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  • You and I, and probably 90% of those on this forum, likely have much higher than average intelligence, as well as other innate attributes, that enable us to excel at a multitude of endeavors. We probably don't even know, and rarely encounter, the other half of the population that is below average. So your statement may hold true for for you and me and those posting here, but it is a fallacy to assume that it applies to most people.
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    Paul , P S Technology, Inc. and MrTibbs
    USA Maryland 21030

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    • Originally posted by PStechPaul View Post
      You and I, and probably 90% of those on this forum, likely have much higher than average intelligence, as well as other innate attributes, that enable us to excel at a multitude of endeavors. We probably don't even know, and rarely encounter, the other half of the population that is below average. So your statement may hold true for for you and me and those posting here, but it is a fallacy to assume that it applies to most people.
      I think it applies to everyone. Everyone is really good and passionate at something. If that something is rolling the best joint in town, then clearly fortune is probably not in their future but they are still the best joint roller regardless.

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      • Started putting the ole Deckel back together. While I've waited for the 2k paint to cure enough to handle, I fixed some of the other parts, feels a bit crappy to put back parts with worn paint on a newly painted side.



        Putting in the new wiring as well, some extra wires too for the new switches I got have 12V leds in them:


        Finally put the panel back in place:


        And reassembly of the saddle has begun with the shift lever


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        • Originally posted by PStechPaul View Post
          You and I, and probably 90% of those on this forum, likely have much higher than average intelligence, as well as other innate attributes, that enable us to excel at a multitude of endeavors. We probably don't even know, and rarely encounter, the other half of the population that is below average. So your statement may hold true for for you and me and those posting here, but it is a fallacy to assume that it applies to most people.
          Everyone comes into contact with the "other half" that is below average daily.

          Today I resolved a problem for my mom. She had received a "fraudulent" bill for $5 from some place in Texas and showed it to me just before I drove home. I recognized it as probably being a toll road bill and took it with me.

          Idiot #1) Yesterday it took several minutes to navigate the phone tree, giving my "account number" and other information multiple times, only to eventually reach a recording informing me that the support center is closed, only open till 5PM Texas time. It took an idiot to set up the phone tree that badly.

          Idiot #2) I got through to a person at Textag.org this morning who INSISTED that the only one they could talk to was my step dad. He accepted the fact that he had Alzheimer Syndrome (AS) and was in nursing care. He'd talk to my mom if she would mail him the appropriate form and a notarized copy of the power of attorney. I find it arrogant that they demand that WE go to such lengths and expense to correct their errors. I requested a supervisor, but there was none available. They had to call me back. It takes an idiot to set up the rules that say that you can't discuss your company's mistakes without a legal document.

          Idiot #3) The supervisor called. I explained that Oregon law releases the owner from obligation as soon as they file the transfer of sale with the DMV. Mr Supervisor understood the situation and at least tried to help figure it out. The license number was not a valid format for oregon. I asked for the make and model and he was kind enough to pull up the picture. It shows the offending car was big, blue and had a smile on the side of the 50 foot trailer that said Amazon next to it. Yep, it was an 18 wheeler. After some laughing about a demented 80 year old driving for Amazon Prime, he said that they'd clear it up as soon as I filed the forms. And a certified copy of that power of attorney. After some discussion, he mentioned that I could fax them to him. ??? Then he said if my step dad could just tell him that it's not his truck, that would work. ???

          The solution was easy. I conference called the nursing home and they put dad on the line. Dad responded as expected when asked "you have never owned an 18 wheeler, right". He always agrees with what I say. Mr Supervisor accepted the verbal statement with absolutely no verification of his identity. It takes a real idiot to work that hard to avoid saying "we blew it" when it was so blatantly obvious.

          The icing on the cake??? Somewhere in the process the supervisor mentioned that it looked like someone had mis-typed the license number.

          So that's what I did so far today.

          Dan
          At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and left over parts.

          Location: SF East Bay.

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          • Originally posted by danlb View Post
            Everyone comes into contact with the "other half" that is below average daily.

            Today I resolved a problem for my mom. She had received a "fraudulent" bill for $5 from some place in Texas and showed it to me just before I drove home. I recognized it as probably being a toll road bill and took it with me.

            Idiot #1) Yesterday it took several minutes to navigate the phone tree, giving my "account number" and other information multiple times, only to eventually reach a recording informing me that the support center is closed, only open till 5PM Texas time. It took an idiot to set up the phone tree that badly.

            Idiot #2) I got through to a person at Textag.org this morning who INSISTED that the only one they could talk to was my step dad. He accepted the fact that he had Alzheimer Syndrome (AS) and was in nursing care. He'd talk to my mom if she would mail him the appropriate form and a notarized copy of the power of attorney. I find it arrogant that they demand that WE go to such lengths and expense to correct their errors. I requested a supervisor, but there was none available. They had to call me back. It takes an idiot to set up the rules that say that you can't discuss your company's mistakes without a legal document.

            Idiot #3) The supervisor called. I explained that Oregon law releases the owner from obligation as soon as they file the transfer of sale with the DMV. Mr Supervisor understood the situation and at least tried to help figure it out. The license number was not a valid format for oregon. I asked for the make and model and he was kind enough to pull up the picture. It shows the offending car was big, blue and had a smile on the side of the 50 foot trailer that said Amazon next to it. Yep, it was an 18 wheeler. After some laughing about a demented 80 year old driving for Amazon Prime, he said that they'd clear it up as soon as I filed the forms. And a certified copy of that power of attorney. After some discussion, he mentioned that I could fax them to him. ??? Then he said if my step dad could just tell him that it's not his truck, that would work. ???

            The solution was easy. I conference called the nursing home and they put dad on the line. Dad responded as expected when asked "you have never owned an 18 wheeler, right". He always agrees with what I say. Mr Supervisor accepted the verbal statement with absolutely no verification of his identity. It takes a real idiot to work that hard to avoid saying "we blew it" when it was so blatantly obvious.

            The icing on the cake??? Somewhere in the process the supervisor mentioned that it looked like someone had mis-typed the license number.

            So that's what I did so far today.

            Dan
            That sucks, especially when just paying the $5 is so much easier. But knowing it's wrong and it's due to someone's incompetence stops you from taking the easy route.

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            • Originally posted by danlb View Post
              Everyone comes into contact with the "other half" that is below average daily.

              Today I resolved a problem for my mom. She had received a "fraudulent" bill for $5 from some place in Texas and showed it to me just before I drove home. I recognized it as probably being a toll road bill and took it with me.

              Idiot #1) Yesterday it took several minutes to navigate the phone tree, giving my "account number" and other information multiple times, only to eventually reach a recording informing me that the support center is closed, only open till 5PM Texas time. It took an idiot to set up the phone tree that badly.

              Idiot #2) I got through to a person at Textag.org this morning who INSISTED that the only one they could talk to was my step dad. He accepted the fact that he had Alzheimer Syndrome (AS) and was in nursing care. He'd talk to my mom if she would mail him the appropriate form and a notarized copy of the power of attorney. I find it arrogant that they demand that WE go to such lengths and expense to correct their errors. I requested a supervisor, but there was none available. They had to call me back. It takes an idiot to set up the rules that say that you can't discuss your company's mistakes without a legal document.

              Idiot #3) The supervisor called. I explained that Oregon law releases the owner from obligation as soon as they file the transfer of sale with the DMV. Mr Supervisor understood the situation and at least tried to help figure it out. The license number was not a valid format for oregon. I asked for the make and model and he was kind enough to pull up the picture. It shows the offending car was big, blue and had a smile on the side of the 50 foot trailer that said Amazon next to it. Yep, it was an 18 wheeler. After some laughing about a demented 80 year old driving for Amazon Prime, he said that they'd clear it up as soon as I filed the forms. And a certified copy of that power of attorney. After some discussion, he mentioned that I could fax them to him. ??? Then he said if my step dad could just tell him that it's not his truck, that would work. ???

              The solution was easy. I conference called the nursing home and they put dad on the line. Dad responded as expected when asked "you have never owned an 18 wheeler, right". He always agrees with what I say. Mr Supervisor accepted the verbal statement with absolutely no verification of his identity. It takes a real idiot to work that hard to avoid saying "we blew it" when it was so blatantly obvious.

              The icing on the cake??? Somewhere in the process the supervisor mentioned that it looked like someone had mis-typed the license number.

              So that's what I did so far today.

              Dan
              I'm not defending them, but your experience contacting and communicating with them could also be a reflection from the other side. I wonder how many folks call them up to dispute their "valid" bill. If they are spending 90% of their time dealing with people calling them up about their "valid" bill then they probably would want to make the process as cumbersome as possible -- which is very unfortunate for those with valid disputes.

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              • I got a new bike for my Son. Arrived today, finished assembly and he's out riding it now. A Gravity FSX 1.0. It seems like a nice bike.

                https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0147MDLSO

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                • Originally posted by 3 Phase Lightbulb View Post
                  I got a new bike for my Son.
                  Looks good. Just tell him to be careful the suspension if he isn't used to it. Quite possible to compress the front spring and then have it propel you skywards over the handlebars!
                  Obviously, being an accomplished cyclist, I managed this feat before suspension was a thing!

                  Some of the implementations of front suspension let you lock it out as it's, ironically, better on rougher terrain.

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                  • Brush hogged a field. It was done 2 years ago so things grow up fast here. Some stuff was higher than the tractor.





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                    • Going out with the kids and setting up another small Intex pool for the summer.

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                      • Not today, but earlier this week I cut a couple of gears for the work head on my gear hobber. Now I have high AND low speed gears.

                        Peter - novice home machinist, modern motorcycle enthusiast.

                        Denford Viceroy 280 Synchro (11 x 24)
                        Herbert 0V adapted to R8 by 'Sir John'.
                        Monarch 10EE 1942

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                        • fixed my daughters All Stars (soles had started coming off), refilled a colour inkjet cartridge and fixed 2 iPhone 6. Both needed new batteries, one also needed a new power button cable which entailed taking almost everything out of it. Seems to be working, even though I had a screw leftover. Next up is my other daughters hiphop dance performance, then some thread cutting on a poster tube cap.

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                          • Finished setting up the kids pool. It's almost half full now but I got the heat pump running so hopefully it will bring the ~55 water temp up to 80's in a few days. I just have to power wash the moss off the court and we're ready for summer.

                            With about 2 inches of water.







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                            • Was just getting back from getting a haircut, and changing to my grubbies for garden work, when a neighbor pounded on my back door. Turns out a large branch had just fallen due to wind in another elderly neighbor's yard.

                              So we went over there to cut it up and clear it off the wires and house. Unplanned diversion, but that's how it goes.
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                              Keep eye on ball.
                              Hashim Khan

                              Everything not impossible is compulsory

                              "There's no pleasing these serpents"......Lewis Carroll

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                              • Finally finishing up on the floor pans in my car. Installed a new main seal and all the transmissions seals and gaskets to try and plug up the leaky pig while I was at it.



                                How do you take a picture of black?

                                Andy

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