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damn what's been up

- communications issues n stuff w good friends
- working saturdays so boring
- went to see saved! at shirlington with mcoletti and his crew, loved it
- ditched by parents
- watched some penn & teller's BS with roommate & crew, only half impressed
- forced said crew to watch clerks cartoon <3
- historic enemy taught me many batting tips, redemption in process, 2nd bat purchased
- happy birthday to falkonne and happy grilling too
- former president reagan passed away ending a long and probably awful bout with alzheimer's
- i know more about my credit rating now than i ever have before
- sent money western union for the first time ever
- mouth-watering house tantalizations, and damn you howard county tempting me, you temptress
- fixed up my resume a little, no really
- neopets now winning gaming wars over dark age, sacred
- related news: attention span shortening like the dude in thinner loses weight
- plenty of socializing, not enough activism
- learned about breastfeeding/formula wars, boycotting nestle, and why you should too


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Jun. 8th, 2004 02:11 pm (UTC)
That "village" is about one minute from mine (I'm in Long Reach, see map here).

It is a really, really nice area, but I'm telling you, it earns Columbia its reputation for whitewashed suburbia. The tradeoff for the safety and relative attractiveness is, you feel surrounded by pod people!
Jun. 8th, 2004 02:12 pm (UTC)
Or, to rephrase: I would buy that house in a heartbeat, but you indicated in previous entries a fondness for PG. :)
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Jun. 8th, 2004 05:04 pm (UTC)
Re: :)
oh, i'm just looking for market values right now. we're not ready to buy yet. that's why i included everything. :)
Jun. 8th, 2004 02:18 pm (UTC)
And actually, I'm rethinking the "pod people" thing. It is a fairly diverse area (home to many races) and a very open-minded community - HoCo has the only county-based chapter of P-Flag in Maryland! And I love living here and plan to buy here. So I take back any personal reservations.
Jun. 8th, 2004 03:58 pm (UTC)
HoCo has the only county-based chapter of P-Flag in Maryland!

I had no idea! That's pretty cool.

I'm considering it, because I didn't know there were prices I could afford in HoCo and it turns out it may be MORE affordable than Laurel. Who knew!
Jun. 8th, 2004 02:15 pm (UTC)
Well, since we did buy in that area, I admit, I'm all for it. :)
Jun. 8th, 2004 02:34 pm (UTC)
When my mom was growing up in Bangledesh, Nestle was selling their chocolate milk powder there, telling people it was baby formula, and better for their babies than breast milk. So, I was raised boycotting them.
Jun. 8th, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
dang. i have NO idea how i missed all this.
Jun. 8th, 2004 03:00 pm (UTC)
Bear is driving, how can this be? Car full of midgets!

Nestle sucks. I seem to remember hearing stuff like that as a kid. (Me mum was a La Leche League leader or something.) It must have been going on for a long time.
Jun. 8th, 2004 03:54 pm (UTC)
attention span shortening like the dude in thinner loses weight


Andy's father (not VA Andy, CA Andy) is suffering from alzheimer's. I haven't been sure how hard the whole Reagan situation is for him, but I know that his father is at least still functional, which is something, even if he doesn't know who people are anymore. It's a terrible fate.

A few months ago I started getting calls from blocked numbers saying that I had been approved for new credit cards, so I signed up for Equifax's $10/month watch service. I think I've just been out $10/month, because my rating hasn't changed, but BOY do I feel a lot better about it!

And I've heard a lot of good things about Saved. If only I had time to watch movies anymore.....
Jun. 8th, 2004 03:57 pm (UTC)
i meant like my attention span is shortening at a rapid pace, like when they guy in the book thinner loses weight. it didn't parse well, i admit.

i was wondering about that credit watch service, the thing is, it won't really help you with the other two, will it?
Jun. 8th, 2004 05:05 pm (UTC)
I'd skip the watch service, it seems like a way to uneccesarily spend $120/yr. You are entitled to a free copy of your credit report once a year in MD, normally yearly checking is all you need to do.
Jun. 8th, 2004 06:47 pm (UTC)
Credit bureaus, I am coming to believe, are evil.
Jun. 8th, 2004 06:07 pm (UTC)
They have a number of products. One of them includes the reports from all three agencies. Once you know that they're all pretty much in sync, if you feel like having the ability to instantly call up your report as often as you like, it's up to you if you want to pay. Since anything important gets reported to all three, the chances of something happening on TransUnion that Equifax doesn't know about are really small.

Note that you can get the free one by law pretty much anywhere (not just MD), but it can take 6-8 weeks and is only once a year. What I decided to pay for (given that I have FINALLY gotten my credit out of the toilet and want to proactively prevent it from going there again) is the instant access. It's nice to be able to go and check whenever one of those "you have a new card" calls comes in to make sure that they're just BS'ing me rather than impacting my credit. When (in the next couple of years) I buy a house I want to make sure the credit is ready, because at LA prices, I'm going to need all the borrowing power I can get!!
Jun. 8th, 2004 04:17 pm (UTC)
I had a good link for the whole Nestle thing. But now I can't find it. And I'm beginning to wonder if it was a link at all, or a book I read before.

Is it bad that I can't distinguish between them in my memories, sometimes?
Jun. 8th, 2004 04:34 pm (UTC)
There are a whole bunch of good links in the comments on zorah's post.

I can't distinguish either most of the time.
Jun. 8th, 2004 06:14 pm (UTC)
I lived in Howard County (Ellicott City to be exact) for 5 years before I moved down to VA. I loved it because
it was close to lots of shopping in Columbia, as well as to downtown Baltimore. I miss it terribly.

And to top it all off, I just read an article about the HoCo library converting all their PCs over to Linux
(of course they didnt do that until after I left!). Damn them. I've been asking for that for years.

Re: contingent contracts....most of those are due to a prospective buyer waiting on the sale of their own home
(seller has right to continue to market their house until/unless the buyer sells their own home) ....so if you
have nothing like that to worry about, then you can have the house for yourself
Jun. 12th, 2004 03:42 pm (UTC)
I so wish I could survive being as far out as Ellicot City... but between Jack and I both working in VA and all our friends being scattered all over the metro area... we just can't afford to isolate ourselves that much. I think while it would be a better deal financially, it would contribute to a downswing in quality of life from spending so damn much time in the car. I'm guessing if we end up in HoCo it will be North Laurel/Savage/Kings Contrivance kind of area...
Jun. 9th, 2004 03:13 pm (UTC)
- learned about breastfeeding/formula wars, boycotting nestle, and why you should too

I wasn't impressed with this and I'm disappointed with what I saw on Zorah's site. Nothing had a more recent date than 2000. The Code violations at Nestles were 4 years ago. No one says if they're still screwing up now or if they have or haven't fixed anything from four to 10 years back.

With nothing more recent than 2000 on this issue, I'm inclined to shrug the baby formula issue off (haven't looked into the rest). Show me that they're still doing bad, something that's happened in the last year. Otherwise, this is no different to me than the latest virus hoax or 'I'm dying of leukemia, please send me postcards' emails I get every day.
Jun. 10th, 2004 07:29 pm (UTC)
While a huge chocoholic, myself, I tend to avoid most of the major mass-production cheap-ass chocolate companies, including Nestle. I stick as often as I can to organic and/or Fair Trade cocoa products. Yes, it can be more expensive, but that's the whole point.
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