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General Discussion / Re: Do you drive with one foot or two?
« on: March 29, 2018, 12:43:33 AM »
Back in the day when most cars had bench seats and seat belts were not mandatory, an argument against two-footed driving was that when you stomp the brake, you can slide forward. If your other foot is covering the gas, it doesn't take much to goose it inadvertently. And then you careen through the guard rail and someone starts wailing out "Last Kiss" as you plummet to your doom, and, really, nobody wants that.

I use righty almost exclusively but occasionally drive two-footed under specific circumstances, like when going through a deep puddle to keep from soaking the brake shoes. Now that almost everything on the road has disk brakes, that may be largely pointless.

Or that time I replaced the transmission in my mustang and forgot to connect the neutral safety switch and wanted to see if it would start in gear (automatic). The wisdom of hovering over the brake largely negated the stupidity of attempting this experiment in a crowded restaurant parking lot with three passengers in the car.  That was 35 years ago and it still makes me shake my head (literally, doing it now).

Last comment about two-footed driving is that even light pressure can cause the brake lights to come on (or the pads to touch and heat/fade/wear) and people behind you may have a harder time knowing when you're actually stopping.

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Books / Re: "Classics"
« on: September 24, 2017, 11:57:30 AM »
Thomas Hardy is worth a read. I enjoyed the writing in Tess of the d'Urbervilles, but the subject matter is a little grim. If you weren't already planning to plow ahead with so many Russian authors, I might not recommend Tess. 

Shakespeare is good to the point that reading a play then seeing it live and circling back to read it again can be worth it. Or, same process in reverse order. For example, some of the innuendo in Othello wasn't obvious to me until I saw accompanying hand gestures in a play.

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General Discussion / Re: Penguins win the Stanley Cup!
« on: August 11, 2017, 12:12:58 AM »
Congratulations or commiserations, as appropriate.

Ok, with the niceties out of the way, I want to thank you for the entertaining moment experienced before I realized you weren't talking about actual penguins.

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