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    Have you done a cost analysis in terms of the...

    Have you done a cost analysis in terms of the electricity used to keep that hot water heated all day long? We installed a Rinnai heater in VT, and we love it. We know that the hot water is...
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    When we replaced ours, we got three bids and...

    When we replaced ours, we got three bids and recommendations. That should be enough for you to listen and then trust your gut. We replaced our 1974 furnace/central AC with a high efficiency one, and...
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    Oh, no! Not another tree-liminator! How could...

    Oh, no! Not another tree-liminator! How could you possibly want to cut down 3 fruit trees? We have a pear tree that was planted only a foot or so from the front of our house, and DH keeps pushing...
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    This is a really good list...

    This is a really good list of the 100 rollbacks, showing whether they have been passed or are in progress. It's terrible.
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    Wedding leftovers...again.

    Wedding leftovers...again.
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    I think we'll do our new tradition of...

    I think we'll do our new tradition of Thanksgiving at DS40's in VT. Then we may try to make it to NJ for Christmas, although last year we didn't get there until January 9. As far as COVID goes, we're...
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    Very off topic, but Jane, what happened to your...

    Very off topic, but Jane, what happened to your avatar? If you're going to retire it, can you at least explain why you chose it for yourself?

    On-topic: I think people will go back to enjoying...
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    That is just gorgeous. I PRAY whoever buys it...

    That is just gorgeous. I PRAY whoever buys it doesn't HGTV it.

    Like this house that reminds me of the house in Beetlejuice.
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    If you were in VT you'd have to live with them or...

    If you were in VT you'd have to live with them or fight with the authorities. There are laws against cutting them down just for the view in some municipalities. I think that house is awesome, but I...
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    I just spoke to one of my neighbors (a summer...

    I just spoke to one of my neighbors (a summer resident) and she said she just sold her year-round house in Middlebury, VT. They bought it for $160 9 years ago. The put it on the market for $320 and...
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    Yay! I wish you many years of happy homeownership!

    Yay! I wish you many years of happy homeownership!
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    My English went away, and now I'm 61% Irish and...

    My English went away, and now I'm 61% Irish and 32% Scottish, 5% European Jew and 2% Norwegian. Also I have a lot of New England settlers--MA, ME, VT, CT.
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    Fires in the NE; hurricanes in the South. I...

    Fires in the NE; hurricanes in the South. I guess I should stop kvetching about my daughter's wedding to-do list. :|(
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    Yes, that would drive me crazy as well.. My...

    Yes, that would drive me crazy as well..

    My environmentally-insensitive neighbors don't use pesticides, but this year they mowed the entire buffer of vegetation between the lake and our yard down...
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    Funny you say that--DS is thinking of going back...

    Funny you say that--DS is thinking of going back to school to be a social worker.
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    One of the looming threats for restaurants up...

    One of the looming threats for restaurants up north is the colder weather. All the restaurants that were able to at least make up some lost revenue with outdoor dining are going to be back in hard...
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    I remember St. Louis as being a really nice city....

    I remember St. Louis as being a really nice city. Your older building is making me nostalgic for when I lived there for 3 months when my son was shooting the Depression-era film King of the Hill.
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    Yes, razz, great post. I find the best way to...

    Yes, razz, great post.

    I find the best way to deal with the frustrations of "idiocy" is to unplug. I never watch the news anymore. In fact my TV watching is way down. My home page is set to the...
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    Very discouraging. I don't know how we get...

    Very discouraging.

    I don't know how we get out of the plastics mess... I was thinking about it today--I've been ordering stuff online that I need for the house and/or the wedding and there's so...
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    OMG, they are SO cool! Zinnias are DHs favorite...

    OMG, they are SO cool! Zinnias are DHs favorite flower. Did you know you were getting something different? Or were they a complete surprise?
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    Wow, nice neighborhood! Also, it looks like...

    Wow, nice neighborhood! Also, it looks like there's a park across the street?

    http://magicchefmansion.com
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    Congrats!! I'm so happy for you! Looks perfect!...

    Congrats!! I'm so happy for you! Looks perfect! Lovely building.. this is the building you had your eyes on, right?
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    That looks awesome! I know I am not immune to...

    That looks awesome!

    I know I am not immune to my own confirmation bias, but it is interesting and frustrating at the same time how and why people cling to their version of the truth--and in this...
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    This is truly terrible... I am thinking of all...

    This is truly terrible... I am thinking of all of you out West and hoping that these fires are brought under control soon!!!
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    Maybe it's a function of our slipping status on...

    Maybe it's a function of our slipping status on the Social Progress Index.

    From Nicholas Kristof:
    The newest Social Progress Index, shared with me before its official release Thursday morning,...
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