Comment from: Lorraine [Visitor]

Hi Diana,
I might suggest you consider cashing out what you have in the stock market as China’s stock market crash is astounding, 25 times worse than the Greece crisis at the moment. It has the power to really affect the rest of the world.

Here, we are working hard and fast to get my mother-in-law’s place ready to sell and her moved into our little house with her caregivers. The last time the Asian stock market zoomed down, real estate prices in our west coast community plummeted to 1/5 their previous value. With so many off-shore owners here and with the PRC’s currency kept artificially low by their central government, the best way for Chinese investors to cover their stock losses is to sell their out-of-country real estate.

So, I may be totally wrong here. Sure hope I am, but things may be about to change big time.


07/11/15 @ 23:48
Comment from: Aunt Bann [Visitor]
Aunt Bann

Glad you both have been doing things you like doing. And am hoping to see both of you at reunion next April!!

07/11/15 @ 23:57
Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]


You sound a bit more relaxed since you decided to retire. It’s astonishing how much energy one can spend trying to keep one’s options open. I find in most cases it’s easier (and being a lazy bum, I’m all about easy) to just go ahead and pick something, then change my mind later if necessary. That’s not always an option but in many cases it is.

Will you have an inactive reserve commitment after 1 May? Dad had a 10 year obligation when he retired from the Navy but after spending a couple of years at home with us kids he got an ulcer so they let him out of the rest of it.

That Whole30 diet sounds like a variation of Paleo with a little bit of “it takes 21 days to make a habit.” Getting into the right groove makes a difference, because it’ll carry on after your willpower has been diverted to other things. Take it from a spineless eater though - you need to change your shopping habits as well as eating habits. You can’t eat the bad stuff if it’s not in the house.


07/12/15 @ 08:20
Comment from: diana [Member]

Yeah, Dave. Whole 30 is paleo for monks, or something like that.

And the decision to retire has changed my life. I cannot express how excited I am, and how unworried about the future.

I know nothing about a reserve commitment after retirement. It may be there. What you dad enlisted or commissioned? The rules probably differ.


07/12/15 @ 12:21
Comment from: Hinermad [Visitor]


Dad was enlisted. Retired as a Chief Petty Officer. (I think that’s E-7.) He retired in 1971 during the Vietnam War when the draft was still going on, so that may have been a factor.

I always thought it was funny that Dad’s discharge was signed by then-President Richard Nixon. Dad had very little good to say about him.

07/12/15 @ 13:34

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