Sat. Feb. 24, 2018 – Saturday morning open

73F with 93%RH and overcast this am. Lots of kid stuff to do, and work on the rent house, so “talk amongst yourselves.”

nick

22 thoughts on “Sat. Feb. 24, 2018 – Saturday morning open”

  1. @nick – re Even though my sales are slow, I’m encouraging everyone to get selling on ebay or amazon.

    On the never shrinking to-do list – question for you – have you/do you use any of the auction manager tools that are out there or do you do everything ‘manually’?

  2. I tried one a couple of years ago, and it wasn’t worth it for me. I do everything manually now. I do search for the item, look at sold listings for pricing, and then click “sell one like this” as a base to start from… That saves time.

    I also learned to take good photos the first time so you don’t have to spend time editing or correcting them. That is a huge time saver. The last photo I take is of the item on the scale with a notepad with box size written on it also visible. That gives me the size and weight for shipping when I get to doing the listing. I typically will prep and shoot a bunch of items, then list them later. I can never remember the size and weight.

    I also use the “sell similar” button when I can but you have to be careful of ‘copy and paste’ errors when you do.. . Like if you have 2 items the same except for size, and you end up with titles that are exactly the same, even though one should be 36 and one 34…

    n

    added- I’m just about at the point where I should do a store type listing. I’ve got to spend a bit more time looking at it. One advantage with an ebay store is that you can set an “out of office” message instead of just hoping no one buys while you’re on vaca or ending all your listing for the duration.

  3. We got a good dump of snow day before yesterday. I can the neighbors shoveling and running their snow blowers.
    I’m inside doing laundry, chasing down dog hair with the shop vac (DeWalt Battery powered – awesome tool), cleaned the bathroom and getting set to tackle the kitchen.

    Kiddo is more sensibly playing outside in the glorious snow.

    Confirmed Nick’s take on Costcos canned peas. They are utter rubbish. Will packing ours off to the food bank as neither spouse nor kid will eat them. Will try a couple alternates on them before stocking up.

    Dropped drive into Post Office mailbox last night to Nick.

    Wish the neighborhood kids were more interested in pocket money. I moved some of the snow around last night and it’s the heavy wet stuff. Tempting to pack it down and be the bad neighbor…

  4. My neighborhood Winn-Dixie has been bought by Shoppers Value. Does anyone here have experience with that chain?

  5. Wish the neighborhood kids were more interested in pocket money.

    It’s no longer in the value system. In the good ol’ days it was a neighbor kid who delivered your paper. There was no shortage of kids wanting to do yard work or shovel snow. Have an odd job, the help was there.

    Now kids expect to be paid a BIG “allowance” for doing nothing, parents/parent must provide an expensive smart phone and game system. When old enough a new car, used is not good enough.

    Kids no longer develop a work ethic. Sure there are the rare exceptions, but in my day it was the other way around by a lot.

    In more good news, just saw on my local news feed a “boy” and a “girl” have been arrested for conspiring to murder another kid. Stupid idiots were doing the plotting behind grocery store whose surveillance cameras had sound in addition to video. Pretty damning evidence. This is in a rural area close to here called Kiona-Benton. The country kids want to be gangstas.

    Our blown down community mailbox is starting to bring a few of the neighbors together to get it fixed. Of the 18 houses that use the mailbox 4 of us are willing to do anything about it.

  6. I spent several hours yesterday working on mail filters. I’ve used the Apple Mail client for years, but several months ago, every update screwed up the filters. I switched to Airmail, but it has become wonky with filters interfacing with Gmail that I decided to put all the filter right in the Gmail interface. I didn’t realize what a clunky interface Gmail filters have. You can export/import filters, but it is in xml. I decided to hack through understanding the format and quirks Gmail has importing them. I finally came up with a skeleton xml file that seems to work. Things have to be in a certain order in the actual filter section. I don’t have a lot of filters, but they work faster and sort incoming email into folders/labels before I even see them in Airmail.

  7. In the good ol’ days it was a neighbor kid who delivered your paper.

    The newspapers found it was cheaper to hire an adult with a car to deliver. Any blame goes to the economy, which has been bad enough that delivering newspapers for crap pay is an attractive option for some adults.

    Now kids expect to be paid a BIG “allowance” for doing nothing

    Yah. But not in our household. Training kids to be welfare moochers is not happening here.

    But it is a big problem. Even when kids are going around asking about mowing or shoveling, they’re looking for big bucks, like $40 to mow our lawn, which would probably take a teen a bit over an hour. (I do it in a bit under an hour, but I’ve been mowing it for years and have optimized the process.) To hell with them. For that rate, I’ll do the damned work myself.

    Of the 18 houses that use the mailbox 4 of us are willing to do anything about it.

    I suggest Little Red Hen rules.

    The Little Red Hen was my favorite book as a child and continues to inform a good chunk of my personal morality.

  8. “Confirmed Nick’s take on Costcos canned peas. They are utter rubbish.”

    Wow, can’t believe anyone remembered that. Yes, they are horrible. Their canned sweet corn is right off the cob fresh. Hard to believe there is such a big difference.

    “Of the 18 houses that use the mailbox 4 of us are willing to do anything about it.”

    I’d put up 4 mailboxes then…..

    Do some searching online, I got a catalog from a company that JUST does community and individual mailboxes. Might want more of the big, shared package boxes than normal too.

    “Millions Of Working-Age Men Will Never Return To The Labor Market, Fed Says”

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-23/millions-working-age-men-will-never-return-labor-market-fed-says

    Of course this is no surprise to many of us here. Take it as a wakeup call to start your own line of income that doesn’t depend on the whims of an HR staff.

    And this is absolutely sickening.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2018-02-23/shocked-and-outraged-four-broward-deputies-waited-outside-school-children-were

    But we should trust them and give them special privileges and hold them in high esteem… OH, and give up our guns. Several people have more to say about this than me and from a LEO perspective. If you haven’t already read the usual suspects on this, I’ll do a link post later.

    Got a Girl Scout “Daddy Daughter” dance tonight. Western theme. Had to buy some boots. Have to wear the small gun tonight…

    nick

  9. @SteveF said:

    I suggest Little Red Hen rules.

    The Little Red Hen was my favorite book as a child and continues to inform a good chunk of my personal morality.

    I am sure that this can no longer be read in school. I am sure it is considered racist and homophobic at the least.

    That reminds me, I have several book boxes full of the Little Golden Books. On Amazon the Kindle versions are more expensive than the hard cover versions.

    BTW, I am with you @SteveF as this being an example of my morals too.

  10. Of the 18 houses that use the mailbox 4 of us are willing to do anything about it.

    Don’t give in to the 14 moochers. They’ll pay attention when the lights are turned off for non-payment. Or phone, internet, car insurance, whatever.

  11. Unfortunately the Post Office will not allow us to withhold the keys for people who do not want to pay. We must also install a box with same number of boxes as before, 18. The Post Office controls the keys. Yes, F’d up. “We” are responsible for maintenance and upkeep, but we have no control. And no, if we had an HOA the situation would be the same. It’s the Post Office’s box, but…

    All this great news comes directly from the Postmisses mouth. My Wife and I waited over an hour at the Post Office on Friday to be granted an audience with her “hindness”. She does not take phone calls from us serfs. Our wonderful regular carrier clued us in on how to pay her the proper “respect” so we could even get in to see her and not get thrown out and make our situation worse.

  12. how to pay her the proper “respect”

    Seems to me a shiv in the kidney would be the proper level of respect.

    Will packing ours off to the food bank as neither spouse nor kid will eat them.

    Could you use them in soup or a pot pie? Is the flavor bad (enough to contaminate whatever you put them in) or is it just the texture that’s bad? If the latter, they should be fine in soup.

  13. @Steve
    The canned peas are mushy and have a peculiar chemically sweetness. I’ll eat them because they are calories and I just don’t care. They’d contaminate snything they joined.
    Douglas Adams brilliant line about tea fits
    “almost but not quite entirely unlike peas”

    Paper routes – had one starting in 6th grade. Awesome experience. Sucks no longer an option. Few opportunities for kids to work. Teaching them to develop their own jobs and market themselves is probably the way to go.

    Little Red Hen. Best story ever. Along with the Aesop fables. I particularly like the donkey, father, and son perishing in the river due to their folly of pleasing all.

    Regarding the school security officer and Broward officers who didn’t enter the school. I seem to recall it has been tested in court a number of times, and the outcome has consistently been that there is no obligation to protect individual life. I am curious to see whether those past rulings will be applied to any court battles that rise out of the officers failing to attempt to protect the children.

    The cynic in me thinks it will, and that there will be few if any consequences.

    Shivs. Pah. Heads on pikes.

  14. “Confirmed Nick’s take on Costco’s canned peas. They are utter rubbish.”
    Not sure Costco is to blame here, I’ve never experienced an acceptable canned pea; I don’t think peas are amenable to canning except as soup.

  15. Regarding canned peas, it’s not the canning that’s the problem, it’s that it’s a pea. I don’t care much for peas even frozen ones. Of course canned peas are worse than frozen. Snap peas and snow peas are the only peas I really like.

  16. Bright green frozen peas are visible on their way out. That tells me they probably shouldn’t find their way IN….

    I’d find a way to put 4 normal sized mailboxes, and the rest matchbox sized….. same number as before….

    We have raised our kids on the little golden books starting out with The Manners Book.. “a gentleman always helps a lady on with her coat”. The old ones are best as they are not ‘controlled vocabulary’ have complete and complex sentences, etc. , depending on the story. We skipped most of the ones from the last 20 years except disney. Scuffy the Tugboat, the naughty puppies, the train that won’t stay on the rails, and my favorite, and my 6 yo’s fav, the Big Golden Book of the Uncle Remus stories. Goes for $35 or more in good condition on ebay. REALLY GOOD stories. The dialect is challenging because it’s changed over time, and the old dialect sounds different enough to make it hard to stick with what’s written. Well worth the effort though.

    Lots of folks out there looking for older Golden Books.

    n

  17. almost all the entry level jobs for kids are now done by adults, often immigrants, legal or otherwise.

    Paper delivery, lawn cutting, snow removal, restaurant work, fast food, retail…

    those are the places you learn to be there ontime, support your coworkers, work a set time, and how to be an employee.

    n

  18. Dave wrote:

    “Regarding canned peas, it’s not the canning that’s the problem, it’s that it’s a pea. I don’t care much for peas even frozen ones. Of course canned peas are worse than frozen. Snap peas and snow peas are the only peas I really like.”

    I’m old enough to remember my mum shelling peas fresh from the pod, and cooked within an hour or two. Frozen peas are fine but I avoid canned ones.

  19. DadCooks wrote:

    “In the good ol’ days it was a neighbor kid who delivered your paper. There was no shortage of kids wanting to do yard work or shovel snow”

    I’d pass on letting my kids (if I had any) work in the neighbourhood, or letting others’ kids work at my place. Had two 10 year old girls knock on the door thirty years ago wanting to work in my garden. Thanks, but no thanks. Potential minefield, especially if they wanted to come in and use the bathroom.

  20. Had two 10 year old girls knock on the door thirty years ago wanting to work in my garden. Thanks, but no thanks. Potential minefield, especially if they wanted to come in and use the bathroom.

    You are of course, correct. It’s a shame though, because it didn’t use to be that way. When I was a kid, bad things happened, but they didn’t get sensationalized in the news. We were told to avoid strangers, and let do things without adult supervision that would get CPS called on you today. When I was 5, I walked to and from school with two older kids, and they were only a few years older.

  21. After mum walked me to school a few times (aged five) I was on my own. It was about 500 metres.

    In about 1985 an (adult) young woman came to the door, selling something or other. She then said she’d been holding on for a while, could she use the bathroom? I said okay. When I told my sister she was aghast that a woman would enter a house occupied by a guy she didn’t know.

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