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    I have a couple of crunchy relatives but I don't...

    I have a couple of crunchy relatives but I don't think they're into communal living--and I'm certainly not. I agree they're a more agreeable bunch than some others; we have at least some values in...
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    Were the Stuarts/Stewarts particularly prolific?...

    Were the Stuarts/Stewarts particularly prolific? There seem to be a lot of us.
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    That's why I chose editing; if I were paid by the...

    That's why I chose editing; if I were paid by the word, I'd starve to death.
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    I'm still chuckling over "This is not the way...

    I'm still chuckling over "This is not the way that we've lived for most of humanity." For most of human history, we lived like monkeys. :laff: I, for one, am happy we evolved and are able to enjoy...
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    Perhaps unfairly, I look askance at the "crunchy...

    Perhaps unfairly, I look askance at the "crunchy granola" stereotype that co-housers have.

    In defense of suburbs, I've lived in two that were pretty walkable, though Bellevue is more likely...
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    Friends of mine and I fantasize about having a...

    Friends of mine and I fantasize about having a "compound," turning up unaffordable plots of land with massive dwellings. I always say I'll take a trailer on the back forty.
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    Since demographics indicate households are...

    Since demographics indicate households are becoming smaller, maybe builders should consider offering more small houses rather than social engineers trying to talk us all into co-housing. Given a...
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    I remain unvaccinated, due to having no...

    I remain unvaccinated, due to having no transportation. I'm a threat to no one, however.
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    I'm with LDAHL, though I can see the...

    I'm with LDAHL, though I can see the inevitability of some kind of shared housing in my future--maybe a condo. Teacher Terry's "living hell" pretty much sums up my take on it, as well.

    "This is...
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    Update:...

    Update: https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/03/florida-covid-19-deaths

    He's still at it.
  11. Thread: April Frugals

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    Yes, thus the straw. I have a stainless one I use.

    Yes, thus the straw. I have a stainless one I use.
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    I see Governor De Santis is still lying about the...

    I see Governor De Santis is still lying about the number of COVID deaths in Florida:
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    Our contact tracing was next to non-existent, so...

    Our contact tracing was next to non-existent, so I tend to agree with you.
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    Countries like South Korea and New Zealand, Cuba...

    Countries like South Korea and New Zealand, Cuba and Vietnam*, who took the threat seriously, are likely even lower.

    Oregon and Washington are doing better than average (after Washington got...
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    Per some dentist on line, carbonation is not a...

    Per some dentist on line, carbonation is not a problem, but you can always use a straw.
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    The advertised advantage of Drinkmate is that you...

    The advertised advantage of Drinkmate is that you can carbonate tea, juices, and other liquids as well as water. I was thinking of doing faux kombucha, carbonating tea with a splash of vinegar.
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    I was thinking of using Kool-Aid powders.

    I was thinking of using Kool-Aid powders.
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    It's important to keep those Indian markets...

    It's important to keep those Indian markets stocked! (One of the first establishments I plan to visit when I'm vaccinated.)
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    Antique bed? My parents had one of those, with...

    Antique bed? My parents had one of those, with the requisite steps. I can picture you flinging yourself. :D
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    I've considered the Drinkmate too, so thanks for...

    I've considered the Drinkmate too, so thanks for the timely review! Were those SodaStream flavors?
    I've lately developed a fizzy water habit, and now I'm awash in cans...
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    I would be thrilled to attend a mass vaccination...

    I would be thrilled to attend a mass vaccination event--especially a drive-through, as i try to avoid doctors' offices whenever possible.
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    Texas and Florida seem to be vying for worst...

    Texas and Florida seem to be vying for worst possible response to this pandemic.
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    I hope it turns out to be a disconnected wire or...

    I hope it turns out to be a disconnected wire or something equally benign, Jeppy.
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    https://www.dmv.org/automotive-law/lemon-law.php

    https://www.dmv.org/automotive-law/lemon-law.php
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    I'm currently reading Echo of Distant Water by JB...

    I'm currently reading Echo of Distant Water by JB Fisher. It relates the facts surrounding the mysterious disappearance of a Portland family in the fifties that lived near one of the houses I grew up...
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