Tues. Jun. 21, 2022 – not for the weak

Hot, “but of course”… and humid, ‘cuz we “can’t have one without the other” in Houston.  Temps are creeping up as summer continues.  No end in sight, just gotta let the calendar run.

No rain in sight either, despite being on a little spur of “thunderstorms and rain possible” on the national forecast.

Did some things yesterday.  Less than I’d hoped despite the early start to my day.   Today will have to be long and have a lot of driving as a consequence.    I may head to the BOL with a truck load late in the day.  I’ll have to see how it shapes up.  Not that I can afford to not do things around the house.  I cut the grass yesterday and had to take half width passes or the mower would stall.  The grass was LONG.  There is a lot of stuff I’ve been putting off or haven’t gotten to and it’s all stacked up.

We’ll see how it goes.

Spent some time chatting with a friend.  He’s really p!ssed about what’s going on in the country.   His family has some medical setbacks, and some financial hardships and neither is getting better as the economy craters.  He’s not the only one I talked to this past week that lamented that his kids aren’t going to have a world like he did to grow up into.   If we get the depression that seems to be coming he’s absolutely right.   Growing up during that will mark our kids forever.   I had a great aunt who was young during the “Great Depression” of the 30s.   Even long afterwards, when she was well off, she’d STILL buy canned goods with no labels that had been marked down so she could save money, and get more food.

If there’s anyone here who has never wondered what they were going to eat, not “which of these things should I eat” but “what can I find to eat”, I’ll tell you it changes you.   Doesn’t matter if that situation is long or short term, although how you change and the magnitude of the change are different, you CHANGE.    If you’ve never had a meal ONLY because someone saw what was going on and gave you food to eat, or if you’ve never eaten an onion sandwich because that’s all that was in the house, or if you’ve never stolen food to eat, well, you are in for some new experiences coming soon to a place near you.  UNLESS YOU PREP.

I know it’s doom and gloom and it seems really hard to believe it could happen here.   It DID happen here.   We are NOT in a better place if it happens again.   We aren’t a cohesive nation with a common society, and a history of toughness and individuality, coupled with a strong civic sense of community and responsibility anymore.  There are pockets of that, but even outside the cities, illegal immigration and drugs like meth and cannabis have splintered and destroyed communities.   The people growing weed in the national forest in Oklahoma are not stand up citizens.   The people cooking meth in no tell motels are not going to support  their neighbors in a time of trial.  That stash house on the county lane with 22 illegals locked inside isn’t going to lend a helping hand if you need one.

Hard times are coming and if you don’t believe that and do something about it you will not get through it to the other side.   Whatever Russia and Ukraine would have exported to feed other countries isn’t there.  It won’t be there NEXT year either, no matter what happens with Vlad and the Ukrainian money laundry this year.   Those crops are not in the ground.   The tractors are not in the equipment sheds.  We are looking at crop issues ourselves, and our reserves have been tapped for the last few years due to floods and poor harvests and the wuflu nonsense.  Those people in far off lands will DEMAND food.   Governments will provide it or fall.   Ours is likely to starve us so that they can play their games overseas, because that is what they do.   They send $40B to Ukraine, but cut benefits to seniors and vets (if not already then coming soon.)  You can be sure that there will be USAID food “relief” provided for all the starving kids in africa, and we’ll have our own starving kids.

Don’t put yourself and your loved ones in that position.   Stack some food now.  You can always eat it later if I’m wrong, you are just pulling the spending and the stacking forward in time.   And it’s still cheap compared to what it will cost when it goes pear shaped.   Remember when we were watching Venezuela?  There was never one point where you could say “OK, that’s it, I’m outta here” based on one change or one condition.   People just woke up two years later and there was no food to eat, no meds at the hospital, and their savings were worthless.  It happened incrementally.   WE ARE GOING THROUGH THE SAME THING.   Inflation is robbing us of purchasing power.  Our money buys less every day.   If the deflation sets in, the prices (for some things) will crash, but there won’t be anything left to buy or anyone who can buy it.

The decline in the stock market in 2008 worked the same way.   Look at the charts, small ups and downs but the overall trend was down.

Our stores are short on goods.  Our pharmacies are short on meds.   Civic services are deteriorating, or taking longer to get the same service as the past.  Those are all signs it is already underway.  Does anyone thing it will all be back to “normal” in 3 months?  Or 6?  If so, why?  And if not, then DO SOMETHING.

Like stacking all the things…

nick

94 Comments and discussion on "Tues. Jun. 21, 2022 – not for the weak"

  1. Greg Norton says:

    What should be is an exit from law enforcement.

    This. The problem is: they may leave Uvalde, but they will be hired the next town over. In the worst case, they’ll have to move to a different state.

    My “Member Manager” at CGI was a quota hire ex-Army, ex-Cop. He was old enough that I inagine he had a full military pension but not so old that he had enough civil service points in to qualify for a check from wherever he worked in law enforcement. He did something while he was a cop. My wife thinks he shot someone based on his personality and her experience with the type at the VA. 

    Maybe.

    He was a really lousy tech manager regardless. 

  2. Greg Norton says:

    >> All Buc-ee’s are 24 hours. We hit Temple about 9 PM last night and the place was still busy.

    And you can live there, kinda, sorta.

    Buc-ee’s is really sensitive about loitering. None of the stores even have stand up tables outside, and cameras are everywhere.

    My guess is that it is part of the reason they hire ex-cops like my former manager … even if they may have shot someone.

    Get in, shop, and get out. And don’t even think about leaving your car parked at the gas pump.

  3. ayjblog says:

    Gentlemen

    a question

    a friend asked me about a ranking of US universities for BSEE, I know a couple, but Ill try to avoid diploma mills. Surely is MIT, TAMU, etc,

    Someone knows if there is such ranking?

    thanks

  4. ~jim says:

    I was scheduled to have a one stage laparoscopic resection of my sigmoid colon today, the summer solstice. My intestines had other plans, however, and exploded on the night of Friday, May 13th. The result was a couple weeks in hospital and a big ol’ incision running down my belly as well as a plastic bag to shit in. It will be six months or so until they can finally reconnect my gut to my butt in another round of surgery. 

    Not fun, to say the least. So let this serve as a warning: if you have had more than a couple bouts of diverticulitis get your resection done ASAP. Doctors kept putting me off, and I regret not pushing harder for the rather simple one stage procedure.
     

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  5. lpdbw says:

    ranking of US universities for BSEE

    Ranking is hard, and I suspect it changes over time.

    Back in 1972, when I went into engineering, I only had one college in mind.  MIT.

    My high school guidance counselor insisted that I needed a fallback, so I applied to the University of Illinois.

    MIT rejected me.  I got my BS Computer Science in 1976 from U of I , and found out later, well after graduation, that it was commonly accepted wisdom that the top 3 engineering schools of that era were MIT, Stanford, and U of I.  And that it was useless saying which was first, second, or third.

    That surprised me, since I spent 4 years with a chip on my shoulder.  But in a career spanning 45 years, I’ve noticed that I received great preparation for actually doing the job at hand.  Other people have been able to do things I couldn’t, but often people are constrained by their boxes and can’t think outside them.   To solve a problem, you need to identify the problem, the likely causes, and solutions.  Solutions are not necessarily technological.  Lots of engineers miss that.

    How much of that is personal vs. my education I don’t know.  And there comes the biggest point:  Good schools can produce bad graduates, and average schools can produce amazing talent.  A bad student can waste opportunities anywhere, and an excellent student can get an excellent education at an average school, but he has to work harder for it.

  6. Ray Thompson says:

    I regret not pushing harder for the rather simple one stage procedure

    Well that certainly suck huge dust bunnies. Friday the 13th really fell on a Friday.

  7. Chad says:

    RE: Uvalde

    I think it just emphasizes the point you can’t expect law enforcement to come to your rescue. I’ve never been in that situation, so it’s easy for me to be judgmental. Whether it was gross incompetence, cowardice, miscommunication, lack of training, a simple unwillingness to trade their life for another, or a mix of those things, nobody knows what they will do in that situation until they’re in it. However, it is the job they signed up for and if taking a bullet to protect civilians you have no emotional attachment to is something you can’t see yourself doing then maybe find a different career field. Again, though, most of them probably talked a big game about hypothetically kicking in the door and taking down a shooter until their life was on the line.

    “No plan survives first contact with the enemy””

    Or, if you prefer Mike Tyson’s 1987 version, “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

  8. Chad says:

    I was scheduled to have a one stage laparoscopic resection of my sigmoid colon today, the summer solstice. My intestines had other plans, however, and exploded on the night of Friday, May 13th. The result was a couple weeks in hospital and a big ol’ incision running down my belly as well as a plastic bag to shit in. It will be six months or so until they can finally reconnect my gut to my butt in another round of surgery. 

    Not fun, to say the least. So let this serve as a warning: if you have had more than a couple bouts of diverticulitis get your resection done ASAP. Doctors kept putting me off, and I regret not pushing harder for the rather simple one stage procedure.

    Damn, Jim. That sucks. Though, I appreciate your candor. 🙂 If it would boost your morale, I have a list of people and organizations you can mail those full bags to.

    a friend asked me about a ranking of US universities for BSEE, I know a couple, but Ill try to avoid diploma mills. Surely is MIT, TAMU, etc,

    Waste of time. I’m sure Google has a certificate they can earn over the course of a weekend.

  9. JimB says:

    That Buc-ees vid was interesting. After, I watched this:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=JfKXt69rJrQ

    by the same couple. Biggest? YBTJ. Reminds me of “Best in class”, whatever that means.

    Still waking up, and responding to a minor PEBKAC problem. Haven’t read past yesterday’s stuff, so blind posting. Hope I didn’t step on any toes.

  10. Greg Norton says:

    Waste of time. I’m sure Google has a certificate they can earn over the course of a weekend.

    What? No mention of Jay-Z and Jack Dorsey’s Bitcoin Academy?

  11. Nick Flandrey says:

    88F and 78%RH this morning, and I am definitely sick.    Feels like a cold.  Mild headache, mild body ache,  no real cough, sniffle, or sneeze.   Spent the night in bed with chills under heavy blankets, but no fever.  Can hold my breath without difficulty.

    Wife used the last two chinkyflu tests on the girls before sending them to camp, so I have to go to CVS or HEB and get a test for me.   This sucks, I’ve got hours of driving to do and I really just want to sleep.

    n

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  12. ayjblog says:

    I know google, of course, but, as the late Jerry Pournelle always said, we live in a credencialist world, surely MIT,Rensseslaer,TAMU,Stanford etc but, Arkansas? Twin Cities?

    there is a thing named ABET, but i dont know if it is trustworthy. Even there are 4 years BSEE and 5 years BSEE.

    Nothing is easy

  13. MrAtoz says:

    Hang in there Mr. ~Jim. We’re rooting for you. Maybe you can freeze dry your shitbags and sell them on EBay as genuine samples of The Kamel‘s brain matter.

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  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    @ayjblog – it has been a long time since I was looking at schools, and I have a few years before I have to start doing it again….   but it is a bit of a scam that requires careful reading.   There are enough ranked lists that almost every school can quote them and claim to be “the best for xxxxxx”.

    It might be worth searching Linked In for the major you are researching and then looking at the sort of people that have the degree from a particular school.   Alumni networking is very important to success.

    I would not consider any school that didn’t have a work/study program that places a student in a real company for school credit.   Those programs turn a 4 year degree into a 5 year effort but they show the seriousness of the program, and that local companies value the students.

    nick

  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    WRT cowardice and uvalde, training and doctrine are supposed to work together to overcome the objections your brain and body have to putting the meat at risk.

    They waited too long, and had a chance to think of the personal consequences.   Doctrine is very clear, arrive on site, partner, enter and attack the threat.  No time for introspection or second thoughts.  Training and muscle memory are supposed to carry you through.   

    I’d bet money that any training they did was half assed.   No one really believes it will happen to them at their sleepy little town.

    Along the same lines, when someone challenges me for bringing my trauma bag with me to any of the kids’ events because “that sort of thing is exceedingly rare” or “that never happens here”, I ask them if they can guarantee me that no “non-custodial parent” will show up looking for the kid.   Do they know the other parents well enough to know that their business won’t follow them to an event (drug dealers, coyotes, gangbangers)…  it’s very clear they haven’t even thought about criminal violence.

    No one is protected by their zip code.

    n

    (we had our pool shot up by a driveby, and a variety of ‘big city’ problems in our “good”neighborhood.  Why do you rob banks?  That’s where the money is…)

  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    Lynn called it back in February….

    Lynn says:

    13 February 2022 at 08:04   (Edit)

    Filled up in Victoria on my way back to Port Lavaca last night.  These 40 mph headwinds are not good for my gas mileage, only got 17 mpg on that tank.  Put in 28 gallons at 3.19 $/us gallon for $86.

    We had a preacher at our church from Los Angeles on the first Sunday in January.   He could not believe that our gasoline was 2.85 $/us gallon at the time in Sugar Land.  He was paying 5.20 $/us gallon in Los Angeles.  

    The price of crude oil is jumping on rumors of war in Ukraine.  If Russia goes in, I expect the crude price to jump from 90 $/us barrel to 150 $ or so.

  17. SteveF says:

    ayjblog, I can’t in good conscience recommend Rennselaer for an engineering BS. I went there in the 1980s, live nearby, and know a bunch of people who either work there or recently attended there. It’s lately become a wokiversity more than an engineering school. It’s possible that other schools have done the same but RPI’s ranking has dropped from top-five on any list of US engineering schools to near the bottom of a top-50 list.

  18. SteveF says:

    Nick, good opening monologue and good commentary about the “we’re in a good neighborhood so it won’t happen here” mindset. (Though the “mind” part of “mindset” is questionable.)

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  19. ayjblog says:

    Thanks to all for your answers, yes, it sounded strange to me RPI so down,  but i get out of EE on 85, so, a lot of time

    thanks again!!

    PS my EE was 6 years, but some countries use German enciclopedic syllabus, NA, as far I can see from text books teach Math applied to the problem, not Math and later the problem, YMMV

  20. SteveF says:

    RPI so down

    When I was thinking about what school to go to in the early 1980s, I looked in a college rankings book which was a couple years old. RPI was listed as the #3 engineering school overall, not breaking down between the majors or undergrad/grad. By the time I applied, RPI was I think #6 overall. By the time I graduated it was around #12. By the time I was thinking about going for a doctorate in systems engineering, RPI’s ranking for that was around #4, but that’s out of under two dozen schools offering that doctorate. Over the past few years, as I mentioned above, RPI struggles to stay in the top-fifty listings.

    Of note is that RPI’s president for lo these many years is Shirley Jackson, the highest-paid college president in the US. She has a doctorate in physics, IIRC, but her primary identity is as a black woman rather than as a person who earned a doctorate in a hard science. Her primary qualification for the post of president was being a Friend of HillaryTM and being able to raise buckets of money for the school.

  21. Chad says:

    Those programs turn a 4 year degree into a 5 year effort but they show the seriousness of the program, and that local companies value the students.

    It seems it’s a 5 year effort no matter what. I went to the orientation for parents of incoming freshman at my daughter’s high school a few months ago. The counselors basically said that bachelor’s degrees are 5 year degrees now. It’s the new norm.  That confirms what my brother was told 8 years ago when his daughter started college. The college told him to expect her to be enrolled for 5 years.

    I’m not sure what the heck is going on there. It could be students, on average, are taking lighter class loads combined with universities’ desire to bilk another year of room, board, and fees out of parents…

  22. Nick Flandrey says:

    @ajyblog

    if your friend is considering smaller schools, 

    https://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/rose-hulman-institute-of-technology/academic-life/academic-majors/engineering/ee-electrical-engineering/ 

    That school was very good for one of my friends and had a very good reputation.   I don’t know the current status, but I take the lack of diversity as a plus.

    n

  23. SteveF says:

    It could be students, on average, are taking lighter class loads combined with universities’ desire to bilk another year of room, board, and fees out of parents

    The former is in part a reaction to the latter. Some, possibly all, colleges now limit the number of credit hours a student can take per semester, maxing out at 15 or 16. It is not possible to finish an engineering degree in eight semesters at 15 per semester and would be a challenge at 16.

    The other factor in the light course load, of course, is people who have no interest in a college education and who have no business being in college not taking it seriously. Why should they? It’s all free, right? Between grants, subsidies, and Daddy’s money, plus loans which Bernie Joe is going to cancel, it doesn’t cost anything and there’s all that booze to drink and all those dicks to ride.

  24. Greg Norton says:

    there is a thing named ABET, but i dont know if it is trustworthy. Even there are 4 years BSEE and 5 years BSEE.

    ABET is the undergraduate engineering cirriculum certifying body in the US. It is serious because many state Professional Engineer licensing programs require an undergraduate degree from an ABET certified school.

    ACM certifies undergrad Computer Science, but does not get involved in state license programs so they can and have watered down the cirriculum minimums over the last 10 years to make sure that the field is more “inclusive”.

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  25. Ray Thompson says:

    I’m not sure what the heck is going on there. It could be students, on average, are taking lighter class loads combined with universities’ desire to bilk another year of room, board, and fees out of parents

    This ^^^^

    The university my son attended tried to pull some crap to get my son to stay another year. It was a mistake on the part of the university which the administration refused to correct. The staff even acknowledged the mistake but refused to resolve. My wife worked her way up the food chain (and in universities there are a lot of levels employing the unemployable) to eventually arrive at one level below head dude. She let him have an earful.

  26. Paul Hampson says:

    The college told him to expect her to be enrolled for 5 years.

    Nobody was saying it then, but even 50 years ago I found that it required due diligence to get the required classes into four years because of the timing and frequency of class offerings, and scheduling difficulties.

  27. lpdbw says:

    Back in 72-76, I only finished in 4 years because I challenged a few courses (get credit by passing the final without taking the course) and I got creative about counting my credits for multiple disciplinary courses.  For instance, I got to count my Boolean logic course as a humanities credit since it was co-listed as a philosophy course as well as math.  Similarly with my Computer aided instruction course, in which I wrote programs but counted as humanities since it was listed as Education.

    This kept me from staying an extra semester to check the boxes by taking stupid useless courses.

    Funny fact about the Urbana-Champaign campus:  There’s  a street that separates the main campus from the engineering campus, called Green Street.  The College of Engineering had a newsletter called “North of Green”.   Liberal Arts and all the other colleges were South of Green.

    We used to say that Green Street separates Fact from Fiction.

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  28. Alan says:

    >> The university my son attended tried to pull some crap to get my son to stay another year. It was a mistake on the part of the university which the administration refused to correct. The staff even acknowledged the mistake but refused to resolve. My wife worked her way up the food chain (and in universities there are a lot of levels employing the unemployable) to eventually arrive at one level below head dude. She let him have an earful.

    A strongly worded letter to the school’s accreditation board, cc’d to the school’s president can sometimes get folks’ attention.

  29. CowboyStu says:

    Funny fact about the Urbana-Champaign campus:  

    My wife did her first two years there at U of I.  Then she transferred up to Northwestern University to finish earning a BS in Nursing.

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  30. SteveF says:

    We used to say that Green Street separates Fact from Fiction.

    My brother, who also went for an Engineering degree, had all of his core classes in one large building, which included the robotics lab and other labs as well as classrooms. This building was solely for engineering students. All of the wall clocks were 24-hour clocks, useful when the labs had no windows and, as is typical, students would work all hours to get the blasted thing working before the due date.

    As the campus’s student population grew and needed more space, some business majors had classes in the engineering building, at which point the 24-hour clocks were all replaced with 12-hour clocks because the business students couldn’t figure out how to read them.

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  31. Geoff Powell says:

    Probably not relevant, since @ayjblog is looking for a US college, but when I was an undergraduate in the UK (I graduated in 1970) most degree courses were 3 years, even my Joint Honours Physics and Electronic engineering. This was  about  one-and-a-half degree courses, but still taken in the same 3 years.

    I attended the University of Manchester, in the UK, the parent organisation of the Jodrell Bank radio Observatory, with its 250 foot steerable radio telescope, and the home of the first Atlas computer, designed and built in co-operation with the UK electronics firm Ferranti (RIP)

    G.

  32. Nick Flandrey says:

    Well, test says I have the chinkyflu.   None of the traditional symptoms yet.   One or two mild coughs per hour, no fever, mild headache and body ache.   A bit like a mild hangover so far.

    I’m headed back to bed now that I’ve got my pickups done, and if I don’t feel better tomorrow, I’ll try some apple flavored paste.   

    @paul, did you ever have any bad symptoms from your trial of the med that can’t be named?

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  33. Greg norton says:

    if your friend is considering smaller schools, 

    https://www.collegefactual.com/colleges/rose-hulman-institute-of-technology/academic-life/academic-majors/engineering/ee-electrical-engineering/ 

    That school was very good for one of my friends and had a very good reputation.   I don’t know the current status, but I take the lack of diversity as a plus.

    Rose-Hulman is among the most expensive engineering schools in the US. A few years ago, it was the most expensive, but all of the name schools have goosed tuition in the last few years in anticipation of student loan forgiveness.

    A girl I worked with at the tolling company job came out of that place with a ChemE degree and debt, mostly Parent Plus loans, comparable to what my wife took on to go to med school, about $200k. She was woefully underemployed working for us, however, so, naturally, her political views leaned hard left.

    “It isn’t fair that my dad have to pay back all of that debt.”

    No, it isn’t.

    Dunno if all of their alumni are like that, but it wouldn’t surprise me.

  34. Nick Flandrey says:

    Did I mention USAID shipments of emergency rations?   Well –

    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/un-food-chief-halved-refugee-food-rations-global-hunger-crisis-worsens 

    Food riot risks continue to soar worldwide as the head of the food-aid branch of the United Nations halved meal rations for refugees. 

    On Monday, David Beasley, director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), released a statement detailing “the heartbreaking decision to cut food rations for refugees who rely on us for their survival.”

    “As global hunger soars way beyond the resources available to feed all the families who desperately need WFP’s help, we are being forced to make the heartbreaking decision to cut food rations for refugees who rely on us for their survival,” Beasley said. 

    Beasley pointed out that WFP already “significantly reduced” rations across its operating areas, indicating cuts up to 50% are affecting 75% of all refugees supported by WFP in Eastern Africa, including Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan, and Uganda. 

    He said “severe funding constraints” has forced WFP to “significantly reduce rations for refugees living in Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger.”

    “Despite generous support from donors, resourcing remains insufficient to meet the very basic needs of refugee households and imminent disruptions are expected in Angola, Malawi, Mozambique, Republic of Congo, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe,” the statement read. 

    -don’t expect the hungry people to stay put…

    n

  35. Nick Flandrey says:

    Weirdest symptom so far is that my SKIN hurts in places.   Part of my scalp, my mid back on one side…

    very odd.

    n

  36. Rick H says:

    Weirdest symptom so far is that my SKIN hurts in places.   Part of my scalp, my mid back on one side…

    Not shingles (related to chicken pox)? I got a mild case several years ago, and while there was no blistering (which is possible), there was a burning sensation under the skin on part of my back.

    Assuming that you are seeing a doctor. I don’t want to take over daily posting here.

  37. Nick Flandrey says:

    No, not burning, only hurts if I touch it and the spot on my head doesn’t hurt anymore.  Very weird.

    n

  38. JimB says:

    ~jim, wish you the best. My BIL went through colon cancer and had his plumbing disrupted, so I am a little familiar with the issues. He recovered just fine. May your recovery be even better.

    Nick, also wishing you a speedy recovery. Don’t know if it helps after the fact, but taking supplements D3, C, zinc, magnesium, A, and various fish oils helps a lot to prevent infection and enhance the immune system. Most important is the D3. Even though you get plenty of sun, taking 10,000 IU of D3 can be continued for a year safely, according to recent studies. Higher doses and longer times suggest blood monitoring for safety.

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  39. Nick Flandrey says:

    @jimB, thanks for the reminder about the zinc.  I meant to do that before bed.  I”ve been slowly cutting back the D3, but maxed it again for the last couple of days. 

    And now I really am off to bed.

    n

  40. Paul Hampson says:

    re best by 

    Data bit.  Wife bought a mess of cake mixes but we hardly ever use them.  Opened one last night that is 6 years past the best by date, and it was as good as Betty Crocker mixes ever have been.

  41. Greg Norton says:

    I’m headed back to bed now that I’ve got my pickups done, and if I don’t feel better tomorrow, I’ll try some apple flavored paste.   

    @paul, did you ever have any bad symptoms from your trial of the med that can’t be named?

    Don’t do the apple paste. Call your doctor and ask about the med.

    Not all doctors are Progs adhering to the agenda.

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  42. Rick H says:

    Call your doctor and ask about the med.

    Again, do this ^^^. 

    Take the prescribed meds. Add D3 supplement daily (don’t stop), and Zinc. There is a blood test for Vitamin D levels. Mine was low (I live in Washington, and stay mostly inside), and the daily D3 dosage (5000 IU; one per day) got the Vitamin D levels to where they need to be. (Only one of these per day .) 

     I don’t want to do daily posts here.

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  43. Greg Norton says:

    His agent isn’t convinced, but I haven’t seen the shoe ads in a while.

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/21/sport/rob-gronkowski-retirement-spt/index.html

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  44. ITGuy1998 says:

    His agent isn’t convinced, but I haven’t seen the shoe ads in a while.

    https://www.cnn.com/2022/06/21/sport/rob-gronkowski-retirement-spt/index.html
     

    He can keep himself in shape. Easier to sit out training camp, the pre-season, and the first half of the season  and avoid all that work and abuse. If the Bucs are in contention, unretire and get a chance for another ring. 

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  45. PaultheManc says:

    @Jim & @lpdbw

    Thanks for sharing. Valued information and insight – appreciated.

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  46. lynn says:

    88F and 78%RH this morning, and I am definitely sick.    Feels like a cold.  Mild headache, mild body ache,  no real cough, sniffle, or sneeze.   Spent the night in bed with chills under heavy blankets, but no fever.  Can hold my breath without difficulty.

    Wife used the last two chinkyflu tests on the girls before sending them to camp, so I have to go to CVS or HEB and get a test for me.   This sucks, I’ve got hours of driving to do and I really just want to sleep.

    n

    https://www.covid.gov/tests

    The 8 test kits usually ship straight from your local post office.

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  47. lynn says:

    Lynn called it back in February….

    Lynn says:

    13 February 2022 at 08:04   (Edit)

    Filled up in Victoria on my way back to Port Lavaca last night.  These 40 mph headwinds are not good for my gas mileage, only got 17 mpg on that tank.  Put in 28 gallons at 3.19 $/us gallon for $86.

    We had a preacher at our church from Los Angeles on the first Sunday in January.   He could not believe that our gasoline was 2.85 $/us gallon at the time in Sugar Land.  He was paying 5.20 $/us gallon in Los Angeles.  

    The price of crude oil is jumping on rumors of war in Ukraine.  If Russia goes in, I expect the crude price to jump from 90 $/us barrel to 150 $ or so.

    You don’t want to know what I am predicting for the August to December time period.  I am waiting for somebody to kick the next leg out from under the table such as a revolution in Saudi Arabia, etc.  Instead of $120/bbl the price will jump to $200/bbl the next day.

    Weird things have been happening for the last three years starting with the Koof and then the 2020 federal election.  We are getting played in flyover country.

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  48. Greg Norton says:

    You don’t want to know what I am predicting for the August to December time period.  I am waiting for somebody to kick the next leg out from under the table such as a revolution in Saudi Arabia, etc.  Instead of $120/bbl the price will jump to $200/bbl the next day.

    I heard Ramsey predict September for whatever student loan relief is coming. That will be a Pandora’s Box even if the amount is not significant.

    If all of the debt gets wiped out, I’m predicting mass resignations in healthcare.

    A friend’s brother is a specialist in Seattle, and he couldn’t fill any of his group practice’s new grad slots at $400k/year. He can’t hire nurse practitioners for those jobs.

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  49. Jenny says:

    @nick

    Echo what others have said. We found a couple local doctors that were willing to buck the narrative. Finding a pharmacy to fill the prescription was harder. While it took a longer time to recover the relief from symptoms was within 24 hours of starting the controversial medicine. 

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  50. drwilliams says:

    flame would have been sublime:

    https://twitter.com/TheFigen/status/1538512331440898048

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  51. NaN says:

    Well, test says I have the chinkyflu. 

    Just call it COVID, you unapologetic racist. 

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  52. drwilliams says:

    @ayjblog

    When your friend has some candidates for BSEE, the next step should be to visit the website for the school of engineering, get the names of the Dean of Engineering and the EE Department head, and do an online search to look for anything that looks like woke idiocy.

    There are two reasons for this. The first is that an engineering student has enough to do without being subjected to a bunch of political correctness nonsense.

    The second is to protect the investment. Nothing will cause the intrinsic value of a degree to plunge faster than a perception that it has been watered down.

    If the BSEE is in preparation for a PhD, then there would be another set of recommendations depending on whether it is too early to make a short list for the PhD school.

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  53. Nick Flandrey says:

    The chinese unleash a bioweapon on the world, crashing the world’s economies, killing millions of old people, and undoubtedly millions of productive younger people and you are worried about a mildly pejorative word…  your priorities are seriously F’d up.   

    F the chinese, and F the fact they are profiting from this.

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  54. NaN says:

    We found a couple local doctors that were willing to buck the narrative

    Believe whatever bullshit you want, you’re still wrong.

    A lie gets halfway around the world before the truth has a chance to get its pants on.

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  55. lpdbw says:

    I agree with the sentiment that you should take medicines produced for humans.

    I agree with the sentiment that now is a great time to use this filter to find doctors you can trust.

    I also took the horse paste when I tested positive, because I was sick RIGHT NOW and didn’t have the energy to get out of bed, let alone go doctor and pharmacy shopping.  The Farm & Home was right across the street from the hotel I was staying at.  My advice:  don’t have big expectations about “apple” flavoring.  Second advice:  Remember you are not a 1250 pound horse.  That tube is 5 or 6 or 7 doses for a horse your size.

    I tested positive for flu and chinkypox and got a scrip for tamiflu.  I was already on daily D3 and zinc and quercitin for months.  My symptoms were very sore throat, extreme tired, no trouble breathing, no cough, no fever.  I bought an oral thermometer and a pulse oximeter and checked frequently.

    I know I was sick.  I don’t trust the 5 minute tests any more than I trust the “vaccine”, so was it flu? Covid?  Both?  Something else entirely?

    Did the horse paste have any effect?  Did the tamiflu?  Or did I recover by resting and drinking fluids and waiting it out?  Who knows.

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  56. Nick Flandrey says:

    Woke up feeling pretty good actually.   Couple of tylenol took care of the headache and body aches.   Nose is a bit runny.   Pulse ox still good.   

    Kept having the same dream for 2 hours, just moving dirt from one place to another with an endloader.  

    Feel like eating some popcorn…

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  57. NaN says:

    Not all doctors are Progs adhering to the agenda.

    Depends. I wouldn’t trust a D.O. with my life, literally. 

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  58. lynn says:

    Just call it COVID, you unapologetic racist. 

    Hi RickH, I am not sure if it matters but I find this type of accusation extremely offensive.  Can this posting be canceled ?

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  59. NaN says:

    Can this posting be canceled ?

    Why do you put a space before a question mark or an exclamation mark? 

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  60. drwilliams says:

    I wonder if Nano is using multiple burner phones for his downvotes or if he goes upstairs and borrows Mumsies and zer boyfriend’s?

    ADDED: And the self-votes.

    ADDED LATER: He’s getting slower on the stairs

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  61. lynn says:

    My 83 year old Dad took the antibodies for the chinkyflu back in January when he tested positive.  Took him a week to stop testing positive.  Mom was in the hospital in Victoria, TX and he was freaking out about her being alone since she was having a little bit of Sundowners at the time.  Dad always has a little cough going since his open heart surgery in 1999.

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  62. drwilliams says:

    chinkflu/chinkyflu

    kungflu

    how about Biden’s Blessing?

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  63. lynn says:

    Can this posting be canceled ?

    Why do you put a space before a question mark or an exclamation mark? 

    To make you happy.

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  64. drwilliams says:

    The hair sniffer and groomer-in-chief’s perving on his own daughter is getting renewed attention:

    https://rumble.com/v18v6tc-tucker-carlson-tonight-6-17-22-ashley-bidens-diary-explosive-report.html

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  65. NaN says:

    Why do you put a space before a question mark or an exclamation mark? 

    To make you happy.

    You‘ve done it since long before I started posting comments. Do you have a serious answer?

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  66. lynn says:

    chinkflu/chinkyflu

    kungflu

    how about Biden’s Blessing?

    You forgot the Koof.

         https://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=The%20Koof

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  67. drwilliams says:

    Koof.

    Pelosi Pox

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  68. lynn says:

    “U.S. Senate, in 64-34 vote, advances bipartisan gun legislation backed by Cornyn”

        https://www.texastribune.org/2022/06/21/senate-gun-legislation-uvalde/

    “The legislation does not restrict any rights of existing gun owners — a non-starter for Senate Republicans. Instead, it would enhance background checks for gun purchasers younger than 21; make it easier to remove guns from people threatening to kill themselves or others, and people who have committed domestic violence; clarify who needs to register as a federal firearms dealer; and crack down on illegal gun trafficking, including so-called straw purchases, which occur when the actual buyer of a firearm uses another person to execute the paperwork to buy on their behalf.”

    John Cornyn is lying sack of horse manure.  

    Looks to me like I am not going to be able to give or sell my guns to anyone I want to without going through a FFL and getting us both background checked.  

  69. lynn says:

    The former is in part a reaction to the latter. Some, possibly all, colleges now limit the number of credit hours a student can take per semester, maxing out at 15 or 16. It is not possible to finish an engineering degree in eight semesters at 15 per semester and would be a challenge at 16.

    I averaged 19 hours a semester in my four years at TAMU.  Including changing majors from Chemical Engineering to Mechanical Engineering in the middle of my sophomore year.  Plus I took a CS course in IBM 370 Assembly Language programming.  Because of that course load, I was always behind the curve.  But I graduated in four years.  Quite possibly due to threats from my wife who had promised my parents that our marriage would not affect my schoolwork.

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  70. Greg Norton says:

    John Cornyn is lying sack of horse manure.  

    The alternative. 

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bIYHz6fPAgo

    The real Congressional campaign office was in a strip mall across the parking lot from Ikea Round Rock, conveniently located next to a Specs.

    “Excuse me, red shirt ‘pro’? What fine spirit would you recommend for these little meatballs we picked up across the way? The polls notched down again and we have to cut yet another commercial implying the walking corpse incumbent is a wife beater.”

  71. Nick Flandrey says:

    John Cornyn   Every politician is lying sack of horse manure.  

    -fify

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  72. Nick Flandrey says:

    Ate the popcorn.   And peanut butter and jelly on buttered english muffins.   No idea I was pregnant and getting cravings….  😉

    ’bout to go back to bed.

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  73. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.covid.gov/tests

    The 8 test kits usually ship straight from your local post office.

    -we used ours to test girl scouts before camp last time…  saves driving an hour and then failing the test.

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  74. Kenneth C Mitchell says:

    Engineering degree; I went to the University of Kansas in 1975 for my BS in Engineering Physics, because KU is cheap and the Navy picked it. 4 years; they’d drop you from the program and send you back to the Fleet if you couldn’t make it in 4 years.

    Nick; sorry you’re under the weather; get well soon!  Everything I read about it says D3, zinc, and rest. In British India, they treated malaria with quinine, but quinine tasted so terrible, they added a flavoring agent to make it palatable; gin. Quinine is a similar chemical to hydroxychloroquine, so your gin & tonic water is actually therapeutic. Drink up!

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  75. drwilliams says:

    @Greg Norton

    The alternative.

    No! Sign petitions. Order pizza to his office without paying for it. Leave strongly worded sticky notes on his car. Make his life hell until he reforms! 

    Or just reread Candide and sing along with Pangloss.

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  76. drwilliams says:

    Quinine is a similar chemical to hydroxychloroquine, so your gin & tonic water is actually therapeutic.

    The quinine level in 125ml of tonic water is about 2% the minimum therapeutic dose.

  77. ~jim says:

    >> Or just reread Candide and sing along with Pangloss.<<

    Another one of those hit Broadway shows, along with _Atlas Shrugged: the Musical_

  78. Nick Flandrey says:

    so your gin & tonic water is actually therapeutic. Drink up!

     –Ha!  I just bought and picked up 26 four packs of Fever Tree Tonic water in an auction for $1/pack…   Love tonic and lime for a summer drink.   Have to skip the gin although  in the old days I’d drink Tanq and tonic by the water glass.  You know it’s florescent under UV light?   That’s pretty cool when you are young…

    Thank you to everyone for the best wishes.   

    now I’m really going to bed.

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  79. Nick Flandrey says:

    about 2% the minimum therapeutic dose.

    challenge accepted!   Drink til you slosh…

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  80. Nick Flandrey says:

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10940035/Russian-media-chief-welcomes-prospect-global-FAMINE-sparked-Ukraine-invasion.html 

    ‘Here is what it means,’ she told the forum. ‘It means that the famine will start now and they will lift the sanctions and be friends with us, because they will realise it’s necessary.’

    More than 20million tons of grain are trapped inside Ukraine after Russia blockaded the country’s Black Sea ports.

    – I think she means “stored in Ukraine” until Russia transports it to Russia…

    Conservative MP Sir Geoffrey Clifton-Brown has said there will be nowhere to put this year’s crop because Ukrainian silos are still filled from the last harvest.

    – this year’s crop?   Thought the Ruskies were pummeling Ukes?  They got time to farm?   Thought the Ruskies had stolen all the tractors, and were putting land mines in fields?  Hmm.  

    Still, whatever grain there is or isn’t, it isn’t getting sold and exported.

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  81. Nick Flandrey says:

    Another one of those hit Broadway shows, along with _Atlas Shrugged: the Musical_

    “Must See TV” indeed!

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  82. drwilliams says:

    Best advice to anyone who wants a college engineering degree is to maximize your college credits before entering college. Take all the college prep courses. Is there a way to take courses at the junior college while you are in high school? Where can you get advanced placement–math, physics, chemistry? What can you test out of?

    Forget RTFM. Try RTFSyllabus. 

    Athletics in high school is a huge time waster. Coach is a nice guy that makes an extra $10k reliving the dream he didn’t get. Unless you’re going to state, you’re so done after high school that you won’t even sign up for college intramurals unless it’s a coed team ‘cuz you’re a desperate engineer. 

    You’ll live in the dorms and pick up 10-20 lbs of high-carb enhancement your freshman year, then start playing softball with your co-workers at your first real job, only to blow out a knee and put on another 10-20 while you’re immobile, so another 10-20 years down the road and it’s bone-on-bone and maybe the nannites are ready, but probably not for the likes of you. Spend an extra 30 minutes a day working on the reading list for freshman English and watching Khan Academy.

    And learn to like salads.

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  83. drwilliams says:

    @Nick

    Actually, I was drinking tonic water this afternoon from a bottle that was half frozen. I had enough coffee that the moving chrome on the highway was leaving contrails in my vision, so I thought I would back it down a notch. So refreshing.

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  84. Alan says:

    >> chinkflu/chinkyflu

    kungflu

    how about Biden’s Blessing?

    You forgot the Koof.

    Is that the Kamel Koof?

    And Fauxi Flu?

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  85. Alan says:

    >> @jimB, thanks for the reminder about the zinc.  I meant to do that before bed. 

    From what I recall, zinc should only be taken orally (the ones I have are sublingual) and not nasally, with the latter possibly permanently impacting one’s sense of smell. (IANAD)

  86. Alan says:

    >> The 8 test kits usually ship straight from your local post office.

    -we used ours to test girl scouts before camp last time…  saves driving an hour and then failing the test.

    Every address was/is entitled to a total of 20 tests – first round was 4, second and third were 8 each. Not sure if you are starting from scratch now if you eventually wind up with 16 or 20.

  87. Alan says:

    >> Pulse ox still good.   

    Keep it that way – Google “Covid Lung Exercises.”

  88. Jenny says:

    Covid treatment in Anchorage. 
    A small group of doctors bucked the narrative. They treated the symptoms with a protocol that included The Drug That Has Been Demonized Even Though Off Label Use Is A Common Practice. Their patients didn’t die. Their patients didn’t wind up hospitalized. The standard practice at the hospital ERs and majority of doctors in Anchorage were to send you home to manage on your own, no recommended protocol, with the instruction to return when you couldn’t breathe. 

    The small group of doctors that bucked the narrative were demonized and reviled in our local press. They were harassed and threatened with a variety of sanctions. They ignored the politics and treated the patient, using their knowledge, experience, intelligence instead of walking lock step. Some lost their livelihoods. They were courageous.  

    Eventually Anchorage gained access to the infusion treatment whose name escapes me. That gave the narrative drs something to offer.

    Not as many people died as predicted. Plenty of folks recovered with no treatment. There was more misery and politicizing of medicine than ever there should have been.

    Perhaps one of the greatest harms in my community has been the utter loss of trust and respect for our hospitals. They did horrible things in their pursuit of adhering to the narrative.

  89. Jenny says:

    @nick

    I’m a little envious of your Fever Tree score. I don’t buy it often because it’s about $6 a four pack. It’s awfully good, though. 

  90. lynn says:

    You’ll live in the dorms and pick up 10-20 lbs of high-carb enhancement your freshman year, then start playing softball with your co-workers at your first real job, only to blow out a knee and put on another 10-20 while you’re immobile, so another 10-20 years down the road and it’s bone-on-bone and maybe the nannites are ready, but probably not for the likes of you. Spend an extra 30 minutes a day working on the reading list for freshman English and watching Khan Academy.

    Nope, dropped 20 lbs and gained 2 inches of height my freshman year at TAMU (I was 17 when started in 1978).  Came home for Thanksgiving and Mom screamed.  I started TAMU wearing 3 or 4 new pairs of 38×32 Levis and came back with one new pair of 36×34 Levis.  She went and bought me three more pairs of Levis.  Not much better than those Sears jeans I was wearing at age 10.  

    TAMU is the largest campus in the world (20 miles by 5 miles) and much walking is needed.  Or, jogging five miles with your marathon running suite mate 2 or 3 nights a week.  That took another ten lbs off my sophomore year.

    Definitely on grabbing all the credits you can by testing or JC.  I managed to place out of both Fortran courses that TAMU was teaching and got 4 hours for $10 IIRC.  

    BTW, you forgot about the GI Bill.  My son joined the USMC while he was a sophomore at TAMU, did four years of active duty, and the GI Bill paid for him to complete his double major at UofH of Chemistry and Physics, including $2,000/month for living expenses.  In fact, he was in my office all this afternoon with one of my Chem Eng. PhDs and I was taunting them both on their chemistry skills or lack thereof.  

    We are fighting one last XXXX more battle of the retrograde wars in our thermodynamic software.  The retrograde region is the area of the phase envelope between the critical point of a mixture and the cricondenbar (max pressure of the phase envelope).  Chaos is winning at the moment but I will pound that square peg into the round hole very soon. 

  91. JimB says:

    Here’s a tip for those who buy newer cars. It even looked like I could use it for our newest car, but no.

    I don’t know the current APRs on auto loans, but our local CU is running a special promotion of “as low as 2.25% APR, up to $500 cash back, no payments for up to 90 days.” Up to 66 months. This expires 7-30-22. Cars as old as 2013 qualify. Without the promotion, this rate is only offered on 2021 or newer cars. Of course, they have some come-ons for brand new cars, but these are mostly loan amounts up to 125% of total sales price.

    I had to call, as I didn’t want to start an application to find out more. I was told that this special promotion only applies to people who have current loans. Oops, that was not on the web site. That leaves me out, as I haven’t had a car loan in a really long time. Oh well.

    Wow, they are almost giving money away. It would be possible to buy a qualifying car and keep the cash that would have been spent, invested and liquid. It is currently pretty easy to beat 2.5% with conservative investments, making the loan essentially free, even after taxes. More importantly, it would keep the money available for emergencies, a good prep. Debt is a tool best used by those who can put it to good use, and who have good self control. Over the years, my biggest mistake has been being too conservative, especially during times of high inflation. That is coming.

    I did something similar when I built my new garage. I have a long-paid-off house. I took out a small mortgage on it at a very good rate and period instead of using my money, which remains invested. This was the best deal I could find to use other people’s money, keeping mine safe. That was several years ago. If I had known that rates were going to go up so much, I would have taken out a bigger mortgage. Of course, I keep enough liquid assets to cover that mortgage, but really the only need is to be able to keep up the payments. I have enough income to do that, but belt and suspenders. Some would say too conservative.

  92. Greg Norton says:

    The alternative.

    No! Sign petitions. Order pizza to his office without paying for it. Leave strongly worded sticky notes on his car. Make his life hell until he reforms! 

    I didn’t vote for the alternative either time she was on my precinct ballot, Congress or Senate.

  93. ayjblog says:

    Quite possibly due to threats from my wife who had promised my parents that our marriage would not affect my schoolwork.

    Persuasion is the best method jajajajja (I  had the same way, married 2 years before finishing)

    Gentlemen

    Thank you very much for your comments, as RBT said here is a collective inteligence. I ll try to advise my friend with your comments.

    Thnaks again

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