Before I read the rest of this, I must know the bass clarinetist rumour.
I know! I am roughly the same age as you and this piece was terrific. Like when you get older and realize Uncle So and so was an alcoholic and they weren't talking about how much coffee he likes to drink.
@everyone I feel like we need a catchy phrase for the "stand mixer/vitamix" thought process so I can get it tattooed on, like, my hand. Fortunately my partner is a Vita-nixer. **stares balefully at $150 grocery shopper because she thought she would become someone who would walk to the grocery store a half hour's walk away**
@Cup of T I haven't had Fruit and Nut in the UK. It just has, like, raisins and almonds in it here, which is okay. I am partial to Coffee Crisp and Kit Kat Chunkys. Wunderbars are not bad. Crunchies (the chocolate bar, not the cheese snack) are of the devil. Buy all of them when you come up next.
@City_Dater Isn't having a mortgage just renting from the bank? I mean, you stop paying anytime before the mortgage is done, all your equity is...*makes toilet flushing noise*
@RocketSurgeon You want the New York Times' Rent vs Buy calculator, if you haven't looked at it already!
@loren smith it seems like if you are unable to save a downpayment you should definitely not be signing up for a zero down mortgage on homes that *start* at well over 3x your yearly household income? Unless the "3x your income or less = affordable" metric has been proven false. If/when interest rates go back up...hoo boy. Not to mention our city has been chronically underfunded due to the lowest property tax rates in Canada, so further diversion of tax funds is not helping the situation.
I haven't noticed any changes in the price (but then again, I dislike Hershey products) but I have noticed a definite downgrade in quality, hoo boy.
we are bombarded with these in our Canadian city. Though they promise zero down (which is technically not allowed by the federal government) by juggling incentive programs. The city I live in recently instituted a 5% downpayment grant for people who earn 50-70k, which means you can get zero down and your taxes get redirected for five years to the fund in order to sponsor more grants. I think it's a bad idea but everyone else thinks it's great?
I will absolve you of your sin of not Wire-watching because you gave us this delightful little post.