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Richard Scruggs
(JRScruggs) - MLife

Locale: Oregon
Re: lifestyle choices on 06/06/2013 02:54:15 MDT Print View

Upon graduation from college in Texas 40 years ago, researched places to live that had lots of backcountry with mountains, lakes, rivers -- goal was somewhere that was as near as possible like Yellowstone/Tetons, but not as expensive to live.

Found it in the Pacific NW. So moved, did the career bit, now retired.

PNW = great bang for the buck, plus drive to Wyoming/Montana isn't bad at all.

Only thing about PNW is that it rains ALL the time ;>}

Tom Kirchner
(ouzel) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest/Sierra
Re: Re: Re: lifestyle choices on 06/06/2013 18:30:46 MDT Print View

"but never made it to two weeks, ... Might be something to try."

It makes for a lousy attitude when you go back to work. ;0)

Ryan Smith
(ViolentGreen) - M

Locale: Southeast
Re: lifestyle choices on 06/06/2013 21:01:46 MDT Print View

Ben-

I couldn't agree with your post more. Backpacking is so much fun and I hope to always be able to make time for it, but my children have shown me what true joy really is. It will be a great day when they are old enough to go on trips with me.

Ryan

Albert C.
(Albsthehiker) - F
Its sad, but its true on 06/09/2013 16:28:08 MDT Print View

"Titles and numbers are for those that choose to keep a scorecard in life.

That aint what its about.

Sadly, most will never realize that."

+1

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
A midlife crisis can be a good thing on 06/10/2013 08:48:07 MDT Print View

After devoting the bulk of my adult life to my career, I reached my 40s with no husband, no kids, but 2 great, successful careers. It pretty much sucked.

So I've been working diligently on jumping off the treadmill and living a little. My number one goal right now is to shed all my debt, most of my belongings, and with it the need to make a lot of money. My current career, that of a PT, has a great option of working 13 week contracts anywhere in the country...for ridiculous amounts of money. So....work a few months, don't work for a few; work a few months, don't work a few. And politics aside, with Obamacare coming up ill actually be able to buy individual health insurance so I don't have to worry about keeping a 50-week a year job in order to have insurance.

Frankly I'm pretty excited about the next few years of my life....

Now if we only had a BPL dating site......

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: A midlife crisis can be a good thing on 06/10/2013 09:08:28 MDT Print View

Hmmmmm. I've reached my 50s, no wife, no kids, but 3 great bicycles. And a successful career. And two pensions.

Do you, ummmmmm, like old fat guys? With great insurance?

:-)

Gary Dunckel
(Zia-Grill-Guy) - MLife

Locale: Boulder
Re: A midlife crisis can be a good thing on 06/10/2013 09:11:05 MDT Print View

And Doug likes dogs. Go for it Jen!

jerry adams
(retiredjerry) - MLife

Locale: Oregon and Washington
Re: Re: A midlife crisis can be a good thing on 06/10/2013 09:18:25 MDT Print View

Doug likes to go all over the country

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
Re: Re: A midlife crisis can be a good thing on 06/10/2013 09:36:02 MDT Print View

Hmmm......

Only if you like old fat chicks whose fashion sense comes from an REI garage sale....

Steve Meier
(smeier) - MLife

Locale: Midwest
Hmmm... on 06/10/2013 09:43:13 MDT Print View

"Do you, ummmmmm, like old fat guys? With great insurance?"

"Only if you like old fat chicks whose fashion sense comes from an REI garage sale...."

That there sounds like a match made in heaven...and worth the price of admission.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re: Re: A midlife crisis can be a good thing on 06/10/2013 10:04:14 MDT Print View

"whose fashion sense comes from an REI garage sale...."

You say that like it's a bad thing.....

Ike Jutkowitz
(Ike) - M

Locale: Central Michigan
re: on 06/10/2013 19:27:40 MDT Print View

Doug's not actually fat- its all muscle. Also, his pictures don't do him justice. I'd be more than happy to provide a character reference if needed. Jen, you should take advantage of this golden opportunity. I can chaperone a Midwest meetup if interested.

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re:Muscleman Doug on 06/10/2013 19:34:39 MDT Print View

Jen. I have a photo of Doug for you. Doug knows which one.

Doug my Paypal address is...

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: Re:Muscleman Doug on 06/10/2013 19:58:32 MDT Print View

"Jen. I have a photo of Doug for you. Doug knows which one."

JEN! CLOSE YOUR EYES! QUICK!

Ken Thompson
(kthompson) - MLife

Locale: Behind the Redwood Curtain
Re:Muscleman Doug on 06/10/2013 20:02:29 MDT Print View

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFtFCODNY0s

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Re: Re:Muscleman Doug on 06/10/2013 20:28:43 MDT Print View

This is hysterical.

Jennifer Mitol
(Jenmitol) - M

Locale: In my dreams....
AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!! on 06/10/2013 20:35:55 MDT Print View

It's burning...my eyes are burning!!!!!!!!

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: AAARRRGGGHHH!!!!! on 06/10/2013 21:00:28 MDT Print View

Doug's fashion sense comes from REI garage sales, he just has everything duplicated in cuben.

Ben 2 World
(ben2world) - MLife

Locale: So Cal
Love is in the Air? on 06/11/2013 10:40:54 MDT Print View

Ah, methinks love is in the air...

Edited by ben2world on 06/11/2013 10:41:49 MDT.

Dave U
(FamilyGuy) - F

Locale: Rockies
Re: Love is in the Air? on 06/11/2013 10:57:59 MDT Print View

Nope. Just gas.