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  1. if you're factoring in the cost of gas, also factor in the cost of buying the hard shell. those 2 things together might equal shipping (and your piece of mind).
  2. I use cash to pay for gas at my local place. They're the cheapest around here and charge even less per gallon if you use cash so that's about the only reason I carry money. Still, if I hit the ATM I'll take out like $300 just so I don't have to deal with the hassle again for months.
  3. i feel like i'm in a similar situation. we live below our means. i think about toys sometimes but don't buy them (finally broke down and purchased a hot tub - medical helped convinced me). I've never even owned a new car. do usually go on vacation once a year but that's the splurge i guess. always shop around for cheapest i can find though. have friends in similar and i know lower income situations and they seem to buy toys often. i think the difference is savings and debt. besides a mortgage and 1 car payment, we have no debt. in addition, we've saved money for our kids to go to college and towards retirement that may have us retiring at 60, maybe even semi retire earlier. i believe the "toy people" don't have that money saved like we do.
  4. no kids in college, but my daughter is a rising senior in high school. her high school is following a similar schedule as the colleges around here (philly burbs) are doing. start school 2 weeks early, go through to thanksgiving, classes online after that til end of semester. come back later january.
  5. 2 reasons. 1, the expectation was that a 2nd wave will hit in late fall. So, starting early gets kids in the classroom. Even if they have to close earlier than Thanksgiving because the wave comes sooner, they at least got like 2 extra weeks in person by starting early 2, by starting early, they end earlier. that means at Thanksgiving students can go home and not come back. This is to reduce the virus being contracted when people go home for turkey day and then all of them bringing it back for the usual 3 weeks after that. go to school in summer 2 weeks early cuts out 2/3 of it and then final 1/3 is done with finals online.
  6. My wife and I have walked the dogs every day since this started. We have a fenced yard so almost never did it before. Now it's a good excuse to get out of the house. My gym is at work (those 2 days I'm in the office) so I can't hit that right now. And my wife usually goes to a local gym...
  7. Keep in mind for the WFH right now, they are probably also stuck with a spouse and kids at home. I worked from home 3 days a week before this happened. Now it's all 5. But the big difference is now my wife and 2 kids are here too. I've actually been fine because we're all working and my kids are older and doing school work. But I can imagine it's hard from some people to concentrate with those distractions. Plus, I'm sure many are spending their time starting at facebook or the news with all that's going on.
  8. In my case it didn't make sense. The people who would have been reporting to me worked from home a couple days a week. Didn't see any reason to not allow it. They did sorta bend and said maybe I could do 1 day a week as meetings allowed. I said okay, cool. Then we started talking about vacation (we get a lot of time here) and I was like, FYI, I bank my vacation so I can take off every Friday in the summer. New boss was like, ok, but you can't work from home in the summer then. ??? um, working from home isn't being off. Once I heard that I was like forget it.
  9. I get more work done at home, ftr. On the flipside, I eat more when I'm home though.
  10. Positions below manager at my company can work from home. I was offered a management job and turned it down because working from home is so awesome (and the pay jump didn't make up for that). I worked from home 1 day a week for many years. Then added a 2nd day about 8 years ago. Then this year got them to add a 3rd day. So I only go into the office 2 days a week. Could easily work from home all 5 days if they were cool with it. Been at company over 18 years.
  11. Max for me would be 1 hour. If I drive into the office right now, it takes an average of 55 minutes and that's in traffic the entire way. Public trans most times and the commute is the same though with walking and driving to the station. Luckily I work from home 2-3 days a week now.
  12. would be interesting to see if the school still feels that way if a boy asks a boy to slow dance.
  13. Hadn't been pulled over in quite a long time, probably about 14 years at the time. Got pulled over entering one of those 25 miles areas too while on vacation in Ohio (I live in PA). I think I was going over 40 also. Had the whole family in the car. Cop was nice, let me off with a warning and then told us places we might want to visit while we were in town.
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