Sun. Jan. 2, 2022 – 01-02-2022 – Had to type all of that over, twice…

By on January 2nd, 2022 in personal, recipes, why we prepare, WuFlu

Cooler, wonder how cool we’ll get? It was cool and windy when I went to bed with temps dropping pretty rapidly. Openweathermap.org says we’ll bottom out at 37F around 9:30 am. I intend to be asleep when that happens. Shouldn’t be too far from there when I get up.

Spent the first day of the new year mostly piddling about. Wife and kids continued with their organizing project… for a while anyway. Then some streaming shows were watched. I poked at computers, then took down some of the outdoor decor. Wife and kids took down the tree. It’s all earlier than I would normally want to take stuff down, but the tree was crispy, and the room really needed to be cleaned up. I wanted to get some of the outdoor stuff down in case we got rain. Much easier to put it away dry…

Then my wife noticed the water dripping from the ceiling of the bathroom. Oops. Whole ceiling was wet. The drip tray under the A/C cooling coils in the attic had some recent damage to the drain pipe, and it was leaking. So now I’ve got a ceiling to repair, after it dries out. Joy. It’s always something. The drain pipe was fine until getting down the Christmas stuff this year. Water doesn’t run uphill. Write that on your hand if you might be messing with drains. The worst part is that it was entirely avoidable and now it will take money and time that I didn’t have in the budget or the plan and don’t want to spend either.

But that’s why we prep, so that small things like that don’t become big things. I’ll have to get some drywall and mud (because my stocks got damaged by time and rain), and find the time. The money isn’t an issue as we do have it put aside for just something like this. We could probably pay someone so MY time wouldn’t be spent, but we’d have to FIND someone. Easier and faster just to do it. The necessary skills were acquired long ago. At least there isn’t any rush.

It’s always something when you own a house.

Stack the stuff, you’ll need it eventually.

n

69 Comments and discussion on "Sun. Jan. 2, 2022 – 01-02-2022 – Had to type all of that over, twice…"

  1. Denis says:

    Aargh. Sorry to hear about your ceiling, Nick. Plasterboard (what you call would drywall) and plastering are two of the least favourite things I know how to do. I absolutely detest the gypsum dust, how it feels, tastes, smells and especially how it gets everywhere. Unfortunately I, like you, have some renovation works that include plastering in my foreseeable future. Good luck!

  2. Denis says:

    It’s always something when you own a house.

    Quoted for truth. The alarm company called at 00.18 to say that there is a power outage in our other residence. I am about to leave the holiday house for a 4-hour round trip to flip a few switches on the distribution board and re-start the central heating. I suspect a faulty ELCB – I already replaced one of the two prime suspects, and now I should replace the other, but I really can't face doing it today on the last day of my holidays. I'll flip the switch and hope it stays on for another another week until we return to base. Grrr.

  3. Pecancorner says:

    I had a friend whose card read

    John Doe, EG&PTBW

    When asked, he cheerfully said "Engineering Genius and Part Time Boy Wonder." Always got a good laugh. He actually was a humble and very smart guy.

    I also met Ed Trompeter in the early 1980s. At the time, he was owner of Trompeter Electronics, a connector manufacturer. His card read

    Trompeter Electronics

    Ed, Janitor

    He was a character.

    I used to know a lot of people who had funny business cards. That was quite the thing, back in the day.  I still have a few of them.  Sheriff Dan Saunders' card "Good for one Free Night in the Martin County Jail".  Another guy listed all the things he would do for money: "obscure, elaborate, dig up, bury, hide, find". Another "Amateur poet,  amateur sleuth, amateur this and that …. Professional b.s. er".  And one merchant's card that was about 1" x  1 1/2" "If you spent more money I could afford a bigger card"

  4. Nick Flandrey says:

    Well, it seems I was wrong about a couple of things…

    I was awake at 7am,  and I watched the weather station readout switch from 33F to 32F.  Wind is gusting up to 9mph too.   

    So I went to the two faucets on the outer sides of the house and ran hot water to heat up the wall cavities, switched the A/C to 'heat', and now I'm getting back in my warm bed.

    REALLY hope nothing freezes in the next two hours.

    n

  5. drwilliams says:

    @Nick

    slightly edited:

    The Three Things a Plumber Needs to Know:

    1) Stuff in pipes runs downhill

    2) The boss is an orifice

    3) Pay day is Friday

  6. Greg Norton says:

    We spent the afternoon people watching at the semi-local anime show in Austin yesterday. The vendor count is way down, but that may be due to the holiday weekend and the show's new location in a hotel downtown instead of on the edge of the suburbs.

    Masking kabuki heavily enforced, especially since New York Comic Con may have been the key superspreader event for Omicron. Interestingly, no therms at the door.

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  7. paul says:

    20F and windy.  Sunny.  The dogs wasted no time on their morning walk.

    It was 76 yesterday.

  8. Greg Norton says:

    What? Gates still plays this game?

    As I've stated before, one upside of the pandemic was the evisceration of the Legend of BillG.

    https://www.gatesnotes.com/About-Bill-Gates/Holiday-Books-2021

    BillG, we know the reading weeks are a crock. The skinny socialite is going to sing.

    Which bothers you more — Metcalf's name on the top of the Ethernet paper or Philippe Khan generally credited with inventing the camera phone.

    I'm guessing the latter. Metcalf worked for PARC when he invented Ethernet.

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  9. ayjblog says:

    well I posted twice, one is lost somewhere, another error 500

    It was yesterday or before, waited but nothing happened

  10. MrAtoz says:

    Masking in the casinos is to the point of "why do it". A trend I saw was twisting the ear loops on surgical style masks. To make them tighter? All it does is make two finger size tunnels, one down each cheek. You might as well wear a snorkel and spew your cooties. Lots of smokers dragging a whole fag with mask down. Tons of the now declared *useless* cloth masks. Ill fitted 95/94s. Kabuki at the max setting.

  11. MrAtoz says:

    Ungrateful Muggles:

    Why JK Rowling has been snubbed from the Harry Potter reunion

    I hope karma pays them a visit.

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  12. Nick Flandrey says:

    @ayj,

    When you get the 500 error, use the browser back button to return to your filled comment form page.

    Ctrl A, Ctrl X, select all, cut all,

    type any random characters, I usually just hit cc or dd

    Click to submit your comment.

    Upon success, click the edit your comment button, remove your placeholder text, Ctrl V, paste your original text.

    click submit.

    Once you get the 500 error for your text, you will always get it for that same text. The workaround seems to avoid a parser or some other step that we don’t see, and it doesn’t mind whatever ‘bad’ text triggered the error.

    It’s rarer than it was. and there is a workaround. So we live with it in order to have HTML formatting and editable comments. (Both of which I like very much.)

    Happy New Year to you!

    nick

    added– got the 500 error with this comment and had to follow my own directions.

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  13. Nick Flandrey says:

    I let Lynn's book review out of moderation.  It's in yesterday's comments.

    If you get moderated, it's most likely the number of links.  Mention it in a public comment as I don't always notice the notice on my site dashboard page.

    n

  14. Nick Flandrey says:

    When you aren't free to leave, it's a prison.

    https://www.zerohedge.com/covid-19/uae-bans-unvaccinated-citizens-leaving-country

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  15. Greg Norton says:

    Ungrateful Muggles:

    I hope karma pays them a visit

    You assume that production on the special proceeded without JK Rowling explicitly approving every detail. She has some of the best IP lawyers on the planet.

    Warner probably paid her a lot of money. The controversy got more eyes on the special than would tune in otherwise.

    The theme park rights just got renewed at Universal, and Johnny Depp probably did more damage to the movie series than Rowling's tweets.

  16. Greg Norton says:

    Another case where online media gets the job done better than traditional outlets.

    What I find interesting in the contract is that a "pay to play" per attraction line jumping pass like Disney's new system requires a royalty payment but an upcharge for line jumping as currently done at Universal does not require additional money going to Rowling.

    IIRC, Disney’s pitch to Rowling … made long before they ran off Joe Rohde … cough … was a separate gated attraction in Orlando, a fifth park to be built north of Animal Kingdom.

    https://orlandoparkstop.com/news/theme-park-news/how-much-does-universal-pay-j-k-rowling-for-the-harry-potter-theme-park-rights-exploring-the-contract/

    The Marvel contract is also an interesting bit of trivia. Disney can’t say that Universal hasn’t done the job there, with both “Spiderman” and “The Hulk” receiving nice upgrades recently and an on-property comic store that is a Marvel fan favorite.

  17. Greg Norton says:

    BTW, I think it very likely Joe Rohde will end up working for Universal whenever his non-compete with Disney is up. Can you imagine the man who themed “Everest” and the “Avatar” area not wanting a shot at the Universal Monsters or Harry Potter areas at the new park in Orlando?

    Disney ran off Wally Crump 50 years ago, and he successfully themed Busch Gardens Tampa as "The Dark Continent", which continues to be a thorn in Disney's side just an hour down the freeway.

    Busch Gardens even had a quality Jungle Cruse through the 70s and 80s. Now *that* had to hurt.

  18. Greg Norton says:

    @Nick – If your DVR PC running Mint 19.3 is AMD AM4 and you are still having odd issues, check the thermal grease under the CPU fan/heatsink to make sure it isn't dried out.

    I noticed dried thermal grease on the PC my kids use while trying to diagnose a mysterious lockup problem. I've never seen that before, but my experience with new-ish AMD is more limited than Intel.

    Replacing the grease under the heatsink didn't totally resolve the problem, but it greatly increased the time between lockups. I'm hoping a new power supply is the real solution, but I tried the cheap route first.

    The machine where I keep my 19.3 install is an uber stable Intel CPU and branded motherboard.

  19. MrAtoz says:

    You assume that production on the special proceeded without JK Rowling explicitly approving every detail.

    No, I'm taking about the shitty actors she made into celbritard millionaires. Without those millions, they would be nobodys. A grateful person would just say she's allowed her opinions. Not actively trying to kiss QWERTY ass and cancel JKR.

  20. MrAtoz says:

    Shot Girl ™ continues to get defensive over her "Redumblicans just want to date me" asinine Tweet. She is a really shallow person. Perfect for Congress.

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  21. lynn says:

    was awake at 7am,  and I watched the weather station readout switch from 33F to 32F.  Wind is gusting up to 9mph too.   

    So I went to the two faucets on the outer sides of the house and ran hot water to heat up the wall cavities, switched the A/C to 'heat', and now I'm getting back in my warm bed.

    REALLY hope nothing freezes in the next two hours.

    It was 33 F when we drove over to church at 8am this morning.  It is up to 40 F now at 2 am and the wind is blowing 20 mph. 

    I am heading over to the office complex in a couple of minutes to check the freeze protection on everything and turn on the building heaters.  We are suppose to get to 28 F tonight now.  Probably not a problem of freezing at 28 F.

  22. Greg Norton says:

    No, I'm taking about the shitty actors she made into celbritard millionaires. Without those millions, they would be nobodys. A grateful person would just say she's allowed her opinions. Not actively trying to kiss QWERTY ass and cancel JKR.

    Do they cancel her in the running time of the special or just in publicity?

    My guess is that Rowling had the final up or down vote on the reunion special content.

    Politics needlessly ruined the "Deep Space Nine" documentary to the point that the creators dumped it out on YouTube for free … well, beyond YouTube cash for the eyeballs..

  23. lynn says:

    plugs loses again:

    Judge Blocks Biden’s Vaccine Mandate for Federal Education Program

    Monarch.

    Yup, Plugs is a butterfly.

  24. Nick Flandrey says:

    Currently 46F with clear blue sky, and gusts of 12mph and up.

    made something new for breakfast today, since everyone slept til noon.

    https://houseofnasheats.com/aebleskiver-danish-pancakes/

    I picked up the pan at goodwill, after selling an antique one in an auction last year.  By the third batch I was getting it down.   They are interesting.  No vanilla, and not much sugar, so they don't taste sweet enough to us.   They are traditionally served with jam, so that is probably where the sweetness came from.    Very interesting that there is a special pan just for these things, and that it was important enough to the immigrants to bring that heavy single purpose pan with them.   Kids thought they were good with syrup and nutella.  Wife thought they were 'interesting'.

    Recipe makes about 30 of the little balls.

    n

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  25. lynn says:

    "Tesla Q4 deliveries beat estimates despite supply chain woes"

       https://finance.yahoo.com/news/tesla-delivers-308-600-vehicles-161248680.html

    "(Reuters) -Tesla Inc reported record quarterly deliveries that far exceeded Wall Street estimates, riding out global chip shortages as it ramped up China production.
    It was the sixth consecutive quarter that the world's most valuable automaker posted record deliveries.
    Tesla, led by billionaire CEO Elon Musk, delivered 308,600 vehicles in the fourth quarter, far higher than analysts' forecasts of 263,026 vehicles.
    Tesla's October-December deliveries were up about 70% from a year earlier and nearly 30% higher from record deliveries the preceding quarter."

    That is a lot of electric cars. Where are the electric trucks ?

  26. Nick Flandrey says:

    Rohde is a new age, woke freak.  Watch the making of Everest special.  Despite all the sketches, photos, and incense burning, the theming is weak and the whole thing hangs on an idea that doesn't hold together in execution.   And not just because it's broken right now.  I rode it when it was brand new and it wasn't impressive.  Half the train doesn't even experience the one big gag, and they really need to abandon the "oh the tracks are ripped up" gag, which never worked.  Not at Big Thunder, or anywhere else that half the train is hanging over the hill while half is climbing it.

    Granted there are several innovations in the attraction, including the change of direction for the train, but like many Disney innovations, they went easy this first time, and others took it farther.  That may be a risk averse engineering thing, but look at the things that have gotten better – the Tower of Terror, the people mover, the linear motor launcher for rollercoasters, multiple trains on one track, etc.   when they were redone.

    Maybe they'll re-dress and expand on the gag at Everest, letting it flower into what it could be once its costs have been amortized somewhat.

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  27. Nick Flandrey says:

    Tesla- record deliveries, but also record recalls, here and in china

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  28. Greg Norton says:

    That is a lot of cars.

    The RAV4 alone in the US outsells Tesla by 100,000 units.

    Even the POS Nissan Rogue moves 300,000+ a year.

    My wife's friend is a huge Rogue fan despite having to replace two vehicles in the last decade when the engine and transmission went, respectively.

  29. MrAtoz says:

    Heads up for Veterans:

    Home Depot now requires you to register at homedepot.com/military to get your Vet discount. Lowe's went this way some time back. They can still over ride if you beg (I did today since they just implemented it.

  30. lynn says:

    Tesla- record deliveries, but also record recalls, here and in china

    n

    "Tesla recalls 475,000 vehicles due to camera and front trunk issues"

        https://www.cnn.com/2021/12/30/tech/tesla-recall-camera-frunk/index.html

    Ah, cabling issues.  Typical for new engineers.  There are a lot of wear issues due to vibration.  Double or triple wrapping the cables is not unusual.

    I had a hood release cable break on my 1987 VW Jetta GLI at 125K miles (IIRC).  Then I had the clutch cable break at 140K miles.  The hood release was annoying, the clutch cable downright upset as it broke several miles away from home.  Started in second and shifted by matching rpms, not easy in a peaky 6,700 rpm engine.

  31. lynn says:

    Watched the new Boba Fett first episode on Disney+.  Nothing special.

  32. MrAtoz says:

    Tesla- record deliveries, but also record recalls, here and in china

    Also, again, Scotty Kilmer's YT on Tesla repair times. 3-6 months.

  33. paul says:

    Danish pancakes…. they look like donut holes to me.  I'd eat them, no problems.  🙂

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  34. Norman Yarvin says:

    The prep for AC drip tray overflow is a float switch that cuts off the AC unit when the water level rises.  They're widely sold for this exact purpose, and easy to install.  (Well, you do have to figure out the right wire to cut and splice the switch into.)

  35. paul says:

    I tweaked the heatpump's cut-out setting from 20F to 26F.  That's the point the system stops using the compressor and goes to back-up heat. 

    I think I have 10K of electric heat in the system.   I forget, I just remember that 20K required another power line and my breaker box is full.  The old system (and the same wiring) had 20K and on cold days the transformer on the pole sounded like StarTrek warp cores.  Kind of spooky.  Whatever I have, the thermometer stuck in the dining room vent says the air is 100F.  Seems sufficient.

    We'll see how changing the set point works some day.

    For tonight's forecasted 20F, the pellet stove will be running.

  36. Ray Thompson says:

    Home Depot now requires you to register at homedepot.com/military to get your Vet discount

    I have my VA card plus it is on my driver’s license. Wonder if I still have to register for the store? Online I am glad they are doing this as doing online orders there was no way to get the discount.

  37. paul says:

    The prep for AC drip tray overflow is a float switch

    I like that.  Good idea.

    My system has two drain lines.  Main is on a scrap of garden hose to get the water out from under the deck and away from the house.  Secondary is just a few inches of pipe poking out from the skirting… covered with some metal window screen to keep the mud daubers out. 

    The difference between the two is that secondary connects to the drain pan about an inch higher.

  38. Greg Norton says:

    “The prep for AC drip tray overflow is a float switch that cuts off the AC unit when the water level rises. They’re widely sold for this exact purpose, and easy to install. (Well, you do have to figure out the right wire to cut and splice the switch into.)”

    The drip pan with the float switch is supposed to be a “last resort” measure. If you are getting a lot of water, check the drain line.

    Our new unit has two float switches, one in the drain line and another in the drip pan.

    The first time the drain line switch cutoff was about a week after we had the company out to service the unit for the first bi-annual maintenance. The drain line was completely clogged with slime.

    In our house in Florida, the internal drip pan that caught condensation off the coils and fed the drain line was never installed right when the AC was replaced. The unit filled the drip pan completely about once a month, and it eventually rusted itself apart in about eight years.

  39. Nick Flandrey says:

    @Norman Yarvin,

    I used to have one of those switches, but the last battle with t-stat had it disconnected during troubleshooting, and it was never reconnected.

    The pan itself has  a drain line that is working great.  There is less than an inch of water in the pan.  What is leaking now is the drain line from the chiller box itself.   It got bent down, and the water is running down the outside of the drain line, and onto the attic floor when the line comes in contact with the floor.  It's supposed to gently slope over to the vent stack for one of the sinks, where it would normally drain.   

    FWIW, the best thing I've found for snaking out the drain line from the pan (which can fill with algae and clog, is a 20 ft piece of coax video cable.  It's flexible enough to turn any corners, while still being stiff enough to push, and thick enough to clear the line. 

    If I can get the ceiling to dry, I'll just remove the bubbled tape and joint compound and fix that rather than replace all the drywall.

    n

  40. RickH says:

    @Nick: regarding your drippy ceiling – hope it doesn't turn into this: https://ispot.tv/a/wVmy !

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  41. Nick Flandrey says:

    OMG, I LOL'd….    yeah, glad I don't have boys.

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  42. MrAtoz says:

    I have my VA card plus it is on my driver’s license. Wonder if I still have to register for the store? 

    The lady at the register said everybody, but you can probably beg. At Lowe's, no. I had to register. I was able to do it on my phone. You have to go through a third party to confirm you status. Home Depots was all on their site.

  43. lynn says:

    I tweaked the heatpump's cut-out setting from 20F to 26F.  That's the point the system stops using the compressor and goes to back-up heat. 

    I think I have 10K of electric heat in the system.   I forget, I just remember that 20K required another power line and my breaker box is full.  The old system (and the same wiring) had 20K and on cold days the transformer on the pole sounded like StarTrek warp cores.  Kind of spooky.  Whatever I have, the thermometer stuck in the dining room vent says the air is 100F.  Seems sufficient.

    We'll see how changing the set point works some day.

    For tonight's forecasted 20F, the pellet stove will be running.

    10 KW of electric strip heat requires 50 amps at 230 volts with 2 or 3 amps for the blower.  I have two 10 KW strip heaters in my 5,300 ft2 office building (north and south units).  But I have 400 amp, 230 volt service.  And I pay an extra 1.0 cent/kwh for that 400 amp service at my office building.  Each side (two sides) of my 400 amp circuit breaker box has a 200 amp breaker on it.

  44. MrAtoz says:

    Ah, Mr. Nick, yes FauXi is upping the fear porn now that people are out and about, not afraid of OMICRON, tired of masks, et.

    WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE! GET QUADRUPLE VAX'D IMMEDIATELY TO SURVIVE! WE'RE ALL GONNA DIE!

  45. Nick Flandrey says:

    And weren't we supposed to be all dead or dying by now??  It's winter.  Where are the charnel pits?  Masked teams going door to door cleaning out the decaying bodies from the mass die off?

    Neighbor had a bad cold for a few days.  Worked remote the whole time.  Whole family in lockdown though because of his positive test.

    Half the people we know from school are locked down at home because of positive tests, yet no one is really sick.

    My wife just told me that she'll be wfh for the next few weeks as her office closed to avoid any possible spread (several partners are anti-vax).   Seems sensible to me as this is actually quite contagious, if not particularly dangerous, and all the staff is fine working remotely.

    So I'll have company during the day.  Oh my.

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  46. Ray Thompson says:

    The lady at the register said everybody, but you can probably beg. At Lowe's, no. I had to register.

    How would they know as the account at Home Depot is tied to the email address? With Lowe's I have an app on my phone where the account bar code is scanned at the register to get the discount. I registered several years ago for Lowe’s. For Lowe's I also maintain the code in the wallet on my iPhone. I have seen no such options in the Home Depot app. I just applied and uploaded my DD-214. Site says it will take up to 20 minutes to verify. It has already been an hour.

    I sort of suspect that Home Depot is changing their policy for a couple of reasons. One is to truly verify military/veteran status as they move to more self checkout. Second is to get the discount applied to on-line purchases which was one of my biggest complaints.

  47. Ray Thompson says:

    Half the people we know from school are locked down at home because of positive tests, yet no one is really sick.

    Half the people in my house tested positive. Yet no one was sick. High risk group. Contributing factors, high blood pressure, overweight, one had a heart attack, both voting republicans. We should both be dead according to Fauci. Maybe that is the goal. Get rid of the old and infirm, which is why China created the kung flu in the first place.

  48. MrAtoz says:

    How would they know as the account at Home Depot is tied to the email address?

    Once you register, when you checkout, a QR code pops on the register. You scan it to get the discount. I guess sort of like when you register a new device to use Amazon Prime or Netflix when traveling.

  49. Nick Flandrey says:

    I'm sure it's so they can see if any vets are buying precursor chemicals.   There was a big push across my public safety stuff a couple months ago about building retail and point of sale awareness of precursor chemicals.

    Vets who have the knowledge and training are all probably on a watch list, and might be considered 'leading indicators' of the coming unpleasantness.

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  50. lynn says:

    Get rid of the old and infirm, which is why China created the kung flu in the first place.

    You forgot that Fauci paid for the koof research in China using USA taxpayer money.

    And I am having trouble believing all this. If it is true then Fauci is one of the greatest mass murderers in history, right up there with Hitler and Stalin.  And incalculable many, many trillions of dollars of damage to the economics of the world.

  51. Alan says:

    >> I absolutely detest the gypsum dust, how it feels, tastes, smells and especially how it gets everywhere.

    Wet sanding is your friend: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Premium-Sanding-Sponge-38-035/203878530

  52. Nick Flandrey says:

    @lynn,  go back and read the posts here from that March.    There were links to CDC articles about paying for training them in bio-safety, which money went to buy a lot of powerpoint, I'm sure, and not much training.  And I'm sure that money was used only for training….  because chinese scientists are universally honest and open.

    We were giving them money.  That very lab.  Not much stretch involved in thinking other money went to them too.

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  53. Alan says:

    >> I sort of suspect that Home Depot is changing their policy for a couple of reasons. One is to truly verify military/veteran status as they move to more self checkout.

    Not sure about my HD (further away) but the self-checkouts at my Lowes have signs saying "No Military Discount."

    I prefer Lowes anyway, stores generally cleaner, restrooms at the front of the store (HD all the way in the back) and the 5% off with the Lowes credit card (HD used to match it if you knew to ask but stopped a few years ago).

  54. Ray Thompson says:

    Once you register, when you checkout, a QR code pops on the register

    And how does the register know who I am? I know that Home Depot keeps track of an email tied to a credit/debit card. But if I use cash I don't understand how HD will know it is me.

    I finally did get registered and there is a QR code in the app. The QR code changes every so often so screen shots may not work. Keeps someone from screen shotting and sending the image to a friend. The QR code in the app makes sense, just like Lowe's. But not a QR code on the register.

    Vets who have the knowledge and training are all probably on a watch list

    Interesting observation. I am on many lists, one being the airlines as I have noted here from previous experiences.

    I am having trouble believing all this

    I don't. I think there is a lot of coverup going on with too many moving targets. I suspect Fauci and his Chinese friends got in over their heads and are desperately paddling to stay afloat. There is a lot that is not being told to the public. I think that is driving the moving target on prevention. If all the information was released that is known there would be a tar and feathering of many CDC, WHO and Fauci, They are releasing just what they want and when it proves to not support what is happening, they change direction and response.

    And yes, I am a senile, suspicious, old man who has 0.0001% trust of the government officials on a good day. These officials spent all their time covering up for their mistakes and protecting their jobs.

  55. Alan says:

    >> Disney ran off Wally Crump 50 years ago, and he successfully themed Busch Gardens Tampa as "The Dark Continent", which continues to be a thorn in Disney's side just an hour down the freeway.

    One of the most congested drives I remember from when we lived in Tampa…an hour maybe at 2 AM.

    But then the Tampa to Orlando high-speed rail will start running any day now…

  56. Greg Norton says:

    But then the Tampa to Orlando high-speed rail will start running any day now…

    I doubt it will happen within my lifetime, and, as I've noted before, it has nothing to do with technology.

  57. Greg Norton says:

    Watched the new Boba Fett first episode on Disney+.  Nothing special.

    Favreau and Filoni have a new showrunner. Plus they seriously indulged their 80s fanboy dreams with the casino owner.

    We ran "Death in Paradise" last night and have "Around the World in 80 Days" tonight.

    No torrents necessary for "Around the World". PBS has it delayed only a few days.

  58. dkreck says:

    3.8 quake at 18:34 about 6 miles west from my house. One sharp jolt. Hoo Woo!

    edit -19:02 reports of second 3.0 but did not feel it

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  59. lynn says:

    "2021: The Year the Electric Vehicle Batteries Burned"

        https://wattsupwiththat.com/2022/01/02/2021-the-year-the-electric-vehicle-batteries-burned/

    "Are electric vehicles inherently unsafe? This is a question more people may be asking, as realisation grows that 2021 was a horror year for battery fire vehicle recalls."

    Don't park electric vehicles in a garage or any other facility.  If your electric vehicle catches on fire, run !

  60. Nick Flandrey says:

    @dkreck, glad you are fine!

    "a little love, huh, ……….."

    n

  61. Jenny says:

    Church and shopping and home before 2. Dreadful cold nasty wind blowing hard, second day. Blew at least one container ship of course throwing it a week off schedule. Numerous personal and commercial trailers (semis) blown over on highway. 
    Grocery store shelves likely to take a hit as a result. 
    Lots of power outages across the state as well. 
    All with lovely 5 f temps. 
     

    We opted to hibernate this afternoon. Back into jammies, soup and salad for lunch, snacked our way through dinner. Closed the chickens up early given the ferocious weather. And now it’s just coming on 8 pm. Husband and daughter pled fatigue and are off to bed, dogs also. I’m enjoying a rare respite room responsibilities and watching The Martian. 
     

    2022 is off to a good start. 

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  62. JimB says:

    Jenny, your weather just begs for Bucky Fuller's vision. For example, how about a roof structure over your whole city to moderate your climate?

    He had many good ideas, but not among them is underground living, my favorite. In many parts of the world, the temperature 20' underground is temperate, while the surface temps might be very cold or hot.

    Here is an example:

    https://www.adn.com/alaska-life/2019/08/11/inside-the-quirky-underground-house-that-lies-beneath-lawn-skylights-in-anchorage/

  63. Nick Flandrey says:

    Humans need the sun.    There is a lot of emphasis right now in commercial lighting to mimic natural rhythms and variations with your office lighting.   Since everything is moving to LEDs, you can do color changing and dimming with only a little bit of effort.

    IDK if it will turn out to be a big money wasting fad, but SOME of it makes sense to me.

    n

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  64. Denis says:

    Wet sanding is your friend.

    Thanks, Alan!

  65. Alan says:

    >> He had many good ideas, but not among them is underground living, my favorite. In many parts of the world, the temperature 20' underground is temperate, while the surface temps might be very cold or hot. 

    Never seemed that way on a NYFC subway platform in July. 

  66. Jenny says:

    @nick

    I nearly forgot to comment on aebleskivers. We ate a lot of them growing up. Delicious. Put a bit of jam in the middle as you flip them. Eat them with copious amounts of powdered sugar. 
    Use bamboo skewers to flip them and make sure the pan is hot enough and sufficiently lubricated. Cast iron is best way to go. 
     

    There’s a whole cookbook out there on these delightful treats. Use your imagination and you too will be irredeemably hooked. 

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