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Old 12-16-2017, 12:10 AM   #21 (permalink)
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If I could get a mortgage with the same interest rate, but with zero down, it would be $1,100 a month. Two roommates would give $400 towards mortgage insurance and utilities.
The one time I owned real estate, that's the pickle I found myself in, in the 1970s. One bedroom down, two up. Not a way to make great friends.

I was a renter in the 1990s in a place that worked well. The owners had the original house and built a detached in back until the front house was up to code. Then they added a common kitchen to connect the two. They'd paid for three kitchens by that time, but it was livable for two parties. I got in the door when they moved to a house with an indoor swimming pool.

I'm with CenturyLink. I looked at going back to dial-up to save money but it would only have been $7/month. Things changed yesterday.

I put up with bad performance (I thought it was my machine) until the previous President implemented Net Neutrality. Activity Monitor would show more outbound traffic than inbound while I was watching a video. At time the throughput would be in the 10s of kb/s; but I would multiply by 8 and say maybe it's not unreasonable.

But then it got good. Thanks Obama.

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Now it's back to the same performance metrics. My friend says "The law hasn't taken effect yet", but all I can point to is my personal experience.

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Old 12-16-2017, 08:10 AM   #22 (permalink)
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Huh. Only one-third more than my roommate wants me to pay. My sister says that legally, since I never agreed to pay in the first place, she cannot demand back payments. Practically, Mom says it is not worth having my landlord forcing the issue.

I do not think he would expect me to pay more than he and the other guy have been paying, though.

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