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    Peoria, AZ
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  1. Online storage is far safer and cheaper than sticking a drive in a bank deposit box. And easier. And more up-to-date.
  2. I used motion sensing battery powered lights in our RV, and the battery lasts "forever" as weekend users. Full timers might kill them fast, don't know. No wiring, just put it on the wall and it lights up with motion when it's dark. Excellent for the step and hall for those midnight bathroom runs.
  3. I'm not full time and have never needed to print while traveling, no ideas there. For travel storage we have a few external SSD drives. No moving parts means no issue with vibration or being moved around, and they are super fast. My wife and I both have newer MacBooks with USB-C so that's super easy and fast, as well as easily shareable. We have several, this is my recent acquisition mostly for video and photography work... https://www.bestbuy.com/site/samsung-t5-1tb-external-usb-type-c-portable-solid-state-drive-deep-black/6026202.p?skuId=6026202 I also still do full photo/video backups to iCloud so that's our backup while traveling. We have a pretty large data plan so it works so far.
  4. Hah, yeah, we also use "get going" and they know to just leave. In our case, being in many different locations, we had our dog trainer help us make "place" whatever is pointed to. As long as there is a border, it works. I've done it with chalk on concrete.
  5. We travel with an American Staffordshire Terrier, which is one of the outcast breeds. We can't make him be less than completely lovable to everyone, so whatever. I can't answer for your specific location, but on a recent trip we found that all of the commercial campgrounds were dog racists, and the state campgrounds were not. There was also a military campground that didn't have a problem with it, so if you or anyone in your camp have military backgrounds, that's an option to look at. Most campground web sites have a "policies" or "rules" section where they spell out their dog policies. We stayed at one of the state campgrounds and the hosts couldn't get enough of playing with our dog. Also, these folding dog beds are simply awesome for camping, and I highly recommend it. If you teach your dogs the command "place," it can be a great spot to "place" them when people walk in or you need to clean up camp or whatever. Ours will sit there forever when told to.
  6. No, it's a free market. I recently faced near $100 spots for a San Diego trip. I started doing more careful searching and found that the state park system had places with electric and water for a lot less, but not as easy to find. We would like electric, but could even do without that. No need for water and sewer. So keep looking, try state and city parks.
  7. I was side-swiped by a drunk driver. The sound of the scraping and me yelling "oh f-ing sh!t this drunk a-hole hit me" was useful to the police. Also when he continued driving, the plate was on video as well as me reading the plate number out loud in case the camera didn't get it. It was very clear to them what happened from this evidence, even though the collision was not visible. My camera was $70 and works very well. The video looks fantastic. There's no reason to pay more, and no reason not to have one. I got a hard-wire kit for another $15 so I don't have a dangling cord, and it's guaranteed to power every time the ignition is on (can't fall out of the socket). Make sure the camera you get has a shock sensor so it saves anything after a hit. Otherwise, I know someone whose car was impounded with the ignition left on, and the video was completely gone because it kept recording over it. I bought this a while ago, might be better ones now... https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B077PXTZ14/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1 https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07G9WTWB9/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  8. I carry a high-power pepper spray on my left, and handgun on my right. Respond with the level of force needed for the moment. Simple. https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B008RTKEPW/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_search_asin_title?ie=UTF8&psc=1
  9. How about just because we want to? Or because it's too hot, and/or stupid to leave him in the car, and he's with us for other reasons? We went to the dog park, now we shouldn't get screws or we should leave the dog in the car? It's silly. All that said, one of our dogs has very genuinely helped my wife deal with the accidental death of our son two years ago, and having him with us honestly helps her. So be it.
  10. I guess I simply also don't understand the problem. Oh my god! There's a dog near the screws!!! Yeah, so? It's like people from CA freaking out because we have open carry firearms here in AZ, and it's rare to not see at least one of those too. So?
  11. No offense taken, but the written policies for those stores are easily searched, and I rarely *don't* see a dog in those stores.
  12. In the West, dogs in non-grocery stores have been normal for a very long time. Like I said, particularly in hardware, feed, and such stores. But I have absolutely never seen a dog in a cart in a grocery store. So maybe that's a Florida thing? As far as allergies, they are like all other allergies. If you're allergic to something generally in the air, you're going to be exposed to it no matter what. Generally however in public you're not going to be touching the dog or even anywhere really near it, so it's not hugely different. I'm very allergic to some women's perfume and will just start sneezing. So I avoid malls. Should women with perfume be banned to ease my symptoms? No, I just avoid heavy concentrations of it.
  13. Lowe's, Home Depot, Ace, and similar places specifically allow dogs of all types. As far as I know, they always have, or at least for over 20 years. People have brought their dogs to the hardware store for a hundred years or more. There are many other places that welcome dogs too, such as Best Buy and some outdoor stores. Oddly enough REI prohibits them, which made it useless for trying to buy working/hiking vests for our dogs. We just took the dogs and our money to another store. We have one dog we don't take in public much because he's reactive. We have another dog that goes with us a lot, because he absolutely loves everyone. He's had a tour of Lowe's because the employees loved him so much. Either way, both go out on top quality prong collars which allow my 110 pound wife to fully control any size dog.
  14. It's impossible to estimate your usage based on time. The usage is based on the types of content that you send back and forth, and that your devices transfer such as synchronizing files and doing updates. Everyone is very different. I'm connected 24x7 and yet usually use very little data. Although 645 MB is a really tiny amount. Aside from the recommendations above, turn off "show images" in your email. They can consume quite a bit too. And images don't belong in email anyway, it's usually much cleaner with images blocked. They are also often used to track you. I have customers who use ridiculous amounts of data when they swear that they "don't use much." I have others who use so little, but they are constantly using their phones. It just varies so much by the sites/services you use.
  15. My Jeep has a large swing-out tailgate with a 35" tire hanging from it, another reason I don't back in. And they were too stupid to move their own vehicle forward a foot or two? A couple months ago I walked out of a store and started putting stuff in my vehicle. I was taking my time. I was in no rush, and I took the wife's Z4 so space was at a premium; I had to organize it carefully. I hear honking, and look over to see a woman giving a "hurry up" or "what are you doing" sign. She clearly wanted my space. Now, it was up front, but there were a LOT of open spaces 30 feet away. But she wanted mine. I looked around wondering if I'm on Candid Camera. Then started moving things from inside the car to the trunk, and then back. Slowly. The look on her face was precious. Then when the cart was empty, I closed everything up...and walked the cart all the way back inside the store.
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