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mtn
mtn MegaDork
12/29/17 9:27 a.m.

Well, last night sucked royally. 

SnowMongoose
SnowMongoose SuperDork
12/29/17 10:40 a.m.

Why is it so hard for older folks to understand that virtually everything online requesting anything even vaguely resembling personal information is a scam?   

Have told my mother three times now that unless Bill Gates personally arrives at her door, IT'S NOT MICROSOFT. 

onemanarmy
onemanarmy New Reader
12/29/17 12:55 p.m.

recently read this article..and its so off base

https://lifehacker.com/tailgating-officially-makes-traffic-worse-jerks-1821391848

if the person that is being tailgated didn't randomly tap their brake pedal, then the person doing the tailgating would not have to brake either.

So many times I get behind someone and they just randomly tap their brake pedal, for no apparent reason.  I don't get it. 

Traffic is bad due (but not limited) to:

texting/phone use, random brake tapping, going slow in the left lane, heavy trucks and construction equipment in the travel/passing lanes (or the middle lane of a 3 lane one-way road running through town), trucks that accelerate 10 times slower than the other 99% of vehicles around them (why are they not diesel/electric by now?  0-60, even loaded down, in half the time), stoplights that are timed incorrectly/not timed at all, people not keeping their car out of the travel lanes when attempting to turn from the turn lane, leaving HUGE gaps, slowing to stare at a wreck or police lights on the other side of the interstate, and just overall not aware that they aren't the only person on the road.

 

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
12/29/17 1:41 p.m.

I didn't read it is off base. Not every one taps their brakes to a tailgater, I ignore them and let them stew while staring at the big steel bumper on the back of my Disco, but if I have to slow for any reason, like the article says, they are going to have to hit the brakes hard to avoid said steel bumper and then the whole slowdown thing happens.

 

as for big trucks in the middle lane, if you have many on and off ramps onto the road, the middle lane is THE most safe place for them. It takes a lot of effort to slow and speed up as cars come off and on the highway and it can be nearly impossible to move out to the middle lane to allow somebody to merge if you are behind the wheel of a big rig.

 

As for timed lights. The towns of Long Port, Margate, Ventnor, and Atlantic City have their main drag timed for 25 mph. You can, in theory, sail through at 25 mph and not hit a single red light. When I drove that route everyday, I used to see the same people every-damn-day who would do the high speed stoplight grandprix and hit every cluster of lights while I just cruised on by. They never realized that by NOT doing 25 mph, they were actually going slower and wasting their time and fuel.

KyAllroad (Jeremy)
KyAllroad (Jeremy) PowerDork
12/29/17 3:08 p.m.

A finger apparently is not a viable replacement for a clutch alignment tool.

time for ANOTHER pilot bearing. 

dropstep
dropstep SuperDork
12/29/17 7:56 p.m.

The esc died in one of the 24th scale rc rock crawlers i got my kids for christmas. So far there introduction to hobby grade rc is worse then toy grade!

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
12/30/17 11:49 p.m.

it snowed today, not unusual considering it is winter. What was unusual was watching the guy behind me suddenly lose control on a mostly clear road, shoot across oncoming traffic to go head on into the guardrail then get spun back into the guardrail on our side. To be fair, I was doing 40 in a 50 because the car ahead of me was doing that speed and this ass came up on me a LOT faster than 50, hit the snow in the middle of the road that was left over from the plow and inertia and the laws of physics took over.

Made me late for work as I stuck around for the cops and ambulance.

 

Just remember folks, go slow in snow, better to arrive late than to be late

KyAllroad (Jeremy)
KyAllroad (Jeremy) PowerDork
1/1/18 6:30 p.m.

Samsung is to dryers what VW is to cars.  Seriously, this damned thing has eaten ANOTHER sensor!  And of course I only find out about it when the teenager comes up from the basement and says "your clothes aren't dry."

"Well, are they hot?"

"I dunno."

seriously, teenaged girls might be the most useless creatures on earth.

Investigate the dryer (I'm getting pretty good at it by now) one sensor has no continuity.  Quick and dirty repair is to slap a jumper wire across the dead sensor so I do that, put it back together......and it throws a code.  Quick Google fu tells me that while the jumper trick works fine for the thermostat sensors, it most assuredly DOES NOT work for the thermistor.

So I'm at the 24 hr laundromat drying two loads of clothes and just ordered another $27 worth of sensors from Amazon (Amazon is just amazing).  At least I'm the only one here who speaks English so that's fun.

SaltyDog
SaltyDog Reader
1/2/18 9:36 a.m.

1st day of work for 2018 after a 17 day vacation, 9 of said days spent in warm, sunny southwest Florida where the average temp was about 85F.

Today, -15F outside, 48F in the building my shop is in. This is a college hall, not a warehouse or a factory.

Seems a hot water pipe in the heating system broke last week, flooding several labs. The guys that had to handle that mess have the right to the Major Rant, so my minor rant is:

 It's freaking cold in here!!

dculberson
dculberson PowerDork
1/2/18 9:51 a.m.

In reply to SaltyDog :

And here I was going to complain that it's only 65 degrees or so in my office. Well, minor rant canceled.

Appleseed
Appleseed MegaDork
1/2/18 10:17 a.m.

I'm a surveyor. I'm doing a topo survey. It's -9.

SaltyDog
SaltyDog Reader
1/2/18 1:01 p.m.

4 hours later, the HVAC guy shows up to tell me what's wrong.

HVAC guy: "You're not getting any heat out of the system"

Me: "No kidding?"

HVAC guy: "I'll have to leave this for the 2nd shift guy. He worked on it last."

Meanwhile, the space heater has it up to a balmy 58F in my office.

 

dropstep
dropstep SuperDork
1/2/18 4:38 p.m.

Its so cold today the oil burning shop heat couldnt keep up. So we had a keroseen torpedo running. Not sure of the keroseen cologne or seeing my breath all morning was worse.

barefootskater
barefootskater Reader
1/2/18 4:55 p.m.

Ya'll should consider moving to southern UT. In the 15 years I've lived here I think it has snowed five times and all but once it was melted by the afternoon. Today? 58*f. Plus then there might be enough car guys in the area to support some sort of motorsport.

Minor rant: There is absolutely ZERO motorsports scene in southern UT. We had an indoor kart track for about six months. Gone for a few years now.

 

RevRico
RevRico UltraDork
1/2/18 6:55 p.m.

If you really are in such a hurry to get rid of all your savings buying a chunk of property you can't live on, build on, or store things at, just give the money to me. After I buy a proper vehicle, I'll invest the rest for you, and you'll earn money instead of buying a headache. 

dean1484
dean1484 MegaDork
1/2/18 9:14 p.m.

If you want to sell me a snow blower the works perfectly test it before I drive an hour and a half  each way to get it. 

Or at least qualify it by saying it ran perfect when I put it away last fall.  I should send him a bill for my time I took out of my work day. It would add up to more than he was asking for the snowblower. 

mad_machine
mad_machine MegaDork
1/2/18 10:47 p.m.

Following the celebrations for NYE, I was at work till 4am cleaning up and putting away all the setting up we did. My Supervisor was adamant that I take down all the Confetti cannons out of the ceiling so they would "not be in the way of brunch" later that day. That is 4 hours of OT this job took. Today, one of my co-workers came in and our supervisor was telling him what an easy day he was going to have as all he had to do was take down the confetti cannons out of the ceiling...

 

yes, we are confused too

WilD
WilD Dork
1/3/18 8:56 a.m.

Ya'll should consider moving to southern UT. In the 15 years I've lived here I think it has snowed five times and all but once it was melted by the afternoon. Today? 58*f. Plus then there might be enough car guys in the area to support some sort of motorsport.

Minor rant: There is absolutely ZERO motorsports scene in southern UT. We had an indoor kart track for about six months. Gone for a few years now.

Trust me, I am considering it.  Seriously.  If I wasn't at a point in my life where I need to work and make money I would already be there or Arizona.  My good job keeps me in the frozen north and I'm tired of the winter weather. 

My actual rant:  I can't keep my daily in the garage because other stuff is in the way and it is very cold and snowy outside.  :(

Ashyukun (Robert)
Ashyukun (Robert) UltraDork
1/3/18 12:42 p.m.

Lots, and lots of things I could rant about from the last 2 weeks. But the ones annoying me most right now...

1. Somehow in taking my work laptop & associated crap home over the holidays I'm unable to find my reading glasses. Half a day of staring at the screen and I can feel the eyestrain and oncoming headache. I probably need to get a new eye exam and see if I need an updated prescription anyway...

2. I'm working on incorporating comments made by someone above me who checked a report that I had gone through and checked previously (don't ask, welcome to bureaucracy). The higher-level reviewer appears to have only made comments on things that he found- and some of the make me want to bang my head into the monitor. The most perfect example of that so far: Comment made: "This should be 'of' and not 'or'". This LITERALLY took 20 times longer to type than simple changing the offending 'r' to an 'f'.... PLUS I now have to make the change AND make an additional comment noting that I have corrected the problem. The reviewer has also complained at several points where the formatting was slightly off and a label for an image or chart got bumped to the next page- when it took only a split second to either adjust an image size or delete an unnecessary blank line.

Also? There are more spelling mistakes in the reviewer's comments than in the report itself.

SWMBO and I spend much of New Years binge-watching The Office... she at one point asked me if working in an office was anything like what happened in the show and I said no. I appear to have been wrong... 

stanger_missle
stanger_missle Dork
1/3/18 2:57 p.m.

Got a text yesterday from the soon to be ex-SWMBO. She is demanding that I pay her 4 months back child support from when I was unemployed or she will not let me claim my son on my tax return.

First of all, we are not divorced or legally separated, there for, I am not under any legal obligation to pay court ordered child support. We have a verbal agreement where I pay $600/month to her to help out with the kids. Kinda hard to do when you're unemployed.

Second, how dare you use our children as financial bargaining chips. You have always held them hostage for money.

Thirdly, I make $10/hour. I could not find a decent job after I left the military and burned through my savings trying to stay afloat. I had to move back in with my folks because I cannot afford my own place. I'm drowning in debt.

Lastly, you'd probably have more money if you stopped squeezing out illegitimate kids.

You are a cancer on my life. I should of cut you out years ago, but stupidly, I let it fester. This stops NOW.

That text made me so berkeleying angry that I shut my phone off yesterday. I hardly slept last night because I was still pissed.

I'm so berkeleying done with this.

dculberson
dculberson PowerDork
1/3/18 3:48 p.m.

In reply to stanger_missle :

Sorry to hear about this that sucks and I know I don’t deal well with stress like that. Ugh. I do wonder though; will claiming them on your tax return help? You’re not making enough to pay much in the way of taxes. I guess the refundable credits would make a difference. I was just thinking maybe saying berkeley it you get nothing wouldn’t cost you much if anything. If you do your own taxes you might run both scenarios before responding to her text. I doubt leaving them off your taxes will cost you $2400 that’s for sure ($600x4). 

KyAllroad (Jeremy)
KyAllroad (Jeremy) PowerDork
1/3/18 3:59 p.m.

In reply to stanger_missle :  BTDT.

Take a breath man, it sucks and will continue to suck for a while.  As a vet and a divorced dad with years of experience at both I know where you're coming from.  Find someone to talk to about it cause this E36 M3 will hurt for a while.

Don't be part of the 22!

FWIW, the VA offers some decent counseling services.  I'd start there.  Both personal and assistance with job placement.  (Heck my next door neighbor just got a job with the VA itself and is doing well)

If you want to reach out to me I'm Armstrong390 at the yahhhooos.

 

NickD
NickD UltraDork
1/3/18 4:01 p.m.

Is it me? I feel like its me. Every time I try to organize a get-together with people in my life everyone bails on me.

Case in point: My friends have long been bemoaning the fact that, despite all living within a 15 mile radius, we never see each other. New Year's Eve starts coming up and I invite the whole gang over. Food and drinks on me even, and a planned trip to a killer diner for hungover breakfast. Instantly 1 friend cancels because he's working. Another just says "No". One says he might make it (Never does, then texts me 3 days later to apologize that he didn't make it.) One just never answered the fact and proceeded to message another saying he wasn't going to come but didn't tell me. And my last, and best, friend says that if no one else is going to be there, then he isn't going to come, plus he has to go pick up his worthless older brother. 

Now, me and two coworkers that I get along with really well were planning on doing a birthday visit to the local bar (mine is the 6th, their's is the 8th and 9th). Mentioned it today to one of them and they said "Oh, yeah, I can't make it." Waiting for the other shoe to drop now.

And people wonder why I have no self-confidence or self-worth. Everyone seems to let me down.

dropstep
dropstep SuperDork
1/3/18 6:20 p.m.

Working in my attic, friend accidentally broke one of the ancient windows. Boarded up the inside for now but not graceful enough to climb on frozen shingles to seal the outside. What a E36 M3ty day!

Wally
Wally MegaDork
1/3/18 6:22 p.m.

My dog desperately wants to play but I just walked in the door and need to leave to go back in four hours for another 12 hour day.  I’m sneaking off to bed while he eats.

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