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    California

    Got up, 5:30 am, made a cup a coffee, french press.
    Let the dogs out into the back yard.
    Played some guitar, my Yamaha RS620, love that guitar.
    Took the dogs for a long walk, went to the canyon trail, crossed paths with two other walkers. Cool this morning, about 60 degrees I'd guess, partly cloudy, quiet.
    Had my Grape Nuts, more coffee.
    Finalized a mix I'm doing for a collaborator.
    Wife went off to play golf at Torrey Pines.

    That's my morning. Not sure what all the whining about California is all about, it's awfully nice here. Some people are just going to whine, I remember the type where I use to work, energy vortexes, bad for the company culture, CEO talked about it, fired many of them for exactly that, didn't matter how well they did their job.

    Maybe you shouldn't watch the news.



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    Assets as opposed to cash???-74bd6bc51aa11204d98da5ea20630110-jpg

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    Go on vacation, leave on probation.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont View Post
    Assets as opposed to cash???-74bd6bc51aa11204d98da5ea20630110-jpg
    Lol. That sums it up pretty well.
    I'm on probation. I was Ichiwa Kai. I shouldn't even think about setting foot in California.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep View Post
    California

    Got up, 5:30 am, made a cup a coffee, french press.
    Let the dogs out into the back yard.
    Played some guitar, my Yamaha RS620, love that guitar.
    Took the dogs for a long walk, went to the canyon trail, crossed paths with two other walkers. Cool this morning, about 60 degrees I'd guess, partly cloudy, quiet.
    Had my Grape Nuts, more coffee.
    Finalized a mix I'm doing for a collaborator.
    Wife went off to play golf at Torrey Pines.

    That's my morning. Not sure what all the whining about California is all about, it's awfully nice here. Some people are just going to whine, I remember the type where I use to work, energy vortexes, bad for the company culture, CEO talked about it, fired many of them for exactly that, didn't matter how well they did their job.

    Maybe you shouldn't watch the news.
    They stop whining when they leave California. Vegas sucks but if you can't afford CA, get out. I never hear people from CA complain about it. They sort of keep to themselves.
    They miss the weather, not the traffic. That's all I've heard.

    We don't have a pretense of socialization where I live.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mr. beaumont View Post
    Assets as opposed to cash???-74bd6bc51aa11204d98da5ea20630110-jpg
    You can't beat much of CA in the day time. At night I'll take the desert.
    It's so clean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger
    California is far from uniform. There are a lot of differences between the different parts of the State (I feel like the California that you refer to in your posts here, is LA (or "smell-A" as we Northern Californians call it ). That said, the "virtue signalers" seem to be in charge Statewide while the reactionaries (who haven't moved to Nevada or Arizona) make fools of themselves. And that has made California a mess. Without competition and compromise, mankind almost always sinks into the abyss of mediocrity.
    Things are looking better. There were already a lot of people from CA here then since Covid, boom. A lot more. Everyone is over the shock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Jeff
    "You go to Lost Wages, Lost Wages,
    You go to Lost Wages..."
    Save your money. Don't gamble. There is no winning or losing for retirees. We only gamble for the social aspect. It's a reason to get out of the apartment.

  10. #59

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    Quote Originally Posted by fep
    California

    Got up, 5:30 am, made a cup a coffee, french press.
    Let the dogs out into the back yard.
    Played some guitar, my Yamaha RS620, love that guitar.
    Took the dogs for a long walk, went to the canyon trail, crossed paths with two other walkers. Cool this morning, about 60 degrees I'd guess, partly cloudy, quiet.
    Had my Grape Nuts, more coffee.
    Finalized a mix I'm doing for a collaborator.
    Wife went off to play golf at Torrey Pines.

    That's my morning. Not sure what all the whining about California is all about, it's awfully nice here. Some people are just going to whine, I remember the type where I use to work, energy vortexes, bad for the company culture, CEO talked about it, fired many of them for exactly that, didn't matter how well they did their job.

    Maybe you shouldn't watch the news.
    Send them to Las Vegas. Everyone. If they don't measure up just send them our way. If nothing else the world of gambling is efficient.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger View Post
    California is far from uniform. There are a lot of differences between the different parts of the State (I feel like the California that you refer to in your posts here, is LA (or "smell-A" as we Northern Californians call it ). That said, the "virtue signalers" seem to be in charge Statewide while the reactionaries (who haven't moved to Nevada or Arizona) make fools of themselves. And that has made California a mess. Without competition and compromise, mankind almost always sinks into the abyss of mediocrity.
    BLM California just rolled into town. They're here to stay.
    Need a vacation? I can't recommend Las Vegas. Skip it.

    There's some speculation they might shake down the casinos.

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    Well if you’re from CA do what Maxine Waters did. Head to Minneapolis and tell people to be confrontational and stay in the streets.
    WTF people???????????!
    this is NOT going to work out well. Glad im 68 with a critical illness.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stevebol View Post
    BLM California just rolled into town. They're here to stay.
    Need a vacation? I can't recommend Las Vegas. Skip it.

    There's some speculation they might shake down the casinos.
    Please clarify which BLM California you are referring to.
    Is it the Bureau of Land Management California (est. 1946) or Black Lives Matter California, which began in 2013?

    California | Bureau of Land Management

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gitfiddler View Post
    Please clarify which BLM California you are referring to.
    Is it the Bureau of Land Management California (est. 1946) or Black Lives Matter California, which began in 2013?

    California | Bureau of Land Management
    Bureau of Land Management California.
    They're buying all the ugly monopoly mansions with no yards in Las Vegas.
    I would have gone another way but it's their money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gitfiddler View Post
    Please clarify which BLM California you are referring to.
    Is it the Bureau of Land Management California (est. 1946) or Black Lives Matter California, which began in 2013?

    California | Bureau of Land Management
    Both?
    Just move to Vegas and we'll sort shit out later. Stay out of jail and don't gamble too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzkritter View Post
    Well if you’re from CA do what Maxine Waters did. Head to Minneapolis and tell people to be confrontational and stay in the streets.
    WTF people???????????!
    this is NOT going to work out well. Glad im 68 with a critical illness.
    Hope you're OK.
    I haven't followed this trial at all till today. Looks like a mess.

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    Guitars are not good as investments. They belong in the asset class of "things you can easily blow thousands of dollars on and not feel all that guilty" because typically you can resell them. I'm talking about vintage guitars, of course. I consider spending money on pedals, cheap modern Epiphones, Ibanezes, Princeton Reissues etc much more reckless than buying guitars that at least hold their value, even if the total amount you spend is much lower.

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    Hey Stevebol thanks for asking... I’m doing pretty good. House is sold, closing 5/7. Putting everything in a Pod or two and storing it all and take our time figuring the next step. Kid gets married in July, a small affair well under 15K which is a miracle nowadays). AC is in the rear view ever since the Red Square vodka bar at the AC Trop closed i haven’t been back.

    #RANT_ON
    I was doing my shout at the clouds back there in #65. Always really made me crazy as a federal employee being very serious about my role as a guardian of people’s tax money and federal rules/Regis while watching the Congress types just going crazy. Both sides.
    So maybe, just maybe, we could ask them to follow the laws they make? Be honest and open about what’s really in a new law and it’s funding package? Support law enforcement? Pay attention to their own constituents? Nah, this day and age, everyone is above the law.
    Then again, jazzkritter is such a dreamer.
    #RANT_OFF

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzkritter View Post
    Hey Stevebol thanks for asking... I’m doing pretty good. House is sold, closing 5/7. Putting everything in a Pod or two and storing it all and take our time figuring the next step. Kid gets married in July, a small affair well under 15K which is a miracle nowadays). AC is in the rear view ever since the Red Square vodka bar at the AC Trop closed i haven’t been back.

    #RANT_ON
    I was doing my shout at the clouds back there in #65. Always really made me crazy as a federal employee being very serious about my role as a guardian of people’s tax money and federal rules/Regis while watching the Congress types just going crazy. Both sides.
    So maybe, just maybe, we could ask them to follow the laws they make? Be honest and open about what’s really in a new law and it’s funding package? Support law enforcement? Pay attention to their own constituents? Nah, this day and age, everyone is above the law.
    Then again, jazzkritter is such a dreamer.
    #RANT_OFF
    I guess they'll be announcing the verdict soon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Jeff View Post
    "You go to Lost Wages, Lost Wages,
    You go to Lost Wages..."
    I don't know what to say about casinos. I worked in one. I was a quick study. 5 weeks seemed like 5 years and I did want to keep my job but I couldn't. I'm defeated and likely to stay here.
    This is a very transient city and I don't trust anyone except for other retirees. We stick together.

    Should I trust my doctor and her team? They're good doctors but they'll be going back to California. Don't trust the opinion of people that weren't born and raised here. My dentist left and came back.

    I know it's fun to try to beat Vegas. You might win much of the time. If you lose consistently consider yourself lucky. You should probably not gamble. I had beginners luck. It took over 3 years to learn to budget. I don't even like casinos or gambling now.

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    I refused to get serious in a casino once everything got hooked up online to tracking systems.
    I hired a number of ex-casino IT types in NJ (my health system was just up the parkway).
    I learned two things: 1) where smoking is allowed, the cables and LAN connections had to be replaced on a regular basis due to nicotine damage. Hello lungs!!!
    2) There is some agreement between the state gaming people and casinos as to odds and how they are controlled and maintained. Freely translated the house owns your sorry tail and can do what it needs to protect itself from you. Hello computer system!!!
    Now ironically the only docs we could trust were in AC. (Ours were total bandaid placers). But AC attracted a slew of PHL docs that would come out a couple days or so a week to collect money from the retirees living around AC. Ventnor, in particular. Take Medicaid? Oh no they were too smart for that garbage. My pulmonologist was from UofPenn, couldn't have been better.

  23. #72

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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzkritter View Post
    I refused to get serious in a casino once everything got hooked up online to tracking systems.
    I hired a number of ex-casino IT types in NJ (my health system was just up the parkway).
    I learned two things: 1) where smoking is allowed, the cables and LAN connections had to be replaced on a regular basis due to nicotine damage. Hello lungs!!!
    2) There is some agreement between the state gaming people and casinos as to odds and how they are controlled and maintained. Freely translated the house owns your sorry tail and can do what it needs to protect itself from you. Hello computer system!!!
    Now ironically the only docs we could trust were in AC. (Ours were total bandaid placers). But AC attracted a slew of PHL docs that would come out a couple days or so a week to collect money from the retirees living around AC. Ventnor, in particular. Take Medicaid? Oh no they were too smart for that garbage. My pulmonologist was from UofPenn, couldn't have been better.
    I didn't know there were casinos in Atlantic City anymore. There's an ocean. Houses look normal. They have yards.

    I don't see the point of having a bunch of casinos in the desert like here. They should move them all to California. Leave a few. Vegas was OK when it was rural.
    It's all a bunch of nothingness. The big brand where there's nothing to do except go to casinos and bars. The strip is 4 miles away but it feels like a 1,000 miles.

    There's a line from a song- you can get addicted to a certain kind of sadness.

    This place is very transient so I don't trust anyone except for retirees that are here to stay and people born and raised here.
    It's just some place where people party or work. Few people are going to stay here long term.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stringswinger View Post
    California is far from uniform. There are a lot of differences between the different parts of the State (I feel like the California that you refer to in your posts here, is LA (or "smell-A" as we Northern Californians call it ). That said, the "virtue signalers" seem to be in charge Statewide while the reactionaries (who haven't moved to Nevada or Arizona) make fools of themselves. And that has made California a mess. Without competition and compromise, mankind almost always sinks into the abyss of mediocrity.
    I don't have a good feeling about this;


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    Quote Originally Posted by jazzkritter View Post
    I refused to get serious in a casino once everything got hooked up online to tracking systems.
    I hired a number of ex-casino IT types in NJ (my health system was just up the parkway).
    I learned two things: 1) where smoking is allowed, the cables and LAN connections had to be replaced on a regular basis due to nicotine damage. Hello lungs!!!
    2) There is some agreement between the state gaming people and casinos as to odds and how they are controlled and maintained. Freely translated the house owns your sorry tail and can do what it needs to protect itself from you. Hello computer system!!!
    Now ironically the only docs we could trust were in AC. (Ours were total bandaid placers). But AC attracted a slew of PHL docs that would come out a couple days or so a week to collect money from the retirees living around AC. Ventnor, in particular. Take Medicaid? Oh no they were too smart for that garbage. My pulmonologist was from UofPenn, couldn't have been better.
    I think we're going to start running out water in the southwest sooner than expected. I thought it would be 8-10 years. It looks more like 2-3. Lake Powell in Utah is feeding Lake Mead in Nevada so it doesn't look so bad.
    We can't cut off California to force them to act. It's too powerful.
    People have been complaining about the CA exodus. Wait till they see the southwest exodus.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Jeff View Post
    I go into casinos occasionally, in part cause my fiancee’s sister lives in Vegas and we go there to see shows. Or did when there were shows you could go to.

    Much as I want to enjoy them or at least find them interesting in an anthropological way, I find them full of sad characters. A lot of lost and directionless people.

    Also, when I try to gamble I can lose 100 dollars in 20 minutes, which takes the fun out of it quickly.

    Also nothing gets my allergic rhinitis going like cigarette smoke.

    I get the idea there is some secret to A) winning money gambling and B) enjoying the lifestyle.

    My ex-roommate retired from medicine a few years ago and divides his time between Scottsdale and Vegas. He is what you might call a semi-pro gambler. We went out to eat at the Bellagio—?Spago, not sure if that’s right—and the bill was rather hefty. When the check came, he wanted to pick it up, but I foolishly insisted we split it. After we left he said, “Well, I won $20K yesterday at poker, and I would have been glad to pick up the tab.”
    There are employers, employees and retirees. No one trusts anyone else. I was a employee for a short time, now I'm retired.
    This is corporate nirvana. I asked about work one time in a casino. Actually two places. I have to follow up in one place and tell them I'm not looking for work anymore.

    Las Vegas is just another place as a friend likes to say. I'd love to have a house with a yard here but that's not going to happen. I'll just rent. I don't care about casinos and gambling anymore. That doesn't leave much to do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Jeff View Post
    I go into casinos occasionally, in part cause my fiancee’s sister lives in Vegas and we go there to see shows. Or did when there were shows you could go to.

    Much as I want to enjoy them or at least find them interesting in an anthropological way, I find them full of sad characters. A lot of lost and directionless people.

    Also, when I try to gamble I can lose 100 dollars in 20 minutes, which takes the fun out of it quickly.

    Also nothing gets my allergic rhinitis going like cigarette smoke.

    I get the idea there is some secret to A) winning money gambling and B) enjoying the lifestyle.

    My ex-roommate retired from medicine a few years ago and divides his time between Scottsdale and Vegas. He is what you might call a semi-pro gambler. We went out to eat at the Bellagio—?Spago, not sure if that’s right—and the bill was rather hefty. When the check came, he wanted to pick it up, but I foolishly insisted we split it. After we left he said, “Well, I won $20K yesterday at poker, and I would have been glad to pick up the tab.”
    Doc, we're here because we can't afford California. I have to remind myself that's all it is. If you got priced out leave it at that and get on with your life.
    Not everyone got priced out but a lot of people did.
    I'm still getting used to this place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doctor Jeff View Post
    I go into casinos occasionally, in part cause my fiancee’s sister lives in Vegas and we go there to see shows. Or did when there were shows you could go to.

    Much as I want to enjoy them or at least find them interesting in an anthropological way, I find them full of sad characters. A lot of lost and directionless people.

    Also, when I try to gamble I can lose 100 dollars in 20 minutes, which takes the fun out of it quickly.

    Also nothing gets my allergic rhinitis going like cigarette smoke.

    I get the idea there is some secret to A) winning money gambling and B) enjoying the lifestyle.

    My ex-roommate retired from medicine a few years ago and divides his time between Scottsdale and Vegas. He is what you might call a semi-pro gambler. We went out to eat at the Bellagio—?Spago, not sure if that’s right—and the bill was rather hefty. When the check came, he wanted to pick it up, but I foolishly insisted we split it. After we left he said, “Well, I won $20K yesterday at poker, and I would have been glad to pick up the tab.”
    It's not about gambling anymore. New Vegas is a party place for young people that like shitty music.
    There's a lot of them.