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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,813

    Nothing is ever easy…

    We have a vacation booked to Antigua in November. Get a notice from the airline that one of our flights moved back a day and no other flights available for the original departure date. Perfect.

    So I jump to another airline to see what they had and not only were the times crappy (with connections) it was $3900! Ok.. so that’s out since we paid $1100 for what we have.

    Then I call the resort. No availability for the room type we want (or anything similar) with the airline’s new schedule. We could have shortened a day but didn’t feel it was worth it since the trip already wasn’t a full week. I sat on everything and had called back with the wife to see what we could work out. New person on the line came up with a solution to stay one night in a similar category and then move to our original room the following day. Not a perfect solution but it works and we end up leaving two days sooner and returning two days earlier. For a minute I thought we would have to cancel the whole thing.

    Also in the frustration category is we lost a week waiting for an appraisal on the property we have a contract on because some knucklehead flagged it as a refinance and not a new sale. Ugh.

    All first world problems but a pain!

    Rant over

    @abacomike
    How did you make out.

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,813

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,924
    tjc78 said:

    Awesome.


    Since I am allergic to both nav systems and video games of any sort it is all Greek to me.

    2017 Cadillac ATS Performance Premium 3.6

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 19,040
    driver100 said:

    Today on the radio they were discussing...is it proper etiquette that if you see an EV all charged up at a charging station and if you need the charging station........should you remove the drivers charging connection and attach it to your car.
    Tesla owners called in and said only the owner can remove the charger from a Tesla, and an app will tell the owner when his car has been charged...about 34 minutes.
    Also some comments that using a super charger is harder on the battery and it will wear out faster if used.

    So if the Tesla owner leaves his car plugged in a week after it’s fully charged and gets on a plane for Bermuda you have to walk home?

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • abacomikeabacomike South FloridaMember Posts: 11,883

    @tjc78 said:
    Nothing is ever easy…

    We have a vacation booked to Antigua in November. Get a notice from the airline that one of our flights moved back a day and no other flights available for the original departure date. Perfect.

    So I jump to another airline to see what they had and not only were the times crappy (with connections) it was $3900! Ok.. so that’s out since we paid $1100 for what we have.

    Then I call the resort. No availability for the room type we want (or anything similar) with the airline’s new schedule. We could have shortened a day but didn’t feel it was worth it since the trip already wasn’t a full week. I sat on everything and had called back with the wife to see what we could work out. New person on the line came up with a solution to stay one night in a similar category and then move to our original room the following day. Not a perfect solution but it works and we end up leaving two days sooner and returning two days earlier. For a minute I thought we would have to cancel the whole thing.

    Also in the frustration category is we lost a week waiting for an appraisal on the property we have a contract on because some knucklehead flagged it as a refinance and not a new sale. Ugh.

    All first world problems but a pain!

    Rant over

    @abacomike
    How did you make out.

    Got there at 7:30 AM and got out of there at 11:00 AM. Have the disks of both imaging scans but won’t know the results until 24-48 hours because a radiologist has to write a report on his findings. He then forwards the results to my oncologist and my primary care physician. As soon as I hear something, I’ll post the results.

    Thanks for asking:

    Also thanks to all for your good wishes.

    2021 Genesis G90

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 19,040

    When my A7e is locked, the charging plug is also locked in the car's charging port. Of course, vandalism likely could separate it.
    I've also read superchargers are harder on batteries life. Audi recommends (like many) to only charge to 80% capacity for daily use, save 100% for longer trips.

    I’ve read that there’s no universal charging stations yet. I was in Rutland VT yesterday and at a convince store I saw a row of 6 Tesla charging terminals. It seemed inconsiderate of other customers since there was only about 20 parking spaces total. A third of the parking lot was reserved for a small segment of car owners and it seemed even worse if other EV owners were excluded.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 19,040
    ab348 said:
    Since I am allergic to both nav systems and video games of any sort it is all Greek to me.

    I guess I’m not the only one.

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Member Posts: 18,056
    Today on the radio they were discussing...is it proper etiquette that if you see an EV all charged up at a charging station and if you need the charging station........should you remove the drivers charging connection and attach it to your car. Tesla owners called in and said only the owner can remove the charger from a Tesla, and an app will tell the owner when his car has been charged...about 34 minutes. Also some comments that using a super charger is harder on the battery and it will wear out faster if used.

    Easy solution, get a car with a gasoline engine. Gas stations have far more pumps and they fill up faster so they leave sooner freeing up pumps.

    2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2014 BMW 428i convertible, 2015 Honda CTX700D

  • andres3andres3 Southern CAMember Posts: 12,803
    edited August 3
    On the other end of the spectrum, are Tesla owners IQ deficient, or what's wrong with these people:

    https://kmph.com/news/local/mans-tesla-crashes-into-pole-using-smart-summon-valet-feature?fbclid=IwAR1eiidY5U4olbvp4JrkyM0t2F6-aqv0YLwF_vMmc4TrK0QMW1gWQhSxn9E

    What part of liability and responsibility for using Beta Software for dangerous activities at your own risk do Tesla drivers/owners not understand? Is it hidden in the fine print? Is it not crystal clear as it is for me?

    Funny thing is that I'm sure Tesla won't count this as a Self-Driving Computer at-fault collision and hence the misleading statistics that autonomous cars are out-performing humans. A low bar, mind you, but one I think computers have not crossed yet in unbiased believable statistics. Sure, cherry-picked statistics with about 10 caveats might show FSD tech beating human drivers, but I find those figures to be misleading at best.
    '15 Audi Misano Red Pearl S4, '16 Audi TTS Daytona Gray Pearl, Wife's '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion
  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moMember Posts: 29,711

    driver100 said:

    Today on the radio they were discussing...is it proper etiquette that if you see an EV all charged up at a charging station and if you need the charging station........should you remove the drivers charging connection and attach it to your car.
    Tesla owners called in and said only the owner can remove the charger from a Tesla, and an app will tell the owner when his car has been charged...about 34 minutes.
    Also some comments that using a super charger is harder on the battery and it will wear out faster if used.

    So if the Tesla owner leaves his car plugged in a week after it’s fully charged and gets on a plane for Bermuda you have to walk home?
    It could be worse than that. According to a Tesla owner, if you leave your car plugged in after it is fully charged.....Tesla or the electricity provider charges you a very high fee for using the charger for overtime use.

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • andres3andres3 Southern CAMember Posts: 12,803
    fintail said:

    I like the thumbnail pic, obviously not in the US with those cars.

    bwia said:

    Wow! When it rains, it [pours] *floods* in Arizona?

    I didn't know that Arizona had a monsoon season so severe in fact that it inundated the desert state with flood waters, mud and debris. Is this part of the new normal or just a repeat of the thousand year flood hinted at by meteorologists.
    With a couple more rain events like this the desert will turn green and the persistent drought in Arizona will be no more and Phoenix will become an even more livable city with more accommodating temperatures.

    A Toyota or Honda flood car is probably still way more reliable than non-flooded Big 3 junk!

    *Before you flag this as abuse please take it as sarcasm and a joke.
    '15 Audi Misano Red Pearl S4, '16 Audi TTS Daytona Gray Pearl, Wife's '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion
  • andres3andres3 Southern CAMember Posts: 12,803

    When my A7e is locked, the charging plug is also locked in the car's charging port. Of course, vandalism likely could separate it.
    I've also read superchargers are harder on batteries life. Audi recommends (like many) to only charge to 80% capacity for daily use, save 100% for longer trips.

    What about for the drag strip? Was just reading how a Tesla beat a Porsche at the races and they bragged how they were "only" 90% charged too. So that must mean something?
    '15 Audi Misano Red Pearl S4, '16 Audi TTS Daytona Gray Pearl, Wife's '19 VW Tiguan SEL 4-Motion
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 5,528
    So we cut our vacation a day short due to the unbearable wildfire smoke covering much of the province's interior. Wasn't so bad the first few days, got really bad after to the point where ash was visible on cars. Luckily the hotel didn't charge us for the extra night we originally booked even though we were way past checkout time.

    On a plus note I'm impressed with the fuel economy of my Audi A7. Averaged 10L/100KM (23.5mpg) on the highway, over the 400km (250 mile) drive to our destination, mostly uphill, in sports mode, with my heavy foot, with occasional 80-90mph (130-140km/h) bursts when it was clear and safe to do so. By far my favorite highway cruiser I've owned. So effortless, comfortable, and quiet with great handling.

    Ashes on the car.



    Picture of the lake, during the day with haze, and another one of the same lake and dock during clear sky when we visited last year.







    2016 Audi A7 3.0T S Line, 2021 Subaru WRX

  • bwiabwia Greater BostonMember Posts: 2,861
    abacomike said:

    @tjc78 said:

    Nothing is ever easy…

    We have a vacation booked to Antigua in November. Get a notice from the airline that one of our flights moved back a day and no other flights available for the original departure date. Perfect.

    So I jump to another airline to see what they had and not only were the times crappy (with connections) it was $3900! Ok.. so that’s out since we paid $1100 for what we have.

    Then I call the resort. No availability for the room type we want (or anything similar) with the airline’s new schedule. We could have shortened a day but didn’t feel it was worth it since the trip already wasn’t a full week. I sat on everything and had called back with the wife to see what we could work out. New person on the line came up with a solution to stay one night in a similar category and then move to our original room the following day. Not a perfect solution but it works and we end up leaving two days sooner and returning two days earlier. For a minute I thought we would have to cancel the whole thing.

    Also in the frustration category is we lost a week waiting for an appraisal on the property we have a contract on because some knucklehead flagged it as a refinance and not a new sale. Ugh.

    All first world problems but a pain!

    Rant over

    @abacomike

    How did you make out.

    Got there at 7:30 AM and got out of there at 11:00 AM. Have the disks of both imaging scans but won’t know the results until 24-48 hours because a radiologist has to write a report on his findings. He then forwards the results to my oncologist and my primary care physician. As soon as I hear something, I’ll post the results.

    Thanks for asking:

    Also thanks to all for your good wishes.


    @mike, glad to hear that your imaging scans went well. Be prayerful my friend.
  • bwiabwia Greater BostonMember Posts: 2,861
    edited August 4

    In other news...

    Toyota has announced discontinuance of the Avalon. Model year 2022 will be the last run of the big sedan. Not at all surprising, since the market for large sedans has all but dried up.

    Meanwhile, Ford reported that it will begin selling custom ordered vehicles in any color, specs and options. In other words, you buy what you want or need.

    That strategy Ford claims will reduce bloated dealer inventories to about 50 days, as well as eliminate discounts and save the company millions of dollars. It will develop a new portal, similar to the one used for the Mustang Mach-e, for this new initiative.

    Ford has come to the realization that customer buying habits have changed since the onset of Covid-19. That is, customers are willing to buy a new car without first taking a test drive or haggle over price and dealer installed fluff.

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 43,929
    The Maverick so far is only available through that portal. Still in pre orders of course.

    I like it if they give more customization options

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • sdasda Indian Land, SCMember Posts: 4,984
    I wonder what the dealers which have invested $$$$ into their stores think about Ford changing the way they intend to provide vehicles, by client order. Though I think it would be neat to specify a vehicle just the way I'd want it (special order), at this point I don't think I have the patience to wait 4-6 weeks. Immediate gratification is not always a bad thing. In addition, if there isn't a like vehicle I can look at or drive, that would make me very hesitant to place the order.

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

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 43,929
    Unless I missed something it was not a complete change. Dealers will still have inventory for immediate sales for the (IMO) vast majority of buyers that don't want to wait for a custom order. But, some people will get peeled off because they will like the idea of getting exactly what they want instead of just what is on the lot. what percent of sales will switch to order portal? Interesting to see.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moMember Posts: 29,711
    bwia said:

    In other news...

    Meanwhile, Ford reported that it will begin selling custom ordered vehicles in any color, specs and options. In other words, you buy what you want or need.

    Mercedes has done that for years....they told us every car made in the plant in Stuttgart has been ordered. Some cars are ordered by customer and some for dealer inventory. My car was supposed to be a dealer car, but to get on the list they had a day to change the color etc and switch it from being a dealer car into the car I wanted.

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moMember Posts: 29,711



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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,813

    @driver100 said:

    Can’t outrun the radio!

    2020 Volvo XC90 T6 Momentum / 2019 Volvo S60 T6 Inscription

  • explorerx4explorerx4 Central CTMember Posts: 16,523
    @driver100,
    Be careful, they might try a PIT maneuver to stop you. :D
    2020 Ford Explorer XLT
  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 5,528
    driver100 said:

    bwia said:

    In other news...

    Meanwhile, Ford reported that it will begin selling custom ordered vehicles in any color, specs and options. In other words, you buy what you want or need.

    Mercedes has done that for years....they told us every car made in the plant in Stuttgart has been ordered. Some cars are ordered by customer and some for dealer inventory. My car was supposed to be a dealer car, but to get on the list they had a day to change the color etc and switch it from being a dealer car into the car I wanted.

    I think every manufacturer and dealer operates in a similar way. A dealer will order x amount of specific cars/colors/trims for inventory, plus any customer orders that don't match on ground inventory or incoming inventory.

    Maybe from time to time a manufacturer might offload some slow sellers to dealers that want specific limited production vehicles. For example, if I remember correctly, a CDJR dealer I worked at had to order a bunch of slow selling Fiats in order to receive a couple SRT Challengers or SRT Grand Cherokees.

    I'm at Honda now so there aren't any variations within the same trim levels. A Civic EX will have same options as every other Civic EX, except colors. So when we order vehicles we just order a bunch of everything, and if we're missing something in a specific color we can dealer trade with someone else for their in stock or incoming unit.

    2016 Audi A7 3.0T S Line, 2021 Subaru WRX

  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 43,929
    20 years ago (man, where does the time go?) when I was shopping for a BMW 5 series, I went to the dealer and he pulled out his allocation sheet for the month. Listed every model they were getting that period. They had up until a certain date to lock in details. As people picked cars they got locked in. At the end, anything not claimed by a buyer the SM just specced out the way he wanted for inventory. So as long as they had an open build of the model you wanted (they were allocated a certain number of each) you could design it any way you wanted.

    2020 Acura RDX tech SH-AWD

  • oldfarmer50oldfarmer50 Member Posts: 19,040
    bwia said:

    In other news...

    Toyota has announced discontinuance of the Avalon. Model year 2022 will be the last run of the big sedan. Not at all surprising, since the market for large sedans has all but dried up.

    Meanwhile, Ford reported that it will begin selling custom ordered vehicles in any color, specs and options. In other words, you buy what you want or need.

    That strategy Ford claims will reduce bloated dealer inventories to about 50 days, as well as eliminate discounts and save the company millions of dollars. It will develop a new portal, similar to the one used for the Mustang Mach-e, for this new initiative.

    Ford has come to the realization that customer buying habits have changed since the onset of Covid-19. That is, customers are willing to buy a new car without first taking a test drive or haggle over price and dealer installed fluff.

    What’s an old man to do?

    2019 Kia Soul+, 2015 Mustang GT, 2004 Chevy Van, 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 15,281
    edited August 4
    stickguy said:

    20 years ago (man, where does the time go?) when I was shopping for a BMW 5 series, I went to the dealer and he pulled out his allocation sheet for the month. Listed every model they were getting that period. They had up until a certain date to lock in details. As people picked cars they got locked in. At the end, anything not claimed by a buyer the SM just specced out the way he wanted for inventory. So as long as they had an open build of the model you wanted (they were allocated a certain number of each) you could design it any way you wanted.

    Up to 112 status you can change the build; at 150 production starts and the build is locked in.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2018 330i xDrive

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 15,281
    File this under "You can't make this stuff up."
    I had a revocation hering fot a guy who would set up shell corporations and other scams to swindle people. He had legally changed his name to Harvey Spector so if anyone did an online search it would be populated by links to the fictional character from Suits- and not the swindler. He had picked up a fraud conviction in another state and a new charge in KY he was definitely on my NTG(Needs To Go) list. Harvey's defense attorney called Harvey's twin brother as a witness. He had changed his name to Royce McKnight- a character in the film The Firm. I really ticked him off, asking if the name changing was a familial trait.
    Needless to say, Mr. Spector 's probation was revoked...

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2018 330i xDrive

  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 196,130

    File this under "You can't make this stuff up."
    I had a revocation hering fot a guy who would set up shell corporations and other scams to swindle people. He had legally changed his name to Harvey Spector so if anyone did an online search it would be populated by links to the fictional character from Suits- and not the swindler. He had picked up a fraud conviction in another state and a new charge in KY he was definitely on my NTG(Needs To Go) list. Harvey's defense attorney called Harvey's twin brother as a witness. He had changed his name to Royce McKnight- a character in the film The Firm. I really ticked him off, asking if the name changing was a familial trait.
    Needless to say, Mr. Spector 's probation was revoked...

    Funny that the brother picked one of the obscure partners from Bendini and Lambert. I would’ve thought Avery Tolar would be better.

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  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Member Posts: 18,056
    andres3 said:

    When my A7e is locked, the charging plug is also locked in the car's charging port. Of course, vandalism likely could separate it.
    I've also read superchargers are harder on batteries life. Audi recommends (like many) to only charge to 80% capacity for daily use, save 100% for longer trips.

    What about for the drag strip? Was just reading how a Tesla beat a Porsche at the races and they bragged how they were "only" 90% charged too. So that must mean something?
    Was the Porsches gas tank only 90% filled? I really don't think it matters to the Tesla how much the battery is charged.

    2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2014 BMW 428i convertible, 2015 Honda CTX700D

  • Sandman6472Sandman6472 Coral Springs, FLMember Posts: 6,043
    Road, quick question. Is it difficult & expensive to change one's last name? What does it really entail to do this?

    2015 Audi A3 (wife) / 2015 Golf TSI (me) / 2019 Chevrolet Cruze Premier RS (daughter #1) / 2020 Hyundai Accent SE (daughter #2)

  • driver100driver100 Burlington, ON 7 mo/Tampa FL 5 moMember Posts: 29,711
    Michaell said:

    File this under "You can't make this stuff up."
    I had a revocation hering fot a guy who would set up shell corporations and other scams to swindle people. He had legally changed his name to Harvey Spector so if anyone did an online search it would be populated by links to the fictional character from Suits- and not the swindler. He had picked up a fraud conviction in another state and a new charge in KY he was definitely on my NTG(Needs To Go) list. Harvey's defense attorney called Harvey's twin brother as a witness. He had changed his name to Royce McKnight- a character in the film The Firm. I really ticked him off, asking if the name changing was a familial trait.
    Needless to say, Mr. Spector 's probation was revoked...

    Funny that the brother picked one of the obscure partners from Bendini and Lambert. I would’ve thought Avery Tolar would be better.
    It reminds me of:
    When Nikola Motor Company founder Trevor Milton unveiled a prototype of the Nikola One truck in December 2016, he portrayed it as fully functional. Now there are reports it wouldn't actually work...they pushed it down a hill and made a video of it driving along.

    You couldn't make up a TV show that bazaar.

    2017 MB E400 , 2015 MB GLK350, 2014 MB C250

  • snakeweaselsnakeweasel a Certified Edmunds Poster.Member Posts: 18,056

    File this under "You can't make this stuff up."
    I had a revocation hering fot a guy who would set up shell corporations and other scams to swindle people. He had legally changed his name to Harvey Spector so if anyone did an online search it would be populated by links to the fictional character from Suits- and not the swindler. He had picked up a fraud conviction in another state and a new charge in KY he was definitely on my NTG(Needs To Go) list. Harvey's defense attorney called Harvey's twin brother as a witness. He had changed his name to Royce McKnight- a character in the film The Firm. I really ticked him off, asking if the name changing was a familial trait.
    Needless to say, Mr. Spector 's probation was revoked...

    Isn't it illegal to change your name for fraudulent purposes? And wouldn't this qualify?

    2011 Hyundai Sonata, 2014 BMW 428i convertible, 2015 Honda CTX700D

  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 15,281

    Road, quick question. Is it difficult & expensive to change one's last name? What does it really entail to do this?

    It's really dependent on the laws of each state. It's not terribly difficult in Kentucky; I can't speculate on Florida- sorry.

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  • roadburnerroadburner Member Posts: 15,281

    File this under "You can't make this stuff up."
    I had a revocation hering fot a guy who would set up shell corporations and other scams to swindle people. He had legally changed his name to Harvey Spector so if anyone did an online search it would be populated by links to the fictional character from Suits- and not the swindler. He had picked up a fraud conviction in another state and a new charge in KY he was definitely on my NTG(Needs To Go) list. Harvey's defense attorney called Harvey's twin brother as a witness. He had changed his name to Royce McKnight- a character in the film The Firm. I really ticked him off, asking if the name changing was a familial trait.
    Needless to say, Mr. Spector 's probation was revoked...

    Isn't it illegal to change your name for fraudulent purposes? And wouldn't this qualify?
    In this case the name change is tangential to the fraud, so it would be a tough case to make.

    Mine: 1995 318ti Club Sport; 2014 M235i; 2009 Cooper Clubman; 1999 Wrangler; 1996 Speed Triple Challenge Cup Replica Wife's: 2015 X1 xDrive28i Son's: 2018 330i xDrive

  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 8,113

    Props for creativity.

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  • fintailfintail Member Posts: 54,209
    We've had off and on ashfall for the past week or so, and occasional AQI above 250. Today it was closer to 150, which seemed refreshing. Just slightly cooler than hell now that we are in an extreme drought and perhaps the hottest summer on record, too. Fall is going to be nice.
    boomchek said:

    So we cut our vacation a day short due to the unbearable wildfire smoke covering much of the province's interior. Wasn't so bad the first few days, got really bad after to the point where ash was visible on cars. Luckily the hotel didn't charge us for the extra night we originally booked even though we were way past checkout time.

    On a plus note I'm impressed with the fuel economy of my Audi A7. Averaged 10L/100KM (23.5mpg) on the highway, over the 400km (250 mile) drive to our destination, mostly uphill, in sports mode, with my heavy foot, with occasional 80-90mph (130-140km/h) bursts when it was clear and safe to do so. By far my favorite highway cruiser I've owned. So effortless, comfortable, and quiet with great handling.

    Ashes on the car.
    Picture of the lake, during the day with haze, and another one of the same lake and dock during clear sky when we visited last year.




  • boomchekboomchek Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 5,528
    fintail said:

    We've had off and on ashfall for the past week or so, and occasional AQI above 250. Today it was closer to 150, which seemed refreshing. Just slightly cooler than hell now that we are in an extreme drought and perhaps the hottest summer on record, too. Fall is going to be nice.

    boomchek said:

    So we cut our vacation a day short due to the unbearable wildfire smoke covering much of the province's interior. Wasn't so bad the first few days, got really bad after to the point where ash was visible on cars. Luckily the hotel didn't charge us for the extra night we originally booked even though we were way past checkout time.

    On a plus note I'm impressed with the fuel economy of my Audi A7. Averaged 10L/100KM (23.5mpg) on the highway, over the 400km (250 mile) drive to our destination, mostly uphill, in sports mode, with my heavy foot, with occasional 80-90mph (130-140km/h) bursts when it was clear and safe to do so. By far my favorite highway cruiser I've owned. So effortless, comfortable, and quiet with great handling.

    Ashes on the car.
    Picture of the lake, during the day with haze, and another one of the same lake and dock during clear sky when we visited last year.




    Is it coming from our region or are you guys dealing with wildfires too?

    2016 Audi A7 3.0T S Line, 2021 Subaru WRX

  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,924
    This just happened here today on what is supposed to be a fairly low-speed street. The devastation is quite something. Blamed on hydroplaning, this vehicle (I think this might be an Elantra based upon the wheels) hit two parked cars, sheared a power pole in half, lost its powerplant, and ended up like this. Driver is apparently OK thanks to airbags.

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    ^^^ That's the engine in the road. Quite the debris field. Photos via The Halifax Chronicle-Herald.

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  • MichaellMichaell ColoradoModerator Posts: 196,130
    ab348 said:

    This just happened here today on what is supposed to be a fairly low-speed street. The devastation is quite something. Blamed on hydroplaning, this vehicle (I think this might be an Elantra based upon the wheels) hit two parked cars, sheared a power pole in half, lost its powerplant, and ended up like this. Driver is apparently OK thanks to airbags.

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    ^^^ That's the engine in the road. Quite the debris field. Photos via The Halifax Chronicle-Herald.

    Uh, that looks like it took a lot of speed to cause that much damage.

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  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 43,929
    Hydroplaning might explain losing traction but no way that person was close to the speed limit. Had to be flying.

    But impressive example of how well cars protect occupants now.

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  • dad23dad23 ColoradoMember Posts: 702
    abacomike said:

    PET-Scan came back negative for cancer recurrence or spread. Great news. Almost 5 years cancer-free since liver resection which is attributable to God and all the prayers offered on my behalf.

    I was originally told by the surgeon and my oncologist that recurrence of this type of cancer within 5 years is 75% of all cases. That I have not had a recurrence is a miracle!

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  • dad23dad23 ColoradoMember Posts: 702
    stickguy said:

    Hydroplaning might explain losing traction but no way that person was close to the speed limit. Had to be flying.

    But impressive example of how well cars protect occupants now.

    Would love to see the dash cam from that!
  • stickguystickguy Member Posts: 43,929
    Good news Mike!

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  • tjc78tjc78 South JerseyMember Posts: 12,813

    @stickguy said:
    Good news Mike!

    Indeed!

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,924
    stickguy said:

    Good news Mike!

    For sure!

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  • 28firefighter28firefighter Seattle, WAMember Posts: 8,113

    @ab348 said:
    This just happened here today on what is supposed to be a fairly low-speed street. The devastation is quite something. Blamed on hydroplaning, this vehicle (I think this might be an Elantra based upon the wheels) hit two parked cars, sheared a power pole in half, lost its powerplant, and ended up like this. Driver is apparently OK thanks to airbags.

    ^^^ That's the engine in the road. Quite the debris field. Photos via The Halifax Chronicle-Herald.

    That’ll buff right out.

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,924
    ^^^ That'll have them rolling in the aisles.

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  • ab348ab348 Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, CanadaMember Posts: 15,924
    edited August 5
    Further intelligence from the scene now says this is a Ford.

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