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  1. treeguy64

    The realities of high country living.

    Well, as with so many things in life, as Janet and I get deeper into our search for houses in the Colorado High Country, we're finding that things aren't as amazing as we originally thought they'd be. First off, all water one uses in the luxury look houses, outside of town, comes from your own...
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    Video games don't contribute to violence? Nonsense!

    OK. I have long held that it is incredibly naive to assert that video games don't contribute to the violence we are seeing, these days, all around us. I don't care what the "experts" conclude in their ivory tower institutions. The Video Game Industry has billions of dollars, literally, to hire...
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    Woodland Park, CO.: Renters greatly outnumber homeowners. Why?

    I am wanting to tap into the collective wisdom of SF members, so please input, here. Janet and I have zeroed in, kinda/sorta, on Woodland Park, CO. As such, we're both, rightfully, reading all we can on this city sited at 8,500 feet. A new stat hit me, today: Only 20% of the residents own...
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    Moving from sea level, to 8500 feet above it.

    OK, this is another post about moving. I was glad to see a few more people adding input to my video call thread, today, so hopefully I'll get some more enlightenment, here. We are seriously considering a move to Woodland Park, Colorado. Thing is, between Chicago and Austin, I have lived at sea...
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    Video calls: Are you content with them, versus actually being with those you video chat with?

    As Janet and I begin the preliminary steps that will get us to leaving Austin, after my being here over forty years, we are dealing with many issues. My daughter, sil, and granddaughters live fairly close by. We get together about once every two months, or so. I see my daughter every few...
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    A store-bought rose, by any other name, these days ........

    would still smell nothing like a rose! The same theme goes for the taste of grocery peaches and tomatoes. What marketing geniuses decided that the public values shipping hardiness over the very qualities that made the shipped items near and dear to countless millions of people? I stopped...
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    Social Security Hassle

    This past May, I went to the SSA office, in Austin. I wanted to file on my ex's SS, which would increase my monthly checks. I had to wait until this year, because she turns 62, this month. The agent I had was very nice, but something was very "off," with her. After our session, I drove home...
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    What keeps life interesting, for you?

    Some of you have read my cotton-to-(new generation) polyester-conversion posts, in here. That recent conversion got me excited about something new: I am sleeping through the night, and waking up not soaked in sweat, for the first time in my life! Yeah, that's BIG, for me. Now, I just...
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    This may, or may not, be a very important study. Check it out.

    https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.beingpatient.com/anticholinergic-medications-increase-dementia-risk/amp/ I'm troubled by this study because I have been taking Claritin, everyday, for about a year. If you check the complete list of meds, Claritin appears in the less dangerous list. Some...
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    Time for another Coffee Industry "study."

    Every six months, or so, Big Coffee comes up with yet another amazing thing its product is capable of doing. Now, it apparently burns brown fat, without exercise or any other weight reduction efforts, on the part of coffee drinkers. This is bad science: Industries pay researchers to come up...
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    For those seventy, and older: Are you happy? What is the quality of your life?

    I suppose I could put a tick the box survey together, but I'd rather hear some exposition on why, or why not, your life at 70+ is a happy/unhappy one. (NOTE: I have taken out my request for a number, based on how happy you are.) I got this idea from reading the thoughts of others, both in...
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    It's interesting to check out other senior forums: It gives one food for thought.

    I decided to look around at other senior forums. I found that many of the folks who are currently in here, are in other forums, many using the same icons/avatars and names they use in here, or their actual names, first and last. What I found more interesting, though, is that those who were...
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    A Polyester vs. Cotton conundrum

    As a young, on the road, diamond salesman, I quickly learned that polyester was a terrible way to go, when it came to shirts and suits: It was scratchy, non-absorbent, and made my presence known in ways that were not cool, pun intended. I eschewed plastic clothing in favor of 100% cotton shirts...
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    Ant paratroopers were driving me goofy!

    OK, if you live in Texas, and I know some of you do, then you, most likely, are involved in ongoing warfare with various insect pests. You can seal up your house tight as a drum (and that's really not great for you, or your house), but some of those little sons of guns will still find a way to...
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    Parents caught in school entrance bribery cases.

    This whole fiasco has disgusted me. I find it outrageous that these parents did what they did. Further, how gullible is the public at large to believe these parents when they say their kids knew nothing about the scam? I can vividly remember my high school years. I had a very good idea, based...
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    I'm very concerned with the way I felt - - -

    - - - yesterday, during a visit to my local Social Security office. To explain: I arrived at this office an hour before it opened. There were four people already in line. After another ten minutes, this other fellow queued up, next to me. He was a few inches taller than me, slim build, dark...
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    The absolute absurdity of legalese documents that come with credit cards and insurance policies.

    Does ANYONE ever take the two to four hours, it takes, to slog through those fine print documents, and understand them perfectly? It's maddening to know that all of the companies using them know, full well, that, in general, hardly anyone will go through that stuff, and understand everything...
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    Scooters, scooters, everywhere!

    I live in a city that routinely places first, as the most desirable place to live, in the US. Austin is a high-tech center, right up there with Mountain View. We had driverless cars, from Google, cruising around, before any other cities had even heard of them. Being high-tech, we routinely get...
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    Measles vaccination.

    I'm curious about how many of you have opted to get a measles vaccination, given the current uptick in cases, in the US? I'm waiting to see the results of my blood test, today, for measles' antibodies. If the test is negative, I may get the shot. It has a list of contraindications that are not...
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    As we all (?) head into Third World living experiences - - - -

    I am not sure how many of you are active travelers, these days, nor do I know how many of you traveled far and wide as younger folks. I traveled to many countries, hiked around the Arctic Circle, had great fun, in general. In so-called "Third World Countries," I learned not to expect the...
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