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DeanT - Posted - 01/23/2016:  13:30:56


I got that car off Craigslist, from an older guy. He was meticulous. The car is darn near perfect. I bought the car within 30 minutes of him posting the add. And I wasn't the first to look at it, but the first to have the cash. His phone was ringing off the hook when I was buying it. It was my 3rd attempt to get a good car from CL, I got sniped the first two tries. 

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/23/2016:  17:11:33


Was it nearby?

OM45GE - Posted - 01/23/2016:  17:55:10


I sold my father in law's Toyota Camry for him on Craig's List in two days at full asking price. 

dmiller - Posted - 01/23/2016:  20:08:17


A guy I work with has a Harley for both himself and his wife.  Both big bikes (not sure of the models) and he got himself a brand new one last year, and his wife's bike is just two years old. They make the "pilgrimage" out to Sturgis every year.   We were talking bikes a while back, and I mentioned that I always wanted one back when I was younger but couldn't afford it back then.  These days I can afford one, but all these kids (and older folks also) driving cars while using their cell phones at the same time pose a real threat to bikers and scare me too much.  I've got too much caution now, in my "old age", which is probably a good thing.

dmiller - Posted - 01/23/2016:  20:34:13


Dean - - - congrats on the car!  That looks like a real winner. approve  My Subaru (an Outback 3.0R/ 6 cylinder model) was also on CL, but located in a "suburb" of town here that was out of the way of the "well beaten path".  The guy who had it for sale (a Lutheran preacher) even took the time to wash it before I showed up (I called him to let him know I wanted to test drive it), so he wanted it to "look good".  I got there and commented on the low mileage (less than 60,000 for a 7 year old car) he told me he had bought it from a retired school teacher (in New Jersey) who was the original owner who didn't drive it much.



Like your situation- - several folks had looked at this car before I did/ and admired the very low mileage/ the all the time all-wheel drive/ the great condition of the car/  said they'd be back/ but they didn't bring cash (or a down deposit) with them to seal the deal.  Always take cash with you when you go to look at anything for sale.  If you don't like the product, you keep your money and you've lost nothing.  If you don't have the cash with you, you might lose something that could be a really good deal.  But you probably already knew all that.  

OM45GE - Posted - 01/24/2016:  04:01:56


...and meet the person in a safe location. 

DeanT - Posted - 01/24/2016:  06:47:34


Thanks! The guy lived in a nice neighborhood, about 2 miles from my house. I had the cash, because several days earlier, I had gone to the bank to get cash, before going to look at another car. By the time I got there, the car was sold already. So I kept the cash for the next try. I did take precautions. The cash was secured in the car I was borrowing (it was not on me), until I was sure it was a honest safe deal. I also conceal carry (legally). And I know the neighborhood well. I also left the add up on my computer, and gave my wife the phone # and address I was headed to, and when I knew is was a good situation, I called her to let her know it was good. As it turned out, he was a very nice very trusting person, and it was a good old fashioned transaction. 

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/24/2016:  07:13:39


You never know. My brother's grandson is married to the niece of someone who was selling his pickup ,advertised online. A couple of guys came to look at it,asked him to take it for a spin with them. That was the last anyone saw of him. They murdered him, and cut his body up in pieces on a rural farm. They caught the murderers and the case is still in the courts. (for more info search "Tim Bosma murder").


Edited by - chuckv97 on 01/24/2016 07:20:18

DeanT - Posted - 01/24/2016:  09:57:35


Damn. You know, I was actually thinking of that, the guy was so trusting. We did go for a test ride. Then we made the sale in his home. After the sale, he followed me home, in the car I just bought, so that I could drop off the car I was borrowing. Then I took him back home, in the car I bought. If I would have been a bad guy, he could have been in real trouble. 

OM45GE - Posted - 01/24/2016:  12:00:16


Sort of sad that we even have to think about things like this. 

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/24/2016:  12:04:44


For sure. Stuff I did when I was young I wouldn't even consider doing today. I used to hitch hike a lot, getting rides from who knows who, but never had a problem.

DeanT - Posted - 01/24/2016:  17:11:02


I've bought smaller items from Craigslist, and always make the sale at public convenience store parking lots, where I know there are cameras. 

OM45GE - Posted - 01/24/2016:  17:23:21


That's a good idea. 

dmiller - Posted - 01/24/2016:  22:21:13


quote:

Originally posted by chuckv97

 

For sure. Stuff I did when I was young I wouldn't even consider doing today.

I used to hitch hike a lot, getting rides from who knows who, but never had a problem.







I hear that.  A couple of months ago I was driving home from getting gasoline at the Sam's Club here (around 7 or 8 at night), and saw a guy walking on the frontage road.  Sam's Club is a mile or so on the outskirts of town, and that guy walking on the frontage road had a good two miles before he got to "civilization".  I turned around and stopped and asked him if he needed a ride?  I could see him hesitate at the offer, but it was about 10 below zero (f) that night, so he didn't hesitate too long and I was able to give him a ride (5 miles from there) to where he was going.  It's a shame that everything is now "suspect" these days because of the times we live in.

OM45GE - Posted - 01/25/2016:  03:35:41


We live near our towns high school and one of its middle schools. I used to offer kids rides home if the weather was bad. Now I don't unless we're friends with the family or my high school age son is with me. 



 

DeanT - Posted - 01/25/2016:  04:41:20


Most of the kids I see walking these days I wouldn't dare offer a ride to. At least they would have to pull their pants up first

OM45GE - Posted - 01/25/2016:  09:48:02


LOL.



By in large it's a pretty good bunch around here.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/25/2016:  09:53:31


A few years ago I was walking behind some 13/14 year old school girls who looked like from good families.....whoa,,I couldn't believe the F-bombs flyin' around. Longshoremen would blush.

DeanT - Posted - 01/25/2016:  10:42:43


I live in the city, the kids are awful. At least the ones I see. Most of them are home playing video games. Playgrounds these days are empty

dat - Posted - 01/25/2016:  10:46:42


yeah, grass growing in the parks and playgrounds where there used to be dirt form all, the activity and kids playing

OM45GE - Posted - 01/25/2016:  10:46:59


My son hangs around he band room at the high school. There's a bunch of them that do. They help each other with homework, play a lot of music and just hang out. I'm pretty comfortable with that. They come here to hang too. And yes, Chuck, the F-bombs are flying there too. blush

dat - Posted - 01/25/2016:  12:06:39


I probably used the worst words when I was in Jr High, I guess a testing time, now if I say shoot, my bride knows something happened.  that's about as bad as it gets



my brother on the other hand is every other word F this, G D that, F that too, he tones it down around women some but it still flies in all directions when he speaks.  


Edited by - dat on 01/25/2016 12:08:17

OM45GE - Posted - 01/25/2016:  12:47:51


I had to cut out about half my vocabulary when my son was born. I was a real gutter mouth. Now that he's 15, he's heard (and probably said it all). I don't have to worry so much but I still keep it cleaner than I used to.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/25/2016:  13:39:25


Seems the F bomb is more acceptable these days. We'd get in big trouble saying that around adults when I was a teenager.

dat - Posted - 01/25/2016:  13:44:26


I would sneak around the back porch and say the words that I heard in the kitchen or on the front porch, at the same time sneak some chewing tobacco or snuff, I was a tough acting little fart when I was in the back yard or woods,  I would get my rear end tore up if I tried it in the house or front yard

OM45GE - Posted - 01/25/2016:  15:08:29


The F-Bomb is such a versatile word.

DeanT - Posted - 01/25/2016:  16:46:56


I don't know what's worse, the f-bomb or "um" and "you-know" between every word

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/25/2016:  16:49:26


Reminds me of George Carlin and those words we're not supposed to use. lol

dat - Posted - 01/26/2016:  05:57:46


yeah, I think "UM" "Like" and "you know" are right there with it



 



George Carlin was funny



 




OM45GE - Posted - 01/26/2016:  06:49:51


Sure was.

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/26/2016:  07:46:33


LOL...Those standup guys always amaze me - just how difficult it must be to get up there by yourself and capture an audience with humor

dat - Posted - 01/26/2016:  11:03:53


hard enough for me to stand up in front of people and just talk, much less try to be funny

OM45GE - Posted - 01/26/2016:  16:43:20


Worse yet, funny when you're trying to be serious - laughing at you, not with you.

DeanT - Posted - 01/26/2016:  17:19:20


It's hard enough with a banjo, and not saying anything...

dmiller - Posted - 01/26/2016:  22:00:19


I never had a hard time being on stage - - as long as I just played/ sang an occasional part in a tune/ and didn't have to say anything.  We had two guys in our group (back in the late 1970's) who both wanted to hog the mic and do all the talking.  The rest of us in the band let them have at it, cause both of them were good at that stuff and they did a good job of sharing the job between the two of them.  I've always been more comfortable being in the background and not an up front and center stage kinda guy.



 

DeanT - Posted - 01/27/2016:  04:25:44


same here! In both my bands, I'm just the smiling banjo guy in the background. 

OM45GE - Posted - 01/27/2016:  05:19:55


I don't mind talking between songs but I'd rather just play and (sometimes) sing.

dat - Posted - 01/27/2016:  05:54:00


I sing quietly to myself, or hum



 

OM45GE - Posted - 01/27/2016:  06:36:20


One problem with stage patter, at least for me, is that it's one more thing to go wrong. If misspeak or make a joke that bombs, I sometimes focus on that and it effects my playing.

DeanT - Posted - 01/27/2016:  13:54:15


I pretty much keep my mouth shut all the time. I've never been into the stage thing. I just do it because I could play, and was asked. Here it is 11 years and 2 bands later and I'm still doing it. The extra cash is nice. 


Edited by - DeanT on 01/27/2016 13:54:48


OM45GE - Posted - 01/27/2016:  13:57:17


Nice hat

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/27/2016:  14:25:08


One time the band leader/singer broke a string, so as he was changing it, the bass player who had lots of stage experience stepped to the back to mess with the mic balance. So instead of dead air, I thought I'd tell a couple of banjo jokes, this after I'd had a few too many. My delivery sucked and the jokes bombed,, then to top it off, as I stepped back my foot caught a mic cord and pulled the whole mic and stand crashing down. LOL. (Last time I tried that)

DeanT - Posted - 01/27/2016:  17:09:41


Playing gigs is always a good excuse to wear that old hat... if it could talk...

OM45GE - Posted - 01/28/2016:  03:25:54


I've got a few fedoras I choose from to wear when I play out. 

dat - Posted - 01/28/2016:  08:26:29


I got to where I don't really care what a hat looks like as long as it's comfortable to wear and protects my ears from the sun

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/28/2016:  08:33:46


I rarely wear a hat,, they make me sweat quicker. I've always been quick to sweat from my head,then the rest of me. I was a welder for 10 years, mostly working indoors in shops and factories. In the summertime I'd be totally soaked by 9 in the morning.

dat - Posted - 01/28/2016:  09:12:10


my bro in law is a welder, even when he dresses up he still wears his cloth welding cap

OM45GE - Posted - 01/28/2016:  10:40:25


I wear straw fedoras in the summer for sun protection, knit hats when it's cold and a cowboy hat if I'm out in the rain.

dat - Posted - 01/28/2016:  13:31:50


I wear my wore out tilley outback pretty much year round

chuckv97 - Posted - 01/28/2016:  13:33:17


Well, yeah, I wear winter hats - toques or chooks (knit hats) and trapper hats.


Edited by - chuckv97 on 01/28/2016 13:33:55

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