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Old 11-27-2002, 05:40 PM   #16
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Re: I Killed Several Black Widow Spiders The Other Day

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(2) Using firewood to heat your home with a wood-burning fireplace constitutes cruelty to trees; and,
We'll have our first fire tonight while fixin' turkey and stuff.

Weather forecast....Tonight: Partial clearing and cold. A freeze may occur north and west of the city. Lows in the low 30s north and west, mid 30s in town, upper 30s inland areas of the coastal counties, and low 40s on the coast.
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Old 11-27-2002, 05:54 PM   #17
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This is how I look at it: Was kiling the spiders the right decision? I mean, why not just move them to another location and put some sort of black widow repellent around the house?

Dont get me started about SUV's. But I think U2Bama is atleast using his how it was intended. I hate it when people use them to drive to work with only one person in them. Grrrrr
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Old 11-27-2002, 07:23 PM   #18
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Bama-

Did u even consider the "feelings" or the "inner childlikespider feelings" of these creatures as your boot purposely crushed the innards into oblivion of these defenseless little bastards?

We need to know.

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U2Bama, no offense to ya, since you live there, but now I can safely say that I will never go to Alabama, not unless I'd absolutely have to.
I forgot to mention the shark and alligator attacks on the Alabama Gulf coast.

But as long as you don't hang out in the woods or bodies of water or wood piles, you should not have any problems with the beasts I have mentioned.

And my town has the lowest crime rate of any 10,000+ city in Alabama.

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This is how I look at it: Was kiling the spiders the right decision? I mean, why not just move them to another location and put some sort of black widow repellent around the house?
Are you suggesting that I engineer some type of poisonous spider re-location program? Any type of "black widow repellant" would likely be a pesticide which would be potentially harmful to the environment; we already had a fish kill at the city park lake due to DDT or Dursban or something. But you think I should go to the trouble of picking up a bunch of poisonous black widow spiders (being careful not to disturb them) and move them to an agreeable location, then treat my neighbor's house(s) from future invasions?

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Dont get me started about SUV's. But I think U2Bama is atleast using his how it was intended. I hate it when people use them to drive to work with only one person in them. Grrrrr
Well, now that you mention it, I DO drive it to work 5 days a week, and no one in my neighborhood works near me on the same schedule that I work, so I am the only person in it. Mine seats 4 adults comfortably.

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But if you mostly use it for driving to work then why odnt you get a small car? You can get a little trailer thingy on the back of it if you want to haul stuff around.
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I am queen of the container trapping of bugs.
And I hate bugs and insects so the whole time I'm freaking out about getting that close to them....but I'd rather not have bug goo all over my walls.
And blood, when mosquito season arrives.

Every time I kill a mosquito in my place, I leave its remains (and the blood stain, if any) on the wall and circle it in bright red paint. I'm hoping that I can either psychologically deter female mosquitoes from biting humans or accelerate the evolution of a new species of mosquito that doesn't require blood to breed.

(Well, not really, but I am mildly obsessive about killing mosquitoes.)
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But if you mostly use it for driving to work then why odnt you get a small car? You can get a little trailer thingy on the back of it if you want to haul stuff around.
Because a "small car" would likely not have enough power to pull a trailer of firewood. And quite often, I do have to haul "stuff" around in the back of the SUV, and I rarely even have the back seat in place; it is usually folded down or removed for that purpose.

The way I see it, an SUV is VERY practical for someone who needs a pick-up truck somethime and a passenger vehicle at other times; it is rough & tough enough that I can haul firewood in, and it is decent enough for me and 3 friends to ride in to a football game. In the rare occasion that we have winter weather here, it has 4 wheel drive and good all-terrain tires, should I need to make an emergency trip to the grocery store to purchase toilet paper.

I know that many of you will despise me and hate me for this, but I never wish to own a "small car" or a "sports car." I feel quite safe in the Cherokee based on experience: it has taken some licks, including a sideswipe-then-drag-along conflict with an 18-wheeler; a truck tried to change into my wife's lane (while driving my Cherokee) despite the fact that she was in it, and turned the Jeep sideways and pushed it sideways for 300 yards; the Jeep was damaged (but not quite totalled), it never flipped, and she was injury free. I apologize for my "non-U2-ish" opinion and if any of you feel it appropriate to report me to the moderators then go ahead.

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Mine seats 4 adults comfortably.

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Good. So when I come to visit you, you can drive me to all the highlights of your dangerous, wildlife-ridden state!
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Bama, you ARE using it for it's purposes though. I know people that drive their SUV alone into work everyday and then go home and keep it in the garage and freak out if it gets scratched. It's an SUV for pete's sake! Seriously, I'm glad you use it the way you do.
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You been showing more humour lately Bama! What's going on?
Seriously, I dont understand why people get all hot and bothered over SUV's (or just 4WD's as we refer to them here). I am not entirely sure if I would ever drive one, simply because of the safety issue. I would love to own one, they have everything I want in a car bar the safety thing, but then what car IS safe. I drive a large sedan and one that sucks petrol like a ...well something that sucks a lot of petrol and I would not have it any other way. I know that in a fairly serious accident my car will give more protection than a smaller car. I drive a fair distance to my work, public transport not being a viable alternative, and would not expect a smaller engine'd vehicle to last. Its just the way it is. Small cars are great for that zippy mobility they have, but I want an engine that will last 600,000km's average. And without going all patriotic, due to the way our roads here are built, I would rather Aussie made. I drive too far, too often for a more environmentally friendly alternative, ironic as that sounds. Not to mention we need a car that is capable of towing. I would hate to see a 1.5/1.8 litre 4 cylinder cope with a boat or jet ski being towed with any regularity.
So yeah, if the top heavy issue wasn't such a huge factor in the safety of 4WD's, I would own one in a second. And I would not be ashamed of it. You got strength, power and comfort in a car that will not shit itself in a hurry.
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Old 12-02-2002, 09:26 PM   #28
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Angela_Harlem:

Much thanks for your defense of SUV drivers worldwide; you make all the right points about the practicality of the vehicles. And I will go as far as to say that the safety concerns you mentioned with many SUVs can be alleviated via driver education and adaptation, ie., an SUV does not handle like a passenger car. There are, however, some notable examples such as the now-defunct Suzuki Samurai and Ford Bronco II, which have serious design flaws at any speed. I think I have read over the years that the Volvo 700 series is the safest "passenger car" in production, while the Chevrolet/GMC Suburban, the behemoth granddaddy of all SUVs, is the safest "passenger vehicle" in production; it is apparently too large to be a rollover risk.

And when I bought my 4WD Jeep 6 years ago, several of my family members had jetskis which would need to be towed; however they sold them and I didn't get to tow them around.

Another beneficial use I had for my SUV was when I was a local rock star and hauled the band's sound eqipment around to our weekly gigs. I felt like the truck driver and guitarist all in one.

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