I finally did the writeup for the replacement vehicle, here. Read on to find out why I decided to go out on a limb and get my first PHEV! In red!
I haven't quite summoned the inspiration to write my ownership review of the vehicle. It isn't that I hate the vehicle, but I have a lot of personal things I'm working on right now that are taking the time and energy. I may get around to it in the next month or so.
@smallbear it should also be noted that it was atypical to have a capital ship completly alone with no escort destroyers and attacked by torpedo bombers. It gives the attackers more flexibility to come in on an attack angle of their choosing.
Congrats on the home purchase. One thought based on experience - do not cheap out on home inspectors. In fact, I would say get the overall inspector, get a separate roof inspection done, and if there is a pool involved, get a pool company out there as well. If any work needs done, make sure to bring the relevant inspector back out to reinspect. And if you really want to be anal, hire two separate general inspectors up front and compare the reports.
Noted. This will be our third time purchasing, so we’re more familiar with the process than we ever hoped to be. After all, it’s always “This will be the house we live in forever.”, right?
As a suggestion, do everything you can do now to confirm what you received is correct. It's a lot easier to exchange the still warm parts than to wakeup 4 months from now to discover that what you got is wrong or incomplete and sort it out then with the supplier. especially the transmission,,,,,,
Yep, already checked it all, and all good. Had I known it’d be deferred until April, I’d have held off on the clutch and flywheel until closer to go-time.
Congrats on the new home. The purchase of my first home forced the early payoff on a motorcycle and pickup. It also stalled the Chevelle project and forced the sale of the Chrysler 300 so furniture could be purchased. The constant home upgrades and maintenance always took away time and money for the Chevelle project, plus working 70 plus hours per week didn't help. Get that Mustang done before the home improvement budget stalls the project.
Thankfully we are pretty happy with how this place is, for now. We talked about doing floors and paint before moving in (our typical process), but both are in good shape and are of a nice enough style that we’ll just get them steam cleaned and move in.
It must be for the most recent one that calls for anti-corrosion treatment or complete replacement of the crossmember that the control arms attach to. The crossmember on this one looks like a piece of cast iron that came from a ship that was wrecked in the 19th century and was dug out of the sand on the beach recently but otherwise the underside of the car looks pretty decent. My guess as to the chain and ratchet strap kludge isn't that they just put that on there rather than try to get the car towed to the dealership, but that it's been on there for some time as a fix. They may well been driving around like that for ages but just found out about the recall a few days before they dropped it off.
I'm old enough to have flown on a 727 as a kid. That was back in the days when you could get a cockpit tour, and on one flight with my brother, the pilots let us start the engines before we pushed back. No chance that will happen these days!
Lucky you! I always hoped that I could get a cockpit tour when I was little. I played 5000 hours-ish of FS2004 and FSX, so I wanted to see the real cockpit to compare with the one in the simulator.
He was a good guy-- deeply experienced-- with colleagues all over NASA. He said it was a really challenging thing to keep the Gulfstream relatively safe (ie so you could dig yourself out of steep aero hole at a moment's notice--- and avoid digging one out in the desert yourself) while giving it roughly the same High Sink Rate and Sluggish Controls you've find on the orbiter.
With modern simulators it's probably easier to do in sims today, but back then they really had to cripple the jet's control surfaces and configure it for a lot of drag.
"Ain't no Go Rounds with this brick..."
And, in tribute to the training, we were blessedly short of landing incidents with the Shuttle-- despite all the other tragedy and loss.