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  • berriberri Posts: 10,135
    Must be getting bad down your way. I see they are starting to divert some MIA and FLL arrivals to other FL airports. Good thing your family flew in yesterday.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 10,485
    berri said:
    Must be getting bad down your way. I see they are starting to divert some MIA and FLL arrivals to other FL airports. Good thing your family flew in yesterday.
    Yes, these cells are huge with tops hitting 45,000 feet.  Temps dropped 25 degrees in 5 minutes.  But all my neighbors were hysterical watching my son and grandson down in the front of my building taking photos and videos of the storms as they approached from the northwest.  

    It rarely rains in the Coachella Valley because of the 10,000 foot peaks surrounding the desert cities.  But just 200 miles east of the Coachella Valley they get monsoons in Phoenix and other cities.

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  • imidazol97imidazol97 Crossroads of America I70 & I75 Posts: 23,608
    You're saying they react Sort of like southerners who see their first snow accumulate on everything like up here in the North...

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  • berriberri Posts: 10,135
    Snow doesn't stop southerners from driving. They use the two pedal system - punch the accelerator, slam the brakes. Just kidding B)
  • xwesxxwesx Fairbanks, AlaskaPosts: 13,084

    You're saying they react Sort of like southerners who see their first snow accumulate on everything like up here in the North...

    For me, it isn't the snow as much as the drivers that cause amazement when I see snow in the "south." I remember a run through Buffalo, NY, during a record (for the time) snowstorm in 2001. I was horrified at the ineptitude displayed by the "local" NY populace. I thought these people saw snow on a regular basis! /cries
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  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Posts: 13,318
    xwesx said:

    You're saying they react Sort of like southerners who see their first snow accumulate on everything like up here in the North...

    For me, it isn't the snow as much as the drivers that cause amazement when I see snow in the "south." I remember a run through Buffalo, NY, during a record (for the time) snowstorm in 2001. I was horrified at the ineptitude displayed by the "local" NY populace. I thought these people saw snow on a regular basis! /cries
    But they have AWD so snow and ice can be ignored...until they hit something.

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  • tbirdmarcotbirdmarco new yorkPosts: 3,838


  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,245



    Well, I guess jmonroe got left behind on the 3rd planet. :s

    So jmonroe got done in by a giant space cannoli.




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  • henrynhenryn Houston, TXPosts: 2,575
    abacomike said:

    We are under a severe thunderstorm warning at this moment.  Where do you think my son and grandson are?  Both of them went downstairs with their phones and are taking photos of the dark thunderclouds and lightning and it is pouring out.  One might ask, “...are you guys nuts?”  Nope, that’s how “DESERT PEOPLE” react to rain, lightning and thunder.  My grandson is so excited.  They just walked in and they are soaking wet and laughing like hyenas.  Best of all, it didn’t cost me a dime!  :p :D B)

    Hey, I actually got a rainstorm this afternoon, dropped about 3/4 of an inch, and I was very happy to see it. We can get very dry and dusty here in July and August. Add in the Sahara dust, and yes, I was outside playing in the rain myself.

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  • iluvmysephia1iluvmysephia1 Alamogordo, NMPosts: 7,615
    edited August 2018
    Kirstie, it's interesting ta know that my problem logging on to the New World Order Edmunds.com with my desktop is a mystery. It's still sending me in circles trying to log on. :'(  

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 10,853
    One thing I am noticing this AM that I had not noticed before is that loading of forum discussions is very slow because it is hanging up waiting for other sites, the slowest and most noticeable of which seems to be Google Maps. Why do the forums need to load anything regarding (presumably) my geographic location from Maps? I can speculate but instead I simply offer it as something that needs to be looked into.

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  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTPosts: 13,744
    We've had a lot of rain this summer. Many times I don't even have to mow my lawn in August.
    This year, I'm mowing multiple times per week, some of that due to trying get some of it done before the next rainfall.
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  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 10,485
    I want to preface my comment with the fact that I have not been to a movie theater to watch a movie in over 6 years - I have Netflix, HBO, SHO, STARZ, EPIX, to name a few, on my cable at home. So watching movies or ordering movies currently playing is what I do in order to watch in the comfort of my home.

    Now for my comment:

    My grandson wants to go to the movies this afternoon to see "Ant Man and The Wasp" (a movie I have been wanting to see for as long as I can remember - UGH!). So, being computer literate, as I am, I go online and found a brand new theater just 5 minutes from the house. I look up the movie and start to select my seats. I follow all the instructions and the total amount came to $38.96. Did I understand and read that right? $38.96? You've got to be kidding. So I look at the individual pricing and for adults (13 years old and above) the price per ticket is $11.50 and for seniors (like me) the price is $9.98. When you add taxes and "convenience fee", you are at $38.96. I almost excreted a "brick"! Just under $40.00 for 3 people to watch a movie.

    Then, of course, they will want popcorn, soda, pretzel, hot dogs - whatever, and I am probably closer to $100.00. My cable bill is only $89.00 (the HOA pays $36.00) a month which includes "Blast" internet, expanded cable, STARZ, NETFLIX, HBO, SHO, EPIX, all on their X-1 system with HD. See where I'm going.

    You guys who have kids or like to go to the movies with your SO or spouse must cringe every time you go to the movie theater. That's big bucks for a 2 hour movie in a theater with kids screaming, yelling, running up and down the aisle...., etc.

    So, rather than get reserved seats right now, I figured I would buy the tickets at the theater and save a few bucks, but before we leave, we will check seating to make sure we can get some halfway decent seats. If we can't, I'll have to reserve the seats.

    This trip to fly my son and grandson in from CA for a 3 night stay has already cost me $2500 if you include my son's overdue phone bill balance, new phone fees, dinner Friday, dinner last night, shoes and clothes for both as my gift, movies, etc.. This does not include my electric bill which will be outrageous since they like it cool in the house and leave all the TV's on, lights on, and very long hot showers.

    But I'm not through - there is still dinner out tonight at the Steak House, breakfast out tomorrow morning, lunch out tomorrow afternoon, and then they leave for home at about 5:00 PM.

    But then I remember it's only money and I don't get to see my son or grandson very often. UGH! :p ;) :D B)

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 24,751
    At least it gets an 88% on Rotten Tomatoes, and your family is going to love it. And, sometimes going to a movie is special, compared to Netflix.
    Now $17 popcorn and $5 Coke.....that I can't do.
    My guess is, the movie will cost less than dinner, and they will like it a lot more.
    I would of done Chick-a-fil for dinner........you shouldn't have to be Disney Dad.
    However, if you really have to do it, you don't see them too often, so amortize the cost over 2 or 3 years.
    Enjoy!

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 13,371
    @abacomike - you're a good man Charlie Brown!

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  • tbirdmarcotbirdmarco new yorkPosts: 3,838
     Wow Mike that’s a bit of money but like you said you don’t get to see your grandson and son often at all so enjoy it. 
  • tbirdmarcotbirdmarco new yorkPosts: 3,838
     Everyone be safe out there with these thunderstorms and stuff. Every day this week we had a downpour for a little while every time I want to go outside it rains but he it is what it is. 
  • suydamsuydam Posts: 4,110
    We never get food at the theater and don’t buy tix online. Eat before or after. They don’t need fancy dinners all the time either. But it does add up if you eat every meal out. We have all 3 adult kids plus fiancé visiting. I have been offering a breakfast buffet of bagels, fruit, cheese, and such at the house for everyone. We usually go out for one meal and I find it’s more relaxing if we go to an informal restaurant with great vibes where everyone can have fun. It is more expensive because I don’t frequent chain restaurants. My expenses total nowhere near $2500 but it ain’t cheap either. You did decide to gift those other items, so your call. You can also set boundaries. Everyone here know there’s a water shortage, so no long showers. If you leave a room, turn off the lights. We don’t have AC, so close doors when you go out. We are having a great time. Heading to Wine Country a la the movie Sideways today!
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  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 10,485
    edited August 2018
    berri said:
    Must be getting bad down your way. I see they are starting to divert some MIA and FLL arrivals to other FL airports. Good thing your family flew in yesterday.
    I re-read your post and started laughing.  PBI, MIA, and FLL are the only airports for over 100 miles in South Florida that can handle commercial jets the size of a 737 or A320.  They would have to divert to Ft. Myers or Orlando or Tampa or St. Pete/Sarasota or Daytona.  None of those airports are convenient to South Florida except for Southwest near Ft. Myers.

    I understand they diverted 75+ flights from PBI, MIA, and FLL.  Not a fun afternoon/early evening yesterday.  More of the same forecasted for today.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,245
    nyccarguy said:

    @abacomike - you're a good man Charlie Brown!

    Ditto.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Posts: 12,245
    @abacomike - we rarely go to a theater unless it's a blockbuster on an IMAX screen or similar. Very few theaters have decent audio- despite what they claim.
    My son and I usually wait for the BD to come out and watch it at home- no rude people, bratty kids, cell phones etc.

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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 26,091
    abacomike said:
    I want to preface my comment with the fact that I have not been to a movie theater to watch a movie in over 6 years - I have Netflix, HBO, SHO, STARZ, EPIX, to name a few, on my cable at home. So watching movies or ordering movies currently playing is what I do in order to watch in the comfort of my home. Now for my comment: My grandson wants to go to the movies this afternoon to see "Ant Man and The Wasp" (a movie I have been wanting to see for as long as I can remember - UGH!). So, being computer literate, as I am, I go online and found a brand new theater just 5 minutes from the house. I look up the movie and start to select my seats. I follow all the instructions and the total amount came to $38.96. Did I understand and read that right? $38.96? You've got to be kidding. So I look at the individual pricing and for adults (13 years old and above) the price per ticket is $11.50 and for seniors (like me) the price is $9.98. When you add taxes and "convenience fee", you are at $38.96. I almost excreted a "brick"! Just under $40.00 for 3 people to watch a movie. Then, of course, they will want popcorn, soda, pretzel, hot dogs - whatever, and I am probably closer to $100.00. My cable bill is only $89.00 (the HOA pays $36.00) a month which includes "Blast" internet, expanded cable, STARZ, NETFLIX, HBO, SHO, EPIX, all on their X-1 system with HD. See where I'm going. You guys who have kids or like to go to the movies with your SO or spouse must cringe every time you go to the movie theater. That's big bucks for a 2 hour movie in a theater with kids screaming, yelling, running up and down the aisle...., etc. So, rather than get reserved seats right now, I figured I would buy the tickets at the theater and save a few bucks, but before we leave, we will check seating to make sure we can get some halfway decent seats. If we can't, I'll have to reserve the seats. This trip to fly my son and grandson in from CA for a 3 night stay has already cost me $2500 if you include my son's overdue phone bill balance, new phone fees, dinner Friday, dinner last night, shoes and clothes for both as my gift, movies, etc.. This does not include my electric bill which will be outrageous since they like it cool in the house and leave all the TV's on, lights on, and very long hot showers. But I'm not through - there is still dinner out tonight at the Steak House, breakfast out tomorrow morning, lunch out tomorrow afternoon, and then they leave for home at about 5:00 PM. But then I remember it's only money and I don't get to see my son or grandson very often. UGH! :p ;) :D B)

    I am an AMC Stubs member and take advantage of what it offers. I tend to earn a good bit of reward money, for one thing. It also allows free upgrades at the concession stand. We ONLY buy popcorn and I have water bottles in my jacket pockets (they crank the AC, so a jacket is necessary in all seasons), and that means I get a large bucket for the price of a medium. The bucket comes with free refills. We always go to the first show of the day, which is significantly cheaper: $6.50 a seat. They are also currently running a special where every show on Tuesdays is just $5. My wife almost never goes, so, for example, last Tuesday was $25 total for 3 tickets and a bucket of popcorn ($9).

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  • jmonroejmonroe Pittsburgh areaPosts: 8,361

    Kirstie, it's interesting ta know that my problem logging on to the New World Order Edmunds.com with my desktop is a mystery. It's still sending me in circles trying to log on. :'(  

    @iluv, I have a suggestion for you. Get into you favorite meditation position and say slowly 3 times:
    S E A M L E S S .

    jmonroe

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  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 10,485
    jmonroe said:
    Kirstie, it's interesting ta know that my problem logging on to the New World Order Edmunds.com with my desktop is a mystery. It's still sending me in circles trying to log on. :'(  
    @iluv, I have a suggestion for you. Get into you favorite meditation position and say slowly 3 times: S E A M L E S S . jmonroe
    Love seeing you, jmonroe.  Off to the movies - thunderstorms starting to form.

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  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moPosts: 24,751
    abacomike said:


    jmonroe said:

    Kirstie, it's interesting ta know that my problem logging on to the New World Order Edmunds.com with my desktop is a mystery. It's still sending me in circles trying to log on. :'(  

    @iluv, I have a suggestion for you. Get into you favorite meditation position and say slowly 3 times:
    S E A M L E S S .

    jmonroe

    Love seeing you, jmonroe.  Off to the movies - thunderstorms starting to form.

    jmonroe1 may get jealous....you didn't mention you missed seeing him.

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaPosts: 10,853
    I haven't been to a movie in 20 years. Absolutely no desire to see them.

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  • fintailfintail Posts: 48,070
    I haven't been into going to the movies since the early-mid 90s. Now and then there's something good I will catch on TV, but most of it just doesn't impress me much. Either it got old fast, or I did ;)

    That being said, there's a lot of 80s material I like, and a bit of 70s stuff too.
  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaPosts: 10,485
    We just got home from the movies.  It would appear that Michael Douglas will take any part in a movie to maintain his relevance in Hollywood.  I slept through most of “Ant Man and The Wasp”.  It thundered so loud at times you could’t hear the dialogue. 

    At least Troy liked the movie and his refreshments.

    Sky is starting to get dark and the storms are starting again.

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  • berriberri Posts: 10,135
    Ft. Myers got more than a few diversions, pretty short hop to complete though. The problem with that stuff in the evening is two-fold; if it is a latter hop that day, the pilots can run out of FAA allowable flight hours in the cockpit, or the same can happen on nonstops from the west coast. Miami or FLL is about the same flight time from the west coast as is Hawaii. Glad you're having fun. Maybe your accountant can figure a way to write off some of that expense B)
  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Posts: 15,474
    abacomike said:
    I want to preface my comment with the fact that I have not been to a movie theater to watch a movie in over 6 years - I have Netflix, HBO, SHO, STARZ, EPIX, to name a few, on my cable at home. So watching movies or ordering movies currently playing is what I do in order to watch in the comfort of my home. Now for my comment: My grandson wants to go to the movies this afternoon to see "Ant Man and The Wasp" (a movie I have been wanting to see for as long as I can remember - UGH!). So, being computer literate, as I am, I go online and found a brand new theater just 5 minutes from the house. I look up the movie and start to select my seats. I follow all the instructions and the total amount came to $38.96. Did I understand and read that right? $38.96? You've got to be kidding. So I look at the individual pricing and for adults (13 years old and above) the price per ticket is $11.50 and for seniors (like me) the price is $9.98. When you add taxes and "convenience fee", you are at $38.96. I almost excreted a "brick"! Just under $40.00 for 3 people to watch a movie. Then, of course, they will want popcorn, soda, pretzel, hot dogs - whatever, and I am probably closer to $100.00. My cable bill is only $89.00 (the HOA pays $36.00) a month which includes "Blast" internet, expanded cable, STARZ, NETFLIX, HBO, SHO, EPIX, all on their X-1 system with HD. See where I'm going. You guys who have kids or like to go to the movies with your SO or spouse must cringe every time you go to the movie theater. That's big bucks for a 2 hour movie in a theater with kids screaming, yelling, running up and down the aisle...., etc. So, rather than get reserved seats right now, I figured I would buy the tickets at the theater and save a few bucks, but before we leave, we will check seating to make sure we can get some halfway decent seats. If we can't, I'll have to reserve the seats. This trip to fly my son and grandson in from CA for a 3 night stay has already cost me $2500 if you include my son's overdue phone bill balance, new phone fees, dinner Friday, dinner last night, shoes and clothes for both as my gift, movies, etc.. This does not include my electric bill which will be outrageous since they like it cool in the house and leave all the TV's on, lights on, and very long hot showers. But I'm not through - there is still dinner out tonight at the Steak House, breakfast out tomorrow morning, lunch out tomorrow afternoon, and then they leave for home at about 5:00 PM. But then I remember it's only money and I don't get to see my son or grandson very often. UGH! :p ;) :D B)
    We don't go out to the movies much anymore, we usually catch movies on one of the streaming services we use. When we do got see a movie it's usually at a drive in that typically shows a double feature and has a ten dollar a person asmission price. They also allow you to bring in your own food.

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