Posts by Gman

    Thanks Lazs, he's improving greatly right now, very, very happy with the progression of his mental ability. His hip still gives him trouble in terms of balance/etc, as he obviously wasn't able to do the 6 week of rehab you're supposed to do after a hip replacement, so he's doing that 3 months late ATM. His incredible pain there is gone, for 1.5 years he waited on the "wait list" to get him in for a hip replacement, and if it wasn't for a pretty random set of events that landed him in the hospital for emergency hip surgery at the end of January, he'd still be on the list, writhing in pain, and being prescribed ever increasing powerful opioids to deal with it, which is shit. Now he's on NO painkillers, none at all - from him literally crying out in pain in his sleep for 6 months prior to his January surgery (he wouldn't even be awake and he'd cry and and grab his hip in his sleep), to sleeping soundly and again, NO painkillers.


    Couldn't be happier right now for him.


    EDIT - Thanks to Danneskjold, who already has my new knife on the way, can't wait to see this one and also be able to use it, it'll have a good home here.

    $ otw Dannes, don't worry about shipping it quickly or anything, just "whenever", no rush at all. Real sorry to read about your father too...


    Ya, it's been a real shit show for pops this year. Emergency hip surgery last week of January. We both get covid from the hospital he was in for that. Couple weeks later, his eyes roll back in his head and he drops. Off to the ICU for 30 days, Covid had given him pneumonia, kidney failure, crazy blood chemistry imbalance, and a bunch of other BS. That takes a month to clear up, the 2nd week he's in there the nurses abandon him for 3 hours in the bathroom, so he gets pissed off and tries to walk back to his bed himself. Falls, snaps the socket on his new hip, so he needs surgery, AGAIN, to fix/replace the hip that was just fixed/replaced. Couple weeks later, they then release him so I can take him to his home. We stay and take care of him, and over the next 4 or 5 weeks, the infamous C19 "brain fog" affects him greatly, it was like instant onset of brutal alzheimers, he acts like a 4 year old some days, can't figure out the phone, tv, etc, can't remember the names of simple things like food/drink he tries to ask for, and it frustrates him badly. I keep telling the doctors at the hospital what's happening, and they keep stringing me along with the "it's no big deal" type of attitude, and say to "wait it out". I try for 3 weeks to try and get them to come and take blood samples. Finally they do. His GP doctor (awesome, x South African army, lots more details I could go into) sees the results that the hospital puts in their computer, and flips out on them there, and tells me to get him to the ER ASAP, as the results don't look good.


    Same attitude at the ER, totally lax, "no big worries, take it easy" type of attitude, and "you shouldn't be here anyway due to C19 rules, so gtfo of here and leave you father with us, we'll call YOU in a few days". They call me back a few hours later, telling me to get there as fast as I can as pop had coded, no breathing/heartbeat, and they aren't getting him back after repeated jump starts. Anyhow, as I said last post, he did recover and come back, he's a tough old bastard (still), and I have him at his home here now, and he's improving greatly. He's actually in better shape than I've seen him in years right now, and his mental acuity is back to about 90% or so. I feel very, very fortunate, and blessed, to have not lost him.


    Sorry to rant in your knife thread Dannes, I'll stfu now. Thanks again, glad you still had that kitchen knife, makes me happy. I have some ideas for another project too in the near future here. Again, I'll take some vids/pics of the WW2 USN knife and the 3 clinch picks, and do a little review of them - might post some of my collection too, I'm close to 500 (!!! didn't think it was that high) knives and pocket knives now after the missus counted them recently.

    Okie dokie, knife #7 to me you can consider sold then, once you figure out a total$ hit me up and I'll xfer it as per usual. Not buying it because I feel bad for you getting a return, although I do and that story made me a bit angry to hear, but because I love your work, and like dealing with you. Plus I've said I needed a knife like this anyway.


    Prior to me first purchase, Lazs had told me you were a great guy, and a great person to deal with, and that's 100% true. People on the board here should know that your work is great and that you've gone above and beyond for me in terms of shipping and dealing with our stupid customs up here.


    I WILL get a review done and put up this weekend, I know I've kept saying that, but my father was back in the ICU post covid ([email protected]#!), and this last time had a heart attack as well, no heartbeat or breathing while they did CPR and paddled him over and over, and finally got him back (this was a few weeks back). He just got back home, so it's been busy as hell for me dealing with all of this, but now I've finally got some free time again.


    Anyhow, again, just hit me up with the $$$ total and I'll take care of it tonight sometime.

    Storch if you can, you should give the WW2 stuff in DCS a whirl - the flight model/dynamics/realism is handily the best out there. Il2 is pretty good these days, but doesn't hold a candle to DCS's WW2 stuff, IMO.


    I'll try your mission out tonight Iron, thanks for sharing it.

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    Hrrm, you think they would have been more specific about that Iron, it'd suck if they lose potential new players and customers because that license isn't easy to find.

    They can't. And that is what the Socialists cry about every day. Only thing I agree with them about is that Housing is totally unaffordable to the Middle and lower classes now. And because We have a paid for house, they claim "WE" are the cause. Wait....WHAT?

    Ditto - funny enough that IMO the socialists are mostly to blame for this predicament too, and certainly to blame for the problem to start getting even worse now.

    Here in Western Canada home prices have been sort of stable-ish for a bit. In the early to mid 2000s it was insane though.


    I built a new home in 2000, low 2000-ish sq feet, front attach garage, large pie lot in a new development area. I was in the mid $100k range, IIRC around $165k CAD. It sold (my x wife got it) in 2006 6 years later for $450. The home I'd bought in 2004 which was $300k CAD ish sold for $250k more than I paid for it in 2006 as well. The home the missus and I bought in Ft McMurray in 2006 for $450 ish sold for high $915k CAD, 5 years after we bought it as well. Pretty crazy increases, for better or worse, in terms of housing costs from 2004 to 2011 or so in Alberta. After getting wiped out in my divorce, I was fortunate to get in/out at the right time on my primary residences, which you don't have to pay cap gains tax on here in Canada, it's essentially free money. A couple rental properties we've owned (none now) over that period did ok as well, not as much $$$ gained, but certainly very profitable still.


    I don't know how new young families can start out these days in Canada. My monthly mortgage payment including interest and property tax was $950 a month CAD after putting about $15k down, on our new home we built in 1999/2000. That home now is close to $3k a month and needs at least $30k, more likely $50k as a down payment for even a well qualified buyer(s). That's a lot for a young family unless they're making very good salaries.

    I know it doesn't fit your purpose, but I'd like to check out the 2021 Escalade Diesel myself. Not interested in buying/leasing one, but I'd just like to see how that motor and powertrain is in the Escalade new platform. 27mpg they claim, which is very good for such a large heavy SUV, great range too, 28.3 gallon tank should give close to 750 mile range capability. 1200km for Canadian metric distance, that'd get me from home in Calgary to Abbotsford/lower mainland easily without needing to stop to refuel.

    Pew pew pew.


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    Heh, I had several of the Track Clip pros break myself. I spoke to Natural Point on the phone, the guy there told me that they had a large shipment freeze during shipping, and the material did NOT react well to this, making them very brittle. They didn't know about this until after they starting selling them and getting a huge number of returns, at least that's what he said when I asked why the efff they decided to let them get into the market in that condition. Anyhow, I had one break just from me picking it up off the top of my pc and gently bumping it against the side of the monitor beside that tower. "Ting", snap, break. Ridiculous.


    Anyhow, I'll try some of that stuff myself, I'd bought a few aftermarket battery powered track clip replacements from Delanclip, but it'd be nice to fix the originals that have fractured.

    Anybody know anything about these diesel Colorado ZR2's? Saw one on the job the other day and was impressed. The owner claims it has great range. It looked just like this one, but had a topper on the back.


    We had a leased 2018 ZR2 (gas) when we got rid of our last full size Duramax 2500 (had 3 of them over the years), posted about it before a couple/few years back, but a friend of mine has the ZR2 diesel. He loves it, big Ford diesel guy, it's him I got our diesel Expedition from long ago. Anyhow, he says the ZR2 is great, the little diesel is more than enough power to pull his 21" boat around or his trailer with quads/Seadoos.


    There are some YT vids of stock ZR2 Duramax trucks putting 190 HP and 375 Ft/lbs to the wheels on dyno tests. Pretty decent IMO. So far as range, I'll ask, pretty sure my friend will have a computer/tune set up for max range, he drives between the lower mainland/Abbotsford and his lake house in Kelowna year round, ton of highway miles (kms).


    If you do want the diesel motor, and want to buy/lease new, you only have a year or two left, GM says they are shitcanning the Duramax/diesel and V6 gas motors in the entire line of these mid size trucks, and going with a turbo 4 of some type (lame).

    Guntersville is coming up at the end of the month, if you are interested.

    Do you know if its telivised anywhere? That performance boat racing is something I know absolutely nothing about, but always wanted to go to a race, or at least get into following it online/on tv/etc. Do they race boats that large/fast in the Ontario power boat league or whatever it's called?

    DCS Free to play event - try any (ie all of the modules) for free for 2 weeks for each module, over a period of 6 months. Once that 6 months is up, you can restart for another 6 months. This should allow every DCS player to try every module they don't own. Pretty slick deal, I bet they capture a LOT of new sales from this. Hope it works out for ED.


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    Also, somewhat on topic still, regarding what it was like for the Germans under the bombardment of so many naval guns -


    This vid is of a battery (4 guns) of Finnish 5" guns during a shoot ex. The cameras are mostly set up in the target area. At :029 you can even see one of the rounds coming in. Anyhow, pretty telling of what just a 4 gun battery can do, ie a couple of twin 5" turrets on a ship alone.


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