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Old 03-15-2014, 11:32 PM   #19961
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So, now that you've used it, what do you think of Zipcar? My neighbor is considering it for weekend trips up here. It's big miles, but probably still cheaper than flying or the big rental companies.
I've used the service a few times over the past six months, and for my specific needs, its great. I am exactly the target audience for Zipcar; a car-less city dweller who needs a private automobile on an occasional basis for short durations, such as to carry something which won't fit onto a bicycle home from a store, or to make a brief visit to a distant location not easily reachable by public transit.

For these purposes, I love it. There are four cars stationed in the parking garage adjacent to my building, and about a dozen more scattered around a half-km radius from here. It's rare that I actually need a car, but when I do, Zipcar is vastly more convenient than a taxi or a traditional rental car.

That said, bear in mind that they do charge by the hour. This system is designed for people who need the car for 2-3 hours, not 2-3 days. So not only will a traditional rental car be cost-competitive for a multi-day reservation, but it can be very difficult to find a Zipcar that's actually available for several days at a time. People routinely pre-book small blocks several weeks in advance, so unless you're that far ahead of them, you'll find it difficult to find one single car that's free for a whole weekend, without having had at least an hour or two reserved here and there.

That's another thing that distinguishes Zipcar from most other rental services- when you reserve a block of time, you are reserving one specific car, by name. So, let's assume that at your location there are three cars, named Alice, Belinda and Cathy. And say that we need to book a car for a whole weekend (Friday at 6p through Sunday at 10p).

Next weekend is out. All three cars have multiple reservations on them already.

The weekend after that is out, too. People have already pre-booked several slots on each car.

Thre weeks out is looking better, but unfortunately no one single car is available all three days. Someone has booked Alice on Friday from 8p-10p, Belinda is booked on Sunday from 9a-12p, and Cathy is reserved on Saturday from 4p-5:30p.

That's the aggrivation. With a traditional managed rental service, they'd just shuffle the reservations such that all three shift to Alice, freeing up Belinda and Cathy for all-weekend resevrations. But with Zipcar, that can't happen. If I book Mary Loufor next August 12th from 6p-10p, I have blocked out that one specific Mazda 3 for myself.
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Old 03-16-2014, 02:47 AM   #19962
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Had to stay home this weekend. Specifically, sorting on the sofa right now, getting paid to watch television at 2am, while we run tests on our new transmitter.

This is the first episode of "Mr. Box Office" I've ever seen, and I can say only this- this is quite possibly the worst sitcom in the history of man. Ever day I find new ways to be embarrassed and ashamed by the programming on my station.
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Old 03-16-2014, 02:04 PM   #19963
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Screw you, rest of America, for letting all the nuts roll down hill to Florida.

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Old 03-16-2014, 07:20 PM   #19964
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Screw you, rest of America, for letting all the nuts roll down hill to Florida.
You guys get all the winners.
































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Old 03-16-2014, 07:28 PM   #19965
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Old 03-16-2014, 08:38 PM   #19966
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dammit I was going to post a long story about my new receiver but my computer decided to shut off before I hit POST.

Too bad for youall.
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Old 03-17-2014, 11:31 AM   #19967
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Anybody into old tech phone systems?

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Old 03-17-2014, 12:06 PM   #19968
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What do you people do on that forum? lol

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Old 03-17-2014, 12:22 PM   #19969
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What do you people do on that forum? lol
What do we do on this forum?
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Old 03-17-2014, 07:36 PM   #19970
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Merlin crap was AT&T. Garbage, and even more useless these days. I spent a few years as a PBX Project Manager doing them. Sucky job.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:52 AM   #19971
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Default I hate fedoras and people who wear them.

This post is entitled "I hate fedoras and people who wear them."

Tell me you don't want to hit this man in the face with a golf club:


GODDAMN IT JONAH HILL WHAT THE **** DO YOU THINK YOUR ACCOMPLISHING?


I WANT TO HEADBUTT THIS GUY IN THE FACE UNTIL I HEAR THE SATISFYING CRUNCH OF A BROKEN NOSE:


OOOOOOOHHHHHHH LOOK HOW IRONIC I AM OOOOOOOHHHHH. I'M NOT A HIPSTER BUT I DRESS LIKE A ONE OOOOOOHHHHH IM GOING TO ******* STARBUCKS IN MY DUMBASS HAT OOOHHHHHH
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:19 AM   #19973
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They are damn near the same thing to me and both receive my hate, along with Ska music, many Italians and hippies. And liberals. That being said the trilby is worse.

I am an old man and I will yell at you to get off my damn lawn. I have been drinking and I have to get up at 0545.
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:34 AM   #19974
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Youre not the only completely normal person who hates fedoras

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Youre not the only completely normal person who hates fedoras

[fedora appreciation video by blonde with pale veiny watermelons]
Ok, so I was totally with her right up until she said not to mention My Little Pony on a 1st date. Sorry, that's just going too far.
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Old 03-19-2014, 09:14 AM   #19976
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03/19/2014
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Damage reported. / Damage claim under investigation.

03/19/2014
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The package was damaged in transit. UPS will attempt to notify the sender with the details / All merchandise discarded. UPS will attempt to notify the sender with details of the damage

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Old 03-19-2014, 09:18 AM   #19977
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just wait for the 20s to make a come back:



errbody have a straw hat.
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Old 03-19-2014, 12:11 PM   #19978
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WTF does "All merchandise discarded" mean?

Back to the Fedora thing... I had a legit oldschool Fedora I got from some old dude at a church rummage sale or something back in like 99 or 2000 or so. That thing was superdope, I wore it out to bars and such all the time. I guess I'm just a Fedora hipster. I certainly don't wear it anymore.
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WTF does "All merchandise discarded" mean?
My guess is it means he better have had insurance, or they will only offer the minimum package value for the complete loss of contents.
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Old 03-19-2014, 01:39 PM   #19980
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Fedora Advice - YouTube
On the one hand, I pretty much agree with her.

On the other hand, I have great difficulty taking serious the advice of, or accepting as completely normal, any person who would do... that to their own body.

While I appreciate a shapely female chest as much as the next heterosexual male with a pulse, I am utterly stymied attempting to understand the kind of mental / psychological dysfunction that would either cause a person to genuinely find comically artificial breasts attractive, or to believe that others would do the same.
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