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Old Aug 23rd 2013, 7:05 am
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Originally Posted by SultanOfSwing
I meant that Toyota in the '80s was little. I used to see some much bigger Mitsubishis/Nissans on the road into work just before I left and then there's always the Hilux ...

They probably do get half decent mileage and I have always heard that at least the Toyotas are good working trucks but I think it's a long while before the Transit loses out to the pickup on the British building site.

Parking spaces have got smaller in the UK? I blame white dog poo, immigrants and the Daily Mail. Not necessarily in that order
lol, well the spaces have got smaller or all the cars are getting bigger. Actually at the Harrogate District Hospital they built a new parking garage, and actually made all the spaces smaller. And yes I witnessed that myself as I stood watching several people have to either be let out while the driver parked in the space, or the driver pull out so the passenger could get in. At any rate, that's life when you're trying to accommodate more people.
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Old Aug 23rd 2013, 7:07 am
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Originally Posted by markonline1
You lot of either been here too long or I've not been here long enough. The idea of owning a truck horrifies me! If you need it for work, fair enough, otherwise I think I'd rather walk everywhere.
What is this 'walk' you speak of?!
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Originally Posted by AmerLisa
lol, well the spaces have got smaller or all the cars are getting bigger. Actually at the Harrogate District Hospital they built a new parking garage, and actually made all the spaces smaller. And yes I witnessed that myself as I stood watching several people have to either be let out while the driver parked in the space, or the driver pull out so the passenger could get in. At any rate, that's life when you're trying to accommodate more people.
They should restrict access to healthcare.
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Old Aug 23rd 2013, 7:09 am
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Originally Posted by markonline1
You lot of either been here too long or I've not been here long enough. The idea of owning a truck horrifies me! If you need it for work, fair enough, otherwise I think I'd rather walk everywhere.
Originally Posted by Nutek
Outdoors?
If I walked at a brisk clip from my front door in the direction of the nearest town, it would take me about an hour to reach the first shops (a grocery, gas station, small strip mall and a McDonald's) and only the last 300ft of the journey would benefit from a pavement! From that point it would probably take the best part of an hour in one of three directions to reach the next retailers of any use or consequence.
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What is this 'walk' you speak of?!
It's something socialists do in Europe, I hear.

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Old Aug 23rd 2013, 7:11 am
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Originally Posted by Pulaski
If I walked at a brisk clip from my front door in the direction of the nearest town, it would take me about an hour to reach the first shops (a grocery, gas station, small strip mall and a McDonald's) and only the last 300ft of the journey would benefit from a pavement! From that point it would probably take the best part of an hour in one of three directions to reach the next retailers of any use or consequence.
The Dunkin Donuts would need to be considerably closer together.
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Old Aug 23rd 2013, 7:13 am
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Originally Posted by markonline1
You lot of either been here too long or I've not been here long enough. The idea of owning a truck horrifies me! If you need it for work, fair enough, otherwise I think I'd rather walk everywhere.
More seriously though, it's really quite hard to walk here. I have a CVS near me that's probably less than 0.5 mile from my house and I can't walk there (at least it's very difficult to). There are no sidewalks to walk on. That and the 100 degree heat make it less desirable.

The other half of the truck argument is down to the fact that a lot of folks here have them and they're big. When you're towered over on the freeways by jacked up trucks doing 80+ in the rain you start to wonder if you're better off just joining them and getting a truck too (though skipping the 80+ in the rain).
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More seriously though, it's really quite hard to walk here. I have a CVS near me that's probably less than 0.5 mile from my house and I can't walk there (at least it's very difficult to). There are no sidewalks to walk on. That and the 100 degree heat make it less desirable.

The other half of the truck argument is down to the fact that a lot of folks here have them and they're big. When you're towered over on the freeways by jacked up trucks doing 80+ in the rain you start to wonder if you're better off just joining them and getting a truck too (though skipping the 80+ in the rain).
It is amazing how many people try to swap lanes into the spot my Miata is occupying. Scary sometimes even. Best defense seems to be going faster than everyone else.
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Old Aug 23rd 2013, 7:18 am
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Originally Posted by Nutek
The Dunkin Donuts would need to be considerably closer together.
It's funny you mention that, because they built one about 5 minutes walk beyond the gas station a couple of years ago, with a drive through, of course!
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Old Aug 23rd 2013, 7:19 am
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Originally Posted by Nutek
It is amazing how many people try to swap lanes into the spot my Miata is occupying. Scary sometimes even. Best defense seems to be going faster than everyone else.
If you go for the lie-flat windscreen option, you could probably go under everyone else

Ruin your hairdo though, which probably isn't a good idea in your profession....
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Old Aug 23rd 2013, 7:22 am
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.... Ruin your hairdo though, which probably isn't a good idea in your profession....
Wow, it's taken 76 posts since Nutek posted his question for that ol' gag to show up. I had wondered how long it would take?
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Originally Posted by markonline1
You lot of either been here too long or I've not been here long enough. The idea of owning a truck horrifies me! If you need it for work, fair enough, otherwise I think I'd rather walk everywhere.
My thoughts exactly when we got here in 2002. A decade later and I'm driving (and loving) an F150.....bought it last year primarily to tow our Travel Trailer (caravan) which is 33' long and was just proving to be too much of a handful for the SUV I used to tow it with. The truck does the job beautifully, and has proven very handy for other load carrying that we could probably could have done with the SUV, but not easily. But to be honest, even if we got rid of the trailer, I would find it hard to go back from the truck...it's just so darn nice to drive, especially on the boring highways we have here!
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especially on the boring highways we have here!
They're only boring if there's no one else on the road...!
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Wow, it's taken 76 posts since Nutek posted his question for that ol' gag to show up. I had wondered how long it would take?
I kept biting my tongue, but in the end my old Achilles heel showed up to do me in yet again....lack of self control....
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Wow, it's taken 76 posts since Nutek posted his question for that ol' gag to show up. I had wondered how long it would take?
Should see how I've struggled not to post a "just the tip" pic in the tipping thread. It's been torture!
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