General Discussion, Tuesday, July 14, 2020

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  1. Lucille says:

    Miz Stella and Stellars…

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  2. stella says:

    Good morning all!

    Another few hot days ahead, and I’m trying to cope with no air conditioning. Leaving the windows open at night when it is cool (64 last night) and blowing air through the house cooled it down about 10 degrees as of this morning. I’ll close the house up soon and rely on fans for the rest of the day.

    The basement cleanup is underway, and I have a furnace repair guy scheduled for tomorrow afternoon. I’m calling a plumber today to assess my situation and see what we can do to improve things for the future.

    Keep praying. I’m hoping the furnace and water heater can be repaired rather than replaced. There is water in the dryer, but both the washer and dryer are working.

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    • auscitizenmom says:

      I’m so sorry about your disaster. I don’t have any advice since I have only lived in one house with a basement and it was a rental. Hope things look up soon.

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    • Morning Stella,
      Growing up we had no a/c until I was in college. We lived on the top of a hill with an open, no shade, west side (HOT!). We did the same as you – opening windows at night, but then we closed the heavy roll-up shades over the open windows unless it was breezy, windy, or raining. My parents thought the glass was a heat multiplier, and of course, the opaque shade kept the heat out. Just a thought. Take care, and take your vitamin C ๐Ÿ™‚

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      • stella says:

        I have been keeping my blinds and blackout curtains closed during the day too. That helps. Like you, I didn’t have air conditioning in my childhood. In fact, I don’t think we had any A/C until I was 22 and living in an apartment, and that was a window unit.

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    • jeans2nd says:

      My friends in low places, never able to afford a/c, run dehumidifiers during the summer, plus all the things you mentioned.
      Plus, never forget, we have wind chill coming off the lakes lolol

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    • czarowniczy says:

      Do you have a couple of fans to put on the dryer to help get the residual humidity out? Is the dryer gas or electric? I remember the problems with floods in NOLA, we had more than a few, a big part of the reason we built on top of the highest hill on our property.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Hoping you live in an area where it’s safe to leave the windows open at night.

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Good for you, makes life easier.

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            • stella says:

              Would be nice to have an attic fan, but I don’t. I do have an old-fashioned exhaust fan in the kitchen, so I turn that on, then use a fan at the opposite end of the building (in the living room) blowing cool air in.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                Investigated the benefits of one of those whirligig wind turbines on the roof? We put one in years ago in our NOLA house and it worked wonders in keeping the attic temps down and the house cooler. If you’re worried about their resilience ours withstood Katrina’s western eyewall as it passed directly over our house.

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                • stella says:

                  I have small vents like that on the roof. I was talking about the big fan that you install in the ceiling (usually in a hallway) and that draws air from the house into the attic (windows open, of course.)

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    Know the one of which you speak, we have the too as we air the house out in summer when we get those brief spells of nice weather. In the meantime how about those window fans like they sell at Home Depot? They should move the air from one side of the house out thru the other.

                    I’m in awe of people who can open their windows before mld-October.

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                  • stella says:

                    I did use a window fan to bring the air in at night, and drew it through the main part of the house with the kitchen exhaust fan (old fashioned kind mounted in the outside wall.)

                    Anyway, got the air conditioning back up and running today. Also hot water. Wonderful local contractor who did the work and didn’t charge me an arm and a leg.

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                  • czarowniczy says:

                    We have American Home Shield and they have problems getting/keeping repair contractors in out area. We had one of their guys (finally) show up and he ‘fixed’ our A/C. About 3 weeks later it went south again so we called a repairman on our own. He came out, looked at it and said the previous guy had forgotten to put a door back on the unit, it was sucking damp attic air into the machine and flooding the attic, fixed it and only charged us a small fee.
                    When you find a good one you keep him, even if you have to pay yourself.

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    • lovely says:

      So sorry Stella ! Praying fro the best case scenario for you! Ugh! I remember the flood of ’76 (?) in Chicago. My sister graduated from high school that day/evening. There were people out in kayaks and canoes.

      My dad and his good friend used to flip houses back in the day before it was a trend, they did the rehab in their spare time, weekends and after work some days and learned a lot.

      Anyhow after the big flood and the clean up aftermath my dad’s friend put cement or concrete in his basement floor drain to seal it. He never had a back up again even when the neighbors did. I don’t know if that is a crazy idea or not I just remember them joking about it for years and that it worked to stop flooding in his basement.

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      • stella says:

        Problem when the sewer mains fill up with storm water and can’t keep up. Then they back up into the house. In my case, the water was coming in via a toilet installed in the basement, and at such a rate that the sump pump couldn’t keep up. You can’t seal off your home sewer output from the sewer mains.

        That’s why I’m calling in a plumber to assess the situation. Remove the old toilet? Would the sewer then back up to the first floor? I thought I had a backflow system, but it didn’t keep out the water incursion. Will have them check the drains etc. and make recommendations.

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        • lovely says:

          Understood.

          He didn’t have a toilet it was basically a giant play room for us kids, then a gathering place for teenagers. I just remember everyone warning him i was going to be a disaster and it not being the case. In fact his wife still lives in the house I’m going to all her son who I am still friends with and see if it ever flooded after that year.

          Also this same friend owns some properties in Chicago so I’ll ask him if he has any tips.

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          • stella says:

            That’s good. I had a similar situation in 2014, and no problems since then. I also had no problems from 2001 to 2014. One of those things that can be unpredictable.

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            • lovely says:

              I only remember our basement in Chicago flooding twice, once was the big storm and the other time was after that and not as bad. Chicago as you know recently had a lot of flooding, my best friends basement flooded.

              I wonder how my childhood home did.

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  3. Morning All ๐Ÿ™‚
    It’s really thundering here and storms are expected. We have a generator but it takes a few seconds of no power b4 it clicks on, so If my comment is messed up – you know why!

    These unusual brick sculptures are by Brad Spencer Brick Sculptures Reidsville, North Carolina Brad Spencer works with bricks to create unique figurative sculptures. Brick sculpture can be dated back to ancient Babylon. Brick sculpture adds intrigue and interest to a commonly understood material as viewers try to figure out the techniques by which it was created. ~ from https://artpeople.net/2016/09/brad-spencer-brick-sculptures/

    The 1st 2 are of children opening a large book, and the 3rd is a large sculpture with seated areas.

    http://bradspencersculptor.com/Site/Home.html has a gallery of works and video of how a sculpture is done.

    Enjoy, and have a great day ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. I know I put enough spaces between them – oh well, I’ll try again!

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  5. My entire 1st comment is gone now! I’ll try to post later. This is crazy, maybe it’s the storm???

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  6. stella says:

    FTA:

    ORLANDO, Fla. – The Florida Department of Health released its daily coronavirus testing report showing a statewide positivity rate of 11 percent, but FOX 35 News quickly noticed some shocking positivity rates.

    Countless labs report 100 percent positivity, which means every single person tested was positive.

    FOX 35 sifted through the report to find local testing sites with high numbers, like Centra Care, where the report showed 83 people were tested and all tested positive. The report also showed that the Orlando Veteranโ€™s Affairs Medical Center had a positivity rate of 76 percent. A spokesperson for the VA said officials are looking into the numbers…

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    • czarina33 says:

      Are the errors due to New Math teaching? Or overall poor education? Even I, who have difficulty doing numbers, can see when the answer is obviously wrong….

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      • stella says:

        Don’t know, but it sure is fishy.

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      • czarowniczy says:

        Oh come on, you were a civil servant too. You know how some petite bureaucrats fudge the numbers to make it look as if something’s going well, and the higher up the chain those numbers go the more they’re polished. Once the enumerators realize that their diddlings are accepted it’s clear sailing unless there’s a major problem and then it’s coverup time.

        I expect the Florida folks will issue some statements about issues in the count due to blah-blah-blah and measures are being taken to correct the errors in the tabulation and future stastistics will be more blah-blah-blah. This was SOP at my shop until the agency used it one time too many and lost a multi-billion $$$ contract.

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        • lovely says:

          If it was Chicago I would say they just confuse shooting deaths with Chinese virus deaths but that might be considered insensitive ๐Ÿ™‚ .

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          • czarowniczy says:

            Chicago seems to have continually had a death rate directly related to a Democrat government.

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            • lovely says:

              Chiraq and so it goes.

              Or while the ballerina was King we called it “Little Lebanon on the Lake”.

              So cute ๐Ÿ™„

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            • lovely says:

              Yet despite its ugliness, it is an amazing City that I love, I love to see its skyline come into my view and I’m happy to see it in my rearview mirror.

              Sort of sad because it wasn’t all that long ago it made me sad to see it in my rearview mirror.

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              • czarowniczy says:

                Same with NOLA except as quickly as the new Rat pols are destroying it there’s less and less to love. After decades of being a Quarter fixture Paul Prudhomme’s restaurant is permanently closing, yert another casualty of thre stupidity of the city pols who turned their heads while a certain segment of local residents continued their long record of irresponsible, socially corrosive and uncivilized behavior in spreading the virus.

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                • lovely says:

                  After decades of being a Quarter fixture Paul Prudhommeโ€™s restaurant is permanently closing

                  that is sad. Paul’s restaurant in NC is the first place I had a lot of “new” food to me….that first warm beignet, blackened chicken, fried green tomatoes…

                  Ok I’m making myself way too hungry !!!!

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    • jeans2nd says:

      Well, well, well…
      ;-

      Wasn’t very long ago, Dr Colonel Scarf Ambassador Birx said Florida had the best testing and results presentation in the country, iirc.

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    • czarowniczy says:

      A spokesman for the VA? They couldn’t even figure out how many vets were waiting for treatment and how over 250,000 could die waiting or from bad care. Numbers?NUMBERS? We dun need no steenken numbers!

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  7. Sharon says:

    I visited with a new neighbor who bought the house across the street a couple of months ago. She spent most of her adult life in New York state, in the Syracuse area. We were indirectly talking about the mess across the country and I asked her take on the New York situation. Her response was immediate and clear: she said that New York City is its own world. She had been there once in her lifetime, and that upstate New York is very much like rural Oregon (or lovely agricultural farms and small towns anywhere).

    I think I sort of understood that but I appreciated getting to talk with someone who has lived it.

    Those blue metropolitan pits are destroying this nation – it seems deliberately.

    She’s a very nice lady – has a great big dog (yellow lab, I think?). His name is Ziggy. Ziggy is a wonderful creature and I am enjoying getting acquainted with him.

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    • stella says:

      That’s like Michigan. Everyone who hasn’t been here thinks immediately of Detroit and Flint. Most of the state is like Wisconsin – either farmland or lovely wood and lakes.

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  8. Lucille says:

    If I’ve not recommended this before…so worth the viewing…

    “Spellbound” (1945)
    Starring Ingrid Bergman…and you’ll be treated to a 29-year-old, thin-looking Gregory Peck and Rhonda Fleming in a smallish role (her first) near the beginning. Fleming is still with us at 96!

    The following is a fun interview with Rhonda Fleming posted July 14, 2008… https://filmsofthegoldenage.com/current_issue/rhonda-fleming-that-natural-gift/article_3dc25c99-045d-5110-85fc-d029c97788ad.html

    Peck was the only actor I ever saw who stopped the room when he walked in…tall, handsome and full of presence. But you got the feeling he didn’t take mega-fame too seriously because he was gracious to everyone. The phrase we used as kids was “not stuck on himself.”

    Final movie factoid: Ingrid Bergman died too young on August 29, 1982–her 67th birthday.

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  9. stella says:

    More indication of phony data.

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    • czarina33 says:

      I speculate that COVID-recovered will get preferential treatment and those of us who haven’t had it will be confined or ostracized until we get it, or the vaccine.

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  10. stella says:

    RBG is back in the hospital.

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