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by shade-tree
Thu Aug 15, 2019 12:56 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Looking for a new job
Replies: 21
Views: 3051

Re: Looking for a new job

I once took a really useful career workshop called "Dependable strengths." In it, we did a number of brainstorming exercises to remember past activities & experiences that met the following three criteria: Something you're proud of, that you did well, and enjoyed. After considering this over a few h...
by shade-tree
Thu Jul 19, 2018 2:07 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Please help me to choose a bike
Replies: 44
Views: 6369

Re: Please help me to choose a bike

I know you've gotten a lot of advice already, but I wanted to share my experience as a very short woman. I bought a bike from a local shop who asked what I wanted to do and did some fitting for me to make sure I'd enjoy riding it so I would actually ride it. After finding a light, right-priced frame...
by shade-tree
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The Rise of Bullshit Jobs
Replies: 53
Views: 8365

Re: The Rise of Bullshit Jobs

@clarice yes, very good choice of topic, this does touch a nerve! The industry I work in is highly regulated and has a lot of safety and education requirements (safety is a good thing!). But sadly, I see that the education is mainly box-checking and not really meaningful, so it doesn't have the impa...
by shade-tree
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: The Rise of Bullshit Jobs
Replies: 53
Views: 8365

Re: The Rise of Bullshit Jobs

Thanks @wolf for alerting me to this thread. I posted in my recent ERE journal about how I'd just read David Graeber's BOOK bullshit jobs which is an entertaining, deeper dive into the topics introduced in his essay. Graeber identifies some categories of bullshit jobs such as importance inflation-- ...
by shade-tree
Tue Jul 10, 2018 1:19 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: simplicity homework- a journal
Replies: 42
Views: 8449

Re: simplicity homework- a journal

Sorry, I've been away a while. What prompted me to log on today is that I just read a book called Bullshit Jobs by David Graeber. So interesting. He first wrote an essay on the topic, so you could track that down for a general idea. Essentially, there is a proliferation of well-paid people who are d...
by shade-tree
Thu Apr 13, 2017 11:49 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Frugality fail list
Replies: 31
Views: 5955

Re: Frugality fail list

My co worker has lost 7 wedding rings over 27 years of marriage. Happened again just recently. She just goes to the mall and buys a new gold band. She has the wedding band gene, without a doubt.
by shade-tree
Thu Apr 13, 2017 12:10 am
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Frugality fail list
Replies: 31
Views: 5955

Re: Frugality fail list

I don't know if this fits the criteria, but it seems like a fail to me: People at my work who spend a few thousand to take the family on vacation to Disneyland, (or Vegas, if no children) every year or so.
by shade-tree
Wed Mar 29, 2017 11:02 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Who'd a thunk it? Obamacare not repealed
Replies: 303
Views: 37363

Re: Who'd a thunk it? Obamacare not repealed

On this forum, I always hear folks (including comments above) telling us to take care of ourselves, that virtually all serious health problems are caused by unhealthy lifestyle and that exercise and diet can prevent them. That's dangerous, magical thinking and a threat to your early retirement. Heal...
by shade-tree
Mon Feb 20, 2017 2:46 am
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Mealtime trouble with kids
Replies: 11
Views: 2108

Re: Mealtime trouble with kids

@sclass I'm glad you mentioned picky eating as being something innate, as opposed the the usual parent-blaming hypothesis that is so popular. My son was and is now as a young adult, a very selective eater. When he was at home, we did our best to offer a variety of healthy and interesting foods, but ...
by shade-tree
Thu Dec 29, 2016 4:57 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Too Old To Retire "Young"
Replies: 493
Views: 101582

Re: Too Old To Retire "Young"

Congratulations on a good year. 400 square feet is about the size of my tool shed and holds a lot. Is an outbuilding an option for you? I attended a class for work that suggested writing down at least thing we are grateful for each day. I thought it seemed like a fine idea, so I've been trying to do...
by shade-tree
Mon Aug 29, 2016 11:48 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Clinton Coverup Queen
Replies: 342
Views: 42963

Re: Clinton Coverup Queen

Hey now, Be nice everyone. :-) Young candidate that was popular= Obama. (past candidate, of course, just an example of how people feel about folks with shorter resume) Outsider= Trump Long history/one main job= Bernie I do stand by my claim that very few people have been all of the following: a firs...
by shade-tree
Sun Aug 28, 2016 11:23 pm
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Clinton Coverup Queen
Replies: 342
Views: 42963

Re: Clinton Coverup Queen

Any person with ambition and a long resume will have some evidence of failure/bad decisions, etc. Some of it will look wise in the rear view mirror, some decisions won't. Hilary's worst problem seems to be having actually done a lot. Younger candidates, ones who sat on one job for a couple of decade...
by shade-tree
Mon Aug 15, 2016 10:40 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: I went to Sea World!
Replies: 60
Views: 5860

Re: I went to Sea World!

Sorry, I don't have much to say about captive pets but Going back to the idea of the OP and pleasurable experiences that aren't that satisfying, has anyone read David Foster Wallace's essay called "Shipping Out: The (nearly lethal) comforts of of a luxury cruise."? If not, you should. It's a long, b...
by shade-tree
Thu Jul 28, 2016 12:47 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Is the point of life just to avoid getting cancer?
Replies: 115
Views: 18223

Re: Is the point of life just to avoid getting cancer?

Ego wrote:I was gearing up, but then said to myself fuck it let the idiots eat whatever they want.
+1
by shade-tree
Tue Jul 12, 2016 11:22 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Do you lie?
Replies: 55
Views: 11414

Re: Do you lie?

Truth is pretty subjective. Do I lie? I try not to, but sometimes I really have no idea what a true answer to an ambiguously asked question even is. And I also think that it's fine to leave non essential details out, or frame the answer to meet the needs of the audience as you, @7wannebe5, described...
by shade-tree
Sat Jul 09, 2016 1:23 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Red lentils rinsing after cooking
Replies: 12
Views: 2783

Re: Red lentils rinsing after cooking

I eat lentils weekly or more often as a delicious lunch and feel like I must evangelize on their behalf when people have difficulty with them, so... I recommend brown for good flavor and consistency and not requiring fussiness for positive results. I pre-rinse, but never soak. Add salt at the start....
by shade-tree
Thu Jun 30, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Declining invitations strategically
Replies: 30
Views: 6882

Re: Declining invitations strategically

@did Yes! I agree that in the beginning, I suspected that this might be "required" socializing and that's why I was feeling so much obligation. I have friends who work in big law firms and other such places where there is a lot of that kind of obligatory activity required if you want to advance. I d...
by shade-tree
Tue Jun 28, 2016 9:39 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Declining invitations strategically
Replies: 30
Views: 6882

Re: Declining invitations strategically

@Jacob, reminds me of this theory I have about 'idea people" and 'follow through people." Some well-rounded people bring both skills together to first think of an idea, then take concrete steps to make the idea turn into a real event or product. Idea people come up with ideas but don't finish up, bu...
by shade-tree
Sat Jun 25, 2016 7:37 pm
Forum: Inspiration
Topic: Memorable Documentaries
Replies: 37
Views: 11405

Re: Memorable Documentaries: Bill Cunningham New york

Bill Cunningham New York is a documentary about the photographer who died today at 87. He took fashion photos of regular people on the street and the rich and famous. Was never mean. Refused to become beholden to big money. Only means of transport was to ride a bicycle-- in Manhattan. His is A very ...
by shade-tree
Fri Jun 24, 2016 12:21 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Declining invitations strategically
Replies: 30
Views: 6882

Re: Declining invitations strategically

I agree that lying is not the right thing to do. and it is also a violation of my not-religious, but reasonably-robust personal behavioral code-of-conduct policy. An update on the situation: I never replied or responded to the invitation email, and now the whole plan seems to have dissipated through...