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07/15/2018 - 11:27pm What do you get if you stand…

What do you get if you stand between two llamas? Llamanated

07/15/2018 - 12:32am My wife (well, girlfriend at…

My wife (well, girlfriend at that time) and I went ring shopping together.  She knew what she wanted and she knew it would be expensive.  So, we actually split the cost of the ring.  Made the whole process easy and error free.

07/15/2018 - 12:09am We remodeled our master…

We remodeled our master bathroom a few years ago and rearranged the floor plan so we now have big shower with a huge showerhead and 3 large body sprays.  I get a nice warm back massage every morning.  

07/13/2018 - 10:43pm Solemn Oath $10 Banana IP…

Solemn Oath $10 Banana IP Weiss beer.  Really interesting twist on a wheat beer.  Not too hoppy for summer drinking.

07/13/2018 - 11:46am New car posbang!  Finally…

New car posbang!  Finally let go of my 7 year old BMW 335xi.  I loved that car.

07/10/2018 - 1:42pm Many moons ago, I owned a…

Many moons ago, I owned a 1983 Mercury LN7 (first car I every bought, so give me a break here) with a 1.6L 4-cyl motor that got 34MPG on the highway.  It was not exactly a powerful motor in a pretty small car.  I just bought an Audi A5 Sportback with a turbo 2L 4-cyl motor that gets 34MPG on the highway.  The car itself probably weighs 500 pounds more than my old LN7.  All the technology in today's motors doesn't come cheap and consumers are pretty price sensitive when it comes to buying vehicles.

07/10/2018 - 12:08pm When kids came along, my…

When kids came along, my wife's Mustang convertible went out the door and was replaced by a Ford Explorer.  After that, we bought a boat so we had to have a tow vehicle.  We've been a 1 SUV and 1 car family ever since.  She drives the SUV because she likes to sit up high and I drive the car because I'm a car nut and love cars.  I've driven 4-door sports sedans except for a short fling I had with a 1994 Ford Probe.  I guess that was my premature mid-life crisis car.

I prefer sedans because you can haul 4 people when you need to and it's easy to get stuff in and out of the back seat.  I recently purchased an Audi A4 Sportback because it has 4-doors and a coupe like roof line.  Love the look.

Millennials are becoming the predominate consumer group and they were raised with minivans and SUVs.  My son wants an SUV even though he really doesn't need one.  Then again, he's at that age where you purchase large objects (like furniture) and haul them home as you acquire the stuff of life.  Cars won't be going away, but the market has been shrinking as baby boomers age and stop buying cars as often as they did.  We'll find out if it's a wise bet to put all your chips in one market segment.  Consumer tastes can be pretty fickle and turn on a dime. 

07/02/2018 - 11:04pm We have to catch some breaks…

We have to catch some breaks this year.  Hoke’s 2010 team seems to have used up a decade of fortunate calls and bounces.  Crossing my fingers that it all comes together this year for the offense.  Defense should be more than fine.

07/02/2018 - 4:59pm Naperville, IL

Pros:

Naperville, IL

Pros:

Chicago is accessible in less than an hour and you can use the Metra train to avoid the roads.  Many things to do in Chicago.  Love the city.

Family friendly town with good schools.  People move here just for the schools.

Founded in the 1830s and has maintained the original downtown area.  Some redevelopment has brought in new restaurants that are pretty good.

Solemn Oath Brewery is a great local brewer.  Chicago area in general is full of great breweries.

Ale Fest, Rib Fest, Last Fling...all good summer events. Morton Arboretum has good events and is beautiful in the fall.  I love fall weather and the changing of the leaves.  It’s why I will never head for the sunbelt.

And...I can get to Ann Arbor for football games in about 4 hours which is tolerable.

 

Cons:

Property taxes are a bit steep, but that’s what pays for the schools until the state figures out how to make things more balanced.

If you want to travel east-west, many road options.  North-south, not so many because Chicago is east of Naperville.  This makes local traffic a bit crazy at times.  It can take 20 minutes to get from south Naperville to north Naperville which used to be my daily commute (about 10 miles).  Traffic in and out of Chicago usually horrible except for Sunday mornings at 6am.

Because we have fall, winter does follow.  My driveway is in just the right place that the snow plow driver buries the end of my driveway after I clear it.  [shakes fist at damn snow plow driver]

07/01/2018 - 9:33am Great band name…

Great band name....Collective Nincompoopery.

06/29/2018 - 9:32am Here's to premature…

Here's to premature posbanging!  Happy Canada Day!

06/29/2018 - 9:30am Hope these are more…

Hope these are more compelling highlights than yesterday.  Those highlights were a perfect example of how fans would get frustrated with Bo.  The plan was to bludgeon NW and the first quarter was 1-2-3-punt with the QB getting pressured or sacked on just about every third down pass.  They got stuffed by NW on 3rd and 2 at one point.  You couldn't fault Bo for being consistent or sticking to his beliefs.  They lined up in the wishbone on a few plays.  I thought Bo didn't start that until the early 80s.

06/23/2018 - 6:27pm Red Bull!

Red Bull!

06/22/2018 - 11:49am It's been raining so much…

It's been raining so much around here I probably need to start building an ark, but I'll take a good banging instead.  It can rain forever, right?

06/21/2018 - 9:00pm Five weeks at the beach…

Five weeks at the beach house, a couple of beer festivals, a top Chicago restaurants food festival, Rib Fest, and a trip to Vegas to see Stevie Wonder.  Also, trips to the local farmers market for summers bounty of fresh eats.  Of course, lots of beer.  

06/21/2018 - 5:17pm Someone mentioned Scorched…

Someone mentioned Scorched Earth to me several months ago.  Guess I need to go check the place out.  So many microbrewers, so little time here in the Chicago area.  Naperville Ale Fest is next month.  I wonder if Scorched Earth will be there.

06/21/2018 - 1:56pm I agree that 3 Floyds Zombie…

I agree that 3 Floyds Zombie Dust is good stuff.  I've also liked Fresh Squeeze IPA, but...

Small local brewers like Solemn Oath here in Naperville aren't going to make it on a list like this.  Solemn Oath has their version of a Belgian Wit out for the summer, White Van, and it's good stuff.  Half Acre brews some great stuff too.

06/20/2018 - 11:39pm The game was always the…

The game was always the weekend before Thanksgiving when I was an undergrad.  Glad I never had to choose between going to The Game or going home for Thanksgiving in Boston.

i have season tickets these days and it does goof up the long Thanksgiving weekend.

06/20/2018 - 1:25pm It's all fun off-season…

It's all fun off-season speculation for now.  Let's hope our QBs play like the #6 room this fall.  I am looking forward to some form of competent passing game with throws >15 yards behind a line that can actually block and keep the QB upright long enough to make the throw.

I watched a re-run of the 2003 OSU game.  John Navarre was never much of a scrambler.  In that game, OSU didn't get much pressure on him.  Result...several long TD passes and 35 points.

06/20/2018 - 12:22pm Git in ma belly!

Git in ma belly!

06/20/2018 - 12:20pm Need moar Maize!

Need moar Maize!

06/17/2018 - 3:12pm My kids are grown and In…

My kids are grown and In their late 20s.  Have to bribe them with an awesome grilled beef tenderloin for dinner.

06/15/2018 - 4:49pm I’m also in Chicago and have…

I’m also in Chicago and have had DirecTV for over 15 years.  Yes, big massive thunderstorms can block the signal.  The longest blockage was about 20 mins when we had a historic thunderstorms that trained over Chicago.  I don’t think I’ve ever had a problem during a Michigan football game.  With Double play and the previous channel button, you can track and flip between 4 games at once.  DirecTV has 2 special 4K channels up and running now for sports.  They will be ready when the broadcast standard becomes 4K.  I’ve had problems at times but nothing to send me fleeing to Comcast.

I’ve been very interest in Layer 3, but the 1TB per month cap on my monthly data service (Comcast) has kept me from jumping.  4K is going to make caps even more of a problem.  My current TV viewing during peak season (football season) puts me up against the cap based on my quickie calculation.

06/15/2018 - 10:41am One of the best onside kicks…

One of the best onside kicks ever by J.D. Carlson in that game.  

06/14/2018 - 1:28pm When are you executing the…

When are you executing the Schlieffen Plan and pivoting to destroy your enemy's flanks?  That will crush some Buckeye nuts.

06/13/2018 - 5:30pm I do HAIL interviews for the…

I do HAIL interviews for the Engineering school and all of my students got skunked this year.  No one accepted, most got the wait list.  Now I see why.

06/11/2018 - 2:17pm I think you need to move on…

I think you need to move on from IE 11.  Even Microsoft has moved on from that with Edge.

06/10/2018 - 11:16pm I’m about halfway through …

I’m about halfway through “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” by Dan Egan.  I remember the piles of dead alewives along the lake shores in 1967 when I was a kid and the fight to control the sea lamprey invasion.  Did not realize what a complete mess the lakes have become due to the completion of the Saint Lawrence Seaway.  This is a great read if you want to understand what is going on under the waters of the lakes.

06/09/2018 - 5:36pm Personally, I like the new…

Personally, I like the new design.  I do a lot of blog browsing on my iPad and this format and mobile browser strategy works well for me.  Keeps it consistent with viewing the blog on my PC.  I’m an occasional blog user via my Android phone.

im sure we’ll get post editing back once the basics have been cared for.  I want to restore my avatar I picked about a month ago and agree that clicking on my name should take me to my profile so I can edit.

I’m OK with seeing the net of up and down votes.  Our total points are “net” anyway.  However, I think that color could be our friends here. The new site is mainly black and blue and it looks clean that way, but....green for positive points and red for negative would be easier to read and mentally process.  Go blue and maize if that is more aesthetically pleasing.

I’ll also suggest that varying the background color of nested comments might be easier to follow than using bracket lines.  Shades of light grey, yellow, and blue would work just fine.  Color provides a lot of visual queues and is quickly digested by the eye and brain.

i also agree that the space under the avatar in posts should be used for text.  Screen area is at a premium on mobile devices.

06/08/2018 - 10:13am My daughter danced from age…

My daughter danced from age 6 all the way through high school.  I feel for ya, man!  Drinking should commence at the earliest possible moment.

06/08/2018 - 10:10am Time warp delayed double…

Time warp delayed double post.  Weird.

06/08/2018 - 10:09am Bang me the new and improved…

Bang me the new and improved 3.0 way!

06/08/2018 - 9:51am Bang me the new and improved…

Bang me the new and improved 3.0 way!

06/07/2018 - 4:34pm I will add that I’ve been…

I will add that I’ve been pretty underwhelmed by Nike’s clothing since they got the Michigan contract.  I don’t like the dri-fit shirts.  The designs aren’t that innovative and some items are just plain fugly.

06/06/2018 - 1:52pm Good summary.

4k UHDTV is…

Good summary.

4k UHDTV is really about HDR and it’s various flavors.  Yes, if you are going past 55”, it’s necessary to keep a sharp picture.  We are on the cusp of more TV being broadcast in 4K as the new 3.0 broadcast standard gets settled and embedded in products.  Given that, as noted above, make sure the tv’s ability to scale HDTV to 4K is good.  The easiest way to insure that is to buy a middle to higher end of a manufacturer’s TV line up.  I usually go at least one notch down from the top models which tend to get bloated with proprietary technology that tends to get in the way more than enhance the experience.

Looking forward to seeing some games in UHDTV this season myself.

06/06/2018 - 1:34pm I need to be banged in this…

I need to be banged in this swanky new place!

06/06/2018 - 9:55am Hey!  That's my old avatar. …

Hey!  That's my old avatar.  Guess changes done within the last 30 days or so didn't make the journey to the new site.

06/06/2018 - 9:54am About 4 years ago, we lost…

About 4 years ago, we lost two dogs in the span of 3 months.  At the time, we had the best vet we've ever had and he advised us when the first dog was clearly going to need to be put down that we should make sure our other dog was able to see that she had passed.  He saw how our two dogs were very attached to each other.  He advised we bring her along when the time comes for our ill dog.  We weren't able to do that due to how everything happened.  We had to put the dog down the morning before we left to see our daughter graduate from Michigan.

Our surviving dog spent months looking for our other dog.  It was really sad.  We decided to get a puppy (another Scottish Terrier just like the dog that passed) to help her get past the loss, but as it turned out, we discovered she had a brain tumor and had to put her down about a month before we got our new puppy.  I think all of us needed the new puppy to get over what happened that summer.  We get another dog last summer after waiting 3 years to put some time and space between the two dogs.  Don't want to set us up for losing two dogs so quickly ever again.

06/06/2018 - 8:32am Glad you can see large shit…

Glad you can see large shit because you sure don't want to step into those!

Perhaps it's time for some bifocals?

06/06/2018 - 8:24am Sure looks purdy, though. …

Sure looks purdy, though.  We'll learn to love the new girl.

05/29/2018 - 1:56pm gas prices don't affect my driving...

I do notice that I'm paying more at the pump, but I gotta go where I want to go, so you just pony up the $$.

As far as gas prices and vehicle purchases, I always try and buy a vehicle with the best gas mileage in the class of vehicle I'm considering.  I'll probably be moving from a turbocharged 6-cylinder to a turbocharged 4-cylinder to get better gas mileage with similar performance.  The Audi A5 I'm looking at has just about the same 0-60 time as my BMW 335xi and is 5 MPG better on the highway.

05/26/2018 - 9:32am That Rutgers-Illinois rivalry

Will be riveting stuff.

05/26/2018 - 9:29am Ken Burns Vietnam documentary

is really good. Looks at both sides of the conflict with first hand accounts from people involved. Really puts you in the shoes of people involved in the war. Also shows how things could have been very different, if only....

05/23/2018 - 5:50pm Wait...

She had ears?

05/23/2018 - 5:48pm My wife saw this ad

And decided to get me this as a Christmas present. The rest of the family piled on when I opened the gift. I swear they smell like flowers to me.

05/23/2018 - 5:40pm I guess Bill Dee Williams

Was too busy with Colt 45. Probably their idea of how to “one up” those bitches. Love the ad.

05/23/2018 - 2:20pm You can wear that shirt..

knowing you are poking everyone you talk to in the chest with impunity.

05/21/2018 - 11:15pm Well...

How did I get here?

05/21/2018 - 7:19pm As another person that needed their gall bladder yanked out...

Best of luck in your recovery, Ace. I blamed things on indigestion. I blamed the back pain on golf and lifting stuff I shouldn’t. The picture they took of my gall bladder looked like a sack of marbles. I was stupid enough to take a family vacation to Italy 3 weeks before my surgery. I had symptoms for 5 years before I got the surgery.

I was so bloated with gas after the procedure, it took 24 hours to not feel like a balloon. You’ll have some pretty tender incision areas for a week. After that, it’s all good. You will need to do some diet modification and lay off really fatty food. No more chicken wings for me. Skinless only now and those just aren’t the same thing.

05/20/2018 - 6:28pm Two from Sci Fi category

Alien and A Clockwork Orange. I saw Alien when it first came out and felt like I’d gone through the wringer by the time I left the theater. It was a groundbreaking movie in Sci-Fi. Clockwork Orange....you could say that was a groundbreaker too.