Cool. I should be getting a check soon for 2 pieces of silver that sold in an auction in Dec.
Jeff got a roll of pre glued wood veneer strip. You use a hot iron to adhere it to the edge. WHAT a time saver!!! Amazing. I keep telling him time is money. He made his own before. The kitchen is moving more toward completion. It has been a several year project. Window trim is up and more cabinets are being made to surround the vent hood and another pantry tower(for lack of a better word) that I will use to store sewing supplies and sewing machine. anxious to show it off at the roundup/plant swap at my house in May.
Jan, I've used both pre-glued veneer, and the old-fashioned kind that needs gluing. I never had much success with the pre-glued narrow strips for edges. I was much better with gluing larger surface areas but clamping was a bear. I need to replace the buckling rosewood veneer on the top of an antique chest I have, but it might be years before I (or my heirs) get around to it.
There used to be a place on the waterfront (in what was the run-down, seedy section near downtown Baltimore) that carried an incredible selection of both exotic hardwoods, hardwood veneers, and veneered 4 x 8 sheets. I bought marine-quality mahogany sheets from them for a boat I built, and over time, lots of other wood for small projects. Now, good veneers are hard to find (and solid wood almost impossible), at least in a place where you can see/feel/touch before selling your first-born to buy them.
Sally, I've done the small tiles on mesh... they're a great way to install decent-looking tile. Good Luck!
wow Darius, my dad took me to that wood place once, i was about fourteen so early seventies Neat place. We bought a hunk of balsa so I could try to carve a raccoon..
Well, we went to the local tile specialty place where our neighbor works, and got the individual tiles, but ON SALE, so good price, good advice, extra help if I need it, and gave some $ to local "small" biz.
Oh, what I'd give for a new Macbook... except the $$ I don't have! I did just replace my 6 year old 17" Mac Laptop Pro with a slightly newer one (although only 6 months newer) with one that has an Intel processor, and even at that, there's a learning curve even with my same old applications.
After spending 2 days trying to convert from the rented Comcast cable modem to my own new cable modem and the new wireless modem with NO success, I called my sister's techie friend to come and help. He's never worked on a Mac so it was an interesting experience... finally had to bring in my sister's PC so he had something familiar to work with.
The problem turned out to be Comcast, not my new equipment.
By dropping our 2 Comcast telephone lines, plus their rental of cable/tv modems and changing the TV "package", I've lowered our Comcast bill from $209/month to $95/month, and without lowering my internet speed. The cost of the 2 VOIP phones (and a year of service connection for each) that we bought will be paid for in just one month of savings from Comcast.
Plus, all TV cable companies have cheaper options for TV than they ever advertise (I think it's required by law). You just have to ask, and then persevere. Turns out we can get ALL the same channels we normally watch (channels 1-180) for $50 cheaper per month. Who knew??
Echoing you and Sally, Darius, Awesome wood place where I could have lingered much longer than each visit would allow. We were boatbuilding, too. Did pick up some scrap pieces of exotic woods. So cool to see the grains and colors, feel and smells were transportative and stirred many a travel and adventure dream in me! What a wide wide world.
"Treasury noted that average cash pay was cut by more than 90 percent over the pay received before the bailouts." So these execs were soaking it up from their companies while the companies were circling the drain: nice.
"GM wanted to retain the employee and do something a little nice." YEah I want to retain my right to eat out unfast food, once in a while, and do something nice for my kids. But when I don't have the money, it can't happen.
I can't even watch or read any news anymore, I just sit there shaking my head in disbelief
Hear the new 4% service fee merchants want to start charging customers to balance out the fee the cc companies charge them?
This really makes no sense to me
We accept Visa/MC and Discover, Amex fees are too high. but for merchant services it's a small % of the total bill, now...if I charge extra 4%, that makes the total bill higher then the merchant service fee will be higher because it is a % of the total...so the merchant isn't making the $ it's the cc company. Don't they make enough $ off late fees and interest charges...geez!!!!!!!!!!!
That explains why my gym sent a letter- credit will be charged $3 per month, so we switched to auto payments from checking.
They don't make any money from US on late fees and interest- perish the thought!
Gimme my rewards and don't even THINK we are running a balance.
If only the homeowners line of credit had rewards---SIGH
Disappointing jobs number once again. Broken record. 7.9% official unemployment rate. But...'10.8%: That's what the unemployment rate would be if the labor force participation rate was the same as in Jan. 2009.'
Last year, S&P was the first ratings agency to downgrade US debt. Today, the DOJ announced they are suing them - supposedly for their rating of mortgage debt during the housing crisis. Sounds fishy to me.
My glaucoma doc said his colleagues are dropping like flies due to upcoming changes with health care . And he says doctors are becoming "hospitalized"- coming out of school with debt $500K signing long contracts with hospitals.
There must be good money in health care- local hospitals are expanding, and making fancy rooms, nice decor...
still don't understand how that saves them $ unless they were allowing the employees to work 6 days and paying overtime...but you would think if you work Saturday you get a day off during the week, just like any other job
You have to figure that reducing the days mail is actually delivered from 6 to 5 will decrease the cost of mail carriers by 16.6%. They should have a similar decrease in fuel costs and vehicle maintenance too.
They work five days. Subs take the sixth day of five different routes. But now they will have to deliver six days of mail in five days, resulting in more OT. To boot, branches will still be open on Saturday. The huge loss figure you hear thrown around is BS. The PO, unlike everyone else, has to pre-fund the pension. They have been behind on those payments. That makes up a large % of this multi-billion figure used.
But Victor - you didn't take into account the future value of a series of payments! Say that working period is 35 years and a person gets paid twice a month (840 payments into medicare) and their medicare tax is $50 a pay period and the interest rate on their payments is 2 percent - that comes out to a whole lot more than you would think! Enough to cover the actual costs, in fact. Actually to come up with 88,000 paid in, the amount paid each paycheck would be more like $ 105.
The other main problem is that there is no responsibility/accountability/penalty for people who choose to do unhealthy things like smoking and being overweight. That ads SO much to the cost of healthcare in the Medicare years. It's just not fair. And medical advances make it worse. I'll just take a pill. I'll just get a gastric bypass, etc. People in those groups need to pay way more than people who do the right thing.
Should have added in the previous post that any excess after payments to current Medicare needs was/is spent somewhere else. There was never a 'lockbox' or dedicated account to hold reserves. That is why the pyramid scheme analogy is not so crazy. New people in the system pay for the older ones.
It used to be that 16 workers put in to support the outgo to each retiree. Now it is down to two or three. Base of pyramid getting wobbly. Sure hope those three paying for me stay healthy and keep their jobs!
Yes, should have said I was quoting a tweet. But same net result. Coincidentally, I started working in '87, the first year of the higher SS taxes so until I stopped working, I, like everyone after me, paid the most. Unfortunately, the ones who paid in the most will likely collect the least.
This is why I take issue with the whole 'greatest generation' crap. Yes, they won the war and established the US as an economic power, but they left their kids and grand kids this bloody mess. Completely irresponsible.
greatest generation prospered in a period when US had started reaping the benefits of huge investments in highway infrastructure and cheap gas and oil. But they did have to endure growing up in the shadow of WWI, Great Depression, WWII...all good training for working hard and not taking things for granted, including life.
Does not COngress enjoy excellent health benefits?
With Groupon I had to go in and adjust my e-mail settings. You used to be able to tell them how often you want to be e-mailed and restrict the types of deals you want to receive . . . I'm not sure if you can still do that though.
The stupidity of the healthcare law, from The American Interest:
"It might seem odd that the law’s supporters should need to convince Americans to purchase a plan, given that those who don’t will be taxed. But the tax will be less expensive than the cost of coverage. The minimum tax per person will be $695 per year. Higher earning individuals will have to pay more: a couple who makes $100,000 per year, for example, will be taxed around $2,025. That may sound like a lot, but the CBO estimates that the annual premiums for the least-expensive plan offered under the new law would reach about $12,000 for a family and about $5,000 for an individual (all figures can be found here).
This means that for a lot of people paying the tax will be cheaper than buying insurance. And since the new law prevents insurance companies from denying you coverage or charging you more if you have a pre-existing condition, you can always buy a plan later if you develop an expensive medical condition.
Over time, more and more people are going to figure this out. Many healthy people (especially the young and the single) will just pay the tax, knowing they can get it later if they need to. In the meantime, everybody with expensive health care problems will flood into the system, driving up costs and premiums. Then even more healthy people will choose the tax over the increasingly expensive insurance premiums, in turn forcing premiums up even higher.
Keeping this dynamic from undermining the new health care system is going to be one of the biggest tests Obamacare will face. There may be ways around it. As of 2010 Massachusetts’s similar plan has successfully raised its insurance rate from about 90 percent up to 98.1 percent. But it will be a serious challenge. This glitzy “buy insurance now” marketing campaign is a sign that the government recognizes this vulnerability and fears it."
But isn't $695 better than the $0 uninsured people are paying now? And are the expensive health care people in the system already - just not insured? Insurance payments keep going up no matter because health care insurance is a for profit business on top of the cost of health care.
So the ability to make a profit is the primary driver of increase cost??? Wow. Check your long distance phone bill lately? Cost of your computer? Of almost any electronic device? Where thee is true open market and competition, prices almost always decrease over time.
One major misconception about healthcare and insurance companies is that there is competition. Every state makes their own rules. You CANNOT cross state lines to look for a better/cheaper alternative.
Do you think paying the legions of gov beaurocrats involved in healthcare decreases cost?! How about all the unnecessary tests docs have to order to cover their butts in case they are sued?
There are many reasons for skyrocketing costs, but the mere presence of a profit motive is not one of them. 20, 30, 40 years ago we had insurance companies involved. I would love to go back to those premiums!
There is not one area that gov has gotten involved in that has not seen dramatic increases in cost. Home loans, student loans, healthcare, transportation, insurance... The list goes on and on.
One thing healthy uninsured people should worry about, however, is the sudden and catastrophic medical problems that might occur before they choose to apply for health insurance. As far as I know, there's no mandate that insurance companies provide retroactive coverage to new members. So if someone is just waiting to be diagnosed with cancer or diabetes before they decide it becomes worth it to obtain health care coverage they could be in big financial trouble if they have a heart attack first and need triple bypass surgery followed by a stay in ICU.
Of course, ERs are required to treat anyone that comes in even if they don't have insurance so ultimately the people choosing not to buy coverage are just passing on the costs to those that do.
Yes, it's true that they have to take someone with a pre-existing condition but there's absolutely no requirement that a health plan has to pay for services provided to enrollees prior to them enrolling in a health plan.
Sally - no, health plans will be prohibited from charging you more based on a pre-existing condition. They will only be able to establish rates based on age, geographic region, and family size for individual health benefit plans.
In addition to that Walmart internal email, another worrisome sign was in Nikon's earnings last week. Huge dropoff in sales. IN fact, they immediately discounted lots of their stuff - something they rarely do. Some of their top lenses are now hundreds lower until March 2.
Bad signs on their own, combined are especially worrying since they represent opposite ends of the economy. Walmart - the discount stuff for the lower end of the income spectrum and Nikon for the higher, discretionary end. Could be isolated pockets. Maybe something more.
The last sentence of that made me crack-up, but not in a good way. It said the lawmakers probably didn't read the proposals... I am sure many of them did NOT read it. After all, how many pages long was it?
schickenlady wrote:1st time I went ot. Isnt it a federal law unless your on salary or a contractor?
I have worked for three different plant merchandising companies. Only one allowed 'overtime' with prior approval. We were always getting reminders to not go over hours. The stores I worked in did 3-4 times the volume of sales as other stores and yet each store got the same # of merchandising hours. I would have made much more 'on commission' or a % of sales! Any way, suffice it to say that I was a lean mean merchandising machine at the end of each season!
When I owned a house cleaning company with employees paid on an hourly basis, I changed from hourly pay to pay per house cleaned well with no customer complaints. This allowed each cleaning team to finish their houses more quickly and thus do more houses and make more money than when they were paid by the hour. We all seemed to like it but I hated being "an employer"
Some of you perhaps can remember those old wringer washers? And how flat clothes came out. Feeling like that last drop wrung out. Or like that Kingston Trio song about Charlie who couldn't get off the Boston MTA because when he got on the fare was one price but before he could get off it went up.
All the same usual explanations as to why...here's a new one
Maybe some global investor group wants to make a killing by replacing all of the pumps in all of the gas stations with ones that can calculate the price per gallon on a second by second basis with direct debit from bank account to boot, so we can all 'play the market' at the pump in real time! Day traders or day pumpers. And no 'hoarding gas as it spoils in under 30 days and can wreck new engines.
I swear that one pump I fill up at sees me get 28MPG but if I use the other three I get about 10 MPG less.
Alway look to see if the pump has been inspected by the state and is not Expired. it has to be inspected to make sure the gallons are not over or under.
Also I know this is going to sound weird. If a tanker just comes in and dumps its load, Bubbles/Air will fill that underground holding tank. You put gas in your vehicle & the air dicipates and you have less gas. Also in the same time when they dump they are stirring up any water that has gathered over time. Not good it usually takes a good 12 hours to vent & realease.
schickenlady wrote:arghh - my 1 store turned into 2 stores & this morning it turned into 3 stores. If it wasnt physical labor at 54 years old I would be fine. I am LOOKING for a different job. Freak Me!
I have 3 stores again tomorrow & Monday. Ughh. One person is not made for doing 3 Stores as 2 stores is pushing it. I worked 49.5 hours last week with 2.
Mind-boggling. And they also deny we have a spending problem. You would think the apocalypse was coming with the sequester 'cuts'. What a joke. Then CBO says the actual cuts for '13 are 41 billion. This is in a budget of 3600 billion! They just spent over 70 billion of new, borrowed Chinese money on Sandy. It's just so out of control.
I guess I am going to be Edward Sissor Hands sister. Put an app in today for a Dental Assistant Job. In 1 hour I had a phone call & interview set up for Friday at 10 am. Now I get a phone call to do more with 3 stores as a Flower Fluffer and they want me to work tomorrow, Friday & Saturday. The guy from the 3rd store totally quit.
I am going to freak out and cut the flower bouquet's to look like a Black Rhinoceros and go to the Interview with the Dentist. Talk about freaking out.
3rd store I was helping & filling in. Now the guy just quit. To do sales & inventory, 3 stores, 2 of them 30 miles apart is impossible. To get the product out & everthing done in 1 day I would have to work 16 hours.
Its just "untimely" and puts unwanted pressure on my pee brain. Dental Assistant is not a LABOR job & I went to school for it. Lets hold on & see. Friday 10 am... Unless I go Postal.
Very interested in my work history. "IF" I get the job I will have to go to Tufts University to get Certified for X-rays and Cone-Beam Computed Tomography. Not hard, 2 day course & 225 bucks. Been there done it so Easy.
What are they buying??? Empty mattresses?
Mark was reading me something about the number of US citizens who have given up their citizenship, higher recently (last few years VS before). In the hundreds, or thousand ish, not like millions but still..., the tax code did it.
Crap like that...Where is the leadership, when Congress gets a raise in the midst of all this? It's peanuts, but would mean something if the peanuts were at least thrown to the crowd instead of being eaten in the middle of the arena. And like the calligraphers, there are really a lot of peanuts, if thy would look for them.
I think we all know who in this feels they are "entitled" to government largesse...
No day is complete without a lesson from our fabulous government full of really smart people.
I'M BITING THE BULLET TOO!!!
The President has been tasked with ordering government departments to cut roughly $100,000,000 ($100 million) from the $3,500,000,000,000 ($3.5 trillion) federal budget. This is the result of what you're hearing about: the sequester.
I'm so impressed by this sacrifice that I have decided to do the same thing with my personal budget. I spend about $2,000 a month on groceries, household expenses, medicine, and utilities, but it's time to get out the old budget cutting axe, go through my expenses with a fine tooth comb, and slash like our government.
I'm going to cut my spending by exactly the same ratio, 1/35,000 of my total budget. After doing the math, it looks like instead of spending $2,000 a month I'm going to have to slash that number by six cents.
Yes sir, from now on I'm going to have to get by on only $1999.94, but that's what sacrifice is all about! I'll just have to do without some things that are crucial -- all six cents worth. Thank heaven I can phase in this huge cut between now and 2014!
Question: Did Chicken Little actually think people wouldn't do the math?
That's the bet.
"Fitch Ratings says even after the sequester, America still needs another $1.6 trillion in deficit reduction to be on a sustainable path and another $3 trillion to put the nation’s debt-to-GDP ratio on a downward trajectory."
So not only were we paying 10% more in payroll taxes last year than the previous year, we didn't have a good year because of the lousy summer , I owed $ to the state and this year we have to prepay a tax...what the heck!!!!
You can get the streaming audio of interview-- it was very interesting. "Fast fashion" analogous to fast food.
Bangladesh clothing workers paid $38 a month, CHina $200 ( source of data I don't know) A MONTH.
Americans buy approx 68 pieces of clothing a year. (not me!)
Jen- why is that commercial on that says "You all know JCPenney changed recently...We listened to you and are changing (back?)" Huh? meaning a year or two ago when they cleared out and became more clean looking, simple pricing? Any insight on the JCP situation which seems to have passed under my radar...?
68 pieces of clothes. Hence the need for room-size closets. Not me either. Even when I get things for the grandies I don't reach that. I get the grandies things at a resale event sponsored by the school where I used to teach.
The CEO that just got canned went in and changed the way their pricing worked, making changes without really having an idea what people want.
People want what is called "perceived value"
something can be $100 but if it's on sale from $120 they think they are getting a bargain even though the same exact item is in another store at $75 but since it never goes on sale they won't buy it cause they don't think they are getting a deal
I actually had that happen to me... we had toddler dress up sets $16.99 special value they never went on sale, had it on hold for a lady while she went into the mall to see if she found something "better" well she bought the SAME thing( I mean it was IDENTICAL) at Lord and Taylor for $39.99 but since she got it on sale, it was originally $50 she thought was getting a bargain...I was confused...ummmm"but you paid $40 for something you could have gotten for $17", I said to her, her reply "but I got it on sale!!!"
So anyway the last CEO went in and lowered the prices and wasn't running any true sales, so no one thought they were getting a deal.
BUT the problem the JCP started years ago when they started hiring people from outside the company that really had no clue how the company worked...AND there was a big boycott by Million Moms over some advertising...yes boycotts do work even though some companies don't want to admit it
Course the prices at A&F were already seriously overpriced from the beginning. It's the teenage clothing market that seems especially problematic. These have to be throw away styles and kids don't have lots of money to spend.
"Gov. Chris Christie declared the season open by cutting a 5.5-mile long ribbon"
wonder how much a 5 1/2 mile long ribbon cost? was it donated? or did the relief funds pay for it? really was THAT necessary?
received a Company store catalog, their beach towels are $32...Really? does anyone buy them?
I'd never buy a 32 dollar towel. THen again, they have to start there so they can go on sale, right?.
Treated ourselves to some fast fashion today. Liz Claiborne print Tshirt, Penney's, on sale, 10.49. Capris, Eddie Bauer, clearance, 10. Knit shirt, henly, ribbed, Eddie B, 4.99 clearance. Nike beefed up flip flops to replace the ones puppy gnawed on but still using, 20$. (Dog is now turning six years old this summer. I think I got my money's worth out o those) Passed by metric tons of fashion 'candy'= tissue thin thsirts and tanks in every color and print imaginable, everybody selling cardigans ( cause you freeze in the thin shirts)
Since we're talking about sales, the Premium Outlets in MA, probably everywhere, have a Memorial Day sale. You get discounts for AAA membership, plus the coupons, plus the advertized half off discount prices= good savings. I was near one because my horrible work schedule meant I ended the day 70 miles from home. The fact the sales started Friday night was the silver lining, since noone was there on a rainy Friday night. I bought hefty cotton T's for the men here and for me at Eddie Bauer. Some discontinued colors were under four dollars with the sale. The handbag stores seemed especially inviting.
We have an enclosed mall, built about thirty years ago, with four large department stores, theater, and all the small stores. Half the space is empty as we got a bigger better mall not too far away. This 'old' mall may close completely. Only thirty years old- huge space that will be empty, huge paved lots...so sad about the loss of open space and waste.
The peak rewards cycling program doesn't affect our thermostat at all, unless there is an emergency. Let's say four people on my block are signed up. They time our compressor cycles so that we as a whole only draw the amount for one at any time, no peak of all four at once. Last summer had plenty of heat and we never 'lost' our AC. Makes sense to me, money for nothing, and if there ever is a total emergency, we'll go to the basement.
highly unlikely that people would be running same cycle, same amps at the same time, people have different efficiencies and different units, set at different temps
just another way they are trying to control our lives
My half-sister and I own this house (divided into sort of a duplex) outright, and neither of us have a vehicle payment. Great feelings all around, but even at that, our utilities and homeowner's insurance run over $6K a year. I hate to think what we'll do if one of us needs a new vehicle since we gave up credit (and credit cards) several years ago.
My truck is over 20 years old, and I think her Chevy is probably 8-9 years old. I put many, many more miles on my truck because all my medical appointments are out of state, and I shop at least once a month at grocery stores a hundred miles away for things I cannot get here ... whereas my sis stays in her 'cave' for the most part, and eats junk food.
With all the extra insulation I added to the attic 2 years ago, we seldom need to run the AC; being in the mountains helps. I still haven't solved why the elec. bill for winter heat is so high, probably an inefficient heat pump unit.
Regarding the energy audit. We learned it was "free" with our electric company. They put in a ton of high-efficient light bulbs that take forever to warm up and gave us one free led. One useful thing they said was to increase the insulation between our attached garage and the house.
Our school chief broke his contract and is leaving. Th e '"School board will decide what to do about the penalties of $10,000 a month for not giving written three month notice as required by his contract.:"
DECIDE??? WHAT DECIDE??? Its a %$^#$@%#^ CONTRACT!!
I'm slowly changing the bulbs back. There may be a few places where we can tolerate a long warm up before a bulb is very bright. DH called them to see if they have any faster working ones, and the person on the other end suggested maybe not to turn the lights off so much ;)
I too am very interested in how people (ahem, Victor) are faring with solar power. We passed it up because the main spot for us is a flat roof which would require weights and we don't want leaks in the rubber roof. Still considering it here.
SOme bulbs better than others- the senior apt where my MIL lives has some very slow onesin the bathroom . Actually, for the late night trips to potty thats not bad.
We unscrew one or more vanity lights to conserve elec. Most times we dont' seem to need all the light they can do.
DH is playing with solar panels from Harbor Freight. So far, pretty much just playing. Discovered that the compressor of the spare fridge pulls too much power to use it; we had hoped to hook up that one circuit to the solar.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that a total of 101,000,000 people currently participate in at least one of the 15 food programs offered by the agency, at a cost of $114 billion in fiscal year 2012.
That means the number of Americans receiving food assistance has surpassed the number of private sector workers in the U.S.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 97,180,000 full-time private sector workers in 2012.
Lots of low wage earners probably are on it. This is the part-time job economy - especially with the healthcare law incentivizing it. Also, no doubt there is much fraud. On the radio this AM was a story of a CEO of a small company collecting welfare and food stamps. Not surprising to me at all.
"The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes referred to as involuntary part-time workers) increased by 322,000 to 8.2 million in June. These individuals were working part time because their hours had been cut back or because they were unable to find a full-time job."
So, we had a Smart Energy Rewards day on Wednesday. We have the new Smart Meter and they called Tuesday and notified us we would earn $ if our usage was below our average. We upped the thermostat to 80 and scrupulously avoided laundry, vacuuming, washing dishes, LOL. Today they called and told us we earned $19 for reduced usage- ka ching! Expected a buck or two, something nominal.
Phase 2 of the solar refrigerator- DH took plastic containers, filled them, froze them downstairs and then we brought them up to the upstairs fridge. Penny saved is a penny earned!
I just tried to buy a Walmart gift card online- my credit card got denied, then CITI texted my cell phone to confirm the charge. Second time an online charge has been confirmed before going through. I like it!
"My company is hiring in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Bethesda (MD), Boston, Chicago, Glastonbury (CT), Long Island, New York, Roseland (NJ), Sacramento, Tysons Corner (VA), and White Plains (NY). Mostly audit/tax positions. Looking for CPAs with Big 4 or large local or regional accounting firm experience. "
I am surprised that car dealers are shocked when we ask them to find us a car with an engine and transmission that is made either in the US or Canada
Unreal...Mustang with stick...engine made in China!!!! REALLY! Does a person come with the car so he can run behind you and pick up the parts that fall off as you drive down the road?
THe community college sent an email reminding all staff of all the support programs that may be needed by the many families of students around this area (near DC) who may be affected by the shut down. Like food bank...
GIVE me a break. Most of these people make good money and enjoy great job security. THey can't survive a short term interruption?? JOIN THE REAL WORLD.
How about those service workers who normally feed and otherwise serve, and get tips from, all those federal workers who are staying home and cleaning out the fridge and getting caught up on housework.
Furloughs, salary freezes, hiring freezes, jobs cut in the middle of the night...thats what real people have been dealing with for several years.
On the car subject, seems easier to buy a Japanese brand to get it made in America. Are Ford engines made overseas too?
People in the community have been very riled up in general lately. For some, I expect to be hearing very sad stories about their hardships related to the federal budget shutdown. I am worried for the disabled and their families mostly, and those with questionable judgement will show up in Court.
My friend's a social worker and her childrens' program was shut down but they said it's probably permanent.
Ford is hit or miss...Mustang with manual transmission engine is made in China, but automatic isn't the Ford Fiesta engine and transmission are Mexican and Brazilian
We took out a Ford Focus ST...what a zippy car! Engine made in Spain and tranny from Germany(very happy about that!!!, wish the engine was made in Germany!!!!)
We definitely want the important parts made by people that have been doing it for years and know what they are doing
Said there were disgruntled employees in Canada(can't remember what type of problems at the plant there, will look it up and get back) doing the new Camaro, so won't be even considering them
Oh where is that reliable car when we need one? I do have to say I have been very happy with my 2012 Honda CRV. Our kids will be needing reliable and inexpensive cars soon. Our fleet of old cars is wearing out and now DD1 finally got her license just before going back to college. I so wanted to win the new Mercedes (base car is $30,000) that public radio was offering as a fundraising prize. Seemed the odds were better than winning a lottery. DD2 who is car crazy is thinking about a Ford Focus. We do not believe the battery powered cars are a good investment if the car will get a lot of miles, especially.