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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7200 on: February 01, 2020, 07:04:19 PM »
Absolute best was the IBM track point nubbin thing.  That way I didnít have to take my fingers from the home keys

Lenovo Thinkpads still have those :-)  I swear by them.
Seriously? This little bits of pencil eraser in the middle of the keys that Sssssllllooooowwwlllyyy inched the cursor across the screen and then didnít have the fidelity to let me place it just so on THAT button so I could select what I wanted? I could never figure out how those designs got approved. I guess it was just my ineptness all along.
Tracked or forcepad all the way for me

The ones I remember were pressure-sensitive, so you could move them as slowly or quickly as needed, just by pushing softer or harder. I never got used to them, but I could see them being highly effective with some practice.

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« Reply #7201 on: February 01, 2020, 09:24:57 PM »
Yeah, they're adjustable (just like mice and trackpads) so you can make them as sensitive as you like them and adjust various settings. I'm sure any pointing device takes some getting used to, though. I'd personally hate to have to use a trackpad after 12+ years away from them.

For me it's about the ergonomics as I've had both carpal and cubital tunnel syndrome(s) as well as problems with my shoulder, before switching to the trackpoint.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7202 on: February 02, 2020, 06:24:15 AM »
Absolute best was the IBM track point nubbin thing.  That way I didnít have to take my fingers from the home keys

Lenovo Thinkpads still have those :-)  I swear by them.
Seriously? This little bits of pencil eraser in the middle of the keys that Sssssllllooooowwwlllyyy inched the cursor across the screen and then didnít have the fidelity to let me place it just so on THAT button so I could select what I wanted? I could never figure out how those designs got approved. I guess it was just my ineptness all along.
Tracked or forcepad all the way for me

The ones I remember were pressure-sensitive, so you could move them as slowly or quickly as needed, just by pushing softer or harder. I never got used to them, but I could see them being highly effective with some practice.

I do 3D modeling (Solidworks, etc), and the the track point is surprisingly effective for my work. Orders of magnitude above trying to use a track pad for whatever reason. Graphic design is the opposite; the track point is nearly worthless and the pad can be much more effective.

Neither replace a good mouse, but using a laptop on the go they do in a pinch.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7203 on: February 02, 2020, 11:22:58 AM »
Absolute best was the IBM track point nubbin thing.  That way I didnít have to take my fingers from the home keys

Lenovo Thinkpads still have those :-)  I swear by them.
Seriously? This little bits of pencil eraser in the middle of the keys that Sssssllllooooowwwlllyyy inched the cursor across the screen and then didnít have the fidelity to let me place it just so on THAT button so I could select what I wanted? I could never figure out how those designs got approved. I guess it was just my ineptness all along.
Tracked or forcepad all the way for me

The ones I remember were pressure-sensitive, so you could move them as slowly or quickly as needed, just by pushing softer or harder. I never got used to them, but I could see them being highly effective with some practice.

I do 3D modeling (Solidworks, etc), and the the track point is surprisingly effective for my work. Orders of magnitude above trying to use a track pad for whatever reason. Graphic design is the opposite; the track point is nearly worthless and the pad can be much more effective.

Neither replace a good mouse, but using a laptop on the go they do in a pinch.

Iíve never tried a track point for CAD. Iíve been using a MacBook running window since I started my own business, but even apples track pad which I agree is better than a mouse when using the Mac is just not the same in windows and is barely functional for solid works. I finally had to upgrade my computer last year to a desktop and I found the key throws on the desktop keyboards drove me a little nuts. Finally bought an Apple keyboard on Craigslist for $30 and hacked it into my new PC.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7204 on: February 02, 2020, 01:51:13 PM »
Track point is not really great for CAD either, although I prefer it to the trackpad because itís really easy to move the pointer all around while holding the click button and without constantly lifting your finger


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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7205 on: February 02, 2020, 02:06:34 PM »
I also signed up online for a ride sharing driver (not Lyft the other one) and never completed the process.

That's a shame, who wouldn't want to get a lift from the airport in a dragoncar!

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« Reply #7206 on: February 02, 2020, 06:48:00 PM »
I also signed up online for a ride sharing driver (not Lyft the other one) and never completed the process.

That's a shame, who wouldn't want to get a lift from the airport in a dragoncar!

At least back then they only allowed certain types of vehicles to be used.  Dragoncars were categorically prohibited.  Mostly I was curious what kind of stuff they made you agree to and the ďsignupĒ was just entering my phone number which was already linked to my rider account

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« Reply #7207 on: February 02, 2020, 07:17:44 PM »
I also signed up online for a ride sharing driver (not Lyft the other one) and never completed the process.

That's a shame, who wouldn't want to get a lift from the airport in a dragoncar!

At least back then they only allowed certain types of vehicles to be used.  Dragoncars were categorically prohibited.  Mostly I was curious what kind of stuff they made you agree to and the ďsignupĒ was just entering my phone number which was already linked to my rider account

That makes sense. All the other passengers would probably be jealous of anyone lucky enough to get a dragoncar. The review system would get all messed up too. If I gave the dragoncar five stars how could I give another driver more than three?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7208 on: February 02, 2020, 07:19:17 PM »
I looked into ride-sharing once. My car is too old.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7209 on: February 02, 2020, 07:55:32 PM »
I looked into ride-sharing once. My car is too old.
I ran into that when I looked into Turo a couple years ago. I suppose that is a MPP: tried to rent out my car on Turo but they said it was too old and has too many miles...

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« Reply #7210 on: February 02, 2020, 08:30:45 PM »
I looked into ride-sharing once. My car is too old.
I ran into that when I looked into Turo a couple years ago. I suppose that is a MPP: tried to rent out my car on Turo but they said it was too old and has too many miles...

My 1993 car is too old for kbb.com, so they can't tell me what it's worth.

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« Reply #7211 on: February 02, 2020, 08:39:33 PM »
I looked into ride-sharing once. My car is too old.
I ran into that when I looked into Turo a couple years ago. I suppose that is a MPP: tried to rent out my car on Turo but they said it was too old and has too many miles...

My 1993 car is too old for kbb.com, so they can't tell me what it's worth.

Our cars aren't that old, but CarMax couldn't be bothered to look at them to determine a price.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7212 on: February 03, 2020, 11:51:19 AM »
I looked into ride-sharing once. My car is too old.
I ran into that when I looked into Turo a couple years ago. I suppose that is a MPP: tried to rent out my car on Turo but they said it was too old and has too many miles...

My 1993 car is too old for kbb.com, so they can't tell me what it's worth.
Who cares? If it's reliable, it's priceless to you, right?

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7213 on: February 03, 2020, 12:53:00 PM »
I looked into ride-sharing once. My car is too old.
I ran into that when I looked into Turo a couple years ago. I suppose that is a MPP: tried to rent out my car on Turo but they said it was too old and has too many miles...

My 1993 car is too old for kbb.com, so they can't tell me what it's worth.
Who cares? If it's reliable, it's priceless to you, right?

Turns our the insurance company could put a price on our '08 Fit after someone did a hit and run on the parked car... But because there weren't any for sale in AK they also had to include the cost of shipping one up here. Better yet, the salvage value for a driving '08 Fit with 235k miles and serious cosmetic damage is only $700... So now we have a reliable but very ugly car and more cash in the bank than if we had sold the car the day before the accident... DW seems to care about the ugliness more than I do and she's the primary driver so I am going to look something I can salvage to fix it as soon as it warms up.

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« Reply #7214 on: February 04, 2020, 07:09:47 AM »
I finally managed to track down a retirement plan from an old job and get the name on to match my current name.  Now, I'm trying to roll it over into my current plan.  But my current plan is the TSP and it's so ass backwards wrt rollovers.  I have to fill out half a form and then email, mail, or fax it to the old company.  They fill out the bottom half of the form and mail it back to me with a check for what I'm rolling over.  Then I have to turn around and mail both of these items to the TSP administrators.  What a pain in the ass.  But the old company comes through and gets the check and the form in the mail the day after I request it.  Informed Delivery from the USPS says that form should have been in my mailbox when I got home from work yesterday.  It was not.  Old company says they have to wait 10 business days to re-issue check (and I'm sure there's a fee involved with that).  I'm hoping that it will arrive with today's mail, but this isn't the first time that mail has not arrived after being scanned for the email thing.  It's not even the first time that a check didn't arrive after making it past my local post office. 

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7215 on: February 04, 2020, 09:43:47 AM »
I finally managed to track down a retirement plan from an old job and get the name on to match my current name.  Now, I'm trying to roll it over into my current plan.  But my current plan is the TSP and it's so ass backwards wrt rollovers.  I have to fill out half a form and then email, mail, or fax it to the old company.  They fill out the bottom half of the form and mail it back to me with a check for what I'm rolling over.  Then I have to turn around and mail both of these items to the TSP administrators.  What a pain in the ass.  But the old company comes through and gets the check and the form in the mail the day after I request it.  Informed Delivery from the USPS says that form should have been in my mailbox when I got home from work yesterday.  It was not.  Old company says they have to wait 10 business days to re-issue check (and I'm sure there's a fee involved with that).  I'm hoping that it will arrive with today's mail, but this isn't the first time that mail has not arrived after being scanned for the email thing.  It's not even the first time that a check didn't arrive after making it past my local post office.

I have about $120 in a 457(b) plan administered by Nationwide from the time I was a substitute teacher in my hometown for 1 month in 2004.  My husband and I spent like 10 hours faxing/e-mailing/filling out forms/sitting on hold on the telephone trying to get it rolled over or even distributed (taxably) but it was literally impossible.  At some point it just wasn't worth out time for such a little bit of money so it can just rot there until I'm 70.5.

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« Reply #7216 on: February 04, 2020, 09:49:21 AM »
I finally managed to track down a retirement plan from an old job and get the name on to match my current name.  Now, I'm trying to roll it over into my current plan.  But my current plan is the TSP and it's so ass backwards wrt rollovers.  I have to fill out half a form and then email, mail, or fax it to the old company.  They fill out the bottom half of the form and mail it back to me with a check for what I'm rolling over.  Then I have to turn around and mail both of these items to the TSP administrators.  What a pain in the ass.  But the old company comes through and gets the check and the form in the mail the day after I request it.  Informed Delivery from the USPS says that form should have been in my mailbox when I got home from work yesterday.  It was not.  Old company says they have to wait 10 business days to re-issue check (and I'm sure there's a fee involved with that).  I'm hoping that it will arrive with today's mail, but this isn't the first time that mail has not arrived after being scanned for the email thing.  It's not even the first time that a check didn't arrive after making it past my local post office.

I have about $120 in a 457(b) plan administered by Nationwide from the time I was a substitute teacher in my hometown for 1 month in 2004.  My husband and I spent like 10 hours faxing/e-mailing/filling out forms/sitting on hold on the telephone trying to get it rolled over or even distributed (taxably) but it was literally impossible.  At some point it just wasn't worth out time for such a little bit of money so it can just rot there until I'm 70.5.

The problem with doing that is that this seems to be a company that specializes in "abandoned" retirement accounts.  As such, they seem to make their money in fees.  Like the $35/year maintenance fees.  And to be fair, they seem to be on top of getting the funds transferred out.  The problem right now is with the USPS.  And likely my local carrier. 

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7217 on: February 04, 2020, 06:49:55 PM »
I finally managed to track down a retirement plan from an old job and get the name on to match my current name.  Now, I'm trying to roll it over into my current plan.  But my current plan is the TSP and it's so ass backwards wrt rollovers.  I have to fill out half a form and then email, mail, or fax it to the old company.  They fill out the bottom half of the form and mail it back to me with a check for what I'm rolling over.  Then I have to turn around and mail both of these items to the TSP administrators.  What a pain in the ass.  But the old company comes through and gets the check and the form in the mail the day after I request it.  Informed Delivery from the USPS says that form should have been in my mailbox when I got home from work yesterday.  It was not.  Old company says they have to wait 10 business days to re-issue check (and I'm sure there's a fee involved with that).  I'm hoping that it will arrive with today's mail, but this isn't the first time that mail has not arrived after being scanned for the email thing.  It's not even the first time that a check didn't arrive after making it past my local post office.

I have about $120 in a 457(b) plan administered by Nationwide from the time I was a substitute teacher in my hometown for 1 month in 2004.  My husband and I spent like 10 hours faxing/e-mailing/filling out forms/sitting on hold on the telephone trying to get it rolled over or even distributed (taxably) but it was literally impossible.  At some point it just wasn't worth out time for such a little bit of money so it can just rot there until I'm 70.5.

You donít have to be 70.5 to access a 457(b) without penalties. As long as you are separated from that employer, you can just withdraw it now and pay regular income taxes on it. Itís the ultimate early retirement account.

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7218 on: February 05, 2020, 12:40:37 PM »
Good post.

... Yes, same here! When I started cycling I would always show up sweaty regardless of wearing the ideal and minimal cycling clothing. ...

Something not much acknowledged in these bike-to-work discussions is humidity.  Biking on the south rim of Grand Canyon in summer I couldn't really perceive I was sweating; it evaporated as soon as it met the air.  But I was once detailed to coastal Georgia, and after hard exercise at lunch, did not cease sweating for 2 - 3 hours.  In that kind of >90% humidity you're forcing it out against very high vapor pressure as your body is trying to restore normal temperature.  I learned to take as cold a shower as I could - the water supply was in an elevated tank and equilibrated to the average annual air temperature, so the C on the tap should have been a T for Tepid - for as long as I could after those sessions, an option unavailable for many at their work, and distasteful to some.

Cycling without a helmet is widely regarded as precarious, I didn't make that up. ...

They cannot very well design for linear or lateral violent deceleration, as there are infinite scenarios and the resulting helmet wouldhave to resemble a motorcyclist's, completely defeating the head's role in maintaining body temperature.   Bicycle helmets are designed to protect during a fall of about 6 feet, which is about a standard average bicyclist's head's distance to ground.  Add me to the list of someone who fell over at minimal speed - think of foot suddenly unseparable from pedal - and has carried a scar from it for decades. But the helmet worked.  I've also been present when a fellow kayaker rolled up with a crazed pattern of cracks in his helmet from collision with a sharp subsurface rock; that worked too.

Yes, definitely Ė I often forget about humidity since that is virtually non-existent in my climate, I never realized what it actually felt like for a long time. In humid areas, I could hardly walk around in normal clothing without probably looking like I just got done cycling.

Yikes. I'm glad the helmets worked. I did not realize kayakers wore helmets. Yes, helmets in general are certainly not an end-all-be-all magical equipment (not like when you get the that magic star in Super Mario and every enemy bounces off of you Ė darn) but still helpful nonetheless. Just as a hard had on a construction site doesn't help you if you have a giant steel beam dropped on you by a crane. But still relatively useful in the event something smaller and totally painful does drop on the head. Just the other day, I saw a 'meter maid' wearing a helmet in one of those small tiny car/golf cart doorless contraptions.

@LennStar Consider me simmered down. I do have a propensity to be passionate. :P

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« Reply #7219 on: February 09, 2020, 12:19:25 PM »
Informed Delivery from the USPS says that form should have been in my mailbox when I got home from work yesterday.  It was not. 

That's when you scroll down toward the bottom of the Informed Delivery email and click the convenient link to report missing mail.

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« Reply #7220 on: February 09, 2020, 12:39:19 PM »
I've found informed delivery from USPS to be often off by 1 day, in either direction.

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« Reply #7221 on: February 09, 2020, 01:33:25 PM »
Or if you live outside the United States you are explicitly barred from using the USPS tracking service...

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« Reply #7222 on: February 09, 2020, 01:42:38 PM »
Informed Delivery from the USPS says that form should have been in my mailbox when I got home from work yesterday.  It was not. 

That's when you scroll down toward the bottom of the Informed Delivery email and click the convenient link to report missing mail.

I did that, and was told to contact my local post office.  Then my local told me to contact the distribution office.  They called me back a week later.  Can you guess what they said?  Contact your local post office.

I have little faith in USPS.

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« Reply #7223 on: February 10, 2020, 04:33:58 PM »

That's when you scroll down toward the bottom of the Informed Delivery email and click the convenient link to report missing mail.

I did that, and was told to contact my local post office.  Then my local told me to contact the distribution office.  They called me back a week later.  Can you guess what they said?  Contact your local post office.

I have little faith in USPS.

Ditto.  Had a ring being returned from a jeweler after a repair, and it was sent insured, signature required and trackable.  I get a sticky note on the door about how they couldn't deliver it without a signature, so I bring said note in to the branch PO it was from.  "Oh, we have no way of figuring out where that is.  Maybe the delivery guy put it on a shelf in back?"  10 minutes later, "Nope, I checked the shelves.  Maybe it is in his truck or something, check back in a couple of days."  I did eventually get it, but I was like, how worthwhile is paying for tracking if that is the best they can do?  Also had a trackable letter take 6 weeks to arrive from half way across the U.S., stalled at an intermediate office for about a month, and an item in an insured package get broken.  It was a gift mailed to a friend, and they wanted him to provide the original receipt.  We didn't even have that, it was bought at a craft show a decade ago.  We paid for an insurance value, right, why do they need a receipt for like $30? 

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« Reply #7224 on: February 16, 2020, 04:15:57 PM »
Today I made a pancake and wanted to use Nutella as a topping. Nice 'n creamy 'n chocolaty I thought.

Turns out, I'm so good at not using my heating that my nutella wasn't soft at all and I had to wait for it to 'melt' on the pancake instead of spreading it out immediately.

I feel like @Hirondelle got buried among the trackpad outrage. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the time lost to your solid Nutella. Been there, you have my sympathies ;)

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« Reply #7225 on: February 16, 2020, 05:24:24 PM »
My MPP is a friend gave me some bar shampoo which I really want to try but it will be ~6 months before I use up my current shampoo. On current tracking I will not need to buy any more shampoo or conditioner until I retire in 4 years time.

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« Reply #7226 on: February 16, 2020, 05:33:04 PM »
Today I made a pancake and wanted to use Nutella as a topping. Nice 'n creamy 'n chocolaty I thought.

Turns out, I'm so good at not using my heating that my nutella wasn't soft at all and I had to wait for it to 'melt' on the pancake instead of spreading it out immediately.

I feel like @Hirondelle got buried among the trackpad outrage. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the time lost to your solid Nutella. Been there, you have my sympathies ;)

I have the same problem with butter. In the summer it gets too soft and sometimes melts in the dish. In the winter sometimes it's hard as a rock.

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« Reply #7227 on: February 16, 2020, 11:31:28 PM »
Today I made a pancake and wanted to use Nutella as a topping. Nice 'n creamy 'n chocolaty I thought.

Turns out, I'm so good at not using my heating that my nutella wasn't soft at all and I had to wait for it to 'melt' on the pancake instead of spreading it out immediately.

I feel like @Hirondelle got buried among the trackpad outrage. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the time lost to your solid Nutella. Been there, you have my sympathies ;)

I have the same problem with butter. In the summer it gets too soft and sometimes melts in the dish. In the winter sometimes it's hard as a rock.

Rock hard you say?

Whats wrong with melted butter?  Just keep it in a butter heater and give it three or four good pumps per slice of bread

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« Reply #7228 on: February 17, 2020, 12:16:59 AM »
Today I made a pancake and wanted to use Nutella as a topping. Nice 'n creamy 'n chocolaty I thought.

Turns out, I'm so good at not using my heating that my nutella wasn't soft at all and I had to wait for it to 'melt' on the pancake instead of spreading it out immediately.

I feel like @Hirondelle got buried among the trackpad outrage. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the time lost to your solid Nutella. Been there, you have my sympathies ;)

I have the same problem with butter. In the summer it gets too soft and sometimes melts in the dish. In the winter sometimes it's hard as a rock.

Rock hard you say?

Whats wrong with melted butter?  Just keep it in a butter heater and give it three or four good pumps per slice of bread

Wait seriously? Is that a thing? Melted butter is awesome. Itís the resolididified and or rancid that I find a bit weird. Iím not sure I would pay for heat to keep the butter melted plus something to stir it so it doesnít separate...

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« Reply #7229 on: February 17, 2020, 12:47:28 AM »
Today I made a pancake and wanted to use Nutella as a topping. Nice 'n creamy 'n chocolaty I thought.

Turns out, I'm so good at not using my heating that my nutella wasn't soft at all and I had to wait for it to 'melt' on the pancake instead of spreading it out immediately.

I feel like @Hirondelle got buried among the trackpad outrage. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the time lost to your solid Nutella. Been there, you have my sympathies ;)

I have the same problem with butter. In the summer it gets too soft and sometimes melts in the dish. In the winter sometimes it's hard as a rock.
That brought back memories of the winter I spent living in a VW camper.  When I got home form work I had to melt the olive oil before I could start cooking.  Brrrr!

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« Reply #7230 on: February 17, 2020, 06:49:06 AM »
Today I made a pancake and wanted to use Nutella as a topping. Nice 'n creamy 'n chocolaty I thought.

Turns out, I'm so good at not using my heating that my nutella wasn't soft at all and I had to wait for it to 'melt' on the pancake instead of spreading it out immediately.

I feel like @Hirondelle got buried among the trackpad outrage. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the time lost to your solid Nutella. Been there, you have my sympathies ;)

I have the same problem with butter. In the summer it gets too soft and sometimes melts in the dish. In the winter sometimes it's hard as a rock.

Rock hard you say?

Whats wrong with melted butter?  Just keep it in a butter heater and give it three or four good pumps per slice of bread

Wait seriously? Is that a thing? Melted butter is awesome. Itís the resolididified and or rancid that I find a bit weird. Iím not sure I would pay for heat to keep the butter melted plus something to stir it so it doesnít separate...

Here in Miami, we have to keep the butter in the fridge bc it gets rancid and grows mold if left out on the counter for a few days. And of course we don't keep the ac cold enough to avoid that, so fridge butter it is. On the other hand, it's so warm here that the butter is spreadable after only a couple of minutes out of the fridge.

A cousin from Chicago visited and saw my jar of coconut oil in the spice cabinet and asked how I kept it liquid. I never knew that it solidifies. I'm now thinking the same thing about Nutella, which is always spreadable here!

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« Reply #7231 on: February 17, 2020, 07:12:49 AM »
A cousin from Chicago visited and saw my jar of coconut oil in the spice cabinet and asked how I kept it liquid. I never knew that it solidifies. I'm now thinking the same thing about Nutella, which is always spreadable here!

Here from Minnesota to confirm that Nutella is spreadable even when the thermostat is set in the 60s.

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« Reply #7232 on: February 17, 2020, 09:25:39 AM »
A cousin from Chicago visited and saw my jar of coconut oil in the spice cabinet and asked how I kept it liquid. I never knew that it solidifies. I'm now thinking the same thing about Nutella, which is always spreadable here!

Here from Minnesota to confirm that Nutella is spreadable even when the thermostat is set in the 60s.

Our coconut oil is stays solid most of the time but since I only use it for cooking that doesnít matter much. Iíve had the house warmer for the last couple of days because my elderly father is visiting and staying downstairs (same thermostat), and out coconut oils is almost a liquid now.

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« Reply #7233 on: February 17, 2020, 11:27:14 AM »
I finally managed to track down a retirement plan from an old job and get the name on to match my current name.  Now, I'm trying to roll it over into my current plan.  But my current plan is the TSP and it's so ass backwards wrt rollovers.  I have to fill out half a form and then email, mail, or fax it to the old company.  They fill out the bottom half of the form and mail it back to me with a check for what I'm rolling over.  Then I have to turn around and mail both of these items to the TSP administrators.  What a pain in the ass.  But the old company comes through and gets the check and the form in the mail the day after I request it.  Informed Delivery from the USPS says that form should have been in my mailbox when I got home from work yesterday.  It was not.  Old company says they have to wait 10 business days to re-issue check (and I'm sure there's a fee involved with that).  I'm hoping that it will arrive with today's mail, but this isn't the first time that mail has not arrived after being scanned for the email thing.  It's not even the first time that a check didn't arrive after making it past my local post office.

I have about $120 in a 457(b) plan administered by Nationwide from the time I was a substitute teacher in my hometown for 1 month in 2004.  My husband and I spent like 10 hours faxing/e-mailing/filling out forms/sitting on hold on the telephone trying to get it rolled over or even distributed (taxably) but it was literally impossible.  At some point it just wasn't worth out time for such a little bit of money so it can just rot there until I'm 70.5.

You donít have to be 70.5 to access a 457(b) without penalties. As long as you are separated from that employer, you can just withdraw it now and pay regular income taxes on it. Itís the ultimate early retirement account.

Just to make sure this wasn't missed. I have a 457b and can take out money anytime after I leave the job regardless of age.

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« Reply #7234 on: February 17, 2020, 01:52:53 PM »
Today I made a pancake and wanted to use Nutella as a topping. Nice 'n creamy 'n chocolaty I thought.

Turns out, I'm so good at not using my heating that my nutella wasn't soft at all and I had to wait for it to 'melt' on the pancake instead of spreading it out immediately.

I feel like @Hirondelle got buried among the trackpad outrage. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the time lost to your solid Nutella. Been there, you have my sympathies ;)

I have the same problem with butter. In the summer it gets too soft and sometimes melts in the dish. In the winter sometimes it's hard as a rock.

Rock hard you say?

Whats wrong with melted butter?  Just keep it in a butter heater and give it three or four good pumps per slice of bread

Wait seriously? Is that a thing? Melted butter is awesome. Itís the resolididified and or rancid that I find a bit weird. Iím not sure I would pay for heat to keep the butter melted plus something to stir it so it doesnít separate...

Haha yeah itís a real thing but I was joking because itís more geared towards restaurant service where you will quickly go through butter and not have it sitting heated for like two weeks. 

FWIW I keep my butter in the fridge but I could imagine a specialized appliance that keeps your butter at exactly 90 degrees no matter what.  There are appliances like that too, but not specifically for butter

You could build your own with a butter keeper, a peltier device, and a microcontroller, but I donít think any mustachian would waste money powering that thing
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« Reply #7235 on: February 17, 2020, 02:50:41 PM »
It was mildly cumbersome to put on boots and a jacket before I went outside to harvest one of our homegrown lemons for zesting.

^ @trashtalk, LOL'd at that one!


My MPP is that sometimes people who's stories you are enjoying just disappear. @surfhb is one, @serpentstooth is another. And man, I miss @sol, even though he warned us he was going.  Sometimes, people you're rooting for get themselves banned, like dagiffey01 or boarder42.

It's like I know I've forgotten something, but can't quite remember what. In my mind, they're all FIRE and living happily ever after, but the vague sense of loss is real.
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MPP indeed.

Donít worry, I heard they are all living upstate on a farm.  Lots of space to run around.  Living the FIRE life.  Boarder has a huge mortgage
Lol, I know for a fact that B42 has re-fi'd at least once since being shown the door here.

Glad to hear everyone's doing fine ;-)

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Re: Mustachian People Problems (just for fun)
« Reply #7236 on: February 17, 2020, 04:02:05 PM »
Today I made a pancake and wanted to use Nutella as a topping. Nice 'n creamy 'n chocolaty I thought.

Turns out, I'm so good at not using my heating that my nutella wasn't soft at all and I had to wait for it to 'melt' on the pancake instead of spreading it out immediately.



I feel like @Hirondelle got buried among the trackpad outrage. I would like to take a moment to acknowledge the time lost to your solid Nutella. Been there, you have my sympathies ;)

I have the same problem with butter. In the summer it gets too soft and sometimes melts in the dish. In the winter sometimes it's hard as a rock.

Rock hard you say?

Whats wrong with melted butter?  Just keep it in a butter heater and give it three or four good pumps per slice of bread

Wait seriously? Is that a thing? Melted butter is awesome. Itís the resolididified and or rancid that I find a bit weird. Iím not sure I would pay for heat to keep the butter melted plus something to stir it so it doesnít separate...

Haha yeah itís a real thing but I was joking because itís more geared towards restaurant service where you will quickly go through butter and not have it sitting heated for like two weeks. 

FWIW I keep my butter in the fridge but I could imagine a specialized appliance that keeps your butter at exactly 90 degrees no matter what.  There are appliances like that too, but not specifically for butter

You could build your own with a butter keeper, a peltier device, and a microcontroller, but I donít think any mustachian would waste money powering that thing

Iím pretty sure adding WiFi to that would make it the prefect next hot kitchen item... Iím too close to FI to sell my soul marketing another unnecessary ďmust haveĒ gadget to the American consumer through. Which brings us back to MPPs...

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« Reply #7237 on: February 17, 2020, 07:54:59 PM »
Iím not so sure it would be a success.  There were a few years ago but I donít see them having taken off (eg https://www.cnet.com/news/mini-fridge-warmer-keeps-drinks-cold-or-food-warm/).  That said, put wifi on it and I guess itís a brand new thing!

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« Reply #7238 on: February 17, 2020, 09:29:17 PM »
I was picturing something that would hold like 2 sticks of butter. Clearly should have dreamed a little bigger.

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« Reply #7239 on: February 18, 2020, 07:42:04 AM »
My MPP is a friend gave me some bar shampoo which I really want to try but it will be ~6 months before I use up my current shampoo. On current tracking I will not need to buy any more shampoo or conditioner until I retire in 4 years time.

I love using bar shampoo.  The transition over from liquid shampoo can be challenging (Bar shampoo doesn't strip natural oils from your hair so you also have to stop using conditioner at the same time and it can take a few weeks to find the right balance.)  But once you and your hair come to an agreement, your hair looks and feels sooo healthy.

Once you make the change, you're going to have a some new MPPs: 
1) What to do with the little plastic bottles you used to need to go through airport security.  A solid shampoo bar is TSA approved. 
2) What to do with the added space in your bathroom.  A small shampoo bar lasts me up to three months.
3) Finding someone to dry cut your hair.  Early on, after I switched to the bar, I went for a hair cut.  Not thinking about the consequences I let the stylist wash and condition my hair like they do, and I ended up having to repeat the transition period again.  Now I go to someone who agrees to wet my hair but not use detergent shampoo on it.

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« Reply #7240 on: February 18, 2020, 10:12:33 PM »
What texture is your hair, out of curiosity ? I have really fine hair and experimented with washing it less, baby powder, and some other things like that. Nothing stuck though because ultimately my hair is so fine that any bit o grease flattens it out and makes dull and limp in a heartbeat.

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« Reply #7241 on: February 18, 2020, 11:23:22 PM »
What texture is your hair, out of curiosity ? I have really fine hair and experimented with washing it less, baby powder, and some other things like that. Nothing stuck though because ultimately my hair is so fine that any bit o grease flattens it out and makes dull and limp in a heartbeat.

Same as mine. It's limp unless it's frizzy. Sometimes I get a great combination of limp base and ultimate frizz topping.

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« Reply #7242 on: February 19, 2020, 01:24:59 AM »
@SheWhoWalksAtLunch Thanks for the heads-up re conditioner, I was wondering what the deal was.

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« Reply #7243 on: February 19, 2020, 01:57:42 AM »
What texture is your hair, out of curiosity ? I have really fine hair and experimented with washing it less, baby powder, and some other things like that. Nothing stuck though because ultimately my hair is so fine that any bit o grease flattens it out and makes dull and limp in a heartbeat.

Same as mine. It's limp unless it's frizzy. Sometimes I get a great combination of limp base and ultimate frizz topping.

You just described my hair. It's such a great combo, no? Occasionally I will skip a shampoo day in winter if I don't have to go anywhere but I also have oily skin, so my hair is pretty much wrecked by the end of day 2.

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« Reply #7244 on: February 19, 2020, 10:03:09 AM »
@SheWhoWalksAtLunch Thanks for the heads-up re conditioner, I was wondering what the deal was.

If you're seriously considering switching over, you should know I do a quick final rinse with diluted vinegar each time I use the bar.  I've been told it re-balances the PH, but although I'm not quite sure what it does, I do know my hair is happier (smoother, shinier) on the days when I remember to use it.  The re-purposed condiment container I use to hold the rinse looks a little odd in my bathroom, but small sacrifices.  When I travel, I use one of my old tiny travel bottles to carry undiluted vinegar so I can dilute it in a cup and still have the rinse available when I shower.


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« Reply #7245 on: February 19, 2020, 10:12:44 AM »
@SheWhoWalksAtLunch Thanks for the heads-up re conditioner, I was wondering what the deal was.

If you're seriously considering switching over, you should know I do a quick final rinse with diluted vinegar each time I use the bar.  I've been told it re-balances the PH, but although I'm not quite sure what it does, I do know my hair is happier (smoother, shinier) on the days when I remember to use it.  The re-purposed condiment container I use to hold the rinse looks a little odd in my bathroom, but small sacrifices.  When I travel, I use one of my old tiny travel bottles to carry undiluted vinegar so I can dilute it in a cup and still have the rinse available when I shower.

I'd just like to second everything here.  I've been using shampoo bars for a few years now, and I really like them.  The diluted apple cider vinegar rinse is definitely helpful.  I don't need it as much now that I have my hair in a pixie cut, but when it was really long, it was weird and soapy feeling after a few washes without the rinse.  It also helped a lot with detangling.  Do you use regular white vinegar?  My husband hates the lingering smell of ACV, but he's a super smeller or something, I don't even notice it. 

I never thought to ask my hairstylist to dry cut my hair though, that's a good idea. 

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« Reply #7246 on: February 19, 2020, 10:16:47 AM »
What texture is your hair, out of curiosity ? I have really fine hair and experimented with washing it less, baby powder, and some other things like that. Nothing stuck though because ultimately my hair is so fine that any bit o grease flattens it out and makes dull and limp in a heartbeat.

Same as mine. It's limp unless it's frizzy. Sometimes I get a great combination of limp base and ultimate frizz topping.

You just described my hair. It's such a great combo, no? Occasionally I will skip a shampoo day in winter if I don't have to go anywhere but I also have oily skin, so my hair is pretty much wrecked by the end of day 2.

Since I've never really considered my hair texture, I guess that makes it normal(?).  I'm over 50 and was washing my hair every other day with shampoo before I switched to the bar four years or so ago.  I'm very physically active so I doubt I'll ever get down to less often than that due to sweat & general dirt picked up doing physical labor, but I've noticed that with the bar, my hair still looks good on day three on those rare occasions when I haven't messed it up doing dusty home renovations or other types of rolling around in the dirt.

When I was using detergent shampoo, my hair follicles were working overtime creating oil to compensate.  Now that  I'm not stripping oil off my scalp each time I wash my hair, I've noticed that my natural oil makes my hair feel thicker and healthier than before.

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« Reply #7247 on: February 19, 2020, 10:21:28 AM »
@SheWhoWalksAtLunch Thanks for the heads-up re conditioner, I was wondering what the deal was.

If you're seriously considering switching over, you should know I do a quick final rinse with diluted vinegar each time I use the bar.  I've been told it re-balances the PH, but although I'm not quite sure what it does, I do know my hair is happier (smoother, shinier) on the days when I remember to use it.  The re-purposed condiment container I use to hold the rinse looks a little odd in my bathroom, but small sacrifices.  When I travel, I use one of my old tiny travel bottles to carry undiluted vinegar so I can dilute it in a cup and still have the rinse available when I shower.

I'd just like to second everything here.  I've been using shampoo bars for a few years now, and I really like them.  The diluted apple cider vinegar rinse is definitely helpful.  I don't need it as much now that I have my hair in a pixie cut, but when it was really long, it was weird and soapy feeling after a few washes without the rinse.  It also helped a lot with detangling.  Do you use regular white vinegar?  My husband hates the lingering smell of ACV, but he's a super smeller or something, I don't even notice it. 

I never thought to ask my hairstylist to dry cut my hair though, that's a good idea.

I use apple cider vinegar and don't notice a smell (I rinse out the rinse) , but would definitely switch to distilled vinegar if the DH was bothered by it.

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« Reply #7248 on: February 21, 2020, 05:12:14 PM »
My first husband was generally very sensitive to smells and thought that I in particular had an off-odor (I swear, my sister would tell me if I did), but he never complained about either the ACV or white vinegar (with baking soda, not shampoo bar).

My new husband has almost no sense of smell, which I find vaguely reassuring.

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« Reply #7249 on: February 21, 2020, 07:07:17 PM »
My first husband was generally very sensitive to smells and thought that I in particular had an off-odor (I swear, my sister would tell me if I did), but he never complained about either the ACV or white vinegar (with baking soda, not shampoo bar).

My new husband has almost no sense of smell, which I find vaguely reassuring.

Maybe your first husband was less of a super-smeller and more of a dickhead. Who tells their wife she smells off??? I'm quite sure you didn't, even without the helpful sister.