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I won't even pretend like Dale.  I have utterly no recollection of that day, but I'm sure I had fun.  You should too.  

Happy birthday fella.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The frustrations of home buying...
« on: May 8, 2003, 10:31 AM »
WEll, I suppose I can relate.  I am on my first house which I've been in for 7 years, almost to the day.  We were more fortunate in that we bought when the market was slow, so the price was relatively low (130K vs market appraisal of 179K).  The drawback is we bought from an absolute prick and ended up taking him to court.  Twice.  Winning both times.  We probably should have been back more, but just got tired of the hassle and grief.  

We have a pool.  When we moved in, the liner was ripped.  He refused to pay.  Off to court.  

The heater for said pool was also not functioning, that was in the above court scenario.

Come spring (we bought in winter - duh) the roof leaked.  Off to court.  Grr.  

Lots of other crappy things with the house, so I would back your assessment of not buying a fixer upper Matt.  New, while lacking some of the charm and challenge, tends to be a whole lot less expensive, at least in the short term.  I need new siding, soffits, faschia.  We've removed so much crap vegetation from the property.  We had to finish the backyard.  Which brings me to an entertaining story.  

There is a raised garden in the back yard.  About 10 feet by 30 feet.  When we moved in, we thought we should do some work with the garden and found it to be a very, very heavy clay soil, so we got some sand and some peat to mix in.  Wanting to get it mixed thoroughly, I decided to dig out a bunch of the heavy soil (the garden is about two feet deep (or raised above the surrounding ground).  I started digging, got about a foot down and *CLANG* the shovel hits something hard.  Clear away the dirt and it's one of those interlocking bricks.  No idea why it's there, throw it on the lawn and go on digging.  *CLANG*  Again, another brick.  *CLANG*CLANG*CLANG*
Holy crap!  Some four hours later I'd pulled out almost three hundred bricks.  The moron had decided to raise the garden on the basis of 0.85 per interlocking bricks. :o
The bright side is I had enough bricks (still have some not used) to finish paving a section in front of the garden that was just mud.  

We are thinking of moving to the other side of the city.  It would save me 15 minutes of driving each day.  That's pretty considerable in terms of time and gas expenditure.  Just all the hassle that Matt's going through, lawyer fees, realtor fees, land transfer fees, taxes.  Blech.  You don't get much sympathy from me Matt, but you have it on this issue.  

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: Stanley Cup Playoffs
« on: May 8, 2003, 10:03 AM »
Ah, already presuming the win in the next series are we Matt?  Tell ya what, I'll still put up that poster in a bet with ya.  Since you chickened out of backing your Lakers against all comers, I'll reformat for you.  I think your Ducks can beat the Canucks.  But I don't think they can beat the Wild.  

So, if the Wild win tonight, I'll put up my poster against something of equal value.  Wild over the Ducks in the NHL Western semifinal.  Unless of course you'd like to take your beloved Lakers? :-*

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Newbies / Re: Drifter looking for place to hang his hat
« on: May 8, 2003, 09:46 AM »

Nah, I'm pretty sure we'll be quite happy with having you here Todd!  The only person we really regret inviting over is Morgbug.  He's nothing but a big trouble maker with a major potty mouth, as I'm sure you'll discover by some time tomorrow...   ;)


Oh ouch! :-*

Actually Todd, I think I'm very entertaining and only a few people regret inviting me.  Two that I know of anyway ;D

Welcome to the funhouse.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA Playoffs
« on: May 8, 2003, 12:53 AM »
 ;D

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: Teams you love to root against
« on: May 8, 2003, 12:51 AM »
Works for me, though I relish the thought of an all Canadian Stanley Cup.  Not good for ratings though (maybe nothing is?).

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Bar's open! What'll you have...?
« on: May 8, 2003, 12:50 AM »


I'll never forget my last week of College when I discovered the fruity goodness of the Granny Smith variety...Barkeep, send me down a nice one  :P


Ug.  Coolers.  Not good.  Not bad in the general sense, but...

Shortly after I returned from Australia, I went out with a bunch of buddies to a local watering hole.  They had a contest running in which you got a coaster for each drink you consumed.  At the end of the night, they auctioned off a $50 gift certificate.  Well, the auction started reasonably with tables bidding 1, 2, 4, 8 and so on.  Our first and final bid (there were six of us) was 74!  It came out sounding more like thefty whore, but they counted them up anyway.  

Problem was, you were supposed to take the GC, go home and come back another time.  Being marginally loaded ::) and freshly back from Aus, my buddies cooked up a story about me being from there and this was my last night in Canada.  They relented and let us use the GC.  What did we order?  Triple Gin and wildberry coolers.  we used the wildberry coolers as mix for the gin.   :-\

Me no like coolers.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do you say Pop, Soda or Coke?
« on: May 7, 2003, 11:58 PM »
Yeah, coffee and tea are caffeinated, though tea seems to be going whole hog herbal with caffeine being less common.  I'm sure it's just a matter of time before they make caffeine illegal (health nannies will get ya).

We have Jolt cola, do you?  All the sugar and twice the caffeine was the advertising line for it.  Sells very well on university campuses.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What did you want to be growing up?
« on: May 7, 2003, 11:55 PM »
Wondering if anyone would ask about that.  

Apparently, when I was very, very young (3-ish, roughly a millenium or so ago), an uncle asked what I wanted to be when I grew up.  I believe I had told my mother I wanted to be a fireman, but when asked by the uncle, I replied firetruck.  

Fireman would have been more accurate.  I tried out, but there is one test they have involving lifting a 60 pound ladder off the wall at shoulder height with straight arms.  You must do it without your heels coming off the ground.  It's an exercise in both strength and technique.  At the time I was short on both.  There wasn't another recruiting class for about 3 years, so I went back to school and became a bugger.  Damn close to being what I thought I wanted at 3 years old.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: The NBA Playoffs
« on: May 7, 2003, 11:52 PM »
Still a quarter left.  Too early to celebrate that one.  I hope they win, but too soon to start rubbing that in yet.  A team like the Lakers could erase 30 points pretty quick, not that the Spurs are any slouch at D though.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What else do you collect?
« on: May 7, 2003, 11:49 PM »
Probably ought to be slapping Canada Post.  I suspect it means it has left (finally) Canada, ergo they consider it delivered.  No worries, they're probably just ticked cuz it weighs so much.  Heh.

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Episode 1 / Re: The Original "Midnight Madness"
« on: May 7, 2003, 11:47 PM »
I passed on midnight madness in 1999.  Only TRU did it up here and I had no interest.  Actually, my whole collecting interest had waned a fair bit by then.  

I opted to go to Walmart the next morning in a town of about 10000 people.  Everything was there and easy to find.  Lots of stuff gone, but I picked up one of everything and two of Maul.  Me and one other guy in the aisle.  Quite serene it was.

There was no midnight madness up here at all for AOTC.  Most figures had already been leaked out by TRU.

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Other Collectibles / Re: Star Wars: Bounty Hunter Display!
« on: May 7, 2003, 11:43 PM »
For the life of me, I could not get any stores to part with the Frito Lay promotional material.  Annoyed the hell out of me (and me them).  

I have one standup.  It's from 1997 and it's the Star Wars Trilogy - The original one last time.  Has the large Vader head in the background with an X-wing firing on what seems to be Vader's Tie.  Small segment of the death star sticks out in front.  Quite nice really.

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Saga '02-'04 / Re: Silver Fett and Clonetrooper coming...
« on: May 7, 2003, 11:36 PM »
Well, since I was fortunate enough to get Vader and had lots of help getting R2, I "need" to get the Fett so the set remains complete.  I like the Fett idea, but clonetrooper?  That's not a misprint of stormtrooper is it?  The latter would probably look pretty sweet.  I really like the cards they are on.  Very nice.

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Newbies / Re: Hello There!
« on: May 7, 2003, 11:33 PM »
If he's the wrong crowd, I like him already. ;D

You invited me?  Are you sure ;)

I think the only person that truly regrets your inviting me is grumpy ewok.   :P

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