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Old 01-07-23, 11:41 AM
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
You don't know what's best for everyone... just "big picture". Ok. That's totally different.

You can keep trying to browbeat me into submission, but no, I'm not going to agree with you. Maybe one day you'll be able to accept that.

For everyone else, y'all know why I like streaming and hate discs? I remember when DVD came out and was so much better than VHS. "Great" though me. "I can finally make a permanent, high-quality collection.". After a while, out came BluRay. I rolled my eyes until I saw it... and suddenly my collection of DVDs was obsolete. Then came 3D (eyes stayed rolled - RIP and good riddance). Then UHD. Now HDR, and making sure you get the right master. Next is what? 8K? Some glassless 3D? Whatever it is, I'm sure a hypothetical collection of Dolby discs will once again be replaced with the next shiny thing.

I'm old enough to remember the ballyhooing of the first USB. A quarter of a century later and now the nerds are all obsessed with C. This too shall pass, and one day it'll be old garbage with C and we'll be told promises about the next port. There is nothing that will make me believe otherwise.
We should have stopped with (audio)cassettes. The perfect medium.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
We should have stopped with (audio)cassettes. The perfect medium.
My Dad had 78s, and LPs, and a couple open reel tapes, and cassettes, and CDs. He never had an iPod, or streaming, though.
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For eleven years I have suffered the loss of Costco access, having retired from working in close proximity to one. When I relocated to Albany recently I just knew there would be one nearby. This is, after all, the capital of the Empire State. Alas . . . no such luck. WHY, just WHY?? What have I done to deserve this?
The Merida Costco is the first one we've had access to. We quickly became addicted, and selected our out-of-the-city home based on its distance from Costco.
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And now I must go out and mow. With the weed eater. I'm supposed to have the winter off from mowing, but we're having a climate change winter this year. Considerably warmer and considerably wetter. Se la vie
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
Never use one to spend money you don't have outside of the direst emergencies. Do use them for points, perks, cashback, and security.
Bah Humbug gets it.


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Old 01-07-23, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Similar story, I used to use my Mexican debit card online, always, with nary an issue. I used it to pay for new license plates, and someone attempted to use it within the hour(I got the two part security notice). The bank gave me a new card on the spot. Interestingly, apart from what you hear about Mexico, the vast majority are honest. A common payment method, which takes some getting used to, is to deposit the money in the sellers bank account, and then he ships the item.
Well of course we hear about the fraud, not the honest transactions.

I don't know if it's the same in Mexico, but I want to make sure everyone knows: a debit card is much less secure than a credit card. With a debit card, if someone gets it and commits fraud, your money is gone until the police recover it (on the 33rd of Neverember). With a credit card, if you report the fraud, they have stolen the bank's money. This difference is inherent to the card, a debit card that can be "used as a credit card" only means that it can go through the Visa or Mastercard clearing process, but if compromised, still drains your funds.

I never activate mine, and wish I could make it so my accounts were utterly inaccessible with a debit card.
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Old 01-07-23, 11:58 AM
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So, Simon and I were have a pretty serious discussion about what his first bike could be. Started with a Specialized Allez. He seemed interested but wanted something more. So I start talking Pinarello Dogma with Ultegra Di2. Instantly he starts crying.

Since then i’ve mentioned Pinarello a couple more times, and he cries. No love for Pinarello with this one.

He was crying because you were cheaping out with the Ultegra Di2 talk. If you want to talk Dogma, you better talk about DA Di2. Kids twodays old and you're already embarrassing him.
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Old 01-07-23, 12:03 PM
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Originally Posted by Velo Vol
Bah Humbug gets it.


You seem to assume that people that do not live like you have debt or live above their means.
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Old 01-07-23, 12:36 PM
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Originally Posted by BillyD
For eleven years I have suffered the loss of Costco access, having retired from working in close proximity to one. When I relocated to Albany recently I just knew there would be one nearby. This is, after all, the capital of the Empire State. Alas . . . no such luck. WHY, just WHY?? What have I done to deserve this?
My wife, for fun, likes to look online at houses all over the world. I always ask if there's a Costco nearby.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
You seem to assume that people that do not live like you have debt or live above their means.
Re-read Bah Humbug's statement. No such assumption is made. That's an anti-CC position.

I do assume people reading this thread aren't living hand-to-mouth, with lots of debt.
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Another winter day in the valley. Sigh. rjones28

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Nice day to get out. Started at a cold 58F, but warmed up a few degrees.

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Old 01-07-23, 12:49 PM
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We had a good ride today, it was chilly and grey skies with moderate wind, but temps above freezing and dry roads.

One of our usuals could not ride but snapped some pics as we went by his neighborhood.

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Nice day to get out. Started at a cold 58F, but warmed up a few degrees.


Dodging bobcat scat?
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We had a good ride today, it was chilly and grey skies with moderate wind, but temps above freezing and dry roads.

One of our usuals could not ride but snapped some pics as we went by his neighborhood.

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Originally Posted by datlas
We had a good ride today, it was chilly and grey skies with moderate wind, but temps above freezing and dry roads.

One of our usuals could not ride but snapped some pics as we went by his neighborhood.

#grateful
You in the back in the blue, yes?
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
You in the back in the blue, yes?


The Size 75 titanium bike should give it away.
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Originally Posted by datlas
We had a good ride today, it was chilly and grey skies with moderate wind, but temps above freezing and dry roads.

One of our usuals could not ride but snapped some pics as we went by his neighborhood.

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Kudos!

Are those knickers or is that how tights fit on your towering legs?
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
Well of course we hear about the fraud, not the honest transactions.

I don't know if it's the same in Mexico, but I want to make sure everyone knows: a debit card is much less secure than a credit card. With a debit card, if someone gets it and commits fraud, your money is gone until the police recover it (on the 33rd of Neverember). With a credit card, if you report the fraud, they have stolen the bank's money. This difference is inherent to the card, a debit card that can be "used as a credit card" only means that it can go through the Visa or Mastercard clearing process, but if compromised, still drains your funds.

I never activate mine, and wish I could make it so my accounts were utterly inaccessible with a debit card.
These days I use it only at the atm
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Old 01-07-23, 01:08 PM
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
Kudos!

Are those knickers or is that how tights fit on your towering legs?
They are relatively short leg warmers and/or relatively long knee warmers. I pair them with shorts/bibs for temps in the 35-45 range.
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You in the back in the blue, yes?
Yup
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Nice landscaping.
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Originally Posted by BillyD
Speaking of checks, just a month ago I was a victim of check theft and fraud. It's an intriguing story. I wrote out checks to pay three bills and dropped them into a nearby official, corner postal mailbox. One of the checks was for $5,200 to pay off moving expenses on my credit card. Two days later I noticed the check had successfully cleared my account, but a week later the payee still had not been paid. Naturally, I said "Uh oh"! Went back to my account and got an image of the check and discovered some guy had added his name next to the payee name on the 5k check and successfully cashed it.

I contacted my bank, the cc bank, and the local police. The mystery is how did he manage to get all 3 of the bills I mailed (hasn't cashed the others yet) but there hasn't been a crime wave reported to the police yet, which one would expect if he scooped up everybody's mail, not just mine. I figure it had to be an inside job, somebody who works for USPS, specifically the guy who collects the mail from the corner boxes. He sorted through the ones that looked like bills and cashed the biggest one he found (mine) and is sitting on the rest until the smoke clears. This is the only explanation that makes sense.

My bank closed the old account, opened up a new one and reimbursed my $5k, because they shouldn't have cashed that bogus **** in the first place. The cc bank says they know who it was, but they declined to tell me. I 'm just glad to get my funds back, and glad they didn't think the perp was me.
Have the police done anything, that you know of?
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Needed a stem for Mrs. rjones28's bike and got a couple of tools make free shipping.

I did not use a debit card.

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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
We should have stopped with (audio)cassettes. The perfect medium.
Reel to reel is real.

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