• Resend Re: moving or not

    From Nancy Backus@454:1/452 to Barry Martin on Sun Jun 14 17:33:28 2020
    And this begins the 4th and final set of 5 reposted messages... :)

    Original Date: 04 Jun 20 13:57:05
    Subj: Re: moving or not

    Quoting Barry Martin to Nancy Backus on 24-May-2020 08:56 <=-

    I suppose that even if it is normal test time, one might want to check,
    just in case... :) Or would a real alarm go on for longer, to get
    your attention....?
    <chuckle> You know, I'm not sure! It seems like the test siren goes
    on forever; I'm sure probably the same period as the actual warning,
    just seems that way.
    "You're just testing, so get on with it" vs being occupied with
    figuring out what the real siren is warning about... <G>
    Depending on the weather, wind, etc. the sirens (test mode or actual)
    can be very loud. They slowly rotate, so naturally louder and softer depending on which way pointed, but if the breeze right can carry the sounds effectively making them louder. Seems humidity can affect
    also. Sometimes all combined can make the siren sound like it's a block away!

    Well, they are designed to get your attention... ;) How far are they
    actually from you...?

    They did go off yesterday afternoon: tornado spotted southeast of
    here. Autumn was here and we were playing when the 'all-clear' siren sounded; she was concerned and confused as with the first one the skies were darkening, wind and rain, plus one or the other were looking at
    the TV; this one no real reaction/concern. So I did explain the sirens will go off to warn of possible bad weather and then also to tell us
    when it's gone/done. Back to playing.

    And now she'll know for when the next time comes... ;) Good that the
    tornado didn't come too close to you after all, too.... :)

    As far as checking when the test is being done, I
    sort of do that -- probably barely qualifies as checking but I do look
    out the windows as I wander for coffee/water refills and so have an
    idea of what the weather conditions are. Normally decent, but if it
    happened to be semi-threatening outside and the siren goes off I'd
    check even though pretty sure was just due to the testing.
    Being aware of conditions is a good habit to get into anyway... ;) And
    if one is in an area where the weather could get nasty fast, having a
    weather radio for alerts is probably another good practice... :)
    I'd probably would get a weather radio if I didn't live in the city; sirens, alarms from the cell phone.... The TV stations are also very
    good about sticking radar maps in the bottom corner of the screen, information crawls, breaking in when necessary.

    No sirens here, I don't get alarms on my cellphone... and of course I'm
    not watching the TV... ;) But the NWS does break in to my radio program
    if there is some weather threat in the region...

    LIS a little while back it looked relatively bland from my south-
    facing window when the sirens went off but look north -- uh-oh!
    And as you said above... wUnderground "told" you to look north... <G>
    So the Internet is good! <g>
    As long as it is working... ;) telnet wUnderground was working for a
    while but got stuck again on the 17th....
    I just checked and not working properly: didn't even give the 2-letter state codes (was going to double-check the three-letter code it
    wanted).

    When I checked this morning it was still stuck on May 17th... I check
    regularly just in case something knocks it unstuck... ;)

    I've been primarily using ansiweather for current temperature
    and 'finger <site>@graph.no' for the day's forecast.

    Lately, at least for here, norway seems to not be all that accurate
    temperature wise... whether I look at it in F or in C degrees...
    Richard got me going to weather.gov which is similar to wUnderground
    (since it gets info from there anyway when it's working)... that gives
    fairly current temperature, as well as a week's out forecast... :)

    Yup; we tend to get some wildly swinging temperatures in the Spring --
    in the 70's/80's one week and snow the next. Usually not that extreme
    but not unusual. BTW we only used the air conditioner that night and
    the next night -- so far!
    We're getting highs in the 70's now... maybe into the 80's by the
    beginning of next week, but I think it's going to be going back to the
    more seasonable low 70s again after that.... :)
    Put the a/c in here (the Computer Room) after Autumn went home
    yesterday. Sort of didn't want to as blocks the view, hard to open
    the window (from the top!), whine-whimper -- supposed to be in the
    upper 80's today so will be put an end to the whinnnnnning. Tested the central a/c -- seems to be fine.

    Better to have it when needed... we only have fans, which just went back
    into service today with the temps back in the 80s again...

    A rip has been temporarily taped up in a window we open for fresh air.
    The ones in the slider have been left alone for now. Will have the
    screens repaired later; insurance adjuster coming this afternoon.
    Siding -- my original thinking was to hire someone to patch --
    something like the repair they used to do for furniture. Guess could
    be done -- never saw but that doesn't mean anything. Again the
    insurance adjustor will be making recommendations on that.
    That's starting to sound more serious... ;)
    Got the claim back and combination of covering more and less than
    expected. The inspector said a possibility of near-full replacement
    cost, we had thought maybe 20% because of the age -- getting about
    half. Also replacing some dented and cracked vents up there. Metal
    awnings over the front and side doors will be replaced, as dented
    window trim and of course the ripped screens. I'm not sure how the
    vinyl siding was going to be handled -- there's a meeting coming up so
    will verify then. I also want to ask about having all the screens
    rescreened while the contractor is here -- we pay for that, of course.
    Just easier as someone already here doing part of the work.
    Was all that damage just from the hailstorm....? Or is some of it
    being wrapped into this claim from earlier damages....? I suppose the
    contractor can also let you know if your screens really are ready for
    replacement all around...
    AFAIK all the damage from the hailstorm. We never did see the damage
    to the roof from the ground but very obvious from the copy of the
    pictures the inspector took. Of course helps he has chalk marks
    circling the impact dents but still obvious.

    That would make things more obvious.... ;) Both the better vantage
    point and the chalk marks... :)

    As for the screens, during the meeting it was advised not to do the
    add-on of the screens (the ones not ripped and therefore not covered)
    as would cost about double of what we would pay doing ourselves.

    Ah, so you might as well do that part yourself... :) Are you going to
    have the same contractor do your back deck/porch while there...?

    That, plus for me it's the I don't really need anything and when I do
    it's relatively expensive as far as gift amounts go -- "hey! wanna
    chip in on the house repairs?" - yeah, right!
    Yeah, there's that, too... ;)
    "All I want for Christmas is my two front screens!" <gg>

    Cute. ;)

    I wasn't really selling much anyway.... a couple of friends knew I
    was selling it, and once in a while they'd want something... I
    certainly wasn't making any money off it... :)
    Probably the usual for that kind of marketing dealerships: sell to a
    few others to get a discount on their own purchases.
    Once in a while you'll get a dealer that really is into selling stuff
    and actually makes some sort of a living at it... but that certainly
    isn't me... ;)
    Nor I. Al - the one I mentioned in an earlier message and fixed his telephone wiring -- I guess made his living off of selling whatever he sold -- "Grace-Lee" comes to mind and a quick Googling states they
    sell industrial cleaners so that could explain why no inventory and he seemed to be home most of the time ==> could do a lot via phone calls. Everyone knew Al, his apartment was at the last at dead-end of hallway with one other apartment so no reason to walk by....

    Probably close to an exclusive franchise, and a product that was in
    demand with at least some people... ;)

    The other day I had the bite-sized shredded wheat topped with a
    bran-type cereal topped with raisins - tasted fine to me! :) To me
    the single 'bale of hay' tastes bland plus is a bit of a fight to eat.
    The raisins would definitely help.... :)
    I used to eat raisins as a snack; past several years no, though still
    put a ton in my oatmeal or top the cereal -- "you want cereal with
    your raisins?" could work!

    I still eat them as a snack on occasion... we keep them in the house for
    that and for cooking with... ;)

    Back to the breakfast offerings, about partway through my stay a new
    offering was added: probably a 3- or 4-oz glass with some sort of a
    'mush' in milk or cream, topped with a layer of a darker 'mush',
    topped with three or four raspberries, blueberries, and sometimes
    another small fruit. Served cool. OK: I'll try! Yumm!! Complimented
    to my waitress (was self-serve but the refilled coffee, etc.) -- she
    was a little puzzled as apparently is a common dish in Austria/Europe
    and seemed surprised I had never had it.
    Sounds like a breakfast parfait, using mush instead of pudding... I saw
    something similar in March at the hotel my brother was staying at here
    when I met him for breakfast there... :)
    Yes, 'breakfast parfait' will work. "Mush" to me has sort of an oatmeal-soggy cereal blended together connotation but probably close.

    You were the one that described it as such (see above)... ;)

    I think they used cereal offering -- something approaching a trail mix. Did see at the cereals section and I used as a topping for yogurt.

    Sounds similar... ;)

    ttyl neb

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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Nancy Backus on Mon Jun 15 09:56:00 2020
    Nancy,

    And now she'll know for when the next time comes... ;) Good that the tornado didn't come too close to you after all, too.... :)

    I've been under 2 tornadic funnel clouds, within a mile of 2 rain wrapped tornadoes, am a 2 time indirect lightning strike survivor (but I carry no electrical charge, and can be handled safely <G>), and nearly drowned in swirling floodwaters. So, I get very nervous with inclement, stormy weather.

    Saturday night, a "backdoor cold front" (moved from northeast to southwest across the state...instead the "normal" west to east, or northwest to southeast) sent out an "outflow boundary", causing thunderstorms to develop. One cell sat over downtown and midtown Little Rock, and DUMPED it's 500,000 tons of water. I got very little rain at my location, but with lightning nearby, I was offline for a few hours.

    No sirens here, I don't get alarms on my cellphone... and of course I'm not watching the TV... ;) But the NWS does break in to my radio
    program if there is some weather threat in the region...

    The people around here have called in death threats to the TV stations, because they broke in with a tornado warning that wasn't for their area.
    What they refuse to accept is that the TV station doesn't just serve their county, and it proves that they are selfish.

    When I checked this morning it was still stuck on May 17th... I check regularly just in case something knocks it unstuck... ;)

    We have to quit using glue in our QWK packets. <G>

    Lately, at least for here, norway seems to not be all that accurate temperature wise... whether I look at it in F or in C degrees...
    Richard got me going to weather.gov which is similar to wUnderground (since it gets info from there anyway when it's working)... that gives fairly current temperature, as well as a week's out forecast... :)

    I use weather.gov exclusively, as the National Weather Service is the
    only one authorized to issue watches, warnings, and advisories.

    I used to eat raisins as a snack; past several years no, though still
    put a ton in my oatmeal or top the cereal -- "you want cereal with
    your raisins?" could work!

    I still eat them as a snack on occasion... we keep them in the house
    for that and for cooking with... ;)

    I like them, but they're like prunes to me. :P

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Nancy Backus on Mon Jun 15 09:54:00 2020

    Hi Nancy!

    And this begins the 4th and final set of 5 reposted messages...
    :)

    Celebrations all around!! High five!! <Looking around> This darn 6'
    social distancing does have its drawbacks!


    I suppose that even if it is normal test time, one might want to check,
    just in case... :) Or would a real alarm go on for longer, to get
    your attention....?
    <chuckle> You know, I'm not sure! It seems like the test siren goes
    on forever; I'm sure probably the same period as the actual warning,
    just seems that way.
    "You're just testing, so get on with it" vs being occupied with
    figuring out what the real siren is warning about... <G>
    Depending on the weather, wind, etc. the sirens (test mode or actual)
    can be very loud. They slowly rotate, so naturally louder and softer depending on which way pointed, but if the breeze right can carry the sounds effectively making them louder. Seems humidity can affect
    also. Sometimes all combined can make the siren sound like it's a block away!
    Well, they are designed to get your attention... ;) How far are
    they actually from you...?

    I'm not sure: I think the closest one is a few blocks away at the top of
    the hill. With that location would cover the western portion of the
    downtown area and riverfront as well as the residentials areas on top of
    the hill, as well as the very northeastern corner of Davenport. There
    are seveal more sirens in the area I can hear, that's just the closest
    one.



    They did go off yesterday afternoon: tornado spotted southeast of
    here. Autumn was here and we were playing when the 'all-clear' siren sounded; she was concerned and confused as with the first one the skies were darkening, wind and rain, plus one or the other were looking at
    the TV; this one no real reaction/concern. So I did explain the sirens will go off to warn of possible bad weather and then also to tell us
    when it's gone/done. Back to playing.
    And now she'll know for when the next time comes... ;) Good that
    the tornado didn't come too close to you after all, too.... :)

    Autumn used to like storms, then for some reason became afraid, well,
    more extremely cautious. I don't think anything happened to cause her reaction to change. IMO caution is good, fear/paranoia is not. (Well,
    there are times fear is proper!)


    As far as checking when the test is being done, I
    sort of do that -- probably barely qualifies as checking but I do look
    out the windows as I wander for coffee/water refills and so have an
    idea of what the weather conditions are. Normally decent, but if it
    happened to be semi-threatening outside and the siren goes off I'd
    check even though pretty sure was just due to the testing.
    Being aware of conditions is a good habit to get into anyway... ;) And
    if one is in an area where the weather could get nasty fast, having a
    weather radio for alerts is probably another good practice... :)
    I'd probably would get a weather radio if I didn't live in the city; sirens, alarms from the cell phone.... The TV stations are also very
    good about sticking radar maps in the bottom corner of the screen, information crawls, breaking in when necessary.
    No sirens here, I don't get alarms on my cellphone... and of
    course I'm not watching the TV... ;) But the NWS does break in
    to my radio program if there is some weather threat in the
    region...

    Iowa PBS (state-wide network) does display various warnings in a top
    scroll (most stations/networks have their scrolls at the bottom. If a
    weather condition to monitor a map of Iowa with the counties affected
    will be in the upper left. Adjoining states' counties will also be
    displayed as they are part of the coverage areas.



    As long as it is working... ;) telnet wUnderground was working for a
    while but got stuck again on the 17th....
    I just checked and not working properly: didn't even give the 2-letter state codes (was going to double-check the three-letter code it
    wanted).
    When I checked this morning it was still stuck on May 17th... I
    check regularly just in case something knocks it unstuck... ;)
    I've been primarily using ansiweather for current temperature
    and 'finger <site>@graph.no' for the day's forecast.
    Lately, at least for here, norway seems to not be all that
    accurate temperature wise... whether I look at it in F or in C
    degrees... Richard got me going to weather.gov which is similar
    to wUnderground (since it gets info from there anyway when it's working)... that gives fairly current temperature, as well as a
    week's out forecast... :)

    I've also noted the Norweigen system seems to be predicting the day's
    high temperature about five to degrees Fahrenheit below what the local
    station is predicting, and the higher temperature is more correct. I'll
    be restarting my Weather Station project is a bit -- right now a few
    other projects in line (and that's the the copmuter project line!).



    Yup; we tend to get some wildly swinging temperatures in the Spring --
    in the 70's/80's one week and snow the next. Usually not that extreme
    but not unusual. BTW we only used the air conditioner that night and
    the next night -- so far!
    We're getting highs in the 70's now... maybe into the 80's by the
    beginning of next week, but I think it's going to be going back to the
    more seasonable low 70s again after that.... :)
    Put the a/c in here (the Computer Room) after Autumn went home
    yesterday. Sort of didn't want to as blocks the view, hard to open
    the window (from the top!), whine-whimper -- supposed to be in the
    upper 80's today so will be put an end to the whinnnnnning. Tested the central a/c -- seems to be fine.
    Better to have it when needed... we only have fans, which just
    went back into service today with the temps back in the 80s
    again...

    Have been able to not run the central a/c for the past several days as
    cooler outside temperatures plus a nice breeze going through the house.
    We generally have ceiling fans on to move the air around, even when the
    air conditioning is on.


    A rip has been temporarily taped up in a window we open for fresh air.
    The ones in the slider have been left alone for now. Will have the
    screens repaired later; insurance adjuster coming this afternoon.
    Siding -- my original thinking was to hire someone to patch --
    something like the repair they used to do for furniture. Guess could
    be done -- never saw but that doesn't mean anything. Again the
    insurance adjustor will be making recommendations on that.
    That's starting to sound more serious... ;)
    Got the claim back and combination of covering more and less than
    expected. The inspector said a possibility of near-full replacement
    cost, we had thought maybe 20% because of the age -- getting about
    half. Also replacing some dented and cracked vents up there. Metal
    awnings over the front and side doors will be replaced, as dented
    window trim and of course the ripped screens. I'm not sure how the
    vinyl siding was going to be handled -- there's a meeting coming up so
    will verify then. I also want to ask about having all the screens
    rescreened while the contractor is here -- we pay for that, of course.
    Just easier as someone already here doing part of the work.
    Was all that damage just from the hailstorm....? Or is some of it
    being wrapped into this claim from earlier damages....? I suppose the
    contractor can also let you know if your screens really are ready for
    replacement all around...
    AFAIK all the damage from the hailstorm. We never did see the damage
    to the roof from the ground but very obvious from the copy of the
    pictures the inspector took. Of course helps he has chalk marks
    circling the impact dents but still obvious.
    That would make things more obvious.... ;) Both the better
    vantage point and the chalk marks... :)

    True. Roof has been replaced - looks nice, has a reddish tone to it
    (selected that colour). Now waiting to get called back about having the gutters, window trim, awnings and screens replaced (just the ones
    damaged). Then the patio and deck replacement! Then.....



    As for the screens, during the meeting it was advised not to do the
    add-on of the screens (the ones not ripped and therefore not covered)
    as would cost about double of what we would pay doing ourselves.
    Ah, so you might as well do that part yourself... :) Are you
    going to have the same contractor do your back deck/porch while
    there...?

    At this point no but will ask if they do that kind of work or a recommendation. We do have a company in mind for the deck/porch job but
    have been waiting, in part because of the COVID-19 business closures, in
    part because the credit union is closed as far as getting inside to talk
    to someone about a loan, in part because "one crisis at a time"....



    I wasn't really selling much anyway.... a couple of friends knew I
    was selling it, and once in a while they'd want something... I
    certainly wasn't making any money off it... :)
    Probably the usual for that kind of marketing dealerships: sell to a
    few others to get a discount on their own purchases.
    Once in a while you'll get a dealer that really is into selling stuff
    and actually makes some sort of a living at it... but that certainly
    isn't me... ;)
    Nor I. Al - the one I mentioned in an earlier message and fixed his telephone wiring -- I guess made his living off of selling whatever he sold -- "Grace-Lee" comes to mind and a quick Googling states they
    sell industrial cleaners so that could explain why no inventory and he seemed to be home most of the time ==> could do a lot via phone calls. Everyone knew Al, his apartment was at the last at dead-end of hallway with one other apartment so no reason to walk by....
    Probably close to an exclusive franchise, and a product that was
    in demand with at least some people... ;)

    Probably. He seemed to be always home, but then also know he did a lot
    of his work via telephones, and LIS I fixed his line so the answering
    machine worked and that was for business.


    The other day I had the bite-sized shredded wheat topped with a
    bran-type cereal topped with raisins - tasted fine to me! :) To me
    the single 'bale of hay' tastes bland plus is a bit of a fight to eat.
    The raisins would definitely help.... :)
    I used to eat raisins as a snack; past several years no, though still
    put a ton in my oatmeal or top the cereal -- "you want cereal with
    your raisins?" could work!
    I still eat them as a snack on occasion... we keep them in the
    house for that and for cooking with... ;)

    Yes, not everyone likes raisins. ...I barely tolerate olives - trade!




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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Nancy Backus on Mon Jun 15 17:34:00 2020
    Subject: Resend Re: moving or not was: C


    Hi Nancy!

    Just uploaded "Part 1" so I don't get too large a packet. Problem would
    be more with the OLMR than any other part. Plus it ended up yours was
    message #12345 - easy to memorize! (Plus different colours and
    markers.)


    As to avoiding Windows, that's what my guru taught me... Our first home
    computer was DOS... and the first thing he did when he got the pentium
    as an upgrade was to delete Windows95 and just have the underlying DOS
    be the operating system... well, actually, I guess he did leave Win95
    in the background to be called up if gui was needed for something... ;)
    There are some things and applications where Windows is a necessity.
    Agreed, reluctantly... ;) And that's partly why Richard has a
    selection of computers of his own... some with Linux, some with DOS,
    some with Windows, depending on what he needs/wants....
    I'm sort of visualizing someone browsing in front of a collection of computers like one would browse a magazine rack!
    Not quite.... ;) But he does have them all around him as he sits
    at his computer desk.... most are some sort of laptop.... :)

    All makes sense when one thinks about it a little. Different machines
    for different jobs. Here I could combine computers but easier and
    better to have some as dedicated to a particular job. No one-size-fits
    -all rule!



    A while back I had a problem with some thumbdrives - not an off-brand
    -- and the repair required Windows - not even an inkling of a
    consideration for Mac much less Linux. IMO a bit short-sighted.
    One could say that... :)
    I'll admit to barely having an idea of the work to create a repair
    utility -- I know it's a lot of work! Seems like it is something that should have been done by now but for whatever reason hasn't. Know I'm
    not the only one who has screwed up thumbdrives; I'm probably like
    99.9% of those who have who has no idea how to create a repair utility
    and so relies on that 0.1%.
    Richard might be able to do it.... but I don't know if he has, or
    if he'd want to.... :)

    It seems not to be a simple job as there are no Linux-specific repair utilities -- of course someone has to be first!


    What's most important is how much is left, especially when I'm
    starting to scrape the bottom... <G>
    Yes on the 'how much room is left' part. It used to be with Windows
    one would want to defragment the hard drive every so often, so put all
    the pieces of the file back together to speed the system up. Don't
    know if that is still recommended; never had to do with Ubuntu.
    Anyway, the less free space there was the longer and less efficient the
    defragmenting became.
    I've done that many a time with DOS, for the same reason... and yes,
    one really doesn't want to wait until it was really tight... <G>
    In my DOS Days I used to edit saved files to keep within the 2048 byte
    cluster size -- don't know if was worth the work but was a good review
    of the material!
    If things tended to always be tight, it might have been worth the
    work... Of course nowadays, the basic cluster size is a lot larger
    than that, so you end up wasting space with those smaller files... ;)
    Solved that problem with a 3 TB hard drive! ...414 GB (17%) used -- wellllll, maybe was a bit of overkill!
    Ummmm, yes..... I'd say so.... just a bit of overkill... <G> For
    now, anyway... ;)

    Too much storage is better than not enough. I had semi-calculated how
    much I probably needed, based on the old computer's storage, the
    tacked-on external drive, etc. Must have counted something twice!



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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Tue Jun 16 10:27:00 2020



    DARYL STOUT wrote to NANCY BACKUS <=-

    The people around here have called in death threats to the TV
    stations, because they broke in with a tornado warning that
    wasn't for their area. What they refuse to accept is that the TV
    station doesn't just serve their county, and it proves that they
    are selfish.

    It wouldn't surprise me! Locally the viewers have gotten annoyed with
    the station for cutting in for too long but I haven't heard of getting
    to the point of threatening, much less death threats.

    Several years ago "Channel 8" did cut in to report what was probably a
    tornado in an area just outside of the Quad Cities proper but well
    within the viewing area. The problem is they stayed and they stayed
    and they stayed on reporting the same thing over and over. Almost
    seemed like the meteorologist was playing with the equipment and
    thinking to himself "hmm: wonder what this button does?", "oo, this is a
    neat effect!".



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  • From Daryl Stout@454:1/33 to Barry Martin on Thu Jun 18 02:22:00 2020
    Barry,

    Celebrations all around!! High five!! <Looking around> This darn 6' social distancing does have its drawbacks!

    I saw this one post noting that 6' is the same as 3 dachshunds. <G>

    They did go off yesterday afternoon: tornado spotted southeast of
    here. Autumn was here and we were playing when the 'all-clear' siren

    The worst time for a real tornado warning here would be when they do
    the weekly test, at 12 Noon on Wednesday. Except for the National Weather Service, skywarn spotters, and TV meteorologists, no one else would know
    the difference.

    I'll be restarting my Weather Station project is a bit -- right now a
    few other projects in line (and that's the the copmuter project line!).

    I used to have one years ago.

    Have been able to not run the central a/c for the past several days as cooler outside temperatures plus a nice breeze going through the house.
    We generally have ceiling fans on to move the air around, even when the air conditioning is on.

    I keep the thermostat at 72 during the day, and 75 at night.

    Yes, not everyone likes raisins. ...I barely tolerate olives - trade!


    I love cinnamon raisin bread, with butter, warmed in the microwave oven.

    Daryl

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  • From Barry Martin@454:1/1 to Daryl Stout on Fri Jun 19 09:21:00 2020

    Hi Daryl!

    Celebrations all around!! High five!! <Looking around> This darn 6' social distancing does have its drawbacks!
    I saw this one post noting that 6' is the same as 3 dachshunds. <G>

    Se? What did I write earlier about measurement systems?!


    They did go off yesterday afternoon: tornado spotted southeast of
    here. Autumn was here and we were playing when the 'all-clear' siren
    The worst time for a real tornado warning here would be when
    they do the weekly test, at 12 Noon on Wednesday. Except for the
    National Weather Service, skywarn spotters, and TV
    meteorologists, no one else would know the difference.

    I thought the same when I was growing up: city had their (guess) monthly
    test -- what a great time to do a sneak military attack! (At the time I
    lived 45 miles north of Boston -- get that port, the electronics
    manufacturers along Route 3 MA and NH. Even worse later: the Anheiser
    Busch brewery in Merrimack. NH!!!



    Have been able to not run the central a/c for the past several days as cooler outside temperatures plus a nice breeze going through the house.
    We generally have ceiling fans on to move the air around, even when the air conditioning is on.
    I keep the thermostat at 72 during the day, and 75 at night.

    We run the central a/c around 78, or at least that's what it says in
    the hallway. I just turned on my window a/c up here -- cool enough
    outside (70) but even with the window fan to pull the air in it was
    getting a little warmer in here, worse the humidity increasing so two
    strikes.


    Yes, not everyone likes raisins. ...I barely tolerate olives - trade! <g>
    I love cinnamon raisin bread, with butter, warmed in the
    microwave oven.

    <droooooool!!> I haven't bought any in quite a while; will have the
    bagel version, usually with a light schmear of cream cheese, sometimes
    with butter.



    Barry_Martin_3@
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  • From Nancy Backus@454:1/452 to Barry Martin on Sun Jun 14 17:33:28 2020
    And this begins the 4th and final set of 5 reposted messages... :)

    Original Date: 04 Jun 20 13:57:05
    Subj: Re: moving or not

    Quoting Barry Martin to Nancy Backus on 24-May-2020 08:56 <=-

    I suppose that even if it is normal test time, one might want to check,
    just in case... :) Or would a real alarm go on for longer, to get
    your attention....?
    <chuckle> You know, I'm not sure! It seems like the test siren goes
    on forever; I'm sure probably the same period as the actual warning,
    just seems that way.
    "You're just testing, so get on with it" vs being occupied with
    figuring out what the real siren is warning about... <G>
    Depending on the weather, wind, etc. the sirens (test mode or actual)
    can be very loud. They slowly rotate, so naturally louder and softer depending on which way pointed, but if the breeze right can carry the sounds effectively making them louder. Seems humidity can affect
    also. Sometimes all combined can make the siren sound like it's a block away!

    Well, they are designed to get your attention... ;) How far are they
    actually from you...?

    They did go off yesterday afternoon: tornado spotted southeast of
    here. Autumn was here and we were playing when the 'all-clear' siren sounded; she was concerned and confused as with the first one the skies were darkening, wind and rain, plus one or the other were looking at
    the TV; this one no real reaction/concern. So I did explain the sirens will go off to warn of possible bad weather and then also to tell us
    when it's gone/done. Back to playing.

    And now she'll know for when the next time comes... ;) Good that the
    tornado didn't come too close to you after all, too.... :)

    As far as checking when the test is being done, I
    sort of do that -- probably barely qualifies as checking but I do look
    out the windows as I wander for coffee/water refills and so have an
    idea of what the weather conditions are. Normally decent, but if it
    happened to be semi-threatening outside and the siren goes off I'd
    check even though pretty sure was just due to the testing.
    Being aware of conditions is a good habit to get into anyway... ;) And
    if one is in an area where the weather could get nasty fast, having a
    weather radio for alerts is probably another good practice... :)
    I'd probably would get a weather radio if I didn't live in the city; sirens, alarms from the cell phone.... The TV stations are also very
    good about sticking radar maps in the bottom corner of the screen, information crawls, breaking in when necessary.

    No sirens here, I don't get alarms on my cellphone... and of course I'm
    not watching the TV... ;) But the NWS does break in to my radio program
    if there is some weather threat in the region...

    LIS a little while back it looked relatively bland from my south-
    facing window when the sirens went off but look north -- uh-oh!
    And as you said above... wUnderground "told" you to look north... <G>
    So the Internet is good! <g>
    As long as it is working... ;) telnet wUnderground was working for a
    while but got stuck again on the 17th....
    I just checked and not working properly: didn't even give the 2-letter state codes (was going to double-check the three-letter code it
    wanted).

    When I checked this morning it was still stuck on May 17th... I check
    regularly just in case something knocks it unstuck... ;)

    I've been primarily using ansiweather for current temperature
    and 'finger <site>@graph.no' for the day's forecast.

    Lately, at least for here, norway seems to not be all that accurate
    temperature wise... whether I look at it in F or in C degrees...
    Richard got me going to weather.gov which is similar to wUnderground
    (since it gets info from there anyway when it's working)... that gives
    fairly current temperature, as well as a week's out forecast... :)

    Yup; we tend to get some wildly swinging temperatures in the Spring --
    in the 70's/80's one week and snow the next. Usually not that extreme
    but not unusual. BTW we only used the air conditioner that night and
    the next night -- so far!
    We're getting highs in the 70's now... maybe into the 80's by the
    beginning of next week, but I think it's going to be going back to the
    more seasonable low 70s again after that.... :)
    Put the a/c in here (the Computer Room) after Autumn went home
    yesterday. Sort of didn't want to as blocks the view, hard to open
    the window (from the top!), whine-whimper -- supposed to be in the
    upper 80's today so will be put an end to the whinnnnnning. Tested the central a/c -- seems to be fine.

    Better to have it when needed... we only have fans, which just went back
    into service today with the temps back in the 80s again...

    A rip has been temporarily taped up in a window we open for fresh air.
    The ones in the slider have been left alone for now. Will have the
    screens repaired later; insurance adjuster coming this afternoon.
    Siding -- my original thinking was to hire someone to patch --
    something like the repair they used to do for furniture. Guess could
    be done -- never saw but that doesn't mean anything. Again the
    insurance adjustor will be making recommendations on that.
    That's starting to sound more serious... ;)
    Got the claim back and combination of covering more and less than
    expected. The inspector said a possibility of near-full replacement
    cost, we had thought maybe 20% because of the age -- getting about
    half. Also replacing some dented and cracked vents up there. Metal
    awnings over the front and side doors will be replaced, as dented
    window trim and of course the ripped screens. I'm not sure how the
    vinyl siding was going to be handled -- there's a meeting coming up so
    will verify then. I also want to ask about having all the screens
    rescreened while the contractor is here -- we pay for that, of course.
    Just easier as someone already here doing part of the work.
    Was all that damage just from the hailstorm....? Or is some of it
    being wrapped into this claim from earlier damages....? I suppose the
    contractor can also let you know if your screens really are ready for
    replacement all around...
    AFAIK all the damage from the hailstorm. We never did see the damage
    to the roof from the ground but very obvious from the copy of the
    pictures the inspector took. Of course helps he has chalk marks
    circling the impact dents but still obvious.

    That would make things more obvious.... ;) Both the better vantage
    point and the chalk marks... :)

    As for the screens, during the meeting it was advised not to do the
    add-on of the screens (the ones not ripped and therefore not covered)
    as would cost about double of what we would pay doing ourselves.

    Ah, so you might as well do that part yourself... :) Are you going to
    have the same contractor do your back deck/porch while there...?

    That, plus for me it's the I don't really need anything and when I do
    it's relatively expensive as far as gift amounts go -- "hey! wanna
    chip in on the house repairs?" - yeah, right!
    Yeah, there's that, too... ;)
    "All I want for Christmas is my two front screens!" <gg>

    Cute. ;)

    I wasn't really selling much anyway.... a couple of friends knew I
    was selling it, and once in a while they'd want something... I
    certainly wasn't making any money off it... :)
    Probably the usual for that kind of marketing dealerships: sell to a
    few others to get a discount on their own purchases.
    Once in a while you'll get a dealer that really is into selling stuff
    and actually makes some sort of a living at it... but that certainly
    isn't me... ;)
    Nor I. Al - the one I mentioned in an earlier message and fixed his telephone wiring -- I guess made his living off of selling whatever he sold -- "Grace-Lee" comes to mind and a quick Googling states they
    sell industrial cleaners so that could explain why no inventory and he seemed to be home most of the time ==> could do a lot via phone calls. Everyone knew Al, his apartment was at the last at dead-end of hallway with one other apartment so no reason to walk by....

    Probably close to an exclusive franchise, and a product that was in
    demand with at least some people... ;)

    The other day I had the bite-sized shredded wheat topped with a
    bran-type cereal topped with raisins - tasted fine to me! :) To me
    the single 'bale of hay' tastes bland plus is a bit of a fight to eat.
    The raisins would definitely help.... :)
    I used to eat raisins as a snack; past several years no, though still
    put a ton in my oatmeal or top the cereal -- "you want cereal with
    your raisins?" could work!

    I still eat them as a snack on occasion... we keep them in the house for
    that and for cooking with... ;)

    Back to the breakfast offerings, about partway through my stay a new
    offering was added: probably a 3- or 4-oz glass with some sort of a
    'mush' in milk or cream, topped with a layer of a darker 'mush',
    topped with three or four raspberries, blueberries, and sometimes
    another small fruit. Served cool. OK: I'll try! Yumm!! Complimented
    to my waitress (was self-serve but the refilled coffee, etc.) -- she
    was a little puzzled as apparently is a common dish in Austria/Europe
    and seemed surprised I had never had it.
    Sounds like a breakfast parfait, using mush instead of pudding... I saw
    something similar in March at the hotel my brother was staying at here
    when I met him for breakfast there... :)
    Yes, 'breakfast parfait' will work. "Mush" to me has sort of an oatmeal-soggy cereal blended together connotation but probably close.

    You were the one that described it as such (see above)... ;)

    I think they used cereal offering -- something approaching a trail mix. Did see at the cereals section and I used as a topping for yogurt.

    Sounds similar... ;)

    ttyl neb

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