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    I can't answer the rest of your question, but I can answer this (former AF; some familiarity with MQ-4). No.. they're not stealth. It's been a while since I learned the various capabilities, but my gut is Iran used an S-300 or variant to shoot it down - I say that both because Iran is known to have them, and because it's within the operational capabilities of the S-300. It's been a while since I've looked at the data, but I'm fairly comfortable in my recollection. Iran also has some indigineously produced air defense missile systems that could do it, but my hunch is still S-300. My gut also thinks that we weren't in Iran's airspace, but I wouldn't rule it out as a possibility, either.
  2. The last body on frame passenger cars in the US (import/domestic) aside were the Crown Vic (and the Grand Marquis/Towncar, I suppose). For some reason, Carfax still uses the "frame damage/frame straightened" terminology.
  3. I've had good luck using the clear "Electro Nectar" from Amazon, or just the clear "Perky Pet" from Home Depot. The birds don't seem to mind the clear, and I've tried both red plastic and clear glass feeders. I would think the lack of red dye has to be more healtful for them, but what do I know. Had to move the feeder to the other side of the patio from the seed feeder since heavy seed-bird traffic was driving the humming birds away. If your yard/climate support it, consider putting in some Bird-of-Paradise plants - the hummingbirds love those things.
  4. The only scars that suck are the ones that come from boring stories. Last week, I got on a stepladder to get something off the top shelf of my closet. Went one step to high, and bashed my head into the sliding door rail, leaving a scar. Boring story. But, it formed an "X" to an existing scar, which I got about 5 years back fighting someone into handcuffs - when he got one (cuffed) hand free and punched at my head. I ducked it, but he dragged the edge of *my own handcuff* down the middle of my dome, leaving a nice ugly scar. But a cooler story. At least that's a cooler story than hitting my melon on a closet door.
  5. As follow up, since this thread's been kicking around a day or so.. Like I said, the prospective private buyer called my friend back last night, and was ready to make a solid offer on the car. My friend disclosed he had learned more about the wreck, and it's severity. Walt Longmire pointed out that, not having been there first hand, my friend doesn't truly know how badly the car was damaged. He told the buyer that he learned it was more than just the bumpers, and likely included some work to the hood and unibody as well. Bear in mind, the prospective buyer already had the car inspected, mechanical and body, by his own shop. I'll admit - I gave my friend a hard time - joked that he was "too honest for his own good", especially since the buyer knew their had been some damage, and inspected the repairs himself. That said, I have absolute respect for what my buddy did - probably a reason I've been his friend over 20 years. In any event, the prospective buyer came over, did another close inspection, decided that, as Cougar_ml said, it had been driven lots of miles since without issue, that it wouldn't be an issue for him either. He bought the car for their previously agreed price. Anti-climactic story, I know, I just wanted to what some other opinions were, and if most of us were as honest as my friend.
  6. I do see the logically fallacy, and the amusement factor. You're right - the mind is a funny thing, and he seems to know what he wants in his collection. Silly as it sounds, I collect Tasers. I have close to 20 now. All are kept in working condition, with good batteries and cartridges. I have no illusions of some crazy scenario which could require that many tasers, batteries, and cartridges, but I still enjoy having the collection. I really want an X3. You can't buy batteries for them, so there's no way you could keep one safely and reliably functioning. But I'm still on the hunt cause it fulfills "what I like to collect". Same idea, I think?
  7. ... is often the right answer! Basically, if you were my friend, would you tell the potential buyer you just learned the car was a near total, and not just "a little bumper damage", like you thought/said previously?
  8. It's a mainstream import 10 year old, 4-door sedan. Aside from the reported damage, you'd describe it as "very good" condition. Paint uniform and "right", service history, good tires, etc. In a perfect world, to a private party, *without* the damage, it'd be a 8-9k car. She had been driving it since (full time up until last year), with no issues. They had never had occasion to look at the Carfax until Carmax pulled it up today. According to his FIL, the damage was "the trunk folded up to the back wheels, and the hood, front fenders, and headlights" were all damaged too. She did walk away from the wreck, though. Still leaving out what he said - I'm not trying to be obtuse, I'd just like to hear a few more un-influenced opinions.
  9. If anyone is in the Pheonix/Scottsdale area, and is "qualified" (you have to be either LEO or otherwise Taser certified), let me know - there's another testing event coming up. I'll PM you contact details.
  10. I'll leave my opinion out for now; I'd like to hear the opinion of a few others. A friend of mine has been married for a few years. His wife "brought" a car into the marriage, which she had for several years previously. It's now their 4th/spare car, and he is selling it. He had always known his wife was in an accident in the car once, several years ago, before they knew one another. They never had an in-depth discussion about it - she just described basically as "the bumpers, and the body shop did a really good job". Yesterday a guy inspected it (stem to stern, mechanical inspection, etc). Liked it, but wanted a night to sleep on it. Today, he took it to CarMax to have them make an offer. Their inspection, and the subsequent Carfax, said "front and rear repair, frame straigtening, serious wreck reported" etc. Their offer was correspondinginly low, and he declined it. Talking to his wife and FIL (who was more aware of the situation after the wreck), it turns out it was pretty bad. Rear ended by a DUI, pushed into next car, almost a total, etc. The original potential buyer just called back, prepared to offer a fair price (and more than Carmax) for a car he understood to have some repairs done to both bumpers. I know what my friend told him - what would you have said?
  11. Thanks for taking the time to explain all that. A 30 or 50 amp 240 line would be viable in my garage, and just fine for daily use. It's funny, I live in an area with very high Tesla (and EV in general) market penetration. I "see" Superchargers and EV chargers all the time, but I've never really taken the time to process what I'm looking at, and the various types. On a day to day basis, are you comfortable just plugging in at night, or do you try to charge at public chargers while doing daily driving? It seems like, if your daily driving is less than 100 miles or so, you could just plug in at night and start each morning without ever giving a thought to range anxiety or filling up. More or less the equivalent to starting each day with a full "tank", and never running it below about 50%.
  12. I don't follow Teslas, or EVs in general, very closely in technical terms - so forgive my lack of basic knowledge: 1) Tesla's "Supercharger" network of charge stations is distinct to Teslas, right? So owners of other EVs can't use them, and vice versa? 2) What kind of charger did you have installed at home? What are it's capabilities, and it's demands on the electric system? I know these are basic questions, but I haven't kept up. It makes some sense for my next car, in a few years, to be an electric, but I live in a townhome. Although it has a garage, extensive upgrades to panel capacity could be a deal breaker. Oh.. and congratulations! Drive it in good health.
  13. Academic/bored question: Let's assume the deceased had an estate of some sort. Do you think the restaurant could try to recover any of the loss of business from that estate?
  14. My gut feeling is that a lot of trucks will be fitted with these from the factory for a year or two, to help draw people into showrooms, and give those who have just bought new trucks a gadget to show off. Once that's cooled, I suspect you'll only see them on the very highest trim levels of truck. They do seem pretty useful, but, as you say, a *lot* of moving parts in an area which sees a lot of unpredictable loading and general abuse. There's enough a problem with tailgates getting stolen in some communities, and I'm sure these will be a somewhat hot commodity. And I'm sure GM will decide, at some point, if the warranty support costs outweigh the sales the tailgates generate. A simple step/handlebar is one thing - those have been common for.. a decade now? But I'd be surprised if this thing makes it past the incoming generation.
  15. I don't really use canned tomatoes much. I do go through a fair amount of Rotel (hot style), and some tomato paste. I just checked my pantry, and the tomato paste is Contadina, though I don't think I've very brand loyal.
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