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26  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 09, 2015, 11:52:15 am
While I'm normally weary of you purchasing walking gear, when I lost a lot of weight back in early high school through walking, I wore a pedometer. You should be able to get a New Balance pedometer to clip on your belt for about $15 that is pretty accurate and tell you how many steps you take in a day.

The nice thing about wearing a pedometer for you is that you get credit for steps you do anywhere, such as walking from kitchen to bathroom.  And you can't cheat it because it works by counting the rigid tempo shakes associated with walking.

This will give you a good idea of your activity level. I was nowhere near your weight or inactivity level, but I started a goal of 10,000 steps a day (I was 3,000-5,000 already steps a day doing nothing) and by the end of the summer before school started again I was 30 lbs lighter and doing upwards of 25,000 steps a day.

Where would I get this pedometer?  Sporting Goods store, like Dicks or Academy?

If you have an android download the S Health app, I-Phone has something similar.  Seriously though Bushie, not being able to walk more than 15 minutes is very serious.  You really do need to take care of this and be serious about it and not half assed as you did in your previous walking attempts.
27  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Anyone get the Insanity Max 30 Workout? on: February 08, 2015, 01:07:52 am
I did get this.  Two weeks in, and wow.  This does absolutely kick your ass.  I reccomend it for Bushie
28  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What's the most desirable crime rate in an area to live in? on: February 07, 2015, 02:04:46 pm
High crime, Bed-Stuy do or die for life.

As Werner Herzog has said, "It's very exhilarating to be shot at without success."

Would you have lived in the Bed-Stuy of the late 80's, early 90's?
29  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How similar are your politics to the average voter in your area? on: February 06, 2015, 12:13:35 pm
I'm slightly to the left socially, although as a whole the area is fairly socially liberal.  I am a bit more to the left on fiscal and law and order type issues.
30  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 06, 2015, 12:10:35 pm
Someone who needs to lose 15-20 pounds might be able to afford a cheat meal.  Someone who needs to lose 120 pounds can't afford cheat meals, especially when the cheat meals result in constant pig out
31  Presidential Elections - Analysis and Discussion / Presidential Election Trends / Re: When will Oregon become competitive? When will Colorado become lean R / solid R? on: February 05, 2015, 03:35:23 pm
Barring another huge shift in the parties themselves, we will all be long dead
32  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Beer, wine, or whiskey? on: February 05, 2015, 03:33:48 pm
Fireball or Beer
33  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Snyder drops appeal of SSM decision, Michigan now legal on: February 05, 2015, 02:50:48 pm
As wifikitten stated title is misleading.  The couples married before the appeal took effect are now legally married.  However, ssm remains illegal in Michigan outside of those 300 initial couples.

Ah, I see.  But isn't the state's appeal on these 300 since last year the only thing blocking the court ruling?

No, they are separate cases.  After the ban was overturned a stay was put in place in order to allow an appeal.  The appeal was then heard by the 6th circuit court, and the court ruled in favor of the state, and against the ban being overturned.  The 6th circuit is the only court to do so, and will likely be overruled by the Supreme Court In June.

However, while a stay was issued for an appeal, the stay wasn't granted right off the bat and SSM was legal in the state from the time the ban was overturned to when the stay was granted.  During that time period 300 SSM couples were legally married.  The state tried to argue that because SSM was illegal once again in the state, the marriages performed during the time period when SSM was legal should not be recognized.  The state lost that case, and appealed it once again.  However, Snyder dropped the appeal. 

The dropped appeal by Snyder, legally recognizes the marriages performed in the state during the short period of time when SSM was legal, but doesn't overturn the ban currently in place.
34  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 05, 2015, 12:35:18 pm
Holy sh**t, Bushie, have you seen Allison's fb page?  What did you do?Huh

I just looked at her page.  The only thing I've done is I haven't talked to her in a while except for a Happy New Year text.  I've moved on from her, though.  I know it may not be as easy for her to move on, but I've got my eyes on Kenya in a few years and it's better to get there if I'm single.

Wait, you don't currently want a relationship with her not because it wasn't working out, you got bored with each other, lost connection, etc, but because you want to be single for a potential trip to Kenya a few years down the road??
35  General Politics / U.S. General Discussion / Re: Snyder drops appeal of SSM decision, Michigan now legal on: February 05, 2015, 11:22:48 am
As wifikitten stated title is misleading.  The couples married before the appeal took effect are now legally married.  However, ssm remains illegal in Michigan outside of those 300 initial couples.
36  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 04, 2015, 11:13:15 pm
Sorry for being later on the response. Ya know ... work, and life, and such ...

Anyway, the two companies seem legit. I echo everything Smash said about them. Even though you're unemployed, do try to be a tad discriminating, Jeff. Keep your previous experiences in mind and remember how difficult things can be at a smaller company if you don't "get it" or require some hand-holding.

And ask lots of questions about the specific nature of the job. Ask them to describe a typical day or week. Ask them for 30-60-90-day goals. Ask them what the training / onboarding is like. Particularly at the smaller company, you wouldn't want to wind up in a situation where they have you wearing multiple hats that you don't want to put on.

Mechaman -- great to see you back!

Mecha asked some really great questions, Jeff. Your response was typical -- a non-answer and an "I'll think about it." You don't owe anyone any answers, but if the questions were so good, you really ought to take them to heart. Some people truly are directionless in life, and you may be one of those people -- and if that's the case, it'd do you good to listen to those you trust who give you honest and critical feedback (not those who spoon-feed you answers you want to hear, no matter how nice and comforting they may be).

Whatever the future holds in terms of employment, your health, etc., it's time to DO. It's time to act. No more planning to plan. No more thinking about maybe thinking about ... DO. As much as so many of us would like to slap you silly and set you on a right path, you're the only one who can ultimately do that.

So DO!

does your church dismiss science and godless scientists?

We believe the Bible as infallible and inerrant. Everything that happened in Genesis during creation actually happened on earth.  That's how our universe and our world came to being.  Not from a stupid and idiotic big bang theory.

I know you're "done" answering religion questions, but this one is legit ... how do literalists such as yourself reconcile that Genesis 1:x and Genesis 2:x are literally two different versions of the same story where the events unfold differently? Which one is right?


Bushie, the bolded part is extremely important.  While making sure the company you are working for is legit as opposed to some fly by night is obviously important, the specifics of the job matter more.  Your biggest problem in any of your recent jobs is having a poor understanding of the day to day going in, not knowing what is expected of you, the plan for a timeframe, how you will be trained, etc. 

The company could be very highly regarded and a great place to work, but if you don't have a clear understanding of the process early on, the result will likely be s***
37  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 04, 2015, 10:06:09 pm
I am not answering anymore creation-related questions.

Bushie, anytime someone asks you a tough question that forces you to rely on critical reasoning outside of the little bubble you live in you have a take your ball and go home attitude.  Why is that?  It also likely has quite a bit to do with your current situation.
38  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How long are you on the Internet/any electronic device on a typical day? on: February 04, 2015, 08:51:24 pm
Probably 11-12 hours, though at least 8 of it is typically work related.

This, except replace "work" with "school."

We have school netbooks and need them to write papers and do online assignments.

Thanks for making me feel old Smiley
39  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 04, 2015, 08:50:41 pm
Bushie, if you got a message from the IRS on your phone saying that they are about to file a law suit, and the # they give you to call back is a D.C area code (202) would you make the call?

IIRC, the IRS, or any government agency, would send official written notice by regular mail as opposed to calling you up.  Scammers most often use phone and email as their mechanisms.  That's why the IRS would send regular mail.  So, the answer to your question is no, I would not.

That is correct, just wanted to see if you would fall for the scam, noticed it on my answering machine when I got home.

Anyway, regarding your job search.

Both companies seem legit, the Direct Hire position is for a very small company, which could explain why you got a call back as quick as you did.  Haven't seen much good or bad about it but it seems legit.  I'm pretty sure I found the ad, that is probably the most vague job ad I have ever seen if it is the one you applied through.  So you really need to ask questions, because the ad answered nothing.

As far as the other position, the company is considerably larger and an International company.  However, without seeing the ad, knowing if the job is through the company itself, some subsidiary or contract position for the company, or any job description its hard to say
40  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 04, 2015, 08:25:36 pm
Bushie, if you got a message from the IRS on your phone saying that they are about to file a law suit, and the # they give you to call back is a D.C area code (202) would you make the call?
41  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: How long are you on the Internet/any electronic device on a typical day? on: February 04, 2015, 08:22:59 pm
Probably 11-12 hours, though at least 8 of it is typically work related.
42  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Would Bushie be better off if we had let him fall for the ON-Company scam? on: February 04, 2015, 02:38:55 pm
Bushie clearly would not be. Whether Papa and Mama Bushie would be remains undetermined.

Really? They've shelled out about $50K in the last several years easy.  Papa's working til he's 90 as it is.

True, but how much in bail $$ and lawyers fees would they have had to shell out?
43  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 04, 2015, 01:56:04 pm
Bushie, saw the names of the two companies you have sent.  Other than having five minutes here and there have been pretty busy at work.  If I have a bit more time I will look it up for you this afternoon, if not will let you know my thoughts on the companies tonight
44  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 03, 2015, 12:43:53 am
Dumb question, but did you exercise?

No

You really need to start some type of regular exercise.  I just don't comprehend your refusal to do so.  You need to lose weight, you need more energy (napping as much as you do isn't normal), you need some type of physical activity.
45  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 03, 2015, 12:10:22 am
Dumb question, but did you exercise?
46  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 02, 2015, 11:02:52 pm
Supper went as planned - scrambled eggs and bacon.  I need to run by the store tomorrow and get some hamburger meat so I can fix spaghetti for supper.

Ummmm.......
47  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: What are gas prices where you're at? on: February 02, 2015, 10:27:42 pm
Paid $2.09 Sat night.
48  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Opinion of your day today? on: February 02, 2015, 10:26:31 pm
Snow + change over to rain + quick drop in temperatures + freezing rain + more snow = 2 hour 15 minute commute home from work.....
49  Forum Community / Forum Community / Re: Update XX: A Darn Good Judge of My Financial Situation on: February 02, 2015, 10:24:13 pm
In addition to the health aspects of obesity, it makes you look older as well.  Bushie you are something like 20 days older than me, but you look 20 years older.  Your body type simply isn't normal, even without the stomach.
50  Forum Community / Off-topic Board / Re: Super Bowl XLIX Predictions on: February 01, 2015, 12:49:36 pm
Seattle
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