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I apologize, again, for not being a regular participant on this site. I’m still following (lurking, in the parlance of some), but obviously much less active, due to our travels.
We’re currently on a travel hiatus, back in the Midwest, but with plans to begin travels abroad in just a couple of weeks. For those that didn’t follow my blog (pau-hana.com), during our RV travels out west, I managed to get together with Aaron Moyer, Sam Linder and Poet from this site, as well as many others. Overall, it was a great trip, but traveling with two teenagers and one pre-teen, especially while trying to keep up with homeschooling (road-schooling) was a bit of a challenge.
We’ve been less nomadic since we’ve been back in the Midwest, so we’ve made some good progress in getting caught up with schooling. We’ve also had a great time reconnecting with family and friends in the area.
Beginning January 5th, we head on adventures abroad. We will board a cruise from Florida, passing through the Panama Canal, visiting South America (to include a trip to Machu Picchu, we hope), several Pacific islands (to include Easter Island and Tahiti), ending in New Zealand. We’ll spend just over two weeks in New Zealand, where Julie has a cousin who has lived there for nearly a decade, married a Kiwi just last year, and now has citizenship there. After that, we board another cruise for visits to additional ports of call in New Zealand, several in Australia (unfortunately, no extended time in Australia, though), and visiting various areas in Asia (to include Hong Kong, Taiwan and South Korea), ending in Beijing. We’ll spend a couple of days in Beijing before flying to Tokyo, where an old friend of mine from my Army days now resides (her husband is a senior Navy officer), and spend another 7-10 days. We expect to be back in the Midwest sometime in mid-April.
Once again, I won’t be on this site much for the remainder of our travels, but plan to get more involved again upon our return.
My best to all of you!
Sorry to have been away so long; so long, in fact, that this is my first post on the new site! I’m not certain if the forums work quite the same as they once used to, so am not sure if this update will reach those who might be interested, but thought I’d at least try.
We are currently into our 6th week of travel. We’ve gone from Iowa to South Dakota, Wyoming to Montana and Idaho, and Alberta to British Columbia. We arrived in Vancouver Island today, and will be here for at least the next week. We’ll return to the U.S. after that, spending a fair amount of time in Washington and Oregon before touring more quickly through California, Arizona, Utah and Colorado before returning to the midwest in November.
We look forward to meeting Aaron, and hopefully, Poet, during our tours out west. We’ve been updating our blog, pau-hana.com, somewhat infrequently due to internet access problems on the road. It’s due for another update, in fact, which should be forthcoming in the next couple of days.
I hope you all are well; I’ve certainly enjoyed the periodic updates via email, and the occasional “lurking” on the sidelines in the past many weeks.
In Iowa, I’ve been to our district caucus, where I spoke on behalf Ron Paul, our county convention, which was a bit of a circus, and our district convention, which was relatively sedate. The state convention is in two weeks, and I expect there will be some fireworks there, but probably nothing compared to what was seen in Louisiana. We’ve certainly experienced some “blow-back” from the established GOP members, to include at last night’s monthly county GOP meeting. I’ve tried to be something of a moderating influence between the more “radical” members of the Ron Paul crowd and the “hard-core” GOP establishment. I’m not sure if that course was the best one to take, but I see this fight more as a marathon than a sprint. Regardless of the efforts at the state level, it seems inevitable that Romney will be the GOP nominee; apart from negotiating strength at the national convention, what remains is for interested Ron Paul supporters to try to remake the GOP along libertarian lines from the inside out. This is a process that will take years, if not decades. And, it may or may not be ultimately successful.
As for me, after the upcoming state convention, I’ll likely revert to the Libertarian Party and cast my vote for Gary Johnson in November. Still, the R(love)ution will continue; from both within and without the GOP…
Robbie, thanks for the compliment! I’ll be 52 in July. It’s mostly genetics, I think. My paternal grandmother lived to see 101. My father is still going strong at 84. I was carded for alcohol purchases until well into my 30s. The downside of that is that my kids are “blessed” with the same “baby face” as their father; which they won’t appreciate much until middle age!
After a long day of packing and hauling, sorting and organizing, that was a welcome interlude; thanks, jpitre!
Thanks for the well-wishes! Goes, no we won’t be coming to the East Coast, at least based upon our current itinerary. That itinerary, however, is still somewhat open, so things may change. Thanks, also, Travlin, for posting my link.
We are currently taking at least one load a day to our storage unit, and have unloaded a fair amount of excess baggage in the process. It’s an exhausting process, but progess is being made! 25 days to go, and counting…
Sorry to have been away for awhile, but we’ve been busy for the past few weeks. I thought I would update everyone with our ongoing travel blog. Our current plan (subject to revision) is to travel the western U.S. and Canada from July through November, then heading overseas beginning around the beginning of 2013 until sometime in the summer of 2013. If we can connect with anyone in the course of our travels, we’d love to do so!
While you’ll have to make your own decision, I think that if I were in your position, I’d roll the pension money into a self-directed IRA. What Poet said about the probability of California going bankrupt is correct, probably not yet; but, that likelihood seems highly probable at some point in your life. Even if not highly probable, losing your pension obviously would have significant consequences, so I’d take steps to mitigate that risk.
Some other useful links on the site in addition to the great ones Poet already provided:
(This one includes my discussion of self-directed IRAs and 401Ks.)
(This one includes an entry by CM regarding retirement accounts.)
bootstrap could have done better in introducing himself to this community and presenting his opportunities. For example, he might have taken the time to get to know regular members here by an introductory post relating only to the 3Es. First establishing his bona fides in such a manner would probably have made a later post of this type more acceptable to people here. Or, he might have considered posting on one of the many threads here about relocating, instead.
Still, I didn’t think his original post seemed like spam; I was skeptical, of course, but also curious. I recall PMs with Davos and others about finding a sovereign island somewhere. The idea may be impractical for some, but it is nonetheless alluring to many.
Furthermore, bootstrap has tried to respond to the many critiques and questions thrown his way; and done so with fairly good humor, it seems to me. Although bootstrap perhaps made a misstep in his first post here, could we not find a way to be more welcoming while still maintaining our skepticism?
Seriously, thank you so much for thinking about our upcoming adventure, researching options, and posting links! It is very much appreciated!
Giving the kids enough room to be separate, to work on their schooling as well as just not annoying each other 24/7 is important, but so is having a seating configuration that promotes family bonding, sightseeing, etc.
We keep going back and forth regarding what we should consider. There’s an RV show this weekend in nearby Cedar Rapids that we’ll be attending; I’m hopeful that experience will be useful in helping us to make a decision.