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Dec 12, 2013, 03:49 PM
 
Discuss.
     
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Dec 12, 2013, 09:12 PM
 
I don't understand the question.

I'm very gifted

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Dec 12, 2013, 09:49 PM
 
Yep. There's still hardly anything that beats a cozy fire, a warm brandy, and a good book.
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Dec 12, 2013, 10:14 PM
 
We are in the process of de-cluttering. Everything that hasn't been worn for over a year gets donated. Old tech is getting sold. Even most of my old cameras are on ebay. Kitchen stuff that's not being used, gone. Old toys, given away.

Every time something's leaving the house I feel a little better.
     
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Dec 13, 2013, 06:50 AM
 
To *be* simple, or to reduce?

I enjoy taking a little naïve approach at times, taking stuff at face value, and following gut instinct from there. A Fool's quest, if you're into the Tarot stuff.

If you're talking about surrounding yourself with stuff, I'd love to reduce, but with my job, it's difficult to do so (gear tends to become useful at some point, even if you're not currently using it).
If I were to do it over, I might not have opted for the vinyl collection, but I'm actually (slowly) reducing clutter in other aspects.
     
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Dec 13, 2013, 09:30 AM
 
You guys need to install secret subterranean mancaves with hundreds of square feet of storage space. /s

I have to throw some crap out too.
     
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Dec 13, 2013, 09:59 AM
 
Vinyl collection? That implies AUDIO GEAR!
     
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Dec 13, 2013, 12:20 PM
 
Got wife
Got kids
Got house
Got cat
Got 2 cars

Don't even START with the shite that I should be throwing away OK!?!?
     
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Dec 13, 2013, 02:03 PM
 
A less hectic life, would be nice... I'm with you on reading a good book by the fire... but I like my stuff. My kids stuff however, I'm sorting/selling/giving... to make room for more stuff.
     
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Dec 13, 2013, 02:50 PM
 
This year we're not doing gifts to each other, we're taking that money and making donations in the other person's name. Except for one big gift, but it's for "all of us". That's not counting the kids, our daughter and nephew, of course. Not that she cares a lot about what's in the present, she mostly loves tearing the paper off. We've not been able to keep any gifts under the tree because she's already attacked them once. I was sitting and reading when I heard paper being ripped apart, I looked over at the tree and she was making short work of all the wrapping and bows. I walked over and got her, to put her in her playpen, and she started crying and shaking her head while saying, "They are for me. All for me!!"
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Dec 13, 2013, 08:04 PM
 
Originally Posted by BadKosh View Post
Vinyl collection? That implies AUDIO GEAR!
Obviously, the LP12 will not be leaving my home any time soon (or ever)
     
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Dec 13, 2013, 09:07 PM
 
Books, on the other had, keep accumulating. And I don't even mind.
     
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Dec 13, 2013, 10:20 PM
 
It's a gift to be intentionally simple.
     
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Dec 14, 2013, 01:13 AM
 
Physical media...

Ew.
     
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Dec 14, 2013, 04:21 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Physical media...
Better for memory retention. Better for healthy sleep patterns. Better for... I could go on.
     
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Dec 14, 2013, 06:25 PM
 
Better for burning in the fire...
     
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Originally Posted by subego View Post
Physical media...
... is anonymous.

Nuff said.
     
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Better for burning in the fire...
You'll sing a different tune once the zombies come....
     
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Dec 14, 2013, 10:34 PM
 
The exact opposite. Why do you think I'm amassing this huge library of e-books I haven't read and mobile games I haven't played?
     
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Dec 14, 2013, 11:05 PM
 
Sometimes thing that look simple on the surface take an incredible amount of effort to make them look that way.
     
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Dec 15, 2013, 03:30 AM
 
This is true.
     
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Dec 15, 2013, 06:17 AM
 
Was discussing simplifying/downsizing with a client only last week. When they got to the bit about maybe selling both their planes (but keeping the glider) and maybe loosing one of the 911's I kind of zoned out.

Simply is relative I guess
     
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Dec 15, 2013, 11:11 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
The exact opposite. Why do you think I'm amassing this huge library of e-books I haven't read and mobile games I haven't played?
First thing they'll do is chew through your power supply. They've learned.
     
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Dec 15, 2013, 01:05 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doc HM View Post
Was discussing simplifying/downsizing with a client only last week. When they got to the bit about maybe selling both their planes (but keeping the glider) and maybe loosing one of the 911's I kind of zoned out.

Simply is relative I guess
Frak no, you don't give up 911s, that's like asking a normal person to sell one of their kids. (Provided you're talking about the 964 and back, otherwise yeah, ditch `em.)


Living in a simple way isn't the same as "taking it easy". You can end up putting in a lot of time and resources into "simplifying", but the end result is generally more aesthetically and functionally pleasing. Find the way you like to live, then pursue it, the journey and end results are worth the effort.
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Originally Posted by Phileas View Post
First thing they'll do is chew through your power supply. They've learned.
That would make me mad.
     
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Dec 15, 2013, 05:40 PM
 
Originally Posted by Doc HM View Post
Was discussing simplifying/downsizing with a client only last week. When they got to the bit about maybe selling both their planes (but keeping the glider) and maybe loosing one of the 911's I kind of zoned out.

Simply is relative I guess
One of the instructors at the flying club has his own C172 in France and a Beaver in Canada. And lives in a very small caravan. He's always smiling.
     
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Dec 15, 2013, 06:05 PM
 
Can you get from one to the other with that type of plane?
     
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Dec 15, 2013, 06:07 PM
 
Is it a pet beaver ?

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Dec 15, 2013, 07:04 PM
 
Mrs. de Havilland's pet beaver, to be exact.
     
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Dec 15, 2013, 10:11 PM
 
"Most rich people I know are little more but the janitors of their belongings."

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Dec 15, 2013, 10:15 PM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Can you get from one to the other with that type of plane?
The Cessna got a range of just under 700 nmi (800 mi), with a 15 minute reserve.

France -> England -> Scotland -> the easy bit.
Then:
Inverness, Scotland to Faroe Islands, 320 mi
Faroe Islands to Reykjavik, Iceland, 420 mi (you could fly direct from Thurso, Scotland, to Reykjavik, Iceland, but that would be cutting it really fine with 719 mi. )
Reykjavik, Iceland to Tasiilaq, Greenland, 471 mi
Tasiilaq to Nuuk, across Greenland, 424 mi
Nuuk, Greenland, to Iqaluit, Canada, 508 mi


Should be possible, speaking from the comfort of my armchair...
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Dec 15, 2013, 10:16 PM
 
Yeah, you can also DRIVE to Canada. Just hop on a ferry

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Dec 16, 2013, 11:26 AM
 
Originally Posted by subego View Post
Can you get from one to the other with that type of plane?
I doubt that it would be enjoyable. Couple of hours in a small prop plane and you REALLY need a break - and not just for the water works.
     
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