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That One Guy

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    On-road exploration, off-road exploration, camping, hiking, guitar, reading, gazebos

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  • Number of Rush Concerts Attended
  • Last Rush Concert Attended
    R40 7-13-15
  • Favorite Rush Song
    La Villa Strangiato
  • Favorite Rush Album
    Power Windows
  • Best Rush Experience
    The surprise R40 triple-threat of Jacob's Ladder, Hemispheres Prelude, and Xanadu.
  • Other Favorite Bands
    Alice In Chains, Beck, David Bowie, Devin Townsend, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Porcupine Tree, Primus, Steven Wilson, Stone Temple Pilots, U2
  • Musical Instruments You Play
    Guitar, viola

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  1. Maybe let's just leave a couple guns at Bill's house... and let what happen may
  2. Gotta make a new TOST on the 2 year anniversary of this one
  3. area 29 year old's first mechanical keyboard
  4. European mega infrastructure projects blow the budget and timeline roughly as often as American ones do, if that's what you're asking. The Chunnel was 80% over budget I think I recently read. The chances of everything going perfectly (or anywhere near) according to schedule, budget, and plan when you're building miles and miles and miles of massive new shit is, just, low. If construction was perfect, we wouldn't make 30% of our profits on separate Construction Administration contracts, where we all sit there and solve problems like Winston Wolf.
  5. The nature of the beast. Guys like me prepare project cost estimates before they go to bid. The bigger the project, the longer it will take to construct, the more room for uncertainty there is, and the higher the likelihood the estimate will be significantly off. Far from a rail only problem, brutally expensive highway projects often run drastically over budget too (and there's no better way to get poor value for money than try to move everyone long distances in single occupant cars). Over multiple year (or several year) projects, prices escalate, unforeseen situations result in expensive change orders, a lot happens. My 2020 $4.5M estimated road cost over $6M and was completed nearly a year late. A city parking lot redo I designed was estimated and bid at $350k, and the contractor has since secured over $200k in change orders and counting. Shit does indeed happen. A recession should help material price wars f**k off, though.
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