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07/15/2018 - 7:45am That's when that in-ground…

That's when that in-ground pool of yours can come in handy.

 

07/15/2018 - 7:04am My future son in law works…

My future son in law works at a 3D printing shop and made an engagement ring--just a metal band with design to it.  He used that for the proposal but since then they shopped together and my daughter has a ring with a large sapphire and small diamonds.

I proposed to my wife in during a drunken argument.  It was the only think I could think of to say that would get her to shut up, so I just blurted out "will you marry me".  It worked; she was stunned into silence.  I went back to my place and slept it off.  We already had a date for the next day.  I kept thinking, "did I really say that, will she even remember, and what do I do now?"  The next day  she asked me if I really meant what I had said the night before, and I said I did.  We've been married 32 years.

Long story short, we went shopping together, so I never had the problem of trying to guess what she wanted.  My father did give me advice that I followed: either pay up and get something you'll be happy with the rest of your lives, or go budget with the expectation that when you have more money (we were both grad students at the time) you'll upgrade: don't do it half-way and end up paying a lot for something you're going to want to replace in a few years.  It worked for us.  I got her a nice diamond solitare that has stood the test of time.

07/13/2018 - 10:50pm Thanks for all the responses…

Thanks for all the responses. I am definitely leaning now towards food / refreshments.  That sounds like a good idea.

07/13/2018 - 10:44pm Jim Rockford and Barney…

Jim Rockford and Barney Miller are two of my favorites, but I think Angel Martin from Rockford Files may be top of the list for me, though he only appeared in about 1/3 of the episodes.

07/13/2018 - 10:06pm It looks like you're not…

It looks like you're not alone in getting a crappy product from Kraftmaid:

http://www.kitchenreviews.com/cabinets/reviews/kraftmaid/

07/13/2018 - 4:48pm I have never made a…

I have never made a complaint, but I did shy away from the big box home repair stores for carpeting based on reviews I've seen ( I'm having carpeting replaced after the painting is completed, mentioned in the previous thread).

Basically, it seems that stores like Lowes and Home Depot give you a list of contractors to do install, but don't stand behind their work--it's up to you to work out with the contractor.  The complaints I have seen often revolve around a dispute between the manufacturer and contractor as to who is at fault when a product fails, and the big box stores seem not to want to get involved.

07/12/2018 - 10:22am Congrats to Robinson for his…

Congrats to Robinson for his success!  It's amazing to see how much he has developed his game.  All that hard work and good coaching is paying off.

07/03/2018 - 2:20pm True.  In my defense, I'm an…

True.  In my defense, I'm an old fart and don't go out much at night.  They are installing trolleys in the downtown and Bricktown area though, and that should make it even more appealing. Mass transit is one are that OKC lags most other cities, so although it will only service a small part of the metro, it is a welcome upgrade.

07/03/2018 - 9:23am Oklahoma City

Pros

Low…

Oklahoma City

Pros

Low cost of living

People are friendly

Winter weather isn't so bad

Cons

State finances / economy not diversified enough--too tied to oil prices

Education is so-so (the two big public universities, OU and OSU would be at the bottom of Big Ten academically--but they are inexpensive)

Weather in the spring (hail, tornadoes) and summer (temperatures in the 90s and 100s) isn't the best

06/26/2018 - 9:18am And I hear there's a pill…

And I hear there's a pill for that....

06/19/2018 - 11:23pm So you're saying something…

So you're saying something good came from the Rich Rod years? 

06/19/2018 - 8:33am Wisconsin will probably win…

Wisconsin will probably win the Big Ten West again, then get beat by Michigan or Ohio State in Indianapolis, but it is easier to pick the Big Ten West victor.  In the East, Michigan, Ohio State, and Michigan State all have a possiblity to win.

06/15/2018 - 4:30am I had to go through Brian's…

I had to go through Brian's post again, because I completely missed the mention and link to a story about MSU (at the very end of the post) https://www.insidehighered.com/views/2018/06/11/essay-emerging-culture-patronage-michigan-state#.Wx6NVPl9Xw0.twitter

The sad thing is that there are so many things wrong with leadership at MSU that most people are in the "not this shit again" mode and move on.  For the taxpayers in Michigan, the students, faculty, and staff at MSU, though, they are potentially saddled with these crony appointments, high salaries and benefits for years to come. 

06/15/2018 - 4:05am Yes, and Belein's family…

Yes, and Belein's family connection to WWII and the movie Saving Private Ryan was discussed at that time.

06/14/2018 - 6:10am I remember that 2013 haul of…

I remember that 2013 haul of Olinemen. It was heralded as one of the top or if not the top in the nation, and on paper, it was. Six highly ranked recruits.  The only one to still be around for a full career was Kugler, and he never came close to playing at the level most expected of him. Many thought he would be a 2-3 year starter and likely all Big Ten candidate by the end of his Michigan career.

06/14/2018 - 12:12am Best wishes for a full…

Best wishes for a full recovery and opportunity for him to continue to impress both on and off the basketball court.

06/12/2018 - 10:04am I'm guessing you meant to…

I'm guessing you meant to say "overrated."  

06/11/2018 - 6:40am Out hit a Scott Frost…

Out hit a Scott Frost coached team.

06/09/2018 - 10:57pm From the article: "Harbaugh…

From the article: "Harbaugh hasn't had anyone who is close to the level Patterson over the last three years."

I beg to differ.  Jake Rudock was performing at a very high level in 2015, especially at the end of the season.  

06/08/2018 - 3:25am Windows sucks.

Windows sucks.

06/08/2018 - 3:23am Use that Michigan degree to…

Use that Michigan degree to make enough money to hire yourself a chauffeur: problem solved.

Or, buy yourself a house with a garage, or a remote start for your car.

06/08/2018 - 3:05am Gray sounds like an…

Gray sounds like an excellent addition to the class! I can't wait to see him in the Maize and Blue.

06/07/2018 - 11:11pm Hey, Nebraska is probably…

Hey, Nebraska is probably one of the better academic schools in the US east of the Rockies, west of the Mississippi, and north of Kansas.

06/06/2018 - 11:53pm Here's a video of the last…

Here's a video of the last 20 seconds of the race.  

https://twitter.com/NCAATrackField/status/1004556546515169281

06/06/2018 - 11:38pm Congratulations to Mr…

Congratulations to Mr. Flanagan!!!  Way to represent the Maize and Blue!

06/06/2018 - 11:38pm Congratulations to Mr…

Congratulations to Mr. Flanagan!!!  Way to represent the Maize and Blue!

06/06/2018 - 11:38pm Congratulations to Mr…

Congratulations to Mr. Flanagan!!!  Way to represent the Maize and Blue!

06/06/2018 - 11:31pm Made the mistake of seeing…

Made the mistake of seeing what Sparties had to say over at RCMB (before the news than Beilein was staying).  The consensus seemed to be

1) they hoped Beilein would take the Pistons job--not that Beilein is very good (he's just lucky) and that it would make Izzo's job a lot easier--no--it's not that at all;

2) Beilein wants the Pistons job because he's jealous of all the publicity Harbaugh gets;

3) his agent is behind this to get more money out of Michigan (which could be partially true, except Beilein doesn't have an agent).

So, Beilein's a no-good, jealous money grubber (oh and he changes jobs all the time as well).

 

06/06/2018 - 3:30pm Not that I ever thought he…

Not that I ever thought he wouldn't be back, but whoo hoo!!!

06/04/2018 - 7:02am It saddens me to see how many

It saddens me to see how many Michigan fans don't understand the way the Harbaughs use the phrase "Who's got it better than us? Nobody!"

Jack used this phrase when his boys were growing up as a way to encourage them and find a positive way to view the situation, like when their mother needed to use the car and Jim and John got to (not had to) walk to school.  Obviously a lot of people had it better than them in a literal sense, owning more than one car, but that's not what the phrase means when used by the Harbaughs.

 

06/01/2018 - 11:13pm Yes, I'm old.

Jim Smith

Dennis Franklin

Mike Lantry

Gordon Bell

06/01/2018 - 7:39am If you're old enough, you

If you're old enough, you might remember brands like Willys, Nash, Packard, DeSoto, Checker, REO, and AMC still on the road.

06/01/2018 - 7:39am If you're old enough, you

If you're old enough, you might remember brands like Willys, Nash, Packard, DeSoto, Checker, REO, and AMC still on the road.

05/26/2018 - 7:59pm Though set during WW I,

Though set during WW I, another Bogart film worth watching is The African Queen.  Of course it's less about war and more about the relationship between the Bogart and Hepburn characters.

05/26/2018 - 8:19am I think I read that same

I think I read that same source, but it seemed to be a writer just going by class and star rating from high school, IOW, not really solid information.  The only source I saw that seemed based on real information had Swenson as a possible second string RT behind a player the class behind him, so passed up by a younger player.  There is also a new JC transfer to throw into the mix, 6'9" 315  David Swaby.

Obviously it's too soon to say, but so far there's no indication that Swenson is likely to start any time soon.

05/24/2018 - 8:44pm Painting.  A broken pipe

Painting.  A broken pipe flooded the family room.  Tore out and threw away thewet carpet and pad and figured I might as well paint before I install the new flooring. Trying to decide between vinyl and carpeting.

05/21/2018 - 10:12pm Queen put on one hell of a

Queen put on one hell of a show.  I remember their concert at the Saginaw Civic Center in 1977.  Thin Lizzy was the warm up band, and I had seats on the ice (covered with boards), as it was hockey season and in the Saginaw Gears home arena. 

05/21/2018 - 9:09am Hang in there Ace.  I have an

Hang in there Ace.  I have an autoimmune disease as well, though it has been mostly in control until the last few years. I tend towards overweight instead of under, but when I get really sick I lose weight.  Several years ago I was in really bad shape and was getting quite thin.  Everyone kept complimenting me on how good I looked.

Know that we are all pulling for you and hope that the surgery and new medications do the trick!  

05/20/2018 - 10:27pm Casablanca
Lord of the Rings

Casablanca

Lord of the Rings trilogy

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

I had forgotten about Princess Bride until it was mentioned, but that is one of my all time favs as well.

 

05/17/2018 - 9:52pm Also, in that Utah game, two

Also, in that Utah game, two of the three interceptions (including the pick six) were because of wrong or poorly run routes by the receivers.  The ball was where it was supposed to be, but the receiver was not.

http://www.mlive.com/wolverines/index.ssf/2015/09/jim_harbaugh_blaming_…

 

05/17/2018 - 4:32pm "It shows you can't trust

"It shows you can't trust anyone." As does your user name.

05/17/2018 - 6:55am When I first saw the title, I

When I first saw the title, I thought you were talking about JV or Freshman football teams, like Michigan used to have back in the 60s and 70s.

05/15/2018 - 9:06am I'm not sure if it'll make

I'm not sure if it'll make you feel any better, but it happened in the pm, not the am.

05/14/2018 - 10:55pm Chopin.  The wife had oral

Chopin.  The wife had oral surgery today, and she's enjoying relaxing music in the background.

05/14/2018 - 7:52am Since most students apply to

Since most students apply to and get accepted at more than one university, schools like MSU accept a lot more students than actually enroll.  The schools develop statistics to make a calculation of what percentage of acceptance letters they send out will enroll.  Throw a scandal into the mix, and that calculus has to be adjusted, and nobody really knows to what extent the scandal will limit enrollees.

Long story short, almost certainly MSU sent out a lot more acceptance letters (lowered their standards slightly) than in the past with expectation that a higher percentage of accepted students will decline to come to MSU. 

05/10/2018 - 9:02pm This is the best advice. An

This is the best advice. An advisor in the program your wife wants to transfer into will be able to answer.  The liklihood is that if any credits are transferrable they would be electives, limited to a course or two, and even then would most likely be dependent on someone at Michigan going over the syllabus and course description to make sure they are comparable to something Michigan offers. 

05/09/2018 - 12:21pm While you're in NYC, be sure

While you're in NYC, be sure to check out Niagra Falls!

05/09/2018 - 11:57am Warning: Old man rant to

Warning: Old man rant to follow.

I miss the pre smart phone and wi-fi days. Social interaction with those in physical proximity, in say an airport, seemed to be more common then.  Even if someone were reading a book or working a crossword puzzle, everybody around could see what the person was engaged in.  For example, I've been involved in conversations when I was reading a book (or someone else was) about the book, author, or genre.  It made for a convenient conversation starter.

05/09/2018 - 9:30am I'm not a coffee drinker, so

I'm not a coffee drinker, so #1 doesn't apply to me, but I was about to post something similar to your points 2 & 3.  Use the opportunity to get an experience you wouldn't otherwise have, plus it's a least a small attempt at fighting the "McDonaldization of society."

http://sociology.morrisville.edu/readings/SOCI101/Mcdonaldization-excerpt.pdf

05/07/2018 - 11:57am Just dpn't ref any games that

Just dpn't ref any games that MSU Trustee Mitch Lyons is attending.  He's on trial for assauling a ref at a middle school girl's basketball game.

http://www.mlive.com/news/jackson/index.ssf/2018/05/msu_trustee_assaulted_referee.html