C40's Journal

Where are you and where are you going?
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Post by BRUTE » Sat Mar 04, 2017 3:48 pm

it would be impossible to do pretty much anything with a 800ms ping, except maybe play Battlefield

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Post by C40 » Sat Mar 04, 2017 4:04 pm

giskard wrote: I didn't even think about power but I suppose that is an issue. I read somewhere that most 15 inch laptops draw around 50 watts on average. I also read that Macbook Airs will draw 5 watts idle and 20-30 watts under load so maybe it would be good go with a very low power consumption device to stretch out the battery life some more. Plus you can always get more solar panels right? Or do you think 400 watts of panels are about the most you can put on a van?
A van like mine could fit a bit more depending on panel sizes and if/where you put a roof vent fan. Probably about 600 wats is the absolute max. In some situations, using a generator would be much simpler than building a whole solar/battery eletcric system. A generator would work really well for, say, using a desktop computer for power-hungry tasks, but not at all well (on it's own) for something like running a fridge compressor whenever needed around the clock. If one really wanted to run a high power desktop and also a small fridge, the right setup would probably be a small solar/battery system (like 100 or 200 watts solar and as little as 50ah 12v battery), and a small generator

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Post by George the original one » Sun Mar 05, 2017 7:49 pm

Follow-up details regarding Verizon's new unlimited plan:
1) If you can pool 4 lines, the data plan cost/line comes down to $45 instead of $80.
2) The soft data limit is 22 GB/line.
3) Streaming video does not count against your data limit provided it is served by Verizon's go90 service. There is no PC player for go90, only phone apps. YouTube, Netflix, etc. do eat into your data limit.

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Post by C40 » Thu Apr 06, 2017 7:15 pm

This month, I speak to you mainly with blog posts:


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Exploring Arizona 3 - Road to Four Peaks

For my third trip out of Phoenix, I went up Hwy 87 again, and explored a back road to Four Peaks. Also, do you know Arizona well? Where else should I go?



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Exploring Arizona 4 - New Friends

Camping in Tonto National Forest near Payson... Two wonderful bike rides on a Forest Service Roads.... And two new friends who came with a gift!



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Spending Update - Q1

A summary of my spending in Q1


I'm still in Phoenix, here later than I expected to be. I've ordered some things over the internet (some of them related to the gift referenced in the 2nd blog post), and one of them coming form China is taking particularly long. Hopefully it will be here within a week and then I'll start drifting north. This month some friends and family came to Phoenix to visit other family. It was cool to spend time with them. I got some interesting life stories out of some of my family.

I plan to get up to Vegas by the end of April. Some friends are flying in to meet me there. After that, I may meet up with my brother and his girlfriend. They've hit the road with their camper and will be heading out this direction. We'll hang out in northern Arizona (probably the north rim of the Grand Canyon) and southern Utah.

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Post by halfmoon » Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:27 pm

Your photos are always inspiring, but I especially like the Exploring Arizona 3 photo. Is the little white spot in the center your van? If so, nice perspective. It's a rare blessing to be the only tiny man-made spot in a wild landscape. :D

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Post by cmonkey » Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:35 am

So are you generating more income than you need already? Even before starting your IRA conversion?

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Post by Gilberto de Piento » Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:00 am

Also, do you know Arizona well? Where else should I go?
I don't know Arizona well but I liked Flagstaff and Sedona. There's excellent mountain biking in Sedona starting right in town.

In Flagstaff I'd recommend hiking to the top Humphrey's Peak (highest in Arizona) and also checking out the lava tube (bring multiple light sources). If there's snow on the peak be careful, it is steep and slippery. For both let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back.

A lot of people like the Grand Canyon but I was underwhelmed by the north rim. Unfortunately I went on a gray, cold, windy day when I wasn't in a great mood. I'm sure you'll have a good time.

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Post by C40 » Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:26 am

cmonkey wrote:
Fri Apr 07, 2017 8:35 am
So are you generating more income than you need already? Even before starting your IRA conversion?
Yes. But it's not before starting my IRA conversion. I won't count the conversion as income because it's just moving money between accounts. I count any and all income as income whether it's in a retirement account or not.

So, what I'm including in that income is:
- Dividends in post-tax accounts (which I have full access to now.In Q1, these covered 80% of my spending. So they don't cover it all, and they definitely won't in the times I spend more. But I guess they're pretty close for now.
- Dividends in retirement accounts. (In Q1, these ~would've covered 85% of my spending)
- Fixed growth of the value of my pension from past employer. (~covered 20% of Q1 spending) (I'm holding this as the cash portion of my asset allocation. If stock prices drop a ton I'll take the money and buy some more stocks to rebalance)
- Hobby income, which is very low now (Covered 5% of Q1 spending)
- I suppose I should count realized capital gains or losses, but I haven't been putting those in my income, and I don't sell much so they don't happen often... they basically just result in some change in my dividend income. None happened in Q1.

I really should make a chart or something to track that "one FI measure" that Jacob suggested a few months ago. (which I've basically shown above... for Q1 I'd be at 1.9 (80% + 85% + 20% + 5%).... or, I guess I probably should be at 1.05 if all investment income is counted as one factor (100% + 5%)

halfmoon wrote:
Thu Apr 06, 2017 9:27 pm
Your photos are always inspiring, but I especially like the Exploring Arizona 3 photo. Is the little white spot in the center your van? If so, nice perspective. It's a rare blessing to be the only tiny man-made spot in a wild landscape. :D
Thank you. I never ever get tired of photo compliments. Yeah, that white spot is my van.


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Fri Apr 07, 2017 9:00 am
... I liked Flagstaff and Sedona. There's excellent mountain biking in Sedona starting right in town.

In Flagstaff I'd recommend hiking to the top Humphrey's Peak (highest in Arizona) and also checking out the lava tube (bring multiple light sources). If there's snow on the peak be careful, it is steep and slippery. For both let someone know where you're going and when you'll be back....
Thanks. I'll add these to my list. I really have not done a good job at researching/finding the more spectacular places in the region, so these help. I should get more on it but for some reason I've been especially lazy with my location research. I suppose some of it is because it's been easy to find spots that feel good enough, and the rest is just laziness...
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Post by thrifty++ » Sat Apr 08, 2017 3:17 pm

Wow that photo of camping with the night sky is truly magnificent. Van twins

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Post by halfmoon » Sat Apr 08, 2017 8:55 pm

C40 wrote:
Sat Apr 08, 2017 10:26 am
Thank you. I never ever get tired of photo compliments. Yeah, that white spot is my van.
Awww...you edited it from shite spote to white spot. I was really loving the shite comment, as in "It's a glorious van, but it can't compete with nature." :lol:

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Post by vexed87 » Tue Apr 18, 2017 10:11 am

Great shots as usual, different camera views on the ride too, loved it! :lol:

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