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Old 01-15-2016, 09:30 AM   #29
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How do you want this rotten egg, scrambled poached or fried?
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Squizzy: What a complete bastard *you* turned out to be.
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Already earned my million bucks. No idea where it is now. Drank most of it I suspect.
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'I spent half my money on gambling, alcohol and wild women. The other half I wasted.' ...W.C. Fields.
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Old 01-17-2016, 08:06 PM   #33
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Good morning.

The yacht second from right is a blow-in, he's only been there a day or so. Seems to be a Hartley Tahitian. Nice.
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Old 01-17-2016, 08:11 PM   #34
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I'm in a particularly jovial mood today, in fact I haven't had such a positive outlook in decades. I can't begin to describe why that might be, although I'm aware of the cause.

Seems as if an Aussie has pulled the greatest Indian rope trick ever. Makes Ned Kelly look like a total amateur in fact. This guy is an utter legend and should have a movie made about him.

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Already earned my million bucks. No idea where it is now. Drank most of it I suspect.
I'm pretty sure I've earned more than a million bucks as well, considering one business turned over $250k a year for 6 years. But I certainly am not a millionnaire. It's all about how much of it you have left.

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I can tell you one thing. I've had to renew my passport twice in 5 years and the current one's getting close to full as well. Every time I do so some wag from DFAT calls me and asks me if I'm wiping my bum with the pages. Couldn't die happier than a man with a stack of passports all full of stamps.
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I had a similar problem in Asia. It's not helped by the many countries which insist on providing a full page visa; then there are the officials who specialise is stamping the middle of a new page, obliquely!
However I agree. I often 'read' my old passports and always they evoke wonderful memories.

I am constantly surprised by the many people I meet in the US who have never traveled internationally. They're missing out big time.
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Dunno about you but I hate putting that much weight onto something that could float away. Expecting bureaucracy to stay static and get your check to you on time in Bulfreekingaria wouldn't be any way to live in my book. First mail strike and yer on the hook with a fishing line.
Guys up here like to go to Mexico and work freelance for Yanks on boats, but of course that doesn't always go the way it should either. Problem is that you end up with NO RIGHTS>
There are too many horror stories about boats being seized, confiscated and destroyed by ineptitude while owners sat in prisons suspected of smuggling or what have you.
I dunno how much clout the Australian Embassy in Bulgaria has, but my guess a guy would want to have a deck of aces up his sleeve when venturing into that kind of life.
I suggest keeping the building; can't beat rent coming in forever, and since you can work as a programmer online anywhere I'd put more eggs into that basket.
That's kind of the route we're looking at. Rent out the property and work online onboard. That's pretty much what you have set up now.
I always wonder though. They say, "OOOoooooooh, France is so expensive, or England."
Then HOW do the locals do it???????? Peasants and goat herders?
If you got down to brass tacks, which I've considered since the '70s, how little could you survive on?
Well a concrete boat wouldn't need anything. Not even bottom paint if there was no place to scuttle her free. Sail only no motor. Marry a European. That's a no brainer. There aren't too many places where a guy can live off the land, but the sea is bountiful, mostly. A guy I knew stayed in La Paz for a year surviving with a snorkel and goggles....diving for lobster and selling them to gringos. Eventually the locals caught on and threw him out and took his goggles and his customers. I've heard several people go the ESL route. English as a Second Language teachers. Could be good. no one would object to learning English eh?
You can't step on anyone's toes so anything you do has to be 'contained'. Relying on a stable economy and relying on it to all stay that way is also really scary, so investments can be eliminated without warning.
Then there's another thing. Old age. Medical overseas with no money? France has free medical for locals, thaz all I know.
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"I am constantly surprised by the many people I meet in the US who have never traveled internationally. They're missing out big time."

Well since America is the center of the Universe, there really isn't anywhere else to go is there??

I'm joking of course but sadly it's the common mentality, and when they say "The World" they mean the US.


Whatcha doin' on the east coast?.
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Dunno about you but I hate putting that much weight onto something that could float away. Expecting bureaucracy to stay static and get your check to you on time in Bulfreekingaria wouldn't be any way to live in my book. First mail strike and yer on the hook with a fishing line.
Check? Geez dude, that's so 1970's. Social Security goes straight into your nominated bank account, has done for decades. Even Bul-freakin-garia has internet banking.
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Couldn't die happier than a man with a stack of passports all full of stamps.
I've been to Belgium via Singapore and London, Bruxelles to Munich and back, Florida via LA and Dulles, and NZ four times. Do you know how many times my passport has been stamped? Go on, take a guess.

Never.

I hate that.
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"Whatcha doing on the east coast?.
Well, since retiring from formal work I have been travelling to some of the places I visited during my working life. In short I had been to far more places than I had actually seen. In answer to the question "What's China like?" I wanted to be able to say more than, "They have a nice hotel".

I came to the US to have a bit of a sticky about as I had only really visited as a journo. So, I bought a motorcycle and started doing what I had been doing in SE Asia for a few years...riding and sailing.

Have done a bit of the west coast, a bit of the middle and southwest and made my way to Nashville. Have now ridden the Blue ridge, Cherohala, Shenandoah and, decided I like the west coast more than the east coast. Quite like Florida and am now down in Abaco working to make a crappy sailboat into a less than crappy sailboat before sailing it around the Carib, then back to Lauderdale. Then I will head back to Mexico to sail my own boat..perhaps back across the Pacific to Oz.

So having said all that, I'm doing what I had always done in Oz, except for the working thing. Another year or so and I am heading across to Europe to do the canals. I was born in the UK and despite only having lived there as an ankle biter, I can get some benefits, as a traveler, which may not necessarily be available to the average Aussie.

That's about it Mike. I'm just a bit of a bum really who has decided that making appointments sucks.

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