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  • On Tue, 28 Jun 2016, 1:04pm PDT in Ikea Death Furniture : MALM recalls, Philistine said:

    Tenpoundbass says

    We then had to replace our cabinets.

    It's a damn shame too, because that was framed in Oak and set in place with the lathe and plaster finish work over the edges. I had to saws all out some damn fine cabinets, and put in some first class crap.

    Because you can't buy those ugly solid wood cabinets anymore. It's all prefabbed with crappy maligned mil-work.

    "Lathe" and plaster? Do you mean trimwork turned on a lathe, or do you mean lath and plaster? Lath and plaster is used for walls, not trim work, and was replaced by gypsum board in the '40s/'50s and later drywall. What exactly are you trying to say here?

  • On Mon, 27 Jun 2016, 7:43pm PDT in Ten Reasons It's A Terrible Time To Buy An Expensive House, Philistine said:

    Simchaland, there is a six stage grieving process for the American Dream. I think you are still in Denial--and I say that sympathetically. 10 years ago when I found PatNet, I was in Denial, too (well, actually, New York City). Look, you have a sweet deal on rent. I don't think you are "freeloading", so much as sitting on a windfall and not counting your blessings.

    Like Strategist said, you are going to eventually pay market rent. It's a matter of time. We haven't had our rent raised in 6 years and continue to store our acorns for the winter, but I have no issue with the inevitable day that the LL asks for the favor in return. Meanwhile, we invest our savings as wisely as we are capable of.

    After I passed the Denial stage in 2012, prices starting going back up. That's the problem with metro-city areas; they dropped the least after the bubble, and immediately went right back up. By the time I had a 20% DP, it was cash-only-or-FUCK-YOU. So, I could have been stuck at the Acceptance stage, but instead I jumped right ahead to the Move the Fuck out of The City stage. I came from a longtime Southern family, though, so small towns and backroads are not uncomfortable for me. We all travel our own journey.

    The end of the grieving process for the American Dream is when you realize we were not born at a time that allowed endless cheap land and opportunity. Our grandparents did not compete with Chinese money or the massive population we now have, nor did they prize metro-city real estate the way we do today. That said, we all have our personal situations, and if you cannot move for personal reasons, perhaps the price you pay is not to own where you live and instead play the renter's game.

    I don't see a bubble. Certain markets are definitely going to plateau, or even decline somewhat if there is a recession coming, but SF/NYC/LA/etc. are going nowhere but up.

  • On Wed, 22 Jun 2016, 9:56am PDT in How the US government engages in illogical racial discrimination., Philistine said:

    Blurtman says

    List of ethnic groups in the United States by household income

    Anybody notice this list of countries (not "ethnic groups") details European American but also Portuguese American, Belgian American, Polish American, German American, et al. So WTF is " European American" then--if all the European countries are then duplicated in the "data"? Or is that a euphemism for all the Jews from European countries since they can't be real Germans or real Swiss or whatever?

    This list is one of the more bogus pieces of pseudo-knowledge I have seen on Wackopedia.

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