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Woodysrods Silver Member Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
In reply to # 37032 by BaronVonKurtz I’m just the opposite guys. Sold my too big property (6+ acres and 1/4 acre pond) and my too big house (3000+ for two people is nuts), and moved into a townhouse with zero lawn just before I retired. Heating/cooling is less than a third the cost, water is nothing, insurance is a pittance, plenty of space for two people and I get trash pickup at my door. I’m over 65 so I pay no property tax.

I can shut the door and walk away from it for months at a time and don’t worry about it. Learning to live small and under the radar frees me up to travel and play with impunity. Plus I have Google Fiber at 1 gig symmetrical, I couldn’t hardly get dial up in the country.

I’m fat dumb and happy. Simple and incognito.
Key word being "Happy"smileys with beer
Brian

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Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Yep, that's the conventional thing to do Baron, but since I'm trying to live up to my
role as the Eccentric Crazy uncle to my nephews, I just had to up scale after retirement.
And....again.....can't beat the view, unless it has one with snow covered mountains in the background.
Gee.....don't we know someone here who's back yard looks like that????
dg

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1908Rick Rick Eggers
Cape Coral, FL, USA   USA
About the closest thing to a mountain around here is a landfill, and nothing is ever snow-covered, thank God.
It's gotta be about the same there in Illinois, right Denny?
I remember when I lived in Wisconsin we called people from south of the border "flatlanders".

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Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Then, I guess you haven't seen Woody's backyard, have ya.
That area of BC is just about as picturesque as any place
that I've ever seen.
And yep.....I'm a flatlander. A hundred foot rise would give me
a nose bleed.
dg

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carChips Victor Harnish
Kelowna, BC, Canada   CAN
1933 MG Magnette
1973 Triumph Spitfire 1500 "Chip"
1989 GMC Sierra 1500 "Bush Truck"
Woody's place is pretty much dab center of this picture, way on the other side of the lake.



S'all for now!


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Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Brian's posted some beautiful pictures of his spread with the mountains for a
backdrop. We have to go a long way to see scenery like that around here.
We do have some rolling hills, but they're few and far between and mostly
west of here. I wish there were some close by because I'd like to try the
Riley at a hill climb when I get her running.
dg

Carty McCartFace Robert J
Fresno, CA, USA   USA
This count?

Peace,
Robert


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Woodysrods Silver Member Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
The Kelowna Hill Climb has been running for 50 + years, and I believe it is the second largest
or second oldest in North America. Second only to Pike's Peak!
Don't quote me on that?eye rolling smiley
Woody

Rdstr31 Chad Ritter
Ney, OH, USA   USA
In reply to # 37027 by Denny Graham Take a lesson from that youngster Chad, Rick. A fresh new start on 6 acres of grass to mow
smack dab in the middle of life. Jus' kidden' Chad, you will be so glad you made the move
20 years from now.
Now....I taint in the middle of life, but I still got him beat by .55 acres. But in all honesty, I only
mow about 4.55 of that........three days a week, all summer long!!!!
Even with all the work required of me when I'm wearing my Care Takers hat, I wouldn't trade
it for all the tea in China. My only regret is I didn't bite the bullet and make the move much earlier.
The view out the back window on a Sunday morning sure beats what greeted me for the last
half century, i.e. a neighbors garage 15 feet to the east and 15 feet to the west.
Denny Graham
Shangri La, IL

HA! I got YOU beat, Denny-- I only mow 3!!!

The rest I've let go to pasture and only mow it once a year, except for the kart track... uh, I mean "walking path" if my wife asks,,,
And I didn't bother to mention the 19 apple trees that need cared for. And since the "walking path' goes through them, I guess I have my own The Orchard!

Deer, turkeys, raccoons, possums, birds, bats all right outside the back door. And you're right--I absolutely love every bit of it...


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Woodysrods Silver Member Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
In reply to # 37079 by carChips Woody's place is pretty much dab center of this picture, way on the other side of the lake.

Right back at you Vic!
I took a picture of the "Final Sunset for 2018" and while doing so I turned around and took a shot your way.
Vic is on the other side of the lake (The Dark Side) above the Kelowna skyline!...second picture.
Happy New Year
Brian
Wow! 16 miles looked a lot closer than it does in my picture????confused smiley



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Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
We planted a couple apple, pear and plum trees when we moved here in 2012. They're not
doing to well because they're down in the flood plane. Great soil, and the creek only floods
for a day or two during the spring thaw, but I still think it's to wet for them. And they will be
some of the scenery heading down the straight a way when I get the karts going.

So I see you did get a little snow for Christmas Brian. Dang weather has been unusually
mild here in the mid west. By now we should be a'hole deep in snow and I should be
spending half my time shoveling it. But....I'm not complaining, so far the gas furnace
is enough to heat the barn, I've only had to fire up the wood burner to supplement it a
couple of times this winter. But then again, we're on a week into winter.
dg

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Woodysrods Silver Member Brian Woods
Westbank B.C., Canada   CAN
Happy New Year Denny
Yes. we are mild here too! It was only Boxing Day that we got snow, but then it was warm until Sunday.
Now it is cold, and the snow might be here to stay.
I refuse to get the Tractor out of the barn to start the plowing season, as I have a bad knee.sad smiley
Probably use more Tylenol than gas to plow the driveway.....so I am content to hide out in the CycleKart
Shop listening to the "Oldies" and sipping on a beer.
I was seriously thinking of carrying on with Customer based Auto Restoration for a little while longer,
but tonight I am reassessing that thought and may only keep my employee to the end of the week, and
become fully retired like you (may have to get a dog to walk....second thoughts....NO!)
Oops Sorry!
It is the two bottles of wine and the Bottle of Bubbly at midnight talking......but we have no time
for pets, as we are on the road travelling way too much.
Seriously though....I enjoy your willingness to share your thoughts on this Forum, and consider you a friend
that I really hope to meet in person some day.......Thanks for posting, and Please get back to work on the
Riley CycleKart.smileys with beer It is a worthwhile Project!thumbs up
Getting late here........so Good Night, and once again........HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Brian
Just some more mountains fo you, we have them won all four sides!


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Denny Graham Gold Member Dennis Graham
Sandwich, IL, USA   USA
1950 Chevrolet 3600 "Old Blue"
1954 Chevrolet 3600
Well, I done said it all. over on that other thread this morning Brian.
But, retirement is a very personal choice. The way I enjoy it might not
be for everyone. Some people love what they do so much that they will
never punch out. I on the other hand looked forward to it from the first
lawn that I mowed as a kid. And dang.....I sure have enjoyed the
last 13 years, especially since we moved here to Shangri La.
Oh the spot light is still on the Cyclekart. I've just gotta get a bunch of
acts that have to play out before I re-commit to it. Over the past half century
I've collected a lot and I need to clear a lot of it out so I've got room to work.
It's time for a Correction, something like what the Stock Market is about to
go thru, or like what our present White house needs, you know, a Purge.
I just need to spend a bit of time on Craig's list and see what I can give away.

Ok, mother is sleeping in as usual, so I'm headed for the barn. I'm actually going
to put a few minutes in on the kart this morning. Welding up the tie rod and I might
do a little fit up of the front springs and axle.
DG

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