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I hear you. I haven't had hair over my ears or even down to my collar since high school.

I like having hair that can tuck behind my ears. Motion habit from youth. I keep the sides fairly short these days but I still do that motion with what little hair can tuck (even tho it mostly just falls right back again). :lol:

 


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Got the check from our security deposit from the place we just left. Out of $2750, we got back $108. We were there a year and there was only typical wear and tear. I expected them to charge a bunch for cleaning, but the $1680 carpet replacement cost is what I'm fuming about. It was a new house, new carpets, and we didn't have any major damage to it. We didn't even wear shoes or eat upstairs where the carpets were. But they want to sell these houses for a million dollars, so they need to be able to market them as brand new. 

 

Thankfully we took video before we left the place, so I figure we have a decent small claims court case. It's just a hassle. There are about a dozen renters going through the same thing, so I'm going to see if they are getting the same treatment and maybe we can put together something bigger.

 

hard part is you likely took pictures o' the wrong side o' the carpet.  am not saying your landlords is sneaky, but is best to be available when they is insisting on pulling out carpet to show there is no stainage on the underside.  you have children, but we do not recall any pets. kids and pets almost get a presumption o' fubar carpet.  any number o' carpet cleaning services will make the carpets look okie dokie for a few days, then the stains begin reappearing almost like magic.  all you need is for landlord to claim palpable odor and then show pictures (not necessarily your carpet) o' underside o' removed carpet with stains.  

 

did you do a final walkthrough? is landlord required in CA unless you somehow waived. 

 

btw, how many sqft o' carpet/pad were removed and replaced? am curious 'cause $1680 could be either too expensive or kinda cheap.  we got a storage unit which is filled with what we call "rental-grade" carpet and pad which we have been using for years to replace carpet for little actual money save installation, which am too lazy to do our self.  removal is easy and haul-away requires a trip or two to the dump with a decent size truck.  being a cheap sob, we do such stuff our self. however, haven't bothered to check and see what home depot or some other standard kinda place charges for removal and installation o' new carpet for X sqft o' home.  

 

as an aside, as much as we personal like pets, we do not rent to pet owners unless is a slab foundation property.  cat urine, in particular, gets into the wood and that is where it stays, forever. only hard and fast rules for us is no smoker renters anywheres, and no pets save for slab.

 

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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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I like having hair that can tuck behind my ears. Motion habit from youth. I keep the sides fairly short these days but I still do that motion with what little hair can tuck (even tho it mostly just falls right back again). :lol:

Ive always preferred the "clean cut" look for myself. Ive never had a moustache, beard or goatee either.


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I was going through some old thumb drives and found this picture. Tommy & i were camping and fishing for five days by the Duck River in Old Stone Fort State Park. This was five years ago. God I miss him. He's been gone almost two years. Best friend I've ever had. 

 

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After waiting impatiently for 2 days, I called up our property management office to get an update on our security deposit. They claim it was processed incorrectly, and they will be sending a $1700 check next week to make up the difference. Yay for not having to go to small claims court! Still a bit suspicious until the check clears.  :getlost:

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Wife is really upset the property management company doesn't think the condo will rent for what she thinks it should go for. I think she's going about the whole thing all wrong but whatever, I guess it'll make her feel better to try to convince them they are wrong instead of either ignoring their recommendation or finding a new company.


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Wife is really upset the property management company doesn't think the condo will rent for what she thinks it should go for. I think she's going about the whole thing all wrong but whatever, I guess it'll make her feel better to try to convince them they are wrong instead of either ignoring their recommendation or finding a new company.

 

don't know your condo market, so can't say.  however, as an example, we got a 1500 sqft home am renting for $1850.  the average rate for such homes in the area is $2000/monthly.  if am willing to wait, we could maybe get $2100.  now keep in mind, there is basic utilities we need pay even if the property is empty, which is not extreme, but is still costing us a bit over $200 per month.

 

in our opinion, is unreasonable to not take the $1850 who will occupy asap. might take two or more months to get $2100.  so we get functional 10 months o' rent (at best) for the year. and am out an additional +$400 in utilities the tenant would be paying. so, $20,600 for the year.  at $1850 we get full year occupancy and no lost utility costs, so am making $22,200 even if am asking $250 less per month.

 

get a good long-term tenant in asap.  if we don't get a tenant w/i first two weeks o' availability, we immediate lower asking rent.

 

*shrug*

 

empty property earns us nothing... actual costs money.

 

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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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Similar units to ours in neighboring apartments can go for over $3200 and in our own building the unit below us is renting for $2800 and the one below that for $2600. Same floor plan but no view and only 1 parking spot. A 1 bedroom on the first floor going for $2500 and the cheapest and smallest one for $2300 and they want to list us at $2480. I thought we could get the same as the unit below us and if we don't get any bites then move down from there and my wife thinks we can get even more but I think part of it is just emotional investment or a point of pride. I just don't want it to cost me money, that's all I care about. 


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Management company also wants to work in a way to raise the rent with every new lease. So they sign a lease for a year at $2480, but then raise it a couple hundred on the next year.

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What are they charging you Shady, about 10% of the rent?


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I just don't want it to cost me money, that's all I care about. 

 

am understanding this.  after property taxes, hoa, homeowner's insurance, expected maintenance and other nonsense, the two rentals am carrying into retirement won't be making us much money. if we can squeeze out enough return to cover our typical yearly charitable donations, am gonna be more than happy... and that is with Gromnir continuing as property manager.

 

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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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...finally got the li'l monsters ta bed an' got ta look o'er me new rig supplies that comed in yesterday mornin'...canna wait ta start buildin' 'er...fallin' in luv wit' Fractal Design; dunna think I's'll e'er use another company's chassis'...an' I's used ta swear by Cooler Master...

 

 

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Woke up to the sound of the chickens in an uproar. Opened up the loft window (quietly) and saw two coyotes trying their best to get in. Well, they (the chickens)  were in no danger. I built that enclosure with coyotes in mind. Nevertheless I thought it would be better if these two didn't get away with the attempt. I have a Ruger 10/22 next to that loft window for just such an occasion. I stepped back from the window, had a good stock weld, sight picture, sight alignment, let out a half breath and began to squeeze.... but didn't.  I had them. They were both as dead as fried chicken as Samuel L Jackson would say. But I just couldn't do it. 10 years ago I'd be digging a hole right now. Instead I leaned out the window and yelled at them to f--k off. They did. 

 

I must be getting soft in my old age.

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All the petty admin and assorted stuff today.

 

My broadband / tv provider sent new tv box and router, so the fun of switching, installing, and then setting my network security back up.

My mobile phone was out of contract, so going through the fun of getting that in order.

Caught up on both laundry and fussing the cat some. Helping my father clear out things from my sister's old room, he's turned it into a general clutter stack / storage area and we really need to sort through it.

Chasing up some bank issues.

 

Also, spent the money on picking up that 3d Printer I had my eye on, and am about to setup a rapsberry pi with Octoprint for when it gets delivered.

 

Kind of hoping I've left myself enough time. I'm planning on printing out a lightsabre and Sith mask for attending Portsmouth Comic-Con (which is actually over the May 4th/5th), and then a few weeks later have friends also going to London Comic-Con, so I'm thinking of letting the geek flag fly and push the cosplay option for once.


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Have learned that the way to get better looking 1080 videos on YouTube is to upload in 1440. It's not simply compression, bitrate etc. YT uses a different processing codec if you have higher average views (eg, you're popular) - or if you upload in 1440+. :getlost:  Which is irritating since that = larger file size and lesser recording performance if you're using cpu-heavy Fraps.  I did try OBS again for recording on the new pc, but for me, I still think it sucks as a stable recording program - the quality is at least "ok" and ofc performance is better with the smaller files created. It just isn't reliably stable/acts glitchy for me.

 

Also, for a free video editor, Shotcut seems a decent one. Only one I've liked so far because it doesn't feel bloated and still has most basic filters one might want but nothing super fancy to complicate it, and (most importantly) it can open/handle my giant Fraps .avi's. Whereas the other popular freebie, DaVinci Resolve - as well as many others - would not.

 

Edit: it's sorta fun when you build a new rig and get to test or re-test lots o' software, trying to find the things you like/will use "from now on." Except it makes me feel like I'm cluttering up the O/S install so once I have it all figured out I may reinstall Win10 again. Ha.

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Woke up to the sound of the chickens in an uproar. Opened up the loft window (quietly) and saw two coyotes trying their best to get in. Well, they (the chickens)  were in no danger. I built that enclosure with coyotes in mind. Nevertheless I thought it would be better if these two didn't get away with the attempt. I have a Ruger 10/22 next to that loft window for just such an occasion. I stepped back from the window, had a good stock weld, sight picture, sight alignment, let out a half breath and began to squeeze.... but didn't.  I had them. They were both as dead as fried chicken as Samuel L Jackson would say. But I just couldn't do it. 10 years ago I'd be digging a hole right now. Instead I leaned out the window and yelled at them to f--k off. They did. 

 

I must be getting soft in my old age.

 

Psh, can't even shoot them that come for your chickens, how would you shoot them that come for your guns? :woot:

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Coyotes are more sympathetic. C'mon, tell me you never felt a little bad for this guy... even rooted for him a little:

 

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Besides, I'm not willing to trade my life to stop a coyote... and I won't ever have to. Other threats? It's not out of the question however unlikely. Besides, perhaps the willingness to do a thing makes it less likely we'll ever have to.

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Abraham Lincoln

 

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But what if TrueNeutral is carrying an injured coyote trying to seek help when he shows up at Guard Dog's house?

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Nah, TN is good people. He's welcome anytime! His coyote can come too... just keep him on a leash!   :lol:

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But what if TrueNeutral is carrying an injured coyote trying to seek help when he shows up at Guard Dog's house?

 

shoot away from tn (not recommended) or make other loud noise.  regardless o' extent o' injuries, the coyote likely goes crazy and savages tn.   when tn drops the vermin, we shoot it.  afterwards we bring out a bottle o' bactine and a large garbage bag or two for tn.  bactine for his wounds.  garbage bag for the dead vermin he carried onto our property. leave up to tn to collect his trash and git. call it a day.

 

am a problem solver.

 

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"If there be time to expose through discussion the falsehood and fallacies, to avert the evil by the processes of education, the remedy to be applied is more speech, not enforced silence."Justice Louis Brandeis, Concurring, Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357 (1927)

"Im indifferent to almost any murder as long as it doesn't affect me or mine."--Gfted1 (September 30, 2019)

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Loud noises are just as like to scare me off as the coyote. :lol:

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