So don't start flame wars.
File that one under "It provides a reminder to think before I post".
Small trucks, horsepower and hockey.
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Why hello there, I'm your friendly* neighborhood idiot
So this morning I had an "ok I'm a moron" moment...
Went outside and couldn't open my doors. Frozen shut from last night's moisture and sudden drop below freezing. Tried prying them, tried all the doors, tried pouring warm water around the seams and nothing... these things were properly jammed.
Around round 3 of prying, I was working on the bottom of door and the truck started honking.
Figured I'd somehow poked the panic button in my back pocket, so I hauled out the keys and poked the button.
It got louder.
I'd set off the alarm.
...the alarm doesn't go off if the vehicle is unlocked, does it?
No. No, it doesn't.
*I'm not actually that friendly
RE: Sorry for multiposts, but...Shit's on Fire, Yo. (VW cargo ship aflame at sea)
What, ANOTHER Volkswagen emissions scandal?
Bit of a piggyback post. From this. I too have a snow related rant, also about terrified people.
I'm pretty sure >95% of those on here understand this anyway... So I'm only posting this here because the attitude has bugged me for a while and I feel the need to lay it down somewhere.
Something you often see in any snow-related comments section, I'm guessing from these terrified people, is the "these crazy people who think they can go anywhere in their 4x4 truck" take. Well... let me explain to you a little something about 4x4. I like having a functional transfer case, and I'd like it to keep working - which means not using it most of the time you probably think I am.
Consider these two pictures.
If the road looks like the above, yeah I'm probably churning four, because it's deep and I'm couldn't bind the driveline if I tried.
If the road looks like the below, no way will I be in 4x4. Even if I can GET the wheels spinning, there's enough traction that I have to try. Which means if I don't actively keep them spinning, there's a good chance I destroy the transfer case.
So to all you terrified people, it's not me, it's you. You don't need to do 20 on the highway with your flashers on. You just make things harder for everyone else. The below steps will see you through a lot better than studiously avoiding the gas pedal will.
- Be smooth. This is the single most important thing you can do.
- Don't make sudden lane changes, you'll spin on the windrows.
- Don't try accelerating quickly, you won't go anywhere. Please do accelerate, though.
- Don't brake hard. You had some traction, now you've thrown it away.
- Think ahead.
- Brake early. I've heard "brake early and often", but I take issue with it - don't brake often. Brake when necessary.
- Plan your lane changes well ahead, so you can also follow rule #1.
Be firm, but not ham-fisted. Don't let the windrows push you around. YOU tell the wheels where to point, not the snow.
Be cautious about losing traction, but not afraid of it. Know how to countersteer. If you don't lose traction at all, you probably stayed home. I don't care HOW slow you go, there will be slippage. I'm going to just drop this here from @Bloody-the-resident-LandRover-apologist, because it's well put: https://opposite-lock.com/topic/37831/small-rant-snow-edition/27?_=1645197517194
If those don't save you... you were going to crash anyway. Shrug emoji.
Oh, and PLEASE get winter tires.
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RE: ive mended a thing!
@Chariotoflove Well, naturally. If you overdo it on your first try you might not get the opportunity for a second attempt!
I mean, as an experiment you could ask someone to push you into traffic and see if it mends things, but I think we'd all prefer that you stick around.
RE: ive mended a thing!
leg a good stretch when something made a fairly satifying pop and......
walking like nothings wrong again
Teach me your ways, oh master!
In my experience, the correct course of treatment is to take part in a head-on, high speed 50% overlap collision with someone who outweighs you by about 50-75lbs. On skates.
I have no idea what happened but I went from 70% mobile to 100% mobile in the time it took for me to land on my ass. Initially I thought it was just the adrenalin, but so far so good... shrug emoji
Bodies are weird.
RE: Kid C, first thing this morning: "Halfway to 90, Dad!"
When my wife asks what I want to do for mine I say, "skip it."
This is the way
RE: Broken back, add that to the list
I also used to joke this is a no-checking league, not a no-contact league
It's funny you mention that because I always joke that hockey is a non-contact sport. I am the gentlest hockey player ever. I would make Lady Bing blush. Good point about just scaring the opposing player off though - thought usually I would be on the receiving end of that.
The way I've heard it is, hockey isn't a contact sport - it's a collision sport. Depending on the level you play, I think it's accurate enough.
RE: Hard hitting piece on Skipping Rocks makes a splash
When skipping a stone across water, most people look for ones that are flat and light. Now, a new study suggests that curvier, heavier stones can also yield impressive skips.
They say that like those of us too lazy to look for "ideal" rocks hadn't already discovered this.