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Title: babbling
Post by: geonuc on November 02, 2009, 02:17:42 PM
My arm hurts. Did someone slug me without telling me?
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 02, 2009, 02:45:53 PM


It's the popsicles...

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Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on November 02, 2009, 05:28:04 PM
My arm hurts. Did someone slug me without telling me?

Nope, you were bitten by a vampire.
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 03, 2009, 05:17:15 PM

How I learned to mind my own business
 I was walking past the mental hospital the other day, And all the
patients were outside shouting, '13....13....13.'
 The fence was too high to see over, but I saw a Little gap in the
planks, so I looked through to see What was going on.....
    Somebody poked me in the eye with a stick!
 
 
 
 Then they all started shouting '14....14....14'...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: geonuc on November 04, 2009, 04:02:05 AM
So you're claiming you didn't slug me?
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Post by: geonuc on November 04, 2009, 04:03:47 AM
I voted yesterday, but the mayoral race reminded me that I'm ambivalent about term limits.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on November 04, 2009, 06:36:41 PM
So you're claiming you didn't slug me?

Sorry, it was my evil, vampiric twin.
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 09, 2009, 05:08:41 PM
Cheering and good fun...

This is both safe and incredible...  take a look...

http://tinyurl.com/yhfnlsb (http://tinyurl.com/yhfnlsb)


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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on November 15, 2009, 11:18:42 AM
One of the funniest skits I remember from THE funniest sketch comedy in TV history (American/Canadian division, that is, since Monty Python stands alone for English language).  Sorry about the poor quality of the YouTube version.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fVftw267SnE

Speaking of MP, they recently did another retrospective that aired on IFC last month, "Almost the Truth: The Lawyer's Cut," which is now out on DVD.  It's the third one they've done, and it's the best of the bunch I think because it goes well beyond what actually went into the TV shows and movies.  It's the first time I've seen all of the Pythons talk about their childhoods, pre-Python work and the pure craziness that spawned their now classic comedy ideas.  What made them great was that they were all very smart, very middle class British boys who utterly rebelled against everything that era stood for, and they stayed smart and rebellious without patronizing the audience.  If you didn't know who Jean-Paul Sartre was, they didn't stop to explain it because they wrote with such clarity that you could figure out enough to laugh anyway.  Later on when you did learn about Sartre, you could look at the sketch again and laugh even more.  They also make the point that they didn't invent everything from whole cloth, that they had influences just like everyone else.  The most incredible story is what almost happened to the original master videos of the show, which I'll let you learn for yourselves.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: geonuc on November 15, 2009, 05:09:10 PM
That's pretty funny.

We probably need a humor section, eh?
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 15, 2009, 05:17:24 PM
That's pretty funny.

We probably need a humor section, eh? 

What would you call the humor section?   

Name it, and I'll make it so.  This is YOUR message board, (all of you, not just you Geo).  stay withing the posting guidelines and everything is possible.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: geonuc on November 15, 2009, 05:25:09 PM
How about The Funny Farm?
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 15, 2009, 05:35:26 PM
How about The Funny Farm ?

let's have a few more ideas.. if none of 'em float my boat..  that's what it will be...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on November 15, 2009, 05:51:35 PM
Is "Boomcha" out?
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 15, 2009, 05:55:30 PM
Is "Boomcha" out? 

285Boomcha is in....   LOL

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: geonuc on November 24, 2009, 02:17:57 PM
Went to the cat show on Sunday. Some amazing kitties. The longhair winner was a blackish persian that was about the size of a beach ball if you counted the fur. And the second place cat (also a persian) was even furrier:

(http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2536/4131142909_4ff00f1eb2.jpg)
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Post by: Jmolinari on November 24, 2009, 08:33:41 PM
that cat looks PISSED.
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Post by: geonuc on November 25, 2009, 06:31:49 AM
He looks kinda stoned to me.  :D
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Post by: AndyBoy on November 25, 2009, 08:20:46 AM
I heard this article on NPR on the way to work that was amazing. Some scientist lured ants out of their nest to food and then super glued pig bristles to some of the ants legs to make them taller. He also clipped some of their legs at the knee to make them shorter. The ants returned to the nest and the shorter legged ants came up short and were lost and the longer legged ants overshot the nest and also were disoriented. The next day the same long, short and normal legged ants were again lured from the nest and they all returned with no problem. So it seems that ants can count the number of steps that they venture from home and return by being able to count their way back.

I thought that was pretty amazing. There is something about "simple science" that is very fascinating.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: geonuc on November 25, 2009, 09:25:58 AM
Ant abuse!!!!!!

PETA better not hear about that.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on November 25, 2009, 03:33:17 PM
I'm going with pissed for the cat look. When my boy cat gets that look, usually teeth and claws come out.  ;D
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 27, 2009, 05:27:48 PM

Okay, we have been gone for a whole week..   I know the board is young, and I do have REAL adults in here posting but..... ,  this has been the longest stretch that I have been away from the internet since I went to Brazil in 2005.


We spent a week with my Son, his wife, and our three grandchildren, Claire aged 10, (soon to be 11), Erin that just turned 8 last Saturday, and our boy Joe, that is 5 and so full of it, that a grandparent should not be making comments.

But we are back..  and we are proud that you' all didn't fall into some flame-war or name-calling-contest.     I may have attracted some real adults here to 285foodies after all?      LOL

Yes, we had some small Spam come rolling through, and YES I will fix it tomorrow, but I first I have to shake this "magic dust" from Disney off of me and have some donated left-over turkey and dressing.

Last night we ate at the Grand Floridian in Disney at the Narcoossee's restaurant,  The meal was memorable, and though it was a Disney "Theme"  restaurant, thankfully (after a whole week of the just the opposite), there were NO characters coming by your table and providing photo opportunities.  The fireworks show from the window-seats at Narcoosee's is simply amazing.

Way more on this all later...   I am just glad to be home, to be NOT standing in line to see "Small World" and to be back with you folks again.   Happy belated Thanksgiving...
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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: geonuc on November 27, 2009, 06:46:03 PM
Who you callin an adult?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 27, 2009, 06:47:51 PM
Who you callin an adult? 


Call 'em as 'ya see 'em....


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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 03, 2009, 05:34:42 PM

Okay Euni, how many beers can I have in close time-proximity to this prescription of Azithromycin, before I can work on nuclear equipment or cut up chicken?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on December 03, 2009, 05:53:39 PM

Okay Euni, how many beers can I have in close time-proximity to this prescription of Azithromycin, before I can work on nuclear equipment or cut up chicken?

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42, as it is the answer to life, the universe, and everything.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on December 03, 2009, 05:57:24 PM
But what is the question?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 03, 2009, 06:06:27 PM

Okay Euni, how many beers can I have in close time-proximity to this prescription of Azithromycin, before I can work on nuclear equipment or cut up chicken? 

42, as it is the answer to life, the universe, and everything. 

Drat, I don't have that many, and as I fasted today so I could do blood work, the one bottle of strange beer that I have had is doing the work of many....     I may go to water and see if I can heal?   The doctor hated the sound of my breathing, and said "how do you get any sleep"?    I said, "I don't"...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 06, 2009, 10:29:43 PM


Yes!!!!   My son signed on to our new message board tonight..   It is good to have the family together.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 08, 2009, 05:26:13 PM


Tell me.. who gives a rats ass about Tiger Wood.   It seems we have bigger fish to fry than be caught up in an athlete's women?  I'm just sayin...   

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on December 08, 2009, 05:50:20 PM


Tell me.. who gives a rats ass about Tiger Wood.   It seems we have bigger fish to fry than be caught up in an athlete's women?  I'm just sayin...   

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Good question.

His extramarital issues are between him and his wife. Besides, cheating celebrities really aren't that uncommon or newsworthy.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on December 08, 2009, 06:57:18 PM

His extramarital issues are between him and his wife.

Um and about 43 wimmmins.

What I found most offensive was that he ate regularly at Perkins Pancake House. I think it's a massive right swing conspiracy the media is not focusing on this.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on December 09, 2009, 07:04:27 AM
What's wrong with Perkins Pancakes? I haven't eaten at one in years, but I don't remember them being that horrible.

I do find the coverage to be excessive. There was at least one real news story last week that I missed out on because there was nothing but Tiger on television, and I didn't want to sit through it long enough to find out more.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on December 09, 2009, 07:25:04 AM
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Post by: The_Scientist on December 25, 2009, 08:25:34 AM
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 25, 2009, 03:41:37 PM


Santa was so good to me...    I got things that were unexpected and perfect.  He must be a good listener, or he has been following my clicks online?    LOL


My best gift this year are the friends I have and the ones I have yet to meet.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 28, 2009, 08:30:21 AM


It snowed about 3-5 inches last night...  Brrrrrrrrrrrr

We had an intersting day yestrerday with the kids and grandkids..

Perhaps my first ever Italian meal followed in several hours by Sushi?  I'll do a report on the Italian place later...

My son took us to an old family owned Italian place for a good dinner with the kiddos, and then a bit later went out and got some sushi from a fairly new place in Fairlawn..  We sat around with them and chopsticked some pretty darn good sushi, had a good tall glass of wine and headed for our motel/digs.   It is good to sleep in, and it is good to have the grandkids show me how to play the different Wii games.  I am not too good at some of them, but seem to be catching on?

How many of this foodie family have a Wii game...?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on December 28, 2009, 08:33:45 AM


It snowed about 3-5 inches last night...  Brrrrrrrrrrrr

We had an intersting day yestrerday with the kids and grandkids..

Perhaps my first ever Italian meal followed in several hours by Sushi?  I'll do a report on the Italian place later...

My son took us to an old family owned Italian place for a good dinner with the kiddos, and then a bit later went out and got some sushi from a fairly new place in Fairlawn..  We sat around with them and chopsticked some pretty darn good sushi, had a good tall glass of wine and headed for our motel/digs.   It is good to sleep in, and it is good to have the grandkids show me how to play the different Wii games.  I am not too good at some of them, but seem to be catching on?

How many of this foodie family have a Wii game...?

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we no wii
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on December 28, 2009, 08:42:02 AM
Never got into video games.  Back in high school when friends started getting Atari consoles and playing Space Invaders, I sometimes played with them but never asked for one myself.  Now neither Wii nor WOW holds much interest for me.  I have better ways to waste my time.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on December 28, 2009, 08:45:52 AM
Never got into video games.  Back in high school when friends started getting Atari consoles and playing Space Invaders, I sometimes played with them but never asked for one myself.  Now neither Wii nor WOW holds much interest for me.  I have better ways to waste my time.

I was addicted to astroids as a teenager but pretty much walked away from it when I went to college and beyond.  I too have absolutely no time to waste on games when I could be wasting it on so many other things.
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Post by: MoT on December 28, 2009, 09:08:21 AM
I don't really think playing a game or app. on an iPhone is such a waste of time if that's what you want to do while sitting somewhere waiting for something or someone. My kid plays games on hers and she stays pretty busy. I'd play but I can't see the darn thing.

I played wii, specifically bowling, while recovering from my knee surgeries. They used wii in physical rehab for stroke, MS, bilaterals knees etc. patients. It's also a good way for parents to also get their kids away from their computers for a little family time. We just got the Food Network cooking wii.

jmho
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 28, 2009, 03:07:29 PM
Oh great...  we have about 5 inches of snow on the ground and there is a "Lake Snow Advisory" being issued on the TV....

CP and I went out and got her some nice boots.  I bought some smoked porter instead of boots..   LOL

It really is pretty looking out of the window at the snow, but it comes to me very, very, clearly why I left Ohio and moved to Atlanta (Snellville).

I am sure the grandkids will want to go sledding...    I am going to fake thin-blood or something and stay near the fireplace.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Minerva on December 29, 2009, 05:44:33 AM
I was born in Ohio and left it for Florida with my family when I was a senior on high school.

I know all that snow seems like a royal pain, but I kinda miss it. In small doses, of course.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on December 29, 2009, 07:20:49 AM
I came to Atlanta specifically for a job, and I would have gone wherever, but being in a place where snow is rare does have its attractions.  FG, on the other hand, came here largely to get away from Ohio's crummy winters.  Even now she complains of being cold from October to March.  We have different internal thermostats, as we quickly discovered after we started dating.  She wears sweaters and covers herself with a blanket while I'm next to her in T-shirt and shorts.

I always laugh at the mania the odd dusting brings out in the locals.  A couple of inches in the forecast sends people to clean out their local Publix of milk and toilet paper.

No longer a newbie!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on December 29, 2009, 08:01:06 AM
I came to Atlanta specifically for a job, and I would have gone wherever, but being in a place where snow is rare does have its attractions.  FG, on the other hand, came here largely to get away from Ohio's crummy winters.  Even now she complains of being cold from October to March.  We have different internal thermostats, as we quickly discovered after we started dating.  She wears sweaters and covers herself with a blanket while I'm next to her in T-shirt and shorts.

I always laugh at the mania the odd dusting brings out in the locals.  A couple of inches in the forecast sends people to clean out their local Publix of milk and toilet paper.

No longer a newbie!

Is everyone here from Ohio?  I grew up in Columbus and went to school in Cincinnati and have been "down south" since '87 (Ft. Worth then Atlanta) and can honestly say I don't miss the snow.  The pretty postcard days of sipping hot chocolate while the snow falls are few in my memory.  The days and occasional week of power outages (if you live as far out of town as I did) and the ever present dirty salt/slush/ice/muck are more the reality that I do not miss.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on December 29, 2009, 08:37:46 AM
Is everyone here from Ohio?
No, there's a Michigander (with a brief stopover in Dayton) in the mix.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on December 29, 2009, 08:40:59 AM
No longer a newbie!

You are not your post count.
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Post by: bettylouski on December 29, 2009, 09:09:11 AM
Is everyone here from Ohio?

I was born in Ohio as well, but left when I was 15 months old, so can't say I remember anything about it.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: GabrielsDad on December 29, 2009, 09:46:59 AM
I've driven through Ohio, does that count?
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Post by: Foodgeek on December 29, 2009, 09:54:18 AM
For those of you that are from Ohio (I'm from Akron), there's a foodblog that I follow and I enjoy it pretty much, so you might like taking a look at it too. The blogger is male, slightly younger than me and living in the Akron/Canton area. His work takes him around the state a little bit, so there are some posts about Columbus and Cleveland too. I like it because I can be updated about restaurants in the areas where I used to live. Barberton chicken, Swenson's, Panini's, Vaccaro's and such all show up pretty frequently. He's a pretty good eater, apparently, so he posts very regularly. I've even sent him suggestions of things to eat - I met him on eGullet - and he often checks out my advice.

His blog is at www.exploringfoodmyway.blogspot.com
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Post by: MoT on December 29, 2009, 10:13:45 AM
My Grandmother was born in Cleveland, and my first Cousins grew up in Toledo.  :)
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 29, 2009, 11:34:19 AM
For those of you that are from Ohio (I'm from Akron), there's a foodblog that I follow and I enjoy it pretty much, so you might like taking a look at it too. The blogger is male, slightly younger than me and living in the Akron/Canton area. His work takes him around the state a little bit, so there are some posts about Columbus and Cleveland too. I like it because I can be updated about restaurants in the areas where I used to live. Barberton chicken, Swenson's, Panini's, Vaccaro's and such all show up pretty frequently. He's a pretty good eater, apparently, so he posts very regularly. I've even sent him suggestions of things to eat - I met him on eGullet - and he often checks out my advice.

His blog is at www.exploringfoodmyway.blogspot.com

Thanks for the link FG..   we may hit that Greenhouse Tavern (or we might not 'cause of the snow?), when we go to Cleveland next Saturday.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on December 30, 2009, 03:21:27 PM
Hey - we just drove through that lake effect snow on Monday. Awful from Erie PA to Columbus OH.

And yesterday on the last leg of our return journey, we got the car washed just south of Knoxville. HATE that dirty/salty coating and am glad to be back in my adopted home!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 02, 2010, 11:45:01 PM


I might move this post or parts of it later?   Today we braved the cold and went to the West Side Market in Cleveland.  It is an interesting fresh market and anyone would be proud to have it in their neighborhood, but we are spoiled in Atlanta with the several ethnic and other farmers markets. 

The market is near the Great Lakes Brewery and we did stop in there, but skipped the "tour" to a later, warmer time.  The West Side Market has several places inside the market to get a sandwich or snack but except for the small restaurant attached to the market there is not a place to sit all 7 of us down for a lunch/brunch..    I did get a pretty fair, fresh walleye sandwich there and loved it.  It is late and I wont expound now on what else was ordered or how it was.

We are heading out in the late morning for the sunny skies of Georgia,  I hear it is a bit cool down there, but right now outside here the wind chill is -8 degrees, so Atlanta will feel quite balmy.

We had movie night with the kids and grandkids tonight at home, with hand-made milkshakes, popcorn, warm blankets and curling up on the couch to watch a DVD chosen by Erin (our middle grandchild).  A nice way to end the day and the trip North.  I'm ready for some short pants and my own bed.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on January 03, 2010, 12:34:01 AM
Don't get your short pants ready just yet GG2, it is 20 here and not predicted to warm up for a while.

  Best, Liz
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 06, 2010, 03:27:05 PM


If we had one..   I would be moving my later posts into PUI Postings...   

Long day, lot's going on, had a BIG beer too early, I may move to wine or Vodka.. ?

Damn it's cold outside...


And it looks like we need a Farking new furnace in the back-end of the house?  Just what I wanted ....

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Administrator on January 11, 2010, 04:42:52 PM


Give Blood:

Now here is an incentive...   

http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/wash-bloodmobile-offers-beer-272352.html (http://www.ajc.com/news/nation-world/wash-bloodmobile-offers-beer-272352.html)
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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on January 12, 2010, 03:15:39 PM
Well, that was exciting.

My New Resolution: Please don't to be feeding the trolls.

Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 16, 2010, 01:20:33 PM


Note to self... always include a new case when I/we are updating my computer.

I hate it when stuff doesn't fit, and I'm not alone.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 24, 2010, 04:29:46 PM



I HATE IT!!!!    my camera is dysfunctional....

I have taken some pics with the P&S camera but almost always hate how they turn out...

I have some kind of reader or card failure...   thank goodness I have less than 200 pics on the 4Gb card, and that card readers are not expensive.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on January 25, 2010, 11:43:27 AM
I HATE IT!!!!    my camera is dysfunctional....

I have taken some pics with the P&S camera but almost always hate how they turn out...

I have some kind of reader or card failure...   thank goodness I have less than 200 pics on the 4Gb card, and that card readers are not expensive.

You sure it is the camera and not the card.  Cards can and do go bad.  I learned my lesson and will no longer have a card that holds more than 2GB, preferable 1GB.  My son-in-law was able to recover almost everything off a card that couldn't be read by most Windoze applications.  Had to get a reader for about $20.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 25, 2010, 04:51:51 PM
I HATE IT!!!!    my camera is dysfunctional....

I have taken some pics with the P&S camera but almost always hate how they turn out...

I have some kind of reader or card failure...   thank goodness I have less than 200 pics on the 4Gb card, and that card readers are not expensive.

You sure it is the camera and not the card.  Cards can and do go bad.  I learned my lesson and will no longer have a card that holds more than 2GB, preferable 1GB.  My son-in-law was able to recover almost everything off a card that couldn't be read by most Windoze applications.  Had to get a reader for about $20. 

Well it gets stranger and stranger.. I bought a new card today and a new reader..   my SLR Nikon will not see the new card (at least it doesn't yet...   You are right about only having one or two Gig cards, I rarely fill them up, but often carry the pictures from 7 or 10 days of vacation back home on the card.  I have put 700+ pictures on it in 6 days at Disney. 

Now neither of the computer that are always on here see the new reader or the new card.   I am just over my head with the technology..    I'm going back to my old film cameras.   NOT!!!!!  And the worst part is that the camera does not see the new card, the old card, or show any pictures on either.

I have to wait till later this week and go to Wing Camera with my outfit and let Mike look at it.  He cleaned it just a few months ago, so it should be okay..  I hope...?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: FlyinBrian on January 26, 2010, 12:40:27 PM
Sounds like a defective card.
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Post by: AndyBoy on January 27, 2010, 08:05:08 AM
When we switched from film to digital a few years ago we shot a major project in New York. A 5 day shoot that easily cost $75,000 and just couldn't be repeated. I was scared to death about losing the images and had everything on a hard drive that I brought back with me, the photographer also had one and we shipped another FedEx just in case.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 27, 2010, 04:37:43 PM


More on my Nikon camera ...   I went to Wing Camera at 3100 Briarcliff Rd NE. today, Mike, the owner took a good half hour to deem my camera fried..  Well, he said it had an electronic problem and it would have to go to Peachtree Camera (right near Tasty China) to have it "looked at".

Here is a "hats off" to Wing Camera, they are the kind of folks you would WANT to clean and service your camera if you didn't know where.    Mike and his wife Jennifer are just the best.  They have sold cameras for me and given me a fair price. They have bought and traded lenses with no fuss and easy transactions.  I love having a guy that will wring out a camera and tell you what is wrong or who else to take it to..    they have my vote..

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 28, 2010, 05:15:12 PM

"Zoo releases details of panda Mei Lan's farewell"

GG>-  Didn't the children and others in Atlanta contribute a bunch of money so this wouldn't happen?  


btw.. this is NOT a political rant, I just thought I remembered that the Panda's were NOT going to be going back to China if WE collected enough money to keep them here?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on January 29, 2010, 12:23:35 PM
Actually I think it was planned all along that Mei Lan, the baby panda, would leave. The fundraiser was to allow the parents to stay, I think?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Otto on February 03, 2010, 11:19:39 PM

Well, he said it had an electronic problem and it would have to go to Peachtree Camera (right near Tasty China) to have it "looked at".


You won't be sorry with Peachtree Camera.  They get all my business.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 04, 2010, 05:45:14 AM

Well, he said it had an electronic problem and it would have to go to Peachtree Camera (right near Tasty China) to have it "looked at".


You won't be sorry with Peachtree Camera.  They get all my business.

They had to send my camera back to Nikon...   I feel so naked.....

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Otto on February 04, 2010, 08:32:22 PM

They had to send my camera back to Nikon...   I feel so naked.....

My condolences.  Is it still under warranty?
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Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 04, 2010, 10:46:54 PM

They had to send my camera back to Nikon...   I feel so naked.....

My condolences.  Is it still under warranty?

5yrs old..

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Otto on February 05, 2010, 04:29:51 PM

They had to send my camera back to Nikon...   I feel so naked.....

My condolences.  Is it still under warranty?

5yrs old..

I'm sorry.  Peachtree has their own camera techs.  Do you know why they're sending it off? 
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 05, 2010, 04:36:00 PM

They had to send my camera back to Nikon...   I feel so naked.....

My condolences.  Is it still under warranty?

5yrs old..

I'm sorry.  Peachtree has their own camera techs.  Do you know why they're sending it off? 

pcb board... image compression

Shanon from P'tree said they could fix it, but they didn't have the software to adjust the camera back to specs after that install...
So they sent it off...
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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 06, 2010, 03:42:34 PM

Psssssst...


<<< Base Jumpers >>>

tomorrow downtown...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 06, 2010, 04:12:41 PM


Just neat...


http://www.utah3d.net/ (http://www.utah3d.net/)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on February 06, 2010, 04:18:29 PM


Just neat...


http://www.utah3d.net/ (http://www.utah3d.net/)

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Agreed!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on February 06, 2010, 04:22:38 PM


Just neat...


http://www.utah3d.net/ (http://www.utah3d.net/)

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After a few minutes of playing around, I think I just threw up.  ;)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Otto on February 06, 2010, 11:24:40 PM
Just neat...
http://www.utah3d.net/ (http://www.utah3d.net/)

Amazing.  I want to be in Arches right now. 
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 15, 2010, 11:31:06 PM


I spent part of the day driving the nephew half-way back to his house in S.C.   I exchanged him in West Columbia...   Thank goodness for fine weather in both directions..

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 17, 2010, 05:28:03 PM

They had to send my camera back to Nikon...   I feel so naked.....

My condolences.  Is it still under warranty?

5yrs old..

I'm sorry.  Peachtree has their own camera techs.  Do you know why they're sending it off? 

pcb board... image compression

Shanon from P'tree said they could fix it, but they didn't have the software to adjust the camera back to specs after that install...
So they sent it off...
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And now it is stuck at Nikon until I can find a bill of sale...   I'm sure they are doing their job, but I bought the camera here in the US of A and not in some grey-market business...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MoT on February 17, 2010, 09:03:30 PM
Sorry about your camera.

My list of things that last 5 years is very short.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 17, 2010, 11:30:10 PM
Sorry about your camera.

My list of things that last 5 years is very short. 

My sweet wife found the BoS... I'll fax it off tomorrow...                        ;D

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 30, 2010, 02:58:59 PM


I'm out on the deck figuring out my new/used D80 Nikon..   Pretty nifty.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 01, 2010, 08:07:01 PM


I'm out on the deck figuring out my new/used D80 Nikon..   Pretty nifty.  

It is the same and yet quite a departure from D70S..  the controls are the same but it seems to be way better in some aspects..?

I know the D90 is out there, and I hear that it is going to be upgraded, but I have a year left on this D80 Warranty, and I'm going to put it on my calendar.  I don't know what I'm going to do with my D70 when it comes back from repair...?    Keep it or shoot with two camera's two lenses..   Sometimes that makes sense, but not usually..

The placement of the buttons have changed some and they are not immediately coming to my fingers, like the D70...

Thank goodness for the internet there are several users guides out there for this camera.

The first thing I noticed is that the D70 with a 4Gb Flashdrive holds 1100 pictures in fine/.jpg and the 4Gb SD chip that is in the D80 will only do 544 fine/.jpg pictures.

Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on April 02, 2010, 08:47:36 AM
Here's two things that just baffle me.

At ten till 9 on a Thursday night 30% of the houses on my street have their garage doors open and no one was in the garage.  Granted it is a quiet neighborhood but crime and home invasions do happen.  Why make it any easier?

Our cleaning lady empties the garbage as part of what she does.  For some reason the garbage doesn't go end up in the big can, she takes it with her.   ???
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on April 02, 2010, 06:34:17 PM
she takes it with her.

Sounds like you're making it easier for her... to steal your identity.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on April 03, 2010, 06:16:25 AM
she takes it with her.

Sounds like you're making it easier for her... to steal your identity.
:o
Enough of that is probably out in plain sight already.  And the financial stuff is in a trash can she doesn't empty.  She did "borrow" the bag to the vacuum cleaner until I told her to return it.

We had a previous cleaning lady that stole some strange things.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on April 03, 2010, 08:44:49 AM
Our housekeeper is incredible. She will do things like polish all the silverware on her own. Once she got discusted with our drawers of clutter and totally organized the whole mess. She comes every other week on Friday and it is amazing how better our lives are because of her. Also she is one of the nicest people I know.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on April 03, 2010, 10:41:45 AM
I got into dutch with the wife yesterday over my cell phone.  I'll admit I'm not very attentive to it; sometimes I forget it altogether, or forget to turn it on, or to recharge it.  Yesterday I was travelling around town and the phone lost its signal.  This has happened before because I get no warning.  The phone doesn't beep or anything to let you know you are offline.  While I blithely went about my business FG was trying to reach me to no avail.  I didn't notice until the evening, and then the only way to get it working again was to turn it off and then on again, whereupon I found several messages.

Anybody else have this happen?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on April 03, 2010, 10:48:36 AM
sounds like the cell phone is not funcitning properly. It should pick up signal automatically without having to reboot it!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MoT on April 03, 2010, 11:16:23 AM
Sorry my University of Memphis isn't in, and Kensucky lost thank goodness. Gotta know the Calipari story to understand this.

Guess hubby's still interested. Not me.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on April 03, 2010, 04:25:13 PM
I got into dutch with the wife yesterday over my cell phone.  I'll admit I'm not very attentive to it; sometimes I forget it altogether, or forget to turn it on, or to recharge it.  Yesterday I was travelling around town and the phone lost its signal.  This has happened before because I get no warning.  The phone doesn't beep or anything to let you know you are offline.  While I blithely went about my business FG was trying to reach me to no avail.  I didn't notice until the evening, and then the only way to get it working again was to turn it off and then on again, whereupon I found several messages.

Anybody else have this happen?

yep, used to have that happen a lot with a moto running windows mobile... it would just turn off, sometimes restart (yes, that was windows startup music coming from my pocket), sometimes not.

The blackberry curve that I carry now has done it a time or two over the last couple years, but doesn't seem to be a function of charge level.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on April 04, 2010, 06:11:19 AM
My "free" Nokia will just turn off on me.   I'll pull it out of my pocket for some reason and see that it just decided to power down.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on April 04, 2010, 10:08:59 AM
My "free" Nokia will just turn off on me.   I'll pull it out of my pocket for some reason and see that it just decided to power down.
My work Storm II is OK, but I wouldn't have it if I had to pay for it. Blackberry shifted the 'default' search engine to Bing with no way of resetting it to Google. Oy. And the damn thing keeps wanting to go into voice dialing when I pick it up.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on April 04, 2010, 11:42:48 AM
My phone does the same thing as The Scientist's, because we have the same model, but I periodically check it to make sure that it's working. If I know that I should be getting messages and I'm not even hearing it ring, I usually have to turn it off and turn it back on again to make sure the signal is there.

It's probably time for us to do some phone shopping anyway.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on April 05, 2010, 07:15:47 AM
It's probably time for us to do some phone shopping anyway.
That just seems so wrong on so many levels.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on April 05, 2010, 08:03:14 AM
It's probably time for us to do some phone shopping anyway.
That just seems so wrong on so many levels.

Why? We're both approaching the end of our cell phone contracts, and since we got married last year, that's another bill that we've been wanting to consolidate.

Am I doing it wrong?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 05, 2010, 09:17:53 AM
It's probably time for us to do some phone shopping anyway.
That just seems so wrong on so many levels.

Why? We're both approaching the end of our cell phone contracts, and since we got married last year, that's another bill that we've been wanting to consolidate.

Am I doing it wrong?

Take a look at Google Voice, tons of features and free....

http://tinyurl.com/ykftoxu (http://tinyurl.com/ykftoxu)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on April 06, 2010, 11:22:35 AM
It's probably time for us to do some phone shopping anyway.
That just seems so wrong on so many levels.

Why? We're both approaching the end of our cell phone contracts, and since we got married last year, that's another bill that we've been wanting to consolidate.

Am I doing it wrong?
The concept of having to pay for a phone is just WRONG IMO.  Then having to shop around for the best  deal with the features you want adds more fuel to the fire.  I just want a phone that work great as a phone and don't want to have to pay for it.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on April 06, 2010, 11:56:02 AM
The concept of having to pay for a phone is just WRONG IMO.  Then having to shop around for the best  deal with the features you want adds more fuel to the fire.  I just want a phone that work great as a phone and don't want to have to pay for it.

I feel pretty much the same way. Most of the people I know have Blackberries (though they say they don't work that well as phones) or iPhones or things like that, but my husband and I both have very basic LG phones. His came free with the last contract he signed and mine was $30 after rebate. I've suggested to him that we research the best way to get the cheapest service possible through Clark Howard's website so I'm starting to look there now.

Up until now I've been resistant to the idea of being able to surf the web on my phone, because I don't think it's necessary, and I even hate the fact that cell phones mean that you are reachable at any time of the day, but I might look at some of the fancier phones this time anyway. I'm tired of feeling like a Luddite because so many of the people I work with have high-tech phones.

And I did drop and break my phone just before I made that comment about needing to go phone shopping. My husband fixed it with some fancy polymer adhesive, but today's phones are just meant to break and wear out faster than the land line phones of yesteryear. I don't know what to do about it, other than try to shop for the best deal possible.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on April 06, 2010, 12:06:34 PM
It's probably time for us to do some phone shopping anyway.
That just seems so wrong on so many levels.

Why? We're both approaching the end of our cell phone contracts, and since we got married last year, that's another bill that we've been wanting to consolidate.

Am I doing it wrong?
The concept of having to pay for a phone is just WRONG IMO.  Then having to shop around for the best  deal with the features you want adds more fuel to the fire.  I just want a phone that work great as a phone and don't want to have to pay for it.

Really? I would rather pay for the phone, and be able to take it to any network i want like in Europe. That would lead to increased competition, and lowered service prices. It's exactly b/c we have contracts that these companies get away with high costs and poor service.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on April 06, 2010, 01:51:14 PM
And I did drop and break my phone just before I made that comment about needing to go phone shopping. My husband fixed it with some fancy polymer adhesive, but today's phones are just meant to break and wear out faster than the land line phones of yesteryear. I don't know what to do about it, other than try to shop for the best deal possible.
When we last switched (can't get T-mobile or Sprint reception at home) V asked the sales guy which free phone could stand the most abuse because hers gets lots of use and abuse.   Ironically, mine's the only one that has broken but that was easily fixed with "some fancy polymer adhesive" (super glue).

WECo phones were built to last for a reason.  They didn't want to ever have to replace them.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 07, 2010, 02:59:07 PM


Neat...  way more vids on this site...


http://www.dogwork.com/snow2/


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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on April 07, 2010, 03:09:02 PM
Who needs skis?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on April 12, 2010, 09:44:57 PM
My sweet nearly 3 1/2 year old just did the worst/naughtiest thing she has deliberately done so far, which was to get my express-dry nail polish off my bedside table (after she was tucked securely in her bed 15 min before) and spread it on a bunch of my clothes including my favorite pair of jeans and a fancy linen skirt. I smelled nail polish/nail polish remover and asked her what happened. She asked me not to scold her and told the truth - and then I scolded her. In my defense, I did apologize for scolding and I did explain the problem.

She's still up right now and pushing the limits of staying in the bed.

The joys of an over-tired kid who skipped her regular nap today, therefore depriving Mommy of her nap also on her day off from work.  >:(
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 21, 2010, 05:41:39 PM


Today is our fourth (4th) wedding anniversary..    I asked CP if she wanted to go out or have me fix a nice steak and BP with a salad here at home..    She picked "stay at home".... 

So a bit later we will have an interesting T-bone (not my usual pick), and some Baked Potatoes, with a custom built salad by my dear bride.   

( I did get a bit of a cake and a few other nice things to go with the meal, including some Prosecco..)   

Several of our members were at the wedding, and I'm glad to say they are still with us/me...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 30, 2010, 12:22:59 AM


I had big plans for Memorial Day, but either some bug or food poisoning (or something else), has changed my diet...

maybe tomorrow will be better..?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on June 01, 2010, 08:21:32 AM


I had big plans for Memorial Day, but either some bug or food poisoning (or something else), has changed my diet...

maybe tomorrow will be better..?

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I got hit with a bug Friday night after eating at Dockside in Port Royal, SC. Nasty. Shrimp were good, tho...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 01, 2010, 12:00:13 PM

The hawk that patrols are yard is (as far as I have seen), two for two today..   Two dives, two squirrels to feed her nest full of babies.

I just hope she doesn't try and get the fawn ...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on June 07, 2010, 06:39:54 PM
I'll admit it: I really want a fancy new phone like an iPhone or the new EVO. This is in part bc I have literally had my current Sanyo since before 9/11/2001. Seriously, it is a great conversation piece when out with geeks and I vowed to keep it as long as possible, rubber band holding it together and all. So, now that it is literally falling apart, I have put in an order for the EVO at Best Buys (AKA senevth circle of hell).

Now I am reading that the battery sucks on it. I won;t really use it for that much multi-tasking or 4G stuff, just want a phone that I can use to access the internet and it can't be one with an external keyboard - problems with my thumbs. I love the bigger screen of the EVO, as well as the camera specs. I have also seent hat the battery on the iPhone is not so great and DH's gPhone battery sucks as well. So, am I making a huge mistake getting the EVO? I do prefer Sprint to AT&T anyday.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on June 07, 2010, 06:48:26 PM
I'll admit it: I really want a fancy new phone like an iPhone or the new EVO. This is in part bc I have literally had my current Sanyo since before 9/11/2001. Seriously, it is a great conversation piece when out with geeks and I vowed to keep it as long as possible, rubber band holding it together and all. So, now that it is literally falling apart, I have put in an order for the EVO at Best Buys (AKA senevth circle of hell).

Now I am reading that the battery sucks on it. I won;t really use it for that much multi-tasking or 4G stuff, just want a phone that I can use to access the internet and it can't be one with an external keyboard - problems with my thumbs. I love the bigger screen of the EVO, as well as the camera specs. I have also seent hat the battery on the iPhone is not so great and DH's gPhone battery sucks as well. So, am I making a huge mistake getting the EVO? I do prefer Sprint to AT&T anyday.

Extended-charge batteries are available for most phones - my Storm II extended battery (looks like the damn thing is preggers) will go without a charge for 3 days - even with the Wi-Fi enabled.

http://www.seidioonline.com/product-p/basi17hev4.htm
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 07, 2010, 06:55:55 PM
I'll admit it: I really want a fancy new phone like an iPhone or the new EVO. This is in part bc I have literally had my current Sanyo since before 9/11/2001. Seriously, it is a great conversation piece when out with geeks and I vowed to keep it as long as possible, rubber band holding it together and all. So, now that it is literally falling apart, I have put in an order for the EVO at Best Buys (AKA senevth circle of hell).

Now I am reading that the battery sucks on it. I won;t really use it for that much multi-tasking or 4G stuff, just want a phone that I can use to access the internet and it can't be one with an external keyboard - problems with my thumbs. I love the bigger screen of the EVO, as well as the camera specs. I have also seent hat the battery on the iPhone is not so great and DH's gPhone battery sucks as well. So, am I making a huge mistake getting the EVO? I do prefer Sprint to AT&T anyday.

The Evo is supposed to be amazing, but the battery life is awful from what i hear...about 1/2 a day's worth of life.
The new iPhone was just announced today, so the real battery life is unknown, although it sounds good. The current iPhone is good though..pretty easily all day.

I'm deciding between the new iPhone, the Evo, and the HTC incredible to replace my iPhone 3G...i hate AT&T, so tjhat's a factor...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Larkemon on June 07, 2010, 07:38:00 PM
I've been thinking about the EVO as well.  I have Sprint today and my Treo 800W is doing well, but the EVO specs (aside from battery) sound pretty awesome.  I especially like the wifi hotspot feature. 
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on June 07, 2010, 07:42:57 PM
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/06/iphone-4-vs-htc-evo-4g/

I do tend to trust Wired.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on June 07, 2010, 07:57:47 PM
Had T-Mobile gotten the Iphone I might have thought about it for a few days. Since my Blackberry Curve took a swim the other day, I filed an insurance claim and all that they could send me was a new Blackberry Bold 9700. I'm a happy boy with my new toy.......
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 07, 2010, 08:06:57 PM
I've been thinking about the EVO as well.  I have Sprint today and my Treo 800W is doing well, but the EVO specs (aside from battery) sound pretty awesome.  I especially like the wifi hotspot feature. 

I thikn they're going to start charging for that feature...they said it was a mistake!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 07, 2010, 08:10:51 PM
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2010/06/iphone-4-vs-htc-evo-4g/

I do tend to trust Wired.
maybe, but they incorrectly list that video conf. is $5/mo. That's only true for the premium service...regular video conf. in 640x480 is free.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on June 07, 2010, 10:20:59 PM
I've been thinking about the EVO as well.  I have Sprint today and my Treo 800W is doing well, but the EVO specs (aside from battery) sound pretty awesome.  I especially like the wifi hotspot feature. 

I'm pretty sure that the wifi hot sopt is about 20+ bucks more a month. Won't be doing that here.


Jason - if you read the comments it seems like folks think that Wired might have a bit of an Apple bias...anyway, the EVO still comes out looking pretty good, esp re the battery thing. Not great but not as terrible as some would suggest.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Minerva on June 08, 2010, 07:21:10 AM
I too have been toying with the idea of an EVO. I have no complaints at all about Sprint, but I don't really need a new phone. Still....

Anyway, regarding the battery, I found this info on extending its life. While it may be useful in accomplishing its purpose, it does seem to cripple some of the bells and whistles.

http://www.goodandevo.net/2010/05/20-tips-to-improve-htc-evo-4g-battery-life.html (http://www.goodandevo.net/2010/05/20-tips-to-improve-htc-evo-4g-battery-life.html)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on June 11, 2010, 02:54:24 PM
PIcked up the "phone" yesterday. Now I just have to read the 194 page manual.....
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 11, 2010, 03:19:23 PM
You're going to read the manual? Seriously?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on June 11, 2010, 03:29:15 PM
I, admittedly, have had to refer to the manual on a cell phone.  But to read it...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on June 11, 2010, 03:31:49 PM
You're going to read the manual? Seriously?

Often lots of little tricks and shortcuts that can make life a lot easier.  Unless you're around someone who's already figured them out, or enjoy user forums (yea, sure), the manual can be an interesting (quick) read.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on June 11, 2010, 03:41:47 PM
LOL, but I will skim it for sure. My last phone was a Sanyo SCP4500, need I say more?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on June 11, 2010, 04:08:05 PM
You're going to read the manual? Seriously?

Often lots of little tricks and shortcuts that can make life a lot easier.  Unless you're around someone who's already figured them out, or enjoy user forums (yea, sure), the manual can be an interesting (quick) read.

I've had my Blackberry Bold now for a week. Going through the box to send my old phone back, I came across the manual. I might glance at it. I read Pinstack for my model and they pride a lot of useful posts.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on June 11, 2010, 04:10:18 PM
LOL, but I will skim it for sure. My last phone was a Sanyo SCP4500, need I say more?

You could replace it for $2.99!!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on June 15, 2010, 06:52:09 PM
New phone is ok, but not the wonder I had hoped for. Of course, I still don't know how to do a lot of basic things so maybe my opinion of it will iimporve as I learn. The battery does kind of suck.

On another note: I mentioned it in my thread about folks' favorite shrimp recipes, but I'd like to hear more about forum members' favorite recipes. Should I start a generic "favorite recipes" thread or do it some other way? What makes the most sense and would be most useful? That Jacques chicken thigh recipe that Jimmy shared was so delicious that I am inspired to try others.

Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 15, 2010, 07:03:28 PM
I think a favorite recipes thread would be good...but i suggest we post the actual recipe, with attribution, in case links die.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 15, 2010, 11:07:39 PM
I think a favorite recipes thread would be good...but i suggest we post the actual recipe, with attribution, in case links die.


done

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on June 16, 2010, 07:54:40 AM
I think a favorite recipes thread would be good...but i suggest we post the actual recipe, with attribution, in case links die.
done
Umm... isn't it a bit redundant to have a board titled "Ingredients, recipes, techniques and other non-restaurant food chatter" and then have another one titled "Saved - Favorite Recipes"?  I'd suggest moving the latter as a thread under the former.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 16, 2010, 08:19:27 AM
I think some of the boards need to be combined, there are a few redundant ones, a few which have about 10 posts, and a few that are just confusing......for example:
 
"Cooking at Home or with friends" could be combined with "Memories of Cooking at Home"

"Ingredients, recipes, techniques and other non-restaurant food chatter" could be combined with "Cooking Hardware "

and
"Saved - Favorite Recipes" could be put in the "Cooking at home", but made sticky so it stays at the top.

"Restaurants no longer in business" could be pt in the regular restaurant board and made sticky, since it's really only 1 thread in there anyhow.

"brew pubs" and "pubs and great bars" could be combined and put in the " -  Food and Drink related Talk  " category..since well...that's what it is.


I think there are just way too mayn sub forums, which have less than 10 threads, many less than 5, and it a) looks bad because it looks like there is no participation, b) is very confusing as to where to post something. I know i get confused as to where to start a thread on cooking since it could go in multiple places....

Of course, it's just me...and you can ignore my thoughts...won't offend me...i'm happy for what you've set up and will take it as it is.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on June 16, 2010, 09:02:10 AM
I've always felt less is more. I was verra glad when all the neighborhood restaurant forums were combined into one.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on June 16, 2010, 11:15:49 AM
"Saved - Favorite Recipes" could be put in the "Cooking at home", but made sticky so it stays at the top.


That works for me!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on June 16, 2010, 03:18:42 PM
I agree with JMo's ideas for combining sections.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 16, 2010, 05:20:31 PM
I agree with JMo's ideas for combining sections. 

Wirkin on it...


Some will get changed, and some will be part of the way I sort things..

I really do want/like the input..   I am doing what you folks want pretty much, right ?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on June 16, 2010, 06:55:20 PM
   I am doing what you folks want pretty much, right ?
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Yep, you're doing a great job. Somebody ought to give you some cheese or something.  :)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on June 23, 2010, 07:20:43 PM
After being diagnosed with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia 2 1/2 years ago, I finally reached a point of remission and don't need chemotherapy hopefully for a long time. Today I am a happy man.


thankyouverymuch
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 23, 2010, 07:25:00 PM
After being diagnosed with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia 2 1/2 years ago, I finally reached a point of remission and don't need chemotherapy hopefully for a long time. Today I am a happy man.


thankyouverymuch


Corngratulations, RW.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 23, 2010, 07:44:25 PM
Your dancing cat just got a little pep in its step!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 23, 2010, 08:00:30 PM
After being diagnosed with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia 2 1/2 years ago, I finally reached a point of remission and don't need chemotherapy hopefully for a long time. Today I am a happy man.


thankyouverymuch

'

awesome! time to celebrate!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on June 24, 2010, 06:47:18 AM
And the kittehs danced.  Great news, rw!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on June 24, 2010, 08:22:54 AM
After being diagnosed with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia 2 1/2 years ago, I finally reached a point of remission and don't need chemotherapy hopefully for a long time. Today I am a happy man.


thankyouverymuch

Congrats, bubba. I'll buy you a beer next weekend if you have the time...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on June 24, 2010, 02:25:59 PM
After being diagnosed with Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia 2 1/2 years ago, I finally reached a point of remission and don't need chemotherapy hopefully for a long time. Today I am a happy man.


thankyouverymuch

Congrats, bubba. I'll buy you a beer next weekend if you have the time...

I"ll make the time. Where and when?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on June 24, 2010, 02:59:37 PM
U choose...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Corky on June 25, 2010, 12:07:17 PM
A boiled egg in the morning is hard to beat.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 25, 2010, 12:43:53 PM
Soft boiled.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LamarT on June 27, 2010, 07:54:14 PM
45 minutes at 150 degrees. Perfect egg.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Larkemon on June 27, 2010, 08:17:53 PM
Ever try putting a whole egg in a rice cooker after the rice is done?  Just leave it in there for a while to get a awesome soft boiled egg...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on June 30, 2010, 12:13:04 PM
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/10/06/0628_payscale1/index.htm?campaign_id=bschools_related?campaign_id=yahoo

A big article on the true value of a college degree confirms for me some things I've long suspected.  College is vastly oversold as a way to get rich, and many if not most people are wasting their time and money because the investment will never pay off.  Not surprisingly elite schools do best because they either graduate lots of high-tech majors who are in demand in the job market, or they have enough cache that a degree opens doors most people could never find. 

It irritates me to no end that kids are being sold a bill of goods for the benefit of some comfortable academics.  I say all of this as someone who has a graduate degree and would not have had the opportunities I had if not for that.  How about you?  Did you go to college?  Graduate?  Did it help your career?  Even if it didn't, was it worth it?

The list includes over 850 schools (some of the public ones are listed twice because they charge different rates for out-of-state students).  The most interesting one for the purposes of this board is the Culinary Institute of America in NY, which ranks 376.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Melomom on June 30, 2010, 02:09:58 PM
I agree that college is not for everyone, though it doesn't seem PC to say so.  An education in a good trade would be a better route to supporting oneself that a college degree for some, if not many.  I don't think there is any shame in being an electrician, or plumber, or carpenter - to the contrary - and the good ones I know are always busy.

I ended up needing a college degree to go to law school, not that that was what I intended to do when I started college.  I don't think I ever thought there was an alternative to college, in fact.  I was extremely lucky that my parents covered the full costs of attending two very fine, and expensive, institutions.  And the credentials I received have opened a lot of doors, given me a good career, and tremendous flexibility as a professional that I would not have punching a time clock or working for the man somewhere.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 30, 2010, 02:47:06 PM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2v-MrZeqVU

this is just hysterical
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on July 01, 2010, 10:59:27 AM
http://images.businessweek.com/ss/10/06/0628_payscale1/index.htm?campaign_id=bschools_related?campaign_id=yahoo

A big article on the true value of a college degree confirms for me some things I've long suspected.  College is vastly oversold as a way to get rich, and many if not most people are wasting their time and money because the investment will never pay off.  Not surprisingly elite schools do best because they either graduate lots of high-tech majors who are in demand in the job market, or they have enough cache that a degree opens doors most people could never find.  

It irritates me to no end that kids are being sold a bill of goods for the benefit of some comfortable academics.  I say all of this as someone who has a graduate degree and would not have had the opportunities I had if not for that.  How about you?  Did you go to college?  Graduate?  Did it help your career?  Even if it didn't, was it worth it?

The list includes over 850 schools (some of the public ones are listed twice because they charge different rates for out-of-state students).  The most interesting one for the purposes of this board is the Culinary Institute of America in NY, which ranks 376.

Personally it was worth it for me. My parents paid my tuition for the first 2 years and I was responsible for my spending money with summer jobs. I spent 3 years in the Army before returning to finish my last 2 years and I paid for that with the help of the GI bill. Think I got $160.00 a month and that was the best investment the government could have made because of all the taxes I have paid with my higher income over the years. College was a great learning experience for me and helped make me intellectually curious for life, I also met some really interesting characters both fellow students and teachers.

That being said, I have a friend whose daughter will graduate from CIA with $80,000.00 of debt and be lucky to find a $12.00 an hour job. So it is not always going to be financially rewarding but there is something to be said about having a career that you love.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 01, 2010, 04:37:38 PM

okay, this is a strange request.. but hey, one of you might know the answer and solve my not-too-horrible of a problem..


My desk chair has lost it's air..       When it was new, and it is still in fine shape except for this, you could pull on the handle on the right side of the chair, lift it up to it's highest position and let loose of the handle and it would stay in that tall-chair position..

Now my chair is in midget (sorry if I haven't called it little-people), position and I honestly hate it..

Nothing has changed, my lard ass hasn't gained a bunch of weight that would keep this chair compressed?  And yet, I can not get it up?    I know that sounds like an open invitation to some cute remarks but you'all know what I mean..  The chair will not go to it's formerly higher positions..  

So what do I do ?    replace the chair?   Sell it to a lightweight ?   Buy some aftermarket kit that will keep me high (in front of the computer), in my chair ?"   Try to get some assistance from Obama ?  Apply for some government program to refurbish an old (6 year old) chair ?   Bite the bullet and go to Best Buys and buy a new chair ?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on July 01, 2010, 06:58:39 PM
new chair...piston seals might be toast?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on July 01, 2010, 07:14:08 PM
Mike, I bought this chair last Black Friday, best chair I have ever owned. Look around for good price.

http://www.officemax.com/office-furniture/chairs/product-prod590002?cm_mmc=Nextag-_-Office%20Furniture-_-Chairs-_-NULL&srccode=cii_9324560&cpncode=22-65786709-2 (http://www.officemax.com/office-furniture/chairs/product-prod590002?cm_mmc=Nextag-_-Office%20Furniture-_-Chairs-_-NULL&srccode=cii_9324560&cpncode=22-65786709-2)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on July 02, 2010, 02:41:06 AM
Did you go to college?  Graduate?  Did it help your career?  Even if it didn't, was it worth it?

My Chemistry studies helped me to snag a pretty studly man. He even married me. That was probably worth at least a few semesters worth of tuition.

Well, that and being able to discuss NMR theory has a big edge over most regular bar talk. After a few beers, most people won't be able to call me on anything I get wrong anyway.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on July 02, 2010, 07:01:03 AM
Mom and Dad never made more than $24k a year - with 5 kids, that meant that college was up to us. I scored high enough on ACTs (from the MidWest, dontchaknow?) to get both Federal and State grants, as well as 2 full scholarships to St. Mary's. Un fortunately, it was not the St. Mary's that everyone assumes - this was a small private 4-year in Dodge City. But I got a decent eddikation and graduated with a bio degree (and if I'd have paid an extra $50, a chem degree as well). Grad school at KU was an experience I'd rather forget. Then I went and got a job in IT...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 09, 2010, 06:22:35 PM


Does anyone have a set of "free weights" that they would like to donate to a young man trying to get on the Grayson football team ?


I have other things and have made them available, but free weights are a standard that I do not own..  ?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on July 09, 2010, 06:32:07 PM
My wife says she's willing to donate a 160 pound dumbbell... Though I really didn't know we had free weights around here anywhere
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on July 25, 2010, 06:03:26 PM

Maybe it's just me... but I think my favorite commercial on TV in a long time is the KIA "sock monkey dreams" commercial...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on July 26, 2010, 06:06:43 AM

Maybe it's just me... but I think my favorite commercial on TV in a long time is the KIA "sock monkey dreams" commercial...

It's not the Shake Weight commercial?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on July 26, 2010, 08:06:51 AM

Maybe it's just me... but I think my favorite commercial on TV in a long time is the KIA "sock monkey dreams" commercial...

It's not the Shake Weight commercial?

Nope, must be getting old
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: mikeamor on July 26, 2010, 09:58:04 AM
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 26, 2010, 02:18:41 PM


I do dislike the operatic commercials that VW is airing..   Thank goodness there is a Mute button on my remote...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on July 26, 2010, 02:24:00 PM
Hrm..you guys still watch commercials? That's what the skip button is for on DVR!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on July 26, 2010, 02:32:13 PM
When SNL does a parody of the shake weight commercial you know it's time to watch it.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on July 26, 2010, 02:35:53 PM
i dont even know what a shake weight is
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on July 26, 2010, 02:36:23 PM
never mind..i looked it up. Someone sent me a video if that thing. It's pretty funny
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on July 26, 2010, 02:49:25 PM
For those still in the dark about the Shake Weight...

Shake Weight Women: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xXHUdvvHTkw&feature=youtube_gdata

Shake Weight Men: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbsSeVr5NSI&feature=youtube_gdata

And the best for last... here's the SNL version: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y-z85Pku9uE&feature=youtube_gdata
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on August 02, 2010, 07:26:51 AM
Mike,

Be careful out there!  AJC article titled "Fisherman bitten by beaver at Lake Lanier" might be something that you need to read.... better safe than sorry!

LINK TO STORY (http://www.ajc.com/news/fisherman-bitten-by-beaver-583309.html)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 02, 2010, 09:40:50 AM
Mike,

Be careful out there!  AJC article titled "Fisherman bitten by beaver at Lake Lanier" might be something that you need to read.... better safe than sorry!

LINK TO STORY (http://www.ajc.com/news/fisherman-bitten-by-beaver-583309.html)

Thanks...

Ahhhh,  there are so many lines I'd like to toss out but will refrain.   I'll be extra careful in the future when I have a shirt that smells like bait, and I am near an aggressive beaver.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on August 02, 2010, 09:51:35 AM
Mike,

Be careful out there!  AJC article titled "Fisherman bitten by beaver at Lake Lanier" might be something that you need to read.... better safe than sorry!

LINK TO STORY (http://www.ajc.com/news/fisherman-bitten-by-beaver-583309.html)

Thanks...

Ahhhh,  there are so many lines I'd like to toss out but will refrain.   I'll be extra careful in the future when I have a shirt that smells like bait, and I am near an aggressive beaver.

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you call that refraining ?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 02, 2010, 11:40:00 AM
Mike,

Be careful out there!  AJC article titled "Fisherman bitten by beaver at Lake Lanier" might be something that you need to read.... better safe than sorry!

LINK TO STORY (http://www.ajc.com/news/fisherman-bitten-by-beaver-583309.html)

Thanks...

Ahhhh,  there are so many lines I'd like to toss out but will refrain.   I'll be extra careful in the future when I have a shirt that smells like bait, and I am near an aggressive beaver.

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you call that refraining ? 

Absolutely..     My mind rattles when I am confronted with a topic so in need of quips and old-codger sayings.  I'm not saying my mind doesn't rattle anyway, but I WAS restrained...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Corky on August 03, 2010, 08:31:31 AM
Mike,

Be careful out there!  AJC article titled "Fisherman bitten by beaver at Lake Lanier" might be something that you need to read.... better safe than sorry!

LINK TO STORY (http://www.ajc.com/news/fisherman-bitten-by-beaver-583309.html)

Thanks...

Ahhhh,  there are so many lines I'd like to toss out but will refrain.   I'll be extra careful in the future when I have a shirt that smells like bait, and I am near an aggressive beaver.

.

you call that refraining ? 

Absolutely..     My mind rattles when I am confronted with a topic so in need of quips and old-codger sayings.  I'm not saying my mind doesn't rattle anyway, but I WAS restrained...

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LMAO I'll show restraint, also.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on August 03, 2010, 10:20:42 AM
Mike,

Be careful out there!  AJC article titled "Fisherman bitten by beaver at Lake Lanier" might be something that you need to read.... better safe than sorry!

LINK TO STORY (http://www.ajc.com/news/fisherman-bitten-by-beaver-583309.html)

Thanks...

Ahhhh,  there are so many lines I'd like to toss out but will refrain.   I'll be extra careful in the future when I have a shirt that smells like bait, and I am near an aggressive beaver.

I hope this story doesn't give all the well-behaved beavers out there a bad name.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 03, 2010, 01:58:34 PM
Mike,

Be careful out there!  AJC article titled "Fisherman bitten by beaver at Lake Lanier" might be something that you need to read.... better safe than sorry!

LINK TO STORY (http://www.ajc.com/news/fisherman-bitten-by-beaver-583309.html)

Thanks...

Ahhhh,  there are so many lines I'd like to toss out but will refrain.   I'll be extra careful in the future when I have a shirt that smells like bait, and I am near an aggressive beaver.

I hope this story doesn't give all the well-behaved beavers out there a bad name.

There are so few of them that I am not worried about reprisal..   ;D

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 07, 2010, 09:58:01 PM


60 degrees when I landed at LAX... It is warmer in Highland, but it is starting to cool off a bit...

Pretty mountains lit up with the setting sun...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on August 08, 2010, 08:04:24 AM


60 degrees when I landed at LAX... It is warmer in Highland, but it is starting to cool off a bit...

Pretty mountains lit up with the setting sun...

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Have Fun!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on August 10, 2010, 07:02:59 AM
Only in Atlanta  :o

Principal robbed by teenage suspect at 6:45 am as she entered on the first day of classes.

AJC STORY (http://www.ajc.com/news/dekalb/dekalb-principal-robbed-outside-588097.html)

I'm actually pretty impressed.  It takes a little focus and drive for a teenager to be "working" at 6:45am and most kids just don't have it.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 18, 2010, 04:18:30 PM



A blind boy


 A blind boy sat on the steps of a building with a hat by his feet. He
held up a sign which said: "I am blind, please help." There were only a
few coins in the hat.

A man was walking by. He took a few coins from his pocket and dropped
them into the hat. He then took the sign, turned it around, and wrote
some words. He put the sign back so that everyone who walked by would see
the new words.

 Soon the hat began to fill up. A lot more people were giving money to the
blind boy.
  That afternoon the man who had changed the sign came to see how things
were.  The boy recognized his footsteps and asked, "Were you the one who changed
my sign this morning?   What did you write?"

   The man said, "I only wrote the truth. I said what you said but in a
different way." I wrote: "Today is a beautiful day but I cannot see it."

 Both signs told people that the boy was blind. But the first sign simply
said the boy was blind. The second sign told people that they were so lucky that they were not
blind. Should we be surprised that the second sign was more effective?
 
 Moral of the Story: Be thankful for what you have. Be creative. Be
innovative. Think differently and positively. When life gives you a 100
reasons to cry, show life that you have 1000 reasons to smile.
 Face your past without regret. Handle your present with confidence.
Prepare for the future without fear. Keep the faith and drop the fear.

 The most beautiful thing is to see a person smiling.   And even more
beautiful, is knowing that you are the reason behind it!!!

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on August 23, 2010, 09:08:08 AM
Wrecks are never good and are not funny, but I admit I did get a giggle out of this: http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/truck-slams-into-buckhead-597371.html

Check out the truck.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 15, 2010, 06:49:49 PM
AFI Food & Wine Experience.

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/truffles22.jpg)

Wow what a turnout...  A while ago I received an invitation from a wine guy to the Atlanta Foods International Food & Wine Experience. So today I trekked over to the Galleria and spent 6 hours winding my way through cheese, and food, and wine and good people.   I saw a bunch of folks that I know, and sat and talked with a few of them at the nice tables that AFI had set up behind their HUGE booth area.    I did take some pictures but have not looked at them yet.  I do love blue cheese, but today I found my limit..  I found some 2 year old Gouda that is way too good..  I'll try and find the paperwork and disclose who the cheese is from?  

I also found some Cheese Paper...  I know it's a gadget, but hey.... It is made by Formaticum..

https://www.formaticum.com/shop/product.php?productid=16157&cat=249&page=1&gclid=CIrmkMPPiqQCFcLt7Qodr3QNHA (https://www.formaticum.com/shop/product.php?productid=16157&cat=249&page=1&gclid=CIrmkMPPiqQCFcLt7Qodr3QNHA)


I did NOT partake of the many liquor offerings but did try at least a dozen sips of Malbec wine attempting to sort out the good from the bad.  I think I just like Malbec ?

here are a handful of snapshots as I walked around.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/49637895@N00/sets/72157624965405048/ (http://www.flickr.com/photos/49637895@N00/sets/72157624965405048/).
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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on September 16, 2010, 08:47:54 AM
 I found some 2 year old Gouda that is way too good..  I'll try and find the paperwork and disclose who the cheese is from?  

If it's Reypenaer VSOP, then you've discovered my husband's favorite cheese.

Quote
 I think I just like Malbec ?

And that's my favorite varietal.  :)

It was a pretty neat show. Did you see the painted lady? I think that's going to be me next year.  ;)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 16, 2010, 10:58:01 AM
I found some 2 year old Gouda that is way too good..  I'll try and find the paperwork and disclose who the cheese is from?  

If it's Reypenaer VSOP, then you've discovered my husband's favorite cheese.

Yes the VSOP or the X0 Reserve  - in the set of pictures I put up...

Quote
I think I just like Malbec ?


And that's my favorite varietal.  :)

It was a pretty neat show. Did you see the painted lady? I think that's going to be me next year.  ;)


What painted lady ?   ;)

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/pntdlady22.jpg)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 19, 2010, 10:35:38 AM


Ahrrrrrrrr, let you not be forgettin, that it's "Talk like a Pirate Day".....

'ya briny devils ya...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Larkemon on September 19, 2010, 11:18:16 AM
I found some 2 year old Gouda that is way too good..  I'll try and find the paperwork and disclose who the cheese is from?  

If it's Reypenaer VSOP, then you've discovered my husband's favorite cheese.

Yes the VSOP or the X0 Reserve  - in the set of pictures I put up...

Quote
I think I just like Malbec ?


And that's my favorite varietal.  :)

It was a pretty neat show. Did you see the painted lady? I think that's going to be me next year.  ;)


What painted lady ?   ;)

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/pntdlady22.jpg)

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Wow.. my wife just started a face painting business as a side project.  I wonder if she'll expand to body painting too :)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 19, 2010, 12:41:53 PM
I found some 2 year old Gouda that is way too good..  I'll try and find the paperwork and disclose who the cheese is from?  

If it's Reypenaer VSOP, then you've discovered my husband's favorite cheese.

Yes the VSOP or the X0 Reserve  - in the set of pictures I put up...

Quote
I think I just like Malbec ?


And that's my favorite varietal.  :)

It was a pretty neat show. Did you see the painted lady? I think that's going to be me next year.  ;)


What painted lady ?   ;)

(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/pntdlady22.jpg)

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Wow.. my wife just started a face painting business as a side project.  I wonder if she'll expand to body painting too :)

I hated it that they made her wear her swimsuit, she had one painted on, she said.. Now THAT would have been a picture..   ;)

I have been trapped recently having the wrong lens on my camera.  The lens I was using that day was my single focus Macro lens, you have to get yards away from anything to get a "total" picture, it is VERY good for shooting in a dimly lit room at food, but not too good when you want to show the dimensions of a painted lady.   

I guess I could carry a small bag with at least one other lens in it ?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 19, 2010, 01:03:44 PM
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on September 19, 2010, 07:30:16 PM
http://www.slate.com/id/2267342/entry/2267343/

Slate ran a terrific series of articles this past week on the Lennon/McCartney partnership and its larger implications for the study of collaborators.  The thrust of it is that our obsession with the individual accomplishments of artists, scientists, etc. makes us overlook how a team can do more and better things than the partners could have by themselves.  It's thought-provoking and a good lesson.  Plus you'll learn a few things about this most picked over musical legacy.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 26, 2010, 10:45:29 PM


We went to THE aquarium today and it was neat as always, we did a "Quick Dip" tour and it was very well done and the whole family loved it...


Then we went to THE VARSITY.......   I know it's an institution, I know that as a kid you went there with you Mother and you all had fun, I know that "what'l you have" is a cute message.  And I don't want any of that to go away, for YOU...

But why on earth would anyone go there to eat ?

I had a Chile dog, a half order of fries, and a half order of Onion rings...    I hope I'll be okay tomorrow...  ?

g'nite...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 01, 2010, 05:45:08 PM


I know I'm the last person on earth looking at this stuff. but........................


Have you looked at "Bing Maps", and then went to the Birds-eye-view ? 


Too dern neat..   some of the pics are old, some of them even two or three years old, but a good concept and when they update them they will be super neat..   It is cool to look down on my house and see my Big Green Egg sitting behind my house next to my garage..   too cool ...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 02, 2010, 07:08:19 PM

Honest to goodness there was a "Taste of Centerville" today at Redeemer church on 124, when I went by there seemed to be 1,000 folks walking around tasting some food and playing on the huge inflatable kids-toys they had.   I couldn't get into a parking spot, and I wasn't feeling too well anyway so I cruised back on home..   Next year I'm going to plan to go and shoot some pictures, we NEED a Taste of Centerville, way out here on the East Side..   I didn't see who the restaurants were but there was a Farmers Market and a vendor booth area set up..   Way to go Centerville !!!!

I know that all of the sponsor restaurants are chain restaurants this year, but we can build on this crowd and hope to offer some independent restaurants as sponsors in years to come..      It looked like the kids were having fun... I stopped across the street and too a couple pictures but they didn't display enough umph for me to post them...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 09, 2010, 04:32:24 PM


This farking cold/bronchitis has had me in it's grip for too long.  I am some better today but have just been set back with lung congestion and coughing for a week or more.  I have the grill set up, and when CP get's back from the store I'm making a good burger.  I am using ground chuck this time as I don't want to fuss with hand grinding short rib. 

I am all for doing a decent dinner, and then counting another day of this congestion hoping it will soon pass.  I HATED missing Kinsey Family Farm's show today, and also wanted to go out to eat one night this weekend.   I'll be patient and know it will soon pass and I'll feel better about cooking and all else..

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Marmite Loving Euniculus on October 09, 2010, 06:24:35 PM
We're getting over the crud at my house as well. :(
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on October 10, 2010, 11:22:02 AM
I got it last week - just enough to make me miserable.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on October 26, 2010, 12:14:44 PM
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Administrator on October 26, 2010, 03:44:57 PM


What a bunch of "stuff".  Here is what your moderation crew spend some time on every day...


16787 Spammers blocked up until today

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on October 26, 2010, 06:42:14 PM
just block all new registrations...everyone we like is here already :)
i kid i kid.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 17, 2010, 06:01:07 PM


GG>-  I know this doesn't work in Firefox but works okay in IE

AMAZING ONE WORD RIDDLE
 
Here is a  brain teaser for you.
 
What if this was the only question on  the exam to pass high school
or college English and earn your diploma.  Would you graduate?
 
What nine letter word in the English language is still a word when
Eight letters are removed one by one?
 
Take a few minutes to try and come up with a nine letter word that
Fits the bill, then watch the attached video...for the startling results.
 
Go ahead, just watch the video....because you're never going to figure it out!


http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Word_Riddle.wmv (http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/Word_Riddle.wmv)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 18, 2010, 12:28:13 PM


This idea is catching on around the world. Now it's a commercial for T-Mobile


GG>-  This is NOT an advertisement, or at least it's not intended to be one here.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB3NPNM4xgo (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NB3NPNM4xgo)


Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on November 28, 2010, 03:26:30 PM
Welcome back 285 Foodies.....
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 05, 2010, 07:30:46 PM


Drat !!!!   I took a fall here at the house the other night and broke a rib.  I was planning to fix ribs this week, but now I have a compression thing around my chest and probably will not be fixing any but my own ribs...

It is not too bad, it didn't puncture anything, the x-ray shows it fractures but not separated.  I go to an orthopedist on Monday and have them give me a 2nd opinion.   

I will NOT have a slick-bottom rug in the tile bathroom again.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on December 06, 2010, 04:37:32 AM


Drat !!!!   I took a fall here at the house the other night and broke a rib.  I was planning to fix ribs this week, but now I have a compression thing around my chest and probably will not be fixing any but my own ribs...

It is not too bad, it didn't puncture anything, the x-ray shows it fractures but not separated.  I go to an orthopedist on Monday and have them give me a 2nd opinion.   

I will NOT have a slick-bottom rug in the tile bathroom again.

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Hope you feel better.  Thankfully, you weren't planning to fix a butt this week....
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 06, 2010, 06:13:54 AM


Drat !!!!   I took a fall here at the house the other night and broke a rib.  I was planning to fix ribs this week, but now I have a compression thing around my chest and probably will not be fixing any but my own ribs...

It is not too bad, it didn't puncture anything, the x-ray shows it fractures but not separated.  I go to an orthopedist on Monday and have them give me a 2nd opinion.   

I will NOT have a slick-bottom rug in the tile bathroom again.

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Hope you feel better.  Thankfully, you weren't planning to fix a butt this week....

Me too, one crack is enough...    ;)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Minerva on December 06, 2010, 06:14:30 AM
So sorry to hear of your "unexpected trip."   :(
Hope it turns out to be only minimally impactful and you heal quickly.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on December 06, 2010, 06:44:29 AM


Drat !!!!   I took a fall here at the house the other night and broke a rib.  I was planning to fix ribs this week, but now I have a compression thing around my chest and probably will not be fixing any but my own ribs...

It is not too bad, it didn't puncture anything, the x-ray shows it fractures but not separated.  I go to an orthopedist on Monday and have them give me a 2nd opinion.   

I will NOT have a slick-bottom rug in the tile bathroom again.

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Hope you feel better.  Thankfully, you weren't planning to fix a butt this week....

Me too, one crack is enough...    ;)

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The 2nd opinion - use a rub.

Heal quickly my friend.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on December 06, 2010, 12:39:52 PM
wow, get better soon!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Lorenzo on December 06, 2010, 01:40:33 PM
Ditto!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 20, 2010, 05:55:43 PM
I bought a "Young" chicken from one of the markets along Pleasant Hill road in Gwinnett county.  I knew it was small, but it had to sit a day or two in the fridge waiting for a time when we were both going to be here and fix, and eat etc..  

This is possibly the strangest butchering of a chicken that I have ever seen?  It appears like it was butchered with cherry bombs?

Sure the head and feet are still on, I'm sortof used to that buying chix at the various markets along that strip.

But............  a good portion of what should have been removed had not, and though I can't imagine a person opening a young chicken without a knife it appears like it was torn open.  So it is the Christmas season, and nothing can go wrong, I cut out the savaged backbone, and removed the head and feet for some prime chicken stock next year, the innards I tossed.  It is waiting with a Jack's sauce marinade (deep) to toss on the Big Green Egg with the plate-setter on for about 30 minutes..   This is a smallish chix with the head/feet/backbone removed.   Actually this may be a no-leftover chicken ?

I thought I had seen it all ?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on December 21, 2010, 04:16:55 PM
I bought a "Young" chicken from one of the markets along Pleasant Hill road in Gwinnett county.  I knew it was small, but it had to sit a day or two in the fridge waiting for a time when we were both going to be here and fix, and eat etc..  

This is possibly the strangest butchering of a chicken that I have ever seen?  It appears like it was butchered with cherry bombs?

Sure the head and feet are still on, I'm sortof used to that buying chix at the various markets along that strip.

But............  a good portion of what should have been removed had not, and though I can't imagine a person opening a young chicken without a knife it appears like it was torn open.  So it is the Christmas season, and nothing can go wrong, I cut out the savaged backbone, and removed the head and feet for some prime chicken stock next year, the innards I tossed.  It is waiting with a Jack's sauce marinade (deep) to toss on the Big Green Egg with the plate-setter on for about 30 minutes..   This is a smallish chix with the head/feet/backbone removed.   Actually this may be a no-leftover chicken ?

I thought I had seen it all ?

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No pictures?  :o
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 21, 2010, 10:34:27 PM


No pictures?  :o 


I was alone in the kitchen with chicken yuck on my hands and the Big Green Egg begging for me to toss the smallish birdie onto it's indirect grill.    So I took no pictures.  but I shoulda.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 25, 2010, 01:09:14 PM

Yay, I didn't get coal in my stocking...


Santa must not have been paying attention all year long is all I can figure?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on December 25, 2010, 01:14:47 PM
The old fat bastard didn't even visit me! :)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 25, 2010, 05:10:50 PM


it is 6:10pm..  is it snowing in N. Georgia ?

it is sortof snowing here.. ..  In Snellville

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on December 26, 2010, 08:38:55 AM
I have about 4 inches still on the ground in the N. GA mountains. I'm guessing it actually snowed closer to 6 inches with melting and now the wind blowing.

It was the prettiest snow I've seen in GA! Because it was steady and the wind wasn't blowing, it stayed in the trees and made I like a winter wonderland. The lake I'm on has the top part fozen so there's snow on it too

Now that the wind picked up there are leaves and pinestraw on the snow w/ a lot less in the trees. Still pretty but not like yesterday.

I won't be able to go anywhere until tomorrow at the earliest. I'm not complaining ;)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on December 26, 2010, 08:54:49 AM
Whenever the isobars are close together, my back goes nutz. Flat on my back since Xmas Eve. Hope to get mobile later today.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 01, 2011, 08:57:21 AM


Happy New Year 285foodies folks.   

Deanne and I wish you all the best..

GG>- 

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 03, 2011, 04:08:14 PM
Title: Oy!
Post by: rwcohen on January 07, 2011, 06:38:35 AM
Today I pass from almost to officially OLD. I have my Medicare card and I am ready to be an official curmudgeon.

Having dinner at Kaleidoscope. Gottta see if their burger is better than H & F.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on January 07, 2011, 07:35:16 AM
What time will you be there? Would you like some company?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 07, 2011, 08:31:37 AM
Flat on my back again. Hurtin for certain. Might be able to get a job as a barometer.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on January 07, 2011, 09:16:52 AM
Flat on my back again. Hurtin for certain. Might be able to get a job as a barometer.

I can feel every bone I've broken (and there are a lot) on days like this. "If I'd known I was going to live so long, I'd have taken better care of myself."  ~Leon Eldred
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 08, 2011, 08:00:14 AM
Still laid up, going to try to get out for supplies later today. Don't think the CFA biscuit is in the cards... :)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 08, 2011, 08:07:03 AM
Still laid up, going to try to get out for supplies later today. Don't think the CFA biscuit is in the cards... :)

Get well,  buy some milk and bread,  get a good book and get ready for our first snowstorm of the year.. 

the weather models say it has a chance to be a whopper...  ?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 08, 2011, 09:01:50 AM


the weather models say it has a chance to be a whopper...  ?

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Kirk Mellish is reporting a Big Mac.

boom

cha
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 08, 2011, 02:52:29 PM
Still laid up, going to try to get out for supplies later today. Don't think the CFA biscuit is in the cards... :)

Get well,  buy some milk and bread,  get a good book and get ready for our first snowstorm of the year.. 

the weather models say it has a chance to be a whopper...  ?

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Broke into the oxy and got my butt out to the store. Enuf crazy folks out there to drive ya nutz. At least I got sammich stuff and other non-cooking stuff in case the power goes out.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on January 08, 2011, 11:14:03 PM
Mmmm, oxy.

The main thing that sucks about the storms in Atlanta is the power outages. Hate not having the fridge functional, everything else is ok.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 09, 2011, 09:50:29 AM
Mmmm, oxy.

The main thing that sucks about the storms in Atlanta is the power outages. Hate not having the fridge functional, everything else is ok.

They're still waffling about the amount of sleet - I think that'll be the thing that shuts ATL down.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 09, 2011, 03:54:10 PM
I hate washing duvet covers. I can usually knit another stupid cat from the fur in the washer and dryer filters.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on January 09, 2011, 04:04:32 PM
I could use a snow day tomorrow!


thankyouverymuch
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on January 09, 2011, 05:18:50 PM
I could use a snow day tomorrow!


thankyouverymuch

Me too, not that I am working now but we have a brunch planned with some neighbors at our house if it happens. Waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage and maybe I will make some hash browns in duck fat too. Oh, and we have a bottle champagne for mimosas.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on January 09, 2011, 06:20:10 PM
I could use a snow day tomorrow!


thankyouverymuch

Me too, not that I am working now but we have a brunch planned with some neighbors at our house if it happens. Waffles, eggs, bacon, sausage and maybe I will make some hash browns in duck fat too. Oh, and we have a bottle champagne for mimosas.

Say Andy, whereabouts do you live. I think its not far from me, 85 & Clairmont. I could probably make it over there.  ;)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on January 09, 2011, 08:43:22 PM
It looks like it will be a snow day and you my friend are welcome. We live in Brookhaven but I don't know if you can get here but PM me if you can.
Title: Re: Oy!
Post by: The_Scientist on January 09, 2011, 10:08:13 PM
Today I pass from almost to officially OLD. I have my Medicare card and I am ready to be an official curmudgeon.

So which variety of old guy will you be?  Flinty New Englander? Folksy Southerner? Insular Midwesterner? Wacky Del Boca Vista resident?
Title: Re: Oy!
Post by: rwcohen on January 09, 2011, 11:20:48 PM
Today I pass from almost to officially OLD. I have my Medicare card and I am ready to be an official curmudgeon.

So which variety of old guy will you be?  Flinty New Englander? Folksy Southerner? Insular Midwesterner? Wacky Del Boca Vista resident?


Andy Rooney, Walter Matthau, and an obnoxious Damn Yankee
Title: Re: Oy!
Post by: MadBob on January 10, 2011, 08:33:01 AM
Today I pass from almost to officially OLD. I have my Medicare card and I am ready to be an official curmudgeon.

So which variety of old guy will you be?  Flinty New Englander? Folksy Southerner? Insular Midwesterner? Wacky Del Boca Vista resident?


Better go find an Old Curmudgeon Ale (or 4) from Founders to start it off right then!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 15, 2011, 03:41:29 AM
Awake at 4am again - back pain. Going in AGAIN for a shot. Going to get a statement from first doc as to surgery or not. If second doc says surgery, then I guess I get cut.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on January 16, 2011, 07:19:31 AM
Awake at 4am again - back pain. Going in AGAIN for a shot. Going to get a statement from first doc as to surgery or not. If second doc says surgery, then I guess I get cut.

So much for having a pain management Dr. Man cannot live on vicodin alone, not even with a beverage or two to wash them down with. Makes you cranky. Good luck with the 2nd opinion. Don't want you to wind up on Intervention....
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 16, 2011, 12:00:49 PM
Awake at 4am again - back pain. Going in AGAIN for a shot. Going to get a statement from first doc as to surgery or not. If second doc says surgery, then I guess I get cut.

So much for having a pain management Dr. Man cannot live on vicodin alone, not even with a beverage or two to wash them down with. Makes you cranky. Good luck with the 2nd opinion. Don't want you to wind up on Intervention....

Thanks. I don't have much faith in the shot, and beer only goes so far...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on January 17, 2011, 06:10:51 PM
Awake at 4am again - back pain. Going in AGAIN for a shot. Going to get a statement from first doc as to surgery or not. If second doc says surgery, then I guess I get cut.

So much for having a pain management Dr. Man cannot live on vicodin alone, not even with a beverage or two to wash them down with. Makes you cranky. Good luck with the 2nd opinion. Don't want you to wind up on Intervention....

Thanks. I don't have much faith in the shot, and beer only goes so far...

Abba Babbly! Hope you are doing better today!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 17, 2011, 07:00:32 PM
Thanks - more physical restrictions, more oxy, and an MRI later in the week.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: bettylouski on January 18, 2011, 03:40:33 PM
In my mailbox today was an envelope, probably containing a Christmas card, return address Portland, OR, addressed to someone in Missoula, MT.  Huh?  Not even close. . .
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on January 18, 2011, 04:13:01 PM
Thanks - more physical restrictions, more oxy, and an MRI later in the week.

If you don't mind my prying...is this an injury or something that's just "there"? Is there surgery that can help? Boxers or briefs? (figured if I was going to pry I might as well REALLY pry ;) ).
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on January 18, 2011, 04:30:45 PM
Thanks - more physical restrictions, more oxy, and an MRI later in the week.

If you don't mind my prying...is this an injury or something that's just "there"? Is there surgery that can help? Boxers or briefs? (figured if I was going to pry I might as well REALLY pry ;) ).
Ehw!!  FG, can you please answer Girly's query.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 18, 2011, 06:16:37 PM
Thanks - more physical restrictions, more oxy, and an MRI later in the week.

If you don't mind my prying...is this an injury or something that's just "there"? Is there surgery that can help? Boxers or briefs? (figured if I was going to pry I might as well REALLY pry ;) ).
Let's see here - slipped in the stairwell at work a couple of years ago. Back fusion, which got infected, which got taken out and IV antibiotics put in. Now waiting to see if another surgery is on the horizon.

Oh yeah, boxers.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on January 19, 2011, 12:56:21 PM
Let's see here - slipped in the stairwell at work a couple of years ago. Back fusion, which got infected, which got taken out and IV antibiotics put in. Now waiting to see if another surgery is on the horizon.

Oh yeah, boxers.

Well that sucks (the back, not the boxers....). One of my best friends had a back injury from a college sport he played and put off getting surgery for over 20 years. Once he did he came out of the anesthesia and immediately the pain was gone. I was hoping you had something like that to look forward to :(

Best of luck - the back is one of the few things I haven't injured and I can't imagine what you're going through!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on January 19, 2011, 07:08:57 PM
Just don't ever break your tailbone, or... rebreak it 25 years later... commando, the only way to go 8)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 20, 2011, 09:07:34 AM
This is driving me nuts - flat on my back again. Girly, are your bones aching today? I wonder if this is pressure related...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on January 20, 2011, 09:45:20 AM
This is driving me nuts - flat on my back again. Girly, are your bones aching today? I wonder if this is pressure related...

Possibly - mine was killing me yesterday. Massive migraine and I couldn't put any weight on my hip. Oddly, I haven't even broken the hip (yet....) but had a bone graft from it and dang if it doesn't hurt like heck with the weather. The "big bone" break - tibia - doesn't seem to bother me as much as the hip and the ankle. Ankle was a little raw yesterday but the migraine used up all my concentration. Still a little of it lingering today.

Errands today will be started with doughnuts to ease my pains.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 20, 2011, 10:00:46 AM
I'll take 2 chocolate old-fashioned please.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 20, 2011, 07:31:00 PM
Damn, can't get donuts off my mind...d'oh!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Larkemon on January 20, 2011, 07:49:04 PM
Damn, can't get donuts off my mind...d'oh!
I just got home and the Krispy Kreme Hot Donut sign almost pulled me in.  I'm craving them now and kicking myself for not picking some up! :)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 20, 2011, 08:36:38 PM
Damn, can't get donuts off my mind...d'oh!
I just got home and the Krispy Kreme Hot Donut sign almost pulled me in.  I'm craving them now and kicking myself for not picking some up! :)

Guess I need a run to Daylite Donut in the AM.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on January 23, 2011, 08:45:11 AM
Damn, can't get donuts off my mind...d'oh!
I just got home and the Krispy Kreme Hot Donut sign almost pulled me in.  I'm craving them now and kicking myself for not picking some up! :)

Guess I need a run to Daylite Donut in the AM.

The ATL needs a place like this! I grew up around a mile from there and used to ride my bike to it sometimes before my paper route or sometimes after, always smelled good in my opinion and the donuts were always great, especially the huge Apple Fritters with lots of Apple chunks! Continued to visit every chance I was in town. Owner changes, personel changes always jacked the quality, but you know the rules....

http://www.la-foodie.com/desserts/donut-hole/
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 23, 2011, 10:04:50 AM
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 23, 2011, 11:09:54 AM
I'll take 2 chocolate old-fashioned please.

Apparently there has been a response http://tinyurl.com/4dsegmf
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 23, 2011, 07:58:08 PM
I am wiped. A lot I need to do tomorrow. I'm going to bed.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 24, 2011, 02:33:48 AM
Another cant-sleep night. Oy.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 25, 2011, 05:10:13 PM


OMG, my 2 year old MASSIVE TV will not turn on..   I'm going to miss Obama's speech and everything ..  :'(

I have called the Samsung repairman, but there is no telling when I'll get service.. ?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on January 25, 2011, 06:38:31 PM
took them over a month to fix out panasonic plasma...parts were backordered...good thing it was in warranty...thanks Costco!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 25, 2011, 06:41:35 PM


the guy said there was a power supply problem with 2 year old Samsung Plasma's.. He will be here in the morning..   This could get ugly, without a TV after all of that training?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 25, 2011, 06:57:58 PM


The TV came on.. !!!!!!    Only three hours of cycling on and off a start-up mode and it finally came on..   LOL

 :o

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Larkemon on January 25, 2011, 07:36:56 PM
That happened to me about a month ago.  I ended up unplugging it for an hour and when I plugged it back in it came up without any problems.  Just think, once all the Internet App enabled televisions get prolific, they'll add a control-alt-delete button! :)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 26, 2011, 02:28:38 PM


TV is fixed..   It is good to have the phone # of a dependable (I did not say inexpensive), TV repairman.

We had a known issue with the Samsung flat panel TV's, the power supply capacitors go bad, this guy did board level repair quickly and with no mess, and didn't charge me as much as a new TV..   ;D

They have a store in Marietta, he sells refurb TV's with a warranty.    Guaranteed not hot...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: secret chef on January 26, 2011, 03:11:58 PM


TV is fixed..   It is good to have the phone # of a dependable (I did not say inexpensive), TV repairman.

We had a known issue with the Samsung flat panel TV's, the power supply capacitors go bad, this guy did board level repair quickly and with no mess, and didn't charge me as much as a new TV..   ;D

They have a store in Marietta, he sells refurb TV's with a warranty.    Guaranteed not hot...

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I went through the same thing about a year ago with my Samsung TV -- though the repair was covered under extended warranty.

I can't recall the repairman's name at this time, but it sounds like it was probably the same guy from Marietta.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on January 27, 2011, 06:06:37 AM
Wonder if it's the same guy i brought my Yamaha receiver to...was it on Cobb pkwy?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on January 27, 2011, 01:53:12 PM
Tetanus shot today, and this time, I hadn't even had one of my notorious bumbling accidents. Went to the doc for a regular checkup, blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. and he asks me when was my last tetanus. 2003, I think. That was when I gashed my head open in a restaurant while stooping to pick up a soiled napkin off the floor. Multiple stitches, courtesy of my former employer.

Well, it turns out that the newer tetanus shots have a whooping cough vaccine, to help out us older folks who are losing our immunity, so I figured I might as well. Chances are I'll step on a nail or slice my hand open again here pretty soon anyway. . .

And now my arm is sore. Maybe this would be a good excuse to have dinner out tonight, since I don't feel like cooking or eating the leftovers we have in the fridge.  :D Hmm.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 28, 2011, 06:40:49 PM
OK, stupid question. When a doc asks you to rate your pain from 1 to 10, how does he/she know how much of a wimp you are? Do you punch them in the jaw, say, "That's a 5", and go from there? Ask them if they've ever had a kidney stone? How do you get it across when you only know you're own experience?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on January 28, 2011, 06:46:05 PM
OK, stupid question. When a doc asks you to rate your pain from 1 to 10, how does he/she know how much of a wimp you are? Do you punch them in the jaw, say, "That's a 5", and go from there? Ask them if they've ever had a kidney stone? How do you get it across when you only know you're own experience?

Rate the pain as it relates to you. If its a 10 to you say so. I once had pancreatitus and the ER doc to to rate the pain and I told him that relative to all the pain I have ever suffered, this was a 15. They finally figured out what it was and I was on 50 mg of demoral whenever I wanted and 5 days in St. Joes. Oh yeah, they told the ex that I had pancreatitus and it was fatal.   WRONG..................

thankyouverymuch
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on January 28, 2011, 06:58:17 PM
OK, stupid question. When a doc asks you to rate your pain from 1 to 10, how does he/she know how much of a wimp you are? Do you punch them in the jaw, say, "That's a 5", and go from there? Ask them if they've ever had a kidney stone? How do you get it across when you only know you're own experience?

Rate the pain as it relates to you. If its a 10 to you say so. I once had pancreatitus and the ER doc to to rate the pain and I told him that relative to all the pain I have ever suffered, this was a 15. They finally figured out what it was and I was on 50 mg of demoral whenever I wanted and 5 days in St. Joes. Oh yeah, they told the ex that I had pancreatitus and it was fatal.   WRONG..................

thankyouverymuch

^^^^THIS^^^^

I've broken an absurd amount of bones, had debilitating migraines, had surgery where the epidural only worked on half my body (that was fun....) and have been stitched and stapled up more times than I can remember. My pain threshold is pretty high. When I tell my doctor I'm at a 5, he knows it's pretty bad ;) But my 5 could easily be someone else's 2 or 9.

BTW, St. Joe's - Best Hospital Evah (and I've spent time in all of them in that ATL area and few in several other states so I have a good comparison level!)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 28, 2011, 09:05:24 PM
Well, I'm looking at another back surgery (anterior lumbar interbody fusion). Pain is pretty bad.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on January 28, 2011, 09:25:11 PM
Well, I'm looking at another back surgery (anterior lumbar interbody fusion). Pain is pretty bad.

hey Kopp, I'm sorry to hear that. Is there anything I can do?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 29, 2011, 06:40:25 AM
Right now I'm waiting on a 2nd opinion. Once that's done, all the decisions and paperwork needs to be sifted. I think having some good meals is the best thing. ;D
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 29, 2011, 07:10:09 AM
Right now I'm waiting on a 2nd opinion. Once that's done, all the decisions and paperwork needs to be sifted. I think having some good meals is the best thing. ;D 

We will be at Ansley Mall this noonish doing our show, if you get a chance stop by and say hi brother KoPP ?

I'll make sure you get some bites of what we are fixin...

.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on January 29, 2011, 11:10:19 AM
Right now I'm waiting on a 2nd opinion. Once that's done, all the decisions and paperwork needs to be sifted. I think having some good meals is the best thing. ;D

And good drinks ;)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 30, 2011, 07:49:49 PM
Thanks Bob. Right now, I'm just trying to get ducks in the row.  Probably the first thing I'm going to do is get a mini-fridge for the bedroom, and mebbe get some safety stuff for the shower. Guess my priorities are a bit warped... ;)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on January 30, 2011, 08:02:05 PM
Thanks Bob. Right now, I'm just trying to get ducks in the row.  Probably the first thing I'm going to do is get a mini-fridge for the bedroom, and mebbe get some safety stuff for the shower. Guess my priorities are a bit warped... ;)

Nah, at my tender age, the first thing I did was put a grab bar in the shower. I realize that should I fall grabbing onto the the bar, I'll be in the same shape you are...

Let's have dinner real soon......
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Foodgeek on January 31, 2011, 06:11:48 AM
Right now I'm waiting on a 2nd opinion. Once that's done, all the decisions and paperwork needs to be sifted. I think having some good meals is the best thing. ;D

Shoot me your address again - I seem to have lost it - and I'll bring you something good to eat while you're laid up.

Good luck!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 31, 2011, 07:10:12 AM
Thanks Bob. Right now, I'm just trying to get ducks in the row.  Probably the first thing I'm going to do is get a mini-fridge for the bedroom, and mebbe get some safety stuff for the shower. Guess my priorities are a bit warped... ;)

Nah, at my tender age, the first thing I did was put a grab bar in the shower. I realize that should I fall grabbing onto the the bar, I'll be in the same shape you are...

Let's have dinner real soon......
Thanks dude - I'll email you. I'm feeling a sushi urge...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on January 31, 2011, 07:15:57 AM
Right now I'm waiting on a 2nd opinion. Once that's done, all the decisions and paperwork needs to be sifted. I think having some good meals is the best thing. ;D

Shoot me your address again - I seem to have lost it - and I'll bring you something good to eat while you're laid up.

Good luck!
Thanks! With the 2nd opinion, the inevitable delays, and the foot dragging, I don't see anything happening until April or so. I'll let the collective know what they can do for "Be Kind to KoPP" month...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on February 01, 2011, 01:51:02 AM
I can't sleep. Blah. Went over to look at videos, and found this. Looks like they're basting the guy...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXtKKB6zEhM
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on February 01, 2011, 06:42:39 AM
Yeah, back problems are rough, but at least they can do something about them nowadays. How many people suffered debilitating pain for decades before lumbar fusion was invented? Be thankful you live in the age of modern medicine. Science rocks!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on February 01, 2011, 07:00:53 AM
Yeah, back problems are rough, but at least they can do something about them nowadays. How many people suffered debilitating pain for decades before lumbar fusion was invented? Be thankful you live in the age of modern medicine. Science rocks!
I'd probably be drinking laudanum. Wonder what you'd use as a chaser?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 02, 2011, 07:50:41 PM

<whispering>   tomorrow is CP/Deannes birthday.  She got the flowers, we will go out to dinner on Fri. to celebrate.  She said the trip to Mardis Gras this year will be her b-day present.   Should I believe her or go out and get a gift ?

I will fix the intoxicating short rib dinner for her on Thurs.   

I got some of those small yellow potatoes at Publix, they were half price.  I am pre-fixing some rutabaga, yellow squash, carrot, onion, and celery.  This will all come together in the last few minutes. I almost want to mash the rutabaga and some of the potato together for some "mash" that would help sop up that serious sauce.


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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on February 02, 2011, 07:52:41 PM
flowers/card still necessary...otherwise trip to Mardi gras good to go
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on February 02, 2011, 09:53:14 PM
I hate to even say it, but a little thoughtful gift is always a nice suprise, especially if one is not expecting it. But I wouldn't just run out and get some random thing just to have one. Then again, the flowers would/could count as a gift in my opinion. As long as you do something a little special that shows the event is on your radar I think you are good!

Have fun.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on February 03, 2011, 06:39:40 PM
Crap. Looks like the problem may be worse. But I'm hoping that the diags come out better than expected. Need all the good karma I can get.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 03, 2011, 06:42:23 PM
Crap. Looks like the problem may be worse. But I'm hoping that the diags come out better than expected. Need all the good karma I can get. 

All the good Karma we can muster coming your way KoPP.   And I'm not ashamed to say, prayers being sent to wherever prayers get sent..

Hang in their dude...
.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on February 03, 2011, 06:50:30 PM
Crap. Looks like the problem may be worse. But I'm hoping that the diags come out better than expected. Need all the good karma I can get.

Good luck Kopp hot it works out easier than you think.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on February 03, 2011, 07:12:30 PM
Crap. Looks like the problem may be worse. But I'm hoping that the diags come out better than expected. Need all the good karma I can get. 

All the good Karma we can muster coming your way KoPP.   And I'm not ashamed to say, prayers being sent to wherever prayers get sent..

Hang in their dude...
.

Since posts with a religious byline tend to get jumped on, I'll just say I'll take anything I can get. Thanks, man.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Minerva on February 04, 2011, 05:55:39 AM
Totally sympathize with back issues. Spent a couple of weeks in traction back in the day but the problem has never completely gone away. Few ailments can make you feel as old and decrepit as back pain.  But you're between a rock and a hard place if surgery is the only option offered. With a little luck and some positive energy (and a nod from Above) it won't be necessary. Keep on keepin' on......
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on February 04, 2011, 06:00:59 AM
best wishes Kopp..hopefully this time they get it all sorted out, and you'll be jumping around like a cricket on caffeine.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on February 05, 2011, 08:59:46 AM
1994 - "What is the Internet"...(this got the maker of the video fired, I hear)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUs7iG1mNjI&feature=player_embedded#
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on February 05, 2011, 09:59:41 AM
This is a cheap laugh. Lots of people in 1994 didn't know about the Internet. It lets us think, "Aren't they quaint and stupid for not knowing this, and aren't we so much better now?"
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on February 05, 2011, 01:14:03 PM
I think it was sometime in 1994 when I was first really amazed at how quickly email messages between myself, here in ATL, and a former co-worker in Austin, TX would be exchanged.   And even then usenet news groups were still very prevalent.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on February 05, 2011, 01:44:40 PM
i remember in 1994 i was surfing the internet on a Lynx terminal through a BBS....using Gopher...i'm not really sure what the point of it was :)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on February 05, 2011, 02:56:21 PM
Back in 94 I was working in SF as the network dude for a hospital. Having a full T1 (1.5 Mb or so) for the Internet was a big deal back then (and expensive as hell).
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on February 05, 2011, 08:02:10 PM
Crap. Looks like the problem may be worse. But I'm hoping that the diags come out better than expected. Need all the good karma I can get.

Good luck Kopp hot it works out easier than you think.

Ditto, KoPP
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Lorenzo on February 06, 2011, 09:55:55 AM
In 1994 the senior partner at the law firm I worked for starting pushing for this newfangled thing called a web site, to complement the e-mail service he had just gotten for us.  Most of us thought his obsession with the Internet was overblown and that it would never be popular with the general public, just computer geeks.  The firm eventually ran itself into the ground, but that partner sure had been right about the Internet.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on February 06, 2011, 12:01:33 PM
Crap. Looks like the problem may be worse. But I'm hoping that the diags come out better than expected. Need all the good karma I can get.

Good luck Kopp hot it works out easier than you think.

Ditto, KoPP
Thanks, folks. The first read was that the first surgery failed. Looks like they may do a 360 fusion - anterior and posterior. L3-S1. They do one side then flip you over for the other. Oy.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on February 06, 2011, 02:45:36 PM
Crap. Looks like the problem may be worse. But I'm hoping that the diags come out better than expected. Need all the good karma I can get.

Good luck Kopp hot it works out easier than you think.

Ditto, KoPP
Thanks, folks. The first read was that the first surgery failed. Looks like they may do a 360 fusion - anterior and posterior. L3-S1. They do one side then flip you over for the other. Oy.

SHIT that sounds awful. Might as well put you on a spit.....
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on February 17, 2011, 12:11:55 PM
Finally got the CT/myelogram taken care of. When I go for the followup, the doc'll give me an idea as to what he'll do, yada yada yada. One step at a time.

I'm still working full-time, which seems insane, but I have a project that I need to at least get into the implementation phase before I can hand it over to others. It's a race to get the vendor to get us the final demos and info. Trust me, I'd rather be home laying down than working, considering the pain I've had.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on February 18, 2011, 07:07:05 PM
Sorry about the back KOPP. Maybe the surgery will fix it and get you back to normal, sure hope so.

I saw the coolest thing today. Was walking our dog and the sky was full of what I think were sandhill cranes. Wave after wave of V formations and lots of calling. They were flying westward, nature is pretty amazing.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on February 18, 2011, 07:47:29 PM
Thanks Andy - things are looking up, since the surgery was approved today, so now I wait for the docs to schedule. The place where they're doing the surg is almost like a private hospital - even has a restaurant instead of a cafeteria. Hopefully I can do a review... ;D

The wildest thing I've ever seen in nature was a huge school of mackeral feeding on the surface - such intense determination and death boiling the ocean. We were no more than a few feet away, and the mackeral were so intent on the baitfish that they ignored the boat. We did a bit of our own determination and death, with some nice sized king mackeral to show for basically dipping hooks in the water.

Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on February 19, 2011, 02:33:29 PM
Thanks Andy - things are looking up, since the surgery was approved today, so now I wait for the docs to schedule. The place where they're doing the surg is almost like a private hospital - even has a restaurant instead of a cafeteria. Hopefully I can do a review... ;D


Best of luck, KoPP! As I mentioned, a friend went through this and said the minute he started coming out of anesthesia he could feel the difference. I hope it goes the same for you :)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on February 20, 2011, 02:40:13 AM
The guy who's doing it is supposed to be the best, so I hope so.

I hate these nights - 2-3 hours of sleep, and my legs on fire.

Where to go and sit in the sun today to bake some of it out?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on February 24, 2011, 07:56:38 AM
CT/myelogram is done. After 2 oxys, the pain still came through. Went home and got my BP back up by eating some pepperoni and drinking broth. Don't believe them when they say it won't hurt.

Find out what's going on next Thursday - planning on a big sushi meal Friday.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 02, 2011, 03:33:18 PM
I think this just about says it all on buffets...

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=820_1232272917

I'm glad it wasn't an ice cream shoppe...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 03, 2011, 05:37:54 PM
Still waiting on surgery dates (as opposed to dating someone in the sugery). Anybody gotta sharp spoon?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 04, 2011, 04:27:37 PM
A major internet carrier was down today - waves are still hitting the beach. Pain in the butt...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 04, 2011, 04:30:54 PM
And I am jonsein' for some Dai Loi bun....
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on March 06, 2011, 11:08:45 AM
I think this just about says it all on buffets...

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=820_1232272917

I'm glad it wasn't an ice cream shoppe...

That was F%$#&*@ funny! Let's go eat!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 10, 2011, 11:11:46 AM
My day has been made - I have a surgery date, and everything is finally progressing! Woowoo!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 10, 2011, 01:16:00 PM
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 15, 2011, 11:04:53 AM
Man, everything seems to be falling apart in the world right now...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 18, 2011, 06:33:25 PM

When we get fighter jets sounding off overhead we KNOW that here is going to be something going on somewhere.  In the last 2 weeks I/we have had numerous fighter jets and a few of the BIG BOYS using our air-space to wander back to wherever they set down.  Now this is not as definite as the wooly caterpillar in the spring, but it has been a notice-to-me that we were sending warplanes somewhere.    Let's hope we don't put any of our pilots in harms way.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 19, 2011, 05:37:29 PM


6:35PM


115 Tomahawk missiles fired.  Not all from us, but .................................

I dare not go political here. 

..
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Lorenzo on March 19, 2011, 08:14:48 PM
In a former life--before the first Gulf war--I used to work on Tomahawks.  They are amazing.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on March 21, 2011, 08:46:51 AM
My day has been made - I have a surgery date, and everything is finally progressing! Woowoo!

YAY! I can't wait until you start posting here about all your adventures because your back is 10000% better :)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 22, 2011, 06:01:37 PM


http://www.soundracer.se/ (http://www.soundracer.se/)


Valuable info...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on March 22, 2011, 06:58:23 PM


http://www.soundracer.se/ (http://www.soundracer.se/)


Valuable info...

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Ha!  Kind of like putting something in your bike spokes as a kid.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 22, 2011, 07:59:34 PM


http://www.soundracer.se/ (http://www.soundracer.se/)


Valuable info...

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Ha!  Kind of like putting something in your bike spokes as a kid.

A can opener to the muffler is cheaper...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 23, 2011, 08:52:52 AM


I'm just wondering if the cop-killer in Athens will be caught alive.  I'm guessing not...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on March 23, 2011, 09:01:14 AM
I'm just wondering if the cop-killer in Athens will be caught alive.  I'm guessing not...
I'm guessing he'll be captured alive but won't be sitting very comfortably in the courtroom.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Larkemon on March 24, 2011, 09:32:30 AM
After kids ate breakfast, I made some really spicy instant noodles for me.  What can I say?  It's what I grew up eating instant noodles and every once and a while, it's what I want for breakfast :)  Of course my son immediately sees noodles and proceeds to beg for noodles for the next 15 minutes.  I tell him it is way too spicy, but his stubborn streak will serve him well in the future I suppose.  After the 100th iteration of "pleeeeaaase can I have noodles?" I thought, fine, I'll teach you a lesson.  I told him to go get his milk to be ready to suck it down.  I get a chopstick full of noodles and put it in his mouth and waited for the tears.  "MMMMM! Those noodles are good!  More please!".  Dang.  Not sure if I'm more proud or more annoyed that I wasn't able to eat in peace :)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on March 24, 2011, 09:35:04 AM
HAH, that's awesome. Get him started early on firey stuff
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on March 24, 2011, 11:26:17 AM
I've got some hot sauce I made that puts me in tears you test on him if  you like.  8-)
Title: Re: Oy!
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 24, 2011, 12:29:57 PM
Today I pass from almost to officially OLD. I have my Medicare card and I am ready to be an official curmudgeon.

Having dinner at Kaleidoscope. Gottta see if their burger is better than H & F. 

How did that burger fare from Kscope ?

....
Title: Re: Oy!
Post by: rwcohen on March 24, 2011, 01:56:15 PM
Today I pass from almost to officially OLD. I have my Medicare card and I am ready to be an official curmudgeon.

Having dinner at Kaleidoscope. Gottta see if their burger is better than H & F. 

How did that burger fare from Kscope ?

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The burger was very good, not H&F VERY good, a solid plate. From what I saw and tasted was an excellent short rib. Place is nice and the bar is good.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 25, 2011, 06:49:41 PM
Got picked for a jury, and this was the first day of witness. Never sat on a jury, and I have no desire to again. Sometimes I swear that the high and low justice would be preferable to jury duty... ;D
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on March 26, 2011, 12:27:02 AM
It'll be interesting to see how it turns out though. My PTSD jury experience 15 years ago taught me how unfair sentencing laws were/are. It was a murder trial where a guy basically shook or smothered a kid to death, but I still don't think he did it on purpose - and he was sentenced to life without parole. If we had known the sentance guidelines, we would not have found him guilty, I am sure of it. I still feel terrible about that.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 26, 2011, 09:53:49 AM
It'll be interesting to see how it turns out though. My PTSD jury experience 15 years ago taught me how unfair sentencing laws were/are. It was a murder trial where a guy basically shook or smothered a kid to death, but I still don't think he did it on purpose - and he was sentenced to life without parole. If we had known the sentance guidelines, we would not have found him guilty, I am sure of it. I still feel terrible about that.
On a murder trial, the evidence is graphic - it seems that some still think of CSI: Miami when going into a trial. This is something I never want to experience again, and I've been in a cadaver up to my elbows during grad school.

We live in a sad world.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Barnum on March 29, 2011, 05:41:24 AM
grumble grumble

on the way home last night somebody a couple cars up kicked up a tire iron.... amazing how, at 50 mph, you can see the arc of it over the cars in front of you as it lazily floats up then down onto your hood and windshield with traffic way too tight to get very creative.  Guess I was lucky it hit the hood first and didn't make it through the windshield.  Also lucky all I need is new hood and windshield... hit low on the windshield and was off on it's way.  Oh, and probably need a new pair of pants!

Now on to the fine world of insurance, estimates, rental cars, deductibles, and body shops.  crap.


(and I still plan to try to hit the new beignet connection in Grant Park for lunch today, maybe an oyster poboy will sooth my nerves)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Minerva on March 29, 2011, 06:29:49 AM
That sounds terrifying. One of the (many) reasons I hate interstates is the road debris that can turn into flying missiles. You were indeed lucky you weren't hurt. I don't envy the insurance merry-go-round you're facing.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on March 29, 2011, 12:15:45 PM
Wow that is really scary. Glad you are ok!!! Sounds like you were very lucky.

Last year a couch fell off a truck on 85 a few cars ahead of me. I was able to swerve out of the way but only because I was lucky that no one was directly to the right of me. I don't even think that I looked very well, but I knew I was not going to plow into the couch at 65 mph. It is stressful just thinking about it and I think of it everytime I drive by that spot, which is every day I work.

I seriously think that there should be some sort of HUGE fine for people who transport things on the interstate without properly securing them. I wish that they would be pulled over and hassled big time. That should probably go in the "pet peeves" thread.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on March 29, 2011, 01:34:25 PM
Several years ago now I was on 400 a couple cars behind a Mercedes that kicked up a wheel - tire and all - that ended up causing a 4 car accident.  I hung out to be a witness and to make sure everybody was ok but I escaped any damage.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 29, 2011, 03:11:28 PM

I brought a cold back from my weekend away.. I am not my usual happy self...


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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 30, 2011, 03:43:47 PM
It'll be interesting to see how it turns out though. My PTSD jury experience 15 years ago taught me how unfair sentencing laws were/are. It was a murder trial where a guy basically shook or smothered a kid to death, but I still don't think he did it on purpose - and he was sentenced to life without parole. If we had known the sentance guidelines, we would not have found him guilty, I am sure of it. I still feel terrible about that.

6 counts - 3 murder, 2 aggravated assault, 1 rape. Guilty on all 6 - life without parole for 2 consecutive terms. We found out after the trial that the guy had 10 prior rape convictions.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on March 30, 2011, 05:32:08 PM
We found out after the trial that the guy had 10 prior rape convictions.

This is why I can't  ever invest too much emotional energy is some of the stuff we think our elected officials need to worry about.

While I'd put away somebody for at least 30 years for the first conviction, it's beyond my comprehension how anyone would be on the streets to have committed a sixth, seventh, eighth....
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Lorenzo on March 30, 2011, 06:40:25 PM
I thought GA had a three-strikes law?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on March 30, 2011, 06:49:33 PM
I thought GA had a three-strikes law?

Mr. Piggy perhaps could shed some light on where the previous crimes were committed. With three kids, I keep a close eye on the GA sexual predators, which lists state of conviction. Many in this area had convictions in other states.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 30, 2011, 07:13:19 PM
I thought GA had a three-strikes law?

Mr. Piggy perhaps could shed some light on where the previous crimes were committed. With three kids, I keep a close eye on the GA sexual predators, which lists state of conviction. Many in this area had convictions in other states.
We weren't told the details, although we were told briefly about 4 of the last convictions. He was serving part of a 20-year sentence when we got the trial. This sentence today was due to the 3-strike felony law.

Only thing I can think of is that a number of them were juvenile.

BTW, we were told that most of the victims had passed away. All of this was after the trial.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on March 31, 2011, 07:32:04 AM
I thought GA had a three-strikes law?

Mr. Piggy perhaps could shed some light on where the previous crimes were committed. With three kids, I keep a close eye on the GA sexual predators, which lists state of conviction. Many in this area had convictions in other states.
We weren't told the details, although we were told briefly about 4 of the last convictions. He was serving part of a 20-year sentence when we got the trial. This sentence today was due to the 3-strike felony law.

Only thing I can think of is that a number of them were juvenile.

BTW, we were told that most of the victims had passed away. All of this was after the trial.

Sounds like you have been under a heavy burden the last few days. How's your back?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 31, 2011, 07:37:44 AM
Killing me - thanks for asking, though. I go in next week to start giving blood for my surgery.

The judge seemed like a good guy, although the public defender's phone went off once during the trial. She got fined $100.

The DA has it together - excellent memory, and the witnesses were very professional and didn't let themselves get trapped under cross-examination.

The Public defender had the hardest job of all - defending someone who, in your professional experience, had a pretty good idea he was guilty. But still trying to make sure he got as fair a trial as possible.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Lorenzo on March 31, 2011, 08:02:03 AM
I thought GA had a three-strikes law?

Mr. Piggy perhaps could shed some light on where the previous crimes were committed. With three kids, I keep a close eye on the GA sexual predators, which lists state of conviction. Many in this area had convictions in other states.

I'm not familiar with GA's law, but in some states the "three strikes" can come from convictions in other states.  I think California's is like that.  But then why would GA want to have anything that's modeled on California's?  ;)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 31, 2011, 08:11:08 AM
Some convictions can come across state lines - one of the felonies being considered for the 3-strike was from North Carolina. State laws don't lockstep to each other, and you have go to the laws od the state at the time the crime was charged to get interpetations (robbery using a mace can may or may not be armed robbery). Also, rape can be tried as a misdemeanor, if they're minors.

Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on March 31, 2011, 08:17:03 AM
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 31, 2011, 08:32:49 AM
I do believe this was the 2rd felony he was convicted of in GA - that's why the felony/misdemeanor in NC was important. If it converted to a misdemeanor in GA law, they might not have been able to get him on 3-strikes. It was deemed a felony, and they used the mandatory sentencing for 3-strikes, which is the maximum sentence allowed by law.

It was a good thing they didn't try him as a capital case - prep for that goes on and on. It can be 3-6 months.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on March 31, 2011, 09:08:34 AM
Someone tried to pull an April Fools on me today. Had to remind them how to read a calendar. Oy.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 01, 2011, 06:32:18 AM


I was trying to think of a good April Fools joke to post here, but I just couldn't get enough steam up to do it ..  CP said "good"...

What are some of your favorite personal April Fools pranks ?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on April 01, 2011, 06:41:14 AM
Most April Fools jokes are lame or mean. If the whole thing vanished I wouldn't miss it.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on April 01, 2011, 06:57:54 AM
A couple of TV stations were caught by this one...

http://mail.google.com/mail/help/motion.html

Google ALWAYS tries to pull an April Fool.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Lorenzo on April 01, 2011, 07:15:36 AM
Catalina Ocean Products (in good ol' San Diego) sent out an April 1 e-mail flyer for a special on goldfish fillets.  If someone else received it and knows how to post the picture, please do.  I had no idea that goldfish (crackers) had a toro and a maguro.

Edited to add this:

Ah, here it is: https://www.catalinaop.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=Gokido
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on April 01, 2011, 08:52:11 AM
http://freeny.deviantart.com/art/Goldfish-Sashimi-163139883
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on April 01, 2011, 09:05:25 AM
Of my favorite practical jokes, I don't think any were done April 1. I just think any adult who falls for any April Fool's joke on April 1 is funny in and of itself.

Did I mention, Loundry and I are going to elope?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on April 01, 2011, 09:09:42 AM
Of my favorite practical jokes, I don't think any were done April 1. I just think any adult who falls for any April Fool's joke on April 1 is funny in and of itself.

Did I mention, Loundry and I are going to elope?
To quote Oceans Eleven...

"I hope you were the groom".
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 03, 2011, 01:44:42 PM


Okay, I feel well enough to get back to cooking and pointing a camera.  I have been marinating one of the "on sale" pork loins from Publix  (I had the guy cut it into thirds) for over 24 hours in a ad-lib marinade, that along with some Brussels Sprouts, some Sweet potatoes and perhaps a sauce will be our dinner in about 5 hours.  We got up late after watching Butler and UConn win their games.

Gosh I hope I have this Bronchitis licked, this is twice this year I have been put out of commission with it and it is NOT fun. 

Have you all been playing nice ?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on April 03, 2011, 03:10:24 PM


Okay, I feel well enough to get back to cooking and pointing a camera.  I have been marinating one of the "on sale" pork loins from Publix  (I had the guy cut it into thirds) for over 24 hours in a ad-lib marinade, that along with some Brussels Sprouts, some Sweet potatoes and perhaps a sauce will be our dinner in about 5 hours.  We got up late after watching Butler and UConn win their games.

Gosh I hope I have this Bronchitis licked, this is twice this year I have been put out of commission with it and it is NOT fun. 

Have you all been playing nice ?

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I've been a model of consideration...or something like that.

Back problems on and off this weekend, but I was able to get out and do some stuff. Hope you can sit on the deck and relax.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on April 03, 2011, 03:35:04 PM
I prepped all 8 of my earthboxes this weekend...man, back breaking work. Planting seeds and seedlings next weekend.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on April 03, 2011, 05:17:14 PM
I only have 1 Earthbox but everything did well through the winter and I had to only plant basil which I did today. I am going to also get some more rosemary because I have cut the existing plant way back and it needs time to recover.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on April 03, 2011, 08:17:32 PM
basil grows like a tree in the EB doesn't it Andy?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on April 04, 2011, 06:36:58 AM
basil grows like a tree in the EB doesn't it Andy?


Yes, but there is always pesto!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on April 04, 2011, 07:51:07 AM
basil grows like a tree in the EB doesn't it Andy?


Yes, but there is always pesto!

Definitely. Made a lot last year, i think i still have 1 container in the freezer
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on April 04, 2011, 12:18:47 PM
basil grows like a tree in the EB doesn't it Andy?


Yes, but there is always pesto!

Definitely. Made a lot last year, i think i still have 1 container in the freezer


Haven't made pesto in a while - think I'll make some this week. It's a good freezer stashable, and it's a quick reheat.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on April 09, 2011, 11:01:56 AM
KoPP - when are you having your surgery?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on April 09, 2011, 03:58:05 PM
KoPP - when are you having your surgery?

In about a month. Can't wait...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on April 09, 2011, 05:54:28 PM
KoPP - when are you having your surgery?

In about a month. Can't wait...

I bet!! :)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on April 14, 2011, 07:30:21 AM
This is pure Darwinism...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7e77oXjFkIs
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on April 14, 2011, 07:46:13 AM
HAAAAAAAAAA! Stabbed
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on April 17, 2011, 06:31:14 AM
IMO, the Loaf could use some better editorial input - reading it at times makes me wonder if the writer actually tried to think about what they wrote (in which case it's kinda sad), or are they just plain lazy (even sadder)? Where is Sugg when you need him?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 17, 2011, 07:22:07 PM
We are fixing the Big Green Egg for a steak, figuring out a salad, and gonna do a baked 'tatoe' after this weekend full of dinners eating out and about full of semi - strange BBQ.  I am sworn to secrecy on some of it, but the others I can and will talk about-the BBQ at least.

We had mostly "hits" in Savannah, only two real questionable meals, and I can almost attribute servers (waitrons), for the issues, though I have some things to say about Firefly that are not positive.

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Post by: LizR on April 18, 2011, 11:54:45 AM
Ok, so driving by the old Painted Table space on Boulevard a couple days ago I see that they have put up a sign that says simply "Cockpit". Funny name, I think. Nah, couldn't be....then I just googled this:

http://www.thecockpit-atlanta.blogspot.com/

Tastefuly done, no?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on April 18, 2011, 12:16:12 PM
And today just gets stranger and stranger! I just won a copy of Geyneth Paltrow's My Father's Daughter cookbook from SeriousEats. They had a contest and all you had to do to be entered was comment in their thread about which celebrity you'd most like to see come out with a cookbook. I answered Crispin Glover.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on April 18, 2011, 03:03:40 PM
And today just gets stranger and stranger! I just won a copy of Geyneth Paltrow's My Father's Daughter cookbook from SeriousEats. They had a contest and all you had to do to be entered was comment in their thread about which celebrity you'd most like to see come out with a cookbook. I answered Crispin Glover.
Cooking with Ben, or Wok to the Future?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on April 19, 2011, 01:22:50 PM
Crap, crap, and crap. My surgery was delayed a week.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: mikeamor on April 27, 2011, 07:57:41 AM
I seem to have recently clicked over to 285 Foodies' "Senior Member" status.
Do I get a discount?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on April 27, 2011, 08:22:12 AM
I seem to have recently clicked over to 285 Foodies' "Senior Member" status.
Do I get a discount? 

Yes

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on April 27, 2011, 11:19:54 AM
A neighbor recently had a realtor sign put up in their yard with "Coming Soon" at the top, not "For Sale".  Is that like a preliminary notice that the house will be  on the market at some time?  Either it will be on the market at some time or it will be torn down.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 05, 2011, 05:41:32 AM


Happy Cinco de Mayo


(My niece thought it had something to do with 5 jars of mayonnaise)....    ;)

People in Puebla will be celebrating their victory over the French though, and here in this country Margaritas will sell at a record rate.

Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 06, 2011, 05:01:47 PM


I have no intel on this...


What are they doing about Memphis in May with the flood and all?   will it be cancelled, moved ?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on May 15, 2011, 01:14:59 PM
Still alive - surgery was 12 hrs but getting ready to switch over to rehab for a while. Forget what I said about food over here - better than normal hospital stuff, but this morning was the first time I actually ate very much. A LOT ahead of me, but I have great friends. I'll tell y'all some time about the hallucinations...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on May 15, 2011, 01:26:34 PM
get well soon KOPP
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on May 15, 2011, 01:51:16 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on May 15, 2011, 02:04:48 PM
Good to hear all is going good so far. You up for visitors?

Get well soon, I owe you a beer........

Bob
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on May 15, 2011, 02:12:29 PM
Still alive - surgery was 12 hrs but getting ready to switch over to rehab for a while. Forget what I said about food over here - better than normal hospital stuff, but this morning was the first time I actually ate very much. A LOT ahead of me, but I have great friends. I'll tell y'all some time about the hallucinations...

Good to hear :)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on May 15, 2011, 04:40:31 PM
Good to hear you are back with us. Hope you are totally well very soon.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on May 15, 2011, 10:37:19 PM
Let me know if there is anything that you need...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 16, 2011, 08:24:38 AM
Still alive - surgery was 12 hrs but getting ready to switch over to rehab for a while. Forget what I said about food over here - better than normal hospital stuff, but this morning was the first time I actually ate very much. A LOT ahead of me, but I have great friends. I'll tell y'all some time about the hallucinations... 

Good to hear it is over KoPP, we here were doing our prayer thing for you.   

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 16, 2011, 11:44:57 AM
  
We are back from a long weekend in Ohio.. it rained HARD every day, I only got to see my grand kids play soccer once but did have a good time and did a restaurant review with an Akron Blogger (Tom Noe) of Charlie's Ribs in Barberton.  I also went to a new market in Fairlawn named Earth Fare, they are to compete with Mustard Seed (organic-long-standing-indoor) market, and also competing with West Point Market near Fairlawn that is a very upscale indoor market that set the ground rules years ago for those types of "specialty" markets.  I believe Earth Fare has a market here in Georgia.


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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on May 16, 2011, 03:23:09 PM
(holding up his notebook)

"At last my arm is whole again!" ;D
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 16, 2011, 04:11:13 PM
(holding up his notebook)

"At last my arm is whole again!" ;D

Good for you.  which arm your beer drinking arm or your belly scratching arm ?     ;)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on May 16, 2011, 05:01:19 PM
Watch Sweeney Todd and find out... ;D
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on May 17, 2011, 03:22:52 AM
Still a whole lotta pain...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on May 18, 2011, 06:10:22 PM
Kopp, good to hear it wasn't a train wreck! Get well when you're ready...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on May 18, 2011, 08:18:00 PM
Danke!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on May 21, 2011, 03:47:21 AM
Staples out on Monday. Left leg still a problem - it doesn't wanna work right. In wheelchair for a couple of months.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 21, 2011, 06:32:28 AM


Get better brutha.  We will toast to your better health later today.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on May 27, 2011, 11:29:38 AM
Home again, home again...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 27, 2011, 03:00:17 PM
Home again, home again...

Yay!  keep your phone in your pocket for a few days until you are getting around real good.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on May 27, 2011, 03:09:47 PM
or a LifeAlert!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 27, 2011, 03:19:25 PM
or a LifeAlert!


True..

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on May 27, 2011, 04:12:14 PM
I'll put the phone on vibrate...

P.S. - I don't get any reception downstairs. Bit of a problem.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on May 27, 2011, 08:37:29 PM
Again Dan, please let us know if you need anything - we are literally five minutes away. You can PM me or email me anytime. Or call either of us , for that matter.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on May 29, 2011, 04:31:39 PM
Wow, I'm watching more TV nowadays, and there's not a lot on. Time to break out a book or 3.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on May 29, 2011, 05:02:17 PM
Ayup. Over 200 channels and at least 10 of the same things on most of the rest, Zumba, Bras, Carve Abs in bed, Wesley uses total gym, Painless hair removal, Real Housewives of wherever, lotsa reruns also. But wait! Mon thru Fri, Maury, Jerry, Jerry, Maury and Jerry and now that Oprah is off the air, your afternoons are free till Dr. Phill comes on! Then no more Dancing with the Stars or American Idol with our Home Boy Ryan Seacrest. Bad boy bad boy, whatcha gonna doo when there's nothing else to doo! Read some Stephen King!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on May 29, 2011, 08:31:32 PM
Or get netflix instead of cable. Cheaper and tons of things to watch online. Or, do Hulu.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on May 29, 2011, 08:36:37 PM
Or get netflix instead of cable. Cheaper and tons of things to watch online. Or, do Hulu.

That's upstairs - having problems getting the Roku to connect wireless. No real big deal - still have stuff to read.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on June 01, 2011, 11:41:41 AM
Heard from the doc today, and he wants me to stop therapy now and let the back start healing up (I see him in 2 weeks). I guess I needed the inpatient stuff to get the leg back, but now I just lay back. I trust my doc, so that's cool.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 06, 2011, 07:18:58 PM
All plans change in a heartbeat when one of you kids or nieces or nephews or grandkids take a tumble.

Our niece Cassie took a header while running and playing outdoors today, she is at the ER at Eastside, nothing life threatening I'm guessing but a real trauma for Mom/Dad/ and the rest of us.  She may have broken parts, but she may not.. Nonetheless the salmon dinner (even though it is farm raised) will be put off until tomorrow.  We will scuttle around and find something to eat in our deep reserves.

Late note:  nothing is broken, but spirits are dampened for the time being.  I'm guessing a week of special consideration and some ice-cream may solve this issue. 

Here is her sad picture on FB..

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=227386270604750&set=a.110810462262332.18418.100000001362368&type=1&theater  (https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=227386270604750&set=a.110810462262332.18418.100000001362368&type=1&theater)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on June 06, 2011, 07:51:28 PM
I'm sorry to hear that - keep us informed.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on June 06, 2011, 11:03:56 PM
Me too. Wishing her the best!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 07, 2011, 05:58:18 AM
Scary! Hope she gets better quickly
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on June 07, 2011, 06:08:59 AM
Sorry about your niece GG but I've got to comment on the means by which people communicate these days.  Facebook, the way to communicate with friends and family.  And it is assumed that everyone has an active facebook account.  I shall remain a dinosaur.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 07, 2011, 09:44:01 AM
Sorry about your niece GG but I've got to comment on the means by which people communicate these days.  Facebook, the way to communicate with friends and family.  And it is assumed that everyone has an active facebook account.  I shall remain a dinosaur.

To the Dinosaur--- You are not alone in not latching on to the abrupt social networking habit.  BIL and SIL have a widespread group of folks that they know they can reach with one post using FB,  I'm not sure I would even have been that "social" about it all, but it is their choice.  And my choice to share it here with you. 

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on June 07, 2011, 09:46:20 AM
I was coerced into Facebook, and I really don't pay much attention to it. And forget Twitter.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on June 12, 2011, 08:30:15 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loving_Day

Happy Loving Day, everybody.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 12, 2011, 08:12:16 PM


So now I have these lovely blisters where the hot oil popped on me.  CP says "leave 'em alone unless the break and then cover them and disinfect them and perhaps bandage them".  I am more in favor of some sort of incantation, a bit of incense, some shadow puppets and a gong of some sort.  Maybe even a prayer wheel.

What is the learned advice from those of you who have been blistered and lived to tell about it ?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 12, 2011, 09:18:40 PM
leave the blister alone as long as possible
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on June 13, 2011, 10:52:12 AM
No new blister advice here. Hope they heal fast.

Why is the City of Atlanta charging $1800 for an irrigation meter? Why on earth would it be so expensive? Is that reasonable or some kind of crazy scam? I was looking into it because I am finding that I have to water my garden pretty much everyday with this heat. I am dreading my water bill.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on June 13, 2011, 10:57:52 AM
Would it be cheaper to drill a well?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 13, 2011, 11:50:10 AM
No new blister advice here. Hope they heal fast.

Why is the City of Atlanta charging $1800 for an irrigation meter? Why on earth would it be so expensive? Is that reasonable or some kind of crazy scam? I was looking into it because I am finding that I have to water my garden pretty much everyday with this heat. I am dreading my water bill.

B/c they're making up the money lost on the sewer charge they wont see. Apparently up until a few years ago a 2nd meter was essentially free.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 13, 2011, 11:50:56 AM
No new blister advice here. Hope they heal fast.

Why is the City of Atlanta charging $1800 for an irrigation meter? Why on earth would it be so expensive? Is that reasonable or some kind of crazy scam? I was looking into it because I am finding that I have to water my garden pretty much everyday with this heat. I am dreading my water bill.  

In times past and in Gwinnett County (1981), I asked for a second water line to do lawn & leaky hose watering in my 300 sq. ft. garden that we had at that house over off of Singleton road.  They wanted $100.00 to install it and it would not be charged the two-way charge of water and sewer.  I had them install it and had a beautiful lawn and an award winning (in my eyes) garden.  The bill for the second meter was never over $10.00/mo.  I did fill the neighbors pool with some extra lengths of hose hooked onto mine one summer and I don't remember the bill, but the water company called me on the phone and told me I had a leak, and if I fixed it (my bill went down to normal the next month), they would average that large bill into the years bills and not charge me the $60.00 or whatever (I really don't remember that bill amount).  So times have REALLY changed if they want to charge anyone $1800.00 for an irrigation meter.  On the house meter, they do charge water and sewage (unless you are on septic), so your bill on the regular meter would always be higher.  

What a dis-incentive for anyone trying to provide a bit of green or to have a garden in town.

btw.  this is NOT, NOT, NOT part of the ITP/OTP wrangle, it is just a sign of the changing times.  

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 13, 2011, 12:27:19 PM
Would it be cheaper to drill a well?

The short answer is no.   We already have a well, and our pump is inoperative (we also have city water), but it is down at the bottom of the well shaft.  I have had it estimated a time or two and the costs to retrieve the pump, replace it and get it running again was over $2500.00  The big twist in that program is that they would have to get a derrick truck into my back yard and without moving my big garage that is impossible unless I cut a road from the neighbors property and let them come in from the side or back. 

That $2500.00 does NOT include a new holding tank, filtering system or a method for me to switch my house back and forth between well water and Gwinnett Co. water.  If I remember LizR's house and property, I couldn't imagine a derrick truck squeezing behind her house and drilling a well.  Of course they could drill it in the front yard .... ;)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on June 14, 2011, 11:13:14 AM
Doc appointment went well - still out of work until Aug, but we'll see.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on June 14, 2011, 11:28:45 AM
No new blister advice here. Hope they heal fast.

Why is the City of Atlanta charging $1800 for an irrigation meter? Why on earth would it be so expensive? Is that reasonable or some kind of crazy scam? I was looking into it because I am finding that I have to water my garden pretty much everyday with this heat. I am dreading my water bill.

B/c they're making up the money lost on the sewer charge they wont see. Apparently up until a few years ago a 2nd meter was essentially free.


From what I can find online, they used to be about $300 and you could get your own plumber to install them. Then they stopped permitting them for a while, and recently ok'd it again, but only with them contracting to install it and charging you $1800. I do realize that they are trying to make up the revenue, but that is just SO evil, especially because in the flyer that came with last months bill, they tout the "health" reasons to get one (no backflow). I'm thinking of contacting my city councilmember.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on June 14, 2011, 11:29:21 AM
Doc appointment went well - still out of work until Aug, but we'll see.

Glad it went well!!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 14, 2011, 12:14:21 PM
No new blister advice here. Hope they heal fast.

Why is the City of Atlanta charging $1800 for an irrigation meter? Why on earth would it be so expensive? Is that reasonable or some kind of crazy scam? I was looking into it because I am finding that I have to water my garden pretty much everyday with this heat. I am dreading my water bill.

B/c they're making up the money lost on the sewer charge they wont see. Apparently up until a few years ago a 2nd meter was essentially free.


From what I can find online, they used to be about $300 and you could get your own plumber to install them. Then they stopped permitting them for a while, and recently ok'd it again, but only with them contracting to install it and charging you $1800. I do realize that they are trying to make up the revenue, but that is just SO evil, especially because in the flyer that came with last months bill, they tout the "health" reasons to get one (no backflow). I'm thinking of contacting my city councilmember.

Interesting "health" reason since by code you have to have backflow preventers.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on June 14, 2011, 01:40:21 PM
No new blister advice here. Hope they heal fast.

Why is the City of Atlanta charging $1800 for an irrigation meter? Why on earth would it be so expensive? Is that reasonable or some kind of crazy scam? I was looking into it because I am finding that I have to water my garden pretty much everyday with this heat. I am dreading my water bill.

B/c they're making up the money lost on the sewer charge they wont see. Apparently up until a few years ago a 2nd meter was essentially free.


From what I can find online, they used to be about $300 and you could get your own plumber to install them. Then they stopped permitting them for a while, and recently ok'd it again, but only with them contracting to install it and charging you $1800. I do realize that they are trying to make up the revenue, but that is just SO evil, especially because in the flyer that came with last months bill, they tout the "health" reasons to get one (no backflow). I'm thinking of contacting my city councilmember.

Interesting "health" reason since by code you have to have backflow preventers.

Sorry - I may not have been clear - with the irrigation meter you get the backflow prevention, otherwise I don't think you need them/have them in Atlanta.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on June 14, 2011, 03:23:15 PM
Really? It's code in many places on hoses and stuff....
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on June 17, 2011, 02:39:30 PM
We drove the Charleston to the Apple Store and brought home a new 27" IMac. This thing is a real "horse", totally cool and fast as all get out. Love the clean design with only one wire to plug in, mouse and keyboard are wireless. I have a freelance job from my old company so it will get its first work out in the next few days. I'm happy!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on June 17, 2011, 04:15:58 PM
Really? It's code in many places on hoses and stuff....


I realize that this is probably overkill, (not to mention supremely dorky!) but you made me curious. Looks like residences don't need them in the city. http://www.atlantawatershed.org/bureaus/drink/backflow/bfFAQ.htm#required
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 26, 2011, 05:08:15 PM


We are back from a week and half of Ohio and Seattle.  Ohio for me for 3 days and then CP and I in Seattle for a week.


What's not to love about Seattle ( at least the 6 days of sunshine ~ that we were there ).  I didn't get to the depth of Seattle this trip.  I was engaged with Pike Place Market for 2 1/2 days.  At one point I encouraged bystanders to buy Salmon so the rest of us could watch them throw it at the Fish Market in Pike Place.  I could live at that market.

More to come, I am moving pictures and pulling up some items from the 17th and 19th that I cherish..  Some are pretty neat....

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on June 28, 2011, 06:21:01 PM
The good news is that there's a red-tailed hawk family in the neighborhood - the 'chick' was in my neighbor's yard digging into a squirrel it caught earlier in the day, and it was so intent on its meal, a couple of us got to within 5 feet to watch it. Beautiful bird.

Bad news - damn thing won't shut up - it starts screetching at 5am and keeps going until sundown. Oy.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on June 29, 2011, 08:18:24 AM
I frequently get distracted by red tail hawks when I work from home.  My monitor sits right in front of an upstairs window that looks over a park with a lake.  There are at least 3-4 red tail hawks living over there.  I could sit and watch them for hours.  Sometimes I'll catch a shadow coming over that window and seconds later one flies right by.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 29, 2011, 08:24:37 AM
I frequently get distracted by red tail hawks when I work from home.  My monitor sits right in front of an upstairs window that looks over a park with a lake.  There are at least 3-4 red tail hawks living over there.  I could sit and watch them for hours.  Sometimes I'll catch a shadow coming over that window and seconds later one flies right by.

We have red shouldered hawks that live on or near our property.  I feed the birds, the squirrels come for the bird seed or corn that I put out for the deer and the hawks live on the squirrels.  I have several pictures from a few years ago taken as a hawk parent was teaching one of it's brood to fly and to pick apart the squirrels.  Though I do hear them during the day (they seem to announce that they are feeding), I guess I am used to them vocalizing, it doesn't alert me as much as it once did.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on June 29, 2011, 09:11:59 AM
The juvenile birds have a 'feed me' shriek that cuts through my ears like a hot knife through butter.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 29, 2011, 12:01:21 PM
The juvenile birds have a 'feed me' shriek that cuts through my ears like a hot knife through butter.

I have witnessed several squirrel captures by our hawks,  Since they are bigger than the red-tailed hawk they almost have to have an open runway to do a good job at swooping down and snatching a shrieking squirrel that was running for cover.  They are deadly quiet when falling from the sky on a mission, I have seen the catch and release method used a time or two, maybe they were practicing touch-and-go approaches  ;)

I have not observed very many misses while I watched "ours", I do think they shriek to make the prey run so that they can track it as they swoop in for lunch.  It is worth buying feed corn for the deer just to see the hawks work out on the pesky squirrels.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on June 29, 2011, 12:33:20 PM
The juvenile birds have a 'feed me' shriek that cuts through my ears like a hot knife through butter.

I have witnessed several squirrel captures by our hawks,  Since they are bigger than the red-tailed hawk they almost have to have an open runway to do a good job at swooping down and snatching a shrieking squirrel that was running for cover.  They are deadly quiet when falling from the sky on a mission, I have seen the catch and release method used a time or two, maybe they were practicing touch-and-go approaches  ;)

I have not observed very many misses while I watched "ours", I do think they shriek to make the prey run so that they can track it as they swoop in for lunch.  It is worth buying feed corn for the deer just to see the hawks work out on the pesky squirrels.

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Haven't heard him much today. I wonder if he's expanding his hunting territory. Nice not to be woken up by the bird.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on June 29, 2011, 01:38:36 PM
The juvenile birds have a 'feed me' shriek that cuts through my ears like a hot knife through butter.

I have witnessed several squirrel captures by our hawks,  Since they are bigger than the red-tailed hawk they almost have to have an open runway to do a good job at swooping down and snatching a shrieking squirrel that was running for cover.  They are deadly quiet when falling from the sky on a mission, I have seen the catch and release method used a time or two, maybe they were practicing touch-and-go approaches  ;)

I have not observed very many misses while I watched "ours", I do think they shriek to make the prey run so that they can track it as they swoop in for lunch.  It is worth buying feed corn for the deer just to see the hawks work out on the pesky squirrels.

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Haven't heard him much today. I wonder if he's expanding his hunting territory. Nice not to be woken up by the bird.

I get woken up by the cacophony of birds all the time.  And I will gladly take getting woken up by bird(s) over dogs any time.  As I mentioned on Cal's mothership, a neighbor would let his dogs out at 6:00 every morning and leave them out longer than they wanted to be out.  I would lay in bed trying to count how many distinct barks I could identify.  I finally had the chance to speak to him.  He thought for a second and realized that the sound bounced off of 3 other neighbors houses right at my master bedroom.  The occurrences have  diminished greatly.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on July 03, 2011, 01:03:08 PM
Man, I was sick as a dog last night - hope it wasn't due to watching Hot Tub Time Machine...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on July 04, 2011, 06:39:09 AM
Interesting .... My dog wasn't feeling very well either..... But he is up and running this morning! Hope you are also....
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on July 04, 2011, 07:55:11 AM
Interesting .... My dog wasn't feeling very well either..... But he is up and running this morning! Hope you are also....
Thanks - I couldn't eat the spaghetti I made last night, but I'm hoping to get down on some beer-broiled brats later on today.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 10, 2011, 07:33:21 AM


A week with my two grand daughters here with us, one 13, one 9.    Zoo planned, Lego store, Laser Tag, Bass Pro Shops, swim at the Y, and then possibly home so I can watch a DVR'd episode of F1 at Silverstone.

It was fun teaching Big Green Egg 101 last night, and the burgers turned out very tasty...

I'll get into the "I don't like this or that" about foods later in the week.  This is going to be a tough nut to crack for an "I'll dern near eat anything" person that I am..   ;)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on July 14, 2011, 08:35:56 PM
So, rather than start a thread on this under the "sports" category, I thought I'd post here since it seems like someone will know the answer: why is Congress involved in sports doping stuff at all? Are they involved in Keith Richards' doping? I think not. Big sports franchises are businesses. What gives?

Seems like a colossal waste of taxpayer time and money if you ask me.

Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on July 14, 2011, 09:12:31 PM
So, rather than start a thread on this under the "sports" category, I thought I'd post here since it seems like someone will know the answer: why is Congress involved in sports doping stuff at all? Are they involved in Keith Richards' doping? I think not. Big sports franchises are businesses. What gives?

Seems like a colossal waste of taxpayer time and money if you ask me.

It supposedly goes back to the War on Drugs, but I think it's more like the Tour de France. Any face time by a cyclist (or congresscritter) in the press is worth the advertising.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on July 14, 2011, 10:47:43 PM
Ok, but still why is Congress involved? I understand the title nine stuff in terms of gvt action, but why are athelets facing jail time for doping and why did they have to testify in front of congress in the first place? Frankly, who cares that much? Why are they held to a higher code than anyone else and why is any of their conduct regulated by the goverment?

They are independant sports teams - businesses. The government does not look at lots of other business practices and whether or not those folks take drugs. I just don't understand. And again, I would hope that they have better things to do than listen to whether or not someone took performance-enhancing drugs. Why is this a federal matter? Why not a state thing, at the most? Or maybe a civil court thing if they are using someting illegal. Am I missing some thing?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on July 14, 2011, 11:27:59 PM
Some light reading...

http://scholarship.law.duke.edu/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=2358&context=faculty_scholarship&sei-redir=1#search=%22why%20congress%20getting%20involved%20doping%22

Still think that Congress didn't learn from the Un-American Activities committee stuff.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on July 15, 2011, 09:11:10 AM
Thanks KOPP. I actually did read that and it was interesting. Seems it is quite a bit of political theater going on. And what is with John McCain?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: KoPP on July 15, 2011, 09:22:29 AM
"Same as it ever was" - perform appropriate arm gesturing...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on July 15, 2011, 02:48:02 PM
"Same as it ever was" - perform appropriate arm gesturing...
Only if you've got an over sized white suit on...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 24, 2011, 08:00:46 PM


We are back...

We turned the AC off in the house while we were gone to NOLA.  I'm thinking that is not the way will do it next time.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on July 24, 2011, 08:39:17 PM
So how hot is it in your house? If you don't trust your thermostat, there is always the Thermopen...I use it for ambient air temps often.

Welcome back!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 24, 2011, 10:11:29 PM
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on July 25, 2011, 07:35:51 AM
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on July 25, 2011, 10:46:47 AM


We are back...

We turned the AC off in the house while we were gone to NOLA.  I'm thinking that is not the way will do it next time.

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I would imagine it's not a great idea in this heat, but a potentially bad one with the humidity (mold).  We'll certainly set the thermostat to a higher (or lower depending on the time of year) but never turned it off.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: FlyinBrian on July 25, 2011, 10:54:08 AM


We are back...

We turned the AC off in the house while we were gone to NOLA.  I'm thinking that is not the way will do it next time.

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I would imagine it's not a great idea in this heat, but a potentially bad one with the humidity (mold).  We'll certainly set the thermostat to a higher (or lower depending on the time of year) but never turned it off.

Programmable thermostats are designed for this.  For example, the unit we have allows you to override the normal program for X number of days.  Make sure the thermostat returns to normal operation before you return and your house will be comfy when you get back.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 25, 2011, 01:30:37 PM


We are back...

We turned the AC off in the house while we were gone to NOLA.  I'm thinking that is not the way will do it next time.

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I would imagine it's not a great idea in this heat, but a potentially bad one with the humidity (mold).  We'll certainly set the thermostat to a higher (or lower depending on the time of year) but never turned it off.

Programmable thermostats are designed for this.  For example, the unit we have allows you to override the normal program for X number of days.  Make sure the thermostat returns to normal operation before you return and your house will be comfy when you get back.

Ours will do that FB, I just didn't figure it into the time as we left town.  I shut these off as we walked out the door, but I'll do it next time ----  and it will be in the winter probably..   ;)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on September 01, 2011, 08:28:39 AM
We had the joy of having all of the locks in our house re-keyed yesterday.  When we left OMK Sunday night V noticed that her keys were not attached to her purse.  She had her keys clipped to the outside of her purse.  Also on the key ring were loyalty and membership tags.  As has been reported in the media and by the locksmith; thieves are taking house keys and loyalty tags to identify residences and steal you blind.  They can get your address from the loyalty tags, they've got your house keys, they've got your car keys.  Apparently they watch your house to see your patterns of comings and goings.   Now maybe those keys were misplaced but we have decided to not take any chances.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on September 05, 2011, 03:21:27 PM
Sorry totm! What a pain. How do they get your address from the loyalty tags?

On another note, I just got back from Target, and, at least at the Caroline St retail strip, there is no recession! It is always busy there but it was crazy busy today. I found lots and lots of clearance items in the swimming/pool toy department. Stocked up on pool shoes, water wings, dive thingies, small inflatable pool etc. for next summer. Stuff was 50% off. I was hoping to snag some well-built water guns since the ones I got at Big Lots disintegrated almost immediately, but no luck.

So if anyone needs that kind of thing now is a good time to buy it.

Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 20, 2011, 01:24:12 PM


Mother and yearling (born this year) hawk taking advantage of our ground squirrels and squirrels today.  They are fattening up for the winter for sure.  My count and I wasn't looking out there too much is hawks 4 rodents 0.....

Now the female is right outside of the office window here yelling her victory call.  The juvenile hawk is only about 3 inches shorter than his mom, but his feathers are not that brilliant color that the older/larger hawk shows. They are both fat.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on September 20, 2011, 02:47:26 PM
Speaking of fattening up on a smaller scale; we've had any where from 2 to 7 hummingbirds hitting up the feeders.  They have been pretty fearless when I've been in the back yard.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on October 05, 2011, 11:26:55 AM
New South Park tonight! I've been waiting to see what they'll do to the show now that Trey and Matt are big-time impresarios with a hit Broadway play as well as movies under their belts. They implied in the last show that they're getting ready to let SP go, and why not? After 15 years coming up with new ideas gets harder all the time.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 28, 2011, 01:15:24 PM



Shhhhh   KoPP has logged on from heaven again.  I see him peeking around and checking up on us.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 01, 2011, 09:17:05 AM


Happy 1/11/11

This wont roll around again for a while.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on November 01, 2011, 12:41:16 PM
Happy 1/11/11

This wont roll around again for a while.
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I find 11/11/11 more curious.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: The_Scientist on November 06, 2011, 01:49:51 PM
Happy 1/11/11

This wont roll around again for a while.
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I find 11/11/11 more curious.

This date has been dubbed Nigel Tufnel Day.
http://nigeltufnelday.tumblr.com/
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 06, 2011, 05:49:42 PM


We have a new member, he is the guy (along with his wife) that has just made a long-sought-after cutting board for our home.  He is Pop to most of the folks that know him online, but he is a master cutting board maker that produces amazing cutting boards for particular folks.

 Welcome him and give him your Christmas orders if you have any.  I endorse Pop as one of the skilled folks that make custom wood products and stand behind them.

http://www.popswoodwork.com/ (http://www.popswoodwork.com/)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 18, 2011, 09:43:58 PM


Our cutting board is finished.  I'll be glad to see it mid-week next week.

watching the Grayson football game and had to move on....

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on November 23, 2011, 06:57:38 AM
We were up to Atlanta over last weekend and then to Dalton to get my Mother-in-law and back down to Beaufort for Thanksgiving. Hit Peter Chang on Friday night with a couple of old friends and as usual it was wonderful. Really miss being able to get such delicious Chinese food. We stayed at the Intercontinental Hotel and they upgraded us to the Club level for some reason. Great service with breakfast, snacks, afternoon tea and evening cocktails, all complimentary. My wife was working on Saturday but I did some shopping and met a friend for lunch. Very nice visit to the big city but I was ready to head back by Monday and our dog was totally homesick and so glad to get back to his house and yard. Happy Thanksgiving everybody.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 01, 2012, 10:52:41 PM


Where we are in Ohio, the temp is falling fast, the snow is falling and the high for tomorrow is going to be what the low was for today.  Tuesday the high will be in the high 20's.  I called my bro in CA and it was 89 degrees in the shade where they were having a traditional Hungarian New Years day meal of pork, kraut, & spuds with a shiny dime thrown into the pot--- whoever gets the dime gets extra luck for the whole year.

We hope you all started your day off well.   I'm going to see the Muppet Movie tomorrow with the grand-kids.   :D

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on January 02, 2012, 09:55:21 AM
Testing the Droid. Thanks
Title: Re: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 02, 2012, 10:10:40 AM
Testing the Droid. Thanks

It wirks.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 02, 2012, 02:33:11 PM


And all along I thought it was something from (insert your favorite Italian restaurant here)....


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghettification (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghettification)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on February 02, 2012, 02:38:02 PM


And all along I thought it was something from (insert your favorite Italian restaurant here)....


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghettification (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghettification)

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And I thought it would have been something CodePoet would have been more familiar with.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Lorenzo on February 02, 2012, 04:29:02 PM


And all along I thought it was something from (insert your favorite Italian restaurant here)....


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghettification (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghettification)

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And I thought it would have been something CodePoet would have been more familiar with.

Does it have anything to do with the Flying Spaghetti Monster?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 02, 2012, 04:45:45 PM


And all along I thought it was something from (insert your favorite Italian restaurant here)....


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghettification (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spaghettification)

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And I thought it would have been something CodePoet would have been more familiar with.

Does it have anything to do with the Flying Spaghetti Monster?

I guess it could.  I like that aspect of physics and read about it (for no reason whatsoever).  I am a fan of worm holes, gravity and space-time.  So if I ever had a FTL spaceship I possibly would name it Flying Spaghetti Monster.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on February 05, 2012, 08:35:28 AM
Landfill hazers battle with eagles, ravens, gulls

http://www.adn.com/2012/02/04/2300539/landfill-hazers-in-constant-battle.html

The bald eagle may be America's bird, but as the employees of Anchorage's Municipal Landfill know, it is also an incorrigible trash hound.

Each winter, 200 to 300 eagles take up residence at the main city landfill off Hiland Road in Eagle River.


In the stark landscape of pits and snow-covered trash mountains, bald eagles line the horizon, watching with what can only be called eagle-eyed interest as trucks unload the city's waste, waiting for the magical moment when a dumpster of fish guts might arrive.

Beyond where landfill visitors can see, so many eagles gather on some winter days that it "looks like the Russian River" at the height of the salmon run, said Shane Christiansen, who works as a senior engineering technician at the landfill.

Landfill workers admit to being occasionally dazzled by their sheer numbers.

But more often, they're seen as a hazard -- one the city spends roughly $150,000 each year to combat.

Eagles aren't uncommon in Anchorage, but it isn't thought of as an "eagle town," like Homer or Haines in Southeast Alaska, where thousands gather each year on the Chilkat River.

Eagle River takes its moniker from the bird, but scientists say there are no accurate counts of the area's eagle population. What is known, says Alaska Department of Fish and Game area biologist Jessy Coltrane, is that eagles build their nests in cottonwood trees in riparian areas and like to feed on fish in the summertime. The population is generally considered to be at a healthy number.

In winter, they gravitate toward easy sources of food, like moose road kills and, inevitably, landfill trash.

That's where the problems come.

Landfill birds, which also include ravens year-round and gulls in warmer months, peck away at things like the dump's leachate liners, damage equipment and follow trucks and bulldozers like flying shadows.

The most serious safety concern is an active runway only 6,000 feet away at Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson.

FEDERAL EAGLE HARASSERS

Birds and planes don't mix.

In September 1995, a jet taking off from Elmendorf hit a flock of geese, sucking birds into the engines and causing the plane to crash. All 24 crew members onboard were killed.

It's dangerous to have thousands of birds loitering adjacent to an active runway, says Mark Madden, the city's director of Solid Waste Services.

So the city employs designated "hazers" to discourage eagles and other avian visitors from getting comfortable at the landfill.

Landfill staff apply annually for a "take" permit from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to allow hazing through a program called "Avian Vector Control."

That alone is tricky; migratory birds are protected under federal law. And bald eagles were once listed as an endangered species nationally. (They were delisted in 2007.)

So the landfill contracts federal employees through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's wildlife services program to harass the birds.

The $153,000 contract pays for labor, vehicles and supplies for the bird hazers. They also patrol the landfill transfer station in Midtown.

The idea: The federal government regulates the birds so federal workers are responsible for harassing them.

One of those hazers is Bob Tierney, who has done battle with the birds in an epic, cartoon-style game of cat and mouse since at least 2005.

Tierney, 80, occupies a strange perch in the federal bureaucracy: a person employed by the government to, in part, harass the national bird.

The tools of his trade include a Dodge Ram pickup and a shotgun that shoots firecrackers.

The idea of a job that involves cruising around a landfill all day with the express purpose of shooting firecrackers at birds might appeal to more than a few.

Madden says he gets frequent inquiries from would-be applicants for bird hazing positions.

Tierney has many tales of his ongoing battles with the birds but says he isn't supposed to speak to the news media without permission from a chain of command of U.S. Department of Agriculture public relations officials at least two states deep.

The chain of command did not grant an interview.

Landfill workers agree that Tierney knows the birds and their tricks better than nearly anybody.

And truth be told, eagles, though numerous and bold, are the least of his worries.

It's the ravens -- the conniving, vindictive, terrifyingly intelligent ravens -- that really wreak havoc.

These are the same ravens that somehow -- everyone swears -- picked out the personal truck of a worker who had been on harassment duty and proceeded to eat all the black rubber from his windshield wipers.

The birds are so smart the landfill workers sometimes switch pickup trucks with the bird harasser patrol to try to trick the ravens. But even exchanging a white truck for a red one rarely works.

"We do get into bird psychology some days," said Christiansen, with a sigh.

'US AGAINST THEM'

Eagles, by comparison, are the landfill's muscle: big wingspan, talon-bearing but not accomplished tricksters. They intimidate by their size and will not hesitate to stare down a bulldozer in pursuit of a load of fish guts, said Madden.

"A pretty impressive piece of equipment," he said, nodding.

While ravens are bold and shameless, eagles "tend to be a little more respectful," Madden said.

But they do have limits.

When wily ravens challenge eagles for food, the eagles usually play it cool -- up to a point. Then they've been known to suddenly launch into dramatic displays, like inverting midair with a screech and talons out, Christiansen said.

"They'll take the harassment for a long time," he said, "and then they've had enough."

While ravens will eat just about any foodstuff Anchorage residents throw away, eagles stick to meat.

They "sit in the trees and have food envy over what they might be able to get out of the landfill," Madden said.

Their excellent eyesight allows them to spot small scraps in household trash from a considerable distance.

For hungry, overwintering eagles, the greatest holiday of all is when a trash bin of fish guts arrive. Or a roadkill carcass. Or perhaps "somebody's pet horse that has kicked the bucket," Christiansen said.

When that happens, any pretense of avian politeness disappears.

"It's a feeding frenzy," Christiansen said.

"It's us against them," Madden added.

Landfill workers make sure no garbage is left uncovered for more than few hours, 10 at most, Madden said. The day's trash is covered before workers go home, which helps to deter birds -- to a degree.

The eagles also enjoy a special protected status. Unlike the ravens and gulls, bald eagles are covered under the Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act -- meaning no matter the hijinks they involve themselves in, hazing can't include killing them.

The landfill's operating permit requires the facility to "control birds so they do not become a health or safety problem."

From the late 1980s to 2004, the city invested millions of dollars in netting to try to keep them out. City workers ended up spending a lot of time fixing holes. The birds never left.

For now, hazing is keeping things under control. In bureaucratic theory, the landfill should be bird free.

"Good luck with that," Christiansen said.

But as long as eagles remain scavengers and as long as humans throw away meat scraps and fish innards, America's bird will likely continue to feast on Anchorage's trash.

Read more here: http://www.adn.com/2012/02/04/2300539/landfill-hazers-in-constant-battle.html#storylink=cpy





Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 26, 2012, 05:44:59 PM


One of my favorite magazines has a Correction:

The Maple-Gingerbread Pots de Creme recipe uses 8 large egg yolks, not 2.


GG>-  I bet that would make a difference..    8)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Chocoholic on February 27, 2012, 09:30:50 AM
Oh, just a minor change.   ::)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on May 18, 2012, 01:03:21 PM
I find speaker phones in a cubicle environment to be obnoxious.  The other day two of my managers (one of which has an office) came by a co-workers cube to talk to him about something.  He was working remotely.  The two of them proceeded to call the co-worker from his cubicle on speaker phone.  Maybe they just felt more like he was in their presence by making the call from his cube.   ???
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on May 22, 2012, 12:39:14 PM
The Hardee's low carb "thick burger" wrapped in lettuce is not the worst thing I've eaten. In fact it is sort of tasty, in a Hardee burger kind of way.

There. I said it.

I know.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on May 22, 2012, 03:22:00 PM
And now I'm kind of taking that back. Those things are SALTY in that stealth fast-food way. No wonder they taste pretty good; but now all I can think about is a big glass of cold water.

Unrecommend.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Larkemon on May 22, 2012, 06:16:44 PM
The Hardee's low carb "thick burger" wrapped in lettuce is not the worst thing I've eaten. In fact it is sort of tasty, in a Hardee burger kind of way.

There. I said it.

I know.

Pretty much the polar opposite of low carb, but we seem to have adopted Jet's Pizza as our go to pizza delivery place.  I'm pretty hooked on their square pizzas which are thick "sicilian" style.  After delivery, I pop them in a 400 degree oven for another 5-10 minutes.   You end up with a pizza slice that is awesomely crunchy on the bottom and gooey on top with cheese.  How does it compare to other pizza places (Antico, double zero, etc?)?  Who cares, none of those places delivers to my house! :)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on May 22, 2012, 10:22:25 PM
Sounds delicious Larkemon! I grew up on Buffalo-style pizza, which is kind of like a cross between NYC-style and Chicago-style. It is kind of thick and also crispy on the bottom, but truly wonderful, if done right.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 22, 2012, 11:34:27 PM
The Hardee's low carb "thick burger" wrapped in lettuce is not the worst thing I've eaten. In fact it is sort of tasty, in a Hardee burger kind of way.

There. I said it.

I know.

We also found some roadside grub at Beef 'O Brady's coming back from Florida.  I wanted the burger but the picture of it in the menu was awful.  I got a big chefs salad and a Reuben.  Deanne got a chicken topped house salad.  Not the WORST things to eat alongside of that empty highway between here and Destin. 

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on May 23, 2012, 10:51:50 AM
Mike - noted. Thanks.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on May 30, 2012, 02:00:47 PM


Guacamole--- Sortof...

http://www.wimp.com/guacamolepes/ (http://www.wimp.com/guacamolepes/)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on May 31, 2012, 09:10:57 AM


Guacamole--- Sortof...

http://www.wimp.com/guacamolepes/ (http://www.wimp.com/guacamolepes/)

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He put the lime in upside down.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 01, 2012, 01:49:13 PM


Guacamole--- Sortof...

http://www.wimp.com/guacamolepes/ (http://www.wimp.com/guacamolepes/)

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He put the lime in upside down.

I don't de-stem/seed my bulbs either.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on June 04, 2012, 07:30:56 AM
Driving a stick shift with bucket seats with a freshly pulled/torn right hamstring is not a pleasurable experience.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on June 21, 2012, 12:01:28 PM
I think I posted something about this on the old AC site and everyone said I was crazy so I am feeling crazy again. We all know the equinox is today and the Earth is centered in its tilt. So I tried standing a raw egg on its bottom. I tried doing it on our marble counter top with no luck but was able to do 2 on a cloth. I did another on a piece of paper. This was about 9-10 this morning and when I came in at 12:30 they were on their side.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 21, 2012, 12:42:15 PM
I think I posted something about this on the old AC site and everyone said I was crazy so I am feeling crazy again. We all know the equinox is today and the Earth is centered in its tilt. So I tried standing a raw egg on its bottom. I tried doing it on our marble counter top with no luck but was able to do 2 on a cloth. I did another on a piece of paper. This was about 9-10 this morning and when I came in at 12:30 they were on their side.

You're not crazy but you can do that any day and time of the year.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on June 21, 2012, 12:48:08 PM
I thought it was only at the equinox but never tried any other time.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on June 21, 2012, 01:19:11 PM
I think I posted something about this on the old AC site and everyone said I was crazy so I am feeling crazy again. We all know the equinox is today and the Earth is centered in its tilt. So I tried standing a raw egg on its bottom. I tried doing it on our marble counter top with no luck but was able to do 2 on a cloth. I did another on a piece of paper. This was about 9-10 this morning and when I came in at 12:30 they were on their side.

You're not crazy but you can do that any day and time of the year.

I can't...    :P

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 21, 2012, 01:51:41 PM
http://www.snopes.com/science/equinox.asp

Your comment about the cloth and paper kind of help prove the fact that what you're doing is simply balancing an egg.  The hard and egg-ceptionally smooth marble counter top egg-centuates whatever imperfections in the surface of the egg. That's why you were having trouble balancing it. The paper helped to soften the surface a bit so it would, in a sense, absorb some of those tiny bumps. A somewhat similar but more visually obvious example would be balancing a salt shaker on its edge using a bit of salt for support. And the cloth... well that's just downright cheating in my book ;).
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: HaagenDazs on June 21, 2012, 02:05:17 PM
Not to belabor the point too much, but there is one important piece of information that further proves my point: this "phenomenon" is only supposed to work on the equinox when the sun is directly over the equator.  That's only in the spring (vernal) and fall (autumnal). Yesterday was a solstice when the sun is directly over the Tropic of Cancer.  The winter solstice is when the sun is over the Tropic of Capricorn.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 01, 2012, 09:45:07 AM


Night before last a tree came crashing down across our boat-port, the tree broke into two pieces each leaning up against the side of the 22' clear-height top.  Now I've got to figure out how to undo the tree without parts of it crashing into my boat or ruining the structure.  I may move the boat first and then just chain saw it into sections and let them fall on either side of the concrete slab to be removed later.  It is NOT a day I want to be outside working with a chain saw and moving heavy tree parts around.  I'll snap a picture of it later...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on July 01, 2012, 05:05:21 PM
Wished I would have known...! Sounds like more fun than a chainsaw with a dull blade!!! But, mine has a fresh blade and I think that helping you with your issue would have been more "fun" than trimmimg all the shrubs and roses in my yard, and clearing a spot on the side yard for the trailer (it is on a slant, and had to level and brick the area where the wheels are to make the trailer level). Still don't think it will stay put during wind and rain, but we will see.  It is in my book always more fun helping someone else with a situation that needs remedy, than doing your own yardwork. Besides, in some circles, we call that camaraderie, and opportunity to share in good thought processes and more than likely have a great reason to drink a few good IPA's and Ales....
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 03, 2012, 06:12:58 PM


Here is a pic of the tree over top of the boatport.  It must have been 60' tall and solidly dead with the bark beetles killing it.


(http://aroundhere.net/Mike2/285Fpics/treedownonboatport.jpg)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 04, 2012, 07:17:55 AM


Happy 4th of July everyone.  I hope you all have a good experience today.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 12, 2012, 04:54:42 PM


Johnny Rockets at Phipps Plaza today with the grand  daughters.   Not my sort of place, and very strange for being in swanky Phipps Plaza but sortof good in it's own way.  Should I have had my druthers and the two girls would be more adventurous we would have hit Buford Hiway hard and possibly had something delicious rather than something you could just call fuel and lunch.  I had the Philly Cheesesteak with peppers and onions---- Like I said, not authentic, not incredible, but it was time for lunch and I gave in on the choice. They ate what they ordered and it was not expensive, I guess I have nothing to complain about.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Minerva on July 13, 2012, 05:45:04 AM


Johnny Rockets at Phipps Plaza today with the grand  daughters.   Not my sort of place, and very strange for being in swanky Phipps Plaza but sortof good in it's own way.  Should I have had my druthers and the two girls would be more adventurous we would have hit Buford Hiway hard and possibly had something delicious rather than something you could just call fuel and lunch.  I had the Philly Cheesesteak with peppers and onions---- Like I said, not authentic, not incredible, but it was time for lunch and I gave in on the choice. They ate what they ordered and it was not expensive, I guess I have nothing to complain about.

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If you had taken them to Buford Highway, would they have been as happy/content with the food?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 13, 2012, 08:21:42 AM


Johnny Rockets at Phipps Plaza today with the grand  daughters.   Not my sort of place, and very strange for being in swanky Phipps Plaza but sortof good in it's own way.  Should I have had my druthers and the two girls would be more adventurous we would have hit Buford Hiway hard and possibly had something delicious rather than something you could just call fuel and lunch.  I had the Philly Cheesesteak with peppers and onions---- Like I said, not authentic, not incredible, but it was time for lunch and I gave in on the choice. They ate what they ordered and it was not expensive, I guess I have nothing to complain about.

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If you had taken them to Buford Highway, would they have been as happy/content with the food?

No, not both of them anyway..   One is 10 the other is 13 and they are attempting to show some independence using food.  I could get away with burgers (with only catchup and no seasoning in the burger) with the 10 year old every day.  The 13 year old will vary away a bit but honestly their home meals are very quick and low cal. so that they seldom get to experience the wonderful tastes that exist in our pantry and larder.  It would take some time to get them to get past things that their parents have put in their heads as "dislikes" or "I don't like the texture".  As most children do they follow the diets of their parents until they decide to venture away from that path.  My son is an experimental eater to some extent, and my DIL is slowly changing to a more diverse menu. 

I'm okay with it, but that very ordinary pan of chicken breast and rice with almost nothing on it last night was NOT what I wanted to fix for them.  They almost eat no fish (parental guided), nothing spicy (parental guided), love green squash but dislike yellow squash (too strange to try to change), love green beans but had never SEEN yellow wax beans, dislike eggplant, raw tomato, onion, grilled peppers (mild ones), have never tasted turnips or rutabaga, honey, dislike cooked greens of any kind, mushrooms of any kind..  See, you can tell that parental influence has got them in a culinary rut.

They heard their father say that honey was bee vomit one time and that shut the door on honey.  Of course he was joking but the words are still in their brain. 

The "texture" aversion is a real excuse, but I have heard their parents use it when we went, as adults, to dinner so they use it frequently. 

I love them, and want their stay to be wonderful so I am keeping my ethnic and Korean flavors to myself until they are back on the plane to home.   ;)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Minerva on July 13, 2012, 08:44:16 AM





 It would take some time to get them to get past things that their parents have put in their heads as "dislikes" or "I don't like the texture".  As most children do they follow the diets of their parents until they decide to venture away from that path.  My son is an experimental eater to some extent, and my DIL is slowly changing to a more diverse menu. 

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With your background in good/interesting food, it's amusing that your son wasn't a bit more adventuresome in his eating habits, given that it's usually what kids are exposed to that develop their tastes. Your granddaughters seem to be a case in point.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 13, 2012, 09:55:06 AM





 It would take some time to get them to get past things that their parents have put in their heads as "dislikes" or "I don't like the texture".  As most children do they follow the diets of their parents until they decide to venture away from that path.  My son is an experimental eater to some extent, and my DIL is slowly changing to a more diverse menu. 

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With your background in good/interesting food, it's amusing that your son wasn't a bit more adventuresome in his eating habits, given that it's usually what kids are exposed to that develop their tastes. Your granddaughters seem to be a case in point.
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I parted ways with my son and his mother when he was 2.  I can't hold myself blameless, but I had no culinary input to my son until his late teen years.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Minerva on July 13, 2012, 10:06:45 AM
Waaaaay too late by then..... ;D   My daughter in law stopped eating anything other than grilled cheese and hamburgers when she was 13.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on July 13, 2012, 03:37:55 PM
My granddaughter was given the option of pizza or Chinese for her 10th birthday dinner.  She chose Chinese.  Now her concept of Chinese is calamari (as long is it is not spicy)!  8-0  She ate a fair amount of dumpling soup.  She at least tried the fish dish but too spicy.  She quite enjoyed the salt and pepper shrimp.  She ate the Chinese broccoli like her very unrelated great-great-grandfather ate asparagus.  And her 4 year old brother at least tried things.  Her mother would try most anything as an adult.  Her father not so much.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on July 13, 2012, 03:41:54 PM
As I was walking out of my hood this morning I saw a 6 point buck next to a neighbor's house.  That may not be so surprising if I lived in the hinterlands of Snellville or Alpharetta/Roswell/John's Creek/Milton (I can't tell where one starts and the other ends).  But I live ITP.  Granted there is probably more park space within 5 miles of my house than just about anywhere else ITP.  A neighbor's dog spotted him first, stared at the frozen buck for a little while and then started barking.  The buck wanted out of there but didn't know where to go.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 18, 2012, 05:12:10 PM


My wonderful grand daughters left to today to go home, it has been 10 days of fun.  We still left a couple things to do when they come back but we knocked out a couple neat things and also gave them a bit of down-time to relax and be young women. 

I hated to see them fly away, and was delighted when I got the text message that their dad (my Son) had picked them up at the airport.  Now on to our regular schedule. 

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on September 29, 2012, 03:57:35 PM
RIP DAVE FM radio. I'm in denial. It wasn't perfect but nothing else even comes close. :0(
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: dewdropper on September 29, 2012, 06:06:50 PM
Atlanta never was a radio mecca; I was raised on radio circa 1970's 96rock.  Holla if you were listening back in the day, they had the King Biscuit Flour hour, and dj's so stoned that a full moment of dead air might elapse between Marshall Tucker and the Allman Brothers.  These were the good days of Atlanta radio and are long, long gone.  Why is it I can go to any other town and find wonderful radio but here it is a trial to listen to any local station? 

Would also occasionally listen to WCLK and other left side of the dial options. I'll buy anyone lunch who can do a credible impression of the old Capital Cadillac radio ad from long, long ago. 
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on September 30, 2012, 04:27:54 PM
Right here with you on this one. Going to miss Mara at lunch for sure.
As far as the King Biscuit Flower Hour, I grew up in SoCal, and used to catch it there on KMET, tweedle dee!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on October 01, 2012, 12:17:02 PM
To me Mara Davis was not that much different than most of the other talkers on the radio airwaves.  Shut-up and play music already.

Now the fact that our choices are top 40 or hard rock or the same old retreads from the 70's is just pitiful.  I guess I'll have to make sure there are CDs in the vehicles that provide some variety.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on October 02, 2012, 09:15:19 AM
I haven't listened to anything but satellite music in the car for 7+ years. Sorry for being one of the ones to chase your radio stations out of biz :(
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on October 02, 2012, 09:46:08 AM
I haven't listened to anything but satellite music in the car for 7+ years. Sorry for being one of the ones to chase your radio stations out of biz :(
I hope you are one of the smart ones that got the lifetime plan for X $$s rather than paying the monthly fee.  I'd consider satellite except for the fees but may have to go that way after all.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on October 02, 2012, 09:57:01 AM
I haven't listened to anything but satellite music in the car for 7+ years. Sorry for being one of the ones to chase your radio stations out of biz :(

+1. Listening to George Stein commercials may appeal to some, but the variety of music stations and commercial free music makes it a no-brainer. For that matter, when I want to listen to sports radio, I listen to various stations around the country on the Net. Only Chuck and Chernoff are worth a shat in this town.

Terrestrial radio is so 2006.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on October 02, 2012, 11:01:36 AM
I hope you are one of the smart ones that got the lifetime plan for X $$s rather than paying the monthly fee.

Nope :( For awhile I was buying cars often enough to not have to pay, but I've paid monthly for the last couple of years.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: dewdropper on October 02, 2012, 11:12:21 AM
Anyone called Mad Bob is by definition an automatic friend! Lucky you growing up in SoCal.  I was a NorCal girl for a number of years and love the entire state.  Well, except Bakersfield.  Apologies to any Bakersfieldians I have accidentally insulted.  An ex grew up in Dana Point; he had the ideal teenage life.  The Doors played his prom, Charles Manson was the local dumpster diver and too many other great stories to tell.

And yes, Mara Davis rocked!

Right here with you on this one. Going to miss Mara at lunch for sure.
As far as the King Biscuit Flower Hour, I grew up in SoCal, and used to catch it there on KMET, tweedle dee!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on October 02, 2012, 03:37:54 PM
Actually, I don't miss the DJs at all. The station is temporarily still on air without them, and frankly it is an improvement for me! Mara kind of drove me crazy. :0)

Call me a luddite, but I just don't want to pay or to have to deal with even exploring other options. DAVE FM had my exact demographic pegged. There were a number of things they played that I actively disliked, but more often than not I'd be thinking "what a great set of songs"! Demographic for the River 97.1 is about seven years too old for me - plus they are so repetative. My glory days of music run from about 1981-1995.

DD - The Doors at a prom? Really??
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Jmolinari on October 02, 2012, 08:58:02 PM
There are more podcasts available free than i have time to listen to while driving, so that's what i do. Plus an audio book thrown in for good measure.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: dewdropper on October 03, 2012, 08:46:28 AM
Liz,

Am circling back for email confirmation re the Doors playing at his high school.  This would have been circa 1967.  You are so young!!! Youthful I tell you! 1971 for me was the finest year in music. 

I think we need to gift you with a subscription to XM radio.  I pay $11 a month and in exchange I drive everywhere in a commercial-free nirvana of unlimited types and periods of music.  The DJ's are barely noticeable except for the yee haw type guy on the outlaw country music channel.  Let this be our secret that I listen to <gasp> outlaw country music. Oh, and when I say everywhere, you could be in the most god forsaken frighteningly off the radar place in South Georgia and the sound remains crystal clear. 
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on October 03, 2012, 02:38:39 PM
  The DJ's are barely noticeable except for the yee haw type guy on the outlaw country music channel.  Let this be our secret that I listen to <gasp> outlaw country music.
Mojo Nixon is NOT barely noticeable!  8-)

Personally I don't want a radio station that attempts to target a specific demographic.  Variety (whether it be food, drink, music, or other forms of sensory pleasure) is what makes life interesting.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: dewdropper on October 03, 2012, 03:51:53 PM
From the innertubes: "Mojo Nixon is an American musician, known for playing psychobilly music." And the host of Outlaw County?  Um, I think that's who I meant when I said the yeehaw guy on Outlaw Country. (apologies to Mojo wherever you are)  And the guy who does "Elvis is Everywhere"?  Am shocked and awed.  Sort of. 

Also, point taken re variety. Anywhere else I travel I can find enjoyable stations that play a variety of music, not stuff pre-programmed for a target audience.  Atlanta is lacking in that regard.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on October 03, 2012, 04:02:15 PM
Variety (whether it be food, drink, music, or other forms of sensory pleasure) is what makes life interesting.

Ultimately it comes down to each her own. Nothing is for everyone. But I agree that I do not have XM for any one channel. It's all about the variety, which is what makes it more than worth it.
 
It’s great for sports: all the sports radio networks, plus play-by-play. You have right and left-wing talk channels. The conservative news from Fox, liberal from CNN, hard-left from MSNBC, or centrist take on POTUS, the latter with fewer commercials.
 
Music, I show my age and often listen to the 70s. But at night I like to chill to various jazz channels, Spa, or even the elevator music. I pay for the Internet access (iPhone app works well) and when I walk more upbeat like the New Wave, the Pulse, or even 80s.
 
Sometimes, I listen to the comedy or even old time radio broadcasts. And the uOTPia bride despises airplanes, so we put a lot of miles on the family mini-van in the summer and never lose a signal.
 
Long live Casey Kasem!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on October 03, 2012, 06:49:21 PM
Another cool thing about Sat radio is that it shows you the score on the screen during sporting events (at least the ones I've been interested in - I'm not a big sports person)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 17, 2012, 05:26:15 AM


It is 6:30, I"m just getting in from a sleep study, I'm glad I practiced..

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on November 27, 2012, 09:24:51 PM
Where the heck is everyone? I have some theories, but still...

Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on December 03, 2012, 11:33:12 AM
We were referenced and I was quoted in the Loaf's Omnivore.  8-0  Who'd a thunk that was breaking news?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on December 05, 2012, 04:30:41 PM
We were referenced and I was quoted in the Loaf's Omnivore.  8-0  Who'd a thunk that was breaking news?

Yes I saw Cirque du Soleil is doing a show about you. I didn't know Cliff gave you a shout out for it, but I knew you were very tight with him.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on December 05, 2012, 06:15:09 PM
For all of us that grew up eating in Deli's, you gatta watch this video.....
http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2012/12/deli-man-the-movie.html (http://newyork.grubstreet.com/2012/12/deli-man-the-movie.html)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 14, 2012, 03:15:48 PM


Good grief, what went on that crazed man's mind to kill all those folks..  Maybe I don't want to know...


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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 15, 2012, 05:49:48 PM


We are going go share this iteration of cabbage rolls and many strange and wonderful beerz at the Snellville Beer Society Christmas party tonight.  Let's see what comments we get...


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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on December 24, 2012, 11:23:07 AM


Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday to all of our regular posters and to our guests as well. Here is hoping for a better New Year from Deanne and myself.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on December 24, 2012, 12:06:18 PM


Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday to all of our regular posters and to our guests as well. Here is hoping for a better New Year from Deanne and myself.

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Mike and Deanne, our Foodie Crew and Guests included, Hope all is well this Holiday Season. Merry Christmas to all, and a kind request to keep ALL of our Military at home and in harms way in your prayers and thoughts.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 01, 2013, 09:58:53 AM


Happy New Year to one and all..   

We had a grand New Year party surrounded by family and friends, I hope your Year end/beginning was as pleasant as ours. 

I am holding some interesting restaurant reviews until later in the week, we found a REAL jewel...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on January 02, 2013, 09:37:50 AM
We had a great New Year's celebration. Went over to our yacht club and we had a wonderful oyster roast and then barbecue with collard greens, rice with black eyed peas and corn bread. Lots of celebration and an auction to raise money for the junior sailing program. Most of the items were donated and we are going to participate in a steak dinner for 20 people at one of the local plantations later in the year.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 03, 2013, 12:15:21 PM


We have returned from a wonderful (but snowy) visit to Ohio and the relatives over the 1st.  I am pleased that everyone behaved.  I know it is not as "edgy" when civility reigns, but a bit of peace on earth is just fine with me.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 07, 2013, 12:21:34 AM
I hope you are one of the smart ones that got the lifetime plan for X $$s rather than paying the monthly fee.

Nope :( For awhile I was buying cars often enough to not have to pay, but I've paid monthly for the last couple of years.

So now there is a secret society rising up in our midst huh?   I'm all for it...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on January 09, 2013, 12:02:15 PM
So, what is the DOT construction project near 400/Syndey Marcus? I don't see any info on the DOT site about it. It sure is a pain if you commute through there but I have discovered that cutting through the Buford Highway exit over to Syndey Marcus and then getting back on 400 helps a lot.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: totm on January 09, 2013, 02:01:31 PM
So, what is the DOT construction project near 400/Syndey Marcus? I don't see any info on the DOT site about it. It sure is a pain if you commute through there but I have discovered that cutting through the Buford Highway exit over to Syndey Marcus and then getting back on 400 helps a lot.
I'm pretty sure it is a ramp from GA-400S to I-85N & maybe I-85S to GA-400N.  Reminds me that I saw something recently (maybe on an online mapping tool) that referred to highway 400.  Always GA-400 to me.


Confirmed via a Google search or "GA 400 Sydney Marcus blvd":
http://blog.georgiaroadgeek.com/2012/03/09/i-85ga-400-ramp-construction-finally-begins.aspx
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Lorenzo on January 09, 2013, 02:49:18 PM
So, what is the DOT construction project near 400/Syndey Marcus? I don't see any info on the DOT site about it. It sure is a pain if you commute through there but I have discovered that cutting through the Buford Highway exit over to Syndey Marcus and then getting back on 400 helps a lot.

I do commute through there, and thanks for the tip.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on January 17, 2013, 09:47:17 PM

     
THIS IS REALLY US...!!!
 
Senior citizens are constantly being criticized for every conceivable deficiency of the modern world, real or imaginary. We know we take responsibility for all we have done and do not blame others.

HOWEVER, upon reflection, we would like to point out that it was NOT the senior citizens who took

The melody out of music,

The pride out of appearance,

The courtesy out of driving,

The romance out of love,

The commitment out of marriage,

The responsibility out of parenthood,

The togetherness out of the family,

The learning out of education,


The service out of patriotism,

The Golden Rule from rulers,

The nativity scene out of cities,

The civility out of behavior,

The refinement out of language,

The dedication out of employment,

The prudence out of spending,
 
The ambition out of achievement or
 
God out of government and school.

And we certainly are NOT the ones who eliminated patience and tolerance from personal relationships and interactions with others!!

And, we do understand the meaning of patriotism, and remember those who have fought and died for our country.

Just look at the Seniors with tears in their eyes and pride in their hearts as they stand at attention with their hand over their hearts!

YES, I'M A SENIOR CITIZEN!

I'm the life of the party..... Even if it lasts until 8 p.m.

I'm very good at opening childproof caps..... With a hammer.

I'm awake many hours before my body allows me to get up.

I'm smiling all the time because I can't hear a thing you're saying.

I'm sure everything I can't find is in a safe secure place, somewhere.

I'm wrinkled, saggy, lumpy, and that's just my left leg.

I'm beginning to realize that aging is not for wimps.

Yes, I'm a SENIOR CITIZEN and I think I am having the time of my life!

Now if I could only remember who sent this to me, I wouldn't send it back to them, but I would send it to many more too!
 
 
Spread the laughter Share the cheer Let's be happy
While we're here.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on January 18, 2013, 08:24:11 AM
So, what is the DOT construction project near 400/Syndey Marcus? I don't see any info on the DOT site about it. It sure is a pain if you commute through there but I have discovered that cutting through the Buford Highway exit over to Syndey Marcus and then getting back on 400 helps a lot.

I do commute through there, and thanks for the tip.

Sure! I've enjoyed the last few rainy days with no construction. Looks like they are going to be there for a long while...
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Lorenzo on January 18, 2013, 11:13:28 AM
So, what is the DOT construction project near 400/Syndey Marcus? I don't see any info on the DOT site about it. It sure is a pain if you commute through there but I have discovered that cutting through the Buford Highway exit over to Syndey Marcus and then getting back on 400 helps a lot.

I do commute through there, and thanks for the tip.

Sure! I've enjoyed the last few rainy days with no construction. Looks like they are going to be there for a long while...

Your detour worked perfectly the one time I tried it.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on January 18, 2013, 01:01:42 PM
So, what is the DOT construction project near 400/Syndey Marcus? I don't see any info on the DOT site about it. It sure is a pain if you commute through there but I have discovered that cutting through the Buford Highway exit over to Syndey Marcus and then getting back on 400 helps a lot.

I do commute through there, and thanks for the tip.

Sure! I've enjoyed the last few rainy days with no construction. Looks like they are going to be there for a long while...

Your detour worked perfectly the one time I tried it.

Shhhhh... ;0)
Title: Christie cookies
Post by: slcasp on February 04, 2013, 05:35:49 PM
Has anyone tried them, they re good, and the cookies are huge!

 http://bit.ly/122FL7n (http://bit.ly/122FL7n)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 09, 2013, 06:39:53 PM


I sure do miss some of the past Chinese New Year events that we had together..   We could still plan one this coming week if someone wanted to step forward and do the planning and arrangement. 


The name Frank Ma, ranks so highly in our past.  I wish that he and his wife and crew were doing a restaurant right now.

Did someone say they were going to BoBo Garden?   When, what time?

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: rwcohen on February 18, 2013, 08:33:03 AM

"Taste My Soup. Please!"

One afternoon a waiter served a bowl of chicken
soup to an elderly gentleman. As he turned away
to return to the kitchen the customer stopped him,
calling: "Waiter!"

WAITER: "Yes,sir, is there something wrong?"

CUSTOMER: "The soup. Taste it."

WAITER: "I beg your pardon, Sir?"

CUSTOMER: "Taste it."

WAITER: "But, Sir, I can assure you that the soup
is excellent."

CUSTOMER: "Taste it."

WAITER: "Sir, the soup was made this morning
of the finest ingredients."

CUSTOMER: "Taste it!"

WAITER: exasperated, "All right, Sir, I'll taste it."
Then after a pause he said, "Where is the spoon?"

To which the customer replied triumphantly,
"Ah ha!!"
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 12, 2013, 06:14:46 AM


All three grand kids are in town, we are playing and going and doing.   

Fishing yesterday was great with all of them catching some fish. Today it is Stone Mountain day with the Sky-Hike being the BIG deal...  Camera is ready...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 16, 2013, 03:41:24 PM


Now only two grandkids and a niece or two.. 

Please don't send the food police out after me, I bought chix drumstix, mac N Cheese in the blue box (the Spongebob Squarepants one), and several other things that are just NEVER in rotation in this house.  And by the time of the day it is getting and we still have to go swimming somewhere, we will be having chain-restaurant chow again tonight to appease the vagaries of the under 12 set of folks I am feeding.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on July 17, 2013, 09:43:33 AM
I feel your pain.   ;D
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 19, 2013, 11:07:37 PM


I had a grandchild delivery day today, we located the last two grandchildren by car to near Charlotte, NC and I drove back today.  Now I have no more grandchildren until Tuesday when the high-schooler will fly in and I'll deliver her to Augusta or beyond.

I found a pretty good BBQ place up there about half way, I'll do a report on it.

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Title: Take a moment on this beautiful day
Post by: rwcohen on July 28, 2013, 02:38:38 PM
to remember Dan Loker. Today is the anniversary of his birth.


thankyouverymuch
Title: Re: Take a moment on this beautiful day
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on July 28, 2013, 07:25:56 PM
to remember Dan Loker. Today is the anniversary of his birth.


thankyouverymuch

I did it too Bob.  He was a force much larger than people knew.  I miss him every day. 

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Title: Happy Birthday Mike
Post by: rwcohen on September 07, 2013, 10:30:06 AM
I hope you and Deanne have a glorious day.
Title: Re: Happy Birthday Mike
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 07, 2013, 02:28:13 PM
I hope you and Deanne have a glorious day.

Thanks Bob, I had a surprise Dim Sum at Oriental Pearl in Chamblee.   Such a surprise and good too..  Now for a nap...

Thanks to Flyin Brian his wife and kids for meeting us there for BIG table full of good Dim Sum...

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on September 07, 2013, 03:50:10 PM
You could google Sheriff John Birthday Song and play it loud Mike.! Happy Birthday!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Northside Food on September 08, 2013, 10:55:27 AM
Happy belated birthday! Glad to hear it was a good one.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on September 15, 2013, 07:27:46 AM
Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue.

A great video with a great song.

Volume

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbV3lf1HzQI&feature=player_embedded
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on September 22, 2013, 06:38:14 AM
Famous sayings


Early aircrafts' throttles had a ball on the end of it,
in order to go full throttle the pilot had to push the throttle all the way
forward into the wall of the instrument panel. Hence "balls to the wall"
for going very fast. And now you know, the rest of the story.


*********************************
During WWII , U.S. airplanes were armed with belts of bullets which they
would shoot during dogfights and on strafing runs. These belts were folded
into the wing compartments that fed their machine guns. These belts measure
27 feet and contained hundreds of rounds of bullets. Often times, the
pilots would return from their missions having expended all of their bullets
on various targets. They would say, “I gave them the “whole nine yards”,”
meaning they used up all of their ammunition.


*********************************
Did you know the saying "God willing and the creek don't rise" was in
reference to the Creek Indians and not a body of water? It was written by
Benjamin Hawkins in the late 18th century. He was a politician and Indian
diplomat. While in the south, Hawkins was requested by the President of the
U.S. to return to Washington . In his response, he was said to write,
"God willing and the Creek don't rise." Because he capitalized the word "Creek"
it is deduced that he was referring to the Creek Indian tribe and not a body
of water.


*********************************
In George Washington's days, there were no cameras. One's image was either
sculpted or painted. Some paintings of George Washington showed him standing
behind a desk with one arm behind his back while others showed both legs and
both arms. Prices charged by painters were not based on how many people were
to be painted, but by how many limbs were to be painted. Arms and legs are
'limbs,' therefore painting them would cost the buyer more. Hence the
expression, 'Okay, but it'll cost you an “arm and a leg.” (Artists know hands
and arms are more difficult to paint.)


******************************
As incredible as it sounds, men and women took baths only twice a year (May
and October). Women kept their hair covered, while men shaved their heads
(because of lice and bugs) and wore wigs. Wealthy men could afford good wigs
made from wool. They couldn't wash the wigs, so to clean them they would
carve out a loaf of bread, put the wig in the shell, and bake it for 30
minutes. The heat would make the wig big and fluffy, hence the term 'big
wig'. Today we often use the term 'here comes the Big Wig' because someone
appears to be or is powerful and wealthy.


*********************************
In the late 1700's, many houses consisted of a large room with only one
chair. Commonly, a long wide board folded down from the wall, and was used
for dining. The 'head of the household' always sat in the chair while
everyone else ate sitting on the floor. Occasionally a guest, who was
usually a man, would be invited to sit in this chair during a meal. To sit
in the chair meant you were important and in charge. They called the one
sitting in the chair the 'chair man.' Today in business, we use the
expression or title 'Chairman' or 'Chairman of the Board.'


*********************************
Personal hygiene left much room for improvement. As a result, many women
and men had developed acne scars by adulthood. The women would spread bee's
wax over their facial skin to smooth out their complexions. When they were
speaking to each other, if a woman began to stare at another woman's face
she was told, 'mind your own bee's wax.' Should the woman smile, the wax
would crack, hence the term 'crack a smile'. In addition, when they sat too
close to the fire, the wax would melt. Therefore, the expression
'losing face.'


*********************************
Ladies wore corsets, which would lace up in the front. A proper and
dignified woman, as in 'straight laced' wore a tightly tied lace.


*********************************
Common entertainment included playing cards. However, there was a tax levied
when purchasing playing cards but only applicable to the 'Ace of Spades.' To
avoid paying the tax, people would purchase 51 cards instead. Yet, since
most games require 52 cards, these people were thought to be stupid or dumb
because they weren't 'playing with a full deck.'


********************************
Early politicians required feedback from the public to determine what the
people considered important. Since there were no telephones, TV's or radios,
the politicians sent their assistants to local taverns, pubs, and bars. They
were told to 'go sip some Ale and listen to people's conversations and
political concerns. Many assistants were dispatched at different times. 'You
go sip here' and 'You go sip there.' The two words 'go sip' were eventually
combined when referring to the local opinion and, thus we have the term
'gossip.'


**********************************
At local taverns, pubs, and bars, people drank from pint and quart-sized
containers. A bar maid's job was to keep an eye on the customers and keep
the drinks coming. She had to pay close attention and remember who was
drinking in 'pints' and who was drinking in 'quarts,' hence the phrase
'minding your 'P's and Q's'.


**********************************
One more: bet you didn't know this!
In the heyday of sailing ships, all war ships and many freighters carried
iron cannons. Those cannons fired round iron cannon balls. It was necessary
to keep a good supply near the cannon. However, how to prevent them from
rolling about the deck? The best storage method devised was a square-based
pyramid with one ball on top, resting on four resting on nine, which rested
on sixteen. Thus, a supply of 30 cannon balls could be stacked in a small
area right next to the cannon. There was only one problem....how to prevent
the bottom layer from sliding or rolling from under the others. The solution
was a metal plate called a 'Monkey' with 16 round indentations. However, if
this plate were made of iron, the iron balls would quickly rust to it. The
solution to the rusting problem was to make 'Brass Monkeys.' Few landlubbers
realize that brass contracts much more and much faster than iron when
chilled.. Consequently, when the temperature dropped too far, the brass
indentations would shrink so much that the iron cannonballs would come right
off the monkey; Thus, it was quite literally, 'Cold enough to freeze the
balls off a brass monkey.' (All this time, you thought that was an improper
expression, didn't you.)

Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Northside Food on September 23, 2013, 07:50:38 PM
Sorry. http://www.snopes.com/language/phrases/lesson.asp
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on September 24, 2013, 07:41:22 PM
Wacka wacka! Looks like my famous sayings will need revisement! Thanks for the "adjustment"!!!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Northside Food on September 24, 2013, 08:21:41 PM
Yeah, I'm a compulsive Snopes checker. I probably ruin a lot of illusions.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on September 24, 2013, 10:23:06 PM
I was heartbroken to find out it was not THE TERMINATOR who first said, "I really wanted to like this place. I really did," before excoriating it.

Snopes said it was MoT.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on October 13, 2013, 09:21:14 AM


Today my brother Dan (out in California) is judging the ICS World Champion Chile Cook-off.  He has been affiliated with the ICS since the late 80's first as a competitor and now as a judge.  I wish I could be there and go with him to Palm Springs for the event.

http://worldschampionshipchili.com/ (http://worldschampionshipchili.com/)

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on October 20, 2013, 09:07:14 AM
This short video has nothing to do with food. Unless that is, you might like to go out and hunt for some free range stuff for your table.
Safety is paramount as always while out in the woods, or even in the backyard while testing out new procedures or useful accoutrements.  Enjoy.

http://www.liveleak.com/ll_embed?f=24113d89dfd8
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on January 01, 2014, 08:25:04 PM
"Papa Don't Take No Mess"

Papa didn't cuss
He didn't raise a whole lotta fuss
But when we did wrong
Papa beat the hell out of us


Thank You, James Brown.....

Get down, Get Funky
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 06, 2014, 10:35:17 AM


This old house is cold when the wind  blows and it is REALLY cold outside..   Built in 1971 and with the original windows still in place I had a curtain blowing around the frame of a closed window (and storm window) this morning.  The two furnaces are keeping the ends of the house warm enough, and here in the office with 3 computers a UPS with the door kept closed it is a toasty 79 degrees.  I moved to the South to escape this kind of cold, and I won't move again but for vacations, but dern....

I have intended to block both fireplaces off for the winters the last two summers, I hope to do it this year. 

.......   
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Minerva on January 07, 2014, 08:58:22 AM
Funny, I moved from South Florida hoping to experience this kind of weather. It never, ever got really cold down there and I missed feeling chilly.

My theory is you can always get warm with layers of clothes and a nice fire in the fireplace but it's almost impossible to cool off in 90 degree temps with 80 percent humidity every day!

Unless of course you walk around with practically no clothes on, but they frowned on that kind of attire at my workplace.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Lorenzo on January 07, 2014, 10:10:03 AM
Our furnace can't keep up, and no matter how much above 65 F we set the thermostat the furnace is only able to heat the place to about 65.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on January 07, 2014, 01:43:28 PM
Our hot water pipe in the kitchen froze and then DH accidentally broke a valve on the hot water heater trying to shut it off. Have not heard back from the plumbers yet.

I HATE not having hot water.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: uOTPia Dweller on January 07, 2014, 02:27:42 PM
Took daughter over BFFs. It actually feels kinda good with the sun out.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Girly on January 07, 2014, 03:22:00 PM
Our furnace can't keep up, and no matter how much above 65 F we set the thermostat the furnace is only able to heat the place to about 65.

I'm in a small apartment and noticed that my heat isn't keeping it above 61 (it's set for 68) but it's also not running all the time. I'm assuming there's something automatic that keeps it from running 24/7 in this weather even if it doesn't get the temp up completely.

I've been driving around most of the day and once I remembered I have bunwarmers in the car (I ALWAYS forget this....) it's been quite comfy. I throw a jacket, gloves and a hat on when I'm outside but for short times out (5-10 minutes) it's not that bad. Granted, there's no wind and there's sun...Friend wants to walk in a couple of hours and I'm thinking maybe not.

Put the dogs in the bed last night and will do it again the night - free warmth ;)
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: AndyBoy on January 07, 2014, 06:26:02 PM

Put the dogs in the bed last night and will do it again the night - free warmth ;)

Definitely 3 dog night tonight, even in Beaufort, SC it is going down to 25º.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on January 08, 2014, 09:45:40 AM
Our hot water pipe in the kitchen froze and then DH accidentally broke a valve on the hot water heater trying to shut it off. Have not heard back from the plumbers yet.

I HATE not having hot water.

Water supply line to the washing machine broke yesterday around 4:30. First plumber said Friday. So did the next three. Found one to get here today though! And wouldn't you know that the neighbor had one break 2 hours after mine! Their's in the basement, mine in the garage ceiling.... Going to be an expensive repair....
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on January 08, 2014, 02:35:31 PM
So, my stated appointment time was for between 10 AM and 1 PM today. "Gonna call 30 minutes prior to show time" they said.
I called at 2:30 and was told: "We are really busy, I am really sorry but there are a lot of broken and frozen pipes about. We will call you" they said!
I just happened to mention that I have just missed a days pay, they said: "I am sorry, we will call".  fookers.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Northside Food on January 08, 2014, 06:46:08 PM
We are in the same boat. Laundry room line burst yesterday and flooded that room and the garage. They were supposed to come at 11 today, then 8 and finally 11 PM. We told them we'd rather be first in line tomorrow morning and let their crew go to bed. We've got a friend nearby we can stay with and my husband can work from home to wait for the repairs.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Lorenzo on January 09, 2014, 10:11:04 AM
Our furnace can't keep up, and no matter how much above 65 F we set the thermostat the furnace is only able to heat the place to about 65.

Service guy came out to look at it yesterday, and it turns out it was "carbon buildup."  A relatively cheap service call.  Whew!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Northside Food on January 10, 2014, 07:05:50 AM
Finally got the water back on at 9PM last night. Looks like minimal damage so far.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on January 10, 2014, 09:09:58 PM
WTF is carbon build up? That is a good one!
After a 10 to 1 appointment time, when I called at 2:30, the usual "we are busy". Not complaining understand because I know frozen/busted pipes take time. Could have went to work instead of missing a days pay, (they finally showed at 5). Should have went to work anyway. Bottom line is, they could have called about showtime, but on the plus side I got some extra stuff accomplished! Nothing g like "forced" accomplishments! Like a full bin of hickory for the fireplace/  grill/smoker! Good relaxed beer drinking and procrastination on supper. But I digress....
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on January 11, 2014, 07:13:17 AM
Our furnace can't keep up, and no matter how much above 65 F we set the thermostat the furnace is only able to heat the place to about 65.

Service guy came out to look at it yesterday, and it turns out it was "carbon buildup."  A relatively cheap service call.  Whew!

Guess I should not have missed the "furnace" statement! My bad!!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on January 11, 2014, 10:39:57 AM


Every once in a while I see a link to something am blown away by the information or the technology, here is a link with both.

http://www.flightradar24.com/34.01,-84.71/8 (http://www.flightradar24.com/34.01,-84.71/8)


No one (or rarely) talks about the emissions going out of the many airplanes we have in the air at one time but this map sure does say that there are plenty of them flying.

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on January 12, 2014, 06:50:58 AM
That is neat! Click on the exclamation point and what do you get? An airplane that is a secret maybe!?
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on March 03, 2014, 08:15:40 PM


Well Crap..   My Tahoe died on the way to Gordon Biersch in Buckhead to shoot pictures of a party tonight.  waited 3 hours for the tow truck, the driver was lost, I knew where I was. 

No dinner, no free beer, no party for me..    :P

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on March 05, 2014, 07:39:53 PM
I mentioned this to my neighbor. He said you should have called him.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on March 09, 2014, 06:16:31 AM
The average human walks 900 miles per year and drinks 22 gallons of beer which means the average human gets 41 miles per gallon.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on August 31, 2014, 10:34:52 AM
Wi-Fi trouble?

I was fixin a Linksys wireless router today, and saw the list of local Wi-Fi connections available in the neighborhood. I laughed out loud when I saw someone named their wireless router connection "FBI Surveillance Van". So hell, I thought I'd have some fun and name mine "FBI Surveillance Van Control Center". Yuk Yuk . . . . . I think I'll switch back and forth from that, to "Global Internet Police".
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on October 05, 2014, 09:30:15 AM
Did not know where to put this, so I will put it here:

As usual, the Square Pub Staff were "on the ball" with most excellent service during this most enjoyable event. Sculpin Habanero, Jekyl Pinapple Habanero and WB Mexican Siberious was most enjoyable... And the Pumpkin Green Chile cookies from the the University of New Mexico were awesome! Thanks for sharing...
Additionally, I could not wait to roast some of my own green chilis that I purchased, so I roasted a few up and and Daughter Brianne installed them in some twice baked potato's which went well with the Jerk Chicken I grilled up when I got home, which also went well with my Boulevard Grainstorm Black Rye.

And this morning, Garlic Texas Toast with Pine Street Market Black Label Bacon (Thank You for the return call PSM), Eggs over easy, Pine Street Market Pimento Cheese and a tall glass of Kahlua and Milk!
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on February 03, 2015, 08:08:16 PM


My buddy went into the Navy.. 


http://gwinnettcitizen.com/gc/local-news/local-news/1374-culver-joins-navy

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on March 22, 2015, 07:19:09 AM
Gunfight Rules

"Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading."
 
In a gunfight, the most important rule is ..... HAVE A GUN!!!
 
These are shooting tips from various Concealed Carry Instructors. If you own a gun, you will appreciate these rules... If not, you should get one, learn how to use it and learn the rules.
 
RULES
A : Guns have only two enemies: rust and politicians.
 
B : Its always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
 
C : Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.
 
D : Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arm's length.
 
E : Never say "I've got a gun." If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they should hear is the safety clicking off or the hammer cocking.
 
F : The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes; the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.
 
G : The most important rule in a gunfight is:  Always Win - there is no such thing as a fair fight.  Always Win - cheat if necessary.  Always Win - 2nd place doesn't count
 
H : Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets ....  You may get killed with your own gun, but he'll have to beat you to death with it because it will be empty .
 
I :  If you're in a gun fight:  (a) If you're not shooting, you should be loading.  (b) If you're not loading, you should be moving.  (c) If you're not moving, you're dead.
 
J : In a life and death situation, do something .... it may be wrong, but do something !
 
K : If you carry a gun, people will call you paranoid. Nonsense!  If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?
 
L : You can say "stop" or any other word, but a large bore muzzle  pointed at someone's head is pretty much a universal language; and, you won't have to press 1 for Spanish/Mexican or 2 for Chinese or 3 for Arabic.
 
M : Never leave an enemy behind. If you have to shoot, shoot to kill.  In court, yours will be the only testimony.
 
N : You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family.
 
If you believe in the 2nd Amendment, forward to others you know who also believe.
 
 People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because good men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.                   
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on April 04, 2015, 07:50:26 AM
Taking your motorcycle back to the dealership for a lousy zip-tie (as in recall) would be like hiring a gigolo for your girlfriend: unthinkable
There is a name for motorcycle riders who can't operate a zip-tie: car drivers.
Every Zip Tie we refuse to tie ourselves only moves us closer to becoming enchanted, superstitious cavemen.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on August 03, 2015, 10:28:52 AM


An amazing thing happened yesterday.. 

We took our nieces to go see Cirque du Soleil at the Gwinnett arena, we were there early (around noon) and had bought pretty good seats, we bought some munchies and water and proceeded to our stage-left seats. 

We watched and enjoyed a scaled-down IMO but pretty interesting performance.

And then we started to file out.   There was a second performance after ours.  We climbed up that steep stairway and nearly got to the door before I realized my wallet was not in my pocket.  I quickly walked back to the head of the entrance where are seats were and was met by security that really didn't want me to go back in because they had 100 + people cleaning and vacuuming the seats & stairs anticipating the next performance. I looked where I thought I had been sitting and several of the cleaning staff (with flashlights) looked around and under and folded seats down to no avail.  I was sure I had lost it..   

But I decided to text Deanne (still with the kids buying t-shirts) and make sure I knew where we were sitting, her reply was that we were 3 rows down from where I thought we had been.  We walked down the few steps to the head of the isle and THERE WAS MY BLINKIN wallet wedged in the side of the seat.  I almost cried with joy.  I had thought the worst, that a cleaning person had found my fat wallet and it was gone forever with the enormous detail of re-issuing all of those cards and "stuff" that I keep in my wallet in my future.   

So it all worked out, I said a silent "thank you Lord" prayer and walked to the door to tell Deanne the good news. 

Karma works.   

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on September 24, 2015, 10:13:54 AM


I wrecked my Tahoe yesterday, a bit more than a fender bender but neither I nor the FedX driver were hurt, the FedX truck was almost not damaged but my venerable, well loved 1997 Tahoe was totaled as the repair bill exceeded 70% of the blue book value.

It has been GOOD to be without a car payment for 14 years, I bought her slightly used, paid her off in a year, and have only had minor maintenance on that sturdy truck over the years.  Did replace the air-conditioning condenser, and did a few semi-costly repairs to her as she aged gracefully but now she is not with me and I am about to go hunt for another car/truck. 

I won't show her crumpled fender and hood, as I want to remember her proudly pulling my boat and off roading in deep mud down near Macon rather than bent and bad looking at the side of the road or on a tow-truck bed hauling her away. 

She was a great vehicle.. 

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Title: Re: babbling
Post by: LizR on September 25, 2015, 12:46:25 AM
Moving on from a well-loved, long-serving car can be a strangely sad thing. RIP Mike's Tahoe.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on September 26, 2015, 07:59:28 AM


I wrecked my Tahoe yesterday, a bit more than a fender bender but neither I nor the FedX driver were hurt, the FedX truck was almost not damaged but my venerable, well loved 1997 Tahoe was totaled as the repair bill exceeded 70% of the blue book value.

It has been GOOD to be without a car payment for 14 years, I bought her slightly used, paid her off in a year, and have only had minor maintenance on that sturdy truck over the years.  Did replace the air-conditioning condenser, and did a few semi-costly repairs to her as she aged gracefully but now she is not with me and I am about to go hunt for another car/truck. 

I won't show her crumpled fender and hood, as I want to remember her proudly pulling my boat and off roading in deep mud down near Macon rather than bent and bad looking at the side of the road or on a tow-truck bed hauling her away. 

She was a great vehicle.. 

.........

Welp, sad day it is...... But look on the bright side, now you can get that new Denali you have had your eyes on! Just kidding, and happy you were not injured (except for the dent in your pride)....
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: MadBob on November 06, 2016, 07:37:26 AM
I was Deplorable before it was cool.
Title: Re: babbling
Post by: Mike GadgetGeek Stock on November 06, 2016, 05:43:01 PM
I was Deplorable before it was cool. 

Us too..    missed you at the last Lincoln bash.  It was a memorable one. .

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