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Old 01-22-2014, 09:50 AM   #4526
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Let me look around. I may have my old ones. I upgraded to the jdm alum. C.arms. and I think my old ones are in the garage. If I find you can have em.
You'd either have to pick up or pay for shipping. Don't get to excited I'm not 100%, they may have been scrapped.
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Old 01-22-2014, 11:25 AM   #4527
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I carried daily on campus from my sophomore year til my victory lap.

I did it, not because I didn't respect and follow the laws, but because I felt it ridiculous I could protect myself everywhere else, but where I spent most of my time...which was on a college campus. I went through great lengths to keep this secret...from ultra-low visibility firearm holsters, to a backpack holster. Whatever I could do to ensure my illegality wouldn't be noticed, and to ensure my own ability to protect myself if I needed to.

This is a terrible tragedy, no doubt, but this gunman did the next best thing to killing himself, he shot the person he had beef with...put his gun and thus his ability to cause more harm down, and turned himself in without a fight. "Best" is a weak term in this circumstance, but consider he could have shot the guy/girl he wanted to and then turned his cowardice on others...he didn't and at least there's that.

To say that my words convey justification for my own actions or for this piece of sh|ts is wrong b/c both sides broke the law. But I've had countless lectures and labs in that very same building and room... and at the end of the day, I'll always want to have teeth to my bite instead of asking for mercy in my eyes.

I won't try to justify this dude's actions...we've all had beef with a TA...but it always came down to our own actions and effort that earned the grade and result we either did or did not receive. This was stupid and senseless completely, whatever his justification could have been. It's weak and cowardly.

Think about the family this man left behind, the students' lives he could have affected and developed, the fact his role was low-payed yet high satisfactory. It's a ripple affect and his ripple ended early. Truly sad, and another misuse of aggression and violence no one needed.

I sincerely think that the book should be thrown at this guy. This is why I supremely think a firing squad or an "eye for an eye" kind of punishment needs to be established. An inhumane way needs to be leveraged to show that terrible inhumane acts get a terrible death, and not a "5-10 years + rehabilitation". This douche will probably get a mediocre sentence and be released back into the public after a number of years...and that's not the message society needs to send. It should very much be a "if you do violence to someone to death, you will get that same violence and suffer and die in the same manner". Personal stance there.
I find these discussions really interesting, especially since my social and family community feels like I do about the issue and so there isn't much to talk about and fb gets out of hand.

Salt. I heard this story on NPR when there were a few threads going about the theater shooting and the parallel to my view was pretty cool. The story was about cracker manufacturers and salt content. It diverged to talk about how most americans need less salt in their diet. But salt is one of those nutrients that we need in specific amounts. Not enough is bad, and too much is bad. And almost universally patients who were given low sodium diets by their doctors hated it at first, but then became accustomed to it and started noticing excess saltiness in foods that they used to like. So back to the crackers, there's a lot of salt in crackers, and they know less would be healthier. But who's going to be the one to back down? Sales will drop for the brand that has less salt because customers are still accustomed to more. So they all need to do it collectively, and according to the NPR story, that's what they are all doing. It's like a cold war stand down.

Gun culture. I feel that (pulling numbers out of my ass) for every 100 responsible gun owners there's going to be 1 who can't handle it. We have an unhealthy attitude towards guns in this country, I feel it's immature or ignorant, not willfully harmful. The message out there I feel is that guns will solve more problems than they really will. This creates a LOT of gun enthusiasts, many who can handle it and some who cannot. The bigger the pro-gun propaganda machine is, the bigger the population of ignorant gun owners will be.

Punishment. I always responded to rational explanation, calm voices, constructive criticism, etc.. more than yelling, hitting, or any aggressive corrective measure. I think even houseplants have been shown to grow bigger when they aren't yelled at. And personally, I want to take my broken front CV axle and do terrible, terrible, blunt object type things with it after how my friend treated me. I needed to confront the shop, which would have been an argument I had already voiced and so would just be recirculating in my head causing a lot of distress plus they would have to fix it, and I don't trust them. So, do I fight and take on the mental anguish even though I'm in the right, take all the time and energy, or do just pay the kid his $70 and move on. A therapy session to let go of that fight would cost me more. I made the adult call.

But what if I thought guns were cool? What if I came from a culture where carrying one was the right thing to do? What if I wasn't privileged enough to come from a family who could nurture my development so I could make good decisions? Do I deserve to be shot for that?, because I'd likely get violent over having my steering come apart on the highway. If I come from that background I'm already involved in that poor decision making in my teens or earlier. Plenty of time for positive constructive intervention while the brain is still developing. Giving up or writing off this population, which is huge, is really irresponsible. I feel bad for the kid at Purdue and his family and friends, it's a terrible situation, but where are the vigils for all the individuals shot going about their daily lives around the country in their neighborhood or on their way to school where the shooter just drives off, or the person being shot at does have a gun, and so do the kids around him, and the people shooting. I've met some wonderful, bright, community and family oriented, good people in Englewood. People using EVERY resource available to them to get a career - Just like Casey did on facebook recently, only rather than having scores of connected people respond, they only have a few people they know and none of them have a job for them. As someone who is successful without a college degree myself, I find the implication through the media that this one murder on a college campus is somehow "worth more" than a murder on any street in America to be a really privileged fear mongering strategy. That's where the immaturity in the gun culture propaganda is - we have a perfect test incubator for the general public being armed - we are anyway and look at the death. Gang members practice this firing squad mentality you speak of, Matt.

Studies show college kids binge drink and abuse alcohol leading to terrible decisions that can lead to death, but after college (25 years old and brain developed) that behavior stops. You guys admitted yourself to playing invisible rope at purdue in an intersection - it's a good thing you guys are young white college guys because black kids in chicago doing that would get shot at - an eye for an eye, right Matt? Cause a car accident, get pulled from the car and beaten. Or, you know, have the cops tell you to take the party somewhere else if you're white. I've enjoyed it too, me and a few white friends trespassed on a golf course before xmas with a bottle of bourbon. If we were black the cops would have come, instead the dog walkers took our picture because we were cooky kids playing golf in the snow.

It's just not as black and white as take control with a gun or cower and beg for mercy. And the punishment for gun violence can't be discussed until an understanding of where the violence is coming from and the different ways it's responded to by demographic is grasped by the pro-gun machine. It still feels like that side is speaking from a lone occupant on their own property in the county point of view and not the community melting pot of cultures and peoples point of view. They want more salt and everyone to have more salt.
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Old 01-22-2014, 04:05 PM   #4528
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And I am so hip and with the times. I ordered a few rolls of this to cover the scrapes and holes in my bumper last night


And saw this today


And I have to say I really really like that wrap.
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Old 01-22-2014, 08:49 PM   #4529
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WTF is going on these days. Be safe Purdue peeps.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:55 AM   #4530
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In other news I have no new news to report except that I'm getting old.
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Old 01-23-2014, 09:31 AM   #4531
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We all are. And it sucks.

Nick's car looks bad. ass. I'm very jealous.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:38 AM   #4532
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where does he get all his money?

totals his race car last year, buuilds new one, has a STi as a recce car, and a crazy nice toter trailer. all in his first year of racing...
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:52 AM   #4533
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Smelliotte...explore mob connections for seed money.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:46 PM   #4534
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totals his race car last year, buuilds new one, has a STi as a recce car, and a crazy nice toter trailer. all in his first year of racing...
I have no idea. Has to be the company he owns/works at? No idea. Very jealous. He is a very down to earth guy though. Great to get along with.
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Old 01-23-2014, 02:47 PM   #4535
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The Forester complains more when it's cold than I do.
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Old 01-23-2014, 06:59 PM   #4537
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My starter doesn't like to disengage. I hear it dragging the flywheel on every cold start, but it's too cold for me to go outside, take the starter off and grease it up.
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Old 01-23-2014, 08:37 PM   #4538
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My starter doesn't like to disengage. I hear it dragging the flywheel on every cold start, but it's too cold for me to go outside, take the starter off and grease it up.
Welcome to the club. I've learned to let off just before it catches.
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Old 01-23-2014, 11:11 PM   #4539
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I've learned to just open the driver door and give it a rolling start then pop the clutch.
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ive learned to leave engine out of RS and never have starting issues.
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3 angels just lost their wings. 4 Kittens died. Someone left a beer half-drank.

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Old 01-24-2014, 02:52 PM   #4543
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I want an RS to make fun car.
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They are great fun cars. Even better with a cage and running in Open Light. Sno*Drift was f*&king cold this year. 7 layers on top, 4 layers on bottom, 4 pairs of socks, and ski goggles. Tis what it took for me to stay warm.
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Old 01-26-2014, 12:40 PM   #4545
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Just got back from SnoDrift. It was a ridiculously cold, but tons of fun. The team I was crewing for was consistent, but not fast enough to podium. 4th in OL day 1, 5th on day 2 but 2nd fastest overall in OL for both days combined.

Not sure if I like spectating or crewing better. I didn't get to see as much fun stuff this year, but I did get a chance to interact with the national drivers that I wouldn't have gotten if I was out on stage spectating.

Talked with Alex Gelsomino for about 5 minutes about the upcoming season for him and Ken. Super awesome dude and very down to earth. Also got to talk with David Sterckx for a couple minutes on the first night. They had electrical issues with their lighting and ended up missing a turn into a snow bank on Friday night so he was just hanging out in the HQ area right across from out service station.
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It was awesome seeing you, good sir! You need to tell Nate to cut that damn muffler off. Every time he drove by, I swore I could hear his car whisper, "IIIII'mmmm a raaaalllllly caaar".

Glad you got to talk with other competitors while you were there, that's a great way to get to see all different aspects of rally. I take it Alex was there supporting Rhianon and Nick?

Bitter cold weekend, awesome time as always. I vote we all coordinate for next year, make reservations like NOW so we can all stay in the same place or at least in close proximity. I realize a lot of us do many different things during rallies (spectate, crew, compete, etc), but people are always looking for places to crash last minute anyways, so I wouldn't be too worried about filling beds/floor space. Friday and Saturday night were fun, albeit not as wild or crazy as other rallies.
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It was awesome seeing you, good sir! You need to tell Nate to cut that damn muffler off. Every time he drove by, I swore I could hear his car whisper, "IIIII'mmmm a raaaalllllly caaar".
He has made similar comments about how quiet the car is. People have no idea there is a car coming because it's so quiet. Dylan's RS on the other hand is super loud. We ended up next to them in service on day 2 and those pre-runner style Foresters with their crew were probably some of the coolest cars out there.

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Glad you got to talk with other competitors while you were there, that's a great way to get to see all different aspects of rally. I take it Alex was there supporting Rhianon and Nick?
Yeah. He was basically the social media coordinator for Nick and Rhianon. Most of their Twitter and Instagram updates were his doing. He and Block are only doing 3 RA events this year because the sponsors want them in more GRC stuff since those are televised on ESPN or ESPN2. He laughed about that logic since RA announced a TV deal with NBC on Saturday morning, even though the events will be like 3 months delayed.

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Bitter cold weekend, awesome time as always. I vote we all coordinate for next year, make reservations like NOW so we can all stay in the same place or at least in close proximity. I realize a lot of us do many different things during rallies (spectate, crew, compete, etc), but people are always looking for places to crash last minute anyways, so I wouldn't be too worried about filling beds/floor space. Friday and Saturday night were fun, albeit not as wild or crazy as other rallies.
I think I might volunteer next year with Sno-drift, so I'll need somewhere to stay. I agree that we jump on it earlier rather than later so that we can get something close to Atlanta. Maybe even the Win-Sands before all the National Teams book the entire hotel.
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Great weekend. I've never worked sno*drift and after crewing the past few years at 100 acre I like keeping it that way. I didn't even worry about getting pictures this year, I just hung out, sipped from my flask and enjoyed the sights and sounds. I would marshal, though, if a group of us wanted to work a stage crew. That would be fun.

We got there on friday and went right to the evening stage spectator spot, and I'm glad we went to the super special, it was warm sitting in the deep snow. But my cover alls were frozen into a solid sheet, I had to crack the ice to walk back and they were hard all night (...... yeah.)

Sorry we didn't stick around for breakfast sunday, I would have but it really seemed like my friend wanted to get back. And he's a weird vegan so it's not like he can really eat anything that far north in Michigan.
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Old 01-27-2014, 01:30 PM   #4549
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Oh yeah! Lighting update

The Rigid D2 wide angle yellow lights - I've been using as fog lights instead of the oem. I may put 500ff driving lights in place of the fogs now since I've just been using the LED's without the fog lights. They work better for that. I think the driving pattern might work better than wide too, hard to tell from the diagrams.

Rigid SR-Q spot lights - are they on? Wait...let me turn off oem high beams...yeah...they're on. No distance penetration at all. None. But they don't look any brighter to oncoming traffic than an oem low beam, so in that sense I like them. I could get high beam visibility with low beam blinding factor. So they work with traffic when I could never use HID. I still need to play with aiming them, but it's been too cold!

HID - still waiting. Wired the pigtails to the plug from the old hellas, plugged them in, flipped the switch, and nothing. Still troubleshooting, haven't even had time to check the fuse.

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Old 01-28-2014, 08:13 AM   #4550
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cut you a good deal with all the parts I have too.

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