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post #12501 of 12836

Your avatar dovetails nicely with that post.

post #12502 of 12836

Man, you never realize how dirty your house is until a mom is coming to visit. I'm cleaning things I haven't touched in ages.

post #12503 of 12836
I once spent most of a week's free time cleaning my house when my parents were coming to visit. It was the most intense period of sustained work I've ever done, and that includes the time I had to pack up and ship all my things across the country in the space of a month.
post #12504 of 12836

I'm doing a room a day until Wednesday. That's all I can handle. 

 

I also need to find a better dust-free type of cat litter...

post #12505 of 12836
I'm on that Fresh Step Febreeze tip but always turn on the bathroom fan when changing the box in hopes of dissipating the cloud. I am afraid to change the litter type because our cat hates change more than I do.
post #12506 of 12836
Fuck that. Mom can deal with it.

It's pretty damn clean as is tho..
post #12507 of 12836
I'll tell you what is fucked up and weird tho. I mean...who am I trying to impress at this point lol? Where I'm living now is the first place I've ever lived that has no carpet. I just never bothered. And how the FUCK do I shed THAT MUCH body hair? Let me not sweep for a while and it looks like the corners of my house is the place where all pubes go when they die. And I'm half Native American...I'm NOT a hairy guy. I have less chest hairs than there are Stooges if you count Shemp. I can't even imagine what a single (i.e. not married) dude's house who IS hairy would accumulate. I shudder to imagine it..
post #12508 of 12836
I miss carpet. My place now has wood floors in the living room and bedroom and tile in the kitchen and bathroom.

It's a pain in the ass to keep clean, and carpets are just more comfy.
post #12509 of 12836

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Originally Posted by D.T. View Post

I miss carpet. My place now has wood floors in the living room and bedroom and tile in the kitchen and bathroom.

It's a pain in the ass to keep clean, and carpets are just more comfy.

 

Hardwood floors are overrated.
Edited by Overlord - 12/17/17 at 8:46pm
post #12510 of 12836
Carpet is nasty. End of story.
post #12511 of 12836
Corrugated metal with LED lighting, large viewports, and huge energy pits with no railings FTW.
post #12512 of 12836
Seems reasonable.
post #12513 of 12836
Re: housecleaning.

My wife and I have reached a compromise where I put a few hours each weekend into maintaining the home. Toilets scrubbed, vacuuming done, all surfaces wiped down and the kitchen sinks sanitized.

By doing this consistently I can keep her toothbrush-on-the-baseboards, let’s-rent-a-steamcleaner rampages down to about twice a year.
post #12514 of 12836
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Originally Posted by commodorejohn View Post

Carpet is nasty. End of story.
Yeah....really nasty.

But I try not to think of things like that too hard. Not with all the apartments I've had..
post #12515 of 12836

Sorry, this may not be the best thread for my post, but I wasn't sure where to put it. This is going to be very long. I just need the words to fall from my fingertips so I can breathe for a second.

 

A few weeks ago, my depression took a very hard turn and I was under special care for a bit. That was not a situation I enjoyed. I'll keep the details to myself because it's deeply embarrassing. I'm ashamed. Needless to say, that was tired shit.

 

More tired shit has been adjusting back to life and how it culminated to an annoying and frustrating day -- which was yesterday. It's weird, I wasn't completely cut off from the world, but it's interesting what a huge difference little bits make. Work has been crazy. Lots of questions, people faking support and sympathy; all while I was trying to fall back into the routine of it all. My first day back I had two major audits drop on my lap. The distractions were nice, but the sadness and anxiety were just offset by major stress. It's a week later and my skin looks like I'm fucking 16 years old. Hell, my skin wasn't like this when I was 16. I even have coworkers pointing it out. Yippee. As if I'm not bothered enough by it. Comments and observations like that aren't helping my incredibly massive mood swings. This is my last week at work before I have the last week of the year off for vacation. I need it. I need it like I need water and air.

 

Anyway, I'll spare all of you the details of the past week of work because who gives a shit about the roles of a Compliance Manager in the pre-employment background screening industry? (*raises hand*)

 

Let me add that it didn't help that there was an undercurrent of anxiety last week due to my anticipation of Star Wars. I was seeing it on Sunday morning at 9am, and even though I was really busy with work through the week, my thoughts were preoccupied with how badly I wanted to see The Last Jedi. Thankfully, I was released just in time to watch it. Matters were exacerbated by the fact that I was also trying to avoid spoilers.

 

Thanks for tolerating my rambling thus far. So, on to the really tired shit. My wife and I both have the same car, one year apart -- 2011 and 2012 VW GTI. VW wanted to charge us $225 bucks for each car to do an oil change. I'm a handy guy. I decided that I was going to do the oil changes myself. Besides, I wanted to do something productive -- it felt appropriately therapeutic. On Saturday, I plowed through the oil changes (so easy) and called it day. I did notice that her drain plug was different than any I had ever seen -- especially when compared to mine -- but I didn't think much of it at the time.

 

The next morning, we got up to and drove to the theater to watch SW. We bought our tickets a week earlier for the IMAX show. The seats were excellent. After the first previous trailer, (some dumb looking volleyball movie) some fella scoots down the aisle to us and says, "I think you are sitting in our seats." We pulled out tickets and compared. H11 and H12. He had the same. He said he'd look into it with management. Two minutes later, he shows up with an usher. The usher flashes his flashlight and tells me to come over. He looks at the tickets and confirms they look good. Then he takes a second look and says to me, "your tickets are for Tuesday." I grab my ticket and look. Sure enough, Tuesday. "Well I'm sorry, I know we told the ticket seller Sunday." I apologized to the customer, and my wife and I were escorted out of the theater. The usher (maybe manager now that I think about it) walks us to the customer service desk and tells us, "you are probably the 12th customer that this has happened to today. Best I can do is refund your money, give you some extra passes for a couple of future movies and then get you into the standard showing of the 9:45am show. All other shows are sold out today."

 

I was quite annoyed at this point, but I asked to see the other theater to get a read on seat availability. It wasn't ideal, but it seemed doable. I ran back out and agreed to the new tickets. We ran to the theater and ended up getting ok seats. Not great, but not in the front few rows, either. The gentleman next to us was a major nose-breather with a nasty mucus problem that really cut through the silent parts of the movie, but whatever. So, then The Last Jedi happened. Ugh. We do a couple of errands when we get out of the movie...in midday-one-week-before-Christmas-crowds. Fuuuuuuck that noise. Once done, we drive home in silence and what should appear?

 

An oil slick. In the garage. Under my wife's car. My stomach shot to the back of my throat. Did I not tighten the drain plug bolt well enough? Hmm. We parked and I immediately jacked up her car to clean up the mess and take a look. I tried giving the bolt a gentle tightening to be sure and I gave it a minute. I looked and, shit, it was dripping again. Well, fuck. I was convinced I was going to have to replace the oil pan because the only things I could assume were the problem is that it was mis-threaded or over-tightened (neither of which made sense). I drove to the store, and got a new plug bolt. It looked nothing like the one that was already screwed into the pan, but the computers assured me it was the factory recommended bolt.

 

Assuming I was going to have to use a helicoil to fix a fucked thread, I pulled out the ramps to give the car better stability. I pulled out my bulky wallet and put it aside. I started the car, but it was strained -- took a second to turn over. Once it fired up, I pulled the car forward an inch and immediately heard a crunch and the car slammed to the ground on the right side. My (slightly older) ramp on the driver's side gave out and it collapsed. What. The. Fuck? I inspected the area and it looked like everything was still ok and clear. So I hopped back in to back away from the ramps. Well backing away caused the crushed ramp to kick up and latch onto the bumper cover ripping it off on the passenger side. I hopped out again freaking out about the damage and how my wife would react. Of course she heard. Of course she was standing at the door. Of course she was crying.

 

I kicked the ramps aside and worked on getting the bumper cover back on. I had to do a little bodywork to straighten an insert tab on the fender and I had to screw a panel into a new spot, but it wasn't horrible looking. It's not super stable, and it will have to be replaced, but for now it works. Can't wait for that $2500 repair.

 

After flipping off the ramps with the biggest middle fingers I've ever flung, I pulled the jack back out. I replaced the bolt, and lo and behold. It worked. I looked closer at the "old" bolt this time and sure enough, it was not an appropriate bolt. I'm not sure how it ever worked. I'm pretty sure VW did the last oil change. They should know better. I grabbed the pan of new oil so I could put it back in the car. I carefully started pouring it into the reservoir. Well, I guess it wasn't careful enough because a small tidal wave slapped against the front of the pan and with a glug oil spilled over the lip of the pan onto to motor. Jesus. Mother. Fucking. Christ. I cleaned the engine with a rag and the garage floor to the best of my ability, and threw in one more quart of oil to make up for the leak and the glug. Still nothing leaking from the pan. Eureka! I may have fixed this annoying problem. Just to be sure, I needed to start the car and heat up the oil. I hopped in the car and turned the keys...

 

Click, click, click, click...uh. Tried again. Click, click, click... The car wasn't even attempting to turn over. The power worked just fine, so it didn't seem like it was the battery. Besides, I have experienced a bad battery before, and this click was different. Immediately, I figured it was the starter. The starter is near the bottom of the motor, and the glug could have easily caused some oil to get to it. I hit the internet, and sure enough everything seemed to be pointing to the starter being fried. Plus, thinking back, the car took a moment to get going when I tried to drive it on to the ramps. I think I might have given it its final death blow. I went inside to break the news to my wife. She said the car had been sluggish to start for the past week. Back to the auto parts store!

 

I talked to the employee for a bit, and he asked if I tried jumping the battery. I said I hadn't, but it would be a ridiculous coincidence that the battery died as soon as I spilled some oil on the motor. I told him what I found online along with the symptoms, and while he was still unconvinced it wasn't just the battery, he pointed me in the direction of a degreaser appropriate for the parts I was trying to clean. I grabbed the bottle, walked to the counter, and reached for my wallet -- the wallet that was sitting on my garage floor. U-fucking-gh. I drive back home, grab my wallet, drive back to the store blah blah blah.

 

I pushed the car out of the garage and onto the driveway. Still no more leak! I sprayed the engine down and let it soak. Ten minutes later, I rinsed it off and tried to start the car. It tried to turn over for a second and then click, click, click... Sigh. I sprayed it a second time and waited another ten minutes. Rinsed it and tried to start. Nothing but click, click, click. Yeah, I definitely must have killed that starter. "Fuck it, I'll just have it towed to a mechanic tomorrow and let them replace it," I thought to myself. I realized there was no way I was going to get the car up my sloped driveway, so I knocked on some neighbor's doors and they helped us get the car back in the garage. (Temps were going to get down to low 20s last night, so I didn't want to risk it with the water in the engine bay.)

 

This morning I called my insurance and they dispatched a tow truck. I followed the driver to the mechanic and went into the lobby. First thing he asked was, "did you try jumping the car?" I explained the situation. He said it was possible it was the starter, but they were going to check out the battery first anyway. I asked for a quote on the starter, and he said, "assuming it's the starter, there could be two different types for that car -- external or internal threads. One is $675, the other is $425. We'll know when we look at it and we'll call you later today." Yay! With Christmas just a week away! An hour later he calls and says, "so, yeah it's your battery. $165 bucks. Not a cheap one." All I could was laugh and say, "it's a lot cheaper than a starter. Please just fix it. A ten dollar savings will somehow turn into a $10,000 repair if I do it right now." The auto parts store employee was right.

 

So, yeah. The past few weeks have been super tired shit, and it all came to a head yesterday. Sorry for the post.

post #12516 of 12836

Sheesh man.  What a series of headaches.  That sort of stuff drains your will to live.

post #12517 of 12836
Car issues are the worst. Nothing like frantically trying to guess at what the problem could be while hypothetical pricetags are tallying up in your head and the countdown to the point where you need it fixed is running.
post #12518 of 12836

It's not until you have car problems that you realize how utterly depending your lifestyle is on having a vehicle.  

post #12519 of 12836
Yup.

Yet somehow, that realization is freshly terrifying every goddamn time.
post #12520 of 12836
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Originally Posted by commodorejohn View Post

Yup.

Yet somehow, that realization is freshly terrifying every goddamn time.

It's for that reason I keep a Space Horse-Cat chained in my backyard.  That way, I have something to ride if need be.  I beat it occasionally, just to make sure it stays docile.  

post #12521 of 12836

It's shit like that that causes me to ALWAYS go and get any work professionally done so that, if something goes wrong, I can point the finger at somebody else and say FIX IT.  What you just described is EXACTLY how shit goes when I try and do it myself.  

 

Good GOD do I feel for you, man.  That is exactly how my luck goes.

post #12522 of 12836

I am thankful we bought a third vehicle earlier in the year. I could dedicate an entire post to the annoying as hell electrical problem that showed up 2 weeks after our 90 day used-car warranty expired. The electrical problem that causes a complete battery drain at random times. The electrical problem we can't seem to locate. The electrical problem that renders the "new" 2005 car that we pay on each month useless until it gets jumped. The electrical problem that prevents us from taking it camping -- which is what we bought it for. But hey, at least it's a backup car just in case we have force lightning at our disposal.

post #12523 of 12836
Jeez us CHRIST, WD40! I'm really glad to see you in here and ok but damn. All that woulda made Billy Graham put his fist through a stained glass window..
post #12524 of 12836
Ah, Dub... In my 20s, I had a VW Golf and I swore I'd never go VW again. That thing had the window fall into the door because a clip failed, the lock cylinder in the driver's side come completely lose - which resulted in the stereo being ripped out by a thief THAT SAME NIGHT. I had to replace the catalytic converter twice, and the O2 sensors more times than I can remember.

They're sharp looking cars and fun to drive, but cheaply made, problematic as hell and expensive as all get-out to repair or maintain because everything has to be imported.

I feel for you, man. Holidays are the worst, and all that extra BS all at once... Fuck that.

You've got my number, man. Any time you want to vent or just take a beat and shoot the shit, don't hesitate.
post #12525 of 12836
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Originally Posted by D.T. View Post



They're sharp looking cars and fun to drive, but cheaply made, problematic as hell and expensive as all get-out to repair or maintain because everything has to be imported.

 

 

Just like a woman amiright|

post #12526 of 12836
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Originally Posted by Cylon Baby View Post
 

 

Just like a woman amiright|

post #12527 of 12836
Quote:
Originally Posted by D.T. View Post

Ah, Dub... In my 20s, I had a VW Golf and I swore I'd never go VW again. That thing had the window fall into the door because a clip failed, the lock cylinder in the driver's side come completely lose - which resulted in the stereo being ripped out by a thief THAT SAME NIGHT. I had to replace the catalytic converter twice, and the O2 sensors more times than I can remember.

They're sharp looking cars and fun to drive, but cheaply made, problematic as hell and expensive as all get-out to repair or maintain because everything has to be imported.

I feel for you, man. Holidays are the worst, and all that extra BS all at once... Fuck that.

You've got my number, man. Any time you want to vent or just take a beat and shoot the shit, don't hesitate.

 

That surprises me. VWs are rock solid over here. 

post #12528 of 12836

Tired shit:

 

People dropping a huge spoiler right at the start of a post and thus having that spoiler show up in the thread preview in the main screen. Fucking hell.

post #12529 of 12836
That's always tired shit. I feel like I know everything that happens in The Last Jedi (a film I'm not planning on seeing since I'm not a SW guy) just by skimming through the front page and non-related threads.
post #12530 of 12836
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Originally Posted by D.T. View Post

Ah, Dub... In my 20s, I had a VW Golf and I swore I'd never go VW again. That thing had the window fall into the door because a clip failed, the lock cylinder in the driver's side come completely lose - which resulted in the stereo being ripped out by a thief THAT SAME NIGHT. I had to replace the catalytic converter twice, and the O2 sensors more times than I can remember.

They're sharp looking cars and fun to drive, but cheaply made, problematic as hell and expensive as all get-out to repair or maintain because everything has to be imported.

I feel for you, man. Holidays are the worst, and all that extra BS all at once... Fuck that.

You've got my number, man. Any time you want to vent or just take a beat and shoot the shit, don't hesitate.

 

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Originally Posted by jhp1608 View Post
 

 

That surprises me. VWs are rock solid over here. 

 

Ours still are great. They are expensive to repair and maintain since they are German engineered, but really this was just a shitshow from the start. Everything that happened wasn't because of the car being a piece of shit, but just a combo of incidents, accidents, and good ol' Murphy's law. Those GTIs are pretty great though. My wife has had two Jettas before this that were a headache because they broke so often. I was hesitant to get a VW based on that experience, but the last 35k miles on each car has been headache free -- and both are nearing 95k miles. I dread the day the clutch or turbo busts on them though...

post #12531 of 12836
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Originally Posted by stevehauk View Post
 

Tired Shit = UPS

I realize it's Christmas time and UPS has a much higher load than usual.

BUT...

Nov 29th I go on Shutterfly.com and using their templates created a Christmas card.

I've used them in the past and have had nothing but great service and final products.

I get a confirmation email, and the adventure begins.

It shipped from them on Dec 4th via UPS.

 

Dec 5th it arrives in Laurel, Md the closest UPS hub to me, 14 miles away.

I get links to webpages updating the progress. I visit it everyday, and everyday it says

'out for delivery by end of day'. Dec 6.   Dec 7.   Dec 8.   Dec.9.

 

This thing should have been here by now, so I call the UPS customer service (HA !) number and after

waiting in a phone to be connected with a human, I tell the rep my story, who confirms what

I've reported to her. In a very prepared response she explains they're very busy and to wait.

"At what point do I assume it's lost?"

"11 days"

"When you say end of day, what time is that?"

"It can vary and be as late as 9-10PM."

"Can I file a lost package claim?"

"No, not yet--it's been scanned within the last 24 hrs." Clearly she's been given a script of responses.

So I continue to wait.

 

Yesterday the 14th I decide to contact Shutterfly for possible help.

I know they did their part, that the fault lies with UPS. They responded quickly, apologizing for the

mixup, and telling me they are reprinting my order and will expedite the shipping to me. Estimated

delivery day is Tues. Dec.19th. All at no cost to me. Great customer service Shutterfly!

 

Problem is-

that leaves me 4 days to get my cards to friends, mostly local but a couple go to L.A., before Christmas.

So now I'll be dealing with possible slow delivery from the regular postal service.

 

That is Tired Shit.

 


yesterday, a day earlier than estimated, my cards printed by Shutterfly and delivered by UPS finally arrived!

And the original lost package was delivered too, looking like a truck ran over it. Big thanks to Shutterfly &  lump-O-coal for UPS.

here wuz the final product --

post #12532 of 12836
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Originally Posted by stevehauk View Post
 


yesterday, a day earlier than estimated, my cards printed by Shutterfly and delivered by UPS finally arrived!

And the original lost package was delivered too, looking like a truck ran over it. Big thanks to Shutterfly &  lump-O-coal for UPS.

here wuz the final product --

I know you're retired and all, but dude, you are missing out on a serious payday at this time of year. For sitting on your arse and have a couple of hundred pictures taken with kids. Millions I tell you.

post #12533 of 12836
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Originally Posted by wd40 View Post
 

 

 

Ours still are great. They are expensive to repair and maintain since they are German engineered, but really this was just a shitshow from the start. Everything that happened wasn't because of the car being a piece of shit, but just a combo of incidents, accidents, and good ol' Murphy's law. Those GTIs are pretty great though. My wife has had two Jettas before this that were a headache because they broke so often. I was hesitant to get a VW based on that experience, but the last 35k miles on each car has been headache free -- and both are nearing 95k miles. I dread the day the clutch or turbo busts on them though...

 

I'm jealous by default of a two GTi family. I've got the Skoda Octavia vRS which is the 220hp GTi engine (i.e. without performance pack or R series tweaks) in a longer saloon/hatchback body. Lovely power plant and the handling is really good - imagine it's even better with the shorter wheelbase in the GTi.  

post #12534 of 12836
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Originally Posted by jhp1608 View Post
 

imagine it's even better with the shorter wheelbase in the GTi.  

We've gone through tires rated for 50k miles in about 25k. So yep. They are like very roomy, very safe go-karts.

 

0-60 mph in 6 seconds off the lot for a relatively affordable car? Danger, Will Robinson.

post #12535 of 12836
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Originally Posted by jhp1608 View Post
 

 

That surprises me. VWs are rock solid over here. 

 

Yeah. I have had my VW Passat for 5 years now, and short of being hit by a motorcycle (dumb sumbitch tried to pass me on the left as I was turning left) and getting keyed (dumb sumbitch parked too close to me and got angry), I have had no mechanical issues with mine. I am at 80k miles. The airbag recall is the only issue I had. 

post #12536 of 12836

Jonathan- I looked into it last year. My usual mustache/goatee was left untrimmed for a couple months, and I kinda like it, especially for the holidays. dunno If I wanna go all Dave Letterman with it tho.

In the past I worked in many malls, and saw many mall Santas, some kinda sleezy some pretty classy. The last mall I worked in had 'natural' santas, guys whose hair & beard were totally real. I called them 'free range Santas'. I asked one guy quietly what he does the rest of the year, and he said he was a trucker--the job allowed the hair alone. He said they make so much money at Christmas that they didn't have to work the rest of the year if they didn't want.

There's a course you need to take on how to be a proper Santa, what the rules are for dealing with children, etc.

The suit alone can get very expensive. and I'm guessing you'd want to carry a change of pants.

Hell, the malls around here have 'take your pet for Santa photo' days.

a lot to put up with, not sure if I have the stamina...

post #12537 of 12836
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Originally Posted by wd40 View Post
 

We've gone through tires rated for 50k miles in about 25k. So yep. They are like very roomy, very safe go-karts.

 

0-60 mph in 6 seconds off the lot for a relatively affordable car? Danger, Will Robinson.

 

Yesssss.

 

In my case: can fit both kids in the back with room to spare, have enough room in the boot for a week long vacation plus toys, so can convincingly sell it to one's wife as a sensible family car, and also tear it up around Welsh valleys leaving you shaking at the end of a 30 minute run? Double danger with a slice of fried gold, Sgt Angel.

post #12538 of 12836
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Originally Posted by jhp1608 View Post
 

 

Yesssss.

 

In my case: can fit both kids in the back with room to spare, have enough room in the boot for a week long vacation plus toys, so can convincingly sell it to one's wife as a sensible family car, and also tear it up around Welsh valleys leaving you shaking at the end of a 30 minute run? Double danger with a slice of fried gold, Sgt Angel.


Hmm, probably, but if your wife isn't sure, just pick her up in the middle of the test drive. That should do it. If you need a little more room, just toss a box up top. The drag won't spoil the drive in a substantial way.

 

I remember when I first  went to the dealership to see this car. The salesman was new and he knew nothing about cars. He pulled the car around for me, and when he hopped out he had the biggest grin on his face. As he handed me the keys he said, "if you don't buy this today, I'm going to buy it. No shit." I knew I was going to buy it so I just replied with, "you might want to start browsing stock in the area."

 

I have my eyes on the Golf R, but that is significantly more expensive. That 4Motion all-wheel drive feature is so sexy. It makes it safer in shitty conditions, and it improves performance in the best conditions. I daydream (too often) about the thought of kicking out the back end and drifting around a corner as 292 turbocharged horses carry me through it.

post #12539 of 12836
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Originally Posted by wd40 View Post
 


Hmm, probably, but if your wife isn't sure, just pick her up in the middle of the test drive. That should do it. If you need a little more room, just toss a box up top. The drag won't spoil the drive in a substantial way.

 

I remember when I first  went to the dealership to see this car. The salesman was new and he knew nothing about cars. He pulled the car around for me, and when he hopped out he had the biggest grin on his face. As he handed me the keys he said, "if you don't buy this today, I'm going to buy it. No shit." I knew I was going to buy it so I just replied with, "you might want to start browsing stock in the area."

 

I have my eyes on the Golf R, but that is significantly more expensive. That 4Motion all-wheel drive feature is so sexy. It makes it safer in shitty conditions, and it improves performance in the best conditions. I daydream (too often) about the thought of kicking out the back end and drifting around a corner as 292 turbocharged horses carry me through it.

 

Sorry - I was being too oblique. I meant that's what you get with the vRS - just shy of GTi performance with the family and luggage space of an A6 or an E-class. It's what sold my wife on the idea of trading in the Passat tank for a vRS as the family wagon.

 

GTi and the R are brilliant cars. All wheel drive is great on the R, and it also comes with the electronic limited slip differential. Shame it's not a six cylinder any more, though. The artificial resonator mimicking engine growl I have on the vRS is a bit naff. It's crazy, though, how much they can get out of that engine and how much stratification they manage in their product line up just by electronically tweaking it.

 

I'm keeping a close eye on the Alfa Romeo Giulia at the moment, as my contract is up in six months. A gorgeous car, and Alfa have got a lot better in terms of reliability. Not sure if they have anything below the Quadrifoglio that manages to compete with the Golfs in terms of maximising both practicality and fun.

 

Exhibit 1:

 

post #12540 of 12836

Wow, that's a beaut. I couldn't afford that car if I wanted to though. And by the looks of it, it only comes in an automatic transmission in the states. Of course.

 

Waiting for the inevitable post from Bradito, "Tired shit: Car geek talk in a tired shit thread."

post #12541 of 12836
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Originally Posted by wd40 View Post
 

Wow, that's a beaut. I couldn't afford that car if I wanted to though. And by the looks of it, it only comes in an automatic transmission in the states. Of course.

 

Waiting for the inevitable post from Bradito, "Tired shit: Car geek talk in a tired shit thread."

 

You're right - the stock Giulia is a bit more expensive than the GTi, is only 200hp and wouldn't have the fun factor. They don't seem to be bothering with the low tuned spec in the US at all, only the tweaked 280hp which will shift but is probably way more than the GTi. The Golf is such a great all rounder.

 

Tired shit: the Japanese car manufacturers not filling the gap between drab and nutso. I mean, who over the age of 30 would drive a Civic Type R?

post #12542 of 12836

I think the Civic Si is neat, but the Type R is ridiculous looking.

 

To your tired shit, Honda might be rectifying that with the Accord. Unfortunately, ya'll ain't getting it.

http://www.autoexpress.co.uk/honda/accord/100149/new-honda-accord-arrives-but-won-t-be-sold-in-the-uk

 

It's definitely on my radar. I am curious how it drives.

post #12543 of 12836
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Originally Posted by stevehauk View Post
 

Jonathan- I looked into it last year. My usual mustache/goatee was left untrimmed for a couple months, and I kinda like it, especially for the holidays. dunno If I wanna go all Dave Letterman with it tho.

In the past I worked in many malls, and saw many mall Santas, some kinda sleezy some pretty classy. The last mall I worked in had 'natural' santas, guys whose hair & beard were totally real. I called them 'free range Santas'. I asked one guy quietly what he does the rest of the year, and he said he was a trucker--the job allowed the hair alone. He said they make so much money at Christmas that they didn't have to work the rest of the year if they didn't want.

There's a course you need to take on how to be a proper Santa, what the rules are for dealing with children, etc.

The suit alone can get very expensive. and I'm guessing you'd want to carry a change of pants.

Hell, the malls around here have 'take your pet for Santa photo' days.

a lot to put up with, not sure if I have the stamina...

 

Store Santa is a bit of trial, no doubt.  But there are other avenues in the seasonal entertainment industry that provide the dignity and respect that seniority and whiskers command

 

 

Dignity and respect.

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This evening, I noticed that my license plate tag was missing, probably stolen while I was filming my short in a sketchy part of L.A. last weekend.

Although it's the 21st century, I still need to print out an application and physically go to the DMV to get a new tag. I could make an appointment, but the earliest available time is a week from tomorrow.

Fortunately, I don't really need my car at the moment. I walk to work nowadays. I just hate the fucking DMV.
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Originally Posted by Bradito View Post

This evening, I noticed that my license plate tag was missing, probably stolen while I was filming my short in a sketchy part of L.A. last weekend.

Although it's the 21st century, I still need to print out an application and physically go to the DMV to get a new tag. I could make an appointment, but the earliest available time is a week from tomorrow.

Fortunately, I don't really need my car at the moment. I walk to work nowadays. I just hate the fucking DMV.

 

A trip to the DMV?

 

You have my sympathy.  

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Never buy a Chevy HHR of any year unless you want an indoor pool on your passenger side, driver-side handles breaking off thus rolling down your window in order to escape your vehicle, and of course, the dreaded engine light which might come alight if your gascap isn't closed to the computer's anal specifications.  Let's not forget the dreaded "low traction" report when there's an inch of snow and your tires are new.  

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I rented an HHR once and can confirm that all those things will happen.
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This is my first car, and it proves to never, ever, ever, go for my instincts to buy what looks like a London cab in New England.

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Two weeks after my father died, my Hyundai died. My Mom said I was welcome to the car in her driveway...a Chevy HHR. It’s had about a million problems (all different from Millennium’s so maybe those are yet to come) and really only has two things going for it. It’s a stick shift so it’s actually fun to drive, and you can cram an entire refrigerator in the cargo bay, which is helpful for Captain Garbage shenanigans.

And it’s the old man’s. Although if he were here he would have told me to ditch it the moment the radio stopped working.
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Originally Posted by Bradito View Post

This evening, I noticed that my license plate tag was missing, probably stolen while I was filming my short in a sketchy part of L.A. last weekend.

Take a razor blade and score your new tag in several places after you stick it on. It makes it impossible for people who want to steal the tags to remove them in one piece and as a result tends to make them give up on taking your car’s tags and since it’s easier for them to just move on to the next car.
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