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You pay $26,800 to drive a new car for 5 years! You can buy

Posted By: Car owner on 2005-12-12
In Reply to: I have leased 2 cars and have never had a bad experience. (sm) - Bay Girl

 a used 2004 buick lesabre for less than that AND drive it for another five years for free... (see link below) then pocket the extra 26K you spent to drive a "new" car for those five years. You can put 200,000 miles on those cars. They are extremely reliable.  Even repairs couldn't possibly cost you over $6000 - and that's what you're paying in ONE YEAR to drive your "brand new" leased vehicle. I guess if you want to throw away $6000 a year so everyone else can see your brand new car, be my guest. Me - I'd rather travel or spend it on my education or sock it away in my IRA rather than look good  :)  Would be interesting to hear how much debt those who lease carry.... don't say this to boast - not at all -but to give weight to what I say about living below your means. We live in a very nice, (average for our area ) custom house, 10 years old,  on a 5 acre lot. We each have a vehicle to drive with no rust that don't require repair. We have 0 debt on credit cards, 0 debt in car loans, 0 debt on mortgage (paid it off in 7 years when my MTs was doing quite well)....ask anyone who leases what their asset sheet looks like...and then decide who you would rather be like. Those who lease tend to be Big Hat, No Cattle.



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Consider the expenses of driving further and parking fees if there are any. How much time out of your day is driving back and forth, etc.

Teaching hospital - means more ESL than a community hospital. Do you want your day filled with difficult dictators?

Personally, when I was in my 20's - I'd make the change no matter what. Now, that I am 38 and have 2 teens at home, etc. it is way more beneficial to me to make more money at home.

Go with your "gut" feeling! That usually never steers you wrong.

Good luck in whatever you decide.

I was thinking this the other day, I don't drive much
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just drive it into a lake

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Drive in Movies sm
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As a kid I remember the amusement truck coming around and we could take a ride on the "whip" for $0.25.

I remember when it was legal to open the fire hydrant and get wet during hot summer days. (Yes, I lived in a "city").

I remember "Happy Days" was the hit show when I was a teen and the boys tried to look and be like the "Fonze".

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(Hint - between 37 and 39) LOL.
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I must be going through some weird change in my life or something, but for the last 6 months or so, I've just been obsessed with buying a convertible.  I have just about talked my husband into going and shopping for one this weekend. 

Do any of you fellow MTs have a convertible and if so, do you like it or do you not?  I would be interested in hearing pros and cons of convertibles.  Thank you in advance!

Not really sure, that file should be in your C drive - sm
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When you click on the C: drive,
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Does it drive anyone else crazy when..
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I think you'd drive me to drink, too,
if I lived with you!! Amen!  Nasty, much?
60-mile drive
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Just copy the cd to your C drive
You cd software should have a copy mode. I copied mine from my CD to my C: drive. I put an icon for it down in my quick launch and it works great. I have icons for my Stedman's electronic dictionaries on the quick launch as well. Hope this helps.
where is the hard drive sm
I never unscrewed the tower case. Where will I find the "hard drive?" I know it sounds like a dumb question, but I really don't know squat about the guts of the hardware.
Hard drive out, now what?
So now you have the hard drive out, what do you do with the hard drive?  TIA
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Put the files you need on a SECURE jump drive (flash drive, thumb drive, whatever you call it). You need FTP software, such as CuteFTP or Filezilla, to access the FTP site and transfer files.
Flash drive to
copy Word to the other computer. Don't know about the other question!
flash drive
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As soon as I drive into my garage
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Do yo mean a jump drive?sm
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What car does this Dr drive, vacations does he
Flash drive
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Just run a scan of the C drive with the AVG - sm
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We lived on Riverfront Drive but
Silly huh?
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Had a drive-by shooting right in front of my
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I think their intent all along was to drive MT companies and MTs

for VOICE RECOGNITION machines they had in the works all along.

Am I getting paranoid.  Just a little.

Stand back and look at the big picture though.

No--I drive 12 miles 2 x a day (roundtrip) just to get them at the bus-sm
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We still have a Drive In movie theater. sm

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No more speakers in the window. The sound comes through your radio. Make sure your car battery is good. No need to hide in the back as they charge by the car, regardless of how many people are in it.


Deco Drive on Fox news just said....sm

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McDonald's drive thru outsourcing!!!! (sm)
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I know exactly what they're thinking! Drive MT
My mother does this and just drive me nuts! (sm)
Not that this is the only thing she does that will drive you to drink :)
I can't install mine...??? I have to keep the CD in the drive
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I used to drive a 100+ mile roundtrip....SM

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Thirty miles isn't that far.  Good luck!

Not able to drive for a company if illegal and
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Photo of a hard drive
So you can see what you're looking for:


I used a flash drive to move
all mine a few months ago when I got a new computer. They're only like $15 and worked perfectly.
She came a long way on her own talent and drive. SM
You have to give her credit for that.

She has also given away millions of dollars in the US and elsewhere. She stated she began her school in Africa, because (her words) young black kids in the US were not as grateful. However bad it is in the US, it is considerably worse in Africa.

Also, as wealthy as she is, she still maintains a vulnarability which makes her relatable to a lot of different people.

However, you are all entitled to your opinions.
USB flash drive inquiry....sm

Would someone enlighten me?  My teenager came home with a printout for a school project and the teacher wants the projects turned in one one of these keychain things.  I have no idea how to do this and if I need to buy anything extra for my PC.   How does this work?  Do you just plug it into your PC and are able to save data right onto it or are special programs needed?  The more I searched on the internet the more I couldn't figure it out.   I've already e-mailed the teacher asking that she be allowed to bring the project in on CD as we're pros at that one and I really don't want to spend a dime for some goofy teacher's request...but just in case.....   Thank you

How can you find out where the flash drive is....sm
is there a way to know if my PC has this without buying one of the sticks and trying it? Thank you!
My husband used to drive a truck and

back in 1970s, he made $1 a mile and above. He got out when the rates went down, when the government starting forcing truckers to drive only so many miles a day, and when the companies wanted you to drive over and above the so-called allowable mileage and if you got caught, YOU paid, not the company. Then there was the cross-country in 3 days deal....then, 'Hm-m-m, he could do it in 3 days, let's push a little harder to see if he can cut his time down more."

Bet you're hubby never makes $1 a mile or above now, especially with the high fuel costs and maintenance of the truck unless he is Haz-Mat or in a specialized field.

Oh, BTW, they are bringing back the railroads because "it's too expensive to truck the goods anymore."  It's the old "dange" if you do, and "dange" if you don't type of deal.

Oh, wait! Could this be just like transcription?

Me? I drive a fairly new car. so I'm not "carless." You? nm
Only worth it if you feel the drive to do it and keep it up.
I agree with the other poster; there are not very many places that recognize the CMT, particularly in terms of more pay.

OTOH, I know people who value their CMT and enjoy keeping it up just for their own personal satisfaction. If you think that would be the case, go for it. If not, you could hold off.
How large is your hard drive, and
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shorthand on a jump drive
I work for a company that utilizes Meditech with its horrible, cumbersome canned text. I downloaded and started using ShortHand and it was like a revelation, how much faster and more efficient. My output shot up at least 20%.

Now the company says I have to use their computer... won't let me download shorthand... and I've tried to use a jump drive, but that doesn't work. Technician tells me there have to be some files installed already on the computer for the Shorthand-via-jump-drive idea to work.

Does anyone have any ideas? I'm about to start working twice as hard for less money and the idea is unpalatable to say the least. I've gone into desperate mode.

TIA for any solutions, any other word Expander that'd work via a jump drive or whatever.
wish I could help with ur jump drive, but personally