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>>I am trying to bend my head around making a business based on purchases

Quite a few years back we bought a pallet of stuff just to see. Like most of the stories you will read some was good, some was bad. I think we were able to sell enough stuff to pay for it. And with more local selling options like FB Marketplace it might make it easier to move some of the stuff without paying shipping costs. I would say running a full time business to support your family would be a tough go but it could be great for a retiree who wants to putter around in his garage for a but and make a couple hundred bucks here and there or a stay at home mom who could spend an hour or two a day researching prices, posting stuff for sale, etc.

Hardware & Technology / Re: Where's my damn robotic puppy?
« on: January 10, 2020, 10:08:13 PM »
Well RC, look what was at CES this year:

Just a lap dog for now but it is a start.

Water Cooler / Re: The Waffle House All Star Challenge [ORIGINAL]
« on: January 09, 2020, 07:01:40 PM »
That dude with the goatee wasn't even close.

Seems like bacon would be a pretty easy flavor to replicate, especially if they are trying to replicate the standard grocery store bacon. Just throw some salt and liquid smoke on something that is a similar texture and you are most of the way there.

But to come close to the good, thick cut, small batch bacon? That will take some work. The good stuff is only a very small part of the market that they probably don't need to worry about that and just make something that appeals to the masses. And if they are wanting to throw it on a burger there is enough stuff on the burger that can cover up any shortcomings.

Marketing / Re: March of the non-binary babies
« on: January 02, 2020, 09:58:36 PM »
I got my daughter a Guess Who game for Christmas this year. Very difficult to determine which tiles to flip down if she asks "are they a boy or girl?". Same goes for "are they black" or "are they white". Would be very interesting to compare the game to one from 20 years ago to see the differences.

Water Cooler / Re: Weak sisters
« on: December 19, 2019, 10:03:28 PM »

The first car I remember my parents having was a 1976 Pacer. They loved that car for some reason. I was maybe 2 or 3 when we were on the lot looking at them and I threw up in the back of one. Over the years I remember working on that car a lot with my dad, rebuilding the engine, changing suspension, etc. Learned a few new words doing that.

I think Ikea could be one of the companies that could kind of ignore the online component of their business. There is no store better at getting you to add extra crap to your cart while walking through than Ikea. And if they shift consumers to online they lose out the cafeteria revenue as well. It almost seems like a trip there is more of an event than a shopping trip.

Economics & Investing / Re: 11 facts about San Francisco's housing market
« on: November 22, 2019, 07:18:50 PM »

My wife is originally from Columbus. I have been there twice and hope to never go back. There is nothing I saw that was attractive about that state.

>>giant screen

That thing is horrible. Looks like someone just docked a giant Ipad there. Doesn't really seem to even fit with the overall design of the dashboard. Even half that size is probably a bit too big.

I got a free year with my Verizon account. Would have bought it even if I wasn't getting it for free, mostly for the kids.

Seems like some pretty reasonable assumptions. I think the biggest hit will be to the CAFOs who just want to get the cheapest meat they can on to the table. The smaller ranches who focus more on producing a quality product instead of a cheap product should see growth over the next 10-20 years. I know I would rather eat 1 great tasting $40 steak than 4 mediocre $10 steaks.

The people who have the money to pay for a higher quality product will still want their meat but the standard family buying all their meat at Walmart could easily be swayed to some of the cheaper alternatives.

There is one week less between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year which could put a bit of a damper on major growth. That said more and more retailers are shifting their Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales strategies to include the whole week of Thanksgiving and even stretching into the week before that.

I think overall growth will be in the 4% range.

Water Cooler / Re: Great Migration: Wealthy Gen X-ers Are Moving
« on: October 29, 2019, 05:24:01 PM »
>>The states that aren't typically warm on this list? Legal weed. lol

And Washington has no state income tax.

We are seeing a big flood of people moving to Spokane from California, Portland, and Seattle. Talking to my real estate agent friend many of them are selling their homes there and are able to make all cash offers on houses twice as big as they are coming from. $250K will get you a nice 4 bedroom, 2500 sq foot house in a good neighborhood. $400-500K gets you an excellent house in an excellent neighborhood or a good house with 10-20 acres of land.

Water Cooler / Re: You're not so smart...
« on: October 28, 2019, 05:25:07 PM »
Someone recently asked me how I learned so much tech stuff. And I really don't know much tech stuff at all. But I can search and figure out how to apply what I find and ignore the BS.

Water Cooler / Re: No Need To Cut Back On Red Meat
« on: October 14, 2019, 04:24:26 PM »
>>Cardiologist Explains the Latest Red Meat Research

Good video and explanation of the study. I have seen similar points raised in a few different articles questioning those studies. Put down the cigarette, don't drink soda, and take a walk around the block and then enjoy your steak.

I have a LOT of thoughts on meat and probably think about it more than most. For the past week or two I have been formulating a blog post for my meat site (the focus will be something along the lines of "How I think about meat for my family") that will probably end up being a few thousand words by the time it is all done. It won't necessarily be focused on environmental or health impacts but as it plays out both of those will come into play. But the rough bullet points:

  • Meat isn't bad
  • Americans eat a lot of meat
  • Small farms are better than big feedlots (not a grass fed vs. grain fed argument)
  • Families have limited food budgets they need to make work
  • Shift some of your meat budget away from grocery store meat to local farms or other small farm sources of meat
  • The small farms produce a much higher quality of meat
  • Eat less meat overall but eat higher quality meat

That will probably morph and change as I write but that is at least what I have in my head for now.

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