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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Oct 02, 2019. 17 comments

Shocker: Most interviewees don't even think a "thank you" email is appropriate

Shocker: Most interviewees don't even think a "thank you" email is appropriate

I thought this Lifehacker thread was about “send a physical thank you note vs email?” Most people appear to be saying “Don’t send anything at all, they should be lucky to talk to you.” The entitlement mentality is pretty thick...maybe this is a product of this low unemployment I keep hearing about.

Do You Send a Thank You Note After a Job Interview?

In a recent story for Insider, executive...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Sep 24, 2019. 19 comments

Don't suggest that Unions should benchmark themselves against everyone else's reality

Don't suggest that Unions should benchmark themselves against everyone else's reality

That is all.

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On the FP, I normally try to keep it brief due to sheer volume of comments, but apparently my casual suggestion that unions look at what everyone else is doing in not a popular one, based on most of the replies.

What I’m really proposing is that unions can’t permanently have BOTH great wages AND excellent healthcare at the same time, it’s not sustainable. It’s not as if...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Sep 20, 2019. 8 comments

Happy Cuarentayuñera to me!

Happy Cuarentayuñera to me!

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, this is my special 41st birthday. Technically yesterday, but still.

I don’t feel a day over 25 (no kidding) but the grays appearing in my beard say otherwise. As well as the fact that a 9-year=old kicked a soccer ball into the tip of my ring finger and I’m in a semi-permanent splint for 2 months to repair a bone chip the partially detached extensor tendon...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Sep 07, 2019. 5 comments

Grim joke for a kids’ book

Grim joke for a kids’ book

First, wow. Second...well played. I think they toed the line pretty nicely. I lol’d.

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Aug 16, 2019. 13 comments

Are you ready for some FUTBOL?!!

Are you ready for some FUTBOL?!!

Welp, I’m apparently a kids’ soccer coach now. After a few seasons of filling in and helping out with the 7-9 year olds, a few of my peers pressured me into actually running a 10-year-old rec team, which is part of a fairly large local club. This is a bit more intensive (and expensive) than prior years, but hopefully being a “rec league” and not the competitive wing of the club, things will be...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Aug 14, 2019. 2 comments

Hate by Committee (Mr. Show)

Hate by Committee (Mr. Show)

I forgot how amazing this show was. And how young David Cross and Bob Odenkirk were in the mid-90s. There is so much done right with this sketch, I don’t even know where to start. It was just too far ahead of its time...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Aug 08, 2019. 13 comments

Today's Gen Z language confusion...CVS Edition

Today's Gen Z language confusion...CVS Edition

I know I’m getting old, but I swear kids are getting younger FASTER than I’m getting older. Today it was at CVS.

Me (phone): “My wife is picking up some photos in a little while. We were wondering if you also make photocopies there.”

Her (phone): “Yes, we sure do, they’re 19 cents each.”

My Wife (later, in store): “Yes, I need to make a copy of this 10-page document.”

Her: “Oh, you’ll have to go...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Jul 13, 2019. 5 comments

Liquor store linguistics...

Liquor store linguistics...

Today, trying to buy a big bottle of Cruzan rum for our beach trip.

Me: Do you have an unflavored rums? All I see are the blends.

Clerk (20-something lady): Sure, which one are you looking for?

Me: Specifically Cruzan if you have it. (NOTE: this is pronounced roughly as CROO-shen, as in “native of St. Croix” — also spelled Crucian)

Her: Which one?

Me: Cruzan?

Her: Oh, you mean KROO-zan. (*looking...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Jun 28, 2019. 16 comments

CO Oppos! Need recommendations on anniversary trip

CO Oppos! Need recommendations on anniversary trip

Hey all, the wife and I are celebrating 15 years in October and wanted to plan a nice trip — just 4-7 days and preferably domestic for the simplicity and time commitment. Since Frontier flies nonstop from BHM-DEN a few times a week, I thought I’d take advantage of them for the first time (all the fancy stuff...checked bags and everything!).

I haven’t been out there since about 2001 when the...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Jun 25, 2019. 17 comments

Meth Head Raccoon: 7; Me: 0

Meth Head Raccoon: 7; Me: 0

I spent over a week trying to find a way to secure the bait so the raccoon couldn’t just sneak in and take it (without triggering the door closure). Every night it was the same story — food gone, trap wide open. Last night, I finally figured it out — use metal wire to fix the food to the floor so she* would have to work harder for it, thus triggering the door in the struggle.

Nope. She...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Jun 17, 2019. 18 comments

Movie rec: Always be my Maybe (Netflix)

Movie rec: Always be my Maybe (Netflix)

This came out on Netflix at the end of May and I’ve already seen it twice. I can’t recommend it enough — I generally HATE anything resembling a Rom Com, but this one is also a solid comedy, as well as a Buddy Flick and an awkward coming-of-age drama at the same time.

I prefer to see movies without even knowing the synopsis, but I’ll just say it has a little something for everyone:

Stoner...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog May 31, 2019. 23 comments

Trendy Millenials, your house of cards is collapsing

Trendy Millenials, your house of cards is collapsing
LaCroix sales are in a 'free fall'

The popularity for LaCroix has fizzled out, according to an analyst.

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Personally, I’ll stick with Alka Seltzer — tastes better and cures headaches and stomach aches, as well.

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog May 29, 2019. 10 comments

Sports Car Community Accuses Camry of Cultural Appropriation

Sports Car Community Accuses Camry of Cultural Appropriation

The National Coalition of Sport Car Culture and Heritage, or NCSCCH, issued a statement Tuesday evening condemning the Toyota Camry’s current generation – in certain trims – for allegedly appropriating traditional sports car styling cues and design elements like a black roof, quad-tipped exhaust, large wheels, as well as numerous creases, vents, and louvers around the body.

NCSCCH President...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog May 29, 2019. 14 comments

Old Man Happenings (fun with language evolution)

Old Man Happenings (fun with language evolution)

In the past week, the following things have happened:

1. The lady cutting my hair kept referring to people as “Extra” and I thought it was condescending shorthand for “Extra Special” (or “Special”) and I kept wondering why she was calling her own mother mentally challenged. Moral of the story: Don’t ever try to infer a meaning.

2. Yesterday I drove through a Starbucks and ordered a Grande Latte...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog May 20, 2019. 13 comments

Several States Equate Concept Cars with “Full Production Automobiles”

Several States Equate Concept Cars with “Full Production Automobiles”

In moves that have already been challenged by the Federal Trade Commission and American Civil Liberties Union, more than seven US states have declared that concept vehicles – those in the earliest stages of design – must be seen through to production unless they are canceled very early in the process.

Alabama, a very automotive-heavy state with factories operated by Mercedes-Benz, Honda, and...

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$kaybait, today from Barber Motorsports Park

$kaybait, today from Barber Motorsports Park

The Barber Historics was a very quiet Sunday, but my son (8), dad (71) and I (??) got to enjoy a breeze to help offset the mid-80s mugginess. There’s some decent carspotting in the background here, too:

Bonus: For his birthday, I got dad a few parade laps for his 2004 R32. My son is waving furiously and dad is waving back at about 60-70mph. I was pleased with the composition — an iphone still...

Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog May 14, 2019. 7 comments

Celebrities Call for Boycott of Georgia Film Industry over Widespread “Donk” Car Culture

Celebrities Call for Boycott of Georgia Film Industry over Widespread “Donk” Car Culture

Actress Alyssa Milano, best known for her role as the abducted daughter in the 1984 Arnold Schwarzenegger action film Commando, is calling for movie and TV actors to boycott Georgia over what she believes is an obnoxious and unsafe car culture.

Donks, Bubbles, and Boxes, which are often characterized by large, exaggerated wheels installed on ‘80s and ‘90s American cars have been a common sight...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog May 09, 2019. 12 comments

Subaru Receives Major Award for Promotion of Continuously Variable Transmission Rights

Subaru Receives Major Award for Promotion of Continuously Variable Transmission Rights

Subaru Motors was honored at the National Association of Transmission Awareness (NATA) Wednesday with an award celebrating their work towards encouraging acceptance of the Continuously Variable Transmission, or CVT.

NATA President Sy Sperling presented the award, stating “Subaru’s push for mainstream acceptance of CVTs demonstrates their commitment that the two traditionally dominant...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog May 07, 2019. 15 comments

Automotive DNA Test Kits Provide Insight, Confusion, Anger

Automotive DNA Test Kits Provide Insight, Confusion, Anger

Ancestry.com, in conjunction with Indiana-based Blackstone Laboratories, recently unveiled a groundbreaking series of genealogy tests for vehicles to give their owners a more detailed look at their cars’ lineage. For many customers, such tests can provide them valuable, interesting insights into aspects of their car’s family history of which they may have been unaware. For a minority of...

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Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog Ash78, The Dissolution of Smog May 03, 2019. 15 comments

California Woman Invents “Gun-Shaped Wallet” to add Levity to Traffic Stops

California Woman Invents “Gun-Shaped Wallet” to add Levity to Traffic Stops

Laguna Niguel, California, entrepreneur Stacy Watkins never imagined she’d be at the center of nationwide attention.

In 2016 when she was pulled over for speeding and reckless driving in her own neighborhood, she never imagined the lingering pain her encounter would create. She had just gone through a difficult divorce and was struggling with how to fill her half-empty house with new...

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