Out of the Blue

Having a fine time with our visiting friends. I planned on whipping up some omelets for breakfast this morning, but it turns out this was not a favored choice for most of the crew. So we shifted gears and I made waffles which worked out fine. This was against the odds, considering I screwed up the recipe by mistaking ounces for cups in adding the flour, which I thankfully caught before it was too late. This was also the first time in about ten years that we actually used the waffle iron, so we couldn't even be sure it would operate properly. But they came out properly, except, of course, for the first one, which is almost always a disaster. The twins went so far as to declare it the best breakfast ever, so I'm pretty high on myself right now.

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Re: A Michigan man found $43,000 in a second-hand couch. He returned it all.
Jan 19, 2020, 14:02
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I gotta say, I'm not sure I am that honest...
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Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 19, 2020, 14:02:
I gotta say, I'm not sure I am that honest...

Oh not a fucking a snowball's chance in Hell. I'd say the odds against that money being clean in the first place would be astronomically small. And of course there's the ancient law of "finders keepers losers weepers". Who would stash that sort of money - legally earned - in a couch...and then forget about it. Come on.
"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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Jan 19, 2020, 14:32
 
Don't really have any like or dislike for either the Titans or the Chiefs so it doesn't really matter to me who wins that one. Should be a good game. I'll give the edge to the Titans.

As previouslty stated I think the 49ers are probably going to take it all as they're just playing too well all around. Still, any given Sunday. Here's hoping The Green Bay Packers win it all. Rodgers certainly deserves another ring. Go Packers!

"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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Jan 19, 2020, 16:30
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A Michigan man found $43,000 in a second-hand couch. He returned it all.

Faith in humanity: RESTORED.

@Cutter: didn't read the article, didja. I'm sure the money is clean.
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Jan 19, 2020, 16:58
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jdreyer wrote on Jan 19, 2020, 16:30:
A Michigan man found $43,000 in a second-hand couch. He returned it all.

Faith in humanity: RESTORED.

@Cutter: didn't read the article, didja. I'm sure the money is clean.

Yeah, I did. Obviously you didn't.

"Why he's got money in cushions, I don't know," said Fauth-Newberry's husband, Mike Newberry.

Doesn't say one way or another how or why the money came from or why it was there. And considering it's that amount in a shitty old ottoman for a shitty old couch than yeah it most likely is dirty money. He sure as hell didn't earn it. Criminals don't put cash in banks, unless they own the banks.
"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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Jan 19, 2020, 18:28
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Jan 19, 2020, 18:28
 
Wow, KC did that pretty handily didn't they? I guess people in KC are going to be eating Kansas City style ribs tonight aren't they?

Huh, always wondered how much those flyovers cost....

The Crazy Amount of Money the Military Gives to the NFL

We’ve also become accustomed to seeing military jets fly over stadiums before games. According to the Washington Times, the military takes part in these flyovers roughly 1,000 times per year. And the costs can tally up to more than $10,000 per hour. But that’s more or less an estimate, and the costs can actually be much higher than that. In one case, four F-18s flew over Cowboys Stadium at the 2011 Super Bowl. The stadium has a roof, so fans had to see it on the big screen rather than having a direct line of sight. But it appears that single flyover could have cost the taxpayers as much as $450,000.

So that's perfectly fine but money for health care and/or education = bad?

This comment was edited on Jan 19, 2020, 18:42.
"Van Gogh painted alone and in despair and in madness and sold one picture in his entire life. Millions struggled alone, unrecognized, and struggled as heroically as any famous hero. Was it worthless? I knew it wasn't."
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Cutter wrote on Jan 19, 2020, 16:58:
jdreyer wrote on Jan 19, 2020, 16:30:
A Michigan man found $43,000 in a second-hand couch. He returned it all.

Faith in humanity: RESTORED.

@Cutter: didn't read the article, didja. I'm sure the money is clean.

Yeah, I did. Obviously you didn't.

"Why he's got money in cushions, I don't know," said Fauth-Newberry's husband, Mike Newberry.

Doesn't say one way or another how or why the money came from or why it was there. And considering it's that amount in a shitty old ottoman for a shitty old couch than yeah it most likely is dirty money. He sure as hell didn't earn it. Criminals don't put cash in banks, unless they own the banks.
Old guys that don't trust the banks and kept their money at home is common enough to be a trope. My GPA was one, although not all of his money. Occam's Razor. He wasn't a 90 year old Walter White.
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I live a couple of miles North of the Stadiums and can see the Stealth come in for the flyovers from my backyard. There have been random fireworks going off in the neighborhood since the game ended. I was about 13 the last time the Chiefs were in a Superbowl. Yeah I am old. Oddly this week also saw the passing of the Royals former owner David Glass, who owned the team when they won the World Series.
Cutter wrote on Jan 19, 2020, 18:28:
Wow, KC did that pretty handily didn't they? I guess people in KC are going to be eating Kansas City style ribs tonight aren't they?

Huh, always wondered how much those flyovers cost....
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Jan 19, 2020, 21:56
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Fifty years since the Chiefs were last in the Superbowl. Wow. Congrats Chief fans.
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Jan 20, 2020, 01:40
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Cutter wrote on Jan 19, 2020, 14:28:
Mr. Tact wrote on Jan 19, 2020, 14:02:
I gotta say, I'm not sure I am that honest...

Oh not a fucking a snowball's chance in Hell. I'd say the odds against that money being clean in the first place would be astronomically small. And of course there's the ancient law of "finders keepers losers weepers". Who would stash that sort of money - legally earned - in a couch...and then forget about it. Come on.

The owner died. (I suspect he has a hard time remembering at this point)

In any case, it's a reasonable wealth storage approach for anyone who has had their identity stolen, and doesn't want to deal with trusting a bank not to transfer out their savings into oblivion.
All it takes is for an id thief to call the bank, ask for a password reset, provide your PII, log in, and transfer money. If they immediately re-transfer it overseas, or cash out, it's GG.

Sadly, it's the fiscally responsible that are at greatest risk. They actually have savings. People up to their noses in loans have assets that the debts are against, and you can't transfer away cars or houses with a few clicks.

If you were caught up in either the OPM hack, or the Equifax hack (which afaik is more than half the u.s. population), you are more likely to deal with ID problems in the future than you are likely to have your house broken into and thoroughly searched.

Older people hid cash all the time, before they trusted 'them new fangled computerized banks'.
And nowadays, ironically, it's even more practical than ever.

-scheherazade

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Jan 20, 2020, 14:12
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Combine that courier take with the couch find and you got one nice payday.
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