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by halfmoon
Mon Dec 25, 2017 9:57 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: ffj's early retirement
Replies: 777
Views: 143539

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: 6437

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: 38
Views: 8603

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: 57
Views: 11530

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: 3170

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 10:31 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 554
Views: 86489

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: 247
Views: 54943

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: 777
Views: 143539

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: 5605

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: 1047

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: 11
Views: 2033

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: 544
Views: 82975

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: 1047

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: 1047

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: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Sedentary indoor cold wear
Replies: 52
Views: 7742

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: 316
Views: 57842

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: 316
Views: 57842

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: 39
Views: 10468

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: 554
Views: 86489

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: 3892

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*