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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    wow that Emma thread - now who is that again, whose sock puppet?
    Do you really think we could make that stuff up? Emma is all Emma.
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    Quote Originally posted by Tide View post
    Found out our non primary vehicle (2006 Beetle) needs an AC Compressor. OEM part is $490 as quoted by a german auto service guy in town. Is it kosher to buy the compressor myself and bring it to him and ask him to install that one or am I breaking an unwritten auto service rule? I think I can get the whole kit on ebay for 240 plus shipping vs. 600 from the service guy's suppliers. Thoughts?
    I know many mechanics won't even do it since they can't guarantee their work when a part comes from an untrusted source. I'm sure you could call around and find someone who'd do it but personally I'd rather pay more and have the work guaranteed if possible.

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    Quote Originally posted by Tide View post
    Found out our non primary vehicle (2006 Beetle) needs an AC Compressor. OEM part is $490 as quoted by a german auto service guy in town. Is it kosher to buy the compressor myself and bring it to him and ask him to install that one or am I breaking an unwritten auto service rule? I think I can get the whole kit on ebay for 240 plus shipping vs. 600 from the service guy's suppliers. Thoughts?
    I would provide the mechanic the opportunity to buy that part from your source. If he says no, then have him do it his way even though it is more expensive. I think taking him the part to install does violate an unwritten rule, but offering up a source that could save him money is different. Regardless, you want him to purchase & install so that the work is guaranteed.

    "Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

    - Herman Göring at the Nuremburg trials (thoughts on democracy)

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    Quote Originally posted by Tide View post
    Found out our non primary vehicle (2006 Beetle) needs an AC Compressor. OEM part is $490 as quoted by a german auto service guy in town. Is it kosher to buy the compressor myself and bring it to him and ask him to install that one or am I breaking an unwritten auto service rule? I think I can get the whole kit on ebay for 240 plus shipping vs. 600 from the service guy's suppliers. Thoughts?
    My present and former mechanics both let me buy my own parts, but I only used local suppliers. A former mechanic told me that there's 100% mark up when a mechanic buys parts.

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    Quote Originally posted by luckless pedestrian View post
    wow that Emma thread - now who is that again, whose sock puppet?
    Quote Originally posted by giff57 View post
    Do you really think we could make that stuff up? Emma is all Emma.
    The sad part is, her presence is so short lived that we can't set an over/under post number and start a poll.
    I think that one of the great signs of security is the ability to just walk away.

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    I am honestly intrigued by this thing called hair tonic.
    Children in the back seat can cause accidents - and vice versa.

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    Quote Originally posted by imaplanner View post
    I am honestly intrigued by this thing called hair tonic.
    that's the Mad Men name for it but now it's called "product"

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    Why don't you say something righteous and hopeful for a change?
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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post
    I used to like that comic; what was it?

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    Quote Originally posted by JNA View post

    Si es verdad.
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    Why do otherwise seemingly intelligent individuals not wear their seat belts?
    "Where free unions and collective bargaining are forbidden, freedom is lost." - 1980 Republican presidential candidate Ronald Reagan

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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    Why do otherwise seemingly intelligent individuals not wear their seat belts?
    I don't know. A buddy of mine (reasonably intelligent, not a moron) believes that seatbelts do more harm than good, and he recalls a supposed accident where "he's lucky he wasn't wearing a seatbelt or he would've died".

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    Quote Originally posted by WSU MUP Student View post
    Why do otherwise seemingly intelligent individuals not wear their seat belts?
    The same reason they drive motorcycles and don't wear helmets. They like to risk their lives for no reason.
    A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. -Douglas Adams

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    Quote Originally posted by hilldweller View post
    ...and he recalls a supposed accident where "he's lucky he wasn't wearing a seatbelt or he would've died".
    Why does everyone have this same tired excuse? Buy your friends a 10 dollar seat belt cutter and window smasher then.
    I can tell you the stats but that doesn't change anyone's mind. You are 100% more likely to die in a crash if you are not wearing your belt. 40,000 people die each year in car accidents and not wearing a seat belt is the leading cause of death for people under the age of 35.

    I know JNA will agree with me, as a firefighter I've seen fatalities from not wearing your belt, and a few when they have, but I've never seen a survivor from someone ejected.
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    Quote Originally posted by Tide View post
    I know JNA will agree with me, as a firefighter I've seen fatalities from not wearing your belt, and a few when they have, but I've never seen a survivor from someone ejected.
    Indeed, the difference made with a shoulder strap.
    24 yrs later I still remember responding to a rollover ejecting 4 people .
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    Broke parts take a little longer, though.
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    Well the BF is off to law school orientation today...he is allowed to practice any kind of law he wants when he finishes, except land use law
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    Quote Originally posted by beach_bum View post
    Well the BF is off to law school orientation today...he is allowed to practice any kind of law he wants when he finishes, except land use law
    Is that so he doesn't nick-pick your zoning code? Or so he doesn't lead a class action lawsuit against your fair community?
    A common mistake people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools. -Douglas Adams

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    We need to find a way to get emma & u19 to hook up. They would make a great one-trick pony couple shopping at Macys together.
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    Quote Originally posted by Hink View post
    Is that so he doesn't nick-pick your zoning code? Or so he doesn't lead a class action lawsuit against your fair community?
    I just know many of the local land use attorneys...it's too familiar. Also, I am the expert on land use law in our house and I will not be challenged!
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    I think I need to buy a tent. I don't need a tent but it is one of those items that I feel I should own, just in case I get the urge to go camping.

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    I think I need to buy a tea cozy. We have absolutely nothing in the way of tea pot covers. I don't need a tea cozy, but I'd like little old ladies to feel at home in the event we should ever decide to host a crochet circle or a quilting.
    People will miss that it once meant something to be Southern or Midwestern. It doesn't mean much now, except for the climate. The question, “Where are you from?” doesn't lead to anything odd or interesting. They live somewhere near a Gap store, and what else do you need to know? - Garrison Keillor

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    Quote Originally posted by Maister View post
    I think I need to buy a tea cozy. We have absolutely nothing in the way of tea pot covers. I don't need a tea cozy, but I'd like little old ladies to feel at home in the event we should ever decide to host a crochet circle or a quilting.
    Every house should have at least one tea cozy. How the heck do you make a decent cup of tea without one?

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    Quote Originally posted by dandy_warhol View post
    I think I need to buy a tent. I don't need a tent but it is one of those items that I feel I should own, just in case I get the urge to go camping.
    Should you decide to get a tent, spending a little more up front can save you frustration later on. I am not saying break the bank. I am saying don't go cheap.

    And keep in mind what you might use it for and where. Way out here, for example, they call the wind Maria and she is a force to be reckoned with. Two o'clock in the morning with a storm blasting is not an opportune time to make repairs on a broken tent pole.

    And if they say it is a 4-man tent, keep in mind it is a two or three person tent, once you get yourselves and your stuff inside and still want a little room to move around. But don't go too big either. Most campsites cannot accomodate a tent that has a dimension that is more than 12-14 feet.

    And one more thing, that tent you buy was rolled up by a machine in the factory. It is unlikely you will ever get the tent, the poles/stakes bag and rain fly back in that tent bag.
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    Quote Originally posted by otterpop View post
    And one more thing, that tent you buy was rolled up by a machine in the factory. It is unlikely you will ever get the tent, the poles/stakes bag and rain fly back in that tent bag.
    You mean they don't just sew the tent bag around the tent and accessories?
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