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Presguy

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  1. I think the construction itself is doable in 5 years - even if they incorporated true detail, quality, and craftsmanship. They've got as near as I can tell a limitless budget at this point, and tons of talent eager to get started. I just don't see how the "political" side is gonna move fast enough - inviting architects, have a competition for plans, compromising between people of differing views, etc.
  2. I have it in one rental property I take care of, installed over concrete slab. It looks good and seems to have held up well (nearly perfectly) since being installed several years ago - including in high traffic/wear areas, like right in front of the kitchen sink. I don't think it looks very convincing, though - if I wanted the same kind of look in my house I'd probably go for the "wood look" ceramic plank format tiles. Not as comfortable to walk on, but the installations I've seen have looked nicer than the vinyl plank.
  3. They (Macron and the Paris mayor) have both stated they want to see restoration done in time for the Paris Summer Olympics in 2024. That to me seems like an incredibly ambitious goal, but who knows.
  4. What a lucky dog - got a rough start in life, but now in a great home to love on her. Congratulations!
  5. I'm going to ignore everything I know about the contracting costs for these systems: What they're likely to reduce you labor costs by? What you customer satisfaction rates (and subsequent spend) will be? I'm going totally ignore those number and ask one simple question: How long til the "People of Walmart" are trying to ride these around like the electric wheelchairs?
  6. Heh... I've got everything all buddy-taped up now. You didn't at least get some ibuprofen? That stuff fixes everything. But, yeah.. just channel the old voices of your TI. You'll either will yourself into keeping on, or stop to sweep lint off the floor with a ruler. EDIT: You made me remember how many formation runs I've been in where every single row had to yell "curb" or "terrain" when the run crossed something like that. A hundred Airmen all trying to out-shout each other at the word "curb" as we went over the bump, so no one would trip.
  7. We talking the cool RWD Impala, or the sad-sack FWD rental-mobile that came after it?
  8. When I moved into my last house, I bought a SimpliSafe to use while I moved in and did some renovation. I've since replaced it and gave the SimpliSafe to a friend, who is using it at his house. Overall, I think it's pretty solid and reliable. I do have a few thoughts, and maybe-drawbacks: 1) When you put up the door sensors, don't rely on the double-stick tape. Use the tiny screws. Murphy's law says that tape will give way when you least expect it, and trigger a false alarm. 2) The external siren goes through batteries pretty quickly. While almost all the sensors and whatnot use lithium batteries, the siren uses AA batteries, and they need changing about every six months. Also, the siren can't "communicate" back to the base station and tell you when the batteries are low, like the sensors can. You only know the battery is going when it gives you the "low battery beep", which is a short blast from the siren that inevitable happens when the house is quiet late at night. 3) The keypad also uses AA batteries. I thought I'd be smart and use lithium AAs in it. Unfortunately, I guess the lithium ones, when running low, don't trigger a low battery alert like alkaline AAs do. The keypad just drops dead unexpectedly. I discovered this when I got home, found a dead keypad, and couldn't turn off the alarm, which ended up sounding. 4) Though it was totally reliable, and continues to be so at my friends house, the whole thing feels a little "cheap", kinda like dollar store plastics. Hard to express, but hopefully you get the idea. Mine, though, was a 1st generation, and I think the 2nd generation is better about that. 5) The base station connects to monitoring via the cellular network. Out of the box, it uses the TMobile system, if I recall correctly. In my area, TMobile has a poor signal, so customer service sent me a Verizon module to swap out that made it 100% reliable. Those issues aside, it's been reliable. The web interface is excellent, the price is reasonable, and the couple times I've needed their customer service they've been helpful.
  9. Did I mention there's free beer at the end? And we stopped for bbq on the way home?
  10. Learn from my mistakes, ladies and gentlemen: 1) Last night right before bed, I slammed my toe really hard on the wall. Cursed, moved on with my life, went to bed. 2) Woke up this morning. Toe still mighty sore. 3) Ran 9 mile tough mudder, and all the obstacles, anyway. Gritted teeth extensively. 4) Arrived home, cut shoe off, cleaned up and went to urgent care. 5) Xrays show toe and phlange behind it are broken into a total of five pieces. So.. don't run a 9 mile off road race on a broken toe. That said, teeth gritting aside, I had a hell of a good time and crossed the finish with my "team" in a respectable time.
  11. So my sister had to go out town for a long weekend, leaving my 17 year old nephew home alone for four days, for the first time. She asked me to check on him a few times, so to make sure things were...okay. Arrived tonight and this is what I find: 1) A mobile detailer in their driveway, clearning his car and his buddy's car. 2) A decent spread of food on the patio tabel courtesy of Uber eats. and.. 3) He's in the spa, with a friend and two girls having a grand ole time. I gave him the impressed, "not bad, dude" look, and rolled on out. Then messaged my sister to say he seemed to be doing alright. Kids these days..
  12. Heh... I used to teach a class here and there for the academy where I used to work. Any days where I taught, I'd make it a point to PT with them. This "fat old man" ran circles around a bunch of the kids. Not necessarily cause I'm fast or tough, but because I don't waste any time whining, bitching, and causing drama with classmates.
  13. It's this.. there's a little 30 second promo type video that gives you an idea, and browsing around their site tells you more: https://toughmudder.com/events/what-is-tough-mudder-classic
  14. Tough Mudder is a series of races done all of the country (world?), it's basically a 8-10 miles course with basic training style obstances (wall climbs, mud pits, etc). You enroll as a team (of friends, coworkers, whatever), go out, and have a good time running it. You get a t-shirt and a free beer at the end. Some people do it for fun, some people are super hardcore about it. They've also got "mini" events are only a few miles, and "extra" ones, that last as long as 12 hours.
  15. I have no idea what it's like in MN, but around here most of the *legal* grow ops are tended by fairly well paid citizens. The *legal* ones are run more like big businesses that happen to produce a farmed product, not a grow up. The old school and illegal grow ops are a totally different story. EDIT: The legal operations are recruiting pretty hardcore for people with degrees in marketing, finance, and that kind of thing - in addition to manual labor for the plant stuff. I see them recruiting at my school pretty often - and their offers are pretty hefty
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