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  1. Jules Noctambule says:

    I just found out that some friends of mine are closing their business next week. I’d feel unhappy about this anyway, but my own is doing really well so I feel a sort of awkward guilt, too. Suppose I’ll just avoid mentioning work whenever we get together until they’re back on their feet.

  2. That guy. says:

    Aww Siamese!!

    I have two. My female 11 year old was just diagnosed as completely blind a few months ago. Apparently it’s a genetic disease that impacts Blue Point siamese. At least my male (a Seal Point) doesn’t carry the genetic marker. It only hit her within the past year.

    She navigates the house pretty well, having learned the layout over the past 6 years. She also purrs, and plays now and then, so she seems happy enough. Still, I feel so bad for her.

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Our Maine Coon had really bad cataracts…we put off getting new furniture (of a very different style, so we wanted to change the layout) while he was alive. But you would never have known most of the time that he could barely see…unless we left something out in the middle of the floor.

      • That guy. says:

        I grew up with a Maine Coon, he lived 17 years.

        I thought she was just getting far sighted, as she seemed to have trouble locating treats and such I put right in front of her, or she would walk into chair legs in the dinning room.

        I watch her now and see how she is cautious when walking from one item of furniture to the other, or climbing down from something. She reaches out with her paw and tries to feel around.

  3. Important Business Man (Formerly Will Print T-shirts For Food) says:

    Im leaving the office to go to Pensacola Pride!

  4. slyabney says:

    I came home from work last night to find someone actually stole my satellite dish. Can you even use those if stolen? What does one do with a stolen dish?

    Worst part is I have to pay for a new one and/or use my renter’s insurance for it.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      if you lived nearby i’d give you my old one. i long since cut the cord. see if someone is selling or giving away one on craigslist maybe. often people leave the old dish behind when they move and the new tenant/owner doesn’t need/want it

    • Jane_Gage says:

      Salad bowl?

      • Coffee says:

        XD

        You rock, Jane…you’re one of the top people I would like to be following on other social media but can’t because I don’t know anything about you.

        • tooluser says:

          I went to kindergarten with a girl named Jane Gage. I wonder if this is the same person. I doubt it, but if it is, I just want you to know that you threw an awesome birthday party!

  5. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Consumerist Cat stalking for deals.

  6. Important Business Man (Formerly Will Print T-shirts For Food) says:

    So my boyfriend called me last night and told me that he’s no longer moving in with me in August because someone offered him a better deal on rent (100 cheaper per month.) Needless to say I broke up with that cheap song of a B immediately. All of our issues seem to be about money. I am not frivolous but I do spend on what I enjoy. He only, only, ONLY looks for the cheapest way out ALL the time. His parents are rich and want him to continue college without working on their dime, however his pride makes him accept none of their money while he works a meager minimum wage 30 hour per week job. I make 5x more than him annually and want nothing but to take care of us until we’re both done with school and on to real careers. People, don’t let money come in between your relationships, especially when your loving significant other makes 5 times your salary and wants to be with you forever and take care of you. He wants to stay together but I’m not dealing with this anymore.

    Now I’m motherless and boyfriendless. Go me! Pensacola Pride should be fun this weekend though.

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Too bad you couldn’t teach him the difference between cheap and frugal. Oh well. On a better note, what a great way to start the weekend…have fun at the parade!

      • Important Business Man (Formerly Will Print T-shirts For Food) says:

        I tried… its been 2.5 years in the making trying to teach frugalness and financial responsibility instead of cheapness. I give up. :(

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Did you try to explain that moving in together saves more than $100 on other things, like food, utilities, etc.? And obviously, did he say he’d move in after the ultimatum? If not, then hell yes drop the moron.

      • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

        and gas money to go from his place to your place

        • Important Business Man (Formerly Will Print T-shirts For Food) says:

          I don’t think I should have to convince him of anything. We’re not children anymore.
          @Loias No no, we’re done. I’m not dealing with it anymore. I just started my own business so I could use the alone time anyway.

    • KyBash says:

      If saving $100 a month is better than being with you all the time, he’s got serious issues which can never be resolved. Ten years after college, would he decide that living with his mistress is cheaper than making house payments and supporting his kids?

      He’s one of those guys that give the rest of us men a bad name.

      Have fun at Pensacola Pride!

      • Important Business Man (Formerly Will Print T-shirts For Food) says:

        I doubt having a mistress and children will be an issue… Us homos hardly ever have those issues…

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      What a JERK!!!!

      Want me to kick him with my ice skates on?

    • Thyme for an edit button says:

      Yeah, his priorities are just not in the right place. He picks saving $100/month in rent over being with his SO? Nuts. I am sorry this happened, but it may have been for the best in the long run if you guys just were not on the same page with regard to money.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      You’re better off without him, frankly.

  7. DJ Charlie says:

    The Lady’s base coat is done, we’re doing detail paint now. And the HOOD ORNAMENT is done!

    http://charlie.kjsr.net/campics/P052412_1236.jpg

  8. catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

    was looking forward to a 3 day weekend, now i am even more excited about working monday on short notice because it’s double time for the holiday.
    torn between letting my roommate figure out her current money issues for herself and trying to help, which is really just interfering. since i technically am tied to her finances through cosigning for the car, i feel like i need to interfere a little bit to protect myself.

    but it’s clear she doesn’t read consumerist- she was really surprised when i told her that opening an account at the credit union doesn’t mean she can automatically close her account at wells fargo and pay them off the negative amount- the payday loans she took out will keep hitting the account and wells fargo will just reopen it and charge her more NSF fees.

    anybody ever have to move a payday loan payment from one bank to another?

  9. The Upright Man says:

    I went to a metal concert Tuesday night (Meshuggah, Baroness, and Decapitated if those names mean anything) and twisted my damn knee in the mosh pit.

    But I’m all healed today and it’s off to Maryland Deathfest!

    #learnednothing
    #pushinghisluck

    • Back to waiting, but I did get a cute dragon ear cuff says:

      Ah, you kids and your crazy ways. Back in my day, we slam danced and knew how to protect ourselves, well, except for the occasional bloody noses.

      Yes, this 53 yo balding geezer with a 1/2 share(my wife drives it) in a plum colored minivan was into the hardcore punk scene in the late 70’s and 80’s. Back when the 9:30 club was at 9:30 F St and the area was pretty marginal.

      It still is fun to mess with the young punks. I saw a couple all decked out a few years back and I was wearing my work clothes (Khakis and a polo), with my 2 daughters (5 and 7 at the time)while walking to the minivan in a parking lot. I looked them up and down and told them I was their future. They scoffed and started laughing at me. Once I told them some of the bands I had seen live (Dead Kennedys, Iggy Pop, Sex Pistols, Minor Threat) and that Dischord Records was a good customer you could see them think for a minute and then turn pale with fright.

      Enjoy the show.

  10. InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

    Got my tickets to see the encore screenings of Frankenstein, starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Johnny Lee Miller on the 6th & 7th. I cannot wait!

  11. Hmmmmm needs more WarOtter says:

    Yeah! 3 day weekend. Anyone have big plans?

    Finally broke down and bought an Anroid phone this week; it was too good of a deal to pass up. R.I.P. Blackberry. You will be missed.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I’m with my honey! :) We’re gonna go see Ghostbusters at this one theater on my birthday. YAY! GB ON THE BIG SCREEEEEEN!!!!

  12. Me - now with more humidity says:

    I am saddened by how vitriolic and nasty an ever-increasing number of comments are on Consumerist. There seems to be a competition to out-bash and out-blame OPs, to insult people with children (even well-behaved children), and to excoriate any homeowner who has run into an unexpected and devastating financial setback through no fault of their own.

    Keyboard courage is a sad thing.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      I know. :(

    • Coffee says:

      I would add “People who think that everything is a joke” to your list, but then I would fall squarely on it, so I will stick my hands in my pockets, whistle innocently, and walk away.

    • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

      I blame Gawker.

    • RecordStoreToughGuy_RidesTheWarpOfSpaceIntoTheWombOfNight says:

      I HATE ALL OF THOSE THINGS YOU MENTIONED AND ALSO NOW I HATE YOU BY EXTENSION

      I AM UNILATERALLY DECLARING MYSELF SHERIFF OF CONSUMERIST AND TELLING YOU TO LEAVE NOW OR THERE WILL BE… TROUBLE

      • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

        See, I would have agreed about it becoming nastier, but RSTG came in with a hilarious all-caps parody and made me smile. (At least, I think he was joking…)

        I find the idiots tolerable because most of the regulars make fun of them…and usually it’s (at least a little) more funny than mean.

  13. nbs2 says:

    Useless folks across the street list their house almost 10% lower than the other three houses for sale in my neighborhood (one of which is mine). Seriously? Why would you do something like that?

    Now, I’m stuck with probably having to lower my price, and maybe enough to wipe out any chance of coming out clean. And yes, I am under a bit of pressure to sell (moving across the country, don’t really have the money to pay a mortgage and rent, too far to easily manage the current property as a rental).

    • InsertPithyNicknameHere says:

      Forgive me if this is a stupid question, as I’ve been a renter all my life, but why wouldn’t they price their house lower? I mean, if the idea is to sell their house in the least amount of time, and the sale at that price would cover the expenses they want to cover, then from an external perspective it seems like the smartest thing in the world to outprice their competition (i.e. you and the other person selling).

      • nbs2 says:

        At that price, they are likely selling themselves short. One of the three on the street is currently under contract. It was the lowest of the three listed, but still in that 8-10% range higher than this new house’s listing price. The one under contract is a foreclosure, the new listing claims to be a regular sale. And it isn’t like they are turning a profit – they are losing a ton of money (45% of their purchase price).

        If I was a gambling man, I’d wager there is something hinky going on – foreclosure is coming or something. Maybe they are trying to beat a short sale? I am not totally familiar with the process, but if you sell your home for less than you owe, you have to get it approved by the bank or cash out the difference, right? I mean, they can’t be selling and scampering.

        Further research – their county assessment is way below their asking price. I’m starting to wonder what the house would assess at. We are asking more than the county assessment, but only a couple grand more.

        • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

          the houses on my street are all older so they are all assessed at different prices due to various improvements. i paid $126k for mine, but it assessed at $132k. 2 houses down, same floor plan but lacking the addition and the covered deck i have sold for $114k 10 months after i bought mine.
          even something like an upgraded kitchen or insulated garage can add a good chunk to the value of a home, so probably that house either has some damage or has no upgrades

        • tooluser says:

          I adore competition. Everyone wins, except the losers. You should compete with them. After all, you’re not a loser, are you?

          • The Cosmic Avenger says:

            Have you considered dropping the “user” part of your username? It would suit you much better if you did.

      • Not Given says:

        Sometimes if they are underpriced, it means they are trying to start a bidding war.

    • pecan 3.14159265 says:

      Did you run a comparison report? Our agent ran a report for us to show us where the home we liked fell in terms of pricing compared to the rest of the neighborhood. It really depended on amenities, square footage, etc. but it helped us determine whether the house was a good deal compared to the rest of the neighborhood.

      On the report for that house, the one we liked was listed about 10% lower than everyone else’s, but everyone else’s was also under contract already – so clearly, it wasn’t so much about price for everyone, but about the amenities. Some of the houses were $30,000 more and were quite a bit smaller.

  14. Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

    Saturday: Helping someone move. Buying myself a new fridge. Sad that the sales are not very good. Can’t wait until 7/4 because A) current fridge leaks, and B) Getting married, so no time!

    Sunday: All-day board gaming with friends. Will be playing Twilight Imperium, which is the most epic board game ever. Seriously takes 12 hours to finish a game. That combined with lots of wine, and will probably be closer to 20 hours.

    Monday: Whatever the fuck I want!

    • chizu says:

      I played it the first time last year with my ex and his friends. I really really liked the game. Now that I can’t play with him anymore, I considered buying my own copy… The only problem is, I’m not sure if my friends would be down with spending all day playing it with me… (We actually only took 6 hours to play with 4 players. Pretty short game…)

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      see if your local utility has anything to help with the cost. mine offers a rebate if you let them pick up and recycle the broken fridge

      • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

        $50, already planned that out! I wish I’d bought it a few years ago, when the federal rebates were around. I just didn’t have enough money at the time after just buying a house.

    • MaxH42 thinks RecordStoreToughGuy got a raw deal says:

      Oooh, that reminds me, I ordered Cards Against Humanity and it just shipped! Now I just need to find someone to play it with.

  15. Cat says:

    Anyone else see sunday’s eclipse? I was about 400 mile away from the centerline, and I wasn’t about to travel (since I’m already driving 4500 miles next month) but it was pretty cool. I’m looking forward to the 2017 total eclipse, though.

    Here’s the best pic I found of the eclipse online. http://media.naplesnews.com/media/img/photos/2012/05/21/APTOPIX_Ring_Of_Fire_Eclip_t607.jpg

    Related story: I had to sell my “Big 10 inch” telescope 5 years ago, and have made do with a little 4″ reflector ever since. I discovered Sunday that my new neighbor has 3 scopes ranging from 5″ to 10″ – and he’s giving me his old mount to replace the shaky one my 4″ is mounted to. It’s worth about $250!

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      No, I missed it. We had a thunderstorm right about then and it was cloudy until too late to see it. Arrggh! Some of my friends got cool pictures, though.

  16. Thyme for an edit button says:

    Addressing wedding invitations this weekend, yeah! And going to see the Avengers.

    I had a first round phone interview for a job back in California. Got my fingers crossed that I get to fly out to a second in-person interview, rock it, and get the job!

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      good luck on both the addressing and the interview

    • Loias supports harsher punishments against corporations says:

      Yay weddings! Just getting my invitations back.

      Avengers is A-W-E-S-O-M-E. You will agree.

  17. GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

    I got a new job! I applied Monday, and started Wednesday. I literally have no clue how much I’m being paid, but on the plus side I get to watch women ride horses for ~4 hours a day.

    • catastrophegirl chooses not to fly says:

      i would say what’s the job but you’ve spent the last several months spending your “working hours” at the flea market so it’s got to be better than that, whatever it is.
      congratulations

      • GuyGuidoEyesSteveDaveâ„¢ says:

        Actually, this job conflicts with the flea market, so I can’t go anymore, which kills me. I work 5am-13:30 Wed-Sun. BUT… so far, 3 things I had previously bought at the flea market have helped in my new job. But I will have disposible income, and no where to dispose it.

    • HogwartsProfessor says:

      Congrats SteveDave! :)

  18. tooluser says:

    I think Laura and Chris did a very good job today of keeping the posts relevant to Consumer issues. This is what I come here for. Bravo!

  19. HogwartsProfessor says:

    LONG WEEKENNNNDDDDD!!

    I still have to do one more job application for unemployment and there is NOTHING. Blargh. Guess I’ll put another one in at the hospitals. :P I do have an interview at an eye doctors office when I get back.

    With my honey today! Had some snafus with flights. US Airways cancelled one of my return flights and rescheduled me at the buttcrack of dawn. Then it turns out I can’t leave that day. Expedia, normally easy to deal with, was a complete nightmare this time. Disconnections no matter what phone I called from (even Skype), couldn’t understand what was going on, etc. Finally I got with US Airways and they got me on an afternoon return flight with only one connection (no stupid Phoenix connection). It only cost me $150 more plus the change fee, so $303 all together. Way less than I was afraid it would. No more booking through Expedia. I just don’t know what happened to them; they used to be okay.

    Hope everyone has a good Memorial Day weekend!

  20. parv says:

    In case people ate/will be eating sushi on mainland USA …

    http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2012/05/sushi-salmonella-now-affects-21-states/257508/

    … which Consumerist did not post yet.