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I imagine, though, that most big cities would be an odd place to see someone wearing boots on a first date. Unless your dating profile says you're a grammy-winning country star, in which case, anything goes.
*Slightly related tangent: Being both a geek and a gearhead, I've used the downtime at my shop to conduct various car studies. My shop has large glass windows pointed directly out at a busy highway that melds into Main Street in my town just a few blocks away from my shop, and I've tracked all of the vehicles coming & going for multiple days. 46% of the non-commercial vehicles were trucks (as defined as any vehicle with an open bed), and while I don't have the exact numbers in front of me, I believe the ratio of SUVs/CUVs/full-sized vans to cars & minivans for the remainder of the vehicles was about 3:1. Pretending to be macho isn't even optional here, it's mandatory. Being a fan of small Japanese imports puts me in about the smallest automotive minority; I think there are even more European cars in our town than Japanese.
That having been said, I'm 5'7", and I was always intimidated by women who were taller than about 5'4". My wife is 5'2". If I had lied about my height to get more dates, I would have wound up with plenty hot chicks who would make me feel uncomfortable the whole time. As it is, I'd rather only get replies from a few girls I find attractive, who at least won't intimidate me when we go out.
I tried online dating for a while. I tried in-person dating for a while, with girls I met at work (I was a young guy working in the food services industry.) In the end, the girl I fell in love with and married was someone I met by accident and became best friends with. We met over the Internet, but not through a dating website, and I was rather disinterested in dating when we met. After years of friendship, we realized that we had something more than just friendship, and started making plans to meet in person (she's from Canada, I'm from the USA.) We knew each other for about 4 years before getting married, and we've now been happily married for 7 years. While trying to find girls to date, I met some who were somewhat interesting, and who I might have had an okay life with, but the girl I married is so much better of a match; it's not even a contest. Contrary to what Hollywood teaches you, your friends are the best candidates for love; they like being around you, and share your interests and probably your personality.
You found it naggy? That really confuses me. As long as you activate and confirm your email address, it will never pop up on your computer unless it finds something. I literally have never seen it appear unannounced on my primary computer. If I do open the interface, I don't even see a "CLICK HERE FOR MORE FEATURES!" banner.
As far as it tripping your other AV, I'm not terribly surprised. There's a reason you're only supposed to use one AV. Most AVs won't even allow you to install if they detect another AV present (not without a lot of kicking & screaming, at least).
I've had very good luck downloading from Softpedia, as they do not add their own installers; the only bundled junk you have to worry about is that which is included by the publisher of the title (which would also be on the download from their own website.) The only problem with Softpedia is that they don't filter out the "CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD" banner ads, which will lead an inattentive person without adblock into lots of garbage.
Heck, even SourceForge bundles garbage. And that one really bugs me, considering their humble roots.
The other option here (CenturyLink) does give a better download speed (about 4Mbps, advertised as 10Mbps), but their upload speed is hard-capped at 128 Kbps. I've called and visited with tech support, and that's a hard limit they set. They don't even have a more expensive plan available for those who want more, because "if you want more than that, you must be running a server". It causes disruptions with using webcams, VOIP, and even multiplayer gaming, and makes a YouTube upload take an eternity. They cost about $120/month.
So yeah, I'd love to have someone bring in 4/1 broadband. Especially if it cost under $100/month.
Granted, these look like they'd be a nightmare in a blizzard or freezing rain, but I'm sure there's some way to engineer a fix. Or, alternatively, they could just make the doors slide vertically. That would have a similar 'cool factor' to a gullwing, except with the advantage of no clearance space needed, and would avoid the potential issues found with the disappearing door. Only issue would be that they would block the contents of a roof rack while open, but is that really a problem? How many people need the car doors open while retrieving their roof-mounted bicycle?
Private school is often significantly higher in performance, while having much lower per-student costs, when compared with public school*. If public school weren't paid through taxes, nobody would be able to afford them; we should remove them from the tax base, and let the parents choose which school gets their money, rather than forcing everyone to pay for public school whether they want it or not. Children would get a superior education, taxes would be significantly less, and schools would have to (gasp!) compete with each other for the students, which would probably mean no more tenured teachers, better facilities, etc. For those who still can't afford private school (after the tax reduction), there could be a program like S.N.A.P. to pay for it. The only people who would lose in this situation are the ones who are corrupt and are already milking the system.
* Wyoming (my home state) spends over $15k per student for annual tuition. While private schools vary on cost, our local private school in my hometown charges $6k/year for tuition. While some (mostly secular private schools targeted at rich kids) have average test scores, religious schools tend to have better than average test scores in all subjects.
I definitely appreciate how projects like Lubuntu have given us the ability to 'hold back time', as it were, for folks who simply cannot handle change. And as a bonus, I successfully converted someone to Linux. Man, I prefer supporting Linux boxes over Windows. So much easier to fix.