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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Wal Mart Sucks
« on: September 24, 2005, 04:08 PM »
Lucky for my wife and I, Walmart is on right across the street from Target.  I wonder which one we spend our money in???

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: September 23, 2005, 06:54 AM »
I just want to direct some to what I posted earlier in this thread and also one over at RS.

Quote from: Chris_M
I've been around the oil business all my life, mainly because that is the career my dad chose.  He doesn't have anything to do with pricing and whatnot, but he did give me some interesting info about the demand for oil and why the price has jumped.

I'll type a bit here but I've got to get ready to go in a minute.  He said since 1978, there have been no refineries made in the United States.  Environmental groups have protested against it and laws have been passed that makes it virtually impossible to refine oil in the US.  Therefore we have to go overseas to purchase about 60% of what is in the US.  Obviously the other 40% is done here in the refineries we have in place.  If we could build refineries here, that would help with the cost of oil, a lot!!  Is there more oil in the US??  Most certainly yes, if environmental groups would allow for the drilling of it in certain areas, that woul help relieve some of the pain at the pump.  Recently, (can't remember the bill right now), a bill went through Congress authorizing drilling in Alaska.  Finally we can get into the oil fields we've wanted for years.  But, it could be years before we feel the effects of that simply because of the oil refinery problem.

Also, people talk about BIG oil companies.  There are only three of them, and there are no middle men in the business.  The 3 companies take the shipments from overseas, send it here on their own ships, offload, take it to the gas stations in their trucks.  No middle man there.  Another thing by dad brought up that I think some people have overlooked, we keep paying for gas.  (Of course, we don't have an option if we want to drive though.)  Until recently, there hasn't been a lot of loud complaining about the price. 

Oil companies know that we are willing to pay whatever we have for gas.  We live in a free market economy.  So, the companies can raise the price if they see fit and we have to pay it, because we need to.  Obviously we want lower prices, but the oil companies continue to make money because of good old supply and demand.  In my mind, both the consumer and the oil companies are the problem.  As consumers we haven't pushed hard enough for alternative fuels, and like any business in a free economy, the oil companies increased their prices.

I know some of you aren't going to be happy with this, but my dad has been in the oil business for 40 years so I'll believe what he has to say.  So don't bash what I've posted here.  I just wanted to get this bit of info out there for all to see.

Of course, there are other mitigating factors that go into the oil business, such as tax relief, but that is a discussion for another site.  I'm just breaking this info down from a good source into it's most simplistic form.  One other thing to consider...is the media creating a false panic??  Many people either don't possess the ability or don't care enough to educate themselves beyond what they see or hear on TV...but again, that's a discussion for some other time.  Therefore, they get this sense that gas is going to be almost impossible to find, and therefore rush to fill their tanks when they don't need it, thereby creating a true shortage, although one that should only last for a few days.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Guns
« on: September 21, 2005, 04:41 PM »
I have a few guns.

A Marlin .22 that I use to just shoot at stupid crap when I'm bored.
A 12 gauge Mossberg 500 for good ol' Dove/Quail huntin'.
A Winchester semi auto 20 gauge.

I'm also planning on getting a CHL and will probably pick up a Beretta .40.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: In Memory of those who died
« on: September 12, 2005, 08:45 AM »
I remember getting to work and getting my lesson together that I was going to teach that day.  Somebody came in and told me to watch TV, so I flipped it on just after the second plane hit. 

Within seconds, I knew it had to be a terrorist attack.  I walked out to my car and grabbed my cell that I had left there and called my reserve base and asked if they were needing anybody else when the upped the threatcon.  They said they'd get back to me.

A month later my entire security forces squadron was mobilized and scattered all over the world.

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Customizing Tips and Tricks / Re: Custom Clones - Clean or Dirty?
« on: September 11, 2005, 08:32 AM »
while we're on the subject, does anyone know how to make weathering look really well on like mandalorian armour? I'm trying to see how I can weather my Jatser Mereel.

One thing I've done on ships that I've customized is get an old paint brush, preferably the cheap Walmart kind.  I'll dab it in silver and then wipe of most of the excess paint on a towel or rag.  Then I'll lightly brush it over the surface.  This works pretty well for me.  For vehicles I've done it in both silver and with black for a pretty good look.  However, I haven't tried this on figures before.

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Other Toy Lines / Re: BBI/Dragon similarity issue
« on: September 7, 2005, 06:51 AM »
FWIW, last night my last few pieces for my figure arrived and after playing around for a bit to get a couple of pouches on, my figure is complete.

I'll try and post a few pics tonight when I get home.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: September 4, 2005, 08:25 AM »
I've been around the oil business all my life, mainly because that is the career my dad chose.  He doesn't have anything to do with pricing and whatnot, but he did give me some interesting info about the demand for oil and why the price has jumped.

I'll type a bit here but I've got to get ready to go in a minute.  He said since 1978, there have been no refineries made in the United States.  Environmental groups have protested against it and laws have been passed that makes it virtually impossible to refine oil in the US.  Therefore we have to go overseas to purchase about 60% of what is in the US.  Obviously the other 40% is done here in the refineries we have in place.  If we could build refineries here, that would help with the cost of oil, a lot!!  Is there more oil in the US??  Most certainly yes, if environmental groups would allow for the drilling of it in certain areas, that woul help relieve some of the pain at the pump.  Recently, (can't remember the bill right now), a bill went through Congress authorizing drilling in Alaska.  Finally we can get into the oil fields we've wanted for years.  But, it could be years before we feel the effects of that simply because of the oil refinery problem.

Also, people talk about BIG oil companies.  There are only three of them, and there are no middle men in the business.  The 3 companies take the shipments from overseas, send it here on their own ships, offload, take it to the gas stations in their trucks.  No middle man there.  Another thing by dad brought up that I think some people have overlooked, we keep paying for gas.  (Of course, we don't have an option if we want to drive though.)  Until recently, there hasn't been a lot of loud complaining about the price. 

Oil companies know that we are willing to pay whatever we have for gas.  We live in a free market economy.  So, the companies can raise the price if they see fit and we have to pay it, because we need to.  Obviously we want lower prices, but the oil companies continue to make money because of good old supply and demand.  In my mind, both the consumer and the oil companies are the problem.  As consumers we haven't pushed hard enough for alternative fuels, and like any business in a free economy, the oil companies increased their prices.

I know some of you aren't going to be happy with this, but my dad has been in the oil business for 40 years so I'll believe what he has to say.  So don't bash what I've posted here.  I just wanted to get this bit of info out there for all to see.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: September 1, 2005, 05:40 PM »
I'm over here in Garland and found it for 2.89.  I never thought I'd be happy to say I found it for almost 3 dollars.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Gas Prices
« on: September 1, 2005, 04:50 PM »
Well I drove by a few gas stations this morning - nothing over 2.81 and no long lines...

I guess I'll fill up this afternoon before it jumps 50 more cents...

Where exactly do you live out here in the DFW area?  I'm in Garland and the best I found this morning on the way to work was 2.89.  I'm hoping for that on my way home today.

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I've also been going back and forth for a while over collecting. I've gotten a bit burned out, partly due to the amount of stuff out there, and also by my desire to own a home.  So for the most part I haven't bought any SW in a while.  I think I bought a two 3 packs last month and that was the first in a while.

My interest has also gone away recently due to my desire to work on other projects.  I've been building a custom TIE ugly and I've also been putting togethe piece by piece a DML USAF Security Forces figure.  I could just buy all of the parts quick and easy from one store, but then I'd loose the fun of searching for a good deal.

Mostly though, my interest has dropped due to the house.  My drive has been to get a credit card paid off, for the sake of the credit report, and to double my efforts on my future home.  I've sold some things, and others I've been debating getting rid off...both modern and vintage, but mostly modern.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« on: August 28, 2005, 03:15 PM »
I know this will sound a bit hypocritical after I've been bitching about pitching, but I'd hate to give up Soriano.  But, in the interest of pitching an a probably $10 million a year for Alfie I could swing it.  I think another way of looking at trading, would be Kevin Mench, although a fan favorite, because he hasn't developed quite like the Rangers had hoped.  There is also Laynce Nix, a tremendous center fielder, but a little slow with the bat.

However, Hicks has the cash to pay Alfie and to pick up a pitcher, he's just been too much of a tight ass to do so...I mean, come one, the guy owns the Rangers and the Dallas Stars!!  Hicks has the money to lure someone here, he just has to pick the right one.  Also, firing John Hart would be a good move.  GM Hart has been an assclown since he got here and doens't seem to understand pitching=winning in baseball.  Hart did the same thing with Cleveland in the 90's, built the team around an offense...which is great and can win many games, but will do nothing for you when the hitting goes cold for 2 or 3 weeks or you get into the playoffs and everyone except you can pitch.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« on: August 28, 2005, 08:38 AM »
Very true.  What is really frustrating is this season, they hung there hopes on a 41 year old prima donna.  I don't think a lot of the stuff Kenny Rogers does makes it into the national news.  The guys is probably the biggest baby in baseball.

It was sadt that Chan was signed for $13 million.  He was never that good and he's a flyball pitcher.  A flyball pitcher will get knocked out of the yard down here.  Honestly, as much as I hate to say it, it wouldn't hurt to trade a bat or two for two quality young starters.  If the Rangers want to hang onto Kenny, let them, but make him the #4 starter next year.  But his contract is up after this season and I can only pray he doesn't get resigned.

I had high hopes when the season started.  For Christmas 2004, my wife bought me half season tickets (40 games).  It was great earlier in the season thinking that playoff tickets were a possiblility, but then the decent starting pitching we were getting went in the tank.  Chris Young though has come along well and I'm guessing will be a number 2 starter next year.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: Who were your sports idols?
« on: August 27, 2005, 06:55 PM »
I was only partly into football, but mostly baseball.  I would play ball 365 days a year if I could...would still do it too, except now it's softball.

Anway, my football idol was Emmitt Smith and for baseball, Don Mattingly and Nolan Ryan.

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JD Sports Forum! / Re: MLB Regular Season - 2005
« on: August 27, 2005, 06:50 PM »
20 years without postseason play, a 19-game losing streak, blunder after blunder after blunder, horrible decisions on the part of upper management year after year...and yet I remain a Royals fan.

But something happened today for the first time ever.  I actually considered giving up on the team permanently.  Just when I think they've done everything they can to lose...they find new ways.  They make it harder and harder to be a Royals fan.

I'm *this* close to saying "**** 'em".  :(

John

I feel your pain John.  I haven't quite gotten to that point of giving up on the Rangers, but a series of non-trades and sub par off seasons really has me wondering what the **** Tom Hicks is trying to do with the team.  He picks up Phil Nevin at the trade deadline, and trades away a pitcher...while the Rangers still has some chance to get the wildcard.  Then instead of sending Nevin packing, he hangs on to him.  I first thought because of that trade, Nevin would go to Boston (who claimed earlier to need a bat), in exchange for Bronson Arroyo.  (I believe I heard that rumor somewhere.)

Then a two weeks ago, Hicks tells the media he is giving up for the season and the Rangers proceed to go on a 1-12 road trip.

I truly feel your pain John.

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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: August 27, 2005, 09:26 AM »
Winston Churchill: A History of the English Speaking Peoples Volume.I

You're a brave soul reading Churchill.  Being a history major and teacher, I've wanted to read some of his stuff.  I sat down and tried to but it go so freakin' wordy I couldn't stand it. 

I'm about to pick up a new book, but I don't know what yet.  I just finished reading Splash One by Ivan Randall.  It's about the history of air to air jet combat.  Pretty good read if you're into that.  I've seen a book recently about Pararescue that I want to pick up.  I'm also reading through select chapters of a home buying guide.

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