Monday, 11 September 2017

09:28 – 9/11, a date that will live in infamy.

It was 51.7F (11C) when I took Colin out at 0700, overcast and breezy. Our forecast for this afternoon through tomorrow remains the same, heavy rains and strong winds, although from the weather radar it appears that former Hurricane Irma has become disorganized, crossed the Florida peninsula to the east coast, and is running up the Atlantic coast. Odd that the forecast track remains the same as it was.

Frances and Al came up Saturday morning and left to head back to Winston after dinner yesterday. Barbara and Al worked outside Saturday, getting the garden tilled and several rows of turnips planted. Sunday, Barbara and Frances got Barbara’s autumn decorations unpacked and put out, while Al and I installed more shelves in the downstairs food area.

We installed Spur slotted shelving tracks and snap-in shelf supports that we’d brought up from the house in Winston. After we got the tracks installed, we put in shelf supports spaced to allow two #10 cans vertically on each shelf. What was odd was that all of the shelves but one indeed had plenty of vertical clearance for two #10 cans, but that one shelf was a slip-fit for two #10 cans. I’m not sure how that happened, since the vertical tracks have double sets of slots to hold the shelf brackets so there couldn’t have been any error in spacing.

The number and length of the 1X10’s we had on hand limited us to installing four 6-foot shelves, but even that gives us shelf space for another several dozen #10 cans. We ended up with six shelf brackets and four 6-foot vertical tracks unused. I may use those later to extend the shelves to 10 feet, although that’s not a priority. I may also replace the 1X10’s with 1X12’s, which are wide enough to allow #10 cans two-deep without staggering.

We’d originally bought the Spur tracks and brackets at Lowe’s or Home Depot, probably 15 years ago. When I searched their sites, I found that, although Spur is still in business in the UK, they apparently no longer have any vendors/distributors in the US. Fortunately, a US company called Knape and Vogt makes shelf brackets and other components that are supposedly compatible with the Spur products.

Oh, and once again I learned the danger of assuming. Among the stuff I intended to transfer to the new shelving was a case of Costco coffee, which I assumed were #10 cans. Not so. They LOOK like #10 cans, but they’re slightly taller (#11?). So they won’t stack two-high with the current shelf spacing. When I mentioned it to Barbara, she said she’d known they weren’t #10 cans, just by looking at them.


13:56 – We just started seeing the first effects of Irma: a torrential sprinkle and hideous winds gusting up to maybe 5 MPH. I’m not sure we’ll be able to hold out.

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40 Responses to Monday, 11 September 2017

  1. nick flandrey says:

    Never forget.

    Never forgive.

    n

  2. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    I just saw a crawler on an Irma stream that said FPL had announced that it may be six months before electric power is restored in Florida. I assume they mean 100% completion of repairs, but even so. It’d truly suck to be without electric power for a week, let alone six months. Where are all these people going to go?

    It’s been a pretty bad couple of weeks. Two major hurricanes that ripped up our second and third largest states by population. The takeaway here should be that if you live in a coastal area, get the hell out and relocate elsewhere. Unless, of course, you’re a prog, in which case you should stay where you are and head for the beach when there’s a hurricane approaching.

  3. dkreck says:

    Report on Fox news – Six million homes and businesses without power.

    That’s a hell of a lot to restore – surely they can count on FEMA.

  4. OFD says:

    Uh-oh…we live in a coastal area. The west coast of New England. Yikes. Maybe I should become a prog. Hey, maybe Bernie will let us stay at his place over on South Hero Island!

    Another sunny day w/blue skies, temps heading into the 70s, so they say; looks like a great last week or two of summah! Ten more days!

    I’m on a few minor errands and chores and doing some reading homework and exercises before class tonight out in the beeyooteeful little town of Johnson, home of the Johnson Woolen Mills, just down the hill from the campus.

    https://johnsonwoolenmills.com/

    I go more for the green plaid than the red; this stuff is pricey but lasts forever.

    And here’s the college:

    https://c2.staticflickr.com/4/3412/3657849388_5ce0dc72f5_b.jpg

  5. dkreck says:

    Yes those fantastic wool shirts. I have a couple of Pendeltons I’ve had for years. Too bad they shrank.

    (mostly too hot here for wool anyway. The faux flannel stuff works better here).

  6. nick flandrey says:

    ” if you live in a coastal area, get the hell out and relocate elsewhere”

    hazards everywhere, not so true of good jobs.

    I’ll take my chances on a big one every 10 years. Since I’ve been here, Katrina, Rita, Ike, Irma- and no property damage to speak of. Put my preps to use for sure, but I’d be prepping anywhere. I’m 60 miles inland though, and not particularly coastal.

    Did dodge a bullet with the Army Corps dam releases, as the wife wanted to move south of I 10 into the areas that were flooded by the releases. Maybe she’ll be more open to moving further out, or maybe she’ll want to expand here. Dunno. We’ll see.

    Meanwhile, Dept Of Public Works has installed a few miles of temp pipe and pumps moving sewage uphill from the underwater plants to other facilities. Damn fine job, expeditiously done. It’s laying on the right of way for the beltway, but has to dig down and pass under every cross street. Amazing amount of pipe and work. Tells me they think the plants will be out of commission for a LONG time to put that much effort into this alternative.

    n

  7. Miles_Teg says:

    Why did the Army open those dams? Was it the right decsion?

  8. Greg Norton says:

    I saw something interesting in this report (UK paper of course) of looting in South Florida — the getaway cars look like the standard FL rental fleet vehicles to me.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4870676/Eight-looters-broke-Fort-Lauderdale-clothing-retailer.html

  9. OFD says:

    Agreed on climate and wool, unless you live in the mountains. Gotta use cold-water wash cycles for the wool shirts and suchlike and if a dryer is used, the low setting and keep an eye on it; better to put it out on a line, weather allowing, or hang by a fireplace or stove; not too close!

  10. nick flandrey says:

    “Why did the Army open those dams? Was it the right decsion?”

    Well, the courts are going to decide those questions.

    Based on their statements, they opened the spillways to ‘preserve the design functionality of the structure’ in the words of the weasel spokesman. In other words, they started dumping 8000 CFS into the already flooded bayou to keep the dam from failing.

    Was it failing? Why was it failing? What did the Corps do or not do that brought it to failure before reaching capacity? The spillway has been under construction to provide new gates as the old gates were identified as failing and inadequate some time ago.

    Were the temporary measures for construction adequate? Did the work proceed on schedule? Was the schedule appropriate? Was the work done to standard?

    They went from predicting a prolonged period of high water, up to 4 feet higher than where it was, to suddenly in the middle of the night, and without warning to or consultation with anyone else, increasing their outflow by 4x (iirc, could have been 8x)

    So there are some real questions that need answers for the people who the dam was built to protect.

    n

  11. nick flandrey says:

    Not sure why the looting article says “Shocking videos also emerged of gangs trying to break into stores and take advantage of deserted properties.” Nothing shocking about it. Par for the course, actually.

    n

  12. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    “hazards everywhere, not so true of good jobs.”

    Yes, but not all hazards are created equal. The major large-area threats are hurricanes, widespread floods, and earthquakes, which are limited pretty much to coastal areas (not counting the NMSZ, of course). A tornado, for example, is fearsome if it hits you, but even a very large tornado or a cluster affects a very limited geographical area.

    Our area has very little in the way of hazards. Winter weather, but the solution there is simply to stay indoors and wait it out. We have almost zero risk from hurricanes, earthquakes (or tornados). Wildfires are a threat to the area generally, but not to us specifically because we’re reasonably far from heavily forested areas. Flooding isn’t an issue because we live on top of a mountain, and it’s pretty much all downhill from here.

    I didn’t realize you were that far inland. That’s good in terms of the direct effects of a hurricane, but again the real issue is that a major hurricane affects a huge area, which has knock-on effects for you.

  13. nick flandrey says:

    “which has knock-on effects for you.”

    My wife’s job involves electrical stuff and construction.

    We’re looking at a banner year.

    n

    Oh, and I donated some cases of Tyvek that don’t fit me, haven’t had any takers yet tho.. (lab coats and pants)

  14. OFD says:

    “So there are some real questions that need answers for the people who the dam was built to protect.”

    I hope folks ain’t holding their breath waiting for those answers.

    “Nothing shocking about it. Par for the course, actually.”

    Makes one wonder, briefly, what sorta privileged snowflake wrote that copy.

  15. Greg Norton says:

    Makes one wonder, briefly, what sorta privileged snowflake wrote that copy.

    UK newspaper so I assume UK reporter.

    A US snowflake reporter would have buried the pictures of the cars. The vehicles scream “FLL airport rentals” to me.

  16. dkreck says:

    @OFD
    Agreed on climate and wool, unless you live in the mountains. Gotta use cold-water wash cycles for the wool shirts and suchlike and if a dryer is used, the low setting and keep an eye on it; better to put it out on a line, weather allowing, or hang by a fireplace or stove; not too close!

    Never washed a wool garment in my life.
    OFD your sarcasm detector is off this morning.

  17. OFD says:

    Everything was off this morning. Our oven seems to have bit the dust; dryer is kaput; tire pressure light back on in the cah; trouble getting on and esp. off the porcelain throne now, etc., etc.

    Got several errands done and now some reading homework and off to class. Home again, home again, well after dahk.

  18. lynn says:

    ” if you live in a coastal area, get the hell out and relocate elsewhere”

    hazards everywhere, not so true of good jobs.

    I’ll take my chances on a big one every 10 years. Since I’ve been here, Katrina, Rita, Ike, Irma- and no property damage to speak of. Put my preps to use for sure, but I’d be prepping anywhere. I’m 60 miles inland though, and not particularly coastal.

    Me too on taking chances on a big one every ten years. And I will add Alicia and Allison to that list with no property damage to speak of. I am 40 miles inland as the crows and hurricanes fly. We may move to higher ground though and build a pier and beam house on tall piers but less than five miles away from our current home.

    And we have now had three 100+ year floods in Fort Bend County in the last two years. Something is wrong with those numbers.

  19. CowboySlim says:

    “And we have now had three 100+ year floods in Fort Bend County in the last two years. Something is wrong with those numbers.”

    AlGore theology?

  20. SteveF says:

    No, there’s nothing wrong with the numbers, there’s something wrong with the world. At that something is Trumphitler. There were no weather problems like this until Trumphitler came on the scene.

  21. lynn says:

    “It’s Official: Debt Tops $20 Trillion for First Time; Jumps $317,645,000,000 in 1 Day”
    https://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/terence-p-jeffrey/debt-tops-20-trillion-first-time-jumps-317645000000-1-day

    Yeah baby, take it to the limit !

    Would you loan this country some money ?

  22. SteveF says:

    Bah. Bogus accounting. Anyone who believes any economic, demographic, or crime number coming from the US federal government is a fool.

    The same probably applies to state and local governments in the US and all governments elsewhere.

  23. lynn says:

    “And we have now had three 100+ year floods in Fort Bend County in the last two years. Something is wrong with those numbers.”

    AlGore theology?

    Some moron parroted “the rains are due to excessive moisture in the stratosphere due to global warming” on our community facebook group. I did not even bother commenting on the absurdity of that statement.

  24. OFD says:

    Adolph Trump is responsible for the hurricanes and the tens of trillions in debt; everything was fine until he stole the election from HILLARY, but of course he had lotsa help from: the Russians, DNC, Bernie Sanders, the womens’ march, the “insane” campaign finance structure….shit, I know I’m forgetting something from the ever-lengthening list she’s been rattling off in her latest piece-of-shit book….blaming anything and everything except her own diabolical-narcissist self.

    I’m just back from my counseling theory class and I can’t even imagine what sort of counseling would work with this quasi-human entity. Short of Counselor Negan’s customized bat.

  25. lynn says:

    Adolph Trump is responsible for the hurricanes and the tens of trillions in debt; everything was fine until he stole the election from HILLARY, but of course he had lotsa help from: the Russians, DNC, Bernie Sanders, the womens’ march, the “insane” campaign finance structure….shit, I know I’m forgetting something from the ever-lengthening list she’s been rattling off in her latest piece-of-s*** book….blaming anything and everything except her own diabolical-narcissist self.

    Voter ID.

  26. Miles_Teg says:

    “We just started seeing the first effects of Irma: a torrential sprinkle and hideous winds gusting up to maybe 5 MPH. I’m not sure we’ll be able to hold out.”

    We’ve had rain here for all but about three days out of the last 90. Someone, please send Algore to MAKE IT STOP!

  27. OFD says:

    From the Department of Goolag:

    https://www.rt.com/op-edge/402588-google-eric-schmidt-republicans/

    Gone, gone, gone, from Chez OFD. Buh-bye, commie assholes.

  28. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    When Clinton dies, I wonder if they’ll bury her or just recharge her.

  29. Greg Norton says:

    When Clinton dies, I wonder if they’ll bury her or just recharge her.

    You mean the body double?

    He/she will be around for a long time. My guess is that they found someone with a close resemblance to surgically modify into an exact match, and it would have been far easier to do the operations on someone younger.

    The real Cankles is kept alive on a machine in the personal hospital suite built down the hall from Chelsea’s apartment. [Cue the ventilator noises]

    Now *there* is a idea for a horror/sci-fi freak show movie, far more frightening than recycled Stephen King.

  30. SteveF says:

    When Clinton dies, I wonder if they’ll bury her or just recharge her.

    She hasn’t been charged at all yet, and I’m guessing Sessions won’t be the one to break the pattern.

  31. OFD says:

    She and Larry can’t be gone soon enough; ditto Larry’s stepdaughter.

  32. Miles_Teg says:

    “When Clinton dies, I wonder if they’ll bury her or just recharge her.”

    I wonder if Bill will notice, or just keep bonking her.

  33. OFD says:

    Larry stopped bonking her back in college, I’m guessing. He’s bonked everything else that moves since then. This was always a political alliance of two diabolical narcissists.

  34. DadCooks says:

    It is doubtful that Larry ever boinked hIllary. Wes Hubble is Chelsea’s sperm donor, with the help of a turkey baster. That’s the story I heard and I am sticking to it.

  35. medium wave says:

    When Clinton dies, I wonder if they’ll bury her or just recharge her.

    Let’s hope they bury her face-down, to keep her from “walking.”

  36. Robert Bruce Thompson says:

    And use Mr. Pointy, just in case.

  37. DadCooks says:

    By Mr. Pointy I hope you mean a stake through her heart. A covering of garlic would be good too. Maybe a silver bullet double tap as another precaution.

  38. paul says:

    I’m partial to using old silverware. Less likely to pass on through.

    Stick a fork in ‘er!

  39. Dave Hardy says:

    The sooner the bettah; she’s running outta people and things to blame for her election loss. If she had even a shred of honesty left, she’d admit that the Deep State, for whatever reason/s, picked the other guy. Had nothing to do with votes or the EC or any of that ancient claptrap. If they’d wanted her, they’d have picked her. And she’s still harping about it.

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