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    Wisconsin and Florida
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    Hiking, bicycling, motorcycle riding, flying light aircraft, camping, traveling, spending time with kids and grandkids

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  1. That is huge news. Makes you wonder why you only hear about it on a forum.
  2. Thank you for posting. Yes, I love being a Florida resident. I do have the lifetime state park pass and the added veterans percentage to my homestead exemption.
  3. Same here. I have a car and a Harley in Wisconsin and a car and a Harley in Florida. All are in storage at the right time of year and all get a storage treatment of Seafoam. It is great stuff. Speaking of the right time of year, rain/snow in the Wisconsin forecast for this coming Monday. We fly to Florida on Sunday 🙂.
  4. I appreciate your prayers Todd. But I can handle a little bit of the white stuff if necessary. We do fly back to Wisconsin for the holidays to see the kids and grandkids. Glad you discovered Door County. That's where we will be next week. Peninsula State Park is our favorite. Been going there since I was a little boy and while facilities have improved over the years, the uncluttered openness remains the same. We have our favorite sites where if I tried to hit the RV in the next site with a baseball I would really have to wind up to do so.
  5. 47 right now in Wisconsin. We will tough it out until October 18th when we fly back to Florida for 7 months. Fall is normally a great time to be in Wisconsin. Looking forward to our annual fall camping trip next week with the forecast indicating highs in the low 70s and mostly sunny skies.
  6. Reminds me of the time back in 1985 when we took our 4 boys on a 3-week trip west in a rented class C. We climbed Pike's Peak with the RV since we had no other vehicle. My boys still talk about that.
  7. That was my thought too. We are in Wisconsin mid-May to mid-October and in Florida mid-October to mid-May. We will definitely go back to Florida in the fall. I feel we can take every precaution in Florida that we are taking in Wisconsin.
  8. I agree with what you said about taking advantage of the availability of test rides and deciding for yourself. And you're right about the zoom factor. My Wisconsin Harley is a Trike and my Florida Harley is a 2-wheeler. I love riding them both for different reasons but they are my reasons and they are right for me.
  9. I am in a somewhat unique situation too. At 72 I am still working full time at a job that is very fulfilling for me. The interesting thing I learned a few years ago is that if all of your pre-tax holdings (IRA, 401k, etc.) are in a 401k with the company you work full time for, you don't have to start RMDs until you leave the company. A couple years before turning age 70 I had pre-tax holdings in a few different areas and moved them all to my current employer's 401k. I don't need the additional income so I'm in no hurry to start RMDs.
  10. Awesome website. Very informative. Thank you Kirk.
  11. That is a valid concern. We are FL residents and live here mid-October to mid-May. We head back to Wisconsin mid-May to mid-October. We love both places during the times of the year we are there for many reasons. Avoiding hurricane season in FL is one of those reasons.
  12. If anything, this topic should prove that one size does not fit all. I am 70 and still working at a job that is way more fun than work. There is that old saying “Choose a job you love and you will never have to work a day in your life.” I didn’t start collecting Social Security until 70 because I didn’t need it and still don’t need it but there is no reason not to collect now. Actually, my Social Security will continue to grow since my 35-year Average Indexed Monthly Earnings (AIME) is growing. What I’m doing works perfectly well for me but I would never suggest that anyone else should do the same. As long as you are happy with your decisions, you’ve won.
  13. Same with me Rich. I'm in Grand Marais, MN right now and will be crossing into Canada today. I would be surprised if they didn't ask the firearms question.
  14. Your post "nailed" it in my mind Scott. One size does not fit all. I'm retired military and 70 years old so health care isn't the issue it is for some. I waited until 70 to collect social security but I did collect spousal benefits at 66 which reduced the break even calculation. But the real key is I have one of those jobs that is way more fun than work. It's not that I don't do other fun things like ride motorcycles, fly airplanes, winter in FL etc. But I have no intention of giving up my job any time soon. I just ran a 10k this past weekend so I consider myself relatively fit and healthy. I realize I could be dead tomorrow but that doesn't change my thinking and it's a true statement for all of us. I'm happy for the other posters who have no regrets about their retirement decision. It's your life but as Scott stated, "no one size fits all."
  15. Ropeshaft

    Loose vs. Lose

    I would advise everyone to seek advice on this topic elsewhere.
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