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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 22,630
    driver100 said:

    @imidazol97 That reminds me of the Hot Bench show I watched this morning.
    Lady A is driving late at night, falls asleep, and crashes into the parked car of Lady B.
    She says she will pay for the repairs to the car....don't call the police.
    Lady A says she had a few drinks and fell asleep at the wheel when she was coming home from work.
    The judges ascertain the women had no insurance and no drivers license.
    She was claiming harassment because Lady B kept calling wanting her money.
    The judges awarded Lady B $2400 the value of the car (repairs were $4200) plus $1000 for what she was put through.

    Odd things do happen. Yesterday we had one car returned full of bed bugs, another full of ants. Needless to say, none of the drivers wanted anything to do with them, even me who has driven cars with gunfire damage or contaminated with Covid.

    Oh yeah, we also go to witness a police hot pursuit of runaway horses….yep, horses.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2013 Ford F-150, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • driver100driver100 Member Posts: 31,975
    edited June 2023

    @driver100 said:

    Mrs D100 wanted me to pick up a package of Nyquill. After pickleball I went to the indie drugstore a few blocks from the rec center, on the way home. I thought it would be faster to get the one item and I'd support small business.

    I had to park on the public lot, and prepay for half an hour.....which cost me 2 quarters. Not a big deal but I did have to walk back a bit to see my license plate because the machine needed that info. Then I took the ticket back to the car and put it on the dash. Fine, then I go in the store, locate the Nyquill $18, and take it to the cash register. The pharmacist is helping a guy by explaining in great detail how his prescription is to be taken. After 5 minutes I ask 2 ladies behind him if they can help. They say just wait it won't be long. I wait 2 more minutes, no one is helping so I put the Nyquill back on the shelf...upside down so I can prove I didn't take them with me, and I walk out. I go right by a Wallymart on the way home...I go in, find Nyquill $12, take it to the self checkout.......in and out and in my car in 7 minutes total.

    Do you think I will ever go to that drug store ever again?

    And if you'd bought the Equate version of Nyquill, it would have been $4 for exactly the same chemistry. I use it myself.

    --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    I looked at the box and I noticed that, exactly the same ingredients for a lot less. The problem was, I was told to get "Nyquill" and so I did, "Defensive Husband Buying", if it was for myself I would have got the house brand.....but not good to vary from the instructions I was given.

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • tjc78tjc78 Member Posts: 15,887

    I have zero shame in buying store brands. Many of them are made on the same lines as the name brand.

    Walmart and Shop Rite (Wakefern) have great house brands.

    Pro Tip… if you like Girl Scout Cookies, the Great Value Walmart brands are better than the real thing.

    2023 Mercedes EQE 350 4Matic / 2022 Ram 1500 Bighorn, Built to Serve

  • driver100driver100 Member Posts: 31,975

    driver100 said:

    @imidazol97 That reminds me of the Hot Bench show I watched this morning.
    Lady A is driving late at night, falls asleep, and crashes into the parked car of Lady B.
    She says she will pay for the repairs to the car....don't call the police.
    Lady A says she had a few drinks and fell asleep at the wheel when she was coming home from work.
    The judges ascertain the women had no insurance and no drivers license.
    She was claiming harassment because Lady B kept calling wanting her money.
    The judges awarded Lady B $2400 the value of the car (repairs were $4200) plus $1000 for what she was put through.

    Odd things do happen. Yesterday we had one car returned full of bed bugs, another full of ants. Needless to say, none of the drivers wanted anything to do with them, even me who has driven cars with gunfire damage or contaminated with Covid.

    Oh yeah, we also go to witness a police hot pursuit of runaway horses….yep, horses.
    I guess the newbies get the cars with ants, bedbugs and cockroaches. Are you now a senior driver?

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • driver100driver100 Member Posts: 31,975
    tjc78 said:

    I have zero shame in buying store brands. Many of them are made on the same lines as the name brand.

    Walmart and Shop Rite (Wakefern) have great house brands.

    Pro Tip… if you like Girl Scout Cookies, the Great Value Walmart brands are better than the real thing.

    I have no problem with House Brands from a trusted store. Some people bought eye drops on Amazon that were made in India and were contaminated. They got a bacteria and some can't see, some had pain or obscured vision. Sometimes dollar stores get caught selling stuff that shouldn't have been put on sale, electrical products that didn't get approved, pet food or treats that came from countries like China that don't have our standards and regulations.

    I have no problem with a reputable stores store brands......but I do a bit of analyzing first. Aluminum foil, no problem, dog treats and human food, only from a well known brand or a reputable store brand.

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • ab348ab348 Member Posts: 19,069


    And if you'd bought the Equate version of Nyquill, it would have been $4 for exactly the same chemistry. I use it myself.

    But then Mrs. D. would have been chasing him around the dining room table for getting her the cheap stuff. :p

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6

  • sdasda Member Posts: 6,955

    Caution, longer post.

    I was searching some files on my Surface and came across this list. I may have shared it before, so my apologies if it is a repeat.

    Cars my parents owned. Only three bought new. * In the late 70’s early 80’s more frequent activity of trades but generally buy and hold long term. Bought the 78 98 LS sedan and sold within 3 months and realized a $2k profit.
    Cars they owned when they married, St Petersburg, FL
    • 55 Chevy 150 2dr sedan, 6cyl, manual (mom)
    • 59 Pontiac Catalina 2dr hardtop, auto (dad)
    Later: St Pete
    • 63 Olds Dynamic 88 Holiday Coupe a/c, replaced Catalina, for mom
    • 65 Ford Custom 500, a/c, dad’s first company car, sold 55 Chevy for $75
    Move to New Orleans, LA 2/68
    • 66 Ford Galaxie 500, no a/c, 289, dad’s company car at new firm
    • 69 Olds 98 LS replaced 63 88
    • 70 Ford Custom 302 a/c replacement company car
    • 71 Pontiac Catalina coupe 350 2bbl, a/c, rallye II wheels, company car
    • 72 Olds Cutlass Supreme, 350 4bbl, replaced 98
    • 73 Pontiac Catalina sedan, 400 2bbl, a/c, am/fm stereo, company car
    Move to London, England 6/74
    • 72 Ford Cortina GXL 4sp dad’s new company car, was his boss’s
    • 74 Ford Cortina E automatic, also was his boss’s, boss got new Granada
    • Mom did without a car
    Move to Paris, France 2/75
    • 75 Renault 16 TL automatic
    • 71 Audi 100 LS, red, automatic for mom, bought from a Canadian couple returning home
    • 76 Renault 30 TS V6 automatic
    Return to US/Farmville, VA 8/76
    • 76 GMC Sierra 15, 350 4bbl, full-time 4wd*
    • 76 Olds Cutlass Supreme wagon, 350 4bbl*
    • 71 Datsun 510 wagon, white, 4sp bought to keep miles off Olds
    Move to Knoxville, TN 8/78
    • 72 Toyota Corona Mk II
    • 73 Pontiac Grand Am sedan, 400 2bbl (above 2 for sisters to drive)
    • 78 Olds 98 LS 403 replaced Cutlass wagon
    • 78 Olds 98 Regency coupe with Astro-roof, 403, replaced 78 98 LS sold for profit
    • 77 Mercury Grand Marquis 460 (for dad)
    • 78 Cadillac DeVille d’Elegance replaced Marquis
    • 79 Cadillac Eldorado Diesel replaced DeVille
    Move to Charlotte, NC 5/85
    • 85 Mercury Grand Marquis LS , 302, replacedEldo
    • 87 Ford Taurus LX sunroof, replaced 78 98
    • 95 Olds Cutlass Cierra SL II* 3100 V6 replaced Grand Marquis
    • 98 Olds Aurora 2/2000 w/autobahn, sunroof, replaced Taurus
    • 2010 Honda CR-V EX 7/2012 replaced Aurora


    2018 VW Passat SE w/tech, 2016 Audi Q5 Premium Plus w/tech, 2006 Acura TL w/nav

  • driver100driver100 Member Posts: 31,975
    ab348 said:


    And if you'd bought the Equate version of Nyquill, it would have been $4 for exactly the same chemistry. I use it myself.

    But then Mrs. D. would have been chasing him around the dining room table for getting her the cheap stuff. :p
    Well, the right idea but a little different. She doesn't chase me or attack me. It is worse......I'll probably hear about it for the next 7 days.....not worth saving 4 bucks over.

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • driver100driver100 Member Posts: 31,975
    @sda Wow, not much brand loyalty, all over the map. No Chryslers though!

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • qbrozenqbrozen Member Posts: 32,920
    wish I knew my dad's list. I know he had some cool stuff when he was younger. One of those guys who would have optioned a cobrajet mustang (and I think he did).

    '11 GMC Sierra 1500; '08 Charger R/T Daytona; '67 Coronet R/T; '13 Fiat 500c; '20 S90 T6; '22 MB Sprinter 2500 4x4 diesel; '97 Suzuki R Wagon; '96 Opel Astra; '08 Maser QP; '11 Mini Cooper S

  • tjc78tjc78 Member Posts: 15,887

    I don’t know my Dad’s whole list either, but he had terrible luck with cars and had his fair share of accidents!

    What I do know:

    74 Monte Carlo - totaled
    77 or 78 Grand Prix - cracked block
    ?? Dodge Dart - unknown demise, but it had a hole in the floor so assume rust.
    84 Plymouth Horizon - stolen
    85 Dodge Shelby Charger - totaled on NJ Turnpike
    87 Dodge Shadow Turbo - had until he passed in 92

    Mom’s -
    Mid 70s Beetle with AC and Autostick
    84 Ford Escort - no AC stripper
    85 Dodge Charger 2.2, AC
    92 Dodge Caravan - basic spec 2.5
    96 Thunderbird 3.8
    09 Camry SE
    11 RAV 4
    14 Venza
    17 RAV 4
    19 RAV 4
    22 Murano
    I’m a little unsure of the exact RAV and Venza years but that was the progression

    Stepdad’s
    Mid 70s LeSabre
    Early 80s Sunbird - 4 speed
    83 Chrysler E-class. 2.6 Mitsu, talking option
    92 Buick Century
    95 Dodge Neon
    98 Altima
    99 Camry
    03 Camry

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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 22,630
    edited June 2023
    driver100 said:

    driver100 said:

    @imidazol97 That reminds me of the Hot Bench show I watched this morning.
    Lady A is driving late at night, falls asleep, and crashes into the parked car of Lady B.
    She says she will pay for the repairs to the car....don't call the police.
    Lady A says she had a few drinks and fell asleep at the wheel when she was coming home from work.
    The judges ascertain the women had no insurance and no drivers license.
    She was claiming harassment because Lady B kept calling wanting her money.
    The judges awarded Lady B $2400 the value of the car (repairs were $4200) plus $1000 for what she was put through.

    Odd things do happen. Yesterday we had one car returned full of bed bugs, another full of ants. Needless to say, none of the drivers wanted anything to do with them, even me who has driven cars with gunfire damage or contaminated with Covid.

    Oh yeah, we also go to witness a police hot pursuit of runaway horses….yep, horses.
    I guess the newbies get the cars with ants, bedbugs and cockroaches. Are you now a senior driver?
    Nah, the newbies wouldn’t touch those pestilence cars either. One of the rental agents said they were calling in the district manage to handle it. Just like the wrecked car with the dead deer imbedded in the grill, the grunt workers refuse to do some things. I think they stopped hiring dumb people after they hired me.😩

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2013 Ford F-150, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • sdasda Member Posts: 6,955
    @tjc78 Rare, slow but cool. Mid 70s Beetle with AC and Autostick. I had a friend who inherited his grandmother's 68 Beetle Autostick. It was a hoot to drive.

    2018 VW Passat SE w/tech, 2016 Audi Q5 Premium Plus w/tech, 2006 Acura TL w/nav

  • tjc78tjc78 Member Posts: 15,887

    @sda said:
    @tjc78 Rare, slow but cool. Mid 70s Beetle with AC and Autostick. I had a friend who inherited his grandmother's 68 Beetle Autostick. It was a hoot to drive.

    To this day she says that was one of her favorite cars.

    2023 Mercedes EQE 350 4Matic / 2022 Ram 1500 Bighorn, Built to Serve

  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Member Posts: 7,524

    @imidazol97 said:

    @driver100 said:
    Mrs D100 wanted me to pick up a package of Nyquill. After pickleball I went to the indie drugstore a few blocks from the rec center, on the way home. I thought it would be faster to get the one item and I'd support small business.
    I had to park on the public lot, and prepay for half an hour.....which cost me 2 quarters. Not a big deal but I did have to walk back a bit to see my license plate because the machine needed that info. Then I took the ticket back to the car and put it on the dash. Fine, then I go in the store, locate the Nyquill $18, and take it to the cash register. The pharmacist is helping a guy by explaining in great detail how his prescription is to be taken. After 5 minutes I ask 2 ladies behind him if they can help. They say just wait it won't be long. I wait 2 more minutes, no one is helping so I put the Nyquill back on the shelf...upside down so I can prove I didn't take them with me, and I walk out. I go right by a Wallymart on the way home...I go in, find Nyquill $12, take it to the self checkout.......in and out and in my car in 7 minutes total.
    Do you think I will ever go to that drug store ever again?

    And if you'd bought the Equate version of Nyquill, it would have been $4 for exactly the same chemistry. I use it myself.

    ————————————————
    Years ago a pharmacist told me if the store brand says, “compare to xxx”, the store brand must have the same “active” ingredients of the national brand it’s being compared to. And way before that a doctor told me if a genetic prescription drug says, “genetic for xxx”, it must also have the same active ingredients as the name brand drug. That sounds right to me, so I believe it.

    jmonroe

    '15 Genesis Ultimate just like jmonroe's. '18 Legacy Limited with 3.6R (Mrs. j's)
  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Member Posts: 7,524

    @oldfarmer50 said:
    Odd things do happen. Yesterday we had one car returned full of bed bugs, another full of ants. Needless to say, none of the drivers wanted anything to do with them, even me who has driven cars with gunfire damage or contaminated with Covid.

    Oh yeah, we also go to witness a police hot pursuit of runaway horses….yep, horses.

    ————————————————
    On the local news yesterday I saw a horse being perused by a couple PA State Police in their cruisers on the PA Turnpike between 2 of the closest exits to me. They finally got it done and the horse was safely returned to its owner. The report said they didn’t know how it happened.

    I say unless that was a steeplechase horse there had to be a hole in a fence somewhere.

    jmonroe

    '15 Genesis Ultimate just like jmonroe's. '18 Legacy Limited with 3.6R (Mrs. j's)
  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Member Posts: 7,524

    @tjc78 said:
    I have zero shame in buying store brands. Many of them are made on the same lines as the name brand.

    Walmart and Shop Rite (Wakefern) have great house brands.

    Pro Tip… if you like Girl Scout Cookies, the Great Value Walmart brands are better than the real thing.

    ————————————————
    Speaking of Girl Scout cookies, if you like Tagalongs (I think that’s what Girl Scout calls them), you’ll like the Aldi brand called Peanut Butter Fudge Cookies.

    jmonroe

    '15 Genesis Ultimate just like jmonroe's. '18 Legacy Limited with 3.6R (Mrs. j's)
  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Member Posts: 7,524

    @tjc78, how many thank you cards did your Dad send to the guy that stole his ‘84 Plymouth Horizon?

    jmonroe

    '15 Genesis Ultimate just like jmonroe's. '18 Legacy Limited with 3.6R (Mrs. j's)
  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Member Posts: 7,524

    @driver100 said:
    Well, the right idea but a little different. She doesn't chase me or attack me. It is worse......I'll probably hear about it for the next 7 days.....not worth saving 4 bucks over.

    ————————————————
    7 days? Hell, I still hear about things I did more than 50 years ago. :'(

    jmonroe

    '15 Genesis Ultimate just like jmonroe's. '18 Legacy Limited with 3.6R (Mrs. j's)
  • driver100driver100 Member Posts: 31,975
    jmonroe1 said:

    @driver100 said:

    Well, the right idea but a little different. She doesn't chase me or attack me. It is worse......I'll probably hear about it for the next 7 days.....not worth saving 4 bucks over.

    ————————————————

    7 days? Hell, I still hear about things I did more than 50 years ago. :'(

    jmonroe


    ....and that's another thing I just remembered, if I buy the No-name brand as opposed to the real Nyquill, and it doesn't work who do you think will get blamed for that?

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Member Posts: 27,145
    I've used both Nyquill and the Equate Nighttime Cold and Flu. They even taste
    the same. Sometimes I think the store brand is missing some nonactive ingredient
    that affects the taste (or smell) or the item, especially the syrups. But I haven't found
    that with the Walmart Equate branded versions. I even buy the 2-pack of Equate
    Nightime. It's a little cheaper. LOL

    I use the equate version of flutacasone propianate nose spray (Nasonex) for
    allergies. I use the Equate version of an antiallergy eye drops that parallels one
    that used to be prescription only.

    But the Walmart brand of canned vegetables never seem as good. My wife complains
    when I get them because that's the only choice available. Same for Kroger canned
    vegetables.

    2014 Malibu 2LT, 2015 Cruze 2LT,

  • laurasdadalaurasdada Member Posts: 4,716
    Some of my best friends are named, Kirkland, Berkely & Jensen and Wellesley Farms. I like their gas, too.
    I've been known to Equate them with a good deal.

    '21 Dark Blue/Black Audi A7 PHEV (mine); '22 White/Beige BMW X3 (hers); '20 Estoril Blue/Oyster BMW M240xi 'Vert (Ours, read: hers in 'vert weather; mine during Nor'easters...)

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Member Posts: 19,292
    In our upstairs bathroom, there were 3 small places where there was a grout void between some tiles,
    about 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 inch in length. The 2 longer ones were right out in the open.
    We put it on the punch list several times but the builder was unresponsive to it.
    In the mean time, I was thinking about how to fix it, usually when I was sitting down and looking at it, if you catch my drift.
    I didn't really want to buy some gray grout mix and leave 99.999% of it unused.
    The other day, i saw that I had some gray caulk and thought "Hmm..".
    What I ended up doing is putting down some painters tape on each side of the voids, applying some caulk, smoothing it out and pulling up the tape.
    Came out pretty good, not a bad hack.
    2023 Ford Explorer ST, 91 Mustang GT vert
  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 17,336
    Most of my parents' cars were excruciatingly boring- here are the few exceptions:
    1965 Mustang 260 V8(The car my mother totaled that was supposed to be mine)
    1967 Mustang 289 V8
    1970 Mustang Grande 351W V8
    1970 Torino GT 351C with shaker hood
    1987 Lincoln Mark VII LSC

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2020 C43; 2021 Sahara 4xe 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2009 328i; 2018 330i xDrive

  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Member Posts: 7,524

    @explorerx4 said:
    In our upstairs bathroom, there were 3 small places where there was a grout void between some tiles,
    about 3/4, 1/2 and 1/4 inch in length. The 2 longer ones were right out in the open.
    We put it on the punch list several times but the builder was unresponsive to it.
    In the mean time, I was thinking about how to fix it, usually when I was sitting down and looking at it, if you catch my drift.
    I didn't really want to buy some gray grout mix and leave 99.999% of it unused.
    The other day, i saw that I had some gray caulk and thought "Hmm..".
    What I ended up doing is putting down some painters tape on each side of the voids, applying some caulk, smoothing it out and pulling up the tape.
    Came out pretty good, not a bad hack.

    ————————————————
    Caulk is not a substitute for grout. If it was, tile setters would use it. I wouldn’t trust it to last too long.

    Buying a small bag of grout and using a few tablespoons of it and never using the rest of it is far cheaper than having water damage when the grout breaks down.

    jmonroe

    '15 Genesis Ultimate just like jmonroe's. '18 Legacy Limited with 3.6R (Mrs. j's)
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Member Posts: 19,292
    @jmonroe1,
    These were small gaps, so I think it's a good solution.
    2023 Ford Explorer ST, 91 Mustang GT vert
  • ab348ab348 Member Posts: 19,069
    @sda - The most impressive item on that list is how they kept that Elmo diesel running for 7 years!

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6

  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Member Posts: 7,524

    @explorerx4 said:
    @jmonroe1,
    These were small gaps, so I think it's a good solution.

    ————————————————
    It doesn’t take much of a “gap”to allow water to get through. I’ve seen cracked grout joints that leaked. So gaps are like tunnels.

    jmonroe

    '15 Genesis Ultimate just like jmonroe's. '18 Legacy Limited with 3.6R (Mrs. j's)
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Member Posts: 19,292
    @jmonroe1,
    I filled the grout gaps, which are worse than cracks, so not seeing the problem using caulk to fill them.
    It's flexible and waterproof.
    I think you need to get out your tape measure to see how long 3/4 of an inch is. :)
    2023 Ford Explorer ST, 91 Mustang GT vert
  • jmonroe1jmonroe1 Member Posts: 7,524

    @explorerx4 said:
    @jmonroe1,
    I filled the grout gaps, which are worse than cracks, so not seeing the problem using caulk to fill them.
    It's flexible and waterproof.
    I think you need to get out your tape measure to see how long 3/4 of an inch is. :)

    ————————————————
    If you use 100% silicon caulk from a reputable company like GE you have a chance but most caulks aren’t that good.

    I wish you luck and hope you don’t need a bucket months from now to measure a water leak.

    jmonroe

    '15 Genesis Ultimate just like jmonroe's. '18 Legacy Limited with 3.6R (Mrs. j's)
  • explorerx4explorerx4 Member Posts: 19,292
    @jmonroe1,
    I've put down several tile floors, so I know how they work.
    Do appreciate your input though.
    2023 Ford Explorer ST, 91 Mustang GT vert
  • tjc78tjc78 Member Posts: 15,887

    @jmonroe1 said:
    @tjc78, how many thank you cards did your Dad send to the guy that stole his ‘84 Plymouth Horizon?

    jmonroe

    He actually liked that car. It was decent for the times.

    2023 Mercedes EQE 350 4Matic / 2022 Ram 1500 Bighorn, Built to Serve

  • tjc78tjc78 Member Posts: 15,887

    @explorerx4
    I did that very same thing in our bathroom.

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Member Posts: 9,374

    My Dad’s vehicle history that I can remember - I think I’m missing a few since I went to college.
    1986 VW GTI
    1989 VW Jetta GLI
    1990 Ford Taurus SHO
    1992 Lexus LS400
    1993 Ford Taurus SHO
    1995 Audi A6
    1993 Audi V8 Quattro
    1995.5 Audi S6 Avant
    1998 Audi A8 4.2
    2002 Ford Excursion
    2009 Infiniti FX50
    2007 Audi Q7 4.2
    2012 VW Touareg TDI
    2014 VW Touareg TDI (after the prior was bought back)
    1992 Porsche 968
    2011 Audi S5
    2007 BMW 530xi Wagon (6spd)
    2014 Audi Q5 TDI

    Mom:
    1988 Volvo 240 Wagon
    1993 Volvo 940 Turbo Wagon
    1993 Toyota Land Cruiser
    1997 Toyota Land Cruiser
    2001 Volvo V70 T5
    2007 Volvo S40
    2012 Volvo XC60
    2015.5 Volvo V70 Cross Country
    2017 Audi SQ5

    2022 Tesla Model Y Performance, 2018 BMW M240i Convertible, 2015 Audi Q5 TDI
  • driver100driver100 Member Posts: 31,975

    I've used both Nyquill and the Equate Nighttime Cold and Flu. They even taste
    the same. Sometimes I think the store brand is missing some nonactive ingredient
    that affects the taste (or smell) or the item, especially the syrups. But I haven't found
    that with the Walmart Equate branded versions. I even buy the 2-pack of Equate
    Nightime. It's a little cheaper. LOL

    I use the equate version of flutacasone propianate nose spray (Nasonex) for
    allergies. I use the Equate version of an antiallergy eye drops that parallels one
    that used to be prescription only.

    But the Walmart brand of canned vegetables never seem as good. My wife complains
    when I get them because that's the only choice available. Same for Kroger canned
    vegetables.

    Quite often the store brand is made by the name brand anyway. I have found in some cases the store brand is better than the name brand. The main ingredients in Nyquill and the drug store brand and Equate were all the same. But medicine can be partly mental. So, if she wasn't feeling better taking Equate...even though it is exactly the same as Nyquill, I would probably get blamed because I got the wrong brand.

    Aren't canned vegetables problematic....something from the can? You're supposed to get fresh or even frozen is much better.

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • tjc78tjc78 Member Posts: 15,887

    I’m not a huge fan of canned veggies. Prefer frozen or fresh however in a pinch it’s good to have some on hand.

    When we are down the shore for the summer it’s almost like living in the city. Everything is so close we don’t tend to stock up on much. I’ll run out to the produce store or seafood market to grab something quick for dinner. Thinking tomorrow night will be linguine and clams. The seafood store is walking distance from the house and they alway have tons of little necks

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  • ab348ab348 Member Posts: 19,069
    Funny thing about veggies - growing up in the ‘60s/early ‘70s, if the veggies weren’t fresh, they came from a can. Not a fan. These days if they aren’t fresh, they’re frozen. The one exception: I love corn kernels from the can, especially the peaches & cream variety, straight from the can, unheated, in a salad as a type of garnish. Tasty.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Member Posts: 9,374

    @tjc78 said:
    I’m not a huge fan of canned veggies. Prefer frozen or fresh however in a pinch it’s good to have some on hand.

    When we are down the shore for the summer it’s almost like living in the city. Everything is so close we don’t tend to stock up on much. I’ll run out to the produce store or seafood market to grab something quick for dinner. Thinking tomorrow night will be linguine and clams. The seafood store is walking distance from the house and they alway have tons of little necks

    Out of curiosity, do your kids go to camp at the shore? We spent many weekends in Margate/Longport with my grandparents, but weekdays were back home going to camp.

    2022 Tesla Model Y Performance, 2018 BMW M240i Convertible, 2015 Audi Q5 TDI
  • tjc78tjc78 Member Posts: 15,887

    No camp for the kids. Our street a has a bunch of kids, so we let them play. For the most part they have a great time. They ride their bikes, have a dip in the harbor (their friend’s house is on the water side of the street), play basketball etc.

    My Mom is here to check up in them while we work. She also sometimes takes them to the water park or ride which we have season passes to.

    All in all the kids have it pretty good down here

    2023 Mercedes EQE 350 4Matic / 2022 Ram 1500 Bighorn, Built to Serve

  • tjc78tjc78 Member Posts: 15,887

    Oh almost forgot.. and this is kinda funny. There is a restaurant on the bay at the end of our street (2 min walk) and the servers and bar backs love the kids. They go up there and they give them baskets of chicken fingers and fries all the time.

    We actually were having a drink there one night by ourselves and asked about it. We told them they don’t have to give them food (we do feed them) and they said they love doing it.

    2023 Mercedes EQE 350 4Matic / 2022 Ram 1500 Bighorn, Built to Serve

  • ab348ab348 Member Posts: 19,069
    Tomorrow should be an interesting day here. Some background: about 6 weeks ago the cable/internet/mobile provider I've used forever which is a smallish regional operation, announced that they were unable to reach agreement on a carriage deal with one of the big content providers up here (Corus) and so 34 channels would be disappearing from their system as of tomorrow. Although I had a lot of those, I seldom watched any of them, and the handful that I did watch were only for one or two shows a week. So I decided to try to reduce my bill by restructuring my services.

    I guess lots of customers were doing the same as actually getting to talk to someone there was a problem, and wait times were horrendous. Last week after a long wait I finally got through to a person and told them what I wanted to do. In the end the best way to reduce my bill significantly involved switching to their latest service package which involves fewer channel packages, a virtual TIVO DVR to replace the ancient spinny-disk type in my current Motorola box, changing my in-house internet/wifi service to something called eero which I gather is Amazon's is whole-house system, and ditching my landline entirely (that being my idea as all it gets is spam calls now). I have to wonder what I might be getting myself into but tomorrow will be interesting.

    Reducing the number of unwatched channels I pay for will be a considerable savings, and I won't miss the landline much, but I just hope the wifi works as well as they claim. Now, what will I do with all the landline handsets scattered throughout the house? :o

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Member Posts: 9,374

    That is the life @tjc78 - sounds amazing, really. For them and for you.

    2022 Tesla Model Y Performance, 2018 BMW M240i Convertible, 2015 Audi Q5 TDI
  • driver100driver100 Member Posts: 31,975
    I started the car this morning and got this warning:

    On my way back from tennis I stopped at Mercedes and they said it needs a new auxiliary battery, the one that starts the STOP/AND GO feature, which I never use and which I turn off when I start the car.
    He said these batteries last 3 to 5 years....mine is 6 years old.
    He said there is no rush, call back to make an appointment.
    I am almost tempted to not bother with it! But, I'll get a new one.
    Drivers Rules about repairs, if you leave one, and then two, and then 3 pretty soon you fall behind and never catch up.

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • tjc78tjc78 Member Posts: 15,887

    @28firefighter said:
    That is the life @tjc78 - sounds amazing, really. For them and for you.

    Thank you. We are very blessed to be able to do this for them. They really have a blast down here for the summer. Toughest part is having to still work all week lol.

    Best part of the whole thing is the house is an investment.

    2023 Mercedes EQE 350 4Matic / 2022 Ram 1500 Bighorn, Built to Serve

  • ronsteveronsteve Member Posts: 1,193

    @driver100 said:
    I started the car this morning and got this warning: (snip)
    I am almost tempted to not bother with it! But, I'll get a new one.
    Drivers Rules about repairs, if you leave one, and then two, and then 3 pretty soon you fall behind and never catch up.

    Actually catching up with such items on the Jetta, as the TPMS has been malfunctioning for quite a long time and one of the DRL bulbs burned out what seems like last year. Had the DRL taken care of and a new reset switch for the TPMS is on order. Of course, there’s now a potential transfer to a snowier climate in play, and the better half is going to want an AWD replacement for the Jetta if that happens.

    Still holding as long as possible before I go ahead with the 120k services and new tires on the RDX, contemplating ways to lessen the sting of possibly ending up on two car payments.

    2015 Acura RDX AWD / 2021 VW TIguan SE 4Motion
  • driver100driver100 Member Posts: 31,975
    ronsteve said:

    @driver100 said:

    I started the car this morning and got this warning: (snip)

    I am almost tempted to not bother with it! But, I'll get a new one.

    Drivers Rules about repairs, if you leave one, and then two, and then 3 pretty soon you fall behind and never catch up.

    Still holding as long as possible before I go ahead with the 120k services and new tires on the RDX, contemplating ways to lessen the sting of possibly ending up on two car payments.

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    That is another reason for not leaving even minor repairs. It is easier to pay for them as they come up, it you wait for 3,4, or 5 repairs the cost could be a lot harder to handle.

    One thing this battery problem did was to remind me I will have to get a new main battery for the E400 too, probably next year when it will be 7 years old. Since it only goes about 7500 miles a year, and since it is in the garage whenever it is at home, the battery should last 7 years....so it is on the list for when I do next years oil change.

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Member Posts: 27,145
    driver100 said:

    I started the car this morning and got this warning:

    On my way back from tennis I stopped at Mercedes and they said it needs a new auxiliary battery...

    Mentioning tennis reminded me of your pickleball games. I saw a "news" article that healthcare companys' costs have increased because of the problems people are having from playing pickleball.

    I've noticed Cincinnati and Dayton have places where pickleball courts have been and are being built.
    I believe Cincy has the "worlds largest indoor or outdoor courts being built. I didn't bother to look it up,
    I can't take the chance of injury by taking up the game (tongue in cheek).

    2014 Malibu 2LT, 2015 Cruze 2LT,

  • imidazol97imidazol97 Member Posts: 27,145
    edited June 2023
    Someone on here did their carburetor on a small engine. I worked on my Tecumseh and figured out my needle valve was leaking, causing all the gas to drain out of the tank when it was turned off. I got a replacement seat and valve along with the tool for removing the seat--a crochet needle.

    Replaced a few days ago. No more seeping gas. But when I went to use the edger today, it runs for about 2 minutes and then shuts down and won't restart right then.

    But 10 minutes or so later it will restart and run fine. I am guessing my needle is sticking and not letting replacement fuel into the float bowl?

    2014 Malibu 2LT, 2015 Cruze 2LT,

  • driver100driver100 Member Posts: 31,975
    edited June 2023

    driver100 said:

    I started the car this morning and got this warning:

    On my way back from tennis I stopped at Mercedes and they said it needs a new auxiliary battery...

    Mentioning tennis reminded me of your pickleball games. I saw a "news" article that healthcare companys' costs have increased because of the problems people are having from playing pickleball.

    I've noticed Cincinnati and Dayton have places where pickleball courts have been and are being built.
    I believe Cincy has the "worlds largest indoor or outdoor courts being built. I didn't bother to look it up,
    I can't take the chance of injury by taking up the game (tongue in cheek).

    Healthcare companies may have more payouts from pickleball injuries, but the game is keeping millions of seniors mentally and physically healthier overall. It is the fastest growing sport in America and the number of players and venues are increasing.

    No matter how big the facilities are somewhere, I doubt if they can match The Villages in Florida, they are up to 150 outdoor pickleball courts.
    I don't know if this new high roof facility in Bradenton FL counts, but they have 20 pickleball courts, I believe 12 are under the roof.

    They even started showing pickleball finals on the tennis sports channels, it can be fun to watch, at least for one hour.

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • ab348ab348 Member Posts: 19,069
    driver100 said:


    Healthcare companies may have more payouts from pickleball injuries, but the game is keeping millions of seniors mentally and physically healthier overall. It is the fastest growing sport in America and the number of players and venues are increasing.

    That sounds similar to the line motorcycle enthusiasts use to justify straight-pipe exhausts - the loud noise saves lives! 🙄

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6

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