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Mlle. Zabzie

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  1. 30 year fixed is standard here. It is completely wild. Basically feeds and supports an active hedging market lmao.
  2. This. And really listen. That’s the important thing. That means hearing what he is trying to say and asking questions about how he feels about things not telling him what to do. If you feel like you must do SOMETHING, I suggest practical advice - I.e., how to lawyer up, where there are resources on custody issues, etc. etc.
  3. You know, that’s kind of why I want to go back and read book 1 now having finished book 3, because I expect there is stuff in book 1 that, in retrospect, will be important to book 4.
  4. I had totally forgotten that explanation. Of course our man John is a totally unreliable narrator, but this felt real-ish? I think I need to reread all three back to back. And if the end of this is a psych ward in a private hospital somewhere out of Wellington I'm going to be super super ticked.
  5. Ulysses. That’s where. And, well, um, see prior.
  6. A few more things from me: On the lyctors, in stream of consciousness Also:
  7. I have to say, I'm not used to being the angel on anyone's shoulder, but you are right, that would probably have been a DIRECT QUOTE. I might have followed up with "abundant, low value, cost/benefit analysis, have some coffee or tea or whatever and go to bed. Alone."
  8. Though I’ve been known to down some moose tracks, and I do love a chocolate dip from Dairy Queen (is that actually ice cream? I don’t know - I usually regret having one, but at the time I love it), cake does not inflict head pain. The Ice Cream Headache is a thing and it doesn’t occur with cake. #teamcake
  9. Hah! That’s amazing. Thanks for sharing. Linkage to conspiracy theories? I love a fictional conspiracy.
  10. More rabbit hole stuff (I love a puzzle):
  11. Honestly, it’s mallomar season so that’s all I’m doing these days. But still. Cake. Cake is versatile and delicious. And, there is such a thing as bad ice cream. Not just fro yo, which is, in fact trash as earlier stipulated, but like bad ice cream. Good ice cream is good to be fair.
  12. Cake. Not even a question. Fluffy, buttery, can eat in all weathers, and does not cause gastrointestinal issues for the lactose intolerant. Fondant icing is trash though.
  13. I have gone down the rabbit hole on the biblical parts of this one (just like I did with Greek drama in previous…)
  14. I have lots of thoughts, but completely non-spoiler, you can pull out your friendly [Gideon] Bible and note that the John verses are thematically correct. I’ll note that the first John verse (20:8) for instance is “Then the other disciple, who had reached the tomb first, also went in; he saw and believed.” The second (5:20) is “For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. He will show him even greater things to do than this, and you will all be amazed.” The third (15:23) is “Whoever hates me hates my father also”…..
  15. He would enjoy that too much. Frankly, probably already does (but not at Canterbury - it’s tainted). Has also probably said something about ridding Rome of a turbulent pope. Mere speculation. There is a joke somewhere about St. So and So a Brexit, but I don’t have the mental energy to complete.
  16. Well, not you specifically. Really just blaming y'all for Vicky's choice of spouse and the seasonal fire-hazardous trend in seasonal home decor that proceeded therefrom.
  17. I mean stubborn and ruthless for sure. That’s why we get on so well. Pretty sure we both might be cyborgs, which more or less explains the rest.
  18. PPP loans were designed to be forgivable. Like, that was actually built into the statute and at the time was meant to keep businesses propped up. I mean, we can question the policy especially with 20/20 hindsight, and examine who got them, but this is not a good comparison. Hah! And, in fact, part of the problem is that higher education has been subsidized by federal money which has caused its cost to inflate faster than inflation.
  19. Oh worse - he (and his family) made a fortune off it! The whole lot of them have an edgelord libertarian flavor - they quote Ayn Rand with approval and not irony (and thought comparing me because of my type and overall demeanor to Dany Taggart would be…a compliment to me? But you can’t protest because if you do you are just being exactly like your type? I mean eff that).
  20. Haven’t been following that closely, but a headline in the tax trades this morning suggests that it is intended to be tax free….(a 2021 act made student loan forgiveness tax free through 2025). I know it is top of mind for a lot of people on this board so I’ll look a little more when not on a train (NOT TAX ADVICE). If true, please note for those playing along at home, you can think of this as a direct non-taxable handout of cash to those who benefit. I have to say I am way more focused on the unadministrable morass created by the f/k/a Inflation Reduction Act.
  21. I completely agree on the E/I point. I normally test as (barely) an E, but sometimes test as (barely) an I. The other letters remain the same (and between work and my husband's family I've taken versions of the test a bazillion times). Part of my negative reaction to the test is, in fact, from having spent time with the Kierseys (and of course, David would have told you that my negative reaction and skepticism proceeds directly from my classification which makes me want to scream - he was kind of a smug SOB) and having read (at least one of) the books (sort of at my husband's behest). I agree that these sorts of things can be lighthearted and fun and maybe give a little insight. I also agree that the OCEAN type tests are better (and I have taken those too - whee), and to be completely fair to the MBTI, the other tests place me on sort of the spectrum-ish as the MBTI but are much more nuanced and insightful. Some of it is how the test is used. The "Please Understand Me" approach is very reductive and pisses me off for lots of reasons. The "hey this might be an interesting icebreaker" approach is better and not as prescriptive or potentially harmful to getting to know someone.
  22. I personally think they are about as useful as a horoscope/hogwarts sorting hat. I generally think that if I told you what I was on any of these metrics, it would tell you f*ck all about who I actually am, but, if you had a casual acquaintance with the tests would cause you to make all kinds of assumptions about who I am. Look, some of them might be right, but a lot of it would be BS, or complicated, or would cause you to assume a motivation for something that isn't true, leading to misunderstandings. I do think each of the above can serve as a fun icebreaker for a party so that you have something personal but not to personal to talk about with people. But that's kind of how I see them, at best, fun nothingburgers, and at worst shortcut stereotyping.
  23. Well, given the focus on declassifying the 'UFO' files...yes? @Ormond am very curious as to your views on this. I've always viewed the MBTI as about as accurate as a well-done horoscope or the Hogwarts sorting hat (i.e., mostly good for entertainment value and not much in terms of real personal insight or any kind of accuracy). I admit I'm partially swayed by the fact that my husband's family is good friends with the Kierseys (of Please Understand Me fame). I have...additional views...based on knowing them. His family is very into it though (and yes, I perforce know my type LOL).
  24. International trading partner here. JRM is basically what decades of Monty Python sketches and BBC dramas on public television have prepped us to expect. He’s best described as the of the son of a twit who is related to Bertie Wooster (or perhaps a Glossop), with the soul of a Blackadder. (And, for once, I know more of what I speak than usual. A very close friend of my husband’s married a woman who went to school with (and is friends with, so she claims) his sister. I’ve never met JRM, but … I know enough. Being around the husband’s friend’s wife makes me be VERY VERY American. I’ve thought of serving processed cheese food out of spite.)
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