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Old 01-01-22, 03:26 AM
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Re: What one thing did you hate most about 2021?

I'm trying to think of something that's neither Covid-related nor political.
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Old 01-01-22, 03:51 AM
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Yeah.. it doesn't affect me directly since I stopped selling on Ebay in 2011, but man, if you thought Ebay was a shitshow now, things are about to get a HELL of a lot worse in 2022 and beyond. I've permanently marked them off my list now, for everyone's going to scrambling seven ways to Sunday to "make up" the loss in revenue that they'll now need to pay Uncle Sam. Who's going to pay that 25 to 32% markup?!! You can sure bet sellers aren't going to absorb it! Ebay will raise fees drastically and sellers will attempt to bamboozle buyers with markups of 25% and higher (ie, their tax brackets and marginal income tax % of the Ebay income they'll need to throw away to IRS).

Yes, that "law" is one of my most hated things of 2021, along with rampant inflation, outrageous cost of living increases, and supply issues. But, it all goes back to being a direct result COVID and the government printing way too much "free" money. We all knew this would happen, but sure, we accepted that free money anyway. (I didn't get a damn dime of "free" money, BTW, and that pissed me off as well, especially after having paid record high taxes).
I don't even understand the purpose of that law... are people who sell 600 bucks worth of stuff on ebay really raking in the dough not paying taxes that it's some huge loophole that needed to be closed?

The other tax thing that worries me (but not zyzzle for once) is the child tax credit thing and how it'll affect what I owe on my taxes, which I guess I'll figure out soon enough (hopefully the tax programs are fully updated by the time I get all my paperwork in January)

But yeah, all that pales in comparison to Covid-19 still raging on, with the one solace being that at least my entire family is finally vaccinated.
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Old 01-01-22, 08:58 AM
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Re: What one thing did you hate most about 2021?

Originally Posted by Paff View Post
I'm trying to think of something that's neither Covid-related nor political.
Other than that, I've had a very good year. I had my first full year of retirement, we got vaccinated, we buried my mother's remains and I got to see my aunt and uncle one more time, we went on our first long road trip in 3-4 years, and someone who loves me moved into the house in December.
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Re: What one thing did you hate most about 2021?

Two of my friends died within days of each other.

One friend died from complications after heart surgery (in his late 30s), the other died from heart failure (in his late 20s).
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Originally Posted by Mrs. Danger View Post
agoraphobia
This for me, too. I tend to be that way, but I was really making progress about getting out of my shell and out of my house in crowded situations. I was flying coach, taking public transportation in big cities, working lots, and doing lots. Covid lockdowns just brought it all back, because now I'm not used to going out, I'm not inclined to go out, and I have no need to go out. It's not terrible, because I do love being home, but I don't think it's as healthy to be locked in all the time. In theory, all I want is to be home and only see family, but in practice, I do enjoy getting out and meeting people. It just is taking bigger and bigger pushes to get me out.
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Re: What one thing did you hate most about 2021?

Anti-vaxxers.
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Old 01-01-22, 01:30 PM
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The things that made 2021 a tough year...

The underlying layer of trauma that impacted everything: the global COVID-19 pandemic.

The worst incident of the year: the attempted coup and insurrection upon the United States on January 6, 2021 brought on by treasonous seditionists.

The hardest part of work: remaining an encouraging presence in the midst of so many hard things.

The most challenging thing as a family: deciding how to do what and when in the face of so much uncertainty.

The toughest challenge on a regular basis: figuring out a spending / savings / investing plan in the face of so much uncertainty.

Bonus hard stuff: being involved in 12 funerals and memorials with more postponed to next year.

The hardest thing personally: I gained weight and lost confidence and that really stinks.
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Old 01-01-22, 02:13 PM
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Re: What one thing did you hate most about 2021?

Wasn't sure if I should put this here or in the Make You Feel Old thread
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Old 01-01-22, 02:55 PM
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Work-related stress drained me for a good portion of the year. I work as a clerk in a butcher shop at a grocery store, and the company decided to do away with cutting meat in-store. Everything is processed and packed off-site and delivered to us two days after ordering it. Due to this, there were buyouts offered, several good friends left the company and I spent several months wondering if I was still going to have a position or end up getting dumped into another department. Finally, about two weeks before Thanksgiving, it was made official that I was retaining my position and staying in the same store. It was a huge weight off of my shoulders.

Outside of that, having one of my guinea pigs pass away was really rough. I'm always the one that doesn't want the pets, but then gets the most attached to them.
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Re: What one thing did you hate most about 2021?

Originally Posted by asianxcore View Post
Two of my friends died within days of each other.

One friend died from complications after heart surgery (in his late 30s), the other died from heart failure (in his late 20s).
Sorry to hear about your friends. It's weird to hear of someone, especially much younger, die from the same thing that I had. I've heard the same thing from others but their relative/friend who died was older than I am. I guess I'm extremely lucky to still be alive.
Old 01-01-22, 04:30 PM
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Getting J&J shot the week before the blood clot issue was announced. Granted I’m ok 9 months later, but I now know I got the worst vaccine that nobody wants. Without getting political, I just hated the fact that the message was “rush out and get the first vaccine available in your area. Don’t wait!” So I went to Walgreens at my first opportunity and got J&J.

However, I’ve avoided COVID so far (wedding, July 4th, 5k race volunteering, Halloween), so maybe J&J doesn’t work for most people, but it seems to be working for me. Maybe I shouldn’t hate J&J so much…
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Originally Posted by MLBFan24 View Post
Getting J&J shot the week before the blood clot issue was announced. Granted I’m ok 9 months later, but I now know I got the worst vaccine that nobody wants. Without getting political, I just hated the fact that the message was “rush out and get the first vaccine available in your area. Don’t wait!” So I went to Walgreens at my first opportunity and got J&J.

However, I’ve avoided COVID so far (wedding, July 4th, 5k race volunteering, Halloween), so maybe J&J doesn’t work for most people, but it seems to be working for me. Maybe I shouldn’t hate J&J so much…
If it were me, I wouldn't give another thought to blood clotting. Out of 17,000,000 vaccines, 54 people got blood clots. That's odds of roughly 1 out of 315,000. You're more likely to be killed by a meteorite. Of those 54 who got blood clots, only 9 died. Even safer!
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Old 01-01-22, 06:38 PM
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The hardest thing personally: I gained weight and lost confidence and that really stinks.
You know what? I think that happened to most of us. I know I ate too much comfort food in 2021, as well. We've all lost confidence. Nobody likes grasping in the dark at straws, which is what we've all been doing... and not having all the answers or even many of the answers, and it makes me very nervous and a bit of a misanthrope. Financial uncertainty can be planned for; it is at least one thing you can control and / or mediate to some extent by saving for "a rainy day", which has now extended to two bad years... One can't plan for inflation and extreme cost-of-living increases like we've seen, but then, well, the nest egg you've wisely saved over the years can at least eliminate ONE kind of stress, although it still hurts seeing such unmitigated greed and misuse of money by others who are spending and acquiring yours....

I work with people (teach) and let me tell you, the amount of psychological damage I've seen is pretty staggering. So is the amount of ignorance in otherwise "booksmart" people. It grates you down, and you can't do anything about it, because it's outside the domain and / or provenance of what you're supposed to be doing. Teaching science to university students is not about fixing broken personalities and lack of common-sense. I could be fired for doing that (ie, some kind of moral turpitude or some "platitude" like that). So, instead I trog on and regret that the world has become so fractured....
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Originally Posted by zyzzle View Post
You know what? I think that happened to most of us. I know I ate too much comfort food in 2021, as well.
At various times over the past year, I had the opposite problem of losing appetite where I didn't eat anything for a day and didn't feel hungry. Waking up feeling weak the next day.
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So is the amount of ignorance in otherwise "booksmart" people.
How exactly is this ignorance manifested ? (Besides stuff like qanon, conspiracy theories, etc ...).
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I started a new thread as the positive-framed companion to this thread. I encourage people to go there, too.
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Old 01-01-22, 09:44 PM
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Originally Posted by Alan Smithee View Post
Ebay banned porn, making vintage porn on Beta and laserdisc much harder to find.
As bad as the things are in this thread ... this made me laugh!
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Originally Posted by zyzzle View Post
COVID. COVID. COVID.

And the damage it has caused the Nation, and the stupidity and entitlement it has caused. Also the strife and distancing of people it has effected (= brought out the absolute worse in people's latent personalities).
I would rank the state of our nation as worse than COVID. Sure, the pandemic didn't do us any favors, but the downfall of the republic has long been coming. I just didn't figure we would hit this point this fast.
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Work-related stress drained me for a good portion of the year. I work as a clerk in a butcher shop at a grocery store, and the company decided to do away with cutting meat in-store. Everything is processed and packed off-site and delivered to us two days after ordering it. Due to this, there were buyouts offered, several good friends left the company and I spent several months wondering if I was still going to have a position or end up getting dumped into another department. Finally, about two weeks before Thanksgiving, it was made official that I was retaining my position and staying in the same store. It was a huge weight off of my shoulders.

Outside of that, having one of my guinea pigs pass away was really rough. I'm always the one that doesn't want the pets, but then gets the most attached to them.
What kind of guinea pig Ed? I've always loved "giggle pigs!" As a kid I had three (Gizmo, Stripe, and Nippet) ... which became as many as 25 at one point. Later I had a few as an adult (Bogart, Bacall, and Dreyfus), but my wife never liked them. I've long been on the lookout for another Peruvian longhair (Gizmo was the only one I ever had).
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The year was so bad, nobody has even mentioned the police brutality protests that gripped the nation ... that was this year, right? Or am I confusing that with the sharp uptick in rabid pangolin attacks and alien invasion? (I think those are next year.)
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What kind of guinea pig Ed? I've always loved "giggle pigs!" As a kid I had three (Gizmo, Stripe, and Nippet) ... which became as many as 25 at one point. Later I had a few as an adult (Bogart, Bacall, and Dreyfus), but my wife never liked them. I've long been on the lookout for another Peruvian longhair (Gizmo was the only one I ever had).
Abyssinian.
They really are such fun pets! I only had hamsters as a kid so, when my son was younger, we always went with hamsters for him. Their lifespan is so short though. After we had 3 pass away on us,the wife suggested guinea pigs. She had experience with them while she was growing up and knew they lived longer. I've been hooked ever since
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People, including family members, still not taking the vaccine.
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My best friend got diagnosed with HPV throat cancer and he's currently going through hell and I can't even talk to him any more because his mouth sores from Radiation therapy are so bad he can't talk.
I didn't think anything could be a bigger gut punch than Covid-19 but this one is hitting me hard.
And just like with Covid, I deal with parents every day who refuse a vaccine that could prevent their children from getting this.
That really sucks. Really hope he makes a full recovery.

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I knew three people who died from COVID. My best friend and dive buddy let me know he is an anti-vaxxer. He believes the conspiracy websites that say hundreds of thousands have died from the vaccines. I stopped diving with him.
I think that's one of the most depressing things about COVID. Is how it's really changing relationships. We had a small mostly outdoor family party this Christmas and of course a lot of people didn't go. My sister didn't go because my cousin's wife has decided to go all cuckoo with conspiracy theories. Oddly enough she and my cousin are vaccinated. He had to because he's a freakin' doctor at the VA. I had to get up and away from multiple conversations because they were just steering into the wrong direction. It's been eye opening when you think you know people. Unfortunately he's my best friend/cousin and we haven't really talked much at all since COVID.
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I don't even understand the purpose of that law... are people who sell 600 bucks worth of stuff on ebay really raking in the dough not paying taxes that it's some huge loophole that needed to be closed?
$600 is the traditional threshold for 1099s for independent contractors and other various non W2 compensation. No, people selling $600 worth of stuff aren't raking in the dough, but there's plenty of people making $5000, $10000, $15000 that are taking advantage of the system. And like all the state sales tax changes in previous years, the government wants to make sure they're getting their share. Of all the things that went on during 2021, changing a tax law which now requires people to report their income honestly and doesn't give a competitive advantage to people purposely cheating the system isn't on my list.
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And just like with Covid, I deal with parents every day who refuse a vaccine that could prevent their children from getting this.
I got into this over the summer with two of my best friends from college who are hardcore, Christian conservative, freedom fighting, anti vaxxers. Of course it was a conversation that got derailed about the benefits of the Covid vaccines, but they threw every standard argument against Gardisil that was based on verifiably false information. And after being proven wrong, the response was "well, I'd rather we just teach our kids not to be whores than giving them some unproven medicine". As if he had forgotten exactly what he was like in college just twenty years earlier.

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