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Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers August 26th, 2015, 11:05 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 450
Posted By AR
Good, I'm relieved to hear that. I retired at 55...

Good, I'm relieved to hear that. I retired at 55 too.

In my opinion, the most effective approach to money management is to make it as boring as possible, as opposed to exciting. There are...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers August 25th, 2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 450
Posted By AR
Robin, just a few friendly notes. 1....

Robin, just a few friendly notes.


1. Anybody who was about to retire in 2008 and lost 70% of their investments in the crash was, by definition, doing it wrong. That sort of situation is the...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers August 25th, 2015, 12:31 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 340
Posted By AR
Well, ya got me, Mike. My Social Security...

Well, ya got me, Mike. My Social Security payments and my tax refunds (on the rare years when I get one) have been accomplished via EFT for as long as I can remember, so I have no idea what the...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers August 24th, 2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 340
Posted By AR
I was thinking about computer punch cards the...

I was thinking about computer punch cards the other day, and how they used to pretend to use one of those monster card sorters to get the questions on "The $64,000 Question" in the 1950s, which of...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers August 24th, 2015, 04:40 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 450
Posted By AR
Right on all counts Kat. There are a whole...

Right on all counts Kat.

There are a whole lot of reasons not to overload on your employer's stock, even though they're probably selling it to you at a discount and encouraging you to load up. You...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers August 24th, 2015, 12:24 PM
Replies: 22
Views: 450
Posted By AR
Nice call Kat. Now you have to decide when to bet...

Nice call Kat. Now you have to decide when to bet the upside. It's always "what have you done for me lately?" isn't it?

Now please, to all those who are wringing their hands and fretting about...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers August 24th, 2015, 11:59 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 340
Posted By AR
I remember the Kaypro and its 16K. It's...

I remember the Kaypro and its 16K. It's hysterical because our local computer store sent me a coupon and I went in the other day to pick up a free 32GB thumb drive and a free 32GB micro-SD card....
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers August 24th, 2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 25
Views: 462
Posted By AR
First cruise was on the Sitmar Fairwind in 1976,...

First cruise was on the Sitmar Fairwind in 1976, followed by a Bermuda cruise from New York on the then brand new Cunard Princess (confusing!!) in 1977. We enjoyed those cruises but didn't get back...
Forum: Open Debate August 4th, 2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 459
Posted By AR
I return here only because this thread was...

I return here only because this thread was originally posted in Chit-Chat, where Prince Charles has been trying to slip in the occasional screed that belongs here.

First and foremost Charlie, you...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 31st, 2015, 08:43 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 249
Posted By AR
This is scarelore and it's been around so long...

This is scarelore and it's been around so long it's got whiskers.


There's a grain of truth in it in that the Dominican Republic does have a history of phone scams, but it's pretty well subsided....
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 27th, 2015, 03:07 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 290
Posted By AR
Sorry, but there's simply no pat answer to a...

Sorry, but there's simply no pat answer to a question like this. Each situation is unique and it's necessary to do the legwork and crunch the numbers to arrive at the answer.

Sometimes that's not...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 16th, 2015, 11:51 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 297
Posted By AR
There's a bar in Stillwater Oklahoma called...

There's a bar in Stillwater Oklahoma called Eskimo Joe's. While doing some TV work in Stillwater some 20 years ago I spent one or two rewarding evenings in that fine establishment, and got the...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 11th, 2015, 10:03 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By AR
Well, duh, there's not enough information to give...

Well, duh, there's not enough information to give anything close to good advice assuming the question is whether this is "the cruise". "Mexico" is a big place with lots of ports, which are not all...
Forum: Cunard July 9th, 2015, 10:41 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,452
Posted By AR
Your plans are obviously already set, but if you...

Your plans are obviously already set, but if you get to do it again I'd strongly suggest that you not fly in and cruise out on the same day. The jet lag, the bus ride down the motorway, the hubbub of...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 9th, 2015, 10:25 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 437
Posted By AR
Is there a question in there somewhere?

Is there a question in there somewhere?
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers July 9th, 2015, 10:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 320
Posted By AR
Realizing that POTUS can't do these three things...

Realizing that POTUS can't do these three things on his or her own, these are still at the top of my list:

1. Campaign finance reform, to include short, publically financed campaigns for the...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers June 12th, 2015, 12:58 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 322
Posted By AR
Of course, every country requires a visa, the...

Of course, every country requires a visa, the question is whether you need one in advance. Most countries just stamp you in when you show up, that's your visa, and that's the end of it.

In this...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers June 11th, 2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 322
Posted By AR
Let's see, you're starting in a country that has...

Let's see, you're starting in a country that has a very shaky southern border and a massive refugee problem, and ending in a country that's flat broke. Sounds like a winner to me!

Just kidding. It...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 25th, 2015, 11:50 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 259
Posted By AR
Cecily Strong Confesses

Cecily Strong did a pretty good job as the guest comedienne at the White House Correspondent's Dinner tonight. For those who don't know, this is the annual bash, pretty universally known as the "Nerd...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 20th, 2015, 10:18 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 490
Posted By AR
We cruise with friends and family about half the...

We cruise with friends and family about half the time. Either way, we always select anytime dining. If we're by ourselves we usually ask for a table for two in the MDR, and we've always gotten one....
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 15th, 2015, 10:23 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 538
Posted By AR
Yes, exactly. I think it's so good to remember...

Yes, exactly. I think it's so good to remember all the people who have enriched you, without trying to rank them. Interesting that our examples are almost spookily similar.
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 13th, 2015, 01:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 538
Posted By AR
Somewhere in the deep recesses of my computer is...

Somewhere in the deep recesses of my computer is a file called "Those who have enriched my life." It is a very long list and I would never in a million years try to prioritize those on it. They...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 2nd, 2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 231
Posted By AR
No. Take it over to debate and argue with the...

No. Take it over to debate and argue with the masses over there.
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers April 1st, 2015, 02:05 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 523
Posted By AR
In rereading this thread I am reminded of the...

In rereading this thread I am reminded of the Roman god Janus, who could look forward and backward at the same time. As I said earlier, we don't put daily bulletins and the like in scrapbooks, but...
Forum: Chit - Chat for Cruisers March 30th, 2015, 01:55 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 372
Posted By AR
The last time we had guests onboard before...

The last time we had guests onboard before sailing was a September 1977 Cunard cruise out of New York. It may well have been allowed for a time beyond that, but that's the last time we had occasion...
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