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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: January 10, 2005, 01:19 PM »
Well, there might be the hiding-it-from-the-wife factor mixed in there as well, but most of my intentions are honourable :P


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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are there any products you endorse?
« on: January 10, 2005, 01:13 PM »
Been looking at the Hyundai SUVs-- the Santa Fe and the Tuscon. I've come to the conclusion that my Elantra is not good for winter, these last two being particularly brutal. Hopefully the used ones won't kill me price-wise.

If JoshEEE reads this he'll be off on his SUV-hating tangent again.

If you're looking for an endorsement of a smaller SUV, try out the Ford Escape.  That's what my wife usually drives (even though it's registered in my name  :P), and we both absolutely love it. 

The AWD is really incredible in all weather conditions and the 200HP V6 is very responsive.  On the highway at 100clicks (60mph), it'll drop all the way into 1st gear if you want it to when passing traffic.  Despite that, the mileage is very decent.  As well, it's got lots of room for hauling people and cargo (of course, not as much as the full size SUVs, but it does the job for our shopping trips to the city  :)). 

Pricewise, it was likely in the middle of the road.  We bought the Limited Edition, so we ended up paying for luxuries like leather seats (very handy for cleaning up spilled milk in the back seat ).  This domestic vehicle is actually shared with the Mazda tribute platform, so it has the benefits of longer term resale value that the imports often have.

Would I buy one again?  Absolutely.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: January 10, 2005, 01:10 PM »
I live in Winnipeg and get stuff delivered to Carman, so it stays nice and warm and DRY in the post office until I go get it.  Be careful what you ask for. 

Hmmm... Good point.  Things are always greener on the other side, aren't they?  ;)  When you put it that way, at least I know that they're safe from exposure to the elements.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are there any products you endorse?
« on: January 10, 2005, 01:00 PM »
Is that the price for the tires, rims and lugs? Or are the Ice-X tires that much more now?

Thankfully, that was the final price for eveything: tires, rims, lugs, balancing, taxes.  The actual tires were $140 a piece for the 195-65R15's.  The Vibe came with 205-55R16's, but I read that stepping down to a smaller rim with a narrower tire is a smart way to go.  I think they call it "minus sizing"

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are there any products you endorse?
« on: January 10, 2005, 12:41 PM »
I've been driving (in winter) on Arctic Alpin's now for six years.  The difference with winter tires is pretty remarkable.  I expect they're not too sensible in places that don't have continuous snow, but up here I don't know how I used to drive without them. 

Agreed.  They're worth every penny, even if those pennies did add up to $900.    :)  -> ::)

What I don't like?  Being forced to buy the lug nuts from the GM dealer.  I bought steel rims from Canadian Tire to use just with my winter tires, but of course they wouldn't work with the lug nuts from the mags that my car came with.  So my only option was to spend $150 on bloody new ones that, of course, only GM makes.  Somebody at GM is making some money.   >:(

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: January 10, 2005, 12:33 PM »
Brrr is right.  -33oC right now, I think I'll be waiting a couple hours before I go anywhere.  It's my day off, and I'm happy to stay right here and hang out with my daughter. 

No wind chill at the moment, so it's positively balmy ::)

At least we've got that going for us too.   :-\

Although, there is a chance that I've got some Star Wars figures waiting for me at the post office...  Ah, yes, another advantage to small town living - no door to door postal service.  Frick.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Ever get somebody hooked on Star Wars?
« on: January 10, 2005, 02:17 AM »
Good luck!  And at least you know he's going to waste his money on toys, not booze (or whatever other unacceptable expense should be inserted there).  Let us know if he turns out to be a Jedi or Sith.  :)

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Are there any products you endorse?
« on: January 10, 2005, 02:11 AM »
Michelin X-Ice Winter Tires.  Incredible, absolutely incredible.  Last year, my wife and I bought our 2003 Pontiac Vibe GT in August - the 6 speed standard is very fun to drive in the summer.  But when the winter came, I absolutely hated the car.  The peppy engine loved to rotate those tires and I could never get any traction, whether trying to move or stop.

But this year?  It's a totally new car.  I put these on about a month ago, and I'm enjoying the car again.  Granted, the tires will still spin, but they'll grab a lot sooner, and I havent slid through an intersection yet since putting them on.  Stopping is good!   8)

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Fan Art / Re: ROTJ Skywalker - did this in night class...
« on: January 10, 2005, 01:40 AM »
Now that looks sharp in the frame!  My brother is a huge Reservoir Dogs fan, he'd love that on his wall.  Lucky man, Dave.   :)

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Gentle Giant / Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
« on: January 8, 2005, 04:04 AM »
On another note, a Chrome Sandtrooper showed up on eBay, but was grabbed pretty quickly.  The buyer grabbed it for the BIN of $500US.  If  it didn't have a BIN, I think this could have gone for a LOT more.

What's with this obsession over chrome at GG lately?

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Newbies / Re: Hi guys Im new!
« on: January 8, 2005, 02:23 AM »
  then 

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Gentle Giant / Re: OT Gentle Giant Busts
« on: January 8, 2005, 01:23 AM »
Even though I've got the Chrome Vader and Jango, and 2 of the regular Stormtrooper busts, I think I'll be passing on this one.  I just don't think that the Chrome version can live up to the original version.  Thankfully, I'm not feeling my completist gene kick in on this one... 

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Fan Art / Re: ROTJ Skywalker - did this in night class...
« on: January 8, 2005, 01:05 AM »
I was just checking out your website Brad.  Great stuff.  I think my favourite is the warrior against the dragon here.  I really like the way the dragon's claws extend beyond the border of the picture, it makes the warrior seems in even greater danger.   8)

The Reservoir Dogs pics here and here are also pretty neat.  I think I actually prefer the uncoloured drawing.  I know that they are coloured based on their names, but the colouring seems to take away from your art.  In this case, simpler is better.   :)

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Original Trilogy Collection / Re: VOTC/OTC Purchases
« on: January 8, 2005, 12:43 AM »
I also had the chance to be annoyed at myself for paying full price on an OTC Falcon, to finally see it on clearance for $24.

Yikes.  It hurts to hear that - I paid $90 CDN for my Falcon ($73 US) at TRU.  And they're still that price today, and with about 20 of them on the shelves at one TRU.  I almost don't want to see them go on clearance, knowing what I paid.

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Kubricks / Re: Power of the Kubricks!
« on: January 8, 2005, 12:30 AM »
I came across it during my search for loose Fett chase pieces and gave it one of these:   ::)

I agree, my  :o was more out of "are you kidding me" than "thats awesome". I guess  ::) would have been appropriate.  ;D

I'd give it one of these:  >:(

I understand using AFA to "prove" to people the condition of an item, but this is just stupid.  Plain and simple.

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