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  1. Yes, my dad liked to study and discuss personal finance. So I learned that fixed rate mortgages are a great deal when inflation spikes and that if interest is tax deductible, you should finance big purchases, but if it's not, you should pay cash. (Until the 80s car loan interest was tax deductible and when that was eliminated we talked about the effect that would have on financing decisions.) We discussed when to invest in stocks versus bonds. We talked about the gold craze in the late 70s/early 80s and why people were freaked out by inflation and why gold is a store of value. Both of my
  2. I highly recommend reading The Lady's Handbook for Her Mysterious Illness: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33516728-the-lady-s-handbook-for-her-mysterious-illness?from_search=true&from_srp=true&qid=8z2MAqf8H9&rank=1 The author went through a "mystery" illness and a host of side issues that left her basically bed ridden. This book is part memoir, part practical advice for women in a similar position. Even if the practical advice doesn't apply to your friend, the book will be a useful reminder that she's not alone and she's not crazy. The author of the book did e
  3. Dd spent some time this weekend looking into online CS degrees in case she decides to do that instead of Computer Information Systems. The program she thought looked good based on the overall rating of the university and the department was University of Florida online. Here's the link: https://ufonline.ufl.edu/degrees/undergraduate/computer-science/ This is the CS degree from their College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, not Engineering. The core courses are the same, the difference is the general ed requirements. (Some of what dd is looking for depends on how military frien
  4. Dd is enlisting as a Navy IT, but she needs to do a couple of apps as a back up in case she gets hurt and can't ship out. Luckily, she's attended a camp at one and a preview day for juniors last February at the other (just before Covid shut everything down.) The military enlistment process is very strict about Covid safety. You have to wear a mask at the recruiting office, you have to have a temperature check and screening to do your physical and job selection and most of the Delayed Entry Program meetings have been online. Recruits are quarantined for the first two weeks of boot camp an
  5. Dd signed her Navy contract and is going to ship out as an IT in June. She decided that she wanted to get some real work experience in a field she's interested in and she really, really wants to go to sea (preferably on an air craft carrier). Covid also played a big role in this decision since most of the things she was most hoping to do at college might not be possible for a while. She will have to do a couple of college apps because the Navy's physical requirements are pretty stringent and you can be disqualified if you mess up your knee or develop a severe allergy. You definitely need a Pla
  6. We're going to Miami so we'll be able to have outdoor events. We probably won't go out to any restaurants, we'll do take out at my BIL's and meet ups at the beach, Wynwood or the Lincoln Rd Mall with extended family and friends.
  7. My favorite is Pur Cool Mint. I've tasted their bubble gum, cinnamon and chocolate mint and they were pretty good, but I prefer mint. But, I can't stand fruity gums, they make me nauseous so I might not be a good taste tester for you.
  8. My dd has taken lessons from HSA for three years. There is very little homework, maybe 15-30 minutes per session. Their focus is very much on speaking and not as much on writing. This worked for us because dd had already done 4 years of regular high school Spanish at the defunct Landry Academy, so she could read and write decently but hated to speak Spanish. For someone who is starting out with HSA, I'd combine it with DuoLingo and a workbook like https://smile.amazon.com/Practice-Makes-Perfect-All-One/dp/1260121054/ref=sr_1_2?dchild=1&keywords=spanish+all+in+one&qid=1599151374&a
  9. Maybe some Edith Piaf and Jacques Brel if she'd like to try music in French?
  10. You can turn his desk around so he's sitting in front of a wall. You'll have to take down anything hanging on the wall. If that's too much of a pain, how about buying a room divider to put around him?
  11. I had to sign that sort of statement. It's because ds is in a self-contained special ed class and parents cannot violate the privacy of the other students.
  12. The Bio Lab petrochem plant is burning in Lake Charles and has shut down I-10: https://abc13.com/lake-charles-plant-fire-refinery-hurricane-laura-damage/6391663/ Hugs to any boardies in Lake Charles, you all can't catch a break!
  13. I'm so sorry. It's turned east and now it's tracking like Rita. Hugs to everyone in Beaumont and Lake Charles! Stay safe!
  14. Ugghhh. I just read Space City Weather and they were comparing it with Ike. This.is.not.good. It looks like it will be very close to Ike's path and might have stronger winds. That means two weeks without power. I just don't have the mental bandwidth to deal with this on top of Covid.
  15. Not college, but dd signed her Navy contract and swore in this week. She changed her mind about her rating and went with a 4 year IT contract instead of the 6 year linguist contract she originally thought she'd like. She got a ship date for next June. She plans to get some IT certificates and work toward a BS in CIS at Arizona State University Online while she's enlisted. I doubt she'll finish the BS while she's in because her contract is only 4 years and she'll have almost a year of Navy RTC (boot camp) and A school (the IT stuff) to do before she'll even get to her first post. If she do
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