Backyard Cooking: Thai beef phat si-io/pad see ew

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It’s a gorgeous Sunday evening and that means another session of backyard cooking! This time I’m making Thai pad see ew. It’s similar to the Cantonese beef chow fun. The dish comes together very quickly in the pan. Prep time is not bad either, so it’s perfect for a lazy Sunday! See how I make it by watching the video.

10 Years On & We’ve Learned Nothing

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It’s August 2018. It’s been 10 years on from the late summer/fall of 2008 and when Lehman Brothers, AIG, Merrill Lynch, and others collapsed or were on the brink of collapse in one of the biggest banking crisis we’ve experienced. That led directly into the Great Recession. The effects were huge. About a year later, we were officially on the road to recovery, although no one knew it at the time and many Americans would have to endure the hardship for many more years to come before they begin to see any light.

In that crucible, we learned some important lessons. Made many new regulations designed to prevent another crisis of that magnitude. And then we got complacent. Some Dodd Frank regulations are being rolled back because they’re too onerous. The S&P 500 hit a record high… unemployment is very low… housing prices have more than recovered since the Great Recession… some folks are even buying house, sight unseen… people are wildly optimistic again… and they’re saying this time it’s different. I don’t know about you, but that scares the bejesus out of me. Have we learned nothing? How soon have we forgotten those painful lessons? Are we on the brink of another downturn? I have no idea. But I’m very worried.

My number is 12. What’s yours?

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Recently, I’ve calculated and figured out what my number is and it’s 12. That’s 12 years until financial independence and to be able to maintain my current lifestyle. It means I don’t have to work if I don’t want to, but it’s awesome to have that choice. It’s an exercise worth doing… it allows you to check your financial status and see if you’re generally on track. Everyone’s number is going to be different. Mine’s 12. The calculation is pretty straight forward. You need to figure out how much your annual expenses would be and figure out what you’d need to do to be able to withdraw that amount without touching principal for the rest of your life.

If you want to get to financial independence before the time you can officially withdraw from any tax deferred accounts without penalty, you’ll just have to have enough savings outside of tax deferred accounts to cover those years that you would like to retire earlier. That’s it.

Mine’s 12, which puts me 4.5 – 5 years before the 59.5 year old mark. It means I have to have at least 4.5 years of expenses saved up and based on my savings rate, I’ll get there in 12 years or less. So look at your situation, figure out your number and you’ll know if you’re on track or have to make some changes. It’s an exercise worth doing.

@KellyannePolls LIED on national TV last night. Today we learned that @realDonaldTrump did in fact knew about the payments to Daniels and McDougal BEFORE they were made. Confirmed by David Pecker and Alan Weisselberg. This @WhiteHouse is full of LIARS.

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August 24, 2018 at 03:32PM

That’s a great point @realDonaldTrump! I’m going to start putting “President” in quotes from now on, just as you suggested. I can’t believe the “President” of the United States is such a lying moron. Rex was right.

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August 23, 2018 at 06:13PM

2018 San Diego North County Beach Driving

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When it’s a gorgeous day out, I just like to leave the office for a few minutes and go for a drive on the beach. I’m fortunate that my office is minutes from the beach in San Diego. You’ll see Torrey Pines, Del Mar, Cardiff by the Sea, Encinitas, and Carlsbad in this short drive. It’s just me driving with some background music. 🙂

@Rep_Hunter only got his seat, let me repeat, ONLY got his seat because of his name. Or should I say, his father’s name. Then the idiot throws it all away. I hope the good people of the 50th throws his corrupt ass out and that he is convicted in his indictment.

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August 21, 2018 at 07:51PM

So now that Michael Cohen admitting that @realDonaldTrump coordinated with and directed him to violate campaign finance laws. UNDER OATH. Isn’t “coordinating” another word for COLLUSION? Where’s @SenateMajLdr and @SpeakerRyan? Radio silence.

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August 21, 2018 at 02:15PM