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Random Thoughts Deserving No Thread of Their Own 2019

dandy_warhol

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I think the Outer Banks are more scenic but, save for a few tiny spots like Oracoke or Manteo, it's rather limited in terms of things to do other than enjoying the beach. With kids, I'd rather go to Hilton Head as there's a bit more civilization and opportunities to keep the kids entertained. Plus, you can easily take a day trip into Savannah or Charleston. Hilton Head is also a couple hours from Conagree National Park - it's a smaller park but has some very cool, eerie trails and one of the largest concentration of "champion trees" (very old or very tall trees) in the world.

Back in NC, there are a few communities further south from the Outer Banks that I always find more appealing: Carolina Beach, Wrightsville Beach, Topsail Island and Surf City are all near Wilmington and have fantastic beaches. Surf City and Topsail are the quieter of those choices.
Thanks!
 

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I need to know how to solve a problem so I can write an effective RFP, so that we can hire an expert who knows how to solve this problem that we don't know how to solve yet, which is why we are hiring an expert to help us solve it.
Believe it or not, this is not the first time I've heard this sentiment expressed.
 

AG74683

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Finally getting the headliner replaced on the Jeep this week. That just didn't seem like a job I wanted to do myself. It doesn't seem difficult or anything, just fiddly and super annoying.
 

WSU MUP Student

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Finally getting the headliner replaced on the Jeep this week. That just didn't seem like a job I wanted to do myself. It doesn't seem difficult or anything, just fiddly and super annoying.
I tried that once on an old Grand Wagoneer I had with a saggy headliner. The materials were relatively cheap and it seemed pretty straightforward. 36 hours of struggling later, I was done and it looked like complete trash. I ended up taking it to a professional ad shelled out about $150 (IIRC... it was nearly 20 years ago). I dropped the Jeep off on my lunch hour and picked it up after work and it looked like it was brand new. Some things are best left to professionals.
 

AG74683

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I tried that once on an old Grand Wagoneer I had with a saggy headliner. The materials were relatively cheap and it seemed pretty straightforward. 36 hours of struggling later, I was done and it looked like complete trash. I ended up taking it to a professional ad shelled out about $150 (IIRC... it was nearly 20 years ago). I dropped the Jeep off on my lunch hour and picked it up after work and it looked like it was brand new. Some things are best left to professionals.
My quote was $180. It'll probably be more because they will need to redo a visor too. The visor has been torn since I bought it.

I need to do a complete fluid swap soon (everything, diffs, transmission, oil, all of it). I think next I'll look at swapping the exhaust out. It's rusty and starting to fall apart. I think that might be another expert task though.

I will be on vacation all next week. I don't want to do any work today.
 
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RandomPlanner

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My quote was $180. It'll probably be more because they will need to redo a visor too. The visor has been torn since I bought it.

I need to do a complete fluid swap soon (everything, diffs, transmission, oil, all of it). I think next I'll look at swapping the exhaust out. It's rusty and starting to fall apart. I think that might be another expert task though.

I will be on vacation all next week. I don't want to do any work today.
Tried to install the new exhaust manifold on the new engine last night and it doesn't fit. We're SO CLOSE to the end of this build, it's super annoying to get stopped so abruptly -- especially when you'd think a brand new engine would have something, somewhere online, that says "use this exhaust manifold because this one won't work". Grrrr!

So yes, WSU MUP Student, some things may be best left to the professionals...
 

Salmissra

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Driving in to work today. In the rain. Temp in the 40s. Windy.

The Tire Pressure light came on.

I might have ignored it until on my way home (when it's not supposed to be raining), but today, I have an offsite presentation. I'll have a long drive there and then home.

So I stopped at trusty 7-11, paid the machine, and put air in all 4 tires. The machine beeps when the pressure reaches the set psi, so I know all 4 tires were filled to that number.

The damn light is still on. Got to work, pulled out the manual, and looked up how to reset the indicator.

It says that after tires are inflated properly, the light will turn off after 2 minutes of driving. Well, 5 minutes later it was still on.

I hope it turns off soon. I hate seeing it, and it makes me nervous.
 

Hink

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I was supposed to drive my wife's car to work today to get the oil changed. I didn't. Which means it won't get changed until next week. So yea. Random.
 

Doohickie

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Driving in to work today. In the rain. Temp in the 40s. Windy.

The Tire Pressure light came on.

I might have ignored it until on my way home (when it's not supposed to be raining), but today, I have an offsite presentation. I'll have a long drive there and then home.

So I stopped at trusty 7-11, paid the machine, and put air in all 4 tires. The machine beeps when the pressure reaches the set psi, so I know all 4 tires were filled to that number.

The damn light is still on. Got to work, pulled out the manual, and looked up how to reset the indicator.

It says that after tires are inflated properly, the light will turn off after 2 minutes of driving. Well, 5 minutes later it was still on.

I hope it turns off soon. I hate seeing it, and it makes me nervous.
My Tire Pressure light comes on when it gets cold and wet, so naturally it came on today. It's not saying any one tire is low, it says System Unavailable. I have an extended warranty that expires in January (I believe), so I need to get it over to the dealer before then.... while the light is still on. I tried once last year and it went off after driving for a while. It's kind of frustrating.

I need to know how to solve a problem so I can write an effective RFP, so that we can hire an expert who knows how to solve this problem that we don't know how to solve yet, which is why we are hiring an expert to help us solve it.
Believe it or not, this is not the first time I've heard this sentiment expressed.
I've actually solved many problems in exactly that fashion. In breaking the problem down to spell it out to the "expert" I figure out how to solve it myself. I used to work in a test group and the engineering group liked my problem reports because along with the description of the problem, I often provided the solution.

Finally getting the headliner replaced on the Jeep this week. That just didn't seem like a job I wanted to do myself. It doesn't seem difficult or anything, just fiddly and super annoying.
I did that once and it came out fine. Having said that, I wouldn't do it again.
 

RandomPlanner

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Driving in to work today. In the rain. Temp in the 40s. Windy.

The Tire Pressure light came on.

I might have ignored it until on my way home (when it's not supposed to be raining), but today, I have an offsite presentation. I'll have a long drive there and then home.

So I stopped at trusty 7-11, paid the machine, and put air in all 4 tires. The machine beeps when the pressure reaches the set psi, so I know all 4 tires were filled to that number.

The damn light is still on. Got to work, pulled out the manual, and looked up how to reset the indicator.

It says that after tires are inflated properly, the light will turn off after 2 minutes of driving. Well, 5 minutes later it was still on.

I hope it turns off soon. I hate seeing it, and it makes me nervous.
I agree that it could be due to the cold although mine doesn't get impacted by cold until it's typically in the 30s.

The other issue may be your trust in the machine at 7-11. Since each individual car/ tire varies in psi requirements, I'm not sure how the machine would know what the psi should be for your exact vehicle and thus, when to beep to let you know it's at the correct pressure. If the problem persists, I'd recommend buying one of those $2 tire pressure gauge and consulting either your book or inside your door jam to know what the pressure should be for your vehicle. (Another assumption is that the tire sizes on your vehicle are what is recommended by the manufacturer; if you've increased your wheel size, the door jam info will not be accurate.)

My husband put tire gauges in everyone's stocking when the kids got old enough to drive and I literally use mine once a week. Slow leak that slows me down every freaking Monday morning! (Yes, yes, I should be smarter and just check them every Sunday.)
 

Maister

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Concerning the Outer Banks, here's our cold reality slap in the face of the day: these sand bars will cease to exist over the next couple decades as global warming continues to melt polar ice and raise ocean levels.
 

Gedunker

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It never rains around here
It just comes pouring down

So after replacing the furnace and a/c in September, I had to replace the water heater yesterday. (At least now I no longer need to worry about my water heater becoming a missle.)

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Hand specialist thinks I'll need surgery to correct my Dupuytren's contracture. Just not in the immediate future. So I got that going for me. ;)
 

kms

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First world problem. I have dinner plans twice tonight.

I made plans for early dinner with a former coworker. Then I accepted an invitation to listen to a friends band at a restaurant later tonight.

I figured I could skip lunch, but I’m feeling pretty hungry right now. I guess I’ll have one lunch and two light dinners today.
 

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My job interview for the formal civil service appointment...

Boss: Do you want the job.
Me: Yes.
Boss: I'm so relieved. You're hired.
Me: Better late than never! (I started in Feb 2018)
 

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My job interview for the formal civil service appointment...

Boss: Do you want the job.
Me: Yes.
Boss: I'm so relieved. You're hired.
Me: Better late than never! (I started in Feb 2018)
The correct response should have been: "I'm uncertain. Could I have another 20 months to think it over?"
 

dw914er

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I need to know how to solve a problem so I can write an effective RFP, so that we can hire an expert who knows how to solve this problem that we don't know how to solve yet, which is why we are hiring an expert to help us solve it.
Not sure what the problem is, but we recently did a phased RFP approach. First step of the project is to find the solution to the issue and create a scope of work to do so, and the second step is then to implement. We know of a few different solutions, but really needed the consensus building to occur in order to figure out what solution will be most politically palatable.
 

kjel

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The correct response should have been: "I'm uncertain. Could I have another 20 months to think it over?"
HAHAHAHA. I had to take the Supervisory Battery Test civil service exam a few months ago. My score was an 84.5 which was 10 points higher than my coworker who also had to take it. There was another person that took the exam who works at the courthouse. He is a veteran and scored lower than both of us but due to veteran's preferences he gets ranked #1 on the certification list. He requested the interview and so my boss was like "why do you want this title?" He says "I want more money." She says "The position currently pays $XX,XXX." He says, "That's less than I make now, I withdraw!".
 

TOFB

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Serious question - why do we all of a sudden have 5 automatic car washes planned or under construction in my city of just over 100K. $ laundering?
 

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Serious question - why do we all of a sudden have 5 automatic car washes planned or under construction in my city of just over 100K. $ laundering?
Good question. There's a similar phenomenon in the "town next door", where folks just can't stop building self storage facilities. Because the community has no design regulations, they look awful -- basic metal buildings, gravel driving surfaces, and chain link fencing.
 

AG74683

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Serious question - why do we all of a sudden have 5 automatic car washes planned or under construction in my city of just over 100K. $ laundering?
Like the commercial storage facilities, these are simple money makers basically. Nothing to them, and if you already own the land, it's pretty cheap to build and maintain. Water is about the only major recurring expense. It's basically a set it and forget it thing. The self serve car washes are even easier. Automatic car washes run around 40-45k, self serve is way cheaper, around 17k.
 

DVD

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Gotta love self serve car washes, because pulling out the hose is too hard. At least the automatic ones do the washing for me.
 

Salmissra

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I agree that it could be due to the cold although mine doesn't get impacted by cold until it's typically in the 30s.

The other issue may be your trust in the machine at 7-11. Since each individual car/ tire varies in psi requirements, I'm not sure how the machine would know what the psi should be for your exact vehicle and thus, when to beep to let you know it's at the correct pressure. If the problem persists, I'd recommend buying one of those $2 tire pressure gauge and consulting either your book or inside your door jam to know what the pressure should be for your vehicle. (Another assumption is that the tire sizes on your vehicle are what is recommended by the manufacturer; if you've increased your wheel size, the door jam info will not be accurate.)

My husband put tire gauges in everyone's stocking when the kids got old enough to drive and I literally use mine once a week. Slow leak that slows me down every freaking Monday morning! (Yes, yes, I should be smarter and just check them every Sunday.)
The machine makes you verify the psi that your tires want. The default is 32. It's easy to find the correct amount (which for me, coincidentally, is 32) and go from there.

Hubby did get the light to go out after he filled them up for me for my birthday (he also had the car professionally cleaned, inside and out). Now he says he can't remember how. Hmmm . . . maybe I'll get new tires and see how that change in our budget affects his memory.
 

dw914er

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Serious question - why do we all of a sudden have 5 automatic car washes planned or under construction in my city of just over 100K. $ laundering?
Easy money. We have a few "express" self-serve carwashes as various stages of the development process, and I am also getting alot of applications and interest for gas stations (convenient stores) too.
 

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Does anyone have any chocolate? I could really use some right now.
I sent a virtual gold star to one of my developers today. He responded with a sincere thank you because it's been a week for him.
 

terraplnr

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Giving planning career advice to students makes me feel both old and young at the same time. I remember doing the same thing at their age, and feeling like the folks I got advice from were soooo much older than me. . . but now I don't feel that much older than them (mentally :roflmao:). . .
 

TOFB

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Easy money. We have a few "express" self-serve carwashes as various stages of the development process, and I am also getting alot of applications and interest for gas stations (convenient stores) too.
But these things are permitting for a 800K or more. That is a lot of 7 dollar car washes
 

dw914er

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But these things are permitting for a 800K or more. That is a lot of 7 dollar car washes
The initial development cost is high, but the operational overhead is minimal since there is only 2-3 staff at a time, and those facilities can pass through a lot of cars in a short period. That said, I imagine that the value proposition for those speculative operators isn't accounting for the saturation that is happening. But I have also been told that most of the full service carwashes will be closing over the next few years since the labor costs is too high, so it may be just replacing the market. In either case, I think the level of interest and growth for those businesses is ridiculous.

I've noticed a big uptick in carwashes, gas stations, hotels, and Raising Cane's being constructed in southern California.
 

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The initial development cost is high, but the operational overhead is minimal since there is only 2-3 staff at a time, and those facilities can pass through a lot of cars in a short period. That said, I imagine that the value proposition for those speculative operators isn't accounting for the saturation that is happening. But I have also been told that most of the full service carwashes will be closing over the next few years since the labor costs is too high, so it may be just replacing the market. In either case, I think the level of interest and growth for those businesses is ridiculous.

I've noticed a big uptick in carwashes, gas stations, hotels, and Raising Cane's being constructed in southern California.
Apropos of...something....I don't wash my car(s) wit any real regularly.

There's rain for general rinsing and, being in Ohio, the snow provides scrubbing action.
 

JNA

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Attended my state chapter fall conference earning CM carry over credits.
 

JNA

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In your fair community is it
Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day ?
and is it a holiday ?
 

michaelskis

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I need to know how to solve a problem so I can write an effective RFP, so that we can hire an expert who knows how to solve this problem that we don't know how to solve yet, which is why we are hiring an expert to help us solve it.
I am 100% in that boat right now.


On a different note, I am vehicle shopping again and it is a bit overwhelming. The vehicle that I will likely get is a brand that I would have never considered. But we test drove it and it was awesome and had 90% of what I wanted. The other 10% was bells and whistles. There is another one that is a little less expensive, with less miles, 2 years older, less advanced transmission, but has all the bells and whistles that the other is lacking, pending the confirmation of one feature that I really want. Downfall is dealer is 90 minute drive.
 

kms

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I am 100% in that boat right now.


On a different note, I am vehicle shopping again and it is a bit overwhelming. The vehicle that I will likely get is a brand that I would have never considered. But we test drove it and it was awesome and had 90% of what I wanted. The other 10% was bells and whistles. There is another one that is a little less expensive, with less miles, 2 years older, less advanced transmission, but has all the bells and whistles that the other is lacking, pending the confirmation of one feature that I really want. Downfall is dealer is 90 minute drive.
I bought my Suburban because, at the time, the oldest cars on the road were Suburbans. This time around, the oldest on the road are Foresters, so that’s what I bought. I’m very pleased with it.
 

kms

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In your fair community is it
Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples Day ?
and is it a holiday ?
It’s Columbus Day here, and it’s a work holiday. I’m working today so I can be off on Friday.
 

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So who all is working during Indigenous People Day? We are.
 

WSU MUP Student

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Today is no holiday for us here. I wouldn't be surprised if the new county executive (who is our first Dem in the position ever) sends around a press release mentioning something about it being Indigenous People Day.

If I don't get the day off, I'm just going to keep calling it "Monday".
 

JNA

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we get the friday after Thanksgiving off in lieu of today.
Schools are off for fall break.
Libraries closed for staff training.

Is anyone RJing ?
 
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