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20 minutes ago, TheSnowman said:

Man.  You guys are going to have a Lot to say when I get my Capitalism Talk out.  I’m a Severe fan of Capitalism, and think ANY HINT of Socialism and Regulation is an Utter disaster, making for a worthless, excuse making, lazy society.  Including the Minimum Wage which is asinine that it exists.  The Free Market in a civilized society fixes everything on its own with zero regulation.  Didn’t realize many on here were fans of socialist “Help” people out by unfairly taking from other people ideals.  

Most here are middle class or upper middle class liberals in neighborhoods with HOAs and well-funded youth soccer leagues who are just virtue signaling. They don’t want to share their wealth with anyone. They don’t even want to let people from the lower classes live in block housing near them due to “property values.”

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25 minutes ago, tamarack said:

Like wise, but we're early-year boomers so can't compete with today's desires.  Our current house ha a 960 sf footprint but might squeeze out 1500 sf if loft and part of the basement are included, and it's our biggest in 50 years (next week) of marriage.  Our daughter/SIL and the 7 kids are in a house only slightly larger - has 1.5 baths and we've never had more than 1 - but they're organized, even helping to make work the 11-people-one-bathroom scenario when they visit.  We had 2 trips-of-a-lifetime, in 2016 (Japan, visiting son/DIL) and 2017 (Norway, where my wife's grandparents were born) but that was enabled by her dad's passing in 2014.  Other "vacations" tend toward watching the older kids while parents tend to the newest arrival, helping with fix-it projects and light construction, battling the abundant poison ivy, etc.  We head home exhausted but joyful and blessed.  And thoroughly middle class in my sort-of white collar job - white because it requires a 4-year degree, blue (or wool, perhaps) because it involves time in the puckerbush with the blackflies or at -20.

To me, that’s the American dream. Never for want of the necessities. Yet never needing each and every want. Live a happy life with family and friends. Do more than just survive and scrape by.  

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5 minutes ago, PhineasC said:

Most here are middle class or upper middle class liberals in neighborhoods with HOAs and well-funded youth soccer leagues who are just virtue signaling. They don’t want to share their wealth with anyone. They don’t even want to let people from the lower classes live in block housing near them due to “property values.”

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16 minutes ago, PhineasC said:

Most here are middle class or upper middle class liberals in neighborhoods with HOAs and well-funded youth soccer leagues who are just virtue signaling. They don’t want to share their wealth with anyone. They don’t even want to let people from the lower classes live in block housing near them due to “property values.”

You really think that’s most of this New England forum you interact with on a daily basis?

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Just now, powderfreak said:

You really think that’s most of this New England forum you interact with on a daily basis?

Middle class? Definitely. I feel pretty confident that most here from CT, RI, and MA live in typical suburban environments. All the lawn, garden, and pool talk is pretty typical. I’m sure some are in different scenarios. If someone here is living in abject poverty they haven’t talked about it. 

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Just now, bch2014 said:

Agreed that most people on this forum are middle class and upward and many live in suburban environments, but HOAs are actually much less common in New England compared to the balance of the country. 

That may be true. They are super common here but perhaps less so up there. Doesn’t change the general concept that much. 

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1 hour ago, PhineasC said:

Most here are middle class or upper middle class liberals in neighborhoods with HOAs and well-funded youth soccer leagues who are just virtue signaling. They don’t want to share their wealth with anyone. They don’t even want to let people from the lower classes live in block housing near them due to “property values.”

Mmm ... not that you're posing any sort of argument here - it just gets me thinkin'

Much of the  real motivation isn't that.  I hear it all the time, and it smacks as flimsy ( pun intended..), a veneer in pragmatics and spin evasion. 

- what follows is nagging anxiety that their sense of community will get denatured (forcibly) and diluted, lose its identity and to a greater extent, their advantages - calling a spade a spade while we are at it. What's really at stake is mashed up form of tribal-elitism.

So in that sense, the deeper psyche in the matter is likely more about preservationism of their own habitat. 

In a lot of ways, humans have territorial instincts - we just play and act on those in vastly complex means compared to other warm blooded whatevers -

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2 hours ago, NorEastermass128 said:

Here, they buy the Cape at 500k+ and build a mansion to sell for 1.5M+
 

So long as the fat cats keep gobbling them up, the starter houses are a thing of the past. As a FTHB, I went straight to condos/townhomes. 

They don't build small houses anymore because builders can make so much more profit off a large house.  I know a few builders....they say there's no money in building small houses and people keep buying the big ones, so why change?  Think about it...a lot of the costs are the same....driveway, earthwork, septic, well, permitting....basically all the same costs for big or small. 

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30 minutes ago, PhineasC said:

Middle class? Definitely. I feel pretty confident that most here from CT, RI, and MA live in typical suburban environments. All the lawn, garden, and pool talk is pretty typical. I’m sure some are in different scenarios. If someone here is living in abject poverty they haven’t talked about it. 

Yeah I just didn’t get the HOA thing I guess.  I agree most are middle class, with a wide definition.  Never hear of HOA in suburbs up north.

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33 minutes ago, PhineasC said:

Middle class? Definitely. I feel pretty confident that most here from CT, RI, and MA live in typical suburban environments. I’m very very big with that group..huge . All the lawn, garden, and pool talk is pretty typical. I’m sure some are in different scenarios but they listen to me very bigly, some may say the biggest .If someone here is living in abject poverty they haven’t talked about it but My wisdom is well ..some may say ..a gift to them as well 

2024 run.....

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21 minutes ago, powderfreak said:

You really think that’s most of this New England forum you interact with on a daily basis?

Yes. he. does. 

Hot takes with, Phin.  Most  here are virtue signaling, Greedy Middle to upper class Liberals that don’t even want to let people from the lower classes live near them. . 

 

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7 minutes ago, UMB WX said:

Yes. he. does. 

Hot takes with, Phin.  Most  here are virtue signaling, Greedy Middle to upper class Liberals that don’t even want to let people from the lower classes live near them. . 

 

Building blockhousing in a neighborhood causes more traffic and noise. Its a turnoff for people who wanted to get out of a city where its neck to neck.

I dont care who lives near me but i dont need to see 100 extra cars/noise go down my side street everyday. 

Someone buys a house for a certain price and you expect them to accept less when they want to resell??? Your insane.

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6 minutes ago, Ginx snewx said:

James topic is closed but everyone should see this. By the way his Mom is getting better but has an enormous long road ahead of her.

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OH My GOD!!  James is GONE!?  That is So touching to All of us to see "Our Weather Man".  Us Air Force.  A Massive Salute to you Sir James.  I can't get over "Our Weather Man".  Wow.  This is terrible.  What happened??  

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Just now, PhineasC said:

I don’t think you are someone who is calling for a massive wealth redistribution program and free college/healthcare/housing. 

Hardly. Just finished paying mine and my kids student loans off. Never once expected someone else to relive me of my signed loan agreements.  I knew what I was getting into. Personal responsibility is a thing of the past. The tax code needs reform for sure.  Hiding assets overseas is a huge problem. Have no problem with billionaires who pay their employees well and pay their fair share.  Its the greedy ones who are the problem.  I live within my means. Wish I had more but I have all I need but damn inflation is starting to pinch.

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2 minutes ago, TheSnowman said:

OH My GOD!!  James is GONE!?  That is So touching to All of us to see "Our Weather Man".  Us Air Force.  A Massive Salute to you Sir James.  I can't get over "Our Weather Man".  Wow.  This is terrible.  What happened??  

There is a whole thread

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1 hour ago, ORH_wxman said:

You kidding? We'd have an entire thread of whining. Tropical threats in SNE usually involve a few lawn chairs blown over after DIT promises forests being flattened.

I dont remember the year. But there was death and destruction advertised and I had one measly stick blown in my pool.

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7 minutes ago, natedizel said:

Building blockhousing in a neighborhood causes more traffic and noise. Its a turnoff for people who wanted to get out of a city where its neck to neck.

I dont care who lives near me but i dont need to see 100 extra cars/noise go down my side street everyday. 

Someone buys a house for a certain price and you expect them to accept less when they want to resell??? Your insane.

You fell for that Liberal scare  tactic that the poor and POC were coming to live out with them?

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8 hours ago, STILL N OF PIKE said:
15 hours ago, fujiwara79 said:

not really.  over-reliance on "just in time" manufacturing is a much bigger problem if you act like the Covid closures weren’t the root cause of disrupting JIT

JIT is great for nominal conditions (no major wars, no pandemics, no massive natural disasters).  it's terrible for off-nominal conditions, like a pandemic, where they have no reliable means of predicting demand.  you may want to stick with dogecoin advice.

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