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September 21, 2017 – 04:48 am
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One of the most controversial topics in automotive design is the hardtop vs. the convertible. As most people know, once you remove the roof of a car, you lose substantial rigidity and some early Saab convertibles were known to possess terrible cowl shake characteristics (where you can feel the car body flex when you hit rough patches in the road). As such, convertibles often must have additional cross members in the chassis to strengthen the frame, a characteristic that results in added weight. Additionally, the lack of a roof means the automaker must strengthen the A-pillars and install a roll bar behind the driver’s head, adding even more weight.

As such, given the potential dynamic demerits, overweight nature, and increased possibility of injury in a rollover, many enthusiasts don’t bother with the convertible. Indeed, it is a widely held belief that convertibles are for sorority girls and poseurs; they are designed so that you can look good cruising down the Pacific Coast Highway rather than tackle sharp bends in Coldwater Canyon. And these anti-convertible advocates do have a point here: convertibles tend to be more ostentatious than their hardtop cousins as everyone can see you when you’re driving around town. If you drive around in a convertible Ferrari F430, you openly proclaim to the world that you have lots of money, whereas in a hardtop one, at least you can keep your midlife crisis to yourself.

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4 Days Left!!!!!

2008-09-02 14:09:19 by ReceptionIdeas

Only 4 days left, I can't believe it. Still finishing up all the last minute stuff. I'm going tonight to get mixers - but I'm stuck and I feel like I'm forgetting something! Please help!
We are having an open bar. I need help figuring out what mixers to buy without buying more liquor; here is a list of what alcohol we will be serving:
- Budweiser Keg
- Red Wine
- White Wine
- Gin
- Captain Morgan
- Jack Daniels
This is all I can think of for mixers/garnishments so far – please help me because I’m sure I’m missing some…
- Tonic
- Coke/Pepsi
- Mountain Dew
- Dr. Pepper
- Limes

Be nice to those that lend you money

2008-12-04 19:07:02 by -

In his first interview since the world financial crisis, Gao Xiqing, the man who oversees $200 billion of China’s $2 trillion in dollar holdings, explains why he’s betting against the dollar, praises American pragmatism, and wonders about enormous Wall Street paychecks. And he has a friendly piece of advice:
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Turbo Tax Timmy created the Bank Rally?

2009-03-11 10:46:28 by -

U.S. stocks rallied, extending yesterday’s 6.4 percent surge in the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index, as speculation grew the worst of the banking crisis may be over. Shares in Europe and Asia also advanced.
Citigroup Inc. and Bank of America Corp. jumped more than 9.2 percent after Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner said the government will use capital injections to spur lenders to sell distressed securities. Morgan Stanley increased 6.9 percent after Goldman Sachs Group Inc. recommended buying the shares. Hewlett-Packard Co. climbed 2.5 percent as UBS AG analysts touted the world’s largest personal-computer maker.
The S&P 500 added 0.4 percent to 722.62 at 9:39 a.m. in New York. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 6.14 points, or 0.1 percent, to 6,932.63. Europe’s Dow...

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