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    Date me

    I also seem to recall him in a movie called Summer Magic in the early 60s. Don't remember much about it, my sisters wanted to see it but weren't old enough to go alone so I got volunteered. My mother was a fan of his.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Both of my parents had pensions (well, my mother still receives hers, as well as survivor benefits from my father's). One of my sisters put in her 20 working for the state of Mass. and has a Mass. employees pension. Other sister and I, nada. The one company I ever worked for that had a...
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    Man oh man it's been hot and I know why

    What's the humidity like? The handful of times I've been in Kentucky in the summer it was the humidity that was the issue. Not that we don't get hot, muggy spells here, but they generally only last a few days not months at a time.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Maybe, maybe not. The trick is to balance acceptance of new technology with a healthy skepticism of hype. Not everyone wants or needs to be the first on their block to adopt the latest gadgetry.
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    Opinions on church/dating

    No, you're not being odd. If I were in your situation I'd probably feel the same way. Ultimately, it's up to your son and his GF to come up with a solution that works for them, ideally the girl standing up to her father's unreasonableness...it's something she's going to have to do someday...
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    Buying a new truck ? Times have changed.

    Just the opposite here. I'll generally buy something 7-8 years old, and drive it into the ground. To me seems a big waste of money buying new every few years...not just vehicle cost but insurance, registration, etc. are all much higher on a new vehicle vs an older one. The downside to buying...
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    Buying a new truck ? Times have changed.

    I'm not going to buy a vehicle based on what someone else tells me when my own experience says the opposite. You can't trust reviews in any publication that accepts "sample" vehicles provided by the manufacturer. Likewise, a magazine like MT is dependent on advertising, and they don't want to...
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    Opinions on church/dating

    In that case I'm in complete agreement. Faith and morality (or lack thereof) is between you and whatever deity you prefer, it matters not one whit what church/denomination you choose, or even if you choose one at all. Sounds like a childhood friend of mine's family. Very strict, teetotalers...
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    Marking your tools

    I use flourescent orange on tools likely to be used in the woods, etc. for that reason. That too! Other than a few "work parties" with our local snowmobile club, most of mine are used at home with no one else around but me. Downside is there's no one to blame it on if something walks off... :LOL:
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    Opinions on church/dating

    Is this a snide remark directed at Islam? At least, if urban legend is to be believed they actually give you something to look forward to. Compare this to Christianity which seems to use fear of eternal damnation to keep the flock in line. My parents got married in the mid 1940s. My mother...
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    Buying a new truck ? Times have changed.

    Meh. CR seems very biased towards certain makes, toyota being one of them, you have to read between the lines to get the real scoop. Had an '08 turdra for a company truck at my last job...I was the "new guy", so I got the truck no one else wanted. :mad: Biggest PoC that's ever darkened my...
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    Increased traffic on country road.

    Yeah, I didn't know what a tinhorn was either. Regional term maybe? Could the culvert pipe itself be working its way upward every year with frost? Seen that happen a lot when they are only a couple feet down to begin with.
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    Plows versus tillers?

    (re: a tiller) Just the opposite for me. A plow would have been nice when I first bought this property and wanted to till up part of a partially overgrown field to put in a garden. Once the sod was broken that first time, I'd not likely have much further use for one. Depends on the...
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    Buying a new truck ? Times have changed.

    I wonder how long this will last. All it will take is one manufacturer to start increasing dealer inventories and the rest will jump on the bandwagon pretty fast. No one wants to lose a sale to a competitor because the competitor has a desirable vehicle in stock and they don't. Maybe not the...
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    Buying a new truck ? Times have changed.

    I doubt there's much demand for el-strippo vehicles of any type these days, including trucks. Personally, I don't have much use for a lot of that stuff either (I'd even skip A/C if it was possible...rarely if ever use it). Do any still come with a bench seat? I hate consoles, especially the...
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    Opinions on church/dating

    Not me. My wife and I were in our early 50s when we met, second marriage for both. Looks like we got it right though. (y)
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    Opinions on church/dating

    Most of us turn into some version of our parents, good traits and bad. But there are plenty of examples of high school/childhood sweethearts marrying young and making a go of it. Depends on the individuals.
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    Opinions on church/dating

    Good policy, period. Very few minds are changed, and often views are hardened.
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    Fast Internet

    All above ground here. Very few utility lines buried...soil is waaay too rocky. Maybe some developments in/near cities, but not in rural areas. There is a support cable that the fiber bundle is bound to.
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    Expanding foam that birds can't eat

    Maybe a combination of foam and steel wool? Mice/squirrels can be a problem here, never heard of birds doing that.
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    2022 Flooding

    Agreed. Trouble is, due to the terrain there isn't much of anywhere to go, easy to get trapped in some of those hollows/valleys.
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    California Targets Private Property With Latest Water Well Fees, Charges: Report

    I haven't lived there for almost 25 years. I recall one of my neighbors telling me what was in the water that made it kind of nasty, but I don't recall what it was. I do know that he spent $$$ for some sort of filtration system that helped somewhat, but it still wasn't great water. He'd put...
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    Opinions on church/dating

    That is one of the things that turned me off about religion. "Our" church/denomination is the One True Religion and any others are not. Some fundamentalists insist that Catholics aren't "true" Christians because they're not Bible-centric. Is that lack of dress code typical these days? When I...
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    California Targets Private Property With Latest Water Well Fees, Charges: Report

    That depends on where you live. In many western states buying a piece of property doesn't necessarily convey water or mineral rights.
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    California Targets Private Property With Latest Water Well Fees, Charges: Report

    At my last house I wish town water came down my road. Well water was awful, had a very "swampy" taste and odor. Neighbors all had the same issues, some had expensive filtration systems which made it less bad. It got so I'd go to a roadside spring a couple miles away for my drinking water.
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    Opinions on church/dating

    It would be a major red flag for me too. Disclosure, I am not a church goer (got put off by that when I was about the OP's son's age), and Bible belt culture is very foreign to me, but this goes waay beyond daddy looking out for his daughter's "well being". This is more about him being...
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    Fast Internet

    Not familiar with Frontier...are they a phone company or a cable company? I guess how they delivered the "last mile" to your house would depend on how that company does things. While both the phone company (Fairpoint at the time) and Time-Warner ran fiber, in both cases the actual neighborhood...
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    Fast Internet

    Just the opposite here. We had ~15 when we first signed up under TW. Since they became Spectrum they've periodically increased the speeds without upgrading our plan. Supposedly their entry level in my area offers "up to" 250. I'm paying a little more than I did back then, but I'm paying more...
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    Oil Back Ordered

    I wonder why the huge discrepancy from one state/region to another. My state seems to have the lowest prices in the northeast, but we're still paying ~$1 more than you. Didn't use to be that way, I really doubt fuel taxes account for this. Oil companies jerking us around? I know, perish the...
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    Things learned while on vacation

    Agree 100%. While I have a GPS, I really only find it useful for local directions (and sometimes not even that), I like the "big picture" of a road atlas. Can't compare how a cellphone GPS compares to a dedicated one since I don't have a smartphone. I've found that with a lot of places (and a...
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    Fast Internet

    Both our local telco and (then) Time-Warner cable ran fiber down my road about 10 years ago, though neither offers fiber-to-the-home (it's either DSL or copper cable). Depending on which speed test I use I'm getting between 45 & 90 down and 5-11 up. Good enough for anything I need to do. Not...
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    California Targets Private Property With Latest Water Well Fees, Charges: Report

    Seems like it would be pretty hard to enforce.
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    Oil Back Ordered

    I was under the impression that this was true for all inventory at TSC, not just oil/grease. They have the best prices in town on cat litter, but their house brand is frequently out of stock. Asked an employee once when they were getting more in and his response was something to the effect...
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    HP Ink Jet Printer Ink expires and useless?

    Same here. I print very little, and what I do print is mostly documents. Can't think of the last time I needed/wanted to print anything in color. I'm not sure there's such a thing as a B&W inkjet, and most inkjet printers I've used get very angry if one color is low/out. Laser printers seem...
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    Aging..

    Mine is still going at 94, maybe not as strong as she once was but's still in better shape than many 70 year olds. I don't think she mows her lawn anymore but she will still snowblow her driveway if it's not too big a storm. With the exception of her sister who died in her early 50s, all the...
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    The Glut Cometh

    We've got a small grocery store a couple towns away that's pretty good in that regard. The only store I have trouble with scanners is Shaw's (supermarket). If there's a reduced price sticker on an item, you have to wait for an attendant to scan it, their scanners can be kind of persnickety...
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    Hole in the Wall Buffet's and Restaurants

    For whatever reason, buffet restaurants are not a "thing" here in New England, the sole exception being Chinese. I don't know why. Many of them serve some non-Oriental dishes too, like mac & cheese, french fries or chicken fingers. Most of the ones I've been to are pretty good. Never seen a...
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    Yellow Jackets under deck enclosed by ceiling.

    I guess everything's bigger in Texas. :ROFLMAO: I've never had a yellowjacket nest even close to that size. Maybe the occasional paper wasp nest, but they're nowhere as mean as yellowjackets.
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    The Glut Cometh

    Mine are about 3x that on a 1600 sf house on 12 acres, but keep in mind that we don't have either a sales or income tax in my state. To get an accurate picture you need to take all taxes into account.
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    The Glut Cometh

    I'm not quite that far out, but it's equally dark here. In the winter I can make out lights from my nearest neighbor, but nothing when the leaves are out. My wife had a dog when we first moved here, and it would spaz out when it would hear coyotes on the ridge. The PO had a street light...
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    The Glut Cometh

    I would have to fire up the generator for hot water once what's in the tank got depleted. A couple years ago I replaced the old HW heater (with pilot and atmospheric vent) with a power-vent unit at the "strong suggestion" of the gas company (my vent is horizontal thru the side of the house, and...
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    Best truck under $10k?

    I never got that either. They're not especially good trucks...cramped, woefully underpowered and rust like a brillo pad. They were big with the mud kiddies who'd rice 'em out with lift kits, etc. for a while back in the 90s, but you don't even see that today. Nothing I'd ever consider.
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    Big Cars are killing Americans

    I used to jog for many years, kept me in very good shape. I mowed my own lawn, raked my own leaves and tended my own garden. Those activities are not mutually exclusive. I can think of any number of activities, some of which are popular among TBNers that I'd consider equally dumb. I will say...
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    Best truck under $10k?

    I have no idea, this was probably 20 years ago. Probably the usual homeowner stuff...lumberyard/home center, messy stuff going to the dump, etc. If you're a suburbanite, you probably don't have a very large yard, and may or may not have an easily accessible place to store a trailer where it's...
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    The Glut Cometh

    One of the big selling points when I bought my present house was that it had a gravity-fed water system, and propane cookstove & hot water. Don't get city water pressure by a long shot, only ~20psi, but it's enough to do anything we need to do, including shower. The PO didn't have a woodstove...
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    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    I got a Knight kit shortwave radio ("Star Roamer") for Christmas when I was 14 or so, probably a week or two to put it together. It worked, but was kind of a mediocre radio. Was never able to get anything on longwave, and the highest shortwave band (~18-30 mHz) it was pretty deaf. No...
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    The Glut Cometh

    You must have one of those propane-powered microwaves or something. Mine doesn't work when the power's off. :oops: As far as air fryers go, maybe it's just that everybody who wants one has one. Someone gave us one a few years ago, we used it once or twice but it was more of a PITA than it...
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    Water

    Maybe TMI, but that's how we were brought up as kids. I know people today with dug wells that still do this.
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    Things you could order over 50 years ago that you can't order now !

    Saabs were also pretty advanced when it came to safety features. I recall magazine ads showing them rolling down a hill to demonstrate how crush resistant they were, this would have been late 60s.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    No excuse for this. Has California gotten to the point where law enforcement personnel are only there to write parking tickets and bust citizens for putting recyclables in the wrong bins? Whatever happened to "serve and protect"? Is the understaffing due to the whole "defund the police" BS...
 
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