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by FarmOne
Fri May 17, 2013 4:01 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: ERE, Work Ethic, and Labor as Virtue
Replies: 49
Views: 4186

This reminds me of a story: Two men are smashing rocks. When asked what he is doing, the first man replies "just breaking this damned rock." When the second man is asked the same question, his reply is "I am building a cathedral!"
Work is an expression of your being.

by FarmOne
Fri May 17, 2013 3:45 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: The Idled Young Americans
Replies: 120
Views: 10155

<t>"A LOT of work is drudgery with a point."<br/> During my ~25 year experience in the corporate world, I came to an understanding of why I spent a majority of my time doing busy work and not work that was productive to the success of the business. When you pay for time, you get time. <br/> An emplo...
by FarmOne
Tue May 14, 2013 3:45 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Splitting firewood
Replies: 7
Views: 1682

<t>@JohnnyH<br/> I'm with you; I also enjoy the inefficiencies of wood heat. I like loading, unloading, splitting, stacking, and finally bringing it in to heat the house. In my inefficient operation, the same stick of wood is handled about five times before it is consumed. <br/> I'm happy to report ...
by FarmOne
Fri May 10, 2013 6:54 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: The Curse Of Knowledge - Does it get to you sometimes?
Replies: 28
Views: 2562

<t>@DL - That's good thought provoking advice.<br/> My problem is seeing people suffer due to their ignorance and lack of self discipline. I try to give timely and tactful advice. <br/> In most situations it is too difficult to come up with that advice, so I choose to be silent and listen - all the ...
by FarmOne
Fri May 10, 2013 4:06 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Oregon ranked last
Replies: 12
Views: 1236

<t>Although I live at the farthest extreme from the coast, I love to visit the coast. We like to reserve a yurt far in advance on the beach at a State park. It is very affordable and quite comfortable and I love hearing the waves crash the beach all night long. <br/> I went on a kayaking trip put on...
by FarmOne
Fri May 10, 2013 3:42 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Oregon ranked last
Replies: 12
Views: 1236

@original george - I'm staying. But don't tell anybody! I wouldn't want to change the ranking ;-)

by FarmOne
Thu May 09, 2013 7:39 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Oregon ranked last
Replies: 12
Views: 1236

Bankrate.com ranked the state of Oregon last in the nation for places to retire. The "study" was based on cost of living, crime rate, tax rates, hospitals and doctors per ca-pita and average temperatures.
Isn't that something?

by FarmOne
Tue May 07, 2013 11:11 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: How to Be a Better Employee
Replies: 51
Views: 5020

<t>@bbqguy<br/> My understanding of what you're trying to say is to maximize your employment time so that you can minimize your time employed. I'm with you on that, and to an extent that strategy worked for me.<br/> I read a book years ago that really influence my attitude as an employee. It was tit...
by FarmOne
Sun May 05, 2013 1:08 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Shared workshops (and other bad ideas?)
Replies: 5
Views: 800

<t>"...if you could find a straightedge that hadn't been used as a prybar.)"<br/> Having worked in shops my whole life, this quote really got me laughing. There is always a division among people of those who care and those who care-less.<br/> This thread reminds me of one that I started about sharin...
by FarmOne
Fri May 03, 2013 2:14 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Welfare VS ERE
Replies: 35
Views: 3517

<t>I was thinking about this comparison the other day. I thought, "I could write a book and title it Rich Brother, Poor Brother". But then I remembered all of those episodes of Everybody Loves Raymond. It's a familiar story told in so many families. Opposites often come from the same environment...<...
by FarmOne
Fri May 03, 2013 2:03 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Special trick to eliminate feeling chilly or cold
Replies: 11
Views: 1788

<t>Having spent a lot of time outdoors in frigid weather (I once fed cows -40'F), I have a couple of tips to offer:<br/> 1) Stay in good aerobic condition. Better circulation resulting from aerobic exercises keeps your body warm. I'm not talking about doing jumping jacks to stay warm, rather maintai...
by FarmOne
Wed May 01, 2013 2:12 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: How to Allow Your Children to Retire Young
Replies: 30
Views: 1843

<t>Great thread! Especially for someone who has a kid in college.<br/> Why do we want our children to have the money and education we've got without suffering for it the same way we did? Tough love I suppose. <br/> Without earning what you get in life, you may develop that entitlement mentality we h...
by FarmOne
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:52 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Is it worth taking a break?
Replies: 29
Views: 3113

<t>Not a bad idea. A test run lets you test out some of your plans and actually experience some of it.<br/> Personally, I took a sabbatical leave several years back that was eight weeks away from work. After six weeks of my trial E.R. period, I called my boss and told him I was never coming back.<br...
by FarmOne
Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:35 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: To those already retired: why didn't you keep going?
Replies: 19
Views: 2120

<t>My original target date to quit was this spring, right at the start of hay season. Getting so close to the rip cord was making me anxious and they gave me a couple of good reasons to speed things up.<br/> The first was the annual medical exam debacle. It was the coldest morning of the year (like ...
by FarmOne
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:22 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: homemade yogurt
Replies: 9
Views: 2294

<t>I've used a simple three step recipe to make homemade yogurt for years. It is much smoother and more satisfying than the store bought varieties. Most store bought yogurt has a lot of additional ingredients, especially corn starch and gelatin to thicken. <br/> 1) Put about six cups of milk in a sa...
by FarmOne
Mon Apr 29, 2013 1:57 pm
Forum: Resources & Recommended Reading
Topic: Born to Run
Replies: 23
Views: 2979

<t>Born to run? Think about nature for a minute. What animal other than human do you see running long distance every day? Even wild horses run in intervals for play or escape. Antelope run, but only (relatively) short distances. I had a dog that loved to run, but it was for play. He didn't naturally...
by FarmOne
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:26 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Health Insurance, do EREers have it?
Replies: 28
Views: 3238

<t>This was a major obstacle for me as well. For me personally, I was lucky when my wife got a full time teaching position with benefits. So her employer covers us with a HDLP plan and provides HSA. Nevertheless, we learned a little bit about the subject.<br/> I think Realperson hits the nail on the...
by FarmOne
Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:04 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: metamorphosis of the traditional farm auction
Replies: 0
Views: 464

<t>Went to my second major farm auction of the year yesterday. It has been my strategy to buy farm equipment at discount and utilize my experience and talents to fix them and modify them to get economically feasible service from otherwise obsolete equipment. <br/> Farm auctions are a major source of...
by FarmOne
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:26 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Table Tennis
Replies: 12
Views: 2219

<t>Reminds me of when I learned "Albanian style" ping-pong at a previous employer. There'd be wicked top spin on every ball. They'd instruct me, "It's like your pull starting a lawn mower..."<br/> I must have learned it pretty well, because I had a room mate later on that was married to a Chinese ga...
by FarmOne
Mon Apr 22, 2013 3:12 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Has anyone pursued ERE for ....
Replies: 7
Views: 768

I concur with DL and Tyler. The right livelihood is very important to personal development. The typical 9-5 grind leaves very little time to improve yourself or help others...