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Comment Re:But they find my tuning fork (Score 1) 349

My under-seat bag holds everything I need for two nights/three business days: laptop, tablet, two clean shirts and a second pair of trousers, socks and underwear, toothbrush and razor (as well as whatever score I'm studying and the aforementioned tuning fork). I don't worry about overhead storage. I get to the airport without having to stand in the check-my-bag line before the check-my-body line. I can take a bump at the gate without luggage issues (which just last month got me enough Deltabucks for a family round-trip somewhere).

Internationally, I generally have to make at least one and (depending on my Euro destination) frequently two connections. Waiting for the checked bag, then customs, then re-checking the checked bag (twice! each way!) is way more hassle than the rare gate-check. If I could fly direct, that would change the calculation, of course.


Comment Re:The Republican House (Score 1) 239

Everything MachineShedFred said in his response, plus: Shutting down the government is their agenda. The Hastert Rule doesn't allow anything to come to the floor without advance support of the majority party; neither the establishment GOP nor the TP'ers (to say nothing of the minority party, which actually represents the majority of the population due to both gerrymandering and district sizes) can get anything going, and, hey, that's just fine with the TP and their backers. "Shrink government until it's small enough to drown in a bathtub," right?

Comment Re:The Republican House (Score 1) 239

Gerrymandering, having created "safe" districts, increased markedly after 2010. That year, many of the state representatives were ushered in on a wave of TEA ("Taxed Enough Already," for those who've forgotten) party whipped-up anger at the establishment of both parties. Democrats were crammed into districts where they make up as much as 70% of voters, and Republican districts have a safe margin at 55% of voters (so a state that actually tilts Democrat can have a heavily GOP state leg and congressional delegation). Now the House members are decided in primaries (which, if closed, prevent anyone not in the party from voting), so it is in fact the fringier candidates, who feel no obligation to appeal to the center, who win these elections.

Comment Re:Naw, it's Doctors (Score 5, Interesting) 696

Easy there, big fella. Guess what? If the lane is not wide enough for a car to pass me with (in FL) a three foot gap, then, yes, I do have the right to "block" a full lane of traffic (hey, guess what else? I am traffic, so I'm not blocking it; I'm just slowing it). I also have the responsibility to signal my turns, stop for red lights (and in most states, stop signs; Google "Idaho stop"), and stay within the speed limit.

I don't know about your experience on the roads, but I see a far higher percentage of cars than bikes failing to signal and exceeding the speed limit, and about the same percentage rolling stop signs.

Comment Save an hour? (Score 1) 525

Right in line with my sig, I guess. How far do you have to drive to "save an hour" by going 85 mph instead of 75 mph? I get 637.5 miles (8.5 hours at 75, 7.5 at 85). That's about the distance from Helena (Montana's capital) to Bismarck, ND, purely on interstate highways. Bozeman is less than a hundred miles from Helena; that's over three round-trips a day to save an hour.

Perhaps two quotes got conflated, though; a round-trip out to the northeast of the state, where there might be Bakken shale work sites, could save an hour. Of course, that means you drove all day just to get back to Helena. No wonder we need that frackin' shale oil so badly.

Comment Re:Living Together (Score 1) 447

A few other questions that went unasked (and I went to the actual study, not the blog-post summary): Length of engagement; pre-marital sexual relations; and parental marital status. My wife and I got engaged only six months after our first date, and only about three months after our second, but we were engaged nearly two years. Her parents are still married, and mine were married until my mother died a year ago. Both of my brothers are also still happily married (hers are still single, never married, but not necessarily for lack of trying). We celebrated our twenty-third anniversary this past spring.

In 1750 Issac Newton became discouraged when he fell up a flight of stairs.