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« Reply #950 on: July 15, 2019, 05:16:53 AM »
Just back from escorting SC and Maxx' lady to Yerevan, Armenia...as there are no flights via Georgia to the Rosina and the Sochi ferry to Batumi was full for days.

1/ Maxx your PC is temp and costs 6 times less than your MacBook!  It has v.little Ram and cannot be upgraded...the secret is close other programs or reboot to free up memory....I hope you and the Mac Pro will be reunited ...


2. It is +7 for Russia......8 is only used internally within Russia....just store all numbers with the international codes and they will work any where..no extra charge for using the intl code to make local calls on a cell/ mobile)

Over to you, now....this was all SC's doing.....I thought she was mad.

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« Reply #951 on: July 15, 2019, 07:50:19 AM »
I am supposed to be seeing Givi and Alvina in a few days. They are staying over by the Black Sea arena  That is about 30 miles north of Batumi. The Black Eyed Peas are or will be playing there.  I am going to have them hook me up and call Sonya and explain about the phones and the text messaging not going through. Funny though the calls go through but not the messages. The language problem adds to the misunderstandings. I am not sure who is angry.  If it is Sonya then Givi can straighten everything out. He is good at things like that.

Givi just told me the computer guy said where was water damage. That it might not be able to be fixed. I asked Givi to call him and ask if he has a 2015 or newer Macbook for sale.  My head is spinning from not knowing what is next.

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« Reply #952 on: July 15, 2019, 08:10:22 AM »

With 5 people it becomes like herding cats. Somebody is not going to be happy.

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« Reply #953 on: July 15, 2019, 11:36:15 AM »
I am supposed to be seeing Givi and Alvina in a few days. They are staying over by the Black Sea arena  That is about 30 miles north of Batumi. The Black Eyed Peas are or will be playing there.

They PLAYED there on June 16th - you were driving and probably tuned out to the Ringlish  :D


I am going to have them hook me up and call Sonya and explain about the phones and the text messaging not going through. Funny though the calls go through but not the messages. The language problem adds to the misunderstandings. I am not sure who is angry.  If it is Sonya then Givi can straighten everything out. He is good at things like that.

 Calling will be expensive and you'd be better paying S to have unlimited interness access - $6 / month in Russia - to allow her to message / chat

Givi just told me the computer guy said where was water damage. That it might not be able to be fixed. I asked Givi to call him and ask if he has a 2015 or newer Macbook for sale.  My head is spinning from not knowing what is next.

Get a 2nd opinion ? It is strange it took a week to diagnose ... I simply do not believe it - or the guy never looked at it earlier (
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« Reply #954 on: July 16, 2019, 11:00:12 AM »

But the really big event was not stated. Finally after 16 years I met someone I want to have a life with. The days we were together we grew closer and closer. But Saturday we parted at the Batumi train station and there is very little communication coming from her since. I have to face what that means. A few days before our departure I seen she was in serious mood. Suddenly she starts crying huge huge bent over wails. It was the saddest thing I ever seen! I almost started crying myself. She kept saying "robotic" which means her job. The situation reminds me of the movie Fiddler on the Roof  "A bird may love a fish but where will they build their home together?"
I knew this problem before. That is why last year I gave up on finding a wife from Russia or Ukraine. Where would we I build our home?

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« Reply #955 on: August 05, 2019, 09:38:48 AM »
I am excited as all heck! I am in the process of starting two businesses. Working with some folks here. Ordering inventory and various items to start these businesses. I'll be careful!

 I was in business in Minnesota from 1990 (Gold refining) until 2015. I took an early retirement at age 62. If I had waited until I reached full retirement age, age 66, I would have gotten a larger pension. However I did the math and it would take me to age 78 before making up for the 4 years of lost retirement income.

Another condition put on us retired folks is you cannot start a business outside the United States, join a partnership or work more that 45 hours a month without forfeiting your pension. Another way the government puts pressure on you to not retire early.

Anyway all those conditions are off me now because I reached full retirement age this May. When I get things going I'll post them here.

I'm doing a GQ suggested. Checking myself out of this board and only popping in once in a while to post updates

BTW I am relieved things worked out the way they did with the above lass (She is about to become a grandmother in November so I wouldn't have been robbing the cradle). I don't time for a woman in my life right now. A distraction when I need to stay focused. And perhaps I'll find one the natural way in all this business activity?

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« Reply #956 on: August 05, 2019, 09:48:24 AM »
Sounds good Maxx.

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« Reply #957 on: August 05, 2019, 09:55:35 AM »
Sounds really cool Max.  I'm glad you are staying busy in your retirement.  I've seen people who never really found anything to occupy their time and it looks to be a miserable existence.  One of the reasons I doubt I will ever retire myself.


I didn't realize Social Security had those restrictions in place when it comes to starting a business outside of the US.  Weird.

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« Reply #958 on: August 05, 2019, 11:05:39 AM »
I am elated to hear you've embarked on a more positive stride, maxx.

May you use better discretion in the future on who, and what, to share your lot with based on your recent experience. Don't fall victim on that again.

Good luck in your future endeavor.
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« Reply #959 on: August 05, 2019, 11:07:27 AM »
Thanks ML and LiveFromUkraine and GQ!  Perhaps I'll be like Colonel Sanders and become a success late in life? I had my years of success in the 90s and to mid 2000s.

Like the birth of a child, for a Mac guy getting a new Macbook is quite the deal. I have one on the way. I should have it in a week to 10 days. My old one from 2015 died. The newer one is totally refurbushed by a guy who has a good reputation. $750 plus the 18% import tax of $135. 8 Gigs of RAM verses 4 from my old one. An I-7 operating system instead of the I-5. 512 Gigabytes SSD verses the 256 I had before. 

My health is improving. No more needing to get up at night. Could it be the magnesium I am taking? Or the sulfuraphane from the broccoli sprouts I grow? The nice thing about Georgia is the beef has Omega-3s in it. ALL the cattle are grass fed. Omega-3s knock down inflamation. They are in fish too. That is why salmon is considered good to eat. I checked my morning blood glucose levels today and yesterday, 83 and 84. Even after the diet disruption from my visitors and all the tension around here (cortisol) I am still maintaining good health. Even losing weight.

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« Reply #960 on: August 05, 2019, 11:15:10 AM »

May you use better discretion in the future on who, and what, to share your lot with based on your recent experience. Don't fall victim on that again.


Lesson strongly learned. I am not going to be like Mark Twain's cat after sitting on a hot stove lid won't sit on a cold either (avoid women). I'll make sure to check the temperature before sitting down with anyone, woman or man.

Also I was restricted from making more than $1300 a month in income until I reached full retirement age. If I went over that level every 2 dollars I made 1 would be taken from my monthly pension.  So 50% taken right off the top. That applies outside the United States and inside. Retired Government do not have such restrictions. And they don't have Social Security either. GQ remember our friend Larry? He worked for SS. He told me he will get a pension of 80% of his government pay and free healthcare. Those of us in private sector don't have it as good.
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« Reply #961 on: August 05, 2019, 07:28:05 PM »
Hell yeah of course I remember the son of Clyde. Or is it Lorenzo? Hahah!

80% I was always under the impression itís full pension. It could be since they likely wonít get SS deduction anymore. Likely any other income tax/es. Not sure how that works.

Unions are the same maxx. They cap at a 30-year work period too.

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« Reply #962 on: August 06, 2019, 12:24:16 AM »

May you use better discretion in the future on who, and what, to share your lot with based on your recent experience. Don't fall victim on that again.


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« Reply #963 on: August 06, 2019, 01:45:31 AM »

80% I was always under the impression itís full pension. It could be since they likely wonít get SS deduction anymore. Likely any other income tax/es. Not sure how that works.


Works like this. A government worker (and this is from a known example) makes $75K. When he retires he gets $60K which is $5K a month. BUT he has to pay taxes on that. So Maybe he nets $3800 plus free health care. The platinum kind. And I believe he gets increases on the level of increased government pay. So I wouldn't be surprised if the net is closer to $5K than $4K. Nine years have past since then.

The maximum SS recipient gets, if he delays retirement to 70, is a $3770. No free health care. The average SS benefit is $1461 a month. I get $1277 a month. The reason it is so low is I pay my American ex between $500 to $600 a month for a lifetime spousal support agreement. If we had divorced in Texas instead of liberal Minnesota that would not be an issue. It will be lifted off of me if I out live her.

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« Reply #964 on: August 06, 2019, 09:13:25 AM »
Pretty cool, maxx. Thanks...

I get those annual SS statement they send out. I liken it more like a cheat sheet where they show you what to expect if you retired at certain ages, how much you've contributed (shows you your annual reported income since you started working, etc..). I'm often confused why the amount they're saying I'll get always seem to be a lot more than people are actually getting.

Anyway, It still gives me a fairly decent grasp that I can easily cover my golf budget when I retire and can still keep up with the latest and greatest clubs and drivers on the market that guarantees an additional 10 yards in every swing. If I keep up with these equipment technology giving me 10 yards every year, I really just need to show up at the club. The clubs will do all the work for me.

But, your thread dude. Always think positive and go make hay!
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« Reply #965 on: August 06, 2019, 10:08:02 AM »
I'm often confused why the amount they're saying I'll get always seem to be a lot more than people are actually getting.


You live in an expensive place in the country so you have to have an above average income. I was only making low six figures from 1993 through 2006. Then the Free trade deal hit, NAFTA etc and wiped out my client base. One of the two main issues Trump trumpeted. I paid into Social Security $248,000. Your 15.3% FICA tax that you have paid on from dollar one on everything you have earned probably has got your account into quite a few hundreds of thousands of dollars. Frankly if you got paid a decent rate of interest you should have doubled or tripled it by now. But the government doesn't pay interest.

Cool about the golf. Getting new gadgets is a lot fun. Kind of like to tool guy on 'Home Improvement' when he gets the latest hammer drill or saber saw, woo woo woo! I'll feel that way when my Apple laptop arrives.

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« Reply #966 on: August 06, 2019, 11:10:03 AM »
OK maxx, secret confessions here:

You live in an expensive place in the country so you have to have an above average income. I was only making low six figures from 1993 through 2006. Then the Free trade deal hit, NAFTA etc and wiped out my client base. One of the two main issues Trump trumpeted. I paid into Social Security $248,000. Your 15.3% FICA tax that you have paid on from dollar one on everything you have earned probably has got your account into quite a few hundreds of thousands of dollars. Frankly if you got paid a decent rate of interest you should have doubled or tripled it by now. But the government doesn't pay interest.

When I first arrived, mumski beat this down on us that it was against the law for us immigrant/s to become a burden to society. We are never to ask for government assistance or we'll get deported. She said that things like social security is something we needed to pay back to society for allowing us to be here, and we will never get any of this refunded back to us. Needless to say, it didn't take long for my brothers and I to realize that wasn't really true. It said that in the affidavit we are not to rely on the government for assistance but Uncle Sam never really enforced it. But the lasting effect of Mumski's words was neither me nor my bros had ever gotten any form of government assistance - EVER. My younger bro was unemployed for over a year in 2010 and he never found himself in the unemployment line filing for a 'check'. We offered to help the bro out a bit ourselves but even with that, he didn't really need it. Good on him, man.

My point is, none of us ever relied on whatever this SS program will or will not do. It's the result of Mumski's fib. She got all of us thinking of self-reliance and preservation. i.e. developed our own 'nest egg'. Big bro is retiring soon. Lives in Frisco - owns a huge home in one of the better neighborhood on the hill - fully paid for.  He's sitting on a goldmine. He'll be OK, I think.

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Cool about the golf. Getting new gadgets is a lot fun. Kind of like to tool guy on 'Home Improvement' when he gets the latest hammer drill or saber saw, woo woo woo! I'll feel that way when my Apple laptop arrives.

An 'ex' auditioned to become Tim Allen's Tool Time Girl in that show to replace Pamela Anderson. But Debbie Dunning (sp) beat a whole bunch of them to get the role. My 'ex' was a total babe, but Debbie, damned, was just smokin'!!  Although it wasn't exactly a 'prestigious, ground-breaking role'.  :devil:

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« Reply #967 on: August 06, 2019, 01:00:23 PM »
I look at Social Security as something that will be a surprising bonus if it is available when I am of age to collect.  I will probably donate it to a charitable cause anyway.  Not that I would mind not even getting what I put into Social Security if it went to someone who needed it more.  I just don't trust the government to decide such things.

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« Reply #968 on: August 12, 2019, 03:43:52 AM »
A wise man once said, "Old age is one of the most unexpected things to happen to a man."  ;D

Yesterday I am sitting out front on the patio chatting with Joggo my landlord. We are getting pretty good at using the translation feature on my cell. And my increasing knowledge of Russian helps. When my upper left front tooth falls out. Joggo's wife's sister is a dentist. This morning and 30 minutes later problem solved. She glued it back into place. 20 GEL which is ..... $6.92

In western Wisconsin in 2015 I go to the dentist. The dentist looks in my mouth and says. "Root canal, root canal, root canal, implant, implant, crown, crown and crown. He was very flippant about it. He knew I didn't have the money. I asked his dental assistant about the price. She said $22,400. The alternative is pull my teeth and get dentures. The State of Wisconsin will pay for tooth removal and dentures but the won't pay for doing it right. So I am thinking, "Hell I'll find a dentist that is much less expensive.

I met a Georgian woman who teaches Georgian and Russian to embassy employees. She told me about a dentist in Tbilisu that does the dental work of the embassies employees. He is considered high price. His office was way better equipped that my Wisconsin dentist. A long story short over a few months all work done, about $2000

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« Reply #969 on: August 13, 2019, 11:34:34 AM »
Tonight I went to the local store. I bought 2 large liter bottles in mineral water and 2 dozen quail eggs. The eggs were 2.7 GEL which is less than $1 per dozen. The water about 35 cents.

I am coming down the street I see a rather large woman with two white medium size dogs on leashes. When she got closer I noticed these dogs horns on their head and their ears sticking out the side. They were billy goats.

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« Reply #970 on: September 14, 2019, 11:20:53 AM »
Maxx,

I hope all is going well and that you will continue with your blog.

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« Reply #971 on: September 19, 2019, 09:53:41 PM »

Yesterday I am sitting out front on the patio chatting with Joggo my landlord. We are getting pretty good at using the translation feature on my cell. And my increasing knowledge of Russian helps. When my upper left front tooth falls out. Joggo's wife's sister is a dentist. This morning and 30 minutes later problem solved. She glued it back into place. 20 GEL which is ..... $6.92



It lasted a week and fell out again. The second glue back costed me 10 GEL ($3.46) only lasted 2 days. So I decided to wait for my dentist in Tbilisi to do it right. He is well equipped and trained to Western standards. So I got it fixed when I was in Tbilisi last week. They put a bigger peg in it and after 10 days it seems to be Okay. It was a crown I got done back in early 2016. 


I also had two other broken teeth side by side (upper left). I found out they needed a root canal. One was a single root and the other a double root. Got those done. Total cost for everything was 685 GEL ($232). In the States my dentist quoted me $1200 per root canal. $2400! The $2,168 I saved I could live here comfortably for two months!  Maybe even three months. BTW I have been told my dentist is considered expensive by Georgian standards. Embassy employees use him and there is absolutely no pain. I didn't even feel the pain of the Novocain needle. They swab the gum with something that makes it painless. Modern dentistry is amazing!


Back in the States I was given two options. Pull my teeth and get dentures. Or get them fixed right with crowns, root canals, a bridge and a couple of implants. Total cost quoted to me was $22,400. Here I got everything done for between $2000 to $3000 at my "expensive" dentist.
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« Reply #972 on: September 19, 2019, 10:45:21 PM »
A week ago from last Sunday I attended an expat event in Tbilisi. Too bad they don't have any here in Batumi. Anyway I met three ladies. One was a Brazilian of Japanese decent. I would say early 50s. But she was there to meet a particular guy. The other two women were way young for me (late thirties). But I've been in communication with both. One is an American from Missouri. A very friendly upbeat person. And very pretty. I seen all the men there giving her the look over. She sat next to me and we had a nice conversation. Later she gave me her contact information with the hope of me getting her a referral for a job in editing. The other lady was Georgian. I found her very attractive. Such big eyes! I learned later she was a ballet dancer employed by the Georgian National Opera. She is in her late 30s and has a daughter, a single mom. We had quite a chat yesterday. I don't know if that will continue but if it does when I get back to Tbilisi I'll invite her and her daughter to the Hard Rock Cafe.

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« Reply #973 on: September 19, 2019, 11:43:37 PM »



A week and a day ago I had a meeting with AmCham, the American Chamber of Commerce in Tbilisi. I was with a Georgian man and his American wife. We are working on getting a food service business going in Tbilisi.The man that met with us was from the UK, an Englishman named George married to a Georgian woman. We sat in their conference room at a long table.


Starting a business in Georgia is super easy. To become a LLC it is a one day deal. The only thing that takes time is getting a translation done. That just takes a day. Other than that it is like 15 minutes to get incorporated.


George told that a successful food service business is possible, even with the weak economy. He told us to check out a business called the Fire Wok as he noticed they get good business.


http://glovoapp.com/ka-ge/tbi/store/fire-wok/


After the meeting was over we walked over to the Fire Wok. It was 2 blocks away. First thing we noticed was there were 4 Glovo scooter drivers waiting for orders to finish and to be delivered. This was about 2 in the afternoon. The Fire Wok is best described as a hole-in-the-wall. I would say about 120 square feet (not yards). About the size of a small bedroom. I think the key is find a small place and rely on a delivery service like Glovo, Volt or Menu.ge. They charge 3 GEL for delivery. The customer pays for that.


George also told us of a restaurant that he and his wife go to in a city that is 100 kilometers away. He said he and wife will drive more that two hours to get there. The restaurant is Mexican. He said there is no good Mexican food in Tbilisi. Mexican food was something we had been exploring. George said if we got something going with Mexican food he and his wife would be our best customers.


My newest friend is an American that has been living in Georgia for several months now. He has been unemployed for quite some time and has been living off of savings. He worked in the oil business in Azerbaijan. He is not having much success with his job quest. Anyway I talked with him about teaching me how to cook Tex-Mex food. He and his father ran a Tex-Mex restaurant in southwest Texas. He told me the only thing he can't get here is good corn flour. So we will order this off of Amazon


http://www.amazon.com/Maseca-Gluten-Free-Instant-Flour/dp/B07QWK9G4P/ref=sr_1_1?crid=140BX2XN6771M&keywords=corn+masa+flour&qid=1568726213&s=gateway&sprefix=Corn+Masa+Flour%2Caps%2C283&sr=8-1


The truth is I have been suffering from quite a lot of depression lately. It will be real difficulty in getting a business going with this on me. My enthusiasm for anything, especially women, has left me. But anything positive happening I will snap out of it.


Tourist season is supposed to go to October but it really dies out by September. Virtually no tourists even though the weather has been excellent (70s-80s F) and little rain.
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« Reply #974 on: September 20, 2019, 12:35:00 AM »


If you wanted to pay someone to build you a rocket to get you into space, for increased chances of success, would you choose a rocket scientist with 40 years experience to lead the project or a guy with little or no experience? What's your and the unemployed American's experience in the restaurant business? You'll need more than just a good cook to be successful.

Before choosing a business partner you know little about and dumping money in a business, cook up some food with your partner and have people try it out. Figure out if they'll pay for it and pay for it more than once.
There are people that will pass info about you and your family. Do not share info about yourself or share photos as they can search for you on the internet and distribute what they found since they are allowed to participate here.

 

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