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Old December 24 2013, 08:55 AM   #31
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Re: Missed it by *that* much.

The first and last time I ever took a train was from Northern California to Texas. It was already going to be a long trip, and then there was a terrible derailment elsewhere in the country due to a truck sitting on the tracks, so our train had to creep through every intersection as a precaution, which added many, many hours to the trip. Add on my sister getting motion sickness and me thinking our "family room" was the closet where they were stowing our luggage at first...never again.
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Old December 24 2013, 08:59 AM   #32
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See that's why I think you should look into going through a horse phase.
I actually rode horses for about 10 years or so when my folks owned a deed at R-Ranch up in Napa. I actually got to the point where I was leading trail rides for new visitors. Saw a mountain lion during a ride and had to get the horses safely by without them being spooked or us being eaten.

Good times.
Well, that beats my plan of pissing myself.
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Old December 24 2013, 09:04 AM   #33
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Re: Missed it by *that* much.

The thing hissed at me when we passed. To this day I don't know how I didn't end up having to clean my saddle when we got back to the stable.
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Old December 24 2013, 09:07 AM   #34
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The thing hissed at me when we passed. To this day I don't know how I didn't end up having to clean my saddle when we got back to the stable.
Yeah, I would have had an angry horse. An angry, soiled horse.
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Old December 24 2013, 09:14 AM   #35
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The first and last time I ever took a train was from Northern California to Texas. It was already going to be a long trip, and then there was a terrible derailment elsewhere in the country due to a truck sitting on the tracks, so our train had to creep through every intersection as a precaution, which added many, many hours to the trip. Add on my sister getting motion sickness and me thinking our "family room" was the closet where they were stowing our luggage at first...never again.
Long romantic cross continent train journeys are... bullshit. You can't pay enough to make it pleasant.

Plain old public transport trains are awesome though
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Old December 24 2013, 09:18 AM   #36
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The first and last time I ever took a train was from Northern California to Texas. It was already going to be a long trip, and then there was a terrible derailment elsewhere in the country due to a truck sitting on the tracks, so our train had to creep through every intersection as a precaution, which added many, many hours to the trip. Add on my sister getting motion sickness and me thinking our "family room" was the closet where they were stowing our luggage at first...never again.
Long romantic cross continent train journeys are... bullshit. You can't pay enough to make it pleasant.

Plain old public transport trains are awesome though
Unless Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing are on board. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NX-2O2n3DIs
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Old December 24 2013, 01:08 PM   #37
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This guy...no excuse. The Escape doesn't come with a manual transmission...and so, so many chances for him to have stopped it if he had any sort of situational awareness. He even looks up at 0:60 and still doesn't notice in his peripheral vision that the car is gone. I love how he just drops the gas pump nozzle, too. Smart guy, that one.
This guy just cracks me up because, really, he's so dense he shouldn't be behind the wheel of a car. One can forgive him for not putting the car in park when he stopped. Shit happened and the "do the one thing you need to do when parking a car" was probably replaced with "grab jerry can" in his 640K cache memory.

But it's utterly ASTOUNDING how much he misses when the SUV rolls away. First of all you'd think just that mythical "sixth sense" would have told him the car was beginning to move while it was behind him. His hearing would have told him something happened when the car bucked the curb, which I'm sure made a decent noise; but forgiving all of that how did he not SEE THAT THE CAR WAS GONE from the side of vision when he actually stands up and looks at the highway! I mean the car should have been RIGHT THERE! How did he not notice slightly different shadows, not seeing this large object just in the extreme edge of his vision?! It's utterly astounding this guy hasn't been taken out in some hilarious Darwin Award fashion yet.

And, yeah, dropping the nozzle on the ground is just classic.
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Old December 24 2013, 02:37 PM   #38
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Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but it's news to me that you should *always* use a parking brake with an automatic, even on flat ground. I've only ever used it on hills. Never was a thing I was taught, by driving instructors, parents, no one.
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Old December 24 2013, 04:33 PM   #39
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Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but it's news to me that you should *always* use a parking brake with an automatic, even on flat ground. I've only ever used it on hills. Never was a thing I was taught, by driving instructors, parents, no one.
Eh, it's more of making it part of a habit than it is "always use it" thing. If you make it second nature then you won't have to remember to use in situations where you actually need it. Hell, turning on my headlights is second nature to me so I pretty much always drive with them on, even in the daylight.

There's also argument that it helps reduce strain on transmission parts responsible for holding the car in park and using the parking brake keeps it working properly. If you rarely use it the cable and mechanical parts of it can become rusted/useless meaning either needing a repair or it won't work when you *really* need it. It also puts two lines of failure between the car and an occurrence that'd cause the car to move. For your car to now move TWO things have to fail, the transmission parking pawl AND parking brake.

It's just good practice to have.
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Old December 24 2013, 07:00 PM   #40
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Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but it's news to me that you should *always* use a parking brake with an automatic, even on flat ground. I've only ever used it on hills. Never was a thing I was taught, by driving instructors, parents, no one.
Then you had lousy driving instructors. I'll leave your parents out of this.

Whether your car has an automatic or manual transmission, you should ALWAYS set the parking brake when parking. That's why it's called the parking brake.

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. . . Hell, turning on my headlights is second nature to me so I pretty much always drive with them on, even in the daylight.
That's a bit odd. In my neck of the woods, no one drives with their headlights on in the daytime unless it's raining. It's also done occasionally as a political statement in support of something-or-other.

In California, the law requires headlights to be turned on from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise. Or maybe that's Shabbat, I can't remember which.
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Old December 24 2013, 07:12 PM   #41
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Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but it's news to me that you should *always* use a parking brake with an automatic, even on flat ground. I've only ever used it on hills. Never was a thing I was taught, by driving instructors, parents, no one.
Same here. I haven't used my parking brake in years.
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Old December 24 2013, 07:19 PM   #42
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Ditto. I have used my parking brake maybe twice in the 15 years I've been driving.
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Old December 24 2013, 09:08 PM   #43
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People actually use parking brakes on a regular basis? I might if I were parked on a steep hill with ice. Looking back, maybe I should have used the parking brake on my '95 Windstar since my street had about a 20 degree slope. The transmission failed @ 99k miles. But Windstars had crappy transmissions any way (and head gaskets), which I didn't know about at the time.
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Old December 24 2013, 09:19 PM   #44
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Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but it's news to me that you should *always* use a parking brake with an automatic, even on flat ground. I've only ever used it on hills. Never was a thing I was taught, by driving instructors, parents, no one.
Then you had lousy driving instructors. I'll leave your parents out of this.

Whether your car has an automatic or manual transmission, you should ALWAYS set the parking brake when parking. That's why it's called the parking brake.

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. . . Hell, turning on my headlights is second nature to me so I pretty much always drive with them on, even in the daylight.
That's a bit odd. In my neck of the woods, no one drives with their headlights on in the daytime unless it's raining. It's also done occasionally as a political statement in support of something-or-other.

In California, the law requires headlights to be turned on from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise. Or maybe that's Shabbat, I can't remember which.
In some places, such as Pennsylvania I think, drivers are supposed to have the headlights on on the interstate at all times.
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Old December 24 2013, 10:46 PM   #45
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Maybe I shouldn't admit this, but it's news to me that you should *always* use a parking brake with an automatic, even on flat ground. I've only ever used it on hills. Never was a thing I was taught, by driving instructors, parents, no one.
Then you had lousy driving instructors. I'll leave your parents out of this.

Whether your car has an automatic or manual transmission, you should ALWAYS set the parking brake when parking. That's why it's called the parking brake.
Yeah, I can't imagine a time when I parked and I didn't set my parking brake. It's just part of the ritual of parking.

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. . . Hell, turning on my headlights is second nature to me so I pretty much always drive with them on, even in the daylight.
That's a bit odd. In my neck of the woods, no one drives with their headlights on in the daytime unless it's raining. It's also done occasionally as a political statement in support of something-or-other.

In California, the law requires headlights to be turned on from 30 minutes after sunset to 30 minutes before sunrise. Or maybe that's Shabbat, I can't remember which.
I keep my headlights on at all times, too. Partially because it makes the car that much more visible but also because my daytime running lights are just regular halogen while my headlights are cool looking projector lamps. Not those obnoxious blue Xenon ones, mind you. Just the stock ones that just look better than the yellowish halogens.
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