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  1. Active duty, retiree news: https://www.votervoice.net/AFSA/newsletters/41385
  2. Age, I could not take my wife on that trail! (Because I wouldn't take it!)
  3. Hi Randy, thanks for the info. In my pre-move back to Colorado research I found some smaller towns in the NW part of the state had very fast rural broadband with more coming every year. I was looking specifically at Meeker and Rangely. Nice places but too far from the grand-kids in Westminster as well as shopping for my SH's comfort. The kids are in Germany as Civil service now so we are thinking of moving again. Roads and recent climate spikes are considerations.
  4. Bill, can all that be used on hotspots/devices? That was the objection Joel raised about US Mobile.
  5. We lived in Germany for seven years Wilkommen bei Escapees! Also check into our neighbors to the North. Next to Europe Canada is where we would settle outside the US as B.C is gorgeous and Vancouver close enough to the US for using commissaries and medical for us retired military. I never checked them out for taxes etc., we just traveled in 1999 from Glacier N.P. through Alberta and then the ALCAN up to Alaska and Back on the Cassiar hwy. Beautiful. BTW our youngest and family are in Landstuhl now. Lots of folks here have done what you are doing now and this is the right place to find answers IMHO.
  6. We had businesses in Louisiana and Workman's Comp was outrageous even required when we opted out of covering us, the only people in our company. Of course we had construction companies her flipping houses and me doing large modern post frame steel buildings on slabs. It depends on the industry type. Do check on it for your type of biz.
  7. OK a long time ago but 84 West out of Boise Idaho was unbelievable. It was new concrete but they had an inch or more out of level for each section poured. We were on our way to Mountain Home AFB Fam Camp and for quite a while the 36 foot fiver bucked at any speed above 20 mph for quite a stretch over a half hour out of Boise. I'm sure it has been fixed by now but that was the worst road of our 7 years full time. Sure we had construction in Utah and CA. I agree on Bakersfield to Sacramento being very bad then. We retired and hit the road when I was 45 so we were surprised by how bad some were. We did everything West of the Mississippi and from Mexico up to and including Alaska for a season (one May entered Tok and left Valdez 5 September in 99) we traveled mostly Interstate roads and toured once camped in the truck. It was a 1992 1 ton Diesel dually long bed with the old dump truck-like spring stacks, to which we had leafs added for the load in the bed. That truck under load was like a Cadillac, off load it would bounce me off the headliner on bad roads I kid you not. I have cervical and lumbar issues it exacerbated if I drove it on bad roads too long or in Louisiana. I was seriously told the bad roads in Louisiana were because of their long history of construction kickbacks for roads and most other funds that could be skimmed or bribed.The bids got approved after using half the funds to bribe the usual suspects so they got 50% less quality roads than they should have. Governor Edwards served time for his corruption and remained popular????? "Edwin Washington Edwards, long defined by his victories over federal prosecutors, lost the most important struggle of his storied career Tuesday when a grim-faced jury convicted the only four-time governor in Louisiana history of extorting nearly $3 million from companies that applied for casino licenses during his last term in office and after his January 1996 retirement. After nine tumultuous days of deliberations, the jury capped the 17- week case by finding Edwards guilty on 17 counts of racketeering, mail and wire fraud, conspiracy, and money laundering. Edwards is the second former governor in Louisiana history to be convicted on federal charges. His conviction came less than a month before the 60th anniversary of former Gov. Richard Leche's conviction on charges of taking road construction kickbacks. Leche had resigned from office three months before being indicted." https://www.nola.com/news/crime_police/article_a1df3f0a-dd63-52df-9edb-21caf0902c27.html So now, as far as LA, you know the rest of the story as Paul H. used to say.
  8. Rod makes a good point. I would believe the Colorado roads are bad this year as last winter 2021 we had extended days of minus 14°F weather following 2020 fires and mudslides. We just moved back in late 2019 and we had little rain that summer and drought the summer of 2020. When we were here 1978-1981 at the Academy we had thunderboomers every summer afternoon almost. Now this summer we had 2" of rain last Sunday and good rains almost every other day. Temps touch into the mid 90s a few days but we have also been in the mid 70s to mid 80s for a couple of weeks now. So roads here are likely undermined by water runoff from the monsoon season that has returned, and damaged from above by the burn scar runoff and mudslides. It will be interesting to see how things pan out. I am glad we are not on the western slope. I had looked at the area around rifle, but too far from shopping for my dear SH. Dang I am glad I listened. I would not want to be on the western slope with the fires and or smoke from several states on fire. Next month will be interesting in the sense of the ancient Chinese curse. Safe travels!
  9. Sure Linda but we're in town now and don't have full hookups anymore. We have a convertible sofa with memory foam mattress though! 😉
  10. This article explains wet bulb measurements and where in the world it is getting difficult to adapt to much hotter temps. Good advice on staying healthy in heat. Excerpts: Deadly heat waves have swept the globe and will continue to because of climate change. The trends are prompting doomsday questions: Will parts of the world soon become too hot to live in? How will we survive? When it comes to heat, the human body is remarkably resilient — it’s the humidity that makes it harder to cool down. And humidity, driven in part by climate change, is increasing. A measurement of the combination of heat and humidity is called a “wet-bulb temperature,” which is determined by wrapping a completely wet wick around the bulb of a thermometer. Scientists are using this metric to figure out which regions of the world may become too dangerous for humans. A term we rarely hear about, the wet-bulb temperature reflects not only heat, but also how much water is in the air. The higher that number is, the harder it is for sweat to evaporate and for bodies to cool down. [Wet-bulb temperature is important, climate experts say. So what is it?] At a certain threshold of heat and humidity, “it’s no longer possible to be able to sweat fast enough to prevent overheating,” said Radley Horton a professor at Columbia University’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory. Scientists have found that Mexico and Central America, the Persian Gulf, India, Pakistan and Southeast Asia are all careening toward this threshold before the end of the century." Much more in the comprehensive article here: Heat waves and human endurance
  11. Excerpt: "Elon Musk used Twitter to discuss a recent Tesla settlement focused on battery capacity. Tesla CEO Elon Musk said the electric-vehicle maker been wrong to lower the maximum charging capacity for some vehicles. "If we are wrong, we are wrong," he said on Twitter on Friday. "In this case, we were." Tesla agreed to pay $1.5 million to settle claims it had reduced the charging capacity on some vehicles in 2019, according to a settlement agreement filed in US District Court in San Francisco on Wednesday. The agreement included payments of $625 each to the owners of 1,743 Model S vehicles that temporarily had their maximum charging capacity reduced. In another Friday tweet Musk expanded on his company's thinking about lawsuits and other claims. "Tesla policy is never to give in to false claims, even if we would lose, and never to fight true claims, even if we would win," he said. The settlement agreement would bring to a close a class-action lawsuit filed in August 2019 by David Rasmussen, who said a software update reduced the range and charging speed of his Model S. The lawsuit said the company released the update in May 2019, limiting battery charging on some vehicles by about 10%. After three months of a 10% reduction, it was lowered to 7% for seven months, the lawsuit said. Software updates in May 2020 restored much of the charging capacity, court filings said. The settlement would provide "many times" the $175 estimated loss per vehicle, according to court filings. A hearing on the settlement agreement was scheduled for December 9 with Judge Beth Labson Freeman." More in the article with hotlinks and videos here: Musk admits "We were wrong."
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