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Thursday, September 3, 2020 5:32 PM

BRENDA


Beautiful sunny day here.

Walk in and a bit of shopping done.

Also massive amount of paper recycling done as well.

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 5:45 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Glad to hear you didn't accidentally shred your music books, Brenda.

You must have a BEAST of a shredder if you were worried you could do that on accident. I'm assuming you mean those 20 to 30 page think books like the ones I had for my guitar? Even still, if I put one of those in any shredder I ever owned it would have been instant regret and smoke.

I kept breaking them. I'd always start off with just a few sheets, but then I kept getting bolder (and bored) and shove more and more in them. I'd be able to fix it a few times, but eventually it would just end up in the trash with the last one.

I burn everything now.

After the house purge, I only have a small plastic tote with some folders with anything that is actually important. Aside from any mail that comes (which is mostly junk) that little box is the only thing left that has my name on paper.

I just tear off my name and address in any of the mail or statements, throw them in a grocery bag, recycle the rest, and burn the bag every spring when it's raining a lot and it's not a windy day.

Nothing goes into the trash with my name on it.


Do Right, Be Right. :)



So am I. I don't know if I can replace them now. One is pretty thick as it all Beatles music. The rest are thinner. Guitar and piano music along with some music for my clarinet. Also some random sheet music. Just songs I found somewhere and bought. They didn't cost me much. The music books did at least the Beatles one at the time. The clarinet book came with the instrument.

This is a new shredder that I bought last year that comes with its own trash can for the paper. The Beatle book I would have to had split to get it to fit but it would have.

The shredder take about 10 to 15 sheets of paper at a time and will chew through staples. I've shredded my mom's old medical card and my dad's which she kept. So, yeah pretty heavy duty.

The shredder I had before this one died of natural causes. I just wore it out and then once when I went to turn it on it sparked at me, so that had to go.

Nothing with my name or address on it goes into the garbage either or recycling.

There is a garbage can by the post area and any junk mail goes into that as it goes into the recycling when the cleaning is done.

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 5:46 PM

BRENDA


I need a snack.

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 6:25 PM

SIGNYM

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well, THAT was an interesting oddysey! I tried calling 811 but got a recorded message: Hello, this number 1-800-277-#### is not in service. Please dial 811. (Huh. That's what I did.) If can't dial 811 you may reach us online at www.contact811.org.

So I redialed 811 just to be sure that I hadn't just encountered a momentary glitch... nope! Same message.

So I went online to www.contact811.org ... server not found

Oh, dear. Has this service been canceled bc of Covid?

So I did a Duckduck search for dial+before+dig+los+angeles and fortunately found their new, all new website, which is kinda glitchy (They asked me if I was a homeowner or business, but then dumped me into the "business" page anyway ...

NAME OF BUSINESS: SELF (HOMEOWNER)
OFFICE NUMBER: (my home phone)

and a lot of other nonsensical stuff, but I filled it out the best I could ...

NATURE OF WORK: LANDSCAPING
WILL YOU BE WORKING NEAR A POLE: NO

... and got a ticket opened. I would LIKE to talk to the person who'll be doing the locating, but it sounds like they just come, do the marking, and then email/text when the job is done. So I'll just continue with the cleanup, working around that pipe area, until tomorrow, when it will be too hot to do anything outdoors!

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 6:46 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Oh dear!

As a somewhat related issue - a few weeks ago I was busy programming utilities phone numbers into my phone.

The number I got for SoCalGas rang and rang and rang ... I ended up trying it a few times before I got thru, and in the background I heard a pre-verbal little tyke quietly babbling noises and doing those happy aaahhhhh! sounds. I asked the rep - apparently they're all working from home, and the old in-office phone system that used to route incoming calls, play recorded messages, and give you touch-tone options, is no longer being used. (She said who I heard was her little girl at the very awkward age of walking but not talking - who she described as a very 'good baby', with a lot of love in her voice.)

Then I called 411 for the Golden State Water Company number, and got a local 909 phone number - which - after a half dozen tries listening to the phone ring at length - I gave up on. I also found out that the old 800 toll free directory assistance number 800 555 1212 has been discontinued since spring. Fortunately, I live really really close to the GSWC office, so I drove by - it was closed (of course), but they had an 800 number listed on a poster on their door, which I then called. The rep had NO idea why I would have gotten a 909 phone number from 411.

So, yeah ... I'd believe COVID-19 has scrambled A LOT of office-phone-based services! leading to some very hastily built but scrambled and awkward work-arounds.


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Thursday, September 3, 2020 8:48 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
well, THAT was an interesting oddysey! I tried calling 811 but got a recorded message: Hello, this number 1-800-277-#### is not in service. Please dial 811. (Huh. That's what I did.) If can't dial 811 you may reach us online at www.contact811.org.

So I redialed 811 just to be sure that I hadn't just encountered a momentary glitch... nope! Same message.

So I went online to www.contact811.org ... server not found

Oh, dear. Has this service been canceled bc of Covid?

So I did a Duckduck search for dial+before+dig+los+angeles and fortunately found their new, all new website, which is kinda glitchy (They asked me if I was a homeowner or business, but then dumped me into the "business" page anyway ...

NAME OF BUSINESS: SELF (HOMEOWNER)
OFFICE NUMBER: (my home phone)

and a lot of other nonsensical stuff, but I filled it out the best I could ...

NATURE OF WORK: LANDSCAPING
WILL YOU BE WORKING NEAR A POLE: NO

... and got a ticket opened. I would LIKE to talk to the person who'll be doing the locating, but it sounds like they just come, do the marking, and then email/text when the job is done. So I'll just continue with the cleanup, working around that pipe area, until tomorrow, when it will be too hot to do anything outdoors!

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If we did not MAKE men poor - William Blake

#WEARAMASK




You'd be surprised at what is shut down by COVID.

The entire City is almost impossible to reach at this point. They still do work and pick up lawn debris, but unless you're calling the billing department you're sent to a mailbox and good luck getting a callback. Your emails will be ignored as well.

The worst is the police force now, although I don't know how bad that was before any of this since until this year I've never had a reason to call them.

If you try to reach them outside of "business hours", which is basically all evening and overnight every night and all weekend long, they tell you that you have to dial 911 even if it's a non-emergency.

That's what I had to do at midnight when my brother was here and the streets were flooding. I didn't see anybody from the city out there like last summer when the flooding occurred, so I just wanted to make sure that somebody was even aware of it. I had to start the 911 call off immediately by saying that it wasn't an emergency (at least not yet, it wasn't). I fully expected a visit from the cops, but I guess they don't do that anymore.

Ridiculous.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Thursday, September 3, 2020 8:53 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Sadly, I was not able to do the final driveway coat today... :(

Before I staged everything, I spent about 20 mintues blowing off the driveway and washing off a few bird crap splatters. Went inside for a few minutes to prepare and when I came back out there were 20 or 30 more leaves on the driveway.

The winds were steady 20MPH and later in the day there were gusts over 30MPH and it was coming from the worst possible direction. Tomorrow is a bit more agreeable with the wind still not being ideal but about half as strong and from a better direction. It actually looked like it was going to rain for about 2 hours today which would have really ruined my day if I did it.

I'm going to have to get my ass up super early. If I can manage to get up at 5 and start working by 6 I could actually have everything down before any wind really blows at all.

I haven't seen that side of 6AM for about a year now. Should be fun.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, September 4, 2020 5:00 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Driveway is done, and it looks fabulous.

Glad I bought the 2 more 5 gallon pales of topcoat, then went back yesterday and bought a 3rd one. 'Cause I finished the job with around 1/2 gallon leftover!!! 75 gallons of topcoat for 2 coats!!!

It kills me that those last 3 cost me $10 more each too since they weren't on sale any more.

I'll be able to return the 2nd squeegie I bought, 1 bottle of oil spot primer and 2 bags of pothole filler, for around $35. I'm going to have to do the math later when I get my rebates ready to go out, but my guess is that with the returns and the rebates the job cost me $550. And around 80 hours of work over 3 weeks.

My neighbor asked me if I could feed his fish over the weekend while he and his wife get away, and when he came over and saw it he thought I had a new driveway put down. :)

His needs to be done too and it's in worse shape than mine because a tree decided that it liked that spot, but he has no interest in doing it the hard way. He retires from his union job in less than a month and he's paying somebody to rip his out and put a new one in. Can't say I blame him.



I even mowed the lawn and bagged it again when I was done so I could take some really nice looking finished pics with a somewhat greener lawn that wasn't all scraggly.


I'm wrecked. Going to go pick up some food and call it a day.


Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, September 4, 2020 5:22 PM

BRENDA


Had my walk and on my way back there were 2 fire trucks in front of my building. Guess what someone messed with the fire alarm AGAIN.

Manager is suppose to be on a break for health reasons got called out of her place to deal with the mess. She lives on site. I felt bad for her and she almost got into an argument with one of the firemen.

Least the elevators were working and I didn't have to tromp up 10 flights of stairs like a couple of months ago or so when the yo-yos who installed the fire system were here checking on it.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:07 PM

BRENDA


Beautiful sunny week here and hot.

Lots of smoke in the air on Monday from fires burning down in Washington State.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020 5:58 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Not hot here... cold actually. Just got done working for the day and decided to close my windows because it's going into the mid 50's tonight and while it's nice not having to keep the A/C on anymore that's just too cold too quick.

It will warm up by the weekend around here, but the 90's are almost certainly done and we might not even see any 80's anymore. Summer's over. :(





Going to be putting up my fascia I ordered either tomorrow or Friday depending on the weather and when they can fabricate it tomorrow. Then I just have to coordinate with the guy on getting the gutters installed.

Only thing left for me to do outside at that point is tuckpoint the foundation in a few spots and get the foundation tar up. Then it's back to indoor work until next spring.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020 7:04 PM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them. SECOND: I am so very sorry I libelled you by labelling you a Russian Troll. I apologize for this. http://www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?bid=18&tid=64646&p=2


Bobcat fire throwing a lot of smoke into the sky and ash falling.

What would Jul/Aug/Sept/Oct be without an ashfall? It's like snow in upstate NY in the winter ...

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020 8:30 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


I have pretty large but broken pieces of ash falling - more than 1cm in one dimension but far smaller in the other. Here - I THINK because the ash is being lofted so high - the sky ranges from grey where sunlight is blocked entirely to apricot where some of the sun is shining through. Even tho ultimately it's a global warming driver, at least here at ground level being in the ash shade is keeping the temps from going as crazy as they were predicted to be - a good 5F cooler than predicted.

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Wednesday, September 9, 2020 11:12 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Not hot here... cold actually. Just got done working for the day and decided to close my windows because it's going into the mid 50's tonight and while it's nice not having to keep the A/C on anymore that's just too cold too quick.

It will warm up by the weekend around here, but the 90's are almost certainly done and we might not even see any 80's anymore. Summer's over. :(





Going to be putting up my fascia I ordered either tomorrow or Friday depending on the weather and when they can fabricate it tomorrow. Then I just have to coordinate with the guy on getting the gutters installed.

Only thing left for me to do outside at that point is tuckpoint the foundation in a few spots and get the foundation tar up. Then it's back to indoor work until next spring.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



Suppose to cool off around me by the start of next week then rain by next Wednesday.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 3:58 AM

SIGNYM

I believe in solving problems, not sharing them. SECOND: I am so very sorry I libelled you by labelling you a Russian Troll. I apologize for this. http://www.fireflyfans.net/mthread.aspx?bid=18&tid=64646&p=2


So woodathunk, but the company that marks the utilities came by the day after I opened a ticket and marked the gas main. It is NOT the pipe I found, but what I need to clear up now is whether the meter outflow ("building line") goes under the house (we have raised foundation so that would make sense) or whether someone did something stupid and buried the "building line" in the ground to enter the building at some point other than the gas meter. Hopefully an inspection of the meter will tell me right away. But if the "building line" dives into the ground I'll have a lot of digging ahead of me!

Would have done this earlier but it was just too hot!

I DID manage to harvest today, tho, and picked up two 4-gal buckets of avocados, an orange-fleshed honeydew,a bunch of tomatoes and red peppers of various kinds (roasters, bell, and poblano). I guess I was taking care of the avocado tree better than when I was working and we are being rewarded with hundreds of avocados. Unfortuntely the tree is about 70 ft tall ... way too tall to pick ... so I have to wait unti they fall, and quite often rats and skunks get a hold of them before I do! But it's too much for us, so I've been giving them away to neighbors. It's a great way to ge to know the people around here and get their phone numbers ... that way, if anyone sees anything suspicious we can call each other.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:26 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


I know the summers suck, but the nice thing about California is that you can even consider taking on a big outdoor project in the middle of September. Around these parts it's time to start packing things up and calling it a year.

Good luck with those pipes, and the skunks, and hopefully you all don't end up having any reason to be using those phone numbers. Do people even do community watch type programs anymore? Maybe they should.




Picking up my aluminum today after a dentist appointment. Hopefully the weather cooperates and I can get a good start on it, but I doubt I'll get it done because there are quite a few intricate cuts at the ends and this is my first time doing it. I'm going to look online for a good hand-held bending tool that doesn't cost a fortune since it occurs to me I don't have anything capable of doing that and I don't want to jag up the ends by cutting corners after this just set me back $100.

One step closer to having the gutters up. Then I have to tuck point and when that's dry I've got to dig a small trench all around the house so I can wash off the small amount of exposed cinder block wall in prep for the tar.

If I do things right, no more water in my house next spring. I'm tired of bailing it out like it's a boat with a hole in it.


Oh... that being said, we've had a few pretty serious rains after our dry spell and I didn't get a single drop from the stacks on the roof.


Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 1:27 PM

BRENDA


Out for my walk in a bit and to mail a condolence card.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 6:32 PM

BRENDA


Got another bunch of shredding done so that is ready for the recycling bin.
Found a couple of things I needed to keep. Good thing I check everything before shredding it.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 6:51 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


It'll be nice once you're all caught up with the shredding and only have to deal with new stuff. It's so nice to have all the clutter out of your life so you've got a place for all the things you need and you're not tripping over everything.




Dental visit went great. I wasn't even aware until today that it was possible to see improvements. They have "numbers" that denote the depths of the valleys when it gets this bad, and it turns out that most of mine have improved, and the few that hadn't didn't get any worse. I didn't even know this was a thing until now. The bone never grows back, but once the tissue becomes healthy again it tightens up and fills stuff in. I told them now that I know that I'm going to work even harder at it and I'll get better scores everywhere next time. :)

Teeth cleaning always hurts when it's gone this far, but leaving the office feels even better than a haircut. I think after I move I'm going to have to make arrangements to visit with family when I come back into town every 6 months for my dental visits. I find it hard to believe that I'd ever find another office that takes as good care of me as this place does.



Weather not cooperating today, so I didn't get the work started. Got all my tools and materials though, so if things go smoothly tomorrow I should have the house wrapped up and ready for gutters.


This place I'm going to is fantastic. It's easy to tell that the new facia I'm putting up is just so much more high quality than the flimsy crap I had taken down. The gutters there are also nearly twice as thick as the stuff you get at the big box stores and only around 60% of the price. (And seemless and cut to your exact measurements on site to boot!)

I'm glad somebody turned me on to this place that specializes in aluminum. I feel like I'm in on a DIY secret that not many people know about. Otherwise I can't explain why the big box stores would carry the crap aluminum product that they sell for such high prices unless a lot of DIYers were buying it.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:29 PM

BRENDA


Now the Vancouver area is dealing with a moth infestation. I had one on my balcony window all afternoon. Didn't move off until almost 8pm. Seen them all over the place today. People sent in photos to the news of months looking like snow falling in front of street lights.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:35 PM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Quote:

Now the Vancouver area is dealing with a moth infestation. I had one on my balcony window all afternoon. Didn't move off until almost 8pm. Seen them all over the place today. People sent in photos to the news of months looking like snow falling in front of street lights.
How very ... weird. It sounds kind of creepy.

It brings to mind the awful gypsy moth infestation in the NE where I drove literally hundreds of miles and every deciduous tree was stripped bare - and the larvae were spinning silk and dropping to the ground - or on you - by the thousands wherever you went.

Have you ever seen such a thing before?

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:36 PM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
It'll be nice once you're all caught up with the shredding and only have to deal with new stuff. It's so nice to have all the clutter out of your life so you've got a place for all the things you need and you're not tripping over everything.




Dental visit went great. I wasn't even aware until today that it was possible to see improvements. They have "numbers" that denote the depths of the valleys when it gets this bad, and it turns out that most of mine have improved, and the few that hadn't didn't get any worse. I didn't even know this was a thing until now. The bone never grows back, but once the tissue becomes healthy again it tightens up and fills stuff in. I told them now that I know that I'm going to work even harder at it and I'll get better scores everywhere next time. :)

Teeth cleaning always hurts when it's gone this far, but leaving the office feels even better than a haircut. I think after I move I'm going to have to make arrangements to visit with family when I come back into town every 6 months for my dental visits. I find it hard to believe that I'd ever find another office that takes as good care of me as this place does.



Weather not cooperating today, so I didn't get the work started. Got all my tools and materials though, so if things go smoothly tomorrow I should have the house wrapped up and ready for gutters.


This place I'm going to is fantastic. It's easy to tell that the new facia I'm putting up is just so much more high quality than the flimsy crap I had taken down. The gutters there are also nearly twice as thick as the stuff you get at the big box stores and only around 60% of the price. (And seemless and cut to your exact measurements on site to boot!)

I'm glad somebody turned me on to this place that specializes in aluminum. I feel like I'm in on a DIY secret that not many people know about. Otherwise I can't explain why the big box stores would carry the crap aluminum product that they sell for such high prices unless a lot of DIYers were buying it.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



It will be nice to get rid of all this old paper that I've been lugging around and some my mom lugged around. It wasn't really in my way physically but like I've said before some of it was sooo old.

Sounds like you had a good day too. I hate the dentist but they do have their uses and this one is doing you some real good.

You should get a pretty penny for your house once you sell it with all the improvements and fixing you have done.

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Thursday, September 10, 2020 11:48 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Yeah. I love the dentist. I know it's going to hurt when I go, but my hygeneist is freaking awesome and she gives me a straight up root scaling and planing every 6 months that cost me $1,500 out of pocket when I paid a periodontist to do it years back.

If I wasn't so cheap, I'd go see her 4 times a year. Maybe when I sell my house and move into something much cozier I might start treating myself to that.



With me, the paperwork itself was never in my way, but it was just more crap I didn't need that was taking up my out of sight storage space. Until I got rid of 75% of the junk I owned, I was literally tripping over the stuff that I do use because there was no place for it. Now everything has a place and decluttering my house did a great job of also decluttering my brain. It's so nice to know exactly where I need to go for something when I need it instead of spending 45 minutes throwing everything around and cussing because nothing was organized.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, September 11, 2020 1:02 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


So yeah, Brenda - I looked up the whole moth thing.

It looks like your not-too-dry year this year didn't make up for the past few years of dryish weather, and the trees weakened, and became susceptible to the moths. Hence the moths multiplied over time, and now they're everywhere.

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/outbreak-of-hemlock-looper-mo
th-hits-north-shore-metro-watersheds
/

Still, it sounds creepy, and the pictures I saw were even creepier than the description.


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Friday, September 11, 2020 3:08 AM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
So yeah, Brenda - I looked up the whole moth thing.

It looks like your not-too-dry year this year didn't make up for the past few years of dryish weather, and the trees weakened, and became susceptible to the moths. Hence the moths multiplied over time, and now they're everywhere.

https://vancouversun.com/news/local-news/outbreak-of-hemlock-looper-mo
th-hits-north-shore-metro-watersheds
/

Still, it sounds creepy, and the pictures I saw were even creepier than the description.




Yeah, that is what the biologist said that was interviewed for the news. Happens every 10 to 20years and there is nothing that can be done about it. There all over parks and street lights and windows and houses. Just have to let them die off.
They talked to one of the people who works in the watershed and could see the brown trees that were or had become moth food.

Those pictures were featured on the news and it was strange. Like I said it almost looked like snow but they are just lots and lots of moths. Another picture sent in showed a porch light surrounded by them.

The biologist wasn't sure if we in the Metro Vancouver area would see as many next year. Just have to see how the weather goes.

Oh and to answer your question for your other post. I probably have seen this before but don't really remember it. I don't pay a whole lot of attention to moths.

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Friday, September 11, 2020 3:16 AM

BRENDA


Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Yeah. I love the dentist. I know it's going to hurt when I go, but my hygeneist is freaking awesome and she gives me a straight up root scaling and planing every 6 months that cost me $1,500 out of pocket when I paid a periodontist to do it years back.

If I wasn't so cheap, I'd go see her 4 times a year. Maybe when I sell my house and move into something much cozier I might start treating myself to that.



With me, the paperwork itself was never in my way, but it was just more crap I didn't need that was taking up my out of sight storage space. Until I got rid of 75% of the junk I owned, I was literally tripping over the stuff that I do use because there was no place for it. Now everything has a place and decluttering my house did a great job of also decluttering my brain. It's so nice to know exactly where I need to go for something when I need it instead of spending 45 minutes throwing everything around and cussing because nothing was organized.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



For you with the dentist, I would definitely say the pain is worth the gain.

I have an eye doctor appointment in the next week and some. It won't be too bad but I think my glasses my need a change.

Well, besides the paperwork and some of this stuff I didn't know my mom had or I would have told her to get rid of it. I just haven't been able to really do anything since she died. I am just now going through my dad's old dresser that I was using for storage. I am on the last drawer which is good. Then I can give the inside of the drawer a bit of cleaning and if I need to use it I can.

Still have family photos to go through and see if my mom has anymore negatives that I need to get rid of.

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Friday, September 11, 2020 3:46 AM

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Save those family photos. They might not have much value on the open market, but assuming they bring back memories of good times for you, they're treasures.



Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, September 11, 2020 1:39 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Save those family photos. They might not have much value on the open market, but assuming they bring back memories of good times for you, they're treasures.



Do Right, Be Right. :)



I will be keeping them. They just need to be put into albums. Some are just in envelopes. Try and find some I hope are just misplaced. Those are of my dad and one of his aunts walking down a street in Calgary Alberta, so that is after WWII. Must have been Fall as he is wearing his army great coat and combat boots.

Negatives if I find anymore have to be sorted out. But I want to keep anything that I find from before 1920.

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Friday, September 11, 2020 1:40 PM

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Out for my walk on a smoky day. Coming up from Washington State. Fires so bad in Oregon an entire town was wiped out. Luckily I don't think anyone was injured or killed.

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Friday, September 11, 2020 6:27 PM

BRENDA


Finished another box of shredding. Now all of that is ready to go down to recycling. Not today. Probably Monday.

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Friday, September 11, 2020 7:00 PM

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Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Over the last 2 days the smoke here has gone from being 'up there' making for grey and orange skies, to 'down here' making for very hazy air, a strong smoke smell, and tremendous ashfall.

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Friday, September 11, 2020 8:31 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Finished another box of shredding. Now all of that is ready to go down to recycling. Not today. Probably Monday.

Curiously, they will not take shredded paper for recycling over here. They DO have "shredding days" when you can bring up to 5 boxes of paper for shredding, and I think that goes directly for recycling.

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Friday, September 11, 2020 9:09 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Save those family photos. They might not have much value on the open market, but assuming they bring back memories of good times for you, they're treasures.



Do Right, Be Right. :)



I will be keeping them. They just need to be put into albums. Some are just in envelopes. Try and find some I hope are just misplaced. Those are of my dad and one of his aunts walking down a street in Calgary Alberta, so that is after WWII. Must have been Fall as he is wearing his army great coat and combat boots.

Negatives if I find anymore have to be sorted out. But I want to keep anything that I find from before 1920.



You might want to consider just keeping all of those negatives, Brenda.

They take up so little space comparatively to other things you can be trashing, and once they're gone you can never replace them. Unless you've got a room that's got piles of negatives stacked to the ceiling of course.

If it's just a shoebox or less worth of them, I'd maybe look into purchasing a special case designed to hold and protect them and just tuck them away at the bottom of your photos somewhere. You might have some really cool images stored on those things that with today's tech could pretty easily be converted to very high quality digital images.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, September 11, 2020 9:11 PM

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Didn't get to the fascia today. Didn't feel like playing in the mud. :(

More rain and t-storms tomorrow, but by midnight it should clear up and we should have a few relatively warm and sunny days so I can get to it.

Between that, scheduling the gutter work and staring the foundation work, I'm hoping I can get it to a point where drying time is necessary and I can take advantage of my old man going down to my brother's late next week. Otherwise I'm going to have to wait until late October to go down to see him again. I have to take advantage of whatever nice days I have left though.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, September 11, 2020 11:45 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Over the last 2 days the smoke here has gone from being 'up there' making for grey and orange skies, to 'down here' making for very hazy air, a strong smoke smell, and tremendous ashfall.



Well winds from "down there" is driving the smoke from California, Oregon and Washington State into my province. Weather lady said tonight that most of the province will be covered by it tomorrow. More air advisories out. Reporter outdoors in Victoria and you couldn't see the Legislature buildings or the Empress hotel that were behind him.

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Friday, September 11, 2020 11:48 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Finished another box of shredding. Now all of that is ready to go down to recycling. Not today. Probably Monday.

Curiously, they will not take shredded paper for recycling over here. They DO have "shredding days" when you can bring up to 5 boxes of paper for shredding, and I think that goes directly for recycling.

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Huh. The apartment building I live in has bins down in the parking area and that is where I take it. Which is good because the recycling that I used to go to when I was in the crappy place has been closed.

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Friday, September 11, 2020 11:54 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Save those family photos. They might not have much value on the open market, but assuming they bring back memories of good times for you, they're treasures.



Do Right, Be Right. :)



I will be keeping them. They just need to be put into albums. Some are just in envelopes. Try and find some I hope are just misplaced. Those are of my dad and one of his aunts walking down a street in Calgary Alberta, so that is after WWII. Must have been Fall as he is wearing his army great coat and combat boots.

Negatives if I find anymore have to be sorted out. But I want to keep anything that I find from before 1920.



You might want to consider just keeping all of those negatives, Brenda.

They take up so little space comparatively to other things you can be trashing, and once they're gone you can never replace them. Unless you've got a room that's got piles of negatives stacked to the ceiling of course.

If it's just a shoebox or less worth of them, I'd maybe look into purchasing a special case designed to hold and protect them and just tuck them away at the bottom of your photos somewhere. You might have some really cool images stored on those things that with today's tech could pretty easily be converted to very high quality digital images.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



I've got see what is in my trunk. There are a lot of photographs and I think my mom kept most if not all the negatives. That's why I need to go through all the other photographs and negatives. I've also got a load of slides but they are in a case and I'm not worrying about those.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 12:02 AM

1KIKI

Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Over the last 2 days the smoke here has gone from being 'up there' making for grey and orange skies, to 'down here' making for very hazy air, a strong smoke smell, and tremendous ashfall.

Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Well winds from "down there" is driving the smoke from California, Oregon and Washington State into my province. Weather lady said tonight that most of the province will be covered by it tomorrow. More air advisories out. Reporter outdoors in Victoria and you couldn't see the Legislature buildings or the Empress hotel that were behind him.

Holy smokes! so to speak.

It looks like here's the smoke plumes making their way up to you over time.




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Saturday, September 12, 2020 3:02 AM

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Wow, that is impressive, in a bad way!

Maybe NOW politicians will start taking forest thinning seriously.

I even read a proposal much like my idea... fractionally distill the trash to create biochar, and burn the off-gases for energy. If you could make a mobile unit that would chew thru the forest to create mile-wide firebreaks, leaving biochar in their wake, that might be a great thing.

But. It would cost money.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 3:05 AM

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Anothr thing you could do with the "forest trash" is make paper. But it would take more $ to ship it out to make a low-value product.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 3:29 AM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Quote:

Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Over the last 2 days the smoke here has gone from being 'up there' making for grey and orange skies, to 'down here' making for very hazy air, a strong smoke smell, and tremendous ashfall.

Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Well winds from "down there" is driving the smoke from California, Oregon and Washington State into my province. Weather lady said tonight that most of the province will be covered by it tomorrow. More air advisories out. Reporter outdoors in Victoria and you couldn't see the Legislature buildings or the Empress hotel that were behind him.

Holy smokes! so to speak.

It looks like here's the smoke plumes making their way up to you over time.






Yup, Kiki. That was what the satellite feed on the news showed. And it is not nice up here. I know you and Sig are living through this firestorm and that I can't imagine doing.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 3:30 AM

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Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


Yeah, it would be very helpful to take all the excess small tree growth, underbrush, and litter, and make biochar!

Maybe ... a good project for a military-esque public-works jobs program.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 9:59 AM

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The saga of the mystery pipe ... so, they marked the gas supply line, like I posted. And I can see that the building line (after the gas meter) goes thru the foundation and under the house .... all very promising. But the mystery pipe is heading towards the supply line, and I just HAVE to see what it does when it gets to the (marked) supply line location. Is it a cutoff? Does it dive deeper?

As it turns out, it ends in a "T", and the pipe continues along the path that the 811 people had marked, so I STILL can't figure out if this is a weird gas supply pipe or something else. So I called our gas company and they came out within a couple of hours, took a look at it, looked at my meter and told me that they didn't know what it was, but that I have a new plastic pipe which is brightly colored, along with a yellow wire which is their "locator line" to which they apply a slight voltage and which helps them, and others, locate a (non-metalic) line underground: definitely NOT my gas line.

So there! I can safely remove the pipe since I know where all of my other utilities (electric, phone, cable, water) are.

****

Speaking of ashfall... when the Bobcat fire comes under control, or burns itself out (whichever comes first) ... I'm going to have to hose off our solar panels. I saw them from down the street and they look GRAY, not black.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 1:18 PM

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The smoke is here and right now I got to get up and get my laundry done then my walk in. Later peeps.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 6:15 PM

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laundry done, kitchen recycling done. sorry for the way this post looks but i'm typing one handed. eating potato chips, something I don't do often.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 6:29 PM

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All sounds very productive, BRENDA! I hope that gives you feel happy with yourself!

Over here, just a bit stalled out: too much on the list of things to do, not enuf energy and not sure where to start.

Also have problems to solve: my credit card expired a while back and all of the autopays bonked, some of them for insurances. Autopay: very handy when it works but when bills DON'T get paid they do so invisibly. So I reset all the autopays to the new card, but am still negotiating with insurance to be reinstated.

Sigh. Very anxiety-producing!

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 7:43 PM

SIGNYM

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So I see the Bobcat Fire went from 10,000 acres two days ago to 20,000 acres yesterday to 30,000 today. The only thing that will bring this fire under control is a change in wind direction.

KIKI, do you recall the Old Fire back in 2003 in the San Bernardinos, which merged with the Pyramid Fire in the San Gabriel?

I could see it from our lab window, that sucker looked to be at least 20 miles wide at the flame front, and the wind was relentlessly driving it towards us for over three days. The smoke was so thick I couldn't see the flame front (altho I knew it was somewhere under there) and it created a pyrocumulus that must have gone at least three miles high.

So I would go look at it every few hours, all the firefighting efforts in the world weren't going to make a dent in that monster.

Then, from one hour to the next, the wind reversed. Instead of the smoke blowing towards us, it was blowing away. The flames became briefly visible, but because the fire was being blown back over ground it had already charred there was nothing left to burn and it just ... went out.

Of course, there were still a lot of hotspots to put out, but it was just mopup work ... yanno, human scale effort, something people could accomplish. But in the end, nature put it out, as only nature can do.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 8:10 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
The saga of the mystery pipe ... so, they marked the gas supply line, like I posted. And I can see that the building line (after the gas meter) goes thru the foundation and under the house .... all very promising. But the mystery pipe is heading towards the supply line, and I just HAVE to see what it does when it gets to the (marked) supply line location. Is it a cutoff? Does it dive deeper?

As it turns out, it ends in a "T", and the pipe continues along the path that the 811 people had marked, so I STILL can't figure out if this is a weird gas supply pipe or something else. So I called our gas company and they came out within a couple of hours, took a look at it, looked at my meter and told me that they didn't know what it was, but that I have a new plastic pipe which is brightly colored, along with a yellow wire which is their "locator line" to which they apply a slight voltage and which helps them, and others, locate a (non-metalic) line underground: definitely NOT my gas line.

So there! I can safely remove the pipe since I know where all of my other utilities (electric, phone, cable, water) are.

****

Speaking of ashfall... when the Bobcat fire comes under control, or burns itself out (whichever comes first) ... I'm going to have to hose off our solar panels. I saw them from down the street and they look GRAY, not black.

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Why are you removing it again?

Just leave it.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 8:51 PM

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Goodbye, kind world (George Monbiot) - In common with all those generations which have contemplated catastrophe, we appear to be incapable of understanding what confronts us.


I've been wondering why sometimes the smoke lofts really high and creates grey and orange skies, and sometimes it's down here at ground level, where it's definitely hazy (can't see to the end of the street) and has a really, really strong smoke smell. According to the news last night, it has to do with the density of the smoke particles.

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Saturday, September 12, 2020 10:34 PM

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Quote:

Why are you removing it again?
Because it's so close to the surface that I hit it with my shovel over and over again, every time I'm working in that area, which is about 12' of its length.

I only unearthed the rest of it just to find out what it was.



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