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Old 06-17-14, 09:28 AM   #551
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A few nights I needed to make a phone call and reached for the cordless only to have it report that I have no line. WTF! I say to myself. So I check my other phone and no dial tone there. So off to the basement I go, this I hate as I've been struggling with a bat problem and try to avoid going there. Flipping the lights on, I walk over to the phone lines, hear a noise and damned if I don't have a squirrel problem as well. He takes off into another room and I follow along to see a destination. Looking around I notice that the vent flue of my chimney has a gaping hole in it! There is a bullet I've dodged for who knows how long! My carbon monoxide detector has never peeped at all. So after going for a ride today, I'll need to go down into the bowels of my house and work a temporary patch until I can get the furnace guy over to do a proper repair. What I find annoying is that the furnace and flue are not even 10 yrs old and it rusted through the flue. If I didn't like the neighborhood so much, I'd sell cheap and move into the local retirement community!
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Old 06-27-14, 08:16 AM   #552
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Last time I had a flue installed I insisted on Stainless Steel. Big difference in price but it avoids issues like the one your describing. Glad you dodged the CO issue, could have been trajic.
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Old 07-21-14, 09:21 AM   #553
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Well, at least now I'll no to keep an eye on it. I should take a pic because when the furnace guy and I went on the roof to check out the chimney cap, we discovered that the squirrel had chewed through the metal cap!
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Old 10-26-14, 06:56 PM   #554
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This morning I had to decide - work on the bathroom remodel project or go for a ride. It's a complete demolition remodel, currently in the drywall mud stage. Not my favorite activity.

So at about 100 miles into the ride, I came to a bridge out - I mean completely out as in gone. What to do - a 10 mile detour or scrabble across the creek? The construction workers had dropped chunks of concrete across the creek, making a haphazard walkway. Halfway across the creek, I wavered pretty precariously but caught myself and finished the crossing without incident. 140 miles for the day, but sadly I got home in time to add another layer of mud. I shoulda gone for the detour, I guess.

On the bright side, although we have no heat due to the power damper on our new furnace being broken, it's under warranty so not a DIY. Life is good.
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Old 11-20-14, 05:29 PM   #555
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Just popped in for a nightcap after a night in my local pub. No-one here, not even a barman, so I'm off to bed.
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Old 11-20-14, 05:35 PM   #556
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A few nights I needed to make a phone call and reached for the cordless only to have it report that I have no line.
WTF ???
We dropped our land line service in 2005 and have had only cell phones since. Never have a problem of no phone service, etc.
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Old 11-22-14, 10:37 AM   #557
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WTF ???
We dropped our land line service in 2005 and have had only cell phones since. Never have a problem of no phone service, etc.
I have a tracfone that I take when I'm riding out in the country but its mostly for placebo effect as I can go 1 mile out of town and have no reception. U.S. cellular has somewhat better reception but not enough for me to spend the money to switch.
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Old 11-29-14, 09:53 AM   #558
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Lightly snowing just a few miles east of Seattle on Cougar Mt.
First of the year at my elevation - about 800'.
Not expecting much accumulation.
But it does change the season.
For me at least.
Mentally.
Cheers.

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Old 12-22-14, 08:33 AM   #559
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May hit 83 degrees today....A little too warm for December but what the hell, it's Florida right?
Can't say I miss the snow.
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Any body else have the "Empty Nest Syndrome" as a father of an only child/daughter?
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Old 12-27-14, 03:16 PM   #561
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We have been empty nesters for 11 years.
My 44 y/o daughter called a week before Christmas and invited us down to her house or asked if we wanted her family to come up and visit with us. She lives 1-1/2 hours south. We told her that Christmas is time for her family to be together and we would be ok. Every year we have a non-traditional Christmas meal. This year we had home made (from scratch) chicken pot pie with a small salad and pumpkin and mince pie for dessert.
We're happy.
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Slide rules are a passion for me, we studied them thoroughly in HS physics before we started the class work in my Jr. year. My 18th birthday gift from my dad was a nice K&E engineers rule, unfortunately it was stolen from my locker. I have 20+ rules in my collection, some were my maternal grandfather's rules, he taught physics and mathematics for the Georgia university system. I was lucky enough to get some rare rules in eBay, with the K&E manuals, a few years back. I understand that a few people are using rules to teach again.

Your 41 was a grail calculator for me when I worked in well engineering, off-shore, never got to get one though. They fetch a hefty price at the auction sites now.

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Old 01-02-15, 08:55 AM   #563
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K+E ... that's what you got if you had the money to buy it.

My Dad gave me this little free sample slide rule when I was in 4th grade, and my older brother taught me to use it. Made by TDK ... all of about 6 inches long. It was made from bamboo and had a magnifying cursor and was pretty much as accurate as the full sized ones. I used it all the way into college until they started permitting scientific calculators. Still have it too!



I really loved that HP-41. You could play all kinds of synthetic programming tricks with it, dynamically reallocate memory ... all sorts of stuff. I even used it to do a finals project to simulate a non linear control system in my master's program. Somewhere (I have to find it), I've got the card reader and even that optical pen.
My parents indulged me with the K&E that had several extra reverse scales, and also a metal "speed rule" since we had interscholastic slide rule competitions at that time. I still have the warm fuzzies for the K&E because I learned basic trig from practicing on it.

I've long since lost my slide rules, and also the programmable HP (I think it was the HP-25) that I bought with scholarship money as a freshman.
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I don't get it.

So I bought me a shot of Scotch.

I tossed it down. Made me want to holler hi-dee-ho.

Burned my tummy, dontcha know.

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Any body else have the "Empty Nest Syndrome" as a father of an only child/daughter?
Both kids out of the house, lots of time to myself. Thank God they're self-sufficient. I did something right. Downside is that, with snow all over the roads and no MTB, it becomes a struggle finding ways to fill time other than editing my manifesto.

Are you looking for ways to fill time?
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I'm a bit overprotective since I was 37 when my daughter was born (only child). She turned 20 in Sept, and just moved to Florida with the deadbeat boyfriend.
The wife and I are separated right now, she's trying to decide what she wants to do with rest of her life.
Recently sold our big house with acreage in the country and moved to town.
I'm retired on disability so, no job to go to. Yeah, trying to fill time. Been riding my bikes as much as possible, going to start a Tai Chi class and do some volunteering. Thinking about some bike touring, maybe travel.
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I'm a bit overprotective since I was 37 when my daughter was born (only child). She turned 20 in Sept, and just moved to Florida with the deadbeat boyfriend.
The wife and I are separated right now, she's trying to decide what she wants to do with rest of her life.
Recently sold our big house with acreage in the country and moved to town.
I'm retired on disability so, no job to go to. Yeah, trying to fill time. Been riding my bikes as much as possible, going to start a Tai Chi class and do some volunteering. Thinking about some bike touring, maybe travel.
Do the touring, and make it big enough so it qualifies as travel. When I took early retirement I was living on my own. Almost the first thing I did was buy a touring bike and take off for two months, doing a loop from Toronto to the Atlantic, then back through New England and upstate New York to Toronto. Bigger deal for me than it would be for you, since I'm UK-based.

it was one of the best things I've ever done. It seemed to mark the end of one phase of my life and clear the decks for the next one. And I was glad I went alone, it meant I engaged with the people I met along the way rather than just talking to a companion. Hghly recommend it. Europe has some fabulous destinations for the bicycle tourist, if you feel like a temporary change of scene...
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Old 02-14-15, 09:30 AM   #569
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Empty nest....what's that?? Our 25yr old son and grandson are with us because of his verbally abusive wife just cant be lived with fulltime. We have 3 bedrooms and dont mind it much. Our other one, the gypsy-like "blowing in the wind" 21yr old daughter recently left for Phx area, probably on her way to Cali. She is gone couch-hopping every summer and somehow drifts back every winter. Honestly, my wife and I seem just as involved or moreso than when they were children with the exception of no diapers and we dont yell at or ground them anymore.

My wife and I will celebrate 37yrs of marriage this summer. Someday we will grab another RV and travel.
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Old 03-13-15, 02:19 PM   #570
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Pi(e) ride tomorrow anyone?

Wow, it sure quieted down in here. 3.141592653 or 3/14/15 at 9:26:53 I'll have a mouth full of Pi

Edit: Here's me eating a slice on Pi Day at 9:26:53

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Old 03-15-15, 04:03 PM   #571
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Come to think of it....pizza does qualify. It always does.
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Old 03-17-15, 07:38 PM   #572
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Whiskey, please.





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Jeez ... I love the Organ Symphony. And this version is amazing. For those who don't have the patience for the whole thing, skip to 27:15.


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Alright kids I think ya'll have to get out more,got to get your exercise,,,,,
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