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Griff 09-29-2017 07:28 AM

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Originally Posted by sexobon (Post 996319)
I got my flu shot, nice and early.

Thanks for the reminder.

Gravdigr 09-29-2017 01:18 PM

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What's making you happy today?
It's Friday. My bartendress is off tonight. Ima try and get freaky w/her.:jig:

Wish me luck.

glatt 09-29-2017 01:34 PM

Good luck, man!

Griff 09-29-2017 06:20 PM

Aw yeah!

fargon 09-29-2017 08:18 PM

Good Luck!!!

Gravdigr 09-30-2017 01:57 PM

Thanks all! It worked!

:doit:

glatt 09-30-2017 03:33 PM

That makes me happy for you.

Clodfobble 09-30-2017 11:02 PM

Woo! Gravdigr got lucky , y'all!

Griff 10-01-2017 08:17 AM

:)

monster 10-01-2017 09:10 PM

Does that make her a gravdigrdigr?

xoxoxoBruce 10-03-2017 02:16 AM

Honey, I got some honey from nowhereman and like it. Different than any honey I've ever tasted. It doesn't overwhelm me with super icky sweet like it was thick sugar, it's a more subdued and interesting flavor. I like it a lot. The only problem is I bought some as Christmas gifts and I may have to do more shopping now.
They don't know the honey. They can't handle the honey!
Two thumbs up.:thumbsup::thumbsup:

Gravdigr 10-03-2017 01:16 PM

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Originally Posted by monster (Post 996545)
Does that make her a gravdigrdigr?

She acted like she dug it.

That's really all I ask for.:D

Gravdigr 10-07-2017 01:59 PM

Second hand happy...

Popdigr got a sattv bill last month for $91. Called them up "I can't [won't] pay that." Dude said "Can ya pay fifty?" Popdigr says yeah. Little victories, and all that.

He just opened the bill a minute ago.

$39 - w/no channel loss.

This is Direct, btw.

Gravdigr 10-20-2017 12:49 PM

Two little green flakes in m'noodles this morning.

'S gonna be a good day, Tater.

Clodfobble 10-20-2017 02:49 PM

My guy has read the manuscript, is "very impressed" and has no major changes! He has passed it up the chain to make sure the corporate overlords are cool with it, too, but he anticipates they will be. Next comes delivering the whole package to my agent, and the nail-biting sales phase, and plenty more stress before it's all a done deal... But his approval is 1.) a critical step and 2.) personally very important to me, so yay!

glatt 10-20-2017 03:31 PM

That's great news!

Griff 10-20-2017 03:31 PM

w00t!

xoxoxoBruce 10-20-2017 05:53 PM

Yay Clod.

http://cellar.org/2017/aaaplaud.gif

fargon 10-20-2017 05:58 PM

Yay, I can't wait for the next book.

glatt 10-21-2017 03:45 PM

I just discovered a consignment shop nearby that sells outdoor gear only. Picked up a nice lightweight down backpacking jacket for $70 when it retails for $200. I'll be coming back regularly.

Griff 10-21-2017 07:05 PM

Nice!

Clodfobble 10-21-2017 11:09 PM

Is a backpacking jacket different from a regular jacket that you happen to wear a backpack with?

sexobon 10-21-2017 11:32 PM

Here ya go Clod:

https://snarkynomad.com/why-a-packab...t-backpacking/

glatt 10-22-2017 01:04 PM

Mine stuffs itself into its own chest pocket.
https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...e6d133c927.jpg

xoxoxoBruce 10-22-2017 04:49 PM

Hmm... digital gram scale. No wonder you've been throwing money around. :lol2:

Crimson Ghost 10-23-2017 05:24 AM

24th wedding anniversary

Clodfobble 10-23-2017 06:44 AM

Congrats!

xoxoxoBruce 10-23-2017 11:49 AM

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24th wedding anniversary
______________
We must all go through a rite of passage. It must be physical, it must be painful, and it must leave a mark.
:facepalm: ;) :lol2:

Gravdigr 10-23-2017 04:15 PM

Happy Anniversary CG!

fargon 10-23-2017 08:43 PM

Congrats Mr Ghost.

Griff 10-24-2017 06:52 AM

Good job CG!

Crimson Ghost 10-24-2017 11:40 AM

Thanks much. I don't know why she puts up with my shit, but she does.

Gravdigr 10-24-2017 12:55 PM

Y'know...If she'd killed ya when she met ya, she'd prolly have been out for a few years by now.

:D:p:

Gravdigr 11-16-2017 03:43 PM

This didn't really make me happy, but, made me feel good that there are still good people in the world.

I don't know any of them, but...:(

Retired Marine Keeps Promise Made In Bunker In Vietnam

orthodoc 11-17-2017 03:01 PM

Sigh. Made me tear up. And I’m at work.
Also makes me glad, Grav. Thanks.

Gravdigr 11-18-2017 04:34 PM

No matter how many times ya hear it...

Marines are different from the rest of 'em.:devil:

monster 12-11-2017 11:46 PM

Annual review. Apparently I'm OK. Maximum merit pay raise. Boss put money where mouth is.


In case you haven't figured, I'm a pretty low self-esteem kind of a person IRL

DanaC 12-12-2017 02:40 PM

Awesome, Mon.

I'm working up my self-review thingie prior to my one-to-one with team leader in Jan. They start hassling you with reminder emails from end of November. - I fucking hate it. I hate, hate, hate it with a vengeance.

xoxoxoBruce 12-12-2017 02:43 PM

But Dana, you can channel that hate into the motivation to get it done... or kill your boss. :D

DanaC 12-12-2017 02:56 PM

Oh! You posted - that reminds me why I came into this thread in the first place ...

What's making me happy today: I came home from work this evening - it was cold and dark, and my front door is currently busted and having to be kept closed with stoppers (the lock smith fitted them to the door frame) when I'm in and padlocked when I am out - so it is not fully closed into the UPVC frame and there's a big draft coming through - Carrot in tow, feeling vaguely harassed by the day (when the weather is like this a day in home insurance becomes a bit of a sprint ) and there, poking through my letter box was a Christmas card from across the pond.

Very funny, as always, and totally put a smile on my face. In fact, I knew by the envelope which card it would be and was already smiling as I opened it.

xoxoxoBruce 12-12-2017 09:07 PM

It's funny, when I went to the post office I mailed a package and 6 cards going overseas. When I got home I glanced at the receipt and it said "Green Succulent" 6. WTF? I figured out it that round green stamp they put on overseas mail. :smack:

BigV 12-12-2017 10:53 PM

This:

Once a Long Shot, Democrat Doug Jones Wins Alabama Senate Race https://nyti.ms/2C8yEQz

Happy Monkey 12-12-2017 10:59 PM

I guess we now know what a Republican has to do to lose in Alabama - by 0.8%.

Clodfobble 12-12-2017 11:19 PM

Kind of. I think it was as much a repudiation of Trump as anything. Roy Moore had been elected to several previous offices, and if he'd been up for Senate during a Dem presidency, I think he'd have won in Alabama just fine despite the scandals.

But whatever -- he didn't win tonight, and that's what matters.

DanaC 12-13-2017 04:22 PM

I'm not a big Christmas person - find it all a bit stressful (time, money etc) up until a couple of days before - once it's pretty much too late to do anything else or buy anything else I accept that it is Christmas and stop stressing out.

However there are one or two Christmas traditions that I like in the run up. I usually, most years, buy at least one or two presents from Firebox, because they are awesome. They have really cool stuff and their customer service is brilliant. I think there's maybe been 1 year in the last decade that i haven't bought at least one gift from them. Probably longer than a decade, actually - could even be 15 years.

There are just so many cool little touches in the Firebox shopping experience - like the fact that they include a little packet of sweeties as a freebie in each delivery. That kind of thing goes a long way :P

The reason I'm talking about it in here though is because I have just placed an order for two gifts for Sophie and Amelia and the order confirmation page made me grin. And that made me happy, because it made me feel Christmassy. Because it's Firebox.

Here it is (anonymized obv):


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Order confirmation
Order number: (#***********)

Your order (***********) is being processed like a fine slice of plastic cheese and you'll soon receive an email to *************@*****.com confirming all the juicy details.

Now switch off your computer/phone/Firebox-browsing device, go and get some fresh air and tell no one of what you've seen here today.


DanaC 12-13-2017 04:32 PM

Hah I just got the order conf email:

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ORDER CONFIRMED, DanaC
Next up, dispatch

Thanks very much for your order. You really are rather nice.
This "exciting" email is to confirm a few things you probably already know.

1. Your online shopping skills are truly exceptional.
2. Firebox has strong feelings for you.
3. See 1 & 2.

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If you're reading this then it's already too late to make any changes to your order. Sorry! No begging please.

We'll drop you another email to let you know once it's out the door. Help the anticipation build a little. Get the juices flowing.
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YOUR DELIVERY ADDRESS
Soon your one-of-a-kind parcel will be extravagantly chauffeured (in the back of a van) to this address:

Glinda 02-02-2018 05:11 PM

Cannabidiol.







Ok, tetrahydrocannabinol makes me happy, too. But today in particular? I'm all about the CBD. Ahhhhh.

monster 02-02-2018 08:39 PM

We sell that.

xoxoxoBruce 02-03-2018 12:13 AM

You're not on their map, you should tell them so people can find you.

Gravdigr 02-03-2018 05:37 PM

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Originally Posted by Glinda (Post 1003375)

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...is a cannabis compound that has significant medical benefits, but does not make people feel “stoned” and can actually counteract the psychoactivity of THC.
What kind of communist, twinkle-toed, John Wayne-hatin, piece o' shit came up with that?!?!

:joint::p:

Glinda 02-03-2018 05:39 PM

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Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 1003457)
What kind of communist, twinkle-toed, John Wayne-hatin, piece o' shit came up with that?!?!

:joint::p:

Inorite!? :rolleyes:

Griff 02-03-2018 09:18 PM

Happy = Day trip to Tug Hill Plateau xc skiing with Pete today.

Glinda 03-08-2018 03:39 PM

I got a very interesting piece of mail today . . .

Back in the late '90s, I worked for Consumers Union (publisher of Consumer Reports) in their San Francisco consumer advocacy office. It was a grant-funded position that lasted three years. During that time, I contributed the max to a retirement fund which Consumers Union matched.

Today's mail included a nice letter from the retirement fund, letting me know that they're offering a one-time option for people who are at least 59.5 years old, no longer work for Consumers Union, and have at least $10,000 in their retirement account.

I can either take a lump sum payment ($22,706, less taxes), roll it over into an IRA, or turn it into a monthly annunity ($186) that starts paying immediately and pays out until I croak.

What to do? What to do?

Gravdigr 03-08-2018 03:44 PM

I'd never notice $186.

Take the chunk and put it in something similar, or roll it.

Then again, if the $186 would make a noticeable difference, then that might be the thing to do. Maybe that matches nicely with a monthly bill. Hey, free electricity/groceries/heat/water/weed for life!!!

Yeah, that wasn't any help at all.

limey 03-08-2018 03:53 PM

I got a recent offer from a similar pension fund - they wanted to buy me out because if I take the money now it's the cheaper option for them, and it was impossible that putting it into a new scheme (i.e. IRA in your case) would bring me the same income that is available under the current scheme. My financial adviser said stick. YMMV.

Undertoad 03-08-2018 04:21 PM

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less taxes
Roll it over and avoid that if you are making ok money now. You'll pay taxes on that monthly annuity too, right?

Glinda 03-08-2018 04:40 PM

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Originally Posted by Gravdigr (Post 1005302)
I'd never notice $186.

Take the chunk and put it in something similar, or roll it.

Then again, if the $186 would make a noticeable difference, then that might be the thing to do. Maybe that matches nicely with a monthly bill. Hey, free electricity/groceries/heat/water/weed for life!!!

Yeah, that wasn't any help at all.

I did consider that $186 a month isn't much, but would cover my TV, phone, and internet bills. Of course, I could croak at any time, so I'm not convinced an annuity is a good thing.

Besides, I've decided I need a fence along my southern property line - the asshole neighbor on the other side has forced me to take him to court because he won't pay his share of the cost to repair my road (logging truck damage). That southern boundary is 310 feet, and I want a GOOD fence that won't crap out 10 years from now - I've decided on clear-coated cedar with metal posts in cement. I don't want asshole neighbor or his seven brats crossing my property line ever again. That's an $8200 bill.

Plus, I've got to pay the full road repair cost myself, and will eventually get repaid by asshole neighbor. That's $5900 to me (with an eventual $4747 repayment).

And, I'm going to have the road construction crew move some land around my property to give me a flat/terraced back yard (20% slope back there right now) and build a 20' x 30' graveled pallet so I can one day build a nice outbuilding. That's another $5000 for a total of about $19,000.

My initial thought is to take the lump sum payment, pay for all this shit, put whatever's left over into my IRA, and put the eventual payment from asshole neighbor into the IRA as well.


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Originally Posted by limey (Post 1005305)
I got a recent offer from a similar pension fund - they wanted to buy me out because if I take the money now it's the cheaper option for them, and it was impossible that putting it into a new scheme (i.e. IRA in your case) would bring me the same income that is available under the current scheme. My financial adviser said stick. YMMV.

Yeah, I need to talk to a money guy. *sigh* I hate money problems, but at least this is a GOOD money problem.

:rolleyes:

Glinda 03-08-2018 04:42 PM

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Originally Posted by Undertoad (Post 1005316)
Roll it over and avoid that if you are making ok money now. You'll pay taxes on that monthly annuity too, right?

Yeah, I'm bringing in enough right now to live on, but see my previous post . . . lots of expenses coming up that I don't want to go into debt over.

Not sure about paying taxes on the annuity, as Washington state has no income taxes . . . ?

Gotta get a money guy, I guess. ;)

Undertoad 03-08-2018 05:20 PM

No WA taxes but the Fed gummint do take a bite.


Clodfobble 03-08-2018 06:32 PM

I guess for me it would depend on how much retirement savings I already had. $186 a month isn't a ton, but unless you die in the next ten years, it is more than the payout. You probably won't die in the next ten years. But if I already knew I was going to be okay--through existing 401Ks, other pensions, or whatever--then I'd probably take the lump sum just for the convenience of it. Long-term fixed income is subject to the whims of inflation anyway.


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