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3 points · 4 days ago

I do it all the time, mainly on Delta but also on other airlines. Never have a problem. I also see other people in airports doing it all the time, so I'm sure it's not just me.

The gf and I are looking into places to FIRE and due to proxomity to family have narrowed our selection to the southeastern United States. We're coming from Chicago and don't want to go completely small town, but are looking to be within a 30 minute drive from a city of at least 100k. Our current list of places we're considering is:

Charlotte, NC Raleigh/Durham, NC Chattanooga, TN Savannah, GA Charleston, SC Richmond, VA Virginia Beach, VA

I'm avoiding FL as it's a little too far south for my family (her family is in FL and Delaware, mine is in DC).

Most important things to us are getting good bang for our buck, being near other families our age (early 30s, we'll start crapping out kids in about 2 years), outdoor activities, near a decent airport, and good climate. If anybody has any input on these locations (or somewhere else in the southeastern US) it would be super appreciated!

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5 points · 4 days ago

I would add Charlottesville, VA to your list. Great outdoor activities, plenty of families and kids. City is vibrant with music, art, food, etc. CHO is a small airport but connects through major eastern hubs, or Richmond is only an hour away

+1, much nicer city than Richmond from what I've seen.

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Richmond isn't bad. It'd be a good option for trying to find a good city salary in a M/LCOL area. But it sounds like they'll already be FIRE when they move in which case c-ville is a far better option IMO.

I have a Sea Eagle inflatable kayak. There are many others on the market I am sure but I have been very pleased with what I have. Will be happy to answer any additional questions.

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How do you handle the logistics of floats? I imagine you're floating rivers? Do you bike, shuttle, uber, or just hoof it? Or do you have people you go with? I almost pulled the trigger on a kayak this year, but ended up not doing it because I had no one to float with.

One year of experience as a Logistics analyst. I have an MBA and a Logistics AND economics degree.

I have a conditional job offer with NO work/life balance for about $85k in metro-DC. I know the company, but they have been very shifty lately, I am considering dropping it because it isn’t moving forward at all.

I have an interview on Tuesday for a position in Detroit (hometown, only about 10 miles away from home) for a financial analyst position.

(I work in automotive and this is the finance division of one of my previous clients)

How much should I ask for (pay) if they ask in the interview? Any ideas? Does $65k sound like an under shot?

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You didn't say how much you were making at the last job, but ask for $75-85k depending on your comfort level and what you think the range is for the position. Be prepared to make a case for why you would be worth more than the default offer - industry experience, proven track record, whatever you have. Expect them to counter and then negotiate. Remember, you have a standing offer, so you are negotiating from a position of strength.

Regarding the other company, this can be fairly common, especially with consulting. Projects always take longer to sign and start than expected, so they can try to delay hires to avoid excessive down time. Do not tell them or reneg on your offer until you have accepted and signed an offer letter from another company.

19 points · 2 months ago · edited 2 months ago

Hi everyone, long time no chat-- just a few interesting things to share.

  1. I moved to DC and I checked my super cool car spreadsheet-- I drove an average of 20 miles/day while living in Texas! Thats crazy to me! I was at about 616miles/month.
  2. For anyone who is looking for somewhere to live, I suggest looking at Airbnb. I never considered it for housing but because I don't own ANY furniture, I have no idea how long I will be here, and I don't know the area, I decided to try Airbnb-ing for a month. Well, if you do it for a month, you get a good discount. So I found someone's guest house on their property for $900/month in Northern VA, another was an extra bedroom for $500/month-- all utilities/furniture are included because its Airbnb. Considering I only own 2 suitcases and a mattress (that I bought in 2012, so its not even a new/nice mattress) I can ditch the mattress (giving it to my parents for their basement-- basically a cave with video games) and that sounds like a GREAT rate for my rent-- AND I can put it on a CC (r/churning) AND if I don't like it, I just find another one, if I do like it then I can just do it again. If I decide I love the area, I'll buy, but for now I am feeling it out.
  3. I never thought I would like road trips, but tbh, other than Arkansas, it was a good time. I camped and used my health insurance/gym membership to do amenities. I went to Memphis for a day, Nashville for a day (Where I went to the COOLEST gym ever!), Smokey Mountains, Charlotte for a few days (family visit), DC, Pittsburgh, and then some quick stops in Cleveland/Toledo before I made it home to Detroit. But I got really lucky with the weather, the only shitty weather was in Ohio which I was just spending the day, not camping. -- bonus, because my mattress fits in my car, I got to camp on a real mattress, that was NICE! Birds chirping and a comfy night's sleep with the fresh air! (I popped my trunk of my SUV and slept on the mattress and put this kind of thing over my trunk, with masking tape and everything so I was "outside" but I was covered and it only took 10 minutes to set up!

Edit: here is my mattress (yes, it’s trashed! But it served me for a good 6 years!) this is it in the back seat of my car so people can get an idea if they didn’t know what I was talking about without a visual.

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That road trip sounds awesome. A (not so) small part of me wants to take a job out west just so I can do a trip like this across the country. What's wrong with Arkansas? I've never been, but I've heard the outdoors opportunities are great.

The latter is harder. Having an unattainable goal is the very definition of hell.

Example: Story of Sisyphus, who is forced to push a bolder up a hill only to have it roll back down for all eternity. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sisyphus

As for the former, not knowing where to go is easy.

“One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. ‘Which road do I take?’ she asked. ‘Where do you want to go?’ was his response. ‘I don’t know,’ Alice answered. ‘Then,’ said the cat, ‘it doesn’t matter.”

― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

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Just to play devil's advocate:

Some argue that having a goal gives us purpose, even if that goal in unattainable.

"The struggle itself [...] is enough to fill a man's heart. One must imagine Sisyphus happy" ― Albert Camus, The Myth of Sisyphus

On the other hand, idleness and inaction are their own distinct version of hell.

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” ― Theodore Roosevelt, Strenuous Life

If you were to take a job with no 401k, how would your behavior change? How much more in salary would you need to make up for the opportunity cost in the 25% tax bracket?

First, I would max the 401k at the old job for the current year. Then, I'd build up the emergency fund from 6 mo to a year to account for the extra (startup) risk. After that, there are so many questions. Would you deduct a tIRA even if you thought you would be doing backdoor Roth contributions within 2-3 years? Would you focus on real estate since your money needs to be post-tax for that anyway? What if you didn't plan to stay in the area? Or would you just keep your same allocation and chug along with post tax money?

Does anyone know of a reverse income tax calculator? I.E. If I know I want to clear $60K during retirement and I need to know what number I need to gross to achieve that? Ideally it would take into account exemptions and deductions.

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I don't know of a specific calculator, but the term you are looking for is gross up. Try searching for a "Gross Up Calculator" or "Income Tax Gross Up Calculator."

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Preliminary review of the $25 Amazon pack

So, I bought the $25 Amazon pack that was linked here the other week and decided to give everyone my impressions.

Link to the pack on amazon

First, why I bought it:

  • It was only $25
  • I wanted to experiment with frameless packs without spending the big bucks
  • I had enough gear for two people for everything except the pack. Now I can bring people with me.
  • I thought it might be decent for carry-on travel
  • Did I mention it was only $25?

Some stats:

  • Amazon lists the pack as 22.8 x 13.4 x 7.8 inches. This is more or less accurate, but it is not 40L. Calculating the volume of a cylinder with those dimensions, you get ~31L. With my measurements, I get 28L
  • Weight was 16.75 oz - not the 12.7 oz that Amazon claims. Still pretty good, though, and could probably trim it down a couple more ounces.

Impressions:

  • The material is pretty solid. Stitching is so-so. Still feels like a quality product given the price.
  • The shoulder straps and hip belt have very very thin padding, but they are fairly wide and feel comfortable.
  • The hip pockets are a fair size, but sit all the way back against the pack body in a difficult spot.
  • With a 3/4 length ridge rest inside of the pack, I was able to fit the below gear list with almost no spare room. I would be able to squeeze in an overnight's worth of food, i.e. dinner and breakfast, but no more.
  • Without the pad, there was enough room for some sleep clothes, and a proper food bag.
  • There are ice axe loops and some attachment points on the brain, so with the pad on the outside, I could see myself using this for a weekend trip.

Gear list:

https://milestepper.com/s/4xb0ta

http://imgur.com/a/FgmCs

All in all, I'm happy with it. It will be a good way to test out if the frameless life is for me. Plus it gets me to an 8 lb base weight purely by not being able to fit anything else. With a better hammock/tarp combo and a costco down throw, I could see this being a very realistic pack for summer overnights in the Southeast, which I will be doing a lot of. Happy to answer any questions if you've got em.

Thanks for reviewing this pack! I have a question about the pack's volume

Amazon lists the pack as 22.8 x 13.4 x 7.8 inches. This is more or less accurate, but it is not 40L. Calculating the volume of a cylinder with those dimensions, you get ~31L. With my measurements, I get 28L

I calculated this out as 22.8" * 13.4" * 7.8" = 2380 in3 = 39 L. How did you calculate the volume to be 31 L. With your measurements, did you fill it with 28 L of equipment, or did you measure the sides and use that to calculate the volume?

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Original Poster3 points · 1 year ago

Yeah so multiplying those out is the volume as if the pack were a perfect rectangular prism. The pack is really a cylindrical tube shape so you have to calculate the area of the cross section times the height. I measured and used a 10 inch diameter circle to get 28L. If you use their dimensions, calculate the area of the ellipse times the height, you get 31L.

I was really looking into this and the Local Lion pack but I feel like they are too small for a tall person...any comments about the sizing? I'm 6'2" and would love a cheap 30L pack.

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Original Poster2 points · 1 year ago

I'm 6 foot, medium torso size, and the fit is good. The hip belt may not be very useful if you have a large torso.

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3 points · 1 year ago · edited 1 year ago

I would go with the 48, which is what I have. I have a 20 deg EE revelation, use a foam pad, hammock, and very minimal other gear. You can see a gear list in my post history with a sleeping bag that has the same packed size as the quilt. The exos has good compression, and you can remove the brain to save some weight. You will be glad to have the extra space on those 5 day trips or deep shoulder season when you bring more clothing for a minimal weight penalty.

Edit in response to your edit: I just got my quilt, but I have already taken it down to 40 perfectly warm with a lightweight base layer and felt hat. Haven't gone lower than that yet but wouldn't hesitate to.

3 points · 1 year ago

Man I miss the gunpowder sometimes. Caught some very nice fish out of there over the years. Never broke that 20 inch mark but spooked a few that big or bigger. Were you able to revive the second fish? I would hate to think that this was caused my someone fishing to these fish on their redds but it is certainly possible.

3 points · 1 year ago · edited 1 year ago

Got a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1 for $65 because one of the tent poles is broken. Unrelated note, anyone have a good suggestion on replacing tent poles?

Also, got a pair of pants with the customer return reason being "pants too small after customer 'Warshed' them". Some employee thinks they are funny lol

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Big Agnes fixed my broken copper spur pole for $5 per segment plus shipping. All done very quickly and easily for $25 out the door. Highly recommend.

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Anyone with a 20D exterior quilt, I need your help

So it has been 3 weeks since the post about the limited edition 7D/20D EE 20 deg quilts went on sale. I ordered one, but temps around me have not been low enough to test it, and now I am having second thoughts.

That one post from an EE employee describing the 20D exterior as clammy has me worried. I am a very hot sleeper when I first go to bed, and a cold sleeper by the time early morning rolls around. You can see the problem with a bag that doesn't breath well.

Has anyone gotten to test their bag yet? I'm having second thoughts and will need to decide soon. I cranked the AC and fan in my room to test it, and my feet got sweaty, but I always hang my feet out of my comforter when I'm going to bed and move them in in the middle of the night. Will I be fine if I leave the cinch cord open and then close it when I get cold?

I have a 20deg RevelationX (20D) and I do find myself waking up sweaty, it's usually my legs though because I use strap the lower half of the quilt around my pad and there's no air flow down there. Unfortunately it does get kind of clammy - but take that with a grain of salt as it's my only down quilt and I have nothing else to compare it to, and I also run fairly hot (I'll usually be in a T-shirt when the rest of the group is already throwing their insulation on)

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Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

Hm what temperatures is this happening at? Do you always strap down your quilt regardless of the temps?

I have a 10 degree EE quilt with 20D. I've woken up drenched before but that was because I used it in high 50s. It's not really comfortable to use at those temperatures. A little colder and you can take advantage of it being a quilt and just lay it over part of your body and stick your limbs out.

What temperatures are you planning on using it in?

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Original Poster1 point · 1 year ago

I'm planning on using it for any forecasted low less than 50. I have a 40 degree bag that I use for summer but it gets cold at 50. I'd really like this quilt to solidly cover the 30s and 40s.

16 points · 1 year ago · edited 1 year ago

I picked that one up this past year and have tested it out on a recent 4 day trip. It is definitely a lot smaller than I thought it was going to be and so I felt slightly claustrophobic in it the first night, but by the second night I got used to it. Due its very small size (it hangs quite close to your face), it did have a tendency to come in contact with my arms/legs and I was bitten through the net a few times...but it kept most of them off of me. I used it under a Warbonnet Cloudburst which has some tiny split rings on the under side which I attached the suspension to. I replaced the stock suspension lines with some shockcord from Dutchware and noticed an immediate improvement over the basically static line that it comes with. I found the original lines tended to slip in the less than stellar cord locks. Highly recommend the shockcord mod. I also have used it inside a shelter and it worked equally as well.

So overall, I think it was 20 dollars well spent as long as you temper your expectations... Just know that it is very small and a bit claustrophobic feeling, with not a lot of room to move around. Once you get settled in though it is fine. Also, I would make sure to have a long sleeve shirt and bottoms to deal with mosquitos that can bite through where it contacts the arms and legs. It keeps the majority of them from biting you though. If I knew what I know now though, I would have opted for a slightly larger design over this one. But for 20 bucks you get a very light silnylon bathtub floor and bug net...works ok if you can deal with the very small size. Hope that helps :)

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3 points · 1 year ago

Can you provide dimensions of the floor? Also, what is your height and weight?

6 points · 1 year ago

You don't have to put it back where you found it or even nearby. In fact it's probably better that you don't. Just let the fish go in slack water so it can swim away on its own and not get swept up in the current. It'll pick wherever it wants to go from there.

Original Poster3 points · 1 year ago

Ok, in regards to "In fact it's probably better that you don't. Just let the fish go in slack water..." Why is it better I don't? And if I'm in a fast river with "holes" what should I do then?

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6 points · 1 year ago

Because if you pulled the fish out of a riffle or pocket water, the water you got it from might be too fast for a fish that just fought for its life for a minute or two. If you're in a river with fast water, let it go behind a rock or down towards the bottom where the water is slower. Either way just hold the fish in the water with the head facing upstream until it swims away on its own, and you'll be fine.

5 points · 1 year ago

I just got back from a Smokies trip so I'll give you some advice.

  • Fly pattern doesn't matter much, but if you're getting last minute refusals, drop your tippet size and your fly size. I caught all my fish on a parachute Adams and elk hair caddis.

  • Stealth is the name of the game. A fish will turn around to chase a fly. When it sees your ugly mug standing over the back of the pool, it'll dive back down to the bottom, and it won't come back. Watch where you step, kneel, crouch, crawl, do whatever you have to do to go unnoticed. Drab colors work, but keeping your silhouette low works better.

  • A dragging fly will spook fish. Pick your casts carefully. Keep your line off the water if you can.

  • Be prepared to cover some ground. Don't waste your time fishing in 6 inches of water. Cover ground and only hit the good spots. If you can follow the river away from the trail you'll be rewarded with more cooperative fish.

That's about it. Have fun. It can be frustrating, but those small mountain guys are rewarding.

Edit: Forgot about your shoe question. I backpack and fish in minimalist trail runners. Be careful on the rocks.

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Finally got a scale - Critique my packlist for the smokies this weekend

So I finally got a scale and had way too much fun weighing everything I own tonight. Here's what I'm bringing to GSMNP for a 3 day trip this weekend. It comes in at just under 11.5 lbs.

https://milestepper.com/s/2wv652

My thoughts:

  • The rain jacket is way too heavy, but they tell me it rains in the smokies. Plus it's all I have.
  • ENO will eventually be replaced with something better
  • The tarp is small and heavy, but it was cheap. I'd like to upgrade to a 10x8 or 10x10 silnylon at some point.
  • Need to repackage the campsuds into an eye dropper or something. There's way more than I need in the bottle.
  • This is primarily a fishing trip, and there's about about a pound of fishing gear not included here.

All in all, I'm pretty happy with the kit. Everything was either purchased on sale/clearance, a gift, or already pretty cheap. Would love to hear any advice, criticism, suggestions on a new tarp, or anything else.

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2 points · 1 year ago

You have a head net but no bug net for your hammock?

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Original Poster3 points · 1 year ago

Between the sleeping bag and head net I have pretty solid coverage. I would prefer a full hammock net, but I just moved off the ground so haven't gotten one yet.

It's a stocked brook trout.

Original Poster2 points · 2 years ago

Just out of curiosity, what are the identifying features you're looking for when telling the difference?

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It comes with time, but to start, a brook trout has lighter spots on a darker background.

The easiest way to tell is coloration. This fish doesn't have any of the vibrant orange and white associated with wild brook trout. Depending on where you are, this time of year the colors could be either very vibrant having just finished the spawn or fairly washed out if the spawn ended a while back, but it would never get this bad. It has to do with eating pellets vs a natural diet.

A less reliable way to tell is the fins. See how the fins on this fish are very torn up. That's from stacking fish on top of each other in the pens.

Generally unless they clip fins, there's no way to know 100%, and hold overs can eventually look wild in pretty much every way, but this is pretty clearly a recently stocked fish.

Original Poster1 point · 2 years ago

Anyone got a fave book or video on this? Especially one that addresses things like disposing of the offal in a bear-safe way?

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Bear-approved method is to clean riverside and toss the remains in the water. Covers the smell and feeds all the critters in the water that we love.

Good looking Browns! What's the keep limit?

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In most places it's 5. 10 fish, 2 rods, 2 people, 2 limits. Still a lot of nice fish to take out of a river IMO.

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0 points · 3 years ago

Just about who launched first I think if you base off Civ rules.

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So also Russia by that metric.

Although I've never fished that exact pattern, I have fished a very similar pattern called the CK baitfish in both chartreuse and white. You will kill it with these. You want them to suspend in slower water, only wiggling them enough to keep the pulsating movement going. Big smallmouth will roll over these suckers like you wouldn't believe. Caught my biggest smallie ever on a white CK baitfish on the Potomac. Have fun!

CK Baitfish..... one of the better "local secret" patterns in the DMV area.

You a Kreelex fan too? Haha

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I don't fish the Kreelex much but there are some in my box. First fly I ever tied, also.

I use a 60 year old reel almost every time I fish, and I also have a 60 year old bamboo rod that I fish occasionally. Both were made in England and have considerable monetary value. They also were both gifts and originally belonged to someone who is no longer alive. I think he would want them to be used.

I think your rod probably has a long story and many fish under its belt. It'll bring you good mojo on the water.

I honestly wouldn't go to Mossy Creek as a one-day thing. It's almost certainly the most technical water I've ever fished. I only really like the cliff of a learning curve because I live about 20 minutes from it and can keep going back over and over to get my ass kicked (and my wallet emptied) there until hopefully I'll figure it out.

Brookies at Skidmore Fork are warming up very nicely, and are getting very hungry after what definitely felt like a prolonged winter. Water levels should be back to normal soon (they were tsunami-like last weekend). The section up top at the dam feels a whole lot like what I imagine it's like out west (I've never been out west to fish but several other people who have been have said the same thing).

https://dgif-virginia.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Viewer/index.html?appid=d904a4b796494f10a51b671fa10577bc

This map is actually pretty damn good, if a bit slow to load at times. Get your trout stamp and/or National Forest stamp and chase those colored lines dude.

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I completely agree on Mossy and usually wouldn't recommend it either. I wonder though as an Oregon native what he'd prefer. I personally love fishing small mountain streams more than anything but other people are looking for a different style of fishing. It can also be hard to share a small stream with a large group without covering a whole lot of ground.

I have the feeling the rivers are generally bigger out west? At least that's what Youtube and magazines make it look like.

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Well the big names definitely are but the small tributaries are just as fun out there. Some people don't venture out on the small water though. If that's the case here, he might feel more at home drifting and swinging streamers on Mossy or the TJ section of the Moormans, even if it's more technical or not what we would pick.

I'm a small mountain stream guy through and through, and even when I lived out west I still had the most fun on small water.

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I love my echo carbon. The rest of the setup is as good as you can get for your price point. You could fish this forever if you wanted to.

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