By on November 21, 2018

It’s that time of year again — the time for gluttony, football, and politics with Uncle Argyle. Some of you will get smashed, many of you will eat potatoes mashed, and some of you will bash others in a fight for that last 60-inch TV at the big-box store.

Don’t drink and drive. Don’t overeat. Do come back Monday for the usual shenanigans.

We’ve been a little light on content this week as it’s been a slow news week. That won’t be the case in the week coming up. The 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show takes place in the City of Angels next week and I’ll be there. Between that and the usual news and reviews, we’ll be keeping your post-Thanksgiving plate full of automotive goodness. Second helpings encouraged.

A few housekeeping notes: We’ll be light on posts after 3 p.m. Eastern today, as we settle in to enjoy the holiday ourselves. Piston Slap will take a week off, with readers getting two columns for the price of one next week.

Stay safe out there. Once again, don’t drink and drive. And if you play in a pickup football game, maybe don’t play tackle if you’re over the age of 30 (I speak from experience on this).

Enjoy the holiday, and see youse guys Monday.

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44 Comments on “Housekeeping: Happy Thanksgiving, Turkeys...”


  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    “Don’t overeat.”

    I’m triggered! TRIGGERED!!

    /sarah michelle gellar

    /lol

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    That turkey looks pretty good, but I’d rather have a smoked one, or a fried one.

    Me? I steadfastly avoid the stores on Black Friday. I don’t even like doing regular shopping during the holidays – I try to avoid Walmart, except in the morning, on my way to work. Too many people.

  • avatar
    dukeisduke

    And Happy Thanksgiving to you Tim, the TTAC staff, all the B&B, and everyone up in Canada.

  • avatar
    Null Set

    Hope you all at TTAC have a happy and safe Thanksgiving as well. That is, as long as the Turkey doesn’t have too much hard black plastic at touch points, its infotainment system isn’t laggy and confusing to use, its transmission doesn’t hold those pesky high gears in a corner, and has a class-leading Nurburgring lap time.

    All the best!

  • avatar
    readallover

    `As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly`

    Arthur Carlson
    WKRP-AM
    Cincinnati, Ohio

    • 0 avatar
      Lie2me

      I’ve got wild turkeys all around my house, they kind of do a half running half flying thing. Be glad they don’t fly they are huge and you wouldn’t want one letting go while your under it

      • 0 avatar
        iNeon

        Man, large birds scare the fsk out of me.

        Just plain scare the fsk out of me.

        • 0 avatar
          Lie2me

          Wild turkeys are pretty scary, the larger ones are over 5′ tall. A bit unsettling to stand eye to eye with a bird and they’re not frightened of anything

          • 0 avatar
            ToddAtlasF1

            What region of the country do you live in? There are some variations, but known wild turkeys don’t measure five feet in any dimension and fly hundreds of yards at a time.

          • 0 avatar
            Lie2me

            I live in southern Wisconsin, this is what they look like when wandering around the neighborhood

            https://cdn.patchcdn.com/users/15468/2013/03/T800x600/4bae91b57b765b7fbd03a3a7005d7965.jpg

            When they stand straight-up with their heads extended some are pretty close to 5′ with a similar wingspan and yes they DO fly, just close to the ground for short jaunts. I’m used to them now, but at first seeing them they’re a little unsettling

      • 0 avatar
        sgeffe

        Mine’s in a bottle!

        J/K!

  • avatar
    Lie2me

    Don’t over eat and don’t drink too much? Well, that doesn’t sound like any fun at all ;-)

  • avatar
    JohnTaurus

    Going to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving. Not too far away (~20 miles), so I plan to take the Altima (for those who dont know, it’s a 2001 GLE with the 2.4L).

    I’ve spent all day working on it, and it’s running very well now. My buddy and I replaced the distributor Friday, and that corrected the immediate issue it was having. However, it still had a pronounced hesitation and lack of power.

    So, today I replaced the valve cover gasket(s) (number one spark plug hole was full of oil when we went to change the distributor), installed 4 NGK plugs to replace the crappy Autolite ones, replaced several rotted out vacuum lines, and changed the oil/filter. No more hesitation, power is as it should be, so I’m happy with it.

    I drove it around here today after getting it running well, and it did fine,but tomorrow will be the first time I’ll actually put some miles on it, so we’ll see how it does.

    I ordered two new tires (for the front), I’ll have them installed Friday if the shop is open, if not, then Monday.

    • 0 avatar
      Cactuar

      Nice work.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Not that it really matters, but I just realized I put Friday instead of Saturday when we changed the distributor. It was Saturday lol.

      • 0 avatar
        Cactuar

        I installed winter tires on the Odyssey a week ago. It went pretty well, considering I’m new to this DIY thing. I felt proud… until I realized the Michelin X-Ice are directional tires. I only realized this when looking for the max PSI rating on the tires : Had to re-do the job, but it was a good lesson to learn early!

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus

          Ha yeah that can trip you up. If it makes you feel any better, I once had to have a shop redo mine because evidently they didn’t notice that they installed them backwards.

    • 0 avatar
      JohnTaurus

      Update on the Altima, I drove it up here and it did very well. The CHECK ENGINE light even went off and hasn’t come back on.

      My friend wants it to leave at the school so she can drive it home during the day, in between her routes (shes a bus driver). She checked it out and likes it, so it should work out well. Even though I could make more on it by selling it on the open market, this way I won’t have to do any cosmetic reconditioning for her. I was thinking of replacing the cloudy headlights and maybe having a cheap paint job done on it, but that isnt necessary for what she wants it for.

      • 0 avatar
        Lie2me

        ” The CHECK ENGINE light even went off and hasn’t come back on.”

        Uh, oh, are you sure the ENGINE is still there? Better CHECK

        Just kidding, glad you made it OK

        • 0 avatar
          JohnTaurus

          Lol yep, I checked and its still there. Dry as a bone too lol.

          I should’ve mentioned that I made a boo-boo when doing the valve cover gasket, the one that goes around the spark plug holes (which was the whole reason for changing it anyway) had come off when I was putting it back on, and I didn’t know until I got it all bolted back down and went to insert the number two spark plug lead. It wouldn’t go down in it, so I got a flashlight and looked, the gasket had come off and was preventing it. So, I had to completely undo all I had done and put it back, making sure they were on correctly before bolting it down.

          Of course, when I was taking the bolts back out, one fell down in the engine bay and I couldn’t find it, so I went to my bolt bin and found one that was actually intended for a Ford Tempo. It fit perfectly, only the head was 8mm instead of 10mm like the others.

          When I got it all done and moved the car back to put the ramps in position to drive it up on to do the oil change, I heard it roll out and hit the wood floor. Evidently, it had come to a rest on the plastic splash guard under the radiator (I had looked and felt all around, couldn’t find it). So, I decided to swap the Tempo bolt out with the Nissan one, just so they’d all match if anyone ever has to do this job again. The Tempo bolt went back in the bolt bin to save another day, lol.

  • avatar
    bullnuke

    Better yet, go directly to Autoguide.com and get all these deals first hand!

  • avatar
    Big Al from Oz

    I hope all have a great Thanks Giving meal with their families and friends, with limited quarrels.

    Oh, TTAC WTF is that BS at the top of the site, those adverts? Why? Can’t you TTAC come up with a better idea?

    • 0 avatar
      mikey

      “those adverts ? Can’t you TTAC come up with a better idea? ”

      So TTAC uses paid advertising to cover the bills ?? Who knew ???? Soooo what might be a “better idea ” ?

      Sorry folks I’m a bit late. Happy Thanksgiving to our American friends .

      • 0 avatar
        JohnTaurus

        Yeah, I didnt see him offering to pay a subscription fee so that he wouldn’t have to see the ads.

        Yes, the ad immediately above this one was full length before they shortened it to a regular article preview length, and that was very annoying, but such is life.

        I do get very sick of being redirected to somewhere else (the “Congratulations” crap that takes over my browser, or the opening of Google Play for me to download some stupid “memory boost” app that I absolutely do not need) sometimes when I visit this site, and I do feel something should be done about that, but the posting of ads like those black Friday deal articles isn’t really so bad. At least I can easily ignore them and go to an actual article if I please.

        • 0 avatar
          Tim Healey

          The full-length preview was an editing error by someone I shant name. Let’s call him Him Tealey. It was fixed.

          Those ads that take over the browers are NOT TTAC approved ads. They are spammy — spammers take over Google and redirect. Vox has a good piece on it you can Google. It happens to many sites, it sucks, and our IT team is doing what it can to prevent it.

    • 0 avatar
      Tim Healey

      Those ads are part of how we pay our bills, and part of our existence as a part of the VerticalScope empire. We need to pay for our Thanksgiving turkeys somehow :)

      • 0 avatar
        Big Al from Oz

        Tim,
        Thanks for removing the full page advert, that was quite annoying. I thought it was another new way for TTAC to raise cash.

        Thanks for your response, oh, I’m very familiar with how TTAC functions.

    • 0 avatar
      Lockstops

      BAFO:
      Well, I’m sure you’d like to have a state-run, taxpayer-funded TTAC that puts free market people like advertisers into jail, and you’d rather celebrate Thankstaking than Thanksgiving. But you’re going to have to have a revolution first in order to make that happen.

  • avatar
    tankinbeans

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I’m heading to see the smallest tiny human in my family; the devious little malcontent (just kidding, she’s pretty chill).

    It’ll be a total of 200 miles all told. I’m hoping it doesn’t devolve into a discussion of many blood-sucking creatures.

    At least the roads are still good.

  • avatar
    nrd515

    I’m going to work tomorrow (Doubletime and a half!), and since I’m a poultryphobe, my dinner is sitting in my refrigerator, A big bag of snow peas and a quart of shrimp fried rice. I’ll wash it down with good old Pepsi. I would take that over almost anything I’ve had for Thanksgiving, except for the time my friend’s wife made fried Perch and Walleye, with her amazingly great baked red potatoes. It’s hard to beat Walleye period, IMHO, but her steamed stuffed Catfish with vegetables is the single best thing I’ve ever eaten. She says she’s going to make it for me on my birthday. I can hardly wait until July!

  • avatar
    threeer

    Happy Thanksgiving from certain distant lands! Keep those far from home this holiday in at least one prayer or good thought!

    And now back to recalling the fun test drive I took of a (manual!) Mazda3 just days before I departed…maybe I’ll see one in my garage when I return home!

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