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    Hurricane Ike

    I had the misfortune of flying through the remnants of Ike on a 50 seat commuter jet (CRJ) Sunday afternoon. The turbulence was absolutely unreal. The plane was getting tossed around like a leaf in the wind. We were supposed to be flying from Baltimore to Cincinnati, then to Detroit and were...
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    Downloading a file but it seems to be infected...

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">&nbsp;Originally Posted By: chevrofreak</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Avast! warns me that it's a trojan. Win32:Agent-ZZE [Trj] </div></div> Me too.
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    Ever get stuck with counterfeit money?

    I would strongly suggest you talk to a lawyer so you can find out exactly how the laws lay out the responsibility on your behalf. Federal law is pretty clear on passing counterfeits, but state laws will vary on whether or not the tenant is responsible to make up the payment. My parents...
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    "15 must-have" Firefox Add-ons

    That's a very useful link, TnS. I just downloaded 5 of the addons and was already using a sixth. I LOVE the idea for the Web Of Trust addon. Very cool, especially since I have to deal with network security to some extent and I sometimes wind up searching for ways to hack and crack stuff to...
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    36 year old sister passed away - possible drug OD

    It's really good to hear that you're gaining some good perspective on this. You certainly have my best wishes as you and your family continue to deal with this. My prayers for your father, too. Alcoholism is a tough nut to crack, given how prominent alcohol is in our culture, but it's...
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    I need one of these puppies in metal--not plastic!

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">&nbsp;Originally Posted By: eljefino</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I'm pretty sure I got a galvanized steel one of those from the plumbing section of home depot. Look near the 100 foot rolls of semi-flexi poly. </div></div> I second this...
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    Labor hour for wheel bearing?

    Assuming you're talking about an Ion, .6 hours per side, 1.1 hours for both (from the GM service manual)
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    This is probably the first of many. There are still a lot of white supremacist whackos that are probably already having heart attacks that the Democrats are trying to elect a black man. Sad, really.
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    Can't make this stuff up...

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">&nbsp;Originally Posted By: ToyotaNSaturn</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Sad part is, this made news. </div></div> In smaller cities, all kinds of stuff makes news that you'd never see in larger towns. Some friends of mine have emus...
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    Worst auto censor you've seen.

    I've always thought those were a joke. I'm actually surprised to hear companies still use those godforsaken things. IMHO the biggest problem is that the employer is treating their employees like schoolchildren who don't know enough to keep their noses clean and need protection from the ravages...
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    Where were you 5 years ago?

    Whitewolf's post reminded me that my wife and I ate a lot of steak those few days. Everything in the freezer that could be eaten got eaten. Having a grill and a gas stove was a godsend. Full finished basements are a wonderful thing during a summer blackout, too. Makes sleeping much nicer.
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    Where were you 5 years ago?

    Today is the 5'th anniversary of the big Great Lakes-area blackout. 50 million people were out of power for several days before they got the grid completely back up and running. I was at work when the place went dark. I was in charge of about 60 computer systems. We had about 20 minutes...
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    36 year old sister passed away - possible drug OD

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">&nbsp;Quote:</div><div class="ubbcode-body"> I am trying to decide if I want to say something at the funeral service, but don't know if I will be able to do so without breaking down. This may do more harm than good, as I don't want to make...
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    Burger King: how the Whopper got it's name

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">&nbsp;Originally Posted By: LTVibe</div><div class="ubbcode-body"><div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">&nbsp;Originally Posted By: Matt_S</div><div class="ubbcode-body">I just saw that last night. "Mr. Unstable" pretty...
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    Hyphenated Last Names

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">&nbsp;Originally Posted By: Benzadmiral</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Wanting to "have it all," no doubt. When a woman gets married in our culture, her last name changes to his. That's all there is to it. If a woman isn't traditional...
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    Burger King: how the Whopper got it's name

    I just saw that last night. "Mr. Unstable" pretty much sums it up IMHO. What an idiot. I'm glad those buffoons got fired.
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    36 year old sister passed away - possible drug OD

    That's a tragic loss. Sorry to hear of it. A coworker had a similar situation. His stepdaughter was 25 and died of an overdose/bad combination of drugs and alcohol. They knew very well that she had problems and in my humble opinion were confronting them in a very realistic way. The approach...
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    Hyphenated Last Names

    More often than not, the woman wants people to recognize her by her maiden name and at the same time take on her husband's name, too. Hyphenating is one way to do that.
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    Why Such Short Shorts in Girl's Volleyball?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">&nbsp;Originally Posted By: Shannow</div><div class="ubbcode-body">If you are talking Olympic Beach Volleyball, it's a requirement of the rules that there is to be no more than so many inches of fabric at certain points. </div></div> Now...
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    Civic del Sol, worth it?

    <div class="ubbcode-block"><div class="ubbcode-header">&nbsp;Originally Posted By: addyguy</div><div class="ubbcode-body">Honda's are reliable, but with that many 'issues', this one had better be cheap to even consider it..... </div></div> Exactly. Really, REALLY cheap. I'd skip it.