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calendar   Tuesday - May 17, 2016

a letter to JayD

Finishing off my day here with a nice cup of PG Tips. Thanks for turning me on to that. I take mine with a half spoon of sugar and a small splash of half & half, and leave the bag in until the mug is empty. Abhorrence, I know!! Tea done wrongly!! It packs a good strong flavor, but I drink it fast enough so that it doesn’t get bitter.

We’re having too much fun here. Looks like I might have to take my neighbors to the condo association board for adjudication. See, we have this radon remediation system in the unit, right? What it is, is a few great lengths of perforated 4” PVC pipe run under the foundation, and those pipes extend up through the walls to the attic, where an inline fan applies suction, and then sends everything out an exhaust pipe. Radon is a gas. Radioactive. So the suction pulls it right out of the soil and vents it out the roof before it can leach through the concrete floor and poison us inside. I think the whole thing is totally over-rated, but who am I? I don’t even worry about asbestos, or lead paint from 1967. Anyway, the exhaust pipe runs about 15 feet along inside the roof truss over the living room ceiling, then turns up and pierces the roof, leaving a standing pipe about a foot high there. And it howls. No kidding; hello, 15 foot pipe 4” across with lots of air flowing through it? It’s a bloody pipe organ. Duh. And the exit end of the pipe is at the same level as the back balcony on the upstairs-one-unit-over neighbor. So she’s complaining. I would too. Thing sounds like a B-17 flying overhead. Ok, I exaggerate. A B-16, maybe a B-15. But it makes plenty of noise, a standing note exactly the same pitch as a steamship horn, but only a bit more than conversationally loud. Still .... blllleeeeeeerrrrr ... 24 hours a day. I’d go mad.

After hours of online research, I found a solution; a glass pack muffler that attaches to the pipe end. Works real good I hear, reducing the noise 75%. Problem is, I’m not allowed to go on the roof to install it. And the maintenance guys aren’t allowed to mess with any part of any radon remediation system. And talking to neighbor lady tonight, her boss, a lawyer (subtle, ain’t she?) says us owners aren’t responsible for anything on the outside of these condos (which is true) so the association should pay for the muffler and hire a radon guy to come install it. At no cost to us. And I think he’s right. I never would have thought that way; I’m more of a “my place, my problem, my solution at my cost” kind of guy. So even though I’ve been working towards a solution behind the scenes with my boss the condo park manager (don’t forget I am now an official employee with my “road security” job in the mornings ... which also offers me the chance to earn extra money by painting the speed bumps when it isn’t raining [if, ever, some day please??]), having the association pay for the muffler and the work will require an Ok from the Condo Board of Trustees. So it is sort of like adjudication I guess. And it becomes Official. Agree that the problem exists and needs solving, accept my solution, and agree to pay for an authorized professional to do the intricate task*. I wonder how many months that will take to go through? Or if it stands a chance at approval?

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this one works. 75% noise reduction, no flow restriction.

* So intricate: go up on the roof. take a hacksaw and cut the 4” diameter PVC pipe off about 4” above the shingles. Dab the stub with that smelly purple PVC primer stuff. Dab the inside of of the pipe connector end of the muffler with primer too. Dab the bottom of the inside of the muffler’s connector with a quick wipe of PVC cement. Press muffler down on to exhaust pipe stub. Wait 15 seconds for glue to set. Done. Total time: 5 minutes, including climbing 12 feet up the ladder. Attaching a screened top elbow or a rain hat to the top end of the muffler adds another minute to the job, but it keeps the rain and the bugs out.

Ok, hope that was entertaining. Get weller, faster.

Drew


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/17/2016 at 10:34 PM   
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calendar   Monday - May 16, 2016

Peiper Lure

I really don’t know if Peiper is still in the hospital or not. For all I know he could be in the convalescent center, or even back at home by now.

I should make a post that will reach out to him subliminally across the digital ether, to remind him of his other home.

Now, let’s see ... what do I have that will work as a lure? Hmm, let me check ...

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This could work. I’ll just have to keep at it for awhile.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/16/2016 at 09:48 PM   
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Losing the Past

There was a major fire in town yesterday. One of our historic buildings - and Clinton is chock full of them - caught fire early Sunday morning and burned all day. Units from 5 fire companies fought the thing, draining the South Branch of the Raritan River (which is just yards away) to do the job. Alas today, there isn’t much left except burnt beams and roasted bricks. The building was historically young, at a mere 125, but it was very rich in history, having been used as everything from a vaudeville music hall to a car dealership over the years, and currently housing a couple medical offices, a hair salon, a couture shop and several other small office businesses. Two firefighters suffered minor injuries.


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Fire caused extensive damage Sunday to a historic music hall building in a riverfront town in New Jersey.

Firefighters arrived at about 9 a.m. at the building in Clinton to find flames tearing through the upper floors.

The Clinton Music Hall building, now known as Clinton Center, was once a 300-seat venue for music, theater and film. Today, it’s home to several small businesses.

The blaze caused the third floor of the structure to collapse, fire officials said.

A multi-alarm fire burned the former Clinton Music Hall on Sunday morning.

The fire broke out around 8:30 a.m. in the four-story building on Main Street. The building had a 300-seat theater in the rear and offices on the lower floors. Firefighters were bringing in water from the water treatment plant to douse the flames according to the Hampton FIre Co. Station 13 Facebook page.

The NJ Advanced Media news website reported that a collapse of the third floor forced the evacuation of the building. Pictures of the building show a large section of the roof missing.

New Jersey Fast Traffic said that the fire forced the closure of exit #15 off Route 78 for Route 173 in Clinton.

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The first alarms for the fire that destroyed the interior of the historic Clinton Music Hall at 23 W. Main St. on Sunday < href="http://www.mycentraljersey.com/story/news/2016/05/15/fire-burns-old-clinton-music-hall/84426208/">sounded a bit before 8 a.m.
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A spokesman for the Clinton Town Police Department could not be reached for comment. A service that monitors police radio frequencies said most of the mutual aid trucks were sent home by 3:49 p.m. Sunday. Kania said the last fire trucks were there until nearly 6 p.m.

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CLINTON TOWN - A touch of nostalgia wasn’t the only element lost in Sunday’s fire that destroyed the historic Clinton Music Hall on West Main Street.

Splitenz Salon Studio, Hunterdon Pilates, the dental offices of Dr. Hal Bergeron and an attorney’s office were destroyed in the four-alarm blaze at the building that once housed some of the premier entertainment acts in the country before the turn of the 19th century.



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I don’t understand the hose layout here. The two black lines are suction, one feeding the truck directly and the other feeding the gas powered pump.
So the one white line on the right is also a feeder to the truck. What does the middle white one do? It can’t be attached to the pump. And why are they squirting water back if they need desperately to fill up?
I’d know this stuff if I was a fireman, but I’m not. I can’t even understand why they had to drive the tanker trucks back and forth, since the river was only about 100 yards from the blaze. Don’t they have that much hose?
Whatever. Thanks for helping out guys, and for keeping the rest of the street, including the lumber yard next door, from going up as well.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/16/2016 at 07:55 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - May 15, 2016

Bad Day Today

We had an hour or two of mild sun today, then the clouds and the rain moved back in. And it’s getting colder. Not enough to snow, oh please no, but not what I’d call a Sunday in May. The whole condo park had one of our two annual garage sales yesterday, and as is so often the case, it was mostly rained out. Don’t ask me how they always manage to pick a bad day, but at least 5 of the last 6 have been cold and wet.

My poor old Saturn is doing the mysterious no-start thing again. Starts up, runs fine, take a short drive to the gas station. Shut the engine off for a couple minutes and it won’t restart. Oh, I don’t mean it turns over and won’t catch. Turn the key and nothing happens. Not even a click. Wait about 10-15 minutes and try it again, and it starts right up. And then it starts whenever you want for several weeks. It’s a mystery.

Poor Dizzy, our little blind cat with the neurological problem. She hasn’t had a seizure in 11 days. Today she had two, 12 hours apart. I was able to catch her and hold her during the first one, petting her and trying to comfort her even though she clawed me pretty good. We saw the second one coming. Suddenly the cat was pressing her face against the couch really hard, and we started to reach for her, but with only a few seconds warning we didn’t make it in time. She went racing around the living room, her body twisting on her and making her fall down and slam into things. I just managed to head her off and get hold of her, and it was over. Both times she’s been ravenous afterwards. Fine by me. Go eat, I’ll use the time to clean out my latest wounds. Poor baby. We got another pill into her and she’s fine again. Tomorrow I’ll call the vet and see if we have to up her dosage once again.

Pretty good Game Of Thrones episode tonight. Sansa met Jon ("and now my watch is ended") Snow at Castle Black and is going to become a warrior queen, leading Snow and the Wildlings down to Winterfell to wreak vengeance on the Boltons. With surprise reinforcements from the Vale on the way too! And Melisandre, the Red Priestess, is now on Snow’s side. With two hot redheads behind him, how can he loose? Not bad for a dead guy. Excellent way to move Daenery’s story along too. Miss Kahleesi ain’t going to no old folks home, no sir. Not even Trump can work a “you’re all fired” the way she can.

Right. Me for a shower and then bed.

PS it’s 39°F outside. Welcome to the middle of May.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/15/2016 at 10:04 PM   
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calendar   Saturday - May 14, 2016

gardening with gloves on

All the little outside kitties spent the entire winter using my garden’s shady bit of ground as a litter pan. Now the soil is all torn up and loaded up with cat poop.

Damn.

I’m going to have to put up a little fence, drop 3” of new soil on top of everything, followed by mulch after I plant. And then put down a thick heavy layer of Kitty No Schitz. I’m sure such products exist at the nurseries.

Damn.

Hmmm ... I found a site that says shake cayenne pepper around and lay out crumpled chicken wire on the ground. Sounds good to me, except I wouldn’t be able to put in seedlings through the chicken wire.

Hmmm ... Buy our product in a spray can.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/14/2016 at 09:17 AM   
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calendar   Wednesday - May 11, 2016

On Trump

from teh Turtler:

I don’t trust him.

So why am I voting for him?

Well, because I’m a Buckley Conservative. I’m a Ted Cruz Conservative. I have my principles and they are the same as they were when I came onto this site years and years ago. I am fanatically anti-Left because I believe there is something better to be done, and I will live and die by the standard of voting for the most conservative candidate electable.

Right now that’s Trump.

And because I believe that Hillary is a particularly evil human being even within the great big mush pod of Leftist leadership- as someone who quite literally has blood on her hands and whose corruption is as open as can be- I believe it essential to keep her from taking political power again.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/11/2016 at 12:23 PM   
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calendar   Tuesday - May 10, 2016

An Iron Essay

IronBear from the Rott writes a full bodied essay on why he’s a Trump supporter. Ok, he wrote it a bit more than a week ago, and some things have changed since then. But most of it still works.

Very convincing, it’s well worth the read.

Mainstream and Buckley Conservatism has been morally and intellectually bankrupt as an ideology for almost as many decades as I’ve been alive. They’ve been “opposing” the Left for so long now that the only thing that defines them is their nominal “opposition” to the Left.

Take away that opposition, and suddenly they have to face the reality that they no longer have anything to oppose, no idea what it is that they’re really conserving, and no idea of what to build on their victory.

That, I’m pretty sure, is why, no matter how many times the Right holds the White House, no matter how many Senate seats they have, no matter how many Congressional seats, no matter how many governorships and state legislatures they control, and no matter how large a portion of the Supreme Court…

They never seem to ever find a principle they can actually stand on and do anything with. And so it becomes increasingly obvious that they never really accomplish much of anything once they hold power.

A Conservative is something I’ll never be: wake me up when the Conservative Movement decides just what the hell it is and what it means, and I’ll decide whether I want to join or not. Until then, fight or piss off, but don’t waste my fucking time any more.

What I am is one hundred percent vehemently anti-Leftist. Period, full stop. Yes, I too define myself by what I oppose, and that’s opposing the Left. The difference is: I fight, and I know what I’m fighting for and against, and what I want to build if we manage to win in what remains of my lifespan.

Reasonable is something that I no longer am.

Sane is something I don’t concern myself with. Insanity doesn’t run in my family – it ambles along enjoying the scenery and waving at all of the nice people.

I am not nice people.

Which, I guess, makes Trump a perfect fit for me when you come right down to it.

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Donald Trump is not “nice people.” He’s rude, he’s crude, he’s crass, he’s blunt and outspoken, he’s politically incorrect as all hell – hell, he gives the P.C. crowd absolute fits – and for a member of the “One Percent”, he’s pretty damned blue collar in presentation and outlook.

You don’t shoot at your friends, nor do you side with the enemy against your allies.

So… I stand with Trump now. And I stand against Ted Cruz. And I stand against the Right-wing Speckled Barking Moonbats on the “conservative” side, if needs be.

As Mike Hendrix said: “It ain’t the situation I’d prefer, but what I’d prefer isn’t on offer.” At least Trump knows what direction to shoot at.

The enemy is on the Left.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/10/2016 at 11:53 PM   
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I seen ‘er on teevee

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/10/2016 at 09:14 AM   
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calendar   Monday - May 09, 2016

You must be a…

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Posted by Somnambulist57   Canada  on 05/09/2016 at 11:48 PM   
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calendar   Sunday - May 08, 2016

I hate stupid

I saw this on Facebook this morning. Yeah, I’m bored. I have an account there that I almost never use. But I’ve seen crap like this online in lots of places. Click bait maybe, but just poorly done, absolutely.



Crazy Math Problem Freaking Out Everyone!!

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Math problems have been getting quite popular in social media. This one seems simple, but it’s actually pretty good. Give it a try before seeing the solution!

Looks pretty bad, yes? And it is! Follow their link and get annoyed by bad math, terrible English, and some kind of alien thought process. Sorry, but if what they wrote is how you think, then no wonder so much beyond your grasp. “Simple” as an antonym to “pretty good”? Dude, wrong.

I’ll put it all below the fold, then show you how to solve it in 3 seconds flat

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/08/2016 at 05:21 AM   
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body rhythms

Good grief. It’s 5am. I’ve been wide awake since 3. Had a nice strong mug of coffee at 4, and now I think I’ll go back to sleep. So I can get up in 3 hours.

I must be getting old. Damn. I used to be able to sleep 7 or 8 hours at a go. Heck, in college I swear I could sleep 14 hours at a clip. Now I “power nap” for no more than 4, usually 2 1/2 to 3. Problem is, 4 or 5 hours later I want to get back under the covers again.


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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/08/2016 at 04:06 AM   
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calendar   Saturday - May 07, 2016

Saturday Morning Kid

Another wet and soggy cold morning. Damn me, I had to get the parka back out of the closet.

Even though the flowers are blooming and the world is greening up, it still barely feels like Spring. I wish I could kick start it somehow.

Here, this might help you kick start your morning. It almost did for me.

Not enough? Fine. Grab another cuppa coffee real quick and I’ll queue up few toe tappers for you below the fold. Toes nothing; it’s dancing time.

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/07/2016 at 06:46 AM   
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calendar   Friday - May 06, 2016

A new (to me) think tank

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Love it. And then I looked closer and saw The Steamboat Institute. Steamboat? No, really? , could it be? So I looked them up, and found stuff like this ...

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Ben Sasse
May 4 at 8:39pm ·

AN OPEN LETTER TO MAJORITY AMERICA

TO: Those who think both leading presidential candidates are dishonest and have little chance of leading America forward:

(…or, stated more simply)
TO: The majority of America:

Gotta love that. He writes a nice essay about how both Hillary and Teh Donald both suck, and says how we as a nation should demand better. It’s worth reading.

So, what is this Steamboat Institute place? Well, they give talks, hold symposiums, conferences, summits, help up and coming Conservatives meet and network ... they’re kind of community organizers for a broader community than just some neighborhood is some grubby city.

I’m sure I could go on and on, but if this is accurate, they sound like a voice I’d like to hear more from:

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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/06/2016 at 10:02 PM   
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ginger pile up

All three of them are in the photo, but dug into the cushions so deeply you can only spot two with ease. They’re young enough to still be nursing, but they’re learning to eat kibble and canned cat food. With their stubby little tails included I think they’re about 7” long. How old is that?

Another mean and wet day here. Nothing better than a nice warm pile of kittehs.



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Posted by Drew458   United States  on 05/06/2016 at 09:50 PM   
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