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by Sclass
Fri May 14, 2021 3:54 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: My theory is better evidence than your lived reality
Replies: 33
Views: 6140

Re: My theory is better evidence than your lived reality

@ertyu thanks for sharing your perspective. It has been an eye opener.

I’m coming to the realization that these problems are not mine to solve.
by Sclass
Thu May 13, 2021 9:05 pm
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: My theory is better evidence than your lived reality
Replies: 33
Views: 6140

Re: My theory is better evidence than your lived reality

Thanks for the advice. I shouldn’t have walked into that minefield.
by Sclass
Thu May 13, 2021 11:24 am
Forum: Friends & Family Questions
Topic: My theory is better evidence than your lived reality
Replies: 33
Views: 6140

Re: My theory is better evidence than your lived reality

Is it even cool to talk about somebody’s weight? I recently may have upset a cousin of mine by mentioning her weight problem. I don’t know the protocol for talking about these things…especially with women. After it was all over she doesn’t want to talk to me. It started by her saying she was overwei...
by Sclass
Wed May 12, 2021 11:29 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 298
Views: 68457

Re: Fixit Log

Thanks for posting that. I hate that rubberized coating that eventually oozes sticky goo on the surface. It is not BIFL. I now try to avoid buying things with that grippy surface if I know I’ll use it in high heat or for a long time. I have a bunch of nice cameras, binoculars, test instruments and t...
by Sclass
Wed May 12, 2021 11:25 am
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Small inexpensive motorcycles
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Re: Small inexpensive motorcycles

https://i.imgur.com/qIBdMtj.jpg Our first motorcycle was an overloaded Royal Enfield Bullet 500 in India. Foolish. We now have an inexpensive Genuine Buddy 125 scooter. Fuel efficient and great for parking. Why foolish? I looked into buying one a long time ago. I had this desire to be different at ...
by Sclass
Tue May 11, 2021 6:12 pm
Forum: Transportation Questions
Topic: Small inexpensive motorcycles
Replies: 6
Views: 334

Small inexpensive motorcycles

Who likes small motorcycles? Or scooters? I was inspired by a new member to make a thread on small motorcycles. I’ve always had a love for these things since I was a teenager. They’re inexpensive, easy on fuel and easy to park. I learned auto mechanics on them with basic tools…often included in the ...
by Sclass
Tue May 11, 2021 4:37 pm
Forum: ERE Journals
Topic: Not made for consuming ~ Bos journal
Replies: 6
Views: 308

Re: Not made for consuming ~ Bos journal

I love little motorcycles. We should do a thread on buying them and fixing them up. They can be a big money saver. Cheap purchase price, cheap fuel and cheap parking. I dug a lot of my tubes and tires from the trash at the local Honda shop when I was a kid. Other parts I bought from bike swap meets....
by Sclass
Tue May 11, 2021 12:03 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Protecting against dementia
Replies: 52
Views: 3761

Re: Protecting against dementia

Perhaps if I find the right therapist. There may be something to be said about holding a smoldering grudge forever to ward off dementia. :lol: Some of the sharpest seniors I know can really gripe about the past. The sleep idea sounds great. My paternal grandparents slept a lot. Stayed sharp into the...
by Sclass
Tue May 11, 2021 9:01 am
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: Protecting against dementia
Replies: 52
Views: 3761

Re: Protecting against d

Wow I wrote some pretty awful stuff down over here awhile back. Just reading that is going to change the tone of my day. Yes, inflammation is probably a thing. Sadly age related cognitive disease is poorly understood. I think too much funding was given to studies searching for amyloid plaques. Scien...
by Sclass
Mon May 10, 2021 5:42 pm
Forum: Health Questions
Topic: How to minimize/optimize hospital expenses in an emergency?
Replies: 11
Views: 2160

Re: How to minimize/optimize hospital expenses in an emergency?

When I was in grad school an old guy taught me this trick. Basically say nicely in writing that you cannot pay. I didn’t even have to start negotiations. Basically the same trick as Ego’s pal. I used it twice when I was a pauper grad student. I got hurt a lot back then. It was like magic. Poof the b...
by Sclass
Sun May 09, 2021 12:50 pm
Forum: Lifestyle Questions
Topic: In the Land of the Security Junkie
Replies: 4
Views: 434

Re: In the Land of the Security Junkie

That was interesting. He had me till Covid. To quote my favorite mentor, “Sclass, it ain’t a problem up until the point that it is.” I like what he says about stupid people getting bad results from their actions. It’s an interesting way of looking at losing. On one had I really don’t care why somebo...
by Sclass
Wed May 05, 2021 9:42 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 298
Views: 68457

Re: Fixit Log

Wow, I’ve thrown so many of those away. I remember when they were the prestige item back in the 80s when I was a kid. Now, there seems to be this resurgence of analog media and perhaps it’s worth something. Never know. OI! I just checked completed auctions on eBay. Damn! I shouldn’t have tossed thos...
by Sclass
Wed May 05, 2021 6:42 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 298
Views: 68457

Re: Fixit Log

Nice.

That is insane. $400 of labor for 15 minutes of work? Even my dentist doesn’t make that much.

Edit - OMG! I just found this site while looking for estimate books. The numbers that come out are flooring.

https://www.yourmechanic.com/estimates
by Sclass
Thu Apr 29, 2021 7:15 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: I made a knife
Replies: 20
Views: 894

Re: I made a knife

He has friends who grant him access to some machines from the old Buck factory that were left behind when they moved to Idaho. That is so cool! The hollow ground pocket knife in my collection is made by Buck. It is amazing in contour. It’s a wonderful knife but I prefer the multitools instead. Stil...
by Sclass
Thu Apr 29, 2021 2:21 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: I made a knife
Replies: 20
Views: 894

Re: I made a knife

@Sclass - It's like an oversized Lansky sharperner. And hollow ground is the round stone variant(*). The tricky part is keeping the edge "in the middle". Because of the acute angle, this can be done by measuring how far up towards the back of the blade the grind goes. I was always amazed ...
by Sclass
Thu Apr 29, 2021 1:13 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 298
Views: 68457

Re: Fixit Log

In fact, it's pretty obvious my DW and I are starting to financially pull away from them. Yeah it’s funny how this happens. If you notice that means you’re making fast progress. Once you start riding the exponential then you go into what Jacob calls runaway mode. Then it gets really obvious. You wi...
by Sclass
Thu Apr 29, 2021 11:59 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: I made a knife
Replies: 20
Views: 894

Re: I made a knife

Awesome! I always wondered how that nice planar grind was done. Thanks for sharing.
by Sclass
Wed Apr 28, 2021 1:29 pm
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Cutting down your own tree?
Replies: 11
Views: 567

Re: Cutting down your own tree

$250 isn’t bad. Especially if that includes chipping the tree and hauling it away. I DIY this stuff but that being said it is dangerous. 20’ can kill you if the stars line up against you. You’re totally on the right track in taking it down in small pieces. Limb it then take down the trunk in little ...
by Sclass
Wed Apr 28, 2021 11:28 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Sewing simple cotton masks
Replies: 117
Views: 14005

Re: Sewing simple cotton masks

I just bought one of these GVS brand masks. The mask thing is almost over here in CA but I couldn’t resist this one. $25 on Amazon shipped. This is a design out of Europe. P100. Very easy to breath through. The filters are less restrictive than the 3M 2091 or Honeywell P100. The mask is very flexibl...
by Sclass
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:50 am
Forum: Skills & Tools Questions
Topic: Fixit Log
Replies: 298
Views: 68457

Re: Fixit Log

I had the same problem twenty years ago on a Toyota my wife owned. I had an interesting diagnostic technique back then. Pre internet. I went to the Toyota parts department at the local dealership and said I had a 1988 Celica with a fan that only runs at one speed. The parts guy didn’t even look up a...