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RE: Easter egg on rover parachute

Amazing. That rover is the size and mass of an SUV. Radioisotope/electrically powered, it ought to get some insane fuel mileage. :)
thomasmnile 02/26/21 11:58am Around the Campfire
RE: Medicare coverage overseas

Don't know your insurance circumstances, but Medicare supplement plans (Medigap plans) offer a once in a lifetime emergency travel benefit) that's primarily intended to get you back to the States. Some, but not all Medicare Advantage plans offer a similar benefit. As the Medicare website suggests, a travel policy that includes medical and evacuation benefits is probably the best course.
thomasmnile 02/26/21 08:42am Around the Campfire
RE: Medicare coverage overseas

Does Medicare offer any coverage for overseas travel? From Medicare
thomasmnile 02/26/21 06:17am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

Generate buzz? Apparently it worked. Bristol is sold out for the Cup race (a socially distant 30000). World of Outlaws is racing at Bristol in April as well so all that dirt isn't going to waste. :)
thomasmnile 02/24/21 07:05am Around the Campfire
RE: Good Year buying out Cooper tires

Oh dear. Hope cooper quality does not suffer. Marty Indeed. Put them on my truck, used them on the wife's car, quality tire but not insanely expensive. But does this mean an end to those weird as hell Cooper commercials?
thomasmnile 02/23/21 10:27am Tow Vehicles
RE: CG in Central FL With Golf Cart Access to Stores

Golf Cart Statute in Florida While perhaps OK in a campground, they may not be on roads outside the campground. The only cart friendly community I can think of is The Villages, but that's a residential community not a CG.
thomasmnile 02/23/21 08:57am RV Parks, Campgrounds and Attractions
RE: Toyota Sequoia vs Chevy Surburban

Toyota hasn't done much at all with the Sequoia over the years other than the price. Think like the Tundra, it's a niche vehicle that sells sufficently to justify its existence to Toyota's bean counters. They know neither vehicle will sell like the Big 3 offerings, they're just showing the flag.
thomasmnile 02/18/21 06:19pm Tow Vehicles
RE: Again Texas Fails Its Citizens

Paw:As I understand the Texas system, the wholesale charge is what the actual producers are charging the retail electric providers, correct? I read a story in the Houston Chronicle that an REP in metro Houston was urging its customers to switch providers to avoid an insane power bill because this particular REP didn't do any price hedging like airlines do with fuel purchases, hence their customers get clobbered. I've texted my sister in Ft Worth the last day or so. She says their REP is doing rolling blackouts, about 15-20 minutes out of every hour. She also has no water service, apparently as a consequence of the Ft Worth water utility's woes. They're hauling snow to the bathtubs to melt for toilet flushing and boiling for cooking. Her husband figured out how to fire up the gas cooktop in the kitchen when the power is out.
thomasmnile 02/17/21 12:37pm Around the Campfire
RE: Again Texas Fails Its Citizens

Dunno, but I'll remember all this if the politicos in Florida ever try to deregulate electricity. It was attempted once. What really got my attention was the wholesale price of power in Texas jumping from $22/MWH to over $9000/MWH literally overnight. Who can afford that?
thomasmnile 02/17/21 09:37am Around the Campfire
RE: Again Texas Fails Its Citizens

This is all reminiscent of Florida in 2004 after the hurricane "trifecta". The utility companies were aghast at all those rotted wooden poles that snapped and other infrastructure problems that were known but not addressed. And customers of both major electric utilities in the state were paying for that neglect until just a few years ago....
thomasmnile 02/17/21 07:56am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

It was polite of Brad to A: Not say anything detrimental about the team. B: Punch Joey right in the mouth although that may have happened later. They need to get Joey a bigger mirror with approach speeds built in. It's not the first time he's cost somebody a race. That was an ill conceived block to be sure. Right up there with the 18's "what was he thinking" moment on lap 15. Struck me as a little early in the race for slam drafting, especially into a relatively inexperienced team mate, who hooked the 10 and drove merrily away.
thomasmnile 02/16/21 05:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

Did you ever think you would hear this? First driver locked into the Chase for the championship this year is Michael McDowell. If nothing else, it certainly eases the pain of the hideous qualifying wreck he endured at Texas nearly 13 years ago. Only at Daytona or Talladega.....
thomasmnile 02/15/21 08:54pm Around the Campfire
RE: Nascar Follies

I turned the tv on to my local Fox race channel and all I heard was Bubba this...Bubba that. Switched the channel to a nature program. Switched back over to Fox later and saw two laps of the usual race parade before the smash up. Watched replays and then Fox goes back into their Bubba this and Bubba that mode. Soooo disgusted with Nascar....nothing changed from last year. Guess they finished the race but I doubt this old man who was a big NASCAR fan will not watch this season either. If Michael Jordan wasn't Bubba's owner he'd still be driving in relative obscurity. He led one lap last night. He finished second in 2018. What's the bigger accomplishment?
thomasmnile 02/15/21 09:34am Around the Campfire
RE: Biting Insects

OP left out skeeters. They're a year round "treat" like cockroaches. :)
thomasmnile 02/15/21 09:21am Snowbirds
RE: New Cell Phone..had to ask?

Since the OP has had an android phone for years, it might be quite a learning curve to get an Apple phone. I have had an iPhone for about 4 or 5 years. I struggle with anything except the phone and text apps and the contact list ! :B We bought new S10's a year ago. We were considering IPhone 11's. The sales nerd (and he was an extreme phone nerd) talked us out of it. He explained if Android phones and devices were all we knew and all we owned, we would find an IPhone "frustrating". The young man explained he owns an Android phone and an IPhone so he's familiar with both and could be more helpful to customers. Verizon ought to be proud of him.
thomasmnile 02/15/21 08:20am Technology Corner
RE: Rv security camera

Tossing camera idea out. I agree. I was mostly curious about wildlife around the camper at night. I just hope they hang around the backup camera :-) Thank you for all the feedback. If it hasn't been mentioned, what about a trail camera? Fasten it to a tree or pole or fashion a mount on your trailer. Many can do still or short video, images stored to an SD card. Pop the card out in the morning, plug it in a laptop and see who visited during the night.
thomasmnile 02/13/21 11:42am Tech Issues
RE: FOB keys and theft

When we bought our 2019 Highlander with the gee whiz keyless entry/ignition I noted the owners' manual recommended to never stick the fob in the same pocket with a cell phone (or in a purse if a phone is carried in the purse. What's the story? RF from one device to the other, Russian hackers, microwave the family jewels? :)
thomasmnile 02/11/21 09:46am Tech Issues
RE: Brady Bowl 10

Brady did what he does. But the game MVP really belongs to Buc's DC Todd Bowles and the entire Buc defense! Those guys were absolutely suffocating and relentless against the Chiefs' offense. I can't recall any Chiefs game I watched this season where Patrick Mahomes was running for his life for 60 minutes! Bucs D were absolutely studs, especially Barrett, Paul, White, David & Suh. Kinda like Seattle's Legion of Boom a few years back.
thomasmnile 02/08/21 12:07pm Around the Campfire
RE: Charter Spectrum Internet

I realize this thread is getting long in the tooth but wanted to comment that I just got an email from Spectrum saying they doubled my speed "at no extra cost" so I'm regularly at 230mb download speed. Of course we all know that "no extra cost" means the price will be going up again soon but I'll take the added speed! I received the same letter yesterday, and an email tonight with the same message, but added based on my account information I need to replace the modem with one that will "optimize my internet experience ". The Spectrum issued modem we use (Arris TG1682) seems to be working fine. I speed tested on my phone which netted 216 mbps down and 11.7 mbps up. Why do I need another modem? Unless Spectrum can't remotely throttle the one I have if I stream to excess?
thomasmnile 02/05/21 06:10pm Technology Corner
RE: How would you answer this question ?

Think you did alright. My dad was a WW II vet. He seldom to never talked about it. After his death when cleaning out his home, I found a lot of momentos including his Purple Heart. Beyond his telling me his deployments took him to the Aleutians, Okinawa, & China, he never talked about it. I understood why.....
thomasmnile 02/05/21 06:40am Around the Campfire
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