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  1. A fellow described today's cars as computers on tires. I have a Ford Ecosport. The sales guy said don't bother to look under the hood as everything is electronic, even the "fuel pump" is electronic. Looks like its encased in a plastic shell...like my Samsung tablet.
  2. Chris, I lived in LA for about 6 years. Ate a lot of fresh fish from Cross Lake by Shreveport.
  3. I drove from Cleveland, OH to Hazelton, PA back in the late 80s. The state put big signs along the I-80 showing the fines which went up to over $300, depending on how much you were over the posted speed limit. Anyone in PA care to share the latest? It will work when you start hitting people in the wallet. I was in sales for a number of years. One evening there was nothing on TV so I made a spreadsheet with the left column listing speeds from 50 mph to 80 mph in 5 mph increments. The top column was distances from 35 miles to 600 miles in 25 mile increments. You have to drive real fast for a long distance to make up 15 minutes. That is keeping a constant speed and not taking into consideration traffic and changes in speed limits which everyone ignores. I had a Chrysler convertible pass me around Mile 60 on I-75 north. I was just a hair over 70. The car had to be going at least 80-90. What was hilarious, they passed me again around Mile 373 or 374!!! By all rights, I should have never seen them again. I had a car pass me about Mile 17 on north I-75, flying like he was going to be late. I counted when he got off Exit 20 and beat me by an amazing 37 seconds! If people would slow down, their insurance rates would be lowered. Who would have guessed?
  4. "Add to that you'd be changing points, setting dwell and timing every spring or before any trip." Now you have to take the car or truck to a dealer for a tuneup that costs a bunch of $$$. I lived in a rural community in central KY from 1977-1982. Local garage in town had to decide if it was worth spending $20K for a computer gizmo to tune the new electronic ignitions. He didn't buy it.
  5. Got interrupted by a glitch in my server. Driverless cars? Until someone hacks into the system as happened to the pipeline. Anyone had a computer crash? Instead of a person driving the car, we have a computer that is susceptible to all kinds of glitches. I just spent 30 minutes on the phone with the CSR for my email. Electronics? Sorry but I don't trust them. The "stupid factor" can be taken out if the laws are enforced with real big fines. Our bypass is either 45 or 55 mph. The signs seem to be a mere suggestion. No one pays any attention to them. At 10% commission on fines, I could make over $100K a year...until people watched the speed limits.
  6. I can top that. 1. My father and I were returned from the Carolinas and turned off 285 in north Atlanta onto 75 north. After a few minutes, Dad remarked, "You have to believe in God." I wondered what brought on this theological discussion. "I asked, What?" He replied, "The way some people drive, Someone has to be watching over them. 2. Coming up I-75 out of Atlanta, I was in the second lane from the left. I noticed a red sports car behind me. Follow me here: he passed me in the far left lane, got past me by about three car lengths, then shot across five lanes and exited. Ah, meshuggah!
  7. Interesting thread and outstanding photos. Thanks for sharing the adventure. What's next on the list?
  8. Looks good. 👍 A friend designs and manages websites. Years ago, when he was still working, he would buy or get books at the library for websites, design, etc. Plus, he would experiment to see what worked and what didn't work. Steve-O, looks good but edit your site to read "Rods" that are already built. Plural would imply several rods to choose from in inventory. Good fishing....when time permits.
  9. First, it will be a cold day in the hot place before I buy an electriic vehicle or even a hybrid. What would it cost me to have a charging station installed? Second, they put hundreds of dollars of crap on safe cars but not one penny is spent on making a safe driver. I figure I could work as a traffic officer in our bypass. with 10% commission on citations, I could make $100K a year. As Forrest Gump said, That's all I'm going to say about that.
  10. Outstanding trip of a lifetime. I'm lucky to get half a day to fish. I'm impressed with the underwater photos and the clarity of the water. Photoshop Elements 2021 would be a possibility but it requires a learning curve. AMHIK. Check with a local photographer for advice on this. I recall BASS doing a test on mono line visibility about 40 years ago. The test was in a Florida spring that had visibility of 100 yards!
  11. A local lady drove to Nashville to visit family. Her husband wanted her to take the hybrid but she took the all-electric car. Took hours to find a charging station and then took three hours to charge the battery. Our local Cracker Barrel had two charging stations. Gassers would park there. CB finally took the charging stations out. The following is from a friend. Read it carefully. An Engineer's Take On Electric Cars As an engineer I love the electric vehicle technology. However, I have been troubled for a long time by the fact that the electrical energy to keep the batteries charged has to come from the grid and that means more power generation and a huge increase in the distribution infrastructure Whether generated from coal, gas, oil, wind or sun, installed generation capacity is limited. IF ELECTRIC CARS DO NOT USE GASOLINE, THEY WILL NOT PARTICIPATE IN PAYING A GASOLINE TAX ON EVERY GALLON THAT IS SOLD FOR AUTOMOBILES, WHICH WAS ENACTED SOME YEARS AGO TO HELP TO MAINTAIN OUR ROADS AND BRIDGES. THEY WILL USE THE ROADS, BUT WILL NOT PAY FOR THEIR MAINTENANCE! In case you were thinking of buying hybrid or an electric car: Ever since the advent of electric cars, the REAL cost per mile of those things has never been discussed. All you ever heard was the mpg in terms of gasoline, with nary a mention of the cost of electricity to run it . This is the first article I've ever seen and tells the story pretty much as I expected it to. Electricity has to be one of the least efficient ways to power things yet they're being shoved down our throats. Glad somebody finally put engineering and math to paper. At a neighborhood BBQ I was talking to a neighbor, a BC Hydro Executive. I asked him how that renewable thing was doing. He laughed, then got serious. If you really intend to adopt electric vehicles, he pointed out, you had to face certain realities. For example, a home charging system for a Tesla requires 75 amp service. The average house is equipped with 100 amp service. On our small street (approximately 25 homes), The electrical infrastructure would be unable to carry more than three houses with a single Tesla, each. For even half the homes to have electric vehicles, the system would be wildly over-loaded. This is the elephant in the room with electric vehicles. Our residential infrastructure cannot bear the load so as our genius elected officials promote this nonsense, not only are we being urged to buy these things and replace our reliable, cheap generating systems with expensive, new windmills and solar cells, but we will also have to renovate our entire delivery system! This latter "investment" will not be revealed until we're so far down this dead end road that it will be presented with an 'OOPS..!' and a shrug. If you want to argue with a green person over cars that are eco-friendly, just read the following. Note: If you ARE a green person, read it anyway. It's enlightening. Eric test drove the Chevy Volt at the invitation of General Motors and he writes, "For four days in a row, the fully charged battery lasted only 25 miles before the Volt switched to the reserve gasoline engine. "Eric calculated the car got 30 mpg including the 25 miles it ran on the battery. So, the range including the 9-gallon gas tank and the 16 kwh battery is approximately 270 miles It will take you 4.5 hours to drive 270 miles at 60 mph. Then add 10 hours to charge the battery and you have a total trip time of 14.5 hours. In a typical road trip your average speed (including charging Time) would be 20 mph. According to General Motors, the Volt battery holds 16 kwh of electricity. It takes a full 10 hours to charge a drained battery. The cost for the electricity to charge the Volt is never mentioned, so I looked up what I pay for electricity. I pay approximately (it varies with amount used and the seasons) $1.16 per kwh. 16 kwh x $1.16 per kwh = $18.56 to charge the battery. $18.56 per charge divided by 25 miles = $0.74 per mile to operate the Volt using the battery. Compare this to a similar size car with a gasoline engine that gets only 32 mpg. $3.19 per gallon divided by 32 Mpg = $0.10 per mile. The gasoline powered car costs about $25,000 while the Volt costs $46,000 plus. Simply pay twice as much for a car, that costs more than seven times as much to run, and takes three times longer to drive across the country.
  12. Met a fellow from Down Under many years ago. I believe the term is: Fair dinkum, mate. What exactly is a flathead in your country? Curious.
  13. If that is to turn off your water, look at my previous post. You can buy the basic wrench at any big box or hardware store...it's a handle made of two pieces welded to a T and a piece of U channel to fit over the valve. I have turned my water off on a couple of occasions.
  14. The important thing is whether or not the fish like it. Bluegill will take anything. As mentioned, drop down to a 10 or 12 hook. I have tied for over 25 years and never got caught up in the proportions thingy. I tie and fish the fly.
  15. Not necessarily redneck engineering. It's called common sense. Having a bit of engineering background, I have come up with many ways to perform a task with unrelated tools and performing certain techniques. Example- Your water shutoff valve at curbside can be done with a 14-16 inch adjustable wrench. Just put it on the valve shutoff, put a large screwdriver through the loop and turn.
  16. skeet3t


    How many people were in on the design of the space rocket? Bet they weren't making minimum wage. How many vaccinations would that money buy and benefit more people?
  17. Almost LSU colors. Steve, your usual outstanding work. Thanks for sharing.
  18. Nice. Could be a good fly for carp, too.
  19. Captain Bob, those are nice flies. Bonefish?
  20. Good. Some of our best memories are fishing with the kids. Now it's the grandkids.
  21. mikechell, I think I have heard of Steve. Does a good job.👍
  22. An outstanding day! I like your grown-up hangout. The last photo shows one like my wife caught in a farm creek...9 inches and the pool wasn't any bigger than a bathtub. Thanks for sharing the story and great photos! Would there be a possibility of inviting your son and his friends to share in a day like yours?
  23. Japanese bamboo rod that I got in about 1966 at Big K in Forest Park, GA. Paid all of $10 for it. Reworked it about 10 years ago with help from a bamboo builder. Originally it took a D weight which is equal to about a 7 weight. Caught lots of fish with it. Second is a South Bend fiberglass rod, 8 ft., 7 wt. bought about 1959. Can't remember the price. Both take the Pflueger Medalist reel.
  24. FWIW, I fished with poppers for years by using plain ol' 8-10 lb. mono line. Didn't discover tapered leaders until about 30 years later. Tried tying leaders but gave up...knots collected crud and weeds. I do buy tapered leaders now. Good luck. You realize you have now committed to showing us some phish photos.
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