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Forum: Soapbox Derby 19 January 2018, 03:31 PM
Replies: 86
Views: 3,129
Posted By ChasFink
Driver At least when I got my first license in NY,...

At least when I got my first license in NY, height was self reported and weight not asked for at all. My license says I'm 5'11'', but I'm closer to 5'8" or 5'9". Chunky heels were in at the time.
Forum: SLC 19 January 2018, 01:59 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,482
Posted By ChasFink
Bear According to that pillar of accuracy, Wikipedia,...

According to that pillar of accuracy, Wikipedia, the "the" was used in a song about Smokey (for the sake of the rhythm of the song) and thereafter "Smokey Bear" and "Smokey the Bear" were both used....
Forum: Rantidote 18 January 2018, 04:05 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,237
Posted By ChasFink
Read This! For a second time, I thought I responded, but it...

For a second time, I thought I responded, but it didn't post...

I'm with you on this one. A system that expects tips in the 20% range is just stupid, but it's so ingrained in US society I doubt it...
Forum: SLC 18 January 2018, 03:58 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,482
Posted By ChasFink
Bear Yeah, Smokey did it to me, too! I got over it...

Yeah, Smokey did it to me, too! I got over it quickly, though, when I learned of the story of the "real" Smokey from a kid's storybook. I was so excited I sent away to become a junior forest ranger,...
Forum: SLC 18 January 2018, 03:17 PM
Replies: 72
Views: 1,482
Posted By ChasFink
Fright A lot of things scared me when I was very young:...

A lot of things scared me when I was very young: Captain Kangaroo and Tony the Tiger come to mind. (They both had loud deep voices and I had sensitive ears, so that might have something to do with...
Forum: Rantidote 17 January 2018, 08:37 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,237
Posted By ChasFink
Read This! No, Lainie, I did not consider you an an advocate...

No, Lainie, I did not consider you an an advocate of helping people avoid taxes, nor do I now. I do essentially agree with your moral position - that you're not responsible for other people's...
Forum: Rantidote 17 January 2018, 08:08 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,237
Posted By ChasFink
Vanishing I stand corrected. A more careful read shows that...

I stand corrected. A more careful read shows that no one actually advocated helping people avoid taxes - at least before my post. Apologies to all.
Forum: Rantidote 17 January 2018, 05:30 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,237
Posted By ChasFink
Read This! I find myself a bit angry at the folks here who...

I find myself a bit angry at the folks here who seem to be in favor of lying to the government about tips so proper and legal taxes don't have to be paid.

BTW, depending on the establishment, tips...
Forum: Techno-Babble 17 January 2018, 02:10 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,165
Posted By ChasFink
Driver I assumed all this. It still doesn't excuse them...

I assumed all this. It still doesn't excuse them from lengthy, thorough testing of the systems in busy real-world situations before removing the manual controls.
Forum: Techno-Babble 16 January 2018, 07:26 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,165
Posted By ChasFink
But there IS a stick in the cockpit, and many...

But there IS a stick in the cockpit, and many years of testing make it a reliable steering mechanism. And I wouldn't really be concerned if these cars had a similar set of fly-by-wire, but still...
Forum: Amusement Bark 16 January 2018, 03:44 PM
Replies: 716
Views: 198,836
Posted By ChasFink
Those WTF Volvo commercials with the astronaut...

Those WTF Volvo commercials with the astronaut and her husband (?) who's always driving the damn Volvo. I'm just not feeling the emotional bond between them. It's more like he loves the futuristic...
Forum: Techno-Babble 16 January 2018, 02:50 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 9,165
Posted By ChasFink
No Here's the problem. There are very few self...

Here's the problem. There are very few self driving vehicles on the road right now. Most people have never seen one in real life, and we certainly haven't had a hell of a lot of hours of hundreds of...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 12 January 2018, 05:04 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,530
Posted By ChasFink
Soapbox Yeah, dammit! I can only get a job at minimum at...

Yeah, dammit! I can only get a job at minimum at the Hot Dog on a Stick two towns over because all the immigrants from (as Mr. Trump calls them) $#!+hole countries have all the cushy professional...
Forum: Soapbox Derby 12 January 2018, 02:02 PM
Replies: 39
Views: 1,530
Posted By ChasFink
D'oh! The points that thorny locust and erwins make are...

The points that thorny locust and erwins make are the reasons why I get frustrated with the attitude I hear so often:"Well, they're breaking the law by being here and I believe in zero tolerance when...
Forum: Book Corner 10 January 2018, 06:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 6,249
Posted By ChasFink
No One "non-fiction" book that I found laughably...

One "non-fiction" book that I found laughably bad, but just had to finish, was The Montauk Project: Experiments in Time by Preston B. Nichols and Peter Moon. I actually bought it at a bookstore that...
Forum: Police Blotter 10 January 2018, 05:09 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,957
Posted By ChasFink
Icon102 If he's charged with a felony, in some...

If he's charged with a felony, in some jurisdictions there is a possibility (although a small one) that he could be charged under the felony murder rule ("any death which occurs during the commission...
Forum: Business Bytes 10 January 2018, 02:49 PM
Replies: 18
Views: 579
Posted By ChasFink
Chicken Sounds a little urban-legendy to me!

Sounds a little urban-legendy to me!
Forum: Police Blotter 10 January 2018, 02:47 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,957
Posted By ChasFink
Icon05 I don't know if anyone has brought this up yet,...

I don't know if anyone has brought this up yet, but can the swatter face murder, manslaughter, or similar charges since the death was a (predictably possible, if unlikely) result of his crime?
Forum: Urban Legends Contest 09 January 2018, 06:28 PM
Replies: 581
Views: 81,690
Posted By ChasFink
Reading The furniture maker was also a writer, artist,...

The furniture maker was also a writer, artist, textile designer, activist, etc., etc. but he was not the talent agent.
Forum: Police Blotter 09 January 2018, 03:41 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,957
Posted By ChasFink
I thought I responded to this, but I don't see my...

I thought I responded to this, but I don't see my response, so I'll do it again.

I was making a general statement: Sometimes concern for the cop's safety is paramount, sometimes it isn't. That's...
Forum: Police Blotter 08 January 2018, 06:38 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,957
Posted By ChasFink
As I said at the outset, I very much believe most...

As I said at the outset, I very much believe most police do put themselves at risk in order to reduce risk to others. My point was that that doesn't seem to be what happened here. While my...
Forum: Police Blotter 08 January 2018, 03:12 PM
Replies: 66
Views: 2,957
Posted By ChasFink
No I'll start by making the following beliefs of...

I'll start by making the following beliefs of mine very clear:

Police officer is a very dangerous, very stressful, and often thankless job.
Many police officers do receive training in...
Forum: Rantidote 03 January 2018, 07:20 PM
Replies: 87
Views: 3,237
Posted By ChasFink
Theme Icon The little thing that annoys me now is people who...

The little thing that annoys me now is people who are already taking down Christmas decorations. I realize Christmas is a secular one-day holiday for some, but for most Christians (and those who hold...
Forum: Amusement Bark 02 January 2018, 06:44 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 21,516
Posted By ChasFink
Icon95 A question asked many a time by hangover...

A question asked many a time by hangover sufferers.
Forum: Amusement Bark 27 December 2017, 06:20 PM
Replies: 183
Views: 21,516
Posted By ChasFink
Icon97 Okay, I'm a little late but I forgot to post this...

Okay, I'm a little late but I forgot to post this one. Let us not forget the true meaning of "O.

Mary's Boy Child
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