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  1. What the hell does that mean? Who are you to decide what is the right or wrong reason for a person to buy a large vehicle? Also, what public perception? I don't care what some East or West coast moron thinks about my big Houston truck (Ford F250 Diesel super cab). One of the things I always loved about Texas was that people here didn't seem to care what the rest of the world thought about them. I have adopted that attitude myself and will run over (figuratively speaking) any Protege owner that thinks otherwise.

    I am so tired of those that constantly judge those of us who don't meet their criteria for environmental sainthood.

    I'm going to take an unpopular position here and say that it IS my business. I have to breathe the dirty air those vehicles make, and so do my kids. I have to share the road with the drivers of those vehicles. Marksmu may think that small car drivers zip around inconsiderately, but it's my perception that often the drivers of big cars drive like bullies. My safety, and my kids' safety, is put at risk. Not to mention the backing-up issue, since I already have. So I will continue to view drivers of outsize vehicles as selfish bullies. And they can continue to see me as a tree-hugging communist.

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  2. A friend of mine was recently in a fender-bender. She was driving a Mazda Protege, just your average, four-door car. She was backed into by a lady driving a Ford Expedition. The woman apologized, and took responsibility... sort of. She actually had the nerve to say, "It's just that your car is so small! I couldn't see it!"

    I think I might have gone postal on someone who had the nerve to say that after hitting my car with her big-ass, can't-see-out-of-the-back SUV. Other things that are small, that she presumable can't see while going backwards: bicycles, animals, CHILDREN....

  3. Marksmu, thanks for making me smile. I love when people do or say the exact thing you would expect them to!

    Did you ever, even for a moment, stop to think that someone might not like your posts not because the person is anti-America, but because there is so often a complete logical black hole in what you've written? Like in your last post, where you in one sentence equate liberal, socialist, communist, marxist, and anti-America. And suggest that anyone who doesn't agree with you is all of that. It's pretty funny. I might even plus-1 you for humor.

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  4. We bought one from Kid Structures a few months ago. I highly recommend them. They are local, they build them right there in their warehouse off the Sam. They came and installed it, it looks great and is great quality. I don't see any reason to go with Rainbow when there's a great local company (where you can things repaired or replaced if needed, too).

    The kids love it. At the suggestion of the salesperson, we got one with a picnic table underneath, and it was a great idea. The kids love to go out there after school to have their snack, then they end up running around and climbing. It's a great way to get them playing outside.

  5. Postscript: a few weeks after dropping Comcast and getting Uverse, I received a bill from Comcast... for $800!

    Several hundred for equipment, plus a completely invented past due amount. I went and returned the equipment, they checked their records, and it turned out they owed me over $100. Gotta love that math.

  6. I didn't see the thread in question, but Niche's comments sound a little over the top to me. We are very lucky here to have a very even-handed moderator who is also willing to discuss policies. In contrast to, for example, another forum that shall remain nameless in Houston, where posts get deleted if they offend the moderator's personal politics.

    I will miss Redscare's contibutions, and will especially miss Memebag, but I think Niche is being way too hard on Editor. I say, keep up the good work.

  7. http://www.cnn.com/2...rize/index.html

    Obama just won the Nobel Peace Prize.

    Well, I know the haters will be all over this. But it does show that, like it or not, Obama has certainly not lost the good opinion of many people outside the US.

    It will be argued whether or not he deserves this. In any case, I hope he is able to use this honor to back up his efforts in diplomacy. It would be nice if we weren't forever at the brink of a new war.

  8. Let's analyze that concept. Is it possible to dislike something and not fear it or hate it? I say sure. As in, I dislike homosexuality... for myself. Though, I couldn't possibly fathom why anyone would give a crap about it if they're not participating in the act. Let me be very frank here, I have to admit the thought of homosexual intercourse turns my stomach probably as much as it does yours, but I also have to say I get the same feeling in my stomach with the thought of straight obese people doin' it. There's a lot of sex and people who have sex that don't sit well with me, but you know what? I'm not having sex with them, and it doesn't affect me in any way. I could easily say I loathe going to the 'burbs because odds are good if I step foot in a Denny's or a Joe's Crabshack, my senses will be overwhelmed by fatties being affectionate with each other. It's exactly the same concept. An area like Montrose can't be dismissed simply because there's a few gay bars here any more than I can dismiss the 'burbs because it's full of lard eaters and chubbie chasers. So, in that respect, sure you can disagree with homosexuality for yourself, but when you take it beyond simply wanting to stay out of the acts, it becomes something more, something deeper, something irrational, something that resembles fear and hatred.

    Give me one good solid irrefutable reason why it matters to you or anyone else if someone is gay and not ashamed of it, and I might be willing to reconsider my haughty attitude about this.

    I love your posts. wub.gif

  9. Or blind faith in science.

    This type of argument always pops up because, as you said, some people are just closed-minded. Although this title has often been attached to believers in God and a greater power out there, I think the other side can be called closed-minded too, sometimes, you know what I mean? :angry2:

    You are missing the point... it is not blind faith in science. It is an educated understanding of a scientific theory as well as the vast body of evidence that backs it up. You don't get a Ph.D. for throwing up your hands and crying "I believe! I believe!"

    I'm very sorry that so many people had such a crappy education that they don't understand the principles of science well enough to know why creationism doesn't belong in the science classroom. But I don't find that a compelling reason to continue to poorly educate students. It's time to listen the men and women with the Ph.D.s in science when we're trying to establish the science curriculum.

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  10. So I'm supposed to have access to over 17,000 wi-fi hot spots, including the Starbucks ones. Do I just use my u-verse login when I try to connect there, or is there some other setup that is going to be required?

    I've been wondering that too... they gave us a pamphlet about it but I haven't read it yet. I'm guessing you use your internet password. Though mine is a random string of numbers. Have you figured out how to change that?

    We got u-verse a couple of weeks ago and I like it better than Comcast. Better picture, more HD channels, better guide, and DVR is included.

  11. Our new house (closing this week) has a wrought iron fence along the side of it. We're looking to add a bit more privacy. Searching online, we came across Star Jasmine, which sounds perfect. Does anyone have any experience growing this in Houston?

    Haven't grown it myself, though I plan to this year. I've seen it here in many places. It seems to thrive. It grows quickly and has fragrant flowers, in the spring I think. I believe it's green all year, though someone should confirm that. I think it's a good choice for your fence. Morning glory grows well here too and flowers nicely, but it can get scraggly and is also rather aggressive.

  12. I find that a great place to get landscaping inspiration is at the zoo. They are obviously not after a modern aesthetic, but as far as I can see, they are using a lot of native, hardy plants, and have done some really beautiful stuff with them. You might see some plants, colors, etc. that you hadn't considered before. Even if you can't identify them by sight, you can snap photos and id them at home.

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  13. Yeah, this guy is like that Quantum 10 or Quanell X, what ever the hell he calls himself. These guys go through life and blame every perceived problem as a race issue. They and their views make me sick.

    I wouldn't agree. I don't think he is blaming anyone, or trying to make something a race issue. He seems genuinely interested in preserving what he sees as cultural history; it happens to be black history. I understand his goal. But I'm surprised that he doesn't see how racist and exclusionary his own actions are.

  14. NPR's Morning Edition was broadcast from Houston today. The first segemnt was Inskeep talking to Stephen Klineberg about housing prices and sprawl.


    Ironically, I would have ordinarily already been at work and not heard it, but was at a stand still in traffic on the gulf freeway.

    Tomorrow Bill White will be on.

    The part about the Third Ward was interesting, but it was upsetting, too. It pissed me off to hear Garnett Coleman talking about trying to keep white people out of the Third Ward. I lived there for 4 years, and intended to become part of the neighborhood, and to make it my home. I never felt at all welcome. But them Coleman says, in response to the interviewer asking what's wrong with a white person moving in, that they buy a house but don't try to be part of the neighborhood. That's bull. You can't devote the effort he does to keeping people out, then accuse them of not trying to make it a home. We tried. We were not welcome. No doubt because, in part, he was working so hard to tell the residents to keep people like me out.

    I recognize the interest in trying to preserve the neighborhood, and not driving people out of their homes. But it was one of my white neighbors, in one of our new abhorrent-to-Coleman townhomes, who would go out on the weekend with a trash bag and pick up trash from the street, and clean out the gutters so they didn't flood the street. It was the other residents who were throwing trash in the street. Tell me who cares more about the neighborhood.

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