Churchy!! Wada!! So glad to see you!! So she whose knowledge of the differential pressure cleaning apparatus (vacuum cleaner to you techno-dummies) is non-existent is back? That's great. I suppose it's too much to expect that Barb has gone to the Weesuck Institute of Differential Pressure Cleaning Apparati to master a new skill. The more things change, the more they stay the same.I have finally mastered the secret of a good vacuum cleaner--hire a cleaning person who has one!I retired in 2001. Actually, I was laid off and decided to make a career change by joining the leisure class. So far, it seems to be working out and I've found that every time I'm tempted to backslide and rejoin the workforce, that lying down until the temptation disappears works wonders.You just need to find a job that you can do lying down. Plumber, maybe?The downturn has hit my IRA pretty hard. It's down pretty close to 50%. That kinda hurts. Fortunately, we have other assets to draw on although those are down, also. Right now my goal is to avoid touching IRA principal until I absolutely have to. I signed up for Social Security when I hit 62 last year and that certainly has helped. Mrs Churchy also has a teacher's pension. That forms a pretty solid base. We have cut back our spending somewhat, but we weren't big spenders to begin with.It sounds like you have good plans in place and can outlast this downturn. It can't last forever...can it?!?!?!In the last 8 years, I have acquired 4 grandchildren, 3 of which are shown here: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v651/andrechapelon/kids039......Left to right are Kai, 3, Lyra, 4, and Alyssa, who just turned 8.The 4th is Parker, shown here: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v651/andrechapelon/8570747......They are GORGEOUS! But I must ask...how does one "acquire" a grandchild? Heck, if there's a secret to it that doesn't entail having children of your own, sign me up!!!!!!Glad to see you again, Churchy. By the way, why did you change your name, and why did you choose that one?Hugs,Barbara
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