1. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Okay that's pretty cool, although it doesn't look like a very complex key/lock

    What are your plans - renovating it throughout in the new year?
    The key doesn't do anything... The locks are non existent... 🤣

    The plan is to renovate the whole house. It's in pretty rough shape. It may take longer than a year. Kind of depends on several things.
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    12-24-2017 03:54 PM
  2. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Hi Larue, thanks for your detailed reply as per usual! Funnily enough that was the specific skate I'd looked into. I've found out that there is an ice rink about 20 mins away and I can get into it for £5, as well as having a shop there (the biggest in the UK) specifically tailored to Bauer. I was thinking I'd go over there and try a few on in the shop and go from there.

    I don't mind spending a bit in order to be able to use my own skates for years to come that fit well and don't hurt my feet like the rental ones do.
    The mistake a lot of people make with skates is that they want to wear them like shoes. It's not the same at all. You want a snug fit and tight. Of course you don't want them really tight that you can't wiggle your toes.

    Tight skates means better skating. You'll never see a hockey player with lose skates and dangling laces.

    Also sharp. Never skate with dull skates!
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    12-24-2017 03:58 PM
  3. N_LaRUE's Avatar
    Happy holidays! Merry Xmas!
    12-24-2017 03:59 PM
  4. Muessig's Avatar
    Merry Christmas, everyone!
    12-24-2017 04:28 PM
  5. worldspy99's Avatar
    Merry Christmas everyone!
    Happy holidays!
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    12-24-2017 07:37 PM
  6. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Yeah I'm curious to know how this goes for you through a work week.
    It should be fine. I'm not too stressed about it, really. Just want to see how the audio hold up mostly.
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    12-24-2017 09:09 PM
  7. libra89's Avatar
    It should be fine. I'm not too stressed about it, really. Just want to see how the audio hold up mostly.
    I can get that. I mean like if the lack of the jack becomes really annoying, and how battery life is for you and of course anything else.
    12-24-2017 09:31 PM
  8. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    I can get that. I mean like if the lack of the jack becomes really annoying, and how battery life is for you and of course anything else.
    If the headphones I've ordered are decent enough and can migate the lack of a jack, then I should be ok. With the current USB-C headphones I have, the audio was ok. Nothing's going to beat the V series audio output wise, really. I just need something tolerable from Andy's phone for now.
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    12-24-2017 09:38 PM
  9. libra89's Avatar
    On a related note, it's been a week with the Pixel 2. My first impressions of it being fast and with great cameras still stand.

    Otherwise:
    -Even though the speakers are front facing, they still seem to be quiet. I guess I have adjusted to the size, or maybe not since it has been dropped 2 times (fortunately, I have a case and screen protector so no stupid scuffs).
    -The phone is still big to me, even though the bezels help me to use it one handed.
    -Missing that silent mode. Disappointed that DND doesn't allow calendar events to break through by default. It took it turning off the mode to be reminded of the event, which I don't like.
    -Did I say that I really like the blue color? Because I really do lol.
    -Battery life has really only been better by one hour (both in screen on time and time since last full charge) over the OG Pixel.

    It's a really good phone, but I can really see the size getting to me after a while since it only fits one of my jean pockets (that pair has really generous ones) and barely squeezes into the work ones, unless it's pretty deep. Purse phones are hard for me to like long term, i.e. the Honor 8. I have noted the missing headphone jack but I haven't had a situation where I wish I had one yet. I don't mind hanging out with it.

    I would still take SE 2 over the Pixel 2, but come on, you saw this coming from me...
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    12-24-2017 09:47 PM
  10. libra89's Avatar
    If the headphones I've ordered are decent enough and can migate the lack of a jack, then I should be ok. With the current USB-C headphones I have, the audio was ok. Nothing's going to beat the V series audio output wise, really. I just need something tolerable from Andy's phone for now.
    Gotcha.
    12-24-2017 09:48 PM
  11. Scienceguy Labs's Avatar
    Happy holidays.
    Happy Festivus.
    😁👍
    Hope everyone is safe and with their loved ones.
    12-24-2017 10:12 PM
  12. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Gotcha.
    I'll let you guys know how things fare. I'll likely use a combo of wired and wireless for a while anyways.
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    12-24-2017 10:15 PM
  13. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Happy holidays to all! May it be filled with those you hold dear and be a positive mix of new and old memories worth cherishing.
    12-25-2017 02:37 AM
  14. Sport Driver's Avatar
    Late to the party, merry Christmas everyone :)
    12-25-2017 02:19 PM
  15. worldspy99's Avatar
    Merry Christmas everyone from America's National Christmas tree!

    This is the Grant Sequoia tree in Kings Canyon National Park.

    P.S. More pictures later.
    12-25-2017 08:59 PM
  16. raycpl's Avatar
    Merry Christmas everyone from America's National Christmas tree!

    This is the Grant Sequoia tree in Kings Canyon National Park.

    P.S. More pictures later.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/201...a8e2eb9a24.jpg
    Nice and majestic!!
    I wanna go hug one!!!

    ... !
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    12-25-2017 09:01 PM
  17. worldspy99's Avatar
    Long day. Left home just before 5AM and just got back, it's 9:30PM.

    A couple of decent hikes in Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.

    An absolutely wonderful sunset to end a great day.
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    12-25-2017 11:30 PM
  18. worldspy99's Avatar
    The largest living organism on the planet is the General Sherman tree in Sequoia National Park. Here's a vertical panorama courtesy of Pixel 2.
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    12-25-2017 11:34 PM
  19. worldspy99's Avatar
    I'm pumped up to go visit Death Valley National Park on Wednesday. Oh and the Pixel keeps up with the SLR.
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    12-25-2017 11:53 PM
  20. worldspy99's Avatar
    The Sentinel tree at the Giant Tree Musuem entrance in Sequoia National Park.
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    12-25-2017 11:54 PM
  21. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    99, as much as you like the Pixel 2, I wonder what the V30's wide angle lens would do in a landscape such as these parks you're in...
    12-25-2017 11:56 PM
  22. MSFTisMIA's Avatar
    Hey Libra,

    Science Says Fitness Trackers Don't Work. Wear One Anyway

    https://search.app.goo.gl/aRx9
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    12-25-2017 11:57 PM
  23. worldspy99's Avatar
    99, as much as you like the Pixel 2, I wonder what the V30's wide angle lens would do in a landscape such as these parks you're in...
    That thought did cross my mind today. But only a couple of times. Actually there were more instances where I wish I could have zoomed in. I am actually thinking of getting a really good point and shoot with about 6-8X optical zoom to supplement a good smartphone in 2018 than carrying the bulky SLR.
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    12-26-2017 12:03 AM
  24. worldspy99's Avatar
    We hiked to Tokopah Falls in Sequoia National Park today. Had a nice lunch while enjoying the view of the Sierras and the frozen waterfall.
    12-26-2017 12:06 AM
  25. worldspy99's Avatar
    We also hiked the Congress trail to Alta trail visiting the General Sherman tree along with a whole bunch of other magnificent giant Sequoia trees on our way to the Giant Tree Musuem.
    12-26-2017 12:09 AM
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