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Allen Worsham

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  1. Since my wife will be retiring in June after 30+ years as a "Special Educator", she will be covered by her current plan until she turns 65, but I will not. So this means that I had to sign up for Medicare. So after spending 3 glorious hours at the local Social Security Office. 1 hour outside in line and then 2 hours sitting in a comfy chair while reading a book as 4 young kids under kept running and screaming until my number A223 was called. I spent 4 minutes with the clerk as he looked over my papers and entered me into the system. Then he gave me a book and said "Good Luck!" So I am now officially enrolled in Medicare parts A & B which will take place on July 1st 2018. WOO HOO!! So here is my question for you "Seasoned Veterans" that have traveled down this road. Other than Medicare parts A&B, I know that I will need other supplemental things like "Prescription Medicines, Vision and Dental". The "Book" says that I can get this directly from Social Security or from other independent medical insurance companies such as Aetna, AFLAC and a number of others which sounds more appealing considering that working directly with Social Security is not a walk in the park. So for those of you on Medicare what supplements do you get and who do you get them through?
  2. Some questions for those of you on Medicare

    My wife's school district will only cover her through age 65 then she gets switched to Medicare and there is no spousal benefits. Tami will be seeking medical retirement as she has Cerebral Palsy and will be having knee replacement surgery in April. She works with moderate to sever autistic kids and she physically can't work with them anymore safely. Tami and I are both 55 but I have been permanently disabled since 1996 due to a work injury.
  3. Not Exactly Woodworking...

    I loved doing the "Pinewood Derby" when I was in Cub Scouts and Webelos!!! My first year I whittled my own design using the pocket knife that my Dad gave me. This knife (which I still have) belonged to my Great Grandfather. I was pretty proud of it and painted it all "Red, White & Blue". In reality it was butt ugly, but my Dad looked at it and said it was just fine. My car did not come anywhere close to winning, but it did not matter as I had a blast. But my Dad got really ticked off with one of the other Dad's whose son's car won. Come to find out that the Dad in question worked in the Aerospace Industry and designed the car and wind tunneled it and then used some of the high tech space program lubricant for the wheels. That car was so fast that that it was at the finish line before the other cars where halfway down the track. The next 2 years my Dad helped me with a different design and I won one year and came in 3rd in the other. I still have one of my cars in a box at home.
  4. We will be heading to Bowling Green KY. Tami and I spent 2 weeks the end of December and 1st week in January to check out areas in Tennessee and Kentucky. We really liked Bowling Green KY and spent a lot of time driving the area. We will be putting our house up for sale in June or hopefully in the end of May. We have a big 2 story and will be downsizing to a smaller 1 story. With our market values here in So. California and very low inventory we should be able to move it quickly. We will be able to pay cash for a newer 1 story and be debt free.
  5. Finally got back to doing some real woodworking for the past year. Since my wife is retiring and we plan on getting our house up for sale come June, we have to get the house ready. A number of years ago I made 2 walls of floor to ceiling oak bookcases out of red oak. I had planned on making cabinet doors and drawers but that did not pan out. So now that we will be selling the house I need to finish the bookcases. Being that oak here in So. California is not in style, we had been advised by Realtors to paint over the oak. That really rubs me the wrong way, but it will make things easier to sell. So I painted everything with a lighter neutral color that should make things easier. I have made up 7 doors (made of red oak for the same grain pattern) and got them all fitted to the bookcase. So now I have to get them all sanded, primed and put on the final paint. I will hope to get the drawers done this weekend.
  6. Thoughts on a TPW gathering?

    My wife Tami and I on a couple of vacations have visited and stayed with both Ron Dudelston in Indiana and John Moody in Alabama. We had a great time hanging out together and it was a lot of fun. Tami and I are planning on moving to Kentucky this summer so we could most likely make it work. But just one warning regarding Ron Dudelston and Ohio. It seems that when Ron was a younger man got into a bit of trouble with the Ohio law. He and his wife drove Tami and I across the Indiana/Ohio border about 300 feet to a gas station so that we could take a photo of Ohio and then peel rubber to get back to safety across back to Indiana. He wouldn't tell us what laws he broke, but he was looking in all of his mirrors to make sure he wasn't followed.
  7. Last night my daughter came home and told my wife and I that someone had hacked my wife's (and I guess mine by marriage) Instagram account got hacked. I never do Instagram, but someone hacked it and sent out stuff on it. So Tami changed her password and it is all back to normal. So if you were wondering about some strange messages yesterday from an account from Tami and Allen, they have all been taken care of. BUT IF you have an inkling to support the "Allen Worsham Wood Working Fund for Hacked Instagram Accounts" feel free to send me gift cards from Home Depot, Lowes and Rockler Woodworking Supplies .
  8. The joys of dealing with Millennials! (Sarcasm Alert)
  9. While we are concerned with the terrible news

    Yup! Living in So. California is unique in many ways. As a kid growing up people were friendly, helpful and chatty. But things changed in the late 60's and early 70's dealing with all the Vietnam stuff and the Hippies and the whole culture change and has been going downhill ever since. Hence the reason that y wife and I are looking to move out of California to Kentucky this year. Here is a bit of perspective about the "Florida School Shooting". I was talking with a friend who has been in Law Enforcement for almost 40 years. He was on SWAT for many years and he and his wife (also in Law Enforcement) have run a firearms training business for about 25 years. They do tactical training for Law Enforcement, SWAT, Security Teams, Military, Churches and Civilians. I have been through a number of their classes and training and they are top notch. I was in one of their classes this past weekend and my friend started off with a 15-20 minute commentary about the Florida school shooting. Here is a brief summary of his commentary. "Regarding the School Shooting in Florida. All of the students knew that this kid was messed up and talked about having firearms and wanting to shoot up the school. The kids told their teachers and administrators and they would not let him come on school grounds with a backpack because they also knew that he had been making and bringing knives to school to sell to other kids. The teachers told the Principal who in turn told the School Administrators who then told the Police who then told the FBI. But nothing was done other than talking to the kid and his family/guardians and this shooting happened. Why haven't any of these people been fired for failure to do their jobs? And you can bet that there will be massive law suits." My wife has been a Special Educator for more than 30 years. The school that she is at is considered a "Closed Campus". So that means there is one access point for a person to enter once the kids have arrived at school. You have to go into the Office to be cleared for access to the campus. All of the classrooms and building have electronic door locks that will only allow access only with an official School Employee ID Card which has their face on it along with their name. So there is no way to enter a classroom or office without the ID Card. This school is located in a lower socio-economic community (AKA Rough Neighborhood) and there are a number of "School Lock Downs" every year as there are a number of individuals (mostly due to family issues where a husband/wife gets angry and makes threats of violence to teachers or staff). There are a couple of "Security" people on site, (some times) but they are not armed and cannot carry any "Less Than Lethal" weapon (AKA Pepper Spray). So while access to the school is restricted, all a person who wants to do harm is to hop the chain link fence and away they go. This is typical of the majority of schools in my area. There are many who are proposing that teachers get trained with firearms and tactics to protect the kids. But one thing that I know after being married to a teacher for 34 years is that the vast majority of teachers are wired differently emotionally. To be a good teacher means that you have to love and care for your students, which is much more of a "Nurturing" thing. I know that most teachers will protect their kids with their lives and stand between their kids and the bad guy. But very few teachers are not up to carrying a firearm, much less using a firearm, due to the way they are wired emotionally. So what that means is that in order to protect children in schools, armed Teachers are not the best answer. The best answer (in my personal opinion) would be to have dedicated Security People who have the training and skills and tools to deal with those who want to come on a school campus to due harm.
  10. Got my new water heater all squared away and cleared out everything on my work bench. Spent the weekend at shooting range doing my 16 hours for my CCW qualifying. So today I am very sore from all the range time as it has been awhile doing all the drills, but it was fun.
  11. This past week we had to replace our 50 gallon water heater in the garage. It was installed in 2001 in our new construction home so we got almost 17 years out of it. In order to replace it I had to move everything out of the way and then had a friend come by to help me lift the old unit off the platform and throw it in the back of the truck to take to the dump. Then we lifted the new water heater into place and strapped it down. So today I finally get to put everything back into place in the garage and paint the stained area around the water heater with some Kilz stain blocking paint since the drywall is fully dried after a number of days with two box fans blowing on it for a number of days.
  12. tool totes, a survey of

    For something like this mission trip where you will be going all over, I would humbly suggest passing on an open top tote and go with something on wheels that you can pull. When we moved into our current home in 2001 we had to find a new church in our new city. God has a holy and warped sense of humor and called me into youth ministry. The youth facility was in bad shape and needed a lot of work but it was too expensive for the church. So for 7 years I was there on site (the main church building was separated from the youth facility as there was an elementary school in between them) doing repairs on the youth chapel, parsonage house and a run down double-wide mobile home. After going back and forth carrying everything I got a folding 2-wheel dolly and 2 storage boxes that locked for all the typical nails, screws and fasteners, a Home Depot bucket that I put a tool organizer into it with all the pockets to put all my various hand tools. I stacked the 2 storage boxes on the bottom and then put the bucket with all the tools on top and bungee corded them to the 2 wheel dolly. This set up made my life so much easier as I could go from building to building to do the various repairs and not having to make multiple trips carrying a bunch of stuff. Today they make a number of good quality rolling tool boxes that are easy to roll along like a rolling suit case going through the airport. Home Depot and Lowe's have some rolling tool boxes in their store, but Amazon.com has a whole bunch of them. Just go to "Amazon.com" and then do a search for "mobile tool box with wheels" and you will see all kinds of them. Here is one that is pretty spiffy for that can be a flat cart or an upright dolly that folds. https://www.amazon.com/Cosco-Shifter-300-Pound-Capacity-Multi-Position/dp/B00LMH8CCS/ref=sr_1_19_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1518712211&sr=8-19-spons&keywords=mobile+tool+box+with+wheels&psc=1
  13. Thanks. My Dad taught me 2 things. Mechanics and B&W Photography. He was a wizard in the darkroom developing film but I could never do it that well. With the digital camera era it made it much easier for me. I love doing it when I can.
  14. My wife is off all this week so we will be doing a number of things like seeing doctors and getting x-rays. Yesterday we went to the Huntington Library in San Marino which is near Los Angeles. There are a number of museums and exhibits and beautiful grounds with different gardens. I have done photography for many years as a hobby and love taking photos at the Huntington Library. So here are a few pics of our time there yesterday.
  15. Not much in the way of "Wood Working" this past year, but I did find my work bench last week! We are starting to weed through various stuff for a "Garage Sale" for our daughter as she will be moving out on her own this year. My wife and I are working towards moving from California to Kentucky later this year so we have a lot of work to do. My wife has an appointment with the knee doctor as she will need to have her knee replaced. Once that is done she will be looking at medical retirement from the school district. So we are looking at a 6-8 month time frame to move, hopefully. I had a couple of Realtors come by my house and do a walk thru looking at everything and give me input on what I need to do to get the house ready to sell. Fortunately it is mostly paint on the interior and some paint and repair on my patio cover along with some TLC to the landscape. Saturday my wife and I spent the day in San Diego, CA enjoying the beautiful weather along the coast. The one thing that we will miss when we move from California is the ocean. Being that San Diego is home to the Pacific Fleet I had hoped to see some of the Aircraft Carriers in port, but none were docked with the exception of the USS Midway Museum which is always there.
  16. Had to get up during the night

    I loved playing tennis back when I was in Jr. and Senior High School. I could hang with the JV guys but not the Varsity guys as they were way to good and fast for me . I had a lot of fun doing it. I was a big fan of Bjorn Borg and loved watching him. I really loved watching Roger Federer play these past 2 weeks. A real class act. It made me miss playing tennis, but all those pesky back-shoulder-knee surgeries and being 55 years old keep me watching and not playing.
  17. Hanging out with John Moody

    Tami and I made it to Florence, Alabama to visit with John and Beth Moody. We have had a good time catching up with them.
  18. Hanging out with John Moody

    Tami and are both doing better today now that the meds are kicking in. Actually got a good nights sleep which was needed. After breakfast at the hotel we stopped by a Realtor's office and sat down with a nice guy who pulled us homes in the city of Smyrna TN. on the MLS and printed them out for us to explore. Just punch the addresses into the GPS and away we go. Found a couple of neighborhoods that we put in the "Good Pile" and put some others in to the "Bad Pile". The whole process is not about looking at specific houses, but looking at the communities and how good they are and location to the local amenities. So we stopped at Arby's and got something to keep up our strength to look at more neighborhoods.
  19. Hanging out with John Moody

    While we did not shoot, I have to say that I was really impressed with the shooting range that John works at. I have been to a number of indoor shooting ranges over the years, but I have never seen one as nice and as functional and well thought out as this one. Tami and I really enjoyed riding around Florence in John's truck as he and Beth gave us a running narrative. We really loved that restaurant we ate at. Florence Alabama is such a nice and friendly town and we always enjoy being there. If you ever find yourself down that way be sure to hook up with John Moody. He and Beth will stuff you full of food, and show you around Florence and share the great history of their home town that they are so proud of. The down-side to it was that yesterday Tami and I both got sick. This morning we went to a local Urgent Care facility just a few blocks from our hotel. Tami was coughing all night and lost most of her voice. I got her all the various meds over the counter at Wal-Mart and it didn't do a whole lot. The Urgent Care doctor checked us both out and found out that Tami had contracted the Flu. As a Teacher working with her kids makes her like a walking human tissue. So she very rarely gets more than a cold. But this flu kicked her butt. The last time she had the flu was about 9-10 years ago. I did not have the flu (I get the flu shot every year due to my lung issues), but my lungs started getting all gunked up so I got a steroid injection in my rump and then got the "Z-Pak" which is a 5 day treatment of Azithromycin which is basically like dropping nuclear bombs on the lung infection. Being that I am a life-long asthmatic, this is about the only thing that works for me. So now Tami and I are in our hotel in La Vergne, TN which is about 10 miles or so south east of Nashville. Tomorrow we will take an easy day and go see a local Realtor in Smyrna, TN which is about 10 minutes south from our hotel and get some information from the MLS on the different neighborhoods in Smyrna for us to check out and get the lay of the land. Depending on how we are feeling we will see about going to Franklin, TN and walk around a bit in the town square there. We drove through it but have not got out to walk around and enjoy the ambiance and the various little shops. I know my wife wants to get a few gifts for classroom aides and other teachers. On Saturday afternoon Tami and I will be boarding a play in Nashville to fly back home to Corona, California. We have had a great and relaxing (apart from getting sick with flu and bronchitis) time exploring retirement places and seeing some good friends.
  20. Christmas in Nashville, TN

    Today we drove up to Elizabethtown, KY which is about 45 miles south of Louisville, KY. Being that it is December 30th and a Saturday we could not find any Realtors who were in their offices. So we drove around for awhile and then stopped into the local Chick-Fil-A for lunch and tracked down a real estate site for the local area and had listed a number of communities on the cell phone. So we drove around to a number of places and eyeballed communities. Tami and I both agreed that Elizabethtown was a nice place, but was not a good fit for us. So we then headed up to Bardstown, KY where we had a friend and his family that lived there for a couple of years. It was a neat older town established in the late 1700's. We drove around for awhile and looked at all the cool old houses. The Town Square was a neat place with a lot of old building dating to the 1800's. They have done a good job keeping the historical buildings in good shape with a lot of stores and eating places. We picked up a few things from an art gallery that had about 30 local artists showing their various wares. We picked up a couple of smaller things that will pack in our luggage and won't get damaged when we fly home. Tomorrow Tami and I will be heading down to Florence, AL to spend a few days visiting with John Moody and his wife Beth. Tami and I are looking forward to getting to see them and enjoy their "Southern Hospitality". I gotta start practicing the local lingo. I talked with Ron Dudelston yesterday and he reminded me that I need to remember that "Y'all" is singular and "All Y'all" is plural. Heaven forbid that I would have a Southern Verbal Faux-Pas.
  21. Christmas in Nashville, TN

    In June my wife Tami and I found out that Tami's Mom had terminal pancreatic cancer. So we brought her to our home in Corona, CA to do hospice care as Tami's brother and his family live a few minutes away. Her Mom passed on July 27th and we finally got the entire estate closed out and all the funds to the family have been delivered. So Tami and I are pooped out so we decided to basically "Cancel Christmas" this year as we have been burning the candle at both ends for the past 6 months non-stop and we are in some desperate need of "R&R". So tomorrow morning we will be flying out to Nashville TN to spend 2 weeks exploring future retirement locations for us. Tami will most likely take a medical retirement in 2018 as she was born with cerebral palsy and she had her right hip replaced in 2016 and in 2018 will have to have her left knee replaced. So after talking with our money guy and looking at all the options, we are looking to get out of California and move the midwest. We will be bouncing around south of Nashville looking into Smyrna, Murfreesboro and Franklin TN as they have some good school districts in that area. Tami has been a "Special Educator" for over 30 years working primarily with children with autism so she wants to become a part time "Substitute Teacher" for Children with Special Needs". We will also be looking around north west of Nashville in the Clarksville area. We will then head into Kentucky and spend some time in Bowling Green and Elizabethtown. So hopefully we will have no issues on our trip. Us "California Kids" will have to get used to some colder weather as we travel. :-)
  22. Christmas in Nashville, TN

    Today Tami and I met with a Realtor husband and wife team who are in their early 60's that have lived in Bowling Green all their lives. We came in to ask about a specific community that we were having trouble finding from the MLS that was represented from their office as it was listed incorrectly. We ended up talking and laughing with them in their office for about 30 minutes and then they said they would drive us around and show us Bowling Green. So we hopped in their car and for the next 90 minutes they showed us around a lot of different neighborhoods as well as telling us about a lot of local history and showed us where they lived and where the used to live and drove us all around showing us the town square and the Western Kentucky University. The wife was a retired school teacher and my wife has been a special educator for 30+ years so we all got along great. Bowling Green is a really nice community and has been at the top of our list. Even more so since we got to have a private tour of the area. Tomorrow morning we will be heading north to Elizabethtown, KY which is about 45 miles south of Louisville, KY to look around. Our son Matthew lives about 20 minutes north of Indianapolis and he will be driving down to Elizabethtown to hang out with us for a few hours. Tami and I are looking forward to seeing him.
  23. Christmas in Nashville, TN

    Tami and I have been checking out a number of cities about 20-40 miles outside of the perimeter of Nashville. The 2 places in Tennessee that we both liked were Smyrna which is south-east of Nashville and Clarksville which is north-west of Nashville. We spent some time in Franklin which is south of Nashville but it is a much higher demographic (meaning way too pricey for us) but it is a nice place to hang out for a day. We made an overnight trip to Memphis to kick around and go to Graceland and walk around on Beale Street. We also got to have dinner with my wife's old Youth Pastor when she was in High School. Spent a couple of hours eating BBQ and chatting with him and his wife. Today we left Memphis and got into Bowling Green KY and hooked up with a Realtor who printed out a number of listing for homes in the areas and some of the areas where there are new construction. So tomorrow we will be driving around in Bowling Green looking at a number of different communities. So we have been having a great time and very much relaxed. Pics of the Mississippi River from the observation area on tope of the Bass Pro Shop in Memphis. Also a few pics of Beale Street this morning and some from Graceland.
  24. Tami and I flew into Nashville on December 24th and we have been enjoying our time looking at different communities around the perimeter of Nashville about 20-40 miles. Today we drove to Memphis and went to Graceland which was a lot of fun but cold in the 20's. We will be having dinner tonight with an old friend of Tami's in about half an hour at a BBQ place. Tomorrow we will head to Bowling Green Kentucky. Glad I got some thermal undies with this cold weather.
  25. I have had a knife in my pocket since I was 8 years old. My first knife belonged to my Great Grandfather which was a Case 2 bladed folder. I spent many hours whittling sticks and carving stuff on a tree in our front yard. Over the years I got into collecting knives. I had some nice custom made knives and built a display case for them. But as the kids came along my disposable income for the knives disappeared. So I sold off all of my custom knives and kept the ones that meant to most to me which were pocket knives carried by my Great Grandfather, Grandfather and Father. I have carried exclusively Spyderco knives since the the later 1980's. I really love the combination of straight and serrated edges to cut just about anything necessary. I also really love the composite handle with the aggressive texture so it won't slip in my hand. The photo is the Spyderco Endura with a 3.75" blade

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