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    Something around 6 cubic feet -- roughly the size...

    Something around 6 cubic feet -- roughly the size of the freezer in both our old and new refrigerators. I figure that's big enough to be useful but not so large that we'll have to do recon runs to...
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    Another one in the "sell them both" column -- and...

    Another one in the "sell them both" column -- and I am a landlord. lmerullo covers most topics I would have raised.

    Being an active part-time landlord -- especially for more than one property --...
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    An option, though the desktop computer would have to have Wi-Fi. One could buy an add-on card if it did not, though.


    ToomuchStuff mentions the key qualification here: a VPN. With a VPN (ideally...
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    Last night we had a neighbor over for dinner. For...

    Last night we had a neighbor over for dinner. For Minnesota, the temperature and humidity have been oppressive. And I just wasn't up for a lot of time in front of the stove. I served large-ish shrimp...
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    Thanks. We're not thinking whether we want a...

    Thanks. We're not thinking whether we want a freezer -- that's a definite 'yes'. What I'm rethinking is chest versus upright.

    Originally I wanted a manual-defrost chest freezer to keep the food...
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    Hi, Cathy! Yeah, I'm not on this board much...

    Hi, Cathy! Yeah, I'm not on this board much anymore, so ... One other choice you get in freezers is chest or upright. Chest freezers are more efficient of space and electricity, though the ones that...
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    The only reason you might want a Roku (or Apple...

    The only reason you might want a Roku (or Apple TV or Chromecast or Fire Stick or whatever) is because it offers you programming you can't get through your smart TV. But, aside from an extensive...
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    We don't have a freezer -- yet. Actually, my mom...

    We don't have a freezer -- yet. Actually, my mom has been promising hers to us for years. We've finally decided that's just not going to happen. Couple that with a new refrigerator with a smaller...
  9. I think it's important to like where you live and...

    I think it's important to like where you live and that where you live (location, type of housing, etc.) rewards your values. But I like to see different things/lifestyles/geographies way too much to...
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    My LDR didn't work out all that well (married too...

    My LDR didn't work out all that well (married too soon and divorced "too late"). :|( But that was then...

    As others mentioned, communication these days is far simpler: texting/"free" long...
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    We are great believers in "asynchronous...

    We are great believers in "asynchronous gift-giving". I know my neighbor really likes my fermented pickles and I like the guy, so I make sure he gets a jar or two of pickles when I have cucumbers and...
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    Ayup.[/QUOTE]
    Make that three. Without context provided by the OP (UA or anyone), it might as well be advertising by WaPo or Buzzfeed or whoever is providing the linked article -- except that the...
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    I'm no expert in it, but I've worked at several...

    I'm no expert in it, but I've worked at several big companies which did manage energy consumption because doing so saved them money. There are as many ways to manage energy use as there are companies...
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    I spend a lot of time on my e-life. I'm not even...

    I spend a lot of time on my e-life. I'm not even sure I could come up with a more accurate number. I prefer to read newspapers, periodicals, and journals on-line. I do research for purchases on-line....
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    So it's like keeping an old rusty pickup truck on...

    So it's like keeping an old rusty pickup truck on the driveway, licensed and insured for the few times you might need to move something that size. I think most people on this forum would tell you to...
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    All our Macaroni Grills have closed, too. Never...

    All our Macaroni Grills have closed, too. Never got to one. Nearest one to us now, apparently, is in Chicago. Not happening... :-)

    I've been to PF Chang's a couple of times with other people. But...
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    You might also cost out how much it would cost to...

    You might also cost out how much it would cost to buy a snowblower that does not require such gymnastics for an oil change. My 2015 Toro has a drain plug right on the back; all I have to do is tip...
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    Exactly. An investment has at least a...

    Exactly. An investment has at least a chance/expectation of paying you off at some point.

    When we were looking at replacing our windows, window salespeople used the term "investment" as a...
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    Congratulations! It sounds like a terrific...

    Congratulations! It sounds like a terrific opportunity, and it's good to see someone not cowed by the comfort of the status quo.
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    In the news this morning, there was a report that...

    In the news this morning, there was a report that the Miss Teen USA pageant is ditching the swimsuit part of the competition. Now they will wear "athletic gear". I will plead ignorance to not...
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    Could you get a bridge loan secured by your house...

    Could you get a bridge loan secured by your house closing (particularly from your mortgage lender)? That would give you the cash in hand now. Yes, there is a risk that your closing falls through. But...
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    I've been using straight white vinegar to clean...

    I've been using straight white vinegar to clean the bathrooms for quite a while now. Even DW has noticed how much the hard surfaces sparkle. I used to use Bon Ami and elbow grease to clean the tub...
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    All three of us kids were nudged out of the nest...

    All three of us kids were nudged out of the nest positively by our parents. Of the three, until my brother's illness, only I ever spent any time at home as an adult. When I moved to Minnesota,...
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    I do think Facebook's user-interface people try...

    I do think Facebook's user-interface people try to make people take a circuitous path to what they want -- but that's little different IMHO than IKEA's main aisle forcing you to wander through the...
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    Most places I've seen state that dried spices...

    Most places I've seen state that dried spices tend to start losing their flavor components in around six months. That presumes that they're not being stored in extreme conditions, like direct...
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