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I finally installed the new toilet, it's been sitting in a corner for a couple of weeks, but I had to take care of the dishwasher first. I bought a new dishwasher, installed it, then it leaked, then took it back to the store, got a new one and installed it. NO leaks thankfully.
I have to kick my dishwasher in the ass 2-3 times a week to get her to work......

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I have to kick my dishwasher in the ass 2-3 times a week to get her to work......
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People tend to trivialize things that have no immediate impact upon themselves. Unfortunately this includes vets and the sacrifices they made for all of us. The wars were a long time ago and/or a long ways away, so we only pay attention to who gets eliminated on American Idol this week instead. Like I posted a couple days back, the world is going to hell in a handbasket.
Or we could say that our prosperity has given us the time to indulge in triviality.

Each of us who has served, and the vast majority were never near combat, no matter how memories might make what we did seem inconsequential, all were an important part of the whole, like those who simply go to work to support themselves and their families, all are still part of the fabric of America, the ones who make it work. Doing that makes you a 'giver' and that is what gives hope for the continued blessings of being an American.

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Back to the parents' house again. More computer problems. The damn thing refuses to shut down and is giving weird error messages. I am sure part of it is that it is approaching the end of its shelf life, and also sure that my Dad does not help matters by doing things that you're not supposed to do to it when it gives him trouble. I am supremely irritated at my aunt. She took my dad, who is not very computer savvy, shopping a couple months ago. Without consulting my Mom or anybody else, she convinced him on a whim to pour 600 bucks into a Windows laptop that he really doesn't need and does not know how to use yet. Not only do we consider it rude that she encouraged him to blow that money, but I am pissed that he blew it on another worthless machine that will last for about 4 or 5 years and then start messing up. Had she pointed him towards a MAC desktop instead I probably wouldn't be having to spend Saturday afternoons f$#ing with their stupid computer anymore but she is an idiot and does not always make great decisions when it comes to money and big ticket items.

They think I am a computer genius when all I really do is sit there and google different error messages and symptoms on my droid then try whatever trouble-shooting techniques I can find in the tech message boards.

The cost of fuel to operate a 6000 pound 400 horsepower half ton that does 0-60 in under 7 seconds is kind of like the price of oil changes for a Porche 911. If you have to ask you probably can't afford it.

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That is called problem solving and you be surprise how few people have the necessary skills to successfully problem solve.

I'm sitting at the Hyundai dealer getting my free oil change (I brought my own synthetic). I now know why I do my own oil changes...been here an hour and I could have had it done in 30 minutes at home. I don't know how people afford to waste the time waiting for crap like this.


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That is called problem solving and you be surprise how few people have the necessary skills to successfully problem solve.

I'm sitting at the Hyundai dealer getting my free oil change (I brought my own synthetic). I now know why I do my own oil changes...been here an hour and I could have had it done in 30 minutes at home. I don't know how people afford to waste the time waiting for crap like this.


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Dealerships purposely take more time, because they know you will get bored and start looking at cars. I have heard many stories of people going in for routine maintenance and walking out with a new car.

Today somebody said "Do you know what! You're an A$$HOLE!"
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Time wasted / inconvenience is part of the problem for sure, but competence of dealership mechanics is the greater concern.
Menial jobs are delegated to the least experienced mechanics.
These have intelligence quotients comparable to rubber plants.


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I once had a Dodge dealership come right out and tell me I was better off not bringing anything too complicated that required a diagnosis to them on a Saturday, and I should just stick to oil changes and tire rotations on the weekends. The master techs had the early shifts during the week. The least senior guys who were not so good at the hard stuff did the late evenings and weekend shifts.

At the time the argument was whether the fact that the front end of my truck started vibrating violently when I hit the brakes meant I had a rotor issue or not. I would have thought it would be a no-brainer even for a career tire-changer but apparently only their senior techs could figure this out.

Come to think of it, I believe I was having so many rotor problems with that truck because of the way they were putting my tires back on when they rotated them. So I really am not sure what good the career tire changers were at all.

The cost of fuel to operate a 6000 pound 400 horsepower half ton that does 0-60 in under 7 seconds is kind of like the price of oil changes for a Porche 911. If you have to ask you probably can't afford it.

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Saturday: resting in early aftenoon (read sleeping) and then going to Foxwoods in the late afternoon with the wife for dinner and a concert at the MGM Grand. We won't be home until late.

Sunday: leaving CT at 4 A.M. for the Breezy Point section of Queens NYC to volunteer with the FDNY "Gut and Pump" operation. A brother FF and his family have been going down since Thanksgiving, so I will be joining them. The Tundra DC will be doing double duty hauling passengers and the tools (because of the bed cap).

By Sunday night, I will be exhausted.


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Tomorrow...
1) Add after-market stuff to my Tundra (step bars, K&N panel air filter, Optima Yellow Top D35 battery, BakFlip G2 tonneau cover).
2) drink beer
3) order more after-market stuff for the Tundra
4) drink more beer
5) order yet more after-market stuff for the Tundra
6) drink more beer
7) bang my sister

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Tomrrow, probably clean out the garage and pack some in preparation for the move. Sunday I think we're supposed to go see a movie, either Skyfall or Flight.

It has been weird lately. I've been seeing more of my wife than I'm used to. She used to work most nights and weekends while I was mon-Fri, 9-5. She now has more mornings and gets more frequent weekends off and we are doing more stuff together. It is nice to have her around but it is not as easy to have frequent guilt free evenings out for drinks with a buddy like I used to.

The cost of fuel to operate a 6000 pound 400 horsepower half ton that does 0-60 in under 7 seconds is kind of like the price of oil changes for a Porche 911. If you have to ask you probably can't afford it.
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Tomorrow...
1) Add after-market stuff to my Tundra (step bars, K&N panel air filter, Optima Yellow Top D35 battery, BakFlip G2 tonneau cover).
2) drink beer
3) order more after-market stuff for the Tundra
4) drink more beer
5) order yet more after-market stuff for the Tundra
6) drink more beer
7)again, drink more beer
8)show dikkie pics of my sister, perhaps he will be stepping up the plate for me since i'm drunk now .

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Went to a dinner/Christmas party at a friends place Saturday night, Sunday removed and regrouted one of my bathrooms, got my FIL's snow blower running (even though he used fuel stabilizer when he put it away last year, I think fuel was the problem), had a really nice steak at The Keg, now I'm sitting in a theatre waiting for Brad Pitt's newest movie to start.

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No packing got done and no garage cleaning was accomplished. We will be holding our current home for a bit after we settle so I think knowing that has made us a little lazy about the moving process.

We went shopping for new furniture instead. This primarily consisted of my wife asking me what I thought of various things and me giving my opinion. At which point she would look at me like I was insane for thinking a given bedroom or dining room set looked good, and would dismiss my opinion out of hand before moving on.

So I resigned myself to simply agreeing to most of what she said she liked. At which point she said something to the effect that "I can see you're not gonna be of much help here."

It is a game we often play. I actually have complete faith in her to pick tasteful, comfortable, and reasonably priced furniture. Knowing I don't have to worry about ending up with stuff that is in poor taste, I don't really care about much of anything except reminding her not to go too far overboard. But she seems to need this little back and fourth process so I indulge her. If for no other reason than I think the process of bouncing ideas back and fourth helps her whittle the selections down in her own mind to a final pick. She likes to believe 'we' are making the choice together but in reality I am just helping her make up her mind, which is fine by me.

The cost of fuel to operate a 6000 pound 400 horsepower half ton that does 0-60 in under 7 seconds is kind of like the price of oil changes for a Porche 911. If you have to ask you probably can't afford it.

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No packing got done and no garage cleaning was accomplished. We will be holding our current home for a bit after we settle so I think knowing that has made us a little lazy about the moving process.

We went shopping for new furniture instead. This primarily consisted of my wife asking me what I thought of various things and me giving my opinion. At which point she would look at me like I was insane for thinking a given bedroom or dining room set looked good, and would dismiss my opinion out of hand before moving on.

So I resigned myself to simply agreeing to most of what she said she liked. At which point she said something to the effect that "I can see you're not gonna be of much help here."

It is a game we often play. I actually have complete faith in her to pick tasteful, comfortable, and reasonably priced furniture. Knowing I don't have to worry about ending up with stuff that is in poor taste, I don't really care about much of anything except reminding her not to go too far overboard. But she seems to need this little back and fourth process so I indulge her. If for no other reason than I think the process of bouncing ideas back and fourth helps her whittle the selections down in her own mind to a final pick. She likes to believe 'we' are making the choice together but in reality I am just helping her make up her mind, which is fine by me.
You would think that means getting into less trouble down the road, but if the bed she bought has something that doesn't last, then you get in trouble for not picking the more durable product.

Today somebody said "Do you know what! You're an A$$HOLE!"
Like I didn't already know

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