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  1. Pai Mei

    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    i disappointed him too many times, he couldn't watch it any longer.
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    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    why would i run microsoft office & accounting programs on my phone? you guys are doing way too much on your phones.
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    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    in this thread: everyone pretending one phone does what they need better than any other. ive had iphone x for abit now and while I like it, i’d likely be just as happy with any other current phone.
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    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    i'd like to think this isn't trolling, and so I will. you're right.
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    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    who is 'you guys'? careful, i might be accused of ganging up! someone's mad.
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    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    lots of economists through out the nineteenth & twentieth century have spoken intelligently about marxism, and critiqued it. Most western “economists” of today I would find extremely suspect if they were to attempt to discuss it I suppose, but presumably there are some informed individuals out there. But even so, it’s more useful to discuss communal economic systems, syndicalism, etc than marxism per se. Look to specific examples if you wanted to be fair; the spanish experiment, some earlier north american tribes, etc. It would be important to look at how some of these examples handled private property, trade, ownership, and so on. there are advantages and disadvantages, possible to be instituted with different implementations, though I dont see particular use of blanket implementation of some of these systems, but nothing much to do with ‘karl marx doesnt pay attention to human nature,’ which is laughably ignorant towards the topics at hand. actually that was largely contained in das kapital, (minus the smugness) probably his most well known economic work. but anyways.
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    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    that is not ‘the’ problems with marxism. best to just move along.
  8. Pai Mei

    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    mansplaining? lol, AM you just throw out random buzzwords regardless of meaning.
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    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    that’s because they spared no expense. it’s best if you just steer clear of politics tbh. you can’t differentiate between bs and truth.
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    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    well, you're probably both right. I just figure there's nothing life can throw at me that I won't be able to deal with at this point. Doesn't mean everything will be easy, it just means... I feel emotionally ready for it, whatever 'it' might be, whatever emotional level I need to be on, I feel I can be that person to deal with it. Maybe if I became permanently disabled... that I would not be emotionally ready to deal with, that'd be several breakdowns.
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    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    maybe the enjoyment will wear off as i enter my 40s or 50s, but for now, I actually get a great deal of satisfaction. I want someone to walk away and say when they move on, 'he was a really good landlord, I hope my next one is as good.' [edit] of course, maybe that's also because when i moved to toronto i got fucked over pretty badly, and was basically evicted on the spot because i didn't understand how the law worked.
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    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    I'm aware that the law is not on my side, mind you, not as aware as I'm sure you are. I'm also aware that renting bachelors in new condos at nearly 2000$ a month to young professionals in downtown toronto who happen to be architects, engineers and finance bankers, etc, limits my exposure to rental frauds, scumbags that will try to destroy a unit, or people who will renege on payment. The reality is of course most people want to pay their bills, it really is that simple, no one thinks 'man i'd love to just fucking not be able to pay my bills and have a legal battle with my landlord who is trying to evict me.' but the reality is life is not bubble wrapped, and I can be fucked over whether I am a landlord or not, by many different fields. You could make the argument that I should be very leery of entering into a relationship because the law becomes very difficult, and you could be taken advantage of in many different ways, financially, sexually, physically, emotionally, and so on. You just need to be smart about it and enter things carefully.... and then enter them. 😏 But I've loved learning what I have learned already even more than getting the money to be completely honest. I've learned so much of what I am entitled to as a renter, what I can and can't do as a landlord. I get to talk to and inform so many people looking for a place (and everyone's looking for a place in this city) with a bit of knowledge about the rental market, which feels great. In September I had to learn how to fix a faucet, which I had no clue how to do. I'm a tiny gay boy who likes expensive clothes, and going to the gym, wtf do I know about fixing things. But I did it, and I loved it. For such a simple thing I got a great deal of pleasure out of doing a good job. It also helps that I'm not crazy, and genuinely want my tenants to be happy. My current tenant texted me a couple months back asking about pets. In my original listing I had the option put on no pets, but you can't have a no pets clause in a rental agreement, even before ontario introduced the standard rental agreement. So I told the tenant that a landlord cannot legally stop them from having a pet and so I'm fine with it, and that the only restrictions would come from the condo board, which was fine with the type of one they wanted. The tenant was happy, and while I'd rather they don't have pets, it's not my choice, so there is nothing to think about or concern myself with and so it's not worth mentioning to them. My last tenant was from europe and had a great career here, and he and his gf broke up. So he had no more reason to stay in canada, and wanted to go home. he texted me telling me this, and wondered if he was able to leave before his 1 year lease agreement was up. I was happy to let him know that he didn't actually have to fulfill a 1 year lease agreement, and that the 1 year thing is mostly nonsense legally, and that he already paid for the last month's rent and the current month, so I had no issues, and that i'd fill the unit after he had moved out and it was fine. He left a few things, and I was happy to clean it up, (including a toilet that he failed to understand that you can't just clean the top of the bowl, it was gross that bottom area lol) I got a couple free skids which I wanted for my storage to elevate things off the ground, and so I viewed the process of finding a new tenant as a win. Got a new tenant in a day, because that's how the rental market works, 1 day every time and it's filled by one of multiple amazing candidates who have all had much greater careers than myself, and you work with them and be nice. You know, the truth of life is that if you genuinely want to work with people and help them, they generally are good back to you. This isn't universal and there are times you get burned, I get it, but to become jaded and not go into things with abit of optimism (cautious optimism always) is never a good outlook. And jodi, yeah, maybe I will run into a scumbag, it is more than possible despite everything, and then what? I just pack up and sell and fuck off into a cave? Boo-hoo, you dealt with an asshole. Some things suck, and sometimes you lose, but you gotta just trying to keep doing things right. keep striving. keep improving. I've already won way more than I could conceivably lose, and I felt growing up I had lost enough for a lifetime, but somehow I'm more willing to lose now than ever. Bring on the scumbag. I'll get them out, and get a good person again no matter the time and no matter the cost.
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    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    anyways, after that massive waste of time of reading the last X number of pages, i think i'll go study for a couple hours. which is an idea for AM, because even though i'm now in my 30s and dont make anywhere near minimum wage, i fucking hate my job with a passion and think i make nowhere near what i should, and more importantly, near what i need to be happy. plus i have to deal with the most fake-est clowns ever on a daily basis. but life is not over, and i do indeed plan to go into a trade, or at least try to, (and i think i have the perfect one) because even though my retirement is paid for and i have guaranteed income for life with my rental property (ps. to the dummies on here that warned against that, i absolutely love being a landlord), i am not happy with the income from my job for the rest of my life. and if i'm successful in that, i will then learn to swim, which has always bothered me that i can't. Then i will enroll in the mandarin classes here. I have a highschool teacher friend here in the city that is learning italian and german atm, and has convinced me to learn another language as well. So I figure mandarin would not only be the best, but most interesting since tonal languages to me are so far from anything I've known. I understand more than most what believing you have no future prospects looks like, and what failure feels like, and how settling for years feels like, and what being afraid feels like, but like the late great rocky balboa said, life will beat you down to your knees and leave you there if you let it, but it's not about how hard you can get hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and still get back up. AM, giving up isn't unique, but it isn't worth it, and this is coming from someone who quite frankly just doesn't like you and doesn't particularly care about you, but if you think you are happy right now because you've made things work, you owe it to yourself to keep trying because with hope in your heart, hope for whatever it is in the future you're working towards, and that is the key, *working* towards, it's a different level of happiness in your life. Keep actively working towards more I'd say, even if you've failed countless times.
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    Night Owls X: TCO's Up In Smoke Tour

    or anywhyere, am I right AM? the "#metoo generation" ? there's a lot of things you could choose to call this generation in order to show them in a negative light, but #metoo is your choice you go with? that's seriously fucked up. one of the biggest "wins" for social media in the last couple years is sharing the stories of how rampant sexual harassment in the workplace is and having that make some sort of effect to end that for literally half the population, and you use that as your moniker to show the current generation in a negative light. Hey now, we don't need to talk about minorities, AM hasn't interacted with one in years. Real wages have mostly stagnated for the majority of the population for 40 years, how is Trudeau to blame for that? i mean, he certainly won't change it, but.... plenty of conservative governments didn't either. ... it wasn't. plus, i forgot about my lasagna, and the top layer got crusty, and now must be scraped off when eating oh well, still a delicious lasagna so not a total waste of 2 hours.
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