The EPIC WIN Thread 3: SON OF EPIC

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So as some of you know, I had my wisdom teeth removed on the 19. That's not the epic win.

You also know it went very well, although it was longer and more complex than anticipated, since my teeth were apparently very attached to me. That's not the epic win either, although I am inordinately proud that my teeth managed to make a doctor curse out loud (I surfaced from the sedation at that precise moment, in a bit of fortuitous timing).

You will not know that I had a bit of complication (dry socket) on Friday (the 22nd), while the surgeon who performed the operation was on vacation. Keep reading, this is neither epic nor a win.

What IS the epic win is that, first of all, the OTHER surgeon I saw on Friday was about the nicest guy I've ever met, was incredibly efficient in diagnosing and initiating (then finishing on the 26th) the treatment and did the whole thing for free. The treatment worked perfectly well and I am now gloriously pain-free, the only annoyance left being that the holes where my teeth used to be get filled up with food particles REALLY quickly. Also, one of my fillings cracked on Tuesday while eating, of all things, an ICE CREAM BAR. There's zero pain and I already have an appointment to get it repaired, so that's a non-issue.

And to top it all off, I got my insurance statement for the whole thing today. The treatment is not QUITE completely covered: I'll need to pay the man $4.00. That's not a typo. I didn't mean to put a comma there instead of a decimal and then forget a zero. Four bucks. That's gonna be my bill. All right, so I misread the statement. It's gonna be more around the area of $150. Slightly less epic, but still much less than I expected. :)

AND I got to take a week off work, play Uncharted 4 and see my girlfriend more than usual.

Should've done this years ago. :D
 
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Moved into my new place today! :D

now I get to spend all of tomorrow actually arranging everything. :(

But then it'll be done! :D

And Monday is my birthday! :D

I'm turning 30 :(

...but I have left over kolaches? :|
 
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Forgive me if you've already talked about this---is this your first classroom outside of subbing?
It is. I've had multiple long-term fill-ins while subbing, but this is my first classroom, name-on-the-door full time teaching position. This is actually a language based classroom, (mix of special education and peers) so there's some co-teaching for several subjects.

But it's mine, and it pays four times as much, and it's a type of classroom I LOVE. :D
 

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It is. I've had multiple long-term fill-ins while subbing, but this is my first classroom, name-on-the-door full time teaching position. This is actually a language based classroom, (mix of special education and peers) so there's some co-teaching for several subjects.

But it's mine, and it pays four times as much, and it's a type of classroom I LOVE. :D
I'm so happy for you. :D If you ever wanna talk shop, PM me.

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Okay, here's something great. About three hours after I signed my teacher employment paperwork, my little sister (also a building sub) gets called in for a last-minute interview for another district. She gets offered a kindergarten classroom today, which would be her first classroom, too.

I think back to last August, when our district basically laid off all the subs to force them to sign up with a substitute temp agency. (That backfired spectacularly, and we were grandfathered back into the district's system.) It was such a low point, and things seemed so bad, but damn, in the span of just a couple weeks, we both made it to the big time!

I'm not used to things going well. At all. I've had a rough, well, decade, I guess.

It just feels nice to win for once.
 

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Wouldn't a giant hammock sag in the middle when everyone gets in it, resulting in a huge clump of bodies at the lowest point of the hammock?
Only if it only has 4 attach points. If it is rectangular, and has at least 6 attach points, the dips will start to "compartmentalize." Especially if they are of different height/tautness. It will make "firm" lines through the middle of the hammock that are more effort to roll over.
 
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I was at Heavy Montréal over the week-end. I got to see Skeletonwitch (whom I did not know before, I might just keep an eye out, that was a good show), Sabaton (best show of the week-end, no question, they had a fucking TANK on stage), Nightwish (in the first time they've been able to bring the full production over on this side of the Atlantic, stunning), Blind Guardian (been a fan of these guys for almost 20 years, this was my first time seeing them live, holy SHIT!), Volbeat (discovered them recently, they can rock hard, man) and Disturbed (who had the least good show of the week-end, through no fault of their own, the bar was just SO high). Now I really hope Sabaton and Blind Guardian come back in headlining roles so that we get them for more than 45 minutes a pop.

By the end, my back was locked up, my neck was stiff as a steel rod and my voice was reduced to a hoarse whisper. But I was SO happy. I had a fantastic, wonderful time. I'll definitely be checking out the line-up for next year.

My girlfriend made the trek with me but didn't go to the festival, electing to do the tourist thing instead. She took in a musical (Mary Poppins), she did the ghost walk, she just explored the city, it was a magical week-end for her as well.

Perfect week-end. Wouldn't change a thing.
 
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When Brexit had the markets all aflutter a few weeks ago, I took advantage of the situation to refinance the house at 3% interest. That's just crazy. Today, I closed on the new loan.

And to the pushy New Yorker working for Quicken Loans who told me that a 3% loan didn't even exist, and wanted me to pay $400 for an appraisal (though that's not necessary in a veteran IRRRL refinance), and pay $2000 closing costs (though he quickly backpedaled and said they could roll them into the loan the next day when I said I was going somewhere else)--here's my middle finger. :D

I'll be paying over $400/month less now ;)
 
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Now you just need to find something to do with your extra $13/day.
...something other than buying lottery tickets.

--Patrick
I buy lottery tickets exactly twice a week. I'm on a strict $520/year budget. One year, I won $380..but of course, I've never actually turned a profit. But it's a relatively cheap pastime.

Nope, that extra money (plus the $450/month raise I got in june) is going straight to debt reduction. I have no plans to expand my cost of living. When my wife and I got together, she went a little credit crazy because her scores improved dramatically after she got a stable home/financial life. She had like 26 credit cards at one point. I've always carried about 12, since I was in my 20's.

In the last 3 years, she's paid off and closed maybe 15 of hers, and I'm down to 6. Our goal is to be credit card debt free by 2019.
 
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You don't want to close ALL of your cards though, my husband is still kicking himself for closing a card he had since he was 18, because it got erased from his credit record as soon as he did.
 
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You don't want to close ALL of your cards though, my husband is still kicking himself for closing a card he had since he was 18, because it got erased from his credit record as soon as he did.
we both plan on keeping 3 each that we pay off every month. Not having any credit at all can really kick your credit score in the dirt. Responsible use of credit helps raise it.
 

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We paid a lot of stuff off last year, including the last of my student loans and my car and credit card debt I'd incurred as a broke professor. That was awesome.
 
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The idea that not having credit is a bad thing is really weird. The American credit rating thing is just weird.

Anyway, I financed my house at 1.95% over 25 years. Shorter spans go much lower (a colleague refinanced at under 1%). 3%? Sheesh :p
 
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26 credit cards?

Fuuuuuuuuck.

I have 2, and 1 of them was literally only for buying gas from Costco.
 
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The idea that not having credit is a bad thing is really weird. The American credit rating thing is just weird.
In the USA, you're frequently graded based on how much total credit you have, and how much of that credit you are not using. So the more "opportunity" you have, the better your score, even if using all of that credit could potentially put you so far underwater you'd have to look up to see the Trieste.

--Patrick
 
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