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MDF3530 Posted on: 09-Jan-2017, 11:39 PM

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Hello all!

I haven't posted here in a long time!

I have recently found two types of foreign candy I love. I like the British candy Maltesers (think Whoppers with better chocolate) and the Swiss chocolate bar Milka, which reminds me of Hershey's before they cut the amount of milkfat they used.

What are yours?
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #315586

MDF3530 Posted on: 02-Aug-2015, 02:03 AM

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Hello everyone!

Been a while since I checked in. I'm doing good. My niece Megan just celebrated her 16th birthday ohmy.gif . It seems like just last week I was taking her over to the playground at the school by my parents' old house. Also my 14 year old nephew Jay is now almost as tall as I am and has the same shoe size as me ohmy.gif .
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MDF3530 Posted on: 15-Mar-2015, 08:27 PM

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My old church had used to have an Irish Mass on St. Patrick's Day. Unfortunately that tradition died out when the music director, who was the driving force, retired a few years ago sad.gif .
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MDF3530 Posted on: 23-Nov-2014, 05:41 PM

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Hello everyone!

Like the title says, I'm not a newbie. I just haven't posted here in a long time, so I thought I'd reintroduce myself.

I've had a lot going on in my life recently. My dad had a heart attack a few months ago and I've been taking care of him since he came home. Basically doing the heavy lifting (grocery shopping, laundry, etc.). I was even staying at his house for about a month. Friday night was my first night at home in my own bed.

Hope you all are doing well. I hope to get acquainted (or reacquainted) with you all.
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MDF3530 Posted on: 23-Nov-2014, 05:32 PM

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50s, dark and rainy here sad.gif
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #311674

MDF3530 Posted on: 15-Jun-2014, 06:31 PM

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Not sure if this has been mentioned before but "Tristan & Isolde".
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #310941

MDF3530 Posted on: 06-Jul-2012, 01:34 AM

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We may have a saint of African-American descent in the not too distant future.

Fr. Augustine Tolton - Wikipedia
  Forum: Kirk and Chapel  ·  Post Preview: #306325

MDF3530 Posted on: 19-Jun-2012, 01:57 AM

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My impatiens are in bloom now:

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  Forum: The Garden Gate  ·  Post Preview: #306258

MDF3530 Posted on: 28-May-2012, 10:43 PM

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As I live in a condominium and have limited space on my balcony, I can only plant flowers in planters. Another restriction I have my balcony faces north, so I don't get a lot of sunlight there. I'd like to put petunias in, but they need a lot of sun. Here are the impatiens I planted today:

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  Forum: The Garden Gate  ·  Post Preview: #306075

MDF3530 Posted on: 22-May-2012, 12:39 AM

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That's what happens when the USCCB elects a nutcase like Cardinal Dolan over the more moderate Bishop Kicanas president.
  Forum: Kirk and Chapel  ·  Post Preview: #306018

MDF3530 Posted on: 17-Apr-2012, 12:44 AM

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On my nightstand: "The Girl Who Played With Fire" by Stieg Larsson.

On my Kindle e-reader app: "The Devil In The White City" by Erik Larson.
  Forum: The Book Stop  ·  Post Preview: #305813

MDF3530 Posted on: 11-Apr-2012, 09:10 PM

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Why is the number six afraid of the number seven?

Because seven eight nine.
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #305753

MDF3530 Posted on: 08-Apr-2012, 06:57 AM

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People still use Internet Explorer laugh.gif ?
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MDF3530 Posted on: 07-Apr-2012, 10:20 PM

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Happy Easter to all!

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MDF3530 Posted on: 07-Apr-2012, 10:16 PM

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I would post some of my favorite sayings, but this is a G-rated message board wink.gif tongue.gif
  Forum: Fun N Games  ·  Post Preview: #305705

MDF3530 Posted on: 03-Dec-2011, 05:58 PM

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The Ten Cars We Hate The Most - CarTalk.com
Top 10 Cars We Hate the Most
By Tom and Ray Magliozzi, Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers

These are the cars that cause us to mumble under our breath when they drive by. So smug. So reliable. Sure! Drive right past our shop! How's a mechanic supposed to make a monthly boat payment with so many of these things on the road?

Yes, the cars we hate most, as mechanics, are the cars that provide us with the fewest repair dollars. I mean, you see a '99 Jeep Grand Cherokee roll into the shop and you can practically smell the transmission rebuild. But the cars on this list? You'll be lucky to sell their owners a set of brake pads or a muffler.

If you're looking for a car to buy, however, this list might provide you with some good clues. Oh, sure ... don't worry about us!

P.S. This list reflects our own experience, of course. So when we cite the ready availability of parts, we're talking about the typical repair experience in metropolitan areas in the Northeast. We're not sure the same is true in North Grainbucket, Iowa.

P.P.S. Astute observers will notice 13 cars in this list, not 10. Please don't write in to complain.

Honda Civic

One of the most reliable cars available today. The Civic rarely seems to break, and when it does, its problems are easy to diagnose. Original Equipment Manufacturer, aka OEM,  parts are both affordable and easy to get.

Honda Accord

See "Civic."

Toyota Camry

The Camry used to be the clear-cut winner when it came to reliability. Other cars are catching up, but it's still one of the most reliable performers around. Affordable and easy-to-get OEM parts, too.

Toyota Corolla

About all that's ever needed on the Corolla are regular maintenance and an occasional brake job. We're not making any money on this car, that's for sure. OEM parts are affordable, too.

Toyota Prius

Unfortunately for us, only dealers are currently servicing the expensive hybrid components in the Prius. That will change in time. But, for now, we're not making any money off the Prius.

The Prius is crammed full of technology, but Toyota has put plenty of effort into the layout, which is well thought out. Considering the number of components that are under the hood, the non-hybrid parts are pretty easy to access and service.

From our point of view, the Prius is terrible news for mechanics not even the brakes wear out, thanks to the regenerative braking system. All we get to install are wiper blades. How are you supposed to buy a pair of Jet Skis on that money?

Ford Fusion and Ford Fusion Hybrid

In our humble opinion, these are two of the few American cars that really approach the reliability of the Japanese brands. (Official Car Talk Disclaimer: Ray is a Ford stockholder as well as a disgruntled former GM stockholder.)

Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey

Minivans have generally been pretty good to us. They're big cars with a lot of parts that eventually fall off. But if you're looking for the best of the minivans the ones on which we make the least amount of money those would be the Toyota Sienna and Honda Odyssey. Are they as reliable and as affordable as the other cars in this list? Probably not. But in the minivan class, they're the best choices going.

Honda CR-V

See "Civic" and "Accord." The only repair issue we see with the CR-V is a "chattering" final drive in the all-wheel-drive version. Other than that, the CR-V is just as reliable as any other Honda. The transmission, engine and everything else are all great. Parts are affordable, and big repairs are infrequent. Drat!

Honda Element

Unfortunately for mechanics, the Element has the same reliable drivetrain as the CR-V, so the same comments apply. The other reason we hate this car? Element owners always seem to have big dogs, which translates to a "big stink for mechanics."

Subaru Impreza

For an all-wheel-drive car, the Impreza is very reliable. Usually, we count on making a lot of money on all-wheel-drive vehicles, thanks to all the additional drivetrain components. Sadly, that's not the case with this car. Thanks a lot, Subaru. We find parts to be reasonably priced and widely available.

Subaru Forester

Parts are readily available and reasonably priced. When it comes to all-wheel-drive vehicles, like the Impreza, the Forester is a sturdy, reliable choice.

Nissan Altima

The Altima runs forever, and it's great to drive. The four-cylinder edition is a reliable car that's easy to fix. These cars just don't seem to break. Other than routine oil changes, we only see Altima owners when they've racked up 150,000 miles or more.

Special Mention

Fiat, Alfa Romeo, Lancia, Peugeot and AMC:

These are cars we fondly remember as rolling boat payments. We'd see them coming into the shop usually on the back end of a tow truck and we'd know it would be a good month. Unfortunately, these manufacturers are now on our fecal roster because they've pulled out of the U.S. market. Fiat and Alfa may come back in the next few years, even if they have to sneak in disguised as Chryslers.  We just hope they haven't improved too much.

We could live with all the other cars on this list if we could just have a dozen customers with these heaps. Guys, please come back! We miss you!

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MDF3530 Posted on: 03-Dec-2011, 05:52 PM

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Ten Things You Never Want To Hear From Your Mechanic - CarTalk.com

There are lots of things you do want to hear from your mechanic:

    * "It was nothing. A wire fell off. I reattached it. No charge."
    * "The gas cap was loose. That's why the Check Engine light was on. It'll go off by itself."
    * "Oh, sure, we can clean dog puke out of the heating vents. We do that all the time."

But there are some things you never want to hear, over the phone, from your mechanic. Here's our Top 10:

1. Seized Engine Due to Lack of Oil

"The reason your engine stopped running is that it's now a melted mass of amalgamated metals. What used to be aluminum pistons, steel cylinder walls and an iron crankshaft is now a 900-pound garden sculpture. The Smithsonian wants to put it on display."

Cost: $3,000 for a used engine, up to $10,000 for a remanufactured engine.

The lowdown: A "seized" engine means that your lubrication failed (that is, you had insufficient oil or oil pressure), and the expensive moving parts of your engine scraped each other into a heated glob of useless scrap metal. Unfortunately, there's no way to fix a seized engine. Instead, the engine needs to be replaced with a used or remanufactured engine. What happens to your old engine? A recycler will finish the melting job, and the engine will be transformed into thousands of tiny Bic lighters.

2. Hydrolocked Engine

"That 4-foot-deep puddle that you tried to cross? You sucked some of it into your engine's cylinders."

Cost: $3,000 to $10,000

The lowdown: There are certain places water shouldn't be like inside your iPhone, on your original Matisse watercolor or inside your engine's cylinders. Normally, your engine's cylinder contains air and droplets of fuel. The air is compressible, so when the piston squeezes everything, the pressure just goes up. Water is not compressible, so when the piston tries to squeeze the water, the piston loses. Then all the expensive parts that are attached to the piston get bent or broken. Just like your bank account.

3. Overheated Engine

"When you saw the paint on your hood was starting to blister, did that give you any kind of hint that you might have been overheating?"

Cost: $100 to $10,000

The lowdown: If you catch an engine overheating early enough and take action, you can get by cheaply. It could be a leaky hose, a stuck thermostat or a loose clamp.  If your car overheats badly, or frequently, you can do serious damage. The most common results of frequent or severe overheating are a blown head gasket, a cracked head or a cracked block. Those are, respectively, expensive, really expensive, and you may wind up saying, "I guess I won't be retiring for another year."

4. Transmission STB (Soiled the Bed)

"Did you notice when you put your car in Drive, it doesn't move? We figured out why."

Cost: $300 to $5,000

The lowdown: The good news is that your engine is still running. The bad news? It's no longer connected to the wheels. Transmissions can fail for a number of reasons. These days, it's not uncommon for electronically controlled automatic transmissions to have problems related to software or solenoids. Those are not disasters and can be fixed for relatively little money. When the transmission's internal components start to disintegrate (like when your mechanic removes the transmission drain plug and chunks of metal fall out) due to old age, overheating the transmission or animalistic driving tendencies, it's time to tap the home-equity line of credit.

5. Cracked Head, Blown Head Gasket or Cracked Block

"That stuff blowing out of your tailpipe isn't just water. It's antifreeze."

Cost: $1,000 to $4,000

The lowdown: There are a few places you should never see antifreeze: falling from the sky, in your cereal bowl or coming out your tailpipe. The engine's cooling system is a closed system, meaning that the coolant circulates from the engine's cooling passages to the radiator, the heater core and back again. It should never leave that loop. If it's somehow getting into the oil passages or the cylinders (and, from there, out the tailpipe) something has gone terribly wrong. Your head gasket has cracked, your head itself has cracked or, worst of all, your block has cracked. These problems are often the result of overheating (see No. 3).

6. Broken Timing Belt

"Look in your glove box. If you open the shrink-wrapped booklet that says Owner's Manual, you'll see you should have changed your timing belt 20,000 miles ago."

Cost: $1,500 to $3,500

The lowdown: There are two kinds of engines: interference engines and non-interference engines. Or, as we refer to the interference engines in the trade, motor wreckers.

An interference engine is actually a more modern engine design, where the valves open wider and into the path of the upcoming piston. This lets the engine breathe better, giving it more power and better fuel efficiency. It all works fine as long as your timing works fine when the valves are open, the piston is down, and when the piston comes up, the valves are closed and out of the way. If your timing belt breaks or jumps a notch on an interference engine, the piston smashes the valves, and you need a valve job ... at least. That's why it's crucial to change the timing belt at the recommended interval, before it gets anywhere near the point of breaking.

On a non-interference engine, a broken timing belt will leave you stranded, but it won't crush your valves. You can ignore the timing belt change on one of those engines if you don't mind getting stuck. On an interference engine, you're rolling the dice on a large boat payment for your mechanic.

7. Transmission Fluid in the Brake Fluid Reservoir

"That was the brake fluid reservoir, to which you added transmission fluid."

Cost: $800 to $2,000

The lowdown: If you catch this mistake before you actually get back in the car and step on the brakes, and have the car towed to your mechanic, you may get by with just a new master cylinder. But once a petroleum-based product, like transmission fluid or motor oil, is pushed through the brake system, pretty much everything has to be replaced. The oils attack rubber seals, and everything except the metal brake lines has rubber seals. Once you've used the brakes and sent this stuff through the brake lines, grab your credit card and check your credit limit!

8. Fried Computer

"You hooked up the jumper cables backward."

Cost: $1,500 to $100,000, in the event plastic surgery is required.

The lowdown: In lots of cars, there's some type of protective circuitry in the event that you accidently reverse polarity when hooking up jumper cables. However, that's by no means true for all cars. If your car is one of the unlucky ones, you might be looking at having to buy a new computer for your car, and maybe a few new wiring harnesses, too. Even worse, you may incur so many confounding electrical problems that the best thing you could hope for is ... fire. Even if your car is OK, you might blow up one of the batteries in the two cars. If that happens, you might need to buy yourself a new face, too. (Maybe you can buy my brother's face we've been trying to get rid of it for years.)

9. Worn Clutch

"That smell that's been following you around for miles? It's your clutch burning up."

Cost: $1,000 to $2,500

The lowdown: The operation of the clutch is based on friction. It's a tricky business to apply that friction slowly enough so that A) your engine doesn't stall and cool.gif your passengers don't get whiplash. At the same time, you have to apply the friction quickly enough so you don't "sand down" the clutch and end up with no friction material left. When you continually let out the clutch too slowly, while giving the engine lots of gas, you're essentially wearing out the friction part of the clutch. Like a piece of sandpaper, a smooth clutch with no grabby surface can't do its job. If you're doing a bang-up job of it, you can actually start to smell the clutch burning as you wear it down. How quickly can you do this? We actually have a friend who did exactly this and destroyed a clutch in as little as 20 miles. No kidding! You know that $1,200 you saved by buying a manual transmission instead of an automatic? You're about to spend it on your first clutch replacement.

10. Catastrophe at the Repair Shop

"Your car fell off the lift, and your boyfriend and I are going camping this weekend."

Cost: $0 if your mechanic has insurance; $25,000 if not.

The lowdown: You know how you'll occasionally break a glass at home or drop a fork down the garbage disposal? Well, these kinds of little accidents happen. In the repair business, a tiny moment of carelessness can lead to something much more exciting, such as a car falling off the lift or catching fire. These are exciting moments for mechanics. And once they're over and everyone is present, accounted for and still fully limbed we feel a moment of euphoria to still be alive.

Unfortunately, that's usually the moment we choose to call the customer and share this good news. "Good news! You're car fell off the lift, but nobody was underneath it!" For some reason, this isn't always received as good news. Fortunately, reputable repair shops have Bonehead Insurance for such calamities. You may be able to go out and buy that new Accord you've had your eye on. Remember: It's only a car. Cars can be replaced. People can't. At least that's what we keep telling our customers.

Is it bad I've heard #3 and #5 unsure.gif?
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MDF3530 Posted on: 03-Dec-2011, 02:14 AM

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Going with this cool Clan Maxwell coat of arms I found.
  Forum: The Jester's Court  ·  Post Preview: #303711

MDF3530 Posted on: 03-Dec-2011, 02:05 AM

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"Steve Jobs" by Walter Isaacson.
  Forum: The Book Stop  ·  Post Preview: #303710

MDF3530 Posted on: 20-Oct-2011, 02:35 PM

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Right now, I'm reading Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets for the umpteenth time.
  Forum: The Book Stop  ·  Post Preview: #303214

MDF3530 Posted on: 13-Jul-2011, 04:09 PM

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Great to hear!
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #302499

MDF3530 Posted on: 23-Apr-2011, 05:33 PM

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Goodbye, OUR Sarah Jane Smith sadangel.gif sad.gif
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #302010

MDF3530 Posted on: 21-Apr-2011, 01:08 PM

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My car hit 75,000 miles last weekend, so I took it in for some preventive maintenance. I had the timing belt replaced. It cost me $350, but that is money well spent. Someone I know said they'd neglected their timing belt. Theirs broke back in November and they had to shell out $2K to have their engine repaired.

I asked the mechanic if he'd noticed anything else that would be a problem, but he said everything looks good. I know I'll probably need an oil change in a few months, but I'll get that done at the dealer. I've looked and my dealer is priced pretty competitively with the oil change places.

If you need any preventive maintenance done on your car, I suggest you get it done. Take care of a little problem before it becomes a big one.
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MDF3530 Posted on: 21-Apr-2011, 12:53 PM

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I took my car to my mechanic down in Kankakee for some preventive maintenance. After I got it back, I filled it up down there because it was $0.30 cheaper. It was $3.86 down there because Kankakee County has lower fuel taxes than we do here in the Chicago area.
  Forum: Quizes & Polls  ·  Post Preview: #301990

MDF3530 Posted on: 19-Apr-2011, 10:39 PM

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Elisabeth Sladen has passed away sad.gif

RIP Sarah Jane sad.gif
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