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  1. IMNSHO, metal roofing is fantastic.  My cottage sees wind and driven rain directly off of the ocean.  Asphault shingles flip up, break off and allow water to penetrate.  I've been dry since we shifted to standing seam Galvalume metal roofing, with the added benefits of quick cleaning with the hose and snow that slides right off.  No experience with your particular form of metal roof, but can't see where there would be any significant difference.  Lifetime guarantee is great, too.

     

    LL

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  2. Guns are not Mrs. LL's thing.  She learned to shoot as a youngster at camp with a .22 rifle, but has not shot since.  She does not have a MA permit, and so cannot buy me a gun here.  For her, guns are like a mean junkyard dog; she really doesn't care to have one in the house, but it is comforting to her that one is nearby in case the need arises.

     

    LL

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  3. 9 hours ago, Waxahachie Kid #17017 L said:

    Heard it on the news today. The makers of Mr. Potato Head have made the decision to go gender neutral, and the toy Mr. Potato Head, won't be called "Mister" any longer.  Sadly....this is no joke. 

    Gender neutral my....foot!!!

     

    Also, some of the Cherokee "leadership" has protested Jeep using their name on a vehicle. Jeep has been using the name since the 1970's, but now, it seems, it is offensive to some "head of the group". Of course that the name is NOT being used in a disparaging manner, and never has been, doesn't make any difference. A "tribal leader" objects, and has had his wittle feewings hurt. 

    Good grief. 

    I'm part Cherokee, and I don't mind a dang bit!!!! Next vehicle I buy may be a Jeep Cherokee...presuming the Jeep corporation doesn't develop a rubber spine. 

    What a bunch of spoiled, politically correct, gutless wonders.

     

     

      

     

     

    From what I can see, Hasbro has renamed the toy line generally as "Potato Head", but has retained the "Mr." and "Mrs." variations as seperate models; looks more like a branding issue than any gender sensitivity.

     

    "Cherokee" has been a Jeep model continuously since 1973, and "Grand Cherokee" since 1993.

     

    This tribal sensitivity is misplaced.  There is nothing demeaning about using a  tribal name, in the absence of mockery or unflattering ethnic stereotyping.  

     

     

    LL

     

     

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  4. 22 minutes ago, Lady Pearl said:

    Pendleton blankets are the best wool you can buy. Exceptional quality

     

    Exceptional blankets and clothing, including traditional patterns.

     

    LL

     

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  5. Our Cape Cod cottage has a natural gas-fueled fireplace that has saved my butt several times when we lost power during the winter in our other house.  Never in the 30+ years that we have had a cottage has our gas supply been interrupted; the fireplace is exceptionally efficient, and requires almost no maintenance.  No wood supply issue.  

     

    That being said, we have a wood burning fireplace in our other home (no gas available in the area).  Atmosphere is great, but it struggles to keep our living room warm during a power failure in winter.  That, added to the loss of power for our well pump, water heater and cooking appliances, sends us running to the Cape during power losses.

     

    I agree with the generator recommendation.  We're having a whole house back-up generator installed at the cottage.

     

    LL

  6. 40 minutes ago, sassnetguy50 said:

    Jeep has used "Pioneer" as a model name.

     

    1984 - the first year of production of the "modern" Jeep Cherokee - we bought our first Jeep, a Pioneer.  Loved it, and began a 37 year relationship with a series of 6 Jeeps - Pioneer, Cherokee, Grand Cherokee, Grand Cherokee Limited, Liberty, and Wrangler Unlimited. 

     

    Before I paid any extortion demand, I'd drop the "Indian" names and use Cowboy, Custer, Cavalry, Pilgrim, Pioneer, Trapper, Settler, Sodbuster, and every other frontier-related name I could think of that specifically excluded Indians.  

     

    LL

     

    PS:  Given the Jeep's WWII heritage, how about some WWII-related names?

     

    LL

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  7. I retired from the practice of law early this year; I kinda swore to myself that I was done with this kind of dispute.  But a few points got under my skin, so let me give it a go.

     

    1. This case involves a "consumer protection statute" - a creature of the state legislature, designed to punish businesses when they do not deliver on promises or "cheat" the consumer; the problem is in trying to seperate simple negligence (lack of due care) from the more egregious nastiness required under such statutes.  In most states, negligence alone will not support a claim under such a statute; the plaintiff must show some higher level of dishonesty or unfairness or deception.  Here, the Court basically decided that just being negligent (forgetting to tighten the lug nuts) was not enough to reach that higher level; the purpose of the statute is not to punish poor workmaship, but rather to deter deceitful or dishonest behavior.  The error here was simply "lack of due care", which is simple negligence.  The garage was still liable for this failure, and would still be required to pay for the actual damages under a negligence theory.  But the enhancement under the statute which required payment of attorneys fees would not apply.
    2. If the decision in this case leads you to "lose faith" in lawyers or judges or courts, your threshhold for mistrust is awfully low.  If anyone is responsible for creating a confusing result out of confusing verbiage, it is the legislature that wrote the statute.  Instead of leaving it for interpretation, lawmakers should state clearly in the text that the act does not apply to simple acts of negligence.  Confusion resolved.
    3. For the most part, these kinds of "violations" drive me to distraction.  They seem to be based upon an idea that all businesses are cheats, that all consumers are innately honest, and that when a consumer dispute arises, the business ought not just be financially responsible for actual damages, but needs to be whipped as well.  I don't live in that world.  If you or your employees screw up, you should pay to make the customer whole for damage or loss from the transaction.  But awards of punitive damages (like double or treble damages allowable in many such cases) or attorneys fees distort the severity of the loss, encourage the filing of suits that are otherwise not worth filing, and feed an avaricious segment of the bar that really should not be encouraged to file such claims.

    Think about it; the auto shop never challanged the negligence claim, and never denied the claimed actual damages; the only reason they fought the claim was because the plaintiff wanted to collect attorney's fees, which normally would not be awarded (except for the language of this statute).  This whole case could have been resolved, without any expense to the public for a trial, if the plaintiff had not over-reached by trying to convert this claim into something that it never was - an unfair or deceptive business practice.

     

    Lecture over.  Back to boats and lead delivery systems.

     

    LL

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  8. 4 hours ago, Hardpan Curmudgeon SASS #8967 said:

    Got my first Pfizer on Saturday, after jumping through an absurdly ridiculous set of hoops getting an appointment.

     

    They held on to the official vaccination card until I'd waited fifteen minutes in the "laagering zone."  

     

    The shot itself was no worse than the flu shot; felt sleepy most of the afternoon but heck ~ I'm always sleepy in the afternoon!  Well... maybe a bit sleepier than usual...   :rolleyes:

     

     

     

    Geez...I wish I knew what is wrong with the MA system.  I'm still jumping through hoops, and no closer to getting an appointment.  Try and try again.

    If I catch this damned bug because of a bureaucratic delay, I'm going to have my ashes dumped on the Governor's desk!

     

    LL

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  9. My Dad was a boater, and he had this terrible boating accident......

     

    Naw; just kidding.  I'm the first gun owner in my family.  No hand-me-downs here.

     

    Mine will probably go to my son, after I've had a bit more fun.

     

    LL

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  10. On 2/18/2021 at 8:53 AM, Loophole LaRue, SASS #51438 said:

    Today is the first day of vaccine availability for those 65+ in MA.  We are required to go online and register for an appointment.  So I went to the State's site this morning, and what do I get?

     

    This application crashed

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    If you are the owner of this application, check your logs for errors, or restart your app.

     

     

     

     

    Spent hours on the computer every day this past week, trying to register for a shot.  Closed out of every vaccination site.  Now looks like the state's allotment of vaccine has been used up, and there will be no more scheduling until another allotment is made.  Meanwhile, I sit and wait.

     

    Mrs. LL managed to get an appointment; she's always been luckier than me.

     

    LL

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  11. Today is the first day of vaccine availability for those 65+ in MA.  We are required to go online and register for an appointment.  So I went to the State's site this morning, and what do I get?

     

    This application crashed

    If you are a visitor, please try again shortly.

    If you are the owner of this application, check your logs for errors, or restart your app.

     

     

     

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  12. Just started watching this series.

     

    What's with the Y branding?  Why are the ranch hands so surprised to see the Y on the chest of the young fella that rode the bronc?

     

    LL

  13. 49 minutes ago, Henry T Harrison said:

    So another American company bites the dust 

     

    That might be true, I guess, if CZ chooses to shutter Colt (very unlikely) or move all production overseas (also unlikely).

     

    If production remains in the US, then ColtZ will still employ Americans, pay taxes in some state(s), and contribute to US industry; profits will go to shareholders, some of whom will undoubtedly be in the US.

     

    A deal that keeps manufacturing jobs in the US is, all other things being equal, a good deal.  Let's wait to see what they actually do with the business before we start throwing stones.

     

    LL

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  14. As the Marshal said, he trophy was "gronked" accidentally; the progression was roughly:

     

     

     

     

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