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#300321 - 04/02/17 04:29 PM Round Table for April 2017
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Welcome to the Roundtable for March 33, 2017!

Yes, today is the 33rd of March. I have complete absolution for being late in delivering the monthly Roundtable Starter, as my mother always used to say, "Jon, you're just not responsible." See? Free pass.

But seriously (Ha! See what I did there?) Welcome to the official April page. Today we are only going to talk about


[video:youtube]https://www.youtube.com/channel/UClnQCgFa9lCBL-KXZMOoO9Q/live[/video] Well, really, not just that April.

As many of you may know, April traditionally begins with foolishness. For example, I heard a really awesome gag that Donald Trump had been elected President! I've been waiting in vain (again, a joke) for someone to jump out and yell, "April Fool!" - but I know it is not the month that makes the man...

Back to Aprils. Here's one of my favorites: Aprilia is "one who rules the world."

According to Wikipedia: The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis[1] but the derivation of this name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperire, "to open", in allusion to its being the season when trees and flowers begin to "open", which is supported by comparison with the modern Greek use of άνοιξη (ánixi) (opening) for spring. Since some of the Roman months were named in honor of divinities, and as April was sacred to the goddess Venus, her Veneralia being held on the first day, it has been suggested that Aprilis was originally her month Aphrilis, from her equivalent Greek goddess name Aphrodite (Aphros), or from the Etruscan name Apru. Jacob Grimm suggests the name of a hypothetical god or hero, Aper or Aprus.[2]

So, I guess an "April Opener" is really a redundancy...

Other Aprils of note:
Celebrities with first name: April and, of course, Canadiennes: Avril

Let's get to it, Ranters!
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#300323 - 04/02/17 06:17 PM Re: Round Table for April 2017 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Happy Big "40" to me. smile

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#300324 - 04/02/17 06:30 PM Re: Round Table for April 2017 [Re: pdx rick]
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Congratulations! Doing grrreat so far, but how long will you...


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#300328 - 04/02/17 07:33 PM Re: Round Table for April 2017 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Paying off the mortgage tomorrow. We transferred the money into our checking account and got a payoff statement by going into the credit union. I thought they would take the money on the payoff date, but I have been checking the account online and the money is still there. I guess you have to actually write them a check!

Decent ROI: The interest rate is 4.125% so we get that return with absolutely zero risk.

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#300329 - 04/02/17 07:36 PM Re: Round Table for April 2017 [Re: pondering_it_all]
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Originally Posted By: pondering_it_all
Paying off the mortgage tomorrow. We transferred the money into our checking account and got a payoff statement by going into the credit union. I thought they would take the money on the payoff date, but I have been checking the account online and the money is still there. I guess you have to actually write them a check!

Decent ROI: The interest rate is 4.125% so we get that return with absolutely zero risk.

Congratulations on paying off your mortgage!!!! smile
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#300336 - 04/02/17 09:11 PM Re: Round Table for April 2017 [Re: pdx rick]
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Originally Posted By: pdx rick


Happy Big "40" to me. smile

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#300337 - 04/02/17 09:12 PM Re: Round Table for April 2017 [Re: pondering_it_all]
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Originally Posted By: pondering_it_all
Paying off the mortgage tomorrow. We transferred the money into our checking account and got a payoff statement by going into the credit union. I thought they would take the money on the payoff date, but I have been checking the account online and the money is still there. I guess you have to actually write them a check!

Decent ROI: The interest rate is 4.125% so we get that return with absolutely zero risk.


Congratulations on burning the note!
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#300357 - 04/03/17 12:29 PM Re: Round Table for April 2017 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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If this little poem doesn't leave your brain in Tatters, I don't know what will:

The English Lesson

by Richard Krogh
Published in the 1800s
We'll begin with box, and the plural is boxes;
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.
Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.
You may find a lone mouse or a whole lot of mice,
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.

If the plural of man is always called men,
When couldn't the plural of pan be called pen?
The cow in the plural may be cows or kine,
But the plural of vow is vows, not vine.
And I speak of a foot, and you show me your feet,
But I give a boot - would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?
If the singular is this and plural is these,
Why shouldn't the plural of kiss be nicknamed kese?
Then one may be that, and three may be those,
Yet the plural of hat would never be hose;

We speak of a brother, and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.
The masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine she, shis, and shim!
So our English, I think you will all agree,
Is the trickiest language you ever did see.

I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through?
Well done! And now you wish, perhaps
To learn of less familiar traps?

Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.
And dead; it's said like bed, not bead;
For goodness sake, don't call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat,
(they rhyme with suite and straight and debt)

A moth is not a moth in mother.
Nor both in bother, broth in brother.
And here is not a match for there.
And dear and fear for bear and pear.
And then there's dose and rose and lose --
Just look them up -- and goose and choose.

And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword.
And do and go, then thwart and cart.
Come, come, I've hardly made a start.
A dreadful language? Why, man alive,
I'd learned to talk it when I was five,

And yet to write it, the more I tried,
I hadn't learned it at fifty-five!

“Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.” ~Emerson
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#300358 - 04/03/17 01:13 PM Re: Round Table for April 2017 [Re: pondering_it_all]
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Re: mortgage payoff. Congrats! We, too, paid off our mortgage, and are happily relieved of the 7 3/8% interest! Fun story, too - we took a cashier's check to the local Wells Fargo to branch, but they wouldn't take it. I had to go to a "mortgage branch". Imagine a financial institution refusing to accept money!
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#300359 - 04/03/17 01:29 PM Re: Round Table for April 2017 [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Very similar experience - our contract from selling the previous house was paid off about a month ago, and my wife went to pay off the Wells Fargo mortgage on this house - from a Wells Fargo account - and they wouldn't take the whole payoff at once.

I am assuming that has something to do with the insane complexity they have created with all the bizarre "financial products" in existence, that covertly encumber even simple transactions.
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