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    Forty degrees this morning and fog clouds the view of the forest around, so I lay about instead of heading out with my field mower and saw- shotgun season demands high visibility clothing and it's too much to expect hunters to be discriminating if your status isn't plain as day. I've been working in the woods since returning home from Oregon a month ago. This agrees with me hugely. Three months spent renovating a bathroom was enervating. I am recovered now. For the better part of my life I have been self-employed. Retirement hasn't been an objective. Everyone I know works at something. Divorce is my retirement. It's in process. While I am not happy about this change of course it was the hardest and best decision I have ever made.
    One day at a time.
    Oh, and I heard from Time yesterday: the ADHX 45 they are replacing my ADHX with is in process and will be shipped next week. I think this is going above and beyond any warranty I've ever been the beneficiary of. They shipped the first bike with 40mm tires that immediately wore grooves into the stays. I sent photos just to let them know this was happening in case there were problems that resulted down the road and changed the rear tire to a 37. They offered a new bike when it came out. I said okay and here we are.
    Friday is a good day.
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    Like Jay, I went through a divorce in 2018 and basically started my life over in Arizona as an empty-nester as my son left for Annapolis. After the divorce, my IRA was cut in half so I took a high paying, high stress job, to recover financially. I retired from that job last year. Along the way, I met and married a wonderful woman who is an artist, equestrian, and supportive of my retirement life. As Jay noted, everyone does something, even when retired. Since "retiring" last July, I have umpired baseball, taught community college, substitute taught and taught STEM at an Indian School, and this Monday, I start another master's degree.

    As far as the 2018 divorce, it was incredibly stressful. My ex and I had agreed to everything, but eventually had to block her number and rely on email. The divorce was necessary and I've never regretted it. My life is good, I get to cycle all summer in Wyoming, mostly MTB here in AZ, and financially, everything is good. The teaching pay is just for "stuff" like another set of carbon wheels for the OPEN, and a tractor for Wyoming. My goal is to live off my military pensions and in a year, spend no more than 4% of my IRA starting this time next year.

    Jay's post made me realize how much better my life is now as compared to 2018.
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    Had a better week after a few bad weeks. Provided a little help to good people who lost their jobs for reasons that were not theirs to control. Helping made me feel slightly less terrible about it. Watched a college football game, rare for me these days, and my alma mater scored a historic win (an historic win?). Chatted with my dad about the game, then relaxed with my wife and dog. It was the Friday I needed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ides1056 View Post
    Divorce is my retirement. It's in process. While I am not happy about this change of course it was the hardest and best decision I have ever made.
    One day at a time.
    Quote Originally Posted by bigbill View Post
    Like Jay, I went through a divorce in 2018 and basically started my life over in Arizona as an empty-nester as my son left for Annapolis. After the divorce, my IRA was cut in half so I took a high paying, high stress job, to recover financially. I retired from that job last year. Along the way, I met and married a wonderful woman who is an artist, equestrian, and supportive of my retirement life. As Jay noted, everyone does something, even when retired. Since "retiring" last July, I have umpired baseball, taught community college, substitute taught and taught STEM at an Indian School, and this Monday, I start another master's degree.

    As far as the 2018 divorce, it was incredibly stressful. My ex and I had agreed to everything, but eventually had to block her number and rely on email. The divorce was necessary and I've never regretted it. My life is good, I get to cycle all summer in Wyoming, mostly MTB here in AZ, and financially, everything is good. The teaching pay is just for "stuff" like another set of carbon wheels for the OPEN, and a tractor for Wyoming. My goal is to live off my military pensions and in a year, spend no more than 4% of my IRA starting this time next year.

    Jay's post made me realize how much better my life is now as compared to 2018.
    Seems like a common theme this week. I finalized my divorce one year ago. My ex always faced emotional health challenges, but COVID and our current political climate pushed her over the edge. First it was the anti-vax movement, then COVID denial, and finally full-on QAnon cult beliefs. She drove my daughter and I out of her life because we wouldnít agree with and/or enable her psychosis. I went from zero debt, healthy savings, and imminent retirement to a $200K mortgage and support payments for the next six years. The bright side: my daughter and I are closer than ever. Like Bill, Iím working the high stress job to replenish my retirement savings. Iím streamlining and simplifying all aspects of my life. 2023 was a painful transition year. I hope the changes I have made will make 2024 less stressful and more joyful. Thanks to my velocipede salon friends for great discussions and inspiration.

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    Sorry to hear that Greg.

    I hope 2024 is a good year for you and your daughter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gregl View Post
    Seems like a common theme this week. I finalized my divorce one year ago. My ex always faced emotional health challenges, but COVID and our current political climate pushed her over the edge. First it was the anti-vax movement, then COVID denial, and finally full-on QAnon cult beliefs. She drove my daughter and I out of her life because we wouldn’t agree with and/or enable her psychosis. I went from zero debt, healthy savings, and imminent retirement to a $200K mortgage and support payments for the next six years. The bright side: my daughter and I are closer than ever. Like Bill, I’m working the high stress job to replenish my retirement savings. I’m streamlining and simplifying all aspects of my life. 2023 was a painful transition year. I hope the changes I have made will make 2024 less stressful and more joyful. Thanks to my velocipede salon friends for great discussions and inspiration.

    Greg
    In 2020, my wife and I met right before my 55th birthday in May. After knowing each other for about ten days, my son said he needed to come home for the summer because USNA had canceled all the summer programs and switched to online classes. My girlfriend, now wife, and I went to pick him up at the Las Vegas airport, a ghost town. He was one of five passengers from BWI to LAS. Because he spent the summer here, he got to know Terri better than he would have otherwise. They have a great relationship, and he considers this house his home. I always had a great relationship with my son. My relationship with my son became professional during the summer of 2020 when I was working on my MA and working full time. He used my computer command center (three big monitors and a standup desk) for his online classes, and I used it after 5 pm for my school work. We were both up at 5 am each day because his classes started at 9 am on the east coast, 6 am here.

    I retired from the Navy before I intended because he needed me there. I've never regretted ending my career earlier. I had to pay for four years of spousal support, which ended last October. He was 18 when we divorced, so neither of us had child support. She quit parenting when he was twelve, and my only regret was not kicking her out at that point. His relationship with his mother is strained at best. She is a heavy pot user and has addiction issues with narcotic painkillers. My wife never had kids; she was a schoolteacher for twenty years and decided she didn't need her own kids. My son always exchanges texts with her, most recently for suggestions on making a dessert for a dinner party. I love that they have that relationship and that he has a good adult female role model. She taught both of us to fly fish and his personal photo in the USNA yearbook was him holding a big brown trout he caught while she was teaching him to cast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gregl View Post
    Seems like a common theme this week. I finalized my divorce one year ago. My ex always faced emotional health challenges, but COVID and our current political climate pushed her over the edge. First it was the anti-vax movement, then COVID denial, and finally full-on QAnon cult beliefs. She drove my daughter and I out of her life because we wouldn’t agree with and/or enable her psychosis. I went from zero debt, healthy savings, and imminent retirement to a $200K mortgage and support payments for the next six years. The bright side: my daughter and I are closer than ever. Like Bill, I’m working the high stress job to replenish my retirement savings. I’m streamlining and simplifying all aspects of my life. 2023 was a painful transition year. I hope the changes I have made will make 2024 less stressful and more joyful. Thanks to my velocipede salon friends for great discussions and inspiration.

    Greg
    Similar theme: anti-vax, out of control hoarding disorder, shopping addiction.

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    Tree is up!
    The Rock Center tree is especially beautiful this year. I was a little sorry they cut it down.
    Happy Holidays everyone!
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    I just took a very choppy redeye flight from SEA…can’t say the pilot didn’t warn us…and I’ll soon be on my way home after a layover in DTW. Then we’ll be driving to Ann Arbor on Saturday, to join in the festivities as our youngest graduates on Sunday with his Masters in Robotics from the University of Michigan. 01 January will be the first time that I haven’t had at least one kid in either undergrad or grad school since 2012. 2014-2106 was memorable as we had two in school at the same time, but that’s water over the dam and a first world problem. To say that I’m not stoked for him is an understatement and with Christmas around the corner, all of the kids will be home and maybe the old man will pour a tall glass of something from the land of the tartans and light up a cigar. This is really important, as I nether drink Scotch nor smoke cigars.
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    Fetching the youngest from the airport this afternoon, excited for that. Four months away at an NYC college has been a trial by fire for kid and mom alike. Older sibling lives at home but has a job and friends, so we've been pseudo-empty nesting. The dog really has it coming--she has no idea she's in for four months' worth of makeup snuggles starting in about 6 hours.
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    We had a great Christmas pageant at the school last night. Some of the Hualapai girls and moms were wearing traditional ribbon skirts. It was nice to meet the parents of the kids we work with each week. I'm still working on names, but the ones I remember so far are either because I have to tell them to sit down or they're favorites. I spoke with the mom of one of the kids diagnosed with autism. I told her he was highly functional and keep adding on math lessons until we find the point where he waivers. We're not there yet; the worst thing we can do (IMO) is to underestimate these kids.
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    I took my wife to Paris today. We had our photo taken in front of the Eifel Tower and had a delicious dinner. Of course, it's Paris, Texas, the Eifel Tower has a red cowboy hat, and we had Mexican food.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rwsaunders View Post

    I just took a very choppy redeye flight from SEA…can’t say the pilot didn’t warn us…and I’ll soon be on my way home after a layover in DTW. Then we’ll be driving to Ann Arbor on Saturday, to join in the festivities as our youngest graduates on Sunday with his Masters in Robotics from the University of Michigan. 01 January will be the first time that I haven’t had at least one kid in either undergrad or grad school since 2012. 2014-2106 was memorable as we had two in school at the same time, but that’s water over the dam and a first world problem. To say that I’m not stoked for him is an understatement and with Christmas around the corner, all of the kids will be home and maybe the old man will pour a tall glass of something from the land of the tartans and light up a cigar. This is really important, as I nether drink Scotch nor smoke cigars.
    Free at last, free at last from the tyranny of tuition.

    If you are going to smoke, smoke something nice- Partagas Series D, No. 4. Or a Cohiba Siglo V

    If 3 of you wanted to smoke, I'd suggest buying a box with Partagas Culebra. It comes in a pack of 3, and is an interesting back story.
    Depending on who you speak to, it is either father, son, holy spirit, or the factory owners allowed workers to take home cigars, but they had to be bent so they weren't resold. I have 2 friends who come up from Spain, and this is our after dinner smoke by tradition.



    I forget, are Cuban Cigars legally sold in the US or are they back on Santa's Naughty list?

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    Enjoy the big win, RW. Iím with you on the cigars, though Iíll sometimes linger near a cigar smoker just for the memories of dear old grandpa Frank.
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    Quote Originally Posted by vertical_doug View Post
    Free at last, free at last from the tyranny of tuition.

    If you are going to smoke, smoke something nice- Partagas Series D, No. 4. Or a Cohiba Siglo V

    If 3 of you wanted to smoke, I'd suggest buying a box with Partagas Culebra. It comes in a pack of 3, and is an interesting back story.
    Depending on who you speak to, it is either father, son, holy spirit, or the factory owners allowed workers to take home cigars, but they had to be bent so they weren't resold. I have 2 friends who come up from Spain, and this is our after dinner smoke by tradition.



    I forget, are Cuban Cigars legally sold in the US or are they back on Santa's Naughty list?
    Just refer to them a cigars from Occupied Southernmost Florida, and you're legal in Miami.

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    Day 2 with the new hip. Already better than day 1, but that could be the Oxycodone talking. I can get up and down from the floor after my exercises, tromp all around the house, go upstairs and play piano no more horribly than normal... but the naps. I suck at taking naps, I feel worse than when I lay down when I get up but this Oxy stuff makes for the best naps ever. I see why people get hung up on it.
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    I am so done with winter! Going to Mexico for a month.

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    We are in Carefree, AZ, for an equestrian workshop. I brought a bike and plan on having tan lines before we leave on Sunday. World T.E.A.M. Sports is riding for adaptive cyclists in the morning, leaving from our hotel. Colonel Gadson is here; he has a handcycle. He was the double amputee in the movie Battleship and is the real deal; he was a four-year football starter at West Point and lost his legs to an IED in Iraq.
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    No skiing this weekend because I did enough rain skiing when I was a patroller. Visits with a friend, and dad, and my bike instead! Full fenders for the win.
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    I finally figured it out and blocked her number after she showed at my door, knocking, peppering me with calls and texts saying we have to talk.

    Nope.
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