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    I don't have a philosophical issue with credit....

    I don't have a philosophical issue with credit. There are things I will want/need to have in my life which I likely never be able to buy in one go. Sometimes using credit is merely a matter of...
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    I think the Terms & Conditions of the trip...

    I think the Terms & Conditions of the trip changed...

    I love Japan and hope to go back there again some day before I no longer can (Trip #3). Not sure that fits into "SE Asia" but... Hong Kong...
  3. Those, too. But I don't believe we'll see a...

    Those, too. But I don't believe we'll see a change in that in our lifetimes. :(
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    I want nothing to do with these b------s. As far...

    I want nothing to do with these b------s. As far as I'm concerned the whole company ought to be out of business and money clawed back from the bozos on the executive team. And the other two (three?)...
  5. I think it's more than kids -- as a culture we...

    I think it's more than kids -- as a culture we have become risk-averse.

    I was watching a video yesterday about the design and manufacture of a car I used to own back in the early 80s. More than...
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    You forgot a smiley at the end of your last...

    You forgot a smiley at the end of your last sentence. Coupled with the sentence before, it makes it look more like an economic arrangement than a lifetime commitment. Or maybe I'm reading too much...
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    As a man, I don't think I can speak to the...

    As a man, I don't think I can speak to the "invisibility" of women over 50 (I think it exists but I can't discuss its applicability in this situation). I do think that there is something else at play...
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    Actually, I've found the changing seasons adds an...

    Actually, I've found the changing seasons adds an urgency to finishing up (okay, starting :|() what I have to do outside. Here in Minnesota, there will be plenty of days coming when it will be...
  9. Thread: Daily Bread

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    Wow! My condolences. Sometimes "why" is very far...

    Wow! My condolences. Sometimes "why" is very far away indeed. I wish you peace as you remember this young man and attend to the grief his family (and you) are going through.
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    razz, as bae inferred, whoever told you that is...

    razz, as bae inferred, whoever told you that is confused -- or confusing.

    DW has a cellular-enabled iPad mini. There are some options for data service which are less expensive than a regular...
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    I use a cleaver. Start the cut with a more...

    I use a cleaver. Start the cut with a more manageable knife if you like, but use the weight and heft of the cleaver to ... well, cleave the squash. Sometimes I even use the cleaver lodged in the...
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    Everything that can go in the dishwasher goes in...

    Everything that can go in the dishwasher goes in the dishwasher. No rinsing, no pre-washing. Scrape off the big bits and done. That's why I have a dishwasher!

    Exceptions: the "good" knives...
  13. 11.5% for us: health coverage (does not include...

    11.5% for us: health coverage (does not include copays/deductibles) for two, life insurance for two, property insurance (house, rental property, two cars), and an umbrella policy.
  14. Thread: Spoofing

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    ToomuchStuff is right -- you can't currently stop...

    ToomuchStuff is right -- you can't currently stop spoofing. Wasting their time, however? Almost free. I answer the call and interact just enough to get a human being. Then I just put down the handset...
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    So now both Equifax's Chief Information Officer...

    So now both Equifax's Chief Information Officer and Chief Security Officer have been shown the door. They "retired" which, I imagine, leaves their benefits intact. >:(

    Someone on my Facebook feed...
  16. But does that require (re)building in place?...

    But does that require (re)building in place? Granted, hurricanes cause more widespread damage than tornadoes or floods. But most Americans are not threatened by hurricanes; they deal with tornadoes...
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    That was a conscious decision made by ebay...

    That was a conscious decision made by ebay management several years ago. There's a lot of overhead associated with handling onesy-twoesy "amateurs" trying to auction grandma's china or their old...
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    Yup. So Equifax thinks they look like a good Joe...

    Yup. So Equifax thinks they look like a good Joe by offering me a free year of credit alerts (undoubtedly with requests to re-up for $$ starting six months after the coverage starts). BFD. Criminals...
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    When I know it's going to be a one-time donation...

    When I know it's going to be a one-time donation (gift, supporting a friend's "Walk for <cause>", etc.), when I make the donation there's usually a place where I can indicate that I do not want any...
  20. Thread: Daily Bread

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    All of the successful companies are masters of...

    All of the successful companies are masters of selling you what you didn't know you needed. Your son could be just as hung up on getting a new Samsung Galaxy S8 or the latest Sony PlayStation or...
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    My last job in Corporate America was in computer...

    My last job in Corporate America was in computer performance testing -- determining how well Web sites and applications hold up when they're loaded with users. Interesting detective work (if it...
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    My guess is that the IT honchos there never...

    My guess is that the IT honchos there never figured on so many people trying to freeze their credit at one time and the system is bogged down from the load. Then again, these same honchos apparently...
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    I froze Equifax last night. Damned if they're...

    I froze Equifax last night. Damned if they're going to get another chance to screw this up. Put a fraud alert on the other two.

    I disagree that it's their reaction to this which will define them....
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    Our last week or two have not been frugal. -...

    Our last week or two have not been frugal.

    - the cr@ppy-refrigerator's freezer had a lie-down last night so a good chunk of what was in it had to be tossed. Some raw food will be cooked and...
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    Same here. Still trying to figure out that one...

    Same here. Still trying to figure out that one...
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