Saturday, June 12, 2021

His angles ~are~ on fleek.



My bank is a few blocks from "the plant, so I decided to swing by and see if what "they" were saying is true. When this lot came through my feed a couple of days ago I immediately reconised the location. It's right next to the dead Fry's Electronics in Fremont. For all I know he could be parking them inside. But, the lot in the picture above is honestly the fullest I've ever seen it.  I was at the freeway light and you could tell they had been there a while. They were all dirty. I didn't even go further to investigate because.... who cares. It is very odd that they are all the same color.

I did want to swing by the main plant and see if I was right that he was parking cars on the test track, or just making shit up. And he is. Or on a pullout right next to the test track. But he's being very crafty about hiding them. You litterally have two seconds of visiblitly. He has all these screen blocks up everywhere. I looped the plant like five times and gave up because I hardly care. Even the guy on twitter who flys a drone over the plant sometimes hasn't popped up recently. He's probably lost interest too because this whole thing is just a mockery.





Friday, June 11, 2021

They just delayed the inevitable.

 
I'd say this is a pretty shit performance given all the demand they pulled forward. And they have made the  prices so high, there is no demand left to pull forward.

I mean really - I'm surprised I haven't seen construction companies start going belly up due to the high price of lumber and everything else. Allegedly lumber can triple and people can still afford new houses said no one ever.


America is funny. Stock market at all all time high. Americans clueless that the worst is not behind us. I mean, China just shut down two cities. One of them is Guangzhou which is a port city and apparently the 3rd largest city in China. A couple of days ago they were saying this is as disruptive as the Suez canal incident. I think it handles like 24% of exports. And who knows how long they will keep it shut.

Clicks are the only thing that matters.

"The Hangover Arrives: Explosive Inflation Leads To Record Collapse In Home, Car Purchase Plans"

I just love that today Zero Hedge is screaming that inflation is NOT transitory, while giving us this headline which shows that is obviously is.

"policymakers will face the most challenging years since the Volcker/Reagan period in the 1980s."

I'm also getting pretty sick of these types of the phoney ass comments - when we weren't't fucking printing 6 trillion dollars in a year then! It took Obama his whole Presidency to print that much money! 

This is NOT like the 70's because that was native growth. Not money printing. They could stop all this shit in a minute and I'm getting super sick of people pretending that this economy is anything more than phoney.

Monday, June 07, 2021

I saw this lot come through my feed last night. I know exactly where the location is, as it's one of Elon's usual locations. And I didn't even care enoug to drive by it. I was by the plant last week and I thought I saw him parking cars on the test track. I didn't even care enough to take pictures.

I don't know why anyone cares at this point how many cars are building up. Elon doesn't make money on cars. He makes money on carbon credits. When other car companies want to edge him out they will. BY NOT SELLING HIM CARBON CREDITS. Until then - who gives a fuck?

Wednesday, June 02, 2021

Prices have officially peaked.


It's pretty rare that you get a house that has the entire history of the housing bubble number 1, and also reflects the new bubble. This 1200 square foot house went 100k over asking. Yes... you read that right. A 1200 square foot house going for a Miiiiiillion dollars. That's not even rare honestly.

I think this insanity is all over now because price reduction are coming in seven days. And they aren't walking things down a smidge. These are 50 grand clips.

Monday, May 31, 2021

Sunday, May 30, 2021

Saturday, May 29, 2021

Thursday, May 27, 2021

This borrowed delusion is coming to an end.

It is time to embrace the suck. Republicans need to not eff this up like they normally do.  It would be nice they they showed they are anything besides the anti mask party. That is NOT a political platform. 

Things are going to get interesting now because career politicians don't know how the world works. Trump printed a shit ton of money that has now almost worked it way through the system, and controlling this to the downside is going to be ..... interesting. Biden is not sharp, and Kamala is a vacuous woo girl.

Housing WILL be going into decline. Price cuts are already starting. I thought I would show you this 1200 square foot house in my city that sold for MORE than 150k over asking. When houses this size are going for a million bucks...... what do you think happens? 

All of those moronic posts about hyperinflation will soon disappear. Durable goods are already in decline. 

It is also my opinion that a lot of the people still out of work in California are commercial construction workers. And before people get all high and mighty about the last year - settle down because you are going to get a hard pass on forcing people back into offices and hours long commutes. 

Having said that - there are people on long leases that want people back in the office. It's going to take some time to rebalance these two needs. Consolidation WILL happen though. Anyone with an upcoming lease renewal is at risk.


Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Sunday, May 23, 2021

Goat therapy.


I'm going to be in my feels for a little while. I finally lost my Aunt. She was my last remaining blood relative. I'm an only child. My Aunt lost both of her children in tragic accidents. The older one in a car accident, and the other to fire.  

It's sort of hard to admit to myself, and now the world that, I don't think my mother really loved me. She was not even 13 when she had me. But my Aunt loved me enough for both of them.

I guess I wasn't quite prepared to have no blood relatives at this age. Usually this happens to people much older than me. 

(I have turned comments off, because Im not sure I'm that really ready to talk about this)

Saturday, May 22, 2021

Friday, May 21, 2021

Who would have guessed that a pipeline was the thing to kill the crypto bubble. I think it was at that moment the government decided - ENOUGH. The hackers got 90 million in bitcoin. Right? 

There is no way the government was going to keep letting pipelines keep getting ransomwared.

Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Tell me how this works again?



See... my take away from this article is a bit different. It's just crazy how everyone just treats this as normal. It is not. It took YEARS for housing to go up that much during the housing bubble. I'm guesstimating about four. This is insanity on levels I don't understand.

And the frustrating thing is that the government printed so much money, which in turn caused this. Then, they of course are going to have to raise interest rates, and BOOM. 

Friday, May 14, 2021

 Maybe people do listen. My dogecoin buddy was asking about tax implications today.

Previews.

 
It's sort of Christmas in nearly summer at Che Snarkolepsy. 

Now comes the interesting dance of trying to get 3D content. Mr. S. still has his Hydrogen phone. But they never made it out of Gen 1. Now that it's a couple of years old it's pretty rough.

I have an old Google Tango phone, but very few of those ever got to the public and if I drop it I would be sad.

Do the iPhones take 3D pictures or video? Just curious.


Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Proof there is no hope for humanity.

What does it say about me that the biggest problem I have with this hacker group that took over a pipeline is that they didn't even spell the name creatively. I would have gone with darksied.

Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Monday, May 10, 2021

Full casino.

Last week a guy I know told me he turned 4 grand into 150 grand with Dogecoin. 

Of course I told him this was the most dangerous market I'd ever seen. I'm like - "it's based on nothing - right?"

He says - yeah. But money is money.

I tell him to keep his stops tight. But I know he doesn't have any stops. These people are just flat out gambling. Because if you had four grand to invest, why would you put it in Dogecoin rather than something that wouldn't vaporize tomorrow.

Things I wish old people knew.

Why is it when you do a good deed for someone - they always turn out to be an energy vampire? They will literally "one more thing" you to death. And you wish you'd never made the effort in the first place.

So, when you get old - don't make younger people regret entering your orbit. If they do something nice for you - don't make yourself like getting duct tape off in a wind storm. Be brief. It might make them want to do something nice again. 

Instead it turns into some hostage situation where you are trying to find any exit. AND you run the other way next time you see them.

That is all.

Friday, May 07, 2021

Remember when this used to matter?

 
This is what those idiots voted for. Never Trumpers are included in this BTW. 

It truly is odd that I don't hear one single complaint about gas prices right now. Everyone has unlimited money I guess. I imagine all those service workers are getting kicked in the nards.



Thursday, May 06, 2021

Unmarked.

 

It's been a while since I've seen a rig. It has at least two Velodyne pucks. No branding at all.


Wednesday, May 05, 2021

Nothing to see here.



Hurricane season should be fun.

I sure hope everyone doesn't decide to sell at once.

Janet Yellen's Flip-Flop And What She's Really Telling Us. 

"The Fed is boxed into a corner. Powell knows it. Yellen knows it..."

I'm hoping that Trumps' plan was to spend all the money he could, so the other side couldn't. Having said that - I am none too happy with the demand he has pulled forward. The government is always juicing shit, and Trump juiced what he knew. Real Estate.

I rather love articles right now saying how this time is different. We've been underbuilding since the housing crisis, so there is no way housing prices can fall. We aren't in a bubble they write confidently. Prices are just going to keep accelerating.

I am the queen of "population increases will eat this supply up"! All through the housing recession I wrote article after article about this. Having said that - don't listen to journalists. They can't do math. Which is also why they can't learn to code BTW. 

 
Source.  Hit the max button as the link back doesn't.

This is the historical chart for house price appreciation. You don't want to be those people who bought where that pink arrow is. Unless you are fond of buying high and selling low.

Housing basically hit a peak in Spring of 2019 and was somewhat languishing. It picked up a bit in the winter of 2019, but it wasn't until March of 2020 that things became super accelerated. And it has been absolutely gob stopping. Housing prices up almost 18% in Nevada despite almost no one working.

And if you didn't believe housing prices hadn't fully recovered before 2020 - you should read this article I ran across a couple of days ago.

‘Zombie’ Mortgages Come Back to Haunt Property Owners after Great Recession.

As I understand it - people who defaulted on their second mortgages in the housing crisis are now back on the hook. In all the previous years, it was unprofitable to go after them. Buuuuuuut! Since we are now in a housing boom (said in the most sarcastic way) they are. I don't know how many people this affects, but wow.

Now, I have been lucky in the pandemic. I already had a long time renter. But the stories I'm starting to read about other people send shivers down my spine. For small landlords, sure the bank isn't foreclosing on them - but those people count on rent money to survive!

Last week my property manager sent out an email saying "We have also seen a change in resident mentality. With the eviction moratorium and other COVID-19 related tenant protections in place, some residents feel that paying rent is more like a favor and less like an obligation."

I have already started to see an increase in multifamily properties. Which is unusual. But these landlords have to be just wrecked. Dealing with the bank and tenants. And the government trying to make it so you are bankrupted. I know they just overturned the eviction moratorium, so maybe now we get to see what reality looks like. Those people who bought at the pink arrow above are probably going to be shocked at just the return to the mean prices. 

I should go back through my posts because if I recall correctly things were sitting on market for about 3-4 months before the pandemic hit, with price REDUCTIONS. Then all of a sudden they were going 300k over asking. Cause everyone thinks that's normal.

Finally, the reason I titled the article this way is because - housing prices are very good. If I haven't been working I can still sell my place and find relief. I'm sure this is on a lot of people's mind. And already I'm noticing a lot of inventory coming on. 

My bet is that when all that money printing fades we are going to be back in a much worse situation. Today they starting talking about the debt ceiling and I was like - THERE IS A CEILING?!? Cha.

Sunday, May 02, 2021

Pretty awkward to have a 12 year old talk to me about real estate today.  

This kid knew how much a house (in a nice neighborhood) in the town he lives in Oregon cost. 

The whole time I'm like - I don't even know what to say to this kid other than, you are pretty advanced for your age.


Saturday, May 01, 2021

Friday, April 30, 2021

It occured to me today that Gavin Newsom has to make it through a drought of a summer, and he's still going to win because Republicans put up the most unlikeable rediculous candidates. I might vote Mary Carey. I think it's her time.

I'm already reducing my fire danger and picking my bug out hotel for when the power outages hit! Add savvage drought to your bingo card, cause we here. There is no chance to make up now. Farmers are going to get zero water. We will get to see how much progress the utilites made in isolating grids. People are going to be fighting mad if they shut of power this year. Mark my words.

Just put up anyone sane Republicans. ANYONE. For gawds sakes.

Wednesday, April 28, 2021

It's frustrating how intellectually dishonest people are right now.

Watch Live: Fed Chair Powell Trying To Explain How The Fed "Knows" Inflation Will Be "Transitory".

Powell knows, because I'm pretty sure he is aware we aren't going to be able to just print 4 trillion dollars every fucking year. It took President Money Bags Obama 8 YEARS to print that much money. And I'm actually being generous. He only printed 3 Trillion.

In a pay for click world, you can plug out complete vapid bullshit. Zero Hedge knows this. Next month he will be on about how we knew inflation would never take hold. Such phoney morals. So... when we plow through that money, we are going to hit an air pocket. Because it's completely normal for houses to go up 20-24% in one year.

It used to take ten years for your house to double. Then in the housing crisis it went to 12/14 years. Now houses double in 5 years?! STFU.

Tuesday, April 27, 2021

You don't win elections by being worse than the other side.

Last night, clips from Tucker Carlsons show started coming through my feed. And normally I wouldn't have watched it, but he was telling people to confront "us Zealots" and call CPS on children wearing masks because it's child abuse.

I thought to myself - this has to be what Jews feel like when people compare everything to the holocaust. Because, if people think having a child wear a mask is child abuse, you seriously have no understanding of what child abuse is. I also think you might need to seek therapy. And not in a snarky way. In a very genuine, DEEP, you need to do some serious self reflection kind of way.

I do. I was in a children's shelter for 30 days. And you can assume by how long my stay was - it was a pretty serious matter. I was a ward of the court from the time I was seven years old until I became an adult at 18.

To invite a government bureaucracy into peoples lives (especially this one!) is next level fucked up. You can never get this particular agency out of your life. There is no moral equivalency to being harassed in a supermarket. Although I don't understand why anyone spent any time on people who don't want to wear a mask. This is genuinely a self resolving problem. CPS is one of those agencies that once you are in it, they are a part of your life almost forever. 

Additionally as I got older I grew to feel that being removed from my home was almost as traumatic as what got me there in the first place. They yank you out of school and then you have to live in a mini jail for 30 days. You are removed from everything you know. So I would say I'm fairly triggered.

All I know is that the more Republicans become everything they claim to hate - we are gonna lose elections. Republicans need to stop this shit.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Focuses the mind.

Summer is apparently canceled. Everything I planned for the summer is getting rescheduled till the fall.

About a month ago I had to sign my first liability waiver to start attending conferences again. Which basically said I hold the venue harmless. But today I had to sign another one which was a bit more direct. 

Maybe they thought no one would sign up for these things yet. I think they just wanted to say - we aren't sure you understood us. You could die. I mean, I think this is how this whole thing got started was from one medical conference. Right? These are the ultimate super spreader events. 

This is the first line:

"I assume all risks and accept sole responsibility for any injury (including, but not limited to, personal injury, disability, and death), illness, damage, loss, claim, liability, or expense, of any kind, that I may experience or incur in connection with my participation. 

I hereby release, covenant not to sue, discharge, and hold harmless Questex LLC, its employees, agents, and representatives, of and from any such claims, including all liabilities, claims, actions, damages, costs or expenses of any kind arising out of or relating thereto."

It goes on to say:

Specifically relating to the global COVID-19 pandemic, I acknowledge the contagious nature of COVID-19 and voluntarily assume the risk of exposure or infection by my participation, and that such exposure or infection may result in personal injury, illness, permanent disability, and death. I understand that the CDC, local Health Departments, and other public health authorities still recommend practicing social distancing, and in furtherance thereof Questex has put in place preventative measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19 during the live conference at the event. I agree to comply with such measures in order to better protect both myself and others, and to help reduce the overall spread of the virus.

Then it goes on to list a few rules that people are just going to comoletely lie about. Like not coming if you have recently been exposed.

Friday, April 23, 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021

Yesterday a guy I know walks up to me and says " So and So's brother was in the hospital for five days after the J&J jab.

I was completely stunned because the shot has been on pause for a while.

I finally mutter - is he okay? He says, no. He's still having neurological problems. I then ask if he's still in the hospital, and he says no.

Then I asked when he got the shot. Because as I said, it's been paused for a while. 

He said he got it two days before they shut it down.

I haven't been able to talk to the other guy yet. So this is speculation. Innuendo. Hearsay. Rumor mill. But wow - I wish I never heard that story. 

For the record I am neither anti vax, or pro vax. I think I'm scaretyvax.  When I see there aren't many problems I feel better, and when I hear more problems I feel less better.

Sometimes you get just one shot.



Mr S. and I noticed this car because it's been long time since we'd seen one. We were trying to figure out the year. I thought it was a 70's model. Mr S. thought it was an 80's model.

As we passed him in the slow lane I noticed his steering wheel. But since my desire to stalk someone (on the freeway) for a shot of the INTERIOR of their car was super low, I said to Mr S. - if I see that car again I'm going to get that steering wheel. I thought he was getting off the freeway because he was in the slow lane.

We get off at the next exit, and he's behind us. Luckily at the light, we both get stopped in this configuration and I yell - love your steering wheel! He pulls it off. I get one shot and now you know that heart steering wheels are a thing. 

The car was a 1985ish Nissan 200 if you were wondering.

Tuesday, April 20, 2021


Remember when we used to fret about having enough amunition for the next downturn?  

Seriously.....what happens now? Asking for a friend. Lots of the world is locking up again.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Remember, the only thing that matters is looking superior to others.



If Lockdowns Are Needed, Why Did More People Die In States That Locked Down Than Those That Didn't?.

I am so ..... fucking.... sick .... of this topic. But, if this were true - why is Hawaii all the way to the left of this graph with the fewest deaths per million? We can all agree they had the most severe lockdown. RIGHT?  And why is North Dakota almost all the way at the right of the graph? I know people never actually look at the charts and only at the agenda.

Hawaii is the only State that can claim a true lockdown.

I stopped drinking and driving when I was younger because I got way too close to the line once. I thought - if I killed someone I could never live with myself. I know the pain of losing people. I could never do that to someone else.

So, if I have to wear a mask to make OTHER people feel more comfortable - I am going to do that. Even thought I fucking hate them. It's NOT a character flaw. And I still am really stunned by people who think it is.

Sunday, April 18, 2021

Saturday, April 17, 2021

Thursday, April 15, 2021

Fisker - meh.

 
I got this on Saturday and was almost immediately bored with it. Plus, interesting stuff never comes out lately when I have nothing to do.

A few days ago I was talking to Mr S. and said - these minivans are making me crazy. I mean, I know they are SUV's, but they are really minivans. Right? Men are exacting their revenge for women making them drive those ridiculous cars for so long.

Then I got a 15 minute history lesson on emissions and why minivans came into existence. Because apparently Mr S. has some secret love for station wagons from his childhood.

Right now has to be the most boring car timeline in history. Every time I see a minivan I think - Little boxes, little boxes made of ticky tacky and they all look just the same. And that makes you pull over for a Fisker I guess.

 
It had a very identifying plate so I censored it. Obvi.


Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Updates.


For the past few months I've been spending a lot of time trying to find content for the blog without much luck. Which means a lot of my home projects started backing up.

This weekend Mr S. and I needed to hole up in the house to move things along because a new project got added to the heap. Last week my oven got delivered and it's been sitting in my living room for a week.

You see manufactures find it funny to change the design of stuff. They basically gave us a 9 inch by 9 inch cut out for electrical. And of course I was not in that range. So Mr S. and I spent the weekend moving the electrical box exactly 8 inches North. Also my house was a previous flip so the box wasn't recessed. And you really don't have any room behind these things these days.

Normally it would be sort of a pain in the ass. But Mr S. got me this palm nailer last year and I had never gotten the chance to use it. And this was the perfect project! I saw one of my contractors use one of these once and I was like - oh yeah. You are going to be mine.

It's the size of a girl fist. And it hammers in nails with air. It gets in places where swinging a hammer will make you go insane. Like inside of a cabinet. Nails go on the right side that looks like a ratchet. Air on the other. OMG I love this thing.

Tomorrow my oven gets reinstalled. 

I am also the prowd owner of moving straps because we had to take the old oven out to do the electrical. You have to buy those. Seriously. The old oven weights like 160 pounds and strapped made that so much easier. We would have stuck in the new oven if it weren't for the glass on the front. There are a bunch of warnings.

I sort of wanted to do it just to say I could because it weighs 220 pounds. And I'm getting older. And I'm a chick!

Friday, April 09, 2021

She bougie now.

 
The old timers here may remember that Mr S. was drowning me in bread a couple of years before the pandemic. So... by the time we got locked down last year he had already moved on to harder stuff. He started watching all these youtube guys like Binging with Babish,  and Joshua Weissmann.

And somehow now ~I'M~ making puff pastry. I just became fascinated with the layers. 

 
Since this was only the second time I'd made this and I'm prone to overstuffing - I wasn't really too careful. It all looks the same in your belly. It leaked out less than I expected. You can see my half ass seal.

 
I made a blackberry reduction. With a layer of Brie, topped with a black plum reduction.

 
I did six turns, but didn't take pictures every time. But yeah - now this stuff shows up in my fridge.