Bag of Randomness


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  1. Ben W. says:

    Couldn't the measles headline also be written as "California measles outbreak linked to people who love their kids enough to take them to Disneyland but not enough to properly vaccinate them"? That probably wouldn't fit in the necessary space, though.

    Nitpicky note about the honorary citizen comment – the "forever natural born citizens" designation for Lafayette's heirs is just for the state of Maryland.

    Glad to see NDT getting a late-night show. The more that guy is on the air, the better.

  2. SpanishWarDonkey says:

    If you don’t need a truck, I’d tell you don’t get one. Chances are if you’ve made it this far in life then you’ll be fine without. You get so much more for the money with a car, forget about gas mileage. In 2007, my brother bought 2006 a Ford Focus loaded out with 20,000 miles for $16,800. A week later I bought a new 2008 Chevy Silverado single cab 2WD work truck (only option was cruise control, everything else was manual; locks, windows, no CD). I paid $16,950. He got 30 mpg and I got 15. Sure, mine was new, but his was pretty much new and he had all the bells and whistles; heated seats, 6-CD changer, power everything, you name it.

    He sold his last year and traded up to a Lincoln MKZ and got like $6,000 for his car with 95,000 miles. I still have my truck (damn student loans) with 125,000 and I could maybe get $4,000 from a high school kid for it, likely $2,500 from a dealer. I do love my truck and I’ll never not drive one, and it’s been nicer with gas down below $2 but a year ago when I was putting 25,000/year on it I really was really weighing the options of buying a car.

    TL;DR if you don’t hunt, or ever get off road, or don’t frequent the local building supply store for home projects, save that money and put in a college fund for the kiddos.

    • Ben W. says:

      I meant to comment on the truck thing, too. I drive an Escape, and love it. I had to put it in the shop for a while and they gave me a 4-door truck as a loaner – that thing was a beast. I felt all big and powerful, but it was such a pain to try to park and navigate that there's no way I'd ever own one. I just have no need for it, so why deal with the hassle?

      On that note, I wish there was an exam for people who buy trucks. If you can't park it, you can't own it.

  3. ALEC says:

    Another Modern Family reference you may have missed: Jay tells Manny, Jesus take the wheel; a la Carrie Underwood.

    • RPM says:

      Funny you should mention that. I just watched Nick Offerman's Netflix special, American Ham. He's not a fan of Jesus Take the Wheel. "Good Lord woman you have your infant child in the back seat. How about steering into the skid instead."

  4. Samuel Pepys says:

    Great news about Neil DeGrasse Tyson. Last year I recorded the Cosmos series. Several times a week I still pick out an episode to re-watch. I've seen most of the episodes three or four times but I learn something new every time I watch. Every sentence Tyson utters is packed with information.

    Unfortunately, since it was on Fox, it's is filled with commercials.

    Last week I gave myself a present and bought the series on DVD.

    I hope Neil can carry a talk show, they can be a real grind. Not to mention all the push-back his sponsors will get from creationists and climate deniers.

  5. towski says:

    You underestimate how awesome working downtown has become. After my last two gigs were right on Flora St in the Arts District, and now that I've moved to generic non-descript office building in Plano, I can't tell you how much I miss the vibrancy, culture, food options and just general awesomeness of working in downtown Dallas, specifically the section right between uptown and downtown, where Klyde Warren is.

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