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  1. jewingiv

    Need a new vehicle

    I’d give another Pilot a try. Mine is silent, especially compared to the Subies I tested (a few years ago, admittedly). And it is fantastic value for the money.
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    Need a new vehicle

    No, just cerebral flatulence here. Saab 9-3 2.0T. Good call, and thanks.
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    Need a new vehicle

    I have had a 4WD Pilot (2014) for two years and have found it the perfect car for my needs. It can take on the snow for New England ski trips, has enough room for the entire family plus luggage (so great to have enough back seat room for two car seats *and* still be able to fold the end down to get to the third seat). It runs fine and can easily tow smaller boats. When it comes time to load and stow our 36' cruising boat, I can fit just about every sail, cushion, and accessory into it for one single trip to the storage locker. Gas mileage is about 22 on the highway and 18 around town. Less relevant for you, but it is also short enough to easily park in our urban neighborhood, where spots are very tight. It is indeed a great utility car for us (my wife still has her 2003 Saab 2.0 sedan, which still drives beautifully but is not big enough for a family of 4 with a boat).
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    Roy Clark DTS

    Where o where are you tonight? Why did you leave me here all alone? RIP to a great one.
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    "National Cleavage Day"

    Delacroix would be disappointed, as would his Lady Liberty, on prominent display inside. Vive la France! (Quasi-related: Beaujolais Day is this Thursday.)
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    RIP - Stuart Walker

    RIP to a life very well lived. He gave more to our sport than it could ever give him, though I am sure he would disagree (at length, in essay form). Fair winds and following seas. And thank you.
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    Florence & Venice Restaurants

    In Venice, move away from St Marks Square towards the ‘outer’ sestieri. Osteria al Squero behind the Accademia in Dorsoduro is a great spot to stop for a snack, particularly as the afternoon progresses: Osteria Al Squero Dorsoduro, 943-944, 30123 Venezia VE, Italy +39 335 600 7513 For lunch, I may dig deep around the Arsenale in Castello; it is one of the few corners of Venice left where real people live and work. Look for lunch pail locals and a menu that is either unwritten or on a chalk board (this same would apply in Florence too). Then sit back and enjoy...
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    trainee nun turns to porn after 8 years

    Maybe her parents put her in the nunnery as a preemptive caution...
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    The Best Drunk Food

    Doener Kebabs, a German-Turkish specialty, are amazing after a long night out. Also anything with fries.
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    Free afternoon in Amsterdam tomorrow. What to do?

    Rijksmuseum for certain. Also just walk around the residential districts and great canals (Herengracht, Prinzengracht, etc), stopping for the occasional coffee or bite. It is a gorgeous and unique city.
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    Sinead O'Conner converts to Islam

    Phil Hartman was a comic genius, gone way too soon. Also I still am amused that they convinced Sting to do a Billy Idol imitation.
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    Sinead O'Conner converts to Islam

    "What gives, Cue Ball? I'm thinking 14 in the side pocket!"
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    What a bummer. What will happen to all those snowbird reservations at the Carolina Opry or the Myrtle Beach Alligator Adventure?
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    That reminds me: during Hugo, we tied up our 16’ McKee Craft runabout to a telephone pole across the street from us in downtown Charleston. We chocked it in place and knocked out the caster wheel, resting it on the trailer tongue so it would fill up with rainwater. It worked perfectly and did not budge. This was a good thing, because we had a beach house on Sullivan’s Island (this was before Sullivan’s became Nantucket South), and we were able to launch and inspect our house the next day - before the National Guard shooed is off the island. Fast forward a decade, and we did the same thing for Floyd, only the yuppie neighbors who had recently moved to SC freaked out. It was hard to reason with those neighbors without being condescending, but they weren’t going to move the boat - and again, thing happened.
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    Amen. Stay safe. Best to you and everyone in her way. She's a vicious, nasty storm, the kind that shows up once in a generation.