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RE: Alcohol Detection Systems in All New Vehicles

In 2010 there was an estimated cost of $44 billion from alcohol-impaired crashes. NHTSA DUI crashes don’t just cause deaths they also cause injuries. And how many crashes happen because people suck at driving? Perhaps a detector that can tell if the driver is a moron could be developed? We used to have that. It was called Driver's Ed and it was mandatory. People are idiots and need protection from themselves. We do too. The breathalyzer is a great idea.
propchef 11/30/22 07:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: You tube Fulltimers getting squeezed

I think you need to do a little research on how much money social media mavens and ‘influencers’ can (and do) make, in cold, hard CASH before you make yourself look a little silly in front of folks younger than us. A friends son is one of those ‘almost tweakers’ who has a YouTube channel with well north of a million subscribers. He clears US$10k ++ per month. There are a small number who do quite well but what you describe is like saying acting is a great career choice because Harrison Ford makes millions for every movie he's ever in. Well. at least he isn't calling them "tweakers" Hard work gets you there. The ones who put in the effort, understand marketing, and have reasonable editing skills will make a go of it. Don't like it, don't watch. There are other choices.
propchef 11/30/22 07:12pm General RVing Issues
RE: A punishing pace, safety issues and broken bodies

It's a little sad to read this because my experience has been quite the opposite. I'm a member of a teacher's union in CA and I am retiring at 62 with great benefits. We are a "Rank Ten" college which means, by contract, we have to be among the top ten highest-paid faculty in the system, and in return, we consistently perform to a high level to maintain Rank Ten status. We're a community college and feed our students directly to Stanford, UC Berkeley, and UC Davis. Our faculty union is small, serving only our institution. I know all of the leaders personally since they all come from our college. I spent 6 years as Department Chair and had to work often with SEIU, the union for our non-faculty employees (Admins, Lab Assistants, Maintenance, etc.) While it was laborious and time-consuming to remove an underperforming employee, it wasn't impossible. Document everything well, and let the due process have its way. I used to train merchant seamen how to plan, cook, and run galleys shipboard and I dealt with various unions depending on which coast was the home port for the ship. I was somewhat constrained in what I could do but I never had any real difficulties. It was a great time in my career.
propchef 11/29/22 05:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Goodnight Irene, the party's over.

No one should be the least bit surprised, since we're looking at this in relation to record sales. This drop has been predicted for nearly a year, before the recent gas price increases (now dropping) or a rise in interest rates (still far below "historic" highs). Employment is still at historical highs and demand for consumer goods remains robust. The retail industry predicts a record holiday season. The sky still isn't falling.
propchef 11/25/22 08:38am General RVing Issues
RE: GMC Sierra EV Denali

Just read on a GM Brief that all planned build are spoken for, so you're all out of luck until the next build. All 100 eh? :B No doubt dealers bought them all and plan to flip at HUGE markup. Welcome to capitalism. You don't have to buy it.
propchef 10/23/22 08:07am Tow Vehicles
RE: GMC Sierra EV Denali

Do we need two threads on this? Oh, joy.
propchef 10/23/22 08:06am Tow Vehicles
RE: Comical EV article

EVs that have been flooded with saltwater in Florida are exploding in many recent incidents according to FD. I keep seeing this. Is it still just the one car? And I'm not sure that smoldering is the same thing as "exploding." It's just hyperbole. Read me for Hyperbole news from the Fire Marshal. Florida State Fire Marshal Jimmy Patronis on Twitter wrote, “There’s a ton of EVs disabled from lan. As those batteries corrode, fires start. That’s a new challenge that our firefighters haven’t faced before. At least on this kind of scale”. The state fire marshal of Florida said "a ton." Do you think one car is a ton? So do you think the State Fire Marshal is hyperboling about EV cars? :S :S This proves my point of hyperbole. I thank you good sir. No definitive number. No mention of even one EV "exploding" "a ton of EVs disabled." Disabled. Imagine that. Completely flooded and now they're disabled.
propchef 10/19/22 08:00pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nascar Follies

Bumping someone out of the way or getting them loose is all part of the sport, yes. But running somebody down and slamming into them at a super speedway is a whole other level. Maybe not to the casual fan. Especially when they’re obviously having crash problems with this new generation car. Crashes have already ended one drivers career this year and there’s another’s in question at the moment. He’s lucky his hotheadedness didn’t cause a lot more carnage. Not to mention leaving the car, fighting, and hands on an official. He got off easy as expected. I know it's NASCAR tradition to swap paint, but intentionally "getting somebody loose" at 200 MPH is just as dangerous as what Bubba did. IMO both actions are wrong and they should be fined or sanctioned. Yes, the new cars have issues and the drivers don't like them, even the Infinity guys are leery at the prospect of moving to a Cup car. At least the new cars have much better aero and brakes and it looks like they got the wheel nut issue resolved. I do wish they would let the teams go back to making some of their own parts. Innovation drives the sport.
propchef 10/19/22 05:11pm Around the Campfire
RE: Comical EV article

EVs that have been flooded with saltwater in Florida are exploding in many recent incidents according to FD. I keep seeing this. Is it still just the one car? And I'm not sure that smoldering is the same thing as "exploding." It's just hyperbole.
propchef 10/19/22 05:05pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Comical EV article

While I am not anti EV, people (greenies & govt.) need to understand they are not for everyone and work in every situation. I read a similar story where the writer traveled from New Orleans to Chicago. They spent more time charging than they did sleeping. I watched the news of the packed highways by people fleeing Hurricane Ian. I wondered what would (will) happen if Just 50% of the vehicles were electric. Will there be enough chargers to get people out of harms way? I'm not opposed to electric vehicles. Like many, I don't like how they're being shoved down our throats. Hopefully they will have longer ranges in the near future. 150+ miles is usually enough to get out of harm's way. Many EVs have a longer range. And what would happen if those caught fleeing ran out of gas, stuck in traffic? What *did* happen is that Florida passed a law requiring all new gas stations to be fitted with generators. Because folks ran out of gas.
propchef 10/19/22 05:02pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Nascar Follies

NASCAR sat him for one race. Only a blind person would say that wasn't on purpose. Yes Kyle misjudged his ability to stay low enough to avoid the whole thing but Wallace took out another Toyota and Chase contender with his "I don't lift" personality. If you've been watching NASCAR long enough you'll recognize his driving style. We should just start calling him Smoke Jr. TS was well known to retaliate or move someone out of his way and his fans loved him for it. I distinctly remember him at Sonoma whining that he couldn't pass so he "moved" a few cars out of his way. This is nothing new for NASCAR
propchef 10/19/22 06:36am Around the Campfire
RE: Guidance using Zamp Solar Controller

It has been said that with nothing to charge the panels don't do anything. ^^^^^ This
propchef 10/14/22 06:29am Travel Trailers
RE: TFLEV gets disinformation from Cyber Truck fan bois.

As usual Mr. Snob you missed the point that Rivian will soon be toast. Name calling isn't necessary. Nothing in the article even hints at that. One recall won't send them to the bin. Remember when Toyota recalled all of those Prius because of an accelerator issue? Or when VW got caught fudging diesel numbers? Both are still here and producing EVs by the tens of thousands. Rivian currently sits quite solid from a financial standpoint. From the same article: The cost of the recall is unlikely to dent Rivian’s substantial cash hoard. The company had $15.5 billion on hand as of the end of the second quarter, far more than most rival EV startups.
propchef 10/12/22 07:12am Tow Vehicles
RE: EV charging quandry

Keep guessing! Refueling ICEs in the very early days was done by buying gasoline in one gallon containers from a hardware store. Lead, follow or get out of the way. California chooses to lead.Leads to what? Good example of how CA leads Did you highlight the part in purple? The author is incorrect. Here's the original 2008 plan from then-Gov Schwarzenegger's(R) administration for the High-Speed Rail. Note that the author of the article you quote is off by a decade in the original estimated 90% completion mark. It was originally scheduled to open in 2030, not 2020 as the article says. Also, note that they left out the fact that all of the numbers quoted were in 2008 dollars and not adjusted for inflation. Just another misleading article. https://hsr.ca.gov/wp-content/uploads/docs/about/business_plans/BPlan_2008_FullRpt.pdf The HS rail has spanned several administrations from both parties
propchef 10/09/22 06:38pm Tow Vehicles
RE: EV charging quandry

Keep guessing! Refueling ICEs in the very early days was done by buying gasoline in one gallon containers from a hardware store. Lead, follow or get out of the way. California chooses to lead. They lead with the with the cart before the horse. Mandate electric cars by 2035, but don’t have the electrical grid capacity to support it. Can they build it up that soon, only time will tell. They *do* have the capacity, they say so in the study. The excess capacity has shifted from night to early and mid-day due to improvements in Solar and they're saying that consumers should change habits OR big changes need to be made to the grid. From the study posted: Today, California has excess electricity during late mornings and early afternoons, thanks mainly to its solar capacity. If most EVs were to charge during these times, then the cheap power would be used instead of wasted. Alternatively, if most EVs continue to charge at night, then the state will need to build more generators – likely powered by natural gas – or expensive energy storage on a large scale. Electricity going first to a huge battery and then to an EV battery loses power from the extra stop. And this study also looks at all of the western states and says so several times. Our grid in the U.S. has been on life support for decades, just look at what happened in Texas. That wasn't due to EV charging.
propchef 10/09/22 11:51am Tow Vehicles
RE: Everything Bad Hurricanes Tornadoes Earthquakes YIPES!

Has anyone gone through an earthquake? Yes, as recently as two weeks ago. Of course, it was only a 4.2 so it just shook the house. Nothing broken. I've been through many hurricanes during my time in FL (and Hugo when I was in Charlotte), and the absolute worst are the wildfires. The Wine Country Fires (which we just recognized the 5 year anniversary) started in the middle of the night and many got out with only their PJs and no shoes. A true nightmare. We lost over 6000 homes in one night. Yes, 6+ thousand. We're still rebuilding.
propchef 10/09/22 08:05am Around the Campfire
RE: T-Day Braised Pork Belly

Mmmm.....the second one. They specify skin-on. I swear that's the best. "The skin is usually left on pork belly since it can become very crispy, balancing the melty fat within. If you are making a larger cut of pork belly, score the skin before you begin to help the fat break down."
propchef 10/05/22 05:52pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: T-Day Braised Pork Belly

How about a nice Souse sandwich? Scrapple with your eggs? Pickled Pigs feet? In the South, we call Souse "livermush" or "liver pudding" both of which are terrible names. It's one of my all-time favorites. I rarely get to eat it anymore but I have it every time I'm in NC visiting. Livermush and grits will change your life. I never caught on to the pickled pigs feet.
propchef 10/05/22 04:08pm Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: T-Day Braised Pork Belly

No wonder healthcare costs are what they are. Between slabs of fat on salads and the Spam thread it's a cardiologists nightmare......or dream lol. Yup, but bad food is part of our DNA here in the states. We love salt, sugar and fat, and Spam (and this pork belly recipe) is full of all 3. I used to work with a Nutritionist and she LOVED sloppy hamburgers with fries. We used to give her a hard time but she'd always remind us she doesn't eat this daily, but it's an occasional "treat." Everything in moderation. It also helped that she was a distance runner. Like beef short ribs, pork belly is a wonderful, occasional meal. We probably have it twice a year, plus it's hard to find good pork belly. Spam we only have if we've lost power. lol
propchef 10/05/22 06:44am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
RE: T-Day Braised Pork Belly

"3 1/2 pounds pork belly, skinned" Between this and the full cup of apple cider vinegar, I'll pass. That's a LOT of vinegar for this dish, and a good pork belly includes the skin. Without it, there's no way to get a good, crunchy crust. But I do love me some pork belly, and collards are part of my regular rotation.
propchef 10/05/22 06:31am Camp Cooks and Connoisseurs
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