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by Farm_or
Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:43 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: What values do you value the most?
Replies: 12
Views: 321

Re: What values do you value the most?

Honesty.

Spend awhile without it and you will question everything. You'll start living like a chess player frozen by analysis paralysis.
by Farm_or
Sat Jun 17, 2017 6:48 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Bogleheads are mind-boggling sometimes.
Replies: 67
Views: 11746

Re: Bogleheads are mind-boggling sometimes.

Don't shoot yourself. You'll just be broke, overworked, and suffering from a gunshot wound. There are so many points of view, because there are so many different people. It comes down to what you require for comfort. Some people are very Spartan, healthy and resourceful. They can get by on very litt...
by Farm_or
Sat Jun 10, 2017 7:26 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 350
Views: 28353

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Great story. Funny fact: my Massey Ferguson has fishy brakes too. The first thing I fixed was the emergency brake. The second thing I fixed was the emergency brake warning light. Reminds me of my DW trying to help me with the stuck swather last year. I had her put the pickup into low lock four wheel...
by Farm_or
Mon Jun 05, 2017 6:52 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: What if US wealth was redistributed overnight?
Replies: 20
Views: 1063

Re: What if US wealth was redistributed overnight?

Kinda sounds like the Bolshevik revolution? Ever heard of that?

"History doesn't doesn't​ repeat itself, it rymes."
by Farm_or
Fri Jun 02, 2017 7:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Where are the failure-stories?
Replies: 43
Views: 2208

Re: Where are the failure-stories?

What would falling off the wagon look like? Acquiring a dozen credit cards and going on a drunken spending binge? Crazed boredom of watching television all day resorting to desperate job hunting at the employment office? Coveting a neighbor's new Porsche, so go out and sign the line on a Lamborghini...
by Farm_or
Wed May 24, 2017 9:18 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Hunter gatherer
Replies: 6
Views: 457

Re: Hunter gatherer

I have a neighbor that hunts and eats Marmot. It cracks me up how he describes it. "It's kinda fatty. Kinda like pork. It leaves your lips soo smooth!"
by Farm_or
Wed May 24, 2017 8:17 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Best lifestyle jobs for early retirees?
Replies: 50
Views: 3143

Re: Best lifestyle jobs for early retirees?

Farming? Gardening? Livestock? Work doesn't have to be a four letter word. When you finally gain some control over your life, you can find the joy in doing anything challenging. I still apply myself to my duties as I did when I was working for the man. Initially, I thought that I must have become ad...
by Farm_or
Tue May 23, 2017 8:45 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Wood Storage Strategy
Replies: 8
Views: 384

Re: Wood Storage Strategy

Stacking on pallets is a great idea. It will help keep it off the ground and you could possibly move it or sell it if you had to. I have a bit of that same dilemma. Neighbor was taking down a Grove of locust. It's super convenient and premium firewood so I bought all he has (like four years worth @ ...
by Farm_or
Tue May 23, 2017 8:36 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: fitness routine
Replies: 11
Views: 538

Re: fitness routine

@frosti85 I think you have a good plan to start with. Consistency and dedication is the biggest part of establishing a healthy habit like exercise. Keeping it short and simple can remove the psychological barrier that you will no doubt have to overcome on those days that you come home fried and not ...
by Farm_or
Mon May 22, 2017 5:12 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Dealing with casual insults from family
Replies: 33
Views: 2822

Re: Dealing with casual insults from family

The mean spirits ever present in my friends and family would only be emboldened if I took offense to their jabs. Embrace their insults and join in - jokingly. It is only fun to be offensive when somebody is offended. Time will reveal the truth to them. A had a buddy from Jamaica years ago. He was su...
by Farm_or
Mon May 15, 2017 11:16 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Best Books on Practical Skills 2.0
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Re: What are your favorite books on practical skills?

Great ideas. Reminds me that I have always wanted to make a life size chess board. Like so many that I saw in the parks in Switzerland. Except mine will be made outta metal.
by Farm_or
Mon May 15, 2017 7:15 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Best Books on Practical Skills 2.0
Replies: 10
Views: 780

Re: What are your favorite books on practical skills?

I have "back to basics" on my book shelf too. Probably the one that I use most is sunset home repair. Always forget the details about plumbing and the furnace
by Farm_or
Mon May 15, 2017 6:34 am
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: Spot-welding? Useful or too specialized?
Replies: 15
Views: 943

Re: Spot-welding? Useful or too specialized?

The short answer is about 1/4 inch. I have a Hobart 140. Used a similar Miller powered by 120 on the job a lot too. Both brands are very good. HF, not so much... And if you do get a small wire feed, don't fall for the cheaper wire, especially the flux core. The HF stuff has a rough outer that altern...
by Farm_or
Wed May 03, 2017 8:23 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 350
Views: 28353

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Great stories. I tried to learn xc skiing for a couple of years. Well meaning advice from freinds told me that I merely needed a winter hobby to cope with seasonal affected disorder. It turned out that I only needed vitamin d supplements, but that is another story. I did a fair amount of snow shoein...
by Farm_or
Wed Apr 26, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Biased news
Replies: 57
Views: 4732

Re: Biased news

[quote=Dragline
I think I would be amused for hours just browsing dragline's personal book shelves.
by Farm_or
Wed Apr 26, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Revenue Management...Evil?
Replies: 27
Views: 1090

Re: Revenue Management...Evil?

It's a fact of a free society and a free enterprise that there are millions of people finding ways to help you spend money. At best, there are a couple who would help you save it. At it's core, selling is a play on insecurity. The message is always "buy my product and you will finally be fulfilled"....
by Farm_or
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Drive it Forever
Replies: 11
Views: 892

Re: Drive it Forever

Some really good points. Having worked and traveled to Germany, I will probably never own a German machine for the reasons stated. I have eleven years experience to base that opinion on. Starting with a solid, well designed platform is very important. I put emphasis on the fundamental, for cars bein...
by Farm_or
Fri Apr 21, 2017 7:35 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Drive it Forever
Replies: 11
Views: 892

Drive it Forever

Maybe the best advice is not to own a car? But, if you live remote or you like cars, I would recommend this book by Robert Sikorsky. Full of practical advice for operating and maintaining your car for long term utilization. One tidbit about oil changes. His recommendation is based on data from oil a...
by Farm_or
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:23 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Letting In the Jungle
Replies: 42
Views: 2630

Re: Letting In the Jungle

You hooked me with the want for "a kitchen, garden, some chickens, and a wood burning stove" My sentiments that set me on the path of financial independence. I now have all of that, albeit my garden is 120 acres - no big deal. Your discipline issue can be mitigated by involving another. A responsibl...
by Farm_or
Fri Apr 14, 2017 9:21 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Personal emancipation day
Replies: 7
Views: 664

Personal emancipation day

Okay fellow story tellers, tell us about your last day working for the man. What do you remember and how did you feel about making the big change in your life? I will go first. I spent a lot of time and effort preparing for that day. I moved the day up by about a month early after conflicting with m...
by Farm_or
Thu Apr 13, 2017 4:07 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Frugality fail list
Replies: 31
Views: 1891

Re: Frugality fail list

My DW lost the diamond off her ring digging in a gopher hole. I suspect that she has not requested a replacement due to joint accounting. I couldn't wear a ring because I was an electrician. Electrical current doesn't recognize status symbols
by Farm_or
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:19 am
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: Copenhagen; Rich Dad Poor Dad workshop
Replies: 11
Views: 2266

Re: Copenhagen; Rich Dad Poor Dad workshop

He says himself in a portion of the book that it was not the best financial book written. But it was a best "seller"! That is an important theme in the book- selling. It's not gospel, but there is a lot of valid information. The whole story appealed to me because I had a poor union guy dad and a ric...
by Farm_or
Thu Apr 13, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Frugality fail list
Replies: 31
Views: 1891

Re: Frugality fail list

My first marriage, I paid for such a a trip that I did not go on. When I was young, dumb and "in love", paid that trip + $3000 in other debts so"we" could have a fresh start. Should have been my first clue.

Be careful who you choose for spousal company
by Farm_or
Mon Apr 03, 2017 8:10 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Trying to create a "new normal" with exercise?
Replies: 10
Views: 767

Re: Trying to create a "new normal" with exercise?

It works for me to have a set routine. When you get over forty, it is easier to maintain and prevent injury with a continuous, dedicated routine. One very important consideration is the duration of your routine. Keep it short enough that you can commit to it. For me, it's about twenty minutes every ...
by Farm_or
Mon Mar 27, 2017 8:37 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Conspiracy theory you deem most likely to be true
Replies: 109
Views: 11539

Re: Conspiracy theory you deem most likely to be true

'They" are spraying the skies to counter global warming