But ALs aren’t bars, @rpstrong… They’re private clubs. You have to be a member, or with a member to get in (and the non-members pay more when they buy drinks). My neighbor is a member, and we’ve gone a few times. And, yeah, they pour a REAL sized dram of scotch
@haydesigner Charging non-members more is a post specific policy, as is the size of the dram. But I’m happy to say that active duty military are also now being extended bar privileges (I believe this was a fairly recent change).
@lichme@ruouttaurmind With my luck, when I tie the belt to the ceiling fan, I’d pull the fan down and then I’d still be alive and have to fix the ceiling and the fan too. Then I’d still be worried about what to do with those horrible looking belts.
@cengland0 I’m sure but you just made me laugh hard. You sound like you have my exact luck. Although with my luck the belt pulls me up towards the fan and then the power goes off with my feet touching the ground but I can’t go anywhere. My only hope is to call 911 and get them to cut me down but then someone would be there with a video phone and we’ll… I would have to find a new place to end myself away from the humiliation. :-0
"There are worse things in life than death. If you’ve every spent the night with an insurance salesman, you’ll know exactly what I mean". - Woody Allen
@HELLOALICE Yes, I should be okay. Thanks. Just going through a rough time in my life right now. Mrs. cengland0 has been out of the country for a few months leaving me here alone. She’s having fun.
Just got laid off after 33 years of continuous working and I wanted to work for about 15 more years before retiring. I’m trying to get the roof replaced on my rental property but all the companies are extremely busy around here due to recent storm damage. Then to top it all off, today during another storm, I noticed water on the livingroom floor of the house I live in and I traced it to a 4 foot section of exterior wall. So the roof must be leaking and water coming between the sheet rock and the exterior wall causing damage. I don’t want to tear down an exterior wall to explore more so I’m just depressed right now.
Planning on going to bed soon. Maybe if I wake up in the morning, it will be a new day. I’m not counting on it though. Tonight would be a good night to start drinking but I never touch that stuff so I don’t have any alcohol in the house. Oh well.
Think Meh will sell razor blades tomorrow? And a chart showing me where all the major arteries are?
@brainmist Yes, a good severance package. I’ll be paid until December 13. I could go for unemployment too but then I’d have to look for another job to get it. I don’t think I want to do that so I’m trying to budget for an early retirement.
It’s the cost of healthcare that’s causing the budget issue. Even though it’s a layoff, I worked there long enough to qualify for retirement benefits. The only benefit I get is I can get the company healthcare plan but I have to pay for it. They want to charge me around $1200 per month for that crappy coverage. I can get better coverage off the street if I go directly to the insurance companies than what they offer me as a retirement benefit. That’s a bogus benefit and I didn’t expect those prices so was caught off guard.
@cengland0 move to a state with good Medicaid. Sell your rental and house and let someone else deal with it. Buy a condo where someone else handles the catastrophic/structural repairs. Do some under-the-table work if you need extra cash. File for unemployment and every week apply for your dream jobs. like I mean your DREAM JOB. Although if you move out of state you can’t get unemployment I think. But there is no rule for what jobs you have to apply for, so either you get 26 weeks paid vacation or you get your dream job.
@HELLOALICE Would it be weird to say that I’m afraid to apply for a job because I’m scared they might hire me? I’ve been working from home for the past 16 years so I’ve become quite the hermit. I have a hard time leaving the house to do general tasks like grocery shopping so it would be hard to go to a job every day.
Regarding the rental property, don’t want to sell because it’s generating income. I get around $16,000/year revenue with about $4,500 (taxes, insurance, pool service) in expenses/year. Even if I have to replace the roof every 20 years, I think I’m still ahead.
@brainmist The previous company I worked for 11 years and I think I did very well. So good that they promoted me to a national position, with a VP title, with a lot more money. Unfortunately that required 20% travel and I refuse to travel. I forced them to abide by the HR rules and discontinue my job and create a new job for the national position. That left me without a job and severance for the first time.
At that point, I didn’t care because I had a competitor constantly calling me asking me to work for them. I was assured that I could work from home and would never need to travel. That worked out for me for the last 16 years. Now due to budget issues, they hired a new person at less money that cannot do the job and requires training. That leaves me without a job.
My anxiety is so great that I take strong medication and only go grocery shopping once a week and stay in the house the rest of the time. That’s why Mrs. cengland0 is traveling and I’m still home by myself and my pet bird.
So if I did find another job, I’d have to go into the office and I don’t think I can do that. I’d end up with another panic attack and back to the emergency room.
I did save money all my life so I can make it without a job but I didn’t consider healthcare costs being so expensive. I thought I’d go another 15 years of working and then I’d be on Medicare by then. Now I’m going to have to penny-pinch when I cannot remember the last time I had to do that. I normally just buy anything I want and now I have to show some restraint.
@cengland0 Hopefully this is inspirational for you:
I lost my life long job of 21 years. That was 11 years ago. At the same time, I came home to tell my wife about everything but when I opened the door to the house all I found was an empty room. A note was on the kitchen counter telling me she was gone. She took the kid, the dog, and all the furniture, and hit the road. She promised she would never be back. I found out a little later that she had also cleaned out the bank accounts and liquidated our stock funds.
That was like the equivalent of hitting select all and delete of my whole life.
Fast forward to today…I reinvented myself. I started a whole new chapter, hell, a whole new book of life. I did things I never thought I could do. I took chances without being reckless. I met new people and sought out only the best of the best. I would not accept anything less. (Makes you wonder why I shop at Meh)
Anyway, the real takeaway from my story is; life is awesome. You can do whatever you want. The things that are scary but not dangerous are opportunities in disguise for a real adventure. Believe me, I was scared, I had severe anxiety, but now it’s like looking back at this crazy adventure over the last 11 years. I wouldn’t trade it for anything. Yahoo!
I say go for it. Take some chances, stretch yourself just don’t break anything in the process. Whatever you did for 16 years left you with a skill set that is probably marketable elsewhere. You might have to retool a little to match current technology. Maybe take a class on-line and then reach out to a community college or university. There is a lot of life going on out there my friend. Everything happens for a reason, even if it really sucks there is something good to be made from it.
@accelerator Thanks for your story. You definitely have it worse than me. I still have Mrs cengland0, never had children, and still have my house and my savings. I’m not healthy though. Having a job made it easier to pay for those medical expenses.
I do have marketable skills. I know all sorts of web development technologies, C, C++, C#, Pascal, Assembly, Electronic Engineering, SQL, Training technologies, statistics, report writing, and custom HR tools like Workday.
The problem is that I’ve been able to work from home all these years and my time was very flexible. I would wake up at 4am to begin work, then take a nap at 6:30am, then another nap around 11am, then finish working at 3pm. Then take another nap between 3pm - 5pm. I don’t think there are any companies that would let me do that but it’s necessary since the drugs I take make me sleepy and I need those naps. I cannot get a good night sleep of 7 hours. The max I can do is about 5 hours before I have to get up and move.
I’ve come to the conclusion if I have to go into an office or work standard hours like 8 am to 5 pm, I’m not going to be able to do it because of medical reasons.
@bdb Yesterday’s had a surprise hidden in the large photos that I didn’t see anyone mention. I posted about it but quickly deleted my post because I was curious if anyone else noticed without me giving it away. I always look at those images for interesting things.
And then click on the “Backside” link to the large image. I don’t want to make it too obvious for everyone because if it happens again in the future on a product I want to buy, I want to be one of the first to notice.
This is literally too creepy. I’ve literally been sitting looking for good deals on replacements for my aging (6-7 years) Patagonia Tech Web Belts which have begun to show their age. These totally aren’t for me but it’s hard to shake the feeling that someone at Meh is watching over my shoulder as I compute…
Sure makes me proud to pay for my VMP membership every month! Would be nice to see one of those mythical VMP exclusive deals. Starting to think my chances of seeing a unicorn or getting struck by lightning might be better.
Yikes! I accidentally hit the “Meh” button when I was aiming for the “Buy!” Please disregard the Meh. I have always felt my belts were either one hole too tight or too loose and I have drilled, punched, poked, and otherwise maimed them to get closer adjustment spots. Raggedy, ugly, off-center, holes. Hopefully these Next belts will provide precisely the waistline precision I crave.
I have a similar style but different brand name for wearing with dress pants. I love the ratchet style belt. However, the other brand comes with a longer belt so they fit me better than these would. If these belts were longer, I’d be all over them.
I’ll be curious to see how these work, as currently I have a choice of a standard multi-hole belt where none of the holes fit me quite right or a web belt which barely holds its size (a problem with all web belts so far, I think the buckle is decorative).
Does a romp-him have belt loops? I don’t have a romp-him yet, but I would like to purchase one to eff with people in the community I live in and a bright belt might really make my part of America great again.
Anyone else finding it impossible to release the Newport belts? It appears the leather tip wont slide backwards through the oversized buckle. Hampton ones seem to be functioning fine. Ive worn rachet belts for years so Im confounded by what I could possibly be doing wrong. Will someone else admit to buying the newport belts and confirm the same problem? I suggest trying before you trim the belt as I might still be stuck in red fourth of july shorts if didnt have all that slack.
@Jebbielax I’ve got the newport belts and do notice a little extra tug is required to pull the leather tip on through the buckle, but its not impossible by any means and I would imagine once they break in a bit it will become smoother. I am actually pleasantly surprised with these belts. They look better worn than they did in the pictures.
@charmgraphics I agree, just got mine today and the one I wasn’t quite sure about with the brown and thick white strip in the middle looks much better worn than in the photos although tis still my least favorite of the bunch. I’m liking the hampton models the best but the red white and blue newport looks good on as well.
Bought 4 belts…1 works properly. A Newport has the same problem mentioned. Impossible to remove. Had to unclasp it and slide the belt out backwards. Two others just don’t hold securely and consistently in the ratchet. And despite Meh’s assurance of a quick response, it’s been days since I’ve asked for a return authorization, but to no avail. The Meh-rons at the site are too busy composing their inane daily comments to find the time to resolve what appears to be a relatively common issue.