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Message 3 of 36 (883820)
01-13-2021 11:24 AM
Reply to: Message 2 by jar
01-13-2021 11:02 AM


Re: and another short outage
My place has an electric stove, so if the power goes out for long, I can't cook.

I did keep the camp stove, but I haven't checked that out for a while.


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Message 13 of 36 (884432)
02-18-2021 11:45 AM
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02-18-2021 11:14 AM


Re: When the going gets tough the liars get going!
IOW, Ted Cruz has gone from being a "Goon from Saskatoon" to being a "Goon in Cancún".

I learned the "goon from Saskatoon" phrase in my childhood from the zoot-suit Tom & Jerry cartoon (standard double features in pre-1970 theatres, especially matinées, included a cartoon between the two features. A lot of the cartoons were a couple decades old).

Cruz was born in Canada (in Calgary), so that's close enough to Saskatoon. And applying the "goon" part to him is so self-evident that it writes itself.


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Message 14 of 36 (884433)
02-18-2021 11:58 AM


Where are the Jewish Space Lasers When Texas Really Needs Them?
Texas Republicans are just too cheap-ass to pay for that service. They'd rather have their own people die than to spend anything to help them.

And if the Texas "leaders" were to pay for that life-saving Jewish Space Laser service, what you wanna bet that they'd only thaw out the red districts and leave the blue districts to die. Because that's how Republicans roll.


  
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Message 15 of 36 (884434)
02-18-2021 12:38 PM
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02-18-2021 11:14 AM


Re: When the going gets tough the liars get going!
Apparently Cruz is returning to Texas.

I just now heard breaking news that Cruz' staff has reached out to the Houston Police Department. To request police support to help Cruz get out of the airport.

Wow!


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Message 23 of 36 (884447)
02-19-2021 1:42 PM
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02-19-2021 4:38 AM


Re: Conditions north of the big lake
Spent most of my life in Southern California were we do pay attention to insulation and weatherstripping. But I was out of the area for six years while on active duty.

First I was on the Gulf Coast of MS for tech school (Keesler AFB in Biloxi). I brought my wife out and we arrived at our apartment on New Year's Eve 1976. It was raining a bit. Next morning, 1977, I looked out and our car had icicles on the bumper. The apartment had no weatherstripping and apparently no insulation and was miserably cold.

That was the year the US had a very bad winter. Our instructor called the break early when he heard that it was snowing. Yep, it was snowing on the Gulf Coast. Last about 20 minutes, but we got snow drifts upwards of a quarter inch tall. Locals had no idea how to drive in that stuff (kind of like Southern Californians when it rains). But what made the headlines was that while almost all of the lower 48 states (AKA CONUS) were suffering below-freezing temperatures, it was 45°F in Alaska.

From that I was stationed for five years in North Dakota. It was interesting to see how everything was adapted for the cold weather. The houses were almost perfect cubes in order to maximize internal volume while minimizing surface area, thus preserving heat. Every business and most houses had two sets of doors to the outside, kind of like a spacecraft airlock except this was to keep heat from escaping and cold air from blowing in. One night there we watched "The Thing" (1951) on TV (the original with James Arness playing the Carrot Man -- I think he was the reason why they filmed the outdoor location shots just west of Fargo). We laughed at how ridiculous the early scenes were where the aircrew goes into the base CO's office and every time the office door opens snow and the cold wind blow in and sends the papers on his desk flying; nobody would ever build an office like that which we knew by having lived it.


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Message 27 of 36 (884480)
02-21-2021 3:38 PM
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02-21-2021 1:53 PM


Re: Ted Cruz discovers that lassez-faire capitalism is bad
Kind of like when conservatives complain about US jobs going overseas and blame it on socialism and other things they don't understand, when in reality that's just capitalism in operation. If you, a bean-counting capitalist, can manufacture a product overseas and ship it here for even a few pennies less per item, then that is what you're going to do.

Ironically, the only way we can keep those jobs here would be through some form of regulation, something which "conservatives" oppose because ... (wait for it ... wait for it) ... regulation cuts into a company's profits.


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Message 31 of 36 (884506)
02-22-2021 6:04 PM
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02-22-2021 5:28 PM


Re: Ted Cruz discovers that lassez-faire capitalism is bad
I suspect that those homes with the higher usage had electric heating. "Gold Medallion" all-electric homes was a craze in So. Calif too and I encountered that a lot when I was house hunting. In some places, the heating wires were built into the ceiling drywall, which seems very inefficient to me. I held out for a gas furnace instead.

As for water shut-off, there's usually an emergency water main valve on the outside where it comes into the house. Unable to find that, you can go the water meter which is in a box at the curb and shut it off there. Then turn on the taps and hose bibs to let the water drain out of the pipes. Be sure to shut off your water heater while you're at it (ie, just plain turn it off while leaving the valves on the tank alone).


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