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    Unusually good meat quality lately?

    Krogier has had their usual advertised loss-leader specials in the midst of the current crisis. Couple of weeks ago they had pork dry butts for .99/lb so I found and bought a little five pounder and it was really delicious cooked slowly in the oven and left plenty of leftovers for stir fries and...
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    Hazardous duty pay: Anybody else getting it

    I get a premium of 10% for those days I need to report to the office. Not much, but at least a little something. How about everybody else?
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    Spending less these days?

    What with some days working from home as well as much less time out and about either together or separately, I find that we're spending less now than we typically have in the recent past. Less driving combined with dirt-cheap fuel, no meals/snacks while out, since we aren't out much as well as...
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    Do you try to book on widebodies?

    Wife and I are going to San Juan Thursday and will board a cruise from there Saturday. For price versus value as well as time in transit and arrival time, an A330 from PHL seemed like the best deal. CRJ 700 DAY>PHL then an A333 PHL>SJU. The same on return in reverse. The fare was quite...
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    Sometimes the weather Gods bless you

    Went to Portland last week to visit our younger son, who moved there in January. I looked at various flights and settled on DAY-ORD-PDX. The other option with realistic cost and time in transit would have involved connecting through DIA. We departed 11/26. Had we flown through DEN on 11/26, we...
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    2 years and 30K with the Forester

    I thought I'd share our experiences with this machine and maybe help folks to understand the car's appeal. As of the last fill-up at 30,660 the car had consumed 1044 gallons of fuel, for a lifetime average of 29.4 mpg with best and worst tank averages of 23.8 mpg and 32.9 mpg, with the worst...
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    A year and 20K with the Accord Hybrid

    I thought I'd offer some observations after four seasons and a decent number of miles with this car. <span style="font-weight: bold">Fuel Economy</span> The car used 238.3 gallons of fuel in its first 10,377 miles for an average of 43.6 mpg. From there to its last fill-up at 20,422, it used...
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    Mowing over a yellowjacket nest & being real lucky

    I should have bought a lottery ticket yesterday. I was out after work giving the grass a badly needed haircut. I had scoped things out beforehand and thought that everything was clear, which matters since I suffer anaphylactic shock when hit by yellowjackets. Typically, if you run the mower over...
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    Best build quality car is the Toyota Century?

    It's too hot out today to do anything useful, so I've been laying around doing a little light-weight reading, some of which involved an article in the August Motor Trend about the Toyota Century, a car that you like I have some vague knowledge of that's rarely seen outside of Japan. This is...
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    Saw a '53 Chevy this morning

    Not a terribly special car, but this was a really nice looking two door in a light blue with the roof painted an Old English White. An educated look down the sides as we approached the lights revealed less than perfect rust repair, but still a very nice driver. Just an older guy driving his...
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    I'm a fuel economy junkie

    Which is the reason that I bought a hybrid car. With the return of warmer weather and lower RVP fuel, I've had my last two tank averages exceed my personal Holy Grail of 50+ mpg. 665 miles on 13.1 gallons for the first and 661 miles on 12.4 gallons for the second. The best I'd ever see before...
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    Notre Dame survives!

    After the videos I saw last evening, I figured that all that would remain would be a pile of broken limestone. Today, we see most of the original structure standing proud The roof is gone, of course, since its wooden structure burned readily in the intense heat of a working structure fire...
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    Ford Transit 350 3.7 L impressions

    Picked up a new Transit 350 last week and did about a hundred miles highway in it. One advantage of being a lower level boss is that you can reserve the fun stuff for yourself. The 3.7 is like a performance engine in that it makes lots of power, which you can really feel, but it needs plenty of...
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    Six months and 10K with an Accord Hybrid

    Last week, the Accord hit 10K. I changed the FF with the MM remaining at 20%. 10K on the factory fill, or any other fill is probably plenty. The oil change was easy with no need to remove anything underneath to get at the filter and drain plug. The car went up my lower pair of Rhinos without...
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    Rav4 vs Forester

    Our newer Forester got hit in the rear about a month ago and is now undergoing repair. Didn't look that bad and wife drove it home as well as for another couple of weeks. I eyeballed it and told her four or five grand, which isn't much as collision repairs go and I was right since it came to a...
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    Chinese influence in our backyard

    We were on a cruise through the Caribbean last week and I was struck by the number of Chinese financed projects on these islands. Our country had better power up some diplomacy and some dollars unless we want to see China establish a permanent presence in our hemisphere. Unless we act, it's only...
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    Semantics vs Contract Law: UAW vs GM

    On Tuesday, the UAW filed suit in federal court to stop GM's planned closures of its Lordstown, Baltimore and Warren factories, contending that GM's use of the word "unallocated" for these facilities is no more than a fig leaf to avoid having to say that it was closing them, which would violate...
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    This weekend's Snow: The weather guys nail it!

    We got the predicted 6-7" of snow forecast for this area Saturday and overnight into Sunday morning. There have been many cases in the past couple of years when the forecast Snowmageddon turned out to be only a couple of inches after it was all over with. ODOT did their usual excellent job on...
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    How would not getting paid work for you?

    Many federal employees didn't get a paycheck this week due to the government shutdown. My wife and I could go a year or more without dipping into our retirement savings, but we've been empty nesters for nearly a decade and our house has been long since paid off. What if we were twenty or more...
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    Who has flown Spirit?

    We will be going to San Juan the middle of next month. Deals on flights seem non-existent unless you're willing to accept ridiculous times in transit with long layovers and absurd arrival times. With something more suited to our schedule preferences, Spirit ends up being hundreds of dollars...
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