Those articles seems to be written by/for and american audience. For example, from my experience in latin america, I've never heard the term starter home. It's just a house. You buy it and you add on to it when you need more room.
Well yes that is a key difference.
In the US it is often discouraged to add rooms, and particularly to delete them.
Part and parcel of our developer-driven throway economy also.
No kids? Buy a townhome.
Having kids? Time to kick that one to the curb and buy a McMansion.
Kids gone? Time to move to a planned retirement community.
Yes we are. But ya'll ain't no gems, either.
People have the wrong attitude about finding someone crazy or not crazy.
Everyone has issues. EVERYONE! Hairless primates with cellphones?
What matters is, does their craziness fit with yours.
"Without my family, am just one-armed computer technician the Universe will not miss." - Manny, Moon is a Harsh Mistress
Here is all the starter home they can afford:
Nah more like this:
Log cabins were what maybe 20x25 feet? Most of humanity has lived and died in small houses without granite countertops and giant TV's.
Just don't let them come close to our HUGE military supremacy, and it doesn't matter.
You know who brought the Zero along to us Europeans? Mohammed ibn-Musa al-Khowarizmi.
So zero is an Islamist influence we should be suspicious of.
If he actually exists. Story sounds like bullshit to me.
Exactly. This is like that made-up stuff on Dear Prudence. Reminds me a lot of a serialized fictional sob-drama thing I read a decade or two back.
There's Rep/Con/Teas in CA?? Really??
Yes. You remember, all those folks that voted for Prop 8. The Central Valley is filled with with bigots and rednecks as I am reminded every time I drive past certain billboards.
Hey, I have a question, speaking of wasting water. I've noticed that in the kids' bathroom, the toilet makes a short (less than 10 seconds), intermittent water running sound. You know the sound a toilet makes after it's flushed and the tank is filling? That's the sound. Except it does it even when it hasn't been flushed. It happens a couple of times a day. Is this a sign of a leak? I don't see any indication of one -- like water on the floor or wall. In the spirit of not wasting water, I thought I'd ask.
Probably the flapper or other valve component isn't sealing well, so water is slowly draining down the hole. When water level drops enough, it triggers to add more.
I bought dual-flush kits for both toilets in the rental we are in now. Replaced them myself, not too difficult. When you install your own kit you can fine-tune the fill settings to be more conservative and never notice the difference on the flush.
Sure, cut down how much water agriculture uses by growing vegetables and grapes in a fricken desert
Most of California is not desert. Only parts of the southern Central Valley would qualify for that.
Senior water rights holders have no incentive to save water. They get it at low rates, and spray it up in the air with those rolling things which waste a ton to evaporation. They get to sell off a percentage of what they don't use, which can be very profitable when rates are high like now.
Residential is really hard to economize further. My landlord bugged me about saving water, and SHIT man they won't xeriscape the yard! They still expect me to keep that stupid lawn alive just "closely monitor" it so it gets just enough to get by. The landlady has some ROSE BUSHES she wants me to be sure I keep healthy. Landlords want to pay for new toilets or other water-saving improvements? Nope. See a lot of residential would require investment in the property, and for landlords there is little incentive to spend money. The cost of water is passed to the tenant, who just has to pay it. What else am I going to do besides pee in the yard and not flush very often? I don't want to tell my little kids to cut back below 2 showers/baths per week or stop washing their hands.
provides good jobs to guys with glasses and beards that look smart and are full of bullshit.
I have never seen Larry Summers with a beard.
Oh....... it's some Agony Aunt teaser article. I get it.
Remind me when MUSH admitted any mistakes.
Just one instance.
Coginitive Disonnance definition: See Mike Shedlock.
Putin & the Ukies, maybe?
Vatican. You have no idea how deep the rabbit hole is.
Well Jeb was a very busy man. Plus, what's the penalty for late homework? Bupkus.
Glad to see you are still with us!
So this means they'll overhaul the water rights system, and stop giving water away to
senior rights holders at practically free right?
The only way to get ahead is to have the customers pay you directly. Small business owners at least have that going for them.
Small business owners too often have their whole lives and fortunes wrapped up in their business.
Easy to end up living in a cardboard box under the bridge. I've watched it happen to several people.
I don't like cleanly shaved pubic hair on women - because I like to feel like Tarzan in the Jungle
"Ah wooga booga booga!!!!"
Too bad 90's porn made bald eagle fashionable.
You say that like it's a bad thing???
Forgive me. The correct technical term would be whoremongers I suppose.
3. Pick 3. New car is a huge waste of money.
4. Hookers and blow.
Real Estate Bust talk is SOOOOoo 2005!
Even Patrick had to eventually move on.
As a long-time renter on the sidelines, I find myself looking at houses.
A lot of it would be bailing out PRIVATE schools too.
We should go back to having apprenticeships. And guilds.
Next let's remove anything resembling the GI Bill.
Then it'll be a short step to feudalism.
You guys are pervs. However you are more entertaining than the CiC threads.