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Old 11-16-2015, 08:25 PM   #31
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Thank you Walt. Not much I can do other then try to instruct you how to fix it. By the way you will love Tennessee. I was stationed there at Millington at the navy training base for about 4 years. Good people in that state and best of all no state taxes. It's all sales tax their. Great hunting and fishing also. License plates are a bit costly If I remember right I think they have a tax on cars.
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Old 11-17-2015, 12:50 AM   #32
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I wish I could help him in person but my wife just went through major surgery and I found out how worthless medical insurance is today. Pretty much wiped out my complete savings. But it is a good idea if we had some Jersey boys on the site.
We are still recovering from six years in a row of surgeries. My insurance is great. It is all of the ER & Hospital Co-Pays and medicines that wiped us out.

It got so bad in 2013, because of my back and arthritis. We wiped out every line of credit.



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Sorry to hear that, All this is new to us. We had coverage from employers for most of our working careers. In 2008 the company put a cap on what they would pay towards our insurance premiums in retirement. Our co-pay was over 6 grand a year which certainly hurt. Then last year they said they were dropping us completely. The premiums would have been 1,300 a month but fortunately my wife went on Medicare so my nut was about 650 for a few months while I waited to become eligible for Medicare as well. How can people afford this kind of expense long term. Then on top of this there are the charges for co-pays and visits to doctors and hospital ER's.

Last thing I want to do is get everyone going about politics! But we need more! What was done wasn't enough. The insurance companies, big pharma, the AMA and for profit hospitals are still not doing enough. I'm not sure what should be done, not sure we would be able to mimic Canada or some of the other nations with socialized medicine OR WANT TO but we started something to try and fix our medical problems but we need to do more. Just take away the Cadillac policies from the Congress, let them see how the rest of us have to live and see how quickly they stop trying to destroy what they started and find solutions.

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Gregg and ghost thank you for your service to our country.

Are either of you retired military. Don't forget you have tricare and once you turn 65 you have tricare for life as a secondary insurance by law. I am retired military and piggy back off my wife's insurance as primary and tricare as secondary for copays for doctor visit and meds. Tricare picks up most copays. My wife is 56 and im 62 , neither one us are eligible for Medicare yet. I didn't know this until a retired Navy guy told at the post office I work at. God bless.
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I do not, but my father and brother do. I am a retired State employee here in Illinois, so I am getting disability right now, because of severe Disc Degeneration and severe Arthritis. Also getting health insurance.

Took a long time to get the job that I had. But I am really glad that I am able to get the benefits, for having to early retire.



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Served from 82-92 so only got 10 years in. They also dropped me from VA unless I'm dirt poor. Oh well whoever called this the golden ages was a complete idiot....
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I agree with you ghostmaker. If I had know it would be like this I wouldn't have grow up.

Jjmon, Thank You for your service. And thank you ghostmaker and everyone else for your service too. I got my draft notice November 1968 and was in the Army that January 1969 through 1970 and that was enough for me, never gave a thought to staying in. What branch of the service were you in?

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Thanks for the kind words to all our vets out there Walt. Very nice of you. If I had to do it all over again, I wouldn't hesitate to do it the same way.

I know this is extremely off topic and thank you for allowing us to reminisce a little in your thread.

It was Army for me 77-97. Mostly field artillery and infantry. First sergeant for the last 4 years, (93-97) stationed with the 10th Mountain division, Ft. Drum, NY. 105mm howitzer. Canon cockers.

If anyone wants to know more please feel free to pm anytime. Thanks.
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jmon you were up at Drum while my brother was up there, before he went to Carson. He retired out of Drum as a 1st Sgt in 2004. His bio is at http://www.malwareteks.com/Bio/Bio_SPD.php

I still remember my mom freaking out when he got deployed to Grenada as first boots on the ground with the 82nd. I was just hoping that he came home safe. He said that for about four months, he was still quite froggy if someone dropped something or slammed a door. I would to if I was like him and ended up on the wrong side of the airport and on the other side of the runway all spread out.



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Served from 82-92 so only got 10 years in. They also dropped me from VA unless I'm dirt poor. Oh well whoever called this the golden ages was a complete idiot....
They coded mine as Honorable under medical, like a lot of others, including my sister in laws, just so that they would not have to get gigged at my ship for someone being let go for PTSD.

If there was any command that we got the Nukes who screwed up. The 2nd Fleet seemed to think that sending them to the Gator Fleet was discipline. Never saw someone with a bigger chip on their shoulder, then someone who had the privilege of being a Nuke and then losing it, because they screwed up.

I will say one thing about being in the Gator Navy. You end up knowing more then what they told you at A School. The best part was going up to Pri-fly on the Saipan and watching the Sun set while we were in port or not doing flight op's at sea.



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jmon, Army also, 11B20 (infantry). Spent two weeks at Ft. Drum as part of Reserve Duty commitment. Pretty area but old barracks, no heat or how water then march for miles and miles But enough of this reminiscing.

Still waiting for couple plumbers to call back and set up appointments. I keep looking at problems and just want to get this taken care of.

I think I have the other issues the home inspector commented on. I never finished the hand railing on the back steps before I showed the house. I did the more important hand rails inside and outside the basement *llike" 14 steps) but the inspector jumped on the missing 3 step hand rail from platforms off the back to the patio. Would be simple enough to fix but buyers want estimates first. I have already torn up the platforms and step where balusters will go and have materials. So he is just showing price for his labor. Price seems good. Hope the buyers agree.

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Good luck to you Walt. Hope everything works out for you.
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Just gets more surreal...So the plumber comes over and says the home inspector was wrong about the PVC fitting. He said they are allowed. But then he did think I over used the Fernco fittings. (Oh yeah, I can send pictures! They are Fernco.) I tried to explain that most of them were temporary until I corrected the one Fernco wye and replaced it with a PVC wye/cleanout installed correctly out of the stack on to the ceiling of the basement However he still didn't like all the Fernco fittings and because I used the blue "rain n' shine PVC glue that is an automatic fail by the state plumbing inspector? So right now the estimate is $3,500. I think it is high but I have little choice. I may try to get a second estimate but I'm running out of options. I won't asks you to comment on price. Just, ever hear about the blue glue issue? (easier to write than to say, quite a tongue twister). I used it to Ha, get this, save me some money to be able to reuse old pipes. I cut them down put on a coupling and after reversing them put them right back up. Worried about possible water in pipe so thought this was a good solution. OH well live and learn.

I'm going to contact the state inspector and get the permit anyway, maybe he can shed some light on all this.

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Walt I would be as frustrated as you are. NJ is the worst when it comes to nitpicking.



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Were cool with it as long as the glue meets the required standard.
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