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Title: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 12, 2016, 05:58:38 AM
My travels took me to South Carolina this year. I'd never set foot there before, only rolled through on the train, some of that during the night.  Flew to Jacksonville, FL, drove to Hilton Head Island, SC, stayed a few nights, drove to Charleston, SC, stayed a week, then back to Hilton Head for Valentine's Day, drove to Orlando, hit the parks and flew home.

Sure the polar vortex sort of followed us, but it was refreshingly milder than Wisconsin. Spring-like to us.

Anyway, this is about South Carolina and Charleston. I would say the number of American flags and battle flags were about equal.

Took a city tour/ Fort Sumter tour / went to the slave market museum. Shopped and dined, mostly. Learned something, or maybe re-learned something I forgot. Carolina is Latin for Charles  ( just as Charlemagne's empire was called the Carolinian which I did know). The Carolinas were a land grant in gratitude to the nobles who helped to re-instate Charles as king of England after Cromwell's heir bungled the governance. It wasn't named for some queen, as I previously thought. So there were some nobles living there. Charleston was a good harbor which could be defended against Indians, Spanish, slave revolts, etc. Sort of a combined sense of class privilege, militarism and siege mentality. The Citadel military academy grew out of that. They were a walled city. They kept slaves shackled in their homes at night, to keep other slaves from setting them alight while they slept.

The costal plains are marshy, and excellent for producing rice, while the tidal flats were great for shellfish. This productivity supported a high population. They brought in a lot of slaves to produce rice. It made the plantations rich. The richest city in America, and of the plantations holding 500 slaves or more, the majority were in SC.

When slave imports were banned, they made money breeding and auctioning slaves.

Modern day Charleston has beautiful mansions, delicious fresh seafood, and charming people. But based on my interactions with the locals, reading plaques at the historical sites, and the tour guide slipping up and saying "when our nation seceded from the United States..Oops. ", I was picking up what I thought of as a "Texas vibe", as if they thought themselves superior to, and apart from, the USA on some level. 

Yeah, I know, SC is patriotic, with a high participation in the armed services, and a home to many retired veterans.

Is it just me, or do Charlestonians give off a "Texas vibe" ?

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 13, 2016, 03:09:58 PM
You don't want to get me started again on South Carolina...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 16, 2016, 06:37:18 AM
CONTEXT-
These days I'm suffering from a sort of Domino effect. My mother -in-law moved into an assisted living facility. Which means stuff has to get removed from her house, and some of it stuffed in my car and hauled home, or to good will, or to assisted living. My house is already full and in need of cleaning, but my wife needs to make most of the determinations on the stuff in our home. She's busy doing taxes for the extended family, which tends to add to the sprawl and clutter.

Many times, before I can unload my car, or put something away, I have to clear space somewhere else, such as  a closet or basement, or in the garage. The downside to this is that cleared space is a sort of vacuum. I have plans for shifting and re-organizing and consolidating stuff, but other stuff fills the void. Example- I'm trying to make space to move a freezer into my basement. That not only means space, but a pathway wide enough to get furniture out, and a freezer in.  But My wife and resident niece develop grander plans for a basement beauty salon and now a sewing area. Make room for more furniture!

POINT-
The tasks seem rather daunting. So I wishing that I could either be restored to my youth, able to work faster, with better balance, more stamina, and a back that holds up under a move, OR That I could clone myself and have an extra set of arms and legs for moving furniture, boxes, and big stuff. etc.

When I explained this to my wife she said that if I were younger I wouldn't have the time, I'd be working until dark every night, and then some. You're retired. You've got time that's your advantage. Use it.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on March 16, 2016, 12:31:53 PM
You have a local boy scouts troop?  They're always looking for 'service projects', and helping a fellow move crap around is an easy one.  Couple pizzas and an army of teenagers can move a lot of stuff. 

We're in the same kind of pattern right now, though.  Need to move megacraptons of stuff to make room for demolition but I need to make room for the stuff before I can move it.  My resignation to packing away all the Halloween stuff was just the start.  More coming this weekend. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 16, 2016, 06:23:13 PM
I'm so glad you said that!
I forgot about the Food Drive on Saturday. I need to prioritize cleaning our pantry. Which will make space for the kitchen table and chairs swap my wife wanted to do with her mother...

I'll have to contemplate the use of a scout troop, or 2 men and a truck as I work on this stuff. I need to do more organization before I need more help.

I have a trip to the home to see about setting up a DVR and getting the phone working right today.

Today I am suffering from dust overload.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 16, 2016, 06:27:32 PM
I automatically get sick as a dog doing any housework but completely dust-free tasks like some of the kitchen stuff.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on March 16, 2016, 07:10:21 PM
If it were Utah, I'd suggest asking who the elder's quorum leader is... 

The local 2 men and a truck moved a safe and piano from hEt's parents to our place and did an admirable job of it, though I was forced to lend assistance with the safe.   Scouts would be cheaper, though, if you don't need the vehicle.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 18, 2016, 03:50:17 AM
I'm sitting down because I'm worn out, but it's coming together.

While I was working I was thinking about the organization I'd need before I could even apply help. Cleared the ledge on the stairs, so that crap wouldn't avalanche  on them while bigger stuff was being moved out.  Shifted a file cabinet on a hand truck  from the living room to the kitchen. Broadened the path in the basement and carried up an overstuffed chair to the living room. Then a plan started to come together....

Arranged for my nephew and his pick-up truck for a day this weekend.  I used a sawzall and a leatherman to bisect the matching couch and stacked the pieces. That will save moving the freezer at the bottom of the stairs. That gave me more room to sort.

We'll get the couch out and disposed of. Then there is the freezer from my MiL's basement to move to mine, and a dresser with vanity to move from my Brother-in-law's basement to mine. And the dinette set swap between my house and MiL's. I need to check my straps and bungees. Moved the portable greenhouse to my bedroom, it will go to the balcony when it's warmer and less windy.

Had the resident niece in the space deciding where stuff will go... I just gotta keep putting in the time with the paper and small stuff, sorting into trash, recycle and keep. It's not that most of it can't go, it's that there are the odd items that are valuable or sentimental/irreplaceable, and I'm not sure where in the basement they are any more.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 18, 2016, 04:05:58 AM
TOPIC-
This was one of the reasons I decided to start this thread. What do you think happens to stuff that disappears in a move. Broken? Mislabeled? Consolidated?
Accidentally disposed of? I lost a handful of uncut garnets once.

I should have a handbook and a set of spurs ( acquired in different decades ) which belonged to my grandfather who was once a professional gamecock fighter. Apparently he was pretty good, because he was invited to the nationals in Tampa before he found Jesus and became a preacher. But that  stuff goes back 4 residences or so.

DO you have anything odd that got displaced in a move, or an attic or something?

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 18, 2016, 03:04:13 PM
I'm still waiting for some key mask-making supplies to turn up.  It's really irritating, though I haven't actually needed them yet.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 19, 2016, 08:49:07 PM
The nephew brought his pick-up and a friend over.  My wife negotiated pizza and pumpkin pie as payment. 

We got the bisected couch out of the basement and onto the back porch, I moved the chair to join it ( to be removed later), completed the dinette set swap, got the freezer and contents moved to my house and freezing again. Turns out the vanity was neither empty nor accessible, so that's a move for another day.

Now I have a little more room to sort and shift stuff.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 19, 2016, 09:14:49 PM
;b;
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Valka on March 19, 2016, 11:09:34 PM
TOPIC-
This was one of the reasons I decided to start this thread. What do you think happens to stuff that disappears in a move. Broken? Mislabeled? Consolidated?
Accidentally disposed of? I lost a handful of uncut garnets once.

I should have a handbook and a set of spurs ( acquired in different decades ) which belonged to my grandfather who was once a professional gamecock fighter. Apparently he was pretty good, because he was invited to the nationals in Tampa before he found Jesus and became a preacher. But that  stuff goes back 4 residences or so.

DO you have anything odd that got displaced in a move, or an attic or something?

I know some stuff got thrown out, because I found the evidence. For some reason they decided I didn't really need that brand new, still in the box DVD shelf, so threw it out - where it got warped from being out in the rain (discovered when I retrieved it and tried to put it together). I also found a suitcase of convention costumes, some of which were ruined. I managed to salvage the money I'd tucked away as an emergency stash (I always kept an emergency fund in case the hotel expenses ran higher than planned or I needed to take the Greyhound home).

And then there's the matter of the stuff that was stolen. I'm really not happy that my "Five Doctors" painting and another fantasy-themed painting were stolen, and I can't fathom why anyone would want my Amiga monitor but not the rest of it. Maybe because the rest of it needed a special screwdriver to remove it from the desk...

In this last move I'm just lucky I got my purse back intact. One of the movers put my purse on the moving truck - at the very back, which led to all kinds of <fuddle-duddling drama> when I tried to move in here. The manager wouldn't let me have the keys until I paid for the early move ($300) and I couldn't pay until I got my purse. The head of the movers took cash out of his wallet, but the manager wouldn't take cash. So I told her I had no other way to pay her besides plastic - and my cards were in my purse, which was in the truck, so she'd have to allow them to unload.

She "graciously" let them unload in the hallway between the elevator and my suite and finally the purse was found. All this added a couple of hours to the bill, of course. That's one moving company I will never use again, and in fact I warn people away from them.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 19, 2016, 11:12:50 PM
You have ALL the luck, don't you?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Valka on March 19, 2016, 11:21:46 PM
I hope I'll never have to move again. When we have a decent manager here (the current one treats me pretty well), things are okay. But I still have most of my packing boxes (the kind that fold up) just in case. I also have the business card for the last company I used, to bring my stuff here from the storage place where I'd had some of it... now they did a good job. They were prompt, careful, and put everything where I told them to.

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 24, 2016, 12:37:57 AM
As pleased as I am with last week's productivity, there is more to be done, and most of it needs doing by me. Sorting, mostly. The downside is that I am wiped out. I haven't done any work on the basement since Saturday, feeling the strain on my back, my balance, and my stamina. I'm merely keeping up with homemaking ( best all inclusive term ). The ibuprofen resulted in nosebleeds, so I had to knock it off. We had a winter relapse today.

My nightly newsfeed is normally NBC, because we feel the local affiliate has the best weather coverage. It's been a long political campaign, and I find it ironic that NBC dropped Trump's tv show because he called Mexicans rapists, but they don't hesitate to feature him as the lead story night after night, week after week, on the Nightly News.

Well that might mean something if Trump were saying NEWsworthy things. But he didn't really. "The country is a disaster! It's all the Clintons/Bush's/Obama's fault! Believe me, I have all of the answers. My popularity proves I'm right!"

WHAT IF?

What if instead of leading with the same old same old, they tried to interview the candidates? What if they fact checked them? Compared experience and records? Reported on who makes up their demographic support and financial backers? Asked them their top 3 priorities?

Maybe we'd have a better-informed electorate, Maybe the news team could get back to reporting politics instead of trying to shape it. 

Boring? Maybe. But so is the same schtick from The Leader night after night. I generally don't consider Tweets to be newsworthy, but that's the top political story tonight- Trump's Tweet!
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Valka on March 24, 2016, 02:31:46 AM
You'd hate the CBC's website, then (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). Our national broadcaster has a lot of "articles" that consist of nothing but content lifted from Twitter, with a few sentences stringing them together. And of course they don't allow regular comments on those pages anymore, since many of the comments were complaints about the plagiarism from Twitter in place of real articles.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 24, 2016, 03:49:43 AM
You'd hate the CBC's website, then (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation). Our national broadcaster has a lot of "articles" that consist of nothing but content lifted from Twitter, with a few sentences stringing them together. And of course they don't allow regular comments on those pages anymore, since many of the comments were complaints about the plagiarism from Twitter in place of real articles.

That is horrific!
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on March 24, 2016, 12:39:06 PM
But so is the same schtick from The Leader night after night.

I don't know where you come up with "the Leader" name as I avoid the politics thread usually, but it reminds me of the Simpsons cult.

! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPpv9lAtr8M#)
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 24, 2016, 02:48:32 PM
Well, rather than use his name on the internet, and risk getting get fed more Trump "news", I chose to use the term "Frontrunner", and not "The Pig." He started exhibiting more and more fascist and autocratic tendencies. When he re-tweeted a Mussolini quote,( that was newsworthy, I thought ) it was too much and I made the switch to "The Leader." 

In a strange coincidence, Amazon continually suggests I buy the game "UNO" !
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on March 24, 2016, 04:07:11 PM
Did you know they sell coffins at walmart?  I'm constantly reminded. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 25, 2016, 03:54:55 AM
Did you know they sell coffins at walmart?  I'm constantly reminded.

This is probably the biggest laugh of the day.

I know that the hardware in Haines Alaska sells them. In Alaska, your burial might wait until spring. There were a lot of regulations in Pennsylvania, I don't know if you could get or be buried in one that wasn't from a licensed funeral home.

TOPIC- Online Advertising

It might be my nature to protect my privacy, but somewhere along the way I decided I rather see tailored ads about computer games or whatever I recently googled, than suffer through a lifetime of erectile dysfunction and sub-prime mortgage ads.

But my opinion really hasn't changed since I first subscribed to dial-up. The most effective advertising would simply be to remind me with banners or spot ads or  whatever, about brand products I already know. A simple "Drink Ice Cold Coca Cola" "Pizza Hut Pizza to Go" "Skittles- Taste the rainbow" shown every 10 minutes would likely increase my consumption. Any number of familiar brands and slogans, just by reminding me about them, might make me think I'd like it again.

Travel destinations would probably have the same affect.

What sort of internet advertising in general do you think would be effective?
OR, What sort of internet advertising really annoys you?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 25, 2016, 12:16:43 PM
Video ads, for the last - they take forever to load and really bork my browsing.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on March 25, 2016, 01:09:48 PM
Did you know they sell coffins at walmart?  I'm constantly reminded.

This is probably the biggest laugh of the day.

I know that the hardware in Haines Alaska sells them. In Alaska, your burial might wait until spring. There were a lot of regulations in Pennsylvania, I don't know if you could get or be buried in one that wasn't from a licensed funeral home.

The really funny part is if you click on the ad.  There's a whole "Funeral" section to WalMart online.  Where they sell caskets, urns,  AND VACUUMS. 

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TOPIC- Online Advertising

It might be my nature to protect my privacy, but somewhere along the way I decided I rather see tailored ads about computer games or whatever I recently googled, than suffer through a lifetime of erectile dysfunction and sub-prime mortgage ads.

But my opinion really hasn't changed since I first subscribed to dial-up. The most effective advertising would simply be to remind me with banners or spot ads or  whatever, about brand products I already know. A simple "Drink Ice Cold Coca Cola" "Pizza Hut Pizza to Go" "Skittles- Taste the rainbow" shown every 10 minutes would likely increase my consumption. Any number of familiar brands and slogans, just by reminding me about them, might make me think I'd like it again.

Travel destinations would probably have the same affect.

What sort of internet advertising in general do you think would be effective?
OR, What sort of internet advertising really annoys you?

Define effective. 

You want me to click the ad?  Give me something I didn't know about.  It happens most often on the Halloween sites, which aren't based on your browsing history. 

Oh, Frightprops is having a spring sale?  Yeah, I'm gonna click that.  (brand you know type thing)
Never heard of that store before that sells things I'm interested in?  good chance I'll go look. 
Spirit Halloween reminding me they sell Easter bunny costumes?  Move along.  (brand you know/don't care)

Video game sites can get a similar effect.  I'm looking at, say, Xcom, and they advertise another strategy game, I'm likely to click and look if it seems interesting.

I have to agree on the videos that block the page and often can't be skipped.  Decent chance I'll leave the page and find what I was looking for elsewhere.   
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Valka on March 25, 2016, 01:27:32 PM
Quote from: Rusty Edge
What sort of internet advertising really annoys you?
Just about anything unless I've specifically signed up to receive it. For example, I want to know what Star Trek fanzines are available on eBay.

I don't give a damn about what women's fashions are on sale at various department stores.

I want to know what special online offers are available from my favorite pizza restaurant. Amazon trying to sell me electronic gadgets? Shut up.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 25, 2016, 01:29:31 PM
Just NO politics, either.  Boiling anything down to a banner makes it stupid, if not outright offensive.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Valka on March 25, 2016, 02:35:26 PM
I got two identical emails from Avaaz yesterday. It's not enough that I signed the petition; now they want me to donate $$ to promote the thing? No.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on March 25, 2016, 03:20:14 PM
I got two identical emails from Avaaz yesterday. It's not enough that I signed the petition; now they want me to donate $$ to promote the thing? No.

I should put you on the Monarch Watch mailing list, I'm sure they need help in Canada...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Valka on March 25, 2016, 03:28:22 PM
The butterflies or the Royal Family?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on March 25, 2016, 03:43:49 PM
Butterflies
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 02, 2016, 07:37:41 PM
TOPIC- Flashbacks.

I was trying to shave for Easter. Didn't have time to do the shaving mug thing. My can of shaving gel was empty, but I knew my travel size was in the bathroom, so I grabbed that. There was some rust on the top of the can...

When I was about 10 ( based on the house we were in ) my brother and I were goofing around with Christmas gifts. Don't remember why, but we had this new tin toy train. Molded black plastic steam engine with a wind up key, painted metal tender, box car, and caboose. Oval track.  Maybe it was a secret santa or grab bag kind of gift from the extended family party. We were into trains, but Lionel 027, or HO scale models. This was something for younger kids.

So we set it up and tried it anyway, one night. The gears in the mechanism must have been misaligned, because the engine only worked in fits and starts when nudged. We figured that we needed some kind of grease to lubricate the mechanism. There was a tube of hair grease that was on the desk, a gift from the barber. What else were we gonna do with either one?

We greased the mechanism. Better. More grease, more attempts. Working well now. Getting faster every time we released the spring. Pretty soon it was jumping the rails. Then it was doing burnouts in place, and practically releasing all of the energy in an instant! Well, it was fun. We went to bed.
The next day when we picked up the engine to wind it, the mechanism was covered in rust and completely seized up. Amazing. We had a laugh and threw it out.

We learned never to put grease in our hair!

It was the corrosion on the shaving gel  can that triggered the flashback.

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Did you ever have a funny flashback?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 03, 2016, 04:19:54 PM

TOPIC- Online Advertising

What sort of internet advertising in general do you think would be effective?
OR, What sort of internet advertising really annoys you?
I see many advertisments, both print and video, for online universities. I cannot fathom the reason people that people pay thousand, or tens of thousand, of dollars for paltry education from online universities like University of Phoneix. I can receive educational opportunties for education from universities that do not have a known history of causing debt defaults.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 03, 2016, 09:08:05 PM
I don't know. I figure somebody realizes that their life isn't working, or that they will be out of a job sooner or later, and they see the ads, find it convenient and affordable, and make the decision.
They don't research the school. The fact that they've heard the name a lot is enough. These "commercial schools" have room to operate because the cost of the institutional ones spirals without regard to the economy.

TOPIC- College Education. What baffles is me is people who go to college for 5 years and haven't learned a marketable skill. I totally understand studying art, philosophy, or history, but isn't that what minors are for? There is a lot of time and money invested, shouldn't that train you for a career, or get you married to somebody with one?

Some examples from my extended family, different sides and generations.

1) Sociology major. Work study in the college cafeteria, practicum in the soup kitchen. No jobs in field at the time. Worked in restaurants and butcher departments until becoming very successful as an independent caterer for corporations.

2) Nursing major. Hated college science. Couldn't decide on a major for years. Became a criminal justice major by default, although they are too small and frail for any kind of law enforcement work ( too weak to be a waiter/waitress ). The only job they ever had was college work study as computer lab manager.

3)  Video tape editor. Met some celebrities during the practicum, but there were no jobs. Fortunately, retail was in their blood. Worked in a mall chain store and became a manager, I think before graduation. It was a fast growing chain, and they became a specialist in opening new stores and fixing underperforming ones. Married one of the execs at HQ.

4) Art major with a big scholarship at a small private school. To begin with. Switched  schools regularly, adding loans and losing credits every time. 4 schools, 5 years, and a cosmetology degree.
Well, to be fair, they'd probably be doing that full time if the Affordable Care Act didn't keep them under 30 hours. Instead, they are juggling that and wait staff job they had in high school, and a retail job. So far, the cash flow works. The debt load my preclude future installment purchases.

5) Majors in Theater and Psychology, minor in French with honors.  Graduated on time. Knew they didn't want to push pills, pursued Theater in the Real World with the intent of directing plays. Mostly worked as a stage manager, directed sometimes,  supplementing income in factories, promoted to front office. Moved to finally be a part of the dream theater. Determined it wasn't really living their dream, and dropped that career. ( Perhaps it was more fundraising than creating. Don't know, it's a closed subject) Got a job as an office manager for a new company converting court proceedings to searchable disks. Went from there to various tech companies in Seattle. Mostly liaison work- helping the management, tech, marketing and customer service people communicate and get along. Well, I guess it's the perfect application of Drama/Psychology/language translation, now that I think of it.

So there's two in five doing what they studied in college. Three in five working extensions/progressions of the work they did during college.

What's your anecdotal evidence?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 04, 2016, 12:33:02 AM
I don't know if I have the energy to go into it, but a college education -any good program not overspecialized to where there's no freshman bonehead courses- offers intangibles difficult to articulate.  I didn't squeeze out an entire year of employment in my major field, but I can walk into any job interview with a degree and little need to prove I have it and earned it other than talking.  It made me a profoundly more well-rounded person intellectually.  There are jobs -almost all the ones in the entire world that anyone would want- were they won't even talk to you without a college degree.

Separates me from the trailer-trash, after all.

Check this -you'll recognize that I'm right as soon as I point it out- a college education confers social status.  If, like either of my siblings, I had the right to make people address me as Doctor fill-in-the-blank, it would definitely be part of my username.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 04, 2016, 12:41:30 AM
I don't know if I have the energy to go into it, but a college education -any good program not overspecialized to where there's no freshman bonehead courses- offers intangibles difficult to articulate.  I didn't squeeze out an entire year of employment in my major field, but I can walk into any job interview with a degree and little need to prove I have it and earned it other than talking.  It made me a profoundly more well-rounded person intellectually.  There are jobs -almost all the ones in the entire world that anyone would want- were they won't even talk to you without a college degree.

Separates me from the trailer-trash, after all.

Check this -you'll recognize that I'm right as soon as I point it out- a college education confers social status.  If, like either of my siblings, I had the right to make people address me as Doctor fill-in-the-blank, it would definitely be part of my username.
I despise the fact that a simply social institution grants the very social status that people seek. The whole concept reeks of internal power struggles that originate from the Protestant work ethic of our society. I do not despise the education itself, but I despise the institution that continues to maintain its grasp on the whole process that grants recognition of the education.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 04, 2016, 12:47:51 AM
MONEY is the real social status, of course.

College made me a better-rounded person.  Fer realz.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 04, 2016, 01:06:29 AM
MONEY is the real social status, of course.

College made me a better-rounded person.  Fer realz.
I concur with the above statement that the education and skills from the institution help to create better people. I also realize that the whole process remains less about education from the adminstration's perspective and more about money from the government (Money does make the world go round).
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 04, 2016, 01:11:57 AM
Lacking money, if you're not college-educated, you're not real people (for the most part; Uno and his GED beat it being far more competent than the other aerospace engineers he works with) in our society.

College fails badly as vocational training, for the most part, yes - but it's still a prereq for most of the better things in life these days.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 04, 2016, 01:17:02 AM
Lacking money, if you're not college-educated, you're not real people (for the most part; Uno and his GED beat it being far more competent than the other aerospace engineers he works with) in our society.

College fails badly as vocational training, for the most part, yes - but it's still a prereq for most of the better things in life these days.
The whole process involves the movement of goal posts as people continue to claim that the only good things in life involve extensive creature comforts. I would much rather have fewer material comforts, but more time, than more material comforts and less time. I reason in the above manner because I can work with less material, but I cannot create more time. My opinion reflects that I do not value extensive material possessions.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 04, 2016, 01:21:14 AM
Neither do I - but ohmygod, do I ever value respect.

(Why do you waste time signing out when you leave the boards, only to waste time signing back in later?)
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 05, 2016, 02:07:06 AM
I don't know if I have the energy to go into it, but a college education -any good program not overspecialized to where there's no freshman bonehead courses- offers intangibles difficult to articulate.  I didn't squeeze out an entire year of employment in my major field, but I can walk into any job interview with a degree and little need to prove I have it and earned it other than talking.  It made me a profoundly more well-rounded person intellectually.  There are jobs -almost all the ones in the entire world that anyone would want- were they won't even talk to you without a college degree.

Separates me from the trailer-trash, after all.

Check this -you'll recognize that I'm right as soon as I point it out- a college education confers social status.  If, like either of my siblings, I had the right to make people address me as Doctor fill-in-the-blank, it would definitely be part of my username.

Yes, you're right.
But like Dio, It kind of makes me resent the whole college as a social institution thing system.

Do you think that if Bernie waved his magic wand and gave it away for free that It wouldn't matter so much any more?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 05, 2016, 02:13:48 AM
[shrugs]  You still have to show up for classes and do the work.  College isn't for everyone.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 05, 2016, 03:33:26 AM
Neither do I - but ohmygod, do I ever value respect.

(Why do you waste time signing out when you leave the boards, only to waste time signing back in later?)
I can value respect that comes from actual accomplishments rather than the regurgitation of information that occurs at all levels below the Phd. The fact remains that those in the upper echelons desire to hold onto power through social control of the expeditious variety. The whole concept shares many paralles with former practices seen to remove African Americans in the south during Jim Crow and Black Code periods. The first parallel it shares includes the principle that it excludes the people that do not match specific requirements that it establishes for itself with sancations from the government. The second parallel it shares with the policies of the pase involve the fact that it often excludes the impoverished individuals that differ from the people around them. How many people actually hold a Phd that come from minorities in the United States of America? The ultimate fact in this case involves the reality that the cost of attendance at universities continues to increase and to exceed the growth in demand for many fields.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 05, 2016, 03:34:46 AM
Oh, just do your homework and get the degree.  You can fight city hall when you're done someday.
Title: Dio's Ramblings and Rantings
Post by: Dio on April 05, 2016, 03:45:10 AM
Oh, just do your homework and get the degree.  You can fight city hall when you're done someday.
What do you think I have been doing the whole time that I have been a member of this board? I continue to work towards a resolution that provides the opportunity to create a socialist community that does not raise money beyond that required to coexist with the behemoth of a government. I believe small scale communities that exist on gift economies could operate well within specific circumstances because the presence of money remains a liability in the future.
Title: Re: Dio's Ramblings and Rantings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 06, 2016, 12:48:29 AM

What do you think I have been doing the whole time that I have been a member of this board? I continue to work towards a resolution that provides the opportunity to create a socialist community that does not raise money beyond that required to coexist with the behemoth of a government. I believe small scale communities that exist on gift economies could operate well within specific circumstances because the presence of money remains a liability in the future.
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What do you figure is the practical upper population limit is on your small scale community? Or if not a number per se, what do you think is the limiting factor?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 06, 2016, 01:10:37 AM
I suspect, based upon research I have seen, the upper limit remains around 40 people before hierarchial concerns began to force the formation of nonegalitarian governance. I believe around 40 people remains the limit because it becomes difficult to know more people than that on a regular basis. I would also need to create a system of legal customs that forces people to work towards pressing issues in the community through a consesus method. The screening of applications for participants remains another concern for community to eliminate the potential abuse by people that do not care for the community. A decent example of the egalitartian lifestyle appears at Twin Oaks Community, Virginia.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 06, 2016, 04:03:41 AM
Since when are you a commie pinko, D?  This is new by me.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 06, 2016, 05:48:42 AM
Since when are you a commie pinko, D?  This is new by me.
     I believe the exploration of extremes allows for the understanding of boundaries on both sides of an issue. I have seen the depreciations that occur inside a individualistic society such as our own, and I know the evils of a collective society such as China. I believe extremes on either side remain undesirable, but the potential to investigate the gray areas remains possible only after a person establishes the boundaries around an issue. The example I gave above simply illustrates a theoretical idea that receives a practical application in our society. I do not necessarily support it, but I believe certain aspects contain merits worthy of further investigation. I do not inherently support Communism beyond the fact it highlights the importance of a group over the individual, and I think my reaction of support towards these ideas stems from the individualistic psychology of many people in our society.   
    The single belief I hold above all others remains that our society wastes the talents and potential of many people it labels as undesirable. The label of undesirable may come from personal decisions that the individual makes (I believe in personal responsibility), or it stems from personality or mental traits that make a person unable to function fully in our society. The stigma that other people attach towards the unintentional "undesirable" people in our society remains unacceptable. The above stigma ties back into the individualistic attitude of our society that states any person unable to support themselves remains unworthy of respect as a human. Many people hold the opinion that the person deserves whatever misfortunes might befall the individual without any respite or decent aid from society as a whole. Hence my belief in basic universal income or support that addresses the fact that no person should have to live in poverty regardless of marriage, child, or disability status.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 06, 2016, 09:12:50 PM
So it's about a kinder, better world.

You know, that's only going to work with a change in the hearts of the populace - there's a lot government can do, but almost nothing it can do efficiently...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 07, 2016, 12:14:06 AM
I'm reminded of an anecdote by journalist Linda Ellerbe - She was living on a commune in Alaska. She had just come in from the sub-zero after working long and hard to chop through the ice with an axe to get a bucket of fresh water. One of the stoners on the coach looked up at her and said- OH! I'm sooo into what you're doing. It was then that she realized that she wasn't into the communal lifestyle.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 07, 2016, 01:07:32 AM
So it Goes is a great read.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 07, 2016, 05:28:27 AM
Don't know if Buster would be interested, but I understand she wrote a series of books about a girl investigative reporter.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 07, 2016, 12:18:35 PM
I don't know either, alas.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 07, 2016, 04:41:15 PM
I suppose very few people would consider works of economists interesting on the board.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 07, 2016, 04:42:24 PM
?  Does not compute.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 07, 2016, 04:45:22 PM
?  Does not compute.
Oh. I suppose works like Capital: Critique of Political Economy and An Inquiry into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations. The titles do not sound like material you would find interesting (or myself beyond the need to read them for certain reasons).
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 07, 2016, 04:45:59 PM
Why do you mention this?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 07, 2016, 04:49:04 PM
Why do you mention this?
Since Rusty brought up books that he thought might interest you, I brought up books that I find mildly interesting. I then thought better it better to avoid controversial subjects that might inflame the delicate minds of other people on a board because I do not want to start a flame war.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 07, 2016, 05:09:52 PM
A flame war over economics books?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 07, 2016, 05:11:45 PM
A flame war over economics books?
Communism. I read in the California education code that schools cannot promote the postive aspects of Communism because it could undermine the federal government's authority.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 07, 2016, 05:16:30 PM
I'm guessing that's a very old rule...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 07, 2016, 05:51:09 PM
The people in California also enjoy the liberty to engage in drug overdoses in our homes without fear of arrest. The rules applies as we can call for help as long as we hide the drug paraphenalia outside of plain sight. We also enjoy the unalienable right to fish on state property (with a fishing license).
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 07, 2016, 06:01:43 PM
So why is a stupid rule from the fifties still in the books in the great state of HippiesnFreaks?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 07, 2016, 07:06:51 PM
I had no idea about the drug overdose regs. As for the anti-commie propaganda law, they probably forgot about t.


As for books, we probably should take that discussion to the book thread, on the outside chance that somebody remembers reading about one, but can't find the discussion and therefore the book.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 07, 2016, 07:25:33 PM
Good thinking.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 07, 2016, 08:37:06 PM
So why is a stupid rule from the fifties still in the books in the great state of HippiesnFreaks?
I realize you have a joking tone in the above post. The phrase "HippiesnFreaks," however, reveals a prejudice on your part about people from other states. The phrase reminds me of your comments about the time you spent in Texas and the desire to live in North Carolina(a.k.a. "America.") Why do you have such a distaste for different cultures in the country? I feel as though that presents an unfair fair stereotype of people in a state or country and denies the diversity of viewpoints that exist within a region. An example of conservative viewpoints in California appear in locations like Orange County, California and other rural locations in the state. I can understand the desire to resist any attempts of a people that force a particular viewpoint on a person, but a stereotypical view of the people often clouds the actual composition and motivations of groups that comprise a society.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 07, 2016, 09:16:11 PM
This is California for you-
Communism. I read in the California education code that schools cannot promote the postive aspects of Communism because it could undermine the federal government's authority.
The people in California also enjoy the liberty to engage in drug overdoses in our homes without fear of arrest. The rules applies as we can call for help as long as we hide the drug paraphenalia outside of plain sight.
Reactionary up north, not at all reactionary in the south.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 11, 2016, 03:00:36 AM
This is California for you-
Communism. I read in the California education code that schools cannot promote the postive aspects of Communism because it could undermine the federal government's authority.
The people in California also enjoy the liberty to engage in drug overdoses in our homes without fear of arrest. The rules applies as we can call for help as long as we hide the drug paraphenalia outside of plain sight.
Reactionary up north, not at all reactionary in the south.
Why do you think the south does not have reactionary policies? I see plenty of reactionary policies in the form of legislation that attempts to ban abortions and to outlaw the activities of lesbian, gay, transgender, bisexual, and queer people in the south. I see it especially after the federal government made it legal for couples to engage in same sex legal unions.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 11, 2016, 03:50:22 AM
ExSQUEESE me, sir -"This is California for you-" and "Reactionary up north, not at all reactionary in the south" are supposed to be read together- they pretty much Nazis in Sacramento and points north, right?  And pretty much left of Lenin down in your part?

You see [poop] on TV - DO learn not to believe in the basic competence of the mass media to give you the whole story about ANYthing, son.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 11, 2016, 04:00:55 AM
ExSQUEESE me, sir -"This is California for you-" and "Reactionary up north, not at all reactionary in the south" are supposed to be read together- they pretty much Nazis in Sacramento and points north, right?  And pretty much left of Lenin down in your part?

You see [poop] on TV - DO learn not to believe in the basic competence of the mass media to give you the whole story about ANYthing, son.
I find the whole area of Los Angeles reeks of incompetence among politicians that work towards any sane legislation. The current governor of California, Governor Edmund "Jerry" Brown Jr., was also a governor from 1975 - 1983 and could serve another two terms because of a grandfather clause on the term limit restrictions. I would also like to mention that his father, Edmund Brown Sr., was our governor from 1959 through 1967. I smell career politicians everyone in the state, and I believe the diversity of my region results from its location at the intersection with Eastern Asia and Central America. I would call less the southern area as less Lenin and more like the region has larger income disparities than many other areas in the United States of America. The region tends to concentrate the poor in certain urban areas and rural areas while the politicians ignore the suburban areas where the majority of median income people live.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 11, 2016, 04:09:24 AM
ExSQUEESE me, sir -"This is California for you-" and "Reactionary up north, not at all reactionary in the south" are supposed to be read together- they pretty much Nazis in Sacramento and points north, right?  And pretty much left of Lenin down in your part?

You see [poop] on TV - DO learn not to believe in the basic competence of the mass media to give you the whole story about ANYthing, son.
The northern portions of the state hold a vast array of Asian Americans and Hispanics until you approach areas north of San Francisco (Sacramento remains north-east of the most liberal city in California). The area around the Oregon border tends to trend back towards the predominantly Caucasian populations that dominate in your local area. I also doubt that the "Nazis" would tolerate the marijuana problems that regions in Northern California face.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Dio on April 11, 2016, 04:21:44 AM
ExSQUEESE me, sir -"This is California for you-" and "Reactionary up north, not at all reactionary in the south" are supposed to be read together- they pretty much Nazis in Sacramento and points north, right?  And pretty much left of Lenin down in your part?

You see [poop] on TV - DO learn not to believe in the basic competence of the mass media to give you the whole story about ANYthing, son.
For that matter, I doubt you would even recognize the ethnic composition of Los Angeles as reflecting the America that you remain accustomed to see in your home town. The whole state of California subsidizes the majority of states that have Republican forms of government. I know that we receive 78 cents back for every 1 dollar we send in federal tax dollars. States like South Carolina receive approximately 2 dollars in federal aid for every 1 dollar they send in federal taxes. I think you need to learn more about a diverse state before your myopic perspective becomes apparent.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 11, 2016, 04:27:44 AM
For that matter, I doubt you would even recognize the ethnic composition of Los Angeles as reflecting the America that you remain accustomed to see in your home town. The whole state of California subsidizes the majority of states that have Republican forms of government. I know that we receive 78 cents back for every 1 dollar we send in federal tax dollars. States like South Carolina receive approximately 2 dollars in federal aid for every 1 dollar they send in federal taxes. I think you need to learn more about a diverse state before your myopic perspective becomes apparent.
You know very close to zero about my home town - you didn't even bother to get the state right.

We're not having this argument anymore.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on November 06, 2016, 07:12:12 PM
I'm still waiting for some key mask-making supplies to turn up.  It's really irritating, though I haven't actually needed them yet.

So things are turning up for you? Cool!
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on November 06, 2016, 07:23:30 PM
Also, since I stumbled on this, my catch-all thread, while in a fruitless search for the Lazy Gourmet thread-

I grilled burgers for lunch today. I haven't grilled for lunch in at least ten years. Particularly delicious. Probable reasons- pretzel rolls! , Dubliner cheese, and my grill and charcoal was on the damp side due to recent weather, and seemed smokier than usual.

Has anybody grilled burgers, then used them to make chilli ?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on November 06, 2016, 11:15:55 PM
I'm still waiting for some key mask-making supplies to turn up.  It's really irritating, though I haven't actually needed them yet.

So things are turning up for you? Cool!
Actually, the key things I was waiting for -castings of my and Mylochka's faces that every nose and snout and what-not I ever made (which had turned up) that fit over our noses- I've given up, and are casting new ones...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on November 07, 2016, 02:55:48 AM
We took niece #4 and her boyfriend to a hibachi place she likes as repayment for cat sitting. The streets are laid out on cardinal grids, but I had to go SouthWest. I couldn't believe my luck, I hit 7 consecutive green lights. Then the scallops we had were the best I've ever eaten in my life.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on December 22, 2016, 07:46:55 PM
What's the gift that keeps on giving? The stomach flu! it's been making the rounds among the in-laws as they concentrate for Christmas. I had something the beginning of the week which may have been a mild case due to flu shots or previous exposure to a similar virus, or just a coincidental food poisoning/allergies/sinus complications- Don't know. What I do know is I'm better, but one of the nieces is in urgent care getting IVs. Things being what they are with incubation, etc. The plan is to open gifts here on Sunday afternoon. 


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At the end of our fall season/beginning of winter I cleaned the gutters and installed a heat tape with a thermostat.  I raked the snow from the lower portion of the roof before the sub-zero, but it snowed again and I didn't venture out to rake it ( that cold dry air is hard on my lungs ). I saw some ice dams last night on other homes, so I went out to inspect today. It's around freezing today, rather than 10 degrees bellow zero. I have an ice dam started in the gutter below the skylight. I raked the bottom few feet of the roof again and then went up the ladder to take a look. Things were actually pretty good. The heat tape kept the bottom of the gutter open, so water could drain away. I broke some of the ice, which is much easier when it doesn't fill the gutter, and scattered some ice melter there abouts. I'll check it again later this afternoon.

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Well, I guess I need to get meat out to thaw for dinner, and start shifting some stuff to the second floor to make room for Christmas.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on December 23, 2016, 12:16:51 AM
I was wondering how everyone up north was doing....  Well wishes from Central Florida, hope all is well...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on January 26, 2017, 06:00:11 AM
 Uh.... just so we're clear. I was appalled at Hillary's ethics. Trump is taking things to a new low. Oh, and today I learn that he refuses to get a new phone now that he's POTUS! Granted, if I were his age I wouldn't  want to learn a new phone, either.  But from a security standpoint...

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Normally the wife and I go out to dinner on Wednesdays and Fridays. Except tonight she had a really bad migraine & sinus headache simultaneously. She said her hair hurt. Rather disrupted things, but on the way home from the pharmacy to restock, drugs she'd taken earlier were kicking in and we decided to stop at an independent fast food place on main street. I had the special combo- a NY strip steak sandwich with mushrooms, and a bowl of mushroom soup. It was delicious and the steak was very tender. Got a quart of mint brownie custard to take home. She had an enjoyable oriental chicken salad. Had a discussion about a new mattress.     The evening turned out pretty well after all.

It's the most important night of the week in the suburbs- Garbage Day Eve. Time for me to go celebrate by collecting and positioning our offerings....
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Spacy on January 26, 2017, 11:20:51 AM
THe offerings and how you present them are very important. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on January 26, 2017, 01:32:09 PM
Uh.... just so we're clear. I was appalled at Hillary's ethics. Trump is taking things to a new low. Oh, and today I learn that he refuses to get a new phone now that he's POTUS! Granted, if I were his age I wouldn't  want to learn a new phone, either.  But from a security standpoint...


Not a big deal, honestly.  Secure calls are made on special land lines people.  I don't know why the cell phones become an issue. 

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Normally the wife and I go out to dinner on Wednesdays and Fridays. Except tonight she had a really bad migraine & sinus headache simultaneously. She said her hair hurt. Rather disrupted things, but on the way home from the pharmacy to restock, drugs she'd taken earlier were kicking in and we decided to stop at an independent fast food place on main street. I had the special combo- a NY strip steak sandwich with mushrooms, and a bowl of mushroom soup. It was delicious and the steak was very tender. Got a quart of mint brownie custard to take home. She had an enjoyable oriental chicken salad. Had a discussion about a new mattress.     The evening turned out pretty well after all.

Sounds like a hell of a 'fast food' joint. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on January 26, 2017, 08:56:44 PM
Hah! It is quite a fast food joint. We are usually dining out for seafood or some specialty cuisine, and bypass the fried food places.

Before I moved here it had been a Hardees. While that is one of my personal favorite chains, they are disappearing from this side of the state.

Then a local custard and burger place bought it and remodeled it. They did an expensive renovation inside and out, and closed this location after only about a year of operations. They leased it out to some ex-athlete from U of Michigan, who employed his family.

He had this dream of offering paninis and stuff, too. Did all of the cooking himself. The food was good .The trouble was it was really slow service.  The drive-through was pointless, unless you wanted custard only. He never had much business. He must have had deep pockets, but he still closed.

Then the current bunch took over. They have a big menu, but they are organized and fast. I used to get a comedic kick out of reading the roadside sign, which would proclaim the custard flavor of the day and the sandwich special. One time it said "Butterscotch Brownie Tuna melts" . "Grasshopper burgers" was another.   They must be doing well, because they've been in business for years and they have upgraded to a color computerized sign that doesn't confuse people about the specials. They still offer a few paninis, and I think there are some gyros.

I think the manager last night was a Greek. There are several successful Greek family places on all sides of the city, with big menus. If it's one of those families behind it now, it would explain a lot.

Here's a menu and a picture of the building- http://www.kraverzcustard.com/menu/ (http://www.kraverzcustard.com/menu/)
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on January 26, 2017, 09:43:28 PM
Utah equivalent if you're ever around.  Yeah, that's a ribeye steak on the menu of the 'fast food' joint:

http://www.crown-burgers.com/ (http://www.crown-burgers.com/)


Chain that's blowing up quickly, when a few years ago they were only in Arizona.  Simple menu, but it's a damn good 'steakburger'.  50's diner ambiance.  Never forget my first time in their Flagstaff store one of the owners was actually there.  Sweeping the floors.  Chain OWNER.  Sweeping the floors at one of his stores.  Respect.   

https://freddysusa.com/locations/ (https://freddysusa.com/locations/)
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on January 27, 2017, 08:24:36 PM
Uh.... just so we're clear. I was appalled at Hillary's ethics. Trump is taking things to a new low. Oh, and today I learn that he refuses to get a new phone now that he's POTUS! Granted, if I were his age I wouldn't  want to learn a new phone, either.  But from a security standpoint...


Not a big deal, honestly.  Secure calls are made on special land lines people.  I don't know why the cell phones become an issue. 

Stumbled across this today. https://www.lawfareblog.com/president-trumps-insecure-android (https://www.lawfareblog.com/president-trumps-insecure-android)

I'm neither an expert in security, nor an expert in technology.

Could Trump's phone be used to track his location, record his calls, log his texts, or bug his meetings? Heck if I know. As much as I think that the Trump administration is too opaque, those sound like bad things to happen to the POTUS. Even if all he uses the phone for is tweets, tracking and eves dropping  are potential problems.

Well, maybe jamming and Homeland Security are such that they can monitor or selectively block every bit his phone transmits and to whom.  Maybe nothing to worry about. Again, heck if I know what's going on, but because I'm not confident that he knows what he's doing with regard to all of this tech, his use of his own phone makes me nervous.


Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on January 27, 2017, 09:44:25 PM
It should be a non issue. 

Yes, in theory, even the best phone can be hacked. 

No, it's not a problem.  Any sensitive conversation he has, there will be NO devices allowed anywhere near it.   

Obama was using a blackberry...talk about outdated. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on January 27, 2017, 09:49:26 PM
...One would tend to assume that cell phones and various wireless devices simply don't work inside the White House.  Lots of faraday cages or something.  I can think of more than one reason to build them in...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on January 27, 2017, 09:52:44 PM
It should be a non issue. 

Yes, in theory, even the best phone can be hacked. 

No, it's not a problem.  Any sensitive conversation he has, there will be NO devices allowed anywhere near it.   

Obama was using a blackberry...talk about outdated.

Okay. Thanks, Uno.

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I seem to be getting another cold, OR I'm having bad allergic reactions. Worst winter in memory.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 10, 2017, 07:09:57 AM
When Trump promised an "Amazing" health care plan, I suspected he didn't really have one.

What does amaze me is that the GOP doesn't have one. All those years of complaining, and they didn't hash anything out in committee in the house, that they could dust off, and send to the senate in February.

I really need to dig up and re-read Ross Perot's plan. I bought the book back in the day.

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Meanwhile, under the theory that the simplest explanation is the best, I now find a certain logic in believing that Trump really colluded with the Russians to facilitate his election. Outrageous as that seems. But I don't want to dwell on that. Truth will come out in time.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Spacy on March 13, 2017, 10:15:37 AM
The thing about the Republicans is that the fractures between the different groups within the party are greater than within the Dem's.  They all understand that this "is it", basically, and that this will likely be their one major shot to change ObamaCare.  Sure, they will get to tweak it forevermore, but those are just tweaks and don't really count.  So, each group has a list of wants, and needs, and why do work ahead of time; particularly if you might not ever get the change to do something about it.  Who, after all, predicted a Trump win 1-2 years ago?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 13, 2017, 04:16:55 PM
Nobody. But they might have had plans for  a Jeb Bush or Ted Cruz or Scott Walker win 2 years ago. IF they were good managers.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on March 15, 2017, 06:42:00 AM
And he looks even worse after the wiretapping BS...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Spacy on March 15, 2017, 08:47:29 PM
Just remember, at least 50%, probably more, of what comes out of his mouth is done just to cause distractions away from other things. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on August 27, 2017, 11:24:37 PM
[RANT] Two things on TV are giving me fits lately, and they aren't even political. 

1) I've been seeing a lot of bull riding on the bar tvs when we've been dining lately. Some of it is obviously highlights. As a former cattleman, I understand that rodeo is essentially a skills contest turned sport, sort of like a lumberjack competition or Moonshiners turned stock car racers. Most of rodeo makes sense in that regard, but bull riding? That's just foolish. Every time I see it my mind screams " Why are you even going into the same pen as a bull without your heeler ( cattle dog ) for protection? "

2) Hurricane Harvey. It's hurricane season. People should have been paying attention. As Buncle can tell you ( because every northbound hurricane/tropical storm visits N. Carolina ), It's the slow ones you have to fear the most. 76_+{

I just got PussKeyFooted and computer crashed again, this time by the black cat.

Everyone is taking Harvey seriously now. They expect to get between half a year and a year's worth of rain in one weather event. My wife said she hopes she never experiences anything like that. I told her not to worry, we would have packed up the pets and headed for Oklahoma on Friday while we still could. Yes, I know they can't evacuate a city the size of Houston or LA, but every family that leaves the area early takes pressure off of those that remain behind, without power, or water, or transportation, and food supply problems. [ /RANT ]
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on August 27, 2017, 11:43:46 PM
The storms make the Outer Banks uninhabitable, and people who live there have chosen poorly, to put it tactfully - but they don't make it to the foot of the mountains much, not in any condition to be troublesome...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on August 28, 2017, 10:37:28 AM
So, the Southeast is best avoided from mid-August onwards?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on August 28, 2017, 06:45:32 PM
So, the Southeast is best avoided from mid-August onwards?

You might want to do that on account of the humidity, anyway.  I wouldn't take a cruise in the Gulf of Mexico or the Caribbean during hurricane season. What I am saying is you should pay attention to the tropical storms on the weather reports if you go there.

Hurricanes are powered by warm oceans, and if the oceans are a little warmer these days, they have potential to grow stronger as they approach.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on August 29, 2017, 03:41:22 AM
How the heck does Trump expect to replace all of the soon to be moldy drywall in Texas without Mexican labor?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on August 29, 2017, 08:37:56 AM
How the heck does Trump expect to replace all of the soon to be moldy drywall in Texas without Mexican labor?

Afro labor?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on September 02, 2017, 07:17:06 PM
How the heck does Trump expect to replace all of the soon to be moldy drywall in Texas without Mexican labor?

Not his problem, as he would expect the monies to be properly spent...whom is at the bottom of the food chain is not really his concern, as long as his bigoted business buddies get the lion share of the loot...  and he gets the praise....
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on September 04, 2017, 11:39:49 PM
How the heck does Trump expect to replace all of the soon to be moldy drywall in Texas without Mexican labor?

Not his problem, as he would expect the monies to be properly spent...whom is at the bottom of the food chain is not really his concern, as long as his bigoted business buddies get the lion share of the loot...  and he gets the praise....

Probably true.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on September 05, 2017, 12:00:25 AM
SO.........

As I've mentioned on this board this weekend, Labor Day isn't a holiday where we have particular plans. We usually stay home, unless her brother invites us to his lake cottage for a boat ride and burgers.

It's been a customer service kind of weekend. The wife got an e-mail about an account change from ATT&T . We have the whole bundle, TV cable, land lines, internet, & cell phones.    Somebody in the Bronx added themselves to our account,  bought some new iPhones, charged them to our account  on a payment plan and disabled our SIM cards.

It's handy to have a landline and e-mail when this crap happens. It took a lot of time and calls to straighten this out. Response time is slower because of the holiday.

Finally sorted it out after 16 hours or so.

A few hours later, it has  happened again! Now wife is locked out of her e-mail and the phones are disabled, gotta go.

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on September 05, 2017, 03:10:23 PM
Someone added him/herself to your ATT&T account? How is that even possible without an ATT&T employee (or affiliate) doing that?

Besides hacking of course.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Spacy on September 06, 2017, 11:26:44 AM
If they have the account number and SSN, ATT has no idea who you or they are - and they have the right credentials to prove that they are a part of the account.

When it happened to me, I ended up closing the account and opening up a new one. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on September 06, 2017, 11:34:34 AM
If they have the account number and SSN, ATT has no idea who you or they are - and they have the right credentials to prove that they are a part of the account.

When it happened to me, I ended up closing the account and opening up a new one.

Okay, I can see someone getting a hold of an account number or just trying a random one and getting lucky. What's SSN? Password?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on September 06, 2017, 01:20:19 PM
Social Security Number
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on September 06, 2017, 01:42:08 PM
If they have the account number and SSN, ATT has no idea who you or they are - and they have the right credentials to prove that they are a part of the account.

When it happened to me, I ended up closing the account and opening up a new one. 

All someone needed was hEt's name and a hospital automatically registered her as my wife.  Ironically the discharge forms thus gave the imposter all hEt's info. 

We had to prove she was no the person pregnant with a broken arm in a hospital in salt lake after the bill come, and had several credit cards in her name.  Clearing that was a process that ended up freezing all accounts everywhere and starting over with no warning.  Literally all accounts froze with no chance to pull out cash overnight. 

First time I've requested a physical check and had to go to the bank for ages. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on September 06, 2017, 02:14:20 PM
Djeez. Is imposting a national sport or something in the US? And this hEt imposter even already had credit cards on her name? So it follows that this imposter had your address data as well before she even set foot in the hospital?

On the healthcare department here it is pretty standard nothing gets done if you can't show an ID card. Since a couple years the SSN card functions have been replaced with ones ID card.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on September 06, 2017, 06:25:13 PM
I'll tell the story when I find the time. In short, a subcontinental Indian who could barely speak English was able to solve the problem without closing the accounts and starting over. The two previous techs essentially changed the locks on the house without making sure there were no burglars still in the closets.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on September 06, 2017, 07:29:41 PM
 ;brainhurts
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on September 07, 2017, 12:48:40 AM
Someone added him/herself to your ATT&T account? How is that even possible without an ATT&T employee (or affiliate) doing that?

Besides hacking of course.

I don't know how it was done. They went to a store ( I don't really know which. The first customer service person said it was done at an Apple Store. Don't know if that is the truth, that person was better at being nice than knowledgable/credible ) and bought iphones. I don't know what form of I.D. they presented, who they claimed to be or what story they told. 

Any time we tried to change anything at the local ATT store in past years, we had to do things like produce driver's licenses, phones with numbers of record for the account, and they had to talk to my wife, who is authorized to make changes to the account. I am not.

Maybe they hacked AT&T, or maybe it was an inside job/collusion, or just a sales rep more intent on getting a commission.

At any rate, people with first and last names of another ethnicity than myself and my wife added their names to our account, and got a phone with my phone number, de-activating my SIM card in the process. I haven't bought a new phone for years, so I'm eligible for a new one on credit/contract.

( to be continued..)
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on September 07, 2017, 02:13:21 AM
I was particularly happy that we had retained our land line. It would have been hard to straighten this out otherwise when both of our cell phones were disabled. I don't know how somebody who only was a cell phone would deal with this, especially if they used iPay. They would probably be stressed out.

That's not to say that my wife wasn't stressed. She was. She has no patience for being on hold. Probably comes from being a Chief Accounting Officer. Anyway, the other cause for stress was worrying about whether the intruders could access her email, which was AT&T going back before the turn of the century. Because from there, people could figure out banking and brokerage and PayPal, etc. etc.

Essentially there were 3 episodes and 3 iPhones. The people used addresses in the Bronx and Yonkers, but maybe those were red herrings. We live near Milwaukee. The timing was good on the part of the thieves because holiday hours were curtailed, and we had to deal with customer service/tech/ fraud division each episode. The thieves could apparently type as fast as the techs, making changes difficult to institute. One of the AT&T people locked down my wife's e-mail and other accounts, and knowing that one of the thieves was still named on the AT&T  account last she saw it, made her nervous when she couldn't see her e-mail to know if anybody was in it.

As it happens, her Surface Pro system had an auto access to her e-mail, and she was able to get in that way because it was on to tell her what number to call at AT&T. But essentially it was the same issue. She had access because she was already in when they changed the locks.

At least she's been changing passwords to various accounts and did a scan of her computer. We've been using PC Pit stop/ PC Matic  for years, and the white list approach seems to work well, although sometimes it warns me about safe sites.

The first night we were assured the tech people would take care of everything over night. The second night we were waiting for a designated corporate store to open at 10AM, as it turned out that was so we could present a photo I. D. to proceed. If only AT&T had access to caller ID.

It did not help the stress level that at one point that two departments were insisting we needed to deal with the other instead.

But everything has been working well for about 30 hours so far.

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on September 07, 2017, 02:29:29 AM
Djeez. Is imposting a national sport or something in the US?

It's a problem.

I think there are a few explanations, and I'll try to avoid political solutions here.

* We have an estimated 12 million illegal immigrants. If they go to work or school, they need an SSN. So that creates demand for identities.

*Also, there is an opiate epidemic, so people are desperate to get their hands on anything of value so they can buy it, or a new identity so that they can get another prescription.

* This kind of crime has a risk/reward ratio that is favorable for the criminal compared to other types.

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on September 07, 2017, 03:19:55 PM
With it solved for you and your wife, will those thieves still be able to use their phones after a fashion? Like getting a contract with another communication company?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on September 07, 2017, 07:11:34 PM
If they have the account number and SSN, ATT has no idea who you or they are - and they have the right credentials to prove that they are a part of the account.

When it happened to me, I ended up closing the account and opening up a new one.

Also, possible Social Engineering for things like Security Questions.

I, almost always, use fake answers for my security questions, thus no amount of Social Engineering is going to even come close to guessing them...

Other things are Strong Passwords.... and different passwords, with different levels of "strength", for different things that are not too important if they crack the password to 'you bet they aren't getting this one' ...   
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on September 07, 2017, 07:19:57 PM
With it solved for you and your wife, will those thieves still be able to use their phones after a fashion? Like getting a contract with another communication company?

They likely sold the phones for some drugs...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on September 07, 2017, 07:23:04 PM
With it solved for you and your wife, will those thieves still be able to use their phones after a fashion? Like getting a contract with another communication company?

They likely sold the phones for some drugs...

Ah yes, profit... ;morganercise
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on September 07, 2017, 07:50:43 PM
Our phones are still working. ET knows more about iPhones than I do. I'll assume he's right about the drugs. It seems all they were after were free phones, or maybe all they knew how to get.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on September 11, 2017, 05:58:51 AM
We have to go back to the corporate store tomorrow with my mother-in-law's phone to get it re-activated.

Came across this tonight-
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/21/business/dealbook/phone-hack-bitcoin-virtual-currency.html?mcubz=0 (https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/21/business/dealbook/phone-hack-bitcoin-virtual-currency.html?mcubz=0)


[ Mr. Perklin and other people who have investigated recent hacks said the assailants generally succeeded by delivering sob stories about an emergency that required the phone number to be moved to a new device — and by trying multiple times until a gullible agent was found.
“These guys will sit and call 600 times before they get through and get an agent on the line that’s an idiot,” Mr. Weeks said.]
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on September 15, 2017, 09:41:57 PM
So, it ain't over till it's over. My wife got notices from ATT threatening to cut off her service for non-payment. One of the iPhone purchases was still charged against our account. A few folks and hours later...  It may be fixed. Might have happened sooner today, except that she got cut off at one point.

Meanwhile with this Equifax breech, we're looking at credit security services. Leaning towards IdentityForce. LifeLock would be 2nd choice. The trouble with the #3 rated IDShield is that they are only a notification service. They will help you recover your identity, but not your assets. The other two have guarantees/insurance and help you get back your identity and hold your hand with the fraud asset recovery, but the cost is based per person/SS# , not per couple or household.  Needless to say, these services are getting slammed with new business right now, and the ques are long according to online complaints.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on September 16, 2017, 02:42:49 PM
Wow. :o Just read up a bit on this Equifax business.
It's good to live in Europe now. For as long as there's no central databank of all EU residents financial and personal stuff of course.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on November 24, 2017, 06:20:38 AM
My niece got hacked. Somebody bought some men's athletic shoes with one of her charge cards.

Sure enough, I got a notice from Identity Force about recent company database breaches which indicated how her identity was compromised. Damn impressive to know the likely source of her problem the same day it occurred. I stand by our decision to go with them.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on December 13, 2017, 04:39:14 AM

  At the end of our fall season/beginning of winter I cleaned the gutters and installed a heat tape with a thermostat.  I raked the snow from the lower portion of the roof before the sub-zero, but it snowed again and I didn't venture out to rake it ( that cold dry air is hard on my lungs ). I saw some ice dams last night on other homes, so I went out to inspect today. It's around freezing today, rather than 10 degrees bellow zero. I have an ice dam started in the gutter below the skylight. I raked the bottom few feet of the roof again and then went up the ladder to take a look. Things were actually pretty good. The heat tape kept the bottom of the gutter open, so water could drain away. I broke some of the ice, which is much easier when it doesn't fill the gutter, and scattered some ice melter there abouts. I'll check it again later this afternoon.

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Well

This year I installed some permanent heat cable on the eaves of the roof and up around the skylights. It would have been easier with one person on the roof, and another one on a ladder.  I guess I'll get a chance to see how it works tomorrow.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on December 13, 2017, 10:16:03 PM
It's working, but it doesn't seem nearly as warm as when I tested it during installation. I guess that means the snow and ice are drawing away the heat.

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Political parody from The Onion.

https://politics.theonion.com/baffled-dnc-plant-roy-moore-not-sure-what-else-he-could-1821234868

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on January 01, 2018, 04:46:11 AM
*Right now it's too cold to use the heat cable on the roof, but then again, it's also too cold for much snow and ice to further accumulate.

*Went to see Trans Siberian Orchestra on Friday afternoon. It was a pain getting there. Traffic in that part of town was gridlocked. Parking was inadequate because they demolished a parking garage to make room to build a new civic arena. This had to be done because the NBA basketball team changed hands, and the new owners had some demands to keep the team in town. Yes, there are taxpayer subsidies. Anyway...

We got seated late, but the opening opera was about the lost child returning home for Christmas, so we weren't exactly lost. The stage now takes 18 trailer trucks to transport and 100 people to assemble. It does snow and dry ice fog, smoke and flame, sparkler type fireworks, lasers, lights, videoscreens, several elevating platforms and a moving catwalk. It was a loud show, but mot excessively so like previous times. Almost 3 hours and no intermission, kind of an endurance test on those folding floor seats. Encore was sort of built into the finale. This was the early show.  Glad we went.

I didn't realize founder Paul O'Niel was dead from drug abuse this year.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on January 01, 2018, 07:20:53 AM
TSO was a good show.  Not necessarily one I want to repeat, mind you.  Especially since I find their stuff way too overdone these days.  Hell, it's in a car commercial this year.  As cliche as I'm dreaming of a white christmas. 

Which one are they touring now?  Or is it a jumble of all the albums?

I've always thought they should make the albums with the narration in them as well.  Anywho, my brother did a mini TSO show last year.  He knows a hell of an artist that can pretty much do anything you give him.  The other parts were more hit and miss like you expect from local acts, but the one guy probably should be a lot better known than he is. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on January 02, 2018, 01:10:18 AM
I'd call it a jumble. The Lost Child had some of the same songs and story, and some different. She was sheltering in an old theater, didn't call from a bar.

They did Hall of the Mountain King, Joy to the World/Nutcracker Suite. The lead vocalists had solo songs that didn't seem so Christmassy. I'm probably forgetting something. I was thinking at the time that it was medley stuff, your brother's kind of music.

I was thinking during the show that they had sort of reached a Pink Floyd/ Led Zeppelin point where crowds and expectations are such that they can't play all of the venues they want anymore. They can't play all of the songs in 3 hours, either. Ultimately the Rolling Stones solved the same problem in the late 70s by losing the baggage, playing the current album and Whatever they felt like that night for encores.


Speaking of Paul O'Neil, at the first TSO show I saw ,maybe 2003, he was working from the control panels  in the mid-court area. At intermission he happened to be standing close to me when he saw a boy about 8 or 10. There were few kids at that concert, it may have been a night show. O'Niel was  touched, asked him if he was enjoying the show, if he were here with his parents, if he had any siblings at home. Then he gave him two $100 bills, and said "Here, buy something nice for yourself for Christmas, and for your brother, too

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A lot of New Year's traditions feature eating something that isn't really that good ( like pork backbone and sauer kraut ) for luck. Sort of the idea that everything will improve from there.

I finally got the family flu about 1 AM today. It's sort of like a combination endless colonoscopy prep, and dry heaves. If that's any indication, this is going to be my lucky year, because things can only get better!
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on January 02, 2018, 02:15:50 AM
I'd call it a jumble. The Lost Child had some of the same songs and story, and some different. She was sheltering in an old theater, didn't call from a bar.

They did Hall of the Mountain King, Joy to the World/Nutcracker Suite. The lead vocalists had solo songs that didn't seem so Christmassy. I'm probably forgetting something. I was thinking at the time that it was medley stuff, your brother's kind of music.

I was thinking during the show that they had sort of reached a Pink Floyd/ Led Zeppelin point where crowds and expectations are such that they can't play all of the venues they want anymore. They can't play all of the songs in 3 hours, either. Ultimately the Rolling Stones solved the same problem in the late 70s by losing the baggage, playing the current album and Whatever they felt like that night for encores.

I think where they are struggling is they are a CHRISTMAS tradition, that quit making CHRISTMAS albums in 2004. 

Their non-Christmas stuff is decidedly hit and miss IMO as well. 

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A lot of New Year's traditions feature eating something that isn't really that good ( like pork backbone and sauer kraut ) for luck. Sort of the idea that everything will improve from there.

I finally got the family flu about 1 AM today. It's sort of like a combination endless colonoscopy prep, and dry heaves. If that's any indication, this is going to be my lucky year, because things can only get better!

Never heard of eating the crappy stuff, but life has taught me it can ALWAYS get worse. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on January 02, 2018, 02:42:14 AM
Fatback, cooked cabbage and black-eyed peas.  Healthy, wealthy and wise.

-It A.) doesn't work, and B.) indeed tastes horrible, aside from the extra-fatty bacon.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on January 02, 2018, 01:28:33 PM
Why on earth is that a thing?  LOL. 

My family was primarily Welsh and Germanic with a sprinkling of Norse in the familial traditions, so I'm guessing it's not from those regions. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on January 02, 2018, 02:14:53 PM
Mostly German, with a smattering around the rest of western Europe.  It's probably a regional thing, though.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on January 02, 2018, 03:42:17 PM
http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/bud-kennedy/article192309964.html (http://www.star-telegram.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/bud-kennedy/article192309964.html)

Sounds like it is/was mostly a south thing.  Which would explain Utah's insulation from it as well. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on January 02, 2018, 09:21:27 PM
The sauer kraut and backbone was a PA Dutch thing, although it was often re-interpreted by the younger people as hot dogs and kraut, but still from the same pot. Everybody assumed it was a German tradition, but maybe it didn't go back that far.

We knew that some regions of Germany ate carp for luck on New Year's, so we always assumed lucky New Year's foods were about starting slow and getting better and better through the year. Not that we participated in those traditions, we weren't superstitious, and as farmers we were used to eating well. I guess I did manage to choke down some hot dogs at New Year's Eve parties, to be polite, but kraut was something I never ate.

Looking into it last night, eating lucky foods seems to be a popular custom, but the rationale varies quite a bit. A lot of it has to do with prosperity, but the focus isn't on humble food so much as eating things that symbolize coins. Fish, because of the scales. Hence carp and herring. Various lentils because they are round also symbolize coins. The more you eat, the more prosperous you shall become.

As I recall, in France the idea for celebrating New Year's is to set a new standard for living in luxury, but I didn't read up on it last night. Perhaps Geo could speak to that.


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Personally, the only thing I like about New Year's Eve  is that it is a holiday geared towards night owls. Christmas is my favorite because of the Christmas spirit. Most wonderful time of the year. The rest of the year I want to be an introvert. Whenever somebody asks why we can't keep the Christmas spirit all through the year, my answer is because we always celebrate NYE a week later, and shift the focus to selfish decadence. Beyond that, NYE and Valentine's Day are the worst for single people. /RANT.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on January 11, 2018, 10:35:25 PM
! No longer available (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7RopOgsh5c#)

This song makes me happy, but it makes the guest cat growl.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 10, 2018, 08:16:47 PM
Started the Diet Evolution program 3/8/18, 278.6 lbs.

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My step-dad (my dad's younger brother)  has cancer. He's had it for years, multiple surgeries, chemo cycles, & radiation. He's been in the hospital for about a month this time. 3 surgeries, and each seems to make him worse. In a week it's going to be my turn to stay with Mom. By then the last resort drug should be helping, or we're out of options.   

So.... I got that on my mind. I'd prefer not to talk about it, because I want to avoid obsessing over it. Rec Commons is an escape.  I may be away from the net in the course of things. But if you see less of me, that's what's going on in my life.

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On the political front I can't help but wonder why Trump's injunction against Stormy Daniels specifically forbids her discussion of paternity. Presumably the press would know of a child she was raising, and why no child support? Did Trump pay for an abortion? Was there a miscarriage? Was his baby put up for adoption? Regardless of the underlying truth of that, it seems like there's a campaign finance violation worthy of investigation.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 10, 2018, 08:52:47 PM
Uncle Dad?  Whoa.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on March 10, 2018, 09:33:45 PM
Started the Diet Evolution program 3/8/18, 278.6 lbs.

What is your Target Weight? (or weigh point towards that goal... )

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My step-dad (my dad's younger brother)  has cancer. He's had it for years, multiple surgeries, chemo cycles, & radiation. He's been in the hospital for about a month this time. 3 surgeries, and each seems to make him worse. In a week it's going to be my turn to stay with Mom. By then the last resort drug should be helping, or we're out of options.   

So.... I got that on my mind. I'd prefer not to talk about it, because I want to avoid obsessing over it. Rec Commons is an escape.  I may be away from the net in the course of things. But if you see less of me, that's what's going on in my life.

Hope hope the news about my situation isn't a factor due to this.  My heartfelt support for your step dad.

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On the political front I can't help but wonder why Trump's injunction against Stormy Daniels specifically forbids her discussion of paternity. Presumably the press would know of a child she was raising, and why no child support? Did Trump pay for an abortion? Was there a miscarriage? Was his baby put up for adoption? Regardless of the underlying truth of that, it seems like there's a campaign finance violation worthy of investigation.

Does anything he does really surprise you these days?

I'm still trying to get around his wanting the Military Parade...  I also am behind in my Daily Show and Steven Colbert and have really not been paying much attention at all to news (except through them).
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 10, 2018, 09:40:35 PM
Honestly, he's immune to the dirtbag issues, because SO way out front on the openly being a dirtbag in the first place that he makes Reagan look like Clinton for stuff sticking.  -Legal issues associated, well, one can only hope.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 11, 2018, 12:39:57 AM
Uncle Dad?  Whoa.

Yeah. Kinda biblical.
They were very much alike and came from her hometown, so when you look at it that way, it's not so surprising. From my perspective, it simplified family relations. No new people to get used to. Except my little sister/cousin.

I originally typed Dad for simplicity, but then I remembered explaining about my Dad before, ( Buncle described him as a buzzsaw)  he died of non-Hodgkins lymphoma caused lung cancer the week I turned twelve. So there's that.


 
E T- what's the Jeff Foxworthy term for multiple relationships?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 11, 2018, 01:00:54 AM
My mother's mother's brother -English is useless about precise terms of slightly complex relationships- married sisters, waiting for one to die first.  ISTR there being some bad feelings, maybe all his daughter, the (Mom's first) cousin I've mentioned being an energetic ball of chaos who wears me out every summer when she stays with us for family reunions.  As far as I know, adverse reaction burned out quick and completely, as they lasted about two decades before either died.

A character, Uncle Carl.  Fat, bald, a little spectacularly ugly, with his huge ears sticking out and stinking cigars - and he was the big storyteller in the family, and when he was doing that, which was a great deal of time I was ever around him, at family gatherings, his eyes would light up and his whole face smiled, and he turned into a very beautiful man whom everyone just loved.

I know you will like that description.

A couple of the very best family stories have Carl in them, as guess how they got preserved and spread?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 11, 2018, 01:30:51 AM
Started the Diet Evolution program 3/8/18, 278.6 lbs.

What is your Target Weight? (or weigh point towards that goal... )

We'll see what my body wants to do. I know that when you put on this much weight, your bones get dense to support it, so when you return to your former size you still weigh much more.  My idea is to stop being clinincally obese, more importantly to reverse the course towards diabetes. If that happens ( like it did to my grandfather ) I'll be forced to give up sugar and starch anyway. 

I'd rather do it on my own terms. So I've decided to stop procrastinating.



Hope hope the news about my situation isn't a factor due to this.  My heartfelt support for your step dad.

It kinda is. To get into it a little more, he has bone cancer in his skull. Treating the cancer traumatizes his brain. Life isn't in immediate peril now so much as cognitive and motor functions. So it's scary to think about and the C-word takes me there.
I like a break from that sometimes.

So, how about you and I agree to interact here and in other threads and PMs and we'll put this topic aside. Thanks for your thoughts. I'm here for you.

Does anything he does really surprise you these days?

I'm still trying to get around his wanting the Military Parade...  I also am behind in my Daily Show and Steven Colbert and have really not been paying much attention at all to news (except through them).
.

He likes and admires dictators- Sadam, Kim, Mussolini, Putin, Duarte. They know how to handle the press, drug dealers, and terrorists. Military parades is what they do while they live. It's a show of strength, and it glorifies The Leader what with all of the salutes.

Me, I'm all for the idea if it's a welcome home parade from several of the undeclared wars we are currently in. I'd love to bring the troops home for Christmas with their families.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 11, 2018, 01:34:33 AM


A character, Uncle Carl.  Fat, bald, a little spectacularly ugly, with his huge ears sticking out and stinking cigars - and he was the big storyteller in the family, and when he was doing that, which was a great deal of time I was ever around him, at family gatherings, his eyes would light up and his whole face smiled, and he turned into a very beautiful man whom everyone just loved.

I know you will like that description.

A couple of the very best family stories have Carl in them, as guess how they got preserved and spread?

I truly do like that description.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on March 11, 2018, 09:05:44 AM
Fat, bald, a little spectacularly ugly, with his huge ears sticking out...

A troll? :D
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on March 11, 2018, 02:00:27 PM
Uncle Dad?  Whoa.

E T- what's the Jeff Foxworthy term for multiple relationships?

Not sure, but "A Family Gathering" sounds about right...  I'd have to do a more detailed research into his stuff to be more exact...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 11, 2018, 03:40:39 PM
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On the political front I can't help but wonder why Trump's injunction against Stormy Daniels specifically forbids her discussion of paternity. Presumably the press would know of a child she was raising, and why no child support? Did Trump pay for an abortion? Was there a miscarriage? Was his baby put up for adoption? Regardless of the underlying truth of that, it seems like there's a campaign finance violation worthy of investigation.

From Stormy Daniels' lawyer, Michael Avenatti, early this morning on Twitter -
"To be clear and dispel the rumors, the “paternity” language in the NDA is boilerplate. There are no paternity issues here. We want to ensure the truth and only the truth - on ALL issues - is always reported. "

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 11, 2018, 03:43:01 PM
...Just because she's what she is doesn't mean her attorney is a dirtbag - that statement sounds like doing it right...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 11, 2018, 03:53:57 PM
He's impressed me whenever I've seen him. I immediately asked myself why Trump doesn't have a lawyer like this.

DUH! Trump can't get a great lawyer because-

1) He doesn't listen to instructions
2) He doesn't pay
3) Narcissists clients are a lawyer's nightmare because they feel the world is about them, and entitled to the attorney's time day or night at no extra charge.
4)Then there's the matter of ethical issues with Trump.

So, I imagine cheapskate Trump simply didn't want his penis pics getting out, and that's why the muzzle money.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 11, 2018, 04:01:03 PM
We've seen his hands, and know he was lying about the rest because his lips were moving.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 21, 2018, 03:09:58 AM
Brief update- When I arrived I thought my step-dad was in grave peril of pneumonia, but that has passed. I think he'll survive now, and I think he will mostly recover given enough time and therapy. They took out the feeding tube, he is able to feed himself when the food is in small pieces. The hard part is seeing how much concentration, time, and effort simple things require.
Using arms and legs, as examples. Yesterday's major victory was peeling an orange in half an hour.

On the diet front, I'm without a scale. My last weigh-in was 261.2 ! I have less dietary control on the road, I'm eating more meat and less vegetables and salad than the plan calls for, but I continue to exclude the sugars, carbs, lentils, and artificial sweets. So hopefully I will at least hold steady.

So, even though it's not fun,  things are exceeding expectations.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 21, 2018, 03:14:38 AM
Roughly 5'9" or a hair more?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on March 21, 2018, 03:29:15 AM
Hope you at least don't gain any.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Green1 on March 21, 2018, 03:41:14 AM
I hope I'll never have to move again. When we have a decent manager here (the current one treats me pretty well), things are okay. But I still have most of my packing boxes (the kind that fold up) just in case. I also have the business card for the last company I used, to bring my stuff here from the storage place where I'd had some of it... now they did a good job. They were prompt, careful, and put everything where I told them to.



I had to move three times in a year around three years ago. Moved from a one bedroom to a townhouse because my daughter wanted to live with me. Was in the townhouse maybe two months when I get a letter from Bank of America saying my landlord was in foreclosure for not paying the mortgage. The bank gave me 10K to get out in 3 weeks time. Then I moved into a townhouse right around the corner that was in a bit worse shape but cheaper. Been here ever since.

Was going to move to Chattanooga this year, but the deal on the house there fell through. Of course, due to drama between people ranging from mistresses, low life relatives, and others arguing over the house then turning around and wanting 4x more than what they originally said. Kind of glad I don't have to do it now, as much as I have outgrown my place.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 22, 2018, 12:44:52 AM
Roughly 5'9" or a hair more?

I'm still an even six. Thing is, I graduated high school at 170 lbs, 40" chest, 32" waist and maintained that weight into my 40s- basically until I got married. I don't expect to get back to that before I'm old and feeble, but I plan to make a serious push for sub 200. Long term I'd like to lose about a pound/week, just so that my skin can shrink-fit.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on March 22, 2018, 02:57:27 AM
I've been wrestling with a bit extra weight my whole life.  Sympathies.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 22, 2018, 03:12:13 AM
I never fully adjusted my calorie consumption from being a farmer. Gotta go.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 04, 2018, 07:06:48 PM
Brief update before I get back to responsibilities-

My dad had a dr. visit, no surgery scheduled, more appointments in 3 and 8 weeks. He did 60 ft.  in a walker, so if nothing else, his brain is getting better control of his feet, and his legs are stronger.
Haven't talked to my Mom yet, just e-mail.

Today's weigh in is 256.6, exactly 22 lbs less than when I started. My wife says I look better from the front and back, that is I seem to have lost my love handles/side belly. Also, my wedding ring came lose in the shower. I'm more convinced I can do this.

I have to get stuff done, because my mom may need a support person again soon. Later.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 04, 2018, 07:44:16 PM
You might try weight lifting as supplementary effort - you seen me talk about my two-exercise routine, surely.  I'm roughly overweight the same as you've gotten down to, and going heavy on careful bent-over rows, has never strained my lower back, and I look FANTASIC from behind, for my weight, from the upper back muscles and broad shoulders I've built up - those are still with me when I haven't touched a weight in years...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 04, 2018, 08:18:00 PM
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Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on April 04, 2018, 08:50:40 PM
How old is that pic? :P
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 04, 2018, 09:12:30 PM
From 2010, IIRC, and I do.  I believe the view hasn't changed worth mentioning, though.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on April 04, 2018, 09:40:29 PM
don't mention it then...  :P
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 04, 2018, 09:43:57 PM
You love it.  I'm a bear.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on April 04, 2018, 09:47:38 PM
You love it.  I'm a bear.

I have found that MOST bears are too fat and too small (where it counts... ).
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 04, 2018, 09:49:58 PM
Fair enough.  Tastes differ, and I don't understand the bearhuggers, though I've MET plenty.  (And had to turn too many down...)
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on April 04, 2018, 09:51:14 PM
There are ALL different types.... 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 04, 2018, 09:53:51 PM
It TAKES all types...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 05, 2018, 02:24:25 AM
You might try weight lifting as supplementary effort - you seen me talk about my two-exercise routine, surely.  I'm roughly overweight the same as you've gotten down to, and going heavy on careful bent-over rows, has never strained my lower back, and I look FANTASIC from behind, for my weight, from the upper back muscles and broad shoulders I've built up - those are still with me when I haven't touched a weight in years...

You know, as it happens the doctor who wrote the book(s) I'm trying to follow is a supporter of strength training rather than cardio, and he was a nationally renowned cardiac surgeon. He says marathoners lab  test similar to cancer patients, and more muscles mean more customers for your calories. He says if you are going to run, sprint. If you're going a long distance, walk. That's how the long-lived bushmen do it.  He notes that sprinters are muscular, rather than emaciated. At the stage I'm in, strength training makes statistically no difference in weight loss. But eventually it will matter.

He says as we age, our genetics value our efficiency once we're past reproduction age. If you spend all of your time running, then chowing down to refuel, your genes think you are an inefficient animal, unable to fend off predators, and a drain on the herd food supply. That's a candidate for a stroke or heart attack, cancer, etc. On the other hand, the ideal is more like a silverback gorilla, who need only expend energy briefly to defend the herd, or a little old lady who consumes very little.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 05, 2018, 02:27:50 AM
I'd say weights AND a little cardio is best - and I've had best results, for sure for keeping it up, with bench-press one day, rows the next, maybe Sunday off, maybe not.  That hits all the muscles a Man needs most for appearance, and keeps it simple and low in time investment...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 08, 2018, 06:01:12 AM
"Saw" my ribs in the bathroom mirror today. That was a surprise. I don't really recall when they disappeared.

I bought a bundle of collard greens tonight. They look nice, and I haven't found greens I don't like yet. Have you southerners ever eaten them?  What is a "collard" anyway?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 08, 2018, 06:32:04 AM
Satan's toilet paper, judging by the smell and taste, cooked.  I'd judge it way too tough/gritty for a salad.  -Turnip greens share all the same bad properties, but you can eat them.

Daddy loved the stuff, of course, and it don't get more 'Southern' than a man who got an actual red neck working in his daddy's sharecrop tobacco fields as a boy in single digits during the Great Depression.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collard_greens
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 12, 2018, 04:08:56 AM
Satan's toilet paper, judging by the smell and taste, cooked.  I'd judge it way too tough/gritty for a salad.  -Turnip greens share all the same bad properties, but you can eat them.

Daddy loved the stuff, of course, and it don't get more 'Southern' than a man who got an actual red neck working in his daddy's sharecrop tobacco fields as a boy in single digits during the Great Depression.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Collard_greens

I ate half a leaf raw. Somewhere between Kale and cabbage, I guess. Edible.  However, there may be a Satanic connection as you suggest.

  The first time I cooked them I just  about had dinner ready to plate when I smelled smoke. The stainless steel  lid of my skillet hid another pot lid and a plastic cover from view. The plastic touched a burner and ignited. I had a fire extinguisher under the sink. I got the fire out, but worked from dinner time until a little after 3 AM cleaning soot, fire extinguisher powder, and removing melted plastic. The only thing I lost was the hidden lid, which  had a lot of plastic adhered to it, as well as it's bakelite knob burned/melted. I threw it out.  The stove top I was able to  take apart and clean by scraping carefully and using Barkeep's Friend, an extremely fine cleansing powder. Never did get to eat.

So the next time I try to cook the last of the collards 2 nights later I had another fire, while trying to pop some sorghum like pop-corn. No mess that time.

I think these are the first fires I've had since I moved here in 2003.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on April 12, 2018, 04:31:15 AM
Must be the greens...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 12, 2018, 09:23:53 AM
Greens is teh Devil.  ;nod
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 12, 2018, 07:20:00 PM
My weight is essentially steady this week. I'm still encouraged, because last night I dreamed of greens instead of forbidden foods. I don't dislike greens, but apart from spinach I wouldn't say I actually like any of them. I'm not craving bread anymore. According to diet theory, this means that I am succeeding in changing my gut biome. Apparently certain bacteria and yeasts actually produce hormones and chemicals that make you hungry for starchy/sweet foods which they specialize upon.

Regardless, while I have been sticking to the program pretty well, life will be easier when I'm not focused on what I can't have.

It's a beautiful day, our snow is almost gone, and I promised myself I'd take down the last of the Christmas lights from the roof and chimney. Later.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Green1 on April 12, 2018, 07:44:14 PM
Greens is teh Devil.  ;nod

Why, thank you :D
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 12, 2018, 08:52:06 PM
:mad:
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on April 12, 2018, 10:46:38 PM
Willpower permitting, I might drop below seventy five next week (kilo's that is, not your yankee pounds).
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 12, 2018, 11:31:05 PM
Yankee everything is bad. ;nod
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 17, 2018, 02:45:53 AM
So while I'm up there taking down and storing the lights, I disconnected the plugs for the heat cables on the roof, took down the cord, figuring it was done for the season, and leaving it up would only degrade the vinyl in the sunlight, and let water in. Besides, I can put the cords  to other use as needed.

So this weekend we got 5-7" inches of dense snow-sleet mix.  It's on the roof and gutters, too. I'm expecting seasonal weather to come along and cause a small flood or something. If it doesn't, I may have to hook up and defrost. Part of today was wasted partially clearing the walks while waiting for the service to do it, and dealing with ice on the driveway created by the plow.   Also, I got my gaming laptop back from Geek Squad. I'm getting re-adjusted to the screen size after using a tablet for the last month or so.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 17, 2018, 05:36:02 PM
Aha!

Finally broke the 250lb. barrier. I noticed my ribs in the mirror again today, felt veins in my forearm this weekend. I guess my body is still in there. :danc:

The roof seems to be melting off without creating any ice dams, but it still looks like winter.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 17, 2018, 06:34:25 PM
I thought that last was a metaphor on the rest for a split second...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on April 17, 2018, 10:45:54 PM
:stupid
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 17, 2018, 10:48:11 PM
 :doh  -Will that do?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on April 17, 2018, 10:50:35 PM
No, I wanted the "I'm with Stupid" sign that points up (to the previous poster's comment), that is over at WPC...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 17, 2018, 10:52:18 PM
I modded --- no, that was the worthless w/o pics cut down to size. 

Hmm.  Request granted anyway.  Gimme a few minutes to steal it and install...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on April 17, 2018, 10:55:47 PM
make sure you post how to do it (i.e. if needing starting and stopping Colons or just single colon before it)
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 17, 2018, 11:12:08 PM
Yessir.  Now to install...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 17, 2018, 11:17:28 PM
That's stupid with a SEMIcolon in front, so you never have to shift to type it.  Efficient, and not stupid at all...

;stupid -Found in the popup zoo...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on April 17, 2018, 11:41:55 PM
;stupid
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 18, 2018, 12:22:49 AM
...Customizing it was ten times as much work, but worth it...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 18, 2018, 04:53:33 AM
I thought that last was a metaphor on the rest for a split second...

Oh. Now I get it. No, not that time. Yes, I usually separate that stuff by a dashed line, or something.

My hair is rather snowy, but it's hanging in there, and judging by my maternal grandfather, probably will stay there.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 18, 2018, 11:30:41 AM
We're all going bald as eggs if we live long enough.  I think I've posted the hillbilly afro shot, circa late 80's when I could brush my hair straight out about six inches -no chance of that now, even if my hair was that short- I've really noticed, having handled so many old pics lately for the cousins group, that five years ago, I still looked 30, but now I look too much like old Luke Skywalker, and Mark Hamil's roughly ten years older than me.  -That's the way Daddy aged, too...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 18, 2018, 07:00:34 PM
;stupid
I just noticed that in multiple uninstalls/reinstalls to be able to upload further tweaks to fix up the sign better, E_T; I let your personal smiley onto the Reply page lineup - as long as it appears to not start a new line, I'm tempted to leave it there, not at the bottom of the zoo...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 18, 2018, 08:13:18 PM
Oh I remember that one. Glorious.

I suppose Mylochka went through a hair straightening phase if hers was even half like that.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Syn on April 18, 2018, 08:40:19 PM
Got any pics of you cruising in a lowrider with that 'fro, BU?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 18, 2018, 09:14:39 PM
Oh I remember that one. Glorious.

I suppose Mylochka went through a hair straightening phase if hers was even half like that.
When she was 15, there were boys at school who called her "bushwoman" (but she was too young to know that there was an element of little boys kicking a pretty girl to it) - and she didn't have half as thick a head of hair as I.

Daddy's red crew cut was pretty nappy if you looked close.  So many pale, high-tempered redheads on that side you'd think we were Irish, not mostly German.  The convict was a glorious strawberry blonde in her youth, and pretty enough to model, though she didn't.  Buster's Daddy answers to a cleaner-cut version of my general description, not even general; same build, same colors, close in size, sound alike on the phone so much we used to mess with people until our church youth director stopped calling the house for anything - but straight hair, go figure.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 18, 2018, 10:16:12 PM
Got any pics of you cruising in a lowrider with that 'fro, BU?
Yes.  The price for sharing is $5,000 -or arrange for RoxxyX to be my girlfriend for at least a weekend.

-My overalls and Southeastern US accent went over quite well wit' teh homies - (black folks think I'm "phat stupid", and THAT part, I didn't make up; it's an actual quote from a brother I worked a temp assignment alongside in 1991).
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Syn on April 18, 2018, 10:27:11 PM
Best I can do is a handful of dimes and nickels.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 18, 2018, 10:30:20 PM
Well phooey.

-And here I am so cool I had to ask the brother whether that was "good-stupid, or bad-stupid?"  I DID know "phat" was a superlative...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 19, 2018, 05:29:02 AM
Hey, enjoy this, Rusty, since I scanned it yesterday.  1988... 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 19, 2018, 06:12:16 AM
I believe 1988, it's rugby stripe! :danc:

My dad and brother had curls like that, although they both went bald young. Lookin' good!


In those days I had well curled handlebars and a goatee in the spring/summer, with full beard in the winter, similar color. That and a couple of rugby shirts, only with collars.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on April 19, 2018, 12:21:22 PM
Imagining your face with a beard, it suits, I think.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on April 19, 2018, 11:02:31 PM
I have a summer beard...

[E_T points to one part of chin/jaw]
sum'er here...

[E_T points to different part of chin/jaw]
sum'er here...

[E_T points to third part of chin/jaw]
sum'er here...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Syn on April 19, 2018, 11:19:11 PM
Your chin has a lot of parts. Are you a Lego set?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on April 20, 2018, 03:23:58 AM
just plug me in...   ;)
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on April 20, 2018, 01:24:27 PM
Consent require, amigo!
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 24, 2018, 04:45:34 AM
Human ineptitude has caused us to forfeit a doctor's appointment that would have given us a surgery schedule and something to plan around. So we'll be in uncertainty for yet another week. This stress, curtailed sleep and the built-in driving today leaves me pretty tired.

Goodnight.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 27, 2018, 05:21:11 AM
Today was a day trip to the nursing home, about 3 hours or so each way. My dad is there as resident rehab patient. The news is all good. He can now lift 55lbs with the left hand, and 10 with the right. The doctors and rehab people are impressed with his progress so much that they have gotten an extra week of therapy approved with medicare, if I understand correctly. ( which I may not have, my hearing is suspect. ) This means that he will be there as long as I am here in PA, unless they want to move him to the hospital for the next surgery. He is almost feeding himself entire meals. He wants to go to the bathroom by himself, but he's not allowed because of the danger of falling and no top on his skull. He can walk over 100 feet with the aid of a walker.
He doesn't need speech therapy any more.

So even though I did double the driving of Monday, I'm less stressed and tired.

------------------------

It occurs to me that as heroic as his struggles for recovery have been, and those of another friend I have paralyzed in a car accident, and as amazing as those partial recoveries have been, that's not who I am.

I would have tried to learn to eat and do other things with my left hand, with the goal of getting good enough to go home. I'm a roll with the punches kind of guy. I dwell on what is left rather than what is lost and try to adapt. Try to get back to living, rather than try to deny the diagnosis.  Try to recover quickly rather than completely.

----------------------------

On the diet front, my weight is oscillationg around 250. Had to put some tape on my wedding ring to keep it on. Also, people noticed that the dimples in my cheeks when I smile have re-appeared. My recent pictures look like myself from years ago.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on April 28, 2018, 12:35:45 AM
On the diet front, my weight is oscillationg around 250. Had to put some tape on my wedding ring to keep it on. Also, people noticed that the dimples in my cheeks when I smile have re-appeared. My recent pictures look like myself from years ago.
It might be at a redistribution phase, before it starts to go down more.  Sometimes happens.  Might need some walking off to help with it...  Won't hurt...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 28, 2018, 06:10:22 AM
That's my suspicion. I've walked a little, but it keeps raining. I tried to do pushups, but my spine was hurting. I think I need to lose more weight before I try that again. I did some yard work for my mom today between rains. My wife tells me I'm losing the belly, but I don't see it yet.

If I'm not able to increase my activity, I may reduce my protein portions to reduce my calories. As my body shrinks, so does my daily need for calories and nutrients, if not my appetite for them.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on May 07, 2018, 06:03:55 AM
Dad update- The therapists think that they have basically peaked on recovery of nerve function. He won't fully recover from the complications of the series of surgeries. So, there will be half as many therapy sessions/week. He can still rebuild muscle. He's happy in the home where he is. But, things are going to shift from Medicare to supplemental insurance, and the allowance will decrease. My parents will shoulder some of the financial burden. He will move to a different wing and a semi-private room on Tues.

To that end we're working on financial paperwork. We plan to keep him there for a month, until the next doctor visit ( when they make determinations about fitting for a helmet, since reconstructing the skull - or any other further surgery is too risky.)
Then we intend to bring him back to the county where they live, to make things easier on my mom, who never did like driving a half hour or more, and he's currently 3 hours away, still close to his specialists. My sister in Florida has offered to come up and be with mom after Memorial Day, and go with her to the brain surgeon appointment. The trouble is my sister had eye surgery complications, which required more surgery, and she still won't be fit to drive then. So my brother will probably take them.

My Dad is also acting stubborn, twice he has fallen while trying to get into bed by himself from his wheelchair. That's really dangerous for a guy missing the top of his skull. He lacks the balance and strength to get up and down by himself, and my 80 something mom can't handle him herself, so he can't come home. Mentally, he's not himself when he's tired, and he tires more easily because it takes a lot of concentration to balance and use his hands. At present he is getting cards and visits from his side of the family, and his busy with therapy. We're pretty sure that when those things slack off, he'll be unhappy with his situation. Bringing him to the home county should put him in easier range of his immediate family and congregation, and more importantly, my Mom.

We'll see how it goes. I may be flying back in July.  To quote Forrest Gump,"that's all I have to say about that."

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Diet-wise, I've passed the 6-8 week mark were a lot of diets are overridden by cravings and reverse course. The book promised it would continue to work. So far, it's been right. I'm still waiting to see some of it's other claims come true, such as skin tags being reabsorbed. Summer is supposed to be the hardest time to lose weight, because your body normally stores fat for the next winter. It's considered okay just to hold steady. Also, while my initial losses were about half a pound/day, from here on I should expect a pound/ per week as a healthy rate. It should allow my skin to shrink-fit, and not stress me with too much heavy metals being released from my shrinking fat cells.

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Returning home will mean getting back to organizing my basement, preparing equipment for the fishing trip, and going to visit the chosen kitten, among other things. Maybe I'll even get a chance to use my remote control sailboat on the pond before it's choked with weeds. It should also mean going for regular walks after lunch for the exercise, although I enjoy it as much for the chance to think. I should also make time to donate blood after the holiday. I also want to get back to my kitchen and try a couple experiments I have in mind, one soup, the other pizza.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on May 07, 2018, 01:29:53 PM
Sounds like things are starting to settle out a bit for you, good to hear...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on May 07, 2018, 05:00:11 PM
Sounds like things are starting to settle out a bit for you, good to hear...

It feels stressful because it's less than ideal, but I guess that's the healthy way to look at it, thanks!
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on May 11, 2018, 12:53:13 AM
Made it home, almost unpacked. It was funny to see the snow shovel at our front door, but when we left home last month there was still snow cover. My dad tried to go to the bathroom by himself, and fell again. He's still progressing, and is capable of standing up by himself sometimes now. Last I heard, he hadn't moved to the assisted living wing from the rehab wing, and it didn't sound like his therapy sessions have been reduced. We'll have to see who pays for that....

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on May 14, 2018, 01:18:59 PM
We'll have to see who pays for that....

The health insurance company I hope?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on May 15, 2018, 03:35:16 AM
We'll have to see who pays for that....

The health insurance company I hope?

It's kinda complicated. Even Medicare ( gov. insurance for old people) has it's limits. The three brain surgeries cost about $900,000. He's been in the hospital and rehabilitation facilities for over 90 days, which is sort of a cut-off point, but it's been covered. My parents have supplemental insurance, and have filed a claim. It should kick in at the 90 day mark, but won't cover the full amount/day. My mother has contacted an attorney who specializes in elderly law. Now some people would likely go on Medicaid , which is for poor people. In my parents' case, they live in a university town, so their home has appreciated in value, so they don't qualify for that.

Anyway, my remarks were about the differences in daily rates between the rehabilitation wing where he has a single room, and the assisted living wing where he shares. They were a few days late moving him from the 90 day mark when doctors had prescribed the full rehab.  In assisted living his rehab is supposed to be limited to practicing what he's already learned to do, and about 3 times/week instead of 6. So he was getting the full treatment for longer than prescribed, but he was still responding and improving.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on May 15, 2018, 03:50:54 AM
Let's see... the dog and I went on a mile walk each of the last two days. Before that we were busy with moving my mother-in-law into a single room in her nursing home, instead of a suite. She's running low on money, but the home will keep her for life.

Weighed myself today. 243.6 pounds, so I've lost exactly 35 so far. I'm going to need smaller pants, but I'm in no hurry to buy. On the bright side, I won't be buying a new suit to wear to my niece's wedding this fall.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on May 20, 2018, 09:22:08 PM
Sunday, which I intend to be my regular weigh-in from now on. 241.1 lbs.

Yesterday I was at the airport and had my driver's license out.  It said 255lbs.  I've never weighed this much less than my license, and my picture is looking less like the current me.  Tried a few pushups again today, but I could hear bones crunching, * and I'm hearing impaired ) I think I'll put that off for a couple months. I have been walking regularly, and my dog is getting to expect it.
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My dad is plateaued on walking with the walker at 100-120 feet. He has been working at propelling himself in a wheelchair using both feet and legs. The problem is that his right knee is bad, and his right hand is the weak one with poor motor control, so he tends to turn to the right . On the bright side, he has been working on steps, something he needs to be able to do to return home.

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I'm going to try to set up the Skybell doorbell/intercom/camera today.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on May 23, 2018, 06:03:04 PM
The door bell thing didn't quite go well. It was working, but wouldn't quite close with the wires connected. In the process of taking it apart and putting it together again I lost a miniscule, but critical screw. I had to abort until I can go to the hardware.

I was really tired yesterday for no apparent reason, and today I appear to have a cold.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on May 23, 2018, 07:58:15 PM
sorry to hear, hope you get better soon...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on May 23, 2018, 08:44:58 PM
sorry to hear, hope you get better soon...

Thanks. Seems more and more like a cold. I took Dayquill, and that seemed to help. We were in the airport for a couple of hours on Saturday to see my mother-in-law off, so that seems the like point of contagion.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on May 27, 2018, 07:22:24 PM
Yesterday we led the nation in pollen count. I don't know if it was that or the after affects of my cold, but my sinuses were bad. Today is supposed to be record heat for the date. Our only plans are to pick up my MiL from the airport in late afternoon, and take her to dinner before taking her back to the nursing home. So I figured it was safe to take Nyquil and sleep in. WRONG.

Family needed our portable air conditioners which we take to the cabin on the fishing trip. They were suffering, and their fish were dying in their aquarium early this morning. 

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Diet wise, I remain on pace. Surprising, considering that I'm retaining water because my fingers are swelling up like they do when it gets into the eighties in Florida. I can tell by my rings. I checked, I've lost 5 points of body mass index so far. I'm still interested to see what my fasting blood tests look like this fall. I'm expecting a big difference in cholesterols and triglycerides. 

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I gotta give credit to the therapists at the rehab center, as well as my step dad for his determination. I believe I've mentioned that he was moved to the nursing home wing from the rehab wing, because he was peaked out on the Medicare for rehab, and the evaluation was that he had peaked out on his neurological recovery, too. So he's getting half the occupational and physical therapy he did in the rehab wing.

But he's been doing "push-ups" on the arms of his wheelchair in his room, my cousin has been working with him on his days off, and the therapists apparently decided that since his right knee was bad, and the fingers of his right hand are weak
( seriously limiting his ability to steer himself in a wheelchair ), that it was better to teach him to use a cane in his left hand. Granted, it's a cane with 4 or 5 feet, and his current distance is only half that of using a walker, but it's looking like he'll be able to come home some day, once he has a helmet. Probably need some hand rails, too. At this time my mother wants to keep him where he is, simply because he's making progress now, and she's afraid he could go backwards without the motivation to return home, and the rehab sessions.

He was able to "dial" a large key track phone we bought him for the first time, so his dexterity is improving, too.

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Tomorrow's plan is to get my MiL, and grill burgers.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on June 03, 2018, 07:18:59 PM
I lost another 2.3 pounds this week, even though I did violate the diet for one meal with a second glass of wine and a serving of pasta. I have been taking my dog on a mile long walk daily, except for when it rained and we reversed course. According to Dr. Gundry, an overhanging belly, skin tags near the armpits, and rosacea, are all signs of pre-diabetic syndrome and insulin resistance. He promised that stuff would reverse.  Well, it's been just about 3 months since I started. My belly is now a big bulge, rather than an overhang. I can only see one vein in my nose, even though my veins are reappearing on my limbs. While the skin tags haven't dried up and fallen off as he predicted, they are getting smaller, as if they are being re-absorbed. Rather than conspicuous, I have to turn just the right way to see one at all, and the other is definitely shorter.

I ordered some protein bars to simplify breakfast on the fishing trip. Reviews said they taste like fudge brownies. They arrived today, and I think they taste like chocolate Space Food Sticks. That's great because I always liked S.F.S., but I can't get them any more.

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My dad has been using the walker, cane, and practicing stairs and transfers into and out of the car. One of my sisters arrives today to support my mom. They are going to see the brain surgeon tomorrow. Hopefully that will result in being fitted for a helmet. After hearing the results of that, I'll probably make arrangements to fly to PA in July and do another shift with my mom.

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I seem to be recovered from cold and allergies.

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on June 03, 2018, 08:44:17 PM
Progress, not perfection...
Sounds great...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on June 04, 2018, 05:36:45 PM
Progress, not perfection...
Sounds great...

You always have a nice way of getting to the crux of the matter. Yes, it does feel great.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on June 05, 2018, 12:59:37 AM
You might want to try a few sit-up's now, just to help tighten up that belly some...  Go easy at first, but see if you can do a few every few days...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on June 10, 2018, 06:56:48 PM
Sunday weigh-in 235.2, which brings my BMI down to 32 ! I may have to track down some old driver's licenses to figure out how far I've turned back the clock on my weight. I feel like a different person, but I haven't decided if I'm a "new me" or an "old me". I've started stretching before my daily walk, and I've raised it to 1.75 miles. I tried sit ups a couple of times, but got very light headed. While it interferes with the exercising, it's not all bad. It reminds me that most of my life I had some low blood pressure issues, common to my mother's side of the family. I haven't had that problem for many years, so it makes me suspect that my veins and arteries are returning to "normal" ( at least for me ), too. The belly is still pretty big. It was the first to fatten up, and will probably be the last to lose completely, the way things are going. I think I'm even starting to lose chest fat.

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As for my dad, the brain surgeon says that he's healing nicely, and see him again in 6 months. The plastic surgeon appointment is coming up, so if all is well the helmet should follow that visit. He reached another determination/classification in physical therapy, now that he has been concentrating on the walker and the cane only. That means that the sessions are fewer now but he trains pretty hard on his own. We're thinking return home at the end of the month.


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I'd like to put a word in for my cousin. He had a great idea. You know how sometimes when there's an illness friends or family offer to help, but nobody knows exactly how they can? Some people live too far away, some people have no free time, etc. Usually the immediate family  says "Thanks, I really appreciate the offer, but I don't know what you can do." Well, my cousin who is some kind of a HVAC project manager offered his sky miles and Hilton points. When he's not working, he'd rather be home relaxing anyway. This has made it possible for my Mom to afford being close to my Dad, and one of my sisters, who is more flexible on time to fly in from Florida to support my Mom. My sister had eye surgery complications, so she can't drive. This generosity has made more people able to contribute, and makes everybody feel better. It's a great idea.


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I got the car out of the garage this morning to make room for the boat. Loading this year should be a breeze, as I have all of the boxes numbered, inventoried, spread-sheeted, and sealed in clear plastic trash bags to keep out dust and insects. It should be a simple matter of opening he bag, pulling the box off of the shelf, and placing them in the boat. Then adding the fishing gear. Well, we'd have to get two suitcases from my mother-in law, too, but then it would be ready to tarp.


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Well, I 've goat a beef roast to get started. That's all for now.

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on June 11, 2018, 03:01:47 AM
Got some driver's licenses.


As recently as 2003, I was still in the mid 170s.

2006 was "200"

2007 was "210"


2014 was 255lbs. I know that was realistic. Well, even conservative by a pound and a fraction. But I also know that I was being fanciful on the previous two licenses, wishing and hoping that I could reverse the trend and back into those weights at the time. By how much, I don't recall.


Just got the fishing license today, so I got to enter an accurate weight on that. Yay! Life's little victories.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on June 13, 2018, 10:50:16 PM
I just re-read this thread.

1) I really miss Valka on this board.

2) I said that this should be a lucky year for me, because I started it with a bad case of flu/dry heaves/diahrrea so it could only get better. Well, it certainly hasn't been easy, but I do feel lucky based on eventual outcomes.

3) Early on I was lamenting my challenges in organizing the clutter in my basement. I wished I was younger or multiple people. It occurs to me that my diet is making me "younger" so that I can accomplish more. I will have to resume the battle of the basement when I return from fishing.


4) As for exercise, I've been walking a mile and 3/4ths every day so far this week and all of last. I stretch before I put on my shoes. I think I'm ready for more, but my dog is not, unless it gets cooler. Maybe I can carry some extra weight on my walk instead. I'm doing neck stretching exercises while she "checks her messages," to overcome the stiffness that comes from computers and other e-devices.  My back and knee joints feel much better. My wife credits my weight loss, I credit the COSTCO Triple Action Joint Health, but it could just as easily be the diet, which is high in anti-inflamatory Omega-3s. As for strength, I've started curling and pressing using a boat anchor in each hand.  I think push-ups and situps are going to wait, but I can try some trunk twisters.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 01, 2018, 04:57:51 AM
Home safely after the annual fishing trip.  It was unusual. Some of the best and worst weather, some of the best and worst fishing ( I caught the most fish I ever have in one session, 8, and my niece caught a 17" bass, the largest fish I've heard of in the extended family since I started going on the trip in 2003. ) and I got the outboard motor running the best it ever has since I've been operating it... until the water pump failed.

As for my favorite part - I saw a few Sand hill Cranes, a beaver, a muskrat, some loons, black squirrels, woodpeckers , orioles, several herons, but only one eagle that I know of. Yeah, there were mallards and Canada geese and deer, too, but I don't think of them as remarkable.


I experimented with some new fish cleaning and filleting techniques. I unloaded the two cars, but the boat remains. More later.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 02, 2018, 05:23:49 AM
Got the boat unloaded and the stuff stored. All I need to do is take the boat and motor to my brother-in-law for modifications, repairs, and storage. I spread it out over the course of the day, but between that and searching for the new kitten a few times, it taxed my balance. I hit my head on a doorway once, and my shin on a coffee table corner.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 03, 2018, 04:26:38 AM
I had trouble with the page locking last night. Anyway...

Went to Illinois and brought Winchester II home. I'll try to get some pictures this week. He's a little nervous around the dog (who wants to be friends ), and doesn't back down from the big kitties ( who hiss and glare at him ).  We put a collar on him, trimmed his nails, no problem.


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Diet wise, I've moved beyond the 45lbs. lost mark. That's not bad to continue with my pound per week goal while on vacation, and making exceptions to my regimen almost daily. fffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffffc   <= pusskeyfooting brought to you by Chester.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on July 03, 2018, 06:28:20 AM
hehe, one of the things that one my Ex's cats used to do all of the time was to lounge around on the Computer Keyboard (it was His Most Immense Tunage, Tiberius, Lord of the Lard - a very Big Maine Coon).  The keyboard was also walked across when going from point A to B (window near computer desk that was a favorite hang out spot for all of the cats- we had three at one point)

One time, we had come home from somewhere and had found that the cat had somehow hit the right keys and he had opened up a few IE browser windows and even had gotten to a few sites...  Needless to say, we had to put in a screensaver password with the screen saver set to come on fairly quickly after being idle for short time periods (say we get up to go to other room and cat follows and crosses keyboard, saver has to kick in fairly quickly...).

We always joked that Tiberius was on the web, looking for "kitty porn"...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Spacy on July 03, 2018, 09:43:01 PM
Glad the fishing trip went well!
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 07, 2018, 10:03:39 PM
Glad the fishing trip went well!

Thanks! Since the outboard was working so well this year, I mounted my electric trolling motor on my sister-in-law's boat, because the relative with whom they normally fish isn't there. When the water pump failed, I switched to oars. It was educational. That elliptical motion of rowing is akin to twirling spaghetti on a fork. I figured this out when I rowed through a patch of loose weed floating on the surface. I had to remove them from the locks and hold them more vertical to shake off the the wads of weed every so often. That stuff was heavy.


Today I got the Sky Bell working on my wife's phone, too. Now she can answer the door. I need to get new hearing aids, the tech is better, my hearing is worse, and volume adjustments aren't solving the problem for more than a week to 10 days at best. I think I'm going out to do some yard work. Well, plant care rather than lawn care ( which is provided ).
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Spacy on July 09, 2018, 09:53:50 PM
Ya, I had to go to the doc earlier as I was loosing some hearing.  Doc blamed it on me going shooting, but I haven't been to the range in over a year, and when I was I always used hearing protection.  When I tossed that back in his face, he got all huffy and virtually kicked me out of his office.  On the way out, I saw his incoming mail and right on top was a pamphlet asking for money (I guess) from "The Coalition of Stopping Guns" or something like that.  Time to find a new doc that will actually look at getting me help for my hearing instead of preaching at me. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 10, 2018, 02:17:07 AM
Ya, I had to go to the doc earlier as I was loosing some hearing.  Doc blamed it on me going shooting, but I haven't been to the range in over a year, and when I was I always used hearing protection.  When I tossed that back in his face, he got all huffy and virtually kicked me out of his office.  On the way out, I saw his incoming mail and right on top was a pamphlet asking for money (I guess) from "The Coalition of Stopping Guns" or something like that.  Time to find a new doc that will actually look at getting me help for my hearing instead of preaching at me.

True. I didn't know how much hearing I'd lost to noise damage in the left ear until I got a disease in my right one. If you know you're losing it, you need to see an Ear Nose Throat specialist to figure out what's happening to your hearing and what can be done about it. That might require a referral from a doc. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on July 10, 2018, 02:49:28 AM
Yeah, if anything, they should get a baseline for where your hearing is now, so that if it gets worse, they can compare to that baseline...

Nice thing about some of the newer Hearing Aids is that they can tailor the sensitivity for what your needing to have increased.  That and I love the Bluetooth connection that I get for my phone (total hands free as well as outside noise cancelling).  I can also play music with through the Bluetooth...  I love them...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 16, 2018, 07:24:12 AM
The SkyBell is pretty awesome...when it's working. I am always amazed at how great our flowers look at night in color 1080HD.
The speaker in the doorbell is kind of marginal on volume for a hearing impaired guy like me. Fortunately our street is usually quiet. The motion sensor is hit or miss. Sometimes it notices the guy delivering the package and notifies us in timely fashion, sometimes it doesn't. So, it seems to me that it would be no better if we had somebody removing packages. The green glow is pretty cool looking at night.


It has sold me on the concept of a smart doorbell, and probably a smart home. If I went that route I'm leaning towards Nest. I like the idea of combination smoke/CO2 detectors that aren't fooled by steam, can be silenced by phone, and can integrate with each other as well as the heating and cooling system.

 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 19, 2018, 12:58:04 AM
If anybody is interested in smart home stuff-

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/842479032/olarm-the-smartest-home-security-system?ref=email (https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/842479032/olarm-the-smartest-home-security-system?ref=email)

This seems like a good value for Americans, and it's Nest compatible.

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Finished grubbing out the tree and shrub roots on the surface of my lawn from my uphill neighbor. The homes here are sort of built on 3'-4' terraces on this side of the street. More roots than I expected. I drank some wine to neutralize my back pain by relaxing the muscles. Bent my cutter mattock, but I got almost bent back into shape. Actually, the most useful tool was my Milwaukee Electric 18 volt sawzall. I rarely need the thing, but the big coarse blades come in handy for cutting an old couch in half , and cutting through roots and dirt. I'm impressed with the way the batteries seem to deliver full power up to the point where they suddenly stop, rather than fade away.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on July 19, 2018, 02:30:54 AM
Good Voltage Regulation...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on August 02, 2018, 03:53:49 AM
1) My wife told me that the fishing trip stuff got packed wherever for the way home, so I got all of the boxes out and inventoried, and did some redistribution.


2) My Mom needs me again. So, I have a flight booked. I guess that means freezing corn for use here soon, because my window is small, and I have a lot of people preferring it for meals. I'll have to get some tomorrow and see how it is in terms of maturity, tenderness, sweetness, etc. It means that my Summer is mostly over. I will have to start getting stuff done, simply because I will be out of state, or busy. Same goes for rescheduling stuff.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on August 29, 2018, 08:02:14 PM
Things got complicated here with another hospitalization . I extended my stay. He's okay and back in the nursing home. I got to do some pruning, stump grubbing, and other yard work. Froze corn for my Mom here. Yesterday dealt with some legal stuff about separating the parents assets.     Mostly I am her driver. My brother deserves a break from this stuff, he hasn't been able to take a vacation this year because of it.
                             
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on August 29, 2018, 08:35:12 PM
Looking after family like that = the right thing to do.  ;b;
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on August 30, 2018, 04:44:56 PM
Thanks. I think of you while I'm doing it. Oh yeah, I also cook when we are home and buy dinners on the road. The difference is that all of us are doing what we can. This is my third tour. My youngest sister burnt through all of her vacation and family leave, and my other sister has filled in so that I didn't feel guilty taking a spring vacation that was already paid for. She did another shift, too. I plan to fly home Sunday, stay about a week, then drive back here with my wife for 3 more weeks. My October is pretty full. My cousin will likely take up the slack visiting my dad again. After appointments with the doctors in early November, we hope to move him to this county, so that church people can help over the winter. We will have to wait and see.

SKYBELL allowed my wife to document that the 3 housecleaning were only there for 45 minutes, and it is a 4 person-hour job. She's happy, because she noticed they were cutting corners this week, and she feels validated.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on August 30, 2018, 07:12:13 PM
Let your Brother get out and away for a bit...

My sister was always very picky as to what and if anyone that cleaned for her, cleaned and how...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on October 09, 2018, 05:00:44 PM
I should update this thread. Completed the weeding, sapling removal and stump grubbing at my Mom's. My wife and I got my Mom through the nursing home selection/approval process. There's a nice one 5 minutes away. We got the lift/recliner chair, tv, mini-fridge-freezer, lamp, phone, etc. purchased.  My brother got a chance to go to a party on the west coast, he was very appreciative.


Meanwhile my Mom got things moving in the rehab place. My dad now has a helmet. They measured him and ordered a wheelchair. He has been working hard on transfers. My youngest sister is coming in from Seattle for two weeks the beginning of next month to attend the follow-up appointments with the brain and plastic surgeons, and to facilitate the move from the physical rehab facility to the new nursing home. So things are going great.


Here at home, we just had a wedding and seemed to distribute a cold. Being a procrastinator, I didn't get it until today.


Meanwhile my Alzheimer's Mother-in-law couldn't tell if one of her hearing aids was working, so she proceeded to burn through an entire package of zinc air batteries, and go to the standby of take it apart herself. Now a part is missing. The original issue? She needed to clean the wax off of the dome that fits in her ear. The model is old ( in terms of generations of tech, rather than years ), we may not be able to get the part. She doesn't have money for new ones that are grandma -proof.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on October 16, 2018, 05:18:12 AM
I should explain that my youngest sister in Seattle used up her personal and vacation time early this year, but has now been granted a couple weeks of family leave.


I was able to get the hearing aid part from my audiologist. I put it in, but it still isn't working. There's a reason why electronics have covers. Oh well, I have an audiogram scheduled for myself on Thursday, so I'll see about it then.


I'm recovered from my cold. I have a bag of mixed crocus to plant. I guess it's time for outdoor winterization.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on October 19, 2018, 04:34:42 AM
I've been focused on hydration, but I think I need to pay more attention to caffeine consumption, or else the timing of it, because last night I couldn't fall asleep until 5 AM, for no apparent reason. I'm pretty tired now, so I expect that to self-correct. Soon.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on October 19, 2018, 05:39:46 PM
SKYBELL allowed my wife to document that the 3 housecleaning were only there for 45 minutes, and it is a 4 person-hour job. She's happy, because she noticed they were cutting corners this week, and she feels validated.

So, did the cutting corners part stop?
At least, I assume your wife took it up with the cleaning company?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on October 19, 2018, 05:47:34 PM
The next time they did the same thing again, even though the boss docked their pay. My wife complained again.

Now we have a different cleaning crew from the same agency. They stayed the full time and did a better job. We'll see if they continue to do that or not.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on October 26, 2018, 02:21:16 AM
As for the cleaners, this time we got a crew chief who was competent in English, and the owner of the service showed up, too. I should explain that the owner is a religious Costa Rican, and hires mostly other Costa Ricans. Most of them only pretend to understand English, and don't seem to good at following instructions written in Spanish. This crew chief is supposed to explain what we want to the other crew chiefs.


They asked about the kitchen and bathrooms, we assured them we were satisfied with those. Then we showed them the dust on some of the cabinets and under the edges of the furniture. Judging from their re-actions and the name of the previous crew chief, we must have got a problem slacker. Cats make a lot of dust, whether it's litter sand, hair, or dander. Right now we have six of them in the house.


They put in some overtime, and we're satisfied with the house now.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on October 27, 2018, 09:50:45 AM
I assume it is hard to find English-speaking cleaners in your region?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on October 27, 2018, 06:06:33 PM
I assume it is hard to find English-speaking cleaners in your region?


The workers for landscaping and cleaning services in this city are mostly Spanish speakers. I can think of one of each service that is English speaking.


The greatest concern isn't how well they clean, but can we trust people with keys to our home and opportunities to remove mail, jewelry, electronics, antiques, etc. I trust the woman who owns the service to screen them. She seems to be religious and hires church people who wish to become citizens, two factors that make them less likely to steal information or property from us.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on October 28, 2018, 01:20:24 AM
Ah, but they can still be good church goers and still steal you blind...  They just absolve themselves in Confession...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on October 28, 2018, 04:32:15 AM
Ah, but they can still be good church goers and still steal you blind...  They just absolve themselves in Confession...

Confession won't help you when you're laid off. Doubly so if the parish won't help out because a certain former boss puts in a bad word in the local church's charity department.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on November 15, 2018, 06:10:16 AM
I returned from Florida to snow cover and temps in the 20s. I think I was gone 13 days, and for the first time in years I didn't get sick. Considering the amount of children in Disney, touching handrails, elevator buttons, sinks, etc. I feel lucky.

Well, healthy too. I had a visit with a urologist regarding my PSA test. The increase was more than usual, but I'm still below avg. for my age. He thinks my MD was overreacting, no cancer concerns whatsoever, and I'm fine for another year. I saw him before for kidney stone surgery, and he congratulated me on the diet. I saw the optometrist today, he took pictures inside my pupils and my eyes are healthy, too. There's some eye disease issues in my family.

I cleaned out the front coat closet. It is what I call a flying closet- the box protrudes out the corner of the house ( but still under the roof eaves. ), kinda like those pop-outs on expensive campig trailers.  No foundation under it, and maybe less insulation. I knew there was some mold, that's the main reason I wanted to clean it out. It turns out that the tiled floor of this closet has sagged and gapped about a 1/4 inch in both outside corners, letting in air/causing condensation. Anyway, I got the closet bleached, stuff in it washed, thrown out, or put into storage in the case of shoes that are too loose because of my weight loss. Then I re-organized it. I still intend to caulk it, but I have to buy some.

My Dad moved to the assisted living near his house. It really tired him out, but he is rested up now. So my Mom can drive herself to see him everyday, even in the winter. It's like going to the post office. Now neighbors and church people can come to see him too. The meals there don't have as many desserts, and they aren't serving cookies or ice cream or donoughts every afternoon. That's a good thing, he doesn't need to gain any more weight.


After all of the dining, I'm eager to cook. Well, I'll probably put other updates and comments in the Lazy Gourmet, Diet Crap, and political threads.


Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on December 02, 2018, 06:30:04 PM
We've had 3 guest cats above our 3 resident cats and one long term guest cat, for a total of seven since Thursday night. Only sneezed twice since then and that was when I was moving boxes and likely liberating dust. This immunotherapy continues to work, even though I'm not taking it any more. I'm a guy that could feel my head closing up in a matter of minutes whenever there were more than two cats in the house, before the immunotherapy.

Gave blood, the least activity I've ever seen at the donation center with the exception of a weather event once. Essentially people are busy near any holiday, which means that the blood is more in need, and if you make the time, you can get in and out faster.

Cleaners are coming tomorrow, they have been doing a good job.

My other sister should be staying with my Mom now. My dad's getting acclimated, and recovering from the move. My brother took a trip to Portugal for a vacation. Even though this aging parent stuff has consumed my year, I appreciate that this works so much better with the four of us working as a team, taking turns, using our individual talents. I'm grateful for that. So are the parents. The downside is that there are only a pair of children between us. The example isn't being shared very far. 

The Mrs. has been happy with my cooking, mostly. There have been some healthy substitutions to make things acceptable to my diet. Cauliflower "rice" was one. She actually prefered it in a stew to brocolli and cauliflower floretts, where it could take on the other flavors in the pot. As a rice substitute, not so much. Oh well, that just means that I'll be making basamati rice in the Instapot, and controling my portion of it.


Smartification of the home and rsearch continues. As for other projects, I want to replace some lights and a bathroom fan/light that have been in place since the home was built in the 1980s, and only work sometimes.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on December 02, 2018, 09:38:45 PM
Cauliflower and broccoli mixed up?
That's too much of similar ingredients in a dish for me.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on December 03, 2018, 12:31:13 AM
Cauliflower and broccoli mixed up?
That's too much of similar ingredients in a dish for me.

Normandy mix- frozen carrots, cauliflower and broccoli, which I normally put in a stew with beef, potatoes, and a couple shallots for flavor and for her. I think shallots are a seasoning, she thinks they are vegetables. She like carrots as long as they're cooked until they are soft.


I substituted carrots and cauliflower rice for the Normandy mix, because I was out of it.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on January 27, 2019, 08:08:56 PM
Today is relatively mild for polar vortex. High of 6F and low of 0. The problem is tomorrow is going to warm into the 20s, drop 7-12 inches of snow. Then Tues high 0, low -25. Wed, high -14, low of -23. It is predicted to break into the positive temps again of Friday followed by snow on the weekend.

It means that I need to do some roof raking on Monday.

What really concerns me is a potential power outage. We had one earlier this winter. I've got a fireplace, some wood and some charcoal. I can crack the faucets. I can buy some time.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on January 27, 2019, 11:09:21 PM
What really concerns me is a potential power outage. We had one earlier this winter. I've got a fireplace, some wood and some charcoal. I can crack the faucets. I can buy some time.

The funny thing on my side of the Atlantic is all kind of doomsday scenarios regarding power outages were spread in the news midfall because most of our nuclear plants were offline due to delays in maintenance.
Admittedly we mostly had a mild winter here sofar, but none of it came true. Not a single power outage I know of.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on January 28, 2019, 02:50:24 AM
What really concerns me is a potential power outage. We had one earlier this winter. I've got a fireplace, some wood and some charcoal. I can crack the faucets. I can buy some time.

The funny thing on my side of the Atlantic is all kind of doomsday scenarios regarding power outages were spread in the news midfall because most of our nuclear plants were offline due to delays in maintenance.
Admittedly we mostly had a mild winter here sofar, but none of it came true. Not a single power outage I know of.


They aren't talking about power outages. A lot of the lines are buried underground here, and there's no freezing rain forecast. It's just my pessimistic nature to worry about worst cases. Then when something finally happens, like our subdivision not getting plowed out tomorrow, I shrug it off and say "could be worse," and deal with it. But while I'm waiting with little to do, my imagination gets traction.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on January 30, 2019, 09:25:34 PM
Well, the last couple of days I have been rousted out of bed to get ready to help family members whose cars wouldn't start. As it happened, there work was called off or other arrangements were made before I had to go, but I got shorted on sleep and fed coffee anyway.


As for the roof raking, it revealed that there was some ice damming going on beneath the snow. While I thought it was too cold for the heat cables to work, apparently there was enough snow to insulate the roof enough for some of it to melt against the roof. So, more trips on the ladder than I expected. Live and learn.


Today it happened. My wife woke me up early. -24, the power is out and they don't know when they can restore it. It also meant no coffee or tea for me this morning. Got the fire going. Opened an upstairs faucet, but since I wasn't awake yet I turned on hot rather than cold water. Drank a coke today. Prepped some soup but forgot a key component. The power returned later than they eventually estimated, but at least the garage didn't freeze. Recently the power went off again, but returned. So, we're coping.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on January 31, 2019, 10:16:38 AM
Well, the last couple of days I have been rousted out of bed to get ready to help family members whose cars wouldn't start. As it happened, there work was called off or other arrangements were made before I had to go, but I got shorted on sleep and fed coffee anyway.

I hope that doesn't mean YOU need a functioning car for that? ;)
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on January 31, 2019, 02:23:24 PM
You don't have an oldschool coffee pot for making it by the fire? 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on January 31, 2019, 05:50:52 PM
I was always a tea drinker. I only ever drank coffee for medicinal purposes when no other caffeine was available. Budget meetings or late night drives. My wife never touches the stuff. So no coffee pots.

I took it up last year as part of my diet. I have quit drinking sweet beverages, and coffee is often the only alternative, depending upon where I go. Also, according to diet theory there are health benefits- so I start the day with two Keurig cups of Kirkland light roast. Then usually follow up with green tea. I don't like the taste of either, but I do believe I'm better off without the sweet tooth.

My wife is not a camper. She likes bathrooms, so I got rid of such practical gear to reduce clutter. I more likely would have boiled water and made tea because I have all manner of paraphenalia, bags and leaves. But as you know, a can of soda sure is a quick and convenient fix.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on January 31, 2019, 09:43:45 PM
Been trying to switch to the green tea myself, but afternoon not morning.  It's not bad, and can keep me off the soda in the evening. 

I used to do soda every meal.  Now it's one of those yogurt drinks in the morning.  A V-8 at lunch, and a green tea when I get home.  Water for dinner.  But there are days when I just can't put aside that evening sugar fix. 

And K-cup?  shame. 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on January 31, 2019, 10:11:18 PM
I'm already happy I managed to decrease my sugar intake when drinking tea; one spoon instead of two goes in the cup these days. :bot:
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on February 01, 2019, 12:42:50 AM

I hope that doesn't mean YOU need a functioning car for that? ;)

Sorry, I missed this post before.


I have an electric heater in the garage to moderate the temp. It managed to keep things above zero every time I checked. I'm sure our cars would start. Not  lot of gas in mine at the moment. What I don't know is what the anti-freeze rating is this year, I didn't remember to test it, and I didn't have it flushed out this year. My guess is that it's only good to about -20, and that if it sits in a parking lot all day at somebody's workplace, it could be a problem.   


At the moment we're back up to about -5 or -6, and the wind is minimal.  I will have to put the trash out tonight.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on February 01, 2019, 11:24:37 AM
At the moment we're back up to about -5 or -6, and the wind is minimal.  I will have to put the trash out tonight.

The trash pickup services go out when conditions are good? There's no regular pickup day in your county?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on February 01, 2019, 06:41:18 PM
At the moment we're back up to about -5 or -6, and the wind is minimal.  I will have to put the trash out tonight.

The trash pickup services go out when conditions are good? There's no regular pickup day in your county?


To answer your question- Our normal trash pick-up is early Thursday mornings. That can be delayed a day when there is a holiday. Recycling is always the same day, but only on alternate weeks.

In this case pickups were suspended for two days and it got complicated for people who were supposed to be picked up on late Tuesday, with some being canceled for this week. Wednesday pick-ups being re-scheduled. It's not like the  garbage is going to stink at these temperatures.

People here pride themselves on cold tolerance. A week of subzero weather is normal this time of year. But this was record breaking. I'm glad that people realized that this was dangerous and tried to allow people to simply stay home and wait it out. If the kids were home because school was canceled, or power outages and car problems were complicating things, and if business was so slow that it didn't pay to open... It just made sense for everybody to stay home and take care of things and wait it out. Why risk an extremity to frostbite just to prove "the cold never bothered me anyway?" There were actually a lot of people asking the post office to just suspend delivery for the safety of the mail carriers and the people walking to their mailboxes. We survive without mail deliveries and trash pick-ups on Sundays and holidays, why not suspend them now for safety's sake?

As it was when things warmed up to a more normal -5 or so yesterday, they started finding a few dead people outside and in their homes. One indoor case was blamed on a failed thermostat, but I suspect there were narcotics or some other complication. Somebody died shoveling snow, so heart attack was probably a complicating factor. They tried to bring all of the homeless indoors beforehand. I haven't heard frostbite numbers.  I know there big backlogs with tow trucks, garages, and furnace repair places.


It's back up to +12 degrees F and no wind. The garage will take a while to warm back up, since the concrete was almost freezing. The power interruptions were limited to that one day. When it gets just a little warmer, I will probably divert power from the garage to the roof cables and see about digging out the mailboxes. There is so much snow plowed around them that you have to approach on foot.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on February 01, 2019, 10:09:02 PM
I can't imagine going through a winter like that.
If there's a couple inches of snow for a couple days, or subzero temperatures for a couple days in a row its called a cold winter in my region.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on February 02, 2019, 02:48:14 AM
I can't imagine going through a winter like that.
If there's a couple inches of snow for a couple days, or subzero temperatures for a couple days in a row its called a cold winter in my region.

I should tell you that I grew up thinking that the winters in Belgium and Germany were always cold and damp with deep snow. It was because that was the experience of all of the WWII vets riding in the back of an unheated truck, marching in the snow, or sleeping in a two man tent with a thin blanket. They usually didn't talk about the fighting, but when the subject came up they were always quick to [complaint or disagreeable woman] about the weather there.


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It's too bad I don't have kids. The snow I shoveled was ideal for cutting into blocks and building forts and igloos. It's 8:40 PM quite dark and we just got a UPS delivery. I guess they are intent on clearing their backlog.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on February 02, 2019, 05:24:08 AM
Way too cold for me, which is why I stay in Florida
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on February 02, 2019, 05:26:00 AM
And good to know that ya'll didn't have any Major problems
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on February 02, 2019, 09:14:37 AM
I can't imagine going through a winter like that.
If there's a couple inches of snow for a couple days, or subzero temperatures for a couple days in a row its called a cold winter in my region.

I should tell you that I grew up thinking that the winters in Belgium and Germany were always cold and damp with deep snow. It was because that was the experience of all of the WWII vets riding in the back of an unheated truck, marching in the snow, or sleeping in a two man tent with a thin blanket. They usually didn't talk about the fighting, but when the subject came up they were always quick to [complaint or disagreeable woman] about the weather there.

Yeah, the winter of '44-45 was exceptionally cold and snowy in the Ardennes, the area were the heaviest fighting went on that winter.
But I'm living closer to Flanders Fields, so usually there's way less snow and temperatures are a couple degrees °C warmer then in the hilly Ardennes.

And, after all, we're a lifetime closer to climate change now. ;cute
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on February 02, 2019, 05:36:56 PM
You know, I wonder what the Upper Midwest area temps were during the Little Ice Age?  Do we know if things like older tree ring growth patterns (just to name one possible way of providing this date) might be able to show us?

Granted, as I've always stated, give us a few 1000 years of data and we can better predict longer term climate trends.

There is just as much evidence for global cooling as there is for global warming, but which one do you think is a better sell by the Media?  The only thing all of the current evidence agrees on is that there is ongoing climate change, just not on where that change will finally end up at...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on February 02, 2019, 09:34:49 PM
I have no idea. While Wisconsin was mostly forested, most of that was clearcut a hundred years ago with steam powered sawmills and railroads. There aren't many older trees, or a virgin forest preserve, as in Pennsylvania.


Sadly, there's been a male cardinal frozen to a bush outside our living room window. Today it's mate came to see it. Otherwise the wildlife is returning. The squirrels are in the trees. The birds are in the bushes, the deer are passing through, the feral cat is making the rounds. On the bright side, we have a fox now. It seems to appreciate the heated water bowl we put out for the cats years ago.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on February 02, 2019, 09:56:15 PM
You know, I wonder what the Upper Midwest area temps were during the Little Ice Age?  Do we know if things like older tree ring growth patterns (just to name one possible way of providing this date) might be able to show us?

Granted, as I've always stated, give us a few 1000 years of data and we can better predict longer term climate trends.

As coincidence goes, I just read an article about a proposed paper stating that temperatures dropped a bit during the 15-16th century due to the massive die-off of the native population in the America's. Main reasons for the massive die-off are said to be imported diseases and war.
The article said the native population was estimated to decrease from 60 million to just 6 million, resulting in human agricultural lands not being tended anymore. Following that forests took over the land again, and so taking more carbon dioxide out of the sky. Estimation was a 7-10 ppm drop of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere.

There's climate data from millions of years ago, but that's of course spotty. 😉

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There is just as much evidence for global cooling as there is for global warming, but which one do you think is a better sell by the Media?  The only thing all of the current evidence agrees on is that there is ongoing climate change, just not on where that change will finally end up at...

Basically, the climate change involves more extreme weather and temperature swings as well. But the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere rises all the time, and its not the only greenhouse gas humanity is releasing in the atmosphere. Methane for instance is a more dangerous one...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on February 07, 2019, 02:06:19 AM
Had another power outage. It was warmer, so it was an ice storm. About 3 AM I heard the printer chirp, the ceiling fan lights flickered as the power tried to come back, and then everything went dark and quiet. My wife was asleep, I figured to let her get her rest. Chances were that power would be back before we had to worry about it, maybe two hours. I had just fallen asleep, and knew I wouldn't stay awake long enough to start and tend a fire. So I rolled over.


Next thing I know ( 4;30?) she' waking me up with a flashlight, grouching about the chill, and saying that they don't know what's wrong or when it will be restored. So I get up and find emergency lights and cell phone chargers. By then they have an estimate. We decided I could go back to bed and I'd start a fire if they didn't meet their estimate. They got it going, although that woke me up when the house came to life at once again. I fell asleep in the chair tonight.

Now we're getting more ice....guess I'll make some preparations.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on February 07, 2019, 07:51:18 AM
Now we're getting more ice....guess I'll make some preparations.

Dry Martini?  ;cute
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on February 07, 2019, 06:22:49 PM
Now we're getting more ice....guess I'll make some preparations.

Dry Martini?  ;cute

Actually I opened some Claret, after I charged batteries, positioned lights, discussed plans with my wife, etc. I never liked Gin or Scotch.


The power stayed on. Today is freezing rain. It took my dog 3 separate attempts to go outside because even she couldn't stand up on the wet ice. I now have the sidewalk and part of the driveway ( about half of the width ) scraped to the street, but the street itself is rather treacherous. Time to go back out to retrieve the mail.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on February 12, 2019, 08:18:45 AM
YET AGAIN...
We have a multi-hour winter power outage. Our 4th by my count.  Only about 2 inches of snow so far, and the winds aren't that strong. Should be another 4 inches, but temps are in the 20s. Normal winter weather. Apparently it was a downed tree where our subdivision meets the old highway.  I prepared a fire in the fireplace, but we decided not to light it this time.


At this point, I'm losing confidence in the utility company. They had attracted a lot of interest in their stock about a year and a half ago because of their profitability for the sector. Now I'm questioning whether maintenance and upgrade costs were scrimped in order for VPs to meet their goals and gain their bonuses. Cynicism that comes from having a corporate officer wife.

What do we do about it, though?

1) Nothing. It uses some batteries, but otherwise it probably saves energy.
2) Convert the fireplace to gas. We use gas for the HVAC and hot water, it's been reliable.  That way we'd have heat and good cook bratwursts or something.
3)Get a power supply. Basically a battery/ inverter.
4)Get a good inverter wired into a vehicle.
5) Get a portable generator.
6) Get a permanent generator.

I'm sure that my wife could manage a gas fireplace, a power supply, or a fully automatic permanent generator hardwired into our electrical system without me.

It's those intermediate solutions I'm not too sure about. I've got plenty of cords because of my Christmas decorations. But I doubt her ability to carry a generator outside & start it. Or for that matter get the garage door open during a winter storm to get either a car or a generator outside. But, those are workable options for me. I could switch between refrigerator and freezers, (or furnace with some wiring).


I gotta go resynch the Ecobee with Alexa because of the power outage.



Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on February 12, 2019, 11:01:41 AM
1) Nothing. It uses some batteries, but otherwise it probably saves energy.
2) Convert the fireplace to gas. We use gas for the HVAC and hot water, it's been reliable.  That way we'd have heat and good cook bratwursts or something.
3)Get a power supply. Basically a battery/ inverter.
4)Get a good inverter wired into a vehicle.
5) Get a portable generator.
6) Get a permanent generator.

I'm sure that my wife could manage a gas fireplace, a power supply, or a fully automatic permanent generator hardwired into our electrical system without me.

It's those intermediate solutions I'm not too sure about. I've got plenty of cords because of my Christmas decorations. But I doubt her ability to carry a generator outside & start it. Or for that matter get the garage door open during a winter storm to get either a car or a generator outside. But, those are workable options for me. I could switch between refrigerator and freezers, (or furnace with some wiring).


I gotta go resynch the Ecobee with Alexa because of the power outage.

How much property do you have available? Perhaps get some kind of wind-driven power device (not necessarily a windturbine), enough to get at least the basic powered items working?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on February 12, 2019, 12:27:26 PM
You're limited in size on the wind things by most city ordinances.  There's a couple vertical turbines you can get to fly under ordinances, but they generally don't generate much at all. 

A building power supply can get you a good 8 hours or more if you have room for it, but those little suitcase things won't run a fridge for long if that's what you're thinking. 

Go with the gas fireplace.  It's one of the things we had to give up in the expansion (would no longer be center and way too much money to move the chimney), but I'll add one to the basement in the future. 

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on February 12, 2019, 07:15:34 PM
How much property do you have available? Perhaps get some kind of wind-driven power device (not necessarily a windturbine), enough to get at least the basic powered items working?


I wish.

Our subdivision is really into conformity. All of the mailboxes must be identical. All of the units  are condominium duplexes, and they are supposed to look like large single family homes. The garage doors and main entrances are on different sides so that each unit looks like a big house with one garage. You have to go through a comittee to plant a tree. They sued a guy for having a basketball hoop.


Solar panels and wind turbines are out of the question. There are, however, one or two permanent generators next to the airconditioners in this development. It was put in by a board member, so I'm sure that's allowed.






Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on February 12, 2019, 08:45:39 PM
Ah, the HOA hell my neighbors keep trying to enforce on me though I didn't sign on.  (they are now slighted by the circle that they can't even see)
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on February 12, 2019, 11:06:08 PM
Our subdivision is really into conformity. All of the mailboxes must be identical. All of the units  are condominium duplexes, and they are supposed to look like large single family homes. The garage doors and main entrances are on different sides so that each unit looks like a big house with one garage. You have to go through a comittee to plant a tree. They sued a guy for having a basketball hoop.

I assume all changes have to be proposed to a meeting of all co-owners in your subdivision. And that you and your wife are owners as well?
Or is it simply a committee of senior 'members' that once in the past has been elected and they manage to 'cling' to their committee seat?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on February 13, 2019, 01:51:00 AM
It takes years to amend the bylaws. Usually somebody gets elected to the board or a subcommittee, then they go about having meetings and resolutions, and maybe it could come to a vote the following year. I'm one of the youngest people at 59&1/2. I tried a subcommittee for a while. All we ever did was meet and worry and dither and schedule more meetings. We became better informed, but we never made a decision or assumed responsibility or accomplished anything.

My wife describes this as the French management style.


More often it takes years or a court decision to change something. I really don't want to move again, so I'll live with it.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on February 14, 2019, 06:59:38 AM
Thanks for the input, everyone. Well, the utility called to say that they were sorry and would be replacing and upgrading the equipment that serves us over the next two weeks to prevent further episodes, although there will be outages in the transition.


So, presumably things will be reliable again. We had a discussion. She's concerned that she wouldn't be able to do a lot of things if I weren't around and the power went out again. ( I'll be going to PA to support my mom again next month because my step-dad took a turn for the worse again.  My brother handled the hospital trip, my youngest sister is flying in tonight from the west coast, my other sister will cover the Feb-March transition, then I'll do my first multi-week stretch. It could be another one of those years...)

We decided not to do any capital projects. She figures she can start and feed a fire by herself. She'll just carry less wood at a time. Well, one is ready to light. Hopefully she won't needmore than that. We realized that the boardmember who put in the electrical generator did it because he wore an oxygen generator, and those things have limited hours without plugging in.  I suppose that the gas is reliable because the pumping station that pressurizes the line probably has it's own gas powered generator. The same utility supplies both gas and electric here.  The gas fireplace conversion and the automatic generator seem to be our only real options here if and when we decide to do something some year.  My wife doesn't think she could open the garage door manually, lug a lesser generator outside, start it and hook it up.  Not in this weather. This snow was officially 9&1/2 ".



Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on February 14, 2019, 11:10:33 PM
Imagine that. This weekend we'll already have Springtime temperatures. And its only February.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on February 15, 2019, 06:24:52 AM
In short, my step-dad was hospitalized again last Friday, released, returned to the hospital.... and it looks like another long year.   I am adding travel to my calendar again. I'll be missing my wife's birthday. I guess I spent mine without her last year because I was in PA.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on February 15, 2019, 09:09:58 AM
Sorry to hear this.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on February 15, 2019, 10:39:12 AM
Take care, Rusty.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on February 15, 2019, 03:58:28 PM
Thanks, guys. I appreciate it.

On the weather topic- Garbage wasn't picked up yesterday, I guess they were running behind on account of weather, so the can sat out. Last night we had a lot of wind. Not Uno class winds. Maybe 30-40 mph. This morning my wife says that the truck came through and so did the wind. It's 7 degrees. She can't see our can our anybody else's. When I went out to look. The wheels of our can were imbedded in solid ice. Apparently the garbage man simply popped the can  off of the axle, emptied it, and left it on the other side of the snow pile. I took it back to the garage. I"ll get the wheels later. But at least I still have a can.

As for the neighbors, they may have to search the next block, or wait for another neighbor to return them. We lost a recycling bin once when the wind swept the street, so that isn't unusual. Today the weather worked in my favor!
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on February 15, 2019, 11:11:03 PM
Modern Day Garbage Trucks...  Almost as bad as Mechanical Rice Pickers (lets see if anyone gets the reference... no googling or such)
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on February 15, 2019, 11:23:55 PM
Spock's ears.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on March 09, 2019, 05:25:00 AM
I'm preparing to go to PA, washing, packing, squaring away roof gutters and fire wood, because it's still winter here, with more on the way in the forecast. That and other stuff the Mrs. might need done in the next few weeks crammed into Friday ad saturday. My Dad is maxed out on 3 different anti-seizure meds, but he seems to be adjusting. Down to about one seizure a day. He is Happy to be doing physical and occupational therapy again. So, things are better than they were a few weeks ago, but it's still about as bad as a year ago. Well, we can hope for a faster recovery this year.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on March 10, 2019, 09:38:46 AM
Hae a safe journey.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on March 10, 2019, 06:51:07 PM
+1
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on April 03, 2019, 03:44:13 AM
Got back Sunday, well Monday because a delay for an international flight that was connecting to my second plane put us into the wee hours of the morning. The trip out was on brand new Max 8s. The trip home was on older planes. All of the actual flights were fine. 

There's a lot of catch-up work to do, laundry, taking down Christmas decorations, moving heavier stuff to different floors, restocking with greens and vegetables, and so on. 

As far as the parents go, my Dad didn't have any seizures that I know of while I was there, so that's an improvement. He's stuck in a wheel chair, doesn't have the strength and dexterity to stand, transfer, feed himself or use a portable urinal. I can't say I noticed any progress in the three weeks that I was there, although some days are better than others. He can barely lift one of his legs ( forget which one)  onto the footrest of his wheelchair. He can't propel it with his arms and feet. He can converse if you ask leading questions ( What have you been watching on TV? Which Big Ten teams are still in the tournament? ) , but mostly he's partial to one word responses such as "yes" and "true." So, he has a long way to go, but he's been there before.  Hopefully no more seizures turn the recovery clock back.

My Mom is doing better. She has realized that there is no point to spending every day with him, because he gets tired and needs to sleep. An hour and a half or so will suffice. We decided she'd drive as long as it was daylight and in county to keep her practiced. She did fine. She thinks she can get along now without one of us being there with her, just my regular spring and fall visits of about 2 weeks each.

My youngest sister re-organized the kitchen and family rooms while she was there. I was mostly doing yard and basement stuff. When I return I expect to be doing yard and garage stuff. I had Mom eating like me. She'd taken it up on my visits last year. She's still shopping and eating like me ( regular servings of greens, mushrooms and calciferous vegetables, meat as more of a garnish than an entrée).
I made a lot of soups while I was there and topped off her freezers.  So, she's in good shape. 

I had a fun time cooking for my Mom and other family while I was there, renewing acquaintances at church and the farmer's market. The down side was that I had some kidney stones migrating while I was there. They weren't too big and were tolerable with some Aleve, and without a trip to the Emergency Room. I passed another this morning, and now I feel like singing Jimmy Cliff's "I Can See Clearly Now." My healthy diet had almonds and spinach too often, and from an oxalate standpoint I shouldn't have any. Hopefully that change corrects the problem.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on May 26, 2019, 07:15:46 AM
Drove to PA for a couple weeks after Easter. More of the same, although I had my wife and dog along. Better that way.

Now that I'm home in WI again, it's time to get stuff done before fishing season. Getting work done on my car, pruning and weeding my nephew's red raspberry patch, planting a dwarf tree, re-arranging my basement to make room for the sauna. Pickling some carrots, planting some greens and flowers, taking longer walks.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on May 26, 2019, 03:04:21 PM
Busy...Busy...Busy...
Sounds like your getting to do some of the things that you really like to do.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on May 27, 2019, 02:29:35 AM
Busy...Busy...Busy...
Sounds like your getting to do some of the things that you really like to do.

With the exception of the car, yes. I kinda like them to be reliable , and not have mystery problems. Thanks E_T, for reminding me that I'm mostly doing things I like to do and out-sourcing the stuff I don't!
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on June 09, 2019, 06:41:23 AM
Now that I'm home in WI again, it's time to get stuff done before fishing season. Getting work done on my car, pruning and weeding my nephew's red raspberry patch, planting a dwarf tree, re-arranging my basement to make room for the sauna. Pickling some carrots, planting some greens and flowers, taking longer walks.

All of that ended well. The car runs better than it has for a couple of years because of a replaced fuel/air sensor. Finished the raspberries ( everbearing reds), the tree is doing well, I'm enjoying the sauna, and the carrots turned out well, although I want to add horseradish next time. I'm  consistently walking 1.75 miles. Got the worms picked for the fishing trip.

As for the sauna, put it together by myself. I'd studied enough that I didn't have to refer to the manual during assembly.  I've been gradually increasing the temperature and duration. Meanwhile, I'm sweating more easily in there. I can't say that I'm losing weight, but the fat is getting thinner over the pelvic part of my lower back. That's been pretty stubborn. The real objective was relief of back pain and stiffness, and it's helping with that, not only while I'm in it. I sleep better, too. I hope it will help me fight colds, but I only had one last year anyway, so maybe that's a moot point.

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on June 09, 2019, 07:57:06 AM
Then there's the matter of the genetic testing.

The good news is that there aren't any genetic disease surprises waiting to pounce. What few are there I knew were in the family, and not so serious with modern medical science.

As for the nationalities, they are all European. That's actually a surprise. Based on what I knew of conversations with my grandparents and records I've since lost in multiple moves, I believed myself to be German/English/Scotch/Irish/French/Iroquois. I took a genetic test years ago, and it said there was a fraction of genes shared with people now living on the western coast of Latin America. I assumed that was the native American trace. However, this recent test, ( and it pinpoints cities and names provinces or counties ) says Southern Germany, Rhine Valley, London, Glasgow, Dublin, and Belfast, various counties in England, and southern and other Irish counties. Then there's a broadly northwestern European group, from the same countries plus the low countries and Scandinavia, and that sounds like Viking to me, but it might be Germanic. Then there's a broadly southern European that might be Roman or something. Anyway, no native American, or  Highlanders in particular. That Latin American connection in the earlier test is more likely from a 1.6% Spanish and Portugese faction of the Southern Euro. No signs of Mongol invasion.

Of course some of this is prefaced with "in the last 200 years". Well, if that's the case there's a significant faction of Pennsylvanian that's colonial, not represented in the data. So I guess it's a hedge term instead.

It also pointed out my Neanderthal heritage. Makes sense, in that they were discovered in the Rhine valley. Me and everyone on my father's side of the family have heavy brow ridges. Apparently the main expression is a gene for straight hair.

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on June 09, 2019, 05:30:46 PM
hehe, ape man??
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on June 09, 2019, 09:16:00 PM
hehe, ape man??

Not exactly glamourous or expected, but I wanted to find out the truth. More Neanderthal than Italian or Spanish. I wonder if the Spanish is a relic of the survivors of the Spanish Armada that washed up in Ireland?

At any rate, it's probably more accurate to describe myself simply as German-Celtic.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on June 10, 2019, 09:25:50 AM
hehe, ape man??

Not exactly glamourous or expected, but I wanted to find out the truth. More Neanderthal than Italian or Spanish. I wonder if the Spanish is a relic of the survivors of the Spanish Armada that washed up in Ireland?

There've been plenty of Iberian fisherman passing the Irish coasts on their way to Newfoundland's fishing banks.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on June 11, 2019, 01:28:12 AM
hehe, ape man??

Not exactly glamourous or expected, but I wanted to find out the truth. More Neanderthal than Italian or Spanish. I wonder if the Spanish is a relic of the survivors of the Spanish Armada that washed up in Ireland?

There've been plenty of Iberian fisherman passing the Irish coasts on their way to Newfoundland's fishing banks.

Makes sense. Hadn't thought about that, thanks.   Do you have any other insights? 
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on June 11, 2019, 01:34:32 AM
Geo's about a quarter Neanderthal himself.  ;nod
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on June 11, 2019, 06:29:41 PM
Geo's about a quarter Neanderthal himself.  ;nod

At least I'm not half Denisovan, eh BUncle? ;nod

hehe, ape man??

Not exactly glamourous or expected, but I wanted to find out the truth. More Neanderthal than Italian or Spanish. I wonder if the Spanish is a relic of the survivors of the Spanish Armada that washed up in Ireland?

There've been plenty of Iberian fisherman passing the Irish coasts on their way to Newfoundland's fishing banks.

Makes sense. Hadn't thought about that, thanks.   Do you have any other insights?

Found the page in my sailing vessels book where I had the thought from. According to it, it were the Basque who were already hunting whales near Newfoundland from the second half of the 16th century. So not exactly your typical mainstream Spaniard or Portugese.
In any case, cod fishing in the area started not too long after too, with more nationalities involved. And a quick view of a trade winds map makes it likely the fishermen on their return journey kinda passed the British Isles.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Buster's Uncle on June 11, 2019, 06:33:17 PM
Geo's about a quarter Neanderthal himself.  ;nod

At least I'm not half Denisovan, eh BUncle? ;nod
I wish I'd gotten you to lay down for a face mold when I had the chance.  You've got a great face.

-Those jutting brow ridges are a thing of beauty to a mask artist...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on June 11, 2019, 07:32:44 PM
In my explorations of the 23 and me  website last night I tried to take a look at other customers in the database who shared in my Iberian genes, and it indicated an Azores connection. As I recall, that was a common way to sail to the West Indies from Europe. So I'm going to assume Portugeese seafarers.

Also there was a 0.1% Far East Asian/Native American hit, where I swear there was "none detected" before.  Well, they said it would take longer to get results than it did, so maybe they didn't have all my data processed or entered when they notified me that I could see it. So, maybe there's some validity to the family oral history after all.

Also, they say that some of these areas they may be able to shade in as their data base grows.

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on June 19, 2019, 03:29:50 AM
Today was a great day.  I'm more interested in the solitude and such than I am catching the most fish. In fact, if I'm catching the most fish, it's because I'm not busy extracting hooks and stowing fish, and instead I'm actually watching my line. In other words- if I'm catching the most fish, others are bitching, which is harsh on my solitude and meditation. Besides, I like the eating better than the catching, and I always eat the most fish.

This morning it was just my niece and I. Her husband was frustrated at not being able to catch fish and a little surly. He stayed in. My wife was ashore fighting the medical bureaucracy on behalf of her mother. Just me and my niece and the wind. Anchors dragged. I caught one fish before she did, and she's better than I am. Then she suddenly pulled in the largest yellow perch I've ever seen, except for TV fishing shows. 11&3/4" . Largest my wife has seen, and this is her 60th anniversary of fishing here. I'm told I'm really good with a landing net ( probably true because I used one for years to catch pigs, so I'm a pro), but she didn't need me. Same with the under regulation bass the day before. She was really happy, and we got rare pictures of her smiling. I caught a 2nd fish, and that was it for the morning.

This evening ( we don't fish during the heat of the afternoon ) we took her husband along again. Except that my wife diagnosed him as needing to learn the techniques with a shorter pole. I don't know if he liked the idea, but he was sporting enough to try. He caught the most fish for the first time ever, and he caught some perch which are the craftiest ones to catch. So his attitude has changed. As for me, I only caught one fish tonight, but there was another landmark. There weren't many boats roaring up and down the lake, the air and water were calm and quiet. So were the fishermen in my boat. We always see bald eagles, but tonight one flew by so close I ( with hearing aids in ) could actually hear it's wings flap. It sounds a lot like a large ceiling fan, or a windmill.

So, today was a great day!  See you guys around.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on June 19, 2019, 04:05:38 AM
I, on the other hand, was subjected to a tonne of Hot Air, in the form of The first Trump 2020 Rally that was at the Amway Center in Orlando.  Gods, I think my ears are bleeding sh*t....
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on June 20, 2019, 04:06:46 AM
I, on the other hand, was subjected to a tonne of Hot Air, in the form of The first Trump 2020 Rally that was at the Amway Center in Orlando.  Gods, I think my ears are bleeding sh*t....

My sympathies.
Can you guesstimate the crowd size or % occupied?
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on June 21, 2019, 01:14:30 AM
less than full
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on June 21, 2019, 05:30:12 AM
You need some eagles or sharks. He's afraid of them.

For that matter, somebody tell him that the Great Lakes are full of sharks so that he doesn't fly here next year and close the airports and expressways again. And the skies are full of eagles. They're an aviation hazard, ask any Alaskan.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on June 21, 2019, 06:35:54 AM
You have about 500 days until the election, so expect him at least once...

He'd also likely say that Eagles also love him, as they are True Americans...  He'd also say something like, "If they could vote, they would also vote for me"
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on June 21, 2019, 10:37:16 AM
In my explorations of the 23 and me  website last night I tried to take a look at other customers in the database who shared in my Iberian genes, and it indicated an Azores connection. As I recall, that was a common way to sail to the West Indies from Europe. So I'm going to assume Portugeese seafarers.

You can find 'foreign genes' in the weirdest places. For instance, the current population of the Canarian Isles (also a sailing stepstone on the way to the Indies) had a huge influx of Flemish genes a couple centuries ago. This while the Isles already were decidedly Spanish then. ;)
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 04, 2019, 12:33:51 AM
Lotsa stuff going on. Good News and Bad.

Bad- My Dad slid out of his wheel chair. Good- but no harm done. They are ordering him a different one.

Bad- On the last night of our fishing trip my Mother in Law fell getting into my wife's car and broke both bones in her lower right leg and crushed an ankle bone or two. Good- The hospital there was able to put her leg back together with nuts, bolts, and cadaver bone.

Good- The medical people were great human beings. Bad- The hospital still runs on paper.

Bad - I had two cars and a boat to pack (a lot of light bulky stuff is carried in the boat beneath the tarp.) without the help of my wife, because she was busy dealing with her Mom and medical records. Worse, we had extra stuff to haul because 4 people who left early forgot stuff.
Good- My in-laws are aware that it's terribly challenging for me to do tasks like packing/moving/unpacking due to my inner ear disorder and the endless series of balance corrections involved with searching high and low, bending and lifting things of various weights, etc. which that entails. Some years I get motion sickness packing, even when my wife and mother-in-law are gathering and boxing the stuff in the cabin up for me. So one of my sister-in-laws offered to help.
Bad- she asked me for instructions, yet she completely disregarded them, and tended to come and go.
Good- My health has improved since I started the diet and supplementation. I was able to get most everything packed by myself, including the extra gear. I just took breaks as needed. Same with unpacking.

Good- my wife was able to arrange transport to bring her mom home to the nursing home complex. Bad- shortly after we got her moved into the room in the physical rehab section and returned home, they called to tell us they were sending her to the hospital. Worse- she had a heart attack. Worse Yet- her grandson was in the ER at the same time because of a concussion. Good- Things are stable now.

That's the way things have been going since Friday around here. There are more complications, but you get the idea. Fortunately the vacation had me cleared of stress when this started, and I was able to hold my tongue around my SiL.  I may have to do a SiL rant when there is time.  But it seems like the crises are over and it's more a matter of long haul to get back to normal.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 09, 2019, 07:26:48 PM
The Mother in Law medical drama is getting managed. There may be some improved procedures in the physical rehab section of the nursing home as a result. Ever since I've known my wife I've often wished that she would become a hospital administrator or consultant, and insert some Fortune 500 logic and efficiency into these places. My wife has been considerate enough to give me other tasks ( mostly errands), because I don't really like hanging around hospitals. They have blood and pain and they're haunted with bad memories.

Guess What? You Know Who is coming to a city near me Friday. At least we have time to plan around it.

I'm planning a mixed grill tonight. The nieces should be over, and some of them will not have eaten.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 14, 2019, 08:18:37 PM
Trump and I managed to stay out of each other's way.
Box of Rocks has mostly made herself scarce and quiet.
I got sick for the first time this calendar year ( drinking broth and soup, mostly) then  grilled on consecutive nights, and dined out 3 times last week. Did some repairs and gardening, cleared the new growth from the foot path to the pond where I take my walks. A great week.

Today's plan is cooking and laundry. Cleaners are coming tomorrow.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on July 17, 2019, 01:50:45 PM
Lotsa stuff going on. Good News and Bad.

Bad- My Dad slid out of his wheel chair. Good- but no harm done. They are ordering him a different one.

Bad- On the last night of our fishing trip my Mother in Law fell getting into my wife's car and broke both bones in her lower right leg and crushed an ankle bone or two. Good- The hospital there was able to put her leg back together with nuts, bolts, and cadaver bone.

Good- The medical people were great human beings. Bad- The hospital still runs on paper.

Bad - I had two cars and a boat to pack (a lot of light bulky stuff is carried in the boat beneath the tarp.) without the help of my wife, because she was busy dealing with her Mom and medical records. Worse, we had extra stuff to haul because 4 people who left early forgot stuff.
Good- My in-laws are aware that it's terribly challenging for me to do tasks like packing/moving/unpacking due to my inner ear disorder and the endless series of balance corrections involved with searching high and low, bending and lifting things of various weights, etc. which that entails. Some years I get motion sickness packing, even when my wife and mother-in-law are gathering and boxing the stuff in the cabin up for me. So one of my sister-in-laws offered to help.
Bad- she asked me for instructions, yet she completely disregarded them, and tended to come and go.
Good- My health has improved since I started the diet and supplementation. I was able to get most everything packed by myself, including the extra gear. I just took breaks as needed. Same with unpacking.

Good- my wife was able to arrange transport to bring her mom home to the nursing home complex. Bad- shortly after we got her moved into the room in the physical rehab section and returned home, they called to tell us they were sending her to the hospital. Worse- she had a heart attack. Worse Yet- her grandson was in the ER at the same time because of a concussion. Good- Things are stable now.

That's the way things have been going since Friday around here. There are more complications, but you get the idea. Fortunately the vacation had me cleared of stress when this started, and I was able to hold my tongue around my SiL.  I may have to do a SiL rant when there is time.  But it seems like the crises are over and it's more a matter of long haul to get back to normal.
All I can say is WOW!!
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 17, 2019, 08:16:51 PM
Things are better with my MiL now after some meds/timing adjustments. She wants to get better and is working towards recovery. My nephew is apparently back to normal.

In the meanwhile a 2nd cousin was run over as a pedestrian by a FedEx truck. She died. Her parents lost her older brother perhaps 5 years ago, under mysterious circumstances. I suspect that was a suicide or OD, but don't know. He was depressed over a failed relationship and living alone. There is one son left, the youngest. I've been procrastinating on a sympathy card because I don't know what to
say to the parents. Well, it's a reminder to tell your loved ones how much they mean to you while you still can.

Some of the nieces are camping in the UP. That's the upper peninsula of Michigan, and it's pronounced as "you pee." So we've got guest cats. There's a lot of noise/stuff getting knocked over at all hours. 

Got my teeth cleaned yesterday. I'm fine from a cavity standpoint for another consecutive checkup. I credit the diet. I may get leaves stuck between my teeth, but I don't get them coated with sugar and starch. The downside is that one of my molars that has a lot of fillings has cracked and is temp sensitive. So it's time for a crown.

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on July 20, 2019, 06:42:50 PM
or an extraction, depending on how cracked.

The UP must be really nice, this time of year.  GK/Spacy would likely know...

Man, sorry to hear about your cuz, do you know what the circumstances of the accident are and if the immediate family is going to seek some form of legal recourse?

If anything, send two cards, one to the family and another to the remaining sibling, as there are likely things to say that would mean more to him than anyone else.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 20, 2019, 07:49:33 PM
Thanks, E_T.

As for my second cousin, part of the tragedy is that her parents heard about it on the news, instead of being notified by a professional or family member that she wasn't alive any more. She was married to the Melon family's game keeper, and lived on the preserve. My understanding is that she delivered some of the Melon kids to bible school every day. I just now got up the nerve to look up the news story.

https://www.pennlive.com/daily-buzz/2019/07/fedex-truck-hits-kills-pa-woman-moments-after-she-drops-off-kids.html (https://www.pennlive.com/daily-buzz/2019/07/fedex-truck-hits-kills-pa-woman-moments-after-she-drops-off-kids.html)

I suspect she was in the cross walk at the time, judging by the photo. I don't know what her parents and husband are going to do, but I'm sure the ambulance chasers have contacted them by now. Or maybe the Melons have a law firm on retainer and want to help. That wouldn't surprise me.

She was kind, she was good, she was responsible. I wish we had a country full of Pams. Uh... Another time.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Geo on July 21, 2019, 11:01:04 PM
Thanks, E_T.

As for my second cousin, part of the tragedy is that her parents heard about it on the news, instead of being notified by a professional or family member that she wasn't alive any more. She was married to the Melon family's game keeper, and lived on the preserve. My understanding is that she delivered some of the Melon kids to bible school every day. I just now got up the nerve to look up the news story.

https://www.pennlive.com/daily-buzz/2019/07/fedex-truck-hits-kills-pa-woman-moments-after-she-drops-off-kids.html (https://www.pennlive.com/daily-buzz/2019/07/fedex-truck-hits-kills-pa-woman-moments-after-she-drops-off-kids.html)

I suspect she was in the cross walk at the time, judging by the photo. I don't know what her parents and husband are going to do, but I'm sure the ambulance chasers have contacted them by now. Or maybe the Melons have a law firm on retainer and want to help. That wouldn't surprise me.

She was kind, she was good, she was responsible. I wish we had a country full of Pams. Uh... Another time.

And I'm supposed to have a FedEx delivery tomorrow...
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 21, 2019, 11:22:19 PM
Thanks, E_T.

As for my second cousin, part of the tragedy is that her parents heard about it on the news, instead of being notified by a professional or family member that she wasn't alive any more. She was married to the Melon family's game keeper, and lived on the preserve. My understanding is that she delivered some of the Melon kids to bible school every day. I just now got up the nerve to look up the news story.

https://www.pennlive.com/daily-buzz/2019/07/fedex-truck-hits-kills-pa-woman-moments-after-she-drops-off-kids.html (https://www.pennlive.com/daily-buzz/2019/07/fedex-truck-hits-kills-pa-woman-moments-after-she-drops-off-kids.html)

I suspect she was in the cross walk at the time, judging by the photo. I don't know what her parents and husband are going to do, but I'm sure the ambulance chasers have contacted them by now. Or maybe the Melons have a law firm on retainer and want to help. That wouldn't surprise me.

She was kind, she was good, she was responsible. I wish we had a country full of Pams. Uh... Another time.

And I'm supposed to have a FedEx delivery tomorrow...

I assume you were attempting to lighten the mood. I quit writing about it because my outlook was getting pretty dark, and I had a birthday party to go to when I typed that.

So, thanks for trying, Geo.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 29, 2019, 03:04:58 AM
Now that I'm home in WI again, it's time to get stuff done before fishing season. Getting work done on my car, pruning and weeding my nephew's red raspberry patch, planting a dwarf tree, re-arranging my basement to make room for the sauna. Pickling some carrots, planting some greens and flowers, taking longer walks.

All of that ended well. The car runs better than it has for a couple of years because of a replaced fuel/air sensor. Finished the raspberries ( everbearing reds), the tree is doing well, I'm enjoying the sauna, and the carrots turned out well, although I want to add horseradish next time. I'm  consistently walking 1.75 miles. Got the worms picked for the fishing trip.

As for the sauna, put it together by myself. I'd studied enough that I didn't have to refer to the manual during assembly.  I've been gradually increasing the temperature and duration. Meanwhile, I'm sweating more easily in there. I can't say that I'm losing weight, but the fat is getting thinner over the pelvic part of my lower back. That's been pretty stubborn. The real objective was relief of back pain and stiffness, and it's helping with that, not only while I'm in it. I sleep better, too. I hope it will help me fight colds, but I only had one last year anyway, so maybe that's a moot point.

To follow up on this post- My car is still running well. Revisited the red raspberries and weeded again. There were a few ripe berries, but I didn't bother picking them. My nephew can have at them. I think the bulk of the crop will ripen in August-September.

SAUNA- Still sleeping better. Actually, my back is better in general, and I don't notice any pain while in the sauna any more. It's not because the wood seating is comfortable. I did get sick once since I posted this, and seemed to get over it quickly with the aid of an afternoon sauna session in addition to the usual one before bed.

In think I started out with 10 minute/115 degree sessions, and worked up to 30 minutes/130 degrees. My body is sweating more easily, so I have recently switched to 40minutes/120 degrees. That's a little misleading, because I set the time and temperature for an hour, and it may be closer to 115 when I enter than the target temp, because it takes a while to warm up, about a degree/min. So 30/130 was less accurate than the other settings, with only about half of the session at target temp.

I do think my skin is looking better. Flushing my pores out seems to get rid of blackheads. I think the heat is inhospitable for warts and skin fungi. I think my wrinkles are fewer and shallower after I use it, too, if only temporarily. When I did my sauna research, I figured the benefits derived from improved circulation and stress reduction. My hands and feet were always cold/ cool to the touch, but they don't seem to be any more, even when I'm in bed. To me, that is proof of long term improvement in circulation. We went to visit my MiL in the rehab wing of the nursing home. It's a very warm place year  round. More so compared to home, which my wife likes near 66 year round. I noticed I was sweating almost immediately, rather than suffering. I figure that's sauna conditioning also.

The various carrot pickling went well, I've got plans for kombucha, sour dough, kimchi, more on that later.

I'm thinking about installing the salon sink in the basement myself. But rather than trying to replace the laundry utility tub as originally planned, put it beside it on the same wall. Why? Because essentially the nieces need a utility sink for mad scientist hair dye experiments. Probably better to have a clean one for washing heads and another for mixing/dumping handwashing towel rinsing, wringing, and whatever. Otherwise the hair perm/ dye stuff will get stacked around the area waiting to be spilled. I figure working in a cool basement is a good August project. To do that I'll need to shift some stuff, get out the laser level, start measuring and marking to get the sink level, the drain sloped, and room for a towel hamper or something. There's a column to work around. It will be involved, and plumbing's not my favorite, but should be doable if I take my time.

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on July 30, 2019, 11:16:02 PM
Lotsa stuff going on. Good News and Bad.

Bad- My Dad slid out of his wheel chair. Good- but no harm done. They are ordering him a different one.

Bad- On the last night of our fishing trip my Mother in Law fell getting into my wife's car and broke both bones in her lower right leg and crushed an ankle bone or two. Good- The hospital there was able to put her leg back together with nuts, bolts, and cadaver bone.

Good- The medical people were great human beings. Bad- The hospital still runs on paper.

Bad - I had two cars and a boat to pack (a lot of light bulky stuff is carried in the boat beneath the tarp.) without the help of my wife, because she was busy dealing with her Mom and medical records. Worse, we had extra stuff to haul because 4 people who left early forgot stuff.
Good- My in-laws are aware that it's terribly challenging for me to do tasks like packing/moving/unpacking due to my inner ear disorder and the endless series of balance corrections involved with searching high and low, bending and lifting things of various weights, etc. which that entails. Some years I get motion sickness packing, even when my wife and mother-in-law are gathering and boxing the stuff in the cabin up for me. So one of my sister-in-laws offered to help.
Bad- she asked me for instructions, yet she completely disregarded them, and tended to come and go.
Good- My health has improved since I started the diet and supplementation. I was able to get most everything packed by myself, including the extra gear. I just took breaks as needed. Same with unpacking.

Good- my wife was able to arrange transport to bring her mom home to the nursing home complex. Bad- shortly after we got her moved into the room in the physical rehab section and returned home, they called to tell us they were sending her to the hospital. Worse- she had a heart attack. Worse Yet- her grandson was in the ER at the same time because of a concussion. Good- Things are stable now.

That's the way things have been going since Friday around here. There are more complications, but you get the idea. Fortunately the vacation had me cleared of stress when this started, and I was able to hold my tongue around my SiL.  I may have to do a SiL rant when there is time.  But it seems like the crises are over and it's more a matter of long haul to get back to normal.

I thought I'd share an x-ray, because it illustrates the tale and because Uno likes to see bones. She can take the boot off and put weight on it for therapy and showers now. Supposedly one of the screws is loose. If it breaks the skin they will turn it out, rather than risk an infection.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on July 31, 2019, 02:42:49 PM
Are they trying to fuse the ankle?  That looks like they might be, likely reduced mobility once healed.  Specifically side to side rotation, which will make uneven surfaces difficult. 


Also looks like considerable swelling on the foot, but might be goofy angle.   

Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on August 01, 2019, 06:23:40 AM
Are they trying to fuse the ankle?  That looks like they might be, likely reduced mobility once healed.  Specifically side to side rotation, which will make uneven surfaces difficult. 


Also looks like considerable swelling on the foot, but might be goofy angle.   

I don't know.

What I do know- 1) She has congenital bone deformities which cause her bones to twist as she ages. 2) Probably part of the problem with the fall was that foot was 30-40 degrees out of alignment before the accident. 3) We wanted to take her to a Mayo Clinic affiliated hospital. What we settled for was the one bone Dr. on duty in the county when the accident happened about 5PM on a Friday when the golfing was good, and ambulance drivers who weren't allowed to go outside the county. 4) they said some of the bone was crushed, and added cadaver bone as well as the hardware. I don't which it is. 5) We don't know if she'll be setting foot on uneven ground again. She fell getting into our car in a gravel parking lot . She may be limited to the nursing home and places they transport her from now on, depending how well she recovers. 6) There is still a lot of swelling, but it's way better than it was. She's a slow healer.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Unorthodox on August 01, 2019, 01:37:32 PM
So, I did the crushing bit to my ankle back in the day stepping out of a yard jockey (semi spotter) onto gravel.  One of the 2 injuries that still give me nightmares, and possibly the worst pain I've ever been in.  Wearing good boots probably prevented the breaking of the bones, and your MIL probably has a bit of osteoporosis involved.  Pagets disease maybe on the 'twisting'?   

This is a long, slow recovery even for a 20 year old kid.  Ankles just are that critical of an area.  Incidentally this healing wrong is most likely why my knee has issues now.   
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on August 02, 2019, 03:13:17 AM
Ouch and ouch!!
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: Rusty Edge on August 09, 2019, 05:00:01 AM
So, I did the crushing bit to my ankle back in the day stepping out of a yard jockey (semi spotter) onto gravel.  One of the 2 injuries that still give me nightmares, and possibly the worst pain I've ever been in.  Wearing good boots probably prevented the breaking of the bones, and your MIL probably has a bit of osteoporosis involved.  Pagets disease maybe on the 'twisting'?   

This is a long, slow recovery even for a 20 year old kid.  Ankles just are that critical of an area.  Incidentally this healing wrong is most likely why my knee has issues now.   
Osteoporosis & stenosis, as far as I know.
Title: Re: Rusty's Ramblings
Post by: E_T on August 12, 2019, 08:32:43 PM
Ostiopeania(sp) for me...