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  1. One big advantage of au pairs over nannies is the...

    One big advantage of au pairs over nannies is the stipend doesn't count as income, so there's no payroll tax to pay or tax paperwork. Big cost savings I didn't know about until we were deep into the...
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    Finally pulled footage together from last year...

    Finally pulled footage together from last year for my then first grader (6-7), to get him back into the ski mindset. He liked making the edit; I think it did the trick. He's finally talking skiing...
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    State Farm in Oregon lowered our annual insurance...

    State Farm in Oregon lowered our annual insurance on a 2020 Ford Transit crew van after we sent pictures of the interior build, reclassified as an RV. Nothing through DMV on our end. We did have to...
  4. For the right person, the 365 Bachelor pass now...

    For the right person, the 365 Bachelor pass now is pretty nice, and probably what they want you to buy. For $1428 (paid monthly so less painful) you get bachelor alpine, nordic, bike park, and ikon...
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    He probably should have acknowledged that he...

    He probably should have acknowledged that he copied and pasted that all directly from the UW Bio prof Carl Bergstrom who's pretty actively reporting the covid science. A good follow right now.
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    Don't think it can do better with a larger sample...

    Don't think it can do better with a larger sample size when the extra observations are all earlier. Important point though in terms of whether it's safe to wait until we're seeing a steady upward...
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    Hmm, where'd that come from? Looking here:...

    Hmm, where'd that come from? Looking here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_largest_daily_changes_in_the_Dow_Jones_Industrial_Average

    looks like only 2 of the top 20.
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    https://outline.com/MLDTJx I was looking for...

    https://outline.com/MLDTJx

    I was looking for it also and found someone on reddit who said you just need to put outline.com/ in front of the url.
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    Buy one from Costco. They'll take back vacuums...

    Buy one from Costco. They'll take back vacuums beyond manufacturer warranty, even by years. They work it out with the manufacturer for you.
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    Most recent public estimates are over $30 billion...

    Most recent public estimates are over $30 billion to fully address NYC CSOs, but the compromise plan within affordability constraints is around $10-15 billion.
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    Anyone with little kids ripping on skis let them...

    Anyone with little kids ripping on skis let them dabble in snowboarding, and if so, any recs? My 5 year old can ski most of Bachelor, including hiking to the summit and going down the backside, but...
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    I've heard that place is pretty miserable for the...

    I've heard that place is pretty miserable for the animals, but this other spot nearby in Roseburg on our route to the coast does seem quite legit (responsible/humane) and I think I might have dug it...
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    Here's some footage from Sunday of my 5 year old...

    Here's some footage from Sunday of my 5 year old at Mt. Bachelor. It's been a pretty useful exercise with him to watch the video and think about his technique. Without the whole making a video I...
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    As a cavs fan originally from the cleveland area,...

    As a cavs fan originally from the cleveland area, I'd say most are more concerned with how happy he is with this post-season than our ultimate level of achievement (probably obvious). If it were a...
  15. Thread: Beaver wranglin?

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    https://youtu.be/rrOE-m7sX9E Not that kooky...

    https://youtu.be/rrOE-m7sX9E

    Not that kooky
    https://www.nature.com/articles/srep28581
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    Thanks that's great to hear. It seems the natural...

    Thanks that's great to hear. It seems the natural slalom required by the trees pushes him to be more precise with his skiing. I always try to get him into the trees for at least a bit early each ski...
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    Cloudchaser at Bachelor. Tons of good trees...

    Cloudchaser at Bachelor. Tons of good trees skier's left for kids without the skate out needed going right, and lower angle than right.
  18. Thread: Beaver wranglin?

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    Utah has an active beaver management program...

    Utah has an active beaver management program intended to relocate nuisance beaver into areas where they are useful (channel maintenance, water storage, wetland habitat, etc.)...
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    Cobbled some clips together of my 4 year old in...

    Cobbled some clips together of my 4 year old in the trees. He keeps wanting to cut into the powder but at ~30 pounds he gets slowed down pretty easily. Fun getting away from the groom.
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  20. Thread: Pine Beetle Kill

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    Much of the argument I've always heard is that...

    Much of the argument I've always heard is that the beetle populations need to be kept in check by cold winters, and occasionally extremely cold winters to really hammer them down. A few warm winters...
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    I don't at all want to come off as disparaging...

    I don't at all want to come off as disparaging the operation; top-level equipment, staff, and service. Clearly safety is their entire focus. I might be a little sore about getting scolded for going...
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    Me too, and after exorcising the heli mystique...

    Me too, and after exorcising the heli mystique Iíll be quite content to stick to that. Heli lifts in and out of lodges probably get the best part of the heli ski experience anyways.
  23. Thread: WTB: Riot Hammer

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    The hammer was a specific niche boat that hasn't...

    The hammer was a specific niche boat that hasn't really been replicated. Corran designed it in part in response to the gravitational pull of the Southeast boating/boat company scene. Everything was...
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    A couple heli days with Selkirk Tangiers

    We got two days with Selkirk Tangiers earlier this month, after a nice snowfall and bluebird for flight days. This post is mostly for reference for those considering this kind of trip. This was my...
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    Just for reference for folks playing along at...

    Just for reference for folks playing along at home, I'd say nwx was as good Saturday as it's been all year. Getting an untracked run in outer bowls first thing before the lift was closed was our best...
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    Funny. I only bothered to post because of your...

    Funny. I only bothered to post because of your bully tone. I see people try to degrade others over wealth and I snap the same way I did when Iíd see bullies as a kid. Bring em back to earth.
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    Why is this guy on this website? Does pretending...

    Why is this guy on this website? Does pretending he knows how to ski help sell cars in TN? And then insecurity forces some ego boosting with things money can buy because he doesnít have much that it...
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    What's the road from Kelowna to Rev like these...

    What's the road from Kelowna to Rev like these days? Can I get away with 2wd and some careful driving for a rental car next week?
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    Pre-shipping. They know you better than you know...

    Pre-shipping. They know you better than you know yourself.
    https://techcrunch.com/2014/01/18/amazon-pre-ships/

    They've got warehouses full of math and economics PhDs optimizing shipping.
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    Individual context matters but it definitely...

    Individual context matters but it definitely isn't necessarily a scam. If you have plenty of sun (climate, no trees blocking) and good tax incentives, it can be a great deal. We got panels here in...
  31. Roof shovelers are charging $100/person/hour, at...

    Roof shovelers are charging $100/person/hour, at least the guys on our neighbors' roof said that. Seems vast majority of homes don't really need it anyways, and research shows snow is putting 25-35...
  32. Any major topics in the official course that...

    Any major topics in the official course that aren't in this summary? Think this summary and YouTube vids on breathing are enough to give it a try? ...
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    Lots of little tech companies are moving or...

    Lots of little tech companies are moving or expanding to Bend. Maybe it's all relative, but browse the paper online www.bendbulletin.com and every couple days there's another story. It's a theme...
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    Butte Fire, surprised more people haven't gotten...

    Butte Fire, surprised more people haven't gotten hurt chasing photos/video of fire.
    https://twitter.com/kcraBrianHickey/status/642068105968021504
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    The efficient strategy, talked about by people...

    The efficient strategy, talked about by people involved in the SLC and PC sites, is to have a few locations that rotate. One in North America, one in Europe, one in Asia so each is up about once a...
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    If there were less than 30,000 people left on the...

    If there were less than 30,000 people left on the planet, it would be the same thing. Scarcity drives value.
  37. Thread: Milan Advice

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    Venice is disney world for retired and old...

    Venice is disney world for retired and old out-of-shape people. But need to see it once; one day is enough. In Como right now and temps are nice. Water quality is pretty incredible for the number of...
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    People have always been afraid of new technology...

    People have always been afraid of new technology and effects on demand for labor. Plows, tractors, combines, etc. have always made each unit of labor more productive, and the total value generated...
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    Now I believe in climate change.

    Now I believe in climate change.
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    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-25/...

    http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-02-25/ski-lift-cost-becomes-moving-target-as-dynamic-prices-hit-slopes
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    If you love going fast in tight trees and...

    If you love going fast in tight trees and generally more playful riding (spinning, buttering) you won't be satisfied switching to skis (yes those are all doable on skis but not anytime soon if you're...
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    160266 still dumping in bend.

    160266 still dumping in bend.
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    Zach is one good looking kid, with a natural 'do...

    Zach is one good looking kid, with a natural 'do every hipster in town is jealous of. Congrats.
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    Do everything through dealer's internet sales...

    Do everything through dealer's internet sales rep. Get quotes, send them around, let them bid the price down. Save yourself time and pressure sales stress. When you go in to close the deal, they want...
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    Looking at the skier type thread, I'm wondering...

    Looking at the skier type thread, I'm wondering what's the general advice on the best overall winter with your first kid? He turns 1 in December, and crawling now but not walking yet. We've got the...
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    Wrong. It's social order. The more efficient...

    Wrong. It's social order. The more efficient operation is merging where traffic is moving. Congestion slows traffic and reduces overall volume. This is well-modeled and empirical. Notice how fast...
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    An amenity in economics is just a desirable...

    An amenity in economics is just a desirable characteristic. It can be completely natural or completely artificial. Fields like real estate have their own more narrow definitions. The distinction is...
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    Lee you do a nice job using the economic...

    Lee you do a nice job using the economic terminology correctly, like impacts, but even among economists at all encountering natural resources, EIS is always assumed to mean environmental impact...
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    Separation and dislocation are totally different...

    Separation and dislocation are totally different and different recovery. I've dislocated my right shoulder about 10 times and separated it as well (can't remember the degree measure but I've got the...
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    Anyone heading over to bend from Portland tonight...

    Anyone heading over to bend from Portland tonight or early tomorrow? Last leg of flight home got shut down.
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