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Old 01-21-2012, 02:56 PM   #2011
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Somehow, that axe just goes with your house perfectly. Of course, it is a little new, given that it's not yet 100 years old!

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The broad axe is a great addition.

Who is the strange black creature in the first picture? I thought she had her own personal door now.

The natural wood goes well with the massive masonry walls.

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Some folks don't like the post after they split like that, I love the look, it is natural. I really like the broad axe, I have wanted one for a looong time. You have a beautiful home Shu.
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Some folks don't like the post after they split like that, I love the look, it is natural. I really like the broad axe, I have wanted one for a looong time. You have a beautiful home Shu.

And a wonderful companion in Mia, she seems to follow you around like a shadow.

Looking forward to see more enhancements to you place, I am an avid follower of this thread...great work Shu.
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And a wonderful companion in Mia, she seems to follow you around like a shadow.

Looking forward to see more enhancements to you place, I am an avid follower of this thread...great work Shu.
It's funny that you called her a "Shadow" She is Australian Cattle Dog and Lab mix. Cattle dogs are known as Shadow or Velcro dogs. In the states you call them Blue Heeler. I wish at times she showed more Lab traits. She defends the front gate against all intruders as her tail wags. People don't understand and think she's mean. Thanks for following, dorf dude...
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Sounds like our Golden. She will stand there and bark at you, but the whole time her butt is moving, and tail is just a going.
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Now that we are talking about dogs.... Mia, being a Cattle Dog sheds REALLY bad. I was chasing the hair with my home vac and shop vac. Last week end I was just surfing around and stumbled across this. It's called an Arnica Bora 4000. This is hands down THE BEST VACUUM ever made. It has the Dorf Dude's seal of approval. That is very hard to get, believe me. I'm picky and a perfectionist. The vacuum uses water as the filter element. No dust what so ever out the back end. It is not available in the States, sorry for you. If you are a business looking to expand I would contact them. I would like cut of course for this endorsement, really. I have a house to finish. Here are a couple pic's. This is only after 1 day. I vacuum every day now that I have it. If you have a weak stomach I would not look. Amazing. dorf dude...
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Wow - water as the filter. Such a simple idea and yet brilliant!
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My friend used to have a Rainbow vacuum cleaner that caught the dirt in water - no bag and no dust coming back out into the room. She loved it.
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Neat. I did a little poking around in Google and it looks like it is manufactured in Turkey, or at least the parent company is Turkish. It would require some redesign to pass UL testing here in the states. It's 2400 watts which would never fly.
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My friend used to have a Rainbow vacuum cleaner that caught the dirt in water - no bag and no dust coming back out into the room. She loved it.
I trained as a Rainbow salesman back in the 80's. I loved the concept but it is a complete rip off. I found them online for $2000 currently. Stupid money. I could buy a car for that. Rainbow is a pyramid scheme. My parents got ripped off by a Hoover salesman. I paid about $275 with the conversion for this machine. That is ok in my book. Well made for the price. Works fantastic.
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Scott, how is this going to affect your unit http://www.pantagraph.com/news/world...9bb2963f4.html

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Gen. Raymond Odierno, the Army chief of staff, says the Pentagon will take two heavy armor brigades out of Europe in 2013 and 2014 and eliminate them.

Odierno says the military is working hard to mitigate the impact on European allies, and will rotate other Army units into the region to train with NATO partners.

The units will be eliminated, rather than moved back to the United States. Odierno says removing two of four brigades now in Europe will not necessarily make NATO allies shoulder more of the load if ground forces are needed for a large-scale operation in the region.

The units to be dismantled are based in Germany — the 172nd Infantry Brigade, currently in Grafenwoehr, and the 170th Infantry Brigade in Baumholder.
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Multinational soldiers train on tactical video games at the Joint Multinational Simulation Center in Grafenwoehr in December. Trainers say such simulations will play a larger role in the Army's future, as dwell time and home station training increase.
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A soldier scans a virtual roadside for signs of danger during a training exercise in the Reconfigurable Vehicle Tactical Trainer in Grafenwoehr in December. The Army will begin fielding a virtual system for dismounted soldiers later this year, with plans to have it made interoperable with vehicle simulators such as the RVTT.
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GRAFENWÖHR, Germany — Live training is indispensable for any Army unit. It’s also expensive.
The costs of ammunition and fuel add up; wear and tear shorten the lifespan of vehicles and weapons systems.
As the Pentagon scales back amid looming budget cuts, it envisions a smaller, more flexible and technologically advanced force. Some trainers say improved virtual systems, better games and larger simulations at home stations, as opposed to training centers, will play a greater role in preparing soldiers for future battles.
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Here is a link to the complete article. I work in Simulations so my job should be ok. If not then I will go into business for myself.
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I got working on the up stairs lights today. I knew there was no way I could do it off of a ladder. I set up a scaffold with a step stool. It was not the most stable platform but better than a ladder. I ended up drinking a beer to get me more comfortable up there. I also got the birds nest down that had been up since before I had windows installed. She nested in here for 2 years. Now I see why she was so persistent. Eggs in the nest. I would take them down and she would build another one. All the lights are working except 1. I will have to get back and check the connection. They provide a nice soft light which is fine for this room. The pool table will also have it's own lights later which will hang down from the ceiling. Here are a couple pic's. dorf dude...
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