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  1. Yeah, that scarcity model is a fundamental difference that Toyota really uses to their advantage. Toyota will sell in the high 98th or 99th percent of the trucks they build. There’s a reason you don’t see Tacomas at the rental car companies. Ford, bless them - will crank up a line and run it full out like they’re getting paid by the piece. They move most of what they don’t sell into the rental companies and other fleet providers. That’s all fine and good - but it hurts the secondary market. Over estimating on the front end hurts owners trying to sell on the backend. That said, sometimes you need a $2700 truck.
  2. Wells Fargo has continually abused their customers for the last decade - criminally so actually. They’ll try anything on their customer base to help bulk up senior management bonuses. And they’ve done it over and over again. How we’ve not sent their management team to prison is beyond me. Anyway, if you’ve got accounts with them, you really ought to move them. They don’t have your interests at heart. Seriously find a local community bank or credit union and see what you’ve been missing.
  3. I do love a good Smock. Gone now. But I was waiting for this drop.
  4. We get what we deserve I guess.
  5. My nephew told me that they were piping in "V8 motor sounds" over the stereo to offset the sounds of the 2.0 liter engine - and I thought he was pulling my leg. Alas: https://www.motortrend.com/news/2021-ford-bronco-sport-badlands-v-8-noise-speakers/ I don't even really know what to say.
  6. I’ve got a Hobie ProAngler that weighs 137 lbs. empty. There’s just no way to get it up there safely - not that your really want that much weight that high up anyway. The biggest thing the trailer has done is that it dramatically reduces the time barrier to getting out on the water. From, “hey I’ve got a couple free hours”, to putting ice and drinks in the boat, to rolling it out of the garage, hooking it up and pulling out of the driveway is literally less than 10 minutes. With a young family that seems to make all the difference in the world. Plus, with rod tubes and a tube for beach umbrellas on the trailer as a part of the rack, it makes taking the kayaks to the beach way easier on my marriage. It took it from, “you’re bringing your boat…” to “we have a lot more room and none of that stuff has to get sand in the truck”
  7. I couldn't find either another Tacoma or a Tundra that had what I wanted on it. I hadn't really planned to sell the Tacoma - but the dealer principal called and just sort of offered a deal I couldn't refuse. I went back into a 4Runner. I had one that I put over 300K on - and the next owner ran it to over 400K. So, I knew it would do everything I wanted. Really my reason for buying the truck was to be able to fit long kayaks in the back without hurting myself trying to get them on top of my car. I bought a kayak trailer, and honestly, I should have done that years ago.
  8. Yep. It’s crazy right now. I just traded a 2016 Tacoma TRD Off Road long bed with 60k miles for just shy of $5,000 of what I paid for it.
  9. Long beds are hard to find this side of the Mississippi. This is a great truck.
  10. MacGyver

    Happy!!

    I just put 15 lbs of fish on the smoker. If y’all turn towards Nashville in about an hour you ought to be able to smell it.
  11. Probably. As I remember, the second place winner got either a case of Diet Sprite or Diet Pepsi. Third place got whatever was left. I was raised around the north Georgia version of those folks. But some of the folks who were with us weren’t from around these parts - and it was quite a shock for them. Good times. There’s some great bluegrass in and around Nashville. But it’s hard to beat a bunch of folks just getting together to play a d have a good time on a Friday night.
  12. Couldn’t even finish a cup of coffee in that amount of time.
  13. Looks like a fun project!
  14. I love a good bluegrass jamboree. I went to one out past Brushy Mountain Prison one time. We were out there on a Habitat build, and the crew we were working with said we just had to go. Instructions were, “turn on the gravel road right past the guard tower. It’ll look like you’re not supposed to be there, but everyone knows about the jamboree tonight. Go about 3 miles. You cross the creek a couple of times and come to a fork. Take the right fork and go until you think you’ve surely gone too far - then go another mile or so.” Sure enough the trees opened up right about the time we were going to turn around and there was a one room mason block building with a stage down front. I was probably 23, and never before or since have I seen so much moonshine in one place. Seems like every trunk was open with bottles inside. They held a raffle. First place was an SKS. Second place was a case of diet sprite. Best bluegrass I’ve ever heard. A guy playing the upright bass passed out drunk and fell off the stage. Two guys carried him outside and another guy just got up out of the crowd, picked up the bass, stepped back up on the stage and just joined right in.
  15. I’d be willing to bet there aren’t 1000 dual-illumination RMRs out there with more than 100 rounds on them. They sound like a great idea - and they are within the right use case. But they really don’t solve a problem that the regular RMR and a pair of backup irons doesn’t. It exists to sell on GSA contracts and to folks in the private space who’ll spend more if you show them how.
  16. I think this is related to the fact that really good barbecue is specifically about a really good pit master. It's like asking Picasso's kid to carry on painting like their dad - it's just not going to be the same. Any restaurant with BBQ on the sign ought to be able to do reliable, decent pork shoulder as sort of table stakes. But, two things will kill it - one is a pit master who doesn't eat, breathe, and love the art of barbecue. Second, and directly related to the first - the moment you open that second location you've got a heavy lift that's going to be hard to do reliably. It's just hard to scale good barbecue. That's undoubtedly why the best barbecue is in single location restaurants in places where the rent is lower.
  17. Wow. That’s awesome. GT’s retirement plan thanks you for your support.
  18. I don’t know who’s pitching the “lead with video” strategy. Nothing makes me close out a tab faster than being force fed video of a story I could read in a tenth of the time.
  19. There was a video piece starting off the story. It made me laugh that it was shot in a franchised, chain barbecue place.
  20. Leading off with Dickey's probably wasn't the best way to get serious barbecuers to take them seriously (as if you could actually convince anyone who's serious about their barbecue). That's like saying the cities with the most McDonald's has the best burger
  21. If the London syndicates won't underwrite you - no one will.
  22. I think if I had a reloading setup, I’d skip .410 and go straight to a gentleman’s 28 gauge. On the question of 2.5 or 3”, the easy answer is that you can kill any squirrel with a 3” that you can a 2.5” - the same isn’t true in reverse. Once you get outside of whatever that effective range is - the efficiency of the 2.5” is going to fall off a lot faster. The more nuanced answer is to pattern both and be cognizant of missed shots in the field and really ask why you’re not knocking squirrels out of trees. I expect you’ll wind up with 3” loads.

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