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Comment Re:Music (Score 1) 346

My musician friends spend a lot on practice space, either in their home or a shared rental. A basement around here costs at least $1500/mo which would be super hard to make up in gigs. Depending on specifics you can spend thousands on instruments/equipment and it requires maintenance or gets stolen.

Many people don't think of their practice space as costing money, but it does. I converted a basement jam space into an apartment, get $2k/mo for it and sent the people using it to a shared space that is only $500/month. They rarely clear that btw.

Comment Re:Free time (Score 1) 346

In thriving areas anyone in the semi-skilled trades such as drywall, painter, handyman, low level plumbing/electrical, etc. can make well above median wage without trying very hard or being very good. I've had so much trouble keeping people in Colorado and bay area California - they all seem to turn into unreliable drunks, raise their rates until I can't handle it, or become so damn busy that I can't count on them to help with projects anymore.

These are impossible to outsource and I would encourage any young person who enjoys building things to pursue something along these lines.

Comment Re:unpasteurised milk is way better (Score 1) 258

I was dating a hippie chick who wanted to get into the unpasteurized milk thing so we bought some from the local co-op. It tasted sorta gamey and weird, fully unpleasant. Ironically we ended up using it to make waffles and bread since we couldn't stand drinking it after the first glass.

Comment Re:YES! (Score 1) 351

My hipster friend goes in with 3 other folk and picks out a cow, has it slaughtered and butchered, they each fill a chest freezer and have a year supply of beef for a few dollars a pound. It is the best beef I've ever tasted, pastured in the coastal hills of central california. Of course you end up with a lot of cuts of meat that aren't popular.

Comment Re:I don't understand these warnings. (Score 1) 141

I've been playing for a week and on my route to work encounter a lot of the same pokemon in the same places. I find a lot of rat and snake ones in grassy areas, water types along a creek, etc. There are rare pokemon that you only see once in a great while, and there seems to be a time of day component. Hasn't gotten too repetitive yet.

Comment Re:night time (Score 1) 141

I'm guessing this campus is a corporate campus, such as the Cisco campus that I was asked to leave back in Ingress days. The guard knew about Ingress and asked which team I was on. He let me hit the portal and said other guards aren't so cool.

Many many portals are technically on private property - artwork or fountains in a business park for example, and players need to get within 30 meters to interact with them. People aren't necessarily going for pokemon on private property, they are trying to hit a pokestop or a gym. Some of these large campuses are a legal gray area - they are quite large and have pedestrian paths that have a history of use for short cuts which makes them quasi public.

Comment Re:I heard you can Set Lures (Score 2) 141

You can only deploy lures at established pokestops which are various landmarks (portals from Ingress)

Savvy business owners are buying lure modules in game and deploying them, advertising on social media. Players are motivated to hang around within 30 meters to hit the pokestop every 5 minutes and catch the attracted pokemon.

Comment Re:I don't understand these warnings. (Score 1) 141

You need to be <30m to interact w/a gym or pokestop (portals from ingress) and many of these are behind fences or on private property. Lots of players feel compelled to hop a fence or trespass to get within interaction distance. There are some nearby my work that are in active construction zones and I've seen players try to dodge bulldozers to snag a gym in the middle of the pit.

Maybe change the motto to "You don't literally gotta catch em ALL"

Comment Re:Walmart (Score 1) 118

I eat like a goddamn hippie and shop at walmart sometimes. They have the best price on pinto beans and dry whole milk out of all the stores along my route to work. They have a lot of garbage like any store, but they have excellent prices on staples. I go out of my way to shop at walmart occasionally since everyone else seems determined to charge a lot for basic items. Why are dry beans >$1/lb everywhere except walmart?

Comment Re:Buy used? (Score 1) 622

I used to feel that way until someone rear-ended my sensible liability only $5k sedan. It was totaled. Their insurance didn't want to pay what my car was worth, and my only option was to pay a lawyer to take them to court. I upgraded to comp coverage, only cost about $150/year more, and the next time someone rear ended me I got a check for the full value from my insurer same week no hassle. Their lawyers dug into the at fault insurer I have no doubt.

Well worth the saved time, money, and peace of mind.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

Balderdash. I've bought numerous used vehicles for myself and friends and not once got a lemon. Of course it is smart to have it inspected by a reliable mechanic prior to purchase, but I don't always even do that much.

Lots of people buy new cars just because they want a new car. Old one is perfectly fine. There are so many used cars entering the market in top condition it is never hard for me to find what is called for within a month or two at a good price.

Comment Re:median vs average (Score 1) 622

You're quite a bit luckier/smarter than the average car owner. Your depreciation is well under half the average, which is inflated by people who buy new cars or cars that don't hold their value. You don't list several major expenses that most owners have - finance charges, tires, registration/license/taxes contribute $1500 on average to ownership costs.

That accounts for the difference between your numbers and the average. It's all spelled out in the (very good) article.

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