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    And, no matter how careful you are----------
    Murphy will show up eventually and say "GOT YOU".

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    Buy cheap stuff to loan others so your good stuff won't vanish.
    Don't buy a 3 year extended warranty that costs only $10 less than buying a new one because technology will make it cost $15 less by the time your warranty would have replaced it at 2 years and 11 months.
    You always stock up on stuff you never use and use stuff you never stock up on, then you stock up on stuff you used all of it up and never use it again.
    Instruction manuals.... don't. The only stuff with parts lists have expensive parts you cannot get, while cheap stuff has cheap parts but no parts lists.
    It is always the 50 cent part that breaks in the $100 item that renders it useless and it always breaks when they change designs to get around the breakage problem with the 50 cent part and the warranty expires, so you have to buy a $80 assembly to replace the 50 cent part and everything it connects to. I once had a broken nylon bushing in a transmission and the dealer quit carrying them at $2 each. I needed 4 of them. Instead I had to buy new shifting forks with new nylon bushings for $125 to fix the problem.

    Buying the latest and greatest lasts only long enough for you to pay it off and have it be obsolete and start messing up and the next latest and greatest has the fixes for the problems of the last version.

    If you find a bargain everyone wants it, if you pay full price everyone only wants one when the price goes up or it is discontinued. If you buy something to resell nobody wants it until you find a use for it then everyone wants one and nobody makes them any more.

    Everyone thinks you are a nut for carrying extra stuff, but the same people are the first to remember you have it in your pocket when they need it, then a few weeks later they think you are a nut again.

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    Buying the latest and greatest lasts only long enough for you to pay it off and have it be obsolete and start messing up and the next latest and greatest has the fixes for the problems of the last version.


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    A corollary to that is to never buy serial #1 of anything. Remember the first Mazdas? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/icon15.gif[/img]

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    DOn't try to look for something you lost when it's actually in your hand (or around your neck, or behind your ear)! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]


    I did that with a CPF light pen today. I was looking all over the place for it when it was behund my ear the whole time! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ohgeez.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/poke2.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/drunk.gif[/img]

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    [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/yellowlaugh.gif[/img] I've done that, MaxaBaker. "Where the heck are my glasses?.... O, wait." [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ohgeez.gif[/img]

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    1) When you drop the soldering iron, let it fall. Only Jedi Masters grab the cold end.

    2) You can't really drop a 500 degree bolt before the blister forms.

    3) Sanding a part in a disk sander can bring the temperature up to 500 degrees. See #2

    4) Never try to blow the saw dust out of a spinning drill bit when you have long hair. (learned in 1971)

    5) If you run a part beyond the designed specifications, one or more of the other specifications will be invalidated.

    6) You can build it fast, cheap or high quality. Pick any two. If you add enough luck you can get all three.

    7) Murphy was an optimist.


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    biking-wrist guards/padding+small cliff=bad, scar on the elbow bad...

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    And, no matter how careful you are----------
    Murphy will show up eventually and say "GOT YOU".

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    I once remarked to a colleague, "No matter what the $#*( we do, the bullet with our name on it will get us"

    His reply was great - "Well, try to make it a small bullet then."

    We've worked to minimize the damage wherever we can.


    Speaking of the bullet with our name on it, I've always believed in laying in not just one, but FOUR different backup plans. This is a tremendous amount of redundancy to be sure. At work, I care for and feed a mission critical database. To put it bluntly, nothing happens without this system. Work literally grinds to a halt, as it did during a failure that took out both the primary system AND three of my backups... but the 4th saved me.

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    Anytime you handle a firearm, check the breach first before doing anything else.....even if you just saw someone else check it two seconds earlier; check it again. Never trust the other guy's judgement who supposedly just verified that breach was empty...the stakes are just too high.

    [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/xyxgun.gif[/img]

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    Always keep a plunger in the bathroom.

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    Always keep a plunger in the bathroom.

    Brightnorm

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    A ounce of image is worth a pound of performance.

    A ounce of chocolate equals four pounds of fat.

    Nature always sides with the hidden flaw.

    Proper planning and preparation prevents piss poor performance.

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    Bathrooms and alcohol are often sources of amusement, but only for others.

    - The time to be certain about the paper supply is before and not after. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ooo.gif[/img]
    - Priorities and options change based upon the situation (No paper? No newspaper? No magazines? Singles for a five?). [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/icon6.gif[/img]
    - Murphy is one thing, but remember, God has a sense of humor and you are the butt of the joke (Bwwwahahahahaha!). Example: when you have both an alcohol and bad food choice induced situation, where both ends are about to simultaneously become, er... engaged, you will make the wrong choice. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/icon15.gif[/img] [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smoker5.gif[/img] And your wife will be there to laugh at you. Can you say, "Film at eleven?"
    - Wives have very long and very accurate memories. Except that they will neglect to mention that the story they are telling (and retelling) is but one, single instance in an otherwise exemplary (indeed, saint-like -- was that thunder I just heard? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/evilgrin07.gif[/img] ) life.
    - Wives love, and in fact, live only to relate that one instance over and over again. In front of family, friends, and co-workers. Yours, not hers. At parties. Work parties. In front of the boss. Just before your review. When you really, really could use the raise. And the boss is a member of the Temperance Union. Or is very stern and humorless and devout. Or all of the above.

    And just because I am certain that somehow, somewhere I owe my family for something... one family member used to have two fiercly protective terriers. They would ferociously defend them by snarling and loudly barking against all attackers. Especially the porcelain one. On the morning after the night before. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/cool.gif[/img]

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    When in the bedroom,only mention your WIFE'S name.Happened
    to a coworker,he complained of head and neck pain for more
    than a week. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif[/img]

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    No good conversation ever started with:

    - I have something to tell you. (And I know I don't want to hear it)
    - Oh, did I forget to mention... (Yes, you did. And just how good is the dinner the table so I'll know just how bad this is gonna be?)
    - You know I love you. (Uh, oh. It's either expensive or is gonna take a lawyer. Or both)
    - Watch what I can do. (Where's the first aid kit and what is the number for 9-1-1?)
    - Let me tell you what YOUR child did today. (They're YOUR kid when they make honor roll, but now they're mine? -- especially good for step-parents, btw)
    - Honey, do you know how much I love you? (Be afraid. Be very afraid.)
    - Do you think she's cute? (Forget "does this make me look fat?" THIS IS THE MOST DANGEROUS QUESTION YOU WILL EVER HEAR! There is no correct answer -- answer yes and you are dead, answer no and she'll only think you are lying)
    - Do you remember when...? (No, I don't. I'm getting old and forgetful, but that won't stop you from holding it against me no matter how obscure the thing I forgot was)
    - How much did you love that car/boat/shirt/light? (DID? That's the past tense. Uh, oh... Hey, waitaminute! Cool! Now I don't have to hide that new...)

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    - The time to be certain about the paper supply is before and not after. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/ooo.gif[/img]


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    [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/yellowlaugh.gif[/img] Amen to that! I could list that as one of my quirks in that other thread - I always check beforehand.

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    In an emergency, don't expect people to act rationally. I was a telephone operator in the 1970s. I actually got this call;

    Me: Operator; may I help you?

    Him: Quick, I need the number for 911!


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    One of the most important things.....

    If there are two ways to interpret what someone says, choose the more complimentary one, not the insult.

    If it's really a compliment and you choose to act like it's an insult, you will be unhappy, he will be unhappy and it will take forever to rebuild your relationship.

    If it's really an insult and you choose to take it as a compliment it does no harm, may turn the other person's feelings around. It sets both of you up for rebuilding the friendship.

    Besides. It really pisses people off when you smile and treat them nice after they insult you.

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    If it's really an insult and you choose to take it as a compliment it does no harm, may turn the other person's feelings around. It sets both of you up for rebuilding the friendship.

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    Wise words, Daniel.

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    Measure twice, cut once.
    - - - - Then measure again before glueing.

    Daniel

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    Measure twice, cut once.
    - - - - Then measure again before glueing.

    Daniel

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    Daniel,

    Where's the fun in that. Then you you'll know how it turns out before you begin. It's kind of like reading the end of a novel to see how it turns out before you finish the first chapter.

    How a bout cut twice, never measure - that's where the adventgure is.

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    double post

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    Ok, Another thing I learned the hard way.....

    You can end up with a double post if you hit the continue button twice after typing in the message.


    You can cover it up by cleverly editing the post so it looks like you are

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    continuing the previous post. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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    If you think you have enough gas in the car to drive to the NEXT exit-you don't......

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    1) The stuff you have packed and carried for an annual event for years, but never used, when left behind because you never have used it, will be "mission critical" because you left it behind.

    2) Duct tape will repair almost everything... but not quite. There are reasons those doctors went to school for all those years.

    3) The go-to, ultimate backup, use-only-when-your-life-depends-on-it light will be dead when you need it because someone in your family found it in your secret hiding place, and had to go past at least 10 other lights (Yes, at least 10. We're flashaholics, remember?), to make the glow in the dark stars on their ceiling glow a teeny bit brighter. And that is why you riped the living snot off your knuckles in the dark. (see #2)

    4) The go-to, ultimate backup, use-only-when-your-life-depends-on-it knife will be dull when you need it because someone in your family found it in your secret hiding place, and had to go past at least 10 other knives (Yes, at least 10. I'm a knife guy, remember?), to scrape paint off a $2 desk they got at a garage (garbage?) sale -- and it was no bargain at that price. And that is why you sliced your thumb when you went to cut that rope. (see #2 again)

    5) The latest computer you bought cost 1/4 of your first 8086 machine (and 1/1000th of the IBM 360 you used to punch cards for), is faster by factors -- not just multiples, and does not weigh even a tenth as much (not to mention the size of the 360). But the keyboard sucks! Gimme that old click response of the early PC keyboards.

    6) The first thing to go when you get old is, um..., what a minute, uh..., what was I talking about?

    7) The size of your "nose goblin" (that you have not noticed but they have) is directly proportional to their level of hottie-ness when you are trying to make a first impression. Well, Buck-o, you made a first impression, alright!

    But if you still can get her to hang out with you, you are not only a god but more importantly she is most definitely a keeper.

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    1) The kitchen knife you have sharpened, and (this is the important part) have left a piece a piece of tape on, that says "Sharp!!", will cut your wifes' thumb. Somehow this will be your fault.

    Each time it happens.

    2) The mangy mutt your kid got will, even after it destroys your favorite shoes, light, book, etc. (or all of them, actually), will still be a "precious, cute, innocent, little puppy."

    3) The precious, cute, innocent, little puppy your kid got will, after it destroys the pair of shoes your wife just bought, still be a "mangy mutt."

    4) Your vehicle -- your pride and joy -- your baby! -- will have to be left out in the driveway because your family has packed the garage with extremely vaulable items. Like a bicycle with two flat tires and no chain. And that $2 desk bought at a garbage, er, garage sale. Or the volleyball set -- with a net full of holes -- and no volleyball. And the boards for the tree hou... -- HEY! Who left my torque wrench out here! And why did they use it as a hammer! AAAAAaaarrrrrrggghhh!

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    NEVER, EVER, say that you went to a "Flashlight" convention. The familiy members will forever snicker and raise their eyebrows when they mention that you went to one. More in character if I went to a gun show instead.

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    The dial tone in live phone wire is about 45 volts. The ring signal depending on the REN rating of your home's service drop, could be as high as 90 volts.

    Both have the potential to create a very interesting sensation when you're stripping phone wire with your teeth because you were in too much of a hurry to go get a wire stripper from the basment.

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    Default Re: Things I\'ve learned the hard way . . .

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    3) The go-to, ultimate backup, use-only-when-your-life-depends-on-it light will be dead when you need it because someone in your family found it in your secret hiding place, and had to go past at least 10 other lights (Yes, at least 10. We're flashaholics, remember?), to make the glow in the dark stars on their ceiling glow a teeny bit brighter. And that is why you riped the living snot off your knuckles in the dark. (see #2)


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    Ouch, sorry to hear about that.. it sounds painful even without #2!

    I kinda figure this is the reason why the light that fills this particular role in my collection is actually carried, used, and reloaded every week. This decreases the chances of it being dead.

    Another thing I learned from the computers: If you take a lightly used component, package it up nicely (or not bother to package it, doesn't matter), and leave it alone for many months, it will die. Of what I have no idea but it is almost certain it will be dead next time you need it. Strangely, if left in the system, powered on, it will last forever. Almost.

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