about what's wise in terms of...
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    I agree--it reminds me of the Fountainhead where...

    I agree--it reminds me of the Fountainhead where Rand casts the ambitious, self-serving people as gods and the people in the helping professions as weak and banal. I hated that caricaturization. ...
  21. My millennial daughter was ranting about how she...

    My millennial daughter was ranting about how she thinks her peers are a bunch of babies. She isn't a workaholic, but she is responsible and works really hard at her job, and understands that that's...
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    That's right... I think most people would prefer...

    That's right... I think most people would prefer to go the route whereby they don't have to ask others to do them a favor.
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    My neighbor pointed out to us yesterday that one...

    My neighbor pointed out to us yesterday that one of our fruit trees is budding. ??? After a week of Vermont weather in the low teens?? And 17mph North wind coming off the lake? Is the snow glare...
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    Yes, that is so nice of you, Tradd. I'm sure it...

    Yes, that is so nice of you, Tradd. I'm sure it was much appreciated.

    When it comes to the inability for IL's do-gooder friends to find people to shop for, it clearly didn't fill a need for...
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    I'm having a hard time distinguishing between "modest" goals and "reasonable" goals.

    Since we're talking about finances (as opposed to other goals), what are modest goals? I think of "buying a...
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