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Discussion in 'Northeast' started by Toshi, Apr 20, 2002.

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  1. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Just make sure you keep telling yourself that when you're still working at age 60. :homer:
     

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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Per a few posts up I hope to drop back to part time around age 55. We shall see.
     
  3. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    That's kinda what I'm hoping for - a "soft" retirement where I get to do something reasonably enjoyable on a part-time basis... somewhere else. :D
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    On the topic of cars, which will definitely be a small obstacle to retiring early since I like 'em:



    I know I've posted about this before. Relevant bits from my perspective:

    - PHEV Wrangler
    - PHEV Renegade
    - BEV Jeep Grand Commander (what is this? maybe China-market only? signs point to yes)

    Harrumph. I would like a PHEV, and not a crappy Mitsubishi one, for cost savings if nothing else over Audi/Tesla/etc. Maybe the Tesla Model Y will arrive on time and be impressive.
     
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    6thElement Schrodinger's Immigrant

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    Wait until you see our new shed next time you head over.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Called Discount Tire and had them ship some Nokians to their store so that they're in stock by Black Friday. Those would be the latest and greatest Hakkapeliitta R3 SUV--no more R2s, in with the new hotness. These are for the Volvo. Minivan already has its Nokians from last winter in our still-crowded-for-now garage.

    Black Friday in turn will likely bring $100 off tires + $100 more off if using store card promotions, thus me laying the groundwork.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    New 12.9” iPad Pro, Pencil, and Keyboard Folio now in my paws. They are quite nice indeed. I’d post a pic but too large for RM.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Bridges may freeze before road. Shit's true, yo



    Not much drama evident in the video but note that I aimed to the right in case traction proved more iffy yet than on first braking. In retrospect I should have been more wary a few seconds earlier when the wet road transitioned to ice visibly.
     
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    Pesqueeb bicycle in airplane hangar

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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    What could go wrong?! Oh, everything?

    :D
     
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    Pesqueeb bicycle in airplane hangar

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    2020 Gladiator only available in 4 door, 5 foot bed. :mad:


    Die in a fire Chrysler.:rant:
     
  12. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    "Gladiator"? Plz tell me is joke?
     
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    Pesqueeb bicycle in airplane hangar

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    Everything old is new again!
     
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    It's a Jeep themed pick-up, of course it's a joke.
     
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    Pesqueeb bicycle in airplane hangar

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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Nick My name is Nick

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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    To be fair I didn't read the whole thing. Just looked at the pretty slider pictures and gleaned this quotable passage:

     
  19. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Good job getting out of BTC when you did, Doc! :D
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    I'll get back in if it drops to $3k again.
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Maybe I'll wait until it hits one dollah
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I might get in at a dollah. :p
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Discount Tire sold the Nokian R3 SUVs I'd ordered out from under me. It was a mistake they made on Wednesday: someone had ordered Hakka 8 (non-studded--didn't know they came this way!) in the exact same size as the Hakka R3 SUVs I'd ordered. When they came to get them mounted on Wednesday they pulled the wrong set so had none for me. (As a side note, this other customer coming in Wednesday instead of Thursday-Sunday cost 'em ~$100, but their loss. Maybe it was worth it to them to wait a bit less.)

    I had them put the Hakka 8s on instead (with the price difference + a goodwill gesture of $13/tire refunded) but immediately regretted this decision on the drive home. They are quite a bit louder than my memory of R2 SUVs on the RAV4 EV. Discount Tire does do returns and exchanges, thankfully: https://www.discounttire.com/customer-service/return-policy .

    Therefore I'm going to further my reputation as a picky consumer and have them swap these out for Hakka R3 SUVs as I'd originally ordered. As we've established in this thread road noise is something I care about…
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    I've got new X-Ice rubber for the van inbound to Costco. They were a hair over $100 each - which to those keeping track, is about the price of Schwalbe bike tires these days. :D
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Gettin' closer... :D
     
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    I assume that's just a few cameras being stitched together. Awe, no real xray vision :(

    Technology is cool, but damn its no wonder a lot of people are such shitty drivers these days. I watched a guy on Saturday attempt to backup his pickup trucks into a parking spot; trucks usually have pretty good sight lines and it wasn't a very tight spot. Regardless, dude took forever, partly due to the fact that is stopped, got out of his truck to wipe the rear view camera off and then proceeded to inch into the spot.....eyes focused on the center console.
     
  31. SkaredShtles

    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    Naw - they've always been "such shitty drivers" - the technology is not to blame...
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Our two vehicles have 360 surround view cameras, stitched from front, back, and under-mirror cameras. That's not new--our 2013 LEAF had it.

    What is new is that there's a camera under the front axle, apparently, allowing for a view between the wheels and under the front bumper. That's pretty sweet.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    2019 on image left. 2018 on image right, in need of a car wash and vacuum that it'll get tonight after my shift. Identical save for lack of the useless Open Dots wireless charging mat, a stupid dealer logo on the 2019 that I forgot to ask them to omit, and memory seats on the 2019. Guest appearance by Thing 3, tentatively named Aya.

    The 2018 will be sold tomorrow night. Buyer flying in from Arizona.
     
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    Those are nice minivans, they look smart on the road.

    Whats with the skid mark? Did someone leave the e-brake on or do a one wheel peelout? :busted:
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    The Land Cruiser used to lock up a back tire if I'd take it to the car wash then put it in the garage with the parking brake on, especially if I'd leave it that way for a day or five while bike commuting.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    The kids love the train I set up for them.

     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Where in the world did I put my 420 EX flash? Hmm.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    I dumped the minivan proceeds (ex what I need for the second half of paying for the yard upgrades) into my conventional Betterment account. Half into a 35% stock goal, half into 75% stocks. BTC will wait, and perhaps its slide will continue slowly yet, plus I'm gambling that yesterday's stock market slide was a temporary thing due to investor nerves.

    Buy low and hope it doesn't go lower... although that'd be fine due to tax loss harvesting anyway.
     
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    Toshi Harbinger of Doom

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    Not bad, weather gods
     
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    SkaredShtles I love NEWCASTLE and will ONLY drink NEWCASTLE!!!!

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    EVERY single one of those resorts that is reporting "powder" with 4" of new snow or less get a swift kick in the nuts. :mad:
     
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