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Old 09-20-2008, 12:48 PM   #57
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A great thread: excellent comments, all echo our philosophy. Before I sold my business
and property & went full time, we paid off every bill we had. Our needs now are food &
fuel (o.k., some herb & Cabernet). Everything is fresh in the mo/ho except the bottom
end of the Isuzu; I'm optimistic.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:12 PM   #58
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Question Slab City

Has anyone been through Slab Ciry lately.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:17 PM   #59
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Has anyone been through Slab Ciry lately.
Check with Milo (goin camping), he stops there from time to time.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:36 PM   #60
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Where's that?
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:00 PM   #61
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Where's that?
Just do a search on Slab City, Ca.
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:40 PM   #62
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Holy politics bat man

GOVERNMENT:Why does any one think IT knows what IT is doing.Look at New Orleans and Houston.
I am from the GOVERNMENT and I am here to help, BS.
WE ALL have to get rid of the mind set that the GOVERNMENT will take care of us with hand outs and bail outs that are OUR tax $$$ that we think are hard at work.
YOU want a helping hand to pull your self up by your boot straps try the one on the end of YOUR arm.
Owen your home,Airstream trailer and SUV or TV, pay with cash. Have cash,gold and GUNS,so when the GOVERNMENT CAN NO LONGER bail you out you will be ready.
Most of us are not as SMART as Wall Street and can not get a GOVERNMENT hand out any way.So STOP thinking hand outs and bail out.
Get off the porch and run with the big dogs or be sheep and wait for the GOVERNMENT to feed you.Its your choice.
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:04 PM   #63
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So...who's read Atlas Shrugged? Found that valley yet?
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:30 PM   #64
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Just about everyone that we know is struggling financially in one way or another. Economically here in the U.S things are bad and I believe they are going to get a whole lot worse. While working to make our Tradewind liveable, sometimes the thought has crossed my mind to sell it. However, at the rate things are going it might be our home one day in the future!Which to me would not be so bad!

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Old 09-20-2008, 05:40 PM   #65
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So...who's read Atlas Shrugged? Found that valley yet?
James Hilton found it in "Shangri La".
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Old 09-20-2008, 06:08 PM   #66
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....Maybe our economy is... uh, constipated? Needs to be, uh... 'squozed' tightly?

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OK, I'll tell you some "squeeze stories".

Mom made a rule that we children could only use 2 sheets of toilet paper per visit to the bathroom. I put that one to bed with a rather graphic discussion (at the dinner table no less) about diarrhea.
There was a black ring around our bathtub... in crayon... which was the maximum the water table could reach with us IN the tub. It of course limited the adults more than us children. When company came to visit this had to be scrubbed out so that "the neighbors wouldn't talk."

The zig-zag on the sewing machine was used to make washcloths from worn out towels. Don't try using a new towel - wash cloths really need to be thin to rinse out effectively.

Paper towels used to drain vegetables can be hung up and allowed to dry then used for dirtier jobs like cleaning spills on the floor. One-use aluminum pans? WHAT? We used them for years.

Like turkey pot pie? Our Thanksgiving turkey was stripped to BARE bones. Turkey on Thanksgiving, turkey sandwiches the next day. Turkey pot pies and turkey noodle soup over the next week.

No sliver of soap was to small to use simply because we had a jar of "soap slime" where old bars were dumped along with a bit of water. This jar had to be empty before a new bar could be used.

BTW, this works - unwrap your soap and store it in a basket in your linen closet - the linens will smell nice and he soap will harden so that it lasts longer.

Coupons? The actual figure is that between 2% and 3% of us regularly use them. Truth is that only highly organized people CAN use them to the max, but all of us can easily save $10 per week using them just now and then. Big savers? Dish & Laundry detergents & Canned foods - because you don't have to use them immediately.

The post about cutting down sheets for pillowcases? Been there, done that. We slept in an unheated and un-airconditioned attic. Fans in summer. In winter I slept under my dad's WWII trench coat until one of the neighbors moved and gave us a bunch of old wool quilts.

I once made myself a rather nice dress by using an old full skirt my mother was done with. I started sewing before my 4th birthday - mom caught me using her machine and decided to teach me how to do it right before I ran my hand under the needle. I was making a lot of my own clothing before Jr high. No shirt, blouse, skirt or pair of jeans was ever thrown out without harvesting it's buttons, zippers, hooks, etc. Jeans were normally cut down to shorts if the knees went, but the bottoms of the legs were kept to patch the knees of the next pair, prior to it's being cut down. (When the ass went the pants went though.)

In high school I made a fall jacket out of patchwork denim scraps. Used a Vogue pattern and it looked great. Got some serious envy from a cheerleader

Getting a package of underwear for Christmas was an indication that mother wanted me to become an actress. I should have gotten an Oscar for pretending to be pleased.

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jimmini has posted the best advice yet!

This problem/news/panic didn't start with this election cycle. How far back do you want to go? Nothing unexpected here!

Things started simply enough with Article 1, Sections 7,8,9,10.

Fast forward to the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight's “Report of the Special Examination of Fannie Mae.”

In between, you can add a dash of:
The Federal Reserve Act,
The 16th Amendment,
seizing the private gold holdings of American citizens in '33,
Social Security Act,
Freddie & Fannie,
The Victory tax,
the removal of silver coinage in '65,
the unified budget...

and on and on...
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Squeeze stories

FOILED AGAIN SQUEEZE STORIES.

You had toilet paper how lucky you where.
Do you remember Sears catalogs now that is toilet paper.
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Prepare for the worst and hope for the best, and always live below your means. Support your local business's and stop shopping at all big box stores and eating at chain restaurants, contrary to some beliefs they take both jobs and money out of your community and promote cradle to grave minimum wage jobs as well as destroy the landscape with cartoon architecture.Eliminate all consumer debt and bank at your local Credit Union. That's just a few.
I agree 100% with you! I cannot tell you how many small businesses that I grew up with have been forced out by chains and big box stores! I try to buy local and buy "Made in USA" as much as possible....maybe, once we become a third world country, the jobs will return to the USA!

Fortunately, we are debt free.....but, like most retired folks, some of our income is still tied to the economy. During this upheaval, I just want to drive to some remote area and not come back until it's all over!
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"VOTE EM ALL OUT" and then "Term Limits"! My 2 cents worth.
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