Tuesday, January 7, 2020

more alpha strategy 2


MORE ALPHA STRATEGY 2
Another definition of the Alpha Strategy is, “tangible assets instead of digital illusions of wealth”. You need cash on hand, everybody does. You can only trust your bankers as far as you can throw their Hampton mansion full of hookers and blow. ATM's are a convenience, and shouldn't be a reliance. Bank bail-in's are real. Have cash. It buries easy, and you might as well be part of the problem with disposable plastics. Not that Greta would approve, but screw that stupid bitch. How sad is it going from Vikings to Muzzie mating and Greta?
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Yes, having cash is also stupid. You still need to do it, unless you have an oil well in your back yard. I love how all the bloviators of “gardens for food independence” rely on their vehicle to get into town. If I have to, I can eat my neighbor. How do you get anywhere? I guess you could harness your neighbor to a wagon. Okay, never mind. Bad analogy ( of course, now you have to feed your neighbor half your garden. Sorry, I needed go get the last word in ). Cash is just a transition tool. Mostly, you want to need as little cash as possible, so your loss will be minimized.
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I bring this up in case anyone panicked too much and wants to go all in on silver. Sorry, you still need Greenbacks for instant emergency use. Unexpected sales items too cheap to ignore, is another good reason for cash. I used to have three or four years expenses in cash, but converted all but one to silver and lead. I'll build that cash amount up, once again, just because whenever I solve one problem I go back to worrying about another. It's simply in my nature.
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You are probably worrying about debt. If you do pay it off, you leave nothing for supplies. If you don't pay it off, you are homeless with no place to have your supplies. Me? I'd pay off one bill, then take half that monthly amount to pay off another bill, and half for supplies. Rinse and repeat. You get the best of both worlds. That way the debt goes down and the supplies go up, and you are rewarded more than merely philosophically by cutting back on spending to pay off more debt even faster. But your mileage may vary depending on the debt and your perceived velocity of the collapse.
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I would secure an abode as priority, leaving the car and credit card debts for last. And just a note, the bubble is still Full Retard bloated. Might you sell and downgrade, eliminating that altogether? But regardless, back to tangible wealth preservation. This isn't ammo or nickels. The Alpha Strategy eliminates most of the inflation bite by pre-purchasing consumer items. You are buying now, years worth of non-perishables, to avoid the rising costs. Lets say you bought one light bulb a year. Each year the cost doubles.
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$1 the first year, then $2, $3, $4 and $5 on the fifth year. Those five light bulbs cost you $15. Buying all of them the first year, $5. Now multiply that by everything you buy. Toilet paper, socks and underwear, soap and toothpaste and razor blades. Small appliance back-ups such as toasters, hair dryers, hair clippers. Shoes. Shelf stable foods such as flour and rice and noodles. Condiments. Automotive fluids, garden tools. No matter how basic and Spartan you live, you are still buying plenty of consumables. Granted, you can reduce that.
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Getting rid of a clothes dryer, you'll be buying far less clothes as there isn't the wear and tear on the fabric. Replacing paper products with cloth produces eliminates some items. Using the trick of resharpening a razor on a pair of old jeans reduces the amount of those you must buy. Buying quality stainless steel pans, you'll never have to buy another nasty Teflon pan again when they start to peel. Duct tape, Shoe-Goo, sewing kits and patches stretch out the life of your clothing and footwear. There are other tricks such as replacing retail with thrift stores. A TV antenna instead of cable ( Internet streaming is still a reoccurring monthly bill, still consumption rather than investment, even if it is “free” after the computer use ).
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Food isn't as easy but it isn't impossible. The main thing is your meat and produce, both in cost and lack of shelf life. You can freeze meat ( or can it ) and can or dry produce. Just freezing meat, both by buying in bulk and buying on sale, your meat budget is easily reduced by half. The downside is the break down of our grid. California isn't having grid down two weeks in a row because it is a dysfunctional piece of crap whore of a location, although she is, but because there are simply too many people there ( the same applies to the water situation there ).
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Back when our burg was besieged by mouth breathing asshats, all the scum and villainy of the universe trying to suck off the areas economy because of the mines ( as they were failing economically-serves you right, parasitic twats ), the city grid couldn't handle the overuse. The Internet was always going down, the power always shutting off and the water pressure poor to near none and the traffic backed up more than one light. Two thousand people ( 10%, roughly ) left, and all those problems went away. That is California, state wide.
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So, as the Muzzies are shipped in, and the Latino's turn our country into a vibrancy enriched land, expect your grid to be overcrowded as well. Or, due to taxpayers fleeing a socialist paradise, failing from lack of maintenance. Do you want to rely on your freezer? Right now, as meat prices are lower, it might not be a huge loss. But as prices start to rise? Another bonus of pressure canning meat is that you can more easily store beyond about six months a chest freezer will hold. You just need a cool and dark storage area, and an investment in shelves ( don't stack the jars atop each other ). Not that this is feasible for all of us.
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Buying in bulk. Retail stores can mostly screw you over in this category. Wal-Mart is infamous for charging MORE for the larger items. I have a LOT of issues with Wally, but on this I can mostly get behind them on. There is a sticker on every item for sale. It tells you the unit cost. Sometimes they screw with you over it, but mostly it is a tool for comparison. If you aren't buying the cheapest unit per ounce, after they show you the price, you deserve to get boned on the deal.
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You can try jobber suppliers ( janitorial supply company, beauty salons, restaurant supplier ), but mostly nowadays between Sam's, Wal-Mart and Amazon, you are getting the best price unless you are ordering pallets by semi truck. And ALWAYS shop around. Wally has antacid half the price of Amazon, but Amazon has packing tape at half the cost of Wal-Mart. And it doesn't matter where you live, even in the boonies, just Internet search “item X for sale bulk”, and you'll find vendors that might be cheaper than the above, as long as you buy in bulk.
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As important as mini-warehousing is to combat inflation, I really like the retirement aspect even more. Then it becomes about spending NO money, rather than just less. I'll cover that next time.
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38 comments:

  1. Right. Trying to keep so many hands off of your wallet is the first and foremost strategy. Cutting everything out that are unnecessary leach suckers on your stipends or income is imperative so that the income trickling in during this slow collapse is not "spoken for and bills come due" in advance of you even being paid whether remaining employed or not.

    It is good that Jim is flashlighting those many other items used or needed regularly that will burn cash when you run out of the nuthing currently kept in the cupboards.

    Shopped my Wally today, monthly stop only needed 40 bucks of perishables, still grabbing a few can goods while there. The shelves were scarce it being the S.N.A.P. week of the month, indicative of your hunger games competition out there. June Cleaver paper sack shopping every few days is tactically and strategically idiotic.

    Reassuring for a minion to be in a position so as to sequester and hermitage for months or more if necessary, should Iranian Commandos cross the Humbolt river and lay seige to your walmarts and dollar shops. Plan accordingly.

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    1. Damn Persians! I knew those bastards were up to no good up here. :)

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  2. I have about $3k in cash savings for emergencies. I think what I’ll do is convert $2k into silver, and keep $1k in cash. But that’s about where I tend to get lost. I have no idea what type of silver to get? Instinctively, I feel that coins are best. But someone here once mentioned that you get a little extra with bar purchases. The comments here in the past have been very helpful, but I’m still unsure of how to proceed. I guess that ultimately, I’d like walk into a store, easily convince the cashier that I have X amount of value in silver, and proceed to walk out with whatever goods that I need. And yes, I do understand that it’s better to simply invest in those goods beforehand. I’m talking about when the time comes that I do eventually need to purchase goods.

    The thing about shoe goo, is that from the moment you open that tube, it’s days are numbered. If you plan on using the entire tube in one shot, no biggie. Otherwise, you use a little, and waste the rest of the tube. What you have to do is remove as much air from the tube as possible, before replacing the cap. Then, I’d recommend that you vacuum pack the tube. You might even wish to leave the cap on loosely, to insure that all air is removed. Then place in the fridge/freezer.

    My mother picked up a couple of replacement lights for the 48” florescent lights that were in her barn. These however, while looking like the florescent tubes, are LED replacements. They were $20, and they are rated for 40 years. These things rock! The two fixtures replaced 6 florescent lights, and light up the barn better! I never knew that they existed, but that’s such a good deal, that I’m going to run out and get a few for my RV.

    Yeah, Sweden is prime example of what happens when you allow radical leftists to rear their ugly heads in your society, and not violently stomp them down the moment they do. You end up with ball-less males, and unhinged female hypergamy, followed by huge government, and demographic replacement. Funny how the former commie countries are culturally less f _ _ ked than the west in this regard. Oh, they have their problems for sure, but they’re still more or less sane, culturally speaking. As you’ve mentioned before, freedom of choice, is the choice of cultural suicide.

    https://pics.onsizzle.com/welcome-to-sweden-rugee-lcom-sweden-who-would-believe-it-19858577.png

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    1. Buy from Golden State Mint if you want the minted source ( because Chinese counterfeits ). Buy at the coin shop if you want to stay off the radar. Just ask for bullion, not collectables. My shoe goo never has gone bad, over the years. I wipe off the tube threads after use with a paper towel. Just enough glue to "seal" the opening to keep air out, but not secure too much I can't gently open with a pair of pliers. I lost previous tubes prior to that. LED florescent replacements are somewhat new. Eight years ago you couldn't find them easily and they were outrageous expensive. A lot faster curve than the original LED's for flashlights and such ( I just wrote an article on that yesterday ). Just beware cheap Chinese manufacturing, and have back-ups accordingly.

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    2. Interesting Jim. I don’t think that I’ve ever had a tube of shoe glue that didn’t go bad. It didn’t totally dry up, but what happened was that it got a little harder, and kinda gummy, to the point that it wouldn’t stick very well.

      So that coin shop is an online vendor, say through Amazon? So I can buy online, but still remain free of any lists?

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    3. No, by coin shop I mean local retail. I could be wrong on the shoe goo as I use it for everything EXCEPT gluing shoes. Perhaps I don't even notice it is gummy, because it works on my clothing, as a sub for super glue, etc.

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    4. I don't want to be a Debbie Downer, but LED lights "rated for 25 years"...... I wouldn't bet on it. It *is* possible for them to make light bulbs that literally last a lifetime but all the companies got together and decided to not do so. Hurray free market

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    5. Like all Chinese electronics-cheap wiring, connections, easily rusted internals. They are cheap enough to have back-up's for every single type.

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    6. Hi James, long reader-first post. Don't do any google hence the anon. I'm an idiot on silver but I've recently been approached by someone who wants to buy a selection of my hole punchers. It would be in the $3K range in silver. I said no, out of ignorance and a quick check on the internet where the bulk of "gurus" said that 2020 "may" be a good year for silver. Hardly a selling point vs coin of the realm (yeah I get the whole but its not what it used to be thing). Is there a site that could get me up to speed? My thought is: if it does get that point I would rather have $3K in canned goods anyway. Obviously ignorant. thanks.

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    7. The sites I could offer would require an already established faith in Peak Silver and the soon to happen Derivatives Implosion. And you are correct. Storage food is far, far more valuable at that point. Silver is ONLY a transfer of wealth past a die-off into a recovery. Which will be centuries later. I really only do silver from lack of anywhere else to park savings. And even then I don't know if it was really a great idea. Just diversification. I base my decisions on silver on the fact there is only twice as much silver in investment form ( ie NOT industrial use ) above ground as gold. We are mining a LOT less each year. And gold and silver are manipulated down, bigly. I see a time in my lifetime silver is like gold is now, in purchasing power, but higher. So, if you want to gamble, you don't need very much at all. Buy a $100 worth right now and think of it as five Kugarrands. All else, wheat and ammo.

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    8. And PS, feel free to e-mail if you want more answers.

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  3. Ever notice how every Iranian who arrives in this country calls himself a Persian?

    I am not losing sleep about Iranian commandos crossing the Humboldt River. I am more concerned about Iranian Keyboard Commandos launching a massive cyberattack on the power grid.

    That could happen. If it does happen, I hear that Tehran is lovely when it glows.

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    1. Well, I don't discount bombing Tehran. But I think we would be false flagging that cyber attack. Just saying that yes, our benevolent leaders are orders of magnitude more retarded than the camel jockey's over there.

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    2. "Persians" yes I've noticed this also. They tend to be Shah loyalists, perfectly OK with the Savak secret police etc., and thus had to get the hell out of there when the Shah fell.

      Even so, they're nice people and as with any group that still has at least something like an intact culture, I'd throw in my lot with any random group of Iranis before I'd throw in with a random group of Americunts.

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    3. I don't know if I'd want to throw in with ANY random group. You might be what's for dinner ( the other, other, OTHER white meat ).

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  4. About purchasing in bulk from beauty salons, I found that Sally Beauty, a national chain, has gallon jugs of shampoo for around $12.00. The directions are to mix 8 parts water with one part shampoo. That's a whole lotta shampoo.

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    1. Sweet loving from the wife when she is the only one who still has shampoo, PA.

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    2. You get more in trade if your war trophy human conquest product is freshened up before she goes on market. History repeats just saying.

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    3. Solid point. Hair clippers for your dome, as well as de-pubbing said product. Hygienic for both of you.

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  5. I have been cutting my own hair for years. My hair isn't luxurious like Bison's, so I just shave it off. Once a month, every month. While I was at the parents I went and they wanted $15 to shave it off. Wal-Fart sells clipper for around $25 that will last a couple years. So over $150 saved per year. I hooked a inverter to the van and look in the side mirror, Perfect haircut every time.
    When SHTF people would be wise to shave all that hair off, just for water savings, less soap and ease of upkeep.

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    1. I've been shaving my head almost thirty years. I started out once a month but now it grows so fast it is once a week ( or I'm itching like a dirty hippie ). Yet somehow my ear hair, which just made an appearance a few years ago, grows faster :)

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  6. Where I was in "the rurals" you could own say 5 acres, have a garden, chickens, run a few sheep or raise a calf or cow/calf, and you could keep a horse (OK maybe expand this by a few acres but only a few) or a pony that you can hitch up to a wagon and go into town. For a while there, there was more horse drawn traffic than car traffic out there, in the deepest part of the recession, about 2010.

    You could live really well this way. If you modernized as far as having a bicycle, "the horse you don't have to feed" then you could really get around the entire area, no vet care for a horse or harness/wagon upkeep, but you'd be limited to about 100 lbs per rider cargo carrying ability.

    It could be quite the good life and many are living it as I write, none of 'em are white though, they're people who actually work for a living, Hispanics. The whites out there were batshit crazy, useless, or generally both.

    As for razor blades, there's an old WWII trick of sharpening one on a piece of glass, you might look into that.

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    1. The glass sharpening works-I did it for awhile. But those are your blade inserts ( single blade ). Even in my early twenties, single blades tore up my face. If you use disposable twin blades you must use a dedicated device ( sold by Lehman's ) or do the jean trick.

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    2. please refresh us on the use of the jeans sharping method.
      Bought a 20 dollar double blade razor, handle is fantastic but blades only last 4 shaves, (cheap crap thin metal) thanks, love your shaved head, oh holy one.
      Hugs and kisses, Betty Neff.

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    3. Sweet baby jesus! Where are you shopping, Yuppie Scum R Us? Someone is taking you for a ride and not even pulling your hair. Here are several choices of tutorial:
      https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=sharpen+razor+on+jeans

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  7. Off topic:
    Richmond: The Mother of All Buffalo Jumps by Matt Bracken

    https://www.americanpartisan.org/2020/01/richmond-the-mother-of-all-buffalo-jumps/

    "The more I ponder the mass demonstration being promoted by the Virginia Citizens Defense League for the annual Lobby Day at the Richmond Capitol, the more it looks like a disaster in the making."

    This is the best article I have seen on the Richmond Virginia rally to be held January 20. The rally is a dangerous place to be.

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    1. Thanks for the link. I spent all morning yesterday writing and didn't get to any of my regular online reading.

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  8. Remember the Ed Sullivan show and he sometimes had a dood on there balancing 8,10, 12 spinning plates on top of long skinny sticks? The crowd went wild, then eventually 1,2, all the plates hit the floor. That's how I look at the US economy. I don't know how it spins the plates and don't know why they haven't fallen yet.

    The day after Christmas I drained my only bank account, but left $500 in there for any residual expenses that may come up. I'll remind you I have been debt free for more than 10 years and do not have any credit cards, just 1 bank debit card. This has been a long time coming for me and while it's a little inconvenient, having become addicted to not carrying much cash and paying for purchases with that debit, but like being debt free it is liberating being in almost ($500) complete control of my money. There is no safer place for it than right here cause anyone trys to get it will get more than they bargained for.

    I'd suggest to anyone not yet prepped properly to a get a Ruger 10/22, 2000 rds of ammo, 40 5 gal buckets of wheat, then pay off all debts. Before that though I'd suggest getting rid of any habits that cost money, eating and drinking from food establishments (make your own at home), cut way back on driving by combining trips, car pooling, etc., lose the recurring cellphone bill and get a TracFone and rarely use it, cut back on the amount of food and drink consumed except for water. Get a Brita water pitcher at Walmart for $30 and drink nothing but filtered water all the time. IOW, train yourself to use less of everything. There are hundreds of little things anyone can do to reduce costs and make their lives more rewarding.

    Lastly find ways to earn money aside from your primary income source. Cash money that is not attacked by the gov't. Do your side work on nights and weekends, whenever. It will provide a HUGE buffer, when you lose your primary source, that you can't even begin to appreciate now.

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    1. You do get used to paying for everything with debit. No worries, very convenient. I did it, like everyone else. But paying cash for everything? You spend a LOT less. No one wants to part with cash, but the cash on your bank card doesn't feel like cash, so you give in to temptation more. Best way to cut back on frivolous is to only pay with cash. A thermos of coffee isn't as tasty as Starbucks, but costs 1/10th as much. Once eating out become a treat rather than a daily meal, you'll see how terrible the ingredients are compared to home made. Not to mention the cost. BTW, forty buckets, $200. With wheat, another $300. Rugar 10/22, $250. Ammo, $100. Grinder and a couple of Sawyers, $100. Under a grand, three years of food and protection.

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    2. I did Starbucks twice, 10 years apart, and neither were fit to drink - and I'm a dood that's highly addicted to mud.

      Once someone has the basics as I've described, and understands the reasoning behind them, it takes the pressure off and allows the mind to expand into the finer details of the overall situation. You gotta start somewhere!

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    3. Starbucks isn't terrible, but even a $2 price is too high to pay for a false sense of superiority their customers cultivate. I leave them to stew together. No where else in town outside a community college on Lesbian Poetry Night do you see so many snug little twats looking down their noses at Deplorables.

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    4. GS,

      Been living that life for many years.
      BUT!!! YOU... have caused a big expense in my life.
      (Yes, you personally, have caused this situation.)πŸ˜‰

      After reading 'bout you relaxing with Jameson, I just had to try some Jameson 18 year old. That is almost 20 bucks for a couple of drams in a glass. 😭

      Yes, it was very nice to kick back and enjoy the evening. It is a step up from Ten High Blended or Old Crow. πŸ˜…

      I'll have to cut back on my contributions to our fair haired leader now, just so I can get another bottle when this one is empty. πŸ˜›

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    5. Well then, let me dig slightly deeper into that ass pocket and give you a more recent referral.
      Viking Blod.
      I have not tried it yet as I don't get out very often back here in the stix. It is about 19% alc so that should light your rocket. See here: https://www.totalwine.com/wine/dessert-fortified-wine/mead/dansk-mjod-viking-blod-mead/p/115959750

      Yes, after 1 glass you will rape, pillage, and murder like a pro. Got axe? heh

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    6. I had to look it up. Drams 1/8 of a fluid ounce. 25 ounces in a 750 ml bottle ( I think this is standard, but I bought whiskey four years ago as a X-Mas gift and cannot remember ). 200 drams to a bottle. If I take you literally at $10 a dram. That can't be right. I must have the wrong amount in a dram. Damn you math!

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    7. Our Dark Lord of Preparedness. πŸ§›

      A dram is "officially" 25 (in England) or 35 (in Scotland) mL, so theoretically there should be 21-30 in a 750 mL bottle.
      That said, most bars in the US pour alcohol at 1.25 oz per drink, so there would be about 20 in a 750 mL bottle. But, since that is not enough to enjoy in a highball glass, I make it a double. πŸ₯΄

      Think almost 2 fingers high in the glass.πŸ€—
      The bottle was $170.00 bucks (yea, 'bout 30.00 bucks to much in our small town. I did not want arm up, just to go into the big city, (pop ~8,500 with 30% black.) 😳 so I paid the price on the way home one evening.

      It's all ghostsnipers fault. Really... it is. πŸ˜‰

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    8. Oh, don't worry, I blame GS too. :) I think I got a bum search from Google ( I usually go to Duck, but half assed it ) on the dram definition. Well, I probably misunderstood. Perhaps confusing oz's with fluid oz's? I love how you look at 8k as the big city. I'm a bit jealous. Not the 30% OtherColor part, but the numbers.

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    9. If you have to ask how much it costs......there's always Bud Light! It'll get you there, but it'll take a little longer.

      Side note. Last June my son came here to visit (from Florida) and bought me a case of Bud Light which immediately went on the bottom door shelf of the fridge. There's still 10 of them sitting there. I ain't the drinker I used to be.

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    10. I haven't drank since my 20's. A third of a Bud Light and I'd be puking ( and not from the taste )

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