Doing well enough. Retired, lucky enough to have a pension. House almost paid for. Over $500K in savings and investments.
I'm completely debt free, but I do basically live paycheck to paycheck. I don't struggle to get by, but I find it very hard to save money in NYC.
I'm not living in my car.
I'm saving my money so I can leave it all to Shelley Hack after I go or her descendants if she goes first.
These threads attract all the worst people in DL.
After a about 4 years of not so good times (unemployment, 401k withdrawals to make ends meet), I am finally doing OK. And by OK I mean that I make enough to cover my bills each month and have a little left over.
But it could all end tomorrow as my company is in the process of a reorganization. My only solace is that the overall economy is much better today than it was in 2009 and I could get a new job pretty quickly.
Okay. Things could always be better, of course. If things were perfect, nobody would have to work.
Me, I'm sitting pretty. I've got all the money I need.
Fairly good. Retired last year at age 51. Paid-for house. No debt. About $8 million in assets. Unless I live to be 105 and spend like a drunken sailor, I should be OK.
"If you have a million dollars or you have one dollar, when the crash comes, it won't make any differece to your outcome." -- Marianne Williamson.
"Oh my God. I'm back. I'm home. All the time, it was... We finally really did it ... You Maniacs! You blew it up! Ah, damn you! God damn you all to hell!"
We are switching to the new platform for The DataLounge this weekend. All of our mobile users have been using it for over a week and all first time users have been using it for about a month - which adds up to well over one million users. So we're ready to end this phase of the testing and move everybody to the new site. (more)
And yes, we've changed the look and some of how it operates.
Yes, we know you just *hate* it in well in advance.
Yes, we know we suck.
Yes, we are the biggest suckers that ever sucked.
But it was time for a change and with the huge shift to mobile it was long overdue. We've taken this opportunity not only to update the look but also make major changes under the hood (or "bonnet" if you're either British or pretentious or both). And we have to prepare for 2016 - a presidential election year where we can normally expect to see a 60% jump in traffic (yes, we've seen 5 presidential elections so far…Christ we're old).
The site has a bunch - nay, plethora - of new features which will make the site more usable: better search, the ability to ignore posters and threads, see link previews, to pick up a thread where you left off, spam and malware filtering and more.
If you want you can go explore and see for yourself, Click here.
And while running the tests we've noticed two interesting reactions to the new system - people are spending more time on the site and more people that come stay around longer and look at more stuff. Both good things. Yay!
Possibly we've not slain all the dragons and there will be issues that come up during the switchover. There's a help button in the lower right hand corner of the page which you can use to send us bug reports.
Please include as much information about the hardware (PC, Mac, Tablet, Phone etc), operating system (Windows, Mac OS, Android, iOS etc) and browser (Chrome, Safari, Opera, Internet Explorer etc) that you are using as possible to help us replicate and fix the problem.
Please note that complaints about colors, fonts, icons and the like are not "bugs" - they are design choices that we've made and we expect one or two cases of world-class bitching. But they won't actually cause headaches, scurvy, heart attacks, Restless Leg Syndrome, Morgellon's Disease or the vapors (but have your smelling salts at hand just in case).
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