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Via AJ Katz:  Garden weasel cultivator

Will look into this...Thanks.
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OXO brand handheld mixer.  It sells for less than $25 and has virtually replaced my grandmother's old power mixer.  Super easy to use and clean.  Takes up very little space.  Love it.

Wolfpak meal prep management backpack.  My recent splurge that I am very happy with is a new backpack with an enclosed, insulated lunch "box" section.  It is made by a company called Wolfpak and they call it a "meal prep management" bag.  I got the 25L bag.  The reason I love it is because I used to be leaving the house carrying my laptop bag, my lunch bag, and two bottles -- one insulated coffee and my water / cold drink.  Now everything gets neatly organized into one bag -- even the two drinks fit and I walk out the door hands free!  It's a joy.  The materials and zippers are very high quality and seem very durable.  It cost almost $200 and was very hard to decide to buy, but I am glad I did.

Phillips Sonicare toothbrush.  I had my first one for years and it never really died, but the on/off button was falling apart, so I upgraded to a new one.  Ever since I got the toothbrush my visits to the dentist have been better than a regular manual brush could do.  I will use one of those brushes for the rest of my life!

Garden weasel cultivator!  I use that thing for almost every garden project.  It is excellent for loosening up soil.  I've used it to dig big holes, transplant plants, so much and everything. 

That's all I can think of for now but will add more as I think of it. 
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Lawsuit filed:  https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/columnist/2022/09/27/lawsuit-may-block-bidens-power-play-cancelling-student-loan-debt/8122883001/

"The plaintiff in the case is Frank Garrison, a public interest attorney (who is now employed by PLF). Garrison lives in Indiana, one of at least six states that tax this kind of debt cancellation as income. He’s already part of the congressionally approved Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, and would have had his debt forgiven after 10 years of payments – without any additional tax burden. He’s already six years into payments, and those payments are capped based on his income.

Since he’s a Pell Grant recipient, Garrison is eligible for $20,000 in loan forgiveness. Taking that amount off his principal, however, changes nothing for him except for giving him an immediate tax bill of more than $1,000, Kruckenberg said.

So the “forgiveness” will actually cost Garrison money and the action will be automatic – as soon as October – because of his participation in the public service program."
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General Discussion / Re: Cycling to work
« Last post by ergative on Today at 02:25:49 AM »
I'd love to do this. I have a nice bike and am close enough to campus that I could do it. But I'd be a sweaty mess.

Yes, that is a consideration. I'm lucky enough that my building has a single-unit bathroom on the third floor, so I can lock the door, strip down, and wipe myself off before getting dressed in work clothes. It's cool enough here that the sweat is pretty minimal, but on warm days I'd need to think carefully about whether a few damp paper towels would do the trick. It would be much more difficult if my building only had multi-stall bathrooms without a sink in the stall.

If I weren't still being covid-cautious I'd probably re-up my gym membership and have a quick shower there, but since I am it's paper towels in the bathroom for me.
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I loooooooooove my chopper-dicer. It's like a box with a grid on it, and you put the onion (or whatever) on the grid, then you bring the top down on the onion. Crunch! Diced. It seemed like a gimmick, but it works so well.

Huh! I remember those slap-chop infomercials. Good to know they actually work.

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The final things on my list are almost all item of clothing made by L. L. Bean.

Oh, god, yes, LL Bean. I live in my slippers, and their pyjama pants are the only ones I buy now.

A  long, long time ago, in a place far far away, with my low income, I had use for some small tables, you know, to put the wine glasses on. I found a store selling such, furniture of rattan, including little tables. These were made in a further far away country. I purchased three little square tables that store under each other, and one circular table. They have proved so useful, I moved them across continents. Purchased maybe ca. 1975, and I still have and use them.  I'm looking at the round one right now;  it has a vase full of flowers on it.

Luck matters.

Those nesting tables are really, really common where I live. Whenever I see them at a vacation let or something, I'm always struck by how handy they are. I've been looking at coffee tables for a little while now, and I'm thinking that a nesting set might be just the thing. Really, though, what I want is a floor lamp that has shelves on it. Reading light + coffee cup perch all in one. There's exactly one design that is everywhere, but it's kind of ugly.

My first tent, too. It was a used Tarn 3, and it lasted forever. I still have it, but it got hit with mould a few years back and now I'm not so sure about it. What a fabulous tent that was, though. Alas, MEC stopped making them a while ago.

Our first tent, which Absolutive had had since he was a teenager, was also great: roomy and light. It sprang a leak, though, and we replaced it with a fancy modern tent that is both heavier and smaller. Doesn't leak, though, but, again, it's good enough.

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Come to think of it, the first pair of hiking boots I bought for myself, too. MEC brand and discontinued as well, unfortunately. But cheap, and so, so durable. I had them for at least ten years, and took them all over the world.

I have never managed to luck out with hiking boots. They're always good enough, but never cheap and durable and comfortable and waterproof. I've given up on cheap, but my current ones are a little bit iffy on the waterproofing, and I do get blisters on lnoger hikes. (Although, to be fair, that could be because longer hikes are so rare now that my feet are tender beyond the ability of the boots to protect them.)
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General Discussion / Re: Comeback when stranger calls you "dear"?
« Last post by kaysixteen on September 27, 2022, 11:07:14 PM »
Americans, especially middle class ones not in particulary traditionally conservative areas of the country, often like to think or pretend that we do not have social rank in this country.   They are wrong-- it is a fact of life, and correct.   I am not the same as the 20 yo secretary who calls me to cancel an appointment, and she must not address me in a condescending and impertinent fashion, as though I were her BFF.   Period.
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General Discussion / Re: Purchases that turned out to be really, really great
« Last post by lightning on September 27, 2022, 09:45:14 PM »
a flashlight that doesn't use batteries (powered with a hand crank)



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General Discussion / Re: Purchases that turned out to be really, really great
« Last post by Hegemony on September 27, 2022, 09:19:31 PM »
I loooooooooove my chopper-dicer. It's like a box with a grid on it, and you put the onion (or whatever) on the grid, then you bring the top down on the onion. Crunch! Diced. It seemed like a gimmick, but it works so well.

The other thing I sprang for and love is one of those things that looks like a car seat, that you sit on and it massages you. I waited years to buy one of those, because I was sure they were a stupid gimmick. Then I hurt my back and got desperate and bought one.  It cost around $150. Fabulous! I use it almost every day.

The final things on my list are almost all item of clothing made by L. L. Bean.
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General Discussion / Re: What's your weather?
« Last post by hmaria1609 on September 27, 2022, 07:17:42 PM »
Cool in the mornings now. I brought my 1st hot chocolate of the fall season on my way to the library over the weekend.
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General Discussion / Re: The Venting Thread
« Last post by Parasaurolophus on September 27, 2022, 06:44:42 PM »
The child does not wish to interact with you. Leave him alone, already. You are not getting him ready to play with other kids.
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