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Is there any reason I should use the dealership mechanic? - LeonPhelps
I have never taken my car into a dealership for service, but I can't tell if my mechanic fixed the issue I am dealing with. I basically want a fresh set of eyes on it. Does it make sense to take it to the dealership for servicing? Is that going to be way more expensive than a regular, independent...
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Why do solicitors even bother knocking on my door? - LeonPhelps
First off, there is a big sign at the front of my neighborhood that says "No solicitors." Second, this is 2015. Whatever need I have to fill can be easily discovered online. Yet there is guy walking around my neighborhood right now, binder in hand and name tag on shirt, going door to door. I'm t...
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Was Harry Potter a great or average wizard? - LeonPhelps
I first read the Harry Potter series in 2000. I think the 4th book had recently come out. I re-read the series around 2005 for the 6th book coming out, then again when the 7th book came out, and again earlier this year just for fun. It only takes a couple of weeks to read the entire series. On...
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What commonplace technology/innovations amazed you at first? - LeonPhelps
Obviously the original iPhone seemed like wizardry. Same feeling when I saw a rendering of an iPad a couple of years before it came out. I remember how amazed I was when fast food restaurants began accepting credit cards. At first, they passed you the receipt and a pen through the drive thru wi...
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It is clearly time to break up the Union - LeonPhelps
The disparate cultures of this country are simply incompatible, as evidenced by this past week alone. It is definitely time to split the union into smaller countries. Obviously the liberal areas like the upper East Coast and the West Coast should be split from middle america. The Southeast, inc...
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Erasing any symbol of racism is this year's viral activity for the sheep - LeonPhelps
Isn't this obvious to everyone else? How many times have we seen some idiotic viral thing that all the sheeple simply have to be a part of? Harlem Shake Planking Ice Bucket challenge You can probably name more. At least once a year, something like this sweeps the nation. I always groan...
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Pixar's Inside Out - largest box office opening for original film ever - LeonPhelps
Inside Out opened the U.S. box office with $90.4M this past weekend, which is the highest opening weekend box office for an original film in history, regardless of genre. Original film means it is not a sequel, reboot, remake, or based on a property in a different medium (book or video game). ...
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Jupiter Ascending might be the worst movie I have ever seen - LeonPhelps
It is not even laughably bad. It is just bad. I heard that Eddie Redmayne's handlers were trying to get the release date of this movie pushed back to after the Oscars so it wouldn't hurt his chances of winning for Theory of Everything. Hard to believe he made those two movies in the same year. H...
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Madam Secretary - LeonPhelps
I never see a thread on this show. I enjoy watching it and it stays apolitical for the most part. The main character even defended CIA torture in Afghanistan and Iraq...she even ordered it when she was in the CIA. But my biggest complaint is they are too ready to violate the sovereignty of othe...
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Does anyone else sometimes actually miss school? - LeonPhelps
I graduated with my masters over 9 years ago, but sometimes I miss the actual learning and test taking part of school. I dominated school and nearly always set the curve. My niece is in college now and comes to me for help. It just reminds me how very easy college is, at least LSU. It has made m...
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My barber is retiring and I need recommendations for a new one - LeonPhelps
I have gone to the same barber for 18 years but he is retiring tomorrow at age 80. I need a new barber. I am not interested in a salon. It has probably been 17 years since I even had to say anything to my barber when I sat down. He just gave me the standard hair cut. Any recommendations for...
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They really effed up Theory of Everything - LeonPhelps
The title indicates the movie will be about the scientific research of one of the greatest minds in human history. But instead we get this incredibly boring look at the struggles of caring for him. Why is that interesting to anyone?! I finally tapped out half way through when it was clear we we...
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Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull - LeonPhelps
I do not understand the hate for this movie. It is just a fun movie. I think if it was not an Indiana Jones movie and all of the unattainable expectations that came with after 20 years, it would have been considered a good movie but most haters - just like Superman Returns, another movie I really ...
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Do you eat lunch by yourself at a restaurant? If so, where? - LeonPhelps
I work from home and only occasionally meet someone for lunch. When I am not meeting someone for lunch, I usually fix something at home or grab some food from somewhere and bring it back home to eat. But sometimes it is nice to simply get out of the house. It just seems weird to go to a restauran...
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Withdrawstgeorge.com sent a petition to my home - LeonPhelps
It says it has me on record as signing the petition to withdraw, which I did, and provides a form to fill in and send back to withdraw my signature. I looked on the form and on the website but the organizers of this effort were too chicken shite to put their phone number anywhere. If you are going ...
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Spin-off thread: sent back to 1770 - must establish monarchy or die - LeonPhelps
I posted this in the original thread but it is buried at the bottom of page 8, so I figured I would start another thread because the concept is really interesting to me and I like this twist on it. What if 100,000 people living today were sent back to 1770 with 100 of whatever they last bought an...
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Have door-to-door proselytizers ever had any success? - LeonPhelps
2 old nice black ladies in their best Sunday clothes just rang my doorbell to talk to me about the Bible. I am a Christian and have zero interest in this. I cannot imagine a non-Christian even remotely wanting to be bothered at their home to try and be converted. I hate any stranger bothering m...
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Am I the only one watching Forever? My new favorite show - LeonPhelps
It is the perfect combination of Castle (format), Sherlock (trope), and Highlander (mythology). And the acting is generally pretty good, at least from the two main guys, played by Mr. Fantastic and the Jeff Goldblum's dad from Independence Day. The flashbacks are great since the main character...
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Why does every Bollywood movie have an unrelated dance and song number? - LeonPhelps
Even in the most unlikely movies like Slumdog Millionaire. I enjoyed the first Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, but the trailer for the second shows an elaborate song and dance scene. Why is this necessary? I read this on Wikipedia but it did not explain the why of it. [quote]Bollywood films ha...
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How much attention am I supposed to give my dog? - LeonPhelps
I have had a dog for 12 years, my first and last pet I will ever have. She is a good dog generally other than pissing in the house on occasion, especially now that she is 12. I sometimes feel bad that I don't give her enough attention, especially after something like Marley and Me, but she is a do...
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