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Elon has a certain type of smugness that bugs me. I have a coworker who, when discussing something, gives a tone of "you can do it my way or you can do it the wrong way. It's your choice and up to you, but your way is wrong and mine right." Even little things like right-click to paste versus ctrl-v. Elon reminds me of my coworker.

Eat less meat and more vegetables and fruit. Change even just one meal a week.

Set your thermostat a little warmer in the summer and a little cooler in the winter. Even just one degree. Skip air conditioning entirely when possible.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 11, 2018

I have to put Rick Perry pretty high up there. What he's trying to do to bail out failing coal and nuclear power plants on behalf of Murray is pretty awful.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 4, 2018

Are you doing butt exercises? Have you found them to help? I have the last couple days, and I have more soreness than I thought was possible for my legs. I'm optimistic this will help, and while I'm silently freaking out about a half in six weeks and full in 13.5, it is what it is, and I'll do the best I can.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 4, 2018

That's it! I'm not sure that I have any significant torsion, but it does seem my natural running gait is flawed. I've been trying to focus on flexing my glutes when I walk. It's like you said in your reply: it's like learning to walk all over again. It also feels more efficient.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 4, 2018

My leg hurts and I'm grumpy. ButterflyEffect kleinbl00 what was the conversation you had a few weeks ago? I have some soreness that's taking a while to go away either in my glute or outer hamstring. I remember something about "I have no ass," and I might have weak glutes myself that are causing this.

I think this is the same thing that gave me problems at the tail end of my marathon last year. I'm going to give it a few days off and then add miles back slowly. Maybe I'll hike Saturday instead of my long run and then try a short run Sunday. I'm trying to do some strength and flexibility training at home, too.

Yeah, I installed the Google messaging app and removed all the restrictions from the default Samsung one. I like my phone, but I'll probably get something that has a more standard version of Android next time.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: The End of Retirement

    my health insurance is cheap

Does it have provisions for retirees, and is it likely to still exist during your retirement? That's the nut I can't crack. I have an HSA, and if I trend out my last 15 years of employment another 30 years it will have a modest sum in it, but dealing with high costs without regular income in a period where need is typically the highest sounds difficult.

A friend in her early 50s has talked about having a slim savings, and that she needs her car to last until her house is paid off in a couple years. Most of my friends (mid 30s) rent, though most of my coworkers own.

Growing up, middle class meant having a house and upper middle class meant a nicer house, a vacation in the summer, and a winter ski trip (even if only to the Upper Peninsula). Today middle class seems to be "month to month comfortable budget but no ability to budget for the future." Upper middle class is the same but with a budget for vacations and the future.

The Ben Franklin craft store in the strip mall near me is closing. The cafe two doors down I like seems to do well. There's also a karate studio, a hair salon, and two more restaurants. Those seem to do fine as well, but they can't be easily replicated by Amazon.

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 27, 2018

And I do agree. As you said, they're classics for a reason. Reading about Napoleon's army getting stuffed at Borodino and then smashed into the ground on their way out of Moscow was deeply enjoyable.

Is Kutuzov revered in Russia?

WanderingEng  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: June 27, 2018

I was thinking along the same lines as ThatFanficGuy that classics are the best single book. The other side of that coin is nobody on the fence about reading more is going to pick up a book thicker than it is wide.

I'm going to go with Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer, even despite the valid criticisms against it. It's an easy read and a compelling story, and the author is somewhat known in pop culture (because of Into The Wild which I can't pick no matter how easy to read or compelling it is). It's the kind of story that might make someone think "maybe if I should try this difficult thing, and it's ok to not succeed as long as I don't die." That little push can help people.

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