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Stallard12 last won the day on April 21

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About Stallard12

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  1. Not so smart M/ways -

    Everything is cheap in Texas Bill, land, houses, food etc, especially compared to California. I usually pay between $60 and $80 for a decent hotel room (Holiday Inn or similar). $25.00 for a full steak meal (with wine) in a good restaurant. My buddy and his wife recently paid $700 for a room in San Francisco. I pay an average of $2.10 per gall with my Walmart discount card.
  2. Not so smart M/ways -

    It's only a little car Asp, 8 liter V8 Ford Expedition SUV, with three row seating and a 30 gall tank, does about 15 mpg on the highway, at just over a Pound a gall, the gas cost does add up. However the tank truck that follows me has in-flight refueling !!! A couple of things that I noticed were different between driving in the US (especially in Texas) and the UK. First we have the real estate so the lanes are wider and you can actually relax for long periods, rather than whiteknuckling it 2" from another vehicle. There are monster parking lots everywhere that very rarely get half full, so we don't have the hair raising pavement parking on both sides of a highway. There are very few traffic circles and if there happens to be one, it doesn't become a 'survival of the fittest' competition. In fact the average US driver drives fairly sedately. Most maintenance type construction on busy highways takes place between six pm and six am, with all obstructions removed daily. Finally, we have the greatest traffic rule ever - legal to turn right on red ! (providing the road is clear). Or in your case it would be left on red. Did I get my spelling right Asp?
  3. Not so smart M/ways -

    Welcome to the States Bill, hope you enjoy it. On travel, I can jump onto IH-10 in Beaumont ,Texas and drive several thousand miles to LA without stopping, or I can go the other way to Miami also without a stop (if I had a better bladder).
  4. Not so smart M/ways -

    Game set and match Asp
  5. Happy birthday Dizzy

    Happy birthday Dizzy. Til we meet again.
  6. Amazing medical

    Thanks Gary, usual thing, move slowly for two days, then be bored to death for four weeks. Four weeks is probably lawyer based ! I'd be in trouble Bill, only got flip phones , I get one call a day from my wife and she gets one from me, not enough action for anything fancy. I do have an IPad though, maybe I could use that.
  7. Amazing medical

    I had double groin hernia surgery a week last Monday. It's day surgery, but it took four hours. The reason I mention it is because of the method. The surgery was done laparoscopically using a Devinci Robotic Arm. They insert a camera in a small slit in the belly button and medical tools through two other slits on either side of the belly and the surgeon just gives instructions to the robot ! The surgery was at 8:30 am and I was home by 3:00 pm . I ended up with a dab of glue on the three slits and that was it. My wife has pictures, but I'm too squeamish to look at them. Should be back on my bicycle training next week. I thought it was amazing myself.
  8. Efficient or stupid

    If I stretch my reasoning I can just about see some of the official line, but it's hard for me to do because I personally have been the butt of Gatwick officials on a couple of occasions. They were as dumb as fence posts and exceptionally belligerent and officious. They seem to have watched too many cop movies where they scream and shout and allow no questions. Maybe if they had said they were Muslims, the Mayor of London may have stepped in !! Or am I remembering wrong, is Boris still the mayor?
  9. Efficient or stupid

    A young couple, who are family friends of ours, arrived last week at Gatwick airport for a two week UK vacation. As a thankyou treat, they took along their young daughter's part time nanny. At passport control they were questioned as to why the girl had a different name, so they explained that the girl was their daughter's nanny and they were treating her to a trip. The response was " If she's a nanny she cannot come in without a work permit, she will have to get back on the plane and return to America." It took four hours of explaining with phone calls to the states etc. before she was eventually permitted in. What do y'all think?
  10. Breaking News

    Couldn't have said it better myself!
  11. World Cup

    Striker Harry Cane, only one shot on target in the last four games! Don't think that is a formula for success. In fact, does anyone know how many 'shots' he had? I know that he missed a couple of good chances. Just finished watching the runner up game. - same old story, great running around, but no idea where the goal is - maybe the get picked by mileage. English players of the tournament : Maguire, Pickford and Trippier.
  12. Transport cafes

    Not only in hygiene Syd, in just about every aspect of life. Wow, what subject that is, it could be on this forum forever. Will the future generations be willing to wait in line at Harwoods for four hours for the chance to buy one orange, then when close to the end they hear, ''There all gone, try again next week.' I think that the end of the human race will come, not from wars, disease or terrorism, but by liberalism and political correctness. If they banned Health and Safety, or more correctly, the people who seem to gravitate to those sectors, the world, with a few bumps and bruises, would have a better chance of survival.
  13. World cup

    How times change ! I recently spent an hour and a half cheering for France ( v Uruguay). Now I just got thru rooting for Russia. As a 50's teenager, this is amazing. I still think England can beat Croatia if they play Rashford in place of Sterling.
  14. Transport cafes

    Correct Asp, what can I say, I'm old and I spend most of my time upside down or drunk, or both.
  15. Transport cafes

    Yes, I guess pretty much restricting heavy traffic to the motorways has negated the need for them. I just happened to remember an overnight trip I took in 1958 (on a foggy night). It was with a family friend who drove as ' trunker' ' for the big transport company in Warrington. We went straight up Knutsford Road and kept going north. Through Watford Junction and into London, came back the following night. Used many of those transport cafes and loved them. I guess the greasy food and cigarette smoke was more acceptable at two am.