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Covid19 Spare time


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YouTube  has been a go to resource for quite awhile but it has recently turned into regular nightly viewing in my living room.   Watching less polished works by regular people can be very entertaining.  Ryan's submitted a good example.^^^   I am currently deliberating whether to switch cable/internet providers.  I am thinking that I should not worry about cable and go with the best internet offer. I remember when it was a special treat to get cable tv in your home but I'm now questioning whether or not it is needed anymore.  We have Roku, Netflix, Prime and (obviously) internet.  I suspect cable tv is like a home phone. Some of us are hesitant to let go but are becoming increasingly aware of the redundancy of such services. 

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If you go with Hulu plus, I believe, you can get your local channels. Cutting the cord is dependent upon the learning ability of the person to navigate to channels a new way. I could never cut the cord for my 87 y.o. mom. She has trouble at times using a Tivo. :)

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If you go with Hulu plus, I believe, you can get your local channels. Cutting the cord is dependent upon the learning ability of the person to navigate to channels a new way. I could never cut the cord for my 87 y.o. mom. She has trouble at times using a Tivo. [emoji4]

After 20 years I got tired of direct TVs constant price increase. I got a good deal on a cable bundle. I asked my wife not to tell her mother. She did and changed. At least 3 times a week she gets the box and tv off sink. Calls in a panic.

 

 

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Hulu plus is not available in Canada but I know there are enough options available to cut cable service. I've tried to keep it simple  over the years but my new Roku TV pushed me out of my comfort zone.  Over the past several months, our "screen time"  has increased significantly yet time on "cable tv"  has become minimal.   At the very least, my cable provider has to offer me better incentives to continue with their TV package.  I too dealt  with an 87+ year old on a bi-weekly basis.  I found that big button remotes with minimal options reduced phone calls.  

 

 

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Hulu plus is not available in Canada but I know there are enough options available to cut cable service. I've tried to keep it simple  over the years but my new Roku TV pushed me out of my comfort zone.  Over the past several months, our "screen time"  has increased significantly yet time on "cable tv"  has become minimal.   At the very least, my cable provider has to offer me better incentives to continue with their TV package.  I too dealt  with an 87+ year old on a bi-weekly basis.  I found that big button remotes with minimal options reduced phone calls.  
 
 

I have Roku and fire stick. I don’t have smart TVs yet. I don’t replace until broken. Roku seems the best. It’s amazing the free programming. Between Prime and Netflix I rarely watch cable. As soon as the wife gets comfortable with it we’ll probably switch to internet based like Hulu. There’re some chic shows my wife can’t live without. I lose brain cells if I mention them, so I’ll refrain.


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New stock trickles into my local dealer as Covid19 plays havoc on my Sunday afternoon truck shopping routine (Dealership closed).  They now have a 2020 red Trail Boss LT in stock.  WOW!  I never was interested in getting away from the more traditional trim packages but that is a very nicely equipped truck, imo!  This would be fun to drive!  Last night I shared my enthusiasm with Mrs. Donstar and she did her job of bringing me back to reality.  I'll now refer to my current truck as "Trail Staff" as management is not worth the stress!

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55 minutes ago, KARNUT said:


 It’s amazing the free programming. Between Prime and Netflix I rarely watch cable. As soon as the wife gets comfortable with it we’ll probably switch to internet based like Hulu. There’re some chic shows my wife can’t live without. I lose brain cells if I mention them, so I’ll refrain.
 

Again, you've made a comment that I could have written.  Does Coronation St. fall into the brain cell zapping category?  I hear the theme music to such shows and my shoulders raise to my ears...

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Again, you've made a comment that I could have written.  Does Coronation St. fall into the brain cell zapping category?  I hear the theme music to such shows and my shoulders raise to my ears...

90 day fiancé. I’d rather take a beating. My favorite are NCIS, Grays, and walking dead. Yea, I know.[emoji1787]


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50 minutes ago, Donstar said:

New stock trickles into my local dealer as Covid19 plays havoc on my Sunday afternoon truck shopping routine (Dealership closed).  They now have a 2020 red Trail Boss LT in stock.  WOW!  I never was interested in getting away from the more traditional trim packages but that is a very nicely equipped truck, imo!  This would be fun to drive!  Last night I shared my enthusiasm with Mrs. Donstar and she did her job of bringing me back to reality.  I'll now refer to my current truck as "Trail Staff" as management is not worth the stress!

One of our favorite Sunday pass times.  

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I'm a little early on an oil change but my powertrain expires on Saturday so I went to my dealership to make a service appointment.  Normally I'd expect an appointment for the next day or very soon.  Due to Covid19 (he said) they're booking for two weeks away.  I told him that I needed a thorough check-over before the warranty expires.  He managed to  fit me in this Saturday, the day of warranty expiration.  The interesting part of this was I said, "I am particularly concerned about the occasional clunk and want this investigated."   He said, "They all clunk and it's normal. It's just things catching-up."  I look forward to hearing the technician's explanation of what things are having trouble keeping up with what other things!  Its funny that I love the sound of my Harley clunking into first, but get no thrill hearing it from my truck!

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My earliest recall riding in my grandmother’s 65 Biscayne was the power glide whining noise. I remember asking her about it. A few years later I had a couple of Chevys that did the same. I ask her if there was a reason to worry. She said only if it stops. She said her car had personality. I remember thinking later. All the things she must of been through in her lifetime. A little car personality wasn’t going to worry her. I get a chuckle sometimes reading concerns on here about oil and filters. I’ve owned lots of cars and trucks. Used many different types of oil and filters. I only lost two engines in forty years. One at the track with my 340 GTS Dart. While racing my brothers little red. I won. Spun a bearing and still drove it home. The other a V-10 Dodge it leaned out blew a piston. The hardest clunking truck I had stock was a 98 Ford F-250 diesel. It shifted and clunk It felt the it would break the U joints. Yup. Dealer said normal. I put 100K miles on it. Made a crew truck out of it. It clunked like that for a long time. Had two vehicles new that like oil. A Z-28 and a 4.6 Ford truck. Both went well past 100K miles. Sometimes weird stuff is normal.


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At my age you would think I would know how to boil an egg, right? Truth is I've never been very good at it. Overcooked green yokes and hard to peel or under cooked and really hard to peel. :lol:

 

So........I Googled it. WOW! Are people serious about boiled eggs or what!! So I follow the first one I read that doesn't seem like it was written by a novice and try it. NICE, perfectly cooked BUT impossible to peel. Grrrrrrrrrr that was six eggs down the trash.  So I Googled the problem at hand and got a remedy which I tried on three this time feeling good about what I read. Hummmmm. Rubbery whites, nice yokes and better to peel but ugly as sin. 

 

Back the the internet. I find a guy who cooks using SCIECNE who explained the issue at the chemistry level and how to go about solving it. As this fella was, at one time, a sous chef at a Boston 5 star and had boiled thousands of eggs....hit and miss and since has his own place that hits it like a light switch I listened carefully and took notes. He did what I did. What's the science. Checked the boxes and did another round of two. 

 

BOOM!! Nice whites, yummy yokes and peeled perfectly. And I learned to do in a dozen eggs what it took him years and countless failure to accomplish. That is how good a teacher this fella was and how humble he was sharing his failures and successes with the lowly. 

 

If you type in "Hard Boiled Eggs" into the Google search engine you will get 45,900,000 hits in 0.64 seconds.

 

Yep, almost 46 MILLION people have something to say about how to boil an egg and I found the right answer anyway. 

 

Tell ya what I learned: 

 

There is a RIGHT way and 46 million OPINIONS that are wrong. 

 

This applies to everything under the sun. Keep that in mind when you're debating oil or virus issues.

 

"Do what you like" is an opinion that hasn't found THE answer. 

 

 

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With winter coming on Covid has now set into reality! No plans currently to go to Arizona, like we have for the past 8 winters. So I guess my wife and I will just stay home and be happy shoveling snow. 

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With winter coming on Covid has now set into reality! No plans currently to go to Arizona, like we have for the past 8 winters. So I guess my wife and I will just stay home and be happy shoveling snow. 

Really? I may have missed one trip in May from Texas to Myrtle beach. I did one in August and one coming up in December. Just wear a mask and wash your hands. The mask is the magic Covid preventative from what I’ve read.


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Well mainly not going right now because the US / Canada border is closed to not essential travel. I can fly but I can't drive. That is the main reason. If the border opens we may try a few months later on.

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