With The legalization of marijuana, privatization of the sale of alcohol and the genetic manipulation of food, one would think there is a concerted effort to keep us (among other things) fat and stupid.
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It’s A Racket!
If you remember the housing bubble, then you should remember when it burst. Well get ready for the Housing Bubble Burst Part II
Location, Location and don’t forget, did I mention Location Your agent wants to close the deal. It really don’t matter to them if it’s near a nuclear plant or a waste dump. That being said, check out the surroundings of the property.
Take into consideration that stop lights are a health hazard in that exhaust fumes from cars stopping idling from 15 seconds to 3 minutes and starting up in four different directions. A round-a-bout is not as bad as a stop sign. A 4-way-stop intersection is the worst. By law every vehicle has to slow down, stop, idle then accelerate. This will be going on in all four directions. So you may want to rethink the highly promoted corner lot and take these into consideration.
Another health hazard is properties near power sub-stations. Electrical companies deny cancer clusters ever exist but why take the chance. They are all about the money and don’t want law suits. There are warning signs posted all over. Why would you want to live near it.
Yet another controversial location is near a cell tower. A cell tower is a relay system for cell phones. You cell phone is a high frequency low power transceiver and it’s signal is picked up by these towers and amplified and retransmitted. Some towers are set up to retransmit signals from other cell towers. Why subject your family to highly amplified high frequencies? It’s not worth the investment.
Near a freeway, don’t even think about it. Not only do you have to contend with the noise, but the exhaust fumes from gas and diesel fueled vehicles that travel up and down the freeway 24 hours a day. What happens when there are frequent traffic backups? Idling vehicles, diesel and gas. If you care about your family, stay away. You agent will not be concerned about your future health, closing is their game.
The HOA. Do your really want to pay someone to tell you what you can and can’t do on you own property? hold up, wait a minute, your city, county and state code enforcement officer does that, so you already have three, do you really need another?
The highly advertised Bus stop. If you have asthma or any other respiratory illness you want to stay as far away from living at a bus stop as you can. A vehicle stopping and starting by your home every 15 min……not a good thing. If you don’t have a respiratory problem now…you will. Admittedly, this is an extreme example. this home is on the corner, a bus stop right at the garage, at a stop light and a cell tower across the street. That’s before you even look at the inside of the house.
Check the area’s flood plane map. The is as elevation in most every area that will always flood. Compare the flood plane with the elevation and find out the elevation of the property you are considering. I don’t have to tell you that the elevation of your property should be substantially higher than the flood plane.
The Greenbelt. These areas are promoted in areas where no other construction is allowed. While it may seem nice to live near a green belt, there are restriction and research need to be done to find out what can and can’t be done on your property. Various restriction apply so thoroughly do your research to assure that the restrictions would not hinder you ambitions now or in the future.
Industrial Areas. After reading this far, do I really need to explain why this area is not a good idea. But I will say this, trucks, noise, traffic and I don’t want to get into what is stored, shipped in and out of these areas.
Railroad Tracks. Really!!!
To Be Continued…….
what’s the big deal about surviving naked? you can take a video camera to remote locations on the continent of Africa or the jungles of South America and get real naked, real survival and in some cases real afraid. It seems that only in America that naked is a big thing. But then the fact that one individual suffered from sun burn should be an indication that some people are not ready for prime time.
NOW! why are all the men such cry babies? gees, the women seem to be scoring higher than the men. What’s that about? The Discovery Channel need to find some real men. But then they would have to change the name to “Naked and not afraid”.
Take your chances and check your prices
Thursday evening I decided I would clean up some old wood in preparation for fall cleaning. I Loaded up the trailer with the intention of taking it to land recovery. After unloading it and paying the clerk we proceeded to Lowes. I thought I pick up some lumber and a few cinder blocks to build a shed for my garden tools. The lawn mower had to be jumped the last few times I used it so I’m going to pick up a battery. I check online and found the battery for my little Yard Bug. We entered Lowes into the lumber section. I walked all the way down to the lawn and garden area to pick up the battery. Lucky I bought the old battery because the core charge is 5.00. I proceeded to pick up the concrete blocks hmmmm 1.29 ea. great deal. I picked up six of them. I then went over to lumber to pick up 10 2X4X8s. There were none within reach so we had to wait for 25 minutes for someone to come off break to operate the forklift. After loading 10 of them on the cart with the blocks and battery, I then proceeded to the checkout. There I was informed that Lowes only accepts core charges for batteries from Lowes. I kindly told the clerk that he could take the battery off the cart. The clerk counted the 2X4’s 3 times before I had to finally tell him there were 10 of them. Now for the 1.29 cinder blocks, they all of a sudden morphed into 1.37 ea. I told the clerk that it wasn’t the right price, he rang them up at 1.37 ea. anyway. After I paid the clerk, I went back and got the display tab and took it back to show the clerk. He looked it up in the book and there it was, 1.29 ea. He kindly informed me that I could get my refund at the service desk.
Ok, what have we here? Lowes will not accept my battery as core charge. I had to wait 25 minutes to get some 2x4s. I was over charged for cinder blocks after telling the clerk that the price wasn’t right. After all was said and done I didn’t even get an apology.
Another thing that I picked up on was, they usually expect a customer to buy the battery and return later with the core. Which in this case, they would not honor the core refund because it is not a Lowes battery. Nowhere is it stated that they only accept batteries as cores that were bought from Lowes.
It was a long walk to the customer service and along the way I found a solution. I’ll just get a total refund and furthermore discontinue shopping at Lowes.
This is not an advocation to boycott Lowes. Where you shop is your business. But please, where ever you shop, check the prices. Sometimes there are mistakes and sometimes it could be misleading. In any case, you should know what the price is before you get the checkout. Demand courtesy and professionalism.
I purchased this device hoping for a simple way to find those out of the way places. I purchased the lifetime maps edition. I already have two GPSs, just thought I’d see what else is out there since they would be out dated soon. One of the most peculiar things about this device is…..some genius thought is was a good idea to put a screen saver on it. A screen saver is the dumbest thing to be put on a gps. Oh, when you are driving down the road, the first thing you want is some advertising to come up on the device that’s showing you how to get where you want to go.
I know, I know, there is probably a way to disable it. but it is a waste of memory, a waste of time and a waste of money. The view map mode seems to be an after thought. It’s not like you have all the displays that you do when you have a programmed destination. I programmed in my home location and on my way home It gave a few directions and then went to a screen saver. Yes the voice continued to give instructions but where is my display of speed, direction and other features I chose in the set up. There are laws that prohibit fiddling with phones, gps and other electronics while driving and what to tomtom do….they cause you to have to touch the screen to get back to your map and status.
That same genius was probably the same one that thought it necessary to put a notice on the screen to let the driver know that “NO ROUTE PLANNED”.
I went on the website and noticed problems that others were having and I realized that I didn’t have the patients for this. I’ll stick to my garmin nuvi 1300 and the NEXTAR. screen saver TomTom, REALLY!!!, why?