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Tinalles
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 1:20 am    Post subject: Of Avocados and Economics Reply with quote

I came across a couple of nifty articles today in the local weekly paper, the Austin Chronicle, and thought I'd pass them on to all of you.

First up, a brief history of the avocado. Especially interesting for the biological details and Aztec vocabulary.

Then, in a more serious vein, a reflection on declining Chinese investment in American Treasury securities and what it may mean for global politics. A bit on the grim side, perhaps, but interesting.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 5:05 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Squee can't believe Squee used to hate avocados as a kid. Now, Squee adores them. Turkey avocado sandwiches? To die for!

Had a little rant about economics and the state of the U.S. atm, but deleted it due to being too much of a anti- diatribe. Suffice to say...China is smart, U.S. too apathetic, and too distracted right now to fix any real problems. Razz
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

One of the best things about living in Austin is the ready availability of fresh avocados. Mmm. I like BLT sandwiches with avocado in 'em.
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh, Tin, what part, I have a grandfather who lives in Humble!
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 03, 2008 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Err, where?

... rapid visit to Google Maps ...

Ah. Maybe you were thinking of Houston, rather than Austin? Humble's apparently a suburb of Houston, about 170 miles from me.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 8:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I mean, maybe you;ve traveled there, or been in that area.
Y'know, just 'cause I lived in Orlando that doesn't mean I never visited Pensacola...
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 11:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, that's not unreasonable. But I haven't. In fact, I don't have a car, or a bike, and so I rarely get far from my domicile. If the destination is more than a mile or two away, it's usually more trouble to get there than it's worth.
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PostPosted: Mon Aug 04, 2008 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Stupid credit! The more I learn about how deep in the hole the US is when it comes to finances, the more paranoid I get about credit cards and debt in general-the fact that it's inescapable makes it even worse. Makes me want to just dig a hole and live there.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 4:50 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

CBB wrote:
Stupid credit! The more I learn about how deep in the hole the US is when it comes to finances, the more paranoid I get about credit cards and debt in general-the fact that it's inescapable makes it even worse. Makes me want to just dig a hole and live there.


Only inescapable debt is a mortgage (if it's not, give Squee some of that cash, plzkthnx). It's honestly not that hard to live debt-free...unless you really wanna live an expensive lifestyle that requires large amounts of debt. It's called living with your means, and it's a great way to do it. Also, credit cards aren't bad at all as long as you're not leaving payments around. Just be smart, that's all there is to debt. Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 05, 2008 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Econ teacher liked to tell us how he bought his house with a check. Flat out, no credit, full price right up front. The jerk.
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