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  1. Meh

    The car thread

    I disagree with this interpretation. Combinations of two or three corporate factors can produce the scattering effect way before one considers individual drivers. First factor: Defunct brands. Two of the GM brands have no new vehicles (Saturn and Pontiac) so we're sampling only well-maintained units that have survived to be counted. Second factor: Luxury groupings. GM brands group luxury vehicles - and we see that GM's luxury brands GMC and Cadillac have remarkably similar long term operational costs. The short term ownership difference between the two is Third factor: Car / truck product mix. We absolutely should not be comparing average operational costs of Chevrolets with averages of GMC when pretty much all of GM's CAFE leaders are grouped under Chevrolet. And that's just the top 3 skewing factors I can think of.
  2. Meh

    Lettuce talk about grass

    Hey now, 'weed' is totally belittling the Herculean efforts of all those hoity-toity English lawn-and-manor painters for the bored rich when they trained us to value the image of green open flatness next to houses, the unceasing drive of the Polish/German/Baltic state denizens traipsing their forests looking for weedless green clumps to clone, the education credentials of the actual cloners over at Scott/ Monsanto, and the screaming backaches of the fertilizer/weed killer processors and loaders. Hmm. Come to think of it, I'm OK with that. That said, all of you having post-winter issues with lawns - have any of you played with seeding winter rye in the fall?
  3. Meh

    Lettuce talk about grass

    How shaded is that area? Do you get at least 2-3 hours full sun/day? I'm not a big believer in grass - if I had ^that lot and wanted less work I would creeping wintergreen and bishop's weed the living daylights out of it. Slap a yew in the window box. Something Artemisia in the side-fence box, probably pontica and absinthium just for the absinthe interest; a bronze fennel or two for the Painted Lady butterflies, and -if- there is room AND sunlight, a variegated elderberry of the black lace variety. Two weekends and it's all done but the pruning. Now I realize that's not your yard, so ... how important is grass anyway?
  4. Telegolf FTW.
  5. You didn't tag me 😛 Yep, I was there for the layup - and wasted a lot of your time making mistakes. And asking silly questions. 🤐
  6. Meh

    Help choosing model

    Oh, go Jackie Chan for sure. Just make sure they get the custom sizing right, I think you're somewhere in the 188.95071 cm range?
  7. MR 102 - (clownish tips, two tone inlay top) OK, this is different. I immediately called this ski the 'crud skate'. I say immediately but it really took 3 turns. When I clicked into the ski, and just glided along the snow, it felt like a brother to the MR87. I actually forgot how big a ski I was on - so I was surprised when I had to think about making my hips go wider than I had been doing all morning. But, with just that tiny correction - holy cr@p. The edges have every bit as much authority as those on the MR87. And in between - boof! Why yes, that was a slough pile. Teehee! Boof! If you want to make pretty turns, don't look at this ski. If you want to just silly grin as you surf and slash on broken snow - yep, this is it. @MadRussian thinks this ski makes chop feel like powder. I disagree. I think this ski makes chop feel like an amusement park. I would be OK with this ski on hardpack, so long as I wasn't expected to impress any instructors. I have no idea how this ski would work in deep powder or where the balance point would be. But dust on crust? Yes sure. Slough piles with scrape in between? Yes please. Breakable crust? Oh my, sure. Wheeee!
  8. MR 95 - v. 2 (Figured topsheet tip to tail) Anyone who knows me knows I really, really liked the original MR95. It was fun as a progressive carver, one just loaded up the front of the ski and it took you into the turn like a well-practiced dance partner. It was fun as an upright slasher - if you lost the line in a field of snow whales and needed to turn NOW it did that. It would bash through manky snow without noticing it much. Of all the MR skis, the MR95 v.1 is the one I would want to own as a Sierra cement skier. And yes, it was tough like all MR skis are tough but it was tough in an elegant way. A well trained dance partner that could ignore your stepping on toes. Now, I know that I'm at the heavier end of testers. I understand some lighter testers couldn't quite load up the shovels enough to make the tips go around. I know the mounting position was altered to be more forward for lighter skiers. I also know that I hated the forward mounting position, especially in deep new snow. Well, @MadRussian went to his workshop and tweaked. The v. 2 MR95 is not a dance partner any longer. It is more of a - gentleman's coach. The first thing you notice is that the v.2 skis centered. There is absolutely no point in shifting the pressure point forward or back - the ski will feel your efforts, laugh at you a little bit (oh, do stop wriggling about, you silly person) and make a turn just like it would if you had stayed centered. This has it's benefits - just like the v.2 MR87 felt like it had more edge bite underfoot than the original, the v.2 MR95 is more direct on edge underfoot than the original. Also, the new tail feels like it has more bite, more authority. Especially on surfaces where dense, cold talcum powder is hiding hardpack. I can see where most of the skiers who couldn't quite get enough forward on the old MR95 would really like the new one. But you readers will forgive me, I hope, if I remain loyal to the original.
  9. New season - new sensations. MR 87 - v. 2 (blue katazome cloth, elm topsheet) The first generation MR87 was a playful, edgy little ski that did most anything you could ask of it. It zigged, it zagged, it could be steered into little short tiny turns, or you could hold it on edge for longer carves. I was quite impressed with how composed the ski felt even though it looked odd - the binding was very far towards the tail. And I felt like it could use more edge bite, especially at the tips. @MadRussian listened to what I had to say then went back to his workshop. And he came up with ...this. The overall shape remains much the same, but he re-did the core profile, and then, for good measure, he added carbon fiber stringers. I wanted a stronger tail. I got it. I wanted more edge grip at the tips. I got it. But the ski didn't stop there - it gave me more direct edge feel underfoot. Very direct. Of all the MR skis, this is the one I would want on a tight goat track, with nothing but hardpack and refreeze. All MR skis are tough. Tough in a "I don't care what you ski, if you survive, the ski will survive" way. Except this one feels tougher. Yes, tougher. Not burlier, not heavier, just Other words that apply are: quick, tenacious, darty. If skis have spirit animals, this ski has a fighting rooster. Except this rooster is too tough for the soup pot. Does v. 2 sacrifice something that the original MR87 had? Maybe. The old MR87 was a touch more progressive between the binding and the tips; one could feel the turn deepening. With v.2 the loading is compressed to an instant, and then you're turning. The old MR87 had a softer interface between tips and shovels - this was an OK thing on frozen ruts even though it gave less edge feel. This one - well the v.2 ski is tough enough to beat you up if you let it. NOTES: 5'11" 218lbs Look Pivots mounted +1cm from @MadRussian recommended position, 10mm lifters front and rear.
  10. Word on the street is that @MadRussian went skiing - and got on some race skis. Fake news? Are we about to get black locust race plates? Are we about to see raceroom numbers on MR95s? Inquiring minds want to know.
  11. Two of the wife's toepieces and one of her 12-DIN heels failed with 45 days on them, tops. Now replaced with SPX. She has some high-mileage 15s that are still testing within norms, though one has been shop-set to higher indicator setting.
  12. With how many days on them...and was the forward pressure properly set (not just a bro tweak)? I wouldn't expect that binding to go much over 50-60 days and stay accurate to what's displayed in teh setting window. EDIT: Does this mean @Weatherman should be updating his quiver list shortly?
  13. Meh

    Wax those skis!

    can you do a graph with 850hPa heights as well as temps?
  14. Meh

    Swix EVO Pro Edger

    Does your file guide go to 6degrees+ ? If yes, put a pansar file in it for that sidewall.
  15. Meh

    Quiver theory

    The Monster 88 is a decent ski in those conditions but I prefer something even stiffer such as (narrow choice) the old (2008ish) Atomic SX12 or (wider choice) Mad Russian MR95 or (even wider choice) Zag's H112 or (wider yet) Volkl One. Of those 5 the M88 is best on real hardpack, the SX12 and MR95 tied for 2nd. This is important to me because sloppy spring conditions have been known to freeze up, hard. Yes, even while I'm still skiing If you're looking to grab something used on the cheap for those conditions, Volkl's Kenja/Kendo deserves a mention.

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