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    What I always go back to is, watch "Demolition Man". That's where it seems things are going these days, especially with the socialists running things out east right now. To be honest, I'd rather be dead than live that way. "Mellow greetings Lanina Huxley, be well" (puke). What next, check points where they ask in a Nazi German accent "Let me see your papers"? Oooh, I better quit there before I go off the deep end, lol. I guess one word in this thread is RANT though.

    Going back to when I worked at the Audi dealer (5 years of my life I've tried to block out all memory of), there were so many do-dad's that not a single owner ever used, or knew existed. If they did know it existed, they had no idea how to use the do-dad. They paid thousands of dollars for things they didn't need or ever use. Kind of silly if you ask me. You almost needed a degree from MIT to pair a phone to the blue tooth, or change a suspension setting. From the main menu, select the correct sub-menu, from that sub-menu, find the sub-sub-menu, scroll down and try to find the function you want to change, select that and then yet another sub-menu comes up...................In other words, everything stayed the way it was when they picked the car up from the dealership because it was so ******** complicated to make it any other way. In my opinion, the manufactures should spend less time and money on "technology" and concentrate on things like drivetrain or suspension, etc. It's obvious things like that are being bean counted to the point they aren't reliable and just plain don't last. It's good for people like me that earn our living by repairing cars and trucks but bad for those who pay the ridiculous prices of the new vehicles. End of rant,,,,,,,,,,for now

    P.S. I avoid Walmart like the plague. That place seems to attract every rude, unmannered, inconsiderate, unbathed red neck weirdo freak in a 50 mile radius. It's like a low life magnet or something. It's only Walmart. Go to any other store in the entire metro area and people are normal and actually do have some manners. And the clothes you see some wearing at Walmart, seriously? You went out in public dressed like that? Anyways,,,,,,,,,,,no thank you.
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    How about lighten the mood with a rave for once?
    I just realized, haven't seen one single mosquito this year, not a one. There normally isn't a whole lot of them anyways (at least in the area my house is in) but this year, zero. Actually there doesn't seem to be all that many bugs period. I wonder if it's from it getting warm this spring for a while with highs in the 60's or 70's and then going back to 20's and 30's for highs and close to zero (or below) at night for a couple weeks? They hatched and then froze? Whatever the reason, it works for me!
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    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Quote Originally Posted by aspen79 View Post
    How about lighten the mood with a rave for once?
    I just realized, haven't seen one single mosquito this year, not a one. There normally isn't a whole lot of them anyways (at least in the area my house is in) but this year, zero. Actually there doesn't seem to be all that many bugs period. I wonder if it's from it getting warm this spring for a while with highs in the 60's or 70's and then going back to 20's and 30's for highs and close to zero (or below) at night for a couple weeks? They hatched and then froze? Whatever the reason, it works for me!
    Now that you say that I haven`t seen many this year either. Also the first year in many that i haven`t had a tick on me. Oops, Now I`m Jinxed

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    JINX!

    I realized also that the yearly baby frog invasion didn't happen this spring either. Every spring since they put the sediment ponds in behind my yard about 16 years ago, for about 2 weeks there would be millions (not really exaggerating much) of tiny frogs about 1/2-3/4" long EVERYWHERE. It really was like an invasion. You had to sweep them away from the back door before opening it or they'd get in the house. It was ridiculous. You really didn't want to go out the back door barefoot! This year zip, and that's a good thing.
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Well, no mosquitos or frogs but, this morning I went to turn the outdoor tap on and looked up to see a giant wasp nest hanging under my balcony type thing out back. Son of a.............I swear it wasn't there yesterday. Didn't have any bee killer on hand so I shot it with brake cleaner. May have killed a few but really it just made them mad. Wasn't a good idea and I gave them some distance real quick, lol. So, zip out to Menard's for a couple cans of wasp killer. Of course, any trip to Menard's for one thing ends up being $100 at least. Anyways, this evening I emptied 2 full cans into the nest entrance and also for good measure, drenched the entire outside of it. So far, so good. While I was watching, every so often I saw a couple wasps come back from the field, fly around a bit and then leave. Thinking I should have waited another hour or so until all of them were back in the nest for the night. Hopefully, it all worked. I'll know tomorrow for sure. Darn nest is about 1/2 the size of a basketball. I hate bees, especially wasps and hornets. They are ill tempered little you know what's. I'm not really allergic to bee stings except that every time I've been stung in the past, it puts me down for half a day.
    1979 Aspen Sunrise 500". Bought in 1987 with 72,000 miles and a mighty E24 California emission 90hp leaning tower of power/4-speed
    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    First of all, thank you guys for the nice words about my father.

    Some good news is, THE CONTRACTOR IS HERE FOR MY DORMER ROOF!!!!!! They're still working and doubt they'll get it all done today yet. It's 6:45 and this time of year, that gives MAYBE an hour before it's too dark to work. I see they have it all resheeted and put the underlayment down so it's basically a waterproof roof at this point. It's a granulated self adhering "human fly paper" type stuff, only about twice as heavy. Once the metal is on and everything, should have a roof I'll never need to worry about again. Should last at least 50 years or more. Will be nice also since they added insulation while the sheeting was off. I wanted spray foam but after the deep freeze in Texas (where most of the spray foam is made) ruined all the raw materials so it would have been close to $2,000 for the foam. So,,,,,,,,,,,fiberglass instead. Better than what's there now, which isn't much. Maybe it won't be so hot upstairs in the summer and so cold in the winter. Plus, less heat loss means less natural gas used, that results in a lower bill.

    I do kind of have a rant but I'll stop there. Has to do with my lawnmower and me not being able to figure out WTF is wrong with it,,,,,,,,,,,yet. Figured it's 11 years old so screw it and I'd just go buy a new one (Toro Recycler Personal Pace) but guess what? Every place I checked that sells Toro,,,,,,,,,not in stock. I love that mower and MUST have the same one again.
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    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Man, the 1994 Cub Cadet I've been running for 3 years suddenly decided it won't engage the deck clutch. Well it's gota be the switch. Nope. Hmm. Maybe the relay is blown. Another $20. Nope. OK, gota be in the blue wire after the relay. Snip, clip. NOPE! OK screw this, clip the blue wire and run it to a toggle switch direct to battery ground. Works! But now I have to jump the starter relay post to start it because the key won't work to activate the starter! If I disconnect the wire again that makes the clutch work, it starts by key... I duno. I have grass to cut with this nearly 30 year old thing and whatever it is seems just a little smarter than me to make it right. But I can make it Work, and that's just going to have to be good enough.
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    Turns out the model I want is not in stock at any Toro dealer here and would take a while to get one ordered. So, I'm still messing with mine. Was wrong, it's not 11 years old but only a little more than 5 years. Lots of hours in those 5 years though. It'll start with one pull cold, run great for 5 to 10 minutes, then seems to start losing power a bit, followed by a sputter or randomly cutting out. I took the carb off to make sure it's clean and it was spotless, float in OK, needle and seat OK, etc. Maybe the filter screen in the fuel tank. Took the tank off, emptied out the gas, washed it out, dried it, made sure the fuel hose and filter were clear. Made sure the coil ground wire wasn't shorted to the engine somewhere and the switch was good. Put a brand new spark plug in and even went so far as pulling the rocker cover off to make sure there wasn't an exhaust valve starting to stick (that's what did my last 2 Honda mowers in). Checked the valve lash and it was in spec. Hmmmmmm..............One pull and it fired up, ran 5-10 minutes and, here we go again. I don't think it's losing spark but maybe it's getting weak. Other thing that came to mind is maybe the fuel is causing it. Didn't think of that until a few minutes ago. This all seemed to start happening after I filled the gas can up a couple weeks ago. Put the same gas in the Mustang (filled can and car from same nozzle at the same time) and it runs fine BUT, it's also fuel injected and has 45-90 psi of fuel pressure (pulse width modulated pump) and the PCM can compensate for fuel quality. I'm going to get a couple gallons of ETHANOL FREE premium 91 and see what happens. Just in case, I ordered a new coil. Good to have one "in stock" anyways whether I need it or not. It's driving me nuts that darn mower. You'd think I'd be able to find the problem. It's only a hot engine problem. When it does start acting up, if I shut it off it will not restart until it cools down. Pulling the plug shows raw fuel, but not carboned up or fouled, and there's no black smoke or odor of an over rich mixture. GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR. Oh, and just to be sure I pulled the rocker cover back off on the hot engine and both valves move free as can be. At least I can rule that one out.

    One other thing. WTF with all the sirens today. It's been seemingly like every 10 minutes it's squads, ambulance, fire truck, rescue truck or a combination of them since early this morning. The 911 dispatchers are really earning their pay today. Guess that means there's a lot of people having a way worse day than I am so I'll stop complaining about lawnmowers now.
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    1996 Dakota with a torque monster (not) 3.9L V-6 and automatic owned since 1998. Now demoted to winter duty
    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Not the fuel. Grumble, complain, whine, GRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.
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    2008 Ford Mustang V6, the new summer daily driver

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    Does it still get spark once it cuts out?

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