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Old 08-09-19, 07:47 AM
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IKR. It's probably the one thing that will keep me working until at least age 60. I have such good coverage through work (no referrals or pre-authorizations needed, at least for common things like MRIs, relatively low deductible of $1,350, max out-of-pocket of $6,000 year), and because of my unique situation I don't have to contribute to the cost. That's a hard thing to walk away from.
I would not walk away from that until 65/Medicare if I were you.

We have crappy insurance, 5K per person deductible, and I pay $30,000/year for it. That's family coverage so includes me, mrs datlas, and the two kids. The only "benefit" I have is that since it's through work I pay with pre-tax dollars. Compared to that, medicare is a bargain and the coverage is not bad TBH.
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I would not walk away from that until 65/Medicare if I were you.

We have crappy insurance, 5K per person deductible, and I pay $30,000/year for it. That's family coverage so includes me, mrs datlas, and the two kids. The only "benefit" I have is that since it's through work I pay with pre-tax dollars. Compared to that, medicare is a bargain and the coverage is not bad TBH.
I only don't pay anything because I reject the ridiculous amount (over $450K) of life insurance I am entitled to for free. I have no need for life insurance, but my employer makes me take $10K. The cost savings to my employer is credited against the cost of my other benefits. What I save my employer is greater than what I would have to contribute if I took the full life insurance. The net result is that I actually get about $71 added to my paycheck every month. And that number keeps going up every year because, as I age, the cost of all that life insurance goes up.

I don't want to work until 65, but I may have to.

Agree that Medicare is a good deal. When I was managing my mom's affairs I would see the bills. One time she spent a week in the hospital. Her end was only something like $500.
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I would not walk away from that until 65/Medicare if I were you.

We have crappy insurance, 5K per person deductible, and I pay $30,000/year for it. That's family coverage so includes me, mrs datlas, and the two kids. The only "benefit" I have is that since it's through work I pay with pre-tax dollars. Compared to that, medicare is a bargain and the coverage is not bad TBH.
Yes. 60-65 is a long time in risk-years.
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Old 08-09-19, 09:15 AM
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I’m usually at work by 6:00 am while the rest of my family is still asleep . . .
That used to annoy me so much BITD when I'd arrive at work 7am and the wife was just waking up. I used to think to myself, "see, and they wonder why women live longer than men".
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What a sweetheart! I know, likely not in actions, but what a doll.

Indy's registered middle names are "Slightly Wicked". Jeez she was a pita. Anything that wasn't bolted down was hauled into the backyard, through the doggie door. Dog beds, rugs, pillows, shoes. She wasn't destructive, just industrious.
I know what you mean. It's a race against time to break her out of stretching up to the tables and counters, because Dobies are tall and soon she'll be able to reach anything she wants. And she wants everything.
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I'm fine with drip. Currently running Eight O'Clock Columbian Peaks Medium roast.


Mmmm good.
I'm happy with drip, too. I like Starbuck's Pike's Peak or LaVazza's Gran Selecione.
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Coffee station at the rjones28 cafe.

I use the same grinder.
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I'm often late to the conversations. So sue me.
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Old 08-09-19, 09:45 AM
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I'm often late to the conversations. So sue me.
You have three stars after your name, so you can get away with it.

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Old 08-09-19, 10:57 AM
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Yes. 60-65 is a long time in risk-years.
Not planning on going without. There is a COBRA period to get me through part of it. But my real hope (pipe dream?) is that this country will get its act together by then.
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Old 08-09-19, 11:14 AM
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But my real hope (pipe dream?) is that this country will get its act together by then.
I always enjoy the absurd sense of humor on display in Addiction.
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Not planning on going without. There is a COBRA period to get me through part of it. But my real hope (pipe dream?) is that this country will get its act together by then.
Good one.
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Good one.
Thinking about the collective stupidity of this country when it comes to things like health care really does boggle my mind.
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Not planning on going without. There is a COBRA period to get me through part of it. But my real hope (pipe dream?) is that this country will get its act together by then.
We're watching Trapped right now. Hopefully its portrayal of the sweet Scandinavian lifestyle will convince the little lady that we need to move to one of those countries.
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We're watching Trapped right now. Hopefully its portrayal of the sweet Scandinavian lifestyle will convince the little lady that we need to move to one of those countries.
I spent the holidays in Gothenberg, Sweden in '88-'89 chasing the fantasy of keeping alive the summer relationship I had with a au pair. The winter was dark and gloomy. And because we were near the coast, it was damp.

Interesting though. Her family lived in a suburb. The house was pretty small but efficiently designed so that I never felt cramped. Dad was a basically a Phys-Ed teacher and mom was an admin assistant. Standard of living with to kids seemed comfortable. Definitely not rich. They even had a sauna in their house.
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I spent the holidays in Gothenberg, Sweden in '88-'89 chasing the fantasy of keeping alive the summer relationship I had with a au pair. The winter was dark and gloomy. And because we were near the coast, it was damp.

Interesting though. Her family lived in a suburb. The house was pretty small but efficiently designed so that I never felt cramped. Dad was a basically a Phys-Ed teacher and mom was an admin assistant. Standard of living with to kids seemed comfortable. Definitely not rich. They even had a sauna in their house.
You blew the chance of a lifetime...what happened?
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You blew the chance of a lifetime...what happened?
The Atlantic Ocean at law school happened. She certainly wasn't going to leave that great health care system behind.

I used to joke that she was really good looking but that upon visiting her I was disappointed to discover that she was only average by Swedish standards. She's got a husband and a kid now. We're friends on Facebook.
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The Atlantic Ocean at law school happened. She certainly wasn't going to leave that great health care system behind.

I used to joke that she was really good looking but that upon visiting her I was disappointed to discover that she was only average by Swedish standards. She's got a husband and a kid now. We're friends on Facebook.
My cousin married a Swedish woman he met in Grad School. She ended up staying here. She is really tall, which I imagine is typical for Swedes.
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She is really tall, which I imagine is typical for Swedes.
She was not abnormally tall, but definitely not on the short side. I did see lots of tall, blond women there.
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God, if it were just the health care! I doubt my daughter will ever move back.
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God, if it were just the health care! I doubt my daughter will ever move back.
Where is she?
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Where is she?
Galway. She has lived abroad since graduating from college: South Caicos Island, Reykjavik, Dublin, Galway.

Shes flying in for a couple of weeks next Friday.

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Galway. She has lived abroad since graduating from college: South Caicos Island, Reykjavik, Dublin, Galway.

Shes flying in for a couple of weeks next Friday.
Sounds like a good life. Kudos for her!
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Sounds like a good life. Kudos for her!
We think so. She has Irish govt funding for a PhD in marine science, gets lots of sea time, has lots of friends, and shares a cozy little apartment with her weird boyfriend. Sure would be nice to see more of her, though.
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