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  1. 10 minutes ago, WhiteWulfe said:

    I believe you've been having a bit too much mead.  How about you share some of that with the rest of us?  We're on page 999 now :P

    You're welcome to my share.

    I have something very much like a hangover without the party beforehand .:zombie:

    Broccoli - Fairy -- Story Drunk Driver.

    GEM

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  2. OY!

    Today is a borderline migraine day.

    All the symptoms, lights sensitivity, upset stomach, feeling like I've been turned inside out. Plus the whacking big headache.

    Just took "the big red pill".  If that doesn't work in an hour it's time for a dose of hydrocodone, which, on top of the big red pill, will probably almost knock me out.

    GERM

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  3. 25 minutes ago, SparrowMarie said:

     

    It has/had a warranty. I think it was only 1 year though and we got this in January of last year. If it's a longer warranty I can't find paperwork that confirms that.

    Check the manufacturers web site for a copy of the warranty.

    Worth a shot.  One year seems awfully short for something like a pump assembly.

    GEM

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  4. 7 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

    Some stuff that happened on today, May 15th:

    • 1618 – Johannes Kepler confirmed his previously rejected discovery of the third law of planetary motion (he first  rejected the idea after some initial calculations were made).

    • 1940 – Richard and Maurice McDonald opened the first McDonald's restaurant.

    • 2010 – Jessica Watson became the youngest person at age 16 to sail solo, non-stop and unassisted around the world.

    And that's your daily history trivia. Have a nice day!

    That happened about 35 miles from where I grew up, but nearly 10 years before I was born.

    I also grew up about the same distance from In-N-Out Burger but grew up on them as they started in Baldwin Park and I spent the first 7 years of my life in Covina, circa 6 miles away and close to the Drive-In theater that my parents would go to regularly.  The routine was get In-N-Out and then go to the Drive-In.  I had my first In-N-Out Burger circa 1951 but never had McDonalds until the mid '60s when I went to work for the Ontario, Ca. company owned store.

    GEM

    2 hours ago, TGP said:

     

    Get a PO Box if your porch situation is this bad..?

     

    ^^^^ This^^^^

    Only downside is a situation I'm currently in where the shipping service a Kickstarter contracted with turned everything over to Fed Ex, when Fed Ex will not make delivery to PO Boxes.

    I have very carefully explained to the Kickstarter people that in my opinion Fed Ex accepted the package under fraudulent conditions as they knew going in they would not deliver to the PO Box.  I've presented them with the alternative of issuing a full refund or sending the package to the PO Box, as the Fed Ex Terminal they were demanding that I pick it up at is a 2 hour drive from my house.

    GEM

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  5. 1 hour ago, Glitterwolf said:

    There is one more factor I would like to add to when something is considered a Day trip or not.

    Costs!

     

    Aside the fact that our traffic is hell and a two hour drive here irritates me more than a full day trip in the USA, our fuel prices are through the roof compared to yours.

    In some places we already hit the €2 per Liter!

     

     

    In the southeast USA prices are very close to that currently, due to the hack of the Colonial Pipeline system.

    GEM

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  6. 30 minutes ago, Mad Jack said:

     

      I live roughly equal distance from Boston (160 km) and New York City (215 km), and on a number of occasions have been in both cities in the same day...

     

     

     

     Is she single? lol   ::D:

     

     

     

     Rhode Islanders are the worst - you can literally drive around the entire circumference of their state in under an hour and a half, and yet they refuse to leave it because CT is "out-of-state"... There was even an old car dealership commercial making fun of how people who live two minutes from the state line won't cross it to go somewhere two minutes on the other side... :rolleyes:

     

     

     

     

    You can loose Rhode Island in San Bernardino County and a number of other counties across the nation.

    GEM

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  7. 4 minutes ago, Cranky Dog said:

    I finally got my latest Kickstarter shipment through FedEx.

     

    The box in question.

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    Now eagerly and impatiently waiting for a shipment to arrive is pretty normal. Especially if you have a tracking number. But this time it reached a new level of ridiculousness on account that I moved within days of it being shipped.

     

    Since I was moving more than 50 km from my old residence, the shipper had to make the address change. They contacted FedEx, and from there I thought everything would be fine.

     

    Boy was I wrong.

     

    Here's the itinerary according to the tracker, excluding tons of smaller depots:

      Reveal hidden contents

    Shipment information sent to FedEx

     

    Friday, May 14, 2021

    • 10:30 AM Jonquiere, QC. Delivered Given to customer. Signature Service not requested.
    • 8:06 AM CHICOUTIMI, QC. On FedEx vehicle for delivery
    • 7:04 AM CHICOUTIMI, QC. At local FedEx facility

    Thursday, May 13, 2021

    • 9:51 AM Address corrected
    • 9:46 AM CHICOUTIMI, QC. Shipment exception Cannot locate recipient
    • 8:55 AM CHICOUTIMI, QC. At local FedEx facility
    • 1:25 AM DORVAL, QC. Departed FedEx location

    Wednesday, May 12, 2021

    • 11:40 AM DORVAL, QC. Arrived at FedEx location

    Tuesday, May 11, 2021

    • 11:23 PM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Departed FedEx location
    • 11:59 AM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 2:16 AM DORVAL, QC. Departed FedEx location

    Monday, May 10, 2021

    • 10:01 PM DORVAL, QC. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 7:57 PM DRUMMONDVILLE, QC. Departed FedEx location
    • 6:35 AM DRUMMONDVILLE, QC. At local FedEx facility

    Saturday, May 8, 2021

    • 8:34 AM DRUMMONDVILLE, QC. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 5:42 AM DRUMMONDVILLE, QC. At local FedEx facility

    Friday, May 7, 2021

    • 8:42 PM DORVAL, QC. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 5:30 AM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Departed FedEx location
    • 12:49 AM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Arrived at FedEx location

    Thursday, May 6, 2021

    • 4:01 PM DORVAL, QC. Departed FedEx location

    Wednesday, May 5, 2021

    • 2:57 AM DORVAL, QC. Departed FedEx location

    Tuesday, May 4, 2021

    • 4:29 AM DORVAL, QC. At local FedEx facility

    Monday, May 3, 2021

    • 12:35 AM DORVAL, QC. Departed FedEx location

    Sunday, May 2, 2021

    • 3:05 PM DORVAL, QC. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 1:47 PM MONTRÉAL, QC. In transit

    Friday, April 30, 2021

    • 10:46 PM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Departed FedEx location
    • 1:14 PM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 2:25 AM DORVAL, QC. Departed FedEx location

    Thursday, April 29, 2021

    • 4:53 PM DORVAL, QC. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 3:45 AM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Departed FedEx location

    Wednesday, April 28, 2021

    • 10:25 PM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 3:52 PM VAUGHAN, ON. In transit
    • 3:39 AM DORVAL, QC. Departed FedEx location

    Tuesday, April 27, 2021

    • 1:07 PM DORVAL, QC. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 10:45 AM MONTRÉAL, QC. In transit

    Monday, April 26, 2021

    • 10:43 PM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Departed FedEx location
    • 11:38 AM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Arrived at FedEx location

    Sunday, April 25, 2021

    • 10:30 AM VAUGHAN, ON. In transit

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

    • 1:04 AM DORVAL, QC. Departed FedEx location

    Friday, April 23, 2021

    • 1:47 PM DORVAL, QC. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 3:34 AM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Departed FedEx location

    Thursday, April 22, 2021

    • 4:51 PM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 1:27 PM VAUGHAN, ON. In transit
    • 1:21 AM DORVAL, QC. Departed FedEx location

    Wednesday, April 21, 2021

    • 1:19 PM DORVAL, QC. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 3:27 AM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Departed FedEx location
    • 12:45 AM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Arrived at FedEx location

    Tuesday, April 20, 2021

    • 6:52 PM SUDBURY, ON. Departed FedEx location
    • 5:18 PM SUDBURY, ON. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 4:23 AM SUDBURY, ON. At local FedEx facility

    Monday, April 19, 2021

    • 6:51 PM KIRKLAND LAKE, ON. Departed FedEx location
    • 6:36 AM KIRKLAND LAKE, ON. In transit
    • 6:07 AM KIRKLAND LAKE, ON. At local FedEx facility Alternate delivery requested
    • 6:07 AM Address corrected
    • 6:05 AM KIRKLAND LAKE, ON. At local FedEx facility

    Sunday, April 18, 2021

    • 11:48 PM TIMISKAMING, ON. In transit
    • 11:47 AM TIMISKAMING, ON. In transit

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

    • 1:23 AM GREATER SUDBURY, ON. In transit

    Friday, April 16, 2021

    • 2:00 AM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Departed FedEx location

    Thursday, April 15, 2021

    • 1:53 PM WOODBRIDGE, ON. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 1:53 PM WOODBRIDGE, ON. International shipment release
    • 11:56 AM VAUGHAN, ON. In transit

    Wednesday, April 14, 2021

    • 10:31 PM PERRYSBURG, OH. Departed FedEx location
    • 7:12 PM PERRYSBURG, OH. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 8:52 AM NASHVILLE, TN. In transit

    Tuesday, April 13, 2021

    • 7:31 PM KNOXVILLE, TN. Left FedEx origin facility

    Monday, April 12, 2021

    • 5:18 PM KNOXVILLE, TN. Arrived at FedEx location
    • 3:42 PM KNOXVILLE, TN. Picked up
    • 12:13 PM Shipment information sent to FedEx

    Notice how some city names keep repeating again, and again, and again.

     

    For clarity: Woodbridge and Vaughan means Toronto, and Dorval means Montreal. ~550 km between them in a straight direct drive.

     

    When I realized after a few days that it kept going round and round, I called their service desk, multiple times. Everyone agreed it was not supposed to happen, and they assured me it was on the way.

     

    But it kept happening. I kept calling, and each time the service desk was looking at their own data with ALL the stops and going "What. The. Elf. Is happening?!" gradually realizing that something was definitely wrong. Their system *was* showing the correct final destination address, but along the way it got blocked and shipped back.

     

    It reached the point where every depot had to get the local manager to physically confirm that my package was going where it was supposed to go.

     

    I was upset at first. But I decided to go all the way and enjoy the ridiculousness of it all. How far will my little package go? Quick estimates is that it traveled well over 10,000 km, somewhere between a quarter to a third of the Earth's circumference.

     

    As a comparison, here's what a road trip across Canada would look like. Crossing all 10 provinces and two territories; all the capitals and most major cities; including Prince Edward Island.

     

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    The mileage my package traveled was competitive (ignoring all the smaller depots I couldn't view but FedEx could).

     

    It's only yesterday that I finally got confirmation that it reached my local depot, with the added notes that my address could not be located and got corrected. And the confusing part is that their "corrected" address is the same as the "unreachable" address, just a little more rough looking (but still legible).

     

    But it's finally here, and everything looks fine.

     

    The content of that particular Kickstarter campaign?

    DO NOT CLICK UNTIL YOU READ THE PREVIOUS TEXT FOR MAXIMUM COMEDY EFFECT.

      Hide contents

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    It's like the Universe wanted this to happen.

     

    Well Played!

    Very well played!

    GEM

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  8. 34 minutes ago, ratsmitglied said:

    For 'day trip' my definition involves getting home at the other end of the day ;-)

    If I don't need to get home at the other end, then your definition is entirely accurate
    We're 15 miles from our nearest grocery store, but nearest full grocery store is closer to 30, with the nearest full post office (not just branch run out of a newsagency or only open 4 hours a week at the most inconvenient times) about the same

    And I'm pretty sure you're actually more rural than we are (services in this country are just crap unless you're in a city)

    We're connected to commercial power for electricity [with a large generator for backup in the barn] have a largish propane tank outside the back door and are on well water.  Going to have to lay 200ft+ of cable in order to get internet service into the house.

    There's a cell/microwave tower within line of sight because the tower is 75' high, and the local vegetation is knee high sagebrush and pinion pine, plus some cottonwood trees.

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  9. 58 minutes ago, kristof65 said:

    I've noticed a strong correlation between where someone lives, and how far they consider a comfortable day trip.  Here in Iowa, and back when I lived in Colorado, 120 miles (200km) is a common day trip for many people.  When I was stationed in Australia, the 365km trip to the next nearest town was something a lot of my fellow shipmates did just to go to a bigger club than the base had. 

    Yet I've had arguments with customers in Hartford CT who were unwilling to drive to Springfield MA to pick up parts because "it takes too long and I'd have to cross a state line!"

     

    Sounds to me like it's time to institute an "afraid to go outside" surcharge.

    We drive 425 miles plus one way [700 km+], and usually towing a trailer, across deserts and through the Sierra Nevada Mountain Range between Victorville, Ca. and Stagecoach, Nv. and that's just a comfortable day trip.

    IMNSHO, any trip that may be accomplished in 9 hours or less, including one fuel and one meal stop is an easy day trip.

    Jack Palance Voice  /ON  "City People"

    Jack Palance Voice /OFF

    GEM

    Addendum:  At our new place it's 15 miles to the nearest full grocery store [a Kroger brand called Smith's], and 13 miles the other way to the nearest Post Office.

    You might say that we are "out in the country".

    GEM

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  10. 2 minutes ago, Arkady said:

    Fun fact: I already found two places claiming to be the largest online shop for Dutch expats, and neither actually has menthol kruisdrop. Hey, at least one of them offers Dutch 'dairy' drinks that are all Alpro soy stuff, making it far *less* scammy than the other one, which is trying to con me into buying some German diet shake powder as a traditional Dutch dairy product.

     

    Is it wrong of me to wish them a slow, agonizing rest of their life, preferably a couple of decades of being forced to watch Hogan's Heroes re-runs 24/7/365?

    HEY!  I like Hogan's Heroes.

    Well, maybe not 24-7 but a couple of episodes every week day works OK.

    GEM

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  11. Tales from the moving front:

    My preferred mover is booked out till July 5th!

    so went on Yelp and after reviewing about a dozen entries, everywhere from Truckee, Cal [a non starter] to Moundhouse, Nv. [right down the hwy from our new digs] I settled on a mover who is in Carson City.  they didn't say on the page whether they did interstate moves so I rolled the dice and called.  The Nice Lady tm who answered was extremely helpful and we are booked for May 29th.

    It's take a deep breath time and also time to start seriously humping boxes and stuff that we don't want the movers to deal with.

    GEM

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  12. 2 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

     

    That's an idea ! Thanks.

     

    Correct, I can choose between two dates and ntohing more or less, else I will lose my pre-retirement pay!

     

    It's just the paycut that  bothers me the most and the fear that I might not find a part time/new job for a few years.

    It seems I might be too afraid of that.

     

     

    Thanks for this!

    It really means a lot to me and will help me decide.

     

    I want to thank everybody who replied it really helps.

     

    Sometimes one needs to get the perspective from others to help decide things.

     

    You have many valuable skills that command a respectable salary and benefits package in the civilian workplace.  Don't sell yourself short.  I'm sure in your logistics work you interface with civilian contractors and vendors.  Talk to some of these people and explain your dilemma.  There are companies out there who pay a bounty to their employees for "head hunting" exceptionally qualified people, so they may be very willing to explore options with you.

    Who knows, one or more of them might be eager to add somebody with your skills and particular knowledge of how the nitty gritty of the military side functions to their staff.

    True story:  When I was preparing to go back to civilian life one of the Technical Representatives for the electronics systems I worked on [somebody who had watched me develop from a newbie electron wrangler into a competent technician and troubleshooter] attempted to recruit me for the Tech Rep. Program for the company that built the hardware and software I maintained.   I wasn't very receptive to the offer as I was at that time in my life tired of banging my head on a daily basis against malfunctioning equipment and equally tired of the treatment of mid-level petty officers being doled out by Navy Brass.

    You are in a somewhat different position and mindspace so keep an open mind to any offers or overtures prior to offers.

    I'm here for you to use as a sounding board either on the forums or through PM.  One proviso:  we don't have an internet connection yet at our new place and I'm not sure how long it will take to get service established as it requires laying a couple hundred feet [or more] of cable from the streetside connection to the house.

    GEM

    9 minutes ago, Pegazus said:


    Yes, that’s a good summary.

     

    The reason for barrel #2 is that it is smaller. Smaller barrels can age spirits faster. One year in a small barrel tends to act like a five year barrel aging. Take a nice 5 year old whiskey, put into the time machine barrel, and in a year I was to have a 10 year old whiskey. 
     

    Instead, the alcohol content of the air I have been breathing has been higher than normal.

    Normally, there is a small amount of loss through evaporation in a barrel of aging whiskey, called "the angel's share".

    It seems you have some very "thirsty" angels in your neighborhood.

    GEM

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  13. 4 hours ago, Glitterwolf said:

     

    I'm a Logistic Coordinator, solving problems in the supply chain.

    So I can work in Logistics, Some Office Jobs, I can also work in a Warehouse/Depot ( been Chief of one of those and am able to lead a group/team).

    I also don't mind working as an orderpicker or driving a reachtruck or something like that.

    Heck..I even like to work in a zoo and take care of animals, or work at a City Hall or Store or whatever.

    I guess my main concern is the paycut and the uncertainty of it all.

    Kinda scares me a bit, when I retire in 3 years I will have been in the Air Force for 36 years...

     

     

    I do have good people skills, can motivate people, am fluent in Engrish and reasonably good in Zerman.

    Can drive a car ( and motorcycle and actually a truck as well, but the latter is something I hate and I even had my Truck driver's license put on hold).

    It's just by that time I will be 60yrs old and I wonder if people will still need someone that age for a job.

    I concur with everything that has been recommended.

    My perspective is 6 years in Naval Aviation Maintenance plus being in business for oneself after completing my BS, so here goes.

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    You are someone with many years of expertise in Logistics, a skillset that is highly valued in today's society.  Having specific expertise in Aviation Logistics is a big plus. As a troubleshooter you are a problem solver by nature and inclination, another valuable skillset.  As a Warrant Officer you are mid-level management and know how to manage not just things but people, yet another valuable skillset.

    As has been recommended, put out some feelers.  You will probably be pleasantly surprised at the responses you receive.

    Don't worry about approaching 60.  If you are in good health and reasonably fit you are good for the better part of a decade, possibly longer, as a working person.

    Oh by the way, you forgot to include your talents as a Chef/Gourmet Cook in your skills.  A lot of the pics you post have me drooling from the western side of the USA.

    Best of Luck to you my friend in this major life transition.

    GEM

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  14. 16 hours ago, ManvsMini said:

    Some Timeline Trivia for Tuesday, May 11th:

    • 868 – A copy of the Diamond Sutra was printed in China, making it the oldest known dated printed book.

    • 1813 – William Lawson, Gregory Blaxland and William Wentworth discovered a route across the Blue Mountains, opening up inland Australia to settlement.

    • 1910 – An act of the U.S. Congress established Glacier National Park in Montana, located on the US-Canadian border and encompassing over 1 million acres.

    1804 - The Lewis and Clark Expedition set out from St. Louis, Mo. USA to explore the new territory acquired from France two years earlier.  The expedition would take nearly two and a half years to reach the Pacific Ocean and return, with a treasure trove of scientific information on the new lands.

     

    GEM

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  15. Just back from our new house in Stagecoach, which will soon be home.

    Tales from the road:  At the California Agricultural Inspection Station {A.K.A "Bug Check"}  The guy on duty, who I haven't seen before, asked where we were coming from and I replied "Stagecoach, Nevada."  Next question: "Whatcha got in the trailer?"  I replied, without missing a beat:  "Dirty Laundry".  The guy did a perfect double take, looked at me then took a squint at the trailer, peering between the gap in the front corner.  Which contained two Wally World short wardrobe boxes each with empty packing boxes on the bottom and then bags of trash and dirty laundry on top.  Third question: "How did you end up with dirty laundry?"  [At this point I realized we weren't dealing with the sharpest pencil in the box]  My answer: "Easy, We've been working on our property."  He had run out of questions and I still had a whole hatful of answers so he bid us a good day and we eased out of the station and proceeded on down the road.  I'm looking forward to meeting the same individual on the backhaul of our next trip.

    GEM

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  16. 2 hours ago, Chaoswolf said:

    I had some weird dreams last night; something about having to go through boot camp again, but at my current age and the rank I retired as. It didn't really make a whole lot of sense.

    Please!  Don't give my sub-conscious brain any ideas like that.

    I'd need six months of remedial physical training just to get into shape enough to go through that again, plus bilateral knee and hip replacements, bilateral shoulder replacements, and a new left ankle.  "Uncle" would be loosing money on me.

    GEM

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