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Comment: Re:The solution is to refuse to play their way (Score 1) 271

by CatGrep (#48868967) Attached to: The Tech Industry's Legacy: Creating Disposable Employees
Have done 1-4 and 7 exactly. The only way to survive in tech longterm (I'm now in my 50's) is to live way below your means, save as much money as you can for the lean times. You need to get to the point where you can relish a layoff because it means you're going to get to do a few months of self-retraining. I try to have at least a couple of year's worth of living expenses on hand to be prepared for the inevitable layoff. The only fly in the ointment is health insurance. While Obama Care has helped immensely, we're still looking at having to pay about $650/month for the wife & I on a Silver Plan. I suspect that in not that many years insurance cost will exceed the amount we pay for our mortgage each month. Hopefully we'll have the mortgage paid off by then.

Comment: Moses Lake is a scummy mess (Score 3, Informative) 496

by CatGrep (#13418700) Attached to: Small Town USA Competing With India
My parents have lived in Moses Lake for the last 12 years. They're trying to sell their house and get out of there; unfortunately for them the housing market there is not as hot as it is other places. In fact they haven't had any bites in the last couple of months it's been on the market.

You mention water skiing in Moses Lake - However whenever I have visited the lake is full of algae scum. It's a rather stagnant lake. Not anything I'd want to swim in.

And the weather? It gets very cold in the Winter (down around 0 is not unusual) and very hot in the Summer (100 is not unusual this time of the year). And it's a desert landscape without much of anything interesting. There's a park nearby called the Potholes Park (sounds just lovely). Lots of farms around so you can get plenty of pesticide spray wafting your way (one of the reasons my parents want to move - it has become enough of a problem that it's effecting their health). Oh and then there's the Hanford Nuclear Reservation not an hour away - lot's of glow-in-the-dark fun to be had there!

No, Moses Lake is not the beauty spot you make it out to be. I actually find it to be one of the most depressing places I've ever visited - but maybe it's partly because I prefer the green side of the mountains.

If I have seen farther than others, it is because I was standing on the shoulders of giants. -- Isaac Newton