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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Mikey D soon will be Daddy D
« on: January 14, 2005, 12:18 AM »
Very cool!  Your life is going to be forever changed, and so much for the better.

Nothing beats molding and nurturing a young mind, then one day your little one says "Daddy, can we watch Star Wars again?"  Well, what more can you ask for in life?   ;)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: January 14, 2005, 12:05 AM »
Overcast. Light rain showers.
It's like Spring here today!  This is why Westerners hate Toronto :-*

Damn right!   >:(

We're here to bitch, not brag!   :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: January 12, 2005, 06:58 PM »


Low -37oC, -52oC with windchill.   :'(

Nuff said.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Great 2004 collectors challenge
« on: January 10, 2005, 11:13 PM »
So what's his prize?  Are you paying his credit card bill?   :P

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Snow!
« on: January 10, 2005, 11:09 PM »
Yikes.  Keep safe, OK?  But if you do need to evacuate, don't use this road:   :o

Clone Wars '03-'05 / Re: Clone Trooper 4 Packs!
« on: January 10, 2005, 09:48 PM »
I held off ordering these because of the cross border shipping, but now 3 Canadian e-tailers have stepped up the plate and are going to provide these.  Priced between $39.99 and $44.99 CDN: Ages 3 and Up, Legends, and Toy Addict (not yet listed). 

Considering they are $35 US and since I'm a carded kind of guy, I really like the packaging and decided I can live with the Canadian prices.  And with that being said, I ordered one of each set.   :)

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

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.

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.

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"

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.   >:(

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.

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.  :)

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)

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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