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Old 09-09-2009, 04:37 PM   #169
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MY NAME IS LEE, BEING RETIRED FROM TWO JOBS, I DO NOTHING IN THE MORNING, AND FINISH DOING THAT IN THE AFTERNOON!!!! I PASS THE DAY WITH ONE OF MY HOBBIES, ANIMALS, NINE GOATS, TWO COWS, FOUR DOGS AND TWO CATS ON MY LITTLE SIX ACRE PLACE. I AM INVOLVED IN THE KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS, AMERICAN LEGION AND HAVE BEEN A JUSTICE OF THE PEACE FOR THE LAST 19 YEARS.

I RETIRED FIRST, FROM THE LOUISIANA STATE POLICE, THEN WORKED FOR THE COUNTY SCHOOL SYSTEM TRANSPORTATION DEPARTMENT FOR TWENTY TWO AND A HALF YEARS.
MY WIFE OF FORTY YEARS, ANNA, HAS BEEN THE CIVIL CLERK FOR THE LOCAL CITY COURT FOR THIRTY SIX YEARS AND IS LOOKING FORWARD TO RETIREMENT SO WE CAN DO SOME BIG TIME TRAVELLING. WE HAVE VISITED 45 STATES AND CANADA AND MEXICO AND LOOK FORWARD TO VISIT THE REST OF THEM. WE USUALLY TAKE THREE TRIPS A YEAR. THIS YEAR OUR YEARLY TRIP WAS TO NEW BRUNSWICK AND NOVA SCOTIA. IN NOVEMBER, WE VISIT RELATIVES IN NORTHERN ARKANSAS FOR THANKSGIVING AND FOR CHRISTMAS, WE MAKE THE OBLIGATORY TRIP TO FLORIDA TO VISIT OUR YOUNGEST DAUGHTER.(OLDEST LIVES NEXT DOOR)


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Old 09-09-2009, 05:46 PM   #170
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MJ and I are both retired. We were High School sweethearts and got married in 1964, you can do the math. We have two grown boys, 42 and 39, married and 6 fantastic grandchildren, 3 boys and 3 girls. I did the math for you! I went to a Trade School for Electronics, then to Aircraft Airframe & Powerplant school prior to joining the US Army. I flew Helicopters in Viet Nam and got out after 4 + years. Went to work flying for corporations in the New York City area until my retirement. Flew mostly helicopters the first 2 thirds of my career and turboprops & jets the remainder. MJ worked as a Medical Assistant most of the time: OBGYN, Dental and Podiatry. She loved the part of being with different people. She is also very "Crafty" and has a great gift in the area of art. We purchased our first coach, 03 Monaco Knight before retiring. Traveled 32,000 miles in it before we upgraded to a 04 Knight. As we had the problems with the Brakes on the 03 and Trailing Arms on the 04, 28,000 miles, we upgraded to the 05 we are currently driving, 28,000 miles. The 05 is a keeper! We have been to 47 states, Mexico and Canada. The Canadian Rockies is our favorite trip, Mexico was the worst.

We plan on using the coach as a magnet for our grandchildren, ages 3 to 23. Now that we built a new retirement home in PA, they have all moved to NC! We did have this problem in our list of Cons while selecting our location. We would rather run away from the cold than the heat. We winter in Florida or Arizona.

Flagelpater, I was told, is "Flying Peter" in Pennsylvania Dutch. My friends gave it to me as a nickname. I thought it was sort of a compliment, then I found out it was also given, prior to me, to the local village idiot that had jumped off his dad's garage roof a few times. Seems as though he would wait for the healing process to complete and then do it again! Sort of a OCD much like MJ says I have!
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Old 09-09-2009, 06:21 PM   #171
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I started out installing carpet in 1972. The last few years I switched to replacing flooring in rvs. That seems to keep me busy in these bad economic times. My wife has a job as offfice manager for a guy drilling gas wells. I'm on the road a lot installing wood and carpet and vinyl tile in coaches. Doesn't matter what coach you have I can fix it up
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Old 09-15-2009, 11:53 PM   #172
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New to MH...A Necessity

Bill and Irene, here.

A year ago I retired from banking after 43 years of making rich people richer, but taking solace in family. Now all three girls are college educated, married and have "produced" a bunch of wonderful grandkids.

Irene's retiring from her Yosemite School District Food Services Director job in a month. We were going to buy a home in Shell Beach, Ca in order to spend cooler summer months than we have here close to Yosemite. After figuring out all the angle$, the "extra" house was out of the question, and the motor home option appeared on the horizon.

We bought a lightly used 26' Airstream Land Yacht that seems almost fully decked out by the previous owners. We call him "Bud" after our recently lost dear father-in-law (Irene's dad). I'm still fiddling with stuff...I figure that, like in a house, it will never stop.

I always wanted a "fort" on the property here. So, it looks like we've "killed two birds with six wheels....."

Being an odd sort who enjoys the outer edges of travel....on one hand, the "roughing it" associated with the outdoors, and on the other hand using Priceline to find 4-star hotels, I still seem to feel the need to balance the price of gas + full hook up (maybe one out of every two days on the road) with the price of modest (but nice) hotels or motels. Of course, we know we have to add the cost of food in restaurants - as opposed to Irene cooking in the mh- on one side of the equation. And we have to consider the "wear and tear" of the rig on the other.

But the freedom of boondocking, and the disdain I have for uppity hotelliers (who seem to forget that there's some pain in the current economy) bends me more and more toward consistent use of the Airstream MH....And except for the work required of cleaning up stuff so we don't trip on it, and pulling out and pulling back water, electrical, and waste appendages to connect to the outside world, I'm finding it completely fun.

But, consider the upcoming weekend...Irene has a shower to attend in San Rafael, CA. It's a 558 mile round trip from "Bud's" home dock here in Coarsegold. We do get a little better, but figure 8 mpg (340 HP hot rod Airstream) @ $3.15/gal. Then $57 for a full hook up in the Petaluma KOA. That's ~ $275. At a total (w/taxes) of $123, the Marriott in Larkspur wher we are frequent "guests"...And which is closer than Petaluma to the shower. Why take "Bud"? Sorry, I don't belong to the bedbug/"who used the bathroome here before me?"...Trips to Europe and all over the States have cured me of those fears.

Do you all just get in and go? Or do you think about the economics? Hell, it doesn't matter if the "lifestyle" is what you're after. Then it's just..."This is what we like to do"....And so, for that reason alone, it makes sense.

But what about the costs of full hookups? Are they creeping up? Nothing available in Marin County for under $55. And that one was right next to the highway AND (I think) a railroad spur. Boondocking at Walmart? I'll do it for financial necessity on the road. But not a pleasurable camping experience for me. And probably a capital offense in Marin County.

I love people. And I love 'em enough to make sure they want to talk before I invade their camp-space. But if you see a short-fat guy (Irene is well qualified for her profession) in a chair sitting next to a smaller-sized Airstream Land Yacht...(we might be pulling a black Jeep with great big tires), and I may have a nice old guitar on my lap.....stop by for a chat.

I have coffee. But if you want anything stronger, bring your own. No objections to it. For you. It just doesn't work for me.

Hope to see you out there.
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Old 09-28-2009, 01:13 PM   #173
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I've been a school bus driver since I was 21-I did take 12 years off though to stay home with the kids. Hubby used to be a concrete dispatcher/lab tech/weigh master for 21 years. Both of us have to find new jobs. :( I fractured my ankle in 3 places and dislocated it-a trimalleolor fracture. It's of course my driving foot-so I am not DOT certifiable at this point. I have a degree in hospitality and tourism-but with kids, can't work 24/7 365. Hubby left his job last year-a change of management made it a very hostile environment. He went back to school and learned HVAC-R. We are in our mid 40's and having to start all over right now with no job outlooks is not working too well. We are taking it a day at a time and hoping to see a light at the end of the tunnel. We'd have relocated to a new area after finding a job-but we are taking care of my almost 86 year old Mother who's had some serious health issues over the last year. Add that our middle daughter is a Senior and not the time to go. So we are stuck.

Any advice how any of you go through rough patches like this would be great. Or advice on how to completely start over again. It's like riding in a boat without paddles, lol

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Old 09-28-2009, 04:53 PM   #174
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Well, it's about time to visit the us. We recently visited new brunswick and nova scotia and the exchange rate is not very much.
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Old 09-29-2009, 09:07 AM   #175
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Gary & Jenell on this end.....
I took early retirement in '98 from a major food company where I was VP of Transportation and moved back home (SW Missouri). I retired a second time from teaching Computer Science at a local high school in '07. Jenell is a retired Legal Secretary and an avid quilter and scrapbooker (sp?).

We hit the rv road several times a year; sometimes for a week or so and others for a month or more. With four grandchildren and another on the way, we try to stay around for holidays and special events.
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Old 10-21-2009, 01:56 PM   #176
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Hello, We are Phil & Elaine Married 44 yrs, and have 4 grown sons,and 6 Grandkids. We still have a home north of Syracuse NY. We spend winters in Zephyrhills, Florida. We have a '96 Beaver Patriot 40'. I went in the Air Force in '65, (Recip Aircraft Mechanic). Elaine was working at Mohawk Airlines. 3 weeks after we married, I went to Korea for 13 Mo. alone. We started our new life when I returned, stationed at Andrews AFB. outside Wash. DC.
After 2 yrs there I got out, and spent 12 years in a family trucking business. Peanut farm economics took care of that endeavor.

I then joined the NY Air National Guard in Syracuse(crew Chief A10,and F16) employed there full time as well as reservist. Got to see Saudi in 1991. Retired in '98. Went back to driving trucks. Worked for 3 years as special tool room attentant at a civilian Aircraft repair fcility in Rome NY too. Elaine was My office Mngr in the business we owned and was FULL time mom to our sons. Later, she drove school bus till her eyes required she stop. All this time she was a church singer. and for 20 yrs a paid soloist for our church. She welcomed many newlyweds and sent off many to their rest. We are happy to be part of this group
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