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Posted by gmpullman on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 9:00 PM

howmus
So any suggestions from the crowd on what would be good for a couple old pharts

I haven't been to a theater since "Titanic" (not the 1912, but the 1997 version!)

Maybe The Current War? Edison, Westinghouse, Tesla?  *

Bunch of hard-of-hearing old men arguing over who's right sounds like a good movie for our generation.

*The sequal will be Edison, DC; Westinghouse, DCC; and Tesla, AC Induction Dead Rail!

Somehow I got re-shifted to the Top-O-the Page.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 9:07 PM

Hey Kevin,  How ya been? 

Straight up,  I just found out I owe another Sum to the one everybody hates before the change of the year.

Our plan has shifted into February or March.  Especially the fact that my son does not plan to travel with the new Grandson of mine.  We probably will be going over to North Dakota for Christmas now.

I am planning a southern tour in February or March.   Could very well make it down to your neck of the woods then.

We are going to start and stop in Branson Missouri to finish up what we could not complete last year.

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 9:13 PM

Track fiddler
I am planning a southern tour in February or March. Could very well make it down to your neck of the woods then.

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I am spending most of February in Indianapolis, and March in Georgia.

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Oh well.

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 9:20 PM

Ratz.....  I may just hold the Florida thought and plan it for some other time when you're around.

 

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Posted by cudaken on Tuesday, November 19, 2019 11:08 PM

 Eveing Diners

 Flo, give the gang and I a Beer please and Dirk his Buffalo Treat.

 Work Front Was Sloooow but very profitable. Only had one customer all day but they where a good one! I made a extra $105.00 in spiff money! Big Smile They came in looking for a King Metal frame and bought a King Mattress for $1599.00. Yes Plus I think Sharon will sleep better.

 Ray My self the only movie right now I would like to see is Ford Verse Ferrari.

 

 Later None Smoking Ken and Dirk say's Woof, Woof.

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Posted by "JaBear" on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 2:31 AM

howmus
Quick inquiry for some of you that go to movies out in the theaters.

Gidday Ray, Her-in-doors and I are infrequent movie goers, but because he’s a Kiwi, and that we’ve followed and enjoyed the fruit of his career, we recently went to see Taika Waititi’s latest movie “JoJo Rabbit”
It was very funny, yet sad, and thought provoking. Not everyone’s cup of tea, but we’ll both see it again at a later date.
 
 
 

“If someone asked, 'What are your films like?,' the best I can come up with is that they're, like, a fine balance between comedy and drama. And they deal mainly with the clumsiness of humanity”. -Taika Waititi

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 3:41 AM

Good Morning!

It´s a foggy day here in the land of bewilderment. No improvement in sight, so I´d better get adjusted to this kind of weather for the rest of the year. In 10 days time, we will put up the Christmas decoration, which will give the apartment a homely atmosphere.

Brent - Denmark has the lowest possible interest rate - they actually pay you, if they can park their money with you with a house as a collateral. The current interest rat is at minus .5%! The obstacles are our rather low income from my pension and us being not (yet) a resident in Denmark. For the loan we would need, the monthly payment is about the equivalent of 180 USD, which is less than 1/3 of what an average rent would be. Cost of living is on the same level as in Germany, so we actually could manage that with the money we have. I will have to settle the issue with the local bank upon our upcoming visit.

Just a few pictures of the property in question:

The small house for our friend would be placed at the tree line to the  right in the picture. The house is planned to be a 600 sq.ft. "container" type modern building, with a roof patio.

Inside the house:

 

The house has three bedrooms, two of which are guestrooms in the attic. The little shed could house a small layout - maybe. Total price of the house is $ 80k. If we could somehow raise, say, a third of the amount, it would be a no-brainer to go ahead!

Talking of movies, I have not been to the movies for maybe 25 years. Hollywood stopped making

films I would want to watch, as I am not interested in blood, sweat and tears for my entertainment. German made movies have turned into lectures on how to be a good, i.e. the perfect socialist citizen who loves Merkel, saves the world, eats vegan and rides a bike instead of driving a SUV or truck - no, thanks, not for me. I´s rather go bowling and that´s even healthier!

Iechi da!

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 5:52 AM

Back to Georgia...

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As a resident of Florida, it amazes me when I go in other Home Depots that you can actually buy 1 anch and 2 inch foam board right off of the shelf.

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It is a wonder. 

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Posted by Water Level Route on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:10 AM

SeeYou190
As a resident of Florida, it amazes me when I go in other Home Depots that you can actually buy 1 anch and 2 inch foam board right off of the shelf.

That kind of surprises me.  I would think Floridians would want to be able to insulate out the heat.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 6:25 AM

SeeYou190
It is a wonder.

Why?

A good home insulation keeps the heat out and the cool air inside. In fact, it is much more expensive to cool a house than to heat a house!

Happy times!

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Posted by mbinsewi on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:00 AM

SeeYou190
It is a wonder. 

So you can't buy it Florida?  I think there are places in the SW where it's not availiable, also, which seems odd to me, for all of the reasons already mentioned.

It's everywhere up here in WI.  Menards has the Foamular 150 for $18 a sheet,

The 250 is used where it's under more compression, like under a slab.  The 150 is good for foundation walls, and model railroads.

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:46 AM

Insulation that meets building code in Florida is much better than foam board. Foam board cannot be used for insulation in Florida. The 1/2" board is available, but it is not for insulation. Builders use it as some sort of a barrier.

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I can cool my house to 70 degrees on a 100 degree day, shut the A/C off, and 6 hours later it will still be 75 in the house. My insulation rocks!

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I read instructions on line for all kinds of projects that use thick pink foam board. I need to smuggle it in!

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-Kevin

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Posted by Steven Otte on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:09 AM

So, I haven't been in here lately. Been busy trying to get stuff out of the way so I can take Thanksgiving week off. Things seem peaceful. Good, good. Smile

At the risk of destroying that peace, let's get back to Georgia cuisine. It seems any discussion of Georgia cuisine would be incomplete without mentioning shrimp and grits. Personally I don't get it. I've never tasted grits, but I have had Cream of Wheat and Malt-O-Meal, and if it's anything like those, Dead. In my opinion, about the only way that texture could be made worse is if it were shrimp-flavored. The only way I can take shrimp is breaded and deep-fried (or in a tempura roll). So, Southerners... convince me otherwise. Wink What am I missing?

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Posted by BigDaddy on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:30 AM

Shimp and grits are everywhere on the menu here.  So are steamed shrimp with a spicy pepper sauce.  I've had grits years ago when I lived in NC.  They were just OK, I have never been tempted to have shrimp and grits. 

Steve you would like coconut shrimp.

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Posted by York1 on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:42 AM

Tinplate Toddler
Why? A good home insulation keeps the heat out and the cool air inside. In fact, it is much more expensive to cool a house than to heat a house!

 

I think the issue is the cost difference between foam insulation and fiberglass insulation.

I don't know of any place in the U.S. or Canada that does not require insulation, to a certain r value, in construction.  My home was built 40 years ago, and it was already required to have not just the walls and attic insulated, but also the basement walls.

To get the equivalent r value from foam or fiberglass, fiberglass is much cheaper.

 

I imagine costs are dependent on energy costs where one lives.  We regularly have winter temperatures of below 0°F, and we regularly have summer temperature of 90°F and above.

My wife keeps our thermostat set at 70° year round.  Here, it costs much more to heat a house than to cool a house.

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Posted by York1 on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:47 AM

Grits?  I gues it depends on what one ate when growing up.

My sister-in-law in Georgia grew up eating grits, and thinks they are great.

In New Orleans, we didn't eat grits very much.  They were available, but I don't remember anyone going out of their way to get them.

I'll have them when I eat breakfast at Cracker Barrel, but if I don't get them, I haven't missed much.

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 9:59 AM

York1
To get the equivalent r value from foam or fiberglass, fiberglass is much cheaper.

That my be true, but fiberglass mats are considered to be health hazards here and are not in use any longer.

Steven - thanks for the offering, but I am not into shrimps, so pardon me if I let this one pass by.

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Posted by York1 on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 10:21 AM

Tinplate Toddler
That my be true, but fiberglass mats are considered to be health hazards here and are not in use any longer.

What do they use instead of fiberglass?  Do they use mineral wool or something like that?

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Posted by Tinplate Toddler on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 10:32 AM

York1
Do they use mineral wool or something like that?

Calcium silicate boards, extruded polystyrol, hemp, wood fiber boards - a whole bundle of alternative materials. Mineral wool products, like fiberglass or stone wool, are not outlawed, but on the retreat.

Happy times!

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Posted by MisterBeasley on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 11:19 AM

howmus

So any suggestions from the crowd on what would be good for a couple old pharts (I turn 73 next week and she is 75) to see.  We are not into blood and gore or a lot of bad language.  Niether one of us finds that "stuff" to be entertaining I think.

Do you like Hallmark movies on cable TV?  The GF and I watch them too often.  No sex or violence.  They are doing a few Thanksgiving movies now, and after that will be a month of Christmas movies.  They even did one with a train getting stuck in the mountains by snow.

And Steven O., as a displaced former Darn Yankee I have learned to appreciate grits here in Delaware.  Unfortunately, they are made with corn so I shouldn't eat them with diabetes.

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Posted by GMTRacing on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 11:38 AM

I think shrimp with grits would be like eating shrimp with the shells left on. No thanks. Not a big fan of oatmeal or other hot cereals either.

   When we first moved into our home we had blown in insulation added by a crew drilling holes in the outer walls then plugging the holes. That was because we had plaster and lath inside so holes in those walls was a nonstarter. After we had the fire and then hurricane damage we stripped the entire inside of the house as the plaster had gotten soaked and there was going to be mold. To reinsulate without building out the 2 x 4 outer walls, we used "green foam" and did the whole house with it. This gave an R value about twice what we could have gotten with the fibreglass in the same dimension and also eliminated almost any chance for air penetration through the walls. We used extruded foam with foil covering one side for the sheathing outside before reinstalling shingles on the outer walls. The house is now nicer year round and not drafty as it used to be. We still only have a couple of room air conditioners so i can't comment on that aspect. The expanded polystyrene and old two part foam systems had outgas and/or toxic gas issues when burned so the new green foam besides being a better R value is better since it is virtually flame proof and doesn't sustain a fire. Here in Connecticut when I got the material for the layout, I got the 4 x8 x 2" foam through a contractor supply friend (it's used here to put up outside foundations as it will survive below grade) as the big box home centers did not carry full sheets.  Since it was impractical to dig out around my foundation (rocks and concrete construction in rocky soil) I opted to build stud walls and foamed the inside of the foundation myself with the DIY Green Foam spray kit. That worked out quite well and with a little leveling where I got too ambitious with the foam, wall board went up with no problem in the occupied areas. Rock wool works well for sound deadening in interior walls. I tried using some of the leftover green foam to make mountains but it didn't do well as it stays semi flexible and nevers hardens as well as extruded poly. What was the question?     Whistling   J.R.

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Posted by howmus on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 12:31 PM

Afternoon folks!

Thanks for the movie suggestions!  We ultimately settled on......... "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood"......  We wanted to see "Last Christmas" but that was only playing at 7pm at the theater we are going to and that would not have fit the schedule for the day...  We are going out to a nice restaurant for dinner after the movie (I have a $100 gift card from some classmates to thank me for the work I did for the reunion).  Most of the other movies are either kiddie type movies or contain a lot of the common blood and gore and feature painfull ways to maim or kill people, etc.  Not our cup of tea.  Lion King might have been to our liking but is no longer playing at the place we will be going to. 

"A beautiful day in the Neighborhood" has Tom Hanks playing Fred Rogers and is not a kid's movie at all or so the reviews say.  The ratings for it are very high and the write up says, "A journalist's life is enriched by friendship when he takes on an assignment profiling Fred Rogers. Based on the real-life friendship between journalist Tom Junod and television star Fred Rogers".   We shall see if we enjoy it....  We agree that the big thing is we get to spend some time together!!!  (grin)

Grits???  IIRC they taste exactly like whatever you put on them!

So far with the cut back on my diabettes meds, my blood checks have still been right where I like them (this morning was 110, last night before bed was 101), and I have eaten more carbohydrates than I usually do too.  I think I feel better on the lower dose as well.

This morning I walked one half lap over at the fieldhouse.....  Ran 28.5 laps for a total running of 5.3 miles. WinkCoolBig Smile

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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 2:51 PM

Good afternoon from the sunny Pacific Rim where it is 14c.

Ray, sounds like your health keeps getting better by the day. Can diabetes ever disappear completely?

Lion here is a story for you, maybe you can pick up some used equipment for the classroom.

https://blog.metrolinx.com/2019/11/13/time-in-a-box-union-station-prepares-to-retire-a-vast-interlocking-system-thats-guided-every-train-in-and-out-of-toronto-for-almost-90-years/?fbclid=IwAR01W0IDBIZ5g6-EosVz2IQ-1EedVJzfW

Busy day today so have a good one all.

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Posted by howmus on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 3:12 PM

Me again.....

BATMAN
Can diabetes ever disappear completely?

As far as I know, once you are diabetic you are diabetic....  However, my doctor who is considered the best around here for anyone who has Diabettes, told me that we are in "uncharted waters".  LOL  But, yes my health does appear to be getting better every day.  I absolutely do feel much better than I used to. 

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Posted by maxman on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 3:33 PM

howmus
As far as I know, once you are diabetic you are diabetic.... However, my doctor who is considered the best around here for anyone who has Diabettes, told me that we are in "uncharted waters".

I think that  type 2 diabetes can "go away" or be controlled by diet, weight loss, and exercise.

Type 1 diabetes, where the pancrease is either not functioning or has been removed, is permanent.  Unless there is a pancrease transplant.  I don't know how common that is.

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Posted by howmus on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 3:47 PM

maxman
I think that type 2 diabetes can "go away" or be controlled by diet, weight loss, and exercise.

Type 2 diabettes is also known as insulin resitant diabettes.  The body no longer uses insulin correctly.....

Yes, It can be controlled to a great extent by diet, weight loss, and excercise, but I was told I would still be diabetic but controlled.  I did control it by diet and excercise for a few years, but it soon came on worse and at that time I was put on meds for it.  That was over 20 years ago (I was not good about staying on a diet or losing weight).  The first round of pills I took for it didn't make a dent in it and I was soon increased to Janumet 50/1000 twice a day.  That did the trick, and I have been taking it for about 20 years now.

The doc has lowered that to Janumet 50/500 twice a day.  We will look at dosage and where I am with that again when I see him in 6 months (unless something bad happens with the readings).  He told me he has only had 4 patients in his whole career that have actually lowered the need for medicine.  He said there is some anecdotal writings out there, but no actual studys on it as it is quite rare.  So we will see what we will see.  I will say that a certain condition that diabetics my age almost always have (the one involving the "blue" pill) has seemed to improve in the last few days as well....  Time will tell with that too, I guess. Wink

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Posted by BATMAN on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:18 PM

Well, that sounds like things are going in the right direction.Yes I forgot to mention one other thing about my friend I talked about above is when he was obese, he looked awful including is hair, in fact, he started losing it and had the little 3-inch skull cap bald spot going. To his delight, it has started growing back since he has started eating nothing but fresh food. He was a big sub sandwich eater (dined on preservatives)Dinner

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Posted by GMTRacing on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 4:26 PM

Good choice Ray.  We saw Ford v Ferrari last weekend and it was ok but better for us gearheads.    J.R.

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Posted by howmus on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 5:03 PM

BATMAN
He was a big sub sandwich eater (dined on preservatives)

Yep!  I would add that one of the big things I have done is completely stopped eating "processed" foods.  Only fresh vegetables, etc.  I eat meat, but very small amounts of very lean meat. (no more than 4 ounces once a day).  No store bought bread, rolls, or junk food....

I have heard that undertakers don't need to use as much embalming fluid these days because most the clientel have quite a bit of preservative already in the body..... LOL

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Posted by moelarrycurly4 on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 5:06 PM

Grits..... ugh  no grits for me.

 

Greetings from the Southern Command.  I took a little time off work so we could have a mini vacation at our hovel here in Mississippi. I brought some tools down to work on some things. I spent the afternoon wacking down small trees and weed eating the "yard" > made quite a pile of brush. 

Garry, prayers for family. 

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