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2018 Silverado CC 1500  23,000 miles.


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Are you buying that? Nice!   It's gotta be pretty expensive.

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Was loading the car after shopping today, when a guy came up, begging for bus fare.  Being generous at that moment, I gave him a dollar.  Though he said 'thank you', the tone in his voice and the disgusted eye roll showed he was thinking "That's all? Just a f**king dollar?"  Then he went off to pester other people. (Note to self:  Get some counterfeit bus passes I can give to those bums.  )
I've given to other panhandlers, and if they were disappointed, they didn't show it.  I was talking to a black guy outside a Walgreen's once (no, it wasn't Donathan ), and gave him a handfull of small change.  He was entertaining, and I think he would have made a good actor if given the chance (I've wished I'd had a business card to a talent agent that day), so I felt that buck or so was well spent... 
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Are you buying that? Nice!   It's gotta be pretty expensive.

Not too bad for a 2018 with low miles. They gave me $7500 for the old truck. I wrote them a check for $23,060.20.


My new (new to me) truck is just freaking awesome!  I'm really happy right now.  I guess I had better call the insurance company.  Some strong storms tonight might knock down one of my big trees.


See the f*cking chickens checking it out?
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6 Speed automatic!

One of the things that I liked about the wife's Edge. If she had a low tire, it shows up on the dash.

I can check the pressure of all 4 tires from inside the cab.  I will get an email if one of the tires is low when I'm not even driving it!  Crazy tech!  I will have my face in the manual the next few days.
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It looks like your truck is doing just fine.
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I'm still soaking in awesome sauce! Sandy bought me this huge bottle of Vodka.  A girl after my own heart.

I drove that old truck for 14 years.  Far longer than I have owned any vehicle. A lot can change in 14 years.

The window controls are different, still getting used to that.  The truck actually has a warning if you open one of the rear doors, for all of the spacey new parents out there.  Some other goodies...



One of these days I will figure out how to hold my phone.  Embarrassed 




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Speak of the devil, she surprised me!


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Finally took my telescope that I bought myself for Christmas last year out in the backyard for the second time since I bought it.

Checked out Jupiter.

It looked about the size of a pencil eraser, but I could make out the bands and the moons.

It looked about like this...



Pretty cool actually looking at it rather than just a picture.

I had never done that before.

The only other time I've used the scope, was to look at the full moon a couple of months ago.

Later this year, when the weather dries out and cools off in the fall, I plan to use it more often. 

I'd like to check out Saturn when it gets closer to Earth.

I have a 2x Barlow lens, but I need to get a 3x.



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Originally posted by aka ron aka ron wrote:

I'm still soaking in awesome sauce! Sandy bought me this huge bottle of Vodka.  A girl after my own heart.

I drove that old truck for 14 years.  Far longer than I have owned any vehicle. A lot can change in 14 years.

The window controls are different, still getting used to that.  The truck actually has a warning if you open one of the rear doors, for all of the spacey new parents out there.  Some other goodies...



One of these days I will figure out how to hold my phone.  Embarrassed 





What options are there for audio?
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Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

Finally took my telescope that I bought myself for Christmas last year out in the backyard for the second time since I bought it.

Checked out Jupiter.

It looked about the size of a pencil eraser, but I could make out the bands and the moons.

It looked about like this...



Pretty cool actually looking at it rather than just a picture.

I had never done that before.

The only other time I've used the scope, was to look at the full moon a couple of months ago.

Later this year, when the weather dries out and cools off in the fall, I plan to use it more often. 

I'd like to check out Saturn when it gets closer to Earth.

I have a 2x Barlow lens, but I need to get a 3x.




That's a very cool photo!
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Originally posted by radioandnascarfan radioandnascarfan wrote:

Originally posted by Jimbo Jimbo wrote:

Finally took my telescope that I bought myself for Christmas last year out in the backyard for the second time since I bought it.

Checked out Jupiter.

It looked about the size of a pencil eraser, but I could make out the bands and the moons.

It looked about like this...



Pretty cool actually looking at it rather than just a picture.

I had never done that before.

The only other time I've used the scope, was to look at the full moon a couple of months ago.

Later this year, when the weather dries out and cools off in the fall, I plan to use it more often. 

I'd like to check out Saturn when it gets closer to Earth.

I have a 2x Barlow lens, but I need to get a 3x.

That's a very cool photo!

I would say thank you for the compliment, but I didn't actually take that pic.

I just found it on Google Images.

But it looks exactly like what I saw through the telescope.


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Originally posted by radioandnascarfan radioandnascarfan wrote:

Originally posted by aka ron aka ron wrote:

I'm still soaking in awesome sauce! Sandy bought me this huge bottle of Vodka.  A girl after my own heart.

I drove that old truck for 14 years.  Far longer than I have owned any vehicle. A lot can change in 14 years.

The window controls are different, still getting used to that.  The truck actually has a warning if you open one of the rear doors, for all of the spacey new parents out there.  Some other goodies...



What options are there for audio?
I think I get a year of free SiriusXM radio.  I won't even use that unless I take a road trip.  You have been able to plug your device into your vehicle to play your own music for years.  I don't even have a smart phone.

Another thing I have noticed, I feel like a small child sitting in the drivers seat.  I'm not a big guy... 5-7
I think the seat just sits lower in the truck. Longer wheelbase, 4 doors, long box.

This 6 speed tranny is a little herky jerky.  No rude jokes, Jimbo! Wink


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I get 'likes' from women who look like this.



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I bought a battery for the tractor. I went to NAPA so I didn't have to walk through Walmart.

I haven't seen or heard the chickens in a couple of days.  The neighbor has put some stuff next to my shed, I'm pretty sure that is my property.  I never had a surveyor here but I was told the telephone poles are on the property lines.  Weird Donald, the former tenant here and son of the person I bought the property from said their shed is on my property.  I didn't have this kind of problems at the other place.
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I've been busy this morning.  The people are going to install my new blinds today.  That kinda forced me to unpack some more boxes and get rid of some of the clutter.  Pull the furniture away from the walls and windows.
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Just in the past few days, I've been getting this pop-up ad when I come to CIH.


The guy was here less than an hour.  The blinds here in the living room are battery powered.  It's hard to see the blind itself but they are awesome!







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Originally posted by aka ron aka ron wrote:

The blinds here in the living room are battery powered.  It's hard to see the blind itself


Maybe they're something only the blind can see.
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The second bedroom is bigger and it has a closet.  Big enough for a queen size bed.  I used the other room because there were still some blinds on the windows. 

Old school pull down blinds.


When it gets this hot outside, I'll walk around in my underwear.  The utility room, where the washer and dryer are.  Nobody should have to see me like that.






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Sandy is here and she saw these big birds outside.  The same birds I saw yesterday.  Not the best picture...


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Sandy is here and she saw these big birds outside.  The same birds I saw yesterday.  Not the best picture...


Wild turkeys?
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