Re: Tender indeed


According to the reviews is it good for crushing nuts.

Posted by: MHPH | Link to this comment | 05-28-16 1:54 PM
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I was hoping it was reversible in the sense that you could de-tenderise the meat if you changed your mind.

Posted by: Ginger Yellow | Link to this comment | 05-28-16 2:25 PM
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Possibly the most amazing thing about it is that I didn't see a single snarky review on their site. Every time someone says they were looking for a better way to pound meat, they make it clear in the next sentence that they were actually just looking for a better way to pound meat. It's weird.

Posted by: Evan | Link to this comment | 05-28-16 2:37 PM
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Oh look, a flared base.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-28-16 4:18 PM
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The top part looks like a football, or maybe a rugby ball. I'm not sure which interpretation is scarier: "Crush your nuts," indeed.

Posted by: DaveLMA | Link to this comment | 05-28-16 6:50 PM
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Facebook now is trying to sell me this item, I hope you're happy!

Posted by: Unfoggetarian: "Pause endlessly, then go in." (9) | Link to this comment | 05-28-16 7:09 PM
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Honestly, that delights me.

Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-28-16 7:12 PM
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4 gets it exactly right.

Posted by: teofilo | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 12:09 AM
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Tender is the night.

Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 1:40 AM
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Does it come with a warning to vicars not to vacuum their drapes while standing on a chair naked in the proximity of one?* Because that thing is hazardous like lawn darts. But for ass.

*(can't find that story about strangest and most embarrassing excuses for why people wound up in the emergency ward. IIRC there was even a spreadsheet.)

Posted by: Barry Freed | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 1:47 AM
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I am curious to determine exactly how much money developers have made on recent apartment complexes, so that I am well-prepared for concern-trolls who worry about cutting in to the developers' profits. I am also curious about the yearly profit that the owners make after buying it from the developers.

How on earth do you figure that information out? Is it impossible?


Posted by: LBJ | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 5:52 AM
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11: impossible to find out directly, yes. Well wait, if the developers flip after one year, that sale price should be public record, and there are usually news stories that give a ballpark cost for the development. So an order of magnitude number for the flip should be available. Plus, cost of land and construction cost should both be public record (the latter is on the building permit), then add 15% for soft costs (like architect/engineer, soil testing, misc.). Maybe just do that once to backcheck the news story numbers.

Anyway, the operating profit is a black box. You could try to guesstimate based on rents vs. mortgage for buying the thing, with an allowance for maintenance, but that would be awfully speculative. It would probably be just as reasonable to assume 8-10% return on investment.

I have a friend in the industry (large scale development, that is); he might be willing to tell me what they consider an acceptable ROI.

Posted by: JRoth | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 6:29 AM
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Is the sales prices something I derive from a tax record, or something where I'd need to file a public records request and get the exact number?

Posted by: LBJ | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 6:48 AM
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The online real estate services might have it, or the daily newspaper. At least in this county, some of the tax records are searchable right from the comfort of your own internet tube.

Posted by: | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 7:40 AM
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Our tax records are searchable, but I'm not sure that includes a transaction like this. I mean, sales tax records wouldn't be searchable...would they? Where are they kept?

Posted by: LBJ | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 8:32 AM
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4/8: obviously it wouldn't be so suggestive of a butt plug if it didn't have the flared base and so I wouldn't have made the post but for its having a flared base, etc.

Posted by: nosflow | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 9:10 AM
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The best kinds of jokes are when you make a leap too big for anyone to follow.

Posted by: heebie-geebie | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 10:54 AM
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Less chance of splinters than with the mushroom!

Posted by: OutOfTheBlue | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 11:13 AM
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I am considering moving to my kids' suburb in the fall so they can bus to my house instead of me picking them up at their mom's. How willing will landlords be to look at someone who has a UMC income, but not a W2 job? If I'm shopping for a September move-in date (when my current lease is up--I could probably go month-to-month, but September coincides nicely with the start of the school year) and need to give two months notice, that means I need to lock something down in the next few weeks. Will apartment-leasing companies even look at somebody who was on UI for 9 months before landing a contract gig that's only "guaranteed" for 6 months? (The idea is I would convert to W2 at that time, but it's not written into the contract...)

Similarly, will auto finance companies consider someone in my position? I picked up a car for $500 when my last one died a few weeks ago since I didn't know I was going to land a job. It could go south at any time. I'd like to be able to lease something cheap and reliable.

I guess the short answer is to just try and find out that way. But I'm wondering if the Mineshaft has any advice. The only times I've done this sort of stuff in the past, I've had a track record of employment and a spouse with another income.


Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 12:14 PM
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19: I don't have any relevant experience, but not specifically mentioning the job stuff when you leave with "I would like to move to this town so my children can bus to my apartment" may well get you some goodwill that will help you overcome what might be more general hurdles. People like to feel that they're doing something nice.

Posted by: Thorn | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 1:04 PM
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15: Sales prices are usually a matter of public record, and in any larger and/or more modern municipality, will be online, especially for recent sales. You need to know whether you're looking for the city/town government or the county government; you should be looking for the deeds in something like the Registry of Deeds for the government. The assessor's database/tax database will often have the price of the last sale, and if you're lucky, the last several sales.

Finding properties in registries can be a bit of a trick sometimes; postal addresses of properties aren't always the addresses of record (units on a corner, condo issues, and a million other little variations).

Posted by: Nathan Williams | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 6:29 PM
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11: if the development company is publicly traded, or if some of the projects are financed through public real estate investment trusts, financial statements are easily available in the EDGAR system at, and probably in the investor section of the developers website also. You can also find the salaries of the CEO and other top officers and some other neat stuff.

Posted by: Unimaginative | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 6:43 PM
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19: Did you get contract employment?!

Posted by: Bostoniangirl | Link to this comment | 05-29-16 8:43 PM
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Yes--announced in the bowels of some other thread. The intent is to convert me to full employment status at the end of the year, but they're a startup looking to control their burn rate, so I guess this way makes more sense for them. Not ideal, but beggars can't be choosers. (Ironically, the morning after I verbally agreed to the contract's terms, I was pinged by another contract recruiter for a W2 role that works out to far more money and is longer term. I was tempted to check it out, but the work would be far less interesting (tiny segment of a Fortune 500 company's business, outside my industry, and with an absolute bear of a commute).

I haven't made an "official" announcement on FB because the contract is still with the lawyers, but look for something over there by Wednesday at the latest.

Posted by: Chopper | Link to this comment | 05-30-16 7:08 AM
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19/24: Congrats! I saw the note in the other thread but don't think I commented. I think you'd do better with an apartment managed by an individual, not a company. Mine required a credit check and pay stub (which was funny, because I had to ask HR for some verification of employment because I moved for the job). I think a non-W2 job wouldn't have mattered as long as I could provide proof of income. I assume your credit is still OK? Would someone be willing to cosign for you if it'snot? That's the easiest solution if it's a problem, and most apartment managers will hint at or suggest it.

I think the same is basically true for an auto lease. Also, remember a lot of lease terms are based on creditworthiness, so be wary of advertised terms vs terms you'd actually get. I'd recommend doing a free credit check in a few months to make sure your number is OK.

Posted by: ydnew | Link to this comment | 05-30-16 7:36 AM
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