Dr. Love

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  1. I have no idea. Now is a good time for most, with a few exceptions. You talk with Russians, and they'll tell you that the 90s were some of their worst times. I'm sure Iraqis aren't hot on right now, though. The Chinese are probably better now (as a whole), and the Japanese economy has got to be better now than it was in the 90s. Europeans seem to be every bit as good now as they were in the 90s, but Africa seems to suck as much now as it ever has. For me personally, I'm doing great right now. However, it's tough to compare 10 years into a job versus high school and college.
  2. Not to mention school shootings, bombings of buildings (WTC, Oklahoma City), early '90s recession, internet stock bubble bursting... the nineties had its low points, too. Doug Larson defined nostalgia as a device that removes the potholes and ruts from memory lane. I think that is applicable to this discussion.
  3. Well, the reality is that NOW is a pretty good time for most people. The twin boogeymen of war and terror really don't affect the vast majority of people (though they obviously affect a few with much impact). I bet for many, if not most, on the board, they're doing better now.
  4. UAW vs. Japan

    GM is selling more cars now than they ever have. Look it up. The problem is that their profitability is bad, and the UAW bears somewhere between some and most of the blame for that. The new contract talks with the domestic automakers start soon, and we'll soon see how those turn out.
  5. chicago huddlers

    Yeah... the commander-in-chief is a Hilton hotel employee, so our room was like $40 a night or something. We paid more to park the car than we did to sleep.
  6. Vick Indicted

    This is the most exciting indictment in the NFL!
  7. chicago huddlers

    I've stayed at that Embassy Suites, too. Very nice.
  8. The Nintendo Wii

    There's a game called WiiPlay that comes with an extra controller. It's like $35 or $40 for the controller by itself and $50 for the game. The game is pretty fun, too.
  9. So, did anyone else have a water main break today?

    As others have said, there's really no reason that they should have to do anything to the driveway. If the break is under the driveway, the best thing to do is to just run a new line, which they can do without disturbing the surface.
  10. So, did anyone else have a water main break today?

    In older places (here, at least) the meter is where the shutoff is, usually in the outlawn. That's what I was assuming when I saw this. You're right, though, if the leak is between the meter/shutoff and the house, it should be less than the $5000... for some reason I was thinking they'd have to tap into the main, which they obviously shouldn't.
  11. So, did anyone else have a water main break today?

    I'm assuming that if you had a break in your line, it is probably an older one, probably made of galvanized. If that's the case, and if you can't do the quick/easy fix at the meter, I would seriously consider just running a whole new copper line to your house. It would probably be a wash in terms of cost, and you'd have a solid copper line that would be far less likely to break in the future. Just my thoughts.
  12. So, did anyone else have a water main break today?

    I'm sure it's the service line. There's no way a main would be running under his driveway. $5000 doesn't seem unrealistic to me, either. They're likely going to just run a new service line to the house versus fixing the old one. Around here, the city charges $750 just to give you the honor of tapping into the water main with a 3/4'' supply line. It's $1250 if you want 1'' line (as an aside... you DO want 1'' line). Then they have to run it to the house with a special tool to not disturb the yard. With all of the excavation, labor, and material costs, I'm not surprised at a $5000 quote. It does suck, though.
  13. Shaun Rogers accused of sexual assault

    No charges to be filed against Big Baby: http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article...13040&imw=Y
  14. RIAA killed the (internet) radio

    The recording industry, as we know it today, is in its death throes. And it knows it. That doesn't mean that it is devoid of power, nor does it mean it will go off quietly into the night. Quite the contrary, as one can see, it is using all of its energy and resources in an attempt to prolong the existence of a paradigm in which they were not only necessary, but they also held all of the power. Once upon a time, the recording companies were a value-adding link in the artist-to-consumer chain. They facilitated the recording of the music, they pressed it onto media, and distributed it - all functions that required a lot of capital investment and were beyond the means of artists. Because they controlled this vital link in the value chain, they extracted most of the profits in the value chain. Now, that vital link isn't necessarily so vital, yet the record companies still think that they're entitled to a huge profit for being the middle man. And they're going to use all of their influence to try to preserve that. They've identified "the enemy", which is anything that is technology-related or which is outside of their control. Internet radio represents BOTH of those things, so it is obviously evil incarnate. The industry managed to get a very unfair law passed (one that essentially charged nonprofit/unprofitable internet radio stations MORE than profitable commercial regular radio stations). Choosing to not enforce those new rates is merely a gambit on their part hoping the issue will blow over in the general public's mind or a more friendly Congress will be in place at the end of '08. This is good for those of us who are rooting for the sane side, because time is on our side.
  15. "Who Killed the Electric Car?"

    But have you seen the movie? Jeez, some people are thick.