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Watto's Junk Yard / Re: A thread about concerts.
« on: November 28, 2012, 04:18 PM »
Scored 4th row center for the Fresh Beat Band in October - whoo hoo - rock on!!  Bought the party package for my 7 year-old.  Backstage pre-show dance party and meet and greet with the band and a bunch of freebies.  Her head is going to explode!  (Mine probably will too after about the 3rd song)  Those tickets were harder to score than for any other show I have been to.  I have to drive all the way to Ashville from Charlotte because everywhere else sold out in minutes.

I can't believe I'm just seeing this.  We actually debated taking my daughter when they were here in Dallas.  However, tickets were over the top expensive and my daughter's interest was starting to wane.

The Wookiee Arcade / Re: Star Wars Angry Birds - The App
« on: November 12, 2012, 12:01 AM »
I had never played Angry Birds at all.  I saw it mentioned on several sites and was flipping through Twitter and saw Slash say he was playing it  (I've never bought anything because a celebrity endorsed it, just thought it was kind of funny that his tweet pushed me over the edge).  I thought what the hell, and bought it.  I spent the rest of the day playing and ran my battery out of juice.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 11, 2012, 11:58 PM »
Excellent. My post erases itself.

Anyone else feel there's ****** editing or major plotholes with the three graves being dug and filled in?

I'm curious as well.  Obviously T-Dogg's body was recovered.  You can make a case for Lori's, even though there is nothing to indicate they went in to get it.  You would think the third would be for Carol, but there is no evidence to indicate she's dead other than the wrap she had been wearing.  You would think they'd say something.  Maybe Talking Dead will give a clue.  Next week stands to be interesting though.

Maybe the third grave is for Hershel's leg...they don't want it reanimating and starting a one legged butt kicking contest.  (My lame attempt at humor after a long weekend).

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: November 5, 2012, 01:39 PM »
As a husband and a father, that episode was as many are saying, gut wrenching. 

I didn't see Lori getting knocked off that way.  I thought they had deviated enough from the comics she might live on for a long while after. (I have only read a few summaries of them).  I can only imagine the pain Rick is going through and how it will affect his character in the future.

This was one of the best episodes IMO.  My wife is not a fan of the series, but just kind of watches out of the corner of her eye and she was shocked by the way it ended last night.

And, I hated seeing T-Dog get it. 

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: October 24, 2012, 09:17 AM »
I say this with sense of sarcasm, a BB gun and small moving targets is a cheap alternative to a rifle range.  ;)

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 19, 2012, 07:14 AM »
If these ratings hold, I wonder if it would warrant a full 20-24 episode season 4?

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 15, 2012, 09:34 AM »
Great episode to start off the season.  It's a shame I have to wait until Sunday to see what's going to happen next.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: Do You Have Pets?
« on: October 11, 2012, 12:18 PM »
Sorry to hear that.  My dog tore her ACL at the end of May and $2000 later, she's better.  It sucked because she is a really, really active dog and with some of the "cooler" days we've had lately have really bothered her. But all in all, she's moving around full throttle again.  Here she is when I picked her up from the vet.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: The Walking Dead
« on: October 3, 2012, 09:17 AM »
This season's webisodes are pretty good. 

What's cool is although they are outside of the show's storyline, they still have a little tie in with the the main story.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: What do you drive?
« on: September 26, 2012, 07:06 AM »
It can be a nightmare with the wrong car.  I had a 76 Maverick when I was young (my bro's I drove sometimes) and whoo boy was that thing fun in the snow.  Heavy as hell and rear wheel drive...  The ass would come around on you in a heartbeat.

I had a 66 Chevy pickup  with a 327 motor and a Turbo 350 tranny.  That thing got crazy in the snow...not that that didn't stop me from finding a parking lot and having fun.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: JD Book Club: What Are You Reading Now?
« on: September 17, 2012, 09:30 AM »
Christmas present that I'm just getting to, but should also serve as a source for my masters thesis.  It's a pretty good read if you are interested in the day to day activities of command in Iraq interspersed with action in the field during the search for Sadaam.

Watto's Junk Yard / Re: WiiU
« on: September 14, 2012, 08:20 PM »
Sounds cool, but between working on my masters, chasing a three (soon to be four) year old, and hunting I hardly have time to do anything else.

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.

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