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Apr 04, 2003 (12:50 pm)
yeah, but after gasping incredulously, if they score big in the stock market---what do they shell out a hundred grand for? An old car!
#96 of 104 score big in the stock market?
Apr 04, 2003 (4:55 pm)
I work in telecom, the only people we saw taking it home from the market recently had a tubload more money than the average millionnaire to start with. at this point, my motto is, " buy low, and burn for fuel "
Apr 04, 2003 (10:38 pm)
and the Scotch blackwatch tape was newer and even worse. Customers couldn't complete backups because heads were totally black halfway thru a tape. The government loved this low bid stuff.
#98 of 104 blackwatch really gunked my kennedy-based DEC deck
Apr 05, 2003 (1:02 am)
and that's a fact. the tape worked so well in audio, though... clean and quiet.
Apr 05, 2003 (7:03 am)
When I was young and broke, there was a place in a rundown part of town that sold "rebuilt" batteries. They had a 90 day guarantee.
One day, I watched them "rebuild" them.
They would turn them upside down on a rack to drain the acid. God only knows what they did with the acid...probably into the storm system...
Then they would beat in the bottoms of the batteries to dislodge (?)the crud that was maybe causing the plates to short out.
They would clean up the battery, wipe it down with something that made it shine, fill it with fresh acid, charge it up and slap a sticker on it.
Presto! It was "rebuilt" and ready to sell!
I think the 6 volts (I know...don't say it) were something like 7.95 and the 12 volts were 10.95.
They were just gambling they would make it through the 90 day warranty period.
I remember most of their customers were the guys who operated the sleazy used car lots.
Apr 05, 2003 (9:25 am)
Oh, I didn't mean people getting rich investing in the stock market, I meant getting rich stealing your money in the stock market.
#101 of 104 ah, isell, that's quality workmanship
Apr 11, 2003 (11:03 pm)
they didn't pour the acid onto their boots
Apr 13, 2003 (3:59 pm)
As a freshman in college, in qualitative analysis, I "poured" just a few measly drops of concentrated nitric acid on the toe of a brand new pair of penny loafers. I realized quickly what had happened, yanked the offended shoe off, and put baking soda and water on it. It seemed to accelerate the "eating" of the leather but neutralized it before perforation. Ugly!
#103 of 104 they didn't call it "fuming" nitric acid for nothing ;)
Apr 13, 2003 (5:25 pm)
truly nasty stuff, there's a reason there are fume hoods in chemistry labs. I remember debating at moorhead high, and they had a rack with big old 5-gallon glass carboys labelled with various acids right in the aisle of the chemistry room. "nah, couldn't be," thought I, as I twisted the ground-glass stopper out of the glacial acetic acid, and used my hand to waft a little distant sniff over from a foot away.
like to have died. they were the real mccoy. one pinhead on a rampage and stuff surely would have happened. might as well have put little tin buckets full of kerosene in the restrooms with chunks of sodium metal at the bottom as another "safety" measure
#104 of 104 At that same point in time...
Apr 13, 2003 (9:18 pm)
I had a 55 Chevy Belair V8 that I drove 'til it dropped. I picked it up and drove it some more. Despising the labor involved in ridge reaming it again, I finally sold it off in favor of my beloved 51 Fleetwood. Not even my father's pair of Simcas could turn my head from the fabled Caddy. Combining that with my 59 Triumph Bonneville, I was the man. And all this stuff was old, old junk! (:o]