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Old 05-14-2018, 02:33 PM
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So yesterday for Mothers Day we went to our Daughters house in Manhattan to visit her and the Grand Kids. We had a nice, but noisy time and came home about 8:00pm. Before we got to our street we saw that the main road was closed with fire engines and police all over the place. I also couldn't help notice one of the power poles was on fire so I assumed that was bad. I am good like that. As I turned down our block I noticed it was very dark. We don't live in a cave and have street lights but they were all out. I got home and of course saw that my house was dark. The first thing I thought was OMG, my fish must be going crazy. Actually I didn't think of them at all as they have been through this many times and take care of themselves. Although I don't think they have their own generator.

I get inside and being I went to high school and everything I knew exactly where the flashlight is which I used to get to the basement and light a propane lantern.
Now I knew my wife was safe inside I walked up the block to check out the fire. It looked like there was a big short on the pole and the pole was almost burnt in half. It was also raining so maybe a sweaty squirrel or Eagle reached in between two wires and exploded. I am not sure.

I asked the guy on the pole how long until he restored the power and he said 2 hours. The power was already off for an hour so I figured I would drag the generator out. No, not for the fish, for the TV.
My friend was out there also and I asked him why he didn't start his generator and he said it wouldn't start.
He helped me drag out my machine because I have a palm full of stitches and I connected it to my gas pipe and the thing started right up as I knew it would. Now all my outside lights which I have in all the shrubs and trees lit up so it looked like Christmas in May.

Then I went to help him start his generator and after a few minutes I got it started. His wife was in the car on her cell phone as she is most of the time. He told me her biggest worry is if the phone goes out. I didn't even know where my phone was and if someone wanted to tell me something important, they could write me a letter. Like how important is a cell phone? I realize most people need the thing taped to their ear constantly in case they win the lottery, pick five or the Bachelor contest. I think it's great if the phone goes dead. For 30 million years we only had wooden cell phones and reception was terrible. We got along just fine.

Anyway, on my way back home across the street I notice my other neighbor trying to start his generator and he calls me.
I mean, Do I have a big sign on my head that says Home Depot?
Now I had to fix his machine. I start mine every few months as I do my power washer. Maybe it's me. But I told them all "Home Depot" is leaving soon so all you guys have to figure out how to do these simple things for yourself.
They just told me "I can't move"
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Old 05-14-2018, 04:35 PM
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HELLO. Is this thing on? Anybody out there? It's like invasion of the Geek snatchers, you know when you stare at your tank until you fall asleep and your body gets taken over by a sea cucumber.

HELLO. If anyone is there, you don't have to say anything, just put a picture of your favorite pod up like this --------------> . <---------------- It could be a male or female.
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Old 05-15-2018, 09:32 PM
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Lol. Funny stuff Paul.

How’s the move coming along?


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Old 05-16-2018, 07:55 AM
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WE are still packing. Closing on this house in a few days. We will be able to stay here a little while as we pay rent to the new people until the other place is ready. This place is full of boxes. It seems the boxes take up more room than the stuff that was inside the boxes did.
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Tagging along as usual Paul....good luck with the recovery and move...
BTW...the hard coral looks like a Hydnophora which can grow in mud and a flashlight...lower the N & P and it would be a nice fuzzy green.


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Mike, thanks for telling me that. I had no idea what it was and if it lives in my tank, it probably loves mud and darkness.

You hear that Andy, get me more.
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My house is a maze of boxes. I filled 7- 50 gallon cans so far with stuff I am throwing out just from my workshop. I have about 20 boxes of stuff from there that I am keeping. It's amazing the stuff you can amass in 40 years.
I can't touch the tank stuff yet because my new house is not finished. I kept my worm culture out as well as my brine shrimp hatchery because I want to feed the pipes and mandarins for as long as I can. They may not get live shrimp for a month due to me building stuff out there. I also have stuff to demolish because i don't like the way the builder designed a few things. I will move the door into my workshop and may move the furnace and water heater. I also need to move the washer and drier which means I have to move some gas pipes and exhaust hoses. I built most of my lights so I told the electrician not to install most of them. The day I move in I will put up some temporary lights. The place is mostly glass so I can't walk around in my Speedo until I install something on the windows. My neighbors may like that, OK, maybe not.
I won't have my RO/DI hooked up for quite some time as there is no water or drain near the tank. That is not a big priority so I will have to think about something in the mean time.
My boat is also in the water out there and it needs some attention before I can go out. Mostly maintenance and cleaning, filling with water, fluids etc. And I will need to get a GPS card for the Peconic bay as mine doesn't work there. It is for 60 miles away near Manhattan.
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Old 05-18-2018, 04:26 PM
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A little while ago my door bell rang and I went upstairs to see who it was. It was this guy dressed in a bug exterminator uniform with a picture of a bug on it.
I told him I don't need any bug exterminators and I walked into my back yard. He follows me explaining how important it is to kill bugs and that his company is the best bug killing company and how they can tell a lady bug from a preying mantis and a moose from a duck billed platypus and I wasn't paying much attention.
So i turned around and this giant carpenter bee lands on his sleeve. It looked like a Blackhawk helicopter. The guy went nuts. He got the horrors and I thought he was going to have a coronary. Even the bug on his uniform was scared. I just flicked the thing off his sleeve but as it went away, it hit him in the face. I thought I was going to have to take him to the emergency room.

I said, " your not the guy who comes and kills the bugs, Are You?"
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Old 05-19-2018, 10:34 AM
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Anyone want this Free. Marble/Onyx hand carved chess set
Free, or I can lower the price and give you a dollar.

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I have two big industrial machinists Vises, one on each workbench. I was going to leave them here for the new people and buy new ones, but I can't. I can't find an American Vise. I can't believe it that we don't make an American Vise and I don't buy tools from China, (or anything else) Well so far Amazon don't have any so I will just remove my ole ones which are much better than what I can buy and mine are American. Probably also older then me, much older.

I also want to get a tiny drill press. I have a big one but I have been doing a lot of very tiny work, 1/8" and below. I have been getting rid of a lot of my large construction tools because I had doubles and triples of them. but for my smaller, art work I need more delicate tools and my large drill press won't take tiny bits. I can't get it on Amazon because they don't tell you where the thing is made so I will go to specific manufacturers. I don't like those little Dremmel presses. A Dremmel is more of a hobbiest tool and not built for doing much. They overheat and the bearings are not that good. I have 2 of them and they are good for some small grinding purposes which is what I use them for. But they get very hot and are not very powerful.

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