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Having only a rudimentary understanding of U.S. History I had to read this several times for it all to sink in. I suppose I've never thought too much of French culture. I visited the country briefly, as an airman stationed in Germany, many many years ago. Perhaps it's interesting that it was an old French air base (Spangdahlem). I found nothing particularly remarkable about it. At that time, I was much more interested in the castles up and down the Rhine and Mosel rivers. The only french policy that I feel any affinity towards is their sensible adoption of next-generation Nuclear Energy.
It seems that the need to pay our war debts always gets us into trouble. A few years ago I read “American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House” by Jon Meacham. How much of it is true, I leave it for historians like yourself but I found myself fascinated by Jackson. From his humble upbringing, his propensity towards "dueling", his unbending personality, and most importantly his hatred of a central bank. The one thing that I came away with aside from my admiration for the man was the absolute necessity of getting banks and money out of the government. Inviting the whole country to share in eating stinky cheese filling the White House makes me love this guy!
Yup, I'm 10 years younger than you guys and it's not discouraging at all. The advice is appreciated and the story is fascinating. My uncle was a professor but retired over 30 years ago precisely because, like you, he didn't play the "keeping up with the Joneses" game and learned how to properly invest. He was at odds with his colleagues and couldn't wait to be rid of the whole communist lot of them - LOL He loved to take us to Cahokia Mounds whenever he came into town. There was also a museum of medical quackery at SLU that he loved. We all have a slightly bent sense of humor. But, of course, any entertainment that we engaged in with him was usually free of charge but for the gas.
Most of my family is the same. We all have 6 figure careers but don't behave like our neighbors. I know that they cringe when they see me pulling out the Aldi bags after grocery shopping but I don't care. The stuff in the jar that just says "Peanut Butter" tastes the same to me as the one with the flying elf on the jar. I don't get any special dopamine boost from staring at marketing labels when I eat. In fact, it has the opposite effect on me. I relish saving $1.50 on a can of peanut butter. I don't knock people for doing away with credit cards. For some, it's the right choice but personally, I've been using my 2% cash back credit card for everything for a couple of years now., I rack up tax-free money and pay off the card promptly without incurring any fees. I suppose it wasn't designed with people like me in mind but until they cut me off I don't plan to stop taking their money.
The crazy leftist shit is as big in corporate America as it is in education. We have pride celebrations and women's events. Anything really, other than actual work. They even tried to get me involved with a black professional group. I'm not black but I may have "accidentally" reported myself as such. I felt uncomfortable when I told them that I didn't like the idea of discussing race in the workplace but they have left me alone for the moment. Well, actually they promoted me recently which I can't figure out how that happened but my life is sometimes like Mr. Magoo. Some things are best not to question.
I'm not planning on getting land locked if I go the boat route. The whole idea to me is one of freedom and independence. The thought of being stuck in a lake makes me feel physically ill. I'm a decent fisherman but I'm not sure I should trust the food pulled from the Mississippi. Sure, once in a while is fine but as a daily meal? Maybe I'm just paranoid but I'm fairly confident that there is a lot of crap being poured into that river upstream that I do not want in my body. I work closely with an Indonesian, he's a good guy. I need to ask him about fishing.
Your comments about health are prescient, I'm sure. At this age, I'm just starting to have some issues. 2 knee surgeries, 1 back surgery, kidney stones, and now a neck issue have finally got me discouraged. But the good news is that there is a low occurrence of heart disease, cancer, or diabetes in my family. I feel that as long as I don't have a strong likelihood of becoming spontaneously incapacitated that I'm good to go!
I don't know exactly what to make of what's happening to our country. My best estimation of it is that the ruling class has decided that they have enough power and control that they don't really give a crap that we know that they want us either dead or enslaved. They have their own leftist religion. That's what it is, a religion where they worship the gods of environmentalism, multiculturalism, materialism, and sexual perversion. They bask in the love of their god through this social virtue-signaling feedback system. It's really just a means to assuage their cowardice and anxiety. I preferred it when people used alcohol for that! LOL
We've got some things going for us though. The media doesn't have the power that it had only 10 years ago. People are onto the shared narrative bullshit. I see a lot of reports of people becoming more active in their communities and local politics and taking back control of their schools.
As a historian, you probably know a lot more about this than I do but I feel like one thing that the founders really blew (aside from slavery) was allowing money to play such a large role in public service life. Referring to campaign contributions specifically. How do you stop that short of an amendment to the constitution?
It wasn't even a fall. He went to the ground picking up nickels for the kids.
Wow! Thanks for all of these details. That's a beautiful trailer and good advice about ordering extra material. I've seen it happen with flooring (carpet, tile, and prestained hardwood). Once the lot is gone, even if they make more, you are likely to get, at the very least, a color difference. How does your spouse like it?
"Diesel buses have a basement". Is that in reference to a generator? What makes it so attractive compared to alternatives? I don't mind spending money if it is a substantial-quality advantage. I really don't have any experience with diesel to speak of, just some things I've stored in my head for some reason, such as they use glow plugs instead of spark plugs, the heat of piston compression causes the fuel to ignite, they produce more low-end torque, and also I think I've read that they are hard to start in very cold weather.
My attraction to the 5th wheel has more to do with the hookup. It seems like an easier way to hitch and unhitch. I guess the downside is that you lose the bed capacity when you are hitched up.
It sounds like you and I are probably within 10 years of each other by age. My boys are grown and doing well on their own (29 and 31).
You and I probably have similar affinities. I like simplicity, economy, independence, and modularity. I've always liked fixing things myself and customizing things for my specific needs. I have way more tools than I need because I tend to try to fix most things myself whether it be a car, motorcycle, computer, household appliance, flooring, fencing, drywall, mounting fixtures, etc...
The other idea that appeals to me is, rather than a Truck and Camper, to get a boat to live on. I'm close to the Mississippi and figured it might be an adventure to take one out to the gulf and then decide on going left, right or straight. LOL
Sorry to hear about your truck. How does something like that happen? Did they tow it? smash the window and jimmy the ignition? Fortunately, I've never had a vehicle stolen (yet). It seems that it would be a hard thing for a thief to resell since it has a VIN associated with it.
The situation with inventory right now whether it's a car or a truck is ridiculous. I'm fortunate that I bought a new car (paid cash) in 2019. Working remotely the past couple of years, I've hardly put any miles on her so she should be good for at least 10 years. It will carry me to retirement when or if the inventory situation has improved, trade her in for that truck plus whatever the extra will be.
Since I'm on my own now, I might like to see more of the country for a few years. So, a 3/4 ton (non-short bed) it will be. If I'm moving a lot it would be better to have the bigger truck and maybe a diesel vs gas? I'm certain that there are lots of little details and gotcha's that I know nothing about at this point.
Someone tried to present him with a sound solution for lowering fuel prices.
Thanks, guy! I've looked at RVs, 5th wheels, travel trailers, and motor homes. It seems like a 5th wheel or travel trailer is the way to go just because you have that detachable vehicle at your disposal after you unhitch. I suppose you could pull a small car behind an RV but I've driven one of those and was not impressed.
What size truck do you recommend pulling with? I was thinking that maybe a 3/4 ton might be a good option. The problem I find in researching them is the engines. Whether it's a Ford, GMC, or a RAM they all seem to have issues. The very few that don't have a problem seem hard to find and cost a fortune. Now, if I'm going to forgo buying a stationary home in favor of having a mobile home the cost really won't matter much but I still want to get the best I can for the money that I'm willing to spend. I'm thinking a good truck for this purpose might be in the $80K range right now.
I'm still about 8 - 10 years from retirement but I've got all my finances in order for it as long as we don't descend into complete chaos. But, I suppose if that happens, no one is going to be retiring anyway.
Do you plan to live nomadically, from place to place? Or do you have a piece of land to stay on most of the time? I'm curious about both. When I look at campsites they don't come cheap with full hookups. In fact, rental fees might add up to what might be a decent mortgage payment.
Anyway, sorry for all of the questions but thanks for answering!
You are the type of person I need to learn from. I have a tentative plan to do this in a few years when I retire but I don't know where to start or what kind of savings I could expect from taking up these solutions.
" RV toilet with a flush pedal that uses about 1/2 a cup of water--tops--to flush" I'm afraid this just wouldn't work for me. A typical shit for me is enormous! 1/2 cup would only make it appear slightly moister! - LOL
Propane is actually one of the cleanest burning fossil fuels.
I love me some crispy crickets!
Guess who will never be arrested and jailed for "insurrection"?
Absolutely infuriating. This is how we got here in the first place. This administration is even worse than the Carter administration.
"Worst case scenario, I will just work for myself and only accept cash." How are you going to accept cash when there is no longer any cash? LOL
FEDCOIN will replace cash. Not right away, it's going to take years but eventually, it will be gone.
FEDCOIN is cash. Until the physical notes are completely phased out we will be able to exchange FEDCOIN for them the same way you would by cashing a check or going to an ATM.
If Trump were president it would Read "Trumps stock market...."
Those institutions were created by law. The administrative state is never going to get torn down without the votes in congress to do it. As you point out, the president does not have that power alone. It falls to Congress to undo what has been done. Strip them of their funding or just dissolve them altogether. Or make their lives incredibly uncomfortable in the way that conservatives in government are made to feel. But, most likely, it's going to require all of the above. This house of corruption wasn't built overnight and it's not going to come down without a huge, multi-generational fight.
There are too many appointees. The parties generally have all of that lined up coming into office. The GOP fought Trump the entire campaign. He fought the entire political establishment so he had a relatively small stable of people that he was sure of. A few of whom were planted within by the opposition. Then, the word got out from both parties that if you work in the Trump administration you can be sure that they would come after you. I mean look what they did to Flynn. They tried to impeach Trump twice! and they are still trying to prosecute him for something, for anything to prevent him from running again.
That is why it is so important to change the GOP from the inside out. Removing whatever establishment RINOs we can before the 2024 election. MAGA needs a majority in Congress and in the Senate to be effective. Having the Whitehouse is just not enough.
There ain't enough gas on this whole fucking planet to start that gaslight! LOL
I'm estimating 6 months, maybe not till next spring. It's possible that it could be much longer but as long as we stay on top of the pile of shit we should still come out on top in the end. Economically speaking our one saving grace is the U.S. military. No one wants to fuck with them. If we can get a real leader back in the WH, we could probably corner the energy market and set the price of oil again. That would be a good start.
Meh, the other silver lining is that every other country is collapsing at least 10% faster and many much faster than that - LOL
Philadelphia and Boston need to be on that list.
Nothing screams "emotionally unstable" more than calling CS and yelling at them. Especially, when all you need to do is confirm via text that it was you to unlock your account. This is like the old man screaming at sky meme.
Welcome to 2010! Sounds like your Credit Union is trying to catch up with common security practices that most institutions implemented 10 years ago. When it comes to security, a lot of small operations lag behind large banks and financial institutions because it's expensive to implement.
Cybercrime is going on all over the place and financial institutions are the most common targets. They have to determine which threats are real and which ones are bogus. Sometimes they get it wrong. Is it inconvenient? Sure, but I'd rather them get it wrong and lock my account for a few minutes than have my money stolen.
How about, if you don't want to play by their rules just go somewhere else? Trust me, when it comes down to security, they don't give a flying fuck. Digital security is not something that you can avoid anymore unless you just decide to keep your money in your mattress.
This is only going to get worse for China. Their real estate market is a house of cards. The actual properties were built using substandard and sometimes outright fraudulent materials. The construction techniques are sub-standard. The value that investors thought was there just isn't. It's all been a scam.
China is in for a huge upheaval in the next couple of years. I wouldn't be surprised to see Xi toppled and the country descend into warring factions. This will also affect a lot of goods and services in the U.S.
It's their job.
This place has a lot of potential and actual power. There is nothing else quite like it. Many groups and individuals who are not conservative look at this site and see an opportunity. They want to sway people for their own purposes. Who? You might ask?
Also, never discount the possibility that someone may be seriously mentally ill.
I've probably missed a few but you get the gist. Don't sweat it! Things are not always what they seem to be.
If you already have a truck, a trailer, and a highly modified tank like that I'm just going to assume it's his regular monthly trip into town to fill it up. If you had to buy that trailer and tank, I think it would negate any potential savings.
What kind of volume does something like that hold, 250 gallons?