31 thoughts on “Sat. Feb. 17, 2018. Open thread I’m at a ball game”

  1. 67 degrees and sunny. Sea smoke has burned off. Heading to a place with crowds and such. Vigilance. The kids expect to have a good time. I plan to enjoy myself as well.

    N. B. Posting from my phone is not as pleasant as sitting at a keyboard.

  2. Had to laugh about all the toilet paper chatter. Get a plastic watering can with a long spout at a garden center, fill it with water and just wash your butt. Free, and does a nicer job, anyway. Better yet, attach a kitchen sprayer to your toilet’s water inlet.

    Soap? Never touch the stuff. Shampoo? Nope. Dawn does it all, and suffices as toothpaste in a pinch.

    Paper towels? Once in blue moon. Costco sells big packs of 12 or 24 terry towels about 12″ x 12″. Buy a couple of those and stuff ’em in a drawer. Wash, reuse…

    And you guys missed a clothesline! Dryers wear clothing out like crazy. I have one strung across my living room, lol. Sheets fold really easily if you hang them straight, too.

  3. I’m in lovely Merced, Kalifornia, again. Three trips to Kali in two weeks. This time we flew to Sacramento and drove to Merced Friday night. Back to Vegas today.

    It’s clear and 46ºF right now. Kali is beautiful. Too bad the Libturdians ruined it.

  4. @jim~
    You’re a primitive. Baking soda might be a little more palatable as toothpaste.

    On California central coast. Bright blue clear skies currently 47F and expected high of 69F. Beautiful day.

  5. I had intended that post to be stuff where you could do the same thing you always do except use a little less. Not change your whole life!

    N

  6. It’s the Scots in me, Nick. 🙂 I feel like Jack Benny sometimes.
    How cheap am I? You know how you dilute frozen OJ 3:1 with water? I use 4…

    I thought of another one: cleaning sprays. Take a gallon of water, add 2 TBS TSP, 1 TBS Dawn and Bob’s your uncle. Dilute 50/50 with isopropyl alcohol, a couple drops of food coloring (to distinguish it from the other) and use that for a faster drying, more disinfectant solution.

    I should have mentioned that if you do install a butt sprayer, attach a valve to adjust the pressure!

  7. My washer has an extra gentle, handwash setting.

    Is this in context of Jim’s suggestion of washing your butt with a hose?

  8. I should have mentioned that if you do install a butt sprayer, attach a valve to adjust the pressure!

    I don’t need no stinkin’ “pressure adjustment. Real men use full power, cold too./sarcasm off

  9. It is about 54F at 11am PST in my part of the Olympic Peninsula. Big winds forecast for the area today, big snow up in the mountains (1-2″/hour) causing road closures over the mountain.

    Cold storm coming through tonight, possibility of snow at my 170′ altitude. Bigger problem is the wind causing power outages and closure of the Hood Canal Bridge. I’m ready with my generator, LED lights throughout the house, and FLASHLIGHTS.

    I’m staying home watching the Olympics (the games on TV, not the mountains to my SW). People going head-first down an icy tube at speeds of 70mph.

  10. Hit the golf pro shop for a ball washer too….

    I wash my balls at the bowling alley…

    I knew there was a reason I don’t play golf or bowl.

  11. I can try to get some of my Indian former coworkers to tutor you on how to make do without toilet paper, soap, or toothpaste. They have extensive experience on this topic.

  12. @SteveF
    I learned the buttwashing trick from Persian friends back in high school, so it was great to discover it all over again in India. The sprayer is actually better, but you need plumbing for that. I love teasing people about buttwashing. Once you try it, you’ll never go back. As for toothpaste, hell, you don’t even need a toothbrush! Break a twig off a neem tree, chew an end until bristles form, then scrub away. Bathing is often done out of a five gallon bucket and a quart cup, *every* morning, with often just a loofah. With some practice, you may not even empty the bucket…

    Believe me, riding on an American bus often stinks worse than the same size bus in India with twice as many people. Mellikans have so many misconceptions about Indians and could learn a lot. How are germs most often spread? Hand to mouth contact. When was the last time you saw a Hand Wash station at McDonalds? EVERY restaurant has one down there, and it’s not even “the law”.

  13. Oh, and if anyone is wondering, WE WON this morning, for the first time this season. It’s the first and only season for most of the girls and they are starting to get the hang of things like shooting, dribbling, passing, blocking and stealing. Three more games to go and people are starting to think we might be able to win another!

    Go Queens!

    n

  14. Ahhh! You may be confusing bo with the lingering aroma of all the spices they use in cooking. If so, you’re right; many do have that curry smell. They often use a spice called asafoetida, and if OFD were here he could tell you the Latin etymology!

  15. Always take Wikipedia with a grain of salt. they got the Latin right, but I’d swear it’s called’Hinchi’ in Hindi.

  16. DadCooks:

    “I don’t need no stinkin’ “pressure adjustment. Real men use full power, cold too./sarcasm off”

    Ok Dad, how do they do this in a sub? What if the sub is rigged for ultra quiet?

  17. On the Trident subs water wasn’t much of an issue. Turn the water on 15 seconds or so. Turn it off. Soap up. Rinse for 30 seconds, squeegee and towel dry. Ultra quiet, all people not on watch are in their bunk. NO unnecessary activity. BORING. But maybe, if it is long enough, you can catch up on sleep. You’re always minus sleep.

  18. @Miles_Teg asked me:
    Ok Dad, how do they do this in a sub? What if the sub is rigged for ultra quiet?

    And what @Clayton W. said is the same on fast attacks.

    We made lots of water, and oxygen, on the sub. The limiting factor is actually the capacity of the sanitary tanks, you cannot blow (empty) them just whenever.

  19. We made lots of water, and oxygen, on the sub. The limiting factor is actually the capacity of the sanitary tanks, you cannot blow (empty) them just whenever.

    Do subs have separate grey water and black water tanks ?

    And why can you not blow them whenever not in port ?

    My parents and three other families shared a 41 ft Morgan Out Island sailboat back in the 1970s. Both heads and the sink drains went straight to the ocean, bay, or port water. Galveston bay used to be really nasty.

  20. “And why can you not blow them whenever not in port ?”

    The bad guys might hear. In peace you don’t want to disclose where a SLBM boat is on station. In war you certainly don’t. Much the same for attack boats I guess.

    (Yes, I’ve been reading Tom Clancy’s SSN.)

  21. Do subs have separate grey water and black water tanks ?
    Not really, tanks that hold waste water of any sort are just called “sanitaries” and the stuff in them is not reused or recycled.

    And why can you not blow them whenever not in port ?
    The big reason is noise then there are the flaky environmental weenies, temperature variance signature, and water “quality” differences.

    No longer is it just sound that a submarine has to be concerned with. Star Trek has nothing on the variety and sophistication of sensors currently on and under development on submarines. It will be awhile for the Photon Torpedoes though.

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