Fri. Sept. 13, 2019 – Friday the 13th comes on a Friday this week

74F and 98%RH. It did get hot yesterday but not for as long, or as hot. Fall has definitely started.

I got to bed early but drinking a couple of quarts before bed meant getting up several times during the night. I don’t feel a bit rested. In fact, I feel worse than normal.

This week blew by. I didn’t get half my list done. There’s always something else to do… Today I’ve got auction pickups and an estate sale with lots of items relating to my non-prepping hobby. I could skip it, I guess, but I’m going anyway. Maybe the seller won’t have their normally sky high pricing and I’ll get some bargains. Or I’ll just waste a couple of hours driving and looking. The sale is near Lynn’s current residence…

As far as prepping goes, this week sucked. Very little other than food shopping got done. I sold a few small items on ebay, and bought a bunch of inventory. I’ve got to get that turned over and listed. It’s never gonna sell if it’s not listed.

The debate was last night and I care not one bit. It’s such a clown show I can’t believe anyone takes it seriously, and I’m a bit horrified that someone might. As they try to out Stalin each other, at least the masks are coming off. No one can say they don’t want your guns anymore… The extremism and radicalization are very disturbing. I don’t think this is going to end well.

No matter what happens, preps are a good idea. Broken record, I know, but I would hate to see friends suffer if it could be avoided.

WRT health issues, if you have anything nagging you, or anything doesn’t feel right, or if it’s been a while since you had a physical with bloodwork, take advantage of the fact that civilization is still up. Go- see the doctor. Better to know than wonder. You can always make a choice to continue on the way you were, but if there is an issue, you’ll have more choices early than late. Grid is up, use it.

nick

60 thoughts on “Fri. Sept. 13, 2019 – Friday the 13th comes on a Friday this week”

  1. Jeebus H, my pc just locked up so tight the three finger salute didn’t work. Disk was getting hammered at 100%. After a couple of minutes with no recovery I shut it off.

    When it came back up I got Resource and Process Monitor up, and LO! freaking MS Update is hammering my disk and my net connection. Killed the process and suddenly I have a pc again. That is NOT supposed to happen. I have this box set for “check, then ask” when it comes to updates. NOT to “take over my machine and stop me from working while downloading a new OS worth of cr@p”…

    I was blaming the latest FF as that’s the only thing I changed recently. Sorry mozilla. It’s just MS up to their old tricks.

    n

  2. Had a prepping dream last night. In the dream my neighbor, former SEAL and mercenary, was visiting and was going through my get-home and bug-out bags giving me advice. He was ruthless on my selection of gear.
    After a long discussion yesterday with the wife, we have decided to donate all our stored canned goods to local homeless shelter and give away our frozen foods to make moving less complex. The upside is that this will mean a full refresh of all our canned storage when we get to the new house and we will buy a half a beef from a local butcher to refill our freezer. The new house comes with an upright freezer in the pantry but we are keeping one of our chest freezers too. Worrying about moving has been keeping me up at nights and my wife straightened me out on that. She said we will have a big truck to pack everything into and if we have to leave some stuff it won’t be anything we can’t do without. The only complexity is getting our three vehicles to Oklahoma now that the wife can no longer drive. We are hauling the little Honda Del Sol behind the Suburban at the end of the month. I will probably have to haul the Sonata behind the big truck in November then take a rental car back for the last couple of weeks in Mississippi. I HATE pulling a trailer. Not any good at it.

    Update: We are keeping our buckets of salt / rice / beans / and flour packed in mylar with oxygen absorbers.

  3. More feral youths

    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7459441/Five-police-officers-injured-trying-break-Manhattan-melee-high-school-teens.html

    Footage allegedly shows the teenager running out onto 52nd Street and 8th Avenue, where he then crashes into the taxi on Thursday at around 2.40pm.

    A large group of students then tried to break into the cab to attack the driver and instead kicked and punched the vehicle, an NYPD spokesperson told PIX11.

    They ignored police orders to stop and disperse, before going onto attack officers, five of whom suffered minor injuries.

    There are currently four Manhattan High School students in custody after being arrested for assault.


  4. The new house comes with an upright freezer in the pantry but we are keeping one of our chest freezers too… The only complexity is getting our three vehicles to Oklahoma now that the wife can no longer drive.

    The problem with chest freezers in so many households is that the lid becomes a convenient storage place (like any horizontal surface in most houses). Then, when you want something out of the freezer you have 100 lbs of crap to lift with the lid.

    Where in OK are you headed? We lived in Tulsa for 4 years.

  5. @harold, other than the weight, why give away money you’ve already spent? And how many cans do you have? Six months worth for me doesn’t take up much more space than a couple of footlockers. That doesn’t seem too hard to move. (I’d love to hear that it’s a ton, and fills a bedroom, but that doesn’t seem likely.)

    @greg- I heard there were some protesters yesterday. They look like pinatas to me… Oddly, I didn’t even pay enough attention to realize the D debate was in Houston. Total non-issue for me, but a lapse in awareness for sure. The lefties have so dominated the political violence and use of force that I didn’t even consider that there might be protests of any kind. Oversight on my part, for sure.

    n

  6. So, jailbird stabs a bunch of people over a work issue, and they’re forced to try to defend themselves with “molding”. Given that the company seems to make building products, there was probably a lot of “sticks” and “molding” laying close to hand. A pistol would have been more effective though.

    Funny that someone who’s been in jail (and what do we see blacks adopt as a belief system while incarcerated?) with a big beard, might choose a knife to attack people. What group do we know that likes stabbing people, wears beards, and proselytizes in prisons? I’m sure it’s nothing to do with that though.

    n

  7. “There are currently four Manhattan High School students in custody after being arrested for assault.”

    –does anyone here think these ‘kids’ won’t be back in school in a day or two? What does your student handbook have to say about felons in the student population?

    n

  8. Chad:

    Where in OK are you headed? We lived in Tulsa for 4 years.

    We lived on 80 acres in tiny Sparks (north of Shawnee) for most of the 90’s while I was traveling as a network consultant. My son and his children still live in the Shawnee area. Last year when we were first contemplating retirement, we looked all around the Shawnee / Seminole area for a reasonably priced, large, retirement home. We found a GREAT place in tiny Wewoka (south-east of Seminole) a town so small that the only fast food is a Sonic. It’s on the grounds of the golf course and next door to the only mansion in town at the end of a dead end street. The house has a huge, under-garage, storm shelter / bunker. I’d like to use it for storage but, while it is completely dry, it is humid and I’m concerned about rust, mildew, and spoilage. I can use forced outside air or a dehumidifier to keep humidity down but that requires constant power supply.
    I recently discovered the history of the house. It was built by a couple as a retirement home with wide doors and hallways to accommodate wheelchairs or walkers. The couple occupied it for 4 years then the husband passed on and the wife moved to a retirement facility. The family sold the house to a church who we bought it from in Feb. The church kept it very well maintained.

  9. Nick, your Windows issue was likely Patch Tuesday. Sure, you told Windows to wait for your approval, but it went ahead anyway. Unforgivable.

    OTOH, my experience with desktop Linux is that there are often several updates a week. It obeys my setting to wait for approval, but if I choose to wait, it often fails to resume from suspend to disk, which is much more annoying because then I have to recover everything I had in progress the night before. The result is worse, with the added risk of a litter of killed processes and potentially corrupted files.

    Choices. At least MS is orderly. I used to plan for first thing on the second Wednesday each month. Updating was always painless, but did take a while. Jerry used to say software never wears out. But then the fools can’t leave it alone.

    Funny how my Android devices do all of this nonsense gracefully while I sleep. Never had any issues, and never had to mess with settings. But then, some of the apps suck. Choices.

  10. JimB: We use UBUNTU Linux exclusively at our house and have never run into the ” fails to resume from suspend to disk” issue. I regularly apply the updates but my wife considers it a nuisance so I have to sneak on her system every few weeks to run the updates. On the other-hand we hardly ever suspend to disk as both our systems are desktops not laptops. We do have a UBUNTU laptop but use it only when traveling and that is rare these days.

  11. @greg- I heard there were some protesters yesterday. They look like pinatas to me…

    We had a joke about May Day protests in Seattle — The fun didn’t start until after the 3PM shift change at Starbucks.

    I put another one of our laptops on Pop! OS yesterday. My daughter’s 4 GB Inspiron 14 was unusable with the standard Windows 10 Home install from Dell. Granted the CPU was a Pentium model, but the processor had modern enough instruction support that it would boot Clear Linux.


  12. We use UBUNTU Linux exclusively at our house…

    Me too, except that it is the Mint flavor, which uses the Ubuntu repos. (In my copious spare time, I have played with every major distro except Red Hat, a serious omission on my part.) I don’t use a laptop either, but find that suspend to disk is wonderful. Have been using it since it was introduced in Windows 2000. I really like the fact that I can power OFF (and actually remove power from the system using the OFF switch on the UPS.) This prevents any wayward Wake on LAN packets from waking the system up, yet I can resume where I left off the next day. Laptops, with their built-in batteries, scare me; removing the battery is a pain, but necessary for security xxxxxxxx paranoia reasons. I also use suspend to RAM, except it doesn’t work reliably with Mint – I think it is a hardware issue, but never could make it work. No problem.

    Windows 10, on my “new” test system, does both suspend to RAM and disk. It also has a setting where it can suspend to RAM and after a selectable delay suspend to disk. All that works reliably so far. I really like that. I can simply walk away with abandon – pun intended – and the system will take care of itself. However, I think it can still be turned ON remotely, since the mains are still hot. Again, a simple switch on the UPS or in the line cord will prevent surprises.

    Some day, I might like a small flea power server that could be awakened remotely. Then I could compromise my illusion of security like most other people :-))

  13. Oh, “security”… I use quotes, because I still believe that *any* computer connected to the outside world can be compromised. You can’t believe how hard it is to type with fingers crossed, and double crossed on Friday the 13th!

    And, who am I kidding. I routinely connect my Android phone to my home net, after it has been out in the wild. Talk about living dangerously.

  14. So, Clueless Joe, answer me this: Where would, say, a burglar be safer: In prison, or facing the business end of a gun in the hands of an exasperated homeowner whose house has been broken into for the umpteenth time?

    I remember, about a decade ago, Joe bragging about his wife’s Mossberg 500 and how the ‘cha-click’ sound the pump action makes “gets peoples attention”. His point with the spiel was that the Mossberg was plenty of gun for home protection and assault weapons were not needed.

  15. From @Greg yesterday:

    I failed to mention that I got a 30 year mortgage on the new used house at 4.000%.

    There is your wealth tax. Where did the money for the loan come from?

    A spreadsheet at the Federal Reserve.

  16. “Texas Republican lawmaker to Beto O’Rourke: ‘My AR is ready for you’”
    https://www.chron.com/news/politics/texas/article/Texas-Republican-lawmaker-to-Beto-O-Rourke-14436558.php?cmpid=hpctp

    “A Republican state representative posted a seemingly threatening response on Twitter to Beto O’Rourke’s call for a mandatory buy-back of assault-style weapons after the presidential candidate’s proposal drew loud applause at Thursday night’s debate in Houston.

    “Hell yes, we’re gonna take your AR-15,” O’Rourke’s Twitter account posted, quoting one of his most memorable lines from the debate.

    “My AR is ready for you Robert Francis,” State Rep. Briscoe Cain, R-Baytown, wrote in response.”

    I am going to stand right behind this guy.

  17. From the Sep 12, 2019 Fort Bend Herald by BH:

    “Remembering 9-11”

    “‘Some people did something’ – Rep Ilhad Omar, commenting on Sept. 11, 2001 terrrorist attacks.”

    “Yeah, they got in their fire engines and police cars, they drove to the the World Trade Center towers, and they got killed trying to save others.”

    “Lest you forgot.”

  18. “Beto O’Rourke Goes Off on Gun Control at Debate: ‘Hell Yes, We’re Going to Take Your AR-15, Your AK-47!’”
    https://www.mediaite.com/election-2020/beto-orourke-goes-off-on-gun-control-at-debate-hell-yes-were-going-to-take-your-ar-15-your-ak-47/

    One of the first things that Hitler did in Germany was to take away the guns. Then his people came to take away the Jews, the homosexuals, and the infirmed.

    I’m looking at Robert Francis and I see a dictator in the making.


  19. A spreadsheet at the Federal Reserve.

    Do you think the Federal Reserve is that advanced? Or are paper ledgers and dorky men in green visors still working in some back room still being used?

  20. Back from the camping (glamping) trip. Trip back was interesting as the road I took had some 11% grades. Trucks are warned to find an alternate. The little F-150 with the V-6 did just fine pulling 8K pounds. Dropped down into third, 3.2K RPM, maintained 45 going up the hills. Coolant gauge temperature stayed in the reasonable range as did the transmission temperature gauge. About a 4 mile hill was the longest pull. Went from an elevation of 800 feet to almost 2,000 feet over the course of several hills.

    RV refrigerator needs defrosting as the fins are half clogged with ice. Just turn it off and open the doors. There is a drain to the outside world so no issues there.

    Putting the RV away involves backing into the overhead cover. About two feet of clearance on each side for a distance of 25 feet. I can generally get it with two tries. First try to get sort of lined up with the trailer in the driveway after backing in from the road, second try to pull ahead a little to get better lined up with the cover and back in the rest of the way. Wife panics and waves her arms a lot during the process as she is my spotter. I have no idea what the hand signals mean.

  21. From an internet friend on usenet:

    > “Another Interstellar Visitor Is Headed Our Way”
    >
    > https://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/possible-interstellar-comet-headed-our-way/
    > and
    > https://www.space.com/possible-interstellar-comet-identified.html
    >
    > All I want to know it, is it going to hit the Earth ?

    Apparently not. It “will reach perihelion on December 10, 2019 at a distance of 1.94 a.u.”

    > My amateur astronomer friend RBT would know but, he passed away last year.

    May the earth lie light upon him. Let me try. Perihelion is the closest it will get to the Sun, and that will be nearly twice as far from the Sun as the earth gets. Your second link shows it passing somewhere between the orbit of Earth and that of Mars.

    Also, it’s on a hyperbolic path, meaning it’s not in orbit around the Sun at all. It’s going to come in, swing around the Sun, and almost certainly go back off into space, never to be seen again.

    I say “almost certainly” because it does sometimes happen that a moving body on a path of one kind might be affected by the gravity of the Sun and some of the larger planets (Jupiter, most likely) and be pulled into an elliptical orbit, in which case it would behave like many other comets, coming back into the inner Solar System occasionally (where “occasionally” could be tens of years, or thousands to millions).

  22. I am going to stand right behind this guy.

    Governor Abbott and the Legislature as a whole were useless this year. Every member’s voting from the Spring needs to go under a microscope.

    Ironically, the Austin Planned Parenthood sits across from a farily new urban outdoorsman camp site underneath the SR71 freeway overpass. I’ll bet they would like to see the city’s Prog agenda reigned in a bit right now.


  23. “Beto O’Rourke Goes Off on Gun Control at Debate: ‘Hell Yes, We’re Going to Take Your AR-15, Your AK-47!’”

    The Trump2020! campaign ads will almost write themselves.


  24. I am going to stand right behind this guy.

    Apparently, Butto called the FBI to report “A Twitter death threat.”

    LOL! Let’s see if the Lame Stream Media follows up on that one.

  25. A spreadsheet at the Federal Reserve.

    Do you think the Federal Reserve is that advanced? Or are paper ledgers and dorky men in green visors still working in some back room still being used?

    I think that the same guy handles the lockboxes, a spreadsheet, for the Social Security and Medicare system reserves.

  26. The Trump2020! campaign ads will almost write themselves.

    Fauxcahontas will provide no lack of sound bites.

    I read an article the other day arguing that Trump is effectively a moderate Wall Street Democrat’s dream candidate and the lame roster of potential candidates the party has presented to date is deliberately designed to reelect the incumbent to continue the $1 Trillion defecit spending.

    I’m more inclined to believe that the eventual nominee hasn’t announced yet, and the party is simply taking the hit of appearing fractured now rather than next Spring.

  27. Apparently, Butto called the FBI to report “A Twitter death threat.”

    I want to see the FBI follow up on it. Sounds like Briscoe Cain will publicize it even though his twitter account has been suspended for “terroristic threats”.

  28. @RickH, I am finding the mobile version of the website difficult to navigate between days. Currently I use the calendar which is difficult to find. Then I have to touch comments URL to bring the comments up. The old website used to be easier to navigate between days. Or is it just me ?

  29. @lynn … probably just you … 🙂

    Comments list is found underneath the day’s post, if you open up the individual post. Then, under the comments is the ‘next’/’prev’ day’s links. Convenient if you are catching up (reading the rest of the day’s comments before going to the current date).

    The calendar is down there under the day’s post and comments also. That’s because all of the sidebar stuff is pushed down under the daily post on smaller screens.

    So, what I need to do (when I find time in between all the other ‘things’) (in order of priority?)
    – add the next/prev link to the top of the individual post page
    – maybe put a link to comments just under the category name(s) under the author (before the start of the post)
    – maybe put a calendar thing at the top (above the individual post)? (A bit more difficult; have to re-order the CSS….which can be done as soon as I figure it out).
    – what else?

    But I really need to get the next/prev comments above the current post (on the individual post view) as well as the bottom (at the end of the individual post view).

    …that ’round tuit’ thing is around here somewhere…

  30. Back from the camping (glamping) trip. Trip back was interesting as the road I took had some 11% grades. Trucks are warned to find an alternate. The little F-150 with the V-6 did just fine pulling 8K pounds. Dropped down into third, 3.2K RPM, maintained 45 going up the hills. Coolant gauge temperature stayed in the reasonable range as did the transmission temperature gauge. About a 4 mile hill was the longest pull. Went from an elevation of 800 feet to almost 2,000 feet over the course of several hills.

    Wait, transmission temperature gauge ? Aftermarket ?

    I have a factory transmission oil cooler in my 2005 Expy. Came with the Max Towing package back then.

  31. Putting the RV away involves backing into the overhead cover. About two feet of clearance on each side for a distance of 25 feet. I can generally get it with two tries. First try to get sort of lined up with the trailer in the driveway after backing in from the road, second try to pull ahead a little to get better lined up with the cover and back in the rest of the way. Wife panics and waves her arms a lot during the process as she is my spotter. I have no idea what the hand signals mean.

    Heh. I used to pull a 48 ft gooseneck trailer with a Chevy dually then a Ford dually after we blew the engine in the Chevy three times. We employed two spotters for backing it up. I was always hoping that I did not run over a spotter since I usually could not see them. The concept of “if you cannot see my mirrors then I cannot see you” is hard to get across sometimes.

  32. WRT health issues, if you have anything nagging you, or anything doesn’t feel right, or if it’s been a while since you had a physical with bloodwork, take advantage of the fact that civilization is still up.

    Long before anything close to “grid down” happens, medical care will go south quickly under “Medicaid For All” — lets be honest with the name since that’s exactly what it will be like.

    Since my wife left her last job, the wait time for a non-emergency appointment at that office is up to two months.

  33. But I really need to get the next/prev comments above the current post (on the individual post view) as well as the bottom (at the end of the individual post view).

    @Rickh, I think that will meet my needs !

  34. Lots of driving around today. Got some hobby stuff, got some household stuff. I’ve been spending money like crazy. Wife is starting to look at me funny. I have this weird feeling though, so I’m buying stuff when I see it.

    I haven’t bought a new roof yet. All of our neighbors, and most of the folks in the surrounding neighborhoods have already gotten their roofs replaced following our hail storm this summer. Honestly, I think it’s a scam that some scuff marks from ICE damage a roof to the point of it needing replacement. LIMBS drop on our roof without damage. We have a $6000 deductible, and the quality of our existing roof is no longer available. What’s the point of buying a 40yr roof if you replace it in ten? (lots of roofers are rebating the homeowner’s deductible. It’s illegal in Texas, but everyone is doing it. No one ever gets busted. I’m still not comfortable doing it.)

    n

  35. I haven’t bought a new roof yet. All of our neighbors, and most of the folks in the surrounding neighborhoods have already gotten their roofs replaced following our hail storm this summer. Honestly, I think it’s a scam that some scuff marks from ICE damage a roof to the point of it needing replacement.

    Several of my shingles had HOLES in them from the hail storm in 2017. The two years that I waited to replace the roof allowed the aggregate to fall off in the following storms. I had no idea until the roofer was fixing another leak and showed them to me.

  36. What’s the point of buying a 40yr roof if you replace it in ten?

    The real average life span of the GAF asphalt shingles in Gulf Coast heat/humidity is 10-15 years. IMHO 20+ year old Timberlines look bad in that environment regardless of warranty.

    Buying 40 year shingles means you’re extending the pro-rated period and getting a marginally better shingle, but asphalt is asphalt. And, anymore, with a reputable roofer and a insured crew, the materials cost will be much smaller than labor.

  37. I’ve been watching lips of Biden from the debate. From what looks like his teeth falling out to putting troops in Pakistan, he’s off his rocker. No way he can beat tRump.


  38. Wait, transmission temperature gauge ? Aftermarket ?

    Nope, stock, in the dash. I have oil pressure (which is an idiot gauge that functions as an analog light), coolant temperature, fuel level and transmission temperature. I think it is part of the trailer towing package that I have on the vehicle.

  39. What’s the point of buying a 40yr roof if you replace it in ten?

    The real average life span of the GAF asphalt shingles in Gulf Coast heat/humidity is 10-15 years. IMHO 20+ year old Timberlines look bad in that environment regardless of warranty.

    My roofer told me that the Certainteed Laminated Architectural Lifetime Shingles (the slightly better shingle according to him) can take hail hits in the Southern USA for ten years. After that, they start losing aggregate due to degradation of their bottom layer due to the heat. And we get hard hail hits here every 3 to 5 years.

  40. Wait, transmission temperature gauge ? Aftermarket ?

    Nope, stock, in the dash. I have oil pressure (which is an idiot gauge that functions as an analog light), coolant temperature, fuel level and transmission temperature. I think it is part of the trailer towing package that I have on the vehicle.

    Cool ! I did not know that Ford did that. Of course, they may not do it anymore with the semi digital dash that they are now using.


  41. The concept of “if you cannot see my mirrors then I cannot see you” is hard to get across sometimes.

    I spent a good part of my youth backing large farm trailers loaded with hay using a tractor with no mirrors or spotters. I could back down a 100 foot lane, obstructions on both sides, in a single shot without hitting anything. I just used the visual top of the loaded trailer and watched the tongue (something you cannot do in a truck).

    The only reason it takes a couple shots at the house is that I have to back in from the street. It may be possible to get the trailer back in one shot. It does take two maneuvers to get it out because of the way the edge of the driveway is truncated due to a power pole support wire. First shot is to basically get the trailer off the road, next shot is to get it under the awning.

    An expert could probably make it one shot and make me look like a bumbling fool.

  42. Re gauges, I have rented some cars that had an LCD screen that could display pictures of analog gauges, but only one at a time. If you have ever seen an aircraft “glass cockpit” you would yearn for something like that in a car. Actually, you can get something similar. Consider a Bluetooth device that plugs into the car’s OBDII port and transmits to a phone or small tablet (or even a notebook computer, doesn’t matter.) There are quite a few software applications that will let you see whatever sensor outputs the auto manufacturer has on board. With a phone, there are additional built-in sensors that let you see acceleration in all directions, and other interesting stuff. I don’t have personal experience, but a friend does, and I have seen it. Lotsa fun to watch instead of the boring traffic.

    As for transmission temperature, there is an endless argument over where to take the temperature. Some, myself included, like seeing the fluid coming out on the way to the coolers because it is very responsive to load and torque converter heat output. Others, including most manufacturers, like the sump temperature. This is essentially the fluid returning from the coolers. It stays more steady, and worries the operator less. Having both would be good. If you have either gauge, try to drive to keep the temperature below 250F as much as possible. If you pull a hill and can’t avoid higher temps, change the fluid as soon as you can. This might be a bit conservative with today’s synthetic fluids, but a fluid change is waaay cheaper than a transmission. Also remember that with some of the modern fluids color change or lack thereof is no indication of heat stress. If you find your vehicle running consistently above about 250F, consider adding another cooler. Since you live in a fairly warm climate, this cooler should be air cooled and plumbed after the one(s) in the radiator. Subfreezing climates call for the reverse plumbing. Complicated, eh?

  43. “The Latest: Saudi Arabia says drones attacked oil facilities”
    https://finance.yahoo.com/news/latest-saudi-arabia-says-drones-051442143.html

    Welcome to the decade of the drone. Probably the Iranians just torched two of the Aramco GOSP (Gas-oil Separation Plant) plants. The plants cost about a billion dollars each and can process 10 to 20 million barrels of oil / water production per day. The Saudis own 83 of the little monsters. The oil percentage is typically 10 to 30% and dropping over time. The water is re-injected back into the reservoir to maintain pressure.

  44. “Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Miami Will Not Exist in a ‘Few Years’”

    Wow, now that is delusional.

    That’s why Brickel Avenue condos are so affordable.

    Sugar Daddy’s Miami party flat is probably out in a deco building on Collins, facing the water.

  45. My roofer told me that the Certainteed Laminated Architectural Lifetime Shingles (the slightly better shingle according to him) can take hail hits in the Southern USA for ten years. After that, they start losing aggregate due to degradation of their bottom layer due to the heat. And we get hard hail hits here every 3 to 5 years.

    Florida doesn’t get hail very often, but the constant heat/humidity encourages mold growth, and the asphalt shingles look bad at the 10 year mark.

    The often repeated mistake made by the homeowners, especially northern transplants, is to fall for the sales pitch from the pressure washer scam artists who work door-to-door. Pressure wash the mold (and aggregate) off once, and they’re definitely looking at a new roof within a couple of years, guaranteed.

    Pressure washing works on the concrete shingle roofs installed on the old retro pre-US Home Rutenberg houses built around Clearwater in the 60s and 70s, which serve as a design template for other coastal communities in The South, but transplants didn’t like the look so not many were built anywhre after the mid-70s.

    Pity — my parents first house in FL, built in 72 and bought from ol’ Art Rutenberg himself, still stands with what I believe is the original concrete roof system. It has seen a few storms.

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