Thur. Jul. 28, 2022 – whooosh. that’s the sound of this week flying by…

By on July 28th, 2022 in decline and fall, personal

Hot, but maybe a little bit less so?    The front that moved through dropped temps a little around sunset.  Maybe today will be slightly cooler?  Certainly still humid.

Did a bunch of pickups.  It was a pretty big circle of driving.   The cost of the gas and tolls definitely needs to be figured against the cost savings in the auction.   Sometimes it’s cheaper to have them ship me something than to take the time and gas to drive and get it.   I try to combine trips, and the sellers tend to clump in certain areas, so I can often hit a couple pickups near each other.  Today I might be driving for single items though.

I really didn’t even bid on much in last nights auctions, and thousands of lots closed in a couple of hours.   I may be reaching saturation on a few categories.  That would be something.

Today we have more basketball camp, a pickup or two, close in, and maybe a visit to my gubstore buddy.  I haven’t gone by his place in weeks.  I need to touch base.

I also need to finish my BOL floorplan and 3D model so I can save the foundation guy from having to measure it all himself.  I got about three quarters done and ran out of time, and had to move on to something else.  Now I have to revisit it and finish.  My whole life is kinda like that.

Today my mind is blank, no value added thoughts.  All I can do is tell you to keep plugging away.

And stack.  Always stack.

nick

55 Comments and discussion on "Thur. Jul. 28, 2022 – whooosh. that’s the sound of this week flying by…"

  1. drwilliams says:

    Ten of the last ten recessions were characterized by rtwo quarters of shrinking GDP. WHEN TODAY’s figures are announced the government an will attempt to use some new definition and ‘splain it away, and the media will carry water for the vegetablr in the White House. 

    Anticipating this, several people have had fun the last few days showing examples of VeggieBiden and the Nyt/WaPa axis of PLT. Media using the “old” definition. 

    The media is bewildered and mystified about posss showing their continued loss of public trust. They seem incapable of connecting the dots. 

  2. drwilliams says:

    Double hit Submit, have no editing button. Sorry for typos

  3. Clayton W. says:

    The media is bewildered and mystified about posss showing their continued loss of public trust. They seem incapable of connecting the dots. 

    I really don’t understand how an industry can be so out of touch with reality.  

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    Very isolated lives.  Rigidly enforced ideology.  Very Soviet.  Or religious cult.

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  5. Nick Flandrey says:

    80F and 93%RH, but it did get below 80 last night.  

    Sun is coming out.

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  6. JimB says:

    The cost of the gas and tolls definitely needs to be figured against the cost savings in the auction.

    Plus the other costs of operating a vehicle, both per mile and fixed. I used to help friends calculate the cost of replacing cars, and they always underestimated costs. I would tell them getting a new car was mostly an emotional experience, so just enjoy the positive aspects if they can afford it.

    My favorite was calculating the cost of owning a motorcycle. No one I knew ever bought one to actually replace a car, especially in places where winter was harsh.

    For some of us, the enjoyment of the open road is worth it. I just reconnected with a friend who is back to driving his own long distance rig. Decades ago, he built a business with 40 trucks, then sold it. Driving is in his blood. He is one of the most positive people I have ever known, and seems able to be successful at everything he tries.

  7. ITGuy1998 says:

    The cost of the gas and tolls definitely needs to be figured against the cost savings in the auction.

    That applies to a lot of things, but more so now with gas still above $4/gallon. The price of filling up my car isn’t going to break me, but in the past 6 months I’ve found myself naturally consolidating trips, or putting off a store visit until I was at work, where I’d be way closer. Being cheap, err frugal, has its advantages.

  8. Greg Norton says:

    Very isolated lives.  Rigidly enforced ideology.  Very Soviet.  Or religious cult.

    The suburbs of DC and the tech hubs all have the same mindset, and the media gets the ratings “preaching to the choir”.

    I’m going to modify the memes.

    Yeah, Biden. Repubicans, tho.

    After January will be the new one: DeSantis. I’m jus’ sayin’.

    A Stacy Abrams win in Georgia will produce others as she will become the automatic Jesus candidate front runner for 2028 and, if necessary 2024.

    Abrams and Warnock should not win in November, but Georgia Republicans have a serious case of rectal cranial insertion, waiting for a revolution that will not come soon. Buckhead and the counties north of Atlanta will decide things once again in the state and, possibly, the country.

    Of course, if gas for the Grocery Getter is still above $5 in Atlanta in November, all bets are off.

    Gotta run premium in those BMW X5s … until the engines blow up.

  9. Nick Flandrey says:

    As I mentioned, something is off about this whole thing.

    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2022/07/know-getting-bad-ukraine-pbs-disputes-propaganda/

     –I wouldn’t go so far as to say that PBS “disputes” but the fact they raised the issues is telling.

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  10. Robert "Bob" Sprowl says:

    Buying lottery tickets for others is not s problem.  Immediately after buying them, write their name on their tickets and your name on your tickets.

    When I bought tickets for others at were in a state where they couldn’t get tickets I would do that, take a picture of the tickets, and then mail them their tickets.  

  11. Lynn says:

    I really don’t understand how an industry can be so out of touch with reality.  

    True Believers are scary.

  12. Greg Norton says:

    True Believers are scary.

    Wait until the Jesus Truck disappoints.

  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    BTW, I didn’t care much for the Fed rate increase.   But on the other hand, I don’t think it’s big enough, and I don’t believe they can “manage” the economy.

    I’ve been thinking about lies, bad information, etc. which still is useful.   Like employment figures- they are bad info.  They are almost always “revised” later and usually it seems like when they “revise” them it would  undo whatever reaction the initial numbers generated.    But the number is still “useful” to traders who know that some others will trade based on the idea that the number is a true/accurate number.    

    Or maybe they ALL know it’s make believe and the only reason they trade on the fiction is because they believe everyone else will be trading on the fiction too.   It’s sort of a self fulfilling prophesy mixed with the Emperors New Clothes…    

    You see people using “bad” information all the time in useful ways.  They trade to official GDP, or unemployment numbers, or base policy on inflation measures that are knowingly manipulated….  and yet they make use of the bad info, sometimes with the results they expected.

    There is value in known bad data, as well as known good data, but there is difficulty in mistaking one for the other.

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  14. drwilliams says:

    There’s no “bad” data, just misunderstood and perhaps disadvantaged…

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  15. Nick Flandrey says:

    I’m depraved on account of I’m deprived…

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  16. Nick Flandrey says:

    There will also be a ban on portable air conditioners, heaters and radiators among the general populace as the average German begins to pay a price for standing up to the Russian dictator. 

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11058375/Germany-turns-hot-water-Hanover-ban-hot-water-response-Russian-gas-crisis.html  

    US workplaces have banned personal heaters or desk fans in the office for a long time.   In order to meet energy conservation codes, you must be uncomfortable ⅓ of your life…   and sit in the dark, as the lighting code forbids desk lamps.

    All being driven by Cali.

    n

    I wonder where the wood for the woodburning mentioned will be coming from and what they’ll be burning it in?

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  17. lynn says:

    xkcd: Air Gap

       https://xkcd.com/2651/

    No, no, no, no !  Air Gap the internet from your home, not your power supply.

    Explained at:

       https://www.explainxkcd.com/wiki/index.php/2651:_Air_Gap

  18. lynn says:

    Over The Hedge: Heat Wave Cooking

         https://www.gocomics.com/overthehedge/2022/07/28

    We should be done soon.

  19. Brad says:

    So the Russians shut off the gas. Honestly, the Germans should have had the guts to do this themselves, but most politicians are wimps, afraid of taking decisive actions. We’ll see how much planning they’ve done…

    We will only be indirectly affected, being in a region that is a net exporter (mostly hydro). I don’t know for sure how the interconnects work, though – what happens, if there is overall more demand than power – would they segment the net? 

    Anyway, we could easily heat with wood, if need be. I chopped down a number of big birches two years ago, so we have plenty of wood.

    Unfortunately, our solar is not grid-independent, so if there is a blackout, we won’t have power. I found the battery storage too expensive, but may have to reconsider that next year… 

  20. Ray Thompson says:

    Got my lottery tickets. Bought 10 sets of numbers. $20.00. More than likely just tossed $20.00 on the ground. Oh well, at least part of the money goes to education (yeh, right) as we have been told mislead. You can’t win if you don’t play.

  21. lynn says:

    “With Manchin’s support, Democrats unveil bill with $369B in energy, climate spending”

         https://www.utilitydive.com/news/manchin-democrats-climate-bill-energy-legislation-congress/628329/

    “With the support of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Senate Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a budget reconciliation bill that includes $369 billion in energy security and climate spending over the next 10 years.”

    “The legislation invests in hydrogen, nuclear and renewable energy, fossil fuel and energy storage technologies, according to Manchin.”

    “The bill will invest in domestic energy production and manufacturing, and reduce carbon emissions by roughly 40% by 2030, according to a summary of the bill’s energy provisions.”

    “The bill includes incentives for consumers to make their homes more efficient and electrify them. It also includes a $4,000 consumer tax credit for lower/middle income people to buy used clean vehicles, and up to $7,500 tax credit to buy new clean vehicles, according to the summary.”

    “The bill offers $10 billion in investment tax credits for manufacturing facilities that make electric vehicles, wind turbines and solar panels, according to the summary. It also contains up to $20 billion in loans to build new clean vehicle manufacturing facilities.”

    What a boondoggle !  And the bill includes new taxes also.   You don’t raise taxes in a recession, Herbert Hoover proved that.

  22. lpdbw says:

    Unfortunately, our solar is not grid-independent, so if there is a blackout, we won’t have power. I found the battery storage too expensive, but may have to reconsider that next year… 

    While considering it, also consider what happens if yours is the only house with lights in your neighborhood.  

    And never underestimate the ability of bureaucrats and politicians to send your hydro elsewhere, and leave you in the dark.  I’ve lived through that; Bonneville Power administration cut off our aluminum producers in Spokane, and sold the power to California.  It didn’t affect supplies of residential power, but caused another of a long line of business setbacks for poor Spokane.

    I was told that when they built the Grand Coulee dam, they promised residents of Washington the price of electricity would never exceed cost plus maintenance, which is what made it so attractive to industry like aluminum refining.  All that went away during the Tip O’Neill years, and the price kept ratcheting upward for everyone.

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  23. lynn says:

    “Ford Reveals First Electric Pickup Truck for Police”

        https://www.pcmag.com/news/ford-reveals-first-electric-pickup-truck-for-police

    “The F-150 Lightning Pro Special Service Vehicle accelerates from 0-60 mph in under 4 seconds.”

    “Alongside the usual vehicular suspects—heavy-duty cloth seats, built-in steel intrusion plates, roof-mounted LED warning beacons—drivers can tap into high-tech features(Opens in a new window) like a mobile power source that lights up night-time crime scenes, an electric powertrain aimed at reducing fuel and maintenance costs, and a front trunk with an additional 14.1 cubic feet of lockable storage.”

  24. lynn says:

    “bp opens its first electric truck charging facilities to support the decarbonization of transport”

        https://www.hydrocarbonprocessing.com/news/2022/07/bp-opens-its-first-electric-truck-charging-facilities-to-support-the-decarbonization-of-transport

    “Operated by bp’s Aral brand, the retail site at Schwegenheim in Rheinland-Pfalz, Germany now has two state-of-the-art 300kw ultra-fast chargers intended for electric trucks, powered by 100% renewable energy. Situated on the major B9 road, the Schwegenheim site provides truck drivers with a convenient, safe, well-lit station where an electric truck capable of charging at 300kw could increase its remaining range by around 150-200km during a driver’s mandatory 45-minute break. And the driver has access to additional services such as food and drink for their journeys, as well as toilets.”

    I wonder if Gemany has the electric power to spare for a few thousand electric trucks ?

  25. Alan says:

    >> The FL Gulf beaches must be like bathwater.

    Now send all the Wally Mart shoppers that way and dump in some soap…

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  26. Alan says:

    >> “With the support of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Senate Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a budget reconciliation bill that includes $369 billion in energy security and climate spending over the next 10 years.”

    So what’s in the unmarked envelope that Chuckie slipped to Manchin to make this happen?

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  27. Alan says:

    >> “With the support of Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Senate Democrats on Wednesday unveiled a budget reconciliation bill that includes $369 billion in energy security and climate spending over the next 10 years.”

    Some tit-for-tat…

    https://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2022/07/manchin-schumer-inflation-reduction-climate/670981/

    It also invests in the old, polluting fossil-fuel system.

    The bill seems to include two sets of provisions that environmentalists are likely to despise, and that could send American emissions in the wrong direction. The first is a requirement that the government open up new locations for oil and gas leasing in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico. The second is that it ties renewable development on federal property to fossil-fuel development. One of its provisions forbids the government from selling leases to install solar or wind on federal land or seafloor when it has not also recently opened territory to oil and gas developers. Many advocates knew that this deal would involve some compromise, and there it is.

    ADDED: Schumer will now move to get the bill to Biden’s desk as soon as possible. But the deal is not even a bill yet, nor is it a done, uh, deal. First it has to make it out of the Senate, where it will need the support of every Democratic senator. That will require senators to stop getting COVID, which they have been doing a lot lately, and Senator Patrick Leahy of Vermont—who has been absent since his hip-replacement surgery last month—to make it back into work. Moreover, it will require the support of Senator Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona. The bill seems to include certain tax provisions, namely closing the “carried interest loophole,” which allows investment advisers to treat a certain portion of their returns as capital gains instead of as income, that Sinema had previously said she could not support.

  28. lynn says:

    “The Silence Of Gom (Perry Rhodan #39)” by Kurt Mahr, translated by Wendayne Ackerman
       https://www.amazon.com/Perry-Rhodan-39-Silence-Gom/dp/0708880290?tag=ttgnet-20/

    Book number thirty-nine of a series of one hundred and twenty-six space opera books in English. The original German books, actually pamphlets, number in the thousands. The English books started with two translated German stories per book and transitioned to one story per book with the sixth book. The German books were written from 1961 to present time, having sold two billion copies and even recently been rebooted again. I read the well printed and well bound book published by Ace in 1974 that I had to be very careful with due to age. I bought an almost complete box of Perry Rhodans a decade or two ago on ebay that I am finally getting to since I lost my original Perry Rhodans in The Great Flood of 1989. In fact, I now own book #1 to book #103, plus the Atlan books.
       https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perry_Rhodan

    BTW, this is actually book number 47 of the German Pamphlets. There is a very good explanation of the plot in German on this website of all of the PR books. There is automatic Google translation available for English, Spanish, Dutch, Japanese, French, and Portuguese.
       https://www.perrypedia.de/wiki/Gom_antwortet_nicht

    In this alternate universe, USSF Major Perry Rhodan and his three fellow astronauts blasted off in a three stage rocket to the Moon in 1971. The first stage of the rocket was chemical, the second and third stages were nuclear. After crashing on the Moon due to a strange radio interference, they discover a massive crashed alien spaceship with an aged male scientist (Khrest), a female commander (Thora), and a crew of 500. It has been over ten years since then and the New Power has flourished with millions of people and many spaceships headquartered in the Gobi desert, the city of Terrania.

    Perry Rhodan and his 5,000 foot spherical spaceship with the Ganymede spaceship are at the Gonom system where the Springers, Mounders, and Aras are meeting to decide if they want to destroy Terra. Several of the mutants are at the meeting of the Springers, Mounders, and Aras, to change the location of Earth in Topthor’s spaceship computer and are caught by the Ara biochemical men. They run off in their spaceship gazelle but crash on the planet Gom. But they did succeed in changing the location of Earth from Sol 3 to Betelgeuse 3. They then encounter a strange flat disklike being on Gom that can become a hive mind and that the Ara’s biomechanical men are made of.

    One has to remember that this book was written in German in 1962 and translated to English in 1974. Many items that came about in the 1970s and beyond such as cell phones are not reflected in the book. However, commercial aircraft commonly traveling at Mach 3 are not available to the public as talked about in the book. Niels Bohr’s saying “Prediction is very difficult, especially about the future” comes to mind.

    Two observations:
    1. The publisher should have put two to four of the translated stories in each book. Having two stories in the first five books worked out well. Just having one story in the book is too short and would never allow the translated books to catch up to the German originals.
    2. Anyone liking Perry Rhodan and wanting a more up to date story should read the totally awesome “Mutineer’s Moon” Dahak series of three books by David Weber.
       https://www.amazon.com/Mutineers-Moon-Dahak-David-Weber/dp/0671720856?tag=ttgnet-20/

    My rating: 4.4 out of 5 stars
    Amazon rating: 5 out of 5 stars (2 reviews)

  29. Greg Norton says:

    I wonder where the wood for the woodburning mentioned will be coming from and what they’ll be burning it in?

    Wood? They’ll burn books.

    Ah, ze old days, ja.

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  30. paul says:

    I just ordered some stuff called “Flatout” from Big River.  

    https://www.amazon.com/FlatOut-99907-Wheelbarrows-Woodchippers-Fluid_Ounces/dp/B07WZQBTTN?tag=ttgnet-20

    It has good reviews from various sources.  The green slime stuff has been pretty worthless for me.   While it’s great for clogging and ruining tire pressure gauges, it’s not so hot for actual tire leaks. 

    Anyway.  I’ll see how this works.  It would be nice to just get on the riding mower and go.  

    Not have to do the entire routine of lifting the front end onto a block of wood and bricks and /then/ looking for the dang ratchet strap because, does the tire only go flat?  No, it breaks bead, too.  

    Pain it the you know where.

  31. paul says:

    Yah know, I’m either suddenly retarded and can’t type a coherent sentence any more OR I’m just typing along and my keyboard ain’t boarding like it should.

    I know the X and left shift are acting wonky.  “Push harder” works for now.  But whole words missing?  Or just a couple of letters of a word?

    I like this keyboard.  I suppose it’s time to move on.  The nubbies on the F and J keys are gone.  Gee, I had this keyboard way back in the days of mIRC when a 486/DX2 was hot stuff with a 14.4 modem.

    Or I could be getting retarded.  65 is coming up in  October, so…  On the plus side, I still have all of my teeth.

    AST made good stuff way back when. 

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  32. lynn says:

    My employee that was trying to buy a Nissan Leaf base model for $35,000 in June is out trying to buy another Leaf.  They called him a while ago and said that they just got a 2023 model with a better package that he does not want and a bigger battery for $42,000.  He is out looking at it.  The base model battery is 42 kwh (100+ miles) and the big battery is 62 kwh (150+ miles).

  33. lynn says:

    Anyway.  I’ll see how this works.  It would be nice to just get on the riding mower and go.  

    Do you wear the standard summer uniform for mowing or do you put clothes on first ?

  34. lynn says:

    I like this keyboard.  I suppose it’s time to move on.  The nubbies on the F and J keys are gone.  Gee, I had this keyboard way back in the days of mIRC when a 486/DX2 was hot stuff with a 14.4 modem.

    This is an ok $73 keyboard.   “Logitech G610 Orion Red Backlit Mechanical Gaming Keyboard”

         https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CDYB8AG?tag=ttgnet-20

    My 1990 Northgate Omni Key/102 Gold blows all current keyboards out of the water because it put the function keys on the left side where God and IBM meant them to be at.

  35. lynn says:

    Tesla Semi “spotted on westbound 80 near Colfax, CA”

       https://www.reddit.com/r/teslamotors/comments/w4zoh2/spotted_on_westbound_80_near_colfax_ca/

  36. Greg Norton says:

    My employee that was trying to buy a Nissan Leaf base model for $35,000 in June is out trying to buy another Leaf.  They called him a while ago and said that they just got a 2023 model with a better package that he does not want and a bigger battery for $42,000.  He is out looking at it.  The base model battery is 42 kwh (100+ miles) and the big battery is 62 kwh (150+ miles).

    Nissan announced that this will be the last generation of Leaf. The clock is already ticking on parts.

    I’m willing to bet that all of the Leafs will be gone in 10 years while the “Breaking Bad” Aztec I see rolling around my neighborhood from time to time will still be rolling.

  37. Rick H says:

    Tesla Semi “spotted on westbound 80 near Colfax, CA”

    Lots of good downhill grades to regenerate the batteries while westbound.

    Our family used to have a cabin just up the hill from there in Baxter CA. Great memories there – that was the summer vacation spot, and grandparents would stay there most of the summer to escape the heat of Sacramento. Temps in Sacramento in the 100’s, and the 80’s in Baxter. 

    Plus, there was an old swimming pool in Dutch Flat, just a short ride from Baxter. Used to be just dirt bottom, with the shallow end rough concrete. Fed by mountain streams, so very cold. Cousins would pile into the back of grandpa’s old pickup truck and head for the pool on the back roads. 

    The cabin was built during the depression – grandparents had a market in Lincoln CA, and he’d extend credit to some families and they would work it off by building the two story log cabin.

    Very tasty mountain spring water up there, until the late 1990’s (?) when the landowner let Crystal Springs take the water away. 

    We had a 99-year lease, but the paperwork was lost over the years, and the county water district didn’t like that the landowner had their own private water company, and there was more money from Crystal Springs than leasing. Because of the water issues, we couldn’t get water out of the mountain anymore, so eventually had to abandon the cabin. 

    Haven’t been there to see what happened to it after the abandonment. Chose to remember the good times instead.

  38. Ray Thompson says:

    Tesla Semi “spotted on westbound 80 near Colfax, CA”

    And it was moving. Is that section of road downhill?

  39. CowboyStu says:

    Hey, I like Groomers!  Took my dog to Petco today and the groomer brushed his teeth and trimmed his nails.

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  40. Alan says:

    >> My employee that was trying to buy a Nissan Leaf base model for $35,000 in June is out trying to buy another Leaf.  They called him a while ago and said that they just got a 2023 model with a better package that he does not want and a bigger battery for $42,000.  He is out looking at it.  The base model battery is 42 kwh (100+ miles) and the big battery is 62 kwh (150+ miles).

    @lynn, that’s a lot of money to pay for a LEAF. Two of main design issues with the LEAF are the passive-only cooling for the battery pack and the outmoded CHAdeMO connection for fast (Level 3) charging. None of to-be built charging stations will support it.

    Here’s a CPO 2020 S Plus (S is the base trim and Plus is the bigger battery) with 22,151 miles. It’s at a Houston dealer for $34,992.

    Or with higher mileage (50,096), here’s a CPO 2018 SL with the Tech Package (top of the line trim and standard battery) for $25,000 at a dealer in Burleson.

    More examples are out there if you do a non-Nissan search (e.g. cars dot com). Some will be at Nissan dealers that don’t bother to spend the time (i.e. money) to CPO the LEAF as the CPO form is more for ICE vehicles.

  41. Alan says:

    >> Or I could be getting retarded.  65 is coming up in  October, so…

    @paul, same here…the 65 in October part I mean…  🙂

  42. Alan says:

    >> Tesla Semi “spotted on westbound 80 near Colfax, CA”

    Question is, was anyone driving it or does the Tony Semi include FSD?

  43. CowboyStu says:

    >> Or I could be getting retarded.  65 is coming up in  October, so…

    I’m 83, and you can’t believe how retarded and demented I am.

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  44. Alan says:

    >> Nissan announced that this will be the last generation of Leaf. The clock is already ticking on parts.

    I still see the occasional Gen 1 LEAF (2010 – 2017) in our area.

    The Nissan Ariya looks interesting but they’ve stopped taking pre-orders so it will be sometime in 2023 (maybe?) before you can buy one if you’re not already on the list. It will also have active cooling for the battery pack and use the CCS connector for fast charging.

  45. Greg Norton says:

    The Nissan Ariya looks interesting but they’ve stopped taking pre-orders so it will be sometime in 2023 (maybe?) before you can buy one if you’re not already on the list. It will also have active cooling for the battery pack and use the CCS connector for fast charging.

    $50,000 isn’t even remotely affordable right now, even with a clever F&I room.

  46. Alan says:

    >> @paul, same here…the 65 in October part I mean…

    I presume your mailbox is as overflowing with Medicare insurance junk mail as mine is…shesh! 

  47. Nick Flandrey says:

    So one of the enewsletters  I get is aimed at EMS and it’s got some noteworthy language in the article about monkeypox…

    These departures from the typical presentation can make monkeypox symptoms resemble those of some sexually transmitted diseases.

    -Um, it IS a sexually transmitted disease, just look at the next paragraph in the email…

    These revisions are aligned with the CDC’s current epidemiological criteria and with the most recent statistics from the WHO, which show that the ongoing global outbreak is largely developing within the social networks of Men who have Sex with Men (MSM).

    — so I guess the old comedy routine has been supplanted, now you CAN s#ck one d!ck and not be gay for the rest of your life…   you’re just a MSM, man who has sex with men.

    The slide down the slope is accelerating.

    n

  48. Alan says:

    >> $50,000 isn’t even remotely affordable right now, even with a clever F&I room.

    I’ll wait a few years until they start to show up used. Of course that plan will change after I cash in my lottery tickets tomorrow 🙂 

  49. lynn says:

    >> My employee that was trying to buy a Nissan Leaf base model for $35,000 in June is out trying to buy another Leaf.  They called him a while ago and said that they just got a 2023 model with a better package that he does not want and a bigger battery for $42,000.  He is out looking at it.  The base model battery is 42 kwh (100+ miles) and the big battery is 62 kwh (150+ miles).

    @lynn, that’s a lot of money to pay for a LEAF. Two of main design issues with the LEAF are the passive-only cooling for the battery pack and the outmoded CHAdeMO connection for fast (Level 3) charging. None of to-be built charging stations will support it.

    Yeah, I told him to buy a Tesla 3 base model but he does not like the rear wheel drive and the extra $5,000 over the Nissan Leaf Plus.

        https://www.edmunds.com/tesla/model-3/

  50. Nick Flandrey says:

    I wonder what the ratio is for 8 or 10 cyl diesels vs electric in TX?

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  51. lynn says:

    I am fairly sure that most of the diesels in Texas are 4, 6 or 8 cylinders.  I do not know of any 10 cylinder diesels in vehicles.  Ford used to have a V10 gasoline motor for their large trucks, excursions, vans, and RV chassis but they dropped it last year for a new 7.3 L V8 gasoline.

  52. Greg Norton says:

    — so I guess the old comedy routine has been supplanted, now you CAN s#ck one d!ck and not be gay for the rest of your life…   you’re just a MSM, man who has sex with men.

    God forbid we stigmatize anyone. That was the whole point of masks, wasn’t it?

  53. lynn says:

    God forbid we stigmatize anyone. That was the whole point of masks, wasn’t it?

    There was a lot of rumors about Billie Joe.  And Bobbie Gentry.

          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNB8AKMdqiQ

    And there was a virus going around, her papa caught it and died last spring.

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  54. Rick H says:

    And it was moving. Is that section of road downhill?

    Colfax is at about 3600 feet elevation. Westbound is generally downhill until you get to the Sacramento valley at 50-100 feet. Some ups and downs on the way westbound.

    But, that section starts at Reno NV  (at 3500 feet elevation), and is uphill from there to the Donner Summit (about 7200 feet). Steep hills on the way up. 

    Baxter (where our cabin was) is at 4000 feet. Usually around there is where the trucks that didn’t do a brake check at Donner Summit will find their brakes overheating. Often around 3500-4000 feet on the downhill side is where the brakes give out if the truckers are not careful.

  55. Alan says:

    So Slo Joe wants to swap a notorious arms dealer serving a 25 year sentence for a hash smoking LGBQWERTY basketball player?! 

    And what the heck is Joe smoking? 

    NPR: Who is Viktor Bout, the prisoner the U.S. may trade for Brittney Griner?. https://www.npr.org/2022/07/28/1114236683/who-is-viktor-bout-the-prisoner-the-u-s-may-trade-for-brittany-griner

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