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2 hours ago, Guard Dog said:

Well I blew about $400 today. I ordered 5 pounds of Blackthorne 209 synthetic black powder, 1k .50 AeroLite projectiles, two hundred .30 cal with . 50 sabots, 1k .72 cal Steel slugs as well as a couple of big boxes of paper patches and overshot wadding. The only thing I didn’t buy were primers but I’ve got plenty of those. We’re going to have some fun this weekend. I can see why the people who are into muzzleloaders are so passionate about it. It is a lot of fun. Plus I am convinced there is a proper shot and powder mixture that will make my rifle effective up to 800 m.

But what about the Keurig?

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8 hours ago, Hurlshot said:

But what about the Keurig?

I’m done with k cups. I’ve had two of those things crap out in four years. I was looking at drip coffee maker is with espresso/Cappuccino attachments. In the meantime the old stove top coffee pot will do fine

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"The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys. Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whate'er it touches; and obedience, bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, makes slaves of men, and of the human frame a mechanized automaton."

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4 hours ago, Guard Dog said:

I’m done with k cups. I’ve had two of those things crap out in four years. I was looking at drip coffee maker is with espresso/Cappuccino attachments. In the meantime the old stove top coffee pot will do fine

I'm not a coffee guy, but I did buy a Keurig for my wife a number of years ago. I was pretty shocked at how expensive the k-cups were. It seemed like you ended up paying over .50 cents per cup, plus the cost of the machine that needs to be replaced every two years, and it creates more waste than your normal coffee maker. But I am biased since I don't like coffee. :p 

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5 minutes ago, Hurlshot said:

I'm not a coffee guy, but I did buy a Keurig for my wife a number of years ago. I was pretty shocked at how expensive the k-cups were. It seemed like you ended up paying over .50 cents per cup, plus the cost of the machine that needs to be replaced every two years, and it creates more waste than your normal coffee maker. But I am biased since I don't like coffee. :p 

Well it was nice when you just wanted to make one cup. So there certainly was a convenience but yeah you’re paying a lot more for coffee going with K cups. Plus coffee grounds are useful for gardening. But yeah those Keurig machines are not very durable. Like Giftd said the knock offs last longer

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12 minutes ago, Gfted1 said:

The one I have isnt a knockoff. Keurig K-Duo

EDIT: I also buy the generic k cups which come to ~.26 each.

I’m sorry I didn’t know They made the combo once. I know Mr. coffee and a couple of other knock off brand did so I just assumed

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40 minutes ago, Guard Dog said:

Well it was nice when you just wanted to make one cup. So there certainly was a convenience but yeah you’re paying a lot more for coffee going with K cups. Plus coffee grounds are useful for gardening. But yeah those Keurig machines are not very durable. Like Giftd said the knock offs last longer

And those K-Cups produce a lot of waste, think they do have refillable ones though but I don't see them around as much.   I just drink instant.

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8 minutes ago, Malcador said:

And those K-Cups produce a lot of waste, think they do have refillable ones though but I don't see them around as much.   I just drink instant.

I think they are recyclable. At least I’ve been putting mine in my recycle bag. I don’t have garbage pick up where I live so I take all my stuff to a public dump usually once a week. But they have one dumpster for plastic recyclables, one for paper, and one for regular trash. I’ve been putting them in with my plastic stuff

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"The man of virtuous soul commands not, nor obeys. Power, like a desolating pestilence, pollutes whate'er it touches; and obedience, bane of all genius, virtue, freedom, truth, makes slaves of men, and of the human frame a mechanized automaton."

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1 minute ago, Guard Dog said:

I think they are recyclable. At least I’ve been putting mine in my recycle bag. I don’t have garbage pick up where I live so I take all my stuff to a public dump usually once a week. But they have one dumpster for plastic recyclables, one for paper, and one for regular trash. I’ve been putting them in with my plastic stuff

Ah, we're told not to by the city, or at least separate the grounds and rinse the cup.  At work we had a bin we were supposed to dump them all in, I suppose they went to something like this -https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/keurig-k-cup-recycling-program-that-turns-coffee-pods-into-cement-looks-to-expand-1.3000249

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11 hours ago, Hurlshot said:

I'm not a coffee guy, but I did buy a Keurig for my wife a number of years ago. I was pretty shocked at how expensive the k-cups were. It seemed like you ended up paying over .50 cents per cup, plus the cost of the machine that needs to be replaced every two years, and it creates more waste than your normal coffee maker. But I am biased since I don't like coffee. :p 

Well, that's my daily wage gone 😳

Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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I bought my wife a big ass cappuccino machine a of couple years ago but 99% of the time she uses a French press. I don't drink coffee myself but I'd recommend the French press for ease of cleaning and longevity.

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I needed to change to winter tyres on my Volvo 940, but I don't own a floorjack, and since it's very wintery conditions I can't drive the car to where I have access to a (giant) floor jack, so I went to buy one. And while there they also had water separators for compressors, and I like cleaning my computer, without having to buy cans of refridgerants. But since the cheap compressor doesn't have normal fittings I had to buy some fittings aswell, and then I also I had to get a new hose. And I needed a socket wrench kit, so, I bought that too. And my 940 has been on maintenance charging for the batteries with an old battery charger that is meant for indoor use, but I found an IP65 battery charger!

Aaaaanyway, I'm 350€ poorer. 😅😋

 

Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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When I spend $300-$400 it's usually on something like beef jerky, video games, giant pillows, and plushies.   😑

“Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.” – Alan Watts
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1 hour ago, LadyCrimson said:

When I spend $300-$400 it's usually on something like beef jerky, video games, giant pillows, and plushies.   😑

Well, it's pretty much my version of that ^.^'

Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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4 hours ago, Azdeus said:

Well, it's pretty much my version of that ^.^'

I think my main point is your guys' 'stuff' sounds at least a tad more practical than my 'stuff.'    :lol:

Speaking of practical, this is reason #38 why my husband is best husband:

Me: *trying to dump lumpy food contents from giant floppy plastic bags into storage canning jars, first directly then with a ladle ... dribbling everywhere ... cursing...*
*some days later a package shows up on the doorstep*
Me: "I didn't order anything? What cha get, honey, huhhuhhuh? What cha get?"
Hubby:  "Here, have this giant-mouth funnel."

...it's his version of flowers.

“Things are as they are. Looking out into the universe at night, we make no comparisons between right and wrong stars, nor between well and badly arranged constellations.” – Alan Watts
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on friday afternoon we finally got our first shingles vaccination. coulda' been worse. nine hours  after receiving the shot, we suffered 'bout six hours o' terrible shivering and a rather significant headache which has only just begun to diminish. we were told side effects could last 2-3 days, so am guessing we were lucky. don't feel lucky.

two-to-six months from now we get a second shot. am so looking forward to it.

HA! Good Fun!

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

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When I woke up today and went to fetch coffee I heard some weak miowing and found one of my old cats underneath the kitchen sofa, it seemed that she couldn't use hear rear legs anymore. She's loosing alot of weight lately, not that she had much to begin with, despite deworming pills. She'd not touched her food either. I asked the local hunter to put her down.

I'm off into the woods for a few hours to see if I can find a secluded place to put her, and let nature take it's course, the ground is way to hard to dig through.

 

You will be missed Sally.

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Forgot to mention that she's been put down.
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Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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23 minutes ago, Gfted1 said:

Her last moments are going to be in pain, cold and alone in the woods? WTF.

No, no, that came across wrong, the hunter has already put her down.

It's not like I'd bury her alive

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Civilization, in fact, grows more and more maudlin and hysterical; especially under democracy it tends to degenerate into a mere combat of crazes; the whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, most of them imaginary. - H.L. Mencken

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Condolences Azdeus.

 

I had the fun on Friday afternoon of discovering water pouring down from the kitchen ceiling. Went up and found that for some reason the hot tap on the bath had sheared off the pipe, and water was pumping out by a large volume. Then finding out all the stop****s around the bath have locked up solid.

Yesterday and today have been bouncing between dealing with a few things and turning the water off outside the house completely while fixing it all with my father.

"Cuius testiculos habeas, habeas cardia et cerebellum."

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Apparently there is no such thing as a decent waterproof thumb stabilizer/splint.  At least not one that is: one, easy to take on and off with one hand, two, actually keeps the first thumb joint from bending, and three, allows you to actually still minimally use the thumb to at least grip things with (the metal clamp-like single-finger splints are great but you can't do anything with them on).

Thus, washing dishes or any kind of similar work is still a problem. Darnit.

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Sorry to hear that Azdeus

Why has elegance found so little following? Elegance has the disadvantage that hard work is needed to achieve it and a good education to appreciate it. - Edsger Wybe Dijkstra

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My wife and I have been coming to terms with the fact we might not be able to buy a house where we live. The last couple years we have been working hard at paying down any and all debt. It is a long story how we got ourselves in debt, and it took a good decade to do it, but with another year we should have all credit cards and cars zeroed out. That is the good news.

The bad news is we really haven't saved anything. We've been aggressively paying down the debt, but setting money aside has been very difficult. So we need to figure out how to create a down payment. Then you look at the market where we live, and that seems like an insurmountable sum. A modest townhome goes for $800k. That means just to scratch the bare minimum of 5% down, we need $40k. 

We talked to a retirement specialist the other day, because I had the bright idea of borrowing from out 457b or 403b. The specialist literally said, "Why would you buy in this market. It is too high! Wait and buy low!" This is great advice, even though I know she is also trying to make sure we don't lower our contributions, but it is tough advice when we need a place to live.

You might say, why not move? Teachers have a lot of trouble changing school districts, particularly late in the career. If we retire in 15 years, we both get about 68% of our income from all of our year contributing to the state retirement system. That is great. Leaving our schools would hurt that. So we need to tough it out. We also love our town. So we rent a modest house for $3100 a month, which is the average rent in our town. But we only have another year or so before they develop the land we are on, so we need to move. Which means jumping into a rental market that looks like this: https://www.towncharts.com/California/Housing/Morgan-Hill-city-CA-Housing-data.html

So yeah, it is ugly renting. Part of me wants to buy a nice cabin in the woods a few hours away. They are literally a quarter of the price. We can rent a dump for the next decade and spend weekends and summers there. But that is probably more of a daydream.

Anyways, just venting as I process all this. :) 

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