Ripcord: Toughest Questions of Retirement

Regardless of age, with luck you will have to face the two toughest questions of retirement:  When to actually retire and then how to find the “right” place to live.

Thanks to a Florida reader, this week we look at the problem as an email exchange with the reader where we kick around some of the ways to approach the decisions.

Coffee on…

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Ripcord: Toughest Questions of Retirement — 8 Comments

  1. Thanks for another fine article. I do find your work on prepping, ham radio, and the financial side of life insightful. I think our economic time lines are similar but unfortunately I believe that the downturn will be more violent than most expect. Following your advice to build on your own self reliance while at the same time building strong family and friendship relationships are imperative. I’ll be staying with El Rancho de Chaos until the end.

  2. I’m 75 – regarding home and retirement, wish that the bedroom windows were eye level with the bed, so I could just open my eyes in the morning and look out the window while still in bed.

  3. Hey, George. One more reason to stay put in Texas: You have enough paid-for land to host your children and their families once the immanent Ice Age hits and they are frozen out of the North West.

  4. Off Topic but current.. considering the internet problems that many well known web sites were having yesterday, and the claim that millions of infected computers were co-opted through malware to supposedly pull it off, it made me think of what I saw this week. I was getting pop up windows in the bottom right corner claiming it was Norton and that I need to urgently update my browser. I got 3 separate pop up windows, one for each browser I have loaded on my computer. Those pop ups have shown up through yesterday morning (so far not today). Usually Norton updates happen automatically and I’m notified in the shut down window that updates are available and do I want to update before I shut down the computer, or wait till later. These pop ups request were not normal. Did anybody else have this happen this week? I didn’t elect to do the updates via those pop ups. Using Norton’s name brand recognition, as a backdrop to load malware onto computers, could get lots of people to not consider the validity and security of such a request. It will be interesting to hear how the malware from yesterday’s big news event was disseminated to the supposed millions of computers involved in yesterday internet access service problems.

    • Nothing like that on my Macs. However, it SEEMS that Apple has been way more pushy about installing updates lately – to the point that I’m looking for the option to turn off the ability of my OS to even go out and see if there’s an update available. All my Macs, the iPad, and iPhone are screaming for updates to be installed. Also Adobe Acrobat seems to have been screaming about updating lately as well. Like you in some regards I’m starting to think these upgrade notices might not always be they seem on the surface.

    • Not computers. They used basically unsecured devices like baby monitors, printers, cameras and other things hooked up to wifi to overload the system.

      The attacks used the “internet of things,” meaning “smart” household appliances like DVRs, routers, printers and cameras that are linked to the web, to create “botnets” that overloaded websites by sending them more than 150,000 requests for information per second.
      http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/who-shut-down-u-s-internet-friday-n671011

  5. George, I am a long time subscriber to your site and enjoy it. We live in Southern Oregon, have a 200 acre ranch, have a house that was built to be self sustaining with out electricity. There is a green house that is part of the first floor, we can open the doors in cold weather and the heat wafts in and we can grow food year round.

    There is a wood stove on the first floor that will heat all three floors and a wood stove in the upstairs kitchen that we can cook on and it heats the kitchen and dining room.

    My wife is a doll collector, our granddaughter who is living with us until their new house is built is an artist who has sold many of her paintings and teaches art.

    I keep busy with my video and photography projects. We have done a photo shoot for a national magazine and many video projects.

    I am getting into “streaming video”, it is the next big thing. In the next five to seven years, any thing that spins will be obsolete.

    I have 2 NewTek tricasters that I use. The TriCaster 40 is good for streaming and recording SD video but my TriCaster mini will stream in 1080P and record four cameras to it hard drives. At the end of the shoot, I can hand the customer a DVD with the raw output in MP4 format.

    My problem is age, I just turned 80 and don’t have the energy I used to have, so your letter to the person in Florida struck a “cord”, it bears looking into for me.

    By the way, my dentist informed me I need a new bridge, only $5,000. Wish I could trade services with your Florida friend.

    Best to you and Elaine, keep up your wonderful site.

    Bill & Maxine
    Lake Creek Oregon