Also, I can kill you with my brain.

River ,'Trash'


Natter 77: I miss my friends. I miss my enemies. I miss the people I talked to every day.

Off-topic discussion. Wanna talk about corsets, duct tape, butt kicking, or physics? This is the place. Detailed discussion of any current-season TV must be whitefonted.


Laura - Jan 27, 2022 3:10:11 pm PST #12489 of 16026
"Against all evidence, I keep thinking the assholes are outliers." - James Holden

True, opening the garage from the car button doesn't get old! My car display by default says Garage, but I RTFM and saw that I could rename these things, so I changed the name to Dante's First Circle. Yes, I amuse myself with tech.


Laura - Jan 27, 2022 3:12:44 pm PST #12490 of 16026
"Against all evidence, I keep thinking the assholes are outliers." - James Holden

The insurance company decided to total DH's truck, which good and bad. Good because it was the other guy's fault and the payout will be a good one. Bad because trucks aren't exactly readily available at any reasonable price. No big hurry since he is driving my car and I'm not going anywhere.


megan walker - Jan 27, 2022 4:18:08 pm PST #12491 of 16026
"What kind of magical sunshine and lollipop world do you live in? Because you need to be medicated."-SFist

Also our financial advisor is holding our money out of the market right now because it's so volatile

Yeah, pretty happy I moved a chunk of change to cash in mid-December so I could buy back into my stock funds after the inevitable correction that was coming. The gains over the last few years have just been too huge. The good news is, if you parked your 401K somewhere in a good mix of index funds and didn't touch it (which is what you should do with a 401K!), you probably still have a decent return overall.

But looking I see the average price drop in my stock funds over just the last month was 10% or so. Yikes! (FWIW: International did the best and Small-Cap the worst). Now I just need to decide when (and where) to shift it back.

Health ~ma and Job~ma to all that need it!

And House~ma to JZ and Hec. I look forward to your housewarming party!


Steph L. - Jan 27, 2022 4:47:14 pm PST #12492 of 16026
It's actually been a really hard year, when you stop and do the math. Eliot would cry, too, if it didn't take him seventy minutes of therapy, two cocktails, and a Sondheim medley before he can experience a human emotion through the haze of his PTSD.

The good news is, if you parked your 401K somewhere in a good mix of index funds and didn't touch it (which is what you should do with a 401K!), you probably still have a decent return overall.

That's how our retirement funds are -- index funds that we haven't touched since they started, so it is still a decent overall return. It's just that maybe just 4 weeks ago (and prior), it was a much nicer return.

But looking I see the average price drop in my stock funds over just the last month was 10% or so. Yikes!

Yup, that's the one. My Froot Loops are in a smaller bowl for sure.

But then again, it's only on paper (or online) right now. None of that matters if we're not cashing out right now, which we're not.


Dana - Jan 27, 2022 4:56:35 pm PST #12493 of 16026
"I'm useless alone." // "We're all useless alone. It's a good thing you're not alone."

Money is so stupid.


megan walker - Jan 27, 2022 4:57:46 pm PST #12494 of 16026
"What kind of magical sunshine and lollipop world do you live in? Because you need to be medicated."-SFist

But then again, it's only on paper (or online) right now. None of that matters if we're not cashing out right now, which we're not.

Yeah, I only move to "cash" because Vanguard makes it so easy to do so without actually cashing out. And I wouldn't even do that if I had other money to buy in with when there are drops. Which I don't sadly. One day I'll start contributing to my retirement again but I haven't really been able to since becoming self-employed.


brenda m - Jan 27, 2022 5:00:54 pm PST #12495 of 16026
If you're going through hell/keep on going/don't slow down/keep your fear from showing/you might be gone/'fore the devil even knows you're there

Yeah, I’ll be looking at my 401k again in 10 years. Or maybe not that but no time soon.


Laura - Jan 28, 2022 5:07:58 am PST #12496 of 16026
"Against all evidence, I keep thinking the assholes are outliers." - James Holden

Wishes for hot cocoa (or toddies) and a nice warm crackling fire for my NE snowbound Buffistas.

I have my windows open, but I wouldn't say no to an Irish Coffee.


Toddson - Jan 28, 2022 6:00:27 am PST #12497 of 16026
Always support bacteria. They're the only culture some people have.

I'm back to the nibbled to death by ducks stage. Our office final final move was scheduled for last Friday, but streets were blocked off for the right to life march/gathering. In light of that, I'd scheduled today off but the move was rescheduled for today, so I took yesterday off. Came in this morning wearing clothes suitable for moving only to discover that it's been rescheduled ... indefinitely. And my full-size monitor isn't getting a signal from the computer so I'm hunched over trying to read the tiny laptop screen. Tried incr5easing the size but half my icons disappeared.

There's snow predicted - nothing like what was predicted for the Northeast - but the town's freaked out, as usual. I think the snowplow's still available, but they've done the pre-treatment (which seems to be beet juice and salt ... don't ask, I have no idea, but the street's not even pink).\

I may give up, go home and go back to bed.


Tom Scola - Jan 28, 2022 6:05:49 am PST #12498 of 16026
Don’t copy that floppy.

So yesterday they were saying < 3″ of snow, but this morning they’re saying 8–11″, and probably even more in New England.