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On 10/26/2020 at 12:22 PM, David said:

Am a dog lover, my sister is checking out the type of dog she wants to get. Spent the weekend with this labradoodle.

 

Labradoodles and goldendoodles are now fairly established.  I don't know much about their pros and cons.

These are now called "designer" dog breeds, specifically bred to cross two sets of qualities they want to combine.  Within the last week, I saw a photo of a combination of a Bernese Mountain Dog (one of the best dogs around) with a poodle.  You should have seen the price on it.  It was a beautiful dog.

Dogs are not cheap these days.  Someone explained to me that, since people are increasingly warming up to the reality that, in shorthand, people suck, the demand for household pets, and especially select breeds, has gone up.

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Been away for a while.. summer stuff.. figured I'd get out an live while the weather was warm. Decided to get back into riding bikes.. had given it up back in '05 after my then wife (now ex) had issue

This whole crossover craze has gone a bit too far....

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11 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

Labradoodles and goldendoodles are now fairly established.  I don't know much about their pros and cons.

These are now called "designer" dog breeds, specifically bred to cross two sets of qualities they want to combine.  Within the last week, I saw a photo of a combination of a Bernese Mountain Dog (one of the best dogs around) with a poodle.  You should have seen the price on it.  It was a beautiful dog.

Dogs are not cheap these days.  Someone explained to me that, since people are increasingly warming up to the reality that, in shorthand, people suck, the demand for household pets, and especially select breeds, has gone up.

Never thought I would see $5k dogs... 😮 

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Of the 'designer' breeds, I like Yommies (Yorkie-Pomeranian) , Yorkipoos (Yorkie-Poodle) and Morkies (Yorkie-Maltese).  

 

For some randomness, saw a TV ad for the GMC Hummer EV...I rarely see TV ads, but I was streaming a documentary on the Ark Royal and it had ads.

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8 hours ago, balthazar said:

I know I read the GM lowered the price on the 3.0L TD to around $1500 (effective immediately) ... but build n price guides are currently showing it circa $2300. Was it a short-time special and I didn't catch that? Seen it from Chevy & GMC< and from numerous dealers' window stickers online.

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Wasn't that new, lower price bump v. the price of the optional 6.2L gas engine or something like that?  I forget now.  Nice truck, I'm not a red guy though (for vehicles anyway)

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2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

One word:  OMG, Genesis GV70!

 

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Yes!  I was looking at pics of it last night, I like the styling inside and out... very sharp and unique.

 

 

A bit of randomness..my father would have been 99 today.

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21 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

Even though it won't be happening, I could use something like an old school GM 4.3 V6 with TBI under the hood of my next car.  

I think they still use that as a base motor for full size pickup trucks. But if I was going to buy a GM truck, the only configuration I really like is the ZR2 Colorado. 

10 minutes ago, Robert Hall said:

Yes!  I was looking at pics of it last night, I like the styling inside and out... very sharp and unique.

 

 

A bit of randomness..my father would have been 99 today.

Hyundai is the most dynamic car maker right now in terms of what they are doing. 

2 hours ago, ocnblu said:

Wasn't that new, lower price bump v. the price of the optional 6.2L gas engine or something like that?  I forget now.  Nice truck, I'm not a red guy though (for vehicles anyway)

Again, would prefer a colorado ZR2 Diesel myself....but that is a damn nice truck. Not really a red guy either when it comes to trucks, but I had a red S-10 that was fantastic back in the day. 

9 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

Of the 'designer' breeds, I like Yommies (Yorkie-Pomeranian) , Yorkipoos (Yorkie-Poodle) and Morkies (Yorkie-Maltese).  

 

For some randomness, saw a TV ad for the GMC Hummer EV...I rarely see TV ads, but I was streaming a documentary on the Ark Royal and it had ads.

I really want a Shi-Tzu. Such well behaved, gentle dogs. 

Or a Jack Ruseel terrier to terrify my cats, I can't decide which.

Actually, I am kind of Bipolar, maybe one of each. 

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Lots of neat vintage iron here. 

 

Good Video. 

 

 

 

...and I love both the Audi and the Lincoln....I am not a snob by era....

I want an Epic adventure...

 

 

 

I so want to travel to central America when all of this covid crap is done. 

 

 

Substitute a Ford Ranger for the T100 and we are good....but it is much more difficult to take a vehicle south of the border if you have a loan on it. 

Might like to find an older basic vehicle with 4WD to take on some adventures. 

 

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18 hours ago, balthazar said:

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Telepathy?  I just found this great YouTube on an entry level FB of this genre "down under."

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4 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

 

I really want a Shi-Tzu. Such well behaved, gentle dogs. 

Or a Jack Ruseel terrier to terrify my cats, I can't decide which.

Actually, I am kind of Bipolar, maybe one of each. 

Tzus are nice.  At some point, I'd like to have a West Highland White Terrier (Westie) again or an Australian Terrier again...have had them in the past, love their personalities and temperament.  Westies are calmer than Aussies, the 3 Aussies we've had tended to be bipolar...sweet and loving one moment, bitey and ferocious the next. 

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15 minutes ago, balthazar said:

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Why you buy a Tundra.....never get that kind of smoke out of a Toyota. 

Speaking of trucks...

 

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3 hours ago, daves87rs said:

I just saw two Ford Escorts this morning.....like late 80s ones-threw me off a bit....

I remember getting passed by one on an off ramp by a guy doing like 90.....he bit the concrete wall and the Escort came apart spectacularly.  Guy was OK but I bet his insurance went way up. 

https://www.trucks.com/2020/10/27/waymo-daimler-self-driving-truck-partnership/?utm_source=browser&utm_medium=popup&utm_content=ram

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Nice review. 

 

15 hours ago, daves87rs said:

Never thought I would see $5k dogs... 😮 

I never thought I would see half ton pickups at almsot 80 grand...

13 hours ago, balthazar said:

"local field workers", Wisconsin, 1915.
Put 'em to work.

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My grandmother grew up in and was born in a log cabin in Wisconsin in 1917....amazing how things change in a short period of time. 

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15 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

Labradoodles and goldendoodles are now fairly established.  I don't know much about their pros and cons.

These are now called "designer" dog breeds, specifically bred to cross two sets of qualities they want to combine.  Within the last week, I saw a photo of a combination of a Bernese Mountain Dog (one of the best dogs around) with a poodle.  You should have seen the price on it.  It was a beautiful dog.

Dogs are not cheap these days.  Someone explained to me that, since people are increasingly warming up to the reality that, in shorthand, people suck, the demand for household pets, and especially select breeds, has gone up.

People do suck, more and more each day. Disgusted with the political negativity in  the country. I can pick on my own side of the fence....the number of liberal friends of mine who would celebrate if Amy Comey Barret chocked on a piece of chicken in a resteraunt and died is amazing.  I want a dog, a pickup truck, and the open road. 

 

I need to re read Travells with Charlie. 

 

https://www.amazon.com/Travels-Charley-Search-America-Steinbeck/dp/0140053204

This also looks like a good read. 

https://www.amazon.com/Outbreak-Crisis-Religion-Ruined-Pandemic/dp/B08L2HSVS8/ref=pd_lutyp_wsixn_v2_6_4/143-4699616-0598161?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B08L2HSVS8&pd_rd_r=8f410600-f449-4eb3-86e6-60a60af5d0c9&pd_rd_w=bDIoO&pd_rd_wg=0rFeF&pf_rd_p=5046f028-98e3-42b1-9847-47bc0a965eea&pf_rd_r=DGMN2NC7M83VRTTMK7KV&psc=1&refRID=DGMN2NC7M83VRTTMK7KV

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10 hours ago, ocnblu said:

One word:  OMG, Genesis GV70!

 

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Over all not bad, but the rear reminds me of the funky Infinity CUV that was shaped like this. Not a big fan. wait and see but from the C to D pillar is just weird to me and then the Jelly Bean back end. Meh

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59 minutes ago, balthazar said:

Where abouts?

Near Wausau

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Someone else has my same philosophy for finding tools in the workshop. 

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This video is really funny....and yes...lots of people in our country like this...

 

 

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10 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

I think they still use that as a base motor for full size pickup trucks. But if I was going to buy a GM truck, the only configuration I really like is the ZR2 Colorado. 

Or a Jack Ruseel terrier to terrify my cats, I can't decide which.

I believe you are correct.  I know someone in the Sunbelt who bought a simplistic RWD big Chevy or GMC truck 2 or 3 years ago (new, for a great price) and he told me he had a six under the hood.  This is a person who builds and repairs things, yet he couldn't tell me which engine was under the hood.  I asked him if I could raise the hood and look around.  It was a 4.3 or 4300 V6.  How would he not know that?  The change is that, since it was introduced, it is now an all aluminum (heads and block) engine.  Also, TBI gave way to Bosch injectors, I'm sure.  I guess that, with steel sleeves lining the cylinder walls, this technology became reliable.

As for dogs, I was in Europe and there was this guy holding a puppy at the entrance to his bar - which really means espresso joint.  I asked him, in HIS language, what kind of dog it was.  His response was pronounced as "Chuck Russ."  I asked him for the third time, and he then included the suffix "terrier."  I then said, "Oh, Jack Russell terrier."  Affirmative.  This puppy licked my hand. 

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43 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

I believe you are correct.  I know someone in the Sunbelt who bought a simplistic RWD big Chevy or GMC truck 2 or 3 years ago (new, for a great price) and he told me he had a six under the hood.  This is a person who builds and repairs things, yet he couldn't tell me which engine was under the hood.  I asked him if I could raise the hood and look around.  It was a 4.3 or 4300 V6.  How would he not know that?  

The truck is probably just an appliance to them...most drivers don't know what is under the hood---just a power unit for their appliance. 

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4 hours ago, David said:

Over all not bad, but the rear reminds me of the funky Infinity CUV that was shaped like this. Not a big fan. wait and see but from the C to D pillar is just weird to me and then the Jelly Bean back end. Meh

The Infiniti FX?  I liked those...distinctive styling, not the usual SUV box.  

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6 hours ago, balthazar said:

Proposed 1960 Olds '55' :

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There were Pontiac and Buick versions as well at this stage.  Early foray into "badge engineering".

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15 hours ago, Robert Hall said:

The Infiniti FX?  I liked those...distinctive styling, not the usual SUV box.  

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Yes, the FX is what the rear on this reminds me of. Piss poor interior cargo space, could not even get a bag of golf clubs in them. Also interior space for humans sucked too. I know lots of people liked the style, but for me, the style cost in interior room. 

That is why I love the Hummer EV, it has the box design with style and what looks like plenty of interior space especially for us big people.

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53 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Speaking of Jeep...

 

Been a while since I saw one!

 

That said- I saw a line of Mustang E Machs today testing....didn’t realize my Equinox was bigger than one.... 🙂 

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Exxon Mobil has stated that as they transition to a change of what powers auto's around the world and work to get to a net zero equality for the climate by 2035, that changes are in order and with the Pandemic, Exxon Mobil cust 1,600 positions in Europe and 1,900 position in the US today. They also announced that they will be reducing their head count globally by 15% or 14,000 by the end of 2021.

https://electrek.co/2020/10/30/egeb-exxon-layoffs-wartsila-us-net-zero-electricity/

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LOT of people worldwide working from home now or out of work. Tourism, hotel and entertainment industries have been decimated. Fuel demand is way down.

Exxon-Mobil reported in June that fuel consumption in ‘20 was down... 11%.

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4 hours ago, balthazar said:

LOT of people worldwide working from home now or out of work. Tourism, hotel and entertainment industries have been decimated. Fuel demand is way down.

Exxon-Mobil reported in June that fuel consumption in ‘20 was down... 11%.

Right, the leisure and discretionary sectors have probably been the hardest hit.  People need that stuff to keep their heads screwed on straight. 

It's weird to be inside an airplane or public transit with so many seats blocked off.  The airlines have to fly planes that are, more or less, mostly full to be profitable.  I have a feeling that, if normalcy comes, there will be a huge surge in travel and it might be difficult to find airplane seats and hotel rooms at times.  Pent up demand can work in strange ways.

 

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56 minutes ago, David said:

R.I.P. Sir Sean Connery who passed in his sleep overnight at age 90.

The best James Bond 007 we ever had.

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-54761824

I read that 5 minutes ago.  It almost seems surreal ... Sean Connery was a larger than life persona.  He appears to have gone peacefully and may he R.I.P.

It has been an incredible thing to grow up with and mature alongside the timeless franchise of so many great 007 films.

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Why in this age of 6, 8, 10, 12 megapixel cameras abounding, do so many dealerships still photograph their cars to 600 and 800 pixel photo sizes, on shit cameras from 2009?  Or maybe they just post the photos at that reduced size for space reasons.....when monitors these days are 1900+ pixels....

Those crappy photos on the dealer website do not make me want to go look at your 50,000 dollar car.

Even worse, many don't even photo their cars anymore.  They leave up those stock animation quality rendered images of the manufacturer.

Many photograph their vehicles in a weird space with completely heinous and unflattering fluorescent lighting as well.  Vroom's photos are like the vaseline on lens images of penthouse from the 70's and 80's.

I realize prepping cars for sale takes work and cost is involved (i have worked at a dealership); but take some more time and care to photograph your inventory well, it makes it more presentable.  You don't need 80 pictures.....20-40 will work if they are high quality photos and capture each image to show relevant things.

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3 hours ago, regfootball said:

Why in this age of 6, 8, 10, 12 megapixel cameras abounding, do so many dealerships still photograph their cars to 600 and 800 pixel photo sizes, on shit cameras from 2009?  Or maybe they just post the photos at that reduced size for space reasons.....when monitors these days are 1900+ pixels....

Those crappy photos on the dealer website do not make me want to go look at your 50,000 dollar car.

Even worse, many don't even photo their cars anymore.  They leave up those stock animation quality rendered images of the manufacturer.

Many photograph their vehicles in a weird space with completely heinous and unflattering fluorescent lighting as well.  Vroom's photos are like the vaseline on lens images of penthouse from the 70's and 80's.

I realize prepping cars for sale takes work and cost is involved (i have worked at a dealership); but take some more time and care to photograph your inventory well, it makes it more presentable.  You don't need 80 pictures.....20-40 will work if they are high quality photos and capture each image to show relevant things.

As one with a photo degree, I have wondered many times about that and in thinking, it is about the bottom line of having an employee take pictures cost hourly wages and honestly, I think many dealerships are still stuck in the 70's on how to sell auto's.

That is why Tesla, Rivian, etc. scare the dealerships. They are ignorant about changing with the 21st century.

Your right, a little time to make a basic template of how to take photo's and which ones to show off the auto you could easily reduce it to 10 to 20 photo's at most of high quality that would show off the auto and then post it to the web.

I expect over the next decade a number of dealerships to disappear as shopping via Costco, online or direct from manufacture to you with quality pictures will change the way people shop and what they expect. Waste time just staying old school of attacking and pressuring every person who comes on the lot will fail for those dealerships. 

With the Pandemic, many are shopping online and only when truly ready to look at the auto in person will they go shop.

I talked with my sales rep at the Cadillac dealership via Zoom to see how he was doing. He said over all sales are down about 1/3rd of what they normally have been at this time of year. He also said far less looky loos and as such greatly reduced test drives of people just looking which has made the average auto sale of the purchased auto be under 15 miles when sold on the odometer. 

Interesting.

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4 hours ago, balthazar said:

Few people understand perspective, composition, proportion and lighting, Manufacturer photos always look better than dealership photos.

A lot of times it’s the detail guys taking the photos, and they are being ridden to get their other work done.  Often times they make minimum wage. Or not much more. 

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7 hours ago, regfootball said:

A lot of times it’s the detail guys taking the photos, and they are being ridden to get their other work done.  Often times they make minimum wage. Or not much more. 

We have a company send a guy in and do it, he's not an employee.

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9 hours ago, balthazar said:

I don't see what their wage has to do with it. Give them $5 or $10 more an hour and they're not going to suddenly take better pictures.

It has been found that you can put together a standard set of photo's with basic instructions and even a person with no experience ever taking a picture can take a better picture than one that has taken just basic family photo's.

If mgmt. really wanted to improve, a good mgr. would and could put together a basic 411 info packet for the person responsible on how and from what angles to take the pictures.

Having some basic picture taking standards would drastically improve the quality and consistency of the images and over all online experience for those looking to buy a used or new auto.

40 minutes ago, balthazar said:

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Perfect reason as to why Big Oil should not fear EV's.

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On 10/31/2020 at 6:51 PM, balthazar said:

Phoenix, 1940 :

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Cool photo.  AZ was relatively late in being admitted to the Union ... 1912, IIRC.  L.A. also has streets where palm trees are laid out on the "lawn strips," as they are called out West, so they would resemble a colonnade. I obviously like the word colonnade.

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This would definitely be contrary to democracy.  It could be useful if they tested people for their critical thinking skills and then "weighed" votes accordingly.  Just a random thought that has gone through my head when I see things that make me SMH.

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2 hours ago, balthazar said:

Still infatuated with this rig :

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Could make a cool hot rod... a one seater pickup thingy...found pics of one..neat, funky little truck

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^ The restored red one, and the unrestored one I posted, seem to be the only current / existing examples on the 'net. In all my vintage ramblings, I've only recently become aware of it (maybe 5 years ago), and I've not seen any other post circa '60 pics.

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2 hours ago, trinacriabob said:

This would definitely be contrary to democracy.  It could be useful if they tested people for their critical thinking skills and then "weighed" votes accordingly.  Just a random thought that has gone through my head when I see things that make me SMH.

LOL - the problem with that is; both 'sides' are convinced they're 'right' and 'think critically'.

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6 hours ago, ocnblu said:

We have a company send a guy in and do it, he's not an employee.

This would make infinite sense. 

1 minute ago, balthazar said:

LOL - the problem with that is; both 'sides' are convinced they're 'right' and 'think critically'.

Actually our lack of critical thinking will be our undoing as a nation. 

3 hours ago, balthazar said:

Still infatuated with this rig :

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It is wicked cool. 

3 hours ago, balthazar said:

The greatest automotive marque of all time.
This is just the standard 'J'; then there was the supercharged 'SJ' ~

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Eldorado Seville :

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You will kill me but I like the Charger next to it much better. 

 

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7 hours ago, A Horse With No Name said:

Actually our lack of critical thinking will be our undoing as a nation. 

Exactly.  Not helped much by celebrities who are more accessible through the media and pitch their points of view, which stupid people buy, yet these celebrities are in no way qualified to opine professionally on much of anything other than their occupations.

And, as usual, I get a downvote on my comment ... which would be fine if it was accompanied by a cogent argument.  It never is.  Instead, it's a lob and run.

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13 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

Instead, it's a lob and run.

You like to stereotype people.  Do you live in a box?  No one else does either.

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17 minutes ago, trinacriabob said:

Exactly.  Not helped much by celebrities who are more accessible through the media and pitch their points of view, which stupid people buy, yet these celebrities are in no way qualified to opine professionally on much of anything other than their occupations.

And, as usual, I get a downvote on my comment ... which would be fine if it was accompanied by a cogent argument.  It never is.  Instead, it's a lob and run.

We have lost the ability to think clearly. Why do you think we have the worst coronavirus crisis in the world? Vietnam is doing better than we are...as are a ton of other countries.

Boeing is starting to look like it is in real trouble vs Airbus. Airbus has a backlog of 7500 plus planes boing is down to a little over 4000. Airbus has a much better cash flow and product portfolio.

Yes our current leadership in Washington has the IQ of a fence post...but the problem goes far beyond Washington.

7 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

You like to stereotype people.  Do you live in a box?  No one else does either.

In theory it is easier to build homes and apartments when everything is at a right angle...so in reality we all live in boxes. The intelligent among us realize our presuppositions and biases and try to adjust our thinking. But metaphorically and architecturally living in a box is inevitable.

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6 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

But metaphorically and architecturally living in a box is inevitable.

More BS

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12 hours ago, balthazar said:

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We are going to play hell when we start running short of the stuff

1 minute ago, ocnblu said:

More BS

On the contrary we are all blinded by our own biases and cultural upbringing.

Are you saying you are without bias or presuppositions?

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In other thoughts...Covid will be with us for a good long while. India and Pakistan have a huge surge in cases. And in places like Nepal...which get most of thier foreign income from tourism...they are having a fire economic crunch. Which is making financing thier overburdened health system even more difficult.

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51 minutes ago, ocnblu said:

You like to stereotype people.  Do you live in a box?  No one else does either.

That's a comment about me.  I'm talking about comments about current conditions and situations.

It seems people who get upset about stereotyping are usually defensive or ridiculously progressive. Stereotypes exist because people observe them.  Companies and organizations need to stereotype so they can focus on where to put their marketing dollars.  Automakers know exactly who their demographic is, which is stereotyping.  And it's all validated by social psychology and marketing research studies.

Before I embark on travel, I read travel books.  These bohemian a.f. travel writers stereotype away, telling you how the people will be, the dynamics to expect, scams and typical prey, and all that.  And, having traveled on 4 continents, it was mostly all true.  Get out of Amish country more.

45 minutes ago, A Horse With No Name said:

We have lost the ability to think clearly. Why do you think we have the worst coronavirus crisis in the world? Vietnam is doing better than we are...as are a ton of other countries.

Boeing is starting to look like it is in real trouble vs Airbus. Airbus has a backlog of 7500 plus planes boing is down to a little over 4000. Airbus has a much better cash flow and product portfolio.

Yes our current leadership in Washington has the IQ of a fence post...but the problem goes far beyond Washington.

In theory it is easier to build homes and apartments when everything is at a right angle...so in reality we all live in boxes. The intelligent among us realize our presuppositions and biases and try to adjust our thinking. But metaphorically and architecturally living in a box is inevitable.

The Boeing thing has been disturbing.  So has their stock price (BA).  The stock price kept rocketing upward despite previous problems with 787 batteries and then the lengthy 737 Max grounding.  I think reality finally caught up with the whole situation.

The Europeans seem to be more loyal to Airbus, for obvious reasons.  Airbus has shelved the entire 380 program.  For as grandiose as it was/is, the program was not very long lived.  But their volume for short-range and mid-range aircraft is healthy, it seems.  I only like their Airbus 340, which has lost favor because of its fuel consumption.  OTOH, I like every other Boeing airplane more than the Airbus equivalent.

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Once flew on one of these Iberia Airbus 340-600s (^) from Chicago-O'Hare to Madrid and it's an incredible machine.

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I'm going to liquidate some vintage stuff I've had for years & don't need. I picked up this '52 Pontiac light-up hood ornament from a junkyard I used to frequent heavily- I'm sure I've owned this since the late '80s. Hope to get $275 for it as is.

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