Out of the Blue

Happy Washington's Birthday! What's that? President's/Presidents Day you say? Well, while it's true that almost half the states in the U.S. call the occasion that, the reality is the holiday was never actually renamed on a federal level. In fact, my home state of New York is one of those where it's still just Washington's Birthday. An interesting note is that Washington's official birthday only became the 22nd upon the adoption of the Gregorian calendar. So by celebrating this on the third Monday in February, it's not actually possible for Washington's Birthday to fall on February 11th, which is the actually date of his birth.

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Re: Morning Mobilization
Feb 22, 2017, 08:45
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Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 22, 2017, 08:45
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Creston wrote on Feb 21, 2017, 21:44:
3K a month, hot damn. My mortgage is $1250 for 2700 sq feet, 4 bed, 2 bath and a 3 car garage. Oh, and four acres of land.

Anyway, hope you get it, SMH, you seem pretty excited about it! Good luck!

Haha, yeah I can totally understand why so many people look at places like NYC or San Francisco, shake their head, and say "WTF, man, WTF?"

Didn't get a decision yesterday, but my realtor thinks we should hear back today, most likely with a positive answer. I've still got my fingers crossed, and appreciate all you guys wishing me luck!
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 21, 2017, 21:44
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Re: Out of the Blue Feb 21, 2017, 21:44
Feb 21, 2017, 21:44
 
3K a month, hot damn. My mortgage is $1250 for 2700 sq feet, 4 bed, 2 bath and a 3 car garage. Oh, and four acres of land.

Anyway, hope you get it, SMH, you seem pretty excited about it! Good luck!
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Feb 21, 2017, 00:18
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Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 21, 2017, 00:18
Feb 21, 2017, 00:18
 
Haha, for sure. I'd be up for a beer!

This apartment is on Barrow St, so yeah, if we don't get a beer, then we will surely walk by each other without knowing.

I've definitely got my fingers crossed. There are no major red flags in my finances aside from a few late student loan payments back in 2010, i.e. the middle of the recession. I've offered to just pay the full term of the lease up front in case the landlord has any reservations. My realtor's comment was "unless the landlord is a nut job -- and sadly there are some nutty landlords in NYC -- you'll get the apartment". Things are looking good, but I'll feel a lot better once I have a signed lease in my hands, haha.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Feb 20, 2017, 23:54
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Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 20, 2017, 23:54
Feb 20, 2017, 23:54
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 22:27:
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 20:52:
Spent most of today touring and applying for a super awesome West Village apartment in Manhattan. It's looking very likely that I'll get it. Keep you fingers crossed for me guys, haha!

You and Beamer can go out for a beer! Cheers

Just what I was going to post!

SMA - For what you described, I'm assuming either very far West/nowhere near a subway, or a 6th floor walkup, right? Haha. That sounds like a killer deal you should jump on.

I live on Christopher. Simply put, we're bound to walk by each other. I've walked by Carmack on Christopher, too, so it's good company.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Feb 20, 2017, 22:51
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Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 20, 2017, 22:51
Feb 20, 2017, 22:51
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 21:52:
Thanks! It's $3k/month for a 1bd/1bath.
That not as bad as I might have guessed, although I hate to think what 3bd/2bath might cost. However, I have to say, it makes me feel so much better about my mortgage. Again, good luck.
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Feb 20, 2017, 22:27
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Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 20, 2017, 22:27
Feb 20, 2017, 22:27
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 20:52:
Spent most of today touring and applying for a super awesome West Village apartment in Manhattan. It's looking very likely that I'll get it. Keep you fingers crossed for me guys, haha!

You and Beamer can go out for a beer! Cheers
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 20, 2017, 22:25
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Re: Out of the Blue Feb 20, 2017, 22:25
Feb 20, 2017, 22:25
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 17:06:
Pigeon wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 14:17:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 13:47:
Cutter wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 12:25:
Well it's "Family Day" in Canada. How arbitrary is that? Whatever works. Everyone just wants a day off in Feb.

Election day in the USA needs to be a holiday.

That would be helpful to blue collar workers who can't just take an extra long lunch and/or may need to use public transportation to get around... so you can bet it will never happen.

Really? Weird. Elections for us aren't a holiday per se but employers are required by law to provide time off to employees so they can vote. We also don't have anywhere near the problems you guys have with lineups and stuff - I've never had to wait more than maybe 2 or 3 people ahead of me, whole thing usually takes less than 5 mins - so while you can milk an hour or two out of it it's not like you can claim you were standing in line all day.

When you take all of the polling equipment out of the majority Democratic precincts and move it to the Republican ones, Republicans wait 5 minutes to vote while Dems wait 7 hours. Seems fair to me.
"Even after you've had the COVID-19 vaccine, you still need to wash hands, watch distance and wear a mask because you can still transmit the virus even though you're not going to get sick." - NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Feb 20, 2017, 21:52
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Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 20, 2017, 21:52
Feb 20, 2017, 21:52
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 21:33:
Good luck to you.

However, I gotta ask... what price range are we talking about? 'Cause my mostly uninformed guess would be that isn't going to be cheap.

Thanks! It's $3k/month for a 1bd/1bath. Prewar building (so thick, basically sound proof walls) but renovated in the last two years with a full galley kitchen (with granite counters, stainless steel appliances, etc.), well configured and spacious (by New York standards) living room, high ceilings, lots of natural light, beautiful courtyard, and a prime location in Manhattan's most desirable residential neighborhood. Square footage isn't great, but it's New York after all, and I won't have roommates/spouse/etc.. For what I'm getting, the rent is a relative steal. The realtor seemed to think my chances of getting it were excellent: I should get the thumbs up/down from the landlord by end of day tomorrow.
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Re: Next Overwatch Hero Greek?
Feb 20, 2017, 21:38
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Re: Next Overwatch Hero Greek? Feb 20, 2017, 21:38
Feb 20, 2017, 21:38
 
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 19:36:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 18:15:
descender wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 17:15:
Pretty much every state has a law that either requires employers to either accommodate voting through scheduling or pay up to 2 hours for employees to go vote.
I can't say you are wrong, but it's the first time I ever heard of such a thing.
I had never heard of it. But making a blanket statement like "pretty much every state" made me decide to do the onerous task of googling it. And now I pretty much know some of the answer.
The more you know. http://www.findlaw.com/voting-rights-law.html
In 2016, 18 states had No specific law requiring time off to vote.
I plead guilty to being lazy. Interestingly, my state is one of the states with a law. Yet, as I said, this is the first I have ever heard of it.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Feb 20, 2017, 21:33
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Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 20, 2017, 21:33
Feb 20, 2017, 21:33
 
Scottish Martial Arts wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 20:52:
Spent most of today touring and applying for a super awesome West Village apartment in Manhattan. It's looking very likely that I'll get it. Keep you fingers crossed for me guys, haha!
Good luck to you.

However, I gotta ask... what price range are we talking about? 'Cause my mostly uninformed guess would be that isn't going to be cheap.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Morning Mobilization
Feb 20, 2017, 20:52
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Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 20, 2017, 20:52
Feb 20, 2017, 20:52
 
Spent most of today touring and applying for a super awesome West Village apartment in Manhattan. It's looking very likely that I'll get it. Keep you fingers crossed for me guys, haha!
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Re: Next Overwatch Hero Greek?
Feb 20, 2017, 20:25
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Re: Next Overwatch Hero Greek? Feb 20, 2017, 20:25
Feb 20, 2017, 20:25
 
Yeah, I was actually looking at that same list but obviously didn't count. I'll be more careful with my adjectives :p

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Re: Next Overwatch Hero Greek?
Feb 20, 2017, 19:36
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Re: Next Overwatch Hero Greek? Feb 20, 2017, 19:36
Feb 20, 2017, 19:36
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 18:15:
descender wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 17:15:
Pretty much every state has a law that either requires employers to either accommodate voting through scheduling or pay up to 2 hours for employees to go vote.
I can't say you are wrong, but it's the first time I ever heard of such a thing.
I had never heard of it. But making a blanket statement like "pretty much every state" made me decide to do the onerous task of googling it. And now I pretty much know some of the answer.
The more you know. http://www.findlaw.com/voting-rights-law.html
In 2016, 18 states had No specific law requiring time off to vote.
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Re: Next Overwatch Hero Greek?
Feb 20, 2017, 18:15
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Re: Next Overwatch Hero Greek? Feb 20, 2017, 18:15
Feb 20, 2017, 18:15
 
descender wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 17:15:
Pretty much every state has a law that either requires employers to either accommodate voting through scheduling or pay up to 2 hours for employees to go vote.
I can't say you are wrong, but it's the first time I ever heard of such a thing.
“Extinction is the rule. Survival is the exception.” -- Carl Sagan
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Re: Next Overwatch Hero Greek?
Feb 20, 2017, 17:15
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Re: Next Overwatch Hero Greek? Feb 20, 2017, 17:15
Feb 20, 2017, 17:15
 
Pretty much every state has a law that either requires employers to either accommodate voting through scheduling or pay up to 2 hours for employees to go vote. It's really the "dog ate my homework" of voting excuses.

It is incredible how much GOP strategy revolves around less people voting.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 20, 2017, 17:06
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Pigeon wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 14:17:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 13:47:
Cutter wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 12:25:
Well it's "Family Day" in Canada. How arbitrary is that? Whatever works. Everyone just wants a day off in Feb.

Election day in the USA needs to be a holiday.

That would be helpful to blue collar workers who can't just take an extra long lunch and/or may need to use public transportation to get around... so you can bet it will never happen.

Really? Weird. Elections for us aren't a holiday per se but employers are required by law to provide time off to employees so they can vote. We also don't have anywhere near the problems you guys have with lineups and stuff - I've never had to wait more than maybe 2 or 3 people ahead of me, whole thing usually takes less than 5 mins - so while you can milk an hour or two out of it it's not like you can claim you were standing in line all day.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 20, 2017, 15:26
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Jivaro wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 15:19:
Never knew my parents had such a weird way to celebrate a President's birthday.

I mean technically they were "celebrating" somewhere in the neighborhood of 9 months earlier...

(I'm invoking Michael Scott's "You can't set em up like that" rule for that one, sorry.)

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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 20, 2017, 15:19
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Feb 20, 2017, 15:19
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Interesting about George Washington, I didn't know he was born on the 11th. It certainly lends an interesting angle on my parents. My sister's birthday is Feb 12th, which is Lincoln's birthday. My birthday is exactly 2 years and one day earlier, or Feb 11th. Never knew my parents had such a weird way to celebrate a President's birthday.

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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 20, 2017, 15:11
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Feb 20, 2017, 15:11
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 13:47:
Cutter wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 12:25:
Well it's "Family Day" in Canada. How arbitrary is that? Whatever works. Everyone just wants a day off in Feb.

Election day in the USA needs to be a holiday.

Or buy a stamp and mail it in.
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Re: Out of the Blue
Feb 20, 2017, 15:09
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Feb 20, 2017, 15:09
 
Pigeon wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 14:17:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 13:47:
Cutter wrote on Feb 20, 2017, 12:25:
Well it's "Family Day" in Canada. How arbitrary is that? Whatever works. Everyone just wants a day off in Feb.

Election day in the USA needs to be a holiday.

That would be helpful to blue collar workers who can't just take an extra long lunch and/or may need to use public transportation to get around... so you can bet it will never happen.

same reason D.C. will never gain senate seats, they'd just be extra Democrat votes. Republicans would never allow it to happen.
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