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by Calder
Thu May 10, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: In an uninhabited world, would you find home?
Replies: 25
Views: 1223

Re: In an uninhabited world, would you find home?

It would be pretty difficult to cross the ocean(s) depending on where I was set down. I like to think I could find my way "home", but realistically, I probably couldn't. Edit: didn't thoroughly read the OP. On North America? Possibly. Get the ocean on the correct side, and start walking no...

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by Calder
Thu May 10, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: cop shoots a groundhog
Replies: 43
Views: 3594

Re: cop shoots a groundhog

The groundhog was blocking traffic.. really?

I bet if someone drove at it, it would have moved.

Edit: After watching the video there is clearly something wrong with that animal. Groundhogs (at least where I'm from) are quite skiddish, there's no way one would ever approach a person like that.

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by Calder
Thu Apr 26, 2018 12:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ford Cutting All Sedans and Hatchbacks in North America
Replies: 32
Views: 2362

Re: Ford Cutting All Sedans and Hatchbacks in North America

I was surprised to hear this earlier this morning on the radio.

While I prefer pickup trucks, I wouldn't mind having a current Fusion as a family car when I settle down. It's quite a looker too!

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by Calder
Mon Apr 23, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: So I am getting lessons to get a PPL soon
Replies: 22
Views: 2208

Re: So I am getting lessons to get a PPL soon

For what it's worth, when I was in flight school, the instructor would often reach over and turn off your EFB, or turn off the GPS and say "Ohh look, your batteries died"/"Ohh no, the GPS failed". They'd let you continue from there, but it's better to know what you're doing and n...

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by Calder
Wed Apr 11, 2018 12:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your most favorite car?
Replies: 47
Views: 1978

Re: Your most favorite car?

I enjoy my 2010 Nissan Frontier (6 speed) quite a bit. Although I have to say it isn't as fun to drive as my old single cab 1994 Ford Ranger that had all of ~98hp from the factory, but let's be real, it was probably closer to 80 when I got it. It was my first vehicle and the one I learned to drive a...

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by Calder
Mon Apr 02, 2018 12:26 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: What happens to the unused fuel in retired aircraft?
Replies: 31
Views: 5083

Re: What happens to the unused fuel in retired aircraft?

No. A modern car/truck diesel engine will be damaged by using Jet A-1 in a short while. NATO is trying to do that because of the poor diesel quality available in Africa. Until now without success. The vehicle runs with the jet fuel but the injection pump is worn out very soon. I understand you mean...

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by Calder
Fri Mar 16, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Site Related
Topic: Website not working
Replies: 23
Views: 4129

Re: Website not working

Came here to report an issue. Looks like it's already being taken care of.

airliners.net gives me an HTTP error 500, but by going directly to the forums (airliners.net/forum) it works fine.

Good luck admin!

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by Calder
Wed Mar 14, 2018 1:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Stephen Hawking has died - 76 yrs old
Replies: 21
Views: 1188

Re: Stephen Hawking has died - 76 yrs old

Godspeed Dr. Hawking.

Our world has lost a tremendous mind today.

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by Calder
Mon Mar 05, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: YouTube blacklisting conservative channels
Replies: 63
Views: 2625

Re: YouTube blacklisting conservative channels

I never really got into YouTube, save for a few people making videos that I enjoy. I've never subscribed to any channels, liked, or disliked anything, and prefer not to engage with the community. My use of the website has not changed significantly over the last ~5 years or so, nor do I expect it to ...

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by Calder
Fri Mar 02, 2018 3:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump to slap tax on aluminum imports
Replies: 214
Views: 11045

Re: Trump to slap tax on aluminum imports

I've been meaning to read "The Lexus and the Olive Tree" by Thomas Friedman for some time now.

It certainly seems relevant to present day politics.

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by Calder
Fri Feb 23, 2018 9:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Soul-Sucking Apple Store
Replies: 31
Views: 1905

Re: The Soul-Sucking Apple Store

I didn't realize that Calder, and the first I'm hearing of it with the phones. I have the 5S myself and as with my Honda Accord torture myself with lust for new cars or phones but then see the price and wonder what for when the paid off stuff works so well? My Mac Book Pro is 2010 vintage but still...

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by Calder
Fri Feb 23, 2018 8:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cool Apps You Love
Replies: 5
Views: 550

Re: Cool Apps You Love

Some indispensable apps that I always download after a wipe include:

Tasker (for automation)
Back country navigator
Titanium Backup Pro
Nova Launcher
AdAway
IR Remote
mSecure
Swiftkey
and SuperSU

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by Calder
Fri Feb 23, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Soul-Sucking Apple Store
Replies: 31
Views: 1905

Re: The Soul-Sucking Apple Store

In all the complaining I was able to distill two facts: 1. Fr8 took a 4 1/2 year old phone and bought a 4-5 year lease on life for it for $83. 2. He could've done the above himself for $30 but chose to go through onsite Retail service instead at a cost of $53. My points: The 5S is a damn good phone...

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by Calder
Fri Feb 23, 2018 1:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is "god" a myth?
Replies: 313
Views: 14572

Re: Is "god" a myth?

A better question, does it matter?

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by Calder
Thu Feb 22, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gun owners lose again in front of the USSC.
Replies: 59
Views: 2388

Re: Gun owners lose again in front of the USSC.

I've been spending a few hours over the last couple of days reading about the history of the NRA and it's past, and present lobby efforts. The original goal of the NRA I can get on board with, but after the leadership change (which I interpreted as a hostile takeover) in 1968 I think the NRA has los...

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by Calder
Thu Feb 22, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Soul-Sucking Apple Store
Replies: 31
Views: 1905

Re: The Soul-Sucking Apple Store

I don't own any Apple products, but I like to browse their stores from time to time.

They certainly have a unique atmosphere going for them, although at times it can feel too "sanitized".

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by Calder
Thu Feb 15, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX
Replies: 214
Views: 19701

Re: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX

It's just leveling the power gradient. The agent threatened the guy with calling the cops with no discernible reason, which justifies the recording IMHO. The agent deserves the notoriety, IMHO. I must respectfully disagree. I think as soon as you pull out a recording device you immediately lose the...

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by Calder
Thu Feb 15, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida: Reports of active shooter in school
Replies: 102
Views: 4663

Re: Florida: Reports of active shooter in school

Nicoeddf wrote:
Yes, exactly. Those are valid reasons. Mostly it is hunting and shooting for sports competitions that are valid reasons here.


tommy1808 wrote:
Yup, valid reasons.

best regards
Thomas


Thank you both for your quick and succinct answers.

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by Calder
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida: Reports of active shooter in school
Replies: 102
Views: 4663

Re: Florida: Reports of active shooter in school

For Germany: profiency requirement for each gun you own, proof you understand the laws regarding guns, constant training requiremnt, safe storage and a valid reason to have that gun , i.e. People with mental issues ("I need it for my protection") get send to mental health professional and...

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by Calder
Thu Feb 15, 2018 1:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX
Replies: 214
Views: 19701

Re: Delta Employee Uses Vulgarities Towards Customer @ PDX

Regardless of the position of the people in the video, it's not acceptable to talk to anyone the way that DL employee was talking to the man filming. That said, I also think it's pretty sad that people feel the need to shove a camera in someones face when they're having a disagreement. It's just pla...

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by Calder
Fri Feb 09, 2018 1:38 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Yet another emotional support animal controversy - Spirit vs. Hamster
Replies: 78
Views: 8334

Re: Yet another emotional support animal controversy - Spirit vs. Hamster

I'm having a hard time believing this story. It's just.. too ridiculous. Is this real life? If it is, and the airline rep actually told her to flush it, why would you not look them in the eye and tell them to piss off? (add in your choice of vulgarity). Do people my age actually follow asinine "...

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by Calder
Wed Feb 07, 2018 7:13 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Twin-engine airplanes technical limitations
Replies: 5
Views: 1158

Re: Twin-engine airplanes technical limitations

I assume that a significant factor would be the asymmetrical thrust should you lose an engine, and the rather large rudder needed to compensate for the yawing moment.

So surely rudder size/design has a lot to do with it.

I'm sure someone more technically credentialed than I can elaborate.

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by Calder
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: NH Supreme Court hears 'Free The Nipple' case
Replies: 29
Views: 1932

Re: NH Supreme Court hears 'Free The Nipple' case

I don't care at all which way this case goes, but I'll say, I am honestly curious to see what the outcome is.

Should be an interesting case study, if nothing else.

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by Calder
Sun Feb 04, 2018 1:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: L-1011 at ONT
Replies: 56
Views: 10032

Re: L10-11 at ONT

God damn that's a beautiful aircraft.

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by Calder
Wed Jan 24, 2018 1:53 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: ATC Roles
Replies: 1
Views: 438

Re: ATC Roles

Pointsixtyfive and stuckmic are decent ATC forums. The former seems to be of slightly higher quality than the latter to me. I believe PPRuNe has an ATC section as well, but I think it's mostly Europeans. Edit: I have no idea what the rules are for "advertising" other forums here. Mods, do ...

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by Calder
Fri Jan 19, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Best Aircraft for PPL(A) Flight Training
Replies: 9
Views: 1959

Re: Best Aircraft for PPL(A) Flight Training

Whatever is easiest to afford.

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by Calder
Thu Jan 18, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Korea's to field joint Olympic team
Replies: 12
Views: 805

Re: Korea's to field joint Olympic team

I believe the only team they will be fielding jointly will be the women's ice hockey team.

Although North Korea is sending a sizable entourage along with its athletes.

I've got to say, this news surprises me in a good way, which is a feeling I haven't had in a while.

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by Calder
Thu Jan 18, 2018 1:19 pm
Forum: Military Aviation & Space Flight
Topic: Is the "SR-72 Son of Blackbird" flying already?
Replies: 29
Views: 6847

Re: Is the "SR-72 Son of Blackbird" flying already?

Pretty cool, I assume it will be optionally manned.

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by Calder
Tue Jan 16, 2018 1:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Is it time for Three Engine Hybrid Aircraft?
Replies: 63
Views: 8105

Re: Is it time for Three Engine Hybrid Aircraft?

A little off topic but does a Ram Air generator loose more energy than it generates? If not you could have electric APUs, that are charged in flight. Of course it looses energy - drag it creates requires more thrust to overcome by increased fuel burn. That is exactly why RAT is the very last resort...

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by Calder
Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump : Why do we let people in from (expletive) countries ?
Replies: 165
Views: 6938

Re: Trump : Why do we let people in from other countries ?

You know sometimes I can't tell if Trump is being serious, or if he's just trying to be remembered as the greatest troll who ever lived.

Wouldn't it be great if everybody just ignored him?

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by Calder
Thu Jan 11, 2018 2:01 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest
Replies: 113
Views: 16536

Re: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest

....How would the general public like to be recorded? ... Every airport has 100s if not 1000s of cameras. That's not a true statement. I'm willing to bet small airports like HVN don't even have ten cameras. Even a midsize airport like, say, SAV, probably doesn't have "100s" of cameras. Ju...

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by Calder
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:35 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest
Replies: 113
Views: 16536

Re: Toronto-bound Porter Airlines passengers told to delete videos or face arrest

I find people tend to use their cameras as an act of (passive) agression, not just in the airline world, but everywhere. As long as we back them and "like" them, they will continue. I recently had an incident where when leaving the forward lav to go to the cockpit, a Business Class passen...

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by Calder
Fri Jan 05, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign
Replies: 29
Views: 1401

Re: Intel processor design flaw forces Linux, Windows redesign

Interesting! I heard a rumor about a flaw in kernel memory and SpecEx on Intel chips a week and a half ago, but I didn't think anything would come of it, and certainly not this far reaching. I'm super excited to see that ARM processors are also vulnerable. My fingers are crossed that the smartphone ...

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by Calder
Thu Jan 04, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Different ways you can get hurt by aircraft
Replies: 39
Views: 3832

Re: Different ways you can get hurt by aircraft

On a more humorous note, I was helping the local A&P move a nice little C172M into his hangar yesterday. One foot on his concrete floor, one foot outside his (open) hangar door on a patch of ice.. I had the towbar in hand and leaned back to shift it forward before pushing it back into its final ...

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by Calder
Tue Dec 26, 2017 3:03 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Will having a flight simulator help me get an airline job?
Replies: 69
Views: 5210

Re: Will having a flight simulator help me get an airline job?

OP, if you've got a flight sim program already, use it for intro IFR stuff if you can. Otherwise, save your money and spend it on a few flying lessons rather than a home sim setup. As others have stated, you should be more worried about developing bad habits than not having any habits at all. Also, ...

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by Calder
Tue Dec 19, 2017 5:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: From Russia with truth
Replies: 759
Views: 33804

Re: From Russia with truth

This thread is an awesome read.

The mental gymnastics, and hilarious deflections are astounding.

Dutchy, you're a more patient man than I!

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by Calder
Mon Dec 18, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christmas love it or loath it
Replies: 48
Views: 2171

Re: Christmas love it or loath it

I like Christmas as an excuse to try and find my friends/family the "perfect" gift.

I'm usually happy if I can manage to find a "perfect" gift for one person.

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by Calder
Thu Dec 14, 2017 2:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lil' Pump flips off WestJet in song "Gucci Gang"
Replies: 20
Views: 4274

Re: Lil' Pump flips off WestJet in song "Gucci Gang"

What the hell is he screeching at the end of some of his sentences? It sounds like he's saying "Ashcat"..

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by Calder
Wed Nov 15, 2017 6:14 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: PAPI always on?
Replies: 7
Views: 1704

Re: PAPI always on?

It's likely that the airport in question has a PCL/ARCAL (Pilot Contolled Lighting/Aircraft Radio Control of Aerodrome Lighting) which turns on the PAPIs/REILs when the runway lights are keyed. This is the system that's in use at my home airport anyway. Interestingly, we also have an old set of PAPI...

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by Calder
Mon Nov 13, 2017 1:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Whats your Uber rating?
Replies: 42
Views: 3244

Re: Whats your Uber rating?

No Uber/Lyft drivers up where I live.

Local taxi businesses still reign king, which is nice because they're extremely inexpensive.

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by Calder
Fri Nov 03, 2017 12:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Americans who can't read
Replies: 22
Views: 1288

Re: The Americans who can't read

I know this sounds crazy, but being from a very remote rural area I actually know several adults who read at an elementary school level, or barely at all. Granted, these are older men (60+) who are the product of a different era. I assume they're part of the "I left school when I was 8 or 9 to ...

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by Calder
Thu Oct 26, 2017 7:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Streaming TV - How do you stream (semi-aviation related)
Replies: 10
Views: 1250

Re: Streaming TV - How do you stream (semi-aviation related)

I have a dedicated windows based computer that's permanently hooked up to the living room TV (via HDMI) with a wireless keyboard and mouse.

It makes a great video game platform too!

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by Calder
Fri Oct 20, 2017 1:11 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any Nexus 6P owners?
Replies: 7
Views: 905

Re: Any Nexus 6P owners?

I usually get ~2 years or ~700 charge cycles out of my smartphone batteries before they start to take a noticeable nose dive. This is one of the major reasons I gravitate towards phones with a removable battery. Although I'm not opposed to ripping electronics apart to repair/replace components. Soun...

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by Calder
Thu Oct 12, 2017 5:09 pm
Forum: Technical/Operations
Topic: Questions on 'Fuel Endurance', ' Reserved Fuel', 'Mayday Fuel', 'Minimum Fuel' and 'Minimum Holding Fuel'
Replies: 21
Views: 5257

Re: Questions on 'Fuel Endurance', ' Reserved Fuel', 'Mayday Fuel', 'Minimum Fuel' and 'Minimum Holding Fuel'

Just gonna throw out the info I learned on the GA (general aviation) side of things ~8 years ago when going through ground school. If memory serves, VFR minimum fuel reserve is 30 minutes. IFR minimum fuel reserve is 45 minutes. However, given I haven't flown in quite some time, there is a strong po...

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by Calder
Thu Oct 12, 2017 12:56 pm
Forum: Travel, Polls & Preferences
Topic: Any smoking flights still?
Replies: 36
Views: 12150

Re: Any smoking flights still?

I wouldn't mind taking a smoking flight, just for the sake of having the experience.

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by Calder
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: If you won the lottery
Replies: 31
Views: 1783

Re: If you won the lottery

There's something about single turboprops that I really like. So I'll echo some of those above me and say I'd have either a PC-12, a TBM 930, Cessna Denali (depending on its teething problems), and maybe a Lancair evo (with the Walter) for those trips when it's just me. Edit: Almost forgot, throw me...

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by Calder
Tue Oct 03, 2017 1:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Electric Cars Can Create the Biggest Disruption Since the iPhone
Replies: 34
Views: 2028

Re: How Electric Cars Can Create the Biggest Disruption Since the iPhone

I'm not saying IC engines are less maintenance hungry than EV's, just that a lot of the maintenance items you mentioned are not as much of a hurdle as they seem to be in your post. I hear you but it's not just the parts, is it? Put a car in for service at a main dealer to ensure your warranty stays...

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by Calder
Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:29 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Electric Cars Can Create the Biggest Disruption Since the iPhone
Replies: 34
Views: 2028

Re: How Electric Cars Can Create the Biggest Disruption Since the iPhone

One key advantage of electric cars is the lack of mechanical complexity, which makes them more suitable for the heavy use allowed by driverless technology, Francesco Starace, chief executive officer of Enel SpA, Italy’s largest utility, said in an interview. “I don’t see driverless being pushed int...

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by Calder
Fri Sep 15, 2017 5:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: SF Bay area home prices!
Replies: 28
Views: 1782

Re: SF Bay area home prices!

This makes me glad that I live in an area where I can buy a decent fixer upper for ~40K.

I'd rather be the medium sized fish in a small pond thanks!

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by Calder
Fri Sep 15, 2017 12:41 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Anyone driving an electric car or planning to buy one?
Replies: 45
Views: 1790

Re: Anyone driving an electric car or planning to buy one?

I'd be all over it if I didn't live in an area that's very cold ~5 months of the year. Of the limited number of my friends who have EV's most of them loathe driving them in the winter. If I had a heated garage that would be one thing, but renting an apartment my vehicles have to live outside :thumbs...

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