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Thursday, June 12, 2014

It must be Thursday.



The new Survivalist magazine came in the mail this week.  They're using a whole new format. The advertisements are blended into the pages so that the articles and adds flow together. This doesn't bother me any, since I buy the magazine as much for the adds as for stories, but I would imagine a lot of people are going to be annoyed.

This has been a difficult week in terms of just living here.  We have had big "micro burst" thunderstorms every afternoon and often at night.  The telephones,  cell phones,  power, and internet have all been out for extended periods.  I can't remember the last time I just cut over to the generator and stayed on it for a lengthy period, but  I did this week.  With the power going on and off it just wasn't worth trying to follow it.  This morning everything seems to be working but it remains to be seen what will happen after the thunderstorms in late afternoon.

My son's Jeep threw a rod .  It's a 2002, and has a lot of miles on it. The only practical answer seems to be to put a new engine in it.  That will run $2,500 but the vehicle is in good shape otherwise. I can't buy him a new vehicle for that, and he hasn't got the disposable income to buy another car.  I did this once before with a Jeep. Put a new engine and transmission in it, only to discover that everything else was worn out on it as well. But this time, the vehicle is in good shape. We've been juggling that this week while his sister gets up at 4:30 to drive him to work, then she goes to work, gets off at 6:00, and has to go get him. She isn't going to be able to keep doing that forever, and I don't want the car to sit in a parking lot and deteriorate.

Not much else to tell.

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  1. Man, thats lousy. But I agree, its hard to find a reliable vehicle for that kind of money. I hope you can find a great deal on the motor.

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  2. There's a guy up there who has a good reputation for replacing engines. He figures $2500 . It's a rebuilt engine with a three year warranty. The car is older and had a lot of miles in it, so it's kind of a routine maintenance issue. Not the kind of surprise anybody likes but it's manageable.

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  3. The weather here has been unsettled all spring, but you seem to be getting more storms than we are. I've not lost power, even with lightning strikes now and then. It is cool for June, but I won't complain for I know that heat and humidity will be on us soon, and I will wish for these days when I don't need the air conditioning.
    Hope you can get the vehicle problems for your son solved. I remember how miserable it is when you need one for work, and it conks out.

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    1. We'll get it resolved. He could ride the bus, but it means spending 40 minutes at a bus stop "down town" in the dark waiting for the next bus in the morning. That's just too dangerous. Cincinnati is a good place but it has a lot of incidents of black on white physical assaults that are apparently "for fun." I'm not taking that risk.

      The weather is getting really old, really fast. One bad aspect of all this rain is the grass in the meadow is growing like crazy. I just moved it and now it is starting to look ragged again.

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  4. Storms here everyday too. It's always something, isn't it....

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    1. No lie. Life is one series of "ah, sh*ts" after another. Only the strong survive!

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  5. Harry - Sounds like your having a go of it, weather wise. The snow, cold and rain in winter, and now this. Sympathy.

    Yeah - sounds wise to fix the Jeep - and kinder on the vehiclular landfill too. Shame - feel sorry for your daughter and son - that travel juggling can't be easy.

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    1. It's wearing them both to a frazzle. That's why we need to get the show on the road and get this resolved. I've been on the phone this morning trying to get it all set up.

      The weather has been much, much wetter than it should be. That will mean lots of mosquitos carrying God knows what kinds of nasty diseases.

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  6. Stay safe! I can't stand when there is vehicle repairs. I know it's bound to happen. It's annoying though.

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    1. Car repairs and car wrecks. Seems like the last few months, that's all I've been dealing with. The unfortunate thing about our society is that you can't do anything, or go anywhere, without a car. In the rural areas the distances are too great to walk or ride a bike, so you have to have a vehicle. In the city, there is the bus system but it's dangerous and you wind up walking a mile from the bus stop to work or home, all of the time having to look over your shoulder and be ready to flee. My son doesn't have an Ohio concealed carry permit so legging it is about the only option if you are set upon by the African Kings or some such group.

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  7. oh Harry - i am sorry that it sounds like you have been having a pretty sh*tty week with weather and vehicles. so how about i tell you a happy story? my best friend e who has 5 boys and lost her husband 12yrs ago was driving into work when her engine blew. she called for help, had her car towed to the nearest dealer and was terrified when the dealer wanted to run her information to see what she could qualify for a car as her car was old and nothing could be done to fix it. she was terrified because she didn't have any real credit due to everything being in her husband's name previously and she doesn't really have any collateral. the dealer did her information and told her that he could give her a brand new car for a payment that she could actually afford. this woman has been through living hell for the past 30-some odd years and she has never had a car in her own name on her own. she called me from the dealership and she was near in tears. i told her that since she just turned 50, and has lived a life of hardship, that this was her year. now she calls me her lucky charm because she just won $1,800 dollars 2 days ago on the lottery. isn't that wonderful????

    i know it sucks being stuck up in the mountains with the storms and the power cutting in and out and the noise and all of that crap - but we are all here, thankful that you are here. always sharing info, experience, wisdom and knowledge. and we are all praying for you. as for your son and daughter and their frazzled work/car scheduling - that's got to be hell on them. and i know that they are trying so hard to be productive members of society and just all-around good kids. the one thing that they have going for them though, is a set of awesome parents. i'm sending an email. and sending much love to you and yours!

    your friend,
    kymber

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  8. Kymber, we keep vehicles for many years. My truck is a 1988. We squeeze the last ounce of use out of every vehicle. Eventually, they require major repairs. Still, the numbers favor repairing older vehicles over buying new ones.

    I'm glad your friend got a car. If you live in a rural area, you have to drive to get anywhere. If you live in the city, you have to take one because public transportation is so dangerous. I wonder what will happen to all of us when gas gets to the point we can't afford it. Guess I'll buy a horse and cart.

    It could be worse. This has been a tough week with everything going down, but we had all the basics. It didn't hurt me any to run the generator , it needed a good work out even if the damn thing does sound like a Tiger tank ticking over outside.

    I guess it's kind of good for the kids, really. First, it'll teach them to value the vehicles . The only way to really appreciate something is when you suddenly have to do without it. Second, my daughter has really come through, getting up at o dark thirty to haul Glenn to work, then working all day, then going way the hell down to Kentucky to pick him up and bring him home. Everybody in this family can count on everybody else.

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  9. Weather here today in MN is 57. Nice. We went about 3 1/2 years without a car in Fla. We now have a van, but I worry daily about brake downs, we can walk to everything here in town, but food costs a little more. Don't know how good any repair shops are here yet.

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    1. I can handle normal, routine maintenance but higher echelon is beyond my ability. We have a good repair shop here in this county. I found a good shop up in Cincinnati. You have to be able to trust the people at a repair shop, as you are vulnerable to crooks in that situation.

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  10. G'day Harry, I'm back from the bush. Sounds like a trying week you have been having, I always dread any sort of mechanical problem with a vehicle because down here repairs and parts are flamin expensive. On the weather front it is finally winter after an extended unseasonal warm spell, it was a chilly 48deg F this morning 9well for me it's chilly).

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    1. Hey, I'm looking forward to seeing those pictures. Still raining here. I have a hideous congestion problem, I think being out in the rain working on things and getting overheated is the problem.

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  11. you show the beautiful red sunrise but the old rhyme is,
    red sky at morning
    sailor take warning.
    red sky at night
    sailor's delight.

    maybe you'll get some red sunsets soon.
    we [n. ohio] have been getting cloudbursts with strong south wind and tiny hail.
    tree branches down and traffic lights out, but very short duration. tremendous amounts of rain all at once.
    deb h.

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    1. Deb, it's raining here now. Hard. Had big thunder and lightning a while back but now it has settled down some.

      I could stand a few days of sunshine. I'm getting moss on the roofs of my buildings, because the roof never dries out. Had to put out hay bales alone the meadow today to stop rain from running down the saturated soil and carrying off the topsoil.

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  12. Hey Harry,

    Hang in there "Dude.

    (I just called you Dude) its a surfer thing:)


    As per living in the mountains or living in the city. I would take the mountains with all the hardships. The thing that keeps me here is the surf for now.

    As per cars breaking down. I count myself very fortunate to drive Toyota's trucks. That and I have a Toyota tech who is almost 60 years old and has been working on vehicles for 40 years. He owns his own small business speciailizing mainly in Toyota's.

    If by some chance you can find a Toyota truck or Four Runner for you kids from 1998-2002 and it was very well maintained, buy it!
    Those are the same years as your brothers and that V-6 will run almost forever.

    My Toyota Tech's 1998 Four Runner has 552.000 miles on it now.

    I found this out when were surfing yesterday (he's a surfer too) For an old guy he banged out at least fifteen waves yesterday. The he went to work.

    One thing I learned. Never underestimate and old guy (I hope to be in that category one day)

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    1. You're already an old guy. Anybody over thirty is old today, or so I am assured by my kids. I've decided not to replace the engine in the Liberty.
      We are just going to scrap it and get a newer car, something like a Toyota or a Honda if we can find a good one.

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  13. It's funny how everyone looks at things. A girl I work with lives in a rough neighborhood. We were all talking in a meeting and I mentioned the timber wolves that escaped near us (we don't have them here, it was a breeder). My boss said he couldn't believe I'd live in a place where we are stuck when there is snow and ice, storms and flooding and wild animals. I said I'd rather live here than in the city. Then the girl from the "bad" neighborhood told me her view of the country- you might go out there and end up being buried in someone's basement! LOL I think their view of rural life must come from Deliverance. Sorry about the car. My Jeep has 250k miles so I feel his pain!

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    1. Kathy, You're right. Of all environments on the planet, I'm least comfortable and most apprehensive in a city. Out here in the deep forest, I'm perfectly at ease. My kids live in the city and they say it is lots better than living here, because there are things to do and people to socialize with. I guess it all depends on what a person has experienced in life, and what they are looking for.

      We got our money's worth out of the Liberty, and then some. We are going to buy him a nice used vehicle for now, rebuilding the Liberty just got more and more expensive as we started doing the math, to the point where it was not cost effective to resurrect it.

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