Innocent Bystander

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  1. Innocent Bystander

    NFL 2018

    I'm kinda used to it, being an Iggles fan. Now, I gotta wait another 57 years. Think how bad it is for someone who grew up in Dallas and lives in this region. Not only has Jerrah given us a terrible team over and over again, most folks in the mid-Atlantic hate us on principle.
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    Identify this throttle control

    Unfortunately, a common problem with marine gear that is actually pretty reliable. Stuff that had a 20 year production run and then lasts 30+ years in service before it finally fails. Can't really expect suppliers of a small market to keep a 50 year old design going. My 29 year old boat would carry historic tags if it was a car. As it is, It's just an early version of a boat that was in production with minor updates for 25 years. It's a pain that the old magnetic breakers cost $60 each if I can find them since they went out of common usage 15 years ago and eventually I'll have to build a new distributions panel. Same with hinges, hasps and the like. It becomes a bit of an archeological expedition to find replacements when old stuff breaks or wears out. At least as long as Edson remains in business, I can get engine controls and steering parts.
  3. Innocent Bystander

    NFL 2018

    BD. Shame about your team. Go ‘Pokes.
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    In-mast Furling

    Like D’Ranger, I did significant time with CL on his last boat. In the 2015 Marion-Bermuda, we had prett shitty weather for a good part of the race and the ability to “dial-a-main” was a significant advantage short handed in the snot. With a well built sail, shape was fine for a heavy cruising boat. It would have been painful for a fractional boat as you have few shaping options. As BJ says, operator attention is important and older and blown out sails could be troublesome. You'll have less power than a traditional main with roach and battens. Not a problem upwind in 25-35 in the Gulf Stream. I’ve also sailed CL’s new boat with in boom LF. Better shaping and powerful. Also requires attention to technique but has the advantage mentioned above of being able to strike the sail if thing do go sideways. As always, comes down carelessness and lack of attention can screw up anything. I’d prefer a traditional main, then boom fueling and then in mast but wouldn’t reject the in mast outright.
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    December 7th 1941

    Different organizations do it differently. The “Flag Ceremony” gained popularity about 20 years ago as a backdrop to folding the flag that draped the casket before presenting it with some ceremony to the designated survivor. For my father, we had it presented to my teenage son, his only surviving grandson. Also seen it done at retirements or other memorial ceremonies. As a 33 year vet who went from enlisted Sailor to Navy Captain in major command, The Arizona is one of my “special places” . Along with Gettysburg, Ohama Beach and the Viet Nam Memorial, I spend some alone time at those places remembering the men and women who gave there all for something bigger and quite often for reasons that they didn’t understand and perhaps didn’t fully support. I think it’s a good thing for those who are empowered to send young men and women into battle to spend time with the ghosts of past battles and absorb the immense responsibilities associated with decisions they make. I hope it made me a better leader. Without going all PA, I’d like to see global leaders spend a bit more of their time contemplating the immense impact of their decisions. Conflict is sometimes a necessary evil but should never be taken lightly. On this morning, 77 years after the attack on Pearl Harbor, we need to remember those who were sacrificed on that Sunday morning. I’ve just returned from a breakfast where we acknowledged those who dies that day. May they Rest In Peace and may we learn from the past
  6. Innocent Bystander

    Need a new vehicle

    Well, I have an offer in on a CPO Macan S with a desirable set of options. A bit more than I'd like to spend and a bit less than the dealer would like to get. We'll see where it goes. Still open to a Cayenne Diesel but there are not that many out there if you don't want a black car and this Macan looks really good and has 3 years of remaining warranty (1 new car plus 2 CPO/unlimited mileage).
  7. Innocent Bystander

    NFL 2018

    Fat thumbs on my iPad. Meant to upvote. Downvote removed and fixed.
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    Need a new vehicle

     I have a 2017 WRX, and 268 BHP is plenty enough for me!! Cruise at 100, if you dare, and there is lots more still on tap. Only way I could see paying 10 grand more for the ST To be fair, the problems seem to be biased toward cars with at least a "moderate" tune. In the case of the car I'm familiar with, it was a professional tune to stage 2 (fairly mild) done by a professional shop for no small coin. Memory inspect showed very few detonation events but I suspect a stock STI would be somewhat less prone to problems. A quick google will turn up lots of "build options" for the turbo Subie that start with forged internals if you really want extra grunt.
  9. Innocent Bystander

    Need a new vehicle

    Ring land is not the head gasket of the past. It's caused by any detonation and the forced induction engines are prone to it, particularly if tuned at all. Daughter's SO just got rid of an STI still under warranty that was making metal in the oil, starting to smoke and use oil and his dealer told him "nothing wrong with this car" when all indications were the car was dying. Certainly his stage 2 tune contributed to it but his data dumps showed very few detonation events but they apparently mortally wounded the engine. Besides, the STI can't tow for shit and the trunk is too small to carry sails. Still a toss up between a Cayenne diesel and a Macan S. One tows more and is a lot easier on fuel (but expensive diesel). The other is a bit tighter in the back seat but has a PDK and is more fun to drive (but the Cayenne isn't a shabby drive, especially in sport mode). Both are available CPO in my adjusted price range. First world problem to decide.
  10. Innocent Bystander

    Need a new vehicle

    That's sharp - but, an Impreza STI would be quicker and much cheaper, no? ;-) Imprezza would be about 10K cheaper, harsher to drive and 1/2 the resale in a couple of years. Not to mention Subaru Ring Land failures.... Test drove a Macan Turbo at lunch. Really nice but sucks gas and comes at a big price premium. I don't need 400 hp when the Macan S has 340. This car is not at a P Car dealer so can't be certified and only has 8K left on the OEM warranty so I'll give it a miss. Took the bride along and we are thinking the back seat is "big enough" so I'll look for both Cayenne Diesels and Macan S's.
  11. Innocent Bystander

    NFL 2018

    Beginning to wonder if there is a secret bounty on Redskin QB legs. Don’t care much for them as a team but they can’t buy anything but breaks.
  12. Innocent Bystander

    Need a new vehicle

    In rereading it, you may be correct. Not my intent. Agree that the S2000 is a sweet drive and we plan on keeping it around for a long time as a fun car for nice days. I looked hard at a Lexus CPO a couple of weeks ago. Still not sold on where their looks have gone (grill is ugly IMHO), the interface to the infotainment system on the late model used ones is a joystick driven setup that didn't impress me much. It was perfectly familiar to drive but almost boring in that regard. It's still an option but hard to get excited about it. I've been through some shit the last couple of years and this could be my last vehicle so I'm probably going to splurge a bit. I'm a bit caught between the practical and the luxury/fun aspect. If I could talk myself into a cramped back seat for passengers, I'd probably get a CPO Porsche Macan S. It was that much fun to drive while still being somewhat practical from a compact SUV/towing sense. Looking pretty hard at a Cayenne Diesel CPO and my research plus a friend's experience with diesel Toureg (same platform) seem to agree that the emissions fix on that engine wasn't too intrusive and doesn't negatively impact drivability or mileage on the newer variants (2014-2016). There are a few around and I have a "spare car" to drive in the interim so I'm taking my time. I'd like to get something in the next couple of weeks but can wait. If I can't find a doable deal on a Cayenne, I may wait until January and see what prices do on various leftover 2018 models in January. I have to admit buying and holding means I was out of touch with where prices have gone. From Mid 40s for a Honda pilot with leather to 50 for a Toyota Highlander and upper 50's for an Acura MDX, I experienced some sticker shock. I can get a low mileage CPO Cayenne for about the same as a CPO MDX and a few dollars more than a CPO Lexus. A tricked out F-150 4X4 is up to $50K as well. Same with the Subaru Ascent. I have had to adjust my expectations as far as cost.
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    George the First (Bush) passed away

    A leader we truly miss. Today we are here to say 'Shipmate... the watch stands relieved Relieved by those You have trained ,Guided, and Led Shipmate you stand relieved.. we have the watch..." "Boatswain..Standby to pipe the side...Shipmate's going Ashore.."
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    Restoration Ron Holland IOR racer Flirt of Paget (2)

    Welcome back. Sorry to hear about the grounding.
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    Ozzie will lay up an easy shot for Ish on the next one.