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By georgeha (Thu Nov 18, 2021 at 01:27:00 PM EST) college, camping, chainsaw (all tags)
I have a lot of vacation to use before the end of the year, so lots of virtual Fridays.

Plus, college, camping, nails, retirement feelings, $4 chainsaw and less.

Poll: What CDs should I rip to the Honda?



It's another Virtual Friday, I have time off to use before the end of the year, and the end of the year is coming. It's more of a pain in my new role, since I have some crisis responsibilities. But, I'll be in town, if a meteorite crashes into our labs, I'll drive on up. If I ever want to take a few weeks off to tour the US in our minivan, I'll have to think of something else.

Oh yeah, we booked a three day weekend in the Berkshires in late October, there were still a few campgrounds open. We wanted to test out the sleeping platform I made for the minivan. It was cold, the platform was too high, and it wasn't comfortable so we lasted a night. We did get 29 mpg on the drive back, woot! No more camping until spring.

In other van news, it has a hard drive and CD ripper. When you load a CD you're asked if you want to save it to the HD. There's room for about 19 CDs. I haven't tried this yet because I'm not sure what CDs I want to rip onto the HD. Vote in my poll, votes for Motorhead will not be counted as listening to Ace of Spaces makes me a bad driver.

Halloween was nice. Twenty_five_year_old answered the door, twice, while Mrs. Ha and I sat around a roaring chimenea.

Mrs. Ha decided to withdraw from her course. We're all feeling a bit less stressful now. It was too many new things to learn in too short of a time, and she's more of a hands on learner than a remote learner. Empire State isn't good for hands on learners.

Does anyone want some aquarium snails? They're invasive in the US. Twenty_five_year_old got them for her beta tank, her beta died, the snails keep reproducing, and we have lots of snails. I'm not sure how she's going to properly kill them when it's their time, we can't flush them.

I've been getting a lot of retirement feelings lately. I get notes from people younger than me that went right from college to a professional job, and they can retire in their early 50s, I get a bit jealous. Oh well, at least I had many varied work experiences.

A few weeks back one of our developers had a retirement lunch. I went, it was kind of awkward. If I had been a little more confident and a little less awkward I would have made a little speech about how handing off untested patches terrifies me, but if I had with a gun to my head but I got to pick the developer, it would have been Mike. Really, Mike was that good, his patch failure rate might have been 1%. But you know, awkward.

We went estate saling over the weekend, lots of old people. I guess that's one retirement hobby, when I ever retire. At one sale I picked up an old Sears electric chainsaw for $4. Mrs. Ha was worried that it wouldn't work, but what is there to an electric chainsaw?

As it was, it didn't work. I spent a few hours on the weekend taking it apart and removing oil soaked sawdust, and found out one of the leads on the switch was disconnected. I reconnected it, put it back together, and it works. The tree of heaven growing through our fence won't know what hit it.

Sales don't look good this weekend, but you never know.

Thanksgiving plans are still unclear. My sister went to Egypt for a few weeks with her belly dance group. We're not sure if she's up to hosting, though she seems to really like it for two hours. As a precaution I tried smoking a boneless turkey breast last weekend, despite the cold rain and snow it worked.

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Virtual Friday | 6 comments (6 topical, 0 hidden)
retire at 50 by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Nov 22, 2021 at 03:19:08 PM EST
I mean, 55.5 or something you can start taking $ from the 401(k), but medicare and soc security don't kick on unitl a lot later ... and man, insurance coverage for that time-gap ain't no joke ..


It's easier if your partner works and has benefits by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Nov 22, 2021 at 04:23:29 PM EST
or if you're pretty frugal and save a few million. The one dev was in his late 50s and seemed to live a frugal life style, maybe he has a few million in  his 401k.


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one retired and one by sasquatchan (2.00 / 0) #3 Tue Nov 23, 2021 at 01:18:26 PM EST
still working full time (to get bennies) is generally a recipe for disaster.. :/

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It depends on the job I guess by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #4 Tue Nov 23, 2021 at 02:56:22 PM EST
Mrs. Ha has been semi-retired for a while now, but I'm still finding something worthwhile in my job. Why, I just sorted two cardboard moving boxes of power cables and Cat5/6/7 cables, very contemplative.


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To retire before 60 I'll need to by yankeehack (4.00 / 1) #5 Thu Nov 25, 2021 at 07:12:25 PM EST
either marry rich in the next few years, or; Should be easy, right?
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB
I'm also concerned about layoffs by georgeha (4.00 / 1) #6 Tue Nov 30, 2021 at 11:34:07 AM EST
In two years twenty_year_old should have a degree, and a debt settlement will be paid off. That monthly payment is a little less than Mrs. Ha would make in a month.

In five years, the minivan would be paid off and Mrs. Ha can start taking social security.

If my job duties stay similar, I might be able to work until I'm 67. That would certainly help our retirement.

Option four for you:

strike it big in your startup


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