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  1. 23 minutes ago, Pat Riot, SASS #13748 said:

    Cities cannot preempt state laws in Tennessee. 


    There was a time when that was true in California, too... when then-Mayor Dianne Feinstein tried it in San Francisco, it was overturned.


    Nowadays I suspect San Francisco or Los Angeles or Sackamenna or whatever-danged-place can do pretty much whatever they danged want to.  <_<

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  2. 21 minutes ago, Zeb Gray, #36839 said:

    Good to know.  Will it work on glass?  I have my Grandpa's old glass flask.  He kept some lead shot in it for years.  I've washed it a lot, but would like to know for sure that it's lead free.  


    Oughtta work - even works on lead crystal.


    From OSHA's site:   [ https://www.osha.gov/lead/lead-test 



    • The lead detector kits are designed to offer a simple and immediate estimation as to whether or not the lead in paint or other solid materials is at a hazardous level and whether abatement measures are needed.
    • According to the manufacturers, in addition to paint, other materials such as dust, soil, ceramics, lead crystal, solder, foil, pewter, and other metals can be examined for lead.
    • The kits are easy to use.
    • No analytical laboratory time is required.
    • The kits are inexpensive.
    • The pink color obtained upon reaction of lead with the kit reagents is very distinct.
    • The tests appear to be specific for lead when a pink color is obtained. They do not give a positive reaction with several metals used in lead-free solders.
    • The chemicals used are stated to be nontoxic; however, the usual precautions in handling any chemicals should be followed.

    Note: Each kit is provided with test papers that contain lead to assure effectiveness in testing. Care should be used in handling these test media.

    • The kits are not recommended for users who are color-blind in the red/pink region of the color spectrum.
    • The kits are not designed to detect lead in water.
    • Possible interferences include barium, calcium sulfate in plaster, chromate in lead and zinc chromate, and red paint pigments. See Section 2. below.
    • The kits give only a positive/negative response. For a more thorough lead determination, the samples must be sent to a certified laboratory, or another more expensive field procedure used.
  3. Did your CPAP "Coach" put any effort into fitting you with a mask?  I tried perhaps a dozen or so before I found one that was a "fit."  The nose-only ones were horrid... if I opened my mouth all that air pumped into my nose went right out my mouth.  Weird sensation, that!


    I finally found a full-face type that is quite comfortable - and as long as I keep my beard reasonably trimmed it seals nicely.  


    Now, a comment on "coaches:"  The gal whom I worked with at our medical center was, in my opinion, a self-centered twit.  During a review she read the downloaded data and declared that my mask leaks.  A lot.  I tried to assure her that it in fact did NOT leak; she argued that she could see it on her computer screen.  I had my machine and mask with me, and suggested I put it on so she could see for herself - but she was insistent that it was not necessary, as she could see on her computer that it DID leak and I didn't know what I was talking about.


    I didn't have the patience to point out to her that the "leaks" she thought she saw were most likely due to the mask having, by design, a series of vent holes.  According to her I absolutely needed a "nose-only" mask with a strap to hold my mouth shut.  I left. 


    Full-face masks continue to be quite comfy and work well.




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  4. 1 hour ago, Allie Mo, SASS No. 25217 said:

    New doctor came by today. He said l would live. :wub: it's lymphoma and is highly treatable. Thank you for all of the kindness!


    Allie, that is most WONDERFUL news!!!  :lol:


    As with everyone else, prayers are continuing - 'specially since we now have confirmation they work!!  (We knew they would) ^_^

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  5. I read his autobiography many years ago - a good read; I'd recommend it.  (The man's hobby was tinkering with old Volvo automobiles!)  I later had the opportunity to hear him speak at an event and thoroughly enjoyed it.  The man had a presence!  Extremely bright, a set of values most of us would largely agree with, and a good sense of humor.


    RIP, General.  And thank you for being here when you were.



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  6. Kinda like all them souls broadcasting or writing news stories, or authors of books where there's shooting going on, or about half the folks at cowboy shoots,* most of my family,** and anyone who writes for or watches television:  "There were shell casings found outside the crime scene!"


    Remember... "Casings" are for sausage, "Cases" are for cartridges.


    But what the heck ~ we all kinda know what they mean.  ^_^


    * Of course, we all just say "Brass!"  :)


    ** They don't know nuttin' no-how no-way anykow.  :rolleyes:



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  7. 6 hours ago, Sedalia Dave said:

    You all realize that leave taken under the FMLA is unpaid. 


    Not necessarily so.  Generally, if you have accrued sick time you can use it; however, it does protect you from disciplinary action for doing so.


    A bit under two years before I retired I got to spend a couple of days in the cardiac ward, after driving myself to the hospital in the next county at 0300 one morning.  I literally called in sick from the ER.  AFIB.  Undoubtedly triggered by job stressors (mentioned in other posts).


    It was serious; my doctor and I had a heart-to-heart (pun not intended!) discussion, and he strongly recommended I expedite my retirement.*  


    I explained that I absolutely had to hang almost two more years; Doc explained FMLA to me and said that he was going to expedite the paperwork for me.  He did, for an unheard-of 18 months.  He said that at the end of that time I was to contact him for a six-month extension.  (Note:  FMLA is for 12 weeks, but this can be cumulative.  During my entire time on FMLA I actually used very little time off - and had leave time available when I did.  


    Unfortunately, my doctor retired a year later.  At the end of the first 18-month period, I did approach my new doc about an extension.  He was very reluctant, and said that if he did at all it would be for only six weeks.  I handed him a copy of my old doc's paperwork - he was incredulous after reading it.  "Wow!  I had NO idea of your history!  Tell ya what... I'll give you another six months, and we can extend it again if we need to."


    We didn't.  I retired four months later.


    But back to the original event:  At that time I had something like over 1,200 hours of accrued sick time on the books, and this was after "donating" several weeks to other staffers over the years.  I also had a reputation of being highly dependable - I was the guy who was NEVER sick, and still showed up if I was.


    But my boss was not impressed.  I had to report to the labs at least twice a week for blood work for several weeks, and then weekly, then bi-weekly, and periodically through today.  So... I had all that time available, and my boss (lovely lady - not!) in a snarling voice said to me "That lab [60 mile round trip from home] opens at six o'clock in the morning.  That means you have time to get there and have your butt at your desk by eight o'clock and I expect you to do just that!"  I figured that in the interest of survival it was prudent to comply.


    I stuck it out.  Just before the FMLA extension was up I turned in my paperwork, and was retired about six months before Social Security started.  The agency's Executive Director asked me what I was going to do; I told her I intended to file for unemployment to bridge the gap until my "pension" kicked in.  Surprised, she said that she thought one could not collect unemployment after resigning - I carefully explained that indeed I could; if the agency refuted my claim I was almost guaranteed a win on appeal... but that was a moot point, as resigning for a serious health issue is considered a viable reason in this state... and it was a matter of record that the job had already put me in the cardiac ward.


    She chuckled and winked and said "You don't have a thing to worry about" and gave me a hug.**    


    But, bottom line - I would encourage pursuing the FMLA thing.  (Note:  FMLA is for 12 weeks, but this can be cumulative.  During my entire time on FMLA I actually used very little time off - and had leave time available when I did.  For me, the main thing was FMLA also prohibits employers from firing, disciplining, or penalizing employees in any other way for taking FMLA leave.  In my case, it had the effect of somewhat reducing the harassments.  But my job was essentially safe.)  


    * I have a friend who is an LCSW.  One evening we were discussing work scenarios, and he asked about my job.  An hour later he told me that first thing the next morning I needed to make two phone calls - the first to my doctor, the second to a lawyer.  I didn't; however, the trip to the ER happened shortly after.  Same pard later told me "Dude!  You need to retire A*S*A*P~!  Ya gotta do it SOON, before either that place kills you or someone has to read you your rights!"


    ** We'd been "work buddies" for years before she ascended to the Executive Director position.  To her credit, she did not "meddle" with her subordinate department managers, and I would not have asked her to.  And when I left, she called me in to her office to personally apologize.  But six months later I had to decline with a grin when she asked me if I'd come back as a consultant.


    Good Luck, JB~!







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  8. I read that.


    Actually, it's Superman's son... and he's "bi-," not "gay transexual transvestite."  Not that it matters - not on my reading list.  


    Personally, I'll stick with Mighty Mouse!  ^_^


                                 Mighty Mouse Vinyl Sticker  3in. x 2.3in. image 1




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  9. Back in the 80's a bunch of us would venture forth from the office about once a month to visit Dave's Garden Cafe, off upper Market Street in San Francisco.


    Our favorite entree' was a chicken fusilli dish (washed down with a carafe or two of red wine)... followed by a wonderful dessert of Bread Pudding with Whiskey Sauce - known as "Hard Sauce" in some circles.  ^_^






    Pudding Ingredients

    3 eggs, beaten

    1 cup white sugar

    2 1/2 cups whole milk

    1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

    1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

    4 fresh peaches - peeled, pitted and sliced

    4 apples - peeled, cored and sliced

    6 cups day-old bread cubes

    6 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces


    Sauce Ingredients

    1 cup whiskey

    1 pound butter

    2 cups white sugar





     Coat a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.




     In a large bowl, combine eggs, 1 cup sugar, milk, cinnamon and nutmeg and stir until smooth. Fold in peaches, apples and bread cubes, until bread is well coated. Pour into prepared baking dish. Dot with 6 tablespoons butter.




     Bake in preheated oven for 1 hour, until set. Serve warm with whiskey sauce.




     To make whiskey sauce: In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine whiskey, 1 pound butter and 2 cups sugar. Cook and stir until sugar dissolves and sauce is smooth.   Remove from heat and serve hot.  Note:  This is a particularly "hard" hard sauce.  You can reduce the whiskey by half and it'll still be quite tasty.  






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  10. 1 hour ago, Subdeacon Joe said:

    Hardpan, the link you embedded just brings you back to your post.




    Pretty darned impressive list of requirements.


    Wow, Joe... that's really odd!


    On my computer it takes me to the merit badge worksheet (all 33 pages of it!).  But on my tablet, it did just what you described.


    Let's try this:  http://usscouts.org/mb/worksheets/cooking.pdf


    Edit:  Nope.  Still does it.  Mebbe copy URL into a new tab...?  :huh:



  11. 1 hour ago, Subdeacon Joe said:



    "the public expression of opinions or sentiments intended to demonstrate one's good character or social conscience or the moral correctness of one's position on a particular issue.
    "it's noticeable how often virtue signaling consists of saying you hate things" ·"


    So I was right.  :(

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  12. I want to send a BIG ol' Thankee out to Sedalia Dave...!


    About two weeks ago I received a package from Dave ~ a "contribution for a deserving Boy Scout."  Inside the parcel was a really cool mess kit, almost seventy years old and brand-spanking new!   :lol:


    Stamped on the lid (which doubles as a skillet):


    GI Mountain Cookset







    Well, I am plumb tickled to report that this kit is now a most prized possession of a proud young Tenderfoot named Zhe (middle and last names I cannot pronounce - "You can just call me 'Z,' Mr C!")


    It seems that this youngster's ambition is a career as a chef, and he's presently working on his Cooking Merit Badge.*  The lad was absolutely delighted!

         *(The Cooking Merit Badge is a requirement for Eagle Scout candidates.  And it is tough - a few years ago I asked our staff nutritionist at work to review the requirements; she was astonished.  Click on the link above and check it out!)


    Dave, you gave this guy a real boost... and his troop leaders were downright impressed, too!  The gentleman on the far right exclaimed "Hey!  I've had the same kit since I was a kid!"  [Retired California Department of Forestry firefighter Tim Escobedo, Troop 117.  Troop 117 will be 100 years old in 2025]


    Thank you again!  ^_^











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  13. 4 hours ago, Crazy Gun Barney, SASS #2428 said:


    ***just heard our CEO in a company wide "town hall meeting" say that they had sorted the responses to the "anonymous" survey by location, job title, age and gender of the employee's so they can "drill down" to the core issues.... so much for anonymous....  You simply cannot make this stuff up...



    The outfit I retired from did these surveys... mandatory, and guaranteed to be "totally anonymous."  However, you had to indicate your gender and age and work site.


    We had a staff of about 350, scattered over perhaps two dozen sites.  Of the total staff, only about 30 or so of us were men.


    I declined to participate in the surveys.  Management attempted to reprimand me for said declination.  I pointed out the reason for my lack of faith in the "anonymity" of the process.  And I also pointed out that over the past five years, the less than 10% of the staff who were men had received about 90% of the disciplinary actions levied by management.


    Discussion ended.  -_-





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  14. Breathing?  Somethin' I've grown kinda fond of.  Not doing it well of late, though... asthma, bronchitis... likely triggered by the smoke and bad air of last week.  Can't talk for more than a moment without breaking into serious coughing  Renewed my inhaler prescriptions and wear a mask outdoors for real.   


    Doc sent me for a Covid test.  Passed!  :)



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