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Old 10-29-2016, 12:12 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... The ...........all time record low ..........temp in August for Waterville Maine happened 30 years ago ( August 26, 1986 ) and that wasn't even below freezing....33
'All time record low' that is pretty hard to beat.

If there was any wind, people could say that the wind-chill calculated down to 30F.

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Old 10-29-2016, 12:22 PM
 
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We live in the Southern half of Maine, about 20 miles North of Bangor, in an unorganized township.
Thank you! "Unorganized township" is also something we New Jerseyans aren't generally used to.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:23 PM
 
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Nor'easters are evil.
Now Nor'easters are something I am used to! "Winter hurricanes" they are sometimes called. Some of the worst damage to the NJ coastline has been caused by nor'easters and not hurricanes.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:25 PM
 
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We live near UM-Orono. We have been looking at tri-plex and four-plex apartment buildings ever since we got here for student housing. We know a number of landlords in this area, who cater to the university crowd. It is interesting seeing so many students attending for Liberal Arts majors, and then staying on for advanced degrees once they realize there are no jobs for them. I know a few grad students who are working for the university as assistants, every one of them 'failed-to-launch', and are trying to stay in college as long as they can, in the hope that the world changes in some manner. Even if you get a Phd in Women's Studies with a minor in interpretive dance what job are you going to get? Flipping burgers.

UM-Orono has a great Sustainable Ag program, I deal with some of those students, as an organic farmer myself selling in local Farmer's Markets. I like this program, and the students have a lot of energy. We have a bunch of local programs that help beginning farmers to get onto farm land and get started farming. As the number of farms nationwide shrink each year, Maine has a growing number of farms each year. Farming is growing in Maine

A small-scale farmer can support him/herself with only 5 to 8 acres, however while you will never starve doing farming, you will also never earn greater than a Minimum-Wage level of income. The only saving grace is that this culture is very accepting of small-scale farmers and the COL is low enough that you do not need to earn very much to support a family.

The smartest thing I have seen is for families that have 2 or more children, they will buy a $30k house for the eldest child to live in while attending college. Then each child lives in the same house in succession. After the youngest child has graduated they sell the house for $30k. This strategy greatly reduces the final cost of sending your children to college.

We are under-contract to buy an 8-unit complex to close on 4 November, I gotta do something with my $1,480/month pension right
The $30K house strategy is brilliant!
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:26 PM
 
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Thank you! "Unorganized township" is also something we New Jerseyans aren't generally used to.

I don't think they have jug handles in Maine either.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:27 PM
 
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We live in the Southern half of Maine, about 20 miles North of Bangor, in an unorganized township.

Calling Barry, there is an opportunity for you.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:28 PM
 
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I don't think they have jug handles in Maine either.

Plenty in Vermont.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:29 PM
 
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Thank you! "Unorganized township" is also something we New Jerseyans aren't generally used to.

New Jersey is full of rotten boroughs. I always thought it quaint that Ridgewood is a village and not a borough.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:38 PM
 
Location: In a vehicle.
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Frankly the author (And many commentators) forget that living in a house is NOT the only way to exist in retirement.

There's RV living, Van dwelling or even living out of a car (Not what I'd like personally, living out of a van right now) I WAS (And still think of) trotting north in the summer and south in the winter....Get a PT job while there and enjoy time off...
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:45 PM
 
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New Jersey is full of rotten boroughs. I always thought it quaint that Ridgewood is a village and not a borough.
Not sure NJ has "rotten" boroughs.
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