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Sneaky Chicago speed cameras.  Here is one of my cars  (not me driving) getting clocked at a whopping 29 MPH on a major artery.  What the hell is the speed limit?  I, and most people, would assume that it is 30 MPH.  Apparently that is not the case if you are near a school.  In this case there is a high school right here.  A high school?  Why would the speed limit need to be reduced for a high school?  Are 16 year old kids that stupid that they jump out into traffic randomly?  I say Darwin them if they do and sue the parents for damage to your car.

The obvious answer is that it is a money grab by the city.  Let us be honest.  This is not about safety.  It is about the city trying to squeeze every nickel possible out of you.  Evidence of this is that it arrived from City of Chicago Department of Finance.

And they are all over the city.  This is a map of where they are:  http://abclocal.go.com/wls/feature?section=news/local&id=9203444 I really think people are going to start taking out the cameras with guns as this is absurd, just like people started smashing the new parking meters.

Oh, the website is pretty neat though.  You can watch video of your violation and see a couple of still shots.
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To be clear, my kids went to the school I was speeding past and had already been home for twenty minutes. There was about five minutes left in the slower speed time. No one was endangered.
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It was not quite this complicated this evening when I went to take the dogs for a walk as I only had five dogs.  It is still in the mid 70's F right now.  I am kind of used to 10 to -20 F at this point.  This is awesome weather so I had to take the dogs for a walk.

During the short walk (cut short because I had to carry my #1 dog back due to arthritis-  her arthritis, not mine) I met some new neighbors.  Mind you that carrying a dog while walking four other dogs is not exactly the easiest thing, especially when one of the dogs is 90 pounds and likes to run after any squirrel she sees.  So I surmise that the neighbors that I met were less than enthusiastic seeing me with five dogs.  Whatever.  Last Friday I was less than enthused about the party their kid had which was noisy and left my lawn littered with beer cans.

I do like this guy's approach to walking many dogs though.  Hold all of the leashes in one hand.  Use the other hand to shoo the dogs that insist on wrapping behind you to the correct side.
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space between the dash and first and last letter - like this - or this will happen.
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I need help here.  These are the numbers stamped on my 1980 bicycle that I am trying to sell once I restore it.  It is a Schwinn Predator which was first sold in 1981.  I was always told that this was a prototype by my uncle who worked for Schwinn at the time.  The HR number on the front head tube means August 1980.  That furthers my argument that it is not a production bike and is in fact a one of a kind prototype.    On the rear inside of the frame where the wheel attaches it is stamped with 1229 and 1228 on opposite sides.  I do not know what that means, but they are mismatched numbers.  On the front tube badge 0631 is imprinted.  I also do not know what that means.

I am pretty confident that it is a one of a kind bike, but I ask my friends here to confirm that it is.  Thanks!  Either that or I can have my uncle sign an affidavit to it's originality.  #bicycle #bmx #Schwinn #bike
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+Nakoma Hendrix where might I get a wedge for the handlebar stem on the cheap?  As it is 1980 Schwinn it has a smaller diameter than just about every other bike.  Thanks!  I looked about and found that I have two wedges that do not fit.  E-bay has them up for something like $30.00 which seems like a ripoff.
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So I traded in my CD collection for these books.  To me books are useful and music is a waste of time.  I think I went overboard on the British authors.  The only two books I bought that are not of British authors are the Rex Stout books.  Those are my favorites of the lot though.  The reflection off of the plastic of the middle lower book obscures it.  It is The Broken Vase by Rex Stout.  It is not a Nero Wolfe mystery.  Instead it is a Tecumseh Fox mystery.  Also I am pleased with the hardcovers of the two Len Deighton books and the three-in-one of Frederick Forsyth.

If you are curious the shop encases older books in plastic to help prevent paper rot.  Paper rot is also that really awesome smell of books.
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You will always find old books at Goodwill ... And they are pretty much a flat rate. 
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What the heck?  I exploded at the guy that I hired to handle the closing at my old place today.  He called me up to tell me that the buyers were upset about dog poop in the backyard and that the upstairs shower did not have enough pressure.  Huh?

This is a summary of my reply to him:

"Tell them that we have dogs and dogs poop.  Bill it as bonus fertilizer for the lawn.  Tell them that the water needs to be pumped up two stories so it will obviously lose pressure.  Suggest buying a new shower head.  What the hell am I paying you for and what does this have to do with anything?  Just close!"

This really annoys me as I am a lawyer and could have dealt with this myself.  Instead I hired a guy to do it for me and he sucks.  My Irish temper got a workout.
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+Geof Fantastico
 I would ajust  what this guy get's paid.. Really that was just BS  small stuff that should have just been pressed as non-issues . Yard need cleaning after it snows  and water pressure is what it is. and they could know that as the house passed inspection. Sound like Cold feet but more less sound like they want to try to cut some off the price. which is BS at that point. If the know how to close and is getting paid for it he needs to Do the job.. Not waste your time and money.
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Seriously?  It is April 14 today and this happens and it is still coming down steadily.  What the hell?  I am not complaining as I know this sort of thing happens where I chose to live.  It is just kind of depressing after having a brutally cold and snowy winter and being teased with one or two days recently that were in the 70's F.  Thanks Al Gore.
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+Geof Fantastico Dog groomers I wouldn't have been able to of helped you out, I do all my own grooming. And for my vet I travel all the way out to North Lake, the only good vet I know. So I probably wouldn't have been to helpful had you known I lived so close. ;-)

Ooh who, you got a full house! I hope your new place is big. It is sorta like being a grandparent, you love having the kids come and visit but it sure will be nice when they go home. 
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Not content with just selling my CDs to the used book store, today I went back and sold my records (I do not even have a record player any more or a stereo for that matter).  Really?  They buy records?  $5.00-$10.00 was what I was expecting and I was going to invest that money in a Jim Thompson book that I was eyeing the last time I was in there.  My first hint that I was in for a pleasant surprise was when I was browsing about the vintage book rack near the sell counter and and heard someone say, "Holy crap!  Joe look at this stuff.  This is an original 'Sandinista' by The Clash.  Look at this other stuff."

$72.00.  Not too shabby.  So I bought that Jim Thompson book and two Dashiell Hammett books and had lots of money left over.  Overall it was a very nice Monday.
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You should have sold them on Ebay ..,
I have that same CD set..Well i have it again now.
I had my CD collection stolen over 100 plus CD of Rock,Metal,Anime and other mixes of Music .
I thought  that for most being form 89 to 96 the CD's were like worthless or at best a few worth something they rest what paid or less . WRONG!
 Some of the anime titles are over $200  some of the rock and Metal as well .
    That collection CD I been taking with on trips was well worth over  $5000 or more..
I was shocked ..
I did manage to re-find some of the missing CD's but too many were just beyond  my price or I just  could not find them..
Some I can't remember names but do know the covers .
One i managed to get back New Wave Of British Heavy Metal '79 Revisited 2 CD set .. Well look it up the price shocked me as i paid $19.99 when got it ..
It worth far more now. i got it way below the  asking price .
My CD's do not leave the house now and I digitized them (well near all of them) So I can store them on my Tablet or other device to use in the car now. No more trips ..
    Well maybe to the banks and safety deposit box as i managed to get some of thoe out of print anime ones for under $40 and few $70..
They will just go up due to not being in print now or ever again.
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My niece's birthday kind of did an ambush on me.  It was today and was reminded of that by the lady of New Fort Fantastico.  So I scrambled about and came up with antique porcelain elephant figurines.  I said, "Wrap these up.  These are nice.  We will tell her that she likes elephants."

"Oh, these are nice.  I like these.  Where did you get these?  I'll put them on display in the dining room."

As I could not find anything else suitable for a little girl on short notice I had to go shopping.  I wound up gifting her a huge box of rubber bands that kids make bracelets out of.  It is really the rage with little girls these days.  Whoever invented that is probably really wealthy.  She was very happy with the gift, but I still think the elephants are cooler.
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You are the greatest uncle ever +Marty Fischlin.  You are the cool uncle.  Meanwhile I am also the cool uncle in my family but scheming about how to get my cool uncle to lend me some tools to fix up a vintage bike.
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This is the Schwinn prototype Predator BMX that I am looking to sell +Rich Griffith.  Remarkably I still have 99% of it.  It came with the spoke wheels in the foreground.  I replaced them with the mag wheels to be cool.  The seat is also different, but the original seat and post are at the near right corner of the footlocker.  It also has different handlebars (again-- to look cool) but the original bars and neck are on the footlocker as well.  Heck, I even still have the pads that it came with.

There is no other bicycle like this as it is a prototype.  What should I do?  Should I take it to a shop and have them restore it?  Should I sell it as is?  What should I sell it for?  I am thinking around $250.00.  Also it is a bad picture as the frame, big gear, and chain look rusty.  Only the chain is (easy fix).

Please forward this to any bicycle enthusiasts.  Thanks!
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You have the older 80's style Tuff II's, nice. I had a Schwinn Predator Cro Mo- I also removed the CMC spoke wheels and added a set of Tuff II's. I think what you have could go for 500 bucks. I would put it on the BMX Museum website. 
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This is a great deal at $0.99.  Dashiell Hammett is one of my favorite writers.  No, they are not his best stories, but it is cheap.
 
A little something for +Geof Fantastico and other mystery fans. From the Amazon "Megapack" series.
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