Archive by tag "life style"

Ford Trucks vs. the Large Hadron Collider

June 1st, 2017

Automation is not just affecting how things are made. Increasingly, automation characterizes the things we buy and use daily.

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Automated Vehicles, Police & Farmers

January 18th, 2017

In December, my wife and I traded in our 2011 Malibu for a new one. The differences between the two vehicles were startling. The most obvious changes were the new features to improve the safety of people in the car and in the vicinity of the car. These include things such as adaptive cruise control [...]

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Elevators and Self-Driving Cars

September 15th, 2016

Self-driving cars are very much in the news today, as technology companies and automakers race to make them a reality.

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The Upside of High-Rise Living

June 28th, 2016

Though I have described some of the downsides of high-rise living in another post, there are many upsides

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The Downside of High-Rise Living

June 28th, 2016

After we sold our home of 32 years, Mary and I decided to rent a condo for 18 months. We couldn’t find an apartment or a condo unit that we liked, never mind that we could afford. We also wanted to try high rise living to see what we liked and what didn’t. This post [...]

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The Rise of Semi-Retirement

June 22nd, 2015

When I started working in the retirement planning business, I was surprised to learn that a significant percentage of my clients were not planning on retiring in the stereotypical way of giving up on work entirely and that many clients were aiming for what could be called a semi-retired lifestyle. A recent Hong Kong and [...]

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Decluttering – A Personal Experience

June 22nd, 2015

For variety of reasons, my wife and I decided to sell our house last winter. When you are downsizing like we were, selling, it turns out, is a lot tougher than buying because of the effort needed for decluttering.

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A Transition Planning Overview

June 22nd, 2015

As you approach your 60′s, it is important to develop a lifestyle plan as well as a financial plan. It should be noted that these are not independent entities. The lifestyle plan lays out how you are going to spend your time after you “change gears”. Stopping full-time employment opens as much as 55 hours [...]

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Help Wanted – Decluttering

December 9th, 2014

Decluttering is a much bigger deal than most people realize. In the last 9 months, two of my clients downsized from houses to condos. In discussions with them, several things became apparent about decluttering: it is very hard work, it is really hard to get rid of stuff and you will have a lot of [...]

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The Robots are Coming!

April 14th, 2014

I often get a strong reaction from clients when I suggest that they should plan to get rid of their car on their 85th birthday. I use age 85 arbitrarily, but the reason I do this is to get my clients thinking about what their life is going to look like when they can no [...]

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