February 11, 2012
Awards, I Has One
So, I've been placed in this really odd position, Ruth has sent me this blog award:
Now, on the one hand, I'm flattered (of course) that someone thinks enough of my blog to hand me the reward. Ruth has become one of my favorite reads (she has dogs and cats - with pictures - need I say more?), so I am honored.
On the other hand, there are the rules:
1. Copy and paste the award on your blog.
2. Link back to the blogger who gave you the award
3. Pick your five favorite blogs with less than 200 followers, and leave a comment on their blog to let them know they have received the award.
4. Hope that the five blogs chosen will keep spreading the love and pass it on to five more blogs.
I don't know how I'm supposed to know if a blog has fewer than 200 "followers" since most of the blogs I read doen't have this type of stat just floating around. On top of that, I don't believe that there are actually 5 bloggers that visit my blog, and if there are 5 such bloggers, then one of them sent me the award.
So, I'll do what I do with recipes, I'll adjust the rules to fit my situation - here are my picks:
- Cop Car (who, I expect if she participates, it's only to save her little girl from massive embaressment)
- Wichi Dude (ha, like he blogs any more - and I can't even leave him a comment)
- Weekend Pundit (who I don't expect to participate - it's not really his style and he may have more than 200 readers)
- Buffy (who may or may not as she seems to FB more than blog any more).
You'll notice that there are fewer than 5. I do have other blogs that I could nominate, but I know for certain they have more than the requisite 200 readers. Plus, it's not like they even really know who I am, or have visited this blog in the last year or so, so it would just be a stunt to make them notice me.
So, if you good folks that I nominated want to run with this, great. If not, great - I won't take offence or get depressed. Just remember, I truly only picked those that I really like, and follow on an almost daily basis (or in Wichi Dude's case - I would follow if he posted).
January 23, 2011
I'll take the meme from Cop Car and run (type) with it. We had done this one a little over 5 years ago, and CC thought it was time to revisit it. After I finished up with my answers, I went to my original post and compared answers - comments about that are in parenthesis.
What I was doing fifty years ago: Not 50 yet.
What I was doing twenty-five years ago: Lived in Wichita and was grooming dogs for a living.
What I was doing twenty years ago: WS and I had moved to NH and I was working for S Inc growing sapphire crystals.
What I was doing fifteen years ago: Working at S Inc. and taking classes to get my Associate's Degree.
What I was doing ten years ago: Working at S inc. and taking classes towards my Bachelor's Degree.
5 years ago: Having been laid off from two different companies, I was working in Hollis.
1 year ago: Working in Hollis.
Yesterday: Shoveling snow, after working all day in Manchester.
5 snacks I enjoy:
Salsa and chips, beef jerky, cheese and crackers, chocolate covered raisins, GS Thin Mints. (looking back, only one of those is on both lists)
5 songs I know all the words to: Row, Row, Row Your Boat. Seriously, I probably can't rattle off all the words to any other songs. (OMG - almost the same exact answer).
5 Things I would do with $100 million:
Set up trusts that would allow all of our families to live in relative comfort, help out friends who are struggling (one time gifts - annonymous), trusts for gifting to charities, Establish trusts for town emergency services (fire/ambulance, police).
5 locations I would like to run away to:
A few places I would like to visit, but run away to? Don't think so.
5 bad habits I have:
Swearing, ignoring built-up dust, procrastinating, snacking, loafing (hey, I come by it honestly)
5 things I like doing:
Reading, bird watching, seeing relatives and friends, riding motorcycle, gardening
5 things I would never wear:
Men's underwear, Nose ring, evening gown, cocktail dress, anything in the color of lime green.
5 TV shows I like:
CSI (original), NCIS (original), S%& My Dad Says, Cougar Town, Sons of Anarchy (CSI is still running strong)
5 Biggest joys of the moment:
WS, our pets, our friends, our families, the woodstove
5 Favorite toys:
Motorcycle, Sig, Computer. Holy crap, other people have 5 toys? MUST GET MORE TOYS :) (I concluded I neede more toys the last time too)
December 30, 2009
More Nissan Xterra Junkage
I have been considering getting a new vehicle for a while. Cash for Clunkers came and I looked at several vehicles, but under the clunkers program, my trade was only worth $3,500. There were two reasons this made me mad: I thought my truck was worth a bit more than that, but nobody wanted to talk trade; and, I believed I should have gotten the higher $4,500 amount in the CforC deal.
In Cash for Clunkers, if you turned in a truck and got another truck that got 2 mpg better, you got $4500. My SUV (which was rated at 16 mpg) was termed a passenger vehicle so I had to get 10 mpg better with the new vehicle. The vehicle I was looking at hardest "only" got 8 mpg better - so, my truck passenger vehicle was not worth as much to the government (never mind that I drive about 25,000 miles per year - which would result in a massive reduction in gas usage - one of the "goals" of the program).
Since then, I've been thinking about getting a lot of the problems that the NIssan had taken care of. In fact, I had an appointment to replace the timing belt (supposed to be replaced at 105,000 miles - I stretched it to 120,000). This is not small money, so to do so meant I was making a commitment to keep the truck for a while to come.
Last Thursday I went to Walmart in Concord. When I came out, I jumped in the truck passenger vehicle and turned the key.
Okay, I had lights, but the starter didn't even make that annoying whirring sound that comes about when a battery is low on charge. Well, that makes sense because if you recall from the previous post - I had to replace the battery last year.
I called WS, who works in Concord, and he came to take a look at it. He cleaned terminals and checked connections, but nothing helped. Finally, he pounded on the startedr, and we could at least get it to "click" when I turned the key. That was something and gave us hope that we could get it started and not have to have it towed.
WS went back to work to get a tow chain, then came and towed me around the parking lot until I could get it started (the massively good thing about standard transmissions is that if you can get the vehicle to roll, you can probably get it to start).
I got the truck passenger vehicle to Hillsboro VIP where I proceeded to learn that they didn't stock that starter and couldn't get one that day. I left it there in hopes that they would be able to find one on Saturday. As our luck would have it, nope, they couldn't find one, so they got the truck passenger vehicle started and I drove it home. I called the Nissan dealer and found out that a starter cost $450 - whew, they have gotten expensive!
Sunday, I took it to the Nissan dealer (where it had its Monday appointment for the timing belt) and told the saleskid there that I was looking at getting a new vehicle. I also said that my truck needed a starter and I had an appointment for it on Monday but if I had to pay for the starter, I wouldn't be getting a new vehicle from them. I drove another Xterra, that was really bare-bones (my Xterra wasn't anything fancy, but it had a couple of map lights). We could not come to terms on price, nor would they give me more than $3500 for my vehicle. I had thought that I could probably get the best trade in at Nissan, but apparently they know what pieces of crap they are and don't want them back!
So, Monday I called the service department and told them to diagnose the starting problem, but to forget the timing belt. They called back later with the news that it was the starter (duh), which I told them to fix. He then started to tell me that they had "found" a couple of other items, to which I interupted that I wasn't going to be fixing anything else.
When I picked up the vehicle later that day, they gave me a 3 page (front and back) description of problems they had found and the cost to correct them. They came up with $5,800 worth of stuff (the sad part is, the list pretty much mirrored everything I already knew was wrong). The best part was that they didn't even mention the airbag sensor or the check engine light. Oh, and I haven't even mentioned that I started having trouble with the 4 WD a couple of weeks ago. It's not evident until switching between 2WD and 4WD, so they wouldn't have known to include that (so between those 3 things, the total would have been at least $1200 more).
After reading thru the dissertation from the dealer, I came away with something that really Pissed me off - remember the air conditioning problem (last post)? Somehow without any testing or dye in the lines, they came up with an exact diagnoses of the problem - with just a very basic diagnostic equipment; there is a leak in the high pressure hose and FOUND CONDENSER ROTTED (in caps because that is how they presented it). I would think that that is pretty much a visual item - that they should have been able to figure that out last summer. But nooooo, they wanted $110 to charge the system with dye, then have me come back later.
That reminded me that every time I took the truck passenger vehicle in for service in 2008, I was told I needed brakes. In December, the dealer sent out a book of coupons, one of which was for brake work. I made an appointment specifically to have the brakes done, and they said that the brakes were fine. They refused to do the work, but were happy to charge me $90 to "diagnose" that I didn't need brakes. It didn't even phase them that I had previous paperwork that said I needed brakes.
Anyway, Never Ever will I do business with Team Nissan of Manchester NH again!
So, I have established that my Nissan Xterra is a piece of crap (in the previous post) and, I have established that Team Nissan is a Shifty Dealer!
So in essence, I have extablished that getting that Xterra at Team Nissan, was the biggest mistake I have ever made (vehicle wise).
May 18, 2006
The Carnival of the Vanities is up over at Jay and Deb's place. Go take a look, there is usually something for everyone. I'm not likely to be writing too much stuff for the next several days since I picked up another pet-sitting customer for the weekend (brings the customers to 3, visits to 6, and time alloted to 3 hours - that certainly takes up my blogging time). The customer wanted me to continue pet-sitting thu part of next week, but I am at my limit of customers I can take care of during work days.
January 08, 2006
Trivial and Useless
Check out this trivia page filled with useless information.
- The world's oldest profession is practiced by an animal
- The origins of the microwave oven
- the rise of the pink flamingo
Link stolen from A Secular Franciscan.
December 21, 2005
Sending the Readers Forth
Since I still have nothing written for you guys to
stare at look at read, go over to Ravenwoods and check out the Christmas edition of the Carnival of the Vanities. I haven't had time to read any of it, but there are always a couple of gems and several entertaining entries - and there is usually something for everyone.
November 24, 2005
October 30, 2005
According to the book, a majority of Americans:
• Eats peanut butter at least once a week
Prefers smooth peanut butter over chunky • Can name all Three Stooges • Lives within a 20-minute drive of a Wal-Mart
• Eats at McDonald’s at least once a year
• Takes a shower for approximately 10.4 minutes a day
• Never sings in the shower
• Lives in a house, not an apartment or condominium
• Has a home valued between $100,000 and $300,000
• Has fired a gun
• Is between 5 feet and 6 feet tall
• Weighs 135 to 205 pounds
• Is between the ages of 18 and 53
• Believes gambling is an acceptable entertainment option
• Grew up within 50 miles of current home
In the next couple of years we may live within 10 minutes of a Walmart, Peanut butter languishes on the shelves until I throw it out because it finally went rancid. the only peanut butter we eat is in cookies (and we all know how often I don't do baking).
Thanks to Deb (again) for aditional stuff to post.
October 21, 2005
Upon reading Parkway Rest Stop, I found a different meme.
What to do: Bring up Google and search for "[your name] needs"
Without any further ado, here is what Bogie needs:
Bogie Needs to be lifted by only that much to be thrown off track. Shhh! You're giving away my most prized secret.
Bogie Needs to boogie to Alaska. But I think I'll wait until summer, I can get enough cold weather where I'm at.
Bogie Needs your help. No, I think I need more help than you could possibly give me!
Bogie Needs attention, otherwise excellent plus boxed. Hmm, I wonder if that means I'm in a box, or that I have been in the ring and boxed before.
Bogie Needs to start cleaning out his browser before I come over. What the heck are you doing on my computer anyway?
Bogie Needs to find a new audience. My old audience is fine - but new members to the audience would be welcome.
Bogie Needs to be set up so it turns. What way do I turn, how many turns do I make?
Bogie Needs a home with no senior citizens or children. Now that describes me perfectly!
Bogie Needs a smiley that aptly describes his degree of hangover. No, I think that would be a "frowney" not a smiley.
Bogie Needs to be dismounted from the wagon in Finland. Would that be the wagon where I have no more hangovers. And how did I get to Finland anyway. Oh, maybe that's why I needed to get on the wagon.
Bogie Needs some more expressiveness. Yeah, 'cause those people at work can never figure out what I think about different situations.
Bogie Needs anger management. Hey wait, I thought I needed to be more expressive. You morons just can't make up your frickin' minds. Give me a call when you get your S*it together!!!
Bogie Needs a treat, a walk, extra blankets. Extra blankets are great about this time of year. Wouldn't turn down the treat either. However, I am perfectly capable of figuring out when I need a walk myself!
Bogie Needs increased by a total of .125". I wonder if that's IQ, height or what?
August 24, 2005
So, I finally got some time to read some of my favorite blogs (besides the 4 that I check at least a couple of times a week), and got over to Deb and Jay's place. Wouldn't you know it, they pointed me to the Carnival of Personal Finance and I got all sidetracked again.
I got into reading Revisiting the Lottery and found myself agreeing with what was written. I don't think the author went far enough with the calculations though because he didn't account for the difference in prize money if the winner chose the Cash option (as opposed to the annuity - and I have never heard anyone say they would take the annuity if they won). For the cash option, you can figure the prize is cut by about 1/2 to begin with. Then the government gets more than 1/3 of that so winner's take is only about 1/3 of the advertised prize (which is always the annuity value).
So, a $10 million annuity prize is roughly a $5 million cash prize, the government gets $1.65 million of that - so the total take home cash prize is $3.35 million. Then you can get into the calculation of the opportunity cost from there. however, I will admit, that we play the lottery if it gets up to $100 million - but that's assuming that we hear an ad on the radio, because otherwise we would never know what the jackpot is worth.
Just my 2 cents worth.