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katakowsj  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Manhattan’s Skyscrapers Are Empty

Well said. I bet you could market a greeting card with that on it. :) Something to send a friend that had been shut out of the housing market.

katakowsj  ·  6 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Why Manhattan’s Skyscrapers Are Empty

Isn’t redlining an agreed upon practice of discrimination? Sort of like, “Hey fellow white-guy, I think that this black family, who appears to qualify for our better mortgage rate has some “technical issues” that are unique to just them (wink...wink...) so they’ll have to unfortunately pay our premium mortgage rate.”

Gentrification may be similar, but as far as I know it’s typically not as well organized or intentionally subversive although the end results can be the same.

For former D & D gamers like myself, maybe redlining is lawful-evil, where gentrification is more chaotic-neutral to chaotic-evil depending who you ask.

katakowsj  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: So Let's Assume Life Continues . . .

The world needs more people that decide to be like your mom.

Also, what makes Canadian folks so polite?

katakowsj  ·  17 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: George Washington

An Internet Classic for sure. I can't see it being nearly as hilarious without the appearance of having been drawn by some bored eighth graders.

katakowsj  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It Was a Good Run

How so?

I'm coming at it from the angle of setting policy that loans money to the student that will, barring some personal catastrophe, will be able to repay the loan. No loaning a kid $120,000 for a 4-year English degree to a backwater liberal arts college after convincing him/her that the degree will pay off, because it almost certainly won't.

If loans were given restrictively, wouldn't it serve to correct some of the prices students pay? The supply of students with loans would drop, resulting in some pressure on tuition pricing.

Just a wondering.

katakowsj  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: It Was a Good Run

That, and setting realistic standards for the loans they dole out. Borrowing money makes perfect sense when the borrower will be able to repay the loan.

katakowsj  ·  23 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Got any New Year's resolutions, Hubski?

Good for you going for that 10k. The fact that you’re doing it puts you far ahead of where you’d be in not choosing to do so.

I agree wholeheartedly about resolving to improve. I’ve really gotten into tracking and assessing my goals lately, say the last several years. I’d never wanted to track my progress so much before, fearing the failure of missing my self imposed goals kept me from it.

I think I now see that my approach was all wrong. Rather than being disappointed in myself over not hitting a goal target, I try to keep my progress in perspective of where I’d be if I’d made no attempt at a goal at all. I’m finding that I’m free of the fear of facing my failure and I’m making pretty good progress.

I have been running regularly now for the past 5 years, coming from the belief that running was always some form of punishment. My goal this year is to run a sub 23 minute 5k. I’ve gotten as close as 23:30, and I think I can get there in time.

Either way, I’m far beyond where I’d be without the goals/resolutions.

Hope your 10k goes well.

katakowsj  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Donald Trump has been Impeached.

Happy Holidays All,

With deep regret I feel that there’s something we should face. It’s becoming clearer that grandpa’s age and lifestyle is catching up with him. We need take him to a specialist and see if he’s had a stroke, UTI, or maybe his sodium is out of whack. Or, possibly worse.

Lately he’s been sounding detached from reality, saying stuff like,”They’re all out to get me. They’re making it all up and spreading these lies about me!” I tell him, “Grandpa, everyone wants you to do a great job, but you keep making nonsensical arguments and lashing out at us. Look what you said about Uncle John Dingell! That was terrible, Aunt Debbie was just crushed!”

Grandpa would have none of that though, he went on blaming these imaginary “hoaxes” he calls them as he curses into his phone.

It’s time that one of the family take the keys to the free world away from him, the sooner the better, before someone gets hurt! I’d step in myself, but I’ll be nowhere DC this holiday season. If one of you guys could get on it ASAP, we’d all appreciate it.

Grandpa’s done enough damage to our American family name already. It’s pretty clear the neighbors are over the, “ah, he’s just getting crotchety phase. Look what he did to our relatively disadvantaged Ukraine neighbors down the block! Think about it, he pushed them around I hopes of retaining his seat as the subdivision board chair.

How long ‘til he’s got that rifle,that that jerk Lapierre from across the street gave, him pointed at a delivery boy or the youngsters that play on his lawn occasionally?

Anyone willing to step up?

Happy Holidays,

Cousin Jeff

katakowsj  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, what is your ideal for personal wealth?

    You know what? I don't have an answer
You don’t have an answer? Whoa. As you are the most prolific Hubski contributor, (am I right?) just seeing that statement, by it’s rarity, makes it pretty damn valuable. You provide quite a wealth of information and thoughtful responses to all Hubskiers, don’t forget. Thanks.
katakowsj  ·  40 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Hubski, what is your ideal for personal wealth?

I think you pose a very empowering viewpoint. Monetary wealth can definitely insulate us from many, but certainly not all, of life's hardships. I agree that a large part of wealth is a state of mind. Your reply reminded me of "Pain is inevitable, suffering is optional".

Our ability to reframe our life experiences and recognize our good fortune and over our shortcomings is definitely a path to wealth.