I have a black thumb. I have cherry tomatoes, one Box Car
Willy tomato, tomatillos, zukes, parsley, eggplant, purslane,
and garlic. I had 5 zuke plant last year. If memory serves
me right, I got 5 fruit total last year. This year I
compensated by planting 14 zukes. My best week I got
18. This week I got three tiny ones. ("Oh Ya. You
plant two zuke plants and you will have to give them
away!" Yes, I have friends that would pull my leg
If you have not tasted home grown garlic, you must!
On My Goodness. Garlic is proof God loves us
I have been making up Ratatouille with the zukes
and eggplant. Ratatouille from the store is
horrible. But when you make it up yourself,
oh boy is it good! (It is also an excuse to use
a half a bulb of garlic. Note that I said bulb,
not clove. You can never use too much garlic!)
I have been blanching my excess and freezing it for
the winter. I am looking forward to decent
produce in the off months. Do you do canning
Make sure your wife's god mother brings her camera!
the riddle wrapped in an enigma wrapped
<SNIP> > The new installers said that most of the companies in this area and
Every since getting online, I check licenses for any contractors to see
if there are outstanding complaints and that are bonded, have insurance
and, if they have employees, workers comp. Except for very small
chores, I get 3 references - recent and a few years back, and check them
I had a plumber quote me a hot water heater installation that as mostly
a rooter guy, and didn't know enough for a water heater job. I ended up
getting someone else. Later I called that first one for rooting and he
had sold the business and moved out of state 3 years ago. Meanwhile, the
guy who bought the company had closed it and was just doing work on the
side of his regular job. From what I've seen, a lot of these companies
come and go.
<SNIP> > The new installers said that most of the companies in this area and not
Every since getting online, I check licenses for any contractors to see if
there are outstanding complaints and that are bonded, have insurance and, if
they have employees, workers comp. Except for very small chores, I get 3
references - recent and a few years back, and check them all out.
I had a plumber quote me a hot water heater installation that as mostly a
rooter guy, and didn't know enough for a water heater job. I ended up
getting someone else. Later I called that first one for rooting and he had
sold the business and moved out of state 3 years ago. Meanwhile, the guy who
bought the company had closed it and was just doing work on the side of his
regular job. From what I've seen, a lot of these companies come and go.
The main problem with the door saga was that I had just gotten out of the
hospital. I won't get into all of that here but I had nearly died and was
very weak plus even more disabled than usual because I was still recovering
from a foot operation.
While I had been in the hospital, my sister in law accidentally broke the
last working door opener that we had. So she was going to have my brother
call the company I eventually did go to to put it right to install a new
opener, give us three remotes for the cars and install a wireless keypad.
And from there it all goes South.
Somehow those people couldn't do the job then nor did they know when they
could get to it so my brother called this other place that he said came
highly rated. I have since looked for any sort of ratings about them and
can find none except for my complaint to the BBB.
And because I was weak, still very ill and trying to recover, I couldn't go
out there and oversee what was going on. Plus my husband already paid the
company half of the money before they even did the job. I would not have
given them a dime until the job was completed.
To make matters worse, my husband just left. He wants nothing to do with
waiting around or overseeing anything. I begged him to stay. And my
daughter was in school that day. So I couldn't do much except to hobble
into the garage from time to time and make numerous phone calls to the
supervisor when I saw many things going wrong. And the installer who was
Middle Eastern was merely dismissing me as being a woman who knows nothing.
I hate to sterotype but I had a roommate with a Middle Eastern boyfriend.
He and his friends could be very rude to us because that is just how they
treat women. Not all of them I am sure. I am sure some will change their
ways once they have been in this country for a while but... He was one of
the sterotypical ones who does not hold women in high regard so I could see
that I was getting nowhere with him. Such as when I pointed out the loose
wires and the fact that the unit was shaking so hard it looked like it was
about to fall down. He just said words in some other language, made some
wild hand movements towards me and said that it just had to be that way.
Over the course of about three weeks they eventually came back a few times
and attempted to put the job right but I seriously doubt that any one of
them is actually capable of doing that. I didn't even have the right
lightbulb in there! First guy said any bulb would do but the last person
said not to put the CFL bulbs in there because they break too easily. He
also said that a 100 watt bulb could melt the plastic cover.
Anyway... That stupid nightmare is over now.
Next job is to get the house painted but I know that the painter is good.
He lives right behind me and I know his work! :) Plus my daughter goes to
school with his daughter. So if something should go wrong, at least I know
where to find him.
The guy I will hire to paint has done roofing repairs for me. I only wish I
had known he was finally licensed or I would have hired him to do the roof.
The roofing job was great. Only a couple of little things that got missed
and I was on those like white on rice. My friend had her roof done about a
year ago and she told me of things to look for. They cleaned up very well
afterwards too. I have heard that often doesn't happen.
He also does windows so if and when we get the three in the front replaced,
we will hire him as well.
There just seems to be a whole lot of bad repair type companies in this
area. Perhaps in every area. I don't know. This is the first house I've
ever owned. I was in military housing or renting prior.
There are bad ones all over the place. More bad than good, it seems.
The bigger the ad in the yellow pages, the worse they are, it seems.
Word of mouth is the best way to find the right guys. I'm remodeling
two bathrooms. No one that is doing any of the work advertises at all,
yet they are very busy.
If you find a good guy, treat him well and he will treat you well and he
will also know who does other types of work and who to avoid.
That's what this good guy said. He said he doesn't even advertise any more.
Neither does my roofer. I saw his crew working two doors down and watched
them for a while. I was pleased with the way they worked so I asked the
neighbor who they were and hired them.
> the trigger. (Dry firing is bad manners, unless the owner tells you to
> go ahead and feel the trigger pull, etc..)
OK, why is pulling the trigger on someone else's gun when it's not
loaded considered "bad manners". Does it cause unnecessary wear on the
mechanisms involved or something?
And, would the same be true for rifles and shot guns?
You can hurt the firing pin. And, if not, the owner
may think it will.
A trick to teach you not to flinch when you pull the
trigger is to load a few duds into the magazine. When
they don't fire, it is really obvious that you flinched.
Some guns can be damaged by dry firing.
Tends to break the firing pin. Same for
any rimfire or centerfire. Rifle and
It's been a couple decades, and I don't
remember the source. A prison guard in the
tower had been dry firing the duty rifle,
during a boring shift. Some time after
that, a riot broke out. The guard who was
then on duty needed to fire a shot, but
only got a click for his trouble. Chambered
another round, another click.
Christopher A. Young
Learn about Jesus
There is the theory that it is or might be bad for the firing pin/spring,
etc. More likely to be true in days of yore rather than with modern
firearms. Regardless of whether it is a new firearm and not likely to be
damaged by dry firing, if it is not your gun, you should not assume it is ok
by the owner to dry fire it.
Some guns can break the firing pin. I have an AMT Backup DAO that the
firing pin can be broken if dry fired. Many of the rim fire revolvers can
also be dammaged by dry firing.
Unless the owners manual states you can dry fire a gun,I don't do it. It
may or may not cause some probleems.
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