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"Americans don’t take vacations. Even when they have vacation days allotted; even when unused vacation days don’t roll over into the next year. In 2016, 54% of working Americans didn’t use their vacation days – cumulatively, that’s 662m days off, abandoned. Do you know how many vacations – in France, in Florida, at the lake with your family, camping with old friends – that is, lost forever? That is so many vacations."

I agree. Americans need to think differently about vacations and taking time off work


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/aug/11/vacation-american-workers-cultural-shift

People expect those with dogs to clean up after their dogs. Why do we stand for people allowing their cats to roam free and poop all in our gardens??

I'm currently watching these coffee snob guys talk about how much water (in grams) they use for how much coffee and then timing the pour over. Crazy if you ask me....

I think if I had the money to afford a yacht, I'd buy one of these instead. They look uber cool.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5969661/UK-company-unveil-photos-luxury-interior-worlds-largest-aircraft-look-like.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-5968747/Why-men-stopped-offering-pregnant-women-seat.html

Why? I can answer that: look at the way men are berated in society:

We hold a door and get told off that "I can do it myself"
We compliment how a woman looks and get told off as creepy or worse sexual harassment
We get up to offer someone who appears pregnant a seat only to find out they aren't really
We get up to offer a pregnant woman a seat only to be told off yet again

Society can't have it both ways. Sure, wolf-whistling, cat calling, and genuine sexual harassment are all wrong and we should call them out, people being nice--like holding doors and offering seats--should be met equally politely.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-5954999/Outrage-5M-taxpayers-cash-spent-security-Donald-Trumps-private-trip.html

I have similar questions, but it isn't simply Trump: Why do Americans spend so much to protect POTUS? If I were president, I'd make the Secret Service make changes. Here's my starting list:

Ditch the beast and get a decent looking car -- The president isn't in a warzone after all.
Reopen Pennsylvania Ave -- why is it closed?
Remind them that the President is simply a man. The position is what's important and the Constitution has what to do if that man dies

The cost of protecting POTUS is outrageous in my view

Just bought one of these: http://www.gl-inet.com/products/gl-mt300n-v2/ Initial testing looks good.

Happy 4th of July

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Camping with the Oomph

I've said it over and over....the Oomph is a great way to make coffee while travelling.  https://the-oomph.com/