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Old 10-26-2013, 09:00 PM
 
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I bought my whole house generator Sept of 2012.

Complete with installation cost $6200

I look at it this way.............I might not get my money back, but after I'm gone the fact a generator goes with the handicap accessable house might give the kids an edge in selling it compared to other houses lacking those 2

( mostly retirees living in my area )

 
Old 10-27-2013, 02:39 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Well, I see the thread "What Happens When You're Too Old and Have no $s?" has been moved to the Politics Forum. It started out as a perfect Retirement Forum thread but then got taken in a political direction by certain posters (thanks bUU). Can't complain about it being moved, as that was justified, but I can lament the extreme politicizing of things which is almost guaranteed to cause the discussion to descend into bitter polemics in a hurry.
 
Old 10-27-2013, 04:47 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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I hereby nominate Ghostly1 and Anifani as co-literary scholars for this City-Data Retirement Forum. It is humbling to be in the presence of such learned people!
Lord, no, ER! (but thank you for being so generous spirited). I think I have forgotten more about literature than I have remembered! I have to refresh myself every so often by looking through anthologies. I haven't taught literature, creative writing, or lit crit since the mid 80s, when I decided not to get my Ph.D. and have a kiddo -- and took my career in a different direction.

I am still proficient with research, though, which is why I LOVE the internet (or as the kids say these days . . . INTERWEBZ!!!)
 
Old 10-27-2013, 04:48 PM
 
Location: State of Being
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Well, I see the thread "What Happens When You're Too Old and Have no $s?" has been moved to the Politics Forum. It started out as a perfect Retirement Forum thread but then got taken in a political direction by certain posters (thanks bUU). Can't complain about it being moved, as that was justified, but I can lament the extreme politicizing of things which is almost guaranteed to cause the discussion to descend into bitter polemics in a hurry.
I noticed that this morning, as I got a rep from that thread and clicked on it to find out what the heck I had written . . . and then realized it had been switched. I stopped posting on that thread a while back for the very reasons you mentioned.
 
Old 10-27-2013, 09:01 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles area
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Lord, no, ER! (but thank you for being so generous spirited). I think I have forgotten more about literature than I have remembered! I have to refresh myself every so often by looking through anthologies. I haven't taught literature, creative writing, or lit crit since the mid 80s, when I decided not to get my Ph.D. and have a kiddo -- and took my career in a different direction.

I am still proficient with research, though, which is why I LOVE the internet (or as the kids say these days . . . INTERWEBZ!!!)
Ah, most gracious Anifani! Modesty is a component of graciousness, and graciousness you have in abundance. However, I've seen you take off your gloves when you were attacked viciously a while back (maybe a year ago?), and it was delightful to hear you call someone a jackass! What a great combination: enormous compassion and good will but lots of backbone when that is legitimately called for!
 
Old 10-28-2013, 06:35 AM
 
Location: Near a river
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Ten days is a damn long time to be without electricity! That's about the maximum time it can happen in California after a major earthquake! And yes, I can imagine that the adventurous aspect can fade pretty quickly, especially in the winter cold of New England. I take it you had an electric stove? I'll bet you were glad you had the wood stove, both for heat and for cooking. Is it pretty common to have a wood stove as a back-up where you live?
Many who live rural have wood stoves, some pellet (but pellet, though much easier to run, requires electricity for start-up). A number of folks have wood furnaces. Lots of us have wood stoves within neighborhoods. The catalytic converters cause them to burn pretty clean. Those who have flat-top stoves can easily cook on them, there's nothing like soup or Irish oatmeal or chili cooked with wood, quite warming. That part of the outage was easy, the PIA was putting food out on the deck for refrigeration and some foods cannot be frozen. Fortunately the freezer is in the garage.

The worst part is people panicking and running out to fill their tanks and containers with gas (loooong lines in freezing cold), and wiping the grocery shelves clean. It was weird to walk into a huge supermarket plunged into darkness. They using their generators only for the frozen section. People were hurrying up and down aisles with flashlights, sweeping diapers and baby food and dog food, etc off the shelves. The scanners and registers were down so it was chaos in the lines. You couldn't find a single battery or lantern or candle anywhere.

Every year around now those who know what can happen stock up on batteries, lamps, headlamps (a godsend, cannot recommend these enough), food, gallons of water, pet food, paper goods, etc. at places like Costco. I guess that's a good idea in any area of the country.
 
Old 10-28-2013, 06:56 AM
 
Location: ☀️ SWFL ⛱ 🌴
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My laptop hard drive died a couple of weeks ago and I did not have a recant back up, nor had I brought along my install disks. I thought about it and decided between my iPad and iPhone, I don't need a laptop anymore.

Being on a new device on websites proved to be problematic. I had to reset all my passwords. This was the only one I finally had to give up on and create a new account. I didn't have much of a rep built, so there wasn't much to lose. I just put in an underscore instead of a hyphen, so my username is close to the old one.

A tablet isn't as user friendly as a laptop, so my online time has gone down and my pedometer numbers have sky rocketed, so what appeared to be a disaster at first turned out not to be after all.

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Old 10-28-2013, 07:42 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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Ah, most gracious Anifani! Modesty is a component of graciousness, and graciousness you have in abundance. However, I've seen you take off your gloves when you were attacked viciously a while back (maybe a year ago?), and it was delightful to hear you call someone a jackass! What a great combination: enormous compassion and good will but lots of backbone when that is legitimately called for!
LOL. Hubby says I should have been an attorney b/c I often play devil's advocate and I do love to debate. I take off the gloves regularly when it has something to do with Constitutional rights . . . I would have argued on Larry Flynt's behalf simply b/c I will stand up for someone's rights. I don't have to espouse the person's beliefs in order to fight for his/her rights.

In real life, I rarely voice my opinion b/c who cares . . . I enjoyed writing editorials as a newspaper/magazine editor b/c those ARE opinion pieces. But in real life, people really don't want to hear it unless they seek your opinion in a discussion. That is why I enjoy a good debate on C-D -- I can voice what I am thinking but rarely would discuss in real life.

And thank you again for your kind words, ER!!!
 
Old 10-28-2013, 07:44 AM
 
Location: State of Being
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My laptop hard drive died a couple of weeks ago and I did not have a recant back up, nor had I brought along my install disks. I thought about it and decided between my iPad and iPhone, I don't need a laptop anymore.

Being on a new device on websites proved to be problematic. I had to reset all my passwords. This was the only one I finally had to give up on and create a new account. I didn't have much of a rep built, so there wasn't much to lose. I just put in an underscore instead of a hyphen, so my username is close to the old one.

A tablet isn't as user friendly as a laptop, so my online time has gone down and my pedometer numbers have sky rocketed, so what appeared to be a disaster at first turned out not to be after all.
YAY! Glad this has worked out well for you! But sorry that you lost data.
 
Old 10-28-2013, 08:35 AM
 
Location: UpstateNY
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Ugh, NEgirl, we're going down to 18F tonight.......can't waitto be in FL with a whole house generator. Nice, Ted. Enjoy.

Jean, sorry to hear about your laptop, I recently bought a mirror model of mine and transferred all my data just in case. Mine had a bug but I have a guy downstate to whom I can ship them and he repairs them honest and cheap.

Then last week DH got the FBI malwara AGAIN. Staples got rid of it the first time for $160. I shipped it to my downstate guy, we'll see what he finds. Fortunately, after Igot DH's tower back I transferred his files to a newer tower that I had on hand for when Mom used to visit so he's running on that.
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