"Rodrick Williams Jr.'s 10-month old, 2-foot-long savannah monitor named "Kill" gets the RB some strange looks when they go for walks together."
Hey, all. This is clearly off-topic, but I think it can be very helpful to several MGoBloggers out there, myself included.
Has anyone had any experience with the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program?
Basically, it is this: If you work for a non-profit company or some other identified companies for 10 years and you make a payment on your student loans each month of those 10 years, your remaining federal student loan balance is forgiven (120 qualifying payments).
I'm going through the process of getting started with the program - BUT I should have done this 3 years ago! To all you recent and soon-to-be-recent grads: Make sure you've looked at this. It is surprising how many companies/services qualify. I didn't think my employer qualified so never looked into it. I was wrong and as a result, I might have lost 3 years (and $15-20k) of debt being forgiven.
There's a ton of weird rules. My basic question is: For anyone that's done this, how easy is it to track your qualifying payments? I'm worried about lowering my payments and not hacking away at my debt if I don't get my Ts crossed and Is dotted.
In my situation, I could have been on the Income-Based Repayment plan (which is under $300 per month for me). $300 * 120 = $36000 paid before the remaining balance is forgiven. However, for the first few years I was on other repayment plans and was making extra payments. I thought this was smart - pay down my debt as fast as possible. I've probably paid $20k towards my loans in 4 years, but none of those payments qualify for this program. However, if I knew of this program from the get-go, I would have only ever paid a total of $36k for what was $62k in loans.
For other discussion: Any college debt repayment strategies or resources anyone want to share? For you recent grads, make sure you take advantage of the time you have this summer to look into all your options!
Major movement in tonight's episode!
Tyrion beating up his captor was great! My comments below.
Sunday night TV is back as of tonight.
At 7:30, HBO is airing it's 30-minute "Day in life of making GoT"
At 9pm we get the (mid)-season premier of The Walking Dead.
At 10pm we get the series premier of Better Call Saul.
And in 8 weeks, right after TWD wraps up, we get the start of the final episodes of Mad Men as well as the start of Game of Thrones season 5.
My sunday nights just got a lot better.
Anyone expecting much from Better Call Saul? I'm cautiously optimistic.
Make the bad man fly!!!
No book spoilers, please.
This show, never ceases to amaze.
Spoiler Note: This worked in past seasons, so let's try again. Please, no book spoilers. If you're unsure if you're hinting too much at something from the books, respectfully keep it to yourself. Assumption here is that everyone in this threads is up to date on the TV show and no more. Those of us watching the show before reading will return the favor when the series inevitably passes George's writing :)
MGoBitching Note: We've officially hit the MGoDeadPeriod with regards to the big sports, so there's gonna be off-topic threads. See the title? This thread is about a TV episode. If you don't like that, post your complaint in the Moderator Sticky, not here. Mucho gracias.
Here we go!!!
I'm totally bored, totally sick of snow and totally into True Detective right now. Last drinking thread there appeared to be others into it.
What say you people of the MGoBoard? Who watched True Detective? Where do you see it going? Last night they set up the possibility that Cohle is behind some of the murderous happenings down in Louisiana. I'm not seeing it, but can't ignore the possibility.
Other winter distractions?
The Walking Dead has returned with its ever-slowing plots.
House of Cards Season 2 is out. I've never watched it, but I know its big.
We're just six-ish weeks from the return of Game of Thrones.
And, when all else fails, there's beer to discuss. I'm tipping back a Bell's Amber Ale at the moment.
SPOILER PROTOCOL: For the sake of everyone, I propose the following: Talking about anything that's happened in any of these shows, to date, is fair game. Talking about events/characters/plot points that have yet to occur in the shows (Walking Dead and GoT to be specific) should be verboten and considered dirty spoiling.
So, if you are not up to date on the TV shows, tread lightly. If you are a book/comic reader and know future plot happenings, those of us who just watch would appreciate your discretion.