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Old 04-03-2008, 12:00 PM   #1
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I've been reasonably well, considering my advancing age <g>. The Detroit area is in really bad shape and won't be getting better for many years. It's not very comforting in retirement to realize that you couldn't sell your house if you decided to move south or to downsize or, god forbid, into a senior facility.
I know what you mean! We left Westport in 2002 to live on the river in Milford, which was also about 10 minutes from Jack’s office. Six weeks after we moved, he was laid off, and opted to take retirement. Now we are stuck here. We love the water, but in most other ways are unsuited to this place, so we would like to move back to/toward Westport. But now is not a good time, or so it seems. Oh, well.

Know what you mean about advancing age; I seem to break down in increments, all annoying, but none of them lethal. So long as I can hang on to my sense of humor, I figure I will be all right.

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Mapmaking moved south of the border a decade ago. My son found work (and a wife) at an encyclopedia company in downtown Chicago but left to use his GIS-demographic profiling experience with a suburban marketing firm. He got laid off a couple years ago and went back to retail, managing a drug store. After some drawn-out foot surgery he is now a manager at an office supply store. In all, quite typical for young folks today and very unlike those of us who hired on at a major industrial company for a lifetime. But that's another sad story.
I figured that might have been the case with map-making. The pace of change these days is breathtaking. No one expects to keep one job (or sometimes even one type of job) for long.

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Old 04-04-2008, 12:27 AM   #2
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Know what you mean about advancing age
I hope I've found a solution to that. I told my doctor that our donkey should live another 35 to 40 years and that I was going to leave him to her in my will. Knowing that she's not particularly keen on donkeys I told her that it would provide an incentive for her to keep me alive.

I did think that, if that threat looked like failing, I'd get a parrot or a tortoise.

   
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Old 04-04-2008, 06:13 AM   #3
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I hope I've found a solution to that. I told my doctor that our donkey should live another 35 to 40 years and that I was going to leave him to her in my will. Knowing that she's not particularly keen on donkeys I told her that it would provide an incentive for her to keep me alive.

I did think that, if that threat looked like failing, I'd get a parrot or a tortoise.
Ha! Look out — she might decide to kill you off early, sell the donkey for a heap of cash, and retire! <g>

   
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Ha! Look out — she might decide to kill you off early, sell the donkey for a heap of cash, and retire! <g>
UK donkey prices seem to range from 450GBP for a donkey colt to 3500GBP for a proven donkey stallion, or at least those were the asking prices. Amazing how quick and easy Google tells me such things.
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Yeah, I'll need to think about that. I have a nephew who is an international (qualified here and in the US) commercial lawyer. He's the executor of our wills so I'll get him onto it.

I'm sure he'd be able to write the will in such a way that if she didn't look after Snowy throughout his natural life she'd end up losing everything she had in protracted legal battles.

Guess I should check that her husband isn't a lawyer.

   
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<ROFL> I'll have to mention that dodge to an acquaintance who keeps cassowaries, about which Wikipedia has this to say:

"A cassowary's three-toed feet have sharp claws; the dagger-like middle claw is 120 mm (5 inches) long. This claw is particularly dangerous since the Cassowary can use it to kill an enemy, disembowelling it with a single kick. They can run up to 50 km/h (32 mph) through the dense forest. They can jump up to 1.5 m (5 feet) and they are good swimmers."

That'd put the medicos on alert good 'n proper.

   
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You acquaintance, I gather, lives in North Queensland?

   
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<I'll have to mention that dodge to an acquaintance who keeps cassowaries>

They do sound like useful beasts - maybe he could set up in trade selling them as life extenders.

   
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You acquaintance, I gather, lives in North Queensland?
No, southern Ohio. I could probably visit them pretty much any time. An hour's drive max, probably less.

I'll pass, I think.

   
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