This is the board that is screwed up. I just noticed that I posted that last comment twice. I posted it but couldn't see where it has posted, so I hit it again..I'll leave you a few pointers on our board on how to configure your screen in the format you like, but again..I'm not sure how a mac does things.
Denny: I don't plan to be posting here but since I stopped by, I will respond to a couple of points.
1. Yes, I got your post about walt. I believe you use a Mac and you can have any format on our board you want..If you like the format used here..You can have that too, but I don't know how to direct you with a mac because I've never used one. I only have 3 more episodes of Walt to watch and I'm sure going to hate to see it end.
2. On the tax..That was my whole point..I no longer have to keep any records at all..Schwab keeps them all for me..Not only keeps them, but enters them on my 1040..For example..You make 50 trades in a year..I don't have to keep any of those records..Schwab keeps it all..I could look at them if I wished but trying to keep records of all those trades etc..would be a nightmare..At tax time..I just tell turbo tax to go download the info from schwab..I have to give turbo tax the account ID's and password..Schwab will have kept a running account of all the trades for the entire year and spits it all out to my tax form in less than a minute. I never touch it or even look at it.
3. I wonder if any of these nerds are looking at what is happening in Gold..Just like I told them it would..It has risen more than $150 per oz in past 2 months and I suspect it will go as high as $5000 as the dollar collapses.
If you haven't figured out how to get your Mac to select the format you like on our board..take a close look and get it in the form you want because there's a lot of good stuff,,really big impact stuff right now..Jep just posted an interview this morning and I haven't watched it yet but it talks about the collapse of the financial system, including bitcoin..I just watched a preview of the interview and it's not an end of the world prediction..He says that the financial system has already collapsed 4 times in history..2 since Bretton Woods..It just means starting all over, in a different direction. You're missing out if you're not getting it.
Denny: I noticed that you had posted some things and took a look. Your tax situation is likely very different than mine but I use Turbo Tax and Schwab automatically downloads, directly to my 1040 form, all my investment activity. This is filled out in the 1040, sight unseen by me..I don't have to touch it. Moreover, Turbo Tax keeps track of my year-to-year tax returns..for example..Right now I still have more than $70k of carryover losses from the downturn years and turbo tax tracks all that..uses any of those carryover losses needed to cancel any current investment gains..plus uses another $3000 to cancel $3000 of current income. With that $70k of carryover losses (and there's not time limit on them) and considering the current P Poor market, I won't have any tax obligations to speak of for years to come. I therefore have nothing to do on the taxes other than to enter my 4 pension checks (2 for me and 2 for my wife.) My point, if your taxes situation is even similar to my own..you don't need a tax man/Regards/Juan
Bo..Incidentally..That Surly woman you responded to is your buddy..just created that ID today. I signed on this board more than 10 years ago..using my same ID of "Juankehoe". I'm still juankehoe. .you remember because you were one of my first and best friends. I see no need to change ID's because I'm proud of who I am so why would I wish to sling mud under a different name the way graffiti artists do under the cover of darkness. That's all..ya wanna talk to me, come to our private board where the action is. I saw your post here couple of weeks ago bragging on our board over there, how it's set up etc..How about those graphics huh, photo albums, intelligent people. Incidentally, I'm tired of winter..just told the guys over there that I just this morning turned on the solar heater for my pool and from 9 AM to 2 PM it's 18 thousand gallons have increased by 16 degrees. Ah, it's a tough life but somebody,s gotta do it huh?
Bo: I don't plan to post here but just saw you had made some posts and thought I would tell you guys something..The Donkey's wife and daughters are on their way to China..The rest of the board won't recognize this but one of their stops will be "Xiang" (Pronounced Shee-ann") Never heard of it, right? You're wrong..you've heard of it for decades, in life magazine, National geographic etc..It a famous tourist attraction where the 1st Emperor of China had a complete life-size army created in terra cotta..each of the hundreds of pieces are unique...They were buried with him to protect him after death..IT'S A BIG TOURIST ATTRACTION..GET IT! The first Ho wants to have a look...At taxpayer expense of course..Most Americans would love to be able to see it..BUT CAN'T AFFORD IT!! So I'm sure they will be happy when they learn that they have just paid for the donkey's family to take it in with absolute luxury. Yeah, I've been there, but they won't let you take pictures inside (There's a gigantic metal building constructed over the excavation site) But dig deep into your pocket..help support the first ho's sightseeing trip.
Denny: Just posted this on our board but thought your friends here should be privy to it.
I got off the golf course early this morning, and being still a long time before lunch, I drove into McDonald;s to get a sausage biscuit (I already had a soda). The vehicle in front of me was a Cadillac SUV, new one, one of those 60K plus models..When it got to the pay window..traffic stopped moving because the nitwit in the new caddy was arguing over a few cents on the McDonald's bill. Almost 15 minutes..it was parked so far from the window that I was afraid the girl in the window would fall out as she leaned far out to talk to the jackass in the caddy. I couldn't see the person in the caddy, but I could hear..and it was definitely female, of the same ethnic group as the donkey in the WH. When I got to the window, I said, "Incredible, someone in a new caddy, arguing over the McDonald's bill". She said, Yes, I need a new job and I handed her 2 dollar bills for my $1.06 bill. She took only the 1 dollar and waved the rest off. I said, Now I'm going to teach you one of life's important lessons..The fool in the fancy caddy stiffed you over a few cents on her sausage biscuit..This guy driving a 14-year-old pick-up is going to give you a $20.00 tip for his $1.00 sausage biscuit. Sheesh.
One reply and I'm gone, you'll have to nail me on our board. Now I understand where you were going with that. I also often say things just because I know it will make them grind their teeth. I enjoy helping people who need help and who deserve help..but these guys who go into self destruct because of their envy..I have no sympathy for..I didn't do it to them..they are flailing themselves.
On the tightwad thing..Why should I buy a suit at all? I have no need for them. Both my tux's still hang in my walk-in closet (One summer style, and one winter style with chalico (vest) along with my high-altitude flight gear and the rest..all relics now..no more need for them. That's why I chose this area to retire..and the active portion of my closet has nothing but shorts..I would have to walk deep into the closet to find anything different. When I retired from the navy, my crew asked me what I wanted for a retirement gift..I told them I wanted 2 leather flight jackets (one for wife) with the fur collar..They said.."Chief..they don't even make them any more (Green Nylon had taken over)..I said.."You asked me what I wanted..I TOLD YOU!..I don't know how they got them but they did with my name and grade in gold on black name tag..My wife's name tag gives her grade as HWC (Housewife Chief)..I'll show them to you on next visit. I'm outta here/Regards/Juan
PS Sorry I didn't see wild on this visit.
Pt III: The house comes complete with Utilities paid by uncle..Even firewood for my fireplace paid by uncle..Even worse from the vermin's view..I get a "Representational Allowance" (Party Money) A big part of my job is entertaining (Networking) if you will, so giving parties is part of my job so why should I pay for them? That's where I got my stash of the original Jack Daniels Black 86 proof. Years ago, they took it off the shelves, overnight, and watered it down to 80 proof. Diplomats keep cases of Jack Black, and Johnny Walker Red, both for partying, and for gifts to local dignitaries. We order in bulk, and uncle reimburses us for it..When I realized that the good stuff was gone, FOREVER..I had a big stash of the good stuff, which I simply shifted to my personal stash..Nothing illegal here..I had paid for it out of pocket..JUST HADN'T CLAIMED IT YET..SO UNCLE HAD NOT PAID ME..It was, at that point, mine to do what I wished with. That's why when you visit..I have plenty of Jack Black at 86 proof which hasn't been available for many years now.
Just wanted to add to your fine comments, but not give whomever you were talking to the idea that I'm a tightwad. I spend all I want..for anything I want..But at this point in my life..I don't want much..I already have it all. What I do enjoy is having the means to help others with hundreds, or thousands of dollars. AND I DO/Regards/Juan
PS No, I won't be active on this board because there no point in it..Nothing here for me.
Part II: That's so they can care for them in the winter when the snow piles up.. How can they do this, right in the town? Cleanliness! Smaller houses in the countryside, with no barn..they will have one end of their house completely covered with stacked firewood..with only a square hole in the wood stack to see out the window..Why? So without going outside in the winter in the deep snow which covers everything..They can simply open the window..reach out and pull in a log for the fire. I can show you pictures of this on our board. Venice, for example..is so trampled by tourist..I always had to laugh..You see/hear tourist operators..they will each have an electronic bullhorn which play a few notes of a unique tune. the push the button every 15 seconds or so..That's so their little group of tourists can hear their unique tune and follow along behind like a teacher with a group of first graders on a field trip. This is a take-off on the biblical palestine where there were shepards and each shepards flock knew the sound of their shepards voice.. I'm telling why I'm not a tightwad..I'm simply in the divestment mode now because I have more than I'll ever need, and when I die, as all of us will..I will have no further need for it..For example..Why should a man be buried in a new suit? As far as I'm concerned, they can shove me into the crematory in my jockey shorts.. Why should I drive around in a new Jag or Mercedes? I no longer care to travel. In my working years, the Embassy would give me a QPV (Quasi Personal Vehicle) . A QPV is a govt owned vehicle, given to me for my personal/official use..The only thing I had to do was put gas and oil in it..New Battery? Uncle pays for it. Brake job? Uncle..They will even try to let them give me a personal Chauffeur..No...stop gritting your teeth..it's not for my benefit..But if you get into an accident in a foreign country..It's not good..MUCH BETTER IF A LOCAL NATIVE IS BEHIND THE WHEEL. They give me my home..Pt II
Denny: I drop by her maybe once per week just to take a quick look. I don't see much since everybody except you, iggy, wild, bowhunter are ignore. I don't even know who you are talking to here, but I would correct just one word of your post. It's a good word, but misleading in my case..I'm not a tightwad. I'm only a tightwad as viewed by others because I have already been most everywhere and done everything..and those who see me aren't aware that I spend hundreds of thousands on others. You know me, but what you see is how I spend money on myself, other than my 5445 sq ft home. You don't see what I give to others. But lets be clear as to why I am reluctant to blow money on myself. Years ago, there was a textile factory in Colombia S.C. which burned down. The owner was a billionaire and instead of cutting off the hundreds of employees..he paid them all, their same wages during the several years required to rebuild. When asked why he didn't just forget the workers, and use his billions to enjoy life..He said..How many new suits can I buy. How many big macs can I eat etc etc. That's my view. The thing I enjoy most is helping others who's needs I personally see. Someone recently said to me.."With all your money, you should be traveling in Europe..DONE THAT!..Then you should go again..DONE THAT TOO..MANY TIMES..And when I traveled in Europe..I didn't go on some guided tour whereby the tour operators are actually paid by the tourist traps to bring the sheep for fleecing. NO, my travels in Europe were always by driving myself..and I only visited small villages..For example, I've never been to Geneva or Zurich..Any large city is like any other large city such as NYC or Chicago..Nope..it's the villages where stupid tourist never go that are interesting..For example, do you realize that in Switzerland, even in the village center..The people usually have a barn where the cows, goats etc are kept, and the family lives on the 2nd floor above the barn..Part I
Wild: One more post, logged on as my original juankehoe33 to show that yahoo did indeed apologize and fix my ID. Hope all goes well for you and you know where to find us/Regards/Juan
Oh, one more thing..I typed you up a letter last week to send to your street address but I'll just give you the gist of it here. I was offering you some advice. Your personal data is all over the internet. You should take steps to eliminate that. I pay for a group to constantly sweep the internet looking for an of my personal data..names, phone numbers anything..Once per month they send me a report with a list of stuff they have found..with a "Is this you" box. I either check the box saying it's me and they scrub it, or the other box.."Not me". For example your Twitter ID has both your ID which you use here and your true name (which I know of course) all in one entry. I presume that is a valid picture posted there also..I have a face book page.. not to use..but I once needed something from facebook, so I created a page that has nothing to do with me..not my name, not my picture, not may data..It just lets me see other facebook pages. Just friendly advice. we are in an evil world today where little is hidden. Your data is out there in abundance. I sincerely hope you'll do something about it and chasing after such pi mps isn't the way to go about it..I wish you the best.
Remember in elementary school when someone loudly passed gas? Then someone jumped up and said, "I DIDN'T DO THAT"? Then everyone knew. I didn't mention a name but now everyone knows who the lonely woman is following the piper while she herself has only 2 followers. Are you taken? Nope..you're the one who is taken sweetie. Don't grovel to this terd, he gets off on it. He pipes, you dance. Pim-ping is his game.You don't need to grovel. With a little effort..you could do much better but you need a little coaching. I bear you no malice..I just hate to see you grovel before such trash when you shouldn't have to. Happy New Year.
Incidentally, the one-and-only friend you speak of (without having any inkling of who my friends are), but the one you're thinking of, once told me, "She appears to be someone who starts throwing things when she gets mad". YOU JUST DID! So your first coaching lesson should be how to get control of that. No need to even think about moving on until you have that one under control
New Years Resolutions: Seldom are ever effective and I've tried this one before, but like everyone else, we make a resolution we know would be good for us, but is difficult to keep. It's like comfort food, it's cheap, it's easy, and it's bad for us, but it's difficult to resist..So once again, I may try the resolution to stay off this board because in reality I know it is unethical for me to enjoy watching Denny and Wild play tunes on their Panpipes which were designed to make the dumb critters dance. But like comfort foods..it cheap,degrading, ugly, but entertaining..An utter waste of time but the human mind thrills at times to seeing such trash. We'll see. I have other things to do, far more important, don't really have time to come here and wallow in the gutter but like the rest of you..I have a right to attempt, once again some New Year resolutions. I'll leave you with one thought..IF YOU LIKE YOUR HEALTHCARE PLAN, YOU CAN KEEP YOUR PLAN...PERIOD!! It will be interesting, and probably entertaining, to see what happens when all these sick people who have signed up head for the doctor's office on Jan2..I don't want to be anywhere near them. I hope all of you prosper and fare well, but you won't find it here beating gums with other losers.
Anyway...HAPPY NEW YEAR/Juan.
Yahoo has this site all screwed up and when I first click on it, for about 3 or 4 seconds it shows posts of people whom I have on ignore and I kept noticing that the sly donkey posted that one of his friends logged onto to twitter. Now I have never even seen a twitter page before so out of curiosity, I also created an ID and logged on to see what they're talking about. It's pretty obvious that it's yet another place for the losers to gather wand waste time..Sly Donkey has over 9000 followers. Told a friend of mine that he has all that time because he's in Admin..Yep, that's where the secretarial pool and typists are assigned. There is generally a head of Admin but he is too busy to ever waste time on twitter, definitely not enough time to have 9000 followers. This donkey appears to be some sort of a pi mp acting as a troll for ugly women who need love too. And yes, sue enough I saw someone you all know there..Won't mention a name but she had 2 followers. That's embarrassing so I clicked on her ID to bump it up to 3 but later (45 seconds only) changed my mind and removed it. I took a look this morning and she says, OMG, guess tried to follow me..I BLOCKED IT..Yeah, Right. That's very much like a girl who has never been kissed but fantasizes that she constantly has to fend off the herds of young men who are trying to kiss her. I have no intention of using twitter because it appears to be a place for the loafers, losers, and unemployed to congregate. For example, sly donkey's ID has a suffix of 4 digits, meaning that thousands of these low life nobody's have sought to use that "Catchy" name because it attracts lonely women which he apparently thrives on.
I cut that post because I knew I was nearing the limit for this board. Our people today don't want to see the future. They're like visiting a doctor, and you have cancer, but you want a doctor who will give you a pill and tell you that "EVERYTHING IS FINE". He will keep telling you that until they back the long black limo up to your door. Not me..if there's cancer I want to know about it..My doctor in 1999 told me I had cancer. I listened, I took steps, and 14 years later, I live in that most beautiful home of my life I told my readers about, and because I prepared..I have a different doctor today and he tells me, "JUAN, SOME DAY, YOU'LL DIE OF SOMETHING, BUT IT WON'T BE CANCER! 14 years..That's what looking ahead and preparing can do for you. On the cancer, how does my doctor know this..Because in various treatments I've had, he has found that he can control it, AND HAS DONE SO FOR 14 YEARS NOW. I play golf 3-4 times per week.
Where you jump the track and take off on a different railway that do I, is that Jep is doomsday, but I am far from it. There will be no doomsday for me. I think you know that I wote a column in the State Dept newsletter during my last assignment to the Pacific area. My focus was to try to get my peers to prepare because most of them made as much or more than I did..but they typically spent about 20% more than they earned. One thing I told them..We (Diplomats) have lived high on the hog during our careers, e.g. The government paid for our housing, utilities, even firewood. You have become accustomed to living in fine homes, but at government expense..I said, "THE MOST BEAUTIFUL BIGGEST, MOST EXPENSIVE HOME I WILL EVER LIVE IN..I HAVEN'T EVEN SEEN YET. My point is that is not doomsday..I could see where they were headed because they lived high when uncle was paying the tab but were not preparing for the time when the umbilical was cut. Today, I hear from only a handful of them..when I do hear, they don't talk about where they are living now..THEY DON'T HAVE TO BECAUSE I KNOW. It doesn't take clairvoyance to see a lot of what the future holds. People here today, don't wish to know what the future holds..Like George Allen..THE FUTURE IS NOW! Well the ""NOW"' is fast running out. That future that they didn't want to see is at the door. It's not doomsday for me. You speak of "Americans who escaped England..THEY'RE ALL DEAD AND GONE NOW. Today we have very different Americans. You'll soon see that it's easy to give candy to a baby..But wait till you try to take it away from him. The Greeks have shown us! But I doubt we will listen.
Denny: Jep and I were just having a similar discussion and my view is that we know what is inevitable..We know what is coming. We just don't know what form it will take or which door it will come in through or even if it will be a door which we don't currently know about. But retirement systems are already gone. No company today is fool enough to give a worker a contract to take care of them for life, after they retire. All retirement systems today put the onus on the worker to prepare for their own retirements..BUT ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE COIN, THE WORKERS ARE OF A SPENDTHRIFT ERA AND THEY ARE NOT PREPARING. Then with the birth rate down precipitously there are less young workers coming on-line to take care of the older retired workers. I really feel sorry for people like Sea..I know quite a bit about her and she is just 1 year older than my oldest (only surviving) son. So I am attuned to that generation. Fortunately my son is in his 32nd year with his company and has worked his way up through, 10 years on the floor, 14 years as foreman, after which he took over the engineer's shop (He's not an engineer) just heads the shop, owns 2 homes including his 7 acre estate in Suffolk where his home is listed at higher value than mine. So I don't have to worry about him (He is also sub-trustee) to my family trust so my home and all the rest will go to him automatically when I die..But I fear for others of his generation, like Sea because I know it's no easy struggle to become set-up in her era. When we were still talking, she once told me that I was someone who had made all the right moves..but it's not so easy to make the right moves in her generation because many of the paths have been shut down. It's a mess.
Denny: Be sure to check the private board because Jep and I have been discussing what is obviously coming down. I've never met anyone who has this much grasp of everything..We don't know much about him other than his ability to write and it seems that there isn't anything that he doesn't know. I highly suspect that he is handicapped because one doesn't usually encounter such brainpower other than in someone who is handicapped and has channeled their entire life's focus into brainpower. And yes, I've never thought of her as anything but a nice person and in fact we used to chat by phone until somehow a monkey wrench got tossed into the machinery. Her young son was still at home with her then but I suspect he has long since grown up and left the nest. I wish her the best.