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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 7:18 PM

BRENDA


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Originally posted by Brenda:
Got a shipwreck on BC's coast in Nootka Sound which is an marine park. The wreck is starting to leak oil and now the Province has to figure out what to do about it. Booms have been placed to keep anymore of the oil from reaching land. An otter was killed and a marine bird soiled. The bird was rescued and is being looked after.

Cameras and such have been sent down and divers to see where the damage in the hull is and try and find out how much oil is left in the ship.

She was a cargo ship and went down in '68, if I remember the year right. Hit a rock ledge all hands got off safely.

First the oil has to come out of the ship, then the Province has two choices 1. Leave her down there to become a reef or 2. Try and raise her and tow her back to dock.

I'm surprised they didn't pump the fuel (usually bunker C) out right away.

Ships make great reefs, if they're properly decontaminated before being sunk, for a variety of reasons

1) ANYTHING stationary in the water helps ANYTHING get more food. Think about the mechanics of ocean-living: in a free-floating environment, food and creature swash back and forth together, staying in the same relative position. For any creature, that means that rather than food swashing past them and being ableto snatch it as it drifts by, they have to actively pursue prey, whether than means diatoms, krill, or fish. if a plant or animal can achor itself on something instead, the waves will bring food to them. So you will see seaweeds and shellfish thriving on coral reefs, oil rigs, and sunken ships.

2) Iron is the limiting nutrient in the ocean, Since ships are usually made of iron, this solves the nutrient barrier.

3) Shelter from predators.

However, it isn't enough to just sink a ship. Not only should you remove fuel from the fuel tanks, you also need to remove lubricant (grease), hydraulic fluid, and lead and cadmium paint as well as anti-fouling paint (usually copper-based), Once that's done, the ship becomes a wonderful artificial reef and a great place to scuba dive.

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Can't tell you why that didn't happen SIG.

I know they do. Canada has sunk a couple of ships in the last few years to become reefs.

Have to see what the province and the different groups including scientists come up with. Leaving it there as a reef would bring in more tourist dollars as a scuba attraction when all of this is over. And those dollars are sorely needed.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 9:44 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.



It looks like it takes a lot to prepared a ship for reefdom.

I wonder how they move that bunker oil. At room temperature it's like peanut butter. At those temperatures it's got to be pretty hard. And I know at Chevron's off-shore ship-to-refinery X-fer, even ordinary crude which is much thinner is transferred though a heated underwater pipe.

Anyway, I'm guessing the lighter fraction of the oil is leaking out.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 9:45 PM

1KIKI

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Sad ... but interesting. I hope they can protect the area and its life.


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All that can be done will be. BC is very protective of its coast line.

That's cool!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 11:34 PM

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:

It looks like it takes a lot to prepared a ship for reefdom.

I wonder how they move that bunker oil. At room temperature it's like peanut butter. At those temperatures it's got to be pretty hard. And I know at Chevron's off-shore ship-to-refinery X-fer, even ordinary crude which is much thinner is transferred though a heated underwater pipe.

Anyway, I'm guessing the lighter fraction of the oil is leaking out.



It must be. You can see the oil leaking from the ship on the cameras that have been put down.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 11:36 PM

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
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Originally posted by 1KIKI:

Sad ... but interesting. I hope they can protect the area and its life.


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Originally posted by Brenda:

All that can be done will be. BC is very protective of its coast line.

That's cool!



It is. Like I said in my original post Nootka Sound is part of marine park, so protected area.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 11:38 PM

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Looks like 2020 isn't done with beating up on Nova Scotia. Tuesday a scallop fishing boat went down in the Bay of Fundy. They just called off the search. Only 1 body found of the 6 man crew.

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Wednesday, December 16, 2020 11:41 PM

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Gotta remember to call my boss tomorrow night and see if I am working on Friday.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020 6:13 AM

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Oh, hey KIKI, I looked thru my cookbooks and I - amazingly- still have the Moosewood book.

I'll post the soupe recipe in the recipe thread when I get a chance. I wasn't the cook on that one, tho, so if they did something special, outside of the recipe, I wouldn't know.



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I know you're busy, so whenever you can get to it, I'd truly appreciate it!



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Poor THUGGER - can't even respond to a simple headline.

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Biden’s Obama-era Cabinet picks frustrate liberals, civil rights leaders

https://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/politics/biden-s-obama-era-cabinet-pick
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If democrats* don't do any different, how are they any better?

And when Biden* fails to keep his promises - or even promote them - I'll be happy to laugh at his skinny saggy ass parading all over town in his New Clothes™.



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Thursday, December 17, 2020 1:54 PM

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Turn the blower off. Leave everything else on. Check again in 2 hours. Still high? UNPLUG the blower. Leave everything else on. Check again in 2 hours.

Also, grab the wire some ways BEHIND the blower plug (but not anywhere over it, in the interests of personal safety). Is it warm? If so, it's drawing far more than it should.



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Re-read the post I'm referring to, THUGGER?

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Originally posted by reaverfan:
Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Democratic Party
Our planet and rural communities cannot afford four more years of Vilsack’s aggressive corporatism.
https://theintercept.com/2020/12/11/democrat-tom-vilsack-usda-secretar
y-farms/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter


ON TUESDAY, AFTER some public tokenizing and horse trading, President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team crowned dairy industry lobbyist and former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to lead the Department of Agriculture. Vilsack won out over House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s pick, Rep. Marcia Fudge, who was also backed by progressives. Whereas Fudge represented an opportunity to unite the USDA’s rural and urban constituents and address the agency’s long history of racial discrimination, Vilsack is a rerun of pro-corporate policies that continue to drive rural communities away from the Democratic Party.
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You mean this post?

Because that's the one I'm referring to. That's the one that you libeled me for posting when I merely quoted RF who posted it first.



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Thursday, December 17, 2020 3:28 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.



Still shitting up this thread with your shit posts because you don't have a good reply in the original, eh THUGGER?


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Thursday, December 17, 2020 4:58 PM

BRENDA


Rain off and on today. Dry right now that I am home. Got a Christmas card from my family doctor with a gift card in it. A very useful thing indeed.

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Thursday, December 17, 2020 11:19 PM

BRENDA


Work for me tomorrow.

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Friday, December 18, 2020 6:33 AM

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Still shitting up this thread with your shit posts because you don't have a good reply in the original, eh THUGGER?




Nope, it's because you repost the same post over and over again in response to posts you don't have a good reply for. But you know that. Keep it up and I'll stay here. Trust me you don't want that.

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Just how thick are you kiki? Reread the post **you** are referring to I’ll wait, I’ve got time.


Yep.

The quote below is the post **I'm** referring to., THUGGER.

Quote:

Originally posted by reaverfan:
Tom Vilsack for Agriculture Secretary Is Everything That’s Wrong With the Democratic Party
Our planet and rural communities cannot afford four more years of Vilsack’s aggressive corporatism.
https://theintercept.com/2020/12/11/democrat-tom-vilsack-usda-secretar
y-farms/?utm_medium=email&utm_source=The%20Intercept%20Newsletter


ON TUESDAY, AFTER some public tokenizing and horse trading, President-elect Joe Biden’s transition team crowned dairy industry lobbyist and former Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack to lead the Department of Agriculture. Vilsack won out over House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn’s pick, Rep. Marcia Fudge, who was also backed by progressives. Whereas Fudge represented an opportunity to unite the USDA’s rural and urban constituents and address the agency’s long history of racial discrimination, Vilsack is a rerun of pro-corporate policies that continue to drive rural communities away from the Democratic Party.
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And that's the one that you libeled me for posting when I merely quoted RF who posted it first.





If democrats* don't do any different, how are they any better?

And when Biden* fails to keep his promises - or even promote them - I'll be happy to laugh at his skinny saggy ass parading all over town in his New Clothes™.




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Friday, December 18, 2020 3:07 PM

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PLEASE DON'T FEED THE TROLL. THIS IS A NO TROLL-FEEDING ZONE.

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Friday, December 18, 2020 3:11 PM

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As I mentioned in the Christmas thread, we did get a small tree. I couldn't have put it up without hubby because it didn't have much trunk and didn't fit in the stand very well. I know better, I just didn't want to spend a lot of time picking out a tree. But we paid for that in setup time.

Anyway, tree is up!

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Friday, December 18, 2020 11:52 PM

BRENDA


I'll get mine up on Sunday, I think. Too tired today after work to do it.

Also won't be seeing my boss until the New Year now.

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Saturday, December 19, 2020 1:39 PM

BRENDA


Laundry day then out for a walk.

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Sunday, December 20, 2020 4:54 PM

SIGNYM

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Laundry day, ugh. If you have only one machine and a family, it turns into laundry WEEK. I don't know which is worse.

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Sunday, December 20, 2020 4:59 PM

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Just about the time I swore off getting flap meat because of the poor quality of the cuts (lots and LOTS of trimming required! At least 20 minutes for a 2.5 lb batch) I get rave reviews on the meat that I would have gladly thrown to the dog.

It was a version of Philly cheese steak. Can't taste it myself, but when everyone asks for seconds including hubby (who "hates beef") I guess I have a winning recipe in my ATK cookbook. Back to buying flap meat, on sale.



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Sunday, December 20, 2020 11:09 PM

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Laundry day, ugh. If you have only one machine and a family, it turns into laundry WEEK. I don't know which is worse.

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Slight advantage as there is only me and I can do it every 2 weeks. Flipside being in apartment building with only 4 machines can be awkward when you get there and all the machines are in use. I have had that happen a few months ago.

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Sunday, December 20, 2020 11:10 PM

BRENDA


Tree is up and I will decorate tomorrow.

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Monday, December 21, 2020 2:25 AM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Tree is up and I will decorate tomorrow.

I managed to put on the lights with dear daughter's help, but that's as much as I could manage. Still, even with just lights it looks pretty.

I'll bet your tree is going to look fabulous, BRENDA!

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Monday, December 21, 2020 1:42 PM

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Tree is up and I will decorate tomorrow.

I managed to put on the lights with dear daughter's help, but that's as much as I could manage. Still, even with just lights it looks pretty.

I'll bet your tree is going to look fabulous, BRENDA!

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It'll look okay and that's fine by me. I don't do lights as I might forget about them.

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Monday, December 21, 2020 1:43 PM

BRENDA


Out in the rain in a bit.

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Monday, December 21, 2020 5:31 PM

BRENDA


Well, the rain turned into wet snow then real snow. Think we got about a quarter of an inch. It has now turned back into rain.

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Monday, December 21, 2020 8:11 PM

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Maybe the rain will melt the snow away?

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Monday, December 21, 2020 8:15 PM

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So, we got derailed from what we had planned today to collecting up all of our scrap metal for recycling. We had old light fixtures and the metal pipe that we dug up from the ground (I knocked the rusticles and carbuncles off with a hammer) but the most interesting pieces of recycling turned out to be two farm cart(?) wheels from who knows when. My guess is the 1920s.

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Monday, December 21, 2020 9:18 PM

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I bring this up because the difficulty we had taking it apart for recycling, as old and rusted and deteriorated as it was, tells a story of how well it was made to begin with.

So, in order that these wheels don't die from memory, I'm going to describe them.

About 32-33", they were solid rubber wheels with metal rim, eight wooden spokes and a metal hub with eight sockets for the spokes.

The rubber was extraordinary high quality because after who knows how many years of exposure there were no visible cracks. The cross section of the rubber on the outside was a sharp oval, but on the inside was a tang (don't know what else to call it) that fitted into the rim. Embedded in the rubber were two circumferential solid steel wires, end-joined with a metal crimp and brazing.
There was a wooden rim inside the metal rim, two-half pieces of wood bent into an exact semicircle, and attached to the metal rim with a rivet/ bolt combination. The wood spokes were tennoned into the wood, and also tenoned into the iron hub. The iron hub ... the most complicated piece... was about 6" diameter and housed the wooden spokes and the axle bearings.

I challenge any group of 100 people today to make its equal.

We think that "back then" people were more primitive but, in reality, they had to know more and do more than we do today.

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Monday, December 21, 2020 11:18 PM

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Maybe the rain will melt the snow away?

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If it rains all night then there will be no snow tomorrow. Have to see when I get up tomorrow. Still can see some snow on a sidewalk now at 8:17pm.

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Monday, December 21, 2020 11:19 PM

BRENDA


Christmas tree is decorated.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020 3:05 AM

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I bring this up because the difficulty we had taking it apart for recycling, as old and rusted and deteriorated as it was, tells a story of how well it was made to begin with.

So, in order that these wheels don't die from memory, I'm going to describe them.

About 32-33", they were solid rubber wheels with metal rim, eight wooden spokes and a metal hub with eight sockets for the spokes.

The rubber was extraordinary high quality because after who knows how many years of exposure there were no visible cracks. The cross section of the rubber on the outside was a sharp oval, but on the inside was a tang (don't know what else to call it) that fitted into the rim. Embedded in the rubber were two circumferential solid steel wires, end-joined with a metal crimp and brazing.
There was a wooden rim inside the metal rim, two-half pieces of wood bent into an exact semicircle, and attached to the metal rim with a rivet/ bolt combination. The wood spokes were tennoned into the wood, and also tenoned into the iron hub. The iron hub ... the most complicated piece... was about 6" diameter and housed the wooden spokes and the axle bearings.

I challenge any group of 100 people today to make its equal.

We think that "back then" people were more primitive but, in reality, they had to know more and do more than we do today.


Just to get back to those wheels for a bit: I believe that rubber was ACTUAL solid rubber. You don't find that anymore: Vehicle tires are made of a little rubber, a lot of carbon, other resins, and (usually) steel radial belts. A lotta crap, but not much rubber.

The only tires that I know of that are made of REAL rubber are on commercial aircraft, because anything else would burn up on landing; vehicle-type tires simply couldn't stand the stress.

The wood ... in some parts it was in EXCELLENT shape. It looks like very close-grained white oak. I can't imagine how they bent two pieces of wood into semi-circles that matched the metal rim so closely. I know that they heat the metal rim to expand it, then put it on the wood and let it cool and shrink into place, but how did they get the rubber on it? Stretch it like a rubber band? The embedded metal wires say no.

And speaking of which: How did they get the wires into the rubber? I can imagine them pouring the rubber into a mold which already contained the wires but ... how did they manage to keep them in place so perfectly?

The Amish make something like.



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Tuesday, December 22, 2020 3:05 AM

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Christmas tree is decorated.

YAY! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Tuesday, December 22, 2020 1:38 PM

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Christmas tree is decorated.

YAY! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Yup, but I need my cane today. Still snow and not sure about ice being out on the sidewalk. So I need to be careful. But its not raining for now.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2020 11:11 PM

BRENDA


merry ho ho

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Thursday, December 24, 2020 1:20 PM

BRENDA


Out for my Christmas day eve walk in a bit. Nice and clear with some heavy frost around.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020 1:55 PM

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Out for my Christmas day eve walk in a bit. Nice and clear with some heavy frost around.

Sounds lovely!

Here, it is cold and cloudy. Gloomy, actually. But no rain. Worst of both worlds. I'm looking forward to the next rain event, because then the ashes from all of the earlier fires will be washed from the leaves, rooftops, streets and into the soil or the ocean, and it will stop swirling around with the wind and stop being re-deposited on everything (no matter how many times I hose off the solar panels and the cars, and sweep and dust the house.)

We MIGHT get rain on Sunday/Monday, but this particular rainstorm forecast is getting thinner and thinner and less and less likely the closer we get to the event. Still, ANY amount would be welcome, even a quarter inch!

Lady Rain, please think of all of the creatures that are suffering.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020 5:19 PM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Out for my Christmas day eve walk in a bit. Nice and clear with some heavy frost around.

Sounds lovely!

Here, it is cold and cloudy. Gloomy, actually. But no rain. Worst of both worlds. I'm looking forward to the next rain event, because then the ashes from all of the earlier fires will be washed from the leaves, rooftops, streets and into the soil or the ocean, and it will stop swirling around with the wind and stop being re-deposited on everything (no matter how many times I hose off the solar panels and the cars, and sweep and dust the house.)

We MIGHT get rain on Sunday/Monday, but this particular rainstorm forecast is getting thinner and thinner and less and less likely the closer we get to the event. Still, ANY amount would be welcome, even a quarter inch!

Lady Rain, please think of all of the creatures that are suffering.

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It was nice. But we are heading for a rain up here in the next couple of days for sure.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020 5:21 PM

BRENDA


Baked off some premade tart shells in the toaster oven. I will fill them with some ready made chocolate pudding and they will be my Christmas treat.

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Thursday, December 24, 2020 7:52 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.


Merry Christmas

Learned My Lesson! I have had enough!!!! We'll never help anyone again......EVER!! I'm too kindhearted, or I'm too stupid!! Yesterday it was so cold out that we took a man into our home out of the kindness of our heart. We felt so sorry for him. Poor thing was out in the cold, but this morning he had just vanished. Not a word...not even a goodbye or a thank you for sheltering him!! The last straw?!?! When I realized he had peed all over the living room floor!!! That's the thank you I get for being good to people?!?!?!
Now I'm going to warn my friends to watch out for this man! He is heavy set, wearing nothing but a scarf, he has a nose that looks like a carrot, two black eyes, and his arms are so skinny they look like sticks!!! Don't bring him into your house!! What a huge mess he made on the floor!!!


courtesy of my neighbors at Nextdoor

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Thursday, December 24, 2020 8:43 PM

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Merry Christmas

Learned My Lesson! I have had enough!!!! We'll never help anyone again......EVER!! I'm too kindhearted, or I'm too stupid!! Yesterday it was so cold out that we took a man into our home out of the kindness of our heart. We felt so sorry for him. Poor thing was out in the cold, but this morning he had just vanished. Not a word...not even a goodbye or a thank you for sheltering him!! The last straw?!?! When I realized he had peed all over the living room floor!!! That's the thank you I get for being good to people?!?!?!
Now I'm going to warn my friends to watch out for this man! He is heavy set, wearing nothing but a scarf, he has a nose that looks like a carrot, two black eyes, and his arms are so skinny they look like sticks!!! Don't bring him into your house!! What a huge mess he made on the floor!!!


courtesy of my neighbors at Nextdoor

HAHAHAHAHA!!!!

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Friday, December 25, 2020 2:28 PM

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Well, sat down last night and started to watch the last Star Wars movie. Was a half hour into it when I realized that I was missing half the dialogue, so stopped it and went back to the beginning to bring up the CC which is close captioning. On this movie it is listed as "Dialogue for the Hearing Impaired" or something along those lines. Isn't that just lovely. And in really big letters.

Also so much FX in the first half hour too. Quite rough had to close my eyes every so often because of it. Spirals, explosions and the like.

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Friday, December 25, 2020 2:29 PM

BRENDA


Boss and her husband is coming by around noon to drop something off for me since they can't have me over to supper tonight. Yippee! Not.

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Friday, December 25, 2020 3:04 PM

SIGNYM

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Originally posted by Brenda:
Well, sat down last night and started to watch the last Star Wars movie. Was a half hour into it when I realized that I was missing half the dialogue, so stopped it and went back to the beginning to bring up the CC which is close captioning. On this movie it is listed as "Dialogue for the Hearing Impaired" or something along those lines. Isn't that just lovely. And in really big letters.

Also so much FX in the first half hour too. Quite rough had to close my eyes every so often because of it. Spirals, explosions and the like.

Well, if it makes you feel any better, when we switched from Spectrum to Amazon Prime TV (free for us, saves about $120/mo) we started with CC for a foreign language show, and it was so convenient we haven't switched it off since. Hubby is deaf in one ear due to unilateral Meniere's and muliple inner ear surgeries and eardrum reconstructions, and I've lost quite a bit of my hearing in BOTH ears but don't want to spend $4500 for two hearing aids, and it's saved us a lot of "What? What did she say?" and "Go back, I didn't hear that.".

Too bad there's no such thing as CC for real life! It would save a TREMENDOUS amount of miscommunication!!



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Friday, December 25, 2020 3:18 PM

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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


Need to clean out one downspout and (maybe) re-set the chimney rain cap (after the tie-on having gotten broken off due to a falling palm frond, wind knocked it off again last night) in prep for probable light rain Sunday/Monday, but I'm definitely taking it easy today!

Not as festive as usual... I never did put up the outdoor lights, and many gifts are arriving late. But at least we have a tree with lights and garland, and a few gifts under the tree.

Had to run hubby to hospital-attached urgent care for another (probable) pneumonia a couple of days ago. Since he didn't resist going as much as last time, he was in much better shape and they didn't have to admit him, and is doing much much better on oral antibiotics. I think I know what the problem is and how to fix it, so now I just have to kick his butt.

I THOUGHT I had my aches and pains more or less resolved with a lower dose of SAM-e, but have had to go up to 200 mg about every three days. It reduces the pain, has not precipitated heart palpitations (yet, knock on wood) so I would like to add something else to the mix to reduce the pain even further. Still figuring that out because I'm already doing a lot of the other things "they" recommend (fish oil, turmeric, ALA etc)

Anyway, plans for the New Year, I guess. Looking forward to that. I make "resolutions" throughout the year ... have succeeded with some (getting better sleep by taking care to rinse and unstuff my nose every night, reduced pain doesn't wake me up/keep me awake, arranging pillows to reduce shoulder pain) is the big one, have reduced dietary carbs significantly, getting regular exercise -like you, BRENDA, I walk every day.

And of course have completed a couple of large important projects, especially legal-financial,
dug out a second vegetable garden and
helped hubby put shelving in the garage,
helped put up new light fixture
installed a big bookshelf in dd's room
ran new conduit to accommodate the garage countertop
helped install a 16' countertop in the garage including cutting out a 16'X4' portion of wall to fill in with plywood so we could attach brackets
having the waste pipes replaced for the whole house
repaired/reconfigured part of the irrigation system,
took apart an old compost pile
replaced garage and kitchen tube fluorescents with LEDs
did general "cleanup" leading to several "large item" pickups and metal recycling runs (one more to do).

Not a big list like SIX's, not as important and life-altering as moving but something to look back on as accomplishments.


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Friday, December 25, 2020 3:42 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


Looking back ... JAN 15, 2020...considering how fast this spread to everyone in the house and how sick we all were... maybe it was really Covid-19?
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Been fighting this flu since Monday. Not a big fan of taking medicime for symptom relief, but one thing I AM a believer in is taking meds for comfort before bedtime, so I can get a good night's sleep. IMHO that's really key to getting better. Anyway, yesterday was the worst. I crawled (back) into bed around 9 AM feeling like a block of ice and hurting everywhere, and just stayed there and didn't wake up again until after 4 PM. Can't believe what a good dog our doggie was- except for the morning when she really REALLY needed to go outside she just curled up next to me patiently waiting for me to get up. I thought for sure she'd be a total annoyance. It's almost as if she knew I was sick, and throttled back her 2-year-old-toddler-equivalent-energy for which I am EXTREMELY grateful, since the rest of the household was in only marginally better shape than me.

SIX, you posted somewhere that you tend to wind up with a wheezing cough. May I suggest cough syrup with dextromethorphan (cough suppressant) and guaifenesen (expectorant, loosens mucus). The problem with a scantly productive frequent cough is that the cough itself irritates the trachea and bronchi, leading to more cough more ittitation and more cough. So Robitussin DM or generic equivalent. It might help you thru the worst of many flus; it sure worked for me! Also, drinking any warm light beverage (I like warm water best). Ibuprofen for fever and aches. So far been very useful as a bedtime regimen.

Anyway. I'm definitely on the mend, yay!!!



FEB 3
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So over at this end ... I read in your post KIKI that you're still wheezing and bubbling. I'm still coughing and occasionally wheezing but the bubbling seems to have stopped. I had a coincidental appointment with my PCP and I'm loaded up with all kinds of asthma medication but I have to say ... I'm not sure they're helping, and I'm tired of being tired. I mean, overall I'm way better than I was 2 1/2 weeks ago when I was in bed with the covers over my head shaking with chills, but ... still... some days just walking the dog gets me out of breath! I just started picking up the pieces about four days ago, but "things to do" are piling up way faster than my ability to handle them!

So I'm thinking about this coronavirus and, like you, imagining that if I were ever to get it I'd be the one in the hospital dying of pneumonia.





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Friday, December 25, 2020 4:08 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.



My holiday preparations have been ... next to zero, I'm sad to say. I've just been too busy and at the end of my energy levels at some point during the day.

So here are my wishes - unassuming but heartfelt -



MERRY CHRISTMAS ALL !!!

~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~~*~

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Friday, December 25, 2020 4:52 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Quote:

Originally posted by Brenda:
Well, sat down last night and started to watch the last Star Wars movie. Was a half hour into it when I realized that I was missing half the dialogue, so stopped it and went back to the beginning to bring up the CC which is close captioning. On this movie it is listed as "Dialogue for the Hearing Impaired" or something along those lines. Isn't that just lovely. And in really big letters.

Also so much FX in the first half hour too. Quite rough had to close my eyes every so often because of it. Spirals, explosions and the like.

Well, if it makes you feel any better, when we switched from Spectrum to Amazon Prime TV (free for us, saves about $120/mo) we started with CC for a foreign language show, and it was so convenient we haven't switched it off since. Hubby is deaf in one ear due to unilateral Meniere's and muliple inner ear surgeries and eardrum reconstructions, and I've lost quite a bit of my hearing in BOTH ears but don't want to spend $4500 for two hearing aids, and it's saved us a lot of "What? What did she say?" and "Go back, I didn't hear that.".

Too bad there's no such thing as CC for real life! It would save a TREMENDOUS amount of miscommunication!!



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Yeah, that is true. Thought about my hearing aides then decided to just restart and use the CC that is what it is there for. I use the CC every once in a while when I am watching regular tv and sometimes on YouTube.

I have to get my hearing checked in 2021 and then new hearing aides after that.

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Friday, December 25, 2020 4:57 PM

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Quote:

Originally posted by SIGNYM:
Anyway, plans for the New Year, I guess. Looking forward to that. I make "resolutions" throughout the year ... have succeeded with some (getting better sleep by taking care to rinse and unstuff my nose every night, reduced pain doesn't wake me up/keep me awake, arranging pillows to reduce shoulder pain) is the big one, have reduced dietary carbs significantly, getting regular exercise -like you, BRENDA, I walk every day.

And of course have completed a couple of large important projects, especially legal-financial and digging out a second vegetable garden and helping hubby put shelving and countertops up in the garage, having the waste pipes replaced for the whole house, and doing a general "cleanup" leading to several big metal recycling runs (one more to do). Not a big list like SIX's, not as important and life-altering as moving but something to look back on as accomplishments.


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I don't do resolutions as I have a list of medical things I do every year or 2 years as par for the course. Hearing aides, mammogram and the usual blood letting next year.

I am being lazy today. I'll get a walk in tomorrow as I got to go out and get some batteries for a toy that I bought myself for Christmas. It takes 4AA batteries and I don't have any. Also have to pay my cable bill which the post person so kindly dropped on the ground or floor. The envelope is slightly grungy. Oh well. I will still get it paid either tomorrow or Monday.

My only cleaning project is the bathtub which I will get to before the New Year.

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Friday, December 25, 2020 5:16 PM

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Originally posted by 1KIKI:
Merry Christmas

Learned My Lesson! I have had enough!!!! We'll never help anyone again......EVER!! I'm too kindhearted, or I'm too stupid!! Yesterday it was so cold out that we took a man into our home out of the kindness of our heart. We felt so sorry for him. Poor thing was out in the cold, but this morning he had just vanished. Not a word...not even a goodbye or a thank you for sheltering him!! The last straw?!?! When I realized he had peed all over the living room floor!!! That's the thank you I get for being good to people?!?!?!
Now I'm going to warn my friends to watch out for this man! He is heavy set, wearing nothing but a scarf, he has a nose that looks like a carrot, two black eyes, and his arms are so skinny they look like sticks!!! Don't bring him into your house!! What a huge mess he made on the floor!!!


courtesy of my neighbors at Nextdoor





Learned that lesson real young when I used to pick up hitchhikers. Long story short, the sun was already up by the time I got home that night... thankfully with my intestines still inside my guts and without DUI or a police record for picking up crack in a neighborhood I had no business being in, and later politely turning down the offer to smoke said crack out of a bent antenna from a boombox, which somehow fit inside the pocket of his pants next to the big knife his fidgety little crack fiend hands were playing with the whole time.

Thankfully though, he didn't piss in my car before I dropped him off. So there's that.

I never did take him up on that offer to play Frisbee Golf when he left me his number and thanked me for the ride. I never picked up another hitchhiker after that either.


Seriously. Don't let strange people into your car, and absolutely never even consider letting them inside your house.

What have you done today to earn your place in this crowded world? :)

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Saturday, December 26, 2020 8:58 AM

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T



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Trumps on a criminals pardoning rampage.

T





Trump issues over a dozen pardons, blasts Covid relief bill
https://www.nbcnews.com/news/morning-briefing/trump-issues-over-dozen-
pardons-blasts-covid-relief-bill-n1252207

Over a dozen ...

List of people pardoned by Bill Clinton
As President, Clinton used his power under the U.S. Constitution to grant pardons and clemency to 456 people
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_pardoned_by_Bill_Clinton

List of people granted executive clemency by Barack Obama
By the end of his second and final term on January 20, 2017, United States President Barack Obama had exercised his constitutional power to grant the executive clemency—that is, "pardon, commutation of sentence, remission of fine or restitution, and reprieve"[1]—to 1,927 individuals convicted of federal crimes.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_people_granted_executive_clemenc
y_by_Barack_Obama




If democrats* don't do any different, how are they any better?


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