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Scott5114

Quote from: kkt on October 08, 2021, 08:40:56 PM
It's good to know if you drive out to the middle of nowhere.

But I will note that althought I do know how to change a tire, it's only come up once in 41 years of driving.


It's come up a few times for me in the 16 years I've been driving, but that's mostly because I've done a good chunk of my driving late at night when tire shops aren't open. Once I get it home, may as well put the donut on before taking it to the tire place.
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dlsterner

Quote from: noelbotevera on October 04, 2021, 05:18:08 PM
I find it weird that I've been driving a car for over a year, but I've never been taught how to change a tire.

Quote from: kkt on October 08, 2021, 08:40:56 PM
It's good to know if you drive out to the middle of nowhere.

But I will note that althought I do know how to change a tire, it's only come up once in 41 years of driving.

Been driving for 48 years, think I've had to change a tire three times in that time span.  That said, I'm glad that I learned how to, as I preferred it to the alternative - waiting at the side of the road for help.

The first time, my car was old enough to still have a full size spare.  The other two times the car had a micro-spare that was just to get you to a repair shop.

IMHO this is something that should be taught in Driver's Ed class.  It was not part of my course in the mid-70s - my Dad taught me how to change a tire.  If I recall, my Mom said that her Driver's Ed class in the 1950's did include physically changing a tire.  Along with other skills lost to the times - like hand signals for turns.  Or driving without the aid of power steering, which was an option in those days.

formulanone

There's a brand of electrical food service products called Zojirushi. It means "elephant" in Japanese, and the logo of an elephant appears on some of their products. I've seen it in various places over the past few decades.

But today I stopped for coffee at a hot pot station, and discovered there's another company out there which apparently sells some similar products, but named Shurizjo. That is a very close anagram of the beforementioned brand, and their logo...is a mouse. 

kurumi

Quote from: formulanone on October 14, 2021, 06:35:19 PM
There's a brand of electrical food service products called Zojirushi. It means "elephant" in Japanese, and the logo of an elephant appears on some of their products. I've seen it in various places over the past few decades.

But today I stopped for coffee at a hot pot station, and discovered there's another company out there which apparently sells some similar products, but named Shurizjo. That is a very close anagram of the beforementioned brand, and their logo...is a mouse. 

That is weird. Shurizjo is a product of Newco in Missouri. It definitely seems intended to resemble the Japanese company.

Another fun fact: Zoujirushi's full name is 象印マホービン株式会社, which means Zoujirushi Vacuum Flask (e.g. Thermos Bottle), Inc. The characters for マホービン (Vacuum Flask) are 魔法瓶, which means "magic bottle" (or even "witchcraft bottle"). Imagine bringing a Thermos into a church and it starts glowing red hot :-)
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Quote from: kurumi on October 15, 2021, 12:50:04 AM
Quote from: formulanone on October 14, 2021, 06:35:19 PM
There's a brand of electrical food service products called Zojirushi. It means "elephant" in Japanese, and the logo of an elephant appears on some of their products. I've seen it in various places over the past few decades.

But today I stopped for coffee at a hot pot station, and discovered there's another company out there which apparently sells some similar products, but named Shurizjo. That is a very close anagram of the beforementioned brand, and their logo...is a mouse. 

That is weird. Shurizjo is a product of Newco in Missouri. It definitely seems intended to resemble the Japanese company.

Another fun fact: Zoujirushi's full name is 象印マホービン株式会社, which means Zoujirushi Vacuum Flask (e.g. Thermos Bottle), Inc. The characters for マホービン (Vacuum Flask) are 魔法瓶, which means "magic bottle" (or even "witchcraft bottle"). Imagine bringing a Thermos into a church and it starts glowing red hot :-)

I always thought it was funny that the kanji for "magic" and "devil" used the radical for "hemp".

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I should note that I'm not annoyed by this, and nor do I really care; it gives my plans more publicity! Just an observation.
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Quote from: dlsterner on October 08, 2021, 09:03:08 PM
Or driving without the aid of power steering, which was an option in those days.
Aw man, I remember making this mistake - I drove my family's newer Nissan, and shifted the car into drive without turning on the engine. While I was in a parking lot.

I started creeping out of my space and towards another car; I tried steering the wheel but found it incredibly hard to turn until I realized I didn't have power steering. Had to turn on the engine, quickly brake and shift into reverse. That was definitely an "oh shit" moment even though the collision speed would've been negligible.
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dlsterner

Quote from: noelbotevera on October 20, 2021, 08:01:28 PM
Quote from: dlsterner on October 08, 2021, 09:03:08 PM
Or driving without the aid of power steering, which was an option in those days.
Aw man, I remember making this mistake - I drove my family's newer Nissan, and shifted the car into drive without turning on the engine. While I was in a parking lot.

I started creeping out of my space and towards another car; I tried steering the wheel but found it incredibly hard to turn until I realized I didn't have power steering. Had to turn on the engine, quickly brake and shift into reverse. That was definitely an "oh shit" moment even though the collision speed would've been negligible.
Bet that was a surprise!

In the time frame I was referring to (mid 1970s) you could buy a car without power steering (or without power brakes for that matter).  When I took Driver's Ed in 10th grade, we had a fleet of about 8-10 cars.  One of them did not have power steering (might have been a Dodge Dart), which we nicknamed "The Tank".  During class, the cars were set up at different stations on the course, you lined up for the ones you wanted, trying to get as much done as you could.  I actually didn't mind "The Tank" that much.  I sometimes would get in its line since it was always shorter than the others!

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Quote from: renegade on October 20, 2021, 08:55:24 PM
Must be something in the water.
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SkyPesos

85 mph may be too high for I-366 (VA 28), but would a speed limit of 85 km/h make sense?

Flint1979

Rocking on a Saturday morning. This is Laskos Restaurant in Midland, Michigan.

hotdogPi

Don't know where to put this other than starting a new thread:

Inflation is almost 6% yearly, and it's been less than a year. 6% × (8 months / 1 year) = 4%. (With percentages under 10%, differences between linear and exponential are insignificant.) However, most restaurants have increased their prices, and those increases are more than 4%. (Most restaurant price increases throughout the years are more than 4%; they're just not normally as frequent.) Are restaurant and/or food prices increasing more than other items, do I have a misunderstanding of the inflation rate, or it is confirmation bias?
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US 1A, 13, 44, 50, 302
MA 22, 35, 40, 107, 109, 126, 141, 159
ME 22, 25, 26, 77, 100
NH 27, 111A(E); CA 133; NY 366; GA 42, 140; FL A1A, 7; CT 32; VT 2A, 5A; PA 3, 51, 60, QC 162, 165, 263; 🇬🇧A100, A3211, A3213, A3215, A4222; 🇫🇷95 D316

Lowest untraveled: 36

tolbs17

Quote from: Flint1979 on October 23, 2021, 09:44:36 AM
Rocking on a Saturday morning. This is Laskos Restaurant in Midland, Michigan.
Let me ask, are you a great cook?

zachary_amaryllis

Quote from: tolbs17 on October 23, 2021, 10:02:23 AM
Quote from: Flint1979 on October 23, 2021, 09:44:36 AM
Rocking on a Saturday morning. This is Laskos Restaurant in Midland, Michigan.
Let me ask, are you a great cook?

at this point i don't care. that grill looks breakfasty and just downright sexy. lets eat.
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Flint1979

Quote from: tolbs17 on October 23, 2021, 10:02:23 AM
Quote from: Flint1979 on October 23, 2021, 09:44:36 AM
Rocking on a Saturday morning. This is Laskos Restaurant in Midland, Michigan.
Let me ask, are you a great cook?
Yeah I can throw down on the grill.

Scott5114

Quote from: 1 on October 23, 2021, 09:51:40 AM
Don't know where to put this other than starting a new thread:

Inflation is almost 6% yearly, and it's been less than a year. 6% × (8 months / 1 year) = 4%. (With percentages under 10%, differences between linear and exponential are insignificant.) However, most restaurants have increased their prices, and those increases are more than 4%. (Most restaurant price increases throughout the years are more than 4%; they're just not normally as frequent.) Are restaurant and/or food prices increasing more than other items, do I have a misunderstanding of the inflation rate, or it is confirmation bias?

In addition to the possibility you state of food cost increasing over and above the general inflation rate (I am not sure whether this is true or not), restaurants also have to contend with rising labor cost. While this is true in all industries, it's hitting food-service harder because pay rates have always been lower compared to other industries. And, of course, in the case of individual restaurants, there may be a reluctance to raising prices that led to a pent-up need for a price increase dating from before the pandemic.
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Flint1979

A little tour of Saginaw, Michigan. From what I saw everything is on the east side of the river and I see these places just about every day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZmxijewQr0

dlsterner

Why is there a "Stairway to Heaven" but a "Highway to Hell"?  Projected traffic counts?

kenarmy

Quote from: dlsterner on October 23, 2021, 03:37:08 PM
Why is there a "Stairway to Heaven" but a "Highway to Hell"?  Projected traffic counts?
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Quote from: SkyPesos on October 23, 2021, 12:31:21 AM
85 mph may be too high for I-366 (VA 28), but would a speed limit of 85 km/h make sense?

85 km/h would be weird, normally km/h speed limits are multiples of 10.
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Quote from: kkt on October 08, 2021, 08:40:56 PM
It's good to know if you drive out to the middle of nowhere.

But I will note that althought I do know how to change a tire, it's only come up once in 41 years of driving.

Even for those of us who know how to jack up a car and change a tire, how many of us regularly check the donut spare to be sure it's inflated and usable?  I don't.  I'll probably be screwed if I ever have to use it.



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