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Old 07-02-2011, 02:31 PM   #4861
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Good gravy, it just about makes a person want to just throw their hands up in the air and give up. If they were using that money for the people it sure would make it a little easier to swallow. I hate politicians, (I may have said that before). Here when a politician is elected to office, they get the same pay for the rest of their life, as they get in office, they have their own medical insurance and the whole ball of wax. The sad part is all they have to do is get elected one time. OK, I'm through now.
Here too Jim. Shouldn't it be the guys and gals risking their lives for our country who get excellent benefits for the rest of their lives? If I'm not mistaken, the politicians children don't have to pay back their student loans either.

It's bass ackwards.

We have 6% sales tax on everything except for food. Food at restaurants is taxed. A year or so ago, they were talking about adding a tax to some services as well - tanning, haircuts, etc.

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Here too Jim. Shouldn't it be the guys and gals risking their lives for our country who get excellent benefits for the rest of their lives? If I'm not mistaken, the politicians children don't have to pay back their student loans either.

It's bass ackwards.

We have 6% sales tax on everything except for food. Food at restaurants is taxed. A year or so ago, they were talking about adding a tax to some services as well - tanning, haircuts, etc.
You are right, but the kids who are fighting to protect the USA are at the bottom rung, the politicians just don't care as long as they can get theirs.

What really burns me up is they have already spent the money for SS and other programs for their little pet projects that have lined their and their friends pockets. Now they are wanting to cut the budget from the very things they have spent the money from. Why is the budget having to be cut, because the idiots have spent all the money that was set aside for these services.

Anytime in history that the government said they had a surplus, it was money set aside for programs like SS and the likes. They stole that money for their little projects and now they want us to bale them out. Isn't that just too cool, they steal us blind then want to tax us to pay AGAIN for the programs that we already paid for. Or they want to cut the money that is supposed to be for that program. OK OK, I will shut up now. My blood pressure just spiked.
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I like the new avatar...fracking I'm not so sure about.
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Thanks - I liked your idea of letting people see who they're talking to.

I don't like fracking much - but I'd be happier about it if the companies would stop claiming that it's impossible for fracking to affect the ground water (while quietly paying for water treatment systems for those whose wells they've quite obviously screwed up). I like my environmental hazards clearly acknowledged so that they can be addressed.
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Thanks - I liked your idea of letting people see who they're talking to.

I don't like fracking much - but I'd be happier about it if the companies would stop claiming that it's impossible for fracking to affect the ground water (while quietly paying for water treatment systems for those whose wells they've quite obviously screwed up). I like my environmental hazards clearly acknowledged so that they can be addressed.
Last year the new people on the island here came from Alberta. He was very familiar with the oil patch and is pretty knowledgeable about the various drilling methods and fracking.

There is no doubt that because of the very nature of fracking that it is nearly impossible NOT to have the water affected. There was a gal talking on CBC radio several weeks ago whose well was contaminated - along with several others in her area - and she was going after the oil companies for compensation, but mainly to get an admission of the problem.

How would you like to be able to take water from your tap, put it in a bottle with a cap, give it a good shake and let it sit for awhile. Take the lid off and light the resulting gas - BOOM!
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A few days ago we had this odd evening sky...these are a couple of the pics I got just looking in slightly different directions.
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Today I was outside doing some tile sealing, and this guy came and plunked himself (or herself) down beside me.
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After Bud's advice about sealing the edges of the tiles, and after having found out what a total PITA it is to do that AFTER the tiles have been set, I came up with this system to speed up the process.

I made this giant economy size lazy Susan as the base for a Dobsonion telescope several years ago. Nothing like a little recycling, so I used it to stack a couple of boxes of octagonal tiles on.

Then go at one side with the sealer, rotate to the next edge until you're done. Works like a hot diggity damn!

Incidentally, out of the first four boxes of tile I opened, there was only one broken tile. This is the old batch, pretty good quality.

I did another two boxes right on the bench, but you can't turn them around...too heavy.
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I've been busy doing more checking into the saltillo tiles/setting/sealing/grouting over the past few evenings, and thus far it seems that there hasn't been TOO many mistakes.

Lots of controversy over which type of grout you should use, and for anyone contemplating laying some of these tiles, it largely has to do with how big the tile spacing is.

My gap is considerably less than what is recommended (one of the boo-boos). I was trying for a 5/16" spacing, and that is generally what I got, but the irregularity in the tile sizes makes it impossible to maintain an even gap. Half an inch is the current recommendation, and for that gap there is special grout made.

Apparently, there are two main colors - but 48 custom colors are also available, presumably at a higher price. Further to that, I understand that the sand used to make the grout for the larger spacing is slightly coarser.

Not only that, but unlike regular grout (which is what I have...cringe) it comes in 50 lb. bags. Given the width and depth of the grout lines that makes sense.

I ended up getting Terra Cotta grout which is good up to, but not over, a half inch spacing. It comes in the standard 25 lb. bags. I guess this way they can get you for more money.

The second coat of edge sealer should be dry tomorrow, so it looks like I can't procrastinate any further on the grouting.
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A few days ago we had this odd evening sky...these are a couple of the pics I got just looking in slightly different directions.
Did you have a rain storm from these clouds? Nice pics!

Stacking the tiles on a lazy susan was a stroke of genius! What a great time saver.
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Did you have a rain storm from these clouds? Nice pics!

Stacking the tiles on a lazy susan was a stroke of genius! What a great time saver.
We have had very little rain lately, although we are under constant threat. There is a very light shower happening right now though, which will make the missus happy if it does any good on the garden.
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Those are some pretty pictures. In the first picture are the different colors caused form different levels of clouds, one being higher so the sun shines under and the other layer the sun shines over? I love the mountains in the back ground also.

Keith, do ya'll raise your own vegetables? I wish Judy and I lived out in the sticks, we would have a garden, chickens, a pig or two and maybe a cow. I am just a country boy and just love the country life but we don't live in the country now. Next year I hope we can raise a garden and I am going to get a couple of chickens. They say we can have a couple but no roosters, I hate that, I love to hear the roosters crow in the morning.
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I think you have it right on the cloud thing Jim. With this strange weather we've been having lately we just never know what's coming up.

Veggies for sure...I think the missus has growing right now, broad beans, runner beans, french beans, leeks, lettuce, carrots, beets, about 20 or so different herbs, artichokes, peas, strawberries, raspberries, three different kinds of apples, grapes and even a few free growing spuds in one of the compost piles.

One of the neighbours here had chickens and a rooster a few years ago (the guy with the leaf blowers) but the local residents in his bay didn't like the 5 am wake up call every morning from the rooster and they threatened to kill the damn thing if he didn't get rid of it.
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Keith, that is really a nice garden, there is nothing like eating fresh vegetables out of your own garden especially when you know there isn't all the poison on them. The tomatoes we get here from the store I won't even eat at all, they have no taste and cost almost twice as much as ground beef. Hopefully next year we will have a garden, although it will be small.
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Keith, that is really a nice garden, there is nothing like eating fresh vegetables out of your own garden especially when you know there isn't all the poison on them. The tomatoes we get here from the store I won't even eat at all, they have no taste and cost almost twice as much as ground beef. Hopefully next year we will have a garden, although it will be small.
...aaah, tomatoes, I forgot the tomatoes. She always gets a bumper crop and they're looking good so far. Forgot the apricots as well...

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