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  1. Gravel

    The Red Letter Media Appreciation Thread

    For shame, Chuk, for not Worfing that post. I laughed pretty hard at "is that the one with Scott Bakula."
  2. Gravel

    Investing General Discussion

    Soon we won't have meat or gas. Just as the Great Reset calls for.
  3. Gravel

    Investing General Discussion

    Kind of hoping the market stays red today. Seems like we haven't had a real, significant down day in forever. We've had quite a few "big" drops (2%), but they always bounce back to close down maybe 0.5% or something.
  4. Gravel

    Investing General Discussion

    Geez, PLTR in the 18's now. Didn't think I could do much worse than AMC, but maybe I was wrong.
  5. Gravel

    Bitcoins/Litecoins/Virtual Currencies

    The most efficient thing isn't always the best. The most efficient is definitely invest the money as you're almost guaranteed to beat whatever rate is on your mortgage. But eliminating debt and not having to worry about a place to live EVER is pretty amazing (as long as you can cover your...
  6. Gravel

    Home buying thread

    My plan had been to buy some land and build a house, almost entirely in cash. Proceeds from our CA house for the land, and then anything we make from working in the next year to build. But with this inflation mess, I think I've decided to just mortgage as much as possible. Just doesn't make...
  7. Gravel

    Home buying thread

    Our house sale closed yesterday. We're so close to cutting every tie to California. State taxes for 2021 will still be a thing, which sucks, but we're almost there. Hopefully we get our proceeds from the sale Monday.
  8. Gravel

    Bitcoins/Litecoins/Virtual Currencies

    Posts like that are depressing. You're comparing investing in the ownership of a company to hitting the lottery. If you're just "putting some dollars into this Google thing" you're a completely uninformed investor. You'd be better to compare to with arbitrage, since you all keep claiming it's a...
  9. Gravel

    Bitcoins/Litecoins/Virtual Currencies

    This is such a stupid fucking retort. You literally just said you had a whopping 20 hours of "understanding" about BTC. And then went on to "hope you become a hundred thousandaire." Let's play a hypothetical where I don't need crypto to have a 500% return to make me rich, because I already...
  10. Gravel

    Bitcoins/Litecoins/Virtual Currencies

    I guess my point is I never see anyone putting all their money into it because they believe in the technology, it's that everyone is looking for a pay day. At least to me, it appears to be completely motivated by FOMO.
  11. Gravel

    Bitcoins/Litecoins/Virtual Currencies

    I'm not trying to shit on anyone by saying this, but it still amuses me that the only reason anyone seems to put anything into crypto is still "it's an investment" and they're hoping to cash in. To me the whole thing still reeks of a Ponzi scheme where no one actually gives a shit about "using"...
  12. Gravel

    Investing General Discussion

    It literally happened back in January with AMC. Right as it shot up. It essentially killed any chance of a short squeeze. But the fact that these people still think there's a shot of a GME or AMC short squeeze is crazy.
  13. Gravel

    Epic Games Storefront - A Good Incentive for Piracy

    I completely forgot that it was going to be a survival type game originally. I was actually pretty excited for it. I remember reading that they were still going to release it, but I haven't bothered to look into it in years.
  14. Gravel

    Investing General Discussion

    These market selloffs are a lot less exciting when you're unemployed and not putting money away anymore.
  15. Gravel

    WandaVision

    Here's the white guy? These people are fucking ridiculous.
  16. Gravel

    Texas this summer

    It's weird to me that Buc-ee's gets a recommendation. I mean, in the end, it's still just a gas station. It's a nice one to stop at if you need gas, to pee, or like mentioned some snacks. But it's still just a gas station. They do everything right. That said, I recommend getting some candied nuts.
  17. Gravel

    Home buying thread

    Yeah, from what I've heard, you can nitpick the shit out of everything as an inspector. They do it so they're not liable if they miss something, but this one sounds like he went way overboard. Either way, minor things are pretty ridiculous to back out for, so I'd agree with Fogel they just...
  18. Gravel

    Home buying thread

    So update is that we only ever got the 3 viewings. We accepted the contingent offer from the first day, at full price. They dropped the price of their home twice over a weekend to sell it. They asked for some minor repairs, but we should be closing Friday. I'm assuming closing never gets pushed...
  19. Gravel

    Investing General Discussion

    That's all going to get eaten up by short term capital gains. At least the first year withdrawals.
  20. Gravel

    Investing General Discussion

    One year is kind of a crappy timeline for equities. It's short enough that you can absolutely get stuck in a poor market timing event. Not sure what CD rates are looking like, my guess is bad, since interest rates are so low, but maybe you can find something decent.
  21. Gravel

    Resources for rental units.

    Yeah, both myself and my wife. Sorry about that. Our woes continue. Found one that popped up overnight. Put in the applications first thing in the morning ($93 total). Went to a Blue Angels practice and by the time we got back to the car, the property vanished completely. We can't get ahold of...
  22. Gravel

    Investing General Discussion

    This is what I mentioned the other day. Transitory inflation is bullshit. If we get 500% inflation in all goods for 2021, it "doesn't count" because it's seen as a one time event.
  23. Gravel

    Investing General Discussion

    This is what I'm always saying. Where will the money go? Everything else is dog shit. So the equities market is the only choice. Exacerbating it is that everyone sees the inflation we've got going on, so selling and holding cash is probably the worst thing to do. I think real estate is the only...
  24. Gravel

    EQ TLP - Mischief (Free Trade / Random Loot)

    This is what I don't understand. How many servers and decades of EQ do you have already for this? The devs need to take a note from the Emu stuff and just do things totally outlandish. At this point they should be trying to make things fun, not balanced. Just do some really whacky shit. Who...
  25. Gravel

    Bitcoins/Litecoins/Virtual Currencies

    I mean, doesn't this basically happen at least once a year where someone wipes out an exchange and vanishes?
  26. Gravel

    EQ TLP - Mischief (Free Trade / Random Loot)

    It's weird to me that people care about stuff like balance. They should just go completely nuts and make anything drop from anything. It's a game over 20 years old. Who gives a shit if something is game breaking? Oh, you got some ridiculous item off a rat outside Freeport? Congratulations...who...
  27. Gravel

    Resources for rental units.

    As I've posted elsewhere, we just moved from California to Florida. Turns out, selling our house is significantly less stressful than finding a place to rent. It's absolutely nuts here. First house we looked at, by the time we got to the house, we were told someone else had already put a...
  28. Gravel

    Investing General Discussion

    Double beat, and the stock goes down. 2021 is fucking wild.
  29. Gravel

    Investing General Discussion

    But then they shot right back up. So who knows.
  30. Gravel

    Investing General Discussion

    Gonna build our house out of fucking maple plywood. Going to be so fucking beautiful!
  31. Gravel

    Bitcoins/Litecoins/Virtual Currencies

    Bullshit we haven't seen inflation. Yes, if you use the government's manipulated definitions, sure. Like transitory increase don't count; for instance if we have an increase of 100% on all goods and services from 2020 to 2021, but it's a one time increase, that's technically not "inflation." Or...
  32. Gravel

    Bitcoins/Litecoins/Virtual Currencies

    I like how you went from the guy who like a year ago came into the thread knowing nothing, and now you've decided you're the ultimate authority on all things crypto.
  33. Gravel

    Bitcoins/Litecoins/Virtual Currencies

    Uh, okay? What about Bitcoin is going to make it replace fiat? How are you going to convince everyone to give up all of their assets? And how are you going to evenly distribute the finite amount of Bitcoin that is already currently owned to cover those assets? Or, as I suggested, is that just...
  34. Gravel

    Mattresses

    I've got one of the Zinus 5 inch mattresses in our van. Mostly bought it because it needed to be cut down (can't quite fit the full length of a mattress). It wasn't the most comfortable out of the box so we bought a 3 inch latex topper. We slept on it for nearly the last 3 weeks as we drove...
  35. Gravel

    Who died? (Celebrity Deaths)

    Fucking weird as I swear there was some derail about the movie Nothing But Trouble in the last week or so. Can't remember what thread though.
  36. Gravel

    Bitcoins/Litecoins/Virtual Currencies

    And I'm consistently amazed at how devoid of what seems like common sense crypto adherents have. I have a business degree. Maybe that's the problem is I understand how shit works, and don't have some pie in the sky mentality about how everyone is going to just kumbaya into BTC for no other...
  37. Gravel

    Steam Deals and Digital Sales

    Death Stranding 60% off on Steam. Dunno if it's worth it or not.
  38. Gravel

    Bitcoins/Litecoins/Virtual Currencies

    Because "they" is things like all of business. You think fucking everyone is going to eat a giant shit sandwich and take "bitcoin pennies" on the dollar for all their assets?
  39. Gravel

    Bitcoins/Litecoins/Virtual Currencies

    And to go back to my point, there's nothing special about bitcoin that can't be replicated. Why would the crypto they can't control be the one they pick instead of something that governments develop?
  40. Gravel

    Investing General Discussion

    I don't see anything about yoloing a ton of money into a meme or crypto for instant 7000% returns.