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Old 10-01-11, 10:00 PM   #1
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Rules of Thumb

I enjoy Rules Of Thumb - little homilies that help us remember how to do things, what things mean and just how to get through life easier.

There was a book out on them at one time, I've never read it, but I suspect I'd have enjoyed it.

Anyway, I'll start it up with a couple and see where it goes. If they are not totally obvious, clue us in on what they might refer to... Remember, they got to be true.

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  • Lefty Loosey, Righty Tighty (which way to turn the wrench or screwdriver on normal threaded screws and bolts)
  • A small tap with a big hammer is better than a big tap with a small hammer.
  • If you drink your coffee black, you can always get it the way you want it.
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Old 10-02-11, 04:47 AM   #2
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Pedals tighten toward the front of the bike, bottom brackets toward the rear.

Don't pound the pink nails.
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Old 10-02-11, 10:29 AM   #6
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Never attempt to hike the AT three times.
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Old 10-02-11, 10:53 AM   #7
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Old 10-02-11, 03:54 PM   #8
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Never get involved in a land war in Asia

Never go in against a Sicilian when death is on the line!

(I love that movie)
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Never attempt to hike the AT three times.
too soon, too soon







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Thumbs rule!
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When all is said and done, more has been said than done.
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Old 10-02-11, 05:52 PM   #12
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My thumbs don't follow rules. Some say that they're rebels. I say they're just opposable.
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Old 10-03-11, 03:51 AM   #16
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You can pick your friends and you can pick your nose but you can't pick your friend's nose.
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Old 10-03-11, 04:18 AM   #17
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The first rule of thumb is that you don't talk about thumb.
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When in doubt, loosen it out. (wheel truing)

Bearing adjustments, wheel truing, brake systems, drivetrain (typical order of progression for a tune-up, due to fundamental dependencies)

Logic and reason will never trump The Way Things Have Always Been Done™.

It will always take longer to "just finish up" a wheel laced by a customer than to build it from scratch.
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Old 10-04-11, 09:25 AM   #20
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I had a whole bunch of rules of thumb when I was working but gave them up when I retired, Except " Any day you wake up is a good day!"
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Another keeper: Never assume malice for anything that can be explained by stupidity.
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If it looks like a duck and sounds like a duck...it's probably a duck.
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Another keeper: Never assume malice for anything that can be explained by stupidity.
I've never heard this one, but I'm going to commit to memory.
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If it jams, force it. If it breaks, it was probably already cracked.

Never eat at a place called Mom's.

Never play cards with a man named Doc.

Never sleep with someone whose problems are worse than yours.

Never eat anything bigger than your head.
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Don't tug on Superman's cape.
Don't spit into the wind.
Don't pull on the mask of that old Lone Ranger.
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