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  1. Any idea on how much the effects of the federal rate cut are having? What’s the change in the average VA loan?
  2. Anyone get Mattis's new book? Thoughts? edit: saw it was asked above, great minds think alike!
  3. Have the flight doc prescribe 800mg Ibuprofen. (sarcasm intended)
  4. What if he said Pro Pilot pay should be $300k/year? He can't make that happen, but apparently it would make a lot of folks feel better. As I slowly disconnect from my past life, I still chime in here because I like Base Ops. But it will be the same complaining as when I was a junior Captain, to senior Captain, and now a few years post separation... and people are still complaining about the same stuff. The time is ripe to get out. But as I said above, don't stay with the girl hoping she'll come around in the next 1-4 years... it ain't happening.
  5. Honestly, if you’re still in beyond your initial commitment, that’s on you. By the Major point, you know the rules and requirements of the game. Dont stay with a girl hoping she’ll change. Nothing different here either.
  6. I've posted this before and I'll post it here again. It's satire, but it's true: https://www.duffelblog.com/2015/04/jcs-dont-care-youre-resigning/ The system is what the system is. Fighting it is like getting mad at the ocean for having waves. FWIW, I worked one, two leg overnight sitting reserve at my house so far this month. And I make about what a Lt Col makes in my second year at a legacy with the (currently) worst contract.
  7. I see a note in there about zero funding fee if awarded a Purple Heart - any idea on what future guidance will be on funding fees and normal a VA disability rating? Specifically 40%?
  8. That’s the great thing about the airlines.... one persons trash is another persons treasure. Some people love redeyes for commuting, some people (me) avoid them at all costs. To answer your question, I haven’t set an alarm clock in months because I prefer late morning to afternoon shows.
  9. Yeah I called and it’s off appraised value... so if your place appraised for $300k for tax purposes, it will only be 288k after your discount.
  10. I had to look that up because I'm moving to Texas soon... I called to inquire and it's off the appraised value, not a tax credit (so you're still gonna pay a ton, as I understand it.) What is the amount of the disabled veteran's exemption? The exemption amount that a qualified disabled veteran receives depends on the veteran's disability rating from the branch of the armed service. Disability Exemption Disability Rating Exemption Amount Up To 10% to 29% $5,000 from the property's value 30% to 49% $7,500 from the property's value 50% to 69% $10,000 from the property's value 70% to 100% $12,000 from the property's value A disabled veteran may also qualify for an exemption of $12,000 of the assessed value of the property if the veteran is age 65 or older with a disability rating of at least 10 percent; totally blind in one or both eyes; or has lost use of one or more limbs.
  11. Random question, can you do a 20 year VA loan? edit: would be in Dallas, TX
  12. As a motorcycle rider/roadracer, I'll chime in here. I think Shazaam's example was appropriate. A lot of us can forget what it's like dealing with 17-18 year olds when we are senior CGOs/FGOs. Some of these guys have never left the tiny town they grew up with, and get their first taste of money/speed by spending $3k on a vehicle that can go zero to 60 in under three seconds. Furthermore, recent motorcycle suspension is so good that going 30 feels like 20, 75 feels like 40 and 110 feels like 65. And that's at 30% throttle and 6th gear. I did something extremely stupid on my sportbike years ago and I'll remember it for the rest of my life... I could be dead right now, and that phone call could have been for me. So yeah, if it takes explaining to a 18 yr old what that phone call would be like, and he is naive enough that it makes him cry, so be it. I've also counseled a 25 yr old guard guy caught by leadership, he had been riding all his life, and that conversation was more like "bro, lets go to the track." But like a UPT debrief, if a byproduct of what I'm saying leads to a few tears (hooking a checkride, etc) then I'm glad my point is getting through. Different strokes for different folks. I am surprised I'm alive after the incident above, and it's one of the reasons I strictly ride at the race track now.
  13. FYI the NTSB updated their language to remove the "implications."
  14. xaarman


    I have nothing to add other than get an STD test.
  15. The SV is a great bike, I used to have a second gen and miss it dearly. Parts were cheap, engine was torquey, and it was a blast to flick around. I’ve only heard about the DRZ, never owned one. They are like Jeeps, endlessly mod-able and are great at off-road. Edit: grammar
  16. I mean, what a tease. Whatcha get?
  17. Your username is really fitting for this post.
  18. xaarman


    USAAs really dropped the ball on my GFs stolen CCs (wallet.) We’ve had to baby them to make sure the basics were done... we’ve had to call them multiple times to make sure the two charges, one for $919 and one for $900 at the same location, at the same time, were both marked as fraud. It was only when one of the charges posted that we had to call them back and go WTF. Then, they said they will temporarily refund the cost until the Fraud department validates our claims. Really? Also, having only one of the two cards expedited and when we call back to ask where our other card is, they go “oh we didn’t know you wanted both cards expedited.” WTF. Coupled with some auto insurance complaints, is anyone else having any issues? How’s Navy Fed? I’ve had USAA for 15 years, but the above has really left us mad/frustrated/extremely disappointed.
  19. Has anyone used the VA Health Benefits after separating? Apparently with my disability rating (40%), I get free preventative/in patient/out patient care for life, minor co pays required? Seems like a good thing when I'm 60 and need a new hip. Any stories on this vs the airlines insurance? I didn't retire nor go guard/reserve, so no Tricare, but haven't heard much discussion about this "benefit."
  20. On a side note, this happened: https://www.cnn.com/2018/12/19/us/air-force-base-active-shooter-confusion/index.html lol I'm sure no one got fired for this innocent mistake
  21. ^ what he said: actual conversation with a CA: CA: I hate PBS and the optimizer. It makes me work 4 on 3 off and I always get min time 11 hour layovers. Me: You're 30% in seniority, you can do line bidding and get most of the sequences you want. I brought my GF to my 28 hour layover at a Miami Beach hotel. CA: I’m too lazy to look through all the bid sequence Me: You can set standing bid preferences in PBS so you can set it and forget it. CA: I don’t know how to do that Me: The company has CBTs they pay you extra to do CA: I’m too lazy to do that ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ some people just want to be miserable.
  22. AA is published on the 16th at noon Central.
  23. Both my interviewers were civilian guys and I’m pretty sure all they saw was “oh another military dude.” Wasn’t asked a single thing. Also I know not all my months will be like this, but if you live locally and bid reserve, there are ways to minimize work. That Chicago snow storm really screwed me. 10 months on property, and I alternate between a line and reserve at my choice. Do not commute! Edit: half those days were deadheads only
  24. Really good post but at AA it in First come first serve registration based, not seniority and hasn’t been for a while.
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