Coffee near Christmas 2012

Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: Freddy On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:21 am

coalnewbie wrote: would your employer send home a spousal approval form,


Yup, I'm sure the male employees get the same form. It has more to do with the 401K IRA type thing than the actual "get done the job" thing. But it is not called "Spousal approval for disbursement of funds". I can't remember the exact title but it was way closer to "Approval to retire" than it was "Approval to move funds". This all came about back in 1995 or 6 when the hospital changed it's retirement plan. It used to be when a nurse retired after a full career they got 80% of their average pay until they died. The spouse and/or estate got nothing if the employee died early or before retirement. Now, over the years you save money in an IRA and that money is your retirement. Now, instead of 80%, they might get about 20%, BUT... that money belongs to the estate. If the employee dies, the spouse or estate gets those funds. Hence, my signature was required. I have no idea what happens if I didn't sign.. I guess the money sits there forever!
Freddy
 
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:22 am

OK, OK---friggin horses got me to feeling guilty--first day for thermals :)
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: KLook On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:27 am

Thermals?? Is that what you call those dogs? A 2 dog night instead of a 3 dog night? :D :D

Kevin
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: freetown fred On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:40 am

The 3rd one was out by the pond--silly camera's only just so good. The yellow one is just 6 1/2 mos & I got her a choke chain like the older 2--now she thinks she's hot stuff. I think she's got her height, now I just gotta get some meat on her bony ass LOL
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: SteveZee On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:42 am

Just right for a white christmas Fred. The 1st pix of the horses says it all.
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:48 am

freetown fred wrote:OK, OK---friggin horses got me to feeling guilty--first day for thermals :)



Yep first thing my horses did when I let them out was roll in the snow. They love it. Then the kicking and bucking its fun to watch them. I have a small area paddocked off because of the problems I had with JP a few weeks ago. I guess I will have to give them full run again.
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: Keepaeyeonit On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:49 am

Morning all can't stay long my uncle passed this week and the funeral is today also getting ready to move dad in with us,he been taking care of his brother for sometime now after he settles the estate he will need someone to take care of him so I think that's me(just have to find away to keep him away from the stove :lol: )I'm glad to have my weather been waiting for it and its here.Take care and have a good day.Keepaeyeonit
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: LsFarm On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:49 am

Hey Freetown.. I'll bet you took those photos from the porch, no way are you going out in the snow.. we all know what a wimp you are, !! :shock: :lol:
Looks like the horses and dogs love the snow and cooler weather.. I know my dog does.. he scoops up mouthfulls of snow tosses them into the air, and then tries to catch them... self entertaining for a while..

Freddie, THANK YOU for being our online friend, and sharing your wonderful work and Human-ethics with us.

The wind is slowly settling down.. it was very windy since Thursday night, we got maybe 3" of snow, but winter is here.

I need to go tend the coal hopper for the AA, it's been two weeks since I filled it.. in anticipation of my hernia surgery, which was not
anywhere near as painful as expected.

Take care everyone, have a great Christmas-Prep weekend !!

Greg L
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 10:57 am

Easy with the pails of coal Greg, we don't want you to have a blowout. :D

I have a big honey-do list ahead of me, so I will check in later.
Rob R.
 
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:08 pm

I thought you guys would keep a better lid on that white *censored*! It drifted too far east - It's all over my lawn this morning! Must've been the horses ... toothy

Ditto what Greg said to Freddy .. and all you dirty coal burners on NEPA. I'd be hard pressed to find a better crew anywhere in the world. MERRY CHRISTMAS ya bastids! :P


Wifey got an early Christmas present from me yesterday. I spent a couple hours installing it for her on the Marquis - a shiny new set of TRUE HID's! :D Came with a set of inserts - they replace the 4656 light with a H4 conversion - the HID bulbs are H4 style, so they just clip right in. No more replacing the entire housing when the old sealed beam burns out ... which seems to be quite often these days. I don't remember them being this bad back in the day ... but I digress. Now she'll be able to see where the hell that Merc is pointed! I'm not a big fan of electronics, as most of you know, but these things are GREAT if you do alot of night driving! WHAT A DIFFERENCE!! Night and day, literally. Makes the high beams look YELLOW now! If you've got a car with sealed beam headlights, this is the way to go. Gotta love technology! Sometimes ....
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HID compared to stock HI beam. WOW!
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:29 pm

It must be headlight day! Check out my new lenses I installed on my 2001 Grand Marquis this afternoon:

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I haven't driven it at night yet, but so far it looks like a huge improvement. $65 for two new (Imported :( ) lenses...that included shipping and even bulbs. Ford really make these cars easy to service. It took 30 minutes to change both lenses; I replaced the parking/turn signal bulbs as well.

Headlight job #2 - Our 2010 Tahoe has pretty decent headlights, especially on high beam...but I thought the low beams could be better. While I was picking up the turn signal bulbs for my Mercury I saw a pair of Sylvainia Silverstar bulbs on sale with a rebate form attached. I said what the hell and bought them. I sure wish they were as easy to install as the Mercury...You have to peel back the lower part of the inner fender to loosen the third headlight screw. Naturally this is done "by feel" and some skin is lost in the process. It took about an hour, but after seeing the results in the shop with the lights off I do see an improvement.

This morning I finally installed a set of towel hooks in the bathroom that we have had for over a year. Company is coming for Xmas, so that was my final motivation to get the bathroom finished. I even installed a spa-style showerhead that pretty much gives you your own waterfall. I made the mistake of removing the flow restictor, since that was necessary on the last one to get even medicore performance....not the case with the new one! I haven't checked the flow rate with a pail or anything, but it is pretty serious.

The wind has been howling all day, and my EFM has been running for 30-40 minutes at a time. The windschill is supposed to be around zero tonight, so I better go change the ash tub and remind myself how much fuel I used to burn on nights like these
Rob R.
 
Stoker Coal Boiler: EFM DF520
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:43 pm

And the same car too! What are the odds! :lol:

That'll make a huge difference. The Focus headlight lenses were all yellowed. When my brother had the car, he polished them with a Harbor Fright kit - actually came out really good! I was surprised. It's a billion times better than it was.

Sounds like your Tahoe is exactly like my Silverado. Those damn headlights are a BITCH to work on. I think last time I installed the Silverstars, I got pissed an broke one of the posts off the headlight assembly where it sticks into the fender. Damn thing ... :x I noticed ZERO difference from stock. These lights were the best I've ever had on any vehicle I've ever owned. Would be tough to improve on that. Anyway, I still have the stockers, so I can toss those in when the Silvies burn out.
SMITTY
 
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: Rob R. On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:47 pm

Based on what I read, Phillips X-tremevision bulbs are supposed to be the best halogen bulb, but they are tough to find.
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: SMITTY On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:51 pm

I had almost bought a set of these Japanese halogen bulbs for those H4 conversion lenses before settling on the HID system. They were $90 a pair!! :shock: Nothin's too good for the wifey's safety though. ;)

Just remembered - they were called Raybrig.

Forgot I had a video of turning the lights on. Strange how they *FLASH* like a camera at first, then start out REALLY dim, then quickly brighten as they warm up.
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Re: Coffee near Christmas 2012

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Sat Dec 22, 2012 5:58 pm

I put the aftermarket headlight capsules in my TDI a few yrs ago. I do go through a few bulbs but they are cheap. Big difference in driving. Most of my 60,000 miles a year are in the dark so they were worth it.
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