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by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Feb 16, 2020 1:39 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: How does everyone visualize their finances?
Replies: 37
Views: 2242

Re: How does everyone visualize their finances?

Lined notebook paper and ball point pen. For me no point in anything fancier.
by Wilderness Librarian
Fri Jan 31, 2020 8:23 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Examples of Low Tech Improving Your Life
Replies: 207
Views: 15801

Re: Examples of Low Tech Improving Your Life

I could probably think of more but at first thought: 100% wool clothing including sweaters, hats, headbands, outdoors pants and ragg wool gloves & mittens (hard to find now as they tend to be 85 wool/15 nylon which make my hands sweat) Blank 3x5 notecards - write all kinds of notes to myself Paper m...
by Wilderness Librarian
Mon Jan 27, 2020 7:52 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Recommend me a good duffel bag for traveling? Checked luggage
Replies: 17
Views: 1427

Re: Recommend me a good duffel bag for traveling? Checked luggage

Eagle Creek has some good lightweight dufflebags. I've got a couple large ones with wheels that I use as checked bags. They're on amazon.com. I second the Eagle Creek recommend. I have several sizes I purchased at least a decade and probably longer for this specific purpose (although no wheels). I ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Jan 22, 2020 12:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Benefits of buying things secondhand?
Replies: 93
Views: 6698

Re: Benefits of buying things secondhand?

I prefer to buy almost everything new - including cars. A few used purchases backfired most notably a used mobile home which was in retrospect a complete waste of money. A few worked including a pro camera lens which I suspect was never used by previous owner. Best buy in used (surprised nobody has ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Mon Jan 20, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what to do with old engineering text books
Replies: 72
Views: 5396

Re: what to do with old engineering text books

Your library doesn't want your old textbooks. They may take them to be polite but they will just recycle/discard them because very few people bother purchasing textbooks. <-library director who deals with this all of the time Not only that. Most academic libraries have collection policies written o...
by Wilderness Librarian
Fri Jan 03, 2020 1:03 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is volunteering worth the hassle?
Replies: 98
Views: 8160

Re: Is volunteering worth the hassle?

Lots of people plan to allocate their new found spare time to volunteering once they retire. I fall in that camp. However, the feedback from those who have done it is not uniformly positive. I hear a lot of complaints and eventual burnout from those who don’t like the others involved, the structure...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:42 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Is volunteering worth the hassle?
Replies: 98
Views: 8160

Re: Is volunteering worth the hassle?

One possibility I have thought for myself but haven't tried is short duration vol. activities which people have to pay for the experience. Such as vol. trail maintenance for Sierra Club or data collection for scientific research projects or archaeological digs (Earthwatch etc.) My experience with vo...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Jan 02, 2020 11:38 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: [How do I get out of a Time share?]
Replies: 3
Views: 684

Re: [How do I get out of a Time share?]

They are often hard to sell period. Possibly be prepared to give it away free of charge just to avoid annual fees. My timeshare place keeps a list of people trying to sell but does not assist in sales. It is up to potential buyers to contact the owner. They will keep a unit on the list for one year ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Tue Dec 10, 2019 11:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Reverse Snowbirds?
Replies: 35
Views: 4089

Re: Reverse Snowbirds?

I don't know how that's reverse snowbird. My mom's a snowbird with a condo in Mass and house in Florida. Reverse would be to summer in Florida and winter up north in the snow. I could see where someone might do that in order to secure the home of someone doing normal snowbirding.....winter in the w...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Dec 04, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Jobs that allow total solitude and are night jobs
Replies: 60
Views: 4414

Re: Jobs that allow total solitude and are night jobs

Probably lots of things that you could do alone at home, pick up & deliver work projects online. One possibility is an independent indexer for non-fiction books. There are training courses somewhere and there is a national organization somewhere of such people. I looked at their website a few years ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Mon Dec 02, 2019 8:29 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Outdoor Christmas Lights and Decorations
Replies: 18
Views: 1316

Re: Outdoor Christmas Lights and Decorations

Keep it plain and simple. I have only one outside decoration - a Moravian Star ornament which I hang over the front porch. (Different sizes and designs available from Amazon).
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Oct 27, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Folks age between 65-70. What’s your exercise routine
Replies: 44
Views: 4954

Re: Folks age between 65-70. What’s your exercise routine

67 yr. old male in good health. Nothing truly systematic and I don't record anything. I do what I want when I want weather & other things permitting. This actually turns out to be quite a bit. Do much of grocery shopping walking with day pack and also walk to public library athletic events & music c...
by Wilderness Librarian
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:24 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: If we visit Shenandoah and Blue Ridge Parkway, do we "need" to see Great Smoky Mtns. NP, too?
Replies: 52
Views: 5674

Re: If we visit Shenandoah and Blue Ridge Parkway, do we "need" to see Great Smoky Mtns. NP, too?

I am from the Pacific NW. Never been to any of these places but they are high on my bucket list for east coast stuff. My conception is that they are totally different places and need to be evaluated on their own merits not really compared as they seem to be in many of these postings. GSNP is world h...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Oct 13, 2019 11:02 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: X Country Driving Trip across the US, solo
Replies: 25
Views: 2250

Re: X Country Driving Trip across the US, solo

I like to do things alone & your notion of this kind of trip is on my bucket list too. Some thought & suggestions: As others said: avoid interstates except for short distances and only when necessary: Use paper maps. Look for official state highway maps, annotated versions of state maps and booklet ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Mon Sep 23, 2019 2:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth
Replies: 189
Views: 10221

Re: Physical activity suggestions for a non athletic youth

A point others have not mentioned: he probably feels uncomfortable with having people watch him do things and that might go beyond weight concerns. I am slim and was never interested in participating in organized sports /gym activities / competitive group activities/ racing etc. partly because I don...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: American kids attending Canadian Universities??
Replies: 22
Views: 2831

Re: American kids attending Canadian Universities??

I don't know how to do selective quotes on this forum and don't want to quote entire postings. So addressing some of the above points separately: If she is as urban west coast oriented as you portray then you have it nailed down pretty much to places in the Portland, Seattle, Vancouver Victoria area...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Sep 12, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Strategy Selling Property Condo
Replies: 6
Views: 525

Re: Strategy Selling Property Condo

Obviously you know your local situation & I don't. But I sold a condo 3 yrs ago and the experience was somewhat of a shocker. At RE agents recommend listed at $105K. "Sold" in less than 1 week but retracted because buyer wanted to run as an Air B&B which any RE agent would have told them no go in th...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: American kids attending Canadian Universities??
Replies: 22
Views: 2831

Re: American kids attending Canadian Universities??

I was raised in US PNW & went to an Ontario campus for undergrad in the early 1970s. All good postings above. Don't want to duplicate but I will add a couple of points. At that time and I think still now, Canadians tended to view the college experience more in utilitarian terms, that is people tende...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Sep 08, 2019 10:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4244
Views: 1226557

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape / edited by Barry Lopez Checked it out of the public library yesterday. Immediately decided this is a title I will buy (probably used paperback that is good enough for me) This is a reference book not intended to be read cover to cover or even in segme...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Sep 08, 2019 2:02 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For those who like travel, when did you retire and where are the most exciting places you travelled to?
Replies: 129
Views: 13240

Re: For those who like travel, when did you retire and where are the most exciting places you travelled to?

Followed this thread off & on yet to reply. Retired 3 years most post-R travel has been driving within 200 mile radius. (Will do a lot more & further afield). OP asks for enhanced travel experiences. Glad to see somebody mentioned Earthwatch & other places where volunteers pay to do support work for...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Sep 04, 2019 10:11 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Whether to change phone number for elderly parents
Replies: 34
Views: 3348

Re: Whether to change phone number for elderly parents

I have a landline and am on the do not call list but the robos come anyway. I keep the ringer turned off unless I am expecting a call othertimes everything goes through an answering machine. The robos for the most part do not leave messages. This works very well for me. As for the charities I learne...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Sep 04, 2019 5:24 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4244
Views: 1226557

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

The Wild Places / by Robert Macfarlane The author is a British nature writer - this is the first work of his I have read. Consists of his descriptions & visits to pockets of remote and less altered British & Irish landscapes. Seemed to have a melancholic tone but nonetheless enjoyed reading about th...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Aug 29, 2019 6:14 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Keep TIAA-CREF Contracts?
Replies: 3
Views: 341

Re: Keep TIAA-CREF Contracts?

I had roughly the same question which I asked on the Morningstar TIAA forum a few months ago. I annuitized my RA accounts and received new paperwork and contract designations pertaining to the annuitization. I decided to keep the new paperwork regardless. So my question to the M-star forum was restr...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Aug 29, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Medigap - choose cheapest of desired plan type?
Replies: 10
Views: 871

Re: Medigap - choose cheapest of desired plan type?

I went through this exact same thing 2 yrs. ago. I decided for several reasons that going with the cheapest in a given plan (G in my case) was too risky. For one thing the cheap ones tended to be minor companies without a strong presence in my geographic area. So what is their reason for being here ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:37 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time traveling to Seattle this weekend. Advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 2212

Re: First time traveling to Seattle this weekend. Advice?

departure time: 9:45PM PDT. we only have carry-on and are PSA Pre. All the more reason to eat at Anthony's at the airport. Waiting time gets combined with eating time, so more time beforehand to do interesting things in/around Seattle. Disagree with this. Even the better food services at airports t...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Aug 22, 2019 10:10 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time traveling to Seattle this weekend. Advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 2212

Re: First time traveling to Seattle this weekend. Advice?

You have never given the departure time of your red eye. That would govern when you need to depart downtown. I have used downtown Seattle many many times as a stopover between lower 48 and Alaska. Granted your situation is different but I would deliberately schedule flights for at least 4 hours layo...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Aug 21, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time traveling to Seattle this weekend. Advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 2212

Re: First time traveling to Seattle this weekend. Advice?

Agreed Pike Place tends to be wall to wall people during the summer. I none the less developed a very efficient grab and go approach. Also like the Ballard suggestion. I almost made this myself. Take the D bus from 2nd Ave. and walk a few blocks west from Market St stop (major stop by Safeways & Wal...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Aug 21, 2019 9:17 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: First time traveling to Seattle this weekend. Advice?
Replies: 35
Views: 2212

Re: First time traveling to Seattle this weekend. Advice?

livesoft wrote:
Wed Aug 21, 2019 8:33 pm
Dinner before red-eye: Just eat at the airport. Anthony's is there.
I have done lots of red eye flights from Seattle to Fairbanks. Used to buy sandwiches fresh fruit cheese pastry etc. sometimes kimchi at Pike Street Mkt and eat just outside market or in airport.
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Aug 21, 2019 10:14 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiking in the PNW (Seattle) next weekend. What do I need?
Replies: 29
Views: 1782

Re: Hiking in the PNW (Seattle) next weekend. What do I need?

I almost replied earlier but wanted you to give more details. Not really familiar with location but I did live in Tacoma a number of years back & did some other hikes in Glacier Peak & N. Cascades areas. Looks like a good choice - something I would want to do myself. Others have discussed equipment ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Aug 18, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: How to read (and retain)?
Replies: 92
Views: 6177

Re: How to read (and retain)?

I have many of the same concerns. Several good answers above I could make use of myself. I remember many years ago hearing a commentator on public radio arguing against speed reading saying authors spent a lot of time and effort choosing their words and readers owed it to them to savor those words. ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Aug 15, 2019 10:05 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Things to see in Walla Walla, WA?
Replies: 15
Views: 953

Re: Things to see in Walla Walla, WA?

Palouse Falls is a must see. About an hour away. Columbia River gorge is worth it but about 8 hours round trip. I'll be driving from Moscow, ID to Walla Walla so adding Palouse Falls to the trip will be easy. Thanks for the suggestion! Falls and much of surrounding area better in spring with more w...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Aug 14, 2019 2:35 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Trail running shoes for light hiking
Replies: 48
Views: 3714

Re: Trail running shoes for light hiking

"Anyway, my main question/point, am I the only one that likes the extra ankle support (and sometimes better protection on the bottom of the shoe) that hiking boots give you?" No you are not the only one. Admittedly never had a pair of trail running shoes because I have no interest in running. But ha...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Jul 11, 2019 5:54 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?
Replies: 32
Views: 3462

Re: 2016 Car with only 11,000 miles?

I have 2005 Subaru Outback and just passed 32K. And that includes driving it down from Alaska where I bought it new & retired a couple of years back. Walked to work & where I am now walk & bicycle most places in town. I bought it for Alaska roads & lower 48 winter & backcountry including potential t...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Jul 11, 2019 2:41 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drive to Olympic National Park from Midwest
Replies: 26
Views: 2338

Re: Drive to Olympic National Park from Midwest

Recommend on the way there taking highway 20 through Washington to see cascade national park. From there continue the drive on 20 to coupeville on whidbey island to take the ferry to port Townsend in order to reach the peninsula/Olympic national park. This route will take you over deception pass wh...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Drive to Olympic National Park from Midwest
Replies: 26
Views: 2338

Re: Drive to Olympic National Park from Midwest

Agree with pretty much 100% of the above including advice about potentially rough drives to trailheads (but this is true with entire NW). Some areas have had washouts & landslides since I took my VW up those roads 20 yrs ago . Note you don't say time of year or total time door to door or maybe numbe...
by Wilderness Librarian
Mon Jul 08, 2019 1:54 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: Is there any place you can buy a house for 50k west of Kansas?
Replies: 27
Views: 4115

Re: Is there any place you can buy a house for 50k west of Kansas?

Haven't looked up anything but you might try Alaska, especially if you are willing to live in a dry cabin. State economy is apparently still down (see NY Times article posted I believe yesterday about very drastic budget cuts that will probably drive more people out). I had considerable trouble sell...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Theodore Roosevelt National Park or Badlands NP -- good for hiking in August?
Replies: 24
Views: 1685

Re: Theodore Roosevelt National Park -- good for hiking in August?

Admittedly not the best person to respond as I have no experience in either but I will give it a shot anyway. Both parks are high on my to do list for their combinations of geology grasslands ecology and lower volume of hikers. However I think of them as spring & fall destinations and don't think I ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Jun 23, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: what was your worst major purchase? mine is a 2019 mazda3
Replies: 182
Views: 18344

Re: what was your worst major purchase? mine is a 2019 mazda3

Many responses concerning housing - here is mine: new job in 1994 - purchased 12K or thereabouts used mobile home with new roof in a managed court. This satisfied two big living issues for me - walking distance to work and a water softner. Put lots of time & money into painting & fixing up both inte...
by Wilderness Librarian
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:33 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Hiking in Vancouver July 2019
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Re: Hiking in Vancouver July 2019

I have never been there but I remember a Vancouver resident say Golden Ears Provincial Park was close to the city, very nice and (at least when he was there) not at all crowded.
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Jun 16, 2019 8:06 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: User reviews - How do you use them?
Replies: 33
Views: 1560

Re: User reviews - How do you use them?

I sometimes spot check product reviews to see if there is something quirky (clothing that may be off sized etc.) I do like to read book & media reviews and will often do so before checking something out of the public library. Some are really well written. I suspect the professional reviewers are oft...
by Wilderness Librarian
Sun Jun 16, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Personal Finance (Not Investing)
Topic: With hindsight, what signs indicated you were about to lose your job?
Replies: 127
Views: 13648

Re: With hindsight, what signs indicated you were about to lose your job?

At least in academia: When you have been repeatedly told not to do things, presumably so others get the credit, then suddenly criticized for not having done them. When you realize your job description and written evaluations are irrelevant - your friends in the organization matter more than your wor...
by Wilderness Librarian
Thu Jun 13, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Retired at 35 and have no friends :(
Replies: 113
Views: 12387

Re: Retired at 35 and have no friends :(

I will throw out an angle I haven't seen yet in this thread. Part of your solution might be to learn to enjoy being alone more of the time and doing things more by yourself. You seem to be seeking an idealized life of intense social interaction when compromises might be more in order. I have somewha...
by Wilderness Librarian
Tue Jun 11, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Anything you wish you had spent money on when you were younger?
Replies: 73
Views: 7757

Re: Anything you wish you had spent money on when you were younger?

My initial thought like many was travel. However during an early portion of my career I had a nine month academic year contract and travel I did all over the place both domestic & foreign. 9 month contract didn't hold but I still traveled 2 or 3 of times a year to professional conferences often to i...
by Wilderness Librarian
Mon May 27, 2019 8:09 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4244
Views: 1226557

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

Most recent 3: Horizon / by Barry Lopez. (Possibly his last - one online reviewer says he has acknowledged medical issues). In Horizon he returns to places he has visited and written about before. I really like his earlier works and this while not bad left me a bit disappointed. As in previous books...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Apr 24, 2019 10:07 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Pros/Cons of Condo Living?
Replies: 83
Views: 12190

Re: Pros/Cons of Condo Living?

I am a single guy and lived in a 2 bedroom condo of a bit over 17 yrs & sold at retirement. For me it was great - pros & cons mentioned by others above. Also very convenient location right on city bus line, good things in the neighborhood etc. No regrets about this at all - but one of the biggest dr...
by Wilderness Librarian
Fri Apr 19, 2019 11:46 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: For those who like travel, when did you retire and where are the most exciting places you travelled to?
Replies: 129
Views: 13240

Re: For those who like travel, when did you retire and where are the most exciting places you travelled to?

Retired almost 3 yrs. Moved back to family house I inherited. So far no post retirement far flung or exotic destinations (there will be however). Up to now my enhanced retirement experience has been doing simple things close to home when other people aren't doing them. Some examples: hiking some of ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Apr 17, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise
Replies: 22
Views: 2245

Re: A week in Newfoundland, activites advise

I was watching this to see what kind of replies you might get. I have never been to any of the Canadian Maritime areas - the nearest I have been is the usual coastal Maine excursion / Acadia NP hiking - so can't give you specific pointers. The above two posters seem to give a really good summary of ...
by Wilderness Librarian
Tue Apr 16, 2019 11:42 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Are Your Simple Pleasures?
Replies: 145
Views: 13469

Re: What Are Your Simple Pleasures?

Backpacking Realizing that everything you truly "need", can fit on your back and be carried with you. I have a friend who is getting into this. He was spent a couple thousand on a watch and GPS device. The irony of needing such technology to safely get off the grid amused us both. Agreed that backp...
by Wilderness Librarian
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:19 am
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI
Replies: 4244
Views: 1226557

Re: What Book Are You Currently Reading? Part VI

I finally finished David Hackett Fischer's Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America . It tells of the migrations of 1) the Puritans from East Anglia to New England; 2) the Cavaliers and their hierarchy of underlings from south England to Virginia; 3) the Quakers from the North Midlands to th...
by Wilderness Librarian
Wed Apr 10, 2019 6:28 pm
Forum: Personal Consumer Issues
Topic: Cleaning shingles (moss & mildew)
Replies: 27
Views: 3009

Re: Cleaning shingles (moss & mildew)

Admittedly I have no idea what such a roof might look like in Florida. But before you do anything you might want to check your public library to see if they have a copy of "Gathering Moss: a Natural and Cultural History of Mosses" / by Robin Wall Kimmerer. I read this a couple of years back and it i...