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RE: Employment VS Unemployment

What was/is disturbing was how quickly the unemployed due to cv19 had to run to the food banks to keep themselves fed once they weren't getting a paycheck. It shows the real fallacy of using low unemployment numbers and stock prices as an overall indicator of the state of the economy and the well being of the middle and low income earners. Those w minimal functional educations have been left behind as technology and offshoring wreak havoc in the labor market. Also there are very few resources applied to retraining this group so they are left w minimum wage jobs, uber, etc where they pretty much get taken advantage of. The current $600 stimulus is probably better directed at the unemployed rather than broadcast to all those w less than $75,000 ($150,000 per couple) in income. It would alleviate more suffering and less moneywould end up sitting in somebodies saving account. In my experience quitting your job pretty much disqualifies one from getting benefits so I don't believe that is common.
cptqueeg 01/01/21 02:53pm Around the Campfire
RE: Which TT has the Best Kitchen and Why?

WebstaurantStore. You're welcome. I'm a customer there. I purchased some pandemic stuff from them including containers and a vacuum sealer. The unit you suggested looks good, thanks.
cptqueeg 12/23/20 01:05pm Travel Trailers
RE: Which TT has the Best Kitchen and Why?

https://www.amazon.com/Dual-Electric-Induction-Cooker-Cooktop/dp/B0753699Y2/ref=mp_s_a_1_3?dchild=1&keywords=duel+induction+burner&qid=1608736236&sr=8-3 Only problem is you would need to be pluged in. And watch your power consumption. I dont like them, but if you do they sell these. I looked at those - they aren't dependable enough based on the reviews. Probably going w genset so for more anything more than a brief cook I'd turn the generator on.
cptqueeg 12/23/20 08:16am Travel Trailers
RE: Which TT has the Best Kitchen and Why?

The one biggest improvement over a stock tt kitchen would be an induction burner. I believe a 110v restaurant quality induction burner(s) w infinite heat settings and capable of continuous duty would be a huge upgrade over propane. In addition I would have a 2 burner propane camp stove such as made by partner steel w a quick connects for both inside (as a back-up), but primarily for outdoor use. I'm uncertain which way to go for a oven or even if one is necessary, perhaps a bbq and/or dutch oven could fill that role. I am planning on putting my ideas to work in a truck camper build so eliminating the heat and moisture from propane would be a major plus. I think a plastic tub could handle any oversize cleaning needs rather than dedicating space to a big sink which is going to take up what would be storage space. One "must have" is a built in soap dispenser by the kitchen sink. As an aside we've been using a temp kitchen set up in the garage during our remodel using an induction burner and the camp stove. We also have a natural gas bbq, toaster oven, micro, and an instant pot. I have been fairly successful using the bbq as oven for instance making meatloaf, enchiladas and sole in a sheet pan w white wine. I think the instant pot could be a great camping tool if one doesn't have the willpower to make and freeze meals ahead. My biggest unanswered concern is how to make great coffee w out tons of heat and moisture in the living quarters.
cptqueeg 12/22/20 09:34pm Travel Trailers
RE: BINOCULARS

cptqueeg NICE Thanks, found them when I was looking for you, so thanks for inspiring me. It took some doing for me to part w the big $, but btwn big game hunting and birdwatching I'll get my money's worth and then some.
cptqueeg 12/21/20 04:11pm Truck Campers
RE: BINOCULARS

I was fortunate to snag a demo set of Swaroski 8.5x42 this morning.:)
cptqueeg 12/21/20 12:55pm Truck Campers
RE: Christmas shopping trip

:)
cptqueeg 12/20/20 07:56pm Around the Campfire
RE: BINOCULARS

Vortex on sale at Midway https://www.midwayusa.com/product/1020056818
cptqueeg 12/20/20 05:10pm Truck Campers
RE: BINOCULARS

JimK-NY, thanks for the reply. Have to decide just how much we will use them and for what purpose. For casual birding almost anything will do as long as they're not too heavy and bulky or too high a magnification. As the quality of the glass goes up so does the build, and therefore the reliability. I recently purchased some Vortex for a gift because Vortex stands behind their product in case there was ever an issue. It sounds like you have an inexpensive set now and a decent upgrade would put you in the $5-600 range. Extremely expensive glass is for those addicted to birding and trophy hunters that need to maximize their precious opportunities.
cptqueeg 12/20/20 12:51pm Truck Campers
RE: BINOCULARS

Good afternoon everyone. As I have mentioned. We plan to purchase a Lance 1172 next spring. And just thinking about what we wan to carry with u. Yesterday we were exploring in the Withlacoochee State Forest here in central FL. Brenda spotted some large birds up the creek. Well the binoculars that I had with me were not very good. They were given to me. We finally decided that they were Sandhill cranes all puffed up because of the cold breeze. So we thought we needed to get a better par. We do not know anything about binoculars Was wondering what all you folks are using? Don't think (can gaurantee they were not) sandhill cranes, they don't use trees. Probably were great blue herons, they use trees for roosting and rookeries in large groups. Sandhills fly w their neck extended and herons fold their neck into an "s" when in flight. My area in Central Idaho is Sandhill (Bear Valley Turkey) breeding range. They are incredile to be around and have a haunting call. Read something the other day about eyes and how they age and the ratio of magnification to diameter. For someone in the early 60's the proper ratio typically was 5 - 5.5 making 8x42, or 8.5 x 42 a good bet. 10x are hard to hold steady, 15x-18x needs a tripod and are useful for hours of scanning(i.e. mule deer hunting in open country.) 30 mm doesn't gather enough light in low light for hunting and birding and 50 mm and larger are heavy and bulky for hiking. Swaroski EL 8.5 x 42 is what I'm after. Zeiss, Swaroski, and Leica are considered top 3 brands. Vortex is a great company that provides excellent service. I have a Kowa spotting scope that's top notch, but nowhere near the top 3 in price but very acceptable build and optics.
cptqueeg 12/19/20 04:40pm Truck Campers
RE: Credit Score

My score is 0... Good times .......good times!
cptqueeg 12/18/20 06:44pm Around the Campfire
RE: Credit Score

Curious why the moderator is allowed to post opinions and veer off on a tangent but when responded to with facts it gets deleted....That's not moderating, it's editing to suit your opinion. I think the moderation was an attempt to kill off a political discussion before it started, not necessarily to suit his opinion. ----------------- Exactly! (Mod)
cptqueeg 12/18/20 07:47am Around the Campfire
RE: Taco Soup

It hurts to see so many processed foods used. Agreed.
cptqueeg 12/17/20 08:55pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: Credit Score

Reminds me of arguing w my father who grew up on a dairy farm during the depression. We worked together in a 2 man sales office for 30 years. "Leasing is for poor people." He just couldn't get his head around the concept. Mod could lock this thread now before it devolves after our nice discussion.
cptqueeg 12/14/20 07:13pm Around the Campfire
RE: Credit Score

The way I look at it is: if you have to worry about, or even care about your credit score, you are living above your means! Guy Yes, I understand what you're saying, but in real life, buying houses and cars, surviving pandemics, medical issues, college educations, and general downturns in life require *most* of us to tap credit to one degree or another. *Most* of us are also doing things like getting jobs and insurances that also look at credit scores. While it's good to be you and ignore your credit it's just not possible for *most* of us to blindly ignore our credit. As I said earlier you should lock up your credit so others can't take advantage of you. The locks will protect you so you can continue as you are now, but with real security. Right now with your name, location, and finacial condition posted on the interwebz you present a nice target.
cptqueeg 12/14/20 09:06am Around the Campfire
RE: Credit Score

The other point(s) I would make is, I find it extremely difficult to believe one has never leveraged credit in their life. Always paid cash for everything. As someone who has been working in the banking industry for 26 years, there are often very smart reasons for leveraging credit and not using cash. If you can purchase something like a house at 3-4% interest and invest your cash for a conservative 6-8% interest gain, you net 2-8% profit. This is not living beyond your means. This is smart financial planning. I know very few young people (well I frankly don't know any) that could pay cash for a house out of school. Heck I don't know anyone that could pay cash for a house. The length of your dollar is pretty short with rentals as opposed to purchasing power of a house. So again, leveraging credit for a long term gain makes the most sense. Yeah I'm far too conservative to borrow money to put into other investments, have fun with it though. We saved money and then invested it however. It prob took longer to get where we eventually got but I'm good with that. We survived multiple layoffs, 9/11, the Great Recession, and now hopefully the Pandemic.
cptqueeg 12/14/20 08:29am Around the Campfire
RE: Credit Score

New scam called "debt parking" I became aware of today. "The Federal Trade Commission recently took action against a Missouri collection company and its owners, alleging that they collected more than $24 million from consumers, largely by placing “bogus or highly questionable” debts on their credit reports. “The defendants used this illegal ‘debt parking’ to coerce people to pay debts they didn’t owe or didn’t recognize,” Andrew Smith, director of the F.T.C.’s bureau of consumer protection, said in prepared remarks about the agency’s settlement with the company, Midwest Recovery Systems. The F.T.C. said in a related blog post that the case was its first legal challenge to debt parking under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act." (my bold)
cptqueeg 12/13/20 10:22am Around the Campfire
RE: Credit Score

Yeah we were fortunate and after 30 years on the rock pile we are debt free! I believe in it wholeheartedly, in fact I had my kid from an early age watch Dave Ramsey on tv to instill that value in her. Now at 22 yo when she makes a purchase on her credit card she runs home and pays it off on the computer.
cptqueeg 12/11/20 07:02pm Around the Campfire
RE: Credit Score

Yes I understand all that, but I like to give the fullest explanation I can to all readers that may look as this thread, not just financially independent retirees. Also I don't think I made it clear that identity theft and keeping track of or locking credit reports is the main issue for those that don't use or need credit.
cptqueeg 12/11/20 05:41pm Around the Campfire
RE: Credit Score

a credit score is only worthwhile if you need credit or to go into debt. those of us on the pay-as-you-go plan don’t really care. i 100% agree that freezing your credit at the 4 credit reporting agencies is an excellent way to protect your financial identity. the 4th lesser known credit bureau in Innovis. Your credit score can/is used by employers, landlords, and insurance companies so your score can be used for other things besides credit.
cptqueeg 12/11/20 03:42pm Around the Campfire
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