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by Farm_or
Sun Apr 23, 2017 6:58 am
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Drive it Forever
Replies: 9
Views: 445

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: 9
Views: 445

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: 36
Views: 1551

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: 425

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: 1247

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: 2044

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: 1247

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: 593

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: 87
Views: 9908

Re: Conspiracy theory you deem most likely to be true

'They" are spraying the skies to counter global warming
by Farm_or
Wed Mar 22, 2017 8:55 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 300
Views: 21788

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Through it all, she laughed constantly and tried to communicate with me in a combination of Bavarian dialect, maybe 10 words of English and a lot of gestures." After my parents married, my mother studied and practiced her Spanish in anticipation of meeting my father's family. She wanted so much to m...
by Farm_or
Fri Mar 03, 2017 8:29 pm
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: Cutting your hair
Replies: 13
Views: 1337

Re: Cutting your hair

Remington gun oil
by Farm_or
Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:59 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 300
Views: 21788

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Amazing story. Incredible ambition and application of talent.

Sorry about the sidetrack, again. Not really! :-)
by Farm_or
Sun Feb 26, 2017 6:49 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Anti-Sugar Elitism
Replies: 102
Views: 7647

Re: Anti-Sugar Elitism

Minced pie. Must have been commonplace for that generation. My mother likes to tell the story of her mother's minced meat pie. My grandmother came from the sticks and grew up in the great depression so their version of minced meat pie was something rancid by our standards. My father coming from the ...
by Farm_or
Fri Feb 24, 2017 8:22 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Continuing Education
Replies: 12
Views: 911

Re: Continuing Education

@halfmoon Yes, I used to have a subscription to farm show. Love all the ideas and creations from the farm shops across the country. Millerwelds has a website for home projects too. Excellent project ideas that are categorized by different headings like art, home, auto, farm, etc. I have stolen a few...
by Farm_or
Thu Feb 23, 2017 6:30 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Continuing Education
Replies: 12
Views: 911

Re: Continuing Education

It was watching Mr. T make wicked cool stuff outta nothing and then blow things up and setting afire! Must seem very low brow, but that was some of the origination of some of my ambition. I've gotten journeyman level machinist, some cnc, and a lot of welding and fabrication, electrical and mechanics...
by Farm_or
Thu Feb 23, 2017 8:29 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 300
Views: 21788

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Ponderosa pine, white fir, Douglas fir, lodgepole, tamarack, and cotton wood are in supply in these parts. Thought I'd hit the jackpot discovering locust about five years ago. There's a nearby post and pole business that sells firewood also. Took me a while to figure out the shift the guy that measu...
by Farm_or
Wed Feb 22, 2017 5:50 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 300
Views: 21788

Re: Halfmoon's journal

16x8x5= 5 cords? Do you know what mix of woods? Looks like lodgepole was aplenty?
by Farm_or
Tue Feb 21, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 300
Views: 21788

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Good stuff as usual. But I can't help, my eye is drawn to the impressive wood pile in the background! You guys must have used a lot of firewood? Looks to be stacked in perfect order and cut to precise lengths
by Farm_or
Sat Feb 18, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Stock Market Going Up Because of Increasing Inflation?
Replies: 6
Views: 788

Re: Stock Market Going Up Because of Increasing Inflation?

My take is that the speculators are expecting the same dollars cut from corporate tax to add to earnings. Not going to happen. The border tax to replace the cut already has opposition. The results of implementation could react in reducing trade. Bottom line, the tax cuts will result in .$0.10/dollar...
by Farm_or
Thu Feb 16, 2017 9:35 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Micro-capitalism vs. micro-communism
Replies: 24
Views: 1856

Re: Micro-capitalism vs. micro-communism

During a brainstorm session at a seminar years ago, I suggested to my group of farmers the idea of bartering equipment. Seems to me that if your neighbor has an under utilized disc, but doesn't own a drill, you would both be well served if you bought a way cool grain drill. You could both stretch yo...
by Farm_or
Thu Feb 16, 2017 8:59 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Emotional Impacts of Stormy Weather
Replies: 18
Views: 1471

Re: Emotional Impacts of Stormy Weather

It doesn't happen very often in the semi arid desert, but I like biking through a storm also. The most memorable storm sent me scrambling into a calf shed off the highway about 100 ft. I'd never been in anything like it. The rain was going sideways, lightening flashing! I had to wedge myself into a ...
by Farm_or
Tue Feb 14, 2017 1:19 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Dejavu 2007?
Replies: 31
Views: 3524

Re: Dejavu 2007?

I'm 90% as hedged as I was in 2007. I was more than happy to sit that one out, watching and listening to my friends suffering the devaluation. Even my financial advisor singing the blues at 40% loss after nudging me to stay the course with him. Got to temper my pessimism. It is basically a question ...
by Farm_or
Mon Feb 13, 2017 6:35 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 300
Views: 21788

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Touche! When I was a kid, my dad leased pasture from blm and forest service. We built and rode a lot of fence. I guess it's my own anal retentive notions to keep my fences to that high standard? I especially like using smooth wire on the bottom strand. Saves a lot of baby deers and antelopes from in...
by Farm_or
Sun Feb 12, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 300
Views: 21788

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Pretty good fence building skills! It's not easy. I told my wife to be alert stringing the barb wire because it knows Kung Fu. You relax for a second and it will jump and bite you. Her least favorite part was packing rocks for the rock jacks that we built for the corners. Those are really hard to bu...
by Farm_or
Tue Feb 07, 2017 8:15 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Do you find it challenging to live in the same place for years on end?
Replies: 41
Views: 5730

Re: Do you find it challenging to live in the same place for years on end?

The original list of unalienable rights was: life, liberty and the pursuit of property. I've thought about the 2-5 year change accusation. From my perspective, it was the duration of opportunity knocks more than my biological clock. Been at my current residence for 12 years. Closest neighbors are ab...