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04 Jul 2020, 7:52 am

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I had to look up "brown thumb" - at first thought it was the name of a plant or shrub that I hadn't heard of! :lol:

as opposed to green thumb. :)



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04 Jul 2020, 8:53 am

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water bill ain't exactly low, but lower than california's. a lot of "homeowners associations" out here. fascist they tend to be. their dues are bundled with my water bill so i end up paying about $50/month for water that elsewhere costs a fraction of that. i would not sunbathe here due to the insects, i live next to a swamp. bats here have a field day munching on 'em on the fly, as it were. as for maintenance, now and then i luck out on a neighbor with fixit ability who takes pity on seeing my broken down place. boors keep knocking down my mailbox out front then lecture me if i catch them, "why don't you just pay for a P.O. box in town and stop bothering people?" the nerve.


Wha!? Homeowner's Association? You ain't really out in the sticks, then. Here I thought you were in tha boonies. That changes the complexion of things completely.

I avoid HOA like the plague, because I am a cheap ass. Also they just interfere and make rules, they don't really help or give any value in my experience.

I did own a condo in the city once, $150 a month, I don't know what it paid for other than a run-down pool no one used including me. I think they had someone vaccuum the hallway once in a while. Sold that thing long ago--real estate agent told me he saw rats in there. :lol: Some other cheap ass from overseas bought it, he actually earned six figures in I.T., but like many foreigners, he was saving every dollar he can in order to live like a king once he gets back home to his 2nd world country. I reckon by now he's sold it and is back home with three wives, guru, masseuse, maid, butler, driver, and errand boy, and three homes, living the life... :mrgreen:

That does not sound so sweet, cold and snowed under next to a swap that has horseflies buzzing around in the summer, and a HOA to boot. I don't know about them beans. :| I could learn to like the snow and being isolated and all, but horseflies in the summer, not so much.


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04 Jul 2020, 8:58 am

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The Amerikan heath system is crap.
The whole world knows that.

I hope the Democrats do something about it if they get in.


Yep well I agree with you there, and there aren't many folks that will disagree, what they disagree on is how to fix. I just point to Canada and say copy them, seems obvious. It is for health care I sympathize with the Democrats.

I don't go with misspelling "America" and disrespecting it altogether, it riles folks up for no good reason and makes them think you are anti-American. I don't think so but I am just pointing out how others will react. Every country in the world has problems, there's no paradise on this earth. It so happens that in the U.S. our problems get reported and publicized, they are not state secrets, and we don't arrest folk for reporting about them or discussing them on the Internet.


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04 Jul 2020, 9:01 am

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$50 a month for water? That’s downright extortionate!

Most people who live in apartments in NYC don’t pay for water (and gas) at all. A few don’t even pay electric.


Well that's what I pay, the water bill gets bundled to also include garbage pick-up and sewage, so it is not so bad in my area. I can't say what is true for auntblabbie. I consider it good value due to including garbage pick-up, it saves me having to drive to the dump. And sewage, well I don't have to deal with a septic tank.


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04 Jul 2020, 9:18 am

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Wha!? Homeowner's Association? You ain't really out in the sticks, then. Here I thought you were in tha boonies. That changes the complexion of things completely. I avoid HOA like the plague, because I am a cheap ass. Also they just interfere and make rules, they don't really help or give any value in my experience. I did own a condo in the city once, $150 a month, I don't know what it paid for other than a run-down pool no one used including me. I think they had someone vaccuum the hallway once in a while. Sold that thing long ago--real estate agent told me he saw rats in there. :lol: Some other cheap ass from overseas bought it, he actually earned six figures in I.T., but like many foreigners, he was saving every dollar he can in order to live like a king once he gets back home to his 2nd world country. I reckon by now he's sold it and is back home with three wives, guru, masseuse, maid, butler, driver, and errand boy, and three homes, living the life... :mrgreen: That does not sound so sweet, cold and snowed under next to a swap that has horseflies buzzing around in the summer, and a HOA to boot. I don't know about them beans. :| I could learn to like the snow and being isolated and all, but horseflies in the summer, not so much.

no horseflies, the odd normal housefly which i blast with my bugasalt gun :mrgreen: almost as much fun as watching skeeters bbq on the bug zapper :D just skeeters which the bats have a field day with. thank god for window screens. and a/c. i live a long enough drive out of a very small town [less than 10k population in the summer, less in the cold due to snowbirds]. lotta retired folk here. very right wing, so i avoid just about everybody here as they see me with my pony tail and get reactive.



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04 Jul 2020, 6:57 pm

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no horseflies, the odd normal housefly which i blast with my bugasalt gun :mrgreen: almost as much fun as watching skeeters bbq on the bug zapper :D just skeeters which the bats have a field day with. thank god for window screens. and a/c. i live a long enough drive out of a very small town [less than 10k population in the summer, less in the cold due to snowbirds]. lotta retired folk here. very right wing, so i avoid just about everybody here as they see me with my pony tail and get reactive.


I brought a host of weird gnats into my kitchen by buying organic bananas. So, I've been doing like you and hunting the flying critters, except I use a dish towel and whap 'em. I spent a goodly part of the weekend hunting them all over the house. No more organic bananas! I love their sweet flavor but enough with the insect larvae. Or maybe I will just cut the stem off, I think they hide in the stems.

If I were you I'd cut my hairt to reduce friction. If you sport a conservative look, you won't get baited. Otherwise they I.D. you as the other tribe, and all this mess gets up in their head. You never get a chance.


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04 Jul 2020, 11:41 pm

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no horseflies, the odd normal housefly which i blast with my bugasalt gun :mrgreen: almost as much fun as watching skeeters bbq on the bug zapper :D just skeeters which the bats have a field day with. thank god for window screens. and a/c. i live a long enough drive out of a very small town [less than 10k population in the summer, less in the cold due to snowbirds]. lotta retired folk here. very right wing, so i avoid just about everybody here as they see me with my pony tail and get reactive.


I brought a host of weird gnats into my kitchen by buying organic bananas. So, I've been doing like you and hunting the flying critters, except I use a dish towel and whap 'em. I spent a goodly part of the weekend hunting them all over the house. No more organic bananas! I love their sweet flavor but enough with the insect larvae. Or maybe I will just cut the stem off, I think they hide in the stems.

If I were you I'd cut my hairt to reduce friction. If you sport a conservative look, you won't get baited. Otherwise they I.D. you as the other tribe, and all this mess gets up in their head. You never get a chance.

i guess i don't wanna look like them [butch haircuts] or act like them because that leads inexorably to THINKING like them. :alien: i just avoid them as much as possible by having nocturnal hours [none of that type seems to be nocturnal].



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05 Jul 2020, 12:15 pm

Gentleman Argentum wrote:
Pepe wrote:
The Amerikan heath system is crap.
The whole world knows that.

I hope the Democrats do something about it if they get in.


Yep well I agree with you there, and there aren't many folks that will disagree, what they disagree on is how to fix. I just point to Canada and say copy them, seems obvious. It is for health care I sympathize with the Democrats.

I don't go with misspelling "America" and disrespecting it altogether, it riles folks up for no good reason and makes them think you are anti-American. I don't think so but I am just pointing out how others will react. Every country in the world has problems, there's no paradise on this earth. It so happens that in the U.S. our problems get reported and publicized, they are not state secrets, and we don't arrest folk for reporting about them or discussing them on the Internet.



Not to forget that Canada's population is about 1/10th of the US - what works there may not work for a much larger population.



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05 Jul 2020, 7:30 pm

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i guess i don't wanna look like them [butch haircuts] or act like them because that leads inexorably to THINKING like them. :alien: i just avoid them as much as possible by having nocturnal hours [none of that type seems to be nocturnal].


Well, may be, my reasoning is, I have enough difficulty being the way I am, I want to give myself as many advantages as possible with social interaction. I can't afford starting off at a deficit before I even open my mouth. Also I like blending in and not being noticed... the herd concept. I'm just one o' the herd, don't mind me, ye wolves.

Anyways those gnats appear to be dying off from my dread dish towel. Today at the grocery store I bought regular bananas, they don't have that gnat larva up in the stem I think.


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05 Jul 2020, 7:33 pm

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Not to forget that Canada's population is about 1/10th of the US - what works there may not work for a much larger population.


Maybe not, certainly no one seems to want to try it. Obama came up with a thousand-page book, Trump just wants to cut everything and go back the way it was before. Too proud to copy Canada I reckon. Or vested interests.


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06 Jul 2020, 3:08 pm

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The_Face_of_Boo wrote:
Not to forget that Canada's population is about 1/10th of the US - what works there may not work for a much larger population.


Maybe not, certainly no one seems to want to try it. Obama came up with a thousand-page book, Trump just wants to cut everything and go back the way it was before. Too proud to copy Canada I reckon. Or vested interests.

the way it was before is unsustainable. we sent a man to the blinkin' moon so we are well-capable of fixing this, there just has to be enough who want it, just like peace.



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06 Jul 2020, 5:43 pm

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Gentleman Argentum wrote:
The_Face_of_Boo wrote:
Not to forget that Canada's population is about 1/10th of the US - what works there may not work for a much larger population.


Maybe not, certainly no one seems to want to try it. Obama came up with a thousand-page book, Trump just wants to cut everything and go back the way it was before. Too proud to copy Canada I reckon. Or vested interests.

the way it was before is unsustainable. we sent a man to the blinkin' moon so we are well-capable of fixing this, there just has to be enough who want it, just like peace.


I wish things were like that Auntie but I'm afraid vested interests call the shots...like why we got all mixed up in Viet Nam even though most Americans had never even heard of the place. Just a way to make lots of money for the defense industry. Always about the easy money, rich folk wanting to get even richer, get their friends and family richer too. So now it's the insurance companies, and they own both parties.


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06 Jul 2020, 11:49 pm

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auntblabby wrote:
Gentleman Argentum wrote:
The_Face_of_Boo wrote:
Not to forget that Canada's population is about 1/10th of the US - what works there may not work for a much larger population.


Maybe not, certainly no one seems to want to try it. Obama came up with a thousand-page book, Trump just wants to cut everything and go back the way it was before. Too proud to copy Canada I reckon. Or vested interests.

the way it was before is unsustainable. we sent a man to the blinkin' moon so we are well-capable of fixing this, there just has to be enough who want it, just like peace.


I wish things were like that Auntie but I'm afraid vested interests call the shots...like why we got all mixed up in Viet Nam even though most Americans had never even heard of the place. Just a way to make lots of money for the defense industry. Always about the easy money, rich folk wanting to get even richer, get their friends and family richer too. So now it's the insurance companies, and they own both parties.

if enough people voted, the evil ones would be overwhelmed, no amount of GOP ratfking would succeed.