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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Cars: Lease or buy?
« on: September 13, 2012, 07:04 AM »
I think you probably should think about what type of value your car retains...  Chris M and I both drive Jeeps (his also being a wrangler I think?) and they hold value... 

Yep, 08 JKU with a little work done.  I'm currently debating a new pistol or bumper for the Jeep.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Cars: Lease or buy?
« on: September 12, 2012, 09:06 AM »
I'm in the camp of if you are going to spend money on something big, spend it on something you will own.  I can understand how it works better for some people to lease though.

Since I got out of college in 2001, I've owned three cars.  The first I purchased after I got my first paycheck and totaled it in a wreck about four months later.  The second (F150 4x4) I bought at the start of 2002 and drove it until August of 2011.  I then purchased the Jeep Wrangler I drive now.  I prefer to buy slightly used to give me some room to negotiate a deal and to avoid the depreciation hit in the first year.  (However, if you buy new and drive for a long time, that's almost inconsequential).  My wife drove her first car until the wheels were literally about to fall off.  We traded that in in 2004 and she's been driving her Santa Fe since then.  Once I only have a year or less to pay on the Jeep, we'll get her a new car and the cycle will continue again.

I grew up working on cars, so I can do some of the general repair or maintenance on my own if I need to, although I also prefer to have a professional do the work.  However, for some, maintenance is a PITA and they'd rather have somebody do it for them and not have to worry about dealing with it.  I don't feel the need to "keep up with the Joneses" and have the new vehicle.  I can buy new parts and continually "upgrade" what I have's also becoming a bit of a hobby.

There is some good advice here on car buying vs leasing.  Again, I fall into the camp of why put money towards something big if you will never own it?  To me, that's just tossing money away.  But again, like some have said, you have to go with what works for your budget and needs.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: September 6, 2012, 10:13 AM »
I was thinking I might catch a few episodes of Revolution and see if it's any good. 

One thing that has boggled my mind though in the commercials, is why are they using medieval weapons?  If power all of a sudden went out, non-electric powered equipment will still work.  I would think everyone and their dog that owns a firearm would be sure to get it out and have it on hand.

Maybe that will be explained early on.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: July 17, 2012, 10:27 AM »

6 weeks until my next class, so this is one of two or three books I plan to finish.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: July 3, 2012, 03:43 PM »
Looks like its about time to buy another pistol and Ar15.

I read this somewhere, "The hardest part of the zombie apocalypse will be pretending I'm not excited."

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: June 18, 2012, 09:55 AM »
^^I've been stoked about the Falling Skies return.  I don't generally watch a lot of TV, but that is a show I do dedicate myself to putting on the DVR and then watching before bed.  I really enjoyed the season premiere, but I felt like their were commercials every 5-7 minutes.  It drove me crazy.

On another note, I didn't catch the show Jericho when it was on network TV.  I kind of stumbled across it on Netflix and in the span of a couple of weeks watched the entire series.  I'm really surprised CBS killed off that show.  I can see where it only appealed to a certain audience, but I was really impressed with the show.  The story line was fantastic and although some of the acting was subpar, the scripts were good and they seemed to accelerate the story and didn't drag along too much with stuff that wasn't important to the plot.  I can't say enough how much I loved watching that series.  I'm not a comic book reader, but I'll order the comics just so I can keep going on what happened after season 2 ended.

Watto's Junk Yard / Gotta have ACL surgery for my dog
« on: May 17, 2012, 03:26 PM »
My buddy (and my daughter's best friend) tore her ACL Tuesday night (degenerative condition).  So, I have to go see a surgeon on Monday to get the options and prices for her.  She's a six year old lab/pitt mix.  If she were older and not very active, I'd probably just bypass the days and keep her comfy.  But poor dog is in a lot of pain and it kills me to see her this way.  I'm a softy where my dog is concerned. 

I know there are several types of surgeries and most of them are very successful.  If you guys have had this issue, what was your experience, type of surgery, and cost?  I'm considering the ESLT procedure as it's the lowest cost and my vet said it should be pretty good for my dog.  I used to take her jogging with me, but in the past year or so, she's been primarily a fetch the ball dog and I haven't taken her on runs with me.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: April 19, 2012, 02:18 PM »
Funny read to say the least.  I'm not surprised at all, especially considering who wrote it.

For saying that, their spies will probably see this and ban me...

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Everything Rebelscum
« on: April 19, 2012, 10:44 AM »
I'd love to read that PM.

I used to keep a couple where they got onto me about having a UK forum in signature.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: April 7, 2012, 07:38 PM »
I'm all set to see:

  • KISS / Motley Crue

I'm trying to talk a buddy into going to this one in August.  He's not a fan of KISS.  I said I'm not much of one, but want to see their stage show.  I'm betting it would be a wild concert with Motley Crue.  He and I went to see the Crue last summer and it was freakin' awesome.

I asked my wife and barely got the question out before she told me "hell no." 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: How's the weather?
« on: April 4, 2012, 09:51 AM »

That footage was incredible.

Where exactly did the tornado(es) pass through?

One passed through Arlington and another through Lancaster and from what I've gathered died out around Ih45.  The storm kept producing funnels and we had our kids out of the portables at school and all buttoned up in the building until well after the dismissal time.  There was one funnel near Town East Mall here in Mesquite and over near one of the high schools there was some pretty good wind damage.  I think this funnel eventually made it to Forney and really messed some stuff up out there.

I'm sure there are more.  Channel 8 here reported something like 15 touchdowns, but that number was unconfirmed as of last night.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What do you do (job, student)?
« on: March 27, 2012, 06:50 AM »
Tracy, you forgot to put bank teller in there as well. :)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: March 14, 2012, 10:12 PM »
Dude, sorry to hear about that.

So my dog has a habit of jumping the fence if she doesn't get to come back in the house when SHE wants to. I look out back to see where she is and there is nothing in sight. I head out the garage door to get in the Jeep and go find her.

She offered to drive.

Apparently getting in is easier than getting out.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Official Television Thread
« on: March 8, 2012, 12:07 PM »
I somewhat enjoyed Terra Nova, but the acting was total crap.  The storyline was kind of all over the place, but it had a lot of potential. Sometimes I enjoy watching a show that doesn't require me to think an this was perfect.

What killed me was a few years ago when ABC pulled Flash Forward and NBC pulled Life.  I loved those shows.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: March 7, 2012, 03:23 PM »
Thought the fact that Darrell stepped up to put Dale out of his misery made a powerful statement that he was back in with the group.

Agreed.  I also wonder if Darrell knows that Rick has a "problem" killing when he's not directly threatened.  Consider it the cop in him.  I wonder if Darrell was telling Rick in a roundabout way that he was okay with taking on the burden of putting Dale out of his misery.  I don't recall Darrell being particularly angry with Rick for not popping Randal when his son showed up.  Maybe he wants Rick to be a good example of a dad because he didn't have one.

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