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davewe last won the day on September 29 2016

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  1. Quote "Even as the pandemic's origins have remained a mystery, the Chinese laborers have previously been suggested as a source of the disease. Historian Christopher Langford has shown that China suffered a lower mortality rate from the Spanish flu than other nations did, suggesting some immunity was at large in the population because of earlier exposure to the virus. In the new report, Humphries finds archival evidence that a respiratory illness that struck northern China in November 1917 was identified a year later by Chinese health officials as identical to t
  2. True under normal circumstances - but this ain't normal. Now, as I said I certainly do not expect this to happen for the reason you state and others. But I have to believe the millions of people who have and will lose their jobs also vote and sooner or later will want the society and their jobs to be made whole again. Hard decisions may have to be made and there will be a balance of some kind between the medical, economic and societal priorities.
  3. For the past 3 years whenever anyone asked me about American politics my answer was always something sarcastic like, "I don't care as long as the Social Security check clears." It got a laugh or a nod of the head. But I can't help but wonder what we'd feel like if a few months from now our respective governments or former employers came to us and said, "We're broke. There's no more pension." I suspect we'd all want them to find the money. Now I don't think this is gonna happen; I'm fundamentally a positive person. I also don't think millions are going to die of Covid-19 with the measures
  4. Having done it (online dating) and eventually married one of my "chat mates," the best advise I can give is to find a mentor. This is even more important than finding a girl, which let's face it, can be done easily - but finding the right girl is not so easy. I got very lucky and found my mentor who lived a couple hours away from me. He and his wife helped me navigate the tough online waters. Otherwise, I would have just drowned, overwhelmed by it all. But here's the important thing: find a like-minded mentor. There are guys online who are looking to marry, looking to find a vacation girl
  5. I own an Ecosport and already gave the OP my opinion in PM. What I will say publicly is that any purchaser has to be self-aware enough to know what he needs and doesn't need, what meets the requirements of the environment here, and of course what he can afford. Several people mentioned their preference for Japanese cars over Ford. I agree. If I could have found a comparable Honda or Toyota I would have bought one. But there is no comparable Honda or Toyota for the price or anywhere near the price of the Ecosport. What I would also say is to make sure your dealer is relatively close
  6. Thank goodness hammering is not often involved in lutherie, otherwise I'd have no thumbs lol.
  7. Based on Mike J's list above I am usually a #1 style tipper. But I recently had an experience on the other side of the fence. You see I build and work on guitars and other instruments. When I moved to Dumaguete it sort of happened organically. People would see me on FB and send me a message asking if I could set up or fix their instrument. Eventually I started charging a small amount: a fraction of what comparable work in the US would cost. I wanted to have fees that Filipinos and retired expats could afford. Currently my clientele is 60-40 foreigners to Filipinos. Anyway, recently I
  8. However he ensures the girl does not return is still asking for trouble.
  9. There will be once the friend of the FIL has Steve whacked. Honestly Steve, reporting what you consider immoral activities in the home can get you seriously in trouble. Think long and hard about it.
  10. Having recently built two houses and seen more scaffolds go up and down than I ever imagined I would ever see, in our experience it is done with nails not screws. I am sure there are exceptions but not from what I have seen here. They pull it apart and put sections back together for the next bit of scaffolding. The nails will get re-used. In my experience you're better off simply getting the workers what they ask for. I gave up trying to tell them I had a better way and besides, often the better way either requires materials that are tough to get or in the end doesn't end up being so much
  11. Several places in Valencia that post 30 or 35 and one on the National Hwy. on the way to Bacong that I've used also at that price. In the end all it means is that I throw a few more pesos as a tip.
  12. 30-35P at the couple places I go to.
  13. As I understand it most all rules for filing are the same whether you live in the US or abroad. As I said I always file out of habit, but here's the rules: "Not all Americans need to file a federal tax return. Those who don’t earn enough in income aren’t required to by law. Whether you make the cut depends on your filing status and age. Single filers must file a return if they earn at least:: $12,000 if under 65; $13,600 if 65 or older Married filing jointly filers must file a return if they earn at least:: $24,000 if both spouses are under 65; $25,300 if one spouse is under 65
  14. FreeTaxUSA for me. Very easy. For what you describe it will take you little more than a few minutes. In reality you probably do not need to file but I always do out of habit.
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