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  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,873
    American is that the one carrying a gun is an American.

    If you see an American carrying a gun, there is about a 90% chance that he is a criminal. It is almost impossible for a law abiding citizen to carry a gun to protect themselves from the always armed criminals.

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,837
    Are you a female driver who has trouble finding a good place for her purse in the car? A reporter would like to talk. Please contact pr@edmunds.com by July 6, 2013.

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  • mako1amako1a VirginiaPosts: 1,655
    almost impossible for a law abiding citizen to carry a gun

    You obviously don't live in Virginia.

    We have a wonderful group of folks called the Virginia Citizens Defense League.
    They know all the laws and protect us from any Federal laws that may harm us.

    Post economic crash I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

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  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,766
    edited July 2013
    I've been away visiting the folks and being a tourist on Cape Cod so please excuse the late reply.

    ...in large cities like Chongqing where the population is 28 million....that's one city! Population of all of Canada is about 37 million, and that is one city.

    For kicks, I looked up Chongqing. Per wiki, the municipality is 280 miles by 250 miles for an area of 81,200 sq miles with a density of 350 people per sq. mile. For comparison: Toronto covers 243 sq miles and density of 10,750 per sq mile.

    For comparison, Chongqing is about the same size as Utah!!
  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,766
    As an interesting aside to Canada Day and the Quebecois - I did business with a couple of companies based in Quebec. Their production workers had Canada Day off while their sales/customer service departments worked and took July 4 off as most of their business was in America.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 3,509
    edited July 2013
    Are you a female driver who has trouble finding a good place for her purse in the car? A reporter would like to talk. Please contact predmunds.com by July 6, 2013.

    I have trouble finding a good place to put gas in my tank, but I aleady found a good place for my purse!!

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 9,618
    Don't you mean your wallet?
  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,277
    "...my brother had a 93 twin turbo RX-7..."

    My brother had an RX-7 in the 80s I think. At about 50k miles the seals went in the engine reducing it basically to junk. I assume they eventually resolved those reliability problems but those rotarys were always gas hogs and I heard they used oil even when new.

    I loved the style of the last RX and I hear it handled really well but it was light on hp (225) and $5-10 thousand more than my Eclipse.

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 6,277
    My wife always complains about that.

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,777
    When we were on our tour we were only told the population of the city of Chongqing. It seemed pretty dense, with huge apartments right next to each other.

    I found this information, which says Chongqing does indeed have 32 million people and is the largest city in the world by population,
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    Which is the largest city on the planet, this issue is sometimes the subject of small talk and you may impress, or may not, your audience when you state that this is the city of Chongqing, because most certainly nobody ever had heard of that city.
    Chongqing in southwest China is one of the emerging Megacities with a population of more than 32 million people, sprawled over an area of 82 300 km² (this is larger than the Czech Republic, with 78 867 km²). Chongqing is de facto a Chinese province with the status of a provincial-level municipality like Shanghai, Beijing and Tanjin.
    And this should be the largest?
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    You are right, it is a really a province, but technically is a city, and we weren't told that. But, if you bet someone $1000 which city in the world has the largest population - you would probably win.
    What city has the largest population in the world?

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,777
    With such vast natural resources I am surprised the US has not attempted to annex Canada.

    Were you just joking or were you serious? Do you think the US should invade a sovereign country and seize their assets?

    It seems so inconvenient to go through Canada to get to Alaska.

    US bought Alaska from the Russians. They can go by boat or car on the Alaskan highway. Do you think that entitles you to the land between the two points.

    I am sure most Canadians wouldn't mind becoming "officially" part of America

    We do come and go. Canadians seldom enter the US illegally to live because it is fine living here. There are some advantages and some disadvantages. Are you assuming everyone in the world wants to be an American? I have a place in both countries, love being in the one I am in at the time, love the differences, love having a friendly democratic country as our neighbor, and hope that both countries prosper and remain among the best places in the world to live.

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,777
    Are you a female driver who has trouble finding a good place for her purse in the car?

    The 535 has mesh carrier on the passenger side of the counsel, if she is driving she puts it on the passenger seat or if it is occupied, wedges it between the seat and the counsel. She only buys pretty small purses though...not those suitcase size ones. Does the reporter want my views on the situation?

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,777
    Their production workers had Canada Day off while their sales/customer service departments worked and took July 4 off

    Of course, I am a Canadian living in Canada, about 50 miles from T.O. (Toronto for those who don't know). I worked for an American company situated at Rockefeller Centre in NYC. Since the US offices were closed on US holidays I celebrated Canadian holidays as I should....but, I also took off on American holidays out of respect for my US employer and friends.

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,777
    I have trouble finding a good place to put gas in my tank, but I aleady found a good place for my purse!!

    Where do you keep your purse?

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,777
    Saw a Tesla parked on the street yesterday so stopped to take a look. They are absolutely beautiful, and the interior is really nice. I am surprised they can come up with the money to design such a gorgeous vehicle...some people may think it is the nicest looking car around - when larger more established companies can't make a car that beautiful.

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  • bwiabwia Boston Posts: 1,188
    edited July 2013
    Were you just joking or were you serious? Do you think the US should invade a sovereign country and seize their assets?

    Driver, it was a rhetorical question. However, there is not much difference between the US and Canada except for the metric system. A significant percentage of American automobiles are manufactured in Canada and the economies of both nations are so intertwined that the matter of sovereignty is a mere technicality.

    To me, America has more in common with Canada than Canada has in common with England--where technically the queen is the head of State of Canada (I may be wrong on this so I stand corrected.) Speaking of England, why is the queen's picture a fixture on all Canadian currency? Seems like a weird arrangement but apparently Canadians don't mind

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  • dino001dino001 Tampa, FLPosts: 3,486
    edited July 2013
    I must say that this kind of attitude, call it soft imperialism (we are so awesome, why wouldn't anyone want to submit to our awesome rule and give us their stuff) is responsible for significant portion of today's troubles. Even casual and perhaps well meaning observations, like yours, are most likely be seen as sign of arrogance and lack of basic sensitivity.

    The remark about inconvenience to get to Alaska is one that trully struck my nerve. This was exactly one of Hitler'r demand in 1939, for exteritorial highway through Poland to then East Prussia. They could bear the pain, those poor Germans, they had no choice, but to invade Poland and set the world on fire. Similarly, today Russia could reinvade Lithuania for the access to its Kaliningrad district. Would you be cool with that? Since those guys have been once a part of Russian empire (then called USSR), they'd know the drill. No big deal, huh?

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,777
    To me, America has more in common with Canada than Canada has in common with England

    I am glad your comments weren't to be taken seriously....Dino made some good comments that show a good understanding of how that could sound.

    Some people here want to dump the monarchy. The queen is a figurehead for us, she has no real say in anything we do. I would say think of it as tradition,
    look at the great form of governments (democracies) our countries have inherited from the British. It has been said, if you don't know your past you don't have a future. The British have come through a long process and created a wonderful form of government and law - which our countries have benefited from.

    We certainly have more in common with the US for trade, culture, etc., but we appreciate and are respectful of the Queen, and for British heritage. And if you have seen a good British movie or have read an good British mystery novel, or have visited London, you will understand that the British have a wonderful very civilized culture, that we can all benefit from.

    I think in Canada, we are fortunate, we have the best from the US, Britain, and from Canada....which includes Celine Dion, Justin Beiber, Shania Twain, Pamela Anderson, Michael J Fox, Alanis Morrisette, etc.

    btw.....many Americans follow the royal family and like the pomp and ceremony. The queen is on our money but is hard to see on our newest bills. Once again, she is a figurehead, and is a symbol of our heritage, on our money, in the same way George Washington is a symbol of the American tradition.

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  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,766
    I think in Canada, we are fortunate, we have the best from the US, Britain, and from Canada....which includes Celine Dion, Justin Beiber...

    Your entire argument just went downhill right there.....

    :P
  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,777
    I must say that this kind of attitude, call it soft imperialism (we are so awesome, why wouldn't anyone want to submit to our awesome rule and give us their stuff) is responsible for significant portion of today's troubles. Even casual and perhaps well meaning observations, like yours, are most likely be seen as sign of arrogance and lack of basic sensitivity.

    Surprisingly, another poster on this site who hasn't been here for some time now, mentioned if we didn't sell oil and/or water to the US then the US should just come in and take it. I hope I misunderstood what he was saying and I let it pass.

    Believe it or not, there are people all over the world who like the country they are in, and they don't want to be annexed or live in the US. Any country, that is a bully and isn't respectful of other countries, is making a big mistake.

    When we travel most Canadians wear a Canadian flag pin on them. In most countries, we are treated much better if they know we are Canadians.
    I like Americans and I think I understand the mindset, but, most of the world doesn't and that arrogant attitude is what causes a lot of the negative attitude against the US....not saying it is deserved or not, but, it does exist.

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,777
    Your entire argument just went downhill right there.....

    lol and fell off my chair.

    I did add the bieb just to poke fun at ourselves.

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  • robr2robr2 BostonPosts: 7,766
    Well Celine Dion was part of the joke as well - right??
  • gogiboygogiboy Posts: 732
    ". Just a quick question, is it waterproof in case of flooding? And, if it is waterproof how do those spiders get inside?"

    D--

    The steel is welded and they use some kind of wired anode buried outside the unit to keep moisture away and prevent rust. I believe the steel is galvanized and painted with some kind of epoxy. Water can enter from above through the sliding door, but that isn't a concern based on our altitude. It would be pretty dicey if you lived on a flood plain, however. It's not hermetically sealed so bugs can, and do, enter through the sliding door on the garage floor. Not a big deal, it just needs to be swept periodically.

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  • houdini1houdini1 Kansas City areaPosts: 5,873
    Canada has a very proud and distinguished heritage and you should be proud to be a Canadian...and I am glad to see that you are.

    I have no doubt that if the U.S. was invaded by a foreign power, that Canada would come to our aid, just as the U.S. would come to the aid of Canada should Canada be invaded. Good neighbors.

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  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 10,837
    Probably not, unless you've recently become a female driver. But if your wife wants to respond, feel free. Kinda seems like a slow news week question, eh?

    (and I knew I could count on Mike for a sassy response :P )

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  • verdugoverdugo Posts: 1,991
    The 535 has mesh carrier on the passenger side of the counsel,

    That's great. BMW thought of everything. If your purse makes you crash, they included a lawyer to help sue BMW. :P

    counsel is not the same as console. Not even with Canadian spelling.
  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,777
    Well Celine Dion was part of the joke as well - right??

    You could include her too, but she played to huge crowds in Vegas, so someone went to see her.

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,777
    I have no doubt that if the U.S. was invaded by a foreign power, that Canada would come to our aid,

    If you watch the excellent movie "Argo" you will see how the people in the Canadian Embassy in Iran got the US hostages out of Iran, at great risk to themselves. The part the Canadians played was much larger than shown in the movie...the movie took some political license.

    Part Canadians played in saving American hostages in Iran

    I have no doubt that if the U.S. was invaded by a foreign power, that Canada would come to our aid, just as the U.S. would come to the aid of Canada should Canada be invaded. Good neighbors.

    Our current Conservative government is a strong supporter of the US, and the Liberals have always supported the US as well. I am not too sure where the socialist New Democratic Party would stand, but the chances of them winning an election are pretty slim. I think they would support the US but I can't speak on their behalf because they get some weird policies at times......like getting more money or taxes from corporations to help the poor. But, then all the corporations leave and no one has jobs....so I don't know what their thinking is on the topic.

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,777
    Probably not, unless you've recently become a female driver.

    Our hospitalization does pay for sex change operations so I'll check into that and then get back to you.

    Slow news week is right!

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 11,777
    counsel is not the same as console. Not even with Canadian spelling

    I hadn't heard from you for awhile and I knew that would might bring you out.

    (I knew it was wrong when i spelled it but didn't have time to change it).

    I was speaking to a guy today about that Tesla I saw. The car was outside because once a month it has to get updates, so you leave it outside for a few hours. Someone mentioned you could sell cars cheaper if a auto manufacturer owned the retail outlets. That is how Teslas are sold. So much money is made on repairs with most manufacturers. Teslas don't need much...just tires, wiper blades and brakes. The rest can be done by electronics. You don't really need a whole dealer network.

    One problem the fellow has with this car is he wants to go from Toronto to Rochester, about 300 miles. That's too far to go there and back so he has to charge it for 3 hours somewhere on the journey. So, he won't take the Tesla on that trip. The new batteries can be charged in 20 minutes, so that might be better.

    Oh yes, if things do go wrong, the circuits can be checked and a new replacement snaps in.

    I would wait until it gets refined before buying. These current models are like Commodore computers, they have a long ways to go to be acceptable to the masses, especially at $160k

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