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About AVB-AMG

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    Summit, NJ
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    Special Interest Automobiles; Golf; Wine; Travel
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    Ranges: Cherry Ridge; RTSP/Randolph, NJ & Lehigh Valley Sporting Clays - Coplay, PA

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  1. Congratulations Troy: It is very rewarding to be able to share with so many others the results of your extensive repair and upkeep efforts for what has been a labor of love for you for so many years with your beautiful GTO. I bet I can guess what you may be getting as Christmas presents for some of your family members...Heh, heh. All the best... AVB-AMG
  2. Ok.... you had me concerned there for a moment...
  3. We know that NJ gun laws suck and are about to get worse. But from your statement, it sounds as if your gun collection is more important to you than your wife and family...???? I hope you are not serious!
  4. I agree with the earlier post by Pizza Bob that using nitrogen to inflate tires is a waste and that there is a very good reason to use both summer and winter tires. I am firmly in the camp that believes that in order to get the best performance, enjoyment and safety from your vehicles, whether they are daily drivers or used only on occasion, (i.e. long road trips, utility, etc.), one should switch between summer performance tires and winter (snow) tires. This is especially true for cars that are rear-wheel drive. While it may seem easier and less expensive to go with all-season tires, if you do you are compromising your vehicle’s performance, something that most of us enthusiasts do not want to do. Therefore, I switch out my summer performance wheels/tires to my winter wheels/tires usually around Dec. 1st and keep them on the vehicles for approximately. five (5) months and switch back around May 1st. It is a misconception that winter tires are really only needed for driving on snow covered roads. Studies have shown that at about 44 deg. F, and below, the softer rubber compounds in high-performance summer tires AND all-season tires change by becoming much harder. This results in reduced contact with the road. Winter tires are designed with special rubber compounds that will stay soft at the lower temperatures and with tread groove geometry design that increase surface contact and therefore your traction in cold winter conditions. Therefore, winter tires should seriously be considered for all locations where the air temperature will be below approx.. 40 deg. F. for days/weeks/months on end. As far as my experience, I tend to go with the summer and winter tries that are either OEM or recommended by the manufacturer, in my case Mercedes-Benz and BMW. I have the wheels/tires swapped out at my respective Dealers. During this transition, they take my summer wheels/tires and shrink-wrap them, put them on a pallet and store them in a central warehouse facility during the winter months, all for a nominal fee. For those of us who do not have extravagant garage storage space for these wheels/tires, this option makes quite a bit of sense. Despite the large width of all of these tires, they have proven their dependable performance during the cold winter months and have been more than adequate to get me through snow covered roads. Also, I have been pleased with the performance and longevity of these summer and winter tires, considering my greater than average spirited driving habits….. FYI, these are the tires I have used: 2016 BMW X5M (all-wheel drive) Summer: Michelin Pilot Super Sport (21” non-run flats) Winter: Pirelli Scorpions Winter (20” – non-run flats) 2014 BMW M6 Coupe, (rear-wheel drive) Summer: Michelin Pilot Super Sport (20” non-run flats) Winter: Pirelli W240 Sottozero S2 Performance Winter/Snow Tires. (19” - Non-Run-Flat Tires) 2007 Mercedes-Benz ML63 AMG (all-wheel drive) Summer: Continental Cross Contact high performance tires (20”) Winter: Pirelli Scorpion ICE & SNOW tires, (20” mounted on same rims) AVB-AMG
  5. FYI – An often overlooked but very important factor in purchasing new tires for your car, SUV or truck is their age. Specifically, the date that each tire was manufactured and its relation to the date you purchase them and have them installed on your vehicle. Tire manufacturers recommend that tires should be replaced once they exceed six (6) years in age. This is regardless of the wear level of the tread and is due to the realization that the rubber polymers dry out over time and that dry rot can and does occur on the sidewalls, creating a potential weak spot that could lead to a blowout. Every tire sold in the U.S. must have a U.S. Dept. of Transportation (DOT) label that indicates the date that tire was manufactured. You can (and should), locate the DOT code on the tire’s sidewall. The key numbers are the last four digits that indicate the date of production. Of those last four digits, the first two indicate which of 52 weeks and the second two digits refer to the year. So for example, if the last four digits of the DOT code are 2615, that indicates that tire was produced in the 26th week of 2015. FYI – Last month, I needed to buy new tires for my old roadster. Only two companies still make tires in the size I need. The local tire chain store told me they have four correct sized tires in stock and could get them the same day. Once I arrived at the store, I checked the DOT codes on each tire and discovered that all of them were four (4) years old! I refused to buy them and asked the manager to please do some research with their distributor(s) to see if he could locate and obtain four tires in the size I needed, that are no more than 12 months old. He was able to do so within a week and those are the tires I purchased. Most consumers just naively assume that the “new” tires they are purchasing were manufactured at some point in the past 12 months, but that is not always the case. Your tires may have been sitting on a rack in a warehouse for several years before they were selected for your car. This is especially true for tires that may be an odd size that is not all that common. Many tire retailers, whether they are locals, chains or online sources, do not bother to check the age of the tires since their priority is to sell tires. Therefore, the burden for this issue is on the consumer to ask, check and verify for yourself what the age of each tire is that you are buying. Caveat Emptor.... Good luck…. AVB-AMG
  6. A Veterans Day Photo Project As we all observe this year’s Veterans Day, here is an interesting and heartwarming story that I think many of you will appreciate. It is the story of a veteran of the Gulf War, in the form of an Air Force photographer who was injured and then continued her work while receiving medical treatment. Her work is titled: “Veterans Photo Project”. Here is the link to the video: https://www.pbs.org/newshour/show/portraits-of-veterans-show-us-what-service-looks-like AVB-AMG
  7. Today, I joined several buddies of mine down at M&M Hunting and Sporting Clays in Pennsville, NJ to shoot a round of 100 clays on a cool and overcast day. It was the first time I had gone there and was very impressed with their facility and layout and can recommend it to all clay shooters who live in a realistic travel radius from it. (It was a 1 1/2 hour drive each way for me from Summit, NJ). Unfortunately, I will have to pass on this upcoming Shotgun Shootout on Nov. 12th. I wish I could join all of you again, but the Mrs. and I will be up in Buffalo, NY that weekend to watch her beloved Buffalo Bills play the New Orleans Saints. As a fair weather Eagles fan, I find most Bills fans to be hopelessly masochistic and fatalistic, but enjoy the football games anyway. I hope you all have good weather for what I am sure will be a nice outing. AVB-AMG
  8. Howard: I just enrolled my tel. numbers in NoMoRobo.... Thanks for suggesting that fix. I hope it makes a big difference in cutting out all of the unsolicited calls asking for donations that I/we have been getting. AVB-AMG
  9. It only took less than a decade to realize that four wheels on a suitcase makes more sense than just two wheels...... That is accelerated progress!
  10. fishnut: Sorry to hear about the passing of your Grandmother, my condolences.... We have only met face-to-face once, but from that short get together, I believe that you will have no problem meeting and making many new friends up in NH. Also, with your multiple outdoor passions, that is an ideal state for you to relocate to, IMHO. I wish you and your family all the best as you undergo the many necessary tasks of selling in NJ and moving up to New England. AVB-AMG
  11. Kevin125: Thank you for your positive and complimentary post on this thread topic. One of my handguns is a Walther PPQ M2 5" 9mm. I had considered using it for my CCW handgun. The reasoning was that as a polymer handgun it would be lighter and therefore more comfortable carrying all day and into the evening, compared to my Sig Sauer P226 MK25, an all metal handgun. Unfortunately, I found it very challenging to locate and purchase off-the-shelf holsters for the Walther PPQ since it has the slightly extended barrel size. At the time, I did not want to have to send that handgun to a custom leather holster maker to use as the mold for a new custom holster. That is why I ultimately chose to go with my Sig Sauer 9mm for my CCW. I do think having some sort of satchel bag to put all of the things you usually put in your pants pockets makes sense. I found that was actually more comfortable and made drawing my handgun just much smoother and easier. Especially during the warm summer months when we all are wearing minimal clothing consisting of shorts and polo/tee shirts. Just before my road trip and now subsequently afterwards, when I go to my range to practice shooting my handgun(s), I also bring my holsters and with alerting and then permission from the RSO,I practice drawing and firing at paper targets at 3, 5, 7, 10, 12 yards. I usually do double taps, aiming for center of body mass, trying to improve my smoothness and speed of drawing and firing. I realize that in a potential case where I ever may need to draw my handgun in self-defense, the craziness of adrenaline-fueled anxiousness, excitement, concern and yes fear, will all be variables that will affect the speed and accuracy of my shooting. But I am trying to create some basic muscle memory for my drawing. For me psychologically, CCW'g is a big step in one's mindset. Concern, if not paranoia about safety, concealment, abiding by all applicable state and federal laws in transit, as well as comfort while carrying, are issues that all of us new to this must address. FYI, here is a link to some articles on CCW written by the well-known and admired handgun expert Massad Ayoob that you may find helpful, titled: "10 Concealed Carry Articles by Massad Ayoob You MUST Read" that appeared in GUN DIGEST magazine back in 2014: https://gundigest.com/10-concealed-carry-articles-massad-ayoob-must-read/ Ultimately and eventually, if or when we do get national reciprocity for CCW, I probably do not see myself CCW'g on a daily basis. Instead, I would selectively determine when it may make sense to do so, based on the specific circumstances of where I am going, who I am with, length of trip, whom I plan to see and recognizing where CCW may not be allowed. Good luck with embarking on your CCW journey... AVB-AMG
  12. I hope the Russians name their latest new super quiet submarine the "Red October".... AVB-AMG
  13. Kevin125 & Scorpio64: I think that the Republican Party in NJ has shown that it is pretty cohesive over the past number of years, but finding a candidate who has mass appeal to voters in this blue state has and will continue to be a challenge. Alas, I agree that many of us are voting for candidates in the upcoming state election whom we perceive to be the lesser of two evils, not because we really think they are the ideal person for that specific public office. AVB-AMG
  14. Rob: Yes, I was referring to the accounting rule for relief for the carried interest on distributed earnings. Now, I understand that the fixed fee hedge and private equity funds charge is based on net assets under management and is subject to specific state sourcing rules, the profit reallocation (aka: the carry, incentive or carve-out), is often is excluded under a trading for its own account provision. To take advantage of this exclusion, generally most hedge and private equity funds have the profit reallocation be given to a separate limited liability entity than the one receiving the management fee to preserve this exclusion and keep the income free of any state sourcing connection. Generally, this income ends up being taxed by wherever the managers of the fund reside, but only applies to income from securities. It does not apply to income that might be sourced to a particular state because of what it is, such as loan origination fees, real estate income or oil/natural gas royalties. That income would retain their sourcing to their original states even when passed through as a profit allocation to a manager. So, if our federal government ever gets around to changing how the profit reallocation is currently taxed, then I believe that many states may also follow suit and this exclusion would disappear. Ideally, I would also would like further review and possible tweaking for fairness of certain tax laws that benefit corporations, hedge funds and very high net worth individuals, including: - The nexus of income to sales, as well as market based sourcing rules. - Non-business income allocated or passed through from another partnership, (i.e. oil and gas properties, real estate partnerships and patents). - State income thresholds for state-sourced income in a partnership. - Sales/Use Taxes for computers, art and research services. From what I can surmise, from your hard work, choices made and luck of the equity markets, you are one of the wealthier posters here on NJGF and I am probably not that far behind. Some revisions mentioned here would adversely affect the amount of taxes our family currently pays. Ultimately I want a state, (and federal) tax system that is much fairer that what we currently have now as well as for the future success of this state. But, if the new Governor and state legislature gets too crazy and greedy with tax revisions that are too onerous, then it will just accelerate our and others timetable to depart to another state. As far as my preference in out next Governor to select a Democrat to fill the seat of the current Senator Robert Menendez, (who I do believe will be found guilty in his trial and forced to resign), my reasons include: - I have always preferred a balance of parties in the federal government. So if there is a Democrat President, then have the Senate control be by the other party, Republicans, and visa versa if the President is Republican. We have seen what happens when one party occupies both the White House and controls the Senate. But, realistically, if Kim Guadagno is elected then she will most likely appoint a Republican to replace Menendez, which may help the Republicans retain control of the Senate. Also, I believe that another Democrat Senator from NJ will be more forceful and committed than a Republican, to getting additional federal funding allocated to NJ for building a new tunnel under the Hudson River for use by Amtrak and NJ Transit. The dire condition of the existing tunnel is such that if there is a failure inside that tunnel then commuters are screwed and both NJ and NYC would feel the financial pain, along with added vehicular highway traffic. I hope I am wrong on this, but do not think so. AVB-AMG