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Around here Walgreens carries Dr. Scholl insoles for men and women.

 

I use them in all my shoes and they make them so much comfier.  Shoes that were comfortable became marshmallows, shoes that were not so great became comfortable, and shoes that were impossible became tolerable briefly.

 

I have wide feet but not especially big ones, just enough to never tempt me with most pretty women's shoes because I know they will never fit my width unless I get them two sizes too long. ::(:

 

I can wear mens shoes if they come in the smaller sizes. 

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$700?

I spent more than that just in parts to get my Beloved Berlingo back on the road... 

(Add another $200 in new tools and lots of evenings messing about in the garage... )

If I'd have to get a shop to fix it, it would have been declared 'not economic to repair'.

 

Actually, doing the math, just one part(refurb rear axle) cost me about $650 including shipping.

Which was kind of a bargain really, as a new 'third party' part would have been about twice that much, and as it would have been a Chinese 'pattern part'... only half as good.

Then add new rear shocks, new hubs, new brake drums,...

(about $350 in total)

 

And the work I did on the engine before I broke the rear suspension...

(Headgasket, piston rings, big end bearings on piston rods, a few cylinder liners... oil seals....) 

Not a full rebuild, though. I would had to have pulled it from the car, then. 

 

The good thing about doing the work yourself is that it's cheaper. The bad is that you try to keep the clunkers running for far after it should have been crushed... (Mine is 18 years old and has 240K Kilometers - about 150K Miles - on it. It probably wont last too many more years... )

 

Let us all read from the Gospel of Haynes, the Commandments;

1. Though shall always prop thy chariot up onto stands, lest it be supported by thine jack, which may falter.

2. Torque thine bolts in the pattern of the star of guidance, when installing the wheels, but torque in the pattern of the Spiral of nature when building the heart of your chariot.   

3. The open ended spanner is heresy. The Adjustable one is of the devil.

4. Keep holy the pairs of suspension and brakes. If one part is changed, do likewise with the other or thine chariot may falter from the straight.

5. Disconnect the source of lightning.

 

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I once knocked off the rear view mirror of a parked car. :down:

 

I stopped and left a note for the owner and the repairs cost over $600.

 

An artist doesn't make much.  That was pretty much the whole Christmas budget plus $300 more.

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1 hour ago, Gadgetman! said:

I use wool felt insoles in my M77 boots. 

A thick and sturdy type by the name of 'Villmark'. 

Nice and warm, soft, and can be machine-washed...

 

I've tried a lot of foam, gel and whatever types of insoles, but I always end up binning them and going back to the woolen insoles.

Well, I do love my wool socks... Gonna have to try these!

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$600?

 

Effing eck!

Was it an Audi or other prancer with a LCD built-in? 

And 'rear view mirror'? That's the one mounted inside, on the windshield... 

If you managed to knock it off without destroying the windshield, it wasn't fastened properly anyways, and you shouldn't be held liable for the damage.

Not one of the expensive wing mirrors with heating and motors for adjustment, which shouldn't have cost more than $300 no matter what.

 

Boots. 

I know that my M77 is available in size 36, which I understand to be about a woman's 6 in the USA?

(The boots are 'unisex'. My sister used a pair back when she had a newspaper route to add to her income)

 

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People scare me; I saw a guy shaving on my way in to the job site this morning.

He was using an electric razor, but still! Get up 5 minutes earlier, dude!

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Just now, Chaoswolf said:

People scare me; I saw a guy shaving on my way in to the job site this morning.

He was using an electric razor, but still! Get up 5 minutes earlier, dude!

 

This reminds me of what I heard on iheartradio the other day:

 

Poll results: 7% of US adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows........EGADS!!!:blink::blink:

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New advisory on PTC 3: 

 

000
WTNT33 KNHC 201138
TCPAT3

BULLETIN
Potential Tropical Cyclone Three Intermediate Advisory Number 3A
NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL       AL032017
700 AM CDT Tue Jun 20 2017

...DISTURBANCE GRADUALLY BECOMING BETTER ORGANIZED OVER THE CENTRAL
GULF OF MEXICO...
...HEAVY RAINFALL EXPECTED ACROSS PORTIONS OF THE CENTRAL AND
EASTERN GULF COAST...


SUMMARY OF 700 AM CDT...1200 UTC...INFORMATION
----------------------------------------------
LOCATION...25.4N 90.3W
ABOUT 265 MI...430 KM SSW OF THE MOUTH OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER
ABOUT 300 MI...485 KM S OF MORGAN CITY LOUISIANA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H
PRESENT MOVEMENT...NW OR 315 DEGREES AT 9 MPH...15 KM/H
MINIMUM CENTRAL PRESSURE...999 MB...29.50 INCHES


WATCHES AND WARNINGS
--------------------
CHANGES WITH THIS ADVISORY:

None.

SUMMARY OF WATCHES AND WARNINGS IN EFFECT:

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for...
* Cameron to the Mouth of the Pearl River

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for...
* West of Cameron to High Island

A Tropical Storm Warning means that tropical storm conditions are
expected somewhere within the warning area, in this case within the
next 24 to 36 hours.

A Tropical Storm Watch means that tropical storm conditions are
possible within the watch area, generally within 48 hours.

Interests elsewhere along the U.S. Gulf Coast from the central Texas
coast to the western Florida Panhandle should monitor the progress
of this system.

For storm information specific to your area, including possible
inland watches and warnings, please monitor products issued by your
local National Weather Service forecast office.


DISCUSSION AND 48-HOUR OUTLOOK
------------------------------
At 700 AM CDT (1200 UTC), the disturbance was centered near latitude
25.4 North, longitude 90.3 West. The system is moving toward the
northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h), and this general motion should
continue through Wednesday, with a turn toward the north expected
Wednesday night or Thursday. On the forecast track, the disturbance
is expected to be near the Louisiana coast late Wednesday or
Wednesday night.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40 mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts.
Some slight strengthening is possible before the system reaches the
coast.

Satellite imagery shows that the center of the disturbance is
gradually become better defined, and it is likely that the system
will become a tropical or subtropical cyclone later today.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...90 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...90 percent

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km)
mainly to the east of the center.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 999 mb (29.50 inches).
NOAA buoy 42001 just reported a pressure of 1000.6 mb (29.54
inches).


HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
----------------------
WIND:  Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the
coast within the warning area by this afternoon. Tropical storm
conditions are possible in the watch area on Wednesday.

RAINFALL:  The disturbance is expected to produce total rain
accumulations of 4 to 8 inches with isolated maximum amounts of
10 inches over southeastern Louisiana, southern Mississippi,
southern Alabama, and the Florida Panhandle through Thursday
morning.  Rainfall amounts of 2 to 4 inches with isolated maximum
amounts of 6 inches can be expected farther west across southwest
Louisiana into southeast Texas through Thursday morning.

STORM SURGE:  Inundations of 1 to 3 feet are possible along the
coast in the Tropical Storm Warning area.

TORNADOES:  A tornado or two is possible this afternoon and tonight
from south-central Louisiana to the western Florida Panhandle.


NEXT ADVISORY
-------------
Next complete advisory at 1000 AM CDT.

$$
Forecaster Brennan

 

Find out more at nhc.noaa.gov

Be ready for a moderate tropical storm, at least. 

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13 minutes ago, haldir said:

 

This reminds me of what I heard on iheartradio the other day:

 

Poll results: 7% of US adults think chocolate milk comes from brown cows........EGADS!!!:blink::blink:

 

Or possibly 7% of people who were willing to respond to surveys said they think chocolate milk comes from brown cows.

 

I mean, how likely are you to respond seriously to some random survey? Especially a survey asking remarkably silly questions?

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I once answered all questions with '17' when they called. 

 

Another time, when they called me at 8:30pm, I just creamed at them and told them to never call me again.

(Generally, surveys are exempt from the 'do not call' rules here in Norway, but they're not exempt from common curtesy, and calling that late is rather rude)

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33 minutes ago, Gadgetman! said:

$600?

 

Effing eck!

Was it an Audi or other prancer with a LCD built-in? 

And 'rear view mirror'? That's the one mounted inside, on the windshield... 

If you managed to knock it off without destroying the windshield, it wasn't fastened properly anyways, and you shouldn't be held liable for the damage.

Not one of the expensive wing mirrors with heating and motors for adjustment, which shouldn't have cost more than $300 no matter what.

 

Sorry, it was a side mirror, one of the sticking out ones.  Please forgive my ignorance.

 

I recall the car was rather a fancy one.  It did seem shockingly steep, way more than I ever had anticipated, but I like to think that even if I knew I would have owned up and paid.  I reckoned it was my fault and I had to take responsibility.

 

Years later I rather gingerly asked the kids if they ever noticed anything about Christmas that year (all homemade gifts and not too many of them ...) and they seemed to remember them all as equally festive, so yay, go kids.

 

 

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Back from a weekend getaway in Canuckland.

 

The whole time there was great, but I wish there had been less rain falling during the coming and going phases of the trip.

 

How are things here?

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