Ash Wednesday OT
February 18, 2015 7:17 AM - Partridge
Deception Island, Antarctica

World in black and white (snow and volcanic ash ) , with touches of red (hematite ) and yellow ( cheptonite )

February 18, 2015 7:27 AM - petebklyn
why only one thread today?
February 18, 2015 7:43 AM - Partridge
Lazy democrats.
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February 18, 2015 8:05 AM - petebklyn
so--- I was hoping to make it through the season with no heat problem in brooklyn (you'd think the upstate problems would be enough for both places)....but no. No heat coming up. Waiting for guy to call me back to tell me when they can come by.
February 18, 2015 8:13 AM - petebklyn
In other words, I'll probably be sitting here next to space heater all day on the computer waiting waiting waiting.
February 18, 2015 8:20 AM - Partridge
Cleaned off/de-iced my car a bit. The sun will do the rest.

Absolutely beautiful morning! Maybe sit on the stoop and wait for the repairmen, Pete.
February 18, 2015 8:26 AM - petebklyn
great idea. want to stoop sit with me?
He called back. Someone should be here between 10 and 11a. Probably means between 3 and 5p.

I shouldn't say that. Guy is very nice.
February 18, 2015 8:47 AM - DeLepp
Finding a plumber/heat guy difficult. We had appointments set up for one of the carriage houses since Friday. The filthy parrot is freezing.
February 18, 2015 8:49 AM - dibs
Sorry to hear all of you hve so many issues. Maybe a little reflection on Ash Wednesday that "to dust thou shall return" might be in order
February 18, 2015 8:52 AM - DeLepp
Glass houses and all.
February 18, 2015 9:20 AM - More4Less
No heat problems at my hi rise
February 18, 2015 9:23 AM - More4Less
A friend had pipes bursted. Twice in 2 days.

Does dob code stipulate how deep water pipes need to be below ground when it enters the house - eg 3 feet, 4 feet etc so as to minimize pipes freezing?
February 18, 2015 9:26 AM - petebklyn
don't know.
February 18, 2015 9:28 AM - rf
Hope Dave's recovery continues. What day does he leave for SF?
February 18, 2015 9:30 AM - dibs
3' I believe, m4l.

Leaving Friday AM
February 18, 2015 9:38 AM - dibs
None of your business.
February 18, 2015 9:38 AM - dibs
SF and Healdsburg, CA. M's brother's 50th birthday.
February 18, 2015 9:45 AM - Deleted
but that sounds nice, get out of this shit weather for a moment.
February 18, 2015 9:47 AM - dibs
We leave on what might turn out to be the coldest day of the year. I'm not dressing for weather here so the cab to the airport better be warm. It's in the high 60s - 70 out there now
February 18, 2015 9:51 AM - Deleted
(dibs head exploding w rage)
February 18, 2015 9:56 AM - dibs
I'll look forward to some Henry Weinhard's Private Reserve if I see it.
February 18, 2015 10:01 AM - dibs
Is this him?
February 18, 2015 10:07 AM - petebklyn
plumber here. thermocoupler he says. going to get one now.
February 18, 2015 10:14 AM - More4Less
Your step bro be making a killing in bk - those are serious creds in the eyes of the bk crowd
February 18, 2015 10:15 AM - More4Less
Now that I live in LES, I am in favor of tolls.
February 18, 2015 10:17 AM - Legion
Good morning.
Pete, the thermocoupler tells the system that there's a flame to light the gas.
If there's no flame or the flame is too small then the thermocoupler doesn't let the gas into the system.
Make sure the technician checks that the pilot light is large enough and that the pilot light tube is cleared of any blockage.
Sometimes this is the underlying reason for repeated problems in a gas system, a simple blockage in the pilot light tube.
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February 18, 2015 10:18 AM - dibs
". Such knowledge generally results from years of thoughtful study and tasting, travel to classic beer producing areas, hands-on experience with beer service, in-depth familiarity with brewing and ingredients and frequent and repeated experience in beer and food pairing. "

Sounds like my college days
February 18, 2015 10:22 AM - dibs
Pete probably knows more about "flames" than you
February 18, 2015 10:26 AM - petebklyn
they do that toll thread at least once a year if not more.
February 18, 2015 10:26 AM - petebklyn
not the thermocoupler. now changing a gas valve.
February 18, 2015 10:44 AM - dibs
Fighting the just fight, randi.
February 18, 2015 10:46 AM - petebklyn
fixed. $606
February 18, 2015 10:50 AM - dibs
February 18, 2015 10:50 AM - dibs
Raise the rents.
February 18, 2015 10:51 AM - More4Less
Wow, gas valve must be made of gold
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February 18, 2015 10:51 AM - More4Less
Randi, Dave and probably legion
February 18, 2015 10:53 AM - dibs
I've ;looked into it a lot but have never installed it. It works best over stone/tile and apparently engineered wood more so than regular wood flooring. Not sure why in the latter case.
February 18, 2015 10:55 AM - dibs
I'm going to build a sun porch in P-Town and will probably install the NuHeat radiant heating over a stone floor.
February 18, 2015 10:56 AM - More4Less
Delepp is gonna put in that nuheat product Dave posted last time. That was electric right? Not water?
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February 18, 2015 10:57 AM - dibs
US has stopped all exporting out of the LA port. Obama needs to step in and force these idiots back to work. He doesn't have the will or the balls to do so.
February 18, 2015 10:58 AM - dibs
Yes, electric. Which used to be crap but is a lot better now. Always preferable to use 240 v if you can.
February 18, 2015 10:59 AM - dibs
February 18, 2015 11:09 AM - DeadCatBounce
I have radiant heat in CT.
Also hot water radiators.
February 18, 2015 11:10 AM - dibs
Annoying when a shopkeeper doesn't open at his stated hour. The Frugal Frames proprietor a block away wasn't there. Three minutes of my life now lost.
February 18, 2015 11:19 AM - Partridge
Shit. I had better stop googling wall mirrors and get to work...
February 18, 2015 11:28 AM - dibs
Just called them. Some woman answered. I have never dealt with a woman there, only the male proprietor. Maybe she had a late night at Dirty Franks.
February 18, 2015 11:39 AM - More4Less
A buddy has the hydronic version in his house. Don't recall him having another heat source
February 18, 2015 11:57 AM - dibs

Here's the facts…

The debt grew the most dollar-wise during President Obama's term. He added $6.167 trillion, a 53% increase, in six years

i bet the rest of his so-called facts don't hold up under scrutiny.
February 18, 2015 12:07 PM - dibs
$202 for the framing. Done next week.
February 18, 2015 12:15 PM - Legion
Dibs is right,
Thus far Obama has added 8 Trillion of 18 Trillion National Debt.
By the time he's done, he will have single handedly added more to the National Debt than
all other Presidents combined. ALL other Presidents combined.

Please cut and paste this for anonlurker and tell her to get her facts straight and
stop being stupid.
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February 18, 2015 12:16 PM - dibs
But Obama has told us that raising the debt ceiling doesn't actually raise the amount of debt.
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February 18, 2015 12:17 PM - dibs
Ithink I am getting my appetite back. I think this flu did something to knock out my taste buds for the last few days.
February 18, 2015 12:24 PM - Legion
"Personal disposable income has grown nearly 6 times more under Democratic presidents"

...and yet,
under this President, average median income has fallen approximately $4,000 per household while
the number of Americans living under the Poverty line has increased.
More Americans are on Food Stamps than ever before and we have the lowest jobs participation rate in generations.

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February 18, 2015 12:32 PM - More4Less
Sounds like the takeaway from those posts are Obama is bad but any repub would be far worst.
February 18, 2015 12:34 PM - Deleted
Of course personal disposable income increases under democrats. Who wouldn't have more money to spend on consumer detritus when their rent, food, and medical are subsidized. I know the attitude quite well having grown up amongst scrubs (assholes who adopted me included).
February 18, 2015 12:36 PM - Deleted
Earned income is for iPhones, sneakers, and video games. Not for rent, food, and medical expenses. DUH
February 18, 2015 12:37 PM - More4Less
Dudley, did repub prez able to squeeze subsidies hard while in power? I know they like to but did they do it?
February 18, 2015 12:39 PM - Deleted
My huuuuuge game collection as a kid was directly because the government was paying most of our rent. Unfortunately people aren't as disgusted and embarrassed by things like that like I am. There's so much shaming going on these days, it's time to start shaming this behaviour, but that will never happen without getting called all sorts of nasty things.
February 18, 2015 12:41 PM - Deleted
No clue, I don't care, all I know is that my breeders specifically always voted democrat because they are the free shit party. Vile.
February 18, 2015 12:42 PM - More4Less
Dudley, did you lose that rent subsidy when repub prez in office? If not, subsidy same under dem or repub prez
February 18, 2015 12:43 PM - dibs
"my breeders specifically always voted democrat because they are the free shit party."

And did they ever directly benefit from that???
February 18, 2015 12:44 PM - dibs
I think that dog is Patty Hearst's dog.
February 18, 2015 12:44 PM - Legion
The point is that the facts are completely wrong on one of the items indicated.
Therefore, one has to question the credibility of the entire post.

I know the quotes are from some book written about how Democratic Presidents
have done better overall but like much of the stuff written by the Left,
it doesn't hold up to scrutiny.

For instance,
at this point, we are supposed to believe that America's economy is doing great.
According to all the Dems we're in a "great recovery".
Meanwhile, recently, the head of the Gallup organization stated something to the effect that:
"...if Americans knew the real unemployment numbers, they'd be scared".

They keep giving you unemployment numbers which discount the millions and millions of Americans
who have given up looking for work or are way underemployed.

February 18, 2015 12:47 PM - dibs
Something for you to do this weekend, randi...
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February 18, 2015 12:49 PM - More4Less
Better beat Hillary else potentially more of same for 8 more years
February 18, 2015 12:50 PM - Legion
DFB is right,
there's no longer a "stigma" attached to living off of the work of others.
It's part of the entitlement culture in general.
Many, many Americans simply believe, and have been conditioned to defend, the idea that there's this vast pool
of stuff they are supposed to get.

It's also fed by a rampant consumerism in Suburbia where every yutz with ears needs to show off that they have more than anybody else.
I had a patient come in recently with his son who was almost adult age.
Both were on a "subsidized" medicaid plan.
The son had $450 dollar sneakers. I kid you not.
February 18, 2015 12:56 PM - More4Less
My shit doesn't smell attitude is not gonna help fix stuff in this country.
February 18, 2015 12:56 PM - dibs
It certainly accelerated rapidly inder Obama. Look up the numbers.
February 18, 2015 1:00 PM - Deleted
Don't shoot the messenger. I'm just telling those of u born into privilege how the other half lives and thinks. I realise it makes some of u uncomfortable..
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February 18, 2015 1:00 PM - Legion
much of this didn't start under Obama.
The entitlement culture has its roots way back but it's reaching a peak now because the politics of division
have been fostering it.
So it becomes a Right vs. Left issue.
Used to be Americans in general believed in working hard and being thankful for what you had.
There's a much harder edge to that idea now and among a generation which has been raised in relative prosperity.
Basically, there are lessons which both sides have to learn and ALL Americans must learn by heart.
They should be drilling these lessons in school along with reading and writing and arithmetic.
Lessons such as:
-Social engineering does not work. It does not benefit society in the long term.
-Poverty can best be eliminated by a system of strong values, avoiding addiction and responsible decision making.
-Socialism is an economic dead end. Any attempt by latter day Bolsheveks or Progressives to tell you otherwise should be seen as manipulation.
-Government is not the source of citizen's rights, it is the protector of those rights.
I could go on.
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February 18, 2015 1:02 PM - petebklyn
oh please don't
February 18, 2015 1:06 PM - dibs
I wasn't born into privilege. I largely put myself through school and worked to get where I got. No one from my generation and certainly not prior ones would ever think of living off government handouts as an acceptable way of life. I never wanted to spend my life in a trailer
February 18, 2015 1:11 PM - Legion
"Don't shoot the messenger. I'm just telling those of u born into privilege how the other half lives and thinks. I realise it makes some of u uncomfortable.."

this is the reason I enjoy posting the photos of the modern day "anarchists" and "activists" at these recent protests.
They're full of Muffys and Shanes from Ohio and Wisconson who have no clue about how the world works in a poor neighborhood.
They're in it for the optics and the story. In short, because their own vanity outweighs their logic and their self-righteousness assures them that they know what's best for the "poor, unwashed masses".
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February 18, 2015 1:12 PM - dibs
Well said, Legion.
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February 18, 2015 1:13 PM - Deleted
yup. Spot on. The truth will set you free, the older I get the more I lol at all the liberal lies and intellectual dishonesty. I'm sure the other side is just as vile in other ways, but I have no experience being around them to share.
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February 18, 2015 1:25 PM - dibs
OWS was probably the most ill thought out of any movement I have seen since the 60s. Pay my bills, cuz I can't?????
February 18, 2015 1:26 PM - Legion
To be fair,
there's no shortage of douchy types on the Right.
Those that just want to grab everything and tell everyone to eat cake.
I'm all for jailing those who defraud the taxpayer and the government.
One of the lessons we need to learn is strict oversight from these types as well.
We just have to be honest about what works and what doesn't.
I was reading about the Russian revolution recently and was shocked to learn that the Bolsheveks never enjoyed a wide popular support.
They seized power and held on to it by scheming and murder.
Meanwhile they sold themselves as "helpers" of the people.
February 18, 2015 1:27 PM - dibs
randi defending breadknots that he hasn't met either
February 18, 2015 1:28 PM - dibs
It's a telling commentary on things that the two countries in the most troble these days are Venezuela and Russia.
February 18, 2015 1:29 PM - dibs
I never saw a lot of human decency in any video footage of any OWS gatherings.
February 18, 2015 1:33 PM - dibs
I don't ride a bike. I grew up.
February 18, 2015 1:33 PM - Legion
I understand there's poverty all over the country.
I also understand that poverty is not in itself a measure of unhappiness.
What's being debated here is how a White, liberal, college-educated establishment (like the Baruch professor who assaulted the Asian police officer on the Brooklyn bridge and was ready to do "battle" with a bag full of hammers and gas masks)
uses the inner city "poor" folks as fodder for their own advancement.

February 18, 2015 1:35 PM - Legion
Don't get offended randolph,
the Muffy and Shane reference is simply another way of describing limousine liberals.
Folks who never lived in real poverty but are all too willing to prescribe remedies.
February 18, 2015 1:36 PM - Deleted
I spent two over nights at was disgusting and my cheap ghetto phone was stolen. I, like most people who were there, were just there to glamorize being a low life. And get really fucked up of course. Thank god I didn't get bugs.
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February 18, 2015 1:38 PM - Legion
What I remember from OWS randolph is how the newspapers looked up the addresses of many of these "activists" and found them living in the leafy and affluent suburbs of New Jersey.
February 18, 2015 1:38 PM - Deleted
Wow randi is one clueless dude.
February 18, 2015 1:39 PM - dibs
" they would tell you it is about everyone's advancement."


It was all based largely on misunderstanding financial markets and why they had to be saved. And then it was about me, me, me.
February 18, 2015 1:43 PM - Legion
OWS and all the other "dump the establishment" routinely use the notion of a static, poor and minority underclass as their motive for seeking "justice".
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February 18, 2015 2:09 PM - sixyearsandcounting
"It's a telling commentary on things that the two countries in the most troble these days are Venezuela and Russia."

How about Syria, Iraq, Central African Republic, South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen, Libya...?
February 18, 2015 2:10 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Oh yeah! Legion, here's an article about the effect of climate change on the US Navy:
February 18, 2015 2:14 PM - dibs
The Rolling Stone. LOL
February 18, 2015 2:21 PM - dibs
It's too bad randi can't master the Restore Blank Post. Now we have missed out on his insights
February 18, 2015 2:21 PM - dibs
I meant the newly fucked, socialist run countries whose economies are imploding. The countries you list have pretty much been fucked for many decades because of their ethnic racism.
February 18, 2015 2:32 PM - dibs
Why are all randi's posts deleted? Did I miss a hissy fit???
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February 18, 2015 2:34 PM - Legion
Thanks for the article sixyears.
Same as it ever was....

Sea levels rise and fall. Ice ages come and go. The earth heats up and cools down.
It's been happening long before we were around. The article I just posted indicates how sea levels have been steadily rising since the end of the last Ice Age 20,000 years ago.
What has changed however is that
magazines like Rolling Stone now use these natural cycles against their political opponents.
It's a good strategy, blame the opposition for ignoring the consequences of natural disaster.
Only problem is, the Left doesn't accept accountability when their predictions are not met.
Instead, they double down and start a whole new wave of "denier" hit pieces.
February 18, 2015 2:40 PM - Legion
I think randolph got pissed off at the discussion of class warfare in America.
We need to be able to get past such differences and examine what works and what doesn't work if we're going to move forward as a whole.
My suggestion is to convene a panel of scientists, analysts and economists to sit with a super computer like
Deep Blue and decide which programs and schemes are logical and illogical.
This is probably the way we will finally end this incessant cycle of blaming the other side in politics.
We need to let a super computer with AI cut through the bullshit on each side and give us the
statistical/historical/mathematical analysis of what is best for society.

in the end, it probably won't equate with happiness however.
We'll just be able to blame the computer instead of each other.
February 18, 2015 2:43 PM - dibs
He'll be back when he has another real estate question.
February 18, 2015 2:48 PM - Legion
if I'm a condescending prick,
you're a whining douche bag who should go chew on artisinal, free-range ball sack.
February 18, 2015 2:50 PM - sixyearsandcounting
trolled re the rolling stone article.

dibs self-pwns on my fb, misses the obvious satire:

February 18, 2015 2:51 PM - Legion
...alright, then take the artisinal, free-range ball sack to go.
February 18, 2015 2:53 PM - dibs
Middle East satire isn't something I actually care about.
February 18, 2015 2:54 PM - dibs
Oh dear...
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February 18, 2015 2:58 PM - dibs
Is Legion more condescending and arrogant than me??? I needto work on that.
February 18, 2015 2:59 PM - Legion
I don't know why you always say i'm being condescending.
I think it's just the way I write on this blog.
I'm really not being condescending, just my unusual syntax.
In person it usually makes people laugh at me.
February 18, 2015 2:59 PM - sixyearsandcounting
He'll be back.
February 18, 2015 3:02 PM - sixyearsandcounting
Long ago and far away, there was a city called "New York". It was a rough, dangerous place, but full of people who were interesting, creative, and savvy. And one of the things that these people most desired was a precious treasure -- so rare that many people thought it only existed in story -- called "a good, cheap apartment". And of these rare, precious gems, the most precious and most rare were those good, cheap apartments governed by an ancient and mystic code known as "rent control", for (unlike those governed by the more mundane "rent stabilization") these apartments were immune from the plagues of rent increases that regularly swept through the city, forcing good people from their homes as they bewailed their inability to afford the place where they had lived for years.
Now these rent control apartments were so precious that people so lucky as to live in them rarely if ever moved elsewhere. People would bribe building superintendents (usually immigrants from Ireland, Eastern Europe, or Latin America) to let them know if apartments became available or to make sure that their application was the only one sent to the management companies (as roving bands of extortioners and thieves were known then, and even to this day). Newspaper ads announcing the availability of such apartments would guarantee droves of seekers of housing descending on an address like dragons on an unguarded hoard. It was a rough and tumble world, where only the strong, the clever, and the nimble came out on top.
Now in those days, my friend Fred was looking for somewhere to live. Spotting an ad for a rent control apartment in the howling desert known as "the west Forties", he arrived in the early morning, knowing that the first applicant had the greatest chance of success. To his dismay, he saw that two interlopers had arrived before him and were even discussing between themselves how much of the dreaded "key money" they were prepared to pay the Charon who would ferry them over the River Styx to the Elysian Fields. Just then, Fred heard a jingling of keys that heralded the arrival of the super, as well as a hailed greeting in Spanish -- a greeting that his fellow suppliants received with blank incomprehension.
Fred thought fast. Surmising (correctly, as it turned out) that a Spanish-speaking super was more likely to be Roman Catholic than not and remembering that it was Ash Wednesday, Fred stuck his hand out the hall window, gathered a quantity of soot from the window sill on his thumb, and marked a cross on his own forehead just as the super came into view. The super looked at those assembled there, ignored all the others with their shiny, clean foreheads, went straight to Fred and invited him to see the apartment. A quick tour, a quick (loaded) handshake, and Fred left with high hopes. A week later, he had a new home.
February 18, 2015 3:04 PM - dibs
I really can't get bent out of shape over someone's syntax here
February 18, 2015 3:07 PM - Legion
I think randolph responds negatively to my use of words and the way I put sentences together.
I say you're being whiny randolph because you attack me personally and get personally offended by the ideas I post.
You're the first one who says that everyone takes things way too seriously in here.
February 18, 2015 3:08 PM - Partridge
When left unsupervised, you boys are impossible.
February 18, 2015 3:11 PM - DeadCatBounce
Good story, Six.
February 18, 2015 3:28 PM - DeadCatBounce
Randi, my house had that heating system installed when I bought it. High end Buderus Boiler.
The idea is that the radiant floor heating provides an inexpensive background of heat, and the other systems kick on as needed.
February 18, 2015 3:40 PM - pepper
So, a pretty good day here on the OT. :o/

It's sunny and 25 here in Williamstown. Actually quite nice.
February 18, 2015 3:45 PM - dibs
Sunny and 31? here. And drama free
February 18, 2015 3:45 PM - Partridge
And we can't even blame Benson, Pep.
February 18, 2015 3:46 PM - pepper
No catfights, dibs?
February 18, 2015 3:49 PM - petebklyn
I had lunch at Ikea. My friend treated. Swedish meatballs with socialist sauce.
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February 18, 2015 3:55 PM - dibs
The cats never actually fight. Howard swats Nick now and then and Nick runs away. Need to teach Nick to swat back. Never any hissing, unlike here in the OT
February 18, 2015 3:55 PM - petebklyn
my garden level floors feel like radiant heat because heat pipes run underneath towards front of building.
February 18, 2015 3:56 PM - dibs
Where did the money come from to pay for the Socialist sauce?
February 18, 2015 3:59 PM - petebklyn
I don't ask my friend where he gets his money. I am more refined than you.
February 18, 2015 4:02 PM - dibs
Well, we can be pretty certain it's from other people, the socialist mantra. That is until they run out of other people's money
February 18, 2015 4:12 PM - petebklyn
don't worry. neither one of us will live that long.
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February 18, 2015 4:49 PM - dibs
Another dumb ass rapper arrested for being stupid…

"Robert Van Winkle, AKA Vanilla Ice, Arrested in Residential Burglary: Police"
February 18, 2015 5:07 PM - Deleted
I have returned.

I do not appreciate returning to this frigid weather. Not only that, but I had to return to an emergency in one of my customers' buildings: a burst sprinkler pipe. This is not what I want to experience after a wonderful vacation.
February 18, 2015 5:11 PM - dibs
Hope you had fun, benson. At least it wasn't a burst pipe in your own home. I think X got back from his cruise today as well.
February 18, 2015 5:17 PM - dibs
benson, Obama is harping on not using "Islamic terrorists" to describe the terrorists. Seriously, he needs to pick his battles and making this change in terminology is just plain stupid.
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Vacation was really great. Will put up some photos later.

Highlight was driving a dune buggy in Grand Turks, something I had always wanted to do. It was really something driving along the coast (which kind of looks like the landscape of Fort Tilden), passing wild donkeys and horses along the way.
February 18, 2015 5:32 PM - petebklyn
I don't feel so bad after reading this from keyspan website where they are advertising a service contract for boiler:
"To give you an example on part pricing one combination gas valve cost $575.00 installed."
Question is whether they will cover me -- probably some clause for 1 or 2 family only somewhere - whereas I am 3 fam with c of o for 4. even though bldg smaller than lot of 1 families
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February 18, 2015 5:33 PM - petebklyn
burst because of cold weather or just old?

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February 18, 2015 5:34 PM - dibs
GE doesn't guarantee hot water heaters for anything more than a single family.
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February 18, 2015 5:35 PM - petebklyn
welcome home. 9 more days of cold (except for sunday).

Possibly booking 1st cruise tonight. Norwegian which is probably low-end. To Alaska from Vancouver.

February 18, 2015 5:40 PM - petebklyn
I don't see any clause on the Heatspan website.
anyone heard of them? on E35th St, brooklyn
February 18, 2015 5:44 PM - Deleted
Pipes burst because of cold. New city building code requires louvers on top of staircases, which lets frigied air in.
February 18, 2015 5:46 PM - Deleted
NCL is pretty good - not low class at all. However, please be aware that they tend to cater to family with small kids, complete with waterparks on the top. If you would prefer more sedate, older crowd, take Princess (which is the one I take). Princess is especially known for their Alaska cruises.
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February 18, 2015 5:48 PM - petebklyn
so besides from all the repairs...have to figure out how to prevent in future.
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February 18, 2015 5:52 PM - dibs
What purpose do the louvres serve? Let smoke out in case of fire?
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February 18, 2015 5:56 PM - Deleted
Yes, they are supposed to let smoke out of the staircase in case of fire.

Two possible solutions:

-put heater at top landing of staircase;
-put in a louver that closes under normal condition, but opens up in the case of fire.

Checking it out now.
February 18, 2015 6:00 PM - dibs
There are certainly thermostatically controlled lovered vents readily available.. The greenhouse industry uses them.
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February 18, 2015 6:01 PM - Deleted
You have to get what is called a "fail-safe" louver, meaning that its default position (in case of power failure) is in the open position.
February 18, 2015 6:05 PM - dibs
Ahhh, OK..more expensive specialty products. Always something.
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February 18, 2015 6:43 PM - Deleted
I got my refund today! I immediately paid off a credit card with it though. Was actually thinking about going on a cruise myself! I didn't even think to look up adult only cruises, i'd be LIVID if I spent money on a cruise and the ship wound up being infested with breeders and their crotchfruit, no fucking way, that's what I need to get away from!!! I am probably better off anyway grinning and bearing it until the summer is here. Else I might get scolded by Cobble for not being able to afford it anyway :/

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February 18, 2015 7:08 PM - petebklyn
paying off credit card a prudent choice. of course, the spending that was on the card probably was not so prudent.
I can't picture you on a cruise....but then again I can't picture myself on one either.
February 18, 2015 7:24 PM - Deleted
It wasn't prudent. All of my credit card debt was from refusing to quitting smoking for the last three years, refusing to move to a shithole neighborhood (although I am at the point now where I consider Park Slope to be a shit hole), and no COL raises at work! I am very thankful to the big banks for lending me money to survive as I saw fit. I will pay it all back of course.

February 18, 2015 7:35 PM - dibs
I coildnt do a cruise either
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February 18, 2015 7:43 PM - petebklyn
yes, a cruise for you would be too frustrating. All the hot asian crew and staff that are totally off limits.
February 18, 2015 7:44 PM - petebklyn
example of why many americans have resentment, distrust and angry at medical delivery system and doctors...
My friend in Florida who had partial lung removal for cancer last fall and finished his chemotherapy therapy treatments last month had appt with his oncologist for this friday. He went last week for PET scan to check for evidence of cancer and blood work on monday. Obviously very anxious after all been through for results and feedback.
Today doctors office calls and says canceling appt and can't reschedule until middle of March.
Of course - this would have been a 5 minute if lucky visit with doctor. Facing lots of anxiety. Told to wait a month.
Plus -- he still has port in chest needed for chemo. No mention that this port needs to be 'flushed' or risk infection.
You think how much money this guy has been paid ---and this is how treated.

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February 18, 2015 7:48 PM - dibs
WOW, that's really bad, Pete. Unacceptable to make someone wait like that for those sort of results.
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February 18, 2015 7:53 PM - More4Less
Rob, keep up the great progress. stopped drinking. stopped the death sticks. did you own taxes. now paying off your credit card balance. that's mad progress.
February 18, 2015 7:54 PM - Deleted
That sounds awful, but if he was in England or any other country with socialized medicine that so many clueless types like to fetishize, it would be more like one year before getting a new appointment.

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February 18, 2015 7:55 PM - More4Less
Pete, I would assume the Asian staff be totally available - especially when Dave splashes the cash around
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February 18, 2015 7:57 PM - petebklyn
I think very strict on these cruise ships of no hankypanky
February 18, 2015 7:59 PM - More4Less
did Randi blogicide? is that why I see all those blank posts???
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February 18, 2015 7:59 PM - petebklyn
I like to think that in NY would not treat someone like that. And he is from NY, so no way was he going to put up with that BS. So told them off and has appt next week
February 18, 2015 7:59 PM - Deleted
Do they really have no hooking up rules? Hahaha.
February 18, 2015 8:00 PM - Deleted
So if he has an appointment NEXT week, what was all your bitching about? Seriously.

February 18, 2015 8:02 PM - More4Less
yeah, seriously
February 18, 2015 8:05 PM - dibs
No hooking up with staffand if you harass them you get thrown off.
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February 18, 2015 8:05 PM - dibs
Good for him to not take that from them.
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February 18, 2015 8:06 PM - dibs
Randi is in a mood
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February 18, 2015 8:09 PM - dibs
Legion was mean to him, or so he thinks
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February 18, 2015 8:10 PM - More4Less
rules will stop you?
February 18, 2015 8:17 PM - dibs
No but the prospect of getting caught would. So i would have to weigh the possibilities.
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February 18, 2015 8:18 PM - More4Less
all that means is you prospect near the end of the cruise
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February 18, 2015 8:26 PM - dibs
Well, i wont be taking any cruises and now there is the internet for hooking up
February 18, 2015 8:30 PM - Deleted
LOL, DIBS. Another thing breeders ruined about the internet : hooking up! The second they get their claws on anything, blech.

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February 18, 2015 8:33 PM - More4Less
huh? that doesn't make sense. explain please
February 18, 2015 8:36 PM - Deleted
Gays used the internet first as a means of finding sex. Straight people then copted it and ruined it like with so many other things. Not a hard concept to grasp! I don't particularly care about this issue exactly, just something i've noticed and many others believe as well.

February 18, 2015 8:41 PM - Deleted
Sorry, NYC has me very heterophobic and antinatalist these days

February 18, 2015 8:47 PM - dibs
The gay sites are separate from the hetoro ones or at least in the case of porn, you make different selections. I could see how an autosexual might get confused though
February 18, 2015 8:52 PM - Deleted
This autosexual sets the filter to straight and gay.

February 18, 2015 9:10 PM - Deleted
Although I think the overarching part of it is bumping into so much humanity all the time. Too many people so the thought of reproduction seems much too much to me (as in scary as hell!)

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February 18, 2015 9:13 PM - Deleted
I had a similar experience when they were diagnosing my ailment. I knew that I had some type of neurological issue, and went for a MRI and spinal tap. I waited 3 weeks for the results because doctor went on vacation and then conference. I was really fearful that I had something far worse, like ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease).
February 18, 2015 9:21 PM - Deleted
What are some good hot chocolates? I've recently made them become my nighttime drink instead of coffee and frozen yogurt and enjoying it.
February 18, 2015 9:43 PM - Deleted
Can someone summarize anything I've missed over the past 11 days or so? Anyone blogicide?
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February 18, 2015 9:56 PM - BirdnestHead
Lol. "avoiding addiction". If it were only that easy. I notice "education" was omitted from Legion's list.
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February 18, 2015 9:57 PM - rf
Glad you had a good cruise, Benson. Did you catch The Italian-Americans on PBS last night?

The Italian Americans reveals how Italian immigrants challenged the notion of the American “melting pot” — chronicling four generations of Italian-American lives, from the massive late 19th Century wave of immigration to today. From the importance of the family over an individual’s personal aspirations, to their distinctive, circular migration patterns, to the specter of the Mafia that still plagues Italian Americans today, this series peels away myths and stereotypes to reveal a world uniquely Italian and uniquely American.
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February 18, 2015 9:58 PM - Deleted
I just spotted my first Cadbury easter bunny commercial of the year, which means SPRING IS HERE!

February 18, 2015 10:07 PM - Deleted

Thanks. I didn't get a chance to see it, but will try to catch in the near future.
February 18, 2015 10:09 PM - Partridge
Hi, Benson, Welcome home. Pretty much same ole, same ole, but here are some highlights.

You missed _ _ _'s and Eva's birthday. Cobble and BH's SoCal vacay/honeymoon.

Dave's flu and Pete's, UTI. A Couple others 'under the weather'.

rf's cat has diabetes.

Scott has been absent for personal reason - not OT related. RC, teases us with a new revised Lifeinbkln in the works.

RC's dad slipped on ice and broke his hip. Surgery today.

Pepper finally made it to the Berkshires today for business.

DeLepp has picked his paint colors WITHOUT our help.

I have no idea what Six is up to. More spy work, I guess.

DH went to see 50 Shades of Grey with his galpal. They are hot and heavy. Oh, and DH got a good raise. He's psyched and will stay on there.

Dave's switchplate is now brown on the rolling pin display wall.

M4L still working on his investment property. Moving at a snail's pace.

R'andi's offer on a house in Bed Stuy has been accepted. Fingers crossed.

Legion pops in from time to time to be condescending to R'andi and then moves on to science talk.

MM is buried alive in snow. Hard for her to get to the computer. She hasn't posted much.

No blogicides, but for R'andi today. I don't have high hopes for that working out too well. He's busy anyway.

AND, I'm sure I've missed a million other things.

February 18, 2015 10:14 PM - rf
I just heard from RowerChick that her dad's surgery went well.
February 18, 2015 10:21 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I wish I'd seen that, rf. I'll have to look it up and see if they will be rebroadcasting it.

February 18, 2015 10:21 PM - Partridge
Very good news, rf. Thanks.
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February 18, 2015 10:22 PM - Deleted
Wow, very comprehensive and succinct summary! Thanks.
February 18, 2015 10:27 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Nice recap, LP. I think you covered it pretty thoroughly.

Excellent news!

Hip surgery is no fun. My mother cursed a blue streak afterward, she was very uncomfortable. I asked her if she was done screaming, and would she get out of bed and walk. She cursed and yelled some more, and then we toured the floor of the hospital she was in, each night together, until she was released.
February 18, 2015 10:27 PM - Partridge
Forgot myself. I'm taking a break from my condo board this year. Feels great to be a civilian again.
February 18, 2015 10:28 PM - rf
Cobble, you can watch it online via the link.

February 18, 2015 10:31 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Ah, didn't click through. Wonderful! I will watch it. Thx.
February 18, 2015 10:40 PM - Partridge
I'm finding a substantial number of new Italian immigrants in my neighborhood. Along with the new French, English, Germans, Swiss, Swedes and other Euros. I would say they rank third in quantity with the French and English being more abundant.
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February 18, 2015 10:42 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Tons of French here in Boring Hill, spilling over from Fort Greene, I imagine.
February 18, 2015 10:44 PM - Partridge
Or spilling from Carroll Gardens. The French program at the local school has drawn them for the past 10 -12 years.
February 18, 2015 10:48 PM - Deleted
New Italian immigrants are not like the trashy ones from the last Millennium (are they?). The only thing they seem to have in common is that they are SO DAMN LOUD. Uncomfortable to be around.
February 18, 2015 10:54 PM - Partridge
They seem to look like northern, wealthy, fashion people.
February 18, 2015 10:54 PM - Deleted
This is why I am so chary to sign up for anything retail related. I do subscribe to Gamestop though, and get this email coincidently on the day I got my tax refund? Wtf, such predatory marketing it's borderline vile.
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February 18, 2015 10:55 PM - rf
The community of French speakers in Ft. Greene is not just from France--from French-speaking countries in Africa, from Haiti, from Guadeloupe and Martinique in the Caribbean, and from Quebec.
February 18, 2015 10:56 PM - Deleted
They rent a lot in Soho.
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February 18, 2015 10:56 PM - Deleted
Northern Italians are not loud like we trashy ones from the South. They are also cold as ice.
February 18, 2015 10:56 PM - Deleted
The Italian Vogue wannabes I'm talking about
February 18, 2015 11:32 PM - Deleted
Ugh. Do not purchase contact lens solution at the dollar store. I think i've fallen victim to another counterfeit knockoff product. I don't think I'd research or want to know the person who caught me as I flopped out into the world.
February 18, 2015 11:35 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I didn't flop out. I was surgically plucked out, in a planned and orderly way. ; )
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February 18, 2015 11:36 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
I'm reading/researching the obstetrician who delivered me. She was Italian. The first female obstetrician, and only one who did cesarean delivery, in the hospital where I was born. She delivered an estimated 20k babies. I'm trying to find out more about her personal history while people who knew her, before she died, might still be alive.
February 18, 2015 11:42 PM - Deleted
I've always been jealous of people who were birthed in swimming pools. Much better introduction to earth than the fucking hospital.
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February 18, 2015 11:56 PM - Cobble B. Hiller
Oh, I don't know about that. A friend of mine delivered her kids that way, though I think it was more like a big bath tub than a swimming pool.
February 19, 2015 12:08 AM - Deleted
Bathtub sounds terrible.
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