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Old 05-11-2006, 11:51 AM   #41
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The DW drives an Explorer and I drive a full sized truck. *She did drive a Pontiac Grand Prix, but we got rid of it after evacuating for a hurricane. *Try stuffing a kid, cat, Rottie, two adults and enough clothes to last a week in a car. *I can be done, but you better be real skinny. *The Explorer got 2 mpg more then the Grand Prix in similar dirivng conditions and is ceritifed LEV vehicle. *Oh yeah and the engine is .2 ci bigger in the Explorer. *

My truck is a pig but I've done remodeling on my house and without it we would have had to spend much more renting a truck. *It also has a notoriously truck engine in it and is not designed to be a car-like truck.

Like CFB stated move closer to work or use mass transit if you are paying too much for gas. *Although if you move to close to work your engine won't have time to properly warm up so you'll be running rich all the way in and burning more gas and spewing more emissions, so your better off taking a taxi.
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Re: Your Attitude Towards People Who Drive Gas Guzzlers
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Lets go lynch that frickin guy who has the 8 hour a day commute. Doesnt matter what he drives, its a huge waste of gas.

He must be a peckerhead of biblical proportions. And he must really, really hate america.
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There's that psychological problem of yours again...
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"Yep, I'd have been picking bits of that piece of crap out of my grill for a week or more!"
I don't feel the need for a bigger car when I can scarify the current vehicles.

A '94 Ford Taurus wagon that gets washed every year for Father's Day. A '97 Nissan Altima with a crumpled fender that gets the same loving lavage.

Usually the SUVs are changing lanes to get away from our cars.
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Usually the SUVs are changing lanes to get away from our cars.
Yeah, there is a lot to be said for driving a $1000 car. Used to be real easy to change lanes in traffic drivng my elderly Ford Escort: "hey, look! there's a brand new luxury car!"
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One thing I think is kinda cute is when someone tries to bully you out of the way or into speeding up by tailgating you. At least with my pickup truck, once they get up so close that I can't see them in my mirrors, I look at them as out of sight, out of mind!
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I don't feel the need for a bigger car when I can scarify the current vehicles.

A '94 Ford Taurus wagon that gets washed every year for Father's Day. A '97 Nissan Altima with a crumpled fender that gets the same loving lavage.

Usually the SUVs are changing lanes to get away from our cars.
makes me remember my 1970 Mercury Montego with missing grill - looked like a shark - no problem who had the right away at the 4 way stops....
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One thing I think is kinda cute is when someone tries to bully you out of the way or into speeding up by tailgating you.
My favorite is the guy who pulls up alongside with just a foot or two of overlap between his back bumper and my front bumper, matches course & speed, and then turns on his signal to merge. There'll be two or more lengths in front of me for them to complete the process but they'll sit there waiting for me to back off and give them even more room.
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My favorite is the guy who pulls up alongside with just a foot or two of overlap between his back bumper and my front bumper, matches course & speed, and then turns on his signal to merge. There'll be two or more lengths in front of me for them to complete the process but they'll sit there waiting for me to back off and give them even more room.
Ah, yes, those are always fun! As if the traffic is supposed to just part for them, like Charleton Heston parting the Red Sea! My response to them usually depends on what I'm driving. If i'm in my pickup, which is old and beefy looking, with a few character dings here and there, and I think was last washed around the time Hurricane Isabel came through, they'll usually back off really quick. In fact, just yesterday coming into work, I scared an overly-blinged Suburban back into its own lane when its driver realized that I wasn't going to just magically go away.

Now in my Intrepid, which is modern and comparatively flimsy, I might be inclined to drive a bit more defensively. Besides, the way they build cars these days, a hit that would just dent the fender on an old standard-sized pickup truck could easily disable or total a modern car.

In my 1979 New Yorker, which is probably tougher than the truck, I'll usually be a bit more defensive as well. Partly because the horn doesn't work. But also partly because, even though it's a solid, sturdy car, it's also in pretty good shape, and it would be damned near impossible to find parts for. They only built this style from 1979-81, they weren't popular when new, and most of these things fell into the hands of cabbies as used cars and were pounded into the ground years ago. Mechanical parts are no problem, but specific stuff like sheetmetal, trim, interiors, etc can be a pain.
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One thing I think is kinda cute is when someone tries to bully you out of the way or into speeding up by tailgating you.*
i just kick in a few of the 300 horses, get around the guy in front of me and then use him to block the original guy. anyone for a cup of roadrage?
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I just let the idiot in.

No reason to risk my life, my families life, or my expensive car because someone has a brain deficiency.

Although I have to admit to a minor preference for idiots who at least have some sort of benefit to gain from stupid car maneuvers. Far too often I see people do something completely stupid that has no benefit at all, even a lousy one.

I'm in the left lane of a 2 lane road thats about to merge the right lane into the left. Guy runs up the right lane, cuts me off cold, then 50' further up the road gets in line behind 2 other cars to take a left. Still sitting there as I drive by. Not one car within view behind me. Could have just pulled in behind me, gotten in line for his left, and "lost" nothing. Had I not been paying attention, it could easily have caused an accident.

What the hell goes on in peoples brains when they're behind the wheel of a car is beyond me.
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i'm certainly not into cutting people off (though i might weave a tad) but my guess is he was thinking: if only i made it in time for that left turn arrow...
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Another one that's fun is when I'm the only car on the road, with nothing behind me as far as the eye can see. Yet from a side road, parking lot exit, driveway, etc, someone will pull out right in front of me, so close that it's dangerous, and then not make the slightest effort to speed up. When they could have just waited the 3-5 seconds it would have taken me to pass them, pull out safely, and then just be on their way.

One day an old early 80's Dodge Colt tried this stunt right in front of me. Literally ran a red light, without stopping, to make a right turn onto the road in front of me. Nothing behind me as far as the eye could see. I didn't bother to slow down. The driver probably wet his pants as he made a quick evasive maneuver off onto the grass. Yeah, yeah, I know, he could have had a gun. But I had a Buick. A big 'un! And besides, for all he knew, I could've had a gun, too!

Oh, and on the safety perspective, yeah, I know what I did wasn't the safest thing in the world. But I was paying attention to my surroundings, and if that Colt hadn't gone off the road, I had time to react. There was nothing coming the other way, so I did have the option of going onto the other side of the road to pass him. If there had been traffic coming, I wouldn't have pulled this little scare tactic.
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At least I can read.
C'mon, guys, is that the best you can do? *Why, your momma *[insert your favorite punchline here]...

On second thought maybe you both should back away to neutral corners and tell me whether I should buy more Intel.

Change the subject: Is this a Hawaii phenomenon, or do the rest of you experience "sympathetic braking"?* This is where a driver in one lane will slam on their brakes and everyone in the adjacent lanes (not behind, not in danger, but another lane entirely will also slam on their brakes to see why the first driver slammed on HIS brakes.* Needless to say this "better safe than sorry" attitude can really screw up a six-lane highway at rush hour.
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"sympathetic braking"...yeah, I've seen it on occasion, too. One rationale I can see for it is if the car beside you, or in another lane ahead of you is braking, there's the possibility that it may suddenly change lanes for whatever reason, so cars around might brake too, just in case they have to suddenly take evasive maneuver.

That's one reason why I try to stay between traffic packs on the highway. But it's kinda hard to do once the highway becomes one big pack!
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C'mon, guys, is that the best you can do?
Eh, I was trying to be nice, even though I was called a peckerhead for spending $50 a month on gas by someone who probably uses far more than that. I figured I'd soft pedal the reading problem rather than go in with the drinking problem

I dont know how much INTC you bought, so I cant say if you should buy more! If more than 5, maybe 10% of your total portfolio is INTC, I'd leave it at that.

"experts" had all sorts of trouble trying to simulate actual traffic, until they introduced random, irrational driving behavior into their models. People who drive slow for no reason, stop for no reason, chain reaction stopping, sympathetic braking, etc. Then the models miraculously worked fine.
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I dont know how much INTC you bought, so I cant say if you should buy more!* If more than 5, maybe 10% of your total portfolio is INTC, I'd leave it at that.
Oh, no, just 1% so far. I could go as high as 5% but that wouldn't leave me much cash for the solar-cell manufacturers that I'm eyeing.

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"experts" had all sorts of trouble trying to simulate actual traffic, until they introduced random, irrational driving behavior into their models. People who drive slow for no reason, stop for no reason, chain reaction stopping, sympathetic braking, etc. Then the models miraculously worked fine.
So their problem was applying logic to a traffic jam, and their problem was solved when they started thinking irrationally? I can see that.
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We should all be so lucky as to have a drinking problem

I don't have any single stock that's as high as 10% of my portfolio. I guess if it's a big company like INTC there's no problem, and likewise people might have big chunks of their holdings in something to which they have a personal connection, e.g. if they got tons of stock options from working at a place.

Or am I too diversified? Probably doesn't matter especially much either way, just thought I'd mention that I don't have any one stock as 10% of my holdings.

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I don't have any single stock that's as high as 10% of my portfolio. I guess if it's a big company like INTC there's no problem, and likewise people might have big chunks of their holdings in something to which they have a personal connection, e.g. if they got tons of stock options from working at a place.

Or am I too diversified?
I think it depends considerably on one's risk tolerance. *Having said that, I consider myself reasonably risk tolerant and I start getting the heebie-jeebes when an individual equity starts climbing over 10%.

And I will avoid commenting on another poster's "asshole" problem.
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