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by Oyada
Fri Aug 21, 2020 4:35 pm
 
Forum: NationStates
Topic: Mercy Does Not Go Unpunished [Mars]
Replies: 84
Views: 6846

Alex was slowly drawing through her fourth cigarette when the group of glowing ghosts disappeared and the ponderous black alloy bats draped themselves over Lenny's windows. “Shit,” she murmured with a half-smile; “you must've fucked up bad to get those guys onto ya.” As she reached down to the compu...
by Oyada
Sun Jul 21, 2019 9:40 am
 
Forum: NationStates
Topic: Mercy Does Not Go Unpunished [Mars]
Replies: 84
Views: 6846

A further co-op poest!

Approximately an hour later, Bedell reentered the room, a single sheet of paper grasped in his hand, and returned to his seat across from Lenny. He read over the document again quietly to himself, gathered a quick breath, and slowly slid it over towards the other man. It was a standard memo with a l...
by Oyada
Fri May 31, 2019 9:48 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: The General Car Thread - The Facelift.
Replies: 3579
Views: 100641

The impression I get is that Chrysler has never really recovered from the Lynn Townsend era; that period seems to me to have squandered Chrysler's reputational advantages - innovation, clever design, and above-average build quality (notwithstanding the variable quality of all cars during the 1950s a...
by Oyada
Fri May 31, 2019 8:45 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: The General Car Thread - The Facelift.
Replies: 3579
Views: 100641

Interesting discussion. I drive a PT Cruiser (2002). My parents own a 2005 Toyota Avensis. I certainly can't say there's any great difference in comfort, ride quality, or overall performance (though the Avensis' engine's higher compression ratio does afford it a better P:W and slightly better fuel c...
by Oyada
Thu May 23, 2019 2:13 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: The General Car Thread - The Facelift.
Replies: 3579
Views: 100641

This is just a thought experiment. Imagine you're 17 and your parents will buy you a nice car. Nothing crazy and hard to insure like a Mustang GT or a jacked-up Ram 1500. What do you go for? Personally, I'd pick a Mazda 6 Grand Touring. Looks good, fun to drive, good mix of features and affordabili...
by Oyada
Mon May 20, 2019 4:09 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: The General Car Thread - The Facelift.
Replies: 3579
Views: 100641

We got that as a Dodge, the Magnum. I considered getting one of those, but didn't really care for the interior, the newer 300 and Charger have better interiors now. Yeah, the 2005-model 300C interior is a bit... plasticky. Still, in truth I'd be buying it almost entirely for the V8. Now, if only yo...
by Oyada
Mon May 20, 2019 4:07 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: The General Car Thread - The Facelift.
Replies: 3579
Views: 100641

That may be the single best Corsa that ever lived. o>
by Oyada
Sun May 19, 2019 7:45 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: The General Car Thread - The Facelift.
Replies: 3579
Views: 100641

Ah, the Mk2 300. Well, that one is far better after the DaimlerChrysler twats were out. Still, you might want to lower your expectations and get a diesel. V8s are hard to come by in the UK. Out of 83 300s on Auto Trader, only four are V8s, and just one of them is a Mk2 (an SRT8, to be exact). But I...
by Oyada
Sun May 19, 2019 12:29 pm
 
Forum: General
Topic: The General Car Thread - The Facelift.
Replies: 3579
Views: 100641

I don't know what the ownership costs of one are in the UK, but if you can cope with it, I guess that the V8 300 would be quite nice for you. The Hemi motor is also quite reliable for a powerplant of its segment. Though the Lexus LS is also a comfortable mile-muncher, its build quality is better, a...
by Oyada
Sun May 19, 2019 9:30 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: The General Car Thread - The Facelift.
Replies: 3579
Views: 100641

What I like in car interiors is having large distances between the floor, steering wheel and seat. I've driven a 2007 Corolla and it feels like squeezing in for me. Also, give me some flat seats, as I am too big for most buckets. As for the suspension, it could be soft or hard (more on the softer s...
by Oyada
Sun May 19, 2019 9:15 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: The General Car Thread - The Facelift.
Replies: 3579
Views: 100641

I didn't want to be One Of Those People who spouts clichés, but that was honestly my thought as well; I knew American cars were reputed to be soft and spongy, but nothing prepared me for the PT. I learned on a Peugeot 108; that machine was just wrong if you sat in it for a couple of hours at a stret...
by Oyada
Sun May 19, 2019 8:56 am
 
Forum: General
Topic: The General Car Thread - The Facelift.
Replies: 3579
Views: 100641

I'm going to simply barge into this thread and say the following: I own a PT Cruiser, and it's fantastic. It has 95,000 miles on its clock, and everything still works; the engine's smooth, the gearbox is tight and precise (well... top gear can be a bugger 'cos of the narrow gate), and the soft suspe...
by Oyada
Thu Jun 28, 2018 3:47 pm
 
Forum: International Incidents
Topic: A Tense Affair [FT][Closed]
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Slid smoothly into laser-cut scores in the not-so-pristine surface of the briefing room table, one of its dozen UC consoles chirped, blinking. Setami laid a long, thick finger finger against one of the console's copse of buttons, jabbed with his tongue running over his nicotine-yellowing teeth. “Sir...
by Oyada
Tue Jun 19, 2018 9:02 pm
 
Forum: International Incidents
Topic: A Tense Affair [FT][Closed]
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Automated Recording: Senior Officers' Briefing, MS Haretsazhii , 225003062688. Attendees confirmed by ID sign-in: ARAZHI, SEKO, Captain; SETAMI, AKHADII, First Officer; SUIKHO, JO, Defence Officer; KHANJOKHON, MATEN, Chief Engineer; SEPITAKH, MIKHAL, Mining Officer. Attendees confirmed by remote si...
by Oyada
Fri Jun 15, 2018 11:09 am
 
Forum: International Incidents
Topic: A Tense Affair [FT][Closed]
Replies: 5
Views: 403

Khamajoku Region - Extra-Imperial Resource Zone 1252. Across the ghostly brilliance of a distant blue giant’s disc, long enough to be a celestial body in its own right, a miles-deep, blunt-nosed, octagonal tube hung motionless, casting a distorted eclipse across the surface of a scarred and cratere...
by Oyada
Wed May 02, 2018 4:44 pm
 
Forum: NationStates
Topic: Mercy Does Not Go Unpunished [Mars]
Replies: 84
Views: 6846

Alex could still see the wobbling flare of Lenny Pearson's slowly bulging body, a plodding shuttle pacing across the glaring yellow warp of the broad window frame, though her eye swam now and stang with the brightness of the image. She paused, ducker and rubbed at it until the itching pain subsided ...
by Oyada
Thu Aug 31, 2017 12:13 am
 
Forum: NationStates
Topic: Who We Are, and Aren't
Replies: 37
Views: 4187

The soldat eyed Courror warily from behind her tinted glasses, checking whether the slightly mangled visage before her matched the equally mangled visage in his ID for the fourth time. Courror kept his face impassive, which didn't help; his neutral expression tended to be one of cold hostility, main...
by Oyada
Mon Aug 07, 2017 9:17 pm
 
Forum: NationStates
Topic: Who We Are, and Aren't
Replies: 37
Views: 4187

About half-way back to his quarters and about three mints lesser in the little grenade, it dawned on Courror, late Captain of Infantry and cybernetically enhanced humanoid-ish, that he didn’t really have anything much to say. Well, no. He had lots to say. A very great deal. There was a lot to be sai...
by Oyada
Fri Apr 14, 2017 11:42 pm
 
Forum: NationStates
Topic: Who We Are, and Aren't
Replies: 37
Views: 4187

Devras “ The galaxy will bend to nothing but the application of force. That force must be applied on a scale commensurate with the task in hand, but it must always be applied to individual components of the whole. No matter how great the body one intends to move, one must never forget that one is n...
by Oyada
Thu Mar 23, 2017 5:20 pm
 
Forum: NationStates
Topic: Who We Are, and Aren't
Replies: 37
Views: 4187

Gianfigliazi Building The auburn sunlight of early evening, reflected from russet stonework claiming saturnine age, draped itself lazily over the balcony’s weathered stonework. Above the leaded window opposite, its frame flanked by a pair of finely carved Ionic pilasters supporting an ornamental pe...
by Oyada
Sun Sep 18, 2016 5:36 pm
 
Forum: NationStates
Topic: I'm telling you, I must be going. (TPM, others interested)
Replies: 6
Views: 362

A man as busy as Oswald Burkensteiner-Sinievskiy did not have time for personal representations, least of all ones to be conducted as far away as Mars. Mars , by the suns themselves! One might as well be asked to go to the seventh ascent of the heavens and be back by lunch, and it was a damned imper...
by Oyada
Sun Sep 11, 2016 4:33 pm
 
Forum: NationStates
Topic: Mercy Does Not Go Unpunished [Mars]
Replies: 84
Views: 6846

The checkpoints would be problematic if he didn't concentrate hard. He was sweating already, pacing across his small flat, feeling the luxuriant pile of the new carpet prodding thousand of tiny, numbing needles into the soles of his bare feet, smoking his way through a third cigar. The suitcase, sti...
by Oyada
Wed Apr 13, 2016 7:17 pm
 
Forum: NationStates
Topic: Charybdis Rising (FT TG for entry)
Replies: 29
Views: 2327

Idama was prowling. Since he'd woken, an hour and a half and a bit more had passed and sleep had been, quite clearly, out of the question. Maie would still have the command for a good hour yet; therefore, Idama was prowling, quietly and fairly unobtrusively, though the spine-warping, neck-cracking p...
by Oyada
Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:19 pm
 
Forum: NationStates
Topic: Charybdis Rising (FT TG for entry)
Replies: 29
Views: 2327

I-1068 trembled beneath Fimukhi's ample backside, which did nothing to help him stay awake. It was high time he rested; the regs were pretty clear about getting enough sleep to function, but even though his relief had occupied his seat, Fimukhi couldn't quite stand to leave the crowded compartment....
by Oyada
Sat Dec 12, 2015 9:26 pm
 
Forum: NationStates
Topic: Charybdis Rising (FT TG for entry)
Replies: 29
Views: 2327

Idama appeared on the bridge, slightly dishevelled but otherwise essentially functional, and watched the plot in mesmerised fascination as the coruscating spheres of the two black holes seemed to bear down on his tiny craft, their gargantuan gravity and almost incomprehensible mass making enormous w...
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