My name is Smitty, and I'm an alcoholic.... (only on weekends...
Have a Harman Mark I in my basement burning anthracite. Bought it due to (obviously) rising fuel costs. The initial payout was high, but in the long run I'll save a mint.
I'm a blue-collar Republican who busts his ass every day, only to have my pay drained by the one of the most expensive places to live on earth (besides California), Massachusetts. I drive a truck for a living, and, in any other part of the country (again, besides Cali or Hawaii) I'd be making a decent wage. Not here.
I am a self-taught jack of all trades. I repair & maintain all mine & my wife's vehicles (junk), ATV's, dirt bikes, motorcycles, & lawn equipment. I make a few extra bucks fixing co-workers cars, lawn-mowers. etc. I've also done masonry work around the house, as well as roofing, plumbing & electrical. I pay NO ONE. Learned mostly out of necessity growing up (again, I love to blame our democrat-controlled house & senate here in Mass. for all my financial woes...) I try not to bring up politics in general conversation, because we are both right, & it solves nothing. But, I am very passionate about the way I live my life. I don't force my blue-collar lifestyle on anyone (hey, if you were born rich, so be it), but living here feels like EVERYONE is trying to force their lifestyle on me. Our lovely state wanted to give DRIVERS LICENSES TO ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS!!!!!!! That about sums up Massachusetts politics in a nutshell. Pick up our local paper & you'll see anti-ATV, anti-hunting, anti-gun...basically anti-American people trying to tell us, ME, how to live.
I drive a pickup truck with 256,000 miles on it. I like my Harley LOUD. I like having parties, drinking whiskey, and acting like an a**hole with my lifelong friends. I LOVE off-roading. I vote Republican because it jives with who I am. End of story.
OK,enough. That's my introduction...
Now back to the coal....
If I were asked to name 4 things that bring me the greatest joy in life, they would be:
My wife, (seriously, I probably wouldn't be here if it weren't for her...long story)
My Harley (and if it weren't for these toys, I'd lose my mind!!)
AND, last but not least,
COAL HEAT in the winter!!
Coal reduces my high stress level by providing cheap, easy (except for unloading it...) heat.