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On a random topic, found this "map" of NJ...there's a pretty horrible misspelling of "Appalachian", but it's kinda sorta (humorously) accurate otherwise:

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2 hours ago, MB3 said:

so what does everyone do for a living? mfitz is a lawyer, that’s the easiest guess ever. 

Yup. But I moonlight as a meme custodian. 

1 hour ago, Colorado Rockies 1976 said:

On a random topic, found this "map" of NJ...there's a pretty horrible misspelling of "Appalachian", but it's kinda sorta (humorously) accurate otherwise:

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This seems accurate. Note there is no Central Jersey. Of course, no North or South either. 

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54 minutes ago, DevsMan84 said:

I still think this one is the best:

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so without kidding or pulling my leg, how accurate is this? lol I have absolutely no idea being from the canadian east coast but this is interesting lol 

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51 minutes ago, SterioDesign said:

so without kidding or pulling my leg, how accurate is this? lol I have absolutely no idea being from the canadian east coast but this is interesting lol 

Don’t know why it says there are Canadians in the southern tip, other than that, it’s pretty close lol. 

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2 hours ago, SterioDesign said:

so without kidding or pulling my leg, how accurate is this? lol I have absolutely no idea being from the canadian east coast but this is interesting lol 

It’s not far off at all heh heh.  

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5 hours ago, MB3 said:

so what does everyone do for a living? mfitz is a lawyer, that’s the easiest guess ever. 

i’m a residential architect, specifically building houses in the 8-20m dollar range. i’m one of the lucky people who gets to do something I truly love. 

That's cool.  When I was a kid, interestingly enough, I considered being either an architect, or a lawyer lol.  Ended up in IT, and I'm a Director for a mental health company.  Don't necessarily love what I do, but I make a good living and although it's stressful and busy and I think I'm underpaid, I could be doing something way worse, so I consider myself fortunate. 

Have you ever considered commercial design? 

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23 hours ago, NJDfan1711 said:

Pics of the house?  Or at least just the color you chose?

Nothing exciting, it’s interior painting we had done, the main color is like a taupe/gray. Full on gray is very popular now,  but we have cream colored cabinets that go better with the color we chose. Then we did the back wall as an accent wall a couple shades darker. 

The little nook in the back where the desk is, we are going to have a custom built in floor to ceiling bookcase/desk put in. 

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17 minutes ago, SterioDesign said:

haha i mentioned before what i did and im sure anyone that cares knows by now what i really do :P  ive an open book in here

Lead performer in a Back To The Future porn parody, right?

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2 hours ago, NJDfan1711 said:

That's cool.  When I was a kid, interestingly enough, I considered being either an architect, or a lawyer lol.  Ended up in IT, and I'm a Director for a mental health company.  Don't necessarily love what I do, but I make a good living and although it's stressful and busy and I think I'm underpaid, I could be doing something way worse, so I consider myself fortunate. 

Have you ever considered commercial design? 

I wanted to go into commercial design, that was why I wanted to be an architect. My first “real” job was at Perkins+Will, an incredibly well known commercial design firm. 

My first 6 months I was in heaven. My team and I came up with a design for a crazy, elaborate, GORGEOUS student housing facility in Turkey. I fell in love with the building, everyone on the team did. I knew I was “home”. 

And then I learned what the phrase “value engineering” meant. We proudly came in under budget with our design; but that wasn’t enough. Over the next 4 months we were asked to find any and all means of making the building cheaper. This crazy, intense, brutalist building my team and I came up with slowly and painstakingly turned into what eventually looked like it was designed by the people who do Courtyard Marriott’s. 

2 more projects like that and I said “I’m out.” I still had my 5th year of school left (architecture is a 5 year program) and then I was going to do grad school and change careers; architecture wasn’t for me. At the nagging of my now-wife I went to the career fair anyway, and talked to a bunch of firms. There was one firm that EVERYONE wanted to go to — every single person in architecture knows their name — Ferguson & Shamamian Architects in manhattan. It was the only firm at the fair that had a line, and it was like 25 students long (for a graduating class of fifty lol). 

I just chatted with the guy who liked my work enough to schedule a formal interview. In the interview I told him “hey, I grew up and wanted to be an architect, but I just had this experience and it’s not for me. Thank you for your talking to me but I don’t want to waste your time” He said that I was in the right field but the wrong niche: high end residential doesn’t know what Value Engineering means. He offered me a job (which shocked the hell out of me) and I took it on the spot and have been happily in the field ever since.

Couple of years later I moved down to a small firm that does similar (but less expensive) houses. Still in the $10+ range, but not in the $75m+ for celebrities and royalty, haha. Thanks to a nudge from my wife and an incredible first job in this specific genre, my passion was immediately reignited and my love for architecture has never waned. 

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1 hour ago, mfitz804 said:

Nothing exciting, it’s interior painting we had done, the main color is like a taupe/gray. Full on gray is very popular now,  but we have cream colored cabinets that go better with the color we chose. Then we did the back wall as an accent wall a couple shades darker. 

The little nook in the back where the desk is, we are going to have a custom built in floor to ceiling bookcase/desk put in. 

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why carpet?!!!! 

edit. that looks like tile without shoe. 

cmon. 

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15 minutes ago, MB3 said:

I wanted to go into commercial design, that was why I wanted to be an architect. My first “real” job was at Perkins+Will, an incredibly well known commercial design firm. 

My first 6 months I was in heaven. My team and I came up with a design for a crazy, elaborate, GORGEOUS student housing facility in Turkey. I fell in love with the building, everyone on the team did. I knew I was “home”. 

And then I learned what the phrase “value engineering” meant. We proudly came in under budget with our design; but that wasn’t enough. Over the next 4 months we were asked to find any and all means of making the building cheaper. This crazy, intense, brutalist building my team and I came up with slowly and painstakingly turned into what eventually looked like it was designed by the people who do Courtyard Marriott’s. 

2 more projects like that and I said “I’m out.” I still had my 5th year of school left (architecture is a 5 year program) and then I was going to do grad school and change careers; architecture wasn’t for me. At the nagging of my now-wife I went to the career fair anyway, and talked to a bunch of firms. There was one firm that EVERYONE wanted to go to — every single person in architecture knows their name — Ferguson & Shamamian Architects in manhattan. It was the only firm at the fair that had a line, and it was like 25 students long (for a graduating class of fifty lol). 

I just chatted with the guy who liked my work enough to schedule a formal interview. In the interview I told him “hey, I grew up and wanted to be an architect, but I just had this experience and it’s not for me. Thank you for your talking to me but I don’t want to waste your time” He said that I was in the right field but the wrong niche: high end residential doesn’t know what Value Engineering means. He offered me a job (which shocked the hell out of me) and I took it on the spot and have been happily in the field ever since.

Couple of years later I moved down to a small firm that does similar (but less expensive) houses. Still in the $10+ range, but not in the $75m+ for celebrities and royalty, haha. Thanks to a nudge from my wife and an incredible first job in this specific genre, my passion was immediately reignited and my love for architecture has never waned. 

That’s a great story. Glad you stuck with it!

I started out in pre-med. But, had just met a girl (who would become my wife) and was playing in a band, and I really didn’t focus enough on my studies. 

I was moments away from making a huge mistake and taking time off from college to pursue music. The band had other ideas, and kicked me to the curb not for my musical ability, but because I didn’t hang out with them enough anymore. I was the only one in college at the time, though they were a pretty smart group. Three of us wound up attorney, doctor, architect, one wound up a very successful club/restaurant owner, and the drummer, well, he stayed artsy (graphic artsy). 

After that I focused on school and soon realized I didn’t want to be a doctor whatsoever. So law school became my fallback and I switched majors to Sociology/Criminal Justice. That wound up being some of the easiest sh!t ever for me, I graduated with honors and won the award for the highest GPA in the Sociology/Anthropology department.

Went to law school, and my grades were fairly middling. Took the bar exam, and absolutely killed it. They didn’t tell you your grades on the essays (you could request them if you failed), but I got 184 out of 200 right on the multiple choice. National average was somewhere in the 130’s. I’ve yet to meet anyone who outscored me. 

But, my class rank being middle of the road, I didn’t get a ton of job offers. It came down to the Brooklyn DA’s office or a small personal injury firm on Staten Island. The DA job was one week 9-5, one week 12am-7am, which I really had no interest in doing. I had just gotten married (10 days after my bar exam) and it just wasn’t what I had planned. So I took the small PI job. 

I still have that job, it’ll be 20 years in January which is completely unheard of. Got to work on a lot of interesting cases, and along with my boss (now deceased, his daughter owns the firm alone now) got the largest verdict in the history of Staten Island,  excess of $109 million. 

Never had the financial ability to make the jump out on my own, but they have treated me right over the years and I don’t foresee leaving any time soon. 

Interesting fact, my college, the pickup point for my law school carpool, and my office are all in the same neighborhood, a minute apart. As such, I have had the same exact commute, at least in part, since 1994. 

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3 minutes ago, pumpkin cutter said:

why carpet?!!!! 

edit. that looks like tile without shoe. 

cmon. 

Uhh what? Those are pictures of walls. What the heck are you looking at??

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3 minutes ago, mfitz804 said:

Uhh what? Those are pictures of walls. What the heck are you looking at??

yea I’m a residential architect and I have legitimately no idea what he’s talking about lol. i put carpet in the bedrooms of $12m houses if the owners want it. a lot of people do.

and you don’t need a shoe molding on a tile floor if you have a semi-decent installer lmao. 

EDIT: lmao he’s talking about the tiny little sliver of carpet next to the desk in your bottom pic?

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8 minutes ago, SterioDesign said:

well... basically

I mean if you are gonna do it, be the lead. Don’t be the porn parody version of the dude with the 3D glasses that stands behind Biff. 

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1 minute ago, mfitz804 said:

I mean if you are gonna do it, be the lead. Don’t be the porn parody version of the dud with the 3D glasses that stands behind Biff. 

well no, if i had to be at that level i'd at least be Billy Zane. Cause well... he's Billy Zane and banged Audrey in Twin Peaks

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Just now, MB3 said:

yea I’m a residential architect and I have legitimately no idea what he’s talking about lol. i put carpet in the bedrooms of $12m houses if the owners want it. a lot of people do.

and you don’t need a shoe molding on a tile floor if you have a semi-decent installer lmao. 

The only tile in those pictures is the backsplash. 

And we have no carpet, hardwood throughout except the bathrooms and kitchen. 

We gutted and remodeled the house from a 1 1/2 story Cape to whatever the fvck they call the style we have now. First floor almost completely open concept, full bath on the first floor (was already there, and as everyone told us, you don’t reduce or remove a bathroom), three bedrooms and a full bath upstairs. 

Small, but nearly twice the size it was and it’s all we need. 

Just now, SterioDesign said:

well no, if i had to be at that level i'd at least be Billy Zane. Cause well... he's Billy Zane and banged Audrey in Twin Peaks

That’s fair. 

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2 hours ago, mfitz804 said:

Nothing exciting, it’s interior painting we had done, the main color is like a taupe/gray. Full on gray is very popular now,  but we have cream colored cabinets that go better with the color we chose. Then we did the back wall as an accent wall a couple shades darker. 

The little nook in the back where the desk is, we are going to have a custom built in floor to ceiling bookcase/desk put in. 

5E838A91-4928-4A04-9848-3D56055512AF.jpeg

B549116F-5430-4700-8964-779D261B69F6.jpeg

That looks great. Neutral but stylish.  I dig it 

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4 minutes ago, MB3 said:

yea I’m a residential architect and I have legitimately no idea what he’s talking about lol. i put carpet in the bedrooms of $12m houses if the owners want it. a lot of people do.

and you don’t need a shoe molding on a tile floor if you have a semi-decent installer lmao. 

EDIT: lmao he’s talking about the tiny little sliver of carpet next to the desk in your bottom pic?

yeah. but like me you are wrong. thats a dining area. you NEVER put carpet there. 

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