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Sunday, August 14, 2016
Got home around 3:30am Got home around 3:30am this morning and my brain is fried. All achee from 12 hours of driving, spent the day unpacking, then sleeping, then staring at the wall. Becky and I discovered our tent was stolen and it had to be someone we know. bummer.
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Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Which voltage: 110/120/220/240/420/480? 8/12/2007 6:34:33 AM Somewhere along the way, I decided to stick with 120vac/240vac, because its more symmetrical.
I've been confused on the 220/240 voltages for decades.
I've heard people say they have 220v coming into the house, and 120v at the outlets.
To me, that never made any sense. It has to be 240v coming into the house or 110v at the outlets.
Because at our house, 2 legs of 120 volts (phase shifted) come into the house. One leg goes to the lights, the other leg goes to the outlets. The 240 volts for the Air Conditioner and the clothes dryer is bridged in between the two 120 volt lines.
Logically, the power coming into the house has to be called 240 volts, because it comes from 2 x 120 volt lines.
BTW - It would be insane to wire a wall outlet with the leg thats used for the lights. It would be phase shifted from the other wall outlets, and that could be very bad. The house has basically two, parallel circuits that are out of phase.
I just learned that the 420v, 440v and 480v are different.
I wasn't aware of that. I think now, I'm more confused than ever about the whole thing.
I suppose it might not have made much difference to me when I was working with Air Conditioning. I always trusted the installer to get that part right. We always changed out bad parts.
Monday, August 14, 2006
Its spooky, these voices I hear. Ghosts? 8/10/2006 10:36:50 PM When I'm hungover I hear voices. I like them.
Anymore, I'd rather be hungover than drunk...now ain't that a kick in the head.
These voices sound like a TV that has its volume to low to make out whats being said.
They seems to be mumblings, like the sound of people talking in a cafeteria.
I assume they are generated by my subconscious and therefore I can control them.
If I listen closely, I can hear them when its dead quiet in the middle of the night.
Its like those dancing lights that we all see, that a few notice, and even fewer talk about then.
I was researching the euphoria epileptics have before having a seizure.
Overwhelmingly, many of them have this auditory hallucination.
From what I've read about them, they are exactly like I just described my voices.
What do you call it, when a group of people have the same hallucination?
I've always said, I'll believe in ghosts if I see one. I would love to see a ghost. Are these ghosts?
It would be nice to see something of a supernatural nature before I become a ghost.
Sunday, August 14, 2005
July 2005 7/31/2005 8:00:10 PM Sunday, July 31, 2005 09:10:51 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Bow Wow
I like the lvdude site. I even added a Squirt log. Hurray for me... Very nicely done, Sir Jimmy
Dog and your TV
Well, I am glad it wasn;t the kids who did it. But a bit disconserting that the dog Ms. Rebecca saw could get into the house, like that.
The shaky wagon and Jimmy's grip
Hell, we all need some deversion occasionally. As long as it doesn't hurt us (or others). Since you got the money, sure - go blow a bit now and again. Without some pleasures, life ain't worth living. Now the hard part!!! It's a lot easier to say this, than it apparent is for Jimmy to do. But don't let the damn bottle rule ya. It'll kill ya everytime. And with no mercy. Gamble with a soda instead of the devil in your hand. No shame in that. Just stay away form the "the Shirley Temple" (remember those - 7up and cherry juice)...
Jeffrey and the unknown Russkey..
The guy Jeffrey, who I am working with now at M2, I worked with at Northrop and at Cantor Fitzgerald (the firm lost ~700 at the NY World Trade Center on 9/11) in 1987-1988 in Beverly Hills - met a Russkey on the Internet in April. In May, he decides to take a trip there to meet her. They only corresponded by email before his visit last week. Never had spoken to her, and their letters went through a translator. He didn't even know until he went there last week, that she actually speaks english fluently. They don't really know each other that well. She asks him, while taking a walk along a river there in Kiv, "Don't you have something to ask me?". He ignores the question until he gets back. So, get this.. He picks up his cell phone at the office on Thirsday, and calls her. He asks her to marry him. SHe says "yes". I can't believe getting a wife is so damn easy. Another issue is that he's 57 years old, has nothing to his name, and has a few emotional issues she'll find distrubing when she sees them come out. And she doesn't know him well enough to know he has them. She's 27 years old, nearly 30 years his junior. Manner of fact, he's got a 25 year old son. I think she's in it for US citizenship. Can't help myself to think otherwise. Maybe it might even work for a puppy dog's alter ego. But, I am too decrepit, and fat. I couldn't get myself to try this sort thing, because I know I'd only be used as a means to someone gaining a valued US citizenship/residency.
Well, the Starbucks is getting over run.
A bunch of young teenage girls (12-14 years old) being lectured by a 40 year old woman about the virtues of the bible. I wonder if it is legit or the Orlando, FL version of Renee's organization. I am moving back into the Extended Stay America's Lake Mary hotel today, after trying another place this past week. Didn't like the place I was rying. So, I have a car load of kaka, errands to run and more. So, maybe I should get away from this makeshift church.
Sunday, July 31, 2005 03:50:13 <robert>
hello jimbo glad to have you back
Hey Jimbo good to have you back in the world know lol. Well I have ben working a lot been out to redrock, pahrump, and hoover damn wow it is awesome especially going to redrock and spring mountain ranch at 11pm during a storm and watching the lightning hit within 50 - 100 feet of you i mean ur hair stands on end the power of it hitting the ground is so awesome i was scarred like crazy but yet amazed. everytime it struck i went blind for a few seconds becasue of the flash it wass o awesome i loved the experiance one of these days go out on the charleston road to red rock stop in between red rock adn spring mtn ranch by the huge grassy feild canyon area and watch and feel it is so great it makes me want to go out that way everytime their is a storm it was breathtaking, scary, and awesome!! I should have had a camera lol i could have been a storm chaser lol. hoover damn is kinda scary if ur clostraphobic. I had to go down by the maintence area and behind their, there is a chain link fence on the north part of the area blocking a long tunnel well i went down to that and inside is all dark no lights, the width of the tunnel was litterly mirror to mirror and prob about 12 ft high in height i went down atleast 12 miles into this they said i was litterly in the middle of the damn it was crazy but yet awesome i though man if this damn explodes i wont even know it lol. that was awesome i loved that trip but yet it was crazy too. well love u all ttyl good night and jim be good love ya
Sunday, July 31, 2005 02:46:55 <Jim>
Becky has been very good to me.
She's the sole reason that I haven't drinken myself to death yet. I don't know where I'd be without her. You need to get one of these little units (like Becky), Mikey.
Actually her kids are good for me too.
I have to revisit old thoughts with them, things I'd long forgotten about. They're learning about everything.
Sunday, July 31, 2005 02:41:44 <Jim>
Hey Mikey, take a look at my lvdude sight sometime
LVDude.com. Just messing around with it. It's unique because it lets you add to the menu. The colors are pretty bold though. It uses an Access .mdb file. It's nice to stay sharp in programming.
Sunday, July 31, 2005 02:28:51 <Jim>
I got the urge to gamble and drink at the Kopper Keg.
I think this was my third time I've fallen off the wagon this year. But that's enough for me any more. Stupid hangovers.
It turns out that Dustin and Jennifer didn't scratch the TV screen after all.
Becky told me a dog came in through the back door and started jumping on the screen.
My sister's in rehab.
It's almost funny. She talks like she hates alcholics, when she's probably the worst kind (a closet drinker).
I spent 4 hours looking for a box to house my AC gadget in.
You wouldn't think finding a decent plastic or metal box would be hard to find.
Saturday, July 30, 2005 09:53:15 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Tell me it ain't so...
Jimmy - While I am upset and disappointed in Jennifur and Justin for damaging you TV, I am sad ro hear you "fell off the wagon". I was just thinking the other day, about how good an influence Ms Rebecca has been on you since Feb of last year when she moved in. Not that I blame her for you fall, but I worry so much for what is good for youm that when you go into a drinking binge, it hurts me. One or two drinks, like the night we went to that bar on Sunset in Henderson, when we found out I was leaving for Northrop was great. One or two beers out with a dear friend, and the evil devil (liquer) is forgotten. For Ms Rebecca and me both, Jimmy, please watch it. We love ya too much to see you go south, even temporarily.
So, where are the scratches?
I assume if they ruined your TV, they scratched the screen. WHy and How? While I still think throwing Squirty around is more serious than damaging a TV, I feel this is a serious issue and deserves serious punishment. What are you and Ms Rebecca going to dish out? For me, please make it painful...
Saturday, July 30, 2005 06:38:22 <Jim>
I fell off the old wagon.
Didn't even enjoy it. What's wrong with me. I'm stupid I guess.
Other highlights --- Becky's kids ruined my big screen TV. They put 2 major scratches in it. sux.
Any thing worth having is worth destroying.
Friday, July 29, 2005 17:44:19 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Where's Jimmy
No hear from Jimmy in a few days...
Thursday, July 28, 2005 10:26:47 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Vivious, mean Howl...
Had my tooth worked on Wednesday afternoon. Ouch, that hurt my mush mush (Doggy talk for nose/mouth area). But good novacane. Then this morning, I go to leave for work, and I have a dead battery. Turns out if you tell the AAA that you think it is a battery, they'll send someone in a special tow truck with a bunch of new batteries in the back. If you want to buy one of their batteries (assuming it was your problem), they'll you one right on the spot and install it for you. Not much choice and you pay a premium, but hell - it saves time and trouble.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005 11:14:20 <Jim>
The kids are here...seems like forever.
They're kind of fun. I always wonder what's going on in their heads though (but usually its nothing).
They remind of those toy dolls that randomly repeat what you say. The dolls, out of no where, would just say "Beats Me."..."Hello There". haha
Also, kids say things that make you think about everything. Things like:
- "Why do you put clothes in closet and not a clotheset?"
- "Why is the s silent in Arkansas and not Kansas?"
Tuesday, July 26, 2005 11:11:26 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
BOW WOW!!!!!!
Since Kennedy Space Center is only 40 miles from Orlando, we all went outside and could see the Space Shuttle once it was a couple thousand feet high. One HUGE BOW WOW..... Could see some of it's exhaust cloud and even hear it with your bare eardrums. Saw it ascend and perform it's roll program all live with my own doggy eyes. Nothing like it. Even in LV.
Tuesday, July 26, 2005 08:24:17 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
As long as it gets enough business...
You don't want to fight to get into the place, right? Or have success go to their heads, causing them to change. Do you? As long as they are doing well enough financially to keep doing what they're doing. Ruff!!!
Speaking of Sonny..
Is he still becoming a grandpa? And did he try the calamarie?
Kids still with you?
"Hi" to Jennifer, and a lick in the shorts for Justin!! From me...
Monday, July 25, 2005 23:16:37 <Jim>
We had fish night tonight at Monte Lago at the Lake Las Vegas tonight.
We had coupons for steak dinners ($5.95), but I'd think we were eating a $40 a plate meal. I ordered the Calamari appetizer. Sonny said never tried it! Wow! It was great. It was all great. It's too bad that place hasn't caught on yet. I don't know why they don't market it better to Las Vegans. At any rate, it remains Becky and my best kept secret.
I really like those valves Ricco brought over.
Their size alone opens up new thoughts. Its amazing how thoughts flow when the imagination is teased a little bit. Anything is possible in this life. Anything.
Monday, July 25, 2005 14:29:25 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I eat Lice for my afternoon snack. Yes, puppies will get ANYTHING!!!
And snails too. Even furballs coughed up by kitty cats..
Is Chucky, the famous Chuck Young - as in "Chucky Baby"?
But this Chuck Young is about 70 years old now. He headed up (as Channcelor) UCLA for 29 years - until his retirement about five years ago. He was studly enough to get the top UCLA job at 36 years of age. Now, there was Jimmy's chance for a great job. When Chucky retired, the University of California got the #2 administrator from Harvard to replace him. Should have gotten Jimmy instead!
Monday, July 25, 2005 09:53:44 <Jim>
If a group of people went to Mars, all sanitized
In 100 years, would lice evolve somehow?
I wonder this because human head lice only goes for human blood.
They're pretty specialized creatures.
Sunday, July 24, 2005 23:48:22 <Jim>
It rained today, on my shoes. Guess I can't dance. Daddio's got the blues.
haha. Good to hear from you Ida...always great to hear from you Mr Mikey!
We're stuck with the kids for another week.
Grandmal and me almost got into a knock down drag out.
It was about me wanting to leave them here while Becky, Sonny and I go to fish night. If they don't get yelled at about doing stupid things, they'll never learn. Spent an hour talking to Dustin about common sense issues when being left here alone, but he's as dumb as rocks.
What blows me away is that Granmal gives us rules that she doesn't even observe. She leaves the kids alone.
Oh well. Losing your mind must be bliss. I hope I never go there though.
Chucky's 22nd birthday party was nice.
Talked to Mark from Drastic Measures. Even smoked a ceeegar with him. It was nice. He said he's got 18 accounts, and I forget how many employees working for him now, in his janitorial business.
Here's something I forgot all about. He's got a Sole Proprietorship and he says he doesn't have to pay 15% Fica on his profit. Hmmmm.
I guess I'd forgotten how all of that works.
Took Robert and Joy to Super Walmart, where I picked up an Electric Lice Comb. Yippee!
I've had an electric brush before, but never an electric comb. It electricutes the little boogers while they are scurrying around.
Unfortunately, they don't work on the eggs.
We're gonna use Vaseline. The idea is, it's smoother the little guys, and...because it's so hard to get out, the child will end up brushing the nits out.
COOL!
Monday, July 25, 2005 00:50:26 <Ida>
Missing my Buddy
Hi..........I wrote a real nice blog entry and hit the wrong damn button.......sooooo I lost all I wrote........sheesh.....does this mean I am blonde?
Anyway I had a date tonight....but after reflecting on past issues...I said "screw that!!".......
So I checked on Mom then .......and climbed my happy, sweaty, tired ass in my blazer ........blazing homeward bound.
I got home and checked my mail then drug Sam out of his room into the living room for movies....
He is on vacation until Tuesday so we watched "Into The Sun" & "Taking Lives"........
Omggggggg I was on the edge of my seat with that last one. After it ended Sam says "Mom I've seen that before but didn't want to ruin the ending for you".
What a kid!!!!!!! I love that little shit.......anyway he says tomorrow when you are out....... can you bring me some Pepsi home? I said NO!!!!
He looked at me...........then I laughed and showed him where I'd brought 2 cases of regular and diet home last night when he was still over his friend Dave's.
I asked him what he thought when I said "NO"...he laughed and said "bitch" well at least he was honest!!! LMAO....... I love that kid!!!!
Well If I happen to hit the wrong button again I am not writing any more tonight.....hmmm......let me see here........ok I got it....."SUBMIT"
....there we go.......
laterzzz.........LOVE YA JIMMY!!!!!!!!!!!
Sunday, July 24, 2005 14:06:14 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Bow Wow.....
Jimmy.. You plans sound good. Just stay focused with them, and no more staying up all night playing computer games, and sleeping all day. Try it all as a job. Like the AC thing.
You gotta be kidding.
If I knew I was named in your will, the one you wrote while drunk, I would have knocked you off. Now, that is a huge LOL!!!!
Holly kaka pupu...
Ended up arriving at the same Starbucks as yesterday, right at 2pm, since it has a recycling bin in the parking lot and I had a bunch of recycling material (papers, magazines, plastic, etc.). So, I figured I'd go in for another Venti Ice Coffee and surg the Arpanet. The gut taking my order says "I wonder if it'll rain today". I look outside, and it's coming down lit it was literally going ot drop 3 inches in a HALF hour. Holly kaka pupu. I just made it before getting drenched. But, that's Florida, the home of a "Jeb Bush" (Brother of George "Baby" Bush and their sister, Hairy Bush).
GZOt a good spot.
Here in the Starbucks, where nobody can see my screen, so I think I'll surf for some porn. Just Jive... Damn, a guy just walked in with his Liptop, just like he did yesterday. He shouldn't spend so much time in this Starbucks with his PC. It looks bad.
Sunday, July 24, 2005 06:53:10 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Bow Wow....
Sounds like a plan Jimmy. You be busy...
Saturday, July 23, 2005 23:27:11 <Jim>
Sandy (from Mark and Sandy) is here...I had to water my Sauerbraten
Drastic Measures is playing at The Tailspin on the 13th.
Saturday, July 23, 2005 20:17:32 <Jim>
Granmal is funny. 
A year and a half ago she told Becky that she needed her permission to see her kids. And granmal beats them.
I would too, but I just can't bring myself to do, but I just can't bring myself to hit a little kid. Anyway, now she's shoving them down our throats. hmmm.
I'm gonna go through some serious money here soon.
Its shit or git off the pot time. $$$'s will be flying around everywhere. I plan on installing at least 10 beta sites, so there's going to be an outlay of cash there. $500 unless I can get a bulk sale going.
I'm planning on seeing a Patent Attorney next week. First consultation is free. The second is not.
I drew up some plans today that look great (I gave up on Visio, too much work). The instructions are pretty well documented.
This is a do or die thing, kind of.
I'm filling out a will.
Pretty much leaving most of what I've got to Becky and Sonny.
Sorry Mikey, this one will supercede the one I wrote when I was drunk (naming you as my benificiary, lol).
Property Taxes are only $850 this year.
That's not a bad hike really, considering my house has doubled in value in the last 3 years.
Things are going slowly, business wise.
Ricco isn't exactly all over this business thing. He wants in, but he's a busy guy.
I may just take the easy way in and out, and approach Rainbird with a sneak preview myself (after yacking at the attorney).
We're going to Chuck Sheppards 22nd birthday party tonight.
I'm giving him a flying saucer. Last year I gave him a knife.
I'm making Sauerbraten and German Potato Cakes.
Now, if you've never tried it, that's a terrible thing. Sauerbratten is beef (in this case, London Broil) marinated in cloves, allspice, vinegar, onions and miscellaneous seasonings. The potato cakes have egg, clove, and onions. Its great stuff. It just takes forever to make.
Saturday, July 23, 2005 14:55:27 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Bow WOw from Starbucks in Longwood, FL
Here I sit Jimmy, sucking on a Venti Ice Coffee. Looking out the window at Central Florida's daily Thunderstorm. Powt!!!
Well, if you had a choice.
At least it isn't Justin that Grandmal wants to dump on you indefinitely. Jennifer is a good kid. But, this is more of that pushing more responsibility onto you and Ms R that maybe you don't want or whatever. If Grandmal wants legal custody of the two kids, she should find a better way to deal with it. There are parents who deal with kids undergoing cancer treatment, or some such dreaded disease and still find a way to keep their jobs.
What be Jimmy's plans?
Now that you got your resume updated, are you going to peruse anything? I don't know if I'll be in FL for any extended period of time, so if for example, you are going to nab something in Tampa (an hour from Orlando), it'd be great to get together. Since we did Dinneyland in April, we could do Dinneyworld in August??
I hate computers, yes I do...
'Cause they make me turn dark blue!!
WHat's up with Sonny's kid?
Did she have the procedure done yet?
How is my favorite Ms. Rebecca?
I think got a winner there....
Time to switch to eating corn....
For everybody else out there, that is a coded message for Jimmy and Ms. Rebecca. So there!!
Saturday, July 23, 2005 07:57:06 <Jim>
Another lousy day. Some lyrics about these little creatures.
Ode To A Nymph
I'm not nitpicking but I guess I just was. I inherited these kids and their bugs.
Just wouldn't it be nice, if when they got lice,
I got lots of money, not hugs.
These nits grow to nymphs then to lice. And the nymphs sound great, if not nice.
But they all feed on blood, they come on like a flood.
For these kids I've paid quite a price.
In the end when the tingling is gone, you feel like a war was just won.
As you relax and you sigh, a louse finds your thigh,
And the war was a battle of one.
I bought shampoo, gel creme and spray. I bagged, vacuumed, shampooed all day
Then I picked up a comb, to straighten my dome,
And my hair finds a louse that did stray.
Another lousy day.
-- The Nit Wit --

Saturday, July 23, 2005 07:42:28 <Jim>
Grandma told us she wants us to keep Jennifer until she loses the lices.
SEEEEEE, I told everyone I thought that was what was going on.
Their AC works. Her excuse was, "What am I supposed to do, not work to take her to the doctors."
lol.
Saturday, July 23, 2005 07:39:37 <Jim>
This is cheating I suppose. Its been humid here, and hot.
I didn't record my last wet test, because I didn't save any energy at all.
My AC ran 80% of the time, which is normal.
Saturday, July 23, 2005 07:53:26 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Help, Help.. I am trapped in a "Looney" state (called Florida)...
Nothing worse than a Floridian... Except for the ultimate Floridian, Jeb Bush. What kinda name is "Jeb"? WHat was George Sr thinking?
Me overslept and have to punish myself.
Only two hours of playing my horn instead of three.
I'm persuing acouple of opportunities in So. CA
Can't stand being this far away from CA. Besides, both these opportunities are Full Time - and one is in a psycho ward, which means it's got my name on it.
Oh no, better change the channel. It's Michael Douglas.
It's not that I don't like his acting, it's his first name. I hate it.
Bow Wow and out for now
Let's do a chat sometime Jimmy....
Friday, July 22, 2005 16:57:33 <Jim>
That person who was in the looney hospital called.
She doesn't know she called me. I suppose, blacking out is a blessing.
Friday, July 22, 2005 11:51:47 <Jim>
Earthbound Angels - I must be gifted, because I see them everywhere.
They don't glow in the dark. They don't float in the air. They are not made of ether.
They have different religions. They have no race in particular.
I see them pushing shopping carts, selling shoes, and running companies.
Some of them are neighbors, some are friends, but most of them are strangers.
The angels don't know they are angels!
They are my angels, they are people like you, an Earthbound Angel.
Friday, July 22, 2005 11:50:19 <Jim>
What sound does water and vinegar make when it collides?
DOUCHE!
Friday, July 22, 2005 10:37:34 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
What happens when you mix oil and water?
You get oily water.. What else did you think you'd get... Haha, I have become a terrible comedian. Bow Wow...
Thursday, July 21, 2005 10:15:39 <Jim>
It's just another day here in paradise.
Yesterday, we went to the park to play some frisbee. It was 114 outside, so we all melted. The park had a baseball diamond, and we made up a game called Baseball Frisbee. You begin at the home plate, and throw your frisbee until it lands on first base...and so on. It would have been a lot more fun if it weren't for the heat.
I spent most of the day getting down on Dustin for his selfish outlook on life.
It had a lot to do with him not noticing that anyone else is alive on this planet. Its all about him.
When I was talking about my suicidal caller, he played with Squirt, laughing, and giggling, coming in between Becky and me. He heard. He just didn't care. If he bumps his arm, he makes a scene. If someone else is dying, he offers them a coke. Scrambled brains.
Two more days, today and Friday, then Dustin and Jennifer can go home.
I had a feeble nightmare
I drempt about lice being everywhere here. In my hair, in the bed, in rolls of toilet paper, coming out of Squirts ear. That's about as close to a nightmare as I ever get. It wasn't very scary. It just shampooed and sprayed. Boring, huh?
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 21:53:48 <Jim>
Someone called me tonight. I think she was calling from suicide watch.
Apparently, she got drunk. She only told me she was being held in a hospital.
She called me from her cell phone. My guess is, she's been deemed emotionally unstable.
The police don't do that unless they think you are a threat to yourself or others.
It's too bad, the thing that pride does to us. Pride doesn't let people call out for help.
My advice was, to be cool, sober up. In the morning just tell them you were being stupid.
Act normal, and apologetic, be nice, and they might let you out tomorrow.
Of course, that's not going to happen. They don't want the liability of letting an emotionally unstable person out early, so they'll keep her for 72 hours. Who knows, it may help her some how.
I'm afraid her problem is much deeper than her drinking though.
She's smart, but she has the emotional skill of a 10 year old. Dustin and her have simular problems. Dustin's on a 6 year olds emotional level.
I don't know if emotional growth can be taught to someone.
I know schizophrenics who are smart, but somehow, their emotions are that of a young person. Have a high IQ and a low EQ (emotional quotient) is a bad mix, and its very hard to understand.
I'll just give her support and offer her a place to stay if she needs it. hmmm.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005 18:26:00 <Jim>
I guess you liked my poem
hehe. Hi Ida.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 19:53:42 <Ida>
In Life
In my life that is past, I reflect many times. But I chose only the positive for I bury the negative as I move slowly along making progress. And as I progress I am so happy for I am going forward not backward in time. We cannot go backward and change those things. So let it rest almost like death for it is past. No use seeking what can't be or what will never be. Moving forward and into the light of a bright new day in my life.Where I study hopes, dreams, wishes, of things to come as I have pep in my step, a smile on my face and serenity in my heart. For I spend most of my time with the ones who really love me for me. It may not be exactly what I wish but I am content at this moment.And who knows what lies around the bend in life.So I enjoy each day as it comes.....not caring what tomorrow brings for I am loved.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 15:34:44 <Jim>
Your knowledge of Memphis Famous Barbecue is excellent Mikey.
I'd bet you'd make a great casino host.
Ya know those guys, they're the ones you see leading a pack of rich people through the casino. They set up airline flights, room stays, comps, and they make $$$,$$$ from the casinos for doing it.
Hmmmm. I wonder if you know enough rich folk to do that?
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 12:38:00 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Memphis BBQ
I know of the Memphis on Warm Springs (yea, my knowledge of LV streets is getting poor - due to memory constaints - I had to look the street up on the Internet). And one up near Downtown LV or NLV. Maybe others. I am sure there may have been others when I was in LV. And they may have added additional since I left. There was a BBQ place I stopped at in TX on my drive to FL that was the best me ever had. Jimmy would be hard pressed to cook that good.
I made another nasty entry in Justin's blog.
I do think Squirt will haul off and bite if provoked enough. But I hope Justin realizes that NOW, and stops his mistreatment. The kid's other problems pale compared to physical mistreatment of others. If this doesn't stop, he end up a socialpath murder.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 08:58:44 <Jim>
I didn't realize there were so many Memphis BBQ's in Vegas.
THEY'RE EVERYWHERE!!!
Sonny said he'd been to one and ordered the crawfish. He found out he was alergic to them.
I think that's strange because he's allergic to shrimp which is a sea bug. Crawfish are fresh water bugs.
All is forgiven about the BBQ ribs.
Becky didn't try them at Memphis BBQ. There's only 2 ribs left and they're small. So, she'll get a small taste of heaven when she eats them and she'll know why I got upset.
Memphis BBQ baby ribs (and I can't believe I'm saying this) are better than mine.
They are the best I've ever had. They've got the smoking technique down!
They must smoke the meat in a smoker that uses hickory for the smoke and heat. My smoke uses hickory chips. Electricity provides the heat.
Wednesday, July 20, 2005 05:40:15 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Memphis BBQ
Jimmy. You go to the Memphis BBQ by McCarren Aeroport? Not on Sunset, but darn. the next East-West road, by the new freeway. I could look up the street on the internet but I am too lazy. Whenever Fly's had a big sale (holidays for example), they'd bring in food for the employees. A ploy to keep employees on the property so they could overwork them and try and limit lunch hours. Many of those times, they'd cater from Memphis. Always decent food...
Justin
I just castised him in his blog. I will come out there and throw him against the wall if he hurts like Squirty again.
Kids wasting food
One way to avoid this is to take 1/3 of what they will eat, and put that down in front of them. They'll still hungry after that, so you put 1/2 of what they still want in front of them as "seconds". And that's all they get. I believe wasting food for kids is normal. Maybe even more so for girls than boys. Just don't lay a ton of food in front of them. Intintively, they will waste it.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 22:16:01 <Jim>
Sonny, Becky and I just ate the best baby back smoked ribs I've ever eaten at Memphis Famous Barbeque!
They had FRIED PICKLES! It sounds weird, but kind of taste like fried green tomatoes.
Very delicious. Sonny ordered the sample appetizer plate with fried onion straws, italian sausage, smoked chicked wings, and fried pickles.
The main dish (serves 4), had smoked baby back ribs, smoked brisket, and 1 smoked chicken.
On the side was the best coleslaw I've eaten in a while, creamed corn, and BBQ beans.
We took home a two doggy boxes.
Becky gave the kids a half rack, or I should say wasted a half rack.
Dustin wanted to put Heinz BBQ sauce on them.
That to me, would be equivalent to putting truffles in Campbell's Soup.
Seeing that they almost never finish they're eating, we might as well have just thrown them away.
So the moral of the story is...
Don't give exquisite cuisine to a child. They'll just waste it.
I found a rib in the trash that still had most of the meat on it.
I dug it out for Squirt to finish.
Everyone is sitting around playing computer games with themselves.
Its a great, exciting, sometimes irritating, sometimes sucky life, but I love it still.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 17:45:48 <Jim>
Hmmm. Jeese. Wow.
I just tried to read Dustin and Jennifer that little story about the glass.
They interrupted me, talking about their chicken nuggets. Animals.
I give up. There's better things in life to waste my time on.
At least I got the specs written for the AC pre-cooler.
One last test, and we're ready to install Beta test sites.
And we're almost ready to see a Patent Attorney.
I researched this device. A few things came close, but none of the devices had a solenoid controlled water valve. In other words, they were on all of the time.
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 13:09:34 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
SIr Jimmy...
Darn (I tempter my words here) that Justin... Maybe after breaking your glass, it was the time to give him the punishment I suggested. Again, it bothers me to suggest it, but darn, it'll be the only way the little brat learns. He doesn't care or listen. And to be throwing around Squirty. A living creature. How dare him. Myabe I should come out to LV and throw him across the room. To pick on a little dog.. BARK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, July 19, 2005 08:24:08 <Becky>
Good Morning Jim
I really liked your poem that you wrote it was so moving to me. I got goose bumps when i read it. Most of all it came from your heart. I love you becky
Monday, July 18, 2005 23:14:56 <Jim>
I told Dustin about the life that glass he broke, had.
I told him my step-dad got it in Okinawa. Its been to Smithland,KY, Burna,KY, Paducah,KY, Colorado Springs,CO, and Las Vegas,NV.
It had been with me in every house I've owned. Its moved with me at least 20 times.
After all of that, it ended up broken on the floor because he wasn't paying attention.
The glass had a life.
Then I told Dustin about the life of the baby he's going to kill.
By driving a 3,000 pound vehicle through a stop light and hitting a mother and her child in a vehicle.
How saying I'm sorry, or explaining how his cellphone just fell into his lap and it wasn't his fault,
wouldn't reverse the damage he's going to do.
The baby, would have had a life, if only he had learned how to pay attention attention, now.
But he likes being stupid. He's probably more dangerous than a gang member.
I'm just glad he didn't break Squirts leg when he threw the dog at Jennifer, laughing.
Monday, July 18, 2005 20:35:34 <Jim>
Feeling so very very young again - A few songs

The Way of Love When you meet a girl, that you like a lot. And you fall in love, but she loves you not.
If a flame should start, as you hold her near, better keep your heart, out of danger, dear.
For the way of love, is a way of woe, and the day may come, when you'll see her go.
Then what will ya do, when she sets you free! Just the way that you, said goodbye to me.
That's the way of love. The way of love. - Cher

Babe, I really loved you, then and now.
Remember that special night when you were parked by the lake,
and the moon shimmered across the waters and your hands began to shake.
And you knew you were alone, all the fears of night had flown.
Then you looked into her eyes, but instead of making the move,
You said with a tear, "Babe, I really love you". - JRC

Shooooooot!!!!
Dustin just broke one of two crystal glasses handed down from my grandparents.
Monday, July 18, 2005 16:32:02 <Jim>
I mailed/returned my Casio camera for repairs.
Anything beats waiting in a parking lot when its 118 degrees outside.
The doctor took a record 2 hours.
They'll do everything possible when Medicare is paying.
They got a blood/oxygen test, flouride treatment, shots, no blood pressure, order for a blood work (to check anemia), prescriptions for inhalers, iron pills, singular pills, juice for a nebulizer, checked for lice.
Poor ol Tex. He almost died here from cancer.
He wasn't taking that many meds.
Monday, July 18, 2005 14:35:12 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Me GPS unit works like a wonder
I don't know what I did to get it to work. It had been close to a week since I had played with it, but this morning, as I was leaving for work, I decided to take it with me. When I got out to the kar (good spelling?), I switched it (the PDA) on and started the GPS software. It took about two minutes to sync up with the satalites. Then it was tracking me perfectly, all the way to work. HURRAY!!!!! And it'a all in a hand held unit. No dangling wires or kaka.....
Monday, July 18, 2005 14:25:47 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Go do something fun while they are at the doctors....
If you're stuck taking them, find something fun to do. Or the very least, somewhere fun to hang out for a while. Sitting in the parking lot has gotta suck.
Monday, July 18, 2005 09:27:42 <Jim>
So, the day is pretty much trashed. again.
We're taking Dustin and Jennifer to see a doctor at Canyon Gates at 2:30pm.
If it works out like other times, I'll be in the parking lot for over an hour. Waiting.
At least I've gotten most of my Registration screen done. It is unique!
Monday, July 18, 2005 11:43:14 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Bow Wow from my lunchtime...
Hope you slept off the headache, Mr. Jimmy. Hope Renee didn't make it back to Victorville until 11pm last night. Sleep time. See ya...
Sunday, July 17, 2005 19:18:45 <Jim>
Major headache. Probably from frustration.
It's hard with these kids. I don't get a moments peace. I can't finish my projects. I'm constantly irratated, by things like Dustin constantly trying to get candy, soda pop, dessert and play games.
Maybe I'll drop what I'm doing and try to play a game with them. I'm not going to get any work done with this headache anyway.
Sunday, July 17, 2005 09:11:35 <Jim>
Renee's compound blows me away!!!
The Place:
The compound is outside of Victorville, CA on a gated dirt road.
They exist off of donations given to them while on tours.
They have 8 trailers, 6 buses and 6 vehicles.
The trailers have no air conditioning and no swamp cooler.
Their power comes from the wind (generators with fans attached to them). It's stored in car batteries.
The Conditions:
They hand wash their clothes.
They share one shower.
They often don't have necessities (like tampons).
I had to notice from a picture Renee showed me that all of the girls are cute.
According to Renee, that is by design.
The Daily Agenda:
05:30am: Clean up, eat breakfast, pray, go to the chapel (a doublewide trailer).
08:45am: Work or go to school.
12:00am: Eat lunch
01:00pm: Soak in a portable above ground pool, do same sex dance/do puppets/do reading exercises.
05:00pm: Dinnertime.
06:25pm: Jog 4 miles, then shower.
08:00pm: Go to chapel for Bible study.
09:00pm - midnight: is free time.
Weekday Agenda:
Monday: They may send letters. They dump their porta-potties
Thursday: Wash clothes and dump their portapotties on Thursdays
Sunday: Work half a day, have lunch, watch a movie, and its free time.
Chores:
They fix the roads as needed (they call it raking lines).
Sometimes Renee cooks and makes "Beans and Rice and Jesus Christ".
Amazing tidbits:
If you break a rule, you're kicked out
Renee say's if she gets back later than 5pm today, she's kicked out.
The only communcation she has with the world is through the director's cell phone.
They have walkie talkies on them at all time. They are never left alone.
The Director.
His wife has a nice mustang.
They live in their own trailer at the entrance of the gated compound.
He says he belonged to a motorcycle gang, The Hells Angels.
He used to drink, steal and fornicate. He say's he's killed people.
He says he's found god, and is doing god's work. Grandma thinks that's great.
They monitor incoming mail. They take out letters that don't please them.
They black out addresses on outgoing mail. It somehow makes it through the post office.
I don't know what to think. Is it good or bad?
Heres what I've deduced.
Doesn't the director sound like a hustler?
Couldn't it be he's found a better way than stealing to get what he wants?
All of the girls, are cute by design.
Doesn't that sound like they have a sexual purpose?
Blocked communication.
What does that mean? Why would you censor outgoing mail?
Doesn't that sound like they have secrets, that something illegal is going on there.
Sunday, July 17, 2005 08:48:51 <Jim>
Thank Mikey. I do know a way to show the time for where every your at.
But, the technique wouldn't stand the test of time, so to speak.
I could save the time as a call to javascript's Date(gmt time) function.
But the life of the document itself will eventually be doomed with javascript.
So far, Ascii documents stand the test of time.
I can still read the text documents I wrote in the 80's.
However, jpgs, gifs, Word Perfect docs, a database I stored my checks, diary, important dates in (I wrote my own system), can't be viewed today.
Saturday, July 16, 2005 19:26:06 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
M-I-C... K-E-Y...
OUSOB... The Mickey Mouse song. Same first name, but notice his last name. Another UCLA Band cheer said to oter schools... Then there is the one: "Horn Blows.. " that I better finish in an email (privacy is a good thing..)
Saturday, July 16, 2005 19:23:48 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
How's this for a solution.
Average the time between the person's local time and GMT. So, I am 5 hours behind GMT. If I make an entry at Midnight, it'll say 2:30am. If you make an entry at the exact same time, it'll say 4am. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA
Saturday, July 16, 2005 10:21:39 <Jim>
I know about the time difference on the blog. But it would be 4:58am here though...haha
It is kind-a-kooky. The first beta had the users local date and time, with their location.
I could put the location back in.
The other option would be to have the user put in the offset to GMT...but that would suck too. Most people don't know that offset. Another option would be for them to key in their time. But that would get goofy with DST.
So, I chose the option you see here. LOL.
I'm so close to getting LVDUDE.COM done. It's going to be pretty neat. I'm working on the Sign In screens right now, but with all of the distractions, its difficult to code anything.
I figured I'd alternate pictures, with affiliated web pages that meet certain standards.
BTW - Do you like the wallpaper quality pictures that come up? Are they too slow?
They come from LVDUDE.COM. They can be pictures or web pages. The links are stored in an Access Database.
I set up Missy Allred's computer, linked her to my site.
But when I went to the Add an Entry screen, it looked TERRIBLE. The headers ("Name:","EMail") didn't show up at all. The alignment was kooky too, and she's running IE. Hmmmm.
Saturday, July 16, 2005 07:57:42 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I had noticed this before, but... I just noticed it again.
Entries in the blog are timestamped with the person's local time. So, I just made an entry today, at 7:57am. If you make an entry immediately after me in real time, it'd be timestamped today at (say) 4:58am. Kinda kooky?????? Make it Greenich Mean Time (GMT) - Like Jimmy needs to be that darn picky. ANd add 3,000 lines of code to get the GMT time in there. Oh boy, Lindsey Wagner (the actress) just came on tv, hawking those sleep number beds. I am going to go and 3e-5 on the tv before I get to showering. Forget I said that...
Saturday, July 16, 2005 07:48:35 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I suppose I was PARTIALLY serious... Even if I was,
I'd probably look for another way to finally straighten out Justin. No reason why the kid should make Jimmy miserable.
Ice cold Beer. Ice cold Gin. Ice cold Duck (that cheap champagne stuff)...
A cheer from the UCLA Marching/Varsity Band, of which I was a member for 4 years in the early to mid '70s. "Ice cold Beer makes you want to Cheer. Ice cold Gin makes you want to Win. Ice cold Duck makes you want to".. That's the way it ended, and to this day I have not been able to figure out the word that's suppose to end with, matching up with "Duck". See Jimmy, you got me thinking about this, with your entry about Michelob. And who ever heard of ice cold gin. Beer and champagne, sure. But gin!!!
Well, time for me to hit the road...
Take a quick shower, dress and go out to cause trouble. Got to run some errands, go to the gym, and check out some facilities for racquetball I heard about yesterday. Howl!!!!!
Friday, July 15, 2005 11:40:06 <Jim>
Riccos here
HI
Friday, July 15, 2005 12:09:35 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Remember SAE's motto...
If Justin causes problems, kick him in the groin. That'll stop him quick. I hate suggesting it, specially since he's so young. But, sometimes, nothing else works. I don't know if I am serious or not?
Friday, July 15, 2005 08:16:13 <Jim>
"Weekends were made for Michelobe"
haha. Remember that jingle?
Yea, it was very nice talking to you Mikey.
Dustin's already giving me problems here.
Friday, July 15, 2005 08:06:26 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Pressed the wrong button...
Also wanted to say: "Where is the best bar? I want to get my mush mush (again, puppy talk for "nose") smashed silly.
It was great talking to Jimmy last night..
And hearing Ms. R and Squirty in the back ground.
Hope the day (weekend) works out ok with Jennifer and Justin.
See, I have declared Dustin officially renamed to "Justin" as I feel it better suits his personality and besides, his name will start with a "J" to match Jennifer, just as Robert and Renee's names both start with "R"s.
Friday, July 15, 2005 08:05:31 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Bow Wow... It's Friday...
Finish off today, and I am free for the weekend. Hurray.
Thursday, July 14, 2005 19:23:26 <Jim>
Well, this has truly been another productive day.
- Jennifer got lice. I picked her up
- Sonny's 16 y/o daughter is pregnant.
- I got a call from my lawyer. He said:
If she has a baby, its not his responsibility.
The father just turned 18.
- I got another call from another lawyer. She said:
A patent would help, but could cost between $1,500 and $25,000.
Plus it will take up to 2 years to get it.
Is this the reason why the president (Thomas Jefferson) has more patents than anyone else to date.
I said the invention is an obvious attachment to an air conditioner. Would it still need a patent then?
She said I should talk to a patent attorney.
She did say maybe I should let Rainbird see it after signing a non-disclosure agreement.
- We went to Frys where I bought a cold heat soldering iron. Sonny came with us.
It doesn't work.
- We went to CVS where I bought a rechargable flying saucer.
I love it!
- Talked to Mikey about some resume changes I made.
We talked for over an hour.
- Now, I'm going to Grandmas to pick up Dustin.
Dustin and Jennifer have to stay the night.
Plus, Jennifer can't go back to her child care without a Doctors note saying she's free of lice.
It's a strange world.

Thursday, July 14, 2005 12:25:10 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I am a happy puppy AE now...
With JE's help, the fiasco that happened with Kevin won't happen again. Doesn't mean there are not flakes out there, who'll piss you off (Take R1 for example. They work hard to piss people off). I just believe the only thing Kevin did wrong was that he didn't respond to your inquires. But as far as presenting a resume with a four year gap, he in his professional opinion felt it was difficult thing to do and not get pooped on for doing so. Can't really blame a guy for not wanting a hiring manager to poop on you, for it'll probably mean less business down the road. I am sending you an email or two today about opportunities here in FL (Tampa, specifically) that sound good. Problem with M2 is that we're are fully staffed, and manner of fact, we all (perm programmers as well as contractors) spend maybe 25 to 40 percent of our work weeks waiting for an assignment, as work is kinda slow right now. And JPMC (JP Morgan Chase Bank) pays for x number of bodies or x number of hours each week, so hiring is based on that number. And "x" is getting met with current fullfilment.
Hurray for Rico
Even though he did leave his doggie home alone several weekends ago. Sounds like a plan, if you're doing a contract somewhere (hopefully here in FL so we can get together) and he does all the leg work on the AC thing and gets it off the ground, so you're making $$$.. HOWL!!!
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 23:40:04 <Jim>
I was surprised at my website when I pulled it up at Missy's.
The Name and Email headings about didn't show up. I looked at the code. Modified it a little bit. But, honestly, I don't see why it works on my IE and not theirs.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 23:11:27 <Jim>
My good deed for the day:
I moved Rob's old PC to Missy's room. We were going across town anyway to give Joy a ride to the store. She needed baby food.
Ricco and I are going into business for this AC thingy
Tommorrow, we'll find out what we need to know to get a license. Possible names are LVCool, Air Mister, Mister Cool, AC Helper, LVEnergy, Cool Mist, The Energist, Drop Zone, Energy Busters, Air Coolio, The Cooler Image.
My wk history has been resolved now. JE is going to help me with that.
Getting another consulting job should be easy now.
I'm going for affiliate sales for some of my web sites.
This seems like the easiest way to go.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 15:22:07 <Jim>
I'm signing up at affiliate sites to begin marketting
I bought lvdude.com, lvirus.com, lvdarlings.com, lvtoys.com and lvshots.com for the purpose of generating some extra income.
They are ASP sites, so they've been providing me with experience. At this point, I understand 80% of ASP, Access, Javascript and Html programming. Its sweet.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 15:18:07 <Jim>
A botched a dry test.
I meant to turn the water tower off, but didn't. From Sun,12:00am to Mon 23:30; OT:109; Elapsed: 47.5, RunTime: 28. RunPct: 58%.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 13:06:45 <Jim>
I talked to Larry Okin from Mgm.
Okin said he's a Director now. His big project is converting Mandela Bay casino system. He also said they've been working for 3 years trying to eliminate the Stratus and put it into an ASP.NET format. They want to do the system on a redundant Windows platform, SQL Server and all that. I told him I'm available, but he didn't sound that interested. I wanted to say "Hire Me! Hire Me!", lol. Interesting enough, Larry Okin worked for Caesars Atlantic throughout the 80's and 90's. He went to college and studied while he was an operator on the graveyard shift. That's my kind of guy, nothing was handed to him, he earned it all.
I called John Edwards at Transaction Software Incorporated.
He was out to lunch. Rumour has it that he may be looking for work sometime soon, but that's just a rumour and the details are very sketchy. I would be surprised to see him coding again though.
The person who answered his phone sounded familiar, so I called back. It was RAMBO.
Man, I like that name. Rambo said he was working on Mirage Tandem stuff still, and will remain there as long as the keep paying him. It was great talking to him. We shot the bull for awhile. It was pretty cool.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 12:02:00 <Jim>
A health insurance sales person called. I told her my problem.
I told her, I told one insurance company years ago, that I was an alcoholic, and they declined me.
Then, all the other insurance companies declined me because I'd been declined before.
The agent said, once you've been declined, no one will insure you, and I believe her.
So here are my options:
- Die the next time I get sick.
- Get a fake ID, just for use with the hospital.
- Get drunk, get on disability for alcoholism and let medicare take care of it.
- Act crazy, throw a fit in a public place, then go on disabilty as a nut.
- Give a cop the finger and get arrested when I'm sick.
- Go to the hospital, rack up a million dollar bill, then file bankruptcy.
- Go to the hospital, rack up a million dollar bill, and pay the minimum.
I'd forgotten about this problem. Its why nothing I do will help me get ahead.
My solution was to go broke.
That way at least I'd get to enjoy the money I've earned, rather than spending $5 for every aspirin I get in some hospital.
If I go to the hospital because I'm unconscious, I'm doomed. They'll run 100s of unnecessary test and expect me to pay for them when I wake up.
Wednesday, July 13, 2005 11:45:52 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Aahhhh. CJ's, The Home of Fine Dining
Robert must have just completed a Gourmet meal there at CJ's.... HaHa...
TSI
Does anybody (Outrigger in HI???) still use their software? Or are they totally out of the picture these days?
Make a counterpart of your AC unit for heating too.
For February in Minnesota... HaHa???
That's all for now...
Bye.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 22:07:20 <Jim>
Robert called, he was stuck at Carl's Junior down the road and needed a shot from our inhalers. LOL.
I think he just wanted company cause his truck got broked. We hung around with him until his help arrived.
About the inhalers - Canada has shut down their borders for pharmaceutical sales
Becky and I order our drugs over the internet. Its cheaper, you don't need a $120 doctor visit or a $800 test thats needed only to protect the doctor from a law suit. They are quality drugs.
Shutting down the borders will probably kill people.
It will certainly decrease our quality of life.
I don't get that really. Is there an allotment for how much a country can recieve in drugs?
I assume the drug companies are making a profit off of their sales in Canada. Maybe its just greed, though. Maybe its just because they can make more money off of us.
With a currency market that fluctuates daily, shouldn't the prices for drugs be the same everywhere.
Or does it seem right, that someone can fly round trip from Germany to the United States for $300, but if we do it the other way around, it cost $1,200. Check it out sometime. Go to a German website and convert the currency yourself. Don't take my word for it.
Hmmm....there's an opportunity to be had there somewhere.
Okay, here's a good question.
My company makes toilet seats. I sell one to companies in Las Vegas for $20. I sell to companies in Canada for $10. Why would I do that? Its not shipping. If I do this, I'm effectively saying that a Canadians 20 hour work week is worth an Americans 40 hours work week. That seems so strange.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 22:05:30 <Jim>
Wow. I found a thrill for Catholic Priest!
I can blow out a candle from 20 feet away with my air cannon. Its great. If I had a room full of candles, I'd really love it. Its a challenge to aim the cannon.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 10:03:17 <Jim>
I talked to Larry Lewis yesterday. He offered some advice on my invention and its so simple.
Install several of them free of charge.
Have those people monitor it.
Those will be my Beta Sites where I can work the bugs.
Next, start a business and advertise.
Install the things myself until there's enough business to hire on more people.
If the business is successful, I should be able to sell it and make a fortune.
It seems to me that should have been an obvious formula for success. It just didn't occur to me.
McDonalds, Starbucks, Mary Kaye, and Mrs Fields all started with a good idea, and they all started small.
Now they are empires.
Those commercials that show the guy that says "Clap on, clap off", that was my idea but I didn't get a patent are so phony. If he actually got off his lard butt, made one, perfected it, and then produced a bunch of them, he would have gotten rich.
The Invention Rules Are:
- If you can't make a profit by selling one, don't expect to make 10,000.
- If you are confident you have the best product available, market it yourself.
- The big boys can't beat you if your product has already saturated the market.
- People patent everything imaginable. Enforcing a patent costs money and time.
- You can't patent an idea that should be obvious.
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 09:09:50 <Jim>
"Fish Night" last night was SOOOooooo GOOOooood!
I had the all-you-can eat crab. I think I should write a purse book "How To Crack Crabs and Influence Strangers.". I've got crab cracking down to a science!
It was really tasty. Sonny and I had a lot of laughs. Becky had gas.
Renee is staying at Grandmals this weekend.
I've been pondering how I'm going to handle her religious babble.
I told Sonny that I am thinking about letting her "SAVE ME". That's always a hoot. LOL
I could try to get a bell to ring with Renee.
I could show her a Bible that says
- Exodus 22:20: He that sacrificeth unto any god, save unto the Lord "Jehovah", he shall be utterly destroyed.
Or, while she's working in the kitchen this Sunday, I could point out that her Bible says:
- Exodus 31:15: Whosoever doeth any work in the Sabbath day, he shall surely be put to death.
LOL.
I think I'll just go into that quiet place in my head though.
Thats the place where people talk, and what they say doesn't affect me. Kind of like when I talk to someone from Kentucky and they call all black people "niggers" (I hate that).
Tuesday, July 12, 2005 08:32:39 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Jimmy's math is too fancy for this Dog's Alter Ego
My little puppy eyes glaze over at your fancy math.... I am glad that you know how to "sifer" to quote "Granny" from the '60 tv program, "Beverly Hillibillies"...
How was fish night last night?
If fish is really brain food, I'd need an ocean's worth of it.
How is Sonny?
He staying outta trouble?
Oh, how I miss going to Fly's stores on the weekends
To harass the cashiers... Closest one around is in Atlanta, GA. I'll have to get there some weekend soon and get my harassment in. And not just on the cashiers. But with all the employees.
Monday, July 11, 2005 16:30:19 <Jim>
Just for my Notes
Power Bills for July: 2000-$192,2001-$263,2002-$267,2003-$189,2004-$322
Rates 2004: $0.09306 x KWH 2005: $0.09380 x KWH, almost 1% increase.
AC uses 4000 Watts per hour, or 4KW
LAST YEAR (2004):
19.06 hours per day * 4KW * .09306 (dry usage per day last year) = $7.09 per day
31 Days * $7.09 = $219 for last years.
THIS YEAR (2005):
14.89 hours per day * 4KW * .0938 (dry usage per day last year) = $5.59 per day
31 Days * $5.59 = $173 for last years.
Not Bad!!!
I can't wait for my next power bill!!!
Monday, July 11, 2005 15:44:54 <Jim>
A/C wet test:
From Sun,12:00 to Wed 12:27; OT:103; Elapsed: 72.5, RunTime: 45. RunPct: 45/72.5= 62%.
Becky and I trimmed Squirt. That dog has got sheep in him! I think I may have trimmed his sprinkler system a little too much though. I gave him a bath yesterday.
I put Becky onto finding items to sell on LVDarlings.com
Neither one of has any idea of what works, but I figure, since I know database in's and outs on the web, all we need now is product.
It's FISH Night tonight.
We're gonna go out and eat our cousins.
Bad joke. Sorry, I didn't mean to put anyone's gills in a tether. A lot of people don't believe in evolution.
Monday, July 11, 2005 02:29:20 <Jim>
Oh jeese-o-pete...I can't sleep.
Kelly seemed surprised today that my electric bill is usually $350 in July. I'm beginning to wonder myself after talking to several other people. It could very well be that the meter I had installed in 1985 isn't calibrated correctly.
Hmmm.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 22:51:06 <Jim>
And here's another thought, related to water that's used on the AC unit.
I could use the water thats dumped every night from my water softener, since I'm using a drip line instead of misters. I anticipate problems from the water mongers. They only care about water they can see. They don't seem to know much about the internal workings of the house though.
Like those water saving shower heads with the washer that everybody removes,
and those water conserving toilets that require three flushes.
Instead of actually doing some good, they seem to be just advertising their existance.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 22:07:04 <Jim>
Here's another thought for anyone that wants to hear it. Its about our brain.
The Carotid and Vertebral Arteries feed the brain. Blood flows through those little arteries.
Why can't all of those wonderful scientist and doctors figure out what the brain needs, and supply it to the head without a body?
That doesn't sound too complicated, does it?
I keep thinking about that Starship Captain on Star Trek (Pike). His head came out of a box, but he could only answer yes and no.
Right now, heart surgery is done by diverting the blood through a heart/lung machine. Hmmmm.
Also, instead of embalming or cremating people, wouldn't it be better to dehydrate them?
At least there would be a that we could be reanimated sometime in the future.
If you are cremated, you have no chance for reanimation, other than someone going back into time and snatching you out.
I've always thought that's what the Egyptians were thinking when they mummified their Pharoahs.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 20:20:28 <Jim>
100 watts is enough energy to power 10 equivalant (lux) rated LED lights
The energy usage for LED lights is 10 x less than incandescent lights. They don't generate much heat.
And they don't burn out. Australians seems to be turned on to the idea.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 19:07:42 <Jim>
Some truly simple inventions follow that could simplify life:
I was talking to Sonny about various things. We came up with a couple ideas that seem profoundly simple.
Here goes:
A simple 12v lighting system for domestic purposes.
Just replace the circuit breaker and screw in new bulbs!
Lights are on separate circuits that the outlets. They are typically on a breaker that is 1 amp for each light bulb plugged into the loop. My 1,300 square foot house has 2 x 15 amp breakers for the lights. If I were to go outside, place a rectifier between the circuit breaker and the breaker box, my lighting circuits could be converted to 12 volts in less than 10 minutes. All that would be left would be screwing in the 12 volt bulbs.
Better than a 12 volt system would be a 4.5 volt led lighting system. They don't waste energy on heat. Simple stuff. Quick to do.
12 volt heat operated refrigerators, like Grandpa had.
If your old enough, you'd remember how Grandpa put a candle in the Ice Box every night.
That would charge the ammonia absorbtion system for the next day. These refrigerators are currently found in Travel Trailers and RVs. They can be powered by the sun.
Its a simple system with no moving parts.
A Water Valve With No Moving Parts.
My brother wanted a noninvasive way of stopping water flow to a line needing a replacement valve. The answer: Freezing the water. Liquid nitrogen might be a good pick here, rapidly applied to avoid problems with expansion.
Shiftless Transmissions
When I was a kid, I came up with this one. I wanted to make a go cart using an old lawn mower engine.
The problem then, was the motor was vertical, while the wheels were horizontal. Then answer: A Ball on a shaft connected to the wheels. The ball rolls on a circular plate that is driven by the motor. The ball can be positioned from the middle of the plate the outside of the plate which makes it turn faster.
That was a simple design From a stupid little kid (me).
A Battery that is 100% Efficient.
Store energy from sun, wind or water with an endless amount of storage.
How? Pump energy back into the Electric Companies power grid. Your meter runs backwards for every kilowatt hour.
A Vehicle that Runs Off of Water
100 years ago, they called them Locomotives.
To simple to miss, all you need is heat, which could come from anything, even your trash. All that is needed is a way to clean up the soot.
My take on the above ideas is this:
We don't have them because nobody really cares about energy waste, the atmosphere, the burning of fossil fuels, or nuclear power. People like to complain, but nobody's thinking. If we can't get huge corporations to change the world for us, if they are stuck in a money making groove, then we should take things into our own hands. Some of the ideas above can be applied over a weekend.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 15:19:35 <Jim>
If I were truly a good person, wouldn't I want to go to Hell?
Wouldn't I be able to do more good there, than laying on a cloud in Heaven eating grapes and watching a Big Screen TV with a million remote controllers?
I've never thought that being lazy was a trait of being good, but I could be wrong.
Please read this with a smile on your face! It is my form of bleak humour.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 15:11:19 <Jim>
Kelly and I talked about Heaven
This is where almost everyone's logic falls completely apart. If they live a good life, they'll be rewarded in Heaven. When they envision it, its a place where people wallow in self absorbtion. All their loved ones will be there. The people they hate will be in Hell. Its all about themselves, their pleasure, their comfort. Its all beautiful. Everything is given to you. Green Pastures and all of that.
I think that's funny.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 13:55:49 <Jim>
I talked to Kelly this morning.
She does sound great. I think she got the help she needed too, which is great.
We even talked about religion for a little while. That is always scary for a guy like me.
I believe there's a god/creator, but I doubt anyone on this planet is smart enough to talk to him. And I don't think any religion owns the creator or can even speak for him. I think god could speak for himself if he wanted too. I don't think god is so pathetic that he has to talk through a preacher or on some stone tablets. Only cavemen would say cave writings were written by god.
Nobody has dibs on god. If anything, he's got dibs on us. And I certainly don't blindly believe Bible stories just because someone told me to.
These are just my beliefs. I formed them myself. As far as I know, nobody else publically shares them. Everything I believe is probably incorrect. I admit that I'm stupid. But I think we'll all look like cavemen 300 years from now.
My religious attitudes often get me into trouble. But I'm honest. All that I am is on these pages for all to see. I don't hide anything. So there it is...lol.
Kelly was a pleasure to talk to.
We talked about religion (rather open mindedly too), the legal systems, the law, feelings, repos, and Mom and Dad's divorce. It was nice, but her battery ran down. So, we'll talk some other time.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 13:49:25 <Jim>
I changed a few things on this website. It seems to have problems with different setups though.
It works great on my laptop and PC! Hmmm.
It seems like everytime I take out 10 lines of code, I end up putting 100 more lines back in, to cover some odd detail.
Here's what I changed:
- changed the Calculater (which I use a lot) to the latest version
- added links to www.lvdude.com (where a lot of this stuff comes from now).
- Changed the rotating pictures to point to lvdude.com/picture.com.
  I'm having some trouble with that though. Cookies seem to be a problem, and so does the resize to fit your screen.
- The pictures now come from an Access Data base, using ASP programming.
- I expanded the width and height of the logs to fit your screen.
Hopefully most of the bugs will go away with the next release of IE. I hate to code around them (with 100s of lines of code) if they can be fixed at the source.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 07:59:50 <Jim>
My sister (Kelly) and my Dad (Dad) called yesterday.
Kelly called first. Life is in a slump for her right now, but she'll pull out. I can't help her again without crippling myself. Good luck sis!
I called my Dad for the first time in several years.
The last time we talked, he got so worked up. He liked to insinuate that I'm a failure for not doing enough for other people and that's just not cool.
I think the problem was we didn't have a good dialog going. Now, with my invention, we've got something to talk about that's not really about money.
If I can't do something valuable with this product by January:
I'm going to publish the plans on the web. Maybe that's what I'll do with some of the other ideas I have. Why not?
A 20% energy savings, which may improve with my next prototype, is excellent! It could increase the quality of life for many people, not by much, but by some.
Back to my Dad, He's coherent. He's 82 now, and his mind seems as intact as it ever was.
He said everyone of his organs was shot and that all of his friends have died. His wife is 89, and she's a mess.
But he also said he's received more attention now then he ever has in life.
Nurses come over, therapists come and so forth. It sounds pretty good.
He also mentioned that I should FREEZE my social security. I'd never heard of that. He said that time off counts against social security benefits. I knew that, but I didn't know you could do something about it.
Sunday, July 10, 2005 07:50:42 <Jim>
Becky loves the Yuban 100% Pure Columbian Coffee we got at Cosco
It is good. What I wonder is why do they mention its 100% Columbian.
Is there 50% Columbian and 50% Brazilian Coffee out there somewhere?
A newspaper article mentioned the FDA allows 5 pounds of miscellaneous material (bugs and fecal included) per every ton of coffee, so I'm not sure "100% Pure" wording applies.
Well, now that my observation has wrecked my perfectly good cup of coffee, I'll move on.
Saturday, July 09, 2005 15:19:55 <Jim>
Dustin was talking about rocket packs like they are real.
They are real, the problem is they don't hold much fuel, stay aloft for 20 seconds, then CRASH!!! Not the kind of thing I'd ride without a watch!
But, then I started to research other things. I came across this link
Rex Research.Com. It seemed interesting. Then I talked to Mike.
Its this E=MC2 stuff.
The formula seems to suggest anything is possible. Things like matter and energy seem to be interchangable. That bothers me, because I haven't seen it.
What I wonder is this:
If you have a sealed jar, is there anyway to make it lose matter (weigh less) without cracking the lid?
How long would it take the contents to turn into some form of energy?
Hmmm....
I also wonder this...if you were floating in space, and you had something like a Yo Yo
Could you use it to somehow propell you through space?
Is there anyway to move your body to propell yourself in space?
If there is a way, it seems like an antigravity device could exist.
The little device I've created that saves 20% energy is incredibly simple.
How many other incredibly simple devices are being overlooked? Why would they be? Is this another example of man's greed?
A Better Light Bulb
It dawned on me that a simple rectifier for our lighting system could increase a light bulbs lifetime dramtically. It's occured to me that increasing from 60 mertz to 60 megahertz might increase bulb life. Certainly LEDs would last longer than lightbulbs since they give off no heat. Anything would be better it seems.
These old monopolized inventions seem to be everywhere. When I say I could invent good device every week of the year, I'm not lying.
Look around you. What couldn't be improved?
What is wrong with using a Spork? Why does everything motorized item have its motor? Why don't we have 3D TV, they have 3D Jesus pictures at Walmart? Why do all toilets look exactly the same? Exactly why do we have to have a front yard? Why is toilet paper white? Why is underwear white? lol.
Saturday, July 09, 2005 15:16:30 <Jim>
Sounds like a good plan.
Rico's dog humps but he doesn't go down. LOL
You're picking a good route Robert. If you can't afford to go to college, make the most with what you can do. Be a dealer, bartender, truck driver, whatever, but shoot for the best paying professions. It's a good plan.
Saturday, July 09, 2005 11:54:49 <robert>
hahaha
Hey jim since you have rico's dog you said something about their body language well does squirt and ricos dog share the smae intrest lol as in .... (humping like squirt lol, stealing ur things and trading it for poop lol, and then theirs the other one kissing places they shouldnt be lol). anyways hehe off of the dog subject, I plan on getting experiance for about 6 months with ahern then leaving and working for the state i can drive a straight truck for 17.50 an hr then after training I can make 25 an hr I had offers and i talked to the GM at silver state public services he told me to come in when i get my 6 months in then he will discuss everythign with me cool huh.
Saturday, July 09, 2005 06:54:01 <Jim>
Home Sweet Home - The Wayward Dog Refuge
A dog strayed over yestereday, we took him in. Eight hours later we found out he belongs to a neighbor (Rico) who's in California for the weekend.
So now we are, dog sitters until Sunday.
Thanks Rico. You fulfilled my good deed for the day.
Rico's dog is a pomeranian just like Squirt is.
When these two pomeranians play, they interact using simular body language. I think that is fascinating. This feels like an opportunity to learn what they are saying to each other.
I've got way too much free time, don't I.
Friday, July 08, 2005 19:43:04 <Jim>
Intellectual Property - Information from an expert (Rob Allred's sister, Jari Brooks)
Intellectual Property - The right to protect a creative idea. It isn't specific.
Four kinds: patents, copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets. They may be sold or assigned.
Patents - Instruct on how to make an invention. Good only for 20 years.
Copyrights - Books, software, movies. Good for 70 years, no registration required.
Trademarks - Protect reputations. A symbol, word or phrase. Registration last 10 years.
Trade Secrets - Protect formulas, techniques, programs, information lists. The rights expire when the information is released.
The US patent office recieves 1,000 patent applications a day.
Patents are a good way to protect an invention. Enforcing Patent Rights must be done by the owner. I letter stating to discontinue use, or a license may be sold to violators. Intellectual property insurance may be obtained to. Whatever, the enforcement is up to the patent owner.
WOW - Buying the web address WWW.ProcterAndGamble.Com is Evidence of Bad Faith according to the document I'm reading. Buying a name like that is considered malicious.
Friday, July 08, 2005 15:19:50 <Jim>
An additional dry measurment (for accuracy and my notes), and to calibrate at 3:12pm (real time)
From Sun,12:00 to Mon 23:15. Elapsed: 35.25, RunTime: 28. RunPct: 28/35.35= 79%. OT:102
New Wet Test with fresh filters: I'm alternating wet/dry test. I reset the thermostat: 7/8 3:12pm @ 77 degrees. Outside temp is 101.2 degrees.
Friday, July 08, 2005 10:46:44 <Jim>
Don't I know about senility!
I keep calling/Squirt Dustin and Dustin/Squirt.
   EG: Dustin, quit eating dead bugs!
   EG: Squirt is imitating cartoon characters!
I think Robert, Joy and Amy are doing great!
We watched a Discover show about life, from insemination to birth. It was amazing! Here's what I learned:
- If a fetus kept growing at the rate it grows in the first few days, it would be the size of the sun by birth.
- The heart and the brain are the first organs to form.
- In its early stages, the organs are indistinguishable from that of a chicken or a pig.
- The spinal column development is the most critical stage of our development.
- Our heads were designed to collapse when it exits through the vagina.
- Our eyes start out on the side of our head! Our ears were on our shoulders.
- The sperm is composed of 3,000,000 tadpoles that live 10 hours (poor sperm).
According to the show, our only purpose for existance is reproduction.
So, I committed genetic suicide by not having kids...lol.
AC Test results so far:
Inside temperature is 77 degrees.
Reset time (real time) is 15:00. Outside temp then has been 105.
Thermostat resets to Sun 12:00.
Wet Test: From Sun,12:00 to Thu 12:07. Elapsed: 96.1, RunTime: 61. RunPct: 61/96.1= 63%. OT:105
Dry Test: From Sun,12:00 to Mon 19:30. Elapsed: 31.5, RunTime: 25. RunPct: 25/31.5= 79%. OT:95
Increase in efficiency: 100*(1-(63/79))= 20.25%, Savings:1-20.25%=79.75%
Potential Savings: 79.75% * $350 last July's bill = $70
Hopefully I don't make anymore Date subtraction errors like I did in my previous blogs.
The nice thing about raw statistics is they can be recalculated when in error.
To make this test perfect, I've got to check again at 3pm or Tue 12:07 (2.5 hour from now)).
Friday, July 08, 2005 09:10:19 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Jimmy is already old and senile....
Just in matter of degrees. Like me. Anybody past the age of 43, right Ms. Rebecca?
Didn't want to imply
Anything negative about Robert, Joy and Amy... Just that Robert was mention several times, with out Joy and Amy's names being mentioned. Plus all the room mates names and so forth. I am an ignorant Alter Ego.. remember that when it comes the right time to pet me on the head.
Thursday, July 07, 2005 19:38:51 <Jim>
Nice poem Ida!
I reformatted it a little bit.
I haven't bumped into you online lately. Hopefully everything is going great since your move.
Becky and I have been the epitome of lazy. Well, that's not true. I ate lunch today...haha.
We took Robert down to get his 'B' class permit.
Unfortunately, he didn't have his medical exam papers with him. We got copies, then went back to DMV on Craig/I15. It took a couple of hours, but it was well worth the effort.
Robert says he'll get a raise for having the permit. Yaaahooooo!!!
He said he'd take care of me when I'm old and senile. haha.
Thursday, July 07, 2005 12:44:30 <Ida>
My Star Wish
As I slowly raise my pen to write, My thoughts of him all through the night.
The laughter we share and endless hours of conversation,
Cannot compare to anything in life I've known without reservation.
My face does hurt from all the smiles he brings to me,
But hey.....I could live through that type of misery.
For the joy and laughter he brings to me, Seems to brighten my world for all to see.
My dear sweet love.....of oh so far, You're like my bright and shining star.
That I placed a wish on one summer's night long ago, Not knowing if you'd ever show.
For in my past life I reflect upon, I leave it behind.......forward I have gone.
But I do think back upon that time, When I seen the brightest star that shined.
This is where I placed my wish, Feeling silly and all girlish.
For it seemed so childish to do this thing, But then again what harm could it bring.
So once again I may open my heart, And pray it will not be torn apart.
That he is the one I wished for, When I placed my wish upon that star.
Written 7/07/2005
By Ida P.Staley

Thursday, July 07, 2005 08:34:12 <Jim>
That's GREAT Robert. You, Amy and Joy have all taken a huge leap.
I missed what you are feeling, so I get to watch you and wonder what your eyes, attitudes and expressions are all about while you're watching Amy grow. LOL.
Sheesh! Dustin keeps eating holes in my head.
We finally came across the thought that he may be imitating cartoon characters. He's identifying with Sponge Bob and Pokemon, and using them as role models. DANG!
It fits so well, all the stupid things he says and does, his actions, imagination, and jokes, they come from watching lame TV cartoons.
I can't believe we missed that! When he watching cartoons, he's mesmerized and its hard to get his attention.
HE'S RECORDING THEIR BEHAVIOR FOR PLAYBACK.
Dustin isn't my creation. Dustin fascinates me in a very different way.
I like to fix things and he's broke. Now at least, I know why.
Thursday, July 07, 2005 02:10:07 <robert>
hello or WHAZZ UP!!!!!!!!!!
Hey Jimbo and Mombo, how are things at the house?
I am happy I am back to work again, lol. I can't stand not working, but I love spending time with my family (Joy and Amy).
They are two of the best things that ever happend to me.
I never thought of myself as a father this early, but for me, its perfect timing.
By the time I am 40, Amy should be already out and about.
I get to raise Amy through my young and still energetic self.
I love watching Amy grow up. It is so awesome.
There is nothing greater, no better feeling, than that of watching a piece of yourself grow up.
There is no other perfect creation in this world except for the one you bring life, too.
Knowing that she is the most perfect creation in this world, and then to watch, learn, and grow up with her.
It's like a mystery in a way. Wondering, watching, and guessing why she does this and that.
Wondering what her eyes, attitudes, cry's, laughs, and how she shows emotions and expressions for different things.
Like I said, it is the most wonderful, beautiful, and most awesome thing I think I will have in this life.
Thursday, July 07, 2005 00:49:30 <Jim>
My math is terrible!!!!
4 days and 3 minutes = 96 hours. So an AC runtime of 61 hours means my AC unit is running 63.5% of the time. Wow. And that's with a swamp cooler thing on it. Well, this is an experiment. Anything can happen!
Man, 105 degrees sucks up a lot of energy! My roof is like a styrofoam cooler with 4" to 6" inches of styrofoam on it (and it still leaks btw). It's the air conditioner that allows the leaks though. Not the roof.
Thursday, July 07, 2005 00:37:54 <Jim>
Wow...all my cookies got wiped out without my consent!!! What the?
Yea, Joy and Amy follow Robert whereever he goes. He's the man!
Tommorrow I'm taking Robert down for his Class 'B' license.
That will enable him to drive trucks over 25,000 lbs, street sweepers and funeral hearses. LOL.
Testing stats - With Water On
4 days 36 minutes...AC runtime 61 hours out of 120 hours and 36 minutes. Not so good. That means the AC has been running 50% of the time. That also means there is no way to double the AC's efficiency, unless a difference can be measured in amperage usage.
I need to hook up the meter to see if its drawing less current.
I may need to redesign the thing again, but that's pretty easy. I've got the water dripping from a drip line directly above the coils. It's got a drip hole ever 6". A cloth mesh is draped in front of the coil.
I'm thinking it would do better dripping onto the mesh with the mesh 1/4" away from the coil.
I am thinking the cloth is restricting airflow. But that, is very hard to measure.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005 07:14:02 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Good job with Justin!!! I love toughness. Justin needs it, along with a good shift kick below the belt.
What else can I say???
Wednesday, July 06, 2005 07:10:03 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Sniff....Sniff.... Puzzled look.... Sniff... Even Doggie AE's have inquiring minds,,,
Robert break up with Joy? I read alot about him moving from one place to another every other week and nothing about Joy and the baby. And that he has roommates everywhere he goes.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005 03:02:45 <Jim>
Invention Idea - I was chatting with Rober's roomie, John, about the "Flowbee"
I think we came up with a great idea. You'd swear we were high, but I wasn't.
We visualized a computerized chair you sit in that would cut your hair. It looked like one of those those hair drying chairs at the salon, but instead of blowing your hair, it would vacuum your hair straight out away from your head. Then it would cut your hair to whatever pattern you selected on the computer.
This idea sounds insane, but if you think about it alittle, its excellent.
Wednesday, July 06, 2005 02:53:06 <Jim>
We took Dustin and Jennifer home. I told Dustin he I'm not inviting him over anymore.
I told him he is to selfish, lazy, he doesn't try to tell the truth, he tries to do bad things and he's cruel. I told him I don't want people like that around me. If all he's going to do is come over, play on the computer, drink pop, eat candy, yell at his sister, and snear at everything we want to do, we can have a better time without him. It wasn't a lesson really, it was more like a promise.
We went to Robert's new apartment.
He paid me back what he owed me plus $70. I want to say I help get him signed up at Costco, but they wouldn't let me add him through my account unless I had a business account or he could show a bill in his name, with my address. Meanwhile, Robert was talking to another clerk. That clerk gave him a referral form, and we both got $10 for him signing up through my referal. Go figure?
We ended up at Walmart later on, to pick up some miscellaneous items.
We had good time.
Tuesday, July 05, 2005 13:24:38 <Jim>
I have one of those misters that hook on your belt. I put a drop of honeysuckle oil in it.
The house now smells like honeysuckle...yea...
Tuesday, July 05, 2005 12:00:25 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
I made my own fireworks last night.
All in the confines of my hotel room with several well selected magazines..... Oops, forget I said that, for it ain't true. And besides I don't want to begin corrupting Ms. R's mind if she reads this entry.
Sounds like the 4th was good for Jimmy and Ms R there in LV, NV....
That's all from me, the Greatest doggy alter-ego in the world... Darn, no modesty here... I think...
Monday, July 04, 2005 23:29:50 <Jim>
It's 90 degrees outside. Hopefully all of the fireworks are done.
My palm trees were missed, so I guess I've got to get them trimmed this year, dangit. It's nice to hang out with people who have such different orientations.
I love America.
Monday, July 04, 2005 21:26:04 <Jim>
Ashley Allred's Wedding
The guest list was impressive. Bernie Lucido, Jimmy Leavelle, Missy Allred, all the Allred daughters, Adam Allred, even Jessica Allred flew in from Boston! It was a blast from the past. They had one of those blow up things for the kids to jump around in, and a trampolene.
About the trampolene. Dustin tried to do a flip and failed, and he screamed at the top of his lungs.
Wonderful, just wonderful. Then he laid next to the driveway and cried. He sux! 12 year old. Course I told him to get back on the trampolene and try it again, but he wouldn't.
Coming home, fireworks were shooting off everywhere.
Our street was blocked off, with fireworks going off right in front. This is such a cool time.
Sunday, July 03, 2005 23:15:30 <Jim>
I forgot to mention, Becky's ex is in town, and he's working here.
William Walker. What an ass. Robert spotted him at a work site and confirmed it.
His construction crew is working at Diamond Painting.
Now, in spite of all the messes this guy has created with his little pencil dick, he should contribute child support. The last thing the little worm said was that he's not the kids father. Becky needs to give Grandmal this information. Grandmal needs to give the Family Support Division the information.
Sunday, July 03, 2005 22:35:41 <Jim>
Kelly called, Sonny called, Allen called, Renee called, and we saw bands and fireworks.
Now tell me, does any of my time off sound boring. I don't think so!!! hahahahaha.
Kelly called. She was all upset about her kids not including her in their 4th of July plans.
She's got a host of other problems too, but this left her feeling depressed. She said she loved the way I answer the phone, because I'm always up! I told her I'm just glad be alive for another day. She was crying, all upset. I just told her hey, it this were your last weekend, would you sit around feeling bad for yourself, or would you go out and make this the BEST weekend of your life? She said, this may be her last day. I said, GREAT, THEN MAKE IT THE BEST DAY OF YOUR LIFE!!! Don't waste it. Use it!
Dustin was telling us Paul was probably at Electricians School today...on Sunday. He insisted!
Knowing how stupid that would be, for someone to go to class on Sunday, on a 4th of July weekend, I called Sonny and asked him to the question...LOL.
Sonny said "WHAT? ARE YOU CRAZY? NO ONE GOES TO SCHOOL ON SUNDAY!". I had to laugh.
Kelly called Sonny. He said she felt much better after talking to me (I like hearing that).
I told Dustin, that when ever he says something like it is a fact,
he should add the words "Ooompa Dooompa" to the end of it.
Instead of Dustin saying "Did you know there are a million policemen in Las Vegas"
He should say "Did you know there are a million policemen in Las Vegas. Ooompa Doompa!!!"
That way, people won't think he's stupid...hehehehehe
Allen called. I'm glad we're still talking.
I kind of put him down for having some of his fears. Paranoia is common with us geniuses...hahahaha. Maybe I should not have done that. Sometimes you have to risk everything, to gain any ground. I'd figured he was going to drop me as a friend. But, all is cool.
Renee called while we were watching Madanna perform on Fremont Street
Dustin said he had to use the bathroom. So we went to the parking garage. Then Renee called again. She said she was praying for all kinds of things. I wanted to tell her about a finger exercises she could do while praying, so at least she'll gain so muscles out of it (thats cold).
She said she got back from her tour not long ago. She went to someplace in Northern California, but she didn't know the name of it. Percedes, she said, or something like that. She said they saved 2,000 souls.
She was hoping we'd send a package with some monthly supplies (tampons) and some new sandals, but she didn't know what size she was...lol.
I told her we would, and that we sent her a package already. Both Becky and I forgot what we put in it though. She said she didn't get it. hmmm
So, I told her it would be nice to see her for even a half an hour, but she said she'd have to arrange that. I keep thinking WOW...what kind of compound does she live in? Sounds like a Jim Jones kind of thing.
RENEE, DON'T DRINK ANY KOOLAID!!!
That's what happened to the followers at Jonestown. They all committed suicide, on the orders of theirleader, who was high on cocaine.
Sunday, July 03, 2005 22:43:12 <Becky>
A Great Weekend
Hi Babe I wanted to thank you for taking all of us to the Fire Works this weekend I have been having a great time with you and the kid's. Jim you are a sweet man that I love very much. You do all good thing's for me and the kid's. I'm sorry I was being a bitch to you today. I am very sorry. Kisses and Hug's my Love. :)
Sunday, July 03, 2005 22:17:00 <Jim>
Yesterday - We rode a 1912 Passenger Train, and saw fireworks.
The train was in the Boulder City Train Museum. They must not advertise it. They run it between 10am and 2pm every weekend. It cost $7 for adults, $4 for kids. Seastrand Park Fireworks
The fireworks were excellent. The croud was huge, and it was hot!!
I believe this firework display is the best in town for families.
I timed Dustin, Jennifer and Becky running the bases in a baseball diamond.
It seems 18 seconds is an average for this family. Wow.
Dustin did the worst with a 24 second time, but he was running like a girl. I finally told him he should bend his knees and let the ball of his feet dig into the ground. And to not swing his arms around all over the place (its hilarious to watch, but he's serious when he does that). His time improved tremendously.
It feels really good to me, when something I say actually makes a difference.
We started to go down the Strip, but it was crouded, and Dustin and Jennifer were fighting.
They always fight about stupid things. I mean really stupid things.
Dustin: "Spider's have six legs".
Jennifer: "Spider's don't have six legs, they have eight legs".
Dustin: "I said spiders have eight legs JENNIFER!".
Jennifer: "No you didn't "
Poor Dustin. He doesn't remember last year. He doesn't know what he said one minute ago. He doesn't understand the simplest things. He's damned by his aptitudes. Its sad. We should all be grateful for the special abilities we are born with. Many people don't get any.
Friday, July 01, 2005 23:18:12 <Jim>
Time Travel - I'm just babbling notes.
Is that really possible?
Seeing into the past
We know that's possible. Pick out any star. The closest star we can see is 4 light years away. So, the light we see at the very minimum is 4 years old. We are looking at the star's past. If there was a mirror, 10 light years away that reflected light from this planet, we could see our Earths past, as it was 20 years ago.
Changing the past
If that could be done by mankind, it would have been done in the future already. Mankind makes and breaks its own rules every day.
There's evidence of particles that travel backwards into time. Isn't it possible the transmitter was actually acting as a receiver, and they botched the experiment. Mathematical formulas almost always follow the observation. So, they're saying if I aim a mu-meson flashlight at a wall, the light might appear there yesterday. Hmmm. Well, the ground is travelling in a circle at 1,000 mph, but I'm sure those lab boys realized that.
If these particles could be emitted and controlled, wouldn't we be sending ourselves information from the future already.
I'm sure, 200 years from now, our science will look like Petroglyphs or caveman drawings.
Travelling into the future
The moment we travel into the future, it becomes the past. If we froze ourselves, we would travel into a future in what would might appear to be an instant. However, if we can't go back into the past, we've simply existed normally. No laws of nature would have been violated.
I love science fiction, but everything that we've done can be pretty easily understood.
Nothing we've done is more amazing to me, than a blade of grass.
Friday, July 01, 2005 15:12:31 <Jim>
Crop Circles - I should write a book.
I was reading one of Sonny's books on crop circles. It was a hard bound text book. The guy mostly talked about himself, his friends and his feelings. He mentioned how a pilot buddy noticed a simularity between Stonehenge and real crop circles. The author went on to say he concurred. He also pointed out the differences between fake crop circles and real ones. It had some cool pictures in it though. My dad bought it, and sent it to Sonny. My dad thinks Ufo's are writing in corn fields. He must think the Aliens are stupid.
---Crop Circles---lol
Then Becky was reading a romance novel by Ana Leigh.
She'd ask me about some of words she was reading. The author mixed in words that don't exist, French words, and rarely used words to appear more intelligent. The body of the book had no plot. It rambled on like senile person with a decent vocabulary. It too, was a hard bound book
---Romance---lol
My theme. The Nazi Conspiracy.
As we sit, the government is designing the perfect race.
Within their parameters for this perfect race is a certain height and weight, an IQ of 120, smoking is not desired. The elderly will be sent to death camps called hospitals. Those with IQs of 100 or less will be slaves, working in factories, cleaning floors and mowing lawns. If these people get sick and can't produce, they will die in the death camps. Those with higher IQs will be groomed as to how to behave in the futures perfect society.
Hmmm....sheesh, some of that sounds kind of true. Yuck!
Maybe I could just write about flowers.
Friday, July 01, 2005 14:51:44 <Jim>
Officer, I couldn't stop. The world is spinning at 1,000 miles an hour.
More reasons why I'm a bad American and a bad Christian.            - I don't believe anyone can see the future. I think they can only guess.  - If you actually read Nostradamus or Revelations, you'd know nobody can predict the future.  - If you say cars are horses, nuclear bombs are great lights,     China is a great power coming from the west somewhere, then maybe.    If you say people are actually computers, then maybe.    If you take the dictionary and shred it up, then put it back together however    it lays, then the directions on an aspirin bottle can turn into the voice of God.  - I think its hilarious when I hear people put a twist and a spin on words.  I know, I'm no fun  Rob told me I was going to Hell. I told him the concept was stupid.

Friday, July 01, 2005 14:45:59 <Jim>
I just want to say, I'm not mad about anything. I love this point in my life. Life is good!
I'd like to stay at this point in time for eternity.
This is my heaven on earth.
I don't think anyone has ever invented a better heaven than what I've got right now.
I don't want 80 virgins. Don't want to lie down in green pastures. Don't want anything more than what I've got at this very moment.
Life is good!
Friday, July 01, 2005 14:32:55 <Jim>
Here's one way we get lied to by the media. This is a classic example.
From the National Cancer Society.    About 35% of US adults are overweight and another 30% are considered obese.    Nearly 16% of kids 6-19 are too heavy; heavy kids are more likely to become     heavy adults with a higher risk of developing cancer and other serious diseases.  I think the objectives of the above report were determined before the report was ever written.  Consider the following:  - What if they used .1 ounce over the average weight as being overweight.    Then 50% of the population becomes overweight.     Now change that to 500lbs over the average weight.     Then 0% of the population becomes overweight.   - Now change the date when the statistics were takens.     Say instead of July, the statistics were taken in January after Christmas and Thanksgiving.     That changes everything.    Especially if the average weight of everybody has changed.     This report can be skewed anyway desirable.  

Friday, July 01, 2005 14:02:30 <Jim>
Another Bad American, me.
- I think the Bush Administration lied about nukes in Iraq, for whatever reason.  - I think they are lying to us about Social Security. You quit paying into Social Security after $90,000  - I think the measure of any great civilization should be how it treats the sick and elderly.  - I think the government lied to us about Vietnam  - I think people are being starved in Nigeria intentionally, to control population.  - I think religion is, and always has been, a huge business.  - I think the author of Genesis thought the world was flat.  - I think that Moses, not god, wrote the 10 commandments on that mountain.  - I think if Ufo's had the technology to fly light years through the galaxy, they wouldn't run out of fuel and crash here.  - I think people built the pyramids, not Ufo's.  - I think over 90% of what we read is useless.  - I think the newspapers can't agree on the simplest of stories. Its all spin!  - I think that people who pray for other people, are too lazy or stupid to do something for those people.  - I think 16 year olds shouldn't be allowed to drive with a cell phone.  - I think we should decide for ourselves if we want to wear a motorcycle helmet.

Friday, July 01, 2005 13:35:16 <Jim>
George Carlin, the Bad American
- I believe the money I make belongs to me and my family,     not some mid level governmental functionary be it Democratic or Republican!  - I'm in touch with my feelings and I like it that way, damn it!  - I think owning a gun doesn't make you a killer, it makes you a smart American.  - I think being a minority does not make you noble or victimized.     It does not entitle you to anything.  - I believe that if you are selling me a Big Mac, try to do it in English.  - I think that being a student doesn't give you any more enlightenment     than working at Blockbuster.     In fact, if your parents are footing the bill to put your pansy ass     through 4 years plus of college, you haven't begun to be enlightened.  - I believe everyone has a right to pray to his or her God     when and where they want to.  - I don't hate the rich. I don't pity the poor.  - I think global warming is a big lie.     Where are all those experts now, when I'm freezing my ass off     during these long winters and paying, paying, paying?  - I know wrestling is fake and I don't waste my time arguing about it.  - I've never owned a slave, or was a slave,     I didn't wander forty years in the desert after getting chased out of Egypt.     I haven't burned any witches or been persecuted by the Turks     and neither have you! So, shut-the-Hell-up already.  - I want to know which church is it exactly     where the Reverend Jesse Jackson practices,     where he gets his money,     and why he is always part of the problem and not the solution.     Can I get an AMEN on that one?   - I also think they have the right to pull your ass over     if you're breaking the law, regardless of what color you are.  - And, no, I don't mind having my face shown on my drivers license.     I think it's good.....  - I'm proud that "God" is written on my money.  - And what the hell is going on with gas prices... again?  - I think if you are too stupid to know how a ballot works,     I don't want you deciding who should be running the most powerful nation    in the world for the next four years.  - I dislike those people standing in the intersections trying to sell me crap     or trying to guilt me into making "donations" to their cause.     These people should be targets.  - I think fireworks should be legal on the 4th of July.  - My heroes are John Wayne, Babe Ruth, Roy Rogers,     and whoever canceled Jerry Springer.  - I think the cops have every right to shoot your sorry ass     if you're running from them.  - I believe that it doesn't take a village to raise a child, it takes two parents.  If this makes me a BAD American, then yes, I'm a Bad American.  --- We need our country back ---  

Friday, July 01, 2005 09:36:52 <Jim>
I don't want to fall into the wishing well.
I'd rather do what I've done in the past. I like making things happen.
My thoughts don't always work the way I've planned them.
EG: In 1979, I wanted to retire at 40 with 5 acres of land, a solar powered dome house,
with $150,000 saved drawing 10% interest.

I pursued that dream by going to college for the highest paying profession.
I did that. I also divorced my partner, and a lot of things changed along the way.
However, I topped out and it still wasn't enough.
I laid myself off in 2001, with the feeling that I can't leave this life yet.
Something is calling me. There is something I've got left to do. It's an unnerving feeling if you've ever had it.
So, in this blog, I try to figure out where that feeling comes from, be it god or something I heard when I was a kid.
I can't tell anybody why I hear this call because I don't know why.
But I know I'm not going to be living in a shopping cart when I'm 80.
And what's the worst that could happen?
I go to San Fransisco, get drunk and check into rehab...lol.
I learned a lot from Skip.
In this life, everybody wins and everybody loses
Its all a matter of perspective.
Friday, July 01, 2005 09:29:46 <Jim>
I realize I'm writing a book here. This log contains my thoughts. They are all here.
If I end up average, rich or poor, these thoughts will remind me of how I got there.
I should be able to do whatever I did with reproducable results.
Wouldn't you like to read Bill Gates thoughts in a blog. I would!
If I go to work for someone, I can tell how my blog will read...
It will say things about daily life, daily problems, projects that I haven't figured out yet.
It will be accented by, I got a 10% raise or a $5,000 bonus every year.
The last entry will be about how I can't afford to run this website anymore.
Friday, July 01, 2005 09:14:00 <Jim>
So, how does a person go to get wealthy.
- You can inherit wealth.
- You can marry wealth.
- You can ride the wave of who's paying the best salary, but that will only border wealth.
- You can own a business, but if you're involved with its daily operations the results might depend sole effort.
I'd say the way to wealth, is by learning from the wealthy...and do what they do.
To me, a wealthy person doesn't just have $1,000,000 saved up.
A wealthy person is someone who can make $1,000,000 with a reproducible results.
If Bill Gates fell flat on his face, do you think he'd work as a programmer?
I don't. I think he'd start up another company and rise to power again. And I think he'd do it quickly.
And I believe the only difference between myself and Bill Gates, is the way we think about our limitations.
I think the way to wealth is through small percentages.
By setting people up to make money, then making a small amount of money off of each and every one of them. You can't do this by yourself. You need a lot of people to be involved.
Friday, July 01, 2005 08:58:31 <Jim>
I'd rather use gasolene than dollars as a measure of buying power over the years.
In the 70's, gas was 29c a gallon. I have picture of that. I was making $13k a year.
That's almost 45,000 gallons of gas.
Now, gas is $2.20 a gallon, and I could make $60,000 a year.
That's 27,0000 gallons of gas.
My 1999 truck today gets as much gas milage as my 65 Chevy Super Sport.
Friday, July 01, 2005 08:44:51 <Jim>
American's place in the world is to own and to manage.
That is what I've been reading between the lines.
Can you see my logic or am I crazy?
- Wages haven't kept up with the cost of real goods. That means working for wages is a fools game.
You are doing the same amount of work for less real gain. You are losing ground.
- The real winners in the stock market are the brokers, and the board members.
The owners of Microsoft and Enron have made out like bandits.
I don't know anyone who made it big in Microsoft that didn't lose big on some other stock in their portfolio.
If you worked at Microsoft and participated in their shareholding you did well.
If you worked at Enron and participated in their shareholding, you did terrible.
The stock market is a game for the insiders, not the players.
Here is some simple logic for the stock market.
The DJI is an industry average of 30 industrial stocks. It is priced at $10,299 today.
I believe the DJI has been hovering around $10,000 during the last 14 years.
If I'm reading this right, that means its value overall is not growing, its being shuffled around. Here's a chart
If you know where to be, its a good thing.
If you don't. It's still better than throwing money in CD's.
Money, on the average, will always decrease in value just by sitting in a coffee can.
I do realize that money only works if it is limited in supply. Therefore, if the Dow did go up constantly, that would mean inflation, meaning the dollar is worth less. Money has to be shuffled around to work.
YOU HAVE TO DO SOMETHING WITH YOUR MONEY!
The creditors are betting that anything you can do with the dollar, is better than what they could do.
Friday, July 01, 2005 07:24:51 <Jim>
Well here's the thing...If its number you like, here they are:
With my credit lines, I can borrow more than 50% of what I've made in my whole life time.
I can take out another loan on my house for $80k more
- still have a smaller house payment than in 1985
- still have equity and leverage.
- still can rent this house out for $700 net income a month.
I could go back to work here in Las Vegas, but here's the math of doing that...
I'll make $60k a year.
I'll live cheap, mostly like I always have.
I'll save $20k tops each year.
In the next 10 years, I'll have $100k+ plus saved.
If houses and cars quadruple in value again, I'll be able to buy a volkswagon, or a time-share someplace...maybe.
Life is so much like the game of Monopoly.
Buying property is so much better in the long run than just passing Go.
Can you hear it? The government is screaming at you to buy a house!
My house has quadrupled in value since 1985. Has your income? Has anybody's?
In 1985, a 7-11 eleven clerk was making what? $4 an hour. Now they're making $7.
The automobile industry was in Detroit. Now its in Mexico.
Small farmers still existed. Nobody in their right mind would be a farmer today.
Thats what we have California for, and all their illegal migrant workers.
India, Australia and Russia are prominant producers of software now.
Take a look at who makes almost everything you own.
It says - Made in China, India, Mexico or Korea.
These people aren't getting rich by working a job. They are poor.
Almost nothing says Made in America.
Even the vegatables at your local grocery store were harvested by Mexicans.
--- This should be a message to you ---
Friday, July 01, 2005 08:03:08 <Squirty's Alter Ego>
Oh my, I've managed to take away Jim's BLOG virtual viginity twice now.
Once was enough, when I found out what I had done. Twice be way too much. Jimmy - I sent you an email... please read.
Saturday, August 14, 2004
Someone overflowed our dumpster 8/14/2004 8:38:23 PM Washed and cleaned out the truck. We noticed someone had filled up our dumpster with tree limbs 15' long and 4' over the top. Of course, the garbage people wouldn't dump it. So, Becky and I bundled the mess up in the dark. Then we mentioned it to a neighbor. About a half an hour later, I went out to see if it was raining and the tree limbs were gone. Picked up, not dragged. I scanned the neighborhood and they weren't anywhere. So bizarre.