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Dec 18 2010
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@Cheeseslap spanks his ACR for being good: Couple of things wrong here. First, you're grouping me with the Midwesterners, a group to which I do not belong. Second, @Mac is right, there's a difference between being too simple to revolt and being smart enough to realize when you and the train crew are on the same team. Read more

Dec 17 2010
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Last year just after New Year's Eve my girl and I were on an Eastbound Empire Builder that lost its electrical system in the subzero temperatures just West of Fargo, North Dakota. After failed repair attempts at the Fargo station, the train continued to Minneapolis where folks were finally able to disembark and gather Read more

Oct 8 2008
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As part of my ongoing effort to live like the Mad Max future is just moments away, I've long kept a spare universal low pressure electric fuel pump in the truck toolbox next to the extra plugs and belts and the big bag of zip ties. Whether you grab one out of a junkyard or drop $50 at Auto Zone, this has consistently Read more

Aug 18 2008
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Beyond just saving water, this is excellent for saving hot water as well. If, like me, you live in a house with a very very small electric water heater — often barely enough hot water for a full shower for one person, and you have multiple people showering in succession or simultaneously (everyone's gotta be to work Read more

Jul 24 2008
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@krank23: On the contrary, I'm a life long UNIX and open source software user with contributions in a number of open source software projects, including one that I maintain. I switched to a Mac from Linux, not from Windows. I continue to use a great deal of open source software on my Mac, but my time is valuable and Read more

Jun 3 2008
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Swear to God, until I got to the word gentlemen, I thought I was looking at an ostrich caught in a trap.

Apr 24 2008
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I once horse traded a tiny window unit air conditioner left by the previous tenants of the centrally cooled house I'd just moved into for a white 1972 Chevy LUV with what hot rodders call a nice "patina". I rewired the "bad" alternator in the dude's front lawn (it wasn't bad at all, just wasn't wired correctly), Read more