What Are Your Simple Pleasures?

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A reliable long snapper and my phone shut off for four hours during a game.
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Sandtrap wrote: Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:23 am Composing global destination snail mail letters to friends with fountain pen and paper or vintage typewriter.

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Old typewriters. Resurrected my college-days Smith-Corona Galaxy II portable typewriter, watched some YouTube videos to learn how to lubricate it and put it back into service. Again working as I remembered.

But its only assigned function is to create one-off mailing labels, and instructional sticky to paste onto tools (lathe lubrication points,...). Much easier to use a typewriter than to try to get one-off forms to run through a PC printer.

Worker at post office noticed label, smiled and commented, "We don't often see typewritten labels."

I am amazed at a typewriter's mechanical complexity that enables one to quickly/easily put anything wanted on paper.
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Homegrown tomatoes in the summer (and this year they have been especially good).
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dratkinson wrote: Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:46 pm
Sandtrap wrote: Tue Sep 07, 2021 9:23 am Composing global destination snail mail letters to friends with fountain pen and paper or vintage typewriter.

j🌺
Old typewriters. Resurrected my college-days Smith-Corona Galaxy II portable typewriter, watched some YouTube videos to learn how to lubricate it and put it back into service. Again working as I remembered.

But its only assigned function is to create one-off mailing labels, and instructional sticky to paste onto tools (lathe lubrication points,...). Much easier to use a typewriter than to try to get one-off forms to run through a PC printer.

Worker at post office noticed label, smiled and commented, "We don't often see typewritten labels."

I am amazed at a typewriter's mechanical complexity that enables one to quickly/easily put anything wanted on paper.
Congratulations on getting your typewriter up and running. The Galaxy series are bulletproof.
Wonderful!

There can be a symbiotic relationship between heart, mind, prose and composition, and something as visceral as fountain pens and cursive penmanship or vintage manual typewriters, that creates magic.
I imagine Hemingway or Steinbeck composing their iconic works on a vintage Royal or Smith Corona.
Some things are timeless and endure.
And fun.
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Sandtrap wrote: Wed Sep 08, 2021 8:34 pm I imagine Hemingway or Steinbeck composing their iconic works on a vintage Royal or Smith Corona.
Mark Twain was the first author to use a typewriter. He had an 1874 Sholes & Glidden. https://type-writer.org/?p=5093

The actor Tom Hanks is a typewriter enthusiast. He created an app functioning as a typewriter emulator. You can use it to “type” your own documents using any of several classic typewriters: Hanx Writer in the App Store.
https://youtu.be/Z3dvZSSqCj8
https://youtu.be/1_Wdqzq8bs4
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rob wrote: Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:33 pm
DanMahowny wrote: Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:29 pmDriving with windows down and AC on full blast.
I know how this sounds but anyone that has not tried it... do it....
I do it with my jeep all the time and it’s wonderful.
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OldBallCoach wrote: Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:40 pm A reliable long snapper and my phone shut off for four hours during a game.
Ha! Love it...
frugalecon wrote: Wed Sep 08, 2021 7:56 pm Homegrown tomatoes in the summer (and this year they have been especially good).
I'm jealous!
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Das Musik
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Nicolas wrote: Wed Sep 08, 2021 9:13 pm
Sandtrap wrote: Wed Sep 08, 2021 8:34 pm I imagine Hemingway or Steinbeck composing their iconic works on a vintage Royal or Smith Corona.
Mark Twain was the first author to use a typewriter. He had an 1874 Sholes & Glidden. https://type-writer.org/?p=5093

The actor Tom Hanks is a typewriter enthusiast. He created an app functioning as a typewriter emulator. You can use it to “type” your own documents using any of several classic typewriters: Hanx Writer in the App Store. https://youtu.be/Z3dvZSSqCj8
Superb!

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I love reading these bogleheads posts and when i find an author whose response is superb, i read all their other posts!
Skinny dipping.
Exercise.
I use sleep at night to visualize whatever vacation , fantasy, etc. i want since reality isn't as easy!
I love learning.
I enjoy being in nature whether hiking, camping, swimming, etc.
Count my blessings from wonderful parents, siblings, friends, health, etc.!
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Waking up with my husband
Having my first sips of morning coffee
Playing with my dog
Reading on my iPad while I eat breakfast
Going for my morning run
Balancing my accounts on Quicken
Running some fabric through my sewing machine: piecing for a quilt top or quilting the sandwich, both are good.

And that’s just the start of my day.
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I think most of the good responses are from retired folk.
Hmmmm :wink:
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Wannaretireearly wrote: Thu Sep 09, 2021 6:27 pm I think most of the good responses are from retired folk.
Hmmmm :wink:
Perhaps we're the ones who can't afford or participate in complex pleasures :wink:
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A good documentary is almost like a drug to me.

Walking with my wife in the park and/or beach is a great simple pleasure and my morning ritual is drinking coffee and reading news on the internet. I feel I was blessed where I never needed to be a world traveler or own expensive things to feel I'm living my best life. Just daily life is amazing to me and I get a charge out of being on this planet with people I love.
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Doom&Gloom wrote: Thu Sep 09, 2021 6:36 pm
Wannaretireearly wrote: Thu Sep 09, 2021 6:27 pm I think most of the good responses are from retired folk.
Hmmmm :wink:
Perhaps we're the ones who can't afford or participate in complex pleasures :wink:
Lol. Peace of mind leads to everything else.
For a poor pauper in a 3rd world country, a hot drink and kids going to school is happiness. Everything is relative!
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A person has to have interests, yes even passions...mine are gardening, family, faith and as always VA history. - When my feet don't hurt too much, I might be persuaded to reel (as in VA Reel) -. Too old now for any reenactments...this still brings tears to my eyes...can you find the passing glimpse of me?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V9hBD5FAEY8
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I like lying down on the couch while reading. Preferably if there's an old fashioned on the coffee table nearby.

Edit: Even better if the book is from one of those Little Free Libary boxes all over town.
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This is currently my favorite thread on this forum. Thank you to everyone for sharing, please continue!

Being with my toddler as he explores his world on the days when there's nothing planned, and no rush, is an unparalleled joy.
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So many...where to begin...

Snuggling under the covers on a rainy night
Watching movies and preparing meals during a blizzard (inside obviously lol)
Road trips
Waterside sunsets
Well prepared sushi at the sushi bar
Iced cappuccinos or iced lattes
Watching a great movie or reading a great book
Body surfing
hiking
downhill skiing
wine mixed with great conversation
How many retired people does it take to screw in a lightbulb? Only one, but he takes all day.
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A hot cup of coffee on cool autumn morning then a walk on trail with my dogs.
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Healthy cocoa from the Vitamix
Checking the stock of any Little Free Library I spot
Going for a walk
I have a chronic illness, so any day with low symptoms is a great day
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BalancedJCB19 wrote: Thu Sep 09, 2021 10:52 pm A good documentary is almost like a drug to me.
Recommend some favorites?
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AerialWombat wrote: Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:23 pm I buy a new mattress every year when I move — about $200 for the ones I love on Amazon. Best $200 I spend all year.
Give us the make & model?
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reasonable wrote: Thu Sep 09, 2021 5:13 pm I love reading these bogleheads posts and when i find an author whose response is superb, i read all their other posts!
Skinny dipping.
Exercise.
I use sleep at night to visualize whatever vacation , fantasy, etc. i want since reality isn't as easy!
I love learning.
I enjoy being in nature whether hiking, camping, swimming, etc.
Count my blessings from wonderful parents, siblings, friends, health, etc.!
Six of us guys found a small waterfall with pool in a remote wilderness in October 2017.
The oldest 4 couldn't resist the pool and went in one at a time. Since the water was cold, each was out quickly.
We all had backpack chairs. One of dry younger guys, passed out 2 beers each. Life was good!

When I'm home, and the rain is coming down hard, I sit in the door to my storage building and observe.
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Carousel wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 11:54 am
AerialWombat wrote: Wed Apr 17, 2019 6:23 pm I buy a new mattress every year when I move — about $200 for the ones I love on Amazon. Best $200 I spend all year.
Give us the make & model?
Linenspa 12” on Amazon
For entertainment purposes only.
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Carousel wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 11:49 am
BalancedJCB19 wrote: Thu Sep 09, 2021 10:52 pm A good documentary is almost like a drug to me.
Recommend some favorites?
So many. I tend to like Art documentaries but also strange and offbeat. Here are some of my favorites is

1. Herb and Dorthy
2. Cutie and the Boxer
3. Art and Craft
4. Bill Cunningham''s New York
5. Nothing Changes - Art for Hank's Sack
5. Linotype: The Film
6. Uncle Gloria: One Helluva Ride
7. Jesus Camp
8. Rewind
9. RGB
10. The Wolfpack
11. Three Identical Strangers
12. Weiner
13. Blackfish
14. Tims Vermeer
15. Marina Abramović The Artist is Present
16. Grey Garden
17. California Typewriter
18. Finding Vivian Maier
19.The Queen of Versailles
20. Peggy Guggenheim Art Addict
21. Mapplethorpe
22. Alice Neel
23. Transformer
24. The Collector
25. Marwencol

This should keep you busy for now. Hope you enjoy them.
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Trees, clouds, water, grass, baby toes, happy dogs, wildflowers, guitar, hummingbirds, supper, brandy, coffee
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When my kids are home. They works across the country, the closest is 5 hours away :annoyed

Traveling and hanging out with a small group of friends, we normally do 2-3 trips annually.

Poker night with friends. We make up many variation on the classic poker game to make it more interesting.
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Fishing and Golfing........not necessarily in that order...... :sharebeer
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A Sunday afternoon while lounging on the couch and watching football. Then falling asleep to the sound of football on TV, and waking up after a two-hour nap to realize more football is on :sharebeer
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To name a few:

Browsing bogleheads.org
Biking with my kid
Road Trips - short or long
Swimming
College Football
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A long hike on a hilly trail near my house. Early in the morning when it's quiet and cool and the wildlife is out. Makes me feel good the rest of the day!
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Swimming, ice cream, rain, word games, fireplace and down comforter on a cold night, music, fajitas, going somewhere new, companionship
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KSOC wrote: Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:23 pm
Psyayeayeduck wrote: Tue Apr 16, 2019 9:29 am
samsoes wrote: Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:51 am Waking up before dawn, thinking I have to be up in 2 hours and go to work, and then realizing it's Saturday!

(Soon, every day will be Saturday.)
I remember reading somewhere that early retirees and normal retirees alike eventually will start hating actual Saturdays since that is when everyone is doing errands at the same time.
When I was a working man I despised seeing seniors all over the grocery store Saturday mornings. I vowed I would never grocery shop on weekends. I now go early Friday mornings, and keep hitting Publix the same time the assisted living buses pull in! Ahh!
+1
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If I posted my simple pleasures here the admin would delete it. :wink:
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BalancedJCB19 wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 12:23 pm Here are some of my favorites is

1. Herb and Dorthy
2. Cutie and the Boxer
3. Art and Craft
...
Terrific! Thank you. I've only seen a few of these.
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Carousel wrote: Mon Sep 13, 2021 10:47 am
BalancedJCB19 wrote: Sun Sep 12, 2021 12:23 pm Here are some of my favorites is

1. Herb and Dorthy
2. Cutie and the Boxer
3. Art and Craft
...
Terrific! Thank you. I've only seen a few of these.
You're Welcome! Enjoy! I know I missed some really good ones. Going forward I'm going to start keeping a list.
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Swimming in our pool with my 4 year old while it rains. The water is warm from being in the sun all day, but the cool drops of rain hitting your head and shoulders while the rest of your body is submerged is just the best feeling. His laughter and smile while we "race" and do crazy jumps in the water melt away all the stress from work and life. Always reminds me what really matters.
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Yardwork, especially in the Fall when it is cool and crisp outside
Reading books
Reading this forum
Working out
Gardening
Spending time with my wife and daughters
Vacations on the Jersey shore
Cleaning and decluttering the house (not the cleaning itself but the satisfaction of a job well done)
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Working out and head to the gun club to send some lead down range.
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Barefootgirl wrote: Sat Sep 11, 2021 2:10 pm So many...where to begin...

Snuggling under the covers on a rainy night
Watching movies and preparing meals during a blizzard (inside obviously lol)
Road trips
Waterside sunsets
Well prepared sushi at the sushi bar
Iced cappuccinos or iced lattes
Watching a great movie or reading a great book
Body surfing
hiking
downhill skiing
wine mixed with great conversation
What a great list!!!!!

Sitting under a palm tree just beyond where the soft gentle waves lap up a white sandy beach, while cool ocean breezes rustle the palm fronds above, bare feet in the cool sand . . . . . lightly strumming a ukulele. . .

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Pushing my kids on a swing.
Disc Golf.
Espresso.
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Ballroom dancing, for the last 34 years with my husband, till my knee finally said enough. (Rotational instability, ligament problems, from an accident 45 years ago)

Canoeing, for the same amount of time. Ideally in the more Northern latitudes. As a concession to our age, we just bought a very lightweight canoe, and paid dearly for it. Took a long time to get it post covid

The initial crunch of a macadamia nut.

Coding software, on my side hustles

Listening to jazz, early baroque music, Renaissance madrigals
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Hebell wrote: Tue Sep 14, 2021 12:18 pm...
Coding software, on my side hustles
+1. (But not a side hustle.)

I'm working on a Christmas gift for some friends. They backup their family pictures/videos, by drag and drop, rotating among backup drives, when they remember to do so. Their home PC is win10.

I'm finishing up a win10 daily (so backup drive remains connected) backup script to automate the process for them, and account for the changes that happen when they rotate backup drives, so they don't have to do anything. (My last serious attempt at backup scripts was with win98, so there's been a learning curve.)

Since I've switched to using same script for my daily backups, and rotating among thumb drives, I believe it's getting a decent testing. So far, so good... 1-2 tweaks remaining.

After delivery and initial setup for their PC, the plan is to teach husband (technical background) to understand/modify script, and work myself out of a job.
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walleye fishing in the fall on the mississippi. typically have the river to myself.

I live in the country. I end every evening before I go to bed (everyone else is in bed) sitting in my adirondack chairs just watching the stars. seeing the occasional plane blink past or even a satellite is icing on the cake.
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1. Gaiam yoga mat. Nice and bouncy, upbeat color, makes me happy as I bend and stretch.

2. Ajna acupressure mat and pillow. I wish everyone’s back could experience the aaaaaahhhhhh of this. Nice side benefits too like better digestion and sleeping through the night.

3. Oxicell KR22 vitamin cream. Yes, vitamin CREAM! apply to soles of feet. I prefer cream as an adjunct to capsules.

4. Floradix liquid plant based magnesium and Floradix plant based liquid iron w/ B vitamins and herbs.

5. Minnetonka plush slippers! Bliss for feet during WFH or anytime.

6. The Shirley Temple King on Instagram (cute wholesome fun Connecticut family with a star reviewer, age 8).

7. JuicePress rosewater mist spray.

8. Aura cacia “chill pill” essential oil or spray.
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