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New home construction financing - islandtiger
I have purchased several homes and undeveloped land over the years, but we are now getting ready to start construction on a new home and I have no experience with new home financing. We have purchased the land, and although we put 25% down, with the drop in realestate values, we have little equity....


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What is a reasonable amount for pain and suffering? - islandtiger
My teen-age daughter was a passenger in serious head-on collision a little over a week ago. The other driver was at fault and has accepted responsibility. Both vehicles were totaled but the seat belts and air bags worked as designed. Extensive x-rays did not reveal any breaks, but significant bru...


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restaurants near NO Convention center - islandtiger
I am coordinating a meeting at the Marriott across from the Convention Center and would like some recommendations for some moderate-priced lunch/dinner spots. The more "local" the better. Would be nice to not have to spend all our down time in the Quarter. I, and all the out-of-state folks, thank...


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Curious about pay for lower draft choices, undrafted free agents, etc. - islandtiger
I have never really paid much attention to the financial side of the game, but all the news about cutting down to 75 has me thinking. If low draft choices that do not have guaranteed contracts or undrafted free agents get cut during preseason, do they get paid their full contract salary or is it pr...


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Paying for new home construction - islandtiger
We are unsure how to proceed with funding our new home construction. In the permitting phase now and should begin construction after the first of the year. Background: * we own our current home, mortgage-free * purchased the lot for new home in 2009 with 25% down but with the decline in real...


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Are there any good breakfast tacos in BR? - islandtiger
We run to TX frequently to visit family and I always head to my favorite "hole in the wall" in New Braunfels the first few days to fill up on chorizo-potato-egg-cheese-egg breakfast tacos. I have not found anything in BR that comes close. Any recommendations? Don't send me to McDonalds :lol:...


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Political Talk
Has welfare destroyed the black family? - islandtiger
I have read a fair bit over the years about the effects of welfare on the black community, especially how it may have contributed to fatherless families. However, most of those studies were done by white folks and being a white guy, it has been hard for me to develop a solid position on the issue. ...


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Turns out Houston is a pretty nice place to visit! - islandtiger
Always looked at Houston as a stop for food/gas on the way to the Hill Country to visit family or the pain of dealing with downtown for business. We decided to actually take a short vacation and see what Houston has to offer. I have lived in a number of the major cities in the US and did not think...


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what dishes are always best when made at home? - islandtiger
Each year at this time I look forward to picking that perfect tomato from the garden, cutting it int thick slices, cooking some high-quality bacon, lightly toasting some whole wheat bread, spreading some mayo and mustard, adding a few leaves of romaine. Pile it all together and digging in. I have ...


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Al-door Indian restaurant BR: first visi - islandtiger
New Indian restaurant near Coursey and Jones Creek (old Pizza Hut). Caught the buffet Sunday...wanted to try a variety of dishes. Everything was excellent. Some really tasty chicken, lamb and goat dishes. Perfectly spiced with reasonable heat level. Family run and everyone was very friendly. O...


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Anyone have a great pickle recipe? - islandtiger
Overloaded with cucumbers so I am making a batch of bread-and-butter pickles (normal recipe that I heat up with some hot banana peppers). I will can about a dozen pints tonight but would like to try something different next week when I have another truckload of cucumbers in the fridge. Suggestions...


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Political Talk
what is your definition of poor? - islandtiger
A previous thread has me thinking about this question and I am sure everyone has a different threshhold. I grew up in a "resource challenged" family. My definition would include: no money for things like eating out (even fast food), new clothes, toys like bicycles, vacations, college, etc. but en...


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Outdoor Board
Have I got a dog for you! - islandtiger
[img]http://imageshack.us/a/img16/1000/dscf0438ri.jpg[/img][img]http://imageshack.us/a/img211/2046/dscf0441nr.jpg[/img] One of my colleagues cannot drive past a stray dog and picked this one up about a month ago. She has 5 dogs at home and could not keep another one so I agreed to foster the guy...


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Political Talk
Which ones are most likely to be elected POTUS? - islandtiger
Among the following, what is your guess as to order? A) Straight Woman B) Gay Man C) Gay Woman D) Hispanic Man E) Muslim F) Atheist My prediction: A, D, B, C, E, F ...


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What if we never run out of oil? - islandtiger
Excellent article in recent Atlantic magazine on global energy supplies and the implications to political stability around the world. Reiterates the basic economic tennent that as a natural resource becomes too expensive to produce, we shift to an alternative resource rather than extracting the las...


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How much would you pay to eliminate the debt? - islandtiger
Federal debt is currently $16.4 trillion or about $52,000 per person [link=(http://www.usgovernmentdebt.us/)]LINK[/link] 2012 median household income was approximately $50,000 and there were approximately 120 million households. Ignoring the fact that we have yet to crack the balanced budget nut, h...


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I have been thinking about what causes people to litter. - islandtiger
I have lived in LA for over 30 years and have always been dismayed at how people treat their roadways and waterways. The sight of someone throwing garbage out their window or tossing the empty beer can over the side of a boat is common. Most of those people would not throw garbage in their front l...


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Stumbled Upon Excellent Documentary about Edward Curtis - islandtiger
Was browsing movie options on Hulu and came across "Coming to light: the Edward S. Curtis story." Tremendous account of his struggles to produce the monumental 20-volume study of the Native Americans of western North America. Included many interviews with decendants of the people featured in Curt...


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Curry and Kabobs - islandtiger
Searched but didn't find anything. Anybody eaten there? It was open for a while, closed, then reopened. I thought about trying it the other night, but there were only 2 cars in the lot...went elsewhere (kabobs at Albasha)....


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Political Talk
A liberal's dilema about gun control - islandtiger
I have been struggling with this issue for many years and figured this forum was as good a place as any to put my two-cents-worth out there (will probably result in many tl:dr). I am left of center and many of you would put the "L" label on me. I am married to a libertarian and former president ...


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Magic with mushrooms - islandtiger
Worked some magic with portabellas tonight. My wife made a supreme version of cream of asparagus and portabella soup...could have easily been the main course with some a good loaf of crusty bread. However, I also roasted a tritip (from tramonte's) stuffed with onions, green pepper, celery and port...


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possibly best crab bisque ever! - islandtiger
Ate at Sammy's on Highland this evening. Ordered the crab bisque. Added a little lemon juice and a few drops of Tobasco and was very impressed. Great flavor balance and LOTS of lump crab meat. Would order it again without hesitation....


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Movie/TV Board
prison break - islandtiger
Never even heard of the series (ran several years ago) but my 16-year-old discovered it on Netflix several days ago and we are now addicted! Lots of holes in the plot but so many twists and turns it is hard to resist. I rarely watch commercial TV, but this one is good! Am I nuts?...


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Considering pulling the plug on cable TV - islandtiger
Got rid of the phone land line, since we all have cell phones, and now thinking about ditching cable TV. Looking at the combination of over-air HD transmission combined with internet TV (e.g., Hulu). Will still keep high-speed cable internet, but do not watch enough TV to justify the additional co...


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Political Talk
For those slamming welfare queens and talking of breaking away - islandtiger
If it is true that the Administration has used delivery of federal support as a strategy to buy votes, then the strategy has failed. The top ten states in terms of federal tax dollars received vs. federal tax paid is as follows: 1. NM 2.03 2. MS 2.02 3. AK 1.84 4. LA 1.78 5. WV 1.76 ...


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LSU Flash Mob Dance - islandtiger
Not sure if Germans...[link=(http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XhUftca1nMM&sns=fb)]LINK[/link]...


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Music Board
At Voodoo - islandtiger
Way too cold but Mainline Brass Band warmed things up....


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Music Board
Favorite jazz station? - islandtiger
I have been a supporter of WBRH for years, but have never really been excited about their play list. A year ago I stumbled upon WBGO out of Newark NJ and it is tremendous! I stream it at work daily and their Friday line-up is especially good. I enjoy it more than my Pandora jazz station. Try i...


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Money Talk
thoughts on money management strategy - islandtiger
We have one brokerage account that is still down about 25% from 2008 and 2012 performance is net up 5.6%. We have a mortgage on land in another state (6.5%) and will begin construction of our retirement home in 2013. Given the uncertainties in the market, would we not be better off cashing out tha...


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Money Talk
thoughts on money management strategy - islandtiger
We have one brokerage account that is still down about 25% from 2008 and 2012 performance is net up 5.6%. We have a mortgage on land in another state (6.5%) and will begin construction of our retirement home in 2013. Given the uncertainties in the market, would we not be better off cashing out tha...


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