Posts by James Sotherden

21) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vic's Thread (Message 1897364)
Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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SSI is Supplemental Security Income, not Social Security retirement income, there is a difference, I get SSI now, when I'm 62 I can add SS to My bank account.
NO you don't get both. You will be switched over to SS when you reach your full retirement age, Which I'm guessing is either 66 or 67.
SSI and SS are based on your work history and How much money you have made over the years.
I have the letter right in front of me saying If I was to become disabled right now Id get$1,981 a month. Next year when I retire I will get $1,987 a month.
And ive worked every year since 1970.
SSI will not be added to SS. As I told you before. When My wife turned 66 her full retirement age. She went from SSI to just SS with no increase.
Folks always think ,When I'm 65 I will get SS and make big bucks. Well no you don't. Work under the table you get squat. Hardly work at all ,You get what you worked for.
I think your dreams are founded on bad web based info.
22) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vic's Thread (Message 1897363)
Posted 25 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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You said that you were in the army and had an honourable discharge, so isn't there an army pension somewhere? That would be based on length of service, so how many years did you serve in the army?

I doubt that Vic did the 20 or so years needed to get a military pension - much the same as our "short service" people (3 or 5 years) get virtually nothing, but do more than the threshold service and the pension starts to become a very useful amount.

My brother got a pension, but then He was in the US Navy for just over 20yrs, but like My dad, I did not, none in our family, even My uncle, were ever drafted. My brother retired with an E9 rating, He got 80% of His last salary.

I was discharged in 1980. If I had stayed in for 20, I would only have got 50% of my base pay. At the time it was prorated by years in service. A 30 year man got 75% of base pay. There were rumors of changes to the retirement plan. Like getting a small pension after 10 years. But I have no idea if that was even true.
If Vics brother did get 80% of his pay, It was after he was discharged and fighting the VA to get. It does happen for a service connected disability.
23) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vic's Thread (Message 1897059)
Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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well yes I do have a kidde.
I do know the difference between CO2 and CO . Both will kill. CO is more insidious . I still don't like CO2 fire extinguishers.
24) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vic's Thread (Message 1897055)
Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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May just have been a typo.

CO = Carbon MON-oxide
CO2 = Carbon DI-oxide

CO2 is what we breath out.

wasn't a typo, just being stupid. Hey it wont be the first time.
25) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vic's Thread (Message 1897047)
Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Mine has battery backup which we change with smoke alarm batteries once a year.

Ok I will agree with that.
26) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vic's Thread (Message 1897044)
Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I don't believe in any plug in smoke alarm or CO2 detector. What if the power goes out?
Unless you have a generator they are useless.
To many folks will use the oven to heat the home which could be deadly.
Kerosene heaters, Biggest death hazard ever invented.
CO2 detectors are cheap buy a few for your house. Battery ones. They will let you know when you need to change the battery also. Plus you need get a new one every 7 years . MY old CO2 beeping was beeping every minute. I read the instructions and that was a signal that it was time to be replaced. So I bought a new one.
never take chances with your life.
27) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing life's adventures of the kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1897041)
Posted 23 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Sorry Mark about missing your six month sobriety. Well done sir.
28) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vic's Thread (Message 1896787)
Posted 22 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I'd need at least another $236.00 a month in income, which I'll get when I'm 62, I'm 57 now
How are you going to get another $263.00 dollars when you are 62?
My wife had to go on SSI when she was 53. She had no raise in benefits when she turned 62. When she turned 66 she went from SSI to getting social security with no raise either.
Her best friend worked under the table for most of her life and gets only $400 a month. You get what you worked for not anything more. Yeah, You get COLA but then they raise the part B deductible so what kind of raise is that?
You bitch and moan you don't have enough money to fix things, but you buy crap from E-bay. And then post you cant make ends meet. And in the next post your going to buy a freaking Mustang.
I really think you need to be in a VA hospital.
29) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing life's adventures of the kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1896783)
Posted 22 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Nice machine Mark. Let us know what that machines RAC is. I'm very curious to see.
30) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vic's Thread (Message 1896306)
Posted 20 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Vic, You need to get real. There is no one who will give you a loan on what you make and what your current debt is. You can dream about grants all you want. It aint going to happen.
And those Pics you posted, Wasn't that the same place you had big dreams over a few years ago?
Jeez be happy were you live now. I hate to tell you this but any house new or not needs to be fixed as needed. Same goes for your car!!!! And driving with mismatched tires is stupid. The wrong size tire on one side of the car will cause it to pull to that side if you need to slam on the brakes hard.
You could save money by not buying E-bay crap hoping you can fix it. Tell us how many items you have fixed you bought off of E-bay? And how is the computer build going? haven't seen any updates lately.
You don't want negative posts? Stop posting wet dreams.
31) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Kicking the habit......smoking. What worked for you? (Message 1895622)
Posted 16 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Thanks Chris.
About 1988 The factory I worked at banned smoking in the building. We had a floor sweeper tha came around now and then. Guys and gals would just throw the butts in the aisle way. I cant remember how many times the trash compactor caught on fire.
So you had to smoke out side on break or lunch. And working on the line you did not leave for a smoke break when ever you got the urge.
32) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Vic's Thread (Message 1895431)
Posted 15 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Your probably dehydrated and have low blood sugar. You need water and food.
33) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1895430)
Posted 15 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I'm so much tempted to break open a bag:)
34) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing life's adventures of the kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1895429)
Posted 15 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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That's a nice rig. Will you tweak it down the road once its settled in?
35) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Kicking the habit......smoking. What worked for you? (Message 1895420)
Posted 15 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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It blows my mind how much cigarettes cost. I had no idea it was that expensive. Is it just the last couple decades that prices have gone up so much due to tobacco taxes?
When I gave up in 2007 they were £5 now they are £11. Mainly budget tax increaeses.

Tax rises

I'm thinking a pack back in 1989 was $1.65. That was retail. But I had a friend that bought them at the Onondaga reservation for $10.00 dollars a carton. That was a lot of cash back then. I wonder what that would be in 2017 dollars now with inflation?
36) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The continuing life's adventures of the kittyman thread.......................... (Message 1895416)
Posted 15 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Staying busy with your hands is the key to getting over no cigs. Building a new rig will ceratainly keep the hands busy and the mind off of smoking.
You will beat the Cigs too.
37) Message boards : Cafe SETI : The Candy Confessional is open... (Message 1895408)
Posted 15 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I buy only the candy the wife and I will eat after all the trick or treaters have gone to upset stomach heaven. For her its malted milk balls. For me its Milkyway and Mallow cups. I'm glad Halloween comes but once a year.
38) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Kicking the habit......smoking. What worked for you? (Message 1894227)
Posted 9 Oct 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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Mark, Sorry to hear about the bum tooth. And I know you can give up the cigs. I know first hand its hard to do. But well worth the effort. Good luck to you.
39) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Kicking the habit......smoking. What worked for you? (Message 1892528)
Posted 29 Sep 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I quit cold turkey back on August 10th 1989. I had half a pack left, And just crushed them and threw them in a trash can. But thing I ever did.
I was really cranky the first 3 days. My late wife on the 3rd day told me to start smoking again I was so miserable. I'm glad she told me that. So tell lori and your workmates, Im quitting the cigs so If I seem to becoming an SOB please tell me right away. It will help.
I did gain some weight. Its the empty hand thing as stated by others in here. Maybe one of those spinner things the kids use now days might help with that.

And don't feel bad if you regress now and then. Before this last time I quit, I had not smoked in 5 years. Then took it up again in a weak point in my life. Smoked for 4 years before Aug 89. Ive now been smoke free for 28 years now. But every once in a while I still get the urge to have one. Its triggerd by a memory or a smell I believe.
And as a few have noted, Once you quit and you get near other smokers, They smell like wet stale old ashtrays full of days of butts. YECKK.

Mark I wish you the best in quitting. You can do this.
40) Message boards : Cafe SETI : RIP Dr SETI (Message 1891598)
Posted 24 Sep 2017 by Profile James SotherdenProject Donor
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I am sadden to hear that Richard is in hospice. He took many wonderful photos that he shared here on the boards. I wish Richard and Joanne comfort in these times.


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