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« Reply #675 on: April 08, 2019, 05:59:53 pm »
Oh, and they pretty much got the withholding tables too low, as more people are ending up owing when they'd usually received refunds before.

This has been uniformly true among people I have spoken with.  Numerous friends are scrambling to scrape together money they didn't expect to have to pay before next Monday.

My refund was fully 60% smaller than last year.  And I did lose a college tax credit from one of my kids, I know that didn't account for that 60% drop alone.
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #676 on: April 08, 2019, 06:26:19 pm »
    I actually got a little back since I didn't have any more income from the old rental house that I sold.   However, that just means I got back a small fraction of what was stolen from me.   
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    « Reply #677 on: April 08, 2019, 07:02:31 pm »
    I actually got a little back since I didn't have any more income from the old rental house that I sold.   However, that just means I got back a small fraction of what was stolen from me.

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    « Reply #678 on: April 08, 2019, 09:37:17 pm »
    This has been uniformly true among people I have spoken with.  Numerous friends are scrambling to scrape together money they didn't expect to have to pay before next Monday.

    My refund was fully 60% smaller than last year.  And I did lose a college tax credit from one of my kids, I know that didn't account for that 60% drop alone.

    Lots of people I know are in that same position.  Wife had a much harder time figuring out our taxes this year vs last.  But we increased my withholding this year as last year was close on having to pay, so we are getting back about the same as last year.
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    « Reply #679 on: April 09, 2019, 01:07:34 am »
    Worked on training our new pup.  Took her out to breakfast two days running and she was pretty well behaved.  Still a little nippy when too excited with new people, but no barking, which makes it easier to get her socialized.


    Other than that just watched the Final Four games.
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    « Reply #680 on: April 09, 2019, 07:35:53 pm »
    Trying again.  The system doesn't like my .jpgs.  Let's see how it does with a .pdf.

    This was on the 31st, my last day off till the 16th.

    That's 12 shots, ten holes, no misses with the new (to me) .44 Special. 

    It'll do.  It'll do.
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    « Reply #681 on: April 09, 2019, 09:32:00 pm »
    Very nice.
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    « Reply #682 on: April 11, 2019, 03:10:08 pm »
    We'll try this again, to test the uploading problem again.
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    « Reply #683 on: April 11, 2019, 10:06:20 pm »
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #684 on: April 12, 2019, 09:07:36 am »
    Very nice...

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    « Reply #685 on: April 12, 2019, 02:33:36 pm »
    12 shots, no misses, 10 holes.

    And that's the first time I've shot it at an actual paper target.
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    « Reply #686 on: April 12, 2019, 04:34:05 pm »
    Always embarrassed to post pictures where shooting is concerned, but here it is.

    I can't remember the last time I shot (That wasn't on the back 40). Here is my first trip this year to a legitimate gun range. There were some people there and they insisted on hanging back at 15 yards (not a bad thing, but I typically like to warm up close and then push back). I took a partial magazine of about 7 rounds and did some weak hand headshots for fun as well.

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    Not technically the weekend, but days off and weekends do not always coincide.
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    « Reply #687 on: April 12, 2019, 09:08:28 pm »
    15 yards, semi-auto?  Nothing to be ashamed of there Mike.

    And, that target above?  That was the better of two, when I was shooting SWC bullets.  The other had the round-nose bullets, and while about the same left to right, had a little more vertical stringing, which was all me.  If I'd been shooting at a bowling pin, I'd have hit 11 of 12.  Had one low left flyer.
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    Re: What did you do this weekend?
    « Reply #688 on: April 12, 2019, 09:52:45 pm »
    The target is very dead, in any case.

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    « Reply #689 on: April 12, 2019, 10:21:11 pm »
    That is a good group at 15 yards.

    You also do not seem to have vertical or horizontal stringing. Which is good. You are messing up equally in all directions which is always promising.  ;)

    If you can pull off consistent headshots at 25 yards. Then you are better than 95% of the folks I have ever shot with in person.
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    « Reply #690 on: April 12, 2019, 10:35:16 pm »
    The target is very dead, in any case.

     :cool

    15 yards, semi-auto?  Nothing to be ashamed of there Mike.

    And, that target above?  That was the better of two, when I was shooting SWC bullets.  The other had the round-nose bullets, and while about the same left to right, had a little more vertical stringing, which was all me.  If I'd been shooting at a bowling pin, I'd have hit 11 of 12.  Had one low left flyer.

    Thank you!!! :hat

    That is a good group at 15 yards.

    You also do not seem to have vertical or horizontal stringing. Which is good. You are messing up equally in all directions which is always promising.  ;)

    If you can pull off consistent headshots at 25 yards. Then you are better than 95% of the folks I have ever shot with in person.

    Really? I thought it was better to consistently string shots in one direction, because it showed consistency in your mess ups (which meant you could be corrected). I was actually worried about having them "equally dispersed".
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    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    « Reply #691 on: April 12, 2019, 10:45:16 pm »
    Really? I thought it was better to consistently string shots in one direction, because it showed consistency in your mess ups (which meant you could be corrected). I was actually worried about having them "equally dispersed".

    If you are equal means you just need more practice and polish until a string shows up.
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    « Reply #692 on: April 12, 2019, 10:50:22 pm »
    Oops!

    Sorry MTK20.  I misread and thought Mikee5star posted that grouping.   :facepalm

    I'll just slink back in to my corner and tighten my green eyeshades now.
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    « Reply #693 on: April 13, 2019, 08:02:12 pm »
    Oops!

    Sorry MTK20.  I misread and thought Mikee5star posted that grouping.   :facepalm

    I'll just slink back in to my corner and tighten my green eyeshades now.

    I wish it was mine.  The only shooting I have done in the past year was with the P365, and it was all at steel.  Steel targets do not show groupings well in photos.
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    « Reply #694 on: April 13, 2019, 08:45:54 pm »
    Replaced the recoil springs in my problem FAL today.   Won't have time to take it to the range until next week.  However, it does seem to be working a lot snappier when I manually work the action now. Before, it just seemed a little sluggish. When I compared the worn springs with the new ones, the old ones were noticeably compressed and shorter. So it would make sense that they might be a little weak after 40-50 years.    I think the new ones should help with my feeding issues.  I'll probably throw some slipstream on the receiver rails and order a few new magazine springs too and see if that helps any.   

    If that cures the issue, I'll probably order several more sets for the spare parts bin.   
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    « Reply #695 on: April 13, 2019, 10:33:28 pm »
    My weekend was unexpectedly long... because I caught a truly horrific stomach bug. Haven't been that sick in years. Three days of ultra-bland food. I'd kill be to be able to eat something that has actual flavor right now.
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    « Reply #696 on: April 13, 2019, 10:57:52 pm »
    My weekend was unexpectedly long... because I caught a truly horrific stomach bug. Haven't been that sick in years. Three days of ultra-bland food. I'd kill be to be able to eat something that has actual flavor right now.

    Sorry to hear that. There's a lot of intestinal, respiratory, and plain old 'bad' allergies (at least, bad allergies in the south) going around right now.
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    Capacity wasn't really an issue then... and honestly really it's not even an issue now.
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    « Reply #697 on: April 14, 2019, 12:16:49 pm »
    Sorry to hear that. There's a lot of intestinal, respiratory, and plain old 'bad' allergies (at least, bad allergies in the south) going around right now.

    Yeah, we've had two separate days this week of 6400+ pollen counts.

    And today we're under an all-day tornado watch.

    On the bright side, that'll keep the pollen down...
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    « Reply #698 on: April 14, 2019, 03:52:41 pm »
    My wife is basically taking ALL the allergy medicines right now, and she is still feeling not the greatest.
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    « Reply #699 on: April 15, 2019, 11:06:54 am »
    This weekend.

    Started Saturday with a list of used cars my son had assembled.  Organized north to south, mix of small lot dealers and private party.  Nine cars in total, all the same make and model, but varying slightly in year, engine and mileage, all within the established budget.  Geographically the spread as 90 miles from most northern to most southern.

    Got to dealer one, who had confirmed he had the car still, only to be told "Sorry, loaned it to a friend for the weekend, come back on Monday".  Second lot was still not open an hour after posted time, and was not answering the phone, though we were able to peer through the glass.  The trip north was a waste.

    Person three was private party, answered the phone and gave good info, but was working until 3:30.  Can't fault a guy for that.  Four and five wouldn't respond (and still haven't responded) to calls or texts that we wanted to see the car.

    Now headed south, option 6 was a small lot dealer that clearly posted appointment only, answered the phone, made an appointment and was ready to show the car.  Nice option, decent car, had the preferred engine for economy, and the price was about right.  Even had a 90 day third party warranty.  But they also kicked in $500 in dealer fees plus some steep title charges, ending up nearly 1K over the posted price out the door. Also wasn't the preferred exterior color, and the interior was a light tan with lots of wear.  No tears, just "grimy" looking even though it was obviously well detailed.  Still an option, but felt "bait and switchy" so I wanted to really look at options 7-10 before committing.

    Number seven hadn't responded but number eight had so on south we headed.  Half way to number eight, seven finally texted back so we moved them to the end of the list.

    Eight was a no go, with both oil and coolant leaks disclosed and a probably warped head and who knows what other over-heat carnage.  But they were honest about it and the car was by far the lowest priced so I can't knock them.  Though it would have been nice if the kid had told me before I drove down there.

    Number 9 was right at the very top of the budget.  And was another 15 miles south of where we were and I was really thinking about skipping it.  Called the guy, got voicemail.  But he called right back, and miracle of miracles he was running errands in town where number eight was located and was only four blocks away.  And was driving the car in question.  Easy peasy, we meet up and the car was everything the ad said it was.  It was priced about 25% below retail book for it's year, mileage and features.  Carfax was clean. Drove great.  He advised us that it intermittently would leak a bit of coolant.

    Headed back north to see seven, just in case it was somehow way better.  It wasn't.

    Did some quick research on the coolant leak reported on nine.  Common, a pain to fix, but doable DIY.  Back south we head and finalized the deal on number 9 and drove it home.

    Man I hate buying cars.  Now I am stewing about if we did the right thing.  Typical post used car purchase worries.  Today I have to order the parts to fix the leak, and Saturday we will tear down the top of the engine and install the parts. DIY guys report 10-14 hours of time to do the repair.

    So, that was this weekend.  And next weekend too it appears.
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