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    I just remember trying to get a 20-year on my first condo, and the best they would do was 10-year fixed or ARM. I went with an ARM and it was fine. If you go with a broker, you can get private mortgages with different kinds of terms, but the big banks don’t go past 10-years. Canadians don’t tend to use their houses as an ATM, though.
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    In Canada you don't tend to get a 30-year mortgage! 5 or 10 is typical, then you refinance what's left at the end of that. They just don't offer them.
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    I've been using it for more than a year, since we got our tech geek helping the Congressional campaign. It's annoying on desktop because it updates constantly (so you have to close, re-open, wait for your shit to load a couple times a week it seems), but it's more secure than slack and you can have similar group discussions and share photos and documents etc. I like how you can have multiple threads (much like a message board) to help keep track of various things. The only problem is when for whatever reason you want to kick someone off a thread, you can't: they have to leave, or you can just abandon it and start a new one. But that's not likely to be much of a problem with family stuff. Sometimes there's a bit of discontinuity between my mobile and my desktop, and sometimes messages come in jumbled order, but most of the time it's super smooth and reliable. I like how you have the same stuff basically seamlessly between all your devices.
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    The Exercise Thread

    I'm enormously impressed by your accomplishments, GR. Good going! My Mr installed the ballet barre I got for Christmas in our enormous bathroom, and I found a decent routine on youtube, so I hope to at least get more limber if nothing else this year
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    Attn Old Wigbers

    If you should happen to have once downloaded a pic of Trogdor’s wife with a beagle pup from the old board, can you share? he can’t find a copy of it and said pup has just passed on.
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    Attn Old Wigbers

    I went there and found topic listings that didn't have links to posts preserved, but I was on my phone and didn't persevere too long.
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    Let's all hope that 2019 is better than 2018! Glad to know you all.
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    What are YOU reading?

    Finished reading last year’s MARCH by John Lewis graphic novel. Zoomed through the HAMILTON libretto/stories book I got for Christmas. I have to find a way to see that this year! 75 pages into Michael Ondaatje’s WARLIGHT. It was on my list before it was on Obama’s 🤣 If I want another novel after, probably Le Carré’s A LEGACY OF SPIES since it’s been on my bedside table since last Christmas. I have a pretty big stack to get through, sigh.
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    Give her a nice shoulder rub for her efforts and you will both feel better ❤️
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    Creative Endeavors

    Playing some music at a local joint tomorrow...a Kaossilator mess-around on my iPad; a cover/re-work of Johnny Mercer's Blues in the Night (not all that recognizeable ) featuring voice, OP-1 and some Garageband instruments; and my crazy-ass Mambo Italiano (new lyrics: Gulag Americano) that has rhythm from my PO-12, noise from my stylograph (subject to review still), and count 'em: eight vocal tracks including my impressions of Rosemary Clooney and the Red Army Choir because why the hell not? I hope we're able to record from the board somehow, because this particular program may never be duplicated!
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    Fingers crossed that's the only one, xen0!
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    Oh no, Gil, hope you're better soon ❤️ We had a very nice French meal in a restaurant because Pigkilla didn't want to do the dishes after a big holiday hoo-rah. We had invites to a couple of potluck orphans' Thanksgivings, but we enjoyed our night out a lot.
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    what are YOU lookin' at?

    People used to smoke, a lot. In the 1950s I don't think it had become a class marker the way it would, so having all sorts of people smoking is pretty normal. My Gram used to smoke like a chimney (all my grandparents did, in fact). It was a thing one did (although ladies did not smoke outside, walking down the street, she told me). Although come to think of it my USian grandparents did not smoke, and they were a bit snooty...my (step)dad's aunt did though. It may have been more prevalent in the UK/Canada than the US? I don't know. She used to relish sitting down with a cup of tea and a cigarette. My other Grandma was a cup of coffee and a cigarette, lol. They're all dead now, although nothing to do with lung cancer, surprisingly enough.
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    So what happened to YOU today?

    Saw that on facebook she's quite the cutie! GR, great work with the makeup on your Minibots!!
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    what are YOU lookin' at?

    I know it won a bunch of Emmys but jesus murphy you can't watch a show on Prime without getting beaten about the head with ads for it so I have an unreasonable aversion to watching it.
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    Oceans 8 was kind of neat but slow and kind of pragmatic (which is appropriate! but it lacked effervescence (or maybe it's just that it lacked Clooney, who kind of puts the bubbles in my Champagne)).
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    Also, you've had quite a few jobs since we've known you...not at the beginning, but you've held down a few for a while, so don't forget that
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    WGB Cooking School (with images)

    Black beans and rice, start with a little oil and an onion, season with Sazon Goya (just pick a flavor), add a can or two of drained and rinsed beans, simmer for a while. You can add more spices and things as you like. Sometime I'll put corn in, too, or some sausage or chicken (if you do that, cook the meat first), and it's good on rice with a little salsa for texture and bright flavor.
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    Show us your...

    The volume of drool boggles my mind
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    You mean this topic? It was only on page 2! lol