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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  You know, these guys are all self-described as introverted, or autistic. So, there is no walking around and chatting to people. I've started taking math courses from I heard the ads on the radio, then when I expressed an interest in learning more Math, my boss recommended them. Go online, look at the courses, they are at a minimum $300. But, but, but, they have a lot of sales. I've never paid more than $85 for a course, more like $35 to $50. I have to admit, I buy them ahead of need. I now have Fundamentals of Mathematics (boy do I need this review of math, starting with addition and ending with statistics ), Algebra I, Algebra II, geometry, pre-calculus, calculus, and trigonometry. I also have Mind-Bending Math, paradoxes and puzzles (for logical thinking, and writing proofs ), a drawing course, and a photography course.

I usually watch a couple of videos on the weekend, and study during the week. I'm still in the Fundamentals class because it is refreshing my memory. I almost flunked HS algebra (got all A's in Geometry ), but I need the refresher before I get to Algebra. Amazing how much I've forgotten since 1968.

It is great to stretch my mind. It is also great to realize, I do know this stuff (I'm on Fractions now ).
July 20 at 20:52 EST .

   FlatCityGirl  You just made my head hurt!

Just hearing the word "math" spoken aloud can give me reflux.

In all seriousness, standing ovation.

It's good to never stop learning.
July 21 at 02:14 EST .

   Balogreene posted on Dogs, Cats & Critters  Just for joy, about 8 years ago. Now, she's my best friend.
   July 15 at 22:12 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  I'm here. I really am. I "lost" my job the end of December. I was a little ahead of them, got a new job starting the middle of January, turned in my resignation, and had just a "small" amount of time off.

I cannot say how bad my last job was, because I didn't know it until I started my new job.I switched from Army to Navy. I switched from a large public company to a small private company. This company has a refrigerator full of water, orange juice, V-8, grapefruit juice, apple juice, Dr. Pepper, and a ton of Coca Cola products. Another refrigerator holds lunches, wine and beer (for after work ). All free for employees. They also have a Keurig, with a huge selection for employees (free ), hot and cold filtered water. My last job had a Keurig, but we had to supply our own coffee, sugar, cream, tea, etc. They would not supply plates, napkins, cutlery, cups, etc. This company supplies all. I know the difference is Shareholders want more money, and don't care about employee morale. I like the morale thing.
I work with PhD Mathematicians, and Physicists. They are nice people, but are huge introverts. After just under 6 months, I finally figured out what they need, and what these projects are.
I am so happy. And am making a LOT more money.
   July 7 at 22:18 EST .

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   MeiDei  A two-fer - loving your job and good money - how great for you!
July 8 at 14:33 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  It's so good to "see" you here Balo. I'm so glad that things are working out well for you.
July 8 at 14:42 EST .

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   Surfhut  Congratulations!!
July 9 at 09:54 EST .

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   HopeandGlory  Very happy to "see" you too Surfie.
July 10 at 08:32 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Balo, where you been? I sure am glad to see you, tickled pink that things are going to well for you.
July 10 at 22:55 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  Why no more Roger Stone? I like him. I don't always believe him, but to ban him?

Okay, he bashed the establishment, does that mean Lucianne is establishment, I never thought so before.
March 10 at 21:30 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  I saw that. I don't know what the deal is. I don't like him. It could have something to do with Stone not having even a nodding acquaintance with the truth ---like most ranting, raving, wild-eyed Liberals. I can't see banning him, though.
March 10 at 21:40 EST .

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   Sugarplum17  I've seen Roger Stone on I don't think he is a liberal. I know he worked for Trump and has authored several books - one on Clintons and one on Bush family. I daresay he's not a fan of either of the dynasties. I don't think he's been sued for libel. He definitely is a fan of his old boss.
March 11 at 05:44 EST .

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   StormCnter  Remember there may have been some communication not visible on the main forum. Our hostess is not required to explain.
March 11 at 06:14 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Okay, SC, since you're an insider and privy to information the rest of us are not aware of, tell us why the Staff --or our Hostess, has allowed the acrimony and open warfare to continue? People have been banned over the years for faaaaaaaaar less than what is going on there now.

Why can't posters be allowed to like or dislike whichever candidate they chose without being called names? And what happened to the No Chatting rule? What happened to the No Attacking Other Posters rule?

When I post an opinion, and the next poster tells me that I'm an ignorant cretin for that opinion, it's hard not to respond.

I've not seen every response to every article in the last few months, but I've seen a lot, and only one time that I can remember has a staff member told a poster not to attack other posters. I don't get it.

Maybe they figure if they banned everyone who is breaking the rules right now, there would be three posters left, because almost everyone is into the food fight.
March 11 at 07:20 EST .

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   MeiDei  Passions are extreme during this primary in particular - we might dub it The Season without Reason. While I agree with you, I like to think: This too shall pass. I've not committed to anyone yet, still weighing all - it's a long time between now & November & I suspect it will be a bumpy ride, lit up by flaring tempers. Smile, the wrong animals are getting their Spring distemper shots : )
March 11 at 08:01 EST .

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   StormCnter  FCG, you're making an unwarranted assumption. I make no claim to being "an insider". I simply mentioned that what we see published on the forum might not be the entire story. You should write to the staff if you are seeking specifics.
March 11 at 08:28 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Oh, sorry. I misread your post. I thought it sounded like you have information we don't have.

I really don't care a whit about Stone being banned.

I am curious as to why the open warfare is allowed to go on, but I don't think I'll be asking the staff. I don't want to draw the ire of the wrong person and get banned.

When November comes and goes, and we are getting ready for January and a new face in the White House, Lucianne will still be standing, and depending on the person getting ready to assume the office, I will be interested to see what happens to the mortal enemies that have been made during this idiotic campaign season.

There has been a lot of ugliness directed at those who don't like Trump, and a lot of ugliness going to other way, too; things have been said, names have been called, and I'm guessing that some of it isn't going to be forgotten any time soon.
March 11 at 08:48 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Suggested Reading  I'm listening to "Duplicity" by Newt. I'm not sure about it (I do listen at work, so don't concentrate ). The President is a woman who took political power after her husband, a Senator died (ala Theresa Heinz Kerry ), and her opponent in the race is a billionaire who became Governor from Florida. I don't know where Newt gets his ideas, but this one suddenly became current.

It is also about the CIA, Intelligence, Terrorism, a bunch of stuff. I am not ready to turn it off, but, it does become difficult.
March 10 at 21:28 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  My sister in Chicago came down this weekend. Yesterday she went to the Garden show with our older sister. Today, she and I went to Reston Town Center (the first planned community in America ), We went to my office, to deliver a footstool, and a signed picture of Ron Santo. Then we went looking for a Banana Republic (we went the wrong direction ). We got Bubble Tea, went to the Apple Store (we spent two hours, they were not able to connect to Verizon, so we walked out without phones ). Then, we met my 28 yr-old nephew for dinner. What a nice young man he turned out to be.
February 28 at 21:17 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Sports  Pitchers and Catchers report this weekend
February 19 at 23:48 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  Something I learned the other day. I'm 63, when I rollover my old 401(k ) to my new company, I can withdraw money with no penalty (except taxes ). I'm thinking of withdrawing enough to pay off my debt, and the car debt that is only partially mine. Then I will roll the rest over into the new company's 401(k ), put a little into it, and put more into a Roth 401(k ).

I get a free consultation with a financial advisor from T.Rowe Price from my old company. I will clarify with her. But, the guy I spoke to briefly the other night said it is a good idea to wipe out all debt and move forward with retirement savings.

Any thoughts?
January 31 at 00:23 EST .

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   MeiDei  Scroll down to the tax chart from this site:
I think it will be helpful.
February 2 at 14:10 EST .

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   Balogreene  Thanks Mei Dei. I do get a free consult from my old company, about how to do this. I would just feel better having no debt, and get taxed on that relatively low amount of money, than continue on with a couple of the debts.

What I'm really worried about, is I haven't accumulated as much in my retirement plans as I should have!
February 3 at 22:38 EST .

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   Balogreene  I decided to roll-over to a retirement IRA, and also invest n my new company's Roth 401(k ). I'll have some ax able, some non-taxable, and diversity. Hope it works.
February 8 at 21:32 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Main Page The Lobby  This was taken about 1500 hours. Dulles Airport (just down the road ) recorded 24 inches of snow, and we are expecting another 8 to 12 inches. I can work from home, so, not too upset for a while.
   January 23 at 16:20 EST .

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   Balogreene  Oh, that's out my front door. It's just a drift, but, look at the cars, mine on the right is half buried!
January 23 at 16:21 EST .

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   FlatCityGirl  Stay safe and warm. I know you will.
January 23 at 18:38 EST .

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   Fireball27  Just raining here in our part of Oregon. Snow up in the mountains though. About 48 degrees. Good luck to all of you out east!
January 23 at 19:43 EST .

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   Balogreene  Started snowing Friday, Today (Wednesday ), finally paid someone to plow the cars out. A very kind neighbor shoveled out the door, so we could at least go out of the house.
January 27 at 23:47 EST .

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   Balogreene posted on Coffee Klatch  Okay, while it is still fresh in what is left of my mind. I started my new job today.

Enormous amounts of paperwork. One insurance plan (for a single ) is $250/month, I didn't look at the middle one, the third one is $120/month, and has an HSA. The highest deductible (the middle plan ) is $1300, the out of pocket is $3,000. At CACI I had a $4-5,000 deductible, and out of pocket of over $6k. I'm going to roll my other HSA into the new one.

The original news was wrong, there are only 8 paid holidays, two personal days, and 20 paid time off days.

I have an office about the size of my old boss. It has a door, and a smoked glass strip of a window (I close the door, no one can see in ). Two laptops, 3 monitors. One laptop is connected to the internet, the other (by order of the government ) is not connected to the internet. It has it's own network, but that is surrounded by "free air". I log on to both machines in the morning. Then, when I want to switch to the other, I just press a button, don't have to log off until I go home. The middle monitor is connected to both computers, but, the left works on the no internet machine, the right on the internet machine.

They are going to get me both Illustrator and Visio. Maybe Solidworks (a CAD program ).

My office is right by the kitchen. The Nespresso, Keurig (coffee and tea ), juice, water, and soda are free, as is the plastic ware. They have all different kinds of hot sauce, tabasco, honey, sugar, fake sugar, whatever. I didn't find the plates and napkins, but that's okay, I've gotten used to supplying my own.

I got my parking pass today, the lot about 1 block from work doesn't open to the public until 10:30, so, I use the pass to go in, and there is a ton of parking.

There is a Mexican, a Big Bowl, a couple of American places, a burger joint restaurants all within the block. And more. It is in the Center with Clyde's (a great area restaurant ), Morton's, McCormick and Schmick (seafood ), Starbucks, Sushi, Japanese, Italian, and more restaurants, all within walking distance. On one side of my building is a Teavana, and on the other is a Wine Bar! A movie theater is about two blocks away, the ice-skating rink is next to Clyde's.

My building has elevators (so do the parking garages ).

SHOCK ALERT!!! Everyone I talked to today gets in between 0800 and 0900. My boss, Christine, lives near me and says it is really easy to get in before 0800. She drops her daughter at school and gets in between 0730 and 0800. I'm going to try and do that 0800 start time!

And, because it is supposed to maybe possibly snow a huge amount on Friday, I have a laptop to bring
January 19 at 20:54 EST .

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   Balogreene  I'm loving this job. It will make a good retirement scenario.
January 30 at 00:19 EST .

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