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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-03 20:39:26 Reply

At 9/3/11 01:18 AM, aviewaskewed wrote: Also the worst Irene did was put a big ol' pot hole outside the house. The road department filled it, and life went on.

Irene was basically just a storm by the time it reached here. The same place that got the tornados in June got the worst of it. Not a good time for that town.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-03 20:56:38 Reply

I live a couple miles from Michigan Stadium. It didn't rain one drop at my place until AFTER they cancelled the game. Go figure.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-04 11:44:37 Reply

At 9/1/11 09:33 PM, Malachy wrote:
At 9/1/11 07:49 PM, RydiaLockheart wrote: Those birds are awesome. And here Benjamin Franklin wanted our national bird to be a turkey. :P
There were some near where I grew up, but that was expected because it was a wilderness mountainous area.

;;;
My place is lousy with bald eagles.
They're like pigeons in the cities.

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-04 11:45:37 Reply

again ,in my back yard

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-04 11:48:11 Reply

When we don't see one, that actually gets commented on...haven't seen an eagle or osprey today !

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-04 13:11:43 Reply

Those pictures are gorgeous. I love birds of prey.

Heard from a friend of mine in Northeastern Ohio. There's an eagles' nest in her neighborhood somewhere. One day, an eagle landed in a tree in her backyard and was eying a groundhog. A bunch of smaller birds swarmed it, chirping, and annoyed it enough that it went away. Strength in numbers, I guess.

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-06 00:06:30 Reply

All I ever see around here are Red Tailed Hawks and Vultures... I'd love to see a Bald Eagle up close like that.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-07 17:10:06 Reply

I c wut u did tharr.

On topic: bird (pokemon)

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-07 18:55:00 Reply

I've talked this over with Seven and we agree that if they made a movie out of this story they'd have to cast Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson to play the police chief. You'll see why.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-07 19:14:11 Reply

I was at work today, and something stung the hell out of my forearm... on the sensitive underside.

and it puzzled me, because normally when a wasp or hornet sting me, it burns for about an hour and goes away.

I didn't see what stung me, but my entire forearm is swollen and it burned like hell for a good 3 hours before it dissipated.

I neither saw nor heard what stung me, all I know is it has a big stinger it left in my arm... and it hurt like hell.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-07 19:21:41 Reply

At 9/7/11 07:14 PM, Korriken wrote: I was at work today, and something stung the hell out of my forearm... on the sensitive underside.

and it puzzled me, because normally when a wasp or hornet sting me, it burns for about an hour and goes away.

I didn't see what stung me, but my entire forearm is swollen and it burned like hell for a good 3 hours before it dissipated.

I neither saw nor heard what stung me, all I know is it has a big stinger it left in my arm... and it hurt like hell.

are you sure it wasn't a spiky tree/plant that you might be allergic to? Assuming of course that it happened while you were outside or walking by some plants - I've noticed there are a lot of plants with spikes in them and they have a habit of growing at arm height.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-08 08:25:39 Reply

At 9/7/11 07:21 PM, Malachy wrote:
are you sure it wasn't a spiky tree/plant that you might be allergic to? Assuming of course that it happened while you were outside or walking by some plants - I've noticed there are a lot of plants with spikes in them and they have a habit of growing at arm height.

no, i was in a gravel parking lot nowhere near any plants.

giving it some thought, it had to be some sort of bee. only bees leave their stingers behind, also, there was some insect innards attached to the stinger.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-11 11:13:36 Reply

My old phone died and I now have a Droid Bionic. This is my first smartphone so I'm still a little overwhelmed by the features. I also need to get my fiance to quit playing with it. XD

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-11 13:40:57 Reply

At 9/11/11 11:13 AM, RydiaLockheart wrote: My old phone died and I now have a Droid Bionic. This is my first smartphone so I'm still a little overwhelmed by the features. I also need to get my fiance to quit playing with it. XD

Im so jelly. But I still <3 my droid 3


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-13 12:31:42 Reply

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I'm posting this here because it's too cool to keep to myself, and if I post it on facebook I run the risk of my brother seeing and trying to swipe it the next time he's over here visiting.

My dad was in his tool shed the other day and found this... it's not like my dad to keep something like this out in the shed, where it got rusted badly by the weather, so I'm assuming that it was left by the previous owner of our property (who has since passed on) from before we moved in. My dad took it out, ground all the rust off and polished it up, then used it to chop up a pork roast for a bbq dinner that night.

Pictured next to a 2 liter coke-a-cola bottle for size comparison. The blade is about 1/4" thick, and it weighs a good two or three pounds.

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-13 19:04:56 Reply

At 9/13/11 12:31 PM, Proteas wrote: check out this big ass cleaver!

that cleaver is massive. It must be 2 or 3 (or 5) decades old to be so thick heavy and still in such good shape despite being neglected. Either that or it's a rather interesting hatchet.. i mean seriously, 3 pounds? that's like a bladed maul.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-13 19:09:14 Reply

I've been pondering writing a guide on being a bachelor. I figure I've had quite a bit of experience in it and have collected a lot of great ideas on how to survive on nothing, and stay alive, well, and decently healthy in places that would KILL a normal person.

I might toss a few tips on my personal board thingy. If it gathers a modest following i might consider writing a book, never know, it might be a best seller.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-13 21:27:14 Reply

My wedding is in 17 days. I'm probably calmer than I should be. Though my work schedule will be crazy tomorrow. The fiance and I are heading back home to see the judge, then I need to finalize some stuff with the cake baker and the reception hall. I know we're doing a groom's cake...but other than it being chocolate I have no idea what to do. Yeah.

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-13 21:31:41 Reply

At 9/13/11 07:09 PM, Korriken wrote: I've been pondering writing a guide on being a bachelor. I figure I've had quite a bit of experience in it and have collected a lot of great ideas on how to survive on nothing, and stay alive, well, and decently healthy in places that would KILL a normal person.

We should co-author a book called "How to Live Without Money"

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-13 23:52:44 Reply

At 9/13/11 07:04 PM, Korriken wrote: that cleaver is massive. It must be 2 or 3 (or 5) decades old to be so thick heavy and still in such good shape despite being neglected. Either that or it's a rather interesting hatchet.. i mean seriously, 3 pounds? that's like a bladed maul.

It kind of makes me wonder what the previous owner of our property was up to that he would even HAVE such a massive piece like this, much less out in the shed. He was a retired Navy Chaplain, not much of a cook as far as I knew. Unless it was my grandfather's, but there again, if it was it wouldn't have been stored out there, and we would have seen it when we were moving his stuff up here years ago...

It's hard to think it's been 5 years since he passed away. :-(

At 9/13/11 09:31 PM, Elfer wrote: We should co-author a book called "How to Live Without Money"

There's a section in Abbie Hoffman's "Steal This Book!" entirely dedicated to that. How to make a couch out of pvc piping and tarps, how to make an entertainment center out of brick cynder blocks and 2x4's, just random stuff like that. It would be a good reference material.

Bet you guys didn't think I that I would have THAT one in my library, didja?

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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-14 13:16:15 Reply

I guess the better joke would have been, "There's already a book like that, it's called '101 ways to cook Top Ramen?'"


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-14 19:10:57 Reply

At 9/14/11 01:16 PM, Proteas wrote: I guess the better joke would have been, "There's already a book like that, it's called '101 ways to cook Top Ramen?'"

meh, ramen preparation would be but one part of my book. of course, my book would PROBABLY evolve from "how to survive being a bachelor" to "how to survive everything up to and including nuclear war"

it'd probably look a lot like this...

Foreward

Chapter 1: The need to feed
part A. Ramen: the super noodle.
part B. Rice makes your food bill go down
part C. that shrub outside your window might be edible...
part D. Most of God's creatures taste great!
part E. Slow cooker: the wife you only wish you had
part F. Gravy and Sauce: for those dishes that need something... more.
part G. Proper Bachelor Lunchbox Preparation: cut down on costs, don't eat out!

Chapter 2: More than meets the eye: Alternate uses for most anything.
part A. Got a Bucket or a Bathtub? Got a laundromat!
part C. Don't toss that! it still has a use!

Chapter 3: Stretching pennies into copper wire: smart shopping
part A. Shopping retail
part B. Flea markets, salvage stores, and thrift stores: Treasure Hunting.

and so on.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-14 20:23:49 Reply

At 9/14/11 07:10 PM, Korriken wrote: Chapter 2: More than meets the eye: Alternate uses for most anything.
part A. Got a Bucket or a Bathtub? Got a laundromat!
part C. Don't toss that! it still has a use!

You forgot a part B for chapter 2.

part b; Afro Engineering for the modern man.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-15 00:29:27 Reply

At 9/14/11 08:23 PM, Proteas wrote:
You forgot a part B for chapter 2.

part b; Afro Engineering for the modern man.

huh, how'd i manage to do that? ah well, it was something i typed in a rush and posted anyway.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-15 14:43:05 Reply

If the afro-engineering section doesn't involve gratuitous use of superglue, duck tape, wd-40, spray paint, and whatever screws you have in the bottom of your toolbox, I will be pissed.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-15 19:37:30 Reply

So I'm taking ballet again after about a ten-year hiatus. But what makes it worse is it turns out my new ballet slippers are defective. No wonder my feet hurt. On top of that, I believe one of my toes is infected too. That doesn't help.

Also, I'm sore today due to the sorry state of my stretching.

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At 9/15/11 02:43 PM, Proteas wrote: If the afro-engineering section doesn't involve gratuitous use of superglue, duck tape, wd-40, spray paint, and whatever screws you have in the bottom of your toolbox, I will be pissed.

sigh... you forgot twine, JB Weld, tree branches, plastic bags, cardboard, tar paper, sandpaper, thumb tacks, sewing thread (and needle), old rags, and stray cords you can't figure out what device to goes to.

Also, I prefer to call it Redneck Repairs... unless I'm building something, then it's called Badass Bachelor Building...

Example of Badass Bachelor Building.

Soda Bottle Missile (non exploding)

you need:

20 ounce soda bottle
scissors
very sharp thin knife
some dirt
glue
a stick (or anything that will fit in the bottle)
stiff paper (cardboard might work)
air compressor
some putty

open soda bottle, consume contents (dont waste, that is not the bachelor way!)
rinse out bottle and let dry
mix dirt and glue in the bottom of the bottle with your stick until you have about 2-3 ounces of dirty glue in the bottom of your bottle (use dirt so you don't have to use so much glue)
give the mixture about a day to dry in the bottom of your bottle. it will add weight and let it fly better.
after the mixture dries, take the stiff paper and make 3 or 4 small fins, triangle shape works.
using putty, fix the fins on the bottle, near the mouth of the bottle, this will stabilize its flight and it looks cool.
give it about a day to dry.
Now, you need to make a proper fit for the mouth of the bottle, so that it fits well on the end of your air compressor nozzle. better the fit, the better compression you can get to send that bottle flying. if you can get your hands on a nozzle large enough to fit on the end of the bottle and not allow much air to get out, then perfect, if not, use some putty to make it fit better.
once dry, load it on the end of an air compressor hose (hopefully you have an attachment with a trigger, if not, go get one). once the air compressor's tank is full, let your missile fly.. just watch out for hitting fragile objects, like windows... or the neighbor, regardless of how big of a pain in the ass he is, showing off his trophy woman that is going to leave him in about 3 more years or so...

Practical Uses: none. it's a toy.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-15 23:54:45 Reply

Back from Paris. It's really a wonderful city, once you get past the traffic (which is somehow wrose than NYC) and the pickpockets. However, I think I art-ed out for the next year or so.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-16 00:24:36 Reply

At 9/15/11 11:20 PM, Korriken wrote: sigh... you forgot twine, JB Weld, tree branches, plastic bags, cardboard, tar paper, sandpaper, thumb tacks, sewing thread (and needle), old rags, and stray cords you can't figure out what device to goes to.

I am impressed with your knowledge of low-tech repairs.

Practical Uses: none. it's a toy.

A suggestion, if I may? A lead fishing sinker (small one, maybe 1/4 ounce) and a couple drops of quick-dry epoxy. And for putty; Durham's Rock Hard Water Putty. You go from having your project done in a day or so to maybe an hour at most.

Here's one you can try if you're out in the country on the 4th of July (or in the suburbs if you're a sadist); Redneck Firecrackers.

What you'll need;
- Small to medium sized balloons
- Twine or string
- Toilet paper
- An acetylene and oxygen welding setup.

Fill the balloons with a mixture of acetylene and oxygen (1 to 1.1 ratio), tie them off, then hang them from a tree with a bit of twine. Tie a length of toilet paper from the balloon, light it, and have fun. A good sized balloon about 6 or 7 inches in diameter will be about two or three times louder than a 12 gauge being fired. Think "lightening just struck the guy standing next to me" LOUD. They won't do any damage beyond rattling windows and teeth.

One drawback; you have to use them shortly after making them, they can't really be made to long in advance. Like typical party balloons, the oxygen will evaporate out and leave the acetylene behind. Light that, and all you get is some flame, a small *poof* and some carbon soot.


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Response to - The Regulars Lounge Thread - 2011-09-16 08:37:18 Reply

At 9/14/11 07:10 PM, Korriken wrote:
At 9/14/11 01:16 PM, Proteas wrote:
part E. Slow cooker: the wife you only wish you had
part F. Gravy and Sauce: for those dishes that need something... more.

Hells yes. I don't currently have a slow cooker, just a pot, but I still love slow cooking. Actually, I potroasted a mini shoulder of lamb the other week, I managed to pull the bone out of the meat when it was cooked, it was just falling apart.