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Episode-2415- Listener Calls for 4-4-19 — 4 Comments

  1. I use the 1/4″ and 1/2″ black tubing for drip rrigation. I do not bury, and I use no drip tape. All tubing and emitters are hard plastic. I have never had critter damage, and I have squirrels, chipmunks, moles, voles, and a few others. That said, I live on a lake, so 100′ from garden, there is lots of water.

  2. Hey Jack,

     

    Listening to you talk about sights and lasers on carry guns, and that the average engagement distance is only seven feet makes me think of my concealed carry pistol course that I took about ten years ago.  The first half of the day was class teaching, but the entire four hours after lunch they closed the whole gun range to the public and it was for us.  We were asked to bring 200 rounds of ammo (or buy it there).  After the basics were out of the way we did shooting in near total darkness, from a laying position, and lots of other interesting scenarios that you’d normally not be allowed to practice in.  They put us in pairs and had a safety officer with a hand on our shoulder and only one person in each pair would be shooting at a time; so it was a big time investment in labor by the shop to dedicate seven employees to our class for four hours.

     

    The most interesting part was they had us put masking tape on our sights and shoot at a body size target from about ten feet, and sure enough, nearly every shot hit.  Then our last task was to have our gun holstered, put our non-dominant hand on our chest so we didn’t shoot our own hand, then they had us draw, turn the gun immediately down range and fire three rounds as fast as we felt comfortable from just in front of our hip.  They put a sticky note in the center of mass of a body size target at about 7 feet.  It was amazing that even in that situation, 100% of the shots hit the target, and quite a few hit the sticky note!

     

    That was the last exercise of the day, and they ended by saying if we ever had to use our gun in self defense, that is most likely the most we will be able to aim before we are shot, stabbed, or bludgeoned ourselves.

     

    That gave a very interesting perspective on how my previous gun range training of trying to shoot a quarter size target at 75 feet might be challenging (for me) and fun, but is very much not what a realistic scenario would look like.

  3. Here’s a tip for the caller looking to move to Tennessee (and anyone else looking to walk to freedom) that wants to get a handle on a new area while keeping their costs as low as possible:

    If you look on Airbnb (or VRBO, the lesser-known equivalent) there’s typically two types of rentals: Ones obviously owned by investor types who have real-deal property managers running their units almost like hotels, and listings for spare bedrooms, mother-in-law suites, and similar that are folks who have unused space looking to make some extra cash on the side.

    For the former, the rate is what it is and there’s no negotiation that can be done as the people handling the rentals are basically robots. For the latter, they’re typically super negotiable under the right circumstances as there’s a few different factors they deal with: Unpredictable occupancy and dealing with new folks coming and going.

    For example, your typical person renting out a spare bedroom might have a few bookings in a month where people stay over a weekend. For each of those rentals they need to deal with cleaning the room, meeting the renters, walking them through how to get in and all that other junk, etc. which is all sort of a hassle if you’re managing it all yourself as a property owner.

    What I’ve found is that if you’re looking to stay somewhere for a longer period of time, you can score some crazy deals if you find the right host. I spent three months in Barcelona, a few blocks away from the beach, for $600 a month a few years ago. For me, all I was looking for was a place to shit, shower, shave, and sleep, so a spare bedroom in someone else’s apartment was totally fine.

    I contacted a bunch of hosts and explained that I was living out of my suitcase, working online, wasn’t looking much more than the essentials, and didn’t expect them to do anything other than give me a key and point me to my room. I told them I’d be more than happy to pay what they typically book in a month on Airbnb, in cash, which is a pretty huge perk as Airbnb has all sorts of fees that gets scraped right off the top- Not to mention any local taxes that must be reported.

    Intelligent Airbnb hosts in this outreach realize that they’d make more money and both have less to do and less to worry about by just taking my cash, which allowed me to live all over the world for practically nothing.

    One very important thing in doing this is to do this negotiation either via Skype or phone, since you’re actively asking the host to break the Airbnb rules by renting to you for cash outside of their payment ecosystem and smart hosts will not want to do that over the Airbnb message system. Additionally, it’s VERY IMPORTANT to realize that you’re also waiving the renter protections Airbnb offers if you book a place, show up and it’s not right, the host cancels, or anything else.

    I never had any problems, but, it’s worth mentioning as YMMV. I always made sure to at least have an idea of what I could do for a backup if I arrived and things weren’t what they seemed.

    The other cool perk of doing this is when you stay with someone for a month or so you typically get to know them pretty well. I’m now fairly decent friends with all the various Airbnb hosts I stayed with, and they’re happy to have me back whenever I come around to their city again.

    Anyway, every time I tell someone about how you can do this they’re blown away… So I figured I’d share. Hopefully it helps someone in the TSP community.

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