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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Mark Leavy » Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:08 pm

vnatale wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:38 pm
Mark Leavy wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:05 pm
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Wed Apr 28, 2021 4:00 pm
Am I correct in surmising that those "every 5,000 miles" come up many times a year with you being a "permanent traveler"?
About once a month. Until I can start flying internationally again. I'm off to Hawaii in four weeks with no return ticket. So who knows?
I assume, though, that you don't have $1,000 in maintenance and repairs at every 5,000 mile interval?

And, you are going to different dealers all over the country?

I've always tended to avoid the dealers except as a last resort, favoring the independently owned repair places.
I am going to different dealers all over the country. Because of the 'rona a lot of the MINI dealers have merged their service stations with BMW. I"m always the ugly kid on the block.

My bill last week was $7K, a month before $1K, the month before that $3K ....

But it is only because I go hard on everything. A worn boot? Change it out. A bit of seepage from a gasket? Tear the engine apart and rebuild it. A tie rod that won't align to spec? Change it out. Some stiffness in the suspension? Change out all of the dampers.

This car is a serious driving machine and I abuse the hell out of it. I have no desire to be left stranded waiting for a donkey to pull me out of Terlingua because a tie rod failed on me.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by vnatale » Wed Apr 28, 2021 9:21 pm

Mark Leavy wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 7:08 pm

vnatale wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:38 pm

Mark Leavy wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 6:05 pm

vnatale wrote:
Wed Apr 28, 2021 4:00 pm

Am I correct in surmising that those "every 5,000 miles" come up many times a year with you being a "permanent traveler"?


About once a month. Until I can start flying internationally again. I'm off to Hawaii in four weeks with no return ticket. So who knows?


I assume, though, that you don't have $1,000 in maintenance and repairs at every 5,000 mile interval?

And, you are going to different dealers all over the country?

I've always tended to avoid the dealers except as a last resort, favoring the independently owned repair places.


I am going to different dealers all over the country. Because of the 'rona a lot of the MINI dealers have merged their service stations with BMW. I"m always the ugly kid on the block.

My bill last week was $7K, a month before $1K, the month before that $3K ....

But it is only because I go hard on everything. A worn boot? Change it out. A bit of seepage from a gasket? Tear the engine apart and rebuild it. A tie rod that won't align to spec? Change it out. Some stiffness in the suspension? Change out all of the dampers.

This car is a serious driving machine and I abuse the hell out of it. I have no desire to be left stranded waiting for a donkey to pull me out of Terlingua because a tie rod failed on me.


Believe it or not, the total of those amounts are only a few thousand $$$$ less than the total I've spent in my entire life acquiring cars. Of course, I've spent a lot more that that amount in repairs for all the cars I've owned.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Mark Leavy » Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:15 pm

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If you get to Terlingua, tell us if you find it worth the stop. When we were there, we had to inquire to find out which places were open which nights. And which had music which nights. Personally I thought it was the closest thing to a free state I've seen in the USA. But you definitely have to put up with a lot of inconvenience to live there.
I stopped in Terlingua (ghost town) this evening. I'm pretty sure that's what you were referring to.

My gal used to be a lead driver for Green Tortoise, back in the day when it was everything you could imagine and more. She filled my head with stories of the area and has given me a list of places to check out.

Sadly, I think those days are gone, I Shrugged.

I passed through Big Bend National Park on the way in and bought a pass good for a week, but I didn't really have time to check out much as I still hadn't secured lodging. The one lodge inside the park was full up, so I headed to Terlingua. I had done some scouting around the evening before and there was virtually nothing available. Except one place that did luxury rentals and they only had one unit open for one night. Well... that's me.

There was one place in town doing dinner "The Starlight" (With live music). That seems to be the only regular joint and it was backed up for an hour, but I managed to slip into a spot at the bar after about 15 minutes. Fantastic rib eye, by the way. The guy I sat next to was a local that moved over from Kansas. He used to raise Black Angus (and recommended the rib eye) but now he has a few dozen airBnB rentals in Terlingua. Some rock casitas, some teepees, some air streams and some tiny houses. He is booked solid year round. No unit does less than 300 days of rent per year. And his rents are all in the $100 to $300 / day range. It has been none stop growth for at least 4 years straight.

So... while still a pretty cool town, it is not the place you remember, or the place my gal remembers. And it is a far sight different than slab city. Or at least slab city of 2013. Who knows, now.

But on the plus side, my casita for the evening has a huge indoor waterfall shower and a great outdoor shower. Nirvana. I may be taking showers non-stop until they kick me out in the morning.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by I Shrugged » Thu Apr 29, 2021 8:20 pm

So they have gone commercial. Thanks for the update. It seems like every place worth discovering has been discovered.
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Post by Mark Leavy » Fri Apr 30, 2021 8:40 pm

I hiked out to a remote section of Big Bend National Park this morning.

There's a section of the Rio Grande near Santa Elena that has reasonably approachable banks on either side. It was an easy walk across the river to say to 'hi' to the horses of Benito Juárez.

It feels good to be international again.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by vnatale » Wed May 05, 2021 8:52 pm

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I hope dualstow is staying safe and is having fun on his travels.


How about you??!!!

I just realized we'd not heard from you for quite a while!

It will be four weeks this Friday.

First Dualstow and now you! Two of the forum's stalwarts...
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by dualstow » Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:36 pm

vnatale wrote:
Wed May 05, 2021 8:52 pm
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Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:40 pm
I hope dualstow is staying safe and is having fun on his travels.
How about you??!!!

I just realized we'd not heard from you for quite a while!

It will be four weeks this Friday.

First Dualstow and now you! Two of the forum's stalwarts...
hey guys

What began as a real but brief trip has turned into an extended break from the forum.
Just checking in to say that I’m still lurking, and often. Granted, it’s mostly to see what town Mark Leavy’s in. O0
Not all exits are dramatic. Nobody pissed me off. On the contrary, I’ve learned so much from so many people here.
Sometimes it just feels good to hang back and see how the forum progresses from a distance.
Might start posting again sometime, might not.
Hope you’re all doing well.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by vnatale » Sat Jun 12, 2021 7:43 pm

dualstow wrote:
Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:36 pm

vnatale wrote:
Wed May 05, 2021 8:52 pm

Smith1776 wrote:
Fri Apr 09, 2021 12:40 pm

I hope dualstow is staying safe and is having fun on his travels.


How about you??!!!

I just realized we'd not heard from you for quite a while!

It will be four weeks this Friday.

First Dualstow and now you! Two of the forum's stalwarts...


hey guys

What began as a real but brief trip has turned into an extended break from the forum.
Just checking in to say that I’m still lurking, and often. Granted, it’s mostly to see what town Mark Leavy’s in. O0
Not all exits are dramatic. Nobody pissed me off. On the contrary, I’ve learned so much from so many people here.
Sometimes it just feels good to hang back and see how the forum progresses from a distance.
Might start posting again sometime, might not.
Hope you’re all doing well.
-D


Glad to see any appearance at all from you! You HAVE been missed!
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Mark Leavy » Sun Jun 13, 2021 3:47 pm

dualstow wrote:
Sat Jun 12, 2021 5:36 pm
hey guys

What began as a real but brief trip has turned into an extended break from the forum.
Just checking in to say that I’m still lurking, and often. Granted, it’s mostly to see what town Mark Leavy’s in. O0
Not all exits are dramatic. Nobody pissed me off. On the contrary, I’ve learned so much from so many people here.
Sometimes it just feels good to hang back and see how the forum progresses from a distance.
Might start posting again sometime, might not.
Hope you’re all doing well.
-D
Good to hear from you dualstow. I just assumed that once you started traveling, you never stopped.

I'm stuck on Hawai'i with my gal for a few more weeks. She's still plotting where to try and kill me next month, so I'm just as curious as you are as to the future.

Cheers,
Mark

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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Kriegsspiel » Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:24 pm

The 21st day of the 21st week doesn't make sense, but still pretty cool.
And as for him who lacks the courage to defend even his own soul: Let him not brag of his progressive views, boast of his status as an academician or a recognized artist, a distinguished citizen or general. Let him say to himself plainly: I am cattle, I am a coward, I seek only warmth and to eat my fill.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by pugchief » Tue Jun 22, 2021 8:31 pm

Kriegsspiel wrote:
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The 21st day of the 21st week doesn't make sense, but still pretty cool.
Kewl, yes, but that was yesterday.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Kriegsspiel » Wed Jun 23, 2021 7:03 am

Yes. Plus, the cooler date time groupings were 12:12, 12 December 1212, 11:11, 11 November 1111, etc.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Smith1776 » Thu Jul 01, 2021 1:29 pm

Your boy Smith is back down another romance rabbithole! Will report about it soon when the dust settles!! O0 O0
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Smith1776 wrote:
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Your boy Smith is back down another romance rabbithole! Will report about it soon when the dust settles!! O0 O0
Hopefully you mean that in the good way, and not the bruises-and-scratches way. ;D
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

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Your boy Smith is back down another romance rabbithole! Will report about it soon when the dust settles!! O0 O0
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Post by vnatale » Mon Oct 18, 2021 9:07 pm

I was here for a different reason but it seemed odd to discover that no one had written in this "Daily" topic for nearly four months!
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Maddy » Tue Oct 19, 2021 7:23 am

Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Mountaineer » Tue Oct 19, 2021 1:39 pm

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Thank you for bringing this to our attention.
Hey Maddy, how are things going in paradise? Good to hear from you.

Best.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Maddy » Wed Oct 20, 2021 8:07 am

Hey, Mountaineer-- It's been a heck of a year, but I'm finally coming up for air! Hope to be back on the board more frequently this winter. Hope all's well with you~
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Post by I Shrugged » Wed Oct 20, 2021 11:40 am

Boy it's been a hard year and a half in so many ways.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Mountaineer » Fri Oct 22, 2021 4:55 pm

Inquiring minds want to know: I have a question for those who are avid “green new deal” supporters. Do you use both sides of a sheet of toilet paper, or just one? If you don’t practice using both sides yourself, do you advocate it for the masses, or is it more proper to refer asses of the masses? Should AOC push it for the green agenda, or start with a new brown agenda with a new slogan like “tear, wipe, flip, wipe, flush brown down, butt only weekly” (got to save water too).

I know that Costco is completely out of toilet paper and thought maybe the greens could write the CEO who could perhaps use this vital information in an ad campaign, maybe something like “AOC is for brown down - wipe for All On Costco”.
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Smith1776 » Sat Oct 23, 2021 3:11 pm

Since this thread has been resurrected anyway... forum appreciation post:

I just wanted to say you guys are all amazing and I really appreciate having gotten the chance to know all of you over the past 5 years! Between the all of the sage advice and the awesome discussions, it's been a slice. Take care of yourselves! :) <3

EDIT: Heck, i'm here I should expand.

Xan: thanks for always maintaining an insanely awesome forum atmosphere.

Dualstow: best internet friend ever; you've really brought life to this place

Vinny: probably tied for best internet friend. You also bring amazing energy here.

technovelist: miss you, my friend

Hal: best doggo pics!

Tyler: Thanks for the tools on your amazing site!

Sophie: your expertise is unrivalled.

Pugchief: your wisdom and advice has always been priceless

kriegs: Your humour never ceases to make me bust my gut

I'm sure I missed a bunch of people. Point being: love you all!
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Re: Daily "Check In" Thread For Us

Post by Hal » Sat Oct 23, 2021 4:35 pm

Hi Smithy,

Good to hear from you again. Hope everything is going well.

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