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  • #31
    Originally posted by NZ primal Gwamma View Post
    okay Laz, a photo on that 'All Black' Harley in your 'All Black' leather gear - or it didn't happen !!!!!!!!!!!!
    ******just so you can indulge a couple of old cougars******
    I find this hedonistic post ironically funny considering the topic.
    Make America Great Again

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    • #32
      Derp, that M.A. quote is brilliant.

      What now seduces the masses are flashing colored lights and the desire for connection.
      Life is death. We all take turns. It's sacred to eat during our turn and be eaten when our turn is over. RichMahogany.

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      • #33
        The problem is that many (most?) people have lost sight of the important, meaningful things in life. I have a cousin, my age, who before she got married used to visit from Europe once a year, mainly so she can shop. "OMG, you have stuff so cheap over here!" I never could understand that, and she is an intelligent and educated person with a degree in political science out of all things.

        My cellphone is 2 years old, my desk top PC, 4. Few months ago I sold my almost new SUV, and got smaller, much older sedan. I figured I could get rid of an unnecessary monthly payment, interest and all the extra expenses associated with a vehicle of this type. I'm much better off for it.
        Look what has happened to Christmas, it's ridiculous. Do people need to spend that much money they don't even have?

        Instead of accumulating unnecessary junk I prefer to save any disposable income, so in the near future I could afford a very simple lifestyle where I won't have to work unless it's for sustaining my basic needs. Besides, traveling, visiting beautiful places with an air of history about them is far more important to me.

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        • #34
          Originally posted by Urban Forager View Post
          Derp, that M.A. quote is brilliant.

          What now seduces the masses are flashing colored lights and the desire for connection.
          Sadly, this is how everyone judges your worth as a person. They don't get to know you personally, without judging you first for your monetary value. Because it's appropriate:

          Make America Great Again

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          • #35
            I have a flip-top phone, too. I never answer it. I don't check the messages. I don't call people back. Too bad. My truck is a 1994. My dad bought it. I've never actually bought a car in my life and I'm 48! I don't own a house, though, either. I'm the worst consumer ever and I probably don't even have any credit rating. I have bought motorcycles though, brand new. I have a 2005 Vespa ET4. Cost way too much but I ride it every day. My computer is 13 years old. I have to turn off javascript sometimes in order to visit some sites that have too many moving gee-gaws. Some annoying sites hide all the content if you turn off javascript so I just view source and read the article in the source code. Fuck them and their ads and a hundred stupid popup sign up like me tweet me bullshit.
            Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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            • #36
              Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
              Sadly, this is how everyone judges your worth as a person. They don't get to know you personally, without judging you first for your monetary value. Because it's appropriate:

              I heard of a study in which women judged men more positively by the branding of clothing they wore. Its depressing if true, that how much money you spend on a label, is interpreted as how valuable a human you are.
              http://lifemutt.blogspot.sg/ - Gaming, Food Reviews and Life in Singapore

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              • #37
                Hmm, I got my cell phone like, four years ago? It's still the same one, poking along and doing what it needs to do... which is largely nothing. I only got it for work. My car has 150,000 miles on it and I bought it used.

                I AM a sucker for fine jewelry. I figure I can justify it as future currency, though.
                Out of context quote for the day:

                Clearly Gorbag is so awesome he should be cloned, reproducing in the normal manner would only dilute his awesomeness. - Urban Forager

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                • #38
                  Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                  I find this hedonistic post ironically funny considering the topic.
                  hahahahahahahahaha - thanx Derp my boy. I love a good laugh !!!!!!!!
                  "never let the truth get in the way of a good story "

                  ...small steps....

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                  • #39
                    I totally agree....
                    And it isn't only Apple devices. Look at mobile phones from any brands. The batteries grow bad after 1,5 years of use. Lucky for the providers that's just about the time you need a new contract with them... So you buy the new phone and a very expensive contract!!!

                    Do you know how much time and money is spend on recycle commercials!! They would be completely unnecessary if electronics companies made products that actually lasted longer than a year...
                    My story, My thought....

                    It's all about trying to stay healthy!!!!

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                    • #40
                      Originally posted by Derpamix View Post
                      When we have meat before us and other food, we must say to ourselves: “This is the dead body of a fish, and this is the dead body of a bird or of a pig, and again, this Falernian [wine] is only a little grape juice, and this purple robe some sheep’s wool died with the blood of a shellfish” … so that we see what kinds of things they are. This is how we should act throughout life: where there are things that seem worthy of great estimation, we ought to lay them bare and look at their worthlessness and strip them of all the words by which they are exalted. For the outward show [of things] is a wonderful perverter of reason, and when we are certain the things we are dealing with are worth the trouble, that is when it cheats us most

                      -Marcus Aurelius
                      From his "Meditations", correct? One of my favorite books.

                      M.

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                      • #41
                        Originally posted by AMonkey View Post
                        I heard of a study in which women judged men more positively by the branding of clothing they wore. Its depressing if true, that how much money you spend on a label, is interpreted as how valuable a human you are.
                        mostly your car and money, judging by various "studies". I read a study where a man was rated 8 on attractiveness, then 4 once they showed he made 20k a year. meanwhile, a 4 jumped to 10 after his 300k yearly salary was listed.
                        Make America Great Again

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                        • #42
                          Originally posted by MEversbergII View Post
                          From his "Meditations", correct? One of my favorite books.

                          M.
                          Yup, and same here.
                          Make America Great Again

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                          • #43
                            Brains don't fade. Humor doesn't fade. Investing emotions in salary or car or fashion is a fool's path. Which doesn't mean someone should invest emotions in a loser who is probably going to end up living in a large appliance box in an alley somewhere. It just means that sometimes the guy who makes $300k/yr is so full of himself that eventually you want to stick a wire hanger in your ear just to never have to listen to his bs ever again.
                            "Right is right, even if no one is doing it; wrong is wrong, even if everyone is doing it." - St. Augustine

                            B*tch-lite

                            Who says back fat is a bad thing? Maybe on a hairy guy at the beach, but not on a crab.

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                            • #44
                              Originally posted by AMonkey View Post
                              I heard of a study in which women judged men more positively by the branding of clothing they wore. Its depressing if true, that how much money you spend on a label, is interpreted as how valuable a human you are.
                              I'm not gonna lie- I do judge men more favorably if I see them in Wranglers or Carhartts

                              When I got my new cell phone, we determined that my old one was 6 years old. I was sad to let it go, but it was literally falling apart. The salesperson was appalled that it was that ancient. She was also having a hard time finding me a flip phone to go with my plan, so I had to downgrade to prepaid

                              I drive a 10-year-old car (bought her new) and my last computer was 8 I think when it really needed to be replaced. This one isn't new- it's refurbished. I fit 98% of my stuff in the one bedroom I rent from a friend. I just projected that I'll be making about $15k next year pursuing what makes me tick. Won't be living large, but I'll be able to pay my rent and feed myself. I'll also be learning how to grow food to help feed others.

                              I don't know when this is all going to fall apart, so I figure it's best to get about learning how to live after it's over. Either I'll need it for myself, or I'll have it pretty down pat to teach the next generation when they realize they need it.
                              http://cattaillady.com/ My blog exploring the beginning stages of learning how to homestead. With the occasional rant.

                              Originally Posted by TheFastCat: Less is more more or less

                              And now I have an Etsy store: CattailsandCalendula

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                              • #45
                                I don't even know what carharts are.

                                Last night we were watching TV and I swear every single commercial was buy this iphone, buy this tablet, buy that tablet, we have tablets too!, spill some coffee on your laptop so you can get a new tablet. God it was infuriating.
                                Female, 5'3", 50, Max squat: 202.5lbs. Max deadlift: 225 x 3.

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