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Easy simple job but be careful because there are a lot of pressure in those springs:

Vice grip came in handy to hold things in place:

Just basic hand tools except for the bars needed for the job and of course a new set of springs:

At least it's an easy job. The hardest part is waiting for the parts to arrived via Amazon Prime:

Yup, "January" is definitely the time where they say: "Don't call us, we'll call you".. ???:

A white millionaire Canadian couple who took a private jet to get COVID-19 vaccines meant for indigenous people were only fined $1,900

Rodney and Ekaterina Baker flew to a small Yukon territory community in January to get vaccinated. The couple put locals - including many First Nation members - at risk by not quarantining. They pleaded guilty to breaking public-health rules and were fined US$1,900.

"$1,900" is nothing to them...sad but true...

Why there are so few Asian Americans in major U.S. sports

The cacophonous gyms of Texas were, in many ways, Natalie Chou’s second childhood home. More than a decade ago, with bangs covering her forehead and black hair bouncing, Chou grew addicted to basketball north of Dallas, amid the squeaks of sneakers and the trill of young voices. She made friends through the sport. Concocted dreams through the sport. By middle school, she’d decided that this — a game she loves for its universality — was where she wanted to be.

And yet a part of her felt out of place. “Alone.” “Different.”

At the time, she didn’t quite understand why. But the occasional comments from AAU opponents offered hints. “Their team has an Asian? That’s so weird,” some would whisper. Chou says that a few would match up with her, and inform their teammates: “I got the Asian, this should be easy.”

Dots connected in 2014 at USA Basketball tryouts. Upon being named to the U17 national team as one of the 12 best girls her age in the country, Chou, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, found out that she was the first Asian American to ever make the cut.

That’s when she began to realize. “Oh, wow,” she thought. “I really am on a path that no one has walked before.”

Her experiences — “I never looked like my teammates, or anyone that I played against,” she says — align with those of many other Asian Americans who’ve ventured deep into mainstream U.S. sports. Some 20 million people of Asian descent now comprise 6% of the U.S. population. And yet, in 2019-20, players of Asian descent made up only 0.7% of NCAA Division I women’s basketball players; 0.4% of Division I men’s basketball players; and 0.3% of Division I football players.

In professional leagues, the dearth was even more striking. Just 0.4% of NBA players were of Asian descent; and 0.1% of NFL players; and 0% of WNBA players.

In fact, for as long as experts can remember, perhaps for as long as organized American sports have existed, Asian groups have been underrepresent ed. The reasons are as diverse and nuanced as the Asian American population itself. It hails from dozens of different countries and distinct cultures, from different generations and circumstances that make it the most disparate minority group in the U.S. Experts say that any search for answers — to the question of why so few Asian Americans reach the pros — must begin with an acknowledgment that Asian Americans are anything but homogeneous. The barriers that Chou faced, as a second-generation Chinese American in Dallas’ suburbs, are different from those that Indian immigrants might have faced in California, which are different from what a Cambodian refugee might have faced in Atlanta.

General Discussion / Re: Man, Kim could be a linemen?
« on: June 17, 2021, 03:58:16 PM »

Kim Jong Un warned that North Korea is running out of food as reports say a bunch of bananas now costs $45


Surge in national park visitors drives costs up and leads to reservation requirements

General Discussion / Re: Time for scoop
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General Discussion / Re: Time for scoop
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General Discussion / Bring Water
« on: June 16, 2021, 11:11:47 PM »
I can believe it:

Death Valley, California, climbed to 124 degrees Tuesday, making it not only the hottest spot in the U.S. but also probably one of the hottest places in the world — if not the hottest.

Here are some photos I took when I was there:

General Discussion / Man, Kim could be a linemen?
« on: June 16, 2021, 11:06:14 PM »
In recent state media images, including those published on Wednesday, Kim appeared to have lost a large amount of weight. The strap on his fancy watch is tighter, and his face thinner. Some observers say Kim — who is about 170 centimeters (5 feet, 8 inches) tall and has previously weighed 140 kilograms (308 pounds) — may have lost about 10-20 kilograms (22-44 pounds).

Got $2.75 million? You could buy this 160-year-old San Fran restaurant

If, by some strange stroke of luck, you’ve got some post-vaccination money to burn, I have a unique investment opportunity for you: the Old Clam House, a 160-year-old San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood restaurant, has been on the market since May. Owners Jerry Dal Bozzo and Dante Serafini are retiring. They’re also selling their other restaurant, the Stinking Rose, known for including garlic in all of their dishes, including their ice cream.

I took this photo of all the garlic hanging along the ceiling when I was at the Stinking Rose:

General Discussion / Re: The thing that annoys me about Laos people
« on: June 16, 2021, 10:55:29 PM »
I got several nick names and/or abbreviated names created by others too.. ;D ;D

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