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  1. Feb 1, 2018 #1661

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    I caught one on fire when I was 20. I heard the jet engine sound ran outside and the flames were 20’ above the chimney. I ran in the house and covered the opening with a table top and thank God it went out. The house I was renting and the next day after cleaning my pants out I saw the landlord who lived next door. Asked him if anyone ever used the fireplace. He said ya go ahead. I said any chance we can get it cleaned first.

    We are all glad you and family are ok. Fireplaces can get fixed. You will remember that like it was yesterday forever.
     
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    I remember the fire we had and dad thru boxes of baking soda in the stove and everyone run around like chickens when the sky is falling.
    The second was the day before we had scheduled the yearly cleaning. Still no damage to the chimney which had be completely built out of fire brick.

    After that we never cleaned it as the fire did a good job and there was never any damage. But one night we had a good rocket going off some guy in a suit and overcoat come running in swearing at us for watching TV and went to the kitchen where my dad was reading a book and never looked up and said. Wait 2 more minutes. And as if he had timed it the fire went out right on cue.
     
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    definition of "chutzpah"
     
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    Most days I start my retired day by making coffee and then reading the obits on line if no one I know is in there it’s a good day and if I’m not in there it’s a great day. I am puzzled why everyone seems to die in alphabetical order though. After I get thru that I come here and read the overnight offerings and comment where I can. Then to my home theater forum for a few minutes and then the hot tub forum and on to Craigslist I have about 5 categories there I look thru Free is first then Tools.

    Yesterday I saw someone selling NM-B #12-3 with ground and they said they had 15 pounds of it. I didn’t really need any and I use more 12-2 than 3 and the ad said 100 feet but it looked more like 150 in the photo. So I priced it at HD and divided by what they wanted and it was close to double the new price. So I took a minute because I’m retired and still had most of a pot of coffee to drink and wrote a note saying you are charging to much if you really want to sell it ask around half to 75% and someone will grab it up and that I didn’t need it. I get a thank you back and the kid tells me his grandfather died last year and he is clearing out his shop and he has a ton of stuff to sell and if need tools just ask because he might have it. then he tells me I bet you are going to be mad when you need wire and didn’t buy this wire. So I ask if he has a rototiller for sale as I’m looking for one for spring. He says no and I tell him just send me some pictures maybe I will see what I might need. So I start getting emails full of photos of a lot of really nice power tools that look hardly used. Might I add stuff I already have. So I tell him his stuff looks nice and he should go thru it slowly and check prices and post the items one at a time and make some money on them if he doesn’t think he will ever use them. I told him I wouldn’t offer anything because I was set on tools and the only offer I would make would be a garage sale price and he could do better. He writes back he’s a college kid with a baby on the way and has no interest in tools and hit him with my low ball prices.

    So just as an example I told him Makita orbital sander, Drill Doctor sharpener, Ryobi hammer drill, big bench grinder and 150’ of wire I also didn’t need. Everything looked only slightly used the hammer drill might have been used once or twice. I said I could only offer him 100 bucks for all that. He comes back with it’s a deal.

    Come to find out he lives in Erie and his grandfathers place is near Pittsburgh and he would be coming past my exit at 7pm. I have his cell number and that he drives an old black Lexus and will meet me at Wal-Mart. Holly is telling me I’m crazy buying stuff I don’t need so I point out a lot of stuff she didn’t need we recently bought and then it was ok.

    So I drive to Wally world and there is an old black Lexus parked away from the store with a kid in it texting on his phone so I pull up next to it and he looks over and smiles and I smile back and roll down my window and he does the same and I say are you Jeremy and he says no, what do you want. Tell him sorry and drive around some more and find the right Lexus. Do all poor college kids drive Lexus now a days or what?

    So we talk a bit He’s going to Pitt and Moving from Erie soon and he checked out as legit had his trunk loaded with tools and he will be coming thru next weekend again and will be sending me pictures of more tools I don’t need.

    Ok now I have to go check CL today.
     
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  5. Feb 3, 2018 #1665

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    My brother's truck broke down on his way to work yesterday. Error code for diagnostic indicated it was the catalytic converters (it has 3). It was running but barely moved-- he managed to get it to limp over to the side of the road. I got him to call the insurance company to request roadside assistance. He hadn't known the number and I had it memorized and they gave him 3 numbers for tow companies. First guy (who is a jerk) didn't answer. 2nd guy was very nice and said he'd be there right after dropping off a truck. Showed up about 40 min later-- apologized profusely and said just as he was leaving, the insurance agents rolled up and needed him to pull a vehicle from impound and sign a bunch of paperwork. This guy actually has a flat bed and got my brother loaded up and took his truck to a mechanic's shop and called the mechanic to let him know he'd dropped it off.
    The boss told my bro to take the day off bc he got his shift covered.
    So we went home. Next morning, my brother called the mechanic and talked to him to see if he could get the catalytic converters rodded out. I drove in to bring the key and the guy said it wouldn't start but he'd jump start it. Then he called to say that it wouldn't shift gears (which is odd bc it was shifting gears the day before). It is beyond that mechanic's knowledge and he said he'll need it hauled somewhere else. So, now my bro needs to get it hauled to another mechanic-- one who blew him off and was rude to him the last time he tried to do business.

    I'm trying to find if we can get refurbished catalytic converters or find good replacements for a lower price. The mechanic I talked to said getting parts online would be cheaper. But I need to figure out which ones to get. There's a front warm-up three way converter (bank 1) a rear WU-TWC (bank 2), and an underfloor TWC.

    When I went to take the key in, the CR-V wouldn't start. So, we will have to jump start it.

    I wish I knew more about vehicles.

    I still need to get an oil change in my Ridgeline-- planning to do that today after I go to the post office.

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    Tried to patch some pin holes in the walls but my back wouldn't let me tried doing laundry same thing wife had to finish it she was not a happy camper said I should have staid at work I tried do it she just doesn't get it.:mad:
     
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    Tuffy, that sucks but I know the feeling. My back started to give out on me when I was waiting in line at the pharmacy for Mom's meds. The pharmacy was closed (they were supposed to be open). They opened 20 minutes late and there were a bunch of grumbling crabby people in line. Had my oil change done while I was waiting. It only took 8 min for the oil change apparently. Then, when we got home, they had shorted my mother by 17 pills (she always counts her meds as soon as she gets them). It came up 2 short the last time she got a prescription filled. So, I have to go back tomorrow to get the right amount. (She counted 3 times to make sure she didn't just miss some).

    My brother is trying to figure out what to do about his truck. It was raining so he took my truck in rather than try to jump start the cr-v in the rain.

    I just ate too much (ham sandwich, rotisserie chicken, and two cookies) and now I'm ready to hibernate.
     
  8. Feb 11, 2018 #1668

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    Painted 2 window casings and the wife made new curtains .the last picture is of the old. wouldn't let us down load all the pictures.

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    Not today, but yesterday I took photos for the 13th Habitat for Humanity home for our affiliate. We got a fair amount of snow, but that didn't stop people from coming out to celebrate with the new HFH family.

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    Tuffy, looks good! Is that a butterfly curtain? It's cute.

    Gary, that is awesome! HfH isn't active in my area, which is a shame. Blue-haired girl looks like she's freezing. LOL.

    I spent a few hours babysitting my friend's girlfriend because she had a seizure and fell and hit her head at work. The supervisors told her to shut up and get back to work when she told them she felt light-heated and needed to sit down. She hit her head and they didn't even call an ambulance or mention that she hit her head (just mentioned the seizure). She only realized she hit her head several hours later when she felt the pain in the back of her head and felt a lump. My friend called me to come sit with her while he was at work, but he ended up coming home early because he was worried about her. Shortly before I left she was crying and complaining that she felt overheated and her head was really hurting. I told my friend he should take her back to the hospital if it got worse or if she started to feel nauseous, and to call me if they needed anything. I got her some Tylenol and Powerade before going home.
    Later on my brother called and needed something to numb his gums and wanted me to get him some milk from the store so he would have something to take his medicine with. So, I went and got some and then picked up some food for Mom. On the way home she called me and asked where I was. I explained I was driving home and she got upset bc she wanted me to get her something from Pizza Hut. She hung up before I could tell her that I got her something from Pizza Hut. LOL. She wasn't mad though, she just really wanted to watch something on the Olympics.
     
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    Yes they are . thank you for commenting how's your friend? your mom sure much like the Olympics.:rofl:
     
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    The GF has plants and sill damage that goes with that. I tiled all the window sills with cheap white tiles. After that I have done few of her neighbours and I have a few more houses to do.:thbup:
     
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    Tuffy, my friend's gf is still feeling sick. A friend of mine who is a pediatrician thinks it could be cardiac related. The girl is 20, but her mother drank alcohol and used meth while pregnant. So, it affected her health and stunted her growth.

    She wanted me to come sit with her again today, but I'm trying to help my brother. He's still having severe pain in his gums. He was given a steroid shot and prescribed antibiotics, but they wouldn't give him anything for pain (and the narcotabs he got for his prior tooth removal aren't working). I'm worried it will mess with his blood sugar bc of the stress and I might have to take him to the ER. I wish I could trust the doctors at the local ER to actually help him if he went in to get something for pain. I tried to get the dentist to numb his gums but she wouldn't. Not sure why.
     
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    If you call ahead they might have a dentist on call that could help him.
    Our hospitals all have one on call 24 seven up here. The dentist just meets you at his office.
     
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    None of the hospitals in my area have dentists on call. Hell, most of them don't have dentists period. Medical in Louisiana is terrible.
    But, I ended up taking him to the ER because the gums kept swelling more and the pain was intensifying. Told the ER nurse and doctor everything he'd taken for pain, that we'd called his first dentist, gone to another dentist, gone to the gp, etc and nothing was giving relief. His blood pressure was dangerously high. It was a slow night though, so they took him in right away and the nurse was a sweetheart. He was given oral medication to reduce his blood pressure, anti-inflammatory injection, antibiotic injection, and a painkiller injection that took the edge off and let him get sleepy. He nearly fell asleep in the car on the way home. I guess he got enough sleep last night bc he already went to work.
    I had to cook for my mother before I left and had to cook for her when I got back. I didn't get much sleep so I'm exhausted and my eyes are fatigued. But, I'm relieved that he's doing better. He said he could feel the swelling going down in the gums last night, so I think that helped.
     
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    Just came back from the Blue ridge Mountains..3 day trip to swap out some bikes.
    Just beautiful... and now back in Ponce inlet enjoying the beach...Life is good.
     
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    Were lucky Jane we have a dental school here where you can get on a slide scale and only have to pay 25 dollars to get any thing done except dentures and we have 6 dentist working there and a whole slue of students and they are super nice won't turn any body away. Btw my name is Dave:thbup:.
     
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    Hanging out in Mosquitto Lagoon again are ya?
     
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    Wednesday: put together a new dresser for my preschooler daughter, slid the old one (which used to be her changing table) out into the hallway. It's a big heavy old thing. Luckily, trash pickup was the next day and I looked up "my zip code + bulk trash removal" and learned that bulk items like unupholstered furniture can be picked up along with your trash, just set it neatly by the curb. So I called my neighbor over (first time ever) to help me carry the dresser out to the curb. Thanked him profusely and figured that was the end of it.

    Thursday, late morning: the trash can was emptied but the dresser remained by the curb, in pouring rain. I can't even put it up for free on Craigslist now. I rushed to the internet to find out what went wrong and realized the city I technically live in but near the border of, and the city whose garbage trucks pick up my trash, are not the same. (My wife warned me about this yesterday but I didn't believe her, because I'm such a genius. And humble too!) Found out I have to schedule a special bulk pickup with the city that collects my trash. Did this. Pickup is in 2 weeks.

    Thursday, this night: had to call my neighbor back up to ask a favor...he helped me move the dresser into my garage, so it won't be sitting out front lowering all our property values, and my and my wife's self-esteem...especially since my son's birthday party is on Saturday and there's going to be like two dozen people over.

    Worrying about what other people think of the appearance of your property is an irrational waste of time, but it's also what keeps civilization civilized! Funny how that works.
     
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    I stand there holding a $5 bill, and never been declined. I even had the trash truck driver wait 5 minutes so I could load up three more barrels he emptied for me.
     
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