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  1. Schools are hurting 4 sure and not sure if this belongs here but... My daughter turned this Lemons thing into something sweeter. Architecture student at Northeastern U second year. Covid thing has been front page and she contacted about 50 architecture firms about an internship. Most responded "thanks but we aren't looking for someone with your experience at this time". She got one to bite based on her portfolio. She's doing menial stuff but getting a #### load of experience. Plus she's helping them with there social image, and she's taking a year off from school as they've offered her a ft position. She will need a ton of hours before she can get her license and she'll be getting experience that should make life easier to get her degree. Proud papa here.
  2. My parents charged me rent and all of it was mine when/if I bought real estate (not a car/trip). Really helped buying my first home.
  3. Started reading this thread and almost pissed myself and puked at the same time by all the comedy. Summer tires are dangerous in the winter regardless of tread depth. get a dedicated set of Blizzaks for the winter or if things are tight financially. Park it until spring ya cheap mofo .
  4. I just got back from a short trip to this fabulous city. The people are friendly and helpful. The city is clean and seems safe. The architecture and character is amazing. My first day I easily walked over 20 miles. Old port area is something to be seen.
  5. I'm guessing that they discussed the case with there SO and were told the truth.
  6. Ya got me. Wasn't NJ. Was on my way to NJ. Happened in NY.
  7. I can relate to the OP. I felt/feel horrible after being a juror on a wrongful death case. We heard case for a few days. Deliberation came and 2 jurors were siding with the plaintiff, the rest of us were with the defendant. (both jurors had spouses with medical backgrounds) I was the foreman and leaned heavy on the 2. Eventually they relented as they had nothing to argue based on the evidence/testimonies presented. When I got home I called a friend who's a doctor and asked his opinion on the case. He said that we were lied to by witnesses, as he said things that lead to the victim dying happen all the time. I wanted to puke and still feel horrible about letting the hospital off/pressuring the 2 jurors to switch. Our system has flaws and I wish I'd have listened to my gut instead of listening to the letter of the law.
  8. Thompson is pretty flat. IMO the only interesting elevation change would be the last turn. The turn ends at the crest of a small hill, and if you have lots of HP or take the turn wrong the rear end steps out. The L/R turns coming off the oval are fun. Other than that it's not a very interesting track, just a bunch of drag strips connected by hairpins. Not my favorite track but it's close and travelling gets expensive. We spent about $6,000 to race at Pitt. If we race at the tracks closer it's about $3,500. Travelling to Pitt also required us to take 2 additional days off for travel (Thursday and Monday).
  9. We've only raced NHMS (NH), Thompson (CT), NJMP (NJ), and PIRC (PA). Our last race at Pitt was the farthest we've travelled. 11 hours (each way) towing the car isn't much fun, plus you add 2 more days to the weekend. So instead of it being a Friday, Saturday, Sunday weekend. It's a 5 day deal. We have a great time but it is a lot of work.
  10. We had much better luck at Thompson and finished 30th out of 120 cars. Top 25% Our next race was in October at NHMS. We had some hiccups but finished 21st out of 115 cars (17th in our class). Top 18% We just finished our last race at Pittsburgh International Race Complex. Once again we finished higher than the previous race. 11th out of 82 cars. Top 13%. We've been working hard to keep the car reliable, and have been having a great time racing and working on the car. Next race is in August at Thompson. Hopefully we continue to finish better than our previous race. A top ten finish would be fantastic.
  11. How can they release a tape of a yet to be convicted (innocent) person? Say my mother got a massage could they release naked pictures of her?
  12. My daughter has many friends who have been rejected by most of the schools they applied. These are good/nice/bright kids with SAT/ACT scores as good or better than hers, unfortunately I think they fail due to being one dimensional. Have a passion and let it show. It sucks to hear the news when they get rejected. Make sure your kid stands out and E.D.
  13. The co op program was a big part of her decision to go there. When we visited last year we dropped in on the arc. building unannounced and got a tour by a student. She was leaving the next day to do a coop in Phili? to design zoo's. To get her Architecture license she'll need lots of hours in addition to the degree. NU was/is a perfect fit. Good luck to your son and Thanks...slacker
  14. Here's how things went for my daughter. Very strong in math and artsy since she was a munchkin. Top 10 in a top 100 HS. Last April we set up 8 tours of colleges for engineering. On our way to our first stop (Cornell) we realized that architecture was a better fit. Readjusted our schedule and visited about 7 schools that fit. Most of the schools we looked at were 60-70K/year. Decided to let her take SAT's and ACT's without any coaching as we didn't want for her to feel additional pressure. (It's amazing the pressure these kids have versus when I was her age)Took ACT's once and scored very well. Took SAT's twice and got perfect score on math (+20) second try(English score dropped by 20). Her essay was about how she started a business when she was 9 ("Yolks for folks" we had chickens and she sold the eggs). Cornell was E.D. school until 2 weeks before deadline. Changed E.D. to Northeastern as it was in a city (Boston) and closer to home. She was accepted at Notheastern and given a 14k/year academic scholarship for four years. Over 60k kids have applied to NU and about 3k were accepted. We're very proud of her getting into the architecture program as it is a 5 year masters program. Here's what I think worked for her: Early Decision-->at least 2x better chance of getting accepted. (admissions at one of schools we visited said E.D. she picks, regular admissions fills quotas) Essay-->Make it unique and interesting to read. Pressure-->Don't overdue it. The kids know what's at stake and in our case she did great without it. Be Unique-->Have a strong art (tuba, accordian, etc.) passion.
  15. The cars are designed to be exactly what you are stating. Unfortunately they have all kinds of "glitches" in the electronics, and the mechanicals are designed to fail. Enjoy it while you can.
  16. I wouldn't plan on keeping it too long. Sell/trade it before it's out of warranty. BMW's aren't what they once were.
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