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Subject: Re: Are you a Saver or a Spender?

Forum: Are you a Saver or a Spender?
Hey Christy!

For the most part I'd have to say I'm a saver. I've had the same clothes for years! The only items I have to replace on a fairly regular basis are my jeans. I have one pair that I love and wear almost everyday. It's a very specific style (Levi's commuter jeans) that's really hard to find, especially in my size because I'm skinny and tall. Last time I had to purchase them off ebay since they weren't anywhere else. Costs more money than I'd like to spend on jeans but I usually get a good year or so out of them before they're worn down. Right now my pair is pretty patched up so it's about time to start searching again.

I do spend a lot of money on food. My grocery bill went down last year when I went vegan, but still, the cost of fresh produce is high.

By the way, I loved your proposal video! A proposal on a mountain in Europe sounds stupid romantic! Thanks for taking the time to post that, I feel like I know you so much better!

Good luck with the saving, take care!

-James

Subject: Dumpster Diving

Forum: Dumpster Diving
Garbage grubbing, curb collecting, whatever... One man's trash is another man's treasure, right?

Yesterday on my walk home from the bus stop, I discovered a beautiful little bookcase someone had set next to a dumpster. It was pretty heavy and I still had a few blocks to go, but carrying it was totally worth the effort. It looks awesome in my foyer, I'm thinking maybe I'll put some books in it, a couple pictures, these old bottles that might do the trick...

How do you feel about taking something that's been thrown out? What's the best treasure you've dragged home?

Subject: Re: Any invention ideas?

Forum: Any invention ideas?
Heya Pulsar!

I'm not a creative person so I never seem to come up with anything that hasn't already been invented. But I am pretty good at finding solutions to problems that might arise. So I thought I'd share my solution with you.

I live in downtown Baltimore and the traffic noises are horrendous. Mostly emergency vehicles, but we do have idiots who inexplicably enjoy laying on their horns at 3am. Plus I too live near the highway, more specifically where the highway ends at a stop light. Semis are loud when they're downshifting!

There's this website, mynoise.net, that lets you create your own white noise (also pink noise and brown noise?). There are all sorts of options like running water or a crackling fire or, more basic, just a static sound. They have all sorts of ways that you can calibrate it to cover specific sounds that are bothering you. For example, there's this dripping sound in my wall next to the bed when the heater is on. It drives me insane. But I was able to adjust the noise maker to a wavelength that covered the drip completely.

You should check it out and let me know if it works for you!
Good luck!

-James

Subject: Re: How do you stay in shape?

Forum: How do you stay in shape?
Hey fiveRoses!

There's a yoga studio nearby that offers community drop in classes for 6 bucks. They call it hot vinyasina (or something), but I don't really know what that means. What I do know is that it's rough, brutal, and makes me want to die.

I began working at a gym last year in exchange for a free membership. I've been using this app called stronglifts that tells me which exercise to do, the sets and reps, and how much weight I should load onto the bars. Seriously it's been making a huge difference. I go about 3 times a week and it takes less than an hour. I like to have the gym to myself so I'm usually there around 5:30am, I hate having to share machines!

Good luck with the yoga! Are you going to classes or do you have a video you watch?

Take care,

James

Subject: Re: Summer reading...

Forum: Summer reading...
Hey! I just finished ready the Magicians Trilogy by Lev Grossman. I though they were fantastic; imagine a combination of Harry Potter and The Chronicles of Narnia but darker and aimed at adults. I loved them, definitely disappointed that their over.

Or if you wanted to add a non fiction to your list, I've read A Short History of Nearly Everything by Bill Bryson multiple times. He takes fascinating science and explains it all in a why that blows my mind every time.

You should definitely check these out! I doubt you'll regret it.

Happy reading!

-James

Subject: Nervous Tics

Forum: Nervous Tics
I lost my glasses last weekend. I with with a couple friends and I leaned over a railing to check out some baby ducks and they slid right off my face and into the Baltimore Harbor. Sunk straight to the bottom never to be seen again.

Since then I keep going through the motions of pushing my glasses back up my nose, except my glasses aren't there. I didn't realized how often I actually had to push my glasses up until I caught myself doing repeatedly reaching up and touching the bridge of my nose.

I have a friend who is constantly twisting a lock of hair in her bangs. I had an ex who constantly nervously applied chapstick. Another friend says "oh boy" all the time. Weird the habits we form.

Any of you have any tics you'd like to share?

Subject: Re: how do you prepare for the new week?

Forum: how do you prepare for the new week?
Hey eskay! It's about 10:00 pm and I've just finished my preparation for the week. Finally! Like Mariah, I go to the store on Sundays. I'm vegan so most of my meals require a lot of time to prepare. That's what Sunday is for; I make a bunch of meals for the week and stash them in the fridge/freezer so when I'm running around all week I don't have to worry about what I'm going to eat.

That's pretty much the only thing I do to prepare or the new week. I don't really have weekends in the sense that I have two days in a row off, Sundays I usually only have a quick walking tour that I lead and that's all, so it's usually my "prep" day.

Here's to a great upcoming week!

-James

Subject: Re: How is the weather where you are at?

Forum: How is the weather where you are at?
Hi Abby!

Same as eskay, it has been stupid hot on the east coast. I hate the heat, it makes me grumpy and miserable to be around. Sometimes it blows my mind to consider that I grew up in Florida without an AC until I was in high school. I have no idea how I survived! As soon as I'm done with school I'm heading back to the north west and its cold, wet, dreary days!

We had an incredible storm come through over the weekend; tons of rain, flash flooding, and there was even a tornado warning! It really cooled things down, it's in the 70's now. I've been trying to enjoy as much of it while I can before the city starts to bake again.

Happy Sunday!

-James

Subject: Re: What type of toothbrush do you use?

Forum: What type of toothbrush do you use?
Hey Mariah!

My dentist is my father in law, so yeah, I'm terrified of getting my teeth cleaned!

I'm all about the basic toothbrush, I feel that as long as you floss it probably doesn't really matter what kind of toothbrush you use. I've had dentists before suggest I use an electric one but I can't afford one of those.

No problems with my teeth yet!

Hope you enjoyed your Sunday!

-James

Subject: Proposing to your significant other

Forum: Proposing to your significant other
I've mentioned it before but a couple weekends each month I give food tours in the historic Fells Point neighborhood in Baltimore. It's fun, easy, and I enjoy being the center of attention. Besides, the money's pretty good for 3 hours of work.

Today a young guy on the tour proposed to his girlfriend right after. They had met in Fells Point a couple years before and he thought that he'd would bring her back for the proposal. She said yes, they were adorable. I've never seen anyone so happy!

It got me thinking, I wonder what sort of creative way I would drop to one knee. What about you? Were you proposed to, did the proposing, or planning on it?

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