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  1. I'm not sure if you are referring to the Masterkleer in the first post, or the the misc pieces/kink preventers in the second post. I guess $3 + shipping for the Masterkleer (In all honestly, it might be better to get this straight from Dangerden), and just shipping for the misc pieces/kink preventers.
  2. From this is sounds like, at least partly, you want to work to make some money so that you can buy some hardware of your own choosing. Yes, buying your own hardware with money you made at a job you love would be the best of both worlds, but buying the hardware you want with money from a "crap" job you don't want means that the job isn't a completewaste of time. Still, it's up to you to perform your own cost benefit analysis. What type of places do your friends work in and what type of functions do they perform? Did they have any work experience before hand? If yes, then that work experience might have helped them get their current job. If no, then see if they can give you some pointers. Maybe they know someone who was able to hook them up with the jobs, in which case maybe their contacts can help you. If they applied without any reference and with no prior work experience, find out what they wrote on their application or CV and what they said in their interviews if you can apply their answers to your own circumstances. Maybe you'll get lucky. Also, in response to your statement that a job you don't want to do is a waste of your time, consider my work experience over the past 22 years: Job 1 - Earning my allowance from ages 5 to 16. Ages 5-8 we lived on a farm in Canada where I would help shovel manure in the barn and pick rocks and certain weeds out of our 60+ acre field. Ages 8+ I lived in the suburbs of the States where I mowed the lawn, helped reroof our house, helped build a large brick patio off the back of our house, did LOTS of digging for various home improvement projects, and helped to fix up a 100 year old house we rented out (tearing the plaster off of wood slat walls during most of a summer in a house with no AC is not a fun time). The allowance I earned over all this time allowed me accumulate a decent savings for college and to buy my own used, old, but reliable and in my opinion awesome first car. The car provided me the mobility to get: Job 2 - Store clerk at Walgreens when I was 16. With the money from this job I could afford to go out with my friends, as well as to save up for college. The experience I got at this job helped to to get: Job 3 - Cashier at Best Buy when I was 17 (I changed jobs because it payed $2/hr more). Again I could afford to hang out with my friends and save for college. Job 4 - Mover for a moving company during the summer between my 1st and 2nd years at college. I HATED this job, but it paid well. Job 5 - Cashier at a grocery store during my last few years of college. There were a few other people filling out applications at the same time, so I feel pretty confident that my experience from jobs 2 and 3 helped me to beat out the competition and get hired on the spot. I worked hard, and as a result, when I graduated college I was promoted to an Assistant Customer Service Manager ahead of several other people with more years of seniority. This allowed me to make a living while I searched for a job to suit my degree in engineering. Already in 2006 a lot of grads from my class were having trouble finding work. However, my existing position within this grocery company gave me an inside edge to get: Job 6 - My current position as an engineer at the grocery company's headquarters. It's a good job that I enjoy doing, and I'm able to earn a comfortable living at a time when a lot of others are less fortunate. None of jobs 1 through 5 were jobs that I wanted to do (I've grown to HATE retail), but they were definitely not a waste of time because they all add up to where I am now. In addition, while working jobs 1 through 5, I never thought they would lead to a good career position. It goes to show you that hidden opportunities can exist even in "crap" jobs. Again, maybe you'll get lucky and get a job you love right off the bat. Maybe I'll win the lottery. Either scenario would be great. Regardless, a lot of people in this thread are giving you good advice based on their personal experiences. It would be wise of you to drop the attitude and accept that advice graciously. **Edit** Damn. Didn't realize the topic had changed while I was writing my long post. My family has had 4 dogs and 10+ cats through the years. Based on my experience I can safely say dogs > cats.
  3. I had a blockbuster online account for a couple years with a 2 out at a time plan, unlimited in-store exchanges, plus one free in-store movie coupon per month. Movies shipped quickly, and for the most part I enjoyed it. Towards the end I'd seen all the in-store movies I wanted to see, and some of the tv series dvds in my online queue were marked "very long wait" (read "don't expect to get it for several months, if ever"), so I decided to try out Netflix. I think Netflix has better title availability, and the shipping time is even faster than blockbuster. As stated above, the instant view selection is somewhat limited, but I can still find something if there's nothing else on tv. For my viewing habits, Netflix is definitely worth it. As for Redbox, I've never used it so I can't say one way or the other.
  4. The invoice is a bad example since those are typically sent after you've made your payment. You haven't proven that you knew it was air delivery at the time of payment. Perhaps somewhere between the login prompt and the order submission the site does associate expedited delivery with air, but I'm not going to go so far as to create a newegg.ca account just for this. That is why I said "as far as I saw" Also, isn't it a bit hypocritical to criticize someone else's research skills after you failed to properly research the shipping information in the first place?
  5. It's interesting that you think you can claim to know anything about anyone here, seeing as you joined less than a day ago. I agree that having to click a link at the bottom of the page in order to get the delivery estimates is poor website design. However if the problem really is whether or not the terms are obvious, then you should have opted not to order that item in the first place. Frankly, when facing a $40 charge for shipping, I think a responsible person make sure to get a delivery estimate before paying. Blindly assuming that it's air shipping (since as far as I saw, it didn't actually say "air"), and that you'll receive it in, say, 2 days or whatever amount of time you thought, places the financial responsibility in your lap. The story about the former administrative law judge suing a dry cleaners for $54 million over a lost pair of pants (actually over their policy of satisfaction guaranteed) has resurfaced on cnn.com. I wonder what your position is on that.
  6. I don't know anything about driving through Pennsylvania in the winter, so I can't attest to how good they are at clearing their roads or anything like that. Having winter tires instead of all season tires is good. The amount of traction can still vary between winter tires though. In the past I've been a fan of Bridgestone Blizzaks. Getting some additional weight in the trunk is also a good idea, especially if you have rear wheel drive. I like to use maybe a hundred pounds of bagged road salt stacked over or a bit forward of the rear axle. If I get stuck on a patch of ice, I then have the option of using the salt to try to melt it. I also like to have a small snow shovel in the trunk as well. Keep an eye on the weather forecast starting a week before your trip, and if it looks like it's going to be bad, you can always change your plans. If you do drive through bad conditions, just be cautious. Remember, other people do drive those roads, so unless they're ALL insane, I wouldn't be too nervous.
  7. There can potentially be compatibility issues: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Secure_Digita...tibility_issues
  8. I've seen this recommendation several times, but according to the swiftech website: I'm not blindly taking swiftech's word for lifetime protection - I always take marketers' claims with a grain of salt, but I'd like to hear your thoughts in light of their double plating. I realize you you say it "can lead to corrosion" instead of it "will lead to corrosion," but do you think the chances are great enough to justify spending an extra... $30-$40?.. on the replacement copper top?
  9. Fariss, Love the jokes, but I don't understand the need for larger than normal font. Thx.
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