The paint looks fantastic from 40 feet, or even 25. But standing right next to it, I found half a dozen issues without half-trying to. Two of them were ones I knew about, the scuff on the right front bumper and the damage to the rear bumper, but on the right side of the bed there's light scratching/marring all the way down the side. The bed is all scratched up--no bedliner or anything--and as I walked around it I saw this and that and the other thing...
And it's two-wheel drive.
But right behind it was parked a black one, one year older. Four wheel drive. The only issue I could find with its exterior was the "Ford" badge in the grill looks like it's all faded. It may not be, though.
The seats are cloth, the bed was lined with bedliner, it has a tonneau cover, it doesn't look as if it has the fender rust that's endemic to pickup trucks around here; according to the paperwork in the windows it's a 1-owner vehicle and it comes with a 3-month 3,000 mile warranty. "Certified", it says.
Mileage is 138k, according to the web site. Now, I do not envision buying this truck and keeping it any fourteen years the way I have the Jeep. (I didn't envision keeping the Jeep this long, either. I just kind of did it.) If I could buy the thing on a 4-year loan and then trade up a year or two after I've paid it off, that would suit me just fine. I've averaged about 10,000 miles per year with the Jeep and I don't expect that to change much with another vehicle, and further I don't expect 138k to be anywhere near the end of the road for a full-size pickup truck of just about any make. I'd expect double that, at least.
And the impression I get, looking at it, is that whoever owned the thing took care of it, because black paint will show you every last damned defect in the bodywork there is. Cursory rust check showed no issues, as I said. The light was fading so I couldn't get a really good look at it, but I can easily go back tomorrow while the sun is still up and get another look at it.
I had some serious misgivings about buying a pickup without 4WD...but maybe the entire purpose of that red truck was to catch my eye so I'd end up looking at the black one. I don't know.
What I do know is that on the way home I caught myself referring to it as "Black Bess", which is not a good sign, at least not for my pocketbook.
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This is chilling news. "The FBI has just requested the account information for almost 200,000 @ProtonMail accounts in a mass "domestic terrorist" surveillance dragnet targeting Conservatives."
Once they find a way to take away our guns, we're all going to the gulag. Or the mass grave.
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So China is really facing an energy crisis. Jury is still out on what they're doing with all that electricity but apparently the deficit of juice is a real problem over there.
...China’s central government officials "ordered the country’s top state-owned energy companies to secure supplies for this winter at all costs."Just remember that the communist party has to keep a lid on 1.2 billion people, and since communists always lie, you can bet that the political situation in China is not nearly as peaceful as everyone wants us to think.
Translation: Beijing is no longer willing to risk social anger and going forward China will be subsidizing coil and nat gas, which will lead to even higher prices, which will lead to even higher prices for other "substitute" commodities such as oil, which is why oil surged on the news.
They don't dare cut off the power to the people, because (as I indicated earlier) winter is coming and the people won't like it if they can't run their heaters and charge their cell phones (and electric cars and-and-and.)
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LEEEEROOOOYYY JEEEEEEENNKIIIIINSS! It's 45 seconds long and I watched it twice, and laughed both times.
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I got to the far offsite this morning at 7 AM, as intended. But I am really tired now after my 9-hour day. Doing PT took all my freaking willpower.
Plus side, I work a 7-hour day tomorrow and I'm done with PT for the week.
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I don't know if I mentioned it already, but I'm finally getting a new desk chair at work. It's due to be delivered on Monday.
The purchasing manager told me to go to Amazon or OfficeMax and pick one out, and that was easy: I picked the same one I have at home! They're paying more for it than I paid for mine, because I bought it when it was on sale, but not a lot more.
Anyway, it'll be nice to be able to lean back in my chair at work again.
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The 500 GB M.2 drive still sits, in its box, on my desk, waiting for me to have time to screw around with it. *sigh*
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Anyway, I'm really tired, and I have no energy for anything else tonight. And I still have to take out the trash.