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    Finished college, lived in Sapporo for 2 years,...

    Finished college, lived in Sapporo for 2 years, learned to snowboard, learned to poach sidecountry lines, went to the Nagano Olympics where an American I knew probably smoked out the US snowboard...
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    Those quick flips with crappy gray everything are...

    Those quick flips with crappy gray everything are so obvious, it surprises me that any buyer would go in thinking the work was well done. We saw a superficially nice house off of Rockwood that had...
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    Lots of interesting hardware there, what line of...

    Lots of interesting hardware there, what line of work are you in? TV production?
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    Yeah, this CA government site claims 2,500 new...

    Yeah, this CA government site claims 2,500 new units in SF/year from 2010 to 2018. Still not nearly enough, but not as dire as that twit https://www.vitalsigns.mtc.ca.gov/housing-production#chart-1
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    I think the economy is on the brink of massively...

    I think the economy is on the brink of massively shitting the bed, but given that housing demand still outstrips supply, I'd expect housing will have a soft landing. Of course, as someone who just...
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    We're slipping. May the Fourth and no one asked...

    We're slipping. May the Fourth and no one asked for a Star Wars skin? Seems like others are already in that game though
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    Yeah, I can see that. It's too bad, his first two...

    Yeah, I can see that. It's too bad, his first two Netflix specials were genius
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    Nah, I think the goose is cooked. We're closing...

    Nah, I think the goose is cooked. We're closing on a house in Spokane tomorrow, so pretty sure the market will be going into freefall by Monday at the latest.
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    Yeah, he has a bone to pick with trans people,...

    Yeah, he has a bone to pick with trans people, one of the smallest / most marginalized groups in our society. Makes him look mean, and that's not funny.
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    I must study Politicks and War that my sons may...

    I must study Politicks and War that my sons may have liberty to study Mathematicks and Philosophy. My sons ought to study mathematicks and philosophy, geography, natural history, naval architecture,...
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    Yeah, I'm with you. Loading the butter crock is a...

    Yeah, I'm with you. Loading the butter crock is a drag, we broke ours like 10 years ago and didn't replace it, just leave out a quarter stick or so at a time. Just doesn't work in the summer once...
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    I don't have strong feelings on forgiving student...

    I don't have strong feelings on forgiving student debt other than to comment that it creates moral hazard for future students. Why make prudent decisions if they can believe that their loans will be...
  13. If you're already paying alimony to your ex and...

    If you're already paying alimony to your ex and she gets slapped with an order to pay your attorney fees how does that work? Is that really a win?
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    I've seen positive reviews of the Ford Maverick,...

    I've seen positive reviews of the Ford Maverick, it comes in under your target and has an AWD option. You'd have money left over to throw a GoFast on the top

    I do love my buddy's minivan that he...
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    I agree with your assessment. Also, what's up...

    I agree with your assessment. Also, what's up with the golden egg?
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    Bellingham? Phooey, the new hotness is Spokane.

    Bellingham? Phooey, the new hotness is Spokane.
  17. Thread: Ukraine

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    Wait, wait, what's crazy about distrusting...

    Wait, wait, what's crazy about distrusting institutions? Look how the gov't bailed out the banks in 2008 and let Main Street suffer, I'd say some distrust is warranted. Re: medicine, haven't you ever...
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    Somewhat related: Google has an Inactive Account...

    Somewhat related: Google has an Inactive Account Manager tool: https://support.google.com/accounts/answer/3036546?hl=en. I set mine up last year. If I'm inactive for 3+ months, anyone on my contacts...
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    A pile of cell phones that are 5+ years old and...

    A pile of cell phones that are 5+ years old and HDDs that I removed from old computers before recycling. Pretty boring, I should hide a bloody knife in my underwear drawer or something.
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    Spotted at Mt. Hood Meadows on Monday; business...

    Spotted at Mt. Hood Meadows on Monday; business up front, party in the back. Would have liked to see their buildout

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    Nice and cozy

    Nice and cozy
  22. Huh, who would have thought that Ayn Rand was...

    Huh, who would have thought that Ayn Rand was channeling the Bhagavad Gita.
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    I could see Schweitzer plus indy pass too...Can't...

    I could see Schweitzer plus indy pass too...Can't go too far wrong, and it will be the first winter of many, so lots of time to try new permutations of passes. I'm pretty excited to leave the crowds...
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    Thanks everyone for the kind words! One thing...

    Thanks everyone for the kind words! One thing that struck us about Spokane vs. Bellingham: while B'ham is a great location w/r/t Seattle/Vancouver and in some ways has better outdoor access, Spokane...
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    I like the treehouse though

    I like the treehouse though
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    Good to know, there's one a mile from the house...

    Good to know, there's one a mile from the house we're buying - we're close to Freya and 29th.



    I wouldn't have thought of that, thanks for the suggestion! The Indy pass is a screaming deal,...
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    We had an offer accepted in Spokane and as long...

    We had an offer accepted in Spokane and as long as we can close on time (seems like we're in good shape, but nothing is guaranteed), I'll be moving to Spokane in the late May / early June timeframe. ...
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    Pretty sure it's tiny backsplash tile.

    Pretty sure it's tiny backsplash tile.
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    Ouch, imagine thinking that was adding value to...

    Ouch, imagine thinking that was adding value to the house

    https://ssl.cdn-redfin.com/photo/241/bigphoto/665/202213665_9_1.jpg
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    The most half-assed finished garage I've seen in...

    The most half-assed finished garage I've seen in the last year of looking at bad DIY remodels. Nice bootdryer though

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    Poll: Escalating to wishing everyone dead in a thread...

    Escalating to wishing everyone dead in a thread about permanent daylight savings? I guess some people are more passionate about that than I am
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    W/r/t commuting to Seattle, I tried really hard for the last 8 months to buy a house in Bellingham, and nothing doing. The market's too hot for us, you probably need 800-900k to get a nice 3 bed/2...
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    Does anyone have recommendations for a mortgage...

    Does anyone have recommendations for a mortgage broker in WA? I'm hearing 4.875% with no lender fees from a mortgage broker my realtor suggested and wondering if we can do better. I'm looking at a...
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    Holy shit, my wife said the exact same thing an...

    Holy shit, my wife said the exact same thing an hour ago. Great minds...
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    Wow, that's fucked up. I knew things are bonkers...

    Wow, that's fucked up. I knew things are bonkers down there, but paying that for a teardown on a tiny lot puts things in perspective. At least in Bellingham when you buy a $600k teardown, the lot's...
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    Yeah sounds amazing, I'd love to see that become...

    Yeah sounds amazing, I'd love to see that become a standard. As it is, I wouldn't even be laughed at if I floated that idea, I think the reaction would just be puzzlement.
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    You forgot to add: Q1 2024, dan_pdx buys a...

    You forgot to add: Q1 2024, dan_pdx buys a fucking house in Bellingham for 15% less than owners paid (in cash) in summer 2021, thank you very much
  38. Thread: Ukraine

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    Don't see how killing the negotiators in peace...

    Don't see how killing the negotiators in peace talks helps Putin. How's he supposed to get his demands met if no one's willing to have a conversation? Or did he just want to punish Abramovich for...
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    You are clearly a gentleman of means. I just said...

    You are clearly a gentleman of means. I just said "weird that you have to walk outside to get to the kitchen", lol
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    WTF?...

    WTF?
    https://ssl.cdn-redfin.com/photo/1/bigphoto/883/1904883_19_0.jpg

    Also, I'd love to know where the bathroom staircase goes
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  41. Thread: Firing People

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    It's not on you then, sounds like you did things...

    It's not on you then, sounds like you did things as well as you could. This kind of thing has been on my mind lately: my team's manager quit and I'm currently filling in for him while we search for a...
  42. Thread: Doggie stoke

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    Kitten in the sheets, tiger in the streets. If...

    Kitten in the sheets, tiger in the streets. If anyone wants a shelter pit that's a world champ couch snuggler but reactive to animals and people, boy do I have a dog for you.

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    judging by the comments upthread, I'ma go with...

    judging by the comments upthread, I'ma go with "no"
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    Not much to look at from the street, and it needs...

    Not much to look at from the street, and it needs a bunch of updating, but I don't hate the general layout. Put it this way, if it was in Bellingham for under $600k, I'd probably be bidding on it....
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    Yeah, we added Spokane to the mix too, we'll buy...

    Yeah, we added Spokane to the mix too, we'll buy wherever we find something we like that we can afford. Bellingham has a ton to offer in terms of access to outdoor activities and access to the...
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    Yeah, still looking but with tempered...

    Yeah, still looking but with tempered expectations - maybe we just won't find anything, and if so, we'll live with it.
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    When you say "in the bank", you're talking about...

    When you say "in the bank", you're talking about your invested principal, right? Not actually having all your money in a savings account or whatever. If you actually had 5m and were only drawing down...
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    hahaha don't want to lol because it would be too...

    hahaha don't want to lol because it would be too hard to explain to Mrs. PDX what I'm laughing at
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    Do you think she had the THC vape or whatever...

    Do you think she had the THC vape or whatever they're claiming, or is it just trumped up bullshit a la "we must de-nazify Ukraine"?
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    Everyone wants their house to look like a cheap...

    Everyone wants their house to look like a cheap hotel lobby, right?

    https://www.redfin.com/WA/Spokane/7516-E-Columbia-Dr-99212/home/118075293
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