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Old 02-16-2018, 08:13 AM
 
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Originally Posted by SportyandMisty View Post
It might have been interesting to see the look on their faces if you had turned the tables on them:

* "How much life insurance do you have? Who's the beneficiary?"
* "Do you have a heart condition?"
* "What are your cholesterol numbers?"
* "What's your Hemoglobin A1c?"
* "How's your prostate? What's your PSA?"
* "Do you have a written Power of Attorney for medical care?"
* "Have you been tested for Alzheimer's?"
* "Do you have a will? When was the last time you updated it?"
* "Do you have your assets in a Trust?" Who's the beneficiary?"
* "Do you still have a mortgage?"
* "Do you receive a pension? How much? Is it a Public Sector (safe) or private sector (less safe) pension?"
* "How old is your car? Is it in good condition? Do you own it outright or do you still make payments?"

and then, of course, if they still don't get the hint ...

* "Do you have anything against 3-ways with one woman and two men?"
* "Do you use Viagra or Cialis?"

and finally

* "How long is your Johnson?" And then frown when he answers.
Oh I love this! You've given me all sorts of inspiration. That would be too much fun.

I remembered another opening line they have used, too. It goes along the lines of "what model is your house?" with the point being that the larger ones imply greater net worth along with more space to incorporate them and their stuff. I just say that it's one of smaller ones which is plenty large enough for me and the dog - just try to be as vague as possible. Small is a relative term after all.

Thanks for all the material. Now I'm ready - bring it on guys!
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Old 02-16-2018, 08:21 AM
 
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Originally Posted by SportyandMisty View Post
It might have been interesting to see the look on their faces if you had turned the tables on them:

* "How much life insurance do you have? Who's the beneficiary?"
* "Do you have a heart condition?"
* "What are your cholesterol numbers?"
* "What's your Hemoglobin A1c?"
* "How's your prostate? What's your PSA?"
* "Do you have a written Power of Attorney for medical care?"
* "Have you been tested for Alzheimer's?"
* "Do you have a will? When was the last time you updated it?"
* "Do you have your assets in a Trust?" Who's the beneficiary?"
* "Do you still have a mortgage?"
* "Do you receive a pension? How much? Is it a Public Sector (safe) or private sector (less safe) pension?"
* "How old is your car? Is it in good condition? Do you own it outright or do you still make payments?"

and then, of course, if they still don't get the hint ...

* "Do you have anything against 3-ways with one woman and two men?"
* "Do you use Viagra or Cialis?"

and finally

* "How long is your Johnson?" And then frown when he answers.
LOL! She could also mention the number of nurses who knock off a relative to get part of the inheritance...and nobody can prove the nurse did it. Knowledge is power.
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Old 02-16-2018, 08:27 AM
 
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That's another question I have not been asked, ie, about my opinion of the current political state of affairs. I don't think I'd brave those waters and respond to a query about my stand on things ( whether it's just conversation or a fishing expedition) to strangers.
I get those questions too. In fact one was from a neighbor who is a family member of a very prominent political candidate in the 2016 election. I had no idea she was related until someone tipped me off two days later. Anyway, the morning after the November 2016 election she asked me how I'd voted for the highest office. Fortunately I gave my standard answer to all political questions . . . essentially I don't like anyone and I'm a "no party preference" person who only votes for local issues like parks and roads. That's kept me out of trouble more than once. And we're still friends but we never talk politics.
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Old 02-16-2018, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Greenville, SC
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... I can understand to some degree that others who are retired are curious how other retired people afford things, etc., but it is just so weird to me how the norms of not being overly nosy and asking personal questions of strangers, are thrown out the window regarding how other seniors afford their lives, and what their sources of income are, etc.

Have you also encountered this? ...
Yeah, in this forum.
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Nantahala National Forest, NC
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I haven't encountered this specifically but if/when asked I have no qualms of saying I'd rather not discuss finances/operations/bowel movements.


Seriously.

Hee hee...this.

It's definitely none of their business....
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:32 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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hahaha "what are your cholesterol numbers? and How long is your Johnson?" hahahaha omg too funny
!!!!
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:33 AM
 
Location: Paranoid State
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Originally Posted by eliza61nyc View Post
If someone I knew was retiring at 45, I would absolutely be picking their brains and asking them how they saved enough to do so.
This reminds me of the great scene in You've Got Mail, the Meg Ryan/Tom Hanks RomCom. Jean Stapleton plays Birdie Conrad. Jean's character is having a heart to heart with Meg Ryan's character regarding the closing of the small bookstore. The question of money comes up.

Quote:
Birdie Conrad: If you need more, ask me, I'm very rich. I bought Intel at six.
You've Got Mail (1998) - Quotes - IMDb
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Old 02-16-2018, 09:38 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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I don't know if this is the case with all, or most pension plans, but with mine the retiree sets the amount of tax deducted from the monthly amount he/she gets, from no taxes to whatever amount is specified.The plan may have a default amount for taxes if the retiree doesn't specify the amount to be deducted, but I'd say the amount of deduction would depend on the retirees other income, and taxes coming out of those. And of course, how much ( in the case of other, possibly untaxed, income) the retiree wants to owe Uncle Sam at tax time.

It's the same ( or was, at least when I signed up) for SS. You can choose not to have taxes deducted from what you get ( and you probably would not if SS was your only source of income), or you can choose tax deductions in increments of 5, 10, 15 and so on percents. I chose 10% for SS, and have them take out about 25% from my state pension ( which is not a princely amount, but I am grateful for it), so we're not slammed by a big tax bill at tax time from my untaxed income as an educational consultant- for which I pay income taxes, SS and Medicare deductions at a rate of 15% or so.


Thank you so much for this information!! this is exactly the type of thing I was talking about. I didn't know you could pick the amount to be withheld. This is helpful for me. Next year, I am pulling the plug.
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Old 02-16-2018, 12:31 PM
 
Location: Knoxville, TN
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Deciding when finances are at a point where one can retire is very stressful for many people. Advice on how much you need to have saved, when to take social security, Medicare supplements, where to live, how you can afford to live....it is all very confusing. I think the questions often come from anxiety and uncertainty.
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Old 02-16-2018, 12:37 PM
 
Location: SW Florida
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I get those questions too. In fact one was from a neighbor who is a family member of a very prominent political candidate in the 2016 election. I had no idea she was related until someone tipped me off two days later. Anyway, the morning after the November 2016 election she asked me how I'd voted for the highest office. Fortunately I gave my standard answer to all political questions . . . essentially I don't like anyone and I'm a "no party preference" person who only votes for local issues like parks and roads. That's kept me out of trouble more than once. And we're still friends but we never talk politics.
I think that works out the best, that or just agreeing to disagree when you're talking about friends, family or neighbors on the opposite ends of the political spectrum. Works for me.
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