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Much wierdness
« on: October 07, 2009, 09:42:23 AM »
So, last night I went home and finally sorted out the record collection.  I need one more tub.  I'm keeping them in 21 gallon plastic tubs.  After a pipe broke in the house and flooded the place a couple of years ago, we always take the necessary precautions.  Put on a Peter Nero album, really stressed me out.  After that, I went for Tom Jones.  Much better.  I got a copyright registration notice in the mail for a disc I did two years ago.  Sent them the form 2/2008, talk about delays.  Better late than never.  That other thread is talking about how long it takes to record things, a sort of time/creativity equation.  4 months to record, 21 months to register the copyright.  Still waiting on "It's Just A Matter Of Time" (how ironic).  Sent that one in three years ago.  After I ate my oatmeal, I picked up the guitar before I went to work.  There was this riff on "Whiskey Drinking Woman" by Nazareth I just had to figure out.  Did it.

This is what's weird.  So I'm driving to work and on County Rd 146, out in front of the Kingdom Hall, there was a puppy in the middle of the highway.  I beeped my horn, rode right up to him, stopped, and he just looked at me.  I got out of the car and told him to get out of the road.  He still just looked at me.  A car was coming up behind me, so I put on my flashers and signaled him to go around.  I walked up to the dog. He wagged his tail and walked up to me.  INSTANT SUCKER!!!  It got in the car with me and I took him to our vet's office.  They scanned him to find a chip, nothing.  He weighed 43.4 pounds!  BIG puppy, pit bull mix.  They are taking him to the Monticello shelter and they'll wait to see if anyone claims him.  He did have a collar.  He also was covered with some type of grass that broke my out into hives on both arms.  I hope they find his owner, I can't take on another dog.  My mother-in-law who live with us has the final say, since she is 83 and stays home all day and takes care of everything.  My wife and I are taking our son and daughter-in-law to Biloxi this weekend, Alice Cooper.  It wouldn't be nice to mom "found a dog, bye" and leave for two days.

The whole incident reminded me of that scene in "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button".  If I would have picked up that guitar and went ahead and left for work...
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Re: Much wierdness
« Reply #1 on: October 07, 2009, 09:48:05 AM »
So in other words, you sorted your records, looked through your mail, played guitar for a while, and found a stray dog?
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Re: Much wierdness
« Reply #2 on: October 07, 2009, 01:53:24 PM »
Yeah, something like that.
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Re: Much wierdness
« Reply #3 on: October 08, 2009, 09:08:13 AM »
Tell me about your pipe breaking.  How did it happen?  Was it a water line?  My studio andmusic collection is in the basement and it's one of my biggest fears.  My house is only 8 years old but I have some bad water hammer with the sprinkler system. 

I can't tell you the devastation it would be to me if my basement was doused with water from a broken pipe.

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Re: Much wierdness
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2009, 09:27:56 AM »
It happened to me, in my old house.  While I was out of town, my water heater gave out (this is fairly common) and flooded the basement with thousands of gallons of water.  The finished part of the basement included three rooms:  Hypnos mail order, my recording studio, and a storage room where all the Hypnos CD overstock was stored.

Surprisingly few CDs were actually ruined, because the water never rose above the level of the carpet, as there was a drain in the unfinished corner.  I think I had to throw away about 100 CDs, not too bad considering there were tens of thousands of CDs in there.  Also no recording studio stuff was ruined because nothing was on the floor.  It was not a lot of fun, though, spending several days trying to shop-vac all the water out of the carpet and carpet pad, and then run heavy duty fans and a dehumidifier to get it all dried-out before mold set in.
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Re: Much wierdness
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2009, 09:49:33 AM »
That sucks and yes, it is a common thing to happen.  There is a drain right next to the hot water heater so that will help, plus there is a sump in a low corner (I think it's lower) and it's a walk-out so I don't really fear a fish-tank situation - I've seen that happen in houses when I was a kid.  My bigger fear is are the water supply lines that runs above my stuff that go to the out door faucets, bathrooms and laundry.  That is a rarer occurance, but you never know.  All my gear and CDs are raised up as well... I should raise my vinyl a bit - I alread suffered water damage to my beloved vinyl collection years ago when they were in storage... all of my records are in plastic sleeves.. only problem is my friend who helped my unload my crates into the storage unit had oriented the crates upside down so water was able to seep in.  $100s, if not $1,000s in damage to my collection there... although it was salvagable many records have water stains.

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Re: Much wierdness
« Reply #6 on: October 08, 2009, 09:59:21 AM »
I was cheap.  The whole thing started when the pump on the well gave up.  A new pump worked much better, but then we had to get a new water tank, and a water filtration system for the house.  Before we did the filter, sediment was coming in and damaged all of the faucets in the house.  When I replaced the faucets, I got a connecting hoses for the faucets, and decided to buy the $1 instead of the $3 hose, since the cheaper one's were what was on in the first place.  Basically, I used this instead of this

Well, while I was at work and mom was at the neighbor's, the pipe in the bathroom came loose.  She was gone for about an hour, and when she came back, there was about 3 inches of water throughout the house.  She turned it all off, called me at work.  I brought home a shop vac, and we cleaned the place up.  It could have been much worse.  All we really lost were a few pairs of bedroom slippers and some old record albums that were on the floor.  We have most of our things off off the floor anyway (I was in an apartment in Dallas and the pipes going to the apartment upstairs broke and flooded my apt years ago).

Moral of the story, spend the extra $2.  Buy the expensive hose connections.
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Re: Much wierdness
« Reply #7 on: October 08, 2009, 10:05:54 AM »
I see.  There's so much to think about with home ownership!  Heck, now I'm worried about my pipes freezing and breaking... it's freakin' snowing like crazy right now in Denver... I haven't blown out the sprinkler system yet either... man, I am not ready for winter. - J.

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Re: Much wierdness
« Reply #8 on: October 08, 2009, 11:17:50 AM »
You can do everything right, and still have a freak accident flood your house.

My old neighbors in Wisconsin had lightning strike their house.  The power surge traveled down their pipes into the ground.  Two of the pipes crossed near each other about an eight-inch apart - the power surge arced across this gap, melting holes in both pipes, in an inaccessible wall.  They were home when it struck, so they fled to another neighbor's house as they waited for the fire dept.  By the time the FD got there, the basement was flooded, and it took awhile for them to realize that it wasn't rain, but their pipes, so they didn't turn off the water until it had done MAJOR damage.  It then took them hours to figure out where the pipe damage was located.

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Re: Much wierdness
« Reply #9 on: October 08, 2009, 12:56:06 PM »
When we had our little flood, one dog was walking around in the water, one was jumping back and forth from the sofa to the floor, and the pug just sat in the recliner, and took a nap.

Living in Florida most of my life, I couldn't imagine what it's like to live where it snows.  I have a cousin that lives up north, her husband said he couldn't live in a place that had hurricanes.  I said they're nothing.  Just what you're used to.
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Re: Much wierdness
« Reply #10 on: October 08, 2009, 02:15:02 PM »
Well, I submit that a hurricane can do far more damage than a snow storm... but we also have tornadoes, frequent high winds, and an occasional blizzard... heck, really we are all at Mother Nature's mercy everywhere.

I think it would be really cool to experience a hurricane (as long as I or my loved ones didn't die).

The snow so far hasn't accumulated at all.  Melting at the ground.

I used to love a good snow storm, but now in my old age I can see why people flock to the desert southwest to get out of that weather.  It's a big reason I left Minnesota - those winters are some of the worst.

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Re: Much wierdness
« Reply #11 on: October 08, 2009, 02:46:40 PM »
Finger crossed, had no problems with flooding yet.

But I was once in a workshop  in a converted barn in the loft space, someone had had a candle on during the day, kept a close eye on it and put it out at night.

Next thing I know is being woken by someone carrying flames across the room - a poster on the wall had burst into flames. We sussed out that the insulation had managed to catch and smoulder behind the wall.

Amazingly there was no panic, I remember my ego sort of going 'if I panic now I die' and dissapearing. We managed to get the panel off the wall and took turns, in the corner, to collect water in pans and throw it over the insulation - put it out.

Had to pay collectively for the repairs but compared to the cost of the whole place burning down was wonderfully cheap.

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Re: Much wierdness
« Reply #12 on: October 09, 2009, 05:00:13 AM »
Suddenly, I am relieved that our house has no basement.

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Re: Much wierdness
« Reply #13 on: October 09, 2009, 07:24:58 AM »
The last hurricane that come through didn't do any damage to the house, but knocked down a few trees.  Cleo gets really upset during storms and has to go to the bathroom, outside of course.  I remember taking her out and the 30-40 foot pine trees in the yard were swaying in every direction.  I drug her inside and told her to just pee on the floor.

Update on the dog.  I don't know if they found the owner, but she was part Sharpei (Sharbull?), I broke out into hives all over my arms, due to his hair (according to the vet).
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