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Old 11-06-2007, 07:28 PM   #41
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If they'd pay half the monthly fee, let 'em. If they don't pay, change the key...
I'd say probably not on that. One, if they have any teenaged kids, there's a non-zero chance the RIAA could end up pestering you about any file-sharing they might do. Two, your agreement with your ISP may not allow connection sharing or reselling. Three, if they were "miffed" that you prevented them from stealing from you, they can F off
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Old 11-06-2007, 07:35 PM   #42
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Sooo NOT happening. Besides banking info, etc, they could probably log into ER and have a great time with the delete key.
I politely declined and offered to take in their paper when they traveled. I noticed they get the NY Times delivered.
Oh, you are GOOD!!! How do you politely decline something like that, anyway? I am imagining myself trying unsuccessfully to politely decline...

"No, you thieving weasels, buy your own effing internet access!! The reason I have a password is because I don't want to share, morons!"

Actually, I'd probably feed them a bundle of white lies, such as that I shut it down unpredictably at times and leave it off for weeks, and that I forgot what the password is, or that it isn't mine at all but probably the next neighbor over's. Then I'd feel guilty about lying.
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Anyone "borrow" wifi?

I have some new neighbors and they rang my bell recently and asked if I would mind sharing the key to my wifi. They can see the signal but were mildly miffed that it was encrypted.

They paid cash for a 300K house and then did another 100K of upgrades - I guess this is how they saved up for those purchases?

I'd probably start laughing and say "You are soo funny ,what's next running a extension cord for my electricty . "
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Do you get any mold from this?
Nope, I have a large master bathroom with decent air circulation.

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Old 11-06-2007, 08:51 PM   #45
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OK, my BS meter is a bit slow, but I hope (at least some of you) are joking.

... and SecondCor, why are you wasting perfectly good cold water ... down the drain? You should capture it in buckets and use it to flush you toliets...

... hey I think I'm starting to get the hang of this.
That sounds like work ;-). Good idea, though.

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Old 11-06-2007, 08:54 PM   #46
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Oh, you are GOOD!!! How do you politely decline something like that, anyway? I am imagining myself trying unsuccessfully to politely decline...

"No, you thieving weasels, buy your own effing internet access!! The reason I have a password is because I don't want to share, morons!"

Actually, I'd probably feed them a bundle of white lies, such as that I shut it down unpredictably at times and leave it off for weeks, and that I forgot what the password is, or that it isn't mine at all but probably the next neighbor over's. Then I'd feel guilty about lying.
Miss Manners says to reply thusly:

"I'm so sorry, I couldn't possibly"

Or some such.

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Old 11-07-2007, 01:06 AM   #48
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Worked for a multi-millionaire for about 5 years that stopped in the middle of the parking lot over a storm grate, reached down and grabbed a shoe lace that was laying on it, wrung out the water, and said "great find huh?" and put it in his pocket.

He was a former NFL guy, owned 250 rental houses in San Fran area, 50 commercial, and ran a thriving commercial flooring company.
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Old 11-07-2007, 11:14 AM   #49
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Sooo NOT happening. Besides banking info, etc, they could probably log into ER and have a great time with the delete key.
I politely declined and offered to take in their paper when they traveled. I noticed they get the NY Times delivered.
Good for you! LOL!

Such an outrageous request! Think they are entitled to open wifi, do they?.....

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Old 11-07-2007, 11:24 AM   #51
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Well, I do remember the co-worker who would gleefully pull over and then run out into the street to pick up a square of St. Augustine grass some landscaping truck and dropped in transit.

Went to his house once. He proudly displayed his patchwork lawn of retrieved grass squares.

That's about the only thing I remember about him......

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Confusing, yet funny. Sure thing!

Remembered another one: friend of my parents would only fill up the gas tank halfway, as the weight of the gas would reduce his mileage. Irritated my dad to no end when they went on long trips together.
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Spouse and I have cut each other's hair for almost 30 years. We don't get invited to many social events, though. I'd like to think it's the weird hair and not something even more embarrassing.
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"Hey, we learned habits like that (and other disgusting practices) going through a Northern California drought in the 1980s. If you went over your minimal water allowance the local utility hammered you with extravagant-use rates.

Once you've learned a frugal habit, if it doesn't involve a lot of time & effort to maintain, then it's hard to let go of it."

Speaking of the Nor Cal drought and disgusting practices, the saying that I remember, and still live by, is:

If it's yellow, it's mellow.
If it's brown, flush it down.
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I'd say probably not on that. One, if they have any teenaged kids, there's a non-zero chance the RIAA could end up pestering you about any file-sharing they might do. Two, your agreement with your ISP may not allow connection sharing or reselling. Three, if they were "miffed" that you prevented them from stealing from you, they can F off
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... and when they hack into your bank and brokerage accounts how will you feel?
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Anyone "borrow" wifi?

I have some new neighbors and they rang my bell recently and asked if I would mind sharing the key to my wifi. They can see the signal but were mildly miffed that it was encrypted.



They paid cash for a 300K house and then did another 100K of upgrades - I guess this is how they saved up for those purchases?
DH and I travel in a RV with sat. We like to camp in remote areas and are frequently asked by fellow campers for access to our wifi. We don't share. I'd like a really good response (funny, but polite) to give them. I like the "laugh and ask if they want an extension cord, too" but if they are bold enough to ask for the wifi, they would probably take the extension cord, too
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Depending on what they look like, tell them you are gov't agents and can't compromise national security for them to get a free signal!
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"Hey, we learned habits like that (and other disgusting practices) going through a Northern California drought in the 1980s. If you went over your minimal water allowance the local utility hammered you with extravagant-use rates.

Once you've learned a frugal habit, if it doesn't involve a lot of time & effort to maintain, then it's hard to let go of it."

Speaking of the Nor Cal drought and disgusting practices, the saying that I remember, and still live by, is:

If it's yellow, it's mellow.
If it's brown, flush it down.
Absolutely.

And now that I'm not working, I don't shower every day.

Also save laundry rinse water for plants.

I grew up in houses with wells and septic tanks, and I retain the habits acquired.
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I'm obviously a bad influence. It works well together with Khan's signature.
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Spouse and I have cut each other's hair for almost 30 years. We don't get invited to many social events, though. I'd like to think it's the weird hair and not something even more embarrassing.
Does anyone cut their own hair? I've been thinking about buying a trimmer and doing that. Nowadays I just have them put a #4 attachment on and they buzz it through my hair, or what I have left. Hardly seems worth the cost and time, especially if I have to wait. My hair is very fine and I don't have much on top so it seems like it'd be pretty easy to do myself. The only part I don't like doing is the back of my neck but I already have to do that between trims anyway.
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Confusing, yet funny. Sure thing!

Remembered another one: friend of my parents would only fill up the gas tank halfway, as the weight of the gas would reduce his mileage. Irritated my dad to no end when they went on long trips together.

While I'm not motivated enough to do the calculus to actually check....I'm willing to bet that the extra gas taken to exit the highway and pull into the gas station, turn off/on the car, and accelerate back onto the highway could have easily more than offset the 'savings' by reducing the car's weight. Also, with a lower car weight, you have lower momentum.
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