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Old 05-05-2011, 10:34 PM   #7881
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best cushy airport I have ever been to is Singapore Changi International. You could live there, happily. Amazing food.
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Old 05-06-2011, 12:52 AM   #7882
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For the record, the picture I posted was Arby's North American headquarters...which is about 1000ft from my cube at work. I often wonder if there is indeed an Arby's restaurant in there.....
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CDG is always cold.
I have only been through CDG once, however I was really quite impressed by it.

I came in on a Delta redeye from ATL arriving at terminal 2E, and had an Air France connection to DUS at 2D. Going from 2E to 2D may not sound like much for someone who is accustomed to airports like ATL or IAH, but it's quite a trek. You have to exit security, go through border police and passport control, walk a surprisingly long distance, and go through security again. I had approximately one hour in which to do this, so I was extremely nervous.

It was one of the easiest connections ever. I was really impressed by the fact that an airport designed, constructed, and operated by the French turned out to be extraordinarily well organized, clearly laid out, and quite efficiently managed. Seriously, I just cannot even begin to say enough nice things about the way CDG is run.

I'm actually quite sorry that I rushed through it as quickly as I did and didn't stop to take any pictures, as the fundamental architecture of the place was really quite interesting. Douglas Adams' novel The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul famously begins by observing "It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression 'As pretty as an airport'", however I'm quite certain that he never flew through CDG. It's not beautiful in the sense that it contains that which would be called "art" (unlike PHX, which contains entirely too much of what attempts to be called "art"), it's just a very interesting thing to look at all by itself.

DUS, by comparison, is exactly what you would expect of something designed, constructed, and operated by the Germans. It is clean, efficient, orderly, and precisely as interesting as a dramatic recitation of the Delaware corporate tax code.
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...a dramatic recitation of the Delaware corporate tax code.
Not a bad idea, you might be onto something with that one. Probably better the the nut cracker at least.
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I have only been through CDG once, however I was really quite impressed by it.

I came in on a Delta redeye from ATL arriving at terminal 2E, and had an Air France connection to DUS at 2D. Going from 2E to 2D may not sound like much for someone who is accustomed to airports like ATL or IAH, but it's quite a trek. You have to exit security, go through border police and passport control, walk a surprisingly long distance, and go through security again. I had approximately one hour in which to do this, so I was extremely nervous.

It was one of the easiest connections ever. I was really impressed by the fact that an airport designed, constructed, and operated by the French turned out to be extraordinarily well organized, clearly laid out, and quite efficiently managed. Seriously, I just cannot even begin to say enough nice things about the way CDG is run.

I'm actually quite sorry that I rushed through it as quickly as I did and didn't stop to take any pictures, as the fundamental architecture of the place was really quite interesting. Douglas Adams' novel The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul famously begins by observing "It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression 'As pretty as an airport'", however I'm quite certain that he never flew through CDG. It's not beautiful in the sense that it contains that which would be called "art" (unlike PHX, which contains entirely too much of what attempts to be called "art"), it's just a very interesting thing to look at all by itself.

DUS, by comparison, is exactly what you would expect of something designed, constructed, and operated by the Germans. It is clean, efficient, orderly, and precisely as interesting as a dramatic recitation of the Delaware corporate tax code.

Joe, please tell me. Do you have an amazing memory or meticulous notes about everything you do?
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Joe, please tell me. Do you have an amazing memory or meticulous notes about everything you do?
Not really. I'm terrible with remembering people's names in particular. I can meet somebody who I know is important and with whom I will be working in the future, shake their hand, say their name aloud, and then have totally forgotten it 10 minutes later.

It's worse in environment where I am exposed to several "new" people, such as when I first walk onto a new jobsite, and the chief introduces me to a half-dozen engineers all at once. Some people can walk away from that encounter with perfect recollection- I just can't.

On the other hand, sometimes weird little things happen. Last night I was out to dinner with several other folks from work and a client, and we got to all talking about how we first hooked up with the company. Suddenly, I'm mentally back on the second floor of the building at 500 corporate pkwy in Amherst NY in January of 2000, working in the cold and dark, along with Don Jewel, Sissy Keiffer, and Paul Araujo, three names which I had completely forgotten about for years.
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I have only been through CDG once, however I was really quite impressed by it.

I came in on a Delta redeye from ATL arriving at terminal 2E, and had an Air France connection to DUS at 2D. Going from 2E to 2D may not sound like much for someone who is accustomed to airports like ATL or IAH, but it's quite a trek. You have to exit security, go through border police and passport control, walk a surprisingly long distance, and go through security again. I had approximately one hour in which to do this, so I was extremely nervous.

It was one of the easiest connections ever. I was really impressed by the fact that an airport designed, constructed, and operated by the French turned out to be extraordinarily well organized, clearly laid out, and quite efficiently managed. Seriously, I just cannot even begin to say enough nice things about the way CDG is run.

I'm actually quite sorry that I rushed through it as quickly as I did and didn't stop to take any pictures, as the fundamental architecture of the place was really quite interesting. Douglas Adams' novel The Long, Dark Teatime of the Soul famously begins by observing "It can hardly be a coincidence that no language on earth has ever produced the expression 'As pretty as an airport'", however I'm quite certain that he never flew through CDG. It's not beautiful in the sense that it contains that which would be called "art" (unlike PHX, which contains entirely too much of what attempts to be called "art"), it's just a very interesting thing to look at all by itself.

DUS, by comparison, is exactly what you would expect of something designed, constructed, and operated by the Germans. It is clean, efficient, orderly, and precisely as interesting as a dramatic recitation of the Delaware corporate tax code.

CDG is indeed very interesting. I love the terminal with the sloped moving sidewalks through tunnels. It's actually quite surreal. Another terminal has glass soaring glass ceilings where you can relax and watch planes. I've enjoyed it on a nice day, looking out on the runway but it was somewhat creepy one time I was there during a big rainstorm. I'm always absolutely freezing in there though.



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And my other favorite place in the airport. The Sheraton. Looking down into the train station, it's pretty amazing.

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Old 05-06-2011, 01:17 PM   #7890
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Suddenly, I'm mentally back on the second floor of the building at 500 corporate pkwy in Amherst NY in January of 2000, working in the cold and dark, along with Don Jewel, Sissy Keiffer, and Paul Araujo, three names which I had completely forgotten about for years.

Wow me too!

Suddenly, I'm mentally back in the VIP room at 4416 paradise road in Las Vegas NV in May of 2009, working in the warm and dark along with with Candy Star, Angel Kiss, and Crystal Cream, three names I had completely forgotten about for years. I was 14.


Seriously though, I know a big brain when I see one.
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Not really. I'm terrible with remembering people's names in particular. I can meet somebody who I know is important and with whom I will be working in the future, shake their hand, say their name aloud, and then have totally forgotten it 10 minutes later.

It's worse in environment where I am exposed to several "new" people, such as when I first walk onto a new jobsite, and the chief introduces me to a half-dozen engineers all at once. Some people can walk away from that encounter with perfect recollection- I just can't.

On the other hand, sometimes weird little things happen. Last night I was out to dinner with several other folks from work and a client, and we got to all talking about how we first hooked up with the company. Suddenly, I'm mentally back on the second floor of the building at 500 corporate pkwy in Amherst NY in January of 2000, working in the cold and dark, along with Don Jewel, Sissy Keiffer, and Paul Araujo, three names which I had completely forgotten about for years.
Exactly the same, except that now(with age and short term memory loss) I forget who they are while I am talking to them.

But I can still remember all of the part numbers of the parts in the rechargeable flashlights and cigarette lighters I was involved with in the 60's.
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Old 05-06-2011, 05:35 PM   #7892
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Just pulled on a Dodge Caravan. Naw... I got my *** handed to me.
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Just pulled on a Dodge Caravan. Naw... I got my *** handed to me.
Caravans are weak, my mom's Odyssey is a ******* monster. I pulled so hard on my friend's 2009 v6 mustang, it was just sad. He wouldn't race a second time so I could get it on camera on post it on the mustang forums.
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Caravans are weak, my mom's Odyssey is a ******* monster. I pulled so hard on my friend's 2009 v6 mustang, it was just sad. He wouldn't race a second time so I could get it on camera on post it on the mustang forums.
08 and up caravans have the option for a 283hp v6. Biggest you can get in an odyssey: less than 250.
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Today was a good day. I got $180 worth of paint from Sherwin Williams for free. Seeing that the manager knows I'll be back for $1000+ in paint and materials these were considered my "test" gallons. Powerwashed a section of the building and tried a few different techniques to see what kind of coverage I can expect. This way I know whether or not to charge for a 1 coat job or a 2 coat job.

Afterwards I made amends with the guy who's house I'm clearing out and we came to a comfortable agreement. I just started working on the coins though so unfortunately the majority of them will have to wait until Monday to get listed. I don't know how much longer I'm gonna stay in the office tonight, seeing that beer #2 is already underway and all the guys are starting to roll in to the shop. lol

First coin up is a 1974 Barbados $10 Proof Coin. - http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll...e=STRK:MESE:IT
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08 and up caravans have the option for a 283hp v6. Biggest you can get in an odyssey: less than 250.
Tell that to the souls of the caravan drivers....they are no longer with us.
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Faaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaags.........I've been drinking......again. Haven't exactly finished a bottle of Firefly...but I'm thinking about it.
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Pretty sure the Odyssey engines (J35A) are underrated anyway. Same engine as the Pilot and MDX, and IIRC the contemporary MDX was rated around 265. Honda played this game often up until a few years ago. EK9 CTR, anyone?

Raced a friend's V6 Camaro with one of my dad's Odysseys, felt bad for the Camaro. And agree about the souls of Caravan drivers.
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Don't know how this came up tonight. But I hear the Takata girl works at a Publix in Jacksonville.
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