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by halfmoon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 3:37 pm
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Off Grid Living
Replies: 12
Views: 4343

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: 554
Views: 97272

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: 554
Views: 97272

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: 554
Views: 97272

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.
by halfmoon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:35 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Off Grid Living
Replies: 12
Views: 4343

Re: Off Grid Living

It's true that given current investment costs and efficiency, individual off-grid systems can't compete with grid electricity in price/kWh. I think of the "free" aspect more as freedom from dependence than free of cost. An independent energy system gave us the freedom to live in the mountains of E W...
by halfmoon
Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:04 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 554
Views: 97272

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Jason, maybe Buddy's spirit is contacting you so he can experience once again the Joy of Testosterone. The neutering was an attempt to stop him from provoking Joey into beating him up, but it was too late. Buddy had already learned to be a jerk and no longer needed hormones to prompt that behavior. ...
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:56 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 554
Views: 97272

Re: Halfmoon's journal

No wonder he was hurling himself into your knees. There is that, but I prefer to think that our involvement was all a blur. He wouldn't let anyone near his toenails, so we told the vet to clip those too while he was out. In my mind, he falls asleep and wakes up with a nice pedicure but no pesky tes...
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 09, 2017 1:43 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 554
Views: 97272

Re: Halfmoon's journal

I love the image, Jason....but before you get too far into channelling Buddy as your spiritual guide, keep in mind that we had him neutered after his second fight with Joey. Just saying. ;)
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:52 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 554
Views: 97272

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Jason: this is just hilarious. :mrgreen:
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:36 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Sedentary indoor cold wear
Replies: 54
Views: 11713

Re: Sedentary indoor cold wear

If there is just one spot where you spend most of your sedentary time in the winter, you could even create a room within a room type of thing. For example a seat positioned under a loft bed, with three sides consisting of bookshelves, and the 4th being a small door or blanket flap. Your own little ...
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:21 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: bryan's journal (bay area, van dwelling, bitcoin, trusted computing, strategist, tightwad, and more)
Replies: 23
Views: 4139

Re: bryan's journal (bay area, van dwelling, bitcoin, trusted computing, strategist, tightwad, and more)

Re bitcoin: I'd go with option 1, but I'm at a different stage of life (as discussed in the Greed thread). Is it possible that you're obsessing a bit on the bitcoin issue because of your uncertainty about career/retirement options right now? Re employment/retirement/lifestyle options you're consider...
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 554
Views: 97272

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Jason wrote:
Sat Dec 09, 2017 10:11 am
A self-propelling into the back of people's knees dog? Man, that would be all the entertainment I need in retirement.
I don't think you need the dog, Jason. Isn't that kind of what you do yourself for entertainment? :lol:
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 09, 2017 11:05 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Sustainable living but no homesteading?
Replies: 58
Views: 9443

Re: Sustainable living but no homesteading?

@ farm_or, do you have a branch of the tillith society down there? They are very interested in soil building strategies, and may be a help with the learning curve. Or they may be too small scale oriented to be of any use. . There are also a few minor other things I left out of the plan, such as roa...
by halfmoon
Sat Dec 09, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Dealing with Greed
Replies: 47
Views: 6404

Re: Dealing with Greed

Greed and fear. I picture the emotions as that pair of Chinese Siamese twins In the Guinness book of world records who’s marital relations fascinated me even as a child. Chinese Siamese twins?? Oh, right: we were talking about fear and greed (sorry, Jason; I always think of them in that order). I'v...
by halfmoon
Fri Dec 08, 2017 10:28 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Halfmoon's journal
Replies: 554
Views: 97272

Re: Halfmoon's journal

Bryan, I just spent an hour trying to find that picture to no avail. It was exactly as you imagine, though. A classic photo op that (to DH's chagrin) was repeated through each winter. :lol:
by halfmoon
Tue Dec 05, 2017 11:22 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Frugal chicos journal - ERE in Spain
Replies: 438
Views: 85651

Re: Let's go Back Home - Frugal chicos journal

Chica and chico, you are unbeatable because you're a team. The whole is greater than the sum of the parts. I can't emphasize enough the power of two people aligned toward the same goal; it's your greatest strength. Now...I get your yearning to be close to family when your father is ill. This is very...
by halfmoon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:25 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: neemap journal on the path to FI. Here are my numbers.
Replies: 11
Views: 1746

Re: neemap journal on the path to FI. Here are my numbers.

4.) You might be confusing commercial loans with residential ones. In my experience , commercial loans generally run for a maximum of 5 years even though the amortization runs for a longer term. This reduces the monthly payment because it's based on an amortization schedule of 20 or more years. In a...
by halfmoon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 10:04 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Get Paid To Live In Italy
Replies: 62
Views: 9932

Re: Get Paid To Live In Italy

Seppia, there is an incredible amount of insight here. I'm never going to live in Italy, but it's still fascinating to read an insider's perspective.
by halfmoon
Mon Dec 04, 2017 5:43 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: neemap journal on the path to FI. Here are my numbers.
Replies: 11
Views: 1746

Re: neemap journal on the path to FI. Here are my numbers.

Welcome, neemap! I'm sorry to hear about your medical condition; that sounds pretty lousy. My thoughts on your financial picture: 1. It's always inspiring to see someone who made a bundle of money and actually saved/invested it! :D 2. Where are the properties? Are they all in the same general area? ...
by halfmoon
Sun Dec 03, 2017 9:20 pm
Forum: Introduce Yourself
Topic: Hello, how/where do I post a case report?
Replies: 5
Views: 1045

Re: Hello, how/where do I post a case report?

A journal is probably better for ongoing interaction. I posted a lot in my introduction, and I suspect that many never read it. Truthfully, I can't even remember everything I wrote in my intro and have probably repeated it in my journal. ;)