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trugasCA

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Message Posted: Jan 6, 2013 8:55:12 PM

What does it mean? Do you travel? Are you quietly sitting home?
Are you doing all the things you had no time to do when working?
Are you enjoying your retirement?
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 9:00:00 PM

Trugasca, There's time for work and there's time for resting. If you have pneumonia, it's time to rest.

Doing wash can wait a week if needed. Decide to wear "non-matching" clothes as no one will know the difference, and you can wash them when you get better. Rest - Rest - Rest!! {:>)
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 12:07:31 PM

The pneumonia does not improve. My joints ache as a side effect ot the antibiotic.
Should do wash today, beautiful sunny day but not sure l can.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 9:44:36 AM

I just use up all my time doing things l don't know how l did when l worked as well.

Decided my pork items and leftovers do not get enough attention and get too old by not using them. So l took all the fruit out of freezer and made that shelf a pork shelf. Then l put all the fruit into the empty freezer basket in bottom of fridge/ And decided the veggies on hand were way too much for sharing, so took the fruit back out and put all the frozen veggies there. Put the fruit back in the freezer. As l was going, l listed everything, l had only listed meats before. I could see l had a whole lot more fruits and veggies than l thought, and some duplicates. Over all with breaks, it took me about 2 hours. I added all the cooked items with the fruit. Leftover small meals. So l have one shelf now of things l can eat without cooking.
Then l packaged my hamburger bought day before into approximately one pound packs and froze them. Left some out and made nachos later.

Returned 2 loaves of bread to costco as l felt it was stale. No date on it. Raisin bread at $3.20 per loaf. When returned homeward l stopped at Grocery Outlet for sour cream, Ben and Jerrys at $1.99 and cottage cheese.

My sister called from MN. and she seems happier. THere is a social worker there who has befriended her and she is now content to let her take over in getting her released to a safe home. A friend her in CA offered her a room for $500 a mo. and in the area she wants, but my sis believes she will soon be booted out of there as the lady is getting married.She refused it.

Twice she has refused places, so l am not sure she really cares about returning here in a hurry. Now she wants perfection and wants to know it will last. At first it was "I want out of here as soon as possible". Change.

After a nap l went down to visit the Fearless leader to see how she was and she has really improved once she started using the Spiriva and sprays. Imagine that...LOL. I believe her flare up of COPD was caused by not only not using meds enough, but we have had 11 poor air quality days when COPD sufferers were warned to stay indoors.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 1:27:02 AM

I bought some exercise equipment and AJ has gotten one piece put together. I put it through its paces yesterday afternoon.

Now, we need to get the shower installed as the master bathroom bathtub is annoying. Who would build a bathtub that's so far up off the floor?
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 10:00:36 AM

I retired in 2001. I moved to Florida in 2003 and the rest of the family came down a couple of year's later. We are all living together in my 4 bedroom house (6 of us).

Lots to do, besides picking the 6 year old up from school, computer, TV, Theme parks, shopping, and babysitting at rare times.

[Edited by: Jemac at 1/24/2015 10:01:55 AM EST]
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Jan 24, 2015 12:39:51 AM

Retired in December of 2008. I stay busy with all kind of different things. Meet with other retirees twice a month, just have a great time enjoying life...
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 8:34:56 AM

Integrity, that is good to know, that you aren't bored. But what exactly do you mean by local Meetup groups? Do you mean like library book clubs, gardening groups or ?????
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 5:09:37 PM

Had a little excitement today. I was sitting on the computer and a flash flood warning came up. The BFF was really concerned that we'd get flooded. I told her it was very unlikely because we are in flood zone X.
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integrityalana
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 1:56:38 PM

I retired in March at age 56. I sell stuff on ebay and I am writing a book. I watch very little tv and I am never bored. I keep busy with the local Meetup groups, which I highly recommend.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 12:41:26 PM

On Jan 22, 2015 9:45:54 AM, trugasCA wrote:

>Since l refused to pay the $90, another drug was found which the senior drug
>plan D covered and l only paid $1.20 for it.

Doctors are usually blissfully ignorant of the cost of what they prescribe unless the patient or the pharmacy benefit manager brings it to their attention.

Most of mine are $10 for 90 days except for one that's $50 for 90 days. The expensive one has three active ingredients where two of them are generically available.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 11:41:19 AM

Rainy day. AJ is putting together the laminate floor in my home office. Then, I'll get to start unboxing.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 10:45:54 AM

Since l refused to pay the $90, another drug was found which the senior drug plan D covered and l only paid $1.20 for it. Thanks to the internet, l knew there were different drugs recommended for Pneumonia than for COPD, and l noticed of the drugs recommended, one was the one l ended up with. I am glad about the drug coverage l have and that my son is finally able to get. I am wondering if the Middle class is the one suffering on the prices. Unable to get low income breaks.??

I feel the drug companies are really making money and can afford to give breaks to lower income people. The medical field in general is way too high in costs. They are raking it in now. The companies do offer free help and before l got on plan D, l took advantage of a couple of them. I picked them up at a clinic in Fort Bragg where l lived. I had been getting my drugs from Canada prior to finding out about the drug companies help. I was paying a lot then, but less than the US drugs. But l was and remain in a class called "Very low income" that's lower than low income l guess.LOL. So l get a couple of breaks now. I don't feel like getting up and looking up what l was paying for Canadian drugs, but l think it was like $100 for a couple months supply of just one drug for high blood pressure, and now l pay $1.20. So l am happy.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 2:21:59 AM

Spent yesterday afternoon running errands. I got a refund check from my hazard insurance for the apartment, and I took it to the bank. (I prefer to hand checks to human tellers unless I can use the ATM at Chase. I didn't want the money at Chase.) I got the Escape inspected for another year, it passed with flying colors. I took the cable boxes from the apartment back to Comcast. (I've got AT&T U-verse in the house, I have been on both and prefer U-verse.) I then had either a very late lunch or an early supper at Outback Steakhouse; I got there at 4:11 PM. I was going to go grocery shopping but my cell phone was almost totally discharged so I headed back home.

They're forecasting rain today, I plan to spend the day indoors. (They said "100% chance" but when that happens Houston is likely to get a few sprinkles and the brunt of the storm will go to Baton Rouge.) AJ is partway through putting down the laminate floor in my home office room and when that's done he'll bring in the bookcases and books and I'll start unpacking!

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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 1:25:19 PM

People should go to jail for the scams and thievery they are doing on us. If I have to have more chemo drugs they will be around $6500 monthly which I will never be able to afford.

My understanding is that there may be some sort of "adjustment" if truly not being able to afford them.

Maybe the manufacturers can write off the difference if they "give them" away to us for only several hundred dollars a month? We all know the real cost of these are much much cheaper than what they want for them.

In some cases, they even get government grants (our money) and many of these drugs were already made and paid for, for the use in other diseases.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 12:31:53 PM

On Jan 21, 2015 11:08:19 AM, Jemac wrote:

>I expect the real cost of producing the $90 dollar medicine is a few pennies
>to a dollar or two.

I recently got some pills where they were $11.08 for 270. And that included the cost of shipping it to me.

Prices frequently go down dramatically when meds go generic.

When my Mom had breast cancer, they gave her a five-year course of tamoxifen. It was $155 for thirty days when she started out. Then, it went generic and the price dropped 50%. Nowadays, tamoxifen is $9 for thirty days.


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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 12:08:19 PM

Trugasca, with all of our great healthcare, every year we get less and less coverage. The "more" they are going to give you great healthcare, the "less" you get. If you are truly sick, they should have ample medicine to keep us healthy without stealing from us.

I expect the real cost of producing the $90 dollar medicine is a few pennies to a dollar or two.

We have bums in office and both parties are at fault.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 10:03:54 AM

I know ecsojay, my last trip up to Oregon where l was used to paying about $50 to $70 tops per night, l found very few were $100 or less.

Jemac l went to get the new med and they said $90 and l said forget it.

The Dr was faxed but it was late by then so l have to wait again, til at least 10 am. This is getting ridiculous..I should have gone to Urgent Care instead of driving all the way to Santa Rosa for the xray. Urgent Care would have started me on something right away. I have been misdiagnosed since the first of January. Had all the classic signs of pneumonia then.

OK Targetsmom. Smiles.
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ecsojay
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:43:11 PM

My last day at work was 2/7/14. I can do whatever I want with my time. I dont miss work - and only on occasion do I miss the people I worked with. The only thing I truly miss about work was the daily lunch breaks with one of my co-workers.

The worst part of all the free times is traveling....and having to pay expensive rates for a motel room. Basic room charge is now $100+.
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 7:52:26 PM

Sorry to hear you have pneumonia Trugas .... rest rest rest and more rest :)
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 6:48:07 PM

A couple of year's ago they tried 5 different antibiotics on me to get rid of my pneumonia. Three and a half months later they infused me for 4 days (an hour each day) and finally got rid of the pneumonia.

Sometimes they hit the right stuff.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 6:02:30 PM

Glad l looked into various pneumonias and found the antibiotic l was on was not the one l should be on. Xray shows pneumonia l just got the call and going to get different antibiotics.
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 12:27:29 PM

Went to the auto mechanic today to get my estimate of $375 for lower ball joints and sway arms. Going to have it done Monday. First time using this guy but they say he's reasonable and honest. The car has been squeaking for months now.

Got my blood work done today also and preparing for my nap being I had to drag myself out of bed so early (7:15 am).

Got to get the nap in before picking up the 6 year old from school.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 20, 2015 9:52:38 AM

I know Targetsmom. I am in High Risk group. 84, chronic lung disease, so l try to be careful. I pay $238 a month for co-pay coverage, so l have no qualms about going to Urgent Care today. I pay for it at a high rate, so l feel l should get this lung xrayed, whether or not the Dr says. I am supposed to call him back today. I think he will agree tho once he gets off the idea of coughing causes chest pain. I am not coughing that much as l start nasacort and that stops it. Besides l have one lung pain. Cough pain is across the chest and back. I like original medicare just for this purpose. I don't need a primary care physician referral ever. I can go anywhere, see any specialist that accepts medicare anytime l choose.

I sure haven't lost my appetite, darn it. Could sure lose some weight. Yesterday l ate Farina, soup, an orange, tapioca and pasta. Pretty good appetite eh? OH and a piece of fudge.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 9:12:51 PM

Commented about my IRA withdrawal paperwork. I got it Friday morning from UPS and I put it back in the UPS system the same day.
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Targetsmom
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 5:19:29 PM

Look after yourself trugas lung issues are serious.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 3:45:48 PM

Yesterday, I got out and had an early dinner with some Houston GasBuddies. It was after the Chevron Houston Marathon. We had CSQUARED from Atlanta as a special guest, he was in town for the marathon. Most of the other (there were a dozen total) were too old for such foolishness as running marathons.

AJ was under the weather yesterday, he has cellulitis. He feels a lot better today. He should, he's on three different antibiotics and prescription-strength ibuprofen. He's getting a lot done today.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 19, 2015 9:22:58 AM

Woke at 3:30 again today. My lungs have been hurting lately and added to the lack of energy and more frequent use of sprays, l have decided the antibiotic didn't rid me entirely of the bug and the COPD is flaring up. May do laundry today, may call DR or go to Urgent care. It is not uncommon thing in my life now as l smoked for 40 years.
This is messing up the pleasures of my retirement. LOL
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 10:34:26 AM

Heading off in a little bit to visit my cousin and his wife who are vacationing here in Florida for 4 months. They're about 20 miles from me.

We ran around together back in the 50's and 60's so we have many things to talk about.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 8:18:13 AM

2many AND gas is real cheap right now. You are right about lunch or any trip with several ole ladies, is an adventure. LOL. I don't have to worry about interaction with others because if l step out my front door l often have three others come out and interact..LOL
There is a lady here who likes to get out with her dog and "just sit quietly on a bench", but everytime she does, people stop and talk to her. But tell you what, l sat on that bench and watched her not just say hi to people walking by, but "hi how are you doing? l haven't seen you since......" inviting them in other words. I sat on that bench one day and 7 people walked by and said Hi and went on about their business.

So you can have it either way.

I wanted to clean house yesterday, but my body disagreed, so l sat and read. Today l want to cook up the fresh produce l bought. I woke at 3:30 am, and hope l am not too pooped later to do that, at least. The housework is always there, but the produce goes bad.

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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 7:59:16 AM

When I started volunteering I worried about spending the money for gas with no income. It sure is easier now. In this cold weather my Explorer has a feature that won't let the transmission shift into overdrive until it reaches a certain temperature. It doesn't reach that until I am just bout into town.

trugas, sounds like lunch was an adventure. One of the things I missed when I retired was the interaction with others.
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Message Posted: Jan 18, 2015 12:47:43 AM

Doing what I enjoy best. Volunteering
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 9:17:37 AM

The Lunch Bunch had a good turnout, 8 people yesterday, and we went to Chili's for lunch. Got a senior discount which l promptly gave to the server, coz he had to re-do all the tags, AND he put up with the teasing the wine drinkers put out. One in particular, she wasted a lot of his time and took his attention away from what he was trying to do, every time he came in view.
I had half an order of ribs and a salad. I ate my salad, while no one else had anything to eat. It cost $3.19 to add to meal. Good deal.
We took FOREVER to decide what to order and that was after taking forever to get the drinks ordered and delivered. Poor waiter. So when someone said how slow they were, l reminded them of that. The hour after we arrived before getting our lunch was NOT all their fault. 10 minutes to wait for large table to be set up, 10 minutes to order and deliver drinks, 20 minutes to decide on what to order so we only waited for food 20 minutes by that time. Some of the people had not eaten that day at all, so were starving. I get up early and had had breakfast and even tapioca , so l wasn't starving. It was 1pm or later when we got there, so they should at least have had something before then.

I was asked if l wanted won tons for birthday celebration, and l thought won ton soup, and got befuddled, but then realized she was talking of the stuffed and fried won tons she brought to a pot luck that l had made such a fuss over....they were good.
So l readily agreed that would be nice, perfect as a matter of fact.

I have that and then 2 lunches to go this month. One that l share with a friend when we meet every year to catch up...she lives aways away and l see her only then. The other is because l took a lady to lunch and she wants to repay. It is not why l did it so l may turn her down. She wants to be correct and stay even, but that kinda makes it void the treat l gave her for her birthday. The way l see it. I took her to lunch as a treat, not to start a yearly thing. I hope that will explain it to her.

The other one is the group's get together that we have for each person's birthday. Sometimes a pot luck. Sometimes just a cake.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 8:35:38 AM

I am just glad l no longer have to commute to work, thus am not at the mercy of high gas prices. Actually l never suffered that much when l was working, only during a spell of odd day/even day gas rationing several years back. Only since coming on GB have l become so aware that prices are affecting people's lives.
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LibertyGuardian
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 8:02:14 AM

Hey it's tough duty but someone's gotta do it...We've been here attending the Barrett-Jackson Auction for the past week and enjoying the beautiful Arizona weather for the past week...

Yeah it's painful but we're trying to bear up under the circumstances...heading back into the Auction around 10am to suffer through a little more for the folks!
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2manyfords
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Message Posted: Jan 17, 2015 7:39:38 AM

Oil companies will never take a fall. They will just react to the price of oil. If the price stays low they will lay off workers, cut production and keep on making money. The workers at the bottom of the chain may suffer but the companies will not. And of course we will suffer due to rising energy costs. Oil is a dirty business. I am not sure you can get it out of the ground without being 'dirty'.
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 2:01:35 PM

I'm a 9:00 am to midnight person but usually take 1.5 hour nap during the day. Missed mine today and will be picking the 6 year old up at 2:30 pm from school, as usual.

I still might get the nap in after bringing her home.

Yes, we have to get alternative energy here in the USA but meanwhile we need the oil business to get our petroleum products (gasoline, natural gas, oils) down in price. We have to get rid of OPEC nations controlling our security and world affairs.

Alternative energy isn't the solution today but will be in the future. It's (apparently) still much more important to give sophisticated aircraft, and billions of dollars to our enemies, while they are buying foreign fighters to kill our soldiers.

Our government has a bunch of PITA's and POS's in it. We need brand new leadership and get rid of all the old regime (and rid ourselves of the new ones that only know how to do community organization).

So - you are both right!
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 10:57:04 AM

Are you kidding gas miser? Stay up til all hours, only time l hear of seniors doing that around here is when they have restless leg syndrome, or other pain that keeps them awake. LOL. Me , l am asleep anywhere from 9 to 10 pm.

Sneakers "woes of oil industry" LOL, all the billions they've made? Damages they
ve caused...They should take a fall. Bout time eh?
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 10:49:31 AM

In 2008 and loving every minute of it. We do what we want when we want... Say up till all hours, sleep late.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 2:47:28 AM

Given the woes in the oil industry, it looks like a good thing that I decided not to retrain in Petroleum Engineering in early 2010.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 11:16:48 AM

Was checking in this morning on previous posts, and l ran into you Sneakers on several that l used to visit.
Today is a busy day maybe..ENT dr visit for ear, then if l get out soon enough l intend visiting a seniors meeting across the street to see what that is about and perhaps find out where to go from here with my pics of obstructed pedestrian/drivers views.
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 4:33:59 AM

One disadvantage of moving: things get sent to your former address. My IRA asset manager sent my 2015 withdrawal request paperwork to my former address. They will be sending me out another copy to my present home address.

I've noted that people seem to have this trouble filing changes of address with the United States Postal Service. Got mail for former residents both at my apartment and my house.



[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 1/15/2015 4:35:42 AM EST]
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11Bushman
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 7:55:48 PM

Enjoy my seven day weekends.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 14, 2015 11:10:55 AM

Lunch Bunch l started is set up for this Friday at Chili's.
Then l have to contact my friend in Ukiah to meet somewhere and l think l should drive up there as she came down last time.
Still no date set for the monthly birthday celebration here in the
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 3:53:35 PM

All three of us pitched in and cleaned the house this morning. The main thing that I did was go through the mail.

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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 10:41:27 AM

Trugasca, We have to "share" the lunch with the DIL as her birthday is 2/1. We will all probably go out to Cracker Barrel as I have two certificates. One a "survey" certificate for two and one for $25 for the same place.

It'll be my treat for the 5.75 of us (6 year old and 5 month old).

We went to Sweet Tomatoes buffet two day's ago and I would swear a sparrow wold have eaten more than the 6 year old did.
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 9:52:04 AM

Darn. Lost my welcoming to Trucky. Hope you share what you do that makes retirement so pleasurable to you. Some near retirement people expect to be bored. Doesn't sound like that is your case.

I have a busy rest of the month ahead, as have been the past 12 days. I am being asked to schedule a "Lunch Bunch" restaurant and time. The community birthday sharing party is comming up, and l need to set a date to meet a friend from Ukiah to share a birthday lunch. Have 2 Dr appts, one to Dermatologist to check on third eye where she scooped out offending cyst. The other with and ENT dr to check an ear that feels like there is liquid in it and sometimes sharp pains.
But Jemac lets go to lunch and celebrate?
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Message Posted: Jan 13, 2015 9:18:11 AM

Love it!
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trugasCA
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 12:19:59 PM

Jemac l was aware of spittle when talking, but hadn't applied it to chefs. OH MY. But have heard of waiter or cooks spitting on returned food.

2many then it works out well for you, choose what you want to do. Great.

Gasmiser that sounds like fun up until 9.

I still haven't bothered to learn how to link so if interested in peeking at my tiny apt and what l had to do to put down a small cotton rug..posted a new album. "frontroom". Buddys only tho.

Guess Sneakers is really busy in new home to post.

[Edited by: trugasCA at 1/12/2015 12:21:33 PM EST]
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Message Posted: Jan 12, 2015 7:31:58 AM

trugas, the folks at the first marsh I worked with are friends of mine. I went to work at the other place mainly because they paid way more and had a lot more work for me. The other place understood. But we are still friends and I still get invited to their harvest party. The volunteer thing is totally when I am available and they understand that too. They say they are happy for me to just show up when I can. And even though I don't want to work forever I like keeping my options open.
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 10:48:29 PM

Went to a surpise birthday party for a friend yesterday. At a local bar by him, played some darts but had to stop playing at 9:00 pm because of a dart Tournament at the bar. Got ran into another room so we left because the music was too loud. Had a good time while we were there....
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Jemac
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Message Posted: Jan 11, 2015 8:30:37 PM

Trugasca, My birthday is Jan 28th, 2 days before yours.

I used to have people inspect substrates when working (tubes that you rotated by gloved hand while looking at the tube). You were ABSOLUTELY NOT ALLOWED to talk while inspecting. I repeat, absolutely not allowed to talk.

No matter how careful you are, little sprays of spit come out of your mouth if talking and it would contaminate the aluminum substrate (roll) and they had to be thrown out.

So ... bottom line, if you or anyone else is cooking and talking, spit IS coming out of your mouth and going into your pot or plate of food.

If talking, you are spraying bits of spit out. I hate seeing the restaurant cooks spouting out orders while doing their cooking.

I guess we just have to accept that spit (and more) is in most our foods.

OK, enough grossness and overboarding from me.
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