Fri. Mar. 8, 2019 -finally Friday

70F and sopping wet. At least that’s what the station says. Yikes.

Well, it’s Friday again, and despite the title the week flew by. Feels like it should be Tuesday or Wednesday.

The world political and social order continues to unravel. What are you doing about it?

I’m stacking skills, gear, and people.

In the garden the pruned grape vines are leafing out. Small but there. The Meyer Lemon has a heavy flower load, which should mean a bumper crop. The potted citrus is also developing flowers. The orange and grapefruit trees seem to have survived the cold. Another couple of weeks will tell us for sure. The peach is budding, as are the apples. This weeks freeze should be the last, so it’s time to get some stuff in the ground.

Added to the food storage pile. Added to the water storage capability. Still have to clean and sterilize my new small tank though. Haven’t seen any evidence of rats in a while, maybe I’ve finally caught a break.

Time to rotate and refresh my main medical bags, and to organize my deep stocks. I think everything is fine, except the tape and vet wrap. The adhesive gets weird as they age.

I’ve got a Response to Active Shooter class this weekend, and the city PD program will continue for 9 weeks. Both of these fall into the ‘meeting people’ category.

I’ve had lunch with a ham group now two weeks running. Very diverse group with lots of expertise in different areas. Nice folks too. That will overflow into skills as well as people. There is a bit of crossover with my non-prepping hobby as well.

I got a check for some maintenance work and I have more work scheduled, so at least some money is coming in. Ebay continues to be weak but may be picking up.

No one I talk to is optimistic about economic or social issues. This has the potential to be a self-fulfilling prophecy. It is Not Good ™.

So what have you done? And since winter happened, what did you do that worked? Success stories are great, even for minor triumphs….

n

56 thoughts on “Fri. Mar. 8, 2019 -finally Friday”

  1. Just got a message from the wife of the pastor of my church. He has stage 4 pancreatic cancer and it has spread to the rest of his body. He is in extreme pain and has asked for morphine which they are going to give him. He asked for his two children to come to Oak Ridge (they live in Memphis) at 2:30AM. Once they arrive and he says goodbye he will be put on enough morphine to make him unconscious and will remain that way until he dies. I suspect by the end of tomorrow he will be gone.

    This all started about four weeks ago when he was diagnosed. His mother died of the same affliction. He should have gone to the doctor earlier. He did not go until he started turning orange. By then it was too late. Not that it would have made a difference, but it might.

    Alex Trebek has the same affliction. I also don’t expect him to last long.

    Keep your family close, keep your affairs in order. Make certain that a child knows where your information is located. Accounts, account passwords, important documents, safe deposit box keys, etc. A spouse may be distraught to handle things properly.

  2. @ray, that really sucks. It’s a good reminder too.

    I had a good friend who had stomach pain for a long time, and when finally seen by a Dr was diagnosed with stomach cancer. They gave him 6 weeks, but he didn’t make it that long.

    Folks, we have plenty of examples here. Get your life in order. That is one prep that every spouse or partner will support, and one you are guaranteed to use.

    n

  3. Just got another message. Doctors have stated the cancer has spread to the rest of his body and there is zero chance he will survive beyond a couple of days. He was admitted to the hospital because of acute pain and the fatal diagnosis was provided. His family has been summoned to say goodbye. Doctors have said he will not be leaving the hospital alive.

    He had planned to preach the last three Sundays this month and retire March 31. But the disease had progressed too far.

    We are all at that age where anything that is not normal needs to be attended. None of this crap of waiting to see it will get better, no time for the doctor, etc. I have had three friends expire in short order because they went to the doctor too late. If going to a doctor and the answer does not seem right, find another doctor or hammer your current doctor for more tests. Damn the insurance companies if they refuse to cover.

    Make certain that someone in your family you trust has a POA, full and complete, including life decisions. Lists of accounts in a known location with online passwords. Get someone you trust on the access list for the safe deposit box. If you become disabled your life may depend on it. When you expire don’t make things tougher on your family having to deal with companies that won’t allow family access after you have expired. The ultimate and final preparation.

    It just amazes me how sudden this was. One week the pastor was walking around, seemed normal. Next week he seemed a little orange. Went to the doctor and diagnosis was pancreatic cancer. Treatment was delayed for some other reasons, one of those being the damned insurance company that wanted more time consuming tests. Delayed chemo treatment by three weeks.

    Not that it would have made much difference. But I find the any such delays in treatment as recommended by experts by the insurance companies absolutely atrocious. A delay of a week could be the difference between surviving or dying.

    In my dealings with the insurance companies for my wife’s surgery I have some very choice words. Words that would make a sailor blush.

  4. Make certain that someone in your family you trust has a POA, full and complete, including life decisions. Lists of accounts in a known location with online passwords. Get someone you trust on the access list for the safe deposit box. If you become disabled your life may depend on it.

    I use LastPass password manager. It has a Emergency Contact feature that allows you to grant someone access to all your passwords. From the manual “With the Emergency Access feature, you can give trusted family and friends access to your LastPass account in the event of an emergency or crisis. Your designated Emergency Access contact(s) can request access to your account and securely receive the passwords and notes without knowing your Master Password. You decide how much time should pass before they’re given access once they request it, and you can decline access if it’s requested unnecessarily.”
    UPDATE: It also works in the browsers I use, IE and Chrome AND on all my platforms, UBUNTU Linux, Win-7, Win-10, and Android.

  5. Wow, Mr. Ray, what a sad story. From going to the doctor to dying in a couple of weeks. My Mom was in such pain at the end, I requested Tramadol to knock her out. She explicited told me no more procedures or rescusitation. DNI/R. She was mostly unconscious with a grimace on her face. As soon as the drugs hit, she looked at peace. She died two days later in palliative care.

  6. Mr. Trebek has stated he will fight the cancer. I hope he makes it, but many celebs have been claimed by it.

  7. Conundrum: I am already with a professional, licensed attorney prepared Living Trust with everything assigned to my SIL and daughter, house, investments, safe deposit, et.al.

    OTOH, as I noted, had annual physical with my PCP MD two days ago. Only one, non-fatal issue, get eye exam from my ophthalmologist, probably need 2nd cataract removal soon. Meanwhile, if you see me in your rear view mirror, pull over although I am not a cop.

    Finally, three years ago my wife was sent to a small, hospice facility. Daily nurse visitation and increasing morphine for comfort for thirty days. It could have been far worse, too quick or too long. With 30 days, we suffered neither from a quick, sudden, unanticipated fatal event nor a long, miserable, painful wait.

  8. From yesterday (didn’t catch it at first):

    2LiveCrew’s obscenity is protected artistic expression, but Mark Twain’s clever words are unacceptable and must be expurgated, lest someone be crushed by the oppressive weight of western culture.

    How about this meme: It is a travesty that 2LiveCrew is not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but Ted Nugent has no business being there.

  9. Still clearing out boxes from my mother, and I came across a collection of nearly 300 stamps. Mostly unused, mostly from the 1960s, but ranging up through the 1990s.

    The face value of the stamps is about $35 total. If I look at the collector’s value of any individual stamp, it’s a fair bit higher. But collections like this – bunches of random stamps – don’t seem to even reach face value on eBay. And in Switzerland? Forget it, they’re worthless.

    @Nick: you’re the eBay guy: any suggestions? Seems stupid to just throw them away.

  10. RIP Jan-Michael Vincent. I didn’t even see a headline that he died Feb 10 or so. I loved Airwolf: “Dom! Give me turbos!” A classic.

  11. Now I read the earlier comments of the day. Things can go bad real fast. We put together our wills a couple of years ago. The biggest thing left is selling our current house, because it’s too expensive to live in and maintain. Once that’s done, either of us should be ok, in the place we plan to move to.

    As for running to the doc – that’s a hard call, at least for me. As I get older, there are lots of random aches, pains, and odd things. If I were a hypochondriac, I could live at the doc’s office. But mostly things go away after a week or two, or else I can self-diagnose them as something harmless. When is something serious enough, or weird enough, that it really needs professional attention?

    When I had a blood clot in my leg a few years ago, the hospital ran blood values and they were pretty sure that I had active cancer somewhere. I went through a zillion different tests in the next several months, some pretty damned invasive, and they came up empty. After a year, the final diagnosis was “heck if we know”. That was not fun, and I’m not eager to go back through more tests for no good reason…

  12. We are all at that age where anything that is not normal needs to be attended. None of this crap of waiting to see it will get better, no time for the doctor, etc. I have had three friends expire in short order because they went to the doctor too late.

    If you’re worried about something, it is better to see a real doctor now than wait for Medicare-for-All to pass, ban “fee for service” arrangements along with concierge medicine, and end up with God-only-knows-what as your primary care provider.

    I’m not kidding when I say that my wife’s employer in Vantucky even tried Fred Meyer (Kroger) pharmacists to fill the gap after she left.

    https://tvc.org/news/the-vancouver-clinic-and-fred-meyer-form-pharmacy-partnership/

    Coming soon to your city. And they probably still wonder how their clinics became part of “ground zero” for the measles pandemic.

    “Our partnership with The Vancouver Clinic means Fred Meyer pharmacists can treat patients with 25 different conditions including seasonal allergies, urinary tract infections, minor burns, earaches, provide refills for asthma, and migraine treatment as well as prescribe contraceptives”

    That last bit could have meant death for some poor woman … and a lawsuit … but, fortunately, none of the doctors left at the clinic signed on to the scheme, and the pharmacist plan was scrapped.

    They’re still posting for my wife’s job five years later.


  13. I use LastPass password manager. It has a Emergency Contact feature that allows you to grant someone access to all your passwords

    That is what I use. I have given my son access to the passwords in case of my demise. My wife would have difficulty accessing the accounts. And she would have other issues to deal with at that time.

    As soon as the drugs hit, she looked at peace. She died two days later in palliative care

    Not a bad way to go. None of us are getting out alive. My aunt rotted in a nursing home until her brain basically forgot how to tell her heart to beat. Not a way I want go.

    Mr. Trebek has stated he will fight the cancer.

    Stage 4 is hard to fight. I think I read where there is a 3% survival beyond 5 years. I did not know that Mr. Trebek was 80 years old. Good makeup job on TV helps a lot.

    With 30 days, we suffered neither from a quick, sudden, unanticipated fatal event nor a long, miserable, painful wait

    Gives one time to have family come and give their final goodbyes. That is what my pastor is doing, calling in close family to say goodbye, surround in his passing. I suspect that once the last of his family arrives from Memphis he will expire. The will to live will be gone and he will let go.

  14. What @Dad did this week: shoveled snow, chipped ice, shoveled snow, rinse, repeat. There are still county roads in Southeast WA State and Northeast OR State that are not passable.

    Had my routine visit with my Doctor this week. All is well for me, except… Damn Medicare, Damn Big Insurance, Damn Big Pharmacy. It took 2-days and multiple phone calls and faxes (yes, they still use fax) for my Doctor to get pre-approval now for a drug I have been taking for 20-years. Now each time the drug is refilled, it is treated as if I had never taken it before and it must be fully documented and verified. No wonder more and more people are going “underground”, our unelected gooberment bureaucrats are driving it in cahoots with Big Pharma and Big Insurance.

    More than 2,000 head of dairy cattle have been lost in this Snowmageddon, a few stupid, irresponsible “farmers,” no shelter what-so-ever and no way to get feed and water to them, not to mention getting them milked. They (“farmers”) need to be shot. The Mennonite, Amish, and Old Dutch Farmers didn’t have any problems. There is a lesson there that will be lost on most people.

    Peace, Comfort, Hope. Prepared.
    Locked and loaded.

  15. I attended a Medicare class yesterday (MrsAtoz turns 65 in Aug but is too lazy to attend). Of all the options, here is what we both will probably get:

    Sign up for Part A&B three months before birth month.
    Since we are retired Vets, we get Tricare For Life for free as a wrap around.
    Free drugs at any Military Pharm or small co-pay on the market.

    Any other retired Vets here doing something else?

    Any recommendations?

  16. Mom fell Wed afternoon. Yesterday her doc checked her and sent her for xray. 91 yo broke hip. In spite of age going ahead with repair as no matter if life is long or short at this point no need to be in pain or crippled. Was at ER until 9 last night. Probably do fix this afternoon. All affairs well in order. Headed over with Advanced Health Directive and POA. Going to be a long weekend.


  17. 91 yo broke hip

    Some say the hip breaks and they fall rather than falling and breaking the hip. As we age the bones get weaker. So does balance due to muscle control. Who knows.

    My wife has had both hips replaced. She is 64. Recovery on the first hip was longer than the second hip. Largely because she did not know what to expect the first time.

    Hoping your mother does well.

  18. Subbing today for the STEAM teacher. One student is working on some code for a robot. The lack of coding knowledge being taught is terrible. I may be biased by my 47 years slinging code.

    Student had a WHILE statement where the condition being checked in the WHILE statement was never changing. Thus an infinite loop that would never allow any of the other code to execute. Took me awhile to explain to him what was happening. He is one of the smarter kids, just needs some help. Unfortunately the teacher is not really able as she has never done any coding.

    I told him that any time he needs help to tell the teacher to ask me to come to the school to help. I have no issues doing so and will gladly spend time helping the student. No charge to the district. While failure is an option for their projects that is not what I want to happen. Not as long as I am able to help.

  19. Student had a WHILE statement where the condition being checked in the WHILE statement was never changing. Thus an infinite loop that would never allow any of the other code to execute. Took me awhile to explain to him what was happening. He is one of the smarter kids, just needs some help. Unfortunately the teacher is not really able as she has never done any coding.

    Things haven’t changed in 30+ years. My *AP Comp Sci* teacher took the classes at night, and then attempted to teach us the material during the day. Laughable.

    Structured programming was quite a conceptual leap over BASIC 35 years ago. Hopefully, my AP CS teacher retired before objects entered the cirriculum. She was close to that point in the mid-80s.

  20. “Turner to lay off up to 400 firefighters to fund Prop B raises, council members say”
    https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Turner-to-lay-off-up-to-400-firefighters-to-fund-13673189.php

    The mayor of Houston is between a rock and a hard place. The firefighters union managed to get themselves a raise of 20 ??? % via public vote, so the mayor is laying off the 400 last hired. And it is going to get worse as the Houston pension problems get worse and worse.

  21. Hi Brad – When my father died last year, he left behind a rather extensive stamp collection – I would say in the 10s of thousands of stamps – 8 large boxes with dozens of albums, all stamps in mint condition. He thought of this as both his hobby and an investment. He was very wrong on the investment side. There will be individual stamps within the collection worth several hundreds of dollars, but to find them amidst the rest? Stamp collecting in general seems to be a dying hobby of my father’s generation, so there are few that still pursue this, and so a huge oversupply on the market. Within the collection I have probably $10,000 of mint Canadian stamps – they are worth maybe 40 cents on the dollar in bulk, maybe less. They are of course valid postage but I will not use these up unless I live to be 500. Stamps no older than the 1960s don’t have much value because there were so many printed – there are exceptions of course. With all respect to your mother, I would advise you not to spend much time or effort here.

  22. The mayor of Houston is between a rock and a hard place. The firefighters union managed to get themselves a raise of 20 ??? % via public vote, so the mayor is laying off the 400 last hired. And it is going to get worse as the Houston pension problems get worse and worse.

    Worse? The City of Houston is technically insolvent now due to pensions.

    The courts have upheld the priority of pensioners in Detroit’s financial mess.


  23. When my father died last year, he left behind a rather extensive stamp collection

    My aunt and uncle had hundreds of stamps in a safe deposit box. We had to have it drilled at a cost of $60.00 and lots of documentation because the key was hidden. I took the stamps to a dealer and was offered $0.50 on the dollar. I declined. I just used the stamps for postage for about 15 years. One package we mailed to Germany had $20.00 in stamps in denominations no larger than $0.15. The post office person was hand cancelling like a demon possessed.

    I am certain there was probably a few stamps worth more than face value. I did not have to time, nor the ambition, to do any research or effort.

    Same thing with a couple hundred music albums. All fairly pristine, many from the ’40’s. I am certain that for a collector there was some value. Not worth my time or effort.

    My son has indicated that when the spouse and I die almost everything we have is going in a big dumpster. No effort to sell at a yard sale as he is just not interested. Not that I have much of value but some of the stuff would bring a few dollars. Especially if Mr. Flannery is lurking.

    I did have a yard sale with my aunt’s stuff. Brought in about $3K. But it was three days of hard effort to prepare. Thus I can understand my son’s position. His generation has no patience with that stuff. Everything is disposable.


  24. Stamp collecting in general seems to be a dying hobby of my father’s generation, ….

    Similarly here, I suspect. Until reaching adulthood, my wife was given table settings of silverware. I can’t recall using it more than twice a year and not once in the last 1o. Now, I have in a safe deposit box as my daughter is not interested in it. I suspect such will be the same for my 16 year old granddaughter. Anyone here interes……..?

    Well, at least I never did the baseball cards……

  25. Same thing with a couple hundred music albums. All fairly pristine, many from the ’40’s. I am certain that for a collector there was some value. Not worth my time or effort.

    Most decent sized towns have an indy record store which would take a collection like that at a price reasonable for both parties. Believe it or not, small record shops are doing quite well with the demise of mall stores and Best Buy’s music section.

  26. Mom fell Wed afternoon. Yesterday her doc checked her and sent her for xray. 91 yo broke hip. In spite of age going ahead with repair as no matter if life is long or short at this point no need to be in pain or crippled. Was at ER until 9 last night. Probably do fix this afternoon. All affairs well in order. Headed over with Advanced Health Directive and POA. Going to be a long weekend.

    I said a prayer for her. My mother, age 77, is going to have her right hip replaced on April 2. She is not happy but in terrible pain. She walks with two canes now. Her aunt had every joint (knees, hips, elbows, shoulders) replaced by age 88 and Mom is beginning to think that she may be heading down that path as she is bone on bone in every joint.

  27. Until reaching adulthood, my wife was given table settings of silverware. I can’t recall using it more than twice a year and not once in the last 1o. Now, I have in a safe deposit box as my daughter is not interested in it. I suspect such will be the same for my 16 year old granddaughter. Anyone here interes……..?

    At least you can melt the silverware down …

  28. @lynn
    My wife had her right hip joint replaced three weeks ago today. She is 76 and has been in much pain for the last two years. We selected a surgeon who uses an anterior replacement technique, which results in a much smaller incision (two small ones rather than an 11 inch one). It is much less invasive to the muscle as well. She has already been walking without a cane (but does not go out or drive yet). Her pain was severe and constant before the surgery, so much so that she did not go out anymore. She also has a back issue (spinal stenosis and some disk damage) that we will deal with after her hip fully heals. All the physical therapists are amazed at her progress and lack of pain. She stopped using the walker within 10 days of surgery and moved on to the cane.

    We interviewed at least three joint replacement specialists before selecting the doctor we used. Each time we would find a new doctor, the surgery moved out at least a month. Originally, it was to be done around Thanksgiving, we ended up have the surgery on February 15th.

    YMMV, but select your doctor and the joint replacement technique carefully. Recovery times can vary dramatically.

  29. At least you can melt the silverware down …

    Unless the government moves to confiscate silver in negotiable form like the Feds did with gold during the Depression.

    You’ll be better off with the “antiques” when the Green New Deal inspectors show up to do an energy audit of your house. That doesn’t guarantee that the antiques won’t eventually be confiscated, but even Roosevelt didn’t go that far.


  30. You’ll be better off with the “antiques” when the Green New Deal inspectors show up to do an energy audit of your house.

    It’s gonna be tough to do an energy audit when they’re getting shot at.

  31. My wife had her right hip joint replaced three weeks ago today. She is 76 and has been in much pain for the last two years. We selected a surgeon who uses an anterior replacement technique, which results in a much smaller incision (two small ones rather than an 11 inch one). It is much less invasive to the muscle as well. She has already been walking without a cane (but does not go out or drive yet). Her pain was severe and constant before the surgery, so much so that she did not go out anymore. She also has a back issue (spinal stenosis and some disk damage) that we will deal with after her hip fully heals. All the physical therapists are amazed at her progress and lack of pain. She stopped using the walker within 10 days of surgery and moved on to the cane.

    Excellent ! Hopefully my mom will have the same experience.

    Mom and Dad are driving this. I am staying as far away as I can. I may go spend a weekend with them before the surgery on April 2 though.

  32. You’ll be better off with the “antiques” when the Green New Deal inspectors show up to do an energy audit of your house.

    It’s gonna be tough to do an energy audit when they’re getting shot at.

    After the first shootings of the energy auditors, they will just audit your electric bill and send your fines in the mail. Anyone using more than 750 kwh per month will be fined and curtailed.

  33. But collections like this – bunches of random stamps – don’t seem to even reach face value on eBay.

    Postage to get the item is a deal breaker much of the time for me.

    The last time I counted my stamp collection, I think I had 120,000 different. Some kids buy comic books. I bought stamps. I have done almost nothing with the collection for almost 30 years…. too busy with other stuff.

    Edit: Self-stick stamps ruined the stamp collection business.

  34. It’s gonna be tough to do an energy audit when they’re getting shot at.

    That’s after they take the gubs.

  35. I learned something today.

    The old Jeep has been using a few cans of Freon a year. Today I gave it a can of Freon Stop-leak. And a can of plain Freon. That took longer than expected. Because now the cans have a valve…. It use to be a matter of screwing the hose onto the can, screw down the valve to pierce the can, connect to car, and open the valve.

    With my little hose I can open the valve about four and a quarter turns for max flow. Five turns? Nothing. Oh. Half turns. It’s like drinking a soda through a coffee stirrer instead of a real straw.

    I gave the truck a can, also. The low pressure lines are icing and no cooling in the cab. I’ve seen this a couple of times. One needed Freon. The other needed a new H-valve. Expansion valve? I need to ask a friend about this. After adding a can, (slowly, thanks, Gov!) the lines are still frosty but I have some cooling in the cab.

    And I have to pull the blower again. It sounds like it has yet another leaf in the squirrel cage. Not hard, just a pain.

  36. It’s gonna be tough to do an energy audit when they’re getting shot at.

    That’s after they take the gubs.

    If they take the gubs first then there will not be any flunkies left to perform audits.

  37. Hi Ray. This collecting thing is probably genetic. I don’t collect stamps but I do collect music – vinyl albums. I am under no illusions that this will be worth anything, it’s a hobby not an investment. I just like listening to music and have spent enough to have a fairly decent sound system for listening to vinyl. Like stamps, older used albums are available a very low prices (yeah, yeah – available for a song – couldn’t resist) so if they look in good shape, why not spend $2 at the Goodwill / Sally-Ann / garage sale. About 1500 of them now. SWMBO is strongly suggesting that is enough.

  38. This collecting thing is probably genetic. I don’t collect stamps but I do collect music – vinyl albums.

    I don’t want to talk about the 4,000 books, mostly SF/F, that I have stashed in the game room.

    Yes, hoarding is in our genes.

  39. I’m late to the party, but fwiw, I don’t do any collectibles. I’ll occasionally do a starwars toy or figure, but even they don’t sell well. The people who collected are dying. No one wants Hummels, Lladro, Precious Moments, spoons, christmas villages, plates, or anything you could get every month. The people that do collect are replacing items from their own childhood, not their parents.

    There are a few niche things left, negro stuff from the 20s, 30s, 40s still sells to the right collector. Tobacco paraphernalia and advertising sold for a while. I see a teapot or salt shaker collector buying every now and then, but they want one or six cool pieces. Buying a whole collection at once defeats the purpose and the thrill of the hunt.

    n

  40. /muntz voice — Ha ha! /muntz voice

    Jessie, s’up bro?

    How’s it hangin’ ?

  41. I don’t want to talk about the 4,000 books, mostly SF/F, that I have stashed in the game room.

    Yes, hoarding is in our genes.

    We moved twice across country in four years, and my wife didn’t get paid in Vantucky for nearly three months. Any valuable SF book got sold with a few exceptions, and most books without resale value got trashed.

    To be fair, a lot of my wife’s fancy dresses were sold on EBay to pay rent. They brought in a lot of money, and, interestingly, not one went to a female. Naturally, the exec at the spy satellite company was the most paranoid about how I labeled the box and where I sent it. The head of Dreyer’s IT didn’t care, giving me a shipping address I knew to be their HQ — great pizza just down the street in Oakland.

    Our kids will have it pretty easy with regard to our accumulations. The next 20 years will pretty much be it except for the furniture.

    Fiction books these days go on the Kindle. I still buy tech books in dead tree form. My vacation reading this year will be the NTP text.

  42. Fiction books these days go on the Kindle. I still buy tech books in dead tree form. My vacation reading this year will be the NTP text.

    I have several hundred technical books in my office at work. A couple of dozen are various versions of the five books that I wrote or had my people write for me. My tech support guy has the library of at least 2,000 technical books collected over 50 years of crazy.

    What is the NTP text ? Need To Pee ? Not The Point ? Network Time Protocol ?

    I dislike the Kindle. The last thing that I want to do after looking at a computer screen for 10 to 12 hours per day is look at another computer screen.

  43. I have several hundred technical books in my office at work. A couple of dozen are various versions of the five books that I wrote or had my people write for me. My tech support guy has the library of at least 2,000 technical books collected over 50 years of crazy.

    I have ~3000 books, half of which are computer-related, with most of those being about logic and compilers. I’ve instructed my heirs to contact these people after I’ve shuffled off this mortal coil:

    Zubal Books is always looking to enhance our massive inventory of scholarly, rare, and hard to find books and published matter.

    Zubal not only pays cash for your books but also boxes them up and hauls them off at their expense.

  44. I have a thousand-ish books stashed in boxes as there isn’t room here for proper shelving. As they have been there for a good long time, keeping ’em is most folks definition of insanity. Getting a bigger place at my age is not wise either, but that is my hope. I became a digital hoarder in self defense.

    I’ve been looking at multi HDD enclosures for a consolidation solution for that hoard. The reviews I’ve seen have a high dissatisfaction rate which I find somewhat puzzling. It should not be hard to hub a USB connection in one box and treat the drives as JBOD.

    <a href="https://www.amazon.com/StarTech-com-eSATA-8-Bay-Hot-Swap-Enclosure/dp/B00MN4CY1Y/ref=pd_ybh_a_32?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1&refRID=S0TXP1VGRXV5G96CAYBJ%5C%22%3EStarLink&tag=ttgnet-20

  45. Estate sale companies do the work for you. They set prices, stage the house, collect the money, dig thru the boxes, etc. If someone is genuinely too lazy to make a phone call and come back for the check, I don’t know what to say.

    There are companies that will do a whole house buyout and leave you with an empty house. You don’t even have to have people pawing thru your stuff for a week. search youtube for ‘I bought a hoarder house’.

    WRT storing books, if you live alone or with like minded spouse, line one side of a hallway with 6″ deep shelves. They don’t take up much room and you can store an amazing number of books in that space. Put the bigger books on traditional shelves. Or double shelf paperbacks, if you have the shelf depth.

    @lynn, the kindle paperwhite with the backlight is awesome. You can resize the fonts, flip the page with a finger swipe, and the weight won’t hurt your hands/arms/chest like a hardback would. I love paper, but I read on my kindles. My wife reads with the kindle app on her retina screen ipad, with reverse text (white on black) and the intensity set low. It’s a gorgeous screen.

    WRT selling collections on ebay as a lot, everyone will lowball you because they won’t be able to believe that you didn’t skim off the “good ones” whatever that might be.

    Another choice would be a service that sells on ebay for you. It’s like a consignment shop. They are fairly common. You drop off the box, they go thru it and do all the work. I advised someone local to do just that with a doll collection she inherited. She didn’t need money, didn’t have a connection to the collection, but didn’t want to just trash it either. This way a collection will eventually find it’s way into the hands of someone who will appreciate the items. For some people that’s important.

    n

  46. Ah, comment spam. Sometimes it’s almost art.

    “Be sure to towel off helpful ideas to avoid warping.”

    Good advice.

    n

  47. What is the NTP text ? Need To Pee ? Not The Point ? Network Time Protocol ?

    Network Time Protocol.

    When I didn’t get any response from our maintenance people for three days, I did my own configuration of the time daemon on my servers. I pulled my install out of the ditch, but I may or may not have created a sync problem for the rest of the system.

    I don’t like fingers pointed in my direction when those doing the pointing weren’t doing their job in the first place. I’ll be the friggin’ expert in the room on NTP when I get back from vacation.

  48. @lynn, the kindle paperwhite with the backlight is awesome. You can resize the fonts, flip the page with a finger swipe, and the weight won’t hurt your hands/arms/chest like a hardback would. I love paper, but I read on my kindles.

    I have a second gen Kindle. Not paperwhite, but, after a replacement battery, the reader now runs for a whole vacation without recharge.

    The NTP text is dead tree. Expensive dead tree. Expertise isn’t cheap.

  49. This way a collection will eventually find it’s way into the hands of someone who will appreciate the items. For some people that’s important.

    I’d hate to think of my library, as idiosyncratic as it may be, winding up in the landfill. (There’s still that possibility, of course. I can only hope that I will have sufficiently appealed to my heirs’ senses of thriftiness and laziness. 😉 )

  50. @TV/@everyone: Thanks for the info. That’s more or less what I figured.

    My mom bought all sort of “collectibles”, thinking they would someday be worth money: dolls, porcelain figures, etc.. Some of them cost her a lot of money. Producing “collectibles” is a racket – of all of it was basically worthless.

    I thought I had found one exception: a $10 gold piece dated 1913. Of course, it turned out to be a cheap, “collectible” reproduction. Oh well.

    The stamps at least have postage value. I’ll send them to a cousin of mine, along with some family history stuff I don’t want…

  51. Estate sale companies do the work for you. They set prices, stage the house, collect the money, dig thru the boxes, etc. If someone is genuinely too lazy to make a phone call and come back for the check, I don’t know what to say.

    Estate sale companies also bring a lack of attachment and memories about items. It isn’t just about laziness, especially when time is of the essence.

    I swore never to use a packing service from movers again after the fee for our first cross country move ended up being $8000, artificially inflated by the transportation company thinking (incorrectly) that the wife’s employer had it covered. However, packing for the second move went really slowly, and ultimately, as time grew short, after negotiating a reasonable price, I had a service in to load up our kitchen things and kids’ rooms.

  52. Kindle is the way to go. I’m even buying cookbooks on Kindle for use with my Fire tablet. If you get a Kindle Unlimited subscription there are more good books available than you can shake a dead tree at.

    I sold 30 boxes of books, most sf and fantasy to Half Price after Harvey. I kept a few key fiction authors, plus some autographed books. I also weeded out about 10% of my cookbook collection, most of my technical books (now obsolete), old texts, etc.

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