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I'm not looking forward to going back to work on Monday. These last 2 weeks with the Hamsterling have been amazing. It'll be especially hard as there isn't any actual "going" to work. I'll just be sitting at the dining room table.

 

Going to go early vote today. Poll opens at 10. Until then, coffee (obviously), crousant egg bacon and cheese sandwich, hamsterling, and Murkillor.

 

And, to repeat myself: COFFEE!!

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8 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:
8 hours ago, Marvin said:

Hitting black ice at fifty miles an hour is an amazing experience even on a flat, empty road, I can report.

Unforgettable, and "something for the never again bucket list" is how I'd describe that.

Agreed. I've had enough 'I'm not entirely in control of the vehicle that I'm operating' adventures to last a lifetime.

 

2 hours ago, Rob Dean said:

 I would have thought that inhabitants of a state with frequent ice and snow would be better about driving in/on it.

 

I chalk this up to a false sense of security; 'I have four wheel/all wheel drive, so I'm invincible'. No, you're not, and I'm sure that I'll see you standing next to your vehicle in a ditch after you fly around me because I'm going 'too slow'.

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3 hours ago, Rob Dean said:

 

I was coming home from a business trip to Colorado yesterday, and had to drive I-25 between Pueblo and Denver (in case anyone’s out that way).  I have been in almost full whiteout conditions along that road in the past, but yesterday it was “just” unexpected icing.  I lost track completely, but from Castle Rock to the airport, we passed two or three crashes, four or five vehicles spun off the road, and one overturned semi.  (It was tough to be sure about which category between those first two a specific vehicle might be in).  I would have thought that inhabitants of a state with frequent ice and snow would be better about driving in/on it.

 

It's part of the collective amnesia that hits northern state drivers every year. A vast majority of people somehow completely forget how to drive in snowy/slippery conditions.

 

My own personal experience concerning winter tires would be from about a decade ago. For some reason, my garage forgot to change the tires during my fall tune-up. I did not realize it until the following spring tune-up. And let me tell you, I believed that particular winter to be the slipperiest winter I ever drove through. Obviously no issues on dry pavement, I already had nearly 20 years driving experience, and I do adapt my driving habits with the weather. But starting from a dead stop in loose snow was ridiculously inefficient.

 

I already knew all the benefits of winter tires, but first hand experience of that degree cemented the facts even more.

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12 hours ago, WhiteWulfe said:

 

 

I think that's one of the main reasons I'm contemplating the Iwata HP-CS...  Many have commented on its durability, and being relatively novice friendly too. Trigger definitely seemed to be nice when I tried one. 

 

I have this foreboding feeling I'm going to wind up buying two airbrushes to start - the Grex TG5 for grunt work (like say spraying down terrain), and the HP-CS for more detail oriented work... But also because I honestly can't decide which of the two I feel I would prefer. 

 

 

My first airbrush was an Iwata Neo(named Alphonse) and I still use it frequently. It's an absolute little workhorse and is pretty much indestructible. It's my go to brush if I need to do blending on anything larger than a centimeter. I've also got a HP-CH(named Edward) and it's a temperamental little bampot which can achieve beautiful things but I only have a 50/50 success rating with it. When I can get it to work the results are spectacular though.

 

Oh, and the HP-CS is called Mustang, just in case you were wondering :ph34r:

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36 minutes ago, Chaoswolf said:

Agreed. I've had enough 'I'm not entirely in control of the vehicle that I'm operating' adventures to last a lifetime.

 

I chalk this up to a false sense of security; 'I have four wheel/all wheel drive, so I'm invincible'. No, you're not, and I'm sure that I'll see you standing next to your vehicle in a ditch after you fly around me because I'm going 'too slow'.

Going from a "low" Honda Fit that struggled in 15cm snow vs my current "elevated" Toyota RAV4 all wheel drive that can plow through whatever the snowplow left behind, I understand that sense of invincibility.

 

But I also know that those benefits are pretty much only at very low speeds. At cruising speeds, many other forces of physics are taking over and those benefits vanish.

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14 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

 

Thank you! I just called to check on her since she's away from home for the night, and it is thundering. She hates the thunder, but the building has it muffled. Ate her meal without hesitating and took her meds. I get to pick her up at 10am tomorrow.

 

Molly's scab on her incision has been flaking off for a few days, but today I saw some fresh blood for the first time. It stopped quickly, but I had already gone into full panic mode: emailed pics to the vet, called on the phone. Nothing to worry about according to them.

 

Good to hear the surgery went well.

Hoping for the best.

 

 

Yesterday I had the car checked and let the dealer change my tires.

I heard some strange rattling noises after I picked the car up.

So back to the dealer.

 

After some inspection it turned out someone forgot to tighten the bolts of the left front wheel.:zombie:

 

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1 hour ago, Chaoswolf said:
4 hours ago, Rob Dean said:

 I would have thought that inhabitants of a state with frequent ice and snow would be better about driving in/on it.

 

I chalk this up to a false sense of security; 'I have four wheel/all wheel drive, so I'm invincible'. No, you're not, and I'm sure that I'll see you standing next to your vehicle in a ditch after you fly around me because I'm going 'too slow'.

 

Yeah, what he said plus Cranky Dog's collective amnesia sounds about right. The first snow and ice of the year always seems to show off the worst drivers. Especially if they got caught with poor tires. After a week or so they usually smarten up. Just because your vehicle can get you going that fast doesn't mean you should be. A lifetime of driving on Saskatchewan roads means I've got stories but luckily never anything worse than a minor fender bender. Mom and brother both rolled 4x4s when I was in school.

 

Having a body programed to wake up at the same time is kind of handy. And yet it would be nice to sleep for another hour or two some days. Not terribly sleepy but a little more would have taken some of the edge off. Maybe I'll get some painting in but it's only 9 am and I'm already feeling like a nap is going to ambush me after lunch.

 

45 minutes ago, Glitterwolf said:

Yesterday I had the car checked and let the dealer change my tires.

I heard some strange rattling noises after I picked the car up.

So back to the dealer.

 

After some inspection it turned out someone forgot to tighten the bolts of the left front wheel.:zombie:

 

I had that happen once while we were on vacation. Lost a wheel nut and broke one of the bolts when we were a way over hundred km from the nearest garage. Pulled a nut off a different tire and kept driving hoping that 4 bolts on 2 tires would get us home. It did but I was a bit nervous.

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4 hours ago, Rob Dean said:

I would have thought that inhabitants of a state with frequent ice and snow would be better about driving in/on it.


Denver metro is filled with Californians. It takes a while for them to get reminded that the white stuff is snow and ice not ash and sand. 
 

The icy winter driver issue has gotten so bad that I, who grew up relatively close and learned to drive in the stuff, will just skip going in to the office that first day. Not worth the risk. 
 

That’s in a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, which I know how to use well, and am not one of those speeding types.
 

Unless the storm closes things and people stay home. Then it’s safe for me to go out and cut some trails. Then the streets are fun again. 

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So, would y’all say winter tires are more important or 4 wheel drive?

 

On 10/22/2020 at 6:58 PM, Lord of the Dish Pit said:

This level of heresy against the Great Pumpkin is unthinkable. What we are seeing is the result of an organized conspiracy to try and prevent a new generation of Pumpkinites from forming, as the Halloween Special is our primary means of getting the word out about the Benevolent Might of the Great Pumpkin. Possibly the strings here are being pulled by Corrupt Santa.

You put that in purple, but it is a serious problem! How will our babies know the glories of the great pumpkin if they don’t have Linus to preach them?!

 

On 10/23/2020 at 10:02 AM, ManvsMini said:

 

Loot (especially candy) is ALWAYS worth the effort. That's the cardinal lesson of RPGs... that and monster slaying with oversized weapons is totally plausible.

In 2 different games, Hubby has made a clan called The Loot Mongers.

 

We break for treasure chests.

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I have returned!

 

A cat is never late, my painting friends!

37 minutes ago, redambrosia said:

So, would y’all say winter tires are more important or 4 wheel drive?

Definitely snow tires.

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1 hour ago, redambrosia said:

So, would y’all say winter tires are more important or 4 wheel drive?

Winter tires, period!

 

4 wheel drive gives power to the wheels. Winter tires give traction to the road.

 

If you have poor traction on a snowy road, particularly while braking or turning/maneuvering, all that wheel power, even with advanced electronic traction control, is worth zilch.

 

Some comparison videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atayHQYqA3g (2WD winter vs 4WD summer tires)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7E3GTpgvjs  (2WD winter vs 4WD all season tires)

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4 hours ago, Kuroneko said:

 

My first airbrush was an Iwata Neo(named Alphonse) and I still use it frequently. It's an absolute little workhorse and is pretty much indestructible. It's my go to brush if I need to do blending on anything larger than a centimeter. I've also got a HP-CH(named Edward) and it's a temperamental little bampot which can achieve beautiful things but I only have a 50/50 success rating with it. When I can get it to work the results are spectacular though.

 

Oh, and the HP-CS is called Mustang, just in case you were wondering :ph34r:

Hubby has to playfully ask if that makes you Winry, since you're always having to fix up Ed. 

 

My first thought was I hope none of them ever get named Hughes, since, well, yeah. 

 

Guessing you called the HP-CS Mustang because it just gets the job done? 

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1 hour ago, Cranky Dog said:

Winter tires, period!

 

4 wheel drive gives power to the wheels. Winter tires give traction to the road.

 

If you have poor traction on a snowy road, particularly while braking or turning/maneuvering, all that wheel power, even with advanced electronic traction control, is worth zilch.

 

Some comparison videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=atayHQYqA3g (2WD winter vs 4WD summer tires)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a7E3GTpgvjs  (2WD winter vs 4WD all season tires)

^^^This^^^^

For anything short of rock crawling, a race car [which is going to require special tires anyway]  or a big rig always go with more traction over more power.  There are very few situations where more power will get you out of danger but a lot of times when more traction will keep you safe or safer.

GEM

Who has seen way to many instances of stupid combined with poorly equipped vehicle result in an accident.

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2 hours ago, redambrosia said:

So, would y’all say winter tires are more important or 4 wheel drive?

 

Another vote for winter tires. @Cranky Dog, loved those videos. They pretty much scientifically proved what I thought just from personal experience. I live with the all season tires on my trucks just because I never seem to have the cash to buy two sets of tires for everything. Our Escape usually has winter tires on it all year round because it doesn't cover many miles and then the Grand Caravan gets more babying because it gets the most driving and is used more by the weaker drivers.

 

Went to the basement to paint and saw a vcr/dvd player we just bought sitting on my work bench. Decided I should really see if it works so hooked it up to the TV in the other room. Showed the wife that it works and she wanted to see our wedding tape. So spent an hour with her and the kids watching a very crappy quality video of our wedding day. Small ceremony 17 years ago in Vladivostok. Half of the few people who were there are dead now including our best man who was younger than me. It was interesting to watch but kind of bitter sweet thinking about all of them. Need to copy it over to dvd and then save it on the computer. 

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