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August 14, 2015


You guys have certainly been busy. Good reminder on smoke alarm batteries. I never got around to changing mine out at the last time change, so I at least need to do a check. As long as the check goes ok, then I will change out batteries at the next time change.

Forgot to add that I am sorry to hear of the loss of your builder friend.

Notable assymetric ethnicity & gender distribution amongst the volunteers.
Any explanation?

I heard an ad on the radio for new smoke detectors with a Latium battery that lasts for several years. Those might help for the folks that never change them out.

Bogie--Most people do as you do by checking the batteries at the time changes. Terry (builder's daughter) remembered babysitting for you and Dudette. Dudette works with the builder's grandson (they are at same company) and Dudette deals with Terry who is employed by an insurance firm. We'll certainly miss Richard.

Stu--Firstly, I had meant to correct the first sentence in the posting to clarify that about 75% of the people in the photo are actually employees. Secondly, I think that the ethnic distribution of employees and volunteers fairly closely mirrors the ethnic distribution of the general populations in the states of Kansas, Nebraska, and Northwestern Iowa in which all but one or two of the people reside/work/volunteer. I (guessing on many) think that I can break the 49 people who are actually in the photo into 37 who would classify themselves as (non-Hispanic) White; 4 as Black/African-American; 1 or 2 as Asian; 5 as (Hispanic) White; and 2 American Indian/Alaska Native. Thirdly, at least in my experience, most employees of humanitarian organizations are female. There are 18 people whom I would guess to identify themselves as male in the photo. (Note that, for me to verify any of my guesses by using an internal database would be misuse of organizational resources.)

Ingineer--The type of detector used determines the inherent life-span of the smoke alarm. The ones we installed today have a 10-year life expectancy.

HUgsssss, Cop Car! I'm sorry that I haven't kept in touch. I can see that you've been busy as usual! The man who sold us this house chose to resolve the issue of needing smoke detectors replaced chose to buy the kind that plug into the wall. I'll have to check to see if they have battery backups. We've been in the house a year now, so I'm sure they need to be checked. I used to check ours on New Year's Eve. Checking/changing them when you change the clocks to/from Daylight Savings Time is a great idea.

Buffy--I feared that you and your DH had fallen off the edge of the Earth. Glad to see you out-and-about!

You have, indeed, been busy! Hopefully, it keeps you out of trouble. Sorry to hear of the loss of your builder friend. Such losses are what I find to be one of the more difficult aspects of aging.

JoAnne--It is really a bummer to have to stop to think whether a person is still living before deciding that one needs to chat with them! Richard was our go-to guy when we needed to find a competent and honest craftsperson to do maintenance on the house.

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