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  1. With all the rain in Chicago over the weekend (5.5+inch in under an hour) the sewers backed up and we got a few inch of water in the basement. The water was 99%+ clear and there wasn't really an odor. Obvisously it was sewer water, but it wasn't nearly as bad as you see on TV sometime. The water got the bottom 1/2 inch of the couch (the fabric part). It has wooden legs and no flaps. If you flip the couch the the bottom is word and that fabric mesh. The couch was only in water for a couple of hours and I immediated had dehumidifiers/fans running to dry things out. What is the protocol on keeping the couch?
  2. I would have liked to have done that, but not sure I would have lasted 5 years. I maxed out the Stafford loans and took no private loans. I am on track to pay them off in 3.5 years which really reduces the amount of interest I am going to pay at the end of the day.
  3. If you count the extra loan payments on my MBA loans, I save about 25% of my income.
  4. Thanks for the responses. Another question - for those with term, how long of term do you have? I am 31, married with a one year old (more planned). I am kind of think of a 15 year or 20 year term (leaning toward 15 year if I go that route).
  5. Moving to a new job in a few weeks and know my family doesn't have adequate life insurance. I got the info from the new job and the price is comparable as individual quotes I have received. The group insurance is a little cheaper than term quotes, but the term is locked for 10 -15 yrs (haven't decided how long). Anyone have any advice on group vs individual? Definitely doing term, not an annuity.
  6. I would say GPA means little or nothing after a year or two of work experience. Right or wrong, GPA is the metric that is used a lot to judge competency for fresh grads.
  7. I didn't mean to imply that "goofing off" was the only reason for a poor GPA. Maybe I was speaking from expereince where my GPA was a 2.7 because I "goofed off" (a/k/a drinking beer) at college.
  8. Maybe it is just me, but junk mail doesn't bother me all that much and it isn't such a huge burden on my productivity. Few junk emails make it through and I delete. Once a week, I go through an email from the spam filter with emails that got quarantined. I take a quick look and the very very few that mistakenly get classified as spam I click on and they get delivered. I would be surprised if over the course of my 10 year professional life, spam has cost me less than a few hours and that is being generous.
  9. not sure whether it will come up during the background check and I wouldn't be too worried about it, but I would have an explanation ready. Did you goof off the first 2 years, hold a full time job, etc. Try to spin it as positively as possible and show positive change (e.g., I wasn't as focused as I should have been, but once I started the advanced ME classes, I really got excited about everything and my senior year GPA was 3.5). Don't go to far though in trying to explain it away, if you messed up, just admit
  10. Yea, I imagine that the dealer would be pretty inflexible on price if they thought you had to have a specific car. That's only true if you limit yourself to one dealer. but you have even more bargaining power if you don't limit yourself to one dealer and you don't limit yourself to a specific car. I find that you get the best deal when you don't convince yourself you need something specific. The internet has really changed car buying. I just bought a new car and got internet pricing for a number of dealers. Prices were below invoices and all within a couple hundred of each other. Picked the color, walked into the dealership, test drove, said we take it for the internet price, walked out an hour later with the car. Felt I got a good deal and didn't have to haggle though dealt with email/phone calls from all the other dealers for a couple of weeks.
  11. I've bought 2 new cars off the lot and got exactly what I wanted. Never have really looked into ordering from the factory. As a side note, I think the buying expereince of Hondas is underrated. Each trim level is an option set, so no mixing and matching. Makes it really easy to comparison shop. I think they've done a pretty good job at grouping options and have gotten about 99% of what I want in a car. It does limit choice a little; I wish I had a power lift gate on my Pilot, but I like it much better than trying to play the option game like you need to do with Fords or Chevys.
  12. There are a couple of McDs in the Chicago burbs that apparently did the same thing to fit in. Deerfield comes to mind. maybe I am biased growing up in Deerfield, but the McD's on Waukgean Rd has the best cheeseburgers of any McD's I've been to. Are you talking about Lake Forest? There was a huge fight about them opening one there. They finally got the ok, but no drive thru, no arch sign, and they had (not sure if they still do), made to order omelets on Sunday mornings.
  13. I suppose they might be trying to get more people in the door. I've done a lot of networking at Starbucks or other coffee shops because they have places to have a causal conversation. Other than that, my spending at Starbucks would be $0. But the atmosphere/location make it conducive to have informal meetings so I spend some money there. Not that I am sure it will work. I can't imagine ever trying to network with someone and suggesting McDs. More of an image/branding than a quality of location. For McD's to change that it is going to take a lot more than $1b on construction and not sure if it is worth it. In marketing, everything is a trade-off and you can't be everything to everyone. As for the dollar menu, you can't beat $1 large diet cokes. I am pretty sure on Sunday mornings, I can just say the usual and I would get my large diet when I pull around to the drivethru window.
  14. That how it always appears to me.
  15. udpolo15

    Osama dead

    I saw this morning that this wasn't said by MLK Jr. I saw that as well today. As Abraham Lincoln once said:
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