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June 4, 2015, 10:36 a.m.
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School me on tents

I've got a big agnes Seedhouse SL-1 (1 man tent). Fits me ok but might not be long enough for someone tall. Quality is good and weights just 2 pounds. I probably wouldn't buy this model again though because the entry is at the end and can be a pain to get in/out of. Would definitely get a tent with a side entry next time. This would probably give it a more stable profile as well. Mine is very narrow so it can get whipped around like crazy in the wind.

Next time I'll probably take a weight penalty for a 2 man tent and get something that will stand up to wind a bit better and have a bit more room. Lots of great brands out there.

I have an OR Alpine bivy too, which has been awesome, 2 pounds as well. I actually use it a lot for car camping since its so easy to roll the whole setup up and throw it in the back seat when its time to move camp. I don't take it on trips where there is decent chance of foul weather as it would not be fun to have to hole up in a bivy to wait out the rain.

I don't think I'd ever get into using a hammock. Not comfy for me to sleep in, and not enough trees down here!

+1 on the tyvek ground sheet. Go to any store that sells lumber and get one of the sheets the lumber comes wrapped in. Light, tough, and free!

May 27, 2015, 10:56 p.m.
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The official NHL 2015 Playoff Thread, or How Calgary is better than Vancouver

Socal is full of gangs and wannabe gangstas yet you seldom see riots after losses here. Every Anaheim PD moto around Honda center had one of these attached, wonder if people in Van would be as brave if VPD had these on their bikes.

April 21, 2015, 10:42 p.m.
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the best pepperoni pizza?

I'll just leave this here…

March 31, 2015, 2:40 p.m.
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sonoma county cheap/free place to RV

There is not much National forest land nearby so you probably won't find free camping easily and definitely not for an extended period. Campgrounds are pretty much all State/regional/private which charge in the $30+ range/night. This is probably why I don't go up that way very often.

I would post up on MTBR Norcal forum and see if anyone can help. That might be your best bet to link up with someone who will let you set up shop on their land for a while. Reciprocal offer of tours in whistler might get you somewhere.

March 2, 2015, 9:52 p.m.
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how about we try something different?

for the internet, that is asking a lot…

Feb. 26, 2015, 9:29 p.m.
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Spam phonecalls

All these tips and tricks to tie up their line kind of miss the point. It annoys me to even be receiving them. Sure, First World problems etc. I just want them to stop.

Move to the US. For all the crap about corporations ruling the world down here I actually get zero marketing calls on my cell.

In Canada the wait a second if you hear a click just hang up always worked. But yes it was annoying getting the calls in the first place. I get none of them down here.

Feb. 23, 2015, 1:04 p.m.
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Mattress Thread

^ My vote would be 100% latex with removable wool outer.

I moved into a new place recently and planned to set up a second bedroom with a cheap-ish bed.

Making the mistake of trying out the high end stuff cost me a couple $k as I was blown away by the natural latex. It was worth every penny though as I have been getting much better quality sleep ever since.

The sealy pillowtop I used to think was awesome is now in the guest bedroom.

Feb. 3, 2015, 9 a.m.
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Here we go again ... subprime stupidity

Yeah we have half a dozen people in our office down here who do not have bank accounts. We have to give them paper paychecks and they go cash them at, well, wherever you cash paper checks when you don't have a bank account.

Feb. 3, 2015, 8:58 a.m.
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Here we go again ... subprime stupidity

Ha, I just got the same home depot card. Wasn't that interested but they gave me $50 off my purchase so I caved. They pointed out I could just cancel it right away if I didn't actually want it.

Crazy the difference from when I moved down to the US and had no credit. Even the commercial banking manager at my company's bank couldn't pull enough strings to get me a credit card for the first year.

Jan. 28, 2015, 6:23 p.m.
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Homebrew

Luckily, only two bottles remain.

For those of you who brew often how do you get rid of it all? I share tons of mine and what is left still takes forever to consume. Trying to get away from bottling which will mean filling growlers off the keg for post ride but harder to give away to random folks.

Jan. 24, 2015, 8:09 p.m.
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Beer

I don't really have a problem with AB or Molson buying craft breweries. Craft beer lovers are pretty savvy and if AB fucks up the beer by cheaping out on ingredients or scaling it up to where it is not as good, hard core craft beer fans will move on to something better and that will give other craft brewers the chance to fill the void. Its not like there will be a shortage of craft brewers and aspiring craft brewers anytime soon.

Some of the breweries A-B have bought or invested in are still making great high end beer and innovating. Mostly what AB brings is larger scale distribution which will mostly focus on the more basic beers like pale ales, ambers and regular IPAs. I can get all the basic stuff from Goose Island in SD but their high end stuff like Bourbon county is still good, and still hard to get. I won't buy the basic but when I find the good stuff, I buy it….

That said it will be fun giving connor shit for being a pawn to corporate america. Ha!

Jan. 24, 2015, 7:46 p.m.
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if i was prime minister...

I would reverse a lot of the things Harper has done, like muzzling or getting rid of scientists. Base decisions on science and listen to Canadians rather than just corporations.

Jan. 24, 2015, 7:44 p.m.
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deflate-gate and sports psychology

So when there is a change in possession do they change to the ball supplied by the other team? Or keep using the same ball?

Jan. 16, 2015, 8:45 p.m.
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Target

Most HH are small franchise, there is a nice little one here on Lonsdale that I get lots of things from. The owners can decide to carry as much or as little stuff as they like. Good sustainable model. I think Rona's can be opened in a similar way but would have to confirm. Wallyworld and Home Depot are company owned so it's all or nothing, not really sustainable for small town.

I read somewhere that Walmart is moving away from the superstore model to focus more on smaller format stores again. One is going in here in an older San diego neighborhood. They actually consulted with the neighborhood to see what locals wanted and had a strategy of not competing with existing local businesses. There is a nearby book store and pharmacy so walmart won't have those; the locals told them there is no hardware store nearby so Walmart will have a good hardware section. Something like this might still be too big for a small town but the idea of customizing it to not kill local businesses is interesting.

Jan. 11, 2015, 9:18 p.m.
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71,780$

Agreed, hope it works out for them.

But most people who can afford (or think they can afford) a car in that price range are looking for a status symbol and are probably too clueless or too egotistical to drive a car from such a lowly brand even if it is actually superior.

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