stormy monday

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About stormy monday

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  • Birthday 09/04/1955

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  • About Me:
    I catch fewer fish than 17 years ago (aka the pre-kids era) but I enjoy them more.
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    Fishing, tennis, waveskiing and playing guitar.
  • What I do for a living:
    Same as everyone;sit & wait for the Chinese or Indians to replace me.

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    Seacoast NH
  1. Which interventions do we ignore, I assume you refer to things like minimum wage laws? Having seen a crapload of US workers tossed to the curb over the years when I think of government intervention it also includes work visas for cheap tech workers to drive down wages and opportunities for qualified US workers. Too often we only rail against interventions that improve US workers' conditions and ignore those that diminish them. I am not a fan of Trump (yah, no surprise) but he did (finally) put a freeze on the H-1B visas used to do this (72% of which go to India). I was hoping to see this sooner (it was done more as a response to Covid than a policy to protect US workers) and disappointed that more was not made of it. It's one thing I actually do give him credit for, and is something I doubt we'll ever see Dems do sadly.
  2. Labor is labor and if you need it you have to find a way to get it. Any business from robotics to restaurants needs the capability to adapt to changing conditions to survive. A lot of people started businesses based on a niche they found, or a skill that was in demand and they found a good way to fulfill that need, but stuff changes and you need to have the skill and willingness to change with it. In some areas that will mean offering staff more and taking less of a profit to keep it running. That's life. Water Country just upped their pay a good bit because they can't get the usual Russian summer work force. What they don't get is their lifeguards were quitting because they were also making them act as the cleaning crew. Figure that out and adapt as needed if you want to stay in business.
  3. What benefits is he offering? When software developers were hard to get not that long ago we were giving signing bonuses, stock options and even paid sabatticals to attract talent. HR was giving us training on why we need to put in ping pong tables and bean bag chairs fercripessakes. And those who did it got the talent. A lot of the kids I know have taken to the gig economy because they don't like the options presented - they're working and collecting would not pay their rent and food, but they figure if they're going to get crap pay and no benefits they might as well have flexibility. You often hear that there is no God given right to a living wage, and that is true. However there is also no God given right to cheap labor. Employers need to figure out what it will take to attract workers and do it - adapt or die. And if their business model can't support that maybe their business wasn't that feasible to begin with.
  4. I have the same deal, houses in my town (none on the market now) are selling in less than a week, $50-100K over asking price. I paid cash for the lake house 21 years ago and people are pulling up asking to buy my house. My kid graduated 2 days ago and I retire in Sept. My accountant said right now we're OK for capital gains because we'd make just under $500K (we've owned it for 25 years) if things stay as they are now. Pretty tempting to cash in and spend the summer at the lake...
  5. I've been to places like Acton and Sterling out there that seemed pretty nice. I moved to the country too but some **** I'll never forget or probably get over. And you're right - it was no one race or type of person. The guy who cost me thousands (thus housing court) was a white union guy from GE in Lynn. Crap now I have to go have a drink...
  6. Uh yeah I've been there. I served on juries for sexual assault, rape and kidnapping in Salem court and have spent too much time in Lowell Housing Court as a landlord. Mass residents will know what that means, but for others it means I have little tolerance for lowlifes of any shade or belief set. The Berkshires are rural if that's what you mean, but despite being born in Pittsfield I'm more familiar with pre-gentrified Salem, Lynn, Peabody, Lawrence. Having someone pull out a gun while you're playing a gig in Lynn wasn't even a reason to blink when I was there, but maybe things have changed...
  7. I'm sure there is relevance in the MA comment, but not sure what it is. Do you consider it rural? Personally I don't really care if gang members kill each other (and I doubt anyone here really does either).
  8. I guess everything has changed since 2018? It's always comforting to generalize things, but rarely accurate.. from Chicago Tribune; Mass school shootings mostly happening in small-town America By LISA MARIE PANE ASSOCIATED PRESS | MAY 22, 2018 AT 9:19 AM Santa Fe High School shooting Carissa Potts hugs her 7-year-old daughter Kaylee after leaving flowers at a small memorial outside of Santa Fe High School on May 19, 2018, in Santa Fe, Texas. (Scott Olson / Getty Images) 1 / 36 ATLANTA — If you want to know where mass school shootings are most likely to occur, look no farther than small-town and suburban America. The massacre that killed 10 people at a high school in Texas last week was just the latest to happen in a small or suburban city. Of the 10 deadliest school shootings in the U.S., all but one took place in a town with fewer than 75,000 residents and the vast majority of them were in cities with fewer than 50,000 people. 00:0405:09 These are seemingly idyllic places to grow up: low crime rates, good schools and a sense of community where everyone seems to know your name. And it's exactly those attributes, experts say, that are why small rural and suburban towns are a breeding ground for the next school shooter. "Ironically it's people in small towns and suburbia who think it can't happen here. And that is exactly the type of place where it does happen," said Peter Langman, a psychologist who has been studying school shootings for years and operates a database of school gun violence in the U.S. and abroad. "People tend to think of violence associated with cities, not violence associated with small-town America, but this type of violence is the one associated with small-town America." Experts say the phenomenon is due to a variety of factors that include easy access to guns and the copycat effect of disturbed suburban and small-town teenagers emulating each other. It's also blamed on the pressures of living in small towns that make it harder for disgruntled teenagers to adjust. "In small-town America, it's said everybody knows everybody, and that's well and good except when you don't want everybody to know what's going on with you," said James Alan Fox, a professor at Northeastern University who has been studying mass shootings for decades. "If things are going downhill for you, you did something wrong or someone did something wrong to you and some girl dumps you, everybody knows. So it's much harder to get away from it. "Whereas in the big city, where no one knows your name, that can be a good thing," he added. "You don't have this feeling that everybody knows what you're going through. Being in a small town has its advantages in terms of a network and a sense of community but sometimes that can be a double-edged sword." Parkland, Florida, where authorities say a former student in February gunned down 17 people, had just recently been voted the safest town in Florida. Newtown, Connecticut, where a shooting in 2012 at Sandy Hook Elementary School took the lives of 20 children and six adults, is a classic New England town, seemingly a world away from the crime and problems of nearby Bridgeport, one of that state's largest cities. The site of the Columbine High School tragedy was a Denver suburb, the Virginia Tech massacre happened in a college town of about 40,000 people. The shooting last week took place in a town of 13,000 people about 40 minutes southeast of Houston. The prevalence of the mass shootings in smaller cities stands in contrast to the situation in big cities like New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. They have strict gun laws and their own problems with street gun violence, but it's rare that a mass shooting has been carried out in one of their schools. In the 1980s and 1990s, urban districts sought to make schools safer from drug- and gang-related violence, taking such steps as installing metal detectors at entrances. That is exactly what pro-gun Republicans and the National Rifle Association have been proposing in the wake of recent massacres. Some school security and psychology experts, as well as those who have been studying mass shootings for decades, say school designs and talk of arming teachers is a simplistic approach that doesn't get at the heart of preventing it from happening. While students often have a sense that a classmate might be planning an attack or know that someone is troubled, they might be more hesitant in smaller towns to tell anyone about it, said Langman, director of SchoolShooters.info. They know each other well, visit each other's homes and families can be business associates. "The best prevention is to catch them early before they show up with a gun rather than trying to make it hard for them once they're already at the building with a gun," he said. Fox also said it's hard to overlook the issue of copycats — and how much that can determine the types of locations where school shootings occur. "They're all white, male, teenagers in small towns or rural areas because they identify the other white, male teenagers in small towns or rural areas. Whereas a black kid in the Bronx or the streets of Chicago, that's not his world. He's got totally different issues he's dealing with," Fox said.
  9. Daughter's graduation followed by Mexican food and beers followed by a Goose concert in Charleston. 5 star family day in my book.
  10. 200 Motels, Where the Buffalo Roam and A Fish Called Wanda are on my indica list.
  11. Saw a 900sf house in Greenwood, maybe a 1500sf lot listed for over $550K! Yeah it sits on a lake but that's just crazy money.
  12. Depends a lot on the town and what SAU you're in, as well as how much commercial property is in your town. Newington is a good example of that, and actually so is North Conway. SAU 16 is pricey and my town has little commercial property. I don't mind, the way out of staters are buying up my neighborhood I'm going to do just fine, but that kind of hit can eat your savings up once you retire. Most people in SAU 16 unload when the kids are out and head for Rye lately.
  13. Interesting perspective, do you have 1st person experience with a liberal arts program/degree? I'm guessing you don't. I do, since that's what I graduated with before 40 years in IT management. I would say over 70% of the people I've hired had a liberal arts background, often my best performers. I need to put them in environments or on projects that cover a wide range of needs. Some are exciting and challenging, others are gawd awful boring but necessary. The BA kids are used to that - in addition to the stuff they studied that was of interest to them they also had to get through stuff that had no apparent relevance but still demanded a lot of effort - they can handle that. Some of my more technically advanced employees just had no patience for projects or subject matters they felt was "below" them and they unfortunately were not good at hiding their disdain from the users. Guess who the users want to work with? Most of my BA kids speak a second language to some extent, in my environment we have a lot of people on the floor who struggle with English, guess who they want to work with? Are there areas where a liberal arts degree is less of a fit, absolutely and honestly they tend to be the type of roles that the BAs would hate doing anyway. But if you think that BA is a one way ticket to Pizza Hut you may want to Google "CEOs with Liberal Arts degrees". It takes all kinds in business too.
  14. Can range from $6.30 in Newcastle to $40.72 in Claremont (2020 rates).
  15. My right hand is funky due to an accident and surgery. For me the modified Ritz is a perfect fit.