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1  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: National Tonkoon's Vacation on: July 03, 2015, 06:10:54 PM
T minus eleven days, and here's a question for you: for our two-week road trip, I have rented a car with National Car Rental in the Loop.  The details they have sent me with my confirmation are scant but I can't see any reference to insurance.  In Europe, when you rent a car, comprehensive insurance is included in the price you pay, albeit normally with a pretty high excess, so that if the car gets nicked or written off, you're on the hook for (say) five hundred, but the rest of it is the car company's problem.  If you want to take out extra insurance to cover the excess, you can do that do but you don't have to, and are legally covered regardless.

I'm guessing that the price I have agreed with National in the US probably doesn't include any insurance, but does anybody know what their standard practice is?  And if that standard practice is no insurance, does anybody have a recommendation for how I should cover myself?  Take their insurance?  Organise my own?  Would the insurance be taken care of if I pay for the rental on a credit card (Chuck), maybe?

Insurance isn't typically included from my experience. It's usually sold as an extra.

Any chance you have an American Express card? If you use that to pay for the rental it's possible insurance will be included. I have two cards with them and both provide complimentary rental car insurance.

The rental will come with liability insurance.  Getting insurance from the rental company will run around $19 per day or so (that's what it is for Enterprise and National and Enterprise are owned by the same company).  For two weeks, that isn't cheap.  You'll be far better off checking with AMEX.  In any case, be prepared, in the case of an accident, to cover the deductible plus the daily rental cost of the car while it's in the shop.

I'm assuming that you have car insurance in Australia.  You may also want to check with your agent to see if they offer car rental insurance (my company does and I have it automatically) but, obviously, I have no idea how these things work in Tazmania, where you live.

Just don't fucking crash your car.

In as much as you actually care about how things work in Australia, which you don't: hire cars here come with insurance, so nobody has or needs it included in their own car insurance or credit card contracts.  I'm not hugely optimistic about having a back door to this one, but do hold out a sliver of hope for Amex, you know... being 'Murican, and all.

EDIT: Okay, I spoke to Amex and they said "Aha ha ha, fuck off".  So then I spoke to National and they'll provide me with bumper-to-bumper cover for $13.50 a day, which isn't as bad as I thought.  So unless anybody has a better idea, that's what I'll do.

You do realize you're going to have to learn how to drive on the correct side of the road.

Aha, no, I won't: here in Australia we drive on the same side as you do.  No doubt you Yanks have found some way to make it more fucking complicated than necessary, though.

There are very few roundabouts. And in the few cities where they've tried to adopt them, nobody knows how to use them.
2  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Reasonable Trade Discussion on: June 30, 2015, 02:31:19 PM
Guarantee void in Tennessee
3  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: I admit it... on: June 29, 2015, 07:41:28 PM

I had assumed it was just weird for weird's sake. Anyway, I follow Crap Taxidermy, so who am I to judge?
4  General Category / You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Kiss Eight Bucks Goodbye / Re: Big Hero 6 on: June 29, 2015, 11:08:23 AM
Saw it on a plane the other day. Really nicely done, but is a character sacrificing himself for the main character becoming a standard Disney plot device?

It's a comic book adaptation so you can't really blame Disney on this one.

Also...becoming?  How old is "Bambi"?
5  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Ryne Sandberg Suicide watch on: June 29, 2015, 11:06:09 AM
He would rather fall on his sword than let Andy MacPhail axe him. Or he's butthurt over Chase Utley being put on the DL without anyone telling him. Or he can't believe he has to watch all this shitty baseball. Or he just wants to clear more time to catch more Cubs games.

Whatever, the Watch is possibly over. His managerial itch is gone, right?

I was mad at Cubs fans who wanted Ryno to manage the Cubs for so long I forgot how much I love this fucking dude. Hope he finds something productive to do with his time like coach infield for some team that treats him well and appreciates his services.

Sandberg is in my top 5 Cubs of all time, and my second favorite current Cub player:

1978-1984: Bill Buckner
1984-1994: Ryne Sandberg
1994-1995: Shawon Dunston
1996-1997: Sandberg
1998-2008: Kerry Wood
2009-2011: Aramis Ramirez
2012-present: Anthony Rizzo

His obsession with managing made no sense, however. My hope is like Ted Williams, three seasons of managing a mediocre to pungent team with a shitty front office was enough to convince him to return to his original franchise and enjoy life as a Hall of Fame player. Hell, he's not much of a talker but if he declares his desire to entertain Mark Grote and Pat Hughes in the booth, I am sure there's a Country Companies Insurance agency in Plainfield that would employ Coomer.

Andrew Peck likes this.

He was never my favorite player, probably because my sister laid claim to him before I was old enough to follow the team and I wanted to pick a different player. But he was always top 3.

1976-198? - Dave Kingman (had a framed poster on my wall opposite Walter Payton)
1983 - Bill Buckner
1984-1986 - Ron Cey/Rick Sutcliffe
1987-1992 - Andre Dawson/Greg Maddux
1993-1995 - None.
1996-2004 - Sammy Sosa/Kerry Wood
2005-2010 - Aramis Ramirez/Carlos Zambrano
2010 - Present - Starlin Castro/Fuck you

This is funny because it reminds me of how Sandberg came to be my favorite player - like most kids at that time, I loved Bill Buckner, wouldn't shut up about Bill Buckner.  And for some reason that remains lost to this day (although I'm sure my incessant invoking of his name didn't help) my father hated Bill Buckner with a passion he usually reserved for political candidates.  So one day in 1983 when we were throwing the ball around, he stopped me in mid-Buckner daydream and told me in no uncertain terms that Ryne Sandberg was the guy I should emulate.  And since I was 8, I did.
6  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: 2015: The Back To The Future Season on: June 27, 2015, 01:39:39 PM
Damn it.

If you want to comfort yourself just know that we are still in the midst (hopefully the peak) of whatever-the-fuck-it's-been for the Cardinals for the last 15 years.  It'll happen and somewhat soon--be patient.   Each of these games that they play against each other just gets us a little closer.

*cackles maniacally*

Honestly? This is bullshit toleration of the highest order.
7  General Category / You'll Laugh, You'll Cry, You'll Kiss Eight Bucks Goodbye / Re: Big Hero 6 on: June 26, 2015, 10:26:44 PM
Bumped for me finally seeing this.  It was very good. I liked it better than The Lego Movie.
8  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Joe Maddon: The Man Behind the Glasses on: June 26, 2015, 12:50:31 PM
Does everyone on the team have the flu?

Coughlin to 2nd instead of playing Castro?
Pulling Lester after 4 for a PH with 1st and 2nd and 2 outs?

Why burn the pen before a big series in StL?  This makes no sense to me.

I'd rather they save Lester's arm than Edwin's in a lost-cause game.

4-0 in the 4th is a lost cause game?

Their win expectancy was 10.2% at that point, so basically.

Never tell me the odds.
9  General Category / Boobtube / Re: Random Netflix Shit on: June 23, 2015, 03:11:21 PM
I highly recommend "Grace and Frankie".  13 episodes featuring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin as the long time spouses of two men, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen, who conducted a 20 year homosexual relationship and then come out and abandon their wives.  Fonda and Tomlin are thrown together as a female "Odd Couple" learning how to cope with their status as newly single women.  Lily Tomlin is a known comedic entity.  Jane Fonda's talent in a comic role is surprising.  The women out act the men, who flaunt their identities as gay men in an almost burlesque fashion.  We binge watched the series in three or four sittings and we were disappointed that there were only 13 episodes.

Side question: don't you think gay actors would be annoyed that they chose two (probably) straight guys to play gay men?

Nothing will ever top casting Mickey Rooney as a Japanese man in "Breakfast at Tiffany". 

John Wayne as Genghis Khan in "The Conqueror"?

At least Hughes had the good taste to kill everyone involved via radiation poisoning.
10  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The Travis "gives me" Wood bollockyoghurt chapchutney thread on: June 23, 2015, 10:42:43 AM
This thread is still dumber than shit but Travis did a fine job saving their asses tonight.

Not bump-worthy IMO. Had he gone 5 innings and bridged the Cubs directly to the 8th himself yeah.  I mean, good effort and all, but after the last 8 or so months of tub- shitting  giving his team 3 1/3 IP is the least he can do.  

Unless he does this in a playoff game of course.

This is world class Huebiting.

It actually made my morning just to come and see this response. I assume Huey was so incensed he spit out his morning optoat (then quickly gathered the chunks back up and stuck them back in because he ain't made of money, dammit).

Hey you do what you got to do with your Morning Hard-On; not judging.

Refusing to call morning wood "morning wood" just to spite Travis Wood?

That sure is our Huey! [Roll Laugh Track]

Missed my opportunity there.

When Wood came into the game in the 3rd, I literally said to the folks in my section last night, "Boy it'd be nice if Wood could throw 5 innings and take them to the 8th"

And then he induced a double play.

And then he walked 2 straight guys.

But yeah he managed to traverse through a Dodger lineup to get 10 outs so don't let me stand in the way of his winning the gold medal in SKO's Low Bar Olympics.  Cheer the raggedy-ass rail-splitter all you want.


Why does it matter if he got them to the 8th? Do you really want Travis Wood throwing in the 8th inning vs that lineup? He and James Russell combined with Wada to form a voltron of mediocre lefties that got them into the 7th so they could use their pen normally from there on out. Would you have expected Wada to get them to the 8th?

Hell, Wada left in the 3rd and they didn't even need to use Grimm at all in that game. Their pen is hardly taxed, and there's a good chance Wood allowed them to avoid having do to that awful thing they do where they call up Schlitter because their pen is too tired.

I deemed it worthy of a modest congratulatory bump.

What I find most amusing in all this is that Huey seems to think that bumping a thread on a message board is on par with winning the Cy Young award.

I do?

Don't be coy.
11  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The Travis "gives me" Wood bollockyoghurt chapchutney thread on: June 23, 2015, 10:32:43 AM
This thread is still dumber than shit but Travis did a fine job saving their asses tonight.

Not bump-worthy IMO. Had he gone 5 innings and bridged the Cubs directly to the 8th himself yeah.  I mean, good effort and all, but after the last 8 or so months of tub- shitting  giving his team 3 1/3 IP is the least he can do.  

Unless he does this in a playoff game of course.

This is world class Huebiting.

It actually made my morning just to come and see this response. I assume Huey was so incensed he spit out his morning optoat (then quickly gathered the chunks back up and stuck them back in because he ain't made of money, dammit).

Hey you do what you got to do with your Morning Hard-On; not judging.

Refusing to call morning wood "morning wood" just to spite Travis Wood?

That sure is our Huey! [Roll Laugh Track]

Missed my opportunity there.

When Wood came into the game in the 3rd, I literally said to the folks in my section last night, "Boy it'd be nice if Wood could throw 5 innings and take them to the 8th"

And then he induced a double play.

And then he walked 2 straight guys.

But yeah he managed to traverse through a Dodger lineup to get 10 outs so don't let me stand in the way of his winning the gold medal in SKO's Low Bar Olympics.  Cheer the raggedy-ass rail-splitter all you want.


Why does it matter if he got them to the 8th? Do you really want Travis Wood throwing in the 8th inning vs that lineup? He and James Russell combined with Wada to form a voltron of mediocre lefties that got them into the 7th so they could use their pen normally from there on out. Would you have expected Wada to get them to the 8th?

Hell, Wada left in the 3rd and they didn't even need to use Grimm at all in that game. Their pen is hardly taxed, and there's a good chance Wood allowed them to avoid having do to that awful thing they do where they call up Schlitter because their pen is too tired.

I deemed it worthy of a modest congratulatory bump.

What I find most amusing in all this is that Huey seems to think that bumping a thread on a message board is on par with winning the Cy Young award.
12  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The Travis "gives me" Wood bollockyoghurt chapchutney thread on: June 23, 2015, 08:48:51 AM
This thread is still dumber than shit but Travis did a fine job saving their asses tonight.

Not bump-worthy IMO. Had he gone 5 innings and bridged the Cubs directly to the 8th himself yeah.  I mean, good effort and all, but after the last 8 or so months of tub- shitting  giving his team 3 1/3 IP is the least he can do. 

Unless he does this in a playoff game of course.

This is world class Huebiting.
13  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Addison Russell's Barry Larkin-esque 2040 HOF Primer Thread on: June 22, 2015, 01:48:24 PM
I really enjoyed the way, in yesterday's game, that Herrmann was fixing to take a turn round first only to look up and discover that, not only had Russell got to his ground ball up the middle, but he'd got it to Rizzo's mitt with about twenty minutes to spare.

I noticed that too...he's just so good.

He does shit we haven't seen in these parts since the days of corncob dresses.

Good call.  Watching that play (and the batter assuming it was ticketed for CF), and seeing how Russell made it almost look routine--precisely because it wasn't a circus play that involved diving and hookers and fire trucks and such--reminded me of Sandberg.  The kid was well--positioned and seemed to have gotten a freakishly, almost anticipatory,  jump on the ball.

Ah, that classic Sandberg positioning.  Morph knows what I'm talking about.
14  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: The 2015 Blackhawks Offseason Salary Cap Firesale Thread on: June 19, 2015, 07:34:45 PM
Brian Hedger, who gets all his information directly from the Hawks' front office, says Sharp is gone in the next week.

Which everyone figured anyway.

The big surprise seems to be Brad Richards being willing to take another cheapie contract to keep looking to his right and seeing Patrick Kane.

Adding in that getting Mike Reilly (supposedly he's down to the Hawks and Wild) means next year's blue line will have 3 guys with a combined 9 Stanley Cups and 3 guys with a combined 22 games in the NHL (Reilly, Johns, Van Reimsdyk).

Intrepid Reader Joel Quenneville: Yeah, sure Fork, we'll definitely be starting the season with what amounts to 3 rookie defensemen in the lineup.

*wanking motion*
15  General Category / Desipio Lounge / Re: Let's look forward to the Cardinals Methocalypse on: June 17, 2015, 08:01:05 PM
Intrepid reader Jeff R. Jackson, SKO's FB friend, in response to Dolan's "You don't get to act like this isn't a big deal" article:

Words from a really jealous dipshit! Some people just can't stand winners and its not a big deal!

Oh not a facebook friend. That guy is my Uncle (by marriage) and the worst Cardinals fan of all Cardinals fans. He is the Uber-BFIB. He swallows all of that shit hook, line, and sinker.

you married your uncle?


Man how many different clocks did you set for TIME TO POST this morning?

How do you know it's not the Cardinals using my signon?

Man's got a point.

Have the Cardinals had his sign-on this whole time? That would explain a lot.

If so, this would top my montanabrenan hijinks.
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