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RE: Starbucks intimidates me

About 15 years ago we had a display booth inside a mall for a show. Across the isle was a Starbucks. Thought I would try it to see if all this hype about them was true. Got a plain old regular coffee. $5.00!!!! The coffee wasn't that good either. It was a three time experience. My first, My last, and My only. 15 years ago a plain regular cup of coffee was $5??? Starbucks is expensive for everything but even today a regular sized coffee is under $2. Their large size specialty drinks average about $4.65. You must have ordered something in a gold plated cup. Don't know what is now, but that was what the price was then. Plus the coffee was not special at all. That is why I never forgot it. It may have been $4.60 to $4.99 but it was in the $5.00 range. I think you were looking at a specialty coffee drink and not the price for just a regular cup of coffee. You can defend the prices all you want. Provide all the conjecture you like. I know that I ordered regular large coffee, paid about $5.00 No conjecture. Fact. I was there! I lived it! Not that it really matters, I did not like the coffee either, so will not return, at any price, even free. They must have seen you coming then.
msmith1199 09/17/14 05:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Starbucks intimidates me

Gosh, somebody must like their coffee. We do....but, We stopped going because at every one of them, the line was practically out the door...or was out the door. Isn't that a Yogi Berra line? "Nobody goes to that place anymore because it's always so crowded!"
msmith1199 09/17/14 04:59pm Around the Campfire
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

The sky is falling!!! Everybody is going to die if you run your tires over five years!!
msmith1199 09/17/14 04:58pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

et2, you should replace your tires every year then. If every five years is safe then ever year must be safer so if you really love your family and don't want to kill, you should buy new tires every single year.
msmith1199 09/17/14 03:23pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Starbucks intimidates me

About 15 years ago we had a display booth inside a mall for a show. Across the isle was a Starbucks. Thought I would try it to see if all this hype about them was true. Got a plain old regular coffee. $5.00!!!! The coffee wasn't that good either. It was a three time experience. My first, My last, and My only. 15 years ago a plain regular cup of coffee was $5??? Starbucks is expensive for everything but even today a regular sized coffee is under $2. Their large size specialty drinks average about $4.65. You must have ordered something in a gold plated cup. Don't know what is now, but that was what the price was then. Plus the coffee was not special at all. That is why I never forgot it. It may have been $4.60 to $4.99 but it was in the $5.00 range. I think you were looking at a specialty coffee drink and not the price for just a regular cup of coffee.
msmith1199 09/17/14 03:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: Stewart Case to Go Before Grand Jury

It takes nothing to indict someone so don't be shocked when they do. Most grand juries give the prosecutor what they want & leave it up the lawyers to sort it out. Grand jury proceedings are much more relaxed than normal court room proceedings. There is no judge present and frequently there are no lawyers except for the prosecutor. This is not a true statement. That's an old myth about indicting a ham sandwich. In fact most cases taken by a prosecutor to the grand jury do get indictments. That is because in the proper use of the grand jury (not in politics like this case) a prosecutor is not going to take a case before the grand jury unless he knows he has the evidence to support an indictment. A trained lawyer/prosecutor doesn't look at a case and say, "Gee I don't know if I have enough evidence, I think I'll take it to a panel of common citizens who have no legal background and see if they think my case is good or not." A prosecutor knows they have the case and they go to the grand jury and 98% of the time the grand jury agrees and indicts. It's just like the ACLU and other groups pointing out how judges almost never refuse to sign search warrants that the police bring them. The reason for that is that any police officer smart enough to write a search warrant also knows what is required to obtain that warrant. If they don't have the evidence they don't take it to the judge until they do. That's why they almost all get signed.
msmith1199 09/17/14 12:25pm Around the Campfire
RE: Stewart Case to Go Before Grand Jury

This is simply a matter of politics. The DA doesn't want to make the decision himself to not prosecute because I'm sure the kid's family is putting pressure on him and there is media attention. The Grand Jury is made up of common citizens, just like a regular criminal jury. In high profile incidents like this it's common for the DA to go to the grand jury, knowing full well they won't indict, just so he can say he covered all his basis and it's not only him making the decision. If there was enough evidence to prove a crime was committed, then the prosecutor could have simply charge a crime without going through the Grand Jury.
msmith1199 09/17/14 12:20pm Around the Campfire
RE: Starbucks intimidates me

Okay I can understand if you want to bash Starbucks if you don't like their coffee, but why is there a need to make up things that aren't true? Is it just because they're a big corporation and like people love to do to Walmart, we bash big corporations? Every Starbucks has a really large menu on the wall with nice large lettering that even I can read. If you just want a cup of coffee they have coffee in several different types, just like any specialty coffee shop. And the price of their plain ole coffee is comparable to any other specialty coffee shop. And their plain ole coffee tastes the same as the plain ole coffee at any other coffee shop. If you don't like specialty coffee shops that offer nice comfortable seating areas and Wi-Fi and things of that nature, then go to McDonalds. But McDonalds coffees and specialty coffee drinks are not much cheaper than Starbucks. If you can't figure out all the specialty type drinks and you are unable to read the menu, or you don't want to pay $4.65 for a specialty coffee drink, then don't buy one.
msmith1199 09/17/14 11:53am Around the Campfire
RE: Starbucks intimidates me

We went into a Starbucks once! never again. When we asked for coffee, they said what kind, we said 'ordinary' they said we dont have any 'ordinary' we have bla bla yada yada. WE left, didn't even get into the tall, grandee BS. BTW, I dont think Tim Hortons is anything like Starbucks. They sell real food at Timmies, not those 'sawdust' bars! Still prefer the new coffee at Mcd's over Timmies. The coffee is about the same but they have better cups! I've never been to a Starbucks that didn't have coffee. They generally refer to the ordinary coffee, as the house blend. But they have coffee.
msmith1199 09/17/14 11:46am Around the Campfire
RE: Starbucks intimidates me

About 15 years ago we had a display booth inside a mall for a show. Across the isle was a Starbucks. Thought I would try it to see if all this hype about them was true. Got a plain old regular coffee. $5.00!!!! The coffee wasn't that good either. It was a three time experience. My first, My last, and My only. 15 years ago a plain regular cup of coffee was $5??? Starbucks is expensive for everything but even today a regular sized coffee is under $2. Their large size specialty drinks average about $4.65. You must have ordered something in a gold plated cup.
msmith1199 09/17/14 11:43am Around the Campfire
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

Tires Posted in 2010 kind of interesting Run a TPMS and keep tires properly inflated. Low TP = HEAT = Tire failure Exactly! The vast majority of the tire failures people talk about are caused by improper tire pressures. A brand spanking new tire can blow out if the air pressure is not properly maintained.
msmith1199 09/17/14 11:37am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

It sounds like your neighbor is interested and appreciates the good condition of the MH he's considering. Why jeopardize the whole thing on some (IMHO) very questionable tires. Why take the chance. Replace them and forget about it. If he's already trying to push the envelope on maintenance issues, maybe having a MH isn't the right thing for them. Mine will be replaced after six years no matter what - sooner if needed. Why take the chance? I can think of about 4000 good reasons ($$$) to take the chance. Well they are within the recommended replacement time frame. My wife's life and mine are worth more than a few ($$$). I think there are many people that feel the same way. You push the envelope you push your luck. You can't spend the money if your dead. If you don't have the money to maintain a MH you probably shouldn't own one. Manuals and maintenance intervals are there for a reason. If you're going to crash your motorhome and kill everybody inside when a rear tire blows, maybe you shouldn't own one!
msmith1199 09/17/14 09:53am Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

I don't know about you, but I carry insurance on my motorhome and comprehensive coverage which would fix such damage. I'm not spending $4000 every five years for tires because one "may blow" and "may reduce your motorhome to rubble." I did 8 years on the last set and none ever blew. The current set will likely outlast my ownership of the motorhome, but if not they'll stay on for 10 years unless I wear them out first.
msmith1199 09/16/14 10:55pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Tire Age Question For My Neighbor

A good friend has a 2008 Fleetwood Expedition. In July he was returning home from an extended trip he stopped in St George Utah for lunch. Upon returning to the coach he noted a large bump on the inside of left front tire, Goodyears. Of course he had all tires replaced before proceeding from St George. Although only six years old, the one tire was ready to blow, and he was extremely lucky to see the bubble before starting across the hot desert for home in So. Calif. Some are not so lucky. I replace my tires at six years of age, regardless of their appearance. A blowout on front or rear could cause major damage to coach or worse. One or two more years on a set of tires is just not worth the risk. You just cannot place a price on safety! You've got four tires on the rear. What could a blow out cause? Major damage? Really?
msmith1199 09/16/14 09:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Fake nuts and left handed threads

I have a Freightliner chassis and my threads are not reversed on the fake nuts holding on the wheel liners, or the lug nuts either. Clockwise to tighten and counter to remove them. I only have two fake nuts per wheel liner. They aren't really fake, as they do screw onto the lug.
msmith1199 09/16/14 05:01pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Class A - How often should it be driven?

I've thought about full timing at some point in the future. I'll do it in a motorhome mainly because we like the motorhome and I doubt I'll stay in one place for very long. If I planned to follow the weather and stay in one spot for months at a time, I'd get a trailer.
msmith1199 09/16/14 12:14pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Routing Info, Bend to Livermore, CA

That's why I gave him an easy route to get around the worst of the construction on 5. Going 80 to 680 to 580 just to avoid the construction on 5 would not be a good move.
msmith1199 09/14/14 08:50pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Routing Info, Bend to Livermore, CA

On RV parks in Livermore that's close to home for me so I don't camp that close to home. The only thing I'm even familiar with right in that area is the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton. They have RV spaces and it's next door to Livermore.
msmith1199 09/13/14 02:11pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Routing Info, Bend to Livermore, CA

I will caution you that I-5 through Stockton right now is a total mess especially southbound. At one point they even split the traffic around construction. You can actually avoid it by jumping over to 99 in Sacramento and the in Stockton take 4 back over to 5. This doesn't avoid all the construction but it does get you around the biggest mess on I-5 which is North of 4.
msmith1199 09/13/14 01:45pm Class A Motorhomes
RE: Routing Info, Bend to Livermore, CA

580 runs east-west and Livermore is on 580. So I assume your question is do you take 80 to 680 to 580 to Livermore, or do you take 5 to 205 to 580 to Livermore. And the answer is by far 5 to 205 to 580. You'll still have to go through Sacramento and Stockton that way.
msmith1199 09/13/14 10:46am Class A Motorhomes
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