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If I move out of the state of California... should it be Utah, or Arizona?
all-purpose tire Goodyear Eagle RS-A P225/60R16 ; winter tire Goodyear Eagle ULTRA GRIP GW-2 P225/60R16 ; summer tire BFGoodrich g-Force Sport COMP-2 225/55ZR17 ; all-terrain tire Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 215/65R16 ;
Both states seem like true freedom-loving states. But I'm still well-planted in California for now.
Utah, without a doubt.. I moved from so.cal to salt lake city about 6 years ago.. when i go back to visit friends and family, i feel bad for them and happy for having left that shithole formerly known as california.

utah is very well-managed, in the throes of a tech boom [ silicon slopes ] , has no traffic to speak of, and oppressive liquor laws have nurtured and fantastic micro-brew scene.

just be sure to keep all your tax records.. the dip shits in CA will see that you didnt file taxes in their state and will try to squeeze you - tell them to fuck off and this bullshit is one if the primary reasons you left..

not to mention that in CA crime is rampant, the neighborhoods are in the shitter, public schools are prison feeders, everywhere is crowded always, and the general population is lazier and dumber than rocks.

if you are an industrious person, utah will welcome you.. if you are not, itll be hard to sleep on the street in winter. ;)
 

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I am new here, but I am trying to find some of the recent and current threads... but am not having much luck? Is it because I am a free member or am i just not understanding the navigation of this forum? Every thread I find seems like it has not seem activity in months or years.
 

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Wheres all the conversation?
In reference to what?

If you're talking about this thread, I hijacked it long ago, since several factors have contributed to the declined use of the forum.

If you're talking about how some forum sections seem to have no threads started, perhaps it's the mobile version and/or having a new, free-member account.


Even though I am not using a regular member account, as far as I know, you should be able to see all non-private content on IWSTI.
 

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lifted VA-chassis WRX/WRX STI (MY2015-2019) tire choices (requires downsizing brakes) silly wishlist

Yokohama Geolandar A/T G015 in 205/70R15 96H SL
Pirelli Scorpion ATR in 205/70R15 96T SL
BFGoodrich g-Force COMP-2 A/S in 245/50ZR16 97W SL

winter tire:
Yokohama BluEarth Winter V905 in 245/40R18 97W XL
 

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I still lurk.

No Danny.
No Majin.
No Del.

The only postwhore left is you, freak.

The grail is yours to guard.
 

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I still lurk.

No Danny.
No Majin.
No Del.

The only postwhore left is you, freak.

The grail is yours to guard.
Though I am ashamed to be such a lacking postwhore, I can at least admit I am still here.


I have never even owned a Subaru WRX STI, and yet here I am with hundreds of post on this forum. I originally joined in 2006 as a means to fulfill my curiosity of my favorite performance vehicle, at the time called the Subaru Impreza WRX STi. 12 years later, I have driven over half a dozen WRX STI's but not taken any real effort to get one of my own. I am simply the fat Subaru-whore who cannot help but watch and read from afar.



Unfortunately, the post-whore forum has indeed morphed into my terrible wishlist forum. Even worse, I am about to go on a rant right now. Life, although being kind to me in many ways, has me cursing various aspects of my life. Here it goes... (if you want to see it, highlight it as the text is colored white deliberately in order to sort the views to those who truly wish to read it).


Recently, I cannot help but agonize over my existence.

I am very aware that my preferences, personality, and intricacies are not the most normal. Though I would likely be considered a normal person, I have peculiar and acquired tastes. I function as a normal member of society, but my hobbies and preferences are far from normal in many aspects.


Though it is not the first time, I often find myself wishing I were more normal. I wish it so sometimes that I were born far more normal, or for a lack of better words, mediocre.

I find it difficult connecting to people who desire romantic relationships. I cannot comprehend the joy that people get who go out to "party hard" or "drink socially". It not only does not match the activities I enjoy most, but when I do attend social events, I find myself being the awkward one in the corner wishing not to bother anyone with my meaningless banter, extremely-narrow list of interests, nor inappropriate desires to perform socially-unacceptable acts to fulfill my sense of adventure and expression.

My list of hobbies, though not terribly long, isn't very narrow either. Cars, guns, anime, electronic music, nonvocal music, Capcom fighting games... these topics are what most would consider abhorrently uninteresting and dry. With such narrow and few topics, I sometimes find difficulty connecting to people. Even worse, when one is expected to hold conversations, I cannot hold one effectively with such a limited scope of knowledge.

I wish not to be too severe of a burden to people because of this. Ironically, though I avoid people to fulfill this desire, I still wish to understand people. Ironic, how I prefer to avoid people yet I wish to understand them once I engage people in conversation. Let it be known, I am not what one would call a "people person". I am far from a social butterfly that many seem to be. However, I still somehow possess enough conversational skills to keep my talking going. In fact, most of my talking seems to be rambling. It would not be an overstatement to declare that this in itself is needless rambling.

Even worse, the realization that my current income is insufficient to my current lifestyle is a valid source of anxiety for me. My hobbies are not cheap. Cars are not cheap. Guns are not cheap. Travelling and the cost of fuel and lodging are not cheap. To make matters worse, I live in one of the most expensive areas of the United States of America.

This is further exacerbated by my lack of current skillset. I quickly realized a bit earlier in my life, despite my potential, I lack the capabilities to sustain all my hobbies. I do not wish to live a life where I cannot practice any of my hobbies, but with such expensive taste, I may not have much of a choice.

I consider myself someone who possesses above-average intellect, but far below-average social understanding. I have many times in my life been offered some sort of leadership role. I still do, in some ways, practice de-facto leadership roles. But I fear my incompetence in my understanding of people and how business works. I fear the bias that resides within every human being from allowing me to judge people in a fair manner if I were put into a leadership position that would require such decision-making skills and understanding. Despite my above-average vocabulary and understanding of mechanical things and electrical theory, I feel crushed by my incompetence and failures.

So any of the typical American dream goals, such as a wife and kids, are not ideal. I would burden such people with the high cost of my hobbies, affording them little to no resources left. It would be wildly irresponsible of me to hook up with a woman, make her my wife, have kids, and then have nothing left for myself. Despite this, I do not feel compelled to have any kind of romantic partner, let alone kids. Consider it selfish to society, but I would rather live on with my hobbies at full-passion than a colorless life lacking the very things I enjoy in life.

Another consideration would be to give up my hobbies. That is a painfully-loathesome choice for me. I cannot do this in my mind because, in many ways, I already live for my hobbies. Unfortunately for me, my hobbies are now prohibitively-expensive. I do not believe the car hobby will be sustainable for me much longer. This scares me much more than most would believe. The thought of abandoning the car hobby has the severity to even put me into tears. It's so ingrained within me that I shake with worry of what could become of me abandoning it. This brings about a search within myself for my meaning in life.

I have served in the United States military before. Never had I before felt like I had such a true and straightforward purpose. However, I no longer serve under the flag of the USA, but still proudly wear the flag as a citizen. With some sad events that left me emotionally scarred, I then turned to the thing I least expected to turn to for a sense of purpose, religion.

I have had a background of Christian teachings from my earlier years of life. Despite what the modern education system has indoctrinated many in, I realized the values I lived originate from the Judeo-Christian values. Though these days I blur the lines between what values I believe in or whether I continue to be faithful in some sort of Christian manner, I continue to ponder driving on in life. Though I have made some attempts to read the bible, I cannot honestly say I am reading them in a religious manner.

I have read that only the weak use religion as a mental and spiritual crutch to continue on with life. Perhaps that is the case, but despite that, I will continue to (re)explore some of the Christian values and teachings to see what else that could become of me. Life truly is a struggle, perhaps a never-ending cycle of an existential crisis. Yet, every day I still somehow take things in with a sense of positivity and can-do attitude despite my many limitations.

I apologize for the rant. But I couldn't help but vent out my frustrations. Moderators, if this is considered unacceptable conduct, please both PM me and publically decry my rands and I will comply as necessary

Sorry for all this... let me make it up to all you readers with some calming music:

L'ete by Ujico*/Snail's House | Free Listening on SoundCloud
 

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Here it goes... (if you want to see it, highlight it as the text is colored white deliberately in order to sort the views to those who truly wish to read it).
shed the fear and live your life bigly.. money isnt hard to get once you set your mind on it.. figure out how much you need, what it takes to earn it, and how you will make that happen. start today on that path.

stay single and tinder on!

read this book : https://www.amazon.com/Think-Grow-Rich-Napoleon-Hill/dp/1980531579/ref=sr_1_12?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1533327260&sr=1-12&keywords=think+and+grow+rich
 

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@Freak the problem with the hobbies we like is that we always want more. The secret is finding that happy medium. There is a very good reason why track days have a large showing of middle aged and older participants...it took them that long to be financially secure enough to pursue the hobbies. Same with gun collectors. The best collections I know (antique or otherwise) are owned by men over twice as old as me. Don't let it get you down. You don't have to make 200k a year to enjoy those hobbies, you just have to spend what you do make responsibly.

Recently I've found the way to win life (for me and many many other people) is Dave Ramsey. The process sucks, but it works, and you're young enough still to take full advantage. Listen to his podcasts, read his books, take his knowledge to heart. Many people have accumulated a lot of wealth and retired long before 60 using his method. Granted, it would be nice to have the money to do what we want, now, but later is far better than never.

Pay off your debts, save up a few thousand, and re-locate (Do you have your DD214 yet?). You seem like the kind of guy that belongs in Utah or Colorado or the Appalachian region.
 

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Reference post regarding roadside safety and first aid. Incomplete revised second draft as of 31Aug2018.




With spirited driving, naturally much risk is involved. When the risk hits a point that something occurs which requires immediate action to resolve a hazard or life-threatening situation, a proper mindset is required to fulfill immediate action safely.


Based on experiences from military training on the U.S. Army's Combat Lifesaver (CLS) training which utilizes the modern TCCC (Tactical Combat Casualty Care) methods, the most important thing to ensure before rendering aid to anyone, whether it be simple roadside assistance or helping a severely-injured motorist, is securing the scene. From a battlefield perspective, this would mean ensuring enemy combatants are not an immediate threat to the scene where treatment is needed.

In the civilian world as a motorist, that threat will primarily be directions in which traffic is expected to come from, as well as other contributing factors (flame hazards, falling tree hazards, adverse weather, etc.). The initial focus of reacting to such a situation will be on mitigating the risk of approaching traffic, especially if additional spirited traffic is to be expected.

One of the most forgotten yet basic signaling methods to indicate an area of a roadway is hazardous and/or has a MVC (motor vehicle collision) scene is to turn on the 4-way hazard/emergency lamps on the vehicle you are driving. Positioning is dictated by whether it is on a corner or straight. Straights offer greater visibility but should still have some distance set behind the hazard/MVC acting as a barrier, if one so chooses to do so. Around corners, it is best to position the vehicle with 4-way lights on before corner entry. The key is to protect life and property, in that order of priority.

Once the initial first-responding vehicle has been positioned correctly, use of visibility-assisting devices and/or clothing is recommended, but not necessarily required. Re-flex belts made by Sayre Industries makes a compact and cheap solution that can expedite equipping oneself with a visibility belt, reducing the space and complexity of a conventional high-visibility vest. If no reflective equipment is available, wearing the brightest layer of clothing available will be the best option, if a bright layer is present. And before opening the door, verify that traffic is NOT a threat to YOU before you exit your vehicle. Your aid is useless if you also become a casualty.

With the traffic cleared, exit the vehicle while maintaining situational awareness of traffic, and primarily looking at the direction of traffic most likely to be a threat. At this point, if equipped, use of signal flares, such as roadside emergency flares, is highly recommended as it is a universal signal to indicate something is amiss on the roadway. Position signal devices in a manner that creates a "safety zone" to guide traffic away from the road hazard and/or MVC, blocking any lanes necessary to maintaining the safety zone. It is ideal to maintaing some thoroughfare for traffic to pass through, but only if it is possible and safe for the scene and situation.

Once the scene has been "secured", meaning, signal devices and any available additional methods of signaling are implemented to help mitigate the risk of traffic, one can finally go to the casualties and asses the situation. Though entrapment can be a problem, other more important risk factors must be evaluated, such as flame hazards and initial injuries to personnel. If specific pressing risk factors exist in the situation that require expedited efforts to extract passengers, it would be perfectly acceptable to ignore certain risks while still exercising extra caution, aware of the existing risk factors. However, if hazards do not appear to require hasty removal of passengers, waiting for professional emergency services to perform the task is ideal (damaged metal components and torn metal body panels may pose a risk of injury that may lead to fatal bleeding to oneself), while actively maintaining situational awareness and having relevant tools and equipment within immediate proximity to combat hazards that may become an immediate problem.

However, if one is not the responding vehicle, but the vehicle and driver (and perhaps passenger(s)) in need of aid, assessing the situation on what requires attention first: addressing potential hazards that would impede escaping the vehicle, and verifying safety and life-saving tools are still within their designated locations, if so equipped. For example, it is futile to initially attempt escape vehicle entrapment when a vehicle fire within close proximity of driver and/or passenger(s) flares up, which necessitates the use of a fire extinguisher to prevent driver and passenger(s) from harm due to burn injuries. Fire hazards also pose an additional risk as they may start a wildfire, worsening the chance of survival for all parties involved.

Although it is not expected for spirited driving enthusiasts to carry emergency equipment, it would be in the best interests of all to both carry such equipment, and learn how to use them. The following equipment pertaining to emergency preparedness are highly recommended to store in the vehicle within arm's reach of the driver seat.

It must be stressed ALL of these items MUST be within arm's reach of a seatbelted driver to maximize their potential to save lives.

Please refer to the equipment manufacturer's training information for proper use of all equipment.



For personnel willing to spend more on additional emergency equipment and/or are capable of rendering aid, it is a much appreciated effort, but bear in mind your local area's good Samaritan laws and protections. In states such as California, protections are weak and rendering aid to someone you perceive as needing assistance can possible leave you in legal trouble in the future.


Additional reading and resources can be found here:

First-aid training course designed to address urgent preventable-death injuries, U.S. Army Combat Lifesaver course student self-study guidebook: (It is permissible to ignore battlefield-specific topics typically taught to military servicemembers such as the Combat Casualty Card which do not necessarily apply to civilian life)

https://www.mtu.edu/arotc/cadet-portal/docs/iso871-student-self-study.pdf


Fire extinguisher training, PASS:

https://www.mesacc.edu/sites/default/files/pages/section/employees/occupational-health-safety/fire_ext.pdf

https://www.osha.gov/SLTC/etools/evacuation/portable_use.html#PASS


In-person training for use of Orion road flares can be requested on the group or through direct message to AWDfreak.
 

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Future PC build
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Intel - Core i5-8600K 3.6GHz 6-Core Processor
BX80684I58600K

EVGA - ACX mITX 46.5 CFM Sleeve Bearing CPU Cooler
100-FS-C901-KR

EVGA - Z370 Classified K ATX LGA1151 Motherboard
134-KS-E379-KR

Patriot - Viper 4 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR4-3400 Memory
PV416G340C6K

Mushkin - Reactor 1TB 2.5" Solid State Drive
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EVGA - GeForce GTX 1070 8GB GAMING Video Card
08G-P4-5170-KR

NZXT - Source 530 ATX Full Tower Case
CA-SO530-M1

EVGA - B3 850W 80+ Bronze Certified Fully-Modular ATX Power Supply
220-B3-0850-V1

Lenovo - 0A65618 DVD/CD Writer
0A65618

Microsoft - Windows 10 Pro OEM 64-bit
FQC-08930
 

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Oregairu Zoku VN route likelihood of success and plausibility, from order of most likely to be successful/plausible to least likely to be successful/plausible. This is my personal list of what level of compatibility that Hikigaya Hachiman has as well as how likely he would go forward with a relationship with mentioned person/route.

  1. Yukino Yukinoshita
  2. Yui Yuigahama
  3. Iroha Isshiki
  4. Hina Ebina
  5. Meguri Shiromeguri
  6. Saki Kawasaki
  7. Saika Totsuka
  8. Haruno Yukinoshita
  9. Yumiko Miura
  10. Shizuka Hiratsuka
  11. Komachi Hikigaya
 

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Drive by!

Pew Pew!!

Glad to see there's still some whores out there...
 

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OG post whore posting in here just to say I did. I'll be back in another 2 years.
We'll see in 28 days if you keep your word! :lol:
 

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