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2023.06.02 13:45 northlandbuild Unleash the Beauty of Your Home with a Premier Home Designer in Portland, Oregon

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2023.06.02 12:33 mtglc12 Looking for a reliable buyer agent in Anthony, NM?

Looking for a reliable buyer agent in Anthony, NM?

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Look no further! MTG Real Estate can be your trusted guide throughout the home-buying process, ensuring your interests are protected and helping you find your dream home.
MTG Real Estate in Anthony, NM has extensive knowledge of the local real estate market. We will listen to your needs and preferences, conduct thorough property searches, and negotiate on your behalf to get you the best deal possible.
By partnering with a buyer agent, you can navigate the complex real estate market with confidence.
Contact MTG Real Estate today to start your home-buying journey and make the process smooth and successful.

How to find the best real estate agent
Purchasing a home in Anthony, NM is no little accomplishment, and it's one of the greatest monetary choices of your life. Whenever you're prepared to purchase, tracking down a real estate agent with experience to direct you through the interaction is awesome. As a planned home purchaser, you could believe it's adequately straightforward to look for homes on the web, however a decent real estate agent can deal with the quest for you by: keeping steady over new postings, booking viewings and speaking with the specialist addressing the merchant.
As a home vender in Anthony, NM, mortgage holders might be enticed to attempt to sell all alone, especially in a hot real estate market. Yet, there are still a lot of tedious advances, and expenses, expected to sell a home that an accomplished real estate agent deals with constantly.
A decent vender's representative will know how to stage and market a permanent place to stay available to be purchased, and which fixes may be vital and which can be skipped. It's additionally essential to take note of that merchants are normally liable for paying the purchaser's representative, so regardless of whether you miss the opportunity to have a portrayal of your own you'll in any case pay some commission.
Whether you're trading a house, seeing how to track down a decent real estate agent in Anthony, NM is fundamental. Your representative will help you through all means of the interaction and answer the horde of specialized, strategic, and monetary inquiries that emerge, so you don't need to squander hours looking. A decent real estate agent will likewise have an unmistakable handle on the intricate details of the real estate market in your space.
The following are the rundowns on the most proficient method to track down the best real estate agent.

1. Find the Agent with the Most Listings
One basic, to some degree uninvolved method for observing the best real estate agent is to recognize which specialists have the most postings in Anthony, NM. Experience with numerous clients shows a specific measure of desire and hustle. Be cautioned, but assuming they have the greater part of the posting locally, what need do you figure they will appoint your home?

2. Request/Check References
Ask specialists you're thinking about giving data on homes they've recorded and sold in the previous year, with contact data for at least a couple of ongoing clients. Call those clients to figure out their encounters and what sort of help the specialist gave all through the interaction, including during the dealings. Find out if they'd enlist that specialist again for their next land exchange in Anthony, NM.

3. Local Knowledge
A specialist who knows the area in Anthony, NM can best exhortation on a deals cost in view of ongoing patterns, for example, whether costs have been edging up or down lately in your area. They can likewise assist you with reducing areas in light of your needs, such as being near great schools or away from occupied roads.

4. Evaluate their Availability
Trading a home in Anthony, NM takes a great deal of time and doesn't adjust to ordinary working hours. Search for a specialist with a group or if nothing else a clerical specialist, as that will free some from the bustling work that specialists regularly manage and let loose the person in question to accomplish the genuine work of trading your home. Everything reduces to how much time they can allot toward your particular requirements.

5. Agent’s License is Must be up to date
Before you sign with a real estate agent in Anthony, NM , there's another thing you should check: the specialist's permit. To make sure that the permit is current, go to your state's land office site and look into the specialist's name. You can likewise check whether the specialist has confronted any disciplinary activity.

In the present hyper-serious real estate market, the right real estate agent truly has an effect. Take as much time as necessary and do as much legwork as possible to ensure you are happy with depending on this individual. The more encountered a purchaser's representative in Anthony, NM area, the more probable it is that they can direct you toward the right property at the right cost, and inside your timetable and spending plan.

At MTG Real Estate in Anthony, NM there is somebody you can trust and feel alright with, who can explore through the cycle in view of your wellbeing.
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2023.06.02 12:00 AutoModerator Daily r/LawnCare No Stupid Questions Thread

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2023.06.02 08:33 TryingtoGetWell28 According to the Eugene, Oregon Homes for Good website, they are currently serving people from the 2019 Section 8 waitlist.

According to the Eugene, Oregon Homes for Good website, they are currently serving people from the 2019 Section 8 waitlist.
Where are people staying in the meantime? With family, friends or co-workers? Outdoors? How will they receive their mail notification years later?
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2023.06.02 07:15 why-gurl95 Any recourse left for rape, assault, stalking, and kidnapping (of an 18yo) almost 20 years ago, when it was reported at the time to an officer later charged with a sex crime himself? (Oregon)

Oregon, early 2000s: I was 18, and due to unrequited love, a friend decided to extort sex (rape obviously, but situational description) for roughly 2-3 months by using threats against my mother. Some non sexual assault happened frequently as well, but nothing which would leave a mark. As his actions escalted, it became obvious to my mother, who wasn't aware of the threats or severity (but not dumb), he was abusively obsessed and clearly, overtly stalking me. (Walking 30+ min across town to call my house from a pay phone just down the street from me after my mother stopped taking his calls; somehow finding out my driver's test appt so he could "run into" me, etc.) Ultimately, he and I got into an argument because I was trying to fully leave him, after many attempts to do so. He became so terrifyingly enraged, I ran from his house, and only made it just to the street before he caught me by the arm and dragged me back inside. I was held captive at least 6, maybe 8-9 hours, raped, and restrained to prevent using a phone or any means of outside contact. I was only released a few hours after his mother came home from work, for him to avoid mounting suspicion.
After this incident, I got up the courage to report him to the police. I met with an officer at a park. Idk if this is unusual, but small town and I was young and naive. I knew it would be hard to describe what had happened, and was still in terror of my mom's safety. But the officer's questioning really felt like he was just indulging in teen sex gossip, and told me nothing actually illegal had happened. My instincts were right, as a few years later, this same officer was charged with a sex crime. I'm not sure the outcome or details of anything other than him leaving that PD, and that he wasn't the only one caught doing bad things. Point is, I believe this cop, and perhaps that PD back then overall, actively thwarted my attempt to report, with plenty reason to think so.
In spite of being told nothing this man had done to me was illegal, I pursued a stalking order. It was granted, but because of the difficult nature of sexual offenses and a rural, “he said, she said,” it was dismissed a few weeks later at the hearing. If I'd been less ashamed and gotten witnesses subpoenaed, I easily could have made my case. Even worse, my appointed attorney was SO bad, it wasn't until LEAVING the courthouse he bothered to tell me something which I'd told him well prior to the hearing that had happened was actually a violation of the temporary stalking order. The violation wasn't straightforward enough to be obvious to me, but it was enough I ended up having to leave that school until I could afford to transfer and move.
This all happened almost 20 years ago, and I wasn't a minor, so I know the statues for all offenses are long passed. Does the police interference change anything, if I could prove the attempt to report? The attorney was old enough, he may well not be alive now. I reported it well within statue, and was wrongfully told these things were “technically legal.” The primary witness and perpetrator of the stalking violation is likely still alive and would remember. If a provably corrupt cop blocked a timely report, and an attorney ignored an actual stalking order violation, do the statues still apply? Are they potentially liable? If I were to just go report it again for the sake of some closure, even knowing nothing would come of it, do I report it in the locale in which it happened? What even happens to such a report?
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2023.06.02 07:12 omcthrowaway999212 Recording conversations in Oregon: Does ORS 165.540(3) create an exception for recordings of face-to-face conversations (that you're a part of) in your home?

I'm reading the Oregon Court of Appeals decision here, and it covers the janky process that led us to having an exception for "subscribers and their families, within their homes." They don't define what a subscriber is because the language was written back when the law only applied to telecommunications. But they kept it that way even after expanding the law to cover in-person communications, and now it sounds like if you're "a subscriber," you can record in-person conversations without informing the other participants as long as you're in your own home.
Is that right? In State v. Rainey, the issue was whether or not the exception applies to recordings in the home or conversations in the home, which suggests the underlying issue of recording someone without informing them wasn't in question as long as the conversation was applicable. But every breakdown of Oregon's recording law that I've found seems to either miss this exception or have some take on it that I don't understand. With all the ambiguity around the wording of 165.540(3), if someone could just confirm whether or not I have it right, I'd appreciate it. It just seems so goofy to think "yeah, if you or your family member subscribes to something, it counts," but that does seem to be the implication.
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2023.06.02 06:14 jrod5284 Breach of Contract or Tough Luck? (Connecticut)

I'm in a bit of a predicament here and I'm going to apologize in advance for the length of this. tl;dr at the bottom.
My wife and I recently came into contract to buy our family's first real home. Everything seemed normal, no major issues. Purchase price was agreed upon with 4 contingencies (3 plumbing related).
We were set to close on the 5/19. Everything good to go. I get a call from my lawyer 3 days prior stating there are some title issues and we're likely going to be delayed. It's found out a bit later that these title issues were due to a lien on the house.
Wife later that day gets a call from her amateur google private investigator sister who says "Hey that house was foreclosed on and auctioned off on 5/15 (4 days prior to our scheduled closing)".
We panic, make calls, nobody has answers. After waiting it out, yes, the house was in foreclosure and was auctioned off (this information was all available on my state's judicial website). After a lot of back & forth with our legal team, it's come to the conclusion that an objection to the sale can be filed as we were already in contract prior to the auction date. Court hears objection and agrees provided we can close in a timely fashion (which we're already good to go for). Everything back on track, right? That's what I thought too.
Closing is now confirmed for 5/31 after getting a one-time rate hold extension from my loan company (original expiration was 5/26). We inform our landlord of our exit (2 week notice), scheduled utilities to transfer, moving trucks, mail transfer, etc. We set final walkthrough for a few hours before closing.
I get a call at 4pm on 5/30 (the day before closing) from my lawyer. The payoff amount document that was provided by the seller to his legal team expired on 5/3 and is no longer valid. They have to wait until a current payoff is provided in order to be able to close. I think no big deal. Payoffs can be gotten online or with a simple phone call. We proceed with the final walk-through of the house the morning of 5/31 even though we know we may be delayed by a few hours or even a day.
Upon our final walkthrough the morning of closing, only 2 of our 4 the contingencies had been met. One leak had been fixed, and one shower had been repaired. The seller was to repair one other sink (minor drainage issue) and hire a professional cleaning company to come in and deep clean the house prior to closing (it was apparently a house left in a divorce and was not cared for at all. Piles of rodent droppings as well as a live mouse were spotted during inspection). The cleanliness of the house during the final walkthrough was worse than during viewing or inspection.
The house was absolutely disgusting, and there is no way my wife & I are cleaning that ourselves nor are we putting our children into that home until it is cleaned. I'm talking softball-sized piles of mouse droppings inside the cabinets bad. My wife as well as children have respiratory issues, and I'm not risking an amateur (me) cleaning it and contaminating the air we all breathe.
I'm furious at this point. I tell my agent that I will proceed with the closing, but only if the seller agrees to credit back the cost of a professional cleaning (we estimate the amount). My agent says that even if the seller won't agree to cover that cost, my agent would cover it out of his commission. That's good enough for me
Turns out, that payoff isn't just a quick check online or a phone call. It's now almost midnight on 6/1. We still haven't closed. We don't have a set closing date. The seller's team still has not received an updated payoff form. They're being told that the company providing the payoff has to have hours billed to it from the foreclosure attorney so they can add it to the payoff amount. Nobody can give me a timeline of when to expect this to come through. I keep hearing "It should be tomorrow, but it's out of our hands" from everyone I talk to.
I'm beyond frustrated. I can't get answers. I've wasted vacation days from work, I've had to cancel moving vehicles, and spend days in an apartment that can barely be walked in because there are boxes everywhere. We had family coming in from out of town this weekend to help us paint & move, and I'm likely going to have to cancel that too. My rate has now expired and is costing $100/day to extend because of delays out of my control.
If anyone has any advice, I'm wide open to it. I'm not even sure who to blame at this point. I also may just be here to vent. I'm not even sure at this point.
To answer some questions that I'm sure will come up:
tl;dr: Got in contract on a house that was unknowingly being foreclosed on and auctioned. Courts ruled in our favor. Buyer then didn't complete half of the contingencies on the contract and provided expired documents (loan payoff amount) that are indefinitely delaying closing. Can't get a straight answer on when to expect one document to come through and am paying indefinitely to hold an interest rate for a loan that I don't think will ever close.
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2023.06.02 05:02 mcsewnab I tried, more than most would, to be a customer

Dear Century Link (Oregon City),
TLDR; 4 scheduled appointments, 3 no-shows, no service, giving up.
I was on the fence for several months about signing up for your fiber service. I had read countless posts about how terrible the customer service was along with many posts noting that the service itself was great unless you had to deal with customer service or account issues. This was enough to scare me away for a while. After much consideration I came to a point where I decided that I was going to sign up for service.
I confirmed with customer service a few months ago that fiber was available to my home. I reached out to CS again to confirm and they said I should be all set so I signed up. An install appointment was scheduled for a few days later. The tech showed up at the scheduled appointment and let me know that he was there to assess and had no intention of hooking up service that day. He needed to get a crew out to pull fiber as it was across the street. I said ok and asked him what the timeframe for that was and he said I should hear some form of an update within a week.
A week goes by, then another week, with no communication. I reach out to CS to get a status update, all that they can tell me is that they see the active order and that it's waiting on something. I wait another week, reach out to CS for an update, same message. A few more weeks go by, I reach out to CS again because I'm going to get charged for another month of service and they told me that my order says it's on hold. News to me at this point since there hasn't been any communication but luckily I was able to get the CS rep to refund me the previous charge. I told her I would be patient and wait for an update. At this point, I'm having flashbacks about all the posts that warned people of this.
Another week goes by and I see a Century Link truck outside my house. I walk out to greet the tech and ask him if he can give me any information about my install order. I have to say, the tech was great, he told me everything that all the previous Century Link staff should have been able to tell me, nice guy, he was able to answer all of my questions. He was there to verify the fiber, the conduit, and the next steps for the installation. He did find out that the conduit was not under the road and my two options were to either pay to have the conduit installed or run an aerial line over the road. I preferred underground but wasn't interested in paying to have a crew come out to tear the road up so I agreed to the Aerial install after he answered some additional questions. He left saying that he would release the order for install and that I should be contacted within two days to schedule the install.
Two days go by, then more days, I'm losing count at this point, no contact. So...I contacted CS again to schedule the install. At this point I think I'm 4 business days out, fine. The night before I get a text asking me to Keep or Change my appointment, KEEP, I get an email asking me to confirm, Yes CONFIRM, and that stated that I needed to be home. I believe all together I got about 7 messages asking me to either keep or confirm my appointment. The next morning I get a text saying an installer will be here after 12PM and that someone 18+ needs to be available. I wait, the day ends with nobody showing up.
The next day I contact CS, let them know that nobody showed up, they say "Sorry lets reschedule". Next appointment is a week out, I schedule. The night before I get all the texts, I confirm as many times as I need to. That morning I got another text saying the tech should be there after 12PM, the day ends, no tech.
At this point I'm thinking, how can this happen twice, and they aren't even contacting me to either say "Hey we can't make it" or to say, "Hey we missed your appointment and need to reschedule".
I let 10 days go by, nothing from Century Link. I reached out to Customer Service again, it's the same story, they are sorry, let's reschedule, next appointment two days out. I got all the texts and emails again to confirm, the text saying tech after 12PM, if you have read this far you know how this ends...
So...I'm finally giving up, many would have thought that I would have given up way before this. I was trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel, the perfect ending where service eventually got installed and I had years of trouble free service making this all a distant memory.
My impressions from this experience are that the Customer Service team really doesn't have any information available to them and that you aren't going to get much more detail from them than what is already available on the website. I assume they dont have any access to the install team and they just keep scheduling the installs in the system as that's all they can do. The crappy thing is that Centurty Link probably knows all this already so when a customer calls with an issue the people that we are talking to can't really do much for us which just leaves us even more frustrated. I didn't beat up the CS team when I had to deal with them because it wasn't their fault and I honestly felt bad that they are put in a position where they cant help anyone.
To be honest I am more shocked than angry that any company could schedule 3 on site appointments and miss them all with zero communication. Even after the first two I thought ok there had to be a note on the account now that they really need to get this customer taken care of but that apparrently wasn't the case. In addition to all this I didn't mention all the upselling that customer services is forced to do when they are in the middle of a conversation about not getting the services you are already paying for.
It's very possible the installers are overbooked but again that goes back to their scheduling process. Someone at some level of management knows that these installs are being scheduled and not completed. There are work orders tied to the account. Whatever the case, I'm closing the book on this service and Century Link. I've never had any services from them and I don't see me considering them in the future.
Century Link - Fix your issues, you are ruining or confirming your reputation of terrible service. I was once looking forward to trading my money for your service and now your company name is just a bad taste I have to carry with me for some time.
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2023.06.02 03:31 Lulu_Lavish09 School List Help

Need help narrowing down school List to about 30-35. I understand some of these schools are way out of my league but I figured I'd shoot my shot.
MA resident
cGPA: 3.84 sGPA: 3.76 URM MCAT: 511
Research: 1365 hours
Leadership: 1200 hours
Clinical: 1930 hours
Tutoring/Lab assistant: 1311 hours
Other non-clinical employment Cashier: 960
Community Service: 127 hours
Shadowing: 62 hours
I also help care for an adult with developmental disabilities who moved into our home and I calculated hours to be 3,650 over a span of 4 years. Not sure if this would be counted as community service or extracurricular.
Oregon Health & Science University, University of Florida, University of Miami, University of California LA (Geffen), University of california San Diego, Emory, Central Michigan University, Howard University, Meharry Medical College, Morehouse, Temple University, Michigan State University, Drexel University, University of Toledo, Albany Medical College, University of Cinicinnati, Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine & Science, Sidney Kimmel Medical College, George Washington Rutgers, Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Loyola University, UMass Chan Medical School, Tufts University, UCSF School of Medicine, Boston University, USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Stony Brook University of Medicine, Brown University, University of Chicago, University of Michigan Medical School, Northwestern University, Johns Hopkins Medicine, NYU Grossman, Harvard Medical School, Duke School of Medicine
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2023.06.02 03:16 bookishobsessions Drug testing

Hello! Sorry if this has been asked before, but I’m new to this sub. I live in the state of Washington (near the Oregon boarder) and just applied for a job at Home Depot in Oregon. Weed is legal in both states and I usually smoke weed every night. It’s just the thing I do when I get home from work at the end of the day. When I googled Home Depot’s drug policy it says it tests for 10 different drugs, one of them cannabis. Is this true? If I have to take a test in the next couple of weeks, I’m not going to pass. Is this going to ruin my chance at getting hired? I’ve worked in banking and dental for the past 12 years and they don’t test for or care about cannabis, so I just didn’t even think about quitting prior to applying. Thank you in advance for any advice!
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2023.06.02 02:24 RestoretheDeschutes Help Us Enjoy, Protect, and Respect the Deschutes River!

Help Us Enjoy, Protect, and Respect the Deschutes River!
Calling all watershed stewards: You are invited to join us for the annual Deschutes River Cleanup on Saturday, July 29th!
Thanks to our title sponsors, the City of Bend, Bend Park and Recreation District, Visit Bend, Mt. Bachelor and Sun Country Tours, and Tumalo Creek, the Upper Deschutes Watershed Council is coordinating our 27th annual Deschutes River Cleanup to steward our home waters. Kudos to our project partners and other sponsors at Oregon State Parks, REI, Dell Technologies, Leave No Trace, and the Greater Bend Rotary for showing up to make this incredible day of stewardship possible.
River cleanup activities will occur along the riparian areas of the Deschutes River at five different sites: La Pine State Park, Farewell Bend Park, Riverbend Park, First Street Rapids Park, and Tumalo State Park. Community volunteers of all ages are invited to pull invasive weeds, remove litter from the stream banks, or get on the water to support scuba divers from Central Oregon Diving and Deschutes County Search and Rescue to pull debris out of the river itself. Thanks to volunteers’ hard work last year, we removed approximately 2,600 pounds of garbage and weeds from the Deschutes River and its sensitive riparian areas!
Registration opens today! Click HERE to volunteer at a specific location for stewardship activities. There will be a friendly host at each site who will direct and guide volunteers throughout their cleanup activities. Join us on July 29th and come prepared with sturdy shoes, a hat, gloves, and a water bottle for a fabulous day of fun and stewardship!
Following the cleanup, volunteers will be celebrated at Crux Fermentation Project from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Visit Bend is generously providing free drink tokens to river cleanup volunteers like you. What a wonderful way to celebrate a day of hard work and active stewardship!
Questions? Contact Kolleen at [[email protected]](mailto:[email protected]?subject=Tell%20me%20more%20about%20the%20River%20Cleanup!). We hope to see you on July 29th!
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2023.06.02 02:02 TheWardenVenom Can anyone help?

Can anyone help?
I’m in Wilsonville Oregon, USA. A couple months ago, my son’s teacher sent him home with some “mystery seeds” to plant and see what grows. We planted them in a big planter (we live in an apartment) and they’ve been slowly growing since. I’m wondering if anyone can recognize any of them because I think they are some kind of wildflowers and our puppy keeps trying to eat them. I read that some wildflowers are toxic to dogs, so I’m hoping to get an idea of what we’re growing and if I need to pull any of them out. Obligatory puppy photo included for my Redditor help tax!
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2023.06.02 00:20 iggyskier [USA-OR] [H] Niche Zero, DF64 + SSP MP, 9 Barista, Ratio Six, Flair 58, + Fellow, 1Zpresso, Bravo Tamper, etc [W] Paypal

Big house cleaning of coffee gear from both work and home. Located in Portland, Oregon. First time selling here but active in other subreddits and my username is pretty public with my business. Paypal only for payment. Pricing is for shipping in lower-48 only. Would consider Canada with additional costs covered.
Message me here or email scott AT on3pskis DOT com.
  1. Niche Zero - Black - $450 SOLD
  2. DF64 w/ SSP MP - Black - $400 SOLD
Niche bought last Feb. DF64 bought last April. Between the two of them made 2 espresso per day (probably 75% on the DF64, 25% on the Niche). SSP are well seasoned. Selling as DF83 replaced both.
DF64 has the original burrs (unused) and some accessories. Angled dosing forks, along with a Camperista chute and declumper (didn't get to installing).
https://imgur.com/a/1mrR5R4

3) Ratio Six - Black - $175 Shipped
Used a few times at work, but just overkill for our small crew.
https://imgur.com/a/bpr6LOK

4) 9Barista - $325 SOLD
Really fun device, used a handful of times and was going to make part of a travel kit, but going to pause that idea for now.
Comes with the following: Induction Plate, Tamper, Stock Basket, IMS Precision Basket, (2) Basket Caps, Normcorm 53mm Puck, and some spare gaskets
https://imgur.com/a/yaUCGUW

5) Flair 58 - Left - $350 SOLD
6) Flair 58 - Right - $300 SOLD
Left was located at work and saw minimal use (1-2 per week).
Right is from home - used on and off for about 3 months. The portafilter handle has some damage - I have no idea from what - but hence the discount. Otherwise totally good to go.
Both come with all the items from the original purchase I believe.
https://imgur.com/a/8qV5jQ1

7) Fellow Clara French Press (2) - $50 Shipped Each
8) Fellow Stagg Pour-Over Dripped - $30 SOLD
9) 1Zpresso J-Max - $100 SOLD
Comes with travel case and all accessories
10) Bravo Tamper - Dark Wood - $125 SOLD
Used for several months. Some scratching on the mirror finish on the bottom but purely visual.
11) ECM Dual Spouted Portafilter - $30
I am just never going to use this. Used once.
https://imgur.com/a/ng54ILU

Message or email me with any questions. Post will be updated as items sell. Thanks for looking.
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2023.06.01 23:41 LamarcusAldrige1234 Trying to make sense of the scheduling announcements so far for the first 3 Saturdays of the college football season

Week 1
Time FOX FS1 BTN CBS CBSSN NBC
Early Day COL @ TCU USU @ IOWA FRESNO @ PUR BGSU @ LIBERTY
Late Day RICE @ TEXAS BUF @ WISC TOW @ UMD OH ST @ IU USF @ WKU TEN ST @ ND
Early Night UTSA @ HOU TOL @ ILL TTU @ WYO WSU @ CSU WVU @ PSU
Late Night SHSU @ BYU ID ST @ SDSU

Time ABC ESPN ESPNU SECN ACCN P12N
Early Day UVA vs TENN ARK ST @ OKLA LA TECH @ SMU BALL @ UK NIU @ BC
Late Day BOISE @ WASH UMASS @ AUB CAL @ UNT SE LA @ MISS ST WOF @ PITT POR ST @ ORE
Early Night UNC vs SC UNM @ TX AM S. ALA @ TULANE MTSU @ BAMA ODU @ VT NEV @ USC
Late Night CC @ UCLA N. AZ @ AZ
- This is just the Saturday schedule. It does not include the multitude of games scheduled on that Thursday, Friday, Sunday, or Monday.
- Some of the biggest games being broadcast outside of Saturday include: Nebraska @ Minnesota, Florida @ Utah, Kent State @ UCF, Louisville vs. Georgia Tech, Northwestern @ Rutgers, Oregon State @ San Jose State, LSU vs. Florida State, and Clemson @ Duke
- There are more streaming only games now than ever before. Every SEC team going forward has to have 1 game on ESPN+, and Peacock has the exclusive rights to 8 Big 10 home games plus 1 Notre Dame game a season.
- The first Saturday sees streaming exclusive games like: ECU @ Michigan, Mercer @ Ole Miss, UNI @ Iowa State, Colgate @ Syracuse, West Carolina @ Arkansas, UT Martin @ Georgia, Southeast Missouri @ Kansas State, Eastern Kentucky @ Cincinnati, Texas State @ Baylor, and Central Arkansas @ Oklahoma State.
- A big reason why so many of these games are going to streaming in Week 1 is that ESPN2 will only be broadcasting the US Open during this weekend.
- CBS is going to have an insane schedule this year. They are balancing the SEC's #1 games for the final season with 7 Big 10 games across the season, as well as the Mountain West's #1 games as well. This in-between year might create a big of confusion and less consistency in 2023 as to what games are where.
Week 2
Time FOX FS1 BTN CBS CBSSN NBC
Early Day NEB @ COL TROY @ KSU YT ST @ OH ST DEL ST @ ARMY
Late Day IOWA @ ISU RICH @ MSU / UTEP @ NW UNLV @ MICH WAG @ NAVY
Early Night ORE @ TTU UCF @ BOISE TEMP @ RUT / EMU @ MINN UCLA @ SDSU AFA @ SHSU CHAR @ UMD
Late Night STAN @ USC OK ST @ AZ ST

Time ABC ESPN ESPN2 ESPNU SECN ACCN P12N
Early Day ND @ NC ST UTAH @ BAY PUR @ VT JMU @ UVA BALL @ UGA VAN @ WF
Late Day TX AM @ MIA MISS @ TUL KNT ST @ ARK C-SO @ CLEM
Early Night WIC @ WSU TEX @ BAMA MCN @ FLA AZ @ MS ST APP @ UNC TULSA @ UW
Late Night AUB @ CAL S-MISS @ FSU UCD @ OR ST
- Streaming exclusive games this week include: Delaware @ Penn State, Holy Cross @ Boston College, SC State @ Georgia Tech, Eastern Kentucky @ Kentucky, SMU @ Oklahoma, Duquesne @ West Virginia, Lafayette @ Duke, Middle Tennessee @ Missouri, Grambling State @ LSU, Furman @ South Carolina, Nicholls State @ TCU, Southern Utah @ BYU, and Austin Peay @ Tennessee
- ESPN's late afternoon Saturday window is booked by the Women's US Open Final
- There are still a few games which do not have times set including: Illinois @ Kansas, Cincinnati @ Pittsburgh, Western Michigan @ Syracuse and Houston @ Rice. You would assume a few of those end up in the open ESPN2/ESPNU slots. There is also a slot reserved for a game on ESPN Friday Night that has yet to be filled.
Week 3
Time FOX FS1 BTN CBS CBSSN NBC
Early Day PSU @ ILL N DAK @ BOISE GA SOU @ WISC / LOU vs IND LIBERTY @ BUFF
Late Day WKU @ OH ST SDSU @ OR ST VT @ RUT / WMU @ IOWA S CAR @ UGA FIU @ UCONN
Early Night TCU @ HOU NIU @ NEB BGSU @ MICH VAN @ UNLV SYR @ PUR
Late Night FRESNO @ AZ ST KAN @ NEV

Time ABC ESPN ESPN2 ESPNU SECN ACCN P12N
Early Day FSU @ BC LSU @ MS ST ISU @ OH / WF @ ODU ISU @ OH / WF @ ODU KSU @ MIZZ WEB ST @ UTAH
Late Day BAMA @ USF OU @ TULSA / MINN @ UNC OU @ TULSA / MINN @ UNC TUL @ S-MISS ULM @ TX AM NW @ DUKE ID @ CAL / N. COL @ WSU / UNCC @ UCLA
Early Night PITT @ WVU TENN @ FLA BYU @ ARK AKR @ UK GT @ MISS FAU @ CLEM HAW @ ORE / SAC @ STAN
Late Night COL ST @ COL UTEP @ AZ
- Streaming exclusive games this week include: Washington @ Michigan State, LIU @ Baylor, South Alabama @ Oklahoma State, Tarleton State @ Texas Tech, Samford @ Auburn, Miami (Ohio) @ Cincinnati, and Villanova @ UCF.
- The only game which has yet to have a time announced is VMI @ NC State, which likely could fill in the early window on ACC Network.
- Wyoming @ Texas is being broadcast on the Longhorn Network
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2023.06.01 22:49 ZookeepergameOld8572 Korean girl gets to do CS in university :)

Demographics
Gender: Female
Race/Ethnicity: Asian
Residence: International (Korean studying in England)
Income Bracket: 200k+
Type of School: British Private International
Intended Major(s): Computer Science

Academics
A-levels: Maths (Took in Year 12 and retaking. Just to let you know British education is 13 years), CS, Chemistry (+ EPQ). Predicted A*A* A* (+ A*)
AS levels (max A): CS A, Chem A
IGCSE(A*-U): Maths, Additional Maths, Chem, English as Second language, Bio, Physics - A*s except for the last two, which are As
GCSE(9-U): Business Studies, Psychology - 9s

Standardized Testing
SAT: 1500 (Math 800 English 700)
Other (ex. IELTS, TOEFL, etc.):
IELTS overall 8.0 (Listening 9.0, Reading 8.0, Writing 7.0, Speaking 7.5) but I don't think this really affected me in any way since it should be expired by the time I am enrolling
Duolingo overall 145 (Literacy 155, Comprehension 150, Conversation 130, Production 140) - took this because my IELTS was invalid

Extracurriculars/Activities
(From here I will write the grades converted to the US system)
#1 Young Business Enterprise - student programme that students form a group and run their own company. Won regional runner-up. (Year 10)
#2 School Glee Club, but more like singing and dancing for school events such as Halloween and Christmas. (Year 11-12)
#3 Volunteered over Zoom to help Ukrainian students improve their English speaking. Had two students doing weekly. (Year 10-11)
#4 Regional volunteering centre that pairs up with a student with disability to become buddies. Went over to her house weekly and helped her and became her buddy. (Year 11)
#5 Internship(non-paid) at an online shopping mall (well-known in the Pan Asian area) over the summer for about a week. Technology department. (Year 11)
#6 Head of IT for a school club that produces blog posts, podcasts and Instagram posts for topics that we are interested in. (Year 11-12)
#7 Ritangle competition. Maths competition that students form a team and solve maths problems weekly during the competition period, and the team that solves the last challenge will be considered for an award. Was the leader for this, and we reached the last stage. (Year 11, but did same thing in Year 10 too)
#8 Charity activity/competition. Find ways to get funding and we donate the profit to the organisation. Was leader for this, and we won winner - entrepreneurship. (Year 11)
#9 School club run for charity for mental health. Creates podcasts and runs fundraising events. Edited podcasts and was an active member. (Year 11)
#10 School club that produces articles every month/two months on your own, in a topic that you are interested in. Articles go up on the club's dedicated website. (Year 10-12)
#11 MUN held nationally by a high school. (Year 10)
#12 MUN held nationally by the University of Oxford (Year 10)
#13 Global Space Design Challenge. Leader of a team consisting of about 25-30 students and created a design of a living craft to be used to settle people on Venus.
#14 UK Space Design Challenge. Created a video to explain our design of a spacecraft. (Year 10). I was invited by the school to participate in the regional heat. (Year 11)
#15 Mock Trial Club (back in my home country, Year 9)
#16 Debating Club (Year 11)
(these are written based on my UC application. It was very similar to Common App too)

Awards/Honors
#1 British Maths Olympiad Round 1 Certificate of Participation - Can participate if you rank in Top 1000 nationally
#2 UKMT Senior Maths Challenge - Gold * 2 (Year 11 and 12. The one that I got during Year 11 qualified me for the olympiad I mentioned above, scoring 115/125), Silver * 1 (Year 10)
#3 National Cipher Challenge. Each week we solve a cipher and earn points. We were 3rd place nationally.
#4 School award - most merit points. One person per year group gets it but for that year, I had the most amongst the school. (Year 10)

Letters of Recommendation
Counselor: Our head of education. I don't really have a lot of personal connections with her but I think she should have wrote it nicely and well. (7-8/10).
But for my mid-year report, I think it was quite messed up due to hard exams + high in-school grade boundaries. She also converted A-level grades to GPA, which I don't even know how she did it and why she did it. Hence I think the GPA must have been lower than what I should be getting if they were put as A-level grades. I am assuming this and the mid-year report might have done something like acceptance -> waitlist or waitlist -> rejection. This happened to someone in our school.
Teacher 1: My maths teacher. He is a very professional, friendly, nice and just a fantastic teacher. One of the best teachers I've ever seen. I do well in his class and I had some sessions with him for my UK application before I started my maths lessons, so I assume I am pretty close to him and he is really nice to me as well. (10/10)
Teacher 2: My English teacher for my GCSE year and my EPQ teacher. She is a lovely person in general. I wouldn't say I am particularly close to her but she is really kind and she was happy to write a recommendation when I asked her. (8-9/10)
Other: CS professor back in my home country. I had personal sessions with him to get introduced to projects that are done in his university (and led by him), had a chance to evaluate these and wrote my own code based on this. He knows me quite well and he is a very nice person as well, and also very professional. (9-10/10)

Interviews
UPenn - alumni interview. It was more of a session to learn more about UPenn and the interviewer to learn more about me. The interviewer was really really nice and chill too. I just enjoyed the time speaking to him, he was just amazing.
Cornell - alumni. This is just to ask questions about Cornell. More of a Q&A than the UPenn one. Again, the interviewer was so nice and lovely, and she was just amazing. Both of my interviews had really good interviewers.

Essays
The quality of the words or fluency was good in my opinion, but thinking back I think some essays that I wrote might have been too general. I literally didn't know how to write them properly, and I didn't have a lot of feedback until mid-December. So my U Washington Seattle essay was actually so bad (idek why I submitted it), and my UC essay was worse than my Common App essays in general.
For the personal statement essay, I wrote about my challenges and how I overcame them. I think this was a good essay in my opinion. Compared to my other essays, I think was not generic at all.
Honestly, I don't really know how to comment about essays since we do it in a different way in the UK and their writing styles are completely different. Hence I cannot comment too much about if this is a good essay or a bad essay, but overall I think some might have been too generic.
I tried to look into every aspect of their college websites and write stuff, but I don't know how many students do this.

Decisions (indicate ED/EA/REA/SCEA/RD)
I will separate these into US and non-US, as my 1st choice is not a US university.

US
Acceptances:
UC San Diego (RA) - Math + CS (second choice major) -> committed but second choice; see below
------ below this I applied because I was getting rejected from a lot of universities so I applied to those around like March because my parents were worried about me not getting into any uni ---------
Arizona State University (RA) - CS + $14,500 per term scholarship
University of Arizona (RA) - CS + $22,000 per year scholarship
University of Texas Dallas (RA) - CS
University of Utah (RA) - CS
Iowa State University (RA) - CS + $12,000 per year Presidential Scholarship + $2,000 per year LAS Excellence Scholarship
Oregon State University (RA) - CS + $12,000 per year Europe and Central Asia Award Scholarship, Offered Honors College (if admitted free, which is $1,500 per year)
University of Washington - Bothell (RA) - CS
University of Michigan - Flint (RA) - CS + $14,000 per year True Blue Scholarship (First-year Merit Scholarship)
University of Michigan - Dearborn (RA) - CS + $12,500 per year scholarship
Waitlists:
Georgia Tech (RA) - CS -> Rejected
NYU (RA) - Tandon CS -> Rejected (they are saying their process is not over yet, but their incoming first-year class is full and it is unlikely to change)
U Michigan - Ann Arbor (RA) - CS -> Waiting (but at this point, I think I'm rejected)
Rejections:
Carnegie Mellon University (RA) - CS
UC Berkeley (RA) - CS
Cornell University (RA) - CS
University of Washington - Seattle (RA) - CS
UCLA (RA) - CS
UIUC (RA) - CS
UPenn (RA) - CS
USC (RA) - CS
UC Irvine (RA) - CS
University of Washington - Tacoma (RA) - CS

Non-US
Acceptances:
University College London, United Kingdom - CS(G400) -> firm choice and 1st choice (conditional offer A* A* A, A* required in maths)
The University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom - CS(G401) -> declined (conditional offer 3A*)
The University of Waterloo, Canada - Math Co-op

Rejections:
Korean Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), South Korea- CS
King's College London, United Kingdom - CS
University of Warwick, United Kingdom - CS
University of St Andrews, United Kingdom - CS


Considering I didn't know too much about how to write a good essay + our school didn't even give that much support for US applications + I didn't do a lot of stuff for ECs because I didn't know I would apply to the US, maybe it is not a bad outcome and expected outcome anyway.
But yeah, depending on whether I meet my conditions for UCL, I would end up either in London or San Diego.
What I learnt: well, CS is really tough, especially in the US, and especially as an international.
Hope everything goes well for everyone who reads this, and fingers crossed & good luck to those who have A-level exams remaining just like me :)

Edit: I am reconsidering my university choices now after reading comments & speaking to a few people. Thank you to everyone who provided information :)
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2023.06.01 22:39 yessir33e3 School List Help - 2023/2024 cycle

Background:
- Graduated w Health Sciences degree 2023 (Currently doing 2 year course based masters)
- Canadian/US dual citizen (Considered OOS everywhere) ORM
- 505 MCAT (128/123/129/125), 3.8X cGPA (3.9X sGPA)
- 2800 hours paid work experience in hospital (~1500 clinical related)
- Shadowing (Virtual) - 20 hours
- EC's such as student walk home dispatcher, undergrad science journal editor, mosque volunteer
- Research: Undergrad thesis; 700 hours; no pub just presentations
- 3 LORs (Don't really have anyone else to ask)

School List:
- Central Michigan
- Florida State
- Louisiana State Shreveport
- Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
- Oregon Health & Sciences

Really haven't thought about applying DO or adding more schools to my list due to financial reasons, but if its really gonna risk my cycle then I guess I should. Thank you in advance for all your help!
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2023.06.01 22:30 foxyboomer6789 The potato. A staple in people’s diets. An ugly mass. But one that can cause beauty in others if you follow the instructions.

Me and my friend, let’s call her Melinda were outcasts. No boys were ever interested in us in high school. Or college. Or even now in our mid 20s.
We were lovers of the strange, the weird, the occult. Which is why when a new store opened at the edge of town with no name and windows that obscured you from gazing in at the commodities, we had to go along.
We walked into the store, the ground around it surprisingly dry and cracked despite living in Oregon. Perhaps the chemicals they used while painting the putrid green outer shell leached into the ground. It also disgusted at the colour. As we entered it was quiet, and no cashier? In fact there wasn’t even a till or counter that I could see. There was all nature of things. Packets of Vitamin Powder labelled ‘vitamin H’ which were a bright purple as if it was shouting at you that it most likely contained a bunch of E numbers. Lemons placed individually in a jar with a skull and cross bones. And lastly a basket of potatoes which were labelled ‘name your price’. A bunch of quirky things that had no actual value.
Melinda picked one of the potatoes up, the least attractive item on offer and as a joke we left the store with it paying nothing as after all it was ‘name your price’, making sure to pick up the complimentary instruction manual. An instruction manual for a potato.
We couldn’t wait to get home and see if something peculiar might happen as surely it wasn’t just a potato. So we sat outside the shop and placed the potato on the floor staring at it as if we expected it to magically perform some sort of act for us, Because Melinda an I were not a fan of reading instructions and expected everything to happen miraculously. But alas the potato did nothing so we had to open the manual.
“Want to be beautiful?”
Was the potato reading our minds? It made me question if that Kombucha we had drank earlier was in fact kombucha and not some sort of hallucinogenic. We continued reading as why not?
“Open the back of the potato and remove pins and desired features”
We did not care to question the absurd instructions and opened the back of the potato which seemed to have a little door which it certainly didn’t have before. Melinda pulled out some pins and the ‘desired features’ which were large luscious lips, pink like the roses that grew around the house opposite us. Home to the most beautiful woman, one that we wished we looked like. The next feature a small button nose followed by fox eyes. Ingredients for the most beautiful woman in our eyes.
The next step. “Prick finger with one of the pins and place blood on the top of the potato”
Melinda did this, the blood somehow absorbing into the potato. The next step instructed us to pin the desired features on the potato. She pinned the lips, eyes and nose onto it. And waited. Soon her whole face began to transform, warping and twisting from her previous appearance to the new ‘improved’ look. I was horrified but intrigued at the same time, was beauty this simple? But although she loved the look she wanted more, before I could even have a turn.
She removed the features from the potato ready to put even better ones in their place. But she should have read the warning at the beginning of the manual.
“Under no circumstances remove desired features from the potato once placed”
I read this but it was too late. The new features upon her face began to decay, rotting like a corpse. Falling upon the floor, I froze in shock, what on earth was happening? Her face now completely blank. Just skin. And slight indents where her nose, mouth and eyes would have been. The potato opposite her now a spitting image.

She stood up grabbing at the air to find her way and tripped on the potato. She fell snapping her neck. I called for an ambulance but when they arrived they just examined her and turned to me and said ‘silly girls playing with potatoes’ and smiled. A smile that still haunts me to this day. The police were on scene too, and they said the same thing to me.

They also said that no one would be able to identify her. She had no face. And she wasn’t a fan of dentists. I was left on the edge of town with Melindas body, had the whole town gone crazy?
I left town immediately. I couldn’t stay there. And I haven’t been back since. But every time I see that ugly root vegetable I remind myself that although I may not be a model. Playing with things you don’t understand to achieve beauty is not the way to go.
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2023.06.01 22:04 Imsoconfused1234567 TUCKERMANIA 2024! - An Unrealistic Carlson Victory

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2023.06.01 21:45 fidelityportland TriMet's problems are exponentially worse than anyone is talking about

Public opinion of TriMet's decisions have been pretty mixed, mostly because TriMet's decisions are so convoluted that they can be a real challenge to understand. In reality, Metro and Portlanders need to have a bigger civic conversation about the future of TriMet, looking at the big picture. We have 3 looming existential crises of TriMet to be concerned about that are bigger than revenue dips, crime, or homeless people.
Civic leaders and the public are focused on a quick "fix" for TriMet revenue drops - even though we've seen this coming for a long time, it's very predictable that TriMet's Board of Directors acts at the last minute. Also, very predictably, TriMet's Board opted for a fare increase because over the previous 20 years that's been a go-to answer to every problem (except for that one time they killed Fareless Square). The politically appointed boards of TriMet and Metro lack the unique specialized knowledge of the issues I'll bring up here. If TriMet knows about these larger issues, they're obviously burring it from public view. In the short term, increasing fares is like putting fresh paint on a house that's on fire; in this situation, that paint is HIGHLY flammable.
First - fare hikes as a tactic is a brain-dead move. Just the most utterly stupid and self-sabotaging response to a looming budget shortfall. I'm dwelling on this because it illustrates their terrible decision-making, which is functional proof they have no idea what they're doing. Some of the core reasons for this:
Reading comments about the fare hikes, most of the public thinks TriMet is dealing with a safety or utilization issue. Both of these are 100% true: soft-on-crime progressives have wholly obliterated the working class perception of TriMet safety - there are so many different ways this has happened, but we should thank so many people in the media and political class: Ana del Rocio's crying wolf about racism in fare inspections (and the media entertaining it), or Mike Schmidt deinstitutionalizing of the justice system, or Legislature's inability to act on the massive mental health crisis and drug addiction crisis in Oregon. No matter the underlying cause, we have a system where deranged violent mentally ill tweakers can be disruptive on the train, but working-class people face a $250 fine if they can't afford a $2.50 ($2.80) ticket. TriMet is less safe, especially the light rail and bus lines. We could hypothetically talk about various policy and infrastructure changes, such as turnstiles and security guards - but pragmatically, this won't do shit when our society has adopted a philosophy of transforming the urban core into an open-air insane asylum and opened the doors to the prisons. This safety issue is well beyond TriMet's scope, and even if there was consensus among TriMet and Metro to solve this, the entire justice system and Legislature is still broken.

Fare Hikes and Utilization is the Red Herring - Let's talk about TriMet's future

In reality, multiple design choices made decades ago set us up for failure. But we also have to thank brain-dead progressive lunatics and corrupt politicos who have steered our transit decision-making into the ground.
There are three specific issues I'm going to talk about, with each becoming more consequential and disastrous for TriMet:

The strategic design of TriMet's system is broken, and it's been broken before.

If you looked at a map of TriMet's bus and rail system, you'd see a design pattern often referred to as a "Radial Design" or sometimes a "Hub And Spoke" design. The Hub and Spoke strategy is building our transit system around centralized locations to connect to other routes. For Portland the idea is to go downtown (or sometimes a Park and Ride) where you can connect to your next destination. This is why the majority of bus routes and all the max routes go downtown, to our Transit Mall and Pioneer Square.
Downtown planning was a smart idea in the 1960s when it was coupled with Main Street economic theory and prototype urban development zones - all of this wrapped up in the 1972 Downtown Plan policy. During these decades, the primary economic idea of urban revitalization was that downtown cores could provide better business climates and shopping districts that amplify economic activity synergistically. In other words, packing all the office jobs and luxury shopping in one area is good for workers, business, and civic planning.
All very smart ideas in yester-year, so TriMet became focused on serving the downtown business community myopically. This myopia became so paramount that it was considered illegitimate (actually taboo, borderline illegal) if you used a Park & Ride facility to park and NOT ride downtown. Amanda Fritz once explained that we couldn't expand Barbur Transit Center because that would result in students parking at Barbur Transit Center and riding the bus to PCC Sylvania. This view implies that TriMet exists only to service downtown workers, not the students, not the impoverished mom needing to go to a grocery store.
How does TriMet's hub and spoke design represent its purpose?
Portland's unspoken rule of transit philosophy is that jobs pay for the system (remember, business payroll taxes pay for most of it), so TriMet should be focused on serving people utilizing it for their job - employers pay for it, and they get value out of it. But this is both unspoken (never said aloud) and largely unobserved. The whole idea of TriMet as a social service to serve low-income people, to help impoverished people - well, those ideas were just lukewarm political rhetoric that is tossed out as soon as some Undesirable with tattered clothing reeking of cigarettes gets aboard - then Portlanders jump right back "this is for workers only!" Sadly, there hasn't ever been a public consensus of why TriMet exists because I could equally argue that TriMet's purpose isn't serving the working class; it's actually vehicle emissions reductions - but here, too, reality contradicts that this is the purpose for why we operate TriMet. TriMet's real purpose seems to be "Spend money on lofty capital projects" and if we want to be cynical about it, we can elaborate "…because large capital projects enable grift, embezzlement, and inflating property values for developers."
We haven't always depended upon a hub and spoke design. A great article from Jarrett Walker written in 2010 on his Human Transit blog explains in "The Power and Pleasure of Grids"
Why aren't all frequent networks grids? The competing impulse is the radial network impulse, which says: "We have one downtown. Everyone is going there, so just run everything to there." Most networks start out radial, but some later transition to more of a grid form, often with compromises in which a grid pattern of routes is distorted around downtown so that many parallel routes converge there. You can see this pattern in many cities, Portland for example. Many of the lines extending north and east out of the city center form elements of a grid, but converge on the downtown. Many other major routes (numbered in the 70s in Portland's system) do not go downtown, but instead complete the grid pattern. This balance between grid and radial patterns was carefully constructed in 1982, replacing an old network in which almost all routes went downtown.
Over the years the grid pattern was neglected in favor of a downtown-focused investment strategy. To a real degree it made practical sense: that's where the jobs were. But again, this is the presumption that TriMet and Mass Transit ought to service workers first, and there's not much consensus on that. But while we can't decide on TriMet's purpose, we can absolutely agree on one important thing: Downtown is dead.
No 5-star hotel is going to fix it. (As of writing, I'm not even convinced that this mafia-connected bamboozle of public fraud will open.) No "tough-on-crime" DA to replace Mike Schmidt, like Nathan Vasquez, will fix downtown. It's not JUST a crime problem: most of the problems we deal with today mirror the problems facing Portland in the 1960s, especially our inability to invest in good infrastructure people actually want to use. That's on top of crime, vandalism, and an unhealthy business ecosystem.
IF we want to maintain TriMet (and that's a big IF, for reasons I'll explain below), then it will be focused on something other than downtown. We need to move back to a grid-design transit system, as this is a much easier way to use transit to get around the city, no matter your destination. If TriMet continues to exist and operate fleets in 20-30 years, this is the only way it exists - because it will just be too inconvenient to ride downtown as a side quest to your destination, especially as we look at 10, 20, 30, 40 years from now.
Of course, we can only transform some parts of the transit infrastructure this way, and there are no uplifting and moving train tracks here. So light rail doesn't have a future in the grid system - but even without the grid system, light rail is doomed.

The fatal flaws of light rail in Portland.

I want to preface this by saying I like light rail as a strategy, it's not a bad system or bad civic investment. I could write another 5,000-word essay on why Seattle did an excellent job with light rail and the specific decisions Portland made wildly incorrectly. In transit advocacy the wacktavists inappropriately categorized skeptics of Portland's light rail as some soft bigotry - as if you're racist if you don't like Portland's light rail - even though, ironically, most light rail systems tend to be built for the preference of white culture and white workers, precisely what happened here in Portland and most cities (but this is all a story for another time).
Portland's light rail system has a capacity problem and has dealt with this capacity problem quietly for the last 20+ years. When you see the capacity problem, you can quickly understand this light rail system won't work in the future. All the other smart cities in the world that designed light rail realized they needed big long trains to move many people. Portland decided to limit the train car length to the size of our city blocks to save construction costs - and this has always been a fatal flaw.
Portland's highest capacity train car is our Type 5, according to Wikipedia it has a seating capacity of 72 and an overall capacity of 186 per train car, meaning each train can accommodate up to 372, but even these numbers seem unreliable (*edit). Let's compare:
Portland's light rail lines have roughly the same people moving capacity as a single lane of a highway, maybe marginally more, maybe marginally less. These other cities have a light rail system that can move the same amount of people as an entire 3-lane highway.
You might suspect that Portland could simply run trains more frequently - but nah, that's impossible because the trains run through the central core of downtown Portland, and they're blocked by the real interfaces with road traffic and bottlenecks. TriMet/PBOT/Metro has offered rosy ideas that we could hypothetically run cars every 90 seconds, 2 minutes, 4 minutes, or 6 minutes (depending upon who you ask) - but these are garbage numbers invented out of thin air. For example, you could stand at Pioneer Courthouse Square at 4:50pm on a Wednesday in 2016 - there was a train opening doors to load passengers, and you could visibly see the next train at Pioneer Place Mall pulling into the station behind. Trains were running at approximately a 3 to 4 minute at peak - but on paper, TriMet will claim anything, as they don't give a shit about lying to the public. But the bigger problem is that trains were full. You might have to wait 90 minutes to find a train that offers a seat. And god forbid you had a bike.
I'm not making this very real capacity problem, Metro even acknowledges:
At the busiest hours of the day, 40 light rail trains must cross the river and traverse downtown – one train every 90 seconds. As the region grows and the demand for light rail increases, the region will need at least 64 MAX trains through downtown every hour, more than one train each minute. Our current system can't support that change.
Suppose you're silly enough to trust government propaganda. In that case, you can read the details of Metro study on this in 2019. If we assumed their numbers added up, it's just fucking impossible to run 62 trains per hour, because passenger loading and unloading can take a full minute (sometimes longer). So unless we want to apply substantial g-forces onto the passengers, the train isn't accelerating out of the stops fast enough. Not to mention how unreliable this whole system would be if a sole tweaker, bike rider, or person with a stroller held up the system for 2 minutes.
This is why the bottom line needs to be upfront about capacity - quoting Metro's study here:
Today MAX is limited to 2-car trains because of the length of downtown city blocks. A tunnel could allow for longer trains if the stations outside the downtown core are retrofitted. In the long-term, this could greatly increase MAX capacity.
Do you see that trick? Build a tunnel, yes - but the entire system has to be retrofitted. Literally every light rail station would need to be redesigned, the lines themselves recalculated for larger heavier trains - and extending platforms at Willow Creek might be simple enough, but how in the living fuck is Metro going to afford to expand the Zoo stop? Doubling the size of that platform would cost $500 million alone.
If the city weren't full of cheap dipshits, we would have elevated or buried our light rail lines in the 1980s or 90s, enabling longer train cars to run. Yes, we all knew back then that it was the best practice not to have light rail running on the street - it's less safe, less reliable, runs slower, and limits train car size. Oops.
Just to keep TriMet's own bullshit inflated utopian vision, it would mean spending another billion dollars just to unfuck downtown, bypass an aging bridge, and potentially allow a marginally higher volume of trains - which again is a band-aid on a mortal wound.
The real buried lede is that to add extra train cars means retrofitting all the stops in the system - that's tens of billions of dollars. You can argue costs, but Metro knows we need to do this. It means shutting down the system for a year or years while construction and retrofits happen. It's fucking outrageous. Is this system worth of people per line worth 20, 30, or 40 billion dollars? Fuck no, it ain't. Again, if we had a raging metropolis of industry and commerce downtown, we could reasonably entertain the idea for a moment - but we don't and never will again.
Some folks might argue that if we kill off the light rail system we'd lose out on all those lucrative Transit Oriented Developments. Originally the public was told that Transit Oriented Development strategy would cause a massive infusion of private investment because the light rail was so damn lucrative and desirable for Richard Florida's Creative Class. Turns out the Creative Class is now called today the Laptop Class, and they don't give a flying fuck about street cars, light rail, or walking scores - because most can't be bothered to put pants on during their "commute" from bed to desk. TOD was all a fantasy illusion from the beginning, as multiple studies about Portland commuters showed that college-educated white folks riding Max were equally comfortable riding their bike as a substitute for the same commute. All of these billions of dollars was to accommodate white fare-weather bikers. So here's my hot take on transit: pave over the rail lines and put in bike lanes, and boy, then you'd have a bike system to give folks like Maus a hardon. But of course, Bike Portland would complain because their focus isn't biking; they exist only to favor all poorly thought utopian transit ideas.
Another group of Max/TOD advocates would claim that TOD is better for disabled and impoverished people. And yeah, there's truth there, but see my entire argument above about the Hub & Spoke design of TriMet being the antithesis of transit as a social service. If you believe that TriMet should serve low-income people, you must advocate for a bus-centric grid design.
But even if you're a die-hard believer in light rail - there's another inevitable reality coming that is the nail in the coffin.

Autonomous vehicles will replace mass transit faster than the automobile replaced the horse.

I work in advanced technology, and the thing about tech is that the public and politicians deny that it's going to be there until the majority of the public finally experiences it. You could say this about personal computers, internet, cloud compute, electric cars, smartphones, distributed ledger (cryptocurrency), AI, and driverless vehicles.
Schrodinger's technology doesn't exist until it's measured in an Apple store or your mother asks you for tech support.
No one thought AI was really real until ChatGPT did their kid's homework, and today most people are coming to terms with the fact that ChatGPT 3.5 could do most people's jobs. And that's not even the most advanced AI, that's the freeware put out by Microsoft, they have paywalls to access the real deal.
In 2018 I rode in my colleague's Tesla in self-driving mode from downtown Portland to Top Golf in Hillsboro. We started our journey at the surface parking lot on the west side of the Morrison Bridge. He used his phone to tell the car to pull out of the parking spot and to pick us up. Then he gave the car the address, and it drove us the entire way without any human input necessary. The only time he provided feedback was to touch the turn signal to pass a slow car on the highway. People think self-driving isn't here - but it is - and it's gotten exponentially better and will continue to do so. People will complain and moan about idealized, utopian, pedantic "level 5" full self-driving, how none of it exists or could exist, as a Tesla passes them on the road and the driver is half asleep.
Of course, Portland and every major city have also thought deeply about self-driving technology, and a few places have implemented self-driving solutions - but so far, none of these are really at scale. Though it will be a short time before cost-conscious cities go all-in.
TriMet kicked around the idea of using an autonomous bus for a leg of the trip of the Southwest Corridor project, connecting a segment of the light rail route to the community college. It was bafflingly stupid and short-sighted to think they could use it in this niche application but that it wouldn't open the floodgates for a hundred different applications that eviscerate TriMet's labor model. The simplest example of autonomous operation would be to operate the light rail systems - because they don't make turns, all we need is an AI vision service to slam on the breaks if necessary - that technology has existed for 20+ years. We could retrofit the entire train system in about 3 to 6 months - replace every Max operator with a security guard, and maybe people would ride the Max again? But I digress.
Let's speculate about the far-future, some 5, 10, or 20 years from now: your transit options will expand significantly. The cost will decrease considerably for services using automated vehicles.
You'll look at your options as:
Just a few years into this future we'll see a brand new trend, one that already exists: a shared autonomous vehicle like a privately operated bus. For example, Uber Bus - it already exists as a commuter option in some cities, it's just not autonomous yet. The significant benefit of an autonomous bus is that these shared vehicles will utilize HOV lanes very commonly, and commuting in an autonomous vehicle will be as fast as driving to work in your manually operated car while also being less expensive.
Simultaneously automobile accidents in autonomous vehicles will be virtually non-existent, and insurance companies will start to increase prices on vehicles that lack AI/smart assisted safety driving features. Public leaders will see the value of creating lanes of traffic on highways dedicated explicitly to autonomous vehicles so that they can drive at much higher speeds than manually operated traffic. Oregon won't lead the way here, but wait until Texas or one of the Crazy States greenlights a speed limit differential, and self-driving vehicles have a speed limit of 90, 120, or 150 miles per hour. You might think "accidents would be terrible and deadly" but there will be fewer accidents in the autonomous lane than in manual lanes. At this point, it will be WAY faster to take an autonomous vehicle to your work.
Purchasing power of consumers will decrease while the cost of vehicles will increase (especially autonomous vehicles), making ownership of any vehicle less likely. Frankly, the great majority of people won't know how to drive and will never learn to - just like how young people today don't know how to use manual transmission. However, fleets of autonomous vehicles owned by companies like Tesla, Uber, and Lyft will benefit from scale and keep their autonomous bus fleets operating at low cost. This will lead to a trend where fewer and fewer people will own an automobile, and fewer people even bother learning how to drive or paying the enormous insurance cost.... while also depending upon automobiles more than we do today.
Eventually, in the distant future, manually driven vehicles will be prohibited in urban areas as some reckless relic from a bygone era.
Cities and public bodies don't have to be cut out of this system if they act responsibly. For example, cities could start a data brokering exchange where commuters provide their commuting data (i.e., pick-up point, destination, arrival time). The government uses either a privatized fleet or a publicly owned fleet of autonomous vehicles to move as many people as possible as often as possible. Sort of a publicly run car-pool list - or a hyper-responsive bus fleet that runs for the exact passengers going to exact locations. A big problem companies like Uber, Lyft, and Tesla will have is that they'll lack market saturation to optimize commuting routes - they'll be able to win unique rides, but the best way they can achieve the lowest cost service model is these super predictable and timely commuter riders. The more data points and riders, the more optimization they can achieve. These companies can look at the data for as many people as possible and bid for as many routes as possible - optimizing for convenience, time, energy usage, emissions, etc. The public will voluntarily participate if this is optimized to get the cheapest ride possible. If the government doesn't do this, the private sector will eventually.
As a parallel, no one today even considers how Metro runs garbage collection. No one cares. And if you didn't like Metro's trash service, if you needed a better service for unique needs, you go procure that on your own. Likewise, you wouldn't care about the quality of the commuting trip as long as it's up to some minimal standards of your class expectations, it's reliable, nearly as quick as driving your own vehicle, and it seems reasonably affordable.
If the public ran this data exchange, fees could subsidize lower-income riders. This is a theory on what a TriMet like system or mass transit system could look like in a primarily autonomous world where most people don't own their own or drive an automobile.
This system would be far from perfect, opening up all sorts of problems around mobility. However, it's hard to see how autonomous vehicles will not obliterate the value proposition of mass transit.

Another narrative on the same story.

As the working class moves to autonomous vehicles, transit agencies will collect fewer and fewer fares - prices and taxes will rise, creating a cycle of failure. As a result, some cities will make buses self-driving to cut costs. It could start with Tokyo, Shanghai, Oslo, et al. Again, it's unlikely that Portland or Oregon will be the first movers on this, but when cities start laying off hundreds of mass transit operators and cutting fares to practically nothing, there will be substantial public pressure to mimic locally. It will be inhumane, it will be illiberal, to make those impoverished bus-riding single mothers pay premiums. As most of the fleet becomes autonomous, responsive, and disconnected from labor costs, the next question arises: why do we still operate bus routes? Why big buses instead of smaller and nimble vehicles?
This alternative story/perspective leads to the same outcome: we figure out where people are going and when they need to get there - then dispatch the appropriate amount of vehicles to move that exact number of people as efficiently as possible.
But our local government getting its act together on all this is outside the world of possibility.
In a practical sense, we're going to see history repeat itself. Portland's mass transit history is about private and public entities over-extending themselves, getting too deep in debt on a flawed and outdated idea. As a result, the system collapses into consolidation or liquidation. Following this historical pattern, TriMet/Metro won't respond to changing conditions fast enough, and laughably stupid ideas like cranking up taxes or increasing ridership fares will continue to be the only option until the media finally acknowledges these groups are insolvent. I just hope we don't spend tens of billions of dollars propping up this zombie system before we can soberly realize that we made some mistakes and these vanity-laden projects 20 and 30 years ago need to die.
You see, the biggest flaw with TriMet isn't the design, it needs to be outpaced by technology, it's that the people making decisions at TriMet and Metro are going to make the politically expedient decisions, not the right decisions. They won't redesign, and they won't leverage technology for cost savings, so this charade will just get going along until the media simply declares they're insolvent.
Back to fares for a second - the media happily reprints TriMet's horseshit take about "The higher fares will bring in an estimated $4.9 million in annual revenue starting next year, the report says." Just sort of amazing to me there's no skepticism about this number - but most spectacular is no media considerations about alternative solutions. For example, I could tell TriMet how to save $9,548,091 next year - a useless program primarily utilized by white middle-class folks who own alternative methods of transport - and this would inconvenience way less transit-dependent people than raising fares. But, that's off the table - we're not even developing a decision matrix for when we kill the blackhole of money known as WES.
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2023.06.01 18:52 Gigantodikecus Restraining order under false pretenses in order to circumvent eviction process Oregon

I was served a restraining order couple days ago by my mother I'm an adult who recently split with my ex move back home with my mom temporarily. Long story short I was served a restraining order that cited several reasons for the order and I have irrefutable approved that each and every statement she made was false most of them are from text messages between her and I. I have turned in my rebuttal or whatever you call it and requested hearing but she is now contacting me. Does that mean that this is over can I respond back do I have to wait for the court to decide? I think it got back to her that I 100% press charges if I'm that's even a thing. She changed her tune real quick and is now appearing to be offering me a business opportunity. Any information would be helpful. I don't know if it matters but I'm in Josephine County Oregon
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2023.06.01 18:21 Do-a-back-flip Where should I (f34) settle down with my child (m2)?

I am at a crossroads in my life and I need to make a final decision on where I should raise my son. It’s hard to plan for the long term future when I don’t know where we will physically be. The issue is, I don’t really have a “home”.
Backstory: I was born in Virginia, and moved to California with my Mom at 13. The rest of my family remained on the east coast. I “came of age” in California and loved living there. I moved away due to being priced out (Bay Area 2014 was the last time I lived in CA).
I have moved nearly 40 times in my life, and I’m currently in Texas, which is the 8th state I have lived. My child was born here but I really don’t foresee staying here forever. I moved here on a whim in 2020, I have no friends or family close by, I’m not a fan of the weather and I’m worried it’s not the best place for my kid to grow up.
My family is scattered all over the east coast- VA, MD, FL… and my son’s father’s family is in Southern California. So Texas is a good central location between extended family.
Here are more details: I don’t think we could afford to live in California, but we have family and friends there. My kid’s dad doesn’t want us to go to the east coast because it’s so far away from his family.
I lived in Oregon for years, have strong friendships there, and loved it, but it’s so far from both families.
If we live away from a coast, I would prefer to live closer to a large city, if I’m on a coast, City proximity doesn’t matter.
I have thought about staying somewhere in the central US but with different weather and more left leaning policies(let’s not get into why). A city I have highly considered is Ft. Collins, CO.
My job is remote and very secure, I make over 70k, and I don’t plan to buy a home in the immediate future or maybe at all. So I make a decent income and I am looking to rent long term.
If you have any advice or recommendations of where I should bring my family, I appreciate the input.
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