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  1. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Nail on the head. My old carrier (actual mail man) retired a few years ago, downhill fast since then. He gave a shit. Now they don't. The only thing that keeps them afloat is the junk mail, they readily admit that fact.

    "Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of stuffing my mail box full of pizza and window installation ads."

    By the way, I make my own pizza, and already replaced my windows myself. Sometimes I send window financing coupons to the pizza people, telling them that fact, using the pre paid envelope. I also like to send pizza coupons to the window people. Maybe they are hungry. Credit card offers, several each day? Meh.

    My Irish grandpa taught me an easy lesson about money. It's called CIF financing. If you don't have Cash In Fist you don't really need to fucking buy it.
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  2. mitchntx

    mitchntx Visit The wick in Seattle

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    Have any DRZ400 parts?
  3. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Not really, been years since I did one. A few small random bits is all.
  4. mitchntx

    mitchntx Visit The wick in Seattle

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    I wound up with a running basket case.
    Years of cobbling together a broken bike.
    I've spent way too much ...

    I could use things like a chain guard, passenger peg brackets, a parts carb, phillips screws for the plastic, grips ....
  5. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Sorry, none of that left. Post a wanted ad in Flea Market, you will get replies.

    http://stores.ebay.com/sparkingdogg...034264013&_sid=90186423&_trksid=p4634.c0.m322

    I have a 2004 KLX400SR (green DRZ400S) with 4k miles, it's mint. Got it for $2500 a couple years ago. Going super moto with it, I found some SM forks on Flea Market cheap, I think $100 shipped. I tend to buy nice ones for myself, I wrench all day. I don't wanna wrench on my own bikes, just ride them.
  6. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Mail got picked up today. I tried to catch the carrier but she was already leaving. Not my normal person. No idea why all the missed pick ups.

    I noticed today that Saturday's missed pick up was updated to "successful pick up completed".

    :topes

    The local post office's phone line was busy all day, like they took the phone off the hook. The 800 number had over an hour wait time. Great service.
  7. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Kids were with their mom today, and she texted me all upset and freaked out. The boy told her the daughter made a video about "sex".

    When they got home, I asked the daughter, and she said "Yes I did make a video like that." She uses her art board and dry erase markers to make videos, by the way. She continued, "I made a video about a female robot, but I am not really sure her sex was female, as robots do not have private parts."

    :rofl

    I remember well, I was maybe 9 or 10 and I asked my dad about sex. He turned very red and said something simple like "It's just the way it is." That was my big talk. It's just the way it is. Later, at school, I opened up the "S" encyclopedia and there it was, many pages of pictures of anatomy, as well as many written words telling all about the birds and the bees. That's how I learned. I figure people in this day and age have 3 choices:

    1-- Tell your kids about the birds and the bees when the time comes, and don't act weird about it. It's natural for them to want to know.

    2-- Let them learn on the playground from the other kids. I'm sure it will give them an accurate and honest idea about it all.

    3-- Play stupid, and say or do nothing. They have the internet, duh. Great way for them to learn. Google will probably provide links to XXX videos. Awesome parenting.

    After my dad's little "talk" I always said I wouldn't do that to my kids. I had the talk with my older, grown kids, when the time was appropriate. I find it kind of weird where Americans have their priorities. Violence has become so normal, let's sit around the TV and watch everyone get filled with bullet holes, and buckets of blood spraying everywhere... then play dumb when your kids ask about sex. I bet most kids don't even ask their parents anymore.

    Our house is a lot different. We don't have cable TV and my kids have not been exposed to all that blood and gore action movie crap. They have already both asked me why it takes a man and a woman to have a baby, and I have already explained it, in a rather scientific yet honest way.

    So do robots have a sex? I told my daughter, "Um I don't think so, machines do not have a sex". :lol3
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  8. tag3

    tag3 Doofus

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    Have always been a little too honest with my daughter. Course a couple things I did tell her it would be best if she asked her mother to explain that part.
  9. currenv

    currenv Been here awhile

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    Speaking of the Internet, did you give them the tablets for Christmas? How did they go over?

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  10. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Honesty is good, when done properly. Respect is earned, as a parent or a child. Nothing is given. I doubt her mother will ever have that talk, but I will. It doesn't concern me at all. I have two grown kids, it's not my first rodeo. That makes it easier, more expected.
    They got new RCA mini laptops with detachable keyboard, it snaps on and off. Has about a 10" screen, it's just their size. I checked reviews and it had much higher ratings that Samsung, or any laptop tablet except the $1200 ones, which I would never give a young kid. The price was about $125 per unit, and I got the 2 year extended warranty for another $20 (or so) figuring it would be wise. I normally don't get extended warranties.

    When you snap off the keyboard, the laptop becomes a touch screen tablet. They are really loving them, their old tablets were cheap 10 year old Galaxy's (not so cheap when I bought them though). The new ones have much more memory, they make videos and take a lot of pictures with them. Watch their videos (we don't have cable TV except Roku and Sling). They know how to download apps and play games. They are VERY happy with their new laptop tablets! :thumb
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  11. currenv

    currenv Been here awhile

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    They sound great! Soon they'll be doing stuff you won't have a clue about! When you see the black SUV parked across the street all day it will be your first sign that they've hacked into the NSA.

    Pro tip: PB and J sandwiches don't mix well with touchscreens. You'd think I'd have figured that out myself before trying it but nooooooo...

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  12. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Man... tomorrow's high is 0* F, low -12... Saturday high -5 and low -25... same for Sunday... this is INSANE cold. Last time I remember -25* F was maybe 30 years ago, it was so cold it made my teeth hurt to even walk outside.

    I must admit this SUCKS.

    Thank goodness I put that 4.5 kW heater in the shop... I have it around 60* F out here today. No way the little milk barn heater will keep up in this weather. Can't wait to see next month's gas and electric bills. Although, I just paid today, and it wasn't too bad. $125 each. I do use a bit of electricity with the shop heat, but the gas bill isn't bad, especially now that I have the good furnace and water heater. Plus I have my house sealed up pretty damned tight. All newer windows, lots of caulking, and various insulation as I see it needs done. I even built an insulated cover for my whole house fan, that helps a bunch.

    But it's not much fun when the temps are around 5* for weeks on end. It sucks even going outside.

    Looks like we are right on the edge of a pretty massive snow storm. I wouldn't want to be in Montana right now!
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  13. everready

    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    I hear ya. The HIGH for the next 10 days is forecast to be 23f. My furnace runs almost all night long. It is too cold to work in the garage, the tools are just too cold to handle. It does suck!
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  14. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    The first half of December, here, was very mild. Paying for it now. It sucks using electricity to heat the shop, it's sure not cheap.

    All my bikes look so sad. :cry Crappy time of year to be a bike lover.
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    VX Rider Long timer

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    I just got back from a 608sh degree ridea in North Texas......weird but nice.
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    everready Stuck in Ohio....Ugh!!!

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    608. Sounds pretty hot.
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    VX Rider Long timer

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    That's on the new MJF scale......s'posed to have typed 60-ish.

    Combine my math-cetric brain and predictive typing and it's a wonder I'm not typing Klingon.
  18. sparkingdogg

    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    When my kids are grown, I have made a vow to spend the first winter in Baja, and I'm not joking. :jkam

    When we see the ducks flying away for the winter, that's where they are going. Smart ducks.
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  19. lonegunm4n

    lonegunm4n Adventurer

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    In my part of Texas, whenever we see the out of state plates on RVs and travel trailers bigger than my first apartment, we always say the snowbirds are on the move, headed south for the winter or north for the summer lol
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    sparkingdogg Prisoner In Disguise

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    Yep, except I will probably be in a Dodge ProMaster or Ford Transit by then. My E350 van might have 10 years left in it, but that would be about it. I have no plans of driving a massive RV around, I want to have semi good fuel mileage so I can explore. Plus a bike on back.