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Old 07-10-2005, 05:21 PM   #61
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This may be because of where you live. In Bellevue and Seattle any well behaved person is very welcome. I have lived in various communities in WA over for 30 years, and I don't think I have ever heard a disparaging remark about an Asian.
I didn't say that Asians are disparaged around here (although they certainly were historically), just that I wouldn't consider the area as having a strong Asian community compared to places like SoCal, Vancouver, SF, etc.* *In my county, I believe Asians represent around 5% of the population.* *That gets higher in the metro areas of Seattle: around 13%.

Compare that to, say, Irvine CA (where my wife is from).* * UC Irvine is 54% Asian.* *The surrounding city of Irvine is 30% Asian.* * And places like Garden Grove and Westminster have even higher concentrations of Asians.* * And the food is good too.*
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Re: Half year FIRE portfolio status
Old 07-10-2005, 05:30 PM   #62
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Agreed about SoCal and Vancouver, but have you ever been to Seattle, Spanky?
Lots of Scandanavians here though.
Wab,

I have but only on business. I am sadden by the proliferation of prejudice against Asians. We have a distant relative living in Seattle and he has not mentioned any racial issue. We have a heavy population of Scandanavians in Minnesota also.

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Old 07-10-2005, 05:41 PM   #63
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Hell, Spanky, I've lived in Calif. all my life, we like everybody out here. (Unless you're an a--hole, and that can come in any shape and color)

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Hi Jarhead,

I really like California because of the climate and diversity, not to mention that my parents, one bother and one sister lving in the Bay Area, another borther living in Glendale, and a few friends living in Orange County. California also has some of the best universities, e.g., Standford, Cal, UCLA, Southern Cal, Cal Tech and so on. I am ecouraging my daughters to attend one of those colleges and stay in California after graduation. Because of her high PSAT score, she has recieved a few invites from those universities.

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Old 07-10-2005, 07:32 PM   #64
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Hi Jarhead,

I really like California because of the climate and diversity, not to mention that my parents, one bother and one sister lving in the Bay Area, another borther living in Glendale, and a few friends living in Orange County. California also has some of the best universities, e.g., Standford, Cal, UCLA, Southern Cal, Cal Tech and so on. I am ecouraging my daughters to attend one of those colleges and stay in California after graduation. Because of her high PSAT score, she has recieved a few invites from those universities.

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Spanky: That's wonderful that your daughters are getting invites from our Universities. They would probably be very happy, and do well out here, and having relatives in close proximity would probably make you feel better.

Calif. has problems like any state does, but all in all I'd never live any other place. (Especially for young folks.)

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Hi Jarhead,

I really like California because of the climate and diversity, not to mention that my parents, one bother and one sister lving in the Bay Area, another borther living in Glendale, and a few friends living in Orange County. California also has some of the best universities, e.g., Standford, Cal, UCLA, Southern Cal, Cal Tech and so on. I am ecouraging my daughters to attend one of those colleges and stay in California after graduation. Because of her high PSAT score, she has recieved a few invites from those universities.

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Hello Spanky. *Sorry to hear you have a "bother" in the Bay Area.
Guess every family has one *somewhere *

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JG,

A spell checker option for the editor would have been nice.

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Hello Spanky. Sorry to hear you have a "bother" in the Bay Area.
Guess every family has one somewhere
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JG,

Are you getting careless in your old age, you forgot about "borther".

If you are going correct posters on minor errors then at least do a proper job.
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Old 07-11-2005, 02:27 AM   #68
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You bloody Americans have highjacked my thread into something about relocation for Asians and Scandinaviens!

Bum; yes those divvies and that interest(bonds) is also about half of my return YTD. Cheers!

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I'm also grateful for the help divvies have given my port for the 1st half! I'm up 2.2% Which I suppose is pretty darn good considering the quote from a NYSE trader on CNN, "Flat is the new up."*


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Just checked:* Quicken says 3.75% from 1/1/05 to 6/30/05.* This is higher than the S&P500 because my company stock (which I am whittling down but right now is perhaps 6% of my portfolio) is allegedly up 52% over that same period.

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Malakito,

What company stock do you own that's up 52% ytd?
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My 88 year old Mom could come up with some good Finn swear words - classier than 'bloody'. Bad habit - I worked with a lot of Brit/Commonwealth engineers over my working years and found myself - 'bloody' this and that a few times - instead of the good old American 'fricking' ah er you know.

My fricking (heh, heh, heh) Vanguard portfolio is only up 1.5% for six month's. I only mark my DRIP's to market around tax time - up or down ? - one or the other.

P.S. - What's Thai for bloody this or that?
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ben,
is that, bloody "L" ? I always wondered why the letter L was so often used in Brit slagging.
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Quicken says 4.44% over Jan-Jun with total portfolio (50/50 stock/nonstock) and 2.9% if I remove the single stock we own (my previous employer Duke Energy).
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Malakito,

What company stock do you own that's up 52% ytd?
HPQ. According to a site I just checked, it's actually up only 15.8%; I think Quicken must be including the YTD performance of my HPQ options as well to arrive at the 52% figure.

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My 88 year old Mom could come up with some good Finn swear words - classier than 'bloody'. Bad habit - I worked with a lot of Brit/Commonwealth engineers over my working years and found myself - 'bloody' this and that a few times - instead of the good old American 'fricking' ah er you know.

The old women in my community would mumble "saatana perkele". Sound like your grandmother? Anything else I would type is too far from classy.
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Old 07-12-2005, 03:06 PM   #75
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Yep

She confirms - Grandma used the term all the time. Something involving 'the devil/satan'. The next generation went straight to various uses of the 'p' word.

I think bloody L - refers to the Loo - even worse than plain 'bloody'.

The SO is fond of 'sugar beets' - don't know where she got that.

I just swear - being male and all that. 'Fricking' is only for polite posting purposes.
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