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  • 2cute
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    Originally posted by Verting View Post
    I've always had trouble with various puzzles. I don't know what it has to do with it, but I can sit for hours guessing one word in a crossword puzzle or wondering where to put a piece of a mystery.
    So do you spend your entire wordtwist time looking for one word? Lalatan does that but he finds it pretty easily as he's looking for the super long ones. Is that what you do too?

    Welcome to WordTwist. I like your profile picture & name.

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  • Verting
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    I've always had trouble with various puzzles. I don't know what it has to do with it, but I can sit for hours guessing one word in a crossword puzzle or wondering where to put a piece of a mystery. I don't get discouraged and keep playing these educational games because I understand how useful they are for my brain. But sometimes, I still run out of patience and start looking for answers on the Internet. For example, just recently, I came across a horsy sound crossword clue. It would seem that what could be complicated here, but I did not know the answer. I hope I am not the only one.
    Last edited by Verting; 10-22-2021, 06:18 AM.

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  • lalatan
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    Originally posted by bwt1213 View Post
    ...Canada is just too cold...
    I loved your treatise on the current state of affairs.

    I thought I'd let you know that much of Canada is indeed stuck in the deep freeze most of the winter. However, on Vancouver Island, where I live, the lowest temperature last winter was 14F for one day. The next low was 23F for 1 day. Every other day was warmer. This summer the record high was 104F (thanks to the heat dome that fried western North America). There are 2 vineyards less than a mile away from here and our neighbor down the road has palm trees in his front yard.

    When a certain politician in the US was elected and then a few years later claimed election fraud, the Canada Immigration website crashed after each event w Americans wanting info. Possibly contrary to popular belief, it would take months to do so and there are umpteen hoops to jump through as determined by a faceless, inflexible, unaccountable bureaucracy. I say "possibly contrary to popular belief" because, given the long history of friendly relations between the 2 countries, that's exactly what I thought as well. When I tried to bring my American wife here, it took 18 months and we lost everything we owned stored in California because we couldn't afford to move it after 18 months of unemployment for my wife.
    Last edited by lalatan; 09-15-2021, 03:37 PM.

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  • 2cute
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    Originally posted by bwt1213 View Post

    Here's the deal, and it has little to do with quality. Because, think about it, the poor guy in Borneo really wants to eat. REALLY. So he'll do the very best job he can and maybe he can make something of higher quality than you could buy made here in the USA. The deal is, do you want your neighbor to lose his job? Because if you buy imported stuff all the time, your neighbor won't have a job. You will either support him, or he won't have any income at all. What do you expect him to do about that? Cry on the streetcorner and decently die? Riot? Start a revolution? It's not going to be good.

    I'm retired. I have a nice income. I chose to live in a small town in rural Wisconsin. I seriously considered moving to another country entirely, but rejected the Americas because of their (deserved) resentment of Yankees. Canada is just too cold. Everywhere else is too far or too expensive or both. I am equidistant from my daughters and my godchild, and all trips are less than an hour by car. I see what is going on in America and I hate it -- the country is disintegrating, thanks to appeals to stupidity, denials of science, contempt of education and intelligence, hatred of minorities, intolerance, bigotry, and racism. Short term gain is glorified. The Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to start this country. And now we see people making deals -- ah, my financials are better with this guy. Too bad he'd kill us all and destroy the country, but I have to consider my dollars. And HONOR? Find it. I dare you. It's in precious short supply, everywhere. And everywhere, there are fake "patriots" who are utterly clueless what anything means, anything at all, and hate anyone who does. "Socialism"? Clueless. "Marxist" Clueless. "Communist"? Beyond help. "Fascist"? Lord help them, they think it's "liberal"! If I come off as a cantankerous old guy, so be it. I have daughters and grandsons, and they will probably fight in some wars because of all of this. And I will likely go to my grave hating all the people who sneered at "eggheads" and had contempt for education, because they are the reason the world is not the paradise it ought to be.

    I could write a lot more, but I've said enough. Maybe too much.
    No, not too much and well said. Anyhow last time I checked we still had 'freedom of speech' though many want to do away w/it too.

    I try to be honorable. It's mostly not appreciated. Maybe that's why not too many people agree with it. Being undervalued sucks.

    Thank you for your insight.

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  • bwt1213
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    Originally posted by 2cute View Post

    I completely agree, this isn't a political forum and I hope we all can just discuss topics without that kind of animosity.

    Yes, I've heard of this concept before. I knew a man who once lived in California that always wanted to buy a home but could never afford it til he was offered a job in Kansas and he took it. The cost of houses there were so low in comparison. He said he bought his house in Kansas for same price he paid for his truck in California.

    That's how it goes with supply and demand. If there's a large supply and little demand, the cost is very inexpensive. If there's a large demand and low supply, the cost is very expensive. The reasons why something is inexpensive varies and there's always drawbacks.

    As far as outsourcing small town jobs to other countries I simply don't agree with that concept. Why can't Americans pay more for better quality merchandise? Why do we have to be the throw away society? When possible I always try to buy high quality well made products. So I'd rather go without so I can own better quality things that last longer. I KNOW my perspective is unpopular and I really can't understand why.

    Here's the deal, and it has little to do with quality. Because, think about it, the poor guy in Borneo really wants to eat. REALLY. So he'll do the very best job he can and maybe he can make something of higher quality than you could buy made here in the USA. The deal is, do you want your neighbor to lose his job? Because if you buy imported stuff all the time, your neighbor won't have a job. You will either support him, or he won't have any income at all. What do you expect him to do about that? Cry on the streetcorner and decently die? Riot? Start a revolution? It's not going to be good.

    I'm retired. I have a nice income. I chose to live in a small town in rural Wisconsin. I seriously considered moving to another country entirely, but rejected the Americas because of their (deserved) resentment of Yankees. Canada is just too cold. Everywhere else is too far or too expensive or both. I am equidistant from my daughters and my godchild, and all trips are less than an hour by car. I see what is going on in America and I hate it -- the country is disintegrating, thanks to appeals to stupidity, denials of science, contempt of education and intelligence, hatred of minorities, intolerance, bigotry, and racism. Short term gain is glorified. The Founding Fathers pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to start this country. And now we see people making deals -- ah, my financials are better with this guy. Too bad he'd kill us all and destroy the country, but I have to consider my dollars. And HONOR? Find it. I dare you. It's in precious short supply, everywhere. And everywhere, there are fake "patriots" who are utterly clueless what anything means, anything at all, and hate anyone who does. "Socialism"? Clueless. "Marxist" Clueless. "Communist"? Beyond help. "Fascist"? Lord help them, they think it's "liberal"! If I come off as a cantankerous old guy, so be it. I have daughters and grandsons, and they will probably fight in some wars because of all of this. And I will likely go to my grave hating all the people who sneered at "eggheads" and had contempt for education, because they are the reason the world is not the paradise it ought to be.

    I could write a lot more, but I've said enough. Maybe too much.

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  • 2cute
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    Originally posted by kittencaboodle View Post
    Screen Shot 2021-09-13 at 11.41.33 PM.png I just saw what I thought was impossible - the top scoring word on this board is "Suddennesses" but there are only 3 S's on the board. Unless I'm losing my mind!
    I see it. Yep, you're right. In order to add the extra 'es' there would need to be 4.

    Now would I see it while playing the game, probably not.

    Good catch!

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  • kittencaboodle
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    Screen Shot 2021-09-13 at 11.41.33 PM.png I just saw what I thought was impossible - the top scoring word on this board is "Suddennesses" but there are only 3 S's on the board. Unless I'm losing my mind!

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  • 2cute
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    Originally posted by bwt1213 View Post

    If you want inexpensive but decent housing, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has something to offer. Take a look in Marquette County to start with, and tell Realtor.com that you want to see houses under $20,000. The climate can be brutal in the winter, but if you want a summer place in town with running hot and cold water it could be a good deal. The thing is, there are a LOT of places like that in the USA. A lot of small towns basically went belly-up, and houses in small towns in places like Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, etc. can be had for practically nothing because they're deserted and the town wants someone to live in them. The downstroke is usually that there are no jobs anywhere nearby, the nearest hospital is a healthy drive, and the same for any stores. That's what happens to small towns in the USA when all the jobs are outsourced to China, Indonesia, India, Borneo, etc.

    I am certain that the same kind of thing is happening almost everywhere in the developed world. Desperately poor people will do almost any job at any wage to survive, and that fact is not lost on the corporate world. I offer no insults and no solutions. This is not a political forum.
    I completely agree, this isn't a political forum and I hope we all can just discuss topics without that kind of animosity.

    Yes, I've heard of this concept before. I knew a man who once lived in California that always wanted to buy a home but could never afford it til he was offered a job in Kansas and he took it. The cost of houses there were so low in comparison. He said he bought his house in Kansas for same price he paid for his truck in California.

    That's how it goes with supply and demand. If there's a large supply and little demand, the cost is very inexpensive. If there's a large demand and low supply, the cost is very expensive. The reasons why something is inexpensive varies and there's always drawbacks.

    As far as outsourcing small town jobs to other countries I simply don't agree with that concept. Why can't Americans pay more for better quality merchandise? Why do we have to be the throw away society? When possible I always try to buy high quality well made products. So I'd rather go without so I can own better quality things that last longer. I KNOW my perspective is unpopular and I really can't understand why.

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  • bwt1213
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    Originally posted by 2cute View Post

    California (CA) is very expensive indeed. Like a 2 thousand square foot house almost a million. Amazing! In Maryland you can get twice that much for a lot less.

    If you want inexpensive but decent housing, the Upper Peninsula of Michigan has something to offer. Take a look in Marquette County to start with, and tell Realtor.com that you want to see houses under $20,000. The climate can be brutal in the winter, but if you want a summer place in town with running hot and cold water it could be a good deal. The thing is, there are a LOT of places like that in the USA. A lot of small towns basically went belly-up, and houses in small towns in places like Iowa, Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, etc. can be had for practically nothing because they're deserted and the town wants someone to live in them. The downstroke is usually that there are no jobs anywhere nearby, the nearest hospital is a healthy drive, and the same for any stores. That's what happens to small towns in the USA when all the jobs are outsourced to China, Indonesia, India, Borneo, etc.

    I am certain that the same kind of thing is happening almost everywhere in the developed world. Desperately poor people will do almost any job at any wage to survive, and that fact is not lost on the corporate world. I offer no insults and no solutions. This is not a political forum.

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  • 2cute
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    Originally posted by DonGuy47 View Post

    Los Angeles area here. Earthquakes are really not an issue unless you get very unlucky. Fires are not an issue if your area is relatively flat with a network of roads around you. But both of those do increase the cost of living, which would be very high anyway. And air conditioning is very, very expensive. It's nice that plants almost always winter over, but I'd live a bit further north if I had a choice. At some point fairly soon, southern California will run out of water.
    California (CA) is very expensive indeed. Like a 2 thousand square foot house almost a million. Amazing! In Maryland you can get twice that much for a lot less.

    I had heard of an idea, I'm sure it would be very expensive, yet a consideration. Why not build a pipeline from the Mississippi river to CA. Every year in the spring many places flood down river because of the north winter thaw, this could be prevented by just diverting that water to CA. Then CA would have plenty and the flooding problem would abate. I know in the senate there was a big debate about an oil pipeline that the republicans wanted to build from Alaska to Texas. That's a much father amount of land distance through a very cold part of the world. Whereas the water pipeline could be built across the warmer southern states and cover far less territory and benefit so many people. I think its a good solution.

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  • DonGuy47
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    Originally posted by 2cute View Post

    pluses and minuses for every locale all over the world.
    Los Angeles area here. Earthquakes are really not an issue unless you get very unlucky. Fires are not an issue if your area is relatively flat with a network of roads around you. But both of those do increase the cost of living, which would be very high anyway. And air conditioning is very, very expensive. It's nice that plants almost always winter over, but I'd live a bit further north if I had a choice. At some point fairly soon, southern California will run out of water.

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  • 2cute
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    Originally posted by bwt1213 View Post

    The -43 was in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The -27 was in northern Illinois (and probably in Southern Wisconsin, as well). I know that Minnesota is at least as cold as either, and if I were you, I'd avoid the Dakotas, Montana, and Wyoming. And Iowa. And Nebraska and Kansas, for that matter. And Maine and Vermont. Come to think of it, you'd probably be happy only in Southern California, most of the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or Mexico and places south. Now, a whole LOT of Australia would be nice for you. Except that you might die by spider bite or snake bite, or by crocodiles, or be paralyzed by a tick. Or step on a fish or brush a jellyfish. But at least you wouldn't freeze. I know, Aussies will tell you that the dangers aren't so bad. And I can tell you that the cold isn't that bad, too.
    LOL ... Actually in Maryland it gets cold too. Every so often it gets around 4˚F & I'm a sh-h-h-i-v-v-e-r-ring! Though mostly our winters are between 10˚F-40˚F which while COLD, its certainly NOT THAT COLD like where you mentioned. I've noticed that below 40˚ latitude is best climate for me, anything more north is too much. My cousin lived in Texas for a while and their winters were very pleasant, around 50˚F on most days, of course now their summers were brutally HOT where having AC was essential for comfortable breathing. Its true, I do prefer a more temperate climate. California's routine fire seasons would be too much for me (I think I could endure the earthquakes in comparison-we have those too). Maryland has Black Widow, Brown & Black spiders that will kill or very much injure. Ticks that carry Lyme Disease or Rocky Mountain Fever that after just one bite will stay with you forever. Jellyfish, oh yeah, tons of them in the Atlantic Ocean. That's why they sell water shoes @ Dick's Sporting Goods. I don't know about Australia, I've never traveled there. I know there's lots of very poisonous snakes and they are everywhere like in people's backyards on a regular basis, not a fan of snakes. I know Australia is mostly wild except for the cities & its VERY HOT in the summer since in January the earth is closest to the sun (although here in North American mostly it doesn't FEEL like it is). My point is there's pluses and minuses for every locale all over the world. Its what you're able to endure & tolerate.

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  • floppers
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    The Aussies say, "be very, very, careful of the wombats". (Google dangerous wombats....it's a thing). We probably should have had a Koala and a Wombat on our Coat of Arms (especially since we don't eat them).

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  • bwt1213
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    Originally posted by 2cute View Post

    Eeek! Where were you living? I'll be sure to NEVER MOVE THERE! I don't like the cold.

    I would have to hire a plumber either way as I'm not handy with those types of tasks.

    The -43 was in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. The -27 was in northern Illinois (and probably in Southern Wisconsin, as well). I know that Minnesota is at least as cold as either, and if I were you, I'd avoid the Dakotas, Montana, and Wyoming. And Iowa. And Nebraska and Kansas, for that matter. And Maine and Vermont. Come to think of it, you'd probably be happy only in Southern California, most of the Gulf Coast, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, or Mexico and places south. Now, a whole LOT of Australia would be nice for you. Except that you might die by spider bite or snake bite, or by crocodiles, or be paralyzed by a tick. Or step on a fish or brush a jellyfish. But at least you wouldn't freeze. I know, Aussies will tell you that the dangers aren't so bad. And I can tell you that the cold isn't that bad, too.

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  • 2cute
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    Originally posted by floppers View Post
    I live in a temperate climate, so the worst I ever get it a light crusting of ice in my windscreen, but PEX?....saved me thousands when I replaced the old crusty gal...the hardware store sells the pipe and the fittings (and the white plastic suits with the hoods to keep the spiders out of your hair)...cuts easily, no crimping tool, bends sufficiently to curve around posts, and is waaay cheaper than copper, the loveliest bit of invisible DIY ever!
    Thanks floppers. So Pex looks like PVC but is more durable and apparently just as inexpensive.


    Thanks everyone for your insight. There's always so much to know, I can barely keep up with it all.

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