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Old 05-09-2006, 07:48 AM   #11
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Default Re: Cheesecake in the Heartland

Good info on the dangers of buying Chinese junk and the fly-by-night operators that sell it.



And Gabe survived a trip to flyover country without being converted into a Christian rattlesnake dancer. A bonus!
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Old 05-09-2006, 07:52 AM   #12
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But it's actually the 17th-largest. I didn't realize how large the city limits were.
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Old 05-09-2006, 07:58 AM   #13
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Hey, it's the Midwest, and a trade show. We can't have naked girls there.



The Indy show is not a consumer show like the Int'l Motorcycle Shows or Intermot. That's why there are fewer manufacturers of motorcycles showing their wares. The big, established brands don't need to spend money on booths at trade shows; they have all the dealers they need buying all the product they make already.



Smaller brands trying to get a foothold in the US market, like Hyosung, Genuine scooters, the zillions of Chinese importers and some of the Harley clone "custom" manufacturers do have booths and showed new bikes.
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:06 AM   #14
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Default Re: Chinese Junk?

Isn't that at the boat show?



Get it, Chinese Junk? Bwahahhahah
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Old 05-09-2006, 08:53 AM   #15
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Well, remember places like San Francisco, Portland, LA, etc are really sprawling super-city complexes. SF itself may not be that big, but the entire SF bay area is a megalopolis.

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Old 05-09-2006, 11:42 AM   #16
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So, do you think the Chinese will soon rule the world? Or at least replace Japan?
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Old 05-09-2006, 11:47 AM   #17
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Portland's metro area population is not much larger than Indy's. LA and SF are much bigger metro areas than Indy. However, a large surrounding metro area does not make someplace a "big city" To some extent, the number of cookie-cutter, sprawling suburbs a city has located around its perimeter is irrelevant. Once you get past the first ring of suburbs, each successive wave is simply newer strip malls, newer and larger big box stores selling the same things and newer and larger versions of the same single-family detached homes. Blah-blah-blah.
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Old 05-09-2006, 02:25 PM   #18
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Default Yes. And I for one welcome our new masters!

As conquering peoples go, the Chinese really aren't that bad, unless you're Tibetan. I can think of one place (Cambodia) where being invaded by the Chinese was actually a good thing.



When it comes to being civilized, the Chinese make Europeans look like tree-swinging barbarians. They had cities, beauracracy, writing and paper when we were clubbing each other over the head and flossing with rope.



Anyway, with the way thing are going in this country, (and world-wide)I think it's inevitable that the USA will lose its status as the dominant global superpower. It's also inevitable that someonelse will take over as the big dog.



They have great food, entertaining movies, are very organized and rarely practice genocide on their subjugated peoples. We could do a lot worse!
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Old 05-09-2006, 06:17 PM   #19
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Nap town defines sprawl...and crackers.
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Old 05-10-2006, 03:23 AM   #20
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"without being converted into a Christian rattlesnake dancer....."



Damn! We must be slipping. Let one get away.



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