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  1. Sheltie

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    Finally saw the sun today! :dance4:
     
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  2. August

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    Hi Sheltie :), no no one I know its just what can happen when your home is surrounded by big trees. Yes its been awhile a year nearly. I am ok now. Hope you have been well in this Covid year we are all having. Are you still in lockdown at all we are here all the states in Australia have their borders shut and no real idea when we will see them open again. Overseas travel is shut for maybe 2 to 3 years unless someone finds a vaccine for this . :(
     
  3. michael59

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  4. August

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    So did we. Yay. q8
     
  5. pigfarmer

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    Precisely my point !
     
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  6. pigfarmer

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    I will collect a couple of quotes first before I approach them so I actually have something specific to say. Not looking for $$ from them and not expecting a problem, especially when I point out what's going on. Besides, I'm that helpful guy that fixes lawn mowers and can pick up heavy stuff. And has occasionally gone DefCon4 Apeshit when provoked. I think I have the training down about right .......
     
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  7. Sheltie

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    All I can say is be sure to choose your DefCon4 Apeshit moments carefully! Be careful. Not sure what advice to offer you here as I live in the city and my neighbors, presumably, do not have chainsaws. :ohmy8:
     
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  8. pigfarmer

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    We've been neighbors 23 years and get along fine. Sometimes you have to defend your turf.
     
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  9. Sheltie

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    I just started a new job. It's a long term contract position doing office work -- paying bills and basic administrative stuff. So far I like all the other people on the team. It's hard to say what I think of them for sure since I've only met them virtually and we keep having glitches with the network. It's with the state agency I was laid off from in 2009.

    I can't do warehouse/logistics or manufacturing/production jobs anymore. I can still do the work but most companies in the industry want people who are available for a LOT of overtime. It's the feast or famine nature of the business. I can't do physical work 50 or 60 hrs a week any more. It's hard enough if you're in your 20s putting in those hours.
     
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  10. pigfarmer

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    Interesting twist.

    The first tree guy is overwhelmed. Second tree guy weighs 500 lbs. They both use illegal day laborers.
    Third guy shows up. I've seen their work locally - impressive. But this isn't about trees.

    First two got pickum-up trucks loaded with, shall we say, evidence of a far right wing leaning.

    Third guy actually is Mexican, immigrant who built a business, is totally legal, professional and ponied up his expensive and excellent insurance documents without asking. His crew is all Mexican, and all legal. He's twice as much as the rest and he'll get the job. You can se a professional in action. He saw some things the others missed too.
     
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  11. nivek

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    I have no desire to work 50-60 hour work weeks anymore and I've made up my mind that I simply won't accept any job that requires overtime more weeks than nought...I'm getting older and life is too short to burn up the rest of it working to death...I'm in a different position than many people are though, in that I have no debt at all, just normal bills and taxes is all I have to pay...

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  12. Standingstones

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    Verizon was making buyouts to employees when I was 55 years old. The offer was quite generous so I took it. A few years earlier my wife did the same thing. We had our house paid off as well as our vehicles. I don’t regret taking the early offer. There was so much BS going on working for a large corporation. My wife and I weren’t the only ones to cash out.

    Like you said. Life is damn short and you want to do certain things before the plug gets pulled.
     
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  13. pigfarmer

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    We're on the same page.

    Difficult for me to really accept after a lifetime of work. I spent many, many years under stress, working long hours deprived of sleep. A real addiction honestly. I bitch about my crappy part time job but to be honest, my ego is the only thing at issue there. I think I'm out of the game permanently, at least the one I obsessed over and about killed myself doing.
     
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  14. pigfarmer

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    Went to a diner. Our favorite. First time going out to any restaurant since this all hit. No problem observing the guidlines.

    Ham & swiss omelette, hash browns, buttery wheat toast and bacon. Washed it down with a bucket of coffee.
    Ahhhhh that's the good stuff. Blew my cholesterol budget for 2020 though.
     
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  15. Standingstones

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    I’ve heard so many people wring their hands about retiring. A lot of it is just nonsense. After a lifetime of working, if you don’t have any money set aside, shame on you. Another frequent excuse is that the company can’t get by without me. Believe me, they will have someone filling your old job with no trouble.

    Most people can’t wrap their heads around spending less as they get older. After accumulating junk for years and years, how much more do you need? Just look around your house. When you pass away, someone will have to deal with all that clutter. I feel sorry for those people when they have to back in the dumpster next to the house and begin to throw all that crap away.
     
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  16. Sheltie

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    After I was laid off in 2009 during the recession, I had to take a low paying job assembling windows in a plant. It was the only thing I could find. Roughly half the workers were Hispanic, mainly from Mexico or Honduras. When I had my choice, I always tired to work on one of the Hispanic assembly teams. Even though there was often a language barrier, they tended to be very positive people. They were hard workers and they were very family-oriented. I could tell it really meant a lot to them when people showed them respect and tried to get to know them.
     
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  17. nivek

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    Back in the 90s I was in southern Ontario and one morning I ate at a diner in a small town called Kitchener, they served me one of the best breakfasts I've eaten at a diner...It was a simple breakfast, two eggs and diced ham scrambled with a slice of ham, hash browns, and buttery wheat toast and cooked to perfection and the service was wonderful...Very friendly folks there and I tipped the waitress very well too...

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  18. coubob

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    Spent the day working on the Lincoln, its an ol 90 towncar. I put a new door hinge pin in the drivers bottom hinge. That only took 2 hours, so i than changed the thermostat, i broke the ol housing trying to get it back on, and i ended up with a my gasket thermostat housing, it ended up going on alot more easily. it took 5 1/2 hours.. i figured it would`ve been the other way around, time wize. I also ordered new window regulators for both front doors, for me to do on my next day off sunday. So far i have spent $900 on this 30 year old car, cause i cant afford a new one at the moment. I have put new front rotors and brakes, muffler, rear springs in place of the airbags, door hinge, thermostat, and window regulators. The damn thing still wont have a/c and wont as far as i give a hoot. Bad thing about it its probably not worth what i got into it. But its been dependable for the last 15 years i had it, and i only paid $700 for it back than. I figure it can last 5 more years than by that time my house will be paid off, than i can get a new car.
     
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  19. pigfarmer

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    I still remember sausage gravy and biscuits somewhere in the middle of Pennsylvania in the fog. Was on my way back from Wisconsin on my motorcycle and was soaking wet and cold to the bone. I wish I knew where it was.

    Maybe it isn't anywhere. Stephen King type thing, I go back only to find out it closed in the '40s or something. Cue some creepy music .....
     
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  20. pigfarmer

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    Agreed, in general. I work with a number of Jamaicans and they a can be a fun lot. Different outlook for sure.

    This man got the job because he's a pro, talks like one, saw stuff others missed and appears to be totally legit.
    I view them all through a green lens.
     
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