1. Rose640's Avatar
    i never knew that was a thing. i do know that we have paddle shifters o.O
    Yup, it is. I didn't believe it myself either till I actually got a chance to drive one. And it wasn't and older car, it was a Mercedes Vaneo.
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    11-14-2017 11:58 AM
  2. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I am very annoyed this morning at work. I will behave though, because Laura doesn't like a potty mouth...and if I really start talking, it'll sound like a toilet that's busted and hasn't been cleaned in 25 years...
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    11-14-2017 11:59 AM
  3. Rose640's Avatar
    Only in North America would this statement be true. The vast majority of countries still have manual cars as the car most people drive. That's not to say that automatic isn't becoming more popular, especially in the more expensive cars like BMWs but most cars on the road here are still manuals. Same goes for France and most EU countries.

    Also, something to note. A degree is only one aspect of your resume. Most people get hired on other things (skills, abilities or just attitude) rather than what piece of paper they have. The paper is important but it isn't the main reason you got hired.
    Agreed. You have far better chances of spotting a manual over automatic here. Automatics are being heavily avoided on our most popular buy/seel website, and they tend to be fairly cheaper than the same car with manual shifting.
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    11-14-2017 12:03 PM
  4. Rose640's Avatar
    Believe me when I say this, keeping in mind that the majority of people I drive with on the road drive a manual car.

    People who drive manuals are not better drivers. They still text on their phones, which is more dangerous. It's illegal here in the UK but people still do it. All ages too.

    Driving a manual does not make you a better driver in any way shape or form. People still suck at driving regardless.

    Lastly, when I lived in Canada, a lot of people who drove manuals sucked at hills and always did roll backs. In countries where manual is common, people NEVER do this. You'd get honked at or given the finger.

    I speak from over 14 years of living and driving in countries where manual cars are the norm.
    You're not a real driver if you don't know how to start with a parking brake on the hill :D.
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    11-14-2017 12:06 PM
  5. Rose640's Avatar
    I'm not much of a wine drinker or a drinker in general.

    This plan started last year, around September when we first started thinking more seriously about the referendum result and what it might mean for us.

    Not sure if I ever told the story of my moving to Australia or if you saw if I did.

    When I moved to Australia I went from one life in Canada to another Australia between January and November in 2003. It was a really big change.
    I know you're not a drinker, but I had to mention it.

    I can get what you're saying. GB, and Europe in general, has really changed alot in the past few years. Rise of the nationalism is surprisingly worrying, it just came out of nowhere. (Or more like people stopped being afraid of expressing the kind of morons they were).

    When all this is happening in the *Europe* (Germany, France, Spain and similar), what can one expect from a place such is my Balkan with it's every-50-years-war tradition.
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    11-14-2017 12:11 PM
  6. Rose640's Avatar
    My car is semi-auto in a very real sense. It's got an automatic clutch, which is why I have such good fuel economy but unfortunately the gear changing is horrible and there's a few flat spots at the front end.
    That can be an issue with automatics.

    I recently rode in my dad's friend's VW Jeta 2009. Also an automatic car, first of kind for him to own. And all he has to say are very positive experiences. Which I witnessed myself. You just can't feel when the gear is switched. That's it. No bumping or anything, smooth as a butter. It's also a tiptronic which is a nice addition.
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    11-14-2017 12:17 PM
  7. Rose640's Avatar
    Yup. I find that with my Acura. Not so much with the Toyota though. I suspect that's because there's just way too much horsepower (215 versus 270).

    Newer cars now have 8 speed transmissions which address the issue that you mentioned and also get great fuel economy.
    And here I thought 6 gears in my Mercedes was too much.
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    11-14-2017 12:18 PM
  8. worldspy99's Avatar
    And here I thought 6 gears in my Mercedes was too much.
    There are a couple of 9 speed automatic transmission cars as well. I believe a Chrysler and a Lexus.
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    11-14-2017 12:19 PM
  9. Rose640's Avatar
    We'll folks, house is officially sold in the UK!
    Congrats!
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    11-14-2017 12:21 PM
  10. Rose640's Avatar
    I am very annoyed this morning at work. I will behave though, because Laura doesn't like a potty mouth...and if I really start talking, it'll sound like a toilet that's busted and hasn't been cleaned in 25 years...
    It's morning? How many timezones NY is from me, I surely never thought it was that much.
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    11-14-2017 12:23 PM
  11. Rose640's Avatar
    There are a couple of 9 speed automatic transmission cars as well. I believe a Chrysler and a Lexus.
    That's ridiculous. It's as much as a bus has.
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    11-14-2017 12:24 PM
  12. fatclue_98's Avatar
    There are a couple of 9 speed automatic transmission cars as well. I believe a Chrysler and a Lexus.
    Try 11 on some Ram pickups.
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    11-14-2017 12:26 PM
  13. azcruz's Avatar
    11 speed, my golly... Just like my bikes.
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    11-14-2017 01:06 PM
  14. sahib lopez's Avatar
    well another day another shooting :/ this time close to where I live. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/3-...ool/ar-BBEXI9M.
    poor kids and families :/
    11-14-2017 03:06 PM
  15. sahib lopez's Avatar
    It's a little technical to explain but the main reason for all these new multi-speed transmissions comes down to smaller fuel efficient engines. They don't possess the torque to provide the acceleration we're accustomed to due to their peaky torque curves. Larger, more powerful engines have flatter torque curves and remain in peak power bands longer and throughout the power range. Step on the gas at anytime and oomph is there for you. Smaller engines need the hamsters spooled up all the time.
    Hamsters :P???!!! oh gosh that was great lol
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    11-14-2017 03:08 PM
  16. sahib lopez's Avatar
    that will work :) thanks
    11-14-2017 03:10 PM
  17. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    That can be an issue with automatics.

    I recently rode in my dad's friend's VW Jeta 2009. Also an automatic car, first of kind for him to own. And all he has to say are very positive experiences. Which I witnessed myself. You just can't feel when the gear is switched. That's it. No bumping or anything, smooth as a butter. It's also a tiptronic which is a nice addition.
    My car you can feel the gear changes. It feels like a manual in a very real way. But it's not.
    11-14-2017 05:12 PM
  18. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    well another day another shooting :/ this time close to where I live. https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/us/3-...ool/ar-BBEXI9M.
    poor kids and families :/
    Did I see a statistic that basically said there was one of these a day?

    Sad really. :(
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    11-14-2017 05:13 PM
  19. Laura Knotek's Avatar
    We'll folks, house is officially sold in the UK!
    Congratulations!
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    11-14-2017 05:14 PM
  20. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Congratulations one the house sale, Rue.
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    11-14-2017 05:19 PM
  21. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Next week is discounted **** week, AKA Black Friday. I'm not excited as I have to spend money, but I want to see if I can what I want for the price I want.
    11-14-2017 05:20 PM
  22. sahib lopez's Avatar
    We'll folks, house is officially sold in the UK!
    congrats ! :) one step done
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    11-14-2017 05:23 PM
  23. fatclue_98's Avatar
    Did I see a statistic that basically said there was one of these a day?

    Sad really. :(
    You are incorrect. Today is the 318th day of the year and this marked the 317th mass shooting in the US this year. It's not sad, it's f*****g insane. Three children were murdered by a soul-less a**hole. Forgive me for my French but crimes against children really get to me.
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    11-14-2017 06:37 PM
  24. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Now, my heart goes out to all past, present, and unfortunately future victims of massing shootings and their families. Ill deeds respect no age, gender, culture or socioeconomics as it is merely the end product of ill thoughts.

    Until we address the underlying issues by acknowledgement and actual problem solving, we will remain in the cycle of being initially outraged, kvetch about the "same old solutions by shouting down down different opinions than our own and taking in information from sources aligned with our viewpoint, and then crawl back to our daily lives.

    Perhaps Mr. Marley can speak on this more eloquently than me...

    11-14-2017 07:00 PM
  25. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Well, the tempered glass and cradle for the Watch 2 and the extra straps for the Alta HR are here.

    All I need now is the actual watch and smartband...
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    11-14-2017 07:33 PM
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