A Curmudgeon Looks Ahead

The Red Headed Irish Wisecracker and I are entering another phase transition. It is time for us to set up our terminal residence after going through all previous phases of newlywed, parents, job relocation, parents, job relocation, major illness, recovery, empty nesters, downsizing and location central to the grandchildren.

Time to end stairs, setup the basics the way we want and build a new place.

We are abandoning Oregon for the slightly less crazy Washington, still home to no income tax.

So now I am beset with the plague of opportunity to set it up the “way I always wanted” and dealing with backup generators, security systems, what cables to which room, mesh wifi or not and so forth. In other words I am having fun.

I hear the noise on the television, the fake angst and look around and realize that many things are going great.

Jobs are plentiful and a generation is finding the joy of being needed as opposed to expendable, with rising wages.

Medicine is better than ever with advances that creep in without fanfare but change the game. Surgery is microintrusive rather than macro, cancer is a condition you can beat rather than a death sentence for many, emergency care , courtesy of several nasty wars has advanced greatly.

We may even return to the moon in less than a decade.

Awareness is rising that the old institutions like industrial model education, globalism as an economic model and rule by bureaucracy are inadequate to the task of providing prosperity for most.

My optimism remains undimmed. My grandchildren can have a republic, if they can keep it.

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Author: TKC 1101

Unintentional Man of Mystery. - Curmudgeon, Reserve Status - Heinlien American - Business Advice and Salvage - Proud Grandfather-

6 thoughts on “A Curmudgeon Looks Ahead”

  1. WA is certainly OK, as long as one steers clear of the Sound area.  We built our retirement domicile in 2001, here about 20 miles south of Portland, out of the urban air shed but still close to major necessities.  We have stairs, but a single wide run, such that when the time comes we’ll be able to install a simple motorized platform.  My only requirement is that its controls must have an “upstairs” button as well as an “upstairs now” button.

    It truly was fun building this house to our specs.  Enjoy, TKC!

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  2. Life has so many conveniences. We live also like the Jetsons.  One of the modern things now in Japan is heated floors. Women especially love them in the Winter. The system works with circulated heated water. The other thing is IH cooking. It is a safer and faster way to cook. There is on worry about gas ranges being left no.

    How long will it take to build your house?

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  3. “Like” this?   I love it!

    Of course you’re right, but the older generation of Progs is stuck in the bell jar.  Here’s my question:

    Would your grandchildren agree with this post?

    if you tell me Yes, then there’s every reason to hope!

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  4. TKC 1101:
    So now I am beset with the plague of opportunity to set it up the “way I always wanted” and dealing with backup generators, security systems, what cables to which room, mesh wifi or not and so forth. In other words I am having fun.

    As of June 15, my husband and I will be joining you- 2.2 acres with a brand new house, pool, lanai and generators. Just met with my landscape architect who will manage to execute my flora and fauna designs despite the snackers (the deer).

    Can’t wait to do it “My Way”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=onWf4_yl-pY

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  5. Hypatia:
    Would your grandchildren agree with this post?

    No way. They have no perspective on “progress” since the world as it is appeared the day they were born.  My optimism comes from the fact that they all seem to have a well developed sense of enlightened self interest and reality has a way of being persuasive. Also, their parents do not suffer fools or snowflakes.

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