I’ve had 4×4 vehicles before and am aware of the limitations of open diffs.
If I get a van I would not splurge for 4×4; the cost is too high. But a locking diff would be a good alternative for the kind of forest road meandering I am planning. Apparently Continue reading “4×4 vs. locking diff”
was looking at Santa Fe national forest as a boondocking location and looked up the current weather.
yeah, 102f in Dallas and 59f in Santa Fe. sweet baby Jesus.
Emailed off my DD214 to get a quote for buying back my 3yrs, 9mos of army service. I was exited 3mos earlier than my 4yr enlistment as a cost reduction.
The rollover date for the 10% annual penalty is Sept 1; no way I will be able to buy it all Continue reading “sent off the DD214”
Doing more research.
Texas requires the annual in-state inspection which would be a pain if one ever returned “home.” Maybe I just won’t come back.
I have zero interest in driving to Florida to establish residency.
Nevada mail forwarding companies are much less robust than the SD companies, which have TONS of info and help online. NV residency is more difficult to get whereas SD requires only an overnight.
The only hangup is NM doesn’t have reciprocity with SD’s carry permit. Hmmm.
Wifi Rangers are nice, and they are also $$$. That kind of setup does a couple of things:
- talk to more distant wifi access points (APs)
- repeat that link to the RV
Since I don’t have a few hundred bucks lying around but I do have a WRT54GL router I picked up for $8 at a garage sale, I decided to set that device up to repeat open wifi APs. Here a straightforward tutorial to making it work.
That takes care of #2 up there. #1 is addressed by either having the router up high away from metal walls (overcab area?) or mounting a better antenna. I’ve done it the first way in a residential setting before.
I’ll try out a couple different antenna options next. A yagi is on the way.
I used to love physical books. At one point they were (by weight) my most significant posessions.
But I have moved to the Kindle and gotten rid of 95% of my books. The only physical books I own now are ones that do not yet exist in digital format. I am gradually having them scanned/converted at 1dollarscan.com.
The one physical book I considered taking was Eckel’s Thinking In Java. I’ve wanted to learn java for many many years and didn’t have time. Well, time is coming up. Maybe it won’t be java by then.
Right now my best estimate of my retirement is almost 9 years: March 2025.
I’ve been looking at used RVs to see what I would get now. That’s still important, I think, to learn about layouts and features. But I should be looking at new RVs that will be 9 years old when I am ready to buy.
Dunno how I missed this.
This is the progress I made today:
- went through a folder of mp3 CDs, backed them up to disk, tossed the CDs, and put the disc folder in the donation pile
- unsubscribed from about 20 sources of unwanted email. Not only will this help decrease my inet bandwidth use but it will help me focus by removing a distraction.
This is absolutely going to work.
My employer is having annual benefit enrollment right now so HR is hammered. They will be done on the 12th so that next monday I will call and find out where to send my DD214.
Then I can request a quote to buy back my military time as a part of this retirement. That will get me 45 months closer to retirement. That would be Feb 30, 2025. Holy crap.
I am finishing up paying off debt this year so I wouldn’t be able to buy it until next year. Price will go up another 10% on Sept 1, 2017 so I’ll want to do it before then.