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1  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: I just got a new (used) bike... (aka 'almost scammed') on: April 21, 2014, 02:49:00 PM
Scam:'(  He sounded totally legit on the phone (answered all the technical questions about that bike) and we were supposed to pick a mutually agreed upon escrow company, but it still just seemed way too good to be true... and there was a bit of time pressure... so at the last second, I offered to pay to have it inspected at a Ducati dealer near him, before I put the money into escrow today... but he replied he didn't have a license to drive it, and instead sent me a payment request from a bogus escrow company basically trying to get me to WesternUnion him a $2500 deposit:-\

Oh well, the search goes on... to find honest people:)
2  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: I just got a new (used) bike... on: April 20, 2014, 12:07:07 PM
Yeah, Spring is definitely the time to buy or sell a convertible or a bike. I think this is one of those bikes that someone bought because they were in the Air Force and wanted an adrenaline fix, but after a first ride realized this was just way too much bike for a beginner and they parked it.

The guy said he had a debt to pay and that was about it, as to why he was dumping it, but with only 35 miles after 4 years, my guess is he scared the sh## out of himself on the way back home and never got back on it.  That's the difference between really fast bikes and cars; you can't just buy your way into this club.

Anyway, the pics looked great, so were going to escrow... and when my dad gets delivery he has 5 days to inspect, so we should be safe. The bad part is I probably won't see it until July.
3  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / I just got a new (used) bike... on: April 20, 2014, 02:35:32 AM
A 2010 1198S Corse Edition with 35 miles on it. I am having it shipped up to my dads shop up North (while I contemplate shoulder surgery) and will let you know when I finally get some pics of my own, but if you want to see a sneak peak at a true Italian Supermodel, please allow me to introduce you one that should leave everything else on the road at a loss for words... and at 170hp and 375lbs, me at a loss for breath.


4  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: The new doghouse... on: March 08, 2014, 06:21:21 PM
My family is actually looking at a 700 acre property, with a cabin on it, right now, bordering state park, in the middle of nowhere PA, about 20 mins from where I was born. This thing would be the complete opposite, but oddly complementary in my case:)

If the condo is my hideout, the property on Rattlesnake Mtn will be my fortress:)
5  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: The new doghouse... on: March 05, 2014, 11:52:14 PM
yeah, good ideas.
6  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: The new doghouse... on: March 04, 2014, 01:30:05 PM
Hey, I'm using this IKEA kitchen software to blow out my ideas, but it's not set up for doing real carpentry, which is kinda what I need before I start messing with cabinets too much. For example, I cant add doors or windows to interior walls with it.  In other words, I am using this software to rough out my ideas conceptually, but I really need this to translate very soon into real blueprints.  Does anyone know the RIGHT way to do what I'm doing?  My goal is to get this so close to exactly what I want, the contractor has very little to do, other than figure out the electrical compliance, etc. and submit it.

Any life hacks out there for my situation?
7  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: The new doghouse... on: March 04, 2014, 01:01:39 PM

I posted the latest concepts last night, and updated the site. Basically I'm trying to stuff 10lbs of crap in a 5lb bag:)  

The reality is, if this place was plumbed differently, it would be easy to layout a one bedroom that made perfect sense, but as it is - with plumbing split between the main entrance - there is not much I can do. Hell, it took me 20 hours of thought to finally throw out everything and get the refridgerator on the other side of the room, which opened a new flow, and defined the new 'dining area' and 'bedroom' spaces.

Hehe I know all our brothers across the pond are used to small spaces but I think my fathers kitchen is about the size of this whole place:)
8  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: The new doghouse... on: March 02, 2014, 07:13:27 PM
I did this with IKEA software and WP...
9  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: The new doghouse... on: March 02, 2014, 12:11:04 AM
Still in Lauderdale, but in a better spot, closer to where all the action is, but tucked away, so its not rowdy; the best of both worlds.

The idea was to get up in a high rise and try to breath cleaner salt air, without so much of the pollen etc.  I'll post some pics of it when I'm done restoring it, but honestly it's just a 550sq ft studio from 1962, but I want a place that I can lock the door and go away for a year, and go to Bulgaria to see my wife's family, without worrying about it (like my old 3br home) or having it break the bank.

Everybody needs a hideout:)
10  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: The new doghouse... on: March 01, 2014, 03:34:43 AM
Hopefully a little salt air will do us right, but the place is truly tiny and needs gutted. I bought it cash for a such a good price that we will re-list it soon as I'm done kicking the walls out and reinstalling cabinets, with hopes we might be able to roll it into a bigger place, up another few floors in the same building.

But the location is great and the views are epic.
11  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: The new doghouse... on: March 01, 2014, 03:19:47 AM
The view of Port Everglades, looking West...
12  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / Re: The new doghouse... on: March 01, 2014, 03:10:12 AM
The view to the East...
13  Why We Are Here / Water Cooler / The new doghouse... on: March 01, 2014, 03:08:20 AM
Just had an offer accepted on a tiny little place at the beach; we close in 3 weeks:)
14  Why We Are Here / Economics & Investing / Re: Gold crash on: January 02, 2014, 12:00:10 PM
Annual performances for London bullion over the last 13 years follows.

2000-2013 Gold Prices and Annual Gains / Losses
Year           Price           $ Annual Gain   % Annual Gain

2000   $272.65      
2001   $276.50           $3.85   1.41%
2002   $342.75           $66.25   23.96%
2003   $417.25           $74.50   21.74%
2004   $435.60           $18.35   4.40%
2005   $513.00           $77.40   17.77%
2006   $635.70           $122.70   23.92%
2007   $836.50           $200.80   31.59%
2008   $865.00           $28.50   3.41%
2009   $1,104.00         $239.00   27.63%
2010   $1,410.25         $306.25   27.74%
2011   $1,574.50         $164.25   11.65%
2012   $1,664.00         $89.50   5.68%
2013   $1,201.50    -$462.50     -27.79%


US Mint Bullion Sales in December

Demand surged this year for all U.S. Mint bullion products. In annual sales comparisons between 2013 and 2012:

22-karat American Eagle gold coins reached annual sales of 856,500 ounces in 2013 compared to 753,000 ounces in 2012. The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders from its distributors for its 2014-dated Gold Eagles on Jan. 2, 2014.

99.9% pure American Eagle silver coins hit 42,675,000 in 2013 an all-time annual sales record versus 33,742,500 in 2012. The 2012-dated Silver Eagles sold out on Dec. 13. The U.S. Mint will begin accepting orders for the 2014-dated Silver Eagles on Jan. 13, 2014.

24-karat American Buffalo gold coins achieved annual sales of 239,000 in 2013 compared to 132,000 in 2012. The U.S. Mint will begin taking orders from its distributors for its 2014-dated Gold Buffalo coins on Jan. 2, 2014.

99.9% pure America the Beautiful Five Ounce Silver Bullion Coins achieved annual sales of 223,100 units in 2013 against the 118,100 units 2012. The first 2014-dated ATB coin is expected out in late January.


So to summarize, what you see here is price is going DOWN, in the face of RISING DEMAND.  This isn't supposed to happen in a free market.  Gold and Silver are now valued less than the cost of production.  Again, this isn't supposed to be possible.  So how is it possible?  Because as I've said since the beginning, the price is set by the paper traders.... and that platform is based on a fractional reserve, which is based on a ~100:1 ratio, meaning for every 100oz bought and sold, only one ounce is actually changing hands.  And this allows huge players to dump paper on the market to force the price of the physical metal down.

But here is the thing.... as long as the paper traders keep playing the system like this, and the mines stop producing, at some point, there will be a physical shortage that wont be able to be ramped up fast enough, and the pendulum will swing wildly the other way.

Think about it. How can the mint run out of silver, if it's mandated to mint coins and buy the metal on the open market? Because there isn't enough physical to meet demand.... so the price should be going up, not down.  It's only being held down with paper, so everyone dumps their stash, while China and India import it by the ton, and the central banks, who have been net sellers for years, have now become net buyers.

That is why this is the greatest theft in history.  They are making metals look terrible, and then when they know they are going to lose their grip on it, they are all going to buy as much as they can, before it sling shots up the other way, and they ride the wave up.

It's happening right now.

15  Why We Are Here / Hardware & Technology / Re: All of Wikipedia can be installed to your desktop in just 30 hours on: November 27, 2013, 12:16:20 PM
I actually was trying to find a place that would print the 'highlight' reel, in gigantic books with tiny type and super thin pages, for my underground bunker complex in the Smokeys.

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