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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16140 on: May 27, 2019, 11:39:11 am »

Hiya BetterMost friends.








Going to a BBQ at 2:00, and I'm bringing dessert.  I went to a local donut shop, and got these.




1st Row: 3 Red Velvet & 1 Oreo
2nd Row: 2 Oreo & 2 Ring-A-Ling
3rd Row: 1 Ring-A-Ling & 3 Twix
4th Row: 3 Triple Chocolate & 1 S'mores
5th Row: 2 S'mores & 2 Reverse Jersey Cream
6th Row: 1 Reverse Jersey Cream & 3 Cinnamon Sugar Nutella.


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16141 on: May 27, 2019, 11:43:02 am »
The second you'll probably get used to fairly quickly. The first ... that one I would never get used to, but then I never change my own tires. I've had three flat tires in the past six months -- I blame the freeway on my way to work; they're doing a major reconstruction project and the road surface has been really rough and potholed. Anyway, my insurance policy has roadside assistance, and I also have AAA so if one doesn't work the other comes through.

I assume you'll get full coverage on Sabrina, so you might want to check the policy (not that you'd need roadside assistance from insurance for the next five years). I didn't know about mine for the first couple of years.

Wow, fancy! Does it have the thing where you don't actually have to put the key in the ignition, it senses it in your pocket and you just press a button?

The music/phone/google maps feature will be really handy! Minnesota is starting a new no-hold law, which means you can't even hold your phone to make a call -- you have to have a feature like this. I have an aux plug in my car, so I could get the music to play through the speakers, but you'd still have to manipulate the phone to use it.

A few years ago I was assigned to cover an auto show. They had a contest for a free car, and this woman won who had come to the show to look at cars to replace her old one and wanted to upgrade to one with seat warmers and a rear-view camera.

The one she won was unbelievably decked out. Not just seat warmers, but seat AC! Not just RV camera and blind-spot sensor, but also features that steer your car back into your lane if you start to drift or slow you down if the cars ahead slow down, and all sorts of other things. Plus roaming wireless.

The theme of my auto-show article was all the fancy automated features you can get on cars these days. Some have, I think, since become standard. It's like we're in some middle ground before we reach fully automated cars -- The Singularity!

But I also talked to a mechanic who said all these automated things mean the cars take twice as long to fix, and yet he can't charge his customers twice as much.

Sounds like you've still got good old-fashioned manual transmission. In the city, even -- I salute you! I had that for 11 years but have had automatic so long I'd have trouble going back to manual.


Yes, I do have full coverage on Sabrina, so I'll have to look and see if I have that feature or not.

She doesn't have the keyless feature, so I still have a key to put into the car to turn it on.  No, I don't have a manual transmission, she is automatic.   I do know how to drive a stick, however.  Two of the trucks I've owned in the past were stick-shift.


Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16142 on: May 27, 2019, 03:47:15 pm »
In 2017 I rented a car in Alaska and fortunately was warned that it sensed the opener in my pocket. It is always my habit to test the door is locked before I leave and, of course, that just opened the door again, very frustrating. You just pressed a button to start the engine.  In the old days, I kept a spare key in my wallet. Not so necessary now as it is almost impossible to lock the key inside the car but the key door opener is so thick, even the spare, so cannot be kept in my wallet.  I had a lucky escape last Friday.  I went by myself to plan a walk for next week in a bird sanctuary. There is a donation box at the entry. When I returned I was surprised to see a lady standing right at my car (I had spoken to her during the walk, she was photographing birds) She was writing a note as she had found my key lying beside the donation box. I was 50 km from home, very few people around. If I had checked my pocket and realised the key was missing, I would have gone into a panic, so thankful she saw it.
I have a manual. My sister tried to talk me out of it when I bought the car in 2010 and was not happy early this year when she came over to stay for my hernia operation. I could not drive for a week and she had not driven a manual for over 20 years. However she had more trouble with the windscreen wipers/blinkers being on the opposite side.
When I moved to NZ I was not pleased that people could use cell phones in cars, however they banned them (as in Australia for many many years) not long after I moved here.  No problem for me, I rarely even turn my phone on, it is only for emergencies.
I have only had one flat tyre in the last 10 years. I was in the North Island and dressed for dinner and it was raining so I called the AA. The only other time I have called the AA was for a flat battery (surprised it lasted 8 years)and I was at home, fortunately only going shopping so not in a hurry. I guess I would have had to call them last Friday if I had not found my key. I do not need insurance with my AA membership.
I would like my next car to be electric but they are so expensive to buy. My car is almost 10 years old so will probably start to need money for repairs.
Petrol here is about NZ$2.35 per litre which is NZ$8.90 per gallon or US$5.85 per gallon. However I only fill up my car about once per month (about 35 litres) and get discounts for AA membership (10 cents), my monthly ISP payment (10 cents) and even my hairdresser (3 cents).  My Ford Fiesta is very economical and I rarely drive more than 20 km from home and use the bus where possible. I usually take 3 passengers when we go hiking on Tuesdays.  It has seat belts for another person in the back but that is very squashed so avoided. People seem to rush to get in my car, not sure if because it is comfortable, my driving is safe or my personality  ;D

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16143 on: May 27, 2019, 04:01:37 pm »
No, I don't have a manual transmission, she is automatic.   I do know how to drive a stick, however.  Two of the trucks I've owned in the past were stick-shift.

Oh! I thought when you mentioned pressing the clutch ...  ???

The donuts look delish!



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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16144 on: May 27, 2019, 04:22:12 pm »
I do not feel in control when driving an automatic. The car (Honda Accord) I drove in Alaska in 2017 (just 3 days and only to the Denali park entry where you board buses) was automatic as was the car (small Nissan) I had for one day in Jasper, Canada and i drove an automatic in Australia (Hyundai Accent) last year for 10 days. The car I had in the Cotswolds UK for 3 days last August (BMW) was a manual.

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16145 on: May 27, 2019, 04:34:34 pm »
Congratulations on the new wheels, Chuck! Is there a road trip in your near future?

I'm taking my Crimson Chariot on a road trip at the end of June. First west into the mountains, then up Utah, swinging by Moab way, then a swing through the Tetons and Yellowstone, and across to Ten Sleep, the rodeo on the Fourth of July and the ceremony for John Trudell on the next day. Then, east to Buffalo and the Occidental Hotel and back to Denver. I'm sure my trusty car will be up for it!!
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16146 on: May 28, 2019, 09:52:11 am »
Wow, Chuck!  Sabrina is a real beauty.  Safe and happy driving!

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16147 on: May 28, 2019, 09:29:38 pm »
Hiya BetterMost friends.



Oh, we have thunder and lightning here tonight in NJ!!!  Just what I like.  I have the window open by the computer table, and I can hear the rain pounding down, and watch the flashing lightning.

Back to work today, and I'm already ready for another day off.  :laugh:  I have June 11th off, for a dentist appointment.  Then we have July 4th off.  That day is a Thursday, and I think a lot of our clients will close on Friday as well, so it will be a SLOW day in the office.

I do not feel in control when driving an automatic. The car (Honda Accord) I drove in Alaska in 2017 (just 3 days and only to the Denali park entry where you board buses) was automatic as was the car (small Nissan) I had for one day in Jasper, Canada and i drove an automatic in Australia (Hyundai Accent) last year for 10 days. The car I had in the Cotswolds UK for 3 days last August (BMW) was a manual.

It's interesting that you would feel that way, Brian.  Most people here in the US would prefer automatic instead of manual.  I am grateful that I know how to drive both.  It's been many years since I've had to use a manual, but I do know how.

Congratulations on the new wheels, Chuck! Is there a road trip in your near future?

I'm taking my Crimson Chariot on a road trip at the end of June. First west into the mountains, then up Utah, swinging by Moab way, then a swing through the Tetons and Yellowstone, and across to Ten Sleep, the rodeo on the Fourth of July and the ceremony for John Trudell on the next day. Then, east to Buffalo and the Occidental Hotel and back to Denver. I'm sure my trusty car will be up for it!!

No, no road trips in the near future.   However, who knows what the next few years may bring?

Wow, Chuck!  Sabrina is a real beauty.  Safe and happy driving!

Thanks so much, BBP!!!  :-*




Tell him when l come up to him and ask to play the record, l'm gonna say: ''Voulez-vous jouer ce disque?''
'Voulez-vous, will you kiss my dick?'
Will you play my record? One-track mind!

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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16148 on: May 31, 2019, 10:47:47 pm »
Then, east to Buffalo and the Occidental Hotel and back to Denver. I'm sure my trusty car will be up for it!!

I want to go back to Buffalo. I want to stay at the Occidental Cafe and have a meal at the Busy Bee Cafe, if it's still there.
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Re: Cellar Scribblings
« Reply #16149 on: May 31, 2019, 10:54:33 pm »
I never change my own tires.

You just don't, or you don't know how?

My father would not have let me out on the road if I couldn't change a tire myself. I even used to put on my own snow tires. He made sure I knew how to check and add oil and wiper fluid and water and/or antifreeze to the radiator.

One thing he did not teach me, or think to teach me, was to check and add water to the battery--you had to do that back in them days. At least when the battery went dead once because it had gone dry, he couldn't blame me for it because he never told me I had to do that!  :laugh:
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