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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.

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." 

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