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    You Know You Are Old When

    Probably just as well, likely as not the "doll" was every bit as high maintenance as the Jag. You seem like a pretty practical guy.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Noted by the fact that many are opting for hybrids, a solution that makes way more sense for most Americans than does a straight EV. Gas prices are subject to many variables and will continue to be volatile regardless of who occupies the White House. I'm not sure I see Tesla as a better long...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Not me personally, but in the early 1960s 2 planes collided over NYC. My father was supposed to have been on one of them. He was on a business trip, and last minute something happened at his worksite and he had to stay an extra day.
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    Some Days…

    I had a happier ending a while back when I'd pulled the hood release lever on my Dakota instead of the e-brake release. Fortunately, the secondary latch held.
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    Question for those who live in California

    Stupid question, but what is a homestead exemption? Personally, I'm far more opposed to a sales tax than property tax.
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    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    I'm assuming you're just being a troll here and are not so dense as to not realize that these fees compensate for the road use fuel taxes you're not paying. Or do you think that you're somehow entitled to a free ride as far as that goes?
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    Online real estate pictures

    Like any profession, there are good, bad and all shades in between. My sisters and I just put the house we grew up in on the market. The agent we're using is a guy we all knew as kids, and as it happens his father was the one who sold that house to my parents back in 1950. Looking at the...
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    Car Insurance skyrocketing

    Well they are both GM vehicles, but neither of us subscribes to Onstar. Mine might be a bit deceiving since I've only had it since January, before that I had a Jeep.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I've got pretty good night vision, so even if it's just starlight I can usually find my way around. Usually. :LOL: Yeah, I tend to overdo it a bit at buffets too. Wish they were more common here, mostly just Chinese. Never heard the term "meat and two" before, I presume the "2" refers to...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Curiously, how many here's mother did the vast majority of the cooking in the house? About the only times my father cooked was either if it was outside on the grill or if my mother was away for the evening, in which case you could be almost certain we were having grill cheese sandwiches. He...
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    rusting tools in tool boxes

    Never thought of that. Worth a try.
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    More electrical woes

    Not responsible for the problem or not responsible for damage done? If it's on their side of the meter, it's absolutely their responsibility to fix. I agree, it sounds like a flaky neutral somewhere.
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    Car Insurance skyrocketing

    Well, somebody's got to pay for all those tv ads. :rolleyes: Are their auto and motorcycle provided by separate divisions of the company? The ads kind of imply they're separate, but I also see Flo and her crew on both ads. I have State Farm, and while my rates went up a little a lot had to...
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    Home weather station suggestions

    What does it use for a battery? My Ambient uses AAs in the outside unit, had it 3-ish years now and still running the same pair. I used Energizer ultimate lithiums if it matters. We're a little further north than you. Mine only updates every 15 seconds +/- so unless the gusts time it just...
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    LB1914 Corroded Headlights

    Thanks for the inspiration, just finished upgrading the lights on my LK3054 (well, for further inspiration the lens broke this past winter on one of them). I took the old lights, and modified them to mount a HF LED flood. Way brighter than those old halogens! Thinking of replacing the ones on...
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    rusting tools in tool boxes

    I'm in a similar situation. Workshop is a detached, not normally heated outbuilding. There is a woodstove for when I want to work out there in the winter, but it takes several hours to bring it up to a comfortable temperature if it's below 20 or so which limits my winter projects considerably...
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    Online real estate pictures

    I was surprised to find how expensive land was even out here in the relative sticks in '05 when I bought this place. Don't recall offhand what I paid, but it was more than what yours cost you. In '07-08 when the real estate market tanked, the bottom kind of fell out of house prices, but land...
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    Headlight update

    There are several pick-your-own orchards around here, as you noted prices were about the same as at the supermarket. Big difference is the freshness. Nothing like a fresh-picked apple, no comparison to the kind of mushy ones at the store. Most of them will provide bags, or you can bring your...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Even as a kid I'd shake my head at the wastefulness of that. Expensive dishes/table settings that you rarely used. Can't blame today's young people for not wanting any of it. We were never real big on nightly family dinners. Yeah, sometimes but often as not we'd grab our food and scatter to...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I don't ever remember them giving grocery discounts, I do recall you could cash them in on stuff...luggage, a portable radio, etc. Grand Union supermarkets had their own trading stamps called plaid stamps.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Well, big difference in a commercial environment vs home. I would hope a business would have the machines on a domain controller. One reason home PCs aren't all that secure is that most users just set up one account, with admin rights.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I have tried to like linux, but have been put off every time by its obtuseness (is that a word?). Maybe it's OK if you're willing to wade thru its geekiness, but it's not for me. Even trying to find an answer on a forum is frustrating, between the condescension shown towards anyone who...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I clung to Win 7 for longer than I really needed to, but my hand got forced a few years ago when my tax software wouldn't run on it any longer. You know what? I got used to Win 10, and it's just fine. Yeah, took some time to get used to the changes, but I managed. Don't have a PC with...
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    Headlight update

    I had to do that when I put aftermarket LED "fog" lights on my truck. Not as effective as I'd like, but they're so poorly focused that anything higher would blind oncoming drivers.
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    Online real estate pictures

    I bought my first house in 1977, I think I paid 8.5% and thought I was getting a bargain. Within a year mortgage rates were over 9. Part of the problem is that it seems that everyone today wants a "move in ready" house at a bargain price. Both houses I've owned were as you described...estate...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    I've had a few ladyfriends over the years like that. Didn't keep them around long. One of the things that most attracted me to my wife is her willingness to pitch in and help, regardless of the project.
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    Substitute rider mower and push mower and that's me. When I first bought this place didn't think twice about using a push mower (gas powered, not a reel mower) to do the lawn. Couple years ago had to hand mow the yard when I had a problem with the rider...man, I was out of shape! I have a...
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    Headlight update

    I don't know why the NHTSA is dragging their feet on updating headlight standards. People wouldn't have to do these illegal headlight mods if stock headlights didn't suck so bad. Sheesh, old school sealed beams worked better than some of these modern headlights. Agree with you on the idiots...
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    Online real estate pictures

    Yeah. Realtors are very good at taking/cropping photos so as to not show the neighbors' yard full of junk cars, old tires, etc., the 45° dropoff to a swamp that's 15' behind the house or the active gravel pit across the street.
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    1 tractor rest of forever -- what brand?

    From what I've seen, newer tractors seem a bit more accommodating of large/tall men. I'm a bit over 6' myself, and my LK3064 is a bit tight on leg room. Newer Kiotis in the same HP range that I've looked at were much more comfortable.
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    Question for those who live in California

    Depending on your total income, not all of SS income is federally taxed. Some states tax it, others don't. Which is tax deductable.
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    Headlight update

    OK, my mistake. They looked kind of bright in the photo. Some states get kind of persnickety about marker or fog lights. I've had vehicles fail inspection because the fog lights were independent of hi/lo beam, though where I live now no one seems to care. Most aftermarket LED headlight bulbs...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    My parents' house had one of those old coal-converted-to-oil furnaces. Conversion had been done before they bought the place. Huge thing, took up half the cellar, and other than the cellar itself didn't really heat the house all that well. They replaced it when I was a teenager. Growing up...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    ISTR those boxes came along in the 80s when Ma Bell was broken up. That box was the demarcation point between the phone company's responsibility and the customer's. The jack was so if you were having problems you could plug a phone in to test...if the phone didn't work on that jack, it was the...
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    Cataracts and other visual concerns!

    Don't you have to wear an eye patch for a couple days after surgery? ISTR that being the case when my wife had hers done a couple years ago. Not sure I'd want to be blindfolded for a couple days. How bad was your astigmatism? I have it pretty bad in one eye (to the point of just barely being...
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    Share Pics of People Hauling or Towing Something Wrong

    +1 on that. I have 3 wheelbarrows, a fairly heavy duty one that was my father's, a fairly new one with a poly tub and a light duty one I found at the dump 40-odd years ago that my wife uses when gardening. All 3 get used. Tractor loader gets used for stuff larger or heavier than I want to...
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    Cataracts and other visual concerns!

    I'm with Deserteagle71 on this. Not being a vet I have no experience with the VA, but I've heard plenty of stories. Then there's just the inefficiency (at best) and sheer incompetence (way too often) of anything run by the government. Obamacare® was theoretically supposed to address many of...
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Or conversely, when the camera lingers on a logo a tad longer than is necessary you can be pretty sure it's paid product placement. Apple & toyota and to an extent Pepsi are rather blatant about this. Sometimes there'll be a disclaimer in the closing credits, but not always. Actually, the...
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    Trailer wood deck treatment: Brush on used oil, linseed oil, sealer stain, unicorn tears...?

    Doesn't using motor oil make the trailer deck slippery when wet?
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Try that with a smart phone and you're out a grand.
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    Headlight update

    Do those amber lights serve any purpose other than potentially blinding oncoming drivers and looking kind of dumb?
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Man, is that nitpicky or what? I'm sure Ford paid the stadium owners dearly for those cupholders. Hardly "free" advertising.
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    latest Ford Bronco? Need reviews.

    Depends on what you call a Jeep. Had a couple Grand Cherokees and they were just fine at highway speeds. Maybe not as capable offroad as the ones you mentioned, but more than good enough for anything I ever wanted to do. My 2019 Acadia has the start/stop "feature", but no factory way to...
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    Status of Everything Attachments

    My state doesn't have a general sales tax, only on lodging and prepared meals. You don't see it as much anymore, but a lot of mom & pop diners, sandwich shops, etc. would include the tax in the posted price. I presume it was because most of their clientele was local, and accustomed to "what...
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    Status of Everything Attachments

    I'm gonna say that your situation is more the exception than the rule. Don't know what Casey's is. Unfortunately, a LOT of businesses used covid as an excuse to jerk customers around, justify poor customer service and to raise prices. Doubly unfortunate, even though the whole pandemic charade...
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    Status of Everything Attachments

    Apples and oranges, plus not all states have sales tax.
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    Status of Everything Attachments

    I don't think anyone's claiming otherwise, but I can count the number of times I've ever gotten a discount for paying in cash on the fingers of one hand, so I might as well do what's most convenient for me. Most restaurants around here are locally owned, and I can't think of a single time...
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    Status of Everything Attachments

    I often use a CC and I manage my money just fine. I use a CC because it's convenient, sure beats carrying a big roll in my pocket and, partly because I get cash back giving me a slight discount on a product or service. I pay my bill in full every month. As a business owner, you could choose to...
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    Signs of dementia

    My mother died about 6 months ago at 96 and my sisters and I are going thru the same thing settling her estate. Just the opposite on her house...since I'm several hours away, I've stayed at the house when I've gone down to help deal with things. Just felt like an empty house, she's gone. She...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Well he sounded like a class act. :rolleyes: I'll pee on my own lawn, in the woods, etc. but never on someone else's property, especially that of someone I was dating! Ever notice how the grass turns a deep, almost blue-ish green where you've "gone"? Actually, my wife encourages me to "go"...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Don't think I've seen a shoe store that had actual clerks that fit shoes since I was a kid. Not all that many dedicated shoe stores around anymore anyway. Like Pixguy said, mostly you just go in, fit yourself, only employees are cashiers/stockers.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I don't think many people who earned minimum wage in 1969 were buying new cars then either, maybe teens/20somethings who still lived with their parents. Would YOU want to work for $7.25/hr today? Can't imagine any business thinking they can attract a workforce paying that. Not that I agree with...
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Thing is, I've never clicked on those stories. Was going to link to one, but of course none of them came up just now. I have no idea how they select what stories to feature. 90+% of the ones that come up for me are of little to no interest, and a large percentage of the ones that sound...
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    Vacant and Vacancy Tax Spreading?

    What exactly are they referring to here? If someone moves to, say, North Dakota would they be subject to Calif. income tax on money they earned in N. Dak? My response to that would be the extended middle finger. Not sure how they could legally collect it. Unless the OP is talking about...
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    Status of Everything Attachments

    Maybe not an implements company, but if you read any of the EV threads here the tesla fanboys certainly qualify!
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    Vacant and Vacancy Tax Spreading?

    I wonder if this is one of the reasons this is happening...investors buying up houses at inflated prices to use as short term rental properties and basically pricing the locals out of ownership and/or driving up rents. I'm wondering if this is a back door way of dealing with those types of...
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I dunno about that. I use Outlook.com for my personal email, which brings you to MSN when you log out. Quite a few stories on this subject last few months, where the likely targets are and where is likely to be the safest.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    No such thing as too much beef IMHO, though I do wish 5 Guys' buns were a little less flimsy. Haven't been in a Wendy's in ages, they don't really have much of a presence around here. Only one I know of offhand is in Newport, Vt, and it's awful. Probably the same ones who demanded $15 minimum...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Some interstates, I recall the Mass. Pike being one of them, had these radio call boxes on the side of the road every few miles where you could summon help if you had a breakdown. Not sure when they disappeared, but I'm pretty sure it was before cellphones became common.
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    Solar Eclipse...

    We're in the totality zone, and saw the whole thing from my backyard. I saw one planet, think it was Venus...it was at about 5 o'clock to the sun. Traffic was bad here too, even on the usually dead state hwy into town.
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    An EV??????`

    Don't generally agree with much that you say but I think you nailed it with this. The True Believers here seem to think that EVs are the greatest thing since sliced cheese and anyone who doesn't buy the hype is a hater. The same fanboys seem to be under the illusion there's a super charger on...
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    Who is excited for snow season? Not us! We're depressed due to lack of snow.

    That's what I thought 2 or 3 weeks ago. I really want to finish cutting/splitting a couple cords of log-length firewood, but don't dare swap the FEL for forks yet. Not with the way things have been this year. Plowed the driveway more times in April than I did all winter.
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    An EV??????`

    Do you really think that anyone who buys one of those tesla trucks is actually going to use it for, you know, truck stuff? :ROFLMAO: :LOL: It's strictly a "show off" vehicle, only cargo anyone is gonna put in there is a set of golf clubs when they take it to the country club.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Not sure what you mean by that, but it annoys me that every business seems to require you to have their aap in order to get in on promotions, special offers, etc. Guess that makes me old...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I do more woodworking than metalwork, but I've found today's Chinese tools are plenty good enough for anything I need to do. I have no interest in paying a premium for a tool that can be passed down to future generations...never had any kids (that I know of), and used tools aren't in very high...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Our snowmobile club does something similar to alert members to group activities, work parties, etc. Since I neither have nor want a smartphone my wife offered to sign up for it and just pass the info along, figuring there'd be minimal traffic. Uhhh, yeah. Like everything else cellphone-chat...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Does anyone still call them that? Haven't heard that term in decades. There used to be a Mass/N.H. chain of overstock/surplus stores called Building 19, they had some rather humorous flyers that'd come in the mail, or as inserts in the paper. One time they had a load of those shirts they were...
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    MIG Welder for Beginner/Light Use

    I have the same unit as you and I'm happy with it. Welding just seemed like a useful skill to have, always wanted to be able to do it so I picked this up maybe 10-12 years ago. Maybe an HF would have been good enough for the amount I use it, but they didn't have a store here at the time. Most...
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    Who is excited for snow season? Not us! We're depressed due to lack of snow.

    How much snow do you typically get in your part of Nevada? Being desert country I'd think not much.
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    An EV??????`

    I do wish manufacturers would standardize which side they put the filler cap. Would make for fewer traffic jams at gas stations. Do any modern vehicles still have separate gas caps? My '19 GMC doesn't, there's a rubber seal on the filler neck, and another rubber ring on the cover door.
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    Robot Vacuums

    What do you mean by "self emptying"? When I empty a vacuum, it's usually outside. Don't see some robovac doing that.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Same article of clothing, different name. Big deal. Sort of like what we used to call SK's are now muck boots. Or Jr. High becoming middle school.
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    Do you ever get it all figured out or mostly figured out?

    Unless you're a total hermit, that's a very good point. A place can check all the boxes; climate, scenery, cost of living, etc. but if you don't fit in socially it can be a lonely existence. Some places are more welcoming of newcomers than others, and I've found the older you get the harder it...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    More of a statement than a question. :ROFLMAO: No argument women have a lot more freedom in what they wear than men do. In hot weather no one thinks twice if a woman wears a skirt and a sleeveless blouse to the office, but a man can't wear shorts and a tank top...
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Or dislike the least. :( Plenty of scandals before that too. Maybe a little less so in the very early days of this country when many of the leaders were idealists trying to make this relatively new form of government work. Unfortunately, politics is a magnet for opportunists and outright...
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    Who is excited for snow season? Not us! We're depressed due to lack of snow.

    We're not too far from you and we ended up with somewhere between 10 &14" or so of heart attack cement (depending on where you measured). Most of the snow here fell after 3 or so on Thursday, which is fairly typical for a northeaster. We're in a bit of a snow shadow from the White Mountains...
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    An EV??????`

    Gonna go out on a limb here, but I'd say you could probably count the number of 120 year old cars still on the road with the fingers of one hand. Even fewer that are driven more than 50 or 100 miles a year. Not even a drop in the proverbial bucket.
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    An EV??????`

    As I recall it was determined that the car in question had no gas cap on it...the driver had used self-serve gas before the incident and had forgotten to put it back on. Also, the location of the gas tank in Pintos wasn't any different than anyone else's subcompact car of the era, it just...
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    Do you ever get it all figured out or mostly figured out?

    Family members dropping by isn't an issue for me, only 2 sisters, we're not especially close and they both live a couple hours away. See them maybe 2-3 times a year. Don't really like people dropping by unannounced, but that seems to be the custom around here and I've gotten used to it. I...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I don't miss those days at all. In the 70s I worked as a field service technician and it was pretty much the rule we had to wear a tie at least on the initial visit to a work site and if flying, on the plane. I hate wearing a tie. Most useless garment ever invented. Jeans were obviously not...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Same here. Don't think I've ever owned one, but I've put in quite a few sinks.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    When I'm doing a carpentry project outside my shop where I'm going back & forth, doesn't take long for all the tapes to be at one end or the other.
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    Do you personally go to a farmer's market?

    Strawberries can be tricky. They're awesome fresh, but don't keep very well. In the late 80s I worked p/t at a supermarket when I was between jobs. We tried carrying local strawberries, but they were extremely perishable...we'd have to go thru them multiple times a day and cull the ones...
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    I'm about as far from California as you can get (both geographically and culturally) and still be in the continental U.S., but what car culture we had seems to be fading as well. Go to a car show, and it's mostly boomers with maybe some older Gen X'ers, and most of the cars shown are mid-70s or...
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I'd imagine that's true about any state that has a couple large cities and the rest is fairly rural.
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    Do you personally go to a farmer's market?

    Does she get any choice in what she gets with each delivery or do you get what they give you? Not such a great deal for someone who, say doesn't like tomatoes or rutabagas or zucchini or whatever but has to take it anyway in order to get the stuff they do want. You seemed to hear a lot more...
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    1/2 inch vs 13 mm.

    And my HF Predator engine has American threads on the mounting holes near the output shaft. And you know what country that was made in...
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    New Toyota Champ P/U

    Ditto for all the "safety" regulations, airbags, etc.
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    Do you personally go to a farmer's market?

    ^^^^This!^^^ I see farmers markets as being more oriented towards tourists or second home owners from the city, with prices to match. As you noted, some supermarket chains (alas, Shaw's is not one of them) offer some locally/regionally grown produce in season, and usually at better prices. A...
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    1/2 inch vs 13 mm.

    That's weird, one of the more common bolt sizes. Some socket sets seem to leave out a 16 though. Can't say I need a 12 much, but the others...yeah.
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    Solar Eclipse...

    Just checked the 10-day, and it shows mostly sunny for us. What's more impressive is some of the ancient civilizations that figured this stuff out, all without the help of computers. We're in the 100% totality zone. Bought a couple pairs of the disposable glasses so we could watch it. Yeah...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Yeah, I've seen a couple of those at classic car shows. My mothers was a 4 stroke (mid-60s vintage). Never knew the history behind it, just figured it was a fuel economy thing. We don't generally observe Easter any more as a family holiday, but when I was a kid my grandfather used to color...
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Sold it to a friend of a friend who drove it for maybe 6 months and then he got rid of it. Don't know what became of it after that. Think I got ~$4k for it.
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    Anyone else have an unusually large number of hummingbirds this year?

    Nor here. Our hummingbird season is mid-ish May thru early-mid Sept. If we have anything other than ruby throat, I've never seen them. I don't go thru anywhere near the amount of fake nectar that some here report either...typically I'll refill a feeder every week and a half or so. Less often...
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    How many acres do you own?

    Never heard of that before. Maybe a California thing? My sisters live in Vt. which has a somewhat convoluted property tax system. Apparently you get a discount on your taxes if it's your primary residence, both have additional property (mostly woodland) and they have to pay the full assesed...
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    How many acres do you own?

    That's cool. Never had the experience of property that's been in the family for generations. Agree that owning property is very "settling" (for lack of a better word). I'm never bored, always something to do, sometimes even have the ambition to do it. :ROFLMAO:
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    How many acres do you own?

    My wife's term is north country green. Pretty much what our "lawn" is. Fine with both of us.
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    How many still have a Landline in their home?

    The phone company here left the copper lines in place, in fact they still use that for the "final mile". If you get internet from them it's DSL. Even the cable company uses copper for that last mile connection. Not sure why. Depending on where you live, those copper cables can be quite old...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I was vaguely aware of this company. I guess if you want authentic tires for your older classic car they're the place to go. Kinda pricey though.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Do they still make whitewalls? Been many years since I've seen them. Even the white lettering doesn't seem as common as they used to be.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    When they started putting in padded dash tops in the late 60s they'd overhang a couple inches. If you weren't careful your knuckles would hit the dash pad going into 2nd and sometimes prevent it from going into gear. Not sure how it was with GM cars, but was a PITA on Mopars. I taught my...
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    You Know You Are Old When

    I enjoy driving, but I-95 is a really boring drive, makes a trip seem longer than it actually is. I remember old timers using that term. Don't ever recall anyone asking for a certain # of gallons...always $ worth.
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    You Know You Are Old When

    Agree with the Stabil/Seafoam in the tank, but I'd think twice about a cover. I have an antique car I put in storage for the winter and covering it or even putting it a closed-up shelter makes it a major mouse magnet. Now it's kept in a portable shelter that's open on both ends, and it doesn't...
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    Intercom to shop

    Good points. Another option would be to run fiber. No grounding issues, and you can make a lot longer runs, though it is a bit fragile. Unless you have other wiring to pull, the point-to-point IP link would probably be the easiest option.
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    What do you drive for a truck?

    Good luck with that. Can't speak for the new ones, but the '08 I had for a company truck at my last job seemed to spend more time in the shop than it did on the road. I dunno. I've had a couple Dakotas and they're just the right size for me. Only towing I ever do is a 5x10 utility trailer...
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    How many acres do you own?

    OK, we get it. You're touchy about it, why I'm not sure. Midwest cultural thing maybe? And to say "farmers this" or "farmers that" seems to imply that everyone thinks the same way. Don't know a lot of farmers but I'd go out on a limb and say they're as much individuals as anyone else. Amount...
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    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I look at these figures and wonder what these guys are smoking. In my working life I never made that much either. I'm especially baffled by those who make 6 figures and are "barely getting by". While that kind of income isn't what it used to be, it's still a VERY good income! Funny thing...
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    Intercom to shop

    I was going to suggest something like that myself. When we bought this place I got a pair of walkie talkies for ~$20 at HD for this purpose. They do the job.
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    Tax Question

    I'm not an accountant, nor do I play one on tv, but it looks to me like you're more in that situation now of the orchard being a money-losing hobby, especially since you use the property as a vacation home. The days of convincing the IRS that this is a viable business may be over. Seems to be...
  110. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    Not a library card catalog, but I have a similar unit that came from a mom & pop pharmacy that closed in the 90s. Not sure what they used it for, probably prescription records. Parts/hardware drawers now.
  111. O

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I don't know how it is where you live, but even the "handyman specials" are going for ridiculously high prices these days, when they're even available. Relatively low number of houses on the market, and it seems that anything remotely affordable gets snarfed up in a very short time. Maybe...
  112. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    My point exactly. While I am not religious myself, I totally get that some are and respect that they may not wish to work on their religious holidays. But there is no excuse for giving a potential customer a snarky answer. Would it have been that much of an imposition to explain that he...
  113. O

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Might be something to file under the "you know you're old when..." thread, but when I was in my late teens/early 20s I'd keep an emergency $1 in the glove compartment for gas. This would have been late 60s/early 70s when that dollar bill would buy you 3-4 gallons. There was a gas station near...
  114. O

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Man I used to hate those grated bridge decks when I used to ride. Never dumped on one, but always felt like I was one wrong move from it. Don't see them as much as you used to, at least around here.
  115. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    Surprised they run at all. I'd read that when Apple went with their current architecture (OS-10?) basically any pre-existing software would not run on the new OS. Or a LOT of startup stuff. Seems like every program likes to put itself in the startup menu, whether it needs to be running all...
  116. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    I don't have any kids (that I know of), so I'm reluctant to criticize parenting techniques. I will admit that I don't understand the whole "gotta be my kid's friend" mentality either, but I wonder if it's an over-reaction to overly strict parenting. I have a good friend who was by his own...
  117. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    Probably true of most religions.
  118. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    But those people have always existed. While my parents were also very DIY, many of their friends were not. Growing up rural teaches you to be at least somewhat self-sufficient, and it's easy to take for granted that everyone else is that way too.
  119. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    If a contractor copped an attitude like that towards me, I'd look for another contractor. Part of being in business is being available when it's convenient for your (potential) customers. Where do you live that good Friday is considered a holiday?
  120. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    And what is that? That schools don't teach mostly outmoded skills? Every cash register made in the last 50 years has the cashier enter the amount tendered, and then it calculates change.
  121. O

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I have to wonder about that with increasingly small tabs being paid by CC...on-street parking meters, drive-thru coffee shop/fast food places, etc. It's gotta add up fast. I'm sure all these costs just get passed along.
  122. O

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I'm sure it was a typo, but if someone offered me a $59 bill I'd refuse it too. :ROFLMAO: I've seen quite a few places that didn't accept $100 or larger bills. Mostly relatively small businesses that probably didn't keep a lot of small bills around for change. Even at gas station convenience...
  123. O

    Fast Internet

    We had Wildblue for the first 6 or 7 years we lived here. You're right, it's not very fast, I think on a good day we might have gotten 300K down, and something considerably slower up (yes, that's kilobits, not megabits). Streaming wasn't really a thing back then but for just email/web surfing...
  124. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    The "free market" seems to have chosen Windows for desktop computers, and I- vs Android cellphones is pretty much an even race. Never really got what the big hype was over Apple stuff. Never saw them as any better, just more expensive. I've tended to avoid them since most of their stuff is...
  125. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    Just the opposite here. Worked in a tech field most of my career, and much like a retired truck driver who never wants to go on a trip ever again I have no interest in gadgetry for the sake of gadgetry. Enjoying the simple life.
  126. O

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Read that somewhere else a while back. Not buying their excuses. How did they manage before all those modern e-pay methods came along? Kinda sad when the government doesn't accept their own currency.
  127. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    Almost sounds like a restaurant that just happens to show movies. We don't have much in the way of movie theatres left around here. There was one in Littleton, but they closed during covid and never reopened. I think there's still one in St. Johnsbury, Vt. but that's almost an hour's drive...
  128. O

    Who is excited for snow season? Not us! We're depressed due to lack of snow.

    I measured 20" here this morning. Like Gordon Gould noted ours was dense but dry. Didn't go overboard plowing...figure most of it will be gone by the end of the week. Had to bring the wife to Manchester today, looks like the lakes region got less snow, but some freezing rain...trees were all...
  129. O

    Tractors and wood! Show your pics

    Were you home more this year? We used quite a bit less this year than usual, and with both my wife and I being semi-retired one of us is usually home on any given day. We generally keep the place ~65 or so. One thing that helps on sunny days is we have an enclosed 3 season porch on the SE...
  130. O

    I want one of these little tracked vehicles

    Well that's cool, though the C12 looks way too tight on legroom.
  131. O

    When your CPA screws up?

    If it were me, I'd be all over that CPA like a cheap suit until they took responsibility for and resolved this. Isn't this what you pay them for? Maybe it's a bit too soon, but have you tried contacting your senator/congressman? I had an issue with the treasury dept. a few years back and...
  132. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    Sounds like it could get pricey real fast. Agree with Iman...that pricing is a ripoff, plain and simple. Surprised to see you still have one operating, most of them went out of business in this part of the world in the mid-late 70s. One big downside was that the season for them was relatively...
  133. O

    Freeze dryer

    I like the idea, but they're a little pricey for my budget. Most of them seem to be well north of $2000.
  134. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    It's been probably 50 years since I've been to a drive in, but I always recall them charging per car.
  135. O

    Who is excited for snow season? Not us! We're depressed due to lack of snow.

    My 4 stroke 'Cat isn't quite that bad, but it's no off-trail machine either. Just too heavy. Yeah, figures. All my fault...I took the chains off the tractor last week. R4's so they don't have much traction in snow. Should be cold enough so the snow is fairly light and not the cement we...
  136. O

    Who is excited for snow season? Not us! We're depressed due to lack of snow.

    Calling for a foot+ up my way on Sat. For once a storm isn't going south of us. Where was this back in Jan/Feb when we needed/wanted it?
  137. O

    Life on the farm

    Sadly, so many of those old photos were taken using cameras with less-than-great resolution. Even a cellphone camera runs rings around them.
  138. O

    Need hearing aid advice.

    Curiously, how long does a set of hearing aids last? Wife keeps bugging me to get my hearing tested. I know I have high frequency loss, but overall it doesn't bother me much. She's always commenting about birds chirping, most of the time I can't hear them. How does one choose where to get the...
  139. O

    Need hearing aid advice.

    Is it the tv itself or the programming? I've noticed a lot of modern tv shows mix the background music way too loud, and oftentimes the actors mumble. Drama shows seem to be the worst. Newscasts, documentaries, etc. all perfectly intelligible. I put an equalizer between the tv and the...
  140. O

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Likewise, setting a thermostat to 85 isn't going to warm up a room any faster than setting it to the desired temperature. I feel your pain. Run into it many times myself. And this doesn't even factor in women vs men in the same environment. A colleague of mine told me that at a previous...
  141. O

    2024 garden season

    I had to Google phacelia, had never heard of it before. Is it just for looks or does it have another purpose?
  142. O

    Ever discover a good small restaurant?

    Am I the only one whose grandmother was a lousy cook? :rolleyes: As far as restaurants go, last fall we were headed home from Bangor, Me. on Rt. 2. There was a place kind of in the middle of nowhere (can't recall the name), wife wanted to stop for lunch so we did. Mostly seafood, which I'm...
  143. O

    Need a new(er) truck.... Maybe?

    Uuuuh, yeah. I think I'll pass on that one.
  144. O

    Status of Everything Attachments

    This is assuming you have a "local dealer" who can even come close to matching EA's price & quality. Moot point now anyway.
  145. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    That's the term I used initially, went back and edited so it didn't sound quite so harsh. :cautious:
  146. O

    Question for those who live in California

    Interesting. Never lived in a place that offered that service. When I lived in relative suburbia the town had trash collection, but that was it. Then again, it was rural enough that everyone had multiple acres and just dumped any leaves, branches, etc. in the woods behind the house.
  147. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    I went to my 40th, 60th coming up in a couple years but don't plan on going. Almost none of the kids I hung with in HS were there, and it was kind of boring being around a bunch of people I didn't know very well then and are essentially strangers now. I'll cut some slack on the "wouldn't talk...
  148. O

    Question for those who live in California

    That's a LOT of leaves/branches!! Are homeowners allowed to just dump leaves from their property in the street like that, or are these all from what overhangs the street? If the former, never heard of that being allowed.
  149. O

    Question for those who live in California

    Had to think about that one for a minute. First thought was wondering how the street sweeper cleaned the gutters on the house. 😲 Sure beats getting up on a ladder to do it. :ROFLMAO:
  150. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    I had one of those when I was a kid too. Given that pretty much anywhere I needed/wanted to go was uphill, any drag was too much, especially on the old beater 3-speed bike I had. Not many opportunities to go fast enough for it to get bright enough to be much use. I hear ya. Or if I remember...
  151. O

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    "Liberal rags"? :ROFLMAO: Are you saying conservative rags are any better? Don't disagree that CR is rather biased toward certain (mostly Japanese) make autos, so I take their rankings with a grain of salt (as I do everyone else's), but there's useful info there as well. Never heard of...
  152. O

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Most of your "facts" seem to come from Youtube "influencers". Don't you have any reputable sources of information? I totally get that you're a Musk fanboy to the extreme, but your cred here is in a death spiral. :ROFLMAO:
  153. O

    death of regular cab pickups

    Not sure what you mean by "under engineered chassis design". My first truck was a '70 IH pickup (also with the 304). It was considered a half ton, but was waay ruggeder than anyone else's half, at least for it's era. Body was a different story...bigger rustbucket than any Japanese truck, and...
  154. O

    I love electric vehicles. But increasingly I feel duped

    Nothing has to "get ugly" unless we let it. Both sides need to step back and cool the extreme rhetoric. Not everyone who disagrees with you is your enemy.
  155. O

    Pulled over for a one-ton truck pulling a water pump in CT.

    Wow, that's low. I just looked on the N.H. DMV website, and here commercial plates only apply to vehicles with GVWR over 26,000.
  156. O

    death of regular cab pickups

    I get that, but it makes getting stuff into and out of the back part much harder than with the suicide doors. My experience is similar to CaseyR's, with used extended cab trucks few and far between. And in the midsized truck category, the double cabs seem to hit the worst of both worlds...a...
  157. O

    What gave 60's Greyhounds their distinctive smell

    I don't offhand recall any specific odor from old VWs, but Japanese vehicles from the 70s had a very distinctive, and not very pleasant smell to them. I presume if was from the plastic they used, that's what it kind of smelled like.
  158. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    Aaah, the days of "change from your dollar". And the whole menu fit on one signboard unlike today where they have 3 or 4 huge monitors which rotate thru the menu choices, often times so fast that by the time you find what you're looking for the screen has changed. And they really like to push...
  159. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    I vaguely remember that thread. I wonder if it was a one-year issue? I had an '88, and currently have an '01, neither of which has ever had any issues with U joints.
  160. O

    Going down the Apple Worm Hole

    Sounds like the solution is worse than the problem.
  161. O

    Pulled over for a one-ton truck pulling a water pump in CT.

    I can't speak for Pa., but given how 1/2 or even 3/4 ton pickups are essentially passenger vehicles these days I find it hard to believe that those would need to stop at weigh stations. Commercially registered? Probably, though not sure how they'd know if you drove by and weren't towing...
  162. O

    Pulled over for a one-ton truck pulling a water pump in CT.

    I got stopped for that there in the late 70s. The truck was a kind of ratty old pickup with a wood flat bed and I was driving on a street marked "passenger vehicles only". To add to the confusion, at the time N.H. (where I live, and where the truck was registered) had plates that designated...
  163. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    Probably could get away with it on a 2WD vehicle, might not be so good an ide on 4/AWD.
  164. O

    2024 garden season

    Yeah, learned that the hard way with onions. Got plenty of leaves but no bulb until I stopped hilling them. Like you said, beets seem to grow half above, half below ground. Always just leave them that way, they get plenty big.
  165. O

    What do you drive for a truck?

    Initially here anything 1995 or older was exempt (pre-OBDII), but at some point 20 years became the cutoff point. Keep in mind that rust is the limiting factor here for vehicle life, not very many vehicles last that long.
  166. O

    My roof leaks!!! 😀

    Is your roof as flat as it looks in the picture? If so I'd definitely go with some sort of rubberized underlayment first.
  167. O

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    I agree. The accepted theory is that the Indians lived in some sort of utopian society in harmony with the land and all that. You meant to say that there was no greed, dishonesty, laziness, infidelity, etc. before the Europeans arrived? Sorry, don't buy it. They were human just like us, with...
  168. O

    New TV. Purchase and delivery, Who to buy from ??

    That's been my experience as well. The nearest one to me is about 2 hours away, but one time when we were in the neighborhood anyway I stopped in to check out car stereos. Pitifully small selection, and many of those on display were out of stock. Salesman seemed to be just winging it on any...
  169. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    A good friend of mine's father went out that way. He'd lost his wife (childhood sweetheart) a couple years earlier and was facing going into a nursing home, which he didn't want to do. I understand his motives, my friend had a much harder time with it even though he and his father weren't...
  170. O

    New TV. Purchase and delivery, Who to buy from ??

    Mine isn't a so-called smart tv, just a regular one so no data collection. We use a Roku, which just updated their terms of service that you had to agree to in order to continue using it. 🤬 Like most people I didn't read the whole agreement...it was very difficult to read, not much contrast...
  171. O

    Going down the Apple Worm Hole

    As did I. The airport and surrounding industrial park is almost unrecognizable today, both on the Brown Ave. side as well as S. Willow St.
  172. O

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    Yeah, much like autos the "they don't make them like they used to" doesn't really hold much water. My house is about the same vintage as yours, maybe a decade or two older (again, accurate records don't really exist). Very solid house (plank construction), but agreed that bringing it to modern...
  173. O

    What do you drive for a truck?

    Here in N.H. we have both safety and emissions inspection, done annually, same month as registration (generally same as registered owner's birthday). Vehicles registered as antiques are April, not sure about commercial ones. Initially emissions testing was required in only a handful of...
  174. O

    What safety equipment do you have when running chainsaw?

    I hope you're kidding. :cautious: I don't drop many full grown trees anymore, mostly smaller stuff, cleanup and cutting firewood. Glasses (which I wear all the time anyway), hearing protection, good quality boots (though not steel toed) and no loose clothing. Agree with comments about not...
  175. O

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Had 2 Grand Cherokees with QT, both were amazing in snow or off road. Ran rings around anything else. Agree the gas mileage left something to be desired, but it wasn't much different than less capable SUVs. Didn't realize that QT went back that far, thought it was something that came when they...
  176. O

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    That's a good one considering that EVs seem to rank near the bottom in reliability rankings. I've never had any trouble finding reliable ICE vehicles.
  177. O

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    Disagree rather vehemently with pretty much everything you said. Touchscreens suck, there's a reason buttons, knobs, etc. have been fixtures in autos for decades. Neither do I want my car listening to everything I say and doing who-knows-what with what it hears. At least with the "dealer mafia...
  178. O

    Battery based vehicles of today and tomorrow pt 2

    I don't get the appeal of them, but there's no denying the loyalty of the owners...probably more than any other brand. Test drove one a couple months ago when I was vehicle shopping, and didn't like it, kind of uncomfortable and a bit too quirky for my liking. As you noted, the power of marketing.
  179. O

    Oil Change intervals?

    Depends on what kind equipment you're talking about. For cars, pickups, CUTs, etc. the analysis is likely to cost as much as an oil change.
  180. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    We enjoy watching Mountain Men on the history channel. One episode had Eustis fixing up and selling a saw presumably made to cut firewood. It consisted of a 2' (+/-) dia. blade with no guards and a V-shaped trough on a hinge to hold the piece being cut. All I could think was what could...
  181. O

    New TV. Purchase and delivery, Who to buy from ??

    +1 on the Vizio. Mine's not quite that old, but it's probably close to 10 and still works just fine. 😮😲 A living room that's 40' long??!!? How big is your house anyway? Hard to picture living in a house that huge.
  182. O

    Going down the Apple Worm Hole

    Maybe what was originally planted got cut down, or came down in storms and these are what came back from the rootstock? I've noticed that too, but it doesn't always seem to affect all trees the same. While weather is likely a factor some if could also be just cycles those trees go thru. Spent...
  183. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    Does anyone REALLY want to return to those days? Yeah, I know we all crab about poorly thought out "safety" gadgetry, but I kinda like still having all my fingers. Way too many of those "real men" never saw their 50th birthday.
  184. O

    Ad Blocker

    I used to use Firefox, but in spite of my reservations Chrome won me over. Didn't want to like it, but just seemed to work better. Much like using Google as a search engine, it just works better than the alternatives.
  185. O

    Tell us something we don’t know.

    But hasn't it always been that way, or at least a combination of what & who? I'd say 80% of the jobs I've had were at least partially because I knew someone on the inside.
  186. O

    When the quick attach doesn't hold

    Me neither. I'd imagine the key is to make sure everything's properly seated & latched.
  187. O

    Going down the Apple Worm Hole

    That was my experience too. Put in a couple Macs and a couple Cortlands maybe 15 years ago, and it was a good 10 years before I got anything. Even now, they're not very prolific and the apples are a bit on the small side. OTOH, there are plenty of wild apple trees on my property and they seem...
  188. O

    Need a new(er) truck.... Maybe?

    No experience with Fiat Mopars, but my pre-Daimler Dakota has been a great truck.
  189. O

    Need a new(er) truck.... Maybe?

    Given the fact that you just put some money into the engine, and the body is solid if it were me I'd keep it, especially since you only use it when you need a truck. A 13 year old truck with 130k is just getting broken in, the dents just add character. Then again, if you've just gotten new(er)...
  190. O

    Snow

    I'm jealous of you west coast guys. Very little snow here this winter, many of the snowmobile trails either never opened or were only open for a few weeks with poor conditions. Think we only got one snowstorm worth mentioning, with nothing but 40°+ temperatures and rain in the 10 day forecast...
  191. O

    New TV. Purchase and delivery, Who to buy from ??

    I didn't know Crutchfield had stores, I thought they were online only. They do seem to have a good rep for customer service. I suppose much would have to do with the manufacturer's policies. Last time I bought a tv it was a Vizio from Walmart. No problems with it. Only a 32", no place to...
  192. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    My first wife had one, didn't think it was a bad car. Felt a lot more solid than the Japanese cars of the day. Actually the Bobcat was the Mercury version of the Pinto.
  193. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    Only ever had one car with a sunroof. Kind of liked it, between the extra light it let in and the ability to open it on cool sunny days when it was stuffy with the windows rolled up, but a little too cold with them down. Never had a problem with leaks. Too much sun isn't a "thing" here in...
  194. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    My best experience with a cheap-o car was in the early-mid 90s. Was on my way home from a short road trip to Maine, was a couple hundred miles from home and the car I had threw a rod (or something...it was clattering pretty bad). Limped it a couple miles to some sketchy-looking buy here pay...
  195. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    Didn't the seats in a Metropolitan fold down flat to make a bed? Maybe your mother just didn't want him to get any "ideas" too soon. :sneaky:
  196. O

    You Know You Are Old When

    For sure starters back then didn't last as long as they do today. The upside is that for the most part they were easy to get at and you could swap one out in 20 min. or so. If you even remember when you could get a semi-roadworthy vehicle for $100 you know you're old. :ROFLMAO:
  197. O

    Is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame a joke?

    I've got to hand it to heritage artists who collaborate with modern acts as opposed to just dismissing them. Tammy also sang on a rap song in the early 90s. I don't mind her voice. Reba...another story. Her songs are OK but listening to her talk is like fingernails on a chalkboard. But...
  198. O

    Everything Attachments poll

    Curiously, what were you guys looking for that you thought EA's prices were too high? When I bought my forks their prices were competitive, or lower than anyone else's...even the likely Chinese ones Tractor Supply carried.
  199. O

    Everything Attachments poll

    #1 for me. SSQA pallet forks. Ordered 3/20/23, shipped 4/14/23, picked up at Fedex terminal 4/19/23. Was quoted 8-10 week ship date. Don't remember what date my CC was charged, but I got the implement before I got that statement.
  200. O

    How hard is it to learn to use a rental mini-excavator?

    I would never ever allow a child or pet to ride on any sort of machinery, whether it be an excavator or a tractor. Yeah, I know many/most of us did when we were kids and made it OK, but all it takes is just that one time and I'd just as soon it not be on my watch. They're just too...
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