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Post 61 made on Friday June 29, 2007 at 19:23
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I see something very naughty here. That would not be a GASP...CNHBlock hanging loose, would it? :-)


Very nice job, kidding aside.
Post 62 made on Friday June 29, 2007 at 19:25
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p.s. I'd enjoy knowing what ALL the other components in the rack are, with the exception of the Crestron and Kaleidedscape.
Post 63 made on Friday June 29, 2007 at 20:04
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Waited all day to get my car out of the shop... Of course it won't stall now that it's in the shop, although the mechanic is hanging a bunch of new parts on it anyway...

Makes me want to drink... (gave that up[ a few years ago though) 8>p
"If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger."
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Post 64 made on Friday June 29, 2007 at 20:11
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I was asked to design a theater for an upcoming project where money is not an issue, we will see.

Even though on intial meeting we showed him a TPMC-17 and he showed me 5 locations he would like to put them even after I told him the cost.

Last edited by roddymcg on June 29, 2007 20:27.
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Post 65 made on Friday June 29, 2007 at 21:21
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On June 29, 2007 at 20:11, roddymcg said...
I was asked to design a theater for an upcoming project
where money is not an issue, we will see.

Even though on intial meeting we showed him a TPMC-17
and he showed me 5 locations he would like to put them
even after I told him the cost.

Roddy,

As you know I've read about your high levels of stress. This sounds like MAJOR STRESS up the wazoo. You might want to consider handing this one off, I just don't think the stress will be worth it. I'm willing to take it on for you.
Post 66 made on Friday June 29, 2007 at 21:33
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On June 29, 2007 at 21:21, QQQ said...
Roddy,

As you know I've read about your high levels of stress.
This sounds like MAJOR STRESS up the wazoo. You might
want to consider handing this one off, I just don't think
the stress will be worth it. I'm willing to take it on
for you.

I have survived the last 2 big projects we sold, and I am actually sleeping more than 3 hours a night as well. This is way to fun to pass up, you could always fly out to supervise me collecting the final check. :)
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
Post 67 made on Friday June 29, 2007 at 21:38
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Can I come too?

Q, now you know why I wanted to see the back of the rack. LOL!
Post 68 made on Friday June 29, 2007 at 21:45
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We don't have a install contact yet, only a design contract has been signed so far.

We could always have a LA CI party...
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
Post 69 made on Friday June 29, 2007 at 21:59
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On June 29, 2007 at 21:38, ejfiii said...
Can I come too?

Q, now you know why I wanted to see the back of the rack.
LOL!

I had a suspicion :-).
Post 70 made on Friday June 29, 2007 at 22:47
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On June 28, 2007 at 02:57, Mr. Stanley said...
Today... Suuuuuuuuuuucccccckkkkkkkked!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I have been shopping for a nice clean, Mercedes 300te
wagon... for about 3 or 4 months now.
One popped up on Craigslist last night... A Mercedes mechanic
was selling his...

Insert lots of Stanley-esque Drama here.

After I swear, about 20 minutes he comes back to me "No
insurance card $400.00" --- "Tampering with License, and
I forget what the hell else he said... oh yeah, no front
plate, or registration" $504.00... Total $904.00!!!

Can't understand how he can get you for "Tampering with License", as the plate on the vehicle is referred to as a plate. It is not a License. Tampering with License is something 16 year old kids get, when they try to alter their birthdate on their license so that they are of legal drinking age!

He even physically removes my license plate off my car
and keeps it...( Now I don't have a license plate for
my truck!)

More Stanley Drama, see original post for normal Stanley Hilarity.

So, I drove over and looked at the wagon... It was just
what I've been looking for... I drove it around for a
while, and thouroughly quizzed the mechanic about it until
I could see he was getting a little impatient. I didn't
even "dicker" on the price...

...So I drove (the wagon - since IT was licensed properly),
to the bank, got a cashiers' check, paid the guy, did
the paperwork, and told him I'd leave my Miata there,
and drive the wagon home and get my Miata in a day or
two... He said fine.

Stanley luck dictates that when he goes to pick up the Miata, it's been stolen. But they don't just steal it. No! He would get to collect the insurance money then, that's too easy for Stanley. It been stolen, taken for a joy ride, and painted Pepto Bismol Pink!

The Wagon was running awesome... everything worked (all
the little wierd electrical devices and all that even
worked)...

...So I am on a busy Hi-Way (405)...heading back to my
home in Seattle - (in the Wagon), and the car just DIES
like it ran out of gas... I coast off to the shoulder
of the road... and after cranking it for a couple minutes
it starts up again... I go about 5 miles and it dies again!

Guess Stanley Didn't learn his lesson buying the last used car on a whim with little or no homework. Stanley, why don't you just hand them your checkbook, and let them write a check, and go home without a car. You'll probably be better off in most cases!

...So I call "Frank" the mechanic who I bought it from...
He says..."Oh, that must be the gas pump relay...They
tend to short out sometimes, it never did it for me though...
Let the car cool down, (the relay will cool also), then
drive it back to the shop here and I'll get a new relay
because I am 95% certain that is the problem!"
I VERY nervously drive it back to the shop in rush hour
traffic. When I get there the shop is now closed... so
I drop the keys in the key drop with a note "Fix this
car, or the deal is off - Thank you"!

I can't drive my Miata back until I get the license stuff
straightened out, so I call my son, but can't get ahold
of him, so I call a friend to come rescue me.

So... my friend eventually gets there and I go home, and
in the driveway, is a HUGE puddle of oil!!! I jump out
of the my friends' car and inspect the puddle...It must
have been 3 quarts!!!
This is where I had parked my OTHER recent purchase...
a 300SE coupe... My son had it somewhere, and I needed
to contact him ASAP to tell him it was hemoraging oil!!!

Ahhh, your other recent, gone bad used car purchase rear's it's ugly head yet again.

My 18 year old has it (the other Benz) over at his friend's
house... I frantically try calling him over and over again...
no answer... Finally I text message him "Call your Dad
ASAP"!!! --Park the Car it is out of oil!!!

He calls... Paul where are you? DON"T DRIVE F#CKING THE
CAR... I race over in my Truck, (half way there, I remember
has no license plate, since the cop took it off my Miata
earlier, so now I'm all paranoid about getting pulled
over again and having to explain the situation to another
cop) to this friend's house where the car is... huge puddle
of oil under it... I crawl under with my flashlight...
a small crack in the front of the oil pan... (He bumped
one of those curb things in a parking lot)... He said
when it happened he got out and took a look, but didn't
see anything unusual at the time...

I can see how he could hit a speed bump in a parking lot with a 300SE....

But I didn't think that a 300SE could accelerate to 80MPH between speed bumps! It's got better acceleration than I thought.

I check the oil dipstick... it is DRY... I replace 6 quarts...I
leave my truck there & drive home (5 miles) the 300SE...
now I am looking at having the oil pan replaced.
If my son had driven it any further, the engine would
have melted down.

Overall, a pretty stressful day...

I thought it sounded pretty average for you!

1. You didn't accidentally refer to one of your clients wives as a "Ho".
2. You must have missed all the waterpipes in the walls that day.
3. No major explosion that results in black dirt all over the clients brand new white silk couch.

See, It could have been a lot worse. :-)
Post 71 made on Saturday June 30, 2007 at 01:02
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BCF1963...

Yes, it could have been worse. I got an estimate to R & R the oil pan --- $600.00... but then the mechanic told me to clean the cracked area with sandpaper, use some acetone to remove any residue, and gave me some Epoxy stuff to smear over the crack... SO I went home, drained the oil, and followed his instructions... so far it's working!

However he ran the wagon literally all day long trying to see if it would stall, to no avail... Maybe I'll get it back one of these days! In the meantime he keeps adding new little circuit boards, relays, filters, fuse blocks --- when I get the bill I'll probably have to sell the car to pay for the repairs!!!

I took the day off today to help my son focus on finding a summer job... THAT was not fun! I wish I were busy enough right now to wherre I could use him as a helper.

Custom Installation wise- I DID stop by the house with the totally insane wiring, to chat with the owner a bit about what is and isn't possible, and to not let him get his expectations up to high due to the totally ridiculous "looped speaker wiring layouts" in his house.

He's an old friend who actually worked for me in the late 70's when I had a little hippy dippy psuedo high-end speaker & HI FI store... We used to sit around after closing, and have beers & pizzas & "other things" and crank up these four Folded Cornerhorns we had in this large demo room!!! Emerson Lake & Palmer had this song on their "Tank" album that almost blew out a picture window in the store!
On a few occasions the polce would come knocking... God we had fun!

He, unlike me, is from a very wealthy family... so I think he might just let me take out the sawzall and do a little rewiring of his house...
This is the guy who took me to his dad's business one day (back when he worked for me) - and showed me a large sterile white room with 40 to 50 Mint condition Ferarris! The room was so clean and white, you could probably do surgery in there...
His dad has since sold off most of them, but still has a couple 57 converts, and recently got an F-500 and some other new one that just came out... He is too old to drive them though, and they just sit in that room 8>(

...So in trying to help him out on this house I need to think in terms of cost not being an issue I guess, and just teare into it and do a great job for him.

He builds 30 to 40 pretty large 4.5 to 8 thousand sq. ft. homes a year... and I'm humping his leg to get the business, as up till now -- he has just had a hack electrician do the low voltage stuff, and there is HUGE potential for business because these homes are all within 5 to 10 miles of the main Microsoft Campus.

Although this fellow comes from money, he IS a builder and is very cheap, so I need to tread lightly with him... I was actually even considering pre-wiring them very cheaply, and making it all up on the back-end when the homeowners pick out what they want...? Trouble is, that is a big risk.
"If it keeps up, man will atrophy all his limbs but the push-button finger."
Frank Lloyd Wright
Post 72 made on Saturday June 30, 2007 at 04:48
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On June 28, 2007 at 21:04, Trunk-Slammer -Supreme said...
I met Q's harem....

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Post 73 made on Saturday June 30, 2007 at 10:19
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On June 29, 2007 at 21:45, roddymcg said...
We don't have a install contact yet, only a design contract
has been signed so far.

We could always have a LA CI party...

I'll bring my golf clubs and nail bags.
Post 74 made on Saturday June 30, 2007 at 10:40
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On June 30, 2007 at 10:19, BigPapa said...
I'll bring my golf clubs and nail bags.

Works for me...
Not life, but good life, is to be chiefly valued.
Post 75 made on Saturday June 30, 2007 at 11:38
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On June 30, 2007 at 10:40, roddymcg said...
Works for me...

Terms for payment are quite simple and modest;

-Airfare
-Housing in any hotel where hookers don't do business.
-Per Diem at current market rate
-A round of golf at Riviera, LACC, or Pinehurst (you could drive me there)

Sound like a deal for me to be your installabeyatch?
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