Discussion in 'Tilted Gear' started by cis689, Feb 5, 2013.
I'd rather bolt it to her head.
I like my husband's so much that I got one of my own. It'll be here tonight We had to send his back after it froze; it's getting repaired. He's a little bummed that it happened right before our vacation, as he's rarely without it, but I promised he could borrow mine if he was nice to me.
For Kindle users, BookBub is a great way to get a daily email of discounted and free e-books based on genres that you pre-select.
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I know there are many sites like this. I'd be interested in hearing about other good ones.
BookBub fan here, had stopped going as I have so many books on Kindle app to read it was silly to add more. Really great service though!
Same scenario here. I read more than 30 titles in six months, then life started interfering with my pleasure reading. Probably have more than 15 unread/partially read stored. Book Bub can become an addiction!
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I've had mixed results with a few services. A couple are genre specific.
Early Bird Books
I have a problem.... but it ain't books!
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Oh neat suggestions thank you for sharing @grumpyolddude !
I am also on the email lists of a few sci-fi authors. They send teasers and cheap (sometimes free) deals on downloads of new releases.
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This seems to have followed me home, today.
2017 GMC Canyon TDI Offroad
I've been looking at GMC and Chevys for 2 years now, could never find one that I liked. Took my IBM supplier discount down to the dealer to look into ordering a 2018. While I'm indifferent to black, it has the options that I wanted. Used my discount, got an initial price I could live with, then told them I wanted $2500 more for my Tacoma.
I expected an FU and possibly a counter offer, I came home with a truck, instead.
Gonna' look good after an off road mud ride !!
As the driver of an ordinary Honda Accord sedan, I wish that this kind of vehicle would just STAY off road, instead of clogging the roads. I can't see over, around, their headlights are about at my eye level.
Pfft, the picture makes it look larger than it is.
It's slightly lower and smaller than my Tacoma and tiny compared to an F250 or such. In this case, "offroad" is a package that includes a heavier suspension, skid plates, and a slob friendly interior. It is not lifted. I need to haul a trailer and a Newfoundland. Molly would flip me the paw if I tried to get her into an Accord.
I'd like to apologize to @Stan for raining on his parade by throwing out my anti-truck rant. This was not the right place for me to unload on trucks. Sorry, @Stan.
As part of being back in the states for a few months I'm making the best of my access to amazon and my mailbox. Had my first two shaves with this freshly rehoned beauty and a new strop. It's a Wade and Butcher Special from the early 1900s and now that it's had the edge professionally redone it's a joy to shave with.
I also picked up a fleece baselayer to replace the one I lost. It's still a patagonia R1 but this one's charcoal grey and a size small instead of medium, which works better for me since the medium's sleeves were annoyingly long. It rides up a little more than the medium when I reach overhead but otherwise the fit's much better. I also got an R3 midlayer to go with it, sadly not in black. Between these two and the nanoair puffy I've already got I'll be much better prepared for Jerusalem winters. I broke with my normal tradition of hoodless jackets and got the R3 hoodie since I figured if it's so cold I'm breaking out multiple fleece layers I'll need more than just my please-don't-shoot-me black balaclava. Both of these layer great and have almost perfect mobility, and they're ridiculously soft and comfortable. The gridded design makes for great breathability too.
And part of my $200 sock order. Darn Tough socks are freaking outstanding and the only socks I've ever worn that don't seem to wear out inside of a year. Everything else I wind up putting holes in or just turning to threadbare sandpaper in only a year. These things can stand a year of weekly hard use, including a 100km hike, and they're still soft and fuzzy like warm boobs on your feet.
And finally one of my sephardic siddurim and the water-temperature-shock resistant tefillin kit I picked up in meah shearim. The siddur's a little wacky even compared to other sephardic siddurs but I like the linear layout and hebrew font they used. The case is from Tefillin Beit El and not the Art Judaica knockoff which isn't waterproof or temperature resistant at all. Originally these were designed for dati leumi soldiers to protect their tefillin from flash floods and heat damage when out in tiz al-nabi, it's basically a giant mild thermos. The cases are also new and hold onto the tefillin by the base instead of the boxy part, which is important for halahkic reasons. It's clunky but a bonus overall compared to worrying about your tefillin.
Not necessary, lifted trucks and loud motorcycles are both annoying and worthy of criticism, though I'd argue that distracted drivers on cellphones are worse.
I'm a bit surprised with the degree of criticism and second guessing that I've gotten with this purchase. I've got a degree in mechanical engineering, debating the value of a small truck with a turbo diesel is right up my alley, and I've been over-analyzing this for 2 years.
Most folks feel I ought to have gone with a bigger truck; but parking in Boulder is painful with something the size of a Tacoma, and this stretched my budget adequately. I'm also expecting 28mpg which looks pretty good as I approach retirement. This ought to excel at pulling my trailer at altitude (gotta break it in before I can try that). I simply do not want a full size truck, I want the smallest vehicle that will pull my trailer, accommodate Molly and my grandkids, and get my butt home when the weather turns to crap.
My wife is miffed that I bought a black 2017, rather than a pretty blue 2018. Ummm, while I prefer blue and 2018, it isn't a $5000 preference. No mechanical difference between 2017 & 2018 and I intend to drive this vehicle into the ground so resale value is irrelevant. I intended to order a 2018, this was just too close to what I wanted for a lot less money.
I am not a huge fan of pickup trucks in general, but I definitely see the value in your situation. The huge parking lot queens that are all about image and intimidation are a pain in the ass. And the midsize trucks have been seriously underrepresented in the marketplace. What you got is a nice utilitarian vehicle. I have been up in the mountainous area that you live. You probably have a road grader once or twice a year to level out the ruts and spray a layer of oil to keep down the dust. And snow is measured in feet where you live. That turbo diesel is a great engine I'm sure and the fuel economy is legit. I think you got a vehicle that fits your needs. Not my needs or wants. I want a high performance station wagon with a turbo, awd, seats five and still has room in the hatch. I drive on roads that are recently plowed. You probably don't see a plow by your house. I have driven up to gold hill, left hand canyon, Rollins pass, etc... You need a truck. If I lived up there I'd probably have a truck.
"sane" sized trucks are perfectly useful utilitarian vehicles that get shit done. F250s and co and basically like civilian hummers, they're cars for conspicuous consumption by rich suburbanites who want a status symbol. Anyone that actually needs a working vehicle that size is probably not buying from an ordinary consumer lot. Stan's choice of truck makes perfect sense for where he lives just like getting a tiny 4 cylinder boringmobile with a turning radius tighter than a satmar's stockings makes sense for where I live.
There are plenty of people who make working use of an F250 or comparable models, and are best off in that type of truck. My brother tows a 5-7000# trailer for work (owns his own small business) several hundred miles per week. He also just ordered a bigger/heavier trailer to better accommodate his needs, so it'll be more like 7000-8000# going forward. While some F150s could technically tow that much, doing so up and down the hills of Western PA would wear out the engine, transmission, and suspension fast. One of my best friends regularly (as in multiple times per week) tows skid steers and mini-excavators to his jobs, some of which are beyond a half-ton's capacity to tow. At least three or four other buddies of mine own small business (concrete, landscaping, etc.) that require towing of a similar fashion. None of those people need anything not sold at an "ordinary consumer" lot. A 3/4 ton or 1 ton pick-up, sometimes with a diesel engine, is exactly the right tool for that job. Somethign more commercial would be massive overkill, an unnecessary expense, and a huge handicap any time they aren't towing. Sure, many people buy those trucks for status, or because they tow a 6000# boat half a dozen times a year and think it'd be cooler to do so with a "tow rig", or whatever. But there is also definitely a market that uses those trucks for their intended purpose.
@Stan's pick seems perfect for his situation. Another buddy of mine has a Colorado (the Chevy version of the Canyon) and loves it so far. Hopefully Stan's experience is similar.
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