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Did my Substitute Teaching stint yesterday. Turns out it was 7th grade Science class (they were learning Cell Theory). The teacher I was subbing for is a Golf enthusiast, and took yesterday, today, and tomorrow off to be an official at the LPGA tournament going on this week at The Old American Golf Club in The Colony, TX.

There were five 75-minute class periods in the day. I had four classes - 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 5th periods. I'd estimate that about 1/3 of each class did not speak English. Most were English/Spanish bilingual, and all but one of the non-English speakers spoke only Spanish. The one exception only spoke Arabic. To help her I used the Translate app on my iPhone, and it worked really well. I also used the app with the few Spanish-only students that had questions requiring more detail, and it also worked well.

First period wasn't bad, 19 total students, they generally behaved and worked on the worksheets provided. I know they got away with some things their regular teacher wouldn't have allowed, but since they weren't getting rowdy, I didn't mind.

Second period was a little more rambunctious than 1st, and there were about 22 students. But they did the work, so it was fine.

Third period is when the gates of Hell opened and Satan released his demon spawn into the school.

That class would NOT settle down. They were to have class for the first half of the period, then go to lunch, then have class for the last half. It took all of the first half for me to get attendance taken and figure out who wasn't there. Then I walked them to the cafeteria for lunch, and left them to eat. I had to go back after 30 minutes to escort them back to class. That's when the problems really started. I was essentially losing control, but the Hall Monitor was my savior. She came in and used her Teacher Voice to get them to sit down and be quiet. She sent two boys to the office for discipline, and the rest of the class got to work.

Fourth period was my "Prep Period," so she hung out with me for 20-30 minutes talking about the situation. She was horrified to learn that I am not a teacher. She said she had to go out and patrol the halls, but said she'd be back at the start of 5th period to help make sure things went better.

Fifth period was the best class of the day. Half of them got their spiral notebooks from the shelf as they entered the room, without having to be told to get them. They all sat in their assigned seats. I was able take attendance in 5 minutes. The Hall Monitor joined as I was starting to explain the assignment for the day, which I had already distributed. She added to my explanation that if they completed all the work, we'd play a game before the end of the class. And she reiterated it in Spanish. Once they got settled in, she left to patrol. I ended up circulating through the room, and spent most of my time near the table with a group of boys that looked like they'd try to cause problems, which kept them in check. She came back with about 20 minutes to go in the class, and saw that the students were working, and helped get them finished up for the day.

It was an experience.

The only things that pissed me off about it are (1) the school administration did not know that I am not a teacher. All the staff & teachers who saw me thought I was an actual trained substitute teacher, and were shocked/horrified/upset to learn that I am not. And (2) we (support staff required to be substitutes) have not been given any training on how to handle a class. I'm going to look into suggesting that, if they're going to continue this program (which I'm sure they are), they provide some sort of training for us. Things like, how to deal with an unruly class, how to reduce the chances that they become unruly, etc.
Your District almost certainly offers Alternative Certification classes for non-Education majors/second career workers. I went through a comparable program with Dallas in the mid-90s after I retired from the Air Force. Classroom Management took up a substantial portion of the training and included Summer School teaching with a mentor present. Maybe your district could put together a "basics" curriculum from some of the Alternative Certification modules so non-teaching staff could substitute with confidence. And, as an aside, my mentor, a junior high English teacher, said "those kids are crazy" more than once. Best of luck.
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If I bought the Firestorm I fear that exactly the same thing would happen and I don't need two grenades in my garage. It was £1500.

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In my job as a union tradesman I had a friend get hurt pretty bad by a mag drill. It's a portable drill press that attaches to a steel beam or plate with a magnet and it is used to drill holes in steel. If the damn thing becomes unplugged or loses power for any reason it becomes very dangerous and it tries to kill you.

I should probably add that the power sources on the types of jobs I work at are extremely unreliable and the likelihood of the mag drill coming loose and trying to kill you with a slow and painful death is probably greater than 50/50. All it takes is for one idiot to trip on an extension cord or overload a circuit that many workers are using and the drill is loose.
there are only two mechanical items that truly scare me: big tub grinders and mag drills.

with a tub grinder it's one and done. you're not coming back. with a mag drill it's 50/50/80: 50% you're gonna be okay, 50% you're gonna have a bad time and 80% it's going to suck either way.

then add in the fun of being, oh, I dunno, 30~40 foot in the air on a Jenny lift that's swaying side to side like a ship on the sea and a comrade (or two!) crammed in that 4X8 pad there with you and hot swarf flying every which way. yeah. no thanks.
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there are only two mechanical items that truly scare me: big tub grinders and mag drills.
I could write a long story about the day dad was buried in a cone crusher (similar to tube grinder but for stone)while it was running.

Short version is he lived despite being buried under 6 to 8 inch stones while it was running.
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Your District almost certainly offers Alternative Certification classes for non-Education majors/second career workers. I went through a comparable program with Dallas in the mid-90s after I retired from the Air Force. Classroom Management took up a substantial portion of the training and included Summer School teaching with a mentor present. Maybe your district could put together a "basics" curriculum from some of the Alternative Certification modules so non-teaching staff could substitute with confidence. And, as an aside, my mentor, a junior high English teacher, said "those kids are crazy" more than once. Best of luck.
Dallas still has an Alternative Certification program. I just checked our website, and it's there.

So they have the curriculum in place to help their staff do the job properly, they just haven't offered it to us.

Like a lot of things the district has done over the years, I think someone gets an idea of how to solve a problem, someone higher up thinks it's a good idea and says to implement it, but they don't think through everything. I'm almost positive that this program discussion looked like this:

"We don't have enough substitutes, but we have 2500 degreed Professional Support Staff/Administrators. We're already paying their salary, let's have each one substitute two days per school year, that's 5000 substitute days."
"Great idea, send out an email!"
One year later
"Last year went great. And hey, we have an additional 8000 employees that we can throw into this program."
"But most of those 8000 employees don't even have an Associates Degree. 1500 of them are Maintenance/Custodial staff, 1500 are Food Service staff. Should we exclude them?"
"Nah, it's only two days per school year, they'll be fine."

I'm betting that support/resources for this program will increase bit by bit as they figure out how to do it properly. Which is all well and good, but it would have been better if they had taken what they'd learned from last year and paused the program, or continued it as-is, implement training/resources, and then expand it to the rest of us next year.

I'm hoping they weighed the pros & cons of throwing untrained/uncertified people in as teachers vs. waiting a year to train them first. But I bet they didn't.
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Sounds like the parents in this school district don't even know that non-certified individuals are supervising and educating their children.

Seems like something that should be sent to the local news to get the word out to as many as possible as quickly as possible (because nobody attends school board meetings, let's be honest).

If the elected members of the school board aren't doing their jobs thoroughly and effectively, then the people who elect them need to be informed before going into the voting booth so they can make a truly informed decision rather than picking the person with the friendliest smile on their ads.
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Sounds like the parents in this school district don't even know that non-certified individuals are supervising and educating their children.
Not to get too political but from what I hear some parents are more concerned with how good the sports teams are doing that worry about something a "minor" education these days. Be that in High Schools or Colleges.

When was the last time you saw a nightly report on what was happening in a math, science or class? Other than trying to prevent education in some subjects that might contradict someone's religious beliefs?

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I'm going to make a suggestion and that's that people shouldn't buy new cars and motorcycles.

I think that customers should stick with what they have and switch to using smaller cheaper independent workshops whose number will grow as owners move away from the larger Franchises.

Granted there will always be people out there that will moan about the initial cost of the vehicle and the subsequent servicing cost but still buy the item but if less and less owners went back to the dealer post warranty the Manufacturers would soon wake up as just how much customers are feeling they are getting ripped off.

Having said that Dealerships are incredibly expensive to run and the major brands often make life very difficult for the Franchisee but people will become very jaded if these kind of costs continue to increase.

Edit - This next bit is really going to piss you off. Not only has the Dealer taken all of your money in advance for your Service Plan but the Franchise has also had a back hander ( Sorry, Incentive ) from the Manufacturer for selling them to you.

As less and less money can be made on new vehicles they are inventing more and more ways to reclaim that loss.

I can talk more about this if you wish.
I had this discussion wit my older brother a few times. His stance was you will be making a car payment one way or another; payments or repairs.

I disagreed and we were on opposite ends. I had great success with that old Volvo 240 (both of them actually) because of the amount of my own work I was able to do. Take that, new cars.

But when it changed over to stuff I couldn't do, I found out the little shops weren't any less expensive than the dealerships. The shops I took the Volvo to (non-dealership) have gotten up around $100/hr book time.

By comparison, when I first took the Tundra into the local dealership to check on oil change prices (8 quarts synthetic) they were able to do the oil change for less than I could buy the oil for. Plus, they gave the truck the once over while it was there. My experiences with them have been remarkably good, and I have more dealerships I don't like than those I do.

FF to last fall. We decided to replace our Subaru. We also decided to buy new. Granted, we had ben driving our old cars without a payment for more than a dozen years. We were in a good position and we paid cash.

But I DID buy every extended warranty available. Because I can't work on this car. And I'm ok with that. I'm at a point in my life finally where I can value my time over my money. I would rather spend my time with my family and my money on a warranty than spend my time under my car so I can make it to work tomorrow.

I still liked working on the Old Volvo, but not as much as I used to. There's a trade-off, and I'll probably never develop the relationship with this new Toyota like I had with most of my other cars, but there's a good feeling in driving it and not worrying.

Does that make sense?
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Yup, it makes total sense.

My car has a 5 year warranty and I'm 4 years in so I'll keep taking it back to the dealer until it's done. Even after that I'll probably return just for the stamps in the book as that always helps the resale value.

The oil thing is interesting. Apart from the labour charge the cost of lubricants make up much of the bill. They buy ( literally ) truck loads of oil at a competitive rate so that they can pass that discount onto the end user

How the cost of servicing an EV is equivalent to that of an ICE vehicle puzzles me especially when it's basically a battery test plus a tyre and pad check with no lubes to bill for.

I'd argue that rather than buy another new car it would be cheaper to maintain your used one by an independent these days.

Oh, another thing that leaves me a bit lost for words is customers who buy a $150,000 car and then try to negotiate the cost of a service.
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Sounds like the parents in this school district don't even know that non-certified individuals are supervising and educating their children.

Seems like something that should be sent to the local news to get the word out to as many as possible as quickly as possible (because nobody attends school board meetings, let's be honest).

If the elected members of the school board aren't doing their jobs thoroughly and effectively, then the people who elect them need to be informed before going into the voting booth so they can make a truly informed decision rather than picking the person with the friendliest smile on their ads.
Oh, they know. They've had an Alternative Certification program in place for decades (see 25bikez post). Yes, technically the people who go through that program are certified, but as I understand it the program is not the same as a teacher who has gone through 4+ years of college to get their certification. And like kshansen said, most of the parents are probably more concerned about how the football team is doing, and that their kids are physically safe. During morning announcements, the principal was fairly mellow, until he started talking about how the 8th grade football team performed the previous afternoon. Then the volume of his voice increased, as did the tone of what he was saying. He was more concerned with the officiating at a game the team won than he was about the general information that all the students needed.
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There's no money in selling new cars anymore so the dealers will make up the deficit by selling additional warranties, paint and interior protection, wheel insurance and other kinds of bollocks and then attempt to blend that amount into the Finance so you don't really notice it.

They will often work all of the above into an inclusive deal where it appears that they are doing you a favour but they are getting loads of backhanders from the manufacturers of the products you've just bought.

I can talk more about this.

Apart from the Finance they all cost minimal amounts to set up, say less than 20% of the cost to the end user so no, they are not your friend.
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I completely agree with not buying new for several reasons.

First of all is that the quality is not getting better, they are more complicated with more systems (read things to go wrong) with deteriorating build quality not to mention newer stuff having difficulty built in for incentive to not service the vehicle yourself as Bill Dog points out.

Then there is is the fact that there is no history on the new models. I am going to pick on Ford here because I have personally had bad experiences with them although they have made some really good cars and trucks over the years the newer 6 cylinder turbo charged gas (petrol) engines are failing with very low miles.

In 2003 when Ford first introduced the 6.0 turbo diesel those were a disaster, I got an 04...Ford falsified service records and phoned it in to lemon arbitration but after losing arbitration I got a lawyer and was able to get Ford to buy the vehicle back but I know for a fact they fudged documentation and resold the vehicle as used without disclosing the multiple problems it had.

With older vehicles you have an idea of what is good about them and what may need attention. I have a 1996 Buick with a 3.8 V6. This engine was on Wards 10 best list for multiple years but it has it's shortcomings. The plastic intake parts get melted around the EGR piping and start leaking...the thing is they have fixes for this. If you do some preventative maintenance to the intake and do the general maintenance overall they last forever and get decent fuel mileage. Fairly heavy in the front with front wheel drive excellent snow and ice car with only regular (non studded) snow tires it rivals many all wheel drive vehicles.

There are youtube videos that while you have to sort the wheat from the chaff there once you have done that the average careful backyard mechanic becomes quite proficient...

Then there are the subscriptions that the independent mechanic shops use that everyone can access for a nominal fee. I don't have personal experience using these but have watched youtube videos about how to start a small side mechanic business using these subscriptions. From what I understand they eliminate sorting of regular youtube videos by giving straightforward instructions with detailed specs and shortcuts so that most fairly competent mechanics can get the repairs done in the "book time", the quote that the dealer might give for how long a job is supposed to take.

I think everyone can do this on a limited scale. You don't need to buy a subscription to all of the vehicles you can just get the short subscription for a few vehicles and invest in a few tools take some notes and possibly print out the specs and you are good with an older used vehicle (like the Buick) for many years.

It is a huge savings over making payments and there is some personal satisfaction as well. Sometimes there is frustration and difficulty but if you stay with it to success the personal satisfaction even greater.

I understand that some people just don't have the time but if you can make the time it will save you a ton of money and the peace of mind from knowing the vehicle, what to expect and how to fix it is priceless.
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This is total diversion from the OP, but yeah. Maybe this will keep it on topic.

I guess if anything pi$$es me off it's the whole progression of things from simple to complicated.

I grew up working on cars. I'm no mechanic, but There's a lot I'm able to do. Or was. This new Toyota ... I'll probably never put a wrench to.

The problem was, when we were car shopping, used car prices were so stupid that buying a new car was a no-brainer. Just a little bit more and you get something new with a factory warranty. We were actually looking at used cars when we saw this deal. There just was no advantage to buying a used car.

I like some of the tech. It's cool. I like adaptive cruise control. I like the lane assist on the highway. I like the things the car can do, even though I am firmly in the camp that I want my car to be a car and not a living room. But, as was mentioned, more stuff is just more to go wrong. My old 240 started and ran no matter what because that's what it was designed to do. Didn't even have cupholders. This new car ... I know it's totally possible I'll go out someday and it will fail to boot up and will be a brick until I have the software fixed. It's a totally different animal.

I wrote a song once that began with a dialogue between two computers. (For Jess' sake it was my Performa 638CD and a Beige G3 with the built in Zip drive ... that dates it a little) talking about advances in technology and fear of the future. And the fear wasn't fear of obsolescence, it was fear of ignorance. Fear of a population reliant on technology they don't understand. Used to be you could know all about how things worked. If my car didn't start I could troubleshoot and usually figure it out. Thank you, John Muir. This car? I don't stand a chance. I am little afraid of that.
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Brilliantly observed.

Dealers ( without admitting it ) count on customers ignorance and one thing that they hate more is people being really switched on so the more ignorant they are the more power they have.

They don't want you working on your own car or knowing what total horseshit paint protection is.

Dealers are in luck as I'm going to suggest that about 10 to 15% of their patrons fully understand Automobiles and those that do will trust the dealers to do a good job while they try to "up sell" them shit that they don't need.
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I think everyone can do this on a limited scale. You don't need to buy a subscription to all of the vehicles you can just get the short subscription for a few vehicles and invest in a few tools take some notes and possibly print out the specs and you are good with an older used vehicle (like the Buick) for many years.

It is a huge savings over making payments and there is some personal satisfaction as well. Sometimes there is frustration and difficulty but if you stay with it to success the personal satisfaction even greater.

I understand that some people just don't have the time but if you can make the time it will save you a ton of money and the peace of mind from knowing the vehicle, what to expect and how to fix it is priceless.
I lived like this my entire adult life. I also spent a lot of time under my car saving money.

I'm at an age now where I realize I can always make more money, but I can never get the time back.
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We recently bought a 2001 Toyota E110 Corolla. Here is another long lasting well built vehicle that is super easy to work on. Simple with not a lot to go wrong or wear out and get 30 MPG reliably.

If a basic commuter is not your thing the the late 80's early 90's BMW 3 series (E30's) were known for exceptional build quality and these were built before difficulty to service the vehicle was engineered in...they are relatively simple to work on and for the same cost as a new vehicle you could buy an E30 and pay an independent shop even with $100 per hour rates to keep the thing in top shape.

There are just so many good options on used vehicles that will not depreciate nearly as much as the new vehicles but it takes a little homework. You might get lucky and buy the new vehicle that turns out to be great and 25 years from now you have something that was worth more than you paid for it but its a gamble. If you have a facebook account do a search for Ford ecoboost nightmare to go down the rabbit hole...this could be any new car!
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We recently bought a 2001 Toyota E110 Corolla. Here is another long lasting well built vehicle that is super easy to work on. Simple with not a lot to go wrong or wear out and get 30 MPG reliably.

If a basic commuter is not your thing the the late 80's early 90's BMW 3 series (E30's) were known for exceptional build quality and these were built before difficulty to service the vehicle was engineered in...they are relatively simple to work on and for the same cost as a new vehicle you could buy an E30 and pay an independent shop even with $100 per hour rates to keep the thing in top shape.

There are just so many good options on used vehicles that will not depreciate nearly as much as the new vehicles but it takes a little homework. You might get lucky and buy the new vehicle that turns out to be great and 25 years from now you have something that was worth more than you paid for it but its a gamble. If you have a facebook account do a search for Ford ecoboost nightmare to go down the rabbit hole...this could be any new car!
My Porsche 928 was a stupid purchase. I loved it. Had it for a dozen years before it exploded. The insurance paid me more than three times what I paid for it because it had appreciated so much. Paid for itself and my FIAT.

Luck of the draw, I guess.

We went with Toyota because of the reputation and the warranty. Lifetime drivetrain warranty. Anything lubricated is covered. I'm ok with that.
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I lived like this my entire adult life. I also spent a lot of time under my car saving money.

I'm at an age now where I realize I can always make more money, but I can never get the time back.
I understand why there are lots of reasons to not do the work yourself but I would argue that if you are somewhat knowledgeable about the vehicle and you have an older vehicle with a good reputation for reliability you are in a much better position to find a good independent mechanic that will still save you money over buying new.

I think a lot of people think buy new for reliability and that is just not the case anymore, it's a crapshoot. Just buy stock options if you want to gamble play it safe with vehicles.

I tell my wife if the air conditioner goes out you can't just call the repair company that has an appointment available. You have to educate yourself at least a little bit about the basics of the system to avoid being ripped off.

When they try to sell you a new one and you ask some questions about what if you just repair the leak and recharge the system for example. Not only do they try to make service difficult so you have to take it to them but if you are not the least bit knowledgeable they will try to take advantage...everything seems so much more cutthroat these days and it's only getting worse.
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The Porsche 928 was the best decision that you ever made. Fact.
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The Porsche 928 was the best decision that you ever made. Fact.
I will never, ever regret that stupid decision to buy that stupid car.
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Yeah I don't see the Porsche 928 as a stupid purchase at all, that's hitting the number on the roulette wheel big time in car buys.

Only a few better than that...1968 911?
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Yeah I don't see the Porsche 928 as a stupid purchase at all, that's hitting the number on the roulette wheel big time in car buys.

Only a few better than that...1968 911?
Or my Dad's '62 Corvette ... purchased in 1966?
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Air Cooled Targa. That's it basically. Accept no subtitutes.

On the point of Tech. The next bike I buy will be brand new in March and it won't have Wheelie Control, Traction Control or any Rider Modes to speak of.

I'm of the belief that all that bollocks makes you a complacent rider.
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+1 agreed
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We have rodents (most likely squirrels) in our garage, and they have chewed through the cable powering the security camera on the outside of the garage, as well as the cable running from the garage door opener to the safety sensor at the bottom that keeps the door from closing on something blocking the entrance. I had to call in a service guy to run new wires so that I could use the garage door opener.

Yes, I know I could probably have run new wires myself, but I didn't want to go through the hassle, and it turned out that one of the hinges on the door needed replacing, so he replaced that, too, making the service call worth it to me.

Now I just have to check the camera to see if I can simply replace the cable with a new one, or find out if I have to replace the entire camera. The power cable is a USB cable, but I don't know if it is hardwired to the camera or not. If it's hardwired, then I need a new camera.

I also need to call an exterminator and have them set out traps & address the access points for the (assumed) squirrels so that I don't have to keep replacing wires. I also want to address it before it gets too cold and the squirrels start taking up residence in the engine compartments of our cars and start doing even more extensive damage.
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Therapy. The fact that I did the guy thing and thought I could deal with everything but by doing that I put myself in a worst place because I was bullshitting myself.

Also the fact I thought I knew myself incredibly well, but not well enough to find a solution.

Someone else did that and that pisses me off
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Sunny, my 300 GTS with the Polini upgrade is in the shop.
I bought a new throttle body and got nowhere with coding and matching it to the scoot. So I bought new keys to try those. Nothing.

Today I dropped her off at Clint's Scoots for a makeover.
Sort out the throttle body, replace the steering head bearings, etc.
She should be a new character entirely when she gets home next week.
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I bought a new throttle body
what happened to your old throttle body?
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Therapy. The fact that I did the guy thing and thought I could deal with everything but by doing that I put myself in a worst place because I was bullshitting myself.

Also the fact I thought I knew myself incredibly well, but not well enough to find a solution.

Someone else did that and that pisses me off
Hi Bill.

As a therapist, this warms my heart.

It reminds me of a client of mine who, when I pointed out something to her that was very impactful and helpful but that she really didn't like having to face, looked at me with a smile and said, "This is why I hate you."
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Thank you for your kind words. You'll probably know a lot about that next bit.

About 4 years ago I had a trifector of unfortunate events. Two of them were just part of life's rich tapastry but the third was malevolent and personal.

I'd thought that they had all been put in context but since April I'd found myself being consistently quick to anger while looking for vessels to either aim it at or into if you prefer.

There was also a question into whether the medication that I've been taking for one the events was supporting the frustration I was feeling and so because I could'nt see and end to it I asked my Consultant for help.

Basically I'd subconsciously buried the fallout from those events while kidding myself that I'd come to terms with it all but no, just like weeds the effects were always ( albeit slowly ) rising to the top.

Suggestions were followed and my outlook really improved over the space of a month so now I know how to deal with the challenges when they come.

Another thing I recently figured out is that buying numerous scooters and motorcycles and then searching for a better one isn't a dissatisfaction with the product. It's a dissatisfaction with yourself, or Me in other words.
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This will probably read a little weird after the above post but roll with it.

Each week day when I walk into my local town I witness some kind of event.

It's either a couple shouting at each other over some previous indiscretion or a disatisfied customer in the Bank raising his voice at the staff over something he did himself or a drugged up or drunk individual harrasing passers buy with verbal abuse.

A few days ago a few gentlemen were being helped into a Police vehicle to give them free transport to the station at 8am in the morning.

Monday mornings are the best because that's when the zombies from the weekends festivities are still above ground making nuisances of themselves.

It's a daily shitshow.
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Inflation is Pissing me off. Also, because it can be controlled.

In the USA, the government is spending like a drunken sailor. I know, because I was a drunken sailor. Everything is sticker shock.

I know many will contend that this just occurs over time. Yes/No, actually it can be controlled.

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In the USA, the government is spending like a drunken sailor. I know, because I was a drunken sailor. Everything is sticker shock.
Careful -- this will veer wildly into politics faster than you can say "Franz Ferdinand".

That said, government spending is far from the only (or even the most significant) driver of inflation right now. Supply chain disruptions are probably the leading cause, and rising jobs and wages also contribute significantly.

Inflation is a problem, but it's not necessarily a sign of doom.
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Yes/No, actually it can be controlled.
Last I checked, the Fed was in fact aggressively tamping down inflation by raising the prime lending rate. This also tends to tamp down growth in the stock market, much to the detriment of my retirement account.
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The Home Depot, Glendale, California, October 12, 2023.

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Good news it's home depot. Hammers and 2x4s abound.
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Careful -- this will veer wildly into politics faster than you can say "Franz Ferdinand".

That said, government spending is far from the only (or even the most significant) driver of inflation right now. Supply chain disruptions are probably the leading cause, and rising jobs and wages also contribute significantly.

Inflation is a problem, but it's not necessarily a sign of doom.



Last I checked, the Fed was in fact aggressively tamping down inflation by raising the prime lending rate. This also tends to tamp down growth in the stock market, much to the detriment of my retirement account.
This.

And, inflation tends to follow increases in money supply. With a lag, sure. But consider the "laws of supply and demand". One of which goes along the lines of if there's a lot of a thing available, its value goes down. Take money for example here. Over the last ~3 years, the supply of money has gone up *A LOT*. So it only follows that the value of a unit of money goes down. Hense, inflation. Nerd emoticon
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