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Matt

Posted by MattD79 1 month, 3 weeks ago to The Gulch: Introductions
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I'm very intrigued to have landed in the Gulch...
My knowledge of the collective came by way of an old family friend whom I recently reconnected with. A friend who share similar ideals and mutual hope for others...
I am from South Dakota...


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  • Posted by $ Thoritsu 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Welcome Matt. Hopefully your idea of "collective" is a collections of like-minded individuals participating by free choice, not forced and ambiguous common good.
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    • Posted by 1 month, 2 weeks ago
      Yes, thank you, Thoritsu -
      Freedom of thought and expression are fundamental to the 'evaluated life' I hope we are all attempting to live out. I also appreciate the clear expectations for mutual respect and dignity communicated in the code-of-conduct. The sane and thoughtful dialog is welcome in our time of invincibly ignorant emotional trench-warfare we hear across the airwaves today. I hope to glean insights and offer my ideas and discernment in return.
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  • Posted by $ gharkness 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Welcome! Isn't South Dakota the wonderful state where they retained their sanity over Covid? If it wasn't so darn cold....
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    • Posted by 1 month, 2 weeks ago
      Thank you, gharkness, -
      The extreme weather is my only gripe about the state. We see about two weeks of ideal weather conditions each year, then it is on to the next extreme. It does, however, offer a full spectrum of the 4 seasons. So, in a way, we all get a little of what we prefer on a rhythm. :)
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    • Posted by 1 month, 2 weeks ago
      Thank you, gharkness, -
      The extreme weather is my only gripe about the state. We see about two weeks of ideal weather conditions each year, then it is on to the next extreme. It does, however, offer a full spectrum of the 4 seasons. So, in a way, we all get a little of what we prefer on a rhythm. :)
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  • Posted by $ DriveTrain 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Welcome to the Gulch from a fellow Dakotan, Matt - in my case the North one, but many fond memories of travelling down to Pierre and the surrounding area, happily sweating and producing on a custom combine crew back in the day. Now that I think of it, it was on that jaunt that I misplaced my paperback of Atlas in some combine cab / truck cab / stubble field in the summer of '83, and since that was my first read, it was jam-packed with my scribbled "remember this" notes so I was crushed when it turned up missing. So if there's a general SD Lost & Found and you happen to see it, let me know, 'K? 8^]

    And congratulations on having a sane Governor, something I regrettably could not bring with me to California. Cheers!
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    • Posted by 1 month, 2 weeks ago
      Hey DriveTrain -
      I've got good friends in the Pierre area. I'll pass on the lost parcel and see what comes up... LOL hope you've by now found a second copy... :)

      As for Governor Noem, I feel fortunate that she in her position of leadership over our state. Fun fact, I have met her on a handful of occasions, and just a few years back at a private bbq she and I both attended, she actually requested my guacamole recipe. LOL
      She is one of the most approachable natural leaders I've met thus far.
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    • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 1 month, 3 weeks ago
      What's in your Drive Train, Drive train?...4.11s, 3.50s, 4 speed. 5 speed, 3 on the column or automatic?

      Just teasing...interesting handle...Welcome.
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      • Posted by $ DriveTrain 1 month, 3 weeks ago
        Oh, exclusively stick - automatics are evil - currently a 6-speed on a relatively-gutless 2.0, but it saves on gas. 8^D
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        • Posted by VetteGuy 1 month, 2 weeks ago
          I agree with your assessment of automatics. I want ME in control of as much vehicle operation as possible. You can probably imagine how I feel about "self driving" cars!
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          • Posted by $ gharkness 1 month, 2 weeks ago
            When you have dealt with AI on the level of Amazon's seller platform (for example), as I have, you would NEVER consent to ride in a vehicle that was self-driving. Certainly not at the current level of AI ability. I am having to fight this fight with my husband, who SHOULD know better, but he just loves all manner of tech and wants to try everything new. I'm sympathetic, but not gonna do anything that would encourage that!

            BTW I learned to drive on a standard shift and pretty much have always had one in my life. It appears that getting one nowadays is MORE expensive than having a regular automatic.
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        • Posted by $ Olduglycarl 1 month, 3 weeks ago
          I always had stick until 2007 while working for DeWalt power tools. Traveling all of New England was one big traffic jam...didn't want my left leg to get bigger than my right...laughing
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          • Posted by $ gharkness 1 month, 2 weeks ago
            Yep, I know what you mean! We took hubby's stick to NC for a six-month stay, because it was a truck and we could put more stuff in it. In general, not a bad thing, but in traffic jams, ouwee!
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  • Posted by rhfinle 1 month, 3 weeks ago
    Welcome, Matt! We took the kids to SD a few years back - stayed a couple of weeks, but there's enough to do around Hill City to keep them busy all summer! Love it and will be back (in the summer!)
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    • Posted by 1 month, 2 weeks ago
      Hey Rhfinle -
      My kiddos enjoy that area as well. Glad you're making a return visit. Hiking around Sylvan Lake is certainly worth the trek if you haven't yet... :)
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