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Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 years ago

Stealth coon? Ninja coon? Flying coon? Samson coon?

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 years ago

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

Should be a good game; both teams evenly matched, albeit each team mastering different sides of the ball. Could turn into a romp if Denver gets up by a couple of scores quickly and Seattle has to take some chances. In the olden days, I’d be rooting for Denver to get stomped, but who can root against Peyton Manning? It’s like hating on puppies.

X_LA_Native
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7 years ago

Why not suggest that interested parties get organized and hire a private armed security company? 😉

And/or explore learning to defend themselves.

When I mentioned the latter to both the judge and the sheriff, and they both rolled their eyes at me, “Now you’re just talking common sense again…” Apparently it’s in short supply with the newbys.

To your first point, what *could* happen, and with enough Houstonians arriving it might just, is Chappell Hill incorporates -- and then they’d get their own police dept. The incorporation fight started LONG before we got here -- and Chappell Hill is 20 miles away -- so what they do won’t effect us.
Thank G-d.

Cold and rainy Sunday Super Bowl greetings EveryGerbillyBody!

We check in on the game occasionally, I do have a dog in the fight, the Broncos, but the Seahawks are tough. Other than that, I think today’s going to be about resting.

Hope y’all have a Jerrie-ific day.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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“Big Game” (don’t want to get sued by the NFL) Sunday “howdy!” from Happy Larryville, GN!

Heya, TeX and Sven!

My first thought re the thread pic was “Jean-Claude Van Damme ‘coon”…especially if those trees are backing-up. 😉

Read earlier that the United Airlines hub in CLE (which they “inherited” as part of the merger with Continental) will be shutting down, causing an expected 60% reduction in UAL flights from there. The Detroitification of Cleveland continues.

But they still have several major sports franchises which are seeking a 20-year extension of the “sin taxes” which were used to build their facilities; it’ll be on the ballot in Cuyahoga Cty. later this year.

‘Cause the facilities need repairs, maintenance and expensive new hi-def scoreboards. And for the first time ever since we moved to OH in ’63, it looks barely possible that a critical mass of voters have decided corporate welfare to billionaire team owners is no longer “sustainable”. We’ll see…

TeX --

As Will Rogers asked in the ’30s, “How come common sense ain’t?”

1) Perhaps the newbies ought to be encouraged to embrace Joe Biden’s shotgun advice.

2) Mr. X can replace front doors, can’t he?

3) PROFIT!!!11!filthylucre!! 😉

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Samson coon?

If so, someone needs to shave that sucker. (I’m not volunteering.)

Hope y’all have a Jerrie-ific day.

I sure hope he is.

Wonder if he ever made it home? (And when we’ll get to see video of him racing Sarah around the house.)


[Artist’s conception]

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 years ago

A blessed Sabbath, Gerbil Nation!
I was going to say something about “Super ‘Coon”, but thought better about it.

I chaperoned the first half of the Winter Formal dance last night -- my ears are still ringing, but it’s always nice to see the kids dressed up. There were fewer skanky-hoe outfits this year, which is a good thing. I noticed a few girls learned that if they dropped something, they had to be awfully careful how they picked it up.

See y’all laterz!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Hai, Paddy!

Bummer about the ringing ears.

(Even as a yout’, I really disliked music played that loudly. And have always kept ear protection in my gig bag “just in case”.)

AlmostAsSarcasticAsMeK and I have decided we can avoid legal problems with the NFL by referring to today’s sports event as La Sanatorio Gigante.

X_LA_Native
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7 years ago

2) Mr. X can replace front doors, can’t he?

Do you know how much the ground moves out here?!
Replacing doors is a cast-iron b¡tch. However, there’s a better than even chance the newbys, since they’re predominantly city-raised, are scared of things electrical. THAT presents many opportunities. Hell, the weekenders we have out here are *almost* too scared to change their own light bulbs.

‘Morning Sven, Fatwa, and Paddy!

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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Reply to  X_LA_Native

Do you know how much the ground moves out here?!

Had no idea but can certainly understand how it’d make replacing doors a major PITA.

I was pleasantly surprised when SiL and I replaced our front door a couple of years ago -- after splicing sections of the floor joists and installing new plywood just inside the threshold because the original front door had been -- *ahem* -- improperly waterproofed -- it went in very easily.

I also shared SiL’s inclination to “over-engineer” the new joist sections and supports; what was formerly a scarily spongy part of the floor is now the most solid section in the entire house. “Heck…we might as well just use the entire rest of this 2″x4″…”

We used the same approach to caulking the new door’s threshold, “May as well finish the second tube.” 😉

X_LA_Native
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7 years ago

I’m sorry, Fatwa, that came off snarky.

Being familiar with the trades, and especially construction in CA (as I know you are) you take for granted houses don’t move unless the San Andreas does. Not so much out here.

They move due to rain and the lack thereof. Inches. GCs aren’t required to be licensed, and “code” is a suggestion once you’re outside the city limits. There’s no consistency in foundations, and while the previous owner’s of our place claimed “they spared no expense”, oh, they cut a lot of corners. Like using galvi pipe when copper was already the standard. They also claimed they went “overboard” on the slab and the footings, but with the 3/4″ and 1/2″ shifts on the eastern and western sides, I think not.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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TeX, mi amigo --

Didn’t come off snarky in the slightest to me. (And you know how thin-skinned and easily offended I am…especially with folks I like.) 😉

They move due to rain and the lack thereof. Inches.

Dayum! I had no idea, as nowhere I’ve ever lived did that (to my knowledge). What a PITA for property owners of places where corners were cut.

…you take for granted houses don’t move unless the San Andreas does.

Or “normal” (for a given region) settling, thermal cycling, etc.

GCs aren’t required to be licensed, and “code” is a suggestion once you’re outside the city limits.

Wowsers! Not sure of my opinion about that; I must think on it.

Here in GA, roofers are not required to be licensed. We need to replace our roof this year (still have the original three tab shingles; I’m pretty surprised they’ve lasted this long, especially given the front of the house faces west). I’m glad I can vet the contractors, although I intend to “play dumb” for the first go-round.

Muwahahahaha!

I wish it made economic sense to fly three of my L.A. cow-workers to ATL and put them up here, but the numbers don’t come anywhere close to adding-up. 🙁

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 years ago

Y’all haven’t experienced house movement in SoCal? I take it for granted that door locks need wider/taller holes on the jamb side to allow them to work year ’round and that gates will only work a part of the year. The expansive clay soils that homes are built on (usually brought in as fill dirt) mean that rain and lack of rain guarantee a shift of everything.

X_LA_Native
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7 years ago

Truly, I didn’t experience that during all my years in CA -- in L.A. or San Diego. The only time any of the houses moved it was because the San Andreas did first.

Wowsers! Not sure of my opinion about that; I must think on it.

As you can imagine, it has its pros and cons.
What we’ve run into the most is people will have the GC frame the house, do the brickwork and the plumbing and the homeowner will do the wiring. o_0

One gal around the corner, her late husband was a Caterpiller mechanic, and he figured he “knew” electrical, so he wired their house. And typical out here, over the years, if a fuse blows it’s because it isn’t big enough. So there were A LOT of 20-amp fuses where 15s should be in her panel (she called him out because she smelled smoke one day).

Regardless of the lack of enforcement, if Mr. X touches it, he owns it, and if he owns it, it’s going to be up to code. She was leery of the price of fixing it right, and asked Mr. X what the alternative was. He told her to make sure her homeowner’s insurance was up to date. Scary, but that’s the fact of it.

Ultimately, it works out OK for Mr. X -- his customers appreciate his attention to detail.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 years ago

Sheesh, I hope I havent missed the sure-to-be-wonderful pregame Obama interview. That would just about ruin my day.

Out the door, guys. Have fun and enjoy the game.

Sven 2-0
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Sven 2-0
7 years ago

Wow. I thought the Raiders loss to Tampa Bay was ugly, but this one was even worse.

Fatwa Arbuckle: Joooish Space Laser Operator
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While I didn’t get many of the references which showed-up in my Twitter feed, I got the distinct impression La Sanatorio Gigante was teh suck.

O’Reilly’s interview with SCOAMF certainly was; for a guy who’s so often a bullying, bloviating pinhead on his own turf, I thought he was a gutless crapweasel today. I’d love to see a guest on his show call him out for that tomorrow. 😉

(I think he did a bit of decent actual journalism-like work 15+ years ago but I stopped watching his show more than eight years ago as his “looking out for the folks” schtick severely vexes me.)

Paddy O'Furnijur
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Paddy O'Furnijur
7 years ago
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Does this make my officially beyond hope?

It depends -- do you use a KVM switch or have three sets of keyboards and mice?