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by flying_pan
Mon Aug 03, 2020 11:35 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Flying Pan's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 5561

Re: Flying Pan's Journal

I've been wearing a Buff around my neck and then when I get near people while running, paddling, etc. I pull it up as a mask. Since you are lake paddling you could wear a mask to launch and then stow it once you are on the water. Just some ideas, I don't know the details of your situation. Nice job...
by flying_pan
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:51 am
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Flying Pan's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 5561

Re: Flying Pan's Journal

Did not write here for pretty long time. Well, not much is happening! Coronavirus is still out there, so I don't really want to try; I drive my cars every month just to bring it to the operational temperature, it is not as crowded as usual during the summer, but still, a lot of people, I'd say 50% a...
by flying_pan
Mon Aug 03, 2020 10:16 am
Forum: Housing Questions
Topic: Rural Property Acreage?
Replies: 12
Views: 3349

Re: Rural Property Acreage?

We live near a small town of 8k, and have just 0.5 acres of land – enough to garden, not enough to do anything else with the "land". But we are contemplating about moving and getting more area. First, if you are in the US, yes, you will be really car-dependent, unless you are close enough to a town...
by flying_pan
Fri Jul 31, 2020 12:49 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: The ERE Wheaton Scale
Replies: 240
Views: 55880

Re: The ERE Wheaton Scale

I really like the vacation column, as it really helped me to click with the system, because I distinctly went through several phases and can easily relate. But yeah, it definitely requires imagination, as these are just examples, since some people for camping on BLM are buying a 4x4 truck, a new Air...
by flying_pan
Fri Jul 31, 2020 11:02 am
Forum: Politics, and other eternal disagreements
Topic: Assessing Federal agents deployed to Portland
Replies: 122
Views: 27181

Re: Assessing Federal agents deployed to Portland

From the outsider perspective, even before all these riots and federal response, USA looks very much a police state to me. It includes both government policing and "people" policing. For example, you simply can't just randomly go somewhere in a typical american city. I mean, you can, but it is silly...
by flying_pan
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:41 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Evaluating Job Opportunities
Replies: 14
Views: 1820

Re: Evaluating Job Opportunities

@flying_pan I am 10 years into a 32-year requirement for the pension. I'll be 56 if I stay for the full 32 years. What about early pension? Any ways to get it earlier rather than staying 22 years more there? Do you want to get it? On one hand, you are there for 1/3 of the duration, but 22 years is ...
by flying_pan
Wed Jul 08, 2020 2:18 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: Evaluating Job Opportunities
Replies: 14
Views: 1820

Re: Evaluating Job Opportunities

What about pension and how long do you need to contribute to get it? That's a big thing and can solve all your money problems in the future :) Overall, I'd stay with your position. As it was mentioned, having more relaxed job means less stress, more time to yourself, and seems that vacation + sick t...
by flying_pan
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:07 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: How to get an IT job?
Replies: 10
Views: 492

Re: How to get an IT job?

Text classification and then doing analysis on it but it would come under "Data Analysis." There was a post here on how domain knowledge, statistics and programming are required for it. I remember installing python in 2010 but couldn't do much with it as the whole discussion of version 3 being back...
by flying_pan
Tue Jul 07, 2020 1:04 pm
Forum: Work & Education
Topic: How to get an IT job?
Replies: 10
Views: 492

Re: How to get an IT job?

Nah, you don't need a degree for programming, but you do need willingness to learn programming. System administrating is pretty much dead, it is DevOps now and much closer to programming, at least more proficiency in scripting is required. Anyway, your goal is not to learn everything, but some speci...
by flying_pan
Mon Jun 15, 2020 9:22 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Headphone recommendations
Replies: 38
Views: 10692

Re: Headphone recommendations

This reminds me of an older analog design engineer I used to work with. Kind of an ERE type. He was an audiophile and he built all his amps and speakers. He suggested that it was much cheaper to get a very high quality headphone set rather than buy good speakers and power amps. His favorite was a b...
by flying_pan
Fri Jun 12, 2020 10:03 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Danger of Credit Crunch?
Replies: 11
Views: 1427

Re: Danger of Credit Crunch?

Does it really affect your insurance rates that much? I mean, are we talking 5-10% difference, or 50-100%?

I am genuinely curious because after buying a house I want to never worry about it without losing anything major.
by flying_pan
Fri Jun 12, 2020 6:48 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Danger of Credit Crunch?
Replies: 11
Views: 1427

Re: Danger of Credit Crunch?

I had a MasterCard cancelled on me this week because of (only) six months of inactivity. When I complained and asked for it to be reopened, they said I could reapply. I told them to bite me. I mostly kept that card because I've had it 30 years and it keeps my average credit length longer on my cred...
by flying_pan
Fri Jun 12, 2020 3:44 pm
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Recession
Replies: 3
Views: 1194

Re: Recession

@shadow it is a tricky question, because it depends a lot on your situation. E.g. if you can live with your parents without troubles, then you have much less to worry about than someone who has to rent by themselves (more so if you have a family, but it is probably too early nowadays). The good part...
by flying_pan
Wed Jun 10, 2020 4:03 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: COVID-19: Unwinding the Lockdown and Long Term Epidemic
Replies: 386
Views: 23820

Re: COVID-19: Unwinding the Lockdown and Long Term Epidemic

I am kind of confused about how we collectively want to go forward. It seems that people had enough and basically continue their lives as before (I think all western countries "cancelled" COVID now). And I fail to grasp where is the problem here. Yes, people are dying, but how are we supposed to pre...
by flying_pan
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:43 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Keep repairing old Jeep or replace?
Replies: 15
Views: 5002

Re: Keep repairing old Jeep or replace?

Hello, Although I don't have a jeep, I am faced with a similar dilema with my present car : I bought an used 2000 subaru outback in 2010 and still driving the car. I paid $7500 in 2010 and put about the same amount in repairs in my 10 years of ownership, one big item was replacing the head gasket i...
by flying_pan
Tue Jun 09, 2020 12:36 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: Pros and cons of having a second child
Replies: 15
Views: 4019

Re: Pros and cons of having a second child

I don't have any children, we are thinking about having 1. But I was growing up with my sister, she was ~2 years older than me, and in general our family is good, supportive, etc (to a certain degree). However, we did not like each other with my sister until I became ~14; it softened a bit after my ...
by flying_pan
Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:11 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Flying Pan's Journal
Replies: 44
Views: 5561

Re: Flying Pan's Journal

All of the sudden my investments are not only back, but they are up. I rode all the way, it was interesting to see, and I also invested into individual stocks ($4k, it is $5.3k now, so almost 30%!). So my investments are about $30k now. Anyway, I got a bit concerned over the whole feeling great of t...
by flying_pan
Wed Jun 03, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: Which extreme cheapskate hacks/habits did you keep?
Replies: 18
Views: 1097

Re: Which extreme cheapskate hacks/habits did you keep?

Buying clothes/shoes in thrift stores. It looked really weird at first, but after doing it for some time: 1. it is environmentally frendlier than buying any new clothes 2. you can find good stuff Especially athletic shoes. They are my favourite for walking, but they wear out relatively quickly. For ...
by flying_pan
Wed May 27, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Buying a used car? Stealerships v. Individual owners
Replies: 40
Views: 2627

Re: Buying a used car? Stealerships v. Individual owners

I just drive my cars once a month these days, it should be enough. If it does not hold up that long, it is either a battery should be replaced or something drains the power. Our neighbours were driving basically every other day all this time, so nobody got stuck here at all :) Fearless coastal commu...
by flying_pan
Thu May 21, 2020 9:29 am
Forum: Money Questions
Topic: Inheritance coming - best options?
Replies: 34
Views: 2360

Re: Inheritance coming - best options?

@JWJones, after reading your replies I start to agree with @bigato that paying debt by your own money might be a good exercise. It is a small amount, only $15k, and you have $2,750 after rent + utilities. You said that car is paid off (and it is the only one), you don't eat out often, and in general...