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Addiction LXXVI

Old 11-07-19, 01:04 PM
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Work is stupid.
Yes. But as per @datlas, how to get out?
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Originally Posted by MoAlpha View Post
À propos of what?
My spidey sense is tingling. Could be a false alarm, but lots of instability in the real world and markets are probably over-inflated.

Again, if I were Warren Buffet I would not be treating diabetes and high blood pressure and trying to convince my patients to get age-appropriate screenings.
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Yes. But as per @datlas, how to get out?
I have a way out, but it involves living in squalor which mrs datlas is not on board with.
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Your wife certainly stuck it better than I did!

I toyed with the idea of teaching law, but decided to move right away and back into linguistics/history of the language/communication theory and practice. My JD has been a very useful credential, though, and I've never regretted it or that legal experience. Our law school is still relatively sane, but sadly showing signs of going the way of others up here.
What do you do during the summers? I'm not sure I'm wired for summers off.
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Old 11-07-19, 01:20 PM
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hey ksryder - how long have you been a lawyer? Bring Vol back and the lawyers outnumber the doctors.
Don’t forget Indy.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
My spidey sense is tingling. Could be a false alarm, but lots of instability in the real world and markets are probably over-inflated.

Again, if I were Warren Buffet I would not be treating diabetes and high blood pressure and trying to convince my patients to get age-appropriate screenings.
Stocks are expensive, no doubt, and the world is crazy, but you're relatively young. I wouldn't get too spooked.
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
I have a way out, but it involves living in squalor which mrs datlas is not on board with.
My wife used to say, as long as we had enough money to quit working and move to a trailer in Kentucky she was fine. She don't say that anymore.
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Channeling Trainsnorter.
The surgeon general has warned that channeling Trainstarter can be hazardous to your health.
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Old 11-07-19, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz View Post
I is a lawyer.
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Don’t forget Indy.
I'm surprised Indy didn't take the opportunity to post the Engin...

What I'm saying is I'd like to see more pics of the Engin.
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Old 11-07-19, 01:25 PM
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Originally Posted by datlas View Post
Correct.

Got an exit strategy??
No.
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Stocks are expensive, no doubt, and the world is crazy, but you're relatively young. I wouldn't get too spooked.
No, I am NOT making any changes. I am ready to ride out another full cycle. My advice is really towards those 65+.

Sad story: my aunt, who is now around 80, lost about HALF of her investment value in the crash 10 years ago. She could not accept any more risk and got out at the bottom of the market. If she had stayed in, she would have been on easy street.

Buy low, sell high. It's kinda high now, so reasonable to sell if you are over-leveraged and older.
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Originally Posted by BillyD View Post
Speaking of running, I hope everyone made note of the study revealed yesterday that running, as little as once a week, can prolong your life. I don't know any details, but the finding should be enough to take running out of the "stupid" category.
The only thing running did for me was prolong my freedom. I could haul ass when there were sirens in the area.
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Old 11-07-19, 01:49 PM
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What do you do during the summers? I'm not sure I'm wired for summers off.
Heh ... work. We (faculty) technically have a four-week 'vacation' period in July/August, but other than that ... work, and even then ... work. My post is a combined teaching/administrative one, so there's always something.

The upside: outside of in-class lecture hours, useless meetings etc. there are no 'set' hours, so flex-time all the time. Lots of riding.

That, and as a result of the Age of Teh Interwebz I can do most of my summer stuff remotely, so in mid-June we get out of here (SW Ontario) and out to summer place on the Bay of Fundy in New Brunswick. Makes a change. Mrs. Badger (retired R.N.) stays out until our Thanksgiving wkd; I fly back and forth two/three times (short commute flight), then stay put when term starts in September. We'll probably have to pull in our horns a little when I retire, but for now not a bad way to get through the year.

Edit: that's assuming we survive the next big correction. @datlas is skeering me.

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Old 11-07-19, 01:53 PM
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No, I am NOT making any changes. I am ready to ride out another full cycle. My advice is really towards those 65+.
I am incredibly nervous/antsy as I don't want to ride out another full cycle. So hard to determine when preservation becomes more important than growth. No wife. No dependents. No debt. Entitlement to a modest pension. Non-lavish lifestyle. My situation is somewhat unique.
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My wife used to say, as long as we had enough money to quit working and move to a trailer in Kentucky she was fine. She don't say that anymore.
Yeah, my strategy involves a double-wide out in the country. We could live nicely off our savings if we really down-sized and ate mostly rice and beans. Plus, there is good cycling out there too.

The barrier is mrs datlas, and you know what they say....it's cheaper to keep her.
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I am incredibly nervous/antsy as I don't want to ride out another full cycle. So hard to determine when preservation becomes more important than growth. No wife. No dependents. No debt. Entitlement to a modest pension. Non-lavish lifestyle. My situation is somewhat unique.
I am no financial advisor but you may want to hedge and convert maybe a portion of your investments to something more stable. I am not doing this but it has even crossed my mind. If you are 10+ years out from retirement, don't do it.
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No, I am NOT making any changes. I am ready to ride out another full cycle. My advice is really towards those 65+.

Sad story: my aunt, who is now around 80, lost about HALF of her investment value in the crash 10 years ago. She could not accept any more risk and got out at the bottom of the market. If she had stayed in, she would have been on easy street.

Buy low, sell high. It's kinda high now, so reasonable to sell if you are over-leveraged and older.
That's me. My stuff is in a very conservative/diverse/low risk managed portfolio -- defined contribution pension fund. Didn't get hit too badly in the Last Big One, and the risk managers have (I'm told) taken steps to further reduce exposure in the event of a Next Big One. We shall see.
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That must be it . . . Conclusion Increased rates of participation in running, regardless of its dose, would probably lead to substantial improvements in population health and longevity. Any amount of running, even just once a week, is better than no running, but higher doses of running may not necessarily be associated with greater mortality benefits.

Makes one wonder how much of that benefit cycling can achieve.
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Still stupid.


Yes, but the question IS, regardless of your personal convictions would you encourage your able-bodied patients to run (instead of cycling which is significantly more expensive).
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Speaking of running, I hope everyone made note of the study revealed yesterday that running, as little as once a week, can prolong your life. I don't know any details, but the finding should be enough to take running out of the "stupid" category.
Your life maybe, but what about your knees?
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Channeling Trainsnorter. While attempting to cut a tight, rather heavy ziptie, with scissors, I instead cut the meaty part of my thumb. A half hour of elevation later, i stood up and it resumed its bleeding like a stuck pig. Likely no riding for me today. More likely reading.
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The only thing running did for me was prolong my freedom. I could haul ass when there were sirens in the area.
I feel blessed that I can still run after all these years engaged in all types of running activities. I mean when we were kids, way before the internet and before video games and yes, even before tv, kids played outdoors and my favorite games involved running. I don’t do any running for fitness now but I'm thrilled that I can still get around the bases pretty effectively.
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No, I am NOT making any changes. I am ready to ride out another full cycle. My advice is really towards those 65+.

Sad story: my aunt, who is now around 80, lost about HALF of her investment value in the crash 10 years ago. She could not accept any more risk and got out at the bottom of the market. If she had stayed in, she would have been on easy street.

Buy low, sell high. It's kinda high now, so reasonable to sell if you are over-leveraged and older.
Exactly. Leveraged, according to my definition, means you bought securities on credit. I'm not that much of a playa.

We are 63 and gradually shifting from about >85% equities to an eventual target of 70 or so. That's all. We also just set up a charitable gift fund so we can begin selling off old and highly appreciated stuff tax free and get rid of some companies that are bad for the world in the process. It's great thing for anyone who has a lot of cap gains and gives away significant amounts of money.
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Your life maybe, but what about your knees?
Well, that’s what cycling is for.
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Your life maybe, but what about your knees?
If you've got good mechanics, running is actually pretty benign to the knees. I didn't have any problems over a 35 yr career. I had plenty of tendon and muscle issues, though.

Oh, and it also destroyed my spine, I went numb and tingly from the neck down, and had to have big surgery, which is why I don't do it anymore, but that's a minor thing.

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