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by halfmoon
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 567
Views: 83756

Re: ffj's early retirement

However, for some reason they had some kind of fascination with gelatin back then and here is a recipe that just baffles me. I mean, who would eat this? Perfection indeed. Obviously your mother never belonged to a rural Pennsylvania garden club. :P Mine was a garden club president, and I was dragge...
by halfmoon
Mon Dec 25, 2017 8:37 pm
Forum: ERE Community
Topic: NOW OPEN WORLDWIDE My Christmas gift to the ERE community
Replies: 52
Views: 2051

Re: My Christmas gift to the ERE community

I choose 120, because that's approximately the number of boxes we already have of this pasta! So very glad to hear that you hold it in high esteem, Seppia! :D
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 23, 2017 9:36 pm
Forum: ERE Book/Blog/Forum
Topic: Best of the ERE Forum 2017
Replies: 36
Views: 2774

Re: Best of the ERE Forum 2017

I figured that if the forum could withstand 2,000+ posts of Trump and several incarnations of climate discussion nonsense, we could have a constructive conversation on how to make the forum better. I had to smile at this, Fish. Granted: I mostly read the journals where people are baring their heart...
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 23, 2017 11:11 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: No Time Like Right Now - sky's journal
Replies: 56
Views: 8478

Re: No Time Like Right Now - sky's journal

I am somewhat concerned about the winter season. It is less comfortable to do anything outside, so I may not get the exercise I need. I will need to keep looking for new fascinations to follow to avoid boredom. I have even thought about getting a job, but they require you to show up at certain time...
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:59 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: This is what euphoria feels like
Replies: 21
Views: 1634

Re: This is what euphoria feels like

Interesting video. That level of religious fervor makes me nervous, no matter the subject. If I've already told this story, my apologies: I remember a retired acquaintance telling me in the late nineties that she was going to take out a mortgage on her paid-off house and invest it in the market beca...
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:38 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Daylen's Adventure
Replies: 36
Views: 2812

Re: Daylen's Adventure

I echo TopHatFox; it's good to see you back and coherent. Activities - attempting to predict the outcome of movies/shows/books while I watch/read them This is something I do compulsively. Just a hint: if you're watching a movie with other humans, they rarely appreciate your telling them what's going...
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 23, 2017 10:31 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 478
Views: 47475

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Thank you so much, frihet. I showed this to DH; it made us both happy. You also reminded me to get back to work on another piece of my story. :)
by halfmoon
Fri Dec 15, 2017 10:13 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: FI or bust; FBeyer.
Replies: 144
Views: 22325

Re: FI or bust; FBeyer.

The startup revolves around an extremely interesting broad-skills based, braintrusty, engineering, robotics, farming, permaculture, organic, R&D position. That does sound remarkably interesting. Do you have a strategy planned for not getting stressed out again? Also: +1 to dividends. Growth-only st...
by halfmoon
Fri Dec 15, 2017 9:38 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 567
Views: 83756

Re: ffj's early retirement

I find it so cool that you're committing stealthy acts of improvement to public lands. 8-)
by halfmoon
Wed Dec 13, 2017 9:08 am
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Inspire me please? Feeling down.
Replies: 40
Views: 2313

Re: Inspire me please? Feeling down.

A lot of great advice here about what to do with your life, but first you need to deal with the emergency of feeling suicidal. Call a crisis help line and get a doctor's appointment. Maybe you have a severe vitamin deficiency; maybe you need to be on medication for awhile; whatever it takes to stop ...
by halfmoon
Wed Dec 13, 2017 8:57 am
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Opinions on Quickbooks?
Replies: 7
Views: 332

Re: Opinions on Quickbooks?

My accountant hates QB because you can delete transactions. He would like a software where a general ledger entry is used to make a correction instead of a deletion. Your accountant sounds like my accounting professor 30 years ago. He wouldn't let us use pencils because they could be erased; pens o...
by halfmoon
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:37 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Tying your health insurance to your job seems really stupid?
Replies: 10
Views: 666

Re: Tying your health insurance to your job seems really stupid?

It's also stupid how byzantine the tax-deductiblity of health insurance and health care is determined. Pay for the plan for yourself? Not tax deductible. Just to clarify: if you're self-employed, your medical insurance premiums (and those of your spouse/dependents) are deductible in much the manner...
by halfmoon
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:23 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Five Years, Lord Willing
Replies: 266
Views: 24449

Re: Five Years, Lord Willing

Jason wrote:
Tue Dec 12, 2017 10:58 am
I know where we would give it, but we do it quietly.
Agreed.
by halfmoon
Tue Dec 12, 2017 7:15 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Opinions on Quickbooks?
Replies: 7
Views: 332

Re: Opinions on Quickbooks?

Could you get your hands on a cheap PC and dedicate it to your business accounting only? I have a copy of QB 2011 I no longer use and would be happy to mail to you (or anyone else here if you don't want it). Anything older than 3 years isn't supported for linking to banking or payroll, but it's othe...
by halfmoon
Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:25 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Opinions on Quickbooks?
Replies: 7
Views: 332

Re: Opinions on Quickbooks?

I've used QuickBooks Pro (desktop) on a PC for the past 20 years for client accounting, my own business, rentals and personal finance; before that I used software that no longer exists. I currently use versions 2014 and 2017 so I can have two company files open at the same time (can't otherwise). It...
by halfmoon
Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:07 am
Forum: DIY Skills Questions
Topic: Sedentary indoor cold wear
Replies: 40
Views: 1999

Re: Sedentary indoor cold wear

most heat is lost through respiration and brain exertion and lower legs are pretty impervious to cold I tried googling the brain exertion thing and only came up with increased cerebral blood flow at the start of exercising. Is this what you mean? Also: are your lower legs cold-tolerant? Mine aren't...
by halfmoon
Mon Dec 11, 2017 8:56 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Bitcoin on the rise
Replies: 218
Views: 20835

Re: Bitcoin on the rise

Regarding taxability of cryptocurrency trades: the IRS (don't know about Canada) is pretty definite that anything realizing a gain is taxable. The only real question is whether it's a capital gain or ordinary income. I anticipate a lot of extra business for tax preparers over this. ;) https://www.ir...
by halfmoon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:31 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Bitcoin on the rise
Replies: 218
Views: 20835

Re: Bitcoin on the rise

BlueNote, you have my utmost sympathy. I prepare my family's tax returns; it's frustrating. It does, however, give me notice (though not advance) of any ill-judged moves on their part. I live in dread of discovering that any of them have "invested" in bitcoin. These relatives are all older than I an...
by halfmoon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:13 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: The Path to Freedom
Replies: 32
Views: 6490

Re: The Path to Freedom

I've recently been informed that I will be demoted pending the hire of a person to fill my position. There is no change to my job title or compensation, just adding a layer of management above me that will absorb some of my responsibilities. If you'd rather be retired than pursue your career, how i...
by halfmoon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 478
Views: 47475

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Ewww...

Trust a real farmer to remind us of that. :evil:
by halfmoon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Off Grid Living
Replies: 12
Views: 1930

Re: Off Grid Living

Absolutely true, of course. Elitism wins nothing but high prices. Market-driven innovation and cost efficiency in panels, batteries, inverters and other components have benefited everyone across the spectrum of usage. Damn; I really wanted to be Special. *stamps foot*
by halfmoon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Off Grid Living
Replies: 12
Views: 1930

Re: Off Grid Living

Home Power is a good magazine for learning about renewable systems. A neighbor of mine had stacks of them so I perused through quite a few. The older issues are better. The newer ones turned me off as much of the focus was on families who spent a shitload of money to turn their 4,000 sq ft house in...
by halfmoon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:29 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 478
Views: 47475

Re: Halfmoon's journal

a poor human working in the lab who had to scissor snip little newborn-sized mice heads off of newborn baby mice all the time FBeyer, that sounds like a candidate for the most horrific job ever. Maybe you should start a thread and see if anyone can possibly top (bottom) it. ...my general modesty......
by halfmoon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 11:53 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 478
Views: 47475

Re: Halfmoon's journal

I'm assuming being off the grid you don't have a television but if you did I guarantee your retired ass would already have been sucked through it where you would reanimate in some type of alternative world reminiscent of early to mid 20th century Europe but with Buddy and his friends rockin' the li...
by halfmoon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:42 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 478
Views: 47475

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Empathetic = projecting. :lol:

Did I mention that Buddy was never near a female in heat even before the demise of his testicles? Maybe he was just frustrated from the start.