I plan on saving my daughter from this disaster by giving her a reliable car of a sort that she likes. Fortunately, she's not into performance or luxury; she wants a Jeep of all things. So hey, when she goes off to college she'll have a decent Jeep to go in. She's not fond of change, so I imagine she'll drive it 'til… » 12/01/14 6:12pm 12/01/14 6:12pm

I think a lot of Obama's "failures" were exactly as you describe, but that can't be applied to his turnaround on government transparency and surveillance. He promised us more transparency and we got the opposite, and it was all under his thumb, not Congress. His lawyers fight to jail whistleblowers, his lawyers fight… » 12/01/14 3:37pm 12/01/14 3:37pm

I don't participate in Black Friday madness. There's nothing I want badly enough to deal with crowds of screaming assholes. Cyber Monday? I dunno. I order stuff online, and if I see an exceptional deal I might pick it up, but I probably won't seek out any "Cyber Monday" anything specifically. » 11/24/14 6:38am 11/24/14 6:38am

I've got a bulging disc from a long-ago car accident. Not too many years ago, I had a coughing fit and my shoulders and arms were enveloped in the most excruciating pain I have ever encountered without an obvious cause. After a couple of repetitions, I went to the doctor thinking I was dying of something. Turns out… » 11/19/14 10:23am 11/19/14 10:23am

Yeah, it's really difficult to overestimate the value of Toastmaster's. When I was a kid my church had a Toastmaster's rip-off and that experience in public speaking - I completed the "course" at sixteen - has been *absolutely* invaluable in my life, both personal and professional. Great call, timgray. » 11/19/14 7:15am 11/19/14 7:15am

Wow, that's some pretty steep, opinionated judgement there. Particularly since you're just talking about convention. There's no special dividing line between a car, a van, and a camper - it's all purely convention. I can't understand why you would think that because *you* can't think of a reason *you* would sleep in a… » 11/17/14 1:17pm 11/17/14 1:17pm

I did it the old-fashioned way - I didn't go. :D

I've been incredibly lucky in my life; I'm a successful professional even though I have only a high school diploma.

That said, my wife is attending college now; She's putting the classes on her credit card and I'm paying them off each semester.

My daughter will attend… » 11/17/14 7:06am 11/17/14 7:06am

I think that "works" is a moving target. I may have vague positive feelings about the company, but when I buy anything that matters, I look for reviews and compare prices and the like. The only time my vague positive feelings will swing the tide is when I'm deciding between items that are indistinguishable. When faced… » 11/17/14 6:37am 11/17/14 6:37am

Typically I don't accept counteroffers; I look at it like, they knew what I was worth to them, they just didn't pay me that much because they could get away with it. And lest people think this attitude mercenary, imagine how they'd feel if you did as little as you could get away with... you probably wouldn't be… » 11/16/14 7:54pm 11/16/14 7:54pm