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Not Exactly Roughing It

In his preface to Roughing It, published in 1880, Mark Twain “alludes to the rise, growth and culmination of silver-mining fever in Nevada”.  Along the way he describes his adventures at Lake Tahoe, Carson City and Virginia. It is Virginia … Continue reading

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Cruising into Retirement

The Wall Street Journal publishes a Journal Report on retirement issues called NEXT: Planning & Living the New Retirement.  The latest issue had a front page account of the Martins,  a couple who “walked away from all they owned” to … Continue reading

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Somethings Are Meant to Be

A Simple Plan The plan was simple.  I would meet my friend Jeff for coffee at Barnes & Noble on Wednesday evening after I returned from Summerville, SC.  I had an 11 o’clock flight out of Charleston to Charlotte and … Continue reading

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Economics Lesson

The Mensch had an economics lesson in gasoline supply and demand on his recent motoring trip to the southeast. I logged almost 3100 miles burning over 100 gallons of fuel. The sojourn took us to North Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, South … Continue reading

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LANDMARKS

What are your landmarks? A gas station? A drugstore? A fast food place? Now the Mensch is pretty good with directions when it comes to the big picture: interstate highways, north vs. south, and reading maps. When it comes to … Continue reading

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Tastless Chill Tonic Builds a Legacy

What product outsold Coca Cola in the 1890’s? It was Grove’s Tasteless Chill Tonic. A health beverage that made E.W. Grove a millionaire but couldn’t cure him of his hiccups. Grove took his money to Asheville, North Carolina in search … Continue reading

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Pirates of the Royal Caribbean

I promised to tell you about the pirates when I wrote about my cruise to the Canary Islands, Spain.  Cruising is supposed to be the all-inclusive vacation; you plunk down a thousand bucks and you have room and board for … Continue reading

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Where have you been Retirement Mensch?

On October 4 the Mensch began his sojourn to Spain.  A visit to Costa de Sol and then a cruise to the Canary Islands.  Did you know there are no canaries in the Canary Islands? The name goes back to … Continue reading

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Speculator, NY

Speculator is a hamlet of less than 400 residents in the Adirondack Mountains in upstate New York.  On this trip to visit the Bailey family homestead we were treated to a weekend of clouds, rain and mosquitoes.  To break up … Continue reading

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Carolina in the Morning

  So what does the Retirement Mensch do on vacation?  Well, it was more of an exploration of places to live than a vacation.  Currently the Mensch is living in the land of high property taxes, high auto and home … Continue reading

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