Close up detail of a classic car at a car show

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The man rolled down the street behind the wheel of his classic Chevy pickup. He turned the radio dial as far as his wrist would allow, feeling a bone crackle in protest. He passed pop, country pop, hip-hop, and several other closely related mutations, but failed to find what he wanted: classic...

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5 Reasons to Convince Your Neighbors NOT to Hold a Garage Sale

1. You won't be tempted to relieve them, as payback, of everything left in their house while they're outside jawin' it up with all the super duper respectable citizens who stop by and pay more attention to the stuff in your garage than in the neighbors'....

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #60

End of the line, folks. But not really. I hope you've gotten a few laughs along the way, maybe seen a couple mirrored scenes from your life. Humor pervades everything, and it often reveals truth....

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #59

59. To your kids, you are a god, and you are cognizant of the awesome responsibility this carries. ...

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #58

58. The dead bird in front of your garage has lain there for weeks. You know you're the one who will eventually scoop it into the trash. But for some reason you keep putting it off, lacking the braincells to comprehend why, and this is a frequently-repeated occurrence....

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #57

57. You read the following quote from "Outliers," by Malcolm Gladwell: "Those three things--autonomy, complexity, and a connection between effort and reward--are, most people agree, the three qualities that work has to have if it is to be satisfying," and think, Good definition for my marriage:...

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #56

56. Even though you can read it just fine, everybody else complains that your handwriting is illegible, but you figure this is a good thing, increasing the likelihood that your recognizable signature will one day possess great value. After all, who wants a star to print their autograph?...

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #55

55. You write a list of 100 random things about you for your blog, and in the process remember things you'd forgotten, and things that shoulda stayed forgot, Hoss. Stupid ambition....

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #54

54. You put off changing burnt-out light-bulbs, citing the likelihood that you'll injure your dollar-store-china-plate-fragile back in the process, until so many lights burn out that your failing vision can no longer cope in the dark-ages ambiance of your home, and you take the plunge, and also pray...

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #53

53. Your love of books has passed to your son, who's insatiably devouring reading material and phonics and sounding out words and will be reading to you before you know it....

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #52

52. You read another Men's Health article that says short sessions of sprinting are more effective fat burners than long runs, and you think, Yeah, THAT'S why I don't run long distances, conveniently leaving out the fact that you don't do the sprints either. ...

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #51

51. When listening to stand-up-comics who draw most of their material from their families, you search your house for hidden cameras, almost certain they ripped at least some of their bits from the craziness inside your own personal asylum. ...

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #50

50. You manage to contain your anger and avoid throwing your computer out the nearest window when your WordPress blog software decides to put your latest draft into the nearest black hole, leaving as much explanation for finding it as the market gives for explaining high oil prices, but the day of...

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #49

49. After years of toeing the picket line for printed books, you start moving forward into SCAB territory when you think, Maybe there is something to this Kindle thing? You just hope you can live through the crushing feelings of guilt as you walk through bookstores and try to avoid the menacing...

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #48

48. For the most part, you try to pay bills enough in advance of their due dates to ensure that, save an act of God, the payments will arrive on-time, disabusing yourself of the notion that God smiles on prayers offered ostensibly to protect the credit rating of "Your humble servant," but really...

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60 Reasons It’s Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #47

47. You've been doing the same shoulder exercises for years--seated dumbbell presses on a vertically-inclined bench--and somehow, through no change in form or weight, you managed to tweak a vertebra in the middle of your back to the point where you feel like your spine is made of gingerbread that's...

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60 Reasons It’s Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #46

46. Your five-year-old son is started to become aware of the wonderfulness that is football, and he asks you, while you're in the middle of blogging, to explain the rules and objectives, and you say the hell with blogging and oblige, throwing three-foot passes and running plays that dodge basement...

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #45

45. You may be getting something out of Sunday church services now. Maybe. Better give it another 10 years before testing this theory....

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #44

44. You look at the balance in your retirement account, do the math, calculate it'll take you, at current contribution levels, about 1,000 years to save enough to retire, and elect to use your raise to buy each of your children a guitar, figuring it's as good an investment in your retirement as any,...

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60 Reasons It's Good/It Sucks To Be Turning 30 #43

43. You mysteriously come in $50 under budget on the bi-weekly shopping trip, and instead of rushing over to the electronics section to see how many movies or CDs you can get with this windfall, you checkout and get the hell out of the store and away from temptation, you responsible f---er you. ...

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