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calendar   Wednesday - July 01, 2009

Run Ragged

Hard Work ... is hard work!

Me so tired ...




So, I was up at 5am today, on about 4 hours sleep. Got the coffee IV started, loaded up the Saturn with ladders and stuff like it was a rented pack mule, and headed on out. Got to the job site at 8, and it was a cool and soggy NJ morning. 62 with 94% humidity. Lovely window washing weather. By the time I had the first 8 done though, the clouds blew away, the sun came out, and suddenly it was summer. Like throwing a switch. So I spent the rest of the day sweating buckets, but I got the job done. This customer only wanted the outside of the upstairs done, thank you too much, so I didn’t go crazy doing detail work. No scraping, no triple cleaning. But I still did really good work and the windows are nice and clean. I got back here at about 3 and was exhausted. Took a shower, had a couple more glasses of juice to drink, and took a nap. Got up about 6:30, made some decaf and went out on the front balcony to drink it and wake up. Neighbor lady comes walking by and sees me. “Do you still do windows? I need mine done.” So I got my business cards, went over and took a look, she agreed on a price, and I did the job right on the spot. I give the folks in my building a discount, along with extra business cards to hand out. One hand washing the hand washing the windows, right? So now I’m all dirty and damp again, but hey, another $50 in my pocket. So I put on a dry shirt and I’m starting some pasta, and I figure I’ll take out the recycling and the trash while the water heats, so I do that. And I run into 2 more neighbors out having a chat and a smoke, and I talk to them and wind up with another condo job for Friday. Oh, and at the first house this morning I met the friend of “Mrs. outside upstairs”, and she’s going to call me for a whole house estimate. Cool. Word of mouth is the best advertising.

Mr. Squeegee’s window tips of the day:
A) use 2 buckets. One bucket for your soapy water, the other bucket to rinse your scrubber. Every time you come back for a dip, vigorously rinse the scrubber. I did this today, and even after 24 big dirty windows and dusty sills the wash water was still clean enough after the job to pour back into jugs to use another day.

B) If you do screens: try just brushing them first. A good hand brush, like the kind you’d clean up sawdust with. If that doesn’t do it, then use a different scrubber to wash them. Use your >“porcupine" scrubber for screens, not the scrubber with the scrubby pad on one side. Best practice is too have another 2 buckets of clean water: dip the scrubber in the soapy window water, scrub, then rinse in bucket #3. This water will turn brown in a big hurry. Then scrub the screen again with the scrubber dipped in your window rinse bucket. Then again in bucket #4, which is plain clean water. Then blot the screen with rags, assuming it isn’t a removable screen you can just shake dry. You have to get the soap rinsed off thoroughly or else it will dry white and blotchy. This method works, and you still keep your wash water clean. It just means you have to buy a couple more buckets and a few more 5 gallon jugs. (At this point I’m sometimes hauling 15 gallons of water to a job site. You can’t count on water being available)

Ok, dishes are done, laundry can wait, dinner is cooked and eaten, and I’m still tired. Must post ... at least something. Ah! A couple cartoons. Good old Ramirez.


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I think it’s fantastic that the Honduran Supreme Court gave that wannabe dictator the toss.
Somebody has his head up his O-ass if he can’t see that. Sic Semper Tyrannis baby!



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Damn straight. An impossible job, well done. I wish I could say “Now come on home”,
but the next stop is going to be Afghanistan. Don’t fuck that up too, Obama

Thousands of U.S. Marines and hundreds of Afghan troops poured into Taliban-infested villages of southern Afghanistan with armor and helicopters Thursday in the first major operation under President Barack Obama’s strategy to stabilize the country.

The offensive in the once-forgotten war was launched shortly after 1 a.m. Thursday local time in Helmand province, a Taliban stronghold and the world’s largest opium poppy producing area. The goal is to clear insurgents from the hotly contested region before the nation’s Aug. 20 presidential election.

Officials described the operation, dubbed Khanjar, or “Strike of the Sword,” as the largest and fastest-moving of the war’s new phase, involving nearly 4,000 of the newly arrived Marines and 650 Afghan forces. British forces last week led similar, but smaller, missions to clear out insurgents in Helmand and neighboring Kandahar provinces.

“Where we go we will stay, and where we stay, we will hold, build and work toward transition of all security responsibilities to Afghan forces,” Marine Corps Brig. Gen. Larry Nicholson said in a statement.

God Bless Our Troops!


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Gee, ya think? I’m not sure really, since Jordan could have had this bunch of crazy killers 40 years ago. Ah, I get it.
The Palis are going to take over Jordan next. Not surprised, but I’m a bit behind on the news from that region




I’ve got some good emails that I’ll get to tomorrow. And with that ... good night!


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 07/01/2009 at 09:52 PM   
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DRAMATIC PHOTOS OF WATER RESCUE ……….

Just something some may not have seen and of interest.  And it’s AMERICAN!

The moment construction worker dangling from a crane plucks woman trapped in swirling river to safety

By Sarah Titterton
Last updated at 5:54 PM on 01st July 2009

A construction worker dangles from a crane, his arm stretched out to reach a terrified woman trapped in swirling water at the base of a dam.

These astonishing images show the dramatic rescue of the woman after her boat overturned near the dam on the Des Moines River in Iowa.

She was pulled to safety by the quick-thinking construction crew - but her husband, who was with her in the boat when it overturned yesterday, tragically drowned.

Meanwhile, fire crews tried to throw life preservers from a boat.

After the initial attempt with the crane was unsuccessful, the construction company rigged up Oglesbee to the crane with a harness and Oglesbee was able to grab the woman from the water.

‘They just harnessed me in and dipped me down in the water and I grabbed her,’ he said.

When asked if he volunteered to be rigged to the crane, Oglesbee said he just happened to be wearing the harness.

‘I just told her to hang on tight. I won’t let go,’ Oglesbee recalled.

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Emergency crews said it is likely the woman would have drowned had it not been for the construction crew’s heroic rescue operation

ALL THE OTHER PHOTOS AND THE REST OF THE STORY IS HERE


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/01/2009 at 01:45 PM   
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Blood boils as pensioners’ coffee morning axed.

Serious stuff happing back home I see. And that A-1 slob Al Franken wins in MN.  Not a good time for our side.
Still though ... and I know things are maddening back home ... get a load of this.
So far at least, American has not descended to this level of idiocy.  Maybe goin thata way but not there yet.

I need to explain for an American audience what a coffee morning is over here. I don’t know if we do this at home but I’m fairly sure we must but call it something else.

Just a small group of old friends, almost always older retired people, referred to here as “pensioners.” Some meet once a month either at someones house on a rotating basis, it can be once a week if they want.  Some meet in a public place as in this case.  Here in our area btw, the library is not called that anymore. Nope. It’s now “A Discovery Center” if you please. And even if ya don’t.  And like the one here in the story it has a coffee area and offers stale but expensive pastry. It looks like pastry, so it must be. Didn’t taste like it tho.

So these old dears who’ve been meeting for some time now have just discovered they are running afoul of Health and Safety.

IT’S THE KIDS
........batbatbatbatbatbat

Blood boils as pensioners’ coffee morning axed

A group of pensioners in Cambridgeshire have had their weekly coffee morning axed over fears their hot coffee is a health and safety risk.
In the latest of an ever increasing number of health and safety over reactions – last month it was pick-your-own raspberries being deemed too dangerous - council officials have now banned the meetings claiming that infants who use the library at the same time could be injured if the hot coffee is spilt on them.

One pensioner, Mrs Owen, told The Daily Telegraph: “We are being told we can’t have a hot drink. Health and safety is a silly excuse. We have now made alternative arrangements and plan to have our coffee mornings at each other’s homes.”

HT/ http://blog.williammurray.co.uk/?p=396

I am so tempted to steal a quote from one of my favorites columnists, in fact. Yes I will.

BRITAIN IS MORE WACKO THEN JACKO
From Littlejohn at The Daily Mail


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Posted by peiper   United Kingdom  on 07/01/2009 at 09:42 AM   
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