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Friday, October 2, 2020 4:01 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.


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How warm is your place? Laptops have infamously poor cooling. If it's hot enough it can start acting weird.


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Originally posted by Brenda:

Not too warm and I haven't put any heat on. Wondering if a small fan might help.

The laptops I've had that died of the heat - had at least some cooling inlet vents and outlet vents on the bottom. Maybe just prop your laptop up on something to help air flow ... ?

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Friday, October 2, 2020 4:15 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.



Dang but it's hot.

Not over 115F hot, but still hot. The day before yesterday it was ~105F. The next day (yesterday) was supposed to be 100F, and the day after that (today) 95F, and so on, dropping 5F every day. Well the day it was supposed to be 100F it was 105F. Today it's supposed to be 100F. The next day all the way down to 97F. And then 94F.

Be still, my beating heart! I can't take such a dramatic cool-down.
/ sarcasm



Though the Bobcat fire, one of the largest in SoCal history, isn't expected to be fully contained for another month, at least containment jumped to ~60% after the brief temperature break a week ago. Now fire crew are having to contend again with the high temps and ultra-dry vegetation, but at least there's no wind.

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Friday, October 2, 2020 10:46 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


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Happy belated B-Day, Brenda.

I wish it were still 90 degrees here, Sigs. If I wasn't so cheap, the heat would have been on here the last two days.... *sigh*


Gutters are up here now, and they're wonderful.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



Thanks Jack.

Good job on your gutters. You are really getting ready for winter.




You're welcome.

Sure am. At least it's warming up for around 7 or 8 more days starting early next week after the passes through. I should still be able collapse the rest of the mole tunnels, clean out and seal the cracks in the garage slab, and get my new insect killer down before it gets cold again.


I just got my replacement ladder today. USED... AGAIN...

This one was in perfect working order though except for some cosmetic dings and scratches, so I decided to keep it for now and look into the discount option I saw when returning the 1st one. Very easy process. They just gave me half of my money back. Very pleased.



Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, October 2, 2020 12:11 PM

SIGNYM

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:

Dang but it's hot.

Not over 115F hot, but still hot. The day before yesterday it was ~105F. The next day (yesterday) was supposed to be 100F, and the day after that (today) 95F, and so on, dropping 5F every day. Well the day it was supposed to be 100F it was 105F. Today it's supposed to be 100F. The next day all the way down to 97F. And then 94F.

Be still, my beating heart! I can't take such a dramatic cool-down.
/ sarcasm



Though the Bobcat fire, one of the largest in SoCal history, isn't expected to be fully contained for another month, at least containment jumped to ~60% after the brief temperature break a week ago. Now fire crew are having to contend again with the high temps and ultra-dry vegetation, but at least there's no wind.

Yeah, I know it does no good to complain but ... yesterday (when according to the weather forecast it was supposed to be cooling down already) it was 105F in town (running around shopping and errands; the car has a thermometer), and 100F on my back patio, in the shade (where I have my thermometer).

It was supposed to be a three-day heat wave. Today, checking the forecast, I see ANOTHER four days of temps over 90F, in addition to the three days of temps near or over 100F. Sheesh.

Well, I still have a lot of "indoor" work to do and will do my best with the "outdoor" work, even tho I can only stand an hour or so in the AM.

So I took down the dirty, nasty blinds and kitchen window "ruffles" that the previous owner put up. Since we never use the blinds, that's another bunch of items heading for metal recycling, and I washed the ruffles. Today I think we're going to scrub the kitchen floor with a scrubbing machine (dd has never seen one work,altho I've had one since whenever) and tomorrow I think we're going to damp-mop the LR and DR (wood) floors. I intend to use a homemade cleaning solution of mostly water, some alcohol, some ammonia, and a few drops of dish detergent, altho what I would REALLY like is some butyl cellosolve.

Well, onward with the dog walk and gardening!

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Friday, October 2, 2020 12:15 PM

SIGNYM

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Huh, Butyl cellosolve (ethylene glycol monobutyl ether) is available on Amazon. I'm going to get some for the next floor-cleaning job, since the dirt around here is reall greasy (neighborhood bounded by two freeways and two main thoroughfares ... altho much less traffic lately!)


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Friday, October 2, 2020 6:14 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
How warm is your place? Laptops have infamously poor cooling. If it's hot enough it can start acting weird.


Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:

Not too warm and I haven't put any heat on. Wondering if a small fan might help.

The laptops I've had that died of the heat - had at least some cooling inlet vents and outlet vents on the bottom. Maybe just prop your laptop up on something to help air flow ... ?



I was thinking along those lines as well. Got a lot of things to check out and see what solution fits.

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Friday, October 2, 2020 6:16 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by Brenda:
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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Happy belated B-Day, Brenda.

I wish it were still 90 degrees here, Sigs. If I wasn't so cheap, the heat would have been on here the last two days.... *sigh*


Gutters are up here now, and they're wonderful.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



Thanks Jack.

Good job on your gutters. You are really getting ready for winter.




You're welcome.

Sure am. At least it's warming up for around 7 or 8 more days starting early next week after the passes through. I should still be able collapse the rest of the mole tunnels, clean out and seal the cracks in the garage slab, and get my new insect killer down before it gets cold again.


I just got my replacement ladder today. USED... AGAIN...

This one was in perfect working order though except for some cosmetic dings and scratches, so I decided to keep it for now and look into the discount option I saw when returning the 1st one. Very easy process. They just gave me half of my money back. Very pleased.



Do Right, Be Right. :)



Man, you are having some rough luck with ladders.

Some money back is better than none.

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Friday, October 2, 2020 6:27 PM

BRENDA


Nice walk along the boardwalk again today. Had to be in the direction of the river, so once I finished what I had to do decided on the walk.

One problem when I crossed the street to the river side, there was a freight train on the tracks, so I went into a local Thrift shop for a look. When I came out of the Thrift shop the train was gone. I quickly scooted across the tracks to get to the board walk.

Fraser is running low again as I could see the rocks and a small stretch of shoreline in one spot. I walked farther today and came across another stretch of sand with some gulls on it. Adults and a couple of young ones. At this point you could see the two tides meeting, water coming in from the Pacific and what was coming down the river. Walking by it couldn't smell the sea like I did on Tuesday.

4 boats on the river today and all were pleasure craft. People taking advantage as much as possible before the rains come and the Fraser freezes.

Not as many people out walking though.

Also farther from where I decided to turn back there were a couple of cargo ships tied up.

Then coming back there was another train on the tracks. This one might have been going to Vancouver.

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Friday, October 2, 2020 6:34 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


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Originally posted by Brenda:

Man, you are having some rough luck with ladders.

Some money back is better than none.



I was actually half hoping they'd send another used one, actually. I figured as long as it was just a little cosmetic damage and they didn't send another trainwreck that I'd be able to get a 15% to 20% discount for keeping it. Kinda shocked me when they said 50%. That's about $150 cheaper (60% off the price) than the same ladder would have cost at the big box store by me. Plus, I never would have been able to get it to my house in my car and would have had to either rent a truck for $25 or put out a friend or neighbor to make the trip for me.


I hope the girl wasn't bullshitting me, but she says she's escalating the issue to the proper channels to get that listing moved to the "warehouse" where they sell used products. I verified that the Condition of the product is advertised as "New" for sure, and now that's 2 for 2 they sent me a used one. I let her know that despite the thousands of reviews that made it 4 1/2 stars, there were at least a dozen or two 1 star reviews that claimed they were sent a used ladder as well, but I took a chance anyway.


As long as they keep being so accommodating with the returns and discount policies, I guess it's the customer's fault if they allow themselves to be stuck with a bad ladder and not get their money back, but people should expect to get a new product when it's advertised as new, and if somebody was unfortunate to expect this ladder for use on a job they had planned, it might not work out for them.


So I guess now all I have to do is figure out where I'm going to put it in my garage. I don't have anything else I want to get rid of out there after the huge purge, but all the prime real estate in there is used. I suppose I could mount some huge brackets on the back wall that would be able to hold the new 12ft ladder with my old 7ft ladder in front of it, but I'll still need to remove 5 feet of tools I have hung on the wall now and find a new place for them.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Friday, October 2, 2020 6:52 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
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Originally posted by Brenda:

Man, you are having some rough luck with ladders.

Some money back is better than none.



I was actually half hoping they'd send another used one, actually. I figured as long as it was just a little cosmetic damage and they didn't send another trainwreck that I'd be able to get a 15% to 20% discount for keeping it. Kinda shocked me when they said 50%. That's about $150 cheaper (60% off the price) than the same ladder would have cost at the big box store by me. Plus, I never would have been able to get it to my house in my car and would have had to either rent a truck for $25 or put out a friend or neighbor to make the trip for me.


I hope the girl wasn't bullshitting me, but she says she's escalating the issue to the proper channels to get that listing moved to the "warehouse" where they sell used products. I verified that the Condition of the product is advertised as "New" for sure, and now that's 2 for 2 they sent me a used one. I let her know that despite the thousands of reviews that made it 4 1/2 stars, there were at least a dozen or two 1 star reviews that claimed they were sent a used ladder as well, but I took a chance anyway.


As long as they keep being so accommodating with the returns and discount policies, I guess it's the customer's fault if they allow themselves to be stuck with a bad ladder and not get their money back, but people should expect to get a new product when it's advertised as new, and if somebody was unfortunate to expect this ladder for use on a job they had planned, it might not work out for them.


So I guess now all I have to do is figure out where I'm going to put it in my garage. I don't have anything else I want to get rid of out there after the huge purge, but all the prime real estate in there is used. I suppose I could mount some huge brackets on the back wall that would be able to hold the new 12ft ladder with my old 7ft ladder in front of it, but I'll still need to remove 5 feet of tools I have hung on the wall now and find a new place for them.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



A head of the money is always good.

I hope she does keep it going through channels. They will loose business if they don't get this corrected.

Do you have any more wall space in your garage? Or could you buy a tool stand. Something with multiple trays in it for your tools?

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Friday, October 2, 2020 11:49 PM

BRENDA


This thing tonight is making me more nervous than a long tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs.

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Friday, October 2, 2020 11:51 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.


Just saying hey, Brenda!

Signy, you might be interested in this. I know you're interested in earthquake mechanics.

More than 600 earthquakes strike small California town in swarm around Salton Sea

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2020-10-01/earthquake-series-
of-small-quakes-rattles-brawley-calif-area




Hundreds of small earthquakes have struck an area southeast of the Salton Sea.

U.S. Geological Survey

By Alex WigglesworthStaff Writer
Oct. 1, 2020
6:56 AM
UPDATED 8:34 AM

A swarm of hundreds of small earthquakes struck in and around the town of Westmoreland in Imperial County over the past couple days

The Southern California Seismic Network recorded nearly 600 earthquakes, the smallest a magnitude 1.1, as of 6 a.m. Thursday, according to a report from the project by Caltech and the U.S. Geological Survey. The smaller quakes included at least seven that measured magnitude 4.0 or greater and 59 that measured 3.0 or greater, according to preliminary figures from the USGS. The biggest of the temblors measured a magnitude 4.9 and struck about 5:30 p.m. Wednesday near the town of Westmorland, the USGS said.

At least 45 of those earthquakes took place within two and a half hours Wednesday, seismologist Lucy Jones wrote on Twitter. She described the event as “one of the largest swarms we have had in the Imperial Valley,” which itself is one of the most active regions for earthquake swarms in Southern California.

The swarm was continuing Thursday at a lower frequency, with four magnitude 3 earthquakes recorded in the first seven hours of the day versus 40 recorded in the last seven hours of Wednesday, the USGS said. Past earthquake swarms have lasted between one and 20 days and average about a week, according to the USGS.

The quakes were largely felt in relatively remote regions of Imperial and Riverside counties, the USGS said.

The earthquakes were taking place in the Brawley Seismic Zone, a seismically active network of small faults that connects the much larger San Andreas fault to the north and the Imperial fault to the south, Jones tweeted. The seismic zone extends about 30 miles northwest from the city of Brawley, across the Salton Sea’s southern half, and ends near Bombay Beach.

The zone is known for producing earthquake swarms, with a 1981 swarm in Westmorland that included a magnitude 5.8 earthquake and one in Brawley in 2012 that included a magnitude 5.4 quake that damaged a handful of buildings, the USGS said.

Another swarm took place near Bombay Beach in August. USGS researchers said at the time that the event increased the chance of a big earthquake on the San Andreas fault, which is considered one of the state’s most dangerous, during the week that followed.

This week’s earthquake swarm took place took place about 25 miles south — too far away from the San Andreas to increase the probability of a quake there, Jones tweeted.

The swarm could still trigger a larger earthquake over the next week, with the probability of a magnitude 7 quake or greater taking place in the vicinity of the swarm increasing to about 1 in 300 from about 1 in 3,000 during a typical week, the USGS said. The USGS was also forecasting a roughly 10% chance of a nearby quake with a magnitude of 5.5 to 6.9, similar to the one seen in the 1981 swarm.

But the probability is only heightened in the area within a couple miles of the earthquake swarm, Jones tweeted.

“In other words, there is no scientific reason to predict a big quake in another location today,” she wrote.


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Saturday, October 3, 2020 8:05 AM

SIGNYM

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Thank for the info!

Yanno, I have an idea that what might be going on is that the San Andreas Fault is SO stuck ... but plate tectonics will not be denied... that the earth in rupturing someplace else.

Wikipedia says this better than I can



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The Landers earthquake [7.3] and the other large quakes associated with it in the Mojave region [Hector Mine 7.1] have been attributed to two possible long-term trends. One of these is that the San Andreas Fault may be in the process of being replaced as the plate boundary (between the North American Plate and the Pacific Plate) by a new trend across the Mojave and east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The other is that these quakes were a manifestation of the propagation of rifting coming up from the Gulf of California.[12] Research is ongoing.




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Saturday, October 3, 2020 8:16 AM

SIGNYM

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Kitchen floor looks nice and clean! The vinyl flooring that we have has some texture to it ... dimples, and indentations between the patterned squares that look like grout lines, and dirt had gotten stuck in those low spots over the years, requiring a brush scrubbing and not just a damp mopping. So altho the vinyl is old and worn, at least it's clean!

My household cleaner worked very well: a quart water, 1 c rubbing alcohol, three drops of dish detergent, and 1/3 c ammonia.

Next, we will clean the wooden floors.

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Saturday, October 3, 2020 8:51 AM

6IXSTRINGJACK


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A head of the money is always good.



Yeah. Love these little unexpected bonuses.

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I hope she does keep it going through channels. They will loose business if they don't get this corrected.


I don't know if they will though. Amazon is really killing it in 2020 with all the small businesses hurting. Around me, there really isn't any small businesses in home repair anymore too. I haven't even seen an ACE Hardware for over a decade. You'd have to call Home Depot and Menards "small business" compared to Amazon.

The ratings for that particular ladder amount in the high 4 figures, and it's 4 1/2 star rated. People like seeing a high rating like that with a lot of people rating it that high, and many won't do much research beyond that. At least I knew going into it that there was a slight chance I could get a used one shipped to me, but to have 2 in a row is just unbelievable. I think something shady is going on unless I just had extremely bad luck here. I have no idea how so many people gave it 4 1/2 stars. My only guess is that Amazon lumps "like" offerings on the same page, meaning that any a-frame ladder offered by that company from 2ft tall to 12ft tall is all on the same page with the same pool of ratings. Maybe only the 12ft ladders are being shipped out used and most people are buying the smaller ones that are being shipped new?

I really hope she followed through with it just to save other people the frustration. It ended up working out nicely for me, but I can think of a lot of scenarios where this really ruins people's days.

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Do you have any more wall space in your garage? Or could you buy a tool stand. Something with multiple trays in it for your tools?



I'm flush out of wall space right now. My problem is that the shed attached to the porch is not in a usable state and I still need to get that fixed. Most of the tools hung up on my back wall should really be in there, since it's mostly lawn stuff.

My other problem is that instead of having proper metal shelving on the far wall, I've got old dressers and cabinets against the wall holding a lot of stuff. It's good to keep dust and potential critters out of everything, but it's not the most economical use of space though.

I'm going to have to remove about 5-6 feet of hung tools off that back wall to make room for the ladder, which will probably be about 4 long tools. At least until I shore up some other stuff with that shed.

It's not the end of the world. But it will be better to have a rake and broom and shovel on the ground for now instead of a 12ft, 50lb ladder blocking access to things.



Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, October 3, 2020 3:05 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.


Every time I look at the weather forecast for "when will the temps be under 95F?" the heat wave turns out to have been extended again, and again, and again ... today when I looked it's not supposed to happen till Tuesday. And the worst part is, it's reaching high temps well before noon. It looks like I'll be doing yardwork in ultra-hot weather this week.

I really feel for those fire crews still battling the Bobcat Fire.

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Saturday, October 3, 2020 4:19 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Sounds like another reason to leave California.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Saturday, October 3, 2020 7:36 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
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Originally posted by Brenda:
A head of the money is always good.



Yeah. Love these little unexpected bonuses.

Quote:

I hope she does keep it going through channels. They will loose business if they don't get this corrected.


I don't know if they will though. Amazon is really killing it in 2020 with all the small businesses hurting. Around me, there really isn't any small businesses in home repair anymore too. I haven't even seen an ACE Hardware for over a decade. You'd have to call Home Depot and Menards "small business" compared to Amazon.

The ratings for that particular ladder amount in the high 4 figures, and it's 4 1/2 star rated. People like seeing a high rating like that with a lot of people rating it that high, and many won't do much research beyond that. At least I knew going into it that there was a slight chance I could get a used one shipped to me, but to have 2 in a row is just unbelievable. I think something shady is going on unless I just had extremely bad luck here. I have no idea how so many people gave it 4 1/2 stars. My only guess is that Amazon lumps "like" offerings on the same page, meaning that any a-frame ladder offered by that company from 2ft tall to 12ft tall is all on the same page with the same pool of ratings. Maybe only the 12ft ladders are being shipped out used and most people are buying the smaller ones that are being shipped new?

I really hope she followed through with it just to save other people the frustration. It ended up working out nicely for me, but I can think of a lot of scenarios where this really ruins people's days.

Quote:

Do you have any more wall space in your garage? Or could you buy a tool stand. Something with multiple trays in it for your tools?



I'm flush out of wall space right now. My problem is that the shed attached to the porch is not in a usable state and I still need to get that fixed. Most of the tools hung up on my back wall should really be in there, since it's mostly lawn stuff.

My other problem is that instead of having proper metal shelving on the far wall, I've got old dressers and cabinets against the wall holding a lot of stuff. It's good to keep dust and potential critters out of everything, but it's not the most economical use of space though.

I'm going to have to remove about 5-6 feet of hung tools off that back wall to make room for the ladder, which will probably be about 4 long tools. At least until I shore up some other stuff with that shed.

It's not the end of the world. But it will be better to have a rake and broom and shovel on the ground for now instead of a 12ft, 50lb ladder blocking access to things.



Do Right, Be Right. :)



True enough.

And again true enough that Amazon is killing it. Yeah, there are Home Depots up here in Canada as well. I don't know how those likes and ratings work on sites like Amazon and such since I can't use them. And even if they do loose a little business its not really going to affect Amazon.

Unstable shed isn't good. That should be fixed. Sometimes you have to do what you have to do to make things work.

Lighter things are better on the ground. No need to worry about getting beaned with a ladder.

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Saturday, October 3, 2020 7:37 PM

BRENDA


Nice Saturday out with a friend. She brought me a late birthday present then we wandered around the mall.

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Saturday, October 3, 2020 11:55 PM

BRENDA


Fog's rolled in. Noticed it about 7:45pm.

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Sunday, October 4, 2020 2:18 PM

BRENDA


Okay this thing lost the battery icon last night and now it is back.

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Sunday, October 4, 2020 2:36 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'm glad it's back on! That (should) mean the battery is charging (if your laptop is plugged into power). But if that's one of the weird things it's been doing - not giving you the battery symbol when it's plugged in - I see what you mean.

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Sunday, October 4, 2020 6:53 PM

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I'm glad it's back on! That (should) mean the battery is charging (if your laptop is plugged into power). But if that's one of the weird things it's been doing - not giving you the battery symbol when it's plugged in - I see what you mean.



Laptop is plugged in but battery is dead. It was just weird. I lost google for a bit a couple of nights ago and go through another search engine for it to come back up.

Right now the left hand side of YouTube has gone and when I try to bring back up the icons, all I get are just the words like subscriptions and such.

So, I am turning it off for a while. Going to check out some tv and think about my supper soon.

Have a good rest of the day Kiki. I should be back for a bit before I head to bed tonight.

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Sunday, October 4, 2020 7:10 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.


See you later, then!

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Sunday, October 4, 2020 7:44 PM

6IXSTRINGJACK


Power was out this morning for a few hours before I went to help my buddy with his rental property. Was glad to find that it was back on and I wasn't going to have to mess around with my generator tonight. Now I'm sad that I didn't stick around and take him up on his offer for free dinner because I didn't want to do all of that in the dark if I still had no power.

:) and/or :(

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Sunday, October 4, 2020 11:50 PM

BRENDA


I'm back for a bit. Wandering around and doing some reading. Decided to check the battery area for dust and it is clear which is good.

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Sunday, October 4, 2020 11:52 PM

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Those things happen Jack. It's fall and we all know it means storms and power outages. At least yours was back on by the time you got home for supper.

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Monday, October 5, 2020 9:42 AM

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See you later, then!

How're things going with yu during this heatwave, KIKI?

I noticed that the "three day" heat waves had turned ... once again... into a weeklong heat wave, at least over where I live, and I know that your place is hotter than mine!

But I see we're due for a 6-day cooldown, starting tomorrow (oh, promises, promises) before the temperature starts going back up again.

Is it just me, or has this been an unusually hot autumn? I recall, when dear daughter was going to epilepsy camp (when they had such a thing) which was the third week of September, it would be quite hot during the day. But then, that was on the interior side of the Malibu Mountains. Well, here we are, well into October, and we're STILL having 100+F weather!

I tried working outside during the AM... or PM... and it was just too difficult for me. Between the dog-walking and the outdoor work and exercising with dear daughter it's just too much, and every three days or so I just kind of hurt all over and crash. I'm trying different things to stop the joint pain (which wakes me up most nights) but so far have not found anything that works consistently. Just started Voltaren gel and SAM-e but too soon to tell. Any advice would be appreciated.

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Monday, October 5, 2020 11:45 AM

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Yeah Signy, it's been pretty warm here. As my old cranky neighbor used to say, it takes the starch outa' ya'! I may not get even 1 bin out this week. I'm just tired of pushing myself through the heat.

I remember back when, when I first came to California, there was an actual fire season, followed by an actual rainy winter. Now, as they say, the fire season is all year long.

I hope everyone is well over by you! How is hubby? Fully recovered from pneumonia I hope?



Are you all doing Halloween? It's quite controversial in my parts. And the divide is along political lines, as one might suspect. And the Halloweiners here are SO politicized I expect them to hand out sparkly MAGA 'treats' that will no doubt disappoint the kiddies. Because Halloween is all about drenching your innards in sugar!

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Monday, October 5, 2020 1:36 PM

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Out for a walk on a cool day.

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Monday, October 5, 2020 5:59 PM

BRENDA


Got the garbage out after the dishes. I've been ignoring it just for a couple of days.

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Monday, October 5, 2020 8:22 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Those things happen Jack. It's fall and we all know it means storms and power outages. At least yours was back on by the time you got home for supper.



Yeah. Really weird though. No rain or even any wind when it happened. I was up early trying to doze off again and threw on some TV and was half up when it happened. 3 hours later by the time I left the power wasn't on still and I saw the work truck and cones out by the main drag. It was a very isolated incident that only hit less than 200 homes. My neighbor thought somebody might have crashed into a poll on the main drag, but there was no evidence of anything like that.

From the time the clock was flashing when I got back home I figured it was on about 2 hours after I left.


Got about 10 nice days in the forecast after the cold snap ends. I think I'm going to make some returns on extra gutter parts and buy the gutter guards for the front of the house. Still debating if I'm going to put them on the back too since not much makes it back there. I'm not going to put them on the garage since there aren't any trees anywhere close to it.

I'll be making trips out to help my friend wrap up his big issues too, in between that and doing final preps on the lawn and outside before winter starts.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Monday, October 5, 2020 9:15 PM

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Are you all doing Halloween? It's quite controversial in my parts. And the divide is along political lines, as one might suspect. And the Halloweiners here are SO politicized I expect them to hand out sparkly MAGA 'treats' that will no doubt disappoint the kiddies. Because Halloween is all about drenching your innards in sugar!
Over here, nobody seems like they're preparing for Halloween. No decorated houses, not much discussion on Nextdoor except a few impractical suggestions, like sliding candy down a chute to visiting kiddies. Even the candy-makers seem to have bagged (ahem!) the Halloween season because they started putting out bags of Halloween candy two months ago.

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Monday, October 5, 2020 9:32 PM

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I'm sure we'll be doing Halloween around here unless some unconstitutional mandate demands otherwise.

Then just look forward to a bunch of kids breaking shit and egging houses.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Monday, October 5, 2020 9:41 PM

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Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
I'm sure we'll be doing Halloween around here unless some unconstitutional mandate demands otherwise.

Then just look forward to a bunch of kids breaking shit and egging houses.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

what would a traditional Halloween be without egging houses and TPing trees?

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Monday, October 5, 2020 11:39 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Those things happen Jack. It's fall and we all know it means storms and power outages. At least yours was back on by the time you got home for supper.



Yeah. Really weird though. No rain or even any wind when it happened. I was up early trying to doze off again and threw on some TV and was half up when it happened. 3 hours later by the time I left the power wasn't on still and I saw the work truck and cones out by the main drag. It was a very isolated incident that only hit less than 200 homes. My neighbor thought somebody might have crashed into a poll on the main drag, but there was no evidence of anything like that.

From the time the clock was flashing when I got back home I figured it was on about 2 hours after I left.


Got about 10 nice days in the forecast after the cold snap ends. I think I'm going to make some returns on extra gutter parts and buy the gutter guards for the front of the house. Still debating if I'm going to put them on the back too since not much makes it back there. I'm not going to put them on the garage since there aren't any trees anywhere close to it.

I'll be making trips out to help my friend wrap up his big issues too, in between that and doing final preps on the lawn and outside before winter starts.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



Huh. What your neighbour mentioned was what I was thinking when I read your post. Someone hit something. Must have been faulty wiring then.

We get too more days of dry then rain for the long weekend. Nothing like a soggy Thanksgiving. But it is October as I said. So, I am expecting more rain and wind to be rolling through.

That's good that you're helping a friend out and have plans for what still needs to be done around your house.

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Monday, October 5, 2020 11:41 PM

BRENDA


Got myself a Halloween treat at a local Dollar store. Marshmallow witch covered in dark chocolate. Should be tasty.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 1:14 AM

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Quote:

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Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
I'm sure we'll be doing Halloween around here unless some unconstitutional mandate demands otherwise.

Then just look forward to a bunch of kids breaking shit and egging houses.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

what would a traditional Halloween be without egging houses and TPing trees?

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Nothing wrong with TP. Probably going to be more of that than usual what with people sitting on pallets of the stuff.

Egging is a dick move. But I'd be more worried about them actually breaking stuff if they're told on top of all the other BS they've had to deal with this year that they can't even trick or treat.

If you think I'm acting childish, imagine the collective childishness of millions of pissed off kids that need a night to blow off some steam is going to look like. Suburbia gonna have lil Portland all over.

I can't imagine what the kids are going through. Nice to hear from people like my pharmacist that the kids actually missed staying at home when they went back to school. I told her that if the plandemic happened when I was growing up, there's a very good chance that not all of us would have come out of it alive. And I wasn't really joking.

Do Right, Be Right. :)

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 1:22 AM

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Quote:

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Huh. What your neighbour mentioned was what I was thinking when I read your post. Someone hit something. Must have been faulty wiring then.

We get too more days of dry then rain for the long weekend. Nothing like a soggy Thanksgiving. But it is October as I said. So, I am expecting more rain and wind to be rolling through.

That's good that you're helping a friend out and have plans for what still needs to be done around your house.



Yeah. I'm actually still debating on the gutter guards. Not for the money, but because the drip edge that I bought wasn't able to be installed before the gutters went up. Maybe it's not the best idea in the world to have a flat surface right up against the shingles where snow can build up. I might give it a season. The gutters are 5", and the downspouts are monstrous at 3"x4" (I've actually never seen downspouts that big on a house before and was kind of shocked to see how big they look). Helicopters should have no problem making their way down without getting clogged. I might just choose to put some mesh on top of the spouts for when the leaves are going to fall though, but even those really shouldn't be much of an issue.


My poor buddy... He didn't get to do any work on his rental property all summer because of his busted foot. Now that he can get to some of it, the season's almost over. He's got some major structural damage in the making because of a monstrous front porch slab and stairway that I can't even figure out how it hasn't collapsed. I told him he needs to get a concrete truck over there stat and fill up under the stairs before they cave in, and that is the main reason why various masonry work around the property is crumbling and why his carport fell down. I'm trying to get him to give this the seriousness that this situation deserves. It hasn't effected his house yet, but it's only a matter of time. It makes my structural issues look small in comparison, and the only reason he's not taking it seriously yet is because it's a pre-war house that was built like a tank and it hasn't yet given way to the weight.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 1:37 PM

BRENDA


Out for a walk soon on what looks like a smoky morning. Hopefully it will burn off.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 1:49 PM

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We had a power "blink". Just enough for the lights to blink, and the modem and computer to reset, not even enough for the microwave and other clocks to reset. Weird. It's like some substation relay took just a fraction too long to switch, our something!

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:31 PM

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Quote:

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Huh. What your neighbour mentioned was what I was thinking when I read your post. Someone hit something. Must have been faulty wiring then.

We get too more days of dry then rain for the long weekend. Nothing like a soggy Thanksgiving. But it is October as I said. So, I am expecting more rain and wind to be rolling through.

That's good that you're helping a friend out and have plans for what still needs to be done around your house.



Yeah. I'm actually still debating on the gutter guards. Not for the money, but because the drip edge that I bought wasn't able to be installed before the gutters went up. Maybe it's not the best idea in the world to have a flat surface right up against the shingles where snow can build up. I might give it a season. The gutters are 5", and the downspouts are monstrous at 3"x4" (I've actually never seen downspouts that big on a house before and was kind of shocked to see how big they look). Helicopters should have no problem making their way down without getting clogged. I might just choose to put some mesh on top of the spouts for when the leaves are going to fall though, but even those really shouldn't be much of an issue.


My poor buddy... He didn't get to do any work on his rental property all summer because of his busted foot. Now that he can get to some of it, the season's almost over. He's got some major structural damage in the making because of a monstrous front porch slab and stairway that I can't even figure out how it hasn't collapsed. I told him he needs to get a concrete truck over there stat and fill up under the stairs before they cave in, and that is the main reason why various masonry work around the property is crumbling and why his carport fell down. I'm trying to get him to give this the seriousness that this situation deserves. It hasn't effected his house yet, but it's only a matter of time. It makes my structural issues look small in comparison, and the only reason he's not taking it seriously yet is because it's a pre-war house that was built like a tank and it hasn't yet given way to the weight.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



Well, Jack. Leaves when wet can stick together so you might want that mesh over your spouts. Just to prevent a leaf clog.

Ouch! for your friend. I think you are right about the house. Sounds like he should attend to these things before a major disaster hits. And just because something was built before World War Two doesn't mean it can't have serious problems now. Any money he lays out on repairs he should be able to recover with rent.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2020 5:32 PM

BRENDA


Bought a tv tray with a gift card a friend gave me for my birthday. Only thing that will work in the spot for a writing/eating table.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:16 AM

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Bought a tv tray with a gift card a friend gave me for my birthday. Only thing that will work in the spot for a writing/eating table.

Nice! Sounds like your home is getting into the shape you want!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 3:29 AM

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As I may have mentioned, hubby is building a bedframe for dear daughter. He's chosen poplar, and is working with all hand tools: planes, saws, and chisels. We bought the lumber, but he had to dimension the wood ... cut and plane it to size, making sure that none of the frame members had "twist". The frame itself is built a bit like a ladder, with long side rails, a header and footer, and three cross=pieces. The long side rails are connected to the header and footer rail with box joints, and the cross pieces are connected using blind mortise and tenon. So today was glue-up day, when all the of fingers of the box joints, mortises and tenons are coated with glue,

And all seven pieces are put together and clamped for drying. Like all complicated glue-up there was a lot of frantic activity for a while during assembly ... you have to get it together before the glue dries ... and some of the pieces needed to be malleted into place because the glue cause the tenons and fingers to swell a bit. Then we had to put strap clamps across the frame to pull it all tight.

But it all turned out great, despite a bit of sweating and cursing. The frame is all together and it's all square, a testament to the precision of the joinery.

Altho NEXT time, I sure would be tempted to use screws!

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 8:54 AM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SignyM:
We had a power "blink". Just enough for the lights to blink, and the modem and computer to reset, not even enough for the microwave and other clocks to reset. Weird. It's like some substation relay took just a fraction too long to switch, our something!

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This happens FAR too often by me. And I can never get an explanation from anyone. :(

I've gone sometimes a year or two without it happening, but then it will happen 6 times in 2 months. Half of the time it happens when I'm sleeping and I know about it because my computers didn't restart and my alarm clock is blinking the wrong time. I remember one time years back my brother asked if I just had an outage or something because the clock was blinking and I told him "yeah, maybe a few weeks back". I had stopped even bothering to reset the time because it was happening so frequently.

I've verified it's not just my house. This happens to some of my neighbors as well when it happens to me.

Fortunately, when I'm working a job I usually don't need the alarm clock to wake up, so it's never been something that I've had to find an alternative solution for. The electronics seem to be able to take the hits too. A testament to how much greatly improved the designs have become over time.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 9:01 AM

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Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:

Well, Jack. Leaves when wet can stick together so you might want that mesh over your spouts. Just to prevent a leaf clog.



Yeah. I think this first year I'm just going to let them fall and keep tabs on them. I can really get a feel this way for sure if I'm right that I barely get any debris on the back of the house and the garage too. And with regular checking I can see if the ultra-wide downspouts let everything out or if a mesh is needed.

Because if it IS necessary, it means I'm going to be up there constantly clearing them out anyhow.

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Ouch! for your friend. I think you are right about the house. Sounds like he should attend to these things before a major disaster hits. And just because something was built before World War Two doesn't mean it can't have serious problems now. Any money he lays out on repairs he should be able to recover with rent.



WWI, actually. It's a historic building in the area.

I know he has the city on him about it, but honestly I can't believe they're not completely making his life miserable about it. You can actually stick your arm up to the shoulder underneath a massive concrete staircase/porch that probably weighs 50,000lbs and wave it around. I think the front of the house is holding it up. He needs to get something to fill that underneath and figure out why it happened in the first place so it doesn't happen again. Any work hes' doing beautifying stuff that has cracked is just going to crack again until he takes care of that.

The rent doesn't cover much though. In Illinois the property taxes are so high that the state is taking a majority of it. It's a real scam living in that state in 2020, particularly if you're trying to run a business or a rental property. At least his tenants, pigs that they are, have some money and haven't stopped paying rent during the Rona.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 9:38 AM

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Time to work.

Think I'll mow the lawn and finish what I didn't edge first, then clean up the garage now that the gutter stuff is all returned. I'd like to get the slab cracks cleared out and cleaned so I can put the rather expensive crack sealant I bought in there to protect from any further cracking this winter. That will be done by this weekend, and maybe even tomorrow depending on if I'm helping my friend tomorrow or not.

My poor neighbors waited too long on that and now their garage door doesn't close completely to the point that animals get in. They're thinking about having it mudjacked. I'm hoping it goes well for them if they do, but it looks as though the structural damage is significant enough that they have roof/rafter problems. They might be better off tearing it down and rebuilding.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 7:18 PM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Bought a tv tray with a gift card a friend gave me for my birthday. Only thing that will work in the spot for a writing/eating table.

Nice! Sounds like your home is getting into the shape you want!

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Slowly but surely. I've only been here a little over a year now.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020 7:30 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by 6IXSTRINGJACK:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:

Well, Jack. Leaves when wet can stick together so you might want that mesh over your spouts. Just to prevent a leaf clog.



Yeah. I think this first year I'm just going to let them fall and keep tabs on them. I can really get a feel this way for sure if I'm right that I barely get any debris on the back of the house and the garage too. And with regular checking I can see if the ultra-wide downspouts let everything out or if a mesh is needed.

Because if it IS necessary, it means I'm going to be up there constantly clearing them out anyhow.

Quote:

Ouch! for your friend. I think you are right about the house. Sounds like he should attend to these things before a major disaster hits. And just because something was built before World War Two doesn't mean it can't have serious problems now. Any money he lays out on repairs he should be able to recover with rent.



WWI, actually. It's a historic building in the area.

I know he has the city on him about it, but honestly I can't believe they're not completely making his life miserable about it. You can actually stick your arm up to the shoulder underneath a massive concrete staircase/porch that probably weighs 50,000lbs and wave it around. I think the front of the house is holding it up. He needs to get something to fill that underneath and figure out why it happened in the first place so it doesn't happen again. Any work hes' doing beautifying stuff that has cracked is just going to crack again until he takes care of that.

The rent doesn't cover much though. In Illinois the property taxes are so high that the state is taking a majority of it. It's a real scam living in that state in 2020, particularly if you're trying to run a business or a rental property. At least his tenants, pigs that they are, have some money and haven't stopped paying rent during the Rona.

Do Right, Be Right. :)



You know your house better than I do.

Wow! That is historic alright. There are houses in my city that go back to the late 1890s and early 20th century. They are protected and the owners have to keep them up to standards and any work has to be approved by the city so it doesn't ruin the historic value of the house.

Has the ground given way under the porch? Cause I don't understand that. Yes, I agree. That porch needs to be taken care of ASAP.

Didn't know that. Up here we don't get much local news from other states. Most local US news I get is from Washington State, Oregon and a little on California. Unless something were to blow up in Illinois, I don't know anything.

Glad his tenants aren't stiffing him for rent anyways.

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