Sat. Dec. 28, 2019 – it pays to have preps

Cold, damp.

Last night I discovered that my daughter had locked us out of my siblings house. Unfortunately, it was 9pm when I found out that she had locked the door from the garage to the house, which was supposed to be our entry path. Much texting ensued to see if there was a hidden key. Nope. Mom had a key, but it turned out to be one lock change out of date.

It did fit the keyway though. Return to mom’s. Some quick work with a hacksaw blade and the file on my Gerber multitool, and i had a good looking bump key. I was only carrying the Gerber, because I can’t carry in IL, so I had a belt pouch free. Thought I’d have to wait for Ace hardware to open.

Back over to the house, and quick success with the deadbolt. No joy on the knob, something is wrong with it, which is why my sibling doesn’t normally lock it. I didn’t have any oil, and didn’t want to stay any longer,so I put it off to today, in daylight.

So, where was the prep? I had my go bag in the car. ID, lappy, change of clothes, one day’s meds, chargers, money, etc. That bag goes where I go. I could get on a plane with just that if I had to, or if I couldn’t get back to my suitcase. I had my multi tool. That gave me timely options. The main thing though was knowledge. I had made a bump key and practiced with it at home.

We’re headed over there shortly and I’ll update, but I don’t expect any issues in the daylight.

N

PS, wife was not prepared to get on a plane if needed. Hopefully, I will have a better chance of getting that next time.

24 thoughts on “Sat. Dec. 28, 2019 – it pays to have preps”

  1. Well, the dogwalker owned the door this morning, so that drama ended. I did think last night that I wished I had a lockpick set….

    More work at mom’s, then fly home.

    N

  2. Good morning from SW FL – currently 73, cloudy and humid (89%) expected high of 79.

    Still fighting the remnants of a nasty cold, possibly attributed to a new term I recently heard on NPR: “presenteeism”, people coming to work while still sick.

    @nick: which Gerber do you have? And is it TSA friendly?

  3. Site is slow, and has been for the last few days. I’m out of town, but cellular data measures over 20Mb. Not complaining, just info.

    Merry Christmas!

  4. “Democrats Seek To Outlaw Suburban, Single-Family House Zoning, Calling It Racist And Bad For The Environment”
    https://wattsupwiththat.com/2019/12/26/democrats-seek-to-outlaw-suburban-single-family-house-zoning-calling-it-racist-and-bad-for-the-environment/

    “Democrats in Virginia may override local zoning to bring high-density housing, including public housing, to every neighborhood statewide — whether residents want it or not.”

    “The measure could quickly transform the suburban lifestyle enjoyed by millions, permitting duplexes to be built on suburban lots in neighborhoods previously consisting of quiet streets and open green spaces. Proponents of “upzoning” say the changes are necessary because suburbs are bastions of segregation and elitism, as well as bad for the environment.”

    They are getting ready to build PRCs (public residential complexes) everywhere in the USA.

    Just imagine a developer coming in and buying a block in your neighborhood, knocking all the houses down, and putting up a 20 story complex for the homeless XXXXXXXX money challenged XXXXXX XXXXX mentally ill. All funded by HUD dollars.

  5. From @Ray yesterday:

    The whupping did not happen until the fourth quarter but it did happen

    Barely. Three points is not a whupping, it’s just a tap on the shoulder. The onside kick at the end was not handled well by the Aggies and could have turned out worse. A couple of stellar runs by the QB was the difference in the game.

    A win is a win is a win is a win !

    And the whupper got fairly well whupped too.

    BTW, QB Mond is not allowed to run until the second half. Otherwise he would be running every other play. Mond may catch up to Johnny Football’s yards his senior year:
    https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2868705-kellen-mond-carries-texas-am-to-24-21-texas-bowl-win-over-oklahoma-state

    “Aggies junior Kellen Mond entered this matchup having already joined Johnny Manziel as the only two A&M quarterbacks ever to throw for 7,000 career yards and rush for 1,000 career yards, according to the program’s official website.”

  6. From BH in yesterday’s Fort Bend Herald:

    “Funny Odds”

    “Our government sent 12 men on a mission to kill Osama Bin Laden inside a heavily armed compound in Pakistan.”

    “Then they sent 29 armed men to arrest Roger Stone, who was at home alone with his wife in the USA”.


  7. putting up a 20 story complex for the homeless

    Putting up 20 story complex for the lazy welfare scum. Say it like it is.

  8. Chatted with Dreamhost support (the hosting for this place) about the very intermittent slow response times and 500 errors.

    No conclusion, even though I suggested that other sites on the shared hosting server might be at fault. They saw no anomolies, but said that ‘their team will be watching’.

    I’ll bug them again if needed. But it’s not something with the WordPress side of things.

    On another note, and only @Nick will notice, but I wrote a WP plugin to get rid of spambot comments. Most of them were being caught by Akismet (which does a fairly good job with ‘known’ spam comment messages), but Akismet didn’t catch them all. There were a few getting through, mostly on older posts, so the regulars here may not have noticed them. But there would be 20/day that Akismet was catching.

    Now, with my plugin active, there have been no spam comments at all in the past week. I call that a ‘win’. Works really well, IMHO.

    Back home from the Christmas trip to UT. A 16 hour drive home that was fun, but roads were mostly clear. A bit of snow over the Blue Mountains (between Pendleton and LaGrande OR), but very light and just a bit of slush in the ‘hammer’ lane. Some light snow flurries in SE ID and N-NE UT, but nothing stick. Just a long drive.

    Nice to be home. BTW, and this is for @Nick, I replaced the batteries in my weather station. Current set (Kirkland AA) lasted for four years.

  9. Chatted with Dreamhost support (the hosting for this place) about the very intermittent slow response times and 500 errors.

    No conclusion, even though I suggested that other sites on the shared hosting server might be at fault. They saw no anomolies, but said that ‘their team will be watching’.

    I’ll bug them again if needed. But it’s not something with the WordPress side of things.

    Thanks Rick !

  10. putting up a 20 story complex for the homeless

    Putting up 20 story complex for the lazy welfare scum. Say it like it is.

    My son has a Section 8 apartment complex next to his neighborhood. His neighborhood keeps the riffraff at bay with threats and other measures. It helps that he has a cop next door and two firefighters in his neighborhood.


  11. keeps the riffraff at bay with threats and other measures

    Nothing says “keep your problems to yourselves” like a crucifixion. Just sayin’.

  12. keeps the riffraff at bay with threats and other measures

    Nothing says “keep your problems to yourselves” like a crucifixion. Just sayin’.

    Or heads on a pike.

  13. My son has a Section 8 apartment complex next to his neighborhood. His neighborhood keeps the riffraff at bay with threats and other measures. It helps that he has a cop next door and two firefighters in his neighborhood.

    The City of Austin might invent something worse than Section 8 housing if they start buying the failing hotels near work and converting them into homeless shelters.

  14. Just imagine a developer coming in and buying a block in your neighborhood, knocking all the houses down, and putting up a 20 story complex for the homeless XXXXXXXX money challenged XXXXXX XXXXX mentally ill. All funded by HUD dollars.

    20 stories? Nah.

    Four stories of high density residential (350 sq ft apartment), ground floor retail, and basement parking (until they outlaw private cars). I saw it in Seattle and am starting to see it in Austin.

  15. Well, a bumpy but fairly uneventful flight and I’m home. Light rain and misty on the drive from the airport was probably the worst part of the trip. The landing was a bit rough though, with angular pitching after touchdown.

    Once in range, wife’s FB lit up…

    https://www.click2houston.com/news/local/2019/12/29/suspect-at-large-after-mail-carrier-shot-in-spring-branch/

    This happened about a mile from my house. I drive past there a couple of times a day on normal days. I think we may be closer to moving than I thought. We still haven’t hit my internal triggers for “get out” but I’m thinking that the drip drip drip might be more relevant than big triggers.

    Picked up the dog, who is not himself. He’s very excitable and energetic normally but not tonight. If he doesn’t recover by tomorrow, I’ve got a vet visit in my near future. he was with friends, but maybe he got into something he shouldn’t have.

    Got some rain just a few minutes ago, but it seems to have stopped.

    I can’t wait to get in my own bed. Heck, I’m going soon.

    @Rick, I had a really long reload just a few minutes ago. Which is a real bummer. Thanks for working on the issue, but I don’t think it’s solved yet. I see more informative stuff when I use my phone and the reload is slow. I see gravitar delays, and sometimes other “waiting for xxx” in the status bar on my samsung phone browser. I see several different addy’s as various elements load. It’s gotta be one of them if it’s not wp…

    It’s good to be home, and I’ll see you all tomorrow.

    n

  16. Four stories of high density residential (350 sq ft apartment), ground floor retail, and basement parking (until they outlaw private cars).

    That sounds like what my nephew lives in in downtown Chicago.

  17. That sounds like what my nephew lives in in downtown Chicago.

    The company I (briefly) worked for in Seattle had a subsidiary which designed a special WiFi rig tuned to provide on-site high bandwidth temporary communications inside that kind of building while under construction. The expectation was that they would sell a lot of the equipment, and Nokia owns them now.

  18. BIM and all the virtual modeling means lots of net is needed on the modern construction site. Knaak, the legendary jobsite storage box maker, has a special box for your onsite workstation, with 42″ monitor so everyone can see….

    given that 1/4 of US adults in construction are functional illiterates (which matches my years on jobsites) BIM and the paperless jobsite are doomed. Or you get a jockey just to run it in parallel with the actual work.

    n


  19. given that 1/4 of US adults in construction are functional illiterates (which matches my years on jobsites) BIM and the paperless jobsite are doomed. Or you get a jockey just to run it in parallel with the actual work.

    Hogwash – we are sending EVERYONE to college, which solves that problem. Utopia! /sarcasm

  20. I initially thought the number to be way out of line, but once you know what to look for, it’s pretty clear.

    It also explains a lot of the current work practices in the industry. A crew leader “lines out” the work for the guys, and continually checks that they are doing the right thing. In other words, he describes completely what to do,and where to do it, while looking at the plan. The crew generally don’t look at the plan that much. Notes on drawings are almost never read. One of the hardest battles I fought with our design team was over notes on the drawings. Put the info into the drawing. Notes are for CYA, not for the construction guys in the field.

    n

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