Coffee 11-10-12

Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: Duengeon master On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:05 pm

Good morning folks!!! :D Thanks for the coffee Freddy!! I needed it this morning. Nice and strong!!! It is a nice cold 26 degrees here in Bismark. I got lucky yesterday by getting to drive 80 miles in freezing rain. Today, it will be snow!! :( On to Montana and then to Nanimo, B.C. BTW, B.C. stands for Bring Cash!! Everything is so expensive there!!

My brother just got his power back in N.J. Now the snow has taken it out again. I heard on the news about how the electrical workers from other states complained about how antiquated the power grid is in the N.Y. N.J area. We all pay the highest rates in the country. You would think that we all would have the best infrastructure. :o Where does all the money go???

Everyone have a great day and stay warm.!! It will be in the lower teens in Montana this evening. I should stay there and become a dental floss tycoon!! ;)
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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:25 pm

Good morning everyone,, wow,, lots of people with potenial health 'issues', etc..
And last week it was no power, and flooding.
And then Tuesday.. Can't express my disgust. 12million people who voted in '08 did NOT vote
this time.. !!!!!!!!! What were they thinking?? that everything is OK?? That another 4 years;
so what??

Read some history,, most civilizations only survive ~200 years.. I fear we are seeing the last of the
good years, and nothing but a downhill slide 'a-comin'. Maybe the Mayans had a good prediction.

Freddie, Lisa, check your PM's.

OK, now after a very scary year, with Cancer, with losing a lot of my eyesight and my career, and now
looking at high blood pressure and rising cholesterol , my health issues are adding up, and I feel like a hypochondriac mentioning all of them.

So I had several friends suggest watching a documentary,, so I did, three times to get all of it assimilated,

I'm going to give it a try, 6months or a year and see what the blood work says.

Here is the documentary. Google it, and watch it on HULU.. just a few ads.

google: Forks over Knives I don't know if it will change my life and health or not,

BUT I'm willing to try ANYTHING right now.. a year ago, I had 20/20 eyesight, cholesterol 180,
Blood pressure was 118/72.
Now, I have lost 45% of my visual fields, best eyesight is 20/80-left, 20-50-right eye, my cholesterol
is 215, my blood pressure 155/85..
My body is coming apart or self destructing.. I've got to try something..

And I do NOT live on meat.. I eat tons of vegetables.. but I love milk, and cheese, and do eat
chicken, pork and some beef 3-4 times a week, not any more..

Watch it.. it is a very compelling documentary.. Hope it helps someone.

Forks over Knives

Take care,
Greg L.
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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 3:18 pm

Fridge is empty, just a little remains in the ice chests. This rant is more about surviving Sandy than what we had for breakfast even though that was good too.

Came home from our last 40th high school reunion event last night an noticed the neighbor's spot lights were on. I know he doesn't know how to hook his generator into his house lines so that meant one thing - electric power is flowing thru our grid again! :dancing: The power probably just started flowing because there were still a few generators running. It went out 5:46 on 10/29. Eleven contiguous days this time which matches the total for all of last year's outages. I knew it wouldn't be too much longer when we passed two staging areas where the trucks were parked. There must have been 40 -50 lift trucks alone not to mention the flat beds and vans.

The linemen really deserve a round of applause. :notworthy: When I hear the screaming-meemies bitching about not having the power they pay for, it simply piesses me off. I doubt they know what it takes to build anything. :stfu: They never cleaned a stall in late winter, fixed a spreader in February, laid track in the August sun after feeding mud and brick to two masons for hours. Sure we had to wait for almost 2 weeks. The amount of repair work required was tremendous. The substation was damaged as well as the feeder line to this end of the county. I took a small 5 mile loop ride on Tue. 10/30 and estimate I saw about 50 utility poles down. Some were snapped in three places :shock: Transformers laying all over the place, not to mention countless trees. Firewood prices should drop. Up on the local 'mountains', there are many new vistas where the winds took out swaths of mature hardwood trees. A friend that lives alone up on one of the local mountains lost 25 huge trees on her 2.5 acre property. She was so scared she didn't sleep a wink the night of the storm. The fire company guys helped clean it up for her. God's hand was at work that night, not one tree landed on the house.

We did just fine due to some strategic preparation and some help from my fiends. Thanks to W'nC's loaned generator we had well water pressure for the last 6 days when we needed it. We used under 15 gallons of gas and only had to refill the cans once this past Wednesday. Before that, another friend loaned me his 1K inverter that I ran off of the diesel GC2310 to keep the chest freezer in the 20s. This combo worked well, using less than 4 gal of diesel in 3 days. With the tractor at idle, the freezer was pulling < 20% of the inverter's rated output. I used some of the remainder to power my 12V charger to sore some amperage in a recently failed Interstate batter (it only lasted 9 yr and 10 months) I pulled out of the Explorer that I used to run my CPAP at night. I'll have to get one of these little work horses. Lots of beeswax candles were consumed but we have have many pounds to go, probably a life time supply remains. Hope to pass some on!

Ah, it's good to be back :D
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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 6:37 pm

Good to have ya back vig II. 40th huh?? damn, that makes you OLD ;) Still haven't heard from Hamden Bob--he's been out line trampin it since all this started
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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: VigIIPeaBurner On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:18 pm

Thanks Fred. Rather be old than cold ;)

Every time I see an out of state line truck, I think of HamdenBob. Those guys are busing their butts out there for us. Temperatures were in the 20's one night and then it snowed and blowed Thursday night. I can't stand it when people complain about how long they have to wait.
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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:18 pm

That's all lost on the people of MA - they want to string them up in the town square for not being able to make espresso for 3 days. :lol: What do you expect from a state full of lefties .... :roll:
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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: Rick 386 On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:30 pm

Just saw a post on Facebook about a woman whose husband works for a power company from IDAHO who is in the greater NYC area helping out.

The whole crew were sitting in a restaurant at the end of their long shift getting something to eat. A local came by and asked the crew where they were from. They replied Idaho and the local thanked them and then threw down a $100 bill and told them that their appetizer was on him as a small token of his appreciation for the work they were doing and having come that far to help out.

So there are some good people around.




Rick
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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 9:41 pm

Yep, there's plenty of us out here Rick. As you well know, alls we hear about is the ass-holes. Thanx for that post ;)
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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 10:36 pm

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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: Cap On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:17 pm

Georgia Electric crew in Stroudsburg possibly heading into NY or NJ. This was on 11/2.
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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: Wood'nCoal On: Sat Nov 10, 2012 11:24 pm

I have seen crews from at least 5 other states here since the storm. Today I saw trucks from Ohio go by my house with telephone poles in tow.
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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: jpete On: Sun Nov 11, 2012 12:03 am

I'm late to the party but I was up early-ish and went to a Boy Scout event.

A local farm sponsors the troop and we do clean ups (trash, brush) sometimes in exchange for being able to camp out on the property from time to time and then there is the 2nd annual "Pumpkin Smash"

The whole troop(boys and dads, no moms :) ) comes down with bats, golf clubs, one of those big 3 man sling shots, a potato gun and this year, a small trebuchet! :D

FOUR wagons this size with unsaleable pumpkins!

Then we picked some corn and you can't imagine the sight of kids standing in line to run a 100 year old HAND CRANKED corn sheller! :D

The weather was great and a great time was had by all!
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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sun Nov 11, 2012 6:57 am

Wood'nCoal wrote:I have seen crews from at least 5 other states here since the storm. Today I saw trucks from Ohio go by my house with telephone poles in tow.




A friend of mine is out working in NY somewhere he planned for being gone 2 or 3 weeks, now he was told 10 more days. It is funny though because we have out of state crews in PA . I guess I dont understand the logistics.
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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: blusmoke On: Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:18 am

Well all it is a good morning indeed. Back on the grid after 13 days. The 983 worked hard keeping the house warm. Only ran the fans on the blower 3-4 hours am and pm.
My daughter told the crews as soon as she got power she was baking them cookies. The next day good to her word she was up at 6:30 baking away. That afternoon she and I delivered chicken BBQ, cookies, drinks rolls and chips to about 60 linemen that were here from all over. I have never seen a group of more appreciative men. They said it was the first hot meal they had in about 2 weeks. It felt good to give back.
Started cleaning up trees today. Its gonna take months to clean up the farm. There are 3--60 foot tree tops hanging everywhere. Hell of a time to quit burning wood.
Hope everyone has a good Veterans Day weekend. Take a moment and give thanks to those that have sacrificed.
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Re: Coffee 11-10-12

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sun Nov 11, 2012 8:42 am

Nice blusmoke. My compliments to your daughter. :) jpete, be careful of them thar Boy Scout events--I was one from Cub to Explorer & you see how I turned out. :clap: toothy Sounds like an excellent day ;)
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