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by Greg
Sat Nov 29, 2008 1:15 am
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Planning for troubled financial times
Replies: 79
Views: 16316

Re: Planning for troubled financial times

[...It's the government's job to protect the people, and that includes passing laws that make the products we use safer. ... I must disagree with this .... it is NOT "the government's job" to protect the people from themselves, and THAT is what 99 percent of the consumer product safety laws are all...
by Greg
Fri Nov 28, 2008 10:37 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Anyone applying for State & National Historic Registration?
Replies: 3
Views: 1481

Re: Anyone applying for State & National Historic Registration?

I applied through the State of California and it is still a work in progress. The main reasons it was returned to me was that I didn't prove a few points well enough. Basically, there was no "smoking gun" to prove that the builder was who I said it was, even though I had a mountain of evidence, and ...
by Greg
Fri Nov 28, 2008 9:11 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Planning for troubled financial times
Replies: 79
Views: 16316

Re: Planning for troubled financial times

BRH hit the nail on the head. S Melissa, you make some good points about the retirees, but this was not a surprise for management. They simply did not plan for the future. It is easy to sit here and play Monday morning quarterback, but it seems to me the mistake was made 30 to 40 years ago during th...
by Greg
Thu Nov 27, 2008 2:13 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Planning for troubled financial times
Replies: 79
Views: 16316

Re: Planning for troubled financial times

After the Big Three honchos all showed up in Washington in private jets it was revealed the GM alone has 5 leased corporate jets. They have since gone down to 3 but said they must keep the rest because it is against company policy for the CEO to fly on public airlines. Well, here's a thought - chang...
by Greg
Tue Nov 25, 2008 2:52 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Planning for troubled financial times
Replies: 79
Views: 16316

Re: Planning for troubled financial times

This is related to some new pending rules for credit card companies. Current practice is that if you miss a payment or they generally decided to change rates, that rate change will apply to all of your balance. Basically the credit card companies can retroactively change your rates on charges that ...
by Greg
Tue Nov 25, 2008 11:46 am
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Planning for troubled financial times
Replies: 79
Views: 16316

Re: Planning for troubled financial times

Not to defend Citigroup but they are basically telling credit cardholders that they don't have the money to lend to them. However, if you do want a loan, you'll be paying dearly for it. I wouldn't be at all surprised if all major consumer credit companies/banks do the same thing. This is the big pr...
by Greg
Tue Nov 25, 2008 12:48 am
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Planning for troubled financial times
Replies: 79
Views: 16316

Re: Planning for troubled financial times

I think they're tossing me overboard because they don't make any money off me.
by Greg
Mon Nov 24, 2008 10:49 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Planning for troubled financial times
Replies: 79
Views: 16316

Re: Planning for troubled financial times

I just found out today that I will be playing a bigger part in the bail-out then just the Feds handing out my tax dollars to America's largest corporations. Citibank is raising the rate on my card to 29.99% :shock: :shock: :shock: I've have this card since 1986 and I have a " Stellar Credit Rating "...
by Greg
Sat Nov 22, 2008 11:56 pm
Forum: The Hangout Forum
Topic: Planning for troubled financial times
Replies: 79
Views: 16316

Re: Planning for troubled financial times

I'm an IT worker in the medical industry - supposedly two recession proof industries. On top of that, most of the work I'm doing now is funded by a non-governmental grant that is going until 2011. Given all of that, I'm still not doing anything crazy. I'm maintaining the pace of projects just as I w...
by Greg
Fri Nov 21, 2008 10:41 pm
Forum: Pre-1900 Houses Forum
Topic: Show me your old wrought iron fence/railings
Replies: 3
Views: 1942

Re: Show me your old wrought iron fence/railings

Yea, you do need something there. When I saw the post title in the list my mind went to High Victorian iron fence, but when I saw the house - which is fantastic, by the way - my mind went to something much simpler. Actually, my mind went to a simple wood rail for the steps and a low stone wall at th...