A Conversation for The Topping Rant

I was lucky to attend schools that served lunch in the cafeterias

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paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

Never had to bring my own lunch, except for that field trip to see Cinerama in Boston. My mother packed tongue sandwiches for me -- they were delicious. Sausage? Cheese? I'm guessing that the teenagers referenced were not choosing from Boar's head products. smiley - winkeye (If my guess is wrong, then I am sorry)


I was lucky to attend schools that served lunch in the cafeterias

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Caiman raptor elk - Escaping the Array

Always made my own packed lunch, still do. You could buy something at our school, lots of students did, judging from the pile of packed lunches residing in the thrash cans. I thought I could put my pocket money to better uses than that.

No prime Boar's heads were desacrated for our sausage, I think.


I was lucky to attend schools that served lunch in the cafeterias

Post 3

paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

Boar's head is a product line which may not be available everywhere. It's pricey but also quite tasty.

It was established in Now York in 1905, but it claims to be worldwide
http://boarshead.com/

Who knows?


I was lucky to attend schools that served lunch in the cafeterias

Post 4

Caiman raptor elk - Escaping the Array


Never heard of it before. I'll check it out...

Apparently, one of the nearest resellers is located in the village of America (population 2030), which happens to be a two hour's walk away from Siberiƫ (population: probaly even less). I made that walk when I was around seven years old, to protest against nuclear weapons placement.


I was lucky to attend schools that served lunch in the cafeterias

Post 5

Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

Good for you! Leave nuclear weapons out of both America AND Siberia. (Also the Netherlands!) smiley - ok

Paul's talking about Boar's Head meats because you find them in supermarkets here. Also something called Hillshire Farms.


I was lucky to attend schools that served lunch in the cafeterias

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paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

A lot of stores can't keep their shelves stocked because there aren't enough truck drivers. I'm finding that I have to do more substitutions than I'd like because of this.

My elementary school had a whiz of a cafeteria woman. She served delicious food *and* kept the prices low. She relied on government surplus things like cheese. We never had to do without cheese. smiley - biggrin


I was lucky to attend schools that served lunch in the cafeterias

Post 7

Caiman raptor elk - Escaping the Array

I'm trying to work on designing better trucks / engines so that more people are willing to become a truck driver, but that takes time (and much better social security / wages). With all the upcoming environmental legislation and infrastructural challenges it is also very hard to predict what kind of trucks will become the standard (if any one type), propulsion-wise. I did read that the UK fuel shortages boosted the sales of electric passenger cars. Lack of charging infrastructure, grid capacity and green energy supply is (going to be) a problem though.

Last year all the windmills around here put together would be able to drive one third of the trucks, leaving no wind energy for anything else. (like heating houses, as legislation prescribes for newly built homes).


I was lucky to attend schools that served lunch in the cafeterias

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

Wow, those are interesting practical challenges, Caiman - and really good approaches to our environmental challenges!

I would suspect that making the trucks with automatic transmissions might widen the search area for possible drivers, though I don't know if that's possible.

However, I doubt improving technology would entice academics into the exciting field of long-distance trucking...


I was lucky to attend schools that served lunch in the cafeterias

Post 9

Caiman raptor elk - Escaping the Array

Around now, the brand I am working for is phasing out manual transmissions entirely in favour of automated manual transmissions (in the EU). There are some neat tricks you can do to increase safety and fuel efficiency, like adaptive cruise control and GPS/map based shifting. If the truck knows what is coming, it can anticipate in the most fuel efficient way. For example, if you are nearly at the top of the hill, it is better to let the speed drop a little below cruise control speed and stay in a higher gear, especially since you don't want to start the following descent too fast / with too much momentum you need to lose.

Interestingly, where in the US passenger cars have been much more equipped with automated transmissions compared to Europe, for trucks there (still) is a culture of asking for (unsynchronised) manual transmissions.

I do not own a truck license but I have had opportunities to drive 40 tonne big rigs on the test track. The automated transmissions are much less demanding than choosing from 16 different gears, each with a short engine speed window.


I was lucky to attend schools that served lunch in the cafeterias

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Dmitri Gheorgheni - Freshly Vaccinated

smiley - ok Excellent points! I've never driven what we call a 'stick shift'. Of course, the farmers in the family have. But even they are finding that trucks are coming out with only automatic options.

Interesting to know that this is fuel-efficient. smiley - eureka


I was lucky to attend schools that served lunch in the cafeterias

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paulh, the apocalypse is coming, it's just late

In 1990 I bought a car with Continuously Variable Transmission. Since then, this has caught on with a number of carmakers, including Mercedes-Benz, which also makes trucks.

My present car would have a CVT, but that would have been a more expensive option at the time I bought it. Now there's a big push for electric vehicles. I only know of two electric charging stations within five miles of here.

As for wind power, there have been some improvements in windmills in recent years:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nNp21zTeCDc


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